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Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa was “satisfied with the performance against Fiorentina, less so with the result.” The Gialloblu held the home side to a 1-1 draw, but D’Aversa believes they could’ve won had two offside calls not gone against Gervinho. “The performance satisfies me, less so the result. We had to do better, especially with the final pass. Gervinho was called offside two times when he wasn’t,” the coach said in a press conference. The protocol with VAR is to give the benefit of the doubt in tight decisions, but the assistant referee was a little too eager today. D’Aversa revealed that many of his players are not in the best physical condition due to playing three games over the last week amid an injury crisis. “Yann Karamoh stayed on the field despite a sprain, Juraj Kucka and Giuseppe Pezzella gritted their teeth, we are not in optimal condition. We hope to recover players very soon. “We had to suffer in the second half, Fiorentina have excellent technique and important players.” Parma are now 10th in the table, but have only won once in their last five games.
LATEST STORIES With the American Airlines Center crowd standing for most of the game’s final four minutes, Harrison Barnes missed a 3-pointer that would have put Dallas up by one. Korver was fouled on the rebound and made both free throws to put the Cavs up 106-102, and Cleveland clinched the game with free throws.Barnes finished with a team-leading 23 points and Dennis Smith, Jr. had 21 for Dallas, which is tied with Atlanta for the NBA’s worst record at 2-11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLeBron James, averaging 36 points in November, had just 19, but two came on an emphatic dunk with 1:08 to play that put Cleveland up 104-100.The Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 34-22 in the third quarter to erase a three-point halftime deficit. Love scored 13 points in the first 5:38 of the quarter, and Smith’s long 3-pointer keyed a 15-2 run and forced a Dallas timeout. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout Durant returns to court after missing a game, leads Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) drives past Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri (50). APDALLAS — Kevin Love had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-104 Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The Mavericks were down by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to one on two occasions but could never take the lead.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland used an 18-2 run in the first quarter to wipe out an early 10-point deficit and neither team lead by more than six points for the rest of the half. Dallas took a 52-49 lead into the break with Barnes scoring seven of his team’s final 11 points.TIP-INSCavaliers: Starting point guard Derrick Rose missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain. Iman Shumpert started in Rose’s place. The team set no timetable for Rose’s return. … Tristan Thompson missed his fifth straight game with a left calf strain. The Cavs have averaged seven fewer rebounds per game with Thompson out of the lineup.Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle talked about the desire to have two point guards on the floor at the start and for long stretches of the game: “It’s really become a league of playmaking in the last several years, and if you don’t have a couple of those guys in there, you’re going against the grain a little bit and making it tougher to get good shots.”ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
While we all know the interview process can seem like a bit of a stressful process, for some it can be downright grueling! We’ve culled through tens of thousands interview questions that job seekers from around the world have shared on Glassdoor over the past year and found some pretty off the wall stuff. Here’s our take on the top 25 oddball interview questions of 2010:1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” – view answersAsked at Goldman Sachs. More Goldman Sachs interview questions.2. “How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?” – view answers Asked at Deloitte. More Deloitte interview questions.3. “What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?” – view answers Asked at Aflac. More Aflac interview questions.4. “Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.” – view answers Asked at Boston Consulting. More Boston Consulting interview questions.5. “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.” – view answersAsked at Capital One. More Capital One interview questions.6. “How many basketball[s] can you fit in this room” – view answers Asked at Google. More Google interview questions.7. “Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?” – view answers Asked at Bloomberg LP. More Bloomberg LP interview questions.8. “If you could be any superhero, who would it be?” – view answers Asked at AT&T. More AT&T interview questions.9. “You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?” – view answers Asked at Blackrock. More Blackrock interview questions.10. “Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make.” – view answersAsked at Facebook. More Facebook interview questions.11. “If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?” – view answers Asked at Amazon. More Amazon interview questions.12. “An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear?” – view answers Asked at Epic Systems. More Epic Systems interview questions.13. “There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?” – view answers Asked at Apple. More Apple interview questions.14. “How many traffic lights in Manhattan?” – view answers Asked at Argus Information & Advisory Services. More Argus Information & Advisory Services interview questions.15. “You are in a dark room with no light. You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 gray socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair? “ – view answers Asked at Eze Castle. More Eze Castle interview questions.16. “What do wood and alcohol have in common?” – view answers Asked at Guardsmark. More Guardsmark interview questions.17. “How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?” – view answers Asked at IBM. More IBM interview questions.18. “You have 8 pennies, 7 weight the same, one weighs less. You also have a judges scale. Find the one that weighs less in less than 3 steps.” – view answers Asked at Intel. More Intel interview questions.19. “Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $150K?” – view answers Asked at New York Life. More New York Life interview questions.20. “You are in charge of 20 people, organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.” – view answers Asked at Schlumberger. More Schlumberger interview questions.21. “How many bottles of beer are drank in the city over the week.” – view answers Asked at The Nielsen Company. More The Nielsen Company interview questions.22. “What’s the square root of 2000?” – view answers Asked at UBS. More UBS interview questions.23. “A train leaves San Antonio for Huston at 60mph. Another train leaves Huston for San Antonio at 80mph. Huston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100mph, and turns around and flies back once it reaches the Huston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide.”- view answers Asked at USAA. More USAA interview questions.24. “How are M&M’s made?” – view answers Asked at US Bank. More US Bank interview questions.25. “What would you do if you just inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?” – view answers Asked at Volkswagen. More Volkswagen interview questions.Got a good response to any of these questions? Make sure to leave your attempt at the answers through the above links.These are just a handful of the 80,000+ interview questions Glassdoor has collected from job interview candidates through our Interview Reviews. In addition to interview questions for specific job openings at specific companies, Glassdoor collects full reviews on the interview process (phone, in-person, panel, etc.) as well as overall difficulty and whether the experience was generally positive, negative or neutral. Our goal is to help job candidates get as prepared as possible for the job interview and it seems to be working – more than half of job candidates who complete an interview review report they got a job offer.Check out past lists of Glassdoor’s Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions:Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2009 Interviewed lately? We hope you’ll tell us about it!
Former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Easton Douglas, OJ, CD, is to be accorded an Official Funeral by the Government of Jamaica.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the announcement during today’s (September 12) post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.Senator Reid informed that Cabinet has approved an Official Funeral for Mr. Douglas, who died on Sunday, August 26, at the age of 81.The Official Funeral will be held at the St. Andrew Parish Church, Hagley Park Road on Thursday, September 20, starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the St. Dorothy’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Old Harbour, St. Catherine.Mr. Douglas was Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew from 1989 until 2002 when he retired. He served as Minister of Health; Public Service; and Environment and Housing.He also had a long career in the public service, serving as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of National Security and Housing in the late 1970s and 1980s. Prior to that, he worked as Government Town Planner.
A new plan will make Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry more competitive, innovative and profitable. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell unveiled the 10-year plan, Homegrown Success, today, Nov. 25. It outlines a broad approach for the growth of Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry. It focuses on creating business opportunities in high-value areas, innovation, building the Nova Scotia brand, connecting businesses with potential partners abroad and helping farmers generate greater profits from the marketplace. “This is a call for all Nova Scotians to support the agriculture industry,” said Mr. MacDonell. “While this fulfills an important commitment for government, we all share the responsibility for making agriculture a profitable, competitive and self-reliant industry that will ensure our long-term prosperity.” It is part of the government’s jobsHere plan to create good jobs and grow the economy. Homegrown Success looks at economic, environmental and social trends in Nova Scotia and around the world, and how they impact our agriculture industry. The report outlines how the province’s natural features, geographic location, expertise in research and development, and natural leadership abilities can be used to grow the agriculture industry. “I believe the key to long-term success in agriculture is our ability to be innovative and adapt to the changing marketplace,” said Mr. MacDonell. Homegrown Success contains a number of objectives and outcomes that government and industry will work together to achieve. The Homegrown Success plan is available at www.gov.ns.ca/agri
Raipur: Seven Maoists were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, police said. The exchange of fire occurred around 6 am in the forest near Sitagota village under Baghnadi police station area, when a team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. So far, seven bodies along with a huge cache of weapons, including one AK-47, have been found from the spot, he said. Further details are awaited as search operations are still on, he added.
Login/Register With: Advertisement . Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook James Griffiths is an executive producer and directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.Cast: Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Adrian Martinez as Tookie with Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove and Michael Ealy as Detective Miles Hoffman.So excited to announce that #Stumptown is coming to ABC this fall! pic.twitter.com/69aASpcUU0— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 14, 2019 Based on the Stumptown graphic novel series, Stumptown follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) – a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. Watch the official trailer for Stumptown, coming WEDNESDAYS 10|9c to ABC this fall.Writer Jason Richman produces the series with Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad (The District), Greg Rucka (author of the Stumptown graphic novel series), Matthew Southworth, and Justin Greenwood (illustrators of the Stumptown graphic novel series).Cobie Smulders stars as Dex Parios in the new drama, Stumptown, coming WEDNESDAYS 10|9c to ABC this fall Cobie Smulders (Askmen.com) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Morneau denied any conflicts; Dawson launched a formal examination into the matter.The Conservatives accused him of selling off Morneau Shepell stock in late 2015, a week before his own policy announcement drove the value of the shares down by half a million dollars.An angry Morneau — conscious of the irony of being raked over the coals for selling shares by the same critics who derided him for owning them — railed against the insinuations of insider trading, and threatened to sue anyone who dared make them without the legal shield of parliamentary privilege.A couple of days later, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer demanded Morneau’s resignation — and failing that, urged Trudeau to fire his minister for “demonstrating outrageous disrespect towards Canadians.”Trudeau, however, stands by his man.How long that confidence lasts remains an open question.“It’s a been a calamitous year for Bill Morneau,” said Bill McGuire, editor of the editorial and opinion pages at the Guardian in Charlottetown, P.E.I.“Perhaps a less capable minister would have been fired or tendered a resignation months ago. Yet, he remains in control. He certainly deserves the title as newsmaker of the year.”The Canadian Press The Canadian Press THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS Morneau began attracting national attention as the uproar over his tax proposals grew louder at the end of the summer.He argued the reforms were designed to inject fairness into the tax system for the middle class. The primary goal of the changes, Morneau has insisted, is to target wealthy individuals who have used the incorporation of small businesses to gain an unfair tax advantage.But amid the concerns, Morneau was eventually forced to scale back and even abandon elements of the plan.“It’s been an intense experience. The tax changes, obviously, were met with a really strong reaction from the business community — my sense is that where we ended was in a really good place,” Morneau said in an interview, referring to the revisions.“I’ve learned from this experience that we have to be very good at communicating to Canadians what it is that we’re trying to achieve. Clearly, that’s got to be a critically important lesson that comes out of the discussion and the concerns that Canadians had.”As the tax-proposal story unfolded, questions about the minister’s personal assets began to surface.The federal ethics commissioner fined Morneau $200 for failing to disclose his role as a director in a private corporation that owns a villa in France. Morneau had disclosed his ownership of the villa to Mary Dawson but, thanks to what his office called an administrative oversight, failed to mention the ownership structure itself.Questions then focused on his shares in Morneau Shepell, the large human resources firm he helped build with his father and presided over as executive chairman until his election win in the fall of 2015.Minister of Finance Bill Morneau responds to a question during Question Period OTTAWA — When 2017 dawned, Finance Minister Bill Morneau was presiding over the early stages of an economic resurgence that would lift growth beyond expectations, create jobs at an impressive clip and help shave billions off his projected budgetary deficits.What a difference a year makes.As the holidays loom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s financial lieutenant is likely licking his wounds after months spent at the centre of several headline-hogging controversies that overshadowed the good economic news.Morneau’s challenges in the second half of 2017 kept him in the news for months, making him an easy choice for the journalists who voted him Canada’s 2017 Business Newsmaker of the Year in the annual poll of the country’s newsrooms by The Canadian Press.He won 50 per cent of the votes in a field of nine candidates that also included his counterpart in foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare and the proverbial thorn in Morneau’s side: the small business owner.Morneau at centre of fierce debate in Commons that leads to Tory MP’s ejectionTories attack Morneau with allegations over 2015 sale of Morneau Shepell sharesUnder fire, Morneau to sell $21M worth of shares, put assets in blind trustMorneau’s toughest stretch began slowly, with a contentious tax-reform plan released quietly in the dead of summer. Over the following weeks, however, a surge of complaints poured in from enraged business owners, doctors, tax experts and even backbenchers within his own Liberal party.Later, the wealthy former businessman was swarmed by ethical questions over how he handled his substantial personal assets after coming into office. More recently, he faced conflict-of-interest allegations that led the federal ethics commissioner to launch a formal examination and the Opposition’s call for his resignation.Morneau has come to symbolize either unaccountable wealth and excess, or the fight against them, said Daniel Tencer, senior business editor of Huffington Post Canada.“Certainly, the opposition in Parliament tried to paint Morneau as being an out-of-touch Liberal elitist — wealthy and trying to hide his own wealth from the public,” Tencer said.“Whether or not that is true, Bill Morneau vehemently disagreed with that portrayal — and yet that image seems to be sticking with him, at least to some extent.”Matt Goerzen, managing editor of the Brandon Sun, said the federal tax proposals erupted into a top concern for his readership. The newspaper received a flood of angry comments and letters, particularly from local businesses and the agricultural sector.“Minister Morneau has been in the eye of that storm as the focus changed from the federal tax changes to Morneau’s personal business interests,” Goerzen wrote.“This ongoing story has eaten up a lot of ink and airtime.”Minister of Finance Bill Morneau listens to a question as he speaks to reporters in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill The criticism intensified when word spread that he hadn’t placed his Morneau Shepell holdings into a blind trust after being named to cabinet — a decision Morneau insisted was framed by Dawson’s own advice.She advised him in 2015 that he did not need to divest the shares or put them in a blind trust because they were indirectly held in a numbered company. Dawson recommended instead that he set up a conflict-of-interest screen to ensure he was not involved in any discussion or decision that could benefit Morneau Shepell.In response to the controversy, Morneau sold off the remainder of his Morneau Shepell shares, which were worth about $21 million. He donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — estimated at about $5 million — and promised to place his other assets in a blind trust.“I don’t think that there’s anything that I could have done differently,” Morneau said of the ethics controversy.“I think that what’s important here is that I acknowledged that people did have a perception of the potential for conflict and that perception was important. So, in hindsight I think it was appropriate to follow the commissioner’s advice, which I did, and it was important for me to also deal with the perception issue. I’ve done both of those.“Could I have done it faster? Maybe.”Then came conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reform that was spearheaded by Morneau. Opponents allege the legislation would have brought him personal financial benefit, given his links to Morneau Shepell.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left and finance minister Bill Morneau.
Meanwhile, the Colombo High Court today granted bail to State Minister Palitha Range Bandra in a case filed against him.The State Minister was accused of obtaining a bribe from an individual to clear a vehicle registration permit. (Colombo Gazette) Sarath Weerawansa, the brother of former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was granted bail today by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.Weerawansa was arrested recently over allegations he misused a Government vehicle when his brother was a Minister in the former Government.
BETHEL, Alaska — An association of Native community leaders has withdrawn its support for a proposed gold mine project in southwest Alaska.KYUK-AM reported Wednesday that the Association of Village Council Presidents voted at its annual convention in Bethel Wednesday to withdraw support for the Donlin Gold mine.The 41 delegates attending the meeting of the association that represents 56 tribes also passed a separate resolution opposing the proposed mine near the Kuskokwim River.The vote reverses a 2006 resolution supporting the mine, while the new resolution indicates the project has lost significant support from tribes in the region.Donlin officials expect the planned mine about 10 miles (16 kilometres) north of the village of Crooked Creek to produce about 1.1 million ounces (31 million grams) of gold annually over 27 years.___Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.orgThe Associated Press
“While the most important solutions to climate change will remain energy efficiency and cleaner energy sources, this new report demonstrates that capturing and storing carbon dioxide can supplement these other efforts” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Since emissions of carbon dioxide – the most important cause of climate change – continue to rise in many parts of the world, it is vital that we exploit every available option for reducing their impact on the global climate,” added Secretary-General Michel Jarraud of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).The assessment was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an expert group which was launched in 1988 by UNEP and WMO.According to studies looked at in the assessment, the capture and storage of CO2 in geological formations could account for 15-55 per cent of all emission reductions needed to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere between now and 2100.Many components of carbon dioxide capture and storage technology are already mature, including several applications that inject the gas into geological formations. However, UNEP said, the process could be limited by several important non-technology constraints. In particular, unless Governments adopt climate change policies that put a cost on emitting CO2, there will be no incentive to use these technologies.Furthermore, while the available storage capacity in geological reservoirs is likely to be sufficient, according to the report, the true amount is yet uncertain. This is particularly so in regions which are experiencing rapid economic growth, such as South and East Asia.The “IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage” was written by 100 experts from over 30 countries and reviewed by other experts and Governments. It was requested by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
by Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2012 5:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tentative energy deal reached for idled paper mill in Cape Breton HALIFAX – The Vancouver-based company planning to buy the idle NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Cape Breton has reached a tentative energy agreement with the province’s electric utility company, a key step in its bid to get the mill operating again.Pacific West Commercial Corp. announced late Friday it had submitted the seven-year agreement for approval to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.The tentative power supply arrangement requires privately owned Nova Scotia Power Inc. to provide the mill with hourly projections of electricity rates a week in advance. The mill operators will then draft a production plan based on those predicted costs.“It allows the mill to be a low-cost producer,” Pacific West spokesman Marc Dube told a news conference. “It’s something that we’re anxious to get on with.”The tentative deal would create a partnership between Nova Scotia Power and NewPage Port Hawkesbury. If the deal is approved, the utility will hold both preferred and common shares in NewPage Port Hawkesbury.Nova Scotia Power expects to receive dividends reflecting the value of the energy used by the mill. Those payments will also include a $2 per megawatt hour contribution to the utility’s fixed costs.Robin McAdam, Nova Scotia Power’s executive vice-president of customer services, said the utility would have a 30 per cent profit participation rate in the mill.The deal is designed to ensure other customers, including residents, are not saddled with more costs, McAdam said.“We’re comfortable in saying that in no circumstance does this arrangement lead to other customers subsidizing the mill,” he said.“This is quite a different power supply arrangement than we have with other customers. … It is a pretty complicated arrangement.”Pacific West said regulatory approval in Nova Scotia is expected to take another three to four months to complete.Certain portions of the arrangement will require approval from the Canada Revenue Agency, but the company said it remains unclear how long that will take.Earlier this month, unionized workers at the mill in Point Tupper, N.S., endorsed a new contract.Close to 86 per cent of union members who cast ballots voted in favour of a deal that would see the layoff of about 320 employees of the 550-member workforce.“Now that we’ve successfully completed negotiations with the union, this is the next important step in the process to reopen the mill,” Pacific West president Ron Stern said in a statement.“We know that for the mill to be competitive and successful, we need to ensure our key input costs, labour and electricity, are also competitive.”Premier Darrell Dexter has said that once the electricity rates are set, the government will start discussing other issues, such as Crown timber rights.The government has already announced up to $30 million to support timber operations in the Port Hawkesbury area and to help keep the plant in a so-called hot idle state.It has been closed since September.
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard “I am more or less at my wit’s end […] I had hoped to say today that last month I put it all on the table and frankly it’s still just as terrible and leave it at that – shame on us all for not acting to stop the annihilation of eastern Aleppo and its people and much of the rest of Syria too,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said in a Council briefing held at the UN Headquarters in New York. “All the facts and reports I gave last month have not, not one of them, been changed, qualified, denied or proven wrong, by any one of you or anyone beyond this room,” he added. Mr. O’Brien, also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that he has long called for a lifting of all sieges, which have become one of the most prevalent and insidious aspects of this merciless conflict.This time last year, the number of besieged people stood at 393,700. Six months ago it stood at 486,700. Today, it is estimated that a total of 974,080 people – nearly one million Syrians – are living under siege. New locations included Joubar in Damascus, and Hajar Al Aswad, Khan al-Shih, and multiple areas in the enclave of eastern Ghutah in Rural Damascus, he said. Since cross-border humanitarian operations began over two years ago, the UN has conducted 420 convoys, or nearly four a week on average, delivering health aid sufficient for nine million people, including vaccinations for two million people, and food for three million people, many on a monthly basis, among other assistance. “Unfortunately, I must report to this Council that since the last reporting period none, not one, of our inter-agency convoys were able to deliver aid cross lines,” he said. In October, the Security Council failed to adopt two draft resolutions to end the bloodshed in Syria’s besieged eastern Aleppo. “I hear the argument that this Council should not pass a resolution because it would be ‘premature,’” he said. “It is never, never too premature to save a life. It is never too soon for you to find a solution to this conflict and end the suffering of the Syrian people.” Repeated pleas to protect health care ‘always fall on deaf ears’Also addressing the Council was the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Syria. “Before the conflict began, Syria had one of the most advanced health care systems in the Middle East,” said Elizabeth Hoff, who has been in that position for more than four years. She said that as the country had reached middle income status, noncommunicable diseases were becoming the predominant health concern, and national vaccination coverage rates were 95 per cent. Syria’s thriving pharmaceutical industry produced over 90 per cent of the country’s medicines and exported its products to 53 countries. “Now, almost six years later, the picture is starkly different,” she said, noting that health care services have been devastated, with over half the country’s public hospitals and primary health care centres either closed or only partially functioning. Almost two thirds of all health professionals have left the country, and domestic production of medicines has dropped by two thirds and vaccination coverage rates have dropped by half, she said.The direct targeting of health care facilities is the most visible violation against the health care system in Syria today, but there are others as well, including the militarization of health care facilities by several parties to the conflict, the targeting of health care personnel, and the denial of medical and surgical supplies in many areas.“Denying ordinary citizens access to health care is an affront to our common humanity,” she warned. “As the global health agency, we take seriously our responsibility to speak out against these abuses whenever we can […] Nonetheless, our repeated calls for protecting health care, facilities and personnel, always fall on deaf ears,” she deplored, appealing to all members of the Council to use every last ounce of their influence to bring an immediate end to the suffering in Syria.Earlier today at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, briefed reporters on his meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.“It is fair to say that Minister Mouallem denied that any bombing of eastern Aleppo hospitals had taken place,” Mr. de Mistura said, noting that the denial contravenes the reports of bombings from WHO and other sources on the ground.As for one of the main elements of the UN proposal for Aleppo, which called for autonomy by leaving the local and existing independent administration intact, the Syrian Government, through Minister Mouallem, “categorically rejected the idea of maintaining the current local administration.” The envoy said, however, that they discussed that there could be a creative formula to resolve this disagreement.Mr. de Mistura said they agreed on the need to fight terrorism.
Two of the four identical calves born in Co Clare in 2017 are now expecting twins The odds of four identical calves born are estimated at around a billion to one. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Páraic McMahon The four calves born in 2017 Image: Tomás Ó Mainnín via Twitter 8 Comments 16,224 Views Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 11:59 AM TWO OUT OF four identical calves who were born at a farm in Co Clare in 2017 are now expecting twins. In February 2017, Rosie, Fluffie, Mia and Jenny were born to Bawny with camera crews deployed to the farm outside Ennistymon, Co Clare to get a glimpse of the heifers and their owner, Tom Claire.Bawny, a Herford cross, gave birth to twins at the end of March. She has had 15 calves in 11 years.“By God she’s one of the best, it’s often three of them wouldn’t produce 15 calves in their lifetime,” Clair said of Bawny.“I figured she was carrying the twins this year,” he recalled.Two years ago, Clair made a similar prediction but receive a surprise when not one but two extra additions arrived in what geneticists have classed a one in a billion birth with previous cases at Norfolk (2004) and Texas (2015).This time round, Clair didn’t expect any surprises: “I didn’t but you could expect anything out of that lady.” Anyone can have twins, a lot of them have twins but it’s the fact the quads are gone in calving and carrying twins is what’s making it special again.Two of the quads born in 2017 are now expecting twins themselves.“The quads are gone in calving and there are two of them carrying twins, they are due to calve in September or October, it will be all go again,” Clair said.“They made mighty news that time,” he commented of their birth and subsequent coverage.Clair said he really enjoyed the All-Ireland Ploughing Championships that followed their birth. The week of the ploughing was the highlight of it all.All the people that went through to the stand to see them for the three days, you couldn’t put a figure on it,” he said. Apr 4th 2019, 11:59 AM Image: Tomás Ó Mainnín via Twitter Share92 Tweet Email5 The four calves born in 2017 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4576507
Facebook has begun quietly rolling out new “dark mode” for Messenger.Teased at last year’s F8 developers conference, the limited feature is now available to all users—if you know the password.To activate dark mode on Android or iOS, simply test the crescent moon emoji to someone: a personal contact, a chatbot, even yourself.(For reference, that’s the half-moon without a face. You’ll know it’s right when the symbols start flooding the screen.)Then look for a pop-up at the top of your device, announcing access to the function through the app’s settings menu; there, you can simply toggle dark mode on or off to suit your viewing needs.Still stuck in the bright white glare of Facebook’s chat service? Make sure you’ve sent the correct emoji. (I repeat: It’s the one without a nose, eye, and mouth—despite the image below.)Cascading emoji are key (via Stephanie Mlot)If the crescent moons have yet to fall, try double tapping the message, restarting Messenger, or updating the app, Digital Trends suggested.The not-so-secret secret ability rides the coattails of Facebook Messenger’s recent redesign, rolled out early this year. The simpler chat client boasts only three tabs (compared to the previous nine) for a more streamlined experience.Last month, the social network introduced a new unsend feature, allowing users to quickly remove mistakes and save themselves from embarrassment.Facebook, meanwhile, continues to find itself in sticky situations.In a viral tweet, Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge revealed that the phone number he entered for two-factor authentication (2FA) is publicly searchable—”and there’s no way to disable that.”“Facebook 2FA numbers are also shared with Instagram” and WhatsApp, as well as advertisers, he reported.“Using a phone number to sign up for services has been the single greatest coup for the social media and advertising industries,” Burge wrote on Friday. “One unique ID that is used to link your identity across every platform on the Internet.“That is why every startup wants your phone number,” he tweeted. Browser Bug Exposed Facebook Messenger Chat HistoryWatch Satellite Imagery of Lunar Eclipse Seen From Mercury TL;DR: Login-with-Phone-Number is the new Login-with-Facebook. Easy to track, shared between services, it’s the key to invisible mesh of your data. Don’t do it.— Jeremy Burge 🧿 (@jeremyburge) March 1, 2019New York Times columnist Zeynep Tufekci reported a similar situation. Stay on target Yep. I can no longer keep keep private the phone number that I PROVIDED ONLY FOR SECURITY to Facebook. ZERO notification of this major, risky change. For years I urged dissidents at risk to use 2FA on Facebook. They were afraid of this. @Facebook doesn’t care about their safety. pic.twitter.com/lW8wjBJlfz— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) March 3, 2019It is possible to avoid giving Facebook your phone number without skipping 2FA security measures—The Next Web’s Abhimanyu Ghoshal walks users through the process.Third-party authentication apps like Google or Microsoft Authenticator and Authy, meanwhile, don’t rely on your mobile digits.More on Geek.com:Facebook Might Remove Anti-Vaccine RecommendationsStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior—Even If You Don’t Use ThemOcasio-Cortez Slams Tech Companies Over Climate Denial at Conference
Marc Boldt isn’t done with politics.At least he doesn’t think he’s done with politics. Boldt, who lost his re-election bid for Clark County commissioner to David Madore, says he doesn’t have a future office in mind. Nor is he committing to running. But at age 58, with 18 years of elected public service, he believes he’s still electable, and he says despite some of the talk around the county, he knows he’s still a Republican.Boldt didn’t just lose an election, he lost his party. The local Republican Party leadership, believing Boldt had strayed too far from the path of conservative values, gave Madore its blessing to challenge Boldt.Madore will be sworn into office Wednesday.“I have thought a lot about this,” Boldt said in a recent interview. “The Republican party hasn’t left me. The executive committee was mad at me. But I still believe in the platform and I still believe in the principles. I am a Republican.”Those who say Boldt has changed aren’t wrong. There is no doubt he’s moved to the middle, but he says his conservative values are intact.“I think the local Republican Party has a different view of a conservative than I do,” Boldt said. “I believe being conservative means protecting the liberty and freedom of the people.”
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – The first commercial Cuban cargo in decades is now on sale in South Florida.Forty tons of Cuban marabu charcoal was delivered Tuesday, to Fogo Charcoal in Hialeah.The business celebrated with a pig roast, as customers purchased the first bags.The president of the company says he hopes the historic occasion will help draw him business. “We hope to grow a little more in our community,” said Sebastian Bussert, “bring more customers to our business, and you know, we thought that calling some attention to our small company by bringing this Cuban charcoal will help us in bringing a couple more customers.”The shipment, which arrived last week at Port Everglades, is the first from Cuba in more than 50 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a dead man was found inside of a canal in Pompano Beach.Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives responded to the scene along Northwest Second Street and Fifth Avenue, Monday morning.Officials were called to the scene after a witness said they saw a man going into the canal but did not emerge.A dive team responded to the scene and recovered the body.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.