Raising young can be lethal for sea otters

first_imgIt’s not easy being a sea otter mom. Mothers exert twice as much energy as females without offspring, according to a study published online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Ecologists began studying the animals when they noticed more and more mama otters dying and in bad shape with thinner bodies. After observing young southern sea otters in their natural habitat and in aquariums, the team calculated the daily energy invested between birth and 6 months, when weaning begins. The researchers found that as Enhydra lutris nereis (pictured above), an otter that lives off the coast of central California, grow more and more, exertion on mom’s part increases—by the end of lactation, daily energy usage skyrockets by 96% from prepregnancy levels. Weary moms often can’t eat enough to meet the demand, leading to substantial weight loss, weak immune systems, and even death. The findings suggest that southern sea otters may be faced with some tough decisions when raising their young, like whether to abandon pups early on to save energy (and their own lives).last_img read more

Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum asserted its dominance in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 97-74 decimation of Mapua to complete the first round sweep Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez anchored the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in their ninth straight win to remain unbeaten after the first round.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Wilson Baltazar also notched 12 markers built on two triples.Coach Topex Robinson said that as gratifying as the 9-0 run was, the battle is only halfway done as it braces for the tougher duels in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“As much as it’s ok, we still have nine more games to play and we have lots of things that we should work on, especially on our turnovers because it is still a problem for us,” he said.With Perez leading the charge, the Pirates jumped to a commanding 22-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, extending the lead to its biggest at 32, 78-46, with 1:49 left in the third period. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next That early pullaway allowed Lyceum to distribute minutes among its third stringers, with Jeffrey Santos and Spencer Pretta pouring nine points each in the victory.“We’ll take this win,” said Robinson after the Pirates finally played the Cardinals in a game which has been postponed twice due to inclement weather.“It’s nice to come off a long break with a win. We made the most of the time that has been given to us. It’s a time for us to work on some things, time for the players to reflect on the first few games that we played. We know we still have a lot of room for improvement if we want to be one of the elite teams in the NCAA.”Christian Buñag topped Mapua (1-7) with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while JB Raflores had 16 markers and eight boards in the defeat.To add to the Cardinals’ woes Kim Magboo hurt his knee late in the first quarter leaving Atoy Co with only eight players at his disposal in the tiff against the top seed.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:LYCEUM 97 – Perez 18, Baltazar 12, Santos 9, Pretta 9, Tansingco 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ayaay 5, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 3, Caduyac 2, Sinco 2, Serrano 1.MAPUA 74 – Buñag 17, Raflores 16, Nieles 13, Gabo 10, Aguirre 8, Victoria 4, Orquina 4, Magboo 2, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 22-8, 52-34, 80-51, 97-74. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Godfrey Okumu: PVL, PSL titles give UP boost ahead of UAAP Season 81

first_imgFILE – UP Lady Maroons celebrate their latest title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines achieved a championship double during the offseason and head coach Godfrey Okumu said his team’s title haul before 2018 ended was a big boost for them in the coming UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Maroons were the champions in both the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and the Philippine Super Liga Collegiate Grand Slam, their first major titles in recent history.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, although, took the sweep in PVL, had to battle FEU for 10 sets while the Golden Tigresses whom they faced didn’t have Cherry Rondina with UST’s captain opting to focus on Petron’s campaign in the All-Filipino Conference.“The UAAP is the real one where everybody gets tested,” said Okumu, whose Lady Maroons finished with a 6-8 record tying Adamson University for the fifth seed in Season 80.“We played well during the offseason and the preparation tournaments but it was a good preparation for us mentally and it gave us a lot of boost mentally,” said Okumu.ADVERTISEMENT Bruce Morris recalls hitting longest shot in basketball history Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “There’s some confidence that’s been developed and they have a new discovery about themselves as players and we have confidence in playing,” said Okumu Monday at University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics.“We’re confident but not too over confident because we’re still not tested in the UAAP.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP swept Far Eastern University in the championship series of the PVL on September 12 before following it up with a one-game knockout win over University of Santo Tomas on December 20 to capture the PSL title.Although both of the Lady Maroons’ victories came against fellow UAAP schools, Okumu said the team has yet to face the full strength of their league-mates once Season 81 rolls around on Feb. 16. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

SPORT-IPL-RUSSELL 2 LAST

first_imgRussell said he did not mind batting in the death but Russell said he did not mind batting in the death but would like to get more overs in the middle. “At the end, I would really appreciate if I could get more time to bat. So be it, Im just happy to be a part of this team. Wherever the skipper needs me to go bat and bowl, I want to give 100 per cent. I cant complain.” “I dont have problem batting the last five overs. No 7 is good enough for a T20 game. Im a team man, I dont mind 160-170 with five overs to go. Even Im fine with 150 with five overs to go. That would give confidence to go from ball from one and try to get as much runs as possible for my team.” Russell further credited likes of head coach Jacques Kallis and bowling mentor Wasim Akram for his growth as a cricketer. “To be around with the likes of Jacques Kallis and Wasim Akram, teach me a few things about bowling. It helps me to hone my knowledge in terms of batting and bowling.” Russell has played for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash and Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League beside featuring for Jamaica Tallawahs back home in the Caribbean Premier League. “From playing in different parts of the world and in different tournaments. I try to learn as well. I look up to a lot more guys as key players. It gives me the confidence the way I perform at the moment. Im just happy to be a part of the IPL and doing well. Once people know I can hit sixes and take wickets bowling fast, I would bring smiles on fans face. I do my best for my team.” Asked about Sunil Narines omission as their ace spinner was replaced by Brad Hogg against KXIP, he said the Trinidadian is nursing a finger injury in his bowling hand. Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan came to see their match for the first time this season and Russell said the team co-owner had extended the team best wishes before the match. “He came to the team meeting, extended best wishes. Hes there to support us we win or lose. Its a good environment. Hes such a big motivator.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Texans players kneel during anthem after team owner calls them ‘inmates’

first_img Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Players have been kneeling before and during the national anthem this season as a protest against racial injustice in the United States. About 40 of the Texans, a majority of the team, did so on Sunday before their game against the Seattle Seahawks, apparently in response to McNair. Some of their team-mates chose to stand. A number of Seahawks players also knelt, as they have done throughout the season.“I’m never going to force anybody to do anything that they don’t feel comfortable with. I think we all felt the same way on Friday [after McNair’s comments],” Texans guard Duane Brown said after the game. “And as far as the demonstration went, some people didn’t feel quite comfortable doing it, some people did. But we all supported each other, and that was what was important. I don’t think anyone looks at anyone differently for what they stood for or didn’t stand for.”ESPN reported that McNair’s comments at a meeting last week between owners, team executives and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, “stunned some in the room”.“After the owners finished, Troy Vincent [NFL executive vice-president of football operations] stood up,” the article said. “He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as ‘inmates’. Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL – during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word – he never felt like an ‘inmate’.”McNair reportedly apologized to Vincent later, “saying that he felt horrible and that his words weren’t meant to be taken literally”. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Pinterest news The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened Topics Share via Email Houston Texans Play VideoPlayCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenMuteThis is a modal window. Share on WhatsAppcenter_img US sports NFL NFL Week Eight: Seahawks win thriller over Texans … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Houston Texans players have staged a protest against their team’s owner, Bob McNair, after he said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” when speaking about the NFL protest movement. Read more In an official statement, McNair said: “I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”On Friday, the Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was an unexpected no-show at practice. The head coach, Bill O’Brien, declined to address whether it was related to McNair’s controversial comments.McNair, an energy and real estate magnate who is estimated to be worth $3.5bn, backed Donald Trump for president – giving a Super Pac $2m in 2016 – and then donated $1m to Trump’s inauguration committee. The US president is a vocal critic of the NFL protest movement. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said in September.The protest movement is becoming an increasing worry for NFL owners, some of whom believe it is hitting the league’s bottom line. The league’s television ratings are down this season, although it is not clear whether this is directly linked to the protests, as TV sports audiences have fallen across America. The Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, has said he would bench any player who knelt during the anthem and has said sponsors have told him they are worried about the protests putting off customers. “There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests,” Jones said last week. Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Transfer latest: Bale to snub Man Utd after Lopetegui arrival

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Bale to snub Man Utd & fight for Madrid place under Lopetegui Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gareth Bale, Real Madrid Getty Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Bale to fight for Madrid spot under LopeteguiGareth Bale has decided to stay at Real Madrid and earn his spot in the team under new coach Julen Lopetegui, ESPN claims.Bale has been heavily linked to a return to the Premier League amid his recent struggles and even suggested after the Champions League final that he could be on the way out of the Spanish capital this summer.However, the attacker has a new optimism about his future at Madrid and is hoping to make an impression under the new coach instead of leaving. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Barca eye Eriksen and step up De Jong pursuit Barcelona are preparing to ramp up their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the wake of Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid.The Frenchman’s announcement has forced the Camp Nou outfit to reassess their targets and they will look to bolster the midfield while Philippe Coutinho moves into attack.Barca will turn De Jong from a long-term target to an immediate priority and will be keeping an eye on Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.Read the full story on Goal!Real Madrid sign RodrygoReal Madrid will sign 17-year-old winger Rodrygo after agreeing a €45 million (£39.3m/$52.2m) deal with Santos.The Brazil Under 17 international will spend another year at the Serie A side before moving to Spain in July 2019.Read the full story hereFavili completes Juventus returnJuventus have completed the €7.5 million (£7m/$9m) signing of Andrea Favilli from Ascoli.The 21-year-old striker spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Juventus, impressing in the youth system while he made just one first-team appearance.The forward signed a five-year deal with the Bianconeri.Read more hereRugani agent dismisses Chelsea talk Daniele Rugani’s agent has dismissed reports that the Juventus defender is in talks over a potential move to Chelsea.It has been claimed that Rugani could reunite with his former Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, should the ex-Napoli boss replace Antonio Conte this summer.But his representative, David Torchia, says there have been no talks over a move, saying: “I know that nobody will believe me, but I met with [sporting director] Fabio Paratici because it was already scheduled. I didn’t know there was going to be this storm the day before. We talked about how to improve the player and what to do going forward, but we didn’t set up any negotiations.”Click here to read the full storyLeeds appoint BielsaMarcelo Bielsa has been appointed Leeds United manager.The former Argentina, Marseille and Athletic Club boss has signed a two-year deal with the Championship team.Read more hereReal Madrid ready €50m Alisson bidReal Madrid are set to make a €50 million (£43.7m/$58m) offer for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, Sky Italia reports.The European champions turned their attention from David de Gea to the Brazilian earlier this year and have been persuaded to make a move for him.Roma, however, are said to be demanding double Madrid’s offer for a goalkeeper they would rather not sell.Barcelona monitor GundoganBarcelona have identified Ilkay Gundogan as a replacement for Andres Iniesta, according to Bild.The Manchester City midfielder revealed last year that he came close to joining the Catalan side, but the club have made contact with his agents once again.Chelsea ready to pay Sarri fee Chelsea are edging closer to appointing Maurizio Sarri as new coach after reaching an agreement with Napoli, claims La Gazzetta dello Sport.The Blues had named the Italian as their ideal candidate to replace Antonio Conte and the deal seemed inevitable when Carlo Ancelotti was appointed the new Partenopei coach.Sarri, however, has not been released from his contract as Chelsea were unwilling to pay the €8 million (£7m/$9m) Napoli demanded in compensation. However, the Italians are lowering their asking price, which will clear Sarri up to move to London.Napoli turn to Keylor NavasNapoli are prepared to snap up Keylor Navas from Real Madrid, Corriere dello Sport says.Madrid are determined to land a new goalkeeper, with Roma star Alisson their top target, which could see Navas shoved out.Looking for a replacement for Pepe Reina, Napoli are the team leading the chase to sign the Costa Rican.Chelsea reject Arsenal’s £17m Luiz bidChelsea have turned down Arsenal’s offer of £17 million (€20m/$23m) for defender David Luiz, reports Le10Sport.The Gunners are targeting defensive reinforcements in the summer, and the 31-year-old Blues defender could fit the bill after he fell out of favour at Stamford Bridge last season. Arsenal have yet to return with an improved option for the Brazilian. Griezmann announces Atletico stayAtletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he will stay at the club, despite interest from Barcelona.In a televised announcement, the 27-year-old France international ended intense speculation over his future by declaring his intention to remain at the Wanda Metropolitano. Read the full story on Goal! Chelsea make €30m Rugani offerChelsea have made a bid of €30 million (£26m/$35m) for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, reports Calciomercato.com.The 23-year-old is highly rated, but has struggled for playing time in recent seasons behind established veterans.Chelsea’s interest could also be a sign the club is nearing an agreement with Maurizio Sarri, with the former Napoli boss a longtime admirer of Rugani. Gotze eyes Premier League moveBorussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze wants to move to England this summer, reports the Mirror . The 26-year-old is looking to jumpstart his career after he failed to make Germany’s World Cup squad this summer. Arsenal, Everton, West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle are all interested in Gotze, who could cost around £18 million (€21m/$24m). Bale’s future depends on Lopetegui’s planGareth Bale will make a decision on his Real Madrid future after determining manager Julen Lopetegui’s plans for him, reports The Times. The Wales star reiterated his desire for more playing time after his match-winning performance in the Champions League final, with several Premier League clubs rumoured to be interested. Bale’s representative, Jonathan Barnett, will meet Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this month to figure out the new manager’s vision. Man Utd not looking to sell Martial Anthony Martial is in Manchester United’s plans for 2018-19 and the club aren’t looking to sell him, according to Sky Sports News. The 22-year-old’s agent declared on Wednesday that his client is looking to leave Old Trafford following a season in which his playing time diminished.Tottenham are credited with a firm interest in the France international, who missed out on his country’s World Cup squad this summer. West Ham close in on triple swoopWest Ham are nearing the signings of Felipe Anderson from Lazio and Swansea duo Lukasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson, reports the Mirror . Talks are in an advanced stage over the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Anderson, who would cost around £27 million (€31m/$36m). The Hammers are also set to pay around the same amount for both 33-year-old goalkeeper Fabianski and 24-year-old defender Mawson. Juventus interested in Van Aanholt Juventus are looking at Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt as a possible replacement for Alex Sandro, reports The Sun. With Manchester United maintaining a longstanding interest in Alex Sandro, the Serie A club are drawing up a list of replacements should the Brazilian depart. And Palace’s Dutch international could fit the bill, with Juve prepared to offer £25 million (€29m/$33m) for the 27-year-old. Seri in talks with Napoli Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri’s agent is in talks with Napoli over a transfer, according to  CalcioNapoli24 .With Jorginho close to leaving the Serie A runners-up, the 26-year-old could slot in for the Italy international in central midfield. Arsenal and Chelsea are among a host of teams that have been linked with the Ivory Coast international. West Ham could target SmallingWest Ham are monitoring Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United, according to Metro . With United looking to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham, the club could be left with a surplus of options at centre-back. And the Hammers are ready to take advantage by making a move for the 28-year-old, who missed out on England’s World Cup squad. Newcastle want £20m for MitrovicNewcastle will sell Aleksandar Mitrovic should they receive a bid of £20 million (€23m/$27m), reports Sky Sports News. The striker was a hit on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season, scoring 12 goals in 20 matches to help the Cottagers reach the Premier League. Fulham have been tipped to make a permanent move for the 23-year-old Serbia international, who has two years left on his contract.Bielsa signs contract with LeedsMarcelo Bielsa has signed a deal with Leeds United to become the Championship club’s new head coach, according to the Buenos Aires Times. The 62-year-old has previously managed Argentina and Chile, as well as Athletic, Marseille and most recently Lille.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Korean Bank to Fund Philippines New Cebu Port

first_imgzoom South Korean bank Korea Eximbank (KEXIM) has granted its approval for a financial injection for the Philippines’ proposed new Cebu International Container Port in Consolacion.The port project cost is estimated to be around PHP 9.19 billion (USD 181.6 million), according to the Philippine News Agency.Out of this amount, PHP 7.96 billion (USD 157.2 million) is up for official development assistance (ODA) funding, while the Philippine government would contribute with PHP 1.23 billion (USD 24.3 billion).Set to commence the implementation phase in the third quarter, the port project is reportedly scheduled to be completed by 2020. The new port, which would reduce congestion and vessel waiting time in the Cebu International Port, is set to almost double container yard capacity from the current 7,373 TEU to 14,400 TEU.KEXIM would further finance USD 1 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the Philippines. Relevant Philippine authorities are currently conducting feasibility studies for several projects targeted to be presented for possible KEXIM financing.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Manager Named to Cabinet Office

first_imgLongtime Big Bras d’Or businessperson, school board member andcommunity volunteer Keith Bain is the new manager of the CapeBreton cabinet office. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, on behalf of Premier John Hamm,made the announcement today, April 30. “As part of the Nova Scotia government’s ongoing commitment toprovide Cape Breton with a strong voice, I am delighted toannounce the appointment of someone as experienced and capable asKeith Bain,” said Mr. Clarke. “His broad background in business,in education and in volunteer work will strengthen the role ofthe cabinet office.” Currently employed as a small business manager in Big Bras d’Or,Mr. Bain studied business administration at the former Sydneycampus of St. Francis Xavier University. Since 1991, he hasserved as an elected member of the Northside-Victoria and CapeBreton-Victoria regional school boards, working the last fiveyears as board vice-chair. Mr. Bain is also an active community volunteer, serving as chiefof the Big Bras d’Or Volunteer Fire Department since 1985. Hisother present and past community activities include the CanadianFederation of Independent Business, the Victoria County FireChiefs’ Association, the Bouladerie Food Bank, the Brasd’Or/Florence and Area Kinsmen Club and the local board ofmanagers for the United Church of Canada. “Keith Bain has a tremendous understanding of what it takes towork with our local communities to create more success stories onCape Breton Island,” said Mr. Clarke. Located in the Provincial Building on Prince Street in Sydney,the Cape Breton cabinet office was established by Premier JohnHamm in 1999 to provide the region with guaranteed access toprovincial decision-makers. The Nova Scotia government reviewedthe effectiveness of the office in 2002 and chose to keep it openat the request of local business and community leaders. NovaScotia’s growth strategy, Opportunities for Prosperity,recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities facing theCape Breton economy. Mr. Bain’s appointment is effective Monday, May 3. The manager’sposition was advertised in the local media in January and tworounds of interviews were held with applicants by the ExecutiveCouncil office.last_img read more

Andrella David v Sobeys Board of Inquiry Continues

first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Andrella David v. Sobeys Group Inc. is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday, May 26. Ms. David alleges she was discriminated against because of her race/colour while shopping at a Sobeys store. Sobeys denies any discrimination occurred. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Delta Barrington Hotel, 1875 Barrington St., Halifax. The board chair is Marion Hill, who is independent of the commission, which is a party representing the public interest at the inquiry. -30-last_img read more

Jared Leto Named As WWF Ambassador

first_imgAcademy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto is now a WWF global ambassador.Video: Jared Leto Becomes WWF Global AmbassadorIn this role, Leto will work with WWF to raise awareness of the most urgent, critical issues facing our planet.Leto recently traveled to South Africa with WWF to learn first-hand about wildlife crime and specifically the rhino poaching crisis and WWF’s efforts to save rhino populations on two continents.“My latest adventure in South Africa was as mind-blowing as always,” Leto said. “Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats.“I’m committed and passionate about doing all I can to help ensure that these endangered animals survive, and will continue to encourage others to get into action as well. We must join together and protect these powerful yet extremely vulnerable animals from all the senseless slaughter and double our efforts to restore their populations across Africa and Asia. It can and—with a focused global effort—will be done. I’m honored to join with WWF and the global conservation community and do my part. I hope you will too.”While in South Africa, Leto joined WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project veterinarian Dr. Jacques Flamand and other biologists and scientists with the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to tag and collar three southern white rhinos as part of a translocation program. Later this year, those three rhinos and roughly 100 others will be moved from high poaching areas to undisclosed locations to help with breeding efforts.

During his trip, Leto presented wildlife rangers with notecards written by children from across the United States with words of thanks and encouragement for their brave role in safeguarding wildlife.

WWF works to protect existing rhino populations and their habitat, partners with communities and governments to create policies that encourage local people to protect rhinos, and leads campaigns in Asia to reduce demand for rhino horn. As a result, several rhino species have begun to recover, including both white and black rhino numbers in South Africa.

”The world needs to wake up to the fact that we’re losing rhinos, elephants and other critically important species, said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF-US. “Their recovery lies in our hands. We need strong voices that can mobilize the efforts of many and I’m grateful to Jared Leto for lending his reputation and passion to the cause.”last_img read more

NETFLIX ACCUSED OF USING FOOTAGE OF LACMÉGANTIC QUEBEC DISASTER IN BIRD BOX

first_imgAdvertisement Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press) Facebook “I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that … they are going to remove them,” Morin said in an interview.“You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”High school ethics teacher Guillaume Bouchard was watching the most recent season of Travelers on Netflix over the holidays when he noticed something oddly familiar on his screen. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the science-fiction series, a nuclear device had just exploded on the streets of London, but instead of seeing fires ravaging locations in the U.K. capital, Bouchard was looking at orange flames towering over a small town. At the end of the street, a black oil tanker burned in the background.“I thought: No way. No way did they do that,” Bouchard said in an interview. He paused the show and after a quick internet search had his suspicions confirmed.The brief images on Netflix were taken from real-life footage of one of the deadliest disasters in recent Canadian history, when a train carrying crude oil derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic in 2013.“I don’t know anyone who died in Lac-Mégantic,” Bouchard said. “But if I was someone who lost someone close and I was home and I saw this, I don’t know how I would react.”“It wouldn’t be good.”Travelers, created by Canadian Brad Wright, was shot in Vancouver and produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc., originally in association with Netflix and Showcase. Netflix picked up the show as the exclusive distributor for the latest season, the third.Carrie Mudd, president of Toronto-based Peacock Alley Entertainment, said her company acquired the footage from a stock image vendor called Pond 5, which is based in New York City, and they “weren’t aware of its specific source.” A request for comment from Pond 5 was not returned.“We sincerely apologize and had no intention to dishonour the tragic events of 2013,” Mudd said in an email. “We are already working to replace the footage in the show.” As of Tuesday evening, the images were still part of the Travelers episode available for viewing on Netflix Canada.A spokesman for Netflix did not want to be interviewed, but said the company has contacted Peacock Alley Entertainment, and confirmed the images would be removed. When asked by email to confirm Bird Box also used real-life footage from the disaster, the company said it needed time to look into it.Morin said she first heard of the images used on Travelers Monday.“We find that it’s really a lack of respect, to use these images as fiction and entertainment,” she said. “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news.“Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”On Tuesday, a Lac-Mégantic citizen posted images on social media of the movie Bird Box, where in the early moments of the movie, a television newscast used the images for a few seconds to illustrate a town being under attack.Morin said she viewed the footage posted by the citizen. “We see the images (of Lac-Mégantic) clearly,” she said. The Canadian Press viewed the footage in Bird Box, which is identical to amateur video shot immediately after the derailment. The amateur video can be easily found online.Bouchard said he felt it was his “duty as a citizen’” to go public after identifying the Lac-Mégantic content. He said he knows what happened was a mistake, but “it needed to be talked about.”He said he also considers it a teachable moment he can use in his ethics class. “Naturally, I will talk about it one day (in school),” he said.By Giuseppe Valiante | The Canadian Press A day after learning that a science-fiction show on Netflix used actual footage of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, the mayor of the Quebec town said she believes images of the tragedy were used in a second Netflix production, Bird Box.Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin wants the streaming service to take a look at its movie and TV catalogue to make sure no other production is using images of the tragedy as entertainment. Twitterlast_img read more

Boat Carrying at Least 700 Migrants Capsizes off Greece

Geneva – At least 700 migrants were believed to be on board a boat that capsized off the Greek island of Crete Friday, with hundreds still missing, the International Organization for Migration said.“Over 250 people have been rescued from a shipwreck off Crete which is believed to have left Africa with at least 700 migrants on board,” the organization said in a statement.Along all Mediterranean routes, more than 2500 people have died trying to reach Europe since the beginning of the year, with the vast majority of the fatalities occurring on crossings between Libya and Italy. Some 204,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe since January, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.More than 2,500 people have died trying to make the perilous journey this year, with the vast majority of them on crossings between Libya and Italy.With MAP read more

Video: A Group of Extras Wearing Navy Uniforms Threatening Zefzafi and…

Rabat – A video showing a group of people wearing US Navy uniforms threatening Nasser Zefzafi, the leader of the protest movement in Al Hoceima, spread like wildfire on social networks.The one minute long footage shows the very muscular and strong men, who pretended to be members of the Navy, promising to “break Zefzafi’s bones,” claiming that the activists is “trying to create strife and conflict” between the Rif people and the rest of Moroccans.The man speaking in the video did not chew his words: “there’s many of us, a patch for each and we’ll sink Al Hoceima.” However, the men in questions were mere extras in an American movie that is being currently filmed in Tangier.The actors who took advantage of their costumes to perpetuate such dangerous hate speech, filmed the brief footage to “express” their opinions about what is currently happening in the Northern regions of Morocco.In fact, the man who appears to be the group’s leader, is a bodybuilder in one of Tangier’s gym clubs.A large number of social media users who massively shared the video, believed the group of men to be members of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces.While some demanded an explanation for the footage, many others didn’t shy from expressing their “admiration” and lauding the hateful and threatening content of the footage, which is a blatant call for violence read more

Ontario objects to parts of US Steels proposed financing plan for Canadian

TORONTO — Queen’s Park is raising objections about how U.S. Steel proposes to finance its Canadian arm while the former Stelco attempts to forge a court-supervised compromise with its creditors.[np_storybar title=”A case of buyer’s remorse? What went wrong at U.S. Steel Canada” link=”business.financialpost.com/2014/09/17/us-steel-canada-stelco/”]The exuberance that greeted United States Steel Corp.’s purchase of Stelco Inc. in 2007 is a distant memory as the company begins restructuring its Canadian operations under bankruptcy protection. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Finance Minister Charles Sousa says Queen’s Park has filed an objection with the court to protect the interests of the provincial government and the Ontario steel maker’s employees, retirees, creditors and their communities.“Ontario supports a restructuring that is based on consensus and that gives the best value to employees, retirees, creditors, and communities,” Sousa said in a statement Friday.The government said it’s concerned that some of the conditions attached to about $185 million in temporary funding from Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel could have a negative impact on employees and retirees of its Canadian subsidiary.U. S. Steel Canada, with operations at Lake Erie Works and Hamilton Works, has the capability of producing approximately 2.6 million tons of steel annually. It employs about 2,000 people and has thousands of retired employees.The company has said it hopes to sell both properties by next October. A sale process for Hamilton Works, which has been permanently closed since December 2013 after being idled in late 2010, could begin within months with a sale of Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke to begin in March.Steelworkers union ‘extremely concerned’ with U.S. Steel Canada restructuringU.S. Steel Corp’s Canadian unit files for creditor protectionU.S. Steel Canada has accumulated an operating loss of about $2.4 billion since 2009 and filed for court protection from creditors on Sept. 16.The province is one of US Steel Canada’s creditors due to a $150-million loan to the company.U.S. Steel Canada has said it will carry on business as usual while it develops and implements a comprehensive restructuring solution under a process government by the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, or CCAA.Typically, a company in CCAA attempts to obtain a committment for money — referred to as debtor-in-possession financing — that can be used to pay its expenses during a process taking months or years to complete. read more