Trail Bridges Closed

first_imgFour bridges on an abandoned railway corridor in Kings County have been temporarily closed for safety reasons. The affected bridges are located at Spidle Brook, Sharpe Brook, Graves Brook and McGee Brook. Barricades will be put in place as soon as possible and signs placed to warn of the closures. The bridges will remain closed until all necessary repairs can be completed. Two groups — Cornwallis River Pathways Society and Kings County Trails Society — are working with the departments of Natural Resources and Health Promotion and Protection to upgrade different sections of the Kings County railway corridor for recreational trails. Engineers have examined these structures and have determined that all four bridges should be closed immediately to all users until necessary repairs and replacements can be made. -30-last_img read more

Jeff Ross on the art of roasting comedy style

first_imgMONTREAL—Jeff Ross has an idea for how to resolve the contentious U.S. presidential election.“I would love to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, two great minds, settle this not in a debate but in a roast battle,” says the comedian, who knows a thing or two about roasts. He’s been a major player in many of them, including celebrity TV roasts for Canadian-born entertainers such as Justin Bieber, William Shatner and Pamela Anderson.The New Jersey native, long a mainstay at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival, is back this year with Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle. The four-night, 16-comic tournament will be broadcast Thursday through Sunday at 10 p.m. on the Comedy Network and simulcast on Comedy Central in the U.S. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Ross road-tested the format in a tourney held last year in Montreal. This year, however, the hand-picked comedians — including Toronto native K. Trevor Wilson (Squirrelly Dan on CraveTV’s Letterkenny) — are vying for a share in a $100,000 purse. “The money adds a little extra tension,” says Ross.Celebrity judges have also been added, including Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, David Spade and Anthony Jeselnik. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Australia Vogue: Morocco’s Chefchaouen, Top Destination for Tourists to Visit in…

Rabat – International magazine, Vogue Australia, has listed Morocco’s Chefchaouen first among top 12 destinations to visit in 2019.Although each and every region in Morocco Tourism Destinations has its unique beauty, Chefchaouen may be the city that could rival Marrakech, Morocco’s red city and one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists visiting the country.Vogue Australia has recommended Chefchaouen to international tourists who might have already visited Marrakech and are looking for a change. “If your Instagram feed is anything to go by, the beautiful city of Marrakech in Morocco may seem a little bit ‘been-there-done-that’… visit Chefchaouen instead” wrote the magazine.Read Also: 2018 Africities: Morocco’s Chefchaouen, Best Intermediate City in Africa“Chafchaouen’s “blue streets “ are a must-see, wrote the magazine.The other top destinations that the magazine listed include: Zanzibar in Tanzania; Valletta in  Malta; Porto in Portugal; Seville in Spain; Petra in Jordan; Osaka in Japan; Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia; Miami, USA; Jaipur, India; and Chengdu, China.Morocco’s other popular destinations are, Fez, Rabat, Essaouira, Ouarzazate, Casablanca and Tangier.Tourists from countries such as Romania, Poland, and the Czech Republic are now flocking to the North African country. Morocco’s Regional Tourism Council (CRT) reported that 2019 will be a promising year for tourism in Morocco. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,361.26 down 94.07 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 54 cents, or 10.23 per cent, at $4.74 on 26.45 million shares. The plane and train equipment maker’s third-quarter results missed analyst estimates and raised questions about its aerospace sales. Adjusted net income totalled $165 million in the July-September period, or nine cents per share — one cent below estimates. Revenue fell slightly to $4.1 billion from $4.2 billion.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.27, or 5.89 per cent, at $20.28 on 5.96 million shares. The mining giant is suspending its construction at its troubled Pascua-Lama project to rein in costs as prices for gold slide. Third-quarter earnings dropped substantially to US$172 million or 17 cents per share from $649 million or 65 cents per share in the same year-earlier period. Revenue slipped 12 per cent to $2.99 billion. Barrick also announced it will raise about $3 billion to repay debt.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 30 cents, or 5.36 per cent, at $5.30 on 4.73 million shares. The gold sector led the losers on the main index, sliding 4.30 per cent at 179.94 points as the price of the bullion fell US$25.60 to $1,323.70 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Goldcorp (TSX:G). Miner. Down $1.07, or 3.87 per cent, at $26.56 on 4.34 million shares.Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF). Oil and gas. Up 13 cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $6.70 on 3.81 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (958.86 down 5.31 points):Red Pine Exploration Inc. (TSXV:RPX). Miner. Up half a cent, or 11.11 per cent, at five cents on 8.71 million shares.WesternZagros Resources Ltd. (TSXV:WZR). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 3.37 per cent, at 92 cents on 5.92 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Pipeline giant. Up 36 cents, or 0.80 per cent, at $45.20 on 1.50 million shares. The company announced Wednesday it plans to build a $1.6-billion pipeline to bring crude from Fort Hills and other Suncor oilsands projects to its hub in Hardisty, Alta.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO). Oil and gas. Down 42 cents, or 0.91 per cent, at $45.53 on 597,877 shares. The Calgary-based company’s third-quarter results were well below analyst estimates. Imperial posted a $647 million profit, or 76 cents per share, which is below the 98-cent estimate. The profit is lower compared with $1.04 billion or $1.22 per share in the same period last year.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 0.26 per cent, at $37.89 on 3.67 million shares. The company said Wednesday after the close that it will go ahead with its $13.5 billion-dollar Fort Hills oilsands project. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2013 3:25 pm MDT read more

Scores and Schedule

Friday’s GamesNHLCalgary 4 Los Angeles 1St. Louis 3 Colorado 2 (OT)Florida 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)Washington 6 New Jersey 3Anaheim 2 Carolina 1 (OT)—AHLBelleville 4 Utica 2Cleveland 4 Syracuse 3 (OT)Grand Rapids 4 San Antonio 3Providence 2 Charlotte 1Rochester 1 WB/Scranton 0Lehigh Valley 3 Laval 2 (OT)Texas 4 Milwaukee 1Colorado 3 Iowa 2 (SO)San Diego 2 Manitoba 1Stockton 4 Ontario 2 —NBABoston 128 Cleveland 95Detroit 107 Chicago 88Philadelphia 123 Washington 98Utah 119 Charlotte 111Memphis 131 Brooklyn 125 (2OT)Houston 136 San Antonio 105Miami 106 New Orleans 101Oklahoma City 124 Atlanta 109Orlando 99 Phoenix 85L.A. Lakers 114 Dallas 103Denver 113 Portland 112—Saturday’s Games(All Times Eastern)NHLSan Jose at Ottawa, 1 p.m.Dallas at Vancouver, 4 p.m.N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.Toronto at Minnesota, 7 p.m.Winnipeg at New Jersey, 7 p.m.Columbus vs. N.Y. Islanders, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.Tampa Bay at Florida, 7 p.m.Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.St. Louis at Arizona, 8 p.m.Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m.Vegas at Edmonton, 10 p.m.—AHLSyracuse at Cleveland, 1 p.m.Utica at Laval, 3 p.m.WB/Scranton at Toronto, 4 p.m.Charlotte at Hartford, 7 p.m.Lehigh Valley at Belleville, 7 p.m.Milwaukee at Rockford, 7 p.m.Providence at Bridgeport, 7 p.m.Springfield at Hershey, 7 p.m.Texas at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.Rochester at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m.San Antonio at Chicago, 8 p.m.San Jose at Stockton, 9 p.m.Iowa at Colorado, 9:05 p.m.Manitoba at Bakersfield, 10 p.m.—NBAMilwaukee at New York, 5 p.m.Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m.Golden State at Detroit, 7 p.m.Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.Chicago at Houston, 8 p.m.Toronto at Cleveland, 8 p.m.Indiana at Sacramento, 10 p.m.—The Canadian Press read more

Independence Bowl Matchup

Duke (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Temple (8-4, American Athletic Conference), Dec. 27, 1:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).LOCATION: Shreveport, Louisiana.TOP PLAYERSDuke: QB Daniel Jones has thrown for 2,251 yards and 17 TDs with seven interceptions and has rushed for 325 TDs and two more scores.Temple: QB Anthony Russo led the team to a 7-2 record after taking over as the starter as the Owls averaged 36 points and 435.7 yards per game with him under centre.NOTABLEDuke: The Blue Devils finished a dismal sixth behind ACC Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh but posted seven wins against teams that are playing in the post-season.Temple: This is the fourth straight season the Owls have qualified for a bowl game, but they’ve never won two straight in the post-season. Temple beat Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl last year, so the chance for a breakthrough is there.LAST TIMEIt will be the first meeting between the teams.BOWL HISTORYDuke: Blue Devils are 5-8 in bowl games. This is their sixth post-season appearance in seven years and first in the Independence Bowl.Temple: The Owls are just 3-4 in bowl games and have never played in the Independence Bowl.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Richard Hammonds castle burgled in JamesBond style breakin

first_imgThe car involved in the crash involving Richard Hammond last June The castle boasts a Grade I listed stable block, a six-bedroomed Grade II listed main house, a swimming pool and a lake.It also has extensive garages used to home Hammond’s classic car collection.Visitors can enter by the castle gate, with battlemented and turreted walls. Richard Hammond and his wife MindyCredit:Ian West/PA Wire One neighbour said: “If he was burgled they must have used a helicopter to get in and out – as he does.”It would have to be a James Bond-style break-in as the place is not easy to get into.”A source added: “It sounds as though these people have tried to break in during the dead of night.“It must have really rattled him and his family – you can only imagine what was going through their minds when they found out.” Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy Richard Hammond has been targeted by burglars who broke into his sprawling country castle in a “James Bond-style” midnight raid, it has been claimed.Police were called to the former Top Gear star’s 20-acre estate in near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire by neighbours, the Sunday Mirror reported.The property, which Hammond purchased for £2 million in 2008, is said to be “as secure as Fort Knox” prompting one local to suggest burglars could only access it via helicopter.It boasts ten foot iron gates, a high-tech security system and a protective fort.Hammond, 48, who lives there with his wife, Mindy, 47, and two teenage daughters, has been recovering at the castle since his latest near-death crash in Switzerland last June.It is not clear whether the family was home at the time of the alleged break-in. The car involved in the crash involving Richard Hammond last JuneCredit:Freuds via AP The sham castle was added to the property in the 18th century but was intended to look Tudor. In 2014, the broadcaster reportedly purchased the six-bedroom house next-door for £1.2million to end a “neighbourly dispute”.Hammond said in 2011: “If ever I need a quiet moment then, in my mind, I’ve got the perfect home and the perfect county to find it in.” West Mercia Police said this weekend: “We received reports that a burglary may have been in progress and officers attended. An investigation is ongoing.”Hammond later insisted that no one had broken in and nothing had been taken.Reports recently suggested that Hammond’s Grand Tour series, in which he stars alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, was due to be axed by Amazon. The third series is due to air later this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

SG Flensburg win DHB Cup 2015

SG Flensburg ← Previous Story Kielce and Plock for the Polish title! Next Story → VOTE FOR THE WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2014/2015 Finally, DHB Cup trophy is in the hands of SG Flensburg after sensational shot-out series in the final match against SC Magdeburg 32:31 in sold-out O2 Arena in Hamburg where 13.300 fans enjoyed a real spectacle. The Swedish left wing Hampus Wanne scored decisive goal from the 7-meter line in the fifth series for the big celebration of Ljubo Vranjes and his guys who again ended the season with the trophy, after last year EHF Champions League crown.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – SC Magdeburg 32:31 (11:11, 24:24, 27:27)SC Magdeburg: Green (10 saves), Quenstedt (8 saves) – Rojewski (2), van Olphen (1), Bagersted (3), Grafenhorst (1), Haaß (3/1), Bezjak (5/1), Weber (6/3), Jurecki (1/1), Natek (6), Lie Hansen, Musche (3)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (13/1 saves), Møller (2/2 saves) – Karlsson, Nenadic, Eggert (9/6), Mogensen (3), Svan (4/1), Wanne (1/1), Kaufmann (4), Jakobsson (6), Zachariassen (2), Gottfridsson (2/1), Macke, Elahmar (1/1)PHOTO: SG Flensburg read more

Wellknown billionaire buys recordbreaking €144 million life insurance policy

first_imgTHE WORLD’S MOST expensive life insurance policy has been sold to an anonymous America billionaire for $201 million (just over €144 million).Guinness World Records confirmed that the policy was sold to a “well-known US billionaire”.The policy was sold by Dovi Frances, the president of SG – a company based in Santa Barbara, California.The previous record, which has been more than doubled, was set in 1990 when Peter Rosengard sold a life insurance policy to an unnamed America entertainer for $100 million (€71.8 million).Frances said securing the sale was “complex” and required negotiating “with over two dozen insurance companies”.A statement released by Guinness World Records said:The well-known billionaire client who bought the single-life-insurance policy resides in the Silicon Valley area of California and is actively known in the technology space.”Some bizarre insurance policies have been taken out by the rich and famous over the years. Mariah Carey insured her legs for $1 billion in 2006, while ’80s rocker David Lee Roth shelled out $1 million to insure his sperm in a bid to avoid potential paternity suits.Read: €168m in claims were paid out by Irish Life last year — including one of over a million euroRead: Mariah Carey’s dress at the BET Honors last night was pretty… speciallast_img read more

Im heartbroken Munster wing Ronan OMahony forced to retire aged 29

first_img 18 Comments Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 3:51 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gavan Casey O’Mahony suffered a debilitating injury during an April 2017 fixture with Treviso. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Apr 10th 2019, 3:51 PM Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Share103 Tweet Email1 Rugby Australia investigating after Folau’s ‘unacceptable’ social media posts O’Mahony suffered a debilitating injury during an April 2017 fixture with Treviso. https://the42.ie/4585690 MUNSTER WING RONAN O’Mahony has retired from rugby on medical grounds a month shy of his 30th birthday, the province have confirmed.O’Mahony sustained a broken leg and dislocated ankle during a Pro12 game against Treviso in April 2017.An academy graduate who cut his teeth with Garryowen at club level and Castletroy College in school, he made 70 appearances for his native province, dotting down 21 times.“I’m heartbroken to be finishing my career earlier than I had expected,” said O’Mahony. “The last two years have been pretty tough since initially breaking my leg, and ultimately the injury has made it impossible for me to continue.I take great confidence in knowing the medical team and I have given everything to this and we have done everything possible in looking to regain full fitness. However, it’s a battle that I’m not going to win and, as such, I have been forced to call it a day.“Growing up in Limerick, it was a dream of mine to play for Munster and now to look back over my 20’s and realise what I’ve achieved I’m extremely grateful for every opportunity I had in the red jersey.I look back on it all with fantastic memories, from my early days of togging out in Garryowen, to my school days in Castletroy College, and finally the pathway all the way up through the Munster system. Running out at my home ground of Thomond Park, playing in front of family and friends, and representing the people of Munster has meant everything to me.“To everyone who has helped me along the way, my family and friends, girlfriend, coaches, teammates and supporters, I can’t thank you enough.I’ve been a Munster man all my life, and as a proud Munster man I look forward to supporting the club from the stands. O’Mahony made his senior Munster debut against Dragons at Rodney Parade in April 2013, and made his European debut against Saracens 20 months later.He signed on for Munster for another two years just a month before the injury which derailed his career. Though his 2016/17 season finished prematurely, he was Munster’s joint-top try scorer during that campaign after crossing the whitewash 11 times.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: ‘I’m heartbroken’ – Munster wing Ronan O’Mahony forced to retire aged 29 O’Mahony scored 21 tries in 70 senior appearances for his native province. 34,129 Views Short URL Subscribelast_img read more

Multibill to tackle racism

first_imgA new multibill prepared by the government aims to increase penalties for racially motivated crimes and to allow same-sex couples to enter into cohabitation agreements.The former was deemed necessary in light of the record refugee arrivals in the country.The bill, which will be released for public consultation this week, also abolishes the 10,000-euro minimum threshold in damages awarded for defamation claims against media companies. The amount of compensation will now be decided in court.Meanwhile, newspapers and other publications will now be obliged to publish a correction or apology for any slanderous or defamatory report before a plaintiff can commence legal action for damages.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google Doodle quand Gioachino Rossini fait chanter les grenouilles

first_imgGoogle Doodle : quand Gioachino Rossini fait chanter les grenouilles !Pour ce 29 février, Google et son Doodle font coup double. La page d’accueil du moteur de recherche vous accueille avec une drôle d’image : des grenouilles au piano et au chant, ainsi que deux autres représentant une scène chez un barbier. Décryptage…Tout d’abord le géant de la recherche à voulu fêter le 220ème anniversaire de Gioachino Rossini, célèbre compositeur italien de la fin du XVIIIème – XIXème siècle, né le 29 février 1792 à Pesaro et mort à Paris le 13 novembre 1868. On lui doit notamment de grands opéras comme Guillaume Tell ou le Barbier de Séville (1816); d’où les actions des quatre grenouilles dans la scénette affichée sur la page d’accueil.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais pourquoi des grenouilles ? Elles sont généralement utilisées en Doodle par Google pour signifier une année bisextile (“leap year” en anglais); en 2008, le doodle voyait deux grenouilles effectuant un saute-mouton au niveau des “O” de Google. Et comme dans la langue de Shakespeare “leap” signifie sauter, et que le jeu du saute mouton se dit “leap frog”, c’est encore une fois les petits batraciens qui sont mis en scène.Quant au lien rattachant le compositeur Gioachino Rossini aux grenouilles, sachez qu’il y en existe un : le blog Comic Riffs du Washington Post s’est rappellé que la grenouille de la Warner Bros, Chuck Jones, chantait “Largo al Factorum” dans le dessin animé “One froggy evening”, tirée du Barbier de Séville de Giachino Rossini.Le 29 février 2012 à 17:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des tests sanguins pour prédire les attaques cardiaques

first_imgDes tests sanguins pour prédire les attaques cardiaquesSelon une récente étude américaine, des chercheurs auraient identifié un moyen de prédire les attaques cardiaques jusqu’à plusieurs semaines à l’avance. Les victimes présenteraient en effet des malformations au niveau de certaines cellules sanguines.Les maladies cardiovasculaires sont la principale cause de mortalité dans de nombreux pays, dont les Etats-Unis et la France. Selon le Haut comité de santé publique, elles sont ainsi responsables de pas moins de 180.000 décès par an dans l’Hexagone. Aux Etats-Unis, en revanche, le nombre de victimes atteint un total de quelque 800.000 chaque année, d’après le Centre fédéral de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC). D’où l’importance de mieux connaitre ses maladies et d’arriver à les prévenir. C’est justement ce sur quoi ont travaillé des chercheurs américains du Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI).Selon l’étude qu’ils viennent tout juste de publier dans la revue Science Translational Medicine, ces scientifiques ont découvert l’existence de signes qui indiqueraient à l’avance qu’un patient est susceptible de faire une attaque cardiaque dans les semaines qui suivent. C’est en étudiant 50 patients traités en urgence pour des attaques cardiaques dans des hôpitaux de San Diego en Californie que les chercheurs se sont aperçus que ceux-ci présentaient des malformations au niveau de certaines cellules sanguines. Les cellules en question dites endothéliales tapissent l’intérieur des parois du coeur et des vaisseaux. Or, chez les victimes d’attaques cardiaques, elles sont anormalement grosses et présentent des malformations, avec parfois de doubles noyaux.Selon les chercheurs, il serait donc possible de mettre au point un test sanguin qui dépisterait ce genre de malformations chez des patients considérés comme à risque. “La capacité de diagnostiquer l’imminence d’une attaque cardiaque est depuis longtemps considérée comme le Graal de la médecine cardiovasculaire”, a précisé Eric Topol, principal auteur de l’étude et directeur du STSI. Ainsi, “avec des validations supplémentaires, l’espoir est de développer ce test pour un usage commercial d’ici à une ou deux années”, a ajouté un des chercheurs, Raghava Gollapudi qui a participé aux travaux. Une découverte qui demande davantage de recherches À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Ce serait un test idéal pour déterminer si un patient est au bord d’une attaque cardiaque ou pourrait en avoir une dans les semaines à venir”, a poursuivi le chercheur cité par l’AFP. Mais, “pour l’instant nous ne pouvons que déterminer si le patient est en train d’avoir ou a récemment subi une attaque cardiaque”. Si la découverte est porteuse d’espoir, bon nombre de chercheurs tiennent donc à rester prudents face à l’état d’avancement des travaux.”L’étude montre seulement que les patients qui sont dans les affres d’une attaque cardiaque possèdent des cellules anormales. Cela ne montre pas que ces cellules étaient présentes bien avant que l’attaque cardiaque débute. Ceci devra être explorer par de futures études. Il sera également important de montrer que ces cellules anormales apparaissent seulement durant une attaque cardiaque et ne sont pas également présentes dans d’autres maladies”, a ainsi commenté le professeur Peter Weissberg, directeur médical de la British Heart Foundation cité par le Daily Mail. Le 23 mars 2012 à 11:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gracia calm despite Watfords poor form

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia is not troubled by their recent poor run of form as they travel to Everton on Monday night.Javi Gracia’s side had an impressive start to the Premier League season, winning their first five matches.Watford sit 11th place in the Premier League table with 20 points and will visit Goodison Park to Monday to face an in-form Everton side.The Hornets have failed to win in their last five games, recording three defeats in a row, but Gracia is confident his team can turn things around.“I’m not worried that in the last few games we couldn’t get points because I feel we are in the right way.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I like to be demanding with my players because we’ll improve and have more options going forward.“In my opinion, we’re doing a lot of things well. Our performances are improving and we are close to improving our results.”last_img read more

Working in Clark County Mark Moreland Violin maker

first_imgWorking in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columbian.com; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Mark Moreland was 15 years old when he knew he wanted to make violins. Not knowing if he would get accepted for an apprenticeship, he started college to pursue a career as a violinist. An apprenticeship came through, and Moreland spent years training in a shop in Portland. He’s worked on many expensive instruments, but now, at his shop in Battle Ground, “I don’t see myself as making instruments for superstars but making them for serious students and for amateur players that are professional people,” Moreland says.Name: Mark MorelandAge: 58Job/employer: Owns Mark Moreland Violin Shop, 1002 S.E. Grace Ave., Battle Ground. www.markmoreland.com.Residence: Battle Ground.Education: I started playing the violin at age 9. Since I was 15, I knew I wanted to make violins. I spent part of a year in Europe with my dad looking for instruments for my sister and me. In the early 1970s I was on a waiting list for an apprenticeship in Europe or the United States, and I didn’t know if I would get ever accepted so I decided to go to school. I was pursuing a career as a violinist at Wichita State University when I was accepted as an apprentice violin maker. I was 19 when I headed to Portland.Professional background: After a three-year apprenticeship in Portland, he ran a shop in the Midwest for a couple of years. Moreland returned to Portland and worked as both general manager and shop foreman at Schuback Violin Shop in Portland for nearly 21 years. Moreland was accepted as a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 1986 and he also is a member of The Violin Society of America. After leaving Schuback, he worked in Maryland and New Mexico before returning to the Northwest in 2010 to open his shop in Battle Ground, where he makes and performs repair work on stringed instruments. Each of Moreland’s handmade instruments is one-of-a-kind and they are only available in very limited numbers.last_img read more

Northwest has history of environmental activism

first_imgWhen the movement of oil trains emerged as a major controversy in the region, it wasn’t the first rodeo for many of the Northwest environmental activists who joined the fight.Plenty were already involved in the campaigns against coal and natural gas, which are still very much alive — if perhaps overshadowed in Vancouver — along with the oil effort. Opponents have turned out by the hundreds to speak against plans to expand the presence of commodities they say pose a grave threat to public health and safety.The fight over fossil fuels is the latest in a long history of environmental battles in the Northwest. One of the most transformative in recent memory was the so-called “timber wars” of the early 1990s, which dramatically reshaped forest policy and logging in Oregon and Washington. One of the icons of that era, the northern spotted owl, remains a key factor in conservation efforts today.But the recent debate over fossil fuels, particularly coal and oil, has resonated with people in a way the timber wars never did, some activists say. That’s partly because of visibility, said Beth Doglio, campaign director for Climate Solutions in Olympia. Residents can plainly see coal and oil trains rumbling directly through urban areas across the state, she said. They’ve seen stories of derailments and disasters elsewhere, then watched the same rail cars pass by homes, parks and rivers, she said.“It’s a very real thing, and it’s very tangible,” Doglio said. “A spotted owl is an owl. It’s not your children that could be harmed.”last_img read more

No clearance for Rampal project in UNESCO report

first_img-The government’s claim that UNESCO has given clearance to go ahead with the Rampal coal-fired power plant project, is nowhere evident in the decisions made public by the global body.The final report on the decisions adopted during the 41st session of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee held in Poland was published on Sunday.It stated that the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has requested that a ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment’ (SEA) be carried out regarding the impact of the Rampal power project on the Sundarbans, a world heritage site, and the southwest region of the country.The organisation has emphasised that no large industrial infrastructure should be constructed in this region until this assessment is completed.So, the latest report suggests, almost all the conditions laid down by the organisation regarding work on the Rampal power plant, remain intact.Experts say the government’s statement to the effect that clearance has been granted to go ahead with the Rampal project is not correct.The heritage committee’s meeting ended on 12 July, but the full text of the decision taken at the meeting was published 18 days later.However, while the meeting was ongoing, the Bangladesh foreign ministry, on 7 July, issued a statement claiming that on 2 July the UNESCO has withdrawn its objection to the Rampal power plant and had also decided to cancel the decision to drop the Sundarbans from the world heritage list.Questions were raised concerning this statement of the foreign ministry.When the prime minister’s energy advisor Toufiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury returned from the meeting in Krakow, Poland, he told a press conference on 10 July that for the time being the government will not give permission for any large industrial infrastructure near the Sundarbans, but the work on the Rampal coal-based power plant would not be halted.Decision number 7 taken at the meeting stated that constant efforts would have to be made to fully implement all the other recommendations made by the 2016 ‘Reactive Monitoring’ mission.In this regard, state minister for energy, mineral resources and power Nasrul Hamid on Sunday told Prothom Alo that the UNESCO’s main objection had been to the Rampal power plant. In the draft decision, the UNESCO had called for the Rampal power plant to be shelved.”But in face of Bangladesh government’s arguments and reasoning, they lifted their objection to the Rampal project. So there was no longer any obstacle to carrying out wok on the Rampal project,” he claimed.However, member secretary of National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources and Power and Ports, Anu Muhammad, told Prothom Alo, the government made a commitment at the UNESCO meeting to accept their decision.”Now if the government accepts the UNESCO’s final decision, then work on Rampal must definitely be halted. And it has been proved once again that the statements made by various quarters in the government that UNESCO has withdrawn its objection to the Rampal project, are false,” he said.”If the Sundarbans is to be saved, the Rampal project must be cancelled. There is no alternative to this.”Central committee member of the international organisation Water Keepers Alliance, Sharif Jamil, was present as an observer at the 41st session of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said the UNESCO had made its stand concerning the Rampal project clear in the reactive monitoring report.”Over there they recommended that no industries and infrastructure, including Rampal, be set up around the Sundarbans. That means the Rampal power plant cannot be set up,” he pointed out.Sharif Jamil went on to say, the statement made by the prime minister’s energy advisor Toufiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury upon his return from the World Heritage Committee meeting, to the effect that UNESCO had approved of the Rampal project, was untrue and this was proven in the final decision.In the Decision number 11 of the two-page report’s section on Bangladesh, it is said that the decision taken by the Bangladesh government to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in the Sundarbans and the southwest region must be completed as soon as possible and sent to the World Heritage Committee.After that, the World Heritage Committee will send this on to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for examination.Decision 11 also stated that an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the conditions was to be submitted by 1 December 2018 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session in 2019.last_img read more

BNP secy gen files GD over fake Facebook accounts

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir filed a general diary (GD) with Paltan police station in the capital on Thursday seeking action against those opened fake Facebook accounts in his name.Fakhrul’s personal secretary Yunus Ali told news agency UNB that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general lodged the GD in the afternoon.In the GD, he said, the BNP secretary general said though he did not open any account on the Facebook, there are many fake accounts available in his name in the social media platform.He urged the law enforcement to take necessary actions to stop these fake Facebook accounts, and take legal actions against those involved in such malpractice.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference said several fake Facebook accounts have been opened in Fakhrul’s name and those are being used to circulate various comments and opinions.On several occasions, the party also issued statements saying Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir never opened any Facebook account.last_img read more