Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsBeatrice Hunter, the Inuk land protector put in jail for protesting peacefully, had some tough questions for the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador but said she was “disappointed and disgusted” with his answers.Hunter confronted him at an event in Goose Bay on Tuesday evening and used Facebook Live to grill Premier Dwight Ball about Muskrat Falls, a controversial hydroelectric project outside of town.A big shock for Hunter was that Ball had not read an open letter from Senators Murray Sinclair and Kim Pate.“When the Senate sends you a letter, wouldn’t you respond ASAP? Especially when it’s the Senate?” said Hunter, in an interview from her home in Labrador. “And it shows that even just by him not reading the letter is a lack of respect for our lives and a lack of respect for the Senate.”On Monday, two senators wrote a joint letter to the premier about the “unjust incarceration” of Hunter for “engaging in a peaceful protest.”Sinclair and Pate said the “actions of the government in this regard have been shameful.”But on Tuesday evening, Ball told Hunter, “I’ve been travelling today and I haven’t really seen the letter yet. I’ve seen some media reports on it, we’ve had some conversations with it, so we need to clearly figure out exactly what the senators were asking for.”The senators asked the province to conduct a “review of its laws to ensure they do not derogate from existing Indigenous rights.”Hunter asked Ball if he would help get the charges against Labrador land protectors dropped.She’s one of 37 people facing criminal charges, including mischief over $5,000 and disobeying a court order, stemming from protests last fall.“I think none of us, yourself, would want a premier or any elected official that’s willing to interfere with a court process,” answered Ball. “I find the whole process very frustrating. I followed your story. It is a very frustrating thing for me to be into. Let’s keep in mind this is not a project I supported.”But Hunter was not appeased and replied, “You say you were very frustrated. How do you think I feel about it being in prison for 11 days?”On May 30, Hunter was sent to a men’s prison in St. John’s, 1,600 km to the south, after she told a judge she could not promise to stop protesting at Muskrat Falls.One concern of the ongoing opposition to the project is that unstable geography at an area of the dam called the North Spur could cause a breach in the dam and massive flooding for communities along the Lower Churchill River.Another, and the main focus of the ongoing protests last fall is methylmercury.A 2015 study by Harvard University indicated that leaving the trees and topsoil in the reservoir when it was flooded would create methylmercury that could contaminate traditional food sources downstream.After a marathon meeting last October, the premier reached a deal with Indigenous leaders.It promised an Independent Expert Advisory Committee to review environment impacts. Ball told Hunter that it’s now set up, and the government is just waiting for Indigenous leaders to find someone to chair the committee.And while the land protectors demand to have the reservoir cleared was not met, Nalcor Energy, the provincial crown corporation developing Muskrat Falls, promised it would release the flood waters from the spillway this spring.But in a recent update on its website, Nalcor reported, “Current water elevation upstream of the spillway remains around 21.5m above sea level. The plan is to keep the water at this level until mid-July. The water must remain at this level to install the necessary equipment that will ensure the safety of river users near the spillway and facility. Once this work is completed, the water level in the reservoir will be lowered.”Hunter has lost trust in government, including the Indigenous leaders in Labrador.“Todd Russell and Yvonne Jones had tried to visit me in prison,” said Hunter. “But I had denied them because I felt that I wouldn’t probably be in prison if they had done their job.”Russell is the leader of the NunatuKavut Community Council. And Jones is the Liberal MP for Labrador.Jones is the Liberal MP for Labrador and the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett.“We’re fighting for Labrador lives to ensure that no one gets poisoned or drowned,” she said but isn’t looking to politicians for answers, including Dwight Ball.“There was nothing in his answers that said okay, Beatrice, we’re going to help Labrador,” said Hunter. “It seemed he avoided giving real answers to my questions.”And that included her repeated question, asking if Ball would resign as NL Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.email@example.com
WILMINGTON, MA — James Thayer Hastings “Jim”, age 84, of Peabody, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.Jim was born in Somerville, MA on August 15, 1934; he was the dear son of the late James L. and Helen Hastings. Jim was raised and educated in Somerville and Nashua, NH and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Jim went on to further his education at the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Husbandry.Jim attended OCS in Newport, RI and in December of 1956 he was commissioned with rank of Ensign to active duty at Pearl Harbor, HI where he served for three years and was later promoted to Lt and became Aide to Admiral Buchanan at the Newport Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. Jim served the country for six years during the Vietnam Era and was released from active duty in February of 1962.On July 13, 1956, Jim married his sweetheart Virginia “Ginny” Eames; the couple lived in Pearl Harbor and Barber’s Point, HI, and Newport, RI, for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised four wonderful children; he was very proud of his family.After leaving the Service, Jim joined Buttricks Ice Cream in Arlington, MA where he managed the Ice Cream and Sandwich shops in the Boston/Arlington District. Jim became salesman for Sexton Foods, located in Canton, MA, and he finished his business career as a materials buyer at Charles River Laboratory in Wilmington. Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed many years of part-time work at Miller Landscaping.Outside of his professional career, Jim had many other interests. He was a member of the Greater Lowell Softball Umpire Association for 38 years, from 1975 to 2012. In addition to time spent on the field as an umpire, Jim donated much of his time working tournaments and running the food concessions on behalf of the Association, and he served as treasurer for many years. Jim was also an avid cyclist and regularly participated in the NH Seacoast Bike Trek, an annual charitable event for the American Lung Association. Jim also led many family bike trips, including trips to Nova Scotia, White Mountains, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard.Jim led his life by example and always made himself available to help others; for 53 years he was a member of the Masonic Friendship Lodge in Wilmington where he was always involved in helping others throughout the community in their time of need. He also was very active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the American Lung Association New Hampshire Chapter and raised countless dollars throughout the years at various fundraisers.Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; they loved to travel, to share holidays and special occasions, and to just “hang out” in his back yard “sports complex” that included a swimming pool, shuffle board, horse shoes, volleyball, croquet, bocce, badminton, basketball, and even a 9-hole mini-golf course that he personally designed and built. Jim especially looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren grow into the wonderful young adults that they have become.Jim will be remembered as a kind, energetic, and generous man who always went out of his way to help others in need; he had a wonderful sense of humor and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim was the beloved husband of Virginia (Eames) Hastings, devoted father of Lynne Maxwell & husband Bob of North Attleboro, Gary Hastings & wife Heidi of North Reading, Leigh Bull & husband Keith of Wilmington, and the late Laurie O’Grady. Loving “Bampy” of Kim Proulx & husband Josh, Courtney Burke & husband Bill, Ryan Maxwell & wife Renee, Nathan Maxwell & fiancé Courtney Abate, Kyle Hastings, Jackson Hastings, Allie Hastings, and great-granddaughter Lexi Proulx. Devoted father-in-law of Kevin O’Grady & wife Lori and their daughter Shannon of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late James L. and Helen (Thayer) Hastings, dear brother of Betty Delisle and Barbara Carey both of New Hampshire. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody on Friday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mass Chapter, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481 or to the American Lung Association Chapter of your choice.Arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.James Thayer Hastings(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. 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A headline spectrum sale deal between the companies of Ambani siblings has hit a major hurdle as telecom authorities have refused to approve the transaction that had the green light of the apex court.The Depart of Telecommunication (DoT) decision on the Rs 25,000 crore deal is a major blow to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCom), which saw the sale as a lifeline to pare its debt burden down to Rs 18,000 crore.DoT refused to approve the deal after Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio in a letter on Friday refused to take responsibility for the past dues that the younger brother’s company owed the government, reports say.DoT has taken that stand that the trading rules clearly says it can ask both the parties of a spectrum sale deal or any one of them to pay the dues. As Jio imposed conditions to its commitment, DoT officials say, they cannot accept it as it goes against the guidelines.The rejection of the deal means a setback to RCom’s efforts to settle outstanding dues of about Rs 550 crore with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, which is nearly due.The Supreme Court had set a December 15 deadline for payment to Ericsson which RCom missed. The foreign firm could reinstitute insolvency proceedings against the company besides the revival of contempt of court petition against its chairman Anil Ambani.The Supreme Court order had directed DoT to approve the spectrum deal accepting a Rs 1,400 crore corporate guarantee, instead of the bank guarantee that DoT sought, as well as a piece of land as collateral from an RCom subsidiary to cover the spectrum user charge of Rs 2,947 crore, which RCom disputes.DoT took the view that in case of any issue with RCom corporate guarantee or land parcel, Jio being the buyer, would have to make the payments. But Jio has refused to give the undertaking to pick up the tab.In its letter, Jio claims the spectrum trading agreement on 122.4 MHz spectrum sale stipulates that RCom will provide bank guarantees to DoT for all disputed claims.The agreement struck in late 2017 was central to its plan to manage its Rs 46,000-crore debt.
Several students of Kabi Sufia Kamal hall of Dhaka University (DU) were allegedly forced out of their dormitory early Friday, reports UNB.Wishing anonymity, a student of the dormitory, said “When we tried to protest at the hall authorities’ decision, the hall provost threatened us to cancel the studentship if we don’t leave the hall immediately.”It is not clear yet how many students were forced to leave the dormitory although some students alleged that 20 students were forced out of the hall.Hall provost Sabita Rezwana Rahman denied the allegation saying, “We called a number of students for investigation and checking their mobile phones.”“They are spreading rumours through fake Facebook accounts. We also called guardians of some students to inform about their daughters’ activities. Three students have been handed over to their local guardians. But we didn’t expel or cancel any student’s seat.”On 10 April, the DU authorities expelled Isha, president of Sufia Kamal hall unit of BCL, as some BCL activists led by Isha allegedly swooped on some residents of the hall, leaving Morsheda Akhter, a 4th year student of Botany department, critically injured.A probe body was formed soon after the incident.Besides, the BCL central executive committee expelled Isha on charge of ‘violating organisational discipline’ and later withdrew it as the organisation also found her innocent.The Dhaka University authorities on Wednesday withdrew its previous order expelling Isha as its probe body found ‘no evidence of torture on a student inside the hall’ by Isha.
A Facebook spokesperson didn’t directly respond to those estimates, but sent Variety the following statement: “Early momentum on Quest is very promising, but we still have a lot of work to do as a company / industry to make VR mainstream and a self-sustaining industry.”Other publicly available data points suggest that this estimate could be roughly accurate. The Oculus mobile app, which is necessary to activate a newly-bought Quest, has seen a significant growth in downloads, with app analytics specialist Sensor Tower estimating that the app has been downloaded by about 115K new users across iOS and Android in the 21 days following the Quest’s launch. “That’s about 47K more installs than the 68K it saw during the 21 days leading up to the launch,” said Sensor Tower head of mobile insights Randy Nelson. Downloads of the app, which can also be used to manage other Oculus headsets, had been fairly stable ever since the end of the holiday season. (It’s worth noting that users of other Oculus headsets may have bought the Quest as well, which wouldn’t have resulted in a new app download.)“Based on the daily average that were potentially sold and the number of days remaining in 2019, I’d say given a strong marketing push during the holidays they could definitely exceed the one million sales mark for the year I’ve seen projected,” Nelson said. “It’ll just take some work.”One major factor that could have a significant impact on sales is the availability of the Quest. The headset quickly sold out across a number of major retailers following its launch. Availability remains spotty, with Amazon estimating delivery times of up to 2 months for the 128 GB version of the headset at the time of writing, and Best Buy listing the 64GB version as sold out.“We’re so glad to see the excitement and interest in Oculus Quest,” a Facebook spokesperson told Variety at the end of May. “While some of our retail partners are temporarily out of stock online, we’re working to restore availability in all channels as soon as possible.”Update: This post was updated with a statement from a Facebook spokesperson. CREDIT: Courtesy of Sensor Tower Popular on Variety First Look: Trailer for Venice-bound VR Experience ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE) Neil Gaiman VR Experience ‘Wolves in the Walls’ Wins Primetime Emmy Early indicators suggest that Facebook’s new Oculus Quest VR headset is seeing solid sales, but it doesn’t seem to be a blockbuster. Still, some estimate that Facebook could sell more than 1 million units in 2019.Facebook has yet to release any official sales numbers for the Quest, which was officially released last month. The company did drop one data point this week to show that the Quest is on the right track, with Facebook vice president Andrew Bosworth telling the audience of the Code conference that the company had sold $5 million in content in the first 2 weeks following the Quest’s debut.This revelation prompted AR and VR consultant Nima Zeighami to do some quick back-of-the-envelope math, with Zeighami estimating that Facebook may have sold fewer than 100,000 Quests in the first 2 weeks. Zeighami based his math on the assumption that each Quest owner may have bought 2 titles, spending about $50 on average. Related ×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
Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, September 15, 2016 Posted by Share OTTAWA — Major changes are in the works for the iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in the national capital.The plan is to add as many as 200 long-term stay suites in the hotel just steps from Parliament Hill, in addition to an exterior courtyard and approximately 427 underground parking spaces.Shovels are expected to be in the ground in the fall of 2017, with the new suites expected to be ready in 2020.There was no immediate word on cost of the project.Public consultations will take place at a later date, but there has already been a flurry of negative reaction to online depictions of the planned expansion. Tags: Ottawa Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier hotel to undergo major expansion
Friday, October 21, 2016 National strike brings Italy to a halt for 24 hours Posted by Tags: Italy, Strike Share Travelweek Group ROME — Italy is dealing with a 24-hour general strike today, impacting not just flights but public transport and the public sector as well.Anyone flying to or from Italy is advised to check with their airline. Airports in Pisa (where there is an addition 24-hour industrial action) and Venice are expected to be hit hard by the strike action. Major airlines including British Airways are attempting to operate a normal schedule today but warn of baggage delays.Rome is also seeing major disruptions on its public transport routes, with two Metro lines stopped completely, and bus routes and commuter rail lines facing delays and stoppages as well.pics from today of strikes, demos and blockades as part of the #generalstrike across #Italy #scioperogenerale pic.twitter.com/ksTnDm2kPh— bethan bowett (@BethanBowett) October 21, 2016 @Ryanair do strikes in italy affect international flights (flying into Rome and out of it) ?#oct21 #strike in #italy pic.twitter.com/TMcSQh8qQo— Edrea20 (@edrea20) October 19, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>