David Suzuki Questions Canadas Pipeline Plans

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first_imgCanada’s newest prime minister, Justin Trudeau, made it a point to announce to the world’s media in Paris that under his rein Canada would be taking climate change seriously after years under a previous government that did not.Continued discussions about pipelines, however, has left environmentalist and activist David Suzuki confused. In a recent op-ed, Suzuki said, “I don’t get the current brouhaha over Kinder Morgan, Keystone XL, Northern Gateway or the Energy East pipelines. Why are politicians contemplating spending billions on pipelines when the Paris commitment means 75 to 80 percent of known fossil fuel deposits must be left in the ground?”The collapse of oil prices has left Canada’s economy particularly affected due to its over-dependence on the fossil fuel industry, yet there is still a push to get land locked Alberta’s bitumen to ports. Access to offshore shipping means access to more customers and an increase in production, which flies in the face of Trudeau’s promises. Suzuki sees the answer in a clean-energy economy which he says would create more jobs, unity and prosperity.“The Paris target means we have to rethink everything,” says Suzuki. “The urgency of the need for change demands that we rethink our entire energy potential and the way we live. It makes no sense to continue acting as if we’ve got all the time in the world to get off the path that created the crisis in the first place. That’s the challenge, and for our politicians, it’s a huge task as well as a great opportunity.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more


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first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, 25 Jan 2015 (Ministry of Finance Press Release -Bahamas)- The Government has completed the appointment of members of the VAT Appeal Commission. The names which will be unveiled this week, include a retired Supreme Court Justice as Chairman, a retired senior Customs officer and a public accountant. These individuals will also serve as members of the Customs Appeal Commission.The VAT Appeal Commission will operate independently of the VAT Department and the Ministry of Finance.If a VAT registrant is unhappy with any decision made by the VAT Comptroller, they may lodge an appeal with the Commission. An appellant who is aggrieved by a decision of the Commission may appeal the decision, but on matters of law only, to the Supreme Court.The timing of the appointment of the Commission is critical at this juncture, as enforcement activities and rulings of the VAT Department become more entrenched. The appointments are with effect from January 21, 2015. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:appeal, bahamas, ministry of finance, vat Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


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first_img Posted: July 6, 2018 July 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:21 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Crews fully contain 100-acre brush fire at MCAS Miramar SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A wildfire that blackened swaths of hilly open terrain in the northeastern reaches of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar was fully contained Saturd evening, according to MCAS officials.The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 3 p.m. Friday, according to MCAS Miramar public affairs.Fire crews reported no change in acreage overnight into Saturday, base officials tweeted around 9 a.m. MCAS officials reported that as of 6 p.m. Saturday the fire was fully contained.The spread of the fire had been halted at roughly 100 acres by late afternoon Friday, officials said.Crews with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department helped base firefighting crews extinguish the blaze, which was posed no structural threats, Capt. Matthew Gregory, director of communications for the northern San Diego USMC station, said on Friday. last_img read more


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first_imgLast year, in partnership with Stratton Publishing & Marketing, the Angerosa Research Foundation reported that 85 percent of associations published at least one e-newsletter, with 67 percent publishing more than one. Despite e-newsletter production growth, a number of association publishers—including American School Board Journal editor-in-chief Glenn Cook—consider high-security spam filters to be directly impacting open-rates, and in turn, readership.For Carole Hayward, director of newsletters and special publications for educational association ASCD, those spam filters, which are used by a number of schools, make it challenging to deliver news to members. ASCD uses a third-party media service to send one of its e-newsletters, “but even they can’t solve the problem entirely,” said Hayward.While the best solution is spam-checking e-newsletters before sending them to readers, there are other ways to get past the filters: Break Up the List When sending e-news to members, “try breaking the recipients into several groups and sending out the same e-mail under a slightly different subject line,” said ASBJ publications coordinator Margaret Suslick. Shorten Subject Lines“Our subject lines are short,” said Cook. One of its highest e-alert open rates, he said, was for the four-word subject line “A Day to Remember.”Appealing Subjects Are Likely Targets“I’ve found that trying to offer members ‘free’ anything via e-mail is a great way to end up in the spam folder,” said Hayward. Words like “dollar,” “free,” and “savings” are all culprits when it comes to marking e-newsletters as junk mail. Hayward said subject lines like “Top 10 Tips” tend to bypass spam filters and appeal to members.Send Links, Not SurveysASBJ sends its reader panel survey via a link in its e-newsletter instead of embedding the survey, giving its digital offerings additional protection from spam filters.last_img read more


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first_img Comment 18 Photos Now playing: Watch this: MIT’s scrappy little Mini Cheetah robot is a cutie-pie of a robotic quadruped. It’s also an accomplished gymnast. MIT says the plucky machine is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip.  The school posted a video on Feb. 28 of Mini Cheetah in action. The highlight reel shows off the robot’s ability to flip, run, scoot sideways, hop and play in a pile of dry leaves like a shiny little headless puppy.Mini Cheetah rocks a modular design with low-cost electric motors built from off-the-shelf parts. “A big part of why we built this robot is that it makes it so easy to experiment and just try crazy things, because the robot is super robust and doesn’t break easily, and if it does break, it’s easy and not very expensive to fix,” says lead developer Benjamin Katz. Watch this robot cheetah do a backflip Robots Mini Mini Cheetah’s design is reminiscent of Boston Dynamics’ famous SpotMini doglike robot. We have yet to see SpotMini try for a backflip, but Boston Dynamics’ two-legged Atlas robot pulled off the feat in 2017.The MIT team is building 10 more Mini Cheetah robots, which they intend to loan out to collaborators to advance the robot’s design and development.While Mini Cheetah is plenty charming thanks to its small size and acrobatic abilities, it can still trot about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed. Keep that in mind if you ever need to outrun it. Share your voice Sci-Tech Mini Cheetah is the creation of MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory, which is also developing the much larger Cheetah 3. The big sibling bot can jump up on your desk. Personally, I’d invite Mini Cheetah to jump up on my lap for some snuggles. The robot weighs just 20 pounds (9 kilograms) but can still recover when someone kicks it around. Even when knocked entirely onto its back, it can roll itself upright. There’s an endearing blooper reel at the end of the video showing some Mini Cheetah fails, but the little robot still endures. Tags Meet Boston Dynamics’ weird and wonderful robot family 1 Originally published Feb. 28.Update, March 4: Added more information from MIT. MIT’s ‘blind’ Cheetah 3 robot can jump up on your desk Boston Dynamics robots rated by Robopocalypse threat level 1:46 Fabulous robotslast_img read more


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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 2 Comments The world’s fastest wireless data network is coming soon to the world’s fastest city. In 2018, New York City asked three companies—Neutral Connect Networks, Fiberless Networks, and Edge Fibernet—to experiment with 5G on Governors Island Park. Over months of testing a diverse spectrum of technologies, city officials have learned that deploying 5G will be challenging, but the benefits are significant. 5G Here’s how New York City is testing 5G 3:43 Tags Internet The 5G test is a part of the city’s NYCx moonshot challenge program that began in late-2017 and ran through much of 2018. The initiative encourages collaboration between public officials, technology firms, academics and nonprofits. Governors Island Park is situated on a small island between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The island’s rolling hills and historic monuments make it an ideal testing ground for next-gen wireless tech, said Jeremy Goldberg, the city’s deputy CTO and the managing director of NYCx.The NYCx team looked at Governors Island to learn about the constraints of connectivity, and as a testbed for several use cases, said Goldberg. To understand how 5G could benefit New Yorkers the city wanted to stress- test the network, clock upload and download speeds, and tally the number of people that can access the network at any given point and time. The 5G challenge is part of the city’s broader digital transformation strategy designed to encourage “growth, equity, sustainability, and resilience,” said Goldberg. The CTO’s department is focused on keeping all New Yorkers at the center of technology. He emphasized that to reach its “transformative” potential 5G needs to be affordable, accessible and practical for all New Yorkers. City officials hope the NYCx connectivity challenge will encourage entrepreneurship and serve as “a model for learning and for insights not just for the city’s purposes … but for entrepreneurs, for academics, for nonprofits and others that are developing really unique AR and VR applications, internet of things solutions, smart sensing and other [technologies].”last_img read more


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first_imgTwitter has finally announced to cut 8% of its global workforce — nearly 330 jobs — to strengthen the micro-blogging site that is facing slow user growth amid tough competition from the rival social media platforms.In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced several moves including layoffs to get the once fast-growing social media service back on track, Wall Street Journal reported.”We feel strongly that engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce,” Dorsey wrote.The job cuts would mostly affect its product and engineering teams in an effort to “organise around the company’s top product priorities and drive efficiencies”.Over the past year, the company’s workforce grew 24% to 4,100 employees, about half of whom are engineers.However, Twitter’s monthly user growth climbed just 2.6% to 316 million in the quarter ending June 30.In the same time, Facebook has more than doubled the strength of employees but nearly five times as many active users.Twitter also announced that it expects revenue and a measure of its adjusted earnings to come in above the high end of its previously forecast range for the third quarter.In his letter, Dorsey said the coming roadmap will entail “a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work”.last_img read more


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first_imgIn a first-of-its-kind judgment in India, a 19-year-old boy has been sentenced to double life imprisonment by a Hyderabad court for sexual assault and murder of a 10-year-old boy. The boy was 17 years old when he was arrested in Telangana. He has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a minor under the section 5 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as well as murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.He has been sentenced to 27 years in jail – 10 years for sexual assault, 10 years for murder and seven years for destruction of evidence, IANS reported.M Mahendra Reddy, the Director-General of Telangana Police, said that this is the first judgement of its kind in the country where a juvenile in conflict with law is sentenced to two life imprisonments.The incident took place at Barkas area of old Hyderabad city on June 28, 2017, when the accused lured the minor boy under the pretext of playing and later took him to the terrace of a government school. The accused then forced himself on the minor and committed aggravated sexual assault. He also murdered the minor by hitting his head with an iron rod.The accused also kept the body hidden for eight days. The police nabbed him on the basis of preliminary evidence. The police had also awarded Rs 20,000 to the police official who cracked the case. Stop child rapeREUTERS/Amit DaveAs per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, juveniles in conflict with the law in the age group of 16–18 can be tried as adults if they are involved in heinous offences. The law came into force in January 2016.last_img read more


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first_imgBangladesh ParliamentThe 17th session of the 10th parliament will begin on 10 September, which is likely to witness a lively debate over the Supreme Court observation on the 16th amendment verdict.President Abdul Hamid called the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on Tuesday exercising the power bestowed upon him as per Article 72 (1) of the constitution, said a parliament secretariat handout.The session will begin at 5:00pm.On Monday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina while talking about the much-talked-about 16th amendment to the constitution said she has doubt whether other judges of the Appellate Division had the scope of freely giving their opinions.She also said the chief justice might have not given them that scope and many things can be understood after reading the verdict.Mentioning that there were many ‘contradictions’ in the judgment, Hasina said adding she was reading it and taking notes. “I’ll speak about those in parliament.”last_img read more


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first_imgZafrullah ChowdhuryGonoshasthaya Kendra founder trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury on Saturday said the government should increase diplomatic activities rather than depending on a bilateral deal only to repatriate Rohingyas, reports UNB.Chowdhury came up with the remark while addressing at a long march rally arranged by Ideal Citizen Movement at the National Press Club in the city.He urged prime minister Sheikh Hasina to visit India and China mentioning that the two countries have become the prime barriers to solving the Rohingya crisis.last_img