Video Editing Presets for a Retro ‘Instagram’ Look

first_imgWant to give your videos a retro film look that’s totally in vogue right now?  Check out these free colorization presets for Adobe Premiere Pro that will give your footage the popular “Instagram” look.Retro looks for video are hotter than ever and in this post we’ll share another source for FREE vintage effects for your video editing projects.  We were recently tipped off to the CinemaFX presets bundle from a Vimeo video that used them to create an “Instagram” style color grade.  Luckily, there was an accompanying written tutorial explaining how the vintage color look was created.  Have a look at that video here:The video was shot on a DSLR and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro.  A variety of light leaks and overlays were used to create the film look (for free light leaks see the link below), but the basis for the color grading was done using the free CinemaFX Presets.  Several of the 56 color grading presets in the pack will warm up your footage for a retro, sepia-tinged look.    A fast and simple way to get a good baseline color grade for your Adobe Premiere Pro projects!Looking for other vintage video editing plugins?  Check out some of our past posts showcasing paid and free retro and vintage film effects:Vintage Film Look Plugins for AE (including the very cool Instagram plugins from, a vintage effects pack from Crumplepop and Red Giant Software.MotionVFX’s MVintage retro color grading engine for FCPX & MotionFree Light Leaks pack from Creative Dojo.netDigital Film Tools’ Film Stocks for AE, Motion, FCPX, Avid & PremiereWhat video editing tools do you use to give your footage a retro look?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

Beef traders refuse to withdraw strike in Goa

first_imgBeef traders in Goa on Saturday declined to withdraw their indefinite strike and demanded that the State government should crack down on vigilante groups who “harass importers of beef from neighbouring States.”Manna Bepari, president of the Qureshi Meat Traders Association of Goa, said that an assurance has been given by the Chief Minister’s Office that the “issue would be resolved within two days.” “We will not sell beef until the government finds a solution to the problem. We went to meet Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, but he is not in Goa. The CMO has assured us that a meeting of all stakeholders will be called within two days and the issue will be resolved,” Mr. Bepari said and added, “beef will not be sold in Goa until this problem involving vigilante groups and clarity on beef-import modalities are not resolved.”Mr. Bepari said that the strike of beef-sellers on Saturday was complete success. With the beef sales completely off on Saturday, the prices of mutton and chicken surged in the range of ₹30-40 across the tourist State. According to official statistics from the State-owned Goa Meat Complex, the State’s only abattoir facility allowed to slaughter cattle and buffaloes, nearly 30 tonnes of fresh beef is consumed in Goa every day. And majority of the beef is imported from Karnataka by the meat traders in Goa to meet the demand for the red meat. The beef traders have been accusing anti-beef vigilante groups and so-called ‘gaurakshaks’ of harassing them. Mr. Bepari said that they were tired of the raids on beef transporters coming from neighbouring states.“They are not allowing our business to function. Every other day these groups target the beef consignments which we order from the open market from Karnataka and government officials also keep harassing us,” Mr. Bepari said on Friday referring to recent raids on beef transporting vehicles, which he alleged were inspired by vigilante groups.last_img read more

SP leader’s wife held for son’s death

first_imgWife of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council chairman and senior Samajwadi Party leader Ramesh Yadav was arrested on Monday on charges of strangulating their son in a fit of rage.Police said Meera Yadav, second wife of Mr. Yadav, was booked for murder and destruction of evidence. Abhijeet Yadav, in his early twenties, was found dead in his house at the Darulshafa legislators residence complex in Hazratganj in the State capital on Sunday. When police reached the spot, the family claimed it was a natural death and said they did not want an investigation.However, the family’s attempt to get the last rites done in a hurry aroused suspicion and the body was sent for post-mortem, said Lucknow SP (east) Sarvesh Mishra. The autospy report released late on Sunday said Abhijeet died of strangulation. Police sent forensic experts and a field team to investigate the death and an FIR was then lodged.Police said Ms. Meera allegedly confessed to the crime. According to the police, she got into a heated argument with Abhijeet late on Saturday when he returned home in an inebriated state. Abhijeet allegedly misbehaved with her and assaulted her, but as he was drunk he was knocked out when she pushed him to a wall, Mr. Mishra said. Ms. Meera then allegedly strangulated him with her dupatta.Mr. Naithani said Ms. Meera admitted to having burnt the dupatta to destroy evidence. She also allegedly applied a white cream to her son’s neck to cover up the ligature marks. The tube has been recovered, said the SSP.last_img read more

Evidence Mounts Against Reprogrammed Stem Cell Papers

first_img Dennis Normile Sorry. RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori (center) apologized for “grave errors” in two recent papers by RIKEN researchers. TOKYO—Amid mounting allegations of problematic images and plagiarism, the lead author and two co-authors are considering retracting two controversial papers describing a simple method for creating stem cells known as STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency). Their written statement was released during a press conference here today at which an investigating committee confirmed finding problems in the papers but stopped short of rendering a judgment on research misconduct.“I apologize for the great trouble and concerns caused to so many in society by the STAP papers published in Nature by RIKEN researchers,” RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori said with a deep bow. RIKEN, with its headquarters near Tokyo, oversees a network of nationally supported research centers, including the institute at which three of the key authors work. Meanwhile, no one has reported reproducing the team’s method of creating STAP cells.   Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe and colleagues at other institutions in Japan and at Harvard Medical School in Boston, reported a surprisingly simple way of creating stem cells in an article and a letter published online on 29 January in Nature. 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Stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine’s Sacramento campus created a page on his blog where scientists who attempted to reproduce the technique could report their results. No one has reported success.RIKEN launched an investigation on 13 February. But new allegations of problems with these and previous Obokata publications kept emerging.Today, RIKEN’s investigating committee, chaired by Shunsuke Ishii, a RIKEN molecular geneticist, unveiled what it has determined thus far. The interim report focuses on six specific allegations, and the conclusions are mixed. One problematic image is figure 1f in the research article, which appears unnaturally distorted to some critics. The panel concluded this was an artifact of image compression. “It was concluded this was not falsification or improper conduct,” the interim report says.But some claims against the papers are on target. Obokata and one of her co-authors told the committee that figures 2e and 2d in the article were used by mistake, though they did not mention that the images had appeared in Obokata’s doctoral thesis as has been alleged. Ishii emphasized that the committee so far has just determined the facts; judgments about misconduct will come after further investigation and deliberation.As for whether STAP cells exist, Ishii said that question would be left up to the scientific community to determine. Noyori said he had instructed the authors to cooperate fully with researchers at outside institutions in their efforts to replicate the STAP cell results. On 5 March, RIKEN did release technical tips for STAP cell conversion. “We tried the new protocol but so far we haven’t had success,” says Hongkui Deng, a stem cell researcher at Peking University in Beijing. But he says he is willing to keep trying, especially if further details about the method are released as promised.In their written statement, Obokata and two co-authors, Hitoshi Niwa and Yoshiki Sasai, apologized for the confusion resulting from the uncertainties and inaccuracies in the papers. “We are contacting other co-authors regarding the possibility of retracting these papers,” the trio wrote.Teruhiko Wakayama of the University of Yamanashi in Kofu, a stem cell biologist and co-author of both papers, earlier this week called for at least a temporary retraction pending an investigation. A public relations spokesperson at the university told Science that Wakayama had no comment in reaction to today’s press conference.“Should the investigative committee conclude that there was research misconduct, we will take strict disciplinary action as stipulated by our own regulations,” Noyori said in a prepared statement. Maki Kawai, director of research at RIKEN, said that the whole institute would review and strengthen its research ethics training.The story goes beyond RIKEN as allegations surfaced this week that virtually an entire chapter of Obokata’s dissertation appears to have been lifted from a National Institutes of Health website and that footnotes to another chapter have no connection to that chapter’s text. “The doctoral dissertation that is currently making the rounds in the media is not the version that has passed (the university’s) screening, but a rough draft,” Obokata told The Wall Street Journal in an e-mail. A public relations spokesperson for Waseda University said an investigation is under way.The STAP cells controversy also goes beyond the stem cell community. “[T]his mess impacts public trust and support for every field of science in Japan,” wrote Robert Geller, a University of Tokyo seismologist, in a guest post on Knoepfler’s blog. He called for Waseda to investigate how the problems with Obokata’s thesis escaped notice by reviewers. He also asked Nature to make public all the editorial correspondence (redacted to protect privacy) and every version of the papers so outsiders could judge if publishing the papers was appropriate.A Nature spokesperson told ScienceInsider by e-mail that the journal’s investigation “is still in progress.” Not all the authors would necessarily have to agree to a retraction, the spokesperson wrote. “In cases where a coauthor disagrees on a retraction, the dissent is noted in the text of the published retraction.”With reporting by Gretchen Vogel.last_img read more

Video: Tempers Are Flaring At Michigan-Wisconsin Already

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Week 7 of the 2018 college football season has been a crazy one, with several teams going down in major upsets.We now have No. 12 Michigan hosting No. 15 Wisconsin at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. to cap the day. It should be a good one.The Wolverines are leading early, up 7-0. Tempers are already flaring.Check out what happened at the end of this touchdown run by Michigan:Karan Higdon had a little something extra for Andrew Van Ginkel after getting the TD— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) October 14, 2018That’s a bully move.Michigan and Wisconsin are playing on ABC.last_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial est prêt pour une interruption du service postal

first_imgEn vue d’une interruption possible du service postal, le gouvernement provincial prend des mesures pour envoyer aux Néo-Écossais les chèques dont ils dépendent et pour assurer la prestation continue des services gouvernementaux. « Je veux rassurer les Néo-Écossais qui s’attendent à recevoir un paiement du gouvernement que nous avons mis en place un plan pour en assurer la livraison, a dit Graham Steele, ministre des Finances. Nous comprenons l’importance de ces chèques et nous nous engageons à offrir un service ininterrompu. » Chaque mois, le ministère des Finances imprime et distribue en moyenne 41 400 chèques. Maintenant que l’avis de 72 heures a été donné, les chèques du gouvernement ne seront plus envoyés par la poste. Le gouvernement provincial mettra en œuvre son plan de distribution de la correspondance importante qui est habituellement transmise par la poste. Des renseignements détaillés au sujet de la plupart des programmes gouvernementaux sont disponibles sur le site (en anglais seulement), qui sera mis à jour régulièrement. « Nous allons utiliser notre réseau de bureaux régionaux à l’échelle de la province et collaborer avec les particuliers et les entreprises pour assurer la continuité des affaires du gouvernement avec le moins d’interruption possible pour le public, » a dit M. Steele. Les personnes ou les entreprises qui reçoivent des paiements électroniques ne seront pas touchés par une interruption du service postal. Les paiements effectués par dépôt direct seront effectués comme d’habitude. Quelque 10 000 chèques ont été préparés à l’avance et envoyés par la poste le 25 mai pour les programmes de soutien du ministère des Services communautaires et le Programme d’exécution des ordonnances alimentaires du ministère de la Justice. Plus de 200 chèques ont également été envoyés par la poste plus tôt que d’habitude par l’Agence des pensions de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le prochain cycle mensuel d’envoi de chèques est prévu pendant la semaine du 27 juin. Pendant une interruption du service postal, le gouvernement provincial prendra des mesures pour permettre aux Néo-Écossais de transmettre facilement toute correspondance importante, par exemple les demandes et les formulaires, aux ministères du gouvernement. Des boîtes de dépôt sécurisées seront installées aux 11 centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse. Ces boîtes seront accessibles pendant les heures d’ouverture régulières. On rappelle également aux Néo-Écossais que de nombreux services sont offerts en ligne, y compris ceux de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Le Bureau des véhicules automobiles continuera de traiter les demandes régulières pendant une interruption du service postal, mais certains services, par exemple l’envoi de lettres d’avertissement, seront reportés. Des renseignements supplémentaires sont disponibles sur le site Web de Services Nouvelle-Écosse.last_img read more

Six stories in the news for today Sept 26

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, Sept. 26———LABOUR STANDARDS TAKE SPOTLIGHT AT NAFTA TALKSLabour standards are on the agenda today and tomorrow at the third round of NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa. Canada wants to see enforceable, progressive labour standards in a new trade pact and an end to right-to-work laws in the U.S. Under those laws, workers in 28 states have the right to refuse to join or pay dues to a union while enjoying the benefits of a unionized workplace.———NOVA SCOTIA TO BOOST HEALTH CARE IN BUDGETNova Scotia’s health care system is expected to get a boost today when the Liberal government reintroduces a budget that was shelved because of the May 30 provincial election campaign. In its throne speech last week, the government acknowledged a need for better access to primary care, along with a reduction in wait times and more mental health supports. Premier Stephen McNeil has said that the budget will largely be the same one presented on April 27 with “add ons” specifically targeting health care needs.———BOMBARDIER BRACING FOR POSSIBLE ONE-TWO PUNCHBombardier faces the prospect of a double dose of bad news today. The first hit could come from Europe with word of a possible deal to merge Germany’s railway manufacturer Siemens with Alstom of France, leaving Bombardier out in the cold. The other bad news could come when the U.S. Department of Commerce announces a decision on imposing preliminary countervailing duties on sales of CSeries planes. The White House is widely expected to back Boeing’s petition.———SECOND ROUND OF MMIW HEARINGS BEGIN TODAYA second round of hearings is set to begin in central B.C. today at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Inquiry commissioner Michele Audette says she’s expecting testimony from the more than 40 people who have signed up to speak in Smithers over the next three days. The inquiry is set to visit nine communities this fall, including Edmonton, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, Ont.———REPORT: IMAGES OF SEXUAL ABUSE HAUNTS VICTIMSVictims of childhood sexual abuse often suffer great distress over the fact video or pictures of the crimes are circulating in cyberspace — adding to the pain they already experience, says a new report. The existence of images that may still be possessed by the abuser or publicly available for others to see has “an enormously negative impact” on victims, says the report by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national charity that fights child exploitation.———CITRUS COSTS COULD CLIMB DUE TO IRMAThe price of your morning glass of orange juice may jump in the coming weeks, experts say, after hurricane Irma left some of Florida’s citrus producers completely depleted. Adam Putnam, the state’s commissioner of agriculture, says about 70 to 100 per cent of orange crops were lost in the state’s south-west. Canada imported nearly nine-million kilograms of oranges from Florida last year.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— A trial is scheduled for two men who are alleged to have attacked Dennis Oland at a prison in New Brunswick.— NDP MP Linda Duncan holds a news conference in Ottawa to discuss the national opioid crisis.— The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers will hold a news conference in Ottawa to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder.— The Fraser Institute releases a study regarding the impact of federal personal income tax changes on middle income families.— The Invictus Games continue in Toronto through Saturday.last_img read more

The price of silence

first_imgThe small municipal town of Pollachi in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district has numerous first generation learners. It is easier to soft-target women in such a situation, as precisely has happened in the small town. The apprehension of few accused at the end of February brings more than a semblance of justice to the victims; it brings to highlight the prevalence of normalised sexual abuse of the vulnerable to appalling extents. This has snowballed into a major scandal with the emergence of local reports that at least a few hundred women in the town were victims of organised racket of sexual abuse, blackmail, and extortion. The reports state that just one survivor has filed a complaint despite that fact that many have confirmed on police helpline that they have suffered abuse, blackmail, and extortion at the hands of predators. The apparent reason for them not putting in a written complaint is the pervading culture of victim-shaming. Further, among the accused was a member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (who was subsequently removed from the party), and Opposition parties allege that the case involves those much higher in the State’s ruling party leadership. What we see here is that the crumpled social fabric is losing focus from the issue at hand and instead, this incident is pushed towards unnecessary politicisation. The case was subsequently handed over to CBI upon the Governor’s consent, but this does not address the reasons that led to such disgrace. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Sexual abuse, assault, misconduct are much more prevalent than perceived but hardly spoken about due to social apathy in general for such things. The price of not speaking up is enormous – and is paid collectively. Young women from the town are expressly avoided for matrimonial consideration by neighbouring regions and communities. Apart from taking a toll on their self-esteem and self-worth, higher education of women is severely threatened. They are encouraged to enroll in correspondence courses instead of regular ones. This is a very retrograde trend whereby education is a mere formality or socially acceptable method of biding time (until marriage) and not valued for its intrinsic quality. If women are not free to go out and get education, they are virtually incapacitated to go out and do anything on their own. Legal intervention is only the first step in setting things right. Ultimately it is a social issue that must be addressed by a concerned civil society. Silence must be actively discouraged. Survivors must be supported.last_img read more

UN tribunal transfers convicted Bosnian Serb to Denmark to serve rest of

Ljubomir Borovcanin, the former deputy commander of the special police brigade of Bosnian Serb police forces during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, was found guilty last year by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of aiding and abetting extermination, murder, persecution and forcible transfer.He was also found guilty, on the basis of command responsibility, of murder as a crime against humanity and as a violation of the laws and customs of war after he failed to punish subordinates who took part in the killing of prisoners.The charges related mainly to his role during and after the notorious massacres of Bosnian Muslims in 1995 following the fall of the supposed safe havens of Srebrenica and Žepa.The ICTY announced today that Mr. Borovcanin, 51, was transferred yesterday to Denmark to serve the remainder of his sentence, becoming the fourth person convicted by the tribunal to be transferred to that country.Denmark is one of 17 countries that have signed an agreement with the ICTY, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands, to enforce the tribunal’s sentences. 11 November 2011A former senior Bosnian Serb police officer convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by a United Nations tribunal has been transferred to Denmark to serve the remainder of his 17-year prison sentence. read more

Servicelearning series continues with session on Community Health Sciences

Madelyn Law from Community Health Sciences will share her classroom experiences of integrating theories and practice in a service-learning project that engages students with local public health partners. Bring your lunch on Monday, Nov. 25 and hear what she has to say about it from noon to 1 p.m. in Sankey Chamber during the next instalment of the Service-Learning Brown Bag Lunch Series..The series meets throughout the fall and winter terms.A schedule of dates, presenters, and information from presentations can be found on the service-learning website or check out our posters on the Community Bulletin Boards.

Columbia River barge lock to return to service Sept 30

PORTLAND, Ore. — Huge barges carrying wheat, wood and other goods will remain at a standstill for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.The locks will reopen Sept. 30, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon, said Wednesday. The navigation lock was closed Sept. 5 after operators detected problems and further investigation revealed cracked concrete.The closure comes at the peak of wheat harvest and could be devastating for farmers who ship to Asia via barges that fill up at more than two dozen grain elevators along the river network as far inland as Lewiston, Idaho.“It’s important to recognize the patience from our Columbia River users, who depend on this critical piece of infrastructure to run their businesses,” Portland District Commander Col. Aaron Dorf said. “It is not lost on anyone in the Portland District that this outage has tremendous impacts to Columbia River users. Between now and Sept. 30, our teams will be working around the clock to construct the new sill to restore Columbia River traffic.”The crack in the concrete sill was discovered after the lock was drained of water over the weekend. On Monday, emergency repair crews were working to demolish the faulty concrete section so repairs could begin, according to Chris Gaylord, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers. Work on the lock also will include drilling holes for rebar, forming the new sill structure and allowing time for the concrete to cure.It’s not known what caused the damage. According to the Portland District engineering team, the damage they observed was unusual, and the annual inspections of the dam, last performed in January 2017, did not reveal any abnormalities.The closure means that barges headed upstream can’t travel the Columbia River past the Bonneville Dam and those headed downriver toward the Pacific Ocean are stuck behind the Bonneville — effectively halting all river commerce in a vast swath of the Pacific Northwest from eastern Oregon and Washington to Idaho.The Bonneville Dam is the first in a series of eight dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, which together make up a watery highway for goods flowing into and out of the region from the Pacific Rim.Kristin Meira, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, last week called the Bonneville lock the cork in the bottle for the rest of the system. An email has been sent to Meira seeking comment on what the several-week closure will mean for the wheat harvest and other industries.Eight million tons of cargo move on the Columbia and Snake rivers each year, and 53% of U.S. wheat exports were transported on the Columbia River in 2017, the latest year for which statistics are available, Meira said.About $2 billion in commercial cargo travels the entire system annually, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it’s the No. 1 export gate in the U.S. for wheat and barley and the No. 2 export gate for corn.Navigation locks allow the large barges to pass through the massive concrete dams that were built across the Columbia and Snake rivers decades ago to generate hydroelectricity for the U.S. West.A boat enters a sealed chamber filled with water — essentially like a giant concrete bathtub — and then the water level is lowered or raised to match the level of the river on the other side of the dam. Then the lock opens on the other side and the boat exits.The concrete sill that is cracked in the Bonneville Dam is similar to a rubber threshold on the bottom of a door. Just as that rubber strip creates a seal to keep cold air and moisture from leaking in under the door, the concrete sill meets up with the lock’s gate and creates a seal to keep water in the lock.The Associated Press read more

Investor group says oilsands industry must cut environmental risks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Investor group says oilsands industry must cut environmental risks by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2012 7:10 pm MDT An international group of ethical funds with investments in Alberta’s oilsands is concerned the industry’s environmental performance could be creating financial risk.“We recognize the economic significance of the resource,” the group says in a statement to be released Monday.“But (we) are concerned that the current approach to development, particularly the management of the environmental and social impacts, threatens the long-term viability of the oilsands as an investment.”The statement is signed by 49 funds.Some are controlled by labour and church groups, such as the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress. There are also public-sector pension funds from both sides of the border and private funds from Canada, the U.S. and Europe.Together, they control about $2 trillion, some of which is invested in companies active in the oilsands. Their statement was co-ordinated and released by the Boston-based group Ceres, which works to advance environmental causes through the financial sector.The funds say the oilsands industry is not reducing its greenhouse gas emissions or its water use fast enough. They’re concerned about the lack of information on land reclamation liabilities and worry about lawsuits from aboriginal groups.“We’re certainly not claiming that the industry is ignoring these issues,” said Andrew Logan of Ceres. “What we’re saying is that we need to dramatically speed up the pace of innovation.”Ceres considers greenhouse gas emissions a risk because the industry’s rosy forecasts of U.S. export growth don’t account for the potential impact of low-carbon fuel standards, now under consideration or implemented in 14 U.S. states.Ceres estimated in 2010 that if such regulations eventually cover half of the U.S. market, the export potential for oilsands crude would be reduced by 25 per cent. If such regulations were implemented federally, markets for the oilsands fuel could shrink by a third.“Most companies don’t really have targets around reducing their greenhouse gas emissions or their water use,” Logan said. “What we’re looking for is specifics.”Dan Wicklum of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance said his recently formed group of 12 major oilsands producers is starting to do just that.“Companies certainly want to push themselves,” he said. “We’re just developing the process that we would use to engage and set our goals … The companies have committed to set a goal.”The funds also say industry hasn’t released enough information about how much it will cost to clean up after itself.“Disclosure by oilsands companies of reclamation costs has been poor,” says the statement.Alberta’s auditor general has pointed out the amount of money salted away for reclamation is inadequate and the statement says unaccounted reclamation liabilities could reach $33 billion by 2025 — liabilities that could fall to investors.Janet Annesley of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers denied investors are at risk.“Reclamation plans are in place before any project operations may commence and liabilities are fully funded by oil sands mine operators at all times through cash, assets or a combination of both,” she wrote in an email.The statement adds legal threats from aboriginal groups, such as the constitutional challenge recently filed against Shell’s proposed Jackpine mine expansion, have been growing.“The risk of a court ruling in their favour is increasing and could lead to the suspension of an oilsands project,” it says.Annesley also downplayed that risk.“Oil sands development does not go ahead without direct and meaningful Aboriginal consultation,” she wrote.“Oil sands operators will continue to work with governments and Aboriginal groups to clarify the consultation and accommodation process for the benefit of all parties over the longer term.”Wicklum said his group has already been in contact with Ceres about its concerns.“When I take a look at what they’re asking for, it’s really exactly what the industry wants —meaningful engagement with stakeholders,” he said. “We’ve committed to set regional environmental performance goals, to listen and to respond and accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvement.”The fact that Wicklum’s group exists at all is a step forward, said Logan.“The problems in the oilsands are really beyond the ability of any one company to solve,” he said. “The formation of COSIA does suggest to me there’s a real appetite to put real resources into these problems in a way that wasn’t the case a couple of years ago. read more

OpEd Despite yearly budgetary increases for health chronic medicine shortages remain

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTuberculosis drugs now available for affected patients following shortage – GovtDecember 1, 2018In “Business”Letter: Sustained shortages of medicines in health sector terrifyingDecember 2, 2016In “Letters”OP-ED: Govt threatens people’s health with scandalous medicine shortages – RamsammyMarch 6, 2017In “Health” Below is an opinion editorial done by former Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy:Dr Leslie RamsammyEven as the Minister of Finance boasts about the largest budget ever ($300.9B) and the Minister of Public Health gleefully bragging about the $35B Ministry of Public Health budget for 2019, chronic medicine shortages continue to impact the lives of people in Guyana.The chronic stock-outs of medicines that have plagued the health sector since 2015 have occurred in spite of increasing budgetary allocations. Each year, there is another record-breaking allocation for medicines and medical supplies. In 2019, the allocation for medicines and medical supplies is about $8B. Each year, the Ministers of Finance and Public Health promise that medicine shortages will be part of the past. But so far, we have only experienced a worsening situation.Last week the Ministry of Public Health admitted that there is a serious shortage of medicines to treat MDR-TB (Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis). At least up to two weeks ago, there was also a shortage of Efavirenz, a medicine used to treat HIV-positive persons.Unfortunately, these serious stock-out situations occur too frequently in Guyana over the last almost four years. Multiple stock-outs like these  occurred in 2016, 2017 and now in 2018. Stock-outs of TB and HIV medicines have serious implications for persons living with TB and with HIV, but also increase the risks of transmission for the population at large. Such stock-outs, therefore, represent a public health risk, endangering the lives of thousands of people.MDR-TB is a growing problem in Guyana. MDR-TB is a type of TB that is resistant to the normal medicines that are used to treat TB. It is critical that early diagnosis for MDR-TB is available and that the specialized medicines for MDR-TB are readily available to begin and sustain treatment for all persons with MDR-TB. Continued, uninterrupted treatment for MDR-TB is of life-and-death importance for the patient.But it is also an important public health emergency since treatment interruptions place more people at risk for MDR-TB and life-threatening transmissions of a virulent form of TB. Guyana has committed to the global goal of a minimum of 80% cure rate for MDR-Treatment. With stock-outs like these, the goal is not achievable. Already, we have seen Guyana missing its global commitment of a minimum of 80% treatment success for MDR-TB in 2017. Treatment interruptions due to stock-outs represent an important factor in MDR-TB treatment failures.Efavirenz is one of the anti-retroviral treatment (ART) medicines that constitute the HIV treatment cocktail in Guyana and in countries around the world. Stock-outs of Efavirenz mean that there is treatment interruptions. Like MDR-TB medicine stock-outs, stock-outs of efavirenz leave people living with HIV in life-threatening situations and also increase the risk of transmissions of HIV to other people. The present Efavirenz stock-out is just the latest of a consistent stock-out of one or more of the HIV medicines.This seriously impact on Guyana’s stellar universal treatment successes for HIV and has major implications for Guyana’s commitment to reach the 90-90-90 goals by 2020. The 90-90-90 UNAIDS goals for HIV and AIDS refer to the national commitment to ensure that 90% of all persons living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of persons living with HIV are receiving sustained anti-retroviral treatment and 90% of persons on ART have HIV suppression by 2020.Budget 2019 provides almost $8B for medicines and medical supplies. This should be good news. But 2018 was also a year where more than $7B was expended on medicines and medical supplies, yet there were major shortages of medicines and medical supplies. The latest shortages of MDR-TB and HIV medicines represent just a tip of the iceberg.Guyana has experienced stock-outs too often and these stock-outs are not limited to TB and HIV medicines. Since 2015, Guyana has also experienced stock-outs regularly of medicines for malaria, diabetes, blood pressure etc. Guyana has even experienced stock-outs for vaccines. Boasting of large allocations will not solve the problem as long as corrupt, single-sourced procurements continue. Boasting of capital allocations for more warehouse development will not solve the problem. read more

The JooJoo is Dead

first_imgBack in December of 2009, when we went hands-on at with the JooJoo, which at that stage had just been renamed from its earlier and perhaps more-recognizable moniker, the Crunchpad, we thought the 12.1-inch tablet had potential, but just didn’t live up to the hype, and certainly didn’t live up to the competition that emerged a few months later: Apple’s iPad. The full review at gave it a mere 1.5 stars. Now, Fusion Garage, who is still locked in legal battle with TechCrunch over their original partnership to build the device – the one that ended in a messy public breakup with Fusion Garage making off with the tablet and attempting to bring it to market themselves – has announced that the JooJoo never met the sales expectations they set for it, and as such has been discontinued. Fusion Garage will apparently survive as a company, and has plans for other projects and products in the pipeline, and according to comments made by Fusion Garage CEO Chandrasekhar Rathakrishnan to e27, will look to Android in the future instead of rolling the operating system themselves. How they’ll deal with the legal hounds of TechCrunch on their heels though, is anyone’s guess. AdChoices广告[via Boy Genius Report]last_img read more

Buy A Plot A Community Owner Solar Power Farm

first_imgIf you live in an apartment or are a renter, diving into the world of solar energy can be difficult. But a solar farm in Davis, California may just have the solution: community owned solar farms.It works like this: the farm itself is divided into plots, and people who live in the city can purchase a plot for themselves and all of the energy it produces is theirs.AdChoices广告“If you moved down the block, you’d take the electricity production with you just like if you make an investment in a community garden, wherever you live you’ll benefit from what’s grown in the garden,” Matt Cheney, founder of farm owner CleanPath Ventures, told the New York Times.The farm is currently a pilot program that has already sold out entirely, but hopes to expand in the future.last_img

Corruption is thriving in Greek public sector

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek public service is riddled with corruption and graft according to the man charged with monitoring the probity of the Greek public sector, the country’s Auditor General, Leandros Rakintzis.His annual report last week recommended that immediate steps be taken to decrease the risk of Greek bureaucrats being tempted by corruption.“The fight against corruption is long, hard and has many obstacles such as the bureaucratic attitude of public servants, various petty interests and the lack of know-how in thwarting techniques used to cover up corrupt practices,” Rakintzis said.As in previous reports, he identified town-planning offices and state hospitals, followed by municipalities, as the areas of the public sector where corruption is most rife.Late last year, graft watchdog Transparency International ranked Greece as the most corrupt country in the European Union while earlier this year it found that the average Greek family pays 1,450 euros per year in bribes to public officials.Rakintzis said that the main reason why corruption is not being curtailed is that offenders go unpunished. He drew attention to the fact that internal evaluation of public servants almost always led to them being given full marks.“It is not possible for all 800,000 civil servants to be excellent,” he said. “Even I did not get marks like that.”Rakintzis said that in checking 7,608 sources of wealth declarations (pothen esches) of high-level public servants, 30 were found to have suspiciously high earnings. He also gave the example of a doctor at the KAT emergency hospital in northern Athens who made some 2 million euros during a six-year period by effectively operating a private clinic within the state facilities.Rakintzis also listed a “long list of offenses” at town-planning offices, an area where “destruction [of the environment] cannot be reversed.” He highlighted the fact that many of the 176 offices around the country are understaffed and that illegal buildings are rarely demolished. He said that there are 2 million illegal buildings in Greece, 300,000 of which are in Attica.He recommended 15 ways of tackling corruption, which included employing public servants only in the areas where they already live, changing the system for promotions and drawing up a new wage structure.last_img read more

Contre la pollution la Chine envisage dinterdire les barbecues

first_imgContre la pollution, la Chine envisage d’interdire les barbecuesLa Chine a décidé de faire de la diminution de la pollution une priorité. Pour lutter contre une qualité de l’air devenue catastrophique ces derniers mois, les autorités pékinoises envisage d’interdire les barbecues.Depuis le mois de janvier, la pollution de l’air a atteint un seuil critique dans la mégalopole de Pékin, en Chine avec un taux 40 fois supérieur au seuil préconisé par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Depuis plusieurs semaines, la population ne cesse ainsi d’interpeller le gouvernement afin qu’il fasse du problème de la pollution la priorité numéro 1 dans le pays. Mais si les autorités semblent avoir entendu cet appel, elles ne semblent pas très bien évaluer le problème.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En effet, selon l’agence de presse Chine nouvelle qui cite un responsable anonyme du ministère de protection de l’Environnement, une idée plutôt inattendue aurait germé dans l’esprit du gouvernement afin de réduire la pollution : celle d’interdire les barbecues. Cette pratique est aujourd’hui reconnue pour être particulièrement polluante, en émettant notamment des substances nocives pour la santé. Toutefois, dans un pays actuellement recouvert par un épais nuage jaunâtre qui réduit la visibilité à moins de 100 mètres, l’initiative a créé la polémique. “Ils ne vont pas bien dans leur tête”, a ainsi clamé un internaute qui a réagi parmi tant d’autres sur les réseaux sociaux. Comme beaucoup l’ont souligné, en plus de décevoir les amateurs de grillade, il est peu probable qu’une telle mesure parvienne à faire chuter les taux records de particules polluantes. Ceci proviendrait plutôt des gaz d’échappements des multiples voitures et des usines à charbon particulièrement nombreuses dans le pays. Aussi, les critiques se font de plus en plus vives, en Chine, ou même les médias officiels exigent désormais des autorités davantage de transparence, critiquant les excès du rythme de développement actuel.Le 22 février 2013 à 19:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

IRs low priority for Hokkaido residents but Tomakomai paying closer attention

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move “Regional promotion/local autonomy” at 11% , “Nuclear Power Plant restarting operation” at 9%, “Population decline problems” at 8% and “Reconstruction of provincial fiscal budget” at 8% were also seen as higher priorities.However, in Iburikannai, the area around Tomakomai City, the number of people that consider “Attracting integrated resort facilities” as being of high importance jumps to 21%.Hokkaido is seen as a frontrunner to be granted the single regional IR license set to be issued by the national government following passage of the IR Implementation Bill earlier this year, with support growing for Tomakomai City to be the specific location.Caesars Entertainment, Hard Rock International, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Foxwoods are among the international operators to have expressed a clear interest in bidding for any Hokkaido license.The ruling and opposition parties are both yet to decide upon their candidates for the governor’s election in Hokkaido. RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Residents of Hokkaido consider debate over the possible construction of an integrated resort on the northern Japanese island to be of little significance ahead of the upcoming governor’s election next spring, but the issue takes on much higher priority for those living in and around Tomakomai City according to a poll run by Hokkaido Shimbun.Prefecture-wide, only 6% of residents said that “Attracting integrated resort facilities” was high on their agenda, well behind “Economy and employment” at 30% and “Healthcare and welfare” at 24%. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load Morelast_img read more

Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

first_imgCraig Crawford, on the right, a vice president at CH2M Hill, has partnered with the state in the past helping train Veterans and match them with private sector employers. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.A s military forces continue drawing down from deployments abroad, more service members are transitioning back into the civilian workforce. A recent job fair in Anchorage is just one of the ways the state is spending resources to match vets with employers in the public and private sectors to combat the nation-wide problem of veteran unemployment.Dressed in her camo fatigues on a break from work at Joint Base Elmendor-Richardson, Sargent Alena Withers still has another year in the Army, but thinks she’s behind the curve when it comes to job hunting.“I feel like I should have started a long time ago,” Withers said, taking a break from perusing folding tables covered in handouts and displays from the 130 companies that attended the fair. “Honestly, I feel like I never should have taken my eyes off the civilian job market. Finding a job, and just learning how to network–that’s a skill-set in and of itself.”At 15%, Alaska has the highest number of vets per capita of any state in the nation. They face unemployment rates below their un-enlisted counterparts, 5.1% for Alaska vets, compared to 6.4% unemployment for state residents overall. A state policy gives veterans priority at job centers, offers employers tax-credits, and organizes job fairs like the one at University Center in Midtown last Friday.As a combat medic in Afghanistan Withers shouldered a lot of responsibility, and is discouraged by the prospects for getting to carry those skills into her next job.“The problem that I’ve been seeing is that I don’t have the civilian certifications that back up the training and the skill set that I’ve learned how to do,” she explained. “So I’m having to be forced to go back to school regardless of whether or not I’m really good at that job. And it kind of makes me feel like I should maybe just start over and do an entry-level position outside of my field, because it takes a long time to learn to do aviation casualties on an on-board.”Withers was with her friend Maria Gusto, who has been looking for a job since this summer after four years as an Army HR officer. It has not been going well. She thinks that civilians don’t always understand she not only learned a career field, but it was exceptionally difficult.“We would train as if we were deployed,” she said, dressed in business attire and holding an attache case.“We would get attacked in the middle of the night, or the middle of the day. And you’re in the middle of doing your work and you have to go into your bunker,” she continued. “So it’s definitely more stressful than the civilian life.”Employers often see job candidates’ time in the service as a black box, not always knowing what happened inside. Many veterans may have never applied for a job, and not know how to translate their work histories into civilian terms. Craig Crawford is a vice-president at CH2M Hill, one of the companies collecting resumes at a booth near an athletic store, and he sees there needs to be more work done bridging the all-too-frequent employment gap after service that can cause short-term joblessness to drag on long-term.CH2M Hill does a lot of construction and support services for Alaska’s oil and gas industry. That’s partly because many veterans learned how to do the exact same work in the service.“Just about every job you can imagine in the military is reflected again in the oil and gas field,” Crawford explained. “We gotta have security, we gotta have administrative help, we have to have welders, pipe-fitters, mill-wrights–all of those skill sets. We have to have frontline supervision, which looks like a sergeant, we gotta have captains, lieutenants, even a few generals.”Crawford believes the current national troop draw-down is creating a much-needed state-side pool of skilled labor. It is a sensible, but slightly optimistic perspective.Steven Williams coordinates employment for veterans with the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and highlighted another common experience for veterans leaving the armed forces: feeling overqualified for civilian life.“I think one of the challenges with transitioning out of the military is having to start from scratch,” said Williams, who spent more than a decade in the National Guard, including a tour of Iraq spent mostly around the oil fields in Kirkuk.  “When I was deployed I was 20-years-old, and more than just equipment–I was trusted with lots of equipment there, vehicles–but also just the lives of my supervisors. And then the struggle comes when you get to the civilian sector, and you come with all this experience and all this responsibility–and you’re trusted with a broom.”Sargent Alena Withers’s priorities for the years ahead are starting a family and going back to school. She is keeping her eyes and ears open–but for a new job, not yet a new career. Still, she said job fairs like Friday’s are important for getting a better sense of the part-time work that’s out there.“I didn’t realize that there were jobs outside of the medical field that are still sort of para-medical. And what they provide was services–in-home services. They’ll do your laundry, clean your house. You know, whatever you need done on an hourly basis.”Withers traded info with one such company, and was happy to have made the connection. Even if it is a year away from potentially panning out.last_img read more

Govt mulls use of biofertilisers to boost plant productivity

first_imgKolkata: The state government is keen on increasing of productivity of various plants by administering bio-fertilisers and other manures, which will be fruitful for the plants.The Biotechnology department has already formed committees for the smooth implementation of various projects taken up by the department. Scientists and research fellows are conducting researches on bio-fertilisers about how they can be used to increase the productivity of various plants and vegetables. They will also save people from the toxic substances used in chemical fertilisers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been learnt that researches are being conducted to examine how a particular plant can give fruits three times a year. Likewise, productivity of many other fruit trees and vegetables plants would be increased through various means, which will be more conducive for these plants to grow.According to sources, the state government has a plan to open a unit at all the districts, to provide technical assistance to the farmers on increasing the productivity of what they produce. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe department is committed to ensure that the people can get vegetables, fruits and others foodgrains free from toxic substances at the markets.The department is also contemplating how the productivity of foodgrains and vegetables could be increased in comparatively unfertile areas of Bankura, Birbhum and Purulia. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had laid a lot of stress to improve the standard of life for the farmers in rural areas. She had announced lots of new projects in this regard. The scientists will also conduct “tissue culture” as a part of their research work in the district level to increase the productivity of plants. It has been seen that the vegetables and fruits that are supplied into various markets in the city, are often found to be unhealthy.It also affects human health as various chemical fertilisers rich in toxic substances are often administered to the plants to augment the productivity.The department will also carry out research on increasing the productivity of cattle. The state government will provide assistance to those who rear cattle.last_img read more