In an effort to strengthen supports for African Nova Scotian students, government will conduct an internal review of key organizations that provide supports for students across the province. The review will look at mandates, roles, responsibilities and governance of organizations to ensure there is no duplication of roles and to maximize efforts to support African Nova Scotian students. “This review gives us an opportunity to get a better idea of what services and supports exist today, and what areas we need to improve or change to better serve the needs of African Nova Scotian students,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “The organizations do important work and provide invaluable help to students, and I look forward to working with them to enhance and strengthen those services.” The review will include some of the province’s key partners in supporting African Nova Scotian students, such as the Council on African Canadian Education, the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Africentric Learning Institute, the Black Educators Association, and the African Canadian Services Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The six-week review will examine reports, legislation, contracts and department recommendations to support African Nova Scotian learners and develop a plan that clearly identifies roles, responsibilities and expectations for each of the organizations.
Lahore: Following Pakistan’s dismal performance in the ongoing World Cup so far, the country’s former skipper Intikhab Alam has questioned the presence of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq in England and said it was the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) mistake to allow him to stay in England at its expense. “Once the selection committee has selected the team, the captain and coach take over to select the playing 11 and decide on the tour matters,” Intikhab told the Dawn. “So what is the role of Inzamam-ul-Haq there and why has the PCB allowed him to go on official visit and interfere,” he questioned. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Pakistan have been able to win just one game out of their five matches so far in the ongoing World Cup. The three matches, in which the Green Brigade faced defeat, include the one against arch-rivals India at the Old Trafford on Sunday, where Pakistan played poorly and lost by 89 runs (D/L method). Ever since the defeat, Pakistani cricketers have been hounded on the social media, not only by the fans, but also by former cricketers for their lacklustre performance against the Men in Blue. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Alam held the team management responsible for Pakistan’s poor performance in the ongoing showpiece event. “It seems that the team management has totally failed to make a comprehensive plan for the World Cup.” “They should have a solid strategy against each team, complete knowledge about the kind of pitches in the mega event, the weather conditions and weaknesses and strengths of their rivals. Sadly, none of that has been on display and the performance of the Pakistan team so far shows that no comprehensive game-plan was ever in place,” he lamented. The 77-year-old also called for an immediate inquiry against players who were caught on camera partying a night before their all-important clash with India. A series of photos and videos making the rounds of the social media show certain team members allegedly socialising past curfew hours. In one of the videos, Shoaib Malik, opener Imam-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz were seen at a shisha cafe late in the night. However, Malik claimed that the purported video was of June 13 and not before the night of the match played on June 16 in Manchester. The PCB has also disputed the claims. “It is wrong as the players are on their national duty and there must be a discipline to be followed strictly,” emphasised Alam, a veteran of 47 Tests and four ODIs. “Though the PCB claimed that the event happened two days before the crucial match against India, even then no one can justify the late stay of the players in a cafe as there are certain timings to be observed. “The players could have their dinner at any hotel maximum by 11 p.m. not beyond that. The PCB should hold an inquiry to penalise the players involved,” he demanded. With three points from five games, Pakistan’s chances of making it to the semifinals are bleak. Placed ninth in the table, the 1992 champions will next face South Africa on Sunday.
Bonnie Raitt is one of 24 artists coming together to take a stand against fracking on the two-disc, 24 track benefit album Buy This Fracking Album (June 16th, Movement Music).In a recent letter to her fans on Facebook, Raitt, a lifelong activist, explains that “one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.”“I’ve been involved in many movements for social justice in my lifetime, from opposing destructive fossil fuel and nuclear energy projects, to standing up for human rights and music royalty reform,” she wrote. “As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, I feel that one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.“Food & Water Watch has partnered with Movement Music Records to put out a compilation record, “Buy This Fracking Album,” that 22 artists (including myself) have provided tracks to in an effort to spread the word about the dangers of fracking.“Food & Water Watch has been a national leader in the movement to ban fracking. They were the first national group to call for a ban on fracking everywhere, and they’ve been working with communities all across the country to pass local bans, and do the hard work to hold elected officials accountable in order to keep our drinking water safe from this dangerous practice.“Art and music play a vital role in building and strengthening social change movements, and “Buy This Fracking Album” will follow in that tradition with your support! There are more than 20 artists, and hundreds of others involved in this project who all believe in this cause and want to help get the message out through our music, but we need your help to get this project into the world.“All of the songs have been donated, and any proceeds from the sale of the album will go to groups working for a ban on fracking. However, without your support this album might not make it into the world.“We still need to raise about $40,000 to produce the album, manufacture it, and get the word out to the world. If you can help chip in today, you’ll be one of the first to receive the album, and help build the movement to ban fracking. Different donation amounts give you different incentives. I am not only chipping in my music, but also a couple of guitars signed by me, personalized to YOU! Check it out!”The album also includes songs by Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Michael Franti, John Butler Trio and more.To find out how you can help fund the album, click here.
BRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union appeared to be inching toward agreement on Brexit on Monday, but British Prime Minister Theresa May faced intensifying pressure from her divided Conservative government that could yet scuttle a deal.Britain leaves the EU on March 29 — the first country ever to do so — but a deal must be sealed in the coming weeks to leave enough time for the U.K. and European Parliaments to sign off. May faces increasing domestic pressure over her proposals for an agreement following the resignation of another government minister last week.The British leader had been hoping to present a draft deal to her Cabinet this week. But no Brexit breakthrough was announced Monday after talks between European affairs ministers. The two sides are locked in technical negotiations to try to bridge the final gaps in a move laden with heavy political and economic consequences.May said talks were in their “endgame” but that negotiating a divorce agreement after more than four decades of British EU membership was “immensely difficult.”May told an audience at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London that “we are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant.“Both sides want to reach an agreement,” May said, though she added she wouldn’t sign up to “agreement at any cost.”The main obstacle to a deal is how to keep goods flowing smoothly across the border between EU country Ireland and Northern Ireland in the U.K.Both sides have committed to avoid a hard border with costly and time-consuming checks that would hamper business. Any new customs posts on the border could also re-ignite lingering sectarian tensions. But Britain and the EU haven’t agreed on how to achieve that goal.“Clearly this is a very important week for Brexit negotiations,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. “The two negotiating teams have really intensified their engagement … There is still clearly work to do.”And Martin Callanan, a minister in Britain’s Brexit department, said all involved were “straining every sinew to make sure that we get a deal but we have to get a deal that is right for the U.K., right for the EU and one that would be acceptable to the U.K. Parliament.”EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier didn’t speak to reporters Monday and a planned news conference with him was cancelled.Instead, EU headquarters issued a short statement saying that Barnier explained to the ministers that “intense negotiating efforts continue, but an agreement has not been reached yet.”Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the two sides “are getting closer to each other.”“But in negotiations there is only a deal if there is full agreement,” Blok said. “There is only a 100-per cent deal. There is not a 90-per cent deal or a 95-per cent deal.”Earlier, France’s EU affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, stepped up pressure on May. “The ball is in the British court. It is a question of a British political decision,” she said.The EU is awaiting Barnier’s signal as to whether sufficient progress has been made to call an EU summit to seal a deal.Rumours have swirled of a possible top-level meeting at the end of November. But Austrian EU affairs minister Gernot Bluemel, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said “so far progress is not sufficient to call in and set up another (summit).”In recent days there have been signs of progress behind the scenes, but all parties have remained tight-lipped about the developments, given the politically charged atmosphere.In Britain, pro-Brexit and pro-EU politicians alike warned May that the deal she seeks is likely to be shot down by Parliament.Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexit supporter, wrote in a column for Monday’s Daily Telegraph that May’s plan to adhere closely to EU regulations in return for a trade deal and an open Irish border amounts to “total surrender” to the bloc.The proposed terms are scarcely more popular with advocates of continued EU membership.Former Education Secretary Justine Greening on Monday called May’s proposals the “worst of all worlds,” and said the public should be allowed to vote on Britain’s departure again.“We should be planning as to how we can put this final say on Brexit in the hands of the British people,” Greening told the BBC.Johnson’s younger brother, Jo Johnson, resigned last week backing calls for a second referendum on whether the country should leave the EU. May has consistently rejected the idea of another nationwide vote on Brexit.___Jill Lawless reported from London.Lorne Cook And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
Rabat – As national federations convene for the 68th FIFA Congress, politics and geostrategic calculations are quickly transforming the sporting experience into an exercise of usurpation and heavy politicking.Not satisfied with casting its own ballot for the United Bid, the US-led North American trio, Saudi Arabia is now using its financial resources and spiritual authority to convince some other Muslim-majority countries to back North America at the expense of Morocco 2026.What was started as a competition between two bids promising to serve the interests of the game and fans has become a venue for permanent extortion and backstage diplomatic tricks, exposing the toxic politicization of sport. No easy victory in sightIf anything, none of the two bids will have it easy today.Whereas Latin American federations decided that they did not have time to listen to Morocco’s arguments on June 11 and 12, the African bloc, in its crushing majority, showed almost the same disinterest during the North American presentation on June 12.African federations mildly and “politely” applauded the United (North American) bid after its presentation, according to the Associated Press. The American outlet underlined that the show was just a formal display of respect, as many African federations seemed already resolved to favor the continent’s representative.Before the presentation, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad put in final efforts to rally a considerable African bloc in favor of Morocco, urging Africa to “show cohesion.”“There is a moral obligation to remain within our family,” Ahmad declared, conceding however that “of course it is an individual choice.”Europe for its part seemed divided. There is no bloc voting in sight, although French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet declared he is “confident that half of UEFA” will vote in Morocco’s favor.Saudi Arabia’s never ending United 2026 lobbying“This feels like being stabbed in your back by a brother,” some diplomatic sources have been quoted as saying, referring to news that the Gulf king actively lobbied for the United bid on June 11 and 12. The goal was to convert many Muslim countries to commit to the North American bid.Bristling with Riyadh’s intense efforts to undermine the Moroccan bid in Muslim circles, some Moroccan officials have explained that although the Saudis are entitled to their decision to endorse the United bid, it is much less comprehensible that “a fellow brother” could go to such lengths to turn other Muslim countries against a bid representing shared values and traditions.“The muscular Saudi lobbying” has already succeeded in changing the position of about ten national federations who were either wavering or considering a Morocco 2026 vote at the FIFA congress to be held within few hours, others reported.Arabophone outlet Goud, for example, quoted Moroccan diplomatic sources and representatives in Moscow as saying that Saudi lobbying for the North American bid was far more significant than Canada’s entire campaigning efforts.Tension between Saudi Arabia and MoroccoThough Riyadh is known for being America’s most strategic ally in the Muslim world, it is now a known secret that that the Gulf country’s anti-Morocco 2026 agenda has much to do with Rabat’s position in the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It is understood that Saudi Arabia is frustrated with Rabat’s “objective neutrality” in the Gulf crisis.Others have also pointed out Morocco’s reluctance to send troops to Yemen despite numerous requests from Saudi authorities. As a result, they argue, Riyadh has chosen to vent its frustration on the North African’s dream to host the footballing world’s most prestigious tournament.On social media, the outrage caused by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation’s last-minute intrusion into the pre-voting procedures cannot be overstated. Many Moroccans appeared to have had it with the Saudis’ disregard for their “national cause.” Some went as far as asking Moroccan authorities to review the country’s diplomacy towards a “circumstantial ally.”“It is just a matter of time. Rabat is taking its time to know the intention and priorities of the new Saudi authorities. In the end, Morocco’s national interests will always prevail,” a source at the foreign affairs ministry said under conditions of anonymity.Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be among the ten Muslim countries whose change of heart is said to have come about as a result of Saudi Arabia’s pro-United 2026 lobbying. And since FIFA will make public the vote of each national federation, it remains to be seen the full extent of the Saudi damage to Morocco 2026.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is joining the short list of states where online casino-style gambling is available.State regulators on Monday are allowing Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia and Penn National’s Hollywood Casino near Hershey to launch online gambling portals to patrons statewide as part of a three-day test.Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are the only other states where online casino gambling is legal.A 2017 Pennsylvania law authorized an aggressive expansion of gambling and allowed the state’s casinos to operate casino-style gambling on websites and mobile applications for a license fee of $10 million.The two casinos aren’t ready to roll out poker, however.American Gaming Association figures show Pennsylvania is already the nation’s No. 2 state for commercial casino revenue, behind Nevada, at $3.2 billion last year.The Associated Press
The fight against climate change “is finally out of the blocks and running as a result of this very welcome decision to ratify by the Russian Parliament,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “The winning tape, in other words the goal of stabilizing the climate and securing the stability of the planet, is, however, a long way off and we must now redouble efforts to deliver the even deeper cuts in emissions needed,” he added. To enter into force 55 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change must ratify the Protocol, including developed countries whose combined 1990 emissions of carbon dioxide exceed 55 per cent of that group’s total. Russia, with 17 per cent of the emissions, would push the amount beyond the threshold, according to the Convention’s secretariat. Though the United States has not ratified the pact, Mr. Toepfer said, “We must keep the dialogue open so that this key country can hear, and hopefully be eventually won over, to the sound argument that combating climate change makes both environmental and economic sense.” The UNEP chief also dismissed the notion that the United States is doing nothing to address climate change, noting that some 20 states are adopting or have adopted strategies to reduce emissions. “There is also a great deal of interest and activity within American business and industry to develop new, more efficient energy systems and to participate in the new global trading emission trading mechanisms that are being developed as a result of Kyoto,” he added.
by News Staff Posted Oct 8, 2012 6:43 pm MDT American Airlines CEO acknowledges a rough few weeks but says operations are improving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – American Airlines’ CEO acknowledges that passengers have had a rough few weeks on the airline but says the carrier is working through its issues.“The operational performance is improving,” CEO Tom Horton said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. “We’ll get past this just like other airlines before us have.”The airline, which has been in bankruptcy protection since November, saw its on-time performance drop to 59 per cent in September, according to Flightstats.com. In that same period Delta, Southwest and U.S. Airways were all above 85 per cent. The airline has blamed the delays on pilots writing up extra maintenance requests as part of an unsanctioned job action.Delays and cancellations snowballed after a federal bankruptcy judge ruled against the airline’s pilots, allowing management to impose new pay and work rules. Pilots started filing more maintenance complaints, sometimes minutes before the scheduled departure time, and flew circuitous routes.The airline has cut flights and added reserve crews and extra planes to cover any last-minute delays. Now that the two sides are back at the bargaining table, Horton says customers should notice more on-time flights.“Unfortunately for a couple of weeks there, it was very difficult on our customers,” he said. He said the company’s operating performance is “not yet back to the level we think our customers deserve and expect from American, but it has improved significantly since the period right after the contract rejection.”Despite its troubles, Horton said American remains committed to safety. The airline grounded 48 of its 111 Boeing 757s last week after seats came loose on three separate flights. The airline found a fix which Horton said should prevent future problems.“I think that’s behind us,” he said.Horton presented four colorful slides to The Associated Press, pressing the idea that despite being in bankruptcy protection, American has been outperforming the rest of the industry in its passenger revenue growth. The six months of strong revenue come from recent revenue-sharing deals with British Airways and Japan Airlines and from strong demand for travel to Latin America.“Airlines typically underperform the industry in the months following restructuring. We’ve done just the opposite,” Horton said.The charts stated â€” without providing any specific numbers â€” that since American entered bankruptcy protection, it has renewed or won more corporate travel agreements than over the same period a year prior.Horton would not discuss a potential merger with US Airways Group Inc. The two companies announced on Aug. 31 that they had signed non-disclosure agreements. In a separate interview Monday, the CEO of British Airways said his company was prepared to buy a minority stake in American’s parent, AMR Corp., if Horton asked.“If American asks for it, I think that would be a big step,” said Willie Walsh, CEO of International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent of British Airways and Iberia.He noted that American doesn’t necessarily need the money but his company would invest to help cement their existing partnership.“We think an investment in a restructured American will be a good investment. That’s why we said we’d be very happy to look at it if the opportunity presented itself and if Tom welcomed it,” Walsh said.Foreign investors are prohibited from owning more than 25 per cent of a U.S. airline.“We’ve never put a figure on it but I can’t see anything above 10 per cent to be honest with you,” Walsh said. “But again I’m speculating because we haven’t done any formal analysis. But we’re not looking for a significant minority stake.”___Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott.
“Our analysis shows that every part of the country has something different to offer pensioners, but the counties with the most attractive attributes tend to be along the southern and eastern coasts of England.”Counties like West Sussex and Dorset may be attractive because of their low crime rates or the quality of their health care. However finding the right spot to live in such popular locations can be tricky.” 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. Stan Russell, a retirement income expert at Prudential, said: “There are now 10.6 million people aged 65 or over in England and Wales, a million more than five years ago, and accounting for nearly one in five of the total population. So deciding on the right place to retire to is a challenge faced by a huge number of people each year. West Sussex offers the best quality of life for retired people, according to a Prudential study covering England and Wales.Places in southern and eastern England dominated the top 10 list, with Dorset, East Sussex, Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk also identified as hotspots .Prudential looked at a range of data including disability-free life expectancy, access to healthcare, crime levels, pensioner populations, healthy lifestyles and the weather to make the findings. It used figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Met Office.While nowhere in Wales made the top 10, Prudential said pensioners there do have reasons to be cheerful, for instance Gwynedd has a particularly high proportion of healthcare workers compared with the population size and Dyfed-Powys has notably low crime rates.With Fishbourne Roman Palace and Arundel Castle within its boundaries, West Sussex attracts particularly high numbers of pensioners and also enjoys strong rankings for good weather and disability-free life expectancy. Arundel Castle, one of West Sussex’s attractionsCredit: Traveladventure Every part of the country has something different to offer pensioners, but the counties with the most attractive attributes tend to be along the southern and eastern coasts of England.Stan Russell Dorset, home to much of the Jurassic Coast and the backdrop for TV crime drama Broadchurch, also remains a popular destination for pensioners and has particularly good weather, Prudential said.Surrey has the highest average pension income at £21,400 – nearly a third higher than the average in England and Wales.
I am myself aware of no additional lines of inquiry that could usefully be pursuedcoroner Nicholas Hilliard QC Documents from MI5 and MI6 relating to a Russian businessman will not be made public at his inquest after a coroner ruled they would not help him to determine how the millionaire died.The sensitive “material”, which could reveal if Alexander Perepilichnyy was working with British spies before he died in mysterious circumstances, will remain secret.The 44 year-old collapsed and died while jogging near his mansion in Weybridge, Surrey, in November 2012.A Surrey Police investigation later found he died of natural causes. Critics have called for a full public inquiry to establish if he was poisoned.Lawyers acting for life insurers Legal and General told the Old Bailey that the businessman could have been “rubbed out” if he was working for British spies and that evidence of any links to UK intelligence services could show he was in “special danger”. Mr Hilliard has been examining whether or not the wealthy businessman was murdered with poison or died of natural causes.The coroner said he had considered if the material contained anything “which was not otherwise publicly available” and had “significant bearing on or connection with” the issues he has to decide on.”I am satisfied here that the answer to both questions is No,” he said.Mr Hilliard said that he had subjected Mr Javid’s application to “rigorous scrutiny” and considered the public interest in openly answering the question of whether Mr Perepilichnyy was “an agent for, or had any contact with, British intelligence agencies prior to his death”.The coroner said: “Having conducted a balancing exercise, and having considered the reasons advanced in open and closed hearings by the Home Secretary as to the risk to national security and therefore to the public interest in non-disclosure, I am satisfied that the balance comes down in favour of non-disclosure and in upholding the PII certificate. The inquest had also heard how Buzzfeed had reported that “high grade” US intelligence indicated that it was likely Mr Perepilichnyy was assassinated on direct orders of Vladimir Putin or those close to him.No application was made for US intelligence to be withheld, after the Americans dismissed the claims.The inquest is due to continue on Friday, when closing submissions are due to take place. “In addition, I am myself aware of no additional lines of inquiry that could usefully be pursued.” The whistleblower’s home in Weybridge, SurreyCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS 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. Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, lodged a secrecy application at the inquest, citing national security concerns.As part of the inquest MI5 and MI6 have been asked if they have any information relating to threats to Mr Perepilichnyy in the year before he died or any “third party involvement” in his death.Andrew O’Connor QC, for the Government, said the disclosure of any sensitive material raised a “real risk of serious harm to one or more public interests”. Before his death, Mr Perepilichnyy had been helping UK-based campaigner Bill Browder’s Hermitage Capital Investment to expose a $230 million (£142 million in November 2012) money-laundering operation.Bob Moxon Browne QC, for Legal and General, told the court his concern about Mr Javid’s application was “whether or not British police or the Government have evidence that Mr Perepilichnyy was prior to his death working for or in contact with British intelligence”.He argued there should be an exception to the rule of neither confirming nor denying contact with security services in Mr Perepilichnyy’s case.Mr Moxon Browne cited the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in March as demonstration of “the lengths to which the Russian state are prepared to go to make an example or punish people perceived as enemies, traitors or turncoats”. Meanwhile, he argued that the public was told of Alexander Litvinenko’s role with British intelligence after he too was fatally poisoned.If it also was true in the case of Mr Perepilichnyy, it would be “very powerful evidence indeed that he might have been in special danger from those who wish him ill because of the perception he was a traitor or a turncoat or enemy of Russia,” Mr Moxon Browne said. Coroner Nicholas Hilliard QC heard details of Mr Javid’s public interest immunity (PII) application in private in June.In a written ruling, the coroner said the documents in question are not required for the inquest.”(The PII material’s relevance) is so marginal and/or minimal as to mean that it will afford me no assistance in resolving the central question in this inquest as to how Mr Perepilichnyy died,” he said. Alexander Perepilichnyy died while jogging near his mansion
Santasalo has been awarded the contract to supply a design upgrade D-Series gear unit for an underground conveyor application at Agnico Eagles’ LaRonde gold mine in Canada. The order, which was placed by Canadian Bearings of Val-d’Or Quebec, is the first order placed of this design specification, establishing a new power range for Santasalo’s three stage bevel-helical conveyor series gear drive.LaRonde mine is located in the Abitibi region in northwestern Quebec and a recent expansion and upgrade project has taken place in order to increase the mine’s life expectancy to 2025. This includes a new underground conveyor system to convey mined ore to the 2.2-km deep mine hoist which lifts ore to the surface for processing.Santasalo’s gear unit was selected as the most reliable technology for the tough conditions of this application along with the operational experience of the business. The Santasalo D-Series helical gear unit will be mounted on a swing base and directly connected to the conveyor pulley shaft via a Santasalo Zapalex ridged flange coupling.“This project has helped us build a strong relationship with our partner, Canadian Bearings, and also assisted in promoting our brand image with a key mining/producing company like Agnico Eagle,” said Joe Sitta, Director of Capital Sales Americas.Santasalo plans to showcase its XO conveyor drive at SME 2015 in Denver, February 15-18.Designed for reliable operation in harsh or remote environments where cooling water is not available, the XO’s unique design provides high thermal capacity, eliminating the need for cooling water in extreme heat conditions. Robustly built, this conveyor drive offers improved efficiency, an optimised torque-to weight-ratio, high capacity utilisation, and reduced noise and vibration levels.
Last year, Apple‘s Steve Jobs dismissed Cupertino’s ambitions to bring iTunes to the cloud, saying that they still thought that downloads and not streaming were the cornerstone of digital media.Even at the time, everyone knew he was being disingenuous: Apple had recently built a massive North Carolina data center for unknown purposes, and services like Netflix and Spotify have amply proven that a la carte streaming is what consumers actually want.AdChoices广告Still, Apple’s total hegemony over the music industry is based off the concept of downloads; take away the idea that users need to pay a buck to download an MP3, and Apple’s iTunes empire falls.What Jobs was doing was attempting to buy some more time. Apple will bring iTunes to the cloud, but it needs to do so while retaining the core iTunes business, which is downloads. This means cloud locker storage, such as Amazon just introduced with Cloud Locker… and if rumors are anything to go by, we’ll see Apple roll out just that sort of product in the next few months.But maybe Apple has something even bigger up its sleeve? The evidence is certainly mounting that Apple intends to make a massive cloud-based push that is far, far bigger than just a cloud-based music locker.The latest is that Apple has hired Kevin Timmons away from Microsoft, where he was general manager of Microsoft’s data centers. Not only that, but Timmons apparently was directly responsible for rolling out Microsoft’s cloud and data presence at 50% of the cost estimated by other managers, while maintaining peak efficiency.Rumor has it that Apple’s North Carolina data center isn’t the only data center Apple is setting up. In fact, rumors are circulating that Apple is setting up data centers both nationally and abroad. If these are true, Timmons’ hire likely represents a huge push into the cloud on Apple’s part… and if history is anything to go by, the repercussions of that will likely be market shaking.Read more at Data Center Knowledge
Unlike the 2018 Victorian state election which was a silent but deadly enormous swing against the Liberals that almost no one really saw coming, this time around they will prepare themselves for any sizeable backlash. Last week Dr Nick Economou gave a good perspective on the broader issues that will take prominence during this campaign and I will now attempt to look at the individual contests across the seats in Victoria that are in play and the main political factors that will lead to the results in each.The Greens are throwing everything at Kooyong and have recruited high profile lefty lawyer Julian Burnside as their candidate. Independent Oliver Yates is also prefrencing against incumbent Josh Frydenberg. The treasurer is aided not only by his increased profile in recent months and hard work since 2009, when he was finally preselected after unsuccessfully challenging Petro Georgiou in 2007, but also by having a close relationship with the Liberal Party’s state director Simon Frost, meaning every last resource will be used to protect Kooyong, at the expense of other seats if things turn dire closer to election day.Katie Allen is still fresh from last year’s state election but still inexperienced to the ways of real hand to hand political combat. Unfortunately this is the wrong time for a vacancy to arise in Higgins where Allen will have all the pressure in the world to hold on to this Liberal jewel. Some sort of public display of support from Peter Costello should be planned as soon as possible to keep the doctor’s wives from flirting with the Greens or even Labor’s highly regarded candidate Fiona Mcleod. The western half of the state seat of Oakleigh has also moved further into Higgins which will create longer lasting dilemmas for the Liberals.Social conservative Michael Sukkar has led a consistent and innovative campaign operation in Deakin since 2013, has an extremely committed group of volunteers at his disposal and has been a constant campaigner on the ground. He will win but will be pushed to the absolute limit, possibly keeping him in limbo for days after election day. Every long term marginal MP is usually pushed to the limit once in their career and if can survive this result it will make him stronger in the long term.In Chisholm, Labor have endorsed a weak candidate but has been supported by a disastrous outgoing member in Julia Banks (see below). The Liberals gave Labor a free kick this week with some poor handling of rehashed comments made by Liberal candidate Gladys Liu. It will be the most disappointing result for the Liberals to lose Chisholm after only one term. A sizeable portion of this seat is new after last year’s boundary changes and has now become centred around the Monash Council area.Tony Smith has been a good local member and has been markedly supported by the nonpartisan branding that comes with being speaker. Unlike many of the others on this list, he has faced swings and boundary changes before which will prepare him well this time around. I expect a small swing to him in Casey.In the hills of La Trobe, Jason Wood has lost before in the Rudd landslide before making his comeback in 2010. He has used his professional history as a policeman to comment in mainstream media on law and order issues in recent years which has helped him build his profile within his community. Labor candidate Simon Curtis has served as a Councillor at the City of Casey. The 3.2 per cent buffer Wood enjoys should be enough for him to hold on in a seat where anti Labor CFA resentment still runs high.Former television journalist Henderson did much better than expected in Corangamite in 2016 yet will be more than lucky to hold on this time due to boundary changes. Labor’s Libby Coker is standing for the second time and should win the seat next month. She’s also served on the local surf coast council.Unfortunately for first termer Chris Crewther in Dunkley his seat is now notionally Labor after the aforementioned redistribution yet Chris is young enough to stand again should he miss out this time around. In effect Crewther is vying to win a tenth Liberal term in Dunkley which is a big ask in what has been a marginal seat for over 35 years.As much as I’d enjoy watching Labor lose Macnmara (formerly Melbourne Ports), this campaign unfortunately doesn’t suit the Liberals. The Liberal primary vote just won’t be strong enough and Greens preferences will help Labor hold the seat this time.Liberal Minister Greg Hunt is one of Victoria’s most popular local MP’s who will easily win the seat of Flinders again, taking in Hastings and the Mornington Peninsula. Liberal defector and Hunt challenger Julia Banks won’t take the loss well though. This seat may have been a contest if Hunt wasn’t such a dedicated local campaigner.Labor’s Clare O’Neil is one of its best front benchers, has a promising future and has done very well to introduce herself to the new parts of Hotham, coming in from Chisholm and Bruce, including the suburb of Oakleigh. O’Neil will face a strong challenge probably in two or three cycles into the future, with fertile areas around Wheelers Hill providing a base for the Liberals to mount future assaults but like Hunt will be another easy winner next month.Theo Zographos is a former Liberal Party candidate and strategist who currently serves on the Monash City Council. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
It’s officially the start of fall, which means that it’s also officially the start of Hocus Pocus season. Or it’s Halloween season, whichever one you prefer. Either way, that means that a lot of us are going to start getting creepy.The countdown to Halloween is about the wait until we can dress up in costumes and eat candy, but it’s also about enjoying the season that is now upon us. For many, the leaves are changing, the weather is getting slightly cooler, and pumpkins are on our stoops and in our drinks. Things are just a little spooky, but are also pleasant.That’s what we’re going to celebrate. It’s not about scaring yourself with a movie this Halloween. Rather, it’s about watching something that gets you in the mood for autumn and everything that comes with October 31. These movies might give you a scare too, but they’re mostly on our list for reminding us of what is one of the best times of the year. Honorable mentions for when you don’t want to think about Halloween and just about the changing leaves: Dead Poet’s Society, Teen Witch, When Harry Met Sally, Rushmore, and just about every other movie that takes place in autumn. Hocus Pocus1/10I just said it was Hocus Pocus season, so why wouldn’t this film about three witchy sisters that rise from the dead after a virgin lights a cursed candle be on the list? It has a large cult following, so this may have already been on your list, but the campy film has become a Halloween staple for a reason. It encompasses all that is Halloween, from the witches, to the zombies, to the black cats, to how these centuries-old witches don’t understand costumes and candy.But it’s not just the blatant Halloween themes. You need to take into account the New England setting, the colors, the sweaters, and the leaves scattered all over the ground in practically every shot. It’s not just a Halloween film. It’s a nearly perfect representation of autumn.<><>
Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE has announced the addition of a United States Championship match to Clash of Champions this Sunday.AJ Styles will be defending his WWE United States Championship against Cedric Alexander at the event. Alexander defeated Styles by disqualification in a one-on-one match last night on RAW before pinning Styles in the main event.WWE Clash of Champions takes place on Sunday, September 15 from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.Here is the updated card for the event:WWE Universal ChampionshipSeth Rollins (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipKofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy OrtonWWE United States ChampionshipAJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric AlexanderWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipShinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The MizRAW Women’s ChampionshipBecky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha BanksSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBayley (c) vs. Charlotte FlairRAW Tag Team ChampionshipsSeth Rollins and Braun Strowman (c’s) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert RoodeSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe New Day (c’s) vs. The RevivalWWE Women’s Tag Team ChampionshipsAlexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c’s) vs. Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville)Finals of the King of the Ring TournamentBaron Corbin vs. Chad Gable or TBARoman Reigns vs. Erick RowanWWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipDrew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince DoradoRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Charlotte Flair Google+ Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight
Our most recent Clark Asks voting round ended in a tie for the first time. One of our readers asked: “Why is there an old staircase that goes down to the Columbia River by Who Song and Larry’s? What used to be there?”The answer: It’s from a time when the U.S. Coast Guard had a station along the river.The station was established sometime around 1940, according to Doug Wilson, archaeologist with the National Park Service and adjunct associate professor of anthropology at Portland State University.“It’s also the location of the original government docks for the Vancouver Barracks,” Wilson said. “Before that, it was the docks for the Hudson’s Bay Company.”As for the stairs themselves, Wilson said that a former student’s research found that they were built around 1967. They determined the dating of the stairs by referencing photographs, although the material used to make the stairs provided a vital clue.“We don’t get a lot of concrete manufacturing until the 20th century, really, in the Northwest,” he said of the stairs. “They’re relatively recent.”
But the vaccine assessment program was originally scheduled to end in 2021. Senate Bill 37 — the proposal to extend it — passed the House by a 35-1 vote Monday. Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman cast the sole vote against it. The bill passed the Senate 19-0 in March. On Monday, state lawmakers voted to extend a state program that provides vaccines to Alaskans around the state. The Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program is a self-funded, public-private partnership that supplies reduced-cost vaccines more than 100 health care providers around the state. It was launched in 2015 and today, according to the Division of Public Health, immunization rates are on the rise. Dr. Lily Lou, Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Social Services, said that’s important, because Alaska is “not the best” when it comes to immunization rates. While Alaska has yet to report any cases, Lou says it’s not out of the question. “Part of the concern is that there are communities where vaccine hesitancy is at much higher rates,” she said. “There’s a possibility that those are the places a vaccine-preventable disease could take hold and spread to the rest of the state.” Lou said public health officials believe the vaccine assessment program, which makes vaccine access universal, has helped contribute to a noticeable rise in Alaska immunization rates. The rates for some vaccines have increased by more than 10 percentage points since 2015. Testifying before the House Finance Committee April 30, Lou said she’s been concerned by recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses in the Lower 48. The Washington State Department of Health reported 72 cases of measles in Clark and King County this year alone. Nationwide, health officials have confirmed at least 764 individual cases in 23 states — the largest number since 1994, according to the Center for Disease Control.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has restrained various hoteliers’ welfare associations from issuing any notices or boycotting and banning hospitality company OYO. The court, in an interim order, said it appeared that the act of hotelier associations was pushing other hoteliers and service providers to act in breach of contract between them and Oravel Stays Private Limited, which operates under the name of OYO. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us The court noted that OYO has an appropriate agreement with other hoteliers and service providers and the associations act of calling for boycotting the company prima facie would be illegal. “The plaintiff (OYO) has made out a prima facie case. The defendants (Hotelier Welfare Associations) are restrained from issuing notices or calling to hoteliers/ service providers seeking boycott or ban of the plaintiff in any manner whatsoever till further orders. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us The defendants will also not press any such notice that may have been already issued,” Justice Jayant Nath said in the interim order. OYO approached the court seeking an ex-parte injunction to restrain the association and its members from giving effect to any “threats” advanced through its undated notice and as mentioned in news articles. It also sought to restrain the association from boycotting or banning the company in any manner by “lobbying and colluding with one another” during pendency of the suit. The court said a perusal of the notice allegedly issued by the association showed that it has given a call to all hotels to support nationwide protest against OYO by boycotting and blocking OYO rooms from June 20. It issued notice to the associations on the suit and listed the matter for further hearing on August 5. Advertise With Us OYO submitted before the court that it is a hospitality company and in the business of standardising unbranded budget hotels, bed and breakfast and guest houses as per its specifications through online and offline channels. It said it enters into business arrangements with service providers/ hoteliers who agree to permit OYO to have full control over pricing and any booking brought in by the hotel, and give full authority to it to determine and publish room tariffs on its website and mobile application. The suit alleged that the association has been “illegally conspiring and colluding with other similar associations… to come together and protest and coerce the plaintiff to submit to the unwarranted, illegal demands, thereby making its business halt and causing grave inconvenience/ unrest to public at large”. It also claimed OYO has more than 1.35 lakh bookings across India in the present period and this may affect the travellers. It also said that the defendants were earlier the business partners of the plaintiff and now have formed an association and have been acting against it.
Participants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on advancement in gastro liver treatment at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloThe quality of healthcare in Bangladesh has improved significantly in recent years but there is still much to be done to gain patients’ confidence so that they do not go abroad for medical treatment, a roundtable observed on Saturday.Prothom Alo, in association with Impulse Hospital, organised the roundtable on Bangladesh’s advancement in modern treatment of gastro liver at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban.Stakeholders, including gastroenterologists came up with various suggestions un this regard. Biswa Sahitya Kendra’s founding chairman Abdullah Abu Sayeed said that poor public health is one of the main obstacles to the nation’s development.He said that Bangladesh has achieved a lot in the last three to four decades in the health sector but the disproportionate ratio of physicians to people was still a concern.Senior consultant and head of Impulse Hospital’s Gastro Liver Center AQM Mohsen said healthcare in Bangladesh has seen significant technological advancement but stakeholders should now work on increasing the trust of patients.He said that doctors should treat patients with more compassion to win their confidence.Managing director of Impulse Hospital Zaheer Al-Amin said liver related diseases can be cut down by leading a healthy lifestyle.Stressing on the need to create awareness among people about liver related diseases, he said, “Very few people are aware of the reasons of liver related diseases. That’s why it’s necessary to raise public awareness.”We would be able to decrease patients going abroad or treatment by ensuring good treatment and services here,” he added.Zaheer also said that Impulse Hospital is working to ensure best service to the patients by providing them with good treatment.Highlighting on various government initiatives in the health sector, the Directorate General of Health Service’s director of Disease Control Unit Sania Tahmina said that 80 percent of children were infected with worms in 2004 but the percentage reduced to 8 percent in 2014, thanks to the government’s deworming campaign.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s department of gastroenterology’s Md Hasan Masud said that there are only around 200 gastroenterologists in the country what is much less than required.“The irony is that those 200 specialists don’t even have proper training facilities,” he added.Bangladesh Specialised Hospital’s consultant Md Shamsul Arefin said that despite advances in overall healthcare system in the country, there are still a lot of misconceptions and prejudice about the treatment of various diseases which needs to be addressed through building awareness.He also said that the country’s healthcare system needs more trained human resources.Information and technology department’s deputy secretary Md Nasir Uddin shared his experience of being treated at Impulse Hospital after being diagnosed with Hepatitis B in 2009.Another patient, Anis Ahmed of Kusthia, too, shared his experience.Shornokishoree Network Foundation’s chairperson and CEO Farzana Brownia, senior consultant of Impulse Hospital Md Mohsin Kabir, Anwer Khan Modern Hospital’s former head of surgery Md Abdul Wohab Khan, BSMMU’s Pancreatic and Liver Transplant surgeon Md Mohsen Chowdhury, BIRDEM Hospital’s honorary senior consultant Md Anisur Rahman, among others, spoke at the programme.Prothom Alo’s associate editor Abdul Quayyum moderated the roundtable.
Netflix is like the Walmart of subscription video — while HBO is Tiffany & Co., according to Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO.Stephenson also said AT&T is looking to launch a new direct-to-consumer model for WarnerMedia (the former Time Warner), built around the Warner Bros. content library and including content from HBO and Turner Sports. The company plans to reveal more details of the new direct-to-consumer streaming plans in the fourth quarter of 2018, he said, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York City.The new direct-to-consumer business initiative for WarnerMedia, led by CEO John Stankey, will “bring all the assets AT&T to bear,” said Stephenson.The AT&T boss suggested that HBO is the crown jewel in the WarnerMedia portfolio — literally, likening the premium programmer to the Tiffany luxury jewelry and goods retailer. “HBO is a very unique brand,” Stephenson said. “I mean what I said, it is the Tiffany’s of media and entertainment.” While AT&T’s entertainment group, which includes DirecTV and broadband, has been in decline because of satellite-TV subscriber losses, the company’s newly launched WatchTV over-the-top business is profitable, according to Stephenson. In July, AT&T raised the price of DirecTV Now streaming plans by $5 per month, and so far in Q3 “we’ve not seen the deterioration of subscribers we thought we would,” Stephenson said.In 2019, WarnerMedia’s revenue is projected to grow along with AT&T’s wireless business, Stephenson said. If the AT&T entertainment group is at least flat, he said that even at that “low watermark” the company will have comfortable cash-flow levels to pay down debt it amassed through the Time Warner deal.AT&T continues to expect its net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA ratio to be in the 2.5X range by the end of 2019, according to Stephenson. For full-year 2018, the company expects to hit more than $21 billion in free cash flow and begin 2019 with a baseline of $25 billion in free cash flow.Stephenson said there are still substantial overhead costs at WarnerMedia that the company can eliminate. Those are functions that can be integrated across HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. in areas including procurement, finance and accounting, the AT&T CEO said. AT&T has said it expects to see $1.5 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in revenue synergies from the Time Warner acquisition within the next three years.“We’ve told Stankey, you take that and redeploy that in media and entertainment content,” Stephenson said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Observers immediately pointed out that Walmart, with $486 billion in revenue last year, is 100 times more massive than the high-end Tiffany & Co., which reported $4.2 billion in sales for 2017. Meanwhile, Walmart itself is working up plans to launch a subscription VOD service.Of course, Stephenson meant to imply that HBO is the creme de la creme of original programming, not necessarily that it’s a far smaller business than Netflix, even if that’s what his analogy explicitly connoted. The exec’s Netflix-Walmart/HBO-Tiffany comparison also rings hollow given that Netflix outscored HBO on this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for the first time — with 112 for Netflix and 108 for HBO.Stephenson said AT&T will “step up” the investment in content at HBO, which spends around $2 billion annually on content. However, he added, “We’re not talking about Netflix-like investments.”WarnerMedia CEO Stankey and HBO chief Richard Plepler have been tasked with growing HBO’s content output “to make sure we have a more robust cycle of content coming throughout the year – and throughout the week,” Stephenson said.HBO needs a “more fulsome lineup and schedule,” according to Stephenson. For example, he said, subscribers sign up for HBO to watch “Game of Thrones” and then leave when the latest season ends. The new content strategy for HBO is “more about filling out the schedule,” Stephenson said.Asked about the Justice Department’s appeal of the ruling in the antitrust case that gave the go-ahead to AT&T to proceed with the Time Warner takeover, Stephenson noted that the burden of proof is on the DOJ to demonstrate that the judge got it wrong,“We feel very good where we stand on appeal. The deal is closed. The integration is going quite well,” Stephenson said. “The teams are spending zero effort thinking about the appeal,” he added, though he did say the Justice Department litigation has been a distraction. The AT&T chief said he expects the DOJ appeal in the case to wrap up in January or February 2019.