Clinton Foundation Expands Climate Change Work in Ethiopia and Kenya

first_imgThe Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), part of the Clinton Foundation, has announced an expansion of its climate change mitigation efforts with a new program mapping priority areas for reforestation in Kenya and Ethiopia.This program builds on existing data collection efforts in Kenya that provide communities with advanced information on rainfall, drought, and monitoring of natural resources; these efforts will help communities better manage their forest, farms, woodlots, and water resources. This new program will be carried out together with the World Resources Institute and the Green Belt Movement. It will be CCI’s first work in Ethiopia, although the Foundation has been working in the health sector in Ethiopia since 2005.

These efforts are designed to mitigate the negative effects of climate change in Africa. Forests are being degraded and lost at an alarming rate in Africa, and the negative effects include reductions and changes in soils and watersheds, impacts on food security, and damages to biodiversity. The new program – known as Restoring Ecosystems in African Landscapes (REAL)– is designed to help communities identify areas where land can be reclaimed and reforested and demonstrate restoration efforts with select communities.

“The expansion of our work in Kenya and Ethiopia will help individuals, employers, and governments in the region to make smarter decisions and mitigate the negative environmental effects of climate change that are happening today,” said President Clinton. “As the effects of climate change are increasingly being felt globally, our efforts to prevent the degradation of the forests that are critical to the region’s ecosystem are more important than ever.”

Kenya and Ethiopia have significant potential for forest ecosystem rehabilitation, as well as a strong commitment to forest restoration. Early forest restoration mapping found that that there are more than 100 million hectares of land that could be restored in East Africa. The REAL program in Ethiopia and Kenya has several goals: • Map priority areas for restoration at national and local scales; • Initiate demonstration projects for land reclamation, that can provide critical benefits like biodiversity conservation, fuel wood, fodder, shade, water regulation; • Investigate innovative investment models of long-term financing to ensure sustainability and enable replication.This project will link with ongoing work that CCI is currently carrying out with the Government of Kenya to quantify and report its greenhouse gas emissions. This work will allow the government to promote sustainable development and inform policy decisions on planning for forest restoration, protection of forest resources, improved soils and agricultural productivity, and enhanced water availability.

Building on President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the environment, CCI implements programs that create and advance solutions to the root causes of climate change – while also helping to reduce our reliance on oil, saving money for individuals and governments, creating jobs, and growing economies. CCI has worked with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) to help large cities reduce their carbon emissions, and currently works to increase energy efficiency through building retrofits; increase access to clean energy technology and deploy it at the government, corporate, and homeowner levels; and reverse deforestation and restore landscapes with data-driven natural resource management.last_img read more

European Union Film Festival continues

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement European Union Film Festival: What with the abundance of free screenings at the European Union Film Festival at the Royal in the next two weeks, moviegoers are bound to find something that suits their tastes. Nevertheless, it can be a challenge to determine where to start amid the many sensitively wrought dramas from the Balkans, intergenerational family stories from Scandinavia and crowd-pleasers that hit big with local audiences but remain woefully obscure in other lands. Here are three Canadian premieres in this week’s slate worth taking a chance on.Irreplaceable (France): This rural-set drama pairs the promising young director Thomas Lilti with one of France’s biggest stars, Francois Cluzet — the Intouchables actor plays a country doctor coping with his own ailing health. It plays Nov. 12.The First, The Last (Belgium): Belgian actor and director Bouli Lanners stars opposite Albert Dupontel in an offbeat crime story as shaggy, sad sack bounty hunters who get in a heap of trouble while searching for a rich guy’s stolen cellphone — the winner of two big prizes at the Berlin festival last year, it plays Nov. 13. Twitter Remainder (UK): This year’s most intriguing offering at the EUFF — at least for viewers who’ve read the film’s brilliant source novel by Tom McCarthy — is this enigmatic British effort about a strange young man with memory problems who obsessively recreates a fragment of his past. Video artist Omer Fast’s debut feature plays Nov. 17.The EUFF continues to Nov. 24. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Pomegranate and Hungarian film fests: The roster of international film events continues with two more this week. Established in 2006 as a showcase of Armenian film and culture, the Pomegranate Film Festival opens Nov. 16 at the SilverCity Fairview Mall with Earthquake, a drama about the country’s devastating quake in 1988, and Remember, followed by a Q&A with director Atom Egoyan. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Groundwater system still exists on Mars

first_imgLos Angeles: Mars may still have an active groundwater system deep below the surface, and could be feeding surface streams in some areas on the Red Planet, a study has found. Last year, researchers detected the presence of a deep-water lake on Mars under its south polar ice caps. Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) in the US determined that groundwater likely exists in a broader geographical area than just the poles of Mars. They found that there is an active system, as deep as 750 metres, from which groundwater comes to the surface through cracks in the specific craters they analysed. Researchers studied the characteristics of Mars Recurrent Slope Linea, which are akin to dried, short streams of water that appear on some crater walls on Mars. Scientists previously thought these features were affiliated with surface water flow or close subsurface water flow, said Essam Heggy, member of the Mars Express Sounding radar experiment MARSIS probing Mars subsurface. “We suggest that this may not be true. We propose an alternative hypothesis that they originate from a deep pressurized groundwater source which comes to the surface moving upward along ground cracks,” Heggy said. “The experience we gained from our research in desert hydrology was the cornerstone in reaching this conclusion,” said Abotalib Z Abotalib, a postdoctoral research associate at USC. “We have seen the same mechanisms in the North African Sahara and in the Arabian Peninsula, and it helped us explore the same mechanism on Mars,” Abotalib said. The scientists concluded that fractures within some of Mars’ craters, enabled water springs to rise up to the surface as a result of pressure deep below. These springs leaked onto the surface, generating the sharp and distinct linear features found on the walls of these craters. The scientists also provide an explanation on how these water features fluctuate with seasonality on Mars. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, suggests that groundwater might be deeper than previously thought in areas where such streams are observed on Mars. The findings suggest that the exposed part of these ground fractures associated with these springs as the primary location candidates to explore Mars’ habitability. Previous research to explore groundwater on Mars relied on interpreting the returned electromagnetic echoes sent from the radar-probing experiments from orbit onboard Mars Express and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. These experiments measured the reflection of the waves from both the surface and the subsurface whenever penetration was possible. However, this earlier method did not yet provide evidence of groundwater occurrence beyond the 2018 South Pole detection.last_img read more

Michelle Obama Sparks Controversy for Not Wearing a Veil in Saudi

Rabat – U.S President Barack Obama went to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respect to late Saudi King Abdullah in what appeared to be an expression of how important is the U.S.-American relationships. However, Obama’s visit to America’s Middle Eastern ally was not at the center of attention, at least on social media platforms.Instead, it was the attire his wife, Michelle Obama, wore in the conservative kingdom that sparked much of the controversy. Saudi state television showed images of the American first lady not wearing a veil in a country where women are expected to cover their heads and faces and must be accompanied by a male relative.Michelle Obama wore clothing that fully covered her arms, but not her head. Other foreign female guests were also shown in the photographs from the official event not wearing veils or headscarves.Many Saudi social media users took to Twitter and used hashtags that criticized Michelle Obama’s ‘bold’ move. Some Saudi Twitter users pointed out that Michelle Obama had worn a headscarf on recent trip to Indonesia, but not in Saudi Arabia.???????? ???????? #?????_??????_???? ?? ??? ??????? ??? ????????? ??????? ???? ???? ????????? @mshanarm @s_a_aldweesh— ???? ??????? (@Riyadh_K_S_A) 27 Janvier 2015 #?????_??????_???? ??? ?????? ????? ???????? ?????? ?? ?????? ? ??? ?????? ?????? ?? ??????? ??? ?????? ? ??? ?????? ??????? ?? ??? ??????? — ????????? : Beer (@t3ber_) 27 Janvier 2015Otheres, however, applauded the first lady’s move, describing it as a ‘defiance’ to Saudi Arabia’s laws and traditions.I wish Michelle had bare arms and a plunging neckline. #?????_??????_???? — Je Suis Reality (@preach_atheism) 28 Janvier 2015Be your self and don’t sacrifice your values to please others.#?????_??????_???? — #Justice4Serena (@WORLDEMPATH) 28 Janvier 2015Hey Saudi Arabia, you might sell us lots of oil but you won’t force your primitive and hateful ways to treat women. No. #?????_??????_???? — Camila Qariwarmi (@qariwarmi) 28 Janvier 2015Saudis here, take a seat &let the world move forward unlike your static existence that is very similar to pre-islam time #?????_??????_???? — Mohamed Hemish (@MohamedHemish) 28 Janvier 2015#?????_??????_???? #MichelleObama blurred Problem solved?— colonelC (@oO_Qo) 27 Janvier 2015 read more

Ohio State tops Maryland 5224 in Big Ten opener

Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., as seen from the Maryland player entrance, prior to kickoff between OSU and the Terrapins on Oct. 4. The game was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and the Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten home game. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — In the first-ever football matchup between Ohio State and Maryland, the No. 20 Buckeyes came away with a wire-to-wire victory to open their Big Ten season.OSU’s 52-24 win spoiled Maryland’s first Big Ten home game at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., on Saturday afternoon.After the win, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was “very pleased” with the Buckeyes’ play, but stressed that there is still room for improvement.“I know it wasn’t perfect; and obviously that’s what you strive to be, but we’re not,” Meyer said.With the conference season opening against Maryland, at least one OSU player said the team treats every game like a big one, but added there was some extra joy in a Big Ten victory.“We’re Ohio State,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said after the game. “We come in and every game is a big game for us. So first Big Ten game, feels real nice.”After the Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 24-3 lead, a Maryland (4-2, 1-1) touchdown and an ensuing OSU punt near the end of the first half had the Terrapins threatening to get back in the game. That punt — a 69-yard boot by sophomore Cameron Johnston — pinned Maryland at its own seven-yard line.Johnston said Meyer told him to put everything he had into the punt before sending him out on the field.“He said ‘go after it,’ so if he gives you permission to go after it and I’m allowed to go after it then I’m kind of happy,” Johnston said after the game. “So it was good.”On the first play of the drive, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee intercepted Maryland redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown, giving OSU the ball at the one. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett hit redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett on the next play for a touchdown, giving the Buckeyes the momentum and a 31-10 halftime lead.Lee said the Buckeyes “needed a big play” at that moment in the game, and added he simply watched the play unfold before making the interception.“Eyes on the quarterback, and (sophomore defensive lineman) Joey Bosa was about to get him if he waited a half second longer,” Lee said after the game. “And then he threw it, (I) got to the ball, caught it.”Redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett (81) heads into the end zone for a touchdown during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFrom there, OSU outscored the Terrapins, 21-14, to seal the victory.Lee said everyone from Meyer to the rest of his teammates was looking forward to the Maryland matchup because none of them had ever taken on the Terrapins.“Coach was eager to play them, it was the first time he’s ever played Maryland, first time we’ve played Maryland,” he said. “We knew we had to jump out on them, they’re an explosive team.”The first half was a tale of two contrasting offenses as the Buckeyes picked up 289 total yards in the opening 30 minutes, compared to just 104 from Maryland.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he enjoyed the success his offensive players had against the Terrapins, but said it’s important to keep that kind of play going throughout each game.“It’s really fun to be up there and just kind of call plays and understand that your guys are executing,” Herman said after the game. “We’re in a rhythm and do whatever you can not to break that rhythm and get behind the chains.”OSU got things started with an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith. Barrett hit redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall from nine yards out later in the quarter before Maryland got on the board.Herman said the first set of plays of the day was planned for the Buckeyes, but they still had to adjust to have their early success.“We script our first eight or 10 plays, but understand that we’ve got to adjust based on what the defense is giving,” Herman said.Following the Marshall touchdown, the Terrapins’ junior kicker Brad Craddock set a new Maryland record with a 57-yard field goal to make the score 14-3, but the Buckeyes answered back with a touchdown and a field goal of their own before Lee’s interception and the ensuing Vannett touchdown.OSU’s first drive of the second half ended with a turnover on downs inside the 10-yard line, but redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple gave the ball back to the Buckeyes with an interception in the end zone. Barrett hit senior wide receiver Devin Smith from 30 yards out on the ensuing possession to extend OSU’s lead to 38-10.Maryland’s second touchdown — a two-yard run by redshirt-junior running back Brandon Ross — was followed by a nine-yard scoring run from Barrett, giving the Buckeyes a 45-17 advantage just six seconds into the fourth quarter.Lee went to the sideline with an apparent leg injury on the first play of Maryland’s next drive after nearly making an interception, but later returned to the game.After the game, Lee said he sustained “just a cramp” on the play.After that near-pick, Maryland went on a seven-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Caleb Rowe to junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs.The Buckeyes closed out the scoring when freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan intercepted Rowe and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown on Maryland’s next possession.“It’s one of the best feelings in the world,” McMillan said of his first career score. “My teammate helped me out by tipping the ball and I just took advantage of the moment.”Barrett finished his day 18 of 23 on pass attempts for 267 yards and four touchdowns. He also finished second on the team with 71 rushing yards and another score. Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott led the way with 24 carries and 139 yards rushing while redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas led the team with four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown through the air. Redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith also had four receptions for 44 yards.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) makes a tackle during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24, as Bosa tallied 1 sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn total, Barrett completed passes to nine different receivers, and Meyer praised his ability, as well as the play of the players he throws to.“J.T. Barrett is playing very well and the big thing is we can still get better,” Meyer said. “The guys playing around him are pretty good too.”The Buckeye offense totaled 533 yards on the day, compared to 310 for Maryland.Bosa keyed the OSU defense with one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss while sophomore safety Vonn Bell and junior linebacker Joshua Perry tied for the team lead with six tackles each.After the game, Bosa said the defensive lines production when it comes to getting to the quarterback could have been even better than it was.“We were back there all day,” he said. “I think we could’ve had a lot more (sacks) if we just got there a little faster.”Brown and Rowe combined to throw four interceptions and just one touchdown in the game. The Buckeyes held the Terrapins to just 66 rushing yards on the day.OSU is scheduled to have a week off before returning to Ohio Stadium to face Rutgers on Oct. 18. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Lundin Mining the subject of our next Great Mines series from December

first_imgIM’s Great Mines series recently looked in-depth at two very different mining groups – the long established and gold-focussed Newmont; and First Quantum, a diversified newcomer with its roots in DRC but growing rapidly through greenfield projects like Sentinel and well timed buy-outs of operations like Ravensthorpe. We have also exmained Freeport-Indonesia in detail, published a series on LKAB and in November report on the great Lucky Friday silver mine. For our next series of Great Mines, we are looking at Lundin Mining, also a relative newcomer, but having built itself into one of the most solid mid-tier base metal mining groups, owning many of the major European assets in this sector including Neves Corvo, Zinkgruvan, Galmoy and Aguablanca. It is also the JV partner with Freeport in Tenke Fungurume in DRC, the largest and richest grade copper and cobalt operation globally. If you have news of equipment or services used at these mines, we would be pleased to hear of it.Our first article will focus on the history of Lundin’s development as a company, from its early years in the 1990s as a junior, its merger with EuroZinc in 2006, purchase of Rio Narcea in 2007 and the development of Tenke and the involvement of BHP, Phelps Dodge and finally Freeport as Lundin’s majority share partner in the project. It will also look at some of the future plans for Lundin with mines like Galmoy winding down; and its place within the Lundin Group of Companies, which includes some impressive industrial minerals assets. The subsequent articles will look at each of Lundin Mining’s operations in depth, beginning with the flagship fully owned operation, Portugal’s Neves Corvo, in our January 2012 issue.last_img read more

AUSTRIAN DERBY Fivers beat Alpla Hard again

After Super Cup triumph, Austrian Fivers beat the biggest domestic rival – champions Alpla Hard 27:26 at the round 2 of Austrian championships. Edelmuller was the TOP scorer in his team with 7 goals, while Kolar scored 6. In the defeated team, Kozina and Zeiner scored 6 goals.Fivers: Edelmüller 7, Kolar 5, Fuger 4, Brandfellner 3, Kirveliaviciuc 3, Eitutis 2, Ziura 2, Jonas 1Hard: Kozina 6, Zeiner 6, Friede 4, Schmid 3, Raschle 3, Tanaskovic 2, Jochum 1, Knauth 1 ← Previous Story THW Kiel and RNL are only on 100% Next Story → IHF president Hassan Moustafa: “Brazil to pay debt with organizing Beach and Junior WCh” alpla hard handballAustria handballAustrian handballfivers handball read more

1700 bankers in state covered banks paid over €100000

first_imgANY GOVERNMENT REVIEW of bankers pay must address the fact that over 1,700 bankers in institutions with explicit state support are currently earning over €100,000, Fianna Fáil’s Finance Spokesperson has said.Michael McGrath TD, who obtained the figures after submitting a parliamentary question to the Minister of Finance Michael Noonan, said that he hoped an expected review would result in more realistic levels of executive pay rather than a pay hike.“Over 180 of these executives are on basic salaries in excess of €200,000. In my view, there is no justification for such a large number of bank employees earning salaries of this order” said McGrath.The government is expected to begin reviewing bankers salaries soon, with Canadian consultant firm Mercer hired to look at pay at all levels in the banks. Despite a government limit of €500,000, some banks have continued to pay their staff more, most notably in the case of Bank of Ireland Chief Executive Richie Boucher. He received a €898,000 pay package in 2011.“I very much hope, rather than resulting in any increases in the remuneration of bankers, that this review results in more realistic levels of executive pay across the banks that continue to owe the State and its citizens for their very existence” he said.Taxpayers are currently paying the €64bn bill required to bail out the Irish banks.861 bankers in AIB, 61 in Permanent TSB, 143 in IBRC and 644 in Bank of Ireland are currently paid over €100,000.On Tuesday, the head of banking supervision at the Central Bank Fiona Muldoon compared bankers to teenagers and said that the “economic milk spilt in poor lending, the losses already incurred, have not even begun to be cleaned up.”Public outcry over banker’s €1 million bonus>last_img read more

GPs warn of chaos in health system after HSE boss raises cuts

first_imgDOCTORS’ REPRESENTATIVE BODY the IMO is raising fresh concerns over planned cuts in the health system, following the publication of a confidential letter on the subject from the head of the HSE to the Health Minister.In the letter, the contents of which were disclosed yesterday in The Irish Times, Tony O’Brien warns that the swingeing cuts being planned in medical card spending are being made “against the advice of the HSE and the Department of Health”.According to the newspaper, the comments were contained in a seven-page letter sent to Minister Reilly along with the HSE service plan for next year. O’Brien, it’s reported, maintains that the plan provides for cuts in spending of €133 million — €20 million more than the €113 figure that had originally been suggested.The 2014 service plan sets out how the executive expects to spend its €13 billion budget next year, and how it proposes to bring in the savings of €666 million set out in the October Budget.Chair of the IMO GP Committee Doctor Ray Walley, has warned of “chaos” in medical card services if there’s an attempt to bring in savings of €133 millionWalley said that the sending of letters on such a sensitive issue represented an “extraordinary” intervention by the HSE.“These letters reflect a growing recognition in the HSE that enormous hardship is going to follow the Government’s decision to target these savings in spending on medical cards.”“We said at the budget that the original target could not be met and that is even more the case with this larger target.”Officials at the Department of Health, the Department of Public Expenditure and the Taoiseach’s Department are currently examining the service plan.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on health Billy Kelleher has said confidence in the health service is being undermined by further leaks from the document, and has reiterated the party’s call for a public debate on the issue.Read: Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? ‘With great difficulty,’ says HowlinAlso: HSE used military ambulances over 800 times ‘to meet additional demand’last_img read more

Surpoids le régime Dukan

first_imgSurpoids : le régime DukanFrance – Vous avez forcément entendu parler de ce régime plébiscité mais finalement, Dukan, qu’est-ce que c’est ? Découvrez les étapes du programme. 1 : La phase d’attaqueElle permet de commencer avec une perte de poids rapide et dure de 3 à 10 jours selon l’importance du surpoids. Seule la consommation de protéines est autorisée : poisson, viande, œufs et laitages à 0%.2 : La phase alternativeLes légumes sont réintroduits progressivement, puis on adopte un rythme cyclique : 3 jours de protéines pures, 3 jours de protéines + légumes. Ce rythme est porté à 5 jours de chaque pour une perte de poids souhaitée de plus de 10 kilos. Cette phase dure jusqu’à l’obtention du poids souhaité.3 : La phase de consolidationPour éviter de reprendre du poids, le résultat est consolidé en adoptant un nouveau programme : les protéines et les légumes constituent l’alimentation de base, et les autres aliments sont réintroduits progressivement. Cette phase doit durer 10 jours par kilo perdu.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?4 : La phase de stabilisationOn adopte une alimentation équilibrée normale, en conservant une journée de protéines pures par semaine, le jeudi. On consomme 3 cuillères à soupe de son d’avoine par jour. Cette phase est à respecter à vie pour conserver un poids stable.Si vous souhaitez vous lancer, n’oubliez pas que les protéines pures peuvent être nocives pour la santé : préférez le poisson à la viande, et évitez de consommer le jaune de l’œuf. Enfin, sachez que la grande majorité des médecins nutritionnistes déconseillent les régimes, qui statistiquement font prendre beaucoup plus de poids qu’ils n’en font perdre. Mieux vaut effectuer un rééquilibrage alimentaire avec l’aide d’un médecin, qui permet de mincir sans carence, sans problème de santé et sans reprendre de poids.Le 30 octobre 2010 à 12:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chris Jericho on latest WWE run new Randy Savage DVD

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Star Thinks The Rock Could Be The Next President Twitter Kevin Smith Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Jason Mewes Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho Going To NJPW WWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror Movie WhatsAppcenter_img Chris Jericho talks about his recent run ending with WWEPeter Rosenberg of Hot 97 is featuring a new “Cheap Heat” interview with Chris Jericho where he discusses his recent run ending with WWE, taking the good with the bad when it comes to internet feedback about his career and more.Update on new Randy Savage DVD release from WWEWWE’s latest DVD/Blu-ray release about the career of Randy Savage is also set to feature a full documentary. Savage’s last DVD release by WWE only featured matches and interviews. It is scheduled to be released on 11/15.You can view a full DVD listing at this link.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob RebootVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road Kevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Pinterest Videos Articles Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and morelast_img read more

Documents reveal effort to reduce opposition to port oil plan

first_imgClick to enlarge The proposal to build the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest in Vancouver stretches back to January, when Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies presented the Port of Vancouver with a highly lucrative deal and a plan to win political support and deflect critics.Public records obtained by The Columbian show that the companies spelled out their approach to the project, designed to handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day, in a Jan. 23 “statement of interest” document: “We will develop (with involvement from Port management) a comprehensive community outreach and government relations plan that would be implemented prior to, and in anticipation of, environmental and land use permitting and the (State Environmental Policy Act)process,” the companies wrote in the 42-page letter to Mike Schiller, the port’s general manager of operations.“Implementation of this plan will occur prior to any public notice or the filing of permit applications in order to encourage early collaborative stakeholder communication, garner support for the Project, and reduce the risk of potential opposition,” it read.The collaborative strategy between the publicly owned port and the two corporations reveals the high stakes for both sides in seizing opportunities created by mid-America’s oil boom. Emails and other records generated by the port and Tesoro and Savage suggest the parties hoped to carefully manage what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-handling plan in a way that would minimize controversy and address potential public concerns early on.On July 6, the process got a horrible jolt.That’s when a fiery oil train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, vaporized a large swath of the downtown, killed 50 people, forced the evacuation of 2,000 and prompted investigations.last_img read more

Full Show School Walkouts And Houstons Barbecue Culture April 20 2018

first_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: We learn about some local school walkouts to bring attention to gun violence in America. Then, our panel of non-experts weighs in on some of the interesting stories from this week’s news and decides if they are good, bad, or ugly. And we learn how barbecue culture in Houston is changing.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting  This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img 00:00 /33:10 Listenlast_img read more

How attractive you look depends on your company

first_imgYour beauty may depend on the person who is standing next to you and how good he or she is looking in comparison, researchers say. The study showed that a person can be ranked higher on a scale of attractiveness only when he or she is compared alongside a less attractive person, and not when being judged alone.The company we keep can have an effect on how attractive we appear to others, the researchers said. An averagely attractive face surrounded by undesirable faces will become more appealing than it would on its own. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The presence of a less attractive face does not just increase the attractiveness of a single person, but in a crowd could actually make us even more choosey,” said Nicholas Furl from Royal Holloway, University of London. For the study, the team asked the participants to rate pictures of different faces for attractiveness, one by one.They were then asked to assess the same faces, placed alongside ones perceived to be undesirable. When adding these “distractor faces”, the attractiveness of the same faces increased from the first round of ranking. Participants were then shown two attractive faces, alongside a “distractor” face and asked to judge between them.The presence of the less attractive face was found to make the viewers more critical between the attractive face, the researchers explained.last_img read more

Awareness campaign on bonerelated ailments

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Orthopaedic Association (WBOA) is conducting a week-long campaign on Osteoporosis from August 1 to 7 to spread awareness about ailments related to bones.This apart, Kolkata will host the 64th Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association in the third week of November 2019. Osteoporosis occurs due to in adequate intake of key bone nutrients during early age. The problem may account for 5-10 % decline in peak bone mass later in life. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWorld Osteoporosis day will be observed on August 4. “The theme of the campaign is —Healthy Aging with Strong Bones. As part of the campaign, WBOA is conducting a mega rally in Howrah from People’s Nursing Home to Birla Seva Sadan on August 4,” said president of WBOA Dr N K Das. Osteoporosis is common among elderly women. This apart, one in eight men is predicted to have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. During teen years, bone not only increases in size (with growth) but also becomes stronger to reach its peak bone mass. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We need to have strong bones and joints. Awareness about bone health is still in the state of infancy, we need to raise awareness about the importance of strong bones and joints,” Das said. “Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association 2019 will be held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre Kolkata, West Bengal. It will start on November 19 and end on November 24,” said Dr Partha Sarathi Sarkar, secretary of WBOA. West Bengal Orthopaedic Association focuses on academics, research and social networking.last_img read more

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New South Wales still home of international visitors

first_imgNew South Wales still home of international visitorsNSW has once again been named the number one destination in Australia, with a record 3.3 million international visitors, and the State welcoming almost 1.1 million visitors more than either Victoria or Queensland during the last 12 months.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results confirm NSW is still Australia’s number one destination, with international visitation worth almost $7.5 billion to the State’s economy in the year ending March 2015 – an increase of 9 per cent on the previous year.“NSW is still number one for visitors – there were 3.3 million visitors to our great State in the last year, up 7 per cent. This compares to Victoria and Queensland that both recorded around 2.2 million visitors during the year,” Mr Ayres said.“Visitors stayed a record total of almost 79 million nights in NSW, compared to 53 million nights in Victoria and 48 million nights in Queensland. We are clearly number one in Australia.“International visitors to Sydney increased by 7 per cent, mainly due to growth of 9.7 per cent in holiday visitors. Visitors in the regions also grew by 6.7 per cent, with international visitors to the HunterValley up by 14 per cent and Blue Mountains up by 15 per cent,” Mr Ayres added.Three important visitor markets also recorded significant growth, with China up 19 per cent, USA up 8 per cent, India up 23 per cent and Germany up 12 per cent. China remained the top market for international guests to NSW with 500,000 visitors, and there were almost 400,000 visitors from New Zealand. The United Kingdom remained third, with around 340,000 visitors to NSW.During the March quarter NSW hosted events such as the APIA International Sydney, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Australian Open of Surfing, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, and the Touch Football Australia National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the results show that the NSW Government’s initiatives to attract more visitors from around the world are working.“The latest results demonstrate our success in ensuring NSW remains Australia’s number one destination, and with a fantastic line up of events coming this year including the NRL Grand Final, the 2015 Netball World Cup, Matilda: The Musical and Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour, we will continue to attract visitors to our great state.”Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Advantage Systems Targeting Mortgage Subsidiaries

first_img October 12, 2011 444 Views “”Advantage Systems””: is set to offer enhanced programs to facilitate critical communication between parent companies that possess mortgage divisions. The company’s “”Accounting for Mortgage Bankers”” (AMB) product can now be utilized with greater leverage to enable mortgage subsidiaries to operate outside of an entity’s general ledger system, creating improved efficiency and streamlined processing.[IMAGE]Providing accounting and contract management tools throughout the mortgage and real estate industries, Advantage System’s AMB module targets better independence for mortgage divisions by giving them mortgage-specific programming when conducting all management and accounting processes. AMB was built for mortgage lenders and divisions that require loan level transaction performance, real-time[COLUMN_BREAK]data reports, and documentation services – capabilities that many traditional businesses maintaining a mortgage segment don’t currently have.Brian Lynch, president of Advantage Systems, said of its AMB offerings, “”Joint venture companies that operate a mortgage lending subsidiary must draw the distinction between how the organizations operate. In order to ensure successful audits and compliance, mortgage accounting should be an automated process that does not rely on spreadsheets. AMB helps mortgage divisions work more effectively with their parent company, have more control over their processes and shave significant time off monthly procedures.””Managing transactions, reconciliations, and general account activities, AMB lends faster auditing and enhances branch operations procedures. Advantage Systems’ AMB product also provides commission calculations; branch income statements; profit calculations by loan, loan type, loan offer, and loan channel; and spreadsheet-free processes to effectively facilitate easy and clear communication between parent companies and their related mortgage divisions.The California-based company was founded in 1986, and Advantage Systems’ AMB product was eventually developed to meet the demands of mortgage companies in need of highly specific accounting needs. The latest updates to the AMB program will help parent companies, lenders, and mortgage divisions cut costs through simplifying general workflow and data transmission. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-10-12 Abby Gregory Advantage Systems Targeting Mortgage Subsidiariescenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more