Nova Scotians interested in serving the public are encouraged to apply for the many positions available through the province’s 167 agencies, boards and commissions. Adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions serve a variety of roles and interests and have quasi-judicial functions. They review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions affecting people’s liberty, security or legal rights. Members must apply legal, professional and technical principals for decisions. Examples include assistance appeal boards, Education Act board of appeal and the police review board. Non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions make financial, regulatory, business or policy decisions or recommendations to government, which have far-reaching implications for Nova Scotians in many areas, from children and youth services to loan and licensing boards. Examples include the Midwifery Council of Nova Scotia, the apprenticeship board and the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture loan board. “It has been a delight to work with members from different walks of life and a very talented and efficient staff for the past nine years,” said Roy Surette, chair, Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board. “Together we have accomplished a great deal in terms of supporting the fishing industry in this province.” Applicants are assessed on their skills and qualifications and the needs of the individual agency, board or commission.Applications for non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are welcome anytime, with assessment of applications to begin Nov.12. The application deadline for adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions is Nov. 19. The province has an Employment Equity Policy and is committed to ensuring diversity in the workplace by supporting initiatives that promote the equitable participation of Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women in positions where they are under-represented. People are encouraged to self-identify on applications, covering letters or resumes. For more information on board position profiles, current opportunities and how to apply, visit www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council/abc or contact the Executive Council Office at 902-424-4877, or toll free at 1-866-206-6844.
Cheryl Burke (“Dancing with the Stars”) served as the honorary host for “WE RUN THE GROVE”, a free 10K or 13.1 mile run / walk to support the American Heart Association, LA’s fight against heart disease, on April 26, 2014 at The Grove.Cheryl Burke hosts We Run The Grove at The Park at The Grove on April 26Credit/Copyright: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicAfter the run, the 400 participants were able to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, post-run activities and a photo op.The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join them, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of their offices around the country, or visit heart.org..
Tripoli — Former rebel fighters opened fire Friday on hundreds of demonstrators calling for the ouster of unruly militias from the Libyan capital, leaving at least two dead and 25 wounded.The militias are holdovers from the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi and now a powerful force in the increasingly lawless North African country.“Two dead and 25 wounded have so far been admitted to Tripoli hospitals,” a health ministry official told AFP, asking not to be named, in what he termed a provisional toll. Sadat al-Badri, president of the Tripoli local council, or town hall, who had called for the protest, told AFP the shots fired at demonstrators came from inside the headquarters.“Tensions are on the rise in Tripoli. We’re going to announce a general strike and launch a civil disobedience campaign until these militias leave,” he said.At the weekly Muslim prayers held hours earlier, imams in their sermons backed the call to protest against militias issued by the town hall as well as Libya’s mufti, the highest religious authority.Hundreds of people carrying white flags in a sign of peace, as well as the national flag, and singing the national anthem had assembled in the capital’s Meliana Square.“No to militias,” their banners read. “Yes to the police and army.”The protesters, among them children, marched to the Misrata militia headquarters in the Gharghour district to press their demands when gunmen inside fired into the air to scare them off.When the crowd continued to approach the building, the gunmen started firing at them, said an AFP correspondent who saw two wounded, including one hit in the stomach.A rocket also crashed into the main road near the demonstrators, without causing casualties, the correspondent said.A leader of the militia from Misrata, east of the capital, told private television channel Al-Naba that the demonstrators had opened fire first.The march was sparked by violence on November 7 in which the Misrata militia also played a central role, terrorising Tripoli residents and illustrating again the instability of Libya.One of the group’s leaders, Nuri Friwan, had been fatally wounded in fighting at a checkpoint manned by other ex-rebels, and two people were killed in subsequent fighting.With tensions running high, pick-ups loaded with anti-aircraft guns headed for the area of the militia headquarters later Friday, witnesses said, although it was unclear which force was involved.Regular security forces were not sighted, apart from the air force making low passes over the capital.The mufti, Sadok al-Ghariani, appealed to residents to go home to avoid further bloodshed, while the health ministry called for blood donations to Tripoli hospitals.Residents of Tripoli frequently demonstrate against the militias, who have rejected calls from a weak central government to leave the capital.Last year, around 30 demonstrators were killed as anti-militia protests turned into violent clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi.
by The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2013 4:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lowe’s 3Q earnings miss analysts’ expectations, revenue beats, raises fiscal 2013 forecast MOORESVILE, N.C. – Lowe’s third-quarter net income increased 26 per cent and the home-improvement retailer raised its outlook for the year as it gets a lift from the housing market’s ongoing recovery.But its third quarter earnings and the new earnings outlook both came in short of Wall Street’s expectations. Its shares fell almost 5 per cent in midday trading.Home improvement companies have been benefiting from record-low interest rates and rising home prices, spurring customers to spend more to renovate their homes.One encouraging sign for Lowe’s is that customers are spending more for larger projects, said CEO Robert Niblock in a phone interview with The Associated Press.“Consumers have the willingness to tackle projects that have been on their to-do list,” he said. That includes flooring projects and upgrading kitchen appliances. “We’re seeing a nice trend there as long as housing continues to move in the right direction.”But Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has not been benefiting as much as its larger rival, Home Depot, which reported third-quarter results Wednesday that topped analysts’ estimates and it lifted its outlook.To boost results, Lowe’s has adjusted its pricing strategy, returning to offering what it says are permanent low prices on many items, instead of fleeting discounts.The company also recently acquired Orchard Supply Hardware Stores for $205 million, a deal which was completed during the quarter, in order to expand in California.Lowe’s Cos. earned $499 million, or 47 cents per share, for the period ended Nov. 1. That’s up from $396 million, or 35 cents per share, a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 48 cents per share.Revenue rose 7 per cent to $12.96 billion from $12.07 billion. Wall Street forecast $12.73 billion in revenue. Sales at stores open at least a year, a key retail metric, rose 6.2 per centLowe’s now expects full-year earnings of about $2.15 per share, up from prior guidance of $2.10 per share. Revenue is predicted to climb approximately 6 per cent, from an earlier estimate of 5 per cent. Based on 2012’s revenue of $50.52 billion, the new forecast implies approximately $53.53 billion.Analysts predict fiscal 2013 earnings of $2.20 per share on revenue of $53.09 billion.Its shares fell $2.47, or 4.9 per cent, to $47.97 in midday trading. The stock is up 41 per cent since the beginning of the year.
A Vauxhall Astra that broke several speed endurance world records last year has gone on display at SMMT’s Westminster headquarters.Still covered in more than 3,000 miles of bug splatter and road dirt, the model on display – an Astra 2.0 CDTi 165PS – averaged more than 125mph as it pounded round the two-mile high-speed bowl at Millbrook Proving Ground (Bedfordshire) 1,500 times in 24 hours. The feat achieved was an astounding 18 records set or broken: 12 internationally, in the FIA’s* 1600-2000cc forced-induction diesel production car class, and six in the MSA’s** 1500-2000cc equivalent.Most significantly, the world average speed records for one, six and 12 hours were broken comprehensively, with the UK benchmark for 24-hour average speed beaten by 25mph. The car only had to stop for fuel and a single precautionary tyre change.Vauxhall is one of the UK’s most prominent car manufacturers, producing more than 70,000 Astras at its Ellesmere Port plant in 2013. The firm recently announced a £125 million investment into the facility, which will build the next-generation Astra into the early 2020s.*FIA: Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile**MSA: Motor Sports AssociationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Competitors race against the train This year’s event was won by Paul Green, a runner from Sale Harriers. His performance was on the right track throughout, and he eventually steamed to victory in one hour, 28 minutes and 23 seconds.And Mr Green, expressed his delight at the win:Paul Green, Race The Train winner said: “It’s just a great relief knowing in that last half mile that I was actually going to win it for once and it’s a real buzz – the crowd were cheering really loudly and it really gets the adrenaline going so yeah, it’s great, really chuffed today.” Mr Green is a regular to the event and won this year after coming close in previous years – and no doubt he’ll be looking to defend his title next time around. The backdrop may not have been Rio and the Copacabana beach, but the stakes were equally as high in the Welsh countryside – as 1,000 runners competed in the annual Race The Train contest.Founded in 1984 – after the idea was posed by a local dentist – the event involves a 14-mile course, where runners compete for pace against a steam train.Not every athlete manages to beat the train to the finish line, but the popularity of the event has now stretched overseas – with competitors from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Hong Kong. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
WE HAD ‘STORM Christine’ at the start of the year — while last weekend ‘Brigid’ wreaked havoc across Limerick, Cork, Clare and other parts of the country. This morning, meanwhile, we’ve been enjoying a visit from ‘Ruth’.So why all the women’s names? And who’s coming up with them anyway? (And, whatever about Christine or Ruth, since when has anyone heard of a ‘Brigid’ who caused any trouble whatsoever?)Well — to date at least, it appears misogyny plays little or no part in how these names are decided.TV3 weatherman Deric Hartigan came up with the moniker for the New Year storm — apparently on the basis that it landed pretty soon after Christmas. And last weekend’s weather system hit the country on 1 February — and as anyone who received an Irish primary school education will know, that’s the feast day of a certain Kildare-based saint.The tradition of naming storms after the closest saint’s day is hundreds of years old (remember the ‘St Jude’ storm system last October?). In the Carribean, there was even a precedent for such storms to have a sequel — for instance, there are two ‘San Felipe’ hurricanes: one in 1876 that caused less than 20 deaths, and another in 1928 that killed thousands across the region and in Florida.Brigid. A known toublemaker [Wikimedia Commons]And Ruth? It appear’s Hartigan’s again responsible for bringing the name to the wider attention of the Irish media, after he began using it on Twitter this week.The storm was originally named by The Free University in Berlin, which began christening all high and low weather systems in 1954. Though the initiative isn’t sanctioned by official forecasting organisations, names given by the college are regularly used in the German media and elsewhere.[Image: Free University Berlin]And the advantages of christening a storm? It’s kind of ‘know your enemy thing’ — at least, as far as Hartigan is concerned.“In Ireland, we’ve never really paid much attention to storm names but due to the increased intensity and destructive nature of recent storms, we’re beginning to latch onto them,” the presenter told TheJournal.ie“By giving them a name, it’s simply a way of giving the public a closer connection to a particular storm as it builds, approaches and makes landfall.”Gender warsThe issue of using women’s names has caused trouble before (not that it’s causing any particular trouble this time… but this article began with a certain premise, so you’ll have to stick with us). The National Hurricane Centre in Miami — which is the only officially-recognised agency to name Atlantic storms — used female names only until quite recently. The current system of alternating female and and male names was only introduced in 1979 (more women were becoming meteorologists by then, and found the previous system just that little bit sexist).According to the US Government’s Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory: So, currently — the official list of hurricane names begins with Arthur, Bertha an Cristobal and ends with Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred (even though ‘Wilfred’ sounds even less likely than Brigid to cause the least bit of bother). There are six lists used, and they’re recycled every year.They had a similar issue over at the Free Berlin University too, and in 1998 switched from their previous tradition of naming all “bad weather” systems after women and all “good weather” ones after men. Now, the ladies just get the blame in even-numbered years.[Weather reports from Berliner Tagesspiegel, n-tv and Sat1 Television]Why don’t Met Éireann give names to storms that affect Ireland? Sure they have enough to be getting on with, as they told us in the wake of ‘Christine’:“If we named every depression we’d go through the alphabet five times over ever year.” Mixed outlookThe country’s been warned to expect as many as three more storm systems before next weekend. So depending on whether or not Berlin’s nomenclature catches on to any great degree — that could mean potential visits from ‘Tini’, ‘Ulla’ and ‘Violetta’.However — if we go with a more traditional naming method, there’s always a chance the gender balance could be restored somewhat by a ‘Storm Valentine’.Either way, we’re all likely to get a little damp over the next few days. And despite Brigid dropping-by last weekend — spring remains on hold.Read: Why Storm Christine wasn’t actually called Storm ChristineRead: Here’s what’s on the way tonight… And no end in sight, says Met Éireann From 1950 to 1952, tropical cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean were identified by the phonetic alphabet (Able-Baker-Charlie-etc.), but in 1953 the US Weather Bureau switched to women’s names after the Armed Services’ practice.In 1979, under political pressure, the US National Weather Service (NWS) requested that the WMO’s Region IV Hurricane Committee switch to a hurricane name list that alternated men’s and women’s names.
2013 is looking set to be a very busy year for the games industry. We expect both a new PlayStation and Xbox to come to market, but there’s also the promise of the Steam Box, Nvidia’s Project Shield (probably), and of course Ouya.It’s that last piece of hardware that could really upset the balance. Whereas we can expect both the PS4 and Xbox 720 to have price tags in the $399+ category, Ouya costs just $99. Price isn’t enough to sell a games platform, though. Ouya needs games, and it turns out we can expect a whole boatload of them.The Ouya Forum has been keeping track of all the Ouya games that are confirmed in development. Importantly, the games listed have for the most part been confirmed either by the actual game developer or Ouya themselves as actively being worked on.Typically you’d expect at most a couple of dozen launch games for a Sony or Microsoft console, Ouya already has more than 300 games on the horizon. How many of those titles will be ready for the launch of Ouya in March isn’t known, but even if it’s only 10 percent that’s still a lot of choice, even before you consider the console will run most existing Android games.How much of a problem this causes for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo really depends on how well Ouya is marketed, whether there’s enough stock to keep up with demand, and just how good the games turn out to be. It certainly helps that 63,416 people have already pre-purchased the Ouya as part of the original Kickstarter campaign.Whatever happens, we have the prospect of a Christmas line-up this year that includes PS4, Xbox 720, Wii U, Steam Box, and Ouya. More than one of those platforms is going to suffer poor sales, but would you bet against a $99 machine with more games than all the other platforms put together being one of them?Check out the full (and growing) list of Ouya games on the Ouya Forum
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Speaking in Berlin after returning from a two-week vacation German Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed questions about additional assistance for Greece. Instead, she pointed to “positive elements” as the euro economy begins a turnaround. “We need to give Greece a little time so that things can develop a bit,” Merkel said. According to Bloomberg, the chancellor also defended Germany’s commitment to European solidarity. Still, she said, a third Merkel government will pursue the same crisis-resolution course as it has so far. “I will ensure that solidarity also leads to results,” Merkel said. “It makes no sense if structurally nothing changes. The German Chancellor is expected to be re-elected for a third term in the September 22 parliamentary election. Source: capital.gr
La Niña devrait persister pendant six moisAprès El Niño, le phénomène climatique La Niña est réapparu en juillet pour s’installer durablement. D’après l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), il devrait persister pendant encore au moins six mois.Non seulement l’épisode La Niña se fera persistant, mais d’après l’OMM, il devrait également se renforcer au cours des prochains mois, engendrant des moussons plus intenses et davantage d’ouragans.”Des conditions de La Niña modérées à fortes sont désormais bien établies” dans le Pacifique, a expliqué le chef de la division des services et applications Climat de l’OMM, Rupa Kumar Kolli. “Les modèles de prévisions prévoient une poursuite de cette situation et même une augmentation de cet épisode La Niña pour les quatre à six prochains mois” a-t-il précisé.En modifiant les conditions météorologiques, La Niña peut avoir des conséquences très importantes sur les récoltes agricoles et les prix des produits alimentaires dans les pays touchés par le phénomène. A l’opposé d’El Niño, La Niña se caractérise par une hausse des températures de surface de la mer dans la zone centrale et orientale du Pacifique équatorial.À lire aussiD’après une étude, le Canada se réchauffe deux fois plus vite que le reste du mondeGénéralement, le phénomène se traduit par de fortes pluies en Indonésie, en Malaisie et en Australie, et par des périodes de sécheresse en Amérique du Sud. L’Atlantique tropical est quant à lui touché par des tempêtes, quand des vagues de froid atteignent l’Amérique du Nord et de fortes pluies s’abattent dans le sud-est de l’Afrique.Quant à l’Europe, elle ne devrait pas ressentir l’impact de la Niña, l’influence des deux phénomènes sur le climat n’y étant toujours pas avérée scientifiquement. “Nous n’avons vraiment par de signaux forts qui lient La Niña et El Niño au climat[du continent européen]”, a expliqué Rupa Kumar Kolli. Le 14 octobre 2010 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrin
If there was a panel I was looking forward to most, it’s The Star Wars Rebels panel. I’ll admit that I’m trying to figure out how to watch and talk about it at the same time, so please forgive any errant squees of delight as we get into this.Host Warwick Davis somehow managed to make you feel like you were looking in on a friendly conversation between him (and a whole room of people), Rebels director and creator Dave Filoni, Tiya Sircar (Sabine), and Sam Witwer (Darth Maul).Big takeaways:Dave Filoni is more passionate about Star Wars than you or I will ever be. He dropped a few hints because, as he joked, the audience got quiet because they know he gets on a roll and he drops info by accident since he’s “a talker”.Sam Witwer is Maul and The Emperor all rolled into one with a great sense of humor. He’s the Dark Side to Filoni’s light. It’s awesome.Tiya Sircar is so excited for Sabine’s new jetpack, Darksaber (yes, that Darksaber from The Clone Wars), and the deeper dive into her Mandalorian side this season. This means more Mandalorians that she may or may not be related to (is there a Fett branch on the family tree?) and that Sabine will face her past in a very real way. There are “some altercations.”Kanan’s goatee has given way to a full beard and mustache. Hera’s got a new rank pin, and Sabine also got a killer new dye job. I mentioned Ezra and Zeb’s changes a bit earlier this week. YEEESSSS! #Thrawn Season 3 #StarWarsRebels! pic.twitter.com/P86cDFRfS4— Michael Pasquale (@800lbProds) July 16, 2016Bryce: What is the name of the Character who teaches Ezra through the Sith Holocron.Dave: “That’s a great question. This is a horrible answer. I know who that is and I���m not going to tell you.” Bryce is 12 and Dave made sure to mention that it’s always the younger fans who ask the most direct and dangerous questions. All of it said with a smile.Fan: There was a ship that looked like the Outrider. Are we going to see Dash Rendar?Dave: “I’ll be direct with you, no. But, the ship you got…it a YT-2400. “Sam Witwer: “Could it be Kyle Katarn?”Dave : “Why would you do that?!”If there’s a takeaway from the questions and answers, it boils down to this –– Instead of looking in the past and using voice actors and characters from The Clone Wars/Legends, Dave Filoni wants to create new voices and introduce us to new characters. If he does bring in a voice actor from TCW, he’d like it to be in a new role.Speaking of which, this one question did intrigue him.Fan: “Are you bringing in Maz Kanata?”Dave: “That’s a great idea.”It looks like Star Wars Rebels fans have a lot to look forward to this fall when season three debuts. @geekgirldiva that beardstache pic.twitter.com/xsXRlLTZrF— мα∂ιѕσи н. ☾ (@CynderMizuki) July 16, 2016 That announcement was so artfully done. Star Wars #Thrawn by Timothy Zahn coming spring 2017. pic.twitter.com/RPJFQQQrPI— Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) July 16, 2016There was also a nice surprise for fans of Doctor Who and Tom Baker. Baker lent his vocal talents to the character of Bendu, the tree-like character talking to Kanan in the trailer. Dave describes Bendu as the middle way of the force. A force of nature. he went on to say that, from the moment he created the character, he said, “It’s gotta be Tom Baker” and he’s so happy Tom agreed.They then tossed it to the Q & A portion of the panel. I’m not including every question and answer but here are a couple that give you more insight into what’s coming and how Thrawn’s addition to the new canon may or mat not affect other Star Wars Legends characters.Francesca: Will Mara Jade be coming?Dave: “I saw that coming a mile away…No, not likely.”. When the sounds of “awwwww” filled the room, Dave grinned, “Remember we got Thrawn, yay!”. He went on to say that Sam Witwer asked him to make this clear. The Ysalamiri haven’t been integrated into the new canon “beyond a taste”. We then got our first clip of a jetpack-filled chase in which Sabine and Ezra have to deal with more than a few Mandos. Blasters, jetpacks, lightsabers, careening through canyons. This clip was a blast.Discussion turned Sam Witwer’s way and with it we got into Darth Maul. Question for Sam, what will we see for Maul in season 3? Per Witwer and Filoni, Maul is coming to grips with his life and what it all means. Yep, Maul’s starting to question his existence. He’s fallen short of his goals multiple times, built power several times and taken a fall, so what will he learn from that? Filoni says that, while he’s still on the evil side of things, he’s coming to some sort of resolution.We also learned that Maul really does want more from Ezra and that his connection to him wasn’t just to get the Holocron in “Twilight Of The Apprentice.” Maul thinks of Ezra as his apprentice. In his mind, Ezra is misguided and needs a nudge. Maul’s looking to build his legacy.Timing is everything because this is where we got a second clip.This one with Maul meeting again with Ezra and Kanan (that’s an interesting meeting). Maul may have had to kidnap the rest of the Ghost crew to make this meeting happen, but hey, semantics.A little bit of trivia from Filoni: The set in the second clip was from an unused digital set made for Maul for season 6 or 7 of The Clone Wars (had the show continued). They went back and tweaked it and used it.Which brings us to the trailer.First off, I got goosebumps. Honestly. Literally. Goosebumps.Maybe we should call it Star Wars Rebels Season 3 – The Rise Of Thrawn.Thrawn’s reveal has been rumored and we all had a feeling, but seeing him in the flesh so to speak made it real. He’ll be voiced by Lars Mikkelsen (House Of Cards). Thrawn trilogy author Timothy Zahn also sent along a message for the fans that included giving Dave Filoni and the Rebels crew the Zahn seal of approval and to announce his new book.
Bunnell Managing Director Adele Person: “…which is a really creative economy, which is a really engaged community, which is really ways to survive and thrive in this place inspired by the landscape, the really interesting entrepreneurial people who live here.” Over the last couple decades, it has been the home of the Bunnell Street Arts Center, and for the residents of Homer it has helped define the community.Bunnell Managing Director Adele Person says those investing in the Alaskan arts community do so as a way to help create the Alaska they want to see. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Courtesy of Bunnell Street Arts CenterDown by the shores of Bishop’s Beach sits the Old Inlet Trading Post Building, an earthly sage green historic building with smart white divided light windows. Bunnell was created to sustain artists, cultivate audiences and engage a vibrant Alaskan community by nurturing and presenting exceptional innovative art in all media for diverse audiences. Pick.Click.Give donors receive membership to Bunnell, and Person says have been instrumental in setting aside an Operating Reserve and seeding an Endowment Fund. Bunnell Managing Director Adele Person: “Pick.Click.Give has helped up do some of our community outreach programs like we have done a Pioneer Avenue revitalization program, had a peonies on Pioneer effort over the last couple years that had murals and gardens installed on Pioneer.” By Pick.Click.Giving, Alaskans joinBunnell as powerful force in shaping Alaska’s cultural landscape. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-bunnell-street-arts-center-pick-click-gives-meaningful-context-1.mp3VmDorene-on-bunnell-street-arts-center-pick-click-gives-meaningful-context-1.mp300:00RPd Courtesy of Bunnell Street Arts CenterBunnell presents visual art exhibitions, Artist residencies, Artist in Schools programs, workshops, performances, concerts, film screenings, readings, artist talks and more. Bunnell Street Arts Center use undesignated Pick.Click.Give funds underwrite the mission, programs, and long-term stability of this innovative arts organization.
BOEM director Abigail Ross Hopper and Wainwright Mayor John Hopson prepare to testify before the Senate Energy Committee. Photo: Liz Ruskin/APRN.If oil companies are ever going to return to drill for oil in federal waters of the Arctic, they will need leases. Sen. Lisa Murkowski complained at a hearing in Washington this afternoon that the leasing plan the feds are considering is too limited. She bolstered her position by calling on an Arctic Slope mayor, who testified that he and his neighbors need the industry. But other Arctic residents sat in the back of the hearing room, passionately opposed to off-shore drilling.Download AudioIn Washington, both sides of any Arctic drilling dispute want to show they have locals on their side. John Hopson, Jr., a whaling captain and the mayor of Wainwright, on the Chukchi Sea, came out to make the case for federal leasing in the Arctic. Hopson is also a member of the North Slope Borough, which taxes the industry to provide services to the region.“Every one of our eight communities is surviving on oil and gas money,” he said.A snowmachine can cost $12,000, he said. A boat and motor might cost $20,000. Last year, Hopson said, he had to pay over $7 a gallon to operate his truck, his boat and his 4-wheeler.“We need infrastructure to be able to tax so that we can employ people, so they have an opportunity to hunt,” he said. “The world is banking on saving animals without thinking of my life, my children’s life. Where are we going to live?”The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has proposed three lease sales in Alaska over the next five years, one each in the Chukchi, the Beaufort and Cook Inlet. But Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the agency, could not assure Murkowski that those sales would remain in the final plan.“I think, chairman, it would be premature to make any statement about the fate of thoseAlaska sales in the final program,” Hopper said.Murkowski says Alaska’s governor, the congressional delegation and the vast majority ofSen. Murkowski says BOEM revealed an anti-leasing bias with this Twitter post.Alaskans support offshore drilling. She zeroed in on a Tweet Hopper’s agency issued the day before. It shows the BOEM boss meeting with tribal council members from Point Lay. Although it’s just down the coast from Wainwright, this group of village leaders is ardently against off-shore drilling. They came to Washington to participate in a “Keep it in the ground” rally.Murkowski said she didn’t have a problem with the picture the agency Tweeted, just the message.“You Tweet in it that they … you clearly outline that they are opposed to drilling in the Arctic,” the senator said. “I looked at it and I said, ‘How do we not conclude that the die is already cast and that your agency has already decided what it is you’re going to be doing?’”Hopper said she didn’t write the Tweet, but she’d seen it.“I’m sorry if you took that impression from it,” she said.The Point Lay delegation had an appointment to meet with Murkowski after the hearing. Some said they were surprised their visit, hosted by an environmental group, seemed to tick people off.Tribal council member Cilia Attungowruk and Jane Tukrook are both raising children in Point Lay to respect traditional ways. They say offshore drilling is a threat to the environment and they dispute that they need the oil industry to support their subsistence lifestyle.“We don’t have to have money to go out there. We can go out there on foot and with our own bare hands and still get what we need to eat,” said Attungowruk.Point Lay tribal council member Cilia Attungowruk, left, and tribal President Marie Tracey met with reporters at the office of the Alaska Wilderness League. Photo: Liz Ruskin/APRN.“Because that’s exactly how our ancestors did it in the past,”Tukrook said. “It worked for them. So what’s to say that it won’t work for us.”Tukrook has a job. She’s Point Lay’s tribal administrator. She says a switch to renewable energy technology might produce more paychecks in Point Lay.
Vijayawada: LV Subrahmanyam, chief secretary, Govt of AP launched a booklet entitled ‘Bezawadalo Mahatmudu’ written by Golla Narayana Rao, president, Andhra Arts Academy and co-builder, Gandhi Temple on Friday. The chief secretary complimented the author and briefed the contents of the booklet in which Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba, Vallabha Bhai Patel and Devdas Gandhi stayed in the house of Golla Narayana Rao, grandfather of the author who donated Rs 25,000 to Gandhi during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting held in Vijayawada from 21st March to April 1 in 1921. Golla Narayana Rao and cine actor LB Sriram participated in the book launch programme.
Passengers stand at the ticket counter of Indigo Airlines at the airport on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura, October 16, 2014.ReutersShares of Interglobe Aviation, which owns budget carrier IndiGo, could fall when trading commences on Wednesday, in response to the company’s weak Q4 results. Net profit fell 24.6 percent to Rs 440 crore in comparison to Rs 584 crore in the year-ago period. The operating profit margin (EBIDTAR) dropped to 29.9 percent from 37.9 percent for March 2016 quarter.IndiGo is India’s largest Indian carrier in terms of domestic air traffic, with about 39 percent market share. Read: India’s civil aviation market slows down after a period of hyper growthThe fall in net profit was mainly due to 71 percent rise in fuel costs to Rs 1,750 crore for Q4 as against Rs 1,024 crore in the corresponding period last year. Overall costs stood at Rs 4,523 crore, up 30.8 percent from Rs 3,458 crore in the year earlier, according to regulatory filings by Interglobe Aviation on Tuesday after trading hours.Revenues from operations grew 18.5 percent to Rs 4,848 crore for Q4 from Rs 4,090 crore for the corresponding period last year.For 2016-17, net profit fell 16.5 percent to Rs 1,659 crore while it was Rs 1,986 crore in the preceding fiscal. Revenues rose 15.1 percent to Rs 18,580 crore.The company declared a dividend of Rs 34 per share for 2016-17.Fleet size and expansionThe company said it has signed agreement with French aircraft maker Avions de Transport Regional GIE for the purchase of 50 ATR 72-600 aircraft; 20 of these are expected to be inducted by December next year. Currently, it has a fleet of 170 A320 aircraft and operates about 930 flights daily.Interglobe Aviation shares closed 1.79 percent higher at Rs 1,140 on the BSE on Tuesday.It’s competitor SpiceJet gained to hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 124.50 before closing at Rs 123.40, up 1.82 percent from its previous close.Full-service Jet Airways closed 1.17 percent higher at Rs 544.20.Unlisted aviation companies include state-owned Air India, Vistara, AirAsia India, Air Costa, Zoom Air and GoAir. An IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013 (representational image).Reuters file
An 18-year-old boy was allegedly stabbed to death by his opponents over a dispute arising out of a friendly cricket match at Khilgaon in the city on Thursday night, reports UNB.The victim is Rasel Rony, son of Shahidul Islam hailing from Raghunathpur village in Bakerganj Upazila of Barishal district, who appeared at this year’s SSC examination from Khilgaon Government Staff-Quarter College.Rony and his family were residents of a rented house near Khilgaon Old Mosque.Elder brother of the deceased Abu Saleh claimed Rony and his local friends played a cricket match at the old police camp playground in the area on Thursday.At one stage Rony and his opponents got into a dispute over the match score.This dispute after a point descended into a knife-fight, and some members of the rival team including Akash, Rana, Siraj Masud attacked Rony after their defeat in the match and chopped on his abdomen randomly, leaving him severely injured.Rony was first rushed to nearby Khilgaon Khidma Hospital where he was provided with first aid.Later, the injured was even referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital but he succumbed to his injuries around 9:00pm.The body is kept at the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.
By JUANA SUMMERS , Associated PressOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Democrat Kamala Harris arrived onto the 2020 stage this week with a presidential campaign rollout that was hard to miss. From her announcement in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” to the nationally televised town hall in Iowa, the California senator showed she was on message and all in.The carefully orchestrated affair helped earn her nearly a week of national headlines and millions of dollars in campaign contributions. It also revealed much about the candidate and her strategy. Here’s a look at what we learned about Harris in her first week as a declared presidential candidate.Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., center, speaks to reporters at Drake University, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris formally announced on Sunday that she was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AT THE STARTING LINEHarris wasn’t the first Democrat to join the race to take on President Donald Trump, but the capstone of her rollout — a lofty speech in her hometown of Oakland — separated her from the pack so far.Other early entrants have held small-group events or speeches. Harris staged a campaign-style rally. The event drew thousands of people to downtown Oakland, where Harris spoke against a backdrop of American flags to a crowd that spilled into overflow areas. Large screens at the event displayed a campaign slogan that made an overt nod to her career as a prosecutor, and a logo that took inspiration from Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president in a major party. It took organization and planning, particularly for a campaign that is just officially getting off the ground but, with a number of experienced political aides, has also been months in the making.Harris’s advisers estimated the crowd at more than 20,000, and it spread from the plaza into the surrounding streets. Before Harris took the stage, a local pastor delivered an invocation with political overtures, a gospel choir belted the national anthem and Bay Area musicians performed.Harris, who would be the first woman and the first black woman president, seized other moments to punctuate her history-making candidacy. She announced her candidacy on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. She followed that speech up with a homecoming of sorts to her alma mater, Howard University, and a sprint to South Carolina to speak at a gathering of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, of which she is a member.DEFINING HER STORYHarris’s campaign knows many people don’t know much about the first-term senator. She was ready to fill in the blanks.Her California speech was full of biographical details and she cast herself the center of a quintessentially American story. Her parents were both immigrants, her mother from India and father from Jamaica, who she said “like so many others … came in pursuit of a dream.”Harris said she and her sister Maya, who will serve as her campaign’s chair, were raised “to believe that public service is a noble cause and the fight for justice is everyone’s responsibility.”She invoked Bob Marley: “You’ve got to get up and stand up and don’t give up the fight.”But Harris also showed she was ready to defend her vulnerabilities. The former prosecutor has been criticized by some criminal justice advocates as being too tough on the accused during her tenures as the San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general. She answered those criticisms by declaring, “Too many black and brown Americans are locked up” and suggesting she supports reforms.“My whole life, I’ve only had one client: The people,” Harris said during Sunday’s speech, framing her law enforcement career as one focused on helping others.EARLY STATE STRATEGYFrom her California launch, Harris headed to Iowa to participate in a CNN town hall where she fielded questions from Iowa voters, followed by a stop at a local watch party. Monday’s town hall did double duty. It put Harris face-to-face with the key early voters. But it also allowed Harris to continue to introduce herself to a national audience.On Tuesday, CNN announced that the town hall was the most watched single-candidate election town hall on cable news ever.Ahead of the town hall event, Harris’s campaign announced that she’d named Deidre DeJear, whom she supported in her race to become Iowa’s secretary of state, as her campaign chair in Iowa. Harris’s campaign also added Will Dubbs, a Clinton campaign alum, as Iowa state director, both early additions and signs of how Harris’s nascent campaign is growing in the leadoff state.While Harris traveled to Iowa and South Carolina in the first week of her campaign, and has clearly made California a focal point, she is also making moves in New Hampshire, recently adding Craig Brown as her state director. Brown, a well-known New Hampshire politico, served as campaign manager for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly. Harris, though, has yet to appear in New Hampshire herself.ON POLICYDuring the town hall, which tilted heavily toward policy questions, Harris again defended her law enforcement background and seemed to throw her support behind a number of left-leaning ideas, including suggesting she would back a “Green New Deal.” She did not provide specifics.And already, one of Harris’s responses is being questioned by some of her would-be rivals in the race.Moderator Jake Tapper questioned her on whether the “Medicare for All” health plan, which she said she feels “very strongly” about, would mean eliminating private insurers for those who would prefer to keep them.“The idea is everyone gets access to medical care,” Harris responded, noting situations where patients have had to wait for insurers to approve treatments, despite the fact that their physicians have deemed them necessary.Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said Tuesday that Harris wants to “abolish the insurance industry,” something he called “not American.” And in New Hampshire, Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said of Harris’s position: “I think you could never afford that,” and argued that replacing the “entire private system” would not be practical.SETTING THE TONEIn the first full week of her campaign, Harris demonstrated how she would seek to differentiate herself from Trump. At the Iowa town hall, she was asked by a voter how she would debate Trump “without becoming reactive” or “getting caught up in his crazy.”Harris said that she would “speak like a leader” rather than “inciting fear.”Harris’s rebuke in Iowa of Trump was a theme she echoed on Sunday in her Oakland speech, where she told attendees that “I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect.”
Sneak Peek at Firefox’s cloud storage integration study by Martin Brinkmann on May 28, 2018 in Firefox – 21 commentsMozilla plans to run a Shield study soon in Firefox to gather data on user interest in regards to integrating cloud storage services in Firefox’s downloads panel.Many Internet users have access to cloud storage; those with Google or Microsoft accounts have it, and services like Dropbox ensure that anyone may sign-up for cloud storage to upload files to the Internet to sync it between devices, access it online, or share it.While you may use web browsers to access cloud storage, none offer any form of native integration of cloud storage services.Services created extensions in the past, for instance Dropbox for Gmail for Chrome, which integrate these services into browsers.Mozilla’s planned Shield study for the Firefox web browser is an attempt to find out whether users of the browser would like to have certain cloud storage services integrated into the browser in some regards.The study is delivered as a WebExtension that adds options to Firefox’s downloads panel to move downloads to the local cloud storage folder.It is an opt-in study which means that Firefox users need to explicitly give consent to join the study. The main requirement for the study is that users need to have supported cloud sync software installed on the device Firefox runs on.The context menu that Firefox displays when you right-click on downloads in the downloads panel has a new “move to” option. You may use it to move the download to cloud storage services installed on the machine, or to move it back to the local folder depending on where the download is located at the time.Firefox users may set the folder of the cloud storage provider as the default in Firefox next to that so that downloads are saved to that folder automatically from that moment on.Closing WordsI have to admit that I don’t see a real benefit to the integration as you can configure Firefox right now to save all or some downloads to cloud storage folders already. The integration may make it easier for users to move downloaded files to the cloud storage folder on the device though; Firefox users who know where the folder is located can move any downloaded file manually to the folder either.That’s my personal view on this, however; Mozilla runs the study to find out whether interest is there and that is definitely better than integrating a new feature in Firefox without knowing if a large enough part of the userbase wants or needs it.You can follow the bug here. The study is not the only download related change in Firefox. The browser will highlight the most recent download soon on the New Tab Page.Now You: Would you like to see better integration of cloud services in browsers?Now Read: How to download Firefox offline installers and how to customize file downloads in FirefoxSummaryArticle NameSneak Peek at Firefox’s cloud storage integration studyDescriptionMozilla plans to run a Shield study soon in Firefox to gather data on user interest in regards to integrating cloud storage services in Firefox’s downloads panel.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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