first_imgTORONTO, ON (September 28, 2017) — The Canadian union representing over 23,000 professional performers working in film, television and digital media welcomes Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s announcement today as a result of last year’s Canadian Content in a Digital World consultations.“Canada’s talented creators have built an internationally-renowned creative industry that generates thousands of jobs and millions in economic activity,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We are pleased to see minister Joly’s commitment to creators, which will allow our industry to both compete and thrive in this digital age.”“The Minister’s focus on stable production funding for the Canada Media Fund, a stronger CBC and increased support for exports is music to our ears,” added Sparrow. Advertisement Advertisement National Executive Director Stephen Waddell added a note of caution about the government’s new agreement with Netflix, “We welcome Netflix’s investment in Canada, but let’s be clear: while other broadcasters play by Canada’s regulatory rules Netflix has been allowed to write their own rules. That will continue to undermine our broadcasting system.”ACTRA’s submission can be found online at: (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Toronto and Vancouver most vulnerable to interest rate hikes CMHC

first_imgTORONTO — Canadians living in two of the country’s largest cities may find themselves more “vulnerable” to interest rate increases as personal debt levels in Toronto and Vancouver continue to hit record-levels, warns a report by Canada Mortgage Housing Corp.The housing agency says the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio for those living in Vancouver climbed to 242 per cent in the second quarter, which ended June 30.That means that for every $1 of disposable income, $2.42 is owed. It was similarly high in Toronto, where the DTI is at 208 per cent.This is the highest ratio recorded for both cities for any second quarter since 2015. Nationally, the DTI ratio is 171 per cent.A major contributor to increasing levels of indebtedness is mortgage debt, which accounts for two-thirds of all outstanding household debt in Canada.CMHC says those with elevated debt levels could see their budgets stretched if interest rates continue to rise.“While households may be able to service their debt during periods of low interest rates, some may face challenges when rates rise,” it said in the report. “Highly indebted households have usually few debt consolidation options to respond to increasing debt service costs.”The report noted that higher interest rates means that households could see an increase in the amount required for debt repayment, which could exceed their original budgets.“The increased debt payment burden may come at the cost of reduced consumption, decreased savings or opting to make lower repayments on the principal,” it warned. “Some households might even default on their loans if their incomes are not sufficient to cover higher expenses and credit charges.”CMHC says this could lead to a ripple effect if households begin defaulting on their loans, and banks begin scaling back on the loans they give out.“These negative effects could then impact other areas of the economy,” it said. “Research has shown that recessions in highly indebted countries tend to exhibit a greater loss in output, higher unemployment, and last longer compared to countries with lower debt levels.”The report, which was based on an analysis with data from credit monitoring firm Equifax, Statistics Canada and the Conference Board of Canada, also noted that household debt levels vary widely, and have in fact, gone down in some of Canada’s largest cities.The DTI ratio have decreased in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Halifax, and Sherbrooke, Que. It is the lowest in Saint John, N.B., where it declined to 106 per cent in the second quarter.Household debt has been identified as a key vulnerability for the financial system by the Bank of Canada, which has raised its key interest rate five times since July 2017. The rate currently sits at 1.75 per cent, with expectations that there will be another hike next year.Since the Great Recession, the central bank has kept interest rates low to help stimulate the economy but that has also helped fuel hot housing markets in undersupplied regions such as Toronto and Vancouver.Follow @LindaNguyenTO in Twitter.Linda Nguyen , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mayawati to hold rally in Delhi on May 10

first_imgNew Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati will hold a rally at the Ramlila Maidan near GTB hospital in North East Delhi on May 10, party’s candidate from the area Rajveer Singh said on Friday. Singh, a marble trader from Rajouri Garden, said that the party has asked him to take up an active role in the city’s politics for the next 15 years. The BSP got a vote share of about 5 per cent in 2009, which dropped to about 2 percent in 2014. Despite this, Singh claimed that the party is getting a resounding response from the ground with locals calling upon him to attend their public meetings. “We will stop the BJP and the votes will come to us,” he said. Responding to the suggestion that the BSP’s presence would cut into the votes of AAP, he said AAP has no presence in the area, “they haven’t done anything to help people” Singh added. While the BSP filed nominations for all seven Lok Sabha seats here, it will only be fighting five seats as affidavits of its contestants for North West Delhi seat which is a reserved constituency, and in the New Delhi constituency were rejected.last_img read more

Some medicines used by Moroccans are extracted from Cannabis political leader

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- The head of a Moroccan opposition party said on Wednesday that some of the medicines used by Moroccans are extract from cannabis.In the context of the national debate about legalization of the cultivation and exploitation of cannabis in Morocco, the Party of Modernity and Authenticity (PAM), recently held a study day conference to address “The Role of Positive Uses of the Cannabis Plant in Creating an Alternative Economy.”Mr. Mustafa Bakkoury, the Secretary-General of the PAM, said that “There are indeed alternative uses of cannabis, especially in the manufacture of medicines. Some Moroccans have been prescribed certain medicines that come from America and Canada which are made of extracted from cannabis, and they have no other choice but to use these medicines,” he said. Yet, cannabis also has harmful uses, and we have to work on legalizing the positive uses and fighting the negative uses of this plant,” he added.In her speech during the conference, Ms. Milouda Hazeb, the team leader of the PAM in Morocco’s House of Representatives, stated “It should not be understood that our efforts are a means to support the production of this plant in the same way and for the same known negative purposes as have existed in the past. We are not seeking to legalize the production of drugs, but to search for possible medical and industrial uses of this plant and thereby create an alternative economy in the region.” “We have raised this topic to think collectively and with a loud voice in order to develop suggestions and recommendations with respect to finding an alternative economy for the cannabis plant,” she added.Mr. Hakim Benchemass, the team leader of PAM in the House of Councilors, said that “The aim behind this international conference is to bring the debate that concerns the whole society out of the street to its normal place, in the Parliament.”Mr. Benchemass added, “We are hoping, from this conference, to contribute positively to the ongoing debate revolving around this national plant,” to consider ways through which the country can benefit from the opportunities for development that the positive uses of this plant can afford.According to the Associated Press, “Morocco is a signatory to the 1961 drug control treaty and would face sanctions if it legalized drugs for recreational use, however the treaty does provide exceptions for legal and industrial applications.”While some political parties in the kingdom are unlikely to oppose any future draft law legalizing the cultivation of the plant for positive uses, the law would not pass without sparking social uproar, and it may face severe hurdles in Parliament.last_img read more

Air France to Double MarrakechParis Flights to Meet Passenger Demand

Rabat – Air France has announced it will double its flights between Marrakech and Paris to meet customer demand.The company announced that it will offer 13 flights per week instead of seven from March 31 to October 26.In a press release, the company said that it “supports the development of tourism in Morocco and meets the needs of economic operators.” Read Also: TripAdvisor: Marrakech in Top 10 Travelers’ Choice DestinationsThe schedules, according to the company, “have been studied to offer a great flexibility to its customers to Paris and more than 1,000 destinations in the world.”Marrakech is one of the most popular destinations in Morocco for international tourists.In the first 11 months of 2018, 2.4 million tourists flocked to the ochre city.Marrakech attracted increasing numbers of tourists from January to November of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Tourist arrivals from France were up 14%, up 25% from Germany, and up 52% from Spain. But Marrakech attracted even more dramatic increases in tourists from China and Eastern Europe, rising 100 to 300%.Last month, the world’s leading travel website TripAdvisor ranked Marrakech in its Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Destinations. read more

China must prevent HIVs spread top UN antiAIDS official tells Beijing forum

Addressing a national conference in China on sexually transmitted diseases (STD), the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today said the country must act to avert a widespread epidemic before the end of the decade. “HIV is beginning to spread from specific groups in China to the general population,” said Dr. Peter Piot in a speech to China’s first National AIDS/STD Conference. “There is clear evidence that HIV is beginning to spread in the general population so the numbers of new infections will rise rapidly unless immediate action is taken,” warned Dr. Piot. “It is now imperative that effective interventions and wide-ranging educational campaigns for the public are available nationwide,” he added.In China, HIV had in the past been transmitted mostly by injecting drug users sharing contaminated needles and paid blood donors engaged in unsafe practices, but UNAIDS said today that the virus was increasingly spreading through sexual intercourse – both heterosexual and homosexual.The country’s health ministry estimates that about 600,000 Chinese were living with HIV/AIDS in 2000. Given the recently observed rises in reported HIV infections and infection rates in several parts of the country, the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS in China could well exceed 1 million by the end of this year, UNAIDS said.Meanwhile in Brussels, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from across the globe gathered to discuss the new Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, first proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and later endorsed by the UN General Assembly. Concluding a two-day meeting today, participants agreed that the Fund’s activities would involve the perspectives of NGOs and civil society groups.”This is not business as usual,” said Paul Ehmer, Team Leader of the Technical Support Secretariat of the Transitional Working Group tasked with building the foundations and working principles of the Fund. He pledged that the Group “will base its decisions on thorough consultations with all stakeholders, and in particular with those who will benefit from the Fund.”The Group, which is comprised of nearly 40 representatives of developing and developed countries, UN agencies, the private sector, foundations and NGOs, will meet again in Brussels from 22 to 24 November to take final decisions on a range of issues related to the Fund, which is expected to be operational by early next year. read more

Significant Digits for Thursday July 2 2015

Saturday is Independence Day in the U.S. and tomorrow is a company holiday, so we’re off and you’re without a newsletter. Have a good holiday weekend everybody, be cool around the fireworks and don’t do anything too stupid. See you on Monday. If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2-1The semifinal game between England and Japan ended in heartbreak for Britons, with an own-goal in stoppage time ending the Lionesses’ run. [ESPN FC] 250 studentsSweet Briar University, a private all-women’s college in Virginia, was saved from closing after a dedicated alumni campaign. Still, the premature closing announcement meant that only 250 students will be returning to campus this fall, down from 561 students last year. [Bloomberg] 54 yearsThe U.S. is going to have an embassy in Cuba again, and vice versa, after 54 years of no diplomatic ties. [USA Today]67 percent It’s the United States versus Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this Sunday. According to our model, the United States is favored to win the match and the tournament with a 67 percent chance of victory. Still, don’t get too cocky: Japan should still win this game one out of three times. If you want a primer on the team, definitely check out Allison McCann talking to current members of the squad from earlier in the tournament. [FiveThirtyEight] 5.3 percent“Magic Mike XXL” is out in theaters, and you should see it both because Channing Tatum has abs that can probably open jars, and because “Magic Mike” was actually a pretty accurate look into a crucial sector of the American economy. The strip club industry derives 5.3 percent of its revenue from women. [FiveThirtyEight]44 yearsSonia Manzano has played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, but that tenure is coming to an end. She announced that she’s going to retire from the beloved children’s television program after this season. [The AV Club] 600 feetComet 67P, where the European Space Agency sent the Rosetta probe and harpooned a lander, is littered with massive sinkholes 600 feet deep. I’m pretty sure this renders the “drillers have to become astronauts to dig 800 feet into an asteroid” plot of “Armageddon” effectively moot. Finally, science standing up to a Michael Bay movie. [The Los Angeles Times]$45 millionThe campaign of Hillary Clinton raised about $45 million since its launch, which is a stack of dough the size of an incumbent president’s. At press time, Iowa local TV news station owners were presumably checking if a shiny new Doppler radar is eligible for Amazon Prime. [ABC News]$935 millionOne side effect of all those comic book movies we keep seeing is that comic book sales are bananas again. Last year they hit mid-1990s sales levels, after adjusting for inflation. About $835 million came from physical sales of comic books and graphic novels and another $100 million from digital sales. [Comichron]$1.9 billionPuerto Rico paid the $1.9 billion debt service payment it owed Wednesday, averting a deeper fiscal crisis in the U.S. territory that owes $73 billion total. [CNBC] If you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me, @WaltHickey. read more

Hes an Icon On and Off the Court LeBron

LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the most dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz on a legacy that reached epic status long ago.It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for James.FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio. LeBron James was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)And even without a title, it may have been his most significant year.For the third time, James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year — after 2018 saw him continue to excel on the court, open the “I Promise” school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further use his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to “shut up and dribble.”“I would describe it as a success because I was able to inspire so many people throughout the year,” James said. “I got to go back to China, to Paris, to Berlin, I opened up a school. And all these kids I was able to see, all over the world and in my hometown, I was able to inspire, to make them think they can be so much more than what they think they’re capable of being. That was my outlook for 2018.”James received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Thursday, while Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was third, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was fourth and Triple Crown winner Justify was fifth.On the court, James remained dominant. He averaged 28.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists in 2018 between his time with the Cavaliers and Lakers, playing in 102 games through Thursday.“In addition to being on everyone’s short list as one of the league’s all-time greatest players, LeBron is among the hardest working players and is a thoughtful and impactful leader,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “He serves on the executive committee of the Players Association even as he builds an impressive media company of his own. And what’s most inspiring, and no surprise given his talent and focus, is how he’s done all of this while embracing his unique opportunity to positively impact communities in need.”James becomes the third man to win the award at least three times, joining Lance Armstrong (a four-time winner from 2002 through 2005), Tiger Woods (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2006) and Michael Jordan (1991, 1992 and 1993).Armstrong won the Tour de France in each of his years as the AP recipient, — though he was later stripped of the titles in a doping scandal. Woods won at least one major and was the PGA’s Player of the Year in all four of his AP-winning years. Jordan’s three awards coincided with his first three NBA championships in Chicago. And James’ first two times getting the award were in 2013 and 2016, years where his fingerprints mussed up the Larry O’Brien Trophy in a title celebration.And James’ closest rivals in the AP balloting this year — Betts and Ovechkin — also won titles in 2018.James’ year included no championship, no scoring title, no MVP award. But some of the people closest to James still considered 2018 to be his finest year yet.“I like to talk about generations,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, one of James’ best friends. “There will never be another Michael Jordan because he was the first to be a global superstar, the first to take the NBA to another level. There will never be another LeBron James, and a lot of it is from what he’s done away from the game. Him understanding his voice has been so refreshing and so important to the culture and his friends.”The “I Promise” school is perhaps James’ most prized accomplishment yet. It opened in July for 240 third- and fourth-graders, a public school in Akron that is perhaps like none other. Families — not just the kids — get support there, whether it’s by helping put food on the table or providing adult education or even legal assistance.And this is just the start. James and his LeBron James Family Foundation have enormous plans for the school in the years ahead.“It is already such a success,” James said. “And it’s something that I never thought was possible until we made it happen. So yes, it’s been a pretty good year.”A busy year, too.He had a documentary series called “Shut Up and Dribble,” which discusses the role athletes have in the current political and cultural climate. His show “The Shop,” featuring James and friends talking about life in the backdrop of a barbershop, has been enormously popular. James has faced criticism in recent days for posting rap lyrics that included the phrase “Jewish money,” for which he apologized, and even rival coaches have spoken out about how he’s used his fame for good.“To this day, he hasn’t missed a step,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this year. “He hasn’t fallen off the ledge and he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven’t had the same advantages as others.”On the court, he was already an icon.Off the court, he’s looking to be one as well in the years ahead.“The next star is out there,” James said. “And I’m not just talking sports. Doctor, nurse, pilots, they’re out there. The one thing they need is knowing that people care about them and care about their lives. I believe it’s part of my job, and I take it very seriously, to try to tap into that.” read more

Do you use medicines to help your child sleep You shouldnt

first_imgIRISH PARENTS ARE being warned not to give their children medicine to help them sleep.Pharmacists today highlighted the need for parents to be “extremely careful about giving medicine to children”.The warning came after research from a doctor at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin found that 30% of parents give their children painkillers to help them sleep at night or on long journeys.The Irish Independent reports that Dr Aisling Garvey’s research found that children who are given medication are more likely to self-medicate later in life.The Irish Pharmacy Union says that parents should always seek the advice of their pharmacist first to determine the correct medicine and the correct dose appropriate to their child’s age and symptoms. Pharmacists also warned about the dangers of providing medicines to young children in order to sedate them during long journeys or get them to sleep at night.Bernard Duggan, Honorary Treasurer of the IPU, said that when in doubt, people should seek the advice of a professional.“It is important to ensure the safe use of both over-the-counter and prescription medicines as some medicines are only suitable for adults and not for children. Medicine dosages for children should be adjusted according to the age and weight of the child. Too little medication can be ineffective and too much medication can be harmful. Also, different medications have different concentrations of ingredients. The best approach is to ask your pharmacist first for advice.”Read: No plans to extend Long Term Illness Scheme list despite not being updated since 1970last_img read more

Raspberry Pi 25 PC easily handles sprite and particle demos using Qt

first_imgRead more at Raspberry Pi and Qt Labs There’s no doubt that Raspberry Pi has done a great job of showing off the $25 PC in the months running up to its launch (next month, hopefully). But until now we’ve seen very little of what it can do in terms of pure performance other than 1080p video playback and Quake III. That all changed today with a bunch of demo videos appearing on YouTube and showing some major progress in terms of library support.The Qt Labs team, who work on the Qt cross-platform application and user interface framework, got their hands on the Raspberry Pi hardware and decided to do some testing using particle and sprite demos.We’ve included all four videos below. Each demo is running using Qt 5, which has been ported by the Maemo Mer community. The resolution used is 1360 x 768 with no noticeable slowdown and at no point was the CPU maxed out. In all cases, Qt is utilizing OpenGL ES2 acceleration and running from an SD card. However, the team admits “There is no shortage of board specific customization we could potentially indulge in.”Considering what is going on in each demo, this makes 2D game development a definite avenue for young programmers to explore, and games is certainly one way to keep young minds interested and learning/tinkering. The fact Qt and the QML scripting language were easy to port, and will be available to use hopefully at launch, is also a major plus for the platform.We really can’t wait to see what people start creating with this little machine in the weeks and months following the launch.last_img read more

Destination Island Fish Fry for NIB Symposium Delegates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 31, 2017 – Providenciales – The 40 delegates here for the International Social Security Symposium hosted by the National Insurance Board will head out to Island Fish Fry at the Bight Park for what is arguably the most famous TCI cultural extravaganza.The NIB is celebrating 25 years of existence and will this weekend also reward staff and recognize those who have aided in building the NIB for the last quarter of a century.  The symposium, which opened on Tuesday, welcomed 13 nations and was staged at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa.#MagneticMediaNews#InternationalSocialSecuritySymposium#NIBhostssocialsecuritysymposium#NIBis25yearsold Recommended for you Related Items:#InternationalSocialSecuritySymposium, #magneticmedianews, #NIBhostssocialsecuritysymposium, #NIBis25yearsold Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Natl Insurance Board hosts Regional Symposiumlast_img read more

OSP One dead in crash near Rainier

first_imgOne person is confirmed deceased Tuesday morning following a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 30 about three miles east of Rainier. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers report Highway 30 is completely blocked and may be for several hours. A suggested detour for northbound and southbound traffic that needs to travel through this area on Highway 30 is to use the Longview/Kelso bridge and Interstate 5 routes. An alternative route to get to or from the Oregon coast is to use Highway 26.According to OSP Master Sergeant Larry Lucas, preliminary information indicates on November 30, 2010 at approximately 6:00 a.m. a sport utility vehicle driven by an adult male was northbound on Highway 30 near milepost 43 when it drifted onto the shoulder. The driver over-corrected to the left into the southbound lane where it collided head-on with a large truck. The sport utility vehicle’s driver was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. The truck’s driver was not injured.No more information will be released until later today following the on-scene investigation and attempts to notify next of kin.OSP troopers are being assisted at the scene by ODOT and Columbia River Fire & Rescue.last_img read more

Donlin gold mine needs to move a mountain How close is that

first_imgThe Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Donlin Gold expects to get most of its major state and federal permits by the end of 2018. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)One of the biggest gold mines in the world could be built along the Kuskokwim River, north of Bethel. The Donlin mine has so far escaped the intense level of public scrutiny aimed at the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, but it’s much farther along the permitting process. Supporters say the mine would bring much needed jobs to the region while opponents worry it threatens their subsistence way of life.Listen nowThere isn’t much at the Donlin mine site right now: just a long airstrip, with clusters of sturdy buildings in the middle of green mountains close to the Middle Kuskokwim River.Donlin wrapped up most of its exploration before 2012, but workers continued environmental testing and monitoring water quality as the company worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to wrap up its lengthy environmental review. But now the camp is closed as Donlin awaits the rest of its permits.Right now, the extensive mine site is mostly covered in dense black spruce forest. But Donlin’s proposal would turn this area into a large open-pit mine.That means Donlin will dig two big holes that will eventually merge together to form a large pit. At its peak, the pit will be a more than a mile wide and two miles long. And once Donlin stops mining, that pit will evolve into a tailings dam that will contain the water used in its operations. The water will already be treated by large facilities for the cyanide used in its operations and the mercury that is released from the rocks surrounding the site, Donlin says.Kurt Parkan, the spokesman for Donlin Gold, says the mine would be in the top 10 percent in the world for a gold mine because of its deposit size and production.“Basically we’re moving one mountain to another and taking the gold out during the process,” Parkan said.The site sits in one of the most remote regions in Alaska. So Donlin will have to build roads, a long gas pipeline, a power plant, a port and an airstrip for its operation.All that infrastructure — and mining — will disrupt 2,800 acres of wetlands. However, Donlin will mitigate about 700 acres – both onsite or in a different location – to make up for the impacts. And to do that, Donlin needs about 100 permits from federal and state agencies.Donlin’s supporters argue the mine would bring jobs to a region with high unemployment and poverty. Bethel resident Moses Tulim says the Donlin Mine will open up economic opportunity.“Well, you go one to any village and you name basically the same number of employers or identify the same number of employees,” Tulim said.Tulim was born in Chevak, but has lived in Bethel for the past decade. He’s seen people leave the villages to find work — and not return. He says jobs could help keep young people in the villages.“As a result, many more young people will be looking at relatives working in the mining industry and they’ll have role models that they’ll be looking up to who have good paying jobs and able to afford more things, snow machines, boats… and help continue on supporting their subsistence way of life,” Tulim said.But many in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta have big concerns about the mine. They worry that the extra barge traffic will damage spawning grounds for smelt and chum. And some fear that a mine accident would contaminate the Kuskokwim River.The first tribe in the Y-K Delta marched against the proposed mine this past summer in Bethel. And a local working group formed to oppose it as well. But most of the protests are local.Unlike the Pebble mine in Bristol Bay, Donlin has a lot of political support in Alaska. The three gubernatorial candidates have endorsed it. Crooked Creek is the village closest to the mine. Its Traditional Council endorsed the mine in a resolution ten years ago.But some people in the community have concerns. Mishka Andreanoff is a Yup’ik elder who lives in Crooked Creek. He doesn’t like the mine.“If we get the mine open, I don’t know if we’ll get any fish up this river or not, because this our life: the fish,” Andreanoff said. “I live off the land…I do fishing and trapping and hunting when I can.”Andreanoff says he worked for Donlin during its early exploration days. He used to hunt and trap in the mine site area before the company closed it down. He’s afraid the mine could bring in more people than the village can handle.“We’re having problems with alcohol and all of that, and there’ll be more of that when the mine opens up,” Andreanoff said.Donlin’s Parkan says the company understands those concerns. And he says Donlin will build the mine safely.Parkan can’t say when the mine is likely to break ground, but says it’s years away. Now, the mine is moving through the permitting phase, getting its final Environmental Impact Statement and major permits this year.“We just received our federal permits, so that’s probably the biggest milestone to date. We’re continuing to work towards getting our major state permits,” Parkan said.Donlin expects to get most of those this year. But the company will need to determine if gold prices are high enough to begin building the mine.An analyst with financial firm S&P Global says the current gold market is pretty good for development — and will likely stay that way for a while. However, constructing the mine could cost as much as $4 billion.Parkan says the company already invested $500 million in exploration and the permitting process. He says that means Donlin is serious about developing the mine.last_img read more

Fallout 4 shipped 750 million worth of copies at launch

first_imgEver since Destiny showed that modern day, big budget games can make an obscene amount of money during launch day, we’ve come to expect popular titles to help construct Scrooge McDuck-style money vaults for game developers and publishers. Fallout 4 is obviously a popular, bid budget title, and it was no surprise that Bethesda would make out like bandits when the game finally hit tangible and digital shelves. It turns out Bethesda made out not like bandits who robbed a bank, though, but bandits that robbed a chain of them. Bethesda’s nuclear post-apocalyptic opus shipped a staggering $750 million worth of copies on launch.That three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollars number amounted to 12 million copies of the game. That number isn’t likely to plateau just yet, as Bethesda has already begun sending out restocking shipments. We don’t yet know the actual sell-through numbers, but the shipment numbers are pretty ridiculous, and they’re already being followed up with new shipments.Bethesda games — like ’em or not — are always extremely sought after, considering the breadth of the games and bang-for-your-bottle-cap they provide. Considering the massive size of the worlds and sheer amount of activities to do in them — whether mindlessly looting office buildings or creeping on every teddy bear diorama in the game — new games take a long time to come out, especially in this current industry climate of yearly installments of blockbuster franchises. Those long waiting periods help build hype for already extremely hyped games, and Fallout is arguably the best instance of this.The game only officially released a few days ago, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for Bethesda to reveal more concrete figures. In the meantime, we’ll be collecting our own concrete in order to better provide for Commonwealth settlements.last_img read more

In monochromes

first_imgHe highlights this unusual state of affairs via a pictorial trope of discarded containers fashioned into habitat by miners in India’s pristine northeast.The fact that Jodha foregrounds his work with a people given to excavating precious minerals from the earth’s womb to keep the engines of the same mass culture and industry running, adds poignant irony to his endeavour.The interplay of narratives represented by a broken people and their robust expression unravels the threads of a global technopoly that promises a rosy future to many of us via rapid innovation, while simultaneously condemning many others to centuries-old regression. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In deploying photographic imagery as the foundation stone of this work, Jodha summons a visual discourse that is rooted in documentary practice, yet is scarcely mimetic of that art form. As a seasoned artist, he is all too aware of its diminished power in the post-modern era.There is therefore a double dispossession at play here. The sliver of optimism in this work is a notion that art-making is too precious a gift to be restricted only to the virtuoso.WHEN: On till 28 FebruaryWHERE: Italian Cultiral Centrelast_img read more

VIDEO Colin talks betting the NCAA Tournament and the Cinderella myth with

first_imgToday in The Herd, Colin released his 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket and talked betting the tournament with RJ Bell from had great info from the Wiseguys about strategies to make some paper off your bracket, and explained why the numbers support Colin’s theory that riding Cinderella deep into the tourney is a sucker bet.Check it out. Don’t be a mark.Invaluable information to filling out your bracket courtesy of @RJinVegas— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 14, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

This is what half a million dollars looks like

first_imgNational Police discovered a whopping $552,000 in neatly wrapped $100 bills early Wednesday after they pulled over a white Mercedes Benz.The money mule, caught on Route 32 near Río Frío, Sarapiquí, was reportedly nervous, telling officers he was in a hurry and urging them to let him go. Police searched the car suspecting drugs when they found the cash bundled under the driver’s seat, according to the daily La Nación.Sensing his impending arrest and the bags of cash at hand, the driver allegedly tried, unsuccessfully, to bribe the officers. The Criminal Court of Pococí gave the suspect three months preventative detention for alleged money laundering.“This is a clear strike against drug traffickers where it hurts, their money,” said Public Security Minister Mario Zamora in a Facebook video posted by the ministry.Skip 40 seconds into the video see what more than a half a million in Benjamins looks like. Less than you expected? Facebook Comments Related posts:A Mexican militia, battling Michoacán drug cartel, has US roots Bill would quash ‘political police’ and establish intelligence culture in Costa Rica Guatemala could compensate US syphilis experiment victims In Mexico’s mountains, villagers sow the opium poppies that feed the US heroin boomlast_img read more

New Zealand expects rise in tourists spending by 2023

first_imgAccording to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand will see the rise of foreign tourists’ spending by 2023. The spending by the tourists will rise to NZD14.2 billion (USD 10 billion) by 2023 from NZD 10.6 billion last year.The tourism and travel industry has overtaken dairy as New Zealand’s top foreign exchange earner, boosted by a surge in arrivals from China, which is projected to overtake Australia as the biggest spender by 2024.The short-term slowdown in growth may be partly attributed to the strength of New Zealand’s currency and price sensitivity in the market, the ministry said. Still, the slowdown is expected to be temporary and spending will grow as the age mix of arrivals from China changes and visitors stay longer, it said.The tourism ministry of New Zealand projects that the spending by Chinese visitors will rise to NZD2.82 billion in 2023, which is 35% less than the NZD4.35 billion projected in last year’s report.last_img read more

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