This Memorial Day weekend, PBS brings viewers an inspiring night of remembrance dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.Gloria Estefanwill perform on PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERTThe multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol co-hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise. The broadcast marks the tenth anniversary that the acclaimed actors, who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service, co-host the event.The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will showcase our courageous American heroes who have been disabled for life; shine a spotlight on Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war; and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); seven-time Grammy Award-winner, and international superstar Gloria Estefan; acclaimed film and television actress Stefanie Scott (INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3; JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS); THE VOICE season five winner Tessanne Chin; the world’s most prolific classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; and world renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly (additional performers to be announced). The 26th annual broadcast airs live on PBS Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.The 2015 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature the following segments: • There are over 4 million living disabled American veterans, a visible reminder of the toll of America’s wars through the decades. A new national memorial in Washington, DC to pay tribute to these courageous American heroes disabled for life was dedicated in October 2014. The concert will feature the poignant stories of two veterans from different eras severely injured in war and living with life-altering disabilities. • Through the eyes of Gold Star Children, those who have lost a parent to war, we learn how their lives are changed forever. • As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the deadliest war in human history, we honor the sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation, and remember the estimated 60 million men, women and children worldwide whose lives were brutally ended in the war.Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Jerry Colbert and producer Michael Colbert have assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment awards shows. The team includes: Emmy award-winning producer Walter C. Miller, whose credits include the GRAMMY AWARDS and COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS; and award-winning director Paul Miller whose credits include THE COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
Got Your 6 announced this week 13 new “6 Certified” projects in celebration of film, television, and theatrical content that normalizes depictions of veterans as leaders and community assets.Projects to receive “6 Certified” status include feature films Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully” and Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” independent films “Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission” and “Citizen Soldier,” and episodes and seasons of the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Justified,” “Hap and Leonard,” and “Power Triumph Games,” among others. For the first time, Got Your 6 honored a theatrical production by granting Broadway musical “Bandstand” “6 Certified” status.The fourth slate of “6 Certified” projects since the program’s inception was announced at the organization’s 2016 Storytellers event hosted at The Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in Los Angeles. The annual event showcases veterans who are utilizing their unique skillset and military experience to strengthen communities across America, while also celebrating the content creators working to tell those stories.“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a film or television project should be worth a million,” said Bill Rausch, Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “That’s why leading into Veterans Day we are celebrating the content creators who are accurately portraying our amazing men and women who have transitioned out of the military and are leading in their communities. Every veteran is a civic asset, and these latest projects to be ‘6 Certified’ truly embody this narrative.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects to be awarded with “6 Certified” status:“Bandstand” – Set in 1945, Bandstand tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to lead his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing band sensation. Opening on Broadway April 26, 2107, the writers and producers of “Bandstand” reached out to the Got Your 6 campaign for scripting feedback in order to portray veterans accurately and responsibly.“Cast Me!” – “Cast Me!” reveals the day-to-day work at LA-based agency DK Casting, owned by U.S. Marine Corps veteran David Kang. As an official partner of the Got Your 6 campaign, Myx TV ensured “Cast Me!” was crafted at every stage of production with positive veteran messaging. In addition to one of the four casting directors on the show being a veteran, this reality series also makes it a point to look to the veteran population for their casting needs. Myx TV“Citizen Soldier” – “Citizen Soldier” is a film told from the point of view of a group of soldiers from the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Thunderbirds Brigade. The project tells the true story about their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering a personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these citizen soldiers endeavor to extend their ideals of service into their reintegration at home. Strong Eagle Media“Hacksaw Ridge” – In theaters on November 4 and directed by Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge” is the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII despite refusing to bear arms on religious grounds. Doss was ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance, but went on to earn respect and accolades for his bravery, selflessness, and compassion after he risked his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. Doss’ father, played by Hugo Weaving, is a WWI veteran who provides a sobering speech on his personal motivation to serve. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label“Hap and Leonard” – Set in the late 1980s, “Hap and Leonard” is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot, and the fuzz. The series follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and his best friend Leonard Pine (Michael K. Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Christina Hendricks) resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. Leonard is portrayed as a skilled and resourceful problem solver in this dark comedy. SundanceTV“Invictus Games Orlando 2016” – The Invictus Games is an international sporting event, created by Britain’s Prince Harry, for wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and veterans. The Invictus Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Following the inaugural event in London in 2014, the Invictus Games came to Orlando, Florida where 500 competitors from 14 nations inspired the world with their Invictus spirit. The First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Opening Ceremony. ESPN“Justified” (series) – “Justified” is an American crime drama based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole.” For all six seasons, series regular Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson (Jacob Pitts), a former U.S. Army Ranger Sniper, displayed his wry understanding of Deputy U. S Marshal Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) unconventional law enforcement methods. FX“Marvel’s Luke Cage” – Mike Colter stars as former U.S. Marine Carl Lucas/Luke Cage. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. Luke is portrayed as a tough, resourceful character whose heart is in the right place despite his flaws. Netflix“No Greater Love” – This documentary explores a combat deployment through the eyes of a U.S. Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops. The film depicts the experience of war and, more importantly, helps viewers understand the personal struggles of reintegrating soldiers. The chaplain discusses his own depression after his service and reunites his battalion to examine the reintegration process with the men he served alongside. Atlas House Productions“Power Triumph Games” – The “Power Triumph Games” is a multi-round sports competition that challenges world-class military veteran athletes who have overcome catastrophic injury to step outside their comfort zones. Their goal is to showcase veteran’s unique ability to adapt, overcome and thrive. With the United States Military Academy as a backdrop, athletes face eight challenges that are required of cadets to graduate. The games challenge all who see it to raise their own bar of gratitude and achievement. The 2016 games are a three-hour miniseries on CBS Sports Network and a one-hour sports special broadcast on CBS Sports, featuring personal stories of service, character, and triumph. OurVetSuccess and ITN Productions“Reparation” – Winner of 11 film festival awards, “Reparation” is a psychological thriller that centers around Bob Stevens (Marc Menchaca), a small-town farmer with a three year hole in his memory. When Jerome (played by real life veteran Jon Huertas), his best friend from the U.S. Air Force shows up, Bob’s peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. Co-written by an Air Force veteran, the film takes the audience on a thrilling ride through the mind of a veteran confronting psychological issues, while avoiding the stereotype of the combat-damaged veteran, and echoing the call of duty to watch your buddy’s back. Red Dirt Pictures“Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission” – “The Next Mission” showcases the trials and triumphs of post-military transition through the stories of Helen, Sam, and Bernard – three transitioning service members who set off on a road trip across the country to discover their purpose in the civilian world. As they interview fellow veterans who have found fulfilling work beyond service, the team learns that the skills cultivated in the military aren’t limited to the battlefield; they can be applied to any number of exciting careers. Roadtrip Nation, American Public Television“Sully” – Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Sully” tells the real story of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when commercial pilot and U.S. armed forces veteran Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became a hero after performing an unprecedented forced water landing on New York’s Hudson River. Played in the film by Tom Hanks, Sully puts his military training and experience to good use, saving 155 lives by gliding the commercial plane to safety, but even as he was being praised by the public and the media, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy both his reputation and career. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures“The ‘6 Certified’ program has created an unprecedented opportunity for leading voices in the military and veterans community to recognize those in film and television who accurately portray our men and women in uniform,” said Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). “It’s an honor to be part of the process, and my hope is that this certification, and the knowledge there is oversight and accreditation by those who have served and sacrificed, will encourage the industry to stay true military portrayals.”“Some veterans are true heroes, and some are truly continuing to suffer the consequences of war long after they return home,” said Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media. “But between those two extremes are a wide variety of experiences and emotions – stories that need to be told in order for the full range of the military/veteran experience to be realized in media. That is the purpose of Got Your 6 and the ‘6 Certified’ committee. I commend the 2016 honorees for their honest, accurate, and full portrayals of veterans and members of the military.”“The ‘6 Certified’ campaign is such an important program because the powerful stories of our veterans should not be limited to narratives of broken heroes,” said Miguel Santos, general manager of Myx TV. “With ‘Cast Me!’ we aimed to show a more authentic veteran experience with a first-hand look at how Marine veteran David Kang’s military training set him up for success in the entertainment industry after his reintegration into civilian life.”“Strong Eagle Media (SEM) is deeply honored that Citizen Soldier has been recognized and certified by Got Your 6, one of the most reputable military and veterans organizations in our country. As is Got Your 6, SEM is committed to telling some of the extraordinary stories of the 2.8 million Americans who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. As storytellers, we are acutely aware that how we tell these stories is critically important. As a result, and as we did with ‘Citizen Soldier,’ we asked our troops to be co-storytellers, intimately involved Gold Star families in the making of the film, and intentionally avoided the politics surrounding the wars. We have learned over time that Americans are tired of that politics, not of hearing the compelling stories of service members and their families,” said Christian Tureaud, David Salzberg, Bert Bedrosian, Wendy R. Anderson, and Bill Marshall of Strong Eagle Media.“On behalf of the ‘Invictus Games Orlando 2016,’ the organizing committee, and all who played a role, we are proud to be recognized by Got Your 6,” said Ken Fisher, chairman of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016. “The Games were an amazing success, and it showed how the power of sports can make such a positive impact on the lives of those who serve or have served, and their families.”“Jacob and I feel incredibly honored to be recognized by such a worthy organization. We met when he played a WWII Marine in HBO’s ‘The Pacific.’ I was so impressed by his humor and his depth that I created a character for him in ‘Justified’ – Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson. We decided together that Gutterson should be a veteran. We wanted Gutterson to be a man who, not without his troubles and his torments, is able to continue to live a life of service and find some peace – all the while giving Raylan Givens a much-needed ration of you-know-what,” said Graham Yost, executive producer of “Justified.”“Got Your 6 defends an honest depiction of veterans and military in the media, so it is a high honor to receive their certification for ‘No Greater Love.’ We need Hollywood to continue this dialogue about war and coming home so that our country can process this historic time in our nation’s history. Got Your 6 is an integral ambassador on behalf of those who have sacrificed the most, but are often the least heard, and defends their voices to the world,” said Justin Roberts, former U.S. Army chaplain and director of “No Greater Love.”“We are honored to be the only program that has twice been ‘6 Certified,’” said Mary L. Hagy, U.S. Army veteran and CEO of OurVetSuccess, producers of the “Power Triumph Games.” “With our dedication to increasing positive public awareness of successful veterans through creating the highest quality television and digital content, we are perfectly aligned with the critical mission of Got Your 6. This prestigious recognition is both humbling and welcome.”“Got Your 6’s certification is a tremendous honor for the writers and the cast of ‘Reparation,’” said Kyle Ham and Steve Timm, co-writers of “Reparation.” “Unlike traditional portrayals of military veterans, ‘Reparation’ examines the residual complexities of military service — both honorable and dishonorable —within the USAF Security Forces. Grappling with tremendous trauma and stress, these characters, like their real life counterparts, have little or no time to decompress or compartmentalize their encounters. The threat they confront not only comes from outside the wire, but from inside as well – sometimes from their fellow service members whom they are sworn to protect, or from the induced psychological effects of stress. In ‘Reparation’ we confront head-on that collision between duty and friendship, probing the limits of veterans’ call to watch each others’ backs.”“We believe that all individuals deserve the right to explore the vast career opportunities available to them. We are honored to work with the USO to support our returning service members with the inspiration to not only transition into civilian life, but thrive in a fulfilling career reflective of their unique interests. It is our privilege to have these stories heard and the documentary to be recognized as ‘6 Certified,’” said Mike Marriner, cofounder of Roadtrip Nation.In early 2015, at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Got Your 6 launched the “6 Certified” initiative as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the initial launch, projects such as Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon,” Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” NBC’s “The Night Shift,” and ABC’s “Modern Family” have all received “6 Certified” designations.To become “6 Certified,” a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the “6 Certified” Review Committee, a group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant “6 Certified” status.The current members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office; Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”
LOS ANGELES — While the polar vortex is driving up demand for natural gas, it isn’t doing the same for the price.The massive weather system is blanketing much of the Midwest and Northeast in a deep freeze, and demand for natural gas is spiking as homeowners crank up the heat to stay warm.Yet natural gas prices have fallen this week and are in the throes of a two-month skid. The price closed at $2.81 per 1,000 cubic feet Thursday, down 42 per cent from a recent high in November.Among the reasons for the price drop: The bone-chilling cold will be relatively short-lived. Supplies of natural gas are sufficient. And forecasters say warmer than normal weather is coming to replace the big chill.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
Former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Senarath Kapukotuwa has passed away.Kapukotuwa was a Director at the Capital Maharaja Organisation at the time of his death.
No impact on overall beef exports from XL Foods scare, says agriculture minister OTTAWA – The fallout from a massive tainted-beef recall was still being felt Tuesday as the Harper government passed legislation aimed at making the food system safer.Canadian beef sales, both domestic and international, have not declined in the wake of the XL Foods scare, said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.“Not at all,” Ritz said when asked whether sales had dropped off.The minister pointed out, however, that another case of illness tied to meat from a troubled XL plant in Brooks, Alta., was uncovered only days ago.“There was another case linked back … some days ago as public health does their due diligence,” said Ritz.“That’s the total that we’ve seen to this point is 18.”The Public Health Agency of Canada said Nov. 14 that a new case of E. coli linked to the XL plant was confirmed in Alberta.The agency said the person became ill in October and is still recovering.The United States and Taiwan imposed restrictions on beef imports from the XL Foods plant immediately following the E. coli scare.American inspectors have conducted an assessment of the plant since, and Ritz said he was hoping to hear soon whether the U.S. would begin accepting exports again.Last month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave the plant permission to resume slaughtering cattle after being shut down for more than a month.Ritz made his comments on Tuesday afternoon after trumpeting the expected passage of Bill S-11, the Safe Food for Canadians Act, in the House of Commons. The Bill passed a third reading in the Senate on Tuesday evening and only requires royal assent to become law.While it’s not a direct response to September’s XL Foods shutdown, the bill will, among other things, make it easier to track food shipped from processing plants so inspectors can more quickly deal with any problems, the minister said.The inspection agency was criticized last month for the time it took to announce a recall so potentially tainted beef could be taken off store shelves.Once it becomes law, S-11 would “help find products faster in recall situations so they can be removed from the shelves quicker,” Ritz said in a statement.Introduced in the Senate last June, the bill is intended to provide better oversight of food by making inspections more consistent, giving food inspectors more power to demand information from producers and increasing penalties for companies that put consumer health and safety at risk.Maximum fines for health and safety-related offences would increase to $5 million — or higher at a court’s discretion in the case of more serious offences — up from the current maximum of $250,000.It would also give the inspection agency the authority to require food producers and processors to set up systems to better track their products.It’s not clear when regulations that accompany the legislation are to be completed. by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2012 11:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2013 2:24 pm MDT LCBO, workers can work out labour dispute, despite May 17 strike deadline: Wynne AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government is not going to wade into the labour dispute between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its unionized employees, despite a looming strike deadline.More than 7,000 LCBO workers represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are threatening to walk off the job on May 17 if they can’t reach a fair contract with the retail giant.The union says it has filed an application with the Ministry of Labour for the strike deadline, which would fall on the Friday before the long weekend next month.The employees’ four-year contract with the LCBO ended March 31 and the union says “very little progress” has been made at the bargaining table.Earlier this month, the employees voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.Wynne says negotiations are ongoing and both sides should be left to work things out between them, adding May 17 is still a ways off.“I’m sure that both sides will be able to come together and work this out,” she said Wednesday.“They are in discussion and it’s more helpful for us to let that be a confidential conversation.”The union says key issues include boosting part-time wages and upgrades to health and safety standards but the province has said it has no money to spend on wage increases.Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said Wednesday that the Liberals will likely just give in to union leaders, just like they did during disputes with the province’s teachers’ unions at the beginning of the year.“We’re going to see a lot more of these workplace actions from the government unions because it seems with the Liberals, they always get their way,” he said.Hudak has said the province should allow beer, wine and spirits to be sold in corner stores and has also floated the idea of selling part or all of the LCBO.Wynne said Wednesday she thinks the LCBO works just fine the way it is.
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 7:09 am MDT The Exterior view of VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sakuma AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VMware buy mobile computing co. AirWatch for about $1.18B in cash plus instalments and equity PALO ALTO, Calif. – Cloud computing company VMware says it will pay US$1.18 billion in cash to acquire AirWatch, a mobile technology provider that competes with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) in the corporate sector.AirWatch has more than 10,000 customers and 1,600 employees around the world and provides a device management service that’s promoted as an alternative to BlackBerry products for businesses.VMware (NYSE:VMW) says the acquisition of Atlanta-based AirWatch will boost its mobile computing offerings for businesses without compromising security.AirWatch, a privately held company, will continue to be led by its founder and CEO John Marshall and will become part of VMware’s end-user computing group.VMware works with companies to evolve their information technology resources to so-called cloud computing, which generally refers to having IT systems hosted by outside providers.The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies and the acquisition is expected to close late in the first quarter.
“It gives me particular pleasure to share some breaking news with you,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, Michael Keating, told the 15-member Council during an update on the situation in the country.“This morning, a decision was taken by the Somali Cabinet on the electoral model to be used later this year. This is the culmination of almost six months of intense consultations. It may be a watershed moment, marking the growing political maturity of a federal Somalia,” he said.Separately, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the Somali leadership on this decision, noting that it paves the way to a timely transition at the expiry of the current institutions’ term. “He particularly applauds the commitment to representation of women and minority groups, including that women will comprise 30 per cent of the next Parliament, in line with the Mogadishu Declaration of December 2015,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. The UN chief also reiterated the urgency of establishing a political roadmap towards universal suffrage in Somalia by 2020, to ensure continued momentum in the country’s transition to democracy.In the Security Council, Mr. Keating, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said the electoral model is Somali-devised, Somali-led and Somali-owned, adding that real momentum could and should result from the “breakthrough” achieved today.Meanwhile, he said his two weeks as Special Representative in the horn of Africa nation “have not been Somalia’s easiest” – marked by tough political negotiations and marred by two terrorist attacks. “Somalia’s security requires a comprehensive approach,” he continued, highlighting the UN Secretary-General recently announced Plan of Action for Preventing Violent Extremism. “Our political, security, development and human rights efforts must proceed together.”Noting that military and counterterrorism efforts need to be accompanied by stronger policing and rule of law, Mr. Keating added that a priority must be to strengthen federal and regional capabilities within Somalia as a basis for a longer term transition plan for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has been in the country since 2007.“Too many civilians and too many soldiers are dying. Al-Shabab remains a potent threat,” the UN official warned, while nonetheless stating he is encouraged by the commitments made by the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, to security sector reform.Turning to the humanitarian situation, Mr. Keating said the situation is very concerning. “Millions of children, women and elderly people are acutely vulnerable and in total some 4.9 million people, representing 40 per cent of the total population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.”According to UN estimates, over 1.1 million civilians remain internally displaced and some 300,000 children under age five are acutely malnourished. Millions also lack access to basic healthcare, water and sanitation. The head of UNSOM called for the UN’s recently launched humanitarian response plan to be “generously” supported.
Terex® Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) recently added 5’ x 16’ and 6’ x 16’ two and three deck screens to their revolutionary line of “V” Series horizontal screens. Customers can enhance their operation by replacing their existing triple shaft screens with the “V” Series screens. “The new Terex Cedarapids “V” Series horizontal screens increase production and handle applications not possible with traditional horizontal screens because they combine the efficient, high g-force El-Jay™ 3:1 oval stroke motion with variable slope operation to handle larger deck loads. The new design also features more steel in the rock zone with thicker side plates and heavier decks for industry leading durability.”The LJ-TSV screen has several new features to boost productivity. The patented low maintenance vibration damper system and the patent-pending optional bottom deck deflector plates boost capacity. Patent-pending variable slope handles larger deck loads and bigger screen openings to increase production. The screens install up to 10° in 2.5° increments to best fit the application. Ed Sauser, Product Manager at Terex Minerals Processing Systems states, “We are excited to add more new models to the industry leading “V” Series screen line. Variable slope operation gives customers a product that handles more applications than other screens on the market. The increased capabilities, higher production, enhanced durability and ease of maintenance of the LJ-TSV screen make it an industry leader.”The new Terex Cedarapids LJ-TSV screen is built rugged and combines the El-Jay 3:1 oval stroke with the unique ability to install at various slopes, increasing production and handling more applications than traditional horizontal screens. Screens install from 0° up to 10° in 2.5° increments to best fit a new application or replacement of earlier TSH or TSS models, increasing capabilities to handle larger deck loads and bigger screen openings.Features include more steel in the rock zone with thicker side plates and heavier decks for industry leading durability; 5/16″ (8 mm) Grade 50 side plates are two times stronger than 1/4″ (6 mm) standard steel; rugged computer-optimised decks with full-length bracing. New maintenance-friendly features include patented low maintenance surge damper system; replaceable wire cloth seal strips for no-weld repair; bolt-on upper and lower spring guides; tool-less oil check sight glasses; bottom deck feed curtain; and optional magnetic deck wear liners. An optional bottom deck deflector plates boost screen efficiency.The high G-force, high efficiency El-Jay oval stroke motion adjusts 3-ways (speed, stroke angle, stroke magnitude) to optimise performance, while a patented “flow-through” lubrication system and “sealed-for-life” double O-ring assembly extend equipment life. The medium scalper option increases feed size from 10″ to 14″ (254 to 355 mm); options includes side liners/extensions.
Brandon Hanson, 13, left, and his father, Kyle, move a large box filled with canned goods at the Caples Road post office. The Hansons live in Gresham, but the older Hanson works for Wells Fargo in Vancouver. Local postal employees and community volunteers collected about 60 tons of food Saturday during the letter carriers’ annual food drive.James Fitzgerald, operations manager for the Clark County Food Bank, said they had hoped to beat last year’s total, 137,000 pounds.“But still,” he said, 120,000 pounds “is a lot of food.”And it comes when the food bank’s shelves have been depleted.The food collected during the December Walk & Knock drive “probably was gone by March,” he said. “So we don’t have much from mid-March through April. This was a really nice boost for us.”About 150 volunteers helped with Saturday’s drive. That doesn’t include the letter carriers, who picked up the donations as they went from mailbox to mailbox on their routes.People who didn’t get their donation out to the mailbox in time Saturday still can contribute, Fitzgerald said.“Letter carriers will keep picking them up for a while, or people can drop them off at any post office. A fair amount trickles in,” Fitzgerald said.People also can drop off donations at the food bank’s new warehouse, 6502 N.E. 47th Ave.The bigger facility has made it much easier to process large-scale food reinforcements, Fitzgerald added. In the old warehouse, “We would receive the food and we would shut down for a while, until we got some of it out the door,” he said.Now, “We are able to receive it and handle it in more reasonable time.”
New Jersey has today (1 July 2019) increased its minimum wage to $10 (£7.91) an hour, aligning with legislation that aims to deliver a minimum wage of $15 (£11.87) an hour by 1 January 2024.Today’s pay increase, which was signed into legislation by Governor Phil Murphy in February 2019, raises the state’s minimum wage from $8.85 an hour to $10 an hour for more than one million employees working in New Jersey.The bill, which is sponsored by senate president Steven Sweeney and assembly speaker Craig Coughlin, further allows for the base minimum wage in New Jersey to increase to $11 (£8.70) an hour on 1 January 2020. After this, base pay will rise by $1 (£0.79) an hour every 1 January until it reaches $15 an hour on 1 January 2024.Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, said: “For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living. I am incredibly proud to sign legislation that raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour, ensuring that the most vulnerable among us will have the means to put food on the table, while growing our economy and addressing priorities of the small business community.”Seasonal employees and those working at organisations with five or less staff will see their base minimum wage rise to $15 an hour by 1 January 2026 under the legislation, known as A-15. By 1 January 2028, these employees will also receive the minimum wage inclusive of inflation adjustments that take place from 2024 to 2028; this will equalise pay with the main body of New Jersey-based employees.On 1 January 2024, agricultural staff will see their base minimum wage increase to $12.50 an hour. By 31 March 2024, the New Jersey Labor Commission and secretary of agriculture will jointly decide whether to recommend that the minimum wage for agricultural employees be raised to $15 an hour by 1 January 2027. If an agreement is not reached between these parties, a third member will create the decision.Steve Sweeney, senate president, added: “Our goal of reaching a $15 minimum wage will now become a reality. A minimum wage should be a living wage. This is a progressive plan that will provide greater economic fairness for minimum wage [staff], helping to improve their standard of living and their quality of life. We can now achieve greater economic fairness by closing the wealth gap that has separated segments of society.”
Believed to be more than 50 years old, Deep Blue may even be pregnant, according to CBS News. Ramsey told the Star Advertiser that the shark is “shockingly wide” and may have a baby shark (doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo) swelling inside her. On Wednesday, Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources released a statement about the sperm whale carcass attracting a ton of attention from feeding sharks.”We’re asking people to stay out of the water around this carcass. We don’t want anyone to get hurt if a shark swimming around the carcass mistakes them as food,” said Jason Redulla, chief of the department’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement. At almost 21 feet (6.4 meters) long, Deep Blue is about 1.3 times longer than your average Tesla, which means she can fit at least a family of five in that belly. Not that she would, of course! Ramsey told the Honolulu Star Advertiser on Wednesday that the great white came up and brushed the side of her boat, before calling the shark a “big, beautiful, gentle giant” which, from the images, seems to look true.To understand the sheer scale of the absolute unit, underwater photographer Juan Oliphant posted to his Instagram account this image of Ramsey swimming underneath the huge elasmobranch. Post a comment 0 Share your voice 67 Photos CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Culture Badass photos from GoPro cameras Deep Blue is one of, if not the, largest great white shark ever caught on camera. This movie was shot by researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico in 2015 https://t.co/VCvZjhGZ2M pic.twitter.com/OKFNNfYskH— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) February 21, 2018 Tags Cheese! Ocean Ramsey poses with Deep Blue off Hawaii.Juan Oliphant/Screenshot by CNETRemember the mammoth Carcharadon named Deep Blue? If you don’t, here’s a refresher.Thought to be the world’s biggest great white shark, Deep Blue swam alongside diver and marine biologist Ocean Ramsey this week off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Yes, cage-free. A decomposing sperm whale apparently attracted the gargantuan shark to the area, the first time she’s been spotted near Hawaii.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.Eight candidates have filed for the Jan. 29 special election to replace former state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, while three have signed up for a separate special election — on the same day —to succeed state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, according to the Texas secretary of state’s office.The deadline was 5 p.m. Thursday to file to run in the two reliably Democratic districts.In House District 145, the crowded field is competing for the seat once held by Alvarado, who won a promotion to the upper chamber last month. The candidates include six Democrats, a Republican and Libertarian. Among the more prominent names:Democrat Christina Morales, a funeral home owner who is using the top operatives from Alvarado’s Senate campaign last monthDemocrat Melissa Noriega, a former Houston City Council member who took over the HD-145 seat in 2005 while her husband at the time, incumbent Rick Noriega, served in AfghanistanRepublican Martha Fierro, who finished third last month in the special election that Alvarado won to succeed ex-state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-HoustonThe other five candidates are Democrats Oscar Del Toro, Ruben Gonsalez, Elias De La Garza and Alfred Moreno, as well as Libertarian Clayton Hunt.Meanwhile, the special election in HD-79 is for the seat vacated by Pickett, who is resigning effective Friday due to health issues. The three candidates are Democrat Art Fierro, chairman of the El Paso Community College board; Democrat Michiel Noe, an outgoing member of the El Paso City Council; and Republican Hans Sassenfeld, an activist.Fierro has emerged with an early advantage in the race, earning the endorsements of every member of the El Paso delegation to the Legislature beside Pickett.Early voting in both races begins Jan. 14.This article was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share
Twenty-six years ago, Jurassic Park roared into theaters and captured our imaginations. Is it an odd anniversary to celebrate? Maybe, but that’s not stopping Lego from unleashing an amazing new set.Lego spared no expense when they put together Jurassic Park: T. Rex Rampage. They faithfully recreated the Park’s massive entry gates, packed in a bunch of iconic scenes from the movie, and topped it all off with a gigantic, brick-built Tyrannosaurus rex.Let’s take a look at the minifigs that come with the set first. There wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park without John Hammond, so naturally he’s included. You need a paleontologist and a paleobotanist to sign off on things, and that’s where Alan and Ellie come in.There are a lot of high-tech systems in Jurassic Park, too. Fortunately Dennis Nedry and Ray Arnold are up to the task. And yes, there’s a sexy Jeff Goldblum that you can use to stage minifig memes as well as Dr. Ian Malcolm’s scenes from the movie. His head is dual-sided, so you can choose between serious and sweaty or scared and sweaty expressions.Ellie and Ray can change to a look of panic, too, and so can Dennis — Lego printed him with a glob of venomous Dilophosaurus spit (thanks, InGen!) right in the middle of his face.The real star of the show, though, is the mighty T. rex.He’s huge (27 inches long!), he’s got a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and he’s ready to chomp down on whatever poor sap decides to hide out on the buildable toilet — because of course Lego wasn’t going to leave out the infamous toilet.Equally massive are the park’s gates. They’re more than 16 inches tall and 18 inches wide when fully assembled. Technic gears let you crank the gates open. Spin the gates around and you’ll find the characters’ scenes built into the back.There’s one scene for each. Alan discovers a nest with freshly-hatched eggs. John helps himself to a bowl of ice cream. Dennis slips in the mud and meets with an untimely end. Ellie restores power to the park’s systems and Ray works frantically to get vital systems back online.The set goes on sale on June 19 for Lego VIPs and July 1 for the general public. It’s priced at $249.99 in the U.S. and will require a good chunk of your time to assemble. It takes 3,120 pieces to build Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage.Watch: Animated ‘Jurassic World’ Series to Premiere on Netflix in 2020More on Geek.com:Lego Launches Stunning 50th Anniversary Tribute to Apollo 11Lego’s Massive ‘Stranger Things’ Set Will Turn Your World Upside DownLego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn Braille Stay on target Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever
2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Plenty of environmentally conscious entrepreneurs already re-cycle paper and computers. They might even drive hybrid vehicles and look for ways to reduce the impact of their businesses on the earth. And now there are ways to continue that philosophy on the internet by getting onboard with a green web-hosting provider. That’s right–we’re talking solar- and wind-powered websites.Affordable Internet Services Online Inc.in Romoland, California, is a green web-hosting service that has been using solar power since 2001. They have 120 solar panels mounted on the roof of their data center, solar tubes providing light during the day and a large bank of batteries storing the power to keep their servers running at all times. “We wanted to help the environment, but we also wanted to get rid of our growing electric bill,” says technology manager Phil Nail. They’ve attracted a variety of clients from around the world that feel strongly about the environment and want to demonstrate that commitment to their web customers.A really good green web-hosting provider should offer all the amenities of any other host. Look for a company that performs regular backups, monitors its servers and has good uptime. Using a green provider doesn’t have to cost more, either. AISO, for example, offers packages starting at $9.95 per month. Some other leading providers to look into are EcoSky, wind-powered Locomotive Mediaand Solar Data Centers.Expect this niche to stay small. Says Nail, “I don’t see any of the large companies going this route because of the amount of solar panels they would need to generate enough electricity.” Still, entrepreneurs looking for a green hosting alternative have several options to choose from. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. November 1, 2005 Register Now »
Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The Superintendent of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for northern Quintana Roo, Gonzalo Paredes Plancarte, acknowledged that the blackouts on Isla Mujeres are due to electrical overloads from an increase in demand.The increase in demand is from an increase in tourism and general growth of the island. He explained that there is an ongoing maintenance program and review of submarine lines that supply electricity to the entire island and even though the life span of the lines are still valid, there have been failures that have left the island without electricity.The official acknowledged that they are planning to replace some accessories and the submarine lines, which could be budgeted into this year.“The demand for electricity has gone up,” he said adding that emergency plants have been brought in to operate in times when the demand for electricity is higher.“At the moment, we have the capacity to supply electricity to Isla Mujeres, but I repeat the submarine lines are in perfect condition and if they are replaced, it is not because they are in bad condition,” he commented.He insisted that the recent failures were not because the cables failed, but due to an external incident by third parties for which they have a lawsuit in progress.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)
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Associated PressKAKOLA, Uganda (AP) – American military advisers in Uganda are drawing on lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to help train African Union soldiers to fight Somalia’s most powerful insurgent group, al-Shabab.Earlier this year, a small contingent of U.S. Marines joined American military contractors at a training base nestled in Uganda’s rolling countryside about 2 1/2 hours drive from the capital, helping fill gaps where the al-Qaida-linked fighters have found weaknesses. The base, called Singo, was built by the U.S. and is a key part of the Obama administration’s strategy to bring stability to Somalia. Inside the base is a training area known as “Lil’ Mogadishu” or the “Tin Village” _ stacks of shipping containers making up a small “town” built by U.S. and British trainers for the Ugandan soldiers to practice house-to-house fighting. Soldiers move in and out of doors cut into the containers _ which have been garishly spray painted with violent or provocative slogans like “death is here,” “war only” and “we hate the AU” _ and practice maneuvers along dirt streets and paths.“This has taken us a long way, especially in achieving the operations in Mogadishu,” said Singo’s Ugandan commander, Col. J.B. Ruhesi.About 3,500 Ugandan troops are currently undergoing training at Singo under the State Department’s Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program, which also trains soldiers from Burundi and several other African nations. The training should allow the soldiers from different countries to operate with each other more smoothly after they’re deployed to Somalia. The contractors have been training African Union forces since 2007.Paddy Ankunda, spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, said Ugandan forces there currently number about 6,000 and make up the largest contingent. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Virginia-based MPRI has the current contract to conduct the program at Singo, and up to two dozen trainers work along with French, British and Ugandan military personnel. The contractors were not permitted to speak on the record to reporters during a recent media visit to the base, but one said all are ex-military and most have had experience in either Iraq or Afghanistan.U.S. funding for the program is expected to be $3.8 million this year for the training, with another $300,000 for the non-lethal equipment that will be given to the Ugandan forces _ things like body armor, helmets and mine detectors.Ugandan forces commander Gen. Aronda Nyakairima said the urban warfare exercises have proved invaluable for soldiers to meet “fresh challenges” when they’re deployed to Somalia. Despite the danger, he said the soldiers have been eager to participate in the AU peacekeeping mission.The average soldier can make several times his normal salary by serving with the AU _ which pays about $1,000 per month.Somalia has been mired in conflict since the 1991, when long-term dictator Siad Barre was overthrown by warlords who then turned on each other. Al-Shabab has had a grip on much of south-central Somalia for the last several years but security in Mogadishu has improved markedly over the past year after AU and Somali government troops pushed al-Shabab insurgents out of the capital. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system The United States has sent in only small units of Special Forces to attack al-Qaida members in Somalia or hostage-taking pirates since U.S. troops withdrew from the nation in 1994, while other African countries have deployed thousands of troops to bring order to a country plagued by lawlessness, insurgents and hunger.Many of the American trainers give firsthand knowledge of what works and what doesn’t from years of learning to deal with improvised explosives, fighting insurgents in cities and other experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan.Al-Shabab militants recently figured out how to take out AU tanks with the help of makeshift obstacles and traps, so a group of about 20 Marine reservists is now in the middle of a 10-week program teaching Ugandan forces combat engineering skills, like ways to quickly bridge trenches to permit the tanks to pass.On a recent day at the base, three U.S. military medical specialists showed how to properly apply a tourniquet in a combat situation and other medical skills. The State Department’s training program also includes marksmanship, urban warfare and explosives handling.“We’ve been experiencing some really ugly things for the past 10 years, so we’re taking that experience over here,” said Maj. Mark Haley, 41, from Knoxville, Tennessee. “We’re giving these guys some real important skill sets to keep them alive when they get sent over there.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The militant group has also been facing increasing military pressure from Ethiopian troops in the west and Kenyan troops in the south.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments Share 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (middle) and Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, TAT Executive Director of the East Asia Region (the lady on the right corner of the banner) jointly welcomed Japanese students led by Mr. Tsubone, Koge Mayor (standing on the left, next to Mr. Yuthasak), from Fukuoka, Japan.Japanese school groups show confidence in Thailand as planned events go aheadThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased that confidence in Thailand as a safe destination for travel and tourism remains high among Japanese travellers, with several pre-booked school tours from Japan taking place as planned and organisers expressing full confidence in the safety and security of the kingdom.Two exchange groups, totalling 57 participants, from Fukuoka, Japan will be visiting Thailand this month. The first group from Koge’s Elementary School will be in Bangkok from 17 to 22 of August, and will comprise a total of 45 participants, including Koge Mayor, Mr. Tsubone, 30 students and 14 teachers and trip leaders. The second group, comprising 10 selected students from 10 high schools in Fukuoka Prefecture will be in Bangkok from 17 to 23 of August. As well as taking part in educational exchanges, some of these students will be experiencing a more personal side of Thai culture by staying in homestay accommodation with Thai families.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “We hope that these students find their trips to Thailand to be fun and educational and that they go home with many happy memories of the kingdom. There is so much knowledge for Thai and Japanese students to share so it is vital that these cross cultural trips are able to go ahead. As our honoured guests, all these visitors from Japan can feel rest assured that they will be looked after during their time here and that we have all measures in place to ensure their safety and security.”During their visits, the students will be taking part in a range of different activities. The students from Fukuoka prefecture will meet with the Bangkok Governor and enjoy and exchange programme at Baan Bankapi High School. They will also visit Siam Niramit and the Grand Palace. The groups from Koge’s Elementary School will carry out an exchange programme with Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School and also visit Jim Thompson House, Wat Pho and the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo.“There’s no better way of showing life going back to normal than by carrying on with everyday activities and continuing with the education of our young people. I hope that all students involved in these trips, both Thai and Japanese learn from this experience and help our nations to enjoy closer mutual understanding,” said Mr. Yuthasak. Fly THAI Amazing Thailand Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand