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Liberals to miss second selfimposed deadline for Canada Post review official

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberals will miss a second self-imposed deadline for deciding whether to restore door-to-door mail delivery to thousands of Canadians, says a government spokeswoman.The most recent delay is frustrating the union representing postal workers as issues surrounding the future of Canada Post are figuring prominently in negotiations to reach new contracts with the Crown corporation.The Liberals had said they expected to release a decision on door-to-door delivery before the end of 2017 as part of a wide-ranging review of the mandate of Canada Post.Former Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote had initially set the target date for a decision in the spring.But that deadline passed with the Liberals saying they needed more time to review two reports on the future of the postal carrier — one from a task force and one from the House of Commons government operations committee. Both reports were finalized in late 2016.Now the government is aiming for a decision at an unspecified date in 2018, said a spokeswoman for the current minister, Carla Qualtrough.No reason was given for the most recent delay, but an email from the minister’s office referred to the appointment last week of Jessica McDonald as new chair of Canada Post’s board of directors.“Minister Qualtrough looks forward to working with Ms. McDonald who will play a critical role in overseeing the future direction of this important Canadian institution,” said the statement.“An announcement of our government’s vision for Canada Post will be made in due course.”Mail service became an issue during the 2015 election campaign as both the Liberals and New Democrats opposed a controversial decision by the previous Conservative government to phase out door-to-door delivery in favour of community mailboxes.The Harper Tories argued the move was necessary to cut costs at Canada Post in the wake of dramatic declines in the carrier’s letter mail business.Shortly after taking office, the Liberals imposed a moratorium on mailbox conversions.The Commons government operations committee’s report recommended the freeze on community mailbox installations be maintained, and that door-to-door delivery be partially restored to households who lost it after the 2015 election campaign started.The report noted that 830,000 individual addresses had been moved to community mailboxes since 2013, saving Canada Post $80 million annually.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has argued that the pessimistic financial forecast for Canada Post is overstated. While acknowledging a steady decline of letter mail volumes, CUPW has noted that Canada Post has seen rapid growth in its parcel delivery business, thanks to booming online sales.The union said Monday it was “disappointed by yet another delay of the government response to the Canada Post review.”“We were first told it would be in the spring of 2017, then by the end of 2017,” said CUPW national president Mike Palecek.“People across this country are facing another winter, trudging to the group mailbox that the prime minister promised to get rid of. We deliver. When will Trudeau?”In contract talks with Canada Post that have revved up in recent weeks, CUPW has demanded the Crown agency restore door-to-door delivery to all addresses where it was removed, and expand it to others.last_img read more

Alberta raises oil quotas for August as rail exports grow storage levels

first_imgThe province says it is setting a production limit in August of 3.74 million bpd, versus the initial January limit of 3.56 million bpd.The limits were imposed after discounts on Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil jumped to more than US$50 per barrel compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate. The difference is now about US$13.70 per barrel, according to oil brokerage Net Energy Exchange.The first 10,000 bpd a company produces are exempt from production limits, meaning only 29 of more than 300 producers in Alberta are subject to the limits. CALGARY, A.B. – The Alberta government says it will ease its oil production curtailment program by 25,000 barrels per day in August.The province is citing growing crude-by-rail capacity, declining oil inventory levels and improved efficiencies in export pipelines for the move.Last week, the National Energy Board reported crude-by-rail exports in April reached 236,000 bpd, a 40 per cent increase over March, but still down from the record high of 353,800 bpd in December.last_img read more

IKEAs First Store in Morocco to Open on March 16 in

Rabat – The first IKEA store in Morocco will open on March 16, after a six-month delay caused by a diplomatic row between Sweden and Morocco, Marino Maganto, the CEO of IKEA Morocco told Huffpost Maghreb.Last September, Morocco blocked the opening of the first IKEA store in the country because the location did not acquire a “certificate of conformity” from the community and local law enforcement. The announcement came after Sweden ordered an internal review of the country’s policy regarding the Sahara issue.After the completion of the review, Sweden issued a formal statement clarifying that the Polisario self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) “does not satisfy the conditions to qualify as an independent state,” and that “the [Polisario] front does not have the ingredients to establish a sovereign state.” The decision ended the diplomatic row between Morocco and Sweden. When asked about the political issue that delayed the store opening, Maganto said IKEA Morocco “never considered this as a crisis, even if it is obviously a loss from sales… But the amount of the loss is difficult to assess. We talk about a few millions.”According to an article in The Arab Weekly magazine, some Moroccans have criticized IKEA for pricing items higher in the Morocco catalogue than in European catalogue. The magazine noted that the increased prices were in place to match prices offered by local competitors.The CEO said that IKEA prices its products based on the region in which it operates and continues to try to offer low prices to all its customers.“We have almost 2,000 items in the catalog cheaper than in Europe. We have some more expensive products, some less expensive, and others the same price. We will work to lower prices from year to year and to make our products accessible to the Moroccan people.” read more

South Sudan UN ramps up aid efforts urges conflict parties to ensure

Briefing the press in Geneva today, Jens Laerke, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), referred to a statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, who said that over the previous two weeks, violence drove some 200,000 people from their homes and affected many hundreds of thousands of people indirectly. In response, aid agencies are scaling up their work, especially in towns which had seen struck by violence and in rural sites where civilians had sought safety. “The largest site of civilians was in Awerial, Lakes State, where up to 76,000 people have gathered,” he said, adding that agencies are providing food, non-food items and basic healthcare there, and are stepping up efforts to make clean water and latrines available. Fresh fighting in the world’s newest country erupted on 15 December when President Kiir said soldiers loyal to Mr. Machar, dismissed from office in July, launched an attempted coup. Mr. Kiir belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and Mr. Machar to the Lou Nuer, and the conflict has been increasingly marked by reports of ethnically targeted violence. Thousands of people are estimated to have died in the violence, and among those that have been driven from their homes, many are seeking refuge on bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which has been authorized by the Security Council to almost double its armed strength to nearly 14,000 in an effort to protect civilians. Representatives of President Kiir and Mr. Machar are due to meet in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African bloc that is mediating the talks. Mr. Laerke said that the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan has called on all parties to facilitate aid agencies’ access to civilians, and to protect and respect humanitarian activities, workers, and property at all times. Humanitarian partners in the strife-riven country have issued a plan which will enable increased assistance to the most severely affected people. It also aims to help those that have left Sudan and sought refuge in South Sudan’s Unity and Upper Nile states. The plan includes provision of protection, water, food, shelter and healthcare, Mr. Laerke said, adding that overall, it targets some 628,000 people over the next three months, and agencies will need $166 million from international donors to implement it. Meanwhile, according to a UN spokesperson in New York, UNMISS reports the situation in Bor remained tense today, with anti-Government troop movements observed in the city’s vicinity. Continued fighting between pro- and anti-Government forces has been reported in Upper Nile State. The security situation remains volatile in Unity State, especially in Mayom County. UNMISS also reports that the new Bangladeshi police personnel, which arrived from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), have been deployed to United Nations bases in Juba, Bor, and Malakal to strengthen security and order inside the bases. The Mission has requested the Government of South Sudan to facilitate its movement of rations, supplies, and equipment, especially to Bor, without delay. The Mission reported yesterday that it continues to protect around 57,000 civilians across the country. It also reported a drop in the number of civilians at its Malakal base and Bor base. The numbers have been fluctuating in recent days. In addition, UNMISS said that 246 police officers from two Formed Police Units have deployed to South Sudan to strengthen security and order for civilians seeking refuge inside its bases. A medical team from the UN Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) arrived today in Juba to bolster support at the UN Juba bases. Logistical support for air operations is being provided by the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO. In a New Year’s message to the people of South Sudan, UNMISS chief Hilde Johnson said Wednesday that both the leaders of IGAD and the United Nations were calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities, the release of all political detainees, political dialogue and humanitarian access. She called on the parties to take decisive steps for peace. Ms. Johnson also emphasized that all violence must stop, and warned against the risk of a cycle of violence between communities in South Sudan. She said that accountability for grave human rights violations will be essential to prevent this cycle of violence, and reported that the Mission’s human rights teams continue to gather evidence for use in future accountability measures. read more

CPL 2019 Jerome Taylor to replace Amad Butt at Tallawahs

The Jamaica Tallawahs have replaced Amad Butt with Jerome Taylor for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season. Butt is now no longer available due to domestic commitments in Pakistan, according to an article on the CPLT20 website.Taylor has played for the Tallawahs in the past, as well as representing the St Lucia Zouks. The right-arm fast bowler has played 46 Tests, 90 ODIs and 30 T20 internationals for the West Indies, taking 291 wickets in international cricket. He has played in T20 leagues in India, England and Bangladesh and will now be, once again, representing his native Jamaica in the Hero CPL. The Tallawahs start their CPL campaign against the Trinbago Knight Riders on Friday 6 September at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad. They will play five matches at home at Sabina Park between 12 September and 19 September.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZouks call up Jerome Taylor as replacement for CumminsJuly 13, 2016In “latest news”Hero CPL 2019: Tallawahs clash with TKR tonight at Sabina ParkSeptember 13, 2019In “latest news”Hero CPL 2019: Patriots clash with Tallawahs at Warner Park tonightSeptember 10, 2019In “latest news” read more

Massive mining 500 expansion to 20 Mty ore by 2025 detailed by

first_imgAccording to a report in India’s Business Standard, Hindustan Copper is focusing on re-opening its closed mines and expand existing ones in its quest to increase ore production five times from the current level of 4.1 Mt/y to 20 Mt/y by 2025. The company, which is also keen on opening new mines, is expected to spend around Rs 6,000 crore in this endeavour, which is not far short of $900 million. The expansion details follow an initial announcement back in January 2019.The Miniratna company will be reopening the Rakha mine in Jharkhand during this financial year which was closed in 2002 owing to operational reasons. It will also start operations at the Chapri-Sidheswar mines in the same state.“We intend to float the tender for bidders for reopening the Rakha mine by June end,” Santosh Sharma, Chairman at Hindustan Copper said. The Rakha mine, which falls under the Indian Copper Complex mining area of the company, is estimated to hold 47 Mt of resources and like most of its other mines, will be developed through the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) route.According to Santosh Sharma, once Rakha mine starts full scale operations at an expected investment of Rs 900 crore over a 3-4 year timeframe, the production from this mine will stand at 2.5 Mt/y. It is also expecting the Kendadih mine to commence operations which it reopened in 2017.“Production cannot take place as soon as a mine is reopened. Mining equipment work first needs to be completed, dewatering needs to be done and then there are other operational aspects which takes around 3-4 years for a reopened mine to commence production,” Sharma said.As a result, to reach its target of 5.1 Mt/y in the FY20 and the ambitious target of 20 Mt/y by 2025, Hindustan Copper is relying on new projects as well as focusing on scaling up production from its existing mines.For the Malanjkhand project in Madhya Pradesh, which holds proven reserves of 245.66 Mt and estimated resources of 331.59 Mt, the company is expanding the production capacity from the present 2 Mt to 8 Mt by developing an underground mine below the existing open cast mine at an investment of Rs 2,900 crore. It is the copper producer’s largest project.In the case of the Khetri and Kolihan mines in Rajasthan, the production is expected to go up to 3.5 Mt from the current 1 Mt while for the Surda mine in Jharkhand, production from copper ores will be more than doubled to 1 MT. Hindustan Copper is currently evaluating the bids received from the contractors to operationalise the greenfield Chapri project in Jharkhand, which holds proven reserves of 41.6 Mt and two brownfield projects in Malanjkhand and Surda.“The gestation period for the new projects as well as the reopened mines will be over by 2025 while the brownfield expansions underway currently will help existing mines reach better economies of scale. In turn, it will thus help in increasing production to 20 mt by 2025,” Sharma added.Hindustan Copper has also asked the Jharkhand government for allocating the Dhobani-Pathagora block while clearances have been received for the Chapri-Sidheshwar (Jharkhand) and Banwas (Rajasthan) blocks.These three greenfield projects together are expected to account for 5 Mt/y or 25% of the targeted production in the long-term while existing mines will account for 12.5 Mt/y or 62.5% of the targeted production. Reopened mines will account for the rest 2.7 Mt/y of ore production.It has also applied for the necessary licenses to explore new copper deposits in Alwar, Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Chhitorgarh in Rajasthan, Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh and East Singhbhum in Jharkhand.last_img read more

Watch this supreme lipdubbing effort from Cork school

first_imgvia Music Row Studios21 things you’ll remember from secondary school> FORTY YEARS OF school might not be everyone’s idea of a good time but this lip-dubbing epic makes Boherbue Comprehensive in Cork look like the CRAIC.It’s 18 minutes long but the enthusiasm is infectious. (Look out for the cameo by Cork footballer and past pupil Donncha O’Connor).Well done, Boherbue, and congratulations on not one person falling over while walking backwards (oh, and the 40th anniversary).last_img

The priority is to be a great club coach Lancaster on easy

first_img Subscribe Lancaster enjoys the day-to-day responsibilities of his role at Leinster. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWith his signature very much in demand elsewhere, retaining the services of Lancaster is a massive coup for Leinster and CEO Mick Dawson heading into the next two seasons. Working in tandem, Cullen and Lancaster have formed an excellent relationship, guiding Leinster back to the summit of European rugby while claiming a first-ever double last season. After his reign in charge of England ended in disastrous circumstances following the 2015 World Cup, Lancaster has rebuilt his reputation in Dublin and has been consistently linked with vacancies back in the English Premiership. That he has ignored interest from home to remain in position at Leinster is a major endorsement for the structures in place at the club and the long-term vision Lancaster has for the province.“To keep developing the team and the group to play consistently well,” Lancaster says of his hopes for the next two seasons. “That’s the ultimate goal as a coach. You want to build great teams, you want to help individuals achieve success.“We want to fight on two fronts every year, both in Europe and in the Pro14, and in the fortunate position this year where we are able to do that. We’ve played well in the league and had a lot of games this season without the players who play for Ireland, and the team have still delivered in the Pro14.We’ve got a home quarter-final in Europe and we’ve a huge challenge coming down the tracks in a week and a half. It’s where we want to be and where I want to be but ultimately you want to win things as well and I do believe having come to Leinster, we have the squad and the coaches to win things. And that’s a big motivation for me.By the time Lancaster’s new deal runs out in 2021, he will have been at Leinster for five seasons. He added: “When I first arrived I could see the potential from before I arrived. I saw more than enough in the team to believe success could be built.“When you’re doing the maths, in another couple of years, five years is quite a long time actually. I coached England for four years and in my mind, I wanted to do it for eight, but it didn’t happen that way.“Five years, when you look back, it feels like a long time but in coaching terms, I still feel there’s an awful lot we can still do to improve.”’It was pretty easy, really.’Stuart Lancaster tells The42 about his decision to stay at Leinster.— Rugby (@rugby_ie) March 18, 2019 Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Currently, we’re the European champions and we’ve got a whole raft of talented players who you’re coaching on a day-to-day basis. Not only Ireland players, but aspiring Ireland players and players who want to play at the highest level.“I’ve got the remit to look after attack and defence, coaching on a day-to-day basis so from a coaching point of view, it’s a brilliant environment to be in. “The big consideration for all these things are your family as much as anything else. It has worked well, the commute has been a challenge but it’s doable. My wife and kids are happy in that they can come across whenever they want and I can go home and see them. “It was quite an easy decision to make and obviously with Leo staying as well, it means that we can continue to work together and build on what we’ve achieved so far.”On the speculation linking him with a move back into international rugby with Ireland, Lancaster explained: ”I speak to Andy all the time. I spoke to him during the Six Nations and we will catch up soon. But for me, the priority is to be a great club coach.   “I was firm in my mind that I wanted to stay here. I mean obviously, Andy has got the challenge now of building his own coaching team. I’m sure he’ll build it over the course of the next four to six months.“The reality is he needs it in place for January 2020. I’m sure he’ll do that but I’ve said consistently, I enjoy the day-to-day stuff here. I enjoy club coaching and I’m very lucky to be at a great club.”  Mar 18th 2019, 3:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 18 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM 17 Comments center_img STUART LANCASTER SAYS he was firm in his mind when making a decision over his future after signing a new contract to remain as Leinster senior coach for the next two seasons. Both Lancaster and head coach Leo Cullen re-signed with the defending European and Pro14 champions last week in a major boost for Leinster as they bid to build on their recent success. Stuart Lancaster pictured at UCD this afternoon. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWhile the duration of Lancaster’s new deal was not disclosed, the 49-year-old confirmed he has agreed terms to remain at the club until 2021, in what is an excellent piece of business by Leinster. Lancaster had been heavily linked with a role on Andy Farrell’s Ireland coaching team after the World Cup, but made the ‘easy decision’ to stay with Leinster after rehabilitating his own career in Dublin and helping the province to a fourth Champions Cup crown in 2018.The former England head coach’s stock has risen immeasurably during his three years at Leinster, and speaking to The42 this afternoon, Lancaster explained that his hands-on role and day-to-day responsibility within Cullen’s coaching ticket was a significant factor in him committing his future to the province.“It was pretty easy, really,” he told The42. “I think I’ve said from the outset that I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to come to such a top club after coaching England. 25,897 Views Short URL Share65 Tweet Email ‘The priority is to be a great club coach’: Lancaster on easy decision to stay at Leinster The Englishman has targeted more success with the province after signing on for another two seasons. 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Noms de domaine 200 millions en 2010

first_imgNoms de domaine : 200 millions en 2010 ?Monde – Plus de 193 millions de sites internet ont été recensés à travers le monde au début de l’année 2010. Une croissance qui s’explique par la volonté des entreprises de s’afficher sur la Toile et d’y travailler.Le nombre de noms de domaine sur le Net a explosé en ce début d’année 2010. Durant le premier trimestre, un million de sites ont été créés selon VeriSign, une entreprise stratégique qui fournit des services d’infrastructure pour les réseaux de télécommunications, dont Internet.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Pour l’organisme, ce chiffre s’explique par l’importance qu’a pris le net dans les stratégies d’entreprise : “Il est fondamental d’investir de manière stratégique et continue dans l’infrastructure de la Toile afin d’assurer la pérennité et l’évolution de secteurs entiers”, affirme Raynor Dahlquist, vice-président des services des noms de domaine. Parmi les 193 millions de noms enregistrés, 99,3 ont un suffixe en .com ou .net. Une proportion qui s’explique par l’augmentation du e-commerce, conséquence de la démocratisation du Net. Aujourd’hui, 25% de la population mondiale est connectée à Internet.Le 22 juin 2010 à 15:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

City officials ask Superior Court to review competing Mission Valley development plans

first_img Posted: May 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, City officials ask Superior Court to review competing Mission Valley development plans SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — City officials are asking the San Diego Superior Court to review two competing development plans for the city’s SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley.Both the SoccerCity and SDSU West proposals have garnered enough signatures of support to qualify for the November ballot. Whichever measure receives the most votes — assuming it exceeds 50 percent — will win the rights to negotiate with the city to redevelop the Mission Valley site.The City Attorney’s Office filed petitions asking the court to determine whether the initiatives “impermissibly exceed the power to act through an initiative and whether they impermissibly conflict with state law and the San Diego City Charter.”“By seeking pre-election guidance from the courts, the city hopes to avoid a situation where voters act on measures that are later found to be legally invalid,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said. “Even if the court finds no problems with the measures, it may narrow post-election issues, which will save taxpayer money and potentially expedite city actions to implement a successful measure.”The SDSU West plan proposes the sale of about 132 acres of city property to San Diego State University or an auxiliary organization to clear the way for a new 35,000-seat Aztecs football stadium. The facility would also accommodate professional soccer, concerts as well as other events, and could expand to accommodate a future NFL franchise.The SoccerCity initiative, meanwhile, proposes a 99-year property lease and construction of a 23,500-seat soccer stadium that could be enlarged for football games.Both proposals also include provisions for housing, commercial and park development. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Mission Valley, SDSU West, SoccerCity FacebookTwitter May 11, 2018last_img read more

Time Inc Launching All Access Digital Subscription Plan

first_imgSports Illustrated’s all access plan breaks down as a print/digital bundle at $48 annually or $4.99 per month or digital only at $3.99 per month. The current 3.15 million print subscribers get free access to the digital products for the remainder of their term. Sports Illustrated is hoping the bundle packages will not only serve their readers, but draw in multiplatform advertisers as well.Time Inc. has also reportedly partnered with HP to offer digital subs via HP’s forthcoming tablet, which will run on the Palm webOS. And as of now, it appears that the subscription capability is separate from Next Issue Media’s efforts, of which Time Inc. is a venture partner.In response to questions about Apple and Time Inc. subscription discussions, Rothenberg claimed it was too early to comment, citing that “it would be a very big mistake to speculate.” He was quick to point out the newness of the digital subscription industry, claiming to be in “the early days of evolution in digital retail.” Rothenberg said, “We love Apple. [We have a] great desire to sell subs in iTunes stores. I am confident at some point we will be able to sell subs in iTunes.” SI already has an app available through the iPad, launched December 2010. At a press conference this morning, Time Inc. announced it is launching an “all access” digital subscription plan in an effort to offer their brands to readers on any platform. The plan so far only offers subscriptions to magazine apps via Samsung’s Galaxy tablet and Android smartphones, as well as via a dedicated Web site. Print and digital bundles are also an option.Mark Ford, Time EVP and president of the Sports Illustrated Group, Terry McDonnell, Sports Illustrated group editor, and Randall Rothenberg, Time EVP and chief digital officer, led the conference and fielded an open Q and A at the end of the session.McDonnell claimed from this point forward to be, “The greatest point in time for Sports Illustrated.” Rothenberg expanded on the digital offerings for existing and new Sports Illustrated subscribers, explaining this new subscription package will create a more satisfying experience, allowing readers to “dive deep into content.”Sports Illustrated is the first brand to roll out with the subscription plan, which is debuting a number of swimsuit issue apps on February 15 to tie in with the print issue launch.last_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington High School Hiring Freshman Volleyball Coach

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Want to become Wilmington High Schools next Freshman Volleyball Coach. Read the description HERE or below:Qualifications:• Possess a good knowledge of the sport including but not limited to knowledge of school, league and MIAA rules.• Possess a good knowledge of skills and techniques of the sport as well as training and conditioning techniques.• Possess the ability to communicate effectively with parents and students.Duties:• Coordinate the issuance, care and inventory of equipment, supplies (medical) and uniforms.• Coordinate the collection of all equipment.• Assist the Athletic Director in developing the annual budget and scheduling non-league games.• Supervise students from the time practice or the contest starts until finished.• Securing facilities when applicable.• Submitting all required forms in a timely manner.• Notify all team members of all policies, procedures and training rules as they pertain to the team.• Promote and reinforce academic excellence for the students.• Perform any other duties or responsibilities to the coaching position as needed or directed by the Athletic Director.Compensation: Per contract.August:• Work with JV and Varsity Coaches to help plan and execute tryouts, four 2 hour sessions in late August.September and October:• Work with JV and Varsity Coaches to ensure a unified approach to working with athletes and teaching the skills necessary to compete successfully.• Plan and execute practice sessions, 2 hrs per session, 2 to 3 times per week, teaching basic individual and team volleyball skills.• Plan and supervise team during competition, 1 to 2 hrs per match, 2 to 3 times per week.Position Type: After school/EveningPositions Available: 1Equal Opportunity EmployerNotice of Non-DiscriminationAll educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities at Wilmington Public Schools are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.Job RequirementsDEGREE PREFERRED: Completion of high school or GEDEXPERIENCE PREFERRED:Basic knowledge of the sport of volleyball; coaching experience preferredADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:• CPR/AED and First Aid Certified• Concussion Certification• MIAA/NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course taken within the seasonCitizenship, residency or work VISA in United States requiredApplication QuestionsThere are no application questions required for this job posting.Contact InformationEdward Harrison, Interim Director of Athletics159 Church StreetWilmington, Massachusetts 01887Phone: 978-694-6060Fax: 978-694-6074Email: edward.harrison@wpsk12.comLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: WHS Is Searching For New Girls JV Lacrosse CoachIn “Sports”Athletic Director Tim Alberts Departs Wilmington For TritonIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”last_img read more

Walker names Soldotnas Ruffner to fish board

first_imgDownload AudioGovernor Bill Walker announced five nominations to the board of the Alaska Fish and Game on Tuesday. On the list again this year for a fish seat is Robert Ruffner of Soldotna, who would replace Fritz Johnson, a commercial fisherman from Dillingham. If confirmed, it will be the first time the fish board would not have a member from Bristol Bay.When Governor Bill Walker announced the five appointments to the state boards of fish and game on Feb. 2, he named a Soldotna scientist for the seat currently held by Dillingham’s Fritz Johnson. That was a surprise for many in the Bay– including long-time drift fisherman Robin Samuelson, a former BOF member himself.“This is a sad day for Bristol Bay,” Samuelson said shortly after the announcement was made. “Fisheries is everybody’s livelihood in Bristol Bay and I’m very disappointed in the governor’s action.”Johnson, also a Bristol Bay drifter, wanted to serve a second term on the board. He was appointed to replace Vince Webster, of King Salmon, who replaced Dillingham’s Robert Heyano. As far back as 1975, when the board of fish and game was split into two, someone from Bristol Bay has sat on the board of fish. Dillingham’s Herman Schroeder was the first appointee from the region. Samuelson said he wasn’t expecting the governor to change that pattern.“I could see him replacing Fritz, but it would seem that with having the biggest herring fishery in the state of Alaska, having the biggest salmon fishery in the world, that we’d be afforded a board of fish member,” Samuelson said.Norm Van Vactor, CEO of Bristol Bay Economic Development Association, said the news was a surprise to him as well, and although he’s been a supporter of the governor – he was frustrated by the lack of outreach to Bristol Bay stakeholders before the decision was made.“And I think that the lack of process that the governor and the commissioner have not gone through is really sad,” he said. “…I think all of us were put in a position of not being able to rally and ask why. It’s now really we’re asking how come.”But Walker said he was ready for something different, and didn’t make the decision lightly, knowing it was a big change for the bay.“I just wanted a little different balance, not necessarily of user groups but a regional balance a little bit for a change,” Walker said. “I certainly wouldn’t look at this as a trend in anyway, but I think that there’s a lot of angst in the Cook Inlet, Peninsula region… I looked at the individuals, both were obviously quite good. Fritz has been a good board member. And I look at Robert Ruffner, and…what I think he brings to the board, and I just felt I needed to have a little bit of a different, a little bit of a shift, and use Fritz in a different way.”Although Johnson received a ticket for fishing three minutes after the fishing period closed this summer, Walker said that wasn’t a deciding factor in the decision not to re-appoint him. Instead, Walker said he’s hoping Johnson will help with a new advisory group he’s forming to review the board process.“I know he’d much rather be on the board, but I need somebody from the board to be part of this advisory group,” Walker said. “…I want to look at some potential changes to the board process in some way, but I need to put together this advisory group to do that and so, like I said, I’ve asked Fritz to be part of that if he’s willing to.”Walker said he met with Samuelson and Rep. Bryce Edgmon after the announcement was made.Johnson’s replacement, Ruffner, is actually a second time nominee. Last year, the state Legislature voted him down after he was selected to replace former board chair Karl Johnstone, citing concerns that his appointment would change the balance. Johnstone was considered a sportfishing representative; Ruffner had a science background, and said he would put the resource first.Walker later appointed Robert Mumford, a former Alaska wildlife trooper, to Johnstone’s seat after Ruffner wasn’t confirmed. Mumford served for most of the year, but announced in late January that he planned to resign in March.Walker has nominated Anchorage’s Al Cain, another former trooper, to replace him. The governor rounded out his fish board nominees with Israel Payton, a Wasilla resident who has worked as a hunting and fishing guide. He’ll replace Tom Kluberton, who said in December that he didn’t plan to serve another term.The appointments change the balance on the seven-member board, which makes policy and allocative decisions for the state’s fisheries. Typically, there are three representatives of the sport fishing industry, one subsistence representative and three from commercial fisheries. The most recent round of nominations, if confirmed, will change the balance.Samuelson said it isn’t just commercial fishing representation he’s worried about.“Subsistence is the most important fishery in our state, especially in rural Alaska, and who’s gonna carry the torch on that board for us,” he said. “Not only our commercial fishery but our subsistence fishery.”All of the governor’s nominations are subject to confirmation by the Legislature, a process that’s been contentious in the past couple of years. Walker said he expects Ruffner to be confirmed this time around.“I’ve received, I believe, assurances that it will go significantly differently. Otherwise I would not have put him back up as a nominee,” he said.Specifically, Walker said individuals from the Kenai Peninsula told him they thought the vote would go differently this spring. But one Kenai Peninsula lawmaker, Republican representative Mike Chenault, said it remains to be seen how the confirmation process will go.“It is contentious,” Chenault told KDLG News. “I have never seen a board member just kinda sail through unscathed without somebody taking pot shots at ‘em, and you know, why some (people) even would want to be on this board, I have no idea.”Chenault said the fish board appointees will likely face multiple confirmation hearings before the Legislature meets in a joint session to confirm (or not) the nominees. That hearing is likely to occur toward the end of the session.In addition to the fish picks, the governor re-appointed Nathan Turner for the state Board of Game, and appointed Guy Trimmingham for a first term.last_img read more

Rehealable Recyclable ESkin Developed for Robots Prosthetics

first_img Scientists have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing, fully recyclable “electronic skin.”The thin, translucent material simulates functions and mechanical properties of human skin—and then some.While wearable e-skins of all shapes and sizes are being refined in labs around the world, the University of Colorado Boulder is cultivating something a bit more… special.AdChoices广告The nameless technology is embedded with a new type of covalently bonded dynamic network polymer, polyimine, which uses silver nanoparticles for better mechanical strength, chemical stability, and electrical conductivity.“What is unique here is that the chemical bonding of polyimine we use allows the e-skin to be both self-healing and fully recyclable at room temperature,” lead researcher Jianliang Xiao, an assistant professor in CU Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said in a statement.“Given the millions of tons of electronic waste generated worldwide every year, the recyclability of our e-skin makes good economic and environmental sense,” he added.Less dramatic than Wolverine’s self-healing dermis or the restorative surface of T-1000, this science uses a mix of three commercially available compounds in ethanol to heal a cut or broken e-skin.There is an uncanny element of science fiction, however.“Let’s say you wanted a robot to take care of a baby,” CU Boulder associate professor Wei Zhang suggested. “In that case, you would integrate e-skin on the robot fingers [so it] can feel the pressure of the baby.”Simply apply moderate heat and pressure to conform the sheet to curved surfaces—like human arms or android hands.A paper on the subject was published last week in the journal Science Advances.Last year, a team of engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA created flexible sensor “skin” that can convey sensations like pressure and vibration. The bio-inspired membrane—meant to improve machines’ ability to measure shear force—echoes the feeling of sliding your finger along a surface or touching different textures.A team in Italy, meanwhile, was able to grow and transplant specially modified skin to a seven-year-old with a rare blister-causing disease that makes skin weak and prone to infection. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesHelp NASA Develop Autonomous Rovers last_img read more

The Real Reasons Behind Henry Ford Instituting the 40hour Workweek

first_imgToday workers take for granted that a standard work week has 40 hours, spread over five days. There are variations of that formula, of course, and some percentage of workers work a certain amount of overtime, as well. A 40-hour working week is a relatively recent practice, though. The U.S. had a few limited eight-hour-day laws that went on the books not long after the Civil War. In 1867, one was passed in the state of Illinois, and another was passed the following year that covered certain federal employees, but enforcement was weak, and most people were still working 10 and 12 hour days, especially in manufacturing. So how did our present model come about, then?In 2015, Politifact was sent a meme that gave the credit for our forty-hour, five-day work week not to labor unions, but to Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company, and was asked to check it out. This is what they found.Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford in his first car, the Ford Quadricycle.In the late 19th century, the length of a worker’s day was becoming more and more of an issue for the growing labor movement.The first big push for an eight-hour limit to the working day came to prominence in 1884, and called for all workers to have an eight-hour work day by May 1, 1886. The deadline wasn’t met, so labor leaders began calling for demonstrations to emphasize the issue.Henry FordSometimes those demonstrations, which were meant to be peaceful, broke into violence, such as when there was an explosion at a rally in Haymarket Square in Chicago on May 4, 1886, leaving several dead. That incident kept the issue at the forefront of public social and political discourse, but no decisive changes were made. All of that happened long before Henry Ford entered the picture.Haymarket SquareIn 1914, Henry Ford made the announcement that he was raising the wages of all his male workers from $2.34 to $5 an hour, more than doubling their current hourly rate, and scaling back from their then-48-hour work week to a 40-hour work week.Ford believed that overworking employees was bad for their productivity, and giving them more down time without compromising their financial well-being would help increase worker loyalty and commitment to Ford Motor Company.Ford Motor Co.Other companies started to emulate Ford’s policies about working hours when they saw that Ford Motor Company’s profits nearly doubled over the subsequent two years.Ford’s reasons for making those changes had other, less employee-focused motivations as well, though. In a 1926 interview with Henry Ford in World’s Work, it suggests that his motivations were also capital driven.From Left to Right: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone, the three partners of the Edison Botanic Research Corporation.In the interview, Ford stated that that leisure time should not be considered “lost time” and shouldn’t be just for the privileged class; he believed that workers needed free time to actually be able to purchase and use consumer products which would increase business. Watch some rare Henry Ford footage from 1915-30 below:Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, later told the New York Times that “Every man needs more than one day a week for rest and recreation…The Ford Company has always sought to promote [an] ideal home life for its employees. We believe that in order to live properly, every man should have more time to spend with his family.”Edsel FordJohnson Hur, writing for BeBusinessed, notes that Ford’s actions gave a boost to the American labor movement, encouraging the growth and development of more labor unions as they rallied around the idea of a five-day, eight-hour-shift workweek.Ford’s groundwork and a great deal of effort from the new labor unions all came to a head in 1937, when workers at General Motors staged a sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan.Ford assembly line, 1913.The strike brought together two different unions, General Motors, and the federal government, ultimately improving working conditions at GM, but also paving the way for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, which was part of FDR’s New Deal.The FLSA didn’t just cover the length of the workweek. It also addressed overtime pay, put restrictions on child labor, and instituted a minimum wage, all of which were revolutionary departures from the standard practices that arose during the Industrial Revolution.Read another story from us: How a 17th Century Revolutionary Gave us the Word “Guy”Ultimately, whether Ford’s decision to change his model for operations was driven primarily by concern for his employees or by the desire to sell more cars matters much less than its end result; it paved the way for much fairer and kinder working conditions for the country’s labor force.last_img read more

The secret gay history of tattoos and their hidden meanings

first_imgThese days, tattoos and LGBTI culture go hand in hand and it’s a trend that’s on the rise.But where did it all begin and what do these hidden meanings signify?‘Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos’According to famous gay tattooist Samuel Steward (also known as Phil Sparrow), the gay community in particular really began embracing tattoos in the 1950s.Steward was born in 1909 and led many varied roles in life, including a professor at a Roman Catholic university and an author of gay pulp fiction.He was also the official tattoo artist for the motorcycle club, the Hells Angels in Oakland, California.Steward published his thoughts on gay men getting tattoos in his 1990 book Bad Boys & Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tattoo with Gangs, Sailors, and Street-Corner Punks.Samuel Steward. | Photo: WikipediaSteward said: ‘One change, however, came about in the homosexual attitude towards tattoos around 1954.’He continued: ‘Following the national release of the movie The Wild One with Marlon Brando; the original motorcycle film, it seemed to crystallize or release, the obscure and long-hidden feelings of many homosexuals.’Steward believes tattoos became a symbol of masculinity for gay men, closely tied with the gay leather community.He said: ‘I was overwhelmed by the sudden appearance of so many of these figures… as the impulse of many homosexuals to be considered more masculine – by the addition of a tattoo – grew stronger.’There are also examples of lesbians in the 1940s and 50s literally wearing their sexuality on their sleeve by getting a particular tattoo (but more on that later).Here are the most common LGBTI-inspired tattoos and what it means to the people who got them.Note: If someone has one of these tattoos, it does not mean they automatically identify with the explanations below1. Pink triangle tattooIn Nazi Germany in the mid-1940s, gay prisoners in concentration camps were forced into wearing pink triangles as a badge of shame.In fact, one scholar says these gay prisoners were the ‘lowest of the low’ in the hierarchy of the concentration camps.Nazis tortured the gay prisoners by castrating some of them and sodomizing them with items like broomsticks. They also performed dangerous experiments on them to find cures for typhus fever and homosexuality.According to estimations, between 5,000 and 15,000 gay people died in German concentration camps.When eye witness accounts and personal testimonies emerged several decades later, LGBTI activists began reclaiming the symbol.The earliest accounts in America date back to 1977, where LGBTI activists in Miami pinned pink triangles to their clothes to protest housing discrimination.In the early 80s, organization ACT-UP used the pink triangle to try to raise awareness in the midst of the AIDS crisis.Instead of using the upside down triangle – as the Nazis did – activist Avram Finkelstein came up with using it the right way up.The organization used it in arguably its most famous campaign poster: Silence = Death.Photo: Elvert Barnes PhotographySince then, activists have used the symbol in various campaigns since, including in protests last year over concentration camps in Chechnya.The symbol went from being a badge of shame, to a symbol of pride.How LGBTI people reclaimed the pink triangleMany LGBTI people now proudly show off their tattoo pink triangles.‘I got it after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida,’ Nick McGlynn told Gay Star News. ‘At the time, it really brought home the physical violence that’s still directed at queer people.‘I was angry and I wanted to have my queerness permanently written on my body as a “fuck you” to the fear of being visibly queer in public,’ he said.Nick McGlynn’s pink triangle tattoo. | Photo: suppliedMcGlynn is a teacher and says his pink triangle tattoo isn’t as obviously gay as a rainbow flag, so his students often ask him about it.‘It gives me an opportunity to say out loud in public that I’m a gay man,’ he said.Greg Baillie got his pink triangle tattoo on his wrist so he can hide it under his watch if he ever feels unsafe.He said: ‘I got it to feel like part of a community whilst remembering the horror that had befitted some that had went before.Jeff Ingold wanted to make his triangle tattoo special so he got a triangle outline, with the date he came out in the middle.He said: ‘I got this tattoo to remember all those who came before me, who fought and died for our rights and also, to place myself in that history.’Jeff Ingold got a tattoo of the pink triangle with the date of his coming out. | jefflez7 / InstagramIngold continued: ‘Along with that, my dad once told me he wished I didn’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve so much.’So he got it on his arm in defiance.‘This is who I am, this is my history and I won’t be ashamed of showing it off,’ he added.Bisexual people also have a version of the pink triangle with a blue triangle linked.2. Nautical star tattooIn the late 1940s and 50s, some lesbians got a nautical star tattooed on their wrist as a signal to other lesbians.Madeline D. Davis and Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy’s 1993 book Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community explains the phenomenon.They explained: ‘The cultural push to be identified as lesbians – or at least different – all the time was so powerful that it generated a new form of identification among the tough bar lesbians: a star tattoo on the top of the wrist, which was usually covered by a watch.‘This was the first symbol of community identity that did not rely on butch-fem imagery,’ they wrote.Nautical star tattoo. | Photo: amanda / FlickrKennedy and Davis also said the local police in Buffalo, New York knew about the practise, so it was very risky.Police had a list of names of known lesbians. For this reason, the tattoo was always on the wrist where it could hide behind a wristwatch.The nautical star is now hugely popular among LGBTI people, including a lot of gay porn stars.As well as being a common tattoo for sailors (it symbolizes sailors trying to find their way home), the nautical star also points to prostitution in some circles.3. Scorpion/Biohazard tattooIn 2011, CNN published a piece from a gay man who is HIV+.In the piece, Michael Lee Howard says he got the biohazard symbol on his right arm and the radiation symbol on his left to indicate that he’s living with HIV.After his diagnosis in 2005, Howard said he got the tattoos to help him on his journey of self-acceptance.He said: ‘It’s a branding of who I am, and it’s a branding of being comfortable with that, being comfortable with who I am.’Another tattoo listed in the article as a signifier for someone living with HIV is the scorpion. This one is more tricky because the scorpion tattoo is also closely associated with astrology.Gay man William Conley said he also knows 45-60 others who got the biohazard and scorpion symbols tattooed on their body.Scorpion tattoo. | Photo: Allen Watkin / FlickrIn response to the article, chief executive of GMFA Matthew Hodson warned it was only a small minority of gay men getting these tattoos.He said: ‘The problem with any coded reference to HIV status is that it may not be universally understood, so even if you have a great big bio-hazard tattoo across your butt-cheeks, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone you have sex with is going to understand what it means.‘Most people with HIV don’t tell all of their sexual partners.‘And although some gay men choose to ink their status, fierce and unapologetic, on their skin, the majority of us don’t,’ he said.4. Arm band tattooWhile some people might just like the look of arm band tattoos, others get them to let the world know they enjoy anal fisting.Alexis Garcia told Gay Star News he got his double arm band tattoo ‘to stand for equality’.Alexis Garcia and his armband tattoo. | Photo: supplied eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Shocking exposé reveals underground LGBTI conversion therapy in South KoreaCelebs Go Dating: Ollie Locke left ‘horrified’ by date’s NSFW tattooWould Paddy Power have had better luck trying to find bisexual football players?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : He had no idea about the double meaning behind the tattoo but said: ‘It’s important to me as it means equality.’Kieran Evans said he also didn’t know about the double meaning until after he got it done. He has multiple bands on his arm to represent a member of his family.He said: ‘When I walk into a room of gays wearing a short sleeved shirt, one of two things goes through my head; I’m either looking cute as hell or they think I like to get my hands dirty.’He’s actually had gay men ask him about the double meaning before.Evans said: ‘This one time at a hookup, the guy asked if I did porn. A few years later, I then realised why he asked because a lot of porn starts have band tattoos as well.’Some people might also get this tattoo to symbolize the equals sign.5. Eyes tattooRussian criminal tattoos have a long list of hidden meanings.In Soviet Union prisons, there was a strong culture of tattoos being used to indicate a person’s criminal career and rank. It differentiated who were criminal elites and who were political prisoners.The practice started around 1930, grew to prominence in the 50s and died down by the 80s.Some prominent symbols include star tattoos (indicating authority), skull (indicating murder), cross (a traditional ‘thieves cross’) and bells (indicating a long sentence with no chance of early release).But there are some gay symbols too, like the eyes tattoo. When tattooed on the lower stomach, it means the person is gay. The penis symbolizes a nose, with the two eyes above watching.Most of the tattoos symbolizing being gay were forced onto people as a way to shame them.For example, a snake entwined with a woman indicates a ‘passive homosexual’ – especially tattooed on the back.Beauty marks beneath the eyes also indicate a ‘passive homosexual’, as well as red suits in cards (diamonds or hearts) on a prisoner’s back.6. Equals sign tattooThis one’s fairly self-explanatory but it’s worth mentioning.The red equals sign rose to prominence in 2013 when the Human Rights Campaign used it to urge people to support marriage equality in the United States.A sea of these equals signs flooded social media and effectively got the conversation flowing about LGBTI rights.As a result, many people got little parallel line tattoos on their body to symbolize equality.Sarah Eba and her equals sign tattoo. | Photo: suppliedSarah Eba told Gay Star News: ‘I got it two years ago right after I came out to my grandma and she didn’t approve because she didn’t think equality for gays should be the same for straight people.‘It pissed me off so I got the tattoo and showed her. But now I love it and it reminds me of who I am every time I see it,’ she said.James Baker said he got his equals sign tattoo a few years back, but wanted the upside triangle too.James Baker and his equals sign tattoo. | Photo: suppliedHe explained: ‘I’m not someone who you would instantly recognise as LGBTI.‘Going through university and now playing for a gay football team in London, I wanted to show that I was proud after not being confident when I was younger,’ he said.7. Labrys (double-sided axe) tattooDuring the 1960s, lesbian feminists adopted the labrys tattoo as a symbol of strength and independence.The labrys, or double-bladed battle axe, is associated with ancient matriarchal societies, the Amazons and the Greek goddess Demeter.In the Minoan civilization (lasting from around 3,000 to 1,100 BCE), the society at the time was predominately matriarchal.Their religion centered around a bare-breasted Great Goddess who is believed to have been a protector of women.This goddess is often portrayed as holding snakes in her hands – a symbol of fertility and agriculture – and surrounded by female worshippers with double axes.It represents a symbol of power.Photo: Donna Cymek / FlickrThe symbol sometimes appears against a violet background (a commonly acknowledged sapphic color) and in an upside down triangle.In Kyrgyzstan, there’s even an LGBTI rights organization called Labrys.Unfortunately some trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) have co-opted the symbol in recent years.8. Lambda tattooLambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet.The Gay Activist Alliance selected the symbol to represent the gay rights movement in 1970. There are many different interpretations of the symbol, including it standing for ‘liberation’. It’s also the physics symbol for energy.Alan Meggs got his lambda tattoo in the early 90s at Frith St Tattoos in London.He got it because he wanted ‘something less easily recognizable than the pink triangle so people would have to ask me about it.’Alan Meggs and his lambda tattoo. | Photo: suppliedMeggs told Gay Star News: ‘It feels more political – less mainstream. My own little act of rebellion.‘It reminds me of our past and the battles that have been won to be accepted into mainstream society. And reminds me we still have a fair way to go.‘We should continue to walk in the footprints of the people who fought the laws and prejudices of the late 60s and early 70s and no be complacent. It’s part of my gay history,’ he said.9. Circle tattooSome intersex people may proudly get a circle tattoo.Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia created the intersex pride flag in 2013. The yellow background and purple circle represent ‘hermaphrodite’ colors.According to the website: ‘The circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness.‘We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolizes the right to be who and how we want to be,’ the website states.10. Whatever you want it to be!LGBTI people can get a myriad of tattoos that represent their gender identity or sexuality.James Stannah said he wanted something super gay so he got two Tom of Finland-inspired men kissing.James Stannah and his Tom of Finland style tattoo. | Photo: suppliedHe said: ‘I wanted something that was actually so obviously gay and a little shocking to look at.‘[It] is such an open display of essentially how proud I am that I’m gay.‘It’s also a bit of a fuck you. I basically am now restricted from taking my top off in quite a few countries worldwide for fear of arrest. But it’s also a bit of a middle finger to all of that as well,’ he said.Candice Armah identifies as non-binary and saw a tattoo by artist Julim Rosa on social media with the word ‘gender’ in a distorted design.Candice Armah and their binary tattoo. | Photo: suppliedArmah explained: ‘Warped and wavy words seemed to fit how I felt and still feel about the gender binary. I wanted my own version to keep with me so asked her to draw some mock-ups.‘I loved the result,’ they added.Alexavier Taiga wanted something special as a nod to his trans identity. So he got a quote from Chris Colfer’s book Struck By Lighting.The book is about a guy who wants to leave his conservative town.Alexavier Taiga and his tattoo. | Photo: suppliedTaiga said: ‘I love the quote because I come from a conservative small town. But it has extra meaning for me because I’m a trans guy.‘I got the tattoo before coming out to anyone,’ he said.He’s currently 12 months on testosterone and he’ll get the other half of the quote after his top surgery soon.The second half of the quote is ‘Once there was a boy who flew’.Erik Lulilian and his tattoo. | Photo: suppliedErik Lulilian wanted to feature triangles and a bird to symbolize ‘freedom’ and as an homage to his queer identity.He said: ‘I think tattoos in their own right are a kind of reclamation of our bodies.‘So many queer people grew up in households [that] sent us messages that our bodies are not our own. It takes a lot of inner work to undo that mindset.‘My tattoos, in that way, are an outward expression and celebration of my liberation,’ he said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The LGBTI community has a long and varied history with tattoos.In a time when it was illegal to be out and proud in Western culture, many LGBTI people got tattoos to convey secret messages or as an act of defiance to authority. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Hermes Airports commits to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 Updated

first_imgHermes Airports said on Wednesday the operator had signed a landmark commitment to become net zero for their carbon emissions by 2050.The commitment concerns airport buildings, infrastructure and vehicles, not aircraft.The resolution was signed in the morning at the 29th ACI Europe Annual Congress in Cyprus – the annual gathering for airport CEOs and senior level airline representatives across Europe.This commitment was undertaken as part of ACI Europe, the trade association for the European airport industry, announcing a resolution formally committing the industry to achieve net zero by 2050, at the latest.The collective pledge – further undersigned by 194 airports, operated by 40 airport operators across 24 countries – marks a significant step change in the climate action ambitions for the airport industry.“At Hermes Airports, we are proud to undersign this commitment and unequivocally state our engagement. We have invested significantly in environmental management over the years,” said Hermes Airports’ CEO Eleni Kaloyirou,“We take note of the recent IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report and of the shift in public perception of air transport. People are demanding more ambition from government, from business, from mobility and we are keen to deliver. NetZero2050 is not a promise we take lightly, and we are confident that through research & investment, knowledge exchange and partnership, we will be able to identify the best solutions to decarbonise our airport operations.”Europe’s airports have been leading climate action with annual reductions announced every year for the past decade. Forty three have become carbon neutral, supported by the global industry standard Airport Carbon Accreditation.“However, today’s commitment brings a new dimension to this – no offsets. Crucially, with its NetZero2050 commitment, the airport industry is aligning itself with the Paris Agreement and the new climate goal adopted just last week by the EU,” said Dr Michael Kerkloh, president of ACI Europe and CEO of Munich Airport.The deadline of 2050 is aligned with the latest IPCC evidence and the decarbonisation strategy set out by the European Commission and adopted by the Council of the European Union.The resolution remains open to additional signatories.    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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