Annette Francis APTN National NewsFor decades, the community of Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario has been battling mercury contamination on their land, in their water and food sources.According to band members and politicians, its time the federal government step up their game.
St. Mary’s County commissioners and the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River last week signed a cooperative agreement calling for the two parties to work more closely to address projects that have the potential to interfere with operations at the base in southern Maryland.The agreement, which updates one originally signed in 2007, calls for:the county and the air station to hold twice yearly meetings;the county to invite a Navy technical adviser to review development proposals in the vicinity of the base;the county and air station to collaborate on public affairs campaigns regarding encroachment;the two parties to collaborate on analysis and data collection to “provide clearer quantitative measures of encroachment threats and the progress of mitigation and prevention measures”;the two to collaborate on threats beyond St. Mary’s County; andthe county and air station to work together to create Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) recommendations for Webster Field, an outlying field located 12 miles southwest of the main base.St. Mary’s County is the first jurisdiction in the country to create an AICUZ through local zoning, said Robin Finnacom, deputy director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, reported BayNet.com.Local officials and the air station have worked closely in the past to protect the base from encroachment. More than 3,000 acres in the county has been preserved in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area south of the base, according to St. Mary’s County Agricultural Manager Donna Sasscer. Five parcels have been purchased using $3.9 million in DOD funds, helping to preserve 1,270 acres. Land near the base’s south gate will now allow waterfront park access. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla/TwitterKangana Ranaut is just not willing to let go of her constant nagging and criticism against Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor. The Manikarnika actress has yet again spewed venom on Alia and Ranbir for brushing off their hands from talking about issues of national importance.Over the past few weeks, Ranaut has been on a bashing spree when she complained about how Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt, to name a few, have always failed to acknowledge her hard work.During her recent interview when Ranaut was asked why she loved picking on people, she told Mid-Day, “I do only that when I am rubbed the wrong way. And what is this thing of calling them young… Ranbir Kapoor is, what, 37 years old, young kid of the generation and Alia Bhatt just turned turned 27… my mother had three children at 27. This is absolutely unfair… bachche hai, ki dumb hai ki kya hai…”Kangana further went on to say that actors are quite comfortable in discussing about their sex lives and when it comes to talking about importance issues in the country, they brush it under the carpet.”If we are asking about your sex life, that you are okay to discuss, put the pictures on Instagram, who I am f***ing, who I am not f***ing, that is fine; but about the country, ‘it’s my personal choice’,” Kangana said.Post Kangana’s unwelcoming statements on actors not talking about politics and putting forth their point of views, Alia had earlier said that she has an opinion on issues but she will keep it to herself. Alia had opined that she had not done anything to deserve such statements from Kangana Ranaut but, had also said that she would apologise to the Queen star if at all she felt bad for something she did.Last week, Kangana said that if she will not receive a National film Award for her portrayal of Rani Lakshmibai in the historical drama Manikarnika, then it will lead to questions on their credibility.Kangana recently was out of the city for few days as she went to Coimbatore on a spiritual journey with some intense meditation plans. She was on ten-days of silence meditation which even included staying away from modern communication gadgets.It remains to be seen whether Kangana would start experiencing the destructive effect of constant nagging and criticism in the days to come.(With IANS Inputs)
Kolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) will start a heritage tour down the Hooghly from April 28. The cruise tour – ‘A Voyage through Tide and Time’ – will be “solely managed” by the port, KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar told PTI.”The KoPT plans to run the service on weekends but it requires a group of at least 20 heads to conduct a tour. The tourism department will help us in promoting and marketing the heritage trip without any exclusive tie-ups,” Kumar told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe tour will begin from the Maritime Heritage Centre at Old Fairlie Warehouse, where visitors would get a chance to learn about the country’s maritime history.The centre houses maritime documents that date back to the British era.From the heritage centre, the tourists would then be taken to the historic Man-of-War Jetty at Prinsep Ghat to board a cruise vessel.The vessel would pass along the historic ghats, travel upstream to the Koilaghat jetties – an erstwhile berth for foreign ships – touch the Howrah bridge, the Kidderpore Dock lockgates, the BNR House – where Nawab Wajid Ali Shah once resided – and the Suriname Memorial, before ending the journey at the Indenture Memorial and Old Clock Tower site. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Suriname memorial was built in recognition and remembrance of labourers who set off from Calcutta to work in distant colonies.”The tourists may even get to see ships moving into the port through the lock gates, if the timings match,” Kumar said, adding that there would be guides to explain the importance of the landmarks.The tentative three-hour tour will cost an Indian Rs 1399 while a foreigner will have to shell out Rs 2499.
Visitors advised against ‘festive’ behaviour during Thai King’s mourning Tags: Thailand, Travel Alert BANGKOK — Concerts and colossal beach parties in Thailand have been cancelled. An annual festival meant to placate the country’s goddess of water with lanterns that float into the sky will not take place.And closed for the first time in years: red-light districts in the heart of the Thai capital filled with seedy go-go bars so irrepressible they managed to stay open even through past military coups.No foreign government has suggested its nationals to cancel trip plans, but several have issued advisories. Canada called on its citizens to “refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly,” Britain urged its nationals to “wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public,” and the U.S. called on Americans to maintain “decorum during this extended period of profound mourning.”The death Thursday of Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has plunged this Southeast Asian nation into an unprecedented period of mourning like nothing it has ever seen, and it’s likely to stay that way for some time.But calm – not chaos – prevails, and the closures and cancellations are unlikely to last more than a month or have any serious long-term impact on tourism.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has declared a one-year mourning period and urged people to refrain from organizing entertainment events for 30 days. But he has also made clear that life must go on, and urged businesses to remain open to ensure the nation does not “lose its credibility.”More than 30 million tourists visit Thailand every year, accounting for about 10 per cent of government revenue. The industry is one of the few bright spots in an economy that has slumped since the army ousted a democratically elected government in 2014.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalIn a statement late Friday, the Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed that tourist attractions will remain open with the exception of Bangkok’s gold-gilded Grand Palace, because it “will be the venue of the royal funeral rites.”Bhumibol’s body was transported by royal procession to the palace’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, on Friday as thousands of people lined the roads. Widely seen here as a unifying figure and the father of the nation, Bhumibol served as monarch for 70 years – so long that most Thais have known no other.The subdued atmosphere that has engulfed the country since his death is unmistakable, visible in the black or white dress worn by millions of Thais in a massive show of mourning that has been displayed even on mannequins in luxury shopping malls.In Bangkok, the neon-lit dinner cruise ships that ply the majestic Chao Phraya River every night have turned off their booming music.Even some of the capital’s most prominent red-light districts have shut down. Nana Plaza, a three-story complex of go-go bars filled with scantily-clad women announced it was closing temporarily to “pay respect and mourn the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.”“It doesn’t bother me,” said Australian tourist Darren Turner, who was standing outside the all-dark plaza. “This is a man who stood on the throne unopposed for 70 years. He did a lot for his country and his people, and it’s good to show a mark of respect for his passing.”More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe neon lights of another red-light district nearby, Soi Cowboy, abruptly switched off Friday night after police and soldiers paid a visit and asked bar managers to close to show respect of the king.Hours after Bhumibol’s death on Thursday, Richard Barrow, a Bangkok-based travel blogger, tweeted that many tourists were “asking if they should cancel their holiday.” His is advice: you should not.No foreign government has suggested its nationals to cancel trip plans, but several have issued advisories. Canada called on its citizens to “refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly,” Britain urged its nationals to “wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public,” and the U.S. called on Americans to maintain “decorum during this extended period of profound mourning.”While Thailand’s stunning beaches and resorts remain open, some tourists’ plans to see particular events may already be ruined.In the northern city of Chiang Mai, the city government announced the annual Yi Peng Festival set for mid-November – in which tens of thousands of lanterns float into the sky – has been cancelled.On the island of Koh Phangan, organizers of the renowned “Full Moon” party, which had been set to begin Oct. 17, called the event off.And in Bangkok, a sold-out concert featuring British singer Morrissey, the former frontman of The Smiths, was also cancelled.Khaosod English, a local media outlet which reported numerous cancellations in the capital, offered prudent advice to its readers for upcoming events: “Call ahead first.” The Canadian Press Posted by Share Monday, October 17, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>