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Ottawa talking with Pakistan about bringing acquitted woman to Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is talking with Pakistan about the possibilty of bringing a Pakistani woman, who was recently released from death row, to Canada.Asia Bibi, a Christian, was sentenced to death in Pakistan eight years ago for blasphemy after being convicted of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad — a charge her family has long denied.Pakistan’s high court recently overturned Bibi’s conviction and ordered her release in a decision that triggered public outrage and protests across the predominantly Muslim country.Since her release, Bibi and her family have faced threats and her husband has pleaded with countries in the West to relocate them.A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an email Monday that Canada is in talks with Pakistan about Bibi.Cameron Ahmad said the government recognizes the delicate domestic context and won’t comment further on the case, but he noted Canada is a welcoming country.Bibi’s 2009 arrest came after she was accused of blasphemy following an altercation with two fellow farm workers who refused to drink from a water container a Christian had used. A mob accused her a few days later of insulting Muhammad, which led to her 2010 conviction.— with files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN meeting to focus on strengthening counterterrorism efforts in West Africa

The day-long meeting in New York will give participants a chance to discuss the challenges faced by countries in putting into practice the various Security Council counter-terrorism resolutions, particularly resolution 1373 (2001) which calls on countries to adopt a series of counter-terrorism measures in their national legislation, and by providers which deliver counter-terrorism related technical assistance.Organized by the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee’s Executive Directorate (CTED), the meeting also aims to encourage the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy adopted by the General Assembly in September 2006.Although the current threat of terrorism in most West African countries is not high, there is a danger that terrorists might exploit domestic and regional instabilities for recruitment and training and perpetrate attacks both within and beyond the region, according to a press release issued by the CTED.Despite their commitment to combating terrorism, most nations in the region lack the technical and financial resources to fully carry out their counter-terrorism efforts.The experiences of Mali and Nigeria with regard to ratifying international terrorism-related conventions, law enforcement and border control will be presented as case studies and lessons learned at the meeting.The States participating in tomorrow’s meeting are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Also attending will be some 20 donor nations and international organizations.As part of its work to facilitate technical assistant to States, the CTED seeks to line up countries needing support with the various counter-terrorism programmes donors and organizations have available in such areas as drafting terrorism-related legislation, financial law and practice, training for law enforcement personnel, customs control and enhancing financial regulations. 10 July 2007Sixteen West African countries are set to meet with donors at a United Nations-hosted meeting tomorrow to discuss a more targeted and regional approach to strengthening their ability to fight terrorism both within their borders and across the region. read more

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Terrorism cause of unresolved issues says CBK

On Saturday, 5 September, 100-odd delegates are scheduled to travel to Bodh Gaya for a visit to one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centres. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to join the delegates for over an hour in Bodh Gaya.​ (Colombo Gazette) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day conclave. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, senior ministers from Japan, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal besides Sri Sri Ravishankar and Lama Lobsang, the president of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) were in attendance.The conference seeks to evolve a new paradigm that speaks about ‘conflict avoidance’ rather than ‘conflict resolution’ in finding solutions to the world’s problems. For decades, the world has attempted to find peace by negotiating after conflicts have broken out. The organisers however believe that this approach is increasingly failing to deliver results. Therefore, in consonance with the ancient philosophies practiced by both Hinduism and Buddhism, it is now necessary to try and avoid conflicts rather than resolve them. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that terrorism was extreme manifestation of long unresolved issues and inclusive and sustainable development was key to resolve such conflicts.She says treating all communities as one was very important. She also said that to overcome conflict there must be engagement to address the root causes for the conflict. The “Global Hindu – Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness” jointly organized by the Vivekananda International Foundation(VIF) in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation and Tokyo Foundation was held in the premises of VIF in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area. Kumaratunga was speaking in New Delhi today at a conference where renowned Buddhist and Hindu Scholars gathered to deliberate upon two key issues confronting the globe–Rising conflict and rampant environment degradation—in an attempt to come up with a new framework that will move away from the usual solutions. read more

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Annan appoints envoys to help promote reform agenda ahead of UN summit

The envoys will help the Secretary-General promote the bold but achievable agenda put forward last month in his report, “In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all,” which outlines an agenda for action to be taken by the international community to meet the challenges of the 21st century, including establishing new rules for the use of military force, adopting an anti-terrorism treaty, and reforming key UN organs and institutions, such as the Security Council and the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights.To help him promote this comprehensive agenda, the Secretary-General has requested the good offices of four prominent world leaders, whom he has asked to act as his envoys ahead of the summit: Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern of Ireland; Ali Alatas, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia; former President Joaquin Chissano of Mozambique; and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo.All four have vast political experience, profound knowledge of international relations, are committed to the cause of the United Nations and are expected to travel around the world and engage political leaders, civil society representatives, academics and the media. They will present the broad package of proposals and seek support for decisions that need to be taken by Heads of State and Government at their September summit, which will review implementation of the Millennium Declaration adopted five years ago.Mr. Annan is scheduled to meet with three of the envoys tomorrow in New York. read more

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Strong debut for ABCs drama Resurrection Foxs American Idol keeps struggling

Strong debut for ABC’s drama ‘Resurrection’; Fox’s ‘American Idol’ keeps struggling by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 1:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Those repeated ads about a dead boy returning to his father after 32 years struck a nerve with television viewers. They helped ABC’s new drama “Resurrection” to a strong debut.The Nielsen ratings company says “Resurrection’s” Sunday night debut was the most-watched show on what is generally the most popular night of television. The show beat even AMC’s powerhouse “The Walking Dead.” It’s the best opening for a Sunday night drama on ABC since 2006.Fox’s “Cosmos” also did well for its debut Sunday. But the network’s former powerhouse, “American Idol,” continues to struggle, particularly compared with NBC’s “The Voice.”CBS was the most popular prime-time network, led by “The Big Bang Theory.” read more

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Russian Medvedi still strong – Dinamo Minsk to find the form

Chekhovskie MedvediDinamo MinskgandbolRussia handball ← Previous Story Ivan Milas to Wisla Plock Next Story → VIDEO: PSG Handball in “football class” Despite poor financial situation which forced them to left the VELUX EHF Champions League this season, Russian champion, Chekhovskie Medvedi has still something to offer to European handball. That showed friendly match between Russian and Belarussian champion – Medvedi and Dinamo Minsk 30:27 (14:16), in which young team of Vladimir Maximov was led by Zitnikov (9 goals).Minsk has to find the form quickly before VELUX EHF CL qualification tournament where Dinamo will meet AEK.“Dinamo” (Minsk) – “Čehovskie Medvedi” (Rossiя) – 27:30 (16:14)Dinamo: Bogdanov, Pejnovič; Nasarov (1), Rutenko (1), Babičev (3), Bombač (3), Šelmenko, Doroщuk, Nikulenkov (5), Miklavčič (1), Doborac (2), Stecura (2), Ninčevič (3), Bundalo (2), Nahaenko (n.v.), Brovko (4).Čehovskie Medvedi: Grams, D.Pavlenko, Gruško (n.v.); Kornev (3), Šiškarev (2), Kovalev (6), Černoivanov (2), Bordunov, Makarov (1), Derevenja (5), Ostascenko, Carapkin, Busenj, Žitnikov (9). read more

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Greek as a second foreign language in Russian schools

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek as a foreign language is being taught in Russian schools as of 1 January 2017. The final decision and approval was signed by Russian Minister of Education, Olga Vasilieva.“The introduction of the teaching of the Greek language in primary and secondary education in Russia creates strong promotion of Greek foundations in Russia, as well as prospects for further cooperation in the field of culture and education,” said the new Consul General of Russia in Thessaloniki, Alexander Shcherbakov.Russia had previously approved the teaching of the language at the department of modern Greek philology of the state University of Kuban, in the Krasnodar region in the south of Russia, within the framework of the government’s policy to offer ethnic minorities the chance to learn their mother tongues. However, the decision was extended to include the lesson of modern Greek as the official second foreign language taught in schools, after English. “This achievement comes as a result of many years of efforts of AUTH to promote the Greek language in the Black Sea countries,” noted the Dean of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Pericles Mitkas.“The modern Greek textbooks the Russian students will be using are already ready,” he enthused.Although the Greek language is only spoken in Greece and Cyprus as a primary language, the decision by the Russian government to chose it in lieu of other widely-spoken languages like French or Spanish could be interpreted as a political decision, besides the long standing cultural and religious ties between the two countries. Some pundits believe the decision was reached partly as Russia’s efforts to expand its sphere of influence in the wider Balkan region, especially in light of the signs sent by US President-elect Donald Trump that he would follow a more isolationist foreign policy.last_img read more

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Chili vers un vaccin contre lalcoolisme

first_imgChili : vers un vaccin contre l’alcoolisme ?Une thérapie génique est actuellement à l’étude au Chili. Elle vise à mettre au point un vaccin contre l’alcoolisme en bloquant les enzymes responsables de la métabolisation de l’alcool.    Les aldéhydes déshydrogénases sont les enzymes hépatiques responsables de la métabolisation de l’alcool et de la capacité qu’a chaque individu à le tolérer. Une université chilienne, en partenariat avec le laboratoire privé Recalcine, est actuellement en train de mener des travaux qui visent, à terme, à mettre au point un vaccin jouant sur ces fameuses enzymes. À lire aussiEnvironnement, anti-vaccins et sexting, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 20 juinLe vaccin aurait pour vocation de produire chez les consommateurs d’alcool des réactions de nausées, de malaises et de tachycardie susceptibles de dissuader de toute récidive. Le principe consiste en réalité à provoquer une mutation hépatique par le biais d’un virus. Cette année,  la production à grande échelle des cellules, support du virus, devrait commencer ainsi que les tests animaliers destinés à trouver le dosage le plus efficace. En 2012, les tests humains pourraient débuter. A contrario des patches qui permettraient d’arrêter de fumer, le vaccin ciblerait uniquement les cellules du foie sans entraîner “les effets collatéraux des patches qui affectent toutes les cellules” indiquent les chercheurs.  Le vaccin a déjà été testé avec succès chez des rats qui après traitement, ont réduit leur consommation de 50%. Les chercheurs visent toutefois des résultats bien plus importants chez les humains, puisqu’ils espèrent atteindre les 95%. Le 11 janvier 2011 à 08:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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State Senator Seeks Public Input On SB91

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Mia Costello (R-Anchorage) has posted a public survey regarding SB 91 on social media in order to gather information to share with legislators. Sen. Costello was the Co-Sponsor of the criminal justice reform bill SB 91, and is now asking for a full repeal of the bill. Story as aired: Audio PlayerUntitled.mp3VmUntitled.mp300:00RPd Sen. Costello: “While SB 91 was well-intentioned and well researched, my constituents, neighbors and friends are calling out for repeal of this bill. A repeal bill is necessary. We need to start fresh with a clean slate and move forward in a way that protects Alaskans.  We’re not going to have a productive conversation if we are trying to untangle SB 91.”The survey is currently on Costello’s Facebook page and is open for anyone in the public to fill out. She intends to leave it up for a few more days before she brings the findings to other legislators next week.center_img Sen. Costello voted to pass SB91 back in 2016, and in October of last year announced her intention to introduce a pre-file bill repealing SB 91. In her post on Facebook with the attached survey: “Alaska’s crime rate is through the roof, and legislation to address the problem is stalling. We need your voice to be heard. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to take this survey and let our legislators know how you feel. You can tell your own crime story to help do something about this terrible epidemic.” last_img read more

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Brown Hogan Agree to Disagree

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) may be on the opposite side of the aisle, but they have come to a consensus about one thing:  the pothole crisis on the federally owned portion of Baltimore Washington Parkway should be addressed by taking away the responsibility from the National Park Service (NPS) and giving it to the state.However, coming to a resolution on how to pay for these critical infrastructure repairs to the major artery that connects Baltimore to Washington, D.C. is the latest difference in philosophy in this sometime contentious political relationship. In a letter that was sent to Gov.Hogan on the eve of the emergency repairs that began March 29, Congressman Brown expressed his feeling that Maryland drivers should not have to absorb the expense of paying for the repairs through new toll lanes.Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) agree that the state needs to take control of the federally controlled, dilapidated Baltimore Washington Parkway, but disagree on how to pay for the repair. (Courtesy Photo)“Families should not face additional financial burdens on the Parkway, nor should we pursue options that will not lead to permanent congestion relief or benefit drivers of all income levels,” Brown wrote in a letter obtained by the AFRO.  “While we must resolve these questions as we develop both a short and long-term plan for the Parkway, I cannot support any Congressional action to remove the B.W. Parkway from the National Park System if the only plan is to build new toll lanes.”Gov. Hogan has been pushing for the Park Service to relinquish its control of the Parkway as the dilapidated conditions of the road continued to wreak havoc on motorists and their vehicles traveling in both directions. In early March, the Park Service reduced the speed limit from 55 mph to 40 mph between Maryland routes 197 and 32.The governor also sent a letter to Maryland’s Congressional leadership on March 20 admonishing the NPS for its inability to maintain MD-295 or make the necessary upgrades that will help improve the current conditions while creating a plan for long term upgrades that would help relieve traffic congestion as well.“NPS has increasingly demonstrated it’s not up to the task of maintaining MD-295,” Hogan wrote.  “It is clear that the state taking ownership of the parkway is the only viable long-term solution to these problems.”Hogan also expressed his sentiment that the transfer would allow for the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to explore concepts to “build, operate, and maintain new toll lanes.” Hogan’s said his plans would include four new toll lanes – two in each direction – but wouldn’t affect the current lanes under repair.Brown is a member of both the House Natural Resources Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees who have primary jurisdiction over this matter. He is pushing for President Donald J. Trump’s Administration to allow funding that wouldn’t add to the burden on Maryland taxpayers while reducing traffic congestion and alleviating the safety issues resulting from the years of decay that have surfaced recently.“We must consider a wide array of options for addressing traffic and transportation needs on the B.W. Parkway itself and in the region, including examining widening of the Parkway and other highways, traffic management and options for the use of multiple travel modes such as high occupancy vehicle lanes, bus-only lanes or bus rapid transit,” Brown wrote.Hogan said that 165,000 drivers rely on MD-295 to commute between the region’s largest cities daily and averages six fatalities and 547 accidents annually since 2006. Brown said the state must consider possible expansion of commuter rail and construction of high-speed alternatives.“I look forward to discussing a more comprehensive proposal for the B.W. Parkway,” Brown wrote.last_img read more

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Heres How to Snag Pokémon Gos Articuno When Articuno Day Goes Live

first_img Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Stay on target Pokémon Go is holding several events this summer, including one where you can pick up a particularly summery Pikachu. In addition to that, the summer tour for the mobile game is bringing us a special occasion: Shiny Articuno Day. It’s today and you’ll be able to catch a shiny Legendary Pokémon — Articuno, of course, if you head out into the world and look hard enough.Shiny Articuno will be a limited time reward that will only be available for a specific window of time, so if you’re looking to pick one up for yourself and add it to your collection, you’ll want to do so as quickly as possible. Here are the windows of time you’ll need to make sure you’re available, depending on where in the world you’re located:Asia/Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JSTEurope, the Middle East, Africa and India: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. UTCThe Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PTDuring that period of time, every Tier 5 Raid in the game will feature Articuno, with higher appearance rates than usual. You’ll need to make good use of your five free raid passes for spinning any photo disc that day, so you can jump in on any brawl and try to shoot your shot for the shiny Articuno. Mostly, you need to make sure you head outside and run over to where you can find one of the raids that day. If you’re not near one and don’t try to be, you may as well not be taking part in the event.Of course, we’re not sure at this time how many Shiny Articuno raids there’ll actually be, so it’s not clear if you can just walk around outside and see one. But it should be a decent enough ratio that most players can get a swing at adding one to their collections, even those who prefer not to spend money on the game.Articuno isn’t typically a difficult raid encounter, but you’ll want to be absolutely sure you have a strong lineup of Pokémon to join in the battle with, especially some Ground-type Pokémon or even a few of the monsters previously available via older Pokémon Go Community Days. If you end up playing throughout the entire event and make use of all your Raid passes, you can end up with over 200,000 XP for your trouble, which is certainly an impressive amount, especially if you’re looking to gain a few trainer levels.The most important part of capturing a shiny Articuno is being there, so as long as you show up prepared during the times available for the event, you should be golden. Just don’t give up!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Logitech Is Having a Grand PC Accessory Deal for Today – Up

first_imgGreen Monday has brought forth a slew of discounted goods and Logitech has introduced a grand sale on a multitude of peripherals ranging from webcams, mice, keyboards and more. Keep in mind that though you can avail up to a 60 percent discount, the deal will expire the very next day, so you’d better be quick with your orders.CamerasLogitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera: $44.52 (55 percent discount)Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam – Full 1080p HD Camera: $49.99 (50 percent discount)MiceG602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse – 11 Programmable Buttons, Up to 2500 DPI: $32 (60 percent discount)Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX for PC and Mac: $39.99 (26 percent discount)Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse: $14.24 (64 percent discount)KeyboardsLogitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 – Black – works with Windows and Mac Computers, Android and iOS Tablets and Smartphones: $19.99 (60 percent discount)Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 – White – for Windows and Mac Computers, Android and iOS Tablets and Smartphones: $20.89 (58 percent discount)Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard with Keyboard for TV Connected Computer: $17.99 (55 percent discount)Logitech Easy‑Switch K811 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac, iPad, iPhone: $63 (37 percent discount)Logitech K810 Wireless Bluetooth Illuminated Multi-Device Keyboard for PC, Tablets and Smartphones, Black: $57.35 (43 percent discount)Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo — Keyboard and Mouse Included: $12.50 (58 percent discount)Logitech Wireless Combo MK360 – Includes Keyboard with 12 Programmable Keys and Wireless Mouse: $16.99 (58 percent discount)Logitech MK320 Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse Combo: $19.99 (50 percent discount)Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550: $35.99 (55 percent discount)Logitech Desktop MK120: $13.95 (13 percent discount)Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo — Includes Keyboard and Mouse: $60.51 (39 percent discount)HeadsetLogitech USB Headset H390 with Noise Cancelling Mic: $17.99 (55 percent discount)SpeakersLogitech Z333 2.1 Speakers – Easy-access Volume Control, Headphone Jack: $53.53 (33 percent discount)If you want to check out more deals from Logitech click here and begin your search. You never know when you might get lucky on the first try. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Save the beer Climate change adds urgency to cleanwater advocates rallying cry

first_imgCHICAGO — On a recent evening, two inches of rain soaked the city, overwhelming the combined sewer system and forcing human waste into the Chicago River. It triggered an outfall sensor. Ian Hughes’ iPhone chirped. New email. He clicked the link and shook his head.Another day, another storm. Another threat to his favorite beverage, a threat his government blames on a warming world.Hughes, 32, is the assistant manager of Goose Island Beer Co. Like a sudsy Clark Kent, he leads a double life: By day, he makes beer. On nights and weekends, he defends it.Goose Island uses about 50,000 gallons of Lake Michigan water every day to produce a rotating selection of craft brews. The best seller, poured countrywide, is 312 Urban Wheat Ale.That beer mostly starts out as water from Chicago’s municipal supply, which is copious, glittering and immortalized in two blue bands on the city’s flag. The water is a brewer’s dream. Hughes wants to keep it that way. Climate change appears to be complicating his task.Nowadays, sewage empties into the Chicago River when an inch of rain falls citywide, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council. Hughes, a self-described water fanatic, signed up for a city email alert to track how often this happens: 63 days last year, 36 days so far this year. When five-inch storms drench Chicago in a 12-hour window, the river is reversed away from the Mississippi Basin and into Lake Michigan, shutting down the area beaches for three days and tainting Goose Island’s most important resource. That happened about once every 10 years until the 1970s, city records show. In the past five years, it’s happened an unprecedented three times.The National Climate Change Assessment, released by the Obama administration in May, claims the “frequency and intensity” of these downpours could triple in the Midwest over the next century. Scientists blame climate change, although rainfall patterns are murkier to gauge than rising sea levels. About 40 percent of the region’s annual rainfall can come from the 10 heaviest storms — the kind that propel feces into fresh water.Hughes can’t single-handedly fix Chicago’s water woes — or the changing climate that the government says exacerbates them. He can make people care, he said: “Public health threat” just doesn’t grab attention like “endangered beer.”“Without that resource,” the brewer said of clean water, “we don’t have a business.” The Goose Island Beer Co. brewery in Chicago, shown in May, draws water from Lake Michigan to make its craft beers. Ian Hughes, a brewery manager, has leveraged concerns about beer quality to raise broader questions about threats to clean water. Photo for The Washington Post by Carlos Javier OrtizHughes lived in four states growing up. He found home in water.Each Fourth of July, his family, no matter how far they’d scattered, met at his grandparents’ Ohio farm. He couldn’t wait to leap off the single dock into their pond. Dog-paddling through the cool, clear water. Swaying plants. Flitting minnows.His paradise.Years later, as a graduate student at Ohio University, Hughes’ environmental science course work led him down a stream in the state’s southeastern woods, testing Ph levels where no fish swam. Sulfur bit his nose. The culprit: Acidic drainage from a former coal mine.It was the first time he stood angry near water.“I saw that a stream had turned orange — traffic cone, electric orange,” he said. “There was no wildlife, no people, no anything. The complete opposite of what water should be.”He returned home and grabbed a beer. At 22, he started making his own. When friends came over to snag a free bottle, Hughes noticed something strange: They let him complain.“Beer is a powerful tool,” he said. “You sit a beer in front of someone? They listen to you. About anything. It’s like magic.”That’s when Hughes discovered his super power.After graduation, he worked at a water resource-consulting firm in Cleveland for three years before transferring to Chicago. He volunteered evenings at Goose Island, cleaning tanks and chopping ginger for Christmas ales. He wanted to combine his passions.One night, the brewmaster offered him a job as an environmental safety manager, at a slight pay cut. Hughes accepted immediately. Free beer and less stress made it feel like a raise.Last year, an environmentalist friend asked him: Can you turn a keg into a soapbox?“Water isn’t sexy,” she said, “but beer is.”“Hell, yes,” he responded. “You’re melting my mind.”Now Hughes lectures about the importance of clean water at Northwestern University, the Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., and, this spring, at the South By Southwest festival/conference in Austin, Texas.His is a Chicago face of the Brewers for Clean Water Campaign. He loves the rush of public speaking. He nerds out naturally, 24-7, at home and at bars and on Twitter. (@HughesBrews: “It’s a beautiful day for a beach cleanup!” and “This is awesome! ‘Save The Rain’ Preventing Combined Sewer Overflows.” )Each week, Hughes hosts a water-testing panel, sipping aqua specimens from seven brewery faucets, taking notes. He keeps an archive (summer lake, for example, typically tastes musty). If samples don’t pass inspection, brewing must halt — and a delay that costs the company thousands of dollars.He likes to point out that beer is 90 percent water. You can’t make beautiful art, Hughes says, on a messy canvas.During that recent storm, water pooled in the streets. Curb streams vanished into drains. And sewage emptied into the Chicago River. Hughes checked his email to see where, exactly.“Swimming, canoeing, or other activities where immersion in water is possible should be avoided,” the city alert said. It included a map. A red dot marked the South Fork of the South Branch — a stretch called Bubbly Creek.Hughes almost laughed. He knew the area.Gnarly, he thought.A century ago, meatpacking plants dumped cow carcasses into that stretch of water. Muckraker Upton Sinclair covered the aftermath in the novel “The Jungle”: “The grease and chemicals that are poured into it undergo all sorts of strange transformations, which are the cause of its name. . . . Bubbles of carbonic acid gas will rise to the surface and burst, and make rings two or three feet wide.”It was the worst pollution in Chicago history. Residents say Bubbly Creek still stinks.The past is a warning, Hughes believes. Meatpackers chucked carcasses into the river for years before Sinclair’s classic expose shocked the world. Human waste has been directed into the water, to prevent flooding, for just as long.It has not spoiled Hughes’ beer. Not yet. Facebook Comments Related posts:Canadian entrepreneur gives water bottles new life as roof tiles Big Oil’s heirs join call for action as climate summit opens Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund Island collective to recycle garbage into gift itemslast_img read more

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COD 2910 Excellent ApartmentCondo in Escazú for sale

first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515151845.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515152411.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515152121.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515151739.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515152244.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515151701.jpeg No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515152132.jpeg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515152734.jpeg Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20150515152629.jpeg info heading info content Price: $295,000COD: 29-10Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: San JoséCantón: EscazúConstruction: 320m2Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2Parking: 2Located in the area of Bello Horizonte, Escazú, this condo offers a great location and beautiful views of the city. It is situated in an 8 house complex with 24/security and a playground.This 2 story house consists of: 3 bedrooms (master with jacuzzi and walk in closet) and TV room on top floor, living/dinning room, kitchen, service bedroom with bathroom, laundry area, terrace with garden, and a 2 car garage on the ground floor.See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Previous Image Next Imagelast_img read more

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Cebu Pacific flew 169 million passengers in 2014

first_imgCebu Pacific (CEB) has released figures from 2014 that show the airline flew 16.9 million passengers in 2014, which is an increase of 17.5 per cent from 2013.The report shows that on average, CEB flights were 84 per cent full during the year, and the airline achieved notable passenger growth in both domestic and several international markets.The Cebu Pacific Air group increased flights to domestic markets, as its newly acquired subsidiary, Tigerair Philippines, launched eight domestic routes from its hubs in Manila and Cebu.In 2014, the airline launched direct non-stop flights from Manila to Kuwait, Riyadh, and Dammam, and it also launched a five times weekly service from Manila to Sydney, which significantly boosted arrivals from Australia.CEB expanded its operations in Japan with the launch of daily services from Manila to Tokyo and a four times weekly service to Nagoya.CEB vice president marketing and distribution Candice Iyog, said that 2014 was a good year for Cebu Pacific and 2015 looks to be even better.“Last January, CEB flew its 100 millionth passenger. We thank our passengers who have allowed us to fly with them throughout the years. Our passengers constantly inspire us to find ways to serve them better, and we look forward to enabling even more Filipinos to fly,” Ms Iyog said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Akinci speaks at event to mark first anniversary of attempted coup in

first_imgTurkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said a coup attempt in Turkey exactly one year ago had been thwarted by the courage of the Turkish people who took to the streets answering the call of President Tayyip Erdogan.Speaking at an event to mark the anniversary of the attempt, Akinci said democracy and law were the greatest force against the coup.He wished Turkey a good future as a democratic and secular state, on the path showed by its first president Kemal Ataturk.In the aftermath of the failed July 15, 2016 putsch, around 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial and 150,000 people suspended from work.The president’s ruling AK Party says the coup was planned by supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen deeply embedded in Turkey’s institutions – the army, schools and courts – and only a massive purge could neutralise the threat.Several people have been arrested in the north of Cyprus, including Turkish Cypriot Mufti Talip Atalay, who was briefly detained last week during a visit to Turkey.Atalay had gone to Turkey to visit his father in hospital in Mersin and then went to Diyarbakir where he was arrested in connection with investigations into the Fethullah Gulen movement.Acdording to daily Kibris, the reasons behind Atalay’s arrest were a number of accusations against him from the foreign ‘ministry’ in the north and for meetings he had with other religious leaders of the island as part of the interreligious dialogue that runs in parallel with the peace talks at political level.In Turkey, even ownership of one-dollar bills has been enough to raise suspicion. Authorities believe Gulen supporters, labelled the Gulenist Terrorist Organisation (FETO) by the government, used the notes to identify fellow members.Arrested soldiers have been paraded in court in front of television cameras, crowds throwing nooses at them in a call to reinstate the death penalty for the coup plotters. Other detainees wait to learn their fate.“They penetrated everywhere,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told Reuters, adding that eliminating the influence of Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan as he built up his power base, would take years.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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