APTN NewsIndigenous anti-pipeline leaders say they won the approval of Kinder Morgan’s stockholders during an annual meeting in Houston on Wednesday, after successfully pitching a sustainability plan.Chief Judy Wilson, of the Neskonlith Indian Band (also known as te Secwepemc Nation), presented the sustainability proposal on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement fund, a major Kinder Morgan shareholder.The resolution called on the Texas-based company to issue annual sustainability reports that would outline the company’s social, environmental and governance risks, including risks related to Indigenous rights.The majority of shareholders approved the plan, a move that marks an “unprecedented shift in stockholder sentiment,” according to the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.“There’s a new reality. There’s a changed political climate, landscape in British Columbia, Canada, with the recognition of our inherent title and rights,” said Wilson, following the meeting.“There’s a shift away from just mere consultation.”Wilson had planned the “emergency” trip to the annual meeting with a clear message for Kinder Morgan: The pipeline will not get built without the full consent of Indigenous communities.Wilson said Kinder Morgan has not adequately explained to its shareholders the “drastic risks of Indigenous opposition” to the pipeline.“It threatens our culture, our spirituality, and our identity, our way of life. That means, fundamentally, more to us than anything that they could offer us,” she said. “This means that there will be further delay and risk and uncertainty for the overall project and we wanted to carry that message to the shareholders today.”Lisa Lindsley, of advocacy group Sum of Us, said the sustainability proposal is non-binding, but now it’s up to shareholders to hold the company to account.The fact that shareholders voted in favour of the resolutions is “a clear indication that the investment community is tired of ignoring climate change and denying that the rights of Indigenous peoples and the impact on the environment of business practices of companies like Kinder Morgan have an impact on shareholder value,” she said.Wilson said Kinder Morgan did not adequately evaluate or disclose the risks to the project.Regardless, 43 First Nations and Metis communities have signed deals with the company to expand the pipeline.“Those federal reserve bands do not speak for the territory,” Wilson said. “We’re outside of the treaty processes that the government developed.”Meanwhile, federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr maintains the Edmonton-to-Burnaby pipeline expansion project will be built, despite legal challenges and Indigenous opposition.The federal government only has three weeks to convince Kinder Morgan that its pipeline will be built – or else the company will pull out by May firstname.lastname@example.org@lucyscholey
Rabat – Integration has become an efficient and rapid means to address economic challenges linked mainly to the crisis, unemployment and cross-border security challenges, said, on Thursday in Rabat, secretary general of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) Habib Ben Yahia.No country could find on its own efficient solutions to these problems, he said at the opening of the 49th follow-up committee at the level of minister delegates and state secretaries, held in preparation for the 32nd session of the council of AMU foreign ministers scheduled on Friday in Rabat.Ben Yahia underlined the need to join efforts to address the challenges and meet the aspirations of the peoples of the Maghreb region for sustainable development. He added that the holding of this session coincides with a delicate juncture in the region, “which requires that our countries cooperation more and hold dialogue and consultations in order to make joint Maghreb action move forwards and get stronger in various fields.”
Marrakech- An editorial in the daily newspaper L’Economiste commented that France was panicking over the security situation after the beheading of French citizen Herve Gourdel in Algeria while Morocco is asleep. Nadia Saleh, the editor in chief of L’Economiste, also wondered in a separate editorial why some Moroccan ministers do not anticipate international crises.The tragedy of Herve Gourdel’s ugly and brutal death prompted French tourists to rebook their trips in the Canaries, Spain, Greece, and Portugal, rather than North Africa. After many kidnappings and murders in the Sahel, the ISIS-linked beheading in Algeria was the final straw for French tourists who don’t want to be caught in the wrong place and wrong time and end up as hostages or victims to be executed. But they ignore the fact that Morocco is secure, unlike terrorist-wracked Algeria. . This reaction should have been predictable. In an interview with L’Economiste, the head of the French tour operators regretted that the Moroccan Tourist Office was slow to mount a positive promotional campaign to stress that Morocco was a secure location. He urged Morocco to react quickly.Tourism, unfortunately, is particularly vulnerable to external shocks. The Moroccan tourism industry supports 500,000 Moroccan jobs. The fact that a positive campaign was not immediately launched raises several questions. In addition, Marrakech has become a more expensive holiday location than Spain or Portugal for Europeans.With French tourism to Morocco seemingly in decline, the arrest of an Englishman Ray Cole and his Moroccan companion for an alleged homosexual relationship recently erupted in the Moroccan and British media.Police supervision of personal Facebook accounts violates the Western belief of freedom of expression and privacy. However, Mr. Cole did break the law and was very naive.The failure to anticipate a clash between Western respect for personal liberty and Islamic moral precepts has made gay people realize that they will be targeted if they come to Marrakech, and it that is better for them not to come and risk prison in appalling conditions and an incomprehensible legal system.Islamist politicians like Minister of Justice Mustapha Ramed have made it clear that homosexuals are not welcome.Could it be that Morocco’s closed media scene in Arabic and French and a concentration only on local Moroccan news make Morocco unable to foresee Western reactions to oppressive policing methods?Morocco’s reputation as a country of tolerance has taken a severe hit. Many believe that the ambiguous law criminalizing sexual relations outside marriage needs to be clarified and revised.
Rabat – Hollywood superstar Vin Diesel is reportedly in Morocco for the shooting of some scenes of Ang Lee’s upcoming movie “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” The “Fast and Furious” lead actor took to Instagram to share some photos he took in front of a Kasbah in Ouarzazate, one of the world’s filming destinations. Written by Ben Fountain, thefilm follows the story of Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old private who was sent on a campaign along with other soldiers to rally support for the war in Iraq. Hump day… Haha.A video posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Jun 10, 2015 at 1:20pm PDT
___To some market vets, stocks are rallying like it’s 1999NEW YORK (AP) — The furious rally for stocks this year, so quickly on the heels of last year’s scary tumble, is reminding some investors of the market’s rebound in late 1998. Few, if any, analysts on Wall Street are predicting a redux of 1999 and 2000, when the market inflated into the dot-com bubble. But the similarities are plentiful enough that investors are taking note, and some are pushing the idea that stocks can keep rising even with so many recession fears still hanging over the market.___China’s economic growth steady amid tariff fight with USSHANGHAI (AP) — China’s economic growth held steady at 6.4% over a year ago in the latest quarter, raising hopes a slowdown might be bottoming out as efforts to spur growth might be gaining traction. A revival in Chinese growth and demand for imports could help to shore up weakening global economic activity. But the growth in the first quarter was the weakest since 2009.___Sleek new SUVs dominate reveals at New York auto showNEW YORK (AP) — Auto shows may be waning in importance as companies find other ways to introduce new products, but the New York International Auto Show still has a healthy list of new vehicle debuts. In keeping with the dramatic shift from cars to sport utilities, most of the new models are SUVs. Subaru will roll out a new Outback, while Toyota has a new Highlander. Hyundai is offering a new subcompact SUV called the Venue. And Ford’s Lincoln brand will unveil a new small SUV.___US trade deficit narrows to $49.4 billion in FebruaryWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell for the second straight month in February, and the politically sensitive deficit in the trade of goods with China narrowed. The Commerce Department says the gap between the goods and services that the United States sells and what it buys from the rest of the world dropped 3.4% to $49.4 billion in February, the lowest since June.___EU threatens to tax $20 billion of US goods over Boeing aidBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has drawn up a list of $20 billion worth of U.S. products it could tax in an escalating feud over plane industry subsidies. The European Commission said Wednesday it could tax the products, which range from aircraft parts to frozen fish, in retaliation for U.S. financial support to Boeing that it says hurt Europe’s Airbus.___Shop online? Ways to reduce damage to the environmentNEW YORK (AP) — Toothpaste delivered in two days is convenient, but not so great for the environment. Outside of ditching online shopping altogether, there are some small tweaks you can make as a shopper that can lower the impact on the environment, such as slowing down shipping times and not filling up the cart with stuff you know you won’t keep. Other tips: send items to a locker to pick up and return online orders to a physical store, if you can.___Shared electric scooters surge, overtaking docked bikesNEW YORK (AP) — Electric scooters are overtaking station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared micromobility. According to a new report, riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018, eclipsing the 36.5 million trips riders took on shared, docked bicycles. Scooter companies are facing challenges including vandalism, rider injuries and city regulations. Yet venture capitalists, ride-hailing companies and traditional auto manufacturers pour millions into the fledgling companies.___Apple, Qualcomm settle bitter dispute over iPhone technologySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple and mobile chip maker Qualcomm have settled a bitter financial dispute centred on some of the technology that enables iPhones to connect to the internet. The surprise truce announced Tuesday came just as the former allies turned antagonists were facing off in a federal court trial that was supposed to unfold over the next month in San Diego. Apple had been seeking at least $1 billion while Qualcomm was seeking $7 billion for unpaid royalties for the use of its technology.___Greek PM says he will revive bid for German WWII reparationsATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister says his government will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation. Alexis Tsipras says that now Greece has exited its bailout programs, in which Germany was a key creditor, it can’t be accused of trying to offset its massive debt with the reparation demands. A German government spokesman says the matter has been conclusively settled in legal and political terms.___Health care companies lead US stocks lower; small-caps slumpNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street Wednesday with modest losses that erased most of the market’s slight gains from a day earlier. A sharp sell-off in health care companies far outweighed gains in technology and other sectors. Smaller company stocks fell more than the rest of the market. Insurers helped drive the health care sector slide for the second straight day. Qualcomm led the gainers in the technology sector.The Associated Press
As Heads of State and government from across the globe gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for the opening of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, President George W. Bush of the United States laid out his case against the current Iraqi regime and, pledging to work with the Security Council, called for a concerted global response.Reviewing Baghdad’s failure to comply with UN resolutions adopted in the wake of its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, President Bush said that Iraq – in violation of the Council’s key counter-terrorism resolution – also “continues to shelter and support terrorist organizations that direct violence against Iran, Israel, and western Governments.” In the meantime, Al-Qaida terrorists “are known to be in Iraq” and Baghdad maintains weapons of mass destruction. “Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons,” he said, adding that UN inspections revealed that Iraq “likely maintains stockpiles of VX, mustard and other chemical agents, and that the regime is rebuilding and expanding facilities capable of producing chemical weapons.” The country also “continues to withhold important information about its nuclear programme” and possesses long-range missiles.Calling Iraq’s conduct a threat to the UN’s authority, President Bush said the world body’s legitimacy hung in the balance. “Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?” he asked. Urging Baghdad to comply with its international obligations, he pledged that the US “will work with the UN Security Council to meet our common challenge,” but warned that “if Iraq’s regime defies us again, the world must move deliberately, decisively to hold [it] to account.” The aims of the US “should not be doubted: the Security Council resolutions will be enforced…or action will be unavoidable,” he said.Thabo Mbeki, the President of South Africa, highlighted the importance of the newly formed African Union (AU) in tackling the continent’s problems. With international support for both the AU and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), he voiced confidence that “we will transform this into an African Century.” The UN and the AU must give priority to such matters as modernizing Africa’s economy, dealing with the “intolerable” debt burden, accelerating the empowerment of women, and combating diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.President Mbeki also hailed the outcome of the just-concluded World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. The gathering, he said, “confronted the stark reality that billions of people across the globe are poor, and boldly confirmed the need for us to collaborate for a shared human prosperity through sustainable development.” The President stressed the critical importance of implementing all of the agreements reached at Johannesburg “with the necessary sense of urgency.”Peru’s President, Alejandro Toledo, sounded three major themes: the international fight against terrorism, limited defence spending in South America to free up resources for social investment, and strengthened democratic systems “as one important step in the battle against poverty.” Concerning the scourge of terrorism, he emphasized the need to work “always within the framework of international law, democracy and respect for human rights.” He added that Peru’s support for anti-terrorist measures stemmed from the country’s “more than 15 years of the violence of terrorism that cost more than 20,000 lives and millions of dollars in material losses.”On wider security concerns, President Toledo said Peru supported the Andean Charter for Peace and Security, which aimed to establish a regional zone of peace, promote trust, and reduce external defence expenses. With regard to the promotion of democracy, he elaborated on Peru’s own steps to re-establish the full freedoms of its citizens, strengthen national institutions, and combat corruption. Seeking to enable other countries to reach similar goals, he proposed the creation of a “Mechanism of Financial Solidarity for the Defence of Democracy and Good Governance” which would support emerging democracies.Speaking at the outset of the debate, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Lafer pointed out that many countries have been “burdened by the costs of globalization while at the same time being deprived of its benefits.” He stressed that protectionism and other forms of trade barriers “continue to suffocate developing economies and to nullify the competitiveness of their exports.” In order to reach “the globalization we aspire for,” it would be necessary to reform economic and financial institutions, he said, adding, “it must not be limited to a triumph of the market.” Concerning the situation surrounding Iraq, he said, “Brazil believes it is incumbent on the Security Council to determine the necessary measures to ensure compliance with the relevant resolutions.”
Dutch Marines from their naval ship, the Rotterdam, reached the El-Shaddai early yesterday and supplied the refugees on board with badly needed food, water and medical assistance.The group of refugees, who were returning voluntarily to Liberia as the country recovers from 14 years of civil war, included about 60 children and some pregnant women.The El-Shaddai had been stranded three miles southwest of the Liberian coast, near the border with Côte d’Ivoire, for four days after its engine failed. The refugees had run out of food and water.An UNMIL team was sent out to help after the Monrovia office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) learned of the situation. After inspecting the El-Shaddai, the Dutch Marines decided it could not be repaired and transferred the refugees onto the Rotterdam for the return journey to Monrovia.The Rotterdam is due to arrive in Monrovia tomorrow morning, when the refugees will be transferred to the care of UNHCR officials.
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos launched the $301 million flash appeal from Manila, the capital, where she is surveying the damage by Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through nine regions in south-east Asia over the weekend. “The appeal of $301 million covers an initial period of six months,” said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson, Jens Laerke, in Geneva. “The humanitarian community continues to scale up its operations to provide lifesaving aid. Many areas do remain inaccessible, we are reaching into them little by little.” More than 11 million people have been affected by what the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has called the strongest tropical cyclone so far this year and one of the most intense on record. At least 670,000 people have been displaced, the majority of them in evacuation centres, the rest in host communities or makeshift shelters, according to OCHA.“Water supply and power are cut. Much of the food stocks and other goods are destroyed. Many health facilities are not functioning and medical supplies [are] quickly being exhausted,” the UN humanitarian relief arm said in its latest action plan update.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Government to set up field hospitals, as personnel and medical supplies are arriving in the country. The health needs during the disaster are “significant”, the agency said, made worse by crowded living conditions and contaminated drinking water which can lead to the spread of infectious diseases.“With another tropical storm expected to hit the Philippines later this week, the need for safe water and sanitation facilities is critical,” WHO said.
A good deal of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL coverage last season used Elo ratings, a simple system that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game. For 2015, we’re not only bringing Elo back (with a few small tweaks — more on those in a moment), but we’ve also built a continually updating Elo NFL predictions page that allows you to see the latest rankings, plus win probabilities and point spreads for the current week of NFL games.How do our Elo ratings work? FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver wrote a detailed FAQ about the formula before the 2014 season, and almost all of it still applies. The only changes we made mirror the methodology we used when applying Elo to the entire history of the NBA back in May and involve what to do when new (expansion) teams are added to the closed circuit of a league.Originally, our Elo formula started each franchise (at its founding) with a rating of 1500, which also represented the rating of an average team. This worked in general, especially since it had been a long time since the league had expanded. But it’s not such a good assumption for handling expansion teams and analogous situations, such as mergers between different leagues. Eventually, we determined that new franchises should be given a rating of 1300,1Which is effectively the Elo level at which the NFL’s expansion teams have played since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. and in conjunction with this change, we also regress teams toward a mean of 1505 (instead of 1500) after every season.2More specifically, we regress each team’s rating to the mean by one-third. This helps balance against the low ratings assigned to expansion teams, though it does mean the average team no longer carries a 1500 Elo rating.3Because the NFL hasn’t added an expansion franchise since 2002, the average at the end of the 2014 regular season was 1,504.9.Aside from those slight adjustments, Elo still works exactly the same way it did last season: Teams gain and lose ground based on the final score of each game and how unexpected the result was in the eyes of the pregame ratings. Under Elo, teams pick up where they left off: The initial team rankings for 2015 are by definition the same as last season’s end-of-year rankings,4Had our tweaked version of Elo been in place at the end of last season. only more compressed because of the regression toward the mean.Going into Week 1, that means the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are once again the NFL’s highest-rated teams, albeit with lower Elo ratings than when they faced off last season in one of the strongest championship matchups in NFL history. Why? Like other well-designed predictive rating systems, including ESPN’s new Football Power Index, Elo is appropriately cautious early in the season; a team needs to prove itself to warrant a very high or very low rating.5Incidentally, some of you may be wondering why we used FPI in our season previews instead of Elo, and the answer is simple: This year’s preseason Elo ratings are just a regressed-to-the-mean version of last year’s final Elo ratings. The FPI, by contrast, is grounded in not only last year’s ratings but also Vegas over/under win totals and a poll of NFL experts. Combine that with the luck inherent in the NFL — the best teams don’t always win — and even Elo’s top-rated teams, the Seahawks and the Patriots, have just a 15 percent and 14 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, respectively.Just like last season, we’ll be writing a weekly column using Elo as a jumping-off point to discuss the week’s games. And in between, you can find ratings and predictions on our interactive page.Here’s to another great NFL season! UPDATE (Sept. 7, 2016; 12 p.m.): Our 2016 NFL Elo predictions follow the same methodology as our predictions from last year. Check out the article below for more details.
Many carol texts have been modernised, reordered, or retranslated from foreign languages over the centuries, but usually without changing their message. Wesley’s original opening line to his carol was “Hark, how all the Welkin Rings”, “welkin” meaning sky or heavens.Recently the texts of some carols have been modified to use “inclusive language” rather than words such as “sons” or “men”.Rev Dr Ian Paul, a theologian and member of the Archbishops’ Council, which oversees Church of England strategy and funding, said the altered version of the carol “avoids the awkward challenge of the Virgin Birth and probably ought to be put in the bin”, and advised anyone putting together a carol service to consult a good-quality printed hymnbook for their texts rather than just search online.A Google search links the changed version to American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who recorded ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ in the 1960s, though the exact provenance of the altered line is unclear.Ian Kelly, chairman of the Royal Society of St George, said that the carol-singing after the society’s Christmas banquet at the Mansion House in London last Wednesday [19/12] unintentionally used the altered words. “I arranged for the words to be drawn down from the internet … We were under some pressure to get the words to the printers so we did a quick proof but didn’t go into the detail of that particular line.”Rupert Gough, who was directing the choristers after the banquet said: “I see this all the time at weddings – you Google for texts and you think ‘That’s it,’ and it may have come from an American site or whatever, and you find that people tinker with the words.”Andrew Reeves, head server and master of ceremonies at west London’s Holy Trinity church, Sloane Square, said he came across the altered words this week at a company carol service. Staff from the company had sourced the texts for the orders of service but when the congregation came to the unfamiliar line, “everybody was completely thrown,” he said. It is sung at carol services across the country every Christmas, telling the story of the birth of Jesus to his mother Mary.But one version of ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ is incurring the ire of bishops because it removes the reference to Mary’s virginity, with the line “Offspring of a virgin’s womb” replaced with “Offspring of the favoured one”.Senior Church of England clergy have warned against using the altered version of Charles Wesley’s Christmas hymn, which has found its way into an increasing number of services.Revd Marcus Walker, rector of Great St Bartholomew in the City of London, said the text change was not heretical but it “plays down the Virgin Birth, plays down the reality of Christ’s birth, and Mary’s femininity – that he came out of a womb; this was a real birth from a real woman.”The bishop of Crediton, Bishop Jacqueline Searle, said sticking to the original text was vital “because it’s a part of our creed”.“It’s important that we are not squeamish about singing ‘of a virgin’s womb’, which reflects nothing being impossible with God,” she said.Bishop Searle added that there were different theological ways in which people understand the Virgin Birth today, but it was important that Christmas carols were not tampered with, because altered versions could mislead people less familiar with the Christian faith.“Just because something sounds difficult or new doesn’t mean it needs to be changed.“When we sing our doctrine, it is saying something about what we believe. Especially at this time of year, when lots of people are singing carols, we would like what we’re singing to reflect as accurately as we can the faith we inhabit.”The Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson, also criticised the change, arguing that Wesley’s original “is an essential part of the Christmas story”.Donald Allister, the Bishop of Peterborough, added: “Wesley’s great Christmas carol conveys the true Christmas message joyfully and powerfully. It is a great shame to see any attempt to reduce that message.” 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.
EHF EURO 2012 Results of EURO 2012 qualification – (Round 1):Group 1First round (27.october)Macedonia – Estonia 30:25 (16:10)Hungary – Bosnia and HerzegovinaGroup 2First RoundSpain – Lithuania 33:17Croatia – RomaniaGroup 3First RoundSlovenia – Portugal 34:31 (17:14)Slovenia: Škof (10 saves), Prošt, Bajram 1, Barišić-Jaman, Miklavčič, Dobelšek 2, Pucelj, Natek 9, Skube 7 (2), Špiler, Gajić 9 (4), Cehte, Žvižej 4, Podvršič, Marguč, Zorman 1.Portugal: Laurentino (10 saves), Figueira (7 saves), Davyes, Mota, Lopes, Solha 8 (2), Pedroso 3, Maghalhes 4, Tavares 4, Carmo 3, Costa 1, Carneiro 1, Andrade, Moreiram, Roche 6, Bjelanovic.Poland – UkraineGroup 4First RoundSlovak Republic – Israel 38:24Sweden – MontenegroGroup 5First RoundGermany – Austria 26:26 (8:14)Germany: Heinevetter, Lichtlein Kneer 1, Gensheimer 2, Roggisch , Klein 1, Pfahl 8/1, Strobel, Heinl , Flohr 1, Glandorf 1, Christophersen 4, Späth, Schöne 1, Sprenger 2, Haaß 5Austria: Bauer, Marinovic Fölser 4, Djukic, Bozovic 3, Wöss, Mayer, Szilagyi 6, Posch, Wilczysnki 3/2, Friede, Schlinger 4, Wagesreiter 2, Vizvary, Weber 4, LintIceland – Latvia 28:26 (14:13)Group 6First RoundNorway – Netherlands 35:30Czech Republic – Greece 32:20Group 7First RoundRussia – Switzerland 36:34Denmark – Belarus 41:33Denmark: 10 Mikkel Hansen, Lars Christiansen 6, Rene Toft Hansen 6, Kasper Irming 4, Anders Eggert 3, Jesper Nøddesbo 3, Lasse Svan Hansen 2, Thomas Mogensen 1, Mads Christiansen 1, Lasse Boesen 1, Donald Oechsle 1, Bo Spellerberg 1, Hans Lindberg 1, Henrik Møllgaard 1Belarus: Boris Pukhovky 9, Sergej Shilovich 4, Siarhei Rutenka 4, Denis Rutenko 3, Dmitri Kamyshik 3, Ivan Brovko 2, Vyacheslav Shumak 2, Maksim Karshakevich 2, Maksim Baranov 1, Evgeny Semenov 1, Andrei Kurchev 1, Maksim Babichev 1 ← Previous Story Kiril Lazarov: “We can beat Hungary” Next Story → Danish invasion of Malmo (WC 2011)!
FANCY FOOD STORE Donnybrook Fair is opening a fifth location in Dublin tomorrow, bringing new jobs to the city.The new shop will be officially opened tomorrow morning at Gallery Quay on Grand Canal Square.The company said it did not anticipate Facebook’s recently-announced relocation to the same area but added that it “isn’t complaining” the two firms will be neighbours.Currently, Donnybrook Fair has outlets at Morehampton Road, Stillorgan, Baggot Street and Greystone.The family-run business is still headed by founder Joe Doyle, who opened the flagship store in its current format in 2001.Read: Logistics of youth guarantee scheme come before funding, says TaoiseachMore: Jobs at risk as Barratts goes into administration for third time in four yearsQUIZ: How posh are you?
NEXT TIME YOU are on Grafton St in Dublin, take a look at what is now the Vero Moda clothing store.Today, the narrow building is used as a retail store – but underneath the rails of clothing, in the building’s basement, was once built an air raid shelter.Back in 1940, during the throes of the World War II, Ireland was neutral. But that didn’t mean that the country didn’t have to be on alert, with our nearest neighbour, the United Kingdom, at war with Nazi Germany.Air Raid PrecautionsThe emergency period in Ireland was from 1939 until 1946, during which time the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) branch was established.With the Republic of Ireland bombed a number of times during WWII between 1940 – 1941 by the German Luftwaffe (whether accidentally, by planes off-loading unused bombs, or otherwise), the ARP branch served an important purpose in equipping areas to protect themselves during any attacks.Commdt Padraic Kennedy of the Military Archives in Cathal Brugha barracks explained to TheJournal.ie how businesses were able to protect themselves by building their own shelters:The concept originated prior to the outbreak of WW2 in1936, following an inter-departmental committee on Air Raids Precautions Service, which addressed issues such as air raid warning, rescue services and the maintenance of essential services.The Air Raid Precautions Act 1939 included a provision for the payment of a grant to employers who incurred expenses in the development of an Air Raid shelter or other building as agreed by the Minister.The grant could also cover additional expenses such as the equipment required in the running of a shelter which included the purchase of shovels, medical kits and pick axes. The shelters were located across the country in public and private buildings to protect its inhabitants.Commdt Kennedy sent TheJournal.ie a document dating from the time of the Emergency, dated 29 June 1940. Written by the engineer Henry A Stafford to Lt JJ Blake from the Air Raid Precautions Branch, it regards the building of a basement shelter at 69 Grafton Street by Singer Sewing Machine Company Ltd.This is the building now occupied by Vero Moda. The company was given a grant of £234 for the building and design of the air raid shelter to protect the 50 employees working at 69 Grafton Street. The shelter was completed on 24 September 1940.Here is the plan for the shelter, again from the military archives: Vero Moda today:Pic: Google Street ViewSheltersHistorian Paul O’Brien explained to TheJournal.ie that there were some small air raid shelters in Ireland during the Emergency, but most of the larger spaces weren’t purpose-built as shelters.The purpose-built shelters tended to be beehive shelters, like this one below, which could fit around six people inside, or those built by companies within existing buildings.Bomb shelter in the grounds of Cabinteely House, associated with Irish Defence forces planning. Pic: South Dublin County LibrariesDuring WWII it was possible to buy Anderson shelters, which were mainly used by people in the UK. With these, people dug a hole, created a shelter using corrugated metal, and then covered the hut in earth and clay. People who earned less than £5 a week were given them free by the British Government.According to the book Bombs Over Dublin by Sean McMahon, the Air Raid Precautions Act (1939) nominated certain east-coast areas for special security measures. In Dundalk, “a control centre was set up under the town hall that had a secure basement with a ceiling three feet thick”.It adds:Air raid shelters were non-existent outside of the city and even in Dublin there were too few to support the population. It was even suggested that railway tunnels be used as shelters, perhaps as the Londoners used the underground during the Blitz.But thankfully, as the above documents military archives show, it was possible for businesses to protect themselves during World War II under government initiatives.Less than 75 years after World War II, the surviving structures that were to keep people safe during the Emergency are hidden away, sometimes in the most surprising of places.PICS: Surviving Christmas during World War II>Read: Revealed: Ireland’s surveillance activities during World War Two>Hidden Ireland: Supplying ‘a long-felt want’ – Dublin’s public toilets>
Two former German MPs with the SPD party received payments in excess of 5 million euros from the company Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) according to an article in Sueddeutsche Zeitung. According to the German newspaper the apparent bribes are connected with suspect deals struck by the Munich-based arms company in Greece.“KMW secretly paid the consulting firm of two former parliamentarians of the SPD party over 5 million euros between 2000 and 2005,” the article writes, stressing that this, “was revealed in the context of an internal investigation related to two deals to supply armoured vehicles.”The investigation was launched at the behest of KMW itself following allegations over bribery payments related to the company’s dealings in Greece. The article adds that over the last decade the company had contracts worth about 2 billion euros to supply the Greek government with Leopard-2 tanks and howitzers.Those contracts were largely prepared and signed during the same years that, according to the investigation, the 2 SPD politicians, Dagmar Luuk and Heinz-Alfred Steiner received payments worth millions of euros from KMW via the company BFS.“BFS” is short for “Consultancy for South-east Europe” Sueddeutsche Zeitung explains and adds that Luuk was a member of the German Parliament from 1980 until 1990 and had close connections with Greece, while Mr Steiner was a member of parliament from 1980 until 1994 and also served for a period as the vice-president of the Defense Committee.For the investigation KMW hired the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which concluded in its findings that the purpose of the paymentσ was not clear. The investigation was launched following the confession of a former procurement official of the Greek Defense Ministry at the end of 2013 who stated that he had been bribed over the tank deal by Greek consultants working for the German firm. Source: thepressproject Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is objecting to the U.S. Coast Guard’s expansion of safety zones around certain vessels on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The union says the new temporary zones would encroach on its free speech rights and hand grain terminal operators an “undue advantage” in their dispute with the ILWU.“The sweeping safety zones proposed by the Coast Guard here will prevent ILWU members from exercising their right to engage in peaceful protest in support of their ongoing labor negotiations,” Robert Lavitt, an attorney for the union, wrote in a July 3 letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Docket Management Facility.Lt. Regina Caffrey, a public affairs officer for the Coast Guard, said the changes to the zones ensure the safety of protestors and other river users. “The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters,” she said in an email to The Columbian. “In preparing this rule, the Coast Guard carefully considered the rights of lawful protestors.”At issue are temporary safety zones aimed at keeping demonstrators a certain distance away from grain-hauling vessels calling on grain terminal operators, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver. A previous Coast Guard rule “regulated only grain shipment vessels,” according to Lavitt. The new proposal regulates both grain shipment boats and their assist vessels. It adds vessels that do business with Louis Dreyfus Commodities to the list of ships subject to the rules.The new rules enlarge the safety zones in several ways, including creating a “200-yard radius of grain shipment vessels when anchored at any berth, moored or in the process of mooring” on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, according to Lavitt.
Major steps in the multi-year transformation aimed at fulfilling CEO Doug Manoni’s vision of SourceMedia as a digital and data-centric business have involved a complete overhaul of the company’s content management system, the introduction of new advanced marketing capabilities, and the launch of an ABM business, which the company has said drove a seven-figure increase in advertising revenues in its first year.Perhaps less intuitive, however, is the emerging importance of the company’s paid content business, which it says now accounts for one-third of its overall revenue. Backing that claim is SourceMedia’s latest move, hiring Allison Adams as chief subscription officer—a newly created role responsible for marketing and selling subscriptions to the company’s various media brands, as well as developing new product lines. “By establishing this new role, we reinforce our commitment to subscription growth,” said Manoni in an announcement earlier this month. “Allison brings unique qualifications, including strong, relevant experience in paid content for financial professionals.”Folio: sat down with Adams—who joins SourceMedia from CFA Institute, where she served as head of content engagement and group publisher, after spending several years at Institutional Investor as a publisher and advertising director—to learn more about her immediate plans in the new role, and why SourceMedia sees a major opportunity in paid content going forward.Allison AdamsFolio: For starters, why has paid content become such a central part of SourceMedia’s overall strategy?Allison Adams: SourceMedia has a very strong editorial team and they take editorial very seriously. That’s one of the things that attracted me to the company. When you think of great content, you think of subscriptions. Paid subscriptions are more predictable than other types of revenue streams, and they’re also very strong in creating audiences that you can leverage for other areas of the organization.Subscriptions have traditionally been the cornerstone for a lot of organizations, and I think over time that sort of faded to the back in some B2B organizations, but SourceMedia has taken it very seriously.Folio: What about SourceMedia’s audience is uniquely suited for that type of model?Adams: I would say that the financial B2B community, which I’ve known for a long time, is looking for information which is going to save them time, they’re looking for predictive information when they can find it, and they’re looking to manage risk. These are all things we’re providing.Folio: From your perspective, what’s the value in a typical subscription to one of SourceMedia’s brands?Adams: I think SourceMedia’s content and editorial strategy is really to provide a lot more depth of analysis, data, information you’re not able to get from other places. So we need to look at what differentiates us and make sure we’re hitting the mark there, because there is a lot of free content out there.Folio: How do you determine which types of readers you’re going to target for subscriptions?Adams: We start with our core audience who knows us well, but at the same time we’re looking at those who are within the same organizations but perhaps don’t know our brands as well, especially those rising up through the ranks, understanding what they need and what they want. It’s a simultaneous approach. The goal, really, is to make sure we’re in the workflow of our audiences on a regular basis.Folio: What are some of the ways you’re doing that?Adams: I think mass surveys are fine, that’s one intelligence point. But also sitting down with our top customers, those who are not customers but are within our target audience. Asking them about their day, about their workflow, what are you spending time on that maybe SourceMedia could be providing to you?And then also listening to those that are on the front lines within the organization here, our subscription sales team as well as our editorial team, who are spending all day on the phone or out with customers. One of the first things I did here was talk to both of those teams and say please, don’t hesitate to bubble ideas up, set up meetings with customers who have mentioned they’d like to see something different. It’s very much an open-door policy.Folio: Is there a cultural shift involved in changing the way you’re doing things as a company?Adams: I don’t know that I would call it a shift. The way we need to approach new businesses and increasing our subscriptions is really form a design thinking and a user-driven approach, and also a digital approach. SourceMedia has gone through a fantastic digital transformation in the past two years, and we need to really continue to embrace that and understand what our future looks like.Folio: Does that impact the types of new skill sets you look at when you think about building out your own team?Adams: We’re going to be incorporating behavioral technologies as much as we can, so how we can get support there is going to be very important, yes.Something else SourceMedia does—which I think is interesting—is we take our taxonomy very seriously. That, to me, is extremely important. If we’re looking at how we deliver our content and start thinking about even going down to micro-selling or content streams of intelligence, it’s very important that we have the right tagging and taxonomy. We actually have a taxonomy team here in place at SourceMedia.Folio: They work across all the brands?Adams: Yes, across brands and very tightly with the editorial teams. That’s something that I’d like to dig a little bit more into here. I think organizations in paid content who take taxonomy seriously will greatly benefit as they look at new business models going forward.Folio: What are some of your immediate priorities as you settle into the new role?Adams: What I’m really looking at is audience-centric. What they’d like to see more of and what they’d like to see done differently. And then I’m also looking at the technology internally, as well as what we’re investing in, to see what it is we can do to leverage new innovations in Artificial Intelligence, in machine learning, and to see how we can use behavior trends to predict content themes as well as purchasing themes for our business models. › See also — Paid Content: The Old New ThingFolio: You’re only a couple of weeks into the new role, but what’s something you’ve learned so far?Adams: If we look at content as an asset, one area that will continue to be interesting is looking at our unstructured content and how we can move it towards structure. Customers will pay for predictive data, predictive trends. If you can look back and pick through your archived content and find things that can be predictive, whether its about managing risks, or some data point that might be useful, you can find really good value for subscriptions.We have rich brands, with rich archives, and a strong, engaged audience. When you have that combination, there’s a lot of room to grow your business and serve your audience.
TEWKSBURY, MA — The Merrimack Valley Pavilion, located at 2087 Main Street in Tewksbury, is holding a two-floor haunted house for ages 10 and up this October.The haunted house will run on the following dates/times:Friday, October 12, 7pm-10pmSaturday, October 13, 7pm-10pmSunday, October 14, 5pm-8pmFriday, October 19, 7pm-10pmSaturday, October 20, 7pm-10pmSunday, October 21, 5pm-8pmFriday, October 26, 7pm-10pmSaturday, October 27, 7pm-10pmSunday, October 28, 5pm-8pmTickets cost $10 per person at the door. A waiver must be signed. 10% of profits will be donated to charity.There will be a children’s “haunted” maze outside available for younger guests. Tickets to the maze is $6 per child.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… Related15 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (October 22)In “5 Things To Do Today”Cub Scout Pack 136 Announce Pumpkin Sale, Haunted Trail Walk & Haunted House FundraisersIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (August 7, 2016)In “5 Things To Do Today”
Presentation before HFIN on HB 311 (4.13.2016) from Brad Keithley“There is no perfect plan, other than the plan that gets done,” Walker said. “The worst plan [is] the plan of doing nothing, and continuing on the course that we are on.” Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNLawmakers couldn’t pass a budget plan during 121 days of regular session and will now try to break the gridlock in a special session. All current proposals include using permanent fund earnings to fill the deficit. But the idea of the permanent fund is that it will be…permanent and some Alaskans say, don’t touch it.Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Brad Keithley, president, Keithley ConsultingFormer Republican Senator Rick HalfordStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
The Army Day Quiz Competition was held at Zorawar Auditorium, Manekshaw Centre on Thursday as part of the 68th Army Day 2016 Celebrations. The event received overwhelming response from the school children with 98 teams from 68 schools taking part in the event including schools from Digboi, Assam and Lucknow.Namita Suhag, President Army Wives Welfare Association was the chief guest at the event, which was attended by other senior dignitaries and ladies from the Army establishment. Aditya Nath Mubayi, renowned Quiz Master conducted the entire event and ensured involvement and participation of the entire audience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event was conducted with a preliminary test, after which six teams reached the final stage of the uiz. The entire Quiz was keenly contested and witnessed a very high standard of participation from all the teams. The team from Army Public School, Shankar Vihar (Delhi Cantonment) were the winners of the competition and Army Public School, Hisar was the runner up of the competition who were both awarded with trophies, medals and cash prizes.The Quiz was educative, knowledgeable and an interesting experience for the audience. The event was conducted as a prelude to the Army Day Celebrations this year and went a long way to etch an impression in the minds of the future generations of the country on the Indian Army’s legacy of Courage, Valour and Sacrifice.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee invited German investors and business leaders to come and attend the Bengal Global Business Summit scheduled to be held in 2019 amid discussions during a meeting, jointly organised by IHK, Frankfurt, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, FICCI and the government of West Bengal in Frankfurt, Germany.Top business leaders from Germany along with a delegation of nearly 50 business and industry leaders from Bengal took part in the meeting. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeExtensive deliberations were held on the prospects of doing business in Bengal with particular focus on possible investments from Germany in the state in sectors like industrial infrastructure and logistics hub, engineering and foundry hub, petrochemical and polytechnic hub, urban development, IT and ITeS, financial technology, agro and food processing, textiles and tools, leather, transport, power, tourism and social infrastructure projects.Possibilities of investment in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, which is a key economic activity in Germany, was also extensively discussed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe welcome address was delivered by Mukta Dutta Tomar, Ambassador of India, to the Federal Republic of Germany.Addressing the meet, Mamata Banerjee said Bengal is the ideal destination for investment. “It is the gateway to the North-eastern states, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. It takes less than an hour to reach Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh by air. Also, Singapore, Bangkok and Myanmar can be reached easily from the state. So position wise, it is the ideal destination — easily accessible, facilitated by proper transportation,” she maintained. Banerjee said the state government is ready to provide all the privileges and provisions to the investors. “We have land bank, land-use policy and the government is ready to provide all possible assistance.” She said there is no dearth of talent in Bengal. “Go anywhere in the world and you will find talented people from Bengal. Come to Bengal and use them,” she urged the industrialists.Banerjee maintained that in skill development, Bengal is the number 1 state in India. The state government provides scholarships to lakhs of students. In e-governance, the state has done remarkably well. Bengal’s Kanyashree scheme has already gained worldwide appreciation.Recollecting Bengal’s long association with Germany, she said Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had visited Germany and Netaji even married a German lady. “Like the Germans, the people from Bengal are huge football fans. We respect the German football teams and several players are highly respected in Bengal and also have a large fan-following.”Earlier, in the day she stated that she had come to Germany to acquire investments in engineering and while in Italy her main target would be to establish business with the leather industry. “Many leather industries from Kanpur are planning to shift to Bengal and this will give job opportunities to lakhs of youths.”The discussion on Opportunities in West Bengal and Industry Experiences was presided over by state Finance minister Amit Mitra. Among the participants were Jurgen Ratzinger, Managing Director, International Business IHK Frankfurt. Dirk Matter, director IGCC Dusseldork; Oliver Wack, area manager; Foreign Trade Department East and South Asia trade policy.Industrialists from Bengal included Purnendu Chatterjee, Rudra Chatterjee, Tarun Jhunjhunwala, Sanjay Puri, K K Bangur and Mayank Jalan who shared their experiences of doing business in Bengal.