Consumers Urged To Continue To Purchase Local Products

first_imgStory Highlights Buyers urged to consider their support for local produce as an investment in the growth of the Jamaican economy. Consumers have been encouraged to continue to buy local products, by Acting Executive Director, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Ron Blake, in order for the country to reap long-term benefits.Speaking to JIS News at the Lauriston/Thompson Pen Community 4-H Club’s Stew Festival on Saturday, November 2, at Brooklyn Park, Spanish Town, in St. Catherine, Mr. Blake explained that as a partner of the ‘Eat Jamaican Campaign’, being celebrated in November, the Jamaica 4-H Club continues to advocate for production and consumption of local food.Addressing the issue of the prices of local produce, Mr. Blake is encouraging buyers to consider their support for local produce as an investment in the growth of the Jamaican economy.“The expense is a short term one. In the long run, when you ignore local production, you are destroying the local industry. Once that happens, there is no competition for the imported product. At that time, prices are going to be erratic and higher than they are now,” he pointed out.Mr. Blake said there is a recognition of the need for a higher level of competition between local and imported products, and Jamaicans must become more actively involved in growing their own food.“To beat this, we need to get more people producing, and to expand local production,” he said.Mr. Blake pointed out that local foods are the better choice, because of their health benefits. “The produce bought locally are healthier, because there is no need to preserve them for export. There is no need to treat them (with chemicals) to extend the shelf life,” he added.He informed that the 4-H Club is also moving swiftly with projects that can impact the lives of young farmers.“Our big project now is that we have selected 20 youngsters who will receive five acres to grow onions. We are hoping that by the next planting season, they will get into production,” Mr. Blake said.He explained that these young farmers have no collateral and that the organization is currently courting corporate Jamaica to provide attractive loans to them.The Stew Festival, which was well supported by residents of the surrounding communities, featured a number of activities, including the sampling of stewed meat and fruit dishes, bounce-about for the children, performances by the Troopers marching band and a gospel concert.Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier, Rohan King, emerged top chef in the cook-off in which entrants competed for the top prize using ingredients from a mystery basket. He upstaged last year’s champion, Ricardo Bennett, also from the JDF.The Acting Executive Director also threw his hat into the ring with his creation, edging Claudette ‘Miss Lyttle’ Pious for third place.The event was supported by exhibitors, including the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Consumer Affairs Commission, Social Development Commission, JDF, National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Jamaica Library Service, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP),  Mavis Bank Coffee, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Caribbean Choice Enterprise and Caribbean Dreams. The Jamaica 4-H Club continues to advocate for production and consumption of local food. Jamaicans must become more actively involved in growing their own food.last_img read more

Water Supply System Put Into Service in St. Elizabeth

first_img “We know that without water, life is just uncomfortable. Having the water enables better, more productive activities by women and children especially in the households, and so this is the type of upliftment that we want to see with this type of investment,” he said. Story Highlights The Trenail Water Supply System in Maggoty, St. Elizabeth, was officially commissioned into service in the district on December 7.The project, which was completed at a cost of $24.8 million, will directly benefit the 3,400 residents of Trenail, Retirement, Hominy Hall, Bethsalem and Maroon Town.At the commissioning and handover ceremony, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, said the organization, along with the Government, is committed to the development of the quality of life of citizens in Jamaica.He outlined that women and children, in particular, are usually the most impacted by the lack of water, which cuts into productivity time, so his organisation embraces projects of this nature.“We know that without water, life is just uncomfortable. Having the water enables better, more productive activities by women and children especially in the households, and so this is the type of upliftment that we want to see with this type of investment,” he said.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, commended the work of JSIF, and encouraged the residents to continue to utilise their governance structure to advocate for development within their community.“For any project to come into an area, it has to come through an organisation. No one man can come and apply to JSIF to say they want a project, it has to come through an organisation,” he outlined.Mr. Hutchinson also highlighted that efforts will be made to extend the project to other areas of St. Elizabeth.The project, which was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) and JSIF, included the rehabilitation of an 80,000-gallon tank, the rehabilitation and extension of a concrete catchment pad, the construction of a sand filter and chlorination system, and the testing and sterilisation of the PVC pipeline. At the commissioning and handover ceremony, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, said the organization, along with the Government, is committed to the development of the quality of life of citizens in Jamaica. The Trenail Water Supply System in Maggoty, St. Elizabeth, was officially commissioned into service in the district on December 7.last_img read more

Mikmaq Community Develops Renewable Energy Project

first_imgThe Millbrook First Nation is en route to enjoying the economic and environmental benefits of generating its own renewable electricity, with the approval of the first Mi’kmaq Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) project application. Energy Minister Charlie Parker announced today, Feb. 10, at the Glooscap Heritage Centre near Truro, that the six megawatt wind project is cleared to proceed to the next phase of development. “Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq have long understood the powerful relationship between responsible stewardship of our natural resources and a community’s economic and social well-being,” said Mr. Parker. “This project is a model of what the COMFIT program is all about.” Due to the project’s size, an Environmental Assessment, a Communities, Culture and Heritage Archaelogical Resource Impact Assessment and a Mi’kmaq Ecological Study are all necessary, along with continued engagement with the surrounding community. Millbrook First Nation Chief Lawrence Paul said the project was a natural fit for the Millbrook community, which has embraced economic development opportunities such as the Millbrook Power Centre. “Our culture is built around a profound respect for nature and a commitment to working together as a community. Renewable electricity is a 21st century expression of these values.” The 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan introduced the COMFIT concept to help provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices, build support for renewable energy projects and create jobs. The program began accepting applications several months ago. More than a dozen community groups have submitted over 90 locally-based proposals for the unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative that encourages community participation in renewable energy projects. The ten projects approved so far will generate approximately 31 MW of electricity. The province is working with the remaining applicants to complete applications and build alliances among those in competition, with the bulk of applications expected to be processed by the spring. The COMFIT application process is still open. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the COMFIT administrator at comfit@gov.ns.ca as early as possible to discuss projects. COMFIT provides eligible groups an established price per kilowatt hour for projects producing electricity from renewable resources such as wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river tidal developments. The feed-in tariff rates were established by the Utilities and Review Board in September. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities, community economic development funds and not-for-profit groups. The COMFIT program will help the province reach its aggressive renewable electricity targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. The province expects 100 megawatts to be produced through the COMFIT.For more information on the program and to apply, visit www.nsrenewables.ca .last_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris Joins Stars For LA Mission Thanksgiving

first_imgThe homeless on Skid Row were treated to a special Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Los Angeles Mission, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, and prepared by a group of LA’s top chefs (led by Chef Michael Voltaggio, chef/owner of ink.,) and Chris Cormier’s Mission’s kitchen staff.At the midday event, thousands enjoyed a unique dining experience of newly created gourmet recipes served up by celebrities and local political leaders.Among the celebrities who attended were Neil Patrick Harris, Jo Frost, Kate Linder, Kevin Nealon, Bella Thorne, Andrea Bowen and many more.The Los Angeles Mission welcomed their Skid Row neighbors to a celebration of Thanksgiving with friends and supporters who have a heart for helping people in need.“We’ll serve more than half a million nutritious meals this year, none more important than the Thanksgiving meal,” said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “That’s why we are so pleased that Chef Voltaggio has worked closely with his handpicked team of top chefs to create this unique meal. The Mission’s own kitchen staff has worked around the clock to implement this very special meal. The message to our guests is ‘you are special, you are valuable and we care about you.’“It is more than a meal,’’ says Smith. “This feast provides us with the opportunity to grow everyday connections into relationships. These relationships are vitally necessary to help many of the homeless go ahead and decide to join our life-changing program to rehabilitate and to restore their lives.”“The creative process for me was to figure out how to cook a hot and delicious meal for over 3500 guests,” said Chef Voltaggio. “I enjoyed cooking with all of these incredible chefs, and with the amazing Mission staff. We were excited to put together a hearty, nutritious meal from turkey through pumpkin pie and everything in between. It’s truly a blessing to share this part of ourselves with so many people.”The Mission was started as a soup kitchen for depression era men in 1936 – 77 years ago. The men who came to the Mission back then would be very surprised at the gourmet quality of the food being served this Thanksgiving. The Mission still serves three separate meals each and every day, and provides emergency shelter, but the primary work of the Mission in 2013 is helping men and women restore their lives and get back on their feet.Thousands have graduated from the program and have gone on to live productive lives off the streets. Mission program alumni always come back to volunteer. This year many alumni were among the volunteers on hand to help others.The Mission is pleased to welcome back Wells Fargo Bank as the generous corporate sponsor of this event for the seventh year. Wells Fargo’s $50,000 donation to the Mission helps to support year round services to the homeless beyond the meal.“On behalf of Wells Fargo and the more than 200 team member volunteers who are helping give back to the community, we are privileged to once again be a part of today’s Thanksgiving event at the Los Angeles Mission,” said John Sotoodeh, Wells Fargo regional president of the L.A./Orange County Community Bank. ” We hope to encourage other corporate leaders to join together with organizations like the Los Angeles Mission in providing food, shelter and services to the most vulnerable members of our communities.”Many of the Wells Fargo executives and volunteers arrived via the company’s iconic stagecoaches to make their delivery to the Mission. The Wells Fargo stagecoach, pulled by a team of horses, drove to the front of the Mission to unload donations of toys and goodies for the upcoming Christmas event at the Mission.Each year, the LA Mission’s Thanksgiving event is a huge undertaking with more than 500 staff and volunteers working for months to get everything planned, set up and ready to serve. Chef Voltaggio has been working for weeks with six of LA’s best chefs to create a top chef version of the ultimate comfort food for the Skid Row community.Those talented chefs include: Suzanne Goin, Josiah Citrin, Steve Samson, Ray Garcia, Josef Centeno, and Duff Goldman.This means brining and roasting more than a ton and a half of turkey breast. The menu includes: 700 pounds of a chestnut, sage and mushroom stuffing, 80 gallons of country-style turkey sausage gravy, hundreds of pounds of sweet potatoes seasoned with bacon and spinach, thousands of pounds of chile sesame orange glazed carrots, half a ton of mashed potatoes with crème fraiche and garlic confit, 3500 servings of cranberry citrus zest, 4000 dinner rolls (donated by King Hawaiian) and 600 pumpkin and apple pies (donated by Bonert’s Slice of Pie), topped with cinnamon pecan whipped cream.The meal is served on a closed portion of 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, the heart of Skid Row. Tents erected on the street shelter specially decorated tables and seating to create a festive atmosphere. Thousands of guests from Skid Row are seated and served the meal by volunteers from the community, by entertainment industry stalwarts, by Hollywood celebrities and by local political leaders, including recently elected LA mayor Eric Garcetti.The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers provided foot washing and examinations to nearly 400 of the day’s guests. In addition to getting their feet washed, physicians, nurses and other medical staff did examinations and minor procedures to relieve foot issues. Those with more serious problems were referred to the clinic for appointments. The clinic partners with the Mission to provide medical services for area residents. The Los Angeles County Department of Health was also on hand to provide free flu shots.Key business partners and and benevolent organizations contributed much-needed elements to the event: Landsberg Amcor provided the cutlery, plates and napkins, Tarps Plus provided and distributed 2,000 tarps, Icelandic Glacial Water provided bottled water for guests, Kimberly Vodang, Ms. America International 2011 distributed 1200 blankets, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians provided turkeys and A Foundation for Kids provided crafts for the children who attended.And for the 16th year, students at Suzanne Middle School provided bags of candy that were distributed to the guests. The students collect candy on Halloween, bag it into individual servings and the Mission hands it out at the event.“We are able to pull off events like this only because of the great generosity of the people of Los Angeles. The kindness of area companies, individuals and groups who step up to give make the work we do possible,” said Smith. “Because of dollars donated by Wells Fargo, and out of the efforts of many other magnanimous companies and individuals, we are able to give more.“We are most grateful for in-kind gifts like food, cutlery, tarps, blankets, even flu shots, and thousands of other items. We greatly enjoy the talents brought to our table by people like Michael Voltaggio and his top chefs.“The kindness of strangers blesses our endeavors every day. This ministry’s work would not be possible without the tremendous help we receive from our city. I want to thank everyone who gave and served to make today possible.”last_img read more

Nearly 5 billion LAX people mover contract approved

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – A $4.9 billion contract to design, build and operate an automated people mover at Los Angeles International Airport has been approved by the City Council. It is expected to be operational in 2023 and have a capacity of 10,000 people an hour.The elevated 2 1/4-mile system will have driverless electric trains that carry airline passengers between terminals, a transportation centre and the Metro light-rail system, reducing the number of vehicles that use the airport’s central loop roads.The contract voted on Wednesday goes to a consortium called LAX Integrated Express Solutions, known as LINXS.Bombardier Transportation will provide the operating system, including all vehicles.last_img read more

British Priest Arrested in Alleged Sodomy Case Involving Young Boys

Rabat – A British Catholic priest was arrested yesterday at Luton Airport in London for allegedly sexually abusing children.  London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Laurence Soper, 72, was detained upon arrival in Britain from Kosovo after he was a fugitive from justice for 5 years.Soper is currently in custody and charged with  nine counts of buggery (sodomy), gross indecency, and indecent assault. It is alleged that Soper assaulted five boys from 1972 to 1986, police said. The Telegraph reported on Monday that Soper was arrested first in Kosovo in May. However, Kosovo’s authorities rejected to deliver Soper to British authorities.Police said that Soper is expected to appear in Ealing Magistrates’ Court today.According to media reports, the police did not say if Soper returned voluntarily to Britain or based on an extradition request submitted to Kosovo’s authorities. read more

UN refugee agency seeks urgent deployment of security force in FYR of

The 4,700-strong NATO force is due to leave the country on 26 September, ending its mission to collect arms from the ethnic Albanian rebels. Eric Morris, special envoy for the Balkans of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said security arrangements currently under discussion to replace NATO – mainly to protect international monitors overseeing the peace process – are not sufficient. “What is needed is a credible security presence that can assist the Macedonian Government in maintaining law and order in affected areas and address the legitimate security concerns of both communities,” Mr. Morris said, adding that an international security arrangement “should be temporary, but absolutely necessary to avoid further bloodshed and displacements.” Warning that NATO’s departure could create a vacuum that armed groups might exploit, Mr. Morris said that a credible international security force could help discourage both sides from establishing irregular self-defence mechanisms and lead to the establishment of the multi-ethnic police envisaged in the framework agreement. According to UNHCR, a surge of returns over the past two weeks saw more than 12,000 refugees head home from Kosovo. In total, 52,500 refugees have returned since June, with another 29,400 remaining in Kosovo. At least 76,000 people are estimated to be displaced within the FYR of Macedonia – 60 per cent of whom are ethnic Macedonians. read more

State of Victoria seeks gold bugs

first_imgHigh prices for gold have resulted in record levels of exploration in the Australian State of Victoria and the Brumby Government estimates there are still another 30 to 50 Moz yet to be discovered. Energy and Resources Minister Peter Batchelor said 225,000 oz of gold was produced in Victoria in 2006/07. An increase of 10% on the previous year. The majority of that gold was derived from Victoria’s Golden Triangle, an area between Bendigo, Ballarat and Stawell.“Gold exploration and development can deliver many benefits to rural and regional Victoria including employment and business opportunities, diversification of regional economies and the development of regional services and infrastructure,” Batchelor said. He also said the State Government had funded regional geoscience programs, such as the $9 million Gold Undercover, to define new potential for gold discoveries and further encourage gold exploration and production in Victoria.  “The Department of Primary Industries geoscientists are optimistic about Victoria’s gold mining sector, estimating that 30-50 Moz remain to be discovered,” Batchelor said.“Victoria’s gold exploration expenditure for 2007 reached A$56 million, with a large part of this being spent in Victoria’s Golden Triangle. High gold exploration expenditure in Victoria over recent years has been driven by an improved perception of Victoria’s prospecting opportunities and the continued strength of the gold price on international markets. Today’s elevated gold price and the significant gold potential of Victoria also signals a great time for prospectors.”Batchelor said up to 2,500 Miners Rights were sold each year to prospectors trying their luck in the hope of finding gold, and perhaps, an elusive nugget like the Welcome Stranger.  The Welcome Stranger nugget, which weighed 64.5 kg (2,284 oz), was unearthed at Moliagul, in central Victoria in 1869. More than 110 years later in 1980, the Hand of Faith nugget, weighing 720 oz, was found by prospectors near Wedderburn. Miners Rights enable prospecting for minerals on some Crown Land and private land where the holder has the permission of the landowner.  To know more visit http://www.investvictoria.com/.last_img read more

Pics Meet Leona the last baby born in Mount Carmel Private Hospital

first_imgNEWBORN BABIES ARE always faced with a variety of camera lenses in their faces after their birth, but one baby born this week had her own paparazzi-style welcome to the world.Leona Lambe was born on Friday at Mount Carmel Private Hospital, being the last baby born there due to the fact it has gone into liquidation.As the last baby born there, she got this reception when she made an appearance with her parents Martina and Thomas:Staff at Mount Carmel were informed last week that about 200 of them were to finish by the end of Thursday 30 January, with the remainder – over 100 staff-  to work for another week or two.Elective patients were also discharged last Thursday, while deliveries were rescheduled and some patients directed to the Coombe hospital.In total, 572 maternity patients were affected by the liquidation.Union SIPTU, which represents a large amount of the staff, has called for the liquidators to retain the hospital as a going concern.It has also asked the Department of Social Protection to fast-track Mount Carmel workers’ benefits because it is “unclear” when they will receive the redundancy payments owed to them.Last Friday, 10 workers staged a sit-in in protest against the closure of the hospital. A rally in support of Mount Carmel staff was held the next day.The staff described the protest as “just the start of the campaign”.Despite all the action around her, Leona Lambe was blissfully unaware of the significance of her birth at Mount Carmel.Martina and Thomas Lambe with baby Leona. Pics: Sasko LazarovRead: ‘A hospital is not just bricks and mortar’ – staff determined to save Mount Carmel>Read: Mount Carmel workers ‘staging sit-in’ over hospital closure>last_img read more

CocaCola Secret Recipe Outed Report

first_imgAmong the ingredients are: alcohol, orange oil, lemon oil, nutmeg oil, and cinnamon. Coca-Cola’s recipe is said to be one of the best kept secrets in all the world (particularly now that we all apparently know what goes into a bucket of KFC)–you know, the one that only two people in the world know, so they’re not allowed to fly on the same plane, because if it were to crash, we’d be plunged into an age of Coke-free darkness.Oh, and also, there are armed guards who stand outside a vault holding the secret recipe all day, every day. So we hear.Now the secret has apparently been blown by the folks at Public Radio International’s This American Life. Yep, Ira Glass and his bespectacled minions have blown the lid off of this sucker. That’s actually the recipe above. There’s also a PDF on This American Life’s site.Coke, for its part isn’t comment directly on the discover. Instead, the company is saying things like,  The ingredients used in our beverages are listed on the product labels and many people have tried over time to crack the secret formula of Coca-Cola. That secret combination of ingredients holds a special place in the history and mythology of Coca-Cola -something we continue to celebrate as we mark our 125th anniversary this year.last_img read more

Athens to get 27km cycle lane by end of 2015

first_imgA bicycle lane spanning 27 kilometres from the northern suburb of Kifissia to Faliro in southern Athens will be ready by the end of 2015, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis announced this week.Maniatis said that a contract has already been signed for the construction of an 11-kilometer stretch of the bike lane between Gazi and Faliro. The minister revealed the news during an event hosted by the City of Athens to mark European Mobility Week.Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis pledged to make efforts to find space for the creation of bike stands. He said the municipality has already removed 110 defunct kiosks from the city’s sidewalks.Source: Ekathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dell lance le Projet Sputnik

first_imgDell lance le Projet SputnikDell débarque avec un projet très demandé par les utilisateurs : ramener Linux sur ses machines. Le constructeur prévoit une distribution dédiée et parfaitement optimisée pour son pc portable XPS 13.Le problème avec Linux, c’est que chaque installation doit être adaptée à la machine qui l’héberge. Comme les machines sont toutes différentes, c’est à l’utilisateur de s’assurer d’avoir les bons drivers et paramètres. Et comme nous ne sommes pas tous des experts en la matière, le résultat est souvent sub-optimal, voire même conflictuel, menant à des bugs. Le projet Sputnik est donc plutôt alléchant. L’idée est de sortir une machine toute prêtre, avec une distribution Linux créée pour l’occasion, pré-installée et pré-configurée à la perfection, en fonction des spécifiés du hardware. Le PC portable utilisé serait un XPS 13, de Dell. C’est d’ailleurs ce constructeur texan qui soutient le projet Sputnik. Il l’a développé dans le cadre d’un des programmes d’incubation interne.Basée sur Ubuntu, la distribution est particulièrement orientée pour les développeurs Web, par l’ajout d’une série d’outils ou de profils pensés pour cette cible bien précise. La première phase a été pour Dell la question de la compatibilité totale du matériel avec Linux. Ils travaillent, par exemple, sur les problèmes liés à l’utilisation du pavé tactile multipoints, à l’activation du WiFi via les raccourcis clavier, ou à la gestion de la luminosité de l’écran.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Il faudra ensuite créer les outils de la distributions en créant des paquets d’installation a des profils d’utilisateurs finaux (travaillant en Ruby, sous Android, en JavaScript…), tout en veillant à ne pas la surcharger. Ils créeront des profils basiques et espèrent que la communauté s’en emparera pour faire le reste.Le projet Sputnik est aussi envisagé comme un accès cloud. Les développeurs pourront renvoyer leurs données sur un nuage externe comme OpenStack.Une première image d’installation de Sputnik est déjà disponible mais le reste du projet ne sera validé que dans six mois, après une phase d’expérimentation.Le 11 mai 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Woman in S Oregon crash upgraded to fair condition

first_imgThe condition of a Vancouver woman injured Monday when her car collided with a parked tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 near Oregon’s Siskiyou Summit has improved from serious to fair, officials said.Carol Dunsmore, 75, apparently fell asleep while driving Monday afternoon, causing the crash, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police.Dunsmore was extricated by firefighters from Ashland Fire Department and Jackson County Fire District 5. She was transported by Mercy Flights air ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore. She was listed in fair condition Friday morning, hospital spokesman Grant Walker said.last_img read more

Sunday AM Update Hot Weather Increases Activity on Eastern Areas of Swan

first_imgThe National Weather Service issued a Dense Smoke Advisory for the interior Kenai Pennisula that includes the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire grew roughly 3,000 acres in one day. It is now estimated at 95,047 acres with roughly 409 crew members and remains at 14% containment. The fire continues to be active and is pushing towards the east as temperatures climb into the 90’s. As of Saturday, the fire has spread to the Upper Jean Lake area and is threatening Skyline. The Fuller Lakes Trail, within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, is now closed as fire personnel begin assessing the area for potential future operations should the fire continue moving to the east. In a release from the Division of Forestry, small fires become big fires much faster than at the “very high” level.  Spot fires are probable, with long-distance spotting likely.  These fires are very difficult to fight and may become very dangerous and often last for several days. Jonathan Ashford with the State Division of Forestry: “Helicopters will continue to provide water drops in the southeast corner of the fire to slow spread toward the Upper Jean Lake area. Crews will be assessing and developing a plan for fire containment in the Jean Lake area and along the Sterling Highway near the Skyline Trail as fire continues to spread in that direction.”In addition, due to concern for public health and safety related to the fire, the Chugach National Forest is ordering special closures on the Seward Ranger District of the following areas; All National Forest Lands (NFS) west of Resurrection Pass Trail from the Resurrection Creek Gold Panning Area to Devils Pass Trail and all NFS lands south of Devils Pass Trail west of Seward Highway and north of the Sterling Highway. The State of Alaska Division of Forestry has raised the fire danger level in our area to Extreme.  When the fire danger is “extreme”, fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely.  All fires are potentially serious and can spread very quickly with intense burning. According to the National Weather Service advises people with respiratory problems avoid outside activities.An air quality monitoring station has been set up near Cooper Landing. Real time reports are available 24- hours a day at http://tools.airfire.org,last_img read more

Glamour to Publish First List Issue

first_imgForbes’ 400 Richest People from October 8 was its second best-selling issue as well last year. The list issue reported 90,623 single copy sales—almost 140 percent above the six month period average of 37,837. The year before, the issue came in third for single copy sales, still about 102 percent above the six month period average but beat by two Investment Guide issues done that year. Oddly enough, the much-hyped Time 100 issue came in 10th last year in single copy sales, about 37 percent below the highest-selling, December 31 issue at 200,315. Still, for a weekly, 10th best isn’t that bad, and the list actually seems to be gaining ground—in 2005, it was the 22nd best-selling issue; in 2006, it came in 15th. But then again, in 2005, the best-selling issue sold 330,733 single copies; in 2006, it was 216,807; last year, it was 124,400. Poor, poor newsweeklies… For its June issue, Glamour is doing something it’s never done before: a “list.” Well, an official, branded list, anyway. Glamour’s “50 Most Glamorous” will … well, you get it already. And why not? Fellow large circulation magazines like People and Time seem to publish a list issue every other month. List issues do historically well at the newsstand. And Glamour, like a lot of titles, has been seeing a decline in single copy sales in the past few years—a 7.8 percent drop between 2005 and 2006 and a 10.3 percent drop from 2006 to 2007. Last year, People’s 100 Most Beautiful issue was ITS second best-selling of the year at 1.79 million, about 25 percent (or 350,000 copies) above the average for the six month period, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The year before, the list issue was the fifth best selling at 1.91 million, 410,000 copies above the six month period average. In 2005, it came in third. last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, November 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.At Wilmington Public Schools: WHS CATS is holding its monthly parent meeting at 6:30pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room.At The Library: Wilmington Community Playgroup at 9:30am. Holiday Job Hunting at 10am. Code Burgandy: The Long Escape at 2:30pm. Etsy Workshop at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Quilting at 1pm. Wii Bowling at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 6, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Who is Virendra Kumar All you need to know about the 17th

first_imgThe 63-year-old Virendra Kumar will be the protem speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.TwitterFormer minister of state in the Narendra Modi Cabinet, Virendra Kumar, will be the protem speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha. The seven-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP had defeated Congress leader Ahirwar Kiran from Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh Lok Sabha seat. Tikamgarh went to the polls on Phase 5 on Monday, May 6, 2019.As the interim speaker, Kumar will administer the oath of office to the newly elected Lok Sabha MPs at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He will also preside over the first meeting of the Lok Sabha, in which the Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be elected on June 19. The first session of 17th Lok Sabha will commence on June 17.The 63-year-old served as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development from September 2017 to May 2019.Kumar started his carrier with the student wing of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Sagar in Madhya Pradesh. Back in 1996, he was given the party ticket from Sagar Lok Sabha constituency.President Ram Nath Kovind will address the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the Central Hall at 11 am on June 20.The Modi-led NDA government will present its first Budget on July 5. Also, the Parliament session will continue until July 26.last_img read more

Jolie seeks sustained global support for Rohingyas

first_imgUS actress, filmmaker and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the UNHCR, addresses a press conference after her visit to the Kutupalong camp for Rohingya refugees in Ukhia on 5 February, 2019. Photo: AFPUNHCR special envoy and Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has said the world must not turn away from the nearly 1 million Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, reports UNB.Jolie, who left here early Thursday concluding her Bangladesh visit, also sought continued support for those who have been displaced, until the Myanmar authorities show the genuine commitment needed to end a decades-long cycle of violence and displacement.The special envoy’s visit came just ahead of a new funding appeal, the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP), to be launched next week by UNHCR, along with other humanitarian agencies, said the UN refugee agency on Thursday.It seeks to raise more than US$920 million to assist Rohingya refugees and affected local communities this year.The special envoy for the UN refugee agency held official meetings with prime minister Sheikh Hasina and foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday.During the meetings, she expressed UNHCR’s gratitude to the people and government of Bangladesh for their generosity in receiving over 700,000 Rohingyas since August 2017.Jolie reiterated UNHCR’s support for collective efforts to enable Rohingyas to live dignified lives in Bangladesh and the pursuit of lasting solutions.She also raised concerns that without an urgent expansion and strengthening of educational opportunities, the future of a generation of Rohingya children would be at risk.While in Dhaka, Jolie also visited two museums – the Liberation War Museum and the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum – where she viewed exhibitions about the country’s history, including its own experience of large-scale displacement.Jolie began her three-day visit on Monday in Chakmarkul and Kutupalong Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, where she heard testimonies from Rohingya women, children and men who have endured a lifetime of persecution and discrimination.There she witnessed some of the remarkable humanitarian response efforts to date, including a registration process, led jointly by the government and UNHCR that is providing many refugees with a legal identity for the first time.She also visited a transit centre for newly arrived refugees and a hospital giving much-needed care and support to women and girls.While recognising such achievements, Jolie also observed the limited education available to refugee children.She urged efforts to ensure they can gain access to formal education that leads to recognised qualifications.On Tuesday, the special envoy held a press conference in Kutupalong, the world’s largest and most densely populated refugee settlement.She said until the Rohingya refugees can voluntarily return home to Myanmar, all have a collective responsibility to ensure that they can continue to live dignified lives in Bangladesh.The special envoy focuses on major forced displacement crises, representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level.This was her first visit to Bangladesh. Jolie has also met forcibly displaced Rohingya people during a prior visit to Myanmar in July 2015 and in India in November 2006.last_img read more

Mayor Turner Announces Potential Agreement To Keep Uber Operating In Houston

first_imgUBER UBER driver and passenger.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday a potential agreement with Uber by which the city would change the way it grants licenses to people who work for vehicle for hire companies.The new process would be faster and more affordable because the cost of the licenses would go down from almost $200 to $70 and the city would also eliminate some steps from the licensing process.“Physical examination, that is something that the city requires, we’ll leave to the companies themselves to do that, if they choose to do that, it won’t be a requirement by the city,” Turner explained at a press conference held after the Houston City Council’s meeting.“If it’s something like drug testing, with the exception of reasonable suspicion,” Turner added “we’ll leave that to the companies.”The mayor needs the Houston City Council to approve some changes to the city code that regulates the operations of vehicle for hire companies, which also include taxis and limousines, for the agreement to be implemented.But, even if that happens, the agreement might not last long.State Sen. Charles Schwertner is proposing in the Texas Legislature a statewide law to regulate companies like Uber.The Mayor disagrees with that option, but the company is siding with the senator.“I think, with transportation, it inherently crosses city and jurisdictional lines and, so, we are supportive of any consistent regulation, or regulatory framework, at the state level that improves reliability and certainty for drivers and riders across the state,” says Trevor Theunissen, a spokesman for Uber in Texas.The mayor’s plan would maintain the kind of background checks the city currently requires.Those checks are done using the FBI’s criminal database and Uber has a problem with that.The company says that database is sometimes inaccurate because it is not appropriately updated and can unfairly prevent a person to get a license to work for them.If the council approves the agreement drafted by Turner, Uber commits to stay in Houston through the Super Bowl but, after the big game, Theunissen says the company looks forward to “continuing conversations” with the city. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:47 Sharelast_img read more

Longer Wait Times At The Border Could Cost The Texas Economy Billions

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Perryman Group research firm made those calculations assuming a one-third reduction in cross-border trade over three months.The entire U.S. economy would lose $69 billion based on the same calculations. The firm also found that big of a slowdown would cost the state 293,000 job years — each job year measures one year of employment for one person. The group’s CEO Ray Perryman said a slowdown would hurt industries statewide, not just the border region. “Twenty-five percent of all the economic activity in the state occurs in the Houston area, so it’s a very big part of the area and also a big part of the manufacturing sector with big equipment and machinery and other things,” said Perryman. He also said many goods move back and forth across the border several times throughout their production. Slowdowns impact that supply chain and could hurt the Port of Houston where many final products are exported to other countries. “Many of these things that are being produced back and forth across the border are also being produced for exports to other parts of the world, and of course Houston is the epicenter of where all that happens as well, with the huge container ports and all the facilities at the port of Houston,” said Perryman. Houston is the second largest exporting city in the country, according to the International Trade Administration. In 2016, Houston exported more goods to Mexico than any other country. Exports to Mexico account for 18% of Houston’s total goods exports.  X 00:00 /01:00 center_img Listen U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionThe Laredo port of entry alone accounts for 58% of statewide cross border trade ($204 billion).Business leaders are worried about the economic impacts of longer wait times now that hundreds of border agents have been moved away from official checkpoints. A new report shows Texas GDP could lose $33 billion if trade with Mexico moves at a slower pace at the border. Sharelast_img read more