TSB calls for improved safety at rail crossings after death of man

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – In the early morning darkness of July 27, 2016, a CN freight train with three locomotives, 169 loaded freight cars, and 18 empty freight cars was travelling through Moncton, N.B., when the crew spotted a dull light and the silhouette of someone in a wheelchair on the tracks – but there was no stopping in time.Steven Harel, whose wheelchair had become stuck and immobilized at the Robinson Street railway crossing was struck and killed by the 12,200 tonne train.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its report on the accident Thursday — calling on federal and local authorities across the country to improve safety at railway crossings designated for people using wheelchairs and other assistive devices.The TSB says its investigation found that several crossing conditions contributed to the accident, including a void in the asphalt and the lack of visual clues to navigate safely.Investigator Don Ross said there had been repairs made at the crossing not long before the accident.“Reflective lines markings the sidewalk’s edge were not repainted after the new asphalt was applied, nor were there any requirements to do so. Moreover, while the new asphalt covered most of the crossing, it did not cover the entire east sidewalk area. This left a small void or hole near the north rail,” he said.He said investigators ran numerous simulations using similar wheelchairs.“An identical motorized wheelchair would proceed forward, following the white line up to the new pavement and then along the paved right edge of the sidewalk. In each case the chair’s right front wheel dropped into the void, causing the chair to turn right into the gravel.”He said the height difference to the gravel would leave the wheelchair unable to reverse.Ross said since 1990 there have been seven occurrences in Canada of wheelchairs caught at rail crossings reported to the TSB. Five, including the Moncton incident, were fatal.TSB board member Faye Ackermans said despite new standards introduced in 2014, there remains a clear need for additional improvements.She said federal regulations required railway companies and road authorities to share information on certain crossings by November 2016, but many have yet to comply.“This needs to happen, because until such crossings are designated and the information is shared, Canadians — particularly those using assistive devices — will continue to be at an elevated risk at public crossings,” Ackermans said Thursday.More than two million Canadian adults identify as having a mobility disability, including 300,000 wheelchair users.Ackermans said upgrades at crossings need to go beyond surface improvements and the board is recommending that the Department of Transport work with stakeholders to identify options and then upgrade the regulations.She said there are many options to be considered.“Adding extra lights or auditory cues, changing the width or texture of the walking surface, filling the gaps along the rail with displaceable material, or even changing the angle of the sidewalk so that it is more perpendicular to the rail thereby reducing the risk of a wheel getting stuck,” she said.Since the accident, CN has made several repairs to the Robinson Street crossing, including widening the paved area and repainting the lines, and the city has designated it as a crossing for persons with assistive devices.Harel’s parents are suing CN Rail, the City of Moncton, a wheelchair manufacturer and a medical equipment supplier in New Brunswick’s Court of Queen’s Bench for unspecified damages related to his death.The lawsuit alleges that CN Rail and the City of Moncton neglected their “duty of care” to inspect, maintain and fix the railway tracks, crossings and city streets and sidewalks, and also failed to facilitate safe public transportation and prevent accidents, particularly with regard to wheelchair-specific hazards.Among the claims detailed in the lawsuit, none of which have been proven in court, it’s alleged the city and the railway company were both aware that the railway track was a source of accidents for wheelchair users, and failed to take corrective measures.Brian Murphy, the lawyer for the parents, said Thursday that the family was given an advance copy of the report.“There are some pretty solid recommendations there,” he said.“We stand by our suit. This could have, and should have been avoided.”Murphy said the parents aren’t looking for financial gain, but want things improved for people like their son.last_img read more

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Canadas information czar says lack of stable funding ties her hands

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal information czar says her effort to clear a backlog of complaints from dissatisfied Canadian file-seekers is threatened by the government’s “stopgap approach” to funding her office.In her latest annual plan, information commissioner Caroline Maynard says it is impossible to set goals and maintain momentum due to the financial instability faced by her office.The information commissioner is responsible for handling complaints from Canadians having difficulty obtaining government records under the Access to Information Act.Maynard’s office is grappling with about 3,000 outstanding complaints.Maynard says she goes from year to year preparing time-consuming requests for temporary funds just to have enough staff to keep up with demand.The government has earmarked additional money through this fiscal year to deal with the backlog, but has made no long-term commitments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Decolonization process not yet complete says Ban Kimoon

“It falls to the United Nations, and to all of us as members of the international community, to help bring this process to a successful conclusion,” he said in a message to the opening of the Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonization and the observance of the week of solidarity with the peoples of the non-self-governing Territories. When the United Nations was created in 1945, there were 72 such territories on the world body’s decolonization list. “Colonialism has no place in today’s world,” Mr. Ban said in his address, delivered by Freda Mackay, Chief of the Decolonization Unit of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). The three-day gathering of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, also known as the Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization, is being held in Bandung, Indonesia. This year’s event will focus on the Pacific region, and participants will discuss how to move the decolonization process forward. Last year, after a UN-supervised referendum fell 16 votes short of attaining self-government, it was decided that Tokelau – three small and isolated atolls in the Pacific Ocean – would remain a territory of New Zealand. 14 May 2008Although decolonization has been one of the United Nations’ great success stories, the fact that 16 non-self-governing Territories remains means that the task has yet to be completed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

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Kinder Morgan files new reports to NEB touting benefits of proposed pipeline

CALGARY – Kinder Morgan has filed new reports to the National Energy Board touting the economic benefits of its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, replacing evidence that the regulator ordered removed from the record last month.The filings include an 89-page market analysis by Dallas consulting firm Muse Stancil and an updated Conference Board of Canada tally of the project’s broader economic spinoffs.Muse Stancil estimates $73.5 billion (in 2012 dollars) will be added to producers’ bottom lines over 20 years if the Alberta-to-B.C. project goes ahead.“This is a fairly straightforward analysis. It connects a huge source of crude oil supply with a market that has a growing demand for crude oil and it does that in a very economically efficient basis,” Muse Stancil president Neil Earnest said in an interview.The $5.4-billion project would nearly triple the amount of crude shipped on the Trans Mountain pipeline between the Edmonton area and the B.C. Lower Mainland, enabling exports to lucrative Asian markets.The economic case is strong even as oil prices languish around US$45 a barrel, said Earnest.“This is a long-life asset. Pipelines operates for decades.”The financial boost to producers from being able to access new markets is expected to ripple through the rest of the Canadian economy in the form tax revenue and jobs, according to the Conference Board analysis.The total fiscal benefit to Canada as a result of the improved producer “net backs” is pegged at nearly $24 billion over two decades, with $14 billion flowing into Alberta government coffers and $1.4 billion for British Columbia.The project is expected to see 14,000 people working at the peak of construction and 3,300 direct and indirect jobs annually over 20 years of operation.The Conference Board also sees a $12.2-billion contribution to Canada’s gross domestic product over two decades of operations.Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said he was pleased with the results of the new reports.“It reaffirms the very real need and significant benefits the expansion would bring to all Canadians by providing much-needed access to global markets, resulting in jobs and dollars here at home,” he said in a release.Last month, the NEB panel weighing the $5.4-billion project said any evidence prepared by Steven Kelly, then a consultant with IHS Global Canada, must be removed from the regulatory application.That’s because Kelly has been appointed to a seven-year term at the National Energy Board starting on Oct. 13 and the panel said his dual role may raise concerns about the integrity of the hearing process. The NEB says Kelly won’t be involved in the Trans-Mountain assessment process.The evidence Kinder Morgan had to replace ended up being “narrow in scope” — about 64 pages out of the original 15,000 filed.The replacement of Kelly’s evidence has lengthened the review process. The National Energy Board must now complete its review by May 20, 2016, versus its previous deadline of Jan, 25, 2016.Critics have lambasted the NEB review, with 35 participants dropping out of the process this summer calling it “biased” and “unfair.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2015 1:43 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kinder Morgan files new reports to NEB touting benefits of proposed pipeline read more

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Trump agrees to 25M settlement to resolve Trump U lawsuits

Daniel Petrocelli, lead attorney for President-elect Donald Trump, arrives for a hearing involving a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in San Diego. Trump has agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve three lawsuits over Trump University, his former school for real estate investors. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) by David Klepper And Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump agrees to $25M settlement to resolve Trump U. lawsuits SAN DIEGO – President-elect Donald Trump agreed Friday to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University for real estate investors, averting a trial in a potentially embarrassing case that he had vowed during the campaign to keep fighting.The agreement came 10 days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in one of three cases. The complaints accused Trump University, which wasn’t an accredited school, of defrauding students who paid up to $35,000 a year to enrol in programs that promised to share Trump’s real estate secrets.About 7,000 students would be eligible for refunds if U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel approves the proposed settlement. Under the terms, Trump admitted no wrongdoing in two class-action lawsuits in San Diego and a civil suit brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.The settlement lifts what would probably have been a major headache for Trump as he works to fill key executive branch positions and get acquainted with foreign leaders. The San Diego trial, on a case filed in 2010, was expected to last several weeks, guaranteeing daily news coverage of a controversy that dogged him during the campaign.Trump’s political rivals seized on the lawsuits to try to portray him as dishonest and deceitful. Trump brought more attention to them by repeatedly assailing Curiel, who oversaw the San Diego cases. Trump suggested the Indiana-born judge’s Mexican heritage exposed a bias.The thousands of former students covered by the San Diego lawsuits will be eligible to receive at least half and possibly all their money back, as much as $35,000, said Jason Forge, an attorney for the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ attorneys waived their fees.Trump has denied the allegations and said during the campaign that he would not settle. He told supporters at a May rally that he would come to San Diego to testify after winning the presidency.“I could have settled this case numerous times but I don’t want to settle cases when we’re right. I don’t believe in it. And when you start settling cases, you know what happens? Everybody sues you because you get known as a settler. One thing about me, I am not known as a settler,” Trump said at the time.Two days after the election, Trump’s lead attorney in the San Diego cases, Daniel Petrocelli, said he was “all ears” to settlement talks and accepted an offer to have U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller of San Diego broker negotiations.Forge said the agreement was reached an hour before a hearing for Curiel to weigh Trump’s latest request to delay the trial until after the Jan. 20 inauguration. The plaintiffs’ attorney said he “definitely detected a change of tone and change of approach” from Trump’s camp after the election.“We were at each other’s throat for 6 1/2 years and were able to find the common ground with them and do something good there,” Forge told reporters.Schneiderman called the agreement a “stunning reversal” for the president-elect, saying Trump “fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phoney university. Today, that all changes.”Trump’s attorneys said the settlement allows the president-elect to focus full attention on his transition to the White House.“He was willing to sacrifice his personal interests, put this behind him, and move forward,” Petrocelli said.Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s general counsel, said he had “no doubt” Trump would have prevailed at trial.The lawsuits allege that Trump University gave nationwide seminars that were like infomercials, constantly pressuring people to spend more and, in the end, failing to deliver on its promises. The San Diego trial would have been pinned on whether a nine-member jury believed Trump misled customers by calling the business a university and by advertising that he hand-picked instructors.Court documents unsealed in May revealed strategies for enticing people to enrol even if they couldn’t afford it. The documents outlined how employees should guide people through “the roller coaster of emotions” after they express interest and tells employees to be “very aggressive during these conversations to in order to push them out of their comfort zones.”Transcripts of about 10 hours of Trump depositions provided additional material to rivals, though Curiel denied a request to release video of Trump’s testimony that would have likely been used in campaign attack ads. Trump acknowledged in the depositions that he played on people’s fantasies, and he could not recall names of his employees despite his advertising pitch that he “hand-picked” them.Trump has repeatedly claimed a 98 per cent customer satisfaction rate on internal surveys. Plaintiffs countered that students were asked to rate the product when they believed they still had more instruction to come and were reluctant to openly criticize their teachers on surveys that were not anonymous.The settlement comes a day after watchdog groups and ethics experts who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations sent a letter to Trump urging him to make a clean break from his business to avoid “embroiling the presidency in litigation.”One of the authors, Richard Painter, an ethics lawyer at the White House under President George W. Bush, said the Trump University settlement might backfire if lawyers think Trump is eager to settle to avoid court cases while president.“The plaintiffs’ lawyers,” he said, “are going to smell blood in the water.”___Klepper contributed from Albany, New York. Associated Press Business Writer Bernard Condon in New York contributed to this report. read more

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FEATURE Childrens struggles for education focus of awardwinning film screened at UN

Scenes from the film ‘On the Way to School’ of Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito on their journey to their classrooms. Credit: Distrib Films US ‹ ›Carlito, a shepherd’s son in Argentina, rides a horse 18 kilometres through Patagonia every morning, following his ambition to become a vet, while Zahira is the first girl in her Berber family in Morocco to attend school. Despite having to travel 22 kilometres every day, walking through mountains and hitchhiking, she is at the top of her class and hopes to become a doctor. Samuel, who is 13 and from India, has the same career goal, and is chasing it despite being unable to walk. He lives with his mother in a hut that has no running water or electricity and is the only member of his family who can read. His brothers pull and push him more than four kilometres to school every day in a wheelchair made of recycled bric-a-brac.Released in 2013, On the Way to School received widespread critical acclaim and broke box office records for a documentary film in France and Italy. It won a César – a French Oscar award – for best documentary in 2014, and Mr. Plisson felt it was essential that the film be screened at the United Nations.“If there was one place where we could show this movie, it’s the United Nations,” he said. “[The UN is] really involved in education programmes, so if [the film] can help, if it can open eyes a little bit about education, then for me that’s nice.”After the film was screened to an audience including UN staff, journalists and a class of schoolchildren, Mr. Plisson was joined at the podium by Maher Nasser, the acting Under-Secretary-General for Public Information, to discuss the film. Mr. Nasser welcomed the light it shed on the travails faced by so many children around the world in their efforts to attend school.“We sometimes take basic access to education for granted,” he said. “But after seeing the perseverance of these children, I am sure that we will all better appreciate the opportunities that most of us – and our children – enjoy.”Education is a fundamental human right that is essential for the exercise of all other human rights, and the UN and UNESCO have laid down a number of internationally binding obligations to ensure children are granted their right without discrimination or exclusion.The proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) include a standalone goal devoted to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all, as well as several targets relating to gender balance, vocational training and secondary education.Mr. Plisson said he has been impressed with the impact his film has had on policy-makers, particularly in countries featured in the film.“When we show this movie in Kenya, for example – to Ministers – they realize that they have a lot of work to do for a kid like Jackson to access school, not to have to run and risk his life every morning and every night,” he says. “So they will build boarding schools.”The film is due for release in the United States on 6 February at the Quad cinemas in New York, and Mr. Plisson expects the run to expand the impact of the film. He also told the audience at the UN that a television series, spun-off from the many incredible stories that they researched over the course of making the film, will be released in France, featuring 10 other stories of the lengths children go to in order to ensure their education.The event at UN Headquarters was organized by UNESCO, the Permanent Mission of France, the French UN Staff Society of New York (AFIN) and Distrib Films US. Pascal Plisson, the Director of On the Way to School, a film about the arduous daily journeys taken by children in four different countries around the world, says he was struck by the perseverance and determination to study shown by the young Maasai boys as they bounded through grassland every day on a long and perilous journeys in pursuit of knowledge.“I’ve been travelling around the world for a long time, seeing kids struggling to get to school in a lot of countries,” Mr. Plisson said in an interview with UN News Centre last Friday. “It was very important to do this movie because I could show very simply how kids are struggling to go to school and the motivation they have.”The film was made with support of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the non-governmental organization, Aide et Action, both of which helped the filmmakers to gather stories from around the world for the movie.The four stories feature children who have to fight just to make it into a schoolroom each day, pushed by the understanding that education is crucial to their future. Jackson, an 11 year-old Kenyan from the Sumburu tribe, who hopes to become a pilot, risks his life daily, running to a school 15 kilometres from his home with his 6 year-old sister, dodging armed gangs and elephants. read more

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The 30yearold documents that unintentionally planned for Irelands IMF bailout

first_imgIF YOU EVER doubted that decisions made at government level can have ramifications decades down the line, just read these four pages.The documents, released under the 30 Year Rule, show the Taoiseach authorising an increase of £110.9 million (from £206.1 million to £304.4 million) in Ireland’s quota subscription in the International Monetary Fund.The quota is significant to members as it determines the amount of its contribution and its voting power in the body.But most importantly – as recognised by Garret Fitzgerald’s government in 1983 – it increases the amount of credit potentially available to a country if faced with serious balance of payments difficulties.In general, it is practice to review the quota every five years but it was brought forward in 1983 due to heavy demands on the IMF for loans in the first years of the decade form developing countries.Although other countries had to pass legislation to push through the increase, Ireland vested the power in the Central Bank which was responsible for paying into the Fund.The Central Bank wanted to consent to the increase, as did the Minister for Finance Alan Dukes who said it was important that Ireland supports the IMF’s efforts to “promote stable international financial conditions which are in Ireland’s interests as well as those of other member countries of the Fund”.“The increase in our quota would also increase the amount of IMF credit potentially available to Ireland should circumstances ever arise where we needed to borrow from the Fund,” he added.last_img read more

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We bought five times more electric cars this year

first_imgTHE FIRST HALF of 2014 has seen a 26% increase in new cars licensed in comparison with the same period last year.To the end of June this year, 62,280 new private cars have been licensed, up from 49,503 in 2013.Figures from last year showed that a third of new cars were licensed in the second half of the year, indicating that the number of new private cars bought by the end of this year could rise to around 90,000.The figures for the first half of this year include 124 newly-licensed electric cars, an increase of over 500% on the number licensed last year (that was just 23 cars).The new figures from the CSO show that 3,390 cars were licensed in June 2014, an increase of 2.9% on the same period last year.There was also a significant increase in the number of new goods vehicles licensed this month. There were 1,101 licensed in June 2014, an increase of 47.8% on the same period last year.Volkswagen maintained its position as Ireland’s favourite car manufacturer for the first half of 2014, having had 7,558 new private cars license. Toyota was its closest competitor with 6,775 new private cars licensed.Seen many ’141′ cars around?>last_img read more

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Inzaghi proud of Lazios performance

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi says he’s lucky to have so many attacking choices after his team crushed SPAL 4-1 at home on Sunday.Lazio put the disappointment of losing 3-0 at home to Inter Milan behind them by demolishing SPAL 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.“We put in a good performance against a very good side,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.“The lads did well to get back on track after the disappointment of the Inter game.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile performed well, but so did Joaquin Correa when he came off the bench. I am fortunate to have so many choices in attack.”It was a reunion between brothers Sergej and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, but the Lazio midfielder has been less than impressive this season.“I expect more quality and quantity from everyone, not just Sergej. Last season he scored 13-14 goals and that raised expectations perhaps too much, but he is improving after the new experience of the World Cup affected his pre-season.”last_img read more

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Grace Bay Beach review by Tourism Government sector

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPhoto by TCHTAProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2015 – One of the worlds leading beaches is under surveillance by Tourism and Government executives as they explore ways to keep Grace Bay Beach a number one spot. Among questions being asked in effort to uphold the reputation include: “what works on and for Grace Bay and what doesn’t?” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:race bay beach, survey Survey to help public consultation on TCI Status Billcenter_img Recommended for you Tourism Environmental Awareness Month Launchedlast_img read more

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2 Parkland dads honor children lost to gun violence

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Two grieving South Florida fathers spent their Father’s Day weekend honoring the children they lost to gun violence.Orange Ribbons for Jaime and Change the Ref hosted the Unite Together fundraiser in Parkland, Saturday.The parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Joaquin Oliver, two of the students killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, created the charities to support the push for stricter gun laws.“Since our kids were killed on February 14th, nothing brings them back,” said Fred Guttenberg, Jaime’s father, “but as we roll onto Father’s Day tomorrow, if we can do anything to ensure this never happens again, then we will have done our purpose.”“This is a life-changing event,” said Manuel Oliver, Joaquin’s father, “and I’ll be a father until the day that I die, not until the day that Joaquin died. Being a father is forever.”Oliver also created live artwork to be auctioned off in a silent auction.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Copper River Seafoods Opts Out Of Operating Kenai Dock For 2018

first_imgThe contract details usage of the Kenai Boating facility dock cranes 1, 2 and 3, two second floor offices on the dock, moorings, floating docks and an operating area in the parking lot at the Kenai Boating Facility. The City of Kenai is currently accepting applications for a two-year contract starting on May 25, 2018- May 24, 2020. According to reports from the City of Kenai, Copper River contract for the dock was $65,000 per year that was paid to the city. The company still plans to operate the processing plant located next to the main dock. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Copper River Seafoods has opted out of renewing their contract with the Kenai City dock for the first time since 2014. Applications for the new operator will be accepted until Tuesday April 24, at City Hall. Bidders should contact the Public Works Department at (907) 283-8236 to be placed on the plans holders list.last_img read more

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What happens to humans after death Chinese NDE victim claims its melodious

first_imgA mental health clinic in Shenyang offers patients the experience of “death” by having them lie in a coffin as a form of therapy.ReutersA near-death experience (NDE), is a strange phenomenon that has been perplexing spiritualists and medical experts alike since the day humans started learning about death. While spiritualists consider NDE as a proof of life after death, medical experts claim that death is the end of everything, and they assure that weird experiences during life-threatening events are the result of the human brain’s survival technique.Now, a Chinese man named Chenguan has shared his incredible moments during a near-death experience on the NDERF (Near Death Experience Research Foundation) website. Chenguan became the victim of NDE due to allergy complications, and he claims that the moments of dying were undoubtedly delightful.Chenguan also added that he heard delightful music and started ascending above the skies during the near-death experience. However, Chenguan was apparently compelled to return to the material world as his time was not up in the book of God.”Melodic music emerged from afar to nearby me, which it was the most delightful music that I ever heard. I listened to it carefully and would like to sing along with it. Nevertheless, the whole piece had not finished yet, instantly the chair below me went missing. I began to fall down, and I screamed out loud, “I don’t want to go back! I don’t want to go back! I don’t want to go back.” But it was completely futile. The descending speed was the same as when I was ascended where I went through multi-layer clouds, where every cubicle was thousands of miles in size,” wrote Chenguan on the NDERF website, as translated to English by Jenny.As the testimonial shared by Chenguan went viral online, spiritualists have started arguing that afterlife is real, and it is something out of science’s reach. Spiritualists believe that humans start their eternal journey after the last breath, and the quality of this afterlife trip will be determined by the deeds performed by humans during their moments on the earth.A few weeks back, a woman named Sarah had claimed to have seen her deceased son during a near-death experience. Sarah also added that she felt intense love during NDE.last_img read more

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AwesomenessTV Hires Clover Letters CoFounders

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety AwesomenessTV, the digital-media network focused on a Generation Z audience, is getting into the newsletter business.The company has hired Casey Lewis (above left) and Liza Darwin, the New York-based co-founders of Clover Letter, a two-year-old email newsletter and community platform for Gen Z girls. The duo — who both recently turned 30, after quitting their jobs at 28 to start Clover in 2016 — have built Clover into a community that reaches about 200,000 girls around the globe, with the majority of their audience between 15-21.Clover (cloverletter.com) receives submissions from girls worldwide who want to be part of their contributor network. AwesomenessTV plans to help expand Clover to include podcasting, video and other new areas.“What Liza and Casey have built at Clover Letter over the past few years for Gen Z girls is nothing short of incredible,” Brett Bouttier, president of Awesomeness, said in announcing their hire. “Their ability to inspire, educate, and amplify the voices of Gen Z girls around the world aligns perfectly with our mission at Awesomeness to tell and amplify the stories of Gen Z, for Gen Z. ”center_img “We started Clover Letter to give young people a platform and elevate their voices, and while many mainstream media outlets have just now begun to realize the power of Gen Z, Awesomeness has done that since Day One,” Lewis and Darwin said in a statement.Lewis and Darwin met as magazine interns in 2008. Lewis went on to work at Conde Nast’s Teen Vogue, while Darwin worked at Nylon and MTVN. They decided to team up to form Clover in February 2016.Awesomeness is majority-owned by Comcast/NBCUniversal, with minority investments from Verizon and Hearst. Founded in 2012, the company has a distribution footprint that spans owned-and-operated, social, and subscription VOD platforms. L.A.-based Awesomeness’ business also includes a creative agency, a YouTube creator network, and brand partnerships division.Pictured above: Clover Letter co-founders Casey Lewis (l.) and Liza Darwinlast_img read more

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Drag legend Divine celebrated in new makeover photo series

first_imgClub promoter Ingo as Divine, by Darren Evans (Photo: Darren Evans) A London-based photographer has given friends and peers a makeover inspired by the legendary drag queen and actor, Divine. Camp John Waters for adults is a real thing and heading to Connecticut this Sept ‘Divine was a punk and a rebel. Despite growing up as a bullied overweight kid from Baltimore she found her tribe. The films that Divine and John Waters made together resonate with many outsiders and their work gave the freaks, queers and gender rebels a voice.Photo: Darren Evans‘Divine never cared what people thought. To quote John Waters “She wore things fat people should never wear.” This beautiful pride and confidence in her body is completely inspiring, especially now in these body fascist times we live in.’Photo: Darren Evans‘I don’t think will ever stop photographing people as Divine!’Evans’ long-standing admiration for Divine led to the makeover project.‘I have been working as a freelance hair and makeup artist for over 25 years and have always had a passion for photography. Three years ago I bought a second hand Pentax camera. I started to photograph my friends, a lot of whom are performers.Photo: Darren Evans‘I had an exhibition called My Mates From the Pub which was a celebration of people I had met through the then recently listed Vauxhall Tavern. During shooting that show I was doing all the hair and makeup as well as the photography and then thought how great to do a series of pictures all inspired by Divine. The iconic makeup, originally done by Van Smith, is instantly recognizable.’Is it an ongoing project or does the exhibition brings the series to a close?Photo: Darren EvansSomeone asked me this the other day and I said “I don’t think will ever stop photographing people as Divine!” The whole experience has been so rewarding and strangely emotional.‘It’s particularly fabulous to makeup someone up in full Divine drag who has never really worn makeup or is maybe quite shy and suddenly see their reaction to their picture. I am also thinking about doing another series as well, a celebration of wondrous talented Drag Kings.’Everyone is Divine by Darren Evans runs at the Horse Hospital in London until Saturday 14 July 2018.See alsoThis new makeup collection is inspired by queer icon Divine Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… 26 incredible queer icons who left the world too soon eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Born in Australia in 1966, artist Darren Evans’ childhood was split between Australia and the UK. He moved to the England full-time in 1987. He lives in London with his husband and is a successful hair and makeup artist for the film, television and fashion industries.One of the photos from the Everyone is Divine series (Photo: Darren Evans)His photographic exhibition, Everyone Is Divine, runs for two weeks at London’s Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury. It’s part of the Pride in London Arts Festival. In the show, Evans gives 50 people a makeover inspired by the legendary Divine. The images were all shot over the last two years.The show includes a diverse range of participants. The youngest is his ten-year old godson, Felix!Evans’ godson, Felix, as Divine (Photo: Darren Evans)Divine, born Harris Glenn Milstead in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945, became a cult star in the 1970s for his starring roles in the underground movies of his friend, John Waters.He scored hit singles on the dance charts in the 1980s with hi-nrg tracks such as You Think You’re A Man.Photo: Darren EvansIn the late 80s, he looked set to achieve crossover success. He starred in Water’s biggest movie hit, Hairspray, and signed up for a role in a new US sitcom, playing a character out of drag. Sadly, he passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 42, just before filming of the sitcom commenced.Photo: Darren Evans‘Mesmorized’When did Evans first become aware of the drag legend?‘I first became aware of Divine in the early 80s through her hi-nrg disco music,’ he tells GSN. ‘She came to Australia when I was about 18 and performed in this rough music venue called Bombay Rock.Photo: Darren Evans‘She burst on to the stage in this tight lime green leopard print dress with a shock of bleached blonde hair. I was mesmorized. At some point these group of guys started to heckle her and she totally annihilated them with razor sharp wit and total confidence: “You think you’re a man but you are only a boy!” GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A pastor told my parents I’m spreading the work of the Devil through my musicA major DRAG exhibition is coming to London and we’re here for itA major DRAG exhibition is coming to this iconic London art galleryRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/drag-legend-divine-darren-evans/last_img read more

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Disney builds stone wall where alligator attack took place

first_img Monday, August 8, 2016 Share Disney builds stone wall where alligator attack took place Source: The Associated Presscenter_img ORLANDO, Fla. — Workers are building a stone wall around a Walt Disney World lake where an alligator killed a toddler earlier this summer.Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel for a story published Sunday that the barrier wall is part of the new security plan following the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves of Omaha, Nebraska. The boulder wall is going up along the beaches of the Seven Seas Lagoon where several resorts are located.Disney also put up warning signs and ropes after Graves was dragged by an alligator into the lake on June 14.The family decided not to file a lawsuit against Disney. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Germany downplays negative outlook from Moodys

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The government said the risks cited by Moody’s weren’t new and were largely based on a short-term assessment.It said Germany “remains in a very solid economic and financial situation.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img BERLIN (AP) – The German government has downplayed the decision of ratings agency Moody’s to place Europe’s biggest economy on a negative outlook.The Finance Ministry noted in a statement late Monday that Moody’s Investors Service had kept Germany’s Aaa credit rating, the highest possible.But Moody’s had also lowered the outlook for Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, citing the mounting uncertainty over the debt crisis in Europe and the possibility that those stronger countries would have to provide aid to Spain or Italy. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Schwartz Joins FormFree Board

first_img Athens, Georgia-based FormFree® announced that housing finance expert Faith Schwartz has been elected to its board of directors.Schwartz has played a firsthand role in shaping current housing finance best practices and public policy. Principal and founder of Housing Finance System Strategies, a housing finance strategic advisory firm, Schwartz also serves as a senior advisor to the leadership team of Accenture Credit Services.In 2007, Schwartz was recruited to lead HOPE NOW, an alliance formed by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in response to the housing market crisis. As HOPE NOW’s executive director, a position she refers to as a “career highlight,” Schwartz assembled a coalition of government agencies, lending institutions, nonprofits and housing trades. Schwartz has also held executive-level roles at CoreLogic and Freddie Mac.Schwartz is a recipient of the Five Star’s Lifetime Achievement Award and actively serves on the boards of Hope LoanPort, the National Fair Housing Alliance, Riskspan, and Saint Anselm’s Abbey School. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Shippensburg State College.“FormFree’s data-driven solutions have found a unique toehold in the mortgage industry and have the potential to transform the broader financial services landscape,” said Schwartz. “Automated verification of borrower assets, employment and income makes lending simple and secure for everyone involved. I look forward to being part of a growing company that is shaping the future of lending.” in Headlines, News, Technology Schwartz Joins FormFree Board Faith Schwartz FormFree HOUSING mortgage 2017-12-04 Rachel Williamscenter_img December 4, 2017 532 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Felix Instruments launches major upgrade to avoc

first_img Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … The Colombian Hass avocado industry has secured market access to China, with the news being announced on the same day that Japan officially opens its doors to the product.Both developments were announced by Colombia’s Agriculture Minister, who is currently on a tour around Asia.Andrés Valencia Pinzón last week announced in Japan that exports to the country could begin as of today (July 31st). The Ministry of Agriculture first announced it had reached a market access agreement with Japan in March 2018.And also today, Valencia announced in China that access had been secured to that market too.”We have achieved our objective,” he said. “This year we are going to begin exporting Colombian Hass avocados to the People’s Republic of China.”He expects six containers will be shipped to China in 2019 and will increase over the coming years.Last year China imported 43,859 metric tons (MT) of avocados, with a value of US$133 million. Its main suppliers were Peru, supplying 38% of the total, Mexico with 34%, and Chile with 27%. New Zealand is the only other country with Hass avocado access to China, which it achieved last year. Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru … July 31 , 2019 But unlike Chile, Peru and New Zealand, Colombia and Mexico do not have free trade agreements with China. It is not clear what tariff level Colombian avocados would face.However, Valencia said: “Colombia has all the potential to surpass and compete with the current supplies of Has avocados to China.”Colombian Hass avocado exporters get green light for JapanAs for Japan, Colombia is able to export Hass avocados to the market effective July 31. Valencia confirmed the news last week when he was visiting the country, prior to arriving in China.Japan has imported an average of US$211 million worth of avocados annually over recent years. Mexico has been the main supplier.Production in Colombia is currently around 90,000MT and in 2018 Colombian exports totaled 30,008MT. Over the first five months of this year the value of exports rose by 31% year-on-year to US$47.1 million. The Netherlands remains the country’s main market, receiving 50% of its exports. The U.S. is in second place with 24%.center_img Spain’s largest avocado cooperative expands into P … You might also be interested in U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme … last_img read more

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QF002 leaves Singapore at 1930 arrives in Sydne

first_imgQF002: leaves Singapore at 19:30, arrives in Sydney at 05:10 the following day;QF082: leaves Singapore at 21:10, arrives in Sydney at 07:00 the following day;QF036: leaves Singapore at 20:15, arrives in Melbourne at 05:35 the following day;QF052: leaves Singapore at 20:40, arrives in Brisbane at 06:05 the following day;QF072: leaves Singapore at 18:40, arrives in Perth at 23:55.QF081: leaves Sydney at 10:15, arrives in Singapore at 16:50;QF035: leaves Melbourne at 11:55, arrives in Singapore at 17:55;QF051: leaves Brisbane at 12:00, arrives in Singapore at 18:15;QF071: leaves Perth at 11:50, arrives in Singapore at 17:20.QF128: leaves Hong Kong at 20:00, arrives in Sydney at 06:55 the following day;QF118: leaves Hong Kong at 23:25, arrives in Sydney at 10:50 the following day;QF030: leaves Hong Kong at 20:10, arrives in Melbourne at 07:35 the following day;QF098: leaves Hong Kong at 20:15, arrives in Brisbane at 07:05 the following day.QF127: leaves Sydney at 10:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00;QF029: leaves Melbourne at 09:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:20;QF097: leaves Brisbane at 10:45, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00. AF256: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 20:50, arrives in Singapore at 15:45 the following day;AF257: leaves Singapore at 22:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:00 the following day.A daily flightAF188: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 23:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:35 the following day;AF185: leaves Hong Kong at 22:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 05:55 the following day.A daily flight Go back to the enewsletter Qantas and Air France will begin codesharing on flights between Europe and Australia via Asia after a five-year hiatus following a renewed codeshare agreement between the two carriers.The move is seen by observers as a crucial pillar to the establishment of Qantas’ earmarked nonstop Boeing 787-9 services from Australia into the heart of Europe, namely from Perth to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, which have previously been hinted at by QF Group CEO, Alan Joyce.Available for booking from 5 June for travel from 20 July 2018, and pending regulatory approvals, Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network: Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.Under the reciprocal deal, Qantas will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.© Air FranceThe new agreement will see the two airlines codeshare on a total of more than 200 flights per week.Qantas terminated its previous codeshare pact with the French carrier in 2013 after establishing a new global partnership with Dubai-based Emirates.Customers will benefit from more seamless travel experiences with single-ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage, as well as the opportunity to earn points on the new codeshare services.Eligible Air France customers will also be able to access Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, as well as eligible Qantas customers to Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM, said, “We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia.  It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our group’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.”© QantasAlison Webster, CEO of Qantas International, added, “This is great news for our customers who want to travel to Europe via Asia, giving them another option to get to Paris and more opportunities to earn Frequent Flyer Points.“The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly,” Webster added.Flight schedules (in local time) operated by Air France in July-October 2018:center_img Daily flight schedules (in local time) operated by Qantas in July-October 2018: Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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