K. Krishna Kumari, a nurse serving at the Rural Community Health Centre of Kukudakhandi in Ganjam district, has been conferred the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award for her outstanding service.She was the only one from Odisha among 35 nurses from across the country who were conferred the award by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 12. The award carries a purse of Rs. 50,000, a certificate, a citation and a medal.Ms. Kumari has decided to spend the award money on philanthropic work. “I will donate the money for the education of children of some deserving orphanage and an old age home,” she said.Because of her passion for social service, people of all ages know her as Krishna Aka of Krishna Apa (Aka and Apa mean sister). People of Kukudakhandi say when they reach Kukudakhandi CHC, they first seek out Krishna Aka/Apa as her presence brings them confidence.Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. Kumari said: “Be it duty hour or not, it is my habit to come out of my official quarter on the CHC premises whenever any needy patient reaches the hospital”.Long hours of nursing service as well as looking after her bed-ridden mother sometimes affects her own health. “But I get energised from the satisfaction I see on the faces of recovering patients and their relatives,” she said.She claims that after the marriage of her only daughter she now has more time to serve the patients.She hails from a not-so-well-to-do family. Her father was a peon at the Kukudakhandi block office. After completing secondary school, she decided to serve the people of her area. She become an Anganwadi worker in 1982. Later she took up Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) training and joined a private hospital.She also contested the panchayat polls and got elected as a panchayat samity member of Kukudakhandi block. She left her post to join as a nurse at the Banthapalli sub-centre of Kukudakhandi CHC in 1999. Tribals and Dalits living in Banthapalli area still remember their ‘Krishna Didi’, who made regular visits on her scooter and worked late into the night. She also has a unique hobby. She helps poor aged persons take trips to famous religious places in Odisha and outside. At times, she accompanies them during these trips. “Their happiness provides me bliss,” she said.
With memories of the 2014 floods still fresh in their minds, scores of volunteers and groups in the Kashmir valley have launched multiple relief exercises for the marooned population in Kerala. Sehar Iqbal, a volunteer with the Srinagar-based Sajid Iqbal Foundation, told The Hindu that her group is working with a local volunteers’ network in Mananthavady in Kerala to reach out to the affected population of Wayanad and Kodagu.“These areas are only accessible from Bangalore. We procured 1,500 blankets and sent them on Sunday. Our five volunteers are in Bangalore for procurement, sorting and packing,” said Ms. Iqbal. Abdul Hamid, chairman of Rahim Greens, is ready to send the first batch of relief material through Athrout, a relief organisation, which was very active in J&K during the 2014 floods.Meanwhile, J&K Governor N.N. Vohra on Sunday spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and expressed “sorrow and sympathy”. He promised an assistance of ₹2 crore on behalf of the State government, said an official spokesman, adding that a Kerala Flood Relief Fund was also being set up. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah has also announced that he would donate his one month salary to the relief efforts in Kerala. “I appeal to my colleagues in the NC and others to remember what we went through in 2014 and do their own bit, however small, to help,” said Mr. Abdullah. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also expressed concern over the devastating floods. “We pray that this ordeal comes to an end soon,” said the Mirwaiz.
Mumbai, Apr 5 (PTI) Portugal football legend Luis Figo today launched Premier Futsal, a five-a-side game on a much shorter field, featuring eight city-based franchise teams. The 10-day tournament will be held in the country from July 15. Figo, who played with distinction for top Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid, will be the president of the first-ever futsal league, started by Indian entrepreneurs under the entity Premier Futsal Management private limited, it was announced at a media conference here. The tournament is to bring together 56 top futsal players from 21 countries across the world with each team comprising three international players, one international marquee soccer player and one Indian player. Each squad would be made up of 12 players. The league, in association with Futsal Association of India, would launch a talent programme across eight cities to identify five regional players of each team. The eight cities/states having franchise outfits are: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and Goa. Figo, the 43-year-old former FIFA World Player of the Year, said that it was a new challenge for him and he looked forward to succeeding in it as he had done as a player earlier. “It?s a new challenge and adventure I have taken up which I hope to make as a success and that?s why I said yes to this new project,” he said at the press conference. “People love soccer and cricket out here. India has a huge population, a huge market and it offers a huge opportunity for doing sports events with great success. I am doing something positive for the sport and the country and my experience as a soccer player will hopefully help me in this development,” said Figo at the launch. “Back in Portugal I have played futsal extensively growing up which instilled quick thining, skills and close control,” he added. Balu Nayar, one of the Indian promoters of the league who was formerly with IMG that developed the highly successful Indian Premier League, said that the event “is a made for TV product.” The others who are involved in Premier Futsal are: Xavier Britto (Chairman), Dinesh Raj, Abhinandan Subramanian and Nityashree Subban. PTI SSR AT PMadvertisement
New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) His chances of a third successive Olympic appearance hanging in balance, two-time medallist Sushil Kumar will not hesitate in going to Court if his demand for a trial against Narsingh Pancham Yadav is not accepted by the Wrestling Federation of India. Sushil has already taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Ministers Office but is yet to get a response from the government. “We are still awaiting a response. Sushil has asked for a meeting with the Prime Minister and we are waiting for a reply. Expecting that the government would respond to Sushils appeal,” Sushils mentor Satpal Singh told PTI. “Sushil is hoping to get a call for a trial and doesnt want to go to court. But the option of moving the court cant be ruled out if the matter is not resolved,” he added. Sushil has appealed to the Prime Minister, IOA, Sports Ministry, Wrestling Federation of India and the fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games. Besides sending a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting for a meeting with him, and urging the Sports Ministry, IOA and WFI, Sushil also uploaded a video message with a hash tag Justice4Sushil, where has appealed to the fans on his Facebook and Twitter page to support him to undergo a trial with Narsingh in mens 74kg freestyle. Today Sushil has uploaded another video, where he is seen to be training hard, with a message reading “Even in this hour of uncertainty, I am not shying away from working hard. Decision is yours.” His appeal has got a tremendous response from the fans in the last two days. According to the rules, a quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler. “Sushil is getting the support of people from every nook and corner of the country as he is not wrong in asking for a trial. Whoever is best in any category should represent the country at the Olympics. So, between Sushil and Narsingh, whoever wins the trial in 74kg should go to Rio,” said Satpal. Narsingh has been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he had secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. While Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, has been demanding a trial. WFI has been giving hints that it is not too keen on holding the trial in 74kg as it might prompt a few other wrestlers to demand trials in other weight divisions as well. Keen to avoid any trouble, WFI had asked the Sports Ministry to take a call. However, the Ministry had put the ball back into the Federations court. PTI CM AH CMadvertisement
Branding the US and Japan as “paper tigers” and “eunuchs,” China’s state media today said that the military should remain ready for “counter attack” if American warships hold exercises near islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea to enforce the UN-backed tribunals verdict.An editorial titled Blustering US a paper tiger in S China Sea in the state-run Global Times said that the US has voiced the strongest support for the verdict against China on Tuesday by The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.The US has said that the award was legally binding.Part of the ruling Communist Party publications, the daily is known of its nationalistic rhetoric.WHAT THE EDITORIAL SAIDMore politicians and congressmen from the House and Senate have also made fiercer remarks, demanding regular challenges to Chinas excessive maritime claims through naval and air patrols. Japans stance is precisely the same as that of the US, as if they have discussed their lines.The tabloid daily said that on the contrary the attitude of the Philippines – which filed the petition against China at the tribunal – is relatively mild as it called for restraint.An old Chinese saying goes the emperor doesnt worry but his eunuch does, meaning the outsider is more anxious than the player. In this case, Washington and Tokyo are the worrying eunuchs,” it said.The calls for the use of force have only been heard when the US clamoured to safeguard the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, which mirrors that the US hasnt made the determination to use the arbitration for a showdown with China in the waters.The Peoples Liberation Army should enhance its military deployment in the waters of the Nansha Islands (Spratly islands) and be fully prepared to counterattack if the US makes further provocations.We do not wish for any direct confrontation or friction between the military powers. But if Washington insists on doing so, we will never flinch.The strongly-worded editorial came as China asserted that it would not abide by the verdict, which quashed its claims on parts of the South China Sea on the basis of historic rights.It said many Chinese scholars believe that after the final award, the issue will gradually cool down. If there are no big moves from Manila, Washington and Tokyo, the case will literally become nothing but a piece of paper it said.China yesterday flew two civilian aircraft to assert its claims to the artificial islands built in the disputed area.advertisementIt successfully tested two new airfields on the disputed islands withcivil flights a day after an international tribunal struck down Beijings claims over the region.With this the number of airfields open to civil aircraft has gone up to three, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.China claims almost all of the South China Sea over which the Philippines,Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have rival claims.Anotherstate-run newspaper China Daily called the verdict a “travesty ofinternational justice”. “Washington has been so uneasy, and eager tocontain Chinas rise. All the fanfare stirred up in the South China Sea,in essence, is part of that strategy,” it said.
Mahela Jayawardene, in a career spanning 17 years, etched his name as one of Sri Lanka’s finest batsmen and one of their most inspirational captains.But not many are aware that there’s a witty side to Jayawardene. That was left for an overzealous MS Dhoni fan to discover.Jayawardene, like millions around the world, paid a tribute to sprint king Usain Bolt, who had to settle for bronze in the last 100m race of his career.Bolt, who finished third in a time of 9.95, accepted with class both the result, and the fact that, at 30, he probably is picking the perfect time to retire. “I did it for the fans,” he said after collecting a bronze to go with his three world golds at 100 meters. “They wanted me to go for one more season. I came out and did the best I could.AP PhotoThe Jamaican won widespread respect and love for his grace despite an obvious heartbreak. Jayawardene, one of the most respected cricketers in the fraternity, was also bowled over by Bolt’s charm.Respect @usainbolt ?????????- Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 5, 2017However, an Indian supporter replied “Also respect to @msdhoni who is more faster than bolt”Jayawardene was quick to pounce on the unsuspecting man with a funny riposte.Was Dhoni on his bike? ??? https://t.co/4G92pBh8yi- Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 7, 2017Dhoni’s love for bikes is well known and he continues to be an avid rider despite the demands of international cricket.Jayawardene was at the receiving end of a Dhoni special in the 2011 World Cup final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The Sri Lankan legend had scored a fine hundred but it was eclipsed by Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 as India chased down a stiff target to lift the Cup for the second time in history.advertisement(With inputs from AP)
Former Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has backed the Premier League club to regain their best form and climb out of the relegation zone.Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri on an interim basis in February and was handed a permanent deal in June after Leicester finished 12th in the league and reached the Champions League quarter-finals.The 53-year-old was sacked on Tuesday after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion dropped the club to 18th in the table after just one win in eight league games.”My sincere thanks to the players, who have always been a pleasure to work with,” Shakespeare said in a statement to the League Managers Association.”I have every confidence that, given time and once at full strength, this squad will pull away from its current Premier League position, and soon deliver the high levels of performance they have demonstrated over the past three seasons.”Assistant coach Michael Appleton has been appointed caretaker manager and will oversee his first match when Leicester travel to Swansea City on Saturday.
Former Australia captain and batting great, Ricky Ponting has heaped praise on India cricket team, saying Virat Kohli’s men came up with a perfect approach to win the Boxing Day Test against the hosts in Melbourne on Sunday.Ponting also opined that India had arrived in Australia with their best-ever pace attack, which has shone due to its variety.India clinched a historic win, their first-ever in a Boxing Day Test Down Under earlier in the day. The world number one Test side came up with an all-round effort as their batsmen stepped up and posted 443 in the first innings following which their bowlers decimated the fragile Australian batting unit.Jasprit Bumrah, who won the Man of the Match award after picking up nine wickets in the Test, rattled Tim Paine’s men in the first innings with a six-wicket haul. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma joined the party in the second innings as Australia fell short of a 399-run target by 137 runs.The spirited effort in the MCG Test also saw Bumrah, Shami and Ishant break the record for most wickets by a pace trio in a calendar year set by West Indies greats Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding (130 wickets) in 1984. The much-talked-about India pace trio finished 2018 with 136 wickets after impressive showings in South Africa, England, and Australia.”… Full credit to (Kohli). He’s got a good attack at his disposal It’s certainly their best attack to come to Australia. They’re all slightly different as well – to pick a really good attack, you’ve got to have guys that are a bit different and all work really well. That’s what India have done really well,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.advertisementIndia read conditions at the MCG better: PontingMeanwhile, Ponting also conceded that India may have read the conditions better than Australia in the Melbourne Test. The former World Cup-winning captain had criticised India’s scoring rate in the first innings and even said that Cheteshwar Puajra’s 319-ball 106 may cost the visitors the MCG Test.India needed nearly two days to post 443 for 7 declared in their first innings as they scored at 2.61. However, the MCG pitch which was docile during the first two days offered a bit of assistance for the bowlers on Day 3 and 4.India bowlers were able to find a bit of reverse swing and the inconsistent bounce made life difficult for the batsmen.”There was a chance for a few of us to be critical after the first couple of days after how slow they batted, but they must have understood the conditions better than some of us did because It certainly did start to play some tricks day three and four,” Ponting said.”You can’t criticise, they’re 2-1 up in the series, they did everything perfectly in Melbourne.”Also Read | Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restAlso Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso See:
The MWC week is almost here and the world of smartphones has already lit up. Samsung is done with its Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold smartphones while Xiaomi showed off its Mi 9 flagship with the Snapdragon 855. Over the entire week, we are supposed to be exposed to a host of exciting smartphone launches. Sony is also one of the biggest names set to unveil a host of new Xperia smartphones. While Sony hasn’t revealed any information officially, leaks have given us a fair idea about what we can expect.Renowned tipster Evan Blass from Evleaks has given us renders of the upcoming Sony smartphones set to be unveiled at the MWC 2019. There are two smartphones from the brand and both of them carry Sony’s new nomenclature.The first one is the flagship Sony smartphone, which has been so far known as the Xperia XZ4. Evan Blass says that Sony will officially call it the Xperia 1. The official render has also been leaked and it shows the new device in a striking new shade of purple. Similar to what we have heard from the leaks so far, the Xperia 1 gets a new long display with 21:9 aspect ratio. Sony is expected to call this a Cinemawide display. The display will have no notch and will have very thin bezels all around.The rear of the device sports a glass panel with a triple camera setup. The design seems minimalist and there are no crazy gradients as seen on flagships from other brands in 2019. What’s interesting is the frame that sports a lot of buttons. The Xperia 1 seems to have a dedicated power button, the volume rockers, a standalone fingerprint sensor and camera button. This means that Sony will market it as a camera-centric smartphone similar to the past Xperia launches.advertisementWhile the Xperia 1 looks appealing with its glamorous design, Blass has also leaked the official renders of the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. These two smartphones are supposed to be midrange options and offer Sony’s new 21:9 Cinemawide display. The Xperia 10 keep the chin as slim as the side bezels but goes for a thick forehead. The forehead holds the cameras, sensors and the earpiece. The smartphone gets a dedicated power button, volume rockers and a side-mounted standalone fingerprint sensor. The rear only shows a dual camera setup in what seems to be a metallic unibody. The Xperia 10 Plus offers all of the same features with just a bigger display.Leaks in the past have confirmed that the Xperia 10 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chip and is supposed to run on Android 9 Pie. The Xperia 10 is expected to fend for Sony in the sub-Rs 40,000 category and will go up against the OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20. Sony’s MWC launch event will take place on February 25, 2019.ALSO READ | Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus will get chin-less display, to get Snapdragon 660 chipsetALSO READ | Chin-less Sony Xperia XA3 spotted in wild with 21:9 displayALSO READ | Sony XA3 goes quirky with no chin and huge forehead
Halifax Regional Municipality: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, in the Salmon River-Jeddore area of the Eastern Shore, has reopened. The highway had been closed because of a downed pole and power lines. Department staff are making repairs to the road shoulders. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-424-2039 -30-
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP say they’re still investigating the disappearance of a woman nine years ago, and are hoping members of the public might have more information about the case.It was nine years ago Thursday when Jody Hockett was last seen in Grande Prairie. Hockett was last seen entering a white vehicle outside of the York Hotel on February 22, 2009.Hockett is described as Caucasian, standing 5’5” tall, with blue eyes and dyed strawberry blonde hair. When she was last seen she was wearing jeans, a tank top, a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, and high heeled shoes with fur on them. Hockett was 33 years old at the time of her disappearance. She may also be known by the names “Jody Smith”, “Jodi” or “Jessie”.After years of searching for her, Jody’s family is looking for closure. Police say they are continuing to actively investigate all leads, and urge anyone with any information about Jody Hockett’s disappearance to contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).Photo supplied by RCMP
New Delhi: The Supreme Court denied on Sunday a media report that said justices RF Nariman and DY Chandrachud met Justice SA Bobde who is heading an in-house committee inquiring into the sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.A statement from the apex court said “this is wholly incorrect” that the two judges met justice Bobde on Friday evening. The statement, which has been issued from the office of the Supreme Court’s secretary general, said that it is most unfortunate that a leading newspaper chose to state that the two judges met Justice Bobde. Further, the statement said that the in-house committee which is deliberating on the issue concerning the CJI deliberates on its own without any input from any other judge of the apex court. A report in a leading newspaper Sunday stated that justices Nariman and Chandrachud had met Justice Bobde and had expressed their view that the three-member committee should not go ahead with the proceeding ex parte. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe former woman employee of the apex court, who has levelled the sexual harassment allegations, has opted herself out from participating in the enquiry raising several grievances, including the denial of permission to have her lawyer during the proceedings. The newspaper has stated that justices Nariman and Chandrachud had suggested for the appointment of an advocate as an amicus curiae for assisting the in-house committee. Besides Justice Bobde, other members in the committee are two women judges of the apex court – justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.
HALIFAX — British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said Friday that she couldn’t sign onto a national energy strategy before resolving a dispute over the Northern Gateway pipeline.Clark stepped out of meetings at the Council of the Federation in Halifax to make the announcement as premiers tried to cobble together a pan-Canadian strategy on energy.She said she wouldn’t endorse a deal before discussions take place with Ottawa and Alberta over how B.C. would be compensated for allowing the $6-billion pipeline to transit through the province.“British Columbia will not be participating in any of those discussions until after we’ve seen some progress that our requirements for the shipment of heavy oil will be met,” she told a hastily called news conference.“It’s not a national energy strategy if B.C. hasn’t signed on.”Clark said she and Alberta Premier Alison Redford had a “very frank discussion” about it Friday morning, but didn’t reveal details or if they planned on holding further talks on the matter.At the closing news conference of the premiers meeting, Redford said the lack of unanimity on a national energy plan wasn’t something that concerned her.“I don’t think we should lament the fact that we’re not all the way there yet,” Redford said.“I think we should actually celebrate a tremendous amount of success in that we had almost every premier in the country talking about the fact that we need to come together and talk about how to grow Canada’s energy economy.”Clark has said she decided to ask for an unspecified share of benefits from the Northern Gateway after doing analysis on the development, which will move bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast for shipment to Asia.Her government has released five conditions she says need to be met before she can move forward with plans for the pipeline. In addition to the demand for a greater portion of the economic benefits, they include the completion of an environmental review now underway, assurances that the “best” responses will be available for potential spills on land and at sea and recognition of aboriginal rights on the land.Clark repeated her position that the province bears too much risk from oil spills at sea or on land, while receiving only eight per cent in tax benefits.She added another wrinkle to the feud when she called on Ottawa on Wednesday to sit down with her and Redford to hash out the issue. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird weighed in on the dispute, questioning Clark’s stance and reiterating the federal government’s support for the project.Redford has flatly dismissed Clark’s position as one that would “fundamentally change Confederation” because it would mean new negotiations for projects throughout the country.According to research in an application filed by Enbridge, 8.2% of the Northern Gateway’s projected $81 billion tax revenue would flow to B.C. over a 30-year period. That equates to $6.7 billion for B.C., while Ottawa is expected to receive $36 billion and Alberta would earn $32 billion.Saskatchewan is expected to top the remainder of the provinces in terms of tax benefit, receiving about $4 billion.Enbridge’s proposed 1,177-kilometre twin line would carry heavy oil from Alberta across a vast swath of pristine B.C. wilderness and First Nations territory to a port at Kitimat, B.C., for shipment to Asia.Last week, the company announced it will shore up another $500 million in safety improvements.Next year’s Council of the Federation meeting will be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
In the Final of first F4 event in history of handball Champions League will play German, THW Kiel and Spanish, F.C Barcelona. That is epilogue of fantastic Saturday in “Lanxess Arena” in Koln, where both semifinal games was played in front of 19000 fans.In first semifinal, F.C Barcelona beat Cehovski Medvedi 34:27 (17:11). Barca had game under control all 60 minutes and deserve to win. Best scorer was fantastic Juanin Garcia, left wing with 8 goals, Noddesbo scored 5. In Russian squad, Vasily Fillipov was the best with 7 goals.In second semifinal, in reprise of two last finals, THW Kiel finally beat Ciudad Real 29:27 (12:15) with fantastic performance in last 20 minutes. Heroes in “Zebra” team were Christian Sprenger with 6/6 score against Sterbik and in last few minutes unbeatable, Thiery Omeyer with his TOP saves.So, second time in the Final (first was in 2000), but first time in F4 modus will play German champion, THW Kiel and the best team in history, F.C Barcelona (seven time European champions). ← Previous Story Vfl Gummersbach win Cup Winners Cup! Next Story → TBV Lemgo win EHF Cup!
At the 2012 Maker Faire a few artists and inventors showed off their idea for a retro mechanical flipbook. The device is based on art projects the group has done since 2011 that harken back to a time before high-resolution LCD panels and HD video. The art pieces themselves sell for upwards of $12,000 in galleries, but now there is a Kickstarter going on to make a simpler version of the contraption available to consumers.The FlipBooKit, as it’s being called, will have 30 flipbook panels and a manual hand crank. This should be enough for a short animation of your choosing. It comes with that iconic trotting horse animation, a reference to the first moving picture. The kit will also come with instruction on printing your own panels with a standard printer to create custom masterpiece.The art project’s FlipBooKit uses electric motors that are carefully timed so that multiple flipbooks can interact with each other, but in the interests of cost the regular FlipBooKit moved to a hand crank. For $38 you can get your own FlipBooKit delivered in time for the holidays, but this level is in limited supply. An identical $48 package is available after that pledge level is full.If cranking this bit of retro art isn’t up your alley, $66 gets you a version of the FlipBooKit with a DC motor and the necessary parts to rig it up to play your animation. A $98 package comes with a steampunk-inspired casing for your flipbook. If you want to go all out, you can get a package of three FlipBooKits with motors and Arduino controllers. This one is $298, but it’s really just for the artistic types out there. You can spend even more if you want some custom made FlipBooKit art.The Kickstarter was only seeking $5,000 to get the project going, and it’s already more than quadrupled that. You’re definitely getting charged if you sign up, and hopefully you’ll see this device in your mailbox this December.via Kickstarter
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After three years of planning, the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial will be unveiled this coming weekend at Foote Street Square in Albert Park, close to where the Anzacs and Australian nurses embarked for the Dardanelles.The event will take place at 11.00 am, exactly one hundred years to the day after hundreds of nurses arrived on Lemnos to care for the sick and wounded of the Gallipoli campaign.The memorial, consisting of two statues – one a nurse and the other a wounded digger – was created by created by sculptor Peter Corlett and funded through individual donations and grants from the federal and state government and the City of Port Phillip. The unveiling, which will take place in the presence of descendents of the nurses and diggers who served on Lemnos in 1915, is a public event. All are warmly invited to attend.
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Posted: February 4, 2019 February 4, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo Building Industry Leader gives San Diego an “F” grade for new housing 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s housing shortage is getting worse. When it comes to building new homes and apartments, one industry expert said the region should receive an “F” grade.Borre Winckel, the President and CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County said it’s clear that we are not even close to meeting the region’s goals for housing production.According to new numbers released by the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the San Diego Association of Governments, which is also known as SANDAG, the City of San Diego and the San Diego region issued fewer building permits in 2018 than the year before. The decline continues the trend of slowing permit activity.To meet the ten year housing production goal of 161,980 units between 2010 and 2020, the region would need to build 14,725 new units each year.Winckel said at this point, we have only been building 7,700 new units annually which is equal to about half of the regional goal. “We have completely blown the goal. We’ve only built 43% of the housing units that we were supposed to deliver by this time,” Winckel said.The head of the building industry group blames state regulations, including new environmental rules, for driving up the costs of construction and deterring new building and development. “What we need is a massive deregulation effort statewide.” As one example of what he calls costly regulation, Winckel pointed to a new state mandate in 2020 for solar panels on new construction. He cited another rule that is supposed to spur development near public transit corridors. Winckel said a requirement called the VMT, vehicle miles traveled, adds more fees and costs for developers who don’t build in areas close to public transit.Winckel said he is certain the current housing deficit is only going to get worse. He said the biggest losers will be middle income households, because excessive regulations and fees make it too expensive to build housing for middle class families. “Economically, it doesn’t pencil out to produce middle income housing because these regulations cost too much. The next target wants to have 19,000 housing units built every year though 2019. It’s impossible,” Winckel said. Sasha Foo,
The consultation held in the Ketchikan Public Library on August, 3, 2018. (Photo by Liam Niemeyer, KRBD – Ketchikan)In 2014, Alaska tribes won a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the right to put land into trusts, expelling the “Alaska exception”.Listen nowLand into trust is a process in which tribal organizations can request specific land be exempted from taxation and local zoning laws, and protected from proceedings such as eminent domain or foreclosure. It essentially keeps the land in tribal ownership permanently.DOI officials are talking with tribes across the state in a series of consultations this summer to reconsider land-trust rules in Alaska. Matthew Newman, an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund representing the Village of Saxman, was one of many people who attended the latest consultation Friday afternoon at the Ketchikan Public Library.Newman said DOI has not been clear with the purpose of these consultations.“They’ve given us no real indication of what they’re doing. And what I mean by that is that there was no prompting or impetus or comment period,” Newman said. “We just received letters on July 2nd that just showed up that said we’re reconsidering the program,” Newman said. “The overwhelming message delivered to the Department of the Interior by tribal leaders was one of frustration.”Newman said many tribal leaders at the consultation perceive these meetings as an attack on their rights that they won just recently.Only the Craig Tribal Association has been able to put land into trust since the 2014 decision. The association put about one acre containing the city’s town hall and offices into trust in early 2017.Craig Tribal Association President Clinton Cook Sr. said one of the reasons land-trust rules should remain in place is their association has proven it can work in Alaska.“We knew there was going to be hurdles to come across. We overcame that hurdle, we’re very, very proud of that accomplishment and we look forward to see other tribes in Alaska to put lands into trusts,” Cook said.Jacqueline Pata from Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska also attended the Ketchikan consultation. She says like many tribes in the Lower 48 who have been able to put land into trust for decades, tribes in Alaska and Southeast simply want to protect their land for the future.“These are our lands, we don’t want to lose them from alienation in any form. We want them to be identified as tribal lands. And as we move forward in the future, they’ll be protected for future generations,” Pata said.Pata said she hopes DOI will take this feedback and maintain the land-trust program throughout Alaska. Until that decision, she says it is a waiting game to see what DOI does with this feedback.The next DOI consultation on the land-trust program in Alaska will be held in Anchorage in late October.