Roxie’s Wish Comes True Through a Week Long Aquatic Safety Event

first_imgNon-Profits News Roxie’s Wish Comes True Through a Week Long Aquatic Safety Event Doug Forbes and Elena Matyas produce a weeklong virtual event to promote pool safety in memory of their 6-year-old daughter By DAVID CROSS and KEVIN UHRICH Published on Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 3:38 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe More Cool Stuff HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img 64 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Six-year-old Roxie Forbes, a non-swimmer, drowned at the Altadena-based Summerkids Camp on June 28, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Elena Matyas and Doug Forbes)After the June 28, 2019 drowning of 6-year-old Roxie Forbes in a summer camp swimming pool in Altadena, parents Elena Matyas and Doug Forbes devoted their lives to ensuring other children will not suffer the same fate.The most recent event in their ongoing public education campaign is a weeklong virtual event called “Roxie’s Wish,” featuring presentations by such local luminaries as Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo, Former Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Senator Anthony Portantino, and a host of musical artists and Olympic athletes, including multiple Gold Medal swimmers Janet Evans and Pasadena resident John Naber.“It’s almost like a television production where we address what we feel to be the most important issues related to childhood drowning,” Forbes recently told Pasadena Now. “Our seventh Olympic participant, Gary Hall Jr., has won 10 Olympic medals in his illustrious career.”Following is a list of events on each day of “Roxie’s Wish”:SATURDAYMAY 15Saturday’s segment kicks-off with hosts Doug and Elena from the Pasadena Boys & Girls Club. Presentations will be made by Holden, Portantino and Olympians Lia Neal, Maritza McClendon and Janelle Atkinson. In celebration of International Water Safety Day, discussions will be held by Nic Askew, swimming coach at Howard University on “Including Diversity in Aquatics,” as well as on how and why drowning affects Latinx, Black, Asian and socioeconomically disadvantaged youth at higher rates and how communities can rally around prevention and swimming opportunities to live better lives. Also included will be a moving tribute to Roxie from harpist and Roxie’s teacher, Elva De Jarnett, and Doug and Elena are awaiting word from a very special guest. Included will be videos from around the nation from the Michael Phelps Foundation, BlackKidsSwim, Team Kareem, No More Under, The Root, and more. There will also be a special recognition of select families who have suffered a childhood drowning.SUNDAYMAY 16Broadcast from the world-renowned Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, speakers include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg. There will be a celebration of aquatics programming and adaptive swimming for children with special needs with limited resources, and a discussion on swim safety guidance ahead of the summer season. A musical guest will be announced shortly. Groups from around the country submitting videos include the Jasper Ray Foundation, Swim Angelfish, SwimRight Academy, Goldfish Swim School, Abbey’s Hope, and Lil’ Guppies. There will also be a special recognition of select families who have suffered a childhood drowning.MONDAYMAY 17Broadcast from Doug and Elena’s Pasadena Headquarters, viewers will hear from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Hilda Solis, health and safety officials and seven-time NCAA champ and Olympic gold medalist Darian Townsend. First responders, medical personnel and others in their courageous fight against drowning will be honored. Discussion will range from CPR and “Reach and Throw Don’t Go” to Life Jackets, Pool Fences and Water Watchers. Musical guest, America’s favorite family band, the Rock N’ Roll Hi-Fives, will play a song recorded for this event. Creators of videos from around the country include Consumer Products Safety Commission Pool Safety, the Miss Tristan Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, ProTrainings, Parkview Health, City of Pasadena EMT and Aquatics, Safe Kids California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Colin’s Hope and Abbey’s Hope. There will be a special recognition of select families who have suffered a childhood drowning.TUESDAYMAY 18Broadcast from Doug and Elena’s Pasadena HQ, speakers include former Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek. Viewers will also hear from National Drowning Prevention Alliance Executive Director Adam Katchmarchi, Stop Drowning Now Executive Director Sara Biskie, and four-time Olympic gold medalist John Naber, a resident of Pasadena. They will also be honoring the work of government organizations such as the Consumer Products Safety Commission, and NGOs including Safe Kids Worldwide, the American Academy of Pediatrics and family foundations. Discussion will focus on the reality of preventable childhood drowning today and partnerships fighting to end the plight tomorrow. Musical guests to be announced shortly. Videos from around the nation include the Swim With Mike Foundation, Lythgoe Family Panto, Under the Nile, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, The Locket Sisters, The Family Room, the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, and Josh the Otter. There will be a special recognition of select families who have suffered a childhood drowning.WEDNESDAYMAY 19Broadcast from Lake Cachuma and the glorious Gaviota Beach on the Pacific Ocean, included are Congresswoman Judy Chu and four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans. The hosts will also be honoring heroes who literally saved the lives of others imperiled by non-fatal drowning. Discussion will focus on must-know updated information about lifeguarding and safety at pools, oceans, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. Musical guest to be announced shortly. Videos from around the nation include Dr. Justin Sempsrott of Lifeguards Without Borders and StarGuard ELITE, Summer Harrison of SwimOutlet (also a beach lifeguard), president of the US Lifesaving Association Gus Avila, the LV Project, California State Parks Lifeguards, Dr. Chris Thurber, and Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald. There will be a special recognition of select families who have suffered a childhood drowning.THURSDAYMAY 20Broadcast from Pasadena City Hall, guests include Mayor Victor Gordo and 10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall, Jr. Hosts will be honoring those who passed critical local, state and federal legislation that saved lives, including Kathy Baker of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Discussion will focus on how drowning prevention legislation and local advocacy can be a game-changer, plus updates on Doug and Elena’s pending legislation that affects more than 6 million students. Plus, there will be more on the National Water Safety Action Plan. Musical guests will be announced shortly, just as videos from around the nation will also soon be announced. Like other episodes, there will be a special recognition of select families who have suffered a childhood drowning.FRIDAYMAY 21The final episode will be broadcast from Doug and Elena’s Pasadena HQ, with speeches by Doug and Elena in honor of their beloved daughter, Roxie Mirabelle Forbes. Viewers will aso hear from five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. Expect appearances by SwimBrayv MerModels and SuperMeowDiscussion will focus on preparing for the summer season and the final event celebrating children and families. Musical guests will be announced shortly, and there will be more videos from around the nation.Forbes and Matyas have done all this through the Meow Meow Foundation, a nonprofit named for their child’s beloved toy cat and formed in the wake of Roxie’s tragic death “to develop water safety and camp safety programs that protect young lives, and eliminate preventable childhood drowning deaths and catastrophic injuries at camps,” according to the organization’s website.To that end, the couple has lobbied local lawmakers to sponsor legislation with Assemblyman Chris Holden, who wrote a bill that would create updated pool and open water safety policies and programming that can be readily adopted by California schools.They’ve also helped sponsor still pending legislation with state Sen. Anthony Portantino, which seeks to address what Portantino acknowledges is “a deficiency in camp licensing, inspection, and oversight.’’Along with that, they continue to make public appearances, advocating for greater protective measures at area pools to ensure the safety of young swimmers.“You know,” said Forbes, “we appear at press conferences, we’ll be at the fourth upcoming Rose Bowl Aquatics Center press briefing on water safety. We are available to educate folks anywhere and everywhere in the state of California and even beyond about the importance of drowning prevention and camp safety. And finally, through our website and other initiatives, we avail resources to folks. We’re here to receive calls from people who have concerns about lifeguarding at certain facilities or camp safety practice facilities here in California or nationwide. So yeah, we’re up to a lot.”To send a video, visit https://www.meowmeowfoundation.org/roxies-wish-drowning-prevention-week-for-children.More information about the Meow Meow Foundation is available on the organization’s website, meowmeowfoundation.org. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Environmental engineering program earns accreditation

first_imgNotre Dame’s environmental engineering program has now earned accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). “There’s a process by which you first have to go through several years of your program, collect materials and information about your students and graduates, present that [to ABET] and then they consider you for accreditation,” said Robert Nerenberg, associate professor in the College of Engineering.Incoming sophomores in the fall of 2013 were among the first students who participated in the environmental engineering program. Since then, the department has graduated 50 environmental engineering students.The accreditation is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015, meaning those alumni who graduated in the past now have accredited degrees, associate teaching professor Liz Kerr said. Kerr also currently serves as director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences.“The alumni that we have were the trailblazers,” Kerr said. “They were confident that they wanted to be in this major, and they trusted that we would get the degree accredited so they could have a more meaningful degree and get an engineering license.”Nerenberg said it is a normal and natural step when a new degree is implemented to go through the accreditation process, and the department was accredited without any modifications.Separately offering the environmental engineering degree and changing the name of the department from Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences to Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences helped students become more aware of the environmental aspect, Nerenberg said.The University’s environmental engineering program offers a variety of opportunities to engage students in the industry by combining practical environmental engineering projects with a strong theoretical foundation, Kerr said.She said the students work on a local design project their senior year with other environmental and civil engineers to benefit the city of South Bend.“This year they will be working on two different projects,” Kerr said. “There’s a western avenue project where they’re working on separating the combined sewer system and creating green infrastructure to help mitigate flooding during storm events, and then they’re also working on a project to upgrade the water treatment facility.”Kerr said by bringing in community members and engaging the students with community projects, they receive a more realistic experience in the field.Nerenberg said because all of the faculty in the department are active in research, undergraduates have more opportunities to be involved in research which allows the students to be further immersed in the field.With growing problems including climate change, water scarcity and population growth, the field of environmental engineering will become even more prevalent, Nerenberg said.“I think anyone who’s good at math and science and is interested in technical things should take a look at environmental engineering because we really are able to serve the public in a very direct way,” Nerenberg said. “We work on behalf of municipalities, state and federal governments looking after the health and safety of people.”Tags: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, College of Engineering, Environmental Engineeringlast_img read more

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Arsenal miss out on Brazilian target Bruno Guimaraes

first_imgLyon have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes from Athletico Paranaense on a four-and-a-half year contract for a transfer fee of £17million.Advertisement Guimaraes, targeted by several European clubs including Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, will arrive in Lyon on either February 10 or 11 after he fulfils commitments with the Brazil Under-23 team in a qualifying event for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Read also: Pablo Mari: Flamengo defender joins Arsenal on loanHe will become the 20th Brazilian player to represent Lyon, following in the footsteps of Giovane Elber, Juninho and Fred among others.Rudi Garcia’s Lyon are fifth in Ligue 1 with 32 points from 21 games. They will take on Nice in the last 16 of the French Cup later on Thursday before visiting the same team in the league three days later.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Lyon said in a statement that they would receive 20 per cent from any future sale of the Brazilian Olympic team captain.The versatile 22-year-old scored 10 goals in 105 matches for Athletico Paranaense and helped them win the Copa Sudamericana in 2018 and Copa do Brasil in 2019. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

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Man attacked sister’s boyfriend with iron bar and knuckle-duster

first_imgA young Letterkenny man was so addicted to synthetic cannabis caused him to become paranoid to the extent he attacked his sister’s boyfriend with an iron bar and knuckle duster.Sloan Murphy of 26 Glenoughty Close appeared at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court in April and was adjourned to allow for the preparation of relevant reports from the Probation and Welfare Service. Judge Paul Kelly heard how the defendant had been attending a birthday party in Oldtown, Letterkenny on September 1, last year, when he attacked the injured party with an iron ratchet handle.On another occasion, Murphy punched the victim in the face with an implement called a “knuckle duster” which resulted in him needing treatment in hospital.This week, having read the reports from the Probation Service, Judge Paul Kelly said they revealed that the defendant has a “irrational antipathy to the injured party who is going out with his sister”.It also noted that he was “addicted to synthetic cannabis” and added “his empathy to the victim is limited as he feels he is a bad influence on his sister”.The court heard from reports that Murphy has attended for drug use treatment but still has an “inability to rationally reason and problem solve” also suffers from paranoid thoughts and is in the “moderate category of re-offending”.Solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian, told the court his client has the motivation to address these issues and has support from his grandparents. He is also commencing a welding course in Gaoth Dobhair and is not using drugs at the moment.Judge Kelly also noted the Probation Services have said the defendant does not need ongoing support from them and that he is a suitable candidate for community service.It was also outlined that the injured party does not wish to make a victim impact statement.Murphy was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 180 hours community service in lieu of six months imprisonment on each. He was also sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for a period of two years provided he commits no further offences during that time.Man attacked sister’s boyfriend with iron bar and knuckle-duster was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackcourtdrugsiron barknuckle dusterletterkennySloan Murphylast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 14, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two days of dry weather over Ohio, starting today. In fact, we are even giving a mostly dry outlook for far eastern Ohio today. There will be some clouds moving through from time to time, and sure, we cant completely rule out a spit or a sprinkle, but the threat of moisture is not nearly what we saw 24 hours ago, and its enough for us to go dry. Tomorrow also should be dry statewide as we await the arrival of or next front. Rain and thunderstorms move through Thursday and Friday, bringing .25″-.75″ with 95% coverage. We have a brief break Friday night, but then have additional rains back in over a good chunk of Ohio for Saturday. The rains mostly stay south of US 30, and those areas we can see anywhere from .25″-1.5″, with thunderstorms being the key to 1″+ rains. The heaviest rains will be in SW Ohio as a cluster of strong thunderstorms has potential to kick off there, and we expect 60% coverage of rains south of US 30 for the event.  Dry Sunday through midday Monday. Our next potentially strong system arrives Monday late afternoon or evening, and the holds through the entire day Tuesday. This system has plenty of moisture, with half to 1.5” rains over 70% of the state. While wrap around moisture tries to hold farther west on Wednesday, there looks to be a sizable dry slot coming in the way the set up is right now, and that will allow for most of the state at midweek, except in eastern and northeastern Ohio, where we can see scattered showers and .25″-.5″ rain potential. The map at right shows one estimate on combined rain totals from Thursday through next Wednesday.  We get a nice 4-day dry stretch as we finish the 10-day period and move into the extended window. Sunshine and blue sky dominate from next Thursday through the weekend. This should be a time of excellent evaporation and good dry down in nearly all areas. Then for the balance of the 11-16 day period, we have 2 threats of rain. Scattered showers bringing a half an inch or less for Monday the 27th, and then a stronger, slow moving front sweeping from NW to SE on the 29th and 30th, triggering some .25”-1” rains. Both systems should have 70% coverage.  Temperatures through the next two weeks should be normal on average for the period. We may see some warming to slightly above normal levels later this week but will offset those with a couple of days slightly below normal. This means we still see no heat stress for crops, and when you look at the total moisture potential through the period, we have nearly perfect rains too – unless any of these storms bring higher than expected rains (which may be a slight concern at this time.last_img read more

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Hadoop 2.0 & YARN: Get Ready For This Summer’s Big Data Breakthrough

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffitt Lately, it seems like Hadoop, the open source data platform seemingly so integral to the rise of Big Data, can’t catch a break. Instead of relying on Hadoop as a key Big Data storage and analysis tool, vendors and observers are increasingly positioning it as “just” a storage tool.But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Using Hadoop for cheap and efficient storage is a perfect starting point for the next phase of Hadoop’s evolution. With this summer’s expected debut of Hadoop 2.0, changes are afoot that will make information found within data warehouses and unstructured “data lakes” more accessible than ever.Hadoop As A Big BucketHadoop has been a great system for storing data since its initial adoption as a Big Data tool, but the data-processing framework MapReduce, which requires the creation of Java apps to reach into stored data and pull out the information required, has a high learning curve.(See also Hadoop: What It Is And How It Works.)There are other ways to get information out of Hadoop, of course. The HBase database is included in Hadoop, letting users treat data with a database paradigm. And the Hive data warehouse system enables you to build queries in the SQL-like HiveQL query language that can be converted to MapReduce jobs. But Hadoop is still limited by the fact that everything you do in it still has to be done one thing at a time. MapReduce jobs, Hive queries, HBase operations… they all have to take turns.This is why a lot of vendors tend to frame Hadoop as the bucket in which data is stored, and cast their products as the magical tool to pull out or analyze that data. In fact, while the data bucket metaphor is apt, it has been super-sized among Hadoop users to become known as data lakes or even data oceans. Given the perceived limitations of Hadoop in its present state, it’s not a hard sell to make.But as the Hadoop development community starts ramping up for the next iteration of Hadoop, those limitations are about to be greatly reduced.Knitting A YARN SolutionFor Arun Murthy, the release manager for Hadoop 2.0, the most important change will be upgrading the MapReduce framework to Apache YARN, which will expand what software can be used in Hadoop and how much. Murthy, who is also YARN project lead and co-founder of Hortonworks, explained that “In Hadoop 1.0, everything was batch-oriented. In 2.0, you will now have multiple apps hitting the data inside all at once.”What YARN does, essentially, is divide the functionality of MapReduce even further, breaking the two major responsibilities of the MapReduce JobTracker component – resource management and job scheduling/monitoring – into separate daemons: a global ResourceManager and per-application ApplicationMaster.Splitting up these functions provides a more powerful way to manage a Hadoop cluster’s resources than the current MapReduce systems can handle. It manages resources similar to the way an operating system handles jobs, which means no more one-at-a-time limitations.With YARN, developers will be able to build apps directly within Hadoop, instead of bolting them on from the outside, as many third-party vendor tools have to do now.Murthy reported that the Apache Hadoop community is already seeing keen interest from vendors who want to build their apps within the YARN framework that will live directly inside Hadoop and have resources managed by YARN.Because the Apache Hadoop community is driving the development of the new version of Hadoop, there is no set timeline for Hadoop’s progress this summer. Murthy predicted that a “strong beta” of Hadoop 2.0 might be available in June or July timeframe, with a final release perhaps ready by August.If YARN lives up to its promises, a lot of data lakes and oceans will suddenly be more accessible within the native Hadoop platform, which will greatly streamline and speed up the task of finding useful information. Big Data is about to get even more useful. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Big Data#Hadoop center_img How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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Bhadrak, Jajpur dists receive flood water following heavy rain in Odisha

first_imgHeavy rain in Baitarani River catchment has resulted in floods in several blocks of Bhadrak and Jajpur district of Odisha on Tuesday.“About 20,000 people in 25 villages of Bhandraripokhari block of Bhadrak have been affected. Flood water has entered several areas of Dhamnagar block. Close 1000 hectares of cropland have been submerged in flood water,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief commissioner here on Tuesday.Two power boats and one health team have been deployed in Solampur village under Bhandaripokhari block while Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force team has been stationed at Dhamnagar. Similar situation was noticed in Jajpur, Dasarathpur and Korei of Jajpur district.Meanwhile, rise in water level in river Subarnarekha at Rajghat triggered flood like situation in five gram panchayats in Baliapal block of Balasore district.At 6.00 PM on Tuesday, the river Baitarani was flowing at 37 meter against danger level of 38.36 meter at Anandpur with a falling trend. Similarly, the river is flowing at 18.56 meter against danger level of 17.83 meter at Akhuapada in Keonjhar district. The situation is expected to become normal by Wednesday.last_img read more

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Shutdown brings life to a halt in Arunachal Pradesh

first_imgNormal life in at least five districts of Arunachal Pradesh was affected on Thursday after 18 student and civil organisations imposed a 48-hour shutdown against the State government’s decision to grant the permanent resident certificate (PRC) to six communities not recognised as Scheduled Tribes.These six communities — Adivasi, Deori, Gorkha, Mishing, Moran, and Sonowal Kachari — mostly inhabit Namsai and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh on the border with Assam. Some of these communities enjoy Scheduled Tribe status in Assam.The 18 organisations have alleged that the joint high power committee (JHPC), led by Environment and Forest Minister Nabam Rebia, to look into the matter had submitted its report without proper verification of facts. The protesters have called for the report to be rectified before it is tabled in the Assembly. The groups include the All Nyishi Students’ Union, United Arunachal Indigenous People’s Forum, and All Tagin Students’ Union. While there were reports of agitators blocking arterial roads in several places and forcing vehicles off the roads, the police and paramilitary forces prevented the situation from getting out of hand.Superintendent of Police of Capital Complex (covering twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun) M. Harsha Vardhan said 27 people were arrested in connection with the bandh that had been declared illegal by the district administration.“We received reports of sporadic stone pelting in the morning hours. We have identified the people responsible and strict action would be taken against them soon,” Mr. Vardhan said.The communities not recognised as Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe (APST) have been demanding permanent resident certificate (PRC) as they have been living in the State for decades. The indigenous groups, however, contend that granting them PRC would be a stepping stone to recognising them as APST, which would eventually cut into their rights and privileges.“The government must withdraw its decision to grant PRC to the non-APST groups or we will be forced to step up our agitation,” a spokesperson of a coordination committee of the 18 agitating groups said.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Sand artist creates sculptures at Odisha beach

first_imgNoted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Wednesday created sculptures, including a world cup trophy, in Odisha to mark the beginning of the football world cup in Brazil on Thursday.Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on FIFA World cup at Puri beach in Odisha on Wednesday. PTI PhotoBesides the trophy, Pattnaik created sand sculptures of a mini stadium with a football and on the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on the beach of Puri, about 55 km.”World cup fever is everywhere. Though India is not playing in this world cup, still people are anxious to see the matches,” Pattnaik added. He said he used about 15 tonnes of sand and took seven hours to complete these sculptures.Pattnaik, a recipient of the Padma Shri, has participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals across the world and has won many prizes.last_img read more

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Trump administration softwood threat from Trudeau government inappropriate

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration says it won’t be pressured by trade threats from the Canadian government, responding Saturday to a warning that the northern neighbour could start targeting American industries in the event of a protracted dispute over softwood lumber.The administration’s commerce secretary issued a statement calling the threats inappropriate, and insisting they would have no effect on the U.S.’s course of action in the lumber dispute.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the decision to slap duties on Canadian lumber was based on the facts presented — not on political calculations.The U.S. has contended for decades that Canada’s lumber companies are unfairly subsidized through cheap access to public land, and the issue has repeatedly resulted in disputes that include duties, lawsuits, and temporary settlements.The Canadian government now says it wants a long-term settlement — or else. It’s preparing to target specific industries in the U.S., to put pressure on those Americans backing a hard line on lumber.Government sources have told The Canadian Press they are weighing two separate actions.The first was revealed Friday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He sent a letter to the premier of B.C., announcing he was seriously considering banning U.S. coal exports from that province and that trade experts were studying it.Sources say the next step targets the state of Oregon.The federal government has begun studying all business subsidies in that state, home to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden. Following that, the Canada Border Services Agency could examine duties on Oregon’s plywood, wine, flooring, wood chips and packaging materials.Ross brushed aside the threat.“The decision to impose tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber was based on the facts presented, not on political considerations,” he said in a statement. “If any Canadian or British Columbian official wishes to present additional information (about lumber), we will consider it carefully and impartially…“Threats of retaliatory action are inappropriate and will not influence any final determinations. We continue to believe that a negotiated settlement is in the best interests of all parties, and we are prepared to work toward that end.”last_img read more

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