Kolkata: Facing flak from the opposition, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was on the defensive on Friday over the circular on construction of dining hall in state-run schools having more than 70 per cent Muslim students, saying it was intended to conform to the Centre’s guidelines on use of funds. Asserting that the direction was not aimed at dividing students in any way, she said the circular was worded in the manner to figure out whether minority students are in greater numbers so that “we could channelise Minority Welfare department funds into this scheme” and it was meant to benefit all. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga “That’s the government of India guideline. We are following that. It’s a technical matter, nothing more,” Banerjee told reporters in her state assembly chamber. “The idea is to pool in funds from different departments so that the scheme can be effectively implemented. It was not supposed to divide students in any way,” she clarified. This was supposed to be for schools which do not have dining halls and where students have to eat outside under the sun. It is meant for all, she stated. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers The circular was issued by the Cooch Behar district magistrate office (minority section) on June 25, asking the district inspector of schools to send list of names of state-run and state-aided schools having more than 70 per cent minority students by Friday, for sending a proposal for construction of dining halls for mid-day meals in schools. The opposition BJP used the issue to attack the TMC government. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said Mamata Banerjee government is only interested in working for the development of Muslims in the state. The decision also drew criticism from other opposition parties in the state- Congress and CPI(M). The TMC, however, termed the allegations as baseless and defended the decision. “I had no knowledge of this. This was an old circular which had already been withdrawn. I think some errant officer dredged out an old circular and issued it without the government’s knowledge,” the chief minister was quoted as saying initially by the TMC. Sources said the chief minister later spoke to officials who told her that the circular was only for Cooch Behar and clarified the reasons for issuing it.
Tokyo: Japan’s government says it will abide by a court ruling ordering it to compensate former leprosy patients’ families over a lengthy segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting prejudice. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday the government won’t appeal the Kumamoto District Court decision in June awarding compensation to 541 plaintiffs for financial and psychological suffering due to discrimination in education, jobs and marriage. Abe said he found part of the ruling unacceptable but decided not to challenge it, saying the families’ suffering shouldn’t be prolonged. His announcement came ahead of national elections. The court ordered the government to pay 370 million yen ( 3.4 million) in damages to the 541 families. It said it failed to end segregation until 1996, decades after leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, became curable.
Highlights from the news file for Thursday, May 11———QUEBEC GOVERNMENT EXPECTS TO BOOST FLOOD COMPENSATION: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says his province will likely boost compensation for victims of flooding in the province. Couillard made the comment Thursday as he appeared at a news conference in Gatineau with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. More than 4,100 residences in Quebec have been affected by the floods and more than 3,000 people have had to leave their homes. Trudeau says as climate change continues to pose a threat, Canadians must be ready to deal with severe weather disasters.———AIR CANADA TO LAUNCH LOYALTY REWARDS PLAN: Air Canada is moving to part ways with Aeroplan. The airline says it will launch its own reward plan in 2020, but says customers can collect Aeroplan points until then. Aeroplan was originally Air Canada’s in-house loyalty program but was spun off as an independent business. The company has 5 million active members, who have a total of about 200 billion miles on their balances.———ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAY PLAY BIGGER ROLE THAN USUAL IN B.C.: It’s possible that absentee ballots may decide this week’s British Columbia election. In most elections, thousands of absentee ballots are usually an afterthought for most people. But a handful of seats in Tuesday’s election were decided by fewer than 300 votes so the more than 176,000 absentee ballots still to be counted could play a major role.———BOMBARDIER HEAD STEPS BACK AFTER CONTROVERSY: The executive chairman of Bombardier is giving up his role and will instead become a non-executive chairman. Pierre Beaudoin, whose family controls Bombardier, became a focal point of public protests and shareholder frustration over big compensation increases to the company’s senior executives last year. Alain Bellemare, who replaced Beaudoin as CEO in 2015, will remain in place as chief executive officer. Five of Canada’s largest pension fund managers along with several large American institutional investors said prior to Bombardier’s annual shareholders meeting that they didn’t support Beaudoin’s re-election.———TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT SAYS IMPAIRED DRIVING BILL WON’T VIOLATE CHARTER RIGHTS: Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says demanding a breath sample from a motorist isn’t any different than asking for their licence. Wilson-Raybould tabled a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday that lists the arguments why the government believes the new measures are permissible under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Bill C-46, which includes new powers for police and harsher penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was introduced in the Commons last month along with a plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use.———UN WANTS TRUDEAU TO CHAMPION VULNERABLE REFUGEE CHILDREN: UNICEF wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to persuade his fellow G7 leaders to do more to help vulnerable and isolated refugee children who face rampant sexual and physical abuse. The deputy director of UNICEF, UN Assistant Secretary General Justin Forsyth, says all G7 countries need to do more to address the exploitation of children crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. He says 90 per cent of children making that journey are classified as “unaccompanied” and face no end of misery, including sexual slavery and detention.———MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY PEACEKEEPING MISSION MUST START WITH EXIT STRATEGY: Military officials warned in an internal paper last year that an exit strategy must be first and foremost in planning for any peacekeeping mission. The paper notes that while countries like Canada often want to make short-term contributions to UN missions, there is often “significant pressure” to stay longer than expected. The paper also warns about the need to clearly explain why whatever mission the government chooses is in the national interest. The government document was obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information law.———TRUMP SAYS DECKS ARE CLEARED FOR NAFTA TALKS: U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration is ready to start a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump’s trade czar achieved his long-awaited confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Trump says Robert Lighthizer’s confirmation clears the way to proceed quickly with talks. Trump told The Economist that he intends to file a 90-day notice with the American Congress and start talks with Canada and Mexico later this year.———U.S. LAWMAKERS WILL KEEP CLOSE EYE ON FBI ELECTION PROBE: The Republican and Democratic lawmakers leading a House investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election say they’ll conduct “rigorous oversight” of the FBI’s own investigation into the matter. Republican Rep. Mike Conaway and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff are responding to President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, the former FBI director who was overseeing the FBI investigation into Russia’s actions and potential Trump campaign collusion. Comey’s firing this week raised concerns about potential White House interference in that investigation. Conaway and Schiff are leading a separate House intelligence committee investigation and say they’ll pursue it in a “thorough and nonpartisan fashion.”———GUILTY VERDICTS IN TORONTO CAFE KILLING: A Toronto jury has handed down guilty verdicts against four men charged in the killing of a man in a downtown cafe in 2012. The court was told John Raposo was killed as part of a feud among drug traffickers. Prosecutors contended the group orchestrated the hit on their rival because they believed he had snitched to the authorities about one of the accused. The first-degree murder convictions come with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
The TJ Martell Foundation is proud to announce that RSO (featuring platinum-selling singer-songwriters and world-class guitarists Richie Sambora and Orianthi) has been added to the lineup for the SOLD OUT Los Angeles Family Day’s Spirit of Excellence Dinner.The annual dinner will take place at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset. RSO joins Grammy nominated artist Andy Grammer who will be headlining the event. iHeart Radio personalities Lisa Foxx and Clarence Barnes will serve as hosts of the evening festivities.In addition to musical performances the evening will include a live and silent auction featuring items such as a Tuscan vacation for 4, Bordeaux Wine package for 2, AMA & ESPY Award Show tickets just to name a few. Other auction items include concert packages, music memorabilia and golf and luxury travel packages. One of the highlights of the evening is the reveal of the T.J Martell Foundation GuitarTown Kids guitars that will be auctioned off to fund pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles later this month on Charitybuzz.Various influencers will be honored throughout the evening including Greg Thompson, President of Maverick, Amy Howe, COO of Ticketmaster and her family and Dr. Robert Seeger, Principle Investigator, Cancer Research Program Director, Cancer Research Program 1989-2017, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.“We are looking forward to celebrating and paying tribute to some very special and influential leaders in the entertainment industry and medical community,” says Laura Heatherly, CEO of T.J. Martell Foundation. “While Amy Howe, Greg Thompson and Dr. Robert Seeger have different backgrounds in their professions, they have one thing in common – the quest to help T.J. Martell Foundation save lives. To top off the night, we are thrilled to welcome Richie Sambora, Orianthi and Andy Grammer who will rock the Luxe on Monday night.”The Spirit of Excellence Dinner is part of L.A. Family Day, an daytime outdoor concert held at The Grove on Saturday, Oct. 7. Presented by CITI, The Grove, GuitarTown Kids and Gibson Foundation, attendees can enjoy live performances by Jordan Fisher, Sofia Carson and In Real Life. Various members of the entertainment community will be at attendance including the Foundation’s co-chairs Ken Bunt, President of Disney Music Group and David Schachter, Vice President of UBS Financial Services, Inc.To purchase tickets to LA Family Day visit www.LAFamilyDay.org.American rock icon, Songwriters Hall of Famer, and founding member of multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band Bon Jovi, Sambora (who has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has co-written over 20 Top 40 hits and 11 Top 10 hits) and Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi (who has shared stages with the likes of Michael Jackson, Santana, Prince, ZZ Top and was the first female member of Alice Cooper’s band) have both written chart-busting singles, toured the globe extensively, collaborated with superstar artists, and released three solo albums each. Their new collaboration, RSO, sees Sambora and Orianthi teaming up as a duo for a genre-spanning musical project encompassing elements of rock, blues, pop, R&B and country. RSO’s new EP Rise is out now, a collection of songs with catchy melodies and uplifting lyrics that are meant to bring people together, empower them, and making them feel good. The harmonious blend of Sambora and Orianthi’s voices and guitars are front and center, putting a fresh spin on male-female duets. RSO displays the combustible chemistry that Sambora and Orianthi have both onstage and off.
Advertisement Login/Register With: From a medieval castle to a rustic country barn, and from a chic rooftop bar to a trendy downtown mansion, Smythe uses state-of-the-art, 3D graphics to bring each space to life and help the couple decide which venue is the perfect fit for their dream day. With the decision made, each episode culminates with a wedding-day reveal of the chosen venue.“With the addition of WHERE TO I DO?, Gusto continues to bolster its slate of versatile lifestyle programming” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, “We are committed to bringing audiences a diverse lineup of original content, and know this series is the perfect way to kick off our spring schedule.”“When we established our partnership with Bell Media Studios, this is exactly what we all wanted to come out of it: premium quality, returning, original Canadian programming which also has strong international appeal”, said Tony Moulsdale, Global Director of Programming, Motion Content Group. “WHERE TO I DO? is great show, and a strong format, and it’s already generated a huge amount of international interest following MIPtv earlier this month.”“Two of my greatest loves are design and spaces, and in WHERE TO I DO?we explore some truly inspiring and unique locations,” said host and design expert, Tommy Smythe. “Choosing where you’re going to get married is one of the most important decisions when planning a wedding, and I was honoured to be a part of each couple’s journey.”In the first episode, premiering Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, romantic bride Tamara and rave-loving groom Paul are on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue. Renovating a fixer-upper and planning a wedding at the same time has proven challenging, especially since they both want a short six-month engagement. To add to the complications, the couple have very different visions for their big day. Tamara wants a whimsical day with simple décor and a beach feel, while Paul wants industrial, high ceilings, and lasers. On their quest to mix romance with laser beams, Smythe takes the couple to visit prospective venues in Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, District 28, and The Thompson Hotel Rooftop.WHERE TO I DO? is a co-production between Motion Content Group and Bell Media Studios. Martin Oxley is Executive Producer for Motion Content Group. Jennifer Couke and Michelle Crespi are Executive Producers for Bell Media. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links Advertisement Advertisement @GustoTV@TommyStatusGustotvTommySmytheAbout Motion Content GroupMotion Content Group is a global content investment and rights management company which invests and partners with the world’s leading talent, producers, and distributors to fund, develop, produce, and distribute premium content for the global benefit of our content partners and networks, platforms, and advertisers. Motion utilizes the unique worldwide infrastructure and deep commercial relationships of GroupM and WPP to the benefit of our content partners and advertisers. Motion investments and collaborations support the editorial and commercial requirements of producers, networks, and platforms in order to support contextually safe, high-quality advertising environments. Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, the business currently operates in 26 countries worldwide, with Motion’s broad range of award winning programming distributed globallyAbout GustoGusto, Bell Media’s first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at www.gustotv.com and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – Viewers have more reasons than ever to say “I do” to Gusto this spring, with the brand-new original series WHERE TO I DO? airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, beginning May 17. The series is the first to come out of the previously announced partnership between Bell Media Studios and Motion Content Group, and has already been renewed for a second season. WHERE TO I DO? debuts this fall in Québec on Canal Vie.The eight-episode, 30-minute series is hosted by Canadian property and design expert Tommy Smythe (THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW), as he helps couples find their perfect wedding venue. Whether they’re ravers looking for a party, entrepreneurs looking for high-end glamour, or young lovers looking to keep things simple, Smythe takes each couple to three unique spaces where their fantasy wedding could be realized. Twitter Facebook
21 March 2011The spirit of peace and harmony in Nowruz, the Persian spring festival marking the New Year, is more appropriate than ever at a time of upheaval and pressing concerns in much of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Mr. Ban called on people worldwide to “let the spirit of Nowruz prevail” in his message for the International Day of Nowruz, which is celebrated on 21 March each year. Nowruz means “new day” in Farsi and marks the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.“Nowruz is a day for renewal,” the Secretary-General said. “It is an opportunity to reflect on the intimate links between people and the natural world. And it carries a strong message of peace and harmony between peoples of all cultures on the basis of mutual respect and understanding.“These timeless values are at the heart of the mission of the United Nations, and are more relevant than ever as we grapple with such pressing global concerns as environmental degradation, human rights abuses, intolerance and armed conflict.”An estimated 300 million people worldwide celebrate Nowruz, with traditions and rituals particularly strong in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.Nowruz is also inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.This evening a special concert will be held at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, featuring music, dance, costumes and rituals from the Turkic region, while the UN will also hold a tree planting ceremony at a park in Tehran, Iran.
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday rejected a call for a referendum on Scottish independence before Britain leaves the European Union — a move condemned as a “democratic outrage” by Scotland’s nationalist leader.May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon both dug in their heels in a showdown that could complicate Britain’s path out of the EU and threaten the future of the United Kingdom.May said “now is not the time” to reopen Scotland’s independence debate, though she did not rule out a referendum in the future. Britain is to begin the two-year exit process from the 28-nation EU by the end of this month.The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The U.K. as a whole decided in a June 23 referendum to leave the EU, but Scots in that ballot voted 62 to 38 per cent to remain.Sturgeon announced earlier this week that she will seek a referendum on Scottish independence to be held between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019, so Scottish voters can decide whether to leave the EU with the rest of the U.K. or go it alone.The Conservative-led British government, however, must agree to a legally binding referendum, and May said “now is not the time.”“All our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union,” May said, adding that holding a Scotland referendum while EU exit talks are still underway would “make it more difficult for us to get the right deal for Scotland and the right deal for the U.K.”The British government’s Scotland minister, David Mundell, said May’s administration “will not be entering into discussions or negotiations” about a new referendum on Scottish independence.But Sturgeon, undeterred, plans to ask the Scottish parliament next week to start the process of seeking a new referendum.She said it would be a “democratic outrage” for the British government to stop the people of Scotland “having a choice over their future.”“It is for the Scottish parliament — not Downing Street — to determine the timing of a referendum, and the decision of the Scottish parliament must be respected,” she said.She said “having sunk the ship with Brexit,” the British government was “trying to puncture Scotland’s lifeboats as well.”May’s office said the prime minister hopes the Scottish government will back away from its plans for a referendum within two years. May has not ruled out a later independence vote — but her stance could boost support for independence because it smacks of London meddling in Scottish affairs.Still, Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party does not hold an outright majority in the Scottish legislature, and her plan will face opposition. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose party has the second-largest bloc of seats, said the Tories would “reject conclusively the timetable for a referendum set out by the Scottish government.”Davidson said voting on independence without knowing how Britain was faring outside the EU would mean that “on the most important decision we can make, we would be voting blind.”Scottish voters rejected independence by a margin of 55 per cent to 45 per cent in a 2014 referendum that was billed as a once-in-a-generation vote. But Sturgeon says the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU has changed everything.Also Thursday, Britain’s EU exit moved closer when a bill authorizing the British government to begin divorce proceedings with the bloc became law. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced that the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act had received the assent of Queen Elizabeth II.May is now free to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s key treaty, triggering two years of exit negotiations. She says she will do that by March 31.Under the terms of the EU treaty, Britain will no longer be a member of the bloc two years after May issues the notification. The British government hopes to seal a new free-trade deal between the U.K. and the bloc in that time.But EU negotiators warn it could take two years just to settle the divorce terms, and say agreeing on a new relationship for the U.K. and the EU could take years longer. British PM, Scottish leader tussle over independence vote by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2017 4:57 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon smiles during a Scottish Government cabinet meeting in Bute House, Edinburgh, Scotland Tuesday March 14, 2017. Sturgeon announced on Monday plans for a fresh referendum on Scottish independence before Britain finally leaves the EU. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
OSU senior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Minnesota on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s hockey team has fallen into a recent scoring slump, but the players refuse to let it force themselves into overthinking their strategy against a struggling Michigan team.Heading into the upcoming weekend series in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Buckeyes (12-6-6, 3-4-1) have slipped to No. 4 in the conference standings and sit seven points behind co-leaders Minnesota and Wisconsin. OSU averages just more than four goals a game, but the team struggled to get anything going offensively while getting swept in last weekend’s series with Wisconsin. Michigan has a rich tradition embedded with championships, but the team has only recorded one Big Ten win and provides an opportunity for OSU to rebound. Even though Michigan has had a down year in the conference, OSU coach Steve Rohlik realizes that the team cannot overlook the Wolverines this weekend, especially having its senior leadership out of the lineup with injury and suspension.“It could be the first time we have all three of our senior captains out of the lineup, which is pretty rare. But we’re a resilient group and it’s going to make sure other guys pick their pace up and are better,” Rohlik said. “That being said, I don’t want us to get in a ‘run-and-gun’ type of game this year. We want to continue to play discipline hockey and go up to Michigan to play our best game.”Last season’s matchups with the Wolverines had a theme of goals coming in bunches. The two teams combined for 10-or-more goals in each meeting in 2015-16, including one game with 14 goals. Without a few of their best players on the offensive and defensive end, it’ll be even more difficult to keep pace in games like that, let alone ending a scoring slump.Sophomore forward Mason Jobst said that former circumstances should not be the motivation to getting back on track. As the team’s points leader, Jobst will be a primary option for the Buckeyes.“Last year was last year and it’s a new team for both of us,” Jobst said. “I’m not really sure how it’ll play out but hopefully we put more pucks in the net than they do.”The Buckeyes head into Yost Ice Arena for the two game series with Michigan before returning home for a series with No. 7 Minnesota. For this experienced team, it will be key to watch if they follow the previous comments from their experienced leaders.
WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Markets Sink as Weak Manufacturing Adds to Concerns Pinterest WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Apple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per Month Now Playing Up Next Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Roku Aims To Beat Netflix In European Streaming Market Disney CEO Bob Iger Leaves Apple’s Board Of Directors Now Playing Up Next WWE will be releasing a new DVD/Blu-ray set for Daniel Bryan this June titled “Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!” according to a report. The DVD set will be three discs and the Blu-ray will be two. Details on match listings and an expected documentary isn’t known at this time.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipApple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per MonthVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WhatsApp The Tech Behind the First FDA-Approved Birth Control App
Our highs will be in the lower 40s all week which is much better than low to mid-30s. We should be in the low 50s for afternoon highs. Another surge of cold arctic air will filter into Eastern Washington and the Columbia Basin this coming week. Lows will be near zero in some places and highs in the 20s.We have to watch out once again for lowland snow. Hopefully it remains above 500-1,000 feet in the foothills. But don’t be surprised to see some mixing in this week with any showery weather.Weather systems are forecast to come in from the north-northwest keeping us without a premature sighting of springlike weather. Scratch that this year.Snow remains deep on the ground in our foothills and other lower elevations such as Goldendale.Hail was reported Saturday in the county as well as along the southern Washington Coast.The down side for the rest of the month is that temperatures are forecast to remain much below average. The good news is that March is not far away and the sun angle is rising higher each day.At least a great deal of snow is falling in the mountains, bringing us up to just about average or higher. Good news. And perhaps the late winter burst of freezing weather helped eradicate some of the insect pests. Maybe less stink bugs.Have a great week and we will chat on Tuesday. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
BNSF Railway won’t hold its annual holiday train event in Vancouver this year, according to railroad spokesman Gus Melonas.He said the SP&S 700, a 1938 Baldwin oil-fired steam locomotive, is down for repairs, so it won’t bring a special train featuring Santa Claus into Vancouver. BNSF has hosted the event for each of the previous six years.“We really enjoy doing it and appreciate the opportunity Burlington Northern-Santa Fe gives us to operate over there,” said John Frazee, a board member for the Pacific Rail Preservation Association, which maintains the steam engine owned by the city of Portland.Area residents who pine for Santa and trains have a couple of other options this weekend.The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will operate its annual Christmas tree train out of its Yacolt station Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. The railroad charges family rates of $55, $65 and $75. That includes ride tickets for four people and the choice of a Douglas fir, grand fir or noble fire when the train arrives at Moulton Falls. The normal adult fare to ride the train is $15 per person.The north Clark County train also will operate Dec. 18-19.Meanwhile, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation will operate its annual Holiday Express this weekend out of Oaks Park in southeast Portland. The train, pulled by the old Southern Pacific 4449 steam engine, is scheduled to make six runs between 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, and nine runs between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.Cost is $16 for adults and $10 for children 3 to 12 years of age, not including a surcharge for tickets purchased through http://TicketsWest.com. David Cautley, a volunteer with the heritage foundation, advised people to buy tickets in advance, as almost half the remaining trips were sold out as of mid-week.
Any shake-up to the C-Tran Board of Directors will wait until after a Clark County judge sorts out a crucial legal question, a committee decided Wednesday.The 10-member group mulling whether to change the composition of the C-Tran board opted to wait for additional clarity before it acts. At issue is the veto power held by both Vancouver and Clark County, particularly the fate of that rule should the board membership change.With three negative votes, both Vancouver and the county now have the authority to block any action approved by the rest of the board. What’s unclear is what happens to that power if either jurisdiction gave up one of its three seats on the board.Three attorneys, including C-Tran legal counsel Tom Wolfendale, came up with three different opinions on the subject. Some have questioned whether the veto — which can’t be overridden — is legal at all.A pending lawsuit filed by Clark County aims to have the issue resolved in Clark County Superior Court. The legal action came after the full C-Tran board agreed last month to go to a judge.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out at a restaurant in Southwest Miami-Dade, Thursday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the blaze sparked at Rinconcito Cubano of Sunset along Southwest 69th Street and 87th Avenue, just before 5:30 p.m.Crews responded to the business and extinguished the flames.Officials believe the fire started in the kitchen.The restaurant was closed at the time of the incident. No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A college student died from electrocution at Shimulia village of Magura on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Mohiuddin, 22, son of Abdul Khaleq, a resident of the village and second year student of Magura Adorsho Degree College.Mohiduddin received an electric shock while he was plugging on an electric wire for catching fish in a pond with an electric trap and died on the spot.An unnatural death case was filed.
Stay on target Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow Apparently roughly three out of every 100 people produce a little more sweat than the rest of us. While a bit embarrassing, it’s not really a huge problem for a lot of folks. However, Anker, manufacturer of all kinds of everyday electronics — have noticed that these heavy sweaters have to return quite a few products because they’re secretions cause circuits to short and tech to die a bit early. That wouldn’t be too unusual on its own — manufacturers look for ways to beef up its products all the time. But Anker has taken an unusual approach to solve the issue — reverse-engineering Chinese submarine tech and adapting it to the company’s consumer-grade gear.“Some customers have to buy a sport headset three times, even four times a year because they’re heavy sweaters,” Rock Gao, Anker’s product manager told sister site PCMag. “Typically, for this form factor, the return rate is around five percent. At least three percent will be dead by human sweat.”Sweat, unlike plain ol’ water, is really salty and packed with all kinds of chemicals and secretions from… well, our gross-ass bodies. Salt, in particular, is dangerous because it can develop conductive crusts on the surface of circuits. These cause shorts and lead to rapid failure of all but the sturdiest tech. “All the products out there claim they have nanocoatings, but they pretty much do not work,” Gao said.When looking for a solution to that problem, Gao opted to look at the most advanced tech in the world: weapons. For his inspiration, he looked to submarines, as they are highly advanced machines that have to be able to cope not just with water on the outside, but potential leaks. These machines have many redundancies (at least these days) for crew safety. So, Gao compartmentalized the circuity in a headset, then sealed them with a specialized glue derived from submarine building materials. “There are some design centers in China that figure out coating materials to make ships run faster and more smoothly,” he said. And all that, he claims, has led to headsets that can hold up for almost two days submerged in sweat or sea water and be completely fine. “We believe we’ve solved the last problem for this kind of form factor before it’s replaced totally by true wireless,” Gao said, noting that Anker’s Spirit headsets, the first to introduce this new process, still rely on a cable to connect the two buds. The Spirit line of earbuds includes three models that all run for under $50. We can’t speak to the quality beyond their noted sweat-resistance, but we’ve also rarely been disappointed with Anker in general. As one of the companies behind higher-end battery banks and the like, the company has a solid reputation. And, full disclosure, this author loves their Anker battery banks. And hopes this tech gets adapted to make some sturdier all-around gear soon. *cough cough*Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: The state Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra held a high level meeting in Hooghly to check floods during monsoon. Mahapatra spoke with the people’s representatives from the district to take stock of the situation so that necessary steps can be taken, if necessary, to ensure that the people of the district do not face any trouble during monsoon.Senior officers of the department were present in the meeting. The minister urged all the people’s representatives to keep watch at their respective areas, so that proactive steps can be taken up if crack or anything similar is identified in any part of the embankments. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAt the same time, senior officials of the state Irrigation department will also be taking necessary steps to avoid any flood-like situation.It may be mentioned that there are certain pockets in the district that are prone to floods. There were also discussions over the preparation in these areas to avoid flood-like situations. The meeting in Hooghly continued for around three long hours and the peoples’ representatives put forward various suggestions. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that the state Irrigation minister has already held meetings with concerned authorities to check flood-like situations during monsoon. There were separate meetings for North and South 24-Parganas.The Mamata Banerjee government has also taken up several steps to check floods in different parts of the state, throughout the past seven years. Mahapatra also held a meeting with officials of all the concerned agencies, including Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), earlier, to discuss issues related to checking of floods during monsoon. The agencies have assured that they will be carrying out necessary work so that flood-like situations can be avoided.There was also a discussion with the DVC authorities regarding release of water from the reservoirs. Stress was also given on better communication between the state Irrigation department and the agencies.
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