Calgarybased cinema chain sold for 123 million

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s second-largest chain of movie theatres is being sold to a Belgian firm for about $123 million.Calgary-based Landmark Cinemas says a deal to be purchased by Kinepolis Group of Ghent, Belgium, is expected to close by year-end if it receives Canadian regulatory approvals.Landmark, founded in 1965, operates 44 cinemas and a total of 303 screens in Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon.Kinepolis reports in a news release that Landmark expects adjusted earnings of $17 million this year. It said it posted $156 million in revenue in 2016, with 58 per cent from ticket sales, 38 per cent from sales of snacks and beverages and 2.5 per cent from screen advertising.Current management will remain in place to oversee Landmark and its 1,450 employees, Kinepolis says, adding it will transfer its “self-learning and self-innovating company culture” to the new organization.Kinepolis says it has 48 cinemas and 500 screens in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland.last_img read more

In Pictures Pope John Paul IIs Visit to Morocco in 1985

Rabat – As Pope Francis’s arrival in Rabat today marks the second papal visit to Morocco, the event is reminiscent of John Paul II’s visit to the country in 1985—his first to a Muslim country following a direct invitation from its leader.When Pope John Paul II landed at Mohammed VI Airport in Casablanca, he knelt and kissed the Moroccan soil, a humble gesture conveying sentiments of love and tolerance toward the country and its people.The pontiff was greeted by King Hassan II and King Mohammed VI, who was then Crown Prince. Pope John Paul II’s visit was an opportunity to lay the foundations of the fraternity, mutual understanding, and interfaith bridge that has become a central pillar in the current pope’s repeated calls for dialogue between Muslims and Christians in Morocco.Pope John Paul II then made a speech in front of thousands of Moroccans at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.At the time, “Pope John Paul II was concerned about the status of the Church in Morocco and as well as relations with Muslims,” says Vatican News.In his speech, the pope preached and praised the tolerance of Moroccans, but he also warned young Moroccans against extremism and violence. “Wisdom teaches us that self-discipline and love are the sole levers for the desired renewal [of tolerance],’’ he had said.John Paul II also visited the Royal Palace in Casablanca where he a military parade greeted him in the welcoming presence of the Moroccan royal family. King Hassan II and Pope John Paul II met for the first time in Vatican, Rome. The Pope organized a reception in honor of the king who was accompanied by Princess Lalla Hasna, his youngest daughter.Read Also: Pope Francis Starts 2-Day Visit in Morocco to Boost Interfaith DialogueFrom Pope John Paul II to Pope FrancisOn Saturday, the first day of his two-day stay, Pope Francis began his long-anticipated visit on a rainy day. Like they had done with John Paul II, Moroccans welcomed Pope Francis in an atmosphere of warmth and delight.  The Pope will visit the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams to meet with Islamic scholars and students, and head to the Caritas migrant center, where he will meet with a group of sub-Saharan migrants with whom he will share messages of hope and peace. Children welcome Pope Francis in Morocco. March 30, 2019.Photo: (ANSA)Pope Francis welcomed with dates and milkThe Pope is also expected to meet with Morocco’s Christian community, including the congregation of Morocco-based bishops.  He will end his visit with a papal Mass on Sunday.The pope’s visit is a celebration of our shared humanity and an invitation to cultivate values of forbearance and togetherness. read more

Behind the scenes of the making of a flagship UN report on

A year and a half ago, researchers at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sent a series of emails to thousands of people around the world. Those messages marked the first steps in a long and detailed journey that culminated in today’s release of the latest edition of what has become one of the UN’s flagship publications – the Human Development Report. The UNDP emails went to the “human development network” – the academics, government officials, UN staff, civil society groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who specialize in the field, canvassing their views on an appropriate theme for this year’s edition. The consensus was migration, and soon the researchers began work on background papers, starting the lengthy process that formed the heart of the project: gathering, sifting and analyzing reams of data from Norway to Niger to produce the report. “We started with a concept note,” explains Francisco Rodríguez, the head of the research team for the HDR, which comprises about 25 staff working full-time at both headquarters in New York and in offices in the field. “Just a four- to five-page outline with the idea and a tentative structure, and that was it.” Less than 20 years after it was first issued, the annual HDR has acquired a reputation as the heavyweight document in its field. Mr. Rodríguez notes that it is cited more often by development academics than any other publication by an international organization. Its accompanying index ranking the world’s countries has also become a favourite of media outlets, national governments and lobby groups. But it all starts with those emails, laying the groundwork for what UNDP hopes – the fallibility of statistics notwithstanding – will be a comprehensive measure of how the world is faring in efforts to achieve human development. Mr. Rodríguez says it’s easy to forget just how radical the HDR was considered when it was introduced in 1990, an era when gross domestic product (GDP) per capita was regarded as the standard measure of human development. “It was really revolutionary. It changed the way a lot of policy-makers and academics see development, that we have go beyond income to measure it. Its main strength is that it gives an alternative to a still very common uni-dimensional view of development, one that still emphasizes economic growth.” Now, as the definition has expanded, indicators of school enrolment rates, literacy and life expectancy – which are all part of the report – have become central to the debate. “Human development is really about how we can expand opportunities for people,” says Mr. Rodríguez, noting that the report could be even broader and more useful if it incorporated the elements that researchers find hard to measure, such as human rights, culture and the impact of climate change. Accurate, meaningful data on inequality, especially within a country, have long been hard to obtain, but Mr. Rodríguez says recent breakthroughs mean that is likely to change starting next year. In any case, Mr. Rodríguez and his team have already started work on that edition (an anniversary review of the HDR and how it can be improved) and soon, he says, another set of emails will need to be sent out – about possible topics for 2011. 5 October 2009A year and a half ago, researchers at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sent a series of emails to thousands of people around the world. Those messages marked the first steps in a long and detailed journey that culminated in today’s release of the latest edition of what has become one of the UN’s flagship publications – the Human Development Report. read more

WatchNational Energy Board ordered to redo Trans Mountain review in 22 weeks

Canadian Press OTTAWA — The National Energy Board has less than six months to redo its environmental review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, this time taking into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi Three weeks after the Federal Court of Appeal ripped up the approval for the expansion project, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said cabinet made an order earlier this week telling the NEB it has 22 weeks to complete a thorough review of the environmental impact of additional oil tankers resulting from the additional flows of diluted bitumen coming from an expanded pipeline.“We are confident that this plan will allow us to meet the high standards that Canadians expect when it comes to protecting the environment,” he said.The review will include looking at the impact on killer whales of the additional tankers — it’s estimated the number will go from about five tankers a month to 35.The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016, citing improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue. The decision laid out some specific things Canada and the NEB have to do if they want to get the pipeline approved again.“Obviously this decision was disappointing, but by no means insurmountable,” said Sohi.He said Canada’s plans to restart consultations with Indigenous communities will be announced shortly.A source told The Canadian Press recently the government is looking at hiring a retired federal judge to help oversee those consultations with a view to ensuring they follow court-ordered processes exactly this time.Sohi is also appointing a scientific technical adviser to the NEB review panel to help conduct the oil tanker review.The expansion project is to build a second pipeline, roughly parallel to the existing one that runs between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. It will triple the total capacity, but the new pipeline will only carry diluted bitumen for export to foreign refineries, while the existing one carries a number of products including refined oil.Sohi was speaking from Halifax, where he is hosting G7 energy ministers for meetings today. G7 environment ministers spent time talking about issues like climate change earlier in the week.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Friday the issue of expanding the pipeline was not raised at those meetings. Canada has been heavily criticized by environmental groups for approving the expanded pipeline, which they argue is incompatible with Canada’s promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions and help slow global warming.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the cabinet argue Canada needs to continue to develop its resources even as it makes the slow transition to a clean energy economy.Canada issued cabinet approval for the expanded pipeline in 2016, but political opposition, particularly from the new NDP government in British Columbia that doesn’t want the pipeline, spooked investors from Kinder Morgan Canada enough the company wanted to walk away from the project.In May, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Canada would buy the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion, expand it and then sell it back to a private buyer when the timing was right.With files from Janice Dickson read more

SMMT business visit to USA and Mexico

For more information on becoming a member, click here. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) From Las Vegas, the group will travel to the key automotive centres of Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico. Matchmaking visits will be arranged and tailored for individual companies depending on specific interests. While in Mexico, group members will be supported by SMMT’s bi-lingual event manager, both in planning itineraries and during visits within the market.  If you are interested in joining the international trade visit, please contact Pat Shaw no later than 31 August on pshaw@smmt.co.uk. The trip will kick off in Las Vegas for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, which gathers over 4,000 exhibitors and 100,000 international visitors. The two main attractions are the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo and the SEMA Show, a specialty performance product show. The events offer a unique opportunity to meet automotive buyers and sellers from the entire North American market. Recognising the magnitude of the American and Mexican automotive markets, SMMT is planning a two-country business group visit to the region. Leaving on 2 November, the week long visit will focus on the development of business relationships between Britain and North American countries. SMMT aims to help the British automotive industry successfully conduct business around the world. Whether researching a new market, seeking overseas investment or partnership opportunities, or looking for specific business leads, SMMT can offer advice and practical assistance to all members. read more

Goodman Alumni Network hosting women in business event

The Brock community is invited to Tuesday’s panel event discussing women in business and providing alumni with an opportunity to learn from and interact with a group of dynamic and prolific business leaders.Hosted by the Goodman Alumni Network, a group of engaged alumni from Brock’s Goodman School of Business, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A conversation with women who are leading the way will bring together four successful business leaders who will talk about their careers in business and lessons they learned along the way.The panel is comprised of Martine Irman, Vice Chair, TD Securities and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group; Rhonda Klosler (BBA ’93), CPA, Chief Operating Officer, Collins Barrow LLP; and Deborah Rosati (BAcc ’84), FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Corporate Director and Co-founder of Women Get On Board.Irman is this year’s recipient of the Goodman School of Business Distinguished Leader award. A graduate of Western University, she has also completed The Wharton Business School Advanced Management Executive Program and the Rotman School of Management Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an ICD.D certification. In 2003, her leadership and excellence was recognized by Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and honoured by Women in Capital Markets with an award for leadership in 2013.As Chief Operating Officer of Collins Barrow Toronto and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Klosler oversees the practice’s management, operations and business development initiatives. She is a graduate of the Goodman School of Business and is a CPA, CA, having earned her designation in 1993. That same year, she joined Collins Barrow, and was made a partner in 2001. In 2012, she completed the Harvard Business School Professional Services program.Rosati is an accomplished corporate director and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in technology, consumer and retail, and private equity and venture capital. Rosati is leading and serving Corporate Director and Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee for Sears Canada, Corporate Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for NexJ Systems and is a member of the Department Audit Committee for Correctional Services Canada. She was selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate and recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category.Jennifer Reynolds, President and CEO, Women in Capital Markets, is the keynote speaker and Barry Wright, Interim Dean of the Goodman School of Business, will moderate the panel discussion.The event is taking place Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, 150 King St. W., 16th Floor, in Toronto. $15 tickets (includes two drinks and light refreshments) are available by cash at the door. read more

Thunderstorm halts Ohio State baseball game against Kent State

OSU and Kent State coaches and players shake hands after the cancellation of an April 8 game at Bill Davis Stadium. The game was cancelled after the 4th inning due to weather.Credit: Zoe Chrysochoos / Lantern photographerBolts and bats made an appearance at Bill Davis Stadium as the Ohio State baseball team took on its fourth in-state rival of the season, the Kent State Golden Flashes.However, it was Mother Nature who won the contest after only 4 1/2 innings. The game was delayed at first before being canceled because of an intense amount of lightening that stormed into Columbus on Wednesday night.Before the game was called, Kent State held an 8-4 lead in the first matchup between the in-state rivals since 2009.“This was an intense game before it even started,” coach Greg Beals said. “It’s an in-state rival with a great program and our guys knew it was going to be good game. Both teams came out swinging and attacking the game early.”The Buckeyes and Golden Flashes have not yet decided when or if the game will be rescheduled, but Beals said he was disappointed they didn’t finish. So far this season, the Buckeyes have battled back in the ninth in six games with walk-off hits.“I’m disappointed we didn’t have the chance to come back. Our team has done that before and we were confident that we would come back,” Beals said. “(Kent State) had the momentum early in the game, but I certainly had confidence in our ball club to come back and get back into the game.”The Buckeyes will still be rallying with a five-game winning streak when they return to Bill Davis Stadium for a weekend series against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The first game is set to begin at 6:35 p.m. Friday, with the Saturday game set to start at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale set for 12:05 p.m. read more

Reality TV shows have a duty to care for contestants health secretary

His death is not being treated as suspicious. He earned the nickname “Muggy Mike” after partnering with fellow islander Chris Hughes’s girlfriend Olivia Attwood.Jonny Mitchell, who also starred in the 2017 series, told BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday that many people struggle to return to normal life after appearing on the dating programme.”If you come off one of the biggest shows on TV, you can’t go back to working in Tesco, it would be almost impossible, so it creates a lot of stress and a lot of strain on people,” he said.”I know a lot of people who have come off the show who have suffered with depression.”He added: “To come off a show that’s that big, to be tossed out into the world with no help, no guidance, no anything, it’s a massive shock and then you start thinking, ‘well, I’m famous, but what do I do next?'”How do I move forward? How do I feed this lifestyle? How am I going to do anything that’s going to keep me going?” In June last year, former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon was also found dead at her home in Ponteland, Northumberland.An inquest into the death of the 32-year-old, which was to be held on Thursday, has been postponed to allow her family to consider new information. Reality TV shows owe a duty of care to contestants who have sudden fame thrust upon them , the health secretary has said in the wake of the death of former Love Island star Mike Thalassitis.The 26-year-old, who was thrown into the spotlight following his appearance on the ITV dating show, was found dead in a north London park on Saturday morning.Cabinet minister Matt Hancock said he was “moved” by the news and “very worried” about the mental health support provided to reality TV show stars.Speaking on Monday at The Spectator Health Summit, in central London, Mr Hancock said: “I am very worried about the support for the mental health of contestants on reality TV shows.”The sudden exposure to massive fame, I suppose, can have significant impacts on people and I think that it is a duty on any organisation that is putting people in the position of making them famous overnight, that they should also look after them afterwards.”I think that people need to take responsibility for their duties to people’s well being very seriously.”Thalassitis, who was of Cypriot descent, appeared on the 2017 series of Love Island. Miss Gradon starred in the second series of Love Island in 2016 and was a former Miss Great Britain.A statement from Love Island, read out on BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “Care for our islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show.”We ensure that all of our contributors are able to access psychological support before, during and after appearing on the show.”The programme will always provide ongoing support when needed and where appropriate.”We also discuss at length with all of our islanders before and after the show how their lives might change, and they have access to support and advice to help with this.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Projects sought to explore innovative concepts for cleaner use of US coal

first_imgThe US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity announcement calling on US colleges and universities to propose new projects to enhance the long-term use of coal. This launches the 30th year of DOE’s University Coal Research (UCR) program, its longest-running student-teacher research grant program. Since the program’s inception in 1979, nearly 1,765 students have received hands-on research experience investigating long-term solutions for clean and efficient use of coal. The program supports DOE’s continued commitment to improving the environmental performance of coal. This year, the program will make available $2.4 million to fund projects with a maximum of $300,000 per project. Each project will involve one or two colleges or universities and will extend over 36 months. Research proposals are being sought in three areas of interest:Computational Energy Sciences – Applications are being sought for multiphase flow research to complement ongoing NETL-funded modeling research and for projects to develop process/equipment co-simulations of highly efficient, near-zero-emission fossil energy plantsMaterial Science – Applications are being sought for new materials ideas and concepts that stretch beyond the current state of the art for fossil energy applications. Applications are also sought for the development of computational tools and simulations that will reliably predict properties of materials for fossil energy systems in advance of fabricationNovel Materials for Sensing or Monitoring in Extreme Environments of Fossil Energy Systems – Innovations are sought for the development of novel sensor materials and devices to measure process parameters in the corrosive, high-temperature (>500oC), high-pressure (17 bar) conditions found in fossil energy systems.Proposals are due by June 10, 2008. The National Energy Technology Laboratory, which implements the program for the Energy Department, will name the winning projects in December 2008.last_img read more

Cobalt Global Industry Markets Outlook 2018

first_imgRoskill notes that “prices for cobalt metal hit their highest levels in ten years in H1 2018, reaching over $90,000/t on the LME. Since 2017, a tight market, set against anticipated demand for cobalt in lithium-ion batteries and concerns over long-term access to cobalt resources, has helped prices reach dizzying heights. These longer-term narratives and countless other factors such as instability in the DRC, substantial physical stockpiling as investors seek exposure, and the very public moves from major consumers looking to secure future cobalt supply have all helped to elevate prices in this trader-dominated market.“Cobalt is used in a wide range of applications including batteries, nickel alloys, tool materials, catalysts and magnets. With demand across most major end-use applications set to increase, and with demand from the battery sector expected to enjoy double-digit growth over the coming decade, the market is gearing itself up for a sustained period of unprecedented consumption growth. Roskill’s base-case forecast suggests that demand from the battery sector alone could reach 240,000 t by 2027 (more than double the size of the whole market today).“This will require huge volumes of new mine, intermediate, and refined capacity. While the major refined producers in China all have aggressive expansion plans, Roskill considers that the recent rate of capacity expansion will need to increase if supply is to meet demand through the next decade. Crucially, this refined capacity will need feedstock, and while there should be sufficient amounts to 2021 (if Glencore’s Katanga, ERG’s RTR, and Chemaf’s Mutoshi operations bring units into the market as expected) there is considerable uncertainty thereafter, and much will then depend on expansion projects at existing producers and the successful development on greenfield and brownfield projects. Roskill believes that a combination of further expansions, the restart of some operations on care and maintenance, recycling, supply from non-mine sources in the DRC and new projects will be required if supply is to meet demand.”Importantly for cobalt demand, regulations to implement the new mining code in the DRC (largest world producer) have been signed into law, with no changes made to satisfy requests by large mining companies operating in the country.The regulations retain the windfall tax and the “special tax on excess profits”, despite opposition and proposals for alternative measures from the companies. The new code also retains the ability for the Prime Minister to designate minerals by decree as “strategic substances” potentially subject to a 10% royalty rate. The prime minister’s office has reportedly said that cobalt will be designated a strategic substance with copper and others under consideration.A 12 month subscription to Roskill’s cobalt service includes:•Analysis of the Cobalt report with forecast to 2027•Access to the report online through Roskill Interactive for up to five users•Quarterly updates of the main drivers of the cobalt market•Access to the analysts for discussion around report content.last_img read more

Navan teenager killed in Syria after joining rebels

first_imgA 16-YEAR-OLD boy, whose family moved from Libya to Co Meath in 2001, has been killed in Syria.Shamseddin Gaidan left Navan last summer, travelling to his native Libya for holidays. He failed to return, however.It is now believed that he chose instead to fight on the behalf of rebel forces in Syria.According to The Irish Times, Gaidan joined up with one of his cousins who is also believed to have been killed.A spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs told TheJournal.ie that they had not been contacted as of yet in relation to the death.Late last year, Hudhaifa ElSayed was also killed in Syria, having also left Ireland to join the rebels.Read: Irish citizen who joined rebel forces killed in Syria >last_img

Professional job vacancies are up by 6 so far this year

first_imgPROFESSIONAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES are on the rise in Ireland, with 6% more positions available this year when compared to 2013.Morgan McKinley’s monthly employment monitor charted a 2% increase in the number of jobs in the market last month when compared to May.The monitor also shows that while there has been an increase in the amount of jobseekers competing for these posts, with 9% more people on the hunt for new positions than in the first six months of 2013. Source: Morgan McKinleyKaren O’Flaherty, chief operations officer at the recruitment specialist, said that the figures were abnormal given the time of year.“We would typically expect a slowdown in recruitment activity coming into the summer months so the increase (albeit slight) in the number of professional jobs available on the market in June is undoubtedly a positive indicator for the economy and for job seekers.”She said that the strongest demand for talent is in the pharma, ICT, FMCG and financial services sectors. In addition to these ‘old reliable’ categories, O’Flaherty said that the upturn in the property market has had knock on effects for many other sectors.“The improvement in the property sector, specifically in Dublin, has had positive knock-on effects for numerous roles in many areas such as legal, office support and finance. These are further strong indicators of renewed confidence in permanent hiring.”She said that professionals at the top end of the jobseekers market may be suffering from an embarrassment of riches at the moment, with many in the market finding themselves with at least a couple of job offers.“Equally many more employers are seeking market information and intelligence to benchmark existing remuneration and benefit packages in order to retain and attract the requisite talent.”Read: Here’s how many jobs were saved through examinership in the last three months>Read: There’s three times more jobs in construction than a year ago>last_img read more

Food & Drink: Beat summer heat with frozen treats

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. During this summer of “Fortnite,” my parental job (as Screen Time Police) has become increasingly difficult. However, wandering the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail and then grabbing a frozen at Tropical Sno or Deda’s Fine Baked Goods makes for a pleasant diversion.During the summer, my main job is Screen Time Police — devising clever ways to keep my children separated from their electronic devices. This job has become increasingly difficult during this long summer of “Fortnite.” The typical diversion tactic usually includes some wholesome old-school family activity followed by a bribe (usually something sweet).On a recent walk along the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, I discovered a couple of great places for frozen treats. The closest purveyor of frozen goodies is Tropical Sno, located in a parking lot on Northeast 117th Street, just up the street from the parking lot for Salmon Creek Regional Park and Klineline Pond. Tropical Sno is owned by Claudia Ruffalo, her son, Brian, and his wife, Janae. This is their eighth summer in this spot.Sno cones come in small ($3.85), medium ($4.45) and large ($5.05). The small size is generous enough for any child — little kid to teen. The plastic containers are a bit wobbly, so it’s good to tell kids to hold them tightly with two hands while transporting them to the car or a nearby picnic table.You can choose from popular, nonalcoholic concoctions (strawberry margarita, mai tai, Creamsicle) or design your own flavors (up to three) with optional add-ons (banana cream, coconut cream, gummy worms, vanilla cream and caramel topping) for an extra 50 cents. My daughter chose blue raspberry and cotton candy. She liked the flavors and enjoyed displaying her blue tongue for the rest of the afternoon.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiami, FL, United States, October 4, 2016 –  Bulletin: Tropical Storm Nicole advisory number 1 from NWS National Hurricane Center, Miami, Fl…New tropical storm in the Atlantic…Summary as of 1100 a.m  AST…1500 UTC…Information———————————————–Location…23.8N 60.4WAbout 525 MI…840 km NE of San Juan Puerto RicoMaximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/hPresent movement…NW or 310 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/hMinimum Central Pressure…1005 MB…29.68 inchesWatches and Warnings  –  There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.Discussion and 48-hour outlookAt 1100 a.m AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 23.8 North, longitude 60.4 West.  Nicole is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h) and a turn toward the north-northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.  Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is forecast for the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 MB (29.68 inches).Hazards affecting land  –  None.Next advisory  –  Next complete advisory at 500 p.m AST. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:no threat to land at this time, tropical storm nicole formslast_img read more

ASA Celebrates Successful 2018 Soy Social Auction

first_imgThe fun begins at the annual ASA Soy Social and Auction in Anaheim. The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates all of the supporters who celebrated the annual Soy Social and Auction at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim. The auction theme was Catch the Wave, and it offered a wide variety of items for participants to bid on, including jewelry, electronics, a John Deere Gator, lease hours on a Case IH Steiger Rowtrac 420 and AGCO Gleaner S9 combine and header.“The Soy Social and Auction is one of the most anticipated events at Commodity Classic,” said Willard Jack, ASA Soy Social and Auction committee chair. “We had a wide variety of items for participants this year and we appreciate the support of our sponsors and all those who were involved in making this year’s event a success.”ASA thanks our state associations and corporate donors for the items in the live and silent auctions. ASA would also like to recognize the following 2018 Auction sponsors: REG; Syngenta; Winfield United; Valent and BNSF Railway.All proceeds benefit the SoyPAC, ASA’s political action committee that provides the resources to give appropriate support to legislators who champion soybean farmer priorities that protect and increase the opportunities for soybean growers. Any ASA member may make a contribution to SoyPAC. Please click here for more information!last_img read more

MiamiDade middle school mourns loss of classmate

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Middle school students are mourning, Friday, after a school tragedy.Rescuers responded to Thomas Jefferson Middle School, located at Northwest 147th Street and Sixth Avenue, after getting a call about an unresponsive student, Thursday.Parents have spoken with their own children, helping them cope with this loss of a life. “We talked about it,” said a parent who wished to remain unnamed. “She was a little sad about it. She didn’t like it, and she just was sad about it.”School staff, including a nurse equipped with a defibrillator, gave him CPR until fire rescue arrived.The child was later pronounced dead at the hospital.The cause of the child’s death remains unclear.RELATED: Middle schooler dies after medical emergency at NW Miami-Dade school last_img read more

50 PERSONNEL CHANGES Who Joined Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently received its August personnel report, recapping the changes to the school system’s staff over the summer recess.“Even within the last 24 hours, we’re contending with very last minute resignations. I doubt we’re unique compared to other districts. There’s lot of volatility right now,” noted School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand.Andrea Stern Armstrong, the district’s Director of Human Resources, told Committee members she is working diligently to get all positions filled as soon as possible. Her biggest priority is filling the six open educational assistant positions.In response to a question from School Committee member David Ragsdale, Armstrong believes there’s a variety of reasons why staff members are leaving the district, including salary, career advancement, family, and relocation. She noted many Educational Assistants are currently in school studying to become teachers. Once they graduate, they’ll pursue teacher positions and eventually resign as educational assistants.Below is a recap of changes documented by Armstrong. This information was provided on August 28, 2019, so many of the vacancies are likely now filled.Wilmington Middle School  SPED Inclusion Teacher Jennifer Grandbois was hired to a new position.SPED Strides Program Teacher Hannah Laviolette resigned and was replaced by Lauren Kulakowski.Tech Ed/STEM Teacher Dennis Fitzgerald resigned and was replaced by Charles Ronchetti.SPED Inclusion Teacher Kristine Benning resigned and was replaced by Neil MacDonald.STEM Teacher Kevin Welch was transferred to the Shawsheen to become its 1-year Interim Assistant Principal. Welch was replaced by Edward Kaizer. Welch’s interim principalship ended with the hiring of Alexander Phillips.LPN/Ed Assistant Amanda Madigan resigned and was replaced by Carissa Carrier.SPED Teacher Susan Mann retired and was replaced by Justine Palermo.Reading Specialist Marianne Oshiro retired and was replaced by Kristen Romano.Reading Teacher Kristen Romano became a Reading Specialist at the Middle School. She was replaced by Amy Glavin.Math Strategies Teacher Bethany Lloyd resigned her position, which is still open.Woburn Street Elementary School  Ed Assistant Erin Brugger resigned and was replaced by Kara Pereira.Principal Jeff Strasnick retired and was replaced by Suzanne Sullivan.Admin Assistant Justine Palermo transfered to the Middle School and was replaced by Karen O’Reilly.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Conor Bailey resigned his position, which is still open.Shared Ed Assistant Taylor Perella resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Ryan MacIver resigned his position, which is still open.Assistant Frank Ferriero retired and was replaced by Shelia Burke.Boutwell Early Childhood CenterKindergarten Teacher Sharon Tildsley retired and was replaced by Arlene Poeck.District LevelSchool Psychologist Andrew Paschal resigned and was replaced by Jacqueline Dami.Physical Therapist Eileen Lee retired and was replaced by Kelly Ayers.Kenneth Lord became Director of Technology, which was previously unfilled.SPL Assistant Deryn Blaney resigned his position, which is still open.North Intermediate SchoolReading Specialist Nikki Sutton is taking a leave of absence and was replaced by Jennifer Rizzari.Ed Assistant Nicole McKenna resigned and was replaced by Joanne Vultaggio.Shawsheen Elementary SchoolSPED Teacher Ryan Cunningham resigned and was replaced by Mary Vardner.Ed Assistant for Pathways Eric Lozzi resigned his position, which is still open.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly was transferred and was replaced by Jennifer Sirois.Ed Assistant Joanne Vultaggio was transferred and replaced by Elizabeth Pellegrino.Ed Assistant Susan Pelletier was transferred and her position was not filled.Ed Assistant Mary Moran resigned and was replaced by Ashley Jones.Ed Assistant Meaghan Ashley resigned and was replaced by McKayla Hersom.Assistant Principal Erin Burke resigned and was replaced by Kevin Welch.Student Support ServicesAdmin Assistant Margaret Magee retired and was replaced by Lynn Neville & Kathy Fuller in a reshuffling. Neville and Fuller were replaced by Kristina Barbacano.Leanne Ebert became Coordinator of Special Education, a new position.West Intermediate SchoolGrade 4 Teacher Shelia Burke became Asst. Principal at the Woburn Street and was replaced by Renee Descheme.SPED Teacher Margaret Bolt resigned and her position remains open.School Psychologist Bethany Dionne and was replaced by Meghan St. Denis.Ed Assistant for Stepping Stones Avery Woodbury resigned and was replaced by Adrianna Kippenberger.Wilmington High SchoolStrides ABA Teacher Danielle France resigned and was replaced by Ashely Rokobauer.Athletics Director Tim Alberts resigned and was replaced by Ed Harrison.Physical Education & Health Teacher Lois Nardo retired and was replaced by Savannah Dupeyrat.Guidance Admin Assistant Vanessa French retired and was replaced by Sharon Eldered.Guidance Counselor Timothy McCarthy resigned and was replaced by Ashley LeBlanc.Math Teacher Caitlin Enright resigned and was replaced by Jessica Craft.Athletic Department Admin Assistant Cheryl Tavares resigned and was replaced by Heather Paonessa.Mollie Dickerson became the Guidance CTL. She had been serving in the position on an interim basis.Wildwood Early Childhood Center Ed Assistant Conor Bailey transfered from Wildwood to Woburn StreetEd Assistant Emily Weidlin resigned her position, which is still open.Kindergarten Teacher Marion Valeri retired and was replaced by Isabella Gallant. 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… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”last_img read more

ACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance

first_img Minnesota Cop Awarded $585K Over Unlawful License LookupsResearchers Train Drones to Spot Violent Behavior The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government to gain information on its social media surveillance—specifically the Trump administration’s controversial “extreme vetting” immigration policy.Filed under the Freedom of Information Act, the lawsuit accuses seven federal agencies—including the DoJ, FBI, Homeland Security, and several immigration services—of failing to produce records in response to a 2018 FOIA request.The document, filed in May, seeks information on how the government collects and analyzes posts from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.AdChoices广告“Government surveillance of social media raises serious constitutional and privacy concerns,” according to the ACLU appeal. “Most online speech reflects no wrongdoing whatsoever and is fully protected by the First Amendment.“When government agencies collect or share individuals’ online speech without any connection to investigation of actual criminal conduct,” it continued, “they foster suspicion about individuals and make it more likely that innocent people will be investigated, surveilled, or watchlisted.”In response, the FBI claimed it “can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records responsive to [the ACLU’s] request.”Simply acknowledging its use of social media surveillance would “risk circumvention of the law,” the Bureau said.Except, the domestic intelligence and security service has repeatedly acknowledged—on official government websites—that it contracts with data analytics firms to obtain “the mission critical social media monitoring” and “software that parses and analyzes social media data.”The six other agencies “haven’t produced a single document,” ACLU attorneys Hugh Handeyside and Matt Cagle wrote in a blog post.“Based on what little information is publicly available, it’s clear that the federal government routinely tracks domestic social media users, with a particular focus on immigrants,” the blog said.In May 2017, President Trump announced an “extreme vetting” initiative that includes seeking social media handles for those visa applicants deemed suspect by immigration agents.The State Department followed up with plans to require most of the 14.7 million people who annually apply for work or tourist visas to submit social media identifiers used in the past five years in order to travel or immigrate to the US.“It’s clear from already public information that all of the agencies we’re targeting in our FOIA lawsuit engage in manual and automated surveillance of social media users and their speech, and it’s unacceptable for the government to withhold details about this domestic spying,” Cagle and Handeyside said.“The public needs to know how the government is watching us,” they added. “And we shouldn’t have to think about self-censoring what we say online.”More on Geek.com:Trump Expected to Sign Bill Renewing Internet Surveillance ProgramSecret Service to Pilot Facial Recognition at White HouseNew AI-Powered System Can Identify You By the Way You Walk Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rock band donation helps fund London LGBTQ community centre

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Diane Abbott lends support to London LGBTQ+ Community Centre: ‘We need spaces that aren’t related to drink’Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsBrendon Urie pledges $1m to support LGBTI youthRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/rock-band-donation-boosts-london-lgbtq-centre-fundraiser/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) New community centre will offer range of services to LGBTQ+ members. Photo: Eivind Hansen PhotographyThe fundraiser, which still has days left to run, was given a surprise boost when British rock band, The 1975, made a sizeable contribution to the campaign.‘When a friend of mine sent me the link, I was quite surprised that such a good idea had not yet raised enough to get over the threshold,’ The band’s frontman, Matthew Healy, told The Observer newspaper.‘You might wonder why it is needed, and even ask yourself what exactly is everyone still scared of, but sadly, I think stigma still exists even in London and we still have some way to go.’The generous donation surprised the campaigners behind the project.‘We had about £8,000 in our bank account yesterday. And then today, something magical happened – a generous donor transferred us £16,000.’ The organisers wrote on their Crowdfunder page.Community centre target now raised to £75,000So far, the campaign has raised £60,000. With three days still to go before the fundraiser ends, that figure is set to rise further. Only a week ago the campaign had only raised about half the original £50,000 target. Organisers have now added a stretch target to the campaign, following the boost. London looks set to get its first LGBTQ+ community centre after a crowdfunding campaign to raise £50,000 beat its target.center_img ‘We want to finish this Crowdfunder with £100,000. To get there, we’re going to stretch our target to £75,000’, the group said.Georgia Whitaker, who works for the Green Party, is a volunteer rep on the project. She said that reaching the target so soon showed just how much London needs an LGBTQ+ community centre.‘If we get the stretch target it means that our volunteer team can spend the next few months focussing on the operation and the fit out of the centre to bring this to life.’New centre will be a ‘safe’ space for LGBTQ+ membersCampaigners said they aim to create a ‘safe and secure’ space for LGBTQ+ members. If successful, it will be the first centre of its kind since a similar one was closed in the 1990s.Photo: Eivind Hansen PhotographyNo site has been chosen yet for the London centre. However, a cafe, workspace and events facility, as well as offices, counselling rooms and outdoor space are all envisioned.The group thanked everyone who has donated to the initiative. ‘Every donation, whether £1 or £1,000+, is going to change the lives of LGBTQ+ people today and for generations to come.’Cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Berlin have dedicated community centres to cater for the needs of LGBTQ people of all ages and backgrounds.The campaign to raise funds for the new community centre ends on 13 June.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The 1975’s donation ensured success of fundraiser Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

WestJet pilots union to also represent Swoop pilots says arbitrator

first_img CALGARY — A federal arbitrator has ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly its new ultra-discount carrier Swoop that’s set to launch next week.Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s Air Line Pilots Association, says the decision means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.WestJet and the union will now make a joint application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to amend pilots association’s bargaining certificate to include Swoop flying.The parties also agreed that WestJet and Swoop are common employers.The two sides scheduled mediation/arbitration dates over the summer to address all remaining issues.The threat of a strike by pilots was averted two weeks ago when the airline and union agreed to a settlement process and, if necessary, to use final and binding arbitration.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?WestJet CEO Ed Sims said it recognizes and respects the interim order that WestJet pilots should be able to operate Swoop aircraft.The Air Line Pilots Association is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including about 1,500 WestJet pilots and approximately 500 at WestJet Encore. WestJet pilots union to also represent Swoop pilots, says arbitrator Tags: ALPA, Swoop, Union, WestJet Tuesday, June 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share By: The Canadian Presslast_img read more