first_imgThe Canadian PressCALGARY – The CEO of oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. says he’s confident new oil pipelines will be built after hosting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at its newly opened Fort Hills oilsands mine in early April.The message he left with Trudeau was that pipeline access must be assured if the industry is to attract the capital it needs to grow, Steve Williams said on a conference call on Wednesday.“We don’t want these new projects to have to bear the burden of some of these (oil price) differentials,” he said, reiterating Suncor’s commitment to building no new major oilsands projects without new pipelines.“The simple measure will be we want to see shovels in ground and pipelines being built.”His comments came the same day First Nations chiefs from Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia held a news conference in which they vowed to resort to large-scale civil disobedience if Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast goes ahead without the consent of local First Nations.The Trans Mountain pipeline is a hot issue in western Canada as two premiers threaten one another with a trade war, while hundreds of people have been arrested while protesting the expansion of the 1,150 km project.On Wednesday, the Treaty Alliance Against Expansion of the Tar Sands held a news conference to talk about the Trans Mountain expansion.In a release sent later in the day, the group says First Nations cannot be bribed into signing onto these kinds of projects.“If we cannot have a say as to what goes on in our territories, free from economic coercion and threats, particularly in the case of dangerous projects like Kinder Morgan, Canada cannot say that it respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band, which is part of the Secwepemc Nation in B.C. whose territory much of the pipeline would need to pass through.According to the release, the Treaty Alliance is also calling for an independent investigation into the project’s approval process.But Williams said he’s “greatly encouraged” by what Alberta and federal governments are saying recently and believes even the Trans Mountain expansion project will be built, despite proponent Kinder Morgan threatening to abandon it if it isn’t reassured about its construction by the end of May.Later, on the sidelines of Suncor’s annual general meeting, Williams said he hopes that “good sense and reason prevail” but added Suncor has a contingency plan in case Alberta follows through with its plan to restrict oil or refined fuel exports through the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to B.C.Also on the call, Williams said he also believes Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project into the U.S. Midwest will proceed, despite an ongoing disagreement in Minnesota over its routing.Suncor reported net earnings fell to $789 million, compared to $1.35 billion in the same period of 2017.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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The loan agreement between the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Tanzanian Government was signed on 25 February in Rome, where the fund is based, by Kanayo F. Nwanze, the IFAD President, and Mustafa Mkulo, the country’s Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs.The loan, which will finance the Marketing Infrastructure, Value Addition and Rural Finance Support Programme, will be extended to the country on highly concessional terms, IFAD reported.Agriculture is recognized as a significant catalyst of Tanzania’s economic growth. Its potential is, however, yet to be exploited fully to bring about a significant reduction in rural poverty, according to IFAD.Smallholder producers have limited access to financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition. To tackle rural finance and marketing constraints, the IFAD-funded projects will scale up some of the successful activities implemented under two pilot programmes – the Agricultural Marketing Systems Development Programme and the Rural Financial Services Programme, completed in 2009 and 2010.The new programme, co-financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Tanzania and the beneficiaries, will support the implementation of the agricultural sector development strategy.The strategy envisages a modernized, commercial, highly productive and profitable agricultural sector by 2025.The programme is expected to enhance the capacity of participating commercial banks for sustained lending to agriculture, and strengthen rural microfinance institutions with improved governance and management systems.The marketing groups obtaining higher revenues from improved access to markets and increased synergies in agricultural marketing and rural finance activities will help improve the livelihoods of poor people in rural area.More than 500,000 vulnerable rural households, including smallholder farmers, livestock keepers, fishers, small-scale rural entrepreneurs, traders and artisans, grass-roots microfinance institutions, processing and marketing groups, poor rural women and rural youth, will benefit directly from the programme. 9 March 2011The United Nations fund tasked with combating rural poverty has extended a $90 million loan to Tanzania to strengthen access to rural financial services and markets, and promote private sector development in the East African country, the agency announced today. read more

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The Security Council today called for enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, which have over the past decade played an increasingly important role in supporting countries emerging from conflict. Unanimously adopting resolution 1631, the Council invited regional and subregional organizations that have a capacity for conflict prevention or peacekeeping to work in the framework of the UN Standby Arrangements System. That structure allows countries to commit specified resources – including military formations, specialized personnel, material and equipment – within agreed response times for UN peacekeeping operations.A number of regional organizations have worked in one way or another with the UN to promote peace and security, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Organization of American States (OAS), the African Union (AU) and NATO.Today’s resolution urged all States and relevant international organizations to contribute personnel as well as technical and financial assistance to regional and subregional organizations, particularly those in Africa. It also stressed the importance of developing their ability to deploy peacekeeping forces rapidly in support of UN peacekeeping operations.The Council welcomed efforts by Security Council subsidiary bodies with responsibilities in counter-terrorism to foster cooperation with regional and subregional organizations, and voiced appreciation for the contributions of “an increasing number of regional and subregional organizations” in the fight against terrorism.“Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic growth in the range of partnerships between regional organizations and the United Nations in support of countries emerging from conflict,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at the outset of the meeting, which saw the participation of over a dozen speakers, including many from regional organizations.“The task now ahead of us is to make sure that our cooperation mechanisms work as well as possible,” he added. “They must be effective, efficient, and mutually reinforcing. They must be flexible and responsive to our rapidly changing and integrating world.”The Secretary-General called for progress in strengthening capacity, exploiting comparative strengths, dealing with conflict in a holistic way, and reinforcing a collective approach to security. “The UN’s partnerships with regional organizations must provide the means to meet, rather than to avoid, our responsibilities under the Charter to provide an effective international response to violent conflict, wherever it occurs,” he said.In a concept paper presented to Council members for discussion at the meeting, Romania says that currently, the relationship between the UN and regional organizations is carried out in an unplanned manner.“Given the significant participation of regional organizations in maintaining peace and security all over the world, the time is right for the relationship between the Council and regional organizations to become more focused and organized,” the paper says. read more

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Suncor President & CEO Steve Williams talks to shareholders before his speech during Suncor Energy’s annual general meeting in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 29, 2014 10:04 am MDT CALGARY – A project that would enable Suncor Energy Inc.’s Montreal refinery to process thick, tarry oilsands bitumen from Alberta could get the green light later this year or early in 2015, CEO Steve Williams said Tuesday.The Montreal coker project is just one way Suncor is looking to cut crude costs at the refinery, which has long relied on pricey overseas imports.“I expect to have on my desk by the end of this year the proposal for the coker project, so we’ll be in a much clearer position toward the end of this year, maybe beginning of next year to decide whether we go ahead,” Williams told analysts on a conference call to discuss Suncor’s first-quarter results.Suncor (TSX:SU) is not disclosing the estimated pricetag of the coker project, but Williams says it will cost much less to built in Montreal than in the cost-inflation prone northern Alberta market.As well, much of the required equipment is already in Suncor’s hands, as an earlier iteration of the project was shelved years ago.In the meantime, Suncor has been able to supply the 137,000 barrel-per-day facility with cheaper inland crude using rail and ship.During the first quarter, about 20,000 barrels per day of Western crude made its way to Montreal by rail, with the expectation of hitting an average north of 30,000 barrels per day for 2014.Suncor figures its rail strategy saved it $20 million during the quarter, since the Montreal refinery had access to cheaper inland crude, rather than having to rely on costlier imports.Some seaborne cargoes loaded with cost-effective U.S. crudes have also made their way to Montreal — an option Suncor uses on an “opportunistic” basis, Williams said.By this time next year, Suncor says its Montreal refinery should be able to get 100 per cent of its crude from within North America — once Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Line 9 pipeline between southwestern Ontario and Montreal has been reversed and expanded. That project won regulatory approval in March.“We’re delighted with the news around the Line 9 reversal and anticipate that line being reversed plus or minus a few months on the end of this year. We’re just working through the specific schedules on it now.”The improved market access was one of the reasons behind Suncor’s record and better-than expected first-quarter results, announced late Monday.Its shares were up more than 3.6 per cent at $42.85 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Operating earnings were more than $1.79 billion, or $1.22 per share — widely beating the average analyst expectation of 93 cents, according to estimates compiled by Thomson ReutersA year earlier, Suncor had operating earnings of $1.37 billion, or 90 cents per share.Operating revenues, net of royalties, were $10.3 billion, up from $9.8 billion a year earlier.Net earnings, which account for one-time items, were nearly $1.49 billion, or $1.01 per share, up from $1.09 billion, or 72 cents per share.Suncor says it was able to capture world pricing on 96 per cent of its oil and gas production during the quarter.Some 70,000 barrels per day have been able to make their way to the lucrative U.S. Gulf Coast market on a recently-opened TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) pipeline starting in Cushing, Okla.The Gulf Coast pipeline, which started up in January, was originally meant to be part of TransCanada’s contentious Keystone XL proposal. But TransCanada opted to go ahead with the southern portion first while the larger and more controversial cross-border segment remained in limbo.Company-wide production for the quarter was 545,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the quarter, down from 596,100 a year earlier, due to the sale of its conventional natural gas business and the shutting in of production in Libya.However, output in the oilsands was 389,300 barrels per day, up from 357,800 during the corresponding 2013 quarter._ Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter Suncor: Decision on Montreal coker coming late this year or early next AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Parents always tell their children to appreciate the little things people do: hold the door open for a stranger, say “please” and “thank you,” don’t underestimate the power of a smile. It’s time for Ohio State fans to start appreciating the little things that men’s basketball coach Thad Matta does for the OSU program.Matta has put Buckeye basketball on the map. He keeps the program’s image clean and clear of the NCAA’s compliance department. Even when courting high profile high school prospects, Matta follows the rules. There’s never been a whisper of recruiting violations since he’s been at the helm. There’s no baggage attached to him like a John Calipari or Kelvin Sampson.With regard to recruiting, Matta is a regular Rembrandt. His ability to recruit is second to none, from finding diamonds in the rough (see Evan Turner) to bringing in superstar classes such as the “Thad Five” and this year’s “Super Six.” He doesn’t just recruit players, he recruits good people. Matta’s players regularly stay out of trouble.Before taking over as the head of Buckeye basketball, Matta enjoyed an incredible run of success at Butler and Xavier. In his first and only season at Butler, he coached the Bulldogs to 24 wins and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. At Xavier, Matta posted three consecutive 26-win seasons and an Elite Eight appearance, the furthest the Musketeers have ever advanced in the tournament. In five-and-a-half seasons in Columbus, he’s posted a record of 141-52, already good for third all-time in OSU history, and guided the Buckeyes to a National Championship game in 2007. He’s one of two coaches to win 20 or more games in each of his first nine seasons as a head coach.Matta’s personality also stands out. Watch him during a game. He’s the polar opposite of Jim Tressel. He looks like he’s in a Richard Simmons video, jumping around and shuffling up and down the sideline. Matta does his share of yelling and screaming, both at his players and the officials, but he’s also not afraid to crack a smile or dish out encouragement. He’s also a bit of an oddball. Last year in a home game against Wisconsin, Matta was chewing a piece of gum when it subsequently dropped from his mouth to the gym floor, which of course had been dirtied for the past hour or so by the player’s sneakers. Laws of sanitation be damned, Matta, an obvious follower of the five second rule, quickly picked up the wad of gum, popped it back into his mouth, and started chomping away. Tell me another coach that would have done that. Certainly not The Vest.Matta is under contract through 2016 and makes $2.5 million a year, which makes him the fourth highest-paid college basketball coach in the country. Presumably, the job is his for life, which is pretty good job security for a guy who turns 43 in July. But Ohio State is the epitome of a football school. If jobs opened up at schools where basketball reigns supreme such as Kansas or Duke, Athletic Director Gene Smith might get a little nervous. A little appreciation goes a long way. Start by heading to the Schottenstein Center sometime this season and supporting Matta and his troops. read more

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first_imgArtificial eggs have been grown in a petri dish for the first time, and used to create living animals in a breakthrough hailed as ‘remarkable’ by British experts. Scientists in Japan proved it is possible to take tissue cells from the tail of a mouse, reprogramme them as stem cells and then turn them into eggs in the lab.The ‘eggs in a dish’ were then fertilised and the resulting embryos were implanted in  female mice which went on to give birth to 11 healthy pups. This  is a remarkable achievementProf Martin Johnson, University of Cambridge The Japanese team warned that the pups had different genetic expression compared with control animals, and some chromosomal abnormalities, although all appeared to be healthy. British experts warned that the research could throw up ethical problems if used in humans.“I would say that fully mature and functional ‘eggs in a dish’ should be first produced in large animals – pigs, sheep and cows – before attempting human,”  said Prof James Adjaye, director of the institute for stem cell research and regenerative medicine at the University of Düsseldorf. “It is all a matter of ethics. It would be interesting to allow deriving human ‘eggs in a dish’ but not to be fertilised.”The research was published in the journal Nature.  The scientists took cells from a mouse tail and programmed them to become pluripotent stem cells, which can go on to produce any type of cell.They then created a chemical soup in the lab which mimicked the conditions of  an ovary, to encourage the stem cells to become follicles – tiny tubes found in the ovaries which produce eggs. From those follicles, the scientists were able to harvest healthy eggs.The team then fertilised the eggs using mouse sperm and implanted them into female mice, from which 11 healthy pups were born.British experts hailed the research as ‘very important’, a ‘remarkable achievement’ and the ‘first convincing evidence’ that eggs could be made entirely artificially.Richard Anderson, professor of clinical reproductive science at the University of Edinburgh, said: “This is the first report of anyone being able to develop fully mature and fertilisable eggs in a laboratory setting right through from the earliest stages of egg development.“Although we are a long way from making artificial eggs for women at the moment, this study also provides us with a basis for experimental models to explore how eggs develop from other species, including in women. “One day this approach might be useful for women who have lost their fertility at an early age, as well as for improvements in more conventional infertility treatments.” The embryos developed normally Credit:Dr. Katsuhiko Hayashi The mouse pups at four weeks old Credit:Dr. Katsuhiko Hayashi The mouse pups at four weeks old  If the procedure is found to work in humans it could help more women become mothers. Women are born with all their eggs, so can struggle to conceive as they grow older because their eggs also age.But if eggs could be made from stem cells they would be brand new, and may even produce healthier babies.The technique could also help women who are born with fewer eggs than normal, or whose ovaries have stopped releasing eggs. Scientists say it could even help to bring back extinct animals.Professor Katsuhiko Hayashi, of the department of developmental stem cell biology at Kyushu University, said: “This is the first time a functional egg has been produced from stem cells in culture which gives us some clue to human egg production from stem cells.“We need to now carefully look at the quality of mouse artificial eggs. This kind of quality check will contribute to an application to humans in future.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mouse pups born through the procedure  The embryos developed normally  Mouse pups born through the procedure Credit:Dr. Katsuhiko Hayashi Martin Johnson, professor of reproductive science at the University of Cambridge, added: “This  is a remarkable achievement, involving good quality research.“(It is) potentially of clinical interest to those patients lacking eggs of their own.”However some scientists said the process could be hindered by the fact that in humans eggs take more than 10 years to fully develop after birth, not maturing until puberty.Prof Robin Lovell-Badge, group leader, The Francis Crick Institute, said “This is the first convincing evidence that it is possible to go all the way from pluripotent stem cells to functional eggs entirely [in the lab], which can then be fertilised and give rise to apparently healthy mice.“Clearly, if applied to humans, being able to get functional eggs would have importance in overcoming female infertility, e.g. due to cancer treatment as a child, but it also opens up many other uses in research, in regenerative medicine, and potentially in avoiding genetic disease“There is a long way to go before these methods could be adapted and used in humans. There is the question of time. It usually takes longer than a decade to have fully grown eggs in humans.“Will it take this long to recapitulate the process in vitro, which would pose immense practical challenges, or will parts of the process speed up in vitro where the constraints that normally operate in vivo will be absent?”last_img read more

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Alcohol-related deaths among women are at their highest ever level, new figures have revealed. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that last year there were 8 female deaths from alcohol for every 100,000 people in the UK – the greatest number since records began in 2001. This was being driven by an overall rise in alcohol deaths among 55 to 74-year-olds in recent years.John Britton, professor of epidemiology at the University of Nottingham and director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, said the figures pointed to a generation paying for past excesses as well as continued heavy drinking.He said: “I think we have a cohort of past heavy drinkers going through and they are roughly my age, 63.“It is a legacy of probably a lifetime’s behaviour rather than something that is just happening now.“But if you look at what is happening now this age group of people, certainly those with money in their pockets, are probably consuming more alcohol than most people.” The ONS figures showed the overall number of alcohol related deaths in the UK had risen from 7,327 in 2016 to 7,697 last year.Far more men than women continued die from drink-related conditions, at a rate of 17 deaths per 100,000 people last year. However the office said one of the drivers for the general rise was an increase in deaths for women aged between 60 and 64. Prof Britton said the generation who grew up in the swinging sixties where now at an age where they were most susceptible to the major alcohol-related diseases.He added: “If everybody stopped drinking today you would still have this cohort coming through with a lot of alcohol problems in the next decade or two.“It’s sobering in more ways than one if you’re 63.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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first_imgApple hardware has always had a significant secondhand market, as users sell their last model to help pay for the next. It looks like Apple wants to get in on that action, and will soon offer a trade-in program in their stores.Go to any secondhand sales service, be it eBay or Craigslist or Swappa, and you’ll find no shortage of Apple products for sale. What makes Apple products different from others on the list of used devices is the price tag. The previous generation sells for only slightly less than you could get the same hardware brand new from Apple.The current generation iPhone can be found on Craigslist in many places for more than you’d pay just buying the phone outright. Apple’s secondhand market, especially as it applies to iPhones and iPads, is significant. With that in mind, it’s not surprising at all to see Apple wanting to get in on the action with a trade-in program.According to Bloomberg, Apple is partnering with Brightstar to offer users the ability to trade their current hardware in for a credit against the new hardware. There’s no mention of pricing for these trades, but the idea would be that your iPhone 4S would get you at significant discount on your iPhone 5, and so on. In order for this to be successful, Apple and Brightstar would have to be much better about pricing than most companies that offer this same program right now. Apple could sweeten the deal for less technical users by offering to move them into the new hardware for free, similar to what they currently do for those purchasing upgrades from one iOS device to another.A trade-in service inside an Apple store would have to be handled in a very specific way, as these stores have a reputation for being personalized shopping experiences devoid of standing in line to purchase things. Instead of a trade-in bench, it seems likely that the sales reps would handle everything as part of the transaction, which would actively discourage customers from trying to bring in multiple items to trade in at once.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Sampdoria manager says Fabio Quagliarella is his team’s Cristiano Ronaldo and how is not scary to face the Portuguese superstarSampdoria and Juventus will play tomorrow in the Italian Lega Serie A, in the last match of the year 2018.And for Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo, is not scary to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“If it’s scary to face Ronaldo? No, it stimulates you. We also have a Ronaldo on our team (Vieira). However, let’s not forget about the other opponents,” Giampaolo said to Calcio Mercato.“They (Juve) have extraordinary attacking potential. If I were a Samp defender, I’d be loaded.”“Is Quagliarella the Ronaldo of Sampdoria? He has a very high shit conversion percentage, every Sunday he scores. He is our Ronaldo, but he would be that in any team,” Giampaolo concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgMembers of the Kenaitze, health and social service professionals, and community members joined together Friday at the Tyotkas Elder Center to talk about an issue that’s often kept in silence.Download AudioAlexandra, or Sasha, Lindgren is a Kenaitze elder. She’s sitting at the front of the room telling a story that’s deeply personal. She’s holding a bunch of toothpicks. She pulls one out and shows that when it’s alone, it’s easily breakable. But, when it’s surrounded by other toothpicks, the bunch as a whole is nearly impossible to break.“Sharing my story, I hope will give someone the strength to come forward and say, I need help, and that together, each of us just by sharing our stories will break cycles of abuse and violence,” says Lindgren.Kenaitze Candlelight Vigil – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBIIt’s like people, Lindgren says. It’s much easier to stand up when others are supporting you. That’s why she’s here today, to start a conversation in her community that she says desperately needs to happen.“Traditionally, at least the way that I grew up out in Bethel, it’s not always talked about. But I think when the elders are able to talk about it, then maybe the young people are welcome to talk about it and be aware that violence is not okay,” says Lindsey Anasogak, who works for Na’ini Social Services and coordinated this event. “Na’ini Social Services is a department within the tribe. When we met before we formed the group, we talked about it for a while, and we came upon the word Na’ini which is a Dena’ina traditional value. And the meaning behind that is courage and bravery. We chose that for a reason and we wanted to make sure our clients who came in that we know that sometimes asking for help takes a lot of courage and to be brave to come in.”Barbara Waters is here representing the LeeShore Center, which provides outreach and education on the issue and is also a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She says public events like this are important because talking within a community is the first step toward solving the problem.“We believe our victims, we listen to them, we honor their stories, and we thank them for what they share with us,” says Waters. “It brings awareness of the issue. Ms. Lindgren had a wonderful speech with us before we got started with the candlelight part of the vigil. And that awareness that there are people who have suffered from domestic violence and sexual assault, that it’s our neighbor, it’s our mother, it’s our sister, it might even be ourselves. So, I think that the community needs to get together and get involved and that’s the only way we’re going to see that problem go away.”And it’s a big problem on the Kenai Peninsula. According to a 2013 survey conducted by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, out of every 100 adult women on the peninsula, 43 have experienced intimate partner violence, 30 have experienced sexual violence, and 52 – more than half – have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both.For Alaska as a whole, about 60 out of every hundred women have experienced some type of domestic or sexual violence.“You know, when you go to all these type of awareness-type events, you go to trainings, you go to conferences and conventions, these numbers are brought up quite often and it’s something that nobody is proud of,” says David Knight, who also works with Na’ini Social Services.He says the first time you hear the statistics, they are shocking. But sometimes, he says we get used to hearing them and we stop paying attention. He says all community members, male and female, victim, perpetrator, people don’t think they’re intimately connected with the issue need to remember that every number represents an individual person.“I think that those numbers should drive us to do better,” says Knight.And Sasha Lindgren says that by putting a face, a family, and a story on those numbers, perhaps more people will step forward to seek help, to provide help, or to just listen.“We can overcome this. You’re not ever stuck being one thing and there is always an opportunity to change your life, make it better, make your life better, your community better, your tribe better. Bad does not always have to stay in charge,” says Lindgren.It’s like the toothpicks, she says. A person may struggle alone but a community standing together has the strength to make real change.If you or anyone you know needs help, the LeeShore Center has a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline at 907-283-7257.last_img read more

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first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks at a Nevada GOP Convention in Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on 23 June. Photo: APEager to keep the Republican Party in control of the Senate, US president Donald Trump pressed his tough anti-illegal immigration stance before supporters Saturday, saying “we have to be very strong” as he sought to help boost the candidacy of a one-time critic.Trump was in Las Vegas to assist Dean Heller, the only Republican US senator seeking re-election in a state that democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Trump and Heller have papered over their once prickly relationship to present a united front in their shared goal of helping republicans maintain, if not expand, their thin 51-49 majority in the Senate in November’s congressional elections.Heller was among the officials waiting on the sweltering airport tarmac to greet Trump.In remarks to several hundred often-cheering attendees at the Nevada GOP Convention, Trump portrayed himself as the toughest against illegal immigration, saying at one point, “I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border.”But he excluded any mention of the fact that a massive public outcry, including from members of his own family, forced him to reverse course this week and end the practice of separating children from families after they illegally cross the southern border into the US“On immigration, we have to be very strong,” Trump said, saying the immigration problem should have been solved years ago and blaming Democrats for causing it. “The fact is we need more republicans because the Democrats are obstructionists.”Trump said republicans are for “strong borders, no crime” and called it a winning issue for the party. He alleged that democrats are for “open borders and MS-13 all over our country,” referring to the violent street gang, adding that stance is a losing issue for the opposition.Trump praised Heller for voting to cut taxes, and said US Rep. Jacky Rosen, Heller’s democratic opponent, would vote to raise them. He declared that he had a “great nickname” for Rosen before allowing the audience to egg him into saying it: “Wacky Jacky.”The president noted that Rosen was in Reno with democratic US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the state democratic Party convention. He again referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” to ridicule her claims of Native American ancestry.“Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas. Do you believe this?” Trump said. “When you see that, that’s not the senator you want.”Rosen responded quickly, first on Twitter, then saying in a statement that Trump’s visit was Heller’s “reward” for his loyalty to Trump.“The President is attacking me with lies and petty insults because I’m not afraid to stand up to him,” she said. “Dean Heller has been a rubber stamp for Donald Trump in Washington, caving to the President’s divisive agenda at Nevada’s expense.”Outside the convention, at least 300 people protesting Trump’s policy of separating families at the southern border were stretched along a sidewalk outside the casino-hotel where the president met behind closed doors with supporters before addressing the Nevada GOP convention. His motorcade drove past a smaller group of people holding signs that said “Resist” and “History Has Its Eyes On You.”Trump also held a separate event promoting tax cuts he signed into law six months ago.Heller had renounced Trump during the campaign as someone who “denigrates human beings” and suggested he wouldn’t vote for Trump, but later said he did. Heller also donated to charity a $2,000 donation he received from Trump in 2015.Last year, Trump publicly scolded Heller for holding up the GOP’s long-promised effort to repeal president Barack Obama’s health care law. He later repaired his relationship with Trump and helped deliver the rewrite of US tax laws to Trump’s desk.Trump acknowledged the relationship was “a little shaky in the beginning” but said “nobody fought harder to cut taxes than Dean Heller.”Heller was among a group of republican senators this week who urged the Trump administration to end the practice of separating families. Heller made no mention of the issue Saturday.The president also intervened in Nevada’s Senate race in March and persuaded Heller’s main challenger, Republican Danny Tarkanian, to step aside and run for a US House seat instead. Heller has said he didn’t ask for the favor.Trump said he would be back in Nevada “a lot” to campaign for Heller and other republicans. He said a vote for Rosen is the same as voting for the democratic leaders of Congress, Nancy Pelosi in the House and Chuck Schumer in the Senate, “and it’s a vote for all of the problems they bring.”“I don’t think you want that,” he said.Trump was accompanied by former top campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, now acting as outside advisers to the president. Days earlier, Lewandowski responded with “Wah-wah” during a Fox News Channel appearance after another panelist raised the case of a 10-year-old disabled girl who had been separated from her parents under Trump’s immigration policy.Convention-goers lined up to have photos taken with Lewandowski before Trump addressed the gathering.The event marked Trump’s second campaign appearance this week. He was in Minnesota on Wednesday for Pete Stauber, a Republican congressional candidate running in a traditionally democratic district.Trump is scheduled to stop in South Carolina on Monday to help boost government Henry McMaster’s fortunes on the eve of a Republican gubernatorial runoff. He is also scheduled to travel to North Dakota to campaign for republican Kevin Cramer, who is challenging US Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a democrat seeking another six-year term in a state Trump won by 36 percentage points in 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgDarjeeling: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday stated that she will resolve the identity issue of the Gorkhas and work out a permanent solution. On a campaign tour of North Bengal, Banerjee preached the mantra of unity at Naxalbari in Darjeeling.Flanked by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Binay Tamang, TMC candidate Amar Singh Rai and TMC leader Goutam Deb along with tribal leaders and tea garden workers, Banerjee stated: “We are together- Hill and plains. This is India. This is Bengal. Here Bengalis, Gorkhas, Adivasis and minorities are all one. There is no difference.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister said BJP is the root cause of all unrest. “We placate the Hills while BJP fans communal fire. Even CPI(M) and Congress follow suit. There is full understanding between BJP, Congress and CPI(M) in Bengal,” alleged Banerjee. She stated that TMC does not want clashes, murder, unrest and political strife. “We want peace and development. We want to work together. We want schools, hospitals, roads and tea gardens to be opened,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe TMC supremo also expressed her gratitude towards the GJM. “We are together. We have fielded a son of the soil- Amar Singh Rai. We need someone to stand by the people through thick and thin, not someone who always runs away to Delhi.” Banerjee stated that the 2019 election is very important. “You have to throw out the BJP government from Delhi. They have fooled you. During the last general election and election campaign in North Bengal, Narendra Modi had clearly stated that if voted to power the Union government would take over and run all the locked out tea gardens of Terai and Dooars. Not a single one has been taken over,” she added. The TMC supremo alleged that Modi has also hoodwinked the Gorkhas. “During a campaign in 2014, Narendra Modi had assured that if voted to power, he would carve out Gorkhaland. Forget Gorkhaland, they did not give a central university to the Hills either,” stated Banerjee. The state government on the other hand has sanctioned a university in the Hills. Banerjee stated that despite the Assembly segments of the Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency including Matigarah-Naxalbari, Phansidewa, Siliguri having Congress and Left Front MLAs, she has never been deterred from carrying out development activities. “We have provided rations, free health care, free education and drinking water in closed tea gardens as well. I come every month so that you all don’t feel neglected,” she said to the people. Banerjee then announced a host of schemes and development activities of her government. “We will also work out a permanent solution for the Gorkha identity issue,” assured Mamata Banerjee. Without naming anyone, Banerjee alleged that the loot amassed during demonetisation is now being spent during elections. She gave a clarion call to the people, urging them to vote sensibly to oust the Modi government from power.last_img read more

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first_imgWinston Churchill is one of Britain’s greatest heroes whose life has been the subject of countless books, essays and films. Yet one episode of his early life stands out for its exotic and dramatic setting and the sheer boldness, bravery and luck it took to pull it off. His escape from a South African prison and the accompanying polite letter announcing it to the authorities. Winston ChurchillChurchill had come from a prominent aristocratic family. His father held every major office except Prime Minister. His mother was an American socialite and power-player. He was a soldier, journalist, orator, politician, and writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953, and his career took off when he escaped captivity as a prisoner of war.Churchill in the military dress uniform of the Fourth Queen’s Own Hussars at Aldershot in 1895Churchill had served as a soldier in India and North Africa. In the Sudan, he took part in the last great cavalry charge in history. He then “retired” from the military and got a job as an itinerant journalist covering military affairs. His powerful connections and admirers of his mother made sure he was able to get to where he wanted to go when he wanted to go there.A depiction of the Battle of Omdurman; in the battle, Churchill took part in a cavalry chargeIn 1895, he covered the insurrection in Cuba, and his stories, full of bravado and excitement, attracted a following. He ran for Parliament in 1899 but lost the election. That same year, he went to South Africa, where the British and the Dutch Boers were fighting another war for control of the resource-rich territory (the first had occurred in the early 1880s). It was the place to be for an ambitious young man in search of adventure.Related Video: Greatest Sir Winston Churchill QuotesChurchill secured himself a position writing for The Morning Post and arrived in South Africa in October 1899, equipped with gourmet food, eighteen bottles of whiskey, his own personal pistol and khaki uniform and a lot of ambition to see action once again. A month later, he was in the thick of it.Winston Churchill in 1904Churchill and a unit of British soldiers were traveling through the South African countryside on a train when they came under fire by Boer “commandos”. The Boers had derailed much of the train and it was in two parts. As the British tried to evacuate to the engine and retreat, they came under tremendous fire, virtually from all sides. Many were wounded.Though he was just a newspaperman with no official standing, Churchill took over the effort to secure the wounded and get the train moving. Years later, the men who were with him recounted how he seemed to completely dismiss the idea that he could be wounded or killed, and moved about almost sure no bullet would hit him. Years earlier after a battle in India, he had written his mother: “I do not believe the Gods would create so potent a being as myself for so prosaic an ending.”Churchill wears a helmet during an air raid warning in the Battle of Britain in 1940Massive ego aside, Churchill was brave, of that there is no doubt, and he showed that bravery after he and many of the men with him were captured by the Boers, while some successfully escaped into the bush. Ironically enough, the Boers’ unit commander was Jan Smuts, who would later become the leader of South Africa, a great friend of Churchill and a rock-solid ally.Word of Churchill’s bravery under fire got back to British lines with the men who had eluded the Boer unit, and Churchill was celebrated as a hero, something he had always wanted, but this was small comfort as the British were taken to a school converted to a POW camp in the Boer capital of Pretoria.Churchill and the Soviet AmbassadorHe sat with the other men, some of whom angered Churchill with their attitude – they wanted to wait out the war in safety. Though by the standards of what was to come the POW camp was “cushy” (prisoners were given cigarettes, newspapers, and beer). Notwithstanding all that Churchill hated being penned in. Always possessing boundless energy, he began planning an escape with other POW’s almost as soon as he arrived. He also didn’t want to miss out on the rest of the action, and the chance for further glory.Churchill and two others planned an escape, but due to Churchill’s impulsiveness, luck and the others hesitation, only he made it over the wall during the night of December 12, 1899. Between him and British-held territory was 300 miles of rough African terrain. In his pockets, he had part of a biscuit and four pieces of melting chocolate. No compass, no water, no map, but loads of self-confidence.Blackie the cat and Churchill 1941His absence was noticed the next morning, and immediately, notices went up all over Boer territory offering a reward “Dead or Alive” for the “…prisoner of war CHURCHILL”. British spies and telegraph intercepts picked up the news, and within hours, people back home in Britain knew that Churchill was on the loose.Always a proper gentleman, Churchill left his captors a note. He didn’t address it to the camp commander, but the Boer Minister of War: “I have the honour to inform you that as I do not consider that your Government have any right to detain me as a military prisoner, I have decided to escape from your custody. Regretting that I am unable to bid you a more ceremonious or a personal farewell, I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient servant, Winston Churchill.”Winston Churchill waving to crowds in Whitehall, London on the day he confirms that the war with Germany was overAt one point, he was hidden in a coal mine by a British settler. He had no lights, but plenty of company: rats. When the settler helped him board a freight train, he hid behind bales of cotton. Only luck prevented him from being spotted when the train was searched. After days on the run, Churchill crossed the border into Portuguese East Africa, today’s Mozambique.Read another story from us: Exploring the Good and Bad of Winston Churchill’s LegacyHe could have left South Africa and returned home a hero then and there, but he elected to remain. He reported on and took part in the fighting at the Battle of Spion Kop, and led a cavalry detachment through the streets of Pretoria after the British victory, to liberate his comrades in the POW camp.last_img read more

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first_imgLONDON (AP) – Police say The Sun newspaper’s chief foreign correspondent has been charged over alleged corrupt payments to public officials. It’s the latest in a series of bribery-related charges filed against senior members of the best-selling British tabloid.London’s Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that Nick Parker is accused of conspiring with prison and police officers to commit misconduct in public office at various periods between 2007 and 2009. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   Half-a-dozen senior current and former reporters from The Sun have found themselves facing charges as a consequence of Britain’s wide-ranging phone hacking scandal, which erupted two years ago.Parker could not immediately be reached for comment. Parker’s employer, Rupert Murdoch’s News International, said it could not immediately say who, if anyone, was representing him.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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first_imgcharitydrought reliefTravel Counsellors Travel Counsellors is supporting Drought Angels, a registered NFP charity that provides support systems to Australian farmers going through tough times, by creating the opportunity for its head office team to contribute, and individual Travel Counsellors to donate a portion of their commissions to the charity. More than $3000 has been raised for the charity to date. Drought Angels was set up by Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell in 2014 in response to the adverse conditions experienced in rural Australia. Over the past four years, Drought Angels has assisted over 800 rural families, enabling them to continue to make a living and put food on their tables.Narrabri based Travel Counsellor Kara, says she’s proud of the support the company is giving to Drought Angels. “Living and working in the country means I experience first-hand the tough conditions our rural communities go through. When the farmers are doing it tough, it affects all the local businesses and the whole community too. I’m so proud to see Travel Counsellors supporting a charity, and such a worthwhile cause – one close to my heart and many of those around me – with time, resources and donations. As a Travel Counsellor I always feel 100% supported by the head office team in Melbourne, and it’s great to see this kind of support being shown to our Australian farmers and rural communities too. The work that Drought Angels do is incredibly important.”Travel Counsellors Regional Managing Director and leading travel industry figure, Kaylene Shuttlewood says the work the charity undertakes is essential.“…we as a business feel passionately about supporting people to be able to continue to live, work, farm and make a living in the community and landscape they love. Through supporting Drought Angels we’re so proud to be able to say, ‘Thank you’ to all of our Australian farmers too.”last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “They have a lot of guys,” Rolle added. “Ellington, I feel like he’s a great running back, I feel like he’s very versatile, catches it out of the backfield, quick, shifty guy. You add Chris Johnson, Fells had a great game last week.“You have so many weapons that they can utilize and get what they want done, you know, and execute.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories A guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, Rolle was asked about having to face Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, who passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns last Sunday. When answering, the safety instead pointed to the entire Arizona offense.“I think they have a dynamic offense, I think they have great execution in their offense,” Rolle said. “I think it all starts with Carson, obviously, and then you have a lot of intangibles like the great Larry Fitzgerald, who I’m very familiar with. And you have a guy you all call John Brown, but I call Smokey.”Fitzgerald, of course, was the leading receiver on the Super Bowl team Rolle was a part of. While the veteran isn’t quite that player anymore, he led the Cardinals with six catches and 87 yards in Arizona’s season-opening win against the New Orleans Saints.Also in that game, Palmer completed passes to eight different receivers, while targeting 10 in the afternoon. The Cardinals aim to spread the ball around, which helps to make them even more difficult for an opponent to defend.Because while Fitzgerald led the team in catches and yards, it was Brown, tight end Darren Fells and running back David Johnson who were on the receiving end of Palmer’s touchdown passes, while running back Andre Ellington also found the end zone on a short run. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Antrel Rolle was on an Arizona Cardinals team that made it to the Super Bowl.That season, the Cards offense had a QB, Kurt Warner, who threw for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns along with a trio of receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston who all topped the 1,000-yard mark. They also had a running back, rookie Tim Hightower, who scored 10 rushing touchdowns.That was seven years ago, however. This season, Rolle is a member of the Chicago Bears, who are getting ready to host the Cardinals in a Week 2 matchup at Soldier Field Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgNovember 15, 2006 Workshop participant Brendan Maloney is cutting and assembling the form for a custom counter with sink for the Light-scoop apartment in Unit10 of the East Crescent. Workshop participant Brendan Maloney is cutting and assembling the form for a custom counter with sink for the Light-scoop apartment in Unit10 of the East Crescent. [Photo: sa, rc & text: sa, ssc, rc] This is one of planning coordinator Dan Kelligher’s projects. Dan has cast a series of custom fitted counters and sinks for bathrooms in Unit 6, Unit 7 and Unit 9. This present counter project is for a small kitchen area. Custom cut and bent metal reinforcement has been inserted. The elevated portion is the cavity for the sink. Next to it is a small assembly of washers that will provide a cavity for the water faucet. [Photo: sa, rc & text: sa, ssc, rc] The form is complete and Dan mixes a special concrete mix ‘Quickcrete 5000’. This is a very smooth concrete mixed with small gravel and sand. When the correct consistency is reached, the fast-setting mix is transported very quickly in a lined wheel-barrow. The crew carefully packs the hard-to-reach spaces of the form first. This report will continue. [Photo: sa, rc & text: sa, ssc, rc]last_img read more

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