Trinamool calls MHA advisory a ‘conspiracy’ to ‘grab power’ in opposition-ruled States

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress, in a June 10 letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, claimed that the Ministry of Home Affairs’ June 9 advisory to the West Bengal government was part of a “deep-rooted conspiracy” and an “evil ploy to grab power” in opposition-ruled States.Trinamool general secretary and West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee said in the letter that the MHA has drawn conclusions without verifying the ground reality or taking a report from the State government.“We, on behalf of the Trinamool Congress, lodge our strong objection to the advisory issued by the MHA and urge that the same be withdrawn forthwith,” he said.In the advisory sent to the West Bengal government on Sunday, the MHA had expressed “deep concern” over the continuing post-poll violence in the State and asked it to maintain law and order.The advisory came a day after BJP and Trinamool workers clashed in the Sandeshkhali area of North Parganas district.Criticising the advisory, Mr. Chatterjee said, “We have reason to believe that it is an evil ploy to grab power in States run by parties politically opposed to the BJP. Moreover, this is a deep-rooted conspiracy and game plan to malign the State government and capture the Bengal administration through undemocratic, unethical and unconstitutional means.”Blaming “BJP goons” for having perpetrated violence and chaos across the State, the Trinamool leader alleged that as the MHA and the saffron party were being headed by the same person, it was “quite obvious” that “whatever the BJP desires, the MHA is implementing it with closed eyes, throwing all constitutional propriety to the wind”.“In a democracy, the Centre and the States work in tandem. Instead of taking the State government into confidence and verifying the ground situation, the unilateral issue of an advisory by the MHA is an insult to the people of Bengal and an assault on the glory, culture, and heritage of the State,” Mr. Chatterjee said.On Sunday night, the West Bengal government sent a letter to the MHA saying that the situation in the State was “under control” and there was no failure on the part of its law enforcement agencies.The BJP has claimed that five of its workers were killed in the violence in Sandeshkhali, while the ruling Trinamool claimed that one was killed.last_img read more

Yanks Beat Red Sox Again

first_imgNEW YORK — With a little help from the replay room, Carlos Beltran and the banged-up Yankees did just enough to hold off Boston.Beltran hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova rebounded from a rough outing, and New York beat the Red Sox 3-2 April 13 with the aid of another disputed video review that led to the ejection of Boston manager John Farrell.“Extremely difficult to have any faith in the process that’s being used,” Farrell said.Ichiro Suzuki robbed David Ortiz of extra bases in the eighth inning, crashing into the outfield fence for a spectacular catch, and New York took three of four in the first series of the season between the longtime rivals.Beltran had three hits and was pressed into his first career appearance at first base when Francisco Cervelli was injured.“We have to do what it takes,” Beltran said. “I hope I don’t have to do it again.”Mike Napoli homered and Felix Doubront (1-2) went 6 2-3 innings for the Red Sox, who scratched star second baseman Dustin Pedroia due to a sore left wrist.New York, playing without Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game, scored its third run with the benefit of instant replay in the fourth.With runners at the corners and one out, the Red Sox thought they turned an inning-ending double play on Cervelli’s grounder. First base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out on a bang-bang play, and Cervelli grabbed his right hamstring as he tumbled to the ground.Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, which was overturned after a 3-minute replay review. That gave New York another run and a 3-1 lead.Farrell, surely still bothered by a replay review that curiously went against Boston the day before, pointed to his eyes as he argued with two umpires. He was quickly ejected by Davidson.Managers aren’t allowed to argue replay rulings.“We felt it was clear that the replay was inconclusive,” Farrell said. “Any angle that we looked at, you couldn’t tell if the foot was on the bag behind Mike Napoli’s leg.”Major League Baseball acknowledged it made the wrong call on a replay challenge that went against the Red Sox during New York’s 7-4 victory April 12.“Where this became conclusive is a hard pill to swallow,” Farrell said. “On the heels of yesterday, it’s hard to have any faith in the system.”Suzuki entered to run for Cervelli, who was filling in at first base for injured Mark Teixeira. When the Yankees took the field in the fifth, Suzuki was in right field, and Beltran moved from right field to first base — with Cervelli’s mitt.“Thank God nobody hit the baseball to me,” said Beltran, who made three putouts.It was the first time Beltran had played any infield position in his 16-year career. Jeter was getting a rest and oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts was sidelined with a sore back, preventing Girardi from shuffling his infielders after Cervelli went down.“I didn’t have a whole lot of choices tonight,” Girardi said. “Just tells you the type of player he is. … Willing to do anything you ask him to do. Very, very unselfish.”David Phelps struck out pinch-hitter Mike Carp with the bases loaded to end the eighth, pumping his fist as he bounced off the mound. Shawn Kelley struck out two in a perfect ninth for his third save.Jacoby Ellsbury made a sliding catch in left-center to end it.Nova (2-1) received a warm ovation after giving up two runs and eight hits with no walks in 7 1-3 innings. He was tagged by Baltimore for seven runs and 10 hits over 3 2-3 innings during a 14-5 loss in his previous outing.“I thought he had better command of his curveball tonight, which was a huge difference,” Girardi said.Jonathan Herrera started in Pedroia’s place and had an RBI single to go with a sensational defensive play.Fans in the crowd of 46,081 chanted Jeter’s name when Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte came up limping in the sixth. Solarte stayed in the game.Jeter was out of the lineup for the second straight day after feeling tightness in his right quadriceps Friday night. Girardi said he could have played Jeter, but wanted to give him three days off in a row — the Yankees have a day off April 14.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgJLR opens bookings for new Range Rover modelsMumbai, Jun 19 (PTI): Luxury carmaker Jaguar LandRover India today began bookings for the new variants of RangeRover SV Autobiography and Range Rover Sport SVR which comewith 4-litre and 5.1 liter engines.While the Range Rover Sport SVR comes at an entryprice of Rs 1.97 crore, the price tag for the Range Rover SVAutobiography ranges from Rs 3.12 crore to Rs 3.88 crore, thecompany said in a statement.These are the fastest and most capable Land Rover SUVmodels offering better on-ground performance coupled withall-terrain capabilities, JLR India president & managingdirector Rohit Suri said.These models come with a slew of upgraeds and changes,including a carbon fibre bonnet as standard offering, lightersports seats and chassis to improve the dynamics of the RangeRover Sport SVR.The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and mostcapable SUV from the Land Rover stable and comes with a 5-liter V8 supercharged powertrain with 423 kW and reaches 0-100km in just 4.5 seconds. The new Range Rover SV Autobiographycomes with resourceful technology offering long wheelbase of3.12 m.******************DIL to merge subsidiary Fermenta BiotechDIL Ltd, formerly known as Duphar-Interfran, todaysaid its board has approved merger of its subsidiary FermentaBiotech in which it owns more than 91 per cent stake.The move is part of an overall business restructuringexercise, the company said, adding a separate board meetinghas been called on June 21 to consider scheme of amalgamation.The board also approved a 1:1 share split plan and a 1:1 bonusissue of shares, it said.advertisementDIL holds 91.2 per cent stake in Fermenta Biotech,which was incorporated in 1986 and is engaged in manufacturingof vitamin D3, other specialty APIs, biological enzymes apartfrom offering integrated biotech-based environmentalsolutions.******************Oakter to invest $2 m in R&DMumbai, Jun 19 (PTI) Internet connected home appliancescompany Oakter Smart Home today announced its plans to investUSD 2 million in R&D.The company is a leading developer and seller of AI poweredconnected home appliances in the country, and plans to furtherexpand its technological capabilities by instituting aresearch centre in Noida, it said in a statement.Further, it is hiring over 30 system engineers to develop thenext generation AI for edge-computing inside home products.PTI BEN DSK BEN BEN BEN BENRDS RDS RDSlast_img read more

Dabangg 3 60 percent complete Arbaaz Khan

first_imgMumbai: Salman Khan’s much-hyped upcoming comedy action drama Dabangg 3 is already 60 per cent complete. This was revealed in Mumbai on Monday by the superstar’s brother Arbaaz Khan, who is the producer of the series while interacting with the media on the sets of the film, “Sridevi Bungalow”, which will mark the Bollywood debut of Priya Prakash Varrier. “Dabangg 3” reunites Sonakshi Sinha with Salman, and southern star Sudeep plays the villain. The film is being directed by Prabh Deva. Arbaaz is happy and confident about the way the film is shaping up. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “We are in middle of a long schedule. We have completed almost 60 per cent shooting of the film and, hopefully by the end of September, we will wrap up entire shoot. We looking forward to release the film towards end of December. In fact, we have announced release date of the film,” he said, referring to the fact that the film’s release has been locked for December 20. “I am excited about the film, and we all are having a lot of fun while making it. People have told me that they have a lot of expectation from the film and I feel that is a nice thing. I know that people like this franchise and they love Chulbul Pandey’s character. If people weren’t excited, then that would be a cause of concern,” he said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Arbaaz, who has worked in the capacity of an actor, director, producer and a talk show host, over more than two decades since he made his debut with Daraar in 1996, says he feels “blessed” to have survived Bollywood for so long. “I made my acting debut in 1996. It has been 23 years, and even today if I get work then I think I am blessed. I feel fortunate that I am still working. We have seen people struggling to get work in this industry after two or three films. God has been kind to me,” he says. He continued: “I have made my mark as an actor and I have also established myself as a producer with a franchise like “Dabangg”. I directed “Dabangg 2″, which was also a milestone film. Recently, I did a web series and hosted a talk show in the digital space. I am looking forward to work on digital platforms more often than not.” Dabangg 3 is scheduled to release on December 20.last_img read more

Jessica Lucas to Star in New Original Crime Drama The Murders Coming

first_imgTORONTO, Oct. 10, 2018 – Jessica Lucas (Gotham, Cloverfield) is set to star as Detective Kate Jameson in new original crime drama The Murders, coming to Citytv in 2019. Produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Citytv, the eight-part, 60-minute episode season began shooting in Vancouver on October 9, 2018. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Murders is a police procedural crime drama that features an episodic case of the week coupled with serialised character elements and a powerful soundtrack. Kate Jameson is a rookie homicide detective who searches for redemption in her investigative work after her negligence is the cause of a fellow officer’s death. In the pilot episode, Detective Kate Jameson is partnered with Detective Mike Huntley (Lochlyn Munro) as they navigate the case of a mysterious serial killer who uses music for destructive ends. Joining Lucas and Munro are star-studded cast members Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Terry Chen (Jessica Jones), Luvia Petersen (Ghost Wars), and Venus Terzo (Arrow).“I’m excited to work with this stellar cast in presenting a unique and thrilling crime drama,” says Damon Vignale, Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer. “Muse Entertainment and Rogers Media have been great partners on this creative collaboration, and we can’t wait to bring this new series to audiences.” Advertisement Facebook “Damon’s amazing premise for a series, murder inspired by music, hit the right note,” says Jesse Prupas of Muse Entertainment, and Executive Producer on the series. “The extremely talented, diverse and recognizable cast that we’ve been able to assemble for The Murders will help this series reach audiences around the world.”Muse Entertainment produces The Murders in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media. Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer is Damon Vignale, followed by Executive Producers Jesse Prupas and Michael Prupas of Muse Entertainment, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring and Jessica Lucas. Arielle Boisvert is the Producer. Lucas is represented by LA-based The Gersh Agency and Thruline Entertainment. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Senior Vice President of TV & Broadcast Operations.The Murders will be distributed around the world by About Premium Content, a Paris-based distributor headed by Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel.Social MediaCitytv Website: CitytvCitytv on Twitter: @City_tvCitytv on Facebook: on Instagram: @city_tvRogers Media PR on Twitter: @RogersMediaPRRogers Media PR on Instagram: @rogersmediaprAbout Muse Entertainment:Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. It has development and production offices in Montreal, Los Angeles, Torontoand Vancouver. Muse productions have won critical acclaim, large audiences, over 100 international awards, including Emmy Awards, and more than 300 award nominations. Muse produces a wide range of primetime comedy and dramatic series, miniseries, television movies, feature films, documentaries, factual entertainment, family programs and animation. www.muse.caAbout Citytv:Citytv offers viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, and culturally-diverse content through its seven television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Montreal, plus the award-winning Citytv Video app. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv delivers an entertaining mix of Canadian and acquired prime-time programming, news, and local-interactive formats with influential brands such as Cityline, CityNews, and Breakfast Television. Citytv is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit Premium Content:(APC) is headed by experienced principals Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel and is a boutique co-production and distribution company that seeks to help independent producers and content creators in the development and the financing of their projects, partnering with them as early as the development stage. APC has a growing slate of fiction from a range of producers around the world. “The Murders is a great example of our continued commitment to invest in premium original Canadian content,” says Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “We’ve seen that our Citytv audiences love our gritty and unique take on the quintessential character rich crime drama, and we’re excited to introduce this new series in 2019.”. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Federal fall update expected to offer more support for struggling news industry

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is expected to lay out fresh plans next week to support Canada’s struggling news industry.The measures, expected in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall economic statement Wednesday, will be designed to help journalism remain viable after years of shrinking advertising revenues.The decline has already shuttered newsrooms, led to job cuts in many others, and eroded coverage of key democratic institutions across Canada — everything from municipal councils to provincial legislatures to Parliament.In last winter’s federal budget, Ottawa committed $50 million over five years for local journalism in “underserved communities.”The government also pledged in the budget to search for additional ways of supporting Canadian journalism.Internal federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information legislation say the government assembled a working group of officials from the finance and heritage departments following the February budget.Their goal, the memo said, was “to identify options to address the issues affecting journalism in Canada ahead of the fall economic statement.”The fall statement will be one of the last opportunities in the current fiscal year to announce the new measures.“A range of options to ensure the continued viability of the journalism industry in Canada are being considered,” reads the briefing note prepared for deputy finance minister Paul Rochon ahead of his meeting last July with the president and the publisher of Montreal’s La Presse newspaper.In the budget, Ottawa promised to take a closer look at potential models to enable private donations and philanthropic support for “trusted, professional, non-profit journalism and local news.” The government said eventual steps could include new ways for Canadian newspapers to innovate and receive charitable status for “not-for-profit” journalism.The briefing document for Rochon noted how La Presse announced its plan to adopt a not-for-profit structure last May — a couple of months after the budget — to position the newspaper to take advantage of the federal commitments on journalism.A separate July briefing note laid out options for “government action” but those sections of the document were redacted.“There are calls for the government to intervene to save the legacy newspapers under the premise that this is the key way of ensuring the continued production of civic-function journalism,” reads the memo.The document summarized recent industry trends — including how overall operating revenues tumbled to $3.2 billion in 2016 from their peak of $5.5 billion in 2008. The decrease included a steep drop of 34 per cent between 2012 and 2016.It said the decline has been caused mainly by falling advertising revenues and, when it comes to online ads, noted how Canadian news outlets have struggled to compete with giants like Facebook and Google, which scoop up about 80 per cent of the digital business.The number of daily newspapers in Canada was down to just 88 by May 2018, the document said. A decade earlier, there had been 139.The news industry’s challenges have also led to job losses. The memo said news organizations slashed salary spending by 37 per cent between 2006 and 2016, a period that saw the number of workers in the industry fall to 24,000 from 36,000. Between 2007 and 2017, employment in journalist positions declined 5.7 per cent — to 11,688 from 12,396.“There are indications that journalists are less able to cover stories about Canada’s democratic institutions. Dedicated coverage of public interest news (e.g. legislatures, town halls, courts) has declined,” the note said.In the lead up to the federal budget, the government was bombarded with ideas on how to help the news industry. A report last year from the Public Policy Forum called for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada, a fund to help finance reliable news and information with $100 million in federal seed money, a new “local” mandate for news agency The Canadian Press and changes to the CBC’s online advertising.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TSX lower amid World Bank revisions US bank earnings

The Toronto stock market was lower Wednesday while traders take in strong U.S. bank earnings and a cut in the World Bank’s global growth forecast for this year.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 38.19 points to 12,603.78 while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 2.84 points to 1,228.95.The Canadian dollar was down 0.17 of a cent to 101.45 cents US as the greenback strengthened on worries about the impasse over raising the U.S. debt ceiling while traders awaited the Fed’s latest U.S. regional economic analysis.The Federal Reserve’s so-called Beige Book comes out mid-afternoon.U.S. indexes were mixed with the Dow Jones industrials down 25.65 points to 13,509.24 amid more problems for aircraft maker Boeing, the Nasdaq edged up 5.69 points to 3,116.47 while the S&P 500 index slipped 0.34 of a point to 1,472.The lacklustre action on markets came after the World Bank on Tuesday projected that the global economy will expand by 2.4 per cent in 2013, down from a forecast of three per cent growth in June.“Overall, the global economic environment remains fragile and prone to further disappointment, although the balance of risks is now less skewed to the downside than it has been in recent years,” the World Bank said in its twice-yearly report.Meanwhile, there was good news from the American banking sector.JPMorgan Chase, the country’s biggest bank by assets, says its fourth-quarter earnings shot up 55 per cent over the year to US$5.3 billion or $1.40 a share, after paying preferred dividends. That blew away the $1.16 expected by analysts polled by FactSet.JPMorgan’s revenue also beat expectations, rising 10 per cent over the year, to $24.4 billion, after stripping out an accounting charge. However, the stock was off four cents to US$46.31.But Goldman Sachs ran ahead 2.42 per cent to US$138.87 after the U.S. investment bank reported that fourth-quarter net income nearly tripled to US$2.89 billion or $5.60 a share, much higher than the $3.71 that analysts had expected. Net revenue of $9.24 billion beat expectations of $7.98 billion.Boeing stock fell 3.18 per cent to US$74.49 as Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet.The 787, known as the Dreamliner, is Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced jet. But since its launch, which came after delays of more than three years, the plane has been plagued by a series of problems including a battery fire and fuel leaks.The base metals component led TSX decliners, down 1.27 per cent as the World Bank report raised demand concerns, pushing March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange down two cents to US$3.62 a pound.Sid Mokhtari, market technician at CIBC World Markets noted that the report would not have come as a complete surprise to markets.“We have to assume that the market tends to price a lot of stuff in ahead of time so by the time it gets published by the World Bank, you would think the majority of those assumptions were priced in,” he said.“Having said that, the dominant behaviour of the commodities are still on the weaker side. We have to see better data out of China, which has been the case (recently) and maybe another round of better sentiment out of Europe.”Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 71 cents to $36.26.February crude was up 56 cents at US$93.84 a barrel and the energy sector was down 0.29 per cent. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 26 cents to C$33.66.The gold sector was off 0.34 per cent while February bullion declined $5.90 to US$1,678 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded eight cents to C$9.48.The financials sector was off 0.3 per cent with Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) down 21 cents to $27.62.The TSX tech sector was the only positive group after Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) said the Visa credit card system has approved the smartphone company’s method for handling secure mobile payments. The green light from Visa is a step towards offering global support for any device equipped with the BlackBerry maker’s mobile-payments technology and its shares were 54 cents or 3.78 per cent higher to $14.81.In other corporate news, Canadian autoparts giant Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) says it expects between US$31.3 billion and US$32.7 billion of sales globally this year. Magna says it expects about half of its total 2013 revenue will come the sale of parts to North American manufacturing operations.Magna estimates automotive manufacturers will produce 15.3 million vehicles in North America this year and 12 million in Europe. Its stock added 26 cents to C$51.44.Also in the background was increasing nervousness about a fight brewing in Washington over raising the U.S. debt ceiling so that the government can keep borrowing money to pay its bills. The U.S. Treasury says it will run out of money to pay all the government’s obligations sometime in February or March if Congress doesn’t raise the current $16.4 trillion limit on borrowing.Republican lawmakers say they will demand major spending cuts in exchange for any agreement to raise the debt limit. But President Barack Obama has said he won’t negotiate on the debt limit.In economic news, U.S. factory production rose 0.8 per cent last month compared with November, lifted by more output of autos, electronics and business equipment. That followed a 1.3 per cent rise in November, which reflected a rebound from Superstorm Sandy.European bourses were mixed as London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.22 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX inched up 0.05 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.34 per cent. read more

NAFTA checklist From dairy to liquor a handy guide to key issues

WASHINGTON — The formal process in renegotiating the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement could begin any day. The U.S. administration says it will soon serve notice that it will enter discussions with Canada and Mexico, following a 90-day consultation period.It’s now poised to happen, with Monday’s long-awaited swearing-in of Robert Lighthizer, Donald Trump’s trade czar.In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of key issues at stake:• Dairy: A prime sensitive spot when Canada negotiates trade deals. In Canada’s sheltered dairy industry, imports get slapped with a 270 per cent duty beyond a fixed quota. Canada faced intense pressure to pry open the system in recent negotiations. Canada accepted more European dairy on its grocery shelves, in a deal with the EU. It would have allowed another 3.25 per cent under the ill-fated Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dairy farmers were upset. The Harper government softened the blow with a multbillion-dollar compensation package. This time, with TPP dead, the U.S. could seek a more dramatic opening. U.S. policy-makers have two concerns: First, with Canada’s supply management controls, in general; and more specifically with rules related to milk-protein products.• Auto parts: Among the top U.S. priorities. It involves rules of origin — and how much local content is required to avoid tariffs. It’s clear the White House wants more car parts sourced at home, and fewer from Asia. What’s not clear is the details: will it insist on a specific quota for American parts, or be content with more production in North America, generally? How will it tinker with the rules — by simply raising the threshold for avoiding a tariff, currently 62.5 per cent, or by also insisting on a stricter formula for calculating that percentage? Will the policy lead to higher car prices? Will changes really shift production from Asia, or will companies simply pay more in duties and add it to the sticker price? The details matter here.• Consumer rights: The U.S. government wants to help Canadian shoppers — specifically, to help them buy more things from the U.S., through lower duties. It’s a standard priority of American administrations, and could wind up on the negotiating table. Canada has one of the most punitive duty systems in the world, taxing imported online purchases above $20, a pittance compared to the $800 limit Americans enjoy. But Canadian retailers say a change in this system would be of one-sided benefit to American retailers, resulting in shuttered bricks-and-mortar stores in Canada.• Buy American: Canada wants freer trade in public projects, specifically infrastructure. Some American lawmakers want to go the other way: they want more barriers to foreign bids, and would do away with the exemptions currently enjoyed by Canada and Mexico in NAFTA. Trump is a big booster of Buy American rules, generally, but hasn’t revealed his intended direction here. The U.S. has its own complaints about Canada. The U.S. bemoans the fact that some provincial entities have regulations that undermine U.S. suppliers, like Hydro-Quebec with wind energy. It also complains that U.S. software companies get shut out of public contracts, because of concerns about Canadians’ privacy.• Labour mobility: Canada wants changes here. So does industry. Businesses hate the current professional visa section in NAFTA. It allows easy visas for a list of jobs — but that list reflects the economy of 1993. It barely references digital jobs. Companies complain about unnecessary paperwork and hassles in sending employees to a branch across the border. Another problem involves spouses — one spouse gets a visa but the other can’t work across the border. One potential challenge in addressing this issue: it could quickly get dragged into the broader, heated and very political U.S. debate on immigration.• Softwood: Will there be peace in our time on softwood lumber? Perhaps. This was the first thing mentioned the day after Trump’s election, when the ambassador to the U.S. was asked what he’d like to see in a new NAFTA. Lumber has been the source of recurring spats: Once a decade, the U.S. imposes tariffs over what it views as illegal product-dumping from wood off public land; it winds up in tribunals; Canada tends to win most cases, and that leads to a temporary deal, with restrictions on Canadian wood, before the deal expires and the skirmishes resume. Canada isn’t the only party that wants a softwood deal in NAFTA; Trump’s point man on the negotiation, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, has also alluded to it as an ideal addition to the agreement.• Liquor: Canada’s liquor boards are a repeated source of complaint in the U.S. government’s annual report on trade barriers. It laments the high taxes and tight controls on what gets sold in Canadian stores. The U.S. is especially miffed at B.C. and Ontario for keeping imported wines off grocery shelves. It’s even launched a trade action over the issue.• Digital services: TPP allowed freer movement of data between countries. It would have restricted the right of any country to insist upon local storage facilities for digital information. Critics called this worrisome, for reasons of protecting personal information. Supporters called the change liberating — meaning it would become easier for someone to start a business from anywhere in the world.• Pharmaceuticals: The U.S. has tougher patent rules on drugs — which can delay the introduction of generics, increasing prices. One U.S. drug company, Eli Lilly, recently sued Canada at a NAFTA panel over court decisions that struck down patents. It lost. But many U.S. lawmakers, funded by big pharma, want changes in Canada. Another potential issue involves cutting-edge biologics drugs. It was a heated issue in TPP. Canada wasn’t involved in that tussle, but would be this time if the U.S. pushes a harder line: the U.S. allows 12 years of patent-like protections for data on these products, while Canada is closer to the international norm at eight years.• Telecommunications and broadcasting: Canada fought for cultural industries to be exempted from its U.S. trade deals — meaning books, recordings, broadcasts are not subject to free trade. Culture was a significant irritant in original negotiations; it hasn’t come up in recent complaints from the U.S. administration. One thing the U.S. could seek is greater access to telecommunications, like cell-phone services, according to a draft list of priorities recently sent to Congress.• Snapbacks: A controversial item on the draft document sent to U.S. Congress, a tariff snapback means a country could reinstate duties on a certain product if increased imports hurt its producers. Other countries will resist fiercely if U.S. negotiators seek this addition.• Dispute settlement mechanism: This was a make-or-break issue for Canada in the original Canada-U.S. trade deal. Rather than allowing American judges to preside over cases involving trade actions by American companies, Canada insisted upon a third-party mechanism. That demand almost sank the original trade agreement in 1987. The Mulroney government threatened to cut off negotiations over this issue. In the end, the mechanism was created. It was later incorporated into NAFTA. Many Americans still resent it. A key reason: Softwood lumber, and U.S. losses in Chapter 19 cases. The commerce secretary, Ross, says it’s unfair that an international panel, which might include one American and two Canadians, should interpret America’s domestic trade-remedy laws. Numerous members of Congress agree. Eliminating Chapter 19 is listed as a priority in the administration’s draft notice to Congress. read more

Newmont in court in Indonesia

first_imgIn the trial over the alleged pollution of Buyat Bay, Newmont Mining executive Richard Ness has called on the Indonesian Government to hold accountable those who have used erroneous and misleading science to accuse PT Newmont Minahasa Raya of environmental wrongdoing. If Newmont does indeed prove to be innocent in this case, it will highlight once again the need for controls to stop anti-mining groups wasting public time and money.After waiting for a year, Ness took the witness stand on September 1 in the Indonesian District Court of Manado. Ness proclaimed his and Newmont’s innocence in the trial taking place on the Indonesian island of North Sulawesi. He noted that testimony given by nearly all witnesses had proven that Buyat Bay has never been polluted, and that the charges never had any basis in fact or science.As President Director of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, Ness demonstrated that Newmont, with government approval, had obtained and complied with all necessary permits. Ness testified that Newmont had abided by all environmental regulations and requirements. He also discredited accusations of pollution by showing the court how the mine had discharged far fewer metals than were allowed under the permits granted by the Indonesian authorities. Over eight years of operations, the mine discharged less than half of total tailings allowed by the permit.Ness challenged the Ministry of Environment’s 2004 Technical Team report which formed the basis for some of the indictments against him and the Company. Ness also described how multiple witnesses over the course of the trial had repeatedly relied on flawed scientific evidence in the report, including references to fictitious standards, embellished fish population studies and discredited methodologies. Ness called on the Indonesian Government to hold accountable those who used a government appointed body to publish incorrect and misleading data in an effort to target the mining company.After the trial, the lead lawyer for Newmont’s defense, Luhut Pangaribuan said, “It is clear that there is no legal basis for any of the indictments against Richard Ness and PTNMR, for one simple reason: there was never any criminal wrongdoing. The facts of the case and all of the witnesses who testified before the court have shown that there is no pollution in Buyat Bay.”Ness was equally adamant, saying, “I believe it has been proven in court that there is absolutely no evidence to support the allegations in the indictments. However, we will continue to respect the ongoing legal process in Indonesia. The last two years have been very hard for me and my family and we look forward to being proven innocent in court very soon.”In Denver, USA, Senior Vice President for Operations Tom Enos said, “All the facts have now been submitted and the evidence clearly shows that these charges were false from the beginning. Rick Ness is an innocent man who has endured a two-year nightmare. He deserves to be exonerated as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Outotec to supply technology for Bulgarian zinc smelter

first_imgOutotec has been awarded a contract for the supply of a new zinc roaster with gas cleaning and sulphuric acid plant for OZK Kardzhali, the second biggest zinc smelter in Bulgaria. The contract value is approximately €25 million. Outotec’s scope of delivery covers engineering and supply of the roasting, gas cleaning and acid technology as well as supervision services for the erection and commissioning of the plant. The mechanical completion of the project is scheduled for mid 2009.   The new zinc roaster is part of OZK Kardzhali’s €68 million investment program, which will double the production of high-grade zinc by 2009. The roaster train supplied by Outotec will replace the existing 50-year-old roasters of Russian design. Outotec’s process not only increases the efficiency but also improves the energy recovery and environmental conditions of the smelter by reducing dust and sulfur dioxide gas emissions.last_img read more

Moondance at the Waterfront Free tickets for Van Morrison show in Belfast

first_imgIF YOU’RE A fan of Van Morrison and free stuff this might just blow your mind. As long as you’re from Belfast that is (or maybe a friend of someone who is).‘Van The Man’ is soon to be given the freedom of his native Belfast and in celebration he will play a free concert in the city’s Waterfront Hall on 15 November.Tickets for the gig will be allocated by way of a draw and applications can be made on the websites of Belfast City Council or the Waterfront Hall itself. Only citizens of Belfast can apply for tickets with applications opening this morning at 10am and staying open until 30 October.Winners will receive two tickets for the show with a total of 2,000 up for grabs.Lord Mayor Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will make a presentation to Morrison on the night and said that they are expecting “a huge level of interest” in the tickets. “It will be a very special occasion and will live long in the memory of those in attendance. The term living legend is too loosely thrown around these days but there is no doubting Van Morrison’s eligibility for such status.”Morrison is know for some timeless live shows, none perhaps more so than this 1978 performance alongside The Band of his song ‘Caravan’. Watch it and then apply for some free tickets, or if you can’t just watch it anyway. Youtube/mccrudden150Read: His mother told him there’d be days like this: Freedom of Belfast for Van >Read: Christy Moore to release anti-Arthur’s Day single >last_img read more

Topups smoking in cars and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgCommittees: Top-ups – After the box office hearings with the CRC last week, the Public Accounts Committee continues its investigation into the top-ups controversy by meeting with officials from the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure and Reform, and the HSE from 10am in Room 1.Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – It is Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s turn to face questions from the opposition on the matters of the day from midday.Seanad: Smoking in cars – A bill sponsored by senators John Crown, Mark Daly and Jillian van Turnhout to ban smoking in cars with children reaches committee stage in the Seanad with the Minister for Health due to speak at around 12.15pm. Everything else that’s happening in the Dáil Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators get down to the Order of Business at 10.30am. Then its the Appropriations Bill – which concerns all government spending this year including any supplementary budgets – that will be passed along with a motion for an early signature of the bill, before the year is out from 11.45am.Changes to health insurance, as outlined in the Health Insurance Amendment Bill, reach report and final stages at 11.46am.At 1.15pm, the committee stage of the bill to reform local government is taken before it’s Matters on the Adjournment.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Health and Children Committee will be discussing, with Minister Frances Fitzgerald, an update on children and youth issues from 9.30am.The Jobs Committee meets with the new chair of the IDA Frank Ryan at 12.30pm in Room 3.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Leo Varadkar takes questions on his transport portfolio at 9.30am. As part of its ongoing task of getting through a heap of legislation this week, all stages of the Water Services Bill are up for debate 10.45am and debate, which will resume in the afternoon, must conclude at 3.40pm if not before that.After Leaders’ Questions at midday it’s the Order of Business at 12.21 pm.Then come the remaining stages of the Pyrite Resolution Bill, the aforementioned Water Services Bill, and the Adoption Amendment Bill – which aims to resolve the recent problems for Irish couples affected by a change to Russian adoption laws – with debate on all that to conclude by 6.10pm. At that point we’ll have Topical Issues.The Dáil adjourns for Christmas at 6.58pm. center_img Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye onlast_img read more

Braconnage les chevaux sauvages de Przewalski menacés en Ukraine

first_imgBraconnage : les chevaux sauvages de Przewalski menacés en UkraineEn Ukraine, dans la région de Tchernobyl, les chevaux sauvages de Przewalski sont menacés d’extinction par les braconniers qui les chassent pour leur viande. Ces animaux, que l’homme n’est jamais parvenu à domestiquer, ont été introduits dans cette zone à la fin des années 1990.A la fin des années 1990, trente et un chevaux de Przewalski ont été introduits dans la zone de Tchernobyl, dans le but d’enrichir la biodiversité de la région entourant le site de la centrale nucléaire accidentée. Mais comme le déplore le professeur Tim Mousseau, un biologiste de l’Université de Caroline du Sud, le troupeau de chevaux sauvages “se réduit” ces dernières années, victime des braconniers qui les chassent et les tuent pour leur viande.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocéros”Beaucoup de gens sont très pauvres dans cette partie de l’Ukraine” explique-t-il au site de la BBC. “Donc l’accès à un approvisionnement facilement disponible de viande de cheval est tentant pour eux” souligne-t-il. D’après les données les plus récentes, 30 à 40 chevaux vivent encore dans la zone de Tchernobyl, quand en 2003, ils étaient environ 65, indique Sergiy Paskevych, un chercheur de l’Académie nationale des sciences d’Ukraine. Mais voilà trois ans que la population de chevaux de Przewalski n’a pas été comptée.Si le braconnage n’est sans doute pas la seule menace qui pèse sur ces animaux, la présence de loups mais aussi des maladies sont également avancées, “le facteur anthropique [de chasse] ne peut pas être exclu” affirme M. Paskevych. Comme l’explique Igor Chizhevsky, un biologiste de l’Écocentre de Tchernobyl, qui étudie la faune de la zone où certaines carcasses de chevaux abattus par des braconniers ont été découvertes. “Dans la situation actuelle, l’avenir du cheval de Przewalski est très vague” déplore-t-il.Le 1 août 2011 à 10:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Landslide disrupts Amtrak traffic in Vancouver

first_imgA landslide in Vancouver will halt passenger train service through Clark County until 6:50 a.m. Monday.The slide at 6:50 a.m. Saturday covered a section of the BNFS track between Vancouver’s rail junction and Felida.BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the slide happened when a shelf atop a 100-foot-high cliff adjacent to the tracks peeled off. The slide covered a 20-foot section of the double main rail line with mud, rocks, trees and other debris to a depth of 3 feet. The first rail line was cleared at about 9 a.m.; the second was cleared at about 2:30 p.m.“A geo-tech team is there now, assessing slope stability,” Melonas said.After five freight trains were delayed because of the cleanup, BNFS resumed freight traffic along the line, Melonas said. However, passenger trains call for a much higher level of precaution. So, the railroad called a 48-hour moratorium on Amtrak passenger traffic.An Amtrak spokesman said passengers will be offered charter bus service to their destinations during the rail moratorium.“They can load at the same place, just a different vehicle,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.Buses usually don’t travel fast enough to meet rail timetables, however, so passengers should call 1-800-USA-RAIL to discuss their options — including changing travel plans, he said.A slide-detector fence alerted the local BNSF control center that there was a problem with the rail line through Vancouver, Melonas said.This marks at least the 10th service interruption between Vancouver and British Columbia so far this year, Melonas said — most of them north of Seattle. He attributed it to three weeks of heavy rain in January.About 50 trains typically use the BNSF line each day between Vancouver and Seattle, Melonas said.last_img read more

WalMart now offering curbside grocery pickup in Miami Gardens Hialeah

first_imgAfter the order is placed, a trained Wal-Mart Personal Grocery Shopper will select all the items you requested — and they guarantee they will be choosing the freshest produce.Once you arrive to your Wal-Mart to pick up your order, you will park in a designed parking space, which has a special number. You will call that number to alert an associate.This associate will quickly grab your shopping bags and load them into your car, and you’re done!Walmart’s Online Grocery service is now available at the following Broward and Palm Beach area stores:2300 W Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 330696001 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33321101 N Congress Ave., Lake Park, FL 334037900 W McNab Rd., North Lauderdale, FL 330684225 45th St., West Palm Beach, FL 334073801 Turtle Creek Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33067Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Grocery shopping in Miami-Dade is about to get a whole lot easier.The Wal-Mart in Miami Gardens already allows shoppers to place orders on-line, and they will have your groceries ready for curbside pick-up. On Monday, the program will expand to a Hialeah Wal-mart, at 5851 NW 177th St., Hialeah, FL 33015.Wal-Mart hopes to soon offer the service at every location in Miami-Dade.According to Wal-Mart, the free service is now available at more than 320 stores nationwide, and customers will never even have to leave their cars.“Our customers have told us that grocery pick up is a game changer. They are now able to complete their grocery shopping in a matter of minutes — between errands or on their way home from an after school activity — without even unbuckling their seat belts.”Customers will be able to choose from over 30,000 items, including fresh produce, meats and organic groceries.Here’s how it works: visit or open the Walmart Grocery mobile app on your smartphone, enter your zip code, and create a shopping list. Then, during checkout, select a time to pick up the orders. last_img read more

Live power line comes down outside Miami Lakes church

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews have removed a live power line that came down outside of a church in Miami Lakes, Wednesday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene at the house of worship in the area of Northwest 77th Court and 166th Terrace.Officials said a transformer near the church blew, causing the power line to come down and igniting a small grass fire.Crews were able to remove the live wire and put out the flames.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Seminar on safety of construction workers held

first_imgHyderabad: Several experts stressed on the need for taking safety measures by the workers using head helmets, shoes, gloves for hands and making sure not to be careless when building high walls.An awareness seminar for construction workers was conducted by for masons and other workers by Patel Steels and Cement Agency director Allauddin Patel in Kondapur on Tuesday. A large number of masons and construction workers from the twin cities took part in the seminar. The event was attended by Suguna Metals Sales and Marketing vice-president Nitin Jain. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Alauddin Patel said that in the recent times, there have been many accidents in construction places and workers are advised to take proper precautions. “Workers should use head helmets, shoes, gloves for hands, and be sure not to be careless when building high walls.” Nitin Jain talked about the need to have best quality steel which is used in all Kind of construction activities. “We are producing the XXX turbo TMT 550 grade Steel with a capacity of 15 thousand tonnes per month. We supply to entire Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Our Steel is being supplied to our state government’s most ambitious double-bed room house projects. Tata, Nagarjuna, Palomi, J S W and others are the major construction Companies which uses the Sugna TMT in their projects, said Nitin Jain.last_img read more

BSE closes points 24274 down n on August 6

first_imgBSE closes points 242.74 down n on August 67.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 242.74 down n on August 67.3K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, August 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 242.74 points down to stand at 25,665.27. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 74.50 points down to stand at 7,672.05. Suzlon Energy and Sobha Dev were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.79% and 4.53% along with Piramal Enterprises and Berger Paints with an increase of 4.43% and 3.84% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bhushan Steel and Apollo Tyres with a decrease of 20.00% and 7.15% along with IDBI Bank and Indiabulls Real Estate with a decrease of 6.85% and 5.81% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 123.66 points at 15,763.15 while the banking sector is down 318.64 points at 17,179.85 and the reality sector is down 24.23 points at 1,919.32. The Indian currency is down 0.96% at Rs 60.43 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, August 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 242.74 points down to stand at 25,665.27. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 74.50 points down to stand at 7,672.05. Suzlon Energy and Sobha Dev were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.79% and 4.53% along with Piramal Enterprises and Berger Paints with an increase of 4.43% and 3.84% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bhushan Steel and Apollo Tyres with a decrease of 20.00% and 7.15% along with IDBI Bank and Indiabulls Real Estate with a decrease of 6.85% and 5.81% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 123.66 points at 15,763.15 while the banking sector is down 318.64 points at 17,179.85 and the reality sector is down 24.23 points at 1,919.32. The Indian currency is down 0.96% at Rs 60.43 per dollar.last_img read more

If Trump Declares An Emergency To Build The Wall Congress Can Block

first_imgScott Olson/Getty ImagesA section of border wall is constructed on the U.S. side of the border on Jan. 28 in Tijuana, Mexico. Congress and President Trump continue to spar over how much additional border security funding will be allotted.Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the president can declare an emergency for just about anything. As President Trump has considered using that authority to circumvent Congress and build a wall along the Southern border, that near-unlimited presidential power has gotten a lot of attention. But it isn’t the whole story.Congress also gave itself the ability to terminate an emergency declaration. In the more than 40 years since the law was passed, only one member of Congress has ever tried it.“It was a lever that we had,” said George Miller, the former Democratic congressman from California. “We decided to use it.”It was 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when President George W. Bush issued a proclamation saying government contractors could pay workers less than usual for recovery-related projects. He justified it by saying the conditions caused by Katrina constituted a “national emergency” and waiving federal wage requirement would “result in greater assistance to these devastated communities” and “permit the employment of thousands of additional individuals.”Miller and others in Congress saw it differently. There was a major natural disaster. Many of the people doing the recovery work would be victims of the disaster themselves, and “to suggest that they should work at lower wages was just an insult,” Miller said.Miller introduced a resolution under the National Emergencies Act to terminate Bush’s action.Under the law, the relevant committee had 15 days to consider the measure and vote. Fourteen days later, President Bush announced he would revoke his own proclamation. That was the closest Congress ever came to voting to rescind a presidential emergency under the 1976 law.After Watergate and VietnamTo understand the intent of the law, it helps to understand the time when it was passed, in the wake of Watergate and the Vietnam War.“Congress [was], really on a bipartisan basis, reaching to claw back power from what was then known as an imperial presidency,” said John Lawrence, who was a young congressional staffer and has gone on to write a book about the congressional Class of 1974.In the mid-1970s, Congress passed the War Powers Act and the Budget Act, it expanded its oversight functions, and “the National Emergencies Act, which was enacted in 1976, was very much in that tradition, an attempt to put constraints around the use of presidential power.”At the time, there were nearly 500 emergency-related statutes on the books, granting the president special powers when he declared a national emergency but with little ability for Congress to constrain the president. The National Emergencies Act cut those way back. It required the president to specify which emergency authorities he intended to invoke once the emergency was declared. It required those emergencies to be renewed on a regular basis. And it created a fast-track mechanism for Congress to terminate a presidential emergency.“The catch was that for them to actually rein in presidential power, Congress would have to take action,” said Andrew Rudalevige, a professor of government at Bowdoin College. “They’d have to pay attention. They’d have to be willing to go against the will of a president, even of their own party. They haven’t done that.”But that could change if President Trump follows through on his threat. A Democratic leadership aide tells NPR the House will “vigorously challenge any declaration that seeks an end run around Congress’s power of the purse.” That would likely include a resolution like the one Miller introduced in 2005.If the Democrat-controlled House were to pass it, the Republican-controlled Senate would have no choice but to vote on it under the law. Several Republican senators have been cautioning the president not to put them in that position.“I have real concerns about it, but I’m not gonna start talking about the floor strategy and how I’m going to vote and how the House is going to vote until we get there, and I hope we don’t get there,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.But if they do get there and a resolution were to pass, President Trump could still veto it. It’s unlikely either chamber would have the two-thirds majority needed to reverse a veto.That high bar may be one reason Congress hasn’t been more active in pushing back on emergencies in the past. Another reason is presidents have typically used emergencies in line with congressional intent, said Russell Riley, a presidential scholar at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. But what Trump is contemplating would be different, he says.“Having gone to Congress repeatedly having not gotten his way with them … you can’t simply throw your hands up and say, ‘Ah, you know my commander in chief powers now will be invoked’ to declare an emergency, said Riley.For a president whose time in office has been defined by busting norms, and who relishes being different from his predecessors, it would be fitting that Trump could become the first president to have Congress actually vote to terminate an emergency declaration.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Interaction with nature good for elderly

first_imgReinforcing the beneficial influence of nature on humans, a study highlights the importance of everyday contact with nature for well being in later life.Natural environment is known to promote physical, mental and spiritual healing and green and blue spaces promoted feelings of renewal, restoration and spiritual connectedness.“We zoomed into everyday life for seniors between the ages of 65 and 86. We discovered how a relatively mundane experience, such as hearing the sound of water or a bee buzzing among flowers, can have a tremendous impact on overall health,” said lead author Jessica Finlay, a former research assistant on the project from the University of Minnesota. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Published in the journal Health and Place, the study showed that by incorporating smaller features, like a koi pond or a bench with a view of flowers, public health and urban development strategies can optimise nature as a health resource for older adults. Many people overcome barriers like chronic illness, disability and progressing old age by connecting with green and blue spaces.While younger generations may use green and blue spaces more to unwind, the participants used nature to be active physically, spiritually and socially in later life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Accessibility to everyday green and blue spaces encourages seniors to simply get out the door. This in turn motivates them to be active physically, spiritually and socially, which can offset chronic illness, disability and isolation,” Finlay said.Natural environments enable older adults to uphold daily structure in retirement and provide opportunities for diverse activities outside the home. This is important to quality of later life by decreasing boredom, isolation and loneliness, as well as boosting one’s sense of purpose and accomplishment.“This research is more than anecdotal; it gives credence to some small but significant elements of everyday later life. Hopefully it will help urban planners and developers build communities that span a lifetime.”last_img read more