APTN National NewsSome major sports organizations are coming under fire for using ethnic terms in team names like the Washington Redskins NFL team.In Canada, as APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports, some people the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos should consider making a name change.
New York – Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday night that Monday is the first day of Eid El Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.Saudi Arabia said the new crescent of the month of Shawal was witnessed in several parts of the kingdom. Shawal follows Ramadan in the Muslim calendar.Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Palestine also reported the sighting of Shawal crescent. Oman announced that Shawwal crescent has not been sighted and Eid Al Fitr will be marked on Tuesday.Moroccan have still not announced whether Eid El Fitr will be Monday or Tuesday.
Apple Book charts for week ending August 25, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter – 9780062858887 – (William Morrow)2. The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward – 9781951045012 – (Penelope Ward Books, Inc.)3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. Old Bones by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – 9781538747216 – (Grand Central Publishing)5. The Lone Wolf by Penelope Sky – 9781393449089 – (Penelope Sky)6. World History by Dahia Ibo Shabaka, Larry S. Kreiger, Linda Black, Phillip C. Naylor & Roger B. Beck – 9780544025387 – (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)7. Biology by Joseph S. Levine, Ph.D., Ph.D. & Kenneth R. Miller – 9780133226713 – (Pearson Education, Inc.)8. The Inn by Candice Fox & James Patterson – 9780316528429 – (Little, Brown and Company)9. Thank You for My Service by Mat Best, Nils Parker & Ross Patterson – 9781524796501 – (Random House Publishing Group)10. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)____The Associated Press
The United Nations General Assembly today approved by acclamation the appointment of Louise Arbour, a Canadian Supreme Court justice and ex-prosecutor for UN war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.Ms. Arbour replaces Brazil’s Sergio Vieira de Mello who, along with 21 others, was killed in a terrorist attack on the UN’s Baghdad headquarters last August.She is expected to start her four-year term in the Geneva-based post after she retires from the Canadian Supreme Court in June.Ms. Arbour, 57, was the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia (ICTR and ICTY) from October 1996 to September 1999.The Canadian has been a judge in her home country since December 1987 and served as a senior legal academic before then.Throughout her career she has published extensively, in French and English, on criminal procedure, human rights, civil liberties and gender issues.During the Assembly meeting, representatives of Morocco, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Ireland and the Republic of Korea – many speaking on behalf of their region – congratulated Ms. Arbour on her appointment.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 12:10 pm MDT Liberal throne speech promises big spending along with major restraint TORONTO – Ontario’s re-elected Liberals promised the seemingly impossible in the throne speech Thursday — big spending as well as major restraint.Setting out her government’s agenda for the next decade and beyond, Premier Kathleen Wynne pledged to be pennywise to meet an “unwavering” goal of slaying the province’s $12.5-billion deficit in three years.But her government will also spend billions on public infrastructure, corporate grants, job skills programs and other measures to help grow the economy.While that approach may seem counterintuitive, Wynne insists both those opposing measures can be taken simultaneously to accomplish the complex task her government faces.That includes convincing debt rating agencies, who have signalled their concerns, that her government will do what it takes to hold spending and balance the books.The economy doesn’t work sequentially, Wynne said. You don’t wrestle down the deficit before building up job skills or put the appropriate infrastructure in place, she said.“I think they are integrally entwined,” Wynne added.“All those things are part of the strengthening of the economy. So I don’t see it at all as a matter of sequencing.”The speech, written by the Liberals but read by Lt.-Gov. David Onley, largely regurgitated the May 1 budget that triggered the election June 12 and formed the basis of the Liberals’ election platform.It repeated many of the same pledges, such as cash for skills training, a made-in-Ontario pension plan and $29 billion over a decade to fund public transit and transportation projects. It also repeated a promise to release a second poverty reduction strategy within 60 days.“Your government’s efforts to lift children out of poverty, send more young people on to postsecondary education and help businesses become more globally competitive are all part of the same equation, because together they add up to more opportunity, more security and more economic growth,” Onley read.But the speech also warned that there’s no money for wage increases in the broader public sector as new contract talks loom on the horizon.The Liberals maintain they can balance the books without eliminating public sector jobs or cutting public services, even though economists have warned that holding spending will be a very challenging task.Even Don Drummond, who literally wrote the Liberals’ guidebook on austerity, has his doubts that they can balance the books without lost jobs.Moody’s debt rating agency also cited concerns about the Liberal government’s ability to slay the deficit in three years, changing its outlook on Ontario’s debt rating from stable to negative late Wednesday.The opposition parties say they don’t buy that the Liberals can meet their target without layoffs.They’re already spending $12.5-billion more than the taxpayers can afford, said interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson.“I worry that if the government keeps spending as wildly as they’re planning on doing in this throne speech with new programs, that we won’t have the money available for the basic programs that we count on like health care and education.”NDP leader Andrea Horwath warned the Liberal plan will mean massive layoffs and the selling off of Crown corporations.“This is an austerity plan that’s dressed up to look like something very progressive,” she said.The throne speech said voters gave the Liberal plan a green light when they handed the party a majority of seats in the legislature. It also promised the party will govern from the “activist centre” and chose “partnership over partisanship.”“It will not invite your questions only after decisions are taken, but as decisions are made,” Onley read.One of those decisions was the costly cancellation of two gas plants at a possible cost of up to $1.1 billion, which has dogged them for years. A legislative committee looking into the cancellations was to hear from more witnesses before the June election was called.The speech promised more government transparency and accountability, but the Liberals didn’t promise more hearings, only that they would take steps to allow the committee to write its report.Having avoided punishment at the polls in spite of the scandal, the Wynne Liberals appeared less concerned about putting some distance between themselves and the previous administration under Dalton McGuinty.The former premier, who resigned in October 2012 under a cloud of controversy, even attended the throne speech with Wynne singing his praises.“I was talking to him afterwards and the plan that we’re putting forward builds on the work that I did, that we did, under his leadership when he was premier,” she said.“So I’m very, very pleased that he was here, that he thinks we’re on a very good track.”
by Justin Slimm Posted Mar 31, 2016 12:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Confidence lower than ever in Alberta: CFIB It’s another record low for small business confidence in Alberta. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released its Business Barometer report for the month of March, which shows the numbers have slipped for the fourth consecutive month. Amber Ruddy, Alberta director with CFIB, said there is a lot of pessimism in the province right now, and the report’s confidence index is at its lowest ever, with a mark of 26.5 out of 100 points. She added that it’s been a tough month for the entire country. “Nine out of the 10 (provinces) have seen a decline this month, but we are more than 20 points lower than any other province,” Ruddy said. “Even in terms of the industries. Of course, natural resources, transportation and agriculture are at the bottom of the list, but a lot of the industries have been moving down as well.” An index above 50 points means owners expect their businesses to grow in the next 12 months. Many entrepreneurs say staffing will continue to be an issue, and employees may be let go throughout the year.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Luo Zhaohui, China’s ambassador to Canada, meet in Halifax on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The province is working to strengthen trade with China, building on their relationship in the education sector and seafood industries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan HALIFAX – Capitalizing on export opportunities represented by China’s burgeoning middle class is one of the keys to growing Nova Scotia’s economy, says Premier Stephen McNeil.McNeil announced a new strategy Thursday aimed at increasing the province’s access to the world’s second largest economy.He said there are no export or job targets included in what amounts to a broad expression of the province’s intent to increase trade.“I think the potential is limitless,” said McNeil. “As we see the growth of the middle class in China there is a hunger for high-quality product and we have high quality product.”China is currently Nova Scotia’s second largest trading partner after the U.S., with provincial exports totalling $420 million in 2015. The figure lags well behind U.S. exports at $3.75 billion, but is an increase of more than 50 per cent over 2014.Seafood exports, particularly live lobster, have led the way, growing from $14 million in 2009 to $208 million in 2015.The strategy puts the province’s focus on its competitive strengths in areas such as seafood, education, IT and tourism. It identifies a need to strengthen relationships within the Chinese business community and to support Nova Scotia businesses which already have access to China’s market.The province says it will also seek to generate more formal agreements similar to a memorandum of understanding signed with China’s education ministry in 2007 and like the recently signed ocean tech agreement between Dalhouise University and Shandong University.Kevin Lynch, vice chairman of BMO Financial Group, said a concerted effort is needed by business and government to continue to push into the Chinese market.“It’s a lot easier to go as a broad-based business community. I think this (strategy) is basically saying it’s time for the whole business community to actually take on board China.”Lynch said China is open to new relationships and Nova Scotia is well poised to take advantage of that attitude.McNeil believes one-on-one meetings are important to open the way for provincial businesses to conclude future deals.He said his office is planning a trip to China in early September. It would be McNeil’s third trade mission to the country since being elected in 2013. N.S. makes play for Chinese market, already its second-largest trading partner by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2016 9:23 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council decided to extend the Mission until 30 November 2014, and authorized it to use “all necessary means” to protect civilians, monitor and investigate human rights, create the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance, and support the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.In doing so, the Council requested UNMISS to focus and streamline its activities, across its military, police and civilian components in order to achieve progress on the above-mentioned tasks, and recognized that “certain Mission tasks will therefore be ceased.”The authorized troop and police strengths of the Mission will remain 12,500 and 1,323, respectively, as was decided by the Council in late December 2013 after political infighting between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar turned into a full-fledged conflict that has uprooted over one million people.At the same time, the Council today endorsed the recommendations made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a recent report to increase the overall force levels of UNMISS to support its restructured mandate. It requested Mr. Ban to review needs on the ground, and provide and updated assessment of the force’s operations, deployment and future requirements 120 days after the adoption of the resolution.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General welcomed the adoption of the resolution, and underlined the importance of the new mandate. He also reiterated that every effort be made by potential contributors to deploy all troops, police and enablers to the Mission, as soon as possible. “The Secretary-General reminds the parties of their primary responsibility to protect civilians from violence and end impunity,” the statement added. “He urges the parties to implement the Agreements signed by both parties on 23 January 2014, and as recommitted to on 9 May 2014, without further delay, show the political will necessary to advance the political process and provide their full cooperation to UNMISS as it carries out its mandate.”In line with its mandate, UNMISS has been protecting between 75,000 and 80,000 civilians who have sought safety at its bases around the country for months since the violence began. In today’s resolution, the Council emphasized that the protection of civilians must be given priority in decisions about the use of available capacity and resources within the Mission.The Council also condemned “in the strongest terms” attacks on and threats made to UNMISS personnel and UN facilities, including violations of the Status of Forces Agreement, and stressed that such attacks may constitute war crimes.
“Only by promoting people’s security and safety, human rights and democratic oversight in the security sector can we lay the foundations for rule of law, peace and sustainable development,” Assistant Administrator for the Crisis Response Unit of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Izumi Nakamitsu told the 15-member Council.Joining Ms. Nakamitsu at the Council’s special briefing on security sector reform were Dmitry Titov, the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and Zainab Bangura Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.Ms. Nakamitsu said security sector reform required both concerted efforts in the lifetime of UN peace operations and longer-term, sustained support. It was critical, therefore, to sequence and strategically prioritize various tasks. Addressing the negative power bases in the security services of post-conflict countries is one of the most challenging aspects of post-conflict reconstruction, she said, stressing the need for predictable and reliable funding sources for national capacity-building efforts.“We must look at security in the broader context of promoting safe and secure environments for communities, especially for women, and in terms of facilitating people’s participation in efforts to strengthen security institutions,” she said. “We must also pay more attention to advancing gender equality and security for women.”“These complex situations require a comprehensive and coordinated response from the UN system and international community,” the UNDP official said. Participants address the Security Council meeting on consolidating the Council’s engagement on security sector reform. UN Photo/Cia Pak/Rick Bajornas/Loey Felipe ‹ ›In her remarks, Ms. Bangura said “a comprehensive response to conflict-related sexual violence must include proactive and purposeful engagement with the security sector, particularly in settings where the security services may have been involved in the commission of sexual violence.”Citing “the critical nexus between sexual violence crimes and dysfunctional security sector reform processes, or the incomplete disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants,” Ms. Bangura gave “tangible results” from initiatives underway such a sin the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea.In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), she said, in the 2014 reporting period, military tribunals convicted 135 individuals, including 76 members of the armed forces, 41 members of the national police and 18 members of armed groups, of sexual violence crimes,” she said.And in Guinea, Ms. Bangura continued, a team of experts has provided technical support to a domestic panel of judges established to investigate and prosecute crimes committed against opposition supporters, including at least 109 cases of sexual violence, has resulted in16 indictments, including against high-ranking military officials, and, most recently, former president Dadis Camara.Moving forward, she stressed that sexual violence prevention should be mainstreamed in all reform processes and be viewed as a fundamental indicator of programme success. Greater representation of women in security institutions at all levels was particularly important to help create forces that respected and protected women and children, in times both of war and peace.For his part, Mr. Titov stressed that security sector professionalization should be at the core of the mandates and activities of UN peace operations where appropriate. “Well-trained, well-supported and service-oriented police and military professionals are a country’s best defence against the violence and instability that threaten both lives and livelihoods,” he said. While peace-operation engagement in security sector reform must concentrate on post-conflict situations, it often has a preventive purpose in some circumstances and should be incorporated early in all relevant operations, he said. Special agreements for such engagements could be facilitated by the Security Council, which could also encourage the Peacekeeping Department to provide more details on national and international efforts in that vital area. In any case, all peace operations should “ideally leave behind at least a basic, functioning security and rule of law system”, he concluded.
Subscribe RONAN O’GARA HAS confirmed he is considering a prominent coaching offer from Top14 side La Rochelle amid French media reports the club want him as their next backs coach. O’Gara, presently employed as backs coach of Super Rugby champions Crusaders, told Off the Ball that he is weighing up a number of coaching opportunities – an offer from La Rochelle among them – while not ruling out the possibility of remaining with Crusaders. “It’s decision time now. I’ve got to weigh up a few options, that’s where I am. I’ve got to decide what’s best for my career, and some really tough decisions to make.“So hopefully in the next 10 days to two weeks I’ll come to that decision but there’s nothing done. Short URL https://the42.ie/4634532 30,609 Views 25 Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 ‘It’s decision time’ – O’Gara confirms interest from La Rochelle and rules out Munster return He isn’t ruling out remaining at Crusaders for another year, either. By Gavin Cooney Ronan O’Gara, coaching with Crusaders. Image: Martin Hunter/INPHO There’s two or three other options [separate to the La Rochelle offer]. It’s a great position to be in. You just want to make sure you’re making the right move for you and your family. There’s a sporting decision at stake and there’s also a family decision at stake.“Also, whether I can stay with the Crusaders is another a decision I’m making.” O’Gara has previously worked as defence coach with French side Racing 92,whom he left in 2017 to move to New Zealand. Although French media claim that he is being considered as La Rochelle’s next backs coach, O’Gara says those reports are “inaccurate” and the job on offer is more prominent. “Jono Gibbes is there as the Director of Rugby and he wants someone to run the rugby programme, and that’s what I’m speaking to him about.“These are good decisions. The family aspect is important, too. If it was purely a rugby decision my decision would be quite easy. But it’s not a pure rugby decision because thankfully I’ve got a good family.“I’m ambitious and take it seriously, but you want to be valued and have the best chance to make it work wherever you go, so that’s what I need to get right.” O’Gara said that a head coach role is his next target, and added that while he has had recent contact with Munster, he has not been offered a coaching role at his old club.Instead, he says that a stay in New Zealand or a return to France is most likely at this stage of his career. “I’ve been talking to Munster ever since I was a player in fairness to them. I’ve known Garrett [Fitzgerald CEO] all my career, 25 years. I have spoken to Munster but there is no serious conversation in terms of a coaching position as I don’t really want it to go that route at the minute.“I think that [a role in New Zealand or France] is best for me, and if I’m good enough then I can get a job at home on my terms.” Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Ronan O’Gara, coaching with Crusaders. May 14th 2019, 5:27 PM Tuesday 14 May 2019, 5:27 PM Image: Martin Hunter/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target If there’s ever been a year to have literally any sort of partnership with Marvel it’s 2019, and adidas has been taking advantage of it in full. They started the year off strong with their Jen Bartel-designed Captain Marvel sneakers and kicked it up a notch for the release of Avengers: Endgame with not only a full lineup of superhero-inspired basketball sneakers but another Bartel joint that drew inspiration from the villainous Thanos. With one more major Marvel movie hitting theaters next month (it’s the one with the spider fellow) adidas is keeping the collaboration going strong with a brand new silhouette.D.O.N. ISSUE #1 Symbiote Spider-Man. (Photo Credit: adidas)The adidas D.O.N Issue #1 (I’m already sold on the name alone) is the first signature sneaker of Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell. Long nicknamed “The Spider” (move over, Anderson Silva), Mitchell’s first shoe draws inspiration from his figurative namesake, the spectacular, amazing, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.D.O.N. ISSUE #1 Stealth Spider-Man. (Photo Credit: adidas)Let’s start with the new silhouette: the D.O.N Issue #1 features a wider outsole than usual — not to bore you if you aren’t into basketball talk but this is meant to provide extra stability for anyone going for slam dunks in these shoes as those landings can be tricky. It also features a propulsion clip on the sides of each shoe to provide support in lateral movements. The shoe’s sole contains adidas’s signature BOUNCE cushioning as well, which you don’t need if you already have spider powers but will definitely help your jump shot if you don’t.D.O.N. ISSUE #1 Marvel’s Iron Spider. (Photo Credit: adidas)Now let’s get down to the Spidey of it all: first off, the shoes feature a classic spider logo on the tongue and a wavy web-like design on each side. It’s also got four distinct colorways lined up, each drawing inspiration from a different Spider-Man costume. The shoe will be debuting on July 1 with the Amazing Spider-Man colorway, which comes in the classic Spidey red and blue. That’s followed by the Symbiote Spider-Man on July 18, which is based off of the symbiote suit that eventually became that Tom Hardy character. Stealth Spider-Man, which looks to be prominently featured in Far From Home is next on August 1. The first wave concludes with a red and gold Iron Spider colorway on August 31.The shoes will run for $100 and are all set to be available on the adidas website on July 1 and adidas stores on July 5.More on Geek.com:Adidas Basketball Celebrates ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With ‘Heroes Among Us’ CollaborationBest Shoes of 2019 (So Far) for Sneaker GeeksAdidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ Sneaker Collaboration Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have LeakedBest Sneakers of Summer 2019
Kylian Mbappe admits that his life has been turned upside down, but is happy living the dreamThe teenage sensation is already a global superstar with the likes of France legend David Trezeguet tipping Mbappe to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best player.The 19-year-old striker has already been in the headlines across Europe for years and was the most expensive signing of the recent summer transfer window at €180m, when PSG made him a permanent member of the squad.With his profile currently at an all-time high, Mbappe has made the cover of this Friday’s edition of Time magazine‘s international edition.In the interview, Mbappe talks about how he became a superstar and confessed that all of his dreams are already coming true.“My life has been totally turned upside down. I am happy, and I am living the life I always dreamed of.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I think I might have missed out on something. I did not have the moments of so-called normal people during adolescence, like going out with friends, enjoying good times.”Mbappe is expected to lead France’s attack in tonight’s game against Iceland in Guingamp with kick-off set to begin at 21:00 (CEST).Time magazine have featured @KMbappe on their international edition 🤩(📸 via @TIME) pic.twitter.com/l7rwjZRU5R— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 11, 2018
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a suite of proposed regulations Thursday intended to improve dockless scooter safety and education.The regulations would require dockless scooter companies to limit the maximum speed of scooters in certain areas of the city, give monthly data reports to the city including data on things like reported incidents and trip information and educate scooter riders on local and state traffic laws as well as the cost of being cited for violating relevant laws. The companies would also have to indemnify the city from liability claims in the event a scooter rider is injured within city limits and obtain a permit from the city with accompanying operational fees.“The rapid evolution of this industry is evidence of the popularity of dockless mobility devices as great options for folks who would like to leave their car at home,” Faulconer said. “As with many disruptive new technologies, there are issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, public safety is our top priority and that will be reflected in these common- sense regulations.”Scooter companies such as Lime, Bird and Razor would have to use geofencing technology to limit scooter speeds to 8 mph in the city’s high- traffic zones like the San Diego Convention Center promenade, Balboa Park, NTC Park and the Embarcadero downtown. Currently, dockless scooters can reach speeds up to roughly 15 mph.The City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee plans to discuss the proposed regulations at its 9 a.m. meeting on Oct. 24.“I’m pleased to have worked with Mayor Faulconer to develop important safety standards for the protection of scooter riders and pedestrians,” said City Councilwoman and Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Member Lorie Zapf. “My goal has always been to slow down the speed of the scooters and address safety concerns. With this proposal I feel confident that we will see changes for the better.” Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 18, 2018 October 18, 2018 Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Mayor Faulconer proposes regulations for dockless scooters Updated: 11:02 PM
U.S. Rep. Brian Baird visited Oregon Iron Works in Vancouver on Friday to talk about green job creation and his proposed wave-energy legislation.The Clackamas, Ore.-based company, which operates a fabrication plant on the Columbia River-front in Vancouver, is finishing construction on the first of 10 prototype wave-energy buoys it’s building for New Jersey-based Ocean Power Technologies. When completed, the 130-foot-long structures will be installed in the Pacific Ocean about three miles off the coast of Reedsport, Ore.“Here’s an example of jobs being created by the need for renewable energy,” said Baird, D-Vancouver. “I’d like (Washington) to lead the world in the export of renewable energy technology.”The project will bring the company about $3 million to $4 million per buoy and employ about 35 full-time workers, said David Gibson, renewable energy program manager for Oregon Iron Works.Oregon Iron Works officials say they hope that the wave-energy industry will blossom, leading to more job creation and long-term growth for the company. But more research and testing of the nascent technology must first be done to ensure it can compete financially with other forms of renewable energy, Gibson said.
A 2.5-acre brush fire near Ninilchik on the Kenai Peninsula threatened homes Saturday. (Courtesy of the Alaska Division of Forestry)The Alaska Division of Forestry is warning Alaskans in the Southcentral region of the state about high fire danger. Burn suspensions were issued for the Kenai Peninsula, the Delta and Tok areas through Monday, but those suspensions could continue through the week. Division of Forestry spokesperson Tim Mowry said over a dozen wildfires cropped up around the state over the weekend.“Yea, we had several fires pop up in Southcentral Alaska, mainly Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula over the weekend. We had more than a dozen fires on state protection areas,” he explained.A 2.5-acre brush fire near Ninilchik threatened homes on Saturday and a snowmachine sparked a blaze on the tundra near Unalakleet in northwest Alaska as well. Mowry said that earlier snowmelts and later winters around the state have led to a longer fire season.“That still does vary year to year. Last year for example, a real late spring and things didn’t get started up until early May,” he added. “It’s really weather dependent and snowmelt dependent. This year, we lost our snow around the state earlier than normal. So, that did trigger sort of an earlier start to that pre-green up fire season.”Forestry is encouraging residents to track when and where burn suspensions are issued as the season wears on and even when there’s no suspension, to keep a close eye on any burn barrels and open brush fires, especially near any homes or structures.“People just need to be really cognizant of the fact that any kind of spark can start another fire and follow all the conditions on the burn permit so there isn’t that possibility – clear down to mineral soil around your fire, have water and tools on hand, never leave the fire unattended,” Mowry said.Fire conditions aren’t expected to improve for much of Southcentral Alaska through this week as no major rain events are in the forecast. You can keep track of the latest burn suspensions and fire conditions on the Division of Forestry’s burn permit webpage.
Facebook not just beat estimates of earnings and sales for the June quarter, but also earned more than the combined net profit of India’s top three software service exporters â€” Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro.Last Wednesday, the Menlo Park-based social media company reported 186 percent rise in net income to $2.06 billion for the June quarter, from $715 million in the corresponding quarter, ended June 2015. It was more than the combined net profit of Infosys ($511 million) TCS ($940 million) and Wipro ($304 million) that came to $1.76 billion.Facebook reported advertisement revenues of $6.24 billion for the second quarter (Q2) ended June, up 63 percent from $3.83 billion in the corresponding quarter last year.The spurt was mainly due to growth in mobile ads segment. Mobile advertising revenue accounted for about 84 percent of overall advertising revenue in Q2, up from about 76 percent in the second quarter of 2015.”Our community and business had another good quarter. We’re particularly pleased with our progress in video as we move towards a world where video is at the heart of all our services,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, said in a statement. Facebook had 1.13 billion daily active users on average for June this year and 1.71 billion monthly active users as of June 30, 2016.The company is in the news these days for alleged undervaluation of intangible assets transferred to its Irish subsidiary in 2010. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), after a probe, served a notice to the company, as disclosed by Facebook in a regulatory filing last week.”While the notice applies only to the 2010 tax year, the IRS states that it will also apply its position for tax years subsequent to 2010, which, if the IRS prevails in its position, could result in an additional federal tax liability of an estimated aggregate amount of approximately $3.0 billion to $5.0 billion, plus interest and any penalties asserted,” the filing said.
Anisul HuqLaw minister Anisul Huq has assured the United Nation high commissioner for human rights that the government would investigate any allegation of excessive use of force by the law enforcing agenciesHe met Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and told him that if proved guilty, Dhaka would bring perpetrators to justice.UNB reports that Anisul Huq also assured the top UN official that the on-going operations are temporary measures to curb the drug problem, and the government looks forward to end these as soon as the situation comes under control.The minister, during his meeting with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in Geneva on Friday, discussed protection of human rights in Bangladesh and beyond.The meeting was a part of the government’s on-going cooperation and ‘respectful discourse’ with the UN human rights mechanism, said a press statement of the ministry on Saturday.The high commissioner underscored that the drug problem is emerging as a global phenomenon and governments need to address its demand and production aspect, especially through correctional measures and not just by using force.During the meeting, the high commissioner stated that Bangladesh’s on-going generosity towards the displaced Rohingyas was indeed exemplary to many other countries including those from the West. He further appreciated Bangladesh’s proactive and responsive engagement with UN Human Rights mechanism.Minister Anisul Huq appraised the high commissioner on the difficulties being faced by Bangladesh due to arrival of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas, with special emphasis on the recent significant rise of problems related to drug trafficking and use.He informed that this has compelled the government to take the initiative to conduct the on-going nation-wide anti-drug operations, as the youths of the country are being hugely and adversely affected by the drug menace.He mentioned that, while the government was in the process of addressing the issue through correctional measures and of enacting relevant laws and rules, the emergence of armed drug syndicates during the Rohingya influx has forced government’s hands to take stern actions.This has resulted in many arrests, and unfortunately, some deaths mainly due to the armed resistance by the drug dealers.The minister is visiting Geneva as the leader of Bangladesh delegation to the on-going 107th International Labour Conference.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: One year ago this week was the event we now simply call “Harvey.”Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall highlighted any and all weaknesses in our ability as a region to survive such catastrophes.Since then, Harris County and the city of Houston have taken measures to mitigate the impact of future flooding.But not all of those plans are without controversy.Take what’s called the floodplain ordinance. The City Council revised it earlier this year and the changes go into effect Sep. 1. It toughens building standards. But might there be unintended consequences?Keith Downey serves as president of the Kashmere Gardens Super Neighborhood, a majority African-American community just north of the Fifth Ward.“In our community, this area – I mean – was devastated, it really was,” he said as we drove through the neighborhoods. “You can see some of the people that are back in their homes. Look at this, in some cases you can tell they’re just getting back in.”A lot of homes here have been raised on cinder blocks.City officials would like that to be the norm: The city’s floodplain ordinance will require new construction in the 500-year floodplain – that is, land that has a one in 500 chance of flooding – to be elevated by two feet above the floodplain.Of existing residents, this only applies to those whose homes were more than 50 percent damaged. Downey estimates this is true for about a fifth of houses here.“They barely can afford – if they can afford – someone, to level their home, and then to raise it up to code,” Downey said. “You’re talking about an underserved community. You cannot ask money from people that you’re trying to help. They don’t have it.”Bill King, a Houston businessman, who ran for mayor in the last election, thinks “that was a terrible standard to choose to regulate to.”He wrote a blog arguing that the negative effect on low-income communities will be beyond just those who have to raise their homes.“I think you’re going to see speculators and developers start to buy up those properties and tear them down,” he said. “And then they’ll go back with properties, with houses, that are much higher scale that you can afford to build up to the higher levels.”That, King said, will accelerate gentrification in those areas.He would rather see the regulations apply to the 100-year floodplain plus areas that were flooded by Harvey. He said that would make more sense because the FEMA-designated floodplains aren’t always a good indicator of where flooding occurs.Jim Blackburn sees it differently. The co-director of Rice University’s SSPEED Center said the floodplains are the bare minimum that should be regulated.“There’s probably more that should be identified but the floodplain is the starting point,” he said. “And what I know is the floodplain that we have mapped, is the 100-year floodplain, is inaccurate and obsolete and it makes no sense to rebuild to that standard, just knowing you’re going to flood in the future.”Blackburn said there really shouldn’t be any development in the floodplains along Houston’s bayous. He calls the ordinance a move in the right direction.The council member for the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood, Jerry Davis, said he gets that many can’t afford raising their homes – but the same people can’t afford to flood again either.“So it’s in our best interest, not just for this next year but for the generations to come for us to make sure that we have put in an ordinance that’s going to protect them and protect their families,” Davis said.Either way, poor, minority communities appear to lose the most after disasters such as Harvey.A recently published study found that while whites on average gain wealth after major disasters, blacks, Hispanics and Asians lose wealth. The study also found that the wealth gap widens more in counties that receive more federal disaster aid.Whether the city’s floodplain ordinance will contribute to or work against that wealth gap, remains to be seen. X Listen Share – / 7 00:00 /03:54
Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts celebrated it’s silver jubilee in an exceptional manner. Delhiites were taken back in time via an exhibition which showcase journey of all the audio-visual equipment INGCA has been using and the multi-disciplinary documentation it has done using them in 25 years.This exhibition titled 25 years of Audiovisual Journey: Recalling Through Equipment and Documentation provides a retrospective stopover to view how evolution took place in the last 25 years and how the world is negotiating towards future – in the digital sphere. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’IGNCA, has gone beyond the traditional platforms to archive their heritage and with technology they have brought out a lot to public domain. They have brought out a lot in last one year to public domain hence, conducting large number of seminars, exhibitions, collaborative events. Dipali Khanna, member secretary, IGNCA said ‘This exhibition is basically to exhibit the equipments that this organisation have used in 25 years which is for interest to the people who wants to know about it. This is also to show the work we have been documenting on this particular centre.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn commemoration of the 25 years of audio-visual, the Media Centre in run-up to this exhibition and also organised a film festival which will screen six documentaries from renowned directors to highlight the cultural vibrancy that has been captured by traditional as well as new age AV techniques.Media Centre of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts has been carrying out audio-visual research documentation, archiving them for posterity, post-production and dissemination of documentaries through DVD publication, Doordarshan transmission, film shows and outreach for scholars in Media Centre Library.Eminent actor Kulbhushan Kharbanda, said,‘This exhibition potrays the change in technology, cinema has also progressed in every way from its production, content, picturisation. With technology, the world is getting closer, now everything is available to people easily.’
Wearable technology has quickly gone from The Terminator movie set to quickly becoming a normal part of our everyday life.How far into the future do we have to look for this same technology to be embedded under our skin?The time is now and with the subtle and socially acceptable entry into society, nobody will be surprised to see this quickly become the norm.You can put a phone away or take off a watch in social settings, and at work or school, you are sometimes made to do so.Impact of Technology on Communication in RelationshipsOver the past several years, the rules of etiquette have erodedWith the device being part of our being, how will common courtesy be affected in our day to day lives?With the invention of the telephone, there were certain rules that we used to adhere to as a common courtesy to others around us.It was unacceptable to take a phone call while the family sat around eating dinner or while in a meeting.Now people can almost effortlessly text anyone they like without anyone around them knowing.If you cannot text at that time, it is easy to excuse yourself and text while in the bathroom for instance.It is maybe not acceptable but it is very common now for people to be texting gossip about somebody right in front of them without them even knowing.If a person goes out on a blind date and it is not working out so well, there is an app that you can launch that will make a call to you with false claims of an important reason you need to end the date.Impact of Technology on Communication at WorkIn hunting for a job, technology has completely changed the proper etiquette that once upon a time could have been the deciding factor in landing a job.Resumes went from something you took serious consideration on what type of paper you should print them on, to never even seeing ink or toner.Forget the thank you card that would be meticulously handwritten after an interview, it is now socially acceptable to email that same sentiment or text message for that matter.Technology has easily relieved many uncomfortable confrontations in life.Maybe that blind date did workout and you begin a relationship, that same person can easily break up with you over text message.The boss that hires you without ever having touched your resume, well he can certainly fire you without even looking you in the eye.Without the app, the blind date may continue because she couldn’t stand to tell him.But as the evening goes on, she starts finding him more interesting and gives him a chance.Or the boss couldn’t bear to look a man in the eye and tell him he was being let go knowing he has a family at home to support?It appears technology has made the world a bit cruel in some aspects.The future of technology will no doubt make life easier but how will it affect our respect for one another when it takes away uncomfortable situations that we would experience face to face?