APTN National NewsFormer Aboriginal affairs minister Jim Prentice will be leading Enbridge Inc.’s charm offensive to convince recalcitrant First Nations to support the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline project.Enbridge said in a statement Wednesday that Prentice would be leading the energy firm’s “renewed efforts to consult…and establish partnerships with First Nations.Prentice, who is currently vice-chairman of the CIBC bank, also announced his new role on Twitter.“I have agreed to help (the Northern Gateway) project because I believe First Nations should be full partners in resource projects,” tweeted Prentice, who was Aboriginal affairs minister from 2006 to 2007. “And they should be owners of projects like the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.”Enbridge says it has agreements with 26 Aboriginal communities along the pipeline route, which will carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to the British Columbia coast. That number, however, is disputed. Enbridge only has the support of three B.C. First Nations at most and the number it uses relies heavily on Alberta support.Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said in a statement that Enbridge is committed to “reach out in a respectful way” to First Nations.“We believe Jim Prentice is uniquely suited to help us fulfill that promise,” said Monaco. “We value the constructive relationships we’ve built with our existing Aboriginal equity partners.”The pipeline project received a boost from the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel which found its economic benefits outweighed its environmental impact.It is now up to the Harper cabinet to make a final decision on the project. It’s expected that the project will get the federal government’s backing which has described the pipeline as being in the national interest.The project, however, faces stiff resistance from First Nation bands along the route and from Indigenous grassroots activists.Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said Prentice’s appointment is a sign of desperation on the part of Enbridge and will do little to shift opposition to the pipeline.“We’ve been dealing with a project that’s been around for eight or nine years and we are in on the last minute of this whose exercise,” said Sterritt. “It’s a last gasp by Enbridge. Enbridge knows it’s in trouble around here.”Sterritt said the pipeline poses a threat to a $3 billion fisheries and eco-tourism industry that could be wiped out by one oil spill.“Jobs already exist here. It’s not like we are in some backwater. They come along thinking we should jump if they flash a few dollars,” he said. “We have been sustaining ourselves here for many thousands or years, we are not out there begging anyone to give us a job…The reality is that the vast majority, hundreds of First Nation communities, are against this project.”The Coastal First Nations represents an alliance of coastal B.C. First Nations including the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and the Council of the Haida Nation.At the grassroots level, the opposition is also fierce.An anti-pipeline blockade, led by the Unist’ot’en clan who are part of the Wet’suwet’en people, has dug in along the pipeline’s planned route. The blockade aims to stop the pipeline’s construction. The blockade and associated camp is situated about 66 kilometres south of Houston, BC, and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver.“(Prentice’s) track record has always shown that he has traversed a corporate-heavy trajectory in his role in the federal government. With him being the senior executive vice-president for CIBC we know that his motives have always been prioritized by the financial bottom line,” said the Unist’ot’en camp in a statement. “The banks and the governments are notorious for their disregard for the general public’s opinion as was shown in the recent NEB JRP process with the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. This is also blatantly obvious with their complete disregard for Indigenous Rights and Title issues which are subject to protection in the Constitution Act and the largest majority of Case Laws pertaining to Indigenous matters.”Prentice, who resigned in 2010 from the Harper government while environment minister, is no stranger to land battles between Ottawa and First Nations. He was Aboriginal affairs minister during Six Nation’s reclamation of an under-construction subdivision in 2006. He also negotiated the creation of the Specific Claims Tribunal with former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine in 2007 to avert nation-wide unrest during a planned day of action scheduled for June 29.Only the Mohawks of Tyendinaga marched out that day, blocking the railways and Hwy 401 for about 11 firstname.lastname@example.org
22 January 2010Israel has paid the United Nations $10.5 million for damage to the world body’s properties in Gaza during last year’s Israeli offensive against Hamas. During the three-week operation, which Israel says it launched in response to rocket attacks against it, Israeli shells struck the UN’s main centre in Gaza City, setting ablaze a warehouse with hundreds of tons of food and medicine, and at least three UN schools run for Palestinian refugee children were also attacked.The incidents were investigated by the UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry early last year, after which Israel and the UN held discussions over compensation.“With this payment, the United Nations has agreed that the financial issues relating to those incidents referred to in the terms of reference of the Board of Inquiry are concluded,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told a news briefing today. “The Secretary-General would like to record the cooperative approach that the Government of Israel has shown in the course of the discussions that led to this settlement.”
The Toronto stock market was lower Monday despite earlier relief that Spain had admitted it needed help in recapitalizing its debt-laden banks and secured a bailout for the sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 37.31 points to 11,463.32.Eurozone finance ministers said Saturday they would make up to C100 billion in loans available to the Spanish government to prop up banks stuck with non-performing loans and other toxic assets after the collapse of a real estate bubble. Spain has yet to say how much of this money it will tap.But the TSX gave up early advances as relief was tempered by traders wondering whether Madrid can manage the extra debt and whether it will be forced to ask for further aid.“I think that’s really the issue and what concerns markets the most,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates. “There’s more writedowns to come and ultimately it’s a process of writing things off, all the while maintaining liquidity and equity in your banking system as we remove more than a decade of excess from the banking system and there’s always a price to be paid.”The TSX Venture Exchange was off 11.02 points to 1,281.91.The Canadian dollar was also off session highs as early advances in commodities weakened and the greenback strengthened, down 0.25 of a cent to 97.12 cents US.U.S. markets also shed early gains with the Dow Jones industrial average down 53.36 points at 12,500.84. The Nasdaq composite index was off 20.39 points to 2,838.03 and the S&P 500 index dipped 6.26 points to 1,319.4.Uncertainty about the bank bailout was also evident on bond markets. The rate on Spanish 10-year bonds — a direct measure of how much investors trust a country to pay its debt obligations — started with a 17-basis point drop.But this soon turned into an increase and later rose 0.289 of a point at 6.518 per cent, edging closer to the seven per cent level where the three other European bailout countries — Greece, Portugal and Ireland — sought international assistance.Prices for oil and metals initially advanced but at mid-morning the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off 59 cents at US$83.51 a barrel. The TSX energy sector slipped 0.66 per cent and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 36 cents to C$28.67.The base metals sector declined about 0.7 per cent as July copper was up six cents to US$3.34 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) moved down 30 cents to C$10.52.The gold sector was down about 0.4 per cent as August bullion in New York climbed $5.40 to US$1,596.80 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 27 cents to C$39.86.The telecom sector led advancers with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ahead 92 cents to $59.57.The industrials sector was also positive as Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) rose 73 cents to $84.39.Traders also opted for caution ahead of this weekend when Greek voters head to the polls in an election likely to determine whether the debt-mired country will stick with the euro. If Greece leaves the common currency, that will raise questions about whether others might follow suit.“There’s enough concern about uncertainty out there that people are not taking undue exposures,” added King.Stock markets have been under increasing pressure over the last six weeks, in particular, as the eurozone debt crisis spread to Spain’s banking sector. But the TSX gained almost two per cent last week amid a bout of bargain-hunting after having endured a string of losses that left the main index down more than 11 per cent from its highs of late February.Meanwhile, traders also digested data from China that came out over the weekend indicating that the government of the world’s second biggest economy can concentrate on further measures to boost growth.China’s statistics bureau said that industrial production grew 9.6 per cent in May from a year earlier, higher than the 9.3 per cent growth registered in April. But it was lower than the 9.9 per cent gain that analysts expected.Exports rose 15.3 per cent from a year earlier, beating 4.9 per cent growth in April and higher than the 6.9 per cent rise forecast by economists.On the inflation front, consumer and wholesale price gains eased more than expected with the May consumer price index rising by three per cent, down from 3.4 per cent in April.There was relief on markets last week after China’s central bank cut a key lending rate by 0.25 per cent, its first rate cut in about four years.In corporate news, convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) issued another warning to shareholders of Statoil Fuel & Retail who may be waiting for a higher offer. The Montreal-area company that owns Mac’s and Couche-Tard convenience stores and Circle K gas bars says it won’t pay more for the Scandinavian company. Couche-Tard’s offer values Statoil Fuel at about $2.7 billion. Its shares edged 71 cents lower to $40.98.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) added two cents at $8.53 after it said production had resumed at its Tasiast mine in Mauritania following a labour dispute that was resolved Saturday. The Toronto-based company has said the work stoppage was illegal. It provided no details of how the dispute was resolved in Monday’s announcement.NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG) said Monday it has signed a deal to sell its Rock Creek property in Nome, Alaska to Bering Straits Native Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. NovaGold shares were unchanged at $6.13.
Norris Cole5.0-1.8-1.4 WINSLOSSES Kyle Singler10.0-2.5-0.3 Nick Collison4.0-3.10.7 Enes Kanter25.00.5-1.2 Paul George35.02.40.4 Terrance Ferguson5.0-1.6-0.1 Alex Abrines15.00.0-1.8 The top-5 of Westbrook, George, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are worth 53 wins all on their own. But CARMELO thinks so little of the Thunder bench that the rest of the roster is worth -2 wins. That bench was bad this past season, but young players like Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott may improve with an additional season with the team, and this season’s first-round draft pick Terrance Ferguson has potential as a spot-up shooter on the wing, which the team desperately needed last season. Still, with Taj Gibson likely leaving in free agency, the Thunder will be thin. But while their projection doesn’t put the team nearly at the level of the Golden State Warriors, or even the newly minted Chris Paul Houston Rockets, acquiring George should have an outsize effect on the Thunder.It’s hard to overstate how perfect a fit this is for Oklahoma City. George isn’t Kevin Durant — he doesn’t rebound as well, and isn’t quite the playmaker that Durant can be when called upon — but he replaces a lot of what the former MVP took with him when he departed for Golden State. The most obvious way he helps is by giving Westbrook a legitimate partner in the offense. George is a very good shooter: He shot 39.3 percent from 3 last season, and has floated between 36 and 40 percent the past several years despite taking some of the most difficult shots in the league. George shouldn’t have to take on the world quite the same way in Oklahoma City.George may actually end up fitting slightly better with Westbrook than Durant did — in practice if not in terms of absolute skill. Durant dominated the ball late in games for the Thunder; Westbrook would defer, often to a fault. This left Westbrook, an average at best shooter, on the perimeter, largely wasted. With George new to OKC, where Westbrook is the reigning MVP and undisputed team leader, the Thunder should be able to default to more sensible sets in crucial moments, with the ball in Westbrook’s hands but George actively involved.That said, George’s ability to get his own shot should also be key for the Thunder. In the team’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, the bench units led by Oladipo were overwhelmed, often unable even to get a shot without their star. In Game 5 of that series, Westbrook played 42 minutes, scored 47 points and had a plus-minus of +12. The Thunder lost by six. George can be streaky, but his ability to carry an offense means the Thunder can survive spells without Westbrook.But it’s George’s defensive ability and versatility that may unlock the Thunder’s potential. Oklahoma City had been constructed with a lopsided allotment of talents. They had more than enough rebounders and interior defenders, but few perimeter scorers or players who could perform the basic three-and-D role so crucial to successful teams. George is one of the best three-and-D players in the league, good enough to compensate for limited defensive players around him when the Thunder need offense.Lineups featuring both George and Andre Roberson — a converted power forward who plays shooting guard for the Thunder despite being one of the worst shooters in the league — would seem to not only cover Westbrook’s defensive shortcomings, but possibly those of other players, such as Abrines or Kanter. Roberson is restricted free agent and reportedly declined a four-year, $48 million extension last fall, so he may be too expensive to re-sign, but given the Thunder’s lack of depth they may not have much choice. (And in a twist, George actually earns less than Oladipo this season, giving the Thunder a little extra breathing room under the luxury tax.) Giving Roberson’s projected minutes to Abrines results in the team’s CARMELO rating dropping from 51 wins to 47.The Thunder were a deeply but narrowly flawed team last season. That happens when a Kevin Durant-sized hole is left in the depth chart. Paul George may not fill the whole thing, and he may not do it for very long, but for as long as he and Westbrook are in town, the Thunder are back. Team total3.70.6 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Thunder’s projected record50.831.2 Jerami Grant20.0-2.00.1 Andre Roberson25.0-1.21.8 Paul George is headed to Oklahoma City, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, and the Thunder may be back to being title contenders — or at least in the mix to be the West’s second-best team behind Golden State.Just hours before the NBA’s free agency period begins, the Indiana Pacers have traded George to the Thunder for former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and rising sophomore Domantas Sabonis. Oklahoma City had acquired Oladipo and the draft pick that became Sabonis from Orlando in a trade for Serge Ibaka last offseason.George is a free agent after this coming season, and it’s believed that he has not agreed to sign a contract extension. The assumption around the league has been that the Lakers are his preferred long-term destination, which is a large part of why the Pacers couldn’t even secure a draft pick for their outgoing star. So this is certainly a calculated risk for OKC, but MVP Russell Westbrook can also become a free agent after the 2017-18 season thanks to a player-option. And while he hasn’t been as forthright as George, his hometown Lakers have long been a rumored destination for him as well. So the Thunder are on the clock to sell themselves as a place where Westbrook can contend, or alternatively, to take their last, best shot at winning a title while they still have him. The George trade should accomplish both.According to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system, adding George to the Thunder and subtracting Oladipo and Sabonis should put the team at 51 wins: Russell Westbrook35.07.60.7 Replacement level player11-1.7-0.3 Semaj Christon5.0-3.0-1.5 Steven Adams30.0-0.62.0 Doug McDermott15.0-0.6-2.7 The Thunder are backCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Oklahoma City Thunder
How would you like to earn more than $100,000 for sitting on the bench? That’s the position Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden found himself in for the team’s final preseason game. Coach Pat Shurmur decided that the rookie starting quarterback was too valuable to risk him getting injured before the regular season starts. Huh? I had to rewind the show I was watching to make sure I had heard that correctly. Even after watching it again, I still didn’t believe it. While it’s not unheard of for NFL players to sit out the final preseason game, especially quarterbacks, sitting a rookie quarterback who has yet to throw a single touchdown pass in his career is beyond ridiculous. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning did not play in their teams’ final exhibition games either, but they are both future Hall of Famers with years of NFL experience and Super Bowl rings. Weeden hasn’t even attempted 50 passes in the NFL preseason. So a rookie with no touchdown passes, a completion percentage below 50 percent, and less than two full preseason games under his belt is too valuable to risk getting injured? Are you kidding me? It’s not as if Weeden will have a long career to learn how to be an NFL quarterback. Being drafted at age 28, he will have six fewer years than the average signal caller to master his craft. He’s already missed one-third of a career. He simply doesn’t have the time to waste sitting on the bench. So if Weeden is already starting behind the curve, why pass up an opportunity to help him catch up? Weeden doesn’t have a huge contract to worry about. He wasn’t the team’s top pick in the draft. He wasn’t even the first quarterback taken, or the second, or even the third. He was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL draft. He is also the only quarterback taken in the first round who hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the preseason. Sitting a rookie quarterback who hasn’t proven himself yet isn’t protecting an asset, it’s robbing him of an opportunity to gain valuable experience before the games actually count. Weeden has a four-year contract worth $8.1 million. Spread over 80 regular and preseason games that is an average of $101,250 per game. That’s an expensive benchwarmer.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Settle said claims of a Westminster paedophile ring operating from a guest house in south west London had been investigated over two years. The detective, who led Scotland Yard’s inquiry into an alleged VIP paedophile ring, said yesterday he was astonished that the £100 million inquiry was planning to investigate claims of a cover up against Lord Brittan and Sir Edward heath. A former former police chief has accused the national child sex abuse inquiry of giving credibility to fantasists trashing the reputations of dead politicians. No evidence had been found to substantiate the allegations. Lord Brittan’s name was on a list of politicians and celebrities who, it…
BM Fraikin Granollers are out of the King’s Cup in Madrid after quarter-final’s day. Puente Genil made the biggest surprise od Day 1 by beating EHF Cup quarter-flnalists 31:29 after penalty-shotout.Barca beat Atletico Valladolid 34:30, while Ademar Leon outplayed Guadalajara 25:21.25 – Abanca Ademar León: Biosca (Cupara); Mario López (2), Simonet (2), Vejin, Juanín García (4, 3p), Carou, Rodrigo Pérez (3) Piñeiro (3), Vieyra (5), David Fernández (1), Jaime Fernández, Acacio Marques, Gonzalo Pérez, Pesic y Costoya (5)21 – Quabit Guadalajara: Hombrados (Eceolaza); Parra (2, 1p), Mellado (2), Benedito, Chema Márquez (2), Montoya, Vidal (3), Sanz, Vigo (5), Bozalongo, Fuentes, Moya (4), Javi García (3), Sedano y Valles.Results:Barcelona 34 – 30 Atl. ValladolidAdemar 25 – 21 Quabit GuadalajaraGranollers 29 – 31 pen. Puente GenilLa Rioja 32 – 30 AnaitasunaSemi-finals:17:00 La Rioja – Ademar19:00 Barcelona – Puente GenilPHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/federacionmadrilenadebalonmano/ ← Previous Story PPD Zagreb sign Serbian right back Nikola Potic Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen and TSV Hannover Burgdorf for German Cup trophy! Copa Del Rey balonmano 2018Kings Cup handball
THE YOUNG WOMAN who sustained unexplained serious injuries close to her student accommodation in Maynooth three months ago has been released from hospital.Kym Owens had been in an induced coma after being hospitalised on 20 November.The 18-year-old suffered a broken nose, fractured eye sockets, a dislocated jaw as well as a number of broken teeth but gardaí have not established how she sustained the injuries.Owens was found in the Moyglare Abbey estate and had recently departed A2B bus service from her family home in Monaghan.She was being cared for by staff at Beaumont Hospital but is now recovering at home with her family.Speaking last month, the young woman’s family expressed their “sincerest and deepest thank you” to well-wishers.Gardai had initially investigated the case as a serious assault but have since widened their inquiries to include the possibility that her injuries may have been caused by a fall.Anyone with any information is being asked to contact gardaí.Read: Over €20,000 raised to aid recovery of Maynooth student Kym Owens >Read: Maynooth pub donates proceeds to family of student Kym Owens following violent attack > By Rónán Duffy Friday 24 Feb 2017, 11:27 AM Kym Owens suffered her injuries on 20 November. 46,570 Views 49 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3256442 Share248 Tweet Email1 Kym Owens recovering at home after being released from hospital The 18-year-old had been in an induced coma after suffering serious injuries. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Facebook Feb 24th 2017, 11:27 AM Kym Owens suffered her injuries on 20 November. Image: Facebook
A MAN WHOSE trial over the 1982 Hyde Park bombing collapsed is to be extradited to Northern Ireland to face charges in relation to the murder of two UDR soldiers in Enniskillen in 1972, the High Court has ruled.Northern Irish authorities had sought he surrender of John Downey (66) to face prosecution for the murder of two British Army Infantrymen as well as aiding and abetting the causing of an explosion on 25 August 1972.Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in a vehicle they were checking on the Irvinestown Road, Cherrymount, in Enniskillen.Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said Downey had objected to the extradition on a number of grounds including delay, a letter of assurance which he believed amounted to a pardon or amnesty and his belief that it would be “oppressive to surrender him”.However, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said she rejected each of Downey’s objections.Downey was arrested in November last year at his home address in Ards, Creeslough, Co Donegal on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.He told detectives he believed “it was the DUP and not the DPP” who decided to prosecute him. Mar 1st 2019, 4:24 PM Judge allows extradition of John Downey in relation to 1972 murder of UDR soldiers John Downey told detectives he believed “it was the DUP and not the DPP” who decided to prosecute him. John Downey. https://jrnl.ie/4519882 12,120 Views Share25 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images By Olga Cronin John Downey. Image: PA Wire/PA Images No Comments Friday 1 Mar 2019, 4:24 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Le lecteur Kobo by Fnac est disponible !La liseuse Kobo by Fnac est disponible depuis ce lundi. A un mois des fêtes de fin d’année, La Fnac entend frapper un grand coupe sur le marché du livre électronique.Le nouveau modèle de liseuse Fnac est disponible ce lundi 28 novembre. Le Kobo by Fnac, conçu avec l’apport du fabricant canadien Kobo, coûtera néanmoins 129,90 euros soit 30 euros de plus que le Kindle d’Amazon, lecteur de livres électroniques de référence sur le marché. Cependant les adhérents à la Fnac, bénéficient de 30 euros de remise (en chèques cadeaux), ce qui placent les deux liseuses rivales au même tarif. Ce nouveau lecteur propose comme caractéristiques techniques : un écran 6 pouces anti-reflets, une autonomie de 30 jours, ports micro-USB et slot pour carte Micro SD. Le lecteur sera disponible en 4 coloris : noir, argenté, blue , lilas. À lire aussiLes lecteurs d’ebooks lisent plus que les autresLe lecteur pèse 185g et utilise la technologie d’encre eletronique à 1- niveaux de contraste. 200 000 titres français sont disponibles au format epub actuellement (grâce à une connexion Wifi). Kobo souhaiterait écouler “cinq millions de liseuses dans plus de 100 pays”. Tandis que la Fnac vend environ 50 millions de livres par an. L’alliance des deux constructeurs pourrait bien faire de ce produit le leader du livre numérique en Amérique du Sud ou en Europe.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Related Items:Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), IMF, jamaica, richard byles Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles, says Jamaica is in a good position to receive a positive performance rating from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) despite missing the primary balance target for March.Set a target of $121.3 billion for the end of the March quarter, Jamaica registered $117.2 billion, a shortfall of $4.1 billion.The EPOC Co-Chair said it was the first quarter that the country did not meet its primary balance target.“This country has met the targets seven out of the eight quarters that the IMF has reviewed us. In one quarter, we fall short by $4.1 billion out of $121.3 billion, so that’s less than four per cent short of the target,” he pointed out.He was speaking at EPOC’s monthly press briefing in Kingston on Tuesday(May 5), where an assessment of the country’s economic performance as at the end of March was provided.Mr. Byles said the previous successes are important and the IMF team must now “make a decision based on important qualitative judgement that goes beyond just the numbers.”He said these considerations should include whether the Government remains committed and displays the effort needed to achieve the critical targets under the programme and whether the macroeconomic circumstances that were beyond the control of the authorities are sufficient enough to impact the targets. “The answer to both is yes…and I think that I can say unequivocally from EPOC’s point of view, the IMF should give the country a waiver based on these two facts,”Mr. Byles asserted.The IMF team is now in the island conducting its 8th quarterly review of Jamaica’s performance under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme with the multilateral agency. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill
Medical examiners identified the man who died while skydiving with a group of people Friday near Snohomish as Glen Leland Hobbs Jr., 27, of Kirkland.Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Hobbs deployed his parachute but for some reason came in too fast and hit the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Hobbs suffered an intracranial hemorrhage, along with pelvic and extremity fractures due to blunt force impact, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Glen Hobbs Jr. was originally reported as being a Vancouver resident. His father, Glen Hobbs Sr., lives in Vancouver with other members of the Hobbs family.
Comments 70 Photos Long-term 2018 Ford Mustang GT: Wrapping up two wild months 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Ford Enlarge ImageThe Ford Mustang EcoBoost is the best entry-level Mustang in years, but Ford might be about to make it better.For a long time, the words, “entry-level Mustang” gave any driving enthusiast a severe case of the willies. Whether it was a straight-six model in the 1960s or ’70s or the V6 models of the ’90s and 2000s, they were never that interesting to drive. That started to change when Ford introduced the EcoBoost Mustang a few years ago, and all of a sudden you had almost unprecedented ease of tuning, thanks to a turbo and modern electronics, coupled with the best Mustang chassis ever.That’s why when we heard rumors that Ford was prepping some kind of entry-level cost but not entry-level performance Mustang to be shown at the New York Auto Show, we were pretty floored. Could this be the reborn Mustang SVO that we have been dreaming of? Well, based on the invite we received Friday to a mysterious background event that Ford is holding for the Mustang soon, that seems like it could be the case. Fingers crossed.Just for some perspective, the current EcoBoost Mustang makes a respectable 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, but the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been proven time and again to be plenty stout enough for much more power. We’d love to see this new flavor of Mustang make around 340-360 hp, 400 lb-ft of torque and add most of the features from the EcoBoost performance pack as standard, like the upgraded differential for somewhere around $33,000.Ford verified to Roadshow that there would indeed be a new Mustang variant on the stand during the New York Auto Show in a couple of weeks, but haven’t given us any more information than that. Performance Cars Car Industry 2 Tags Share your voice Ford 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV
New Delhi: Commercial surrogacy will soon be banned and only close relatives will be permitted to act as surrogates to infertile couples for “ethical altruistic” reasons. On Monday, the government introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha that also provides for constitution of surrogacy boards at national and state levels, as well as that the intending couples should not abandon such a child under any condition. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Only Indian couples who have been legally married for at least five years would be allowed to opt for surrogacy, as per the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill, which was introduced by Health and Family Welfare minister Harsh Vardhan. The bill seeks to “allow ethical altruistic surrogacy to the intending infertile Indian married couple between the age of 23-50 years and 26-55 years for female and male, respectively”. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us A woman should be allowed to act as a surrogate mother only once and should be a close relative of the intending couple and “should be an ever married woman having a child of her own and between the age of 25-35 years”. According to the statement, India has emerged as a surrogacy hub for couples from different countries for past few years. “Due to lack of legislation to regulate surrogacy, the practice of surrogacy has been misused by surrogacy clinics, which leads to rampant commercial surrogacy and unethical practices…,” it noted. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha in December, 2018 but lapsed as it could not get nod from Parliament.
Myanmar army helicopter. AFP File PhotoAfter repeated incursions on Friday morning, Bangladesh has strongly protested the recent instances of violation of its airspace by Myanmarese army helicopters.Bangladesh demanded Myanmar take immediate measures to prevent amy recurrence of such incursions in future.In a Diplomatic note sent to the Embassy of Myanmar in Dhaka on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested the repeated instances of violation of Bangladesh’s air space by a number of Myanmarese helicopters on 27 and 28 August and then again today (1 September).This morning, Myanmar helicopters violated Bangladesh’s air pace near Ukhia on three occasions.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that these instances of incursion into Bangladesh airspace by Myanmar helicopters run contrary to the good neighbourly relations and could lead to an unwarranted situation.The Ministry further emphasized that while Bangladesh has been cooperating with Myanmar in the security sector, such instances violation of sovereignty may affect the existing understanding and cooperation between the two countries.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been very vocal about his love for music and he has credited his parents for introducing him to it.The 73-year-old Piku star says his father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and mother Teji Bachchan were equally into music and he has got the music-lover genes from his father.“Music remained integral in us all from our days of learning to crawl. But the learning of it, crawled throughout us. Till date. I ask many of those that have the blessings of notes and chords and voice, what it would take to be in their justice, in their sanctified courtyard. “They assure me it to be never too late. I have reservations. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“My hours and time has passed and wished away of learning. May it remain within, if not in learning, then in its subdued and silent presence,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.The Shamitabh star, who is currently busy shooting for new TV show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, says the connection he has with music comes from within.“The music that represents me, that I get the opportunity to explore and compose, comes from within by its own accord.There is no training nor any professional bearing. It just comes.“I cannot but begin to believe that the strains of my Father’s music interest, has followed my genes as an integral part of my construct… Do not have any other reason for its presence.”
Government officials are warning of the return of “medieval diseases” in California, particularly after the news spread that a Los Angeles deputy city attorney said she had contracted typhus, a centuries-old horrific disease usually spread by rats, within L.A.’s City Hall. After attorney Elizabeth Greenwood caught typhus, an illness that causes extremely high fever, muscle aches, and headache, she sued the city of Los Angeles for $5 million.California Governor Gavin Newsom said in his State of the State speech in February 2019 that there was a public health crisis, citing outbreaks of hepatitis A in San Diego County and typhus in Los Angeles County. “Typhus,” he said in his address. “A medieval disease. In California. In 2019.”Burying plague victims in the Middle AgesFrom Jan. 1, 2018, through Feb. 1 of 2019, there were 167 cases of typhus in the state, up from 125 in 2013 and 13 in 2008, according to the California Public Health Department. Since the late 20th century, cases have been primarily reported in Africa, the Middle East, and South and Central America. Medical authorities say risk factors include visiting or living in areas where rats, mice, and other animals have high populations (such as disaster areas, refugee camps, and jails) and where fleas and lice can carry the bacteria from the animals to infect humans.Typhus was first described in the late 15th century. It is estimated that 17,000 Spanish soldiers died of it during the siege of Granada in 1489. Since it was so prevalent in prisons, it was dubbed gaol or jail fever. In 1759, English authorities estimated about 25 percent of all prisoners in England died of gaol fever per year. In the 18th century, the disease was named typhus, from the Greek smoke or stupor because of the symptom of delirium.Plague victims of LondonA Brazilian doctor discovered the cause of epidemic typhus in 1916. Astonishingly, over 3 million fatalities were attributed to typhus during and after the first world war. Even though a typhus vaccine was developed before the next world war, typhus epidemics continued, especially in concentration camps (Anne Frank died in a camp from typhus). DDT was used to kill typhus-bearing lice at the end of the war; epidemics were rare after that.Today typhus can be treated with antibiotics and the death rate is low. Why it is returning is the question. The outbreaks are more prevalent in overcrowded and trash-filled areas that attract rats. The disease has seen a reemergence in the homeless population of Los Angeles, officials say. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said, “California accounted for 30 percent of all people experiencing homelessness as individuals in the United States and 49 percent of all unsheltered individuals” with a homeless rate of about 2.5 times the national rate, according to Forbes.Homelessness in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Sansenbach CC by 2.0“The hygiene situation is just horrendous” for people living on the streets, said Dr. Glenn Lopez, a physician with St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, who treats homeless patients in Los Angeles County, in an interview with KHN. “It becomes just like a Third World environment.”Medieval diseases aren’t only popping up in California and it’s not just typhus. People in Washington State have been infected with Shigella bacteria, as well as Bartonella quintana, or trench fever, which spreads through body lice, according to The Atlantic. Hepatitis A, spread primarily through excrement, infected more than 1,000 people in Southern California in the past two years. The disease has also erupted in New Mexico, Ohio, and Kentucky. Some are even calling attention to fears that Bubonic Plague has every chance to re-emerge in such conditions.Related Article: Previously Unknown Black Plague Strain Found in 5,000-yr-old Swedish RemainsMore and more elected and public health officials have begun coming forward, calling for more attention to the return of medieval diseases in California and other areas that modern medicine once seemed to have conquered and aggressive treatments to be developed.“It really is unconscionable,” says Bobby Watts, the CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a policy and advocacy organization. “These are all preventable diseases.”
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 8, 2016 Is your business missing valuable revenue methods and opportunities to cut down on your bottom-line expenses because you haven’t maximized on B2B ecommerce opportunities? Derek Griffin, founder and president of Speartek, one of the country’s leading B2B ecommerce development shops, recently enlightened me on just how much money is being on the left on the table.Related: B2B e-commerce platform to be launched in China by Bizpluss.inFor 2014, Forrester research has estimated, U.S. B2B online sales revenues were about $1 trillion, and consumer ecommerce revenues, about $262 million. Those staggering statistics help illustrate how quickly B2B, or wholesale ecommerce, is being adopted.Think your company could benefit from boosting its own B2B online orders? Check out these insights from Griffin; then, you decide.1. Create an easy-to-use interface.B2B buyers are ordering from a large number of vendors, and they will gravitate to the ones with the solid technology that allows them to efficiently handle orders and reorders online. Some buyers will even change vendors based on the ease of online ordering.Explains Griffin, “We no longer live in a world where the personal relationship is the key reason someone does business with a company. Sometimes there is no relationship at all.”2. Integrate with an accounting or ERP system. Automating the data transfer of orders is very important in all ecommerce, for multiple reasons. “In consumer transactions, the dollar amount of the order is less, but there are far more transactions, so it helps to eliminate the data entry cost,” Griffin says. “In B2B, there aren’t as many orders, but the number of line-items can be significant, so having those orders feed into an accounting or ERP system is key.” 3. Increase cash-flow speed.Need faster cash flow? As Griffin points out, “If the order automatically goes into the warehouse to be picked, packed and shipped, you speed up your revenue cycle in booking the sale and getting paid, improving cash flow by one to three days, depending on the organization and other automation.”4. Make your product visible to wholesale buyers online.Making your product accessible to wholesale buyers is just as strong a reason to get your products online. “Increased revenue from online sales is a reality, although not the only reason to pursue this,” Griffin says. “Many B2B buyers research their product choices online and often find new products and lines, making buying decisions without ever seeing a product in person. “While many buyers still attend product- and industry-related tradeshows, that is no longer the sole or even primary method of product sourcing.”5. See operational cost savings.“The operational cost-savings of implementing B2B ecommerce and integrating those transactions to accounting or ERP systems can give a higher return on investment than even the revenue impact,” Griffin says. “By eliminating the manual processing of orders, business owners save payroll costs, eliminate expensive order-entry errors and improve customer service.“This does require that buyers be educated and informed that the preferred method of submitting orders is online. Even offering financial incentives or preferential treatment of orders can change customer habits.” Related: The Missing Ingredient in B2B’s Trillion-Dollar Industry6. Increase your potential for scalability.Scalability becomes a serious reality with technology. When orders flow into the system without the need for a customer service representative to enter the data or take the order over the phone, the business is able to grow its top line without additional administrative overhead, allowing the additional profit margin to fall almost entirely to the bottom line. “We had a client grow revenue by over 20 percent,” Griffin says — noting that the actual figure was $2 million — “without adding a single person to payroll because they had automated the order entry process.”7. See real ROI on your development costs.“B2B buyers may live in a procurement world by day, but they are savvy online shoppers by night,” Griffin says. “They have grown accustomed to a user-friendly, customer-focused shopping experience.”It is not enough to just have online ordering for your customers; they have to find that process easy to use. “We have built several sites that had online revenue growth rates, [increasing] from 50 percent to 500 percent in six months after launching an improved website design and ordering experience,” Griffin reports.”While this was revenue from existing customers, and not a bump in overall topline revenue, the operational cost savings paid for the project, and in some cases many times over,” he adds.8. Consider the mobile experience. Mobile shopping can’t be ignored, even for B2B. “Consumer ecommerce sites may have mobile users representing 30 to 50 percent of their website visits,” Griffin says. “This is usually lower for B2B, but 20 percent is not unusual. And if a business had 5,000 website visits per month, that would represent 1,000 visitors that needed an experience that matches their device.”Those stats,” Griffin concludes, “must be considered in either building your next site or even adding a mobile experience to an existing one.”Related: 3 Fatal Ecommerce Mistakes You Must Not Make Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
For years, customer relationship management software was exclusive to enterprise companies that could afford it, but increasingly, we’re seeing CRM software gain in popularity among the small business crowd.When Keap (formerly Infusionsoft) surveyed nearly 1,500 American small business owners in October 2018, it discovered that more — 23 percent, to be exact — are using CRMs than the year prior. And that’s good news. CRMs make a business more organized and improve its customer service, giving it a shot of credibility and professionalism.Related: How CRMs Can Spark (or Continue) Fast GrowthAs a centralized database, a CRM will store your contact information in one place, track your referrals, remind you of follow-ups and equip you to capitalize on growth opportunities early in your company’s life. The challenge, though, is investing in the right CRM.Walk before you run.Today, both large companies and small businesses use CRM software to enable sales success — but that doesn’t mean they use the same CRM software.Generally speaking, enterprise CRMs must be packed with features and add-ons, such as automation and customization, to handle the complicated workflows and processes of a multifaceted organization. Considering the power and complexity of the software, enterprise CRM setup often requires a consultant or programmer.While small business CRMs also track sales and manage the company’s workflow, they’re much simpler to use. They typically lack the features and add-ons of an enterprise solution — and that’s perfectly fine. Small businesses simply don’t have the same need for feature-rich software.As an entrepreneur, it’s tempting to think ahead and splurge on a fancy enterprise CRM that can scale with your company. But enterprise software that’s too robust and expensive could harm, not help, your small business. When companies buy software that’s too complicated for them to navigate, they simply won’t use it. And when they don’t use the software, they cannot enjoy its potential benefits.Related: 4 Reasons Why Companies are Choosing CRM Over Traditional Marketing toolsDebating an upgrade.When it comes to selecting a CRM that fits your needs, it’s not as simple as knowing your business size and selecting between option A and option B. You’d hate to buy a new system, only to let it sit in the corner because it’s too difficult to use.You might need those fancy add-ons later, but for now, the goal is to invest in a system that will work for the business you have now and grow with your company. I’d recommend hitting the following milestones before you start thinking about an upgrade.1. Your current system can’t handle your needs.The lines between “want” and “need” can get blurry in the business world, especially with all the different capabilities offered by a CRM. Do you really need machine learning capabilities in your CRM, or are you simply getting caught up in a trend?For some companies, added complexity can actually hurt their CRM setup. Jerome Collomb — head of marketing at MyFeelBack, a customer feedback processing software — made the mistake of thinking more was more when it came to CRMs. As a result, the company adopted a CRM that was far too complicated and confusing, ultimately wasting more time and money than it was worth. Collomb and his staff simply didn’t possess the technical know-how to get a complex CRM up and running in a way that benefited his company — and he’s not alone. According to Salesforce, 72 percent of CRM users say they prefer usability when it comes to CRMs.Do you really need a new feature or piece of functionality, or is there another less complicated workaround? If you decide you do need a new feature, consider whether your current CRM can meet that need. For example, is it possible to reconfigure your CRM or buy an extra add-on? If there are, in fact, no viable workarounds and your current CRM can’t meet your needs, then it’s time to start looking elsewhere.Related: 4 CRM Hacks Every Entrepreneur Should Be Using2. You can afford the new system.In the same Keap survey, 13 percent of small business owners indicated that they plan on increasing their CRM spending in 2019. As you evaluate your CRM needs, it’s critical to keep budget in mind. While that sounds simple, the cost of a CRM involves more than the software itself.Maybe the base price of the CRM is $30 per user, per month, and on the surface, that sounds like a great fit for your budget. But you also have to factor in costs associated with implementation, training and integrations. The initial costs may fit your designated “CRM budget,” but the additional ones you didn’t think about could send you over the edge.That’s why affordability is one of the most important milestones to reach. Complex enterprise systems often have equally as complicated (and expensive) pricing schemes. If you can financially handle the total cost of owning a CRM (and not just the software itself), the investment will likely pay off.3. Your entire team is on board.Perhaps the most significant signal that you’re ready for a CRM change is when your team is, too. To be frank, your CRM won’t work properly if you don’t have buy-in from your whole team. Team members will be nervous about a big switch — that’s perfectly normal. But if they don’t see the benefit of your newly proposed system, you might need to step back and reassess the “why” behind your decision.Look at the situation from their perspective. Consider, for instance, that according to HubSpot, only 22 percent of salespeople know what “CRM” means. Even with tech training, will they be able to take full advantage of the software’s offerings? If the answer is “no,” it doesn’t matter how robust your CRM is — it can’t help you. Similarly, if you don’t have an IT team or a staff of consultants waiting in the wings, you may want to keep your CRM simple.All businesses can benefit from CRMs, but you must buy the system that your business needs today — not five years from now. So evaluate your business through the lens of these three milestones before you consider upgrading to an advanced piece of software, and you’ll ensure that you’re not getting ahead of yourself. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 29, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »
Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A state police officer was killed in a road accident when he overturned his unit due to excessive speeding.Rural Police officer Carlos Pacheco, died from his injuries after overturning his vehicle near the community of Sabidos. Reports say the police officer was driving at excessive speed and failed to notice a hole in the asphalt.When his police truck hit the hole, the speed and hole impact caused the vehicle to overturn, pinning him inside the vehicle. The accident occurred at 5:00 p.m. when the officer was reportedly traveling to the rural community of Javier Rojo Gómez.Paramedics say the officer was not wearing a seat belt, adding that he died on scene.Witnesses passing the accident reported it to the police station in the town of Sabidos. When police arrived, they realized it was one of their own.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)