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Ottawa to purchase a sixth Arctic and offshore patrol vessel Sajjan

first_imgHALIFAX – Concern over a potential lack of work for Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding turned to cheers Friday as the federal government announced it would purchase a sixth Arctic and offshore patrol vessel for the Royal Canadian Navy.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told hundreds of workers gathered in the vast facility on the Halifax waterfront that the vessel would be built in Halifax.His announcement came a day after Ottawa revealed plans to divvy up $7 billion in maintenance and repair contracts for navy frigates among three shipyards — a move that set off alarms for workers at the Halifax yard.The federal government had previously committed to five Arctic and offshore patrol vessels and had been considering a sixth, before Sajjan made his announcement.He told the assembled workers the decision would boost Canada’s naval capabilities at home and abroad “for decades to come.”“By adding a sixth Arctic and offshore patrol vessel we are ensuring that our Royal Canadian Navy remains an agile and responsive naval force for years to come, so that Canada can continue to assert and enforce our arctic sovereignty.”Sajjan’s announcement brought an end to Irving’s fight to land at least six of the vessels.In October 2014, The Canadian Press reported that the former Conservative government had scaled back its original plan to buy between six and eight vessels, choosing instead to buy five with an option for a sixth.Irving president Kevin McCoy said at the time the company still fully expected “to sign a contract to build the first six ships exactly as planned and scheduled.”“There should be no concerns about that. It’s all systems go from that perspective.”On Friday, Sajjan wouldn’t tell reporters when the decision to proceed with six ships was made.“We had to go through our own analysis to determine if a sixth Arctic patrol vessel was going to be needed,” said Sajjan. “A determination was made, advice was given and we made a decision as a cabinet.”The company is set to deliver the first of the vessels next summer and is in the process of building three more. The ships will be tasked with patrolling Canadian waters including the Arctic.Irving said construction of the second and third vessels — to be known as HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays — is already well underway, and construction of a fourth is set to begin later this year.McCoy said a sixth vessel means help in retaining jobs at the yard because it represents a significant narrowing of a gap between when the last of the vessels are completed sometime in 2024 and work begins on the Canadian Surface Combatant program.McCoy said although no layoffs are planned at this point, a number of things have to happen to ensure steady work.“What the minister announced today solves about half of a three-year problem and we are continuing to have dialogue on how we collectively solve the other half,” McCoy said.He said company officials met with Sajjan and the federal minister of procurement Carla Qualtrough in Ottawa on Thursday. McCoy said a number of options are under consideration in terms of finding work for the yard.“We are looking at other options together, maybe some international sales, additional arctic ships, potentially even accelerating construction of the Canadian surface combatant. And along with that we got a very good commitment to keep Halifax class maintenance here as well.”On Thursday, Ottawa said the maintenance and repair contracts for the existing frigates would be shared by Irving Shipbuilding, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in Victoria, B.C., and Davie Shipbuilding in Levis, Que.Sajjan deflected questions about how much frigate maintenance work would remain in Halifax, choosing instead to stress the importance of his announcement.“This is about sending a tremendous message to Atlantic Canada, Halifax and the rest of Canada as well,” Sajjan said.He also promised that all 15 of the surface combat ships would be “built right here in Halifax.”Union local president David Baker-Mosher said Friday’s announcement should allow for more continuity at the yard, which is the workers’ main concern.“The additional work can close the gap,” he said. “Also we have to get a determined design for the future combatants so we can bring that closer to the end of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships program.”last_img read more

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Bayer recalls laxative over possible choking hazard

Bayer Inc. has issued a recall for the RestoraLAX 45 + 10 Value Pack sold at Costco Canada over possible choking concerns.The company says the product may contain deposits or lumps that may pose a choking hazard.The affected product was sold as a combination pack of 1 bottle of 45 Dose RestoraLAX and 1 box of 10 single dose sachets of RestoraLAX shrink wrapped together for sale by Costco Canada only.Health Canada is advising consumers to stop using this product. If you experience difficulty swallowing or breathing after using the recalled product, you should seek immediate medical attention.For more information about this recall, click here.

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Berlin ground staff strike hundreds of flights cancelled

Berlin ground staff strike, hundreds of flights cancelled Travelers wait at Schoenefeld airport outside Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 13, 2017. Ground staff at Berlin’s two airports went on strike Monday for the second time in four days, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights. (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP) BERLIN – Ground staff at Berlin’s two airports went on strike Monday for the second time in four days, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.The ver.di union called on staff at the Tegel and Schoenefeld airports to walk out from 4 a.m. (0300 GMT) Monday until 5 a.m. (0400 GMT) Tuesday, then extended the strike by another 24 hours until early Wednesday.The strike follows an all-day walkout on Friday. Airport authorities said 465 departures from Tegel, the busier airport, and 195 from Schoenefeld were cancelled on Monday — most of the flights planned for the day.Ver.di argued that another walkout was necessary because employers hadn’t reacted to the previous strike and made a new offer in their wage dispute.Those affected by the strike included Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller, who had to set off on a planned trip to Moscow from Dresden, more than 160 kilometres (100 miles) away. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 6:53 am MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Depth highlighting position battles for Ohio State football

OSU freshmen offensive linemen Brady Taylor (79) and Marcelys Jones (64) get set for a drill as other members of the OSU football team look on during fall camp Aug. 6 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorLike many before it, the Ohio State football team’s 2014 fall camp has been highlighted by key position battles three days in.One thing that may be different for this team, especially in position battles along the offensive line, is depth. OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said he is looking for a set starting lineup, but has more options to look at than in years past.“We’re looking for five starters first, but we have a lot of choices,” Warinner said after the Buckeyes completed their third day of fall camp Wednesday. “There’s probably 10 (or) 11 guys to choose from for that.”Of those five starting spots, Warinner said one is locked up and another is close to being decided.“I think for sure, (junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker) will start,” he said. “He’s moved over to left tackle.”Warinner went on to say that redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein is a good bet to start at right guard –– leaving center, right tackle and left guard up for grabs.The third-year OSU assistant said there are a few names in each of those battles, and only gave the edge to one player at center. He said junior Jacoby Boren is in the lead now, but didn’t count out redshirt-senior Chad Lindsay, who is a transfer from Alabama, or redshirt-freshman Billy Price.“Right now Jacoby is a little bit ahead, but the other two guys will push him,” Warinner said.Warinner named off redshirt-junior Chase Farris, redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin and redshirt-sophomore Evan Lisle as contenders at right tackle. When it comes to the final spot along the line, left guard, he named redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood, senior defensive-line transplant Joel Hale and freshman Marcelys Jones.After Monday’s practice, OSU coach Urban Meyer said that left guard spot is the key position battle for the team this fall.With very little set in stone for his offensive line thus far, Warinner said they can benefit greatly from the group of guys they go up against everyday in practice.“They’re as good as I’ve seen in my career, so they’re pretty good,” Warinner said of the OSU defensive line. “To go against them everyday, we either have to step up to the plate and compete at that level, or we’re going to look bad at practice.”Even with high praise from both Warinner and Meyer for the defensive line so far this fall, there is one spot along that front four up for grabs –– at least for two games.Junior defensive end Noah Spence will spend the first two games of the season out of the lineup due to a suspension, which means co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell could be keeping his eye out for the next man up this fall.“It’s a travesty that Noah’s going to miss (the first two games), but the reality is it gives some other guys some light,” Fickell said Wednesday. “It’s going to make us and force us to create some depth and get some guys some real good roles.”Fickell said senior Steve Miller and redshirt-senior Rashad Frazier are the next two up for Spence’s spot.Spence is expected to slot back into a starting role once he returns, alongside senior Michael Bennett, junior Adolphus Washington and sophomore Joey Bosa. Beyond that core four, Fickell said there are numerous players who could leave their mark for OSU.“There’s a lot of guys on that defensive front that are battling to get themselves, maybe not a starting spot, but a lot of time,” he said. “So there’s some depth and some rotation there.”Outside of the defensive line, Fickell said the 2014 Buckeyes will feature depth across the defense, especially at linebacker. He said that position has lacked depth for the past two seasons, but is ready for that to change this year, but he wouldn’t say they will immediately be the best linebacker core around.“I’m not saying that they’re going to be the best in the nation right now when they walk on the field on Saturday,” Fickell said. “But I can assure you that there’s not a tighter-nit group of a bunch of guys that are battling for each other.”While left guard is the key spot for Meyer on offense, Fickell said the second corner spot could be that key for the defense. Outside of senior Doran Grant and junior Armani Reeves, none of the OSU cornerbacks saw extensive playing time last season.Regardless of who wins the battles this fall, Fickell said every player has to be ready to step up when they step on the field.“This is the greatest sport known to man because it’s a team sport,” the former Buckeye defensive lineman said. “You can put 10 great ones out there, and if you’ve got one bad one somebody is going to find it.”OSU is scheduled to start its season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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Dotting the i Offensive line doing just fine according to OSU

The Buckeye offensive linemen run practice drills before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes _ 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorCo-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner received criticism from across the Ohio State fan base following a disappointing offensive showing against Penn State. Occasional vanilla play calling mixed with receivers not getting open, a lack of a clean pocket for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and only two touches for junior H-back Curtis Samuel were all grounds for fan panic on Saturday.Although the team still finds itself at No. 6 in the latest AP poll, the Buckeyes looked vulnerable across the offensive front last Saturday. While a change might seem to be imminent, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the team is keeping the same look moving forward. “I don’t think we played our best game,” he said. “Conversations about any personnel changes usually go on today. I don’t foresee that. But we need to improve.”Notably, sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled against James Franklin’s defense, failing to bend his knees and react to twists from defensive ends and linebackers. So far this season, Prince had been performing at a high level, and looked as though he was filling in well as a starter.All that progress seemed to come crumbling down in State College, Pennsylvania, as the sophomore had an extremely tough go. Regardless of the struggles, redshirt junior guard Billy Price said he would stand by his teammate no matter what, and ripping on Prince would solve none of the Buckeyes problems.“It’s not attack Isaiah by any means, because I’ll go to war for him right now,” Price said. “I have no problem with it. I won’t sit here and allow someone to knit-pick him. He and I, we’re going to get better. There’s no doubt about it.”In all, OSU allowed well over 10 hurries along with six sacks, both numbers well above the season average. After keeping defenses at bay for most of the season, the Buckeyes had a proverbial leak from Wisconsin turn into a flood against Penn State in terms of pass rush.The problem with sacks has come mostly on the road. This year, OSU allows just a half a sack per game while at Ohio Stadium. However on the road, as the team was against Penn State, the Buckeyes surrendered three sacks per contest.Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein said this week has been all about righting wrongs and doing a better job at creating a solid pocket while also creating wide-open running lanes for the running backs.He also said the team has not focused on just the sack issue, but anything the coaches and the offensive line could think of, and said there were a few things the team could take away from the loss.“Just really focus on the details and remembering what it took to get our program to the way it is,” Elflein said. “And not taking that stuff for granted; the way we prepare, the way we practice. Everything, all the little things.”Warinner said the problems are spread across the entire offensive line, and not just with Prince. He extended the challenge of improvement to his entire team, as well as singling out “The Slobs” for a rough game.“Everybody needs to get better,” Warinner said. “Isaiah’s working on the things he needs to get better at. We’ve addressed those, and he’s not the only person that has areas that they need to improve. We just didn’t do enough good things.”Although the team has been criticized for its lack of production for multiple weeks, Meyer remained adamant that there would be no personnel changes or offensive overhauls. In his mind, the problems are all about execution.The Buckeyes’ coach said a losing performance and a poor showing is sometimes necessary for the team to grow.“Life lessons and football lessons are learned,” he said. “As a coach you really enjoy watching guys grow up obviously. Get kicked in the teeth, you don’t enjoy that. But that’s also part of the game.” read more

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Rio Tinto invests 310 million for Pilbara iron ore coastal water project

first_imgRio Tinto will invest $310 million to assure a sustainable water supply for its iron ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, ensuring a sufficient resource to accommodate the expansion of annual production capacity up to the planned 333 Mt/y. The coastal water supply project, which involves construction of a new borefield and pipeline system, will be completed by mid-2013, coinciding with the first ore from the planned increase in production capacity to 283 Mt/y. Rio Tinto will build, own and operate the new borefield, located in the lower Bungaroo Valley, 35 km southeast of the town of Pannawonica, with an annual capacity of 10 gigalitres.Under the proposal, which has been agreed in principle with the Government of Western Australia, Rio Tinto will surrender its existing priority entitlements to the Millstream water supply, the system Rio Tinto constructed and financed 40 years ago. In return, the Government has agreed to amendments to secondary processing obligations.Rio Tinto chief executive, Iron Ore and Australia, Sam Walsh said “The decision is a major boost to our operational capability and an important investment to support our Pilbara expansion. We will ensure the future reliability of our water supply without any interruption to current operations.“This decision will provide significant benefits for the communities of the Pilbara region and represents a huge vote of confidence in the coastal communities of Dampier, Karratha, Wickham, Roebourne and Port Samson – towns for which Rio Tinto has supplied critical infrastructure since the Pilbara was developed. By freeing up water supply for our growing communities this project will support the Government’s ‘Pilbara Cities’ initiative”.last_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Version of Rocket League Will Have Mario and MetroidThemed Cars

first_imgStay on target Epic Buys ‘Rocket League,’ Scores Another Goal Against Steam11 Video Games That Should Add a Battle Royale Mode Whenever a third party game comes to a Nintendo system, it usually gets neat Nintendo-specific goodies. This will be the case with the upcoming Switch version of Rocket League. Today, developer Psyonix released a trailer that showcases vehicles with very familiar themes.First up are two Battle-Cars named Mario NSR and Luigi NSR. As you can see, both vehicles have the same color patterns as the famous Mario brothers. The Mario NSR belongs to the Orange team, while the Luigi NSR is part of the Blue team. There will also be a Battle-Car themed after Samus’ Gunship. This car comes in two varieties (based on the different Varia Suits) depending on what team the player chooses.Both of the unlockable Mario and Samus cars will have special boosts. The Mario cars’ special boost is called “Super Star” while the Samus cars will have the “Wave Beam.” Another Switch feature will be local wireless multiplayer, which allows you to play with other Switch owners near you. There will also be Mario and Luigi Toppers.Rocket League seems like a natural fit for the Nintendo Switch. It’s a very straight forward title that most anyone can jump into and enjoy. The game also isn’t very technically demanding, so it is doubtful Psyonix had to make any huge (or any) sacrifices to run it on the Nintendo system. It’s great that the game can be played locally with others, but Nintendo’s funky chat solution for Switch could be a problem when playing this game online. Even with that hurdle in its path, I can see Rocket League being as big a hit on Switch as it was on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This will surely be a must-own title for owners of the console/handheld hybrid.Expect Rocket League to land on Switch sometime during the holidays.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Farmers Urged To Produce More Sorrel

first_img Related Items:Bethel Town Sorrel Factory, farmers, Lenworth Fulton, sorrel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Strides for Agriculture in TCIcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): Farmers in St. James, Westmoreland, Hanover and St. Elizabeth are being urged to increase their cultivation of sorrel to supply the Bethel Town Sorrel Factory in Westmoreland.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, said the plant, which was opened in 2014, has not been producing at its optimum of 1,000 kilogrammes of sorrel pulp per week, because of an under supply of the commodity.“The farmers did not produce enough sorrel to make the factory fully viable. We are now working with them to produce enough sorrel and to put the correct management at that factory,” Mr. Fulton said.He also attributed the low sorrel production to the prolonged drought, which affected sections of the country in 2015.Mr. Fulton said RADA will be assisting farmers across the island to boost sorrel production to supply the Bethel Town processing plant, through a major sorrel-planting programme.He informed that RADA extension officers will also be undertaking a public education and training programme on best practices in sorrel cultivation. The Bethel Town Sorrel Factory was constructed at a cost of $27.8 million with funding from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), in partnership with the Bethel Town Sorrel Value Chain Improvement Project.The JSIF provided $23.2 million of the project cost, with the community contributing $4.6 million through its agricultural cooperative society. North Caicos Farmers like new Agriculture Director for TCIlast_img read more

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Elon Musks Tesla ready for groundbreaking Shanghai gigafactory

first_img Elon Musk Tesla 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla has plans to produce approximately 3,000 Model 3 vehicles every week in the initial phase and ramp up to 500,000 vehicles every year when fully operational, though it’s subject to local factors such as regulatory approval and supply chain constraints, according to a company statement.Musk was present at the event, which comes as the US-China trade talks loom and amid reports that Tesla’s sales aren’t doing well in the country. The event was also graced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong, local government officials, representatives from the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, as well as members of the Tesla team.”China is … a market that is critical to Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” said Musk. “Over the last six years, we have opened 60 Tesla locations, nearly 1,500 Superchargers, and more than 1,850 destination chargers in the country. This week, we’ve started taking online orders for Model 3 in China, so that customers can configure their vehicle to take delivery in the weeks ahead, and Gigafactory 3 is another example of Tesla’s commitment to the China market.”First published at Jan. 6, 11 p.m. PT.Update at Jan. 7, 1:23 a.m. PT: Adds information throughout.    Aiming to finish initial construction this summer, start Model 3 production end of year & reach high volume production next year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2019 Musk also revealed that the Shanghai gigafactory will build “affordable versions” of the Model 3 and Model Y for the greater China region. More expensive versions and other car models will continue to be made in the US. More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 4 Tesla CEO Elon Musk attended the ground breaking ceremony for the automaker’s first non-US gigafactory in Shanghai, China. Tesla Tesla’s first non-US gigafactory is finally taking shape.The automaker broke ground for its Shanghai gigafactory in a ceremony held Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. local time, it announced in a statement today, adding that the plant will enable the localisation of Model 3 production and future models sold in China.Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted his excitement for the event this morning. Roadshow In later updates, he added that he hopes initial construction will be completed this summer, so production for the Model 3 can begin by the end of the year. Share your voice Comments Tags Shanghai Giga will produce affordable versions of 3/Y for greater China. All Model S/X & higher cost versions of Model 3/Y will still be built in US for WW market, incl China.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2019 Looking forward to breaking ground on the @Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory today!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2019last_img read more

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Watch the Aston Martin DBX SUV rip around the Nurburgring

first_img 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable Post a comment SUVs Future Cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Aston Martin Share your voice 10 Photoscenter_img We’ve seen it on a Welsh rally stage. We’ve seen it in the Swedish snow. And now, we’ve seen Aston Martin’s upcoming SUV on Germany’s hallowed Nürburgring.A keen-eyed spotter has captured a camouflaged Aston Martin DBX taking some laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It’s a common sight to see wrapped-up prototypes blasting around this historic track, as its numerous curves and elevation changes put a vehicle through all manner of hell. It’s a great way to shake down a performance car before unveiling it, because if it can handle the ‘Ring, it can handle just about anything.We’ve been no stranger to the DBX’s form since November, when Aston Martin finally gave us an idea of what to expect with its disguised utility vehicle. The front end looks like it comes right from the Vantage’s bag of tricks, so while the shape in general might be new to the British automaker, it’ll still look like a member of the family. While the original concept was electric, reports now say the DBX will offer V8 and V12 engine options. It definitely sounds good on the Nürburgring, no matter what’s actually under the hood. We’ll know for sure when it debuts in the last quarter of 2019. (Hat tip to Motor1!) Aston Martin’s DBX SUV throws snow all over the place Tags 2019 BMW M4 CS review: Greater performance with fewer compromises 0 Aston Martinlast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Friday July 13 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowChinese delegation visits Kodiak as Trump administration issues new proposed tariffsDaysha Eaton, KHNS – HainesA delegation from China visited Kodiak Island with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, touring fish processing plants in Kodiak and Larsen Bay.Trump administration puts brakes on Indian Country in AlaskaJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauAlaska tribes’ are in legal limbo after the Interior Department said it was suspending accepting lands into federal trust pending a fresh legal review,. Many tribes in Alaska have long sought trust status for land that exempts it from state and local jurisdictions.Fairbanks Four suit alleges misconduct, questions settlement agreementDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA judge will decide whether a federal civil rights suit filed against the city of Fairbanks can proceed. The four Native men, known as the Fairbanks Four, say racially motivated police misconduct led to their wrongful convictions in a 1997 murder.With grocery supplies dwindling on remote Alaska island, the government opened seal harvest earlyNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageFederal managers recently agreed to a special, early opening of the fur seal harvest on a Bering Sea island. The decision came after a request by the tribal government on St. George. Tribal leaders said they needed the meat because the island’s store was running out of food.First marijuana dispensary in Haines opensHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesMarijuana can now be purchased legally in Haines. Winter Greens, the borough’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, opened its doors to the public Tuesday afternoon.AK: Spruce tip fever brings economic boost to SoutheastAnnie Bartholomew, KTOO – JuneauEach spring in southeast Alaska the sitka spruce tip harvest happens suddenly and only lasts about a week. With the flavors growing popularity and short harvest season, Alaska businesses have to come rely on a small town commercial operation to meet the growing demand.49 Voices: Noatak Post of JuneauJacob Steinberg, KTOO – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from Noatak Post in Juneau. During the summers, Post can be found playing the violin for tourists visiting the state’s capital as they disembark from cruise ships.last_img read more

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Trumps soninlaw Kushner a woman voter

first_imgDonald Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. File PhotoUS president Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser voted in Novembers US presidential election as a woman, the media reported on Thursday.Registration records show that when Kushner, who is married to first daughter Ivanka Trump, registered to vote in 2009, he apparently checked a box classifying his gender as a female, The Hill reported.Democratic opposition research group American Bridge first spotted the error, which the Wired then reported.“Kushner can’t even fill out the most basic paperwork without screwing it up, so it’s a mystery why anyone thinks he’s somehow going to bring peace to the Middle East,” Brad Bainum, a spokesperson for the group, told Wired about the mistake.“Would anyone but the president’s son-in-law still have a West Wing job after repeated disclosure errors and a botched security clearance form?”Kushner, who has a vast portfolio of issues at the White House, has had to amend his federal security clearance forms multiple times to include meetings with foreign contacts.He told congressional investigators that the mistakes have been due to a “miscommunication” with his assistant.Prior to 2009, his New Jersey voter registration noted his gender as “unknown”.last_img read more

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Cholera toll rises to 28 in Zimbabwe

first_imgA cholera patient waits for treatment during an action, organised by Zimbabwe minister of health, at the cholera treatment centre of the Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital, in Harare, on 11 September, 2018. Photo: AFPThe death toll in Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak has risen to 28, state media said Sunday, as the health minister announced new antibiotics were being used after the disease strain was found to be resistant to some drugs.The cholera outbreak, first detected in a township outside the capital Harare earlier this month, prompted the government to declare an emergency in the city after at least 3,000 cases were reported.”Although I cannot say we have contained the disease as yet, we are moving swiftly in all provinces of the country,” health minister Obadiah Moyo told the state-owned Sunday Mail.”We have moved into the second line of antibiotics, which is azithromycin, after the first line of antibiotics — ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone — have become resistant to the disease.”Moyo said rubbish dumps would be removed from high-risk areas of Harare, sewer pipes would be repaired and street food vendors had been ordered to halt work.Authorities have banned public gatherings in the city as a health measure, forcing the opposition MDC party to call off a major rally on Saturday.Newly-appointed Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube last week launched a crowd-funding effort to raise money to fight the outbreak, publicising bank details on Twitter and appealing for donations.Cholera outbreaks have occurred regularly in Zimbabwe as authorities struggle to provide potable water and sanitation facilities.The cash-strapped country, which was ruled by Robert Mugabe from independence in 1980 until his ousting last year, suffered its worst cholera outbreak in 2008.A total of 4,000 people died and at least 100,000 people fell ill.UNICEF advised Zimbabweans to prevent cholera spreading by regular hand-washing, drinking only safe water, washing food, cooking it throughly and avoiding shaking hands.last_img read more

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Kolkata Police gets Rs 47 crore from onetime traffic fine settlement scheme

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police have received approximately Rs 47 crore from the one-time traffic fine settlement scheme which ended on February 13 this year. The scheme was in operation since December 1 last year.According to sources, the actual compounding amount of the pending cases was nearly Rs 300 crore. As lakhs of traffic cases were pending since 2003-04, Kolkata Police had decided to introduce a scheme to dispose of the cases and realise fine amounts as fast as possible. After a detailed discussion, it was decided to introduce the scheme in two phases. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to a senior Kolkata Police official, they had assumed that the realisation amount would cross Rs 30 crore. But no one expected that the amount would reach close to a staggering Rs 50 crore. After completion of the scheme, it was noticed that approximately 1.19 lakh cases were disposed of. The actual amount of the disposed of cases was approximately Rs 128 crore. The maximum amount was received during the first phase where the defaulters had paid only 35 percent of the actual fine amount. In the second and final phase, the defaulters had paid 50 percent of the actual fine amount. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources informed that several vehicle owners have sold their cars but the details of present owners have not been changed. Therefore, the present owners did not show willingness to clear the cases as the vehicle still remained in the name of previous owners. Also, several commercial vehicles completing 15 years’ tenure have been discarded. As the vehicles do not exist anymore, the owners of such vehicles were not keen to clear the pending traffic cases. Questions were raised as to how a 15-year-old vehicle could be discarded without a ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ from the competent authority. Otherwise, the realisation amount could have been higher. According to sources, police will intimate the concerned courts about those who have not responded to the offered scheme. The police may appeal for necessary action against them in the concerned courts as well.last_img read more

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Cracking the Code on Diversity in Tech

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » March 16, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It seems the tech industry’s ability to disrupt and innovate has found its limit. Tech companies have acknowledged the need to diversify their workforce, but haven’t quite been able to crack the code on how to do so. And in a post-Trump world, candidates’ anxieties around the issue are showing no signs of slowing. How can an industry with innovation in its DNA, and virtually unlimited resources, effectively address this issue? The answer is a two-pronged approach that addresses both the next generation of diverse workers and the qualified and underrepresented candidates who are knocking on Silicon Valley’s door today.Related: Why Gender Diversity In Tech MattersFor an industry that is obsessed with data, it may not be surprising that a common pitfall is an over-emphasis on numbers. This obsession with metrics has led to initiatives like affirmative action hiring programs set up by some of the biggest names in tech, which, unfortunately, have failed to perform as hoped. While hiring initiatives and public revealing of diversity numbers are steps in the right direction, they are just that — a step, not a cure.The bottom line is that both short and long-term solutions are needed to really solve this problem. Qualitative measurement of this type of progress is difficult, but the goal should be a lasting cultural shift, not a data point to share with the world. Thinking long-term: Expanding talent pools.While some have written off the leaky STEM pipeline as a “cop out” for companies, addressing systematic exclusion and low retention is essential to long-term progress. According to the National Science Foundation, women with bachelor’s degrees in math and computer sciences has declined by about 25 percent since the mid-80s, when computer games were aggressively marketed as a boy’s hobby. Instead of competing over the same limited pool of diverse talent, the tech industry should come together to create new, larger pools. Building programs that support STEM education, vocational schools and skills training for underrepresented groups will grow the pipeline of more diverse potential candidates for everyone down the line.Google, despite its less than stellar diversity numbers, should be applauded for their long-term thinking in this regard. The company has created industry-wide initiatives aimed at growing the overall pool of underrepresented talent. Last June, the internet giant debuted its Made with Code campaign in an effort to get young women excited about computer science — a field that less than one percent of high school girls think of as part of their future. Another Google-led program, CS First, makes it possible for teachers and community volunteers to form computer science clubs for young kids.Related: 21 Silicon Valley Women Who Are More Qualified to Be on Your Board Than Mark CubanWhat we can do now: Eliminate biases.While it’s essential to grow highly skilled and diverse labor pools, an ocean of qualified, underrepresented candidates isn’t enough if unconscious biases continue to derail hiring processes. Removing gatekeepers’ subjectivity and prejudices from the process will not only help level the playing field for candidates today, but also ensure a lower barrier for entry for underrepresented talent pools in the future.Researchers found that companies using GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate than code written by men, but only if the gender was not disclosed. As soon as gender was revealed, the situation reversed and the acceptance rate for code written by women declined. This extends to race as well; a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that candidates with African American names have a tougher time finding a job.The issue is difficult to regulate, but companies can prevent unconscious biases from impacting their hiring decisions in a few ways. An easy first step is to use gender-neutral language in job descriptions that will attract a diverse pool of applicants. Using a tool like Textio can help with this. Once the evaluation process begins, “blind” hiring tactics can eliminate potential biases. For example, hiring tools can hide the name, photo and university from candidates’ resumes. Some have even suggested that virtual reality may be the answer to masking appearances during interviews. While VR headsets may not be realistic for everyone, creating consistent scorecards to judge candidates can also prevent interviewers from putting too much weight on things like physical appearance or shared interests.Related: 3 Ways to Attract and Hire Diverse, Hardworking MillennialsThe issue of bias is evident not only when it comes to hiring, but also retention. Unconscious biases can create a less inclusive company culture that perpetuates traditional white patriarchal power dynamics. People of color who enter the tech industry leave the field at more than 3.5 times the rate of white men, and research from the Center for Talent Innovation shows that U.S. women working in SET fields are 45 percent more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within their first year.The industry needs more than superficial band-aids if it wants to create a genuine and sustainable culture of inclusion. Real progress might mean not having much to show the world for 18-24 months, or even 18 years in the case of initiatives to patch the leaky STEM pipeline. The benefits of a diverse workforce are more than just impressive figures in an annual report. Diversity brings with it unique perspectives, experiences and solutions to the everyday challenges businesses face. We cannot effectively create the tools and technology of the future if we surround ourselves with homogeneity of thought and experience today. 5 min readlast_img read more

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Semi jackknifes closing Playa del Carmen highway

first_imgThe semi, which was carrying two large metal towers, jackknifed itself off the highway, landing nose-first into the ditch along the federal 307 highway of the Puerto Morelos-Playa del Carmen stretch. More than a kilometer of backed-up traffic resulted from the semi having blocked both lanes of the highway. It took approximately two hours for personnel to remove the large semi and its load from the ditch. There were no reports of injuries. 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)center_img Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Slick roadways due to rain is being blamed for a semi that left the highway outside Playa del Carmen Tuesday. last_img

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TravelBrands awards Markhambased agent 1000000 Loyalty Rewards points

first_img Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — A Markham, Ontario-based travel agent has been named the grand prize winner of TravelBrands’ nine-month-long contest.Cindy Li of One’s Travel has won 1,000,000 Loyalty Rewards points after participating in the contest, which ran between April and December 2017. For every online booking made through Access during this period, Canadian travel agents were automatically entered for a chance to win the grand prize and subsidiary prizes.“We were blown away from the participation in this giveaway. From the staggering number of entries to the positive feedback we’ve heard about Access, it is safe to say this contest was a success,” said Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands. “Our goal was to showcase all that Access has to offer and help agents work smarter, not harder. Now it is many agents’ go-to platform and we can’t wait for all that 2018 has to bring for Access.”TravelBrands’ Loyalty Rewards program allows agents to collect points and redeem them for a multitude of rewards, including merchandise, travel, gift cards and the chance to donate to multiple foundations and charities. The value of 1 million Loyalty Rewards points is equivalent to $10,000.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyLi plans on using her points for travel and hopes for the opportunity to experience new cruise ship offerings.“I was so shocked and excited when TravelBrands surprised me with this news,” said Li. “I am multi-tasking all of the time on Access. With so many different product offerings, I am able to get what I need and have it all there at once. I find it very useful for searching last-minute deals as well. Thank you TravelBrands!”The news follows a similar announcement from TravelBrands earlier this week of Edmonton-based agent Deanna Webster of Sell Off Vacations winning 100,000 Loyalty Rewards points.Agents can visit travelbrandsaccess.com to learn more. Share Tags: TravelBrands Thursday, January 18, 2018 center_img TravelBrands awards Markham-based agent 1,000,000 Loyalty Rewards points Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Pope vows to embrace worlds poor at grand inauguration

first_imgVATICAN CITY – Pope Francis knelt at the tomb of St. Peter and donned the symbols of papal power at a sumptuous inauguration on Tuesday, vowing to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity.Nearly 200,000 pilgrims cheered Latin America’s first pontiff in St. Peter’s Square, waving flags from around the world as the newly elected pope promised that his would be a “lowly, concrete and faithful” papacy.“He is a man of great warmth and closeness, like a friend you met to talk over coffee after a long time,” Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said.In an address strongly influenced by the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint he has chosen as his inspiration, he urged world economic and political leaders not to “allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world.”His voice raised in emotion, the 76-year-old Francis said a pope must “embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important.”“Amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope,” said the Argentinian, after touring a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square in an open-top car to cries of “Long live the pope!”The Vatican said there were between 150,000 and 200,000 people present at the ceremony.Besides Chinchilla, Latin America was heavily represented at the inauguration of the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years, with the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay all in attendance. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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India to expand evisas to 150 countries from March 2016

first_imgDr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister for Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation recently confirmed that India will expand its e-Tourist Visa scheme to 150 countries in March 2016.Over 150,000 people from 76 countries have used to e-Tourist Visa since its launch in November last year. Applicable visitors can apply for the visas online prior to arrival in India, and then collect their visas upon entry at nine airports in the country.At the same time, Dr Sharma also revealed that India’s tourist helpline will be expanded to 12 international languages within two months. The helpline is currently operational in just two languages: English and Hindi.Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s government is focusing on its tourism industry, with an aim of attracting one percent of the global tourist arrivals.last_img read more

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March 08 2019

first_imgMarch 08 , 2019 Ethical Trading Initiative terminates Fyffes’ memb … You might also be interested in Ireland-based produce company Fyffes has marked International Women’s Day by launching its Global Gender Equality Program in Honduras, which it describes as one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman.The company said the program will begin on two of its melon farms in Honduras as well as its pineapple farm in Costa Rica. The program’s aim is to identify challenges to equality faced by women both in the workplace and in their communities. The issues are likely to vary from region to region given the culture and local context, it said, noting that its interventions would be adapted accordingly.To date, the program has conducted independent survey interviews with 90 female and 113 male workers, as well as seven managers in Honduras. In Costa Rica, the program has undertaken interviews with 21 women, 32 men and 7 managers.The surveys’ findings have revealed that most workers have a clear understanding of what is not acceptable behavior at work, including sexual harassment, harsh discipline or violence. However, it said there is less awareness of the company policies regarding these behaviors and many workers said they would be reticent to challenge these behaviors or make formal complaints. For example, two-thirds of female workers interviewed in Costa Rica and 40% of female workers in Honduras said they felt others would disapprove if they made a sexual harassment claim at work.To address these issues, Fyffes says it has undertaken to better communicate its policies on these behaviors. The program is also establishing gender committees, comprised of both men and women, who will receive training on various gender-related issues such as gender-based violence, maternal health, family planning, sexual harassment, as well as communication and confidence building.The role of the committee members is to act as change agents in their workplace and their communities and give workers the confidence to tackle inappropriate workplace behavior. The committees will also inform Fyffes ongoing financial investment to tackle these issues.“I am pleased to be officially launching Fyffes Gender Equality Program on International Women’s Day,” said Julie Cournoyer, Fyffes global director of sustainability.”I would like to thank our partners for supporting what I believe is a very relevant project; focusing on improving conditions for women both on our farms as well as at home. Fyffes will learn from Costa Rica and Honduras as we continue to implement the Program across all Fyffes operations globally by 2021.”The program is being partially funded by the IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative and conducted in collaboration with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), la Alianza Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED) in Costa Rica and Fundación Hondureña de Responsibilidad Social Empresarial (FUNDAHRSE) in Honduras.last_img read more

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