Pacquiao arrives in Australia, set for title fight vs Horn

first_imgView comments The fight is expected to attract a sellout crowd of about 50,000 at the outdoor Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It is scheduled for early afternoon next Sunday, which will be Saturday evening in the United States.RELATED VIDEOSManny Pacquiao attends church ahead of fight against Jeff Horn6.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games READ: Taking it slow, Pacquiao leaves for Australia underweightRoach, who has trained such world champions as Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko, said Pacquiao intends to keep his world title.“He has the best work ethic in the world. He trains hard every day and we do 48 boxing rounds every day non-stop just work, work, work,” Roach said. “We are here to win the fight, we don’t take anyone lightly.”Pacquiao, who now is a Philippines senator, has a career record of 59-6-2 with 38 knockouts. The fight against Horn will be Pacquiao’s first defense of the title he won last November with a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas.The 29-year-old Horn, 16-0-1, 11 by knockout, is a 2012 Olympian.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao was expected to attend church and have a light training session in Brisbane on Sunday after arriving late Saturday for his July 2 world title fight defense against Australian Jeff Horn.The reigning WBO welterweight titleholder left his hometown of General Santos City in the Philippines and landed at Brisbane International Airport on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img He was escorted to his chartered A330 plane — emblazoned with “PacMan” on the back of the fuselage — by military personnel in the Philippines.The 38-year-old Pacquiao was accompanied by trainer Freddie Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune, sparring partner George Kambosos Jr., and other members of his entourage which his spokesman said totaled about 160.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Training is good, we did a lot of hard work, I am very excited for the fans to give a good show to show my best and in boxing ring,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.“Some reports coming out of the Philippines that I haven’t been training hard are not true. It just happens that when some of our friends came around to our training camp, we weren’t doing much and people assumed I wasn’t training hard.” MOST READ Pacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taking it slow, Pacquiao leaves for Australia underweight Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers

first_imgJuventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ronaldo scored the three goals in Juventus 3-0 win.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)LISBON, Portugal— Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal’s national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos’ list Friday for upcoming matches against Ukraine and Serbia, its first qualifiers for the European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT They will be the 34-year-old Ronaldo’s first games for his country since the World Cup in June, and since he was accused of rape in the United States. He has denied any wrongdoing.Portugal will play Ukraine on March 22 and Serbia on March 25 in Lisbon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRonaldo is Europe’s leading international scorer with 85 goals for Portugal. He is also Portugal’s most experienced player with 154 appearances.Ronaldo’s last game for Portugal was a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup. Without him, Portugal had three wins and three draws and reached the final phase of the UEFA Nations League, which will be held in June in Portugal. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy ONE Championship forges partnership with Japanese promotion Pancrase Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Since his last appearance for Portugal, Ronaldo has moved from Real Madrid to Juventus. He scored a hat trick to help Juventus reach the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Portugal won the 2016 European Championship despite Ronaldo getting injured during the final against France.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View commentslast_img read more


first_imgAbout LeEco:About LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 14,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley.With Breakthrough Technologies, Comprehensive Ecosystem and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, LeAuto. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media contact: Aaron Samuel +91-9686100143 LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

US warns its citizens of continuing threats in Bangladesh

first_img(Eds: Rptng after rephrasing intro)By Lalit K JhaWashington, Aug 25 (PTI) The United States has warned its citizens of continuing threats from terrorist groups in Bangladesh and the risk of travelling to that country.In a latest travel advisory, the Department of State warned US citizens of continuing threats from terrorist groups in Bangladesh and to consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.However, the Department updated its travel warning to reflect the change in the US Embassy in Dhakas status to “partially accompanied,” effective August 24.This allows all adult family members of US government personnel to remain in or return to Dhaka.Previously, only adult family members employed by the US government were permitted to remain or return to Dhaka.Minor dependents are still prohibited from residing in Dhaka.The US Embassy remains open and will provide all consular services, it said.”While Bangladeshi security forces continue to identify and counter terrorist elements, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash Sham (ISIS) and al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) persist in their efforts to plot and/or carry out terrorist attacks throughout the country,” the travel advisory said.In March, two suicide bombing attempts occurred at Dhakas Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and an explosion in the city of Sylhet killed seven people.These incidents were the first notable attacks since July 1, 2016, when terrorists killed more than 20 people, including one US citizen, in a restaurant frequented by foreigners in Dhakas diplomatic enclave.Similarly, in October 2016, ISIS threatened to target “expats, tourists, diplomats, garment buyers, missionaries, and sports teams” in the most “secured zones” in Bangladesh.advertisementRecurring threats and periodic terrorist activities have prompted the Embassy to require US government personnel in Bangladesh to live, work, and travel under strict security guidelines, the travel advisory said.US government officials and their adult family members are not permitted to travel on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, or other uncovered means on public thoroughfares and sidewalks in Bangladesh.In addition, US government officials and their family members remain severely restricted in their ability to visit public establishments and places, or to attend large gatherings in Bangladesh. PTI LKJ ARKlast_img read more

Vivo V11 Pro set to launch in India today, could be priced around Rs 25,000

first_imgVivo is set to launch the V11 Pro in India today in an event scheduled to take place in Mumbai. The company’s brand ambassador, Aamir Khan is going to unveil the phone and reveal the price of it. Ahead of the launch, Vivo has revealed a whole lot of details about the V11 Pro. The USP of the V11 Pro will be the in-display fingerprint sensor. With the V11 Pro, Vivo is all set to bring the trend of an in-display fingerprint sensor to a mid-range segment, which until now was available only on select premium phones like the Vivo NEX, Vivo X21, among others.The Vivo V11 Pro will kick off at 12PM today. You can also watch the livestream of the event on Vivo’s official India website, and also on its social media channels like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.Looking at the specs and features of the V11 Pro, that the company already revealed, we can say that the Vivo phone is going to be a power-packed one. Rumours suggest that the Vivo V11 Pro will cost between Rs 20,000 – Rs 30,000. Pricing the phone around Rs 20,000, less than Rs 25,000 could make the V11 Pro a game changer in the mid-range smartphone segment.In the teasers, Vivo has revealed that the V11 Pro will come with in-display fingerprint sensor, Halo FullView display, waterdrop notch like the Oppo F9 Pro, dual cameras, face unlock, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE (artificial intelligence engine) chipset and 6GB of RAM. The company has also revealed that the Vivo V11 Pro will not only able to capture great pictures in good lighting, but will excel in low-lighting conditions as well.advertisementBesides the in-display fingerprint sensor, Vivo is also touting the camera and the display of the V11 Pro. For the fingerprint sensor, Vivo claims that it can unlock the phone in the “flick of a finger”. In one of the teasers, Vivo confirmed that the V11 Pro will come with dual AI-based cameras paired with dual Pixel sensors.Last week, the full specs sheet of the V11 Pro was leaked. The specs sheet revealed almost everything about the phone apart from the price. According to the specs sheet, the Vivo V11 Pro will come with a massive 6.41-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the screen.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 Pro India launch set for September 6: Here’s everything we know about the phone so farOn the camera front, the V11 Pro is expected to sport AI based dual pixel cameras on the rear panel, where the primary sensor will be of 12-megapixel and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front, the V11 Pro is said to come with a 25-megapixel AI based camera. The smartphone is also said to come with fast charging technology. It is tipped to come with a 3400mAh battery with dual engine fast charging support, which will charge the phone much faster.Another report leaked last week revealed the availability details of the V11 Pro. It suggested that the V11 Pro will go on sale for the first time in India on September 12. Alongside the V11 Pro, Vivo is also expected to launch the V11 in India today, but the company hasn’t revealed any details on the same yet.last_img read more

World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir turns 37

first_imgGautam Gambhir is celebrating his 37th birthday today.Gambhir was instrumental in India’s successful campaign in the 2011 World Cup and the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007.While he scored a blazing 75 against Pakistan in the World T20 final at Johannesburg, his 97 against Sri Lanka in 2011 helped India lift the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Gambhir’s longtime India teammates the great Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh wished him in his birth anniversary.”Fondly remember your innings from the World Cup final, @GautamGambhir! Have a great year ahead,” Tendulkar tweeted.Fondly remember your innings from the World Cup final, @GautamGambhir! Have a great year ahead. Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 14, 2018″Happy birthday my brother @GautamGambhir have a great year ahead,” Harbhajan tweeted.Happy birthday my brother @GautamGambhir have a great year aheadHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 14, 2018The left-handed bat played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India scoring 10324 runs in international cricket. Gambhir was recalled to the Test side in November last year for England series.Interestingly, Gambhir shares his birthday with Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar, former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif and former Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan.Here’s wishing @GautamGambhir a very happy birthdayHere’s a fine knock from GG against Sri Lanka at Kolkata #HappyBirthdayGG (@BCCI) October 14, 2018To my dear friend @GautamGambhir Wish you a very happy birthday. Lots of love always.John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) October 14, 201810,324 international runs for75 in the @WorldT20 2007 final97 in the @cricketworldcup 2011 finalHappy 37th birthday @GautamGambhir! (@ICC) October 14, 2018Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to our former skipper @GautamGambhir!Hope you have a great year ahead! #KorboLorboJeetbo #KKR (@KKRiders) October 14, 2018last_img read more

‘Class of ’92 will return to Man Utd’

first_imgManchester United O’Neill tips Beckham, Giggs and Class of ’92 to take over at Man Utd Last updated 2 years ago 05:27 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Gary Neville 'Class of 1992' Getty Images Manchester United Premier League John-Paul O’Neill, who helped to form FC United of Manchester, believes the former idols will one day return to Old Trafford David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and the rest of Manchester United’s Class of ’92 are being backed to take control of the club at some stage.John-Paul O’Neill, who helped to found FC United of Manchester in protest to the arrival of the Glazer family at Old Trafford in 2005, believes iconic figures from the past will one day return to take the reins.Man Utd 9/4 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and Giggs have already had a taste of football club ownership with non-league side Salford City, with Beckham the only famed academy graduate not involved in that venture — although he is in the process of launching an MLS franchise in Miami.It is a big step up from the National League to the Premier League for the United old boys, but O’Neill feels their strong ties to the club, and the financial clout they are able to generate, will see them complete a takeover in the future.O’Neill told The Mirror: “I honestly think that the Class of ’92 have got their sights fixed on owning United one day.”I am sure they would deny it at the moment — but it really does make sense when you put all the pieces together.”The Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have taken over a small non-league club in Salford City and are now finding out what it is like to run a football club from a practical point of view. Why? Is Salford City really the summit of their ambitions as football club owners?”They are obviously on a much smaller scale than United, but going in at that level is giving the Class of ’92 a really practical education in football club ownership.”Glazer family Manchester UnitedIt would take a serious offer to remove the Glazers from the Old Trafford boardroom, but O’Neill is confident that the funds could be generated — with Beckham part of the fold — and a new era welcomed in at the Theatre of Dreams.He added: “When you look closely you will see they have got some huge financial backers.”Most people are aware that Valencia owner Peter Lim has invested heavily in Salford City. But Lim is small-time compared to some of the Chinese investors who have been helping Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs buy up huge swathes of Manchester city centre for redevelopment.”Even if Manchester United are now worth between £2 billion and £3 billion, I don’t think buying the club would be a problem for the kind of investors that they are now doing business with.”Butt is the only member of the Class of ’92 currently involved with United, with the former England international midfielder now the head of coaching within the Red Devils’ academy system. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Province Takes New Step to Fight Crime

first_imgThe province is making sure crime does not pay. Justice Minister Ross Landry has created a unit that will take possession of property acquired through, or used in, unlawful activities. “This initiative sends a strong message, that unlawful activity doesn’t pay,” said Mr. Landry. “This is an excellent opportunity for government and law enforcement agencies to fight crime together in our communities.” The Civil Forfeiture Unit has a manager and a lawyer. The unit receives cases referred from law enforcement agencies where there is evidence of wrong doing but criminal charges are not laid, such as bootlegging or selling stolen property. “The Civil Forfeiture Act is another tool to address illegitimate activity in our community,” said Chief Frank Beazley of Halifax Regional Police. “This act will take the profit out of crime, ensure people are not benefitting from criminal activity and enhance community safety.” The unit is based in Halifax, but will serve all of Nova Scotia. Revenues from the program will fund the Civil Forfeiture Unit and provide financial support for crime prevention and victim services programs. “Removing proceeds of crime and assets from criminals sends a clear message to those who are trying to live off of criminal activity,” said RCMP Supt. Brian Brennan. “The RCMP embraces this new legislation and looks forward to establishing strong relationships with the provincial Civil Forfeiture Unit to make an impact on criminal activity, quickly and effectively.” Nova Scotia will soon be able to share information with British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick, which have similar civil forfeiture legislation. The provinces are set to enter into a memorandum of understanding that will allow them to share case-related information to strengthen the effectiveness of their civil forfeiture units. “This program is meant to deter criminals from engaging in illegal activity,” said Mr. Landry. “Victims of these crimes can rest assured, knowing that people are not benefitting from the crime.” In 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that government can freeze assets and attempt to take the profit out of unlawful activity to compensate victims and fund other programs. In Nova Scotia, all property forfeited will be sold through standard government procedures by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. In cases where charges are laid, and property is not seized by an enforcement agency or forfeited by the criminal court, the Civil Forfeiture Unit will have the ability to seize the property and seek forfeiture in Civil Court. Forfeiture means transferring the property from the owner to the Crown. It does not result in the conviction of a person. The unit will begin reviewing cases immediately. The Civil Forfeiture Act and Assets Management and Disposition Act, the legislation that makes the unit possible, came into effect April 29.last_img read more

ZEE5 looks at Israel for AIbased solutions ties up with Applicaster

first_imgTel Aviv,: ZEE5, the OTT destination and digital entertainment platform of media and entertainment major ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., has announced a strategic partnership with Applicaster, one of the leading global cloud platforms for media app development and management in the media space. The collaboration inked last week in the presence of Pavan Kapoor, the Indian Ambassador to Israel, will focus on redesigning the entire interface of the ZEE5 app, given the evolving trends and preferences of the new-age OTT viewer. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The collaboration is one among many that ZEE5 is undertaking with the Israeli startup’s excelling in bringing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to enhance user experience and allow the streaming service to make its platform interactive. More that a dozen Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) have already been inked by ZEE5 with thw Israeli company focusing on use of deep technology to gauge user behaviour and generate content best suited to a user’s needs. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief The partnership between ZEE5 and Applicaster will ensure a high-quality entertainment experience to the former’s 61.5 million monthly active user base. Via the partnership, Applicaster will work with ZEE5 to enhance the latter’s user interface and experience, leveraging its state-of-the-art technology and industry knowledge on the evolving trends across the globe. ZEE5 has been consistently focussed on enriching the platform with multiple tools which can enhance the experience for the viewer. Applicaster will also enhance ZEE5’s over functionality offering a seamless content viewing experience to the viewers. “India is the world’s fourth largest app market and one of the most crowded one for OTT players. ZEE5 has been a frontrunner in bringing the best-in-class experience for subscribers seeking entertainment content in multiple Indian languages,” Tarun Katial, CEO, ZEE5 India, said. “And today we have become the first to harness the capabilities of Israeli tech startups and their expertise in the mobile entertainment space. With the warming up of relations between the two advanced countries, we are confident of building a winning proposition for all involved. “Our journey over the past year has given us immense insights in terms of the changing behaviour of OTT viewers. This knowledge complemented by the technological prowess of Applicaster will result in a delightful experience for the ZEE5 viewers the world-over,” Katial added. Applicaster is a world-leading cloud-based platform for app development and management, providing the tools and insights needed to own and engage audiences across mobile and connected TV platforms. It has successfully developed and enhanced applications for some of the finest news and media global brands like DirectTV and Televisa. ZEE5 is home to 1 lakh hours of On Demand Content and more than 80 live TV channels. With over 3,500 films, over 500 TV shows, more than 4,000 music videos, LIVE TV Channels across 12 languages, ZEE5 provides one of largest content pool for its viewers in India and abroad. The platform also offers features like 11 navigational languages, content download option, seamless video playback and Voice Search.last_img read more

Van attack looks unrelated to national security threat level unchanged Goodale

first_imgOTTAWA – There remains no information to warrant a change in Canada’s risk level, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale reiterated Monday following what he described as a “horrendous” midday van attack in Toronto that killed 10 pedestrians and injured 15 others.Goodale was on hand for a news conference in the northern Toronto neighbourhood where the deadly attack took place earlier in the day — and where police revealed both the identity of the driver of the van and that the death toll had reached double digits.“The events that happened on the street behind us are horrendous, but they do not appear to be connected in any way to national security, based on the information available at this time,” he said.Goodale and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland happened to be in the city Monday for a meeting of G7 foreign and security ministers when news emerged of the incident, which took place without warning on a crowded city sidewalk under brilliant spring sunshine.He told an earlier briefing with reporters that the precise details of what had happened, as well as the motive behind the “attack,” were still unknown, and he confirmed Canada’s risk level would remain unchanged.“There is no information available to me at the present time that would lead us to conclude that there should be a change in risk level.”Not long after the incident and not far from the scene, a man seen standing near a badly damaged white rental van was taken into custody following a dramatic standoff with police that was captured on video by a bystander.During the evening news conference, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders identified the man as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., but said it was still too early to speak of a motive.“We are looking very strongly to what the exact motivation was for this particular incident to take place,” Saunders said.Canada’s current threat level is medium, where it has been since October 2014, when a gunman killed a sentry at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa before storming Parliament Hill, where he died in a hail of gunfire.Both Goodale and Freeland expressed admiration for police and first responders on the scene and offered sympathies to the victims and their families.“I think all of our hearts go out to the people hurt in this incident and to their families and loved ones,” Freeland said. “It’s a very sad moment.”In a statement Monday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed.“We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities,” Trudeau said. “We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue working with our law enforcement partners around the country to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”The prime minister also thanked first responders “who managed this extremely difficult situation with courage and professionalism.”“They faced danger without hesitation, and their efforts no doubt saved lives and prevented further injuries,” he said.News of the incident sent shockwaves through the House of Commons, with many politicians and staffers closely monitoring social media for updates. Police provided little detail through the afternoon, adding to the ongoing sense of confusion and concern as the hours passed.Ali Ehsassi, MP for the Willowdale riding where the incident occurred, said there were many pedestrians in the area at the time.“It’s a very busy area,” he said, adding he did not know any reason why the area might have been targeted. “(I’m) very much shaken up, as you can imagine, and just been glued to my phone just trying to obtain as much information as I possibly can.”Ehsassi said his own home is just two minutes away from the Yonge Street scene. He shared condolences for his neighbours and constituents.“My heart goes out to them. They’re in my heart, they’re in my thoughts and I’m very much looking forward to heading back home as soon as possible.”Earlier in the day, Goodale said he understands there are many questions that remain unanswered, but said law enforcement is working hard to get as much information out as quickly as possible.“We cannot come to any firm conclusions at this stage. The police are conducting their thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened and why it happened.”last_img read more

Noah Cyrus Wants You To Boycott The Circus

first_imgJust days before Ringling Bros. arrives for its opening night in her hometown of Nashville, 13-year-old Noah Cyrus is urging the city’s school board — with a written and video appeal — to boycott the circus.Video: Noah Cyrus Calls For Boycott Of The Circus“Ringling routinely gives discounted tickets to schools, including Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, in order to increase its profits,” she writes in a letter. “The only thing that kids learn from a circus performance is that it’s acceptable to bully animals for human entertainment. That’s a terrible lesson that should never come with the school’s endorsement.”Cyrus also stars in a new video targeted toward teens and tweens that reveals that circuses beat elephants and tigers to force them to perform. She hopes her young fans will say no whenever their friends, family members, or teachers suggest that they take a trip to the circus.“We all know how awful bullies are, and circuses bully animals every day,” Cyrus says in the video. “Elephants used in circuses are forced to perform tricks by trainers who beat them and jab them with metal hooks. . . . And as for tigers—they get whipped when they don’t do exactly what the trainers want.” She adds, “You have the power to stop this cruelty by refusing to go to circuses and by telling your friends and family why.”The abuse starts early for elephants at Ringling: PETA has obtained compelling photos taken inside Ringling’s breeding facility that expose how baby elephants are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. In 2011, Ringling Bros. paid the largest fine in circus history — $270,000 — for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.Known for her film voiceover work and her appearances with sister Miley on Hannah Montana, Cyrus joins a growing list of celebrities — including Alec Baldwin, Edie Falco, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman, and Wilmer Valderrama — who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses that abuse animals.For more information, please visit read more

Nunavuts failing grade on climate change sign of greater problem

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN NewsNunavut is not doing enough to prepare for climate change according to the latest report by the Auditor General of Canada.“The impacts of climate change are visible across Nunavut. We found that the Government of Nunavut was not adequately prepared to respond to these impacts,” said Jim McKenzie from the auditor general’s office.If Nunavut is not ready, then why not? After all, the government put a plan in place in 2014.“Human resource capacity challenges within the government and those make it difficult to sustain effort and attention,” said McKenzie.This is nothing new for Nunavut residents.In the last decade the auditor general’s office has issued reports on social workers, child safety, justice and jails. All of them found major problems.And each time the Nunavut government agreed and promised to make changes.But those changes don’t happen.One reason is there isn’t enough people to get the jobs done with 27 per cent of government jobs currently vacant.The auditor general’s office did suggest a way to get out of the understaffing cycle: pick fewer things and do them right.“I think it’s important, because resources are limited, that they try not to do everything,” said McKenzie.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Federal officials said Tuesday they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago, posing a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries.Limits for yelloweye rockfish will more than double, while substantial increases will be allowed for California scorpionfish, bocaccio and Pacific Ocean perch, the National Marine Fisheries Service said.Those species have recovered enough to allow for the greatest expansion of a West Coast fishery in years. The formal announcement of the revised catch limits will be published Wednesday and the changes go into effect on Jan. 1, the first day of the new fishing season.Fishing income in California, Oregon and Washington could increase $60 million because of the changes, with the potential for 900 new jobs and at least 200,000 more angler trips a year, according to a preliminary report.“It’ll actually allow us to fish,” said Tom Marking, a recreational fisherman from Eureka, California.“Right now, there are a lot of places you just avoid because they’re known as yelloweye hot spots. You just stay away from them. If they allow us to go to 30 fathoms or 40 fathoms or all depths, it’ll allow the fleet to spread out.”Between 1999 and 2002, nine West Coast groundfish stocks were declared overfished as surveys documented declining numbers.Because more than 90 total groundfish species share the same habitat, anglers fishing for a permitted species risked also catching restricted fish and exceeding the overall limit — a mistake that could mean an end to the fishing season for that particular species.The limits devastated the fishing industry along the West Coast. Many businesses went under and tensions between the industry and federal regulators ran high for years.“Back then, one boat could catch all the quota for one species in one day,” said Jason Cope, a research fisheries biologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service. “There was a lot of avoidance, a lot of places you couldn’t go and probably a lot of paranoia. It was a lot of kind of walking on eggshells.”Improved population numbers mean there’s now a buffer for such mistakes and anglers can go to places they haven’t fished in years without as much worry, he said.Key to these changes is the recovery of the yelloweye rockfish, one of several species of rock fish that were in trouble just 15 years ago.The combined annual catch limit for the yelloweye will increase from 20 metric tons to 48 metric tons in 2019, although regulators could begin to make adjustments to fishing restrictions when the catch approaches 39 metric tons to allow room for error.Anglers will be able to fish at greater depths and in locations that were previously off-limits. One immediate effect will see fewer fishing boats crowded near the shore where anglers were less likely to net the overfished species.Several other species of groundfish have already recovered to levels that have allowed greater catch limits. Those species include petrale sole, widow rockfish and canary rockfish.There are more than 65 species of rockfish off the West Coast from Alaska to California. Some types can live up 150 to 200 years, Cope said, and they give live birth.John Holloway, a member of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which recommended the changes, said the increased catch limit will be transformative for the industry.“This will basically affect all the fishing sectors to some degree or another,” he said. “Every fishing sector … runs up against yellow eye rockfish, including the trawl fleets and all that.”___Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at Flaccus, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Finnish official named to head advisory group for UN Peacebuilding Fund

The Peacebuilding Fund, launched last year, is a multi-year standing trust fund that has an initial funding target of $250 million and so far has collected deposits worth $143.8 million from donor countries.It has approved grants of more than $46 million to 19 projects in Burundi and Sierra Leone, the two countries currently under consideration by the Peacebuilding Commission, and also $700,000 in emergency funding to support dialogue between opposing forces in divided Côte d’Ivoire.Ms. Rasi – currently Under-Secretary of State for Development in Finland – and the other nine members of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Advisory Group are tasked with providing advice and oversight of the Fund’s performance and management and the speed and appropriateness of its resource allocations. The members are independent and appointed for two-year periods.The other members are: Paulo Roberto Campos Tarrisse da Fontoura (Brazil), Wu Gang (China), Nataša Mikuš (Croatia), Mounir Zahran (Egypt), Yukio Takasu (Japan), Vidar Helgesen (Norway), Joseph Mutuboba (Rwanda), Dan Smith (the United Kingdom) and Carlos Pascual (the United States). 5 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Finland’s Marjatta Rasi to serve as the first chair of the advisory group to the United Nations fund set up to help meet the immediate needs of countries emerging from conflict. read more

Neymar signs 5year deal with PSG in worldrecord transfer

A Sport newspaper frontpage is displayed with a picture of FC Barcelona’s Neymar and a headline reading in Spanish “Pay and go away”, as journalists wait for his arrival at the Barcelona airport in Prat Llobregat, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) by Samuel Petrequin And Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 11:30 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Six years after taking over perennial underachiever Paris Saint-Germain, the French club’s wealthy owners finally got what they wanted by hiring Neymar — a player they believe will bring them Champions League glory.The Brazil star became the most expensive player in soccer history after completing his blockbuster transfer from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million) on Thursday. By paying the release clause in his contract, PSG shattered the world transfer record to sign arguably one of the top three best attacking players in the game, alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The previous transfer record had been set a year ago when Manchester United paid 105 million euros (then $116 million) to bring Paul Pogba back from Juventus.Ironically, the 25-year-old Neymar signed a five-year contract with the French league side just five months after playing a decisive role as Barcelona produced a comeback that made Champions League history – at PSG’s expense.Having lost their first leg match 4-0 in France, Barcelona was trailing 5-3 on aggregate in the 88th minute in Spain, only for Neymar to score twice in the final minutes before Sergi Roberto’s winner in added time sealed a humiliating exit from the Round of 16 for PSG.Next season, it will be different.“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” Neymar said in comments released by PSG. “I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”PSG would certainly welcome the kind of success that Neymar enjoyed in Spain.In his four seasons there, Neymar scored 105 goals as Barcelona won the Champions League, Club World Cup, two Spanish league titles and Copa del Rey three times.Now he will look to emerge from the shadow of five-time world player of the year Messi at Barcelona, becoming the biggest star in the French league in a team without the track record of success to match his former club.While Barcelona has lifted the European Cup five times and won the FIFA Club World Cup three times, PSG is yet to win either prestigious competition.Since Qatar Sports Investments took over the club in June 2011, PSG has spent several hundred million dollars on top-class players — including the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani — in its effort to build a team capable of winning Europe’s top club competition.But the big names were not enough to bring success on the continental stage, and PSG has yet to make it through the quarterfinals of the Champions League under its Qatari owners.Maybe that’s about to change.“I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said. “Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates, is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.”It’s a mission that is clearly shared by the club’s top management.“Neymar Jr is today one of the very best players in world football. His winning mentality, strength of character and sense of leadership have made him into a great player,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said. “He will bring a very positive energy to this club.“In six years, we have built a very ambitious project that has already taken us to the highest level of national and European football. Today, with the arrival of Neymar Jr, I am convinced that we will come even closer, with the support of our faithful fans, to realizing our greatest dreams.”PSG’s announcement put an end to a saga that started about two weeks ago with rumours of his possible transfer, though the club had already tried to lure him to the City of Light last summer.Neymar is expected in Paris on Friday and will hold a news conference early in the afternoon, PSG said. He might make his debut on Saturday when PSG starts its new league campaign against promoted Amiens at the Parc des Princes.Not surprisingly, his transfer has not gone down well in Spain.In a statement, Barcelona said “the club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.”The comment followed a claim by Spanish league president Javier Tebas on Wednesday that Neymar’s move would break Financial Fair Play rules introduced by UEFA, European soccer’s ruling body.Barcelona did all it could to stop Neymar from leaving, and had vowed to complain to UEFA if his seemingly untouchable release clause was triggered.The payment of the release clause was the second attempt Neymar’s representatives had made on Thursday to break his bond with Barcelona. Earlier in the day, his lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo had tried to deposit the enormous sum at the Spanish league’s offices in Madrid, but he was turned away.Tebas had told Spanish sports daily AS that he wouldn’t let the league act as an intermediary to an operation that he, like Barcelona, believed violated UEFA’s FFP rules. He had called PSG a “state-supported club.” The club’s Qatari owners are closely linked to the energy-rich ruling family.___Joseph Wilson reported from Barcelona. Neymar signs 5-year deal with PSG in world-record transfer read more

France launches inquiry into racist online attacks after mixedrace teen chosen to

first_img Image: Shutterstock/ReflectedLight Feb 23rd 2018, 7:47 PM France launches inquiry into racist online attacks after mixed-race teen chosen to play Joan of Arc “Joan of Arc was white,” read one Twitter post. “We are white and proud of being white, don’t change our history.” She will deliver our French history to everyone, as have previous Joans before her.Orleans mayor Olivier Carre also rushed to the teenager’s defence.“In 2018 as for 589 years, the people of Orleans will celebrate Joan of Arc played by a young woman who shows her courage, faith and vision,” he wrote on Twitter. But the announcement has been met with a flurry of posts on Twitter and on far-right websites branding her nomination an exercise in “diversity propaganda” and an attempt to re-write French history.“Joan of Arc was white,” read one Twitter post. “We are white and proud of being white, don’t change our history.”Another comment, on anti-Muslim site Resistance Republicaine, complained: “Next year, Joan of Arc will be in a burqa.”Women’s equality minister Marlene Schiappa stepped into the row on Wednesday, offering her support to the student.“The racist hatred of fascists has no place in the French republic,” she tweeted.France has now opened an inquiry into incitement to racial hatred as a result of the online criticism, according to the Guardian.‘Chosen for who she is’Benedicte Baranger, president of the committee in charge of picking a girl for the honour, said she was saddened by some of the reactions.“This girl was chosen for who she is, an interesting person and a lively spirit,” Baranger said. Mathilde has all these qualities.Aside from her school work, Gamassou is a student of opera at the prestigious Orleans Conservatory and is learning to fence.The end of the brutal six-month Siege of Orleans was a turning point in the Hundred Years War between France and England and the first major French victory.Over the course of the war between 1337 and 1453, England lost nearly all its territories on the other side of the channel.Joan of Arc, who was burned alive at the stake in 1431, is a heroine for many in France but is particularly venerated by the far-right as a symbol of national resistance.© – AFP 2018Read: North Korean general should be ‘hanged in the streets’ not going to Olympics, says S. Korean politicianRead: Donald Trump says armed officer who didn’t confront school shooter may be ‘a coward’ Short URL A statue of Joan of Arc outside Reims Cathedral in northern France. Image: Shutterstock/ReflectedLight She responds to our four criteria – a resident of Orleans for 10 years, a student in an Orleans high school, and a Catholic who gives her time to others. 152 Comments center_img FRANCE’S STATE PROSECUTOR has launched an inquiry into racist attacks made online after a mixed-race teenager was chosen to play the folk heroine Joan of Arc for a local annual festival.On Monday, 17-year-old Mathilde Edey Gamassou was chosen among 250 girls to play Joan for a spring festival marking the victory of the Catholic warrior saint in breaking the English siege of Orleans in 1429.Gamassou’s father is from Benin and whose mother is Polish, is set to ride horseback through the central city dressed in armour for an annual celebration dating back nearly six centuries. Friday 23 Feb 2018, 7:47 PM Qu’importe la couleur de peau, ce qui compte c’est que les jeunes filles de France soient fidèles aux valeurs qu’incarne la figure de Jeanne d’Arc, que les fêtes johanniques d’Orléans témoignet de la persistance de son message dans notre société. Bravo à #MathildeEdeyGamassou !— Gaël Nofri (@GaelNofri) February 23, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,101 Views Share90 Tweet Email1 By AFP A statue of Joan of Arc outside Reims Cathedral in northern France. Source: Gaël Nofri/Twitterlast_img read more

Un Américain de 15 ans développe un test pour dépister le cancer

first_imgUn Américain de 15 ans développe un test pour dépister le cancer du pancréasParmi les grandes innovations médicales qui ont marqué l’année 2012, une des plus honorables est sans doute celle d’un test pour détecter le cancer du pancréas mis au point par un jeune Américain de 15 ans. Chaque jour, de nouvelles innovations issues de la recherche médicale apportent de nouveaux espoirs aux malades. Parmi celles-ci, il existe désormais un test de dépistage du cancer du pancréas dont on doit l’existence à un jeune prodige de 15 ans, Jack Andraka. C’est dans le cadre d’un projet d’école que cet étudiant du collège North County High School dans le Maryland, aux États-Unis, a décidé de se lancer dans des recherches sur ce cancer. Son but : imaginer un moyen de diagnostiquer la pathologie de manière fiable avant qu’elle n’atteigne le stade critique.Ce sont finalement deux articles scientifiques libres d’accès sur internet qui l’ont mis sur la voie. Le test de dépistage de Jack Andraka se base sur la mise en évidence d’un bio-marqueur appelé mésothéline ou MSLN. Cette protéine, est présente naturellement dans les cellules du mésothélium, tissus biologiques, mais est produite en très grosse quantité dans les cellules tumorales. Au delà d’un certain seuil, la concentration de MSLN dans le sang et l’urine est suffisant pour affirmer le développement d’un cancer du pancréas mais aussi des ovaires ou des poumons. Sous forme de bande, le test nécessite alors une simple goutte de sang. Une fois son projet rédigé, le jeune garçon l’a envoyé à près de 200 illustres chercheurs et a essuyé par la suite de nombreux refus. Cependant, Anirban Maitra, spécialiste en oncologie et ingénierie biomoléculaire à l’Université Johns Hopkind de Baltimore, a décidé de lui donner sa chance et lui a ouvert son laboratoire afin qu’il mette au point le test. Au bout du compte, le protocole de dépistage mis en place a alors obtenu un franc succès. Un test 8 fois plus rapide et 26.000 fois moins cher À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Quelques centimes d’euros et cinq minutes de manipulation sont nécessaires pour obtenir une réponse fiable dans près de 90% des cas ce qui en fait un examen 8 fois plus rapide, 26.000 fois moins onéreux et 400 fois plus sensible que ce qui existe actuellement. Grâce à cette nouvelle découverte, Jack Andraka a remporté le prix scientifique Gordon E. Moore du concours Intel International Science and Engineering Fair et a été récompensé d’une somme équivalente à près de 74.000 euros. Prix qu’il vient de recevoir cette semaine.Désormais, il entend donc poursuivre ses travaux afin de produire le test à grande échelle et le rendre disponible pour tous. “Essentiellement, ce que j’envisage ici est que ceci pourrait sur l’étagère de votre pharmacie. Disons que vous suspectez que vous avez une maladie… vous achetez le test pour cela. Et vous voyez immédiatement si vous l’avez. Au lieu que votre docteur fasse le docteur, vous êtes le docteur”, a commenté Jack Andraka pour Comme il l’a précisé, son test est par ailleurs d’autant plus intéressant qu’il pourrait être appliqué pour d’autres maladies, simplement en changeant de bio-marqueurs. Il serait ainsi possible de dépister de la même manière la tuberculose, les infections par E.coli, par des salmonelles, voire le SIDA.Le 30 janvier 2013 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Officials identify 21yearold Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrest

first_img Posted: March 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Military officials Tuesday released the name of a 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died following a weekend medical emergency at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.Patrick Armando Vega of Ventura was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest late Sunday morning at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he was being treated after being stricken at MCRD the previous day, base officials said.A drill instructor found Vega, who was undergoing recruit training, unresponsive in his bed at the training depot near Lindbergh Field.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Pvt. Vega during this difficult time,” said Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region.The death is being investigated by the Marine Corps and by medical officials at the Balboa Park-area naval hospital, according to MCRD public affairs. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:36 PM Officials identify 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrestcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom March 27, 2018last_img read more

San Diego County cities lag in tobaccocontrol report

first_img KUSI Newsroom, San Diego County cities lag in tobacco-control report January 30, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 30, 2019 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County cities scored largely below-average grades in the American Lung Association’s annual assessment of tobacco- control policies released Wednesday, with only two cities collecting B grades and five areas receiving Fs.No cities in the county earned the top grade of A.The San Diego County cities receiving B grades were El Cajon and Solana Beach. Receiving Fs were Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Poway, Santee and unincorporated San Diego County area. The city of San Diego received a D.The municipal grades are issued based on a review of four areas — smokefree outdoor air, smokefree housing, reducing sales of tobacco products and addressing emerging issues such as flavored tobacco products.According to the report, California overall leads the nation in efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use, scoring an A grade for its smokefree air policies, and B grades for funding of tobacco-prevention programs, state tobacco taxes, access to services to help people stop using tobacco and having a minimum age of 21 for the purchase of tobacco.“We are proud that California continues to make progress in addressing the lung health of its people,” according to a statement from Lindsey Freitas, senior director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in California. “By passing a strong tobacco tax in 2016, continuing to support smoking-cessation programs and other key quit tools and standing up to the billions spent in lobbying by Big Tobacco, the state remains a leading nationwide advocate for health lungs and clean air.”But the report cites emerging threats, particularly the popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping, as particularly disturbing. Lung Association officials said there was a 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018 nationally.“The tobacco industry continues to find creative ways to hook new generations of smokers by marketing and selling new products,” according to the report. “Local tobacco-control efforts have remained diligent in taking common sense approaches and pushing necessary policies to address new challenges.”According to the report, 50 percent of the state’s population lives in communities receiving a D or F grade, while only 20 percent live in areas with an A or B.According to the Lung Association, the number of cities and counties that received an overall A grade has increased from 18 in 2013 to 39 for 2018. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Bristol Bay fishermen tour the East Coast

first_imgDuring a whirlwind east coast tour this month, a group of young Alaska fishermen had the chance to visit the Boston Seafood Show, participate in Slow Fish in New Orleans, and share their concerns with Alaska’s congressional delegations.Download AudioAlaska fishermen meet with Sen. Dan Sullivan during a stop in Washington D.C. while touring the East Coast with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council in March.(Photo courtesy of AMCC) For Bristol Bay drifter Michael Shangin, of Port Heiden, the most memorable part of his first east coast trip was running through the nation’s capital with Sen. Lisa Murkowski.“We actually got to go watch Lisa speak on the Senate floor,” Shangin said. “She took us through underground tunnels and the senator’s subway – we had like 12 people crammed up in the little trolley – and she set us in her family booth, which I thought was pretty cool.”Murkowski’s speech that day was about drug addictions and the challenges Alaskans face in accessing recovery programs. Shangin said it rang true to what he’s seen in the region.Naknek’s Mili Vukich, another Bristol Bay drifter, said that sort of access characterized much of the trip, including the stop in Washington D.C.In D.C., the participants worked together to figure out what message they could share with Alaska’s congressional delegation that they all agreed on, and learned how to effectively approach policy-makers, she said.“We ended up being pretty united on, we want access for younger people into fisheries,” Vukich said. “I definitely agree that for the rest of the United States and Alaska, it should be more accessible – and a little easier to get loans and funding to get in the fishery. So we were really united on that front.”That message was well-received, and a staffer for Murkowski even asked questions that helped them think about what specifically could improve fisheries access, and how they could most effectively advocate for it, Vukich said.She and Shangin were two of ten fishermen who participated in the east coast tour organized by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. Vukich said each stop was an opportunity to learn more about Alaska’s fisheries, the industry at large, and even how to work together more effectively.Aside from the D.C. visit, both Shangin and Vukich said the enjoyed learning more about other fisheries and interacting with other fishermen.Vukich said she doesn’t get as much opportunity to spend time with young fishermen in Naknek, and enjoyed that aspect of the trip. In Boston, the group also met with other young fishermen to hear about their experiences on the east coast.“It’s really cool being able to be around other fishermen who are just as passionate as I am about being a fishermen and learning about fishing policy and learning what we can do to make it better,” she said.At the seafood show, Vukich said there was lots to learn about, but she approached it with an eye toward improving the direct marketing effort she’s undertaken to help sell her family’s salmon in the Lower 48 states. She came to the realization that a high quality product with a story behind it might be the strongest selling point for Bristol Bay sockeye.Shangin is a Bristol Bay drifter who grew up seining in the Chigniks, and has participated in a wide-range of other commercial fisheries in the state: putting out pots for crab, longlining for halibut, and seining for herring. The trip still taught him quite about fisheries elsewhere in the country, he said.At the Slow Fish conference in New Orleans, he learned an unexpected fact.“There’s still people out in the world that use trap fisheries and I thought that was gone a long time ago,” he said.Shangin also shared his own fishing experiences there, offering those outside of Alaska a glimpse at some western Alaska fisheries. In Boston, he said he got a better sense of how Alaska fits in to the bigger fisheries scene.“I’ve learned that Alaska is just a small key player in the seafood industry,” he said. “I was at the Boston seafood show and there was things in this world I never thought I would see. It was so huge, and we think in Alaska that we’re big key players in the game, we’re wrong. It’s a big industry out in the world. It’s pretty amazing to experience, to see what’s actually happening out there. Just mind-boggling.”last_img read more