1000 children to receive access to inclusive child care

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced that 1,000 children with extra support needs will have access to inclusive child care with the help of SCD and ASCD programming.The funding is part of a three-year, $30-million investment through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada.The ministry says this funding, announced in February 2018, will reduce waitlists for inclusive child care and improves access to programs across the province for children with extra support needs. “Every parent wants the best for their child, yet many families with children who have extra support needs have been struggling for years to find quality care,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development.“This investment is a key part of our vision of affordable, quality child care for every B.C. family who wants it.”Supported Child Development (SCD) can include:One-On-One help for children who may need assistance during meals or to take part in activities with peers.Information and training for child care staff to help them make their programming more inclusive, such as creating a visual schedule to help children better understand their daily routine, or allowing children to begin their day earlier to be better oriented before the day begins.Working with families to link them to other local resources and support groups in the community, or to help them access medical and other needed services.The Province is investing more than $1 billion in child care over the next three years through Childcare BC, moving towards its long-term vision of a universal childcare system in B.C.last_img read more

Mayawati attacks govt over farmers cane dues

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Monday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over rising cane arrears to farmers,asking why it cannot act tough against the erring sugar mill owners. “How can the UP sugarcane farmers be happy and prosperous when their arrears amount to Rs. 10 thousand crores ? This is a matter to ponder on. Anti-farmers and pro-capitalist BJP government need not make wrong claims,” Mayawati said in a tweet. “Why is BJP not acting tough against the mill owners like the BSP government and getting all the arrears of the farmers cleared?” she asked. On Sunday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers and alleged that ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) were only working for the rich and are not bothered about the poor. She had also shared a media report on Twitter that claimed the dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in the state.last_img read more

Rona to focus on customer service as it seeks turnaround from weak

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 12:44 pm MDT Rona to focus on customer service as it seeks turnaround from weak results AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Rona has vowed a better customer experience at its stores as the big home improvement retailer struggles to turn around results weakened by the poor economy and intensifying competition from U.S.-based rivals.“The customer experience will be our 2014 priority,” president and CEO Robert Sawyer said Tuesday during a conference call to discuss third-quarter results that missed analyst expectations as Rona also reported its 13th consecutive quarter of declining same-store sales.Among the areas that will be beefed up are basic things like hours of operation and employee training, he told analysts, acknowledging that the chain took its eye off the consumer experience as it dealt with pressing financial challenges.“It’s not rocket science. . . . we’re just trying to be pleasing to the customer,” Sawyer saidThe Quebec-based company earned $30 million or 25 cents per share in the period ended Sept. 29. Net income was up from $5.5 million or five cents a share from a year earlier, but down from $33.5 million or 28 cents per share in 2012 when excluding one-time items.Revenues for the summer quarter decreased 4.3 per cent to $1.17 billion from $1.22 billion due to store closures and a 2.4 per cent decrease in same-store sales, a key metric involving stores open at least a year.Rona (TSX:RON) said the decrease in same-store sales was affected by a sharp drop in Canadian single-family housing starts, particularly in Quebec where it earns nearly half its revenues. The company said Ontario and Western Canada performed well aside from 18 Totem stores in Alberta that are being rebranded with the Rona name.Store closures cut $18.2 million in sales while new openings added $3.5 million.The retailer has completed eight of 11 planned big box store closures in Ontario and B.C. announced earlier this year. The remaining three locations will be shuttered by year-end.Rona was expected to earn $39.2 million, or 30 cents per share, in adjusted profits on $1.25 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Sawyer said the results didn’t meet Rona’s own expectations but the company is delivering on elements under its control.It has achieved $63 million of its $110 million in planned cost reductions this year. The cost savings are mainly related to job cuts, the renegotiation of major administrative service contracts and store closings. About 30 per cent of the savings are to be reinvested in the company.A $21-million cut in selling, general and administrative expenses was more than offset in promotions which lower prices and reduced gross margins by $26 million.“In fact, for me, this is short-term pain for long-term gain,” he said, adding he’s confident of a turnaround.Sawyer said the free cash generated in the quarter and $214 million of proceeds from the sale of its commercial and professional market division put the company in “an excellent financial position” to repurchase up to 8.6 million common shares, or 10 per cent of its stock over the next year.Analysts have suggested that Rona shareholders need to be patient about a recovery for the company.“Overall a very tough quarter,” said Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity, who highlighted the weak same-store sales numbers.“I think the market likes the share buyback that the company announced…but I still think the company’s facing a lot of headwinds here going forward and we’re going to see a few more quarters that look like this,” he said in an interview.Dley said Rona continues to struggle amid tough consumer spending in Canada and increasing competition from U.S. players Home Depot and Lowe’s. While Rona’s same-store sales are in decline, Home Depot recently said its Canadian store numbers have improved.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Rona shares closed at a 52-week high, gaining 44 cents or 3.66 per cent, to $12.45.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the results “underscore the challenging macro environment and the challenge facing Rona as it works to rebuild its foundation.”“2013 best viewed as transitional year as new management team works to realign offering, pricing, cost structure,” she wrote in a report. read more

Paul Walkers daughter sues Porsche over fatal 2013 crash that killed Fast

by Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 6:46 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche over fatal 2013 crash that killed ‘Fast & Furious’ actor FILE – In this April 29, 2011, file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie “Fast and Furious 5,” in Rome. Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, has filed a lawsuit Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, against Porsche, claiming the sports car that her father was a passenger in when he was killed in late 2013 suffered from numerous design defects. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Paul Walker’s daughter sued Porsche for wrongful death Monday, claiming the sports car that her father was in when he was killed suffered from numerous design defects.The lawsuit filed by Meadow Rain Walker seeks unspecified damages for defects that her lawyers claim kept the actor trapped in the Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed and burst into flames in November 2013.Walker was on a break from filming the seventh film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise when he was killed. He was riding in the Carrera GT driven by friend and business associate Roger Rodas when the car spun out of control, struck three trees and burst into flames on a street in Santa Clarita, California.The wrongful-death suit claims the car, which was marketed as a street-legal race car, lacked a proper stability control system and safeguards to protect occupants and keep it from catching fire after a collision.“Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today,” the lawsuit states.An email sent to representatives of Porsche Cars North America was not immediately returned.The 18-page lawsuit includes a detailed recounting of the crash and contends that the Porsche was travelling 63 to 71 mph (101 to 114 kph) when it spun out of control.Investigators concluded the Porsche was going much faster — up to 94 mph (151 kph) — when it crashed.The investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash. That investigation was aided by engineers from Porsche, who evaluated the wreckage of the rare car.Meadow Walker’s lawsuit contends Porsche didn’t include a stability control system in the Carrera GT model Rodas was driving but includes it in other models. It also claims the car lacked proper reinforcements in its doors and used rubber fuel lines that didn’t break free to prevent a fire in a crash.Similar allegations of design and safety defects were included in a wrongful death lawsuit by Rodas’ widow, Kristine Rodas, that remains pending in a federal court in Los Angeles. Rodas was trained as a race car driver and was only driving 55 mph (89 kph), according to his wife’s lawsuit. He left behind two young children when he died.Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” film franchise, co-owned an auto racing team with Rodas named Always Evolving. Meadow Walker, 16, is the sole heir of his estate.Walker’s two brothers helped complete action scenes in “Furious 7,” which earned more than $1.5 billion globally after it was released in April.___Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP___This story has been corrected to show the title of the latest film is “Furious 7” not “Fast & Furious 7.” read more

Celtics Jared Sullinger Suspended One Game For Domestic Abuse

The Boston Celtics have decided to suspend forward Jared Sullinger for one game for a domestic violence arrest he was involved in on Sept. 3, the team announced Tuesday.The team’s statement reads: “The Boston Celtics announced today that they have suspended forward Jared Sullinger one game for his role in an incident that occurred on August 31, 2013. The suspension will be served during the team’s game at Toronto on October 30, 2013.‘Jared’s case was dismissed yesterday in Waltham District Court,’ said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. ‘While we are satisfied that this was the correct ruling, we are suspending Jared for one game because he failed to meet the high expectations we have for all Celtics employees.’The team will have no further comment on this matter.”Sullinger will miss Bostons’ opener in Toronto on Wednesday night.The domestic abuse charges were dropped Monday. read more

Surrey Police apologise after judgment reveals disclosure failings in Jonathan King sex

Jonathan King arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last yearCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA  Logs of complaints made by witnesses were not kept and decisions were based on inaccurate material.The judge said there had been a “widespread failure” to follow proper procedures and branded the approach taken by at least one officer “lamentable”.King, 73, from west London had denied 23 serious sexual assault charges against boys aged between 14 and 16, between 1970 and 1988. Jonathan King arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court last year Surrey Police said in a statement: “We recognise that there were serious organisational failings in the investigation, particularly in relation to disclosure process and we will continue to study the Judge’s ruling in detail.”The force said it has been a complex investigation involving an “enormous” amount of data, adding: “When the issues relating to disclosure became apparent we, with other members of the prosecution team, worked tirelessly in an effort to correct these errors. Birds solicitors, which represented King, said: “This case is yet another example of failings in the disclosure process.”It should be of great public concern that the numerous shortcomings in the disclosure process would not have been discovered but for the determination of the defence team.”King took to Twitter to confirm he had been found not guilty and blast the “false allegations” made against him. I can now confirm that I was found #NOTGUILTY of several false allegations last month; trial collapsed and jury dismissed; today the #Judge suggested the #CPS and #SurreyPolice abandon the further false claims and they have agreed to do so. No retrial. Sometimes the system works.— Jonathan King (@KingOfHits) 6 August 2018 The former Genesis producer was found guilty in 2001 of sex offences against five teenage boys in the 1980s and was released from jail in 2005 after serving half of a seven-year sentence.But the more recent police investigation was flawed from the outset.Surrey Police launched its investigation in 2000 but it resulted in no charges and was the subject of a review by Merseyside Police.As a result of that review, Operation Ravine was established in 2014 and King was arrested the following year.“It was imperative that the Operation Ravine investigation and prosecution was conducted with scrupulous fairness and efficiency in order to be seen to remedy the claimed failures of the past,” Judge Taylor said.“The disclosure fiasco shows that it has failed in its objective.” “We deeply regret that despite these efforts we did not meet the required standards to ensure a fair trial.”As a result, the evidence will not be tested by a jury and neither the complainants’ nor the defendant have their voices heard in court. For this we wholeheartedly apologise.”We recognise that for policing nationally, and at a local level, it is vital that we get disclosure right in order to ensure both the integrity of the criminal justice system and public confidence.”The force is commissioning an independent review of the investigation.The CPS said it would contact the complainants to explain its decision not to appeal the ruling.A spokesperson said:  “During the trial the police made us aware of issues with their handling of disclosure in the case.”We asked the court to dismiss the jury and worked with the police to remedy this ahead of a retrial.“We appreciate today’s decision will be upsetting for the complainants and will contact them to explain our decision not to appeal the ruling.“While we are satisfied the CPS handled the disclosure process appropriately and robustly in this case, there is an unprecedented focus from police and prosecutors to drive improvements in this area.” Police have “wholeheartedly apologised” for repeated, serious failings in the sex abuse trial of Jonathan King that allowed him to walk free from court.The disgraced pop mogul will not be retried over the historic allegations after his trial collapsed and was branded a “debacle” by the judge.Judge Deborah Taylor said Surrey Police made “numerous, repeated and compounded” errors over the course of its lengthy investigation into King, primarily on disclosure.She detailed the damning mistakes in a judgement released on Monday, weeks after she was forced to discharge the jury a fortnight into the trial at Southwark Crown Court.Rather than undertake a detailed review of more than 4,500 documents relating to the case, Surrey Police conducted a simple “keyword search,” the judgement reveals.Several “clearly relevant” items were left off the trial schedules while other key material was missed due to inaccurate descriptions. 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

Prince Philip crash passenger who broke wrist claims police havent asked her

The Queen attends church at Sandringham on SundayCredit:Mark Cuthbert The scene of the crash, near Sandringham The scene of the crash, near Sandringham She added: ““There needs to be a decision as to whether Prince Philip and I are from the same walk of life or not, and we either receive the same treatment or we don’t.”I haven’t had a full medical check over yet, I just feel that his treatment or his experience hasn’t been the same as mine.”A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “In any collision investigation our priority is to ensure medical welfare is addressed in the first instance before taking any statement.”We can confirm arrangements were made on Friday (18 January) to take a statement from the passenger involved in the collision. This will take place tomorrow (22 January).“Further contact was attempted on a number of occasions over the weekend but unfortunately these were not successful.“Family liaison officers are not normally deployed for collisions of this nature. However, recognising the level of public interest in this case we felt it appropriate to provide additional support.“All family liaison officers give advice around handling media attention, and as part of this, it is made clear that it is a decision for the individual whether or not to speak to journalists.”Ms Fairweather was interviewed on ITV’s This Morning, following several interviews with the Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers.  The Duke of Edinburgh driving in September 2018Credit:Peter Jolly Asked what she hoped for from officials, she said: “I think an acknowledgement, not so much any admission of responsibility, but that somebody who would like to talk to me about how difficult this is going to be for me.”I’ve had no support. The only support I’ve had is my very immediate family.”Neither party [the Duke or the second driver] have been forthcoming with very much information.”Asked about whether she had spoken to the Duke immediately after the crash, she said: “Somebody said he did try to but he was advised not to.”[But] I don’t think asking if you’re OK is accepting liability.”The Duke was photographed on Saturday driving a replacement Land Rover near to the Sandringham Estate, without wearing a seatbelt.  A woman who broke her wrist in a car crash with the Duke of Edinburgh has criticised police for their treatment of her, claiming she has still not been asked for a statement four days on.Emma Fairweather, 46, was a passenger in a Kia Carens which collided with the Duke’s Land Rover on Thursday, and has said she is “very upset” by the treatment she has received from police and Buckingham Palace. Claiming she has not even been asked to give a statement detailing what happened, she said she believed she was being treated differently to the Duke, who has since been photographed out driving again.Ms Fairweather has received a message of support from the Queen, delivered by a lady-in-waiting via a telephone message while she was away from home, but said of the approach of police and palace: “The support that I was offered initially hasn’t really been the reality for me.”I’ve had no opportunity to discuss this in any formal capacity.”I need somebody to understand that I still have medical concerns. I’m very worried that I haven’t been asked for a statement from the police. Her friend, the 28-year-old driver of the car Ellie Townsend, has chosen not to speak publicly, understood to be shaken by the experience after fearing for her nine-month-old baby son in the back of the car.Ms Fairweather claimed she has asked for car insurance details from Mrs Townsend “a number of times” in the aftermath of the crash, telling This Morning: “Finally yesterday afternoon I received a very formal email from her husband to share those details with me.” The Duke of Edinburgh driving in September 2018 The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday “When I contacted the Family Liaison Officer to say I have a number of questions, he hasn’t been prepared to listen to those.” Ms Fairweather said she had been “very upset” after seeing the pictures, adding: “Of course accidents happen, but there needs to be a period of reflection on what could be done differently to prevent the same thing happening again.”It was highly insensitive and inconsiderate to me.” Mary Morrison, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, had telephoned Ms Fairweather prior to the interview, saying in a message: “Hello, I’m ringing from Sandringham House.”The Queen has asked me to telephone you to pass on her warmest good wishes following the ­accident and she is very eager to know how you are and hope that everything is going as well as can be expected. “We’re all thinking of you very much at Sandringham and I’ll try you at a later date. Unfortunately I’ve got to go out quite shortly but I hope all is well as can be expected for you. Thank you very much indeed. Goodbye.”A senior Palace aide has also spoken directly to the driver. read more

EHF CL Derby matches in Paris and Skopje

8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu7106183:230(-47)2 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601226:199(27)12 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7304179:182(-3)6 5. KS Vive Tauron Kielce7322214:202(12)8 GROUP D:Motor – Baia Mare 18Sunday:Skjern – Elverum 16.50STANDINGS: 5. HC Metalurg8206172:187(-15)4 6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214189:207(-18)5 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko7106184:200(-16)2 The VELUX EHF Champions League Round 9 weekend is on the way…GROUP A:MVM Veszprem – RK CELJE Pivovarna Lasko 16Besiktas MOGAZ – Orlen Wisla Plock 17PPD Zagreb – SG Flensburg 19PSG Handball – THW Kiel 20.45 2. Skjern Handbold7412198:182(16)9 GROUP B – SUNDAYRK Vardar – FC Barcelona 17.45Vive Tauron Kielce – KIF Kolding Kobenhavn 19STANDINGS: 4. THW Kiel7403206:187(19)8 4. HCM Baia Mare7331194:190(4)9 3. HC Vardar7502207:180(27)10 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt7502211:189(22)10 6. IFK Kristianstad8206235:253(-18)4 1. FC Barcelona Lassa7511211:194(17)11 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn7106174:212(-38)2 GROUP C:FC Porto – Naturhouse La Rioja 18Meshkov Brest – Tatran Prešov 18 5. Vojvodina8206202:235(-33)4 3. Futebol Clube do Porto7502195:189(6)10 2. MVM Veszprém7511195:179(16)11 1. Naturhouse La Rioja7601218:184(34)12 2. HC Meshkov Brest7502225:184(41)10 4. MOL-Pick Szeged8503231:226(5)10 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen8512217:202(15)11 1. HC Motor Zaporozhye7502204:195(9)10 6. TATRAN Presov7106170:202(-32)2 3. Kadetten Schaffhausen8413223:216(7)9 6. Elverum Handball Herrer7115187:208(-21)3 4. Chekhovskie Medvedi8305215:231(-16)6 7. Montpellier HB8206211:231(-20)4 EHF CLhandball ← Previous Story MIZUNO World Handball Player 2015 reaches 100.000 votes! Next Story → THE END OF WINNING SERIES: Melsungen stop RNL! read more

Risk of heart problems from antidiabetes drugs is being overlooked experts warn

first_imgTRIALS OF GLUCOSE-LOWERING drugs are not taking potential heart risks into account, experts have warned.In a review published today in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, a range of heart and diabetes experts have reviewed evidence showing a link between drugs used to treat diabetes and heart attacks.There is already an increased risk of heart failure among those with diabetes.They note that while ‘major adverse cardiovascular events’ such as cardiovascular death, heart attack, and stroke are all taken into account in clinical trials of the drugs, it is not seen as a key factor when accessing the associated health risks.“Until heart failure is systematically evaluated in clinical trials, the cardiovascular safety of antidiabetes drugs will remain uncertain,” Professor John McMurray from the University of Glasgow, who led the study, said. Fortunately, some trials in progress are taking heart failure into account as a secondary outcome. But many others are neglecting to report this important complication as a key trial outcome.Diabetes Ireland say that the number of people with diabetes in Ireland is expected to hit 194,000 by 2015, a rise of 37 per cent from the 2007 figure.They say one in eight people over 60 has diabetes.Column: Fat isn’t funny anymore – not when it’s costing the country almost €4bn a year >Read: More than half of Irish people over 50 have two or more chronic diseases >last_img read more

Local cops plan to look for distracted drivers today

first_imgPolice from Clark County law enforcement agencies are planning extra patrols beginning today, looking  to ticket drivers distracted by their phones or other devices.The extra patrols are part of a statewide effort that lasts through April 14. The overtime is being paid by grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.Under the new “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics” (E-DUI) law, drivers may not hold cell phones or watch videos while they are driving, stopped in traffic or at a traffic light. This includes tablets, laptops, games, or any hand-held electronic devices. The law restricts hands-free use to a single touch.Local police departments from Battle Ground, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Washington State Patrol, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are participating.last_img read more

Jamaica tops USA in IAAF medal standings for second overall

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – Also from the athletics championships of noteworthy mention; in the medal standings Jamaica with seven gold, two silver and three bronze placed second in the medal count. Magnetic Media has been unable to confirm this as yet, but it may be the first time at a major track & field meet that a Caribbean country has topped the United States of America, which got more medals at 17, but less on the point spread of those medals putting them in third behind Jamaica, second and Kenya, which finished first in the medal standings at the IAAF World Championships which were held in Beijing, China. Related Items:IFFA, jamaica, medals, USA Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, – December 14, 2015 – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honored with prestigious recognition at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony held on December 12, 2015 at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco. The Luxury Included® Resort Company collected four awards, demonstrating the continued commitment to excellence of the brand and its resorts. “Sandals Resorts International is thrilled to continue its role as the world’s leading all-inclusive company,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “These awards are a testament not only to our company’s ongoing legacy of innovation, but the memorable experience our team offers guests every single day.” With a total of four trophies, Sandals Resorts International rose above other highly acclaimed hotel brands throughout the world. The Caribbean resort company’s top honors included: World’s Leading All Inclusive Company: Sandals Resorts International (20th Consecutive Year)World’s Leading All Inclusive Family Resort Brand: Beaches Resorts (18th Consecutive Year)World’s Leading All Inclusive Resort: Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (3rd Consecutive Year)World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company: Island Routes Caribbean Adventures (6th Consecutive Year)The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 for the express purpose of acknowledging and celebrating achievements in all areas of the world’s travel and tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region. For more information about these award winning resorts, visit www.sandals.com and www.beaches.com. Sandals’ Ceo Stewart’s A Winner… Again! Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Related Items:sandals resorts international, world travel awards Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Batman Captain America and Monty Python apparently worked for the US government

first_imgThe President’s annual economic report has a number of interns who have the names of superhero alter egos. Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images The 2019 Economic Report of the President lists many superhero alter egos as White House interns. Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Steve Rogers and even Aunt May are all included, as well as Monty Python member John Cleese and possibly the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones (it lists John Snow instead of Jon Snow).screen-shot-2019-03-19-at-1-44-40-pmThe 2019 Economic Report for the President features a list of interns, many of which have similar names to characters from Marvel and DC Comics. Screenshot by CNET This isn’t the first time characters with such fictional prestige have been interns according to the White House. The 2018 Economic Report of the President included Star Trek characters J.T. Kirk and J.L. Picard. (That’s James Tiberius Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.)We spot-checked the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2007 reports for superhero or famous interns but there were no obvious names.screen-shot-2019-03-19-at-1-50-43-pm2018 Economic Report of the President includes characters from Star Trek. Screenshot by CNET We reached out to the White House to try and ascertain how this came about, but they have not yet responded to a request to comment. White House Council of Economic Advisers responded via Twitter claiming it was intentional. Thank you for noticing, our interns are indeed super heroes! We’ve thought so all along, but we knew it’d take a little more to get them the attention they deserve. They have made significant contributions to the Economic Report of the President and do so every day at CEA.— CEA (@WhiteHouseCEA) March 19, 2019 It might be someone on the White House staff trying to troll the public or the administration. It could also be a way to beef up the number of actual interns, or placeholder names for interns who didn’t want to be named, although LinkedIn also lists some interns publicly. Another theory might be that those who refused to sign NDAs last month, as reported around the web, simply had their names removed in favor of more famous people.First published 2:10 p.m. PT. Updated 2:35 p.m. PT: Adds CEA response.  Politics Online DC Comics Marvel Star Trek Share your voice Comments Tags 4last_img read more

Reports conflict on Donlin Creek Mines effects

first_imgDonlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.Two federal agencies have come to different conclusions on the potential effects the proposed Donlin Creek mine could have on subsistence along the Kuskokwim River.  The site sits 10 miles north of the village of Crooked Creek. Donlin estimates it could excavate 34 million ounces of gold over almost three decades.Download AudioThe Army Corps of Engineers predicts the mine would have a minor to moderate impact on subsistence practices and resources.“Minor are impacts that tend to be low intensity, temporary duration, and local in extent typically to common resources that may experience more intense longer-term impacts,” said Keith Gordon, Army Corps Project Manager for the Donlin project. Moderate impacts are just greater than minor, but can be of any intensity or duration. The rating scale runs across five categories from no effect to major impacts.On the other hand, Alan Bittner, field manager for the Bureau of Land Management, said the bureau has a different take.“When we looked at all three major components of the project, it seemed like there was significant potential for subsistence resources to be affected,” Bittner said.Those big components include the mine itself, barging on the Kuskokwim River, and a natural gas pipeline running over 300 miles from Cook Inlet to the mine site.“Simply put,” Bittner said, “this is a pretty big project. There’s big components to it, and our finding is that the possibility exists in any of those major components to affect subsistence resources.”The Army Corps contracted the environmental and engineering firm AECOM to create the mine’s draft environmental impact statement. The firm is operating under NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, while the BLM is working under ANILCA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.Bittner said the agencies’ differing predictions come from different biologists working under different federal laws with different standards.“A biologists from AECOM may feel one way and is working under a certain law and certain guidance of that law. And then, there’s a professional biologist on the BLM side working under a different law and drawing their preliminary conclusions as well,” Bittner said.The Army Corp is the lead federal agency creating the EIS. The BLM is a cooperative agency, which got involved when Donlin applied for a right-of-way permit for a natural gas pipeline and a fiber optic cable stretching across BLM property. Now the BLM has to analyze the subsistence impact for the entire project, not just the pipeline path, and the bureau can declare one of two options.“Either that the project will not significantly affect subsistence resources, or that it may significantly affect subsistence resources,” Bittner said.What the BLM means by ‘significant’ is not well defined.“It becomes a professional judgment on professional biologists who are writing about subsistence impacts as to what ‘significant’ is,” Bittner said. “Again, this is a preliminary finding that that potential exists.”To make their final judgment, the BLM is predicting if subsistence resources themselves and access to those resources will be affected.To help the BLM make this analysis, Bittner said the bureau is collecting public testimony in communities where the BLM determines subsistence resources could be affected by the proposed mine.“So our preliminary finding is that it may [be affected], and we need to hear from people about whether that’s true for them or not— the individuals who are actually in the communities and subsistence is a part of their life,” Bittner said.The Army Corps is also collecting input and has to respond to every comment relevant to NEPA. To make a comment relevant, Gordon said a responder has to go beyond saying whether or not they support the project to pointing out data gaps and presenting alternative solutions.“And if they can give us some of those reasons, give us some information about why we need to do more, that gives us something we can look back at and determine if the analysis needs to go to a deeper level or needs to be expanded,” Gordon said.The BLM will be holding a public hearing to collect such comments tonight in Bethel at 6 p.m. at the Cultural Center. More meetings are scheduled in Kuskokwim communities throughout the month. Comments can also be submitted onlinelast_img read more

Collector stresses on the need to uplift tribes

first_imgVizianagaram: Adivasi Dinotsav was celebrated on a grand note at Parvathipuram ITDA of Vizianagaram district on Friday. District Collector Dr M Harijawaharlal participated in the programme and said that government is implementing several welfare schemes for the benefit of tribal people. Tribes have their own culture and are following their specified traditions. They are hard workers and honest. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us Despite facing hardships, they have been striving in protecting the nature and believe in it. So, we should work more to enhance their life standards,” he said. Dr G Vinod Kumar, Project Officer of ITDA explained how the ITDA has been serving in various ways. How the health and education services are increased in tribal areas and the steps taken to uplift the life standards of tribes. MLA of Parvathipuram A Jogarao, Sub collector T Chetan and others participated in the programme. Later, they have distributed cheques to self-help groups. Cultural programmes were organised which entertained the people.last_img read more

Textile secretary inaugurates IHGF Fair

first_img45th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair, world’s largest handicraft, and gifts fair, was recently inaugurated at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida .The fair, which is being held from February 23 – 27, was set open by Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary, Textiles, Ministry of Textiles. Apart from Singh, Nicolette Naumann, Vice President, Messe Frankfurt, Radhey Shyam Ranga, President fair, O.P. Prahladka, Chairman – EPCH, R.K. Passi, Sagar Mehta, Vice Chairmen-EPCH, Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH, members of committee of Administration of EPCH, exporters, overseas buyers as well as press and media were present during inaugural ceremony. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile speaking on the occasion Anant Kumar Singh said, “Handicrafts sector plays a significant and important role in the country’s economy. It provides employment to a vast segment of craft persons in rural and semi urban areas and generates substantial foreign exchange for the country while preserving its cultural heritage. Handicrafts have great potential as they hold the key for sustaining not only the existing set of millions of artisans spread over length and breadth of the country but also for the increasingly large number of new entrants in the craft activity.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSingh further elaborated that Ministry has implemented various projects in providing assistance to the craftspersons and exporters. The growth in exports ultimately results in the generation of employment in this decentralized sector.Singh also appreciated the efforts of ‘Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts’ for creating such a marketing platform in the form of IHGF-Delhi fair for the handicrafts sector.Sharing his experience during his visit to Ambiente 2018 in Frankfurt, he said that the products displayed by more than 400 handicrafts exporters were not less than the best in the world. He further added, “Messe Frankfurt has declared India as a partner country for Ambiente 2019 and I am confident that EPCH will not leave any stone unturned towards putting up a good show at Ambiente 2019.” While welcoming the Chief Guest, O.P. Prahladka said that the handicrafts exports during the year 2016-17 were Rs.24,392.39 crores with overall 13.15% increase in comparison to last year. However, the exports of handicrafts during 10 months of the current financial year 2017-18 is Rs.19,862.19 crores.Prahladka further elaborated that 14 product categories of houseware, home furnishing, furniture, gifts and decoratives, Christmas and festive décor, fashion jewellery, and accessories, Spa and wellness, etc is the USP of 2000 styles on display under roof by Indian exporters only. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH said that the overseas buyers from over 103 countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Italy, and many more are visiting the five days extravaganza.Kumar also elaborated that EPCH in its efforts to bring hidden treasures from different craft clusters has set up theme pavilions of products from Jammu and Kashmir, North Eastern Region, and Jodhpur during the show.last_img read more

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first_img U.K.: Tesco trials removing plastic from fruit and … A pair of premium Japanese mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record ¥500,000 (US$4,500) in the season’s first auction at a local wholesale market earlier this month, topping the previous best of ¥400,000 (US$3,500), Japan Times reports.The premium mangoes are called Taiyo no Tamago , meaning Egg of the Sun. To qualify for this description, they must reportedly meet strict criteria: weigh at least 350 grams each, possess a high sugar content and have more than 50 percent of their skin covered in a bright red hue.The mangoes were bought by a local produce wholesale company.“The record price will give a lift to those who grew the mangoes,” said Shota Tatemoto, a 35-year-old employee of the wholesaler. April 18 , 2019 Leading fruit breeders form alliance to fight risi … You might also be interested in Brazilian table grape exports soar in H1 as other … last_img read more

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