Astral Out of Home Unveils Canadas Largest Single Digital Screen at Torontos

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 12, 2017 – Astral Out of Home (AOOH), a division of Bell Media, announced today the introduction of Canada’s largest single digital screen, measuring more than 26 feet high and more than 188 feet long, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. Animated in full motion, the new digital wrap delivers a brand-new multi-media experience with stunning, cutting-edge visuals at extremely high resolution.“The Yonge-Dundas Square digital wrap represents a major addition to Astral Out of Home’s already impressive portfolio,” said Karine Moses, President, Astral Out Of Home. “The sheer scale of the screen, with its full motion video capabilities synchronized with a dedicated, static digital screen, provides advertisers with the flexibility to deliver a powerful story while bringing their brand to life.”Located off of one of Canada’s busiest intersections, Yonge-Dundas Square combines a daily traffic of more than 93,000 pedestrians and more than 30,000 vehicles, with two major universities and shopping malls nearby, contributing to a total of more than 52 million visitors a year. The square is also home to many festivals, including NXNE, Luminato, and Nuit Blanche, and most recently hosted the sneak peek of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement About Astral Out of HomeAstral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, is one of Canada’s leading out-of-home advertising companies with more than 30,000 advertising faces strategically located in the British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia markets. Driving innovation on one of the country’s most dynamic media platforms, Astral Out of Home is committed to staying at the forefront of the latest technological trends, offering advertisers the opportunity to deliver powerful messages that engage and connect with consumers. For more details, visit Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri wins TIFF Peoples Choice Award

first_imgThe people’s choice Midnight Madness Award went to Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied,” followed by first runner-up “The Disaster Artist” from James Franco, and second runner-up “Brawl in Cell Block 99” from director Craig Zahler. “Sir, it would be my privilege to sit down and have a beer with you someday.” First runner-up was “I, Tonya,” a mockumentary-style dark comedy starring Margot Robbie as disgraced U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. The Craig Gillespie film explores Harding’s hardscrabble upbringing and ascension up the skating ranks, and looks at the infamous 1994 attack on American rival Nancy Kerrigan. The Martin McDonagh film about revenge and redemption in small-town America beat out several other buzzworthy titles for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at a ceremony Sunday closing out the 11-day festival. The TIFF win comes on the heels of best screenplay honours for “Three Billboards” at the Venice Film Festival. The people’s choice documentary prize went to Agnes Varda and JR’s “Faces Places.” First runner-up was awarded to Tragically Hip documentary “Long Time Running” from Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, with second runner-up prize going to Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” Advertisement “It’s a story that connects with people. It’s really well-acted,” festival director Piers Handling said of “Three Billboards.” “It’s just told with humour and grit and rawness and doesn’t pull its punches.” Advertisement “I think it’s very important to talk about women’s issues all around the world because still we are facing gender discrimination,” Foroughi said. “I really wish to have equality soon.”By: Lauren La Rose “It’s not an easy film to watch; but as far as being Indigenous and an Indigenous filmmaker, it’s the truth,” said Thornton of “Sweet Country,” which set in 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. Last year’s winner was “La La Land,” which scored a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. The Los Angeles-set musical starring London, Ont., native Ryan Gosling went on to win six Oscars, including best actress for Emma Stone and the director prize for Damien Chazelle. Oscar winner Frances McDormand is emerging as contender for another best actress statuette for her powerful turn as a grieving mother seeking vengeance after the rape and murder of her daughter. Her fight for justice arrives in the form of three large-scale signs targeted toward police chief William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson.) Second runner-up was Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” a heartbreaking love story and coming-of-age tale set in the Italian countryside. The film centres on 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) who finds himself infatuated with an older student (Armie Hammer) working for his father. TIFF’s annual people’s choice prize, which includes a $15,000 cash award, is often regarded as a bellwether for success at the Academy Awards. Actor Frances McDormand is shown in a scene from the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The film won the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TIFF MANDATORY CREDITcenter_img The $15,000 City of Toronto Award for best Canadian first feature film went to Wayne Wapeemukwa for “Luk’ Luk’l.” The film is a hybrid documentary about five Vancouverites living on the fringes of society during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Facebook Iranian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi won the Discovery program prize for “Ava.” Her directorial debut centres on an Iranian teenage girl struggling between traditions and modernity, and also earned an honourable mention for best Canadian first feature film. “It’s the truth I needed to get out there not only about Australia, but to to the world, to say there’s an alternative history, an oral history that we have passed down; and we’re starting to use for celluloid to tell, and that’s really important for us,” he said. Advertisement In a historic gaffe, “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner at this year’s ceremony before the prize was awarded to “Moonlight.” The $30,000 Canada Goose Award for best Canadian feature film went to Robin Aubert’s zombie film “Les Affames.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — The signs could be pointing to award season accolades for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” after the dark comedy captured the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Aubert was unable to attend the awards, but paid homage to David Cronenberg in a written statement. He said he is “forever indebted” to the legendary filmmaker for proving “forward-thinking genre films can also be made in Canada.” Other winners included Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” which captured the $25,000 Toronto Platform Prize, the festival’s juried program that champions director’s cinema from around the world. Twitterlast_img read more

City of Calgary to release details of arena offer

first_imgA peak behind the curtain.The City of Calgary is releasing the details of its proposal to the Calgary Flames on a new arena Friday morning, just days after the team said negotiations weren’t getting anywhere, adding it was no longer pursuing a new building.After the announcement, Mayor Naheed Nenshi confirmed the basic deal was one-third of the funding from the city, one-third from the team, and one-third from a ticket surcharge.But he also added there was a lot more to it than that, which presumably is the part which will be released Friday.Sportsnet 960 THE FAN morning show host Dean ‘Boomer’ Molberg said the reaction from listeners to everything that’s happened this week has been split right down the middle.“I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I don’t think anyone is really threatened that the Flames would ever leave. This is a very profitable market, it’s a hockey market, it’s Canada and teams have left before but they’re not leaving now so I don’t know that fans really feel that threatened,” he said.The city is prohibited from releasing details of the Flames’ offer because of a confidentiality agreement.Boomer doesn’t expect the team to respond to whatever the mayor releases, but he wouldn’t be surprised if they did.“I think that they’ve thrown it down, they said they’re done and until something changes they’ll probably take that tack that they’re done negotiating,” he said.Still, he’s interested to see which side fans will take once we get a closer look at the numbers, even if they are just from one side.last_img read more

Twitter toughens abuse rules – and now has to enforce them

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter is enacting new policies around hate, abuse and advertisements, but having rules is only half the battle — the easy half.The bigger problem is enforcement, and there the company has had some high-profile bungles recently. That includes its much-criticized suspension of actress Rose McGowan while she was speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, and the company’s ban, later reversed , of an ad from a Republican Senate candidate that mentioned the “the sale of baby body parts.”Such twists and turns suggest that Twitter doesn’t always communicate the intent of its rules to the people enforcing them. In McGowan’s case, her suspension resulted from a straightforward application of Twitter privacy rules to a tweet that broadcast a private phone number. But the moderators who enforced the rules didn’t seem to take into account McGowan’s central role in speaking out against allegations of abuse by Harvey Weinstein. A widespread outcry followed, and the company reinstated her.Twitter has users “coming from lots of different parts of the world with different kinds of context,” said Emma Llanso, director of the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Free Expression Project. “And it’s probably impossible to have just one set of rules that works all the time. There will definitely be mistakes.”The company said it will “be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”EARNINGS RESULTSOn Thursday, Twitter reported a third-quarter loss of $21 million, or 3 cents per share. Excluding one-time items, the company earned 10 cents per share in the latest quarter.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 6 cents per share.The company posted revenue of $589.6 million in the period, down 4 per cent from a year earlier but in line with forecasts.Twitter had 330 million monthly users, up 1 per cent from the second quarter. But Twitter also disclosed that it has mistakenly overstated monthly user numbers by as much as 2 million since 2014. The company said it’s because it counted users of a third party app when it shouldn’t have.CLEARER APPEALSTo make things more clear, Twitter will give users suspected of abuse more information after they appeal a suspension verdict. Appeals themselves aren’t new, but now the company says it will provide “detailed descriptions” of rule violations as part of the process.The company said last week that it will also email users when they are suspected of account violations, and next month will post details about the different factors it weighs when enforcing its rules.Since mistakes will happen, Twitter needs “clear channels” so users can signal when something has gone awry, Llanso said. “If you don’t have a really robust appeals process, then you only have half of a process.”Of course, some things are unlikely to change. Despite calls by liberal activists to ban Donald Trump from its service, Twitter is highly unlikely to do so , whether or not the president follows its rules against harassment.Grey AREASThis week, Twitter also unveiled new rules governing advertisements, especially political paid messages that have come under scrutiny during investigations into alleged Russian interference with the U.S. presidential election. The rules require election-related ads by and about candidates to disclose who is paying for them and how they are targeted.Other advertisers will also have to provide more information, including how long ads have been running and information for users who are being targeted. But the stricter policy, which includes requiring the organization funding the ads to disclose its identity, along with how much money it is spending on each ad campaign, only applies to so-called “electioneering” ads This is a clearly defined category that includes only those ads that refer to a candidate or a party associated with a candidate for an elected office.Twitter says it’s still working on a policy for “issue-based ads,” those often divisive messages on hot-button social issues such as immigration and race relations. Russian agents reportedly used many such ads on social media in an apparent attempt to exacerbate social divisions ahead of the election last year.Neither Twitter’s new policies nor the “Honest Ads” bill introduced last week addresses election meddling efforts outside of advertisements. Twitter, Facebook, Google and others are also dealing with spam and fake accounts that spread fake news and propaganda.And rules didn’t appear to stop outside actors from attempting to influence the U.S. election. It’s already against the law for a foreign entity to purchase election ads in the U.S., either directly or indirectly.AUTOMATED, COMPLICATEDIt’s one thing to enforce advertising rules in a print newspaper or a TV station, where real humans can vet each ad before it is printed or aired.It’s a whole other thing in an online ecosystem, where automated, self-serve advertising platforms allow millions of advertisers — basically anyone with a credit card and internet access — to place an ad.“It’s a complex environment with a very low barrier to entry,” said Chris Olson, CEO of the Media Trust, a provider of online advertising analytics and security. That makes even identifying the buyers of ads challenging, as the system currently relies largely on self-disclosure for identifications. While many advertisers will do just that, Olson said, bad actors will not.last_img read more

ED files charge sheet against Zakir Naik in Mumbai

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED Thursday filed its first direct charge sheet against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on charges of money laundering, officials said. The agency filed the prosecution complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a special court in Mumbai and said it has identified proceeds of crime worth Rs 193.06 crore. This is the second charge sheet in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in this case, but the first against Naik underlining his role in the matter. Naik was booked by the ED in 2016 based on a National Investigation Agency (NIA) FIR.last_img

Morningstar Inc buying debtrating agency DBRS for US669 million

TORONTO — Morningstar Inc. has signed a deal to buy Canadian debt-rating agency DBRS for US$669 million.The U.S. company says the combination of DBRS with Morningstar Credit Ratings’ U.S. business will expand its global asset class coverage.Morningstar says DBRS, formerly known as the Dominion Bond Rating Service, will continue to be led by its existing management team.The deal is expected to close in the third quarter this year.DBRS, which is based in Toronto, employs more than 500 people across seven locations around the world.Founded in 1976, it was acquired by the Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus in 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed at the time.The Canadian Press

UN human rights expert alarmed by reports of alleged killings by Israeli

“There is an urgent need to investigate the allegations promptly,” said Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in a statement released in Geneva.While noting that the scale of killings and fatalities has been disputed by the Government of Israel, which justifies its operation as “defensive shield,” Ms. Jahangir said the area remains off-limits to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the media. “Independent observers are being urged by the Palestinians to visit the site and verify the allegations, but such initiatives have been blocked by the Israeli Government,” she said.Continued denial of access by Israel “will only lend further credibility to the allegations made by independent sources,” the Special Rapporteur pointed out. “It is now urgent that the visiting mission led by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, be allowed to carry out its tasks as mandated by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.” read more

Annan urges West Africa to break with authoritarianism

Video of Council meeting [3hrs 10mins] “Until they are addressed with real resolve, until there is a fundamental break with authoritarianism and the culture of violence, exclusion and impunity, I fear that whatever inroads we manage to make in handling cross-border problems will remain just that – temporary inroads – and fragile, at best,” Mr Annan said.He was kicking off a Council debate on a report he issued earlier this month on “Ways to Combat Sub-Regional and Cross-Border Problems in West Africa.”He urged the Governments in the region to establish solidly democratic institutions and effective regional institutions.”West Africa is blessed with a vibrant civil society that has wide-ranging experience in conflict-prevention, peace-building and development,” Mr. Annan said. “States must draw on their experience in addressing their problems.”In a multi-faceted approach, special attention should be paid to the proliferation of small arms, the illegal exploitation of natural resources and the use of child soldiers and mercenaries, as well as to roadblocks that impede the movement of people and goods in the sub-region, he said.He welcomed the executive secretary of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohammad ibn Chambas, Foreign Minister Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, whose President John Kufuor is chairing ECOWAS, and Deputy Minister Andre Wilzer of the French Ministry of Cooperation and Francophonie, who were scheduled to address the Council.UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jan Egeland said the sub-region’s capacity to handle the massive movements of refugees now being experienced is limited.”Guinea currently hosts over 100,000 refugees, while over 100,000 Guineans have returned from Côte d’Ivoire. Other countries in the sub-region, such as Mali and Burkina Faso, suffer from the spillover effects of these conflicts. For example, over 340,000 people have returned to Burkina Faso from Côte d’Ivoire over this past year alone,” he said.He noted that such critical areas for refugees as protection, health and education have been seriously under-funded despite appeals, with Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea receiving little or no funding for appeals launched in 2003. read more

Ned Goodman resigns from Barrick board to focus on new business venture

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 6:27 am MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says Ned Goodman has resigned from the gold miner’s board of directors to focus on a new business venture in resources and other hard assets.Goodman joined the Barrick board of directors in April 2014 as part of a move to bring new faces to the table and increase the number of independent directors.He founded investment management firm Dundee Corp., which focused on real estate and infrastructure, energy, resources and agriculture.Barrick chairman John Thornton thanked Goodman for his contributions during what he called a “transformative period for the company.”“We wish Ned great success and look forward to exploring opportunities to work together in the future,” Thornton said in a statement. Ned Goodman resigns from Barrick board to focus on new business venture read more

At UN Central European leaders spotlight development countering terrorism and securing peace

President Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic addresses the General Assembly’s annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak Mr. Duda pointed out that Poland has adopted and is fully committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, saying: “We believe that only by means of an effective implementation, will we be able to ensure relevant socio-economic conditions for everyone. For a number of years, the country has fulfilled its obligations to protect the environment and fight climate change. He noted that Poland surpassed its Kyoto Protocol reduction target, made ambitious contributions to the Paris Agreement and will, for the third time, host the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “We will continue the leadership in climate negotiations in the spirit of the Paris Agreement, ensuring the participation of all States and the transparency of discussions,” he stressed. He went on to note that human rights are withheld in too many parts of the world, with persecution of persons belonging to religious minorities, including Christians, “a particularly visible problem,” which Poland strongly condemns, along with all instances of persecution and discrimination based on religion. “‘Solidarity-Responsibility-Engagement’ are the values that we unceasingly seek to promote in the international arena […] to produce sustainable development, security and peace not only for now, but also for future generations to come,” concluded Mr. Duda. Full statement available here For his part, Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, told the Assembly that a terror-based anti-civilization had emerged over the last few decades, stressing that “we all express solidarity with the victims and organize protests, but, unfortunately, we still hesitate to fight terrorist organizations with full power.” He welcomed the Secretary-General’s new Office for Counter-Terrorism as a reasonable and practical solution along with the appointment of its Under-Secretary-General to solve problems in the fight against Islamic terrorism. The President recalled that, one year ago, he had criticized the UN for not being able to define the word terrorism, noting that there were currently 38 anti-terrorist organizations and institutions under the UN umbrella and pointing out that as that number increased, more terrorist organizations flourished. He also called for the use of military force against terrorism – in accord with Article 47 of the UN Charter. On the other side of the same coin he pointed to the issue of migration, which, citing Syria and Iraq, he said was often provoked by terrorist actions. Mr. Zeman also underscored the concern that terrorists often hid within migrant populations. Citing Africa, he flagged the issue of “brain drain” – or the weakening of potential in those countries – with large migration flows. The Czech President explained that by welcoming migrants in Europe, countries are fuelling the brain drain phenomenon, and in turn, reversing progress in countries of origin. Mr. Zeman concluded by saying the war on terrorism should be based on “historical optimism.” He gave the example of Barcelona, in which the Spanish people said they were not afraid, and recalled United States President Franklin Roosevelt’s proclamation of ‘freedom from fear.’ Mr. Zemen echoed what he called the most beautiful expression of historical optimism by quoting theologian Martin Luther: “If I knew that it would be doomsday tomorrow, I shall go today and plant an apple tree.” Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic, addresses the Assembly’s annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak Also addressing the Assembly, the President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, opened his speech highlighting the need to build safe, healthy, prosperous and just societies for all people to live a dignified life, telling the Assembly that it is not a mere ambition, “It’s our duty. It’s the reason why our people trust us with the power to act on their behalf.” While Mr. Kiska called “the respect for the principles of peace and security” essential, he observed that “far too many are dying in senseless conflicts or suffering in displacement” – pointing out that armed conflicts and the resulting refugee crisis “depletes the much-needed resources for social and economic development.” The President censured short-sighted interests that are built on spreading instability and undermining collective efforts towards peace and security for crippling “the very core of the UN Charter for securing peaceful coexistence among nations.” While naming Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as sovereign nations being undermined by an aggressive neighbour, Mr. Kiska cited the Democratic Republic of Korea as “one of the worst threats to international peace and security in recent history.” “I strongly call on the North Korean regime to terminate its development of weapons of mass destruction and to return on the path of dialogue and building peace in the Korean Peninsula,” he underscored. 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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 5 December

DOWNLOAD1. Chancellor delivers 2014 Autumn Statement2. Vehicle registrations in November3. National Infrastructure Plan & Road Investment Strategy announced4. TfL draft business plan detailed5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Wenco fleet management system commissioned at Meadowbank Mine

first_imgWenco International Mining System has had a fleet management system commissioned at the Agnico Eagle Meadowbank gold mine in Nunavut Territory, Canada. Meadowbank gold mine is a low arctic operation located about 2,600 km northwest of Toronto and began producing gold in 2010, and is expected to produce over 28 Mt from 2013 to 2015.Wenco MobileOT hardware and software components were installed on a total of 38 pieces of equipment, including eight high-precision BenchManager systems on excavators, loaders, and backhoes.Glen Trainor, Wenco Vice President of Sales and Marketing said “Our fleet management system will give Meadowbank mine enhanced ability to maximize worker health and safety while improving productivity and availability of equipment and personnel, additionally our ruggedized hardware can operate without difficulty in the extreme cold weather environment of the low arctic.”last_img read more

Assange Claims WikiLeaks Uncovered Intel Regarding UFOs

first_imgDigi-Muckrakers WikiLeaks rocked the global power broker community by exposing the Mean Girls world of international diplomacy. Aside from sometimes less than flattering performance reviews of world leaders, is it possible that WikiLeaks also uncovered intel that is far more out of this world? Head WikiLeaker Julian Assange seemed to hint at just that in a recent reader-submitted Q+A with The Guardian. When asked if WikiLeaks had ever uncovered any documents regarding UFOs or extraterrestrials Assange answered:Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they werethe anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party overa pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of ourpublishing rules. 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original. However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs. Intriguing. However, I wouldn’t hold my breath for some kind of E.T. bombshell to come out of Cablegate for three reasons: 1) Assange only makes reference to “UFOs,” which, of course, refers to any airborne object that has yet to be identified. The term is used to refer to unknown objects that were later determined to be errant planes, meteors, or even balloons. There’s nothing surprising about government documents mentioning UFOs without it referring to anything sci-fi-tacular. 2) I can’t imagine Assange or anyone at WikiLeaks would be able to keep from putting a bombshell regarding visiting extraterrestrial life front and center.3) Of the quarter million files included in Cablegate, they’ve all been “unclassified” or “secret.” There were no “top secret” files included. And from what I can tell so far, these “unclassified” and “secret” cables mostly seem to contain colorful expressions of things that everyone already knows. I imagine all that real-life X-File intel, if it’s anything juicy, is filed under “top secret.”image vialast_img read more

From the Garden When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn timing

first_img 1 Comment By Michael Kelly Grower Michael Kelly 7,295 Views I’ve always said (half-joking) that you should have a pot of water on the boil and run from the veg patch to the kitchen with your corn to make sure you cook it immediately and get that absolute peak freshness experience. You will never taste anything quite like it.Years ago, when giving talks on growing I used to bring a pack of two vacuum packed sweetcorn with me to show the contrast with the immediacy of fresh, home-grown sweetcorn.The vac-packed corn simply refused to die as I went from talk to talk, entombed as it was in plastic. The best-before date was about six months away when I started bringing it to talks and it had passed by another 6 months when I finally had to throw it out. Goes without saying it wouldn’t taste great by comparison.Even though sweetcorn is a slightly incidental crop for me, it’s worth reminding yourself that it is one of the top three crops grown in the world – with wheat and rice it accounts for 60% of all calories consumed by humans globally.For all that only about 1% of the corn produced around the world is eaten as the whole grain – the rest is used as animal feed, as fuel (ethanol) or as a starch food additive or sweetener.It’s strange that something so fundamentally healthful (whole grain corn is a rich source of vitamins and minerals) has played such a large role in creating ill-health globally in the form of corn syrups.The Basics – HarvestBe like a squirrel and stock up the larder for the winter. It’s incredibly satisfying to have a store of vegetables in the shed to see you through the cold, winter months. Crops for storage should be harvested when they are young, in prime condition and full of flavour. Vegetables and fruit are best gathered early in the day.Store root crops like carrots and beetroot in boxes in a ventilated shed or outhouse. Place the roots in layers with slightly dampened peat or sand around them. You can store potatoes in paper or hessian sacks in a dark, frost-free, ventilated store, ensuring first that the skins are completely dry.Onions and garlic also need frost-free storage, but in order to prevent them from sprouting they must not be kept in a dark place. Once dried and ripened, hang them in nylon or string netting bags, or string them up by twisting their stems around a length of thick string.Recipe of the Week – Sweetcorn Fritters with Tamarind and Chipotle YoghurtKatie Sanderson, our resident chef on Grow, Cook, Eat, cooked up this delicious recipe in the sweetcorn episode in series two. It’s a great way to turn two cobs of sweetcorn in to a full dish, though of course just slathering the cobs in butter to eat as a starter is acceptable too!Ingredients:2 Sweetcorn cobs (300g kernels)½ Red onion, chopped into tiny dice2 Spring onions, chopped greens and allCoriander – small handful chopped roughly2 Tablespoons Flour2 Tablespoons CornflourChipotle 1 jarWater 130 mlTamarind 2 tablespoonsLime, cut up for garnish Directions:Place some water in a pot that can fit your corn cobs and bring to the boil. Add a pinch of salt, then the sweetcorn and cook for a few minutes.Drain and cool, using a sharp knife take the kernels off the cob trying to take off big strips intact. Place the Kernels in a bowl, add the onion, spring onion and some chopped coriander. Weigh out 300g and keep the rest aside.Add the flours, water and seasoning to your larger amount of kernels and mix trying to not break up the big chunks but incorporating the flour. Your mixture should look like thin pancake batter.Next make the sauce. Add the tin of chipotle, the water and the tamarind to a high speed blender and whizz till smooth and creamy.This can be kept in the fridge for up to two months if you love heat you could use this as your dipping sauce but to make it a little cooler you can mix equal amounts of a full fat good quality yoghurt/plant based yoghurt and the chipotle together. Place in a small serving bowl and turn your attention to finishing the sweetcorn.Place a frying pan on a medium heat with a thin layer of sunflower oil. Add spoonfuls of the sweet-corn mixture, wait till its crusted on one side and then flip. Push the back of the spoon down on the fritter to push out any raw batter and cover with some frying oil.Get some paper towel ready and spoon out the fritters. Let rest on the paper then place on a plate, sprinkle the leftover sweet corn, onion mix and serve the chipotle yoghurt alongside.Michael Kelly is an author, broadcaster and founder of GIY.© GIY Ireland 2019 – all rights reserved.  Short URLcenter_img From the Garden: When it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn… timing is everything There’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back a sweetcorn’s skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath, writes Michael Kelly. Share1 Tweet Email Sat 1:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 1:00 PM THOUGH THE SWEETCORN harvest is never vast in the way that say tomatoes or courgettes are vast, it’s still one of my most favourite moments of the growing year.This year I sowed six plants and planted them out in the big tunnel. I think the combination of warmth, humidity and good soil fertility there caused the plants to grow taller than normal (up to around 8ft), but all that plant growth seemed to be at the expense of fruiting. I had just one or two cobs per plant.Still, there’s something so elementally enjoyable about peeling back the skin to find the beautiful shiny yellow kernels underneath.As always timing is everything when it comes to harvesting and eating sweetcorn – you are trying to catch the cobs when they are ripe and before the sugars start to turn to starch.The classic test is to pierce some of the little kernels and judge the liquid that comes out. Too watery and it means the corn is not quite ripe, too viscous and it’s gone too far. With regular checking you should be able to harvest the cobs at peak freshness.last_img read more

Campaign contributions light in Vancouver mayoral race

first_imgCampaigning for mayor of Vancouver can get expensive, but this year’s race is so far shaping up as one of the cheaper contests in recent memory.With the primary election looming Tuesday, City Councilor Anne McEnerny-Ogle leads the pack in fundraising with $22,830.15 in campaign contributions.Candidate Adam Hamide isn’t far behind with $15,250 but so far has only two contributors: himself and Kurt Naumer. Hamide, co-owner of Main Street Marijuana, wrote himself a check for $15,000.In total, about $50,000 in contributions has been reported by the mayoral candidates, but that pales in comparison to the past two mayoral elections. In 2009, current mayor Tim Leavitt defeated Royce Pollard in the most expensive race in Vancouver history, with Leavitt raising roughly $172,000 to Pollard’s $140,000.In 2013, things slipped some, but Leavitt still raised more than $104,000 in his re-election bid against City Councilor Bill Turlay, who raised almost $24,000.City Councilor Jack Burkman says it’s still early, considering it’s before the primary, but the amount of money the candidates raise depends on the candidates.“It really depends on how strong the competition is,” Burkman said. “When the two people have a good track record with the city, the race will be more expensive.”last_img read more

CTran hears of flawed layout at bus stop site

first_imgAs C-Tran awaits the outcome of a police investigation into this month’s fatal bus accident in downtown Vancouver, this week it heard questions about the incident from a man connected to another recent tragedy.Vancouver resident David Sale addressed the C-Tran board Tuesday with some of his own safety concerns — including the locations of bus stops and crosswalks near the scene of the Dec. 2 accident.Sale’s own daughter, Danielle, was one of two people killed in a 2010 accident involving a TriMet bus and a group of pedestrians in Portland. Three others were injured. Sale has since advocated for improved safety around public transit, and expressed the same wish this week.“I am here to help,” Sale said, “and not hurt.”Just before noon on Dec. 2, a No. 4 C-Tran bus struck and killed Margaret McCluskey, 88, at the intersection of Washington and Eighth streets. The bus was turning left from Eighth onto southbound Washington when it hit McCluskey in the crosswalk, according to police. The driver, Al Purvis, was placed on paid administrative leave — which is standard C-Tran procedure — until the investigation is over.Vancouver police haven’t finished that inquiry yet, said spokeswoman Kim Kapp. C-Tran will conduct its own review when the police report is released.last_img read more

Akash Vijayvargiya gets heros welcome as he steps out of jail

first_imgIndore: Akash Vijayvargiya, MLA from Indore was accorded a “heros welcome” by his supporters after his release from the jail on bail on Sunday morning. There was celebratory firing in the air. His father, Kailash Vijayvargiya, the BJP general secretary, went to receive him as supporters garlanded him and took him back home in a huge procession. After getting bail on Saturday from the Special Court of Bhopal, the MLA, Akash Vijayvargiya was released from jail earlier on Sunday. The BJP legislator was arrested after he thrashed a municipal official with a bat last week.last_img

Report Sen Franken Groped Army Veteran During USO Tour

first_imgWikimedia CommonsMinnesota senator Al Franken.Embattled Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is facing a new allegation of inappropriately touching a woman after an Army veteran accused him of groping her during a USO Christmas tour in the Middle East more than a decade ago.Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, told CNN in report Thursday that Franken had cupped her right breast when she stood next to him for a photo in December 2003. Kemplin, who was deployed to Kuwait at the time, is the fifth women in two weeks to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.Franken’s office released the same statement it provided CNN late Wednesday.“As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation,” the statement said.Kemplin did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment. She is the second woman to accuse Franken of inappropriate behavior during a USO tour. He personally apologized earlier this month to Leeann Tweeden, now a Los Angeles radio host, who said he forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 tour. Tweeden released a photo showing the comedian turned senator posing in a joking manner with his hands on her chest as she naps wearing a flak vest aboard a military plane.Franken personally apologized to Tweeden and said he welcomes an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee of the other allegations against him.Three other women allege Franken grabbed their buttocks while posing with them for photos during separate campaign events in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Sharelast_img read more

Puerto Rican Island Still In Crisis Mode 3 Months After Maria

first_img Share Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA child rides a bike by a house destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Vieques, Puerto Rico.On an island eight miles off Puerto Rico’s coast, homes sit destroyed on hillsides and many of its nearly 9,000 residents still wait for federal aid. Vieques’ hospital is operating out of tents in a parking lot. And the island is facing the prospect of six more months without electricity from Puerto Rico’s main grid.The island’s bleak trajectory epitomizes the unevenness of the disaster relief effort in the hurricane-devastated U.S. territory, where metropolitan areas such as San Juan are showing clear signs of recovery.At Vieques’ bar La Nasa, couples sway on a dance floor to the beats of a generator-powered stereo system. A bartender pulls beers out of a cooler. The original bar was reduced to rubble from the hurricane and washed into the sea.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA bartender serves drinks at La Nasa bar in the Esperanza beachfront neighborhood in Vieques. The original bar was reduced to rubble by the hurricane and washed into the sea.“It was a mess! A big mess,” laughs owner José Silva, standing in the sand. The new bar is a colorful rickety patio next to a pile of debris, the wreckage of the original. Silva says that after the hurricane, he scavenged wood to reconstruct the small bar and opened within a week.“You know people they was stressed out, they was so sad that the place was gone, they just wanted to come and cry,” Silva adds.Cut off from powerThe storm cut Vieques off from Puerto Rico’s main electrical grid. A new holiday song for the upcoming Epiphany celebration is playing on this night, with a gift request. It goes, I’ll ask the three kings to bring a new generator.That message resonates here, where there’s vocal frustration about the island’s troubled main generator station, meant to provide power to Vieques residents when the connection to the main grid is down. That generator is riddled with problems.“You can ask any resident of Vieques and they will tell you that that generator doesn’t work, that it’s a piece of junk,” says Haronid Cruz Felix, the animated spokesperson for the mayor.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRHaronid Cruz Felix, spokesperson of the Vieques mayor, sits in his office.At that generator station on a recent morning, red lights flashed on the control board. Carlos Perez, the operator of the generator, says it finally started working five days before, after months without power.But on this recent morning Vieques was totally without power again, after a new problem arose a few hours earlier, causing the system to shut down. Perez works for Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, also known as PREPA. Residents say the generator is now providing some service to a limited number of buildings.Perez says there are a lot of reasons for the generator’s problems. It uses French parts that are difficult to replace and they don’t store spares. “If you don’t have parts when things break down, you don’t have a generator,” he says. And it uses hundreds of gallons of diesel hourly, which can be difficult to transport to the remote island. Plus, the power lines and poles in Vieques are damaged, limiting the number of homes that electricity can flow to even when the generator is working.Felix says he’s frustrated by a lack of communication from PREPA. “The only date that we have been given for Vieques to have regular power is between March and May,” he says. The utility did not respond to requests for comment – Perez, the generator operator, said simply that restoring regular power from the grid system that runs underwater from the main island of Puerto Rico to Vieques is “going to take some time.”Ricardo Arduengo for NPRPuerto Rico Power and Electric Authority’s generator station, meant to be a backup for the main grid, is riddled with problems.There’s a lot of blame going around for the plight of Vieques. The mayor’s spokesman says the electricity company, the Puerto Rican government, and the federal government all played a role. Like many here, he feels the island has been marginalized at many levels of government. Many of the residents here also believe the mayor has not responded with enough urgency to the situation.The island was used for decades as a training ground for the U.S. military, including bombing exercises – a fact that Felix believes should mean more effective assistance from the federal government. “Sixty years bombarding these lands and the government has not even been able to get a power generator up and running? It’s on that level,” he says.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRPuerto Rico Power and Electric Authority operator Carlos Perez shows how the generator power is down once again on the island.Still in crisis modeThe island didn’t have regular running water for a nearly month, until generators were secured specifically to operate the pump, Felix adds.Not having electricity for months is time-consuming. Seventy-seven year old Juan Santos, taking a walk on the beach with his wife, says he has to go to the grocery store and purchase food daily or else it will spoil. “What you find in the stores, sometimes you don’t like what you buy but you have to eat it!” he laughs, sounding tired.Cell service is patchy and shifting, far worse than metropolitan areas such as San Juan. “I think it’s just ludicrous that in this day and age we don’t have communications and we still don’t have electricity,” says Gladys Aleman, who co-owns a Vieques-based ecotourism company. “We were two, three weeks after Maria and we still couldn’t make a phone call. I still can’t call, I can’t text … I blame everybody. This is crazy to me.” She says it’s impossible to operate a business without communications.“We are still in crisis mode,” Aleman adds.Tourism had been a growing industry on this beautiful island, where horses wander on lush hillsides and bioluminescent sea life glows in the water. Since the storm, tourism has dried up. The largest hotel and the island’s second-largest employer, the W Vieques Island, is closed through Dec. 2018.‘This is how I suture’The vulnerability of Vieques is starkest at the island’s hospital. Hospital Susana Centeno was damaged by the storm and is now closed due to a dangerous amount of mold, Felix says.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA Puerto Rico National Guard member walks past the health clinic in Vieques, operating out of tents in a parking lot.Now, it’s operating in tan military-style tents in the parking lot. “I consider this camping,” says Dr. Jose Carrasquillo, the physician at the facility. This clinic doesn’t even have a port-a-potty – the restroom is a shallow bowl suspended on spindly metal legs with a lid, positioned outside one of the tent flaps.Now, Carrasquillo, who has an easy laugh even in tough circumstances, says his medical work depends on improvising. He has to makes do with what he has. To demonstrate how he operates in the dimly lit tents, he pulls out a small flashlight and holds it between his teeth.“This is how I suture,” he says. “Because the patient needs it.”The doctor operates without equipment that would be standard in most hospitals. And transporting patients with more serious injuries to a proper facility isn’t always possible.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRDr. Jose Carrasquillo works in the clinic run out of military-style tents, which does not have the equipment that would be standard in most hospitals.“If the weather is bad, no one gets out of here,” he says. “That means I’m going to have to treat anything that comes here. That’s a challenge.” For example, he says he recently treated a man burned by a generator that exploded, and a young girl impaled by a screwdriver.Local authorities are going through a lengthy approval process to turn a school into a hospital.The improvised facility “scares me, it’s not going to last long,” Carrasquillo adds. “And the hurricane season is going to come in six months, again.”Solar hopesIn the facility’s parking lot is a field of solar panels, a technology seen as a source of hope to residents held prisoner by the dysfunctional electricity system currently in place.Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, recently announced a series of solar electricity projects using Tesla energy storage, including one at this hospital. On Vieques, the sanitary sewer treatment plant, the water pumping station, a home for elderly people and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques will also have these systems, according to the announcement.“We understand the need to provide energy options to improve resiliency when there is a grid outage,” Rossello said in a press release about Vieques and its neighboring island Culebra.Ricardo Arduengo for NPRA business badly damaged by Hurricane Maria in Vieques, Puerto Rico.The projects are raising hopes of a future for Vieques that does not rely on Puerto Rico’s main grid at all. Mark Martin-Bras, director of community relations and research for The Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, says the island’s future should absolutely be solar power and alternative energy.It could even be used as a model for how to switch to solar, he says.“Vieques is a good example and small enough to be a model for [companies] like Tesla who proposed this type of work and other components of alternative energy, that can make this island a model for the world,” Martin-Bras says.Felix, the mayor’s spokesperson, says the idea of fully powering Vieques with alternative energy is appealing. It would benefit everyone, removing the need for months-long repair processes like this one. But the truth is, he says, the isolated island just simply doesn’t have the money.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Texas Hispanic Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question

first_imgMarjorie Kamys CoteraAt a press conference at the Texas Capitol, state Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, addresses the decision taken by the Trump Administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.The Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus are suing the Trump administration in hopes of blocking the addition of a citizenship question to the once-a-decade census of every person living in the United States.In a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Maryland-based federal court, the Texas-based groups allege that the addition of the controversial question is unconstitutional because it will lead to a disproportionate undercount of Latino and Asian residents, non-citizens and their family members.That undercount would endanger billions of dollars tied to social services funding and deprive those individuals of equal representation in the U.S. House and during the redrawing of political boundaries that follows each census count, the plaintiffs allege.The lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Commerce comes about two months after the Bureau announced it would add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire. Since then, demographers, local officials and community organizers have been sounding the alarm about the role the question would play in depressing response rates among Texas immigrants and their families.Massive both in size and population, Texas has long been a hard-to-count state because of the millions of Texans who fall into the categories of people who pose the biggest challenges for the headcount — immigrants, college students, and children younger than 5 years old, to name a few.The lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than a dozen plaintiffs — including several Texas-based nonprofits that advocate for Latino residents and legislative Latino caucuses out of Arizona, Maryland and California — who say they are seeking to  “preserve the integrity” of the census count.The Trump administration’s “inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 decennial Census is arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law,” the plaintiffs wrote in their filing. They specifically allege that the inclusion of the citizenship question violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause because it is “motivated by racial animus” toward Latinos, Asians, non-citizens and immigrants. They also argue that the court should act to prevent the undercount that would result from the addition of the question, which would amount to a violation of the Enumerations and Apportionment Clauses.In announcing the addition of the citizenship question back in March, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross indicated the citizenship-related data was necessary for “more effective enforcement” of the federal Voting Rights Act.Those working toward an accurate count said they were already working from behind even before the Trump administration announced it would add the citizenship question to the questionnaire. They said they were bracing for challenges both practical — Hurricane Harvey displacement, internet accessibility and fewer funds with which to knock on doors — and political — namely anti-immigrant rhetoric and fears that people would be too afraid to respond to a government questionnaire — that would make Texas even tougher to count.An accurate census is critical to the state. It is used to determine how many representatives Texas is entitled to elect to Congress. And the Texas Legislature and local governments rely on the data to redraw corresponding political boundaries.The census also serves as a roadmap for the distribution of billions of federal dollars to the state and local communities, including funding for low-income housing, medical assistance and transportation projects.As they embark on preparations for the 2020 count, local officials have also stepped into the legal fight over the citizenship question in court. Earlier this month, three border counties — El Paso, Hidalgo and Cameron — joined a coalition of more than 30 states, cities and counties that has also sued to block the inclusion of the citizenship question. Meanwhile, the state’s Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, has made clear he has no intention of fighting the question. In an op-ed published in March, Paxton chalked up concerns about the citizenship question as “partisan uproar” that is not “being driven by the facts.” The Census Bureau is still waiting for congressional approval of the 2020 questionnaire that includes the citizenship question. The bureau has not asked all households about citizenship since the 1950 census, though it does ask about citizenship as part of annual surveys that only cover a sample of U.S. residents. Sharelast_img read more