The Canadian Press The engineering and construction firm has been at the centre of a political controversy following accusations by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company. MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says chief executive Neil Bruce is retiring from the company and returning to his family in the United Kingdom.Ian Edwards, the company’s chief operating officer, has been named interim chief executive effective today.Bruce is expected to remain an adviser to the board until the end of the year.SNC also says that the board of directors has asked Edwards to undertake a review of the strategic direction of the company.A Quebec judge ruled last month there was enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption. The company has pleaded not guilty.WATCH: SNC-Lavalin heading to court
The meeting brought together over 100 representatives from the region, international organizations, donors and others to discuss the problems associated with the uranium tailing deposits – left over from mining during the Cold War in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – which contain more than 800 million tons of radioactive and toxic waste. These countries have not been able to deal with the problem adequately due to lack of resources and capacity. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said the legacy of nuclear waste and related environmental management issues has a direct impact on human development in the region. “As most of the uranium tailing sites are located in densely populated and natural-disaster prone areas of Central Asia’s largest river basins, they represent a major potential risk to the region’s water supply and the health of millions of people,” she said in a statement to the forum. “Many more are likely to suffer if uranium contamination moves downstream to other areas,” she added.Neal Walker, UNDP Resident Representative, said these tailings are not only highly toxic and dangerous to human health, but they are extremely vulnerable to, for examples, earthquakes – which are inevitable and only a matter of time.Among the outcomes of the forum, he noted strengthening regulatory frameworks and national capacity to address the problem, as well as a call for public-private partnerships to bring in investments and to explore opportunities to further exploit the tailings for economic gain.“With the publicity around the event, we have generated important public awareness of the problem and broad political support for the implementation of solutions,” said Mr. Walker. 29 June 2009A high-level forum organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) wrapped up in Geneva today with the adoption of a joint declaration stressing the need to tackle the challenge of radioactive waste in Central Asia.
by Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2017 7:32 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal investments appear to match B.C. housing, transit initiatives: de Jong VANCOUVER – The federal budget appears to be in line with British Columbia’s approach to affordable housing, child care and transit, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said Wednesday, calling a new $11.2 billion national housing fund a “relevant and significant” amount of money.It’s unclear how large a share B.C. will get, but he said the focus on encouraging partnerships between housing providers and the private sector matches the province’s strategy.“It is entirely consistent with the approach we’re trying to take here,” he said.De Jong addressed the federal budget after announcing $5 million to support the expansion in Vancouver of Covenant House, which helps homeless youth. He said it is an example of how partnerships between the government and the private sector or societies can create new housing.“We get way more bang for the public buck by affecting those partnerships,” he said.The recent provincial budget promised an increase in child-care spaces in the province, and de Jong said federal funding to do the same will help take the pressure off wait lists.The Opposition NDP has promised a $10 per day child-care program, But de Jong said the Liberal government is not considering a similar plan even with the new federal funds.The announcement of about $2.2 billion from Ottawa to support rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver has been welcomed by both de Jong and the region’s mayors.The TransLink mayors’ council said in a news release they’re looking forward to working with the provincial government to match the funds.De Jong said the province will provide its promised 33 per cent of the bill and with the new federal commitment, it’s time to finalize plans for new transit.“It seems to me the pieces are falling into place and we’re hopeful that we can now get beyond merely talking about it and getting on with building some expanded transit capacity,” he said.Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said the mayors’ council would like to break ground on a light rail line in her city and a subway along Broadway in Vancouver by 2018.The mayors’ council says the funding will also go towards increased services on existing SkyTrain lines, expanding bus services, new funding for major roads, as well as improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.Federal and provincial commitments account for only two-thirds of the total cost of the transit expansion, but de Jong said it’s enough to get started and he’ll work with municipalities to find the remaining funds.
UTICA, N.Y. — Cam Darcy had the go-ahead goal at the 15:09 mark of the second period as the Utica Comets doubled up the Belleville Senators 4-2 on Saturday in American Hockey League play.Jonathan Dahlen and Tanner Kero had power-play goals to give Utica (9-10-2), the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, a 2-0 lead by the first intermission. Brendan Gaunce added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play and Thatcher Demko made 26 saves for the win.Jordan Murray and Filip Chlapik tied it up 2-2 in the second period for Belleville (9-10-1), the minor league club for the Ottawa Senators. Filip Gustavsson stopped 17-of-20 shots in net.Utica went 2 for 7 on the power play and Belleville couldn’t connect on its five man advantages.The Comets have won three straight.The Canadian Press
Spin calls the reissue of the Flaming Lips’ 1997 album Zaireeka “unconventional.” My question, however, is: if nothing the Lips do is conventional, shouldn’t the unconventional be the unconventional? I mean, consider the original release of Zaireeka–the album was a four-disc set with all four intended to be played on different CD players at the same time. I tried to listen to the record with a group of friends in college once, but given the different start rates of players, it was nearly impossible to sync the things up, despite the ample syncing tones at the beginning.Perhaps this reissue will make matters easier. The band is re-releasing the record on cell phones. Says lead singer Wayne Coyne, “We’re trying to get together as many people with phones to cram into a bathroom and play it. It’ll be a cool experience.”The record is arriving in the next week or so, so you’ve got that long to find three friends as dorky as you to try it out. The test starts now. Video of the new Zaireeka after the jump.
23,022 Views THE OMNIPLEX GROUP has pledged to have the Longford shopping centre up and running in less than two years after it snapped up the long-vacant building.It was revealed last week that the cinema chain has acquired the Longford Town Centre, which was under the control of receivers appointed by state bad-bank Nama.Mark Anderson, one of the directors of the Omniplex group, has said that the firm is planning to develop an entertainment centre in the building which will be centred around an Omniplex cinema.While there is currently a four-screen Omniplex cinema adjacent to the shopping centre, Anderson said that the firm is looking at moving it inside the complex.“Our Longford cinema is a four-screen complex, and four screens aren’t fit for a world-class facility, which is what we see this as,” he told Fora.We will increase the number of screens by 50%, if not 100%, and we’re exploring the feasibility of moving the cinema to within the shopping centre.“We would hope that would be complemented by leisure facilities, maybe four or five restaurants, and we would be looking to get another leisure element in there. (The centre) will be a leisure, retail and dining experience.”The centre was built during the boom and was almost completely finished when the property market crashed.It has lain idle in the centre of the town since then. Loans connected to the centre were taken over by Nama and receivers acting on behalf of the state agency put it on the market in August with a price tag of €950,000.Major investmentAnderson declined to reveal what the cinema group paid for the centre, saying only that it was above the near-€1 million asking price. He said that the company will now invest “a multiple of that” in the complex. Omniplex Longford Source: Google MapsThe opening of the vacant shopping centre would represent a significant boost to Longford, which is also about to get a huge new Center Parcs holiday resort. Anderson said that it made “good business sense” to invest in the county.“We’ve been trading in the cinema in Longford since the 70s, and we felt that there was a potential to maximise our potential with the shopping centre,” he said.We will be investing a substantial amount of money into this project. We’re not interested in just mouthing positive words, we’re investing millions into Longford.“It will possibly be 12-18 months until this comes to fruition (opening the shopping centre).”The Longford shopping centre has about 73,000 sq ft of retail space over two floors, enough for several dozen outlets.Omniplex will handle the management of the centre and will act as a landlord. The company has done this in several locations in the past, such as with the Swan shopping centre in Rathmines, which it also owns.Asked if developing regional shopping centres has become part of a strategy for the cinema chain, Anderson said: “We’re doing this in Omagh at the moment, and on the outskirts of Belfast we have an Omni retail park which is leisure and restaurant based.“The businesses feed on the cinema footfall and vice-versa, it’s a mix that works very well for the cinemas and for tenants.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps By Fora Staff https://jrnl.ie/3869124 Share196 Tweet Email4 Feb 17th 2018, 2:00 PM ‘It will be world class’: Omniplex has bought the long-vacant Longford shopping centre The cinema group is hoping to breathe life into the complex. Short URL 36 Comments Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:
IRELAND HAS GOTTEN a record number of new solicitors in 2016 as UK-based legal eagles look to Ireland after the Brexit vote.New stats from the Law Society show that 1,347 new solicitors will be added to the Roll of Solicitors by the time the year is out.This number beats the previous record number from 2008 by over 500 and is a 275% increase compared to last year.Qualified solicitors from England and Wales have been allowed register in Ireland since 1991, and vice versa, after qualifications from both jurisdictions were recognised by the other.In the latest edition of the industry magazine, the Law Society Gazette says that Irish solicitors have been the main beneficiary of this agreement in the 25 years since but that Brexit has “changed the direction of transfers across the Irish Sea”.A breakdown of the figures shows that, of the 1,347 new solicitors registered here this year, 810 came from England.Law Society director general Ken Murphy has described the massive increase of solicitors as “a tsunami” but cautioned that it’s unclear at this point exactly how many UK legal firms will open offices here.“The single word that dominates all assessments of the potential impact of Brexit is ‘uncertainty’. So far, the Law Society of Ireland has no knowledge that any of the England-based firms intend to open an office in this jurisdiction,” Murphy said, adding the €300 per solicitor charge pays for administration costs but doesn’t swell the Law Society’s coffers.Perhaps this may change if a significant number of businesses, in the financial services sector for example, transfer some or all of their operations from Britain to Ireland as a result of Brexit. But at this stage, that can be no more than speculation.The firm from England and Wales that has transferred the most solicitors to Ireland is Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The firm, which is one of the so-called ‘Magic Circle’ of London-based firms and one of the one of the top 10 largest in the world, added 117 UK solicitors to the Irish roll this year.Read: Gardagate: 13 years’ of tapes that could be impossible to analyse >Read: Fully-qualified solicitors doing a JobBridge? It’s ‘a joke’ > By Rónán Duffy 24,357 Views Image: Shutterstock As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 39 Comments Share162 Tweet Email3 Monday 5 Dec 2016, 4:15 PM Image: Shutterstock Dec 5th 2016, 4:15 PM http://jrnl.ie/3121193 Brexit has led to ‘a tsunami’ of new solicitors in Ireland from the UK It’s beaten previous records.
Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Another week, another plan to defeat Cicada that doesn’t really go anywhere. This time though, the Flash spends most of the episode completely powerless. Surprisingly, it works. This oddly Flash-less episode ended up being one of the season’s most exciting, despite ending pretty much the same way the last few Cicada-themed stories have. With the team going back to square one after their big idea of the week fails. But hey, it’s, like, about the journey, man.Cisco remains completely offscreen for anther week, presumably continuing to work on the metahuman cure in his own personal fortress of solitude. Thanks to his research, they have a finished cure. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as putting it in a dart and injecting him with it. They need to get Cicada to sit still for a full minute. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a MacGuffin that does exactly that. The Flash and Elongated Man need to go undercover to speak to a black market weapons dealer about buying a Neuro-Stasis Field Generator. What does it do exactly? Doesn’t matter. It will immobilize Cicada somehow, so Team Flash needs it. Barry and Ralph find out the secret location of the underground weapons market from the most Oirish man in Central City. Upon arrival, they’re immediately placed in power dampening cuffs, rendering them both powerless for the entire episode.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Neil Webb as Gat — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWThat’s what makes this episode so interesting. Unable to use speed or stretchiness, Ralph and Barry have to get by using only their wits. Taking a superhero’s powers away is always a good excuse to try something new with the hero, and this episode uses the trope to great effect. It’s so much fun watching Barry put on a tough guy act. We get to see it so rarely, and Grant Gustin plays his awkward uncertainty well. It’s clear this is a muscle Barry doesn’t get to exercise often. He nearly blows their cover trying to buy up every cop-killing weapon before real bad guys get their hands on them. Ralph reigns him in, and brings him to a meeting with Goldface, the villain of the week who has the tech they need. Goldface doesn’t trust Barry initially, but Barry makes himself out to be some supervillain mastermind behind every major crime in Central City. Damn Barry, I didn’t know you had that in you.Goldface has Barry and Ralph do a job for him in exchange for the field generator. He wants them to steal an 3D printer that prints organs before it reaches a hospital. Man, that’s kicking puppies-level evil. The moral dilemma here is entirely predictable, but it’s still fun to watch it play out. Barry and Ralph being powerless adds a ton of tension and stakes to a fairly basic plot here. Ralph asks Barry if he’s OK to go through with it, and Barry says The Flash has to get his hands dirty to beat Cicada. The ends justify the means. Ralph doesn’t like hearing the good and pure Barry Allen talk that way, so he locks him in the truck while the rest of the team goes to steal the organ printer. Ralph Dibny is already a little crooked, he reasons. Of course, we know he’s not that crooked. As soon as he realizes he’s stealing organs, and therefore a chance at life, from a bunch of sick kids, he turns on Goldface’s men, knocking them all out and taking their weapons.Damion Poitier as Goldface, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWThis gives us the best scene of the episode. Barry and Ralph still don’t have their powers, but they have to fight through an entire building of henchmen. They take a couple of cop-killing laser guns and set them to stun. A setting these weapons apparently have, for some reason. Whatever, setting to stun is just an excuse for the good guys to have an awesome gunfight and still keep their bodycount at zero. And what a cool gunfight it is. Everyone involved in shooting this scene clearly had a lot of fun making it, and it shows. In the end, they have to fight Goldface, a metahuman impervious to the stun rays thanks to his gold-covered skeleton. It’s exciting watching Barry use his wits, rather than his speed to defeat a supervillain. He goads Goldface into using his gold chain whip on Barry. Barry dodges out of the way at the last second, causing the whip to strike an electrical box. The shot of the gold melting out of the villain’s face is surprisingly gruesome for this show. So much so that it almost feels like a cop-out when Barry checks his pulse to reveal he’s still alive. OK sure, the man who just vomited gold out of every orifice is perfectly fine. But I guess Barry Allen has to remain pure and good somehow.They aren’t even the only people running up against a supervillain without any powers this episode. Iris launched her newspaper, but it’s being called boring by… some guy that reviews local blogs in Central City I guess? You’d think a blog reviewer (do those exist?) would be able to design a better website himself. Then again, I review TV shows and sure as hell can’t make one, so glass houses and all that. Iris decides the way to make her blog pop is to write about the supervillain terrorizing Central City this season. It worked with DeVoe, why wouldn’t it work with Cicada. She gets a lead on a potential hideout, and ends up having to hide when the man himself unexpectedly comes home. Iris just barely avoiding detection is effectively harrowing and heart-pounding, but it’s nothing compared to when she gets caught.Chris Klein as Orlin Dwyer and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWThis scene is why I love the Iris stories so much. She (generally) has no powers. All she has is her smarts and reporting skills. Cicada catches her as she’s running out the door, and she pretends she just walked in. She claims she’s there to interview him about lead in the water. A simple scene of the two of them sitting at the kitchen table is incredibly tense. You feel like she could be found out at any minute. And she is when she grabs her purse on the way out. Cicada notices she didn’t have the bag when she came in. With the Flash and Ralph busy with their own fight, Iris has to battle Cicada herself. That’s where we remember she can hold her own when she needs to. Cornered in the kitchen, she grabs a knife and stabs Cicada in his chest wound. That incapacitates him long enough for her to get away. When the whole team is back together, she shares the discovery. To get Cicada to sit still long enough to administer the metahuman cure, they have to attack his chest wound. The only question is will this lead to the actual solution, or will they give up on it in a week like they have every other plan?It is a little weird that Nora’s story ended up feeling like such an afterthought despite bookending the episode. Eobard Thawne gives her advice on how to throw off Sherloque Wells, who’s getting to close to discovering who she’s working with. That advice: Set up a scenario where he’ll meet the woman he falls in love with in every universe. She brings Sherloque to Jitters and makes him bump into Renee Adler (get it? GET IT?). He initially creeps her out by deducing everything about her, making her think he’s a stalker. Again, the episode sets up this plot to be a much bigger deal than it is, but really it’s just comic relief. Fortunately it’s funny comic relief. Especially when Iris tracks down Sherloque’s ex-wives to ask why they fell for him in the first place. It turns out they all talk to each other, they’re all after him for back alimony payments, and they’re all different versions of Renee Adler. This is taking having a type a bit too far.Kimberly Williams – Paisley as Renee Adler and Tom Cavanagh as Sherloque Wells — Photo: The CWIn the end, he proves to this Earth’s Renee that he’s just a good detective, and not a stalker. The two agree to go out on a date, which means that Nora and Thawne’s plan, whatever that is, can continue unabated. So it’s another wait for next week and see. This episode had a lot of those, but it wasn’t as obnoxious as it usually is. That’s just how fun and well-written the stories were this week. Sure, the destination was a bit nonexistent, but hey, we enjoyed the journey.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5, Episode 12 RecapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 11 RecapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 10 Recap
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 30, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. says the Government will continue to utilize technological solutions as a key component in creating a safer society. Mr. Charles was speaking at the opening ceremony for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Social Good Summit at the University of Technology campus, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on September 28.“We have found ways to access and utilise technology to our benefit, particularly with regard to communication for prevention and public awareness through our website, through the Stay Alert Application and other mechanisms,” he said.Senator Charles highlighted other areas in which technology can be used to respond to crime.“Whether it is, perhaps, a digitised diary in the police station or some equipment that is used within the police vehicle, it is all around the aspect of better use of technology for the efficiency and effectiveness of how we are going to create a safer and more secure Jamaica,” he noted.The State Minister reiterated a call for persons to download and make use of the Ministry’s crime-fighting and safety software application, ‘Stay Alert’. The app, which is a crime-fighting mechanism, has a panic mode that, when activated, sends an alert to the police that the user is in an emergency situation. It also facilitates reporting of incidents.The Stay Alert app includes alerts that provide users with the latest news, tips and updates from the police and other information from the police blotters; iReport, which allows users to anonymously upload video, audio, photo or messages about suspicious individuals or crimes; and the laws component, which provides snippets of Jamaican legislation.The Social Good Summit, a flagship annual global event of the UNDP, examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. The Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time.Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
March 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter wrote an op-ed about the Green New Deal. He published it on his website, but you can read it below:“America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”That was President Trump’s declaration during his recent State of the Union address. The need for such an obvious statement would have been unfathomable a few years ago. Aside from Bernie Sanders, there were not many Members of Congress who would openly describe themselves or their policies as socialist in nature. Times have changed. The socialist label has become a badge of honor for today’s liberals and, apparently, a prerequisite for any Democrat who is considering a run for the White House. In this environment, President Trump’s declaration was necessary and, I believe, will go down as a defining moment of his presidency.Case in point, the Green New Deal (GND), a proposal to radically transform our economy and impose expensive government mandates on the American people. This policy has inexplicably become the rallying cry of liberal Democrats. From hard-charging newly elected representatives to presidential hopefuls racing to raise money, liberal Democrats have gone all in on new legislative efforts that seek to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy within 10 years. Under the GND plan, 100% of all power demands will be provided through clean and renewable energy sources.While this sounds worthwhile, in reality, what would such an effort actually entail? All industries would be under the knife. From methane-producing cows, to cars and planes. From traditional fossil fuels to clean-burning liquid natural gas. Even nuclear power plants that produce tremendous amounts of reliable, CO2 free energy would not escape this overzealous mandate.Every building will have to be upgraded or replaced (yes, replaced!) to achieve full compliance. Our transportation system would be totally overhauled by huge increases in electric vehicle production and air travel will be supplanted by a tremendous expansion of high-speed rail (insert California high-speed rail joke here.)How do supporters of the GND propose to eliminate all these power sources and convince the private sector to support such an effort? Incentives? No, the GND approach is the same as any socialist endeavor—the government becomes the prime economic driver, creating massive bureaucratic regulation and taking draconian punitive actions against American citizens and private businesses that do not achieve the coordinated response and complete transition from fossil fuels.What is the cost of the GND? Beginning estimates start at $6.6 trillion per year, but realistic expectations have the cost much higher. This coming from the same group who claimed a $5 billion investment into our border security was too much. Who is going to pay that cost? Working Americans, through higher taxes and expensive government mandates. Our choices – gone. Our desires – irrelevant. Our quality of life – inconsequential. The only thing required to put this plan into place, our pocketbooks and our silence. Well, they will get neither.Before considering such a massive overhaul of our economy, we need to take a step back into reality. Right now, the U.S. is a world leader in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. To imply different is a disservice to the accomplishments we have achieved. We should always strive to be better stewards of our environment, to breathe clean air, to drink clean water, to preserve America’s natural resources for generations to come. The socialist left would have us believe that this objective is completely inconsistent with energy production, but they are wrong, these are not mutually exclusive goals. The federal government continues to make investments in green technology research and private companies, fueled by a free market and competition, are making great strides in manufacturing cleaner cars, safer buildings, and more efficient power plants.GND advocates will argue they want a “democratic and participatory process,” that their proposal is only a House Resolution, without the force of law, an expression of Congress with which to start a dialogue and conversation. Any such conversation, however, must start with truth. The truth is America did not get where it is through top down government mandates that kill the innovative spark that fuels small business and defines the very nature of our energetic and expanding economy. America got to where it is through the ingenuity and tenacity of the American people, empowered by the freedoms enshrined in our constitution. The stark reality is that the massive economic overhaul that the GND requires would be a march towards socialism.The Green New Deal is the old, tired Socialist Steal, a plan that has the government picking winners and losers. A plan that deserves to be rejected. A more productive conversation and dialogue is finding ways to encourage the private sector and free market in innovative energy science to do what it does best, invest in America.Congressman Duncan Hunter represents the 50th Congressional District of California. Posted: March 8, 2019 Congressman Hunter: The Green New Deal is the Old Socialist Steal By Congressman Duncan D. Hunter KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
In partnership with the United Soybean Board (USB), the American Soybean Association (ASA) participated in the Ag Innovation Showcase held Sept. 10-12, at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.The Ag Innovation Showcase gathers over 400 of the top decision makers and innovators in the agricultural sciences. There are eight industries represented at the event – soil health and crop inputs, water, ag biotech, precision ag, renewables and biobased materials, farming innovations, animal health, and food ingredients and nutrition. This year’s event marked the 10th Anniversary of the Ag Innovation Showcase, and the conference promoted nutrition and sustainability as the major themes of the event. Industry leaders, early-stage companies, investors, and other stakeholders committed to food and agriculture innovation throughout the value chain were invited to join in engaging discussions and presentations.USB was a sponsor of the event, which allowed the opportunity for USB and ASA staff members to attend special private functions with other agriculture industry technology and innovation leaders. The sponsorship also included recognition in conference communications, plus the opportunity to provide information on the soybean checkoff to attendees via a display and various networking events. Click here for more information on the Ag Innovation Showcase.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year the BP Teachers of Excellence program recognized 21 Alaska teachers, among those are three Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: “The BP Teacher of Excellence program has been going on for many years in our state, and on the Kenai Peninsula we have so many amazing educators. BP likes to highlight the teachers and show what’s happening in our classrooms.” BP Alaska President Janet Weiss: “These teachers represent the best of Alaska education, and it’s an honor to recognize them with this award. At BP, we’re proud to play a part in supporting their continued success and showing our ongoing commitment to the state and to creating the leaders of tomorrow.” Winning teachers receive a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to their school. Teachers also receive a trip to Prudhoe Bay to learn about BP’s operations and paid admission for the Alaska Resource Education’s teacher course. Julie Doepken, William H. Seward Elementary SchoolJennifer Hornung, Nikiski Middle/High SchoolWendy Todd, Paul Banks Elementary School All teachers and educational allies will be honored at an award ceremony in late April, where the statewide BP Teacher of the Year will be announced.
According to Meredith president and CEO Stephen M. Lacy, ad revenues company-wide continue to be “significantly impacted by the recession. However, certain revenue streams not tied to advertising are growing, particularly our integrated marketing, brand licensing and video production activities.”Despite the special charge and higher paper prices, Meredith’s total operating expenses declined 2.8 through the first six months of fiscal 2009, the company said.Looking ahead to fiscal third quarter 2009, Meredith says declining ad revenue will continue to affect its businesses. Publishing ad revenue for the third quarter is down 15 percent, compared to a decline of 20 percent through the first six months. Ad revenue in its broadcasting group is down nearly 40 percent, driven mostly by a 70 percent decline in advertising from the automotive segment.“We possess a strong balance sheet, modest levels of debt at a low cost of funds and adequate liquidity supported by strong operating cash flow,” Lacy said. Meredith Corp. incurred a $16 million special charge in the fiscal second quarter of 2009 associated with reducing its overall workforce by approximately 250 people, the closing of Country Home magazine and relocating its Parents.com and ReadyMade operations to its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, the company said today. After factoring the special charge, Meredith reported net earnings of $31.1 million through the first six months of fiscal 2009, down 44 percent from $69.4 million from the same period last year. Revenue for the period was $736.6 million, compared to $800.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2008Operating profit in the publishing division declined nearly 50 percent to $48 million through the first six months, compared to $100 million during the same period last year (excluding the special charge, operating profit would have been $61 million, the company said). Advertising revenues were down to $271 million compared to $333 million from the same period the prior year.
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Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R. — A passenger bus traveling between Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto was robbed after four men were able to stop the bus while it was en route along the highway. Photo: Vice Fiscalía The Mayab bus, carrying 25 passengers, was boarded by three of the four men around 2:30 a.m. Sunday with assailants removing wallets, purses, phones and other items of value from passengers before fleeing. Three of the assailants then boarded after one of them took charge of preying open the doors, while a fourth kept watch outside. Those on the bus say the men were armed with guns and sharp weapons. The bus, which had left Cancun around midnight, was boarded on a highway corner near Chumpón where the subjects forced the unit to stop by placing large rocks across the road. Once the bus stopped, the four came running from their hiding places in the bush. The men took only a few minutes to rob all passengers before fleeing. The bus was able to carry on to Felipe Carrillo Puerto where the driver, Ismael Z, made a report with Vice Fiscalía de la zona centro, however, the four men had already disappeared.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A As Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to formally take her seat in Parliament next week, ready to welcome tourists to the country, some are asking if Myanmar is ready (and willing) to accept the almost inevitable ‘bad’ tourist for the good.The region is well-known for tourism, with Thailand consistently ranking high on travelers’ bucket lists and Myanmar’s own tourism revenue doubling to US$319 million last year compared to 2008, the International Herald Tribune reported.However, according to Tourism Transparency founder Andrea Valentin, Myanmar must tread carefully if following in the footsteps of its neighbors. “The lessons to learn are pretty straightforward: If Burma wants to have more prostitutes than monks in the country, then they should follow Thailand’s tourism development approach,” Ms Valentin told online news site The Irawaddy.Last year, the National League for Democracy, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, said they would welcome tourists “keen to promote the welfare of the common people and the conservation of the environment”.This is a long way from Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s protest in 1999 when she said, “Burma will be here for many years, so tell your friends to visit us later. Visiting now is tantamount to condoning the regime”.Things have changed in the thirteen years since, with the United States this week easing restrictions on the operation of non-governmental groups in Myanmar and with international wholesalers itching to bring tourists to the country.Meanwhile, the world is watching and advocacy and rights groups remain vigilant.Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation executive director Rachel Durchslag wrote in the Huffington Post of the dangers of sex tourism, stating that “many of those being purchased for sex are victims of human trafficking or individuals with extremely limited life options”.The travel industry too is more aware of the sometimes subsequent evils of tourism and the industry’s unique role to identify practices such as human trafficking.Non-profit Airline Ambassadors Incorporated (AAI) and its staunch supporter International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) have come together to bring about an industry-specific human trafficking awareness program.“ITMI is proud to be working closely with AAI, to provide tourism industry professionals with the tools to recognize suspicious behavior and report it to the Transportation Security Administration or other law enforcement authorities,” ITMI chief executive Ted Bravos said.At the recent ITMI symposium, ITMI together with the tour directors in attendance raised enough money to build a safe house, which will be dedicated in Haiti later this year. Myanmar’s stunning temples, beaches and landscapes are luring tourists from across the globe.
A 37-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the north on Thursday afternoon just outside Nicosia.Reports said Gamze Pehlivan was stabbed multiple times with a sharp implement and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.The 35-year-old man suspected of stabbing Pehlivan was arrested in Nicosia a couple of hours later.It was the second stabbing death of a woman in the north in three days.Yeniduzen newspaper said 31 women had been murdered in the north in the past 16 years.On Tuesday, 25-year-old Burcu Okumus was stabbed to death by her husband, 45, in Famagusta. The couple were from Turkey.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Human remains were unearthed on Tuesday by the committee on missing persons (CMP) in the village of Engomi in north Famagusta, raising the number of missing persons found this year to 19.The remains, which were retrieved by the CMP’s bi-communal excavation team, belong to one person, the committee said.The CMP added that excavation efforts at a site in the neighbouring village of Stylloi in north Famagusta will be temporarily halted so that more research can be conducted.Renewing its plea to all communities on the island, the CMP asked the public to support “the committee’s efforts by providing information on possible burial sites” by calling: +357 22 400142 (Greek Cypriot Member’s Office) and 181 (Turkish Cypriot Member’s Office).You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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