Social services minister enters race to replace Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

first_imgREGINA – A renewal of Saskatchewan’s governing party envisioned by outgoing Premier Brad Wall showed early signs Tuesday when a rookie cabinet minister jumped into the leadership contest and a veteran announced his retirement.Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said she couldn’t watch the race to replace Wall as Saskatchewan Party leader from the sidelines.“I am leaning in. All the way in,” Beaudry-Mellor said.Wall announced on Thursday that he was stepping away from politics after 10 years as premier. He said his province and the party would benefit from a fresh perspective.Beaudry-Mellor won office just 16 months ago in the April 2016 election. She was a longtime political studies instructor at the University of Regina and a former chairwoman of the group Equal Voice, which advocates for women in politics.She predicted Tuesday that people will say she hasn’t been in office long enough.“They will be correct,” she said. “But if this is really about renewal, then I see this as an advantage, not a disadvantage.”While Beaudry-Mellor was ramping up her political ambitions, one of the party’s founders said he’s retiring from public life and resigning his seat.Legislature member Bill Boyd said in a statement that his retirement effective Sept. 1 can be part of the party’s renewal.Boyd served as a cabinet minister from 2007 to 2016 and held various portfolios, including energy and resources and economy.Beaudry-Mellor is the first woman to run for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party in its 20-year history.She said she’s worked hard to encourage women to get involved in politics and has tried to contribute to the conversation about redefining leadership.“People need to see strong female leaders and they need to see us step up. I didn’t want to be one of those women that needed to be asked 100 times before I stepped in,” she said.Also on Tuesday, Wall’s office outlined rules for any cabinet ministers wanting to enter the leadership race. His office said Wall had advised all ministers that they will be required to leave cabinet immediately if they decide to run.Wall wants to ensure no candidate has any advantage by virtue of being in cabinet, the email added.He also said running a leadership campaign may not allow a minister sufficient time to perform ministerial duties, and being outside cabinet allows candidates to openly express their views on all issues.Joe Garcea, a political science professor at the University of Saskatchewan, expects several cabinet ministers could join Beaudry-Mellor in the race.“I think … she wanted to be first because she wanted to at least have a day or two, or a week perhaps, where the focus was entirely on her and no one else,” said Garcea.“She thought the early bird catches the worm, the first out of the gate will have a bit of an advantage … before the field gets too crowded.”Member of Parliament Brad Trost, who represents a Saskatoon-area riding, has said he’s considering whether to enter the leadership contest.“If the party wants to have an outsider, reset something, not someone from this caucus, I fit the bill,” Trost said in a phone interview from Saskatoon.“If they want to reach out to a lot of the new Canadians … I have probably the best connections of anyone in the province.“There is a case to be made for me to do it. I just don’t know if I’m going to do it.”.Trost was first elected as an MP in June 2004 and recently ran to become leader of the federal Conservatives. He lost to Regina MP Andrew Scheer.last_img read more

Jilted lover, his mother held for murdering girl’s father

first_imgGhaziabad: A youth and his mother have been arrested in connection with the murder case of a 45-year-old man in Sihani gate police station area of Ghaziabad. Cops said that the youth stabbed victim several times while his mother supported him in the crime.According to police, the incident occurred on May 2 when the accused identified as Honey alias Kaalu(19), stabbed Raju Kumar, a stone artist, in Gandhi village under Sihani gate police station area. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesRaju was a native of Meerut but lived in Gandhi village along with his family of three daughters and a wife. Police officials said that the accused wanted to marry Raju’s 18-year-old daughter but murdered him as he fixed her marriage with some other boy. “The incident was a fallout of jilted lover scene as he wanted to marry victim’s eldest daughter. However, her father had fixed her marriage to some other guy and the accused plotted conspiracy to murder him in order to take revenge,” Sanjay Kumar Pandey, Station House officer of Sihani Gate police station told Millennium Post. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe officer further said that Honey, a B.Com first year student at a college in Ghaziabad, had been stalking the girl from the past few months and developed feelings for her. “The girl’s family had fixed her marriage with some other which was scheduled to be held on May 17. The accused never wanted her to her married to some other guy and developed harsh feelings for her family. He purchased a knife, a few days before the incident, from an online portal for Rs 289 and started keeping it with him. For the past two months he was trying to take a revenge with her family and then wanted marry her,” said Pandey. “During sustained interrogations, the accused told police that on the day of incident, he had gone to the girl’s house for a conversation with her family but it turned ugly. Upon having an heated argument with girl’s father, the accused took out a knife and attacked her father. When he tried to run out of the house for help, the accused chased him and keep on stabbing him on road while the victim kept running and collapsed on road after a 500 meters of struggle. The victim succumbed to injuries in the hospital and the whole incident was captured in a CCTV camera,” added Pandey. Cops said that the accused went absconding after the incident and was arrested from outside the Ghaziabad court on Wednesday. “The accused wanted to surrender himself in the court but police arrested him on a tip off from an informer. We have also arrested his mother, who works as a maid, as she was found to have been involved in the crime,” said Pandey.last_img read more

In yearend news conference Ban flags UNs challenges and successes in tumultuous

These were among the observations made today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the start of his end-of-year news conference, during which he highlighted progress and challenges encountered by the world body and international community throughout the past 12 months.“A tumultuous year is coming to a close. 2012 saw tension from Syria to the Sahel, and from Eastern Congo to the Korean Peninsula,” he told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. “Turmoil tested us, once again, on our founding obligation: to stop conflict and build peace.”“At the same time, the United Nations helped to lay foundations for progress on the top challenge of the 21st century: sustainable development,” he added.On the issue of Syria – where at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago – Mr. Ban expressed his deep concern over the increasing militarization of the conflict and the potential for atrocities being committed along sectarian lines.The conflict in the Middle Eastern country has displaced more than 500,000 people, with many of those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries – the number is expected to grow as fighting continues and as winter takes a hold in the region. In addition, according to UN estimates, there are an estimated four million people inside Syria who need urgent humanitarian assistance, including an estimated two million internally displaced persons (IDPs).“Neighbouring countries face a huge financial burden in sheltering and caring for them… I call on the international community to respond generously and urgently to the humanitarian appeal launched today in Geneva,” he said, referring to the launch of a $1.5 billion appeal by the UN and its humanitarian partners to assist civilians affected by the conflict over the next six months, including those inside the country as well as those taking refuge beyond its borders. The UN chief noted that he is considering convening an international donor conference, in close coordination with key partners, early next year.He also urged the international community to unite firmly behind the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who has been engaged in mediation efforts to find a “peaceful, political solution that brings democratic change while preserving the fabric of Syrian society and the peaceful coexistence of its communities.” Turning to the Africa’s Sahel region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, the Secretary-General noted that some 20 million people across nine countries are in crisis, “their lives upended by a volatile mix of drought, hunger, poor governance, drug trafficking, terrorism and extremism.”He made particular mention of the situation in Mali, which he described as “urgent.”The West African nation has been dealing with a range of security, political and humanitarian problems since the start of the year. Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north in January, following which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March have also uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians.Just last week, the Secretary-General and the Security Council called for an end to military interference in politics there, following the arrest of a Prime Minister by members of the country’s armed forces, which subsequently led to his resignation and the dismissal of the Government.“We must do all we can to help Malians restore their democracy, recover their territory, address the humanitarian crisis and end the shocking human rights violations,” he said. “Dialogue and negotiations should be pursued seriously even as military options are carefully prepared.”The UN chief welcomed the appointment of a new Prime Minister, Django Sissoko – succeeding Cheick Modibo Diarra – as an opportunity to bring new momentum to Mali’s political process.The Secretary-General noted that the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains the scene of instability, including sexual violence committed by combatants on all sides. The region has been beset with renewed violence involving armed groups – notably the 23 March Movement (M23) – which in turn has led to greater humanitarian pressures in a region already experiencing dire humanitarian problems.“The time has come for the international community to rethink its approach to the DRC and the Great Lakes region – the underlying causes of the conflict in the region must be addressed in a comprehensive manner,” he said.Referring to a recent “provocative” rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Secretary-General observed that the act had raised regional concerns and defied the international community – and that he looks forward to the outcome of Security Council consultations on an appropriate response.He added, “In Northeast Asia, at a time when many countries are undergoing leadership transitions, I hope high priority will be given by the new leaders to building a more prosperous future based on stability and the peaceful resolution of disputes.” Mr. Ban said the recent killings of health workers in Pakistan were cruel, senseless and inexcusable acts, which he condemned in the strongest terms, in addition to calling on all concerned to do their utmost to create a secure environment to provide life-saving health services to Pakistan’s children.The Middle East peace process, the Secretary-General stated, is in a “deep freeze,” with the two sides – Israelis and Palestinians – seemingly more polarized than ever, and a two-State solution farther away than at any time since the Oslo process on the matter began in 1993. “I am deeply concerned by heightened settlement activity in the West Bank, in particular around Jerusalem. This gravely threatens efforts to establish a viable Palestinian state,” Mr. Ban said. “I call on Israel to refrain from continuing on this dangerous path, which will undermine the prospects a resumption of dialogue and a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis alike – let us get the peace process back on track before it is too late.” The Secretary-General made note of the political transitions taking hold in Libya, Myanmar, Somalia and Yemen, as well as the successful holding of elections in Sierra Leone last month and the impending end of the UN peacekeeping mandate in Timor-Leste at the close of 2012. He described the closure of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) as a measure of the south-east Asian nation’s progress on the path from fragility to stability.In that vein, he noted that Egypt’s own political transition is at another critical moment – the North African nation has experienced violent clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, as the country considers a new constitution in the wake of the fall from power of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.“I have spoken with President Morsi in recent days and expressed my hope that the transition will be able to move forward in a peaceful, consensual manner,” Mr. Ban said.“My hope is for compromise on all sides so that Egypt can focus on its pressing socio-economic needs and build a ‘pyramid of democracy’ in the heart of the Arab world,” he added. “This is an Egyptian led process. It will take time. It is crucial for Egyptians to resolve their differences through dialogue and build a new Egypt that respects and protects the rights of all.”Referring to these international concerns as a whole, the Secretary-General said that the United Nations has mobilized to face these and many other tests, stating that “all our tools are at work: from peacekeeping and good offices to human rights monitoring, humanitarian relief and development assistance.” Turning to broader international themes, the UN chief said that the global economy continues to leave too many people behind, with continuing weak economic growth meaning that it will take a long time to ease the global jobs crisis. “Our response must protect – and invest in – the world’s poorest people and nations,” he stated.Mr. Ban said that over 2012, the United Nations also took major steps to advance economic and social progress and to build solid foundations for long-term peace. He cited the adoption by UN Member States in September of a landmark declaration on the rule of law and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) as examples of this.Held in Brazil in June, Rio+20 saw world leaders acknowledge the importance of an inclusive, transparent, strengthened and effective multilateral system to better address the urgent global challenges of sustainable development. One of its main outcomes was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals, which will build upon the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – set in 2000 for achievement by 2015 or earlier – and converge with the post-2015 development agenda.“We aim to build on the progress we have made towards the Millennium Development Goals – and press harder as the deadline approaches,” Mr. Ban said.On the issue of climate change, the Secretary-General said the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, had provided what is needed to keep the international community on track for a comprehensive, legally binding agreement on the issue by 2015.“That is what governments have pledged to do, and it is what they must achieve,” he said. “As a spur to what we know will be very difficult negotiations, I intend to bring world leaders together in 2014.”The two-week meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, wrapped up today in the Qatari capital, with delegates reportedly agreeing to extend the Protocol, whose first commitment period expires at the end of this year, until 2020. Under the Protocol, 37 States – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments.Mr. Ban said he would have more to say about his forward-looking agenda in the New Year. read more

International independent probe of alleged violations in Yemen needed – UN deputy

“We encourage the Yemeni National Commission to make progress on all aspects of its mandate to investigate all allegations of violations of international law and Yemeni law, including those that go beyond the extent of the Commission’s cooperation with OHCHR [the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights],” UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore told a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva yesterday.She said that OHCHR has re-established its engagement with the National Commission on a programme of joint activities and a list of thematic priorities. The first of these activities took place from 21 to 23 February, in Doha, Qatar, which was a capacity-building workshop on international humanitarian law, investigative methodologies and lessons learnt from UN commissions of inquiry.The de facto authorities in the capital, Sana’a, have officially communicated their intention not to extend cooperation to the National Commission or to any OHCHR team tasked with implementing the Human Rights Council resolution.In response, OHCHR has urged the authorities to reconsider that decision and called on all parties to follow through on their commitment to cooperate with the National Commission and OHCHR.She said that calls for an international and independent commission of investigation have been dismissed by some as potentially undermining the National Commission.However, there are no persuasive reasons to believe that an international and independent investigation could not operate alongside a national commission of inquiry as the existence of one does not exclude the other, she explained. The National Commission’s first publications failed to comply with internationally recognized standards of methodology and impartiality, she pointed out.Still, Ms. Gilmore argued that the violations allegedly committed in the ongoing conflict are of such gravity that impunity simply cannot be accepted. In the absence of credible mechanisms for national remedy, international and independent alternatives are essential.“The High Commissioner has no choice but to reiterate his call for an international and independent commission of inquiry into all allegations of violations of human rights and humanitarian law, regardless of the alleged perpetrators,” she said.Such an approach would also support the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Yemen to reach a negotiated and durable settlement of the conflict, she added. read more

People who are bullied at work have an increased risk of heart

People who are bullied at work have an increased risk of heart attacks, a new study has found. The research found that those who experience violence in the workplace are also subject to the risk – which includes a heightened likelihood of strokes and other cardiovascular problems. The study is the largest ever to investigate such a link. The authors of the study, published today in the European Heart Journal, said that their findings could have important implications for employers and national governments. Ms Tianwei Xu, a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, who led the study, drew attention to the possible decrease in heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues that could be achieved if action was taken on the report’s findings. “If there is a causal link between bullying or violence at work and cardiovascular disease, then the removal of workplace bullying would mean we could avoid five per cent of all cardiovascular cases, and the eradication of violence at work would avoid more than three per cent of all cases,” she said. The researchers looked at data from 79,201 working men and women in Denmark and Sweden, aged 18 to 65, who were participants in three studies that started between 1995 and 2011 and have been followed up ever since. Participants were asked about bullying and violence in the workplace and how frequently they experienced each of them. Nine per cent of participants reported being bullied at work while 13 per cent reported experiencing violence or threats of violence at work in the past year. After taking account of other possible contributing factors and adjusting for age, sex, country of birth, marital status and level of education, the researchers found that those who were bullied or experienced violence at work had a 59 per cent and 25 per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease respectively. The researchers believe the link could be explained by high blood pressure – which is known to be caused by stress – or an increased likelihood of anxiety and depression which, in turn, can lead to over-eating and excessive alcohol consumption.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

NEW LEADER IN FRANCE Chambery put trophy in the PSG hands

2.Montpellier241923733:63340 1.Paris SG242013779:61941 14.Istres242220632:7616 12.Creteil247314669:70017 PSG Handball are on the way to win the Championship title in France after defeat of the leader Montpellier HC in Chambery 29:27! Two matches before the end of the race everything is in the hands of Mikkel Hansen and his team-mates…Chambéry : Tritta 1/3, Panic 6/7, Gille Benjamin, Gille Bertrand 3/3, Basic 2/6, Feutrier 3/4, Paty 6/10, N’Guessan 7/10, Paturel, 0/1, Detrez, Bicanic 1/3. Diot, Genty, 14 saves 35%Montpellier : Simonet 6/9, Tej 4/6, Grebille 2/9, Dolenec 5/8, Guigou 4/4, Borges, Gaber, Kavticnik 2/7, Villeminot, Fabregas 0/1, Gajic 4/5, Mackovsek 0/2. Mesnard 42% 6 saves, Siffert 25% 7 savesSTANDINGS: 8.Nimes249312686:69121 11.Aix247314674:71317 7.Cesson Rennes249411595:61822 9.Toulouse248412697:68820 6.Nantes241239672:65527 10.Tremblay249213660:68720 3.St. Raphael241446730:70632 4.Dunkerque241608616:58632 13.Selestat245019633:73210 5.Chambery Savoie241518646:63331 ← Previous Story Vive Tauron Kielce celebrate 12th Polish title! Next Story → Tatran celebrate Slovakian title – Vlado Bozic is new goalkeeper! read more

Killzone on PS4 can handle 24 enemy AI on screen PS3 was

first_imgWith the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One next month, console gaming is going to be brought right up to date in terms of performance. The hardware inside both machines is on a par with what modern PCs currently offer, and developers are sure to take advantage of that from day one. But according to developer Guerrilla Games, the games on these new consoles won’t just look better, they’ll squeeze a lot more gameplay in, too.The Official PlayStation Magazine UK did an interview with Killzone: Shadow Fall lead designer Eric Boltjes where he discussed the capabilities of the PS4 and how much better it is than previous generation hardware in terms of what can be included in a game.It’s hard to see just how much better PS4 and Xbox One games are in terms of experience until you actually get to experience them, but Boltjes has certainly whetted my appetite for what’s coming.Comparing the Killzone games on the PS3 with Shadow Fall, he stated that the PS3 saw enemy AI limited to seven on screen at any one time. Within those seven you could have two different types of enemy. That allows for some interesting gameplay and challenges, but the variation is clearly quite limited.With Shadow Fall on PS4, the enemy AI count maxes out at 24 and several different types. That’s over 3x the number, which should make for a very busy FPS. And what happens if a 25th enemy is added? The frame rate of the game will drop, so it’s unlikely you’ll see that happening too often (at least on purpose) in Killzone: Shadow Fall.You can apply this gain to any game type you like. As well as better graphics performance, PS4 games will generally have a lot more going on in terms of action, and it’s safe to say the same thing about games on Xbox One. That’s great for gameplay, and hopefully breathes new life in to many of the well-established genres as well as allowing more than a few novel new games to be created.last_img read more

Meyer close to breaking into starting lineup – Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes Max Meyer is close to breaking into the starting lineup and could give the club the kick they need to start their season.The German midfielder was Palace’s marquee summer signing when he unexpectedly arrived on a free transfer from Schalke, but owing to a lack of match fitness and then a virus he has yet to get a consistent run in the team.The former Schalke captain is pushing to start on Sunday against Arsenal, and will potentially come up against compatriot Mesut Ozil.Palace manager Hodgson said of the 23-year-old, as quoted by Sports Mole:“He is doing very, very well. He is very much the player we hoped we were signing. He is going to be a very good player.”Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“I’ve been conservative, I suppose, at the start of this season, and I’ve certainly given my support and put my confidence in the players who did so well for us last year.”“But one thing’s for certain; everyone knows that Max Meyer is breathing down their neck if I can put him in from the start.”“It’s a pity he wasn’t available last week (for the 2-0 defeat at Everton) because if he had been there we would probably have had him on the field.“The fact is we believe in his talent and when he starts a game and does very well, or comes into a game and turns it around, then there will be your answer (to if he can make the difference for Palace). We believe he has the potential to do that.”last_img read more

ASAWISHH Partners Product Made with US Soy Recommended in New Nutrition Guide

first_imgAn international food and nutrition advisory organization has released a new recipe book that provides guidance on how to use Incaparina, which is made with U.S. soy and corn by World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) partner Alimentos, S.A. in Guatemala.Current WISHH Chairman Daryl Cates tries Guatemalan recipes made with Incaparina during WISHH Farmer Travel to Guatemala in 2015.Alimentos markets soy-based foods and beverages to consumers of all income levels throughout Central America. The Guatemalan school nutrition and other social programs are a major market for the company’s soy-based foods. As a result of WISHH’s teamwork with the company, the Salvadoran government now also buys Alimentos’ products for its school meals program.The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project that developed the Spanish-language recipe book and guide for the government of Guatemala and USAID/Guatemala partner staff. The new guide and recipe book promotes nutritious, accessible and affordable foods to improve the diets of women and young children in Guatemala’s Western Highlands.The guide’s multiple recommendations on how to use Incaparina further affirms the value of soy in nutrition programs for children and women. Alimentos remains committed to delivering additional U.S. soy-based Incaparina products to the market this year.last_img read more

Shell oil rigs leave the Arctic skip Seattle

first_imgShell’s Noble Discoverer drill rig leaving Unalaska Monday afternoon. (Photo by John Ryan, KUCB – Unalaska)Shell’s two Arctic oil rigs pulled into Unalaska’s Dutch Harbor on Sunday, some 1,100 miles south of the company’s drilling site in the Chukchi Sea.Download AudioThe Noble Discoverer and the Polar Pioneer headed south from the Chukchi shortly after Shell abandoned its quest for Arctic Ocean oil after drilling one well this summer.Shell spokeswoman Megan Baldino said the rigs are refueling and making crew changes during their brief stops in Dutch Harbor.The Noble Discoverer steamed out of Dutch Harbor under its own power Monday afternoon; the Polar Pioneer remained anchored on the far side of Hog Island in Unalaska Bay.Before this summer’s unsuccessful drilling season, Shell contracted with Seattle’s Foss Maritime to store the rigs at the Port of Seattle in the off-season.While Shell spokeswoman Megan Baldino said the rigs’ final destinations are still being determined, they will not be returning to Seattle.The Port of Seattle welcomed Shell’s rigs this spring, but the city did not.Protesters in kayaks as well as city and state officials tried to block Shell from parking at the Port. Last month, a city hearing examiner overturned the mayor of Seattle’s attempt to stop the Port from hosting Shell.On Monday, King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North ruled against environmental groups that had sued the Port of Seattle over its plan to house the oil rigs. They opposed the project because of its twin risks of spilling oil in the remote Arctic Ocean and fueling runaway global climate change.While Shell no longer faces legal obstacles to bringing its rigs to Seattle, the company is sending them to other ports in Washington state. The Noble Discoverer is headed to the Port of Everett to offload equipment and supplies. Baldino said the Polar Pioneer, towed by the Ocean Wind and Ocean Wave tugboats, will head to the Port of Port Angeles.When a single tug towed Shell’s Kulluk oil rig from Dutch Harbor to Everett in 2012, the rig broke free during a winter storm in the Gulf of Alaska. The U.S. Coast Guard had to rescue the Kulluk’s crew by helicopter before the rig ran aground off Kodiak Island. The Kulluk wound up in a scrapyard in Asia.“We’ve incorporated many, many lessons from our 2012 program,” Baldino said. “Safety is our first priority.”Baldino said she had no new information to provide on the fate of the 400 employees who worked on the Arctic drilling project in Anchorage. As many as 3,000 Shell contractors were doing fieldwork on the project at any given time this summer.Shell spent more than $8 billion and nearly a decade looking for oil in the Chukchi Sea, including $1.4 billion this year alone. The company is expected to provide more information on the financial implications of the failed venture when it discusses its third quarter financial results later this month.last_img read more

Climate resilience workshops

first_imgThe village of Shishmaref voted to move their village and along the coast of Alaska, discussions are taking place about how to adapt to survive into the future. Workshops designed to move beyond studying change to look for solutions within communities are happening and our guest host will lead the discussion about their findings.Shishmaref. (Photo: KNOM file)Listen NowHOST: Julia O’MalleyGUESTS:Aaron Poe – Fish and Wildlife – in studioRyan Toohey – Alaska Clmate Science Center – in studioStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Tirupati Nocturnal house to amuse visitors soon

first_imgTirupati: The Nocturnal House being built by TTD at Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park to house various nocturnal animals like civet cats, owls, bats, jungle cats and other rare and endangered species has been completing fast.TTD was taking special interest and has come forward to build the house as it needs the aromatic secretion of civet cats regularly which will be used in Lord Venkateswara’s Abhishekam every Friday and in other rituals. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Till some time back, TTD used to grow civet cats in its dairy farm in Tirupati and collect the secretion. As the norms did not allow captive breeding of the civet cat, they have shifted them to SV Zoo Park and getting the required secretion from there itself. Needless to say that civet cat secretes a musk like substance from a gland near its tail. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us In view of this and in the larger interests of the visitors too, they agreed to build a nocturnal house in more than three hectares of land by bearing entire cost of it. Speaking to The Hans India, the Zoo Curator M Babitha said that the nocturnal house will have 18 cells to house 18 different species. They have been in consultation with the authorities of other zoos to bring more species, which will amuse the visitors as the species having their routine in the enclosures built resembling their natural habitat where the atmosphere will reverse the day and night with the help of lighting pattern. Advertise With Us Serious efforts were on to bring Asiatic Lion, which is genetically more superior to the zoo from Gir National Park, Gujarat under exchange programme for which the enclosure also getting ready. The zoo is having only hybrid lion. Himalayan black bear which lives more in cold places may soon join the sloth bear in the zoo. Required plantation and other environmental aspects are getting readied to accommodate the Himalayan black bear. While the lion safari was already there, white tiger safari is ready but not yet opened. The tigers being in acclimatisation stage. Once they get fully acquainted, the safari will be opened to the public, said the curator. The zoo is not having any giraffe at present and it may cost about Rs 1 crore to get one. They are in touch with foreign zoos and they may give it free of cost. But to bring it up to Mumbai in flight quarantine has to be provided and it all incurs a huge amount. She felt that donors have to come forward with their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities to fund this and they can donate in parts also. She recalled that, Infosys foundation has been engaged in constructing a compound wall on east and west side with Rs 12 crore under CSR.last_img read more

Wipro sacks hundreds of techies for nonperformance

first_imgPeople walk in the Wipro campus in Bangalore June 23, 2009.Reuters fileGlobal software major Wipro “sacked” at least 600-700 employees in fiscal 2016-17, ostensibly for non-performance or not rising to its expectations, said a company source on Thursday.”Attrition takes place every quarter when employees leave voluntarily for various reasons or involuntarily when asked to go for non-performance or not measuring up to the expectations during appraisal,” a Wipro source told IANS on condition of anonymity.The source, however, declined to specify the number of techies “sacked” in the fourth quarter (January-March) of the just-concluded fiscal (FY 2017), as the company was in “silent period” ahead of its results on April 25.Asked how many employees left involuntarily in the quarter (Q4) or during the fiscal under review, a Wipro spokesperson said the company made a performance appraisal regularly to align its workforce with its business objectives, strategic priorities and requirements of its global clients.”Our performance evaluation triggers actions such as mentoring, retraining and up-skilling. The appraisal also leads to the separation of some employees from the company and their numbers vary from year to year,” the spokesperson said in a statement in Bengaluru later.last_img read more

BTRC asks IIG to block 58 news portals

first_imgBTRCThe Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered the International Internet Gateway (IIG) operators to block the access to 58 news portals of the county.The order was given on Sunday based on recommendations of the government and law enforcement agencies, Jakir Hossain Khan, BTRC’s senior assistant director (media), told UNB on Monday.The news portals include,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

US Added 213000 Jobs In June

first_imgLynne Sladky/APJoana Dudley looks at a list of job prospects at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla., in January. Economists say the government’s June jobs report is likely to show a continued tightening of the labor market.Updated 8:45 a.m. ETThe Labor Department reported Friday another big month for job growth, with a larger than expected addition of 213,000 jobs for the month of June.The unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.0 percent as some people who had been on the sidelines moved back into the labor force.The report underscores a familiar refrain: That are lots of jobs being created, but not enough people to fill them. That continues as employers consistently hire at robust rates and the unemployment rate keeps falling.The economy has now been adding jobs for nearly 8 years — its longest streak on record. The U.S. is considered at near full employment, and the biggest challenge in the job market is the lack of available workers — a record 6.7 million jobs remain unfilled. In many industries, including trucking, construction, and information technology, this labor shortage is becoming increasingly acute.For workers, a hot job market is a good thing, resulting in what have so far have been modest increases in wages. And companies have been offering more benefits to attract and retain their workers. That trend is likely to continue through 2018, with some economists predicting the jobless rate will keep falling to 3.5 percent by year-end. The last time it was that low was in 1969.For employers, however, a hot job market is costly. It increases pressure to raise wages, and even curb business growth if there are not enough people to do the work.For the month of June, wages increased at a relatively solid annual rate of 2.7 percent.An ADP/Moody’s Analytics survey out Thursday showed private hiring rose by 177,000 last month, slightly below expectations. “Business’ number one problem is finding qualified workers,” says Moody’s Chief Economist Mark Zandi. The problem, he says, will get worse if hiring continues at its current pace. “These labor shortages will only intensify across all industries and company sizes.”As hiring continues unabated, the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates two more times this year, as it weighs concerns that the economy could overheat. The Fed has twin goals of controlling inflation while promoting maximum employment.Last month, President Trump broke with long-standing practice and tweeted about the jobs report prior to its official 8:30 am release, prompting markets to move. That did not happen in advance of the June report.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Protesters Flood US Cities to Fight Trump Immigration Policy

first_imgBy Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated PressThey wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: “No more children in cages,” and “What’s next? Concentration Camps?”In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered June 30 across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.Belinda Brown-Payne, from Silver Spring, Md., reacts to speakers during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents in Lafayette Square across from the White House on June 30 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming. They gathered on the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children were being held in cages, and on a street corner near Trump’s golf resort at Bedminster, N.J., where the president is spending the weekend.Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. His “zero tolerance policy” led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, most of them fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries.Those marching Saturday demanded the government quickly reunite the families that were already divided.A Brazilian mother separated from her 10-year-old son more than a month ago approached the microphone at the Boston rally.“We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen. So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me,” she said through an interpreter, weeping. “Please fight and continue fighting, because we will win.”The crowd erupted.In Washington, D.C., an estimated 30,000 marchers gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest protest of the day, stretching for hours under a searing sun. Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off.Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical “Hamilton,” sang a lullaby dedicated to parents unable to sing to their children. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.“It’s upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages,” said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. “Seeing everyone together for this cause, it’s emotional.”Around her, thousands waved signs: “I care,” some read, referencing a jacket that first lady Melania Trump wore when traveling to visit child migrants. The back of her jacket said, “I really don’t care, do U?” and it became a rallying cry for protesters Saturday.“I care!! Do you?” read Joan Culwell’s T-shirt as she joined a rally in Denver.“We care!” marchers shouted outside Dallas City Hall. Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the Trump administration’s “barbaric and inhumane” policy has seemed to transcend political lines.“This is the issue crossing the line for a lot of people,” said Robin Jackson, 51, of Los Angeles, who protested with thousands carrying flags, signs and babies.Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd and Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters who called for his impeachment.The president took to Twitter amid the protests, first to show his support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement as some Democrats called for major changes to the agency. Tweeting Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE agents to “not worry or lose your spirit” and wrote that “the radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police.”He later tweeted that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration overhaul measures that failed last week, contradicting a post three days ago in which he urged GOP congressional members to pass them.Marchers took to city parks and downtown squares from Maine to Florida to Oregon; in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico; on the international bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico; even in Antler, North Dakota, population 27. People braved the heat in Chicago and Atlanta to march.In rural Marshalltown, Iowa, about 125 people gathered for a march organized by Steve Adelmund, a father of two who was inspired after turning on the news on Father’s Day and seeing children being separated from their families and held in cages.“It hit me in the heart. I cried,” he said.“If we can’t come together under the idea of ‘Kids shouldn’t be taken from their parents,’ where are we?” he asked. “We have to speak out now while we can, before we can’t.”___Associated Press reporters Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Emily Schmall in McAllen, Texas; David Warren and Ryan Tarinelli in Dallas; Paul Elias in San Francisco; David Sharp in Portland, Maine; Martha Irvine in Chicago; Sarah Betancourt in Boston; Damian Dovarganes in Los Angeles; Rick Callahan in Indianapolis; Bob Lentz and Ron Todt in Philadelphia, Claire Galofaro in Louisville, Kentucky, and Julie Walker and Michael Sisak in New York City contributed to this report.last_img read more

Iran talks at impasse amid bickering extended for 3rd time

first_imgAfterward, Kerry spoke of progress, while acknowledging a “couple of very difficult issues” still blocking a deal. And despite the sharp public comments by both sides, he said the negotiating atmosphere was “very constructive.”Still, the sense of drift grew. A senior U.S. official said the preliminary April deal that set up the present negotiations had been extended until Monday. That effectively set a fourth target date for a final accord that initially was supposed to be sealed by June 30.The tougher rhetoric Friday mirrored the frustrations by the sides as the current round of talks entered its 14th day. After blowing past two extensions, negotiators had hoped to wrap up the talks by Friday, but Zarif’s comments cast doubts that agreement was near.The sides had hoped to seal a deal before the end of Thursday in Washington to avoid delays in implementing their promises.By missing that target, the U.S. and Iran now have to wait for a 60-day congressional review period during which President Barack Obama cannot waive sanctions on Iran. Had they reached a deal by then, the review would have been only 30 days.Iran is unlikely to begin a substantial rollback of its nuclear program until it gets sanctions relief in return. VIENNA (AP) — The Iran nuclear talks shifted Friday to a blame game, as Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States of shifting its demands and dismissed a warning that the U.S. was ready to quit the negotiations.Hours after his comments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met again with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for another attempt at resolving the differences standing in the way a landmark deal that offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for long-term, verifiable curbs on nuclear programs that Tehran could use to make weapons. “If you drive the talks into a dead end then it will be you who will be committing a strategic mistake,” Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said at Friday prayers following the rally in Tehran, addressing the U.S. “And its outcome will not benefit you since Iran’s nuclear staff are ready to accelerate nuclear technology at a higher speed than before.”The talks are formally between Iran and six world powers but have devolved into U.S.-Iranian negotiations over recent months, with diplomats saying the other nations were ready to accept terms agreed to by Tehran and Washington. Zarif’s critical comments were thus seen as mostly directed against Washington.Still, disagreements also have surfaced recently between the U.S. and Russia. Moscow supports Iranian demands for at least a partial lifting of the conventional arms embargo as part of any deal. That’s something Washington opposes — and an issue Zarif appeared to touch on in his comments to Iranian state television.Beyond “witnessing a change of stances” from the other side, Zarif noted a “different stand” on some issues among the six nations. “This situation has made the work difficult,” he said. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, talks to journalist from a balcony of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Long-standing differences persist over inspections of Iranian facilities and the Islamic republic’s research and development of advanced nuclear technology. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Anti-American sentiment remains strong in Iran, though Iranians overwhelmingly welcomed the preliminary nuclear accord in April.On Friday, tens of thousands of Iranians taking part in an annual pro-Palestinian rally marched in Tehran, chanting “Down with America!” and “Death to Israel!”___Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, and AP video journalist Philipp Jenne in Vienna contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Kerry had warned Thursday the Americans were ready to leave the talks, declaring “we can’t wait forever for a decision to be made.” Zarif, in contrast, said his side was ready to stay and work for a “dignified and balanced deal.”Foreign ministers or top deputies of all seven nations are expected to join the talks before any impending deal. But while Germany’s foreign minister remains in Vienna, the Russians and Chinese left days ago, and their French and British counterparts followed Friday, reflecting the lack of substantial advances.British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond spoke of “painfully slow” progress, telling reporters ministers planned to re-group Saturday “to see if we can get over the last hurdles.”The scope of access to U.N. inspectors monitoring Iran’s nuclear program remains one of the sticking points in the talks. The Americans want no restrictions, whereas Iranian officials say they are concerned that unrestricted monitoring could be a cover for Western spying.Diplomats say Iran’s negotiators have signaled a willingness to compromise on the issue, but hardliners in Iran remain opposed to broad U.N. inspections. In a message directed to “negotiators on both sides,” Iran’s military spokesman, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, told Iran’s Fars news agency that “access to the military sites will not be allowed under any circumstance.” Top Stories Quick workouts for men Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

PRMI Promotes Four Executives

first_img in Headlines, journal, News, Origination Share PRMI Promotes Four Executives Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) has announced the promotion of four of its executives: Tom George as EVP and Chief Production Officer, Ruth Green as EVP and COO, A.J. Swope as EVP of Secondary Marketing, and Mathew Whitebrook as SVP of Capital Markets.“These promotions are reflective of the wealth of experience, dedication to excellence and skillful leadership of these four individuals,” said Dave Zitting, PRMI CEO and President. “In order for PRMI to continue on a path of growth and success, it’s critical to have leaders that are united in and guided by our core values, which Tom, Ruth, A.J., and Mat exemplify every day.”George joined PRMI shortly after its founding in 1998 and holds over two decades of industry experience. He has worked in loan origination as well as business development, was named Utah Business Magazine’s 2014 CXO of the Year, and was promoted from his most recent role of COO to his current position. As Chief Production Officer, George contributes to the growth of PRMI through the building and strengthening of relationships with the organization’s branches, divisions, and business units.“I believe PRMI continues to stand out in the mortgage industry because of how much we truly care for people,” George said. “We are committed to advocating for our customers, improving our communities, fostering business relationships, and empowering our employees and partners to find success.”Green has worked in the mortgage business for 25 years, 19 of which have been spent at PRMI. In that time, she has held numerous positions in underwriting, training, business relations, and most recently, was PRMI’s SVP of Operations. In 2014, Utah Business Magazine honored Green as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch. Her focus on improving the organization’s quality of service and product offerings through effective management, communication, and technology implementation prepared her to step into her current role of COO, where she assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operations at PRMI, the announcement said.“We have the best operations team in the business,” Green said. “I’m honored to be part of this talented group of individuals and eager to work together as we continue seeking new and improved ways to simplify the mortgage process and enhance the customer experience.”Swope’s promotion to EVP of Secondary Marketing is a testament to his astute oversite of PRMI’s program administration, pipeline management, and business technology strategy, according to the release. His 20 years of industry experience, including the last 10 years with PRMI, have focused importance of quality data, cost reduction, and profit enhancement as critical components to the ultimate success of the organization.“At PRMI, our reputation is our currency; we are known for being innovative and doing what’s right for our clients,” Swope said. “PRMI is a brand that everyone can trust, and I look forward to identifying and creating more opportunities to add value to our branches and customers as we move into the future.”Whitebrook assumes the position of SVP of Capital Markets, where he will leverage his talents to develop, monitor, and maintain servicing strategy for PRMI. Whitebrook has been with the organization since 2008 and has 18 years of experience working in mortgage finance. His breadth of knowledge and understanding of capital markets allow him to step into his new role as he helps manage the suite of PRMI products, while mitigating risk and managing margin expectations for the company.“Despite the challenging lending environment of 2018, PRMI’s conservative business methodologies have uniquely positioned the company to be a top national mortgage lender,” Whitebrook said. “The expansion of my leadership role will allow me to collaborate with my colleagues in an impactful way, as we implement PRMI’s growth strategy.” center_img 2018-08-03 Kristina Brewer August 3, 2018 490 Views last_img read more

February 6 2008 Aurélien Froment participated in

first_imgFebruary 6, 2008 Aurélien Froment participated in the Arcosanti seminar week in July 2002 and returned to Arcosanti for the rest of his workshop in 2005. He returned to Arcosanti this week for a short visit after the opening of an exhibition in Tucson, a colloboration of French artists “Zones Arides” at the MOCA. Aurélien Froment participated in the Arcosanti seminar week in July 2002 and returned to Arcosanti for the rest of his workshop in 2005. He returned to Arcosanti this week for a short visit after the opening of an exhibition in Tucson, a colloboration of French artists “Zones Arides” at the MOCA. On Monday night Aurélien presented the first screening of ‘The Apse, the Bell and the Antelope’ to residents and workshop participants here at Arcosanti. The film was shot in Arcosanti in July 2005. The narration is by Roger Tomalty and the cinematography is by Vanessa Colombel. It has been produced by Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. [Photo & text: sa] Aurélien is a French artist who makes films, books and exhibitions. He has recently shown in Zones Arides (Moca, Tucson, 2008), Calling the Elephant (Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2007), Twice Told Tales (Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, 2007), In the Stream of Life (Betonsalon, Paris, 2007) and continues to work and show with Store Gallery in London. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more