Calgary lights up to raise awareness about plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Tourism Calgary has arranged to have some Olympic landmarks light up over the next few days in hopes of raising awareness about the city’s plebiscite. In less than a week, Calgarians will be going to the polls to decide whether the city is interested in putting forth a bid for the 2026 Olympic Games. There are only two other cities in the running. Calgary’s three Olympic cauldrons will be lit for 20 minutes and 26 seconds at 8:26 pm each evening except for November 11, which is Remembrance Day. “It’s a nostalgic look back to ’88 and what that looked like in our city,” said Tourism Calgary CEO Cindy Ady, whose looking at this as a once in a generation-type vote. “It’s very rare that we vote on something that’s yes/no and I say we’re going to chart the future for the city of Calgary.” More than 54,000 Calgarians have already cast their ballot in the advanced polls and all other eligible voters will be asked to weigh in on the decision on November 13, 2018. The move is being funded by the Calgary Hotel Association along with private donors who agreed to sponsor the lighting in hopes of encouraging votes. “The Calgary Hotel Association is pleased to demonstrate its support for the Calgary 2026 bid in such an iconic and public way,” said Richard Main, chair of the Calgary Hotel Association in a statement. “They called us and said it was an important component and we agreed but said we can’t be using any public dollars for it,” said Ady. The Calgary Tower will also be lit red and white every night between November 7 to 13 and on Vote Day, it’ll be joined by Telus Spark, Olympic Plaza, Arts Commons, Glenbow Museum, and Reconciliation Bridge.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,347.34, up 50.37 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 11 cents, or 1.35 per cent, to $8.05 on 23.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $1.84, or 3.66 per cent, to $52.10 on 10.55 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up five cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $3.93 on 9.63 million shares.Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE.RT). Energy. Up 0.5 cents or 25 per cent, to 2.5 cents on 5.85 million shares.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Financials. Up $1.38 or 1.35 per cent, to $103.97 on 4.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 12 cents, or 1.06 per cent, to $11.25 on 4.22 million sharesCompanies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) The country’s largest bank hiked its dividend as profits and revenues grew in the latest quarter, helped by higher interest rates and mortgage growth. Net income reached a record $3.1 billion in the third quarter, beating analyst expectations on strong performances by wealth management and capital markets.last_img read more

Hydro working to restore power to the Old Fort and PRRD planning

first_imgThe PRRD is also working to organize meetings for the community in the mid-afternoon and another for in Fort St. John and will release information about those meetings as soon as possible.The Regional District is also looking at the idea of creating a water taxi service or shuttle service to help those that sill need to access the Old Fort.If you have any questions or need any assistance you’re asked to call the PRRD at 250-784-3200. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District continues work to help residents of the Old Fort.Power was shut off to most of the homes in the area Monday morning and Hydro will start working on a solution to try and restore power on Tuesday.  If they are successful, Hydro hopes to have power restored by early Tuesday evening.If you live in the Old Fort and are using a generator, you’re asked to shut off the main breaker in your home by 9 a.m. Tuesday.last_img read more

Morocco Cote dIvoire Ink Framework Agreements to Boost Cooperation in Agriculture

Meknes – Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire on Wednesday signed frameworks agreements to boost bilateral cooperation in agriculture.The agreements, signed on the sidelines of the 11th edition of Morocco’s International Agriculture Fair (SIAM 2016) held in Meknes, are aimed at promoting funding for training, technology transfer and exchange of experience in the field of animal and plant production.The agreements were signed by Morocco’s Agency for Agricultural Development, the Moroccan Agency of International Cooperation and Cote d’Ivoire’s National Agency for Rural Development Support and “Agro-Pôle Afrique.” Speaking on this occasion Côte d’Ivoire’s minister of agriculture and rural development Mamadou Coulibaly Sangafowa lauded the “distinguished” cooperation between his country and Morocco in agriculture.SIAM 2016, held from April 26 to May 1, brings together 1200 exhibitors from 60 countries.With MAP read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher on dealmaking earnings and better than expected

TORONTO — Deal-making, earnings news and U.S. jobs data that blew past expectations combined to push the Toronto stock market higher Friday.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 101.08 points to 14,765.15.The Canadian dollar moved down 0.16 of a cent to 91.07 cents US.New York indexes had a muted response to data showing that the American economy cranked out 288,000 jobs in April. Economists had expected growth of around 200,000. Also, the jobless rate fell from 6.7% to 6.3%.The Dow Jones industrials fell 45.98 points to 16,512.89, the Nasdaq was down 3.55 points to 4,123.9 and the S&P 500 index dipped 2.54 points to 1,881.14.But the news wasn’t all good: the labour force participation rate fell to just 62.8% in April from 63.2% and there was a decline of 73,000 in employment.“That would be sort of the fly in the ointment,” said Luciano Orengo, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“What the low participation rate tells you is that . . . people are sort of dropping out. But the reality is that the 288,000 jobs were created, it’s the best month since January 2012 and the second-best month since the economy came back from recession in mid-2009.”Some analysts attributed the tepid session in New York to nervousness over the worsening situation in Ukraine. The UN Security Council met Friday in emergency session after Russia called for a meeting on the growing crisis there. Ukraine’s acting president says pro-Russia insurgents have suffered significant losses, including many killed and injured, after his government launched an offensive on the eastern city of Slovyansk.There was some major deal-making in the media sector as Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B), owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, said it was selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million to News Corp. The company, best known for its romance novels, will be run as a division of News Corp. subsidiary HarperCollins Publishers. Torstar shares jumped $1.47 or 22.01% to $8.15.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) shares ran ahead $2.52 or 5.08% to $52.14 as the engineering giant said that it is selling AltaLink, Alberta’s largest regulated electricity transmission company, to a subsidiary of the holding company run by U.S. financier Warren Buffett for gross proceeds of $3.2 billion.In earnings news, Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) a maker of advanced natural gas engines and systems, says its quarterly net loss fell to US$23.9 million or 38 cents per share from US$31.8 million or 57 cents per share a year ago. Revenue grew 39% to US$41.9 million and its shares jumped $3.45 or 24.31% to $17.64.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) shares dipped a penny to $51.17 as the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project said it earned $412 million or 58 cents a share in its latest quarter as revenue grew nearly 30% to $2.88 billion. Ex-items, TransCanada said its comparable earnings for the quarter came in a $422 million or 60 cents per share, up from $370 million or 52 cents per share a year ago.On the commodity markets, the gold sector climbed about 2.35% as growing tensions over Ukraine  sent June bullion $19.50 higher to US$1,302.90 an ounce.June crude in New York gained 34 cents to US$99.76 a barrel and the energy sector rose 0.9%.The base metals component was the weakest sector, off 0.09% even while July copper was up five cents to US$3.07 a pound.The Toronto stock market finished with a gain of 1.59% for the week, boosted by the deal-making and positive earnings reports from the energy, industrial and technology sectors. The Dow industrials edged up 0.92%. read more

Halt deportation of Tamils says HRW

Human Rights Watch has documented eight recent cases in which people deported to Sri Lanka have faced serious abuses. A Tamil deportee from the United Kingdom, RS (a pseudonym for security reasons), said that army soldiers in Sri Lanka arrested him on December 29, 2011. He alleged that during interrogation he was beaten with batons and burned with cigarettes, and that his head was doused with kerosene. He also said that his head was submerged in a bucket of water, that he was hung upside down, and that hot chilis were placed under his head and chest. He said that as a result of this torture, he confessed to being a member of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which were defeated in May 2009. He said that he paid a substantial bribe to escape from detention, and fled back to the United Kingdom, where he has applied for asylum.DB, a Tamil deported from the United Kingdom in 2011, said that he was arrested at a Sri Lankan army checkpoint on December 10. He alleged that he was forced to strip naked and burned with cigarettes and beaten until he agreed to sign a document in Sinhala. He said the soldiers told him he had to work as an informer for the army to identify former LTTE cadres. Like RS, he said he escaped detention after a family member paid a bribe for his release, then secured false documents to return to the United Kingdom, where he has again applied for asylum status. Asylum tribunals in the United Kingdom have recently concluded that the lack of an official identification card is not a risk factor for returnees. However, in two cases returnees alleged that they were specifically targeted because they did not possess the required IDs.At a parliamentary debate on Sri Lanka on February 22, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alexander Burt said: “We are aware of media allegations that returnees are being abused. All have been investigated by the high commission, and no evidence has been found to substantiate any of them.”Human Rights Watch and others have learned that returnees are met at the Colombo airport by UK embassy staff and given a document with the contact information for the embassy. British officials have stated that they do not have the capacity to monitor the safety of returnees and that returnees may fear retaliation from the Sri Lankan government if they make contact with the UK embassy. In recent months the British government has sent Tamil asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka on charter flights. Human Rights Watch expressed particular concern about the next scheduled deportation from the United Kingdom of about 100 Tamil asylum seekers, scheduled for February 28, 2012. Human Rights Watch has obtained medical evidence supporting each of the above claims of torture. The United Kingdom should suspend deportations of ethnic Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and immediately review its policies and information about the country’s rights situation used to assess their claims, Human Rights Watch said today.Research by Human Rights Watch has found that some returned Tamil asylum seekers from the United Kingdom have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and torture upon their return to Sri Lanka. “The British government has an international legal obligation not to deport people who have a credible fear of torture upon return,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Convincing reports of arbitrary arrests and torture demand that the UK government suspend returns of rejected Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka until it can fairly and thoroughly assess their individual claims based on up-to-date human rights information on Sri Lanka.” Another 2011 deportee, AH, alleges that he was arrested by the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) soon after arriving in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. He said that he was stripped naked and was beaten and tortured until a family member paid a bribe for his release.Human Rights Watch has also documented cases of Tamil deportees who alleged to have been subjected to rape as a form of torture upon their return to Sri Lanka. In December 2010, CB was arrested at the Colombo airport on his return and was detained for a month by the CID. He said that during this time he was beaten with metal rods and raped four or five times by two men. As he described it, one man would hold him down while the other raped him.BK, a Tamil woman, alleges that she was arrested at Colombo airport by the CID on her return in April 2010 and kept in detention. She says was raped by several men many times during the course of her detention. She described profuse bleeding as a result of these rapes. Both CB and BK managed to secure their release after relatives intervened to bribe the officials holding them. Both fled Sri Lanka and are seeking asylum in the United Kingdom. “The United Kingdom and other countries considering the claims of Tamil asylum seekers need to recognize the reality of what may await them on return,” Adams said. “Meeting returnees at the airport and giving them a phone number has not prevented them from being wrongfully arrested and mistreated. This should come as no surprise since abuses against Tamils suspected of links to the LTTE have long been recorded in official UK documents.”The UK Border Agency’s Operational Guidance Note on Sri Lanka, last updated in December, acknowledges that torture is widespread in Sri Lanka: “The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) stated that they remain seriously concerned about the continued and consistent allegations of widespread use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of suspects in police custody, especially to extract confessions or information to be used in criminal proceedings. The Committee is further concerned at reports that suggest that torture and ill-treatment perpetrated by state actors, both the military and the police, have continued in many parts of the country after the conflict ended in May 2009 and is still occurring in 2011. In 2011 the UNCAT issued a scathing statement about Sri Lanka in which it called for an end to the practice.”However, the Operational Guidance Note in section 5 on “Returns” makes no mention of Tamil ethnicity as a factor to consider.The United Kingdom is a party to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which states in article 3 that no state “shall expel, return (‘refouler’) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.” In making such determinations, the authorities “shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights.”Human Rights Watch called for the Sri Lankan government to stop targeting Tamil returnees and end the use of torture and other ill-treatment in custody. Sri Lanka is also a party to the Convention against Torture.“The Sri Lankan government has a long record of torture and mistreatment that has not ended with the end of the long war with the LTTE,” Adams said. “The government needs to take serious and public measures to end these cruel practices.” read more

Minister praises manufacturing initiative

Last week, Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise underlined the importance of attracting more young people into the automotive sector as Nissan hosted an event at SMMT’s headquarters to celebrate See Inside Manufacturing.The event, which was held within Nissan’s current SMMT exhibition, was attended by a number of key ministers to celebrate government and industry’s current See Inside Manufacturing initiative.Speaking about the event, Hancock said, “The automotive sector in the UK is one of the most exciting and innovative in the world. It’s great to see Nissan opening its doors to give young people an insight to the inner workings of the industry. I’m sure it will inspire many young people to pursue interesting and rewarding careers in manufacturing.”The See Inside Manufacturing programme, which was first piloted by the automotive industry in 2011, gives young people the opportunity to explore the diverse nature of manufacturing and discover the varied career paths into industry. A number of automotive manufacturers across the UK have opened their doors to thousands of young people this month as part of the See Inside Manufacturing initiative.This year Nissan has played an important role in the scheme, by offering an exciting and engaging insight into the inner workings of all three of its three UK divisions: manufacturing, R&D and product design divisions.Its record-breaking Sunderland Plant was the first to throw open its doors, giving 1,500 students the chance to see the new Nissan Note in production and participate in a series of hands-on challenges and team building exercises on an engineering theme.Then, Nissan’s state-of-the-are Research and Development facility in Bedfordshire, the European Technical Centre (NTCE) followed suit by allowing local school pupils a glimpse inside its normally off-limits areas before engaging them in a number of activities with an engineering focus.Finally, NTCE and Nissan Design Europe (NDE) – where models including the Qashqai and Juke crossovers were conceived – collaborated to stage a captivating exhibition at the headquarters of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in Westminster. The exhibition centred on the development of the new Nissan Note, walking viewers through the model’s design, R&D and manufacturing.John Martin, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe said, “Nissan is one of the UK’s great manufacturing success stories. Our British facilities for design, research and development and manufacturing are recognised to be among the very best in the world.“The continued success of our UK operations depends entirely on the calibre of the people who work in them, so it’s crucially important we identify, encourage, support and inspire the next generation of talent.“That’s why we have been delighted to support the See Inside Manufacturing initiative for a third year and to once again share our enthusiasm for design, engineering and manufacturing with thousands of young people.”Click through for more information on this year’s See Inside Manufacturing initiatives.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

VIDEO Božović bomb and buzzerbeater in Skjern

janko bozovicRK MetalurgSkjern handballSoren PedersenVelux EHF Champions League One of the most interesting matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 4 weekend has been played in Danish Skjern where home team beat Macedonian RK Metalurg Skopje 20:19 by goal in the last second of the match.But, before Jorgensen won two points for his team with buzzer-beater, on 19:19 leveled Austrian NT right back Janko Božović only 60 seconds before the end. His goal was explosion according to face of the Danish goalie Soren Pedersen. ← Previous Story EHF CL: PICK Szeged win in Kolding – No winner in Elverum Next Story → RK Vardar without Dereven in next 5-6 weeks read more

Polite man with 431 previous convictions must have highest record in Irish

first_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A CORK MAN who has one of the largest rap sheets in Irish criminal history claims he has never been offered rehab.Anthony O’Sullivan (30), Araglen Court, DeansRock Estate, Togher is charged with being intoxicated while driving, speeding and having no insurance or licence at Newhall, Naas, on 20 December 2016.At Naas District Court on Thursday, Judge Desmond Zaidan confirmed it was the most previous convictions that he has ever dealt with in his 30 years in business, with long-established solicitors agreeing with him.He said: “This must be the highest record in Irish criminal history.”O’Sullivan – who appeared by order of bench warrant – is charged with driving at high-speed on the M7 motorway, having cannabis in his system while driving and not having insurance.Garda inspector Mel Smyth outlined how O’Sullivan was driving at a ‘very high-speed’ of 160km/hr in a 120km/hr zone.The court heard how O’Sullivan overtook a car in the fast lane while road conditions were ‘very wet’ with ‘poor visibility’.Smyth said: “He squeezed past the patrol car, there was no space.”Evidence was given that O’Sullivan drove on for about two kilometres while being followed by blue sirens.Smyth told the court the accused’s past convictions include eight for dangerous driving, 81 for no insurance, 132 for driving licence related matters, five for giving a false name and address, six for being drunk and driving, 15 for the unauthorised taking of a car, seven for driving while disqualified, six for burglary, seven for criminal damage, one for theft, 12 related to the Misuse of Drugs Act and seven for public order, as well as others for minor road traffic offences.The latest drink-driving offences led to him being disqualified from driving for five years at Cork Circuit Court on 19 May 2015.The court heard how O’Sullivan obtained his first conviction at the age of 15 for driving with no licence or insurance.Judge Zaidan asked the accused, ”Why do you behave like this all the time?”O’Sullivan said he was sent to an auto apprenticeship school when he was 13 years of age and developed an addiction to cars.He added that he is awaiting rehab for drug addiction. He claims he has never been treated by a psychologist.I have a drugs problem. I have never been referred anywhere.Defence solicitor Timmy Kennelly described his client as ‘very polite and forthright’. He requested O’Sullivan be allowed enter a restorative justice programme.Judge Zaidan ordered that the accused get a detailed probation report and see a psychologist while being remanded in custody to appear at Naas District Court on 6 April for sentencing.Comments have been closed as proceedings are ongoing.  Image: Google Streetview No Comments 36,549 Views ‘Polite’ man with 431 previous convictions ‘must have highest record in Irish criminal history’ – judge Anthony O’Sullivan appeared in Naas District Court this week. Share Tweet Email3 center_img Naas Courthouse Image: Google Streetview Naas Courthouse By Louise McCarthy Mar 11th 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL last_img read more

Tails and tunes with Josie and the Pussycats

first_img Our favorite girl band from Riverdale is back, and this is music to our ears….and tails. To kick off the new series Archie Comics has put out nine variant covers to perk-up interest. Are you listening meoooow? Ok, no more cat puns.Josie is getting the band back together. It’s all happening with help from Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio on the keyboards (writers) and  Audrey Mok, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli on the sticks (artists).  The whimsical adventures of our melodic gal pals are puuuurfectly (I couldn’t resist) complimented by vibrant and sharp art, just like Valerie’s bass lines.With a strong debut and favorable reviews here is hoping the beat goes on for the return of ones of Archie’s most beloved properties. Encore for Josie, Valerie, Melody, and the entire crew.All of the variants for issue #1 are available for purchase now. Just click on the cover below. Cover A – Audrey Mok1/9<><> 11 Groundbreaking Female Comic Book ArtistsGifts for the ‘Archie’ Comics Fan in Your Life center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

With Holography Mind Control Through Lasers is Now a Thing

first_img Comparing new science fact breakthroughs to science-fiction movies like The Matrix may be pretty cliche, but it’s just the best way of boiling down these highly advanced and complicated advancements for most folks. So while I’m sure there are more technical and accurate ways of describing the work Berkeley researchers are doing with neural holographic imagery, wouldn’t you rather me say, “Hey, we’re figuring out how to rewrite brains with lasers!”Perhaps lending more proof to the theory that our current entire existence is actually a hidden hologram, the team in California has been experimenting with the effects of projecting holograms, “3D patterns of light,” onto the brain. Being the computers they are, brains can be both read and written to using the correct neural laser stimulation. Brain activity can be deactivated or wholly recreated. Check out this demonstration.The practical application of these techniques aren’t anything as far out as “using laser pointers to create sleeper agents.” This is potential health technology. Using these methods, doctors could read the brain of someone suffering from a neurological disorder like epilepsy or schizophrenia and then apply holograms to relieve symptoms. And that’s if we ever even get to human trials. So far the modest tests have been limited to briefly spiking a tiny bit of brain activity in mice.AdChoices广告But the dream of this technology is using lasers and holograms as the next evolution for human-machine interfaces. It’s our best shot for cyborgs. The pictures researchers are currently projecting onto brains can be considered “low-resolution.” But theoretically higher resolution neural hologram imagery could be used for better control of prosthetics or even creating “artificial vision” for a blind person.We’re still probably decades away from creating our own personal Matrix of holographic experiences inside our own heads (unless it’s already happening to us and we just aren’t aware). But when doctors are ready to fire up my brain with a laser I’ll be totally here for it. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Remote-Controlled Cyborg Mice Conquer Maze of Food and SexThinking Loud Thoughts Affects How We Hear Loud Sounds last_img read more

Steve Carell to Lead New Netflix Series Inspired by Trumps Space Force

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Attention, U.S. citizens: Trump’s Space Force is coming to Netflix, thanks to The Office’s Steve Carell and Greg Daniels.On Wednesday, Netflix announced Space Force, a new comedy series created by Carell and Daniels, on its See What’s Next Twitter account. The show, which will star Carell, highlights a new squad that’s tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: the Space Force. Netflix hasn’t disclosed a premiere date yet, however, Netflix said it will be streamable soon.The Space Force YouTube video announcement doesn’t reveal much details, however, it provides a brief history lesson: On June 18, 2018, the federal government announced that it created the Space Force, a sixth major division of the United States Armed Forces.The goal of this new division, according to Space Force, is to “defend satellites from attack” and “perform other space-related tasks.” Space Force is the story of the people who try to figure out this new division, with a touch of hilarious brainstorming.No other details have been disclosed on the TV series yet, so we’ll have to settle with this funny teaser announcement for now.More on Is Raising Its US Subscription Plan Prices‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Publisher Sues Netflix Over TrademarksNetflix’s ‘Polar’ Trailer Reveals Mads Mikkelsen as a Badass Assassinlast_img read more

Country Poverty Assessment Final Report

first_img Related Items:caribbean development bank, country poverty Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – The final report on the Country Poverty Assessment has been given to government by the Caribbean Development Bank; Cabinet this week hearing from the team which earlier this year unveiled a striking summary of information from a survey which revealed a decrease in poverty; pegged at 22%. Cabinet is said to have welcomed this finalized edition which the CPA team told media earlier in the year would also make recommendations to government on how to reduce poverty levels even further. The Strategic Policy and Planning Unit will release this CPA Report soon; The Country Poverty Assessment was funded through a grant of more than $130,000 which also included support for the 2012 Census. Turks and Caicos aims to improve infrastructure through CDB Loan CDB closes in TCI, heads to Grenada Small Business legislation coming; PNP Administration vows to give cash to start ups Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

World Soy Foundations Acre Challenge Campaign gets Boost at ASA Meetings

first_imgAt last week’s American Soybean Association (ASA) meetings in St. Louis, ASA Board members and other “soy family” members accepted the Acre Challenge by generously giving the value of one or more acres of soybeans. This provided an early boost to the recently launched FY14 Acre Challenge Campaign. During a report to the ASA Board, Board member Dave Poppens (SD) mentioned recent corporate gifts to the World Soy Foundation, including a generous donation from the John Deere Foundation. Fourteen ASA Board members responded to his appeal for the Challenge, pushing Acre Challenge donations for the new fiscal year over $13,000.With their gifts, they are making a life-changing difference in the lives of malnourished children around the world through the Power of Soy– and so can you.The World Soy Foundation’s Acre Challenge Program is a way for you to help. With your support, the World Soy Foundation can reach even more children.  Donate the value of ONE ACRE OF SOYBEANS and give the gift of protein today!  (donate now button).If you are a new donor, or are increasing your pledge from last year, those contributions will be matched, dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. The Challenge to the Challenge expires Dec. 31.   Help us Reach our Goal—Accept the Challenge Today! To accept the Challenge simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price).How to donate: Click “Donate Now,” visit or send your check to:World Soy Foundation12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization so your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

Mamata slams Central forces for firing says they should work impartially

first_imgBagda/Swarupnagar: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday reacted sharply to the alleged “firing” by Central Force personnel inside a polling booth in Birbhum and urged them to work impartially and not as agents of the BJP.Stating that the law and order is a state subject, she said it is not the job of the Central Forces to enter polling booths. Banerjee further alleged: “Central Force personnel are working as agents of the BJP. They are asking whether BJP’s agents are there inside the booth or not. They should work impartially.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe TMC supremo said it is unfortunate that BJP cannot keep faith in the state police. “They manage mammoth crowds during Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Eid and other festivals where not a single untoward incident takes place. But during elections, they bring in the Central Forces who does excesses. We have taken up the matter with the proper forum,” she added. Coming down heavily on Narendra Modi, she said in the past five years he has not done a thing. “By introducing note ban and hasty implementation of the GST, the country’s economy has been ruined. 12,000 farmers have committed suicide. More than two crore people have lost their jobs due to demonetisation whereas he had assured by give jobs to two crore people per year, that is, 10 crore in five years. He is supposed to answer these questions to the electorate. But he is silent and instead, he is instigating people by raising their religious sentiments to divide them.”last_img read more

Tres Rios hotel applies to build 56 stilt sea houses

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources reports that the Tres Ríos hotel, located north of Playa del Carmen, has applied to expand its lodging center with the construction of 56 stilt sea houses.According to the Environmental Impact Manifestation, the project will house 168 rooms that will be distributed in front of the hotel buildings in five sections. The promoter, Ecoturísmo Tres Ríos, plans to invest 860 million peso.The promoter says the construction of the palafitos in the sea is better, since to continue to expand hotel infrastructure on the mainland impacts more and more flora and fauna.The promotion company says they are authorized to begin construction in May, however, according to the list of approved projects issued by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, they do not have construction permits.According to their environmental impact statement, “The tourist development in the region brings environmentally adverse situations that is why the project Palafitos Ecoturístico Tres Ríos seeks the generation of a binomial that allows a project that meets the demand for tourism infrastructure in the region, being at the same time environmentally sustainable, being low impact constructions, being supported on stilts in the sea, which allows the continuity of the marine flow and avoids the affectation of areas of forest cover.”The same company is also applying for a second environmental impact permit that would allow them to build a series of channels to recover the hydrological basin in the area of the Tres Rios hotel so they can, in turn, preserve the wetland.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UN meetings ended with US Russia avoiding formal talks to ban AI

first_imgThe United States and Russia were among a small number of countries that blocked the U.N. from moving toward talks on whether to ban so-called killer robots. As per Politico, a week of UN meetings in Geneva, concluded in the early hours of Saturday. During the meetings a group at the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) discussed whether to take negotiations on fully autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence to a formal level that could lead to a treaty banning them. However, a list of non-binding recommendations that participating countries agreed on, dodged the question of whether to move on to formal negotiations. Mary Wareham, coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, said that Russia, the U.S., South Korea, Israel and Australia were the main countries to oppose this call. “It’s a disappointment, of course, that a small minority of large military powers can hold back the will of the majority,” she said. Mary Wareham’s group represents 75 non-governmental organizations in 32 countries fighting for a ban on weapons that use AI technology to choose their targets. It says 26 countries endorse a full ban on the weapons. Throughout the meeting, many of those countries reiterated their call for strong regulation, pushing for the U.N. to start formal negotiations at least by next year. Doing so will be the next step toward binding international rules but opponents of the ban stood firm. The document issued at the end of the meeting recommends that non-binding talks should continue. Read Next: Russian censorship board threatens to block search giant Yandex due to pirated content The New AI Cold War Between China and the USA Microsoft claims it halted Russian spearphishing cyberattackslast_img read more

Vietnam Dont tie US weapons sales to human rights issues

first_imgInstead, he said, the work being done is to prevent soil erosion to ensure the safety of the people and military members living on the land. And he said there are military personnel on 19 remote islands or other features.Carter, however, said the government of Vietnam is considering a permanent halt to the reclamation program, and that they all support a peaceful negotiation process to end the disputed claims in the South China Sea.China’s rapidly expanding building projects has raised tensions and caused concerns among the United States, Vietnam and other countries in the region.Beijing’s building program on reefs and atolls now totals more than 2,000 acres, according to the U.S.China is vigorously defending the projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders, who say that the building programs will not provide Beijing any additional sovereign land. The U.S. and others are concerned that China will use the artificial islands as military bases and to assert control over navigation in the South China Sea.Most recently, U.S. officials said that China had placed two motorized artillery vehicles on one of its reclamation sites, but they have now been removed. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Gen. Phung Quang Thanh before their talks behind closed doors in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday, June 1, 2015. Carter is on a three-day visit to Vietnam to deepen military cooperation between the two former foes. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement This is Carter’s first trip to Vietnam as defense secretary, and comes as part of an 11-day trip to Asia.As part of his visit to Vietnam, he gave Thanh a diary that was taken from the body of a Viet Cong soldier by a U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam during the early 1970s. U.S. officials said they are hoping the diary can be returned to the soldier’s family.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Asked if the human rights issue should play a role in the U.S. military relationship with Vietnam, Carter would only say that U.S. officials routinely have “very candid” discussions on political and internal issues with Vietnamese leaders, and said those issues intersect with security matters.Western nations and international human rights groups have repeatedly raised concerns about human rights violations by Vietnam’s authoritarian government. Vietnam is a one-party state that squelches dissent, and Amnesty International has said that scores are still being detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Hanoi says only those who violate laws are put behind bars.Speaking during a news conference after the meeting with Carter, Thanh said through an interpreter that the full removal of the weapons sales restrictions would be “in line with the interests of both countries. And I think we should not attach that decision to the human rights issue.”And he offered a broad defense of the government, saying it respects the rights and freedoms of the people.Last October the U.S. partially lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, allowing only the sale of lethal maritime security and surveillance capabilities. To date no weapons have flowed to Vietnam. How men can have a healthy 2019center_img Carter also said that the U.S. will provide $18 million to Vietnam to buy vessels for the Coast Guard. And the two men signed a joint statement calling for expanded cooperation between the two militaries.For the last several years, the administration and the Pentagon have been focusing more on the Asia-Pacific region, in what’s been called a strategic pivot after more than a decade of war and intense focus on the Middle East. The U.S. insists the rebalance is not aimed at China and its growing military, but the U.S. has worked to expand and solidify relations with nations across the region, including many who have been at odds with China’s moves to exert its sovereignty in the South China Sea, which the U.S. and others consider international waters.Beijing has also bristled as America has moved more ships and other assets to the region, expanded military exercises and rotated troops more frequently in and out of other Pacific nations.Another key issue discussed by Carter and Thanh involved the land reclamation projects being conducted by China, Vietnam and others in the South China Sea.Carter had said he would urge Vietnamese officials to give up their reclamation projects and Thanh acknowledged the issue did come up. Asked if Vietnam would agree to the request, he was largely noncommittal, saying Hanoi has not expanded its building activities in the South China Sea. HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Questions about human rights violations by the Vietnamese government should have no bearing on whether the U.S. should fully remove its ban on lethal weapons’ sales to Hanoi, Vietnam’s defense minister said Monday after meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh and Carter said the two nations are expanding their defense cooperation to include plans to conduct military operations together. The U.S. will also help Vietnam prepare to begin participating in U.N. peacekeeping missions. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Why Did Mortgage Rates Decline

first_img After climbing to their highest level in over seven years, mortgage rates eased up on their accelerated growth, declining 10 basis points to 4.56 percent according to the latest Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey released on Thursday. The survey found that rates declined for the first time in four weeks driven by recent trade and geopolitical issues.While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was down from 4.66 percent last week to 4.56 percent, a year ago the rates stood at 3.94 percent. “The decline was driven by recent trade and geopolitical issues, which led to a sudden decrease in long-term Treasury yields,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac.The weekly report indicated that 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.06 percent this week from 4.15 percent. At the same time last year, the rate was 3.19 percent.“Treasury rates dropped dramatically lower this week as Italian political turmoil caused investors to prefer Treasury investments. Yields dropped to as low as 2.77 percent on Tuesday—30 basis points from one week prior,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at “Mortgage rates followed but didn’t fall quite as far. While this is the biggest move lower in a year, since April 2017, mortgage rates are still 62 basis points higher than this time one year ago.”In terms of rates affecting homebuyers, Khater said, “Confident American consumers shrugged off the market volatility, as purchase mortgage applications continued to trend higher from a year ago.” Heading into the peak homebuying season, he anticipated a strong demand even though “affordability pressures continue to put a strain on the budget of some would-be buyers.”“Homebuyers in the market can take advantage of the tumult and lock-in lower rates, but don’t count on these low rates to last,” Hale said. “Rates will begin to climb again as uncertainty wanes. In fact, Treasuries have already rebounded slightly. Mortgage rates are expected to approach 5 percent by the end of the year.”However, according to Khater, “Even if rates climb closer to 5 percent, sales have room to grow more, but only if current supply levels start increasing more meaningfully.” 30-year Fixed Rate Mortgage ARM Freddie Mac Homebuyers mortgage Mortgage Rates Treasuries 2018-05-31 Radhika Ojha May 31, 2018 801 Views Why Did Mortgage Rates Decline?center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterOn Thursday 23 June Cunard’s flagship returned to Southampton, remastered. Over the course of Queen Mary 2‘s refit, the interior and exterior of the flagship has been transformed.The big revealAs the first guests arrived on board in Hamburg, Queen Mary 2’s crew bristled with pride at their remastered home. Weeks of hard work had been for this moment – the first, awestruck reaction as guests walked into the Grand Lobby or discovered the stunning Carinthia Lounge.Discover the changes yourself.last_img read more