Deepa draws parallel between Huma Cate

first_imgMumbai: For filmmaker Deepa Mehta, it was a “luxury” to work on ‘Leila’ with a talent like Huma Qureshi leading the cast. She says the actor is a risk-taker and in a way, in the league of the Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett. Glad that she was dealing with “actors and not the stars that they are” in the Netflix series, Mehta says Qureshi “spoilt” her by slipping effortlessly into the role of Shalini in ‘Leila’, a dystopian drama capturing a mother’s search for her abducted daughter. “It was wonderful to work with her. She has got me spoilt. I felt really lucky. Of course, you really need a talented actor in the first place, but you also need an actor who is absolutely ready to take risks.”last_img

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DOE secretly shipped plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada

RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Department of Energy disclosed Wednesday that it already has shipped one-half metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site in Nevada.The Justice Department notified a federal judge in Reno the government had already trucked the radioactive material to the site 70 miles (113 kilometres) north of Las Vegas when Nevada filed a request for an injunction to block the move in November.Department lawyers said in a nine-page filing that the previously classified information about the shipment from South Carolina can be disclosed now because enough time has passed to protect national security. They didn’t specify when the transfer occurred.Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said he’s “beyond outraged by this completely unacceptable deception.” He said he’s working with Nevada’s congressional delegation to fight back against the U.S. government’s “reckless disregard” for the safety of Nevadans.“Time and again, we have seen Trump administration officials treat Nevada as the dumping ground for the nation’s nuclear waste,” added Democratic Rep. Dina Titus.Rep. Susie Lee, also a Democrat, said the move is “deceptive and dangerous.”U.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du in Reno is considering the state’s request for an injunction to block the Energy Department’s plans announced in August to ship a full metric ton of plutonium to Nevada from South Carolina, where a federal judge previously issued an order that the plutonium be removed from a Savannah River site by January 2020.Nevada argues the DOE has failed to adequately study the potential dangers of moving the material to an area that is subject to flash floods and earthquakes, and that the state’s lands and groundwater may already be contaminated with radioactive materials.The energy department defended its decision in court on Jan. 17. Its lawyers argued at the time it doesn’t have to disclose top-secret details of the shipment plans because of national security.Du expressed sympathy at times for the state’s argument during the evidentiary hearing, but declined to immediately grant the state’s request and indicated she wouldn’t rule until February.“I hope the government doesn’t ship plutonium pending a ruling by this court,” she said at the time.Sisolak said Wednesday the energy department led the state to believe it was engaged in good-faith negotiations over the plutonium “only to reveal that those negotiations were a sham all along.”“They lied to the state of Nevada, misled a federal court and jeopardized the safety of Nevada’s families and environment,” he said.Meanwhile, the states of Nevada and South Carolina are continuing to argue over where the legal challenge should be heard. Each said in briefs filed in Reno last week that theirs is the proper venue to argue over the fate of the plutonium.Lawyers for South Carolina say the previous order issued in December 2017 directing that the metric ton of plutonium be removed by the end of this year makes it clear the South Carolina court retains jurisdiction.“Nevada’s interests fail to outweigh South Carolina’s interest and substantial public interest in having the matter decided by the court already handling and most familiar with the facts and issues in the case,” they said in a filing last week.A substantial part of the government’s efforts to remove the plutonium “have occurred and will occur in South Carolina,” John Desmond wrote on behalf of South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.Nevada’s lawyers countered that the disposal site isn’t located in South Carolina.“The environmental impacts of the proposed action here will be almost entirely felt in Nevada,” they said.Experts testifying on behalf of Nevada said the material likely would have to pass directly through Las Vegas on the way to the Nevada Nuclear National Security Site. They fear an accident could permanently harm an area home to 2.2 million residents and host to more than 40 million tourists a year.The Energy Department wants to temporarily store the material at the Nevada site and the government’s Pantex Plant in Texas, two facilities that already handle and process plutonium. The department says it would be sent by 2027 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico or another unnamed facility.____Eds: This story corrects an early version that said Robert Cook is the attorney general of South Carolina. Alan Wilson is attorney general. Cook is the solicitor general.Scott Sonner, The Associated Press read more

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Grains lower livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was down 7.2 cents at $4.6600 a bushel; May corn fell 3.4 cents at $3.6160 a bushel; May oats lost .6 cent at $2.874 a bushel; while May soybeans dropped 4.8 cents at 8.9740 a bushel.Beef mixed, pork higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was up .13 cent at $1.2625 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle fell .37 cent at $1.4565 a pound; Apr. lean hogs gained .4 cents at .7950 a pound.The Associated Press

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UN antimalaria official hails provision of 30 million mosquito nets for Nigeria

26 October 2009The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in its largest-ever malaria initiative, will provide 30 million long-lasting treated mosquito nets to Nigeria, a move applauded by the official tasked with spearheading United Nations efforts to tackle the disease. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in its largest-ever malaria initiative, will provide 30 million long-lasting treated mosquito nets to Nigeria, a move applauded by the official tasked with spearheading United Nations efforts to tackle the disease.The Global Fund’s initiative, announced last Friday, will provide the African nation with half the nets needed to cover its entire population.The organization’s “unprecedented commitment to Nigeria, which bears one quarter of the global malaria burden, will protect millions of people from malaria and save over 100,000 lives,” said Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria.Last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for universal access to malaria-prevention tools by the end of 2010, with the ultimate target of mostly eliminating malaria deaths by 2015. At present, just over half of the endemic population has access to life-saving nets.The Global Fund’s commitment to Nigeria announced last week is the single largest allocation towards meeting Mr. Ban’s goal of universal net coverage by next year, Mr. Chambers underscored.Halting the incidence of malaria is one of the many health-related targets that make up the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the pledges world leaders made to try to slash poverty, hunger, preventable illness and a host of other socio-economic ills by 2015. read more

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Jaffna security forces return 54 acres of land to owners

Today’s simple ceremony to release another land patch of 54 acres was organized jointly by Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, the District Secretariat for Jaffna and the SFHQ-J. Responding positively to the concerns of the public, Members of Parliament and local politicians in the Jaffna District, the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J) today released 54 acres of land along the coastal belt in the Thaididi Grama Niladari Division, including the Myladi Fisheries Harbour that borders the Palaly Army Cantonment, to their legal owners.Accordingly, 187 families, who are still residing as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), either in relief centres or mostly with their next of kin, will be able to return to their original lands and resume their fishing livelihood after an absence of nearly 30 years. Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna officially handed over the documents, related to the release of the land to the District Secretary in Jaffna, Nagalingam Vedanayaham. (Colombo Gazette) In April the SFHQ-J took a similar initiative and returned a land area of 35 acres to their owners in Urani, including the Urani Fisheries Harbour area that remained within the Security Forces in Palaly. read more

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UN chief urges continued global support for Lebanon amid ongoing regional crises

In a message delivered to a meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, held in Berlin, Germany, Mr. Ban celebrated the unity of the Group in support of Lebanon’s stability, stating that it sent “a strong signal” and complemented the progress reflected in the present Government. He noted, however, that the Group had expressed concern about “the severe and growing challenges” facing the country as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria and that pressure on Lebanon’s border, including recent attacks on the Lebanese army in Tripoli, had “further highlighted the threat.”“The Group has consistently highlighted Lebanon’s need for international assistance for the Lebanese Armed Forces; for Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them; and for affected government programmes,” the Secretary-General said in a message delivered by Derek Plumbly, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.“I understand certain anxieties about the scale of the Syrian refugee presence, and note the tensions in some communities. I also note recent policy decisions announced by the Government,” he continued, while also stressing the importance of “close cooperation between the Government and UNHCR [Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees] in managing the refugee presence effectively and in accordance with international humanitarian standards and human rights.”Last September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Support Group to help the country tackle its multiple challenges, including hosting such a large number of refugees.As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered over 1,000,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon – now constituting an estimated 25 per cent of the total population.Also, the number of registered Syrian refugees does not include the hundreds of thousands of Syrians that are living in Lebanon without having asked for assistance, or the over 50,000 Palestinians who have fled to Lebanon since the start of the conflict, adding to the 270,000 that were already there.If the current influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon – some 12,000 every week – continues, there could be over 1.6 million of them registered in the country by the end of this year. The presence of such a large number of refugees is exerting unprecedented pressure on public services and communities hosting the refugees.“Lebanon is a beacon of tolerance and co-existence in the region,” Mr. Ban concluded. “Easing the situation imposed by a crisis now in its fourth year is essential to Lebanon’s continued stability.” read more

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Police ranks receive training in investigating violent crimes

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS pumps $850,000 more into criminal justice system projectMay 7, 2019In “Business”Guyana receives $106M from Canada to enhance Criminal Justice System – in Canada’s largest bilateral project with GuyanaJanuary 8, 2016In “latest news”High Court Judge donates “crime scene investigation” books to policeOctober 2, 2015In “Crime” A training program in the area of capacity building in a new forensic skill set for member of the Guyana Police Force is presently underway through the kind gesture of The U.S. Embassy and the Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) through the Strengthening Criminal Justice Project (SCJP) grant. The training in bloodstain pattern recognition will comprise over 20 representatives from across the criminal justice system in Guyana. The training began on February 25 and will conclude on March 1, 2019.Bloodstain pattern recognition and analysis is an area of forensic science where experts examine the size, shape, location, and distribution patterns of bloodstains in order to determine the physical events that occurred at a crime or sudden death scene.This new skill set will support Guyana’s Police Force (GPF) to solve serious crimes, including homicides and other investigations involving blood deposits. The weeklong training includes a mix of theoretical and practical sessions. Jon Forsythe, an expert in the field and a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with over 38 years of policing experience will lead the training.The course, offered in Guyana for the first time, will give Police ranks the unique opportunity to gain in-depth exposure to knowledge on recognition of bloodstain patterns and their significance in criminal investigations. Participants will learn the history of bloodstain pattern analysis as it pertains to forensic science. They will learn about human anatomy, biology of blood, where the stain originated from, including the value of proper collection for DNA profiling.All levels of justice sector officials will benefit from the training. In keeping with a comprehensive approach, the event will also include investigators, prosecutors, members of the judiciary and the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory.Embassy and INL grantee Justice Education Society of British Columbia will organize and facilitate the training. read more

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Global ventilation engineering meeting in June

first_imgThe 12th US/North American Mine Ventilation Symposium will be held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, June 9-11. The symposium offers an excellent opportunity for mine ventilation experts, professionals and students to gather for a valuable exchange of information and professional development. For details, visit www.unr.edu/ventsymp2008.Topics and SessionsDiesel Emission Control and Measurement: 3 SessionsDust Control: 2 SessionsHeat and Humidity, Mine Air Refrigeration: 1 SessionGeneral Ventilation Design and Monitoring: 1 SessionMethane: 1 SessionMine Fans: 1 SessionMine Fires and Emergency Control: 3 SessionsNumerical Modeling: 2 SessionsSpontaneous Combustion of Coal: 2 SessionsTunnel Ventilation: 1 SessionVentilation and the Miner’s Act (seals/belt air use): 2 SessionsVentilation Planning – Coal Mining: 2 SessionsVentilation Planning – Metal/Non-Metal Mining: 3 SessionsOptional WorkshopsJune 7: Psychrometry, Mine Heat Loads and Climate, and Mine Cooling and Refrigeration • Fee: $225June 8: Concurrent sessions:Respirable Dust Control Fee: Conference attendees: $90; non-conference attendees: $150Heat Illness and Heat Stress Measurement Fee: $225Strategies and Technologies to Reduce Miners’ Exposure to Diesel Particulate Matter and Gases • Fee: Conference attendees: $90; non-conference attendees: $150June 12: Egress and Entrapment in Underground Hardrock Mines • Fee: $225Optional Field Trips (Post-Symposium)June 11-13: Technical Trip: Coal/Trona Mines • Fee: $300June 11-13: Technical Trip: Nevada Gold Mines • Fee: $260ExhibitsFor information about exhibiting, visit the symposium exhibit page at www.unr.edu/ventsymp2008/Details.html or email John Kelleher, president, Schauenburg Flexadux Corp, at kelleher@schauenburg-us.com, or call (970) 245-9400.A meeting room has been reserved for the exhibit area with ample room to arrange social events and coffee service, etc., during the event.Symposium Registration and InformationRegistration for the symposium and all optional workshops, field trips, sightseeing tours, and additional banquet tickets is available online at www.unr.edu/ventsymp2008. For more information about symposium registration, call (775) 784-4062 or 1-800-233-8928. Symposium registration: $450, includes 1 ticket to exhibits, symposium, reception, 3 lunches, 1 banquet ticket, proceedings Exhibitor registration: $1,800, includes exhibitor booth, 1 ticket to exhibits, symposium, reception, 3 lunches and 1 banquet ticket, proceedings. Additional booth members must register as symposium participants.Symposium, optional workshops and technical field trips provide contact hours that may qualify for PDH for PE and other professional certifications.Symposium coordinators, Pierre Mousset-Jones at the University of Nevada, Reno or Keith Wallace at Mine Ventilation Services, Inc. Contact Dr. Pierre Mousset-Jones, University of Nevada, Reno, Phone: (775) 784-6959 Email: mousset@unr.eduKeith G. Wallace, Mine Ventilation Services, Inc. Phone: (559) 452-0182 Email: 12thsymposium@mvsengineering.comA block of rooms is available for a reduced rate to symposium participants. Call John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 1-800-648-1177 or visit www.janugget.com/hotel/reservations.cfm and enter the symposium’s reservation code: GUNR.last_img read more

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Toy Tuesday The 11 Best Pokemon Toys

first_imgStay on target Has there ever been a video game franchise as toyetic as Nintendo’s Pokemon series? Hundreds of adorable (well, mostly) battling monsters, each one with its own personality. Sure, you’ve got the big names like Pikachu and Charizard, but there are hundreds of other pocket monsters with dedicated fan bases. Naturally, there are tons of super awesome toys for all ages, from super-detailed action figures to adorable plushes. Here’s our rundown of the best Pokemon toys you can get.Brock, Geodude & Vulpix PVC FiguresGeodude is real, and strong, and he’s my friend. Japanese toymaker Megahouse has produced a whole line of cool PVC figurines of the Pokemon anime’s main cast, both humans and monsters. For the money, our favorite is the one with perennial sidekick and wanna-be ladies man Brock and his rocky companion. Throw in a charming little foxlike Vulpix and you have a trio of characters that will look awesome on your toy shelf. Note that these are mostly non-poseable, but you can turn Vulpix’s head.Get them at Amazon.com144 Pokemon FiguresYou know, we’re not sure that this cavalcade of small plastic Pocket Monsters is a legit licensed product, but sometimes you have to bend the rules a little bit. And if you really want to fill up your Pokedex and raise an army of creatures at a decent price, this is the best deal on the market. Each figure measures 3/4 of an inch or a little higher, so they’re basically like the kind you’d get from a decent vending machine. Sorry if you have a particular favorite Pokemon — the assortment is random, and the quality isn’t museum-level. But it’s nearly 150 Pokemon for a little over twenty bucks. C’mon.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop PikachuThe little yellow electric mouse somehow managed to become one of the most iconic cartoon characters of the modern era, and there’s loads of Pikachu merch out there. Everett, Washington-based Funko Pop of course got on the bandwagon with a Target-exclusive version of the little bugger, and it’s a charming and cute sculpt with a pair of pointy ears that stick way up. This one is getting harder and harder to find so if you’re building a Pop collection you might want to act fast.Get it at Amazon.comS.H. Figuarts Ash Ketchum Action FigureThe protagonist of the Pokemon anime, cheerful young Ash Ketchum is motivated to be the very best, like no one ever was. With his trusty Pikachu by his side, he challenges gym leaders and contends with Team Rocket in episode after episode (plus the movies). Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line is famous for clever articulation and accurate design, and this five inch Ash is no different. The figure is extremely poseable, and comes with two heads (one with cap, one without), a mount so Pikachu can ride on his shoulder, a Pokeball and more.Get it at Amazon.comXerneas Vinyl FigureOne of the Legendaries introduced in Pokemon X, Xerneas is a stag-like creature with a massive crest of antlers in glowing rainbow colors when it’s getting ready to use its unique power to bequeath eternal life. It’s one of the cooler designs of that game, so this poseable vinul figure is a must for any hardcore collector. Standing seven inches tall, it’s constructed very sturdily for display purposes, able to stand on its own and move all four limbs and the neck.Get it at Amazon.comPlush Sleepy CuboneOne of my personal favorite Generation 1 Pokemon is Cubone, the skull-helmeted lizard that hangs out in the seven-story tower in Lavender Town used as a burial ground for deceased monsters. Clutching a legbone in its hand, Cubone mourns its dead mother Marowak by wearing her skull over its face. Weird flex, but OK. This cute and cuddly plush Pokemon measures six and a half inches long and is settling in for a depression-fueled nap. Very relatable.Get it at Amazon.comPikachu Coin BankThe specter of capitalism does loom over the Pokemon world, and if you want to have enough Master Balls to catch those shinies you’ll need to save up. Thankfully, your little electric mouse friend is here to help you. Put a coin on the yellow space and push it down gently and Pikachu will pop open the lid, reach out with a yellow paw and snatch your change to add to your hoard. While it’s doing that, the little guy also emits one of a staggering 200 different phrases and sounds. Not bad for an animal with a one-word vocabulary.Get it at ThinkGeekS.H. Figuarts Team Rocket Action FiguresPrepare for trouble — and make it double. The recurring antagonists of the Pokemon anime, Jessie and James are a duo of exploitative trainers who seek to use the trusting little monsters’ abilities to seek fortune and fame. Accompanied by their Meowth, a rare Pokemon who can speak in English as opposed to just repeating his own name, they launch all manner of schemes and scams before being eventually defeated. These exceptional action figures from Bandai are super poseable and come with a pair of alternate expressions each as well as spare hands so James can hold his trademark rose.Get them at Amazon.comMega Construx GyaradosPokemon is one of the few licenses that Lego hasn’t snapped up the rights to, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t brick-based construction kits for your favorite monsters. Mattel’s Mega Construx line got them, and they’ve made a number of pretty sweet sets. The mighty serpent Gyarados was one of the first game’s most cleverly hidden secrets, requiring players to raise a pathetic, defenseless Magikarp to level 20 before evolving it. This super-cool set lets you build your own instead, using 488 pieces that are compatible with LEGO if you want to put together your own inter-universe crossover.Get it at Amazon.comPokemon Red Trainer Action FigureYou can forget about astrology or the Meyers-Briggs personality types — the only real way to know a person’s soul is to find out which of the original three Pokemon starters they chose. Luckily for you, this super nice figure from Good Smile comes with Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle. The protagonist of the original game is on his journey across the Kanto region to catalog all of the native creatures in his Pokedex. With smooth but flexible joints, a removable backpack and Pokeball, this little guy is ready to catch some creatures.Get it at Amazon.comMimikyu PlushEvery once in a while the geniuses at Game Freak (the developers of the Pokemon games) come up with a monster design that is so perfect for the age we live in that it instantaneously becomes a meme. Case in point: Mimikyu, who debuted in 2016’s Sun and Moon games, is the “imposter syndrome” Pokemon. A Ghost/Fairy type, Mimikyu is insecure and disguises itself with a clumsy Pikachu disguise because it thinks that will help it make friends. We can completely relate and snapped up this eight inch stuffed replica right away.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Geek.com:11 Most Powerful Dragon Ball Toys11 Best Movie-Based Lego Sets11 Goopiest Slime Toys Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long last_img read more

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Oregon ACLU condemns police actions at Portland protest

first_imgPORTLAND — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon has criticized Portland police officers for their crowd control tactics during a Monday protest, calling officers’ actions “shameful.”Portland police arrested seven adults and cited six juveniles during the “Not My Presidents Day” protest, including a 66-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy, reported The Oregonian/OregonLive.Portland police said they used “limited deployment” of pepper spray during the protest and that officers fired non-lethal shots.Those measures were necessary to keep unruly protesters in check, said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.“We would much prefer things were different,” he told The Oregonian. “But we’re sort of forced to be there now because of the aggressive nature of the, ‘We’re going to show up, we’re going to block streets, we’re going to shut the city down’ attitude.”The ACLU condemned the actions in a series of seven tweets, saying the “indiscriminate violence against Portlanders was shameful.” The nonprofit called on Mayor Ted Wheeler to revise crowd-control strategies, writing that most of the people were “gathered on public property on the sidewalk when they were shoved down and arrested.”A video shot by protest documenter Mike Bivins and posted to Willamette Week’s website shows a woman angrily approaching a row of officers in riot gear. One officer appears to fire two rubber bullets into the woman’s torso at close range.last_img read more

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Somalian community remembers woman allegedly murdered by her husband

first_img Posted: April 12, 2019 John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:08 PM Somalian community remembers woman allegedly murdered by her husbandcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  The murder of a local Somali woman is creating a bond between San Diego’s Somalian community and the San Diego Police Department.Police say 36-year-old Muna Keri was murdered by her husband was a case of fatal domestic violence.At a special meeting Friday, officers educated the Somali women about the need to report domestic violence something that probably would not happen in their native country because of cultural differences.The sisters of murder victim Keri say they view the SDPD as their brothers and sisters because of the way they handled the tragedy that the officers ‘Felt their pain.’ They are also grateful for the efforts of the SDPD and US Marshall’s in tracking down the suspect in Panama.Related story:Husband arrested on suspicion of killing wife at City Heights apartment John Soderman April 12, 2019last_img read more

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Sage uses app to demonstrate the value of its benefits package

first_imgIn March 2016, multinational business software organisation Sage introduced an interactive app in order to help senior executives understand the value of their benefits package, Sage Rewards.The app, which was developed by Caburn Hope, is optimised for tablets and can also be viewed on desktop. It is available to around 100 members of the organisation’s senior management team globally.In addition to showing users information about the contents and value of their total reward package, the app uses bespoke modelling tools to demonstrate the current and potential value of employees’ bonus awards and long-term incentive schemes, such as the organisation’s performance share plan. Staff can use sliders to see how certain performance conditions could affect the value of their awards, with the projections brought to life through visual aids, such as bar charts. The values are shown in the executive’s local currency.The app enables users to see how they are modelling in relation to current forecasts, and sends out a call to action that aims to encourage employees to achieve their full potential and help them reach their targets. These messages are tailored according to where the employee models in relation to the forecast and maximum potential of the reward scheme.A hybrid application was chosen for the project, which allows it to make use of native app functionality; for example, it can be downloaded from the app store straight onto employees’ tablets, and can also send out push notifications to users. Following the release of Sage’s half-year results, a push notification was used to share a message from the organisation’s chief financial officer, which highlighted how the business was performing and how employees could work together to continue to deliver a strong performance going forward. Such messages, alongside the inclusion of business metrics within the app, help to align senior executive performance and reward with the organisation’s wider strategic goals.Lloyd Taylor, director of group reward at Sage, says: “We put a lot of thought into the app and we think it is something new; we don’t think any other product that’s out there that we are aware of internally or externally has this level of functionality and aligns executive line of sight between performance and reward in quite the same way. It’s something we’re really excited about and we think is working really well.”The app has been designed to provide the agility required to support Sage’s senior executive reward programme over the long term, such as the flexibility to include various long-term incentive plans or easily adapt modelling metrics, for example. “We really wanted to future proof it,” says Taylor.The organisation also hopes to optimise the app for smartphone use in the future.The app’s branding uses the organisation’s core colour pallet and the Sage logo, but has been tweaked to provide the reward programme with its own look and feel. “We adapted the [organisation’s] brand guidelines to position [the app],” explains Taylor. “We wanted a specific identity for reward but not a separate brand.”Together with Caburn Hope, Sage developed a communications campaign for the app that revolved around the message that staff could use Sage Rewards as a tool to see how they could achieve their potential. The image of a rocket ship launching into space was employed to depict this concept, alongside lyrics from David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’: “Commencing countdown, engines on.”Both the app and communications campaign have been well received among the senior executives the scheme is targeted at, eliciting positive feedback.last_img read more

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Fairbanks Coal Ash Health Impacts Under Scrutiny

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Health is looking into possible coal ash health impacts from Aurora Energy’s downtown Fairbanks plant. Coal ash is increasingly coming under scrutiny around the country due to contamination from large scale spills, but the situation in Fairbanks is different.Download Audiolast_img

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CHECK OUT List of Resources To Cope With Harveys Aftermath

first_img11. Information on senior living: List Of Affected Senior Homes During Tropical Storm Harvey 7. Tips to deal with insurance claims: Insurers Offer Recovery Advice To Texans Impacted By Hurricane Harvey  1. Information on shelters: Shelter ListHere’s What Houston Shelters Are In Need Of For Harvey Victims  10. Childcare in shelters:Houston-Area Teachers Helping Students In Shelters 8. Transportation Information:METRO To Resume Service On Some Major RoutesList Of Road Closures And Driving Conditions 4. How to identify and avoid scams:Don’t Fall Victim To Harvey Flood ScamsFEMA’s Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control  Gregory Bull | Associated PressVolunteers sort donated items in a makeshift distribution center set up among the cubicles of an office Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas. Thousands of people have been displaced by torrential rains and catastrophic flooding since Harvey slammed into Southeast Texas last Friday. 9. School Districts:School District Openings After Harvey  14. Mobile Vet Center LocationsThe Department of Veteran Affairs Deploys MVCs To Houston 3. How to apply for federal help UPDATE: FEMA Provides Essential Information To Cope With Harvey’s Aftermath 13. How the city, state, and national government are dealing with Harvey’s aftermath: How Are Local, State, And National Officials Handling Harvey Aftermath?What Will Harvey Mean For Houston’s Oil And Gas Industry?  6. How to obtain legal aid:Houston’s Legal Community Offers Free Services To Harvey Victims  Share 5. Lists of  gas stations with fuel:Find Out Which Stations In Your Area Have Gas With The Gas Buddy Tool 1. Temporary Housing:From the Houston Association of Realtors. 12. For displaced pets: VCA Provides Free Boarding For Displaced Pets  2. How to volunteer and donate: How To Get (And Offer) Help After Harvey UPDATE: List Of Charities And Steps To Donate As Harvey Relief Growslast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed August 9

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uDonald Trump is promising, “fire and fury,” in response to North Korea’s nuclear provocations against the U.S. Dr. Tyrone Powers, national security expert and director of the Homeland Security Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College, discusses the national security implications of Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, discuss law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on Mayor Catherine Pugh’s crime plan and her new criminal justice director.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7.last_img

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Amazon Nabs US Open Tennis Broadcast Rights for UK Ireland in FiveYear

first_img Popular on Variety Pictured above: U.S. tennis player Sloane Stephens, winner of the women’s singles title at the 2017 U.S. Open Amazon has hoovered up exclusive live-streaming rights to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for Prime customers in the U.K. and Ireland in a five-year pact — another move forward in the tech giant’s encroachment on TV sports.The United States Tennis Asssn. entered into a deal granting Amazon Prime Video exclusive live telecast rights to the U.S. Open in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The five-year agreement begins with the 2018 U.S. Open, one of the four Grand Slam pro tennis tournaments. In addition to live match play, Prime Video members in the U.K. and Ireland also will have access to on-demand highlights and other content — all for no additional cost.In the United States, ESPN is the major media-rights holder for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.The USTA/Amazon announcement comes after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that the ecommerce giant now has more than 100 million Prime members worldwide. It’s the first time Amazon has provided a specific figure, but the company isn’t breaking down that customer base by country. “Prime Video is focused on bringing customers a great selection of high-quality entertainment across drama, comedy, documentaries, live sports and more,” Jay Marine, VP of Prime Video Europe, said in a statement. “We are delighted to now offer Prime members U.S. Open tennis at no extra cost to their membership, right alongside their favorite shows and movies.”Prime members in the U.K. and Ireland will be able to watch U.S. Open content across more than 600 devices on the Prime Video app for connected TVs, video-game consoles, set-top boxes and other devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, mobile devices and the web.The 2018 U.S. Open — the tournament’s 50th anniversary — is set to run Aug. 27-Sept. 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. This year will be the inaugural season of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, a 14,000-seat facility that’s part of the USTA’s $600 million capital-improvement plan.Amazon’s acquisition of U.S. Open rights for Prime members across the pond marks its latest foray into live sports. In June, Prime members in the U.K. and Ireland can watch live and on-demand content from the Assn. of Tennis Professionals’ Queen’s Club Championships and Eastbourne International, as part of Amazon’s deal with the ATP that will feature 37 ATP World Tour events annually beginning in 2019.In addition, through Amazon Channels, Prime members can watch sports by subscribing to services such as CBS All Access and Sports Illustrated TV in the U.S. and the Eurosport Player in the U.K. and Germany. Earlier this year, Prime Video launched UFC pay-per-view events in the U.S. It’s also delivering live and VOD coverage of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and the Next Gen ATP Finals to customers in more than 200 countries and territories. Last year, Prime Video had global live-streaming rights to the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” 11-game package, which garnered over 18 million unique viewers. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Hersheys Foray Into 3D Printing Could Allow You to Be Your Own

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read January 20, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Why visit a chocolate factory when you can print candy in your own home? That dream may become a reality now that Hershey is partnering with 3D Systems, a 3-D printing technology company, to develop 3-D printing methods that can be used to make chocolate confections.”Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3-D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future,” William Papa, Hershey’s head of research and development, said in a statement.There is no indication yet as to when the multi-year agreement may bear fruit, and financial terms were not disclosed. But Pennsylvania-based Hershey, with revenues of $6.6 billion, has the size and influence to drive major growth in 3-D printing. Analysts at research firm Gartner have predicted that the number of 3-D printers in consumer hands will double this year.3D Systems unveiled a 3-D chocolate printer at the Consumer Electronics Expo last week, along with a printer for edible sugar. But those devices, which will reportedly be available later this year and will cost several thousand dollars, are intended only for use in bakeries and other professional settings.3D Systems sees expansion into edible products as a way to mainstream 3-D printing technology, according to the statement. A company spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that 3D Systems intends to bring the technology to consumers rather than keeping it solely for commercial use. That means that individuals could print sweets for themselves instead of the sort of thermoplastic trinkets that currently represent what is achievable with 3-D printers in the popular imagination.Related: Photoshop’s Latest Feature: 3-D Printing Capability Register Now »last_img read more

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Cancun inmates repay fines by removing sargassum

first_imgApproximately 50 low-risk inmates hit the beaches of Cancun for two days of sargassum removal, which helps with city efforts. The manual labor also helps them to repay outstanding fines issued for their offenses. Cancun, Q.R. — As a way to clean beaches and repay fines, inmates from Cancun’s El Tortio have been participating in sargassum removal. The two-day program was headed by authorities of the City of Benito Juárez who determined that minor offenders can pay their fines by cleaning sargassum from city the beaches. With this option, offenders also avoid jail hours at the detention center of El Torito. The inmates were sent to areas with greater concentrations of sargassum to help with its removal. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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US ambassador praises Australian gay rights progress

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Australia told Australian marriage equality supporters on Monday that although their nation continues to ban same-sex marriage, it remains more progressive than his own in protecting the rights of gay employees and sportsmen.Ambassador John Berry, who married his male partner Curtis Lee in Washington in 2013, gave a luncheon speech at Parliament House, where lawmakers are bitterly divided over a draft bill that would allow gay marriage nationwide. Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The legislation is expected to go to a vote this year, with conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposed to it.Berry contradicted an opening address by Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young of the minor Greens party, who said Australia was falling behind other countries on sexual equality issues.Berry told an audience that included lawmakers from government and opposition political parties that while 37 U.S. states have approved marriage equality, only 18 have passed employment non-discrimination statutes that protect private sector employees from losing their jobs because they are gay.“You would think those numbers might be reversed,” Berry said.“The fact that they’re not shows that this is not an issue where … the feeling is you’re behind. No one is behind here,” he said. “We’re all in a struggle as we seek to move forward in that principle of equality under the law.”Berry also congratulated major Australian football and cricket leagues that have adopted no-tolerance policies toward homophobia within clubs or from spectators.“I wish our U.S. leagues would be as courageous and we continue to press that fight in the United States,” Berry said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall But Berry offered no advice on whether Parliament should allow gay marriage, saying that was for Australians to decide.Australian federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. But federal law also states that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and that the relationships of same-sex couples married overseas cannot be legally recognized.Political momentum to change the law has grown since a recent referendum in which 62 percent of Irish voters called for their constitution to be changed to allow same-sex marriage.Opinion polls show that most Australians support gay marriage. Gay rights advocates say Australia is now the only English-speaking developed country to ban same-sex marriage after the Irish vote.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Virgin assures Emirates interline despite rival alliance

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Emirates will continue to interline services with Virgin Blue, though perhaps without a trans-Tasman codeshare, Virgin Blue told e-Travel Blackboard.Regardless of Virgin Blue’s announcement that it will partner with Emirates rival Etihad Airlines, Virgin Blue said its “Emirates interline relationship…will continue”, but possibly without a Trans-Tasman codeshare due to timing conflicts. As part of the first phase of its network review, Virgin Blue recently announced a change to the V Australia Sydney to Los Angeles schedule, a move which will see the airline’s Emirates Trans-Tasman codeshare “likely to end from 20 October”. Under the new schedule, V Australia flights will not connect with Emirates’ Trans-Tasman services as they will be morning departures.last_img read more

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