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THE WORLD FAMOUS CFOX LAUNCHES 7th ANNUAL GRILLS GONE WILD

first_imgListeners will also have the chance to purchase the highly sought-after limited edition Jeff O’Neil Show Rock N’ Red 2017 BBQ Sauce and BBQ Brian’s award-winning Apple Butter BBQ Sauce. Part of the proceeds from their sales will benefit the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.For full details and locations, please visit www.CFOX.com..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow The World Famous CFOX on Twitter @CFOXvanThe World Famous CFOX is part of the Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Advertisement Advertisement VANCOUVER – The World Famous CFOX is heating things up once again with their 7th annual Grills Gone Wild BBQ. All fired up and ready to hit the road, the Jeff O’Neill Show will bring listeners the Lower Mainland’s only free neighbourhood BBQ at multiple locations, beginning Friday, May 26.World Champion grill guru, BBQ Brian from House of Q will be serving up his delicious BBQ fare, featuring different mouth-watering dishes each week. CFOX listeners who come out to Grills Gone Wild will also have a chance to win some top-notch prizes including five brand new Napoleon BBQ’s from Trail Appliances.“We look forward to Grills Gone Wild every year,” says Dustin Collins, Program Director, The World Famous CFOX. “It gives us the chance to reach out to our listeners, say hi from the Jeff O’Neil Show and fill some tummies with delicious BBQ from World Champion grill slinger BBQ Brian. It’s a must-see… or rather a must-eat!” Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Stanley Black Decker selling hardware homeimprovement operations to Spectrum for 14B

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash.The hardware and home-improvement unit makes locksets, hardware and faucets for residential use and includes brands such as Pfister, Baldwin and Kwikset.Spectrum Brands, based in Madison, Wis., said that the acquisition will broaden its product offerings which include the Rayovac, Remington and Toastmaster brands.Stanley Black & Decker, which is based in New Britain Conn., said the sale is part of its ongoing strategy to diversify its revenue and geographic reach. The hardware and home-improvement unit gets 90 per cent of its revenue from North America and more than 50 per cent of its revenue from U.S. home-improvement stores.Both companies’ boards have approved the transaction.Spectrum Brands shares climbed $4.88, or 11.9 per cent, to close at $46.04 Tuesday. Stanley Black & Decker shares shed $1.99, or 2.7 per cent, to $72.24.Stanley Black & Decker anticipates the transaction will result in $1.3 billion in proceeds after taxes. It plans to use a majority of the proceeds to buy back shares and a smaller portion to reduce debt. The remaining proceeds, along with offshore capital, will be used to pay for its previously announced acquisition of Infastech, a Hong Kong company that makes fasteners.Stanley Black & Decker says that the deal with Spectrum is not expected to change its financial outlook for 2012.Spectrum, which is majority owned by Harbinger Group Inc., says the acquisition of the hardware and home-improvement business should add 75 cents to 80 cents per share in fiscal 2013 and add more than $1 per share in fiscal 2014, excluding one-time transaction and integration costs.The hardware and home-improvement business will operate as a separate unit once the deal closes, which is expected during Spectrum’s first quarter in fiscal 2013.It will be run by Greg Gluchowski, who currently serves as the unit’s president at Stanley Black & Decker. Gluchowski will report to Spectrum CEO David Lumley.The deal announced Tuesday also includes certain assets of Taiwan’s Tong Lung Metal Industry Co., which makes residential and commercial locksets. Stanley Black & Decker purchased Tong Lung over for summer for about $100 million. Spectrum’s acquisition of the Tong Lung assets is anticipated to close in the second quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 9, 2012 6:12 pm MDT Stanley Black & Decker selling hardware, home-improvement operations to Spectrum for $1.4B read more

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Motor industry displays low carbon awareness

The LowCVP conference was just one of the many events being held at the British International Motor Show. Environmentally aware visitors can take a look at the dedicated Greener Driving Pavilion and Electric Village which complement the host of new cars on display in the main halls. Full details from www.britishmotorshow.co.uk Hot on the heels of yesterday’s visit by Rt Hon Gordon Brown to the British International Motor Show where he was one of the first to see the array of environmentally friendly new cars on offer, comes further evidence demonstrating the industry’s commitment to provide a range of solutions to tackle climate change. The simplest way for consumers to compare the carbon footprint of new cars is by looking at the colour-coded label1 on display in the showroom. The energy-style colour banding, as used on ‘white goods’ such as fridges was introduced by the motor industry on a voluntary basis in 1995 and is now a familiar sight in dealerships up and down the country. Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Total combined waste to landfill down by more than half, from 80,399 tonnes in 2000 to 39,862 tonnes in 2006.  For more details, download SMMT’s eighth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/. Lower CO2 cars contribute less to climate changeLow CO2 cars use less fuelChoosing a lower CO2 model will save you moneyLower CO2 emitting cars enjoy tax benefitsWhatever your needs there will be lower carbon choices within each segment The results of a survey carried out in June by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership were today announced at a conference held at the Show when it was revealed that the label was being used in 93% of car dealerships.“There is no mystery surrounding new car CO2 tailpipe emissions – quite simply, low carbon cars use less fuel. There is a simple link between lower emissions and lower running costs,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The colour-coded label on display at the point of sale represents the simplest method of giving consumers the information needed to make a lower carbon choice.” Official independent simulated test results provide a guide to the relative fuel economy of the car in different driving conditions and estimated annual fuel costs are based on the fuel consumption for the combined cycle driving conditions and an average fuel cost per litre. The annual VED road tax applicable to that car is also displayed, allowing buyers to easily compare the relative performances of different cars. Key points to consider when looking to purchase a new car are: Notes: Speaking from the Show where he presented at the LowCVP event, Paul Everitt said “The motor industry is the most honest and transparent sector when it comes to reporting environmental performance and we have cut average new car tailpipe CO2 by more than 13% in the last decade and over the first half of 2008 it has fallen by a further 3%. There have been a number of new technology cars launched here at ExCeL London, so quite clearly, lower carbon cars are becoming commonplace.” Environmental information based on official independent simulated test results is detailed on the label, displaying the link between fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 2. At €20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95% less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 13% since 1997. 1. The label has shows a car’s CO2 emissions as grammes per kilometre (g/km) and where it falls within one of seven colour-coded bands graded from green to red. The bands are directly aligned to the equivalent bands for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) road tax. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Positive thoughts on China and iron ore from Gindalbie

first_imgGeorge Jones, Chairman, imparted some encouraging views on China and iron ore in his presentation at Gindalbie’s 2008 Annual General Meeting. His view – which, he says “is supported by recent discussions I have had with a number of senior Chinese business leaders and other experienced China analysts – is that there is a solid ‘bottom line’ of demand for key raw materials that will continue to underpin and sustain quality Australian resource projects. While there is evidence of a slowdown in Chinese economic growth from its peak of 11.9% last year, it is unlikely it will experience a so-called ‘hard landing’ where GDP growth slows to 5% per annum.”  Jones went on to quote AMP Capital Investors Chief Economist, Shane Oliver, as another believer in China. “The key reasons for this are: The Chinese economy is now of a size where even growth of 7 or 8% will still translate into solid underlying and long-term demand for key raw materials, particularly steel-making raw materials. As it is, China still predicts long-term growth rates of between 8 and 10% The Chinese banking system is fundamentally sound compared with its counterparts in the Western World with no dependence on foreign capital The Chinese corporate sector is generally in good shape with the level of gearing falling and a high level of retained earnings. Also, while the stock market has fallen in line with global markets, it is important to remember that the equity market only accounts for 15% of corporate financing Consumer spending in China has remained strong thanks to a high level of domestic savings, low gearing and minimal equity exposure amongst Chinese households Monetary policy is being aggressively eased in China, with two interest rate cuts in the last two months and inflation falling The Government has confirmed it is increasing spending on infrastructure and providing other forms of fiscal stimulus to the economy. We saw evidence of this last week with the $855 billion economic stimulus package, which will be spent on a raft of construction and infrastructure projects. There is enormous pressure within China – and indeed a strong political imperative – for the Government to maintain economic growth and provide infrastructure to support the high rate of urbanisation.“All of this gives me comfort that China will continue to grow, and grow strongly for many decades to come, providing a solid underpinning to the long-term outlook for commodities – a view which is supported by recent comments from BHP Billiton Chairman Don Argus and Rio Tinto Chief Executive Tom Albanese.“Having said all this, there is little doubt that the sudden downturn in China has had some severe short-term effects. For one, Chinese steel mills and iron ore buyers have reacted to the current crisis by moving quickly to push for lower prices – a move which is not surprising given the stunning price rises of the last two years. Predictably, major producers such as Rio Tinto and Vale have responded quickly by announcing cuts in production. This should be understood in the context of retaining supply-demand balance and positioning ahead of the annual contract price negotiations, which are already in the preliminary stages.“I believe that the current crisis will put the squeeze on the speculative end of the iron ore sector but I do not believe it spells the end for every iron ore project in the world. Companies with strong business plans, quality assets and, importantly, long-term partnerships with Chinese steel mills, will be well placed to weather the storm and, in the longer term, survive and thrive.“We are also seeing the Chinese Government’s push for consolidation of the Chinese steel industry rapidly gathering momentum – with the industry likely to be dominated by three or four giants, with AnSteel being one of these. Ultimately that is probably a good thing for the stability and long-term growth of the iron ore industry.”He spoke of Gindalbie having either achieved – or being close to achieving – all of its “key goals for the year despite the extraordinarily difficult financial market and economic conditions that have arisen. These milestones have included completion of subscription agreements with our partner, AnSteel, progressing project financing and ordering long-lead items for the Karara iron ore project.“Since mid-year we have seen unprecedented turmoil in global markets. Gindalbie has not been immune to the effects of this worldwide financial tsunami, with our share price falling to levels not seen since 2005.“Gindalbie has accepted an offer from AnSteel to fund our share of the equity contribution towards the estimated A$1.8 billion project development cost through a A$162 million share placement to be undertaken at an issue price of A$0.85 per share – a 105% premium to the market price. In the context of the current market conditions, I believe this represents a very significant achievement. The Board decided to accept this proposal after carefully weighing up the alternatives. We had always intended to raise equity to fund our contribution; however, I structured our original Joint Venture Agreement with the option to ask AnSteel to arrange debt finance in case markets were not conducive to an equity raising. I think it’s fair to say that none of us anticipated that both debt and equity markets would come under such pressure at the same time, making the terms and conditions for a A$162 million loan highly unattractive to us from a corporate risk perspective.“I firmly believe that the alternative of a share placement to AnSteel at a significant premium represents by far the best outcome and is in the best interests of all shareholders. In the current environment, the opportunity to de-risk our balance sheet and secure this funding on such attractive terms represents a major coup for Gindalbie and a strong vindication of our joint venture relationship and project development model. Details of this matter will be put in front of all shareholders for approval as soon as possible.“Once this transaction is completed, AnSteel will have a 36% stake in Gindalbie and be our largest shareholder, fully aligned with all other shareholders.  AnSteel has confirmed it is poised to make its final equity payment of A$143.7 million and, following completion of this placement, will have invested close to A$600 million in Gindalbie shares and Karara equity contributions. Once the final payments are made early next year, our joint venture company, Karara Mining, will have cash resources of approximately A$450 million, while Gindalbie itself will be debt-free at the corporate level and have uncommitted cash reserves of around A$40 million. This provides a buffer from any unforeseen future market events while also giving us the flexibility to develop other projects within our Mid West portfolio.“I do acknowledge shareholders’ concerns regarding the dilution that occurs with share placements, but I firmly believe that having Ansteel as both a partner and big shareholder will give Gindalbie a greater opportunity to grow into a significant resources group with the ability to deliver substantial returns to shareholders. AnSteel has made it clear to me that they want to help Gindalbie develop into a major resources group focused on the carbon steel materials sector.“This brings me to the point I have been making about Gindalbie and the Karara Joint Venture for years: it is companies with direct long-term relationships to the larger steel mills which will survive this crisis the best. In our case, we have a joint venture partner which is one of the pillars of the Chinese steel industry. Importantly, Ansteel is earning a 50% direct stake in the Karara project and is also our major shareholder. Their interests are firmly aligned with ours and it is important to remember that Karara will supply most of the feed for the new state-of-the-art steel mill they have just completed at BuYuQuan in northeast China.“There will also be other collateral benefits from the current crisis. Delays or cancellations of major new iron ore projects means that the forecast supply surplus that many predicted would drive down prices in years to come will not eventuate. A more balanced supply-demand equation, with underlying growth, will help keep commodity prices at reasonable levels. “The fall in the Australian dollar has also offset the fall in prices for many commodities and will ultimately benefit Australian mining companies and mineral exporters. Also, the recent slowdown is already having a noticeable impact in freeing up the tight market for equipment, materials and personnel in the Western Australian resource sector – and this, combined with lower oil prices, has the potential to flow through very quickly to help keep a lid on capital costs for new projects and should lead to lower operating costs.”last_img read more

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Top Secret USB stick uses wax seal for verification

first_imgWay back when, before email, RSA keys, and 128-bit AES encryption, people had a pretty clever way of making sure that their mail was delivered unread. As you’ve seen in hundreds of movies, wax was poured onto a piece of parchment (or vellum, or whatever people were writing on) and while still hot the wax was imprinted with a symbol. That symbol was unique and complex, so that it could not be easily be forged. The meant that if you received a letter with the seal intact you could be reasonably sure that it hadn’t been read, tampered with, or forged. This wax-based authentication technology has finally made its way to USB keys.Nowadays, if someone hands you a USB key there is no way of knowing if it had been accessed beforehand. Unless it’s encrypted and you’re given the key, it’s totally possible that someone could hop on, drop in a keylogger or some other malicious software, and be reading your email the next day. The Top Secret is a porcelain USB key that is designed to accept a wax seal, so you just need to seal it after you’ve dropped on your data. Once it makes its way to your business associate/significant other/spymaster, they’ll know it’s safe if that seal unbroken. If the seal is cracked or missing then they’ll know the stick has been accessed, and it’s possible that the USB stick is not safe to use or that the data has been copied.Of course, you’ll need your signet — possibly in ring form — if you don’t have one already. (Talk about high class problems…) There are a few initial options on offer, but it seems easy enough to put together something on your own, it’s just a wax impression after all.A 2GB Top Secret USB still will cost about $46, and 8GB model is $59.Get one at Top Secret, via notcotlast_img read more

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Female cyclist dies after being knocked off her bike by a lorry

first_img Image: Google Maps 54,489 Views Share472 Tweet Email3 Monday 27 Mar 2017, 10:12 PM Female cyclist dies after being knocked off her bike by a lorry in Dublin 6 this afternoon She was pronounced dead at Tallaght Hospital this afternoon. 67 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img The junction at Templeville and Whitehall Road. A FEMALE CYCLIST has died after being knocked off her bike in the Templeville Road area of Dublin 6 this afternoon.Gardaí said the incident happened at around 2.30pm at the junction between Templeville Road and Whitehall Road.The woman, who was in her 30s, suffered serious injuries when she was struck by a lorry. She was brought to Tallaght Hospital where she was pronounced dead.A garda spokesman said: ” A post-mortem is to be arranged. No other injuries were reported. Templeville Road was closed for a period of time to facilitate garda forensic collision investigators but has since reopened.“Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, particularly those who were in the vicinity of Templeville Road, Whitehall Road and Wellington Road between 2pm and 2.40pm today, to contact them at Terenure Garda Station on 01 666640.Read: ‘All we want is closure’: New appeal for missing Esra Uyrun as her mother battles cancer >Read: Driver’s personal licence plate banned because it would ‘offend women’ > http://jrnl.ie/3310231 The junction at Templeville and Whitehall Road. Image: Google Maps Short URL Mar 27th 2017, 10:12 PM last_img read more

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These Dragon Ball Z Kicks From Adidas Actually Look Like Trash

first_imgStay on target If you’re a big fan of repping how much you love your favorite anime series, you may want to pass on this absolutely awful-looking line of Adidas x Dragon Ball Z sneakers.As painful as it is to denounce any official product that draws from one of my favorite shonen anime series of all time, I just can’t get behind the reported line of Dragon Ball Z shoes from the sneaker brand. The line, which features seven different designs, has a special shoe based on most of the show’s popular characters, including Goku and Frieza, as seen below. They’re apparently the first two shoes you’ll be able to snag, and while the Frieza shoe is serviceable, I’m not sure what they were thinking with Goku’s.Below, you can see a muted orange monstrosity that doesn’t even begin to match Goku’s go, as well as bright red that doesn’t really match anything he has on (except maybe his power pole from back in the day). The blue undertones match his undershirt, and the gold is apparently a nod to his Super Saiyan form, but here’s the thing – it looks like a hodgepodge of random colors that just don’t fit together at all. The design, based on the Adidas ZX500 RM, is fine, but these colors? Nope.AdChoices广告via sneakernews.comFrieza’s shoe design is based on the Adidas Yung-1, and while the colors are definitely evocative of Frieza, the shoe design and coloring together don’t exactly make for an attractive or slick shoe. It’s still years ahead of Goku’s abhorrent creation, though, so that stands for something.via sneakernews.comSupposedly, characters like Cell are on their way, as well as Gohan, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and Shenron — but we haven’t seen the official reveal from Adidas just yet. When reached for comment by Polygon, Adidas stated that the brand doesn’t comment on rumored products. So it’s still not official. Maybe, just maybe, if they’re not, these Goku shoes can get some sort of makeover. Because right now? I totally wouldn’t let those things near my feet. Let’s get some more accurate coloring, and then we’ll talk.Dig sweet kicks? We do too. Check out the latest in sneaker tech here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the WayThe Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All Time last_img read more

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ASA Succession Planning Workshop Attendees Learn from Fellow Farmers How to Begin

first_imgPlanning for your farm’s future can be confusing—but you aren’t the only one who has questions and you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Meet with growers in similar situations and learn more about how to successfully transition your farm and protect your legacy at the ASA Succession Planning Workshops this winter in Moline, Ill.or Columbus, Ohio.The American Soybean Association (ASA), in partnership with eLegacyConnect, is hosting the workshops to help farmers with the succession process through the “The Five Keys of Success” presented by eLegacyConnect’s Kevin Spafford.Davie Stephens attended the ASA Succession Workshop in Paducka, Ky. this past summer and he recommends the sessions to anyone who is thinking about the future of their operation.Stephens said the number one lesson he took away is to get the conversation started, because it’s easy to put on the back burner. He also said the workshop allowed him to hear others’ concerns similar to his and share ideas.“So this is really opening the door to a lot of different ideas that come from people in your area and hearing what they’re going through, how it relates to what I’m going through and we just share ideas and plan for the future succession.”ASA Succession Planning Workshop Dates and LocationsDec. 4, 2014 – Moline, Ill.Jan. 15, 2015 – Columbus, OhioClick here for more information about signing up. Click here to listen to what more attendees had to say about the workshops.ASA Succession Planning Workshops are sponsored by Farm Credit, AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Association and Michigan Soybean Association.last_img read more

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Public Lands Day offers free access today

first_imgMany state and federal agencies have announced free access to their sites today in the annual observance of National Public Lands Day.Locations include Fort Vancouver National Historic Site; the National Park Service site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission said that day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit.Other federal land management agencies offering free admission today include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service.National Public Lands Day started in 1994 to increase awareness of the value of all public lands, to foster shared stewardship of America’s national resources and to encourage people to volunteer.last_img read more

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One month into the season Bristol Bay halibut fishermen harvest a quarter

first_imgA map of IFQ and CDQ fishing areas. BBEDC manages the near-shore small boat halibut fishery in the southern portion of Area 4E east of Cape Newenham. (Isabelle Ross/KDLG)Bristol Bay fishermen have landed 8,700 pounds of halibut so far. This year’s quota for area 4-E is 33,900 pounds, significantly less than last year’s quota of 58,800 pounds.Listen now“It is a reduction,” Gary Cline, the regional fisheries director at the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, said. “It’s basically because there appears to be less halibut abundance in the Pacific, not just in area 4-E, but stretching down to southeast and throughout the Bering Sea. And, because of this concern, the regulatory agencies have adopted a more restrictive catch limits for 2018.”Those regulatory agencies include the National Marine Fisheries Service, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.The decrease in halibut could stem from a variety of factors, including fishing efforts, competition for the same prey by other species, such as the Arrowtooth flounder, and water temperature.BBEDC requires halibut fishermen to deploy Hobo Temperature Loggers with their longline gear to monitor water temperature. (Isabelle Ross/KDLG)In order to better understand the effects of water temperature on halibut, BBEDC implemented a regulation last year that requires halibut fishermen to deploy a Hobo Temperature Logger with their longline gear.“It’s calibrated to take temperature every hour, and then we can set it at different intervals. The intent of it is to monitor water temperature within Bristol Bay, and to see if water temperature really correlates with halibut abundance and harvest rates within the region,”  Cline said.Cline does not expect this year’s lower quota to negatively impact fishermen participating in the industry.“We do have some quota in area 4-D, which is further off-shore, also known as the northwestern Bering Sea. If our fleet catches the quota in 4-E, essentially they could fish some of the quota we have in 4-D,” Cline said.Area 4-E Fishery participants must be verified residents of communities in the BBEDC Community Development Quota. Ten fishermen are currently participating. That is fewer than applied to participate before the season began, so Cline expects that more may join the effort in the coming weeks. The fleet will likely continue fishing for halibut until commercial salmon fishing begins.last_img read more

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Smriti Irani will build a house in Amethi

first_imgIrani said that Amethi would now be her permanent home and she would be accessible to the people.IANSUnion minister Smriti Irani on Saturday did what Congress President Rahul Gandhi did not do in the past one-and-a-half decade. Irani announced on Saturday that she will construct her own house in Amethi and has already identified a plot in Gauriganj.She said that Amethi would now be her permanent home and she would be accessible to the people.Rahul Gandhi had been representing Amethi in the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2019 and his mother Sonia Gandhi had won the seat in 1999. The Gandhi family, however, never found a permanent abode in Amethi and chose to stay in guest houses during their visits.Smriti Irani’s decision to build a house in her constituency is a clear indication that she intends to continue her relationship with Amethi in the coming years.The minister also announced a slew of projects for her constituency on Saturday.last_img read more

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Trump says his admin seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship

first_imgUS president Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bob Cousy at the White House in Washington. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for US-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.”We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a US citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.Trump has made cracking down on immigration a central plank of his presidency and re-election campaign, but many of the administration’s sweeping rule changes and executive orders have been stymied by the courts.The Republican president had told Axios news website in October 2018 that he would end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order. Experts have said such a move would run afoul of the US Constitution.The Constitution’s 14th Amendment, passed after the Civil War to ensure that black Americans had full citizenship rights, granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”It has since routinely been interpreted to grant citizenship to most people born in the United States, whether or not their parents are American citizens or legally living in the United States.last_img read more

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Forrest and Wasike Advance to the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships

first_imgBuilding off her first season, Forrest established herself as a strong competitor in the weight throw once again this season. Forrest set a personal best with a throw of 22.18m/72-09.25 at the Hoosier Hills. She won the event four times, finishing in the top four of all six meets this season.  She earned second team All-ACC honors after finishing fourth at the ACC Championships with a throw of 20.71m/67-11.50.  She currently ranks eighth nationally in the weight throw.    Wasike started off the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener in December with a time of 15:14.78.  She finished as the ACC runner-up in a closely contested race.  Wasike won the 3,000 meters the next night at the ACC Championships with a time of 9:24.05.  She earned first team All-ACC honors n the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters.  She currently ranks fifth in the nation in the 5,000 meters.  Print Friendly Version Story Linkscenter_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville track and field team will be sending two athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships  next week in at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Sophomores Makenli Forrest and Dorcas Wasike have been invited to participate at the 2018 NCAA  Indoor Championships because of their top-16 mark.  Forrest will compete in the weight throw while Wasike will compete in the 5,000 meters. The championships, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Birmingham, will be held March 8 and 9 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time March 8 and starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time March 9. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 10 on ESPN2 and again Monday, March 11 starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU.last_img read more

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Fresh PlayStation 4K rumor suggests faster CPU 2x GPU performance

first_imgInformation relating to the expected PS4 hardware upgrade continues to flow, with the latest coming via a verified post on the NeoGAF forums. And it paints a picture of a serious upgrade for the PlayStation 4K.Previously we’ve discussed three possibilities for what the PS4K could be, they are:A new PS4 with greatly enhanced performance allowing for 4K gamesAn upgraded PS4 unlocking 4K media playback and more graphically rich 1080p gamesA PS4 Slim with 4K media playback capabilitiesFor me, option 3 seems the most likely, with option 2 possible. However, the post on NeoGAF details what is effectively option 1 above.What we can expect is a PS4K console that contains a much faster GPU with 2x the performance of the one contained in the PS4. Sony is also considering an upgrade to the CPU. This isn’t decided yet, but would potentially incur an additional cost. If the new CPU is used, then the PS4K is expected to cost $499.99 at retail. The new console will also include a 4K Blu-ray drive for 4K media playback.Developers are mentioned, with several already working on new games that take full advantage of the additional performance of the PS4K hardware. Just like Nintendo has with the New 3DS, these PS4K games will run on the PS4, but with a significant downgrade in performance (fewer enemies, visual effects, etc.). Existing games won’t be getting enhancement patches.Five games have been named as being targeted at the PS4K including three PlayStation VR games, they are:Deep DownGod of War 4Eve Valkyrie (PlayStation VR)Robinson (PlayStation VR)GT Sport (PlayStation VR)I find this information believable, but still can’t quite believe Sony is planning to split the console generation like this. The PS4 isn’t even three years old yet, and we know from previous generations that it takes developers many years to utilize the full power on offer in a console with set hardware.If the above is true, then it pushes for everyone to upgrade to the PS4K because an increasing number of games will target it. Early adopters of the PS4 will be made to suffer, which isn’t great and will make them think twice about buying a launch day PlayStation 5 when it arrives.For now, this remains an unconfirmed rumor. But with the detail that is appearing, it would be one very elaborate hoax if a good chunk of it doesn’t turn out to be fact.last_img read more

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Victims of fire allege role of local goon

first_imgA day after a fire broke out at the Tank Road of Prasad Nagar area on Tuesday evening, police found that the fire broke out not because of a short circuit, instead, some unidentified people purposely set ablaze the readymade garment shops in the area, a senior police official said.According to the police, three brothers suffered severe burn injuries while an old woman died due to the burns at the RML Hospital. The three persons have been identified as Rakesh (42), Suresh (38) and Anand (31). Doctors at the hospital said that Rakesh suffered 75 per cent burns while Suresh and Anand were discharged after being treated. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportPolice said that Suresh claimed that he along with his two brothers live in Paschim Vihar with their family. They have five shops at the Tank Road. They suspect that a local goon named Keshav is behind the attack. At the time of the incident, Keshav came to their shop and demanded Rs 1 lakh from them and when Suresh refused, Keshav threatened him of dire consequences and threw a container of oil at them. In a scuffle between Suresh and Keshav, Anand and Rakesh too joined them. Keshav lighted a lighter and threw it at Rakesh and managed to escape from the shop. While trying to save their brother Rakesh, Anand and Suresh suffered burn injuries in their hands. The fire which started at Suresh’s shop spread quickly and 10 shops were gutted.last_img read more

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CESC set to launch app for electricians services during power disruption at

first_imgKolkata: CESC is all set launch a mobile app for domestic consumers, which will enable them to contact electricians lodged nearest to their residence in case of any sort of power disruption.The app is expected to be officially launched in the month of June. According to a senior CESC official, the app will be based on three segments — a knowledge repository indicating do’s and don’t’s of electrical safety, platform for licensed electricians to register thorugh the app and a search option for customers to locate an electrician in closest proximity to his residence from this registered list and contact him in case of any sort of power disruption. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are developing this app and hope to formally launch it in June,” said Anjan Mitra, manager (power distribution), CESC during a media roundtable organised by International Copper Association (ICA) of India in partnership with Central Electricity Authority (CEA). The discussion focused on electrical safety at home and workplace in the wake of the country witnessing a large number of incidents of electrical accidents. Speaking at the programme, Amol Kalsekar, chief manager, Building, Wire of ICA said that 5,800 people died in the country in 2017-18 due to electrocution and fire due to electrical short circuit. “In 2017-18 in Bengal there have been around 376 electrical accidents out of which there were 196 fatalities,” Kalsekar added.. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateRajib Das, DGM (Planning), CESC said the power utility along with state Fire department, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Kolkata Police are carrying out periodic inspection of market places and highrises in the city to ensure that they maintain fire safety standards. “Whereever we are finding any deficiency we are instructing the building owner or supervisor to do the needful to overcome electrical short circuit or fire hazards,” Das added.last_img read more

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Intellectuals happy with states steps to restore peace in Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: The intellectuals of the state who had gone to trouble-torn Bhatpara, have expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the state government to restore peace in the area. Actor and theatre personality Kaushik Sen went to Nabanna, the state administrative headquarters and submitted a report to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday in this regard. It has been learnt that Banerjee had invited Sen along with other intellectuals who had visited Bhatpara to Nabanna. The intellectuals had carried out a procession to restore peace in Bhatpara. They spoke to the local people and submitted a memorandum to the local police station. On Monday, Sen handed over a letter written by the intellectuals to Banerjee. Banerjee also handed over a letter to Sen, containing the steps taken by the administration to restore peace in the area.last_img read more

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Inventing Víctor Ball with the real Patch Adams

first_img Dr. Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams poses with his assistant and translator, “Dr. Heartbeat,” and a rubber fish. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico TimesYet Víctor is better off than many in Guatemala. He has the good fortune of being at the Hospicio de San José (Hospice of Saint Joseph), an HIV/AIDS clinic and orphanage for children with AIDS, 28 kilometers west of the Guatemalan capital. On this particular day, Víctor also had an unusual visitor – a wisecracking doctor in a clown suit and carrying a rubber fish – Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams.“We have the longest game of hospital balloon ball ever,” Adams said as he batted the balloon towards one of his clowning assistants. Adams has been visiting the hospice for six years, and he spends 300 days a year traveling around the world with his volunteers to visit people in need. His goal is to break the monotony, boredom and sadness of disease and provide psychological – and maybe even physical – solace to the suffering.“This beautiful man is far away from home and in terrible, painful boredom,” Adams said. When the game of balloon ball ended after 50 straight minutes, Adams asked Víctor if he had been bored.“No,” Víctor replied.“Here was founded Víctor Ball,” Adams replied, in honor of Víctor’s marathon endurance.Most people think of Adams as the silly, harmless character portrayed by Robin Williams in the 1998 movie “Patch Adams.” Yet the real man is far edgier. At 69, Adams wears his hair, streaked with bright blue dye, in a long ponytail, a visible reminder of his coming of age in the 1960s. Actor Robin Williams played Patch Adams in the 1998 movie of the same name. (Courtesy Wikipedia)“I’ve been a raging political activist for 50 years. I’m in “Occupy” [Wall Street]. I take clowns to war,” Adams said, referring to a recent trip to Syria. Adams’ stated goal in life is nonviolent revolution, which he philosophically connects to clowning. You aren’t born a clown, and you certainly don’t visit terminally ill AIDS patients wearing giant pants and a red nose out of happenstance. Instead, as with nonviolent revolution, “You decide to act. It’s a choice.”The hospice represents deliberate action as well, although from a more conservative fount than Adams. Originally founded as an aid organization in the U.K. by catholic priest Francis O’Leary in 1962, the hospice came to Guatemala in 1989, when it began its work as an HIV/AIDS clinic and orphanage in a small concrete-block building.Seventy children and young adults from the ages of 1 to 21 live at the hospicio. While most are orphans or were abandoned, others are there because their parents cannot afford to pay for their treatment. The hospice also provides daily treatment to some 300 adults. All of the children attend a local public school, although they often face bullying and mistreatment from their peers. Consequently, the hospice runs an outreach and education program directed at teachers and students in the school.Beyond treatment for the disease, education is the hospice’s primary function. The average level of education about sex and sexually transmitted diseases is notoriously low in Guatemala, and one consequence of this is that AIDS spreads rapidly.“There’s no sex ed offered in the community,” Rodolfo Rosales, an assistant at the hospice, said.The San José Hospice has had a particularly difficult time reaching out to Guatemala’s moneyed classes where people often contract HIV/AIDS from sex workers. Dormitories at Guatemala’s Hospicio San José house six children each. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico TimesWhile the disease was originally concentrated in the nation’s gay community, which caused it to be further stigmatized, it now affects the entire population of Guatemala, according to Rosales. Discrimination forces “the homosexual community to do more hidden things.” Yet despite the hospice’s catholic origins (there are signs saying “No to Abortion” posted conspicuously in a few rooms), it welcomes patients from all backgrounds without judgment.While the cost of treatment varies from patient to patient, the average is about $1,800 per month. This includes obvious things like medicines and tests, but also things like psychological therapy.“It’s very sad and hard” to receive an AIDS diagnosis, Rosales said. It can be even harder for many of the orphans to leave the hospice for the wider world. A small cutout of Jesus watches over cups of medicine at Hospicio San José in Santa Lucía Milpas Altas, Guatemala. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico TimesDespite the incredible success it has had since its foundation, there are still challenges. Fundraising, especially, is an ever-present worry.“I need a Bill Gates or a Carlos Slim,” Elena Clavijo, the hospice’s director, said. “We need a bus to bring the kids to school.”Currently the staff relies on a microbus that makes six trips to the school in the mornings and afternoons.While San José receives some funding from the Guatemalan government, it relies on private donors for most of its operations.“The catholic institution? We receive nothing,” Clavijo said when asked about aid from the church. As for catholic aid organizations like Caritas Internationalis, she says the effort “is too difficult and takes too much time.” The Hospicio San José began in a small concrete-block building. It has now grown into a large complex of dormitories, a hospital and play rooms. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico TimesAdams, for his part, has spent his life trying to do away with expensive paradigms of medical care and is currently building a free hospital in rural West Virginia in the United States.“I’m an actual communist. I’m a communist like Jesus. … I’m education America,” Adams said.At the end of the game of “Víctor Ball,” Adams left a traditional “worry doll” with Víctor, telling him to place it beneath his pillow.“People from all over the world have written to me and told me this takes away all of their worries,” Adams said.After leaving Víctor’s room, Adams begrudgingly posed for a photo with his assistant and translator, “Dr. Heartbeat,” whom he drolly referred to as a “bitch from hell.”For more information on the Hospicio San José, including donation instructions, visit: http://www.hospiciosanjose.org/home.html A clown and one of the hospice’s kids play outside. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico Times Facebook Comments SANTA LUCÍA MILPAS ALTAS, Guatemala – The enormous yellow balloon floated gently through the air before a feeble hand reached out and tapped it, sending it careening once more across the dimly lit hospital room.In his early 30s, Víctor is dying of AIDS. He is weak, barely able to talk, and can’t drink fluids without vomiting. He is one of the estimated 81,446 people in Guatemala with HIV or AIDS. An exact figure is impossible to nail down, as 24 people contract the sexually transmitted disease every day in Guatemala. Related posts:Anti-mine protesters near Guatemala’s capital face down national police, army Taboo on LGBT blood donation lingers, according to survey On Guatemalan mountainside, hopes are washed away with the rain HIV and AIDS patients in Costa Rica struggle to find work amid discriminationlast_img read more

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Why Costa Rica will have a runoff election this weekend

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s two top political parties agree to runoff presidential debate, with or without candidates What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Beached: Slow voting in Guanacaste’s Playas del Coco Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analysts After National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya announced he wasno longer campaigning for president in a second-round vote, many journalists and politicians questioned why a runoff election was necessary at all since his decision effectively gave the presidency to Luis Guillermo Solís of the Citizen Action Party.Costa Rican law prohibits any of the two candidates in a runoff election from stepping aside. The constitution demands that the Costa Rican people vote on April 6. Voters will weigh their options and freely decide who is the best. The decision is theirs to make, and the future belongs to the voters, not the Legislative Assembly or a candidate who steps down. Only the people can make this decision.Candidates can withdraw from the race during a first round, but once entered into a second round, they are legally required to finish the process. This is not a whim or some old, unrevised piece of legislation; it was established after two bitter experiences in the country’s past. The people must vote, and a mandate must be given. Yes, it’s expensive and it may seem unnecessary, but democracy is funny that way.The 1913 presidential electionThe 1913 presidential election was the first time adult Costa Rican men enjoyed direct “universal suffrage” and all the challenges that came with it.The three main candidates were all liberals. Máximo Fernández Alvarado was the ruling Republican Nationalist Party’s political boss and had incredible influence among the popular sectors. Next was Carlos Durán Cartín from the National Union Party, a coalition representing the upper class and “the Olympus liberals” who gave shape to late 19th century Costa Rica and felt left out of the political arena. The third candidate was two-term former President Rafael Yglesias Castro, an aging career politician with a deep populist streak, who founded the Civil Party – one of the first in the country – and a direct descendant of “the Olympus” elite.None gathered the necessary votes to reach the presidency. Fernández received 43 percent of the votes, while Durán received 30 percent and Yglesias 27 percent. According to the constitution, it was up to Congress to decide the new president.Durán and Yglesias brokered a deal in which they would support each other in case of a runoff election. That put the ruling party in a tough spot. The Republican Nationalists were decidedly against Yglesias having any direct influence on the next administration. After long negotiations between the two remaining candidates and President Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno, they chose lawmaker Alfredo González Flores as the next president in order to shut out Yglesias.As the next step, the candidates withdrew their names from consideration, and the Assembly was then allowed to pick someone who hadn’t even placed his name on a ballot. González was an ideal choice. He was well known and respected by both parties and had an impeccable reputation as an honest and fair politician. He received control of the army even before Congress officially confirmed him.This lack of legitimacy and the backroom dealings that prompted his selection tainted the González presidency from day one. The fact that González would push some of the most ambitious and far-reaching political reforms in modern history did not help matters. González was deposed in a coup three years later by his own secretary of the army and navy. The coup was welcomed by a voting public who felt no connection whatsoever to his presidency. Thus started one of the darkest periods of Costa Rican history: the repressive Tinoco military dictatorship.The 1932 presidential electionIn 1932, at the end of Cleto Gonzalez Viquez’s last period, the main presidential candidates were Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno, ex-president and leader of the Republican Nationalist Party, and Manuel Castro Quesada of the splinter party Republican Union. Elections were held on Feb. 14.Fearing the worst, on Feb. 15 Manuel Castro joined forces with Jorge Volio, a radical catholic priest who was head of the Reformist Party, and organized a coup. Ricardo Jiménez had been president twice already, while Cleto González was currently in his second term. On opposing sides of the same liberal spectrum, they seemed oddly at ease with each other. The country’s richest families were backing Jiménez, the same way they had backed González just four years before. Still, the opposition didn’t agree on enough to organize a common front against Jiménez, and they felt moments away from defeat.Castro and Volio made their move on the morning after the election, even before the official results were reported. They got as far as taking over the Bellavista Fort – currently the National Museum – with the help of the military base’s commander. They weren’t as lucky anywhere else, and support quickly vanished. Yet they remained protected inside the building.On Feb. 16, the results confirmed what Castro feared. Ricardo Jiménez received 46 percent of the vote, just shy of the 50 percent needed to win the election outright. A runoff election was to be held against Manuel Castro, who received only 29 percent of the vote. A group of opposition politicians managed to negotiate a pardon for Castro. He left the Bellavista fortress in disgrace and renounced his candidacy for the runoff election, saying he was unworthy after his anti-democratic behavior.Ricardo Jiménez was declared president without a second election. He received no mandate and was not ratified by the public. Because he never had to engage those who backed other candidates in order to win their votes in a second round, more than half of the country felt unrepresented.This lack of a consensus or unified direction set the tone for his presidency. During his watch, the Communist Party gained a foothold in Costa Rica, as no one else was supporting workers in their struggle for rights. The fascists spread their influence and were well represented in the political arena, which created tensions and resentment.The radical pro-catholic movement also gained momentum and was savvy enough to make deals that would get them the presidency in the 1940 election.The seeds of the 1948 Civil War had been planted.Fo León is a writer with ties to the local political, art and music scenes. Mostly an observer, he has at times been a participant. He lives in downtown San José.Recommended: Joining the ranks of the hopeful Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Amazon Costa Rica to hire 1500 employees

first_imgE-commerce giantAmazon announced Monday that it would be hiring for 1,500 new jobs in Costa Rica to support the expansion of its operations here.Recruiters are seeking staff for the firm’s management, finance, business support, software development and customer services departments, among others.Some of these posts require a medium command of the English language, the company reported.Interested candidates can find out more about the available jobs on the company’s website, visit the Pioneer We CR – Amazon Facebook page or call 2562-9111.Amazon launched operations here in 2008 and currently employs more than 4,000 people at its two locations in the capital San José and in Heredia province.Jorge Sequeira, director general of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, said Amazon is one of the best examples of how companies in the country’s services sector evolve and grow by integrating new business units.Equifax expands Costa Rica operationsCredit analytics firm Equifax inaugurated its second shared services center in Costa Rica last week. The new location, in Barreal, Heredia’s Metropolitan Free Zone (Zona Franca Metropolitana), was built with a $4.5 million investment.The company currently employs 800 people in Costa Rica and hopes to expand to 1,000 employees during 2017. Facebook Comments Related posts:Companies announce job openings in business, engineering and interpretation services Canadian tech firm hiring for new Costa Rica operation Recruiters: Preparation is key to success at upcoming CINDE Job Fair  Microsoft to hire 280 new employees for its Costa Rican operationlast_img read more