Fort St Johns Capital Budget to be presented to council Monday

Fort St Johns Capital Budget to be presented to council Monday

13 October 0

first_imgThe Budget also shows that the City has $70.7 million in reserves for both its capital and operating budgets, and has a current debt capacity available of $76.6 million, with a debt servicing capacity of $14.1 million per year.In 2019, the capital budget includes four laning of 100 street up to Northern Lights College for $5.9 million, $5.5 million for renovations at Centennial Park, $2.8 million for the new RCMP building with more money budgeted for that project in 2020 and 2021.  The list of projects in 2019 also includes a fire training centre for $1.5 million and sewage lift station upgrades worth $4 million.  See a full list of projects in the presentation below.City Council will review the Captial Budget before final approval at the Committee of the Whole meeting on January 7. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council will be looking at the 2019-2023 Capital Budget at the next Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday.The capital budget cover projects like roads, sidewalks, buildings and machinery.  This budget is not funded by property taxes, but other revenue streams including the Peace River Agreement with the Province, which will be $24.5 million annually over the next five years; a total of $122.5 million.Over the next five years, the City has budgeted $255.8 million for capital projects.last_img read more

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Senators reject chance to immediately kill tanker ban but bill not safe

Senators reject chance to immediately kill tanker ban but bill not safe

13 October 0

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Senate has rejected a committee report that recommended scrapping the Trudeau government’s bill to ban oil tanker traffic in the environmentally sensitive waters off northern British Columbia.But that’s not a guarantee the bill will survive.A number of Independent senators are opposed to the bill but nevertheless voted against the Conservative-written report of the Senate’s transportation and communications committee because they felt it was too partisan and inflammatory. They also want a chance to propose amendments to the bill.The report asserted that the bill is politically motivated and will divide the country, inflame separatist sentiment in Alberta and stoke resentment of Indigenous Peoples; it also accused the Trudeau government of intentionally setting out to destroy the economy of Alberta, where the Liberals have little hope of winning seats in this fall’s federal election.Had senators voted to accept the committee report, the bill would have been killed immediately; rejecting the report means the bill will proceed to third reading in the Senate, during which amendments can be proposed.last_img read more

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Trump Nominates Retired General John Abizaid as Saudi Ambassador

Trump Nominates Retired General John Abizaid as Saudi Ambassador

12 October 0

By: Trista YoussefRabat – General Abizaid is a top-ranking general who led the US Central Command from July 2003 to March 2007. He oversaw US activities in the Iraq war under former US President George W. Bush. Abizaid currently serves as consultant and fellow at Stanford University. Abizaid, who speaks fluent Arabic, is highly regarded by military and diplomatic veterans and known for his extensive experience in the Middle East. Abizaid’s nomination comes at a time where US-Saudi relations are strained by the death of US resident Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national, who was brutally killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a Saudi hit squad. Trump’s decision to appoint Abizaid shows the emphasis put on the military relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia in light of a multi-billion dollar arms deal in 2017. Although Trump claims “severe consequences” will face Saudi Arabia in light of Khashoggi’s death, he intends to keep the arms deal intact. The ambassador position to Saudi Arabia has been vacant throughout Trump’s presidency. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner previously acted as a liaison to Saudi Arabia. He is cited as being in frequent phone communication with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and took an unscheduled trip to Saudi Arabia in 2017. It is unclear whether Kushner will continue to be the main contact with the crown prince or if Abizaid will assume control over the US-Saudi communication channel.  Abizaid’s appointment has yet to be confirmed by the US Senate. read more

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Nearly 1 in 6 of worlds population suffer from neurological disorders –

Nearly 1 in 6 of worlds population suffer from neurological disorders –

12 October 0

27 February 2007Up to 1 billion people, nearly one in six of the world’s population, suffer from neurological disorders, from Alzheimer and Parkinson disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy to migraine, brain injuries and neuroinfections, with some 6.8 million dying of the maladies each year, according to a new United Nations report issued today. Up to 1 billion people, nearly one in six of the world’s population, suffer from neurological disorders, from Alzheimer and Parkinson disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy to migraine, brain injuries and neuroinfections, with some 6.8 million dying of the maladies each year, according to a new United Nations report issued today. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) study – Neurological disorders: Public health challenges – shows that people in all countries, irrespective of age, sex, education or income are affected, that the economic cost of such diseases in Europe reached some €139 billion in 2004, and that access to appropriate care is lacking in many parts of the world. “Despite the fact that highly effective, low-cost treatments are available, as many as nine out of 10 people suffering from epilepsy in Africa go untreated,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said. “Health systems need to be strengthened to deliver better care for people with neurological disorders,” she added, recommending that neurological care be integrated into primary health care since for many people, primary care is the only access to medical treatment that they have and doctors can use low-technology interventions. Community-based rehabilitation is also an option. Reasons for non-availability of care include inadequate health delivery systems, lack of trained personnel, absence of essential drugs and prevalence of traditional beliefs and practices. “In order to reduce the impact of neurological disorders, innovative approaches involving strong partnerships must be put in place,” said Johan Aarli, President of the World Federation of Neurology and member of the group that wrote the report. As the global population ages, the impact of neurological disorders will be felt both in developed and developing countries, reaching a significant proportion in countries with a growing percentage of the population over 65 years. The disorders include diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, such as brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, the autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction and muscles. The report recommends a series of simple but effective actions, calling for greater commitment from decision makers, increased social and professional awareness, strategies that address stigma and discrimination, national capacity building and international collaboration. The use of helmets by motorcyclists and of seat-belts in motor vehicles can prevent traumatic brain injury. Immunization against meningitis and the early identification and treatment of malaria are additional examples of concrete actions to reduce the burden of neurological disorders. Global statistics show that 50 million people suffer from epilepsy, 62 million from cerebrovascular disease, 326 million from migraine, and 24 million from Alzheimer disease and other dementias. The report was developed by WHO in partnership with key non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the field of neurological disorders and organizations caring for people affected by them. read more

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UNP to hold talks with Fonseka on polls

UNP to hold talks with Fonseka on polls

08 October 0

The former Army Commander said that the Democratic Party led by him has already decided to contest the August 17 election independently. The United National Party (UNP) is to hold talks with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka with regards to the Parliament elections.Fonseka said that he has been informed that UNP chairman Malik Samarawickrema will meet him in an attempt to obtain the support of Fonseka’s political party for the UNP at the election. However he said that if there is a threat of corrupt politicians returning to power then the Democratic Party may reconsider its stand and join forces with others to defeat such a threat. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UNFPAs AsiaPacific Regional Director to visit Sri Lanka

UNFPAs AsiaPacific Regional Director to visit Sri Lanka

08 October 0

“I’m delighted to be heading to Sri Lanka, a country with leading socio-economic indicators in the region. I am very much looking forward to working with partners in Sri Lanka and Parliamentarians from across Asia-Pacific to advance progress on reproductive health and rights, the wider ICPD agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals,” says Andersson. The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace, prosperity and healthy fulfilling lives by 2030.During Andersson’s mission in Sri Lanka, he also plans to engage in a series of high-level meetings to discuss the work of the UNFPA in Sri Lanka. Scheduled meetings include discussions with the Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Women Affairs and Children, Ministry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine, Ministry of Social Empowerment, Welfare, and Kandyan Heritage, Ministry of Skills, Development and Vocational Training, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Education, Department of Census and Statistics, and the University of Colombo. The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) programme of action was adopted by 179 countries in 1994. The programme acknowledged reproductive health and rights, as well as women’s empowerment and gender equality, as cornerstones of population and development programmes. The newly appointed Asia Pacific Regional Director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Bjorn Andersson, is to arrive in Sri Lanka on 6 October 2017 for a 5-day mission. This will be his first official mission since taking up his post as Regional Director in September 2017.Anderson will participate in the 12th General Assembly of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), which will be held in Colombo this year. The AFPPD is a regional non-governmental organization, supported by UNFPA, that serves as a coordinating body of 29 national committees of parliamentarians on population development. Andersson is a Swedish National with over 25 years of extensive experience in international development cooperation, both in the bilateral and multilateral arena. He has held key positions in programme management, policy development, and strategic organization management, in the UN system and with government agencies. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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GuineaBissau on a downward course Annan

GuineaBissau on a downward course Annan

06 October 0

Contrary to earlier expectations, the political, economic and security situation in Guinea-Bissau has worsened and the country’s leaders should make every effort to ensure peace-building agendas can be put back on track, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report.”There is now consensus that Guinea-Bissau, which has seemed so promising following the ending of the 1998-1999 armed conflict and the holding of free and fair elections, is now once again embarked on a downward course,” Mr. Annan states in his new report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Peace-building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) and developments in that country since last December.”Amid political and institutional instability, electoral uncertainty has continued to generate tensions, as the question of the promulgation of the revised constitution remains unresolved,” Mr. Annan says. He stresses that the forthcoming July legislative elections – in which the UN is providing technical assistance – are widely seen as a crucial test of the country’s young democratic process. “Should the United Nations determine that conditions are not conducive for free, fair and credible elections, the Organization could reconsider its assistance,” Mr. Annan warns. “In advance of the announced legislative elections, the human rights situation in the country has become more fragile, reflecting, and at the same time, adding to, the general instability in Guinea-Bissau,” Mr. Annan notes. In addition, he reports that the worsening social and economic situation also continues to sharpen political tensions.”The political will of the international community to provide support to Guinea-Bissau and its people is palpable,” the Secretary-General says welcoming the continued donor engagement and encouraging other international partners to be equally involved.Mr. Annan calls on Guinea-Bissau’s leaders to do more to restore confidence and trust within the country, as well as among international partners. “The country’s elected leaders have a sacred responsibility to put the people’s needs above all other considerations and create basic conditions for democratic governance, peace and stability,” he adds. read more

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Climate action a necessity and an opportunity says UN chief urging world

Climate action a necessity and an opportunity says UN chief urging world

02 October 0

“The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating,” Secretary-General Guterres told a gathering of students, business leaders and academics at the New York University Stern School of Business. “It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris Agreement [on climate change] – and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition,” he underscored, recalling the ground-breaking agreement that entered into force last November. The Agreement calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. It also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change and calls for scaled up financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity-building framework to support action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries in line with their own national objectives. Science ‘is beyond doubt’Underlining that science behind climate change “is beyond doubt,” Mr. Guterres said: “As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put it: ‘Human influence on the climate system is clear. The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts,’” he said, recalling that global temperatures have been rising, year after year, and that that last year was the hottest on record. Furthermore, there are fears that the melt of sea ice and glaciers due to rising temperatures will have deep and far reaching impact: droughts and dry spells will last longer, while natural disasters like floods and hurricanes will be even more destructive. Impacts of these catastrophic events, Mr. Guterres noted, would be felt in all corners of the world and in all sectors of the economy. Informing of his intention to convene a dedicated climate summit in 2019 to reach the critical first review of implementation of the Paris Agreement, the UN chief called on all, including those who might hold divergent perspectives on climate change to engage with him on the way forward. VIDEO: UN Secretary-General António Guterres issues call to action to meet the global climate challenge during an address to students, business leaders and academics at New York University.Green business is good businessHe also pointed to the opportunities that climate action can provide, such as through the creation of jobs and increased economic growth. It is thus, not surprising, that many private corporations, including major oil and gas companies have adopted climate action. “They know that green business is good business. It is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do,” he highlighted. Five-point action planLaying out a five-point action plan to mobilize the world for climate action, the UN chief underscored that he will intensify political engagement with countries to increase efforts to limit temperature rise to well below 2 degree-Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5 degree-Celsius, the first point. He also said that he would engage more with Governments and major actors, including the coal, oil and gas industries, to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, and committed stronger support by the entire UN development system to Governments as they strive to meet climate commitments and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially at the country level. “That is where true change will be achieved,” he said. The UN chief also said that he will work to with UN Member States mobilize national and international resources for adaptation, resilience, and the implementation of national climate action plans, and called for new and strengthened partnerships, including with the private sector and through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation. Further in his remarks, the Secretary-General cautioned that failure to act on combatting climate change would in turn harm the countries themselves for their inaction. “Those who fail to bet on the green economy will be living in a grey future [but] those who embrace green technologies will set the gold standard for economic leadership in the twenty-first century,” he said. read more

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School reports are no longer honest for fear of upsetting pushy parents

School reports are no longer honest for fear of upsetting pushy parents

25 September 0

Dr Julian Murphy says that traditional school reports are a waste of time Dr Murphy said that school reports now largely consist of “waffle” Dr Julian Murphy says that traditional school reports are a waste of time He said that teachers tend to use euphemisms in reports, such as describing a child as “chatty” and “high spirited” rather than actually saying that the child is badly behaved and disrupting the class.“Speaking as a parent, if my son or daughter is being badly behaved I want to know. I don’t want to be told they are chatty,” he said.“I don’t think traditional school reports are worth doing – they waste a lot of teacher time and they are not necessarily particularly useful for parents.“Parents are busy people. They don’t want to read through a load of waffle about how ‘Jane is a lovely girl’. They already know she is a lovely girl, they live with her. They want to know where she is at, what could she achieve, where is the gap and how do we close it.”Dr Murphy told how he has axed “traditional” school reports in favour of a biannual set of “Smart” – which stands for specific, measurable, action, relevant and , time related – targets, modelled on the kind of feedback that employees are given by their boss at a review in the workplace. School reports are a waste of time as teachers are no longer honest for fear of upsetting pushy parents, a headmaster has said.Teachers do not want to risk any potential fall-out with parents who may complain if they feel their child has been unfairly criticised, according to Dr Julian Murphy, headteacher at the £12,000-a-year school Loughborough Amherst School.He said that school reports now largely consist of “waffle” which serves no purpose at all, as it does not give parents any useful information about their children’s progress.“When I went to school you would get reports that say ‘so and so is extremely lazy or arrogant’. But now no one says that – it would upset parents,” Dr Murphy told The Daily Telegraph.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Then when parents say ‘Why didn’t anyone tell me there was a problem?’ teachers say ‘Well, we did’. But they did it too politely.“It is a cultural change – now parents are more likely to say to teachers: ‘You have upset my child, you have damaged their confidence, the problem isn’t my child, it’s you’.”Dr Murphy said that while the fear of provoking a bad reaction from parents is apparent among teachers at all types of schools, it can be more acute at private institutions since “we don’t want to lose customers”. Dr Murphy said that school reports now largely consist of “waffle” Each student is given specific targets and a time frame in which they need to meet them. They are also given a grade for their approach to learning in various different categories including teamwork, independent work, confidence and contribution in lessons.But he said these points are merely “brief reporting points”, adding: “If you need a discussion, you pick up the phone”.Earlier this year, a Government advisory panel found that lengthy school reports are “incredibly burdensome” for teachers and should be replaced with shorter versions. A review commissioned by Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, found “limited evidence” for the benefits of progress reports that go beyond the “relatively lean” basic requirements imposed on schools.It also suggested expanding the use of “automatic reporting” to parents – currently used by some schools to flag up a child’s absence.Mr Hinds’s department has pledged to review national guidance on school reports, suggesting it could be altered to warn teachers against sending long updates to parents and guardians. 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. read more

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Justin Welby to give evidence as investigation begins into beatings of boys

Justin Welby to give evidence as investigation begins into beatings of boys

25 September 0

The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to be called to give evidence to an independent review into the sadistic beatings of boys who attended Church of England holiday camps.Before his ordination, the Most Rev Justin Welby had served as a “dormitory officer” at evangelical camps where John Smyth QC met boys and young men whom he subjected to beatings. The church announced an independent review into the assaults carried out by Smyth in the 1970s and 1980s.The investigation will try to establish whether any Church staff knew about the abuse, whether they responded appropriately and whether the attacks could have been prevented.Smyth, a former barrister, was the chairman of the Iwerne Trust between 1974 and 1981. The organisation invited boys and young men from public schools, including students from Winchester College, to the camps, known as “Bash camps”.It emerged in 2017 that Smyth, an anti-gay campaigner, had handed out up to 800 lashes to numerous males, some so severe the victims were left bleeding.Shortly before he was due to be extradited from his home in South Africa to Britain to be interviewed by Hampshire Police, Smyth died from a heart attack.  The review document says Smyth was “encouraged by those involved in the Iwerne Trust” Smyth to work overseas after learning of allegations against him.Andrew Graystone, who represents some of the 26 abuse survivors, said he went onto abuse 90 young males in Zimbabwe.He said: “It’s disappointing that it’s taken six years since the first disclosures were made formally to the church before this review to be launched.“In that time, some survivors who have spoken out have lost confidence in the church and are not sure whether they will support the review.”A spokesman for the Archbishop said: “The Archbishop has been supportive of an independent review taking place and welcomes the fact that it is now starting.”A spokesperson for the Titus Trust said: “The Titus Trust welcomes the Church of England’s review into the Smyth case and has already shared a significant amount of information with the Church’s national safeguarding team, indicating to them several weeks ago that ‘We are very happy to be involved in a review and seek to be as transparent and supportive as we can be’ but that ‘we remain restricted by on-going legal action.’  We look forward to being able to participate in the review process to an even greater extent once the legal proceedings relating to the case are over”. An church review in the abuse by John Smyth has been announced The archbishop, who attended the camps in the 1970s, was forced to issue an “unreserved and unequivocal” apology on behalf of the Church because it had “failed terribly” to stop Smyth from abusing the youngsters. Although he said he knew Smyth, Archbishop Welby insisted he had been “completely unaware” of any abuse and it was only in 2013 that he learned of the allegations. His office at Lambeth Palace is expected to hand over documents connected to the allegations to the review team.The National Safeguarding Team of the Church of England has appointed Keith Makin, a former director of social services, to examine how the church, the Titus Trust, which took over running the camps in 1997, the Scripture Union, which managed the camps, and Winchester College handled the claims.However, according to the review terms of reference, the Titus Trust will not fully “engage” with the review until to “ongoing legal action” is resolved. The Scripture Union will also not take part. 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. John Smyth confronted by a Channel 4 News reporter Winchester College was informed of claims surrounding sadomasochistic abuse by Smyth in 1982. A secret report by the Iwerne Trust that year told of the “horrific” assaults on the teenage boys. However, neither the college nor the trust reported the allegations to the police. Smyth was banned from attending college or contacting the pupils. In 2017, the college issued a statement saying it deeply regretted the ordeals its pupils endured. It added while there was no attempt to cover up the crimes many parents felt their children should be spared “further trauma” and so police were not then contacted.  John Smyth confronted by a Channel 4 News reporter An church review in the abuse by John Smyth has been announcedCredit:USTICE ALLIANCE OF SOUTH AFRICA read more

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Connor Michalek to receive first-ever WWE Warrior Award

Connor Michalek to receive first-ever WWE Warrior Award

19 September 0

first_img The Miz Twitter Longtime WWE employee Sue Aitchison to receive the 2019 Warrior Award this April Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Triple H Facebook Google+ Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience?center_img WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next The following was issued by WWE.WWE fan Connor Michalek to receive first-ever Warrior Award at 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyConnor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away last year from cancer, will be the first-ever recipient of the Warrior Award, which will be presented each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.The Warrior Award will be given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior. This year, the award will be presented by The Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior, and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to Steve Michalek, Connor’s father.With the love of his family and WWE Superstars, as well as the tremendous care by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Connor battled cancer like a true warrior for as long as he could, and his charisma made him a local celebrity in Pittsburgh. Connor’s spirit inspired WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative, Paul “Triple H” Levesque to launch “Connor’s Cure,” a fund dedicated to furthering Pediatric cancer research. Donations can be made by visiting www.givetochildrens.org/CONNORSCURE.“On behalf of my family, we are truly humbled and honored that WWE will present an award in my husband’s name each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” said Dana Warrior. “Connor displayed all of the positive traits that Warrior stood for, and he is the perfect recipient for this inaugural award. I am sure that Warrior is smiling today, knowing that this award is being given to a true warrior.”“My family is forever grateful for the gift that WWE, its Superstars, Divas and executives gave to Connor,” said Steve Michalek. “They made him smile and encouraged him to continue fighting. His visits backstage, and his time in the ring with Daniel Bryan, brought Connor true joy and undoubtedly extended his life, giving us more time with him. Now, with this award and Connor’s Cure, Connor’s legacy will live on.”“Connor Michalek had a profound impact on so many people,” said McMahon. “His spirit and love of life were so strong, you would have never known he was sick. I can think of no better way to honor Connor, than by recognizing him with our highest honor, the first fan to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, as a Warrior.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 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 Bliss and James reflect on first Women’s Chamber, Why Kingston should win on Sunday Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Xavier Woods Dana Warrior being considered for backstage creative role in WWE right now Now Playing Up Next Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Dan Reynolds LGBTQ Documentary Believer Arrives

12 September 0

first_imgNews Email The Imagine Dragons frontman’s film follows members of the LGBTQ community in the Mormon religion Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 26, 2018 – 1:55 pm It feels like we’ve been waiting ages to see Image Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds’ documentary on members of the LGBTQ community within the Mormon religion, but on June 25 that wait was over. Reynolds’ documentary, Believer, is now streaming on HBO.The documentary follows Reynolds as he explores what it’s like to be an LGBTQ member of the Mormon religion through the lens of Reynolds’ own journey from Missionary to GRAMMY-winning rock star and fierce LGBTQ advocate. The film focuses especially on LGBTQ youth, who have a higher rate of suicide than their heterosexual peers.”It was a shaming experience that sent me into the first depression I experienced in my life,” Reynolds told USA Today on his experience of being kicked out of his religious university for having sex with his then-girlfriend. “That, on a very small scale, is what our LGBTQ youth feel every single day, which is that within homes of faith, you have to choose between what you believe and who you love. No one should be forced to choose that.” Believer follows the founding of Reynolds’ LoveLoud Foundation, which raises awareness and funds to support LGBTQ youth through a yearly music festival. The 2018 installment of LoveLoud Fest will take place July 28 in Salt Lake City with Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Mike Shinaoda, Grace Vanderwaal, and more. All funds raised from the event will benefit LGBTQ organizations, including Encircle, Trevor Project and the Tegan and Sara Foundation.You can catch Believer streaming now on HBO, and if you want to support Reynolds’ work supporting the LGBTQ community, tickets are available to LoveLoud Fest via the organization’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Dan Reynolds’ LGBTQ Documentary ‘Believer’ Arrives Twitter See Dan Reynolds’ LGBTQ Doc ‘Believer’ dan-reynolds-lgbtq-documentary-believer-arrives Facebook last_img read more

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Rakul Preet or Akshara Who has liplock scene with Nagarjuna in Manmadhudu

Rakul Preet or Akshara Who has liplock scene with Nagarjuna in Manmadhudu

05 September 0

first_imgScreenshots of the kiss scenes in Nagarjuna’s Manmadhudu 2.PR HandoutThe teaser from Nagarjuna’s Manmadhudu 2 has managed to garner the viewers’ attention despite releasing alongside with the teaser of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s Saaho. The lively presentation with humour and naughty one-liners has impressed the audience.The striking part of Manmadhudu 2 is the bold scenes of Nagarjuna. The teaser presents his two lip-lock scenes from the Telugu film, but there is still suspense over his partners’ in the kissing scenes. Thus leaving the fans wondering about the actress who has done the smooch sequence.Rakul Preet Singh plays the female lead in Manmadhudu 2 and there is a belief among fans that she might be the woman who has done the lip-lock scenes with Nag. It has to be noted that the actress has done such scenes in her Bollywood films. However, many feel that Akshara Gowda is the woman seen doing lip-lock scenes with Nag.The repeated viewing of the teaser indicates that it is Akshara Gowda and not Rakul Preet Singh who has done the kissing scenes. Nonetheless, rumours are now doing rounds that Rakul too might have possibly done lip-lock scenes which might be revealed in the trailer to surprise the fans.Manmadhudu 2 is directed by Rahul Ravindran and produced by Nagarjuna. Rakul Preet Singh plays the female lead in the flick, which has Vennela Kishore, Nassar, Rao Ramesh, Lakshmi and many others in the cast.The film will release on August 9.last_img read more

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Kondo effect in single magnetic molecules

Kondo effect in single magnetic molecules

31 August 0

first_imgThe Kondo effect was first explained more than 40 years ago by a Japanese physicist. It opened a new chapter in the study of fundamental physics. Now, that door is being pushed open a little further, thanks to the efforts of a team of physicists at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Aachen, Germany. Their paper, published May 17th in Physical Review Letters, is titled “Quantum-Tunneling-Induced Kondo Effect in Single Molecular Magnets,” and it offers possibilities for the further study of molecular transport. Citation: Kondo effect in single magnetic molecules (2006, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-06-kondo-effect-magnetic-molecules.html 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.center_img “The Kondo effect is known from a variety of systems,” explains Walter Hofstetter, one of the authors of the paper. “However, this is the first time that it has been predicted in a magnetic molecule.” Hofstetter and his colleagues believe this discovery can be used to create a device that can be used as a spectroscopy tool that can be used to take various measurements on a quantum level.Jun Kondo found that as the temperature approaches 0 K, the electrical resistance of an atom will be anomalously enhanced. This is known as the Kondo effect, and it represents the first known example of a situation in physics known as asymptotic freedom. Asymptotic freedom is demonstrated by coupling that, at low energies and temperatures, become non-perturbatively strong. “Until now,” Hofstetter tells PhysOrg.com, “the assumption was that this effect didn’t take place in magnetic molecules.”Hofstetter and his peers have turned that assumption in its head. “There is an interplay between two effects of magnetic anisotropy in magnetic molecules, of which the first one is indeed detrimental to the Kondo effect. Using basic methods, we calculate the temperatures for the Kondo effect to show up. The new thing we discovered was that the second effect of anisotropy, the famous quantum tunneling of the molecular magnet, completely restores, and even enhances, the Kondo effect.” “The other interesting note about this process,” Hofstetter notes, “is that the electrons involved will behave as though they have only two spin states. This is remarkable because the spin would be, in actuality, much greater. In some case the spin would be greater than 10. But even with so many spin states it behaves as if it has a spin of 1/2.”Hofstetter says that there are “lots of practical applications in the future. The main value of this discovery is that it is a very good way to get information about molecular transport.” He and his colleagues have shown in more recent calculations that the discovery could lead to a spectroscopy tool that could find magnetic states.“With such a spectroscopy tool,” Hofstetter explains, “You could characterize better, and get more information. It is an important first step in eventually building other devices.” He goes on to point out that when it comes to building devices of such small dimensions, such that they operate on the quantum level, a tool that can help measure such small particles is quite useful. And Hofstetter and his collaborators aren’t the only scientists who think so. He says that there are already physicists working on electron transport experiments that could make use of this discovery when it comes to analyzing the characteristics and states of magnetic molecules.“Trapping molecules is a big challenge,” Hofstetter says. “There are few that have done it. So any tool that could help experimentalists understand the molecules that they do have better would be helpful.”By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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VIDEO Alabama HS coach brought to tears by players moving praise following

30 August 0

first_imgEuFala High School suffered a crushing one-point overtime loss in the Alabama 5A state basketball championship, but in the postgame press conference Senior point guard Terrell Jones put everything in perspective with a moving speech about his love for head coach Michael Smith, and the lessons that Smith had taught him. The kind words understandably brought Coach Smith – and most watching – to tears.High school sports is about more than wins and losses, it’s about raising young men. Coach Smith did a hell of a job with Terrell Jones. Keep a tissue handy for this.In his final high school basketball game, Terrell Jones (@itstkadee) scored 20 pts. and fouled out late in the 4th. Eufaula lost the state championship by one point, but this kid left it all out on the court. Not a dry eye in the room after what he said at the podium. @EufaulaCS pic.twitter.com/KRfg3UML2X— Rocco DiSangro (@RDiSangro_WTVY) March 3, 2018last_img read more

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How to read Windows Store ratings correctly

29 August 0

first_imgHow to read Windows Store ratings correctly by Martin Brinkmann on November 12, 2016 in Windows – 4 commentsIf you compare the ratings and reviews of the Windows Store application with store listings on Microsoft’s Store website, you may notice that they are not identical.Windows 10 users have two major ways to look up application information. They can open the Windows Store app on Windows 10 directly, or open the Microsoft website instead which offers listings for all items as well.While you cannot install an app or game from the Microsoft Store website, you can look them up without having to use the Store app.A reasonable assumption would be that the app and the site display the same data. This is indeed the case, but the default listings don’t reflect that.Take any reasonably popular game or application and compare the Windows Store app data to that displayed on the Microsoft Store website. You may notice that the rating is not identical, and that the number of reviews and user ratings may differ significantly.Take the recently released Asphalt Xtreme game as an example. The overall rating is identical, but if you look at the total number of ratings, you will notice that the Store app lists 1260 while the website 1607.User reviews are not identical either, as the Store website features more reviews than the app.If you look closer, you will notice that the Windows Store app uses different filters than the Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store uses the broadest range of filters to display ratings, reviews and the score of the app or game.This means that it displays accumulated ratings and reviews for all versions on all platforms.The Windows Store application on the other hand displays ratings for the “current version” and “PCs” only.You can switch the listing to all devices and all versions to get the same number of reviews and user comments as the Store version. The rating is also identical if you do that.It makes sense to display only PC ratings if you open Windows Store on the PC, as mobile ratings and reviews may differ slightly or even significantly.It can still be confusing if you stumble upon these differences by accident and if you don’t notice the filters that the app and Store display next to the rating module.  (This article was inspired by this Deskmodder’s article)Now You: Do you use Windows Store at all?SummaryArticle NameHow to read Windows Store ratings correctlyDescriptionFind out why Microsoft’s Store website and the Windows Store application on Windows 10 show different scores, ratings and user reviews.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Numbers reveal Costa Ricas stagnant position in adventure tourism market

19 August 0

first_imgRelated posts:There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy Costa Rica hopes Chinese tourists will think pura vida for their next vacation Madrid goalie Keylor Navas named Costa Rica tourism ambassador Costa Rica is the most expensive destination in Central America, says WEF The number of tourists visiting Bhutan — an isolated mountain kingdom in the Himalayas — jumped by 49.9 percent from 1999 to 2013, while tourism to much more accessible Costa Rica rose by only 6 percent over the same period.And visitors to New Zealand shelled out an average $2,615 on vacation in 2013 — almost twice the $1,390 they spent in 1999 — while per-capita tourism expenditures by foreigners visiting Costa Rica remained flat at $1,065 during those same years.These are among the lackluster conclusions of a comprehensive tourism study issued last month by the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) and its Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development.Arturo Condo, former rector of the Harvard-affiliated business school, spoke at the Planet, People, Peace (P3) sustainable tourism conference held Sept. 23-25 at San José’s Children’s Museum.Condo said per-capita daily expenditures by tourists have actually declined — from $88 in 1999 to $81 in 2013 — as the average length of their visit grew by one day. Arturo Condo, INCAE professor of strategy and competitiveness. Larry Luxner/The Tico Times“In the past 10 years, New Zealand has almost doubled its per-capita tourism expenditures,” he said. “The average tourist who comes to Costa Rica spends 13.1 days, which is good as long as they spend money. But you don’t want to increase their stay in a way that’s not valuable for the country.”He added: “Things aren’t worse than before, but they haven’t gotten better.”INCAE, considered the best business school in Latin America, has its Costa Rican campus in La Garita, northwest of San José in Alajuela province; it has another campus in Nicaragua, where the school was founded in 1967.Speaking to The Tico Times, Condo — who headed INCAE from 2007 until just over two months ago — said that New Zealand and Costa Rica had similar-sized tourist industries in the 1970s. Since then, however, the twin-island Pacific nation of 4.2 million has pulled way ahead of Costa Rica, despite its distance and the much higher airfares needed for Europeans and North American adventure travelers to get there.According to INCAE figures, tourism in 2013 represented 4.6 percent of Costa Rica’s GDP and accounted for 3.5 percent of total investment in the country. Tourism also employs 241,500 Costa Ricans, some 95,500 of them directly.“There is tension here between the segment of tourism that wants to see more sun and beach resorts — without added value — and the segment that says ‘no, we want to preserve the natural environment,’” Condo noted. “The tension has always been there.”In 2014, the country received 2.53 million visitors, with numbers rising every year since 2005 (when arrivals stood at 1.68 million) with the exception of 2009, due to the worldwide financial crisis.Have you read our Travel section yet? Young monks learn religious texts in the Temple of the Divine Madman in the Bhutanese town of Punakha. Ed Jones/AFPCosta Rica’s biggest rivals in general tourism aren’t other Latin American nations but rather Bhutan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Iceland and Cambodia, in that order. But when it comes to adventure tourism, only New Zealand outranks Costa Rica — which itself outranks Nepal, Peru and half a dozen other countries.And in the category of nature tourism, Costa Rica comes out on top — ahead of Iceland, New Zealand, Bhutan, Australia, Namibia, Ecuador, Brazil, Canada and Kenya.Yet its 6 percent growth in overall tourism arrivals between 1999 and 2004 is not impressive when compared with that of Nicaragua (7.2 percent); Bolivia (7.4 percent); Panama (8.4 percent), Peru (10.3 percent) or Iceland (13.1 percent).None of these destinations comes close to Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom of 770,000 people that until 1999 didn’t even have television. In 1974, only 287 tourists visited Bhutan; 40 years later, annual arrivals had climbed to 133,480.Interestingly, tourists who visit Panama spend only 3.7 days on average, but spend $2,000 apiece — or $540 a day — while there, largely on duty-free purchases at the Colón Free Zone. In Iceland, tourists stay for only 2.8 days but spend an average $1,312 while there.On the other hand, per-capita expenditures of tourists visiting Costa Rica still exceed those of Peru ($951), Bhutan ($733); Bolivia ($698), Namibia ($504) and Nicaragua ($339). Comparable figures for Ecuador and Guatemala — often cited as Costa Rica’s competitors in the adventure travel market — were not included in the INCAE study.“Our mission is to promote sustainable development in this region,” said Condo, asked about tourism promotion policies by the current Tourism Ministry under President Luis Guillermo Solís. “We have not worked closely with this government. I think they’re well intentioned, but I don’t think they’re well organized. They continue to do what they’ve always done. What we need is to create a more explicit, higher value-added strategy for the future.” Ethan Gelber, a New York-based writer who blogs on family travel, speaks to sales assistant Jimena Espinoza of Nature Air during last month’s Planet, People, Peace (P3) sustainable tourism conference in San José. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesSpecifically, Condo called for tax incentives to promote tourism in areas such as Liberia, the capital of the northwestern province of Guanacaste, along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where commodities like water are scarce.“There are market-based ways where you can promote one higher-segment value over others,” he said. “And that I don’t see happening.”Alejandro Castro, marketing director at the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), says there’s no reason his country shouldn’t be able to compete against rivals in the ecotourism market like Australia and New Zealand.“You could go to many countries that offer lots of things to do, but you’d need to fly two or three hours to travel between places,” he told us. “Costa Rica has it all in a very small area. That’s one of our competitive advantages.”Castro added that last month’s P3 conference attracted 340 industry professionals.“Certain initiatives will come out of it, since we had public and private leaders thinking together,” Castro said, adding that he hopes 1,000 people will come to the next P3 conference, set for October 2017. “I think the biggest challenge for us is climate change. As temperatures rise, we’re going to have bugs in places we didn’t have. We need to make sure our tour guides and tourists know that. Also some species may not make it. That’s our key challenge at this point, and in this regard, P3 was an eye-opener.”Related: Nature Air chooses seven winners in contest to design plane tails Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Taliban threatens utility company in heatstricken Karachi

Taliban threatens utility company in heatstricken Karachi

18 August 0

first_img Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban warned on Friday that it would target the country’s main electrical company if it did not end power outages in the country’s south — where an intense heat wave has killed 866 people in the past week.In a statement released Friday, Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, also expressed his grief and condolences over the heat-related deaths in the southern port city of Karachi. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The chronic power cuts in the midst of a record heat wave have caused public protests in Karachi. The K-Electric company, in a statement, has blamed technical faults and surging demand for the power outages.Khurasani’s group has been fighting to overthrow the Pakistani government and install its own harsh brand of Islamic law.Temperatures in southern Pakistan began to drop on Thursday, fueling hopes that the worst of the heat wave has passed. But authorities said heatstroke patients were still being brought to the Karachi hospitals.Six more people– who were being treated for heat-related ailments– died overnight in Karachi, raising the death toll to 866, Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, director general at Provincial Disaster Management Authority told The Associated Press on Friday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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In January of 2013 while Alabama quarterback AJ

In January of 2013 while Alabama quarterback AJ

11 August 0

first_imgIn January of 2013, while Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was wrapping up his second straight BCS Championship by engineering a win over Notre Dame, Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett was preoccupied — by McCarron’s girlfriend.Dockett took to Twitter and tried to start a conversation with Alabama beauty queen Katherine Webb. The veteran sent a number of tweets to Webb, until the ever-chivalrous McCarron stepped in. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Well, Thursday Dockett offered up an apology of sorts to McCarron, who has been linked to the Cardinals in a few mock drafts, for whatever that’s worth. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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CPA to appoint second consulting firm on Limassol port privatisation process

09 August 0

first_imgThe Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) will appoint a second consulting firm for the privatization of the commercial activities of the Limassol port as part of a privatisations plan to yield proceeds of 1.4 billion by 2018.Alecos Michaelides, the President of CPA, told CNA that the Authority decided to appoint two consulting firms on the privatisation of the Limassol port’s commercial activities. The first specialises on operations and will determine which activities are to be privatised while the second will be a financial firm that will prepare the necessary documentation and the terms of tender.According to Michaelides, the CPA will appoint auditing firm KPMG to determine the services which will be tendered to the private sector. “Along with KPMG there will be another firm with experience on port privatisations and will discuss which parts of the Limassol port will be privatised,” he said.The CPA has already begun assessing initial offers on the second financial consulting firm. “Soon we will proceed with the tender to select the firm in October,” Michaelides added.So far, Japanese financial services firm Nomura, Barclays Bank, Deustsche Bank and the American City Bank have expressed an interest.“These firms are mostly financial consulting firms which will prepare the documents, the final terms of the tender, and assess the various options proposed by the first firm on what is to be privatised,” he noted.Michaelides said the process of privatising the commercial activities of the Limassol port is expected to be concluded in mid-2015. He clarified however that the CPA will remain as a public organisation for the supervision and regulation of Cyprus ports.A privatisation plan approved by the Council of Ministers last year stipulates that commercial activities at Limassol port, loading and unloading containers, transit point will be privatised on the basis of a long-term license to a suitable port operator. The operator will be selected after an international tender by the end of 2015.The government approved the finalisation plan as part of a set of fiscal consolidation measures included in the terms of a €10 billion financial assistance programme Cyprus agreed with its international lenders (the EC, the ECB and the IMF) in March 2013. The plan covers the privatisation of Cyprus Telecommunications Authority and the CPA by end 2015 and Cyprus Electricity Authority by September 2017. Cyprus needs to secure proceeds of 1 billion by 2016 and an additional 0.4 billion by 2018.CNAYou May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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