12 February 2007The United Nations envoy in Nepal today warmly welcomed planned talks between the Government, the country’s indigenous peoples and the southern Nepalese who live in the dispute-wracked Terai region, but he also expressed deep concern at reports of recent attacks against political parties in the west of the country. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Ian Martin, who heads the UN Political Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), also reiterated the importance of all Nepalese society being involved in this year’s planned elections, as the Himalayan country seeks to build on last year’s historic peace deal with the Maoists aimed at ending 10 years of civil war.“I am pleased to begin today by welcoming the dialogue that is to take place between the Government team and representatives not only of Madhesi organizations but also of Janajatis,” he said in a press statement, referring respectively to the southern Nepalese or Madhesis and the country’s indigenous people.“The United Nations has stressed the importance of all groups, including women and Dalits (low-cast Hindus) as well as Madhesis and Janajatis, feeling that they will be adequately represented in the historic decisions to be made about the future of Nepal through the Constituent Assembly,” he said, calling on all concerned to promote these legitimate demands through peaceful dialogue.Mr. Martin said that despite the recent disturbances in the Terai, UNMIN remained focused on its core task of managing the arms belonging to the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and the Government, as stipulated in last November’s peace deal between the two sides. In particular, he said he was satisfied with the monitoring of weapons at Kailali and Surkhet in the west, although there was still work to do.“During this week we will test the installation of 24-hour closed-circuit television surveillance,” he noted. “An urgent issue is the safe disposal or storage of improvised explosive devices – mostly socket bombs – as well as the dismantling of Nepal Army minefields, and we now have two UN experts advising us and beginning discussions with the parties about how to proceed.”Mr. Martin said he expected the number of UN monitors to climb to 66 by the end of this week from the current 48, adding that more equipment would also be arriving soon. He stressed that the UN wanted to see a peaceful, inclusive election, and expressed concern at reports of some voter rolls being seized and of attacks on two political parties in western Nepal.“The United Nations can only regard an electoral process as credible if people of all opinions are able to organize and campaign free of violence or intimidation,” he said. “I am therefore extremely concerned at reports of attacks on two political parties seeking to exercise their rights in Lamjung and Tanahun Districts, respectively, on Saturday.”The envoy said UNMIN and OHCHR (the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) will be closely monitoring the extent to which all parties respect the rights of others. At the same time, he called on them “to agree on an effective independent national monitoring body with which we can work.”The Security Council established UNMIN last month, giving it a 12-month mandate that can be terminated or extended depending on a request from the Government. So far the initial team of monitors have been registering and storing weapons of the former combatants, and have been supported by an Interim Task Force – composed of Nepali ex-servicemen from the Indian and British armies – pending full deployment of the UN mission. read more

Voicing concern over continued press freedom repression in Pakistan, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today reiterated his call to President Pervez Musharraf to lift media restrictions.“Curtailing the basic human rights of freedom of expression and preventing media professionals from carrying out their duties is not going to contribute to internal peace and development,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO. “I therefore ask President Pervez Musharraf to lift restrictions on the freedom of the media in the country.” Noting that 180 journalists have been arrested for demonstrating against censorship, he added that “the fight against terrorism must contribute to the defence of democracy, not to its erosion.” The arrests reportedly took place during a nationwide protest organized by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. Many protestors were injured during the demonstrations, according to the International Federation of Journalists. 26 November 2007Voicing concern over continued press freedom repression in Pakistan, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today reiterated his call to President Pervez Musharraf to lift media restrictions. read more

HALIFAX — Less than five months after scooping up the Peanuts gang of children’s cartoon characters in a blockbuster US$345-million deal, the decision this week by DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX.B) to consider putting itself on the auction block has some speculating the Halifax-based children’s entertainment company may have taken on too much debt.The surprise decision to launch a review of strategic alternatives came Monday. On Tuesday, the chairman of DHX’s strategic review committee, Donald Wright, distanced the Peanuts acquisition from the review.“Whenever you purchase something as large as Peanuts it takes a lot of management time and effort to integrate it,” said Wright, president and CEO of The Winnington Capital Group.“We’re pleased with where we are on the Peanuts integration. We took on some debt but we also have a plan and we’re committed to lowering the leverage ratio over the next couple of years substantially.”Wright said it’s not unusual for a company like DHX to look at strategic alternatives from time to time, especially in light of the company’s recent drop in revenue and stock value.DHX posted disappointing financial results last week for fiscal 2017. In the fourth quarter, the company recorded a year-over-year decrease in revenue of more than 15 per cent. The company’s stock price took a hit following the lacklustre results, which included transactional charges related to the Peanuts deal.“I think it’s fair to say the board looks at the value of our businesses and assets and thinks they’re worth a lot more than the stock price indicates,” Wright said.David McFadgen, an analyst with Cormark Securities, said the company took on too much debt in acquiring its most recent gang of characters.“Their financial leverage is very high,” he said, noting that the fourth-quarter results were “quite a bit below expectations.”As the world’s largest independent owner of children’s content, DHX has positioned itself as a global player with many potential suitors. The company’s impressive library of brands includes Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and Degrassi.As for possible buyers, McFadgen said a Canadian suitor is more likely to buy the entire company because a foreign buyer like Netflix would not be able to take advantage of certain tax credits and government incentives.However, Adam Shine of National Bank Financial says a large U.S. media company could acquire DHX’s library while avoiding its broadcasting assets, given foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian broadcasters.“We don’t rule out Canadian buyers of DHX, but these are not obvious and leverage is high,” Shine said in an analyst’s note.An analyst’s note issued by Drew McReynolds with RBC Dominion Securities said the launch of the review was a surprise.“The company owns a variety of valuable content assets that could be of interest to what appears to be a proliferating pool of potential buyers,” he said. “However, there remains considerable uncertainty with respect to scope, probability, timing and valuation of any potential transaction or transactions.”Michael Donovan, executive chairman of DHX, said during an earnings call last week that over his 37 years in the business, it’s “never been this positive.”“It’s getting more and more positive in terms of demand than it was six months ago, and that was breaking new ground,” he said. “We are very … well positioned as the leading independent owner of content in this space.”The company has said it is poised to take advantage of growing demand from industry giants like Netflix, Disney and others as they look for family-friendly premium content for their video-on-demand services.Donovan said Netflix’s recent promise to fund $500 million in Canadian production was like “a starting gun” going off for “a whole new arms race.”As for the company’s poor financial results, he admitted management “took our eye off the ball,” saying the acquisition of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake brands “took really all of management’s time for six months.” read more

“This act demonstrates the vulnerability of human rights defenders, and underlines the need for strengthening measures for their protection,” said the statement issued in Geneva by four UN envoys: Hina Jilani, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on human rights defenders; Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Sir Nigel Rodley, the Special Rapporteur on torture and Param Cumaraswamy, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.The statement said that while the Mexican Government had strongly condemned the murder, it was now its duty to carry out “prompt and thorough investigations with a view to bringing the perpetrators of this despicable crime to justice without delay.” “It is time that the Government brings an end to impunity, and takes immediate steps to ensure that Mexican human rights defenders are able to continue their work in safety and security,” the experts said. Ms. Ochoa, who was killed on 19 October, had gained international respect and acclaim for her integrity and courage as a human rights defender, particularly in providing legal counsel to imprisoned members of the Zapatista movement (EZLN) in Chiapas, as well as political and environmental activists.In recent years, she has been subject to several threats, attacks and attempts on her life because of her work as a human rights defender, and UN human rights experts have repeatedly appealed for immediate measures to protect her life and physical integrity.”It appears that Ms. Ochoa was under police protection until she left Mexico to work in the United States last year,” the statement said. “However, these measures were reportedly not reinstated when she returned home in April this year.” read more

“His killing is an unacceptable attack on journalism, a profession that embodies the right of freedom of expression, which is indispensable to democracy,” lamented Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a press release issued earlier today. “I call on the Mexican authorities to shed light on this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.”Moisés Sánchez Cerezo’s body was discovered on 24 January, three weeks after he was abducted from his home by armed men who also confiscated his computer, camera and mobile phone. As owner and editor of the weekly magazine, La Unión, Mr. Sánchez Cerezo regularly denounced problems of insecurity in the Mexican city of Medellin de Bravo, in the state of Veracruz. Mr. Sánchez Cerezo’s death comes amid a deteriorating security situation across Mexico in which numerous journalists and activists have lost their lives.In a report released in March 2014, UNESCO stressed the growing trend of media workers being killed around the world. Focusing on the latest challenges affecting media development and freedom of expression, the report, called “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development,” noted that more than 430 journalists were killed between 2007 and 2012. In a separate press release , Ms. Bokova also condemned the murder of Japanese freelance journalist, Kenji Goto, at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Mr. Goto was a seasoned war journalist who had previously worked in Afghanistan and Syria and remained “dedicated to exposing the suffering that conflict imposes on citizens,” the Director-General said.He had travelled to Syria in late October and went missing shortly thereafter. On 31 January, ISIL released a video of his beheading.“His cold-blooded murder was a vile act that I condemn in the strongest possible terms,” Ms. Bokova continued.“I urge the authorities to do everything within their power to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. I also call on journalists and all media workers covering events in Iraq and Syria, and in other conflict zones, to take all necessary measures for enhancing their safety.” read more

Sophomore running back Curtis Samuel (4) is one OSU player coach Urban Meyer mentioned could see an increased role in the upcoming season.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State coach Urban Meyer began his Tuesday press conference on a negative note for the second straight week, but he stressed that’s not a reason to panic.“We’re not very good right now, which is fine,” Meyer said. “It’s spring, we don’t have to be good.”Despite the seemingly slow start to spring practice, it’s not all doom and gloom at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.While Meyer said the Buckeyes have “offensive line issues” because of injuries, he added that OSU has a few playmakers making a name for themselves in practice. One of those players, sophomore running back Curtis Samuel, has been good enough that the Buckeyes will do anything they can to get him on the field, Meyer said.“We’re taking a look at Curtis Samuel as a receiver/H-back/running back, so he’s mixing time,” Meyer said. “He’s doing both. He’s a guy that we’ve ID’d as a top-five playmaker right now in our program.”Samuel played in all 15 games last season, but was second fiddle to rising junior Ezekiel Elliott for most of the year. Samuel ended up third on the team with 383 yards and six touchdowns on the ground while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.Despite earning a start in place of Elliott against Illinois in OSU’s eighth game of the season, Samuel’s playing time tailed off during the Buckeyes’ run to the College Football Playoff National Championship.But that could have been a result of Elliott’s play — he finished the year with 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground — rather than a decline in form for Samuel.After Samuel earned just one carry in the title game, Meyer said Tuesday that Buckeye fans will see the Brooklyn, N.Y., native on the field early and often next year.“The days of Curtis Samuel playing 10 plays are over,” Meyer said. “It’s our job to get him on the field for 40 or 50 plays. With (Elliott) coming back healthy and all that, to see him stand on the sideline and watch Zeke play is not right.”As Samuel moves up the list of top OSU playmakers, his coach said the Buckeyes are trying to figure out who else has earned the right to touch the ball next year.Meyer said wide receiver Michael Thomas is high on that list, but added that the redshirt-junior will undergo a sports hernia surgery. He said the surgery is “not that serious,” and mentioned that former Buckeye Ryan Shazier and current redshirt-junior safety Tyvis Powell both had the same procedure.Along with Thomas, Meyer said redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall is one of the top playmakers in addition to Elliott, and he said Samuel is “not far behind.”Beyond that group, the fourth-year OSU coach said he and his staff are trying to figure out how other players like redshirt-senior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt-sophomore tight end Marcus Baugh could fit in.Among the players forcing their way onto the list this spring is sophomore H-back Noah Brown, Meyer said.“Noah Brown had a very, very good day, too, so he’s moved from 15th on the list to whatever,” he said.For now, the list of the Buckeyes’ top playmakers is likely to change, but Meyer said he hopes to have it all penciled in after the Spring Game.“(At) the end of spring I’ll have that, what order they’re gonna touch the ball,” he said.The Buckeyes’ annual Spring Game is schedule for April 18 at Ohio Stadium, before OSU opens its regular season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

first_imgHecla Mining and Klondex Mines report that Hecla’s acquisition of Klondex is complete. “With this acquisition, Hecla now has three high-grade mines in Nevada, one of the best mining districts in the world,” said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., President and CEO. “These assets immediately add production and cash flow, and because they are a good fit with Hecla’s expertise, we believe there is significant opportunity for improvement in the mines’ productivity and consistency.“We welcome the former Klondex shareholders and employees to Hecla, as we continue to grow into the largest and strongest company in its long history.”Hecla acquired the outstanding common shares of Klondex for approximately $153 million and 75 million shares of Hecla common stock extinguishing all rights to acquire Klondex common shares. Klondex shareholders who elected to receive share consideration will receive 0.6272 of a Hecla share in exchange for their Klondex shares. Klondex shareholders who elected to receive combined cash and share consideration or who failed to file an election on a timely basis will receive the combination consideration of $0.8411 in cash and 0.4136 of a Hecla share in exchange for their Klondex shares. Klondex shareholders who elected to receive cash consideration were subject to proration and will receive $0.8867 in cash and 0.4020 of a Hecla share in exchange for their Klondex shares. Klondex shareholders will also receive 0.125 of a common share of Havilah Mining Corp, a newly-formed entity that will retain Klondex’s Canadian operations, as part of the consideration received in exchange for each of their Klondex shares.Havilah has been approved to list its common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange, with trading expected to commence at market open on July 25, 2018.As part of the transaction, Hecla subscribed for 3,539,332 common shares of Havilah, on a private placement basis at a price of C$2.61 per share for a gross purchase price of C$9,242,800 (being the Canadian dollar equivalent of $7 million). The shares of Havilah acquired by Hecla represent 13.46% of the outstanding common shares of Havilah, after giving effect to the subscription.Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Co is a leading low-cost US silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, and is a growing gold producer with operating mines in Quebec and Nevada. The company also has exploration and pre-development properties in eight worldclass silver and gold mining districts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.Klondex, which described itself as “North America’s premier narrow vein underground producer” was a junior-tier gold and silver mining company. It has 100% interests in three producing mineral properties: the Fire Creek mine, the Midas mine and ore milling facility, and the Hollister mine, all of which are located in the state of Nevada, USA. The company also has a 100% interest in the True North mine and mill in Manitoba, Canada and the Aurora Mine and ore milling facility, located in Nevada.last_img read more

first_imgA POLL RELEASED this week by the Pro-Life Campaign seeks to ‘challenge the notion that there is broad middle ground support for abortion in Ireland.’ This polls claims to show that two-thirds of Irish people want ‘legal protection of the unborn’ and suggests that this means Irish people are against legalised abortions.This should surprise some as it follows on from a IpsosMRBI poll in the Irish Times recently which showed a substantial majority in favour of legalised abortions in a variety of circumstances.So what’s happening? Does this show that you can get a poll to say anything you want as this clip from Yes, Prime Minister suggests? Or is the polling methodology of companies so flawed that we get results that can fluctuate wildly even when the underlying opinions in society are reasonably stable?PollingWell it’s not the latter. Opinion polls results on voting, though sometimes appear volatile (especially when there’s no election on the horizon and people aren’t as focussed on the question) are remarkably similar when taken at similar times. Polling companies have improved their methodologies, and while there are ongoing debates about issues such as weighting for past vote and likelihood to vote, the polling companies in question, Millward Brown and IpsosMRBI, are reputable and conform to high standards.What is probably at issue here is the wording of the question, the interpretation of the results and the ‘context’ of the question. Sometimes we might see an advocacy ask a number of questions and pick just those that suit its position, discarding any that don’t. In general one should be suspicious of an advocacy group-sponsored polls. The questions in this case were problematic.Abortion is a complex issue, and asking one or two complicated questions doesn’t help add clarity. People think differently about abortion in different circumstances, and so pro-choice advocates make much of questions in which as much as 90 per cent of US respondents say they favour that abortion should be legal. In fact the support is lower when circumstances are specified.Clear and conciseSo it makes sense to clearly specify the circumstances in a number of clear, concise questions. This is what the Irish Times poll did – though the health question was probably vaguer than it should have been and was, I think, misinterpreted by some to mean suicide. What were the Pro-Life campaign’s questions? Are you in favour of, or opposed to constitutional protection for the unborn that prohibits abortion but allows the continuation of the existing practice of intervention to save a mother’s life in accordance with Irish medical ethics?Result: 63 per cent answered Yes, 19 per cent No, 18 per cent No Opinion. It has the same problems we saw in the first question, but the added problem that it asks questions on what are two dimensions. So the first half asks about the constitutional prohibition on abortion (which since X case is not really in place) and the desire to save a mother’s life – which is also moot). Which part are the respondents saying yes to? The two issues should be separated out.Pro-lifeThe Pro-Life campaign say that they were providing ‘context’ that was lacking in the Irish Times questions. They say that ‘important ethical distinctions are clarified for the benefit of respondents’. But one might say that the context was misleading, and the ethical distinctions were muddied.A further problem is with the interpretation. The Pro-Life campaigns press release, which was heavily drawn on in reports in the Irish Independent and Irish Times, a ‘sizeable majority support legal protection of the unborn’. This is true, but it doesn’t, as they suggest, contradict the findings of the Irish Times poll. Favouring the legal protection of the unborn doesn’t mean one is against abortion – it just suggests that Irish people want rules governing abortion.The Irish Times poll asked more questions, more simply and more directly on the nuances in the debate is one I’d use if I wanted to know what Irish people think about this issue.Dr Eoin O’Malley teaches Irish politics at Dublin City University. He has written on the subject of small parties in government for a new book on minor parties in Ireland. He occasionally tweets as @AnMailleach. To read more articles by Eoin for TheJournal.ie click here.Read: Pro Life opinion poll shows 3 in 4 are against abortion>Column: Abortion is too important an issue for disrespectful debate> Result: 66 per cent answered Yes, 15 per cent No, 19 per cent No Opinion. There are a number of problems with this question. It’s pretty long, which may not be a major problem, though it’s usually best avoid long questions, especially abstract ones. One might also object to the use of the word ‘baby’ instead of foetus, but again, I’d let them pass on this. A more serious problem is that it describes a situation which it says is the status quo position in Ireland, though many would take issue with that. So if asked ‘are you in favour of the current social welfare system which protects the most vulnerable in society?’, what is one’s answer to be. Yes, but it doesn’t. That’s not an option.Framing the questionThe question is framed to offer everything desirable, and ask the respondent would you like to retain it? ‘Yes,of course, but…’ It’s perhaps surprising that only 66 per cent answered yes. Another problem is that it oversimplifies the situation. It doesn’t ask difficult choices of the respondent. Motherhood and apple pie? Of course. But you can’t always have both. The rights of the two come into conflict and whose rights take precedence is precisely the issue Irish society has to grapple with. The second question is arguably worse.center_img In current medical practice in Ireland, the doctor treats the expectant mother and her baby as two patients and does his/her best to safeguard both in a crisis situation. Do you consider that this practice should be protected and safeguarded by law or not?last_img read more

first_imgToulouse teste les trottoirs producteurs d’électricitéToulouse, France – La ville rose vient de débuter l’expérimentation d’un trottoir permettant de produire de l’électricité grâce aux passants qui l’empruntent.Ce test, qui devrait durer deux semaines, ne consiste pour l’instant qu’en quelques dalles qui, grâce aux micro-capteurs dont elles sont équipées, recueillent l’énergie cinétique produite par les passants pour la transformer en électricité. Ce trottoir producteur d’énergie a été installé sous un porche du centre-ville de Toulouse, à quelques pas du Capitole.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDès qu’un marcheur foule les dalles, ce sont environ 30 watts qui sont produits en continu et sont stockés dans des batteries. Une puissance qui permet de faire fonctionner l’éclairage qui surplombe le trottoir, à savoir une rampe de leds et un candélabre à diodes.”Il s’agit pour l’instant d’une expérimentation mais ce système unique au monde nous permet d’entrevoir toute une série d’applications pour la ville” se félicite Alexandre Marcel, adjoint au maire de Toulouse chargé du développement durable, interrogé par Reuters.C’est la société néerlandaise Jaap Van der Braak qui a développé ce trottoir permettant aux piétons de produire de l’électricité. Une technique qui aura nécessité huit mois de travail pour être au point. Alors que cinq mètres de dalles pourraient alimenter à hauteur de 100 watts un lampadaire, la ville de Toulouse estime qu’elle pourrait, d’ici 2020, réduire de moitié la consommation d’énergie de son éclairage public.Le 18 avril 2010 à 13:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAntarctique : des icebergs géants créés par le tsunami japonais Selon des images satellitaires diffusées mardi par l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), le tsunami qui a frappé le Japon le 11 mars dernier, aurait créé des icebergs géants dans l’Antarctique, en provoquant un détachement de la calotte glaciaire flottant sur l’océan austral.  Le tsunami japonais du 11 mars dernier, engendré lui même par un séisme, a fait vêler les glaciers de l’Antarctique. Le vêlage, en glaciologie, est le terme qui décrit la perte par un glacier de fragments, sous forme d’icebergs, qui lui sont le plus faiblement attachés. Autrement dit, des icebergs se seraient détachés des plates-formes de glace qui prolongent la calotte glaciaire dans la baie de Sulzberger en Antarctique. Du moins, c’est ce que semblent montrer les images radar prises le 12 mars, un jour après le tsunami, par le satellite Envisat de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA). À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Quatre jours plus tard, le 16 mars, les morceaux de glace étaient alors observés flottant dans la mer de Ross, une baie profonde de l’océan austral qui borde le continent Antarctique entre la terre Marie Byrd à l’est et la terre de Victoria à l’ouest. Selon l’analyse des images faite par une équipe de la NASA, le plus gros de ces icebergs mesurait 9,5 kilomètres sur 6,5 kilomètres, soit une surface un peu plus grande que celle de Manhattan,précise l’AFP.D’un extrême à l’autre Le séisme de magnitude 9 survenu au Japon, a généré des vagues géantes qui se sont propagées à travers l’océan Pacifique, puis sont arrivées en Antarctique où elles ne mesuraient plus que 30 centimètres de hauteur. Toutefois, le mouvement ascendant des vagues a suffi à créer des tensions dans la structure rigide de la glace, provoquant le détachement de gros blocs, a précisé l’ESA dans un communiqué. Cette étude, qui a été effectuée sous la direction de Kelly Brunt, une glaciologue du centre Goddard Space Flight de la NASA, a été publiée en ligne par la revue scientifique The Journal of Glaciology. Dans ses conclusions, il est écrit que cette observation montre clairement que les conditions tectoniques et environnementales des extrémités du globe, incluant l’hémisphère Nord, peuvent avoir un impact déterminant dans la stabilité des ice-shelf, ces immenses plates-formes de glace d’eau douce constituant les prolongements de certains secteurs de la calotte glaciaire de l’Antarctique.Le 10 août 2011 à 11:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgVancouver’s engineering services counter at the city’s permit center will reopen on Wednesdays starting Oct. 3. The counter had been closed on Wednesdays since June 29.The temporary closure affected residential and commercial developers wishing to buy a water meter, get a right-of-way permit or discuss their project with an engineering technician, according to a city news release.The city’s permit center is on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.The permit center receives and processes applications for building and development permits, land use permits, home occupation permits, public utility connections, civil engineering intake and routing and single trade permits. For more information, visit www.Cityofvancouver.Us/permits.last_img

first_imgThe deal that saved America from toppling over that cliff — you know the one — includes a short-lived tax advantage for senior citizens and the charities they support.Many older Americans have traditional Individual Retirement Accounts, which begin paying benefits at age 701/2. Traditional IRA money is not taxed on the way in, but it’s taxed as it’s paid out. (Roth IRAs are the opposite: Money is taxed before it’s paid in, so it’s tax-free when paid out again.)But the retroactive American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 — which was passed by Congress and signed by the president in the early hours of 2013 — allows older taxpayers to funnel up to $100,000 of traditional IRA distributions directly to qualified charities, tax-free.Donor-advised funds and private foundations — like the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington — are not eligible.The money is not considered gross income but does count against the minimum distribution the IRA holder would have to take and pay taxes on. So this is a way for traditional IRA beneficiaries to lower their tax burden and support their favorite charities while they’re at it.Any such donation made by Jan. 31 can be designated for either tax year 2012 or tax year 2013, as the taxpayer prefers.“This provides a huge tax advantage for qualified donors, but they have to act quickly,” said Carol Van Natta, president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “This is a timely opportunity for an individual to give through their IRA now and have it still count toward their 2012 charitable giving.”last_img read more

first_imgRANDOLPH CENTER, VT — Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that Scott Burke, of Wilmington, is among the 483 students who graduated in the spring of 2019.Burke received their Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management.In her Commencement address, President Patricia Moulton asked the graduates to, “master being a citizen of the world” as she conferred upon them all “Vermont Tech Knighthood for the personal merit and services you have and will render to your community, state and country.”About Vermont TechVermont Technical College is a leading public college with a mission of applied education and student-centeredness. One of the four institutions of the Vermont State Colleges System, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing sites located throughout the state. Vermont Tech features state-of-the-art laboratory experience and a highly personalized classroom and student-life experience. All of our programs utilize a technological educational component, from the simulators used by our nursing program around the state, to manufacturing laboratories in Randolph Center and Williston. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Vermont Tech via Merit.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Scott Burke Named To Dean’s List At Vermont TechIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Lianna Natola Graduates From University Of VermontIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jessica Turner Named To Trustee’s List At Champlain CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioHealth Department Says Medicaid Expansion Can Save State Money Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageHealth Commissioner Valerie Davidson unveiled two new reports Friday at a press conference in Anchorage she hopes will help make the case for Medicaid expansion. They show Alaska can actually save money by expanding the program, even as the federal match drops below 100 percent. But whether Republican state lawmakers skeptical of expansion will agree with the analysis is an open question.Report: Mat-Su Behavioral Health Services InadequateEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA new report released by the Mat-Su Health Foundation indicates that behavioral health services in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are woefully inadequate. The report, the first of three, suggests residents are not accessing care until they are in crisis.Supreme Court Denies Rachelle Waterman Appeal Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanMore than a decade after the original crime took place, the Alaska Supreme Court denied Rachelle Waterman’s appeal of her conviction in the death of her mother.State Seeks Delay In Indian Country Expansion The Associated PressGovernor Bill Walker’s administration is seeking more time to assess the potential impact of expanding Indian Country in Alaska.Kuskokwim Fishermen Set Sights on Co-ManagementBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelEfforts to establish tribal co-management of Kuskokwim salmon are slowly progressing. A steering committee is in Bethel to sketch out the future of who regulates the river. Kuskokwim fishermen are eager to be managers, instead of simply advisors.Cook Inlet LNG Will Require Lead Time Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state has proposed purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas as part of a plan to increase the volume of Cook Inlet gas available in the interior. The governor has indicated that could begin as early as next year, but the timeline may stretch out longer.High Winds, Low Temperatures Cut Through Southeast Alaska Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – HainesA strong and freezing cold wind cut through Haines and Skagway on Thursday and Friday. Gusts reached up to more than 100 miles per hour. And with temperatures in the single digits, the wind chill was at least 20 below.AK: Climate Change and the QuestEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksThe Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race starts tomorrow. For more than 30 years, the race course has followed an old Gold Rush era trail that took advantage of the Yukon River. But in recent years some parts of the river haven’t frozen up.  Warm temperatures are starting to impact everything from race logistics to the sled dogs themselves.300 Villages: LevelockThis week, we’re heading to Levelock on the Kvichak River near Bristol Bay. Chadalin Washington is an administrative assistant in Levelock.last_img read more

first_imgAyoluwa Hogans, owner of the Grind House Juice Bar and Cafe in Charles Village. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)Health through better eating and a love of art are at the center of the Grind House Juice Bar’s mission. With an all-vegan menu, live music events, and art showcases, the juice bar and cafe boasts the best kale salad in Baltimore, according to owner Ayoluwa Hogans.Grind House opened in June 2012 to serve the Charles Village community. It recently moved a few doors down on the 2400 block of St. Paul St. into a larger space, which now enables the eatery to serve hot foods such as citrus soul ribs, vegan mac and cheese, and mashed sweet potatoes.Of course, Grind House’s specialty is fresh pressed juice, and they offer smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, and baked goods as well.“Our mission is to heal the hood,” Hogans told the AFRO. “We’re trying to provide healthy vegan food to people who wouldn’t necessarily eat vegan.” nmm“And the other focus is music,” said Hogans, who not only plays a wide variety of music in her restaurant, but also hosts live music. Grind House’s most popular event, she said, is the B-Trip hip-hop showcase every first and third Thursday of the month, featuring local producers playing their beats as well as an open mic for aspiring emcees.The restaurant also functions as a showcase for artists, many of them local, whose works adorn the eatery’s walls.For those whose resolution is to get healthier in the New Year, Grind House also sells juice packs and cleanses.“If you’re looking to get healthy and love music, this is the place to be,” said Hogans.The Grind House Juice Bar and Cafe is located at 2431 St. Paul St., and is open Mon-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It offers a vegan brunch from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. every first Sunday of the month.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_img The University of Louisville field hockey program will be represented by nine current or former players in the 2019 USA Field Hockey Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC) which will be held at Spooky Nook Sports, the Home of Hockey, in Lancaster, Pa., June 14-18. About USA Field Hockey’s Young Women’s National Championship The YWNC is an annual event featuring 144 elite female field hockey athletes, including the 2019 U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team along with top collegiate and post-collegiate players. The selected athletes tried out and trained at USA Field Hockey High-Performance Centers throughout the country for an opportunity to earn a spot in the tournament that is the next step on the Olympic Development Pathway. These teams will face off for the prestigious title of national champions and for an opportunity to be selected to the 2020 U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Development Team, or a trial for the U.S. Women’s National Team. About LouisvilleThe Cardinals finished the 2018 season with a 13-6 overall record and ranked No. 14 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll after earning the No. 3 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship. UofL will return 19 letterwinners from that team including NFHCA All-American Mercedes Pastor, fellow All-West Region selections Carter Ayars, Alli Bitting and Bethany Russ. Story Linkscenter_img Current Cardinals Carter Ayars, Hollyn Barr, Alli Bitting, Erica Cooper, Isabella Leeker, Sam Minrath, Meghan Schneider, Katie Schneider will be joined by incoming freshman Margot Lawn and 2016 alum Erin McCrudden. Fans can follow Louisville Field Hockey on Twitter (@ULFieldHockey) at  https://twitter.com/ULFieldHockey and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ULFieldHockey Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. A bill calling for the taxation of casinos and call centers in Costa Rica was approved in the Legislative Assembly.Casinos will be taxed 10 percent of their net profit, and the funds will go toward public security. The tax on call centers will depend on the number of employees working at each company. Facebook Commentslast_img

first_imgExhibitors are preparing to welcome an influx of MICE events into New Zealand, particularly Rotorua, after showcasing the best of the best at this year’s MEETINGS.Events & Venues Rotorua sales and marketing manager Brett Jeffery told e-Travel Blackboard that moving business to host the yearly conference was worth the exposure and offered him the opportunity to show what he has on offer without brochures and pamphlets.“Hosting MEETINGS in the city this year really benefits the whole region,” Mr Jeffery explained.“By having it here and in our building, we’ve jumped a few steps in the process where before we would have had to explain what we have and now we can just show them that this is it.“It’s also made it easier for buyers to book with us.”Mr Jeffery added that holding MEETINGS in Rotorua for the first time this year opened the city’s doors to the international market, which currently fills up 20 percent of his business.India’s Club 7 Holidays events manager Supriyo Daw said seeing what New Zealand has to offer has encouraged him to recommend his findings to Indian MICE planners.“I’ve been very impressed with everything I’ve seen here and will be encouraging everyone to bring people out here,” Mr Daw said. “There is a lot of interest in India about New Zealand and I think you will see more and more groups coming here in the future.’’  Although the economical benefit of hosting MEETINGS in Rotorua this year has yet to be determined, Conference and Incentives New Zealand chief executive Alan Trotter added that feedback from attendees has been “extremely positive”.“At the end of MEETINGS last year we had around $25 million worth of intended business booked and I would expect to see a similar result this time,” he said. “The buyers we’ve hosted from Australia, China, South East Asia and New Zealand have all been very enthusiastic about what they’ve seen here and impressed by the quality of our MICE industry.’’However, things are yet to slow down in Rotorua, as the city prepares to host three Rugby World Cup games at its Rotorua International Stadium in September this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgAbout Club MedClub Med provides amazing holiday experiences, made easy, in the world’s most beautiful destinations. With over 70 premium and luxury all-inclusive sun and snow resorts located in some of the most beautiful places on earth, Club Med resorts blend seamlessly with their environment, drawing inspiration from the local culture and nature to immerse guests in the destination.Since 1950, Club Med has been dedicated to providing guests with amazing new experiences that make for an unforgettable holiday – from the rejuvenating to the exhilarating, and everything in-between. Each resort offers a vast selection of opportunities to try something new, immerse in local culture, revive body and mind, and give back to the local community and environment.Club Med holidays are a truly hassle-free experience, with premium all-inclusive packages and a wide range of innovative services – giving guests more time to spend doing what they love.For more information, visit www.clubmedta.com.au or follow Club Med at: * Instagram @clubmed * Facebook /ClubMedAustralia * Twitter @ClubMed_Au * Travel agent Facebook /ClubMedforTravelAgentsSource = Club Med Aussies seek more than only ‘ski’ snow holidays this seasonAussies seek more than only ‘ski’ snow holidays this seasonAussies are seeking holistic snow holidays with unique experiences and cultural immersion alongside thrilling snow sports, according to sales insights released today by Club Med, in-line with the all-inclusive provider’s ski season opening.An increased number of Australians are signing up for the emotions that you can only experience on a snow holiday, such as the liveliness that comes with fresh mountain air on your face, the freedom of smooth ski runs, the wonder during après ski adventures, and the content from feasting on delicious, well-earned, mountain fare.Almost all rooms in Club Med’s newest Japanese resort, Tomamu Hokkaido, have been booked through to March 2019, with a huge 37% of those Aussies who skied Japan with Club Med last year returning for 2018. And with Club Med’s European resorts more than 75% full at the start of ski season, the brand has had to create a pre-registration process to keep up with the demand of Australian travellers.“Our guests continue to book Club Med resorts for their snow holidays because of the exclusive snow community we’ve cultivated with our full-mountain experience,” says General Manager of Club Med Australia, Rachael Harding.“Our research show that guests are looking for off-mountain activities that wow them just as much as ski does, and Club Med truly delivers this in our premium package. Our winter offering welcomes guests to become part of the Club Med snow community, where the mountains are world-class, the activities are never-ending, and they leave their holiday transformed.”It’s a sentiment Australian and Club Med Beidahu snowboard instructor, Brandon Creighton, agrees with. He says the increase in Australians investing in premium Club Med ski holidays is because of the transformative nature of their stay: “Some of the experiences I’ve had while teaching guests how to snowboard will stay with me forever. There’s a moment and you can see it, when snowboarding gets into someone’s blood. All of a sudden they start wanting to push their limit, and finish runs with attitude! At Club Med, you can have a blast on the slopes, meet new people all the time during lunch and dinner at the in-resort restaurants, and then enjoy the après-ski activities to wind down.”Beyond a standard snow holidayWith recent research* showing snow holidays bring families closer together, Club Med fills the gap during Australia’s own off-season, offering a truly international snow experience. Snow enthusiasts and their families can experience a whole new world of passion at Club Med resorts, through immersive cultural experiences in some of the world’s best locations.For example, guests at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan can savour award-winning locally-brewed spirits and Wagyu beef in-resort, while those at the brand new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama in France dive into Turkish baths and incredible slopes in one of the world’s biggest ski areas, Paradiski©.“With bulky gear to manage, hidden additional costs and the complexity of travel, the research* shows that international snow holidays can often be daunting for Australian families,” says Harding. “However, Club Med’s all-inclusive packages and premium service make the booking and experience of a snow holiday truly easy.”Club Med guests receive as part of their all-inclusive snow holiday:Accommodation with a wide-choice of room types, in the world’s best locationsAll gourmet meals in-resort and in selected altitude restaurantsPremium open bar, including beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and non-alcoholic beveragesKids Clubs for guests from 4 years old.^Evening entertainment and shows by the Club Med GO teamEasy Arrival: Club Med’s infamous offering where ski/snowboard gear is available in guests’ private lockers upon arrival so they can hit the slopes as soon as they check-in (available in European ski resorts)Ski lift passes to access the slopesGroup lessons tailored to all levels and ages, with English-speaking professional instructorsAn array of non-ski activities, from snowshoe walking and sledding to après-ski treats including hot-tubs, saunas or indoor heated swimming poolsAustralia’s best Winter Olympic program athletes join the Club Med snow communityClub Med resorts across Europe and Asia also open today with some of Australia’s best winter sportspeople in-residence, with thanks to the brand’s recent partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA). Two-time Olympian Samantha Kennedy-Sim is amongst the Ski Cross athletes training and recovering within Club Med’s expertly-appointed resorts this snow season.“The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia chose to partner with Club Med in the lead up to the 2022 Winter Olympics so that our talented young athletes could train on the best powder with the best runs, and enjoy some ideal R&R when they’re not training,” says Chief Executive Officer of OWIA, Geoff Lipshut.“Club Med shares our passion for the snow and our inclusive community values, making them a great partner for the OWIA and its athletes ahead of the next Winter Olympic Games.”OWIA athletes will be on the ground in Club Med Val Thorens this snow season, and travelling to other Club Med European and Asian ski resorts in the lead-up to 2022.A new generation of ski holidays at Club MedContinually innovating their snow offering, Club Med is pleased to open this season with a bang in both Europe and Asia.Leading the snow season with unprecedented interest is Club Med’s new European resort, Les Arcs Panorama in France. Guests will be immersed in the modern architecture and wide-open views upon arrival at the family-friendly Arcs 1600 ski resort. Families can make the most of Club Med’s infamous Kid’s Clubs from 4-months to 17-years old and enjoy the unique Bread & Co family restaurant, where the kids take their parents out to dinner. For something a little more indulgent, Club Med Les Arcs Panorama offers a Wellness area with Cinq Mondes spa, heated indoor and outdoor pools, Turkish baths and more.For guests after a shorter travel time to their immersive on-snow holiday, Club Med’s recently upgraded Japanese resort, Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido enchants and delights with its breathtaking landscapes in one of Asia’s best travel destinations. The resort’s cultural experiences have expanded to include Hokkaido Soba and Temari Sushi cooking lessons, indoor rock-climbing with augmented reality, adult beginner magic carpets, and more. Those looking for Japanese culinary delights after skiing some of the world’s best powder can also enjoy the new wine list and Pierrade & Hokkaido cheese fondue or healthy Japanese buffet, all before laying their head in one of the 177 newly refurbished rooms and suites.Join the exclusive Club Med snow communityIf you’re ready to pack your bags and hit the slopes for a premium, no-hassle snow holiday, last minute bookings are still available for this season.Pre-registration of interest for the 2019-20 Japan, China & European ski season is now open. Pre-register your clients here: http://bookearly-clubmed.com/For further information and to book your transformative ski holiday, visit www.clubmedta.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgMore Metros Find Stable Footing Share Home Builders National Association of Home Builders Recovery 2014-06-05 Scott_Morgan Perhaps the best way to describe economic growth in U.S. metro markets is: It’s getting there, slowly but surely.The First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) , a report released Thursday by the National Association of Home Builders showed that 56 of approximately 350 metro markets nationwide have returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, as recorded before the recession. This is nine more metros than a year ago, suggesting that even though the lion’s share of metros in the U.S. are still underperforming, more are coming back to stable ground.In large metros, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, remained atop NAHB’s list of most-improving cities. According to the NAHB, Baton Rouge is 40 percent better than its last normal market level. Other major metros at the top of the list include Honolulu, Hawaii; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Austin and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles and San Jose, California; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Salt Lake City, Utah.In small metros, Odessa and Midland, Texas, are now at double their strength prior to the recession, according to the LMI report. Similarly, housing economies are greatly improving in Bismarck and Casper, Wyoming and Grand Forks, North Dakota.Even though the majority of metros are not quite back to pre-recession strength, the remaining 294 metros are, on average, about 88 percent of the way to where they should be, and nearly 250 of those have improved in the past year. Additionally, more than a third of all markets are operating at a level of at least 90 percent of previous norms, which, according to Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., bodes well for a continuing housing recovery in the year ahead.According to NAHB chief economist David Crowe, the one lagging component in the LMI is in single-family housing permits, which is only 43 percent of the way back to normal. Meanwhile, home prices are 26 percent above their last normal level and employment is at 95 percent of its previous norm. “In the 22 metros where permits are at or above normal, the overall index indicates that these markets have fully recovered,” Crowe said.”Markets are gradually returning to normal levels of housing and economic activity,” said NAHB chairman Kevin Kelly. “When we see more sustainable levels of job growth, this will unleash pent-up demand and bring more buyers into the marketplace.”Job growth appears to be growing steadily as well. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve released the results of its latest Beige Book survey, which found that economic conditions across the U.S. and across the board have largely improved since the end of the first quarter.As for demand, the latest results are mixed. While Redfin’s latest Real-Time Demand Pulse, released June 2, showed a 2.1 percent drop in home tours among home shoppers in April, it also showed a 15.8 percent rise in home tours compared to the year prior.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News June 5, 2014 482 Views last_img read more