Court agrees to hear Vijender Guptas defamation case against Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday agreed to hear a defamation case filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia after the two leaders accused him of scripting the slapping of Kejriwal during a road show on May 4. Calling the Chief Minister’s allegations against him as “malicious, deliberate and defamatory”, Gupta has sought Rs 1 crore and the cost of litigation in the case as damages. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal set June 24 to hear the case. In his plea, Gupta said: “The accused 1 (Kejriwal) himself planned getting slapped during a road-show on May 4 and blamed the BJP for the incident in order to make political gains.” “It was revealed that the accused no. 1 (Kejriwal) himself asked his liaison officer to remove the security personnel from his vehicle,” his plea read. Gupta has requested the court to take cognisance of the offence under Section 499/500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and prosecute and punish the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders in accordance with the provisions of law. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Gupta’s advocate told the court that the Chief Minister’s allegation that his client was attempting to kill him was “malicious, deliberate and defamatory”. “These allegations are not only awful and disquieting, but also distressing and defaming. The complainant can’t even think of hurting someone knowingly and voluntarily much less planning to assassinate/kill/murder the accused no. 1 (Kejriwal),” the advocate said. He claimed that the AAP leaders made the statements on the social media, where they both have millions of followers, so that it reached people in and outside Delhi. “Being a sensational charge, it was picked up both by the print and electronic media and widely circulated by media houses, thereby gravely impairing my reputation for which accused no. 01 (Kejriwal) and 02 (Sisodia) are responsible,” Gupta said in his petition. He added that two leaders were also circulating the claim that the BJP was after Kejriwal’s life. “There are newspapers articles in which accused no. 01 is claiming that he will be assassinated like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was by his personal security officer,” read the complaint. Gupta said that the allegations were made with the “ulterior motive to degrade his reputation, to malign his image and gain cheap political mileage in the Lok Sabha elections.”last_img read more

City of Fort St John releases 2018 list of employee wages over

first_imgMore information on the Statement of Financial Information can be found on the City’s website. The next-highest-paid councillors on the list are Gord Klassen with $33,292.71 and Lilia Hansen with $32,381.44.The total remuneration for Council in 2018 was $277,689.37, with $97,744.49 filed in expenses.Among City Staff, City Manager, Dianne Hunter, earned the highest salary of $240,518.53, with $18,886.30 in expenses.The next-highest-paid City Staff on the list is General Manager of Corporate Services, David Joy, with $183,213.71 and General Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, with $178,632.65.In Firefighting, Fire Captain, Ryan Tancock, earned $195,160.69.In total, the City paid $19,856,172.90 in remuneration and reimbursed $252,904.16 in expenses. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released its 2018 Statement of Financial Information.The report, which is to be approved by Council on May 27, includes the financial statements for the year ending December 31st, 2018.The statements show that Mayor Lori Ackerman earned the highest amount among Council with a remuneration of $83,625.20 and $32,007.69 in total expenses.last_img read more

Moroccan Women Cling to Article 19 of the Constitution on Gender

first_imgGoulmima– It is the new millennium and Morocco has experienced radical change at different levels. minorities gained new rights and emerging social groups openly claimed their place in the Moroccan society. Women’s struggle for plain and equal recognition in Morocco continues to occupy public opinion, especially after the passage of the 2011 constitution, where article 19 clearly calls for gender equality  and yet  the implementation of which is taking very slow steps. A number of Moroccan women associations are now rolling up their sleeves for another round on April 13th in Rabat to raise their demands. A video released on YouTube by the Civil Coalition for the Implementation of Article 19 in the Moroccan Constitution features a number of Moroccan artists, housewives, students, and teachers calling for Moroccan men and women to join the march on April 13th in order to shift the government’s attention towards the necessity to implement the unprecedented article 19 in Morocco’s 2011 constitution, which openly recognizes gender equality among Moroccan citizens. The women in the video communicated their message in Tamazight (including its three dialects) and Arabic:Bouazzaoui Farida, a Moroccan artist who is featured in the video, says “I will join the march on April 13th because there are many educated Moroccan women who are qualified for higher positions but remain marginalized.”Badrya El Hassani, a Moroccan artist, added “I am a female Moroccan citizen and I will join the march on April 17th because I felt bad when I learned that 62% of Moroccan women are victims of physical violence.”Fatima Outarhat, a freelancer journalist, said: “I will participate in the March on April 17th because we want hospitals where women can deliver, it is a shame and a disgrace for women to give birth to their children in hallways.”Article 19 of the constitution states:“Men and women have equal civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and freedoms as listed in this article and in the rest of the constitution as well as the conventions and international treaties duly ratified by Morocco in conformity with the constitution’s provisions and the kingdom’s constants and its laws. The state shall work towards the establishment of parity between men and women. Therefore, it has assigned a specialized authority to ensure parity between men and women and fight against all forms of discrimination.”The Coalition for the Implementation of Article 19 launched a petition on March 17th asking the head of parliament to consider the full implementation of article 19. The petition has collected 1,108 signatures, aiming at 2000. The petition provides a description of the incentives that made the coalition take this initiative, claiming that “Moroccan women face discrimination on a daily basis in terms of judiciary, illiteracy, unequal salaries, precarious situation, physical, sexual and psychological violence, in addition to the limited access to: health care, employment, property ownership, positions of responsibility, elected office, and the continuous promotion of sexist stereotypes. We strongly demand from the Moroccan government, which continues to ignore the various cases representing Moroccan feminist movements, to assume its responsibility to implement the provisions of Article 19 of the constitution in accordance with its prerogatives and obligations granted by the constitution.”The coalition calls for immediate implementation of gender mainstreaming authority that is mentioned in the constitution and which has not been instituted, the promulgation of the law that eradicates gender violence in order to protect women’s human rights, the establishment of new public policies to protect the economic and social rights of women and also guarantee better female representation and decision-making positions.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,211.87, up 78.74 points):Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 37 cents, or 4.12 per cent, to $9.36 on 11.2 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up $2.16, or 3.33 per cent, to $67.06 on 8.1 million shares. TD Bank wrapped up the banks’ earnings season Thursday with a 17 per cent increase in profits to $2.77 billion, anchored by a strong performance at its retail operations in both Canada and the United States.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.70 per cent, to $1.44 on 7.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 34 cents, or 3.61 per cent, to $9.77 on 4.9 million shares.Lithium Americas Corp. (TSX:LAC). Miner. Up five cents, or 4.10 per cent, to $1.27 on 4.4 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Down 21 cents, or 0.53 per cent, to $39.29 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down three cents, or 0.04 per cent, to $77.69 on 2.5 million shares. The Toronto-based bank is looking at buying BBVA Chile, which is in a strategically important high-growth market. It acknowledged Thursday that it’s in “non-binding, exploratory” discussions with the Chilean company’s controlling shareholder.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $15.05 on 3.5 million shares. The Toronto-based miner is spending US$635 million to boost its stake in the Cobre Panama mining project to 90 per cent. The deal will see First Quantum increase its stake by 10 per cent by securing part of Korean metal producer LS-Nikko Copper’s stake in the project.Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Up $1.28, or 2.18 per cent, to $60.09 on 1.1 million shares. The Toronto-area company has unveiled its new autonomous driving platform it says can be integrated into any vehicle. The MAX4 uses cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors that can be imbedded in any vehicle, including hybrid and electric versions, to allow up to Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities in urban and highway settings. read more

Parliament approves motion to suspend Wimal and Prasanna

Parliament today approved a motion to suspend Parliamentarians Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranaweera from Parliament.The decision was taken in connection to their unethical conduct in Parliament recently. UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa has been suspended for two weeks and Prasanna Ranaweera for four weeks.The motion against Weerawansa was passed with 39 votes for and 21 against it while the motion against Ranaweera was passed with 41 MPs voting for and 21 against it. (Colombo Gazette)

He wasnt in there to die he was in there to recover

The Gosport Independent Panel is to… The family of a suspected Gosport victim has called for prosecutions over the death of their father, who they say was recovering from a “mini-stroke” aged 65 when he rapidly and suspiciously died under the care of the notorious hospital. The ‘jolly, smiley’ 65-year-old who was recovering from a ‘mini-stroke’ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Many said their relatives were happy and relatively healthy before being given an excessive amount of pain relief – after which, they fell unconscious, never to wake up. As the report into the suspicious deaths of elderly people at the notorious Gosport hospital was released today, families of the victims have spoken out. Here are some of their stories. read more

How much would dinner at the worlds best restaurant cost you Its

first_img Apr 8th 2017, 7:00 PM Image: Shutterstock/TaraPatta Image: Shutterstock/TaraPatta By Cormac Fitzgerald How much would dinner at the ‘world’s best restaurant’ cost you? It’s the week in numbers Plus: How many food outlets were served with closure orders last week? VERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.33: The age of Kerry football legend Colm Cooper who announced his retirement this week.53%: The percentage of people who think that learning Irish should be optional for in schools.$78,333: The amount of money US president Donald Trump donated to the US National Park Service (his salary for the first quarter of 2017).3,700: The number of years ago an Egyptian pyramid that was discovered this week was built.16: The number of years ago that Trevor Deeley went missing. A new development regarding CCTV footage from the time was announced by gardaí this week.€50 million: The amount of money worth of fines the German government approved to be imposed on online giants that fail to remove hate speech and fake news reported by users within a week.$295: The cost of the tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park, voted the World’s Best Restaurant this week.$500: The amount of money a man who settled a case against Dunkin’ Donuts will receive after he sued them over giving him a “butter substitute” instead of real butter.6: The number of food outlets served with closure orders last month.2060: The year that Islam is due to have as many followers as Christianity by, if birth trends continue.Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > Share Tweet Email Short URL 19,053 Views Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM 7 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

I dont expect a breakthrough May to meet EU leaders as she

first_img‘I don’t expect a breakthrough’: May to meet EU leaders as she aims to re-negotiate Brexit deal EU leaders insist they will not restart negotiations with just six weeks until Brexit. By AFP Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 7:43 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 13,688 Views Share99 Tweet Email BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May will return to Brussels today to continue attempts to reopen the terms of Britain’s Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment.With less than six weeks until Brexit, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has agreed to meet May once again, but EU leaders insist they will not restart negotiations.“I have great respect for Theresa May, for her courage and her assertiveness,” Juncker said yesterday.“We will have a friendly talk tomorrow but I don’t expect a breakthrough.”May and the other 27 EU leaders approved a Brexit withdrawal agreement at a summit on 25 November last year, but the House of Commons rejected it on 15 January.Since then, May and her ministers have repeatedly met EU leaders and their negotiator Michel Barnier to urge them to reopen the text to find a way to appease eurosceptic MPs.May will try again today, but on this trip she will not even meet Donald Tusk who, as president of the European Council, represents the leaders of EU member states.She will instead meet Juncker and Barnier, who have no mandate from Tusk’s council or EU capitals to renegotiate the deal, or to modify the Northern Ireland backstop.However, Brexiteers in the Conservative party see this as a trap to keep Britain in a form of union indefinitely, and have demanded a time limit or a unilateral exit clause.May’s spokesman said the prime minister was “working hard to secure legally binding changes” to the backstop.“The prime minister believes that she can secure changes in relation to the backstop MPs want – there is a majority in parliament for a deal,” he added.May is due at the EU’s Berlaymont headquarters for her meeting with the Commission president at 5:30 pm, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also meet Barnier tomorrow.Separately, the Irish Independent reports that the British and Irish governments have guaranteed the continued payment of social welfare payments, including state pensions and child benefit, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.A legally binding agreement was signed by the two governments to ensure that welfare payments will still be paid to expats living in both countries, as part of rights that currently exist under the Common Travel Area.- © AFP 2019 with additional reporting from Stephen McDermott. Image: Liam McBurneycenter_img Feb 20th 2019, 7:43 AM 28 Comments Image: Liam McBurney Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

PS3 Super Slim se dévoile en image

first_imgPS3 Super Slim se dévoile en imageLe salon du jeu vidéo à Cologne approche et les informations sur une version encore plus fine de la PS3 Slim se font de plus en plus précises. La preuve en photos. Une PS3 encore plus Slim que la Slim bientôt dévoilée. La rumeur est appuyée avec de nouvelles photos. La semaine dernière, nous avons évoqué que les plans officiels de cette nouvelle version de la console de Sony ont été déposés à la FCC. Cette fois-ci c’est le site Technoblog, qui est parvenu à obtenir des images de la Playstation “Super Slim”. Elle devrait être présentée mi-août, lors de la Gamescom à Cologne. La dernière photo s’avère un papier officiel provenant de Sony, déposé après d’un organisme de classification au Brésil. Cette fuite viendrait donc vraisemblablement de la branche brésilienne du constructeur. Ce domument indique par ailleurs qu’il existe trois modèles pour la Playstation 3 : CECH-4011A, CECH-4011B et CECH-4011C. Ils possèderaient respectivement un disque dur de 16 GB, 250 GB et 500 GB.D’après ces photos, on peut remarquer que la face supérieure de la coque est composée de deux parties, une lisse et l’autre zébrée. Cela laisserait penser que ce modèle abandonnerait le “mange-disque” pour revenir à un système de placement de DVD plus classique, à la manière de la PS One. D’ailleurs, on peut noter que la dernière mise à jour système de la PS3 ne propose plus “d’éjecter le disque” mais de “retirer le disque”… Histoire de se mettre en accord avec le nouveau mécanisme ? PS4 pas pour demain  Ces nouvelles informations s’ajoutent donc à celles obtenues grâce aux documents officiels déposés à l’agence de contrôle des États-Unis. À savoir, que la nouvelle console serait 32% plus petite, 36 % plus légère et consommerait 34% moins d’énergie par rapport à son prédécesseur, le modèle Slim vendu depuis 2009.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Mais pour l’heure Sony n’a toujours pas fait d’annonce officielle. Interrogé durant l’E3 en juin par Eurogamer, le président de la SCE Worldwide Studios (studios de développement de Sony), Shuhei Yoshida avait simplement lâché : “Ne jamais dire jamais…” à propos d’une nouvelle version de la Playstation 3.On ne connait donc pas de date de sortie officielle ni son prix de vente. Mais pour rappel, sa grande sœur avait été présentée lors de la Gamescom, il y a trois ans. Elle avait été vendue à 299 euros lors à l’époque.  L’arrivée de ce nouveau modèle signifie donc que la PS4 n’est donc pas prête d’arriver. La nouvelle génération ne verrait alors pas le jour avant fin 2013. Il faudra en effet que Sony amortisse l’investissement injecté pour la conception de la version “Super Slim”.Le 16 juillet 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kaladi Brothers Donate New Years Day Proceeds To Boys And Girls Club

first_imgHeusier: “We made sure to do our research to keep it local and make sure the money would benefit an organization right here on the Peninsula.”  For this year’s ‘New Years Day of Giving’ the Kobuk Kalidi store donated their January 1st beverage sales to the Boys and Girls Club of Soldotna. According to Heuiser the preliminary totals were around $1,400: “We raised about $1,300 in all of our beverage sales yesterday, and then we also auctioned off a piece of art for $100. Total that makes about $1,400 raised yesterday.” Scott Heuiser, Soldotna Store Manager: “It really takes a community to make things like this happen, and the community really came out yesterday.” Staff at Kaladi’s pick the charity, which this year, was Boys and Girls Club of Soldotna. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A cup of Kaladi Brothers Coffee goes a long way on New Year’s Day. Last year the store donated over $1,000 towards Royal Family KIDS- Kenai camp.last_img read more

Slow or steady Lisbet Norris and the great Siberian debate

first_imgLisbet Norris is a third generation musher of Siberian Huskies, like her nine-year-old lead dog Nils. Photo: Zachariah Hughes.In competitive mushing, not all sled dogs are created equal.Download AudioAs a breed, Alaskan Huskies dominate the top spots in high profile races. But Siberian Huskies have a long and storied tradition in Alaska, stretching back to the Seward Peninsula gold rush and the roots of the Iditarod serum run to Nome.A family in Willow runs a renowned kennel for the breed, and one of the youngest members is keeping the Siberian tradition alive as she prepares for her third Iditarod run.On a recent weekend, 27-year-old Lisbet Norris showed off her immaculate dog lot. Pointing out the wide spectrum of sizes among specimen, she picked up a genial nine-year-old named Nils that has run with her team twice all the way to Nome.“What’s interesting is that the standard for Siberian Huskies is that it’s relatively loose. So Nils here is, like, I dunno, maybe 45 pounds,” Norris said with a groan, heaving him to her chest like a kettlebell.The Norris family’s lineage in Alaska is interwoven with the history of the Siberian breed itself.“I’m a third generation dog musher. My family’s kennel is called Alaskan Kennels, and we’re the oldest Siberian Husky kennel in the world.”That claim, and the name of the breed itself, can be tricky. Siberians are actually an American breed: Their forebears were imported from the Anadyr River region of the Russian Far East across the Bering Strait for the All-Alaska Sweepstakes sled-dog race by the sport’s grandfathers like Victor Anderson and Leonhard Seppala.“All Siberians can trace their lineage back to those dogs,” Norris explained. “It’s like 13 generations back–it’s very direct.”Alaskan Kennel’s Siberian Huskies are versetile enough athletes to run in short sprint races, as well as long-distance endurance races. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.After the Serum Run and the end of the gold boom, many of those who mushed on the Seward Peninsula moved back to the East Coast.“They took their dogs with them, and so the registry was established in the ’30s, and that’s kinda when the breed started.”Norris’s grandparents met on the edge of the same era. In the 1940s, her grandfather was living in Anchorage when someone mailed him a magazine showing a dark-haired beauty in a parka on the cover. Inside was an article about a young woman who ran dogs in Lake Placid, New York, getting ready to follow her mushing dreams to Alaska.“Grandpa read the article and he immediately wrote, offering his help for when she arrived,” Norris said through a wide smile. “When she came to Alaska she kept her dogs at his place and it wasn’t too long after that that they got married and started the kennel in Anchorage.”Norris’s parents still mush. In fact, her dad competes in the Fur Rondy sprint races with dogs from the same breeding pool as the younger Norris’s long-hauling Iditarod squad.That versatility is one of the breed’s strong suits, along with their physical traits.“Everything about them is efficient and suited for travel in cold weather.”That includes their thick double coats, small ears, tiny blood vessels, and tough paws. Unlike their lean Alaskan counter-parts, Siberians can fare fine running and resting without jackets or extra gear in an Arctic environment. During training, Norris says she doesn’t need to boot them until it gets below zero degrees.But there are drawbacks.  Siberians have the disparaging nickname “slowberians” in some corners of the racing scene, and Norris is one of just a few mushers to use them in prestigious long-distance competitions. The highest finish for a Siberian team in recent Iditarods was 30th, by Mike Ellis, in 2013.“There’s this stereotype of them being very slow, heavy dogs.”That, according to Norris, is a misconception–one that sometimes comes from people mistaking Siberians for larger, heavier Malamutes.But most of the first-place Iditarod finishers in the last two decades have championed the scientific rigor that goes into their breeding programs, fusing the best traits for long-distance racing into hybrid lines. Whether or not that science bears demonstrable results, the notion of a concentrating on pure-bred lines can seem quaint. It’s also a limiting factor: The breeding pool is smaller, with significantly less polished stock to chose from in building out racing teams and kennels.Norri’s lead dog Ripp bounces in his harness at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod in Anchorage in 2015. Photo: Zachariah Hughes.Norris is frequently questioned about whether it’s feasible to aspire to the sport’s upper echelons if she remains true to the breed.“I get asked a lot by people, ‘Well if you ever wanted to be competitive would you switch to Alaskans?’” She posed, before answering, “No. I love the breed, I adore these dogs. And I enjoy challenging myself and learning the limits of my team and doing the best with what we have.”Her devotion to Siberians seems less tied to pushing the boundaries of the sport than realizing the full abilities of the breed.Norris bent down to show-off the malting top-coat of a bright-eyed Husky named Ripp. She offered a familiar comparison of her own abilities measured against the four-legged athletes on her team.“I know that I am, without a doubt, the weak link.”last_img read more

Alaska teens ask state to stop delaying action on climate change

first_imgSeb Kurland sits right of DEC Commissioner, Larry Hartig. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Center)The last serious effort to create a statewide climate change policy for Alaska happened under former Governor Sarah Palin. Now, a group of teenagers are trying to push the issue.Listen nowThey hand delivered a petition to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation recently — asking for reduced carbon emissions and a strategy moving forward.17-year-old Seb Kurland is home schooled in Juneau and grew up in the capital city. But Seb said the landscape around town looked different not that long ago.The Mendenhall Glacier continues to shrink. Every year there seems to be less and less snow. And as Seb has gotten older, this teen’s concern about the changing environment has grown, too.“You know, one of the hard things especially about being a teenager with these concerns is that you don’t feel like you can do anything about it,” Kurland said. “And I found Alaska Youth for Environmental Action.”Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is part of the Alaska Center, an environmental nonprofit.The program engages teens across the state to voice their opinions on issues like climate change.In late August, Seb flew to Anchorage to deliver a petition to Larry Hartig, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.Seb was joined by 18 other teens asking the state to fulfill an obligation to protect Alaska’s natural resources.“Basically what we’re saying with this petition is, ‘Hey you’re not doing that!’” Kurland said.The petition asks the state to reduce CO2 emissions, monitor what greenhouse gasses it does emit and come up with a climate change strategy for the long haul.The carefully-crafted legal document didn’t just come out of nowhere. Back in 2011, a group of Alaska teens filed a lawsuit that made it all the way to the state Supreme Court. The Justices ruled that it was a matter for the executive or legislative branch.“Now, kind our reply or our response is that’s the reason we were in court in the first place,” Brad DeNoble, a lawyer from Eagle River, said. He helped craft both the lawsuit and the current petition.DeNoble said the state may be obligated to do more to address climate change, under a common law with ancient roots called the public trust doctrine.“Certain resources are essentially so important to society that they have to be protected,” DeNoble said. “They’re incapable of private ownership.”DeNoble said the atmosphere in Alaska is the resource that needs to be protected from harmful emissions like CO2. It’s a concept, he says, that’s even embedded in the state constitution.But Rep. Chris Birch, a Republican and freshman member of the House Resource Committee, doubts regulating industry further would do much good. Birch thinks climate change is cyclical — not just caused by people.While Birch applauds the youth’s civic engagement, he said there’s more than one way to look out for Alaska’s future.“You know, certainly the oil and gas industry in Alaska has led to tremendous benefits for each and every one of our citizens and residents,” Birch said. “And I think to compromise that or to try to put a lid on that or to burden that development is not reasonable.”Seb Kurland doesn’t see it that way. Kurland said climate change is jeopardizing the state’s other economic drivers, like tourism and fishing, and it’s something the Alaska legislature needs to address now.“It can’t be delayed any further. Like, this is an issue that gets worse,” Kurland said.The Department of Environmental Conservation has until Sep. 29 to respond to the petition. At which point, it can reject it or call a public hearing.last_img read more

The Naturalista Expo Is Serving Self Care For The Busy Black Woman

first_imgBy Christina Sturdivant Sani, Special to the AFROAngela Walker is a busy woman.But the 30-year-old mother, entrepreneur, and natural hair care guru is committed to self care—from her tresses to her toes.Ever evolving, Walker is bringing one of her biggest events yet to the D.C. region. The Naturalista Expo, formerly known as The Naturalista Hair Show, will include three days of wellness, beauty, fashion, and hair experiences centered around uplifting the Black woman’s soul.Angela Walker (Courtesy Photo)“We, the Black community, need positive representations of ourselves so that our kids can grow up feeling great about how they are and how they were born,” Walker, owner of N Natural Hair Studio, told the AFRO. “I’m excited to expose our audience to different ways of living healthy and showing them that it’s not this far fetched idea.”The Naturalista Expo is taking place from Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14. The main festivities are on Saturday at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park, where Walker earned her bachelor’s degree in business and entrepreneurship in 2010. Since then, she’s not only opened two hair studios but launched The Natural Hair Nstitute, a school teaching women how to become professional natural hair stylists, and The Natural Hair Industry Convention, a one-of-a-kind event that brings together professionals in the natural hair industry.Five years after launching the hair show, she’s become ready to expand. “I think that, a lot of times, anything that people produce or create is a direct reflection of who they are,” said Walker, who’s come to realize that self care is more than getting manis and pedis. She’s found solace in a preventative self-care routine that includes 5 a.m. trips to the gym, 2 p.m. naps, cooking dinner (“not just buying trash on the street”), and seeing a therapist—not because she’s in a crisis but “I just want to make sure my brain is right,” she said.In speaking with clients, Walker has found that most Black women who’ve embraced natural hair are also seeking to cultivate their wellness practices. “How else do we continue to grow when it comes to our health? Putting on a nice face or makeup is cute but when I take the makeup off, how am I looking at myself in the mirror? How am I enjoying that skin?” she said, hoping that many of these questions will be answered by skincare experts at the expo.She also predicts that the expo’s physical and mental health panels will help disrupt notions that it takes too much time to work out regularly and therapists aren’t for and within the Black community.Having perfected her braiding skills in middle school, doing her “big chop” in college, and opening her first salon at 23 years old, Walker feels like she’s always had “a million projects going on.” But this year, she’s shifted her focus to truly care for herself so she can pour it out into her work because “you can be busy but you can’t really be productive unless you’re taking  time out of your schedule to make sure you’re good.”last_img read more

Lawrence Livermore to build super laser for ELI facility in Czech Republic

first_imgA CAD image of the ELI-HAPLS laser. ( —Representatives for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have announced that researchers and engineers there have been hard at work constructing a “High Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System” (HAPLS)—a laser unlike anything else ever built. The new laser once finished will be transported to Dolní Břežany near Prague, site of the European Union’s Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) called ELI Beamlines This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Explore further Citation: Lawrence Livermore to build super laser for ELI facility in Czech Republic (2014, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A powerful new class of lasers is in the making ELI Beamlines is a project similar to CERN, in that its development is the result of International cooperation and investment—though both remain firmly European based. ELI Beamlines is to become for lasers what CERN has been for particle accelerators—a facility for the world’s best scientists to conduct leading edge experiments—it will house some of the most powerful and advanced lasers ever built. Among that collection will be HAPLS, a laser that produces rapidly flickering (10 per second) beams, each just 30 femtoseconds in duration at 30 joules a shot—100 times more powerful than LLNL’s most powerful laser to date—with peak power greater than 1 petawatt. In so doing it will be capable of generating secondary sources of radiation and speeding up charged particles. That will make it ideally suited for an enormous variety of research applications—from biology to physics and medicine—even to materials science. Scientists also envision a whole host of industrial research applications as well.Scientists around the world are expected to be drawn to ELI Beamlines to use the lasers to test theories regarding the cosmos—to emulate what happens with pulsars, for example or to gain more understanding of how matter behaves inside of different stars—all possible because the energy from the short bursts of laser light will be on par with such massive energy producers, if only for a very short period of time. HAPLS is also considered as a possible blueprint for the construction of nuclear fusion facilities some time in the distant future.ELI Beamlines is projected to come online in 2017 and to go into full operation the year after, offering scientists unprecedented access to extraordinarily powerful lasers—what they learn as a result could have far reaching implications well into the future. More information: … 06.html#.UvN1OfldVfelast_img read more

Welcome to the Neighborhood

first_img Ever since Apple first released its now iconic iPhone in the summer of 2007, the purported “iPhone killers” haven’t measured up for entrepreneurial types who prefer to buy their mobile real estate in Apple’s edgier neighborhood. Palm’s new Pre aims to change that. Tech blog Gizmodo called it “the most important handset to be announced in two years,” while Playboy deemed it “lust-worthy.”It’s likely that die-hard Palm aficionados will quietly worship its security features and ability to sync with Exchange and open PowerPoint attachments. But in the company of their hipper, iPhone-toting friends, they’ll brag about the Pre’s slick, compact design and demonstrate how they can jump between functions. The Pre not only plants the Palm in Apple’s neighborhood–it busts through Steve Jobs’s front door and makes itself at home. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the July 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free June 16, 2009last_img read more

Will Virtual Marketplaces Disrupt Your Industry Next

first_img Alcohol distribution. Bevspot is changing how large commercial purchasers of wine and spirits receive their products with its easy-to-use marketplace boasting transparent pricing and a predictable supply. High-end strategy consulting. Marketing and design work is outsourced to professionals in virtual marketplaces (think 99designs). There’s no reason firms won’t outsource strategy consulting in the future. Office space. With the rising popularity of co-working spaces and remote work, there’s a growing market for flexible office space. WeWork and PivotDesk are carving out this space. Soon, you’ll book a workplace from your smartphone as easily as a hotel room. Appointment scheduling. StyleSeat is becoming the OpenTable for booking hair-styling appointments online based on availability, price and recommendations. Appointment marketplaces may spring up in other industries. July 18, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free Talent acquisition. For decades, headhunters and large consulting firms controlled the world’s best brains. America’s largest companies (including GE and Microsoft) are cutting out the middleman and using virtual marketplaces to gain access to talent. TaskRabbit and Handybook have created a market for commodity physical labor, while Behance, Guru and Fiverr host freelancers in creative industries. Personal transportation. Uber and Lyft have changed spontaneous personal transportation, and Bridj is generating mass transport routes based on supply and demand. Vacation rentals. The hospitality industry will never be completely transparent, but the market for vacation rentals, rooms and hostels has been disrupted by Airbnb, HomeAway and Hostelworld, which allow users to view options side by side, compare prices and read reviews. Ten years ago, hailing a taxi with your phone was unthinkable. Today, this service does not just exist — it’s thriving. Uber is a go-to for city dwellers, and it’s one of many virtual services redefining stagnant industries.Virtual marketplaces have changed the way people do business and created new opportunities for startups to overtake larger, well-established companies. Business leaders can’t afford to ignore these opportunities.Matching supply with demand is no easy task. But this changed in 1995, when eBay revolutionized the market for used goods. Seemingly overnight, people who’d been discarding unwanted items were selling them for serious cash, and various goods’ prices dropped because buyers had a viable alternative.Related: A Look at the Economy of the Future (Motiongraphic)Likewise, StubHub matched supply with demand for event tickets. A ticket resale market existed, but opaque pricing and bizarre regulations created massive margins for scalpers. StubHub changed the landscape with a single, easy-to-use connection between ticket sellers and buyers.Here are a few industries that have been reimagined with the advent of virtual marketplaces: Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now How leaders can create disruptive solutions. For a lot of industries, this is uncharted territory. The arrival of easy-to-use, low-cost virtual marketplaces threatens many companies as their fat margins, opaque pricing and sparse supply disappear.Related: On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name InvestorsFor leaders, the time to assert themselves in the space is now. Here’s how to get started:1. Offer customers something they need. When you create a service, center it on a single pain point your customers experience. What keywords do they search? Use Google AdWords to capture the people already looking for what your marketplace sells.2. Take offline experiences online. Find a way to take an inconvenient service (such as finding a web developer or dentist) online.3. Create an easy-to-use platform. A virtual marketplace needs to be convenient, but also easy to understand and user-friendly. That’s why people will return and recommend it to others.4. Offer choices. It’s not enough to offer one option. Your service must provide several high-quality options that can be filtered by preference.5. Provide helpful examples. Project ideas and case studies help people understand how your service can work for them.6. Enlist the help of influencers. Make thought leaders and celebrities your advocates. An influencer’s endorsement can be worth much more than an advertisement.Ready to brainstorm? Ask what your company offers, then consider how you can make it more convenient and seamless. Convenience is why virtual marketplaces exist and why they’ll grow exponentially in the next few years.Someday, people will rent physical assets, real estate and people’s time in mere seconds. Businesses will only employ individuals who are mission-critical — everyone else will sell their skills directly to the end user.The possibilities provide new opportunities for your company to connect with customers and offer something truly groundbreaking.Related: How to Disrupt an Industry in Three Steps This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read While no industry remains untouched, a few have been sluggish to transition to seamless, transparent virtual marketplaces:last_img read more

Stove sets kitchen alight

first_imgClick on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? A small fire broke out in a house yesterday afternoon (January 19) in Khwaja Road.It is alleged that the fire broke out due to oil that was forgotten on the stove. The fire quickly spread and destroyed the stove.The flames were put out before emergency personnel could arrive at the scene.The ceilings in the kitchen were also burnt, turning them a black, smoky colour.The entire house was filled with smoke and residents were seen cleaning up broken pieces of glass from the stove.Public Safety and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene.Residents working together to clean up the kitchen.DID YOU KNOW? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Ruby now shines brightly in the Surfers Paradise skyline

first_imgRuby now shines brightly in the Surfers Paradise skylineRuby now shines brightly in the Surfers Paradise skylineWith only a few months from opening the name Ruby is now permanently embedded into the Surfers Paradise skyline.The Ruby Collection has now officially staked its claim on the Gold Coast with the raising of it’s “Ruby” roof top sign, proudly sitting amongst the City’s evening lights on the first tower in the ‘billion-dollar game changer’ development – The Ruby Collection.“Since the 25th of November, 2015 when Mayor Tom Tate turned the first sod on the first stage of the development, we’ve been watching development every step of the way.“Now with only a month from being handed the keys and finalising the last fitout items and with 68 days from welcoming our first guests, seeing our brand finally litup across the Gold Coast skyline is a massive highlight for the entire team, who have been working tirelessly towards this moment” said CEO David Brook.The fabulous Ruby red sign has been created by local company Creations Group and this gem now shines brightly in the skies and shines a light on the future development of the northern end of Surfers Paradise.Named after developer William O’Dwyer of The Ralan Groups daughter Ruby, the Ruby Apartments are set to change the way people holiday on the Gold Coast.Offering a new level of customer service, state of the art fitout and an exciting array of entertainment for all guests, the Ruby Apartments are setting a new level in Gold Coast apartment holidays.To be one of the first to stay at Ruby Collection, take advantage of the special 50% offer which is now on sale.50% off Pre-Opening SaleTo celebrate our opening this November save up to 50% off the daily rate plus receive a range of bonus extras.Inclusions:Start your day with a complimentary continental buffet breakfast in Stones Bar & Grill for all guestsUnlimited access to the WaterparkOne Kid Club session per child 3-12years per stayComplimentary Wifi throughout your stayComplimentary local calls from your in-room phoneComplimentary daily housekeeping service Monday – Saturday; (Sundays available on request)Complimentary use of the cardio gym, sauna and steam room24-hour check-inAccess to a range of activities and entertainmentAccess to Ruby’s 24/7 digital conciergeAll pre-opening packages are on sale for a limited time and available for travel from 5 November 2018 to 31 March, 2020 and can be booked online at*Conditions applySource = The Ruby Collectionlast_img read more

How Does Benchmarking Affect Payroll Data

first_imgHow Does Benchmarking Affect Payroll Data? When the September employment situation report is released Friday, one number will loom large: Not the number of new payroll jobs├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôexpected by economists surveyed by “”Bloomberg””: to be about 113,000├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôand not the unemployment rate (expected to be 8.1 percent), but 386,000. That’s the number of jobs added to the nation’s payrolls not by employers, but by the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics””: in its annual “”benchmarking”” of payroll data. [IMAGE]BLS made its “”preliminary”” benchmark announcement last week. It will be officially incorporated into the payroll statistics next February.According to BLS, total payrolls were 386,000 higher last March than previously reported. Government payrolls were, BLS said, 67,000 lower than had been reported and private sector payrolls 453,000 higher. The revised estimate implies a monthly pace for private payroll gains of about 215,000 in the 12 months through March, rather than the 179,000 per month currently reported. Though conspiracy theorists may argue otherwise, the revised numbers are not government manipulation of the data but rather are based on more complete jobs data from unemployment insurance records. The unemployment insurance records├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôobtained with the annual filing of unemployment insurance tax forms├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ônot only provide BLS with a more accurate count of payroll jobs but also provide the BLS with a roadmap to follow in developing its monthly jobs numbers.BLS develops the payroll estimates from its Current Employment Statistics program, a monthly sample survey of approximately 486,000 individual worksites├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôrepresenting about 160,000 companies├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôreporting on individuals on business payrolls during the week of the month including the 12th calendar day of the month. But since the CES is a sample, it doesn’t necessarily cover all the businesses in the country.That’s where the benchmarking comes in. To check its survey results, BLS compares its data with the unemployment insurance returns (which are filed annually) and makes the appropriate adjustments├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôeither up or down. [COLUMN_BREAK]For example, the adjustment for 2012 adds 386,000 payroll jobs, while the adjustment for 2011 added 162,000. However, the adjustment for 2010 subtracted 378,000, and the 2009 adjustment subtracted 902,000.In addition to being more comprehensive, using the unemployment insurance tax returns has one other advantage: Unlike the monthly surveys which are voluntary, the unemployment tax returns are mandatory.That participation in the monthly survey is voluntary creates another problem for BLS. If a company fails to respond to the survey in a given month, BLS does not know if the company merely chose not to because of the crush of business or if the company no longer exists. The unemployment insurance returns serve another function: Providing BLS with the universe of businesses from which to draw its CES sample. Start-ups which might not have been required to file unemployment insurance returns because of when they began operations are not in that grouping and therefore not sampled until their second year of operation (assuming they’ve survived). That could itself lead to an undercount of jobs. BLS compensates statistically by applying a “”birth-death”” model to address the unavoidable lag between a firm opening for business and it appearing on the unemployment insurance roster.According to BLS, the net of business birth and deaths is relatively small and stable, even during business cycle changes and BLS research using ten years of unemployment insurance data showed that while birth and death components are large, they are mostly offsetting.Each September BLS produces its “”preliminary”” benchmarking, to be finalized the following February with data benchmarked to comprehensive counts of employment for the previous March.Data for March 2012 showed changes of one percent or more to job tallies in the information, construction, mining and logging and other services industry sectors. If the 11 major industry sectors, four had fewer jobs than originally reported: government, down 67,000, manufacturing down 25,000, professional and business services (14,000) and education and health services (1,000). The transportation, trade and utilities sector had 145,000 more jobs than originally reported followed by leisure and hospitality (99,000)m construction (85,000), other services (54,000), information (51,000), financial activities (47,000), and mining and logging (12,000).The November and December estimated job counts (released in December and January, respectively) are revised due to the combined impact of benchmarking and additional samples as new worksites are rotated into the survey in November. in Data Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Payrolls Service Providers 2012-10-03 Mark Liebermancenter_img October 3, 2012 426 Views Sharelast_img read more

Osservatore Romano

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disrespectful and offensive" and said he showed "extremely poor professional judgment.The Obong of Calabar His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V has warned National Assembly members from Efik extraction to eschew greed selfishness and timidity The Obong gave the warning while addressing the 12 clans of the kingdom who gathered at his country home Adiabo for the annual Utomo Obong cultural festival and homage which is always celebrated few days to Christmas He further challenged members of the National Assembly of Efik extraction to speak out in the face of marginalization and warned against timidity selfishness and greed He said “we need you to be shining light in Abuja let our government at the national level know our plight and be your brother’s keeper” He appealed for unity among the Efiks and indeed all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria as the country celebrates the birth of Christ saying it was only through unity that the country would overcome its hydra-headed socio-economic challenges “If we look closely you will discover that we still have this lingering challenge It is the challenge of lack of love and unity My appeal is to all of you to be one for if we are united;we shall be like iroko tree which cannot easily be pulled down I greatly appeal that we should eschew unnecessary politicking” Also speaking member representing Bakassi in the Cross River State House of Assembly Rt Hon Bassey Ekpo Bassey lauded the Cross River State government for adopting the Utomo Obong festival into the State tourism calendar “With this the Efik cultural heritage and tradition has been recognised as unique As a matter of fact the history of Nigeria will not be complete if one does not mention the history of the Efiks and the stool of the Obong of Calabar “I commend the federal government for recognising the Obong of Calabar as one of the first class traditional leaders in the country” he said “Where tempers flared, 2014 in London,” she added. to go and escort Hon. Virgin Islands. What nonsense! 50, the spokesman said. Herceptin and Rituxanthree of the biggest weapons in the cancer arsenalthrough specialty distributors instead of general line wholesalers theyve been using for years.

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