APTN National NewsA Vancouver newspaper is standing by its claims that John Furlong the former head of the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee abused Aboriginal students during his time working as a teacher in northern British Columbia.APTN National News has spoke to some of those who have put their accusations into affidavits.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,225.65, up 77.15 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 13 cents, or 2.04 per cent, to $6.25 on 11.48 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $1.52, or 3.6 per cent, to $40.68 on 8.58 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 2.06 per cent, to $7.42 on 6.23 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down six cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $4.58 on 5.56 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $11.60 on 4.94 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) Healthcare. Down 12 cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $10.39 on 4.82 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada Inc. (TSX:AC). Airlines. Up 47 cents, or $2.01, to $23.87 on 1.16 million shares. The company said its chief operating officer Ben Smith will leave the airline to take the role of chief executive at Air France-KLM. The longtime No. 2 at Air Canada will be the first non-French national to helm the Franco-Dutch airline.
New Delhi: Hospitality firm OYO Thursday launched its year long initiative, OYO partner engagement network (OPEN), to help its over 8,700 asset owner partners in India reach their business goals. OPEN is founded on four key pillars — promises to partners, supporting growth, engagement, and recognition of asset partners, OYO CEO India and South Asia Aditya Ghosh told reporters here. Commitment to partners constitute six core promises including transparent payment protocols, financial support, multiple touch points to connect, marketing excellence, tech innovation and regulatory compliance assistance, he added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Commenting on the launch, Ghosh said: “With the launch of OPEN, we are laying the foundations of a structured way of exchanging ideas, providing support and most importantly, building a relationship of trust on which we hope to build the next several decades to come.” This is a industry-first initiative in the hospitality space, he added. As part of the promise of regulatory compliance assistance, OYO will also help asset owners navigate regulatory and compliance requirements for business continuity and provide access to pan-India list of local legal and accounting firms that specialise in industry requirements, Ghosh said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost As for the transparent payment protocols promise, the asset owners will receive 18 per cent interest on delayed payments and resolution for exceptions will be done before the due date, he added. The company has also launched Co-OYO app which will transparently provide business metrics, Ghosh said. Through the Co-OYO app, asset owners can have complete visibility on cash flows, business performance, pricing, customer reviews and recommendations, he added. “At OYO, we are on a mission to create quality living spaces and make it accessible and affordable for millions of our customers and we cannot do this without the active support and encouragement of our asset owner partners,” Ghosh said. OYO Hotels and Homes currently has over 8,700 asset owners in India, across over 259 cities with a room count of around 176,000 rooms. The company had recently announced an investment commitment of Rs 1,400 crore for the current fiscal in India and South Asia.
BEND, Ore. — A Blockbuster Video in Bend, Oregon, is the last one on the planet after the only other Blockbuster, in Australia, announced it’s closing on March 31.Running the dated franchise has its challenges.The computers must be rebooted using floppy disks, and employees write membership cards by hand because the dot-matrix printer broke.But the store is now booming with business from long-time locals as well as tourists from as far away as Taiwan who snap selfies and buy souvenirs.The store manager has ordered T-shirts and other souvenirs that say “The Last Blockbuster on the Planet,” and orders are already streaming in.General manager Sandi Harding says the location has several years left on its lease and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press
GENEVA — Switzerland has become the latest country to say it will stop adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by 2050.The Swiss government said Wednesday that it’s setting the target “based on new scientific findings” published last year by the U.N.’s panel of climate experts.The government said that by mid-century “Switzerland should not emit more greenhouse gases than can be absorbed naturally or by technical means.”Other countries, including Britain, France and Sweden have already enshrined the goal into law, while Germany is expected to do so this year.Scientists say that while achieving net zero emissions requires significant changes to nations’ economies and the almost total end to burning fossil fuels, it’s the only way to stop global warming going beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) this century.The Associated Press
“The consolidation of peace is not just a matter of disarmament and de-mining, truth commissions and reconciliation, reconstruction and the repatriation of refugees,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by his Special Adviser on Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, to a conference on the consolidation of peace in Africa.”It also means strengthening democracy further, so that people have a vote and a voice in the decisions affecting their lives,” Mr. Annan said. “It means good governance – transparent, and accountable. It means respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and it means coming to grips with the AIDS epidemic.”Mr. Annan noted that African leaders have indeed “taken important steps towards helping the continent to consolidate peace and realize its full potential. They have joined their destinies in an African Union. They have agreed on a far-reaching New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).”The Secretary-General also pointed to the progress made to resolve conflict in Africa. “Angola is now consolidating peace after three decades of war,” he said. “In Burundi, Sierra Leone, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africans are showing real determination to settle their conflicts, with tangible results.”However, “such progress merely sets the stage for the hard work ahead,” he said, noting that the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire has “provoked tragic rifts along ethnic and religious lines, and caused hundreds of deaths and large-scale displacements of people.”Mr. Annan stressed the importance of international support to the continent’s peacekeeping and peacemaking mechanisms and institutions, adding that, “Africa cannot afford further turmoil – but if it erupts, Africa must have the capacity to respond.”The conference entitled, “In Search of Consolidation of Peace in Africa,” was co-hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Paying tribute to the memory of four United Nations Military Observers who lost their lives during an Israeli bombardment last week at Patrol Base Khiyam in Southern Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said questions still surrounding their deaths must be answered.“The men we lost last Tuesday came from different nations, but worked together to carry out the difficult mission entrusted to them by the United Nations,” he said in a message to a memorial service held at the Headquarters of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in Jerusalem. “The United Nations will be forever in their debt.”The ceremony was held to honour the memory of Du Zhaoyu, Paeta Hess-Von Kruedener, Hans-Peter Lang and Jarno Makinen.“Many questions surround the tragic deaths of these unarmed peacekeepers, and these must be answered,” Mr. Annan said in the message, which was delivered by Alvaro de Soto, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.“That will not bring them back to their loved ones, but it will help us to better ensure the safety of other peacekeepers, now and in the future. Meanwhile, we must honour their work by ensuring that the death and destruction come to an end as soon as possible, and by bringing help to all those whose lives are being torn apart,” he said.“May these brave men rest in peace. May their bereaved families find solace in the noble cause for which they died. May the nations who sent them here be proud of their men and women in uniform. And may their colleagues find, in their supreme sacrifice, the courage and determination to continue serving the cause of peace in the Middle East, and around the world.”He noted that the four join 44 of their predecessors who gave their lives serving in UNTSO, together with 259 men and women who have died serving in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) – “including, I fear, the civilian staff member and his spouse who remain officially unaccounted for in Tyre since 17 July” – and 42 men and women who have died serving in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.“This list is a reminder of the supreme sacrifice made by people from many nations who have laid down their lives in the Middle East serving the cause of peace, under the blue flag of the United Nations.”
The wardrobe department of Strictly Come Dancing is already a thing of sequinned wonder. He has already warned his dance skills leave a little to be desired, admitting: “God does not always endow us with gifts equally”. The Rev Richard Cole who is to be a contestant on Strictly Although he will continue with his day job throughout training, he may miss out on the hotly-anticipated live tour because it “does rather clash with epiphany”. The BBC show has signed up the first vicar to take to its dance floor, as Reverend Richard Coles swaps sermons for samba. The BBC, which last year promised to do more to put religion on air, has announced Rev Coles… It will have a fresh challenge on its hands this series, it seems, in the shape of a diamante dog collar.
Now is not the time to buy a MacBook Air. I say that not because there is an update imminent, but because Apple has quietly started moving to include a faster SSD storage solution in existing models.When the Air first launched it used a new, as yet unavailable to anyone else, SSD solution offered by Toshiba that is called Blade X-gale. The Blades were different as they discarded the typical casing found on 2.5″ SSD units and looked more like RAM modules. The advantage to doing this was they required less space while offering the same level of storage.The Blades are comfortably quick and offer 220MB/s read speeds and 180MB/s write speeds. But a faster SSD does show a noticeable improvement in real-world usage, and some users are now reporting newly purchased Airs no longer carry Toshiba Blade sticks. Instead, Apple seems to be sourcing an SSD from Samsung, possibly due to stock issues brought on by the problems in Japan where Toshiba is based.The move to Samsung parts is no bad thing, however. The new SSD is clocked at around 260MB/s reads and 210MB/s writes–a significant speed boost on both counts. A further bonus comes in the form of Native Command Queuing support on the Samsung SSD. This allows the SSD to boost its performance further under certain circumstances.Unfortunately, not all MacBook Airs are shipping with the Samsung drives, and you can’t tell which you are getting until you open up the case. The Toshiba Blade X-gale has the model number TS128C while the Samsung storage is SM128C.For the moment it seems to be a game of luck which drive you get in your Air. However, if this is a gradual shift to Samsung parts then in a couple of months all Airs may be shipping with the faster storage. Getting a MacBook Air with a Blade X-gale solution is no bad thing, but lucking out and getting the Samsung SSD should offer up some better performance.Read more at Anandtech, via Engadget
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Cesare Prandelli has expressed his satisfaction in Genoa’s 1-1 draw with SPAL despite playing with ten men on his debut.Domenico Criscito was given the marching orders after just 11 minutes, swiftly followed by an Andrea Petagna opener for the visitors, but Krzysztof Piatek converted a penalty to equalise.“We could not have asked for much more when working together for only a couple of days. The only thing we could hope for was a show of character and we saw that this evening,” Prandelli told Football Italia.“Now we’ve got to get the team calm and focused.”Prandelli full of regrets as he leaves Genoa Taimoor Khan – June 20, 2019 Cesare Prandelli is not going to be at the dugout for Genoa next season and the former Italy boss admits that he has a…This was Prandelli’s first Serie A match in eight years, having worked as Italy CT, then abroad in Spain, Turkey, and Dubai.“I thank President Enrico Preziosi and the club for thinking of me. With great humility, I will give my best to help this team grow and improve.“I am convinced we can have a great season at Genoa. Now I want to get to know all the players before making any decisions on whether we need adjustments during the January transfer window.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Robert James Ross, “Bob”, age 87, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019.Bob was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Ann Ross (Stewart) “Betty”, loving father of the late Patricia D. Pennington of Sandwich, MA, David S. Ross of Wilmington, MA, Karen E. O’Reilly and her husband Gerald F. O’Reilly of Salisbury, MA. Bob was the proud Grandpa to Jessica Pennington, Alex O’Reilly and Gerald O’Reilly Jr. Treasured Great Grandpa to Hudson Leyland Brown who lovingly referred to Bob as G.G.Bob grew up an only child to the late David and Beatrice Ross in Valley Stream, NY on Long Island. After high school, Bob, was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. Following his time in the service, he pursued an Engineering Degree at Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute in New York. Bob was hired by Avco Corporation as an Engineer with their Missile Systems Division where he remained for over 30 years until he retired as a Senior Engineer.Family and friends will gather for his Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.Robert James Ross(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joseph “Joe” J. Parrella, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Alan P. Ware, 72In “Obituaries”
The intersection of 36th and the new Seward Highway in Anchorage is getting a make-over. The state’s Department of Transportation says it’s to make the area safer and less congested.Audio Playerhttp://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/10-36th-and-Seward.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Everyday about 65,000 cars pass through the intersection of 36th Avenue and the new Seward Highway, most of them are headed north or south. DOT reports that the intersection is the most congested in the state, meaning the most likely to cause delays, and there are about 50 reported accidents there each year.Since 2012 the department has been working on a plan to fix the problem. Project manager Sean Holland says they’ve narrowed it down to two options for redoing the roads and running the highway above 36th. He says the major issue is that the distance between Tudor and Benson is only about a mile.A design option for the 36th and Seward intersection called a “Half SPUI.”“There’s not enough room in there for traffic to weave for entering and exiting traffic from the highway to make a safe and efficient movement.”That means both potential options will have new types of intersections underneath the highway. Holland says they could be confusing for drivers at first, but mostly locals use it.“We’re thinking that all of these alternatives are a little bit unconventional, [but] that people will learn them pretty quickly. It will take hopefully one or two times. You know, I think if you take the wrong turn the first time, then the second time you’ll be able to pick it up,” he said.One major difference between the two plans is that one has left exits and the other has right ones. Neither plan allows drivers to get on the highway at 36th and go north. Holland says it couldn’t be safely done. Vehicles will have to take different routes, like LaTouche or Denali.“It’s probably going to put some more pressure on those intersections,” he explains. However, “our models show that with the increased efficiency that we’re going to find at Seward and 36th, that those other intersections, we’re going to find, will operate at an acceptable level.”A design option for the 36th and Seward intersection called a “Hybrid SPUI.”At the moment the project is only half funded. DOT has $36 million from the state legislature. They’ll need between $50 and $70 million to complete it. Holland says the department would like to start the 2-year construction project in 2016, but it will depend on funding.They’re accepting public comments during an open house on June 16 at the Loussac Library. They’re looking for input on issues like how the plans will impact bicyclists and pedestrians.You can find out more about the project here.
Gov. Bill Walker dances during a ceremony at a Tlingit Haida Central Council function April 17 where he was adopted into the Kaagwaantaan Clan. (Creative Commons photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)Gov. Bill Walker was recently adopted into the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan. The ceremony happened during the 80th Assembly of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, where Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was also given a lifetime achievement award.Download AudioIn a video of Gov. Bill Walker’s adoption ceremony into the Kaagwaantaan Clan, a Tlingit tribal member places a $5 bill on the governor’s forehead to symbolize a payment for the name.Then the crowd chants the governor’s Kaagwaantaan name four times. He’s now a member of the Eagle’s Nest House within the Kaagwaantaan Clan, which means Wolf Clan. The clan is part of the Eagle moiety. Walker said being adopted by the clan was a complete surprise.“It was exciting. Something I’d not been a part of before. It was all brand-spanking new to me and was such an honor. … My adopted name now is Gooch Waak,” Walker says.Leona Santiago is a tribal delegate from the Kaagwaantaan Clan. She says she came up with the name in 2008 for an adopted family member. And now it’s the name given to the governor: Gooch Waak, which means “wolf eyes.”She says tribal elders wanted to adopt Gov. Walker into the Kaagwaantaan because of the lieutenant governor’s Native roots.“Because Byron Mallott is Raven and the Tlingit way, Eagle/Raven is a balance,” she says.This 10,000-year-old tradition creates equal representation for Tlingit families. Few Alaskan leaders have been adopted into Native clans. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says it makes the relationship between him and the governor more whole.“It was special to me. It is special for Tlingit people and I know it’s special for Alaska. The more we can bring those lives across this incredible state together, the stronger we are a state, so it was a good step,” Mallott says.Recently, Gov. Walker introduced emergency regulations for the Indian Child Welfare Act. It would create lower barriers for extended family or tribal members to adopt Native kids. Essentially, less bureaucracy. Leona Santiago said the timing had nothing to do with adopting Gov. Walker into the Kaagwaantaan clan.“No, that isn’t what we did. We did it to set the balance because Byron Mallott is a Raven,” Santiago says.Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, and Tlngit Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson at council assembly April 17. Mallott received a lifetime achievement award. (Creative Commons photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)In the video of the ceremony, Gov. Walker dances to a traditional Kaagwaantaan song. He says being governor, you have a lot of one-and-done moments.“And that wasn’t. That was a life changing moment for me and I knew that,” Walker says.Gooch Waak or Gov. Bill Walker says he will continue advocating on behalf of all Alaskans.
An Anchorage man was mauled by a brown bear near Yakutat over the weekend.Download Audio(Photo courtesy of ADFG)29-year-old Kenneth Steck was medevacked to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage on Friday, after suffering extensive bite wounds.According to Yakutat police, Steck went camping in Disenchantment Bay on Thursday, near Callahonda Creek, with his wife and several other friends. The group was armed, and planning to hunt for black bear if they saw any.On Friday, Steck left camp on his own to get water from the creek when he was attacked by a large brown bear. Although he had a weapon, he was unable to draw it in time to use it. According to police, the attack may have lasted up to two minutes before others from Steck’s party arrived to drive off the animal.Steck reportedly suffered severe wounds to his lower leg, scalp, and shoulder. He received first aid from his wife, Hannah, an RN, and two other RN’s in the party. Their call to the Coast Guard was overheard by the Yakutat Police Department. Officer Jeff Lee reported to the Yakutat Clinic to collect additional medical supplies. Lee and clinic staffer Mark Schultz traveled aboard the Yakutat harbor master boat and met the campers in Johnstone Passage, and began administering advanced medical care.Steck was stabilized at the Yakutat clinic and medevacked to Providence in Anchorage. Hospital officials confirmed that he has since been released.Officer Lee says the attack appears to have been unprovoked. The bear is presumed to be a boar, rather than a female with cubs. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has been doing DNA studies in the area. The department will attempt to collect DNA samples from the victim’s clothing, but Lee says the biologists he’s spoken with think it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to identify the bear responsible for the attack.This is the second mauling in Southeast so far this spring. On April 18, a UAS outdoor instructor, Forest Wagner, was seriously mauled in Haines while teaching a class. He was hospitalized for about 3 weeks.
Elizabeth Ellis and Drew Michael watch the fire (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Elizabeth Ellis and Drew Michael watch the fire (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) The crowd watches the masks burn during the end of Aggravated Organisms (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The crowd watches the masks burn during the end of Aggravated Organisms (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) Steve Blanchet, musician and part of musical group Pamyua, plays along during the celebration (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Steve Blanchet, musician and part of musical group Pamyua, plays along during the celebration (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) Drew Michael stands next to one of the masks during the celebration (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Drew Michael stands next to one of the masks during the celebration (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) A Yupik dancer during the celebration (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)A Yupik dancer during the celebration (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) 1 of 4 Elizabeth Ellis and Drew Michael drop one of the masks into the fire as part of the ceremony (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Elizabeth Ellis and Drew Michael drop one of the masks into the fire as part of the ceremony (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) Drew Michael stands with the mask labeled Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (Photo by Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Museums are usually a place for appreciating art that will be around for centuries. But earlier this month, the Anchorage Museum hosted a ceremony to burn ten beautiful Alaska Native masks. The artists who created the masks wanted to inspire community conversations about illness and healing.Listen Now Following Drew Michael around is like trying to keep up with a hummingbird.Michael is the Yup’ik artist who carved the 10 giant masks that represent diseases like cancer, HIV and fetal alcohol syndrome. They’re on display for the last time at Out North in Anchorage where Michael alternates between being gracious host, smiling and hugging people who come to sign and photograph the masks and urgently sewing the harnesses that will be needed to allow dancers to carry the heavy masks before they burn. He was putting the harnesses together in pieces. As he worked, I asked how many were left to do.Drew Michael sews a strap for the celebration (Photo by Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“I have no idea because I’m doing steps at a time, so none of them are done yet.” He laughs and continues. “Am I gonna be really tired tomorrow? Yeah, but it’s OK, it’s part of the process.”He paused for a few quiet minutes to reflect on what he hopes to accomplish the next day when he burns his creations.“In the end, I don’t really care about the pieces going away because it’s really about time for people to connect to their own emotions and then release those,” Michael said.And 20 hours later… it’s Saturday evening at a new venue- the Anchorage Museum.Alutiiq artist Elizabeth Ellis is the artist who painted all of Michael’s masks (Photo by Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Alutiiq artist Elizabeth Ellis is standing next to the masks that she painted after Drew Michael carved them. She says they worked well together and she’s proud of the masks. Her daughter is celebrating her half birthday- full of six month old charm and wiggly smiles. As a mom of two young children, Ellis says painting the fetal alcohol syndrome mask was especially emotional for her.“It was hard to do, it was hard to translate onto a mask and how one would actually see that,” Ellis said. “Especially as a mother and I was pregnant and I have known multiple people that have gone through this situation.”Pamyua, the Native musicians known for their tribal funk sound, keep the energy positive as volunteers don the recently sewn harnesses to dance the masks outside. Then Drew announced it’s time to go outside The heat is nearly unbearable and it’s difficult to tell if the tears on faces of those watching are from release of pain or smoke or both. One man, crying and staring intently at the cancer mask as it is consumed by the flames politely declines to comment. But Cameron Willingham, firelight reflected on his smiling face is delighted by being able to experience this art.“I’ll steal a quote from a friend of mine,” Willingham said. “We were talking about museum archives and library archives being like purgatory for art. It just goes there and it’s in this gray, empty space, where it will never be touched again. You know. Send it off, give it a new life.”Barbara Mayer lives in Anchorage and works in the medical field. She appreciates how the masks highlight illness and the hope for healing for Alaskans.“We all have suffered from disease and what the masks represent and people young and old,” Mayer said. “It’s an awesome experience and I’m honored to be here to get to witness the burning and saying goodbye to these spirits that we don’t need. Putting an end to what brings us ill health.”Three of Drew Michael’s masks for Aggravated Organisms (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)After all the masks are in the fire, Ellis and Michael stand close together, buoyant.Elizabeth Ellis lists off her feelings. “Happy, relieved, light.”Drew Michael nods and smiles. “I’m really happy. People have come up and said this opened up something inside of them that’s been locked in there for a long time. And I’m glad that I could work with you Liz and that we could do this together.”As the heat subsides, the charred masks flicker with their dying energy.In the twilight, people slowly start to move off as smoke and sorrow float away. The masks burn as the audience watches (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The masks burn as the audience watches (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) “Ok, so the plan of events before everyone runs out,” Michael started. “One person told me that masks are worn by one person but this project is carried by the whole community. So what we want to do is kind of treat it like a funeral procession and we’d like people to go over to the masks and we can carry them, so if you’re interested in carrying these pieces and holding them, we’re going to take them out onto the lawn, put them on the ground and then we have specific people who are going to wear these.One by one, people lift the masks and carry them outside. Like a somber parade, we move onto the lawn of the museum and watch as the masks come to life through dance. As Pamyua provides a purification song.Two huge fire pits are behind us to the west. Drew Michael and Elizabeth Ellis work together in this final artistic expression as they take the first mask and heave into the flames.“Ready?” Michael asked.“I’m ready.” Ellis replied.“Ok. That was arthritis!” Michael calls out as the crowd cheers and applauds. 1 of 3
Kolkata: A major fire broke out on the top floor of a four-storey commercial building in south Kolkata on Thursday, a fire brigade official said here. The blaze, reported around 9.20 am, was brought under control after three hours of firefighting, he said. As many as 12 fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames, the official said, adding that a portion of the building’s roof and part of a wall on the top floor have collapsed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. According to a police officer, the commercial building, near Rabindra Sadan Metro station, has been evacuated and no one sustained injuries. Senior fire brigade personnel and police officers, including the Director General of Fire Services Jag Mohan, are reviewing the situation, he stated. The incident led to massive traffic snarls during the rush hour on the arterial Asutosh Mukherjee Road and its adjoining areas.
On a remote, deserted, island in the Vestmannaejar archipelago — just off Iceland’s south coast — sits a lonely, solitary white house on the side of a green hill. Exposed to the elements and facing the wild Atlantic waves that crash upon the rocks, this appears to be the most remote home in the world. The island is Elliðaey, and the image of the small, isolated house has given rise to a whole host of theories about who lives there.Over recent years, Elliðaey has been featured in countless reports and articles, fuelling speculation about the island and the owner of its mysterious house.Elliðaey is part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off of Iceland’s southern coast. It is the island located furthest to the north-east among the group. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0According to one popular rumor, first reported in The Independent, the Icelandic government gifted the island to pop sensation Bjork at some point in the early 20th century.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAccording to the report, Bjork wanted to build herself a remote island retreat and was in negotiations with the government in order to build a home and recording studio on Elliðaey.Elliðaey. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0In reality, however, Bjork had made no such request and the rumor was swiftly debunked. According to the Australian news network news.com.au, Bjork had briefly been in discussion with the Icelandic government regarding another island (confusingly also named Elliðaey) in the early 2000s, but she withdrew from the project following a negative press reaction. However, there is no connection between the singer and the uninhabited island of Elliðaey in the Vestmannaejar peninsula.Björk. Photo by deep_schismic CC BY-SA 2.0Nevertheless, rumors continue to swirl around this strange house on an apparently otherwise uninhabited island. One popular theory posits that it was built by an eccentric billionaire who planned to move to Elliðaey in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Others have suggested that it is a retreat owned by a fanatically religious hermit.Some have even speculated that the house doesn’t exist at all and that it has simply been photo-shopped onto images of the island in order to cook up an interesting story.Elliðaey (left) and Bjarnarey (right). Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0Unfortunately, according to news.com.au, the reality is far less exciting than these rumors might suggest. Although a handful of families are known to have lived on the island from the 18th century, it has been completely uninhabited since the 1930s.Life for the small number of people who braved the elements here in the 18th and 19th centuries was grueling and lonely, and they lived primarily on fish and puffin, Elliðaey’s principal food source.Elliðaey, Vestmannaeyjar, IcelandEventually, in the 1930s, the remaining five inhabitants decided that their prospects would be much improved by moving to the mainland, and the island has lain empty ever since.Where, then, did the white house come from? Although life on Elliðaey was difficult, it did offer one advantage: a ready and ample supply of puffins, and former residents and neighbors did return to the island periodically in order to hunt. In the 1950s, the Elliðaey Hunting Association decided to build a base on the island to make these trips easier.Atlantic puffinThe Elliðaey Hunting Association continues to maintain the white house as a hunting lodge to support their activities during expeditions to hunt puffins on the island.While it might appear to be an idyllic retreat from the world, the little white house lacks electricity, running water and even indoor plumbing. However, it does boast its own sauna, essential after a long day of hunting, which is fed by a natural rainwater collection system.The mysterious white house on the island of ElliðaeyWhile Elliðaey may not be home to an eccentric billionaire or a music legend, it remains heaven for bird life. In addition to the many puffins that live on the island, Elliðaey is also a major nesting area for storm petrels and other sea birds.Read another story from us: The Fabled Remote Island where Medieval Irish Monks Battled the Forces of EvilFor this reason, it is officially listed as a nature reserve and a protected area. Tour companies operating in the Vestmannaejar peninsula offer day trips to this beautiful, wild location, but for the time being, the little white house, and the rest of the island remains unoccupied.
According to tourism officials, Orlando in the state of Florida has welcomed a record-setting 72 million tourist last year. The 5% year-over-year increase in visitors was powered by domestic travellers which help Orlando to hold its title as the most visited destination in the United States.“The success in Orlando is great, not just for this iconic destination, but for travel as a whole,” said Roger Dow, CEO, U.S. Travel Association, who was recently in Orlando for the announcement of the 2017 figures.Tourism in Orlando and other parts of Florida took a toll last September for almost a week during the preparations for and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on the peninsula. After the hurricane, Visit Orlando, the area’s tourism board, launched social media and publicity campaigns that showed central Florida was open for business. Orlando’s record number of visitors has been built on the continuous addition of new attractions and rides at the area’s theme parks, said George Aguel, CEO, Visit Orlando.In order to lure more tourist, Disney World opened up a new section of Animal Kingdom, Pandora-The World of Avatar, and Universal Orlando Resort opened a new water park, Volcano Bay last year. This year, Universal is planning to launch a ride based on the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise and Disney World is opening another “Toy Story” ride. In 2019, Disney World will launch “Star Wars” land and SeaWorld Orlando will introduce “Sesame Street” land.“We’ve learned from history that it’s not enough to just build it and hope they come,” Aguel said. “We work really hard to keep that messaging, marketing globally.”Domestically, Visit Orlando put an added emphasis on marketing to the northeast United States last year. Orlando International Airport last year became Florida’s busiest airport.“You just have a huge population base there and they come for a good length of time,” Aguel said.
May 17, 2018 598 Views Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Household debt is on the rise driven by increased mortgage balances, but it’s slower this time as mortgage debt continues to remain relatively flat according to the latest research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that was released on Thursday. Titled “The Home Prices, Housing Wealth and Home Equity Extraction” the report focused on the evolution of housing wealth, its use as a collateral and its long-term implications for this housing cycle. The report indicated that debt balances had increased $63 billion during the quarter driven by increased mortgage balances that grew $57 billion. Breaking up the household debt, the report revealed that though auto and student debt rose during the period, credit card and home equity lines of credit (HELOC) debts declined.Household debt peaked during the quarter, the report said and as on March 31, 2018, it stood at $13.2 trillion, showing an increase of $536 billion than the previous peak recorded in the third quarter of 2008 and 18.5 percent above the trough in the second quarter of 2013.“Although household debt has been growing for five years, its growth has been slow relative to earlier periods, as mortgage debt has continued to be relatively flat,” the report said. “In the first quarter, aggregate delinquency rates improved, as rates on mortgage and HELOC debt declined further, while delinquency on auto and credit card debt increased.”Even though the report found that households continued to view housing as a good investment, it said that current homeowners had not used their home equity to finance consumption. According to Beverly Hirtle, EVP and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, one of the factors could be mortgage credit that “has been quite tight in the wake of the financial crisis.”These tight lending standards have lent to a slow growth in aggregate balances and continually improving delinquencies, the report found. In fact, the already stringent standards on HELOCs tightened further after the financial crisis with the required median score of new HELOC borrowers pegged at almost 800. Unlike HELOCs, the report said, even though mortgage standards had also been very tight since the crisis, underwriting for installment mortgages had loosened recently. Yet, homeownership seems to have fallen in recent years.“Tight credit can limit the scope for renters to become owners and for current homeowners to access their equity,” Hirtle said. Though factors such as regulation and financial institutions’ wariness about using housing as a collateral as a lesson from the crisis could be responsible for this situation, the increase in other forms of debt, especially student loans, among younger borrowers, and lower credit scores could also be responsible for the fall in homeownership as well as using home equity, the report found.The report found that those who had gained most housing wealth over the last decade were older borrowers with high credit scores and they are “probably less likely to need the credit that increased housing wealth could collateralize,” Hirtle said. “Those who do have a strong demand for credit and own some home equity may have trouble tapping it if they have less-than-stellar credit histories.” Collateral Credit credit history Credit Scores Debt Delinquencies Federal Reserve Bank of New York HELOC homeowners homes households HOUSING Investment mortgage Renters 2018-05-17 Radhika Ojha Mortgage Credit vs. Access to Equity