Ottawa BC to push electrification of gas industry to cut carbon emissions

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The federal and British Columbia governments want to power the production of the natural gas industry in the province using electricity.As part of an agreement announced today, the two governments and BC Hydro are forming a committee to push projects that increase power transmission.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the agreement is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas industry, which produces about 18 percent of the carbon pollution in the province. B.C. Premier John Horgan joined Trudeau in making the announcement at a BC Hydro training centre in Surrey, saying the two governments are working to make the economy more environmentally sustainable.Environmental groups have criticized Horgan’s NDP government for its backing of the liquefied natural gas industry in B.C., arguing changes to the province’s tax structure and subsidies are helping a sector that increases carbon pollution.The federal and provincial governments have boosted LNG Canada’s plans for a $40-billion project in Kitimat, which is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent positions in the processing terminal on the coast of B.C.last_img read more

Pakistan abducted UN staffers health reportedly worsening

“The United Nations is keen for John to receive immediate professional medical care in a clinic or hospital where the necessary medical tests can be carried out,” according to a news release issued in Islamabad.“The swift delivery of medical help is important. John’s well-being is the responsibility of the group who is holding him and we hope they are taking steps to make sure John remains well and is not suffering,” it added. Mr. Solecki, the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Quetta, was kidnapped on 2 February during an attack in which his driver, Syed Hashim, who had been with the agency for 18 years, was killed.A group known as the Balochistan Liberation United Front claims to be holding Mr. Solecki and has demanded the release the people it says are in Pakistani custody. Since 2004, rebels in the province have called for political autonomy and a larger share of natural resource profits.The UN said it appreciates all efforts on behalf of the Baloch tribal leaders to ensure Mr. Solecki’s safe release and remains in active communication and contact with them to support this goal.“The UN is still willing to speak directly to those who have John, in the spirit of being ready to listen and to find a safe way to secure his release.” 18 March 2009The United Nations said today it is very concerned about the condition of staff member John Solecki, who was abducted in Pakistan more than six weeks ago, after the group which claims to be holding him reported that his health was deteriorating. read more

Youth depart UN leadership camp with plans to use sport to tackle

20 January 2012Twenty-nine young people from nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the occupied Palestinian territory enhanced their leadership skills on how to use sport to address social issues affecting their communities during a United Nations youth camp in Doha, Qatar. For 11 days, participants and their instructors covered a series of themes, including human rights, health, peace education, gender equity, and the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Participants will now implement the plans they developed during the workshop in their communities with the support of camp organizers and partners to ensure the legacy of the project.“Before I had a sense that people living with a disability could benefit a lot from practicing sport, but I didn’t know how. Now I know exactly how and I feel much more comfortable working with them,” said 23-year-old Jackline, one of the seven participants from Kenya.Like the other participants, Jackline comes from a humble background and has demonstrated an interest in helping her community, according to a news release issued by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), which conducted the event in collaboration with a number of other partner organizations.She grew up in the Mathare slum of Nairobi where, for the past five years, she has been active in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and girls’ empowerment through football-based activities as a coach for a local non-governmental organization (NGO).“The students have, until now, mostly been attentive learners; they now have the chance to become active teachers and role models,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke.“This opportunity will be a stepping stone for them to grow personally and as leaders in order to help their communities. We will keep supporting them and will monitor their progress closely,” he added.“Now I will be able to present to my people back home some new perspectives on their situation and on how to move forward,” said 23-year-old Basel, a Palestinian who works as a physical education teacher and a Paralympic coach. Partners working with UNOSDP on this initiative include the Canadian-based NGO Right to Play, the Aspire Zone Foundation based in Doha, the English Premier League, the German Agency for International Cooperation, the International Paralympic Committee and Liverpool Football Club. read more

Court rejects Yoshitha Rajapaksas request to visit Uganda

However Yoshitha Rajapaksa is under investigation in the CSN fraud case and cannot leave the country. (Colombo Gazette) The court has rejected a request from Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to visit Uganda.Mahinda Rajapaksa has been invited for the swearing-in ceremony of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Yoshitha Rajapaksa was looking to accompany his father.

Crisis public relations manager Navigator beefing up social media capabilities

Asked about the Senators situation specifically, Watt said categorically that True won’t be using social media for that sort of thing.“I can tell you that in almost 20 years running this business, whether it’s been in conventional media or social media or any other kind of media, we have never once … done any of those kinds of tricks, we have never contemplated them. That is the quickest way to professional suicide that I know,” Watt said.“I mean, we act for major, major, major firms. They have no interest in us participating in that kind of activity, nor would we. I suppose you could find someone in their bedroom who would want to do that kind of thing, but that’s not for proper Bay Street consulting firms. I think you’d have to be completely out of your mind to play those kinds of games.”The news release announcing the acquisition of Haddon Strategy and the launch of True said the new entity will be staffed by “a robust team of producers, strategists, designers and community managers.”The same release described True as “a new full-service creative and digital agency.”Watt said social media is particularly useful for delivering a message because it’s fast, and it’s a way to communicate with a self-selected group of followers who have expressed an interest in hearing about a specific individual or topic.“Politicians are trying to disrupt the filter of conventional media,” Watt said. “That’s not what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get messages out to stakeholders in a very fast, direct fashion, and we’re trying to identify stakeholders that care about our message from a universe of people who don’t.”• Email: | Twitter: Toronto-based crisis public relations firm Navigator Ltd. is launching a team of social media “commandos” dubbed True, in an effort to keep up with the blazing-fast pace of the internet.On Thursday, Navigator is expected to announce that it has acquired Haddon Strategy, a Toronto-based consulting firm, and that founder Shayna Haddon will become president and creative director of True.While Navigator executive chairman Jaime Watt would not address the specific tactics he expected True to employ, he said the move came about because the online sphere is becoming such a dominant part of crisis reputation management.As Facebook faces fire, heat turns up on No. 2 SandbergFacebook morale, hurt by dropping shares, suffers another hit after yet another corporate scandalMore North American CEOs are being fired because of ‘ethical lapses’ such as scandals, new study says“I see it as us using these techniques in a high-pressure, very time-sensitive situation when we need to get messages out very quickly, and where conventional media aren’t fast enough for us,” he said.Navigator has taken on almost mythical status in the crisis management world in recent years, operating under the high-stakes motto, “When you can’t afford to lose.” Despite the increased focus via True, they’re not exactly new to social media.The firm famously represented former attorney general Michael Bryant after he was charged with causing the death of a cyclist with his car, and was credited with launching a twitter account titled “Bryant Facts” to support his case shortly after the fatality.Navigator also briefly represented disgraced CBC radio broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi after multiple women levelled sexual assault allegations against him.Before Navigator dropped Ghomeshi as a client, he published a lengthy Facebook post defending himself. In an October essay in the New York Review of Books, Ghomeshi didn’t mention Navigator by name, but he lamented, “The professional team that I had hired as experts to guide me through the explosion bolted, too — but not before they had cheered on some ill-advised social media postings and threatened lawsuits.”Speaking to the Financial Post this week, Watt had a different take on the Ghomeshi episode.“All I would say about that episode is that clients make their own decisions, and I’d be very careful concluding about what our advice was, or what our advice was not, in that case. It would be a mistake to, on the face of it, conclude what advice might have been,” Watt said.“When you retain us, we don’t talk about our clients ever and we don’t talk about the advice we give. But the analogy that I would use is this: When a patient has a disease and the patient can decide whether they want chemotherapy or whether they want radiation or if they want palliative care, or if they want prayer.”In the past month, an episode involving the Ottawa Citizen shed light on some of the possible shady tactics that can be use for online reputation management — especially on social media.Last week, the Citizen published an investigation into at least 20 fake Twitter accounts that were attacking the newspaper and praising Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in the wake of a controversial story about a group of Senators players surreptitiously filmed criticizing the team’s coaching staff while sharing an Uber ride.We’re trying to get messages out to stakeholders in a fast, direct fashion, trying to identify stakeholders that care about our message from a universe of people who don’tJaime Watt, executive director, Navigator read more

Fines issued for election robocalls

The Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission has slapped hefty fines on four political parties, two MPs and a telemarketing firm.The penalties were handed down for breaking robocall rules.The federal and provincial Conservative parties, the federal NDP and Alberta’s Wildrose Alliance Political Association were fined for improper automated calls.So was Liberal MP Marc Garneau and Conservative Blake Richards.The CRTC issued almost $370,000 in penalties. Most parties have paid the fines; the federal Conservatives and Richards still haven’t. They have 30 days to hand over the cash.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Revel envisioned as Atlantic Citys gamechanging casino files for bankruptcy

by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 10:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – From the day it opened less than a year ago, Revel decided to break the rules.The newest casino in Atlantic City banned smoking, didn’t offer a buffet, turned its back on bus-riding day trippers and focused on the upscale leisure traveller more than the slot-playing senior citizen.But Monday, the $2.4 billion resort found it could not break the law of supply and demand as it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden.Dragged down by a combination of bad timing (It started construction just before the U.S. economy cratered and was too far along to scrap when things were at their worst.) and business decisions that flew in the face of what had previously worked when things were going well for Atlantic City, the casino-hotel that was viewed as the resort’s best hope finds itself in the same place that many of the city’s other casinos have been or have barely escaped.In filings with securities regulators last week, Revel said it was worth no more than $450 million, and it could take four years to become fully profitable.A majority of Revel’s lenders has already signed off on the so-called pre-packaged bankruptcy, which the company hopes to speed through bankruptcy court, emerging by early summer. It plans to continue normal operations, paying employees and vendors, and predicts guests will not notice anything different.“Backed by overwhelming lender support, we remain on track to complete our financial restructuring ahead of the critical summer season,” said Jeffrey Hartmann, Revel’s interim CEO. ‘We will emerge from this recapitalization positioned for long-term success, with the financial capacity to pursue our amenity enhancement opportunities, and the ability to continue providing our guests with a signature Revel experience.”The deal will wipe out 82 per cent of Revel’s $1.5 billion in debt by converting it into equity for lenders. That will leave the company, Revel AC, with a much more manageable $272 million in debt.Some of its lenders will provide $250 million in debtor-in-possession financing, approximately $42 million of which constitutes new money commitments.In addition, Revel’s lenders have committed $335 million in exit financing, which consists of a $75 million revolver and $260 million term loan. The proceeds of the exit financing will be used to provide Revel with additional working capital, pay for some capital expenditures, repay the debtor-in-possession financing and pay expenses related to the restructuring when Revel emerges from bankruptcy court, the company said.Revel opened April 2 with sky-high hopes and the expectation of many in what was then the nation’s second-largest gambling market that it could help turn around Atlantic City’s sagging fortunes. But Revel has lagged near the bottom of the city’s 12 casinos in terms of gambling revenue, and Atlantic City has since lost its position as the nation’s No. 2 market to Pennsylvania.Steve Norton, a casino analyst who was vice-president of Resorts when it opened as the first U.S. casino outside Nevada in 1978, said Revel has to reconsider its no-smoking policy and reorient its marketing more to casino players instead of conventioneers. It also is hurt by being a stand-alone property unaffiliated with a larger parent company with an extensive multistate database of customers from which to draw, Norton said.And he also said Revel needs to get real when it comes to food and hotel room prices, which are higher than those of most of its competition. Indeed, just a few hours before filing the bankruptcy petition Monday, Revel sent out a marketing email offering hotel rooms starting at $129 a night during the week, more in line with its lower-cost competitors.“While this would not be a problem for the convention trades, where the attendee is on an expense account, it can be a big negative for the frequent independent traveller, overnight guest and the day tripper, that provides much of Atlantic City’s customer base,” Norton said. “Revel doesn’t have the level of low priced food options like every other Atlantic City casino.”Norton said Revel was hurt by many factors, including the decision not to build a second hotel tower when the project ran out of money halfway through construction. He also specifically absolved former CEO Kevin DeSanctis of responsibility for its problems. DeSanctis is staying with a corporate affiliate to work on amenity projects for the resort.“The substantial construction cost of Revel, the loss of 1,900 of their rooms, the general collapse of the economy, the U.S. unemployment problem and new gaming options in Pennsylvania and New York — all causing a 40 per cent decline in casino revenues — are the primary reasons for Revel’s failure, not Kevin DeSanctis,” Norton said. “And without him, the property would still be an empty shell like Boyd’s Echelon Place or the Fontainebleau, on the Vegas Strip.”Steven Smith, a partner specializing in restructuring and insolvency with the law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer, said the key question is how a bankruptcy court judge reacts to the preplanned agreement.“Revel expects that its operations will continue post-bankruptcy without any interruptions,” he said. “And by negotiating with its key creditor constituents prepetition, Revel hopes to minimize its stay in Chapter 11 land to just a couple of months and hopes to emerge in time for the Memorial Day weekend holiday with a severely deleveraged balance sheet.”Revel says it plans to continue its existing player loyalty programs, promotions, dining options and entertainment shows, including sold-out concerts by Alicia Keys and Rihanna.It has 1,399 hotel rooms and a 130,000-square-foot casino with more than 2,400 slot machines and 130 table games.___Wayne Parry can be reached at Revel, envisioned as Atlantic City’s game-changing casino, files for bankruptcy read more

HABITAT III UN conference to set new urban development agenda creating sustainable

“The value generated by urbanization should not be kept by a minority of people. It should be shared between all the stakeholders, in order that urbanization pays for itself, in a virtuous circle of improvement and reinvestment.” Habitat III represents a great opportunity he added, to “recover […] 20 to 30 years of loss of focus, and loss of direction in the urbanization process,” he stated. “We have seen faith in the deregulation of urbanization as an efficient manner to organize, and all that together, has produced a cocktail which has come with an outcome which has been very negative for urbanization,” Mr. Clos explained, adding: “The sad outcome is that we have lost the opportunity to take advantage of the value that can be generated through good and proper urbanization.” From Medellin to Quito: an inclusive, participatory process The road to Quito itself, has been a mindful one, beginning in 2014 with the Medellin Declaration of the National Regional and World Urban Forums, through preparatory events and dialogues in cities throughout the world. That inclusive and participatory process will culminate in Quito, starting on Saturday ahead of the Conference, with assemblies involving children, youth and women, followed by a business assembly, and gathering of mayors from around the world on Sunday. High rises and hotel buildings in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama. Gerardo Pesantez/World Bank Ahead of the UN Habitat III on urbanisation in Quito, Ecuador, Joan Clos for new commitment to improve urbanisation. Credit: UN NewsCities: Home to more than half the world’s population While the conference involves discussion on all kinds of settlements, the focus is due to be on cities, where 54 per cent of the world’s population already lives. This figure is due to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. At the time of Habitat I, the world’s urban population stood at just under 40 per cent. Mr. Clos, a former big-city mayor himself, having led Barcelona between 1997 and 2006, said that a whole range of recent global events had made cities more important than ever – from the 2008 sub-prime mortgage crisis to the urban revolts of the so-called “Arab spring” – and the ambitious 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are closely linked to the standards that governments are due to adopt in Quito, known collectively as the New Urban Agenda. “It’s a proposal to revisit urbanization, and avoid the mistakes that have been developing in the last 20 years. When we look at the statistics, the level of planned organization has decreased, and the quality of the planning has also decreased,” said Mr. Clos. “That has created a very deadly situation where a lot of people are suffering in many cities for lack of urban design, and lack of adequate management, and lack of adequate urban finances […]We need to recover that,” he stressed. A city view of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Asia-Pacific region is urbanizing rapidly. While for the world as a whole the urban population growth rate is 2.0%, in Asia and the Pacific it is 2.3%. UN Photo/Kibae Park “We need to go back to the basics – to the fundamentals – and understand that urbanization is not a minor question, it is not an easy process, it requires a lot of commitment,” he added. Rather than thinking of it as the new agenda, he said it needed to be seen as “the forgotten agenda,” which would require a major effort by national governments working with local politicians to come up with individual “compacts” to help each city to get on track. Bridging the gap between the urban rich and poor Another key focus for the thousands of government representatives, civil society, and other stakeholders, who will be in Quito, is to stop the widening inequality gap between the richest and the poorest in many cities. Additional affordable housing, creating more public spaces, and enlisting creative new ideas and investment from the business community, are all essential to smarter growth, said Mr. Clos. Just looking to the financial elites to spend money on a city’s problems, is “the wrong approach,” he added. Traffic congestion in Mexico City. Curt Carnemark/World Bank UN Secretary-General Ban is due to open the high-level event on Monday celebrating the adoption of the Quito Declaration, alongside the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, and fittingly, the Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas. Unlike the clear global warming targets that drive the Paris Agreement on climate change, the success of Habitat III, said Mr Clos, will depend on more complex and nuanced policies, drawn up by national and local politicians first and foremost. “Recovering sound urban legislation, especially addressing questions of property of land, protection of public space, public housing – strengthening the capacity of local authorities – it’s not wise to leave many local authorities bankrupt around the world, which is the current situation.” “It’s a mixture of politics, and science, and in that sense, every city is different,” added Mr Clos. Mr. Ban, in his message for World Habitat Day earlier this month, said: “I look forward to a successful Habitat III Conference that will help us advance our sustainable development agenda for the benefit of all mankind.” The 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – or Habitat III – has been 20 years in the making, following on from the very first UN Conference on Human Settlements in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976, and “Habitat II,” which took place in 1996, in Istanbul, Turkey. It was the UN General Assembly which convened the Habitat conferences, recognizing the need for a more sustainable approach to help cities grow. This highly-anticipated conference, is taking place in the so-called Global South for the very first time; an important symbol, according to Habitat III’s de facto architect, Joan Clos, who is Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the organization’s Human Settlements Programme. He will be assuming the title of Secretary-General of the conference, which officially opens Monday and runs until 20 October. “The Global South is the one that is organizing most now, it is where most of the big problem are, and it’s where a lot of the support is required,” he said, in an interview with the UN News Service at UN Headquarters, on his way to Quito. “Urbanization has accelerated in the last 20 years […] We have discovered that urbanization has huge potential, and also has huge risks,” he said, adding that urban planning and development, moving forward, was one of the “huge strategic issues” facing the planet. read more

Conference crunch Victory propels Buckeye baseball to 4th place in Big Ten

The Ohio State baseball team came into Sunday’s series finale against Iowa not looking just to salvage the series, but to keep itself in the top six of the Big Ten standings and still have a chance to qualify for the conference tournament. Considering it was also Senior Day, it seemed only fitting that coach Greg Beals lean on his seniors to get an important win. OSU (23-24, 11-10) beat the Hawkeyes (20-28, 9-12), 10-4, in a game that featured a two-hour rain delay Sunday afternoon. “It means something to us and the guys in the locker room,” Beals said. “For those guys who gave four or five years in the program, we wanted to make sure that we gave our seniors a good day.” Senior shortstop Tyler Engle relished the moment in one of his last games in front of the home crowd. “It’s surreal right now,” Engle said. “It was such a long and weird day but it’s great to come out with a much-needed win.” OSU’s seven seniors — pitchers Dean Wolosiansky, Theron Minium, Jared Strayer and Drew Rucinski, outfielder Brian DeLucia, third baseman Matt Streng and Engle — were honored before the game. It didn’t take long for them to step up. Engle drove in the game’s first run with an RBI double in the second inning to set the tone early. “It felt good; it really did,” Engle said. “The hit was big at the time, and I thought it might give us a boost.” Doubles by sophomore catcher Greg Solomon and Streng made it 3-0 before umpires halted the game for a long delay. Two hours later, the Buckeyes picked up where they left off, scoring three more runs to lead, 6-0, after three innings. After several innings of play in rainy conditions, the Buckeyes added four more runs and were able to close out the game with a 10-4 win against Iowa. Streng was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Engle was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. DeLucia was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and made some defensive plays in the poor weather conditions. Wolosiansky and Strayer also made appearances on the mound in their final Big Ten game. “The seniors themselves took care of a lot today,” Beals said. “They were big for us.” Along with production from the seniors, one player who came through was freshman starter Greg Greve. He surrendered just three hits in five shutout innings in a start cut short because of the rain delay. Greve said it was tough to keep loose during the delay. “My coaches did the best job they could to keep me ready,” he said. “They had me throwing for 10 minutes at a time with rest in between and doing sprints back and forth.” Greve said he did not want to let down the team, especially the seniors. “I wanted to have a big outing for the seniors,” he said. “I knew this was their last Big Ten outing at home, and wanted to put the team in a position to win.” read more

Scientists Propose New Form of Matter Forged in the Heart of Neutron

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Matter, in its most basic forms, is pretty counter-intuitive. Electrons are really probability distributions instead of something solid that whirls around a central body like many of us may have been taught. But going even deeper — as we have in many high-energy particle accelerators — creates even more bizarre forms of matter. And scientists believe that some of this stuff may be in the hearts of the densest stars.Understanding exactly what’s going on here takes a little background. First, there are a number of subdivisions of the stuff we see. Atoms, for example, are composed of other particles, like protons and neutrons. But they too, have constituent particles — quarks. There are six types, known as flavors that we’ve discovered and believe to exist. Of these, only two are used to make atomic matter — dubbed ‘up’ and ‘down’. But others like the ‘strange’ and ‘charm’ quarks can also be arranged into different types of matter — some of which may be more stable than the matter we observe. A new paper in the Physical Review Letters suggests that these bizarre new types of matter might not even require the addition of strange quarks as well. All of this is predicated on the idea that neutron stars push physics to its absolute limit. While not strong enough to force a collapse into a black hole, when a neutron star forms, it’s still held up by only the most basic properties of matter, like that two things can’t occupy the same “space” at the same time. That has led scientists to believe that the forces involved could be so strong as to force the matter to occupy a new quantum state, and thus help with the seeding of “strange” matter, or matter that contains strange quarks. This state has been proposed, but the idea that new types of hyper-dense matter could exist with only the up and down quarks is particularly interesting.“More investigation of the topic is necessary before turning two-flavored quark matter into a strong candidate for what is in the interior of neutron stars,” Kent State University associate professor Veronica Dexheimer told Gizmodo.If you haven’t ever studied the bizarre properties of neutron stars, I’d strongly recommend a few different sources. While it’s super cool that the dwarves use them to forge Asgardian weaponry, in reality they are more bizarre than even Marvel gives them credit for.PBS Spacetime, a great educational physics show on YouTube has a brilliant breakdown of all kinds of neutron star types, including the aforementioned “strange stars.” If peering into the physical limits of the universe catches your fancy, it’s worth some more digging.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Thomas Tuchel expects Neymar to play against Red Star

first_imgParis Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel says he expects the club’s star player Neymar to feature when they face Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.The French champions travel to Serbia to face Red Star knowing a win will help secure qualification to the second round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.“Neymar will train with the squad tonight,” Tuchel said, according to the clubs official website.“He has worked individually these last few days, and we’ll see how he feels after tonight’s session, but it’s very likely he’ll play tomorrow. Same thing for Choupo-Moting.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“He’ll train with the rest of the squad tonight, and we’ll see where he’s at after the session. Same thing for the goalkeepers, we’ll make a decision a bit later.”“It’s a great challenge to win here, we know it won’t be easy. But we’re not thinking too much about the results Napoli and Liverpool got here.”“We have our destiny in our hands, we’re here to ensure we qualify, though we respect our opponents and the atmosphere here. We need to produce a great performance, just as we did against Liverpool, which was the first step. We need to clinch qualification tomorrow night.”last_img read more

The Best the Turks and Caicos Economy has done in Years

first_img Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:george lightbourne, payroll tax, pnp administration, premier rufus ewing, turks and caicos economy, washington misick Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Nov 2014 – The best the Turks and Caicos economy has done in years… with the highest cash flow in years and every reason to feel confident that there can be the tax breaks and tax restructuring the PNP Administration had promised. Back to back, Minister of Finance Washington Missick and Premier Rufus Ewing in the House of Assembly beating their chests due to the impressive performance for government revenue. The tone was one of triumph for the two leaders who had taken a beating when they tried to introduce the Payroll Tax… Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing still saying, imagine how much better the report would have been if the payroll tax was passed and implemented. Minister of Finance Misick shared that while there is lots of good news for a healthy economy, which has taken country debt to around $107 million dollars… the spending of government money has been not so good; this he said is due to the lackluster interest in company’s biting on the line of submitting tenders. Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

Bahamas PLP rejects FNM Govt Enterprises Bill in House of Assembly

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 27, 2017 – A new bill presented and passed in the House of Assembly was wholly rejected by the Opposition PLP as all four members for the party say the legislation is suspect.Opposition Leader, Philip Davis said in a media release that the Commercial Enterprises Bill 2017 is fishy because it gives too many concessions to foreign investors and it too highly favours the large land owners in the country.Davis said:  “The bill seeks to “liberalize the granting of work permits to an enterprise that wishes to establish itself in The Bahamas and requires work permits for its management team and key personnel.”  The Opposition Leader also rejected the statement by Minister Brent Symonette that the bill will have a trickle-down effect for middle and lower income Bahamians.The Cat Island MP questioned how the investment threshold was determined, claims that the bill gives way too much with Bahamians benefiting way too little and claims the legislation proposed is a ‘sell out’.Davis recommended that Government work on improving the skill set of the Bahamian workforce and stop trying to undercut progresses made by the former PLP Government.Davis in that media statement heralded that the bill will be rejected at the Senate level also by the PLP Opposition members there. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Fee waivers will impact Clark County budget

first_imgThe elimination of traffic impact and permit fees on nonresidential development will prove difficult to overcome for Clark County in 2014, according to projections from the county’s community development department.The county’s projections show a deficit of roughly $379,000 between the amount of waived fees and the potential of future revenue.The top reason for that deficit is because of traffic impact fees, $1.26 million of which have been eliminated since June. Another $366,925 of permit fees have been, or will be, scuttled during the same time period.The two figures combined equal $1.62 million in eliminated fees. Meanwhile, the county anticipates receiving just $1.25 million in extra revenue from the building projects.The county’s projections are based on new construction and tenant improvement projects that are planned to take shape across the county.Marty Snell, the county’s community development director, said waived traffic impact fees, in particular, exceeded what the county projected to receive from revenue sources, such as retail sales and property taxes.“We have to look very carefully at the traffic impact fees,” Snell said.He also cautioned that there was no evidence of a causal relationship between the fee holidays and new development.But that hasn’t stopped proponents from touting the waivers’ ability to create jobs.“The great news is that business development in Clark County is outstanding and people are finding jobs right here at home,” Commissioner David Madore said. “That is exactly what we are all working so hard to encourage.”The move to eliminate fees, which businesses pay to accommodate future growth, was a cornerstone of Madore’s successful bid for election in 2012. Once elected, he followed through with that campaign promise.last_img read more

Hazardous Waste Day Scheduled For Saturday

first_imgThe Central Peninsula Landfill will take those items from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, March 10. The Boroughs hazardous waste disposal program gives households and small businesses the opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous wastes and chemicals. There is a 3 drum limit per household per year. Businesses are charged a fee and must pre-register with NRC Alaska. Households are free unless the haul contains more than 55 gallons of waste in which case they must also pre-register.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Central Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna will be hosting a hazardous household waste day this Saturday, March 10. To pre-register and for specific waste disposal questions, call NRC Alaska at (877) 375-5040. For general questions, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667.last_img read more

Drug Discovery at Unalaska School Leads to Four Arrests

first_imgFour people were arraigned in court Wednesday morning for allegedly selling marijuana. The cases are the result of an investigation into drug possession that started at the local high school.Two of the defendants are students there — something that deputy police chief Mike Holman says is extremely rare in Unalaska. Holman says officers started looking into the case on Monday.“We got some information from the school that one of the students — a 14-year-old girl — was found to have some marijuana in her possession,” Holman says. “We went down and spoke with her, spoke with her parents, spoke with another 15-year-old girl.”The students alleged that they’d obtained marijuana from Soo Enele, a 22-year-old Unalaska resident. Police questioned Enele and took him into custody on Tuesday. He was charged with a felony for allegedly selling marijuana to a minor.Following up on a tip from Enele, police spoke with a person on Tuesday who said they knew of other drug activity in the community, and agreed to act as a confidential informant.“The individual who helped us out was able to identify another high schooler — his name is Shadrack Baird — who was selling marijuana,” Holman says. “He made an undercover purchase from Shadrack, who is 18.”Baird was arrested Tuesday night, along with two people who drove with him to meet the informant — his classmate, 18-year-old Johanna Pham, and 30-year-old Jason Tungul.They were all charged with misdemeanors related to the sale and possession of marijuana. Pham and Tungul were also charged with a felony for allegedly trying to get rid of drugs and paraphernalia before officers caught up with them.It’s not common for police to pursue drug cases against high school students in Unalaska, Holman says. The district attorney’s office helped them weigh that against other facts of the case before pressing ahead.“The age of the young girls at the school that were originally found in possession of the marijuana is one of the large factors in this,” Holman says, “Fourteen- or 15-year-old girls that are receiving or buying marijuana through the adults.”Magistrate Judge Jane Pearson reviewed all four cases during a court hearing Wednesday morning. Pearson noted that Tungul is the only defendant with prior convictions. He recently served a felony sentence and is still on parole.Pearson approved conditions of release for each defendant, which include contact restrictions and third-party custodians. But the magistrate made an exception for Baird. He told the court his family moved out of state a few months ago. He stayed behind in Unalaska to finish his last year of high school.The magistrate waived Baird’s custodian requirement and set bail at a $500 unsecured appearance bond. She reviewed the state’s bail suggestions for the other three defendants but did not set bond amounts. They will stay in jail until the court screens and approves third-party custodians.last_img read more

Essential oils company drops support for Seavey

first_imgMitch Seavey mushes on the outskirts of Nome during the 2017 Iditarod. (Photo: David Dodman, KNOM)Young Living Essential Oils has ended its support for three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey. And while an animal rights’ group is claiming credit for the coup, the company denies the connection.Listen nowYoung Living has been a prominent sponsor of Seavey since 2014. In an emailed statement, Blake Rhodes with the communications firm representing Young Living wrote the company conducts an annual review of its sponsorships, and decided to discontinue its support for “any activities related to the sport of mushing.” Rhodes declined an interview request or to answer any further questions.Earlier this month, company founder Gary Young passed away. A Facebook post from Seavey’s kennel on Thursday referenced the musher’s personal connection with Young as a major factor in the sponsorship arrangement. In light of Young’s passing, Seavey wrote, “I will no longer be a brand ambassador for Young Living.”Seavey added that the loss of support will not alter plans to continue racing.Utah-based Young Living has a multi-level marketing structure that has faced criticism for exploiting lower-level sales representatives, as well as scrutiny from federal regulators over unproven medical claims it has made about the health benefits of essential oils.Earlier this week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claimed that the change was a result of its ongoing campaign to pressure sponsors to end their support for mushing. But in its statement, Young Living said that the company made the decision prior to being contacted by PETA.Correction: an earlier version of this story identified Blake Rhodes as an employee of Young Living. He is Senior Vice President at Ketchum, a public relations firm.last_img read more

Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam hails VDCA services to sports

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Cricket has been playing a major role in channelising the energies of the youth towards right direction, said Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam here on Friday. Unveiling the portraits of founder-president of Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association (VDCA) C G Saldanha and its founder-secretary A Radhakrishna at the ACA-VDCA stadium here, Subrahmanyam said that he was glad to see growing number of boys and girls taking part in sports at the stadium. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He commended the service of VDCA ever since its inception on August 15, 1963 and paid tributes to the portraits of Saldanha and Radhakrishna at the programme. Endowed with good infrastructure, he said that thirteen international matches including test and one-day matches have been played in Visakhapatnam. The district association has been providing facilities for coaching youngsters and promoting talent in Visakhapatnam. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The ACA-VDCA cricket stadium, incepted in 1987, has conducted a number of national and international matches and is regarded by the BCCI as a venue for organising matches even at a short notice. District Collector V Vinay Chand and president of VDCA said that a greater number of major matches would be held at Visakhapatnam in future. Commissioner of Police R K Meena, who took part in the programme, appreciated the facilities provided at the stadium and highlighted how the sports play an imperative role in holistic development of students. Advertise With Us Vice-presidents of VDCA D S Varma and T S R Prasad also spoke. Saldanha and Radhakrishna initiated the District Tennis Association in Visakhapatnam and hosted all India tournaments in the district. VDCA Secretary K Parthasaradhi narrated how players trained by VDCA, including women, reached national level in various tournaments.last_img read more

August Marks Record Home Sales In Greater Houston

first_img 00:00 /01:14 Listen PexelsIn August, Houston area realtors sold more single family homes than ever before.Realtors sold 7,914 single-family homes in Greater Houston in August, according to a monthly report by the Houston Association of Realtors.That’s 16 more houses sold than in July 2015, the previous record, and an 8.2 percent increase from August 2015.Just the previous month, it was an opposite story: Sales had gone down by 8.8 percent year-over-year.Shad Bogany, past chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, said he’s surprised because August is typically a slow month in the housing market.“That is just amazing considering that we had a slowdown in July,” he said. “That just kind of tells me people maybe were on vacation in July and got back to looking at homes when they got back off of vacation.”He also attributes some of it to low interest rates beginning to move up.Noteworthy is that sales of houses over $500,000 increased from a year ago, after 12 months of declining year-over-year sales in that category.Bogany credits optimism in the oil and gas industry for that.“So some of them are hiring more people and bringing people back on or not willing to lay off,” he said. “Simply because they know the market is coming back.”The median price for a single-family home also went up from a year ago. It rose by 4.2 percent to 225,000 dollars.The reporting area includes Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties as well as parts of Brazoria, Galveston, Waller and Wharton counties. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 43 The Senate Race Cruz Vs O

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /18:42 Hilderbran out at Texas Facilities Commission Director  Texas Associated Business “dark money” scandal Listen State Republican Executive Committee censures (who else) House Speaker Joe Straus Laura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Then they get into the nuts and bolts of fundraising numbers in the race for the Senate between Beto O’ Rourke and Senator Ted Cruz . As always, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too. You can download them on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Tweet us at #PartyPoliticsPod or email Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and Todd Hulslander is the audio engineer.  Kay Granger possible Appropriations Chair This week’s Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you:  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more