Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he still intends to run in a federal byelection in British Columbia, even though a friendlier riding in his hometown of Brampton, Ont. has suddenly opened up.Singh says he’s chosen to make Burnaby South his federal political home.“I’ve made it clear, my decision to run in Burnaby South, and I continue to remain clear on that decision,” he said.On Thursday, Liberal Raj Grewal announced he is resigning immediately as the MP for Brampton East for unspecified personal and medical reasons.Singh would likely coast to victory in Brampton East, the riding he represented for six years in the Ontario legislature, now held provincially by his brother Gurratan. Burnaby South, which the NDP won by just over 500 votes in 2015, will be a tougher slog for him.When he was first elected federal NDP leader last fall, Singh intended to wait until next October’s general election to gain a seat in the House of Commons and he said Brampton East was where he wanted to run.However, under intense pressure to get into the Commons sooner after a shaky start as leader, Singh announced in August that he would run in an eventual byelection in Burnaby South. That seat was vacated in mid-September by former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who ran successfully to become Vancouver’s mayor.Early in the new year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to set an early February date for byelections in Burnaby South and at least two other vacant ridings. He could also add the now-vacant Brampton East to the roster. The Canadian Press
Canada’s largest grocer believes Canadians are ready to cook with crickets and is bringing the alternative protein ingredient to grocery shelves under its President’s Choice label.A number of Canadian companies already sell various insect protein products, like mealworm bolognese sauce and honey-mustard flavoured whole crickets. But Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s announcement signifies more Canadians appear to be willing to munch on insects.Shoppers can now find bags of President’s Choice cricket powder at their local Loblaw stores, the company said Tuesday. It’s the first time Loblaw’s in-house brand is selling insect protein, though one Toronto Loblaws store sells a small selection of alternative protein products.President’s Choice is always discovering new tastes and flavours, said spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an email.“As a leader in the industry, we wanted to be among the first to bring cricket powder to Canadians in an easy and approachable manner.”Entomophagy, a name for the eating of insects, may be relatively new to Canadians. But around the world people consume more than 1,900 different species, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The most frequently consumed are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants.In Canada, insects sometimes appeared as ingredients on restaurant menu items. A Vancouver restaurant made headlines when it offered cricket pizza several years ago and the insect was centre stage at the 2017 summer Pacific National Exhibition fair where the ingredient could be found in burgers and fries.A number of entrepreneurs have attempted to capitalize on the food trend, packing insects into both protein powders and bars.Entomophagy proponents say it has environmental and health benefits. Insect farming tends to produce less greenhouse gases, and requires less feed, water and land than more traditional livestock. Companies selling insect products tout their high-protein content.The insects used for the President’s Choice cricket powder come from Norwood, Ont.-based Entomo Farms.The farm started in January 2014 and has grown from 464 square metres to 6,100, said co-founder Jarrod Goldin. There’s plans for expanding further, with another 3,700 square metres soon to be built out, he said.For reference, 2,800 square metres house about 100 million crickets, Goldin said.Entomo sells cricket and mealworm products, like protein powder and whole-roasted mealworms, under its own brand name on its website and at various grocery stores — though no national chains, he said.Cricket powder is really malleable, he said, and can be added to most anything people already eat.Goldin sprinkles some on top of plain yogurt and berries for breakfast, for example. It can be baked into pizza crusts, added to pancake mix or put into a chili recipe.The only limit is imagination, he said.The President’s Choice website features recipes for chana masala, chocolate coconut bars and strawberry-banana smoothies all featuring the new cricket powder product.The taste varies based on concentration. A small amount won’t add any flavour, Goldin said, otherwise “it has a very lovely, earthy, nutty, mushroomy kind of flavour.”The Loblaw deal has been in the works for years, Goldin said, and he’s hopeful it’s the first of many insect-protein products the national grocer will stock.“President’s Choice is actively working on additional products made with cricket powder,” Loblaw’s Thomas confirmed, adding an assortment of alternative plant-based protein products will be available in 2019.It may not be the only large grocery chain to start selling insects.Metro Inc. doesn’t currently carry any such products, said spokeswoman Sadie Weinstein in an email.“But we’re always assessing food trends and might look to carry some of these products in the future.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU)
OTTAWA – Sticker shock and a limited selection are two main factors that discourage more Canadians from buying an electric vehicle, a new survey of car sales representatives suggests — two issues sure to be front and centre when Ottawa unveils its new electric car strategy later this year.But there’s another problem, the survey found: many salespeople lack even a basic grasp of how to answer burning questions from would-be buyers, such as how much an electric vehicle costs per year to operate, or how far it will go on a single charge.In the survey of 178 representatives across Canada, conducted for the federal Liberal government last winter, about half of dealerships in Canada said they sell fewer than five electric vehicles a year, with 14 per cent reporting no sales at all. About one-third don’t have a single electric model on display.Sales reps were most likely to mention the cost of an electric car or the lack of availability of electric cars as their main issues in trying to sell them.Supply issues, a lack of knowledge about charging networks and how far the cars can go were the biggest barriers to making the purchase, respondents said. Indeed, about one-third of them admitted knowing little about operating costs, range and where to find charging stations.Sales of electric cars do indeed increase every year — there were more sold in the second quarter of this year than in all of 2016. However, electric cars still only account for one out of every 50 vehicles purchased in Canada.The problem may be the limited upside of having a wide selection available and a thoroughly trained sales staff, said Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma, an electric-vehicle fleet management firm based in Waterloo, Ont.Stevens recommends setting up a single dealership per manufacturer in a region that is the local electric car centre of excellence, with knowledgeable staff and a lot of models available for test drives.Passenger cars and trucks account for more than one-tenth of all Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions — and reducing that contribution is critical if Canada is going to meet its international commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.Several countries, including France, Ireland, the U.K., India and the Netherlands, have policies that will ban the sale of traditional combustion-engine passenger cars after a certain date, but Canada has not indicated an interest in doing the same here.The federal government is also consulting on whether Canada should follow the lead of the United States and ease tailpipe emissions standards for combustion-engine cars, or break away from its long-standing alignment with the U.S. on car emissions.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna released a discussion paper Monday seeking public feedback on the existing standards, which currently require tailpipe emissions to go down every year until 2025.The U.S. said earlier this month it would freeze regulations after 2021.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s president is celebrating the successful hosting of the G-20 summit, but he says he’s ready for tough times ahead as the country confronts an economic crisis.Macri told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that Argentina struck about $8 billion in investment deals with other nations on the sidelines of the summit — most focused on energy and infrastructure.Argentina earlier obtained a record $56 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.But Macri said that Argentina has a long way to go in dealing with its economic crisis following a sharp depreciation of the Argentine currency that he called a “disaster.”The peso has depreciated by about half this year and the country suffers one of the world’s highest inflation rates.Luis Andres Henao And Almudena Calatrava, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John has been working on updating zoning bylaws and is now at the stage to be presented for public engagement.After a modernizing and refreshing of the current zoning bylaws, by making them more user-friendly and making them move into the official community plan, the strategic plans and the master plan it is time for public engagement before Legal review.City staff will use several platforms to engage with residents regarding the zoning bylaws through the “Lets Talk” engagement page online, direct mail and open houses like the recent charrette for the 100th Street update. Council asked city staff to include two dates of each topic on zoning as the first set of times for the open house was suggested for July 30 and 31st. Council was concerned residents that are interested in the engagement process could be on holidays, follow up open houses should be a week or more after the first one.To view the City of Fort St. John’s Let’s Talk Community Engagement Page; CLICK HERE.
XGEPL has partnered with Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) for the implementation of its green drive in the region of Delhi and NCR, for carrying out conversion of already in-use diesel generators for the existing IGL customers being supplied PNG. In the pilot phase, the company has converted in-use three diesel generators in institutions using Euro IV technology and have been made operational. Apart from contributing to the environment, these gas based gensets would reduce the operational cost by around 40% as compared to diesel run gensets.E S Ranganathan, Managing Director, Indraprastha Gas Limited inaugurated first of this gas based 125 KVA genset at General William Masonic Polyclinic at Janpath on March 11, 2019, in the presence of Yash Arora and Vikram Bakshi, Directors of XGEPL. Xpert Gas Equipments Pvt Ltd (XGEPL) primarily deals in the conversion of industrial and residential diesel generators to operate on natural gas. Their working technology is not only modern and advanced but most importantly eco-friendly which makes it the absolute necessity of the hour. Since the usage of diesel gensets is restricted in times of high pollution levels as per Graded Response Plan (GRP), gas based gensets would be an opportunity for housing complexes, commercial as well as industrial establishments for having unrestricted power supply. XGEPL started its conversion of diesel generators primarily utilising the technology imported from Italy, and later on went ahead to develop and design its own in-house technology which is equally efficient and cost effective to the end user. The biggest USP which gives a cutting edge to the conversions of diesel generators carried out by XGEPL is that whereas the existing diesel generators in India are meeting the CPCB-II standards of emission, the diesel generators converted using the in-house technology developed by XGEPL is designed to meet the Euro-IV standards of emission without much compromise to the output power of the generator. This level of operational functioning of the converted diesel generator is not only one of its kind but also latest in the Indian market. Geared with its technical team which possesses the necessary professional expertise, its state-of-the-art technology and partnering with IGL, the company looks forward to a brighter future and huge support in conversion of diesel generators, not only helping its users to run eco-friendly generators, but to some extent help them save on high operational costs. And, in a broader perspective to help Delhi NCR to reduce its related pollution by a remarkable margin.
Kolkata: Urging people to create awareness on autism, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday that West Bengal will soon have a world-class township near Kolkata, where people suffering from the disorder will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities. The centre, a first of its kind in India, is expected to have housing facilities for 350 residents and daycare centre for over 200 children, adolescents and adults, according to a state government official. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. We must create more awareness about autism among the people. You will be happy to know that a world-class autism township is coming up near #Kolkata, where autistic children and adults will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities,” the CM tweeted. World Autism Awareness Day is observed every year on April 2 to generate awareness on the developmental disorder. The theme for this year is Assistive Technologies, Active Participation.
Kolkata: Election Commission officials would capture videos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally at Brigade Parade ground on Wednesday.The commission will also keep a tab on the rally to ascertain if there is any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The commission will also carry out an assessment to know if the entire cost of organising the rally has been spent as declared by the state BJP leaders, while taking permission for it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe commission will also monitor to see if the controversial theme song of the party sung by its Asansol MP Babul Supriyo is played during the rally. The song is yet to receive permission from the EC. Meanwhile, Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will hold meeting with all the observers at Siliguri Circuit Bench on Wednesday, to take a stock on the poll-preparedness in the two districts that will go to poll in the first phase on April 11. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySeven companies of Central Forces have been sent to North Bengal for the first phase of polls. The first phase of elections would be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Sanjay Basu, additional Chief Electoral Officer, said that seven companies have been taken from the existing 10 companies which have been presently deployed in the state. The forces have been sent to the North Bengal districts as a part of the confidence boosting measure.
New Delhi: In a shocking incident, a family of Delhi was brutally thrashed with sticks by private bouncers and security guards at the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Moreover, a video of the incident shows police present at the situations was just mute spectators, while guards were beating the kin of the patient.Talking to Millennium Post, Asgar Ali, the father of the girl patient named Adeeba, alleged that the guards present at the hospital used to pass lewd comments on his wife. When he and his relatives objected to this, the bouncers and guards started hitting them, leaving them critically injured. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Ali, a resident of Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, his daughter Adeeba was admitted to the Trauma Centre on Monday after she fell from the fourth floor of a building while playing. She was operated the next day and was under observation. While his wife used to stay at the hospital during day, Ali used to stay at night. The guards present there – who belong to an agency named SWIFT Security – used to pass remarks on her, he alleged. “My wife complained about this to the head of the guards but he did not take action. She then told me about this. I also approached the security head but he was rude with me,” Ali informed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Today, some of my relatives came to visit Adeeba. They were not allowed to enter the ward. We, along with other people present there, asked the guards to apologies to my wife on which they got angry started threatening us,” he added. Ali said he then dialled 100 and called the police. Meanwhile, the bouncers came out with iron rods and sticks and started thrashing them. The girl’s father has suffered bone fracture in his shoulder and 4-5 stitches in his head while his nephew Altaf has got 15 stitches on his head. Clearing it’s state, Dr Biplab Mishra said that around 8-10 people were trying to meet the patient in group but according to the norms only a attendant allowed to enter in side the ward. Hence, security person were opposing the entry of multiple relatives which lead to altercation and later turned into a scuffle. Even, our security gaurds were injured. Furthermore, We will initiated the internal inquiry and culprit will not be spared, said Dr Mishra. At about 3 PM a PCR call was received regarding quarrel at Trauma Centre . The complainant reported that gaurds at the gate had injured her husband and assaulted her sister also. In all, six people were injured. A case has been registered and 5 persons have been apprehended.