Prince Charles Visits Flood And Riot Victims

first_imgPrince Charles has been busy lately, visiting flood victims and those affected by the 2011 London riots.The Prince of Wales steps from a boat after travelling to the flood-hit community of MuchelneyCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The Prince offered his support to flood-hit residents on the Somerset Levels by pledging emergency funding through The Prince’s Countryside Fund. The Duke of Westminster will match the funding with an additional £50,000 – taking the total donation to £100,000.Earlier this week, the Prince met local residents, farmers and emergency services personnel who have been affected by the flooding.His Royal Highness, Patron of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, which will provide the donation, attended a reception in Stoke St Gregory. Dozens of schoolchildren, residents and campaigners greeted him as he arrived at the Williams Hall in the small Somerset village, near Taunton.The Prince’s Countryside Fund has allocated £25,000 of the emergency funding to the Farming Help Partnership, made up of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Farm Community Network and the Addington Fund. A further £25,000 has been given to the Somerset Community Foundation.Communities from local areas including Muchelney, Thorney and other isolated hamlets have been cut off by the waters, with major roads closed. The Somerset Levels suffered “once in 100 years” flooding in 2012, with conditions returning to the area in recent weeks. More than 128,000 acres are flooded, around 40 homes are under water and approximately 200 houses are cut off. In total, around 350 people are affected.The Prince’s Countryside Fund, founded by His Royal Highness, has supported Britain’s hard-pressed rural areas since being set up by Business in the Community in July 2010. Twice a year, the fund allocates grants to rural projects but it also reserves a portion of its income to be used in times of crisis. Somerset Community Foundation will use the funding to provide emergency relief grants to small businesses and those affected by the flooding.It is hoped the money will help pay for emergency repairs, compensation for loss of income, damage to shop stock and increased petrol costs.Also this week, The Prince of Wales visited Tottenham to learn how the area is recovering from the 2011 London riots following a major injection of funds and resources.The Prince of Wales sits down with young people to discuss their views of Tottenham at the 639 CentreCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The Prince of Wales’s visit to Tottenham was his fourth to the area following the riots and a number of his charities and organisations are helping with the borough’s regeneration and providing support to young people.Projects include an enterprise programme, run by the Prince’s Trust, which provides training and mentoring for young people wanting to start their own business. The Prince also initiated an idea to place a ‘Business Connector’ in Tottenham to connect charities and community groups with business and public bodies, which has been implemented by Business in the Community.The Prince also visited the 639 Centre, a Grade II listed former council office, which needed £1.5 million worth of refurbishment after suffering riot damage. It is now an enterprise centre run by a charity providing a range of facilities for young people who want to start their own businesses and during the visit His Royal Highness met some of the young entrepreneurs including one of his Prince’s Trust alumni Gina Moffatt, 36, from Tottenham, a former drug offender who went to prison but is now a successful businesswoman running a cafe based at the centre and a separate florist.Ms Moffatt praised the help she had received from the Trust: “I didn’t have a dream, I thought I would spend the rest of my life on benefits street. But now I have a dream and a legacy.”Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

Stars To Help Farm Sanctuary Celebrate 30 Years

first_imgFarm Sanctuary, with co-chairs, Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel, will host their annual Gala at the renowned Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 12th to celebrate 30 years of rescue, education and advocacy for farm animals, the largest population of abused animals on Earth.Farm Sanctuary, with a 26 acre Los Angeles area shelter and sanctuaries in Orland, CA and Watkins Glen, NY, works to educate people nationwide about farm animal abuse and the adverse effects of factory farming on our health and environment. Jon and Tracey Stewart will also be opening a location at their New Jersey farm in Spring 2017.Comedian Kevin Nealon will host the evening, featuring many honorees, including Kat Von D who will receive the “Compassion in Action Award.” Crossroads Restaurant will be presented with the “Inspiration Award,” among other surprises.A favorite charity of celebrities like Martha Stewart, Ryan Gosling, Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres, and James Franco, as well as Jon Stewart, Farm Sanctuary is expecting a star-studded turnout at their 30th Anniversary Gala. The evening will feature a 100% plant-based dinner with favorites made using Gardein products, live entertainment and a farmer’s market style gift station to encourage guests to cut down on waste and take home the products they will use most.Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, who was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey to be a part of her SuperSoul 100 and who TIME magazine calls “the conscience of the food movement,” is a native Angelino, growing up in the Hollywood Hills. As a nod to his days traveling across the country selling veggie dogs at Grateful Dead concerts, Baur’s original VW Westphalia van will be serving vegan hot dogs at the 30th Gala.“We’re excited to gather fellow advocates and supporters under one roof to celebrate Farm Sanctuary’s accomplishments over the past 30 years. We’re using this special occasion to applaud how far we’ve come, but also to continue our mission of revealing the truth behind factory farming practices, saving animals from abusive conditions, and changing how society views and treats farm animals. With tireless advocates and co-chairs, Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel, we are looking forward to raising awareness and further advancing our cause in Los Angeles, country-wide and beyond,” said President and Co-Founder Gene Baur.Tickets go on sale this Thursday, September 29th here.last_img read more

Saudi Arabian crude oil imports to Canada easy to replace says energy

first_img“A rise in tensions puts Canadian bids to win major healthcare projects, education projects, transportation projects, on an increasingly shaky footing,” said Allam, a former Canadian diplomat and head of Allam Advisory Group.“What you’re seeing is that Riyadh’s hard line against Ottawa is going to result in substantial harm to the Canadian economy in general.”He said the recall of 12,000 to 15,000 Saudi students from Canada, and accompanying relatives, is going to remove as much as $2 billion in annual investment in the Canadian economy.The cancelling of flights between the two countries means Canada loses an important link not only with Saudi Arabia but with numerous Saudi allies such as the United Arab Emirates, which was quick to declare its support for the measures against Canada, he said. CALGARY, A.B. – Canada can easily replace the oil it imports from Saudi Arabia should relations with the Middle Eastern kingdom deteriorate to the point that trade in crude is halted, says an energy economist.But this week’s trade tension escalation means Canada will be on the sidelines as the Saudis try to diversify their economy away from its dependence on oil and gas, said Omar Allam, a Canadian consultant who specializes in advice on doing business in Saudi Arabia.Eastern Canadian refineries import about 75,000 to 80,000 barrels per day of Saudi Arabian crude, said Judith Dwarkin, chief economist with RS Energy Group in Calgary, on Tuesday. According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada exported $1.45 billion worth of products to Saudi Arabia in 2017, with about half in the category of vehicles and equipment at $760 million.The federal office says Canada imported $2.6 billion worth of goods from Saudi Arabia, with $2.5 billion of that in mineral production.A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.Precision Drilling Corp. of Calgary has about 900 employees working between Kuwait, where it has five active rigs, and Saudi Arabia, where three of its four rigs in the country are currently active, the company confirmed, without offering further comment.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says on its website it has had a 24-year relationship with Saudi Aramco, the national Saudi Arabian oil company, providing general engineering services for its oil and gas facilities.Armoured tanks and personnel carriers have been Canada’s biggest recent export to the kingdom. A London, Ont.-based firm called General Dynamics Land Systems signed a $15-billion deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 to export its light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img That’s less than 10 per cent of total imports and amounts to a “drop in the bucket” compared with the United States, she said, which accounts for two-thirds of imports and could easily cover Saudi’s share thanks to growing domestic production.It is also dwarfed by the 3.5 million barrels per day of Canadian oil that Canada exports mainly to the U.S.“The Saudis, if they choose to supply less to Canada, will divert those barrels, possibly to China, and U.S. barrels that would have gone to China, but are uncompetitive under Chinese tariffs, come to Canada,” Dwarkin said.“Basically, the cupboard gets rearranged.”Saudi Arabia declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following a tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada that expressed concerns about the arrest of activists in the kingdom.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.last_img read more

Azerbaijan wins final vacancy on Security Council

24 October 2011Azerbaijan will become a member of the Security Council for the first time in its history after winning the final vacancy on the 15-member body during voting today in New York. Azerbaijan claimed the non-permanent seat, awarded to an Eastern European country, on the 17th round of balloting after it scored 155 votes from United Nations Member States in the General Assembly – well clear of the necessary two-thirds majority of States present and voting. Slovenia received 13 votes and Hungary one vote.The country’s victory occurred after Slovenia, which was also a candidate for the same Eastern European seat, withdrew its bid at the end of the 16th round. In that round Azerbaijan had obtained 116 votes to Slovenia’s 77.A representative of Slovenia told the General Assembly that while his country believed it would be a good fit for the Council, it was withdrawing its candidacy as the will of the Assembly was clear.Azerbaijan, which will hold the seat in 2012-13, succeeds Bosnia and Herzegovina.Four other non-permanent seats for 2012-13 were filled on Friday when Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo were successful in earlier rounds of voting. All non-permanent seats are allocated according to a geographical formula.The five new members will join Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end on 31 December 2012, and the five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. read more

UN book highlights benefits of Amazon plants and foods to improve livelihoods

20 December 2011A United Nations book released today aims to provide people in the developing world with accessible knowledge of Amazon plants and foods they can use to improve their livelihoods. A United Nations book released today aims to provide people in the developing world with accessible knowledge of Amazon plants and foods they can use to improve their livelihoods.The book, Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life, is written in easy-to-grasp language and incorporates the folklore and customs of rural villagers so they can easily put the book’s recommendations into practice. “Some 80 per cent of people living in the developing world rely on non-wood forest products such as fruits and medicinal plants for their nutritional and health needs,” said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General for Forestry at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“This new book provides comprehensive information on Amazon fruits and plants, and is a perfect example of how to make our knowledge accessible for poor people to help them maximize the benefits from forest products and services and improve their livelihoods.”FAO estimates that 25 per cent of people in developing countries are functionally illiterate, and that in rural areas this figure can be of up to 40 per cent. The layout of the book takes this into account and allows readers who lack formal education to extract knowledge using pictures and numbers. “Some 90 Brazilian and international researchers who were willing to present their research to rural villagers in alternative formats – including jokes, recipes and pictures – collaborated in the production of this book,” said Tina Etherington, who managed the publication project for FAO’s forestry department.Ms. Etherington also highlighted that farmers, midwives, hunters and musicians contributed insights and their experiences to the publication, making it an “innovative way of presenting science and how those techniques can be transferred to other areas in the world.”Some of the foods spotlighted in the publication that provide nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants that keep the body healthy include the Buriti palm fruit, which contains the highest known levels of vitamin A of any plant in the world and the açaí fruit, which is hailed as a “superfood” for its high antioxidant and omega fatty acid content. The publication was co-produced by FAO, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and People and Plants International, and was unveiled in a ceremony in Rome marking the end of the International Year of Forests. The Amazon is the largest contiguous tropical forest remaining in the world, with 25 million people living in the Brazilian Amazon alone. However, deforestation, fire and climate change could destabilize the region and result in the forest shrinking to one third of its size in 65 years. read more

CNs Q1 results expected to be hit by winter weather CP forecast

CN’s Q1 results expected to be hit by winter weather; CP forecast to surge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2013 4:00 am MDT MONTREAL – Canada’s largest railway is expected to be hurt in the first quarter by the effect of winter weather woes, while analysts forecast its Calgary-based rival’s profit will surge.Canadian National Railway Company (TSX:CNR) is expected to report $528.4 million in adjusted profits on Monday, up just one per cent from a year ago, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.That’s equal to $1.21 per share, up from $1.18 a year earlier on a six per cent increase in revenues to $2.5 billion.The Montreal-based railway’s carloads increased 3.3 per cent from last year, while revenue ton-miles, which measures the relative weight and distance of rail freight, grew 4.6 per cent.CN was helped by 7.9 per cent increase in petroleum and chemicals and a 9.6 per cent boost in intermodal, offset by reductions in coals (-7.1 per cent) and grains (-4.8 per cent).Weather was a big challenge for the railway, as storms reduced average train speeds and lengthened dwell times.“Winter a challenge for CN this time, not CP,” said Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets, adding that CN lost some of its operating momentum.He said the harsh weather should likely prompt CN to build a new line in Western Canada to mitigate against the risk of future weather-related issues.The weather impact was more muted at Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP).Canadian Pacific’s adjusted profits were forecast to increase 48 per cent to $210.7 million or $1.21 per share on nearly $1.5 billion revenues. That’s up from $142 million or 82 cents per share a year earlier. The results will be reported Wednesday.The Calgary-based railway’s volumes increased just 2.2 per cent, led by sulphur and fertilizers (+19.9 per cent) and potash and industrial products (+14.6 per cent), boosted by crude-by-rail. Automotive fell 14.6 per cent and intermodal was down 3.7 per cent as it lost contracts to CN.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial raised his target price of CP to $118, below the current trading price, noting that the Canadian railroads trade at a large premium to its U.S. peers.“We have a high degree of confidence in CEO Hunter Harrison’s ability to lead a significant profitability turnaround at CP and the results so far have exceeded expectations,” he wrote in a report.Transporting crude has been the hottest rail segment so far in 2012, rising 31 per cent by Canadian railways and 57 per cent by Americans.Doerksen said he expects it will be a sustainable business and could increase further.Still, it represented only 2.3 per cent of total CN revenues in 2012 and would account for less than five per cent if revenues double as management expects.At CP, crude represents four per cent, but could reach 12 per cent if shipments triple over the next few years as forecast.“While this is meaningful, it will still be much smaller than CP’s intermodal (25 per cent of revenues) and grain (21 per cent) franchises,” he added.While Canadian grain carloads were down 3.8 per cent in the first quarter, total production is expected to be up five per cent with exports up slightly.Casting a cloud on the railways is a broader economic outlook that points to modest growth.Poirier said the latest industrial production data, which is a good barometer of carload activity, points to a softer, yet positive outlook.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CN’s shares closed at $98.48, up $1.48 in Friday trading. CP’s shares gained $1.61 to $124.21.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version wrongly said CN’s adjusted profits were to rise by 17 per cent read more

LNG Canada delay means dark clouds growing over industry in BC experts

LNG Canada delay means dark clouds growing over industry in B.C.: experts by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2016 1:39 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email British Columbia Premier Christy Clark addresses the LNG in BC Conference in Vancouver on October 14, 2015. Premier Christy Clark’s dreams of a booming liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia were dealt another blow yesterday when a Shell-backed venture delayed a final decision indefinitely on a project in Kitimat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck VANCOUVER – Premier Christy Clark’s dreams of a booming liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia have been dealt another blow after a Shell-backed venture delayed a final investment decision indefinitely.LNG Canada’s decision to put the project in Kitimat on hold amid weak global prices isn’t surprising, but it adds to the pessimistic mood around the future of the sector in B.C., experts say.“It just creates a dark cloud over what is already a bunch of dark clouds for that type of economic activity,” said Martin King, vice-president of institutional research at FirstEnergy Capital Corp.Clark made a massive political bet on LNG in 2013 with promises of 100,000 jobs and $100-billion in revenue over decades. Today, there are 20 projects proposed in B.C., but analysts say only a handful appear economically viable.Among the more promising ventures was LNG Canada’s proposal, which would export up to 24 million tonnes per year and cost up to US$40 billion to build. But CEO Andy Calitz told reporters Monday that it was simply too expensive for now.King said the B.C. Liberals were not alone in their optimism three years ago. But weak Asian demand, a supply glut from the U.S. and Australia and the oil price collapse have all darkened the industry’s prospects.He said Japan is the world’s largest LNG buyer, but it has been moving back toward nuclear power as it recovers from the 2011 tsunami. Meanwhile, U.S. natural gas prices have fallen along with shale gas supply growth, he said.A good portion of global LNG that is traded is indexed against crude oil prices, so the oil downturn in 2014 and 2015 dragged down liquefied natural gas along with it, he added.Mary Hemmingsen, global head of LNG at KPMG, said long-term, the future still looks bright. The climate change agreement singed in Paris means Asian countries, especially coal-dependent China, will need natural gas as a cleaner fuel, she said.“It’s not if, it’s when,” she said. “In my view, based on my understanding of global supply and demand, gas is needed. Gas has a bright future, and there is interest in what Canada’s offering.”Canada is an attractive source because it has hundreds of years of surplus supply, relative political stability and offers 40-year permits through the National Energy Board, she said.Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman said in a statement the government remains optimistic about the future of LNG. He noted LNG Canada still described the project as a “promising opportunity.”The $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project on Lelu Island is still under federal environmental review. The smaller Woodfibre LNG near Squamish has received environmental approval and a final investment decision could be made this year, said country manager Byng Giraud.“Our business model’s a little different, and we’re a different size,” he said. “Prices are a challenge. We are looking at ways of lowering our costs and improving our efficiency, but … we’re still bullish.”Michael Prince, a social policy professor at the University of Victoria, said he doubts the industry’s failure to materialize will hurt Clark much during next year’s election.The province is in good financial shape without LNG and other issues, including affordable housing and education, are dominating the early campaign, he said. But the Opposition New Democrats could use the LNG issue to attack the Liberals.“I don’t think that this will be the ballot box issue in May 2017,” he said. “I would expect it to be part of a NDP campaign to challenge the credibility or the believability of other claims or promises made by the governing party.”The government has pivoted somewhat from constantly touting the economic promise of LNG, but any good news in the sector would likely change that, Prince said.“They’re a bit like a moth near a bright light. If the LNG started to get brighter again, they’d be right back at it,” he said. “That’s their big hope, their big dream.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

Guterres urges Congolese security forces to exercise restraint amid reports six people

“The Secretary-General urges the Congolese security forces to exercise restraint,” said a statement issued this afternoon by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, in the wake of reports which suggest that along with the fatalities, that 63 people were injured during the protests, which are calling for implementation of the 31 December 2016 political agreement. Mr. Guterres called on the Congolese authorities to conduct credible investigations into these incidents and to hold those responsible accountable.Similar demonstrations three weeks ago led to a number of deaths. The protests have been taking place in the vicinity of churches in and in the regard, the UN chief today, ‘called upon all concerned to ensure full respect for places of worship.” The agreement at the heart of the protests ¬– facilitated by Conférence Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) mediators – allowed President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term and stipulated that peaceful, credible and inclusive elections would be organized in the DRC by the end of December 2017.The polls were reportedly pushed back to December 2018, sparking violent protests late last month.“The Secretary-General, once again, calls on Congolese political actors to work towards the full implementation of the 31 December political agreement, which remains the only viable path to the holding of elections, the peaceful transfer of power and the consolidation of stability in the [country],” the statement concluded. read more

Cleveland Cliffs consolidates and expands in iron ore

first_imgCleveland-Cliffs has acquired United Mining’s 30% interest in United Taconite (UTAC), an iron ore mining and pelletising operation located in Eveleth, Minnesotta, USA. Cliffs previously owned a 70% interest in the joint venture and after completing the purchase now has 100% ownership. As a result of this transaction, as well as the recently announced expansion project at the company’s Michigan mines, Cliffs’ total North American iron ore equity pellet production will increase to 21 Mt in 2008 and some 22 Mt in 2009.Consideration for the United acquisition will be a mix of cash, stock and iron ore pellets. The total includes $100 million in cash and 1,529,619 Cleveland-Cliffs common shares. In addition, the transaction includes a provision to supply 1.1 Mt of iron ore pellets over the next five quarters at no cost.Joseph Carrabba, Cliffs’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Strategically, the consolidation of the UTAC minority interest strengthens our core North American Iron Ore business, and together with our Northshore property, gives Cliffs two wholly-owned iron ore assets in North America. Moreover, as Cliffs currently manages the operation, there is no integration risk associated with the transaction.” The acquisition does not require regulatory approval and has an effective close date of June 30, 2008. United Taconite is expected to produce 4.7 Mt in 2008 and at December 31, 2007 had proven reserves of over 120 Mt.last_img read more

NORCAT opens new office in Santiago Chile

first_imgNORCAT, a leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services for the global mining industry, has announced the opening of an office in Chile. “The new office will enable NORCAT to more effectively serve the growing base of clients and partners in Latin America and demonstrates NORCAT’s commitment to deliver on their ambitious growth strategy. This will be NORCAT’s fifth office in its global network.”“Establishing our office in Chile reinforces our international presence, our commitment to ensuring exceptional quality and service levels for our clients, and specifically strengthens and expands our capabilities in Latin America,”says Don Duval, NORCAT CEO. “With our continued investments in our Underground Centre, the launch of Studio NORCAT, and the growth of our human capital advisory practice, we felt the timing was right to better engage our clientele in both Chile and Latin America more broadly.”“The mining industry in the Latin American Andean Region is flourishing, with Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina expecting $38 billion worth of investment over the next three years,” says Carlos Molina, NORCAT’s Latin America Manager. “NORCAT’s local and international expertise provide an incredible opportunity for clients to be at the forefront of training and development to ensure their workforce is both productive and safe on the job – all day, every day.”“Chile is home to a number of existing and planned long-term precious and base metal mining operations and is noted worldwide for the vastness and quality of its mining resources. NORCAT’s new office location will offer skilled labour training and development programs and strategic advisory services to mining companies, including compliance and risk management, talent and human capital, and technology, learning and innovation strategies.”last_img read more

Joan Burton admits Labours failures on living standards

first_imgShe said that recovery will “come from the middle out, not the top down” as she outlined the strategy that Labour will be pursuing in the weeks and months ahead.“It is the earnings of the middle and working classes that have always fuelled economic expansion here – and growth in their wages will be central to real and lasting recovery,” she said.Earlier, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin pledged to repeal the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act (FEMPI) when “the emergency is over”.This law allows him to unilaterally cut public sector pay in some sectors in the event that unions do not agree to the Haddington Road Agreement.Conference has heard a motion calling for its repeal this morning and Howlin said he was happy to support the motion and repeal the legislation once the economy improves.Read: Labour conference hears call for Gilmore to resign over disability cutsLIVE: The 66th Labour Party national conference in Killarney LABOUR HAS YET to offer a “reliable remedy” to workers and families who face “unprecedented threats to their living standards” the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said.Speaking at the Labour conference in Killarney this morning, Burton admitted that her party needed to do more and rejected what she said is the “the conservative consensus is that low labour costs are the key to growth and job creation”.She was speaking on a motion that called for the gradual introduction of the living wage, a policy that Burton has been strongly advocating in recent weeks.“Workers and their families face unprecedented threats to their living standards and we as social democrats have yet to offer them a reliable remedy,” she told delegates 1,000 days after party members endorsed coalition with Fine Gael.last_img read more

Irelands judges incur €167 million in expenses for 2012

first_imgIRELAND’S 146 JUDGES claimed travel, subsistence and other expenses worth a total of €1.674 million last year.The figures reflect a 42 per cent fall in judges’ expenses since 2008.Almost all of the amount was incurred by the 64 judges of the District Court and the 38 judges of the Circuit Court, whose roles usually require them to travel between several courthouses in provincial towns.Eight members of the Supreme Court received a total of €9,917 in costs, about half of which related to subsistence for travelling to conferences.36 members of the High Court incurred costs of €107,606.The costs include €57,915 in ‘incidental’ expenses, including the costs of judicial attire, for which new rules were introduced last year.A Courts Service spokesman said this cost was unusually high and reflected the appointment of almost 20 new judges last year, an unusually high number.Read: Out with the old: Supreme Court ditches traditional robeslast_img read more

Sharp develops seethrough solar panel for windows

first_imgSolar power may hold the promise of free energy from the sun, but the panels used are expensive and do take up a lot of room. Typically you’ll find them installed on a roof or filling an area of land next to the building requiring the green energy. But now Sharp is offering up a third option: solar panels that double as windows.Sharp has managed to develop a solar panel that takes the form of a sheet of glass and only partially blocks light passing through it. That allows it to still generate energy, but also act as a window. Sharp achieved this by cutting tiny slits in thin-film silicon PV cells.The trade-off for cutting into the cells is lower energy generation. However, the glass panels can be used on an area of the building previously off limits because typical solar panels would block light out completely. And as the see-through panels block some of the light, they double as a light filter making them suitable for tall glass buildings that typically use coated glass anyway.Sharp can currently produce the see-through panels at sizes up to 1.4 x 1.0 meters, and a thickness of just 9.5mm. Each panel weighs 33kg and can produce a maximum output of 95W.Pricing has not yet been revealed, but if Sharp can continue to develop the see-through panels with a focus on efficiency, and offer different sizes, they may find interest from consumers wanting an easy way to add solar power generation to their homes without having to modify their roof.More at Tech-On!last_img read more

England wary of Falcao

first_imgEngland duo Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are wary of the threat that their former Chelsea teammate Radamel Falcao will provide in their last of 16 tie of the World Cup on MondayAfter a stellar career, Falcao looked a shadow of the player he had once been and notably struggled in his two loan spells in English football with both Manchester United and Chelsea between 2014 and 2016.After two seasons in the Premier League and 36 games in total, Falcao returned to his parent club AS Monaco with only five goals to his name in a dismal spell after failing to regain his confidence and sharpness after suffering a serious knee injury with the Ligue 1 side in January 2014.But the 32-year-old has since resurrected his career at the Stade Louis II and scored for Colombia in their 3-0 win over Poland last Sunday.While much of the focus on the game will largely be on James Rodriguez’s recovery from injury, Cahill is not going to underestimate his former teammate.“Falcao had a difficult time in England clearly, but outside of England he’s a very high-profile player,” said Cahill, according to The National.“He’s scored many, many goals. He did have a difficult time in England, showed his character when he went to find his form again and now he’s a huge player for them.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m sure a huge amount was probably confidence. He had that spell at Manchester United, then he had that spell at us, he was short of sharpness at both of them.“I suppose in his eyes, the rest is history, he’s refound his form now. He’s tricky in the box, he likes to come off the shoulder a little bit, and he’s a good finisher.“When he gets half a chance, we saw that in training he’s a decent finisher. Everyone knows him, everyone’s aware of him, his ability.”Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, has also tipped former Chelsea player Juan Cuadrado to be a threat alongside Falcao.“When I was at Chelsea training with them obviously Cuadrado didn’t get much game time but he still looked sharp,” he said.“He is so sharp and he can just do things off the cuff, he gets past defenders. As for Falcao, we all know what a player he is. Falcao is always a goal threat and he has been for his entire career.“It will be a difficult game, just like any other at the World Cup. So we will need to analyse Colombia and work out how we want to play against them.”last_img read more

ASA Kudos this Week…Dennis Bogaards

first_imgDennis Bogaards (IA) presenting at ASA’s 16th Annual Soybean Leadership College in Orlando, Florida.Kudos goes to Dennis Bogaards, Pella, Iowa, for presenting at ASA’s 16th Annual Soybean Leadership College in Orlando, Florida this week.Dennis held a panel discussion titled, “A Farmer’s Guide to Making the Most of Social Media”.Dennis Bogaards serves as an ASA Director from Iowa. His family farm consists of 450 acres of soybeans and 550 acres of other crops. They also sell ag technology equipment. Dennis has a degree in mechanics and is passionate about telling the story of ag and conveying positive messages about Genetically Modified Organisms.Connect with Dennis via Twitter @dbogfarm and Facebook Flying The FarmCheck out last week’s ASA Kudos here!last_img read more

Two Vancouver men get 38 years in 2013 robbery

first_imgTwo Vancouver men with extensive criminal backgrounds were each sentenced Thursday to 38 years in prison for committing a home-invasion robbery Dec. 4 in an apartment in Vancouver’s Sifton neighborhood. The two victims were tied up with cords and forced at gunpoint inside a bedroom closet.Following a seven-day trial, Calvin J. Quichocho, 22, and Brandon English, 21, were found guilty by a Clark County jury of two counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping.Each of the counts included firearm enhancements, and each enhancement adds a mandatory five years to any sentence, which must be served consecutively, under the law.The defendants’ attorneys, Tony Lowe and Bob Yoseph, argued that under recent rulings by the State Supreme Court, Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson had discretion to reduce the sentence set by the state Legislature.However, Johnson said there were no mitigating factors to justify reducing the sentence. Both of the defendants have extensive and violent criminal history, she noted.last_img read more

Dr Demento Gets Covered In Punk On New Box Set

first_imgNews Email Dr. Demento Punk Covers Box Set Announced dr-demento-gets-covered-punk-new-box-set Dr. Demento Gets Covered In Punk On New Box Set Facebook Radio oddball and music enthusiast Dr. Demento has his catalog of novelty songs covered by some of punk’s and comedy’s finestNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2017 – 11:34 am Punk rock fans with a penchant for the strange and unusual are in for a treat. A new box set honoring left-of-the-dial radio personality, music super-enthusiast and novelty songwriter Dr. Demento arrives Jan. 12, 2018. The collection, aptly titled Dr. Demento Covered In Punk, will feature more than 30 covers of songs originally featured on the Dr. Demento radio show.Artists contributing to the set include the Misfits, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, “Weird Al” Yankovich, the B-52s, William Shatner, and many more. The set will be available digitally and as a two-CD or three-LP vinyl set, according to Rolling Stone, where you can find a full track list for the box set.Dr. Demento’s long-standing radio show began in 1974, and has played an influential role in the subculture crossroads between music and comedy. With a devout following, a degree in ethnomusicology and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Album Notes for The Remains Of Tom Lehrer for the 43rd GRAMMY Awards, Dr. Demento’s legacy continues to expand with this new collection.John Cafiero, frontman of contributing band Osaka Popstar and the project’s producer and curator, lauded Dr. Demento in a statement, for “creating a musical movement that echoes the spirit of punk with its own unique voice. There are no airs, and everyone’s welcome. If you didn’t fit in — you fit in.”For longtime listeners and newbies alike, Dr. Demento’s show continues to air weekly via his website. So wind up your radios and stay demented!Read More: Tom Waits Announces Six-LP Vinyl Reissue SeriesRead more Twitter last_img read more

2018 One Musicfest Bringing Cardi B Miguel Nas To Atlanta

first_img Twitter 2018 One Musicfest Bringing Cardi B, Miguel & Nas To Atlanta Extended to two days this year, the festival will also feature GRAMMY winners Brandy, Common, Robert Glasper, and T.I.Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 5, 2018 – 1:01 pm One Musicfest 2018 comes to Atlanta from Sept. 8–9, with Cardi B, Miguel and Nas headlining along with Big Sean, Jeezy and T.I. Attendance at last year’s OMF was more than 20,000 and the roster is richer now that the event has been extended to two days.The supergroup August Greene is slated to perform. The trio unites Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins following the release of their self-titled album in March after forming during this year’s GRAMMY Week festivities. The album’s single “Optimistic” features GRAMMY winner Brandy, who is also on the OMF2018 bill. The expanded OMF2018 roster continues with many of this summer’s hottest talents. DVSN, Kelis, Rapsody, and Jessie Reyez will remind all in attendance and online why people love to watch them, and there will be George Clinton & Parliament to depend upon for funk. Other performers include Big Krit, Davido, Goldlink, St Beauty, and Teedra Moses as well as a special Atlanta crunk set.Tickets are now on sale via the OMF website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook News Cardi B, Miguel & Nas Onboard For One Musicfest 2018-one-musicfest-bringing-cardi-b-miguel-nas-atlanta Email https://www.instagram.com/p/BjpUgEpAwYy/?hl=en&taken-by=onemusicfestlast_img read more

SpaceX Starship test rocket fractured by fierce winds

first_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious Elon Musk shows off massive Mars ‘Starship’ prototype rocket $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sci-Tech Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Share your voice 8 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $299 at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 18 Photos Rylo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read the AirPods review Enlarge ImageThe bottom section of Starship is still standing in this image taken by Maria Pointer. Maria Pointer/bocachicaMaria Before it sends humans around the moon or all the way to Mars, SpaceX needs to get its ambitious Starship spaceship into operation. A prototype “hopper” designed for takeoff and landing tests suffered a setback when high winds knocked its nose cone over.SpaceX watcher Maria Pointer captured images of the incident in Texas and shared them on Facebook Wednesday. The photos show the nose cone fallen over on the ground.  The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express SpaceX prepares Starship Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tags 7 See at Amazon Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Best Buy The Cheapskate $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Musk and SpaceX unveiled the shiny Starship earlier in January. This test version won’t be heading into space, but Musk says SpaceX hopes to have an orbital prototype ready around June. The company’s South Texas Launch Site is located in Boca Chica Village near Brownsville, Texas. The National Weather Service in Brownsville issued a wind advisory late on Tuesday, saying “caution is advised for high-profile vehicles.” Starship is definitely a high-profile vehicle. $999 See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET See It $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) “Starship falls around 5 a.m. But we heard metal damage from 2 a.m. onward,” Pointer wrote in another post. “We did not have hurricane force wind warnings.”SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirmed the damage on Twitter, writing that 50 mph winds broke the mooring blocks and the fairing was blown over. “Will take a few weeks to repair,” he said, adding that the tanks on the bottom end of the ship are fine. Elon Musk comes alive on social media: Part entrepreneur, part madman Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turolast_img read more

12 years on city still feels scars of deadly blasts

first_imgHyderabad: The twin bomb blasts that shook Hyderabad city on August 25, 2007 still continue to send tremors of shock among citizens even after 12 years. In the blasts, 44 people were killed and nearly 68 sustained grievous injuries. On the horrific day, the first bomb exploded at Lumbini Park at 7:45 pm and the second blast happened five minutes later at 7:50 pm at Gokul Chat in Koti. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The bomb squad also diffused two other bombs planted in two different locations in city. The Terrorists Bomb Blasts Victims Association along with the victims and their families would pay homage to the people who lost their lives to the blasts, at Gokul Chat Bhandar in Koti on Sunday. After years of waiting for justice, the Nampally Special Court in September 2018 awarded death sentence to two Indian Mujahideen terrorists Anique Shafiq Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Choudhari. The court also awarded life sentence to Tarik Anjum for providing shelter to the terrorists in Delhi after the blasts. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us In the case, the court acquitted two suspects Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik. But the advocates representing NIA said that they would go for appeal in the High Court. The fight for justice prolongs as three Indian Mujahideen terrorists Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Ameer Raza Khan are still at large. The families who lost their loved ones to the blasts and victims appeal to the Court to render justice to them as soon as possible. Advertise With Us Joshi Narasimha Sharma (Malakpet) who lost his elder daughter Pratyusha (20), B Anjaiah (Uppal) who lost three members of his family including his younger daughter Sravanthi (14), Sadashiva Reddy (39, Saroornagar) who was seriously injuried, R Chander Naik (27, Baghlingampally) who lost his right eye, and Syed Raheem (67, Saroornagar) who lost his left eye, requested the President to not grant forgiveness to the culprits when they seek mercy from death sentence in the future. They urged the Central and State governments to help them financially by providing them double bedroom houses, pension facility, health cards, jobs and financial help to sustain their life by establishing small businesses. The victims expressed that the financial aid provided by the government was not even sufficient to fulfil their medical needs. President of Terrorists Bomb Blasts Victims Association R Chander Naik, who lost his right eye, has to undergo three major operations to his eyes at L V Prasad Eye Hospital. He said that he spent lakhs of rupees for his treatment by taking hand loans from friends, relatives and financial institutions. The government under the existing rules and norms issued a disability certificate to R Chander Naik, which states that he is 30 per cent handicapped, but till date he is not able to find a job. He demanded that the State government provide a permanent disability certificate to the blast victims so that they can seek benefits under of government schemes.last_img read more