October 24

Troll Hus: A California Chalet Built for the Snow

first_imgWhen you want to build a house in an area that averages over 200 inches of snow each winter, you’ll need to get a little creative. Add to that the complication of housing three generations of one family, including all of their ski gear, and you have a pretty difficult project on your hands. But architectural firm Mork-Ulnes Architects was up for the task — and what they came up with is truly special: Troll Hus, an Alpine chalet style vacation home, inspired by Nordic mythology and set in the Northern California mountain town of Norden. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now This A-Frame-Inspired Cabin Offers Shelter from the Harsh Patagonian Elements The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now 1 of 5 Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara As for dealing with the sixteen feet of snow the region gets each winter, Mork-Ulnes had a clever solution. The home sits on concrete pillars that allow snow to accumulate underneath, essentially turning the chalet into a ski-in/ski-out during winter months. The building is also orientated to protect against strong winds with the living spaces on the southern side of the home to maximize exposure to the sun. There is also a massive covered porch to allow the family to take advantage of those (short) summer days.Inside, the home is part Scandinavian simplicity, part relaxed California vibes. Blonde wood was used on the floors, ceiling, and kitchen cabinetry creating a bright and welcoming space – a sharp contrast from the home’s dark exterior. Sliding glass walls surround the dining room, allowing the space to become open to the air on warmer days.Let this stylishly thematic home inspire you on your next remodeling adventure. Previous 5 of the Best Arcade Bars in America Editors’ Recommendations Next Architect Casper Mork-Ulnes was uniquely qualified to take on this project. Norwegian born, Mork-Ulnes lived in several countries before settling in the US. Drawing inspiration from his Norwegian heritage as well as style influences from his time in California, Troll Hus is a look into the past that resulted in a thoroughly modern design.As the name suggests, the big inspiration for Troll Hus is the Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore tales of trolls living in foreboding forests in the mountains. The dark exterior of the home is a reflection of this idea – everyone knows that trolls like caves and other hidden dwellings. Using this as the jumping off point, the team at Mork-Ulnes decided to wrap the exterior in timber that was then covered with black tar. A traditional, 1,000-years-old Norwegian building technique, this finish is perfect for the California elements: it’s an insect repellent, is water resistant, and it absorbs solar heat, which helps to regulate the temperature inside. Previous 1 of 5 Next last_img read more

October 24

Frontline Ltd to Delist from London Stock Exchange

first_imgzoom John Fredriksen’s oil tanker shipping company Frontline Ltd. has requested the UK Listing Authority to delist the company from London Stock Exchange with effect from the opening of the market on November 2, 2015.Frontline has asked the UKLA to cancel the listing of all of its ordinary shares of USD 1 each listed on the standard listing segment of the official list of the UKLA and admitted to trading on London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities.The company believes that, given the limited liquidity of the ordinary shares, the costs and administrative burden of maintaining the listing on the official list and admission to trading on the main market are disproportionate to the benefits thereof.Accordingly, the last day of dealings in the company’s ordinary shares on the main market will be October 30, 2015.last_img read more

October 22

PREMIERS OFFICE–Statement from Premier McNeil on RCMP Investigation

first_img Earlier this evening, Feb. 13, the RCMP, along with the Halifax Regional Police, provided an update regarding a weapons related threat in the Halifax area. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank our police officials, here and in the United States, for their quick and professional work. We are grateful for their dedication and vigilance. -30- Statement from Premier McNeil on RCMP Investigationlast_img

October 20

NHRC notice to Guj govt over death of children in Surat fire

first_imgNew Delhi: The NHRC Saturday sent a notice to the Gujarat government over the fire tragedy in Surat in which 22 students died in a massive blaze at a commercial complex in Sarthana area of the city, officials said. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also observed that mere announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to such kind of hazards. Three of the 22 students who died in the fire in the ill-fated Takshila Complex on Friday had appeared for the Class 12 Board examinations and had cleared them comfortably, as per results that were declared Saturday. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Among the dead, 18 are girls, the youngest being 15 years of age and the eldest just 22, police said. The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident, it said in a statement. “Considering the incident as a grave violation of the human rights of the young students, the Commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary, government of Gujarat calling for a detailed report in the matter, including status of the criminal cases registered against the building owner and others found guilty, along with action taken against the public servants concerned,” the rights panel said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France In the response, the chief secretary has been asked to include the legal status of the building, its construction, fire fighting measures, fire safety clearance and relief granted to the grief stricken families, it said. “The Commission also expects that the best and free of cost treatment is provided by the state to the injured persons. Response from the state government is expected within four weeks,” the NHRC statement said. Issuing the notice, the NHRC has also observed that it has been constantly insisting the authorities to be more vigilant to avoid such tragic incidents. “Going by the media reports, it appears that there was no safe passage for the victims, which could have been used as a fire exit in case of the emergency. Mere announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to such kind of hazards,” the Commission observed. Several such incidents have occurred across the country where precious human lives have been lost due to negligence by the authorities and lack of fire department’s clearance, it added. While some of the students died of suffocation, many due to injuries sustained after jumping off windows to escape the fire. In a video clip of the incident, some young students at the Complex could be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors amid plumes of thick smoke. According to eye witnesses, at least 10 students had jumped out to save themselves from the blaze. The state government had ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident. As per media reports, the fire department officials reached the spot and deployed 19 fire trucks and two hydraulic platforms to douse the fire and evacuate the people trapped in the building, the NHRC said. “An inquiry into the matter has reportedly been ordered by the state government. Reportedly, Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased have been announced by the state government and as a precautionary measure all the tuition centres or coaching centres, etc, have been ordered to be closed in the area. The fire hazard checks are also being conducted in various places,” the statement said.last_img read more

October 17

New ferry will allow Canadians to drive to French territory off Newfoundland

first_imgFORTUNE, N.L. – If all goes well, Canadians will soon be able to drive to a little-known corner of France.The French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon just off the south coast of Newfoundland — North America’s last vestige of colonial New France — have long attracted adventurous travellers seeking an unusual European experience.But the ferry that links Fortune, N.L., with the windswept archipelago 40 kilometres away only carries walk-on passengers in the spring and summer months.Later this year, however, the tiny French territory plans to start using two new ferries that can carry up to 15 cars, 200 passengers and three tractor-trailers year-round.“It’s like a piece of France right next door,” Fortune Mayor Charles Penwell said Tuesday.“The language is different from what we’re used to in Newfoundland, but it’s very similar … to the (language spoken in) the Basque region of France … It offers traditional French food, French atmosphere, and the music and song of France. It’s unique. This archipelago is indeed a part of Europe that’s right next to our border.”Penwell said St-Pierre-Miquelon — about the size of Honolulu and home to about 6,000 French nationals — doesn’t get the attention it deserves.“We get frustrated,” he said in an interview from Fortune, population 1,400. “I think there’s a fair number of people even in Newfoundland and Labrador who don’t realize it’s there.”The islands were returned to France in 1815 after several stints of British occupation.The French government now provides hefty subsidies to support its outpost, which is heavily dependent on government jobs, fishing and tourism.The smallest of the islands, St-Pierre, is also the most populated, with colourful clapboard homes on tidy, winding streets.Tourists can take advantage of fine French wines — at reasonable prices. In the town of St-Pierre, there’s a regular midday siesta and access to smaller boats that serve the larger, sparsely populated islands of Miquelon and Langlade.Restaurants and bakeries specializing in fresh seafood and French patisserie bustle with foreigners in summer.Though often draped in thick fog and scoured by powerful offshore winds, the largely barren islands offer precious isolation for campers and hikers.The new ferry service was supposed to start May 15, but the port authority in Fortune hasn’t been able to scrape together enough money to upgrade its wharf.“I think they’re still about a million dollars short,” Penwell said. “So they’re looking to the provincial government and the (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) to see if they can come up with a bit more money … So far there’s been no resolution.”Negotiations with federal and provincial officials are ongoing, but Penwell said a temporary solution is in the works, though he isn’t sure when the wharf will be ready.The head of the independent port authority in Fortune declined comment Tuesday.Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism minister, Christopher Mitchelmore, issued a statement saying he’s working with the Fortune Port Corporation to find the money.“I met with officials from St-Pierre-Miquelon on Friday, and am hopeful they can reach an agreement with St-Pierre-Miquelon which will provide them with options to finance the expansion,” Mitchelmore said.— By Michael MacDonald in Halifax.last_img read more

October 17

Doctor who treated bus crash victims was prepared by experience in Syria

first_imgSASKATOON – Hassan Masri once cared for airstrike victims in Syria’s civil war, but that didn’t harden him to the injuries he and other emergency staff at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital saw Friday night after a horrific bus crash that killed 15 people.The hospital declared a “code orange” meaning mass casualties are expected.That designation means extra staff and extra machines are called in. Teams are organized to be assigned to each patient.Everyone worked through the night treating 15 patients from a collision between a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and a transport truck in eastern Saskatchewan. One of those patients later died, the RCMP said Saturday.But after hours and hours of working non-stop, Masri was able to look up and remember he’s human.“You see the mothers who are trying to cuddle their 19-year-old or 22-year-old in a stretcher, and the little sisters of these patients and the older brothers, and you start to hear the stories, and the pictures that they’re showing you of their loved ones — that’s when the shock and reality starts to really hit,” Masri told The Canadian Press Saturday.“You start to look around and everyone is in tears, whether it’s the medical personnel, whether it’s the nurses or the patients’ families or everyone.”Masri said he hadn’t heard the news about the crash when he showed up for his 12-hour shift as an intensive care doctor at the hospital at 8 p.m. Friday. He headed to the emergency department to see what was going on, and saw a massive number of physicians, surgeons, neurosurgeons, residents, nurses and other personnel.Each patient would have their own team with an ER doctor, a surgeon, a resident, a respiratory therapist, and a nurse, he said.They had just under two hours to get ready.“The people in Saskatoon and around Saskatoon and smaller towns are very close-knit families. People knew who was in the bus. People knew somebody who knew somebody who was on the bus,” Masri said.“People could relate because a lot of people have kids that play on hockey teams that travel from town to town so this was personal.”Masri, whose parents are from Syria, volunteered with other doctors for two weeks in the war-torn country in 2011. That experience likely helped prepare him for the bus crash, he said. He learned to control his emotions and focus on the task at hand.But while the severity of the injuries may have been similar, Masri said the resources available to treat the casualties were much, much better than what he had in Syria. Masri said the Saskatchewan Health Authority and hospital administration “played a huge role” in making sure everything went smoothly.“There wasn’t even a single hiccup yesterday that I could think of in the whole process.”Masri was trying to sleep Saturday but the experience kept replaying in his mind.He’ll be working again at 8 p.m.“I’ll go back to caring for the same patients who obviously will have a long road ahead, and will need me to be fresh and ready to take care of them.”— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

October 17

Senates new independence so good it should be enshrined in law Harder

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government’s representative in the Senate says changes aimed at making the upper chamber a more independent place have worked so well that they should stay.Sen. Peter Harder is urging parties vying for power in the Oct. 21 election to promise to change the law so that future prime ministers would also use an independent, arm’s-length appointment process to name new senators.Harder says he thinks Canadians would prefer a less partisan Senate that tries to improve legislation without challenging the political legitimacy of elected MPs in the House of Commons.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought in the process in 2016 and has since appointed 50 independent senators, who do not sit in any party caucus.Trudeau told The Canadian Press last year he would like to enshrine the independent appointments process in legislation before the election, but the Liberals did not end up introducing a bill before Parliament wrapped up for the summer.The Conservatives have said they would like to return to the old system where appointments are handled directly out of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the NDP is sticking with its long-standing call to abolish the Senate.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 16

Bill And Chelsea Clinton To Host Fourth Annual Health Matters Summit

first_imgOn January 25 – 26, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Foundation’s fourth annual Health Matters Activation Summit, which each year brings together leaders from a variety of health fields to identify strategies for systemic health improvement and ways to implement those strategies.This year’s Summit convenes innovators from healthcare, public policy, business, education, and sports industries. The Summit will be held in Indian Wells, California, in conjunction with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation PGA TOUR event on January 20 – 25 in La Quinta, and the final event in the Clinton Foundation’s Women’s Health Codeathon series from January 16 – 18 in Los Angeles. Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a title sponsor for this event.The Health Matters Activation Summit is the embodiment of the continued work of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) throughout the year to improve the health and well-being of all people throughout the United States. CHMI, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, activates individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. Through work in local communities and programs dedicated to improving the health of everyday Americans, Health Matters positively impacts 75 million lives.CHMI builds strategic partnerships to implement evidence-based systems and environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing healthcare costs associated with preventable diseases, and reducing health disparity and inequity gaps. CHMI builds scalable solutions to address the drivers of health and wellness, serves as a catalyst for community health transformation by convening local partners and commitment-makers, and leverages digital platforms to innovate and disseminate best practices.Watch live webcasts on January 26 of the opening and closing plenaries here. Follow along using the hashtag #HealthMatters2015.last_img read more

October 14

Nathaniel Arcand to play 10th season as beloved veterinarian Scott Cardinal in

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsCelebrated First Nations actor Nathaniel Arcand will be reprising his role for the 10th season of the hit Canadian TV series Heartland.His character, Scott Cardinal, is described as being “a good Native Canadian friend of the Barlett/Fleming household who is also Heartland’s only vet.”“I’m just happy to be back and hopefully there’s more to be done in this season,” said Arcand.Cardinal is a rugged, cowboy character beloved by many fans and has been a steady presence on the show since the beginning.“He (Cardinal) was brought in by the mother (Marion) who passed away in the first episode after dying in a vehicle accident from saving a horse during a storm. Her character took him in off the streets and took him under her wings, became his mentor, then he became a ranch hand,” said Arcand.As the seasons played out Arcand’s character ended up forming a love interest with Marion’s daughter Lou but that relationship went south when she moved away for college.Cardinal remained in High River and became a veterinarian who now mentors the new cast members on the show.But over the last few seasons Cardinal hasn’t had too much face time on the show, which Arcand is hoping will change this season.“As an actor I would hope so. I don’t like going in for just one or two lines say, ‘Hey’ and then I’m out of there. I’d like to have a conversation, maybe be involved with something,” he said. “But that’s the style of Heartland these days. If you’re not the main star they just give you a couple of lines and throw you in there just to break it up a little bit.”Arcand, 44, has been acting since a young age after being inspired from watching Bruce Lee at the drive-in theatre performing in Chinese Connection. He said he enjoys portraying a character and having fun with it. The most exciting part of his job, is the travel, meeting new people and never knowing quite what to expect.Recently his eyes have wandered from his first love of acting to directing and producing.“I will always stay in the acting business as long as they’ll have me. But I also have been trying to get more on the production side of directing and more active that way behind the camera,” he said.Last year, Arcand wrote and directed his own film about missing and murdered Indigenous women based from a male perspective. The film, called Sister Daughter, currently in editing, is about a man who loses his wife and then falls into alcoholism and eventually almost loses his daughter. He then realizes the wrong in his ways and decides to turn back to his culture and community to overcome, said Arcand who is hoping to have it finished by next month then ride it out in the film festival circuits.“If anything it might air on APTN as well. It’s a touching movie, all I have to say is maybe bring a box of tissue if you’re going to watch it,” he said.He also directed six episodes of a kids TV show aired on APTN called Coyote Science. Another TV show he’s been working on, Wild Food, also aired on APTN is up for a LEO Award with one of the episodes that he appears in.Last month, he was nominated for best actor by the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards for an Alberta-made film called The Northlander.In his spare time, and sometimes getting paid at a bar or corporate gig, he enjoys belting out songs while playing guitar. It’s a passion that he’s carried since singing in a shower as a youngster and with a karaoke machine his mother bought the family in the late 1970s. It’s only been as of late that he’s taken it seriously.“I decided to take music seriously. For the past couple of years I’ve been playing music gigs. I don’t drink anymore so it’s nice to go to a bar and just play music for people,” he said. “I like all sorts of music…mostly old country and rock ‘n roll.”As much as he loves playing Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings there’s not too many similarities between the country man character of Scott Cardinal and Arcand in real life, he said.“I think the only thing similar to myself and Scott’s character is that him and I both love horses,” he said. “Other than that I know nothing about being a veterinarian other than what I read off of the script. I don’t own a truck…He’s a great character though. I think Scott deserves his own spinoff.”The feedback he gets from fans (mostly female) from the age of eight to 88 is always positive and Cardinal is seen as a role model.“I have a lot of young girls tell me they want to be just like me when they grow up as a veterinarian (and males too). I’m glad I inspire people to become something. It feels good to me because of what I do,” he said.As for his role on Heartland, Arcand said he if it wasn’t for his fans he probably would have given up on the show already to focus more on other projects.“Like I said I don’t know what’s going on in the story line and it will be just as surprising to everybody else out there when I go to work and see what’s going on. You never know with these guys (in production). I’m mainly back for the fans. Otherwise I don’t know if I’d want to go back,” he said. “I keep getting told from my fans that they love me on that show and that I’m the only reason they watch it a lot of times…so I’m just a character on the show and I enjoy playing my character as the doctor and then being able to have an adventure or two once in a while. That’s the extent of it.”bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img read more

October 8

TSX higher on positive Canadian US economic data

Canadian stocks were higher Friday amid a generally positive bag of economic data from Canada and the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 50.61 points to 14,265.35.The Canadian dollar was up 0.56 of a cent to 90.36 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that fourth quarter economic growth came in at an annualized pace of 2.9 per cent.That was better than the 2.5 per cent rise that was expected. Also, the agency raised its initial estimates for the first and second quarters of 2013 and said the overall growth rate for the year was 2 per cent — the highest since 2011.But gross domestic product contracted by 0.5 per cent in December amid severe winter weather conditions late in the month, which was more than the 0.3 per cent drop that economists expected.U.S. indexes advanced as the first revision to fourth quarter GDP showed that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.4 per cent, matching expectations but down from the original 3.2 per cent reading as fierce winter weather also hit huge parts of the country during December.“The U.S. Q4 GDP number revision was not really a surprise,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse, observing that the number will be revised again next month.“That’s the kind of number we’re comfortable with and is fairly close to our forecast for this year (of) 2.6 per cent. Nothing very exciting there.”Gains in U.S. indexes sharply improved mid-morning after the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index, a gauge of manufacturing activity in the American Midwest, showed stronger than expected expansion this month, coming in at 59.8, up from 59.6 in January.The University of Michigan’s influential consumer confidence index came in at 81.6, up from 81.2 in January.The Dow Jones industrials were 80.91 points higher to 16,353.56, the Nasdaq climbed 12.9 points to 4,331.83 and the S&P 500 index rose 9.22 points to 1,863.51.There was also major acquisition activity as U.S. toymaker Mattel, Inc. (Nasdaq:MAT) made a friendly takeover offer for Canadian company Mega Brands Inc. (TSX:MB), which has the world’s No. 2 line of construction sets after Lego. The deal values the Montreal-based firm at US$460 million, including debt.Mattel is offering C$17.75 cash per share of Mega Brands. On Friday, Mega Brands stock charged ahead 35.65 per cent to $17.73.Investors are also keeping an eye on the crisis in Ukraine as fugitive Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych pledged Friday to fight for his country’s future but said he will not ask for military assistance.IG market analyst Stan Sahmu said that while traders for now are focused on economic indicators, “the Ukraine situation seems to be escalating in the background and could haunt markets in coming weeks.”The industrials group led TSX advancers, up about one per cent.The energy sector climbed 0.83 per cent while the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 25 cents to US$102.65 a barrel.The base metals sector was ahead 0.13 per cent while May copper was a cent lower at US$3.19 a pound.The gold sector was the main decliner, down 0.9 per cent while April bullion dipped $5.40 to US$1,326.40 an ounce. read more

October 8

Insights collected from sources invaluable to central bank decisions official

OTTAWA — Intelligence collected from industry sources helped the Bank of Canada navigate the oil-price collapse and a top bank official says invaluable nuggets of information like that will continue to be relied upon for future policy decisions.In a Calgary speech, deputy governor Lynn Patterson said Wednesday that the central bank has made good use of the insight it’s amassed from contacts such as fellow policy-makers, market participants and company representatives.That source-based information — combined with information taken from models, data and internal analysis — all feed into the bank’s judgment on potential policy actions, she said.“I can’t emphasize enough how critical these real-time perspectives are to our overall understanding of economic developments, and this is especially true during periods of heightened uncertainty,” Patterson told CFA Society Calgary.“We rely heavily on our excellent models and incoming data for our forecasts. Yet we know that the intelligence that we gather is a critically important complement to them.”To support her point on the importance of intelligence-gathering efforts, Patterson gave an example from the uncertain period that followed the late-2014 oil-price collapse.She said interviews with oil-industry contacts at the time helped the bank realize that market expectations on crude prices were too optimistic.The exchanges made it clear for the bank that there were no guarantees oil prices would start to recover in the medium term and that the negative effects on capital spending were going to be larger than expected.“This would have a major impact on the economy,” Patterson said.“That knowledge fed into our judgment and, ultimately, our decision to lower interest rates in January and July of 2015. Two years later, it is our view that these cuts have helped to facilitate the economy’s adjustment to the oil-price shock and that the economic drag from lower prices is largely behind us.”The bank has taken steps to build up its intelligence-collecting operation through an expanded network of contacts.Patterson said this wider reach enables the bank to scoop up more information when significant events, like Brexit and the recent U.S. election, threaten to have an impact on Canadian markets.She also noted that some in-person meetings between bank officials and contacts are held behind closed doors to ensure the confidentiality of individual companies.However, she sought to address potential concerns about meetings involving bank officials in private settings, insisting the bank only communicates new information on policy and its economic outlook in public.Recent reports by Bloomberg, citing internal bank documents, have said the bank is revising its guidelines for private speaking events due to concerns these engagements may give the impression that some groups may have privileged access to information.“We share much of what we learn,” said Patterson, who oversees the bank’s activities in financial markets.“While we’re committed to transparency, we’re mindful of the need to respect the confidentiality of what we hear from individual firms.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

October 7

Its not an easy thing Father of BC murder suspect says he

The father of Bryer Schmegelsky, one of the two young men suspected in the deaths of Leonard Dyck, Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, has been allowed to watch part of the video his son recorded before his suicide in the remote Manitoba wilderness.“It was very emotional for everyone, it’s not an easy thing,” said his lawyer, Sarah Leamon, who negotiated the video’s reveal with the RCMP. “He is quite emotional about it.”The agreement came after negotiations between Al Schmegelsky’s lawyer and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Schmegelsky viewed the video Thursday morning, Leamon said.The Mounties have been tight-lipped on many of the outstanding details of the case, though some members of the Schmegelsky family and that of the other young man, Kam McLeod, according to media reports, were allowed to view the same 30 seconds of the video some weeks ago, which detailed what the suspects wished to have done with their remains.The two were found dead on Aug. 7, having died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, along the Nelson River near Gillam, Man., some 1,000 kilometres by road north of Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS Kam McLeod, left, and Bryer Schmegelsky are seen in this undated combination handout photo provided by the RCMP. It is believed that their bodies were found by the RCMP in northern Manitoba on Wednesday. The two British Columbia teenagers are suspects in the deaths of three people in northern B.C. Leamon, a criminal defence attorney, was retained by Al Schmegelsky in late August.The parties negotiated a non-disclosure agreement, which Leamon said was to balance the “rights as a father” with the protection of the ongoing police investigation, so she said there were no further details about the video that could be released.“It happened rather expediently, in my view,” she told the Post on Thursday.“The RCMP will not be discussing any private communications or discussions we have had with families connected with this file,” said media relations spokesperson Sgt. Janelle Shoihet in an email.Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod were initially considered missing persons following three suspicious deaths across northern British Columbia in July. They were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver whose body was found south of Dease Lake, B.C. on July 19. B.C. murder suspects recorded ‘last will and testament’ on phone, family member says B.C. manhunt ends: What we know about the victims and alleged killers Sister of B.C. murder victim accuses Bryer Schmegelsky’s dad of failing to take responsibility No cause of death has been determined in Dyck’s case; the B.C. coroner’s service says the investigation is ongoing.Nearby, a torched camper and truck that belonged to the pair were found.A few days prior, on July 15, two bodies were found hundreds of kilometres away near Liard Hot Springs, near the Yukon border. Lucas Fowler, 23, from Australia and American Chynna Deese, 24, had been shot to death.The RCMP issued an alert for a grey Toyota Rav4, and a cross-country manhunt began, looking for the two young men. It led police to Gillam, the end of the road, where the landscape is dense brush and bog; the burned-out Rav4 was found, but a massive search of the area took days to find the bodies, which were about a kilometre into the bush from the banks of the river.Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that Al Schmegelsky viewed the same 30 seconds of video that had previously been seen by other members of his family. An earlier version said he had seen the full video. • Email: tdawson@postmedia.com | Twitter: read more

October 6

UN Population Fund expresses regret at US decision not to grant funding

“The denial of these funds will, unfortunately, significantly affect millions of women and children worldwide for whom the life-saving services provided by the UNFPA will have to be discontinued,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid said at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “Women and children will die because of this decision.”According to UNFPA, the Bush Administration, in withholding funds, accepted allegations that the agency gives tacit support to China’s one-child policy just by working in the country. “UNFPA has not, does not and will not ever condone or support coercive activities of any kind, anywhere,” Ms. Obaid said in response. She stressed that the agency “remains steadfast as a leading voice for human rights” and for the principles enshrined in various international documents that condemn all forms of coercion.Ms. Obaid emphasized that the Fund’s programme in China strictly observed the highest standards of human rights and that the participation of women and children was voluntary. She also cited a US fact-finding report that found no evidence that UNFPA had supported or participated in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China. Addressed to Secretary of State Colin Powell, that report recommended that US funding be released to UNFPA.For his part, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said UNFPA did very essential work, “and we have made it clear that it does not go around encouraging abortions.” Rather, the agency gives good advice to women on reproductive health and does valuable work around the world, including in China, he said when asked to comment on the issue this morning by CNN.If the $34 million was cut, the UN would “try and see if other donors will step up and make up the difference, because the work we are doing is absolutely essential and we do not want women, particularly poor women around the world, to suffer,” Mr. Annan said.According to the agency, the $34 million would have allowed UNFPA to prevent 2 million unwanted pregnancies and more than 77,000 infant and child deaths.The United States is the only country ever to deny funding to the agency for non-budgetary reasons, UNFPA said.The world’s largest multilateral source of population assistance, with programmes in some 140 countries, UNFPA has provided approximately $5.6 billion to developing countries to meet reproductive health needs and support sustainable development since its inception in 1969. read more

October 6

Residents return to devastated Iraqi city of Fallujah with help of UN

“Some 85,000 residents have entered the city to inspect their houses and assess the general conditions of the town since the end of the fighting in December,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva today.“Our partners on the ground estimate that some 10 per cent of them, or roughly 8,500 people, have remained in the city for good, although there is still no official count of the actual numbers. Recent reports suggest that whole families, as opposed to men alone, are now moving into the town,” she added.In late December, UNHCR made available to the Iraqi authorities and other partners on the ground 50,000 blankets, 2,000 mattresses, 600 tents, 13,000 stoves and 300 heaters for immediate assistance to the returnees.Through its partners on the ground, the agency has also been talking to displaced people outside the city to assess their needs and intentions to return. Many said they intended to stay in their current locations until after the elections at the end of January because of the tense security situation and general lack of services, especially schools and hospitals.In late December, UNHCR started distributing emergency supplies in cooperation with the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration (IOM) to 36,000 people displaced from Fallujah.An assessment conducted by UNHCR’s partner agencies also shows that a number of families have purchased property in their current places of displacement, suggesting that some may be considering settling out of Fallujah for an extended period. read more

October 6

War crimes judge for former Yugoslavia urges full cooperation to seize fugitives

“We ask for the full cooperation of all Member States as we seek to bring to justice the perpetrators of the atrocities that scarred the Balkans in the 1990s, devastating hundreds of thousands of lives,” Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslav (ICTY), said yesterday. He specifically mentioned Radovan Karadžic and Ratko Mladic, Bosnian Serbs indicted as suspected engineers of “the horrific Srebrenica massacres,” where some 7,900 Muslim men and boys were summarily executed in what the Tribunal has recognized as genocide, and Ante Gotovina, a Croatian indicted for his actions against Serbs. “It is plain: a dark shadow will be cast over the Tribunal’s historic accomplishments if senior-level accused have not been brought to justice at The Hague,” Mr. Meron declared. “We must work together to guard against this threat to the legacy of the Tribunal and to international justice.” Despite a dramatic increase in the number of indictees transferred to the Tribunal thanks to the efforts of the authorities from both Serbia and Montenegro and Republika Srpska, part of the Bosnian federation, the Serbian Government has not executed other arrest warrants and five of the seven accused remaining at large, including Mr. Mladic, are believed to be in Serbia and Montenegro or the Republika Srpska, he said. “Overall, the Republika Srpska’s level of cooperation with the Tribunal remains insufficient, as it has provided no information on Karadžic and Mladic, and has failed to transfer war time documentation to The Hague,” he added. Croatia’s level of cooperation remains satisfactory in most areas, with the marked exception of the failure to apprehend Mr. Gotovina, he noted. Mr. Meron, who steps down next month as president but will continue as an Appeals Chamber Judge, stressed that the Tribunal’s benefits are felt far beyond the Balkans. “The ICTY’s work has further challenged the notorious tradition of impunity for senior officials who commit the most serious international crimes. During its 11 years in existence, the Tribunal has also shown that transparent international justice is viable,” he said. “As the Tribunal moves 10 years beyond the atrocities at Srebrenica, the continued support of the international community is more important than ever in order to demonstrate to the world that such crimes will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished.” read more

September 28

Nicklaus legacy lives on through Memorial tournament

Of all the gifts Jack Nicklaus has given to the fans of golf, there’s still one that keeps on giving.In its 35th year, the Memorial Tournament is one of the gems of the PGA Tour season. Though it is not a major, it’s widely regarded as one of the best of the rest of the tournaments.“The Memorial is always mentioned as it feels like a major championship because of the international field and because of how the golf course sets up,” said Tom Sprouse, director of communications for the Memorial Tournament.Nicklaus, who is renowned for his skills in golf course design, designed Muirfield Village Golf Club in 1974 with the intent to create a golf tournament much in the style of the Masters.Muirfield was one of the first golf courses designed with the spectator in mind. With his use of mounds and amphitheaters, Nicklaus accomplished one of his long time dreams of creating a challenging golf tournament that both the players and the fans could enjoy. “Growing up I always used to watch the Memorial Tournament, which is his tournament, and it really inspired me to want to play golf,” said Bo Hoag, an All-American golfer for the Ohio State men’s golf team.Muirfield is ranked No. 19 in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in 2009-2010, and the No. 1 golf course in Ohio.“I thank him every time I see him for building Muirfield,” said three-time Memorial Tournament Champion Kenny Perry about Nicklaus.Nicklaus was meticulous in making sure that his course was in peak condition for this weekend.“The golf course is really good. Perfect, basically. I came here — I played Saturday and Sunday, two days in a row. That is a lot of golf for me,” Nicklaus said. “The golf course, I couldn’t find anything. I went along and I found a little bit of material that came up slightly on a bridge, so we fixed that.”With nine of the top 10 players on the PGA Tour’s money list set to compete at the Memorial this weekend, Nicklaus is anticipating another exciting tournament at the course he calls home.“Obviously the field is good. Obviously the World’s No. 1 and 2 are here. Every year we always have a good field. This year shouldn’t be any different,” Nicklaus said.The Memorial Tournament has crowned a who’s who of golfers as its champion, including Tiger Woods, Tom Watson and Nicklaus himself.Nicklaus actually held the course record for five years with a 6-under par round of 66, which he shot the very day the course opened in May of 1974.Despite great talent across the board, Nicklaus noted one sub-plot of the tournament that he will be keeping his eye on.“I think it’s probably interesting that Tiger and Phil are sort of battling for No. 1 at this point in time,” Nicklaus said. “That should be interesting here. Obviously Tiger has played better than Phil has here, but Phil has played well here.”Woods, the only four-time winner of the tournament, will return to defend his 2009 Memorial win in his first tournament since leaving the Players Championship with a neck injury earlier this month. read more

September 24

Martin Engineering sees potential of Indias mining industry and opens business unit

first_imgIndia is one focus of the March issue of International Mining and Martin Engineering has announced plans to open a business unit in Pune, India in 2011. The company has been active in the India market since 2004, establishing a solid presence through its licensee, Thejo, to distribute and support select bulk material handling technologies across the continent. Already incorporated in India, Martin Engineering completed a detailed market study and entry strategy in 2010, finding huge potential in further developing its business there. Martin Engineering is the world leader in making bulk materials handling cleaner, safer and more productive.  “Before making the decision to expand our business in India, we focused on providing high-quality conveyor products to a number of different industries,” commented Martin Engineering CFO Ron Vick.  “Now that a business unit with full manufacturing capabilities will be opened, we’ll be positioned to offer our complete line of bulk material handling solutions, beyond the limited products currently available. This full line will include air cannons, railcar unloading products, engineered vibration and dust management.” Vick said that Martin Engineering is looking forward to its role as a full-service supplier to the cement, steel, power and mining industries in India.  “With growth rates expected to rival those in China, the India market represents an unprecedented opportunity for us,” he added. A strategic business plan is currently under development, and Martin Engineering is in the process of hiring a managing director to run the new operation. During the beginning months of 2011, the company expects to finalise its lease on a new facility. The company expects to have full operating capabilities by the second quarter of 2011. In addition to the new Pune facility, Martin Engineering will have sales and service offices and staff in three other areas of India: Calcutta, Delhi and Chennai. The firm is also aggressively investigating acquisition opportunities, as well.Early in 2010, Martin Engineering exhibited at the Bulk Solids India trade show and was very well received, adding to the excitement of developing a full-service business unit in India. The company plans to use its expanded FOUNDATIONSTM Training Program, focused on the design and development of more productive belt conveyors, to help introduce Martin Engineering technologies and educate the industry. The program features three levels of training: Introduction to Conveyors and Conveyor Safety; Operation and Maintenance of Belt Conveyors; and Advanced Topics and Conveyor Engineering.  The FOUNDATIONS series has been teaching bulk materials handling personnel how to operate and maintain clean, safe belt conveyors for nearly 20 years.last_img read more

September 22

IHF Super Globe 2014 Six of eight teams are already known

IHF Super Globe ← Previous Story Brazilian Patrianova signs for Villa de Aranda Next Story → VIDEO: World Champions are in Plock! The field of participants for the 2014 edition of the IHF Super Globe 2014 in Doha (7 to 12 8 to 14 September) is close to completion after four of five continental qualification events have taken place. So six of eight club teams have already clinched their berth to the major test event for the 2015 Men’s World Championship in Qatar.Besides host Al-Sadd (Qatar) and defending champion FC Barcelona the following teams have booked their tickets by now: Asian club champion El-Jaish (Qatar), African club champion Esperance (Tunisia), SG Flensburg-Handewitt (EHF Champions League winner) and Taubate Handball (Brazil) as the winner of the Pan-American qualification.The European and Pan-American representatives were confirmed last weekend, with Flensburg beating THW Kiel in the final of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne by 30:28 and Taubate winning the continental club championship on home ground.Taubate, defending Pan-American champion and 2013 IHF Super Globe participant, had a real final against their Brazilian colleagues of Pinheiros, 2012 Pan-American champions and IHF Super Globe participant. Both sides ended equal by seven points each after four matches, and the direct duel ended in a draw (23:23) – so the goal difference needed to decide, and Taubate were ahead of their domestic rivals by 44 goals. Colegio Ward (Argentina) finished third ahead of Villa Ballester (Argentina) and Luterano de Valparaiso (Chile).Before, the Super Cup Babacar Fall was the African qualification event. In the final of the continental club championship in Oyo (Congo) Tunisian club side Esperance narrowly won the thrilling final by 21:20 (13:12) against Al-Ahly Haly (Egypt) to secure their spot for the IHF Super Globe for the first time ever. In 2013, Africa had also been represented by a Tunisian club, Etoile Sportive du Sahel.The two remaining spots for the event are a wild card for a Qatari team and the Oceania participant, which will be decided in Sydney.The IHF Super Globe will be played in two groups with four teams each. After three group match days, the two best ranked clubs face in the semi-final. Since 2010 the world championship for club teams has been carried out in Doha on an annual basis. Atletico Madrid (Spain, 2010, 2012), THW Kiel (Germany, 2011) and FC Barcelona (Spain, 2013) have been the winners so far. read more

September 22

GO EAST Andreas Wolff to Kielce in 2019

← Previous Story FC Barcelona Lassa and PSG Handball are two biggest brands in handball world Next Story → Alexander Meshkov about club’s budget: We are on same level in the last four years andreas wolffvive kielce It looks that gossip stories, about future of unsatisfied German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff from THW Kiel, come to an end! Unexpectedly for the team like “Zebras”, the key of fantastic German success at Men’s EHF EUR0 2016, who came in Kiel from HSG Wetzlar, announced his dissatisfaction in the finish of previous season with decision of coach Alfred Gislason to give more time between the posts to Danish goalie Niklas Landin.Rumours began with possible move to Telekom Veszprem in the moment of Ljubomir Vranjes settling and preparing team for the future. The new Veszprem’s coach had open statement in which he sad that Wolff is “kein thema” (not topic) for Hungarian champions in situation in which both goalies, Roland Mikler and Mirko Alilovic, have valid contracts with the team.Another “media-offensive” has been seen a few weeks ago when information about spectacular Wolff’s transfer to Veszprem which will break all the records with 2.600.000 EUR transfer fee, could be seen in a few countries. He should come as a replacement for Alilovic, who began the last year of the contract.On the other side, Handball-Planet.com sources talks about deal between Wolff and the Polish champions Vive Kielce. Based on this sources, German No.1 will wear “yellow t-shirt” in summer 2019, when his contract with THW Kiel expiring.However, it is still tough to predict further steps of Polish champions as they have two goalies with long-term contracts as Filip Ivic (until 2020) and Vladimir Cupara (until 2022), who should come from BM Ademar Leon and replace veteran Slawomir Szmal at the end of upcoming season.It will be interesting to see the end of the story as it is clear that THW Kiel won’t keep “bad energy” in the team for the next two seasons. It is more than expected that Wolff could move even in summer 2018 and leave the place for some “back-up” for Landin.However, it  is clear that team who has goalkeeper of Wolff’s class in the roster, is capable to play and win VELUX EHF Champions League. read more

September 20

Mars ce soir sera le meilleur moment de lannée pour pouvoir lobserver

first_imgMars : ce soir sera le meilleur moment de l’année pour pouvoir l’observerCette semaine, Mars s’offre aux astronomes comme elle ne le refera plus ces 4 prochaines années.Cela fait quelques mois déjà que Mars nous offre d’étincelantes couleurs vermeilles. Ce soir, elle sera au plus proche, passant à 98 millions de kilomètres de la Terre, ce qui permettra aux observateurs bien équipés de contempler sa surface.À lire aussiInterview : “Missions”, la série française (presque) catastrophe qui nous emmène sur MarsD’après Raminder Singh, un astronome du Centre Spatial H.R. MacMillan, on pourra apprécier les calottes de glace polaire même à l’aide d’un petit télescope. On pourra aussi distinguer sa forme de disque à l’aide d’une simple paire de jumelles, contrairement aux étoiles qui apparaissent comme des points lumineux.Mars sera de plus très proche de la pleine Lune cette nuit, ce qui rendra le spectacle d’autant plus agréable. Les deux astres glisseront côte-à-côte dans le ciel.M. Singh conseille donc de contempler le ciel cette nuit : le tableau sera accessible à tous les yeux curieux.Le 27 janvier 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more