Harrison Ford has urged the US to invest in conservation in a new interview with the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan.Video: Harrison Ford: ‘Humans need nature’.In the interview, the actor – alongside Conservation International Chief Executive Officer Peter Seligmann – talks about how the lack of water and food in developing countries could become a national security issue for the US.“It puts such stress on some of the most fragile nations in the world,” he says. “We’re all interconnected. For example, a simple lack of fresh water can lead to population dislocation, which can lead to political radicalization, which can lead to great pressure on the states that receive refugees because of a migrating population.””It’s a lot cheaper to intervene before it becomes a national security issue,” Mr Ford said. “Every dollar that we spend on international conservation comes back to us.”When asked why it is so important to him so personally, Ford replied “I’m human, I have children, I’m interested in their futures. I’m interested in nature in many many ways. And I’m also interested in the moral responsibility of human beings – to each other, to themselves, to the future.”To watch the entire interview, click here.
Labour groups and some politicians are pushing to repeal a bylaw that allows retailers north of Toronto to stay open on holidays such as Family Day.Councillors in York Region, which consists of nine municipalities including Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ont., voted 17-3 in favour of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw in November.The legislation exempts all businesses from a provincial law requiring them to close on nine statutory holidays each year. They’re now able to open, if they choose, for 364 days per year — every day except Dec. 25.The Toronto and York Region Labour Council has drafted a petition urging York Region to reconsider the bylaw, saying the extra days will cut into retail workers’ valuable time with their families.Labour council president John Cartwright said that in today’s “incredibly fast-paced world,” that time is more important than ever.“Often, that’s the only guaranteed time that people know they can spend with their families — statutory holidays — and now that’s been stripped away,” he said.According to the York Region Employment and Industry Report, approximately 64,000 people are employed in the retail sector in the region. Cartwright said many of them work two or three jobs in order to get by.“You can’t put a roof over your head in the (Greater Toronto Area) working only one job at 14 dollars an hour,” he said.Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act requires retailers to close on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Some businesses are exempted, including gas stations, pharmacies and any business under 225 square metres. The law also permits municipalities to exempt themselves from the requirements.The Retail Council of Canada applauded York Region’s decision, and said it is now lobbying neighbouring Peel Region to make a similar change.“Retailers should be deciding at their discretion whether to be open on statutory holidays without restrictions imposed by governments,” the council said in a statement.Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was one of the three York regional councillors who voted against the bylaw, and he said there’s a growing movement to have it repealed.“I’m not even sure to what extent local municipalities are aware, or really understand the impacts of this new bylaw,” said Scarpitti, who held an event Friday with labour leaders to raise awareness of the issue.“The impact of this is not fully felt yet, obviously.”Cartwright said that many businesses initially called for volunteers to fill shifts on New Year’s Day, when the bylaw took effect, but ended up having to assign shifts.He said while employees will receive extra pay for working holidays like Family Day, he worries that may not last.“They used to get overtime pay on Sundays, when Sunday shopping first came in. But what happened over the years is that just became part of the reality,” he said.“It would only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm for those holidays as well. That’s how the market works, I’m afraid.”
SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix plans to borrow another $2 billion to help pay for the exclusive series and movies that its management credits for helping its video streaming service reel in millions of new subscribers during the past five years.The additional debt load announced Monday isn’t a surprise. Netflix needs more cash because it has been spending more money than its business generates since its expansion into original programming with the 2013 release of “House of Cards.”Netflix expects to burn through $3 billion this year. The $2 billion that Netflix plans to raise in a bond offering will be lopped onto it existing debt of $11.8 billion. That includes another $1.9 billion debt offering that Netflix completed earlier this year.The borrowing binge appears to be paying off. Netflix has gained nearly 100 million subscribers since September 2013, including 7 million in the past quarter. The company recently predicted it will add another 9.4 million subscribers by the end of this year.The Los Gatos, California, company believes all its spending on award-winning programming will help it build an insurmountable lead in video streaming as other major entertainment companies such as Walt Disney Co. join the fray with a current crop of competitors that include Amazon, Hulu and HBO.Investors have been betting heavily on Netflix to win. The company’s stock is worth seven times more than it was five years ago, to give Netflix a market value of about $146 billion. The shares slipped $3.13 to close Monday at $329.54.
Strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations such as the African Union will be the focus of the programme of work at the Security Council this month, its current President told reporters today.Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating presidency for April, said the 15 ambassadors in the Council will hold a historic meeting on 16 April with the 15 members of the AU’s Peace and Security Council.A day later, South African President Thabo Mbeki is scheduled to chair an open debate – to be attended by several heads of State – on the relationship between the AU and other regional groups and the UN, with a focus on current conflicts in Africa.Mr. Kumalo said invitations had been sent to many heads of State, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Chadian President Idriss Déby, to attend the Council events. Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed have already confirmed their participation.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released recently that it was time for regional organizations to play a greater role with the UN in conflict prevention, management and resolution.Mr. Ban has proposed the formation of an AU-UN panel within the next three months to consider how to support peacekeeping operations undertaken by regional organizations, especially with regard to start-up funding, equipment and logistics.Mr. Kumalo said the Council was also likely to take up, among others, the issues of Western Sahara, Lebanon, Kosovo, Somalia, Cyprus, Myanmar and small arms this month. 2 April 2008Strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations such as the African Union will be the focus of the programme of work at the Security Council this month, its current President told reporters today.
In spite of strides made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), large numbers of women and girls, especially those in rural areas, have been left behind and continue to live in exclusion and poverty, according to United Nations data unveiled today.“Ending discrimination against women and enhancing gender justice are at the heart of meeting the MDGs,” said Inés Alberdi, Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), referring to the eight globally-agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.The agency released its latest figures as scores of heads of State and government are gathering at a UN conference in New York to assess progress on reaching the MDGs, one of which focuses on promoting gender equality and empowering women.“There is no shortage of promising practices to end inequalities between women and men, but there remains a critical shortage of resources to scale up investment of best practices that work,” Ms. Alberdi stressed.The findings released today are part of the forthcoming report entitled Progress of the World’s Women 2010/2011, Access to Justice, which will be launched in December.The publication has revealed the need for urgent action in four areas critical to gender justice and the MDGs.Firstly, stepped-up measures are needed to boost women-friendly public services to meet women and girls’ right to education, health and food, it says. In particular, secondary education is very important for girls because it enables them to access jobs, lowers their chance of contracting HIV and gives them a greater say in household decisions.The report also underscores the need for land and jobs for women to ensure their right to decent livelihoods through access to economic assets, pointing to the example of Tajikistan, where the Government has taken steps to increase women’s control over land, with the proportion of farms headed by women climbing from 2 to 14 per cent between 2002 and 2008.Third, the report urges an increase in women’s voices in decision-making, calling for more women in leadership from the community to the global level. Their limited participation in the public sphere starts in the home, UNIFEM says, with early marriages – disempowering girls throughout their lives – having the biggest impact.Lastly, the publication emphasizes the importance of ending violence faced by too many women and girls on a daily basis. This violence, it stresses, stunts their opportunities, curtails their mobility and denies them of their rights.UNIFEM is one of the four UN bodies – along with the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) – that will be merged under the new entity known as UN Women.It was established in July by the General Assembly to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and their full participation in global affairs. One of its goals will be to support the Commission on the Status of Women and other inter-governmental bodies in devising policies.UN Women, headed by former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, will also aim to help Member States implement standards, provide technical and financial support to countries which request it, and forge partnerships with civil society. Within the UN, it will hold the world body accountable for its own commitments on gender equality.In carrying out its functions, UN Women will be working with an annual budget of at least $500 million – double the current combined resources of the four agencies it comprises. It is expected to become operational by next January. 20 September 2010In spite of strides made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), large numbers of women and girls, especially those in rural areas, have been left behind and continue to live in exclusion and poverty, according to United Nations data unveiled today.
OTTAWA — The Conference Board of Canada says its index of consumer confidence was down again in December, the third month in a row.The index is based on a monthly survey of consumer attitudes about a number of personal and general financial issues.The Ottawa-based forecaster says Canadians are disheartened by an unstable global economy and the slow pace of economic recovery in the United States.Its overall index dropped by 2.4 points from the previous month to 77.9.That’s still eight points above where it was at the end of 2011 but lower than before the 2008-9 recession.Among other things, the Conference Board found an elevated concern about future job prospects and the Canadian economy in general.The Canadian Press
Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera had made the recommendation for the post and it was approved by the cabinet. A new Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Department has been appointed, the Finance Ministry said today.The Finance Ministry said that the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank C.J.P. Siriwardana has been appointed as the new Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Department.
Then-sophomore defender Zach Dobey battles for space during a game against Indiana Sept. 23, 2012 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team will host Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the team’s second preseason exhibition match of the season. The match will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes will look to capture their first victory of the preseason, after falling 1-0 to West Virginia in the team’s first match on Sunday. The lone goal of the match came in the 75th minute when Mountaineer junior forward Andy Bevin scored off of a free kick just outside of the penalty area. The Mountaineers outshot the Buckeyes 14-6 and junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was the only Buckeye to play the full 90 minutes and registered three saves. A total of 17 players participated in the game for OSU, including eight that made their debut for the team.Last season, OSU managed a 6-10-3 record on the year, but failed to win a single conference game going 0-4-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lose their top two goal scorers, including Chris Hegngi who was selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS Supplemental Draft. The team ended the year on a sour note, falling to No. 2 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament 2-0.The Buckeyes will be playing against a Mastodon squad that went 4-15-1 last season and is returning five of its top six goal scorers. IPFW will be hoping to build off of the momentum from late last season when they won four of their last six matches to become the final team to advance to the Summit League Tournament. The Mastodons were defeated by a score of 5-1 in the first round of the tournament by top-seeded Oakland.The Buckeyes are scheduled to finish their preseason slate in South Bend, Ind., with a match against Notre Dame Aug. 26, and will open their regular season with back-to-back matches at home Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Illinois, in the Wolstein Classic.This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:Correction: Aug. 20, 2013An earlier version of this story stated men’s soccer would play at Tulsa Sept. 6 in their regular season opener.
Rolf Harris outside Southwark Crown CourtCredit:Eddie Mulholland The jury was told of Harris’s release and that he would appear in court in person, but strict limits were placed on what they were told about his previous convictions and the circumstances of his release.He had been accused of indecently touching a 14-year-old girl in 1971 after she asked him for an autograph at a music event for children in London.The musician and artist had also been accused of twice groping a third teenage girl after he was paid £100 to appear on ITV celebrity show Star Games in 1978, and telling her she was “a little bit irresistible”.He was also alleged to have touched one complainant after a recording of the BBC children’s show Saturday Superstore in 1983 before asking her “do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?”Harris, who denied all the charges, did not give evidence, with his lawyers saying he did not remember any of the events in question. Harris was released from HMP Stafford on licence part-way through the retrial after serving less than three years of his sentence.He was granted bail on the charges under consideration in the most recent trial by Judge Deborah Taylor, having appeared at the start of the case via video link from prison, as he did in the original hearing in January and February. However, the judge rejected his request to remain at his home in Bray, near Maidenhead, ordering that he must come to court each day.This was despite him offering to foot the bill for a professional video link to be installed. Rolf Harris tried to stand trial on indecent assault charges from the comfort of his living room it has emerged as he walked free from court following the collapse of the most recent case against him. Harris spoke of his “relief” at being found not guilty of four charges that he carried out sex attacks on girls as young as 13 between 1971 and 1983 after a jury could not reach verdicts.There was a cry of “Well done, Rolf” from the public gallery as the former television star left the courtroom. Harris was jailed in 2014 for a separate string of sex attacks on young women and girls.The case was a retrial, and prosecutors later said they would not seek a second retrial. It emerged that the 87-year-old asked to appear at the retrial via a video link from his Berkshire house to be close to his ill wife Alwen, 85. The decision to allow the former Animal Hospital host to appear via video link from prison for that trial was believed to be a legal first.Judge Alistair McCreath had ruled in December that Harris did not have to come to court in person from prison because of his age and health.Following the collapse of the case, Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told London’s Southwark Crown Court: “We have reviewed whether it would be appropriate to seek a further retrial on these allegations.”We have come to the firm view that it would not.”Accordingly, we offer no evidence to the four counts on the indictment.” “I’m 87 years old, my wife is in ill health and we simply want to spend out remaining time together in peace.” Rolf Harris, left, gestures as he arrives at Southwark Crown Court with his niece Jenny HarrisCredit:AP Photo/Tim Ireland Judge Taylor heard the argument over Harris’s location in a private hearing “in chambers”, which the public and press were excluded from.However, she had earlier heard a brief outline from defence barrister Stephen Vullo QC in open court while the jury were absent.Mr Vullo said the application was for “video link from home address”, after the judge raised the idea of another location being used.He said: “An alternative address would have to be a hotel and part of the application for bail, part of the reason for the change, is to spend more time with his partner.”She isn’t getting better obviously, it isn’t as if she had a case that is going to resolve itself. She is getting worse.”In a statement read outside Southwark Crown Court in London by his lawyer Daniel Berke, Harris referenced his wife’s heath. He said: “Whilst I’m pleased that this is finally all over, I feel no sense of victory, only relief. At the original January hearing the jury failed to reach verdicts on three of the four charges, and acquitted him then of a further three. Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown CourtCredit:Gareth Fuller Australian entertainer Rolf Harris gets out of a car as he arrives at Southwark Crown CourtCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images 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.
Mechel, one of Russia’s leading mining and metals companies, is acquiring 100% of the shares and interests of US entities Bluestone Industries and Dynamic Energy, both West Virginia corporations, and JCJ Coal Group, a Delaware company and some of its West Virginia affiliates (together Bluestone), privately-held West Virginia-based coal businesses engaged in the mining, processing and sale of premium quality hard coking coal. The aggregate merger consideration is $436 million paid in cash (including $36 million interest paid), some 83.3 million preferred shares, plus the assumption of approximately $132 million of net debt. Other business activities conducted by the owners of Bluestone Coal Corp, including steam coal operations in Kentucky and other non-coal operations, are not included in the transaction. Bluestone sold 2.8 Mt of high-quality hard coking coal in 2008 and generated total sales of approximately $327 million and mine level EBITDA of approximately $94 million (subject to audit). The transaction is expected to be accretive to Mechel’s 2009 earnings.Igor Zyuzin, Mechel OAO’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The addition of Bluestone’s production assets and large, high-quality coking coal reserves and resources establishes Mechel as one of the largest producers of coking coal in the world and provides us with additional scale that will drive added efficiencies through our business. Following the closing, we expect to have up to an estimated 725 Mt of coal reserves and resources in the US (JORC Guidelines, subject to confirmation during a planned drilling program) and a more diversified asset base, including a strong foothold in North America and enhanced European, American and Asian sales channels.”“We also see significant opportunities for continued growth at Bluestone to reach production levels of more than 7 Mt/y of high quality hard coking coal concentrate and are committed to maintain the highest standards in performance, environmental responsibility and safety.” Zyuzin continued. “We have been very impressed with the Bluestone management team and the 37-year record of growth and success they have achieved. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to continue this tradition of superior service and to build an even stronger company for the future.”Jim Justice, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bluestone Coal Group, added, “This transaction marks an excellent opportunity to take Bluestone to the next level. In Mechel, we have found a partner with a similar culture – mining operators managing their assets to produce the best product for their customers while continuing to invest in the company’s future. By becoming part of Mechel, Bluestone will gain access to additional capital, significant business opportunities, and new resources to further grow the business, both domestically and abroad.”With four mining complexes comprising eight active open-pit and five underground mines Bluestone’s coking coal holdings in West Virginia include up to an estimated 725 Mt of reserves and resources (JORC Guidelines, subject to confirmation during a planned drilling program). The vast majority is premium quality, low volatility hard coking coal suitable for sale to steel producers. Total in-place reserves in accordance with a ‘Competent Person’s Report’ represent approximately 223.8 Mt, with Proven reserves representing 49% of the total and Probable reserves representing the remaining 51%. The 22-year mine plan is supported by approximately 155 Mt of recoverable reserves and resources (261 Mt in-place). Bluestone has about 113 Mt of permitted reserves, with a further 82 Mt of reserves in the permitting process. Established in 1971 and headquartered in Beckley, West Virginia, Bluestone currently employs approximately 520 people.With more than 30 customers, Bluestone’s customer base is well-diversified and includes the world’s top coke and steel producers. Bluestone services a multi-national customer base, with the US representing roughly half of total sales in 2008, and Europe and other areas representing the remaining balance. Mechel expects to continue to serve Bluestone’s existing customer base.The transaction also includes a contingent share value right (CVR) that guarantees a target total shareholder return from the preferred shares after five years from the Closing date. In addition, the transaction consideration includes the obligation to make a contingent cash payment based on additional coal reserves and resources identified within two years under a planned drilling program. Any potential CVR cash payment due to the actual total return from the preferred shares not meeting or exceeding the target return will be paid on the fifth anniversary of the Closing date and will equal the amount by which the Target Value exceeds the sum of the aggregate market value of the preferred shares and all dividends received. The starting Target Value is $986 million which could be increased up to $1,585 million or decreased by $200 million which is the limit of indemnifiable damages. Named increase is based on the additional tonnes of proven and probable reserves or measured and indicated resources limited by 196.9 million tonnes (JORC Guidelines) discovered during the Drilling program on the territories controlled by Bluestone on base of long-term rent agreements and ownership title.The contingent cash payment based on the drilling program is an amount based on certain additional proven and probable coal reserves or measured and indicated resources discovered during the drilling program multiplied by an agreed price of $3.04 per tonne which will be paid on the fifth anniversary of the Closing date.The transaction documents contemplate that the parties will conduct a public offering of the preferred shares as soon as market conditions are favorable.Hereafter, Mechel Mining OAO, the coal and iron ore subholding of Mechel OAO, will be the owner of 100% shares and interest of Bluestone through its affiliated companies. Mechel Mining OAO will guarantee certain obligations of the Mechel subsidiaries under the merger agreement. These guarantee obligations will be supported by a pledge of the shares of the Bluestone Coal Group companies and the newly created Mechel entities that will hold those shares. The closing of the transaction is subject to certain conditions and the parties intend to close the transaction no later than May 7, 2009.Zyuzin concluded, “The acquisition of Bluestone further strengthens Mechel’s position as one of the global leaders in coking coal and enhances the quality of products we bring to our customers and the geographies we serve. Also, using coking coal concentrates from our Russian assets, we will be able to work on blending our coal into new brands, thus increasing the overall value of Mechel’s coal portfolio. The long-term drivers of demand for high-quality coking coal remain strong, and we believe this acquisition will further enhance our ability to capitalize on the opportunities in the marketplace, even under today’s challenging conditions. We look forward to working closely with Bluestone’s excellent management and employees to achieve our joint goals.”
4. READY for some good news? The Central Bank has revised its GDP forecast UP. It believes the economy will grow by 2.5% this year.5. AN uneasy calm has descended in Gaza as a lull in fighting is seen. The UN has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire as the death toll continues to rise. WHAT’S THE STORY?1. IVOR Callely, a former TD, senator and junior minister, has been sentenced to five months in prison for claiming false expenses during his time in the Seanad. Source: Francesca Comyn/Twitter 2. TWO Irish men – aged 37 and 55 – died in a fall on Mont Blanc over the weekend, it has emerged this afternoon. Source: AP/Press Association Images3. THE Irish Daily Mail has apologised to Senator Fidelma Healy Eames for “any embarrassment” caused by two articles it published in August 2012, RTÉ News reports. Judge Mary Ellen Ring says Ivor Callely’s wrongdoing was ‘not a simple mistake’. Custodial sentence required in the public interest— Francesca Comyn (@cescacomyn) July 28, 2014 Afana, 12, stands in a cemetery, destroyed by Israeli fire, as others rebury human remains. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesRead the rest of today’s news>
Un Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 pour le MWC ? Samsung a annoncé qu’il ne présenterait pas de nouveau mobile haut de gamme au Mobile World Congress de Barcelone. Mais cela ne veut pas dire que la firme sud-coréenne ne se prépare pas à nous présenter d’autres terminaux… Le site GSM Arena a réussi à obtenir quelques renseignements sur un Galaxy Mini 2. Le smartphone d’entrée de gamme devrait logiquement prendre la suite de son grand frère, le Galaxy Mini, sorti début 2011. De taille réduite, comme son nom l’indique, le Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 se positionne entre le Galaxy Y et le Galaxy Ace. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Somme toute, le Jena (son nom de code) devrait être un peu plus puissant que son prédécesseur. Il devrait intégrer un écran plus large, 3,3 pouces avec une résolution de 480×320 pixels contre 3,14 pouces et un processeur plus rapide, cadencé à 800MHz au lieu de 600MHz. Il possèderait également 3Go de mémoire internet, un appareil photo numérique de 3 millions de pixels et une connexion 3G+ de type HSDPA. En revanche, le S6500 ne fonctionnera pas sous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, mais bien sous ce bon vieux Android 2.3 Gingerbread. La sortie du Galaxy Mini 2 semble être prévue d’ici la fin du mois de février, ce qui confirmerait sa présence au MWC 2012, qui se déroulera à la fin du mois. Étant un mobile d’entrée de gamme, Samsung devrait donc le proposer à un prix plancher, assez abordable. Le 13 février 2012 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambert
What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on target Netflix is in hot water again: The streaming service was recently accused of using real-life train derailment footage in Bird Box, and the public is not happy about it.Bird Box, a film about spooky creatures that cause mass destruction, allegedly used stock footage of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train derailment in a scene, The Verge reported. The footage, which was reportedly licensed to Netflix by Pond 5, a New York-based stock media supplier, involved a train that derailed, ignited, and killed 47 people in the town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec, Canada.Even though Netflix wasn’t depicting the train tragedy in Bird Box, Julie Morin, Lac-Mégantic’s mayor, and members of the online community, have asked Netflix to delete the footage from the film.“I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that…they are going to remove them,” Morin told The Globe and Mail. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”Netflix is now investigating if the train derailment footage was used in Bird Box, The Daily Dot reported.Bird Box isn’t the only flick under fire though: Travelers, a Canadian sci-fi series, allegedly used footage of the train disaster in its recent season, Radio-Canada reported. Netflix told Radio-Canada that it would update the Travelers episode and remove any clips from the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.More on Geek.com:Steve Carell to Lead New Netflix Series Inspired by Trump’s Space ForceNetflix Is Raising Its US Subscription Prices‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Publisher Sues Netflix Over Trademarks
KUSI Newsroom, July 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Navy Gold Coast Conference in San Diego Posted: July 23, 2019 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 San Diego chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is sponsoring its annual Gold Coast conference with the support of the Navy’s Office of Small Business.The event is specifically put on to help small businesses understand how they can do business with the Navy.On the 25th, the kick off day for the formal presentations, Kevin Fahey, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, and Jaime Guertz, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition will speak and they will be followed by a number of speakers who will address Department of the Navy needs in acquisition.There will be more than 200 booths at the convention center with Navy commands and industries available to show their wares and meet with each other.For more information click here.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, August 22, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.State Rep Debate: The Democratic candidates — Erika Johnson, Mark Kratman, Mike McCoy, Judy O’Connell, and Dave Robertson — for the 19th Middlesex State Representative seat will debate at 7pm at WCTV Headquarters. The debate will air live on WCTV’s Government Channel (Comcast 22 and Verizon 38). The debate will also stream live on WCTV.org (click HERE) and through the WCTV App (available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store). The debate will be archived for on-demand viewing on WCTV’s website later this week, and will reair frequently on WCTV’s Government Channel. Katie Lannan of State House News will moderate the debate.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Well Read Wednesday Book Group from 10am to 11am. Tech Help Drop-In from 2pm to 3pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: The Senior Center is holding its annual Fun Day from 10am to 3pm. Come try your luck at horse racing, roulette, blackjack and L-R-C (left, right center). Blue Ribbon Barbeque will provide lunch for this great event. The cost is $7.00 per person. Games will begin at 10am with the first horse race taking place at 11am. The tickets for the games will be $5 for 25 tickets. Auction will be held at 2pm and participants can “bid” on a wide variety of prizes at the auction. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 25, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”STATE REP RACE: Republican Debate Set For August 21, Democratic Debate Set For August 22In “Government”
Nandigama: The workers of engineering division staged a protest in front if Nandigama Nagara Panchayat here on Tuesday, demanding that the government fulfil their demands. Speaking on the occasion, CITU mandal secretary K Gopal demanded that the government pay a minimum salary of Rs 18,000. He also demanded that the workers should be recognised as government employees, all the pending arrears should be released and the workers who do not have house should be allocated pakka houses. He further said that all the issues related to the workers should be solved soon failing which they would intensify the protest in the days to come. Engineering division workers Sreenu, V Ravi, Ashok, Das, Ravi and women workers participated in the protest.
After posting upbeat earnings in the past two quarters, India’s second-largest IT firm, Infosys, expects to record industry-leading growth rates in the coming quarters.Infosys’ net profit rose 9.8% to Rs 3,400 crore in the July-September quarter on a sequential basis, while revenue stood at Rs 15,635 crore. It posted a profit growth of 5% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, showing signs of revival under its chief executive Vishal Sikka.”We expect to come back to the industry-leading growth path, as we have said. When (N R Narayana) Murthy came back to Infosys (in June 2013), we had put a three-year time frame and we are on track to get there,” said Sikka at the Barclays Global TMT conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.The Bengaluru-based IT major said the current growth was led mainly by improvement in operation efficiency, and that the company would see a “more pronounced” growth once new measures initiated by it start yielding results.The average contract value of Infosys’ large deals has increased to $800 million compared to $450-550 million two years ago, it said.”The near-term results were driven largely by operational improvement. But as we go forward, this will be driven by the new things we do,” said Sikka. Sikka said the initiatives taken by the company to enhance operational efficiency are aimed at making it “more competitive”.While announcing its results for the March 2015 quarter, Sikka had said the company would aim to boost its revenues to $20 billion from the current $8.7 billion over the next five years, besides improving employee productivity by 50%.”For us, cost optimisation is not only about improving margins. It is about making us more competitive, with the ability to drive deals profitably,” Business Standard quoted MD Ranganath, chief financial officer of Infosys, as saying at the conference.”We have always said we want (margins) to be 25%, plus or minus. There could be quarterly variation but by and large that is the trajectory,” he said.Analysts believe if Infosys aims to post industry-leading growth, it must eat into the shares of its rivals like TCS and Cognizant.
Nikada/Getty Images/iStockphotoThe United States leads the world in spice consumption, but also in spice imports.Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves are probably ramping up in importance in your spice cabinet right about now — the classic flavors of the winter season. But while you might be shopping for local ingredients for your favorite recipes for eggnog or maple-glazed ham, the odds are that the spices you’re using were imported from the other side of the world.Lior Lev Sercarz thinks spices should be local, too.As owner of La Boite, a spice store in Manhattan that creates blends for chefs and home cooks, Lev Sercarz travels far and wide in search of the best spices. “Spices tell the story of the world,” he says. “There’s a reason why good spices are good — they are the flavors of the regions that they come from and they also support that economy.”Nowhere is the demand for spices more evident than in the United States, which leads the world in both consumption and imports. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed that Americans have dramatically embraced spices over the past 50 years: Per capita spice consumption in 1966 was 1.2 pounds annually, while that figure more than tripled by 2015 to 3.7 pounds.Clearly, Americans think spice is nice, but how robust are our taste buds? Vanilla beans, pepper — black, white and chili — sesame seed, cinnamon, mustard and oregano are the most common spice imports in the U.S., and there has been an uptick in cumin, paprika and turmeric in recent years. Lev Sercarz sees a public that is gaining appreciation for an expanded menu of global foods, from Indian to Korean to Ethiopian, but it comes at a cost.“We don’t really grow spices in the United States,” says Lev Sercarz. “Not because we can’t, but because big agriculture is more focused on things like corn and soybeans. So we import from other countries and we pay a price for that.”One example is sesame seeds: Despite the fact that we do actually grow some sesame seeds in the U.S., they are primarily grown for export, so we remain one of the world’s top importers of sesame seeds. Think about that the next time you breakfast on a sesame seed bagel.Cheryl Deem, executive director of the American Spice Trade Association, has some doubts about the possibility of growing more kinds of spices in the U.S. “Most spices are grown outside of the U.S. because they require tropical or subtropical climates in which to grow, which for the most part cannot be found in the U.S. It’s really a practical matter.”She points out that dried chili peppers are grown in the Southwest and dehydrated onion and garlic are grown in California and Oregon, although recent California droughts have affected garlic production, giving Chinese garlic growers an edge.Lev Sercarz disagrees somewhat, noting that coriander, mustard, ginger, galangal and paprika are all crops that should be able to grow and thrive in the U.S.And a group of researchers in Vermont certainly thinks that there’s at least one spice crop that American farmers might want to consider growing: saffron.Margaret Skinner, an entomologist and research professor at the North American Center for Saffron Research and Development at the University of Vermont, believes that crop diversification is essential to the survival of small family farms. So she and her colleagues have been active in developing ways for farmers to grow saffron.“This is a very high-value crop that is harvested in the late fall, when much of the field work is done for many farmers, especially those growing vegetables,” Skinner says. “Spice production is a natural extension from traditional vegetable production and is likely the most logical way it will be increased.”After attending a University of Vermont Extension meeting last winter, Patti Padua, who owns Cobble Creek Nursery in Monkton, Vt., with her husband, John, was enthusiastic about giving saffron growing a try.“We purchased 2,500 corms [bulbs] from Holland and planted them in beds in late August of this year. Our first harvest was this October,” she says.That harvest was a bit of a disappointment, with a yield of about 150 stigma (the part of a plant where pollen germinates), but Padua is undaunted. “There was a learning curve on drying, and I think we finally got it right by using a food dehydrator, where we can dry at a low temperature. Harvesting went well and the processing is a pleasant and doable task.”She thinks the income potential is worth the trial and error, especially because there isn’t a big investment up front and the dried saffron is easy to store.While Padua says that she has quite a few retired women friends who are interested in helping to process the next saffron crop, which could be in the range of 2,500 flowers whose stigmas have to be hand-plucked, ASTA’s Deem stresses that labor costs are probably a major factor in why spice farming has never taken off in the U.S.“It is assumed that Vermont-grown saffron would be more expensive, perhaps significantly so, because of labor costs. The issue for the industry then is whether the quality and desire for U.S.-grown saffron would be significant enough to justify the higher cost.”Lev Sercarz, however, thinks there’s a market, pointing to the Espelette region of southwestern France as a model for how a spice can have an important economic impact on a community.“The Espelette pepper is not native to France,” says Lev Sercarz, “but when farmers started to grow it there, it took on the properties of the area, producing a pepper that is beautiful, fruity, citrusy, with nice heat. They use it to cure hams in the Basque region and it became very famous.”With no local oversight, the crop began to suffer from insects and pesticides. So farmers got together to determine best growing practices and successfully lobbied in 2000 for AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) status, which clearly defines where and how certain foods can be grown.“The farmers understood that there could be a potential problem in the future if they didn’t develop standards for growing the Espelette,” Lev Sercarz says. “And now that one pepper is responsible for 30 percent of the economy in that region.”That 30 percent statistic is what he hopes might draw the interest of American farmers.“There’s good money in spice farming,” he says. “Why should the dried basil I buy at the grocery store be grown in Israel? There’s no reason we can’t produce that here.”Kristen Hartke is a food writer based in Washington, D.C.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
On April 4, 1968, only a couple of hours before he would be assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in his room, working on his Sunday sermon, aptly titled “Why America May Go to Hell.” It was a speech that would never be finished. After years of fighting for integration, it was obvious to the folks who knew him and to those who were listening closely to his speeches that the King of 1967 who said that white people’s belief in the fairness of America was “a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity” was a much different man than the King of 1955 who led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and told us to “love our enemies and be good to them.”This is the Dr. King that I was taught about, the radical one who would have supported Black Lives Matter and who would have challenged White supremacy. The same man who in 1967 asked the question that I have been asking myself since Charlottesville, “Why does White America delude itself, and how does it rationalize the evil it retains?” The question was relevant back then and it is even more relevant now. It is a question that demands an answer and it can only be answered by White America. I have received countless emails from White people asking me what they should be doing right now, I would argue that wrestling with this question and attempting to answer it should be somewhere near the top of their To-Do list.In reading through his sermon notes, King was not arguing that America should go to hell but that it might –based upon its inability to end racism, poverty, militarism and materialism. It was a speech that America still needs to hear.Karsonya Wise WhiteheadSixty-two years ago this week, Emmett Till was taken from his home and brutally murdered by White men. There was no justice in that case and for many, who have lost their loved ones to state sanctioned police violence or White vigilantes, there is still no peace. Fifty-four years ago this week, at the March on Washington, John Lewis challenged us to march through this country until we splintered the segregated South into “a thousand pieces” and put it back together in the “image of God and democracy.” Segregation has legally ended and the signs have come down but our country is more divided than ever. Forty-eight years ago, King argued that the U.S. government was “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” A year later, the man that the F.B.I. deemed the most dangerous man in America was assassinated. Three weeks ago, Heather Hayer—in a country that had elected a Black man twice to be its president and is racially more diverse than it has ever been—was killed while protesting against the Alt-Right in Charlottesville, VA.We find ourselves once again back at a moment of reckoning where we must realize that tomorrow is today and we are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. I would add that this fierce urgency requires us to do more acting than reflecting and more action than conversation. We are at a moment where we must organize and focus our energies and our attention on fighting White supremacy. It is the ugly beast that always rears its head in the midst of Black Reconstruction. It is an overt reminder that there still some White people who are willing to sacrifice themselves on the altar of Whiteness to keep the pillars of separation erected.American enslavement lasted for 267 years but the remnants of it—the belief that certain people are superior and certain folks are inferior—have remained with us, in our statutes, in our statues, in our policies, in our practices, in our nation-wide history curriculum and in the hearts and minds of some people. Forty-nine years ago, Dr. King wondered if America, due to its inability to change and grow and be better, might go to hell; I sometimes wonder—when I look around at all of this hatred and anger and violence and destruction and poverty and pessimism—if we are already there.Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead is an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of “Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America” and “Notes from a Colored Girl.”