Firefighters School Receives Training Funds

first_imgNova Scotia’s firefighters will be better able to respond to emergencies safely and efficiently thanks to almost $300,000 invested in their training school by the provincial government. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour, presented two cheques to the board of the Nova Scotia Firefighters’ School in Waverley, Halifax Co., on Sunday, April 23. An operations grant of $190,000 will fund the school’s training programs for the fire service throughout the province. A special grant, in the amount of $100,000, will help refurbish the fire school’s burn building. The burn building is a specially equipped structure that is used to simulate a house fire to provide training opportunities for firefighters. “This facility is a vital tool in training paid and volunteer firefighters around the province,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “These grants are an investment in ensuring better on-the-job safety for our firefighters and a well-prepared fire service for Nova Scotians.” The minister congratulated the joint committee that drafted new safety guidelines for roadside emergency responses. The guidelines instruct emergency response workers on safe practices when responding to incidents on busy highways and streets. Several government agencies collaborated to draft the guidelines: the Department of Environment and Labour, through its occupational health and safety and public safety divisions and the fire marshal of Nova Scotia; Emergency Health Services; the Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the RCMP. “Our department is committed to attaining the highest level of safety possible on the job,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson, “and this new set of guidelines is an important step forward in achieving that goal.” There are about 8,500 volunteer and 500 paid firefighters in Nova Scotia.last_img read more


Marketing Caravan Coming to Nova Scotia

first_imgFarmers interested in direct marketing and agri-tourism can participate in a one-day workshop in Debert, Colchester Co., later this month. The Marketing Caravan is designed to bring farmers and innovative agriculture experts together to talk about farm markets, business management, niche market development and diversification, and to make new contacts. “This workshop is an opportunity for farmers to learn more about direct marketing of farm products to Nova Scotia consumers,” said Ron Chisholm, acting Minister of Agriculture. “There will be time to network with people from different sectors of the agriculture industry and to learn about the latest in direct marketing and agri-tourism approaches that make consumers more aware of local products.” The North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association conference was held in Calgary from Feb. 12 to 17. Because not everyone can leave the farm to attend conferences, the Marketing Caravan is bringing the speakers and information to farming communities across Canada. Charlie Touchette and Brent Warner are the key speakers. Mr. Touchette is executive director of the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association and has experience with farmers’ markets and marketing for farmers. Mr. Warner is with the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and is a direct farm marketing and agri-tourism specialist. The Department of Agriculture is hosting the event at the Debert Hospitality Centre on Friday, March 23. The cost is $50 and the deadline to register is Monday, March 12. For more information, contact Claire Hanlon Smith at 902-893-4491 or Ginger Stoddard at 902-893-6580. Information about the Marketing Caravan is available at http://farmcentre.com/english/conference/caravan2007/index .last_img read more


British Ambassador to Morocco Meets ENCG Business Students

By Shaquile GoffRabat – The British ambassador to Morocco accepted the invitation of the ECNG to visit their university, making a stop at their campus in Kenitra last Thursday, November 15. Reilly spoke to the students about the importance of commerce and bilateral relations, according to his official Twitter account. The ambassador also said he was impressed by the superb quality of the discussion with the students. ENCG Director Sadok Khazrouni also spoke alongside the ambassador during the meeting. The director reflected on the importance of the long diplomatic relationship that Morocco and the UK have. He also discussed the importance of international trade as a key factor of job creation and economic success.Read Also: Morocco, Spain Prepare to Recruit Moroccan Seasonal Workers for HuelvaReilly also discussed political events such as Brexit. The ambassador believed that the exit of the UK from the EU actually has a chance of  strengthening trade relations between the UK and Morocco. Reilly also shared he had intentions of further solidifying Moroccan-UK relations through increasing citizen exchange programs. As for the students, Reilly only had extremely positive things to say.The ambassador said “I found that they were well informed about the history, culture and economic relations between our two countries. They asked me relevant questions, while being attentive, respectful and interactive.” When discussing the educational links between the countries, Reilly said there was a need for Moroccan and British universities to maintain close links. As investments in African countries are seeing an increase by wealthier nations, Britain is seeking to secure itself a seat at the table. Countries like China have already made diplomatic inroads in trade with Morocco, and as industries like tourism grow in the country, the UK is beginning to catch on, looking at the North African nation with more interest. read more


Security Council extends UN mission in Cyprus despite Turkeys negative vote

14 December 2010The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission that has been in place in Cyprus since 1964 following an outbreak of inter-communal violence by a vote of 14 to 1, with Turkey casting the lone negative vote. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission that has been in place in Cyprus since 1964 following an outbreak of inter-communal violence by a vote of 14 to 1, with Turkey casting the lone negative vote. In the resolution extending the mission (UNFICYP) until 15 June 2011, the Council called on the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to “intensify the momentum of negotiations” aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. The 15-member body also called on them to develop a practical plan for overcoming the major remaining points of disagreement in preparation for their meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon next month.Explaining Turkey’s vote, Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan said that Council resolutions, from the first one that set up UNFICYP to subsequent ones extending its mandate, are unfortunately still being drafted “as if there is only one side on the island.” “There has not been a joint and constitutional government representing the whole of Cyprus since 1963. Treating the Greek Cypriot Government as the government of the whole island has been the main obstacle on the way to finding a just, lasting and comprehensive solution for over 47 years,” he stated.“Turkey has underlined that the consent and cooperation of the two sides are bedrock principles for the success of a peacekeeping operation, he added, noting that this has not been corrected in previous resolutions or in the one adopted today. Among the text’s other “shortcomings,” Mr. Apakan said, it did not fully reflect the observations of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who, in his recent report, underlined that the ongoing talks cannot be an open-ended process and that a critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing. “We believe that the resolution should have carried a stronger message towards this end,” said Mr. Apakan.Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu agreed during their meeting with Mr. Ban in New York on 18 November to intensify their contacts to advance progress in the negotiations, which began in 2008. It was also decided that they would meet with the Secretary-General at the end of January in Geneva. “In the meantime, the leaders will identify further convergences and the core issues which still need to be resolved, across all chapters. That, in turn, will help the United Nations determine its own next steps,” Mr. Ban had announced at the end of last month’s meeting.The core issues in the negotiations include governance and power-sharing, economy, European Union matters, property, territory and security. read more


Mailbox musical chairs

For the last four or five years, Canada Post has been trying to improve safety by consolidating the number of roadside mailboxes that delivery workers have to deal with in rural areas.They’ve tackled more than 800,000 sites across Canada so far. But when they reached a stretch of Britannia Road, in north Burlington, their standard system hit a bump.Scot Urquhart picks up the story.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09


Eurozone inflation above target for first time in 4 years

by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 3:02 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Inflation across the 19-country eurozone is running above the European Central Bank’s target for the first time in four years — but don’t expect the ECB to reverse its monetary stimulus anytime soon.Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, said Thursday that consumer prices across the eurozone were 2 per cent higher in the year through February. That was up from the 1.8 per cent recorded the previous month and just ahead of market expectations for a 1.9 per cent rate.With inflation now ahead of the ECB’s target of just below 2 per cent for the first time since January 2013, it may seem like a case of job done for the ECB, which has slashed interest rates and enacted a massive bond-buying program to support inflation and growth.The increase in inflation, however, is unlikely to prompt the ECB to ease up on its monetary stimulus at next week’s policy meeting because it was mainly due to a surge in oil costs. Underlying price increases, which are effectively linked to the strength of the economy through such things as wages, remain subdued.“The continued impact of transitory factors on the headline rate, coupled with the continued limited pass through to core inflation, should see the ECB leave both policies unchanged at its meeting next week and also resist calls to adjust its forward guidance for the time being,” said Cathal Kennedy, European economist at RBC Europe.The core inflation rate, which strips out the potentially volatile items of food, energy, alcohol and tobacco, was unchanged at 0.9 per cent in February. It’s stubbornly stayed there since December, during which time the headline rate has nearly doubled from 1.1 per cent.Energy prices were a massive 9.2 per cent higher in February than the year before. That’s largely due to the near doubling of oil prices in the past year as oil producers have scaled back output and fears of a slump in demand, most notably in China, have abated.The upward push on inflation by energy prices is equivalent to the drag they were having over the past couple of years, when oil prices tanked from around $100 a barrel to below $30. During that time, inflation across the eurozone sank and at several times, consumer prices were actually falling — a phenomenon known as deflation that can hurt an economy as consumers put off purchases in the expectation of lower prices and firms grow reluctant to innovate and invest.It was that deflation threat that prompted the ECB to slash its main interest rate to zero, start charging banks to park their cash at the central bank and buy more than a trillion euros worth of bonds. The main reasoning behind the stimulus has been to get inflation back to target by lowering borrowing rates and promoting economic growth.In December, the ECB decided to continue bond purchases through the end of this year while reducing them from 80 billion euros ($84 billion) a month to 60 billion euros a month from April. Most analysts think the bank will not back off its stimulus but may signal at some point this year its intentions to start tapering it off gradually in 2018.ECB President Mario Draghi has indicated that the central bank will tolerate a temporary rise in inflation above the target.Though the inflation rate’s rise in recent months has surprised many observers, there is a consensus that inflationary pressures will start to fade in the middle of 2017 when prior oil price rises fall out of the annual comparison. Also, the economic outlook remains clouded by a raft of elections in Europe as well as the start of Britain’s discussions to leave the EU.“Although inflation has reached the ECB’s target, core inflation remains subdued and upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany could derail business confidence and thereby hinder economic activity,” said Oliver Kolodseike, senior economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London.Ahead of those elections, the eurozone economy has shown signs of picking up steam, and surveys show businesses expect faster growth to come.Unemployment has also fallen steadily. Figures released Thursday by Eurostat showed the eurozone’s jobless rate held at 9.6 per cent in January, its lowest level since May 2009. The figure masks the fact that the number of unemployed people fell by another 56,000 during the month. Eurozone inflation above target for first time in 4 years read more


Palestinian students compelled to drop dreams because of financial cuts

“A very moving moment very recently was when a girl called Jenin, who is part of our school parliament here in northern Gaza, came to me and said that in January when we launched the ‘Dignity is priceless’ campaign I gave her an UNRWA pin,” he said.“She told me that in ‘the dark moments when we didn’t know if the school year would open on time’, she looked at this pin, and it gave her courage, hope and optimism”. Then she gave me a little black bracelet and asked me to look at it, when I would feel uncertain.”UNRWA operations have been hit hard by the United States decision at the beginning of 2018 to cut back its funding of the Agency by around $300 million. That constituted the largest ever reduction in funding in UNRWA’s history.UNRWA was established by the General Assembly in 1949 to provide assistance and protection to a population of some five million registered Palestine refugees in various countries throughout the Middle East. Apart from schooling, it provides relief and social services, camp infrastructure and upgrading, health care and emergency assistance as needed. UNRWA faced an unprecedented financial crisis during 2018 that threatened the provision of essential services to millions of Palestine refugees, including more than 500,000 school students. Although sufficient funds were provided to reopen classrooms in September, there are no guarantees that 2019 will be any easier.The agency’s 711 schools provide free basic education for Palestinian refugee children in the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. But despite reopening after a long summer break, UNRWA was forced to take some difficult decisions which had a direct impact on the students’ daily lives. UN News’s Reem Abaza was recently in Gaza where she visited the Ar Rimal girls’ school, where UNRWA launched its major global fundraising campaign last year called ‘Dignity is Priceless’ to address mainly education and health needs, and to ensure that the schools opened their doors.“During the summer vacation we usually feel happy and enjoy our time, but last time we were afraid wondering if UNRWA might close or we might not be able to go to school”, said Raghd, a 6th grade student.Hada, 14, stated that when school began “everybody was very anxious”, and that when they “knocked on the door of the social counselor asking for support, they were reminded that she was no longer there”. In several schools, the position of social counselor was abolished due to financial constraints.“The school is trying as much as it can to teach us in a hands-on method, and in past years when we studied chemistry we used to do experiments. I have dreams to be something big in the future, but I have to cut those dreams down because of the situation we live in now”, Eva, 14, told UN News.Those concerns were shared with other students from the neighboring A-Zeitoun school for boys.UNRWA’s Director of Operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale, said he “understood the concerns of the students very clearly, but that their determination also serves as a source of inspiration”. read more


Nobel laureate and Swedish climate change experts coming to Brock

The Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Unit (BESRU) will welcome a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient to its three-day climate change workshop and seminar March 7 to 9.The two-day workshop is entitled “Socio-ecological Inventories: Building Resilience to Environmental Change within Biosphere Reserves.” Along with Swedish experts Lisen Shultz and Åsa Swartling of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the University will welcome Environment Canada scientist Adam Fenech, acting manager of the Adaptation and Impacts Research, Environment Canada, University of Toronto.Fenech was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC shared the award with Al Gore.The three-day program will convene a two-day scholarly exchange at Brock’s Inniskillin Hall with Canadian and Swedish environmental scientists, social science scholars, and students. They will share expertise in resilience, socio-ecological inventories, and biosphere governance and evaluation.On March 9 from 3 to 5 p.m., participants will have a public seminar at Rodman Hall featuring Swartling’s research. It will also include Brock Biology student Jessica Pike and findings from Brock’s first-ever carbon footprint by associate professor Richard Mitchell being presented to Brock’s Niagara Region and Environment Canada partners. Brad May, Tourism and Environment (TREN) instructor, will introduce this inaugural public event.“A lot of projects have come to maturity for members of our group over the past three years,” said Mitchell, who is also BESRU’s communicationsco-ordinator. “This is our first public event. We’re very honoured to have both national and international experts here to contribute.”The first two days are invitation only. The Rodman Hall event is open to the public with limited seating. RSVP to rmitchell@brocku.ca to confirm a spot.In addition to his IPCC work, Fenech is a senior climatologist with Environment Canada who has been working on climate change issues for more than 22 years. His current research activities include rapid assessment of climate change impacts, climate extremes at protected areas, and validating community observations of climate with the scientific record.He has worked at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University on global atmospheric issues, teaches annually at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and maintains a climate research lab at the University of Toronto.He is also the author of many scientific papers and editor of five books on climate change over the past five years.Joining Fenech are visiting climate change scientists:Lisen Schultz – A post doctoral fellow at Stockholm Resilience Centre who studies adaptive co-management, mainly in biosphere reserves. Åsa Swartling – A visiting Scholar at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stockholm Environment Institute, Swartling is joint theme leader of Adaptive governance, networks and learning specializing in participatory approaches to environmental management and policy.As part of Wednesday’s program, May and Fenech will announce Environment Canada’s intention to support/recognize a TREN student’s research in relation to climate change.Related story:• Brock launches new research unit for environmental sustainability | The Brock News read more


Bombers Stanley Bryant earns second outstanding CFL lineman award

EDMONTON — Stanley Bryant of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was named the CFL’s top lineman Thursday night.Bryant was honoured at the league’s awards banquet.Voting was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.It’s the second straight year that Bryant has won the honour. He’s the first to do so since Montreal’s Scott Flory (2008-09).The six-foot-five, 311-pound Bryant led another solid season for Winnipeg’s offensive line. Not only did Andrew Harris run for a league-high 1,390 yards but the Bombers scored a CFL-best 53 offensive touchdowns and allowed 36 sacks, tied for third-fewest in the league.Guard Brandon Revenberg of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was the East’s finalist.The Canadian Press read more


Help protect miners against potentially fatal fluid inject injuries

first_imgAn Australian manufacturing firm is helping protect mine workers and other workers from potentially fatal fluid injection injuries. While relatively rare, ruptures in hoses, even pin hole in size, can create a laser like stream of fluid that can penetrate human skin and flesh as if it were a needle.NSW-based Brain Industries manufactures Hydraguard. It is a rubber-encased stainless-steel guarding system that diffuses the oil through mesh. Two layers of rubber, either side of the mesh, reduce the velocity of the oil or fluid.Brain CEO Gillian Summers said Centennial Coal is one client that has purchased the system to protect staff at its Airly, Mandalong, Myuna and Clarence mines. Mandalong mine, near Morisset, has retrofitted more than 150 guards on its longwall equipment.Ms Summers said systems pressurised to as little as 100 psi will produce a high velocity stream. She said many hydraulic systems, such as the long wall roof supports and other underground machinery, operate at very high pressures, often as high as 3,000 psi .“If a loose connection or a defect in a hose occurs, this fluid stream can penetrate personal protective clothing,” Summers said. “An initial wound could seem minor but the unseen, internal damage can be severe.”“People often only feel an electric shock or pin prick so the initial pain belies the severity of the injury.”She said most hydraulic fluids are highly toxic so if treatment is delayed it can lead to an amputation being required or a person’s death.  “Even with pure water or air, injection injuries cause compartment syndrome which leads to the death of cells if surgery is delayed.”Summers said Hydraguard was unique because it can be custom-fitted to larger apparatus such as valves or fitted to new equipment or retrofitted to existing equipment. She said Centennial Coal should be congratulated for implementing the additional protection Hydraguard offers in order to minimise the impact of any potential fluid injection injury. She encouraged all businesses to consider the additional protection of Hydraguard.last_img read more


6 interesting snippets from todays Roy Keane press conference

first_img1. Making up is easy to doKeane was asked very early in proceedings if he had much difficulty patching things up with John Delaney following their high-profile spat.The new Ireland assistant said they both accepted that what was done, was done and so it was time to move on.“I’m quite happy to move on pretty quickly. It was very straight-forward. We wanted what was good for Irish football. The past is the past.”2. He believes nobody deserves a medal for doing their jobEarly in the press conference one hack noted that Keane was early for both training yesterday and his meeting with the media today. Keane was having none of it.“Don’t pat me on the back for turning up to work on time.”3. He didn’t consult any old team-mates before taking the jobThis was perhaps the most negative Keane was in what was, for the most part, a jovial and light-hearted press conference. Asked if he’d consulted with any of his ex-team-mates like John O’Shea before accepting the job, Keane was quick to dismiss the idea as nonsense:“Absolutely not. It’s none of their business. That’s a ridiculous question.”He did, however, go on to clarify that he wasn’t the loner he was made out to be. Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan4. Ray Houghton may have been telling tall talesLast week, Ray Houghton — who helped the FAI find their new managerial dream team — asserted that Keane believed there were now better players in the squad than he was. Keane seemed genuinely confused and denied making the claim, once more playing for laughs with his reply:“I don’t think I said that. I don’t remember saying that. Maybe Ray had a few pints on him.”5. He’s not sure if he and O’Neill really are the good cop/bad cop management teamOf course, it was O’Neill himself who helped sow the seeds of the new management team as good cop/bad cop in the dressing room but the former Manchester United captain was quick to play it down, saying that if people think O’Neill will be the good cop, they’re sorely mistaken.“I think I’m going to be the good cop. You obviously don’t know Martin as well as you think you do.“He makes me look like Mother Teresa.”6. He’s happier now with facilities than he was in 2002Undoubtedly, the answer that drew the biggest laugh came when Keane was asked about the facilities in Malahide. It was as close to a question about Saipan as the press conference got and Keane’s answer shows he has moved on.“It’s been great. Training pitch is lovely, there’s no potholes, we even have footballs and bibs so it’s great. Major progress.”Watch some of the highlights here:YouTube: RTÉ SportAs it happened: Roy Keane’s first press conference as Ireland assistant manager23 of the most common Roy Keane clichés deconstructed “Despite what you think, I generally got on with a lot of the players that I worked with.”last_img read more


Après Curiosity la NASA compte envoyer un autre robot sur Mars en

first_imgAprès Curiosity, la NASA compte envoyer un autre robot sur Mars en 2020Mardi, la NASA a fait part de son intention de lancer un nouveau robot d’exploration scientifique sur Mars en 2020. L’engin sera inspiré de la technologie de Curiosity et permettra de prolonger l’étude de la planète rouge. Mars est au coeur de toutes les attentions de la NASA pour ses futures mission. Le mois dernier, l’agence américaine a en effet indiqué qu’elle envisageait d’envoyer en 2016 un robot baptisé InSight sur Mars dans le but de déterminer comment s’est formée la planète et si elle a un noyau solide ou liquide comme la Terre. Ajouté à cela, elle a également prévu de lancer en 2013 une nouvelle sonde baptisée Maven et destinée à se placer sur l’orbite martienne pour étudier la haute atmosphère de la planète rouge. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreNéanmoins, la NASA ne compte pas en reste là puisqu’elle a dévoilé mardi un autre projet. Elle a en effet l’intention de lancer un nouveau robot d’exploration scientifique sur Mars en 2020. “Avec cette prochaine mission nous nous assurons que l’Amérique reste le leader mondial de l’exploration de la Planète Rouge”, a déclaré Charles Bolden, le patron de la NASA cité dans un communiqué. Ainsi, “la mission de 2020 représentera une nouvelle étape pour répondre au défi du président Barack Obama d’envoyer des humains sur la Planète Rouge dans les années 2030” a t-il ajouté. Pour limiter les coûts et autant que faire se peut, les risques d’erreur, le développement et la conception de ce futur robot seront basés sur la technologie de Curiosity. “Le défi de restructurer le programme d’exploration de Mars est passé des sept minutes de terreur lors de l’atterrissage de Curiosity au démarrage de sept années d’innovation. Ce concept de mission correspond au budget d’exploration martienne actuel et futur, est construit sur les découvertes excitantes de Curiosity et profite d’une opportunité favorable de lancement”, a commenté John Grunsfeld, astronaute et administrateur associé de la NASA. Néanmoins, aucun objectif clair n’est encore défini pour la mission et une commission scientifique doit également être formée pour les établir. Dans ce but, elle s’appuiera certainement sur les prochaines découvertes de Curiosity actuellement sur la planète rouge mais aussi celles d’Opportunity qui, ne l’oublions pas, y est toujours. Le 5 décembre 2012 à 12:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


The most influential game developers of all time

first_img Peter Molyneux1/50The career of Peter Molyneux hasn’t been all that enjoyable over the last few days, but recent failures shouldn’t overshadow the incredible amount of innovation and personality he brought to the medium. 1989’s Populous created the genre of “god games,” where a nigh-omnipotent player has to manage a civilization using less than perfect tools. At Lionhead, he shepherded a number of titles including the ahead-of-its-time The Movies and the company’s 3D action-RPG series Fable. For all his faults, Molyneux has always tried to push the medium forward in interesting ways.<><> The misconception that video games are the creative product of just one person is a tough one to shake. Most of the titles you play are the result of teams of dozens or even hundreds of talented people working in unison, each with their own specialty. That said, the industry certainly does have certain figures who have risen to public prominence through their talent and leadership abilities.These people are the superstar game developers, the ones who managed to change the industry with their ideas and hard work. And because there’s nothing we love more than putting things in order, we decided to find the most influential and put them in one massive slideshow so you can learn a little something.Come with us as we create a virtual Hall of Fame of men and women that shaped gaming as we know it. So those are our top picks. What do you think? Somebody too high? Too low? Left off the list entirely? Give us your feedback in the comments and if there’s enough consensus we might be persuaded to shuffle some people around. And, of course, since games are a beautiful living art form, it’s highly possible that someone we’ve never heard of could release a game tomorrow that changes everything. In fact, we kind of hope they do!last_img read more


There was no designated penalty kick taker at United

first_imgPaul Pogba had a discussion with Alexis Sanchez over who should take Manchester United’s penalty kick on the Red Devils’ win on FridayIn an article by website Goal.com, Paul Pogba explained his discussion with Alexis Sanchez over who would take a penalty kick on Friday.At the 3rd minute mark on Old Trafford, Manchester United had the opportunity to take a penalty kick after Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey handled the ball inside the area.But French midfielder and Chilean Alexis Sanchez had a small discussion about who would take the penalty kick.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…After a while, Pogba won the argument and took his chance.The French World Champion scored his 12th goal with United in 58 matches.“Paul Pogba claims Manchester United had no designated penalty taker against Leicester City,” wrote Goal.com“And [he] says he is prepared to let Alexis Sanchez take the club’s next one after winning an argument with the Chilean.”last_img read more


Solskjaer reflects on how Ferguson used to rally troops in January

first_imgMan Utd caretaker Ole Solskjaer explained that the week away in Dubai will be a good opportunity for his squad that hasn’t got regular play time to get fitter through the training session.He also reflected on how former club’s coach Sir Alex Ferguson used to rally the troops in January just before the second half of the season.“We can get fitter and we have to do that through the training sessions here, but Dubai is a good chance,” he said via club’s official website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Because now is the first time we get a week of work together. The ones who have not been in the squad, they’ve obviously worked on their fitness while they’ve not been in the squad.”I still have pictures in my mind every January of the gaffer with a stopwatch,“ he added, ”He timed us all them because that stood us in good stead towards the end of the season, so it is a time to really work hard, even though we’ve got plenty of games. We need to work.“last_img read more


Stocks plunge worldwide — Dows 6thworst loss

first_imgThe stock market buckled Monday under the weight of a crisis in Europe and danger of recession at home. Reeling from a downgrade of American debt, the Dow Jones industrials plunged 634 points.It was the worst day for the market since the financial crisis in the fall of 2008 and extended Wall Street’s sudden, sharp decline. Stocks have lost 15 percent of their value in just two and a half weeks. Monday was the first trading day since Standard and Poor’s downgraded the United States’ risk-free credit rating, and the selling started at the opening bell. The Dow dropped 250 points in minutes. For the rest of the day, investors looked for safer places for their money. With few buyers left for stocks, the market could only drift lower.The Dow finished the day down 5.5 percent. The point decline was the worst since Dec. 1, 2008, and the sixth-steepest ever. The average ended at 10,809.85, its first close under 11,000 since November. In a bit of irony following the S&P downgrade, investors decided U.S. debt was one of the safest places to be. They also sought refuge in gold, which set a record price.last_img read more


Oregon man convicted on child pornography charges removes electronic monitor flees

first_imgPORTLAND — Hours after he was convicted in federal court in Portland of possessing child pornography, former Beaverton, Ore., teacher Logan Storm left his electronic monitoring bracelet in a Troutdale, Ore., park and disappeared.An assistant U.S. attorney had argued Tuesday that Storm was a flight risk, but Judge Ancer Haggerty sided with defense lawyers and released him. Storm faces more than seven years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for April 8.The Oregonian reports the U.S. Marshals Service issued a wanted poster Wednesday for Storm.The case against him began in July 2010 when his girlfriend reported finding images on his computer of children being sexually abused. Storm fled the country but returned in February 2011 voluntarily.last_img read more


Wildlife get 3000 more acres creating corridor on Afognak Island

first_imgPortage Lake, Afognak Island. (Photo courtesy Great Land Trust)More than 3,000 acres of ecologically rich land on Afognak Island is now protected through a wildlife and recreation corridor.Listen now“There has been some logging in the area, but it is fairly minimal,” said Ellen Kazary, Executive Director for  the conservation non-profit, Great Land Trust.“So, you are flying over these impressive lakes and streams. And I’ve seen bears just running around. When we land, it is just teaming with salmon. And the birds, you can’t even count them. It’s just jaw dropping. You feel like you are in a National Geographic special.”Great Land Trust partnered with the native corporation Natives of Kodiak to conserve the land. Kazary says the Portage Lake property includes 750 acres of wetlands, Sitka spruce, salmon and blueberries.“The Portage Lake project actually connects 180,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat on Afognak because it touches the Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge and Afognak Island State Park. So, it creates this brilliant corridor for wildlife and just increases their ability to survive and flourish,” said Kazary.Jim Erickson, CEO of Natives of Kodiak, said in a press release, “We are excited about the sale of this property because it conserves this land for future generations of Natives of Kodiak shareholders and others to enjoy.”The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identifies Afognak Island among the most productive habitats in the Gulf of Alaska.The land was purchased with funds from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trust Fund and donated to the State of Alaska with a conservation easement held by the Bureau of Land Management.Access to the land will be open to the public.Natives of Kodiak was paid the full value of the land, benefiting its shareholders.last_img read more


SBI to Hire Freshers from Campuses on Contract Basis 80000 Vacancies Likely

first_imgIndia’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), is looking to hire freshers from campuses for “entry-level jobs on a contract basis”, said chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya on Saturday.To overcome the problems in offering “market-linked salaries” by the state-owned lender, “we try to explain even if they go to other banks their propensity of changing (jobs) is quite high”, Bhattacharya said. “If they get 5 years or 6 years with SBI or SBICap, it offers a good training for them,” NDTV Profit quoted her as saying.As a huge number of officers and staff will retire at the major public sector banks over the next two years, nearly 80,000 vacancies are expected to come up.”Being a government-owned bank, SBI is facing several human resource challenges,” Bhattacharya said.One of the main problems faced by the bank in human resource management is “poaching of its staff” by private sector banks, especially at the middle level, she said.SBI is also making efforts to employ the staff recruited by its subsidiaries, which give higher pay packages.”We are trying to see if our subsidiaries can recruit and depute to us. For example, in respect to cash management product we have a total range of people who are actually recruited by our subsidiaries and deputed to us so that we have market-linked salaries for them,” she said.Alloting employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to senior staff in order to retain them for a longer period is also under consideration, she said.The SBI chief said “its inability to offer market-linked salaries at higher level is hurting the bank”.last_img read more


Balmorhea State Park Works To Preserve Resources Amid Growing Popularity

first_imgDiana Nguyen/Marfa Public RadioVisits to Balmorhea State Park have increased to more than 163,000 people last year, up from about 72,000 in 2008, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.Balmorhea State Park is home to the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world. Each day, the San Solomon Springs pumps 15 million gallons of fresh water through the pool. But what used to be a hidden gem in the arid desert, has been discovered. Over the last several years, more and more people are making the trek to this west Texas park.Carolyn Rose, the park’s superintendent, believes that social media’s behind the onslaught of new visitors. “Somehow, this park got discovered,” she says. “People come from a long way. They put it on their bucket list and they want to come swim in the springs.”One recent steamy Saturday morning, Rose is greeting cars as they line up at the entrance. She says this isn’t uncommon. In almost 10 years, the number of annual park visitors has jumped 127 percent: the park saw 163,000 visitors last year, up from about 72,000 visitors in 2008, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.Rose says the swell in visitors is having a negative impact on the park’s natural and cultural resources. In May, Balmorhea began limiting visitor numbers to 1,300 a day. A thousand people are allowed entry in the morning, and 300 more are given tickets to enter the park at 3 p.m. Weekends have gotten so busy that the park now updates its capacity on Facebook and Twitter.Ashley Duvall travelled to Balmorhea from Midland. She’d been checking the park’s social media status updates, but that didn’t prevent her and her friends from waiting an hour and 15 minutes to gain entry to the pool. Storms the night before had made the park’s computer system slower than usual. “It has been a long wait, I’m not going to lie,” she says. She even unpacked her lounge chair, sitting while she waits.While swimming in the pool, in and of itself, doesn’t have a negative impact on the park’s natural resources, it’s the other things that visitors do that are creating problems. According to Superintendent Carolyn Rose, visitors have strung up hammocks on the columns of historic pagodas built in the 1930s, dumped charcoal on the roots of cottonwood trees, and caught the park’s rare and protected Headwater catfish in ziplock bags. Children and dogs are let loose to splash in the park’s canal system, which is protected habitat for the park’s two species of endangered fish: the Pecos gambusia and the Comanche Springs pupfish.Wesley Pool – yes, that’s his real last name – stands by the pool’s edge, a dripping wet suit pulled halfway down his chest. He’s been traveling to Balmorhea from his home in Clovis, New Mexico for the last 10 years, to scuba dive in the clear blue waters. He says he likes to interact with the fish he sees at the bottom.“You can take crackers in a sandwich bag and crumble them up, and when you get down to the bottom you open it up. You do a circle with the crackers and the minnows just go nuts,” he says. “I mean it’s a feeding frenzy. They just engulf people. That’s fun to do.”Superintendent Rose warns of the negative impact this could have:“People are feeding, constantly; they’re feeding the fishes and turtles. And primarily, it seems like the thing they like to feed them is white bread. And y’know, white bread isn’t even really that healthy for human beings.”But there are plenty of people like Pool who simply aren’t aware that what they’re doing is wrong. That’s why Texas Parks and Wildlife plans to make educational outreach a priority. Once the peak summer months are over, its goal is to educate the public about preserving the park. Educational initiatives have been key to limiting human impact at other natural pools in the state.Wayne Simmons is the Aquatic Program Manager for the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department. He says that Barton Springs – another famous Texas watering hole – can receive anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 guests a day. But because of its educational initiatives, he doesn’t see many of the same problems that are taking place at Balmorhea.“When [visitors] see the educational exhibits that we have, and they learn, their eyes open up really wide and it’s like ‘Oh okay.’ The light bulb comes on,” Simmons says .While there are similarities, Barton Springs has an army of staff, volunteers, and public support. In west Texas, a statewide hiring freeze has left the Balmorhea State Park short four employees all summer long, while public interest keeps rising. So, for now, Rose is focused on what she can do – and that’s controlling the number of people that enter. Sharelast_img read more