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Mulcair confident of warm reception on first visit to Albertas oilsands

Mulcair confident of warm reception on first visit to Alberta’s oilsands AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2012 7:35 pm MDT OTTAWA – Tom Mulcair is heading to Alberta for his first tour of the oilsands, confident he can dispel perceptions that he’s anti-development and anti-western Canada.But even before the NDP leader left Ottawa for Thursday’s tour, his political rivals were stoking fears that he’d shut down the engine of Canada’s economy and throw thousands out of work.Mulcair has earned condemnation by western premiers with his view that the booming oilsands have artificially boosted the value of the dollar, hurting other sectors of the economy — a phenomenon known as Dutch disease.He won support Wednesday for his thesis from a study produced by the Alberta-based Pembina Institute. It concluded that Canada is suffering from a unique strain of Dutch disease, dubbed “oilsands fever,” the benefits of which are unevenly shared across the country and could lead to economic turmoil down the road.But another report, by the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute, countered that the cross-country benefits of the West’s energy resources far outweigh any ill-effects caused by the higher loonie.Shortly before leaving for Alberta, Mulcair shrugged off suggestions he was about to enter the lion’s den. He insisted there’s “almost unanimous” support across Canada, including in Alberta, for his vision of environmentally sustainable development in which polluters pay the costs of cleaning up their messes.“So, I think a lot of us are actually on the same page,” he said.Indeed, Mulcair suggested his views are in sync with those of Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who is advocating a national energy strategy.“This whole discussion is about breaking the boom-and-bust cycle, having sustainable development, looking at the environmental, economic and social aspects of the equation, coming up with a pan-Canadian vision. There are people in the West who believe in that as well.”Mulcair acknowledged he’s got some work to do to clear up some of the distortions that political rivals have been spreading about his position, such as that he’s anti-western Canada.“One of the things that we’ve been dealing with is the straw man that was set up by some of our adversaries, which was relatively easy to knock down,” he said.He reiterated that his polluter-pay principle does not single out the West but would apply to the development of all natural resources right across the country, from logging in British Columbia to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick to the fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador.Mulcair has said it would be “senseless” to stop development of the oilsands. But that didn’t stop Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver from accusing him of wanting to do precisely that.“If he approaches the visit (to the oilsands) with an open mind, he will be mugged by reality, the reality of the importance of the vast resource to jobs, growth and government revenues, the reality … of how every region of the country benefits, including aboriginal communities,” Oliver said.“Unfortunately, Thomas Mulcair has been clear that he does not support the oilsands, that he does want to shut them down, killing hundreds of thousands of jobs. … He can visit the oilsands but let’s be clear that his real agenda is to impose a crushing new carbon tax, shut down the oilsands and kill hundreds of thousands of jobs.”As proof, Oliver pointed to a 2008 book by Andrew Nikiforuk, entitled Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent. Mulcair wrote a foreword to the book, which Oliver took as an endorsement of author’s call for phasing out oilsands production by 2030 and imposing what Oliver dubbed a “crushing” new carbon tax.During last fall and winter’s leadership contest and since claiming the NDP leadership in March, Mulcair has repeatedly said he doesn’t support shutting down the oilsands or a carbon tax. He does advocate putting a price on carbon through implementation of a cap-and-trade system, which the Harper government itself supported at one time.But Oliver doubted Mulcair has genuinely changed his tune, suggesting he is just trying to accomplish Nikiforuk’s goals by “stealth.”Oliver’s views were echoed by interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae, who tried to position his party as taking a moderate “reasoned” position between the polar extremes offered by the Conservatives and NDP.“I think we’re seeing a kind of rhetorical drawing of lines in the oilsands, if you like, which I don’t think is very constructive,” Rae said.He added that Liberals favour sustainable development of the oilsands and putting “a proper price” on carbon — much as Mulcair is advocating.“I think the biggest mistake we can make is say that it’s an either-or situation. The government says it’s development or else and the NDP says shut it down or else because it’s not sustainable. Our answer is let’s have development that’s sustainable,” Rae said.He also took Mulcair to task for having dismissed western premiers earlier this month as “messengers” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“I think that’s a lousy way to begin the discussion.”Some union leaders, however, defended Mulcair Wednesday, saying Albertans should be thanking him for igniting a long overdue debate about the pace of development in the oilsands.“Every time anyone, whether it’s here in Alberta or across the country, raises questions about the approach the Alberta government and oil companies are taking in developing the oilsands, they’re shouted down. They’re demonized. They’re dismissed,” said Gil McGowan, the head of the Alberta Federation of Labour.“We’ve had the ghost of the national energy program thrown in our face.”Mulcair is not scheduled to meet with Redford during his Alberta trip. She is to be out of the province Thursday. However, he will meet with her deputy premier and the mayor of Fort McMurray.— With files from Steve Rennie read more

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FROM THE FIELD Rwandas Green Villages benefit poorest

UNDP Rwanda/Gabrielle TillbergThe “Green Village” concept, a Rwandan government initiative which is supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment (UNEP) aims to tackle the African country’s growing natural resource challenges – including deforestation, soil erosion, access to water and unsustainable land use. It also ensures that the poorest Rwandans have access to homes, schools, water, gas and electricity.Rwanda’s impressive 8 per cent economic growth-rate in the first 14 years of the new millennium, has helped to boost recovery in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, however 40 percent of the population still lives in poverty.People living in the Green Villages, which are located in the most disadvantaged rural areas, are provided with rain water collectors, improved sanitation, biogas facilities as well as one free cow per family.Visit Kabeza, one of Rwanda’s 44 Green Villages here. read more

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70 years later Struggles of Enmore Martyrs remain relevant today

The five Enmore Martyrs – Rambarran, Lall called Pooran, Lallabagie Kissoon, Surujballi called Dookie and Harry – who lost their lives 70 years ago fighting for their rights and the rights of others were on Saturday paid homage.Deemed heroes, the five lost their lives while on strike at Plantation Enmore, East Coast Demerara, June 16, 1948.Struggles remain relevantOn the occasion, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) emphasized on the profound relevance of the incident today.The party outlined that in 1948, having being strangled by social and economic hardships, the burdensome “cut and load” cane harvesting system and being deprived from having a union of choice to represent them, sugar workers were forced to mount protest actions after their fair demands were continually being ignored by the sugar producers.According to the PPP, seventy years after the Enmore shooting, “thousands of sugar workers have been coldheartedly fired and plunged into economic despair through the politically motivated closure of estates by the APNU/AFC government ravaging the sugar belt and the national economy in the process.”“Tens of thousands of others, who indirectly depended upon these estates for their livelihoods, have also been severely affected as many local economies were decimated by the government’s uncaring action.”“Guyanese are once again confronted by a burgeoning dictatorship under the APNU/AFC government which, through its visionless and inept leadership, is strangling our people through harsh and unjustified economic policies. With innumerable taxes, within the three years of its administration thus far, Guyanese have seen a derailing of progress, their standards of living plummet, continually steep rise in cost of living and opportunities for advancement dwindled” the Party said. “In addition, they continue to witness encroachment on their freedoms, growing societal fears through spiraling crime and oppressive policies, massive corruption, discrimination, rising unemployment and blatant disregard for constitutional processes.”Also paying homage was Minister of Social Cohesion Dr George Norton, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma, representatives from the Guyana Trade Union Council (GTUC), the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and relatives of the slain sugar workers.Minister Norton said the wreath-laying ceremony should be a time to reflect and honour the sacrifices of the fallen sugar workers who paid the ultimate price so that hundreds of others could be heard.“We all involved in the effort to improve the conditions of not only the sugar workers but workers in general and I call upon all of us to make full use of the conditions that are put in place by this administration to capitalise and work towards the benefit of all” the Minister stated.GTUC Organising Secretary Leslie Gonsalves said that while it is good to reflect on what happened 70 years ago, it is important to ensure that it never occurs again.“I call on trade union movement, I call on the department of labour, I call on every conscious worker within the length and breadth of this country to ensure that your rights as a worker, are being represented,” he stated.GAWU’s Executive Committee member Gordon Thomas in his address posited, among other things, that he was perturbed that the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) “has not been allowed” to participate in Saturday’s events.Addressing the recent downsizing of the sugar industry by the incumbent Administration, Thomas said “We also cannot fail to recognize that at this time, as we reflect on the Enmore Martyrs and their lasting legacy, our observances are overshadowed by the fact that there is no operable Enmore Estate; this is indeed a disturbing and distinguishing feature of this year’s anniversary.“Comrade Chairman, for the sugar workers the many promises that life will be better has been dashed and today, thousands of Guyanese who were depended on the operation of Enmore, Skeldon, Rose Hall and Wales Estate live in difficult economic conditions. They face the real challenges of having adequate meals; to send their children to school; to pay their bills, and to confront the harsh realities of life. What is worst, Comrade Chairman, is that this need not have occurred. There are solutions to the challenges of sugar but they were ignored, and today we see the sad consequences of not going in the right direction” Thomas expounded.He also touched on what he said was the plight facing working-people generally, with the increase in taxes, higher fuel prices and the rising coasts in medical care, among others.Dr Jagan’s roleThe PPP, as well as GAWU spoke extensively on the role that Dr Cheddi Jagan played in improving conditions for the working class.It was outlined that Dr Jagan was deeply affected by the Enmore Martyrs tragedy.“On that unforgettable day of their funerals, he silently pledged to dedicate his life to the cause of the Guyanese people and to free them from bondage and exploitation” said the PPP.According to GAWU, on the centennial anniversary of Dr Jagan’s birth, “we cannot fail to take into account and reflect on his and his comrades monumental role in ensuring a vastly better and improving conditions for the working class and their families. The Enmore Massacre indeed served, in a significant way, as an awakening call for the masses. It heightened their consciousness and steeled them in their resolve to demand freedom.”“The sustained struggle saw Guyana attaining independence eighteen (18) years after the Martyrs massacre and Guyanese being the owners of the sugar industry ten (10) years after our independence. Comrade Chairman, indeed the Enmore Martyrs sacrifice was not in vain. It was sacrifice that bore so many achievements and it is an incident that serves as a stark reminder of the wretched system of the plantocracy and colonialism.”June 16, 1948, also served as a catalyst for change that resulted in statutory recognition of all trade unions, in collective bargaining for better wages and benefits with employers, and a broad menu of labour laws that regulate wages, holidays with pay, termination of employment, old age pension, national insurance and social benefits.According to the PPP, the “struggle of the sugar workers seventy years ago and that of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan have not only become more relevant in the current circumstances in our country, but have intensified for a better life for all.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP pays tribute to Enmore Martyrs – Party recommits to defending rights of sugar workersJune 15, 2016In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Martyrs…June 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”“GuySuCo is a headless chicken without a Board of Directors” – GAWU’s Komal ChandJune 17, 2014In “Politics” read more

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Play Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter Battle Royale as Long as You Like

first_imgStay on target Fallout 76’s Bags Are Broken, TooToy Tuesday: The Most Radioactive ‘Fallout’ Toys Now that the whole bootleg bags situation is taken care of, Bethesda can get back to fixing everything else wrong with Fallout 76, the multiplayer spin-off of its famous RPG franchise that’s somehow too broken even for its post-apocalyptic setting. And at E3 we learned more about some of the later updates planned to bring the game up to the standard it should’ve been at all long.However, one update players were able to try out right away was Nuclear Winter. This battle royale mode (because of course it is) challenges players to be the last vault dweller left standing. There can only be one overseer. Who has time to ponder the ethics of using “awesome” nuclear weapons to blow away your opponents when there are chicken dinners to win.Initially, Nuclear Winter was only announced as a week-long free beta. What better way to make fans at home feel like a part of the E3 atmosphere. However, Bethesda is now extending the beta into the indefinite future. Maybe because a game this rough actually needs more time to study player data to make improvements. Or maybe players actually really like it and Bethesda doesn’t want to arbitrarily kill the best thing Fallout 76 has going for it. But regardless you can now play Nuclear Winter as long as you like as it gets updated.So will Nuclear Winter dethrone PUBG or Apex Legends or Fortnite as anyone’s battle royale of choice. No. In the past the Fallout #brand could’ve carried the game a long way but we can’t imagine the bad vibes coming off of 76 are going away anytime soon. Still, hopefully the game finds an audience. An indefinite beta should help.For more on Fallout check out these Fallout toys and scratch your head wondering why Fallout Shelter is coming to Tesla cars of all things.last_img read more

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Washougal dog park to reopen briefly

first_imgWashougal will soon have a dog park once again.Unfortunately, it might only be for four months.The Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington, known as DOGPAW, put an announcement on Facebook on Tuesday that the Stevenson Off Leash Dog Park will reopen Monday and remain open through April 28.The park, at 2801 Addy St., closed on Nov. 1, and the city has been without a dog park since.The park opened in 2010 on land owned by the Stevenson family. They sold about 15 acres, including the park, to East Village Investors, a limited liability corporation run by Lone Wolf Investments, for $7.08 million in 2012.Wes Hickey, owner of Lone Wolf, said the two sides had some discussions in recent weeks to reopen the park temporarily, even though his company has plans to redevelop that plot of land in the future. Hickey said he’s still looking at different ideas and multi-use plans for that area.“We’ll probably start some preliminary geotech engineering work after DOGPAW moves off in the end of April,” he said.In the meantime, the city and DOGPAW are back to a familiar place: trying to find a more permanent location for the park.“It is an ongoing search,” Suzanne Grover, Washougal’s parks, cemetery and facilities manager, said. “Right now, we’re hoping a private land owner would be willing to partner with us. We’ve exhausted the large parcels that are around town in a central location that would be beneficial for a dog park. We could maybe go smaller scale and utilize some smaller parcels in the city so that there are little micro dog parks here and there.”Since the Stevenson park closed, Grover has heard of an increase in off-leash dogs running around other parks, which is not allowed in Washougal.last_img read more

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Hazard is better than Ronaldo – Rudiger

first_imgThe only player better than Eden Hazard is Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, claims Chelsea teammate Antonio RudigerThe 27-year-old winger has carried over his strong form with Belgium at this summer’s World Cup to Chelsea in their opening games of the 2018/19 season.Hazard has contributed four goals in as many Premier League games.But, despite his consistent displays for Chelsea over the years, Hazard has been consistently overlooked for the Ballon d’Or award by both Messi and Ronaldo.Although Rudiger now believes that Hazard has surpassed the latter in terms of all-round game.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Asked about Kylian Mbappe following Germany’s goalless draw with France last week, Rudiger said on the Daily Mail: “He is unbelievably fast, really good.“To stop him, you have to do it as a team, because alone … good luck! But for me, the best in the world is Messi, then Hazard.”Hazard will be hoping that his strong displays this year will enable him to end Messi and Ronaldo’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or award.The Belgium captain had been linked as a possible replacement for Ronaldo at Real Madrid this summer before Mariano Diaz was signed from Lyon.last_img read more

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TCI Port Authority Commences Port Lighting Project

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 9, 2018 – Providenciales – Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson and Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs witnessed the commencement of the first major Port Authority project of 2018 at Bellfield Landing in North Caicos on Thursday February 1.The channel lighting and demarcation project will encompass the demarcation of the main shipping channel serving North Caicos, Parrot and Dellis Cay and will allow mariners to safely navigate the channel after nightfall.  The project was much needed as the channel is a lifeline to the islands that rely solely on maritime transport for the movement of passengers and inbound/outbound cargo.The Premier, who is the Minister responsible for the TCI Ports Authority, toured the dock and met with Project Superintendent, Albert Higgs of Unlimited Construction who explained the timelines and installation process.  Mr. Higgs who is also an accomplished mariner, explained the installation of the 28 Solar powered navigational lights, which is scheduled for completion during the month of February providing there are no unexpected delays.Public Works Department is providing technical assistance for the project. Chairman Devon Williams and Senior PSFO Walter Hanchell represented the TCI Ports Authority.  A formal commissioning exercise will take place upon project completion.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

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Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom March 8, 2019 AP, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury in Chicago indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.The Cook County grand jury indictment dated Thursday and made public on Friday gives details of the disorderly conduct charge against Smollett. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported that he was attacked on Jan. 28 by two masked men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at the black and openly gay actor, beat him, threw an unidentified liquid chemical on him and looped a rope tied like a noose around his neck.The indictment — eight counts from what he told the officer who responded to the report of the attack and eight for what he later told a detective — comes a little more than two weeks after prosecutors announced one felony count of the same charge.Chicago police initially investigated the incident as a possible hate crime but later said Smollett staged the attack, recruiting two brothers to carry it out, because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show.Indictments like the one revealed Friday are common in criminal cases. It was widely expected, said Mark Geragos, a prominent attorney representing Smollett.“The way the process operates is they have to do a probable cause proceeding, so this is what’s called a probable cause proceeding.I never thought they would do a preliminary hearing,” Geragos told NBC’s “Access” after the indictment was reported.Smollett, who was released on bail from jail the day after he was charged on Feb. 20, is scheduled to appear in court next week. He has denied the allegations.While it was not immediately clear why the grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts, it divides what prosecutors and police say the actor told the officer who responded to the initial call from what he said to the detective.The second eight counts are more explosive because they include two things that helped propel the incident into an international sensation. The first is that by the time he talked to the detective, Smollett said he could see through the eye holes of one attacker’s mask that he was a white man. The two brothers who allegedly participated are black.“He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is black, told reporters the day Smollett was initially charged. Johnson said Smollett paid the two brothers $3,500 to carry out the staged attack.The second eight counts also include the allegation that Smollett told the detective one of the attackers looped a rope around his neck — a detail that both Johnson and the judge who set Smollett’s bond said was a particularly offensive use of a symbol of the ugly history of black lynchings in the United States.The indictment, written in the dry legal language, does not include new details.It says that Smollett knew at the time he relayed his account that he had “no reasonable ground that such an offense had been committed.”Since Smollett’s arrest, the producers of “Empire” announced that the actor’s character would be removed from the season’s final two episodes. Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct Posted: March 8, 2019last_img read more

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High school site at issue in Woodland

first_imgBuilt in 1953, Woodland High School is a product of a bygone era, with portable buildings, an open campus, and gym and cafeteria space that doesn’t meet the needs of present-day students, school district officials say. The time is right to build a new high school, many residents agree, but the question of where remains a point of contention for some.Woodland voters have until April 17 to submit ballots on the Woodland School District’s requested $52.8 million bond measure, primarily focused on building a new high school. The Woodland City Council, Port of Woodland and Woodland Chamber of Commerce have offered public support of the bond issue and its proposed 40-acre Dike Access Road location, whose $3 million purchase voters approved in 2005.Some business owners in Woodland warn that placing the new school in an industrial zone will hurt business development and, in doing so, make it difficult to pay off the massive bond measure. They say an alternative site, perhaps in a residential area, should be considered.The bond issue proposal includes money for a new, 147,000-square-foot high school; a new gym at Yale Elementary School; and other safety, security and energy efficiency improvements at all the district’s schools. The bond issue must receive more than 60 percent support to pass.The total price tag is $63,835,000, but the school district is eligible for $11 million in matching dollars from the state upon approval of the bond, making the cost to taxpayers significantly less, officials said. Residents would pay 96 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value, or $16 per month for the owner of a $200,000 home.last_img read more

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University of Alaska To Launch Sexual Assault Survey Next Week

first_imgUniversity of Alaska has this flier about the survey. (Courtesy University of Alaska)After a several month delay, the University of Alaska will launch a survey March 2 that deals with sexual assault on campus.Download AudioThe Campus Climate Survey will go to 15,000 randomly selected students, faculty and staff members. It starts with questions about sexual assault awareness training and asks how well the university deals with reports of sexual misconduct.The survey then moves on to more explicit questions about sexual harassment and assault. Here’s an example: “Since the start of the school year has someone had sexual contact with you when you were unable to provide consent or stop what was happening because you were passed out, drugged, drunk, incapacitated, or asleep?”University attorney Michael O’Brien says results of the survey will remain completely anonymous and won’t be published.“This is a way for the university to get a sense of how big a problem sexual assault and sexual harassment are on our campuses, how good a job are we doing at getting out the message about sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention and whether our training is getting out to our community,” O’Brien says.It’s been the university’s goal to offer training on sexual assault to everyone in the school community. Incoming freshmen learned about rules surrounding sexual misconduct and where to go for help during orientation last August, staff and faculty were trained before the school year started, and Residential Life has been offering sessions. O’Brien says those are just a few examples.He says the Board of Regents was trained for the first time during its meeting last week in Anchorage.“We cannot guess who’s going to receive a report of sexual harassment or sexual assault. It could be you, it could be me, it could be a member of our custodial crew and it could be a Regent and we want them to know as well what they can do if something like that happened,” O’Brien says.Last May, the U.S. Department of Education put the University of Alaska system on a list of about 60 colleges nationwide being investigated as part of a compliance review or for mishandling sexual assault complaints. That list is now at more than 90.Federal auditors from the Office of Civil Rights visited campuses in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Bethel last October as part of a compliance review, which remains ongoing. O’Brien says the auditors are still going through the more than 10,000 pages of documents the university submitted last year and need to do more interviews.This is the first time University of Alaska will conduct a campus climate survey. Back in April, the White House had recommended that all colleges do them and provided sample questions. Initially, the University of Alaska modeled its survey after the federal government’s, but O’Brien says there were some problems.“Harassment online wasn’t addressed in the survey and because we have such a large online e-learning community, we did not want to do a disservice to those parts of our population.The university planned on doing the survey at the end of last year, but didn’t want it to come out at the same time as finals,” he says.At that point, the university had received more than 20 complaints of sexual harassment and about a dozen reports of sexual assault since the beginning of the school year.last_img read more

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Vijays Thalapathy 63 Here is how much Sun Pictures paid for satellite

first_imgVijay and Nayanthara’s film takes off.PR HandoutSun TV is back to business with a bang. After maintaining low-profile until the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the company is now capturing the satellite market again. After Viswasam, it has now acquired the TV rights of Vijay’s upcoming movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63.The producer and the channel stuck the deal in March-April. The earlier rumours had claimed that Sun TV shelled out Rs 52 crore for the satellite rights of all the versions. However, our sources say that it procured the satellite rights of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada versions for about Rs 30 crore. The Hindi satellite rights and theatrical rights are still with the producer.Vijay’s previous movie Sarkar was funded by Sun TV’s sister concern Sun Pictures and the question of selling satellite rights did not arise. And Zee Tamil had bagged the satellite rights of the actor’s earlier blockbuster film Mersal for Rs 28.5 crore (excluding Hindi language rights).Politics and cinema go hand in hand in Tamil Nadu and people in the power handle control over the film industry.Coming to Sun TV, it remained the market leader till late J Jayalalithaa came to the power with a thumping victory in 2016. It did not buy satellite rights of any biggie for over five years. Yet the channel occupied the leading channel among the Tamil audience.Meanwhile, the shooting of Thalapathy 63 is progressing on the outskirts of Chennai. Vijay is busy filming the important portion of the flick along with 100s of supporting artists.The Atlee Kumar-directorial movie, which has Nayanthara in the female lead, is produced by AGS Entertainment.last_img read more

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Microsoft made just two of these beautiful mother of pearl Xbox One

first_imgMost Xbox consoles look the same, even those special edition versions for certain games are pretty widely produced. However, Microsoft has occasionally made official, very limited edition versions of its gaming consoles. For example, this really lovely mother of pearl-embellished Xbox One that was just given away by Microsoft in South Korea. There are only two of them in the world.The smooth panels of the console have been replaced with custom panels with intricate mother of pearl engravings in traditional Korean style. This isn’t the first time Microsoft has done something like this. Back in 2008 Bill Gates gave a similar Xbox 360 with mother of pearl designs to then-president of South Korea Lee Myung-bak.As for this new Xbox One, one of the people who won the device is YouTuber BDC, so we got a good look at it in a full unboxing video. It is reportedly quite good-looking in person, but the edges of the lacquered panels are somewhat more rough than the regular plastic ones. This is just a consequence of the way the engravings are applied in layers. A small price to pay for having one of the rarest game consoles on the planet. Inside it’s the same Xbox One hardware you’d get for a few hundred dollars. If BDC did decide to sell it, I imagine he’d get a good deal of cash for it.Check out the video above if you like, but it’s in Korean. You can still drool over a console that you will never have in any language.last_img read more

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SA promises visa to Indians in 7 days direct airline services on

first_imgKolkata: South African tourism inaugurated the last leg of their annual road show in the city on Thursday with an objective to double the number of Indian visitors to South Africa.Speaking on the recent initiative taken by the department to simplify and reform the visa application process, Neliswa Nkani, the hub head of South African tourism, said: “In an effort to ease visa procedures, the department is working in collaboration with the Consulate of South Africa to fast-track visa applications and ensure a quick turnaround time of 5-7 days. We are taking less time than some of our competitors who take almost 30 days.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe decision came after Kolkata became the Indian city with the lowest turnout in terms of Indian visitors who visited the country last year. While Mumbai contributed to 45 percent to the overall Indian arrivals to South Africa, Delhi was at 17.4 percent, Chennai at 7.7 percent and Kolkata at 1.6 percent. Last month, on his visit to India, South African tourism minister Derek Hanekom said the ministry was planning on rolling out an e-visa process to boost tourism. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking on the issue, Neliswa Nkani said: “The tourism ministry is waiting for a signatory process between the governments of the two countries and so it is going to take a bit of time. But the South African government is working hard to facilitate the process of visa simplification.” The tourism board is also in talks with the Indian government to start a direct airline service from Mumbai or Delhi. “You can imagine surge in tourist number when direct flights are started. Preparatory talks are on to roll out the plan,” Neliswa Nkani said. The tourism board plans to promote new regions apart from iconic cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban and introduce new adventure activities such as Long Tom Toboggan rides, fatbike tours, and mountain boarding.last_img read more

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Organic assumptions Looking beyond the label

first_imgFor many, the “organic” label is synonymous with better health, higher nutrient value lower calories and a premium price to match. But are organic products actually better for us? Are they worth the additional cost?Let’s consider fresh produce. By law, organic means no pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, unnecessary hormones or radiation use during the growing, raising or processing of the food. Organic products are more sustainable, and in theory, they contain fewer chemicals that can be harmful to our health. This idea seems to imply that any non-organic fruit or vegetable is full of synthetic chemicals. However, some crops are naturally resistant to disease. Additionally, peeling foods automatically discards many contaminants. The Environmental Working Group maintains a list of the “cleanest” and “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables according to their residue contamination levels. Reading and acting on this allows you to prioritize organic purchases. Note that products do move up and down this list, so it’s worth checking annually.It is commonly believed that organic foods have a higher nutrient status. This is difficult to measure consistently, as non-organic foods may be altered with additional nutrients, whereas organic produce relies solely on the soil they are grown in. The outcomes of studies that measure this vary, and are ultimately inconclusive. A better guarantee of nutrient levels could be achieved by buying local produce that has been harvested when ripe and sold within the week.Organic meats are sought for lower contamination and better nutrient status as well as a consideration for animal welfare (“free range” and “natural” refer to animal treatment but do not indicate that products are organic.) The nutrient status does seem to be more favorable for organically raised animals when looking at beneficial fatty acids (good fats) and non-vitamin or mineral nutrients such as enzymes. However, be watchful of subsequent processing, especially in dairy products where the heat treatment necessary for pasteurisation can also affect the quality of the milk. Questions need to be asked about the slaughtering process and conditions. There is no point paying for organic meat if it then becomes contaminated after slaughter.In conclusion, it is unwise to assume that an organic label equals low in calories or healthy. An organic cookie is not necessarily lower in calories, fat or sugar than a conventional one. In theory, it should boast more nutrients due to less processing, but this means it may also contain more calories via natural fats that were not removed during processing.There are many reasons that people choose organic, and the topic is too complex to fully discuss here. However, I hope I’ve provided you with enough information to make informed decisions about what you spend your money on.Julie Godfrey BSc (Hons) is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). See www.foreverhealthyco.com or email jgodfrey@foreverhealthyco.com Facebook Comments Related posts:Study shows honey has same health effects as high-fructose corn sweetenerlast_img read more

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Air NZ targets Aussie Sceptics

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Using skepticism in its favour, Air New Zealand has launched a new campaign that focuses on transforming the opinion of four Aussie who say they would never travel to New Zealand.Hoping to change the mind of the Australia public the carrier has recruited of a hipster, princess, Europhile and a true-blue Aussie to star in a series of reality-style web-episodes called The Kiwi Sceptics.Each video shows the four Aussies taken on a tour of New Zealand given by a local Kiwi guide.Featured in the videos includes staying at the Otahuna Lodge in Christchurch, partying at the Rhythm and Vines festival as well as hanging at the Mighty Might bar in Wellington. “We all know that New Zealand is one of the best places on earth but for one reason or another, there are many Aussies who don’t see the same fresh and progressive side of New Zealand that we do,” Air New Zealand marketing manager Australia Kelly Millier said.  “We figured if we could change the minds of those most sceptical, we should be able to convince those who are sitting on the fence.”Australia is New Zealand’s largest inbound market and according to research up to 5.3 million Aussies consider travelling over the ditch but only one in five take it each year. last_img read more

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Survey Says Home Affordability a Top Concern

first_img January 30, 2019 4,013 Views Share Survey Says, Home Affordability a Top Concern in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Affordability credit tightening Down Payment Fannie Mae Home Sales Homebuyers HOUSING Lenders loans low-income buyers Mark Palim moderate-income buyers mortgage 2019-01-30 Radhika Ojha Increasing the supply of housing stock is the key to making housing affordable to a larger population of homebuyers, according to the lenders who responded to Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey for the fourth quarter of 2018. Some of the other ideas put forth by them included offering consumer subsidies as well as more loan choices such as mortgages involving low down payments or loans including renovation costs.According to Fannie Mae, home affordability continues to be a challenge across the country with rising interest rates and continued home price appreciation discouraging both first-time and move-up homebuyers. As a result, through its quarterly lender sentiment survey, Fannie Mae asked senior mortgage executives their views on improving housing affordability for low- and moderate-income homebuyers.The survey revealed that while 48 percent attributed the slow growth of home sales to an insufficient supply of homes available for sale, they rarely attributed the slow growth to tight credit underwriting standards or lack of mortgage products for first-time low- and moderate-income buyers.Apart from increasing housing supply, some of the other ways that lenders thought would help more low- and moderate-income households achieve their dream of homeownership included improving consumer readiness for owning a home that would help make housing more affordable for low- and moderate-income homebuyers (11 percent) and offering a wider array of loan products (10 percent). Other approaches, such as lowering the total cost of homeownership or offering education or job training to raise income levels, were each selected by 8 percent and 6 percent of lenders, respectively.”In the face of the perceived impacts of non-mortgage supply constraints, it appears that further easing of consumer credit standards would be more likely to contribute to stronger home price appreciation than expanding sustainable homeownership,” said Mark Palim, VP and Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae in his Perspectives blog.Additionally, Palim said Fannie Mae’s research indicated that an “inadequate level of new housing construction relative to growth and underlying demand has contributed to strong home price appreciation and ongoing affordability challenges for first-time and move-up homebuyers.”For Q4 2018, a total of 239 senior executives completed the survey during October 31-November 12, representing 212 lending institutions.Click here to read the full survey.last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s group has held elite NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan to sub-par efforts, which is something Cutler has certainly taken notice of.“Really good, really good,” he said when asked what he’s seen of Arizona. “Watching them on film, they throw a lot of different looks at you, they’re not afraid to blitz you.”Cutler praised the Cardinals’ secondary, linebackers and front four — really the entire defense.“So it’s challenging, they’re really good on third down and in the red zone and they force turnovers,” he said. “All the things you want out of a defense.”Cutler comes into the game completing 60-percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He’s been hit a lot, though, and fumbled the ball seven times. His top target is the six-foot-four Brandon Marshall, who has already caught 107 passes for 1,398 yards and 10 touchdowns. Marshall will be working against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is quickly gaining a reputation for being able to shut down the NFL’s top wideouts. He helped to hold Lions star Calvin Johnson to a 10-catch, 121-yard effort in a 38-10 Arizona win last Sunday. Peterson has intercepted seven passes this season, and has picked off one in each of the last four games.“Good player, physical, really good ball skills, runs well, breaks on the ball well, tackles well,” Cutler said of Peterson. “Brandon’s had some big matchups this year, and this is going to be another big one for him.”Perhaps Cutler’s coach put it best when he talked about Peterson’s combination of size and speed to go along with quickness and a willingness to tackle.“There’s not much he can’t do,” he said. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Opponents tend to focus on one thing when it comes to the 2012 Arizona Cardinals.The defense.In preparing for their Sunday matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, both Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler have taken note of what the Cardinals do to stop opponents.“Aggressive bunch that has good stats to back them up,” Smith said of the Cardinals.Arizona ranks 11th in total defense, but fourth in passing yards allowed. The Cardinals’ 36 sacks are tied for seventh in football, and their 22 interceptions are tops in the league. last_img read more

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Cyprus to resort to UN Security Council if Turkey drills in EEZ

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has not ruled out resorting to the UN Security Council if Turkey tries to drill for gas inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.Should this happen, the president told Greek state television ERT, the government will exhaust all diplomatic and political means at its disposal.In an interview with ERT, Anastasiades pointed out that a solution, but not just any solution, to the long-standing Cyprus problem, is the answer to the problems.Anastasiades said reunification talks cannot resume because of Turkish claims regarding the island’s natural gas.He also said that the Turkish Cypriot leadership is under the complete control of Turkey, adding that the deadlock in last July’s negotiations is due to Ankara’s unacceptable positions.Furthermore, he noted, there were also some “unfortunate and rushed decisions” on the part of the UN.Anastasiades said the island’s energy programme will continue despite Turkish threats.Turkey’s behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean indicates that Ankara wishes to become “an energy hub and be the only source of supplying energy to the West.”“Energy planning and methods of transporting natural gas cannot be the result of one country’s choices but the outcome of collective decisions,” he said.The president ruled out joint exploitation or joint management of Cyprus’ natural resources with the Turkish Cypriots prior to a political settlement.The government has repeatedly said that the benefits from the exploitation of the republic`s natural resources belong to both the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.“The answer to problems is the solution of the Cyprus issue, but not just any solution,” he told ERT.In February, Turkish vessels prevented a drill ship commissioned by Italian oil giant ENI to approach a target for exploratory drilling.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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