Muskrat Falls activists released from St Johns penitentiary amid protests

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Three Labrador protesters jailed after refusing to obey a court injunction ordering them to stay away from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project site are to be released.The trio — Jim Learning, Eldred Davis and Marjorie Flowers, who activists describe as Inuit elders — were taken into custody July 21 and held at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, N.L.Their incarceration became a focal point for protests around the Muskrat Falls megaproject, with about two dozen protesters rallying Monday at the Confederation Building in St. John’s, where they presented a 3,000-name petition calling for their release.“People are trying to have their voices heard and sending them to a penitentiary in St. John’s thousands of kilometres away from their home is definitely a bit extreme,” said protest organizer Angela Giles, who said the three are simply trying to protect their land and the environment.All three were released to return home after court appearances Monday, VOCM reported.Davis signed an undertaking, while Flowers and Learning will be under house arrest until their next court appearances, VOCM reported. Learning is 79 years old and being treated for prostate cancer.Andrew Parsons, the province’s justice minister, said in a statement Monday he was not involved in the decision to transfer the trio to St. John’s.“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador fully appreciates that people have legitimate concerns with the Muskrat Falls project. Our government supports the right to lawful and peaceful protest however once the level of protest exceeds the limits laid out in the law, we must respect judicial decisions,” he said in the statement.A smaller protest, organized by the Council of Canadians, was also held Monday outside the Halifax headquarters of project partner Emera Inc.Emera is funding the $1.6 billion Maritime Link, a 170-kilometre subsea cable that will eventually carry electricity from Newfoundland to Cape Breton.Giles said the public needs to show opposition to the Muskrat Falls project by contacting provincial and federal politicians.“Nova Scotians are implicated in this as well through the Maritime Link,” she said.Giles said her group hasn’t yet attempted to talk to Emera officials.In addition to dropping the charges against Learning, Davis, and Flowers, the protesters said they want a methylmercury agreement signed in 2016 to be honoured by lowering water levels and clearing vegetation around the Muskrat Falls site. They also want an independent review on the stability of an earthen dam near the site and a forensic audit of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown utility Nalcor Energy.“From the very start we were concerned about the lack of information, the lack of due diligence performed by Nalcor . . . and the lack of adherence by Canada to consult with indigenous peoples who will be impacted by this project,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club Canada.Nalcor announced in June that it would adjust the spillway gates to lower the water levels in the river above the Muskrat Falls generation facility.At the time Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall said the utility was working with Labrador aboriginal leaders to address methylmercury concerns.Marshall said he wasn’t looking to “do anything that will endanger people.”The cost of the beleaguered project is estimated at $12.7 billion with financing — a figure about $5 billion higher than when the project was sanctioned five years ago.– By Keith Doucette in Halifaxlast_img read more

Shopify acquires Swedish ecommerce company Tictail for undisclosed amount

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SHOP) OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. says it has acquired Swedish e-commerce company Tictail.Terms of the deal were not immediately available.Like Shopify, Tictail aims to bring trendy products to the marketplace by helping businesses create an online presence.Tictail was founded in 2012 by four friends, including one who wanted to create the company after he watched his mother struggle to build an online shop for her ceramics.The acquisition comes as Shopify eyes international markets for growth and attempts to add more merchants outside North America.Shopify products are already used by brands including Nestle, Kylie Cosmetics, Tesla and Red Bull. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Top US Congressman calls for war crimes probe

Top US Congressman Eliot Engel has written to US Secretary Of State John Kerry expressing serious concerns regarding the deterioration of democracy and the lack of progress on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.Citing indications that the Government of Sri Lanka appears unwilling to implement the recommendations of Sri Lanka’s own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, Engel told Kerry that now is the time for the State Department to support calls for an Independent International Investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka. The full letter follows:  In the spring of 2009, when the Sri Lankan government defeated the LTTE, many believed the victory would pave the way not only for reconciliation between Sri Lanka’s ethnic groups, but also for a strengthened democracy and greater economic development. But the government has not built upon the peace dividend. Instead, it has used the space to consolidate its power, and to remove some of the checks and balances that are the hallmarks of true democracy. Four years later, rule of law is endangered, media freedom and freedom of speech are under attack, and reconciliation seems even more distant than it did during the long years of conflict. While certainly the government should be applauded for some of its efforts at rehabilitation and reconstruction in the northern parts of the country, it has made little real progress in addressing the conflict’s underlying issues, or in answering questions of accountability that must be addressed in order to achieve lasting reconciliation and peace in the country. In fact, the Government’s post-war actions in this direction have all been significantly influenced by the international community. One such example: in May 2010, the government established a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), partly in response to international pressure over the deaths of an estimated 40,000 civilians at the war’s conclusion. The Sri Lankan Government presented the LLRC as evidence of its commitment to accountability, and argued that the LLRC review precluded the need for other processes on an international level. However, the LLRC had a limited mandate: it examined only the period 2002-2009 and had unclear investigative powers. Critics said it was neither transparent nor impartial.  Nonetheless, even the flawed process of the LLRC review acknowledged important events and grievances that have contributed to decades of political violence and civil war in Sri Lanka. The final LLRC report makes constructive recommendations on a wide range of issues, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances; demilitarization of the north and the country as a whole; the importance of a political settlement for minorities, with meaningful devolution of power; the protection of the right to freedom of expression for all, including the enactment of a right to information law; and the enactment of rule of law reforms. The report also acknowledged the disproportionate impact of the conflict and its aftermath on women and children.  I commend the leading role the State Department played last March with the passage of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution calling for the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the LLRC’s recommendations. Unfortunately, almost a year has gone by since that resolution passed and the Government has failed to take it up. Its National Action Plan addresses less than a third of the LLRC recommendations, a fact conveniently left out of government responses to international criticism. The lack of accountability in this instance sets a dangerous pattern, in fact, for the country as a whole. The deterioration of democracy in Sri Lanka includes a 2010 amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution, hurriedly passed by its Parliament, that removed the two-term limit for the President, provided him legal immunity, and gave him the final say in appointments to the civil service, the judiciary, and the police. Urban Development now comes under the Defence Ministry. And earlier this year, Parliament impeached Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, even though the Supreme Court had deemed that move unconstitutional. As Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert O. Blake has said, “International mechanisms can become appropriate in cases where states are either unable or unwilling to meet their obligations.” The State Department’s April 2012 report to Congress on Sri Lanka acknowledged that no one has been held to account since the publication of the LLRC. In February, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a strong report questioning the government’s commitment to follow through on the recommendations of the LLRC and urged Sri Lankan authorities to permit international experts to probe allegations of serious human rights violations. I agree with the Commissioner. It is time the U.S. join the call for an independent international investigation. Engel, a member of the US Foreign Affairs Committee, says in the letter that while the government should be applauded for some of its efforts at rehabilitation and reconstruction in the northern parts of the country, it has made little real progress in addressing the conflict’s underlying issues. Secretary Kerry, in a report issued by your staff during your tenure as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the authors wrote that the war in Sri Lanka was over, but that the underlying conflict still simmered. Unfortunately, this remains true. I look forward to working with you and the Department to support efforts to address these underlying conflicts. Sincerely, Eliot L. Engel(Colombo Gazette) Dear Secretary Kerry:I am writing to express my concern about the continued erosion of democracy in Sri Lanka and to urge you to call for an independent international investigation into allegations of war crimes by both the Government of Sri Lanka and the terrorist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), during their final battles. read more

Pakistani journalist harassed by Sri Lankan journalist not official

SLC confirms it is neither an official nor employee of Sri Lanka Cricket, but is a journalist representing a private media organisation. A Pakistani journalist who claimed she had been harassed in Abu Dhabi during the Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan series, had been harassed by Sri Lankan journalist and not a Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC) official.Sri Lanka Cricket today denied the alleged involvement of any official or employee of SLC in the purported incident of harassment of a female journalist in Abu Dhabi. The Pakistani journalist, Munazza Jilani, claimed she had been harassed by a Sri Lanka Cricket official during the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates.Munazza Jilani said she had raised the matter with the Pakistan Cricket board. (Colombo Gazette) The incident which was brought to light by the lady concerned via her personal Twitter handle alleging it to have been perpetrated by an official of SLC has been formally reported to SLC by the Pakistan Cricket Board. read more

Actor Ryan Van Rooyen further remanded

The Police then produced him before a Magistrate and the Magistrate ordered that he be remanded. Over the past few days most of them were deported to Sri Lanka and detained at the Katunayake airport. (Colombo Gazette) Actor Ryan Van Rooyen, who was arrested in Dubai and deported to Sri Lanka, was today ordered to be further remanded until May 9.Van Rooyen was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on April 4th and handed over to the Weligama Police the next day. Ryan Van Rooyen was among several people arrested with notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush at a hotel in Dubai in February. read more

Jersey Sponsorship Toronto Raptors to wear Sun Life patch next season

TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors will wear a sponsor patch on their game jerseys for the first time next season.A Sun Life logo will be added to the front left shoulder of the team’s uniform, the Raptors said Thursday in a release. Jersey sponsorships will be introduced league-wide beginning next season as part of a three-year NBA pilot program.Financial terms of the deal were not released.Sun Life partners with the Raptors in the group benefits and life and health insurance categories. They also plan to work together on a diabetes awareness and prevention program.“This is an exciting time in Raptors’ history and we’re thrilled to share it with Sun Life, an iconic Canadian brand who has been a trusted partner of ours over the past seven years,” said Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment chief commercial officer David Hopkinson. “This partnership, while breaking new ground, puts an important issue affecting our community first and represents an initiative that we can all take great pride in.”The new team jersey will be officially unveiled this fall.“We’re thrilled to announce this new, first of its kind partnership with the Raptors and MLSE,” said Sun Life Financial senior vice-president & chief marketing officer Lisa Ritchie. “These are great brands coming together, connecting with fans of the game and encouraging Canadians from coast to coast to live a healthy and active lifestyle.“I look forward to the 2017-18 Raptors season when we officially launch this exciting program in support of diabetes and wellness.” by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2017 7:53 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jersey Sponsorship: Toronto Raptors to wear Sun Life patch next season read more

After Lampedusa tragedy UN refugee agency urges European Union to revisit migration

“With 311 confirmed deaths, that tragedy is already one of the deadliest incidents on recent record,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva, referring to the tragedy that occurred last week when migrants aboard an overcrowded ship that had originated in Libya were killed when a fire caused a panic that led to the ship capsizing. The UN agency welcomed comments earlier this week by the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, on the need for measures including strengthened capacity for rescue at sea, and better surveillance to track boats.“It is important that all available means [are] used to mitigate the root causes of flight in refugee producing countries,” Mr. Edwards stressed.More information is needed to be made available about the hazards of irregular sea movements to Europe. In addition, there needs to be better gathering and sharing of information about the routes and means that people are taking in flight, as well as improved rescue at sea detection and response, and better care arrangements on arrival after their disembarkation, including improved facilities, he said. Lampedusa currently faces “serious overcrowding,” the spokesperson said, with more than 1,200 people occupying facilities with the capacity of 250.Asked if there was readiness by other European countries to take in any refugees currently staying in Lampedusa, Mr. Edwards said that some of them had already been moved from the island to other areas, but it was still early to predict how the situation would develop further. Of the estimated 500 passengers on the boat, the majority are believed to be Eritreans, with at least 50 people remaining missing, the UN agency said. The boat, which originated from Libya, caught fire half a mile from the coast, leading to the vessel capsizing. read more

Barbados PM announces sale of LIAT shares

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAntigua Government not willing to pay price Barbados wants for its LIAT sharesJuly 17, 2019In “latest news”Regional governments urged to become LIAT shareholdersAugust 27, 2013In “Regional”LIAT’s CEO resignsSeptember 16, 2013In “Other Stories” (CMC) — The Barbados government Tuesday night formally announced plans to sell its shares in the cash strapped regional airline, LIAT, but insisted that it was committed to regional transportation and would continue to hold minimum shares in the Antigua-based carrier.Barbados along with Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are the main shareholders of the airline that employs over 600 people and operates 491 flights weekly across 15 destinations.Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley in a statement to Parliament confirmed reports that Antigua and Barbuda would be seeking to replace her country as the largest shareholder government by seeking to acquire the shares Bridgetown would be outing up for sale.She said that Attorney General Dale Marshall would lead the negotiations.“There is only so much that Barbados can responsibly do at this time given our current circumstances and our current position on the journey which I referred to just now,” she said, having earlier made reference to the island’s multi-million dollar agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to turn around the ailing economy.“Therefore…notwithstanding our absolute commitment to regional air travel and notwithstanding the fact and given in fact that the studies have recommended a different module and restructuring for LIAT and given the inability of the government of Barbados to do for LIAT in the next five to 10 years what the government of Barbados did for LIAT in the last five to 10 years when we moved significantly to assume major shareholder responsibilities, we have taken the determination, a decision as a cabinet that it is time for us to step back while at the same time allowing other governments to continue with their proposals to restructure LIAT in the way which they have determined.”Last month, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he had received communication from his Barbados indicating that Bridgetown was willing to sell all but 10 per cent of its shares in the airline.Antigua and Barbuda currently holds 34 per cent of the shares and if it acquires Bridgetown’s shares, would have 81 per cent of the airline.The government in a statement last month had said that “an offer was made for Antigua and Barbuda to acquire the LIAT shares owned by Barbados, through a take-over of the liability of Barbados to the Caribbean Development Bank.”The Antigua and Barbuda government chief of staff, Lionel Max Hurst, said that “there are many jobs here in Antigua and Barbuda connected to LIAT and we intend to ensure that those jobs are not lost.“Many of the route rights that LIAT now possesses would be utilized more fully if Antigua and Barbuda gets its way,” Hurst said. read more

Dismissal of PSM staff unlawful but no actions against Minister

Minister of Public Service Tabitha Sarabo-Halley acted unlawfully when she dismissed several employees from her ministry, an independent investigation has found.However, there will be no disciplinary actions against the Minister, according to Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.A Board of Inquiry was established to probe the matter after much criticisms mounted against the move.Reports are that the Minister, merely weeks after taking up the position, arbitrarily sent the employees packing, without giving them a reason.Government had initially denied the reports, which first appeared in the Guyana Times newspaper.However, Harmon had subsequently confirmed that three workers were dismissed. But, he said they were later sent on administrative leave pending the outcome of the BOI.With the probe complete, it was recommended that the workers be reinstated.Harmon also noted that Minister Sarabo-Halley will be advised of the need for due process. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt rescinds dismissal of PSM staff, launches probeJune 11, 2019In “latest news”BoI’s probe into arbitrary firing of PSM staff delayedJuly 1, 2019In “latest news”Sarabo-Halley defends arbitrary firing of staffJuly 11, 2019In “latest news” read more

Whitehaven Coal looks to MICROMINEs Geobank software to find more coal

first_imgMICROMINE’s geological data management system, Geobank, has extended its presence in Australia’s coal mining sector by securing a contract with Whitehaven Coal, according to the mining software solutions provider.One of Australia’s largest independent coal producers, Whitehaven Coal, has implemented Geobank across all of its projects in New South Wales and Queensland, MICROMINE said. The company produced 16 Mt of coal in 2018, contributing to record Australian coal export results.Geobank is a geological data management software solution that provides a flexible and efficient environment for capturing, validating and managing data, according to MICROMINE.MICROMINE Senior Geobank Data Management Specialist, Ibo Mango, said Geobank provided an important tool for coal miners to hone, manage and direct their exploration and production processes.“Geobank helps companies of all sizes to better record, access, review, integrate and utilise their essential geological data,” Mango said. “Problems with inaccurate data are often invisible. Loss of data, poor accessibility or quality control issues can cost millions of dollars and cause inaccurate decision making, especially in a high-yield sector like coal.”As a strong player in the Australia coal mining industry, and with a major expansion project underway, Whitehaven Coal procured Geobank to provide a robust, flexible data management solution, MICROMINE says. Geobank has adapted to suit Whitehaven’s specific work flow requirements, including data collection, validation and depth adjustment, browsing and advanced reporting needs.“Geobank’s fully customisable solution provided Whitehaven with extended functionality designed specifically for their exploration and mining needs. Geobank provides specialised utilities for displaying and managing drillhole data,” Mango said.Geobank also integrates the Australian CoalLog Standard, which was introduced in 2012. Before CoalLog, around 30 different data formats and over 100 different data code translation tables were used in the capture of geological and geotechnical data, which led to major inefficiencies in the collection, transfer, and analysis of coal borehole data.Members of MICROMINE’s Geobank team played a role in the development of CoalLog and ensured its integration into Geobank’s suite of products.last_img read more

Cummins HSK78G gas generator gets a runout at Blackhams MatildaWiluna gold mine

first_imgBlackham Resources has enlisted the help of Cummins and its new HSK78G gas generator to power up production at the Matilda-Wiluna gold operations in Western Australia, according to the engine manufacturer.Blackham’s power supplier, Perth-based Contract Power Group, selected the newly launched Cummins HSK78G generator to supply prime power for the next stage of expansion at the mine. The new gas-powered generator will provide up to 20% of the mine’s power as the company strives to increase its production.Located 500 m above sea level, Matilda-Wiluna is subject to extreme temperatures, ranging from -2° C to 50° C throughout the year. Considering these conditions, the HSK78G’s capability to deliver power in remote areas and extreme climates – generating up to 1,800 kWe in ambient temperatures of 55°C – was a crucial requirement behind the choice to select the generator, Cummins said.With a power density of 2 MW from the new Cummins 78-litre, V12 gas engine, the HSK78G provides high electrical efficiency up to 44.2% on a wide range of pipeline natural gas down to 70 methane number (MN) without impacting power and efficiency output, according to the company.Craig Wilkins, Director of Cummins Prime Power Segment and Global Sales Support, said: “It’s an exciting time in the power solutions sector and we’re delighted to deliver the latest innovations in gas generator technology to Blackham Resources. The company operates on a massive scale and required a sizeable dependable power generation solution to operate in difficult conditions. Cummins’ HSK78G offered the required performance levels as well as one of the industry’s longest major overhaul service cycles of 80,000 hours.”Marc Grosser, General Manager of Contract Power Group, said: “We are happy with the performance of the unit so far and the associability of maintenance items. It’s a compact unit and very well designed. Cummins have ensured there is fast service and support when called upon, despite our extremely remote location.”Blackham expects to produce 70,000-80,000 oz of gold in its 2020 financial year and aims to progress its Sulphide Expansion project to unlock the large sulphide reserves and resources it has delineated at Wiluna.last_img read more

Zlatko Horvat broke right hand against La Rioja

← Previous Story Macedonians sack Risto Magdincev Next Story → Azoty Pulawy sack Dragan Markovic Croatian PPD Zagreb’s captain Zlatko Horvat is forced to forget on handball matches in the next four weeks. Croatian right wing has broke his right hand (metacarpal bone) against Naturhouse La Rioja at EHF CL Round 4 match in Logrono (21:22) and won’t be able to help his team-mates in upcoming matches in SEHA GAZPROM SS league, but also, he will be out from the NT squad for the EHF EURO 2016 qualifications start against the Netherlands (October 30) and Turkey (November 2). read more

RK PPD Zagreb Domagoj Pavlovic to miss next two months

Domagoj Pavlovic ← Previous Story RK Vojvodina and coach Bosko Rudic part ways Next Story → EHF CL TOP 5 GOALS (Round 1): Pure magic by Simonet and Dibirov One of the leaders at RK PPD Zagreb, Domagoj Pavlovic, suffered a thumb injury during the match against Swedish Kristianstad and is expected to miss two months, announced Croatian team.He will miss important period of season starting from tonight match against RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko on home court.The 24-years old playmaker has a lot of problems with injuries in his proffesional career. He already had two surgeries of his shooting shoulder. read more

Tánaiste on NSA spying Friends dont bug each others telephones

first_img“I’ve already said very clearly and very publicly that it is unacceptable that any state would bug a friendly state, eavesdrop on telephone conversations or try to establish intelligence in that way,” he said today.He said that the matter has already been raised at an official level with officials from the US embassy here as well as at an EU level with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying it is something the Irish government is very clear on.“The bugging of other people’s telephones… you know, friends don’t bug each other’s telephones,” Gilmore added.Read: Gilmore raised concerns over US spying with embassy in Dublin this summerRead: NSA ‘tapped into links to Google, Yahoo data centres’ TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said that the government does not have any information that the US National Security Agency (NSA) carried out surveillance on Ireland, but said eavesdropping is unacceptable.Speaking after a meeting with the US diplomat charged with talks on outstanding issues in Northern Ireland, Richard Haass, Gilmore said that it is “unacceptable” that any other state would spy on a friendly state.He told reporters: “We’ve no information in relation to activity here. But I want to make it very clear that eavesdropping on telephones here or indeed anywhere else in Europe is not acceptable to us.”It emerged today that Gilmore raised the issue of NSA spying at the Council of Europe headquarters in Brussels with officials “at a senior official level” in the US Embassy in Dublin earlier this year.last_img read more

Column Ancient brewing in Ireland and the legacy it left behind

first_imgTHE BREWING OF beer is ancient and pre-dates civilisation itself. In fact, some now believe that it was the brewing of beer that prompted early humans to leave behind the nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle and take up a more settled existence. The very roots of civilisation and agriculture are to be found in the brewing of beer. The driving force that pushed us ever further is also to be found in there; the earliest known forms of the written word are actually about beer or contain references to it. That’s a subject for another article, though, because today I would like to talk about ancient brewing in Ireland.St Patrick’s Day 2014 is almost upon us and Ireland is going through a sort of renaissance when it comes to beer. What was brewing like on this island in ancient times? Evidence of brewing in Ireland dates back to the Bronze Age. In 2007, Moore Group, an Irish archaeology and heritage consultancy, put forward the hypothesis that a type of site commonly found all over Europe was used to brew beer. These are called fulacht fiadh or ‘burnt mound’ and there are over 4,500 in Ireland.A fulacht fiadh is essentially a pit in the ground which seems to have been used for many different purposes, and brewing beer is believed to have been one of them. Evidence indicates that the primary purpose of a fulacht fiadh was to heat water by immersing pre-heated rocks in the trough. Hot water is necessary to convert the starches in malted grain in to fermentable sugars.Early writingsOne of the most famous pieces of early writings called the Hymn to Ninkasi from 1800 BC is actually the earliest known recipe for beer. I won’t copy the whole thing here but an important verse states the following:You are the one who handles the dough,[and] with a big shovel,Mixing in a pit, the bappir with sweet aromaticsSo the brewing of beer in ground pits had been around for a long time indeed, and it seems logical that this method would have made its way to Ireland a couple of centuries later.The time of St Patrick was about 400-500 AD. In those days, technology didn’t advance very fast so beer would have been brewed in a similar way. Instead of pits in the ground, we would have had custom built vats or bath-like structures. Beer would have been a very different drink than what we know today. The primary difference was the lack of hops, a rather recent addition to beer. Various herbs like heather and bog myrtle would have been used to balance some of the sweetness but beer during the time of St Patrick would have been a very sweet beverage. This sort of beer would have been the norm until the introduction of hops in the 13th century – however the addition of hops didn’t reach the UK until the 1500s to the UK and so presumably Ireland, too, which was more or less under English rule at the time.MicrobreweriesBetween 1829 and 1841 there was an estimated 171 breweries on the Island of Ireland. By the 1980s we were down to just three brewing companies producing a number of different brands of beer. The mid to late 1990s saw a brief resurgence of Irish brewing with a number of small breweries or “microbreweries” opening up. The Porterhouse, Carlow Brewing Company and the Franciscan Well. It wouldn’t be until 2006 that we would see a real renaissance in Irish brewing but it has come in leaps and bounds.Today we have over 30 active breweries with over a dozen more in the planning stage. It is estimated that by the end of the year, we will be at about 50. What’s the reason for this? Firstly there was the government tax break for microbreweries. Second there were people passionately writing about beer. Beoir was formed to educate the consumer and become Ireland’s first beer consumer group representing Ireland on a European level as a member of the European Beer Consumers’ Union (EBCU). The recession also helped as consumers started demanding value/quality for money.This St Patrick’s weekend there will be a craft beer and food festival inside the CHQ building at the IFSC in Dublin. There’s no better way to sample some of Ireland’s best beers from independent breweries than by popping along. More info can be found on their website: www.irishfest.ieAnd if you would rather just find a good pub, there’s an app for that. The BeoirFinder app is available on both Android and iOS.Reuben Gray is a freelance and beer writer. He is the author of TaleofAle.com and is also the chairman of Beoir, Ireland’s beer consumer group.Read: Beer ‘tasting’ robot in Spain drinks lager and pilsnerRead: Mesmerising time-lapse video shows how beer fermentslast_img read more

Facebook Tests Local News Hub Teases Simplified Messenger in 2018

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Social media marketing took off in 2016, cluttering Twitter feeds and Instagram streams with advertisements often indistinguishable from bonafide posts.Facebook users, in particular, have complained that public content—briefs from businesses, brands, media—is “crowding out” personal moments, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.“The balance of what’s in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do—help us connect with each other,” he wrote in a recent announcement.The young entrepreneur promised adjustments to the network, starting with the News Feed and a new section called “Today In.”As reported by Recode, folks in the six pilot cities—New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y.—can access the category, featuring local news, events, and announcements.Visit the hub via the bottom-right menu button (three horizontal lines) in the mobile app.Using machine-learning software, Facebook surfaces content specific to certain areas, ensuring users see stories from regional publishers and emergency updates from neighborhood authorities.“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” Zuckerberg said.As the company rolls out these alterations, users should notice fewer commercial posts and more news from family and actual friends. And the public content you do see will “encourage meaningful interactions between people.”“I want to be clear: By making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down,” Zuck admitted. “But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable.“And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term, too,” he added.“At its best, Facebook has always been about personal connections,” Zuckerberg wrote. “By focusing on bringing people closer together—whether it’s with family and friends, or around important moments in the world—we can help make sure that Facebook is time well spent.”Facebook Messenger, meanwhile, is getting a makeover in 2018.Head of Messenger David Marcus today offered a peek at what’s in store for the platform this year—including a “massively” simplified and streamlined version of the app. Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Audit finds fault with Clark County

first_imgClark County had two “major deficiencies” in internal controls monitoring spending on one federal grant, according to a state audit released this week.The county faces no financial penalties and is already fixing the two problems identified by the state as it reviewed a $426,273 contract for the Washington State University Extension 78th Street Building Renovation project.The state audit dings the county for failing to ensure that contractors followed the Davis-Bacon Act to pay federally prescribed prevailing wages to laborers, and to make sure that contractors it hired for the work are not suspended or debarred from doing business with the federal government.The grant was part of a total $922,466 in federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant stimulus money the county spent in 2011.John Ingram, finance director in the Clark County Auditor’s Office, said the two components were part of one finding.He said that the federal stimulus grant was an unusual one. Typically, such grants are handled by just the public works department, where training and policies are set.“The (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) grant doesn’t have a history, so went through a few hands before it got to pub works,” Ingram said. “That’s why we dropped the Davis Bacon component.”The state audit findings agreed with Ingram.“This was a newer program for the county with several different project managers and departments involved,” it read. “A breakdown in communication occurred when determining who would be responsible for ensuring compliance requirements were met.”last_img read more

Shazam writer Henry Gayden roped in to pen down script for sequel

first_imgShazam! in your nearest theatres!TwitterThere’s some good news for Shazam! fans as the writers have confirmed a sequel is in the making. And for the sequel, Warner Bros. is reportedly bringing back the original scriptwriter, Henry Gayden. The studio also plans to bring back David F. Sandberg to direct the sequel.As per an exclusive report on The Wrap, Warner Bros, New Line and DC Comics are set to bring back a sequel to the magic created by Shazam with Shazam! 2. For Shazam!, Gayden received sole screenplay credit in the film. Apart from Gayden and Sandberg, producer Peter Safran is also supposed to return for the sequel. For the uninitiated, Shazam! tells the story of a teenager Billy (Asher Angel) who is chosen as a vessel for Shazam’s (Zachary Levi) return. Shazam is basically an ancient wizard with extraordinary powers. What follows further is how the super cool school boy turned into a superhero tries to stop the evil billionaire industrialist Sivana (Mark Strong) from acquiring Shazam’s powers for himself.#Shazam sequel in the works with screenplay writer Henry Gayden tapped to write the script, director David F. Sandberg expected to return(via @TheWrap | https://t.co/96RQyFKQs8) pic.twitter.com/xBx8JEIWcx— Fandom (@getFANDOM) April 8, 2019Shazam! sequel in the makingTwitterThe film released last week but has already managed to score big money at the box office. The film has managed to become #1 worldwide with its overperformance. Exceeding the expectations of trade experts, the North American collection has rounded up to $56.8 million with a gross $102.3 million collection at the international box office. This has brought the total of Shazam to a whopping $159.1 million. The world seems to be in DC Comics superhero’s favour as fans are flocking over to the cinema to uplift the box office scores and success of the films. Previously, Aquaman and Wonder Woman were the ones who managed to achieve such a feat after the momentary setback caused by a series of Warner Bros and DC Comics films.Henry Gayden, a relatively new writer to the studio movies is currently basking in the success of Shazam. Of course, though, the possibility of Shazam 2 completely depends on the script by Gayden. If the script is good enough, the studio will give the sequel a green light to continue. Will the film bring Black Adam as the antagonist? Since the first film did not introduce Black Adam over Dwayne Johnson’s request, which he revealed in his Instagram video. It would be interesting to learn how Gayden plans to go about with the script for the sequel.last_img read more

Houstons Legal Community Offers Free Services To Harvey Victims

first_imgThe Houston Bar Association has expanded its LegalLine to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and has set up a toll free number for Texas residents outside the Houston area.Beginning Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 29, the HBA’s LegalLine will have volunteer attorneys answering calls from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.Extended LegalLine hours will be available from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 20. The public can call 713-759-1133 or toll free at 1-866-959-1133 and speak to volunteer attorneys who will answer their questions, provide brief legal advice and refer them to appropriate resources for help.The attorneys will be able to answer questions on insurance, landlord/issues, contracts, lost documents, FEMA matters and other disaster-related topics. The HBA’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) is working with other local and state legal services providers to coordinate legal aid for low-income individuals affected by the storm. HVL will set up legal advice clinics to meet the needs of the community in various locations across the city and also will visit area shelters to provide information about how to access legal services and to answer questions.  The Veterans Legal Advice Clinic on Friday, September 1, has been opened to victims of Hurricane Harvey, in addition to veterans. The clinic will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Blvd., 77030, first floor near the emergency room entrance. No appointment necessary. Starting on September 1, HVL will be working with Lone Star Legal Aid to staff booths at some of the shelters housing those who have been displaced as a result of the storm.  There will be booths initially at the George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG Stadium.  Booths will be expanded to additional shelters next week. Lawyers at these locations will address legal questions for those who are housed at the shelter temporarily. For updated information on legal aid and other services, visit www.makejusticehappen.org/Harvey, call 713-228-0732 or 713-759-1133. Sharelast_img read more

McRoberts Named ACC Performer of the Week

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior Anthony McRoberts has been named an ACC Performer of the Week following his two-win showing at the Houston Spring Break Invitational. This is the first ACC weekly honor for McRoberts. The native of Cahokia, Ill. won the high jump with a mark of 2.11m/6-11 and won the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 15.27m/50-01.25. His high jump mark ranks fifth nationally, and his triple jump mark ranks ninth nationally.  The Cardinals travel back to Houston to compete in the Victor Lopez Classic this Friday and Saturday. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more