Taylor budget bylaw gets first three readings

first_imgTaylor’s business mill rate of 5.55 cents per $1,000 is also the lowest in the PRRD, while its major industry mill rate is the second-highest at 44.22. Only heavy industry in Tumbler Ridge pays a higher rate.In total, Taylor will be bringing in $14,374,223 this year, with $6.3 million to be spent on operating expenses, and $7.4 million on capital expenditures. The Disitrct will be borrowing roughly $3.75 million to begin development of the Parcel Z subdivision. The District began moving forward on developing the 8.9-hectare triangle shaped plot of land west of Spruce St. in December. The District plans to develop the land, which it owns, before selling the up to 65 lots zoned for single family houses to the public.After passing the first three readings, District of Taylor Financial Plan Bylaw No. 825, 2018  is due to be adopted at the next District meeting. TAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor’s five year financial plan bylaw passed first three readings at Tuesday’s Council meeting.The District is following the lead of Fort St. John in largely maintaining the status quo in terms of tax revenue collected by raising tax rates to account for a drop in home value assessments. The average price of a home in Taylor fell from $336,000 to $320,000 this year, while tax rates will be rising from $3.24 to $3.40 per $1,000 in value.Though mill rates are increasing by 16 cents per $1,000 in home value, residents with a home of average value will actually pay 64 cents less in property taxes this year. Taylor still has the second-lowest residential property tax rate of any municipality in the Peace River Regional District, behind only Pouce Coupe’s residential mill rate of around 2.8 percent.last_img read more

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Inuit hope fresh deals with mining companies boost employment at new projects

NUNAVUT – Inuit leaders are hoping a new cycle of mine expansion in Nunavut brings with it a motherlode of jobs and economic spinoffs.“Inuit are very eager and wanting to participate in the economy,” said P.J. Akeeagok of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.His group recently signed an agreement with a mining company that has a billion-dollar expansion proposal before northern regulators. Baffinland’s Mary River mine on the northern end of Baffin Island is considered one of the richest iron deposits in the world.That’s not the only mining news out of Nunavut.Quebec-based Agnico-Eagle has begun to pour gold at its new mine near Rankin Inlet and is developing another nearby deposit. The two projects represent $1.6 billion in investment since 2017. Agnico-Eagle, which already has about 800 employees and 300 contractors at its Meadowbank mine, expects to hire more for the new ones.“We’re going to get close to 700 people by the end of the year,” said Dominique Girard, the company’s vice-president for Nunavut.Both companies have already made promises about job levels for Inuit. Like other northern employers — including the government of Nunavut — they’ve had trouble living up to them.Agnico-Eagle, with a goal of 50 per cent Inuit employment, has achieved about 37 per cent. Although Baffinland has the same target, only about one-quarter of its 1,200 employees and contractors are Inuit. The level has been as low as 14 per cent.The consequences of those gaps are real.A study commissioned for the environmental group Oceans North concluded that the gap between Baffinland’s targets and its actual employment would amount to about $1 billion in lost wages for Inuit over the life of the mine. That would be especially so if the proposed expansion resulted in increased production before more Inuit could be trained.“What is the case for massive expansion of the mine before the labour market can keep up with it?” asked Chris Debicki of Oceans North. “The rapid scaling up of this mine, as proposed, will not maximize Indigenous benefits.”But Akeeagok and Gabriel Karlik of the Kivalliq Inuit Association — which has just signed a new benefits agreements with Agnico-Eagle — say strengthened promises of education and training will get local people into the workforce.“(The Kivalliq Inuit Association) is working with stakeholders, including Agnico-Eagle, to ensure that Inuit are in a position to take advantage of available opportunities in training and upskill development,” Karlik said in an email.Baffinland has expanded a five-day program about work issues that includes managing finances and the strains that fly-in, fly-out work can put on families. Recruits sit in a classroom and shadow current employees.“That helps long term with retention,” said Baffinland vice-president Grant Goddard.The company sends potential recruits to an Ontario college for trades apprenticeships and heavy equipment operators. The program had 54 graduates last year. It’s developing an Inuit-focused section to its leadership training.Baffinland has also committed $10 million to building a training centre in Pond Inlet.Agnico-Eagle has developed a work and training approach that moves Inuit along a career path of operating ever-more-complex machinery.“All of our entry level positions are 100 per cent Inuit,” Girard said. “But when we get into semi-skilled or skilled, this is where we’re having more difficulty.”The company has hired an adult educator for each of its sites to run after-work classes in literacy and numeracy.“We’d like to develop more leaders,” said Girard. “We’d like to have our mine managed by Inuit.”Both companies pay royalties of about $5 million a year to their respective Inuit associations.Akeeagok said the increased emphasis on training should help ensure that Inuit get the benefit of resources on land that they control.“Absolutely we want to participate in these industries,” he said. “There’s some real exciting benefits that are out there.”— Follow Bob Weber @row1960 on TwitterBob Weber, The Canadian Press read more

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Egypt Ban calls on leaders to take bold steps to address protesters

“I have been repeatedly saying that the leaders of any country, including Egypt, should first of all listen attentively, most sincerely, to the voices of people,” he told a news conference yesterday in Addis Ababa, where he is attending a summit meeting of the African Union (AU). “And they have a broad responsibility, first of all, to provide decent jobs and good opportunities to maintain a decent living.“This is what I have been urging them. At the same time, it is important that the Governments ensure that a proper channel of communication is ensured – their freedom of speech, expression, and their freedom of association should also be ensured,” he added, underlining that this expression should be done peacefully in a way that does not lead to social and political instability.Asked directly what concrete steps he thinks President Hosni Mubarak should take to show that he is listening to the voices of the people of Egypt and if he thinks the appointment of a new Government is sufficient, Mr. Ban replied: “I would leave it to the Egyptian leaders. Reflecting all these concerns and wishes, they should take some bold measures to address their concerns.”As the demonstrations calling for Mr. Mubarak’s resignation accelerated last week, Mr. Ban urged all Egyptians to ensure that political protests do not lead to further violence, and he called on the Government to see this “as an opportunity to engage in addressing the legitimate concerns of the people.”  On Friday he told a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum, that a fundamental principle of democracy is to protect and ensure the freedom of speech of the people, and he stressed that the situation in Egypt and the wider region must not lead to further violence. Also last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Egyptian Government to exercise restraint and initiate investigations into reports of the use of excessive force, particularly the killing of at least five and possibly more civilians. “It has been brought to my attention that since the street protests erupted, police have confronted protestors with rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, water cannons and batons, and arrested more than 1,000 people, including political opponents,” she said. “While maintaining rule and order are important, the responsibility of the Government to protect the rights to life, liberty and security is paramount.” She called on the Government to guarantee the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, including by restoring free use of mobile phones and social networks, which were reportedly cut to impede demonstrators from mobilizing.“People must be entitled to express their grievances against violations of their civil and political rights as well as their frustrations at lack of realization of their economic rights, the right to work and the right to an adequate standard of living,” Ms. Pillay said. “And governments in the region and around the world must take heed. Suppressing citizens’ voices, silencing dissent and stifling criticism will not make the problems go away. Recent events in the region highlight the fact that tackling serious problems by resorting primarily to high-handed security measures only causes them to fester and eventually erupt on a large scale.”The protests in Egypt are taking place just weeks after anti-government demonstrations led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia earlier this month. 31 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Egypt’s leaders to take some “bold measures” to address the concerns of the scores of thousands of people who have been demonstrating for change, stressing at the same time that the protests must be peaceful. read more

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SecretaryGeneral welcomes President Bushs call for Israeli withdrawal

“I think that was an important call from the President,” the Secretary-General said, responding to questions from the press at UN Headquarters in New York.”We should not forget that the US along with 13 other members of the Security Council voted for the withdrawal of the Israeli troops in Resolution 1402. I am really happy to see the President reaffirm this publicly, and I urge the Israeli leadership to listen to him and implement the resolution.”Mr. Annan also described as “encouraging” today’s announcement by the White House that Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to the Middle East. “I have spoken to the Secretary of State, and I am happy that the US is becoming much more engaged,” the Secretary-General said, adding that he was in “constant touch” with Secretary Powell as well as leaders in the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Arab world. “What I have stressed all along is that we cannot focus on security alone, and that we need to understand that peace and security are two sides of the same coin,” he said. “And we need to broaden our efforts to bring in the political aspects as well as do something about the horrible humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people, so I hope our efforts, as we move forward would embrace all these aspects and be comprehensive.”Today’s announcements from Washington were also welcomed by the Permanent Observer of Palestine, Nasser Al-Kidwa, who told reporters in New York that the statement by President Bush reflected “much more readiness on the part of the Administration to get engaged at the high level.”He noted also that there was recognition of the need to have a “political context through which one can deal with the security aspect.”However, Mr. Al-Kidwa said the Palestinians “reject the unjustified criticism of President Arafat and frankly we are seeking clarifications of the meaning of what was said.” read more

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Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 7 February 2014

DOWNLOAD1. January sees growth in new car and commercial vehicle registrations2. CBI: Smaller manufacturers plan investment boost3. DFT: Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain Annual Report published4. Markit/CIPS UK data shows strong UK manufacturing rebound continues5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Internationally…India student dies after being pushed from roof in safety drill

N Logeswari died after she was forced to jump off a building as part of a safety drillIndian police have arrested a training instructor in the southern state of Tamil Nadu after a 19-year-old college student died in a safety exercise.Police said N Logeshwari died after she was forced to jump off a building into a safety net held by fellow students. They say the instructor pushed her as she was reluctant to jump.She suffered injuries after hitting the roof of the first floor. Police have also registered a case against the college.“The college didn’t apply for permission for any such training. This is against the law. Any school or college has to get prior permission from the government before conducting an exercise like this. Police are investigating the issue and the trainer has been arrested,” senior government official Hariharan told BBC.A video of the incident shows the girl losing her balance and hitting her head after she was pushed by the instructor. It is being widely circulated on social media.College authorities rushed her to hospital immediately after she fell, but she was declared dead on arrival. The college is yet to release an official statement about the incident. Police are reportedly interrogating the principal of the institution. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBangladesh charges 16 for burning girl aliveMay 29, 2019In “latest news”‘Medical school’ Administrator still in Police custodySeptember 9, 2016In “Crime”Outrage in India after woman allegedly raped twice by same menJuly 19, 2016In “Crime” read more

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Optimising IsaMill operation in coppergold comminution

first_imgThe Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) has just published the abstract of the paper, Operating performance of the Phu Kham IsaMill, with permission from The AusIMM. The paper is by G. Harbort and D. Zoetbrood.The Phu Kham copper-gold operation in Laos is owned and operated by Phu Bia Mining Ltd in which PanAust Ltd holds a 90% interest, with the remaining 10% held by the Laos PDR Government. The original 12 Mt/y copper-gold concentrator at Phu Kham commenced production in April 2008. An incremental improvement program resulted in a number of circuit changes being incorporated by 2011, including conversion of conditioning tanks to flotation cells and the installation of a Jameson Cell cleaner scalper. In 2012 an upgrade project was commissioned to increase throughput to 18 Mt/y. In April, 2013 the Phu Kham Increase Recovery Project was commissioned to maximise performance by debottlenecking the plant IsaMillTM regrind and cleaning capacity.With the variable mineralogy of Phu Kham ore, control of the c concentrate regrind circuit is essential in terms of achieving effective liberation to maintain concentrator performance. On a routine basis laboratory regrind signature plot data is compare with daily surveys of operational IsaMills. More extensive surveys are also conducted to determine size distribution on a mineralogical basis and the effect of fine regrinding on pulp electrochemistry and flotation performance.This paper provides a review of the operating performance of the Phu Kham IsaMill with regard to power draw, feed and product size distribution, feed per cent solids, mineralogy and pulp electrochemistry. Operating performance is compared with the IsaMill signature plot test for predicting performance.Last week, Joe Pease and Bill Johnson were inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (shown) for the IsaMill.last_img read more

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Putin US strikes will kill the elderly and children in Syria

first_imgTHE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT has spoken directly to the American people in an opinion piece published in the New York Times today.In the article, Vladimir Putin warned that any US strike on Syria would result in more innocent victims and an escalation of violence. It could also spread the conflict beyond the country’s borders he said.“It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilise the Middle East and North Africa.“No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect,” he added.Moscow has staunchly opposed any military intervention in Syria as the US, the UK and France prepare to take action following a deadly gas attack in Damascus on 21 August which allegedly killed more than 1,400 civilians, including hundreds of children.Russia has not denied that the attack but questions if Bashar Assad’s regime was responsible. Putin writes:No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists.Putin also warned that the United Nations could collapse (citing the fate of the League of Nations) if the US “bypass” it and take action without Security Council authorisation.He argued that Syria is “not witnessing a battle for democracy” but an armed conflict in a multi-religious society.“There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government,” he said, before criticising American foreign policy.It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”“But force has proved ineffective and pointless,” he continued, noting that Afghanistan is ‘reeling’, Libya is divided and dozens are killed each day in Iraq the civil war continues.“In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.”Concluding, Putin urged continued dialogue between Washington and the Kremlin on Syria.“If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues,” he said before claiming that his relationship with President Obama is marked by “growing trust”.However, he finished by strongly disagreeing with some of his words about Americans being ‘exceptional’ from his Tuesday night address.“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” he said. “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva today to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a plan for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons arsenal.Overnight, the five permanent members of the Security Council held inconclusive talks on Syria at the United Nations.Read the full Op-Ed on the New York Times website here>Obama: “I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions”Explainer: What is going on in Syria?last_img read more

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Cloak and Dagger Are Pulled Together and Fall Apart

first_imgThe episode leaves us with Tandy getting one final clue. Using her stolen schoolgirl outfit to lure Peter Scarborough out of his house to change her flat tire. But instead of stabbing him with her dagger, she dives into his head. If there was any doubt that this guy was a comic book villain, his hopes confirm it completely. His hopes involve sifting through a lake of dead bodies, most of them Roxxon employees, and digging rolls of cash out of their pockets. From the vision, she gets the name of one of the many employees who’ve died on the company payroll. The name leads her to the man’s daughter: Mina Hess. And she’s also working for Roxxon. That’s a cool cliffhanger to leave us on for next week. We don’t know what side Mina’s on, but my best guess? Tandy’s found a new ally. For now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “There seems to be a little confusion on the court here.” If you only knew. #CloakAndDagger__________@aubreyomari & @olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/gxG6izV1gu— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) June 29, 2018This might be my favorite episode of Cloak and Dagger so far. The show is at a point now where it doesn’t have to establish it’s premise anymore. We know who these characters are and what they can do, and more importantly, so do they. They spent the entirety of the last episode talking in a church so the show could get to this point. Where it can pick up the pace of its story and have a little bit of fun with its characters. Like when Tandy tries to teach Tyrone how to control his teleportation. She pushes him off a balcony into a fountain. Sure, she almost killed him, but it worked. Tyrone reappears in the locker room, albeit soaking wet, just in time for the second half to start.The episode’s story wraps around on itself in a really satisfying way too. Every scene ends up being important. Not a single moment in this episode, outside of O’Reilly’s cruiser cruising, feels wasted. (Maybe the show is trying to sow some doubt as to whether she can be trusted? Even if that’s the case, it’s not clear and doesn’t appear to have any impact on the story.) Even Tyrone and Evita’s awkward flirtations are here for a reason. Other than, you know, just being adorable. They fumble through the awkwardness of what their relationship is and how committed they are. Then, when Tyrone gives Evita his letterman jacket (a big deal, apparently), he tries to explain why he’s so awkward sometimes. Evita tells him “I pay attention to you.” Right away, you know that line is important. If she doesn’t already know what’s going on with Tyrone, superpowers and all, it probably won’t take long for her to find out.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) AUBREY JOSEPHLater, in the final seconds of the game, he brushes past the players on the other team, witnessing each of their fears. Realizing that their lives aren’t nearly as stable as his, and that the referees were all the way biased towards his team, he gives up the game. He deliberately misses the shot, giving a win to a team of guys who needed it. After the game, Evita sneaks into his room, wearing his letterman jacket and little else. She tells him she knows what he did in the game. She pays attention; she reminds him. Yeah, one of these days, probably soon, she’s gonna notice that whole shadow teleportation thing.Tyrone’s story ends with an earned, well-set-up twist. Early in the episode, he mysteriously teleports to the business of his brother’s old friend. The guy seems to be doing pretty well for himself now. They talk about Tyrone’s brother and how much better the business would be doing if he was still alive to co-run it. It seems to be doing pretty well regardless, given the watch the dude’s sporting. The whole scene, you wonder why Tyrone ended up here. Is it really because the brother’s friend was thinking about him? Was it just so Tyrone could hear an inspirational line about focusing on the future? We find out at the end, when Tyrone teleports there again. The friend’s money doesn’t come from a strictly legal source. He’s working with Connors, the vice cop that murdered Tyrone’s brother to move cocaine throughout the city. Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point Stay on targetcenter_img At the start, Tandy and Tyrone are investigating their own cases individually. Tandy is pouring over Greg’s files on Roxxon, which includes a staple of every evil corporation: A military-worshiping PR video about all the good work they do. As fake commercials go, it’s almost unrecognizable from the real thing. Tyrone, on Tandy’s recommendation, talks to Detective O’Reilly. In doing so, he pulls her away from a cop-on-cop tryst in the back of a cruiser. Hopefully, that goes somewhere storywise eventually, because right now, the scene feels random. It comes from nowhere and is never brought up again. At least the following scene gives us some answers as to how Tyrone’s brother’s murder was swept under the rug. A vice cop committed the crime. Since their investigations often require dual identities, one of which is kept top secret, the department was able to keep the murder from getting out.Thankfully, the episode doesn’t waste too much time before getting Tandy and Tyrone together. Their last interaction may have ended in a fight, but Tandy’s in a much friendlier mood after learning to control her power. It helps that she needs something. Using Tyrone’s computer login, she accesses and prints some information on a few Roxxon executives. Putting them in Tyrone’s school was a good move. You can really empathize with him here. His two carefully segmented worlds are colliding together, and he’s not quite sure how to handle it. Her brash, casual nature runs up against his off-guard awkwardness in a charming, funny way. It ends on a sad note, though. As much as Tandy makes fun of him for his prep school life, there’s a part of her that wants it. She sees Tyrone at a pep rally, and the experience of invading his school stops being fun. She quickly leaves, but not before doing the other thing she came to the school for: stealing a schoolgirl uniform.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) OLIVIA HOLTThe show splits Tandy and Tyrone back up just as soon as they got together, but makes up for it by making their individual stories almost as fun. Tandy uses her schoolgirl outfit to set up an influencer profile, allowing her to get a job with an agency that places attractive Instagram models at high-end events. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a Roxxon party that night. Tyrone, meanwhile, has a state finals basketball game. With an event that stressful, his powers are already going a little haywire. A referee touches him, and Tyrone sees the guy’s fears… which involve being murdered by some shady characters. When he comes out of the vision, the ball has disappeared. It falls from the ceiling at the Roxxon party.I love the way the show cuts back and forth between the two scenes. It hints at the connection between Cloak and Dagger, building up to the moment where it’s made explicit. While Tyrone is playing, Tandy is rummaging through people’s minds, diving into the hopes of Roxxon’s employees. Strangely, they all involve the same man, either tying him up or making him subservient. She deduces that he’s their boss, the mystery executive she’s been looking for. When she sees a company photo, she remembers the man’s face. He’s Peter Scarborough, the guy who tore her house apart and took everything after her dad died. But all her power has had an affect on Tyrone. It all comes to a head when he’s suddenly transported to the Roxxon party, still in full basketball gear. It’s nice to see the show having a little fun with its premise. Mind blown. #CloakAndDagger__________@aubreyomari pic.twitter.com/RoP30is8wH— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) June 29, 2018While this was going on, Detective O’Reilly also started to make headway in Tyrone’s case. She knows she can’t get the dirty cop on a murder that officially didn’t happen. Instead, she tries to get him on cocaine charges. After shaking down a club dealer, we see her snorting the evidence in the locker. I guess this is supposed to combine with her earlier hookup to make us wonder if she’s actually a good cop? Especially when she starts bonding with Connors over a few lines. But as she leaves him with the last hit, she smiles privately to herself. It seems this is part of her investigation. She at least knows he’s a cocaine user who overlooks others in the department. This could be her way into learning more about his trafficking operation. It’s looking like she really is the trustworthy cop Tandy thought she was. (Also, she gives the series a cool connection to Luke Cage. Not only did she transfer to New Orleans from Harlem, in the new season released last weekend, Misty Knight mentions an O’Reilly that moved south. Always nice when these shows remember they’re connected.)Last night’s Cloak and Dagger was a tight, fun episode that moved the story in meaningful directions. I still wish our titular heroes had spent more time together. It’s fun watching them play detective on their own, but the two actors work so well together, that all I really want is to see them as a team. We’re halfway through the season at this point, and it still feels like they’ve only had a handful of scenes together. This one was a clear improvement, though. The two are feeling each other out, and figuring out how to work with each other. Which includes pushing one of them off a balcony. This is clearly leading to the team up we want to see, so at least the journey there is enjoyable.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) OLIVIA HOLTlast_img read more

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Unlaid Egg Discovered in 110MillionYearOld Bird Fossil

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target A team of scientists claim they have discovered the first fossil bird with an egg preserved inside its body.The animal, which represents a new species dubbed Avimaia schweitzerae, was discovered in 110-million-year-old deposits in China’s northwestern region, said a Chinese Academy of Sciences press release. This unusual specimen belongs to the Enantiornithes (“opposite birds”), a group of creatures that co-existed with dinosaurs. The scientists published their findings in Nature Communications, and reported that the fossil’s unlaid egg could give clues on the ancient bird’s abnormal reproductive system.Led by Alida Bailleul and Jingmai O’Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the scientists examined the well-preserved fossil and the egg remains inside its abdomen. Because the specimen was crushed flat, a small fragment had to be extracted and studied under a microscope to determine that the “unusual tissue” was an unlaid egg.The female individual dead in the water on the left represents the fossilized animal in the study. (Photo Credit: Michael Rothman)Further analysis revealed some shocking details on the ancient bird’s health: The team said it’s likely that their reproductive system was acting abnormally, because the egg shell consisted of two layers, instead of one that’s found in healthy bird eggs, indicating that the unlaid egg was stuck too long inside the abdomen. Additionally, the scientists said the egg shell was “thinner than a sheet of paper,” and didn’t show the correct proportions found in healthy bird eggs.Scientists said these abnormal egg conditions are often a result of stress. The unlaid egg becomes coated in a second layer of eggshell, triggering numerous health issues for egg-laying birds. These unlaid egg issues might have caused the death of this ancient “mother bird.” The animal might have suffered from egg-binding, a condition involving an unlaid egg that becomes trapped inside the body and leads to death.Additional scanning electron microscopy showed other important details on the unlaid egg, including parts of the eggshell that aren’t typically spotted in the fossil record (the cuticle and the egg membrane). The cuticle contained spherules of minerals, demonstrating that this ancient bird might have partially buried their other eggs.By studying the ancient bird fossil, scientists can learn more on how this early, egg-laying animal developed reproductive issues and if prehistoric environmental factors contributed to their death.More on Geek.com:New Mammal Species Discovered From Fossilized Bones Digested By Crocodiles Scientists Discover Fossils of Oldest Known Frog in North AmericaAmazingly Well-Preserved Fossil Shines Light on Ancient Ichthyosaurlast_img read more

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Torreira excited about Arsenal challenge

first_imgArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has revealed he is excited about the challenge playing in England.The Uruguay international joined the Gunners from Sampdoria during the summer transfer window for a fee in the region of £27million and has proven to be an astute acquisition.Torreira came off the bench at half-time following a disappointing first-half performance from the Gunners at Newcastle and completely changed the game, inspiring Arsenal to a 2-1 win.That second half display convinced Emery that Torreira was ready and he has been a mainstay of the team ever since, as the Gunners have embarked on an 11-game winning streak.The former Sampdoria combative midfielder has been at the heart of that impressive form, bringing an intensity to the midfield that Arsenal have been desperately lacking for the past few seasons.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a great challenge and a new challenge for me,” Torreira said, according to Football London. “I’m the kind of person who likes to fight for these things, to always be fighting my way up, like my dad always tells me. I am so happy.”“I’m getting to know London and taking on the challenge of learning English so I can communicate with my team-mates. That’s something that’s not only important for football but also for life.”“The team is doing very well and we achieved a positive result [against Sporting CP] which was really, really courageous. The important thing now is to continue growing and to continue showing this.”last_img read more

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Police rescue abandoned infant

first_imgLB Nagar: An abandoned baby of 10-15 days old was rescued and handed over to Shishu Vihar by police on Thursday. According to police, the infant wasfound beside a construction building near Big Bazaar in LB Nagar.Sub-Inspector of LB Nagar police station Ravibrought the infant to Rainbow Hospital in LB Nagar requested the hospital managementto check the condition of the baby asthe Child Welfare Department officials were unavailable during the night hours.The hospital management took care of the child the whole night and health condition of baby was recorded normal. As parents of the baby were not yet traced, Sub-Inspector Ravi handed over the infant to Yusufguda Sishu Vihar.last_img read more

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Dow Jones Index Rises 18000 on Strong US Economic Growth

first_imgThe Dow Jones Industrial average broke a record milestone on Tuesday surging 18,000 points to 18,024 thanks to the sturdy economic growth in the United States.While the Dow rose for the fifth straight session reaching its highest peak for the first time, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index also went up to 2,082, up 12.7% for the week.The Holiday season is usually good for the markets. Dubbed as the “Santa Rally”, the period typically sees investors putting in good faith and cheer into stocks, investing their bonuses and allowances in shares of desired companies.This year’s Santa Rally has been exorbitant, marking the sixth consecutive year of a bullish stock market. Usually, the stock markets are bullish for a four-year period before finally declining by more than 20%.The stock market started gaining speed in 2009 and has been going strong until 2014. The average return on investment in the stock market is 10% but in 2012 the rate was 13.4% and last year it climbed to 30%, according to the Chicago Tribune.This year, the strong investor cheer came after the government released a report showing the US economy grew more than 5% in the third quarter, its quickest pace in 11 years. The US economic growth was driven by strong consumer confidence, cheaper oil and gas prices and improved hiring.”After four years of rocky recovery the U.S. economy is now hitting its stride with a notable acceleration in growth. Growth should remain good next year, with lower gasoline prices a big plus for consumers,” Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group was quoted as saying by The Courier Express.While the data excited investors, it also raised analysts concern that a stronger economy could lead the US Federal reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected. Some are also worried that the current scenario could set investors up for “potential disappointment.””The clear strengthening in activity towards the end of 2014 may prompt some Fed officials to consider whether they need to raise rates before the middle of 2015,” a note by Capital Economics read, according to The Wall Street Journal.Earlier this month the Feds said they would be considerably “patient” about raising interest rates asserting that economic growth was of utmost importance.last_img read more

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Tori Dilfer and USA Collegiate National Team Down Switzerland

first_imgStory Links NOCERA, Italy (July 11, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team (WCNT – WUG) wrapped up their involvement at the 2019 World University Games in strong fashion Thursday, downing Switzerland 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-9) at PalaCoscioni In Nocera, Italy.”I’m really pleased with the last impression this team gave in the tournament,” said Keegan Cook, WCNT – WUG head coach. “It would have been easy to be upset about a tough pool and not play tough, but that was one of our cleanest matches that we’ve played, especially that third set. Every player contributed, every player scored, and there were lots of big moments throughout the match.”Switzerland held a slight advantage through much of the first set, but a four-point U.S. run broke an 18-18 deadlock and gave the Americans the permanent lead. In the second, they opened with a 3-0 run and never trailed in the frame. Switzerland did manage to tie it at 7-7 and pull within one at 11-10, but another four-point swing gave the U.S. a five-point advantage, one that would last throughout the set.USA Team completely dominated the third, however. They scored the first six points of the frame and responded to the first Swiss point by taking the next 11 points for a 17-1 lead, locking in the three-set victory and ninth place in the tournament.”This game, we really played well as a team,” said Kylie DeBerg, an outside hitter at Missouri. “We didn’t let any balls hit the ground, and we really were scrappy and communicated a lot to each other, which we struggled with sometimes in previous games. This game, we all wanted to win and all wanted to end on a good note. The last set was really good. We started off strong and didn’t let up until the set was over.”WCNT – WUG dominated the attack game Thursday. They scored 41 points on 78 swings, good for a .526 scoring percentage, and saw nine different players tally at least two kills. Outside hitter Kara Bajema led the way with 10 kills in just 13 attempts for an efficiency mark of .692, and DeBerg was even more efficient, tallying her five kills in six tries. Audriana Fitzmorris and Stephanie Samedy also landed at least five kills against the Swiss.From the service line, the U.S. was just as sharp. They dished out 11 aces, five of them coming from DeBerg. Setter Diana Brown of Illinois posted two service aces, and Samedy, Avie Niece, Madeline Gates and Tori Dilfer tallied one each.With the win, the U.S. wrapped up the 2019 Summer Universiade with a 4-2 record and in ninth place, having won the tournament’s consolation bracket. They started the tournament in Group D with Italy, Japan, and Switzerland. Italy will play for the gold medal Friday, July 12, and Japan goes for bronze that same day. As such, Group D will finish with the highest average placement among the four groups.”As always in these events, the USA gets better as the tournament goes on, and this was the case this summer,” said WCNT – WUG assistant coach Beth Launiere. “We were able to come together as a team and figure out each other and each other’s sets. Our passing got much better as the tournament went on, and we really came together and played good volleyball by the end.”With the end of the tournament, WCNT – WUG will soon return to the United States, but not before the Summer Universiade’s closing ceremony on Sunday, July 14. That will take place in Naples, Italy, the official host city for the Games.”I thought [the World University Games] was a great experience,” said Bajema, looking back on the past week. “One of the big takeaways I got from this tournament was watching all the different countries’ styles of play. I think it’s very unique to see how people play according to personnel. This will be a great experience for all these girls because it’s a good opportunity to play with girls you’re unfamiliar with and learn from different coaches and be able to adapt in all sorts of different environments.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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The Korean Broadcast Call of Dame Lillards Series Clinching Dagger is an

first_imgDame Lillard finished off his first round series beef with Russell Westbrook by lighting up the Thunder for 50 and hitting the series clinching three from just inside the logo as time expired to give Portland a 118-115 Game 5 win.Any series winning dagger is an all-time playoff moment, but the Korean broadcast call of the shot of the year (so far) somehow does it justice. Maybe Kevin Harlan has a Korean son? This bad boy is an 11/10 on the Gus Johnson excitement scale.Here’s the Korean call of Lillard’s game-winning three-pointer. It’s as electric as you’d expect! (Call from SpoTV) pic.twitter.com/mJWbSzoOAi— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) April 24, 2019last_img read more

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5 things to do on a cold winters day5 things to do

first_imgCreate an indoor gym with different activity stations, each featuring a different recreation item. Depending on your kids’ ages, these fitness items could include a jump rope, a hula hoop, a sit-n-spin and stilt cups. You don’t need to have a ton of space, but you should place the stations far enough apart so that your kids aren’t at risk of accidentally hitting each other. Act as an announcer and every few minutes shout out directions for everyone to go to their left or right.4. Mural making A wall covered in white paper makes the perfect canvas for you and your budding artists to decorate. Tape white paper over an entire section of the wall and ask your kids to help colour it in using washable crayons or markers. This approach works best if your kids are old enough to reliably stay within the boundaries of the paper. For younger children, let them draw a series of pictures at the table and then tape them to the wall in a group mural once they’re finished.5. Dance partyDance the day away by staging an indoor dance party. Turn off the regular lights and bring out the flashing holiday lights, along with any blinking toys and flashlights. Choose a short playlist of dance music from your computer and lead your kids in different dance movements for each song, such as fast, slow, slithering on your belly on the floor or ballet. After you run through your list of dance moves, give each child a chance to make up their own dance moves that everyone else follows for that song. Do the dances with your kids to keep up the momentum and excitement.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite As we are already in the month of June and in the grip of the winter season, staying indoors to keep warm is preferable. However, how does one have fun and keep occupied while avoiding the icy-cold weather lurking outside? Having fun on a summer’s day seems easier to accomplish. But worry not, because we have a list of entertaining things you can do on a bitterly cold day like today…1.  Culinary adventures Regardless of your kids’ ages, you can find plenty of culinary creations to do together. Let toddlers and preschoolers help by pouring pre-measured ingredients and “stirring” the mixture. Older children will enjoy rolling and cutting cookie dough, and all your kids can participate in the decoration with coloured frosting and sprinkles. For healthier, non-cooking options, make a fruit salad and let your little ones tackle dividing peeled orange slices, pulling the stems off cherries and using the melon baller.2. Fort building Build the indoor clubhouse of your children’s dreams using a range of everyday items from couch cushions to blankets and cardboard boxes. Help them choose a safe location, away from large groups of electrical wires. Let them take the lead on construction, but offer assistance if they need help keeping blankets taut between two points or moving a chair that’s too large. When they finish construction, enjoy a snack together inside the fort.3. Indoor gymlast_img read more

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More group benefits with HALs enhanced GAP program

first_img Travelweek Group SEATTLE — Holland America Line has enhanced its Group Advantage Program (GAP) with new amenities to enhance onboard experiences.GAP now features 39 different amenities to choose from, plus four GAP Packages that cater to weddings, family reunions and culinary groups. GAP provides incentives tailored to each group program, while other groups earn amenity incentives based on GAP points established by the cruise destination, departure date and length.Here are some highlights:GAP PLUS: GAP Plus is a bonus offer that gives agents the chance to earn a 1% bonus commission and additional perks on hundreds of select sailings. Through the 2018 GAP Plus offer, agents can earn up to 17% commission in North America, one tour conductor for every 16th lower berth and a bottle of sparkling wine in each stateroom.CONNECTIONS: The line’s new Connections program also offers additional amenities and GAP points to small affinity groups.  For groups of 24 guests or fewer, this new group program offers a tour conductor ratio of 1:10 and two extra GAP points for each group.FAMILIES: For family reunion packages, when eight or more staterooms are booked, the group receives exclusive amenities in place of GAP points. These include a free upgrade for the head of the family, a within-stateroom category upgrade for all family members, a $50-value fountain soda card per stateroom, Pinnacle Grill lunch for all family members and a $50-value beverage card per stateroom.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoWEDDINGS: Guests who say “I do” with Holland America Line and book their wedding group of eight or more staterooms receive a free upgrade for the wedding couple, a complimentary wedding cake for up to 16 guests, a Pinnacle Grill lunch per guest, chocolate-dipped strawberries per stateroom, a bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine per stateroom and a private one-hour winetasting per guest in lieu of GAP points.CULINARY: Culinary groups of 25 or more guests can book the “Private Wine and Cooking Demonstration” package and receive a private premium winetasting with the Cellar Master, a bon voyage bottle of sparkling wine in each stateroom and two one-hour demonstration sessions in America’s Test Kitchen with a Holland America Line-provided chef, all in lieu of GAP points. For culinary groups of 16 or more guests, the “Wine and Food Pairings with HAL Wines” entitles guests to a five-course premium dinner with five premium wine parings selected by the Cellar Master.OTHER AMENITIES:  The 2018 GAP amenities feature six new offerings: dining at Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant on select ships; a BLEND winemaking experience on Koningsdam; a lobster roll at Lobster Shack on Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island; a mixology class; the Wine Cellar No. 1 package with four bottles of wine per stateroom; and a 12-pack of bottled water per guest.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJOther available 2018 GAP menu amenities include beverage cards; bon voyage sparkling wine in each stateroom; dinner at Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind and Canaletto; $25 or $50 Beverage Cards; an Internet package; sparkling wine and strawberries; deluxe canapés; a cocktail party with hot hors d’oeuvres; Fiesta Party with margaritas, mojitos and fiesta food; and even a Cruise with Purpose charity donation.On the land portion of Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys in Alaska, GAP amenities include lunch aboard the McKinley Explorer railcar, a cocktail party in Denali, an entrance pass to Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson City and $25 in Denali Dollars.GAP points are based on a per-person value, and selections must be made 90 days prior to the cruise departure. Share More group benefits with HAL’s enhanced GAP program Tags: GAP, Holland America Linecenter_img Posted by Friday, August 3, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Congolese military hunts evasive exwarlord

first_imgAssociated PressKINSHASA, Congo (AP) – A notorious ex-warlord who became a general in the Congolese army despite international war crimes charges is now being blamed for fomenting more unrest in Congo’s east and faces new charges of crimes against humanity.As Bosco Ntaganda’s loyalists started to split off from the military last month to form a new rebel group in the wilds of eastern Congo, he went into hiding and is accused of orchestrating the defection. Following the April mutiny, the fighters fled into the bush, where they regrouped and later issued a press release on the letterhead of the former CNDP, saying that they had launched a new rebel group, called the M23 _ for March 23, in reference to the date of the 2009 peace treaty. Like the former CNDP, the M23 is dominated by fighters from the Tutsi ethnicity. Ntaganda is Tutsi and according to ICC arrest warrant he is believed to be Rwandan.“Ntaganda is behind this new movement of mutinous soldiers, the M23, and the government can’t negotiate with these people,” said Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende.In a recent interview given to a local journalist in Swahili, however, Ntaganda maintained he “wasn’t involved in this uprising in the east.”The governor of North Kivu province, though, has accused him “of being the instigator of everything happening in Kivu.”Pressure has been mounting for Ntaganda’s arrest since the ICC recently convicted another Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga of using child soldiers, the first judgment in the court’s 10-year history.On Monday, the court added additional counts to Ntaganda’s indictment, accusing his forces of having “ethnically cleansed the areas by killing and raping civilians” back in 2002-2003. He already had been charged with using child soldiers for fighting in northeastern Congo from 2002 to 2003. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “Now more than ever is the time to arrest him. His recent desertion from the (Congolese military) has shown once again that he cannot be trusted; it is a renewed demonstration that power through violence only leads to more violence,” he said.Bosco Ntaganda had been a commander of the National Congress for the Defense of the People, the rebel group known by its French acronym, CNDP, whose fighters launched a rebellion in late 2008. As part of a 2009 peace deal, the fighters were integrated into the Congolese army. Ntaganda was then allowed to wear the stripes of a general in the Congolese military, despite repeated appeals by the International Criminal Court.Congo’s president had refused calls to hand over Ntaganda, arguing his cooperation was essential to keeping the peace in the troubled east of the country where numerous local militias and foreign rebels operate.Then in a marked turnaround last month, Congo’s president called for Ntaganda’s arrest though suggested Ntaganda may face trial before a Congolese court rather than abroad.Congo’s military believes Ntaganda is currently orchestrating the defection by the former CNDP rebels, charges both the fighters and Ntaganda deny. The mutinous soldiers have accused the government of failing to hold up its end of a March 23, 2009 peace accord, when the fighters agreed to be integrated into the Congolese army. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Human rights groups say Ntaganda had long been living openly in eastern Congo, dining at restaurants and playing tennis despite an International Criminal Court arrest warrant on allegations he forced children to serve as soldiers. Now the Congolese government has vowed to arrest him and the ICC announced Monday it is expanding the charges against him.Ntaganda, though, is nowhere to be found. The ensuing violence from the defection of his supporters from the Congolese army has forced thousands to flee their homes.“Ntaganda and his men are on the run,” Congolese army spokesman Sylvain Ekenge said after authorities seized more than 20 tons of heavy weapons from a property Ntaganda owns.The International Criminal Court believes all of this would have been avoided had Ntaganda been detained years ago. He was first indicted on war crimes charges in 2006, a warrant that was unsealed two years later.“Bosco Ntaganda has used the time offered to him since the ICC arrest warrant was issued to move from Ituri to North Kivu, to expand his power on new territories, and to maintain a power base thanks to his crimes, and the violence of persons under his control,” the ICC prosecutor said Monday. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Ntaganda has vigorously denied all the allegations against him, and said in a 2010 interview with The Associated Press that he did not fear arrest on the ICC charges.“I don’t think that the U.N. is able to arrest me in Congo because they have arms that I also have and that can protect me when they try to arrest me,” he said. “If it is established that I committed crimes, I won’t hesitate to answer them to a court in my country. But I will never accept answering charges by the International Court.”___Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

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Quicken to Acquire Last of Allys Servicing Rights

first_img in Secondary Market, Servicing Quicken to Acquire Last of Ally’s Servicing Rights March 21, 2013 497 Views Agents & Brokers Ally Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Quicken Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-03-21 Tory Barringercenter_img “”Ally Bank””:http://www.ally.com/ has reached an agreement with “”Quicken Loans””:http://www.quickenloans.com/ to sell the last of its remaining mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) portfolio, both companies announced.[IMAGE]The portfolio comprises mortgage loans “”that are largely expected to be refinanced post-closing, based on interest rates that are above current market levels, and have an unpaid principal balance (UPD) of approximately $34 billion as of Jan. 31, 2013,”” according to a release from Ally.The purchase price is estimated to be approximately $280 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter and is subject to approval by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Earlier in the month, Ally announced “”another agreement””:https://themreport.com/articles/ally-to-sell-agency-servicing-rights-ocwen-2013-03-12 to sell approximately $90 billion UPB of MSR to Ocwen.The two agreements close the book on the bulk of Ally’s mortgage activities. Following the bankruptcy of Residential Capital in 2012, the bank announced it was [COLUMN_BREAK]exploring options to exit the mortgage business and has engaged with companies to sell its operations and servicing rights.””This agreement marks a key milestone for Ally and, upon successful completion of the MSR transactions, Ally Bank will have exited all the non-strategic mortgage activities,”” said Barbara Yastine, present and CEO of Ally Bank. “”Going forward, the Bank’s full focus and resources will be centered on its leading direct banking franchise and advancing its customer-centric deposit activities, as well as continuing to grow its key role in Ally’s auto finance operation.””Ally has announced in the past it will continue to originate “”a modest level of high-quality residential jumbo mortgages for its own portfolio through correspondents and wholesale brokers.””At the same time, the acquisition will add to Quicken’s growing servicing presence. In the last year, the company has built up a $90 billion mortgage servicing portfolio, making it the 17th largest servicer in the United States, according to a release. With the addition of Ally’s portfolio, the company expects to break into the ranks of the top 10 servicers by mid-2013.””We have not been bashful in making the market aware of our interest in acquiring servicing rights,”” said Quicken CEO Bill Emerson. “”This transaction with Ally Bank allows us to purchase a well performing pool of loans, and will help grow our servicing footprint. This servicing pool will also create a large opportunity for Quicken Loans to refinance a substantial amount of these clients into significantly lower monthly payments.”” Sharelast_img read more

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