Did North Dakota police use water as a weapon against NoDAPL supporters

first_img(Police would blast #NoDAPL supporters with water and then arc tear gas behind them on the bridge, trapping them. Photo: Jorge Barrera/APTN) Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsSenior North Dakota law enforcement officials said Monday the use of a makeshift water cannon in sub-zero temperatures against supporters of a Native American-led anti-oil pipeline movement was “effective” and could be used again.County and state police blasted a fire hose mounted on the gun turret of an armoured personnel vehicle during a seven-hour, all-out assault which lasted from Sunday evening to early Monday morning.Police moved against about 400 demonstrators, known as water protectors, on Backwater Bridge, which is a few hundred meters from the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the nexus of opposition to a multi-state, $3.78 billion pipeline known as Dakota Access (DAPL). Authorities also fired tear gas and rubber bullets, the officials confirmed Monday.See video of the police assault here: Backwater BridgeThe police barrage was triggered early Sunday evening after a group of water protectors, using chains and a half-ton truck, removed one of two burnt-out military cargo trucks that had been left at a barricade erected just north of Backwater Bridge on Oct. 27, following a similar law enforcement operation.Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler, whose officers are involved in law enforcement activity against the water protectors, told local reporters Monday the use of water—despite the sub-zero temperatures that have settled in the region for the season—is now one of several weapons police will employ going forward.“It was effective, wasn’t it,” said Ziegler, with a slight smirk, according to a video of the press briefing posted on the Morton County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page. “We can use whatever force is necessary to maintain peace. When they are throwing rocks, burning logs, shooting sling shots with projectiles at our officers, that would fall under what we would call less lethal, same things as rubber bullets, which doesn’t hurt as much.”“It was effective wasn’t it,” said Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler when asked about using a water cannon Sunday night.Mandan is a small city that sits across the Missouri River from Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota.The city is in Morton County and is about 53 kilometres north of the Backwater Bridge.APTN reporters who were at the scene for several hours from late Sunday evening into the early hours Monday witnessed only a couple instances when water protectors hurled objects at officers. For most of the evening, water protectors either braced themselves against blasts from the gun turret-mounted fire hose or fled from tear gas.See a full timeline of the North Dakota conflict here: #StandingRock, the Players and how did we get to here. Police would arc tear gas over the heads of water protectors on the narrow, two lane Backwater Bridge and then blast them from the gun turrets, trapping people between the gas and water.Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier denied police used water cannons. He claimed the water was fired from firetrucks.“We don’t have water cannons. I don’t know where the term water cannons comes from. This is just a fire hose. Basically, the firetrucks were called down there to fight the fires that were started before,” said Kirchmeier.Video images clearly show an officer sitting in the gun turret of an armoured personnel carrier using a fire hose like a water cannon against the demonstrators.“We don’t have water cannons,” says Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. Photo: APTNAPTN reporters saw only one small bonfire on the bridge which water protectors were using to keep warm and a larger bonfire on the north bank of Cantapeta Creek to the right of the Backwater Bridge facing the barricades. Water protectors were witnessed gathering around that fire for warmth.Kirchmeier said the below-freezing temperatures that evening were briefly considered by the field commanders before firing on the water protectors.“Yes, it was a consideration, but the number one thing as you are going along here is the safety of everyone involved,” said Kirchmeier. “We are not just going to let people or protesters and large groups come and threaten officers. That is not happening. As this was going on, the water was used as a tool to help quell the situation.”The senior law enforcement officials also denied they’ve received any reports of injuries inflicted on water protectors as a result by law enforcement tactics that evening.The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council released a statement Monday saying medical personnel treated about 300 injuries. The statement said about 26 people were taken by ambulance to three area hospitals over the course of 10 hours.The council said some of the injuries included: an Elder who lost consciousness during the police barrage and was revived at the scene; a young man who suffered a seizure; a woman who was shot in the eye by a rubber bullet; a young man who suffered internal bleeding and vomited blood after being hit by a rubber bullet in the stomach; a man who suffered blunt force trauma after being shot by a rubber bullet in the back; and multiple fractures caused by “projectiles fired by police.”A woman from New York City, Sophia Wilanski, was airlifted to County Medical Centre in Minneapolis where she is undergoing surgery that is expected to lead to the amputation of her arm, according to various activists, including Clayton Thomas-Muller, from 350.org’s Keep it in the Ground campaign. Wilanski was reportedly handing out water when she was hit in the arm by what is believed to be a projectile fired by police.The statement said every medical unit from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was used during the hours-long confrontation. Additional ambulances came from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, Kidder County and Morton County.Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair David Archambault said it was “disturbing” to see law enforcement purposefully trying to inflict harm on the water protectors.“They are trying to hurt somebody,” said Archambault, in an interview with APTN Monday. “This is the first time we have seen the use of water…. It is just escalating, getting more and more serious, more and more dangerous.”Archambault draws a direct link between the firm behind the Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, and pressure from the North Dakota government on law enforcement to quash opposition to the project.“The oil company and pipeline company has influenced the state government who is giving orders to law enforcement to do what they can and law enforcement has taken it to another level,” he said. “Every time something like this happen it is interesting to see the escalation of force that is being used. Last night with using water in freezing temperature putting people at risk at serious risk of hyperthermia, using rubber bullets and targeting the heads of people.”Standing Rock sparked a continent-wide, Native American-led movement through its opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. A portion of the pipeline will pass beneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River.They say the pipeline threatens the area’s water supply and construction has already destroyed sacred sites and burial grounds.While Standing Rock never signed a treaty, the pipeline traverses the treaty territory of the Sioux Nation.The Energy Transfer Partners, the Houston-based firm behind the project, still needs to be granted an easement from the Army Corps of Engineers to drill beneath the lake and complete its North Dakota portion.The Army Corps is expected to continue discussions with the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes before making a final decision on whether to grant the easement.Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics recently launched court action against the Army Corp over its decision to launch a deeper review on whether to grant the easement for the project.Sunoco Logistics announced Monday it was buying Energy Transfer as part of a $21 billion deal expected to be finalized next year, the Associated Press reported.Kelcy Warren, the chairman of Energy Transfer, will become the CEO of the new energy firm, the wire service said. The CEP of Sunoco Logistics, Michael Hennigan, will also have a management role in the new company, said AP.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Loonie falls more than a US penny this week as investors turn

first_imgThe Canadian loonie continued to fall Friday, shedding nearly three-quarters of a U.S. cent, for a weekly loss of more than a U.S. penny.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.89 cents US, down 0.73 of a U.S. cent. It shed a total of 1.26 U.S. cents over the week.“Today it’s more U.S. strength versus Canadian weakness,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.When there’s fear and uncertainty, people flock to the U.S. dollar, he said, adding that part of the current uncertainty is the appearance of a brewing global trade war.“Tit for tat, tariff for tariff, etc., etc.,” he said.Surprisingly low manufacturing figures released Friday didn’t help the loonie.Factory sales dropped 1.3 per cent to $56.2 billion in April, according to Statistics Canada, as sales in the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries dropped. Economists had expected an increase of 0.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Weak economic data factors into whether the Bank of Canada will decide to raise its benchmark interest rate at its next meeting.“Maybe July is not a slam dunk,” said Small.The U.S. Federal Reserve recently raised its rate for the second time this year and indicated it will do so a total of four times before the end of 2018.That big discrepancy in interest rates makes the U.S. dollar more attractive for investors.A strong greenback is bad for commodities, Small said, as both the price of oil and gold slipped, dragging down Canada’s main index.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 14.54 points to 16,314.42. Stocks in the energy sector lost on average 1.51 per cent of their worth, while those in the gold sector lost 1.2 per cent.The July crude contract fell US$1.83 to US$65.06 per barrel and the August gold contract plummeted US$29.80 to US$1,278.50 an ounce.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 84.83 points to 25,090.48. The S&P 500 index shed 2.83 points to 2,779.66 and the Nasdaq composite index declined by 14.66 points to 7,746.38.Elsewhere in commodities, the July natural gas contract added about six cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU and the July copper contract retreated about eight cents to roughly US$3.14 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the S&P 500 fell 3.07 points.last_img read more

Devotees throng Belur Math on Ramakrishnas birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of devotees visited Belur Math on Friday to celebrate the 184th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna.Special puja was held at the Math. The birth anniversary was observed in all the centres of Ramakrishna Math and mission throughout the country and abroad. In Kamarpukur, the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna, the devotees visited the temple and took part in the celebration. There were special launch and bus services to ferry passengers to Belur Math. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA special puja was held in private centres and other institutions as well. Rakamrishna Math and Mission authorities have decided to scrap the age-old fireworks display on March 17 at the public celebration as a part of the drive against environmental pollution. There will be cultural programme in the evening. Life of Sri Ramakrishna is an inspiration for scholars and common people and it continues to inspire scholars all over the world. Two noble laureates, Rabindranath and Romian Rolland, had also written about Sri Ramakrishna. Tagore had shared a dais with Sri Ramakrishna and had delivered a lecture during his birth centenary in 1936. Scholars such as Keshab Chandra Sen, Shivnath Shastri, Brojendranath Sil had visited Sri Ramakrishna and were enthralled by his words. His presence of mind, sharp sense of humour and deep understanding of society had made him a popular figure in Kolkata. He also inspired Girish Chandra Ghose, father of Bengal stage to carry on with his vocation. Modern scholars feel that Sri Ramakrishna’s views on universal religion can help to resolve the crisis of the modern world.last_img read more

Nearly half of Canadians are within 200 a month of being unable

CALGARY — A new poll suggests nearly half of Canadians surveyed last month are within $200 per month of being unable to pay for their bills and make their debt payments.[np_storybar title=”The good, the bad and the ugly of Canadian household debt: Should we be worried?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/investing/outlook-2016/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-canadian-household-debt-should-we-be-worried”%5D You might not know it by all the alarming headlines lately, but not all debt is bad. In fact, some debt can work for you just like a RRSP. Read on [/np_storybar]The Ipsos Reid survey also found about one-quarter of the 1,582 people who responded to the poll were already unable to cover their bills and debt payments.The online poll was done between Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 for MNP Debt, which provides licensed trustee services in six provinces, from Quebec to British Columbia.MNP says the poll found that 31 per cent of respondents said any increase in interest rates could move them towards bankruptcy.Ipsos Reid conducted the poll about a week after the Parliamentary Budget Office issued a report on Jan. 19 that said Canada has seen the largest increase in household debt relative to income of any G7 country since 2000.Canadians without company pension plan face uphill battle to stay out of poverty, study findsEquitable Bank is making a splash with its 3% interest rate — here’s how they do itWhen ‘good’ debt goes ‘bad’: Why it can be dangerous to categorize what you oweThe survey also followed Bank of Canada’s decision to keep a key lending rate at a historically low level of 0.5 per cent on Jan. 20, as the central bank lowered economic growth estimates for 2015 and 2016.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

Police remains of McArthurs 8 alleged victims identified

Toronto Police say they’ve identified the remains of all eight men Bruce McArthur is accused of killing.Earlier this month, police wrapped up their dig of a central Toronto ravine behind the home where McArthur worked as a landscaper.It was at this home police found the remains of seven men in planters property.In a news conference Friday Toronto Police said the remains of the eighth person, Majeed Kayhan, was found in the ravine.McArthur is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men who had ties to Toronto’s gay community.All of the men went missing between 2010 and 2017.Police say after examining around 100 properties in the GTA, police don’t have any evidence to suggest McArthur killed more people.They are still looking at cold cases and missing persons cases and continue to receive tips from the public. read more

More than half of worlds population now living in urban areas UN

“Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050,” the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in its 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects report.Projections indicate that urbanization combined with overall growth will contribute to the 2.5 billion jump, with 37 per cent of the projected growth in India, which currently has the largest rural population, China and Nigeria, in that order.New Delhi, currently the world’s second most populous city with 25 million inhabitants, is expected to retain that spot through at least 2030, when its population is projected to reach 36 million.The world’s largest city is Tokyo with 38 million inhabitants, and while its population is expected to decline to 37 million by 2030, it will remain at the top. Shanghai with 23 million inhabitants, and Mexico City, Mumbai and Sao Paolo, each with 21 million inhabitants, followed by Osaka with just over 20 million people, round up the top five spots. The future demography is expected to change, with these so-called ‘mega-cities’ falling in rank as relatively smaller urban cities, particularly in developing countries, gain in population. The most urbanized regions rights now include Northern America, where 82 per cent of the population lives in urban areas, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean with 80 per cent, and 73 per cent in Europe.By contrast, Africa and Asia remain mostly rural, housing nearly 90 per cent of the world’s rural population. Their urban areas are on the rise, however, and while at least 40 per cent of the population in African and 48 per cent in Asia live in urban areas, they are projected to be home to 56 and 64 per cent urban, respectively, by 2050.“These countries will face numerous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations,” the report authors said, including for housing, infrastructure, transportation, energy and employment, as well as for basic services such as education and health care. “Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century,” said John Wilmoth, Director of the Population Division, who spoke to the press at headquarters today, along with François Pelletier, Chief of the Population Estimates and Projections Section. “Our success or failure in building sustainable cities will be a major factor in the success of the post-2015 UN development agenda.”The new addenda, which the international community is currently crafting, is intended to build on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development – all by a deadline of 2015.In this latest report, the authors noted that “well managed, cities offer important opportunities for economic development and for expanding access to basic services, including health care and education, for large numbers of people.”Authors added that provision of public goods, such as public transportation, housing, electricity, water and sanitation for a densely settled urban population is typically cheaper and less environmentally damaging than providing a similar level of services to a dispersed rural population. read more

How many days has Enda Kenny been Taoiseach Its the week in

first_img Apr 22nd 2017, 7:00 PM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3348773 How many days has Enda Kenny been Taoiseach? It’s the week in numbers Plus: How many passengers travelled through Irish airport last year. Short URL 39 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,756 Views Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.€300 million: The cost of the new National Maternity Hospital to be built on the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital. The development was mired in controversy after it emerged it would be owned by the Sisters of Charity.2,236: The number of days Enda Kenny has been Taoiseach. The Fine Gael leader surpassed the record of longest-serving Fine Gael Taoiseach on Thursday.€1.4 billion: The amount of money in pay restoration the civil service union Public Service Executive Union is calling for in upcoming pay talks.97: The age of the son of the world’s oldest woman, before he died this week.25: The number of gardaí currently suspended from active duty.522: The number of British MPs who voted in favour of holding a general election on 8 June.11%: The rise in residential property prices in the year to the end of February, according to the CSO Residential Property Price Index.33 million: The number of passengers that travelled through Irish airports last year.€8,000: The amount of money stolen from Trócaire boxes in a Clare church on Sunday night.90: The number of years the Irish Press has been in business. The company – first started by Éamon de Valera – is due to be wound up.€4 million: The proposed cost of a new Wetherspoons development in Camden Street that was given the green light this week.100: The number of apartment that were rejected for building by Dublin City Council in Harold’s Cross.Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 7:00 PMlast_img read more

Apple May Be Planning a Bigger iPhone 8

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems The response to Apple’s iPhone 7 has been tepid. Any other smartphone maker would be thrilled to sell as many phones, but Apple has not seen the same enthusiasm for this device that it has in the past. Next year will be a defining moment for Apple and the iPhone; it’s the tenth anniversary of the device. What does Apple have in store to mark a decade of iPhones? A really big one, apparently.The current rumor is that Apple could be looking at a larger 5.8-inch OLED panel for the iPhone 8 (presumably a Plus model). The current iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD. As far as LCDs go, Apple has always chosen very nice ones. However, OLED technology has come a long way in recent years and is really undeniably better. The colors, black levels, and response time are noticeably better than LCD.As for the size, 5.8-inches sounds like a big phone. Although, it’s worth noting that the current iPhone 7 Plus has rather large bezels. A phone like the Galaxy S7 Edge has extremely small bezels compared to the iPhone. Apple is rumored to be toying with “bezel-less” designs, which could deliver a larger display in the same footprint as the current iPhone 7 Plus. A display of that size is still going to be somewhat uncomfortable to use, so it’s all going to come down to ergonomics and palm rejection (the ability of the display to ignore accidental touches). Reports also suggest that Apple could be looking at using a curved OLED panel, a design pioneered by Samsung.Whatever Apple is up to, we’ll find out in fall 2017. Although, with the way recent Apple devices have been leaking, you might not have to wait that long to get a good idea. Stay on targetlast_img read more

American gay man beaten up at Junkanoo Carnival says he will sue

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – An American man who says he was attacked by a group of people during a concert at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is alleging that he was “targeted and beat up” because he is gay and he plans to file a law suit.Adrian Brown, 24, who was born in Jamaica but lives in the United States, said he wants those involved to be charged with a hate crime.    Brown vows to pursue the case when he returns to the US and also plans on suing for medical bills, pain and suffering.Adrian BrownMr. Brown, a Navy officer who came to the Bahamas to participate in Junkanoo Carnival, said he was dancing at the concert late Friday into early Saturday when he felt someone throw water on him.“So I was at the concert and there was a stoop and I stepped up on the stoop and I was dancing,” Mr. Brown accounted.    “This was about 3am in the morning.   So I am dancing and having a good time. I had on a cut out shirt and fitted pants and I felt when some water hit me.   So I looked back and I got up off the stoop and I said to the guy, ‘Why did you hit me with the water,” and he said ‘Because you a batty man,’” Mr. Brown claimed.“Now I don’t think he knew that I am originally from Jamaica, so before anything could happen his girlfriend came up in my face and slapped me and then four people just jumped me,” he claimed.    “Two girls and two guys.   Then two Bahamian men jumped in and started helping me.   There was no conversation, they just started fighting me.   I am not a fighter, I came to the Bahamas to have fun, party and go back home.    I don’t know these people from Adam and they do not know me and they were hitting me and beating me in my head with a rock.    He just said ‘you are a batty man’ and they all jumped me.    After the incident the other two guys that helped me held one of the guys until the police came.”Mr. Brown said he went to the police station and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital a short time later but because of the long wait he went to Doctors Hospital where he was treated and discharged.#magneticmedianews#gaymanbeatenatcarnival Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #magneticmedianews #gaymanbeatenatcarnivallast_img read more

Judge Faithhealing beliefs are evidence in trial

first_imgALBANY, Ore. — A Linn County judge has ruled that the religious beliefs and practices of an Albany couple can be used as evidence when they are tried on manslaughter charges in the death of their 12-year-old daughter.Travis and Wenona Rossiter are accused of depriving their daughter of life-saving medical care for diabetes. Syble Rossiter died in 2013.The Rossiters are members of the Church of the First Born, whose members believe traditional medical treatment is sinful.Their lawyers argued their beliefs should be excluded as prejudicial — that they should be tried for their actions rather than their beliefs.Judge Daniel Murphy ruled last week that if their beliefs compelled their actions, that’s a form of motive evidence, The Albany Democrat-Herald reported Tuesday.Murphy called the lawyers’ argument unusual and wrote that without the information about their religious convictions, the Rossiters’ actions appear “wanton and grossly reckless.”“The court cannot find that evidence of a religious motive is more prejudicial in this case than the absence of such evidence,” Murphy wrote.The Rossiters are scheduled for separate two-week trials, his in August, hers in November.Murphy previously ruled in favor of a defense motion to exclude information about the death of Wenona Rossiter’s brother.Anthony Hays, 7, died of leukemia in 1994, and his parents were accused of failing to provide medical care for him. They were the first people in Oregon to be prosecuted in such a case.last_img read more

Nicklaus Childrens Hospital holds prom night for patients

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital hosted a special night to remember for its patients.The 3rd annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Prom took place at its location near Southwest 62nd Avenue and 31st Street.The special dance party gave nearly 100 patients and their guests a chance to forget about illness, and enjoy a night of dancing and fun. “I love how they have these events to help us reunite with each other and kind of forget all the sad things we’ve been through and all the tough times,” said attendee Melanie Mederos.“It just brings us so much joy,” said event organizer Adam Carlin. “This is something we plan on doing forever and ever.”The event was decorated with an enchanted “Once Upon a Time” theme, complete with a red carpet to show off everyone’s stylish looks.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:Democratic National Security Task Force Statement on Fallout from Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear DealSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Resolution To Save Net Neutrality Passes In Senate With Bipartisan SupportSenator Markey Leads Defense Of Strong Rules For Children’s Educational Television ProgrammingSenator Markey & Warren Applaud Committee Passage Of Massachusetts Provisions In Water Resource & Infrastructure BillSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech On Vote To Save Net NeutralityWarren & Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Servicemember Blast Exposure Injury PreventionPeters, Warrens, Brown Lead Colleagues In Call To Protect CFPB Public Consumer Complaint DatabasesLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

Towing Drill Tests Emergency Mooring Buoy

first_imgThe Sea Trader (left), seen from the deck of the tug James Dunlap, waits to be tied on to Unalaska’s emergency mooring buoy. At center, the city’s harbor patrol boat stands by to assist. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)After seven years, Unalaska’s emergency system for towing stranded vessels away from shore is finally complete. A new dedicated buoy for disabled ships got its first full-scale test during an annual drill last week.Download AudioFor tugboat captain Leonardo Asayama-Lucena, conditions couldn’t have been better: clear skies, calm seas and next to no wind.“This is the best-case scenario: the weather is perfect, the boats aren’t drifting around too much,” Lucena said during last week’s drill. “It’s not gonna get any easier.”A real-life rescue might happen at night, or in a storm — but this morning is just a drill, the first one Lucena and his tugboat, the James Dunlap, have been a part of.“It definitely breaks the monotony of our daily routine that we usually have,” he says. “I’m actually glad we’re doing it, because in the event of an actual emergency, you know, practice makes perfect, so we could all use this practice.”The Dunlap is going to use Unalaska’s equipment to help the Coast Guard tow a fake-stranded vessel to safety. The 277-foot freighter Sea Trader is acting as the disabled ship. It’s supposed to end up at Unalaska’s new emergency mooring buoy, which has been in place since late 2012, but wasn’t ready for a major test until now.[USCGC Alex Haley crew member on radio]: Sea Trader, Alex Haley. Just got word the helo should be airborne in about five to 10 mikes…That’s the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley, talking to the Sea Trader on the tugboat’s radio. All three vessels are sitting out in Unalaska Bay, getting ready to start the drill.The Alex Haley’s helicopter has to drop the emergency tow package onto the Sea Trader. Then, the freighter will use it to link up with the cutter.[helicopter hovering]It’s a tight fit, but the helicopter sticks the delivery. The Sea Trader’s crew starts working on connecting to the cutter. And that’s Capt. Lucena’s cue to wake up his deckhands.Lucena [speaking to crew member]: Hey, John, if you wouldn’t mind — once they get their eyes open and coffee down the hatch, have ‘em come up here and we’ll all have a little meeting…In a real situation, the Coast Guard would tow the disabled ship to the Dunlap. Then, the tug would hook on and take the vessel to the mooring buoy. The Coast Guard’s just practicing setting up its tow line today — but the Dunlap will be doing the real thing.Adam Downing is a deckhand on the tug. He’s glad for the chance to try out the emergency system.“I mean, it’d be crazy not to have one of these, I think,” he says. “Because if anything happens, like, you get those big ships out there, you’re asking for a catastrophe.”As growing industries bring more ship traffic to the Aleutians, that risk is on the rise — and so is the need for practice. Today, Capt. Lucena and his crew will try out a tool they haven’t used before. It’s Unalaska’s line gun, a rifle for shooting a tow line to another ship.Lucena [speaking to crew]: You know, just take our time. I’m gonna position ourselves — basically like this but closer, off the starboard bow of the Sea Trader, using the wind to help us shoot it over the bow. You can see, you’ve got lots of room — don’t aim for the house. [crew laughs]With the Coast Guard out of the way, the tugboat sounds its horn to let everyone know the shot is coming.[horn blasts] [gun firing]The tow line sails over the Sea Trader and drops onto it deck. Now the freighter can tie on to the tug, and together, they can head for the mooring buoy. It’s floating offshore like a big plug in a bathtub drain. Lucena explains that it gives disabled ships a safe place to await repairs.“So they would hang out there on this long tow line to the buoy, and they can spin around the buoy in deep water and not have to worry about going around,” he says. “And when the weather subsided, if they still weren’t able to get underway on their own power, they would … just attach themselves directly to the mooring buoy, and we’d take the tow line away.”Even in the best conditions, though, things can still go wrong. When the ships get to the buoy, they find a soggy mooring line that’s a little tough to wrangle. But in the end, they get the Sea Trader tethered, and for Lucena, the drill is a success.Lucena: “Especially for me, this being my first time, I learned a lot. And I can now pass that on. … Familiarity, I think — knowing what to expect when you get into this … makes it quicker and just gives you that much better level of safety.”And all those lessons will go to make the buoy and the whole towing system better in the future — whether for a real emergency, or just next year’s drill.last_img read more

Nearly half of structures on dock affected by fire says processing plant

first_imgThe Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller, which suffered heavy damage during a fire that continued to burn into Wednesday, Aug. 16.(Peter Pan Seafoods)Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.Listen now“The main processing facility is located on the dock. About 40 percent of the structures on the dock were affected by the fire,”  Theo Chesley of Precision Air said. He flew an aerial survey over the smoldering buildings Wednesday morning. “It looked like it could have been much worse, but the main generator systems, the cold storage, the refrigeration plant, the holding area and office all were devastated by the fire. About 60 percent of the other structures there on the dock did not burn. However, they could have been affected by the heat. It’s too early to tell.”Limited power and water have been restored to the plant. Chesley estimated Thursday morning that there were over a hundred employees at plant employees still in Port Moller. He said that a winter generator survived the fire. It is powering the cafeteria but little beyond that.“So basically anybody with a pulse and air taxi is trying to help these guys out right now,” Chesley said, describing the effort he and other pilots are making to fly workers out of Port Moller. “Of course the wind is blowing about 35 miles per hour and visibility is not that great, so everybody’s just trying to do what we can and help these people out because they’re in a pretty tough situation.”Fisherman Jared Danielson fought the blaze early Wednesday morning with a group on the beach while boats tackled it from the water. They worked hard for about two hours to contain the blaze until building where the fire began collapsed.“After it collapsed in that small area, we couldn’t get to that section that was still blazing. Basically once the wind got to it again, it just spread. We had to basically give up and let it run its course,” Danielson said.No deaths or serious injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is still not clear. As of Thursday afternoon Peter Pan Seafoods had not provided comment. However, Danielson said a representative from the company spoke to the Port Moller area over VHF radio Wednesday. Danielson also spoke with that representative personally.“We’re going to rebuild with new state-of-the-art technology is the plan. That’s what I was told,” Danielson said. “This fishery has been around a long time, so would only hope that they would do that. I’m third-generation fisherman in Port Moller. It would be devastating if they were just to let this cannery go away and never rebuild.”For this year, Danielson said that for most fishing out of Port Moller, this signals an abrupt end to the season.The fire also poses a complication for hauling boats out of the water. A portion of the dock was cut away to contain the fire. Danielson said that some boats that planned on hauling out for the winter at Port Moller may have to go elsewhere.last_img read more

Rakhi Sawant wedding This is how husband Ritesh proposed to her

first_imgRakhi SawantPR HandoutThe news of Rakhi Sawant’s hush-hush wedding spread like wildfire. Rakhi, who always managed to grab headlines, tied-the-knot in a secret ceremony with husband Ritesh, who is an NRI based in the UK. The couple exchanged vows in both, a Hindu and a Christian ceremony at JW Marriott in Mumbai. Prior to this, the couple also did a court marriage and got their marriage officially registered.In an interview with Spotboye, Rakhi Sawant revealed how husband Ritesh proposed to her and how it all panned out. Talking about the same, Rakhi said that she told Ritesh ‘Dil mein ghanti nahi bajti’. To which, Ritesh asked, ”Mere liye dil mein ghanti bajti hai kya?’ Rakhi asked him to give her some time to think over it and with time realised that she was falling-in-love with him. She said that they met for they met for the first time just 15 days before the wedding when he had come down and she realised he was the man for her.Rakhi also revealed that after knowing him, she prayed very hard to Jesus that she must become his wife. “Woh khawish toh poori ho gayi. God has been kind to me so far,” Rakhi told Spotboye.Talking about why she kept her wedding a secret and lied about it, Rakhi said, “Main dar gayi thi, haan maine shaadi kar li hai. I am confirming the news with you today.”Rakhi and Ritesh are planning to have a baby in 2020. Rakhi has also said that people would get to see her husband when they go for their pre-baby shoot and has also revealed that husband Ritesh is a very private person and wouldn’t like him to be under the media spotlight.last_img read more

Black Entrepreneurs Take on DCs WhiteWashed Hot Yoga Space

first_imgWith an influx of students varying in age, race, gender, and body type, Bikram Hot Yoga studios are some of the most inclusive places for yogis to lay their mats in the Washington D.C. region.At many yoga studios throughout the city, Kendra Dibinga is the sole Black person in the room. With her Bikram studio, she’s intentionally creating spaces that challenge exclusivity and accurately represent D.C.’s rapidly changing demographic.Omekongo and Kendra Dibinga are the co-owners of Bikram Hot Yoga. (Courtesy photo)“Our outside environment may tell us to be more tribal, but the reality is that the yoga space is so far from that,” Dibinga tells the AFRO. “Why should I feel so isolated in a space that’s supposed to be a union of community and togetherness?”Bikram Hot Yoga is a collection of three studio franchises co-owned by Dibinga, who first came to D.C. to study international affairs and African studies at Georgetown University. After studying abroad and receiving graduate degrees from Boston University and Harvard, she settled back in the District as a wife and later a mother.A former personal trainer and international development professional, Dibinga was introduced to hot yoga in 2008 after the birth of her second child. “I just needed something a little bit different,” she said. “I found that with Bikram, I was able to get a crazy good sweat without having to do anything super strenuous like weight lifting.”She also found that it relieved pain that she suffered from a knee injury. “I found that it was one of the best ways for me to stay in shape, to be honest.”After practicing for six years, Dibinga opened Bikram Hot Yoga Riverdale in Prince George’s County, Md. in February 2014. “This was my first brick and mortar. The stakes were high because I was opening up a business that I had to sign a lease for and sign my name for 10 years, so it was a total game changer.”By simply being a Black entrepreneur in a white-washed industry, it has been easier for Bikram Hot Yoga to attract more diverse students. But it’s also taken a leader who eventually left her international development career to plunge head-first into the business. “You have to be innovative, you have to know your product, and you have to become the brand,” Dibinga said. “You have to be so in it that you are leading the way. You’re not a follower—we don’t have time and space to follow.”Dibinga found creative ways to distinguish her brand early on. It was the first local studio to partner with young athletes, starting with students at Dematha—a Catholic high school with a reputation of graduating top-ranking athletes. Bikram Hot Yoga introduced hot Pilates to the mix as a relatively new concept among competitors. The studio also hosts retreats and special events such as triathlons to foster a communal environment.Most importantly, students who come to Bikram Hot Yoga know they’re in for a holistic journey. “This is something that people can do for a long time. It’s more than a physical workout; it’s a practice that helps people solve many of their health problems,” said Dibinga, who says she’s witnessed Bikram yoga aid people with diabetes, heart disease, and other medical issues that plague African-American communities.In September 2015, Dibinga opened Bikram Hot Yoga Ivy City in Northeast, D.C. Three months later, she welcomed yogis in Takoma Park, Maryland. The company’s rapid growth has been fostered by a dedicated team, she said, “We have really good people who believe in what we’re doing and see the vision of how we’re trying to go further.”This spring, Bikram Hot Yoga will put down roots in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. With each studio opening, Dibinga hopes to foster a spirit among students that cannot be contained inside four walls. “I see the yoga studio as helping to bring together people who may never talk to each other in their regular lives. But because they interact in the yoga space, they have a little better understanding and a little more humanity when they step outside,” she said. “They might think twice about how they respond to or react to other people.”last_img read more

UC Santa Barbara Inventor of Filament LED Bulbs Is Suing Everyone

first_img The University of California Santa Barbara is suing five major retailers for the unauthorized distribution of light bulbs.Researchers at the UC Santa Barbara spent years building a portfolio of patents that cover filament LED bulbs—those “vintage” lights reminiscent of Thomas Edison’s early designs.And then Walmart, Target, IKEA, Amazon, and Bed Bath & Beyond went and filched them.AdChoices广告LED filament light bulbs mimic the appearance of a standard bulb, but require less energy, create less heat, and distribute light in all directions.Since their introduction in 2014, the bulbs have grown in popularity, occupying hipster coffee shops and contemporary home decor.“Retailers have been profiting from the unauthorized sales of this technology since it first became available, despite UC Santa Barbara’s efforts to notify infringers and establish licenses with companies in the lighting industry,” the school said.So, there’s nothing left to do but sue.UC Santa Barbara, led by the law office of Nixon Peabody LLP, is the first university to bring legal charges against an entire industry through retail sellers.“The goal of this campaign is to ensure that UC’s patent rights are respected so it can reinvest in education and research to create more world-changing technologies,” Seth Levy, a partner at Nixon Peabody, said in a statement.“It also is a message to entities throughout the private sector that university intellectual property rights cannot be infringed with impunity,” he added.The University of California Santa Barbara isn’t out for blood, though.On the contrary, the university encourages retailers to sell filament LED light bulbs and continue to make the technology widely available.They just want credit where credit is due.Companies that sell the popular product “must respect UC Santa Barbara’s intellectual property rights, and receive authorization … in the form of a license.”The university is now seeking royalties from all five defendants, the amount of which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.“Our hope is that these lawsuits demonstrate the importance of respecting the rights of university patent owners,” the institution said. “Companies must appreciate that, when selling technology patented by a university, it is their responsibility to do so only with the proper license agreement in place.”More on Geek.com:Kickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark ZuckerbergMIT, Harvard Physicists Create New Form of LightPresidential Hopeful Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google Over Alleged Censorship Stay on target LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, GooglePresidential Hopeful Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google Over Alleged Censorship last_img read more

KMC starts conducting expensive blood tests free of cost

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started conducting costly blood tests free of cost for the treatment of kidney ailments, diabetes and heart and thyroid related problems.A senior civic official said costly tests like the liver function test, kidney test, thyroid test, lipid profile and fasting and PP sugar tests are done at KMC laboratories situated in the boroughs, free of cost. KMC has set up urban primary health centres in every ward, where treatment is done by specialised doctors. There are full-time and part-time doctors at the centres. A senior KMC doctor said the number of people suffering from diabetes and heart ailments has gone up sharply over the past few years. To combat the situation, special diabetic clinics have been opened in every borough where endocrinologists offer treatment to the patients. The clinics are being run once a week. The doctors treating diabetics in the wards refer critical patients to the special clinics. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said what is most alarming is that children are often found to be suffering from diabetes because of sedentary lifestyle and wrong food habits. He said in many cases, the parents bring the children to the clinics but suddenly stop medicines when the sugar level comes under control. However, many of these children are found to be suffering from total renal failure when they grow up. He said if the children are found to be suffering from diabetes, the parents should sit with the doctors separately and know about the disease as well as the treatment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said heart diseases are going up among people coming from economically weaker sections. Heart treatment is very costly and state-run hospitals are overcrowded. In KMC clinics, the patients are examined by expert doctors, who treat them. In addition to this, patients suffering from respiratory distress are also treated there. It may be mentioned that KMC has set up 16 dengue clinics in Kolkata, where the patients are given medicines free of cost. The civic official regretted that as the tests are conducted free of cost, people prefer private laboratories to KMC labs. He said KMC will soon launch a campaign, urging pople to come to the KMC clinics and urban primary health centres.last_img read more