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Extremely severe cyclone Fani to hit south of Puri Friday NDMA

first_imgNew Delhi: Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is approaching India’s eastern coast, is likely to hit Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri in Odisha on Friday, the National Disaster Management Authority said Wednesday. Heavy rains is also very likely at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. “Extremely severe” cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is likely to hit Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri on May 3 with wind speed of 175-185 km per hour gusting up to 205 kmph, the NDMA said quoting a bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Gusty wind with speed 40-50 km per hour is expected at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. Gusty wind with speed 30-40 km per hour is also likely at isolated places over Odisha and gangetic West Bengal, the NDMA said. Navy and Coast Guard ships and helicopters, relief teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in strategic locations, while Army and Air Force units have been put on standby as the cyclonic storm is approaching the coast, officials said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The NDRF is deploying 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh (8), Odisha (28) and West Bengal (5) for prepositioning. In addition, it is keeping on standby 13 teams in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh, an official said. An NDRF team comprises about 45 personnel. The Home Ministry, in a statement on Tuesday, said based on the decision of the first meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the central government has already released advance financial assistance of Rs 1,086 crore to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal to assist them in undertaking preventive and relief measures. The states have issued advisories and are ensuring that fishermen do not venture into the sea.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Tuesday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $8.10 higher $508.40; Jan. ’18 $7.60 higher $513.30; March ’18 $5.30 higher $514.80; May ’18 $5.60 higher $517.50; July ’18 $6.00 higher $519.90; Nov. ’18 $4.90 higher $484.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $480.40; March ’19 unchanged $483.10; May ’19 unchanged $483.10; July ’19 unchanged $483.10; Nov. ’19 unchanged $483.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00. read more

President rejects Afghanistan troops story

The government information department had earlier in the day said that the President had rejected a request by the United States to send troops to Afghanistan. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, both SAARC members, had last December agreed to expand political and economic ties and cooperate in defense and education.The US government was reported to have made a similar request for troops from Sri Lanka in 2009 but the government had rejected the request at that time. Samaranayake refused to comment when asked how the government information department could send out wrong news. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has rejected a story made public by the government information department that he had received a request from the United States to send troops to Afghanistan.Mohan Samaranayake, the spokesman for the President, told the Colombo Gazette that the President has neither received nor rejected a request from the US to send troops to the former war torn country. A Wikileaks cable made public in October 2011 said that the government was concerned about the implications sending troops to Afghanistan will have with the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan troops are already serving in Haiti and more troops are sent to the region every year to boost UN led peacekeeping operations. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

UN announces disciplinary measures against two staffers linked to OilforFood

The United Nations today announced the start of disciplinary procedures against two staff members named in a recent preliminary report by an independent panel probing allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq.Following through on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s pledge to take prompt steps in response to findings by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC), the UN has suspended the former head of the multi-billion dollar relief effort, Benon Sevan, as well Joseph Stephanides, who at the time served as Chief of the Sanctions Branch and Deputy Director of the Security Council Affairs Division.The IIC, headed by former United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, last week reported that Mr. Sevan repeatedly solicited allocations of oil under the programme and by so doing “created a grave and continuing conflict of interest.” The report did not rule on whether the UN official had personally profited.Through his lawyers, Mr. Sevan has denied any wrongdoing. The lawyers said in a statement that the 40-year UN veteran was being scapegoated because of “massive political pressure” and declared that he “never took a penny.”The findings concerning Mr. Stephanides are widely considered to differ greatly in scope and seriousness from those about Mr. Sevan. The IIC said that a UN Steering Committee “prejudiced and pre-empted the competitive process in a manner that rejected the lowest qualified bidder” with the “active participation” of Mr. Stephanides.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard announced that both Mr. Sevan and Mr. Stephanides will receive by Wednesday official letters which outline the internal charges against them.They will have two weeks to respond before the administration takes its final decision on the appropriate sanction. There is a broad range of disciplinary measures that can be taken, including summary dismissal.In accordance with standard procedure, both men are being suspended with pay. In the case of Mr. Stephanides, that would amount to his regular salary, while Mr. Sevan, who had been due to retire, will receive the token $1-a-year salary he is being paid for the duration of the inquiry.“This is only the beginning of a disciplinary procedure, respectful of due process,” Mr. Eckhard said.“At the beginning, when allegations are made against staff members, the Secretary-General would have the option of suspending without pay or suspending with pay,” he explained. “Because this is the beginning of a process in which those accused can defend themselves, normally the suspension is with pay so as not to prejudge the outcome, and that’s what is being done in this case as well.”They are not to come on to UN premises, “unless it is in connection with summoning their defence, which they have 14 days to present in writing,” Mr. Eckhard said.On the issue of diplomatic immunity, the spokesman noted: “Neither Mr. Sevan nor Mr. Stephanides have had any criminal charges laid at their doorstep by the Volcker commission, although Mr. Volcker did say his inquiry into Mr. Sevan was continuing.”The issue of immunity comes into play only when there is a prosecutable criminal allegation. In a statement issued after the Volcker findings were announced last Thursday, Mr. Annan pledged the United Nations’ cooperation with national law enforcement authorities pursuing any charges, and that he would waive the diplomatic immunity of the staff member concerned “should any findings of the Inquiry give rise to criminal charges.”So far no national authority has alleged criminal activity by Mr. Sevan. read more

Rights defenders jailed in Bahrain and UAE should be released unconditionally UN

“We urge the Government of Bahrain to stop criminalizing dissenting voices,” the statement read. Mr. Rajab’s comments online were made in 2015, when Saudi Arabia formed a coalition siding with the pro-Government fight in Yemen against Houthi rebels.One tweet read, “we have the right to say no to the war in #Yemen and should struggle for peace and security but not bloodshed #Sanaa.” He also criticized conditions inside Bahrain’s Jau Prison, which are notoriously poor.Rajab was convicted on charges of “spreading false news and rumors in time of war”, “insulting foreign countries” and “insulting publicly the interior ministry”.OHCHR Spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, briefing reporters at the UN in Geneva, urged the Government of Bahrain “to ensure that all Bahrainis are able to exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression without fear of arbitrary detention.” The UN Working Group of Arbitrary Detention last year declared Rajab’s detention to be arbitrary.Monday’s court decision brings into focus the tight lid on Government critics in Bahrain, the Spokesperson said, evidenced by targeted arrests, detention, travel bans, harassment, threats, revocation of citizenship and other means.Several cases of civil society activists and their families suffering retaliation in Bahrain for seeking to engage with UN human rights officials are highlighted in the Secretary-General’s latest annual report on reprisals, and in some cases, activists have been accused of terrorism-related offences.Prosecution for exercising fundamental human rights violates Bahrain’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which includes freedom of expression under the human rights umbrella, said OHCHR.United Arab Emirates also urged to release defender jailed for tweetingIn the United Arab Emirates (UAE), rights advocate Ahmed Mansoor faces a 10-year sentence on similar charges – social media posts deemed insulting to the Government.The Court of State Security, the highest in the country, upheld the rights defender’s sentence on 31 December, and issued a one-million dirham fine; roughly $272,000.In May 2018, Mr. Mansoor was jailed along with four others, following the comments, accused of using social media to “publish false information” that harms “national unity” and damages “the country’s reputation.”Ms. Shamdasani said the conviction was another case of “harsh sentencing” for Mr. Mansoor, related to “his exercise of the right to freedom of expression and opinion.”“We urge the Government of the UAE to promptly and unconditionally release Mansoor and to ensure that individuals are not penalized for expressing views critical of the Government or its allies,” she said in a briefing statement to reporters.The number of reprisals against those who cooperate with the United Nations and work to uphold human rights highlighted in the UN Chief’s annual report, exposes a “shameful” level of retaliation suffered in 38 countries, some of which are members of the Human Rights Council.Acts of retaliation, including allegations of killing, torture, and public stigmatization campaigns, the report shows, inhibit the work of the UN and its partner organizations. read more

Altona Mining investigating use of Ammleach technology for copper oxide ore zone

first_imgAltona Mining intends to investigate the use of AmmLeach® technology for the recovery of copper from the oxide ore zone at its Little Eva deposit in northwest Queensland, Australia.It is intended that Alexander Mining’s wholly owned subsidiary, MetaLeach will commence amenability test work at its laboratory facility on representative mineralised material samples shortly.Altona is a Perth, Australia based company which was formed in 2010 following the merger of ASX listed companies, Vulcan Resources and Universal Resources. The company’s two key projects are  Outokumpu in Finland and Roseby in Queensland, Australia.Roseby is one of the largest known copper resources in Australia and has had a Definitive Feasibility Study completed in 2009. Permitting is nearing completion and Altona is optimising the study to target copper production up to 40,000 t/y.Little Eva is one of the deposits that forms part of Altona’s Roseby project and is a typical IOCG (iron-oxide copper-gold) deposit.  A significant 15-30 m thick cap of oxide copper mineralisation (goethite, malachite, etc.) overlies the primary mineralisation (feldspar-quartz- hematite-carbonate-chalcopyrite).  The primary mineralisation is a large and simple bulk tonnage copper-gold sulphide deposit which will be processed via an industry standard flotation plant to produce a copper-gold sulphide concentrate.last_img read more

Cardinal Brady genuinely regrets retirement of Bishop due to illhealth

first_imgTHE AUXILIARY BISHOP of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Gerard Clifford, has announced his retirement.Clifford said that his decision was based on medical advice that he had been receiving since last August.He said that he was thankful for the support that he had received during his 21 years as Auxiliary Bishop, and paid a special tribute to Cardinal Seán Brady, saying that “his humanity, deep faith and natural humility bear witness to the most fundamental of Gospel values.”Brady said that he was pleased for “Bishop Clifford’s own sake and for his health.”Clifford, who was born 1941, had been ordained as a priest in 1967 before being ordained Bishop in 1991.The resignation was made official following the its acceptance by Pope Benedict XVI, who is also due to retire tomorrow.As the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Clifford had worked with Cardinal Brady since his own appointment as the Archbishop of Armagh in 1995.Speaking of the work over the years, Brady said that Clifford had made a “selfless contribution to the work of the Irish Bishops’ Conference over the last twenty years”.Clifford said that he looked forward to “continuing my pastoral work in collaboration and with the support of the bishops, priests and lay people of the Archdiocese.” As I take on a different role I will continue, God willing, to promote and foster the Gospel message in its fullness. I ask that you remember me in your prayers today and in the future.Read: Pope to hold his final Vatican audience ahead of departure >last_img read more

I was boiling pasta and eggs in the kettle just to feed

first_imgBRIDGET IS A mother of two who became homeless and lived in temporary accommodation after falling on difficult times.The accommodation was over a pub and the toilets she and her two children used were also used by customers from the pub.There was no kitchen for her to cook for her family.I was reduced to having to boil pasta and eggs in the kettle just so they had something they could eat.The woman feared for her family’s safety and slept with their suitcases against the bedroom door.Her son Finn has autism and Bridget said this made it even more difficult to manage and to find a suitable place to live. ”You can’t have a house directly on the main road with an autistic child. It would be too dangerous,” she said.One day, a young woman staying in the temporary accommodation, who the family had been friendly with, took her own life. Bridget said it was hard to see her already vulnerable children dealing with tragic events like this. She became determined to find a house for them – they could no longer live in this place.She sought help from Focus Ireland who found her a house four days before her daughter’s birthday. The landlord has done work on the house to make it more secure for Finn and the family have settled in well to the local community. They have even been adopted by the local cat, which Finn is delighted with.Now they feel safe.Bridget said that it is sometimes the little things that really hit you. Last Christmas, the family were able to have a tree for the first time in a long while.“Having a home means that the sense of safety is unbelievable,” she said. “I can close the door and it’s just me and the kids. I can keep my children safe and they are in an environment and we are not all stuck living in one room over a pub.”Bridget is just one of the 10,000 people Focus Ireland helped last year. The charity released its annual report for 2013 today, which pointed to a 25% increase in the demand for its services.The homeless charity said  it has seen a particular increase in the number of families becoming homeless and if the government is going to achieve its aim of ending the crisis by 2016, it will need a combination of rent controls and social housing construction.Read: How is Dublin spending 100 times more on hotels for homeless people than in 2010?>Read: ‘The government needs to act now’: Demand for homeless service up 25%>Read: ‘The homeless tsunami has arrived’ as Dublin numbers reach new high>Read: ‘If it wasn’t for friends, I’d literally be on the streets’>last_img read more

Pumpktris mounts a game of Tetris inside a pumpkin

first_imgAnybody who has ever undertaken a DIY project is familiar with that point in the project where you realize your original plans aren’t quite going to work out. When that happens, you have two choices. You can either keep going with the original project and see how close to finished you can get it without breaking something, or you can scrap your original plan and wing it until you get the result you wanted in the beginning. DIY hacker Nathan Pryor had an experience like this recently, and the end result is a pumpkin you can play Tetris on.Not too long ago, a couple of Arduino hackers put together the LoLshield, which was designed to provide a quick and painless LED matrix. One of the things to come quickly after the release of this kit was the ability to play Tetris on the LED matrix. Nathan’s plan started out fairly simple, to embed the LoLshield into a pumpkin for a fun Halloween hack. Shortly after leaving the planning phase of this particular project, the LoLshield was scrapped and replaced with a more complex yet infinitely more elegant solution.The project evolved into a hand made 16 x 8 LED display mounted into a long faced pumpkin like a cabinet for an arcade game. The stem of the pumpkin has been cut off and re-attached as the joystick, which was mounted to the inside of the pumpkin. After a little custom programming for his new design and eight AA batteries connected to the Arduino board, the Pumktris was born. So far, the highest score on the Pumpktris is 9,800. Certainly more complicated than just embedding the LoLshield into a pumpkin, but way cooler.As someone who both loves Tetris and is utterly incapable of doing more than cutting poor excuses for triangles out of pumpkins, this project is undeniably the coolest pumpkin you will see this Halloween. Nathan’s only real criticism of his own project is a desire to have a separate pumpkin as the controller instead of trying to use the top of the main pumpkin. Perhaps Pumptris 2.0 will be made for next year!.You can take a look at the full project breakdown and all of Nathan’s other DIY projects over on his website.last_img read more

Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get

first_img This social welfare pilot for artists is a key commitment of the #CreativeIreland programme: we respect artists & their professionalism pic.twitter.com/XSIQZlFj2D— Heather Humphreys (@HHumphreysFG) June 12, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3439602 Jun 12th 2017, 2:00 PM Monday 12 Jun 2017, 2:00 PM Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the new pilot scheme is not a panacea, but is a clear sign that the government recognises the vital role that artists play in Irish society.Read: DUP ‘a compassionate party that won’t bring up abortion or gay marriage in Westminster’>Read: Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach> ARTISTS AND WRITERS will find it a lot easier to access social welfare payments under a new government pilot scheme launched today.The new plan will allow self-employed professional artists apply for Jobseekers Allowance.Under the new initiative, such artists would not be subject to the activation process for 12 months. The normal checks and balances will apply to ensure the system is not open to abuse, but the process will be much more accessible for professional artists to access welfare payments when they need them.“There is a long-standing tax exemption for artists but that is no help to young artists or struggling artists who are trying to get started in life.“What this programme does, for the first time, it says to artists who are starting off, who are trying to make money from their art, that they can still claim social welfare and they won’t be subject to the same controls for activation procedures,” Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters today. Share263 Tweet Email12 Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Image: Shutterstock/Sasa Prudkov Image: Shutterstock/Sasa Prudkov Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Under the tax exemption scheme, the first €50,000 per annum of profits or gains earned by writers, composers, visual artists and sculptors from the sale of their work is exempt from income tax in Ireland in certain circumstances.However, this new initiative, which is a key commitment under the Creative Ireland Programme, shows that artists are central to Irish culture, said the incoming Taoiseach. Varadkar announces details of pilot initiative to make it easier for artists to access social welfare supports. Source: RollingNews.ie“Investing in the arts and culture is investing in ourselves,” he added.He said Ireland is world-famous as a haven for art and artists.This reputation for artistic achievement is part of our global USP (unique selling point). Promoting Ireland as a home for art and artists is central to may plans to double our global footprint in the years ahead. I believe it is only right that we allow for some flexibility within the social welfare system to allow artists to access social welfare supports when they need them. Leo Varadkar launching new pilot scheme to help artists access social welfare pic.twitter.com/PweRnWN9t3— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) June 12, 2017 19,790 Views Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare The government initiative will allow artists access social welfare supports. By Christina Finn Source: Heather Humphreys/Twitter Short URL Up to now, artists have found it difficult to access social welfare and of course many artists take on extra jobs to support their livelihoods.Making reference to his initiative to represent “people who get up early in the morning”, Vardakar told the crowd at Poetry Ireland in Parnell Square in Dublin that it never occurred to him the saying would be so “controversial”.However, he believes it is a sentiment that resonates with artists as they are “very serious about their work”. 57 Comments last_img read more

Star Wars and Arrested Development are Just Two Ron Howard Things

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form To be totally honest, we’re still not thrilled about how Disney/Marvel/Star Wars continues to treat directors as disposable tools instead of valuable artistic collaborators. It’s just a gross and corporate way to approach art, treating it like endless product for profit. So that’s why we’re finding it pretty hard to be excited about the Han Solo origin movie (ugh!) that had its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller canned after shooting much of the film (ugh!!).However, new Solo director Ron Howard is very talented in his own right. Plus he starred in famous pre-Star Wars George Lucas film American Graffiti. It’s still likely Solo: A Star Wars Story will be a lemon when it releases later this month, but now we’ve seen the lemonade that’s possible by bringing Ron Howard into the franchise. Listen to him reprise his role as “the narrator” in this hilarious Star Wars/Arrested Development mash-up.From the iconic intro onwards, this spoof reveals the funny and fascinating parallels between the Bluth and Skywalker families. There are bad dads and dutiful sons and weird incest overtones we’re shocked to see an official StarWars.com video officially recognize. Both series even involve hands being chopped off, and both were at some point owned by Fox.The sketch also masterfully parodies Arrested Development’s uniquely comedic editing. While roughly following the plot of A New Hope, the narrator frequently flashes us back to other scenes or movies for some kind of ironic contrast. Again, it’s kind of wild to see an official Star Wars video acknowledge the awkwardness between older Obi-Wan lovingly discussing his relationship with Anakin and what the prequels showed us of how toxic that relationship actually was.Naturally this is really just one big ad for Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ron even gets a plug in. But this May 4th is significant for both Star Wars and Arrested Development fans. As “May the Fourth,” it’s Star Wars Day with the now-expected annual deals and celebrations.But May 4th is also “Cinco De Cuatro,” a running joke from Arrested Development season 4. And on this Cinco De Cuatro Netflix will release a remixed version of the controversial, labyrinthine revival to build hype for season 5 coming this year. Just give Maeby Fünke Force powers and everything will come full circle. Or follow-up on that Tobias cameo in Avengers: Infinity War.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

WWE Smackdown Womens Championship match announced for Clash of Champions

first_img Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Now Playing Up Next Google+ Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Pinterest Videos Articles It was announced earlier tonight on Smackdown Live that Bayley will be defending her Smackdown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair at Clash of Champions.During tonight’s Moment of Bliss segment, Charlotte Flair challenged the champion Bayley to a championship match at Clash of Champions. Bayley quickly accepted her challenge. Here’s what happened:Flair asks Bayley if she knows how people feel about her and her title. Not to take her word for it, she can go back to Summerslam and see what people were talking about. It was her and Trish, not Bayley and Moon. She devalued the title and Flair has to clean up the mess when she beats her at Clash of Champions.Bayley says if that is a challenge, she accepts. And she can’t wait to do everyone a favor and finally shut her mouth. Bayley says one more thing she forgot and she pushes Flair off the chair and into the table. Bayley laughs and walks away.Make sure to read our live recap of Smackdown Live.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:28 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 Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Charlotte Flair Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Becky Lynch WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Clark County asked to increase license fees for dogs cats

first_imgLegally owning a cat or dog in Clark County might become more expensive next year.Clark County hasn’t increased pet licensing fees in 13 years despite a rising population and a woefully understaffed animal control services, said Paul Scarpelli, county animal protection and control manager.In previous years, Scarpelli said, he’s avoided calling for increased pet licensing fees. But with animal protection control services facing a $236,722 cut in the proposed 2017-2018 county budget, he said it’s time for dog and cat owners to kick over a little more.“Clearly, there is no way we are providing the level of service we used to,” Scarpelli told The Columbian.On Wednesday, Scarpelli unveiled his proposed fee increases to councilors, who had mixed reactions of skepticism or support.Scarpelli offered two different proposals for fee increases, which would go into effect next year if approved. The first proposal would increase the current annual pet licensing fee for a dog from $40 to $50. Licenses for spayed or neutered dogs would increase from $16 to $25. For cats, the fee would rise from $20 to $30. For spayed and neutered cats, that would rise from $10 to $15.Under the second proposal, fee increases for dogs would be the same as in the first proposal. Fees for cats would increase to $40. They would increase to $20 if the cat is spayed or neutered, practices the county incentivizes with lower fees. The first proposal would raise $255,605 in revenue. The second would raise $294,040.“I’m asking you all to agree to raising our rates such that $294,000 in new income is generated from animal control,” Scarpelli told the council. Discounted fees for seniors and low-income individuals would be half of regular fees, Scarpelli told The Columbian.last_img read more

Protesters blast gas fracking needed for Kalama methanol plant

first_imgOLYMPIA — In a plea to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to stop projects like the proposed $2 billion Kalama methanol plant, about 100 people gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday to oppose manufacturing facilities that use fracked natural gas.Kalama resident Charlene DesRosier, a speaker at the event, said her home is the closest private residence to the proposed plant, which is proposed for the north end of the Port of Kalama. Her business, Camp Kalama RV Park and Campground, is the closest non-industrial business to the plant.“I feel like I have a lot at stake if we can’t stop this. And our community has a lot at stake if we can’t stop this,” she said.Speakers and organizers specifically called out the Tacoma LNG project and the proposed $2 billion methanol plant that Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) aims to build at the Port of Kalama.Environmentalist group Columbia Riverkeeper, which organized the rally, said it also delivered 130,000 public comments to the Governor’s Office opposing “fracked” gas projects. Fracking is the controversial process of drilling into the ground and then injecting a high-pressure water mixture into the rock to release the natural gas inside.last_img read more

FARABA COMMISSION Witnesses Say PIU Opened Fire On Them

first_imgBY KEBBA MAMBURAYWitnesses testifying before the Faraba Commission, sitting at Faraba Banta yesterday, told the Commission that the PIU fired on them upon their arrival. The witnesses that testified are all residents of Faraba Banta, namely Ms Kaddy Touray, Aja Sanyang, Wonto Kujabi Samateh and Bakary Badjie.Commissioners examining the chief’s house destroyed during the incidentThe Commission also visited the sites as well as the demarcated, destroyed and burnt places in the village. According to the Chairperson of the Commission, Mr Emmanuel Joof, this is the third visit of theirs to Faraba Banta. He explained that they visited Faraba well before they were sworn in as Commissioners to express their condolences to the families of the departed souls.The first to testify was Ms. Kaddy Touray. She said she was in her garden on the day of the unpleasant incident around 12pm when she heard a public address system saying that Julakay has resumed sand mining. According to her, she said she went to the quarry with the villagers. She explained that the portion where mining is taking place touches some of the portions of her rice field.Commissioners examining the rice fieldsShe testified that, if they (villagers) should allow the continuation of mining at the site then they will not be able to cultivate their rice fields. Afterwards they moved to the village and assembled in one place and they saw a reinforcement of paramilitary. Kaddy said they welcomed the paramilitary by chanting, “Welcome, paaral naatalleh” in Mandinka language which mean means, welcome the paramilitary are here.Then all of a sudden, she said, tear gas canisters were fired at them, which hit her chest; she then inhaled the gas and became unconscious and left for home. According to her, there were paramilitary stationed at Faraba Banta before the coming of the reinforcement.She explained before the Commission that she saw loaded trucks with sand but she didn’t see any obstruction on the access road for the trucks. She added that whilst sitting by her door, she saw five paramilitary coming with guns and batons. When she saw them coming, she said she was wandering whether they were going to the Chief’s compound but they rushed towards her then she ran inside her house and locked herself in. Then, she said, one of the PIU personnel asked her to open the door but she refused; that the PIU personnel then broke her doors open and destroyed her windows and told her “today we will have sex with you to our satisfaction.”  “I was deeply insulted by the PIU” she said. But later, she said, she ran away through the back door because the PIU told her that they were going to kill her.Meanwhile, Aja Sanyang a native of Faraba Banta also testified before the Commission that on the 18th of June 2018, around 7am she heard the noise of the excavator, and all of a sudden she saw a lot of people (villagers) going towards the mining site. Then she said she heard them saying “we are going to the quarry but we will not fight or cause any violence”; that she then went to join the demonstrators that were standing near the village football field. She narrated that they were sitting and chatting with the PIU who were already stationed there before the 18th June, when they heard someone saying, “the PIU are coming” in the Mandinka language. She added that the PIU came through the back way then as they drew nearer, the PIU wielding shields, guns and batons fired on tear gas canisters on them.Later, she said, she heard a gun shot and that shot hit one Bakary Seyfo whom she said she saw falling and later was taken away by the youths. She added that before Bakary Seyfo was shot, she saw one Sainey Sonko injured.She further said, after the PIU fired tear gas canisters into them, many people retreated to their various houses, then that was the time the PIU started chasing people up to their houses. So she said she was telling them, “save lives and property but do not kill”. She added that she was standing on the veranda but upon seeing the PIU coming for her, she ran away and left her mother sitting on the veranda; that one of the PIU personnel then came to her mother and told her, “old woman get inside the house before I kill you.” She said her mother then responded, “kill me that’s what I want but I will not leave this place”; that the PIU left but as they were leaving, she heard one of them say, “these are bad people we should kill them all”.Wonto Kujabi Samateh also testified before the Commission that the rice field used to have a lot of water during the rainy season but now there is no water in the rice fields due to the mining operation of Julakay. She further told the Commission that last year even though rainfall was not plenty the rice fields still retained water but due to the mining water is no longer retained in the rice fields but empties into artificial ponds caused by the mining.Meanwhile Bakary Badjie also narrated his ordeal to the Commission. He explained that on the 18th June 2018, he was sitting his house brewing ataya, later did he saw three PIUs coming towards his house, then they arrested him and took him to their trucks and along the way they started beating him seriously one of them hits him in his back around his waist. Adding that when he got to the truck, he saw one journalist too whom was beating by the PIUs and later he pleaded to the PIUs to take them to the hospital because he was so much in pain.last_img read more

ALM Newsletter Open Rates Jump 60 Percent After Mobile Optimization

first_imgMobile is more than just a buzzword for b-to-b publisher ALM—it’s a now an essential medium that the company views as one of the most effective ways to drive traffic to their sites. Since optimizing 20 of its electronic newsletters for viewing on mobile devices in early March, the company has seen open rates increase by more than 60 percent.“Electronic newsletters are one of the most effective means for b-to-b companies and marketers to drive more traffic to their sites,” Jeffery Litvack, SVP of Digital Media for ALM, says in a release. “It has become imperative for media companies to make their content easy to read and interact with on mobile devices. Publishers like ALM need to get ahead of the consumer smartphone adoption curve and design emails that render differently on mobile devices.”ALM newsletters now automatically render and know what sort of device or screen size it is dealing with, serving up the appropriate HTML that works best for that specific device. About 40 percent of ALM’s readers open their e-newsletters on their mobile devices, most of which use Apple iOS devices. Litvack says that by introducing mobile optimization, advertisers and readers can realize tangible benefits from faster load times, easier to read formats and more visible ad messages. “Internet usage data indicates that the mobile future is here, with more people opening emails in mobile browsers than with any other platform,” adds Litvack. To back up that claim, ALM cites several data points:• Two out of three U.S. email users sort through their emails on their mobile devices before reading them on their computers, according to BlueHornet’s report, 2013 Consumer Views of Email Marketing.• The 2013 Consumer Views Email Marketing report also shows, according to ALM, that 70 percent of people delete emails that do not format properly on their mobile device.• Citing Return Path Analysis, ALM says that mobile open share rates have increased 300 percent since 2010.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

Tesla cuts US car prices following record production in Q4 2018

first_img 49 Photos 2 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Electric Cars Car Industry Tesla Share your voice Tesla’s Model 3 Performance subtly adds the power Comments Tags While Tesla may have narrowly missed its goal to deliver 100,000 Model S and X vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2018, there’s still some good news — for both the carmaker and future Tesla owners — tucked away in its production announcement.Tesla on Wednesday released its production and delivery figures for the fourth quarter of 2018. The automaker produced 86,555 vehicles in Q4, an 8 percent increase over Q3, which was its best quarter to date. Of those vehicles produced, 61,394 were Model 3 sedans, with the rest a mix of Model S and Model X.On the delivery front, Tesla delivered 90,700 vehicles in Q4, again a quarterly record for the company. 63,150 of those deliveries were Model 3s, which is 13 percent more deliveries than Q3, but lower than analysts had hoped, according to Bloomberg. Tesla had hoped to deliver 100,000 Model S and Model X vehicles this year, but it fell just short of that goal at 99,394 deliveries. 145,846 Model 3s made it out the door and to owners across all of 2018.Enlarge ImageWhether increased production will beget a second quarter of profitability has yet to be seen. Steven Ewing/Roadshow What’s interesting is that, in its production press release, Tesla noted that “more than three quarters of Model 3 orders in Q4 came from new customers, rather than reservation holders.” With the advent of a less expensive midrange Model 3, the majority of remaining reservation holders are likely holding out for the fabled $35,000 Model 3, which does not yet exist but is planned to make its debut some time in 2019. Tesla also announced that it will lower the prices of its vehicles to counteract reduced tax incentives being implemented in 2019. All three Tesla models will see $2,000 disappear off the window sticker starting Jan. 2. The tax incentive is still available to Tesla buyers, but it’s now limited to $3,750 for vehicles delivered through June 30. That figure will again drop to $1,875 for the last half of 2019 before disappearing entirely, provided there are no legislative adjustments planned.Tesla won’t announce its fourth-quarter earnings for a couple more weeks, when we’ll see if the automaker was able to eke out a profit two quarters in a row. Tesla Model 3 Performance: Oh yeah, it’s a rocket.Tesla Model X: It’s still a winner. Tesla 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshowlast_img read more

ExCEO Steve Ballmer Resigns from Microsoft to Focus on NBAs Clippers

first_imgSteve Ballmer, former Microsoft Chief Executive, resigned from the board on Tuesday, after announcing that he aims to dedicate more time to the newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.Ballmer posted the letter on Microsoft’s website, which said that he was pleased with the company’s decision to appoint Satya Nadella as the new chief.”Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off,” Ballmer said in the letter addressed to Nadella.”The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately,” he added.Ballmer has worked for Microsoft for nearly 34 years and owns more than 333 million shares worth over $15 billion. In his letter, Ballmer noted that he currently stands as Microsoft’s largest individual shareholder.”I hold more Microsoft shares than anyone other than index funds and love the mix of profits, investments and dividends returned in our stock,” Ballmer wrote. “I expect to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future.”Just a year ago, Ballmer had announced his plans to retire from Microsoft, amid discontent over his leadership fuelled by activist shareholder ValueAct Capital, reported Reuters.Meanwhile, Nadella has applauded the 58-year-old’s leadership skills in the company and added that under his inspection Microsoft team has created mobile-first and cloud-first software applications.Nadella has spent the last several months competing with tech rivals such as Apple, Google and Facebook. Recently, Microsoft announced plans to cut thousands of jobs over the next year. The move was the part of its continued effort to realign resources and control expenses in the company.The stock price of Microsoft Corp. ended 1.07 percent or $0.48 higher at $45.34 per share at NASDAQ Stock Exchange market on Tuesday.last_img read more

Blizzard hits northeast US

first_img5.tA couple walks on Broadway during a snowstorm in the village of Nyack, a northern suburb of New York City, US, 14 March, 2017. Photo: Reuters Snow piled up rapidly in parts of the northeastern United States on Tuesday as a blizzard swept in, forcing airlines to ground flights and schools to cancel classes while shrouding an early herald of spring, Washington’s famed cherry blossoms, in ice.The National Weather Service (NWS) warned some 50 million people from Pennsylvania to Maine of a “rapidly intensifying nor’easter” that was unusual for so late in the winter and many heeded the advice by staying home.1.tPeople walk past a pile of snow on Capitol Hill in Washington, US 14 March, 2017. Photo: Reuters But the NWS also sharply dialed back forecasts in some areas, notably in New York City, where residents had been warned to steel themselves for potentially record-breaking wintriness.Still, some in the region could expect to find themselves surrounded by up to 2 feet (60 cm) of snow by early Wednesday, the weather service predicted, with the worst blizzard conditions forecast for parts of New England.2.tA worker clears snow in Times Square as snow falls in Manhattan. Photo: Reuters Governors in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia declared states of emergency. New York’s Andrew Cuomo suspended above-ground portions of the city’s subway service and said the Metro-North commuter service to the suburbs would shut down at noon. Transit officials warned that more bus and train routes might be suspended throughout the day.“There’s no real reason to be on the roads,” Cuomo said in an interview with MSNBC.New York City was expected to escape the worst of it after the NWS withdrew its blizzard warning and roughly halved its snowfall forecast for the city to between 4 and 8 inches (10 and 20 cm).Still, life was disrupted for many New Yorkers.“It’s a ghost town,” Ali Naji, 33, said as he sat listening to Mexican pop music amid the emptiness of his usually bustling convenience store in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood.3.tA tractor trailer travels on New York State Thruway covered by snow, near Nyack, a northern suburb of New York City, US 14 March, 2017. Photo: Reuters His morning commute was easy enough since he lives upstairs. “I drop a rope and come down,” Naji said, laughing, but added that he could see why others would be deterred. He gestured out the window, where an occasional pedestrian could be seen trudging in an umbrella-forward stoop against the wind and sleet.In Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Lisa Luna, 36, and a friend walked around, hungry for breakfast.“We weren’t prepared for the blizzard and didn’t go shopping,” she said. “I just needed a bagel.”AIR TRAFFIC SNARLEDAirlines canceled about 5,700 flights across the United States, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.American Airlines (AAL.O) canceled all flights into New York’s three airports – Newark, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airport – and JetBlue 4.tWorkers clear frozen precipitation from a walkway at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, US 14 March, 2017. Photo: Reuters Airways (JBLU.O) reported extensive cancellations.Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) canceled 800 flights for Tuesday for New York, Boston and other northeast airports. United Airlines (UAL.N) said it would have no operations at Newark or LaGuardia.New York City public schools – the largest U.S. school system – canceled classes on Tuesday as did schools in the Washington, D.C., area, Boston, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey.In Washington, federal agencies were opening three hours later than normal after forecasters predicted 5 inches (13 cm) of snow.At the open-sided Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the ice-slick marble floor served as a skating rink for some of the 71 eighth graders visiting from St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colorado.Math teacher Michael Pattison, 65, ticked off all the monuments and museums the students would see that day.“This weather is not going to stop us,” he said, clapping his gloved hands.“No, it’s not,” a couple of students shouted back.Nearby, scores of cherry trees in early bloom, a tourist attraction and an emblem of springtime in the capital, were encased in ice.The storm comes near the end of an unusually mild winter along much of the East Coast, with below-normal snowfalls.In Boston, Kelley Peace, a 26-year-old dog walker, was out with three of her charges in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, where residents were braced for up to a foot of snow.“The dogs are more hyper in this weather,” she said. “They want to play. “Especially the big dogs. The only thing is the salt. It burns their paws. So I put booties on them.”last_img read more

EC issues stern warning over hate speeches

first_imgWith the declaration of the Assembly poll schedule on Monday, the Model Code of Conduct came into force in the capital with Delhi’s chief electoral office forming different committees to look into electoral issues.Warning political leaders against making hate speeches, the Election Commission on Monday said there will be strict and “ruthless” enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct during Delhi polls and it will have zero tolerance against such occurrences. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreIn the Assembly poll, voting will take place in 11,763 polling booths in 2527 locations across the city. As per the electoral roll published till January 5, the total number of voters in the city have been estimated at 1,30,85,251 out of which 72,60,633 are men and 58,24,618 are women voters. The Assembly election in Delhi, being touted as a direct contest between BJP and AAP, will be held on 7 February. Counting of votes for the election to the 70-member Assembly will be held on 10 February . Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“We have formed different committees, including expenditure committee, at the level of districts to look into all matters ralated to elections. We will soon be imparting training to our staff in a phased-manner,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said.The notification for the polls will be issued by the Lieutenant-Governor on January 14 while the last date for filing nominations is January 21. The date of scrutiny is 22 January , while candidates can withdraw from the electoral battle by January 24.last_img read more