Scheer removes Bernier as innovation critic over posting book chapter online

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer has removed Quebec MP Maxime Bernier from his role as the party’s innovation critic.A senior Conservative source tells The Canadian Press that Scheer made the decision after finding out Monday that Bernier had posted to his personal website a chapter on supply management that is part of his forthcoming book.The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bernier “made a commitment to the leader and to caucus that he would no longer promote his book, and he misled the leader and the caucus.”Bernier posted the chapter on June 5, but Scheer was not made aware of it until Monday.Scheer said in a statement Tuesday night that science critic Matt Jeneroux would assume Bernier’s duties as innovation critic on an interim basis.In a tweet late Tuesday, Bernier said the chapter is “the same that was publicly available for weeks” on his publisher’s website, before he decided to postpone the book indefinitely.“There is nothing new, I did not ‘publish’ it,” he said.The spat introduces a new fracture in an already tenuous relationship between the party leader and the man he beat out for the job a year ago.Bernier first released the chapter in April, as a marketing tool for his book, “Doing Politics Differently: My Vision For Canada” which was supposed to be published in the fall. The chapter on supply management blamed the dairy lobby in Quebec for electing Scheer and called them fake Conservatives who only joined the party to vote against Bernier because he was advocating to get rid of supply management.On April 18, after a tense caucus meeting in which other Conservative MPs accused Bernier of stabbing Scheer in the back and causing division within the party, Bernier announced he would postpone the publication indefinitely.But on June 5, amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest attacks on Canada’s supply management system, Bernier quietly added the chapter to his personal website, where it can be downloaded.In April 2017, during the party leadership campaign, Bernier penned an open letter to Trump in The Globe and Mail, thanking him for raising the issue of supply management and agreeing with him that “this protectionist system is unfair for the farmers in Wisconsin and other states, who cannot make a better living by selling their products to their Canadian neighbours.”Bernier left the House of Commons before a vote Monday on an NDP motion condemning attacks by Trump and his officials on Canada, his tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and expressing support for supply management and Canada’s agriculture industries.The motion passed unanimously as all parties rallied behind Trudeau to support Canadian industries like steel and dairy against Trump’s accusations of unfair trading practices.The issue of supply management could hurt the Conservatives in Quebec in the next election for the same reason it hurt Bernier in the leadership race if dairy farmers feel the Conservatives won’t support it.The Conservatives have jumped on Trudeau in recent days for allegedly offering concessions to the U.S. on dairy as part of negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Trudeau met with dairy farmers in Ottawa Tuesday to reassure them of his support for the industry.The Liberals have been doing everything to sow the seeds of discontent in the party over Bernier’s position on supply management, taunting the Conservatives in question period about it regularly in recent weeks.The dairy industry is on edge thanks to direct and repeated attacks by Trump, who set his sights on supply management during the U.S. presidential election and hasn’t let up.Trump says Canada imposes 270 per cent tariffs on U.S. milk and calls it unfair. However, the U.S. exports more milk to Canada than Canada does to the United States and Canadian critics say the U.S. dairy farmers are suffering because they are producing too much milk, creating a glut in the market that is depressing prices.Supply management is a pricing control system where quotas are set to regulate production of products like milk, eggs and poultry.last_img read more

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How a Toronto writing group opened the doors for queer and trans

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement I recently watched the first two episodes of the new FX series called Atlanta, produced by actor, writer and musician Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino). I was immediately struck by casual nuances in the writing and, though I’ve never lived in the city of Atlanta, there was an undeniable feeling of authenticity. And I later learned that Atlanta is one of the few shows in television network history to boast an all-black writing staff. When questioned about his motivations for curating an all-black writing team, Donald Glover responded: “I wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about Black culture.”What possibilities emerge when you provide access and space to diverse writers? It was this question and desire for access and space that led Toronto based writer Dianah Smith to create ‘A’ is for Orange (pronounced “A is for Ah-range”), a creative incubator and reading series for emerging queer and trans writers of Caribbean descent. The group is no longer active, and there is very little digital documentation of it’s existence, but the legacy of ‘A’ is for Orange can be felt throughout the city.The story of ‘A’ is For Orange begins in 2005, when Smith took a leave of absence from full-time teaching to develop her writing. She enrolled in several classes at Ryerson University, including one on autobiographical writing. However her initial enthusiasm was quickly replaced by a growing unease and discomfort as she realized the realities and limitations of the university classroom.  “I would present my stories and there would just be flat or very uncomfortable questions,” she tells me over the phone. “Typical questions focusing on the food or the music or whatever ethnic parts of the story and not really the content and the craft. It was really frustrating.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP looking for ATV riders driving on local roads

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are asking for the public’s help to find local ATV drivers that have been racing on local streets late a night and early in the morning.Over the past week, the Fort St. John RCMP have received a number of noise complaints about drivers who are racing up and down streets, disrupting the peace late at night and during the early morning hours.Numerous reports have also been received from the public highlighting safety because at the same time as creating a lot of noise, ATV, quad and dirt bike drivers are ignoring the rules of the road throughout various areas of the city. Information has been received that some of the drivers have not been wearing any safety equipment raising the RCMP’s level of concern for their wellbeing.“The Fort St. John RCMP want the roads to be safe for everyone in the community, as it belongs to all of us”, said Cst Chad Newstater. “There is a huge concern that someone is going to get hurt, in the name of having fun.”The Fort St John RCMP take these complaints very seriously because of the safety implications for both the public and the ATV riders. The Fort St John RCMP has increased patrols in the areas where disruptive ATVers have been reported.The Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about:who the drivers are,the descriptions of the drivers or ATV’s,where the drivers and ATV’s reside,possible video surveillance of the riders,or any other helpful information about these incidents.If you have any useful information, please call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or submit a tip online at read more

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Raytheon United Technologies to merge

WALTHAM, Mass. — Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world’s largest defence companies.The merger, announced Sunday, will close in the first half of 2020 after United Technologies completes the separation of its Otis and Carrier businesses. Raytheon shareholders will receive 2.33 shares in the new company for each Raytheon share.The combined company, named Raytheon Technologies, will be based near Boston. United Technologies’ current Chairman and CEO Greg Hayes will be its CEO. Raytheon chief Tom Kennedy will be its executive chairman.Waltham-based Raytheon was founded in 1922 and makes missile and cybersecurity systems. Connecticut-based United Technologies was founded in 1934 and serves the aerospace and building sectors.The combined companies will have total sales of approximately $74 million in 2019.The Associated Press read more

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Asia and Pacific UNhosted meeting urges more action on peoplecentred cities

Over 200 participants took part in the CityNet Bangkok Congress 2001, organized by CityNet, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 29 to 31 October. CityNet, which meets every four years, is the Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements, an independent network of local authorities with over 100 members in Asia and the Pacific. The theme of the meeting focused on people-centred cities which the organizers define as “economically productive, socially just, politically participatory, ecologically sustainable, globally connected and culturally vibrant.” However, as Erna Witoelar, former Minister of Settlements and Regional Development of Indonesia, noted in her keynote speech, few if any cities in Asia and the Pacific are truly people-friendly.Recommendations advanced at the meeting included proposals to create partnerships among local governments, the poor and the private sector; share knowledge, experiences and resources through Internet-based networking to find better solutions to urban problems; and give voice to youth and children about how to make cities more child-friendly. Participants also recommended that cities work together to address HIV/AIDS as not only a health issue but as a development problem and to pursue decentralized development cooperation between cities rather than countries as a way to develop new answers to today’s urban problems. read more

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Briefing Security Council UN deputy chief urges protection for frontline humanitarian heroes

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson had one main message – “we must protect humanitarian workers” – as he marked World Humanitarian Day with a special briefing to the Security Council, addressing a subject critical to people caught in conflict.Recalling that the Day commemorates the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN premises at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Mr. Eliasson said the occasion is “dedicated to the memory of all the staff members and partners who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for the humanitarian imperative.”“We have since then seen shocking tragedies and terrorist acts against UN personnel and premises in places like Algeria, Nigeria, Somalia and Afghanistan. These appalling incidents remain fresh in our minds,” he added during his briefing, which also included statements from Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Masood Director and Co-Founder of The Liaison, an Afghan non-governmental organization (NGO).Humanitarian workers from the UN, the ICRC, international organizations and NGO’s dedicate their lives to assisting millions of women, children and men affected by conflicts and natural disasters around the world. Working in some of the most dangerous places, they take great risks to help people in desperate need.“Yet, all too frequently,” Mr. Eliasson continued “their safety is compromised in the most despicable of ways: by threats, by attacks, and by the use of illegal methods of warfare that endanger lives or damage the infrastructure needed for the delivery of assistance.”Such acts are part of a brutalization seen today in which parties to conflict often ignore international humanitarian law and target civilians for political and military gains. They have used collective punishment, incited ethnic violence, impeded the delivery of humanitarian assistance and attacked humanitarian actors.He commented: “What this represents is nothing less than a deficit of humanity. Regretfully, this trend is getting worse, rather than better.”Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before: 155 were reportedly killed; 171 were wounded and 134 kidnapped – representing a 66 per cent increase from 2012. According to preliminary figures, 2014 has already witnessed the deaths of 79 humanitarian workers in addition to 33 wounded and 50 kidnapped. “In Somalia alone,” Mr. Eliasson asserted, “over a dozen humanitarian staff were kidnapped or detained during the first quarter of 2014. In recent weeks, several humanitarian workers have been killed in South Sudan and in Gaza.”The consequences are not only felt by humanitarian workers and their families but also by the millions of people who cannot be reached when assistance is sabotaged by violence. They are felt by the children who do not get vaccinated; the sick and wounded who go untreated; and by those forced from their homes and left without shelter.In recent years, the majority of incidents have occurred in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria – with the overwhelming majority of victims being national humanitarian workers struggling to save the lives of their own people. “As we mourn these losses, and recall the plight of the many wounded and kidnapped, we must not accept this as the necessary cost of operating in risky environments,” Mr. Eliasson argued. “Our shared responsibility is to do everything we can to provide humanitarians with the safety and the space they need to do their life-saving work.”Humanitarian action must not be politicized. A clear distinction between humanitarian actors and political or military actors must be guarded – even when military objectives are to protect civilians. “If these lines are blurred, perceptions of humanitarian organizations can change quickly and radically and further expose them to violence,” warned the UN deputy chief. “For this reason, political and military actors must respect the need for humanitarian actors to carry out their work in an impartial, neutral and independent manner. Dialogue on how to best maintain this distinction – strike this balance, I would say – is an on-going endeavour.”“This must include preserving the ability of humanitarian workers to engage with all parties to conflict. Such engagement serves humanitarian purposes. But I want to stress that it does not confer legal status or political legitimacy on non-state groups,” he explained.Mr. Eliasson outlined four priority actions for the Security Council to support urgently needed humanitarian work in conflict situations. First, it can routinely call on parties to conflict to uphold their legal obligations – and condemn them when they do not.Second, the Council can ensure that measures to safeguard peace and security, such as the negotiation of peace agreements or deployment of UN peacekeeping operations, do not blur the lines between political, military and humanitarian objectives. “Humanitarian efforts, essential as they are, are no substitute for political action to resolve the causes of conflicts,” Mr. Eliasson underscored.Third, the Council can impose targeted measures against parties to conflict who violate their obligations to respect and protect humanitarian workers and the civilian population. And finally, it can use all tools at its disposal to seek accountability for those who perpetrate attacks against humanitarian workers and assets. “This means supporting investigations and prosecutions at the national level, creating special criminal tribunals or mixed arrangements, making use of commissions of enquiry and fact finding missions, and referring relevant situations to the International Criminal Court,” elaborated the Deputy Secretary-General.Those who take civilian populations hostage – consciously spreading fear and using intimidation to reach their goals – must never succeed. Mr. Eliasson closed by reiterating that attacks against humanitarian workers and facilities were part of a deeply disturbing trend. “I think of the increase in unacceptable and cowardly attacks against civilians in armed conflict, and the sadly growing lack of respect for international humanitarian law. Let us not accept, but let us stop, the growing deficit of humanity,” he pressed.On World Humanitarian Day, the Deputy Secretary-General encouraged everyone to honour the victims. “Let us protect the heroes on the frontlines of disaster and war, and let us do everything we can to help them – and to help us all – to alleviate human suffering in a difficult time of turmoil and violence in the world,” he concluded. read more

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Womens TOP 10 BEST BUYS for 20112012 Woltering is the best investment presents a list of TOP 10 “best buys” for season 2011/2012 in Women’s Handball. Our list consists players, which have the best performances for their new teams in current season in domestic or international competition:EUROPEAN TOP 10 “BEST BUYS” IN 2011/2012:1. CLARA WOLTERING (goalkeeper, ZRK Buducnost Podgorica)2. HEIDI LOKE (line player, Gyori)3. ANDREA LEKIC (playmaker, Gyori)4. JOVANKA RADICEVIC (right wing, Gyori)5. ISABEL BLANCO (line player, Larvik)6. MARIAMA SIGNATE (left back, Issy Paris)7. DRAGANA CVIJIC (line player, ZRK Buducnost)8. MAURA VISSER (playmaker, HC Leipzig)9. TONJE NOSTVOLD (right back, Byasen)10. SANJA DAMNJANOVIC (left back, Podravka Koprivnica) ← Previous Story Kasper Hvidt VS Jesper Noddesbo (VIDEO) Next Story → Sanne van Olphen and Estavana Polman stay in Sonderjyske Andrea Lekicbest handball transfersClara WolteringDragana CvijićHeidi LokeIsabel BlancoJovanka RadičevićMariama SignateMaura VisserSanja DamnjanovicTonje Nostvold read more

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Higuain set Milan medical

first_imgJuventus pair of Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara are expected to have their medicals with AC Milan tomorrow ahead of their transfer to the club, according to Calciomercato.Higuain is expected to arrive at the Casa Milan later today with a host of the club’s supporters already waiting for him at the club’s headquarters. Caldara is expected to arrive in Italy tomorrow for his medicals with the Rossoneri after leaving Juventus’ training base in the United States.The former Atalanta defender will join Milan without making any competitive appearances for Juventus. The 24-year-old made two unofficial appearances for the Bianconeri who have now swapped him for their former defender Leonardo Bonucci.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Italy international returns to Turin after signing for Milan last summer for a deal believed to have cost the Rossoneri around €40million. Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso revealed earlier this week that Bonucci had informed the club that he wanted to return to Juventus.Higuain is expected to join Milan on an initial loan deal of €18million with an option to make permanent for €36million.last_img read more

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Arsenal legends It would be a mistake to let Ramsey leave

first_imgArsenal legends Sol Campbell and Robert Pires have urged the club to agree on a new deal with Aaron RamseyThe Welsh midfielder’s current contract will expire next summer with fresh terms for an extension yet to be agreed on.Last season saw Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere all enter the 12 months of their contracts with just one of three players still at the team this season.And Ramsey, who has now reportedly caught the interest of Real Madrid, is in a similar situation and appears set to end a decade-long stay at the Emirates.Campbell told Standard Sport: “It is worrying. Rambo’s a fantastic player, a great guy. It’s a shame but it’s a recurring situation at Arsenal.“Ozil took a long time, Sanchez as well and then he went. Ramsey’s a top player, losing him for free would be a mistake.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Pires agreed with his old teammate and added: “I don’t know what’s happening at the end of the season. Maybe he will extend, maybe not.“He’s a great player, he’s been at Arsenal for a long time. He scores a lot of goals and is important to the squad.“Aaron needs to talk with the board and find a good solution for him and for Arsenal.”Both Pires and Campbell were a part of the famous “Invincibles” Arsenal team that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten.Nowadays, the duo have hung up their boots and have entered coaching. Pires works as a coach back at Arsenal, while Campbell has reportedly agreed to help out with the England U21 coaching set-up.last_img read more

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Kress Lake gets planted with channel catfish

first_imgKress Lake, a former gravel pond near Kalama, has been stocked with 500 channel catfish as part of a state effort to provide a variety of angling opportunities and a trophy-size catch.Swofford Pond in Lewis County got 2,000 channel catfish in October. Kress and Swofford were the only two waters planted in Southwest Washington.Fifty-acre Kress Lake had been stocked five times previously and Swofford Pond six times in the past, said Bruce Bolding, warmwater fish program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.The channel catfish came from a fish farm in Arkansas. It was the closest location certified as disease-free and free of aquatic invasive species, Bolding said.Two truckloads — about 50,000 channel catfish — were brought from Arkansas to Washington’s warmwater hatchery at Ringold near the Tri-Cities. The fish were planted in a variety of lakes on both sides of the Cascades.Kress Lake is spring-fed pond with no outlet stream.“We put them in waters where we feel there is minimal risk of interaction with native species,” Bolding said.Although predators, channel catfish are bottom-dwellers, and not in the portion of the water column used by young salmon, he added.Most Washington waters are too cold for channel catfish to spawn, he said.The exceptions are the lower Yakima and lower Snake rivers, plus some sloughs and backwaters of the Columbia River.“Functionally, these fish are sterile so that gives us precise control over their numbers,” Bolding said. “Plus, we stock them at low densities.”Channel catfish are long-lived, thus provide a lot of fishing opportunity for their cost, he said.Lacamas Lake was stocked with channel catfish in the 1990s and still yields an occasional fish, including a 33-pounder in 2005 and 28-pounder in late September.last_img read more

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Czech chemical plant blast kills 6

first_imgFirefighters stand on a part of a chemical plant in the northern Czech town of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou, 22 March, 2018 where at least six people died and several others were seriously injured in an explosion. Photo: AFPAt least six people died and two were injured in an explosion Thursday at a Czech chemical plant in the northern town of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou, firefighters said.”Six bodies were found at the scene, and two people were injured,” regional fire spokeswoman Vladimira Kerekova told AFP.One of the people injured was hospitalised with “devastating facial injuries”, while the other suffered 10 percent burns, emergency services spokeswoman Petra Effenbergerova said.Owned by Czech chemicals group Unipetrol, the plant is part of a refinery complex.”An explosion that was not followed by a fire took place in one of the reservoirs of the refinery,” the company said on Twitter.”The situation is now under control. There is no further risk.”Kerekova said the blast occurred while the reservoir was being cleaned.”There is no risk to the health of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou residents,” added Ales Levy, city hall spokesman for the industrial town of 19,000 people.”We have launched an investigation to determine the circumstances and causes,” police spokeswoman Marketa Johnova said.last_img read more

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Nickelodeon Buys Sparkler EarlyChildhood Learning Tech Startup to Bulk Up Noggin Subscription

first_imgViacom’s Nickelodeon plans to stir new technology into its Noggin subscription service with the acquisition of Sparkler — a move that promises to give parents tools to guide the learning of their preschool-age kids.Nick on Friday announced the deal to acquire New York-based Sparkler, an early-childhood learning technology platform. The cabler also appointed Sparkler co-founder and CEO Kristen Kane (pictured above) as the new head of for the Noggin direct-to-consumer service.A Nick rep declined to reveal how much the company paid for Sparkler or how many employees it has. Sparkler, founded in 2015, had received funding from angel investors and selected grants, including from the NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit educational organization.Nickelodeon said that over the next year, Sparkler’s technology — designed to measure child development and coach parents on improving their kids’ learning — will be integrated into Noggin’s platform. That will provide tools for parents to guide their kids’ development through “engaging, playable content and experiences on and off screen.” Related Popular on Variety In addition, Nick said Sparkler will continue to work with schools, healthcare providers, and social-services providers through a new Viacom-backed nonprofit org called Sparkler Learning.First launched in 2015, Noggin costs $7.99 per month and includes access to more than 1,500 episodes of kids’ TV shows, short-form videos and music videos, and other content — all without any ads.Kane, newly appointed to the role Noggin’s executive VP, will oversee the integration of Sparkler and drive Noggin’s strategy and next phase of development as an educational digital platform. She will be based in New York and report to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.Robert Delacruz will continue as general manager of Noggin, now reporting to Kane.“Pairing Sparkler’s capabilities with our curriculum-driven content will fully transform Noggin into a premier interactive learning destination for preschoolers and their families,” Robbins said in announcing the deal. He added that Kane “brings extensive experience in the education and technology space, and she will help drive Noggin’s growth with an increased focus on delivering even greater value to our direct-to-consumer service.”Prior to co-founding Sparkler, Kane was the founding COO of Amplify, an education-tech company that developed learning experiences for students in K-12 grades. Prior to that, she was COO of the New York City Department of Education under former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s administration. She also worked at the FCC, where she led the development of strategies for applying broadband technologies in education, healthcare, and energy sectors.Nickelodeon hasn’t disclosed how many subscribers it has signed up for Noggin, but claims it tripled its sub based in 2018 from the year prior. Noggin is available for iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Fire tablet and Roku devices, as well as on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels and the Roku Channel. Music Moguls of the Year: Already a Success in TV, Nick Cannon Eyes Oprah-Level Dominationcenter_img Shows currently on the Noggin service include “PAW Patrol,” “Blaze and the Monster Machines,” “Peppa Pig,” and “Bubble Guppies,” along with library titles including “Dora the Explorer,” “Blue’s Clues,” “Team Umizoomi” and “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Viacom Sees Q3 Profit Rise As Advertising Emerges From Long Slump ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Israeli inventor has backers for cardboard bicycle

first_img(—Don’t tell Izhar Gafni that a bicycle can’t be made of cardboard. An Israeli engineer working in industrial design, he was always fascinated by the potential that comes from the interplay of technologies applied to materials. Gafni was too curious about turning materials into new uses and he could not take no for an answer. What’s more, bicycles, he said, went beyond “hobby.” With him, it was “in my soul.” That might explain his three years of efforts in coming up with a fully functioning bicycle made of cardboard, which has been accorded ample research and development to reach final stages and readiness to show the world. Gafni has secured backing for his project by partnering with ERB, which is managing business and financial aspects of the project.ERB said that it is raising funds to reach the point where they can have a detailed manufacturing plan under way for the first two platforms, a commercial, urban bike and a kids/youth bike. According to ERB, “These models will be made of almost 100 percent recycled materials and will have the option of adding an electric motor. At this stage we have only the prototype for the commercial bikes as shown on the video.” He consulted several engineers. They told him it was impossible. For an inventor, “impossible” is often a green light. “At the time, I just knew cardboard was a material for making packages but I explored it further,” he said.Basically, he said, his method was like that in Japanese origami, as he demonstrated how cardboard can be cut and folded for strength. He said his very first prototype looked like something between a box and a bicycle. He knew he had real work ahead. Gafni worked for several years in his tool shed to make a suitable model. He studied how he was going to structure the frame, seat and other parts, prototyping and tweaking, planning, sketching, running plans through computer programs. He did not use any metal parts. Once the desired shape was formed and cut, he treated the device with what is generally described as “organic materials.” The treatment he used made the cycle waterproof and fireproof. He coated the cardboard with lacquer paint. The tires were made from recycled rubber. The estimated cost to make such bicycles would be between nine and twelve dollars. The obvious benefit would be usefulness as an affordable means of transport. Not only is the design now in its final prototype stage but plans are under way for production. Citation: Israeli inventor has backers for cardboard bicycle (2012, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Gafni says it all started the day he went to a bicycle shop to purchase parts and he overheard a customer talking about his building a canoe made of cardboard. “The idea stuck in my mind,” he said. “Why not build a bicycle made out of cardboard.” © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further College student invents cardboard vacuum cleaner This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: read more

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Sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong

first_imgPublishers believe pretty faces sell more books. Which is why the author picture on the back cover is paid more attention to at times than the content of a book. Which is not to say Shruti Sharma’s debut novel Abyss to Abyss is not interesting between the covers. It’s a good-hearted story of a girl stuck in a bad marriage who still believes in the power of dreams. Millennium Post had a quick tête-à-tête with Sharma. Read on…This being your debut book, how much of you is in protagonist Ria? Most writers end up making their first book autobiographical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ This book is a work of fiction. But I think there is a little bit of Ria in all of us. Her character is very real, she does stupid things, she has fears like any one of us, she cries, she gets excited,  she has her gloomy moments. At the same time she also embodies someone who has the courage to go  beyond the boundaries, yes she is scared but she challenges herself and dares to explore the unknown which I think is admirable and inspiring.  Ria goes through an arranged marriage and moves to US with a stranger. You live abroad. How prevalent is arranged marriage among NRIs today? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix I think it’s very common for guys here to get married to girls from India. In general, it’s so common for professionals here to just fly to India for 15 days, meet girls and then just marry one of them.  I live in Silicon Valley and most Indian girls that I have met here were here because of  arranged marriage. Here is the sad part, not many are happily married. And even more sad? No one talks about it. They choose to live through it because they are scared. And I think a lot of  this is cultural. It’s embedded subconsciously that once you are married you got to make it work…which is twisted because people should not be together if they are not meant to be together. I am not saying that all the marriages that are arranged are bad, what I am saying is that not very often do the girls (in bad marriages) take a decision of saying ‘You know what I am not going to put up with this crap anymore.’ In this novel, Ria recognises that sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong. And in the end everything turns out just fine and that’s the message I wanted to  convey. That people in bad marriages should not think that it’s the end. Pursue your dreams what may be…The universe guides you.Every character in my book is telling a story and it has a deeper meaning.  Ria seems to be all good. Do you think you could have painted her a little more grey? I think she does a lot of ‘wrong’. She does her fair share of ‘stupid’ things. She kept thinking her husband Jay would change then she chased Tanishq in desperate hope to find love so she wasn’t all that good. I painted her naive, that’s a color too. What prompted you to write a book? I grew up seeing my mom who has authored many books and I always wanted to write one. The timing was just right, professionally I had met all my goals so I thought of pursuing my long time dream of writing a novel. Why an e-book? There are takers for ebooks in the West, in India it is trend yet to catch upPaperback is also available through Amazon , Author House website and Barnes & Noble. Right now my publisher told me that the distribution channels (US based) will be able to sell the books internationally as well. Link: What next for you? Plot of the next book in mind?Next book? I have a story in my mind but it’s very embryonic, again it’s going to be the one that can leave some sort of a message in the hearts of those who read the book. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you started writing? Mostly everyone but I think girls, who have been or are going through a rough relationship/ marriage will be able to relate to it. I hope this story can inspire people.last_img read more

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The Best and Worst State Capitals to Live in

first_img State capitals can be some of the best cities to live in, provided you know which state capital provides the best economic and cultural value.According to a study by WalletHub that ranked the best capitals to live in though 17 state capitals in the U.S. are the largest cities in their state, the biggest population didn’t necessarily mean the best quality of life. Which was perhaps the reason that Austin, Texas was ranked first on this list for its overall livability, earning a score of 67.23 on the state capital index.For the rankings, WalletHub compared all 50 state capitals across 54 key indicators of affordability, economic well-being, quality of education and health, and quality of life.While Austin ranked among the top 20 in terms of affordability, it received top marks for economic well being as well as the quality of education and health and quality of life. Boise, Idaho, with an overall score of 64.78 was ranked second, followed by Raleigh, North Carolina (64.52); Madison, Wisconsin (63.57); and Lincoln, Nebraska (62.67) rounded off the top five state capitals to reside in.Bismarck, North Dakota; Concord New Hampshire; Denver, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Des Moines, Iowa also ranked among the top 10 state capitals.In fact, Des Moines was the only state capital among the top 10 that also earned a top ranking for affordable housing, coming in fourth after Jefferson City, Missouri; Pierre, South Dakota; and Topeka, Kansas. Springfield, Illinois was ranked fifth for most affordable housing even though it was at the 30th spot in the overall rankings.While Boston, Massachusetts and Honolulu, Hawaii tied for a spot for state capitals with the least affordable housing. They were joined by Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; and Richmond, Virginia.Three of the state capitals that were among the top 10 in the overall rankings were also ranked high for cities with the highest median household income. While Juneau, Alaska got the top spot in this list, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Raleigh, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Bismarck, North Dakota were among the top five cities on this list. Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Honolulu, Hawaii; Trenton, New Jersey; and Jackson, Mississippi were among the cities with the lowest household income.Click here for the full rankings. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News February 20, 2019 991 Views Sharecenter_img Affordable Housing Austin City Home HOUSING Resident WalletHub 2019-02-20 Radhika Ojha The Best and Worst State Capitals to Live inlast_img read more

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Freddie Mac Forecasts Mortgage Origination Performance

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Economy Forecast Freddie Mac GDP Home Construction Home Prices Home Sales Labor Market mortgage Origination Sam Khater 2019-03-05 Radhika Ojha March 5, 2019 1,218 Views Sharecenter_img The decline in mortgage rates, that fell at the start of 2019 after peaking last fall, is likely to provide some welcome relief to the housing market, according to Freddie Mac’s latest monthly forecast.The forecast projected a slight deceleration in the overall economic growth predicting the U.S. GDP growth at 2.5 percent in 2019 and 1.8 percent in 2020. Despite uncertainties in other areas of the economy, the forecast said that the labor market would hold strong. It expected unemployment to drop slightly to 3.6 percent by the end of 2019, “before returning to a more sustainable long-term rate of 3.9 percent in 2020.”The forecast also revised its projections for mortgage originations as well as the refinance share of originations in 2019. “We expect single-family mortgage originations to increase 2.6 percent to $1.69 trillion in 2019 and remain around that level in 2020,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “With mortgage rates easing up since the end of 2018, we revised up our forecast of the refinance share of originations to 27 percent and 24 percent in 2019 and 2020, respectively.”The forecast predicted the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate to remain unchanged from 2018 averaging 4.6 percent in 2019 before increasing to 4.9 percent in 2020. The low mortgage rates and increase in originations are also expected to drive home sales, Freddie Mac said in its forecast. It projected sales to “slowly regain momentum” and increase to 6.10 million by the end of 2019 and 6.12 million in 2020. The growth will be mostly driven by existing home sales, while new home sales are expected to remain at their current levels, Freddie Mac said.However, total housing starts are expected to remain below the long-run demand, increasing to 1.29 million units in 2019 and 1.36 million units in 2020, the forecast predicted. Freddie Mac said that this was due to a lack of labor and other factors that will keep the recovery in housing construction constrained. Home price growth is also expected to decelerate with prices expected to increase 4.1 percent in 2019 before decelerating further to 2.8 percent growth in 2020, the forecast said. Freddie Mac Forecasts Mortgage Origination Performancelast_img read more

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first_imgRomania: Nightclub safety still a problem despite 2015 blaze BUCHAREST, Romania – Romanian authorities say 280 nightclubs are still operating without fire safety permits — a report published three years since a nightclub fire in Bucharest killed 64 people.The General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations said Friday that 280 out of the 1,200 nightclubs nationwide still didn’t have the required fire safety documents, which became mandatory last year.It said authorities had issued 8,400 safety permits since the Oct. 30, 2015, fire at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest that erupted during a rock band’s pyrotechnics show.The Romanian government resigned after angry protests claimed that corruption had led to lax safety standards. Romania later introduced a strict smoking ban in public places.In the past three years, Romanian nightclubs have been fined 76 million lei ($18.54 million) for not having safety permits. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 26, 2018 11:12 am PDT Last Updated Oct 26, 2018 at 12:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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