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first_imgSometimes a story is so amazing that you want to give it three beginnings – if that were possible. Let’s try.*Subhankar Banerjee, armed with a camera, spent 14 months traveling 3,000 miles on foot and by snowmobile in the Arctic icebox, with temperatures below -40 degrees F. with wind chills of 60 mph. He ate moose, caribou and whale meat and nearly lost his toes to frost bite. He used up all his savings, including his 401Ks, to finance this trip. *Having never ever published even one photo, Subhankar Banerjee suddenly had a book contract for his images; President Jimmy Carter wrote the introduction to his book and famous names in conservation wrote the essays; and to top it all, the prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History mounted a solo exhibition of his work.*Can a book become a political football between Conservationists and the proponents of oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge? After Senator Barbara Boxer held up Subhankar Banerjee’s book on the Senate floor to rally opposition to oil exploration, the Smithsonian pedaled backwards on its commitment to the show, stirring up a national hullabaloo covered in every major media.There you have it – all the high drama of a simple Calcuttan’s life! And to think that all Banerjee had wanted to do was shoot images of polar bears in their natural habitat. The first venture of this unknown photographer into the Arctic National Wildlife certainly snowballed into something far bigger than the Arctic he was exploring.It also changed his life.Banerjee, 36, was born in Bahrampure near Calcutta. As a child, he did not shoot pictures with the mandatory Brownie camera – his passion was painting, inspired by a grand uncle who was a noted artist. He recalls, “I wanted to pursue painting seriously, but having grown up in a middle income family, you don’t really become a painter and make a living of that. So I pursued the path of science.” After receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering he moved to the United States where he obtained master’s degrees in physics and computer science. While studying at New Mexico State University, Banerjee fell in love with the wide-open spaces of the Southwest.Always involved in the outdoors, Banerjee pursued his passion for backpacking, mountaineering, skiing and kayaking. He joined the Sierra Club, a large national conservation organization, even as he worked as a scientist, first at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and then at Boeing in Seattle. Around this time he started shooting pictures and as he recalls, “I picked up a large 35 mm camera – one camera, one lens – just point and shoot. But more than the photography, I fell in love with the outdoors. From that point on I was trying to figure out how I could combine art and outdoors in a career but it took me ten years from that point on to leave my scientific background.”His first quest to photograph polar bears in Churchill, Canada, was a disappointment: there were almost more photographers than bears! Looking for a really remote place, he started communicating with biologists in the Arctic Refuge in Alaska, and found that this was an incredibly remarkable place with a tremendous diversity of wildlife.Indeed, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is America’s Serengeti, comprising 19.8 million acres of land in the northeast corner of Alaska with one of the most intact ecosystems with 36 species each of animals and fish, and over 180 species of birds, which converge from six continents. The once endangered muskox also lives here and gives birth to its young on the coastal plain and 300,000 snow geese land here every autumn. It is home to indigenous people who depend on the land for survival.“I started researching how much of it has been actually documented and realized the only documentation that existed was of the summer months,” says Banerjee: “.So I felt this was an opportunity to go up there and document this place during all the seasons, including an extensive winter, which is very harsh up there.”Banerjee went there in March 2001, starting with his own savings for this very expensive project costing over a quarter of a million dollars. He recalls, “I dropped in every penny of my lifetime saving,s which was about $80,000, including my 401Ks.” He was able to raise about $60,000 through foundations and organizations and the book advance, but says he’s over $100,000 in debt.When he first landed in the bone-chilling remote Arctic, which can only be reached by small plane, he panicked. “I’m like, what am I doing here? It’s an extremely harsh place. I thought that I probably wouldn’t survive, forget about photography! But my guide Robert Thompson and his wife Jane started reassuring me that though things would get worse, I would survive. And I did. I started taking baby steps and over a period of time I learned how to live and work there.” As he traveled the brutal terrain with his Inupiat Indian guide, camping on the coastal plain and exploring the Arctic coast by raft and kayak, Banerjee saw the persistence of life in the harshest of climates, convincing him of the utter necessity of preserving this magnificent wilderness. Even as his images developed, so did his commitment to the land.“During the harsh winter months when the temperature drops to minus 40 F or lower, not only does life thrive here, but new life is born. Some of my most powerful photographs were taken during the winter months in the hrefuge.”These images speak for themselves: a tiny Buff-breasted Sandpiper defiantly dancing in the snow, finding water even at 40 degrees below zero; the tracks of a polar bear and her cubs shown in relief on the snow; moose foraging for food in a snow-covered world which has always given it sustenance; and yes, images of an Inupiat Eskimo cemetery with whalebone monuments, testimony to a way of life which may fast disappear.Not surprisingly, these dramatic images and Banerjee’s utter belief in his work started to open doors. He got a book contract from The Mountaineer Books for Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land (Seattle, 2003) which has 120 images by Banerjee besides eight essays on his experiences.Along the way, his commitment won him the support of noted conservationists like Jane Goodall and Robert Redford. Six of the most illustrious conservationists wrote essays for the book and President Jimmy Carter wrote the introduction. Recalls Banerjee: “It was remarkable. Everyone that I approached, they believed in my work and joined forces. It was really the story of a dream come true.” His project won the support of The Alaska Wilderness League, The National Audubon Society, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic Adventure†and the Blue Earth Alliance. He was also awarded the prestigious Alaska Conservation Foundation Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award.The 48-image exhibition of Banerjee’s photographs, which was sponsored and designed by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, can be seen till September 2, 2003, albeit in a more low-key way. Whether from political pressure or a reluctance to put on an advocacy show, the Smithsonian has distanced itself by moving the show to the basement rather than in the rotunda, and by abbreviating the descriptive captions on the images.Banerjee believes there was a change of heart for the Smithsonian as the political pressure built up. “After Senator Boxer held up the book, used it in a floor debate and urged her colleagues to go see the exhibit, it happened. There was pressure to cancel the show, but they saved the show and made all these changes to the show.”Indeed, there was a hue and cry and even a Senate hearing. Yet, in a strange way, the controversy has actually helped the cause of conservation by giving it a media spotlight. Says Banerjee, “As you’re aware, the story came out in every major publication so it has given a tremendous amount of visibility for the exhibit, for my work and for the Refuge that none of us would have imagined.”Although it is not clear now whether the Smithsonian will do a traveling show, Banerjee does have a commitment from the Museum of Natural History in New York to open the show in November. He says, “This is a museum that I wouldn’t want to miss out, it takes 3 or 4 years to schedule any show in that museum. And they have communicated that they want long, descriptive texts on science and ecology too.”Has documenting endangered ecosystems become a mission for Banerjee? “This is what I will be doing for the rest of my life hopefully.” Although he is committed to traveling to the Arctic Refuge, which he has grown to love, he plans next to examine India’s forgotten places. “I’d like to look at more complex issues of land management because India has some of the most bio-diverse places on our planet, second only to the African continent or South America, yet very little knowledge of that exists.” Did he have any regrets about leaving the financial security of his job? “Not at all. This is something I have been dreaming of for ten years. This is not even something I had to even had to think about. It was already decided that this is the path I am following.” Yes, life has changed for Banerjee. After all, who can remain the same after seeing the Red Northern light in the sky? He recalls of this celestial display, “It was so intense that people saw it all the way in Alabama, Georgia, and California. They thought it was a terrorist attack!”Such unspoiled beauty and the privilege of documenting it has given Banerjee a new perspective on life. “I was extremely lucky to be at the right place at the right time. It has made me very humble and appreciate the simple things in life.”Currently Banerjee is on a lecture tour, which will take him to Chicago, Berkeley, San Francisco and New York during the month of June. He will spend the year traveling and speaking, building awareness of conservation. No matter where he goes, one image stays with him, a rare viewing of a mother bear and her cubs. “I am mesmerized at the sight: for the next half hour the bear and her cubs play on the bank, running, nuzzling, sharing moments of affection, before returning to the den.That evening the blizzard picks up again, with strong winds blowing snow across the flat delta. The next day we find the den covered with snow with no visible tracks to tell us whether the bears have already left the den for the sea ice.”In spite of camping out in blizzard conditions for the next 29 days, Subhankar Banerjee never saw the bears again. He would like to ensure that the world continues to see them.   Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Grand Slam turns into a Grand Slump Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We won despite all the problems and it showed the great character of the team,” said Nawas, who missed Misagh Bahadoran and Amani Aguinaldo due to injuries.Global defender Dennis Villanueva was sent off in the 70th minute for a second booking after fouling Fumiya Kogure. But Roberts took his chance two minutes later. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was a remarkable feat for the Philippines Football League side considering the fact that only 13 players traveled to Singapore after the squad was hit by injuries to key players.But that did not stop Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas’ side from making history as Roberts was once again on target with a couple of opportunistic strikes in each half, while Patrick Deyto proved his quality in goal with a string of impressive saves and an assist to his teammates’ match-winning strike.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCeres-Negros and Meralco Manila, then known as Loyola Meralco Sparks, were eliminated in the semifinals of the tournament in recent years.Global reached the finals, five years after Meralco became the first Filipino club to be invited to the tournament. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Playing the last 20 minutes with only 10 men, Global Cebu stunned Hougang United, 2-1, last Saturday to become the first Philippine club to reach the finals of the Singapore Cup at Hougang Stadium in Singapore.Former Trinidad and Tobago international Darryl Roberts reprised his heroics from the first leg, scoring both goals again as Global completed a 4-3 aggregate victory against the S-League side and arranged a title clash with Albirex Nigata.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCINCINNATI — A late rally left the New York Mets oh-so-close to their first playoff appearance in nine years.Daniel Murphy had three hits, including a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning, and the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Sept. 24.The victory, combined with Washington’s loss to Baltimore, reduced the Mets’ magic number to three for clinching the NL East title.“It’s fun,” said Murphy, who leads the team with 69 RBIs. “That’s the easiest way to describe it. You don’t need a lot of adjectives.” Or a lot of math, either.New York can wrap up its sixth division crown during a four-game series at Great American Ball Park, where the Mets usually have a good time. Their 24-15 record there represents the best winning percentage by any NL club, including the Reds.“Three games with — I don’t even know how many left — is a pretty good spot to be in,” rookie left-hander Steven Matz said.Matz tried to extend his record-setting start with the Mets, but couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead. He’d allowed two or fewer runs in each of his first five starts — a club record — but gave up a pair of RBI singles by Brandon Phillips and left with the game tied 3-all in the sixth.Murphy’s two-out triple off left-hander Manny Parra (1-2) started a three-run rally in the seventh. Yoenis Cespedes singled for another run, and Lucas Duda followed with his second RBI double of the game.Murphy has hit safely in his last seven games, going 12 for 26 with three doubles, two triples and a homer.“He’s locked in,” Manager Terry Collins said. “When that guy gets hot, nobody can get him out. And it’s coming at the best time for us, too.”Erik Goeddel (1-1) retired the only batter he faced in the sixth. Jay Bruce hit a solo homer off Hansel Robles in the eighth, cutting it to 6-4. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 42nd save in 47 chances, one shy of Armando Benitez’s club record from 2001.The Mets hoped to regroup on the road after going 3-6 on their first losing homestand of the season. They’re 27-11 on the road since July 1 and have won eight straight away from Citi Field, one shy of the team record.Matz made his debut against the Reds on June 28 at Citi Field and went 3-for-3 in a 7-2 victory with four RBIs, a team record for an inaugural game. He didn’t get another hit until Sept. 24, when he singled in his first at-bat to start a three-run rally against Josh Smith.(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that the Asia Cup match against India will be an important one and they are hopeful of beating the arch-rivals in the much-awaited game.India and Pakistan have been scheduled to play on September 19 in the six-nation tournament starting on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In fact, India have been scheduled to play on two consecutive days facing Hong Kong on September 18 before taking on Pakistan the next day.Sarfraz said Pakistan’s preparations for the were up to the mark.”Every match against India is extremely important” Ahmed said. “Momentum is very important, so we’ll try to generate momentum in the first game and go into the fixture against India thoroughly prepared.”India and Pakistan last played in the ICC Champions Trophy final in England last year with the 1992 world champions winning the contest by 180 runs.READ – India and Pakistan should play more regularly: Shoaib Malik”That match is in the past. It was almost one-and-a-half years ago. So I don’t think we should consider it that much. All professional teams put the past behind and look forward. Both teams will do the same,” Sarfraz said.India have rested Virat Kohli and in his absence Rohit Sharma will lead the team in the UAE.India, Pakistan and Hong Kong are placed in Group A while Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are in Group B.READ – India’s Asia Cup match against Hong Kong to get ODI statusSarfraz expects the tournament to be very competitive.advertisement”I’ve seen all the squads and they’re all very strong, no team can be taken lightly. Teams will have to play very good cricket if they are to win the tournament,” Sarfraz said.Since the 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, teams have refused to travel to Pakistan to a series. Pakistan have since adopted UAE as their home and play all the matches in the middle east country.”The weather is hot, and it becomes difficult to bat in humid conditions under lights because the fast bowlers get some swing. We will try to adjust to the conditions. We have had two-three sessions under lights. Of course, every side will look to bat first and put runs on the board due to the hot weather,” the 31-year-old said.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer has revealed that he has been battling a hand injury since the start of the grass-court season. Federer is getting ready for the Basel Open, a tournament he has won 9 times.”I hurt my hand training at the start of the grass season,” Federer told German newspaper Sonntag Zeitung.”It’s had more consequences than I thought. I dragged this pain for about three months.”It’s not an excuse and we’re not going to make a fuss over it. [Sometimes] I felt pain during the first ten minutes of a match warmup. But now I can let go of my forehand normally without thinking of it,” he said.Federer had started the 2018 season with a bang by defending his Australia Open title, his 20th Grand Slam, in January.He pulled out of the entire clay-court season to focus on the Wimbledon where his journey ended in the quarter-finals by Kevin Anderson.Federer also faced a round-four exit at the US Open when he was stunned by John Millman.The 37-year-old has not had a great year this season winning only three titles as compared to 7 in 2017 including two majors — Australian Open and Wimbledon.Federer also said he was not sure if he would participate at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”It seems so far away. I would obviously like to play Olympics at 39 years, but will I be still on Tour at that time time? I do not have any idea,” he said.In the Basel Open, Federer starts his campaign against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on Tuesday.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to build his team around midfielder Paul Pogba despite media speculation linking the French World Cup winner with a move away from Old Trafford ahead of the new Premier League campaign.Pogba’s agent recently told The Times that the 26-year-old intends to leave the club, while the player said in Tokyo last month he could seek a new challenge elsewhere amid reports linking him to Juventus and Real Madrid”Paul is a fantastic player, a fantastic human being and has always been a great professional,” Solskjaer told reporters in Perth.”I said (previously),’if he’s in your squad, you’d build your team around him’… I haven’t changed that much since then, so I’d say the same now.”Pogba, who joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-world record fee of 89.3 million pounds ($110.83 million), has blown hot and cold in his second stint at the club despite scoring 31 goals in 142 appearances.”We know Paul has been criticised by a few but he’s loved by loads more,” Solskjaer added.”The ones that might want to leave (the club) now haven’t been here when it’s been successful. Hopefully they want to be part of that. I want to be part of it.”United, who finished sixth last season, kick off their new league campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Aug.11.Also Read | Antoine Griezmann claims Lionel Messi is face of footballAlso See:last_img read more

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first_img A Comprehensive Guide to Plant-Based Milks and Their Benefits Editors’ Recommendations SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Goodwill is always there for you when you need a Halloween costume or when you’re moving and you need to lighten your household load. Your donations also ensure that Goodwill can be there for millions of people through employment, job training, youth mentoring, free educational classes, financial coaching, even resume help and free tax planning.Since 1902, Goodwill has been a fixture in communities, helping individuals and families. It was the brainchild of Reverend Edgar J. Helms who went around the ritzy neighborhoods of Boston collecting used home goods and clothing to help the needy. Then he hired and trained people to repair those items either for sale or to be kept by the workers. Helms believed in “not charity, but a chance.” Over a hundred years later, Goodwill is still at it and considered one of the top five most valuable nonprofits. In 2014 they were 11th on Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies, and consumers have decided it’s the #1 brand doing the most good in the whole wide world.So what is all this good exactly? Well, you drop off donations of clothes or household items, they employ people to sort through those donations, they have employees who run the store, and the profits from the sale of your stuff help fund Goodwill programs. #WinWin!Goodwill is focused on helping people get jobs who might otherwise be overlooked: people with disabilities, senior citizens, and people with criminal backgrounds. And they don’t just stop at a wage– employees of Goodwill have access to healthcare, retirement plans, vacation and sick leave, paid volunteer days, onsite exercise programs, healthy cooking classes, and even wellness programs like Weight Watchers and one to help people to quit smoking.Goodwill can help people earn a high school diploma, GED, certification, even a college degree. You don’t even need to live near one of their more than 3,000 locations to benefit. They offer online resources like GoodProspects, which helps find careers, job training, and even get advice from their virtual career mentors. GCFLLearnFree.org (and its Spanish language counterpart) offers over 700 free online classes that we should all probably be taking– things like Microsoft Word, any of the Mac OS platforms, Photoshop basics, WordPress tutorials, grammar tutorials, math help, interview prep, even money management.Once you’ve gotten a great new career thanks to Goodwill’s career advice, job training, and life skills classes, they also offer you help on managing your money. They have free tax preparation to qualified people, Goodwill staff can help you get a bank account, develop a savings schedule, even secure loans. Goodwill also has financial coaching, helping to provide information and options in the case of things like foreclosure.Goodwill has programs specifically geared towards helping veterans transition from the military to a career. People with disabilities can find help with job placement and support, physical rehab programs, and even farmers and ranchers with disabilities can benefit from Goodwill’s support. And Helms’ philosophy that people need chances is clearly in action through Goodwill’s work with people with criminal backgrounds. They start before people are even released from prison by helping build job skills and secure the documentation required for work. Goodwill helps prepare people for the GED, interview techniques, occupational training, job placement, and life skills like parenting and relationship skills.Between the US and Canada, over 9 million people have donated clothes and items to Goodwill, ensuring they can fund these wildly important and helpful services. As of 2014, 318,000 people gained employment because of Goodwill’s career services. Every 23 seconds of every workday, a person via Goodwill gets a job. That’s mind blowing.Now that you’re even more inspired to donate to Goodwill, take a moment before you drop it off to tell us all about it on social media! Share the picture of the hilarious costume those corduroy bell-bottoms were a part of or post about the awesome vintage jacket you bought at the store. It all helps raise awareness about not only your classic costume ideas, but also the incredible work Goodwill does. Use hashtags #ShopGoodwill and #DonateStuffCreateJobs to be a part of the movement.See your old stuff in a new light. Donate with good will. 10 Lawnmower Beers You Should Sip This Summer Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Important trains linking Mumbai and Pune including the Deccan Express and Pragati Express will be cancelled for a fortnight from July 26 to August 9 to enable Central Railway address the problem of falling boulders in the treacherous Lonavala-Khandala ghats sections, an official said here on Wednesday. The CR will take up a massive restoration work to ensure the problem of toppling boulders and minor landslides, which becomes widespread during heavy rain, is resolved. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The services get badly disrupted due to this problem mainly in the South-East Ghats from mid-June, affecting mobility and safety of the trains negotiating this section. The CR’s Mumbai Division has undertaken various infrastructure works to prevent this,” said the CR official. Over the next fortnight, several trains will be cancelled, short-terminated or diverted, which is likely to hit the passengers on these and other sectors. There were at least half a dozen incidents of falling boulders and minor landslides on the Mumbai-Pune sector in the past few weeks since the onset of monsoon. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Though any major disaster was averted to passing trains below, the incidents nevertheless resulted in huge delays till the route was cleared and declared safe for train movement. This crucial high traffic route serves Mumbai-Pune daily commuters, besides students, people working in the IT sector in both cities and tourists. Among the major trains to be cancelled are the Deccan Express, Pragati Express, CSMT Mumbai-Gadag Express, Pune-Panvel passenger train. As many as 10 trains including the Kolhapur-Mumbai Koyna Express, Mumbai-Kolhapur Sahyadri Express will be operated only upto Pune, and will be cancelled between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharashtra Terminus-Pune sector. The Hubbali-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express (Mumbai) will be run only upto Pune and return journey will commence from Pune to Hubbali. The Hazur Sahib Nanded-Panvel Express shall be run till Pune and remain cancelled between Pune-Panvel and the return journey will commence from Pune. In view of this, the passenger load is expected to shift to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the Mumbai-Pune Highway which also witness traffic snarls, landslides, rolling boulders and occasion flooding in some sections.last_img read more

first_imgThe berries tasted different. The blueberries and cranberries didn’t look the same either.When elders from Fort McKay near Alberta’s oilsands went to their traditional picking areas, things just didn’t feel right. They knew something was off. But what?The First Nation’s questions eventually grew into a collaboration with university-based researchers that brought botanists out on traditional berry-picking trips in an attempt to use western science to investigate community concerns.Sure enough, the elders were right. Berries closer to the oilsands were different.That effort to unite the white coats and the bush jackets was so successful that the Alberta government is extending the model into fish and wetland projects.“We have a lot of scientists working in the area, but they don’t always get to meet the elders and learn from them,” said Jenelle Baker, a botanist who helped direct the research. “A lot of the scientists that are doing that are having some pretty big, almost life-changing moments.”Reconciliation between Canada and First Nations is playing out not only in legislatures and courtrooms but in labs across the country. Research grant applications often require provision for what is called traditional ecological knowledge and Indigenous communities have a growing influence on what questions are explored.It isn’t always easy. Differences between science rooted in European ideas and the conceptual tools of Indigenous people are real and both parties still sometimes struggle for common ground.“Anything science can’t measure on the x and y axis, they tend to disregard,” said Elmer Ghostkeeper, an engineer, anthropologist and member of the Alberta government’s Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel — a group charged with bringing Indigenous perspectives to environmental monitoring.“Everything is about measurement and anything you can’t measure is not scientific,” said Leroy Little Bear, a University of Lethbridge professor and another panel member.On the other hand, individual experience and oral history isn’t always enough, said Andrew Derocher, a University of Alberta polar bear biologist with extensive field experience.“There’s been a push to try to move the traditional ecological knowledge into the science and that has not worked very well. They are two very different entities.“Traditional ecological knowledge isn’t feeding directly into the scientific questions that we have anymore.”Science isolates a variable, notes its behaviour under controlled conditions and extrapolates that into a general rule. The scientist stands apart, neutrally observing.Indigenous people have been more interested in relationships between many things at once as they interact in the real world. That real world includes the observer.“I am nature,” said Ghostkeeper. “I am the environment.”That perspective inevitably includes feelings and values — love for a place, for example. “Science can’t measure love,” Ghostkeeper said.But those feelings and values are real and they matter. In Fort McKay, they were what started the whole study.“They have subtler indicators of contamination,” Baker said. “Often, that involves symbolic, spiritual contamination.”Sometimes, science itself causes the contamination. Inuit have long objected to polar bear research that involves tranquilizing, handling and taking samples.“It is very disrespectful to the animal,” said Paul Irngaut of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., which monitors the Nunavut land claim. “It goes against our beliefs and it goes against our values.”And even in successful collaborations, Indigenous concerns sometimes leave scientists nonplussed, Baker said.“If we’re doing a traditional land-use assessment and we’re talking about the landscape, what happens when someone brings up the serpent that lives under the muskeg?”Still, both scientists and Indigenous leaders understand they have a lot to offer each other.“We welcome science,” said Irngaut. “It enhances our knowledge.”Derocher credits Inuit hunters with invaluable advice about bear behaviour and habitat.“We’re talking to people who have been on the land for decades,” he said.Fred Wrona, Alberta’s chief scientist, said Indigenous input has been at the heart of research programs he’s worked on.“It’s important for us, when we’re reporting on the condition of the environment, to understand the values of that environment,” he said. “It’s broadened my perspective. A classical western scientist, you tend to look at components in isolation from each other and try to understand all these pieces.“The Indigenous perspective has always reinforced the importance of understanding relationships between components of the environment.”Ultimately, western and Indigenous viewpoints may not be that far apart. Little Bear points to the findings of quantum physics, which conclude that the observer and the observed are part of the same system and that the only constant in the universe is flux.“A subatomic particle, isolated — which is the western approach to science — doesn’t have much meaning. It’s only when you take that particle and relate it to something else that it begins to have meaning.“We may measure. But we also have to relate.” — Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgDivyenndu is one of those actors who gets into the skin of the character he plays, brings it to life on screen and makes his audience feel every emotion that the character is experiencing. That is why as much as we love the aggressive yet sweet Liquid of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnaama’, the evil Munna Bhaiyya from ‘Mirzapur’ fills our heart with anger and hate. To prove his acting skills yet again, Divyenndu is back with Zee5’s feature film ‘Badnaam Gali’ and Season 2 of ‘Mirzapur’. Read what he has to say about playing two entirely different characters at the same time. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHow is it to work on two different characters at a time (in Mirzapur and Badnaam Gali). My character in ‘Mirzapur’ is entirely different from what I am playing in Badnaam Gali, and it is tricky to keep the two worlds separate. It gets even more difficult when I have group reading and rehearsal sessions for ‘Mirzapur’ and Badnaam Gali happening simultaneously. Though I can’t do much about it, I try and concentrate on one project at a time and not think about the other. This helps in keeping things sorted to an extent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardPeople have high expectations from you after ‘Mirzapur’. Does that scare you? I actually don’t think about anything apart from my work. I believe in honesty and 100 percent involvement. That is why audience’s expectations don’t scare me, instead they inspire me to improve my craft. Moreover, I think, as actors, our only job is to work hard and enjoy every bit of what we do. Do you agree that web platforms give more artistic freedom to the actors. How? Yes, I totally agree with it as web platforms have no restrictions or rules. There is all the freedom to present a story in whichever way you want. Also, unlike movies, you don’t have to be worried about the weekend’s collection. You don’t compete with anybody and anything. All these factors have made web actors more fearless and creative, thereby giving them the scope to explore and experiment. If given a choice between web shows and movies, what will be your pick? That’s really difficult! But honestly, the platform doesn’t really matter to me. I would have been equally excited to play Munna Bhaiyya if ‘Mirzapur’ had been a film. It’s not the medium but the content that tops my checklist. I pick projects according to the content, character, and story. What’s your most prized possession? It might sound like a cliché but people who like and appreciate my work have a belief that ‘if this guy (me) is there in the film, then there must be something special about the project’. This appreciation towards my work…towards my craft… is what I value the most. Your feature film Badnaam Gali revolves around surrogacy – an extremely sensitive topic. Did you have inhibitions while signing a film, which discusses surrogacy in a humourous way? Not really, because it totally depends on the intention of makers and how they want to present it. What hit me was the fact that it is important for us to talk about things like surrogacy as normally as possible, without considering it a taboo. It is not something to be ashamed of, rather it’s a great way to give hope to couples who can’t have a child due to biological issues. Tell us about your character in the film. On a scale of 0-10, how challenging was it? It was quite challenging because I was playing a Punjabi guy who comes from a well to do family and is extremely confused in life. For somebody who is not a Punjabi, it is challenging to get the dialect right and maintain the essence. I had to pay attention to minute details and that consumed a lot of energy. So, I would say it was 8/10 for me. The story is focused on Patralekha’s character. Was it difficult to make your character look equally prominent? Not really! The story justifies both the roles equally. The story is about how Randeep Singh Sodhi (played by Divyenndu) comes to this Badnaam Gali and meets Patralekha (who is playing a surrogate mother). It revolves around how people have different opinions about her, consider surrogacy as a taboo, and create negative views in their mind. Randeep stands along with her all the while and appreciates her effort in helping couples who are biologically incapable of having a baby. So, both the characters are equally important for the story to progress.last_img read more

first_imgTangiers – King Mohammed VI launched on Wednesday major projects geared to rehabilitating the historic and cultural legacy of the northern city of Tangiers and reconcile the city with its rich and outstanding cultural past.The Sovereign launched construction works for an arts and cultures compound, rehabilitation of the Hercules Caves, development of the Perdicaris-R’Milat urban park, for a total investment of 130 million Dirhams.The Projects, parts of the “Tangiers-Metropolis” program, reflect the interest granted by the King to preserving and developing the historic legacy of this city, rich by its plural identity, as well as the Sovereign’s constant concern to promote artistic creation in the region. The arts and cultures compound, located in downtown Tangiers, is a space for the training and rehearsals of local drama companies and music bands.It will include a theater of 1,500 seats, two rehearsal rooms, a drama school, clubs for Andalusian music, plastic arts and dancing, recording studios and a multi-usage room.The project for the restoration of the Hercules Caves will consist in consolidating the caves walls, developing nearby spaces, building shops, cafeterias and restaurants and modernizing the lighting, with the aim of safeguarding this major natural attraction, classified as historical monument in 1950.The Perdicaris – R’Milat urban park, a botanical and zoological park hosting indigenous and exotic species, will also undergo rehabilitation and renovation works that will include the restoration of Perdicaris castle, renovation of the R’Milat square and neighboring spaces and development of green spaces and pedestrian tracks for hikers.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Shares of JetBlue Airways are falling after the airline warns about weaker demand overall and a hit from Hurricane Dorian.The shares were down 74 cents, or 4.3%, to $16.43 in midday trading Wednesday.JetBlue said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that a key revenue measure for the third quarter will likely be lower, not higher as originally forecast. Revenue for each seat flown one mile will be flat to down 2%, compared with an earlier forecast of up 0.5% to 3.5%.New York-based JetBlue blames the gloomier outlook on — in order — softer bookings to Puerto Rico, weaker than expected demand across its system, and the impact of Hurricane Dorian, which caused some airports to close and led to hundreds of cancelled flights in Florida and the Caribbean.The Associated Press read more

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged Spain to devote more resources to improving conditions in Ceuta, which it says fail to meet minimum European Union standards on the issue.A spokesman for UNHCR, Rupert Colville, told a press briefing in Geneva today that Ceuta’s sole reception centre is badly overcrowded, and that more than 500 other asylum seekers are forced to live outside the centre, with many having to sleep “out in the open, under bridges, under trees and on open land near the beach.”The situation in Ceuta is so disturbing, Mr. Colville added, that food distribution for people outside the reception centre is “reminiscent of scenes in camps in some of the poorest developing countries.”Mr. Colville said UNHCR is also concerned about the length of time Spain is forcing asylum seekers to wait before they are allowed to lodge formal claims for asylum. read more

by Chris Kahn, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2012 3:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil prices up 20 cents at US$90.86 a barrel, but still near 2012 lows NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil held near the lowest levels of the year on a quiet Friday ahead of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude added 20 cents to finish the week at US$90.86 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, used to price varieties imported by U.S. refineries, rose by 28 cents to end at US$106.83 per barrel in London.Both crude varieties have tumbled this month on forecasts of weaker world demand and higher supplies. U.S. crude closed Wednesday at $89.90, its lowest close since October.Prices fell in May as the economies of the two biggest oil consumers — the U.S. and China — showed signs of slowing. And many analysts are betting that the European Union will fall into a recession as it struggles with massive government debts.Meanwhile, some of the world’s largest oil producing countries have been exporting more crude this year, boosting supplies.Iran also appears to be interested in defusing tensions over its nuclear program, which critics contend is aimed at building a nuclear weapon, an allegation Tehran denies.Tough talk between Iran and the West pushed oil prices higher earlier this year and while negotiations this week made little progress, Tehran and several western countries, including the United States, agreed to further talks. Analysts consider that a promising sign.Gene McGillian, a broker and oil analyst at Tradition Energy, said many investors will avoid making new bets on oil until they get an updated look at the U.S. economy. They’ll likely wait for next week’s reports on employment, personal incomes and housing, McGillian said.“People also will be looking to see if we’ll have a pickup in gasoline demand following the Memorial Day weekend,” he said.In other futures trading, natural gas fell by 7.9 cents, or three per cent, to finish at US$2.568 per 1,000 cubic feet. Analysts cited government weather forecasts that show temperatures next week could be lower than previously expected. If the weather is cool, fewer people will use their air conditioners, and that will lower demand for natural gas-generated electricity.Heating oil added about a penny a piece to finish at US$2.8288 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and wholesale gasoline increased by 1.64 cents to end at US$2.8929 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Canadian Tire shares soar to record high as it beats analyst expectations TORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) shares climbed to a record high on Thursday after its second-quarter earnings raced past analysts expectations and it announced plans to seek a financial partner for its credit card business.The retailer’s stock rose seven per cent, or $5.94, to close at $89.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, after climbing to as high as $90.49 earlier in the session.President Stephen Wetmore said the company has been working for years to better integrate its financial services operations with its retail business.“As a result of that work, we now feel that we are well positioned to explore an arrangement that would increase our financial flexibility while continuing to enjoy the substantial contributions of our financial services business,” he told analysts in a conference call.For the quarter, Canadian Tire earned $154.9 million, or $1.91 per diluted share, which was 14 cents higher than analysts expected on average according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.A year earlier, the company earned $133.7 million, or $1.63 per share when it booked a number of expenses related to its acquisition of FGL Sports.Revenue grew one per cent to $3.02 billion from $2.99 billion.Canadian Tire noted that its credit card business would be attractive for potential partners. The financial services operations ended the quarter with about $4.31 billion of accounts receivable — money owed by cardholders — up 6.6 per cent from $4.04 billion at the same time last year.It said the net credit card write-off rate in the second quarter was 5.86 per cent, an improvement from 7.16 per cent last year, and return on receivables improved to 7.19 per cent from 6.47 per cent in the second quarter of 2012.Other retailers are partnered with major banks for their credit cards businesses because it reduces expenses and risk. Canadian Tire chief financial officer Dean McCann used the relationship between TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) as one example.McCann said the retailer is looking for a partner that could take the liquidity risk and balance sheet funding. One stipulation of the arrangement would be that Canadian Tire continues to receive “the lion’s share” of revenue, he added.During the quarter, the company’s retail segment accounted for most of Canadian Tire’s revenue but its financial services business accounted for $254.2 million of revenue, up 4.8 per cent from $242.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.Canadian Tire announced plans earlier this year to create a $3.5-billion real estate investment trust to help unlock the value of its property holdings.The proposed new REIT would acquire a majority of the company’s real estate, including some 250 properties comprised largely of Canadian Tire Retail stores, Canadian Tire anchored retail developments and one distribution centre.The retailer would retain a significant ownership interest of 80 to 90 per cent of the REIT with the remainder of the REIT’s units offered to the public via an initial public offering anticipated in the fall.Canadian Tire has over 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets across the country including Canadian Tire stores as well as Mark’s and various corporate and franchised banners under FGL sports, including Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport and Atmosphere. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2013 12:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ellen Walker, an Associate Solicitor with Hall Brown Family Law,  said:“Not too many years ago, society was certainly more religious and there was an element of stigma to the idea of setting up home together without marrying or having children out of wedlock. Percentage of civil and religious marriages, England and Wales, 1966 to 2016 Credit:ONS/ONS Less than a quarter of couples are marrying in religious ceremonies for the first time, as new data reveals that they have fallen to a record low.The number of religious marriages in 2016 reached the lowest ever level falling by 4.1 per cent to 60,069 from the previous year and by nearly half – at 48 per cent – from two decades ago. Since 1992, civil marriages have increasingly outnumbered religious marriages every year. However today’s data also showed that for the first time ever, less than one-quarter (24 per cent) of all marriages in 2016 were religious ceremonies.Family law experts suggested that the statistics showed that religion is increasingly less important in society as weddings become “more social and less sacred”.Researchers from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said that the decline in the number of couples opting for religious wedding ceremonies has fallen partly due to the long-term decline in the overall number of all marriages, but also due to the rise in popularity of civil marriage ceremonies. “However, the data shows that since the 1990s, there hasn’t been the same importance attached to the religious aspect of the marriage ceremony.”Ms Walker said that this decline may be down to families becoming less religiously observant over time.“If individuals don’t go to church for most of their lives, they wonder whether it’s necessary to have a church wedding,” she added.“Nowadays, a wedding seems to be regarded as more of a social than a sacred event.“In much the same way, marriage is no longer viewed as an absolute for couples who want to live together and have children.”However Harry Benson, director of research of the Marriage Foundation, said that despite the record low in religious ceremonies, married couples have the strongest relationships amid falling divorce rates. The latest figures showed that divorce was at its lowest point for 45 years. Mr Benson said: “For decades we have seen that the majority of weddings are civil ceremonies which undermines the idea that marriage is a religious institution.”“Although as a society we have to an extent turned our backs on marriage, actually the most successful relationships remain married ones and if we want reliable love and stable families, we need to rediscover our confidence in marriage.” Percentage of civil and religious marriages, England and Wales, 1966 to 2016  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The ONS data also showed that two years ago for the first time on record, there were more than three times as many civil marriage ceremonies as there were religious ceremonies. Only 61 same-sex couples married through religious ceremonies in 2016.It also found that in 2016, there were 249,793 marriages in England and Wales, marking a 1.7 per cent increase than in 2015, but there were 1.0 per cent fewer than in 2014. read more

← Previous Story “Kasi” pushes Olafur to AG Copenhagen – Younger Lijewski replacement? Next Story → EHF CL (Round 4): Chambery wrote history – Draw in Kielce ASOBALASOBAL LeagueJ.D. Arrate One of the historic Spanish handball clubs, Arrate, through one of its most difficult times, not a sporting situation, much worse, a serious economic situation that endangers the immediate future of the Basque club.This afternoon the members of the staff of Arrate reported publicly to the media who suffer non-payment by the institution Eibar, a circumstance that is becoming unsustainable as some players begin to have difficulty paying the rent for the flats where they live. The Basque team players call for a quick fix in order to have a level of peace and stability needed to pull forward.But despite this harsh reality who also have former members of the staff of Arrate promise a maximum commitment shows great professionalism. However, the Basque team beat on the track Naturhouse Rioja last weekend 29:28, a rival a priori superior, even more surprisingly playing in their own pavilion.After five rounds in ASOBAL, J.D. Arrate is 13th on League standing. read more

first_imgSo, you say you’re interested in a 14-inch laptop? Well, sir or madam, there are only dozens of those to choose from. The 14-inch laptop market is indeed crowded, well past the point of being saturated.Some manufacturers are able to stand out with a unique, carved-metal chassi’ or great durability/functionality claims, but in the $500-100 consumer market everything comes down to the almighty dollar. Just how much can you get for your buck these days?Lenovo is trying to stretch your dollar to new extremes with their deal on the IdeaPad Y470 this week. The lower end Core i3 models are not very noteworthy this week, but the high end Core i7 and Blu-ray models take prices to new lows.All models use Intel’s 2nd generation Core processors, aka Sandy Bridge, and our deal of choice picks the high performance quad-core Core i7-2630QM chip. You also get a ridiculous 8GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M 1GB graphics card, and all the other usual goodies you expect in a 14-inch laptop. Lenovo even sees fit to include USB 3.0 ports and HDMI video output.A well loaded quad-core laptop with 8GB RAM and high end GPU might normally run you $1000 or more, but this week Lenovo is discounting this Y470 down to just $799 with free shipping. If you wanted to drop a Blu-ray drive in as well, you can step up to that model for just $37. If maybe you don’t need the quad-core horsepower, you can snag a Y470 with Core i5 and Blu-ray for only $699.There are plenty of great deals to be had on Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y470, but they all end on September 29th.Visit LogicBuy for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y470last_img read more