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  • Traffic Advisory Highway 102

    first_imgHighway 102 northbound at Exit 1A is closed due to an overturnedtruck. Motorists will detour at Highway 103, through Bayers Laketo Lacewood Drive. The highway is expected to be closed until about 3 p.m. today,March 10. -30-last_img

  • Newly Certified Journeypersons

    first_imgMore than 400 of the province’s newly certified journeypersons are taking advantage of the many careers Nova Scotia has to offer in the skilled trades. Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More met with the journeypersons, their mentors, teachers and employers at a celebration event in Dartmouth, today, Nov. 3, highlighting their achievements. “With the thousands of good jobs on the horizon connected to big contracts, we’ve never had such a great need for skilled workers,” said Ms. More. “This province’s tradespeople have the right skills to help engineer the world’s best navy ships and lay the concrete for the new trade centre. We need their talents now more then ever to fill some of the best jobs in this province’s history.” During the event, Ms. More presented journeypersons from the northern and central regions of the province with certificates of achievement, and encouraged them to continue to work in Nova Scotia. “Many of us have already made connections with employers through our apprenticeship training, and are either already working or ready to start right away,” said Jonathan Levy, certified journeyperson. “I have owned my own masonry business for the past seven years, and now that I have my certification, I am looking forward to growing my business and helping to train the next group of apprentices coming down the line.” “I already have one apprentice working for my business, and now that I am certified, I hope to hire another.” During the evening, Ms. More also presented two awards of excellence to an outstanding mentor and an apprentice.Workplace performance earned Keigan Moore and Jonathan Noel the Apprenticeship Award of Excellence. The award recognizes newly certified journeypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the industry and their employer, supporting others in the workplace and demonstrating a strong work ethic. Mr. Moore is a newly certified truck and transport mechanic working with Halifax Regional Municipality’s emergency fleet. Mr. Noel is a newly certified automotive service technician working with Newfie Automotive in Dartmouth. The mentor-coach award of excellence was presented to Arthur Cole, certified mechanic with A.W. Cole Construction in Dartmouth. The award recognizes an employer, supervisor, instructor or other mentor who has served as a role model and demonstrated qualities of superior teaching, enthusiasm for the trade and a strong commitment to the progress of apprentices in their program. For more information about apprenticeship please visit www.nsapprenticeship.ca .last_img read more

  • Turkish soap operas latest casualty of Mideast conflicts

    first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A major Middle Eastern satellite network now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia has stopped airing Turkish soap operas, the latest entertainment casualty from the region’s volatile politics.The Dubai-based MBC Group stopped broadcasting its popular Arabic-dubbed Turkish soap operas this month, a decision that came just after its chairman, Waleed al-Ibrahim, was released from being detained in a mass arrest by Saudi authorities. The network declined to discuss who made the decision.Saudi-Turkish relations have plunged in recent months. Turkey has strongly backed Qatar as Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations have boycotted it, and Ankara maintains ties to Iran, the kingdom’s regional rival.“There is a decision to remove all Turkish drama off several TV outlets in the region,” MBC spokesman Mazen Hayek told The Associated Press Monday. “I can’t confirm who took the decision.”Hayek declined to say whether the decision came from inside MBC’s management or outside of the broadcaster.The National, a state-aligned English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, first reported MBC’s decision in its Monday edition.A Turkish government official told the AP his nation was “not worried” about MBC’s decision as Turkish soap operas remain popular worldwide. The official said that those hooked on them likely would find “other means” to watch them.The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules that bar civil servants from making statements to journalists without prior authorization.In theory, MBC operates in Dubai Media City, a free zone where foreign outlets like the AP and others have offices and face little government oversight in the United Arab Emirates. Its free-to-watch entertainment channels offer a mix of syndicated programming, both local and from around the world, as well as Hollywood films.In practice, however, MBC increasingly has found itself under the sway of Saudi Arabia’s government, even before al-Ibrahim’s arrest. Its 24-hour news channel, Al-Arabiya, functions as an extension of the Saudi government’s messaging on the war in Yemen and the boycott of Qatar.Al-Ibrahim was among dozens of princes, businessmen, military leaders and government officials rounded up in what Saudi authorities described as an anti-corruption campaign. The arrests also consolidated of the power of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has grown increasingly assertive as he is now next in line to the throne.The Saudi government has said detainees agreed to hand over $106 billion in assets in exchange for their freedom. It’s unclear if al-Ibrahim made a similar agreement.Asked Monday about MBC’s current ownership structure, Hayek said al-Ibrahim retains a 40 per cent stake and has “nominal management control” of the network. Hayek said he could not confirm who held the other 60 per cent of the company.Saudi Arabia’s Information Ministry did not respond to questions about al-Ibrahim’s settlement and the ownership of the MBC Group.MBC is no stranger to controversy since its founding in 1991. One of its biggest off-screen dramas stemmed from its broadcasting of the Turkish soap opera “Noor” in 2008. Dubbed into Syrian colloquial Arabic, “Noor” took the Mideast by storm with its depiction of a love story with its male and female lead as equals, as well showing people kissing and drinking alcohol.A Saudi religious scholar went as far as to call al-Ibrahim and others “no less dangerous … than drug dealers” for airing the program and others like it.Regional politics also have affected another major broadcaster. Qatar’s paid-subscription BeIN satellite network found itself cut off from the four countries that are boycotting Doha — Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. However, that access has come back as BeIN holds the broadcast rights to major international soccer matches, including the upcoming FIFA World Cup.___Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .last_img read more

  • Up coming workshops on dementia in Fort St John help seniors and

    first_imgMAY 28Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Northern Lights College, Room A-107, 11401 – 8 Street. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533,  info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.In Tumbler RidgeMAY 29Heads Up! An Introduction to Brain Health, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., community centre Room 1, 340 Front Street. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533, info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.In ChetwyndMAY 31Family Caregiver Session, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Chetwynd Recreation Centre’s Pine Room, 4552 North Access Road. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533, info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.Dementia is the medical term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. A survey done for the Alzheimer Society of Canada shows that one in five Canadians has experience caring for someone living with a form of dementia.The workshop is free thanks to support from United Way and partial funding from the R.K. Grant Family Foundation, The 1988 Foundation, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable Foundation, Paula Lee Family Foundation, The Kapler-Carter Foundation, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, The Rix Family Foundation, Seacliff Foundation, Jack Brown & Family Alzheimer Research Foundation, Diane Harwood Memorial Trust, Lewis Family Fund, The Clark Family Foundation, Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation, Lecky Foundation, Collings Family Foundation, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund and by the generous contributions of individual donors.The Society acknowledges the financial support of the Province of B.C.More information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available at www.alzheimerbc.org. The second workshop, runs Thursday, May 30th from 9:30 am – 2 pm is called, ‘Family Caregiver Session’ provides basic information about the disease for family caregivers who are caring for a person living with dementia.The session helps caregivers understand changes in communication and behaviour caused by dementia. Participants will learn what to expect throughout the dementia journey and explore effective ways of facilitating communication and providing support to the person with dementia.“We offer practical techniques and strategies that they can begin using immediately,” says Laurie DeCroos, an Alzheimer Society of B.C. Support & Education Coordinator for the Northern Interior, Skeena and Peace region.Both workshops take place at Northern Lights College’s Room 150, 9820-120 Avenue. Pre-registration is required by contacting 1-866-564-7533 or info,  info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.In Fort NelsonMAY 23 Family Caregiver Session, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 1 to 5 p.m., Northern Rockies City Hall’s Bear Pit, 5319 50 Avenue South. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533,  info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.In Dawson CreekMAY 28Family Caregiver Session, free Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern Lights College, Room A-107, 11401 – 8 Street. Pre-registration required. 1-866-564-7533,  info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two upcoming free workshops being provided by the non-profit organization, the Alzheimer Society of B.C., are designed to help offer education to those living with dementia and caring for people with dementia.The Alzheimer Society shares, that statistics suggest as many as 20 percent of Fort St. John residents may have experience caring for someone living with dementia which suggests there is a need locally for information.The first workshop, runs Wednesday, May 29th from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm is called, ‘Heads Up! An Introduction to Brain Health’. The session offers strategies and tips for improving the health of the mind, body and spirit. Actively engaging in protecting and maintaining your brain is an essential part of healthy ageing, says the Society.last_img read more

  • Citigroup 1Q Earnings Snapshot

    NEW YORK (AP) _ Citigroup Inc. (C) on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $4.71 billion.The bank, based in New York, said it had earnings of $1.87 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.78 per share.The U.S. bank posted revenue of $25.89 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $18.58 billion, which fell short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $18.76 billion.Citigroup shares have increased 30 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 16 per cent. The stock has decreased 5 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on C at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CThe Associated Press read more

  • UN enables athletes to know their carbon footprint at Youth Olympics

    The competitors, aged between 14 and 18, can calculate the carbon emissions generated by their training sessions and also learn how they can contribute positively to sustainable development in their communities, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported in a press release.“These Games are a fantastic opportunity for the athletes to truly engage on important environmental issues,” said Theodore Oben, UNEP’s Chief of Outreach. “UNEP will organize fun and interesting activities that will educate the youth on wide ranging issues, and encourage them to become environmental stewards.”Some of the activities that UNEP is coordinating during the inaugural Youth Olympics include the bicycle generator, which entails the riding of a bicycle connected to a dynamo that produces electricity. By riding the bicycle the athletes will gain a sense of how much effort is needed to produce enough electricity to run a CD player and heat a mug of water.The will also participate in an environmental quiz where they will be tested on their knowledge of biodiversity, climate change, water and other environmental issues.Another activity is the carbon footprint calculator – an interactive computer software enabling the athletes to calculate their personal carbon footprint and learn the exact environmental impact of their activities. They will learn how day-to-day activities such as taking a hot shower, riding a school bus or watching television contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.Interested athletes will also have an opportunity to learn more about Tunza, a UNEP programme for children, youth and the environment, and register online to become a part of the Tunza network: http://www.unep.org/tunza.In collaboration with Earthlink – an environmental organization at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore – athletes will also be encouraged to put their thumbprints on posters alongside customized environmental messages. This activity will signify their commitment to safeguarding the environment. 23 August 2010More than 3,600 teenage athletes from across the world have a chance to become more environmentally aware as part of a United Nations social responsibility initiative at the current Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. read more

  • UN human rights chief dispatches mission to probe possible abuses in Côte

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello said the weeklong mission, to be headed by Deputy High Commissioner Bertrand Ramcharan, will travel to different parts of conflict-torn Côte d’Ivoire.Team members will speak to government officials and other leaders, civil society representatives, human rights organizations, representatives of international and regional organizations, and others in a position to assist in assessing the human rights situation.

  • Seahawks 3game streak is fueling a push to playoff berth

    RENTON, Wash. — After four straight weeks of playing tight, one-score games decided in the fourth quarter, Pete Carroll enjoyed spending a Monday reviewing a rare comfortable victory.“It was a little different than the games we’ve been playing in,” Carroll said. “It was nice to see us get out ahead and hang onto it and work with the lead and play in that fashion.”Seattle’s blowout win over San Francisco on Sunday only strengthened what is becoming another late playoff push by the Seahawks, and after a day in which they got results that helped in trying to get back to the playoffs after missing last season. Seattle is currently in command of one of the wild-card spots in the NFC and its hopes were strengthened by Carolina and Minnesota suffering losses. Seattle holds the tiebreaker over Carolina and can have that in place over Minnesota with a win at home next Monday night against the Vikings.The only teams Seattle (7-5) could end up in wild-card contention with that it won’t face head-to-head are Washington and Philadelphia. But if the Seahawks continue winning, it won’t matter. They’ll be in the post-season.“These are must-win games for us. Every week, we approach it like that,” Seattle left tackle Duane Brown said after the win. “We approach every week like a playoff game and that’s the kind of intensity guys came out with from kickoff on.”Seattle’s current roll is reviving memories of 2015, when it was 4-5 after nine games. But this time, success is coming a different way. That season, the Seahawks leaned on the passing arm of quarterback Russell Wilson as he threw for 24 touchdowns and just one interception over the final seven games as Seattle went 6-1 down the stretch and made the post-season. Wilson averaged 272 yards passing and 31 pass attempts per game during that stretch.So far, it’s been balance and efficiency that’s defined Seattle’s offensive performance during its current three-game win streak, although his overall numbers aren’t that dissimilar. Wilson has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions during the stretch, averaging about 250 yards passing. But there’s been no fall-off with Seattle’s run game of late, meaning Wilson isn’t being forced to carry the offence.In Sunday’s 43-16 win over San Francisco, Wilson attempted just six passes in the first half. He threw for touchdowns on three of them. Seattle will take that kind of efficiency — even with reduced numbers — all the time.“I think that the development of the pass protection has been really obvious and Russ has taken advantage of that,” Carroll said, noting Wilson’s movement on a 52-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett on Sunday. “That’s why he’s been able to be more effective getting the second looks and sliding up in the pocket and hitting Tyler on the big play was a perfect example of that. Really good protection, he gets to move to give one more beat to get Tyler a chance to get behind him and deliver the throw. I just think it’s connected with what’s going on up front, but his overall command of what we’re trying to get done communication-wise has really helped the other guys play well.”Seattle did come out of the win over the 49ers with one major injury concern after guard D.J. Fluker suffered a hamstring strain. Carroll said Fluker had a “grade 1” strain and would likely miss a couple of weeks. When Fluker was unable play last month against the Rams, it was Jordan Simmons who stepped in to start.“He seems to be moving in the right direction to be a really, really viable option for us,” Carroll said of Simmons. “He doesn’t get that much practice time, so when he does get the practice time like he did in the Rams week, he did a very good job with it. So, we’re going to count on him playing and see how that goes.”NOTES: Seattle waived LB Emmanuel Ellerbee on Monday, clearing a roster spot for LB Mychal Kendricks after his suspension was lifted. Kendricks has been practicing with the Seahawks for the past two weeks, but next Monday against Minnesota will be the first time he’s eligible to play. He could end up moving into a prominent role with K.J. Wright still out due to knee troubles, although Austin Calitro has played well. Carroll said he believes Kendricks could play a significant amount of snaps, if needed. … Carroll expects RB Chris Carson (finger), FB Tre Madden (chest) and DT Shamar Stephen (foot) to be able to play next Monday. Carson suffered a dislocated finger in the win over San Francisco, while Madden and Stephen were both inactive.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTim Booth, The Associated Press read more

  • Orlaco FAMOS IRLED cameras combine advanced tech with robustness

    first_imgOrlaco says it has fundamentally improved its AMOS IR-LED compact cameras in terms of technology and design. Under the name FAMOS IR-LED, Orlaco says it has combined advanced technology with an integrated, sturdy design. The renewed industrial cameras provide optimal (night) vision in industrial settings, such as on mining equipment.By upgrading the technology, the design and the assembly, the cameras have become more sustainable and reliable and comply with the highest EMC standards. The FAMOS IR-LED cameras contain four potent LEDs for sufficient light output (0.05 Lux). The IR-LEDs are not on the camera, but are integrated behind the UV-permeable housing. Because of this, the IR-LEDs have better protection and the viewing angle is enlarged. Similar to the AMOS line, the IR-LEDs are separate from the lens in order to prevent loss of light and ensure that the operator has full view. The infrared LEDs are controlled with modern software. Smart algorithms on the advanced CMOS sensor continuously calculate the light circumstances and automatically set the proper IR-LED activation (0-100%) for optimal view, to up to 25 m in the dark.The FAMOS IR LED cameras “provide perfect image under all circumstances, even during rain, fog and winter.” They operate at temperatures from -40ºC to +85ºC (IR to +55ºC). The camera lens features scratch resistant coating and is constantly heated in order to prevent moisture and congealment. The new, high quality, plastic housing and the two-component automotive potting make the cameras 100% watertight and extra resistant to shocks, vibration, dust, dirt and dangerous substances (IP68 and IP69K). A special, live image-indicator (safety ticker) indicates whether the image is frozen during use.The FAMOS IR-LED camera is available as a PAL and an NTSC version. The camera features an 80º or 118º angle lens. There is also a version available that automatically displays the image in mirror for rearview (FAMOS IR-LED Mirror), this camera is compatible with third party monitors.last_img read more

  • Miners need to spell out future value drivers to survive Deloitte says

    first_imgIn Deloitte’s Tracking the Trends 2019 report, the company has urged mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again.The report highlighted disruption and volatility as two key issues the mining sector is facing that made long-term planning and decision making more important.“In this new world order, miners must go beyond communicating the value that they currently bring to communities and will need to articulate what they stand for by developing differentiated business models designed to drive long-term value,” Deloitte said in the report.Deloitte’s ten trends to watch for 2019 included:Rethinking mining strategy;The frontier of analytics and artificial intelligence;Managing risk in the digital era;Digitising the supply chain;Driving sustainable shared social outcomes;Exploring the water-energy nexus;Decoding capital projects;Reimagining work, workers, and the workplace;Operationalising diversity and inclusion programmes, and;Demanding provenance.On rethinking mining strategy, Deloitte said: “Mining companies have typically anchored their strategic planning on producing the highest volumes of ore at the lowest possible cost. However, in today’s environment, companies must take an ever-expanding range of issues into account when setting corporate strategy.“Consumers, governments, and communities are becoming more vocal and irrevocably altering industry dynamics. As a result, corporate social responsibility initiatives are now morphing into stakeholder engagement programmes, and social license to operate is becoming a pivotal strategic issue that will either differentiate mining companies or derail them.“Looking at these factors alone – consumer awareness, social license to operate, geographic risk, and access to input commodities – it becomes clear that mining companies must take an ever-expanding range of issues into account when setting corporate strategy if they hope to create competitive portfolios robust enough to generate value across multiple scenarios. This is especially critical as the industry shifts into a new stage of growth.”On the frontier of analytics and artificial intelligence, Deloitte said: “Although mining companies are exploring and investing in analytics and AI, there is still a long way to go. Three horizons in AI are emerging and, to date, most organisations are working in Horizon One, where machine intelligence requires human assistance and interpretation.“To move up the analytics maturity curve into Horizons Two and Three, organisations must answer progressively complex questions. The first is ‘what happened?’ The second is ‘why did those things happen?’, this allows organisations to identify the root causes.“Only with this foundation in place can organisations answer the third question: “what will happen?” This is the key that empowers organisations to predict variability, mitigate emerging risks, and manage stakeholder expectations.”On managing risk in the digital era, Deloitte said: “The current risk landscape is characterised by a host of issues such as mounting tariffs and sanctions, potential trade wars, cyber threats, uncertain tax and royalty regimes, rising input costs, heightened scrutiny from the investment community, environmental disasters, and infrastructure breakdowns.“To stem this tide, mining companies must take their cue from organisations that take a more holistic view of risk. Increasingly, these leaders are moving towards the next generation of internal audit, Internal Audit 3.0.“This approach should help mining companies address risk at an enterprise-wide level, rather than assessing isolated risks at the functional or mine site level and develop appropriate controls to both mitigate and manage the expanding array of risks they face.”On digitising the supply chain, Deloitte said: “The mining supply chain is ripe for transformation, as supply chain improvements remain incremental instead of delivering innovations designed to optimise mining operations.“To create a more interconnected and responsive supply chain, mining companies need to stop thinking in linear terms and imagine instead a circular system that we call the digital supply network.“The ultimate goal is to leverage advanced algorithms, AI, and machine learning to turn data into insights that allow companies to reduce their capital expenditures, respond to changing project requirements quickly, and optimise mine planning to integrate real-time changes.”On driving sustainable shared social outcomes, Deloitte said: “Until recently, mining companies’ social spend has been seen as a cost of compliance, rather than a way to deliver measurable and sustainable benefits to host countries and communities. If mining companies hope to drive different social outcomes, that dynamic has to change. A social enterprise is an organisation whose mission combines revenue growth and profit making with the need to respect and support its environment and stakeholder network.“Finding value beyond compliance is no easy task. It requires miners to listen more closely to their constituents to determine what stakeholders truly want, and then to shift their operational processes in response.“To deliver on the social breadth of these programmes, mining companies cannot work in isolation. Instead, they should look for opportunities to collaborate with other companies working in the region.”On exploring the water-energy nexus, Deloitte said: “True value from energy management can only be derived by addressing the triple bottom line of social, environmental, and financial performance. This requires companies to approach energy management as an integrated corporate initiative.“Yet energy isn’t the only input at risk. Mining companies must now contend with water scarcity as well as risks associated with excess rainfall, which can result in flooding.“With a constant knowledge of how every drop of water is being used, and an understanding of all the parameters associated with its use, mining companies can manage water in the way they have begun to manage electricity, as a valuable resource.”On decoding capital projects, Deloitte said: “Burdened by years of sub-par returns, cost overruns, and impairment charges, many mining companies opted to concentrate on maximising output from their existing operations rather than investing in new mine supply and exploration.“This resulted in supply shortages for commodities such as copper, zinc, cobalt, lithium, and gold. But with the cycle turning, mining companies will need to engage in a wave of new capital projects to offset production declines and meet demand.“To overcome these challenges, mining companies must build their maturity in five key areas: delivery models, data and technology, project controls, license to operate and collaboration.”On reimagining work, workers, and the workplace, Deloitte said: “The mining industry is facing a changing talent landscape, with digitisation necessitating new skillsets, a massive generational shift when considering C-suite succession planning and a younger generation of workers who measure loyalty to an employer in months instead of years.“To prepare for this imminent future, organisations need to clarify not only their business goals and aspirations, but also the role that their talent strategy should play to deliver on them.“They will also need to identify the workers of the future by considering what the employee experience will look like, and the role that innovation will play in that experience. Finally, they must reconceive how employees will interact with each other and conduct their work, be it in a physical location or remotely.”On operationalising diversity and inclusion programmes, Deloitte said: “The mining industry is not attracting sufficient numbers of diverse candidates and, to shift this balance, companies will not only need to change their talent attraction and retention policies, they will also need to change historical perceptions about the mining industry.“Instead of approaching the issue by adopting point initiatives, they must design integrated programmes to tackle the challenge holistically. This extends into the area of talent retention, because when companies do attract women, they often struggle to retain them.“In tandem with shifting the way they operate, mining companies must take steps to amend their public image. This starts with the image they portray on their reports and in their advertisements.”And, finally, on demanding provenance, Deloitte said: “Rising demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing demand for EV battery materials such as cobalt, lithium, graphite, and copper.“However, socially-conscious consumers are now questioning the provenance of raw materials. As a result, downstream customers, such as automotive manufacturers and technology giants, are demanding ethically-sourced minerals.“This is putting unprecedented pressure on mining companies to create a more transparent interface with their customers and driving the adoption of technologies such as blockchain to enhance the traceability of commodities.”To download the full report, go to deloitte.com/trackingthetrendslast_img read more

  • Device designed to kill found during search of Lurgan street

    first_imgThose responsible showed blatant disregard for the local community and put the lives of local people, indeed local children at risk. We are very fortunate no-one was killed or injured.He thanked local residents and the wider community for their patience and support throughout the operation and reassured them that the PSNI will “not be deterred by this attack”.Detectives from Serious Crime Branch are appealing to anyone who has any information about this attack to contact them at Castlereagh on 0845 600 8000.Information can be given anonymously by telephoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. A VIABLE EXPLOSIVE device was found during a search of a street in Lurgan today.A PSNI security alert took place in the Sloan Street area of Lurgan, during which the bomb squad examined a suspicious object.They declared it to be a viable explosive device and it was taken away for further examination.Police believe that dissident republicans were responsible for leaving the device.Chief Inspector Anthony McNally, Area Commander for Craigavon, condemned those responsible, and said the device “was designed to kill or maim anyone close by, police officers or local people alike”.last_img read more

  • 516 WWE NXT Results Albany New York Triple Threat

    first_img Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez Google+ WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Mojo Rawley Certain Rob Gronkowski Will Be in the WWE Sooncenter_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Pinterest Twitter Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Now Playing Up Next 5/16 WWE NXT Results: Albany, New York* WWE NXT Tag Team Champions Blake & Murphy def. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady.* Solomon Crowe def. Bull Dempsey.* Tye Dillinger def. Jason Jordan.* WWE NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks def. Charlotte.* Baron Corbin def. Tommy Dreamer.* Bayley & Alexa Bliss def. Beckly Lynch & Dana Brooke.* Kevin Owens def. Tyler Breeze & Finn Balor to retain the WWE NXT Championship in a triple threat match.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 30.62%0:03Remaining Time -0:45 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jerry Lawlerlast_img read more

  • Two matches announced for RAW next week in Seattle including the return

    first_img Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series WhatsApp Twitter Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live center_img WWE has confirmed two matches for next week’s RAW from Seattle, along with the return of a Hall of Famer before the upcoming Super Show-Down event.RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey returns to singles action when she takes on Ruby Riott, while Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush will take on Kevin Owens w/ Elias.Also set announced for next Monday night is the return of Shawn Michaels to hype the Super Show-Down event on October 6 from Australia. As reported earlier, Michaels will be in the corner of Triple H when he takes on The Undertaker, with Kane in his corner.Next week, The #HeartbreakKid @ShawnMichaels RETURNS to #RAW! pic.twitter.com/yvcoJwIdDn— WWE (@WWE) September 25, 2018 Facebook Google+ Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournamentlast_img read more

  • 400k sign petition for Sergio Ramos to be punished over Mo

    first_imgOver 400,000 people have signed the petition calling for UEFA and FIFA to sanction Sergio Ramos for “intentionally hurting” Mo Salah.The move comes after an Egyptian lawyer “filed a €1bn lawsuit” as result of tension and fears that the Egyptian winger will miss the 2018 World Cup.The Liverpool’s star, Salah suffered a should dislocation in the first half of the Champions League final after a fall with the Real Madrid defender Ramos.The organisers of a change.org petition said the Spaniard deliberately held the Egyptian winger’s arm “under his armpit, causing dislocation of his shoulder”.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Hundreds of thousands of people had signed the petition in support of the claims on Monday evening, with the petition calling on UEFA and FIFA to punish Ramos.“Ramos intentionally injured Mo Salah and should be punished about his actions.”“I’ve filed a lawsuit and a complaint to FIFA“I’ll ask for compensation, which could exceed €1bn, for the physical and psychological harm that Ramos gave Salah and the Egyptian people,” the Egyptian lawyer told Egyptian television channel Sada El-Balad.last_img read more

  • South Carolina Washington Enact Laws to Protect Welfare of Military Children

    first_imgTwo states for the first time have enacted laws to protect military children from neglect and abuse.Child advocacy legislation signed last month by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) requires local child protective services to identify child welfare and neglect incidents involving active-duty military families and share this information with the appropriate military authorities as soon as possible, according to a DOD Live blog post by Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “South Carolina and Washington have now set a precedent that we hope other states will follow in placing language in their state statutes that complements the DOD requirement to report all suspicions of child maltreatment to the state’s child welfare agency,” Williams writes.Seventy percent of the married military family population lives outside the gate, underscoring the need for DOD to collaborate with its state partners.“Because states have the responsibility and authority to address child welfare regarding all children residing in their state, DOD depends on collaborating with state and local governments to fulfill its legal and moral obligation to address child abuse and neglect,” she says.Two years ago, Williams’ office began an effort to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect within the armed forces. A comprehensive review of the issue produced a set of 24 recommendations. DOD now is considering how best to carry out those recommendations, she says. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

  • Joan Carter Conway Heads List of Honorees at Anne Arundels King Awards

    first_imgOn Jan. 13, the largest celebration of Dr. King’s birthday in Anne Arundel County will be held at La Fountaine Bleue  with the Naval Academy Gospel Choir performing and an address by Reverend Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, who delivered the eulogy at Muhammad Ali’s funeral.Maryland State Senator Joan Carter Conway will be honored for her civil rights work. (Courtesy Photo)Maryland State Senator Joan Carter Conway is the recipient of the 2017 Courageous Leadership Award. Conway has been a member of the Senate since 1997 and her work has helped citizens across the State to receive better mental healthcare and health insurance. She has chaired the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee since 2007, and was vice chair from 2003 through 2007.The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner in Anne Arundel County was founded in 1988 by then Alderman Carl O. Snowden. The event was created to pay homage to the memory of Dr. King, the dinner honors those whose deeds, words, and actions have helped keep his legacy alive.Other winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards who will be recognized for their dedication to the ideals of Dr. King include: Annapolis Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Simmons, Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Timothy J. Altomare, Honorable Annapolis Alderman Kenneth A. Kirby, Patience Schenck, Dr. Alyson L. Hall, Terry Patton, Midshipman First Class Megan Rosenberger, Alicia A. Smoot, and Annapolis Police Department Sergeant James C. Spearman, Jr.The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner is presented by the Annapolis-based Martin Luther King Jr. Committee at La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 Richie Highway in Glen Burnie, Md. For more information, call 443-871-5656 or visit mlkcskmd.org.last_img read more

  • Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrict

    first_imgMusical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions On… Jacqueline Larma by NPR News Robert Benincasa 8.27.19 6:41am An international endangered species convention meeting in Geneva is close to exempting musical instruments from trade restrictions on rosewood.The restrictions under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – commonly referred to as CITES – treaty went into effect in 2017, after strong demand for high-end rosewood furniture in China led to conservation worries and violence in areas that produce the wood.But as NPR reported in 2017, there were some unintended consequences.Rosewood is prized as a tonewood, responsible for a characteristic resonant tone in everything from guitars to cellos and clarinets. Following the 2017 restrictions, the musical instruments industry lost tens of millions of dollars in sales and traveling orchestras feared their instruments would be seized at international borders. Both sectors had to deal with a bureaucratic permit process.Instrument makers and musicians pushed for the exemption, writing in a convention brief that without it, “the world of music and culture will lose certain instruments that produce the highest quality tones, with no corresponding conservation benefit.”They got their wish Monday as a key CITES committee approved it. If finalized as expected this week, the exemption will allow finished musical instruments as well as parts and accessories containing rosewood to be transported freely around the world without permits.Trade in raw-material rosewood would remain regulated and subject to permits granted by individual countries.”Today was really the culmination of three years of productive dialog across musical instrument stakeholders, parties to the convention and also conservation groups,” said League of American Orchestras lobbyist Heather Noonan.In a written statement to NPR, Lisa Handy, director of forests campaign at the Environmental Investigation Agency, an advocacy group, called the exemption “a reluctant compromise.””We remain concerned this could set a bad precedent,” Handy wrote. “It will be even more imperative that the sourcing and manufacturing processes are well-controlled to ensure that rosewood-producing countries, which are struggling to control illegal loggers and trafficking…receive the international support they need to implement the convention.”Representatives of two top U.S. makers of acoustic guitars, Pennsylvania-based C.F. Martin and Co. and California’s Taylor Guitars, said they support the convention’s efforts to control rosewood trafficking, but stress the musical instruments industry was never the problem.Scott Paul, Director of Natural Resource Sustainability at Taylor, said the rosewood regulation was hastily drafted, causing bureaucracies around the world to issue “an obscene amount of permits.”Frank Untermyer, Supply Chain Director at Martin, said the regulations’ administrative burden on his company, as well as the impact on the global reach of music “cannot be overstated.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

  • As one gay bar closes work is underway for another

    first_imgPurr Cocktail Bar closed mid July after being unable to afford the rising rent cost.The bar’s staff and regulars were sad to see it go. It had been there for 12 years.It will be moving from busy Capitol Hill to the slightly quieter Montlake.Signs went up promising a new venue less than a month after the old one closed. Signs on the doors say ‘queer / bar, Fall 2017’.It’s unclear as to whether queer / bar is the name of the new location or merely a signifier to let people know the venue will remain an LGBTI space. An inclusive space for the LGBTQIA communityAccording to the local news, the bar ‘intends to be more than simply a place to grab a drink, fostering an inclusive space for the LGBTQIA community with a team and clientele that reflect the diversity of the city.’A release explained the new bar will host a ‘wide variety of events day and night: a chef series showcasing the talent of LGBTQIA chefs; a discussion series for queer-focused issues in politics, activism, and community-driven forums; bingo; dance nights; art performances like drag shows; a nightclub; and a restaurant serving dinner and brunch.’The new owner is Joey Burgess. He is already the director of operations for other establishments in the area.He has been ‘planning this venture for 12 years’ and is excited to finally start it.His husband, designer Murf Hall, will design and decorate the space.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Another beloved LGBTI venue abruptly closes in LondonVancouver: From ski slopes to gay bars in under 40 minutesSan Franciscans urge former LGBT eatery be designated as a landmarkRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-bar-seattle/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img As one gay bar in Seattle, Washington closes, another comes in to fill it’s place. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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