Scientists Condemn Destruction of Golden Rice Field Trial

first_imgScientists are striking back at activists who destroyed genetically modified (GM) “golden rice” plants in a test field in the Philippines last week. “It is an unconscionable criminal act to destroy a field trial conducted in accordance to international safety norms,” reads an online petition that has garnered nearly 2000 signatures in the past few days.Golden rice carries two foreign genes that together produce beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. Scientists and public health advocates see golden rice helping to alleviate vitamin A deficiency, a scourge of the poor in developing countries that can lead to blindness and other health problems. But critics argue that GM food crops pose poorly understood health and environmental risks, and some have tried to halt research by destroying test plots, such as those in Philippines.  Scientists must respond to such attacks, petition organizers say. “It is important that the community come together and explain there is a scientific consensus on the safety of GM crops,” says geneticist Channapatna Prakash of Tuskegee University in Alabama, who initiated the petition. He says when they reach 5000 signatures they will send the statement to policymakers and politicians in the Philippines and other countries to convince them that “they must move forward with this research.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Blackwater flaunts depth in win over Rain or Shine

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The Elite still drew 16 points from Parks, who came up big down the stretch, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final one minute and 29 seconds with the Painters threatening.Mike DiGregorio also had 16 while import Alex Stepheson posted 13 points and 20 rebounds. Roi Sumang also had himself a night with 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals while Mac Belo chipped in seven points and seven rebounds.“They played really, really well tonight as a team. We did what we wanted to do, we played great defense.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PBA IMAGESRay Parks has been the consistent headliner for Blackwater in its campaign early in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Elite, however, have depth and they showed just that in a 98-92 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Blackwater bounces back, holds off Rain or Shine for 4-1 record Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Blackwater had multiple players having significant impact with five players scoring double-digits led by Allein Maliksi’s 19 points.“What we want for our team is to not be just a one-man show,” Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said in Filipino after steering his team to its fourth win in five outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We want everybody to contribute not just in scoring but if we let them play, they’ll contribute in every way possible whether it be diving for the ball, boxing out or defending top caliber players.”Parks came into the game having scored at least 20 points in his first four games in the PBA but Blackwater didn’t need its prized rookie to score as much this time with several players stepping up. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Knee injury ends Chamara Kapugedera’s campaign

first_imgSri Lanka batsman Chamara Kapugedera has been ruled out of the ongoing Champions Trophy with a knee injury sustained during practice and will be replaced by Danushka Gunathilaka, the cricket board has said.Kapugedera, who scored a duck in Sri Lanka’s first Group B match against South Africa, was hit on the knee during Wednesday’s fielding practice.”SLC Medical experts have recommended a supervised convalescence of two weeks,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.Aggressive left-handed batsman Gunathilaka is set to open the innings against India later on Thursday, taking the spot of stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga who is serving a two-match suspension for slow over rate in the defeat by South Africa.Regular skipper Angelo Mathews, who missed the match against South Africa with a calf injury, has said he would play the match against India even if just as a batsman.last_img read more

Apply Now For A Local Sporting Champions Grant

first_imgAre you, or do you know, a dedicated young athlete, coach or official participating in a state or national sporting championships? Are you aged 12-18 years old travelling further than 250 kilometre return for a state or national championships?If yes, then you or your team could be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help meet costs such as uniforms, travel, accommodation and equipment.Grants of $500 per individual and $3,000 per team are available for young people participating in a nominated National Sporting Organisation-endorsed state or national sporting championships or a School Sport Australia national championship.This program is an Australian Government initiative managed by the Australian Sports Commission and supports 8,000 young people each year.The grants are designed to help athletes, coaches and officials achieve their sporting goals and are distributed across all 150 federal electorates of the national parliament.Applications are open, so apply now!Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the nominated championships.For further information, including application forms and eligibility criteria, go to: read more

Arsenal missed chance to land Chelsea star – Smith

first_imgArsenal have been told that they missed their chance to sign Gary Cahill, with there little logic in making a move for the Chelsea defender now.Back in 2012, the defender was proven performer as he preparing to head for the exits at Bolton.Having established himself as an England international, there was no shortage of suitors for Cahill. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chelsea eventually won the race for his signature and have seen him go on to make close to 300 appearances for the club while claiming two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.Arsenal should have been in for his services before he headed to Stamford Bridge, says Smith.No deal was done then, though, and a former Gunners striker sees no reason why Unai Emery would want to bring in a 33-year-old Cahill during the January window after seeing him slip down the pecking order at Chelsea.Smith told Express Sport: “Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill before he went to Chelsea.“He spoke and had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and it didn’t happen.“But he went on to become a fine, fine defender.“Now you’d be signing somebody who’s in his latter years and is not at his peak.“I don’t see that as a goer.”While Smith has questioned the merits of making a move for Cahill, the experienced defender is attracting plenty of interest.He is considered to be a useful short-term option for any number of clubs, with Manchester United credited with holding an interest prior to Jose Mourinho’s departure.A move away from Stamford Bridge is expected to be made during the winter window, with Cahill struggling for regular game time under Maurizio Sarri and eager to find minutes elsewhere as his contract in west London runs down.last_img read more

Lukaku: Inter is different than England, it’s real work

first_imgInter striker Romelu Lukaku has aimed a dig at the Premier League, saying that unlike in England, training in Serie A is “real work.”Lukaku completed an €80 million (£74m/$90m) move to Inter from Manchester United last week, putting an end to a summer of uncertainty at Old Trafford. The Belgian was deemed surplus to requirements under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who favoured other options like Marcus Rashford ahead of Lukaku after he took over Man Utd in December.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In two seasons at Old Trafford, Lukaku scored 28 goals in 66 appearances for the Red Devils.The 26-year-old has already looked at home with Inter, scoring four times in his side’s emphatic friendly win against Virtus Bergamo at the weekend. Perhaps part of his strong start is down to the training sessions in Italy, which Lukaku believes are more effective than they were in England.When asked by Otro about training, Lukaku replied in a video posted to Instagram: “It’s hard man. It’s different. In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.”Lukaku spent eight seasons overall in England after joining Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, representing West Brom and Everton in addition to the Blues and Man Utd.But the Belgian appears happy to have made the move to Italy, though he doesn’t seem too interested in seeing the sights in Milan.”The city is nice. I don’t mind,” Lukaku said. “I didn’t come to live. I came here to help the team achieve something.”Lukaku also appears to be adjusting to the food, simply saying “salad” with a laugh when asked how he likes the cuisine in Italy.The Belgian will now turn his attention toward the first game of the Serie A season, with Inter set to host newly-promoted Lecce at San Siro on August 26. They then look forward to fixtures with Cagliari and Udinese, before the first Milan derby of the new campaign on September 21.Inter are looking to improve upon a fourth-place finish last season under Luciano Spalletti, with the former boss having now been replaced by Antonio Conte.last_img read more

Hi-fi Corner: Pioneer’s SP-SB03 Speaker Base makes your TV worth listening to

first_img The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Setting a new standard for performance in the affordable sound platform genre, Pioneer’s new SP-SB03 Speaker Base was designed by the company’s resident audio guru, Andrew Jones. Like the SB23W sound bar before it, Jones brings his palpable passion for all things audio to the SB03, and the result is something special.Related: The Quarterwave wireless speaker: part awesome science, part gorgeous aestheticsUnlike many sound platforms which are constructed from molded plastic, the SB03 is designed around a wood composite cabinet that’s braced internally to help squelch unwanted resonance, while also propping up heavier flat panel TVs without buckling under the load.Inside, the unit is packed with 6 individually-powered drivers, pulling 28 watts each from 168 watts of total system power. The front face harbors dual 1-inch soft dome tweeters and a pair of 3-inch midrange drivers. Underneath are dual 4-inch down-firing woofers to reproduce the low frequencies. The system’s active-crossover design helps it achieve better continuity and higher dynamic expression than what you’ll hear from a basic fixed crossover system.Around back is an extremely succinct set of inputs, limited to a digital optical input, and an RCA analog input. As expected, the SB03 is also equipped with Bluetooth wireless streaming, which is a welcome feature considering this device handles music as brilliantly as it does movie and TV audio. It should be noted here that we have encountered a few hiccups with Bluetooth streaming during playback, but nothing that was prohibitive.And the Bluetooth quibbles are easily quelled due to the fact that the SB03 is hands down the best sounding sound platform we’ve come across at this price. Vocals and dialog are smooth, yet vividly detailed, upper register instrumentation and effects are brilliantly clear, and bass, while not as powerful as a fully dedicated subwoofer, is richly drawn and potent enough to stir up some cinematic excitement.Bottom line: For $350, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more capable companion than the Pioneer SP-SB03 to help transform your TV audio from pale to potent in one fell swoop.This article originally appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul last_img read more

5 Tips for Saving Your Skin in the Winter Months

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor To keep beards clean and moisturized, here’s an option for a shampoo and conditioner designed for your face, not your scalp. Beardbrand’s Blank Slate is a fragrance-free wash, with a gentle lather and a touch of aloe. Follow up with the brand’s beard softener to nourish and condition your beard with more aloe, coconut milk, and shea butter.Then follow up with one of our recommended best beard oils. Pena says they are great for making your beard soft and shiny, but they are also great for the skin under the beard. “The goal is to get the oil down to the skin and then pull it out through the beard,” she recommends.Shaving CreamJack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave – $12Pena says Jack Black is well-known for men’s facial needs and, again, likes products that feature natural oils and are paraben-free. Jack Black’s Beard Lube is a three-in-one product, functioning as a pre-shave oil, a shaving cream, and an after-shave conditioner. Jojoba and macadamia nut oils help soften whiskers, while eucalyptus and peppermint refresh the skin — and they smell great, too!Lip BalmLucky Bastard Co. Gentlemens Lip Balm – $8Pena points out that we are constantly licking our lips, especially when they get dry, and saliva can dry them even further. Most lip balms are just wax, filling in the cracks and sealing in moisture. Lucky Bastard’s balm uses a ton of natural materials — calendula-infused almond oil, coconut oil, candelilla wax, shea butter, beeswax, and so much more — to create a product that is protective, moisturizing and, maybe most importantly, it tastes and feels good!SoapAspen Kay Naturals, Oatmeal Milk & Honey Soap – $9Oatmeal is great for more than just curbing cholesterol and warming up your belly on a frosty morning; it also makes for gentle exfoliation. Aspen Kay’s bar is also made with certified organic ingredients and is gentle enough for sensitive skin — even for babies!Body LotionMarlowe Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion – $10Marlowe’s body lotion includes lots of natural ingredients, like passionflower extract for skin restoration and moisture, green tea extract for antioxidants and to protect skin from environmental stress, willow bark, and deep sea algae for further soothing properties. It’s more heavy-duty to battle winter’s dryness, but it’s not greasy and has a soft, pleasant fragrance.Just because everything from your neck down may be covered up for the better part of the winter — other than all but the most intimate of moments — doesn’t mean that your skin, particularly your hands, might not be feeling winter’s effects. Be sure to exfoliate dead skin away regularly, and follow up with a whole body moisturizer.SunscreenThinksport Sunscreen  SPF 50 – $12.95When you do head out to brave the cold, don’t forget that, even though you’re not feeling the heat of a summer’s day, the sun’s rays can still do their damage. Throw on some sunscreen to beat the sun’s aging and drying effects. Thinksport’s mineral-based sunscreen contains 20 percent zinc oxide for broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It’s also water resistant, which may not be as much of a problem in the winter (just avoid face planting on the slopes), unless you work up a sweat. It also doesn’t contain chemical UV absorbers, PABA, parabens, or BPA.Article originally published October 7, 2016. Last updated by John Jones on October 26, 2018, to include new and improved products. As temperatures start to drop and we head into the onslaught of winter weather, it’s time to start thinking about winter skincare and grooming. Oh, wait — it’s already too late!“Cold winter air already has low humidity, which dries the skin; and then cranked up heat makes us even more dehydrated, further drying skin and making hair brittle,” according to Vicky Pena of the Boardroom Salon for Men (a chain of men’s grooming centers). “The real key to winter skin (and beard) health is to take good care of your skin year-round! The best solution is a regime that is convenient so you’ll do it every day.”For example: “As we head into Movember,” says Pena, “Nine out of 10 guys won’t make it through the month. Their skin and beards become uncomfortable and itchy, which makes guys start constantly touching and rubbing their faces, and that leads to breakouts. Maintain your skin every day, year-round, and, when it’s time for winter beard season, you’ll be more likely to like it and keep it.”Pena also points out that shaping a beard or mustache is key. For that, you may want to seek professional help to be sure you’re cultivating a silhouette that makes sense for your face’s shape and hair type. Our check out our guide.“Keep in mind that the hair on the top of your head is different from the hair on your face,” adds Pena. “Don’t use the same shampoo for both. Scalp pores are different from face pores, so they react differently to cleaners and conditioners.”Of course, it’s important to restore the moisture to hair and skin that nature and central heat have taken away. See below for some products that will help keep — or restore — that balance and keep you looking great all year round.Shampoo and ConditionerBumble & Bumble Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner – $54 Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy The Boardroom uses Bumble and Bumble hair products because they are known for their moisturizing properties. Experiment with different shampoos to find one that’s right for your hair and scalp. Pena recommends those that include natural oils like coconut, jojoba, or vitamin E. “It should provide what your hair and scalp need, but not weigh you down,” says Pena. You may want to use a conditioner every day in the winter when conditions are drier, but every other day in the summer to avoid an oily, greasy finish.Beard CareBeardbrand Blank Slate Beard Wash and Beard Softener – $30last_img read more

Plan of Action to Protect Children

first_img Mr. Green, who was addressing Thursday’s (July 20) staging of a workshop held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, lamented that the document has been in the planning stage for the past 15 years, and stressed that it is time to have it completed and presented to Cabinet for approval. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV) is to be finalised within six months.This will follow a revision of the document which will incorporate recommendations to come out of a workshop focusing on the plan’s continued development.The goal of the NPACV is to create and maintain a protective environment, supportive of and responsive to the issues of violence, child abuse and maltreatment of children in Jamaica.Mr. Green, who was addressing Thursday’s (July 20) staging of a workshop held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, lamented that the document has been in the planning stage for the past 15 years, and stressed that it is time to have it completed and presented to Cabinet for approval.He noted that the plan is not to “reinvent the wheel,” but for all stakeholders to work together one final time to “review what we have done so far, update as much as possible and come out of this with a clear direction to ensure that we can have a national plan to treat with the issue of violence against our children.”The plan, which is to be implemented over a five-year period, involves collaboration among several Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments, civil society groups and other stakeholders.In his remarks, State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., said the problems cannot be solved in isolation, noting that he is pleased to see all the stakeholders working together to enhance mechanisms to protect the nation’s children.“It is the only approach for us to be successful and to have a sustainable solution to the problems that face our children,” he said.Senator Charles Jr. called for all involved to “continue to challenge the system, and where there are gaps, where there are deficiencies continue to work together to see how we can solve those issues (regarding violence against children),” he urged.The core objective of the NPACV is to reduce the impact of violence against children through an integrated approach to prevention, control, intervention responses, monitoring and evaluation.This is to ensure that the rights of children are preserved, and that an environment is created to stimulate their positive growth and development into productive citizens of Jamaica.The workshop was staged by the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Youth Ministry, and sought to address the key issues and challenges pertaining to children as victims, perpetrators and witnesses of acts of abuse.Additionally, it was also a demonstration to stakeholders and the country of the Government’s willingness and commitment to take on the issue of violence against the nation’s children and show joint Government and private/public partnerships in tackling the issue.Participants included representatives from the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Health, CDA, Jamaica Constabulary Force, Youth Ministry, Office of the Children’s Registry, Office of the Children’s Advocate, Ministry of Justice, Hear the Children’s Cry, and civil society organisations. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV) is to be finalised within six months. The plan, which is to be implemented over a five-year period, involves collaboration among several Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments, civil society groups and other stakeholders. last_img read more

Spotted: Seajacks Scylla- A Force to Be Reckoned With

first_imgIn today’s spotted we bring you the recently delivered self-propelled jack-up vessel, the Seajacks Scylla, which has been characterized as the world’s largest and most advanced wind farm installation and offshore construction vessel.The ABS-classed vessel was delivered to Seajacks International, offshore installation and maintenance contractor in the offshore wind and oil and gas sectors, by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea in November.Based on the Gusto MSC NG14000X design, the Seajacks Scylla, has more than 8,000 metric tons of available variable deck load. Equipped with a 1,540-metric-ton leg-encircling crane and a usable deck space in excess of 5,000 sq m the unit is outfitted with 105-m legs with the ability to install components in water depths to 65 m.The rig is capable of meeting the installation needs of jumbo-monopiles, jackets, and turbines of future wind farms in deeper waters farther from shore.In early December, Seajacks Scylla will begin her journey from South Korea to Europe on-board the heavy load carrier vessel, HLV Osprey, and is expected to arrive in Rotterdam around the end of January. Seajacks operations teams will then prepare the vessel for her first project next spring.Image Source: Seajacks Internationallast_img read more

Local Leader in Social Media Expands Halifax Office

first_imgOne of Nova Scotia’s most creative social media agencies is expanding, creating up to 40 new full-time jobs in Halifax. Colour Social, a Halifax-based social media strategy agency, is an industry leader. Though many of its clients are located outside the province, the company’s ability to work remotely allows it to expand locally. “We are pleased to support a growing local company like Colour Social,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Colour Social is innovative, globally-competitive, and is creating new opportunities that will allow Nova Scotia graduates to work and thrive at home.” The direct tax benefit to the province related to Colour Social’s incremental growth will be up to $686,000, if it achieves its maximum targets. Colour Social can earn up to $471,480 of this revenue back from the province, as the company achieves hiring targets. “Although we expect our growth to be driven from markets outside the province, where the majority of our clients are located, we see Halifax as the ideal location for this expansion,” said Chris Keevill, president and CEO, Colour Social. “As a business, we need to grow where we can attract and retain the best possible talent for our industry. And for Colour Social, that location is Halifax.” There are many social media companies and organizations in Halifax, such as Dalhousie University’s Social Media Lab, which officially opened in March. Researchers and students study how social media is changing how people communicate and connect online, and how these changes impact the social, economic, and political norms and structures of modern society. This brand new research space is the first of its kind in Canada. “When I decided to study marketing in university, I knew there was a chance I’d have to leave home to find work,” said Leah Murray, an intern from Acadia University’s Business Administration program. “Spending the summer working in social media and helping Colour Social and its clients has been a great experience so far, and has shown me and my classmates that there are really exciting career opportunities right here.” Recently, Colour Social was one of only a few firms globally to be selected for the Salesforce Marketing Cloud Digital Services Alliance. Through this partnership, Colour Social will be delivering social media services for Salesforce clients around the world. “Over the last few years, Nova Scotia has established itself as a leader in the emerging creative technology sector,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “When you have a company like Colour Social choosing to grow in Halifax instead of Toronto, you know, that as a province, we’re moving in the right direction. This is the kind of competitive opportunity NSBI was created to support.” In a recent performance analysis by Gardner Pinfold, an independent consultant, NSBI client activity contributed $139.2 million in new provincial tax revenues. Every tax dollar invested via payroll rebates returned $1.54 to the province and taxpayers. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. Colour Social is an agency focused on gaining leverage for brands in social networks. It uses technology, analytics and creativity to balance art and science. The company’s clients include Salesforce, Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline, Ontario Lottery Group and Infrastructure Ontario.last_img read more

Indoor games activities for Swapno Bhor senior citizens

first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) has taken a slew of measures to keep senior citizens, who are members of Swapno Bhor in New Town, engaged throughout the year.The indoor games competition for the members were inaugurated by Debashis Sen, chairman, Hidco. There are 700 members of Swapno Bhor, the state’s first senior citizen’s park. Sixty members are participating in the indoor games that include table tennis, carom (both singles and doubles), chess and cards. The women members can take part in Rabindra Sangeet competition. The duration of the competitions in different games will be for one month. Prizes will be given to the champions and runners up at a function, which will be held in collaboration with the Women and Child Development and Social Welfare on October 1 which is celebrated as World Senior Citizens’ Day. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere is an auditorium at Swapno Bhor where cultural shows and lectures on different topics are held throughout the year. There is a library and coffee corner. The members do morning and evening walk on the sprawling lawn. Snehodiya, a state run facility for the senior citizens have come up in New Town. Keeping senior citizens engaged is being done in all countries as the life expectancy has gone up. The members of Swapno Bhor oversee gardening and growing of vegetables , a project taken up by an NGO. The members are taken on conducted tours every year.last_img read more

Manitoba Appeal Court told mans conviction in drug dealers death cannot stand

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba man imprisoned for 23 years for first-degree murder before spending the last nine years on probation is on the verge of having his name cleared.Lawyers for the Crown and defence told the Manitoba Court of Appeal on Monday that they agree Frank Ostrowski’s 1987 conviction in the shooting death of a drug dealer was a miscarriage of justice and cannot stand.“His trial was unfair,” Crown attorney Randy Schwartz told the three judges hearing the case.“The parties agree that this case should be terminated permanently.”The Crown is asking for a judicial stay of proceedings, which would put an end to the case. The defence wants the court to go a step further and formally acquit Ostrowski, now in his late 60s.Ostrowski was found guilty of ordering the shooting of a fellow drug dealer and was convicted largely on the testimony of a key witness — Matthew Lovelace — who had separate charges of cocaine possession stayed in exchange.Ostrowski’s lawyers and the jury were never told about the deal and Lovelace told the trial he did not receive any favours in exchange for his testimony.Ostrowski’s lawyer told the Appeal Court that the Crown attorney in the original trial, George Dangerfield, crossed a line by not correcting Lovelace when he testified he did not receive a deal.“He was trying not to cross it. But the reality is he did … by not interrupting and saying, ‘Hang on a sec. Lovelace isn’t telling the truth,’” James Lockyer said.Ostrowski maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration and, in 2009, a Court of Queen’s bench judge cited serious concerns with the conviction and released Ostrowski on bail. In 2014, then-federal justice minister Peter MacKay ruled the case a likely miscarriage of justice and ordered the Manitoba Court of Appeal to review it.Schwartz said Monday that while it was wrong to not reveal Lovelace’s testimony deal, it is not clear whether the Crown at the time knew about the deal or whether police had withheld that information.Schwartz also said there was other evidence that might cause a jury to link Ostrowski to the killing — mainly other witness testimony about his fear that the victim was going to tell police about Ostrowski’s drug activities.For that reason, Schwartz said, Ostrowski does not meet the legal criteria for a full acquittal.The Appeal Court judges reserved their decision to an undetermined date. Ostrowski remains under bail conditions for now.His case is one of a few high-profile wrongful murder convictions that have come to light in Manitoba.James Driskell was convicted of killing a friend in Winnipeg in 1990. The verdict was based partly on testimony from a witness who was given tens of thousands of dollars in expense payments as well as immunity on an arson charge. The trial was not told about the deal. Driskell’s conviction was quashed in 2006.Kyle Unger was convicted, based partly on hair samples found at the scene, of killing a teenage girl at a rock festival in 1990. DNA tests years later showed the hair did not belong to him.Thomas Sophonow was found guilty of killing a waitress in 1981. That was based largely on the testimony of a witness who contradicted in court what she had told police. The defence was not told about the contradiction and Sophonow spent four years in prison before he was freed.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly referred to Crown attorney Randy Schwartz as Schultz in later paragraphslast_img read more

In the news today June 5

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, June 5———PM TO MEET INDIGENOUS PIPELINE SUPPORTERSThe prime minister is expected to meet with Indigenous leaders in British Columbia today, including a First Nations chief who has been a vocal supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Justin Trudeau will be in the Fraser Valley where he’ll speak with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee, a group that monitors existing pipelines and the construction of the Trans Mountain’s expansion project.———ONTARIO BUS CRASH INJURES 24Provincial police in eastern Ontario are seeking the cause of a bus crash that sent at least 24 people to hospital, including four with life-threatening injuries. Const. Suzanne Runciman says the bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed into a rock cut Monday afternoon between Brockville and Prescott. She said the bus carried about 37 people, including the driver and a tour guide, when it went off the highway.———DOUG FORD’S SISTER-IN-LAW FILES LAWSUITOntario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford denies allegations that he mishandled the estate of his late brother Rob Ford, causing financial harm to the late mayor’s widow and two children. The allegations, which have not been proven in court, are in a lawsuit filed by Renata Ford and her two children just days before the Ontario election.———WETTLAUFER INQUIRY TO START TODAYA public inquiry examining the circumstances that allowed a long-term care nurse to kill elderly patients in her care is set to get underway in St. Thomas, Ont., today. The inquiry will examine the systemic factors that allowed Elizabeth Wettlaufer to inject more than a dozen patients with overdoses of insulin while working at long-term care homes and private residences in southwestern Ontario for nearly a decade.———REPORT: STROKE AFFECTS WOMEN DIFFERENTLY THAN MENThe Heart and Stroke Foundation has issued a report showing how stroke can affect women differently than men. It says one-third more women die from having a stroke than do males, and women are 60 per cent less likely to regain their independence afterwards, with a worse prognosis for recovery than men. Less than half of stroke patients who participate in rehabilitation programs are female. Women are also less likely to return home after being treated: twice as many women as men go into long-term care following a stroke.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit the Kinder Morgan Edmonton Terminal South.— Annual Canada 2020 Conference in Ottawa. Former FBI director James Comey delivers keynote address.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will appear before the Senate national finance committee.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will hold a media teleconference following his visit to Vietnam.— Statistics Canada will release labour data for the first quarter.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will honour 43 recipients with various awards.— The Calgary Stampede will announce the 50 new Midway foods for 2018.last_img read more

Closing arguments in trial of man accused of killing missing Manitoba woman

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Crown prosecutor says a Winnipeg man on trial for killing an Indigenous woman committed a ghastly crime, while the defence says he did not mean to cause her harm.Brett Overby, who is 32, has admitted to causing the death of 21-year-old Christine Wood, but says he did not intend to kill her.Overby has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder but his lawyers are asking a jury for a manslaughter verdict, arguing that he reacted after Wood came at him with a knife.During closing arguments, the Crown says Wood was slaughtered.Prosecutors pointed to evidence that her throat was cut, she was stabbed multiple times and her blood was all over Overby’s basement.Wood was reported missing after she travelled to Winnipeg from Oxford House First Nation in northern Manitoba in the summer of 2016.Her body was found 10 months later in a ditch near a farmer’s field just outside the city.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Magic Johnson Joins Jackie Robinson Foundation Board Of Directors

first_imgThe Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) chairman, Gregg Gonsalves, and president and CEO, Della Britton Baeza, announced today that Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mark Roesler have been elected to the Foundation’s board of directors.Mr. Johnson and Mr. Roesler join a 33-member board overseeing the Foundation that perpetuates the legacy of Jackie Robinson through administering one of the nation’s premier college scholarship programs for minority students and, more recently, with the creation of the Jackie Robinson Museum.“Even bigger than the barriers that Jackie Robinson broke on the field of play is his legacy of working for equal opportunity for all people,” said Mr. Johnson. “I am proud to pay homage to Jackie Robinson by being part of JRF’s important mission of educating and inspiring young people.”In addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Mr. Johnson’s co-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of Major League Baseball’s most renowned franchises, speaks to Jackie Robinson’s wish, verbalized in his last public appearance in 1972, that there would be diversity not only on the field but throughout the ranks of professional baseball organizations. Mr. Johnson was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 2002, receiving its prestigious “ROBIE Humanitarian Award.”“We are thrilled about attracting two very dynamic people to the Foundation board,” said Mr. Gonsalves. “They bring a wealth of talent and real commitment and add to our presence and resources on the west coast.” Ms. Britton added that “Magic, himself, broke barriers and stereotypes within professional sports. And he and Cookie Johnson have supported the Foundation for years as part of our extended family. We are thrilled that he has joined us in a more formal capacity.”Mark Roesler, Chairman and CEO of CMG Worldwide, a marketing and management firm for over 300 of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, brings tremendous legal, strategic planning and branding expertise to the JRF Board. A longtime JRF supporter, Mr. Roesler, who is lauded for his role in creating laws that protect the image and likeness of celebrities, represents the Estate of Jackie Robinson.“It is an honor to be part of preserving and protecting Jackie Robinson’s legacy,” said Mr. Roesler. “As a member of the Board, I look forward to expanding my involvement in ensuring that his name and heroic achievements continue to inspire all of us and many generations to come.”“Mr. Roesler has vast knowledge and experience in areas that will be vitally important as we move towards opening the Jackie Robinson Museum. He brings indispensable expertise to our efforts,” said Ms. Britton.last_img read more

Duke Of Cambridge Visits Centrepoint Hostel In London

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge, Patron of Centrepoint, the leading youth homelessness charity for 16-25 year-olds, recently visited a hostel in London.Prince William at CentrepointCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe Duke spent time meeting young people who rely on the charity to help them turn their lives around.As well as providing homeless young people with a safe place to stay, the work of Centrepoint focuses on providing young people with help to tackle physical and mental health problems and support in accessing education and work.On his visit to a Centrepoint hostel, The Duke of Cambridge observed some of the Centrepoint sessions designed for young people, and took the opportunity to hear about the personal experiences of those attending the programme.The support of Centrepoint can make a huge difference to the future of homeless young people, who are four times more likely to not be in education, employment or training than non-homeless peers. Centrepoint offers a wide range of support to help young people enter the world of work, particularly through Workwise, a four-week programme which has been specifically designed to help homeless young people overcome barriers to finding and keeping a job.The Duke spent time with staff who run the hostel, and colleagues from Centrepoint’s Learning Team who provide workshops and training sessions.Centrepoint supports 9,000 young people directly in London, Yorkshire and the North East, and through its partner charities across the UK. Young people typically stay with Centrepoint for around two years, with 90 per cent moving on positively.Centrepoint aims to help all young people find a job and a home, so they can leave homelessness behind for good. For more information about Centrepoint visit their website.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP investigating possible domestic dispute

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a possible domestic dispute that happened on August 5, 2019.The RCMP have just released information about an incident on August 5, 2019, at 12:45 p.m.  The RCMP received a call of a possible domestic dispute in progress near the intersection of Highway 97 and 86 street in Fort St. John.The 911 report said that a man in a gold coloured SUV was parked on the side of the southbound lane of Highway 97 north.  The man exited the vehicle, went around to the passenger side, was yelling at and appeared to be striking a female passenger then trying to pull her out of the vehicle.  The man then got back into the SUV and drove southbound on Highway 97, in the direction of Taylor, B.C. The man is described as:caucasian,tall and skinny,scruffy blonde hair,wearing a t-shirt and blue jeans.The passenger is described as:female,caucasian,dark curly hair.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are requesting any witnesses or persons who may have dashcam video, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at read more

EC calls for FIR against Babul Supriyo

first_imgKolkata: The fourth phase of elections in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bengal concluded peacefully on Monday, with a few stray incidents reported from some parts.The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to lodge an FIR against BJP candidate Babul Supriyo, for threatening the presiding officer and a Trinamool Congress polling agent inside booth number 199 of Barabani. Meanwhile, incidents of firing by Central Force jawans have been reported from Birbhum’s Parui and Dubrajpur. The Election Commission has asked to register an FIR in this connection. Trinamool Congress has lodged a specific complaint with the Election Commission in this regard, whereas a separate complaint was lodged by the Central Force officials. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab said that an altercation broke out in both the areas over the use of mobile phones by the voters, following which a Central Force jawan in each area fired a blank round. The ceiling of a polling booth at Dubrajpur was damaged as the Central Force jawan fired inside the booth. Supriyo is contesting the election from Asansol on the saffron party’s ticket and has been pitted against Trinamool Congress heavyweight Moon Moon Sen. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySupriyo lost his cool inside the polling booth and threatened the presiding officer and a TMC agent in a fit of rage. He had stormed into the booth with his bodyguard, without prior permission from the presiding officer. However, he clarified the issue by saying that he had stepped into the booth after hearing about an untoward incident. The Election Commission has sought a report in connection with the incident. Supriyo subsequently had to face the wrath of some Trinamool Congress activists, who staged a demonstration in front of him at Barabani and Pandabeswar. An irate mob also ransacked his vehicle. The overall polling percentage in the eight constituencies remained at 76.44 till 5 pm. Berhampore recorded 76.16 percent, with 76.55 in Krishnanagar, 78.33 in Ranaghat (SC), 76.92 in Burdwan East, 75.31 in Burdwan-Durgapur, 73.64 in Asansol, 77.95 in Bolpur (SC) and 76.69 in Birbhum. Two presiding officers from Ketugram in East Burdwan and Mayureswar in Birbhum were removed by the Commission as some allegations of booth jamming surfaced in the two areas. The Commission has sought a report from the district administrations in this regard. A total 6 FIRs were registered by the Commission and five persons have been arrested for creating trouble on Monday. Special Observer Ajay Nayak told media persons that the election was peaceful. He, however, assured that if there is any specific complaint, it will be looked into.last_img read more