Inquiry focuses on mental health of man who killed Alberta peace officer

first_imgCALGARY – A fatality inquiry into the death of a peace officer in Alberta five years ago focused strongly on the mental health of the killer on its opening day Monday.Rod Lazenby was a retired RCMP officer who was responsible for enforcing bylaws in the Municipal District of Foothills south of Calgary.The 62-year-old died in 2012 after being sent to Trevor Kloschinsky’s rural property on a call about dogs. An autopsy found Lazenby was strangled and had 56 cuts and bruises to the face, head, neck, body and back. He also suffered numerous internal injuries.Kloschinsky told officers he had apprehended a dog thief. He was charged with first-degree murder, but was found not criminally responsible because a mental disorder meant he didn’t understand that what he was doing was wrong.Doctors testified at his trial that they found him “actively psychotic.”RCMP Sgt. Ryan Singleton faced a number of questions at the hearing, which included Lazenby’s sister and daughter as well as a representative of the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers.He testified that there was a note on Kloschinsky’s file indicating mental-health issues and the municipal district had made it clear that no one should go to the property without RCMP backup.“It was the MD of Foothills … telling RCMP that they weren’t going to do this and therefore giving them the heads up that we may be requesting your assistance,” said Singleton.“They weren’t going to go out and deal with Mr. Kloschinsky by themselves … on a one-on-one basis without RCMP presence.”Singleton said there hadn’t been any previous indication that Kloschinsky was dangerous.“We had no indication of him being violent. We were dealing with a person who believed his dogs were being stolen.”Singleton said it’s probable that Lazenby, who wore hearing aids, may have turned them down before the attack because of the din created by the barking dogs.“I don’t think Mr. Lazenby knew what was coming.”The Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers held a news conference Monday to call for more collaboration between police agencies, improved access to personal protective equipment and better training.“The training that we get currently is based on different levels of community police officers,” said president Terri Miller. “The three levels that we have don’t get the same amount of training and we want to try and standardize the training.”The group is also recommending officers be trained in how to deal with people experiencing mental-health problems.Jamie Erickson, who was vice-president of the association when Lazenby was killed, hopes the inquiry will push forward changes.“We want to make sure our peace officers are safe.”A fatality inquiry may recommend how to prevent similar deaths, but cannot make any findings of legal responsibility.“The recommendations from the inquiry, although they’re non-legally binding, will provide an opportunity to make those necessary changes to ensure the safety of bylaw and peace officers in Alberta and in other jurisdictions across Canada,” said Dawn Rault from the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.The inquiry is scheduled to run until Friday.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

CANADA TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN BANNON FILM BASED ON HUAWEI EXEC MENGS

first_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Bannon has said the movie is aimed at exposing ties between Huawei, which he describes as the “greatest national security threat” to the United States, and China’s communist government, which he maintains is “the greatest existential threat the West has ever faced.”He’s also been clear that his objective is to stiffen U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolve to shut Huawei out of development of next generation wireless networks over fears the telecommunications giant is controlled by the Chinese government and its equipment could be used to spy on or sabotage other countries.The film is to be released next month by New Tang Dynasty Television, part of the Epoch Media Group that is closely associated with the Falun Gong spiritual movement and includes the pro-Trump and vehemently anti-Beijing newspaper, The Epoch Times.The 54-minute movie follows fictional Chinese-Canadian journalist Jane Li as she reports on Canada’s arrest of the chief financial officer of Huaxing Hi-Tech; along the way she “exposes the company’s ties” to the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese military, according to a New Tang Dynasty news release.The film features a Canadian cast, including Eric Peterson of “Street Legal” and “Corner Gas” fame.A trailer for the movie, replete with ominous soundtrack, shows Peterson — playing a character named James MacAvoy and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Canada’s former ambassador to China, John McCallum — meeting with a detained Canadian named Michael.In real life, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained in China since December, accused of espionage shortly after Canada detained Meng, who is wanted by the U.S. on charges of fraud related to evasion of American sanctions on Iran.The trailer also shows Peterson telling someone who looks remarkably like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the Chinese “just arbitrarily sentenced a Canadian to death. There’s no telling where this retaliation will end.”In the New Tang Dynasty news release, Bannon calls the movie “a seminal and timely work exposing the inner workings” of the Chinese Communist Party and Huawei.“Run by a radical cadre of the Chinese Communist Party, China’s Communism today is the greatest existential threat the West has ever faced,” Bannon says. “Huawei, the technology and telecommunications arm of the CCP and the People’s Liberation Army, is the greatest national security threat we have ever faced, as it is already in the process of a global tech domination via 5G and 6G (wireless networks).”Bannon told Bloomberg earlier this month that he hopes the film will be screened for Trump at the White House.“The central issue in the 2020 presidential campaign is going to be the economic war with China: manufacturing jobs, currency, capital markets and technology,” he told the news agency. “Huawei is a key part of that and this film will highlight why it must be shut down.”Joan Bryden ~ The Canadian Press Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement PHOTO: Steve Bannon/Jakob Reimann via Flickr OTTAWA — Canada plays a starring role in a soon-to-be-released film aimed at exposing China’s bid for world domination through technology — produced by one-time Trump strategist Steve Bannon.The film, “Claws of the Red Dragon,” is fiction, but “inspired by” Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and China’s subsequent retaliatory measures, including the detention of two Canadians for alleged espionage and death sentences meted out to two other Canadians convicted of drug crimes. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Nanisivik project has come crashing to the ground MP

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government is revising their plans for the Nanisivik research station on Baffin Island in Nunavut.Nanisivik was originally proposed in 2007, when debate about Canada’s Arctic sovereignty was in full force. Now, the project has been scaled back dramatically, and one MP is saying it was little more than political opportunism to begin with.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier talks to MP Dennis Bevington about the hopes for Nanisivik and what this says about the state of arctic sovereignty.last_img

InFocus First Nation education and Canadian citizenship

first_imgInFocus on APTN National NewsInFocus sharpens its lens on a new bill for First Nation education and overhauls to Canada’s Citizenship Act.Guests: Sino General, Niigaan Sinclair and Eliyana Angelovalast_img

Sweatproof your makeup this season

first_imgSummer is full of wonderful things – but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Here one need to adopt best tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you. So here is the checklist of skin care habit to adopt in this summer to prevent melting makeup. Slather the sunscreen Skipping the sunscreen is a cardinal sin on any given day. But the effects of it are even harsher on days when the sun is at its brightest. Look for sunscreen with SPF 30 at least and make it a part of your daily skincare routine before you step out of the house. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHack to ensure you apply sunscreen everyday is to find a moisturiser that has a generous amount of SPF in it. Apply It generously not just on the face but also neck, arms, and chest or any part of the body that may be exposed to the sun. Scrub with care It’s during warmer months that your skin need exfoliation the most. Gentle exfoliation during the warmer months saves you from clogged pores and removes blackheads and whiteheads, which in turn gives your skin a chance to breathe. As with any skincare product, it’s best to scan the label beforehand for red flags such as fragrances and alcohol. For sensitive skin, explicators with micro-beads work best. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Lighten the lotion Moisturisers don’t have to be banished to the back ends of your beauty drawer with the dawn of spring. In fact, using light, water-based moisturisers will keep your skin soft and nourished during these months. This holds especially true for these with sensitive skin as water-based moisturisers get absorbed easily and don’t leave a tacky layer behind the same theory applies to body lotions. Using oil- or glycerin-based body lotions can cause acne on your back and upper arms bringing your noodle strap top dreams to a resounding halt. Chuck out your old make-up We all have a soft corner for that limited edition blush or that perfect shade of lipstick we bought a few years ago even though our minds tell us to bin it. But you need to start listening to your logic and follow the expiry dates.This includes filtering the stash and getting rid of lipsticks that smell wired, foundations that have separated and blushes that have damaged bristles. (inputs by Yashu Jain, MD, Mattlook cosmetics)last_img read more

Sudan welcomes UN officials sent for talks on Darfur force – UN

A UN spokesman in New York said today that the Sudanese Government has still not consented to the deployment of an assessment team to Darfur. The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hédi Annabi, were dispatched to the Sudanese capital for intensified talks on the issue after the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on 16 May under Chapter VII of the Charter, which allows for enforcement measures, calling for such a team to be deployed within a week. “This dialogue will continue and will obviously intensify with Mr. Brahimi’s and Mr. Annabi’s presence in Khartoum towards the end of the week,” Mr. Dujarric told reporters in New York in response to questions. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, pressed local government and community leaders to close their ranks behind the two-week-old pact during a recent trip to Darfur, a region roughly the size of France. Darfur has been the scene of fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels that has killed scores of thousands of people and uprooted 2 million more in the last three years. Mr. Pronk agreed to hold regular meetings between UNMIS and local government leaders in West Darfur, as part of ongoing efforts to explain the Darfur Peace Agreement. In three days of intensive meetings, discussions and field visits in West Darfur, Mr. Pronk focused on explaining terms of the new agreement to various segments of society and on urging tribal and community leaders to lend it their support and to demand its endorsement by holdout rebel leaders. “To achieve peace and security for your people, regain your rights, get your fair share of power, receive compensation and attain reconstruction, you must accept and support the peace agreement,” the envoy told a large crowd of displaced Darfurians in a makeshift camp in Mournei over the weekend. During a series of similar gatherings, almost all internally displaced persons (IDPs) pleaded to Mr. Pronk for immediate protection by UN peacekeeping forces and for more food rations and other relief supplies. Women and children all echoed the demands of male IDPs for rapid protection by UN troops against attacks by the Janjaweed militia and for better foodstuff and other necessities. Mr. Pronk discussed with representatives of international and local NGOs in West Darfur obstacles hindering their work, which range from bandits stealing their vehicles to government red-tape impediments. The complaints were on the agenda of Mr. Pronk’s meeting with the Governor of Sudan’s westernmost state, who promised the UN envoy that he would address them effectively and in good faith. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,723.40 up 22.34 points):Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Up 76 cents, or 2.32 per cent, at $33.57 on 5.38 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up three cents, or 0.92 per cent, at $3.28 on four million shares.Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Up four cents, or 2.12 per cent, at $1.93 on 3.89 million shares.Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 1.82 per cent, at $1.68 on 3.64 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up nine cents, or 1.25 per cent, at $7.28 on 3.27 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (941.50 up 1.11 points):Zodiac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Oil and gas. Up half a cent, or 4.55 per cent, at 11.5 cents on 4.78 million shares.Caribou King Resources Ltd. (TSXV:CKR). Junior explorer. Up two cents, or 30.77 per cent, at 8.5 cents on 3.54 million shares.Companies reporting major news:AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA). Oil and gas. Up 43 cents, or 1.23 per cent, at $35.43 on 305,715 shares. The Calgary-based company is buying a 25 per cent stake in privately held Petrogas Energy Corp. in a deal it says will help it move natural gas liquids and crude oil to North American markets.Atco Ltd. (TSX:ACO.X). Utilities. Up 42 cents, or 0.95 per cent, at $44.60 on 110,818 shares. The company sold its half of the Tecno Fast Atco joint venture in South America to its partner for C$124 million. Atco Structures and Logistics said it will evaluate re-entering the South American modular structures market in the future.TransCanada (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Down 11 cents, or 0.24 per cent, at $45.37 on 686,014 shares. A joint announcement says that TransCanada has reached a revised agreement with Enbridge (TSX:ENB), Gaz Metro and Union Gas that could resolve a dispute over how key infrastructure is shared in the Greater Toronto Area. Enbridge stock fell, 13 cents, or 0.31 per cent, to $42.21 on 1.22 million shares. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2013 5:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NBA owners to vote on sale of Clippers to former Microsoft CEO

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The NBA cancelled a hearing to oust Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on a record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.The league announced the move Friday, the same day Sterling’s attorneys filed suit in a Los Angeles federal court against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver asking for damages in excess of $1 billion.Sterling opposes the sale, but Shelly Sterling was able to negotiate with Ballmer because her estranged husband was stripped of his ability to act as a co-trustee of the family’s assets after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia, according to a person close to the Sterling family.The individual, who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Sterling was deemed “mentally incapacitated” according to the trust’s conditions because he showed “an inability to conduct business affairs in a reasonable and normal manner.”“There is specific language and there are protocols about what to do, and steps in order to get a sole trustee position and that’s what took place in the last couple of days,” the individual said.But the lawsuit identifies Donald Sterling as a co-trustee and his lawyer, Bobby Samini, said “the assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd.” He would not give more details on Donald Sterling’s condition.The suit alleges that the NBA violated Sterling’s constitutional rights by relying on information from an “illegal” recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also says the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by forcing a sale.Shelly Sterling said that she had agreed to sell the team to Ballmer “under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.”Sterling can try to reinstate his trusteeship by appealing to the California Probate Court.The NBA said Friday that the league, Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust had “resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.”“Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team,” it said.The league said that Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust also “agreed not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including Donald Sterling.”That means whatever monetary damages Donald Sterling may receive under the suit — filed by his attorney Maxwell Blecher on behalf of Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust — may go out one pocket and back in the other unless he is reinstated as a trustee and can nullify the agreement.The medical evaluation was made earlier this month when Donald Sterling made voluntary visits to two neurologists who conducted tests, including brain scans, the individual said. Though Donald Sterling is no longer a co-trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, he still retains his 50 per cent ownership and still receives proceeds from the sale, the individual said.Despite a deal that would make him even more wealthy, Sterling — who paid just $12 million for the Clippers in 1981 — is still fighting. His lawsuit seeks the elimination of his lifetime ban from the NBA, and the reinstatement of former Clippers CEO Andy Roeser.“Mr. Sterling’s lawsuit is predictable, but entirely baseless,” NBA general counsel Rick Buchanan said. “Among other infirmities, there was no ‘forced sale’ of his team by the NBA — which means his antitrust and conversion claims are completely invalid. Since it was his wife Shelly Sterling, and not the NBA, that has entered into an agreement to sell the Clippers, Mr. Sterling is complaining about a set of facts that doesn’t even exist.”The ownership hearing had been scheduled for next Tuesday after the NBA charged Sterling with damaging the league with his racist comments. A three-quarters vote of owners to support the charge would have terminated the Sterlings’ ownership, and the league would have sold the team.Ballmer said in a statement that he is honoured to have his name submitted to the NBA for approval. The price has blown past previous offers for an NBA team.“Obviously, I saw $2 billion. That gave me a reaction,” said Miami Heat star LeBron James, who had been vocal in calling for both Sterlings to be out of the league. “That was a reaction for sure. But as far as everything else, I haven’t quite dived into it. … Any time a ‘B’ goes after a number, man, you already know that you’re talking about some real money.”This is not Ballmer’s first foray into potential NBA ownership. Ballmer and investor Chris Hansen headed a group that agreed to a deal to buy the Kings from the Maloof family in January 2013 with the intention of moving the team to Seattle, where the SuperSonics played until 2008.But Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson lobbied the NBA for time to put together a bid to keep the team in California, and though the Ballmer-Hansen group later increased its offer, owners voted to deny the bid for relocation and the Kings were sold to Vivek Ranadive.Johnson, who has been advising the NBA Players Association in the wake of Sterling’s comments, praised Ballmer in a series of tweets Friday night.“When the Clips play next season, players will be proud to wear the logo on their chest & fans will be proud to cheer for their hometown team,” Johnson wrote.___AP Basketball Writers Brian Mahoney and Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.___Tami Abdollah can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/latams by Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2014 8:02 pm MDT NBA owners to vote on sale of Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

International Criminal Court opens second probe into Central African Republic violence

Fatou Bensouda recalled in a statement issued to the press that in February of this year, following an escalation of violence in CAR, she opened a new preliminary examination to assess whether or not to proceed with an investigation into what was a “dire” situation in the country.Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR in a conflict which erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and then took on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) took up arms. “My Office has gathered and scrupulously analysed relevant information from multiple reliable sources. Based on this independent and comprehensive analysis, I have concluded that an investigation is warranted,” said Ms. Bensouda. “The information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that both the Séléka and the anti-Balaka groups have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, rape, forced displacement, persecution, pillaging, attacks against humanitarian missions and the use of children under 15 in combat. “The list of atrocities is endless. I cannot ignore these alleged crimes.” CAR – specifically the events relating to the events of 2002-2003 – was already one of eight situations already under investigation by the Court, along with the Darfur region of Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Libya, Mali and northern Uganda.The transitional government of CAR decided to refer the situation to the Prosecutor’s Office on 30 May 2014, requesting the investigation into alleged crimes falling within the ICC’s jurisdiction committed in the country since 1 August 2012. “The 30 May 2014 referral by the CAR authorities demonstrates a commitment to fight impunity for mass crimes and to bring justice to the victims. We look forward to their full cooperation as we conduct our investigation into these crimes,” said Ms. Bensouda.“As the investigation moves forward, we will continue to record any new crime against civilians that might be committed in CAR,” she added. “Mass crimes shock the conscience of humanity and tear at the social fabric of society. Let this be a message to would-be perpetrators in CAR and beyond: such crimes will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law.” read more

Critelli calling it a career

Her name has been synonymous with Brock athletics for 35 years, but at the end of August, Chris Critelli will retire from her role as Assistant Athletic Director.Although her last official day is Aug. 31, Critelli’s last day on campus will be Friday, Aug. 24. The former basketball coach will use her final week of vacation to play in the Canadian Golf Championships being held at Lookout Point. It’s an appropriate way to kick off retirement for a woman who has become one of the best female golfers in the province.“One of the reasons I really wanted to retire was to see what I can do with this game,” said Critelli, 61. “I admire people I compete against who are going down to the USGA and British Open Seniors. I really aspire to be that good. On the other hand, I have a lot of other interests. I have to decide whether I want to put all my time and effort into golf.”As a basketball player, the Niagara-born Critelli went to the Olympic Games in 1976 and won three international bronze medals. She is the only player in history to have won both an NCAA and CIS championship.Once her playing days were done, Critelli joined the Brock women’s basketball team coaching staff under Pat Woodburn in the fall of 1982.“That was perfect because it gave me an opportunity as an assistant coach to get my feet wet and learn under Woodburn. After that, it was 27 years of coaching and I loved every minute of it,” she said.After racking up 393 career wins, six divisional titles and an OUA championship, Critelli retired from coaching in 2009, when she was named assistant athletic director.“It’s about people for me,” she said. “When my alumni come back and show me their kids … to think that they value being at Brock and playing basketball so much to stay in touch is really special to me.”Critelli was inducted in to the halls of fame for Canada Basketball, Ontario Basketball and the City of St. Catharines, and in 2016, Ontario University Athletics renamed its women’s basketball championship trophy the Critelli Cup in her honour.“That’s a huge highlight of my career. I was so honoured and blown away,” she said.“I never thought in a million years they would name the cup after me.”Critelli said stepping away from the basketball court allowed her to follow her other passions — namely writing a book, taking up curling and perfecting her golf game.She won the overall women’s Champion of Champions title in the spring of 2017, and also later qualified for the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship being held next week at Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill.“I feel my coaching and playing experience in basketball have helped me in golf,” she said. “I can apply a lot of things I’ve learned through my coaching career about letting things slide. Whether its wind or rain or an opponent getting in your head — those things don’t bother me.”Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden said he knows Critelli will be successful in whatever she decides to focus on in the future.“She will continue to challenge herself and those around her, and always with a smile. That’s the same smile you’d see from her when she schooled an opponent on the court in her playing days,” he said.Critelli is also looking forward to spending more time with her father, who is 92 years old and still enjoys golfing.“My family has been very supportive. They’ve been really important in my career as an athlete, a coach and an administrator. I always go to them for advice and help and they’ve been wonderful,” she said.Taking over for Critelli as Associate Athletic Director will be Emily Allan (BPhEd ’05, MEd ’13), who has been the head coach of Brock’s cross-country team since 2011. She has worked in Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences since 2007, most recently serving as the Experiential Education Co-ordinator in the Department of Sport Management.“Handing over the reins to a young female is awesome,” Critelli said. “She is going to have the energy and enthusiasm that was maybe waning with me because I was looking forward to other things. I think it’s great for the department and for Emily. She has been a part of our team, so she knows what we’re all about.”A lifelong athlete, Allan competed for the Brock cross country team and was an elite triathlon. More recently, she has turned her attention to running, competing at the Boston Marathon earlier this year. She has also raised nearly $60,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research over the past seven years, including running the entire 895-kilometre length of the Bruce Trail in 2017.But while Critelli is stepping away from Brock, Lumsden said her impact on the University, and the wider basketball community, will be felt for many years to come.“Rarely have we seen anyone make such a huge and positive impact in sport the way Chris has done,” he said. “She didn’t just spend her years in sport, she made a massive impression at every level she touched. Her depth of experience and knowledge in sport while caring for student-athletes will be missed.” read more

New York city has trees that smell like bad sex

first_img10 things in tech you need to know today See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions THIS SPRING, NEW Yorkers will have their noses assaulted by an unpleasant odour coming from the army of white-blossom covered trees that line many of the city’s streets.These flowers, though lovely in appearance, smell like a mixture of rotting fish and semen, according to a variety of web reports, and personal accounts from residents.The raunchy-smelling flowers come from the Bradford Pear tree. Their scientific name is Pyrus calleryana. The trees were planted all throughout New York in the 1960s because they are hard to kill — they grow fast and can thrive in tough conditions. People also think they are pretty. In the eastern United States, they are considered an invasive species because of their prevalence.The downside, we have learned, is that these hardy “street trees” really stink.Urban Dictionary has labelled Bradford Pears the “semen tree,” with an equally inappropriate, though colourful, description of their smell, which you can read over there.Everything we smell — from bananas to pine needles — comes from molecules, usually made of volatile chemicals, meaning chemicals that evaporate easily. The molecules evaporate from the food or flower and travel into your nose, where they bind with receptors in our nose.The compounds that make the Bradford Pear tree’s flowers smell are likely due to a type of chemical called amines, Dr Eloy Rodriguez, a professor of plant biology at Cornell University, told Business Insider.We come in contact with the smell of amines every day in the form of body odours, like under the arm pits.Pretty, but smelly. (Pic: Janice Waltzer/Flickr)The fishy odour produced by the Bradford Pear is likely a combination of two amines called trimethylamine and dimethylamine, according to Richard Banick, a botanical manager at Bell Flavors and Fragrances. Although perfumers know what chemicals produce the fishy smell (trimethylamine is often used an indicator of how fresh a fish is) they can’t be certain what causes the odour of the Bradford Pear, said Banick.Plants that produce volatile amines, some that smell like rotting meat, use the gas either to attract flies who will then spread the flower’s pollen, or to ward off insects that might want to steal the nectar, said Rodriguez.Rodgriquez suspects that the volatile compounds in the Bradford tree are there as attractants, and not necessarily to repel pollinators.Later, the trees produce little green-yellow fruits that you cannot eat.So there you have it. The reason New York City smells like one big orgy starting in April is due to little white flowers that produce a scent, which is apparently inviting to other insects.- Dina Spector A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

Incentives for the elderly meagre tax breaks for the lower incomes

first_imgWhile most of the talk about the 2018 Federal Budget that Treasurer Scott Morrison is presenting tonight has been focused on tax cuts for companies and individuals, there is one group of Australians who are getting the government’s attention: pensioners. According to the inforrmation that has found its way to the media, the Pension Loans Scheme will undergo significant expansion, allowing retirees to top up their income by borrowing against the value of their home. Apart from that, the Budget will include incentives for Australians who want to remain in the work force above retirement age, such as investment into trainign programs.But for the majority of elderly Australians, the Federal Budget includes funding for tens of thousands of extra home-care packages. This measure could benefit more than 100,000 of people who are currently on the waiting list for a package, which would help them stay in their own home rather than moving to an aged care facility.This kind of measures may well prove to be beneficial for the government’s approval numbers, much more than the debated tax breaks. When Treasurer Scott Morrison said that the tax breaks featured in tonight’s BudgetAustralian Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a visit to Capital Brewing Co in Canberra, Friday, May 4, 2018. Treasurer Morrison is handing down his third federal budget on May 8, 2018. Photo: AAP via AP /Lukas Cochwill “not be mammoth”, he was certainly not exaggerating. For the past couple of days, pundits and economist have been arguing as to the effect that a $10 extra a week can make to a low income earner and so far, this measure is already starting to backfire.Speaking on the panel of last night’s Q & A on ABC, Labor MP Linda Burney pointed out that the weekly tax cut doesn’t amount to a whole lot when a cup of coffee can cost about $5. “I think that when you’re having a look, if you’re going to reform the tax system then proper reform it,” she said, labeling the Treasurer’s proposition as not a “decent” enough tax cut.The measure is designed to be an increase to the Low Income Tax Offset (LITO), which is delivered as the end-of-the-year tax rebate. Currently standing at $445 per year for the low-income earners (i.e. those who earn below $37,000 per year), it  gradually reduces and cuts out completely when people reach an annual income of $66,667. Under the 2018 Federal Budget, this tax rebate will be more than doubled, reaching $1,000 for low income earners and it will be extended up to those earning up to $90,000 annually, still gradually reducing according to income growth.Despite its questionable effect on the income of lower and middle class families, the measure is still estimated at $4 billion to $5 billion a year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of June 16 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, June 16, 2019:190819 — Wilmington Planning Board — North Wilmington Estates190820 — Wilmington Planning Board — 250 Ballardvale Street190821 — Wilmington Planning Board — 269 Ballardvale Street190822 — Wilmington Planning Board — 773 Salem Street190833 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Robson Angelone New House Inv(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Friday Is Deadline To Comment On EPAs 404C Determination

first_imgThe EPA’s proposed restrictions on development of the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region are currently open for public comment. But the deadline to comment is this Friday.Download Audiolast_img

Pajinag Takes The Reins Of Front Street Community Health Center

first_imgKelly Pajinag grew up in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2000. He joined Hospice & Home Care of Juneau in the summer of 2013. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Kelly Pajinag is the new interim executive director of Front Street Community Health Center as of Jan. 1. He’s also the program manager of Catholic Community Services’ Hospice & Home Care of Juneau.Download AudioAs he juggles two jobs, Pajinag hopes to help the homeless clinic get through some growing pains.Kelly Pajinag, 33, says he doesn’t have much of a social life these days. His dual leadership positions have similar responsibilities.“In regards to some of the things that I’ve experienced at Hospice & Home Care of Juneau with implementing more of the administrative business backbone to the program, I kind of saw a relationship here at the Front Street Community Health Center in regards to recruitment, the staffing, the billing platforms to be implemented and put into place,” Pajinag says.He’s the second executive director of Front Street Community Health Center since last May whenit left umbrella organization Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Pajinag says the clinic, which has offered medical, dental and behavioral health services, is going through a challenging transition.“We’re still in the works of really trying to pick up the pieces of having the luxury of a large organization provide your billing, your payroll, your human resources. These are all things that we have to do at the clinic level now,” Pajinag says.Pajinag sat on the board of the health center prior to becoming its interim executive director. He has three months to fulfill some big goals. One is continuing to diversify its clientele; Front Street has long been ahomeless clinic and still receives a large chunk of its federal funding for that purpose. It hopes to provide care for patients from all walks of life.“‘Cause there is a need for thousands of people in our community, so my goal is to make it efficient and effective and available for people to access, whether it’s the homeless population, uninsured, underserved or someone that’s conveniently located nearby,” he says.Another goal is figuring out the clinic’s staffing shortage. Two of its three main care providers are no longer there. Nurse practitioner Janna Brewster, who also served as the clinic’s manager, resigned in November and dentist Ed Linsell retired. The health center is actively recruiting for both medical positions.In the meantime, Pajinag says part-time nurse practitioners are filling the gap as Front Street continues to provide medical and behavioral health services. Linsell is providing dental care one week a month.Pajinag says the health center will soon implement billing and get reimbursements from Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. The goal is to get a third of its revenue this way.At the end of March, the Front Street Community Health Center board will reevaluate Pajinag’s position. Dr. Carlton Heine is a board member.“Does he have the capacity to do this job with his other job or do we need to look for a different person for executive director?” Heine says.Until then, Pajinag says he’s confident, with the help of staff and community members, the health center will get through the tough transition and start offering patient-centered care to more of Juneau’s population.last_img read more

Dancing Divabot performs on stage w Video

first_img Developed by the country’s biggest public research organization, Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the new variant of HRP-4, the female robot HRP-4C deemed “Divabot,” has a realistic face, movable features and even mimics human-sounding breaths. The robot utilizes two primary technologies, using a real singer as a model. Researchers recorded the model’s every move as she sung a Japanese song. They used VocalListener to synthesize the singing voice on the computer, and imitate the singing voice. For the facial expressions, they used a new technology, Vocawatcher, which studies a person singing to replicate the expressions naturally. They then mapped the data onto HRP-4C and voila–Diva-bot was brought to life.A member of the institute said they want to create a new content industry with the technology. Diva-bot’s intricate software creates complicated movements such as jumping, dancing and even balancing. Using a mouse, those with zero robotic expertise are meant to find Diva-bot easily operable, which may or may not be a good thing considering how complex the robot is.Comparable to the software commonly used in CG character animation, Diva-bot’s positioning can be controlled by clicking on the different parts and dragging them to the desired position, creating a sequence of key poses that the software generates, making the robot move. Explore further Citation: Dancing Divabot performs on stage (w/ Video) (2010, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-divabot-stage-video.html Introducing Japan’s new singing robot (w/ Video) (c) 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A singing, dancing humanoid recently joined a live group of dancers to perform. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Driver arrested with firearm after collision

first_imgPublic Safety officers  and Sharaj Ambulance Services responded to the scene.All three drivers were given Breathalyser tests and it was found that the driver of the Fiesta was under the influence of alcohol. He was then placed under arrest. During the arrest, while his hands were being handcuffed behind his back, the officers suddenly realised that the man was armed. The drunk driver had a firearm pushed down the front of his trousers. The firearm was confiscated.No injuries were reported. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite On Thursday afternoon, while rain and hail fell from the sky, there were numerous collisions in and around town. Luckily, none of them were serious.One of the accidents saw the driver of a Ford Fiesta colliding with a VW Jetta near the Department of Home Affairs in Keate Street. The driver of the Fiesta fled the scene, speeding down Alexandra Street. He then collided with a second vehicle, before coming to a halt in Alexandra Street.last_img read more