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Move Up Here community recruitment program wins awardMove Up Here community recruitment program wins award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) awarded the City of Fort St. John with the Economic Development Marketing Innovation Award for the ‘Move Up Here’ recruitment program.The ‘Move up Here’ program was created in partnership with local businesses and organizations as a way to help recruit skilled professionals to FSJ. The program shares resource-based information in a visually appealing way to draw newcomers to the north.Businesses have access to share this free program giving potential new workers more information on opportunities in the area and the benifits of living in the north. “To be recognized by the BCEDA for our Move Up Here recruitment program is a tremendous honour and speaks to the quality and effectiveness of the materials created,” stated Acting Mayor Lilia Hansen.Businesses wishing to use the ‘Move Up Here’ program materials are can contact the Strategic Services department at 250.787.8150 or communications@fortstjohn.caTo view more on ‘Move Up Here’; CLICK HERElast_img read more

UN backs Kenyan appeal for 81 million to restore critical forest areaUN backs Kenyan appeal for 81 million to restore critical forest area

Kenya launched an appeal for $81 million to fund efforts halting the degradation of its Mau Forests Complex, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.In addition to being the single most important source of water for direct consumption in the Rift Valley and western Kenya, the Mau complex helps to control river flows, mitigate flooding, reduce soil erosion, maintain biodiversity, sequester carbon and regulate the microclimate in Kenya and the region.“The Mau Complex is of critical importance for sustaining current and future ecological, social and economic development in Kenya,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told a one-day UN Partners Forum in Nairobi, which hosted today’s launch. Kenya is seeking $81 million over the next three years to implement some of the key rehabilitation interventions to protect the forest.In the last 20 years the forest has lost around 107,000 hectares – approximately 25 per cent – of its cover due to irregular and unplanned settlements, illegal logging and charcoal burning, the change of land use from forest to unsustainable agriculture and change in ownership from public to private, UNEP said in a news release. “The rehabilitation of the ecosystem will require substantial resources and political goodwill,” stressed Mr. Steiner. “UNEP is privileged to work in partnership with the Government of Kenya towards the implementation of this vital project.” A recent report released by the Kenyan Government warned of serious consequences to the country’s socio-economic health and internal security and even the likelihood of conflict emerging if the forest is allowed to continue on the path of deterioration.The appeal for the rehabilitation of the Mau complex, the largest closed-canopy forest ecosystem in Kenya covering over 400,000 hectares, comes amid widespread drought in Kenya which has led to water and electricity rationing across the country. 9 September 2009Kenya launched an appeal for $81 million to fund efforts halting the degradation of its Mau Forests Complex, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. read more

UNbacked study finds cheap drug can prevent deaths among pregnant womenUNbacked study finds cheap drug can prevent deaths among pregnant women

The three-year study, which received support from the World Health Organization (WHO), found magnesium sulfate effective in saving the lives of pregnant women.Dubbed the “Magpie” trial, the study was carried out in 33 countries and involved nearly 10,000 pregnant women with pre-eclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Pre-eclampsia predisposes pregnant women to the convulsions of full-blown eclampsia. Those two conditions occur in about 3 per cent of pregnant women and account for about 12 per cent of maternal deaths. “The needless death of any mother during pregnancy or childbirth is a terrible tragedy – a tragedy multiplied when she has other young children or a family dependent on her,” said Dr. Tomris Turmen, Executive Director of Family and Community Health at WHO. “This trial proves that a very inexpensive treatment with magnesium sulfate given to every pregnant woman when she needs it can cut deaths from eclampsia by almost half.”Paul Van Look, who heads WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, said the findings of the Magpie trial could boost the agency’s efforts to reduce mortality from pregnancy-related conditions, which kill more than half a million women every year. “With the new evidence from the trial, our ‘making pregnancy safer’ initiative has a much better chance of getting the drug more widely used throughout the world, particularly among women in developing countries, who are at greatest risk of dying as a result of their pregnancy,” he said. José Villar, who coordinated WHO’s participation in the Magpie trial, said that an estimated 70,000 cases of eclampsia a year could be expected in the 143 less developed countries of the world. “This means that if we gave magnesium sulfate to all women with pre-eclampsia in these countries, we could avoid up to 35,000 cases of eclampsia every year,” he said. read more

Judges swornin for UNbacked special court for Sierra LeoneJudges swornin for UNbacked special court for Sierra Leone

The oath of office was administered by the Court’s Registrar, Robin Vincent, and overseen by the acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Sierra Leone, Behrooz Sadry, who noted that the tribunal’s establishment “is the first step on the path to combating impunity and addressing accountability for the serious crimes committed.””You, as judges of the special court for Sierra Leone offer hope to future generations not only in this country but also in the rest of the world that no more deeds which offend the conscience of humankind will go unpunished.” Mr. Sadry told the justices.Emmanuel O. Ayoola of Nigeria, Pierre Boutet of Canada, Benjamin M. Itoe of Cameroon and Hassan B. Jallow of the Gambia were among the eight judges sworn-in today.Also taking the oath of office were George Gelga King and Rosolu John Bankole Thompson of Sierra Leone, Geoffrey Robertson of the United Kingdom and Renate Winter of Austria. read more

CIBC eyeing acquisitions in US wealth management private bankingCIBC eyeing acquisitions in US wealth management private banking

TORONTO – CIBC (TSX:CM) is eyeing acquisitions in the private banking and wealth management business south of the border, chief executive Victor Dodig said as the bank reported its fourth-quarter results.“We’re trying to look at companies that could fit our culture and will contribute not only to the strength of our culture, but also will contribute over the medium term to our bottom line,” Dodig told a conference call with investors Thursday.“That stuff takes time. And when the right time comes, we’ll make those investments. But there’s so much opportunity at home today that we need to focus on that element of our franchise, as well.”Dodig said the bank needs to ramp up the scale of its operations, particularly in private wealth management in the U.S., and would like to snatch up a company in the $1 billion to $2 billion range.CIBC raised its quarterly dividend by three cents to $1.03 per share as it reported Thursday a fourth-quarter profit of $811 million, or $1.98 in diluted earnings per share, down from $825 million, or $2.02 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago.However, its adjusted net income rose to $911 million, from $894 million a year earlier, while adjusted diluted earnings per share rose to $2.24 from $2.19 last year. Revenue for the quarter was $3.42 billion, up from $3.18 billion a year earlier.Analysts had expected adjusted earnings of $2.25 per share and revenue of $3.4 billion.Talk of making a deal in the U.S. by CIBC’s new chief executive, who took over the top job in September, comes as the bank has been making tentative steps to move back into the U.S. market.CIBC had scaled back in the U.S. after making several expensive missteps including a US$2.4-billion payment to settle an Enron lawsuit.However, the bank acquired Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management in the U.S. earlier this year in a bid to grow its wealth management business.While emphasizing that the bank is not in any rush to make an acquisition, Dodig added that there a number of “interesting companies” that are particularly appealing and have some scarce and valuable traits.“If the culture fits, if the math works, we would do those. if it doesn’t work for now, we take our time.”Barclays analyst John Aiken said he doesn’t believe an acquisition is imminent, but noted it does seem the bank would prefer to go shopping than return excess cash to shareholders.“We believe the market is fully expecting an acquisition,” Aiken said in a note to clients. “However, management is prudently cautious, attempting to temper the outlook for timing as it does not want to rush into any transaction just for the sake of doing a deal, preferring to make sure that the criteria match up.”The bank said its fourth-quarter profit included several items that collectively had a negative impact totalling 26 cents per share.The largest item, an $82-million after-tax charge related the valuation of its uncollateralized derivatives, was worth 21 cents per share. Another item, worth $13 million after taxes or three cents per share, related to its travel rewards credit cards and its deal with Aeroplan and TD Bank .CIBC’s retail and business banking division had $2.05 billion of revenue and $602 million of net income in the fourth quarter. Wealth management had $584 million of revenue and $119 million of net income, while wholesale banking had $468 million of revenue and $136 million of net income.For the full year, CIBC earned $3.2 billion, down from $3.35 billion. But its adjusted profit rose to a record $3.7 billion — up $100 million from last year — with total revenue was nearly $13.4 billion, up $700 million from 2013.CIBC also announced Thursday that former Liberal deputy prime minister John Manley, who has been an independent director on CIBC’s board since 2005, will become its chairman at its annual meeting on April 23.Since leaving federal politics, where he was at various times industry minister, foreign affairs minister and finance minister, Manley has held a number of senior private-sector positions. He currently heads the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated fourth-quarter revenue at $3.2 billion. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2014 4:42 am MDT CIBC eyeing acquisitions in U.S. wealth management, private banking AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A man uses an ATM at a CIBC branch in Montreal, on April 24, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes read more

New report identifies opportunities for lowering HGV costs and emissionsNew report identifies opportunities for lowering HGV costs and emissions

Switching from diesel to gas, reducing rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag and introducing more hybrid and electric vehicles are identified as key opportunities for further cutting carbon and improving efficiency in the road freight sector according to a new report commissioned by the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network (TKTN) and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP).The report, written by Ricardo-AEA for the project partners, focuses on the key technical opportunities, but importantly identifies options to overcome the main barriers to the adoption of carbon reduction technologies in the road freight sector which is responsible for around 7% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions.The report highlights that with two leading UK companies specialising in dual fuel technology, encouraging a shift to gas – both compressed (CNG) and liquid (LNG) – could provide significant growth and export opportunities for the UK as well as reducing well-to-wheel (WTW) emissions by up to 65% if the gas (methane) used is derived from a renewable source (biomethane).Hybrid and pure electric vehicles are particularly suited to urban delivery and municipal duties (which account for about 14% of all HGV CO2 emissions) and could deliver 20-50% emissions savings on a WTW basis with significant added benefits in terms of urban air quality and noise reduction.With more than half of the energy transmitted to the wheels of a typical long haul HGV estimated to be lost in rolling resistance and over a third as aerodynamic drag the report says that more could be done to encourage the adoption of technologies such as low rolling resistance and single wide tyres or aerodynamic aids, which together may offer up to 10% WTW CO2 savings while having the potential to also cut vehicle operators’ costs.The Ricardo-AEA report has fed in to the work of the Task Force on Fuel Efficient, Low Emission HGV technologies which is a joint industry/government initiative aimed at promoting the use of fuel efficient, low emission road freight technologies.Led by the Department for Transport, the Task Force membership includes the LowCVP, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA).The report found that long haul and regional deliveries account for about 70% of UK HGV CO2 emissions and therefore suggests that efforts should be focused here.Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said: “The UK automotive industry has already demonstrated the progress that can be made when government and industry work together to achieve mutual goals. This collaborative report into enhancing uptake of low carbon technology builds on the good work of the Automotive Council technology roadmap and the Low Carbon Truck Trial. It now requires action from government and other stakeholders to deliver gas, hybrid and electric commercial vehicles and the infrastructure required to support them.“The recommendations set out in the report clearly identify the technologies we should focus on and the measures necessary to achieve a lower carbon commercial vehicle sector. SMMT looks forward to working with the Minister and the Task Force to bring home the benefits of these low carbon technologies.”Andy Eastlake, Managing Director of the LowCVP said: “Switching from diesel to gas provides one of the clearest opportunities for cutting freight sector emissions. The Low Carbon Truck trials are a good start but we need a long-term road transport gas strategy to build on the progress made so far.“Like the car market, the hybrid truck market would benefit from incentives to encourage early adoption.“Accrediting fuel saving technologies such as aerodynamic aids and low-rolling-resistance tyres would also accelerate market uptake of these helpful carbon and, potentially, cost-reduction technologies.”“Importantly, many of these opportunities are both complimentary to each other and to the wealth of work already underway within the industry using telematics, driver training and logistics efficiency improvements”Neil Ridley, Transport KTN Director said: “The freight sector is of strategic importance to the UK economy and we need to support and aid its adoption of low carbon technologies. Drawing on learning from other sectors, this report enables all involved in the freight and logistics industry to easily identify the most significant contributors to carbon reduction and fuel improvements by vehicle duty cycle.“The Transport KTN is delighted to have supported this initiative as we continue to work with government and key strategic industry players to help capitalise on the benefits that these low carbon technologies can offer to the freight and logistics industry and the wider community.”Click through to download the full report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell is branded the devil incarnate as hePaedophile football coach Barry Bennell is branded the devil incarnate as he

first_imgPaedophile football coach Barry Bennell has been jailed for 30 years after being confronted by one his victims in court and branded “the devil incarnate” by a judge.The 64-year-old was described as “sheer evil” by the Recorder of Liverpool, Clement Goldstone QC.The judge said he was “hell bent” on abusing boys and had left a “trail of psychological devastation” in his wake.“To those boys you appeared as a God… in reality, you were the devil incarnate,” he said.”You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion.”Bennell was forced to listen to emotional accounts of how he had destroyed so many lives before smiling as he was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.It was the fourth time he has been jailed for paedophile offences. Bennell, who has twice had cancer, stood in the dock staring downwards as the victim statements were read out by victims now in the 40s and 50s.Gary Cliffe, a police officer who has waived his right to anonymity, approached the glass dock in a bid to force Bennell to make eye contact and calmly said: “Barry. Barry. Why?”Bennell did not respond as court staff intervened and Mr Cliffe, a detective constable with Staffordshire Police, was guided to his seat.He told the court: “I have had over 30 years to consider, reflect and make sense of what he did to me, yet I still find it hard to effectively put into words the hell and mental suffering I have endured during this period of time.”I look back on my childhood with regret and deep sadness.” He had previously been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to 23 counts of sex abuse against 15 children between 1978 and 1992.That followed his conviction for sexual battery against a 13-year-old Staffordshire boy during a football tour of the United States.He was also jailed for two years in May 2015 after pleading guilty to abusing a boy at a football camp in Macclesfield in 1990. “I was just a child,” he said. “My dreams were shattered and I often think what could have been.”Describing the moment he told his parents about the abuse, he revealed his father had apologised for letting him down, which was “heartbreaking.”Some victims said they had turned to alcohol or drugs in later life and struggled to trust people. Others have suffered from depression, been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or felt suicidal.One victim said Bennell had taken his “one and only childhood without a second thought and with no regret or remorse” and another branded him a “monster.”Bennell smirked as he was told he would serve half his sentence in custody with the rest on licence, with an additional licence period of one year.Outside court, Bennell’s victims hailed the sentence as a message to child abusers that the world had changed.One, Micky Fallon, said: “Today we looked evil in the face and we smiled because Barry Bennell, we have won.Today we hand our shame and our guilt and our sadness back to you.”The judge said the police and Crown Prosecution Service should “consider carefully” whether to bring further prosecutions, noting that Bennell “may well die in prison”. Undated file photo of paedophile football coach Barry BennellCredit:PA The former coach, who worked for a string of football clubs, including Stoke City, Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City, was convicted of 50 child sexual offences at Liverpool Crown Court, many of those specimen counts to reflect the numerous occasions he had targeted some of his 12 victims between 1979 and 1991.At least 86 complainants have come forward since the start of the latest investigation, suggesting that his victims may exceed 100. Chris Unsworth, who has also waived his right to anonymity, revealed that he had chosen not to have children because he would not be able to protect them against “predatory people like Bennell”.He said the guilt he felt following his abuse had been an “extremely heavy weight to bear” and continued to affect him.Another victim said he thought about the abuse he received day. Undated file photo of paedophile football coach Barry Bennell 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.last_img read more

Thiess wins important iron ore mining contract from FortescueThiess wins important iron ore mining contract from Fortescue

first_imgAustralia-based mining contracting major Thiess has won a major A$100 million contract with Fortescue Metals Group for Phase One development works on the Solomon Hub iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The 18 month contract is for initial pioneering and mine establishment works such as haul roads, stockpile pads and the mining of early ore and waste. The work will establish the Solomon area for long term mining operations. Managing Director Bruce Munro, interviewed in the forthcoming October issue of IM, said the contract represents a welcome return to the west for Thiess’ mining business and underlines the importance of Western Australia to Thiess as a whole.“Our Construction and Services businesses have long term client relationships and strong operations in the West and with the substantial iron ore reserves, there are clients we could assist in getting the best out of their mining operations” Mr Munro said. Thiess won the iron ore mine contract in a competitive process, and believes it is now well positioned to bid for further works on the mine development and the main services contract which commences in approximately 12 months. Michael Wright, Executive General Manager of Thiess’ Australian Mining business, said Thiess is currently mobilising people and equipment to Solomon and commencing preliminary works on-site. “This is an exciting win for us and the start of a strong relationship with Fortescue”, he said. The Solomon Hub mine is part of Fortescue’s Three Hub Strategy in the Pilbara, which will see overall annual production boosted to in excess of 155 million tonnes over the coming years. The Solomon Hub mine is expected to start producing iron ore in 2012. Thiess stated that its ability to quickly mobilise highly skilled people and appropriate equipment was central to the company’s successful bid. Thiess has re-established a mining office in Perth to support this and other mining projects. “With a team dedicated to WA, we can offer great service and value to our clients,” Mr Wright said.last_img read more

Fruit Ninja Kinect lets you slice and dice in real lifeFruit Ninja Kinect lets you slice and dice in real life

first_imgFruit Ninja, the popular mobile game that has the player use swipe movements to slice assorted fruits in half, is finally ready for the Kinect. Back in January, we saw a live-action Fruit Ninja video from a duo of, well, unskilled fruit ninjas. Apples, oranges, limes, and lemons were literally hurled at the guys who then tried to slice them in half with real knives. Needless to say, they had more apple-shaped bruises the next day than they would have liked. However, thanks to a new version for the Kinect, there’s now a safer way to play Fruit Ninja while using your hand movements instead of real knives.Fruit Ninja has over 20 million registered downloads on a variety of mobile platforms. The goal of the game is not only to slice a piece of fruit in half, but to slice it into multiple pieces, giving more and more points for each slice. If a fruit falls to the bottom of the screen, you lose one of your three lives. To spice things up a little more, there are also bombs that fall onto the screen. If one hits you, though, it’s game over.AdChoices广告Halfbrick, the creators of Fruit Ninja, decided to create a version playable with Microsoft’s motion-sensing technology. In the mobile version, you use just one finger to slice the fruit, but the Kinect version needs your entire body, which is superimposed on the screen. You use your hands to do the slicing, just like a real ninja would.Staying in the middle of the screen is key, so don’t try any roundhouse kicks or anything like that. The game is best played in a larger living room, since standing further back from the TV helps. Your shadow remains permanently on the screen, which makes it easy to gauge where to move your arms. Only rapid arm gestures are registered as slashes, so even if you’re moving other parts of your body, the game will only pay attention to your karate chops.Kinectaku’s Damien McFerran tested out the new Fruit Ninja Kinect game and liked what he saw. He said the biggest difference over the touchscreen version is that you can perform two attacks at once – one with each arm – making it even easier to do those multi-slashes. The Kinect version will definitely give you more of a workout than simply moving your index finger around on a screen.Another new addition to the Kinect version is the “challenge mode,” which features various objectives spread throughout the entire game. The most exciting new feature, though, is the two-player “party mode,” which lets you go face off with a friend. Just make sure you’re standing far enough away from each other so you’re not smacking your friend by accident.In addition to “classic mode,” the game also features a time-based “arcade mode,” where the goal is to score as many points as possible before time runs out. The bombs also don’t end the game, they just subtract from your total points.The pomegranates, which were just recently added to the iOS version, also make an appearance. When one pops up, quickly slashing it will cause the camera to zoom in while you go slash crazy, racking up a boatload of points. The magic bananas also appear in the Kinect game and create effects like slowing down time and triggering the pyrotechnic mode.Just like in the mobile versions, Fruit Ninja Kinect also offers unlockable bonuses, which include new colored blades, new backdrops, and the ability to change the texture of your on-screen shadow.The game will launch on Xbox Live Arcade later this year.Read more at Kinectakulast_img read more

A chance to pursue the classicsA chance to pursue the classics

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The University of Melbourne will once again be bringing the ancient Greek and Roman world to life, with their annual Classics Summer School. The series of short courses is open to anyone, including those currently not pursuing studies at the university, giving those interested the opportunity to explore the history, society, philosophy, art and architecture of ancient periods. Co-ordinator of the Classics Summer School Dr Christopher Gribbin has a passion for ancient Greek culture, and believes it holds relevance in the modern world. “The ancient Greeks have a lot to offer us today. The Classics Summer School gives 21st-century Australians from all backgrounds a chance to know them better,” said Dr Gribbin. Four courses will be offered, including ‘A Social History of Ancient Greece from 750-300BC’, ‘Architecture from Pagan Rome to Christianity’, ‘Beginning to Philosophise with the Ancient Greeks’ and ‘How to Argue Like Socrates’.Classes are scheduled to take place between 4-8 January, 2016 at Melbourne University’s City Campus. For more information or to enrol, visit read more

5 deaths in a week spike in avalanches in the Cascade Mountains5 deaths in a week spike in avalanches in the Cascade Mountains

first_imgThe state of Washington averages five avalanche deaths every two years.This year, there have been five avalanche deaths here just in the past week.Those recent avalanches claimed the lives of snowmobilers and snowshoers who were out adventuring in the central Cascade Mountains, in both King and Kittitas counties, where heavy snow, rain and wide temperature swings have made for unstable snows conditions.The five people who died this past week all were involved in activities known to cause avalanches in the past.Two teenagers from Bellevue, boys ages 17 and 18, were buried in an avalanche while snowshoeing in the backcountry near the Alepental-Snow Lake area, said King County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott. The pair vanished Feb. 25 amid heavy snowfall in an area with a high avalanche danger. Both had avalanche beacons and appeared to be properly equipped. They were identified as Niko Suokko, 18, and Declan Ervin, 17.The same day, in the backcountry near Stampede Pass in Kittitas County, a group of five snowmobilers had stopped to eat lunch beneath a slope when a ridge above them let go, burying three of them totally and partially burying the other two. Joseph Simenstad, 32, from Issaquah, died from his injuries.Then, on Saturday, two snowmobilers died and two others were injured when an avalanche swept down a slope near Esmeralda Peak in Kittitas County.The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office said crews responded to an avalanche report to the area before noon Saturday and found the four victims with the help of other snowmobilers in the area.last_img read more

Long campaign asks TV stations to stop airing deceptive Herrera Beutler adLong campaign asks TV stations to stop airing deceptive Herrera Beutler ad

first_imgLONGVIEW — The Carolyn Long campaign Friday asked media outlets to stop airing a TV advertisement supporting Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, calling the ad “inaccurate and deceptive.”The Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee that focuses on electing and supporting Republican representatives, released the ad on Oct. 26.“Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground) cut middle-class taxes, saving Washington families $2,300,” a voiceover in the ad says. “Now 4 million jobs have been created and unemployment is at a 50-year low. Carolyn Long would take us backward. Liberal Long is part of the resistance, joining (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi to oppose your tax cut and supporting government-run healthcare, almost doubling the debt. Long. Pelosi. Higher taxes. Lost jobs.”About 1.34 million jobs have been added to the market between when the tax cut bill went into effect on Jan. 1 and September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Job creation in August and September are projections.)This growth is in line with similar periods going back five years and is not related to the tax cut bill, the Long campaign’s counsel said in a press release Friday.“Congressional Leadership Fund is making a demonstrably false claim, which misrepresents the impact of the Republican tax bill in order to deceive voters about its impact,” Long’s campaign counsel said in a press release Friday.last_img read more

Ethics panel No full probe of McMorris RodgersEthics panel No full probe of McMorris Rodgers

first_imgWASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest ranking House Republican, improperly combined campaign and official funds in a GOP leadership race and her re-election campaign.The committee’s top two leaders, Reps. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said they will not formally drop the case against McMorris Rodgers, but will continue to review the matter under their own authority. In practical terms, the decision means it is unlikely that McMorris Rodgers will face charges or sanctions.Separately, the ethics panel said it also will not appoint a special panel to investigate Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma. Mullin was alleged to have improperly received outside income totaling $600,000 last year from a weekly radio talk show and family-owned plumbing business. Both cases were forwarded to the Ethics Committee’s attention by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, which reviews complaints against House members.The ethics office said it found “substantial reason to believe” the allegations in both cases.McMorris Rodgers, 44, of Washington state, is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House. She delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January.Her attorney, Elliot Berke, said the complaint against her was based on “frivolous allegations from a single source — a former employee who then discredited himself by admitting to his own improper conduct.”last_img read more

Wall Street Journal Unveils Weekend Magazine PublisherWall Street Journal Unveils Weekend Magazine Publisher

first_imgUSA Weekend735.79744.69-1.2 Relish206.12131.1957.1 USA Weekend494,992,050476,655,3313.8 American Profile228,028,602167,756,73935.9 Los Angeles Times Mag502.54801.69-37.3 New York Times Mag434,383,751427,154,6301.7 Parade695,656,564642,536,1548.3 TITLEAD PAGES 2007AD PAGES 2006%CHNG Relish82,746,06437,926,089118.2 Life Magazine98.84395.53-75.0 TITLEAD REVENUE 2007AD REVENUE 2006%CHNG ‘Wit and Irreverence’ at the Journal?Tina Gaudoin, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and former launch editor of the Times of London’s Luxx quarterly, said she intends to make WSJ. “the authority on modern wealth.” Gaudoin said the magazine will differentiate itself with wit and irreverence, “which may come as a shock to some of the people at the Journal.”“It took us a long time to come up with the name,” said Gaudoin, adding that the understated logo “was very important to my anal art director.” The magazine had a working title, Pursuits, but it was too similar to the New York Times’ “Escapes” section and was scrapped, Brauchli said. WSJ. will have a 9 7/8 x 11 ½ inch trim size and a 50-50 ad-to-edit ratio on a 60-pound paper stock, according to Michael Rooney, SVP and chief revenue officer for Dow Jones’ consumer media group.Gaudoin said the magazine will be “less urban and less gritty” and more global than T—the New York Times’ luxury quarterly. “What will characterize us will be a sense of humor,” she said.Despite the dour economy, Gaudoin believes that consumers and advertisers will support a luxury magazine. “People spend, even in a recession,” she said.Ad Performance for Newspaper Magazines Los Angeles Times Mag24,112,42737,776,852-36.2 The Wall Street Journal today unveiled its forthcoming weekend magazine at a breakfast at the Core Club in Manhattan. The magazine—called simply “WSJ.”—also named Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, a 17-year veteran of American Express Publishing, as its new publisher.The luxury lifestyle magazine—in development for nearly two years—will be the Journal’s first brand extension to launch since Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. acquired Dow Jones and the paper for $5.6 billion last August.With “The Luxury of Choice” as its tagline, the 100-plus page quarterly is slated to debut in the newspaper’s Saturday edition (both subscriber and newsstand) in September. The circulation will be 967,000, split between the paper’s 800,000 U.S. circulation and 167,000 in Europe and Asia. The Journal plans to take WSJ. monthly in 2009.Marcus Brauchli, the Wall Street Journal’s managing editor, said the affluence of the Journal’s readership will help the magazine compete against established luxury magazines. Brauchli pointed out that the newspaper’s readers spent more than $3.5 billion on women’s apparel in the past year—“more than the readers of any women’s magazine, including Vogue.” (This, despite a 65-35 male-to-female ratio.) And they spent $53 billion on leisure travel—more than the readers of Travel & Leisure, he said. TOTAL1,997,155,8641,918,877,4334.1 American Profile631.02576.159.5 Life Magazine37,236,406129,071,638-71.2 Parade785.86732.737.3 New York Times Mag3,881.033,964.60-2.1 TOTAL6,841.207,346.58-6.9 SOURCE: PIBlast_img read more

PM to brief media on BIMSTEC Summit SundayPM to brief media on BIMSTEC Summit Sunday

first_imgBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal on 30 August 2018. Photo: ReutersPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on Sunday to brief newsmen about the outcome of her just-concluded visit to Nepal where she attended the 4th BIMSTEC summit.The press conference will be held at her official residence Ganabhaban at 4:00pm, her press secretary Ihsanul Karim said, reports UNB.The prime minister visited Nepal on 30 and 31 August to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit.last_img

Lankan monkled mob attacks RohingyasLankan monkled mob attacks Rohingyas

first_imgRohingyaRadical Buddhist monks stormed a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Sri Lanka’s capital Tuesday and forced authorities to relocate the group, officials said.Saffron-robed Buddhist monks led a mob that broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound at the Mount Lavinia suburb of Colombo as frightened refugees huddled together in upstairs rooms, a police official said.Two police were wounded in the incident, which also saw the mob pelt stones at the safe house and trash the ground floor furnishings upon entry.There were no reports of casualties among the group of refugees, which included 16 children.“We have pushed back the mob and the refugees have been relocated in a safer place,” the official told AFP, asking not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.Police said they were going through local media video footage as well as Facebook in the hopes of arresting those who took part in the violence, and the monks who incited them.One of the monks who stormed the building posted a video on the social networking site filmed by his radical group Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa (Sinhalese National Force) as he urged others to join him and smash the premises.“These are Rohingya terrorists who killed Buddhist monks in Myanmar,” the monk said in his live commentary, pointing to Rohingya mothers with small children in their arms.The 31 Rohingya refugees were rescued by the Sri Lankan navy about five months ago after they were found drifting in a boat off the island’s northern waters. They were thought to be victims of a people smuggler.They were eventually to be resettled in a third country, the official said, adding that they were authorised to remain in Sri Lanka pending the processing of their papers.Sri Lanka’s extremist Buddhist monks have close links with their ultra-nationalist counterparts in Myanmar. Both have been accused of orchestrating violence against minority Muslims in the two countries.Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in the face of the current wave of violence there.The Rohingya Muslims have been the target of decades of state-backed persecution and discrimination in mainly Buddhist Myanmar.Many view them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite their long-established roots in the country.last_img read more

The Cab Calloway Foundation Piano for Youth Annual GalaThe Cab Calloway Foundation Piano for Youth Annual Gala

first_imgThe Cab Calloway Foundation will join Piano for Youth for its 12th Annual Gala celebration of inspiring leaders at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab campus on May 1st. Cecilia Lael Calloway, daughter of jazz legend Cab Calloway, is the mistress of ceremonies. Live music entertainment will be provided by the Children’s Piano Choir. Call 410.900.2055 for more information.last_img

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more November 30, 2011 – Infinitt announced that its fusion software, Xelis Fusion, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is now widely available to the North American market.Xelis Fusion can be used as an integrated solution with Infinitt’s web-based picture archive and communications systems (PACS) or as a stand-alone solution, allowing any third-party PACS user to query, view and analyze studies from any digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) database to do fusion of computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) images.According to the company, the Xelis Fusion product has been in use at 12 institutions across the United States and has demonstrated the ability to improve diagnosis and enhance the radiologist’s and clinician’s productivity. 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Co-registration and alignment of different scans showing the same patient and pathology can add value to numerous image-based clinical review processes.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | November 30, 2011 Infinitt’s Xelis Fusion Software Receives FDA Clearance Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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A Mike Tyson punch Watching and waiting as Florence advancesA Mike Tyson punch Watching and waiting as Florence advances

first_imgTags: Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Olivia, Weather Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — As residents and travellers on the U.S. East Coast brace for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, a “poorly organized” Isaac is thankfully weakening as it heads into the Caribbean.Meanwhile Tropical Storm Olivia is forecast to drench Hawaii today, passing between Maui and The Island of Hawaii.As reported yesterday on airlines including Air Canada and WestJet have issued travel advisories and waived change fees for a long list of gateways impacted by all three storms.The latest reports say communities along the Carolina coast have buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters warned that the storm could hesitate just offshore for days, punishing a longer stretch of coastline than previously feared, before pushing its way inland.The National Hurricane Center’s projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so, about a day later than previously expected. The track also shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe overall trend is “exceptionally bad news,” says University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it “smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge.”As of 8 a.m. today, Florence, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, was centred 855 kilometres southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 28 kph. It was packing winds of 215 kph and enough moisture to dump feet of rain on the region.“This is not going to be a glancing blow,” said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.”While some said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings extending over the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren’t taking any chances.Steady streams of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday as North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone on North Carolina’s coast to flee.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you’ve ever seen. Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different. Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster,” he said.All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast. But getting out of harm’s way has proved difficult since airlines were cancelling flights and motorists had a hard time finding fuel.Florence is by far the most dangerous of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Haiti, the D.R. and Cuba.Meanwhile Hurricane Helene is moving northward away from land. Forecasters are also tracking two other disturbances.The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet of water in spots, according to projections.With files from The Associated Press Posted by “A Mike Tyson punch”: Watching and waiting as Florence advanceslast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories LISTEN: Corey Peters- Arizona Cardinals Defensive Lineman Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Peters isn’t the only former Falcon making the move to Arizona. Free agent linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday. Both were drafted in 2010 by Atlanta and have spent the last five seasons playing on the same side of the ball. Peters said he loves to have a good friend join him in Arizona, even though it wasn’t necessarily planned. “Everything was pretty much done independently,” Peters said. “Me and Sean are very close and it just happened to work out that way so I’m ecstatic about that and just having my friend with me. I think it’s going to be good for both of us. He’s a terrific player. I think the fans are really going to get behind him. They’re going to love him and I think what we bring to the table is just great.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals needed some defensive lineman help, as they released longtime Cardinal Darnell Dockett on Feb. 27. Peters has played 71 games in his career, all for the Atlanta Falcons, and has 11 sacks to his name. He also has an interception and a fumble recovery, which he returned for a touchdown.Peters has faced off against the Cardinals four times in his career, and said he’s always been impressed with how they play. “We played Arizona for a few times and it’s always been a tough game and they’ve always had great teams and very good defenses over the course of that time,” Peters said. “I’ve always admired their defense and it’s great to be a part of that. I look forward to becoming a part of the unit and hopefully continuing in that success.”At his press conference on Wednesday, Peters said he had a chance to take more money to play for a different team. That didn’t matter as much to him, as he wanted to join the Cardinals. “The organization, just from the top down, is a first-class organization,” Peters said. “They’ve done things — the way they approached free agency with me was very interesting. They made what they wanted very much so well-known, and I just felt like it was a great fit and I felt like the relationship between me and the organization can be very much mutually beneficial.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent defensive lineman Corey Peters on Wednesday. For Peters, it wasn’t a tough decision to join the team.“It was always a very interesting choice,” Peters told Bickley & Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. “The Cardinals have a very good team and I feel like they’re right on the edge of getting over that hump and making it to the big one. I honestly feel like it was kind of a no-brainer. It just seemed like the perfect situation for me.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more