Father of Quebec entertainer Gregory Charles dies after being hit by snow

first_imgMONTREAL – The 77-year-old father of Quebec singer and performer Gregory Charles has died after he was struck by a snow-removal vehicle on Tuesday night.Charles wrote on Facebook his father, Lennox, died early Thursday, surrounded by family.He was returning from the daily trip he took to church since his wife died a year ago, when he was hit trying to cross the street in Montreal’s central Ville-Marie borough.“I cannot find the words to explain the feeling of peace, of light, of love that I felt at the moment of his death,” Charles wrote. “It was as if, in this terrible ordeal, my father found what he so desperately wanted in the moment … to be reunited with the love of his life.”Lennox Charles had been in hospital in critical condition and his son described the accident as “brutal.”Charles is a well-known pianist who has performed around the world and was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 2017.Investigators have met with the 69-year-old driver of the snow-removal tractor.Charles paid tribute to his father Thursday as a resolute, strong and tender man.last_img read more

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Students spend summer digging up preserving 300yearold human remains

first_imgLOUISBOURG, N.S. – Young researchers are working against the clock to dig up 300-year-old human remains before they’re washed away by the sea — and the project lead says what they found so far could give us a new perspective on what life was like in the 18th century.Experts have said there could be as many as a thousand bodies buried at Rochefort Point, the main burial site at Cape Breton’s Fortress of Louisbourg, once a popular seaport and the site of two sieges between the French and the British in the 1700s.The narrow peninsula extending into the ocean just beyond the fortress’s east gate is now under a siege of its own: rising sea levels and coastal erosion pose a distant threat to the centuries of history buried beneath its surface, said Parks Canada spokesman David Ebert.“As we face climate change and we have bigger storms that have gotten more energy, that can accelerate the erosion problem,” he said in a phone interview.“But we think that doing this type of work before it’s an imminent threat, while it’s still a lower level threat, we can do this in a respectful manner.”According to historical maps, it’s estimated Rochefort Point has shrunk to only about half of its original size thanks to coastal erosion, Ebert said.Parks Canada, which owns and operates the partially reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, teamed up with the University of New Brunswick last year to create a yearly summer program for students across the continent to help excavate and study the remains.Once the remains are analyzed, they will be moved and reburied at another burial site.“It’s important to treat these remains with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Ebert said.University of New Brunswick bioarcheologist Amy Scott is the project lead for the excavation group, which consists of 15 students from different universities throughout Canada and the United States.Most are from bioanthropology programs, but Scott said their degrees span a number of anthropological and archeological fields.This year, the students unearthed the remains of 31 people, and Scott said most of the remains were male, as men — many of them soldiers — greatly outnumbered women at the site in the 1700s. The average age of death was 24.Last year, the group only found adult remains, but this year they uncovered six child burials, which suggests they may have found a new section of the centuries-old graveyard.Scott explained the French primarily used the graveyard for their soldiers, but the New Englanders used it for both soldiers and civilians — including children.She added that child mortality in those times was quite high.“Life was tough at Louisbourg for the adults, and even more so for the children,” she said.Many of the remains show signs of blunt force trauma and fractures on their faces and hands, suggesting quite a bit of brawling went on at the fortress during the tumultuous time in Canadian history.Scott said unearthing and studying these remains can help us make connections to a time period that seems almost alien in the 21st century.“Sometimes there’s this misconception that people in the past were vastly different than what we are today in terms of their daily experiences. And yes, of course, during that time period, things would’ve been different; they would’ve been eating different things and wearing different things,” she said.“But at the end of the day, we’re all still just people.”During analysis, she’s found bodies with signs of fractured limbs and cavities in their teeth: afflictions that people in the present day can relate to.Seeing these connections with her own eyes has been a humbling experience for Scott, who said wanting to know who we are and where we came from is a near-universal question.While the main goal of the project is to rescue the bodies from the vulnerable peninsula and give them a proper burial, she said the experience of analyzing the remains has been a reminder of the resilience and strength of mankind.“We think about how challenging life would’ve been for these folks, and the fact that they were able to carry on and live their lives without a lot of medical intervention in most cases makes us think about what our lives are like, and how we’ve benefitted from these medical interventions that can help us,” she said.Haylee Meloche, who is going into her fifth year of forensic science and criminology at the University of Windsor in Ontario, said the on-site experience and historical aspect is what drew her to the project.While experts are hesitant to predict how long Rochefort Point has left before it’s swallowed by the sea, Meloche stressed that time is of the essence.“Preserving the history, especially in a place like Louisburg where there is such rich history … losing that all to the coast would be such a loss to our heritage as people here,” she said.“Even though I’m not from this area, just the fact that there is a set of history that we can still discover, it just can’t be lost.”Another group of students will be back to continue their work next summer.— By Alex Cooke in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Oases of happiness

first_imgA few months ago, Naxalites killed an MLA and an ex-MLA for their illegal mining activity that was damaging crops in the tribal area of Araku in Andhra Pradesh. And now, the National Green Tribunal has slapped an interim fine of Rs 100 crores on AP government for its silence in the illegal sand extraction from Krishna river basin. These striking instances are among those routinely happening in the country involving the enemies of the environment – mafias of land, sand, mining, forest, and business, who hobnob with those in governance. Thanks to the pro-rich, Big Brother government, we have hit the rock bottom in performance to save our environment. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty Four,’ the mysterious Big brother employed his notorious secret agents on his own citizens and used his propaganda machinery to keep them on tenterhooks for an ongoing but non-existing war with an enemy country. The present state of affairs in our country is close to what George Orwell had conjured up. Although Vedic culture envisages living in harmony with nature, under a Hindutva-government, India stands at a shameful 177 out of 180 countries in the Global Environment Performance Index of 2018. It only shows our apathy to environmental health, ecosystem vitality, etc., that determine sustainability. On the contrary, the top scorers like Switzerland, Denmark, etc., exhibit long-standing commitments to issues such as health outcomes related to drinking water and sanitation, preserving natural resources, including marine ecosystems, and decoupling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from economic activity. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn a country where billionaires can quickly become multi-billionaires, but 60 per cent are defined poor, it is not surprising that we are far behind in achieving any of the Sustainable Development Goals. India scored a pathetic 5.75 per cent in air quality as against over 90 by Switzerland and Japan; cities are facing a multi-pollutant crisis. In spite of the Har Ghar Jal Yojana, over 82 per cent rural households have no tap-water connection; and 47 million live on contaminated groundwater. According to CSE’s water and sanitation experts, although 72 million individual household toilets have been built under the Swachh Bharat scheme, funds meant to popularise them have not been spent, rendering the scheme ineffective; and in urban areas, about a million families are still waiting for their construction. Further, as against the 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, only 9 per cent of the roof-top solar target has been met so far. Even the Centre’s Ujjwala Yojana for LPG distribution has not done any meritorious work. Forestland diversion for non-forest purposes has only increased; Central government cleared an average of six projects a day in 2017. Even money allocated for containing forest-fires is lying unused. With the closure of regional branches of NGT in 2018 due to staff crunch, handling of environment-related crimes – over 20,000 pending in courts and quite many under investigation – has only become casual. As against this dismal performance and other failures, we only keep hearing about the bravado of the Big Brother – tallest statue, surgical strike, Shakti missile, demonetisation, a high figure of GDP, the highest integrity, unity of the nation, etc. Intelligence failure in Pulwama attack and disquiet defence veterans writing to the President against using armed forces for politics, corrode the sheen of surgical strike. It is space scientists who toiled for decades to achieve the results. Demonetisation, apart from the traumatising people, has led to the closure of lakhs of small businesses and industries and loss of millions of jobs. Even the high GDP growth projected is being contested as fudged, since it has not produced any jobs. The tallest claim of integrity is also in question. It appears the Rafale deal is turning out to be a noose for the culprits – the insolvent Anil Ambani and his well-wishers in the political establishment. When it comes to unity in our multi-cultural society, there is a shameful silence of the leadership on communalism and cow-vigilantism. By playing with words, the subtle message of LK Advani, that it is not the ethos of BJP to dub opposing voices as anti-national, is being projected as a compliment. Further, their propaganda machinery trying to foist Modi Biopic and the NaMo TV on the country, and senior IAS officers of PMO seeking shift for the lack of organic relationship with the bureaucrats, only indicate the all-pervading Big Brother atmosphere. And, of late, although Pragya Thakur is a prime accused in Malegaon terrorist violence and is on bail on medical grounds, nominating her to contest elections is an audacious low of BJP in the promotion of communal hatred. People are nonplussed and distressed. In such a state of mind, no one realises that, right now, humanity is standing on a precipice; human health and ecosystems are in grave danger. With the combustion of fossil fuels incessantly pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the globe is getting warmer; even dangerously close to the rise-limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Increase of these molecules abets an addition of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen monoxide, which cause acid rain. This acidity is further supplemented by oceans since they absorb about one-third of all carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to become warm and more acidic. The acid rain changes the pH value of water in rivers and lakes, creating conditions conducive for the growth of algae that not only deprive the aquatic organisms of oxygen but also cause many diseases like gastroenteritis to humans. Moreover, global warming causes melting of ice and a rise in sea level; a rise of two to three feet would displace about 4 million people. If the extreme El Nino event of 2015-16 was any indication, we are in for more natural disasters – storm surges, wildfires, heat waves, severe droughts, say, environmental scientists. Such calamities heighten the risk of pests and vector-borne diseases, like malaria, dengue, etc. Furthermore, the toxins of industrial waste contaminate water for drinking and agricultural purposes, while artificial fertilisers spoil the soil itself. When such grave threats are looming large on humanity, instead of acting in a rush, our mafias calmly continue with their indiscriminate deforestation, illegal mining, sand extraction, etc. No doubt there is unrest among victims, providing fertile grounds to Naxalites. And, in the cross-fire between them and the government forces, it is innocents who are killed. Even then, in their doggedness, the Maoists do not realise that their target of overthrowing establishment through violence would only lead to anarchy or authoritarian rule. As such, without freedoms, East European countries are unhappier than the poorest democracies. And, with strong symptoms of authoritarianism, India is also among the unhappiest countries as per the World Happiness Report. The killings of BJP MLA in Bastar for developing road network and a poll official in Odisha to intimidate voters are thus an anti-thesis of the cause espoused – change the lives of the marginalised and poor, stop corruption and exploitation, and protect the environment. Since they command a mass base, it would be prudent to convert their cause into a peaceful national movement. There are numerous success stories. The Chipko movement, with the tactic of ’embracing’ trees, awakened people and governments to save the Himalayas. In the recent past, once Vizag Central Jail was shifted out, mafias colluded with the government in power to build a commercial complex. But, it was a peaceful agitation and support of court that saved this 25-acre prime land for a park. In the same city, a huge 125-year-old banyan tree was about to be butchered for protecting an old railway guest house that came in the way of widening a road. However, school children and activists saved it through a Chipko-style of agitation; the railway building was demolished. In yet another peaceful mass movement, Medha Patkar and others have apprised the nation about the woes of displacement of tribal and other people, as well as the damage to the environment. The Narmada Valley project, although has high ambitions of providing electricity, drinking water, and irrigation facilities to a large number of people, has compromised on the ecological aspects and the trauma of people. The demand is for alternative methods to provide these facilities, using smaller dams and renewable energy, without destroying the habitats of people and the environment. While forests are health-keepers of our environment, water bodies are no less important, since polluting them and illegally extracting sand affect agriculture, fish and drinking water. We do not wink an eye-lid even to pollute the sea with dumps of plastics, garbage, and debris, which harm marine life. Since we limit ourselves only to praying to river goddesses, ‘Namami Ganga’ has remained mere rhetoric; and Yamuna, Godavari, and other rivers are also crying for help. But, elsewhere, Danube, Thames, etc., are pristinely clean, not because they are revered as goddesses; but because people and the governments alike treat them as precious natural resources. In this context, NGT levying an interim fine of Rs 100 crore on AP government appears to be exemplary. But, given the fact that sand mafias act in nexus with those in government, it amounts to a penalty on the already suffering tax-payer. The culprits are allowed the last laugh. It is time a strong partnership between government and people evolved to save our rivers, forests, and environment, as tried in Sikkim. They have redefined ‘modernity’ and the goals of development, to widen it to a sustainable, just society based on harmonious, non-exploitative relationships. They achieved not only 100 per cent in organic farming, but also commendable afforestation. Justifiably, Netizens call it the ‘Switzerland of India.’ We need such Oases of Happiness across the country. Will the political parties bid for it in these elections? (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Video: Suicide Bomber Kills 13 at Mosque in Saudi Arabia

The terrorist detonated a “shahid belt” in a mosque in the south of Saudi Arabia, in the province of Asir. Killed 17 people, injured another 30, said the publication “Al-Sharq al-Awsat.” It is known that among the dead were students. According to unofficial reports, the bomb was hidden under a prayer rug.

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Atlas North Hydrocarbons: Atlas Sahara’s Joint-Venture with Cepsa

Rabat – The Atlas Sahara fuel distribution company, headed by the businessman Dehman Derhem, is a joint-venture entreprise with the Spanish petroleum company Cepsa. It intends to extend its activities throughout Morocco, according to le360.Derhem obtained a license from the Ministry of Energy that will allow Atlas Sahara to distribute fuel in northern Moroccan, and on March 20, he signed an agreement with the managing director of Cepsa, Alvaro Diaz Bild. The two corporations merged to create Atlas North Hydrocarbons (ANH)–which is owned equally by both companies.The new entity distribute its products under the Cepsa brand, and develop retail activities extensively through gas stations. This will only occur on the  Moroccan market. A business plan has been established: for the next five years, a plot of land in El Jorf Lasfar will serve as a hydrocarbon storage unit of 95,000 cubic meters. It will later be expanded to 120,000 cubic meters, with an estimated value of MAD 32 million. There is also a plan toto launch at least 10 new gasoline service stations. read more

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How rising interest rates could affect your investment portfolio

OTTAWA — The cost of variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit linked to the big bank prime rates have already gone up, but experts say the move by the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates may also affect your investment portfolio.As interest rates rise, investments like real estate investment trusts and utilities, to which many investors have looked to provide a source of steady income, are expected to come under pressure.“People aren’t willing to pay as much for those sectors,” said CIBC portfolio manager Craig Jerusalim, adding that REITs and utilities typically also have more debt which becomes more expensive to service as interest rates move higher.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target twice this year, taking back the two cuts it put in place when oil prices plunged. Economists expect the central bank to continue to raise rates, but opinions vary about how quickly it will happen.On the flip side, some industries will benefit from higher interest rates.Jerusalim said the banks benefit when the Bank of Canada raises its key rate target because the higher rates help improve margins at the big lenders.As expectations ramp up that short-term rates will rise, long-term interest rates should also increase and that will help insurance companies. Higher long-term rates help insurance companies when they calculate their future liabilities.Alfred Lee, a portfolio manager and investment strategist at BMO Global Asset Management, added that as the economy picks up, banks will benefit from greater demand for loans.In addition to the financial sector, Lee said investors are also rotating into growth stocks that are expected to benefit from the improving economy with the industrials sector expected to perform well.“For the most part the Bank of Canada’s raising rates because the economy is in a better position than it was a couple of years ago,” Lee said.“The industrial segment will do well because it is tied to the economy.”Lee added that rate-reset preferred shares could also benefit because the dividends they pay are often tied to the five-year Canadian government bond rate.Jerusalim says it’s important to remember that interest rates are still very low, they just aren’t at the emergency levels anymore.“Our team is not expecting significant increases over the next 12 months, we’re thinking we’re only going to get either one or two more rate increases over the next 12 months,” he said.But he added as interest rates rise it is even more important for investors to carefully evaluate their dividend-paying investments.For investors to protect themselves, he says they will have to be a little more careful to discern the difference between the better companies and those that just benefited from low interest rates. read more

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Wealth management and capital markets expected to drive Canadian bank profits

Wealth management and capital markets expected to drive Canadian bank profits by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2014 4:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s big banks are facing a tougher market for retail banking as the housing market slows and consumers look to reduce debt.However, the wealth management and capital markets businesses are expected to pick up the slack as the country’s big financial institutions prepare to report their first-quarter earnings this week.“I think wealth management is going to drive earnings within Canada,” said Stan Wong, director of wealth management and portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod.Wong said there also has been a pickup in merger and acquisition deals that will help the investment banking operations at the banks.“That might help boost some of the revenues on the capital markets side,” he said.The country’s big banks are coming off record annual profits last year and big gains for their stock, but analysts have downplayed the prospects of a repeat performance.CIBC analyst Robert Sedran said things may still not be great for the Canadian banks, but they are looking better.“With the better tone to the capital markets during the quarter, combined with the fact that the first quarter of the year is typically a seasonally strong one for those revenues, we look for a solid start to the year from the group,” Sedran wrote in a note to clients.Retail banking has been the bread and butter for Canadian banks in recent years, but it isn’t expected to continue to be where the growth will come from going forward.Home sales in Canada on a month-over-month basis have slipped lower for five consecutive months and Sedran suggested mortgage growth is expected to be in the low single-digit range.CIBC also forecast that non-mortgage consumer lending is expected to be roughly flat.Barclays analyst John Aiken said while he does not expect a dramatic decline in earnings in the domestic retail business, the pressures are likely to persist.“We anticipate further moderation in consumer lending volumes, but do expect some relative stability in overall margins.“Lower levels of expenses may help lift earnings, however we continue to believe that significant positive operating leverage will be difficult to achieve in 2014 as revenue growth slows.”Aiken suggested dividend increases may be possible for CIBC, Royal Bank and TD Bank with a possible stock split by CIBC, which has seen its shares pass the $90 mark.Sedran expected increased dividends from TD Bank, Royal Bank, Scotiabank and CIBC.National Bank will be the first of the big banks to release its first-quarter results when it reports after the close of markets on Monday. It is expected on average to earn $1.05 per share, according to the average analyst estimate as compiled by Thomson Reuters.The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) follows on Tuesday. Analysts on average expect a profit of $1.53 per share.Royal Bank (TSX:RY), which is expected to report a profit of $1.43 per share, follows with its results on Wednesday, while TD Bank (TSX:TD) and CIBC (TSX:CM) report Thursday. They are expected to earn $1.04 and $2.15 per share respectively.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) reports March 4. The average estimate calls for a profit of $1.33 per share from Canada’s most international bank. read more

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Nova Scotia launches study of impact – and possible regulation – of

Nova Scotia launches study of impact – and possible regulation – of Uber, Airbnb by Rob Roberts, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2016 3:17 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is studying how best to react to Uber, Airbnb and other “disruptive technologies” without driving away the tourists who have come to rely on them.Tourism Nova Scotia acting CEO Martha Stevens told a legislature committee Wednesday that the government wants to better understand the impact of the sharing economy, with particular emphasis on Airbnb, and try to learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions.She said in an interview the government may decide to regulate — but it also may not.“Our work has just really started … and we don’t want to presume there will be further regulation,” said Stevens.She acknowledged there is a tension between the Crown corporation’s hospitality industry partners, who resent the intrusion of unregulated Airbnb rentals, and tourists who embrace the savings associated with a private rental.Nova Scotia is aiming to double tourism industry revenues from about $2 billion in 2014 to $4 billion by 2024, and Stevens said the government does not want to jeopardize that goal.“It’s still only early days, but we want to make sure we’re doing the right things for visitors to Nova Scotia, but also for businesses that are operating here today,” said Stevens.“This is not going away, and we want to understand and enhance some of the new technologies because consumers are demanding it.”Last month, Ontario launched a pilot project with Airbnb that will see the home-sharing service tell its 11,000 hosts in the province to pay their taxes. Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the “voluntary” goal is to get Airbnb to comply with Ontario’s laws and regulations.Sousa said Ontario wants to embrace the sharing economy, but he admits the changes enabled by technology are disrupting existing business models, such as traditional hotels who say they’re losing money to Airbnb. He said the Liberal government believes the sharing economy has “significant potential to create jobs and drive growth, productivity and innovation.”The Nova Scotia study is being conducted by Fred Morley, who has been seconded to the Crown corporation from his usual gig as chief economist of the province’s Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness.He is to report back regularly to Tourism Nova Scotia’s board, said Stevens. read more

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Outgoing rail chief defends train industry over disastrous timetable overhaul but admits

Passengers using GTR and Northern have been particularly affected, with some stranded on platforms for several hours Passengers using GTR and Northern have been particularly affected, with some stranded on platforms for several hours.In the first two weeks, the proportion of trains either cancelled or delayed by more than 30 minutes was 13 per cent for GTR and 11 per cent for Northern. Labour would today seek a “no confidence” motion against transport secretary Chris Graying for the failings of the timetableCredit:Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Labour would today seek a “no confidence” motion against transport secretary Chris Graying for the failings of the timetable Passengers using GTR and Northern have been particularly affected, with some stranded on platforms for several hoursCredit: Andrew Matthews/PA Answering questions on what led to the fundamental failures of the timetable Mr Horton referred to the delayed decision that was made on the plan, leaving them with only three weeks to complete the timetable.“The biggest challenge we have faced is that normally when there is a major timetable change we expect the timetable to be finalised at least 12 weeks in advance of it starting,” he said. “On this occasion we were finalising the timetable three weeks before it started. And all the detailed, complicated resource planning tasks that we would normally spread over a three month period we had to complete in three.”During the meeting Northern Rail managing director David Brown said they had asked in January for the new timetable to be “rolled back” to allow for more planning time, however this decision was turned down by Network Rail. Mr Brown said limited infrastructure on the train lines meant “we had to plan the whole timetable in 16 weeks rather than 40. Had to completely rewrite the timetable for the north of England.” Both operators introduced temporary timetables on June 4, removing around six per cent of daily services in a bid to boost reliability.Jo Kaye, managing director and system operator at Network Rail said that whilst considerations had been made to delay the whole timetable, Network Rail had believed at the time that the mitigations being put in place would allow the new timetable to benefit customers.When asked by ministers whether she regretted the decision she responded: “Clearly that is one of the things I look back on and ask myself whether or not we could have foreseen the consequences of proceeding with the timetable rewrite in quite the way it manifested itself, so yes I would probably look at that decision differently.”This evening it was revealed that Labour would seek a “no confidence” motion against transport secretary Chris Graying on Tuesday for the failings of the timetable. The outgoing chief of beleaguered rail firm Govia Thameslink Railway has defended the new timetable that caused hundreds of trains to be cancelled, claiming it was “not the wrong plan”, but its execution had “not gone well”. Charles Horton, who announced his resignation from the company on Friday, was this evening grilled by MP on the Commons Transport Select Committee as to how the major failings of the new timetable that was introduced on May 20 were allowed to happen. Questioned by the committee over whether timetable had been a good idea, Mr Horton defended the implementation of the scheme saying: “Is it the wrong plan? No it’s not the wrong plan.”He explained: “Ultimately the result I think for customers is going to be very good, we will see those new journey opportunities opening up, we will see that new capacity, we will see that improvement in the quality of services. The problem we’ve been dealing with is the execution of the timetable has not gone well.”Mr Horton also revealed that despite the vast failings of GTR he believed the company had met their all their contractual obligations with Network rail, adding it was now up to them to decide if any penalty was going to be implemented.  The Committee also heard from Nick Brown, chief operating officer at GTR that it was not until the evening of May 17 that rostas were deployed to local depots for drivers.  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. read more

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An illegal Govt can result in serious consequences – Ramkarran

The main consequences of remaining unlawfully in office after March 19, by which time elections are due, is that the coalition Government will lose international credibility and support, much as the then Government did in 2015 after it prorogued the National Assembly.This is according to former Speaker of the National Assembly and commentator Ralph Ramkarran, who detailed certain consequences that the country could face if Government and the Opposition did not meet and agree on a plan to address this long and ongoing situation.He said while Governments may want to remain in communication because they would hold de facto power, official bilateral activity may cease. The former House Speaker said too that visas might be withdrawn. “Overseas assets could be frozen. Economic or other sanctions may be imposed. If measures are imposed, they could be implemented selectively and one at a time, or altogether,” he added.Former Speaker Ralph RamkarranRamkarran also believes that the attitude of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will also be under a high degree of scrutiny. He said that public opinion in the Region is already taking shape against the Government.As an initial step, Caricom may well decide that from March 20 when the Government becomes illegal, it will not be invited to any meetings of Caricom or of its bodies and agencies, or Heads of Government meetings. He said it might feel that an illegal Government could not represent the people of Guyana.He believes that even if it did, anything that the National Assembly may enact would be unlawful.Therefore, Ramkarran said the best strategy was for both Guyanese leaders to settle their own problems. He is suggesting that President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo meet and agree to a compromise date for elections.“As a first step, the life of the Government can be extended to March 31 or thereabouts, by which time the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would be expected to rule.”If the Chief Justice’s decision was upheld, then Ramkarran believes that an election date should be fixed for July. But if the Government succeeds, it carries on to the end of its term.Another suggestion is if the Government could not be persuaded to act reasonably, as indicated above, the former House Speaker and Attorney is recommending that the Carter Center should intervene to mediate a solution with support from the US State Department. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDomestic turmoil will intensify past March 21– RamkarranMarch 11, 2019In “latest news”Ramkarran scolds Jordan for “unusual” outburst against SharmaOctober 31, 2016In “latest news”Dindyal’s dismissal was due to political interference – RamkarranAugust 16, 2015In “Politics” read more

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Geek deals Dell XPS 18 mobile desktop loaded 1080p gaming laptop more

first_imgThe evolution of the personal computer has been slow, but steady. Everything is trending towards smaller and more portable, with our deal today being one of the more unique hybrids on the market today. Dell’s XPS 18 combines the best attributes of an all-in-one desktop PC and a mobile slate device, with us bringing the first-ever coupon to save you some cash.The XPS 18 is built around an 18.4-inch 1080p IPS LCD, rocking those extra-wide viewing angles and rich colors that we all love. It of course has multi-touch support, perfect for the included Windows 8 preload. It is powered by your choice of 3rd gen Intel processors, starting with a dual-core Pentium and going up to a dual-core Core i7 with matching levels of RAM (4GB to 8GB) and storage (32GB to 500GB + 32GB mSATA).The truly unique thing about this little AIO PC is that it weighs just 5 lbs and has a built-in battery for up to 5 hours of runtime. Integrated feet let you prop the device up in a number of positions for using about anywhere you want. There is an optional base stand that sets the slate up like a traditional monitor and also charges it, for those who want a simple plug-and-go home docking solution.The cool factor of a portable AIO desktop is definitely strong with this deal and sweetening the pot is the first-ever discount on this new model. Right now you can grab $50 off any of the configurations, with models starting at $849.99 and free shipping.Dell XPS 18 1080p Touchscreen Dual-core All-in-one Mobile Desktop for $849.99 + free shipping (reg. $899.99) Our other top deals:Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Haswell Core i7 Gaming Laptop w/ 1080p LCD, 2GB NVIDIA, 24GB SSD for $949 + free shipping (reg. $1,369 | use coupon USPY505801 on model 59370005, 2nd from right)Free Amazon Prime 1-Month Trial + $10 GC w/ Prime Membership purchaseBioShock Infinite + BioShock 1 & 2 (PC Download) for $34.99 (reg. $99.97)last_img read more

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Ireland fight all the way but are no match for France in

first_img 63,398 Views Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 8:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22 Comments https://the42.ie/4532223 Mar 9th 2019, 8:54 PM By Ryan Baileycenter_img Ireland fight all the way but are no match for France in front of record crowd Adam Griggs’ side were on the end of another heavy defeat at Donnybrook, as they continue to struggle in this Six Nations. Share74 Tweet Email1 Ireland 17France 47Ryan Bailey reports from Donnybrook ONE WONDERS HOW many of these ‘learning experiences’ must it take for Ireland to find a solution to the obvious defects which continue to hinder any tangible progress under Adam Griggs.There was so much to like about this Saturday night under the lights at Donnybrook. A record crowd for an Ireland women’s international crammed inside to create a boisterous atmosphere from start to finish, with many of the 6,047 having travelled from clubs right around the country.  Boujard was outstanding for France. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOOn the field, Ireland were strong in the areas we know they’re strong in. The set-piece, led by the ever-willing duo of Ciara Griffin and Claire Molloy, caused the French problems early on and was the source of two first-half tries. It meant the hosts were game for 30 minutes of this contest, but — much like against England here on the opening weekend — there was an inevitability about the outcome as the evening progressed. Once France hit their straps, Annick Hayraud’s team ruthlessly exposed the gulf in class. There can never be any questioning the heart, bravery and willingness of this Ireland side, yet those characteristics will only get you so far at international level when the fundamentals — tackling, an effective exit strategy and an ability to retain possession — consistently let you down. There is only so much talking about development, blooding young players and building for the future you can do before something has to give. Griggs admitted as much during the week, conceding his side have reached a point when they now need to start winning matches. “We want results and at the moment we are not getting those,” he said pre-match. “We need to fix that.”Subduing the formidable French threat was always going to be a nigh-on impossible task, and certainly the defending Six Nations champions will leave Dublin knowing they had to work for their victory, but it’s now seven defeats in eight games for Ireland. They never really came close to winning this one either.The concession of seven tries again shows where Ireland need to improve. It has been the story of the championship, both this year and many more before it. The target of a top-three finish is looking increasingly fanciful. France winger Caroline Boujard, named player of the match, ran riot here, scoring one try and setting up a couple more, while World Player of the Year Jessy Trémoulière looked every inch of that in a classy return from injury.Even when the visitors were reduced to 14 for the final quarter after Marine Ménager was harshly shown red, they still had the power and authority to dominate, tacking on another two scores.Griffin and Molloy led from the front for Ireland, both crossing in the first half, but after throwing everything at the visitors during a frantic opening salvo, Griggs’ side were simply unable to contend with the physicality, athleticism and power of the French.  Ali Miller was lively on the wing for Ireland. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOIt took France, ranked third in the world, all of three minutes to find the breakthrough score, and display a clinical edge which would ultimately prove the difference.Give this French back three loose ball to feed off and they will punish you, a lesson Ireland failed to heed from all of their video analysis work during the week. Boujard chipped and chased and the home side were torn apart.Defence turned to desperation for Nichola Fryday, as the second row cynically tackled Yanna Rivoalen off the ball just as the visitors appeared set to strike after a sweeping move down this right side. Fryday was sent to the bin by referee Ian Tempest — receiving the fastest yellow card in Women’s Six Nations history — and the French maul was set in motion, Ireland offering little in the way of resistance and all hooker Caroline Thomas had to do was simply fall over the whitewash. Ireland, to their credit, summoned an instant response but their vulnerability in defence always meant they were chasing the game. Ali Miller was unlucky not to get over in the corner after a storming surge, and the hosts again showed their set-piece power when Griffin finished off the back of a close-range scrum. At one end, a direct approach built on the relentlessness of a well-oiled set-piece, and at the other, a lethal, free-flowing backline capable of cutting loose from anywhere. Two vastly contrasting styles, both equally effective, but there was only going to be one winner. Ireland will be disappointed with the four first-half scores they coughed up, as again they failed to lay a hand on Boujard, who didn’t need a second invitation to run with ball in hand and cause utter destruction through the heart of the green defence. Collecting a poor clearing box-kick, the French winger showed pace and agility to slalom through some feeble tackle attempts and even when she was hunted down by Eimear Considine just short of the line, Boujard had the smarts and skills to offload for the supporting Ian Jason to finish the job. Trémoulière’s touchline conversion was exquisite. Fryday was back from the bin and, not to be deterred, Ireland rebounded strongly. No prizes for guessing the source of the score, but it was another well-worked try, as this time the tireless Molloy barged over after excellent retention and control from the forwards. Ireland celebrate Molloy’s first-half try. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOFrance knew they were in a scrap, and turned to their own set-piece in a bid to reassert some authority. Once they did so, focusing on executing the basics of their game, it was all one-way traffic.Loosehead prop Lise Arricastre put the head down and got the legs pumping after a period of sustained pressure on the Ireland line, before the visitors created further daylight on the scoreboard through the outstanding Boujard just before the break.Again, it was too soft from an Irish perspective as mistakes crept into their performance. Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird lost the ball in contact and, recognising that the green shirts were out of position, scrum-half Rivoalen chipped in behind for Boujard to streak clear. France remorsefully poured forward in the same vein after the break, showing absolutely no design on taking their foot off the pedal. Ireland scrambled, but when you clear straight back down the throat of Trémoulière, with a non-existent chase, you’re asking for trouble. And it arrived, Ménager crashing over for a fifth. There was a real danger France would run riot in the closing quarter but having remained valiant in their defensive duties, Ireland were given a second wind when Ménager was sent off for leading with the forearm into Griffin’s neck. They immediately took advantage as some well-worked phase play up front resulted in the space being created out wide for Sene Naoupu to finish, and the hosts had their third try. Too little, too late.France weren’t finished, either. Audrey Forlani and Marine Ménager caused further damage in the closing exchanges, ending any hope of a late rally from Ireland, who go to Wales on the final weekend.No faulting the desire and effort, but this is a results business. Victory next weekend looks imperative to salvage something from this championship.Ireland scorers:Tries: Ciara Griffin, Claire Molloy, Sene Naoupu.Conversions: Nicole Fowley [1 from 2], Ellen Murphy [0 from 1].France scorers:Tries: Caroline Thomas, Ian Jason, Lise Arricastre, Caroline Boujard, Romaine Ménager, Audrey Forlani, Marine Ménager.Conversions: Jessy Trémoulière [6 from 6], Pauline Bourdon [0 from 1].IRELAND: 15. Lauren Delany, 14. Eimear Considine, 13. Enya Breen, 12. Sene Naoupu, 11. Alison Miller (Beibhin Parsons 49′), 10. Nicole Fowley (Ellen Murphy 55′), 9. Kathryn Dane (Nicole Cronin 64′); 1. Laura Feely (Lindsay Peat 47′), 2. Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (Emma Hooban 67′), 3. Fiona Reidy (Linda Djougang 55′), 4. Aoife McDermott, 5. Nichola Fryday (Claire Boles 70′), 6. Ciara Griffin (captain), 7. Claire Molloy, 8. Claire McLaughlin (Anna Caplice 55′)FRANCE: 15. Jessy Trémoulière, 14. Caroline Boujard, 13. Yolane Yengo, 12. Gabrielle Vernier, 11. Ian Jason, 10. Pauline Bourdon, 9. Yanna Rivoalen; 1. Lise Arricastre (Mailys Traore 52′), 2. Caroline Thomas, 3. Clara Joyeux, 4. Celine Ferer, 5. Audrey Forlani, 6. Gaelle Hermet (captain), 7. Columba Diallo, 8. Romaine Ménager.Replacements: 16. Laure Touye, 18. Chloe Pelle, 19. Laetitia Bobo, 20.Fiona Lecat, 21. Emma Coudert, 22. Camille Imart, 23. Marine Ménager.Referee: Ian Tempest [RFU].Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Short URL Subscribelast_img read more

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Un nouveau traitement antidouleur découvert grâce au piment

first_imgUn nouveau traitement antidouleur découvert grâce au pimentÉtats-Unis – Les chercheurs de l’université du Texas pourraient mettre au point un nouveau type d’analgésique grâce à l’étude du piment fort.Les chercheurs ont découvert que lorsque le corps est blessé, il libère des substances similaires à la capsaïcine, le composé chimique responsable de la saveur épicée du piment. Dans l’organisme, c’est cette substance qui serait à l’origine de la douleur. Les scientifiques ont également pu constater qu’en bloquant la production de cette substance chez la souris, ils pouvaient stopper la douleur chronique. “C’est une percée majeure dans la compréhension des mécanismes de la douleur, qui permettra de savoir comment la traiter plus efficacement” a déclaré le Dr Hargreaves, à l’origine de l’étude.Les chercheurs espèrent désormais que les médicaments prochainement mis au point permettront de traiter les différents types de douleur chronique, y compris les douleurs associées au cancer et aux maladies inflammatoires telles que l’arthrite et la fibromyalgie (douleurs musculaires chroniques).Les résultats de l’étude ont été publiés lundi dans le Journal of Clinical Investigation.Le 29 avril 2010 à 10:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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11 Best Gifts for Pokémon Fans

first_imgStay on target Everyone loves Pokémon, and you’ll be able to show the world how much you appreciate the darling little Pocket Monsters with some of these awesome gifts on offer. Whether you know aspiring Pokémon Masters or friends and family just looking to get into the craze, these options should delight any fan, young or old.Just be careful, because you may end up hoping you can keep some of these great picks for yourself. When they’re this affordable, you may as well! From water bottles to functional banks that even feature little Pikachu swiping your pocket change, there’s something for everyone here.Pokémon Poké Ball Waffle MakerPokémon Poké Ball Waffle Maker (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Upgrade your breakfast of champions with this Pokémon Poké Ball Waffle Maker. It creates delicious golden Poké Ball waffles in a pinch, all you have to do is plug it in, pour your batter, and cook for four to five minutes. Just make sure to invite your crew over for brunch, because this waffle maker beats avocado toast and mimosas.Buy it HerePokémon Pikachu Coin BankPokémon Pikachu Coin Bank (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Not only does this bank feature a Poké Ball image on the front, but it also does something pretty neat. When you put a coin on the plate, little Pikachu reaches out to grab the coin and pull it back into the bank. What better incentive to help you and your friends save money? Know someone getting ready to get married? Help them start a rainy day fund with this conversation piece and working bank!Buy it HerePokémon Cereal Bowl SetPokémon Cereal Bowl Set (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Catch ’em all (and a good breakfast) with this Pokémon Cereal Set. It comes with four bowls, including a Pikachu-printed one for your favorite granola, Cheerios, and more. Gift this set to a friend and yourself if your dishware needs some TLC.Buy it HerePokémon Trainer Duffle BagPokémon Trainer Duffle Bag (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Carry all your important trainer necessities with this awesome and sturdy duffel bag. Whether going to the gym or setting off on a new Pokémon adventure, it should have plenty of space to hold everything you could possibly need, and then some. Plus, it lets the rest of the world know what your life mission is: training Pokémon with the best of ‘em!Buy it HerePokémon Golden Lotus Flowers BackpackPokémon Golden Lotus Flowers Backpack (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Need a new backpack for hauling your weekend outfits to a friend’s? Going to school? Cop this Goldeen-adorned backpack with a righteous pattern, or give it to someone you know with some serious Pokémon style. It looks like it should be able to weather some serious abuse, so it looks like the perfect candidate for school use as well.Buy it HerePokémon Gym Leader T-ShirtPokémon Gym Leader T-Shirt (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Show the world that you’re not just any regular Pokémon trainer, but a skilled and talented Gym Leader. You’ve probably got your own badge and everything. This bold and eye-catching tee is certainly where it’s at, and so gift one and keep the other for yourself.Buy it HerePokémon Over-Ear Headphones w/ MicPokémon Over-Ear Headphones w/ Mic (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Cue up your favorite tracks from the Pokémon anime series and bump ‘em with these attractive Pokémon headphones. They look just like the iconic Poké Balls you capture the adorable monsters with, and they’ll definitely help you or your giftee to make new friends while hanging out in the world. That’s an easy way to make new trainer acquaintances, you know!Buy it NowPokémon Light-Up PikachuPokémon Light-Up Pikachu (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Light up the night with this cute Pikachu toy. No, it can’t use Thundershock like the real electric mouse, but it can at least use its electrical power to make things a little brighter for you. It’s a unique gift that you certainly won’t be seeing anywhere, and well worth picking up for your favorite Pokémon fans!Buy it HerePokémon Poké Ball Black Mini BackpackPokémon Poké Ball Black Mini Backpack (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)This sleek and stylish mini backpack can finally take the place of that old fanny pack you’ve just repurposed as a shoulder bag. It’s big enough to carry all the essentials, yet small enough to take with you while trekking around the city. Plus, like many of the other products on this list, it’s adorned with Poké Balls! How cute is that?See it HerePokémon 20-Once Glass Water BottlePokémon 20-Ounce Glass Water Bottle (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Stay hydrated with this sturdy glass water bottle. It’s covered in Pokémon and other fun things from the series, so you can make sure you’re getting enough water on the go as well as looking cute. It’s tough to do all that at once, but somehow this bottle does it all. That makes it a must-buy.See it HerePoké Ball Print SkirtPoké Ball Print Skirt (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Make a statement with this unique printed Pokémon skirt, rife with Poké Balls all over it. Pair it with a nice solid-colored top to keep everyone’s attention on this statement piece, which is an excellent gift for any fashion-conscious Pokémon fan in your life, and there are a ton of us out there, thank you very much.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:11 Awesome Gifts for the Nintendo LoverGeek’s Guide to Gaming GiftsIt’s Up, Up, and Away With This Superman Gift Guide Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie last_img read more

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Sane left out of Germany World Cup squad

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low has shockingly left out Leroy Sane in national side’s final 23-man World Cup squadThe Manchester City winger has had a sensational campaign in England and played a key role in the club’s domination in this season’s Premier League.In his 49 games this season, Sane scored 14 and added 15 assists on his way to being crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year.However, despite these impressive statistics, Sane along with Bayer Leverkusen pair Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen were all dropped from Low’s final squad.Germany captain Manuel Neuer has successfully earned a place in the final squad after making his comeback after nine months out in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Austria.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and City’s Ilkay Gundogan also made the squad as Germany look to become the first nation since Brazil to retain their World Cup title.The final 23-man squad for the #WorldCup ????#DieMannschaft #ZSMMN pic.twitter.com/SOJa14wIOD— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 4, 2018Germany have been drawn in Group F of the World Cup with South Korea, Sweden and Mexico.last_img read more

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Agent Juventus Inter Milan want Han Kwangsong

first_imgCagliari striker Han Kwang-song is of interest to both Juventus and Inter Milan for a January move, according to his agentThe North Korea international is currently on his second loan spell with Serie B side Perugia after netting seven goals in 17 appearances for the club last season.Despite playing in the second division of the Italian league though, Kwang-song could soon find himself playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus or Ivan Perisic with Inter.“I’m not directly aware of anything happening in the summer,” Agent Sandro Stemperini told Calcio Mercato.“It may be that, in the many meetings between Juventus and Cagliari, they went back to talking about Han but if so it was a discussion only between the two clubs.“For January I’m certain because I was in those meetings and I worked on it. It wasn’t simply that the clubs didn’t agree, there was a difference between supply and demand.“It was a complicated negotiation because it involved several other players, and unfortunately it wasn’t successful.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I also talked about him with [Walter] Sabatini when he worked at Inter. There were several clubs interested, there are always a lot of requests for information, but contact is one thing and a formal meeting is another. That only happened with Juventus.”Kwang-song is the first North Korean to score in the Italian top-flight.Although the 20-year-old has just managed 12 appearances in total for Cagliari, who face Fiorentina this weekend.#han #hankwang #HanKwangSong #casteddu #forzacasteddu #cagliari #cagliaricalcio pic.twitter.com/ZPD8Pr02dP— Kwang Song Han (@hankwangson) April 10, 2017last_img read more

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Threatening social media video causes scare for La Salle students

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A threatening social media video caused a scare for students at a Miami Catholic high school.A student aimed the threat at Immaculata-La Salle High School, Wednesday.Investigators said the teenager is not enrolled there and attends a different Catholic school.School administrators said they emailed parents that they have reported the threat to police.They have also requested extra officers to be on the school’s campus for the next few days.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Donald M Manson 76

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Donald M. Manson, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away following a long illness on September 30, 2018.Donald was the devoted father of Peter D. Manson & his wife Lin Marshall-Manson of Lawrence, cherished son of the late Spurgeon and Bertha (Jakobsen) Manson, dear brother of Deborah Fitzgerald & her husband James of Wilmington and the late Spurgeon D. Manson, Jr. and his wife Patricia Manson of Wilmington. Donald is also survived by his former spouse and friend, Marie Manson of Dracut, as well as many nieces and nephews.Donald was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served during the Vietnam era.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Thursday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.Donald Manson(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Writer Nick Jans captivates audience with tales of Romeo the wolf

first_imgWriter Nick Jans calls the years between 2003 and 2009 “a magical and transformative time” in Juneau’s history. It was during those years that a wild black wolf, who came to be known as Romeo, lived in the community, played with dogs and interacted with residents.Download AudioRomeo the wolf. (Photo courtesy Nick Jans)Jans spoke at the University of Alaska Southeast last week about his 2014 book “A Wolf Called Romeo.”Nick Jans was living in a house near Mendenhall Glacier when he noticed tracks right outside his door “and out into the lake and at the end of those tracks was a wolf.”Jans said it wasn’t just any wolf, “He’s like the combined version of the young Arnold Schwarzenegger wrapped up in the young Paul Newman of wolves.”The wolf continued visiting Jans’ house.“The old expression of a wolf at the door took on a completely new meaning,” Jans said. “I mean, how are we not going to interact with this wolf? (Be)cause there he is, practically every damn morning. We could stay inside the house and sometimes the tracks would lead right up to the door, literally.”Jans said it was this social behavior that led to his naming. The wolf was fond of Jans’ yellow lab Dakotah, of whom Jans’ wife was very protective.Nick Jans speaks about Romeo the wolf during the University of Alaska Southeast’s Evening at Egan lecture series. (Photo courtesy Katie Bausler/UAS)“It’s her child and the most precious thing in this universe so, of course, she’s concerned about who her child hangs out with. And one morning the wolf is curled up in the yard waiting for Dakotah to come out and take a pee, which sooner or later, she’s got to do, and my wife with her arms folded says, ‘There’s that Romeo wolf again,’” Jans said.Dakotah was one of several dogs that Romeo interacted with socially. There was a Border Collie who’d run away with Romeo but always came back. Other dogs raced around the frozen lake with him.“The wolf briefly took up the sport of pug bowling when, in the space of two weeks, he grabbed two different pugs owned by two different people on two different sides of the lake and ran with them for a short period in his mouth and dropped them,” Jans said. He suspected Romeo thought the dogs were puppies and was just trying to play with them.Many people visited the glacier, where Romeo often spent time, in hopes of glimpsing him. Jans described him as the community wolf. He said Juneau was lucky to be able to know a wild animal so well.“One of my fondest memories my whole time in Alaska was lying with my head on my pack, with my dog Gus’ head on my knee and the wolf lying 15 feet away, and we all took a nap out there on the ice. Everybody trusted each other enough to shut our eyes and just be,” Jans said.Romeo often played with Dakotah, Nick Jans’ yellow lab. (Photo courtesy Nick Jans)He said several people in Juneau shared moments like that with Romeo. And many more heard his echoing howls.“They’d travel for sometimes a couple miles at night and you could hear him on the far side of the lake. You could hear him sometimes way up the West Glacier Trail and they just filled the whole universe,” Jans said.After six years in the community and interacting with hundreds of dogs, Romeo was killed in 2009. A plaque remembering him is affixed to a rock near the glacier. A Juneau Community Foundation fund is raising money to build an exhibit in his honor at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.“And it’ll be part of Juneau’s legacy and something that visitors and residents will be able to point to and to look at and to know that we didn’t somehow dream this up, that it was real,” Jans said.Despite how he may have died, Jans doesn’t think the story of Romeo the wolf is a tragedy. He thinks it’s a triumph. It’s the magical story of a friendship between a wolf and a community.last_img read more

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Sports meet for patients held at Narayanadri Hospitals

first_imgTirupati: Annual sports meet was conducted at Narayanadri Hospitals, Tirupati on Sunday for patients who have undergone knee joint and hip joint replacement surgeries in the hospital. A free cardiac health check-up was also done for those patients who have participated in sports events. On this occasion, an awareness programme was held for general public on joint replacement surgeries. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us The Managing Director and Chief Orthopaedic and Joint Replacement surgeon Dr V Sunanda Kumar Reddy explained about why and how the patients get joint pains, how their joints will be damaged and the ways to prevent them etc., About 50 patients who have undergone joint replacement surgeries earlier took part in the sports events. Hospital Chairman Dr SV Prasad, Dr Subba Rao, Dr Prabhakar Rao, Chief Administrative Officer Subramanyam took part in the programme.last_img read more

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