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Atikamekw filmmaker is the toast of Montreal Film Festival

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere aren’t a lot of Atikamek filmmakers, let alone award winning ones.But that all changed at Montreal’s Land Insights Aboriginal Film Festival.That’s where Therese Ottawa’s short documentary, the Red Path, has been winning accolades and praise.What makes this story unique is where Ottawa comes from.APTN’s Tom Fennario has that story.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Judi Dench doesn’t like watching her films

first_imgLos Angeles: Veteran actor Judi Dench says she is “allergic” to watching her own films. The 84-year-old star said if she saw her movies, she would get “irritated” by her acting and start judging her performance. “I’m so allergic to seeing myself… I don’t see myself on film. When I do, I’m terribly conscious of what I chose to do and not to do in a moment. And I always am irritated,” Dench told USA Today. She, however, added, “I like to watch it quite a long time afterwards when I have forgotten all the questions I had to ask myself in the moment. So I can look at it much more dispassionately.” Dench admitted she has not seen her 1985 classic Room With A View. The film, directed by James Ivory, written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and produced by Ismail Merchant.last_img read more

Endangered animals gain tougher protection under UNlinked treaty

Nations meeting in Bonn, Germany, to review the Convention on Migratory Species also agreed on measures to give further protection to six species of whale, leading to the possibility that a new, regional agreement was likely to emerge in the South Pacific giving greater protection to the mammals and their habitats, breeding grounds and migration routes.Delegates also backed plans to protect birds and other migratory species from power lines and wind turbines, following increasing concern that large numbers of birds were being electrocuted during their annual migrations because many power lines have been strung and constructed across their “flyways.”The resolution urged countries to adopt bird-friendly techniques when constructing medium-voltage power lines and to investigate installing bird-friendly kits, including the erection of so-called “bird-safe poles” to reduce mortalities from existing ones.Meanwhile, the meeting also supported a campaign spearheaded by the Prince of Wales to reduce the huge losses of albatrosses and petrels to long-line fisheries. More than 300,000 seabirds, of which 100,000 are albatrosses, are thought to be dying annually after drowning on baited hooks set to catch fish.Welcoming the outcome of the meeting, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said that conserving the rich, wealth and range of wildlife was vital for conserving the health of the planet.”Animals and plants, from the humblest to the highest, all have their role to play in making the ecosystems and habitats upon which we all depend, tick,” he said. “They also have great psychological and cultural importance for humankind, whether it be the romance of the whales or the charming chatter of the birds.” read more

Security Council sends advance team to Sudan in anticipation of peace accord

Video of Council meeting [16mins] In a unanimous vote, the Council’s 15 members approved a resolution saying they were ready to consider creating a UN peace support operation to help implement a comprehensive peace agreement in Africa’s largest country. Representatives of the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) last month initialled protocols aimed at ending the conflict has engulfed southern Sudan since 1983. More than 2 million people have been killed since the war began, at least 440,000 others are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, and between 3 and 4 million people have become internally displaced. The negotiators of both sides, who have been meeting in Kenya, now say they expect to reach a full peace agreement within the next few months. As soon as possible after a deal is signed, the Council said it wanted Mr. Annan to inform it of the proposed size, structure and mandate of a political mission. In a report to the Council earlier this week, the Secretary-General said Sudan’s sheer size – it is about as large as the whole of Western Europe – and its relative lack of infrastructure mean any mission there would face daunting logistical challenges. For example, each one of the planned sectors in a future UN mission would be the size of Austria. The Council said it was important that Sudan’s radio stations, television channels and newspapers be used in a public information campaign to explain the peace process and what role the UN would play post-conflict. The Council also backed Mr. Annan’s call for the parties to the southern Sudan conflict to do all they can to bring an end to the separate civil conflict taking place in the Darfur region of western Sudan. read more

UN on alert after new Indian Ocean quake calls for speeding up

“What we hope is now that the international community will really speed up work on the early-warning system for the tsunami,” Under-Secretary-General Jan Egeland told a news briefing in New York, noting that there were unconfirmed reports of deaths on one island near the epicentre and accounts of limited damage in the region, which suffered most from the earlier disaster.”A little bit stronger earthquake this time [and] we could have another major tsunami in the middle of the night,” he added, referring to the giant waves of 26 December that killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million in need of basic services in a dozen Indian Ocean countries. “We need that early warning system up and going.”But the UN, which mounted its largest ever coordinated relief effort following the December catastrophe, already has relief workers in place this time because of the ongoing reconstruction.”We have helicopters, we have trucks, there are now more than 1,000 international relief workers in Sumatra, [and] 300 international relief organizations present in Sumatra,” Mr. Egeland said, noting that a helicopter survey will start at dawn for those islands which are feared to have suffered most within the 50-kilometre zone of the epicentre and are home to some 10,000 people.”So we’re in a very different situation than we were on the 26 December, where we had no possibility, no permission to go outside Banda Aceh (in northwest Sumatra) since Aceh was a conflict zone,” he added.”My impression is that the system worked far better this time, that there was a vigilance. Not only did we have surveillance and information to the countries but we also had governments reporting out to the local authorities. We will have to assess that tomorrow, how well it worked in the various locations,” he said.As soon as news of the quake came in, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) contacted immediately all UN offices in the dozen countries affected by the tsunami. In Banda Aceh, the local authorities did not give the order to evacuate but some people fled on their own, Mr. Egeland said.”We see this as yet another example of panic spreading, of deep concern in an already mentally scarred population. It will cast shadows not only over our relief effort but also the reconstruction and rebuilding efforts,” he added. “Now the big fear again rises. Is it too early? Can we start rebuilding?”He appealed to governments to honour the billions of dollars they have already pledged for the reconstruction and development phase of the earlier disaster. read more

South Sudan Security Council urges restraint calls for humanitarian access in Jonglei

In a statement to the press, the Council “called on all parties, including armed militias, to exercise restraint, refrain from any acts of violence against civilians” and to “fully respect their obligations under applicable international law, including human rights law and international humanitarian law.”An estimated 100,000 civilians in Jonglei alone have been cut off from life-saving assistance as a result of fighting between State and non-state armed actors, and the recent resurgence of inter-communal clashes, according to the UN.The Security Council, which noted that it is the primary responsibility of the Government to protect civilians, called on Juba to expedite safe and unhindered humanitarian access for the timely and full delivery of aid to all civilians in urgent need of assistance in accordance with relevant provisions of international law, including international humanitarian law and the UN guiding principles of humanitarian assistance.The Council also urged the Government to provide full freedom of movement and unhindered access for the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNMISS) to all parts of the State. The Mission yesterday said it had intensified its patrols in recent days in Jonglei’s Pibor and Gumuruk towns, and launched sustained patrols in areas outside both areas to help create a secure environment which allows civilians to safely return and access ongoing food distribution.Members of the Security Council condemned all attacks on UNMISS troops and staff, called for prompt and thorough investigation, and, in today’s statement, demanded that there be no recurrence of such attacks or impunity for the perpetrators.Also in its statement, the Council reiterated its deep concern at human rights violations and abuses by armed groups and by national security institutions, including some members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), and emphasized that those responsible for any violations must be held accountable.The members of the Council also underlined the need to address the underlying causes of inter-communal violence in South Sudan and urged all parties to seek peace through reconciliation.President Salva Kiir as part of a wider effort in facilitating the peace, renewed an amnesty offer on 9 July toward relevant armed groups. read more

As thousands flee Syrias besieged historic city of Palmyra UN refugee agency

Situated in central Syria, Palmyra had been sheltering thousands of people forcibly displaced from other parts of Syria for the past three years. It was reportedly captured from the Syrian army on Wednesday, along with the nearby World Heritage-listed archaeological sites.According to a news release issued today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 8,000 people have found shelter in the village of Al-Qarayateen and a further 3,000 fled to nearby Furglus village. “The displaced are staying with relatives or schools in the villages, which are located about 75 kilometres to the west of Palmyra,” Firas Al-Khateeb, UNHCR’s representative in Damascus said in the release. He said that the Al-Birr Society, a local implementing partner, has started to distribute UNHCR aid and prepare reception centres and according to UNHCR, Al-Birr has reported that “people are arriving exhausted, scared and in increasing numbers.”The refugee agency is now sending more relief supplies to Al-Qarayateen and Furglus to meet the rising needs, though UNHCR expects new arrivals will move further west towards the city of Homs. UNHCR teams in Homs first noticed an increase in the number of displaced people some weeks ago, when clashes began near Al-Sukhneh, about 70 kilometres north-east of Palmyra. Last week, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, prepared two public buildings as shelters in Palmyra to host almost 1,000 people who had fled Al-Sukhneh. These people have since left Palmyra and moved to Al-Qarayateen.UNHCR is working with sister UN agencies and NGO partners to deliver a response plan to the new displacement, expected to increase in the coming days.Inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List, the historic city of Palmyra contains the ruins of “one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.” From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. Earlier this week, UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova, reiterated her appeal for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in the Syrian city, urging the international community “to do everything in its power to protect the affected population and safeguard the unique cultural heritage Palmyra.” Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, need humanitarian assistance throughout Syria. And by conservative estimates, more than 220,000 Syrians have died in the conflict, but that number is likely much higher. read more

Man held after €52500 methylethcathinone seizure in Sligo

first_imgA 25-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after a quantity of methylethcathinone was discovered following a search in Sligo.The drugs have an estimated street value of €52,500 and are believed to have originated in China and were destined for Northern Ireland.Approximately 1.5kg of the mephedrone-like substance was discovered by Gardaí and customs officials at Holywell Road outside Sligo town.The man was held at Sligo Garda Station and PSNI officers are also assisting with the investigation.It is the second seizure of this type of drug within the last week according to the Revenue’s Customs Service.last_img

VIDEO The Rolling Stones play surprise gig

first_imgTHIS WAS THE tweet that excited thousands of Rolling Stones fans across Los Angeles last night, leading to a scramble for 650 $20 tickets.The legendary rock band played the Echoplex in LA’s Echo Park neighbourhood just two hours after announcing the gig on Twitter.The 14-song set included You Got me Rockin’, Brown Sugar and Jumpin’ Jack Flash. The Stones begin a north America tour next week to mark the group’s 50th anniversary. Tickets for those shows are selling for a lot more than $20 with cheap seats starting at $250.(YouTube: TheRollingStones)last_img

Breakfast At Bebetos All you need to know from the fifth night

first_imgJohn Brooks celebrates after he hit the winning goal for the USA last night against Ghana. Source: Hassan AmmarOn Day 5Pre-tournament favourites Brazil and Argentina have had to work for their opening round victories in this World Cup while Spain slumped to a disastrous defeat last Friday. The fourth well-fancied side Germany stepped out in Group G and endured no such problems. They were clinical and ruthless in despatching Portugal 4-0.Thomas Müller bagged a hat-trick and Mat Hummels thumped home a header as Joachim Löw’s side got off to a terrific start. A bad day at the office for Portugal was compounded by the first-half dismissal of Pepe for a headbutt on Müller. Pepe was shown a red card in the first-half of yesterday’s game in Fortaleza. Source: Paulo DuarteIn Group F, Iran and Nigeria combined for the first scoreless draw to date in this World Cup when they met in Curitibia. In a game with a glaring lack of quality, neither side could hit the net and were forced to settle for a share of the spoils. The challenges don’t get any easier for either side, particularly for Iran as they are set to face Argentina next Saturday while it’s Bosnia next up for Nigeria. Honours even in Curitiba and everyone goes home happy. Source: Fernando VergaraAnd there was late drama in Group G in Natal last night with the USA claiming a brilliant 2-1 win over Ghana. The USA have been knocked out of the last two World Cup tournament by the Africans so last night’s success was a sweet one.Jurgen Klinsmann’s side got off to an amazing start with Clint Dempsey waltzing through the Ghana defence before netting after just 29 seconds. They held on to that lead until the 81st minute when Andre Ayew capped a brilliant Ghana move by firing home the equalizer. Ghana looked the more likely victors at that juncture but up popped John Brooks to become the hero for the USA with an 86th minute winner. His Wikipedia page got a little makeover after that goal.WinnerThomas Müller is quite a fan of playing on the World Cup stage. During his debut campaign in 2010, he netted five times for Germany. He finished joint top scorer on that occasion in South Africa but won the Golden Boot by virtue of more assists than David Villa, Wesley Sneijder and Diego Forlán.Yesterday he picked up where he left off four years ago by hitting the first-hat trick of the 2014 World Cup of Brazil. Germany routed Portugal 4-0 with Müller spearheading their success as he fired home an early penalty and then showed assured finishing to find the net from open play in either half. The Bayern Munich man is already on course to hold on to that Golden Boot award. Celebration time for Thomas Müller and his German teammates. Source: Nick PottsLoserIt’s been a cracking opening to the World Cup but sadly the high quality and entertaining football had to draw to a halt at some stage. Football was the real loser when Iran and Nigeria met last night to produce a snoozefest in Group F. No goals were registered and there was little in the way of magic from either team. Source: Martin MeissnerJoga BonitoTwenty-nine seconds in and Clint Dempsey produced a Messi-esque dribble and shot last night for the fastest goal in this year’s World Cup and the sixth fastest World Cup goal of all time.What have we got to look forward to today?Belgium, the darkest of dark horses and the football hipster’s choice, make their World Cup bow against Algeria in Group H in Belo Horizonte at 5pm. Here are five reasons why they can be positive about how they’ll fare in this tournament.The hosts are back out in Group A with Brazil in action in Fortaleza against Mexico at 8pm. Both sides should be buoyed after winning their opening games against Croatia and Cameroon respectively.It falls to Russia and South Korea to become the last two teams that will take to the field in the World Cup. Their Group H match is on at 11pm tomorrow night in Cuiabá.Aprés Match’s brilliant parody of Jim White and Sky Sports NewsWe all dream of a team of… Mario Balotellis?last_img read more

Thousands turn out for Oakleigh Glendi

first_imgGrey skies weren’t enough to discourage Melbourne festivalgoers over the weekend, with thousands turning out to enjoy Oakleigh’s Greek Glendi. Organised by the Greek community of Oakleigh and Oakleigh Grammar, the event saw two days of music, dance and food unfold in the heart of Australia’s biggest Greek community. Though Greekness was at the heart of the festivities, the underlying theme of the glendi was ‘unity through diversity’, showcased on Saturday with a number of cultural groups taking to the stage.Sunday’s events kicked off with a church service at Oakleigh’s Agion Anargyron, followed by a parade by the students of Oakleigh Grammar. A blessing was delivered by Bishop Iakovos of Melitoupolis, with City of Monash mayor Cr Paul Klisaris commencing the day’s speeches. Oakleigh Grammar students bearing the Australian and Greek flags. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and District, Angelos Sardellis, also said a few words, followed by Peter Cummins, deputy principal of Oakleigh Grammar. Present on the day were a number of political representatives, including Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer, representing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews; Member for Chisholm Anna Burke representing Opposition Leader Bill Shorten; Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimpoulos; deputy leader of the Liberal Party, David Hodgett and Ross Alatsas, deputy chairman of the VMC.Dancing groups on stage celebrate Greek culture and entertain the crowds.Concluding the day’s speeches was the Consul General of Greece in Victoria, Christina Simantiraki.A wreath-laying ceremony followed at the Cenotaph in honour of OXI Day and World War II. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

David Luiz sees room for improvement despite win

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz has urged his side to stop offering a lifeline to our opponents after their hard-fought 2-1 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday.Luiz provided a sumptuous assist to Pedro Rodriguez who opened the scoring to give Chelsea the lead in the ninth minute.But Newcastle United equalized five minutes before the break from a corner kick nodded in by Ciaran Clark.Chelsea rallied in the second half and took back the lead in the 57th minute thanks to Willian’s delightful strike.“It’s an important win, it’s three points at home and we did the job. It was not an easy game for us,” Luiz told the club’s website.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 think we could have killed the game in the first 25 minutes, but we didn’t score the second goal.“In the Premier League every team can be dangerous from set-pieces and that is what happened.“They scored the equalizer and after that, it is always difficult but I think the team was mature enough to be calm at half-time. Then, in the second half, we controlled the game and scored the second goal.“I think we have to improve because you cannot give your opponents openings. When you have time and opportunities to kill the game, you have to do it.”last_img read more

Solskjaer believes Lukaku has a vital role to play

first_imgRomelu Lukaku still has a major role to play at Manchester United according to interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The ex-Everton striker has only managed a cameo role  in Solskjaer’s six league games in charge apart from the FA Cup tie against Reading where he startedWith the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial getting the nod ahead of the Belgian, the former United striker has revealed he is a key player in the squad.Only Rashford and midfielder Paul Pogba have scored more than the three goals Lukaku has managed since Mourinho was sacked on 18 December.With the competition for places hotting up following the return of Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata, Solskjaer was quick to point out a similar situation in his time.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.After moving to Old Trafford in 1996, Solskjaer scored 126 goals for United in 11 seasons.He disclosed to the BBC: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”last_img read more

Mayor Faulconer announces plan to create governmentcontrolled alternative to SDGE

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Mayor Faulconer announces plan to create government-controlled alternative to SDG&E Posted: October 25, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday announced the city’s plan to create a city government-controlled energy provider to compete with San Diego Gas and Electric.Faulconer formally announced the city’s plan to offer utility services at a news conference to release the city’s annual report on the progress of its Climate Action Plan. The report includes data showing that the city is ahead of schedule toward the CAP’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2035.According to the mayor’s office, providing utility services would reduce energy costs by at least 5 percent and help the city attain its goal of 100 percent renewable energy use by 2035.“I want San Diego to lead this region into a cleaner future,” Faulconer said. “This gives consumers a real choice, lowers energy costs for all San Diegans and keeps our city on the cutting edge of environmental protection.”The mayor’s office will send the proposal to the San Diego City Council, seeking a resolution of intent to create a utility-providing entity that allows other cities in the county to join. According to the mayor’s office, several cities in the county have expressed interest in joining a joint- power energy-providing authority. On the city’s current timeline, the energy authority would begin service in 2021.“This is a win-win-win — it creates jobs for workers, seeks to stabilize green energy costs for families and generates clean energy that preserves our environment,” the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council said in a statement. “In San Diego, we must continue to build and produce renewable power to grow green jobs and ensure the environment is truly protected.”SDG&E said in a statement that it respects the city’s right to look for other energy providers and does not anticipate any financial impact from the decision in the immediate future.“SDG&E has a long history of partnership with the city, and is committed to continuing a productive, cooperative relationship,” the investor- owned company said. “As the city charts this new course for purchasing electricity, SDG&E will help enable the transition.”Environmental activists have asked the city for more than a year to provide utility services in some way, often referred to as community choice energy. According to the San Diego Community Choice Alliance, a coalition of multiple organizations, businesses and politicians that support community choice energy, San Diego Gas and Electric charges some of the highest energy rates in the state and the country.“Today, families in San Diego can breathe a little easier because we are finally on a path to enjoying energy choice and giving our families relief in their electricity bills,” said Nicole Capretz, the executive director of the SDCCA-member Climate Action Campaign. “We ask our coalition and supporters to be ready to promote a Community Choice program that serves all San Diegans, prioritizes local control, local clean energy with high quality jobs, helps clean our air, and offers affordable rates and a path 100 percent renewable energy.”Joining Faulconer at the announcement were Assemblyman Todd Gloria, City Councilwomen Georgette Gomez and Lorie Zapf and Cody Hooven, the city’s chief sustainability officer. Gloria originally helped draft the Climate Action Plan in 2013 when he was a City Councilman.“Community choice is the only pathway to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, a cornerstone of our Climate Action Plan, and ultimately puts the community in charge of our climate destiny. San Diegans deserve consumer choice,”  Gloria said.The Clear the Air Coalition, while supportive of the community choice energy concept, was more measured in its response to the city’s announcement. The coalition expressed concern about what happens if the plan fails and whether a community choice energy project should even be a priority considering the city’s current issues with homelessness and high housing costs.“If the city decides to form a (community choice energy provider), an important question to ask is: would it actually help San Diego reach its clean air goals faster and cheaper than current state laws require?” Clear the Air Coalition Co-Chair Ruben Barrales said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom October 25, 2018last_img read more

School boosters fined over spending report

first_imgThe state Public Disclosure Commission found that a political committee supporting a 2008 school bond issue in Evergreen Public Schools failed to report two 2008 expenditures in a timely manner.The PDC’s presiding officer found at a Jan. 24 hearing that Evergreen Citizens for Schools failed to report $5,500 for a survey conducted by Conkling, Fiskum & McCormick in October 2008 and $9,681 for advertising in The Columbian in May 2008.The presiding officer assessed a civil penalty of $500, but he suspended $300 on the condition that the committee is not found to have committed any further violations within four years of the date of the order.last_img

Government retains freeze on fuel duty

first_imgBudget 2016: Fuel duty is to remain frozen at 57.95p a litre for 2016-17.This is the sixth consecutive year that the government has retained the freeze on the rate of fuel duty.The continued freeze was announced by Chancellor George Osborne during his Budget 2016 speech today (16 March).Osborne said: “In the last twelve months, petrol prices have plummeted. That is why we pencilled in an inflation rise. But I know that fuel costs still make up a significant part of household budgets and weigh heavily on small firms.“Families paid the cost when oil prices rocketed; they shouldn’t be penalised when oil prices fall. So I can announce that fuel duty will be frozen for the sixth year in a row.“That’s a saving of £75 a year to the average driver; £270 a year to a small business with a van. It’s the tax boost that keeps Britain on the move.”Ashley Barnett, principal consultant at Lex Autolease, added: “The Chancellor’s decision to prolong the tax duty freeze for a sixth year has clear benefits for British businesses as many continue to feel the positive impact of lower costs at the pump. The falling cost of fuel had prompted speculation about an imminent rise in duty, but businesses can breathe a sigh of relief, for now at least.”Ashley Sowerby, managing director at Chevin Fleet Solutions, said: “The fleet industry will give a collective sigh of relief that fuel duty will be frozen once again, something that seemed certain to rise according to all of the pre-Budget recovery.“Apart from that, there seems to be little in the Chancellor’s statement of interest for those operating cars and vans except for the welcome infrastructure expenditure on roads and halving of the Severn Crossing tolls.“The real story, we believe, lies in the bigger picture, that the economy is now not expected to do as well as forecast just a few months ago even if it remains relatively stable. This will mean that fleet managers will come under renewed pressure to keep a tight rein on costs and ensure that they are getting maximum productivity out of their vehicles and drivers.”last_img read more

Avalanche Warning In Place For Turnagain Pass

first_imgSUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS / LYNX DRAINAGE:  South of Turnagain Pass, keep in mind old buried weak layers exist and there is a potential for very large avalanches to occur that break near the ground. Natural storm snow avalanches 2-4′ thick are likely while this second storm hits. The avalanche danger is considerable in the treeline and below treeline band where natural storm snow avalanches may occur and human triggered avalanches are likely . GIRDWOOD: Roof avalanches are expected with warming temperatures. Pay attention to children and pets and where you park your car. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hurricane force wind plus another foot of new snow overnight has brought the avalanche danger to high in some areas, according to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.center_img Wet snow avalanches below 1,000′ are possible with forecast rising temperatures. Before you head to the backcountry, it’s important to check the conditions before you go. Parking may be difficult along Turnagain Pass. Please be aware of parking safely and avoid blocking unplowed lots as DOT crews work to clear roads and parking areas.last_img read more

Is Akshay Kumar risking Mission Mangal fortunes by pitting against Prabhas Saaho

first_imgAkshay Kumar and Prabhas’ Saaho posterCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookBollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is apparently risking the fortunes of Mission Mangal at the box office, by releasing it with Prabhas’ upcoming movie Saaho on August 15, India’s Independence Day.Independence Day is one of the few occasions, which most of the filmmakers in India try to cash in on, but they make sure to avoid clashes at the box office as much as possible. However, Mission Mangal, Saaho and Batla House will pit against each other from August 15 and their clash has raised big concerns over their collection, as they eat away each other’s prospects and end up incurring losses.Among these three films, Saaho is undoubtedly the most hyped movie for some obvious reasons. Firstly, it is the next release of Prabhas after the historical success of Baahubali 2, which has generated massive hype for the film. Secondly, it is simultaneously released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam and it will completely capture the market in south India.Prabhas has made a huge fanbase for himself in north India with his performance in Baahubali film series and his fans are eagerly waiting for the release of Saaho. Saaho features Shraddha Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Murli Sharma, Evelyn Sharma, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi and Mahesh Manjrekar in its ensemble cast. Their presence has doubled the curiosity about the movie.Secondly, the makers of Saaho have adapted unique strategies to promote it and its promos have grabbed many eyeballs. The four versions of its teaser together fetched 60 million digital views in 24 hours and its Hindi version alone fetched 50 per cent of these views. These number itself gives an idea about the magnitude of craze for the Sujeeth-directed action extravaganza across the domestic market.On the other hand, unlike Akshay Kumar’s other films, Mission Mangal lacks hype, as the makers have kept everything under wraps and they are yet to release any of its promos like first look, poster, stills and teaser. This movie is lesser known to the audience than Batla House starring John Abraham.Mission Mangal will have a tough time in getting enough number of cinema halls due to its clash with Saaho and Batla House. The lack of hype and curiosity may lead to a lesser number of footfalls, as many filmgoers would prefer to watch Prabhas and John Abraham’s film. These two aspects may end up the Akshay Kumar starrer incurring huge losses to its distributors.It was recently rumoured that Akshay Kumar had decided to advance the release of Mission Mangal by a week to avoid its clash with Saaho and Batla House. But the makers slammed the reports, saying that the movie would hit the screens on the scheduled time and there is no change in its release date. They will definitely pay a huge price for their decision of not averting its clash.last_img read more

456 construction workers killed 463 hurt in 5 yrs

first_imgWorkers seen working without safety measures, risking their lives. File Photo: Abdus Salam At least 456 construction workers were killed and 463 others sustained injuries during their respective works across the country in last five years till December 31 in 2016.M Yusuf Al Mamun, Information Coordinator of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) disclosed this while presenting a paper titled ‘Professional Protection of Construction Workers and Social Security: Bangladesh Perspective’ at a journalists’ orientation workshop at BILS’ Dhanmondi office on Wednesday.Among the casualties, 85 workers were killed and 97 others injured in 2016, 61 killed and 119 other injured in 2015, while 102 were killed and 64 injured in 2014, 95 killed and 63 injured in 2013, and 113 killed and 120 injured in 2012.He said around 3.7 million workers across the country, including the capital city, are involved in construction related works. They are risking their lives by not using protection equipment.Moderated by BILS executive director Sayed Sultan Uddin Ahmed, among others, BILS joint secretary Wajedul Islam Khan, leader of Sramik Karmachary Oikkya Parishad Noimul Ahsan Jewel, general secretary of Imarat Nirman Sramik Union Bangladesh Abdur Razzak, general secretary of Bangladesh Nirman Sramik Federation Farid Ahmed and general secretary of Nirman Sramik League Sheikh M Nurul Hoque took part in the discussion.last_img read more

Two Arrested in Attack on Houston Woman Who Withdrew 75000 from Bank

first_imgTwo men have been arrested in connection with an attack on a woman who withdrew $75,000 from a Cypress bank.Surveillance video shows the woman park at a gas station in the Houston suburb of Cypress on Friday after making the withdrawal. A man runs up to the woman and tries to grab her purse, which has the money in it. She holds onto the purse as she falls to the ground, and a man runs from the station to fight off the purse snatcher.A car driven by a second attacker then backs into the woman, injuring her. The attackers flee with some of the money.Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman says one man suspected of being involved in the attack was arrested later Friday, while a second man was taken into custody Monday. Sharelast_img