Causes behind Brahmaputra turning black could be natural: Union minister

first_img He added that according to the preliminary findings, the path of the river was temporarily obstructed after an earthquake in Tibet on November 17.“There is a strong possibility that the colour (of the river’s water) has changed due to natural reasons,” the minister said.Congress MP Ninong Ering, representing the Arunachal East constituency in Parliament, had recently written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, noting that the water of the river changing its colour was an unusual phenomenon in the winter months.In his letter, Mr. Ering had also pointed out that there were reports of China constructing a 600-km tunnel in its Yunnan province to divert the Siang water to the Taklamakan desert through the Xinjiang province, even though the neighbouriong country had denied any such development.He had mentioned in the letter that the reports of the Tsangpo (Siang or Brahmaputra) being diverted had appeared a few months back. Although China had denied it, the matter remained an area of concern for India, the Congress MP had mentioned in his letter to the Prime Minister.“After these reports appeared, the water of the river Siang has turned muddy and slushy. It has been two months since the Siang turned black and contaminated. It is an unusual phenomenon. The reason for the river getting dirty is unknown. I have already put up questions for discussions in Parliament under rule 377. But since the House is not in session, I am requesting you to use your good office to seek the reason for the river turning muddy in this season, when the water is usually crystal clear,” Mr. Ering had written in his letter to Mr. Modi.He had also pointed out that there could be no reason for the river getting contaminated in the month of November other than a possible heavy land excavation on the Chinese side, adding that it had to be verified by an international team.Certain reports claim that the water of the river have become unusable and that a number of fish had died in the river in the recent past. Understanding the Brahmaputra and the annual flooding in Assam A preliminary study has found that the water of the Siang river, which originates in southern Tibet and becomes the Brahmaputra upon entering Assam through Arunachal Pradesh, is turning black due to a recent earthquake in the region, Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal has said.“We have been getting reports of pollution in the river and its water turning black. The Central Water Commission (CWC) has started looking into the matter recently and people have been sent to the internal areas,” the Union minister of state for water resources said here on Sunday.Also Readlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Bale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe would be a Real Madrid player if not for Gareth Bale, it has been revealed.AS says Mbappe chose to move to PSG from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017 over Real Madrid because of the presence of Bale.A fee beginning at €180m rising to €214m had been settled with Monaco, but Mbappe refused to go to Madrid as he couldn’t see a place for himself in then coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans.It’s suggested if Real president Florentino Perez had agreed to sell Bale to Manchester United would’ve seen Mbappe arrive in his place.But as a source stated: “But Mbappé preferred to go to Paris because Florentino did not want to part with Bale…” last_img read more

14 days agoMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blow

first_imgMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blowby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to miss next Sunday’s crunch clash against Liverpool.Indeed, United medics fear he could be sidelined until at least the end of October, says the Daily Mail.The France midfielder is in Dubai to complete a warm weather rehabilitation programme at the state-of-the-art Transform Altitude Performance Center in hope of accelerating his recovery from a foot injury.Pogba, though, is almost sure of missing the visit of league leaders Liverpool in a game that could have a significant bearing on United boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s future.He will report back to the club’s Carrington HQ next week where United medics will have a clearer idea of the Pogba may be able to return. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Framework Being Created for Kingston to Operate as Musical Economic Zone

first_img The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during a reggae month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20.“Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designation, we must now translate that into greater tangibles for our people,” she said.Kingston was one of 47 new locales added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in December 2015.Ms. Grange argued that reggae is the strongest component of brand Jamaica. “Reggae is hot commodity and the world has embraced it, but we are proud to declare that we still own it… (and) the celebration of Reggae Month is a symbolic mark of respect for the eight genres we have given to the world,” she noted.Ms. Grange said that the importance of reggae music to Jamaica should never be undervalued, adding that “it is the lifeblood”.“When we look at the role that reggae music has played… the anthropological role in the development of Jamaica as a nation, its role in the transformation of the lives of many young people, its role in the struggle for human rights and freedoms in places like Zimbabwe and South Africa, we must hail and respect our music and the sounds of Jamaica,” she said.In the meantime, she informed that plans are under way to build a world-class concert hall in Kingston.“We want to see more global superstars coming back to Jamaica to perform. We want to see a thriving entertainment industry where all the stakeholders can have a livelihood and the production line can continue well beyond our time,” she said.The reception, which was hosted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is expected to become a yearly event on the calendar of activities for Reggae Month in February.The function, which featured musical tributes and dance performances, was attended by members of the musical fraternity, including artistes, producers and promoters, members of the Government and the wider society. Ms. Grange argued that reggae is the strongest component of brand Jamaica. “Reggae is hot commodity and the world has embraced it, but we are proud to declare that we still own it… (and) the celebration of Reggae Month is a symbolic mark of respect for the eight genres we have given to the world,” she noted. “Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designation, we must now translate that into greater tangibles for our people,” she said. Story Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone.last_img read more

Saskatchewan chief can keep title while serving child sex jail sentence

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe chief of a southern Saskatchewan First Nation has been sentenced to nine months in jail for sexually assaulting a minor on his reserve.However, the Indian Act allows Chief Terrance McArthur to remain as chief while serving his sentence.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.last_img

BC First Nation files Aboriginal title claim challenging fish farms in their

first_img(Dzawada’enuxw leaders outside BC Supreme Court in Vancouver. Photo courtesy Lindsey Mae Willie)Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet filed a claim of Aboriginal title in British Columbia’s Supreme Court that affects ten fish farms in their traditional territory that they say are operating without their consent. “We have been saying no for 30 years,” says Lindsey Mae Willie of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation. “We have always said no and they just plunked themselves into our territory anyways. “By going for title they will have to listen to us.” Jack Woodward, the nation’s lawyer, is a leading expert in Aboriginal law. Woodward represented the Tsilhqot’in Nation in the first successful claim of Aboriginal title in 2014. “Once a precedent is set the procedural barriers are largely eliminated,” says Woodward. “It’s very much like an icebreaker clearing a path through the ice.“The Tsilhqot’in did that and it now makes it much easier for those First Nations that follow.”Although this new claim could take years to go through the courts, filing now puts added pressure on the provincial government, who has the power to grant fish farm tenures.Most of the ten fish farm tenures involved in the claim, along with others in the Broughton Archipelago, are up for renewal in three weeks.“Certainly one of the motivations is to file a claim prior to the June 20 expiry of the tenures,” says Woodward. “The Dzawada’enuxw want to clearly signal that they will not tolerate the renewal of those tenures.“The province should not consider renewing in the face of this competing claim of ownership of the territory.”The Dzawada’enuxw believe that open-net fish farms pose a serious threat to wild salmon and have been actively protesting against the industry since last year.“We have tried everything we can to protect our salmon,” says Willie. “We’ve had marches, demonstrations, handed out eviction notices, we even occupied a fish farm, Midsummer Island, but got kicked off through an injunction last December.“Now, that same fish farm company is trying to keep First Nations and everyone else 20 meters away from all of their farms.”In early May, Marine Harvest Canada applied for an injunction that would prevent the public from coming within 20 metres of its 34 fish farm facilities on BC’s coast.In legal notices, Marine Harvest alleges that Alexandra Morton, an independent biologist, and protesters “combined and conspired with each other with the intent to injure Marine Harvest by entering into an agreement to interfere and disrupt Marine Harvest’s business and to intimidate Marine Harvest and its employees to destroy the business of Marine Harvest.”The injunction hearing is adjourned to June 25.Greg McDade, the legal council for Morton, warns that Marine Harvest is trying to control the open ocean. “They are asking for something fish farms should not have the right to do,” says McDade. “Which is the ability to control the public at large, and scientists and divers, from observing while outside the pens.“Nobody can give ownership of the ocean, this isn’t like land.  Under English Law going back to the Magna Carta, public access to water was always guaranteed.”Molina Dawson, who grew up in Kingcome Inlet and occupied Midsummer Island fish farm for several months, says Marine Harvest’s desire to keep people away is concerning.“Why don’t they want eyes on them,” asks Dawson. “The industry says their farms are not affecting wild fish, but the fact that they are trying to take measures to prevent people from observing from on and under the water, to prove or disprove that fish farms are doing or not doing something harmful, well that says a lot.”Dawson is referring to underwater footage recently shot by Tavish Campbell.Tavish Campbell diving beside blood water spilling from fish processing plant. Courtesy Facebook Tavish Campbell.Campbell’s images of bloody effluent billowing from pipes at two fish processing plants off Vancouver Island went viral last November.And in April, Campbell’s footage of a rare glass sponge reef smothered by fish farm waste, owned by Cermaq Canada, was released.“That’s the real target of the injunction,” says McDade. “I think it’s underwater photography that’s starting to get to them.”This month is a crucial time in the fish farm dispute.If First Nations opposed to salmon farms don’t come out on top, the Dzawada’enuxw are confident they will finally win the battle in their title case.“If we don’t stop the fish farms this month,” says Willie. “They’ll eventually see that we’re the rightful owners of our land and waters in the court decision.”last_img read more

Bombardier signs deal with Mercitalia Rail for 40 locomotives and maintenance

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first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Transportation has signed a deal with Mercitalia Rail, a major freight rail operator in Italy, for 40 locomotives and 16 years of fleet maintenance.Based on the list price, the contract is valued at approximately C$316.8 million.The deal includes options for up to 20 additional locomotives and maintenance services, as well as an option for additional eight years of maintenance for the whole fleet.Delivery is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2018.Bombardier Transportation is the rail division of Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).last_img

Affleck Damons production company to adopt inclusion rider

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first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Prominent producers and celebrities like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar acceptance speech.Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films would be adopting the inclusion rider in conjunction with USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative .Early Tuesday, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig followed suit saying on Twitter that his company is also going forward with the inclusion rider for all film and television productions.Feig thanked Stacy L. Smith, the director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, for her “guidance and inspiration.”“We challenge other companies and studios to do the same,” Feig wrote.“Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan was one of the first to lend his public support to the concept after the Oscars for his company Outlier Society, which is developing a sci-fi series for Netflix and other projects.McDormand brought new attention to contract addendums requiring studios to hire a diverse crew and cast for a project at the Oscars on March 4. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative explained the concept in a December 2017 paper, crediting Smith as having crafted the rider with employment attorney Kalpana Kotagal.Pearl Street Films has been working toward addressing the crisis of representation in the entertainment industry with Annenberg’s guidance for nearly two years after Damon and his show “Project Greenlight” became embroiled a controversy over the show’s choice to spotlight a film by a white, male director. During the production, he clashed with producer Effie Brown in a conversation that was perceived to be racially insensitive.In response to an outcry for more diversity, Damon told The Associated Press in July 2016 that an idea they were exploring was putting clauses in contracts to promote more inclusive hiring — in what appears to be an early precursor to the inclusion rider. That was around the time when J.J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy began actively trying to diversify their production teams.But when Pearl Street announced their adoption of the concept Monday, some on social media scoffed. Both Damon and Affleck have in the past five months faced public scrutiny for either comments, in Damon’s case, or alleged past behaviour, in Affleck’s, in the #MeToo era and to some are emblematic of an outmoded entertainment industry. Others called it a step in the right direction.And not all companies are jumping to embrace the practice of instituting inclusion riders. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week that his company is, “Trying to do things creatively” and not just through “agreements,” USA Today reported.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

UK house prices drop amid Brexit uncertainty

first_imgLONDON — One of Britain’s leading mortgage providers says house prices in the country fell in December by their biggest amount in six and a half years, in a further sign that uncertainty surrounding Brexit is weighing on economic activity.The Nationwide Building Society said Friday that house prices fell by a monthly rate of 0.7 per cent in December, the biggest monthly decline since July 2012.On an annual basis, prices were up only 0.5 per cent, the lowest since February 2013.The housing market, a barometer of the British economy, has slowed since the country voted in June 2016 to leave the European Union. Now that the country’s actual departure in March is looming, the property market, like other sectors, is being hobbled by uncertainty over what Brexit will mean economically.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Today is Miracle Treat Day in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Today is Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day in Fort St. John.Every resident who purchases a blizzard will see all their cash go directly to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.DQ worker hard at work. Photo by John Luke Kieper. Last year’s Miracle Treat Day brought in approximately $15,000 and Fort St. John Dairy Queen co-owner Tyler Kramer hopes to see a similar number this year.“Every year we try to stay right around that range,” said Kramer. “Our goal this year is $15,000, we always hope to beat it but we don’t want to be too greedy.”Customers purchasing Blizzards on Miracle Treat Day. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Kramer explained that today has started slower than most Miracle Treat Days partly due to the smoky weather, though he is confident that will turn around.“We’re hoping it will pick up by the evening, I’m pretty confident we will make our goal still.”DQ worker inspecting his masterpiece. Photo by John Luke Kieper. Kramer went on to say that every minute 62 kids walk into a children’s hospital and it is very crucial and fulfilling to be able to supply them with donations to help said kids.last_img read more

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