first_imgBEIJING—In the unfolding Ebola crisis, much attention has focused on the relief efforts of Western countries and the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders. Out of the limelight, China is mounting one of its largest aid operations ever, driven in part by increasing political and business interests in Africa.Already about 200 medical workers and advisers from China are now stationed in the three West African countries fighting Ebola outbreaks: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. George Gao, deputy director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), runs a mobile testing lab in the capital of Sierra Leone. Reached by phone there in Freetown, Gao says his team performs 40 to 60 blood tests a day. In addition to diagnosing the disease in patients, it’s crucial to test corpses; if a patient has died from Ebola, it’s imperative to refrain from traditional burial practices in West Africa such as washing or touching the deceased or giving a “final kiss,” Gao says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A veteran of successful efforts in recent months to contain the H7N5 and H7N9 strains of avian influenza in China, Gao and his team of about 30 people from China CDC arrived in Freetown in mid-September and will stay until mid-November, when Chinese colleagues rotate in. Also in Sierra Leone, about 30 medical personnel from Beijing’s 302 Military Hospital, which took the lead during the 2003 SARS outbreak in China, is operating a holding center to keep suspected Ebola patients under quarantine. In the next few weeks, another 480 medical personnel from China’s People’s Liberation Army, including staff involved in fighting SARS, will arrive in Liberia to build and staff a 100-bed treatment center. China is also set to deliver to the region 60 ambulances, 100 motorcycles, and other supplies, including pickup trucks and incinerators, within the month.“Ebola has become the common enemy,” Lin Songtian, director-general of the Department of African Affairs, told reporters in Beijing on 31 October. “Our aid to Africa in fighting Ebola has been the most sustained campaign and among the largest financial contribution [for international relief efforts] in our history.” China’s financial assistance for fighting Ebola to date—including grants to the World Health Organization, the U.N. Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund, and other organizations—totals 750 million RMB ($123 million), according to Lin.When asked by a reporter to explain China’s generosity, Lin pointed out that there are now 25,000 Chinese businesses registered in Africa and that China is the continent’s largest trading partner. Moreover, he added, Beijing sees African capitals as political allies. “Over the past half-century, China and Africa have come to work more closely together. Also, we will not forget that our African brothers restored China’s seat on the U.N. Security Council,” a reference to the 1971 vote tally that gave Taiwan’s former position on the council to the People’s Republic.International observers say that Gao and his disease-fighting comrades are in a good position to share China’s hard-won knowledge. “They have come a long way from 10 years ago, when they missed the initial outbreak of SARS, to last year, when Chinese health authorities quickly shared information with the international community about the avian influenza outbreak—their efforts were quite effective,” says Roberto Bruzzone, co-director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole in Hong Kong. “Now, China is even taking a leadership role” in relief efforts. “I think it’s a desire to assume greater global responsibility that’s bringing China at this moment to Africa; it’s also a demonstration of China’s medical and scientific growth.”Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have taken steps to prevent an outbreak back home. Passengers arriving in China from Ebola-affected countries in western Africa are screened for fevers and monitored (though not quarantined) for 21 days, the maximum time from infection to onset of symptoms of Ebola virus disease. Over the last 3 months, health authorities have screened 26,235 arrivals from the three affected countries, identifying 88 people with fevers. But they have not confirmed a single case of Ebola, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. “The risk cannot be ignored,” says Benjamin Cowling, an associate professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health. “It is possible that persons infected with Ebola could arrive in China in the coming weeks and months, and this includes business travelers and tourists as well as returning aid and medical workers.”The greatest risk of infection is to the medical doctors and personnel in West Africa, Bruzzone notes: “That risk increases proportionally with the number of weeks that they will stay there, and how many patients they have seen.” Gao insists he isn’t too worried about himself or his team. “This is a very self-contained virus; it’s not transmitted by aerosols.” If proper protection measures are followed rigorously, he says, it’s “not that dangerous.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

first_img‘75% jobs quota for Haryana youth’: JJP leader Dushyant Chautala sets terms for alliance  Last time, Gopal Kanda was among the seven independent candidates who extended support to the ruling Congress.Mr. Kanda is in the picture again, this time as a Haryana Lokhit Party MLA. Like last time, he has been elected from Sirsa.Mr. Kanda was later made the Home Minister in the then Bhupinder Singh Hooda government. In 2012, he tendered his resignation after he was booked by the Delhi Police in a case of abetment to suicide.Mr. Kanda has expressed support for the BJP this time. It is not immediately clear if he will get a berth in the Haryana Ministry, if the party forms the government with his help.In 2009, the Congress also got the support of five of the six Haryana Janhit Congress MLAs apart from the independents, enabling it to form a stable government.With “Lokhit” in its name, Kanda’s party may have a similar sound. But he is its lone MLA.Haryana witnessed a hung assembly also in 1996 when the Congress won only nine seats and the Haryana Vikas Party, led by former chief minister Bansi Lal, bagged 33.Later, Bansi Lal formed the government with the support of the BJP. The Haryana assembly elections have thrown up striking similarities with the 2009 polls — a hung House and a ruling party falling exactly six seats short of the majority mark.In the 2009 assembly elections, the ruling Congress won 40 seats, the same as the BJP this time.The Indian National Lok Dal, the main opposition party then won 31 seats, the same number the Congress bagged in the just concluded elections.In 2009, the Congress got the support of seven independents.Seven candidates have won as independents, and the BJP hopes to get their backing to form the next government.Also Readlast_img read more

first_imgPerth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger was involved in a controversial dismissal on Sunday even as his team beat the Sydney Sixers in their Big Bash League match at the Optus stadium in Perth.Klinger was given out on the seventh ball of the second over in Perth’s run chase of 178, which they eventually managed to overhaul.It was the second over of the second innings which was bowled by Ben Dwarshuis during which the umpire miscounted the number of deliveries.And as fate would have it, Perth opener Michael Klinger got caught at third man off the last ball of the over, which turned out to be the seventh delivery. But the umpire and match officials failed to notice it and Klinger had to depart after scoring 2 runs off 5 balls.The wicket however, didn’t cost Perth too much as Cameron Bancroft’s unbeaten 87 helped the team chase down 178 in 18.5 overs.Bancroft, who is making a return to domestic cricket after a gap of nine months due to his ball-tampering suspension, played 61 balls and smashed 8 boundaries and a six during his knock. Bancroft had earlier hit a 42-ball 59 to script a six-wicket win for Perth Scorchers in their last match against Melbourne Stars.On Sunday, he was ably supported by captain Ashton Turner who made 60 off 30 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes.The duo shared a 98-run third-wicket partnership to chase down the target with 7 wickets in hand.Earlier, Sydney posted 177 for 5 on the board after being put into bat with significant contributions from captain Moises Henriques (38) and opener Daniel Hughes (36).advertisementMatthew Kelly and Andrew Tye starred with the ball for the hosts as both picked up two wickets each from their four overs while Usman Qadir got a wicket.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit the nets as India prepare for Adelaide ODIlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Hazard may have to leave Chelsea to become the best – Puel Chris Burton 17:16 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Transfers Real Madrid Chelsea Primera División Premier League Eden Hazard The Belgium international has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and a coach who worked with him at Lille admits he is destined for the top Eden Hazard is a “top player” but may have to leave Chelsea for one of the “great teams in Europe” to become the best, says Claude Puel.The Belgium international is widely considered to be one of the finest talents in world football, but he currently occupies a standing just below the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Ballon d’Or success has been mooted for the 27-year-old at some stage, but so too has a big-money move away from Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hazard has remained coy regarding his future plans, with hints at contract extensions dropped amid intense talk of an imminent switch to La Liga giants Real Madrid.Puel, who worked with the talented playmaker during his time at Lille, feels it may be only a matter of time before such a move is made, with the Leicester boss telling reporters: “He can continue to make progress.“After, I don’t know if he has to stay at Chelsea or not – is that a problem?Eden Hazard Chelsea Arsenal 03012018“He has all the qualities to play for all the great teams in Europe.“He can make the difference, so for me he is a top player in Europe.”While a move may be part of Hazard’s future, his present is a Premier League meeting with Puel and Leicester on Saturday.Stopping an in-form performer will be no easy task for the Foxes, with their manager well aware of the size of the challenge he faces.He added on the difficulties faced in trying to contain Hazard: “It’s not possible to mark him because he cannot play just in the same position.“He is free in the system – he can play on the left, the right, as a striker, or just near a striker where he comes back to take the ball.“The team is built around Eden because he is a valuable player and their most important player.”last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk NottinghamJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 21:55 IST Sarfaraz Ahmed was out for 8 in Pakistan’s 7-wicket defeat to West Indies in their World Cup opener on Friday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed has been facing the ire of Pakistan cricket fraternityPakistan are on a 11-match losing streak. They lost their World Cup opener to West IndiesHe’s the first captain I’ve seen who is so unfit: Shoaib AkhtarFormer Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar blasted Sarfaraz Ahmed, calling him “fat and unfit” after the team’s crushing 7-wicket defeat to the West Indies in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener in Nottingham on Friday.Shoaib Akhtar did not hold back as he launched into Sarfaraz Ahmed, saying he’s never seen a captain as unfit as the latter. Akhtar also added he was able to see Sarfaraz’s stomach sticking out when the Pakistan captain walked out for the toss at Trent Bridge during their World Cup 2019 opener.Sarfaraz Ahmed has been under the pump as Pakistan have been winless in their last 11 ODIs. On Friday, the 1992 champions got off to a horror start as they were bundled out for 105 in just 21.4 over. Chris Gayle went berserk as West Indies gunned down the total in just 13.4 overs.Pakistan had left out senior campaigner Shoaib Malik and his absence was felt as they collapsed without anyone offering resistance. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men were undone by a barrage of bouncers.Speaking after Pakistan’s embarrassing loss, Shoaib Akhtar said: “When Sarfaraz Ahmed came for the toss, his stomach was sticking out and his face was so fat. He’s the first captain I’ve seen who is so unfit. He’s not able to move across and he’s struggling with wicket-keeping.Akhtar added: “What to say about today’s [Friday] match. Disappointed, angry. Pakistan has played cowardly today, let’s put it this way. I don’t think they’re interested, united. It’s disappointing and very disappointing.”But it’s only Pakistan’s first match. We have to back them.”advertisementAkhtar also lashed out at Pakistan’s team selection and apparent lack of intent from the team in their World Cup opener: “I am not able to understand the team selection as well. They kept Shoaib Malik out. I think Pakistan needs to focus. Please look interested. I am very disheartened. At least look interested.”Earlier on Friday, former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja had lashed out at the team and urged them to wake up and smell the coffee after the horror batting show in Nottingham. “I think it was the bouncer barrage that did them in. Not prepared at all how to deal with that length. And frankly, it became very embarrassing in the end. I think Pakistan have got to wake up, smell the coffee and go back to the drawing board. I think this is the length that they have to deal with [in the World Cup]. Everybody would have seen this batting performance. So the other teams would be gearing up to bowl this length against Pakistan,” Ramiz Raja told the broadcasters.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Why perennial slow-starters Pakistan should not lose heartAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed unfazed after Pakistan crash to humiliating defeatAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow Pakistan vs West IndiesFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Pakistan cricket team World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar slams ‘fat and unfit’ Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan’s embarrassing defeatICC Cricket World Cup: Mercurial pacer Shoaib Akhtar ripped into Sarfaraz Ahmed, saying the Pakistan captain is the first skipper he’s seen who is “so unfit”.. Pakistan were bundled out for 105 in their opener vs West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMohammedia- Moroccan Refining Industry Company “SAMIR” announced on Thursday the signing, with several international banks and oil companies, of a $ 200 million funding contract, covering a period of two years with favorable conditions. The contract was signed with Standard Chartered, Dubai Bank, with the support of BP Oil International London, said SAMIR in a statement, adding that the amount of the transaction was transferred to the accounts of the company on January 7.The statement said that under the short and medium term re-engineering of SAMIR’s finances, the company began, in the second half of 2013, negotiations with several banks and international oil companies to raise 500 million dollars, which will be implemented over several installments. The move aims to improve the cash flow of the company to ensure the supply of raw materials, accelerate repayments of domestic borrowing, and also sign export contracts with international oil companies in a context marked by tough competition.last_img read more

13 May 2008Ongoing military activities by Darfur’s rebel groups as well as reprisal actions by the Sudanese Government and its allied militia are costing lives and limiting humanitarian operations in the strife-torn region, the United Nations Secretary-General says today. In his monthly report to the Security Council on the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, Ban Ki-moon says he is “deeply disappointed that the parties continue to resort to violence and thus perpetuate the conflict in Darfur” that has raged since 2003. He adds that he is “extremely concerned about the security situation in the Chad-Sudan border area,” and calls on Khartoum and N’Djamena to implement, without delay, the agreement on relations between the countries signed in March, and to restore order in the border area. In Darfur, he writes that the violence is severely constraining efforts to move toward a negotiated settlement and is also “presenting a fundamental challenge to UNAMID, which is not a peacekeeping force designed to deploy or function in a war zone.” He adds that the mission’s freedom of movement has been restricted, a violation of the status-of-forces agreement with the Government. Mr. Ban states that UNAMID, which replaced an AU-only mission at the start of the year, “cannot be a substitute for political engagement. Progress on the political track is essential if peace and security are to be restored to Darfur.” So far this year, Mr. Ban reports, more than 100,000 civilians have been forced to flee from their homes, many of them not for the first time. In total, more than 2.5 million Darfurians have had to flee their homes in the past five years. He also says that UNAMID is hampered by significant logistical challenges and insecurity, including banditry along the convoy routes. Movement of equipment by road from Port Sudan to Darfur, some 1,400 miles, currently takes an average of seven weeks. The Secretary-General also repeats his appeal for helicopters and an aerial reconnaissance unit, as well as increased transport capacity for the mission. read more

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from July 30 to Aug. 2.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defenceMostafa Zeidan, a candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present his Master of Science thesis defence by video conference on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. in MCH 313.His thesis is titled Testosterone’s regulation of the HPA axis differs for adolescent and adult male rats.His examination committee members are Kirill Samokhin, Chair; Ashley Monks, External Examiner (University of Toronto); Cheryl McCormick, Supervisor; and Gaynor Spencer and Glenn Tattersall, Committee Members.

first_imgA federal judge legalized same-sex marriage in Alaska on Sunday. Governor Sean Parnell said in a press release he will appeal the ruling in order to “defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution.”Judge Timothy Burgess found that the same-sex marriage ban was a violation of both due process and equal protection under the 14th amendment. He ordered the state to immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize legal marriages from other states.Same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho were overturned last week by the Ninth Circuit Court, which oversees Alaska. The Supreme Court declined to hear appeals for other rulings legalizing same-sex marriage.The Division of Public Health says they will not waive the three-day waiting people for getting a marriage license, however they will start accepting applications from same-sex couples immediately.Same-sex marriage is now legal in a majority of the country.last_img read more

first_imgA substitute village police officer from the dry village of Selawik is in jail in Nome awaiting trial. Brent Norton is charged with supplying alcohol to a minor and raping her while she was unconscious. The 16-year-old girl was found dead hours later.Download AudioOne month earlier Norton received an award at AFN for his dedication to public safety. His case brings up important questions about how VPOs are vetted in villages throughout the state.Brent Norton, a substitute village police officer from Selawik was presented with a President’s Award at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage this October.Norton was recognized for his response to a shooting in Selawik this summer. At that time, he had less than six months of experience, but was first on the scene. While a victim died from gunshot wounds, Norton risked being shot at to retrieve the body.“The Glen Godfrey Law Enforcement Award is given to Alaska Native law enforcement officer who has shown outstanding dedication to the safety of the public in Alaska,” says an announcer at AFN. “The Glen Godfrey Law Enforcement Award Putumiu Brent James Norton from Selawik.”One month later, 29-year-old Norton allegedly supplied a 16-year-old girl with alcohol and later had sex with her while she was unconscious.According to an article published by the Arctic Sounder, the Selawik Clinic received a call from Norton just before 1 a.m. on Nov. 18.  Norton described the girl as cold and not breathing. Emergency responders spent twenty minutes trying to resuscitate her before she was declared dead.But Norton’s record was far from clean prior to this year.In 2006 he was arrested and pleaded guilty for transporting alcohol to a dry village. He was arrested for the same charge again in 2012. In June of this year he was charged with giving alcohol to a 13-year-old girl.So how did a man with a record for importing and supplying alcohol to minors get hired as a substitute VPO in the dry village of Selawik? Chris Hatch, program coordinator for Village Public Safety Officers in the Northwest Arctic Borough explains.“According to Alaska statutes, only a village can hire a village police officer. They’re the only ones who can hire a VPO.”To be clear a VPSO, which is what Hatch oversees, is different in many ways from a VPO. A VPSO goes through extensive training and vetting compared to what a VPO is put through. But, there are some safeguards in place.According to the statutes Hatch mentioned, a person with misdemeanor convictions in the last 10 years will be “judged on his or her moral character, at the council’s discretion.” A person convicted of a felony in the last 10 years is ineligible. The incident in February of this year, in which Norton supplied alcohol to a minor was a Class C Felony. But he was a substitute VPO, so under ever less scrutiny.“So what happens in a lot of communities, is they hire a VPO and then they’ll hire someone to fill in,” Hatch explains. “So you have a guy who works 20-30 hours a week, but when he leaves for some reason they have someone to fill in for him. In this case, they’re calling him a substitute VPO.”While VPOs must pass a background check, the hiring of substitutes is at the discretion of the village. The city of Selawik had no comment for this story. Neither did AFN regarding Norton’s award.According to his introduction at this year’s AFN conference, Norton’s reputation outshone his record….“Residents describe him as dedicated to helping and he is known for his courteousness and kindness. He is an example of responsibility, courage, and respect.”Norton’s involvement in the death of Selawik teen will add another felony to his record if he’s convicted. He’s being held at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, with bail set at $50,000.last_img read more

first_img“All energy will be consumed by operations of Egan Center,” said Stephen Trimble, CEO of Arctic Solar Ventures, whose crew installed the panels on the rooftop of the Egan Center. “If there’s a day where there’s excess capacity then it would go back out into the utility grid [ML & P] as well.” (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media) The Municipality of Anchorage unveiled its first — and the state’s largest — rooftop solar project on Wednesday, July 10 at the Egan Convention Center located downtown. The project consists of 216 solar panels that are expected to power up to 9% of the center’s electricity needs for the year. He’s the CEO of Arctic Solar Ventures, the company that installed the panels. The project cost about $200,000 from a pool of money set aside for capital improvements from the Convention Center Room Tax Fund. “This is a sign that we can develop new industry in Anchorage and across Alaska,” Berkowitz said, “we can do it in ways that are fiscally responsible and in ways that help satisfy our responsibility in terms of addressing climate change.” The project is a follow-through on some of the city’s priorities from its Climate Action Plan adopted by the Anchorage Assembly in May. Among those present for the unveiling was Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. “Solar really does amazing things for reducing building operating costs so we think there’s a lot more application for this in the city,” Trimble said, commenting that relying on solar energy for 9% of its electricity needs is a relatively large amount for a building this size. Trimble contracted a crew of 8 Alaskans to install the panels over a period of four nights. He says the industry is expanding. The mayor added that the solar project — and similar ones — are expected to help extend the life of the gas fields that fuel most of Anchorage at this point. The city next plans to install solar panels on Fire Station 10 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill building. “People just need to know that it works and they need to know that it works well. And they need to know what good solar looks like when it’s done right.” It’s expected to save between $20,000 – $25,000 in today’s utility dollars per year, according to Stephen Trimble. He says this is an example of the city trying something new that could add clean energy jobs. last_img read more

first_imgSpiceJet’s former promoter Ajay Singh, who is leading a consortium of American private equity (PE) firms, is likely to submit a revival plan for the airline to the government on Friday.With Christmas and New Year being the traditional holiday period in the US, sources are expecting to see the deal to take shape in the next six weeks. ReutersThe consortium comprising Indigo Partners, Texas Pacific Group and JP Morgan is backing Singh’s bid to take over the airline from the Maran-led Sun Group.The last week saw increased activity to get the cash-strapped airline back on track, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquiring on the airline’s status and Singh meeting civil aviation ministry officials.SpiceJet is operating only two-thirds of the flights it operated in July – 345 flights a day. The airline had been forced to return 20 out of its 37 Boeing 737 fleet.The week saw SpiceJet being allowed to accept bookings in excess of 30 days, which has improved its cash flow by about ₹9-10 crore per day. The airline has also raised ₹200 crore from investors.The airline needs to secure at least ₹1,400 crore to continue flying. The civil aviation ministry is keen to see Ajay Singh bring in capital and take over the operations, reports Business Standard.SpiceJet’s creditors include oil marketing companies, airports regulator Airports Authority of India, tax authorities and lenders.Reports of the planned revival lifted SpiceJet shares on Friday morning on the stock exchanges. The stock hit a high of ₹19.50 on the BSE, up 8% from its previous close.last_img read more

first_img Share In a major escalation of the president’s “America First” trade policy, the Trump administration is preparing to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. The goal is to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China by $50 billion. President Trump is also calling for new limits on Chinese investment in U.S. technology, in an effort to protect what the administration calls America’s “economic seed corn.”The tariffs are a response to longstanding complaints that China unfairly requires U.S. companies to share their technology as a cost of doing business in that country. The administration is also concerned that China is strategically acquiring innovative technologies through investments in the United States.“Our view is that we have a very serious problem of losing our intellectual property, which is really the biggest single advantage of the American economy in my opinion,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said this week.Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump is announcing new tariffs against China on Thursday.Aides described the $50 billion figure as a conservative estimate of what forced technology transfer and other moves by China cost the U.S. economy. The president suggested the total value of the tariffs could go as high as $60 billion.Trump signed a presidential memorandum Thursday directing his trade representative to draw up a long list of Chinese products to which the tariffs would be applied. The list will be made public in 15 days, and the tariffs would take effect after a period of public comment.Business leaders acknowledge that China’s treatment of intellectual property is a problem, but they warn that tariffs could backfire. Dozens of trade groups sent a letterto the president on Sunday urging Trump to pursue a different course.“The imposition of sweeping tariffs would trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the U.S. economy, provoking retaliation; stifling U.S. agriculture, goods and services exports; and raising costs for businesses and consumers,” said the letter, signed by leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and other groups.The stock market dropped sharply in anticipation of possible fallout from the trade moves.Lighthizer acknowledged those concerns during testimony this week before the House Ways and Means Committee.“Nobody wins from a trade war,” he said. “We certainly don’t want a trade war. On the other hand, you have to ask yourself, can we go on with a $800 — and growing — billion trade deficit. There’s only a handful of countries in the whole world that have a GDP the size of that. So we have to do something.”The United States had a $337 billion trade deficit with China last year, 9 percent larger than the year before. When Trump talks about the trade gap, he often excludes services, where the U.S. has a surplus. The U.S. trade deficit with China in goods alone was $375 billion last year, an 8 percent increase from 2016.The proposed tariffs on imports from China follow the administration’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Those tariffs, which take effect on Friday, have already been watered down. Lighthizer said that in addition to Canada and Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea and the European Union will be exempted from the steel and aluminum tariffs, at least temporarily.Administration officials defended the crackdown on China, saying years of dialogue during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations had not produced the desired change. Dialogue continued during the opening months of the Trump administration, but the president has now decided tougher action is required.The move could complicate Trump’s effort to cultivate China’s help in addressing North Korea’s nuclear program.Critics also warned that unilateral action by the United States squanders an opportunity to put international pressure on China for practices that are widely criticized by other countries.“America first does not mean America alone,” said Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis. “By isolating us and by demonizing many of our friends and allies with a broad scope of retaliatory action, I think makes our trade agenda that much more complicated.”But White House trade adviser Peter Navarro defended the president’s move.“This is a historic event,” Navarro told reporters Thursday. “President Trump should be applauded for his courage and vision on this.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

first_imgFormer baseball student-athletes Cody Ege and Blake Tiberi each returned to Louisville to finish their degrees. Both were part of the Cardinal Degree Completion program that was established to assist returning student-athletes that exhausted their athletic scholarship eligibility with the costs of full or part-time tuition and books association with completing their degree. Nine other current student-athletes received their diplomas: baseball’s Adam Wolf, field hockey’s Maria Gomez, rowing’s Claire Bahain, men’s soccer’s Tate Schmitt, women’s swimming and diving’s Sophie Cattermole, women’s tennis’ Aleksandra Mally, men’s track and field’s Spencer Harris and volleyball’s Wilma Rivera and Molly Sauer. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A total of 51 former or current University of Louisville student-athletes, spirit group members and support staff earned their degrees at the 2018 fall commencement. Ten football student-athletes from the 2018 team received their diplomas on Friday. Clay Bolin, Micky Crum, Jack Duane, Jon Greenard, Mason King, Gary McCrae, G.G. Robinson, Jaylen Smith, Trey Smith and Kenny Thomas all completed their degrees this fall. “The commencement ceremony on Friday is the culmination of so much work invested by our student-athletes,” said Vince Tyra, Vice President/Director of Athletics. “While so many have had success in sports competition here at UofL, they have achieved in their academic pursuits as well with the crowning accomplishment of earning their degree. We salute each of our fall graduates and also thank the academic services staff that has helped them achieve their goals.” Story Links Spirit Groups and Support StaffJoshua Bradley AllenGarrett Lewis BiddleNicholas BlackwellNatalie Renee BroadusAnthony Edward CampisanoTrevor Alexander CarrollWilliam Rocco CelebrezzeEmma Gwynn CrushBrenda Kalynn HackettBrandon Keith LamkinStephanie Katharine McNamaraMeagan MoutouxSteve Anthony OrndorffDominic M. ParksGregory William RiceCarmen A. RollizoJennifer Ann WittickKayla Monique WhitfieldAmanda Wilson Print Friendly Version UofL student-athletes combined for a record 88 percent graduation rate in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report, which was developed 14 years ago to account for transfers into the university that graduate and those who leave in good academic standing. Current/Former Student-AthletesClaire Bahain – RowingClay Bolin – FootballSophie Cattermole – Women’s Swimming & DivingCarlos Claverie – Men’s Swimming & DivingShelby Cohen – Women’s SoccerMicky Crum – FootballJack Duane – FootballCody Ege – BaseballMaria Gomez – Field HockeyJon Greenard – FootballSpencer Harris – Men’s Track & FieldHope Herline – Women’s LacrosseMariana Humberg – Women’s TennisMason King – FootballCiro Lampasas – Men’s TennisAshley LeClair – Women’s Swimming & DivingAleksandra Mally – Women’s TennisMolly Marshall – Women’s LacrosseGary McCrae – FootballAlison Price – Women’s SoccerMarah Pugh – Women’s Swimming & DivingJaven Reeves – Men’s Track & FieldWilma Rivera – VolleyballG.G. Robinson – FootballMolly Sauer – VolleyballTate Schmitt – Men’s SoccerJaylen Smith – FootballTrey Smith – FootballAshley Szydlowski – SoftballKenny Thomas – FootballBlake Tiberi – BaseballAdam Wolf – Baseballlast_img read more

first_img Friday, May 5, 2017 Share Save today with Sunquest’s Mexico sale Tags: Mexico, Promotions, Sunquest Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — The Sunquest Cinco de Mayo Fiesta promotion, valid for bookings today (May 5) for travel May 6 – Oct. 31, applies to five-night stays in Mexico.Agents booking these vacations will earn 5x Loyalty Points through the Loyalty Rewards program.Discounts are applicable to both online and call-in bookings.More than 1.78 million Canadians visited Mexico in 2016. Destinations featured in the sale include Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Huatulco and Ixtapa. Travelweek Group last_img

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories The change has been hailed as a victory for democracy in Chile, increasing the pool of potential voters from 8 million to 13 million.But with the system automatically sweeping up every adult citizen listed in the civil registry, mistakes were bound to happen. And now, electoral officials say the only way they can legally remove someone from the database is with an official death certificate.Although the disappeared are considered by law to be alive unless proven otherwise in court, some of their relatives say including them among the nation’s voters amounts to a cruel joke.“My dad has the right to vote? What are they talking about? I don’t even know where he is,” Lorena Pizarro said about Walter Ulises, a mining technician and Communist Party member who disappeared in Santiago in December 1976.“The forced disappearances didn’t respect victims or their families, so the state should put in place measures so we’re not forced to face this situation,” said Pizarro, who leads an organization of relatives of the disappeared.The Chilean government officially estimates that 3,095 people were killed by the Pinochet government. About 1,200 of these are considered disappeared. Carlos Lorca Tobar, a psychiatrist and dissident detained in 1975, is one of them. Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Walter Ulises Pizarro Molina is registered to vote in Chile’s presidential elections next year, although he disappeared after being arrested 35 years ago during the country’s dictatorship.Pizarro Molina and more than 1,000 other Chilean dissidents who disappeared during the 1973-90 regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet are now registered to vote _ an anomaly of Chile’s new automatic registration system that took effect this year, eliminating the need for people over 18 to register in person. The database shows that Lorca Tobar, a close friend of former President Michelle Bachelet, who was also detained during the dictatorship, is registered to cast his vote in this year’s municipal elections in the affluent Santiago neighborhood of Providencia.“We have to include them because we are obliged by law to do so,” Elizabeth Cabrera, deputy director of the voting registry told The Associated Press. “It’s a deplorable situation what the families are going through, but the registry simply doesn’t have the power to decide who it includes or leaves out.”Relatives of the disappeared say it’s just one more example of government failures to meet their demands for truth and justice.About 700 military officials face court trials for the forced disappearance of dissidents and about 70 have been jailed under crimes against humanity. Only a very few have provided information leading to the whereabouts of people kidnapped and killed by the regime.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

first_imgAfter 7 years with P&O Cruises, ‘Australia’s favourite cruise ship’ the Pacific Sun will see her last sailing on 01 July next year before moving on.Carrying 1900 passengers, the Pacific Sun’s departure is a part of Carnival Australia’s natural progression in a multi-brand strategy, introducing more ships to one of the world’s fastest growing cruise markets.While she will continue to operate cruises for the Australian and New Zealand market in the meantime, the Pacific Sun departs Brisbane on 01 July 2012 for her last cruise, a seven night voyage to the Pacific Islands.The growth in Carnival Australia’s local fleet has played a strong role in the popularity of cruising down under, from just two ships to six superliners including P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl and Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess. Carnival Australia will welcome the Carnival Spirit in October next year, an 88,500 tone ship that will sail full time from Sydney. Travellers affected by the Pacific Sun’s departure are urged to contact their booking agent, as P&O Cruises are assisting passengers with rebooking on equivalent or near equivalent cruises on other P&O Cruises’ ships, offering a choice of alternative cruises on other ships in the P&O Cruises’ fleet where a near equivalent match is not possible and providing a full refund to passengers for whom no alternative cruise choice is suitable. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

first_img by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2019 12:10 am PDT Court TV pounds gavel again as all-trial channel is reborn In this Thursday, May 2, 2019, photo, a camera operator works on the set of the Court TV anchor desk, in Atlanta. The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, amid a true-crime craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Court TV is ending its long recess.The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade Wednesday amid a crime-story craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life.“The timing could not be better,” said John Alleva, a lawyer and producer on the former Court TV who now is its vice-president and managing editor. “The interest in true crime and this type of programming has reached a fever pitch. We’re in a perfect situation.”The new Court TV, available over the air and on some cable providers depending on the market, will look a lot like the old. The new owners bought Court TV’s name, logo and library, and will revive its practice of airing trials virtually in their entirety for much of the day while talking about trials and all things legal for the rest of the day.“We’re not jumping in for a minute here, 20 minutes there,” said Scott Tufts, a veteran producer who long co-ordinated trial coverage for CNN and now joins Alleva as a vice-president and managing editor for Court TV. “These are compelling stories of human events that will attract a large, and we believe dedicated audience.”And one of its former stars, Vinnie Politan, will be the face of the new channel as its primetime anchor.Like many involved with Court TV, the 54-year-old Politan was a lawyer before he was a journalist, and lives to combine the two specialties, something that the dismantling of the old channel left him unable to do.“I should play you back some of the recordings of my therapy sessions as I tried to recover from it,” Politan said with a laugh. “This is the job I want to do. This is the only job I want to do. So for me, this is like being reborn.”Politan talked to The Associated Press by phone from the Court TV studios in Atlanta. He’s spent the last several years there working for the local NBC affiliate, his love of the law limited to segments that lasted little over a minute.Now, as host of “Closing Arguments” from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern, he can go long.“It’s the deep dive,” Politan said. “To be able to get into a story, to follow a story from beginning to end, to own the story is absolutely amazing.”The original Court TV was launched by a conglomerate of owners in 1991. Its popularity rose during the 1994 Menendez brothers’ trial and soared during its airing of the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial.Time Warner bought it in 2006, and in 2008 rebranded it as truTV, with an emphasis on reality shows aimed at a younger audience. Its court coverage slowly phased into oblivion.The most devoted of Court TV’s employees, including Alleva and Politan, had always wanted it back.The intervening years have seen a popularity surge in podcasts like “Serial,” TV trial reenactments such as “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and a slew of Netflix crime documentaries including “Making a Murderer.” Katz Networks, a division of the E.W. Scripps Company, which has a long history in journalism, is taking a shot that the public’s interest will take hold for Court TV once again.The revived channel’s online component will include a livestream of its telecasts, access to its library of older trials, and the ability to quickly catch up with an ongoing trial.Court TV will seek to lead the national conversation on high-profile cases. Producers plan to go all-in on the forthcoming Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial, set to start in New York in September.But smaller cases in far-flung places will be just as essential to its programming.The channel’s first live coverage inside a courtroom will be the Covington, Georgia, trial of parents charged with the murder of their newborn baby after they had reported him missing in 2017.“The smaller trials are what really drives Court TV,” Alleva said. “The majority of the trials are going to take place in small places across America.”Of course, to provide such coverage, judges will need to allow cameras in court in the first place — a fight that for Court TV is both essential to its business model and a matter of principle.“There should be a camera in every courtroom,” Politan said. “These are public courtrooms, it’s our government, no judge or lawyer owns the court.”The channel has joined media outlets including the AP in the legal fight for access to the Weinstein trial.Seema Iyer, a former New York City prosecutor with an expertise in forensics who has worked as a legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC, will anchor the channel’s daily 3 to 6 p.m. Eastern timeslot.She said she leapt at the Court TV job for the rare chance it offers her to use her skills to talk to, and help create, viewers as smart and obsessed as the anchors.“They’ll fact check us,” Iyer told the AP on a joint phone call with Politan. “We can’t make mistakes.”She said audiences that knew virtually nothing about DNA during the O.J. Simpson trial in 2019 now have sophisticated knowledge of the science of crime.At the same time, she said, “CSI” and scores of similar shows have forced prosecutors and journalists alike to “reduce expectations that people have for that sexy type of evidence, because it’s not always there.”“The good thing is, if there is all that sexy evidence, we have a lot of fun,” Iyer said. “The challenge for us, as anchors, is when the evidence is a little drawn out, it gets boring, that’s when we really have to ratchet up the energy, and the entertainment value.“Objection!” Politan shouted, interrupting Iyer. “Court TV is never boring.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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