OSCARWINNING FILMMAKER GUILLERMO DEL TORO GOES TREASURE HUNTING IN VANCOUVER BOOKSTORE

first_imgAdvertisement More Mcleod’s bookstore in Vancouver. Bought a box of books -including a ghost anthology illustrated by Lynd Ward. pic.twitter.com/9zzbOrosxt— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 13, 2018 What do you do when you’re a filmmaker visiting Vancouver and you’ve got a bit of time to spare? Well, if you’re a book lover like Guillermo del Toro, you head to MacLeod’s Books on Pender, and you buy a box full of incredible volumes.Del Toro shared his enthusiasm for the beloved Vancouver shop and his haul in two tweets Tuesday and Wednesday:Had a moment free in Vancouver. Spent it in heaven at McLeod’s bookstore in 455 Pender. Found true treasures… pic.twitter.com/VAW0KGfm5G— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 12, 2018 Advertisement The imaginative movie maker, who recently took home the Academy Award for Best Picture for The Shape of Water, is such a serious collector, there’s even a book about his love for books (and other things he collects).MacLeod’s is one of Vancouver’s “true treasures” itself, too. Immortalized as “the last great bookshop” MacLeod’s opened in 1964, and specializes in used and rare books. The shop was also immortalized in a Stan Douglas photograph that has hung in our own Vancouver Art Gallery.It’s not clear what brought del Toro to Vancouver; he has several projects in the works, including three series he’s credited as creator for (3 Below, Wizards, and Carnival Row) and multiple films. It’s hard to imagine he has any free time at all, but we’re sure delighted he spent some of it shopping at MacLeod’s, and that he can spend more of it enjoying his “treasures.”Want to follow in del Toro’s footsteps? MacLeod’s is located at 455 Pender St. in downtown Vancouver.Click here for original story. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Court battle involving Aboriginal girl with leukemia may not be over

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a court case that made headlines across the nation when an Ontario judge ruled a Six Nations girl, 11, with leukemia had the constitutional right to reject chemotherapy.The judge ruled the girl and her family could seek alternative cancer treatments.But as APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports that court battle may not be over.last_img

How one Canadian investment company is chasing Oscars with top Hollywood stars

first_imgTORONTO — Jason Cloth still remembers the night his biggest shot at Oscar glory slipped out of his hands.The Toronto-based financier had just finished celebrating his 2016 film “The Birth of a Nation” at a dinner party with director Nate Parker. The slave uprising drama was receiving warm reviews, secured a major distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and seemed positioned to collect armfuls of trophies during awards season.Heading back to his hotel room, Cloth was feeling optimistic — until Aaron Gilbert, his partner at Creative Wealth Media called him to break the news.Industry trade Variety was set to publish a story that dove into the details of a 1999 rape case, in which Parker was acquitted, that also involved the film’s co-writer Jean Celestin. They were students at Penn State University at the time, and while Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault, his conviction was overturned when the accuser declined to testify for a retrial. The woman committed suicide in 2012.Even before the #MeToo movement put sexual assault under the microscope in Hollywood, Parker’s involvement wasn’t a good look for the film. He didn’t just direct the movie, he played the main character, who leads an uprising motivated by the rape of his wife. Any prospects for “The Birth of a Nation” were quashed before it hit theatres that October.“That was our lightning in a bottle,” Cloth says while sipping water at his downtown Toronto office, where he brokers Hollywood deals using Canadian funds.“It killed us. I’ve never seen a film go from what should’ve been a best picture winner to not even an Indie Spirit Award nomination.”While Creative Wealth Media and its partner Bron Studios didn’t lose money on the production, since Fox bought the film’s rights, Cloth says it was a crash course in Hollywood business. Sometimes a film’s best ingredients can become a significant risk somewhere between the script stage and final cut.But that doesn’t mean he regrets the investment.“If the same parameters came up, I would still take that film,” Cloth insists.He says the experience taught him it’s crucial to perform a thorough background check on talent involved in each project.“If there’s ghosts in the closet, we want to know about it,” he says. “If there’s rumours, we’d rather walk.”The dust kicked up by “The Birth of a Nation” helped Cloth establish his company as a calculated risk taker interested in making prestige films.What makes Creative Wealth Media unique is that it’s backing Hollywood productions largely with Canadian money. Pension plans, mutual fund operators and the country’s highest net worth families are some of the key investors getting behind indie films with trusted stars attached.Denzel Washington brought two of his movies — “Fences” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” — to the Canadian financier and wound up picking up several Oscar nods, including two for himself and a best supporting actress win for Viola Davis.This year, Cloth hopes he’s sitting on another Oscar winner with “The Front Runner,” a biopic about American senator Gary Hart and a presidential campaign that was derailed by his extra-marital affair. Hugh Jackman is gathering buzz for his role as the senator in the Jason Reitman film, which opens Friday in Toronto and Vancouver.“If ‘Front Runner’ works we will be a three-year in a row Oscar-nominated production company,” Cloth boasts.But if it doesn’t work, Creative Wealth Management will move onto the next project. They’ve invested nearly US$200 million in production this year on movies like “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and the ultra-violent feminist action flick “Assassination Nation.”Next year, they’ve lined up US$500 million in film and TV financing that includes an untitled morning show drama produced and starring Reese Witherspoon for Apple’s streaming service, and “Fonzo,” an Oscar bait drama with Tom Hardy as Al Capone.Cloth says his company enticed Hardy to work on “Fonzo” with the same strategy that worked for Jackman on “Front Runner.” His business partner Gilbert promised both actors they were playing roles of a lifetime — the kind of parts that win Oscars.Those assurances got Jackman and Hardy so excited they agreed to scale back their usual pay grade to “nowhere near what their normal rate is,” he says. The cheaper movies lowered the risk and boosted the upside for everyone involved.It helps that Cloth has a proven track record for spotting potential.Nearly a decade ago, he met two Ottawa-raised entertainment managers seeking a loan to get their silky-voiced singer the Weeknd started. Nobody knew the artist, born Abel Tesfaye, but the managers were certain they represented a future superstar.A few years later, a lawyer friend suggested Cloth wade into the film industry by supporting an independent movie that saw its key investor pull out at the 11th hour before production. The experience opened Cloth’s eyes to a new world of growth.“It’s an industry that has almost no volatility,” he says.“What other industry (exists where) a drop in economic activity has almost no bearing on your business? Nothing touches film and television.”But not every movie delivers on its promise.Creative Wealth Media’s first few projects were Canadian films “Into the Forest” and “Hyena Road.” While they didn’t lose money, he says he didn’t consider either “financially successful.”Cloth says he’s become more attuned to audience tastes — a mystery that most film executives constantly struggle to understand.“(We) are really careful to ensure we have within our slate a female-centric film and actors with ethnic diversity,” Cloth says as an example.But he acknowledges that his company is still tied to projects with uncertain futures.Luc Besson’s upcoming film “Anna” is one of them, he says. Creative Wealth Media signed on as a co-finance partner before Besson was accused of rape by an actress earlier this year.And while the case is being investigated by French authorities — and the director denies any wrongdoing — the uncertainty throws the film’s prospects into question.“That one worries me,” Cloth says of the film, set for release next year.“There’s very little we can do to protect against that, other than try and work with established filmmakers that have this open history that we can check.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mounties looking to return long gun found on road to rightful owner

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Police are looking for the owner of a long gun that was found by the side of a road just before Christmas last year.Cst. Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that a long gun was discovered on the West Bypass Road and reported to police at around noon on December 23rd, 2017. Cst. Neustaeter said that the RCMP are looking to return the firearm to its rightful owner.Anyone who recently lost a long gun, and is able to provide specific details in an effort to possibly reclaim it, is asked to call the Fort St John RCMP at (250)787-8100 or attend the detachment at 10648 100th St during regular office hours.last_img read more

Range Bandaras son Yashoda Range Bandara arrested

Yashoda Range Bandara was injured following the motor accident this week.The Police said that the vehicle in which Palitha Range Bandara’s son was travelling had veered off the road and crashed into a house along the Chilaw-Puttalam road. State Minister Palitha Range Bandara’s son Yashoda Range Bandara has been arrested over a recent motor accident.The Police said that he was arrested while he was receiving treatment in hospital. The State Minister’s 25 year old son was later admitted to hospital for treatment.He was remanded till June 12 following his arrest. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Afghanistan UN agency voices concern at escalating violence in north

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed the decision by Afghanistan’s Transitional Authority to send a special delegation to address the harassment of ethnic minorities in the northern and central parts of the country.The UN agency had been extremely concerned about the escalating violence and worsening human rights situation in the region, especially in Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Badges provinces, and urged provincial authorities to protect the security and safety of the civilian populations in the north, UNHCR spokesman Yusuf Hassan said at a press briefing in Kabul.”The situation in several parts of the two regions remains extremely tense,” Mr. Hassan said, noting that scores of attacks against ethnic minorities in Faryab, Balkh and Sar-i-Pul provinces have reportedly resulted in fatalities and destruction of properties, and that there was also an upsurge in robberies, rapes and murders.The renewed factional fighting was not only hampering the return of refugees but also sparking new displacement, Mr. Hassan said. “Due to the precarious security situation, we have suspended the return of IDPs from Herat to Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Sholgara in Balkh province as well as to Samangan province,” he said.Meanwhile, the security situation in Kahmard and Saighan in Bamiyan province was rapidly deteriorating, the spokesman added. Last week, there was intense fighting in Kahmard districts, resulting in the deaths of civilians – especially women and children.”The situation is extremely volatile, with reports of people fleeing to Shaighan district as well as incidents of human rights violations in several villages in Kahmard district such as Kakhul, Palenbagh, Dudaru and Khuhisan,” Mr. Hassan said. read more

Familys home sale mired in uncertainty in wake of BC foreign buyers

by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2016 2:30 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Heather Nyberg along with husband Dan Zimmermann and son Leo and daughter Isabel pose for a photo outside their home in Coquitlam, B.C., Friday, August, 5, 2016. The family say they are affected by the B.C. government’s new tax on foreign buyers making the sale of their home fall though. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Family’s home sale mired in uncertainty in wake of B.C. foreign buyers’ tax COQUITLAM, B.C. – Cardboard moving boxes are piled about the living room of an otherwise half-packed house nestled on a tree-lined residential street in a quiet Vancouver-area suburb — a scene frozen in time that the home’s owners blame on British Columbia’s controversial new tax on foreign buyers.The in-transition state of the home in Coquitlam has been the status quo ever since its owners learned the house’s sale, which they understood was a done deal, was thrown into question by the tax.The couple is at risk of losing an $80,000 deposit they made to purchase a smaller duplex further east in the city, and reneging on the real estate contract would also open them up to being sued.“We feel like we’ve been let down,” Heather Nyberg told reporters Tuesday in the family’s small backyard as the couple’s two young children, aged one and three, played together in the grass.“I just feel really disappointed that our family and many, many others like ours are being affected by a poorly planned tax that’s unfair because it’s retroactive.”The B.C. government has said the 15-per-cent tax is aimed at addressing skyrocketing real estate prices in Metro Vancouver, the province’s most densely populated region. The levy came into effect Aug. 2, days after it was announced, sparking a frenzy of last-minute activity as buyers and sellers rushed to close deals.The couple sold their home earlier this year, but the deal isn’t slated to close until Sept. 15.Nyberg said the people who agreed to buy their property had originally provided a local address, but that shortly after the tax was announced she and her husband discovered they were based in China.She said the buyers’ real estate agent won’t reveal whether the clients are foreign but has floated the idea of the couple helping to pay part of the 15-per-cent tax. The confusion has created additional uncertainty around the deal, Nyberg said.Housing Minister Rich Coleman said in an email that the initial adjustment period may be difficult, but the tax will eventually reduce demand from foreign investors until supply catches up to local needs.“This transition period is expected to be short-lived, and over the long term the additional property-transfer tax will help to ensure British Columbians can continue to raise their families in Metro Vancouver communities,” he said.Nyberg’s husband Dan Zimmermann said the new law has put the couple under a lot of strain and uncertainty, which defeats the purpose of selling it in the first place.“All we wanted to do was reduce the stress and reduce the size of our mortgage, and all of that’s been thrown up in the air now,” he said, adding that the change was also designed to allow them to spend more time with their children.“We made the best decision with all the information we had at the time and that’s all we can do.”Nyberg said if the sale of the home they bought three years ago falls through, they would likely have to back out of buying the new property because they can’t afford two mortgages.“I’ve stopped packing. I don’t want to move into a duplex then move back three days later. Until we get more information we can’t really make a plan,” Nyberg said. “We are just really stressed out.“We’d been doing these weekly drive-bys of our new place so my son can get used to it. We’re really excited to join a new community where there are more families. We had been setting up our lives to move and now we don’t know what’s going on.”Jodie Wickens, an Opposition NDP politician who represents the area in the legislature, said she receives dozens of calls and emails every day from people affected by the tax.“I think that families that entered into a contract with an understanding shouldn’t be unfairly penalized,” she said.“To be impacted by this bill in such a negative way is unfair and unnecessary. It’s not putting British Columbians first at all. It’s a reactionary way to deal with bad headlines.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

With Big Ten championships looming Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan preaching

With four of the top 10 teams in the nation competing in the 2013 Big Ten Championships this weekend, the road to a conference title will not be an easy one for the Ohio State wrestling team. The No. 6 Buckeyes posted a 5-3 record in Big Ten play this season, earning victories against Michigan, No. 14 Illinois, No. 23 Wisconsin, Indiana and No. 16 Northwestern while suffering losses to three higher-ranked opponents – No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Minnesota and No. 4 Iowa. They did not face No. 12 Nebraska, Michigan State or Purdue. “We have to perform to our best,” said 141-pound sophomore Hunter Stieber. “The Big Ten is stacked with five of the top teams in the nation. It’s a smaller bracket so there’s going to be more of a chance for one team maybe than others. It’s going to be tough.” OSU is one of only four teams to have a seeded wrestler in each weight class. Six Buckeyes were voted in by the conference’s coaches as top five preliminary seeds for the championships. Redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber (133) and his younger brother Hunter Stieber earned No. 1 pre-seeds after going undefeated in the regular season. Logan Stieber, who missed most of January with a leg injury, posted an impressive 19-0 record and will be in search of his second consecutive Big Ten title. Hunter Stieber boasted a 27-0 record and led the team with 10 major decisions. “I feel pretty good (about the tournament),” Hunter Stieber said. “It’s the end of the year so it’s exciting. This is what we’ve been training for all year. I’m ready for it. I’m excited to wrestle.” Earning No. 4 pre-seeds were redshirt junior Nick Heflin (174) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197). Heflin holds an overall record of 12-3 while Campolattano went 15-8. Senior Nikko Triggas (125) and sophomore Cam Tessari (149) were awarded No. 5 pre-seeds after finishing the regular season with records of 17-10 and 13-7, respectively. Rounding out the lineup for OSU are redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), freshman Mark Martin (165) and freshman heavyweight Nick Tavanello who earned sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth pre-seeds, respectively. Coach Tom Ryan said that in order to have a shot at a conference championship, the team will have to improve the way it trains. “Overall, I just think it’s discipline, that’s definitely a problem for us,” Ryan said. “The discipline of rest, the discipline of warming up right, the discipline of being ready to compete at a high level. We have to do all the little things right.” Redshirt sophomore Matthew O’Hara (174) agreed that the team needs to work on some areas but feels confident that it can come out of the tournament victorious. “Conditioning has been kind of a problem for some people, so we’ll have to work on that,” O’Hara said. “We’ll have to get that under control. But we definitely have the talent, so it’s definitely in our grasp. We’ll be able to do it.” The Buckeyes’ first match is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Big Ten Championships will conclude on Sunday. read more

Fuchse Berlin winning strike ended by powerful Kiel

7.TVB Stuttgart6303155:1526 18.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten6015133:1611 2.Fuchse Berlin7601201:16812 4.Rhein-Neckar6501159:13010 1.Kiel7601201:15712 14.Goppingen6204154:1704 16.Minden6114149:1783 12.MT Melsungen6204159:1684 THW KielLandin (8/2 saves), Wolff (6/1 saves); Duvnjak (3), Toft Hansen (1), Lackovic (1), Weinhold (4), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (2), Zeitz, Brozovic (n.e.), Vujin (2/2), Bilyk (5), Nilsson (2), Santos (5); Trainer: Gislason 13.Lemgo5203130:1424 17.Coburg 20007106171:2042 6.Erlangen6402163:1658 15.Bergischer6204139:1664 Standings: 11.SC Magdeburg6213155:1535 THW Kiel showed strentgh and the size of handball institution in away derby match in Berlin, when over 8.700 fans at Max Schmeling hall couldn’t help their Fuchse to avoid routine defeat – 18:26 (7:13). From the start, home team couldn’t cope with focused “Zebras”, who also used the fatigue of Nenadic and Co, after exausting away match just two days before in Hannover.This was first season defeat for the “Foxes”.Füchse BerlinHeinevetter (1.-60., 13 saves), Stochl (n.e.); Elisson (2), Vukovic, Struck, Gojun, Nenadic (3), Plaza Jimenez (1), Lindberg (1/1), Zachrisson (4), Fäth (4), Reißky (1), Kozina (1), Drux (1); Trainer: Richardsson Rhein Neckar Lowen won in Gummersbach 27:20, while HSG Wetzlar beat Cobburg 31:24. 9.Hannover-Burgdorf6303154:1646 3.Flensburg-H.5500146:11010 5.Gummersbach7403198:1878 8.HSG Wetzlar7304175:1756 10.Leipzig5212131:1235 dkb bundesligaFuchse BerlinTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Barca conquer FLENS Arena! Next Story → RK Gorenje beat Izvidjac on Plaskan’s debut read more

Pérou une tribu indienne réaffirme son farouche désir disolement

first_imgPérou : une tribu indienne réaffirme son farouche désir d’isolementLes indiens Mascho-Piro vivent dans une région reculée du parc national de Manú au Pérou. Mais ces derniers mois, poussés en dehors de leur territoire à cause de l’exploitation forestière et des vols d’hélicoptères, ils ont fait d’anormales apparitions, et un mort. Ce sont des photos d’une précision totalement inédite que viennent de se procurer l’organisation Survival International (lien non disponible). Celles-ci montrent un groupe d’Indiens isolés appartenant à la tribu des Mascho-Piro, l’un des cent derniers peuples isolés du monde. Ceux-ci vivent dans une zone reculée du parc national de Manu au Pérou. Mais aujourd’hui, cette région est de plus en plus menacée par l’exploitation forestière illégale. Ajouté à cela, les environs doivent aussi supporter le survol à basse altitude d’hélicoptères des concessions pétrolières et gazières voisines. Autant d’activités qui poussent les Indiens à fuir.Ces derniers mois, les Mascho-Piro ont ainsi été observés de manière anormale à plusieurs reprises. Mais plus grave encore : les dangers de contact avec ces peuples ont été réaffirmés ces derniers jours avec la mort d’un Indien matsiguenga. Depuis une vingtaine d’années, Nicolás ‘Shaco’ Flores avait l’habitude de déposer de la nourriture et des offrandes à un petit groupe isolé d’Indiens mascho-piro. Mais cette fois-ci, il a reçu une flèche lorsqu’il a tenté d’entrer en contact avec eux et est mort des suites de cette blessure. Une manière pour les Indiens “d’exprimer leur farouche désir de rester isolés”, a expliqué Glenn Shepard, anthropologue et ami de la victime cité par Survival International.Toutefois, Beatriz Huertas, spécialiste péruvienne des Indiens isolés, a assuré qu’un tel cas était “inhabituel, complexe et extrêmement délicat”. “Le contact avec ces Indiens peut désormais se produire à tout moment. C’est pourquoi nous devons prendre des mesures préventives et mettre d’urgence en place un plan de contingence avec les autorités locales afin de prévenir tout autre incident de ce genre”, a-t-elle expliqué à l’organisation.Des mesures pour protéger les groupes isolésL’an dernier, Survival avait interpellé le Service national des aires protégées (SERNANP), dépendant  du ministère de l’Environnement péruvien, à propos d’une vidéo montrant des touristes déposant des vêtements sur les berges d’une rivière pour attirer les Indiens isolés, précise l’organisation dans un communiqué. Ceci avait conduit les autorités locales à interdire la région aux touristes. Désormais, le département des affaires indigènes (INDEPA) projette ainsi d’établir un poste de surveillance dans cette région reculée pour protéger les populations locales et les groupes isolés.”Un an après, la diffusion de ces nouvelles photos apporte des preuves supplémentaires de la présence d’Indiens isolés dans cette région. Il est intolérable que les gouvernements, les compagnies ou des anthropologues puissent encore nier cette évidence. Le premier contact avec des Indiens isolés est toujours dangereux et peut souvent s’avérer fatal – aussi bien pour la tribu que pour ceux qui tentent d’entrer en contact avec elle. La volonté des Indiens de rester isolés doit être respectée”, a estimé Stephen Corry, directeur de Survival international. Le 2 février 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Teenager stabbed over a dollar by jitney driver

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:17 year old taken to hospital after being stabbed in neck by jitney driver, police on hunt for jitney driver that stabbed a 17 year old boy, stabbing over a dollar by jitney driver, teenager stabbed in throat by jitney driver Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 27, 2016 – The Police are going it alone in their hunt for a jitney driver who is reported to have stabbed a teenager over $1 when a jitney ride turned violent yesterday.  A fight broke out.  Magnetic Media is told of the situation where a boy was rushed to the emergency room at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center after reportedly being stabbed in the throat by the driver.  The two got into a row when the boy paid $2 for what the driver reportedly said is a $3 ride.  The young man was brought from Grace Bay to Down Town.  The Turks and Caicos teen, who is a Been and a resident of Kew Town, Providenciales was treated at hospital and released.  As for the jitney driver, who is operating illegally because jitneys are illegal, he is in the wind.  Police are searching for the stabber but there are no vital statistics on the man accused and no vehicle description issued to media or the public up to news production time. The incident happened around 6:30pm Tuesday.last_img read more

Weighing enforcement and black market city introduces marijuana tax

first_imgThe Anchorage Assembly is introducing a measure to tax marijuana when sales become legal in the year ahead. The proposal hinges, however, on voter approval in April.Though it’s still several steps away, Assembly members are proposing to eventually tax marijuana retail sales at five percent.Ernie Hall chairs the committee that’s been looking at how to tax cannabis products within the municipality, and said the figure is a preliminary estimate of what the city will need to collect in order to pay for the licensing and enforcement costs that come along with opening new businesses.“This is drafted where if we start at five and we find out we’re not covering the expense of this industry we can adjust it two percent at a time over a number of years,” Hall explained after the committee meeting adjourned Thursday evening. The Assembly would only be able to change the percentage taxed every two years.If the Assembly can vet the measure and gather public testimony on it before the end of January then the proposition will make the deadline for going before voters on the April 5th ballot.As it’s written now, the ordinance also puts limits on the maximum and minimum taxes that can be levied: it can drop no lower than two percent, but climb no higher than 12 without going back before voters. The reason for not trying to capture more revenue at the outset with a higher taxed percentage, according to Hall, is that the Assembly doesn’t want to place too large a financial burden on legal sales.“We don’t want to make the cost of marijuana so high that the black market continues,” Hall said. As part of the developing lisencing model, the State will levy a tax on new businesses before local governments figure out how to pay for their own permitting and enforcement costs. “Before you know, the price so high that the black market can continue to thrive–and we absolutely don’t want to do that.”The Assembly’s Finance Committee will look at the measure later this month, which will determine whether five percent is enough of a tax to cover municipal regulatory costs.The marijuana sales tax has nothing to do with another tax measure voters could see in April: South Anchorage Assembly Member Bill Evans is introducing a flat sales tax, which he hopes will lessen the burden currently placed on property-owners.last_img read more

Sitka hospital treats first known Alaskan case of Zika Virus

first_imgThe state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in Alaska today. The patient was treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka. The patient, a male from the midwest, traveled in Central America before arriving in Alaska, where he began to experience unusual symptoms.Listen nowA digitally-colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus. Andrea Ferrante hopes that the use of peptides will allow for vaccines for viruses such as Zika. (Wikimedia commons photo courtesy of Center for Disease Control)Katy Pugh is a registered nurse and an infection prevention specialist at the hospital.“He came to our emergency room here at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital for evaluation. He had a rash, a fever, and conjunctivitis, his eyes were red, irritated and red.”The patient was evaluated and the Zika diagnosis was confirmed by a lab test. The man did not require hospitalization.The patient has returned home to the Midwest, and SEARHC officials say there is no risk the virus will spread to the public.Zika can be spread through intravenous drug use or sexual activity. Alaskan mosquitoes cannot transmit the virus. Zika is linked to birth defects and brain damage in newborns, as well as temporary paralysis in adults.There is no CDC recommended treatment for Zika, just rest, water, and nourishment. Symptoms can be mild and usually only require rest and care.last_img read more

SC orders to remove stairs of Hanif Flyover

first_img.The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the HC order that asked the authorities concerned to remove all the illegal stairs from Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover, reports news agency UNB. A three-member Appellate Division bench led by chief justice SK Sinha disposed of the leave to appeal petition filed by Orion Infrastructure Limited, the builder company, seeking stay on a High Court order. Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud moved for the Orion Infrastructure Limited while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state. On 31 May, the High Court, in its suomoto move, asked home secretary, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Orion Infrastructure Limited to demolish the stairs from the flyover. Later, the chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed a status quo order following a plea filed by the builder company, seeking stay on a High Court order. The suo moto move has been given after the court took into its cognisance a report headlined ‘Mayor Mohamamd Hanif Flyover: None took action against illegal stairs!’ published on 28 May.last_img read more

Lebanon PM Hariri leaves Riyadh for France

first_imgA poster of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri is seen hanging on a pole in the capital Beirut on 17 November 2017. AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri on Saturday left Saudi Arabia for France, in a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his shock resignation in Riyadh.The Lebanese premier and his wife were due to meet French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris after allegations from Hariri’s political rivals in Lebanon that he was essentially being held hostage by the Saudi authorities.“Mr Hariri left Riyadh airport on his private jet with his wife and is headed for Le Bourget airport”, north-east of Paris, announced Future TV, a television channel owned by Hariri’s family, without specifying if the couple were accompanied by their children.They are expected to arrive around 7:00am, the flight schedule said according to a source close to Hariri.The departure of Hariri, 47, came after he met French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh Thursday as Lebanon’s former colonial power Paris tries to ease a crisis that has driven up tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.In a further escalation of the situation, Saudi state media said Saturday the country had recalled its ambassador to Berlin in protest over comments made by the German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel perceived as suggesting Hariri had been held against his will in Riyadh.Hariri, a dual Saudi citizen, has been in the Saudi capital since his televised announcement there on 4 November that he was stepping down because he feared for his life, accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of destabilising his country.The announcement-which reportedly took even some of Hariri’s closest aides by surprise-and his subsequent failure to return home to quit officially in person, fuelled claims that he was acting under orders from his Saudi patrons.But shortly before leaving Riyadh for Paris, Hariri said in a tweet addressed to Gabriel that it was untrue he was being held in Saudi.“To say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and not allowed to leave the country is a lie. I am on the way to the airport,” Hariri tweeted.Gabriel on Thursday said he shared the concern about the threat of instability and bloodshed in Lebanon and, without mentioning Saudi Arabia directly, warned against the “adventurism” behind the Lebanon crisis.Earlier in the week Gabriel had said: “Lebanon has earned the right to decide on its fate by itself and not become a pinball of Syria or Saudi Arabia or other national interests”.‘Start of a solution’Prior to Hariri’s departure, Lebanese president Michel Aoun-a Hezbollah ally who had accused Saudi Arabia of “detaining” the prime minister and refused to accept his resignation from abroad-welcomed the announcement of the trip to Paris.“We hope that the crisis is over and Hariri’s acceptance of the invitation to go to France is the start of a solution,” he said Thursday on the official presidential Twitter account.“If Mr. Hariri speaks from France, I would consider that he speaks freely, but his resignation must be presented in Lebanon, and he will have to remain there until the formation of the new government,” Aoun said later in a statement issued by his office.Macron said he will host Hariri with the honours due to a prime minister when they meet at noon on Saturday, with his family set to join them later for lunch.There is no indication what Hariri plans to do after visiting Macron, but the French leader has insisted he would then be free to return to Lebanon to either formally resign or rethink his decision.France’s intervention was the latest in a string of European efforts to defuse tensions over Lebanon, where divisions between Sunni Hariri’s bloc and Shiite Hezbollah have long been a focal point in a broader struggle between Riyadh and Tehran.Hariri-whose father, ex-prime minister Rafik Hariri, was killed in a 2005 car bombing blamed on Hezbollah-became head of a shaky compromise government including the group last year.Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, from a rival bloc to Hariri’s, on Friday during a visit to Moscow blasted unnamed groups for seeking to “dislodge the Lebanese head of state”.Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir insisted from Madrid that “unless Hezbollah disarms and becomes a political party, Lebanon will be held hostage by Hezbollah and by extension Iran”.Hariri’s resignation comes amid a sharp escalation in the long-standing rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as Riyadh undergoes a major shake-up under ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.Riyadh and Tehran back opposing sides in the protracted wars in Yemen and Syria-entangling them in a complex web of proxy conflicts.last_img read more

Relief at last Thundershowers to lower mercury in city after Tuesday

first_imgKolkata: The temperature in various South Bengal districts will start sliding down from Monday, as there is an expected change to happen in the weather system.The people in South Bengal will get much awaited relief from the scorching summer heat next week, as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted thundershower in a couple of days from Tuesday. It may be mentioned that entire South Bengal has been under an intense heat spell for the past few days, with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through the districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPeople in all the poll-bound districts felt intense discomfort due to the hot and humid weather. Eight constituencies went to poll on Sunday. A senior official of the MeT office said: “The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied with gusty wind. The rain and thundershower are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts, including the city, during the afternoon hours of Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe temperature continued to shoot up to 40-43 degree Celsius in Western districts including Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and some parts of West Burdwan and Birbhum. In other South Bengal districts, the highest temperature remained between 36 and 38 degree Celsius in the past few days. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high due to the inflow of northwesterly wind into the state from the neighbouring states. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal since, preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system.last_img read more

Microsoft supercharges its Azure AI platform with new features

first_imgMicrosoft recently announced few innovations to their AI platform powered by Microsoft Azure. These updates are well aligned to their Digital Transformation strategy of helping organizations augment their machine learning capabilities for better performance. Cognitive Search Cognitive Search is a new feature in Azure portal which leverages the power of AI to understand the content and append the information into Azure Search. It also has support for different file-readers like PDF, office documents.It also enables OCR capabilities like key phrase extraction, language detection, image analysis and even facial recognition. So the initial search will pull all the data from various resources and then apply cognitive skills to store data in the optimized index. Azure ML SDK for Python In the Azure Machine Learning ecosystem, this additional SDK facilitates the developers and the data scientists to execute key AML workflows, Model training, Model deployment, and scoring directly using a single control plane API within Python Azure ML Packages Microsoft now offers Azure ML packages that represent a rich set of pip- installable extensions to Azure ML. This makes the process of building efficient ML models more streamlined by building on deep learning capabilities of Azure AI platform. ML.NET This cross-platform open source framework is meant for .NET developers and provides enterprise-grade software libraries of latest innovations in Machine Learning and platforms that includes Bing, Office, and Windows. This service is available in the AI platform for preview. Project Brainware This service is also available on Azure ML portal for preview. This architecture is essentially built to process deep neural networks; it uses hardware acceleration to enable fast AI. You can have a look at the Azure AI portal for more details. Read Next: New updates to Microsoft Azure services for SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL Epicor partners with Microsoft Azure to adopt Cloud ERP SAP Cloud Platform is now generally available on Microsoft Azurelast_img read more

Obese UK woman cut out of house

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Neighbors said her weight had risen as high as 380 kilos (835 pounds).The U.K. has one of Europe’s fattest populations: more than 60 percent of adults and one third of children aged 10-11 are overweight or obese, roughly similar to U.S. statistics.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) LONDON (AP) – Emergency workers who needed to take an obese teenager from her home to a hospital in Wales had to break through a wall of the residence to get her out and into an ambulance, officials said Friday.The rescue on the second floor of the small house on Thursday used scaffolding as a ramp to lower the woman to the ground level, the local Rhondda Cynon Taf council said.The unidentified 19-year-old remained hospitalized Friday and her medical condition was not released. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Andaman and Nicobar to open up new islands to attract tourists

first_imgThe Administration of Andaman and Nicobar is undertaking aggressive measures to encourage tourism to the destination. This was informed by the Lt Governor, Lt. Gen A K Singh (Retd), during the 70th Independence Day celebration in the isles.Besides focusing on the infrastructure development in various sectors, with respect to tourism, the Administration is making efforts to develop and promote new tourist destinations. The views of the Administration have been submitted to the Government of India for proposed holistic tourism development of five silands namely Ross & Smith, Long Island, Havelock, Neil and Little Andaman. To speed up the process of development of more ecotourism sites, with focus on North and Middle Andaman, Administration has also moved a proposal under Swadesh Darshan/Coastal Circuit Scheme of Government of India. It has been accorded approval in-principle.The Administration is also encouraging ‘Homestays’ to create a product which will give tourists a unique experience of life of people and their history, art, culture and food. “We also remain committed to enhancing safety aspects for all tourism related activities,” the Lt. Governor added.The lush green forests and pristine beaches of these Islands have been attracting tourists in larger numbers. In order to give further boost to ecotourism, the Department is creating infrastructure at Long Island and also opening up new islands for promoting ecotourism for providing gainful employment to the youth living in and around the areas.Work on the Botanical garden is progressing as per schedule and the citizens and tourists alike will be able to avail this attraction soon, he said.last_img read more