Moroccos Laayoune to Host MoroccoFrance Business Forum

Rabat- The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Morocco (CFCIM) and the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region will organize a business forum in Laayoune, Western Sahara.After the success of the previous events in Casablanca and Paris, the CFCIM and Laayoune region have jointly prepared the Morocco-France Business Forum for November 2-4, in partnership with the Moroccan Association of Exporters (ASMEX). Under King Mohammed VI’s patronage, the primary purpose of the event is to create an effective, dynamic, and rich in content event with a win-win approach between both France’s and Morocco’s businesses. Read Also: Spain, Morocco Meet over Migration ChallengesIt also aims to reinforce economic cooperation between both countries and to promote the region of Laayoune and promote it as a hub in Africa.Several topics will be discussed during the event, including agriculture, fishing, agri-food, renewable energies, drinking water supply, mining, the environment, tourism, hotels, infrastructure, construction, and engineering.Participants will have the opportunity to meet the main economic operators of the region and institutional actors to learn more about investment opportunities. read more

India says relationship with Sri Lanka has seen landmark changes

Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that Prime Minister Modi will carry the message of solidarity and hope from the people of India to the people of Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of April 21 attacks, when he visits Sri Lanka on Sunday.The High Commissioner was speaking after he inaugurated the 21st Diploma Course in Diplomacy & World Affairs at the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI) in Colombo today. India says its relationship with Sri Lanka has seen landmark changes in the last five years.The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that Prime Minister Modi became the first Prime Minister of India to visit Sri Lanka after a gap of 28 years, with his historic visit to the island in March 2015. This was High Commissioner’s first public address in Sri Lanka, after the re-election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India.“Terrorism and radicalism pose a collective threat to humanity. The recent attacks in Sri Lanka, is not just against Sri Lanka. Terrorism anywhere in the world attacks the conscience of whole humanity; it attacks the human spirit that we are one. The divisive Jihadi ideology needs to be isolated and eliminated, as it is a threat to regional security and global peace. PM Modi has offered all possible assistance in this regard, should Sri Lanka require,” the High Commissioner said.He also said that India has always been a First Responder to Sri Lanka’s needs and priorities. (Colombo Gazette) He visited Sri Lanka again in May 2017 as Chief Guest at the International Vesak Day celebrations. “The decisive mandate for PM Modi in the recent elections in India is a reflection of support for continuation of the Government’s policies. The continuation and further strengthening of these policies is also in Sri Lanka’s interest,” he said. read more

APNORC poll Trump gets some of his worst grades on climate

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gets some of his worst marks from the American people when it comes to his handling of climate change, and majorities believe the planet is warming and support government actions that he has sometimes scoffed at.While the administration has rolled back regulations to cut emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power and industrial plants and pushed for more coal use, wide shares of Americans say they want just the opposite, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.About two out of three Americans say corporations have a responsibility to combat climate change, and a similar share also say it’s the job of the U.S. government.But 64% of Americans say they disapprove of Trump’s policies toward climate change while about half that many say they approve. That 32% approval of his climate policies is the lowest among six issue areas that the poll asked about, including immigration (38 and health care (37%).Ann Florence, a 70-year-old retiree and self-described independent from Jonesborough, Tennessee, said she faults Trump on climate change “because he doesn’t believe it’s happening. It is changing if he would just look at what’s happening.”While a majority of Republicans do approve of Trump’s performance on climate change, his marks among the GOP on the issue are slightly lower compared with other issues. Meanwhile, 7% of Democrats and 29% of independents approve of Trump on climate change.Ricky Kendrick, a 30-year-old in Grand Junction, Colorado, said he is contemplating leaving the Republican Party, partly over its denial of climate change.“They don’t see it as a priority at all,” Kendrick, a hardware salesman in the heart of western Colorado’s energy belt, complained of the president and his party. “There are some (weather) things happening that I’ve never seen before. … Something’s changing.”He was alarmed at Trump’s departure from the Paris climate accord and wants the U.S. to reduce offshore drilling, end subsidies for fossil fuels and ramp up those for renewable energy.While the poll finds about half of Americans want to decrease or eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels, a similar share say subsidies for renewable energy should be increased.But will Trump’s climate change denial — often voiced in tweets — matter in 2020?“Climate has not historically been what people vote on, but I think the tides are changing on that,” said University of Maryland sociologist Dana Fisher, who studies the environmental movement.She said her research shows that young people, who don’t vote in large numbers, are activated by climate change.Climate change is becoming more of a national priority among Democrats but not Republicans, said Tony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. It might make a difference in a close race, he said.According to the AP VoteCast survey, 7% of voters in the 2018 midterm election called the environment the top issue facing the country. By contrast, 26% said health care was the top issue, 23% said immigration and 18% said the economy and jobs. Democratic voters were far more likely than Republican voters to call the environment the top issue, 12% to 2%.In the new poll, roughly three out of four Americans say they believe climate change is happening and a large majority of those think humans are at least partly to blame. In total, 47% of all Americans say they think climate change is happening and is caused mostly or entirely by human activities; 20% think it’s caused about equally by human activities and natural changes in the environment; and 8% think it’s happening but is caused mostly or entirely by natural changes in the environment.There’s a large gap between partisans on the issue. Ninety-two per cent of Democrats say climate change is happening, and nearly all of those think it’s caused at least equally by human activity and natural changes in the environment. While more than half of Republicans, 56%, say they think climate change is happening, only 41% think human activities are a factor.Americans are slightly more likely to favour taxing the use of carbon-based fuels than to oppose it, 37% to 31%. If that revenue is turned into a tax rebate to all Americans, approval ticks up to 43%.About two-thirds of Americans also favour regulating carbon emissions from power and industrial plants.People say they are more likely to oppose than favour expanding offshore drilling (39% vs. 32, allowing more use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas (45% vs. 22%) and building new nuclear power plants (43% vs. 26%).Compared with five years ago, Americans are somewhat more positive toward policies focused on renewable energy and somewhat more negative toward those that extract oil and gas. In November 2014, 66% of Americans favoured funding research into renewable energy sources, while nearly 80% do so today.“We don’t need coal and oil anymore,” said Brenda Perry, a 77-year-old retired hotel executive and Democrat living in Plymouth, Massachusetts. “We have other ways of doing energy.”Rodney Dell, 65, likes that Trump has resisted what Dell sees as panic about the climate.“His direction is correct,” Dell, a Republican who runs a distribution warehouse, said of the president. “I think the climate policies are overblown a lot.”Still, Dell, of Irving, Texas, worked in his youth assembling solar panels and is proud that his local library is 100% powered by renewables. He wants more subsidies for green energy and less offshore drilling.“If you can do something to conserve energy by using the sun and the wind that’s there every day, it’d be ridiculous not to use them,” he said.___The AP-NORC poll of 1,058 adults was conducted Aug. 15-18 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods and later were interviewed online or by phone.___Riccardi reported from Denver.___Online:AP-NORC Center: Seth Borenstein, Nicholas Riccardi And Hannah Fingerhut, The Associated Press read more

South Korean cargo ship sits off BC coast after companys financial woes

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Port of Prince Rupert says a large container ship is sitting idly in the waters off British Columbia’s northwest coast because the South Korean company that owns the vessel is having financial trouble.The 255-metre long Hanjin Scarlet arrived at the port Tuesday night and was immediately anchored in the inner harbour, said port spokesman Michael Gurney.A number of media organizations were reporting that Hanjin Shipping Co. filed for receivership but the company could not immediately be reached for comment in Vancouver or by email in South Korea.Under normal circumstances, the ship would go directly to the terminal for unloading, but it has not been handled because of the uncertain situation, Gurney said.The port authority said in a release that it is working with DP World, which owns the terminal, and CN Rail to find a resolution.DP World’s terminal manager in Prince Rupert declined comment.CN Rail said in a statement that all Hanjin containers in its system will be released for pickup and that the rail company will not accept additional export loads from the shipping company or bookings from other shipping lines destined for Hanjin vessels.A separate CN Rail statement said the company is “closely monitoring the fluid and evolving Hanjin bankruptcy issue, and is developing the necessary steps to protect the interests of our customers and our business.”Gurney said the Hanjin Scarlet began its voyage in Busan, South Korea, and port schedules show the vessel was due to make its next stop in Delta, B.C., just outside of Vancouver, later this week.The shipping line’s financial fortunes are having a big impact on the Canadian freight industry, said Ruth Snowden, executive director of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association.She said members from across the country have been contacting her, concerned about the fate of the cargo on Hanjin vessels.“It’s most unusual. This is going to impact ports around the world,” Snowden said. “It impacts Canadian importers and exporters because … if I have a container on that vessel I can’t get it.”There are thousands of containers on Hanjin ships and many more Canadian products could be sitting on docks abroad, Snowden added. Traders will now have to retrieve their cargo and arrange for it to be shipped on other lines, she said.“It’s going to be very confusing for the next few weeks.”— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver South Korean cargo ship sits off B.C. coast after company’s financial woes by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2016 4:57 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cowboys Unleash New Weapon Kevin Ogletree Beat Giants

With all the offensive weapons the Dallas Cowboys have on their roster, it was third-year receiver Kevin Ogletree who pointed so-called America’s Team season in the right direction Monday night.Ogletree, playing close to his hometown of Queens, N.Y., emerged as a key component with eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboy’s 24-17 victory over reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants.“A huge emphasis for us was big plays,” Ogletree said after the win at MetLife Stadium. “I don’t want the focus to be on me too much, but I am very, very humbled and appreciative of how we played today.”The victory hardly makes up for the loss to New York that determined last year’s NFC East title and sent the Giants on their way to the NFL championship. But it does get Dallas off to a strong start.Quarterback Tony Romo was outstanding, throwing for three touchdowns and 307 yards. Romo converted a key third-down pass to Ogletree to help run out the clock in the fourth quarter.Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 129 yards against a usually stout Giants defense. On the other side of the ball, New York quarterback Eli Manning was harassed all night and sacked three times in front of 82,287, the largest crowd at MetLife Stadium for a Giants game.“We let them know where we are as a defense, and that we’ll play that way every week,” Dallas defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware said after getting two sacks to give him 101 1/2 in his eight-year career.“I’m close to home, so it’s a good feeling,” Ogletree said. “But Dallas is my home now.”The Cowboys’ big-time receivers – Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Whiten, who played despite having a lacerated spleen two weeks ago – were eclipsed by Ogletree, who gives Romo another weapon. And makes Dallas that much more dangerous. read more

Osteoporosis may not be prevented with vitamin d supplements says study

Building strong bones and strong muscles is the way to goDr Fernando Rivadeneira Bone mineral density – how thick or dense your bones are – was the only factor that directly determines a person’s risk of developing the condition.“Bone mass density is the only risk factor that’s causally related to fracture risk,” said Dr Fernando Rivadeneira, the study’s lead author and a genetic epidemiologist at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. While the researchers said that Vitamin D is unlikely to have a significant effect on preventing osteoporosis in otherwise healthy adults, they have not ruled out that there could still be a role for supplementation such as in people who have particularly low levels of Vitamin D.  The researchers also recommend that osteoporosis sufferers taking treatments for the disease do not discontinue their vitamin supplements since the effectiveness of many current treatments have been tested in conjunction with use of Vitamin D and calcium. Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Southampton and president of the International Osteoporosis Foundation who contributed to the study said that bone density was probably some two to three times better at predicting someone’s risk of getting osteoporosis than their level of Vitamin D level. “I don’t think this paper debunks the idea that Vitamin D is useful,” he said. “It’s just that it is a small determinant. You’d do some good if you make sure that your Vitamin D levels are okay.”Commenting on the current UK advice for management and prevention of osteoporosis he said: “The current guidelines are appropriate however, a bone density evaluation needs to be done as part of fracture risk screening.” 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. As well as providing more evidence that builds on earlier studies that have also called into question the benefits of Vitamin D in preventing fractures in healthy people, the researchers said that the findings will help scientists identify new treatments for osteoporosis. By understanding the genetic variations that predispose someone to develop osteoporosis, they hope that better targeted treatments can be developed.“Some of the identified genetic variants are related to genes part of pathways currently targeted by recently developed osteoporosis medication, while other novel ones hold potential to become drug targets in the near future”, said Dr Rivadeneira.“Instead of putting everyone in the same melting pot, we have different types – people who lose bone, people who cannot form bone, and people who have a combination of the two,” he added. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about  Global Health Security . Vitamin D supplements do not work as well as previously thought to prevent osteoporosis in healthy adults, a major study has recommended. About half of UK adults take vitamin supplements with vitamin D being one of the most popular.  The vitamin is routinely given to prevent and treat osteoporosis based on official government advice.The researchers looked at 15 genetic variations – such as bone mineral density, vitamin D levels, intake of calcium and the age at which a woman began menopause – as a way of determining the key risk factors for developing the condition.The research, published in the British Medical Journal, analysed the genetic data of more than 500,000 people using genetic profiles gathered from previous studies and American consumer genetics company, 23andMe in the largest-ever study looking at the genetics of osteoporosis and bone fracture risk.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––They found that genetic predisposition to low levels of vitamin D and calcium intake – previously thought to be important in determining someone’s risk of fracturing their bones – does not affect someone’s chances of developing osteoporosis. Dr Rivadeneira said that the research findings suggest that health authorities may need to re-assess the wide-spread use of vitamin D and calcium in clinical practice.“One of the most important insights from our work for patients at risk of osteoporosis, is obtaining additional evidence from the genetic studies that ‘widespread’ vitamin D supplementation is unlikely to be effective for the prevention of fracture,” he added. “It’s an eye opener.”Osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and fragile, affects 9 million people around the world – including three million people in the UK.  It leaves sufferers at risk of fracturing their wrist, hip and spine bones. The disease can be so serious for some people that even a cough or a sneeze can lead to a fracture.Post-menopausal women are at particular risk due to the effects that changes in oestrogen levels can have on bone density. “Building strong bones and strong muscles is the way to go,” said Dr Rivadeneira. “You need increased physical activity or at least not to lose your physical activity level and to have a balanced diet.”Many studies have looked at the association between vitamin D and health, but doctors and researchers are still not agreed on the level of vitamin D healthy people need or the potential adverse health consequences of a lack of the vitamin.  Bone mass density peaks at the age of 20. The peak is determined by a number of factors such as genes, how well nourished a person was in the womb and childhood diet. After the age of 40, bone mass starts to decline with smokers, heavy drinkers, thinner people, those who exercise less and women more likely to be negatively affected.  Professor Juliet Compston, a bone medicine expert at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and  a clinical adviser for the National Osteoporosis Society supported the study’s findings. She said: “The results of the analysis confirm and emphasise further the major role of low bone mass density as a risk factor for fractures, something that has been recognised for many years. There is an increasing consensus that in generally healthy community dwelling people, calcium and vitamin D supplementation does not reduce fracture risk, and this is supported by the findings of the study.””Although the findings of this study do not support population-based vitamin D and calcium supplementation in community dwelling adults, there is strong evidence to support the continued use of supplements in high risk groups such as the housebound and institutionalised. “Secondly, in people receiving pharmacological interventions for osteoporosis, calcium and vitamin D supplements should be provided if calcium intake and/or vitamin D status are inadequate,” she added.  “So the study does not change current guidance for managing osteoporosis.” read more

PSG Handball routine win over RK Celje PL

Paris Saint Germain celebrated a routine victory over Slovenian best team RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 33:21 (17:12) with Rodrigo Coralles as man of the match. The Spanish goalkeeper saved 18 shoots and was the biggest reason why French team broke resistance of talented Slovenian team, who was in the game until 20:16.Paris Saint-Germain Handball : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško   33:21 (17:12)Paris SGH: Corrales 18 saves, Omeyer; Stepančić 1, Keita 3, Sagosen 6, Kounkoud, Toft Hansen 1, Remili 4, Abalo 5, Karabatić L. 2, Morros, Hansen 7/1, Karabatić N. 3, Nahi 1, trener: Raul GonzalesRK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Pantjar 1 save, Ferlin 9 saves; Vujović 2, Jurečič 1, Malus, Razgor, Ovniček 4, Marguč 2, Šarac 1, Grošelj 2, Nenadić 5/1, Kodrin 1, Horžen, Makuc, Anić 1, Bećiri 2 PSG HandballRK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRodrigo Coralles ← Previous Story EHF CL: Wisla Plock win in Norway Next Story → BESIKTAS, MESHKOV, SILKEBORG: Tatran Presov in TOP form read more

New Nanotech Filter Makes Any Water Source Drinkable

first_imgNearly one billion people live without access to clean drinking water. But if one South Africa research team’s work pans out, this may be a concern of the past.Researchers are conducting a final round of tests on a new nanotech-based filter that can make nearly any water source safe for humans to drink. And best of all, these filters cost only pennies to produce, bringing access to clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor.The teabag-like filters are filled with active carbon granules made from nanofibers treated with biocide, which will kill waterborne bacteria, rather than just filtering it out.  Each filter can clean up to a liter of the most polluted water and make it drinkable.The filters were designed by Eugen Cloete, the chair of Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute. Originally, the filters were designed for use on large-scale projects. However, researchers have since shifted their attention to the creation of smaller, easy-to-use filters that could be used in conjunction with something as simple as a plastic bottle. Small, portable filters are a far more efficient (and affordable) method of providing clean drinking water to rural and undeveloped areas than large-scale infrastructure projects.The filter is currently undergoing testing by the South African Bureau of Standards. If all goes well, Cloete and his team hope to start production by the end of the year in conjunction with the UN and various NGOs who have shown interest in the project.  via nanowerk, image via flickrlast_img read more

Rockstar needs a PC graphics programmer is it for GTA V

first_imgPC gamers have a love/hate relationship with Rockstar Games. We love playing Grand Theft Auto games, but we hate having to wait several months after console releases to get them. Things hit an all time low with the release of GTA IV because the PC version wasn’t just released months later, it was buggy as hell at launch.With GTA V heading to Xbox 360 and PS3 later this year, PC gamers were gearing up for several months of waiting again. But then Rockstar didn’t even announce the game was coming to PC. All we have is confirmation from Rockstar they are considering the game for PC, but there’s no guarantee.Some hope has appeared, though, in the form of a job listing that appeared for the Rockstar Leeds development studio. The listing has since been taken down, but not before PC Gamer got a good look at it. The job being advertised was for a graphics programmer, with their main task being to “help bring our latest titles to the PC platform.”There’s only two fairly recent titles that Rockstar would need ported to PC: Red Dead Redemption and GTA V. Based on the age of Red Dead, GTA V seems like the more likely title to be ported, right?Porting GTA V to PC also makes a lot of sense for another reason: both the PS4 and Xbox One have x86 architectures. A version of the game running on a Windows PC should also be easy to tweak for playing on both next-gen consoles. Add in a bit of extra content and Rockstar could re-release the game for Sony and Microsoft’s latest platforms late this year or early next.For now, I’m just hopeful Rockstar has decided to bring the game to PC. The fact they don’t have the staff to do it yet is a bit disheartening, but then maybe it will only take a few months to do the work and get the game out the door.Now read: GTA V gameplay trailer now available to watchlast_img read more

Its 2017 this is expected Crane drivers the latest workers to push

first_img Image: Leon Farrell/ Short URL By Fora Staff Take me to Fora 24,810 Views 68 Comments Monday 1 May 2017, 8:00 AM May 1st 2017, 8:00 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share Tweet Email Image: Leon Farrell/ ‘It’s 2017 – this is expected’: Crane drivers the latest workers to push for major pay rises Unite is looking for a 10% pay increase for workers. A UNION REPRESENTING the bulk of Ireland’s crane drivers has put in a large pay claim on behalf of the construction workers.Trade union Unite represents 140 crane operators, which it says amounts to 85% of the crane drivers working across the country.Last week, it sent a draft industry agreement to the Construction Industry Federation, which represents most of the building industry’s largest companies, as well as to several smaller firms.The union did not release the submission it sent to the CIF. However, speaking to Fora, Unite regional officer for construction, Tom Fitzgerald, said that the organisation is looking for wage rises of around 10%.“At the moment there is an industry agreement that crane drivers are paid a minimum of €16.69 an hour,” he said, adding that some get as much as €22 or €23 an hour depending on the circumstances. Crane drivers want a wage hike Source: FlickrFitzgerald said that the union is not offering incentives, such as increases in worker productivity, in return for the proposed increased pay.“(Companies) will get the continued undisrupted service of skilled individuals. It’s 2017, there is no basis for any conversation other than pay progression. Workers expect it and employers expect it.”Asked if he thought that construction companies could afford such wages increases for crane drivers, Fitzgerald said that businesses in the sector could as they have reported increased profits over the last few years.“There has been nine years of pay stagnation. This is absolutely overdue,” he said.“We hope that they (the construction industry) will agree but we have legislated for the prospect of industrial action if required.Improving economyUnite, which has a large UK operation, has also recently submitted pay claims for crane drivers in the UK.Over 50 crane drivers who are Unite union members there rejected an offer of a 3% pay rise from their employer, building firm HTC Wolffkran. The union is now balloting its UK members for industrial action.Many Irish industries have already faced industrial action as the economy recovers and workers seek wage increases.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on “We believe that crane drivers should be earning between €25 and €27 an hour,” he said.“We took the highest rate in terms of what crane drivers (currently) earn and added 10% to it.“The reason why it is 10% is because then they would match the highest rates in the construction sector, which are for workers in mechanical grades, like plumbers and welders.”Could killHe added: “We don’t believe that the level of skill and responsibility they need merits anything like €17 per hour, it should be substantially higher. Every time a crane operator does a lift they could kill someone. Any error has serious ramifications.”The Construction Industry Federation did not respond to a request for comment when contacted by Fora. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trump administration puts BPA assets back on chopping block

first_imgThe Trump administration is proposing to sell the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission assets, despite previous assurances from some administration officials that it would be left alone.The proposed sale was included in the White House’s plan to substantially overhaul much of the federal government. The plan, titled, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations,” was released late last month.The 128-page document claims selling the federally owned transmission assets of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Power Marketing Administrations, including the BPA, Southwestern Power Administration and Western Area Power Administration, would “encourage a more efficient allocation of economic resources and mitigate unnecessary risk to taxpayers.”“The Federal Government’s role in owning and operating transmission assets creates unnecessary risk for taxpayers and distorts private markets that are better equipped to carry out this function,” the plan reads. “Ownership of transmission assets is best carried out by the private sector, where there are appropriate market and regulatory incentives.”The BPA operates 75 percent of the high-power electrical grid across 300,000 square miles. Its more than 15,000 miles of power lines and nearly 300 substations serve around 12 million customers in the region. The plan argues that “a strong justification no longer exists” for the federal government to operate transmission systems.last_img read more

Man found guilty of killing black teen from Vancouver

first_img An Oregon man with white nationalist ties was convicted Tuesday of murdering a black Vancouver teenager.A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury convicted Russell Courtier, 40, of the murder of Larnell Bruce Jr., 19. Jurors heard evidence that Courtier intentionally ran over Bruce with his vehicle following an altercation in a convenience store parking lot in Gresham, Ore.Courtier also was found guilty of second-degree intimidation and felony hit-and-run. The intimidation conviction constitutes a hate crime in Oregon; the jury found that Courtier’s white supremacist beliefs influenced his decision to kill Bruce, according to a news release from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.Members of Bruce’s family breathed deeply as tears filled their eyes while Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson read the verdict Tuesday.“I’m so happy,” an emotional Christina Miles, Bruce’s mother, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.Police responded Aug. 10, 2016, to the intersection of Southeast 188th Avenue and Southeast Burnside Street to investigate a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian. Bruce had suffered critical injuries and later died at a hospital. Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hannon presented evidence during trial that Courtier, a member of the racist, white prison gang European Kindred, and Bruce were involved in a physical altercation outside a 7-Eleven store. Bruce was attempting to leave the area when Courtier climbed into a Jeep belonging to his girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, 37. Buy this PhotoA photo of Larnell Bruce is seen in the Vancouver home of Natasha and Larnell Bruce Sr., his parents, on Oct. 10, 2016. Amanda Cowan/The Columbian files last_img read more

Japanese employee docked a half days pay for taking lunch break three

first_imgSomething for the weekend: A 64-year-old Japanese employee has been docked half a day’s pay for taking his lunch break three minutes early on 26 occasions in order to buy a takeaway bento.The employee, who works as a civil servant for the waterworks bureau in Kobe, Japan, was reprimanded and fined a half day’s pay after a senior employee spied the illicit lunch-taker leaving the office to buy a takeaway meal at a nearby restaurant, according to a report by The Guardian and Agence France-Presse. Senior management then calculated how much time the employee had spent away from his desk prior to the designated lunch break between 12pm and 1pm. This totalled three extra minutes on 26 separate occasions, which equates to half a day of the employee’s average pay.The organisation hosted a televised news conference to apologise for the employee’s conduct, stating that the employee in question had violated a public service law that requires officials to concentrate on their jobs. The organisation further described the extra lunchtime minutes as “deeply regrettable”, according to The Guardian.The employee reportedly explained his actions by saying that he needed a change of pace.Here at Employee Benefits, we are surprised by such strict lunchtime regulation. We wonder what the waterworks bureau would think of our afternoon coffee runs… cappuccino anyone?last_img read more

Week In Review 910914

first_imgThursday 9/13Audio PlayerThursday-0913.mp3VmThursday-0913.mp300:00RPdJBER Crews Head To Assist With Hurricane Florence, Talk To Senator Micciche About Issues In Your Community, Prisoners Decorate Bears For Salvation Army Auction, Hazardous Waste Day Scheduled For Saturday Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 9/11Audio PlayerTuesday-0911.mp3VmTuesday-0911.mp300:00RPdGovernor Signs Bills To Honor 9/11 Victims And First Responders, New CES Location Plans Put On Hold, Judge Loosens Campaign Sign Enforcement, AWCC In Need Of Meat And Fish Donations Friday 9/14Audio PlayerFriday-0914.mp3VmFriday-0914.mp300:00RPdTest Of Emergency Alert System Scheduled, Soldotna Begins Phasing Out Plastic Bags, Don’t Forget To Count The Cook Inlet Belugas Tomorrow, Repaving Operations Continuing On K-Beachcenter_img Wednesday 9/12Audio PlayerWednesday-0912.mp3VmWednesday-0912.mp300:00RPdNikiski Fire Department Rallies Around Firefighter With Brain Tumor, Homer Chamber Cancels Forum For HD 31 Following Stipulations, Borough Approved Intervenor Status In Alaska LNG Project, KPBSD: Deadline Approaching To Apply For Meal Benefits Monday 9/10Audio PlayerMonday-0910.mp3VmMonday-0910.mp300:00RPdAnchor River Bridge Closed For Repairs, Starting Today, Republican House District 31 Release ‘Stipulations’ For Upcoming Forums, ExxonMobil Enters Preliminary Gas Agreement With AGDC, Northbound Lane Of The Seward Highway Closed Due To Small Landslidelast_img read more

Mobile Blood Bank Will Be At CPH Today

first_imgBBA reminds you that before you donate:Eat wellDrink plenty of fluids before donatingBring photo ID (with Birthday or SSN) Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Blood Bank of Alaska will have their mobile team in Soldotna, at Central Peninsula Hospital from 8-3:30pm, today.  In a statement from BBA: “BBA remains focused on supporting local area hospitals in Alaska. On average 100  donations are required every day to assist and save the lives of patients in the local area.” A blood bank official says various blood types are needed including O negative and O positive. The blood bank supplies 21 different hospitals throughout Alaska and to the military using donations from 15,000 Alaska residents each year. The center strives to provide medical centers with blood type O negative, the universal donor that can help guarantee as many residents as possible receive care.last_img read more

MLA Gudem attends deitys installation

first_imgPatancheru: Legislator Gudem Mahipal Reddy, along with his family members, attended the installation of Goddess Nalla Pochamma idol in the temple at Sitaramayya Colony. He performed special poojas to the deity. Reddy had spent his own funds for re-building the shrine. Among the MLA’s family members present were his wife Yadamma, brother Gudem Madhusudhan Reddy, sister-in-law Kalpana. The temple officials honoured the Gudem family who have re-built it. Local residents and devotees thanked the legislator for re-building the temple.last_img

Archeologists date human femur found in northern Britain to 10000 years ago

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —A trio of archeologists has found that a human femur unearthed in a cave in the early 1990s, in northern Britain dates back to over 10,000 years ago. The combined team of researchers from the University of Nottingham and Liverpool John Moores University has documented their findings in a paper they’ve had published in Journal of Quaternary Science. © 2013 Up until now, remains from humans living in Britain during a warming spell at the end of the last Ice Age, have been confined to caves in the south. Tools and other artifacts have confirmed that people were living in the north as well, but up till now, none of their remains have been found. The bone piece-part of a femur, was found in a cave almost 25 years ago in Cumbria (Kents Bank Cavern) and has since been housed at the Dock Museum. It wasn’t until very recently, however, that researchers took a closer look—carbon dating places the bone from the cave at a little over 10,000 years ago which would mean it belonged to a person living during a warming spell (when the ice retreated enough for people to endure) during the last ice age which started approximately 12,000 years ago.Along with the bone in the cave, the original research team had also found the remains of a horse and a type of deer no longer found in Britain. As part of the new research effort, they were also dated and found to be from roughly the same time as the femur. The new team also discovered that some of the bones from the deer had teeth marks from what appeared to be a wolf or dog. Also, the horse find was interesting because horses were known to have lived in early Britain but went extinct, then were subsequently reintroduced by people bringing them over from mainland Europe.The researchers point out that caves provide an excellent environment for preserving the remains of deceased people and animals. For that reason, they suggest it’s important that remains that are found be kept at a storage facility equipped to keep them in their original found state. This latest find, they say, helps better understand the early history of Britain—it hints at ritual behavior in the north that was similar to that already seen in caves in the south. More information: New Lateglacial fauna and early Mesolithic human remains from northern England, Journal of Quaternary Science, DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2655ABSTRACTFauna from the Lateglacial Interstadial are largely limited to isolated findspots. Here we report on material from the site of Kent’s Bank Cavern, Cumbria, dated to the Allerød/Younger Dryas boundary. The identification of elk (Alces alces) and horse (Equus sp.) and the inferred presence of a large canid indicates that fauna of economic utility to humans were in this area at the time. The presence of humans is attested to by records of Federmesser points from two nearby cave sites. We also report on early Mesolithic human remains from Kent’s Bank Cavern. This assemblage represents one of very few Lateglacial faunas in northern Britain, and the most northerly early Mesolithic human remains in the British Isles, making Kent’s Bank of importance to discussions of both resource distribution and mortuary rituals in these periods. Citation: Archeologists date human femur found in northern Britain to 10,000 years ago (2013, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Journal of Quaternary Science Archaeologist’s chance discovery may be Britain’s earliest example of rock art Explore further Credit: Liverpool John Moores Universitylast_img read more

Volcano ash hampers 80 percent of corporate travel

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L The volcanic ash over Iceland and much of Europe has negatively impacted travel for 80 percent of companies according to a recent survey.Conducted by the NBTA Foundation, the research arm of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA), the survey questioned 234 corporate travel managers at major corporations across the globe.It found the volcanic ash cost more than $197,000 on average in unexpected travel expenses and stranded 160 travellers for each of the 2000 companies represented in the survey.It also indicated that more than 310,000 travellers experienced travel disruptions, costing the surveyed companies more than $367 million collectively.The closure of European air space also saw many business trips cancelled with NBTA-affiliated companies cancelling nearly 5,600 scheduled corporate meetings and more than 165,000 total trips that had not yet taken place.“The direct financial impact of this incident in terms of additional travel spend is astounding, but just imagine how much more loss companies will experience due to lost opportunities” said NBTA Executive Director Michael W. McCormick.“Meetings were cancelled, clients were not met, hands were not shaken, and deals were not made. “Those missed business opportunities will take their toll, and companies will have to get their people back on the road quickly to make up for it.””The companies that don’t have strong travel management programs in place likely did not meet their duty-of-care responsibilities through this crisis. “In the coming weeks, I expect they will be examining their policies and deciding to implement travel management best practices, such as centralized booking and people tracking.”last_img read more

Haulers block Limassol port briefly in protest

first_imgA group of truck drivers disrupted the operations of the Limassol port on Wednesday when they briefly blocked the entrance over the introduction of a new type of entry pass, state-broadcaster CyBC reported.The submission of a clean criminal record certificate which is a requirement for the issue of the new passes, renewable every two years, was what angered the truck drivers, CyBC reported on its website.The group, which argued that they already have proof of a clean criminal record when they apply for the issuance of a professional driving licence, lifted the blockade a short time later when Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastasiadou, intervened asking Povek, an umbrella organisation sheltering the truck drivers’ union, to engage in talks.The CPA allowed affected haulers to use the previous type of entrance pass until the issue is settled, CyBC said.While most port users have already complied and had new passes issued, a small group of drivers had failed to do so, the broadcaster said.You May LikeThe MystiqueThe Greatest Athlete To Wear Every Jersey Number From 00 to 99The MystiqueUndoAuto Overload33 Unedited WW2 Photographs – Look CloserAuto OverloadUndoThe-best-life.xyzTop 7 Greatest Natural Wonders In The WorldThe-best-life.xyzUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Piles of old tyres transferred to Vassiliko

first_imgSome 1,800 tonnes of old tyres have been transferred from the Dali industrial area to Vassiliko cement works, a licensed management facility where the waste will be managed in an environmentally friendly way, the agriculture ministry announced on Monday.Following the successful completion of this first phase, the ministry added, the transportation and management of tyre waste stored in a quarry site in Agios Sozomenos will soon begin.The transfer of the illegally stored tyres from the Dali industrial zone and Ayios Sozomenos had begun in August this year,According to the ministry’s announcement, an agreement has been set up with Vassiliko cement works, ensuring that the deposited waste will be managed in an environmentally friendly manner.Although used tyres are not considered a hazardous waste material, dumping them in landfills and the countryside island-wide, as well as burning them, can have serious effects on the environment and public health.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more