Residents in Trudeaus Montreal riding unfazed by blackface scandal

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Residents in Justin Trudeau’s home riding expressed support for the Liberal leader on Thursday as he dealt with the fallout of old photos showing him in skin-darkening makeup.In Montreal’s multi-ethnic Papineau riding, people interviewed from different cultural communities said they don’t think Trudeau meant to offend.Sani Piameng, the owner of an African butcher shop and grocery store, says Trudeau has often visited his store and even watched soccer games with him and his customers.He says Trudeau is not a racist, and that’s more important than photos taken nearly 20 years ago.Zahid Nassar, an immigrant from Pakistan, says he’s not bothered by the images because many people do regrettable things when they’re young.Members of Quebec’s political class have condemned the photos, which show Trudeau wearing blackface and brownface on at least three occasions, ranging from a high school talent show to an Arabian Nights-themed party in 2001 when he was 29.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.last_img read more

KSAC Property Tax Collection On Target For April To August

first_img Related Items:jamaica, ksac, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS): Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, says property tax collections are on target for April to August.Addressing the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) at her Church Street chambers, downtown Kingston on Tuesday (September 9), Senator Brown Burke attributed the development to the efforts of the property tax team in partnership with Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), to improve compliance.She noted that the team has been engaged in a number of activities such as delivering reminder notices to property owners, making presentations at community meetings, and setting up special collection points in communities. “The efforts are paying off, and we are seeing the difference,” she stated.Mayor Brown Burke noted that collections over the next several months will be critical in ensuring that the Council remains on target. To this end, she said she has requested a list of the compliance rate per community, and will be contacting councillors and Members of Parliament as well as community-based organizations, to assist in ensuring that residents play their part.Senator Brown Burke pointed out that the compliance rate, which ranges from two to 39 per cent, is still cause for concern. “This could not be called satisfactory in the broader scheme of things…having raised the bar to where we have raised it, we intend to push higher,” she stated.At the last meeting of the Council, Mayor Brown Burke reported that the KSAC, in the first quarter of the fiscal year, met 52 per cent of its annual property tax collection target. Property taxes are used to provide essential services required by citizens, such as: solid waste collection and disposal; paying for street lights; general civic improvement; maintenance of public parks and gardens; some aspects of the Local Authorities’ administration; and where possible, the rehabilitation of the parochial road network. Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

How is DOD Assessing the Risks Posed by Turbines Panel Asks

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the number of wind farm projects with the potential to interfere with military training and testing activities on the rise, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is eager to learn how the Defense Department assesses the risk to military missions posed by wind energy development.Defense officials have reached agreements over mitigation measures in a number of instances in which proposed wind farms were located close to installations, training ranges or low-level training routes, according to report language attached to the subcommittee’s portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The panel said it is concerned, however, that some of those mitigations were negotiated before studies to determine the effect of the turbines on aircraft’s main and terrain-following radar were completed. In turn, the subcommittee directs DOD to report on the following:the science, standards, assumptions and criteria the department uses to assess the risks to military missions from wind farms;the proposed parameters and distances from training routes and ranges that are considered an acceptable risk;a review of the success of mitigation measures from past agreements, including their cost; andan analysis of feedback from installation commanders about the effectiveness of mitigation measures.On Wednesday, the Readiness Subcommittee approved its part of the annual defense policy legislation by voice vote in less than three minutes. Floor votes precluded Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) from making opening remarks, but in a written statement he highlighted some of the issues addressed in the draft legislation, including language related to a future base closure round.“We have as a subcommittee prohibited the department from pursuing an additional BRAC round or any other effort aimed at locking in unwise force structure reductions during a time of accelerated transition and uncertainty over future troop presence in the Middle East,” Wittman wrote.“However, we do include a provision that tasks the department to conduct an assessment of where we may be overcapitalized in facilities so Congress can make informed decisions going forward,” he stated.last_img read more

Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations

first_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The power company advantage is that it can improve systems before serious problems surface. The company believes its project will realize real value in fewer outages and lower electric bills for customers. So far, 400 malfunctioning transformers were sensed before they caused a power outage, said FPL, and smart meters allowed the power company to solve smaller problems without having to send out crews.The ongoing success of Florida’s smart grid in improving efficiencies and reducing outages will be worth tracking in light of how the FPL implementation might motivate improvements elsewhere in the U.S., according to energy watchers. The prevailing attitude is that, saddled with aging architectures, the way to avoid power outages is through monitoring a smartgrid to stem problems from getting out of hand. The Florida effort is being applauded because of the large scale of the FPL’s grid.Commenting on the meters and other devices used, SmartGridNews.com observed how all that equipment is networked and “sending data back to the utility, data that can be used to identify problems before they cause an outage – and reduce the length and area affected if outages do happen.”Said FPL President Eric Silagy, “While no electric system can be fully stormproof, and we have been working to strengthen the grid and improve its resiliency for some time, the acceleration of this effort will help us get businesses up and running and residents’ lives back to normal more quickly after storms.” Citation: Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations (2013, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-florida-electric-smartgrid.html Benefits of a ‘smart’ power grid in debated (Phys.org) —Florida Power & Lighting has completed its $800 million smart grid upgrade, with installations of 4.5 million smart meters. Smart meters are digital devices that use radio frequencies to communicate with automated feeder switches and other devices on poles and power lines. The meters can measure a building’s use of electricity. FPL installed 4.5 million smart meters alongside more than 10,000 sensors. FPL says the benefit to customers is that by installing the smart meters each customer can get on the Internet to see the power being used by the hour, day, and month. The customer can also see bill estimates based on current usage patterns. FPL believes more information can lead to customers making more informed choices about usage and costs. Overall, a smart grid can automatically sense and gather data about consumer habits.last_img read more

Of magical transitions

first_img‘It is amazing that Tanuj is able to tap into the mystical and the supernatural to create images that are so deeply embedded into the unconscious mind with such graceful ease to paint images that are forthright and definitive,’ says Alka Raghuvanshi. It is an old adage that simplicity is the most complicated to achieve. It could seem like a contradiction in terms, but there is no better description of Tanuj Bhramar’s paintings. His reds, blues, yellows and greens rub shoulders with stark blacks and shiny greens but instead of grating, have the ability to soothe with their apparent minimalism. Look a little closer and there is great complexity of thought and grace of form in the works. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The structures persuade the viewer to explore a little deeper and the depths incarcerate the curiosity almost at once for the connect is almost primeval as are the colours. His extensive travelling across India and continents capture in his mindscape the heritage and sensibility rooted in the colours of India, Africa, America – albeit at a primordial level.He is very enthralled with the strong definitive colours, the practice, the composition of the artwork, and the simplicity. The woman protagonist is recurring icon in his paintings as she appears, almost unbidden to inhabit his paintings complete with amazing strength of character in her face to add an  aura of mystery to his paintings. The woman’s role is an eternally shifting one in Tanuj’s work. She mesmerizes, coaxes, beckons, allures with her look, the absence of drapes render her strong rather than uncovered and reveal the thoughts that churn in her mind and heart. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn animal lover, Tanuj has spent long years in the lap of nature in Jharkhand and Uttarakhand where his close brush with nature led to an imagery that is rooted in the fauna of these regions. Acutely conscious of giving back to the community, he donates 20 per cent of his earnings from the exhibitions to fund the education of tribal children through Vikas Bharti, a Jharkhand-based NGO. Right now, there is a small art school on the NGO’s premises, and Tanuj hopes that the proceeds from his exhibition will help them build a bigger school.last_img read more

I dont know if going by trends is such a great idea

first_imgAnd we managed to catch him for a candid chat. Here are excerpts from the interview…Tell us a bit about where you started from and your initial years in the industry?I started making my music from my early 20s in Mysore. The story of how I got into music is widely read now, but long story short, I discovered music, loved it so much that I thought it was worth it to quit my job as a scientist and jump into this full time! That was 15 years ago, and in 2011, I got the best New Comer award by Songlines magazine, so I think I am still in my early years in this industry Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ What is ‘your kind of music’? Is there any music that you just don’t like listening to?I’ve always maintained that I think there are 2 genres of music, good music, and bad music. I strive to make as much good music as I can – there is no type of music I don’t like listening to, as long as it’s good. I don’t have any genre based dislikes, though my preference is for folk and world music. How do you think the music scene in India has changed over the last decade? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixImmensely! from being mostly a hobby for everyone involved, today, we have a festival almost every weekend in India and bands that are of such varied genres and musical styles. I think we have come a long way in the last decade and the next decade will make Indie music huge in India. Are there trends that are coming up now that you can foresee as the next best thing in music?I don’t know if going by trends is such a great idea. I know that a whole lot of people are experimenting with music and technology, and there will be a lot of hits and misses.  Do you have a dream project in mind?I am working on a couple of dream projects at the moment and they will be announced soon.last_img read more