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LED Filament Bulbs

first_imgEditor’s note: The thermal images shown in Image #3 are reproduced with the permission of Passmark from reviews of the LEDisong LED Bulb and the Cree 6W Dimmable WW bulb. ConclusionThese are very interesting bulbs. Energy Star certification and analysis by the Swedish Energy Agency have largely validated claims that these bulbs can produce great light at above 100 lm/W efficiency, and ought to have lifetimes comparable to conventional LED bulbs with a heat sink. Even completely ignoring their aesthetic similarities to tungsten-filament bulbs, their performance characteristics make them a compelling choice for general-purpose lighting.In terms of cost, the Swedish Energy Agency report indicated that they were about 20% more expensive than conventional LED bulbs. However, prices varied widely; and there didn’t seem to be any particular relationship between price and performance. For example, the cheapest LED filament bulbs in the study, a no-name “star trading,” was less than half the average price, yet had above average efficiency, and had color rendering and consistency that was on par with all the others. One of the more expensive bulbs, the German vosLED, was almost twice the average price, but offered outstanding color rendering (CRI above 90, with R9 red level above 60) at nearly 110 lm/W, and appears to be made in Germany.Here in the U.S., cheap no-name LED filament bulbs are available from online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay or Ali Express, with many retailers selling shipping direct from China for little or no fee. It is easy to find bulbs for $5-$10 in the 2 to 8 watt range (sometimes even less), but it unclear how many of these have basic UL safety certification. There appear to be a handful of U.S.-based importers that sell under various brand names (such as Spotlite USA, Lighting Science, Archipelago Lighting , AriusTek, AXP, etc.). Many of these appear to be UL listed, with AXP selling the only LED filament bulbs to date that have earned Energy Star certification; 2 to 8 watt bulbs in this class can be found in the $10-$15 range from U.S.-based online retailers (though it’s easy to find sellers who will offer them for more than that).For me, these are the first LED bulbs that combine all the features I like: high efficiency, clever design, reasonable cost, and an early 20th century incandescent aesthetic that would fit in well with our Luddite decor. Energy Star certificationEarlier this year, a startup called AXP Lighting became the first distributor to have a line of LED filament bulbs Energy Star certified for sale in the U.S. For LED bulbs, Energy Star certification is a big deal. Unlike most products, where an Energy Star rating merely indicates a certain level of efficiency, LED bulbs must meet a series of strict light quality, longevity, and technical requirements as verified by independent testing in an accredited facility.Some key testing requirements for Energy Star certification for general-purpose omnidirectional bulbs include:A 6,000 hour duration test for lumen maintenance and color drift. General-purpose bulbs must maintain at least 91.8% of their brightness at the end of the test, which predicts an end of life (70% output) at 25,000 hours. Higher claims of bulb life must be backed by data (i.e. less measured drop).Minimum Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80, with an R9 red level of at least 0 (yes, values can be negative for this). Color temperature must be accurate within a specified limit.Omnidirectional light pattern, within specified limits.Efficiency must measure at least 50-55 lm/W, depending on bulb wattage.Specifications for certified Energy Star bulbs are available on the Energy Star web site. At present, the most efficient “general-purpose replacement” Energy Star bulb of any kind is a 7-watt LED filament model, certified for 890 lumens at an outstanding 127.1 lm/W, though with a very cool 6500k color temperature. The most efficient warm white (2700k) Energy Star bulb of any kind is also a 7-watt LED filament model, certified at 115.7 lm/W. Both of these bulbs currently retail for $13.99.Analyzing the entire Energy Star dataset for LED general-purpose replacement bulbs (9) in the A19 (standard medium screw-in bulb) form factor, the LED filament bulbs have an average efficiency of 109 lm/W. The conventional bulbs (everything else in the dataset) average to 76.5 lm/W. This is remarkably similar to the results from the Swedish Energy Agency report, with 107 lm/W average for filament bulbs, 75 lm/W for conventional. The caveat is that the Energy Star dataset contains filament models from only a single manufacturer, while the Swedish Energy Agency report included several. When it comes to providing a drop-in replacement for old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, there are a number of technical and aesthetic challenges that are difficult to address with LED-based technologies.Conventional LED bulbs are constructed from a small number of high-intensity LED chips, mounted inside an enclosure with suitable optics that spread the light in the desired pattern. LEDs are very sensitive to heat, and the kind of high-power LEDs found inside of conventional LED bulbs generate a lot of it. Large metal heat sinks are required to conduct the heat away from the LEDs and dissipate it into the surrounding environment.The first LED bulbs adopted a ‘futuristic’ look in order to distribute the light from LED chips in a reasonable pattern, while keeping them sufficiently cool through the use of large heat sinks.As technology and manufacturing techniques have progressed, it has become possible to shrink the heat sink enough to produce bulbs that increasingly come closer to emulating the look to a typical frosted incandescent bulb of old. (1) Variants that use optics such as light pipes are available that attempt to emulate the clear incandescent bulb look. Overall, efficiencies in the 70-90 lumen/watt range have become common for LED replacement bulbs. RELATED ARTICLES Future of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher EfficacyNew LED Lights on the SceneLED Lights Brighten Our Nearly Completed HomeThe Continuing Revolution in LED LightingMartin’s 10 Rules of LightingLet There Be Light — on the GU24 base for CFLs and LEDsAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?LED Lighting Getting Better and BetterMore Lighting Options, Please?! Smaller form factors, such as the candelabra-base bulbs one might find in a chandelier or pendant light, are much more difficult to emulate. The required heat sinks can result in a bloated shape that does not resemble the lights they are intended to replace.Recently, while researching lighting options for an 1850s Italianate building that we are renovating, I stumbled upon a new kind of LED bulb that took a completely different approach compared to the “high-powered LED chips + heat sink + optics” of conventional LED bulbs. These so-called “LED filament” bulbs looked almost exactly like incandescents: a glass bulb encasing a little glass tower inside, with tiny metal arms holding up a series of “filaments” that glow brightly when turned on. Other than the fact that the “filaments” appeared yellow when the bulb was off, there were no external cues that these were LEDs.Sellers of these LED filament bulbs made some amazing performance claims: lifespans of 25,000 to 50,000 hours, color rendering index above 80, and outstanding efficiencies near 120 lm/W. They all seemed to be relatively unknown brands, seemingly sourced from several anonymous manufacturers in China. Likewise, these bulbs were fairly new to the market, having been introduced roughly around early 2013 to the European market.Could these things be for real? What’s the catch? I did quite a bit of research into them, and ended up with a fascinating story. Aaron Birkland is a homeowner in upstate New York who works as a research computing consultant at Cornell University. He and his wife Johanna are in the middle of renovating an 1850s Italianate farmhouse in Richford, New York, undoing the results of an unfortunate 1960s-1970s remodel that could serve as a textbook case of bad building science decisions. Footnotes1. Some newer, inexpensive designs such as the Philips Slimline and Cree 4flow use circuitboard material as a large, internal heat sink.2. Helium and hydrogen are about 10x more thermally conductive than other gases, due to physics beyond the scope of this article. Bulbs may contain a blend of helium and a cheaper relatively inert gas such as Nitrogen. Due to Helium’s propensity to escape confinement, a hermetically sealed glass bulb is an ideal enclosure. This is why filament LED bulbs are made out of glass, not plastic.3. 28 LEDs per filament is typical.4. There are two distinct types of white LEDs. So-called RGB LEDs contain three primary color LEDs that blend to form white. This is problematic in real life, as different aging qualities between the LEDs can cause the color to drift slightly in hue over time. Most white LEDs are the phosphor variety, which use blue LEDs. The blue light strikes a yellow phosphor, causing it to emit light of various wavelengths and appear white to the human eye.5. The color spectrum of phosphor-based white LEDs is typically deficient in red and cyan. Reds are particularly important for viewing certain subjects such as meat and flesh tones in an appealing manner. Some phosphor formulations can enhance reds, but a more efficient way to enhance the red spectrum is to mix in a few red LEDs.6. The efficiency of an LED chip is always higher than the measured efficiency of the whole bulb. Whole bulb efficiency includes losses from the power supply, as well as through the optics. Glass is not 100% transparent.7. A 100% efficient white LED would theoretically produce somewhere between 250-370 lm/W, depending on its light spectrum. Here, the assumed ideal efficiency is 310 lm/W.8. The results are in the report, but are mixed with the conventional bulb results. This spreadsheet contains data for the LED filament bulbs, while this one has the conventional LED bulb data.9. Downloaded from the Energy Star advanced search tool, filtering for LED A19 bulbs. A unique constructionThere are two characteristics that define LED filament bulbs: Novel filament-like LED structures, and the use of a highly thermally conductive gas such as helium (2) to allow the glass bulb itself to serve as a heat sink.The filaments are typically about an inch long, and are formed by bonding dozens (3) of tiny, low-power LEDs in series on thermally conductive substrate. This is achieved through a process called Chip On Glass (COG), similar to the way LCD panels found in televisions or smart phones are formed. Typically, these tiny chips are mounted on a strip of sapphire, ceramic, glass, or metal. The ideal substrate would be highly thermally conductive, and transparent in order to allow light to be radiated in all directions. Sapphire is transparent, thermally conductive, and expensive. Glass is less thermally conductive, but cheap. Metal substrates are cheap and thermally conductive, but not very transparent.Once connected together in series and bonded to a substrate, the LED filaments are encased in a phosphor-impregnated silicone. The phosphor used in white LEDs (4) is a characteristic yellow color. Different formulations of phosphor give distinctive color characteristics to the light (e.g. cool white, warm white, etc.). Some filaments contain a small number of red LEDs to improve color rendering (5). This video (in German) nicely shows the pattern of blue and red LEDs in a dimmed filament.Each individual LED in a filament is tiny and low-powered, drawing only ~10 mA of current. This is very small. For comparison, common 5 mm packaged LEDs such as those used as an indicator lights on electronic gadgets are usually rated at 20 mA. An entire filament composed of 28 of these tiny LEDs draws about 0.8 watt. Nominally, each filament is considered 1 watt when constructing a bulb. That is to say, a 2-watt bulb will use two filaments, a 4-watt bulb four filaments, an 8-watt bulb eight, and so on. At a typical efficiency of 120 lm/w (6), each filament dissipates about 0.5 watt of heat (7) into the surrounding gas. Each individual LED within a filament produces less than 0.02 watt of heat. This low power density of LEDs suspended in thermally conductive gas is the “secret sauce” that allows such a bulb to function safely without a heat sink. Some manufacturers claim a junction temperature of 60°C in the individual LEDs under normal operating conditions, which is quite good. For comparison, temperatures above 120°C are damaging to the LEDs.The power supplies (drivers) for LED filament bulbs are typically small and simple. The largest physical component is usually an electrolytic capacitor, which serves the purpose of reducing flicker or ripple in the light output. All the driver circuitry is hidden within the screw base of the bulb. For smaller “candelabra” base bulbs (E12, as used in the U.S.), there is usually not enough room in the screw base to accommodate a smoothing capacitor, so manufacturers either go without one (at the expense of some flicker which may be visible in peripheral vision), or incorporate a plastic “extender” between the screw base and the glass bulb to make room for the capacitor. There are several “tear-down” videos which explain the physical construction of these bulbs:â— A19 bulb with plastic extenderâ— All-glass A19 bulbâ— Candelabra-base bulb with plastic extenderâ— All-glass candelabra-base bulb European analysisAlthough they have not penetrated the North American market to a significant degree, LED filament bulbs have been spreading rapidly across Europe over the last two years. A November 2014 report by the Swedish Energy Agency tested a variety of these bulbs to validate their marketing claims, and compared their cost and performance to the expected technological progression of LED bulbs as set forth by the European Commission.The study included a variety of clear, omnidirectional LED bulbs (i.e. non-frosted) for comparison. Several models were chosen for testing, with 10 samples tested for each brand of bulb. The LED filament bulbs were measured (8) to have an average efficiency of nearly 107 lm/W across all brands. Half the LED filament bulb models measured at or above 110 lm/W.Efficiencies were measured at about 5% lower than the claims on the bulb’s packaging. In comparison, the conventional LED bulbs had an average of just over 75 lm/W efficiency, still about 5% lower than manufacturer claims.The LED filament bulbs were as efficient as the European Commission projected for the industry in 2018. Cost of the filament bulbs just about on par for the 2014 predictions, at about slightly more than 15 euro per 500 lumens. Overall, the LED Filament bulbs were 40% more efficient and 20% more costly than the conventional LED bulbs included in this study.Testing the light characteristics such as color rendering index showed that the LED filament bulbs had high light quality (> 80 CRI) that overall didn’t seem any better or worse than the conventional LED bulbs included in the study. Long-term durability testing is ongoing, with a followup report for lumen maintenance after 6,000 hours due in May.Initial results were encouraging. Though a few bulbs failed in the initial 200 hour “burn in” period due to manufacturing flaws or physical damage (well within the warranty period), initial results show that the LED filament bulbs have been faring well so far.last_img read more

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Military Consumer Protection Month

first_imgExtended Fraud AlertCredit Freeze Navy Chief Petty Officer Lillian Morales, assigned to the USS Charleston, is greeted by her family during a homecoming at Naval Base San Diego, April 19, 2019. The Charleston completed its first voyage from Mobile, Ala. https://www.defense.gov/observe/photo-gallery/igphoto/2002119961/ Free to place and remove. Available if someone stole your identity.Free to place and remove. Available to anyone. By Molly HerndonJuly marks the month that many agencies focus education efforts and resources available to those working to protect the military consumer.Military service members and their families are at heightened risk for fraud, scams, and identity theft. Frequent moves and deployments that take the service member away from their daily observation of their finances, as well as lack of financial experience are some of the reasons service members are more frequently targeted by scammers than civilians. Set it by contacting each of the three credit bureaus. Lets you have access to your credit report as long as companies take steps to verify your identity,Stops all access to your credit report unless you lift or remove it.center_img Set it by contacting each of the three credit bureaus:· Report that someone stole your identity. Request an extended fraud alert.· Complete any necessary forms and send a copy of your FTC Identity Theft Report. Return to article. Long DescriptionPhoto By: Navy Lt. j.g. Jasmine SpencerMore banking and shopping are done online than ever before, and data breaches are becoming nearly weekly occurrences. How can military families protect their finances and personal information?PreventionRegular maintenance of your financial transactions and reviewing your credit report annually are the best ways to become aware of identity theft, but consumers can also take additional steps to prevent identity theft, like credit freezing. Because of their unique circumstances, service members in particular can benefit from this.A credit freeze, or security freeze, prevents new credit lines from being opened using your name. As of September 2018, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian offer freezing and unfreezing services free.A fraud alert is another option to guard against an imposter opening credit using your information. A fraud alert does not prevent new lines of credit from being opened but it does require an additional layer of security protection. For example, a lender may be required to make a phone call to confirm your identity before opening the new credit line. An extended fraud alert can be placed on your credit for 7 years and entitles the consumer to two free credit reports annually.For service members, an active duty alert is also available. This protection requires lenders to make “a reasonable effort” to confirm the person’s true identity before issuing credit during the active duty alert, which lasts 12 months. Service members using this service also have their names removed from nationwide credit reporting companies’ pre-screened marketing lists for 2 years.The CFPB released an Identity Theft Protection Guide in May 2019, which offers additional resources for those wishing to protect their identity and credit. Lasts for 7 years.Lasts until you lift or remove it. ResponseHowever, even with vigilance and protective measures, data breaches and scams still happen. What can consumers do to fix the damage done to their accounts after their information has been stolen?Courtesy of the FTC/Military Consumer Protection MonthOnce you become aware that your identity has been stolen, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers a 5-step check list for controlling the damage, recovering your personal information, and pursuing legal action against the thieves, if necessary.WebinarOn July 30, Attorney Carol Kando-Pineda of the FTC will present Staying Safe Online: Protecting Your Finances and Data. Join us for this 90-minute look at the newest scams and ways you can help clients prevent becoming victims. RSVP and learn more here.ReferencesThe Fed – The Federal Reserve Payments Study: 2017 Annual Supplement. (2019). Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Retrieved 4 June 2019, from https://www.federalreserve.gov/paymentsystems/2017-December-The-Federal-Reserve-Payments-Study.htmIdentity Theft and Scams. (2019). Militaryonesource.mil. Retrieved 4 June 2019, from https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal/personal-finance/protecting-your-finances/keep-a-sharp-eye-out-for-identity-theft-and-scamsIdentity Theft Recovery Steps | IdentityTheft.gov. (2019). Identitytheft.gov. Retrieved 4 June 2019, from https://www.identitytheft.gov/stepsWhat does it mean to put a security freeze on my credit report? . (2019). Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Retrieved 4 June 2019, from https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-does-it-mean-to-put-a-security-freeze-on-my-credit-report-en-1341/last_img read more

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Militants kill political activist Ghulam Nabi Patail in J&K

first_imgA political activist, Ghulam Nabi Patail, was killed and two policemen were injured in firing by militants in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said.Political parties condemned the killing but confusion prevailed over Mr. Patail’s affiliation. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, describing him as a senior Congress leader while the Congress said he was a “well-known” activist of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). National Conference leader Omar Abdullah waded in, saying if neither the PDP nor the Congress was willing to accept Mr. Patail as one of their own, he could be called an NC worker.Mr. Patail had contested the 2002 J&K Assembly elections on Congress ticket but switched over to the Socialist Democratic Party in the 2008 Assembly elections. He did not contest the 2014 State polls. Giving details of the attack, a police official said the militants opened fire in the Rajpora Chowk area. Mr. Patail, a resident of Shadimarg, died while being taken to a hospital. The condition of the two injured policemen was said to be stable. Security forces have cordoned off the area and a hunt has been launched for the attackers.”Heartfelt condolences to the family of senior Congress leader, G. N. Patel who was killed by militants today in Rajpora. Such cowardly acts achieve nothing but leave one more family devastated,” Ms. Mufti, who is also the president of PDP, tweeted.A Congress spokesman also condemned the killing and offered condolences to the bereaved family. Such killings should be condemned by every section of society, the spokesman said.In a tweet, NC leader Omar Abdullah said: “What terrible news to start the day with here. My heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased & prayers for the injured. Allah Jannat naseeb karay.” The Congress and the PDP had disowned the leader to avoid conveying to their workers that they were at risk, Mr. Abdullah, a former Chief Minister, claimed.last_img read more

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Odisha Assembly pardons Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

first_imgThe Odisha Assembly has accepted the apology begged by defence analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra and dropped the charges of breach of privilege against him here on Saturday.The Assembly dropped the charges against Mr. Iyer-Mitra passing a motion by voice vote accepting the recommendation of the Assembly House Committee which probed into the matter.In its report, the committee recommended that “the House may be magnanimous to consider and accept the apology begged by Mr. Iyer-Mitra for the statement made by him before the media against the Members of the House and drop the matter”.Educate about OdishaThe committee also “recommended to the House to direct the State government to provide materials to Mr. Iyer-Mitra to educate him about the art, culture, history and people of Odisha”.After the report was tabled, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, who headed the committee, and Debi Prasad Mishra, BJD legislator and a member of the committee, briefly spoke about the recommendations after which the Assembly passed a motion accepting Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s apology.The committee was formed after the Speaker allowed a privilege motion moved by Mr. Mishra over Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s remarks against the legislators in the wake of the controversy over his video post against the backdrop of the Konark temple.The defence analyst is in judicial custody following his arrest in two cases filed against him – at the Sahid Nagar police station in Bhubaneswar and the Konark police station in Puri district – for his alleged derogatory and objectionable comments on art and culture of Odisha, Lord Jagannath and the Odia community.Earlier, after Mr. Iyer-Mitra was denied bail in the lower court, his counsel Nikhil Mehra moved the Orissa High Court on Friday seeking bail in the Sahid Nagar case and the matter is pending hearing.last_img read more

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DD vs SRH: Delhi Daredevils batsmen fire collectively to overpower Yuvraj Singh’s 70*

first_imgDelhi Daredevils kept their chances of qualifying for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs alive after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Tuesday.On paper, it was a mismatch between Daredevils and Sunrisers but the hosts put on a collective batting effort to register a win with five balls to spare.With their third win in the tournament, Delhi moved up to the sixth spot with six points while Hyderabad are still at the third spot with 13 points after their fourth away loss in the tournament.All-rounders Corey Anderson’s quick-fire 24-ball unbeaten 41 and Chris Morris’ 7-ball 15 helped Delhi raise an unbeaten 41-run fifth wicket stand to register the much-needed win.Chasing a mammoth 186, Delhi were off to a decent start with Sanju Samson (24 off 19 balls) and skipper Karun Nair (39 off 20) putting on 40 runs before medium pacer Mohammed Siraj packed back Samson.Samson, who had faced 19 balls by now and struck two boundaries and a six off Siraj’s first delivery of the match, was undone by a slower one in the bowler’s second over which Shikhar Dhawan latched on comfortably at cover point.Nair looked in good touch during his brief stay, which saw the ball crossing the boundary on five occasions besides twice over it.The right-hander could add 32 runs for the second wicket with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (34 off 20) before the first strategic time-out once again saw the dismissal of a batsman, this time in the form of Nair.Medium pacer Siddharth Kaul, who was clobbered for a six and a four in his very first over by Nair, got his knuckleball to send the right-hander back caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at long-off.advertisementWith both the openers back in the dug out, the onus was on Pant and new man Shreyas Iyer (33 off 25) but Siraj, after getting clobbered for a six in the previous ball got a toe crusher to cannon into the southpaw’s stumps. The right-handed duo batted well to put 37 runs for the third wicket before being separated by Siraj.Pant’s dismissal brought together all-rounder Corey Anderson and Iyer, who was at his destructive best, clobbering two consecutive sixes off Yuvraj Singh, before Purple Cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar packed Iyer back with a slower bouncer.Anderson then took on the responsibility and with new man Morris, wasted no time in using the long handle. With 24 needed off the last three overs, Anderson clobbered Bhuvneshwar for a six and a four off back to back balls before Morris sent Kaul outside the park to take Delhi within sniffing distance of the win.Earlier, Yuvraj Singh (70 not out from 41 balls) made the most of the life he got on 29 when he was dropped by Samson at deep square, to propel Sunrisers to 185/3 after being sent to bat.The Punjab batsman, who initially struggled to put bat to ball opened up with two glorious straight drives before bringing up his fifty in 34 balls, and help the visitors accumulate 71 runs in the last five overs.The left-hander made the most of South African Kagiso Rabada’s poor line and length, clobbering him for a four and six off consecutive balls in the 18th over.All-rounder Moises Henriques (25 not out) played the perfect second fiddle to Yuvraj as the left-right combo added an unbeaten stand of 93 runs for the fourth wicket from 51 deliveries.Skipper David Warner (30 from 21) and Dhawan (28 from 17) gave the visitors a flying start, putting on 53 runs before pacer Mohammed Shami in his very second delivery cleaned up the Aussie, who struck four boundaries and a six over backward point.New Zealander Kane Williamson (24 from 24) along with Dhawan added 22 runs before the first strategic time-out did the trick for Delhi, in the form of the southpaw’s wicket.last_img read more

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British Columbia court grants injunction to fish farm ending protests

first_imgVANCOUVER – First Nations activists who lost a legal battle to continue protesting at a fish farm off British Columbia’s coast say the decision hasn’t dissuaded them from bringing an end to aquaculture on their territory.A B.C. Supreme Court judge has granted an injunction to Marine Harvest Canada’s Midsummer Island farm, which is located amid a series of islands in the Broughton Archipelago, about 50 kilometres east of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.The court’s decision was released online Wednesday.Protesters began occupying the farm in September, although Molina Dawson, a protester with the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Nation, said they scaled back their activity while the legal proceedings were underway.Justice Peter Voith said in the decision that the protesters’ presence “gives rise to real safety issues” and he agrees that Marine Harvest will suffer irreparable harm if the occupation of the farm continues.Marine Harvest issued a statement following the decision, saying the company is pleased that the court recognized it has a “legal right to operate without harm, and that its staff may work free of harassment, threats, and intimidation.”Legal counsel for the protesters, some of whom are Indigenous, say the defendants have an Aboriginal right to govern the land and waters where the farm is located.But Voith said in his ruling that the activists sent an eviction notice to the company, among other actions, which extend beyond simply monitoring the farm, and that other unnamed protesters failed to provide any legal justification for their behaviour.Karissa Glendale with the ‘Namgis First Nation said she anticipated the outcome, but is frustrated by the judge’s decision.“This government and all the laws, they’ve never recognized our government that we’ve had and that has worked for us. They don’t recognize our ways,” she said. “For me personally, I won’t be wasting my time and money with this court system.”Glendale said that doesn’t mean she’s going to stop fighting fish farms on her traditional territory.She said she will continue monitoring activities at the farms operated by Marine Harvest and Cermaq, an aquaculture company that has also been granted a court injunction to have protesters removed.Marine Harvest said it reached out to the protesters, but a meeting was declined.Glendale and Dawson said they were never contacted by the company.“Every time we go there, no one talks to us other than telling us we’re trespassing,” Glendale said, adding she won’t negotiate her stance.First Nations have not provided their consent to the operation of fish farms, Glendale said, and she remains certain that they’ll one day be rid of them.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

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Cree Quebec deal maintains balance between past future Coon Come

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Crees in Quebec are in the process of creating a new model of governance.It’s one that will give them power in their territories.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

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Manitobas child welfare system in crisis and needs immediate action

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe brutal death of a five-year-old Manitoba girl, and the inquiry that followed, was supposed to lead to changes that could help save another child’s life.Phoenix Sinclair was murdered by her mother and her boyfriend in 2005. She had just been returned to her mother after being in and out of Manitoba’s child welfare system from birth.Earlier this year, the province apologized for the system’s failure to protect the young girl.Thursday, they faced more criticism.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the latest.last_img read more

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Venezuelans return to daily struggle after violent unrest

CARACAS, Venezuela — Bumping shoulders with fellow shoppers as she navigated Caracas’ biggest open-air market, Naira Garcia had no trouble tuning out the messy political struggle that plunged Venezuela into two days of deadly violence this week.She focused instead on her own daunting task: How to feed her family of five for the next two weeks on the $4 she had in her pocket. Like many of Venezuela’s poor, Garcia scrapes by on odd jobs — selling home-made lollipops or mangos that recently came into season.“There are good days and bad days,” said the 43-year-old mother of three teenagers, lugging two shopping bags with sardines, sweet peppers and leafy green onions. “I never abandon my faith.”The bustling Coche Market is a sign that Caracas has returned to what passes for normal life after the outburst of violent unrest that left at least four people dead. It began Tuesday when U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for a military uprising, attempting to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro.The socialist Maduro is blamed for leading Venezuela into the deepest economic and political crisis in the nation’s history, despite having the world’s largest oil reserves. Soaring hyperinflation has pulverized paychecks in a nation where the average monthly wage is just $6.50.Opposition leaders had hoped that Guaido’s risky move would stir a string of high-ranking military defections and shake Maduro’s grip on power. But no rebellion materialized, and instead two days of deadly clashes ensued between protesters and police in cities across the country.Two people were killed by gunfire in the city of La Victoria and two others in Caracas, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict, a human rights group. Among the dead was 16-year-old Yosner Graterol, who died Thursday morning. Activists said at least 230 people were injured and 205 were detained during the clashes Tuesday and Wednesday.The entrenched president on Thursday urged the armed forces to combat “traitors” as he sought to project strength. Speaking at Fort Tiuna, a military base in Caracas, Maduro also said the opposition had sought to provoke bloodshed in the capital at Guaidó’s urging.Meanwhile, Venezuela’s top court ordered the arrest of opposition activist Leopoldo López, who took refuge at the home of the Spanish ambassador after joining Guaidó’s attempt to topple Maduro in violation of his house arrest. Lopez was detained for leading anti-government protests in 2014, and had been under house arrest for two years.Spanish officials said Thursday they would not hand over Lopez and urged the Venezuelan government to respect the ambassador’s residence.Speaking at the gate of the ambassador’s home in Caracas, Lopez said he expects the country’s military will step up to overthrow Maduro despite setbacks, adding that in recent weeks he has talked with majors in the Venezuelan armed forces, who told him they are committed to Maduro’s ouster.“I want to tell all my brothers in Venezuela and all over the world that we are not going to rest until we reach our goal, which is the cessation of the usury,” he said.But at the Coche market, such political talk was pushed aside Thursday to make room for haggling over the best price for carrots and shiny purple eggplants.Tucked beneath a hillside barrio in the capital, its narrow pathways were filled with bare-chested workers pushing carts heavy with sacks of onions and potatoes. They vied for space with shoppers and vendors selling cigarettes and bottled water.An occasional gambler played an old-fashioned shell-game with three tennis balls cut in half, and a white-and-red rooster drew a crowd, crowing from atop one nearby stall with watermelons balanced on a scale.Farmers truck in the produce, meat and coffee from miles away to the market, known for its low prices. Its customers include everybody from restaurant owners to homemakers who travel for hours from the outskirts of Caracas to get there.A woman crouched over a box of white onions said she sets the price based on what her customers, most of whom survive on monthly wages of $6 or less, are willing to pay. Another vendor, flicking a wad of cash in his left hand, explained that his stacks of bell peppers and eggplants would go for the equivalent of 20 cents. They were yesterday’s produce and go into the pot for tonight’s dinner.“Today, or never,” he said.Garcia, who carefully budgets for her shopping trips each two weeks into Caracas, said she was trained as a school teacher, but the low pay forced her to abandon the classroom. Instead, she and her husband sell mangoes that fall into the streets this time of year. During other seasons, they sell homemade lollypops.Garcia collects her meagre earnings and at dawn leaves her home in the rural outskirts of Caracas for a journey by foot, train and metro taking nearly two hours. She avoids entering into debates about Maduro and Guaidó and turns off the television when politicians take to the airwaves.“The truth be told, life is quite challenging,” Garcia said. “It’s better to pray to God and ask him to take control.”_____Associated Press writer Christopher Torchia in Caracas contributed to this report.Scott Smith, The Associated Press read more

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Tens of millions to benefit from Indias Right to Education Act –

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates there are eight million children in this age group, mostly girls, who are out-of-school in India.“Tens of millions of children will benefit from this initiative ensuring quality education with equity,” said UNICEF Representative in India Karin Hulshof.The Right to Education Act will “propel India to even greater heights of prosperity and productivity for all guaranteeing children their right to a quality education and a brighter future,” she added.UNICEF, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), pointed out in a news release that without India, the world cannot reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of having every child complete primary school by 2015. “This act is an essential step towards improving each child’s accessibility to secondary and higher education, bringing India closer to achieving national educational development goals, as well as the MDGs and Education for All (EFA),” said UNESCO New Delhi Director Armoogum Parsuramen.The Act is also being lauded for providing a platform to “reach the unreached,” as it contains specific provisions for disadvantaged groups, such as child labourers, migrant children, children with special needs, or those who have a ‘disadvantage owing to social, cultural, economical, geographical, linguistic, gender or such other factor.’ André Bogui, Acting Director for ILO’s Sub-Regional Office for South Asia, noted the opportunity the Act presents to reach disadvantaged young people such as child labourers. “Considering there is no general minimum age for employment, the Act recognizes that children should be in school which is an implicit recognition that they should not be at work.” 3 April 2010Three United Nations agencies are hailing what they described as a “ground-breaking” new act that legalizes the right to free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 6 and 14 in India. read more

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Maximum retail price for rice from April

A maximum retail price for rice will be imposed from April, Minister of Agriculture P. Harrison said today.He said that a maximum retail price of Rs. 80 will be imposed on Nadu and Rs. 85 on Samba from April 1st.

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Husky gets green light to develop South White Rose oilfield off Newfoundland

Husky gets green light to develop South White Rose oilfield off Newfoundland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 10:59 am MDT ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Husky Oil Operations Ltd., a subsidiary of Husky Energy (TSX:HSE), has been approved to develop the South White Rose Extension project off Newfoundland.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board made the announcement today for the project that’s expected to cost about $1.2 billion.South White Rose is estimated to contain about 33 million barrels of oil that can be recovered using subsea flow lines connected to the SeaRose production vessel.Husky spokeswoman Colleen McConnell says first oil is expected by the end of next year.The offshore petroleum board says the province and Ottawa have ratified the board’s approval.McConnell says the first phase will start this summer with the installation of gas injection equipment at the site 350 kilometres east of St. John’s. read more

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Carbon County Jail Bookings January 28 – February 3

BASSO, AMANDA12920191802DUI, SUSPENDED LICENSE, POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA29PRICE SAMPLES, BRANDON1312019170372 HOUR HOLD37PRICE JONES, JASMINE13020192008WARRANTS X2, RETAIL THEFT37PRICE SALZETTI, BRYAN2120191639WARRANT54HELPER DAVIS, SHAWN2120191003 DAY COMMIT46PRICE AVERETT, ERIC2120191757WARRANTS32CO. WOODY, SHAQUILLE2120191300WARRANT23MOAB BOYCE, MICHAEL2220191252WARRANT45HELPER BONUALES, HEATHER2320191802RETAIL THEFT37PRICE BOSCH, KEVIN1312019932COURT COMMITMENT32COLORADO FOX, DANIEL13120199302 WARRANTS20CEDAR CITY SWEARINGEN, JAMESON2320191500HOLD FOR COURT40PRICE KUTNYAK, JASON13020192140STALKING (F3)40PRICE MCCORMACK, ERICH1302019200672 HOUR HOLD, POSS. OF HEROIN (F3), POSS. OF PARAPHERNALIA21PRICE LEDUC, MARYANN2220191041INTOXICATION44PRICE HENDERSON, KRISTOPHER131201911472 WARRANTS40PRICE JESSUP, ETHAN2220192350WARRANTS X 619PRICE BELL, CAMREN2320191647WARRANT27PRICE WESTERLUND, JORDAN2320191251HOLD FOR COURT35SPANISH FORK CHAVEZ, JOHN2220192149ASSAULT (DV)41PRICE HARDMAN, CODY212019135THEFT OF A VEHICLE, THEFT, POSS. PARAPHERNALIA, POSS OF BURGLARY TOOLS33WELLINGTON ELDER, BRANDON13020191000SEXUAL BATTERY, 72 HR HOLD33PRICE WALSWORTH, ROBERT2320192144DUI, OPEN CONTAINER28PRICE read more

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Parisian tragedy sparks Greek cartoonists response

first_imgIn the spirit of freedom of speech and pushing boundaries as did the satirical cartoonists who lost their lives in the Charlie Hedbo tragedy, Greek cartoonists have chosen to aptly mourn in the form of cartoon. Dimitris Chantzopoulos chose to comment on the event through the simple depiction of a pencil and eraser as a metaphor for the individuals who create and the others who destroy. Another cartoon by Ilias Makris shows four of the cartoonists killed in the attack in the form of evil creatures. Upon arriving to a version of a Christian Paradise, they are welcomed with a banner and told “For you we will make an exception”. Others chose to provide further explanations with their cartoons, Andreas Petroulakis going that extra mile and making a written statement online. Petroulakis portrays the cartoonist drawing traditionally with a pencil or a pen, but instead with his own blood. He goes on to say, “cartoonists and jihadists have one important similarity. They both move inside a fantasy world. They also have an important difference, in that the imaginary world of cartoonists is a product of human intellect and has permanent cosmic references while the world of the Islamic fundamentalist is one otherworldly, imaginary Paradise, to which they only answer to. These two worlds can communicate like a pen can communicate with a Kalashnikov. The cartoon is the naughty child of enlightenment and religious fundamentalism is the spoiled child of darkness,” he said on protagon.gr.“The French cartoonists who perished yesterday were not afraid of them. The cartoonists across Europe have flooded today’s press and the internet with bold sketches as responses to fear.” Petroulakis clarifies that his opinion is not against religion or any one particular religious group, but against the blind religious fanaticism and extremism that some adopt to fuel such horrendous acts.Satirist cartoonists in Greece have great respect for the French, who they say are willing to push boundaries that others in the industry are to afraid to do. One of the cartoonists killed in the attack, George Wolinski was a role model for many Greeks, having once attended a cartoon festival in Greece. “He meant a lot,” Greek cartoonist Maria Tzaboura told macleans.ca.Despite the tragic loss at Charlie Hebdo, the surviving members have found the strength to push on and will publish an edition next Wednesday with the financial support of the Digital Press Fund. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Opposition Labour Bill Shortens pledge to the Cypriot community

first_imgHe came last to the Cypriot Community’s of Melbourne function but not empty handed! The Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten announces a grant of half a million for the redevelopment of the Community’s building if his party wins the next fed electionPosted by NEOS KOSMOS on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 More than 500 members of the Greek and Cypriot community had the opportunity to meet and greet with the Commissioner of the Cyprus Republic, Photis Photiou, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, community leaders and politicians.The function that took place at the hall of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria was organised by the Cyprus Community board in honour of Mr Photiou, but it ended up being quite beneficial for the Community who is embarking into a new project, being the redevelopment of the of the Community’s headquarters.The beneficial aspect of the function started with the CEO of Bank of Sydney offering $10,000 to the president Mr Stelios Aggelodimou. After MP Maria Vamvakinou’s speech, Mr Photiou announced that the government of Cyprus will offer the community financial assistance to finish the project, however he did not announce the extent of this.Mr Photiou congratulated the Community members for their achievement and finished his brief address with an update on the Cyprus issue.“We are in a very critical phase,” he said, adding that “on the one hand there is the intransigence of the Turkish side and on the other we have an (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan who comes back every day with a new face and puts new demands on a daily basis. Most importantly, he has raised some issues in relation to the security of Cyprus. These issues are of primary concern to them and they are refusing to proceed to a solution, if we do not satisfy their claims. Is it possible for the conqueror who invaded Cyprus and is for 45 years there to be the guarantor of tomorrow? We will not accept such a solution.”Member of Wills, Peter Khalil also took the stand trying hard to speak Greek but most importantly to announce the arrival of Mr Shorten.  “I acknowledge the oldest continuous culture in this country,” said Mr Shorten“Theo [Theofanous] Maria and Peter contacted me today, informing me that there was going to be a very important function tonight and that I had to be here.I wanted to be here and I know that there is an election in 45 days or 52 whenever they have it. And I absolutely want you to vote Labor. For those of you who voted Labor thank you and I hope that the rest of you will do it because Labor supports and rewards the hard work and the achievement of the Cypriot community. There is also another reason I am here. I wanted to be here is because it is great to be here. This is a good gathering to be, and to announce that if Labor is elected we will match the Victorian government, Daniel Andrews’s contribution with also half a million dollars for the project the Community has embarked on.”His pledge was received with a great deal of enthusiasm from the audience who after he finished his speech had the opportunity to have a chat with him. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Proof of the ancient Hekate cult found

first_imgThe oldest evidence of the cult of ancient mythological figure Hekate has been discovered by a team of Italian archaeologists in an ancient Greek city in Sicily.“They have detected the oldest ever evidence in the Greek world of the cult of Hekate, a pre-IndoEuropean god taken up by the Greeks who reigned over the evil demons, the night and the moon,” Selinunte Archaeological park Director Enrico Caruso told Italy’s Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA).Selinunte was an ancient Greek city on the south-western coast of Sicily in Italy, situated between the valleys of the Cottone and Modione rivers.Five temples perched across an acropolis were found at the archaeological site where the relic was uncovered, ANSA reported. The team used thermal cameras to identify fresh structures at Selinunte near Trapani, including a large temple of Hera, marked as ‘Temple E’ which has been re-erected.According to the findings, at its peak (before 409 BC) the city may have contained up to 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Semporna découverte à Bornéo dune des plus riches biodiversités marines

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Emergency services levies passing

first_imgVotes for a levy in the northern part of the county and around Yacolt for ambulance services and another levy for additional staffing and other needs at Clark County Fire & Rescue were handily passing according to preliminary results from Tuesday’s primary.An excess levy 1.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value for North Country EMS’ ambulance services was passing with about 91 percent voting yes (165 to 17) in Yacolt, and about 80 percent voting yes (1,892 to 459) in the rest of the district.The levy helps fund ambulance services in the area, and for someone in a $300,000 home, it’ll cost about $420 per year in property taxes.The money from Yacolt and unincorporated district residents pay for about a third of the district’s operations. The district’s regular levy, at about 40 cents per $1,000, pays for another third, and the rest comes from use fees.The passing levies were projected to raise more than $2.2 million total to pay for district maintenance, operation and staff salaries for three years, and the tax will be collected in 2018.last_img read more

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Pique thought he would never return to Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender, Gerard Pique, granted an interview to former striker Hristo Stoichkov and confessed he felt out of Barcelona at Manchester United.The case of Gerard Pique is like many others in the top European clubs, he revealed some very interesting information to former Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov during an interview.The Catalan defender was able to speak directly to the Bulgarian former footballer, who was on assignment with Univision Deportes and was granted the exclusive with Gerard.The interview was mostly about Pique’s beginnings in Barcelona, he spoke freely about the time when he believed that going back to his childhood club could become impossible.During last Tuesday’s press conference in which manager Ernesto Valverde gave a preview of the upcoming match between the Catalan club and Internazionale Milano, Hristo was allowed to ask the boss a question that made everybody in the room burst with laughter as he offered himself to replace Messi on Wednesday against Inter Milan.But the main focus of Hristo’s visit was Gerard Pique’s interview.“I thought I would never go back to Barcelona, especially when I left to play for Manchester United,” said Pique during an interview with Univision Deporte’s Hristo Stoichkov.“I believed I could be a professional in this sport, I wanted to live the experience of playing football on a professional level. But I did think that going back to Barcelona would be very, very difficult.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“When I finally returned I was living a dream because I was finally playing for the first squad, that meant I was going to play at Camp Nou.”“I followed Barça since I was a little boy. You were one of my idols,” said Gerard to Stoichkov.“I remember the first match I attended was in 1992 in San Sebastian, I watched a Real Sociedad vs Barça, which you lost 2-1. But that was a birthday present that my parents made for me, the trip to Anoeta that was. When I was there, I met Andoni Zubizarreta.”“I met several of the players there. And well, my love for the club and football came from there, I was a club member since I was born. My grandfather made me a member,” he concluded.😀 Cuando una leyenda como Hristo Stoichkov se ofrece para volver al equipo… pic.twitter.com/1SaSxp1yQ2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 23, 2018last_img read more

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Ziff and Nielsen The Backstory

first_imgTwo of the major b-to-b news stories this week—the restructuring at Ziff Davis Enterprise and the massive downsizing at Nielsen Co.—have interesting back stories. When Steve Weitzner was named CEO of Ziff Davis Enterprise in January, he announced a major restructuring within days. The move surprised observers, but included no downsizing. The downsizing came this week. But the cuts may have been foreshadowed last month when Insight Venture Partners—the company that carved out and acquired for $160 million a portion of Ziff Davis Media last June—took on a second private-equity partner. The new co-owner of ZDE was Bessemer Venture Partners, which put $20 million into the company in a move characterized as providing funding for acquisitions. That may not be the case. Private-equity firms, says one industry source, are highly reluctant to dilute their equity position, and would only choose to do so in the event that they needed to-presumably because performance goals were not being hit. This is, of course, pretty much pure speculation, but equity is the most expensive form of capital, and it’s more likely that the BVP investment is a sign of turbulence than it’s a bullish greenlight for acquisitions. Regarding the Nielsen downsizing, one observer told me that it looks like standard General Electric practice. Of course, Nielsen CEO David Calhoun comes from GE. “It’s the old GE playbook,” the observer said. “They get handed their marching orders. Grow revenue in the high single digits and EBITDA by 15 percent. No questions asked.”last_img read more

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