HALIFAX – The trial resumes today for a former medical school student charged in the death of another university student whose body has never been found.A jury heard last week that William Sandeson was panicked and incoherent as he tried to clean up around a man’s blood-covered body in his Halifax apartment.Justin Blades testified that he was visiting a mutual friend across the hall from Sandeson when he heard a gunshot on Aug. 15, 2015.Sandeson is accused of murdering 22-year-old Taylor Samson, a fellow Dalhousie University student, during a deal to buy 20 pounds of marijuana.Blades told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury his life changed the night he saw a pool of blood, bloodied cash, drugs and a body slumped over a chair, bleeding from the head.Defence lawyer Eugene Tan has questioned Blades on his recollection of the night, referring to a statement he gave police in 2016 in which he said he didn’t believe Sandeson was the shooter.
During a press conference this week, President Jimmy Carter announced that he will begin treatment for melanoma. Habitat For Humanity have released a statement to say their thoughts and prayers are with longtime supporters President and Mrs. Carter at this time.“Since first hearing of his diagnosis last week, the hearts and prayers of our entire organization have been with President Carter and his family. The Carters began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity more than 30 years ago and have helped bring worldwide attention to and support for our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “Through their leadership and passion, they have made us a stronger organization and have directly helped improve the lives of thousands of families. We are grateful for their longstanding commitment to our mission and wish President Carter well in the days ahead.”President and Mrs. Carter’s first volunteer experience with Habitat for Humanity was in March 1984 in Americus, Georgia, where Habitat for Humanity was founded.Later that same year, they joined Habitat volunteers in New York City’s Lower East Side to renovate an abandoned building in partnership with low-income families. That marked Habitat for Humanity’s first Jimmy Carter Work Project, which was later renamed the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Each year since that time, the Carters have given one week to build houses alongside volunteers and families in communities across the United States and around the world.Habitat’s annual Carter Work Project has helped build, renovate or repair nearly 4,000 homes in 14 countries alongside 92,000 volunteers.This year, the 32nd Carter Work Project will take place in Nepal in November.“The example set by President and Mrs. Carter these past three decades inspire us all to make this year’s project the very best ever,” said Reckford. “During the week, 1,500 volunteers will partner with local Nepali families to build 100 homes in just five days. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to the Carters than to ensure this year’s project is an unprecedented success.”
Advertisement Advertisement Further driving home ContraBanned’s point about the foolishness of Donald Trump’s attempted travel ban, the evening’s scheduled closing act, Iranian-born U.K. DJ Ash Koosha, was conspicuously absent because he was denied entry into the States to attend the festival. Advertisement Login/Register With: AUSTIN, TEXAS—Music knows no borders, and all the travel bans in the world can’t do anything about it.That was the message sent the way of the Trump administration at the South by Southwest festival on Friday evening, as artists representing the six nations targeted by a United States travel ban gathered in Austin for a defiantly joyous protest concert dubbed “ContraBanned: #MusicUnites @ SXSW.”The musicians on hand — including Somali-Canadian sister act Faarrow and Toronto rapper Emmanuel Jal, representing South Sudan — came from worlds as varied as hip-hop, jazz, R&B and classical, but that was kind of the point. They could all easily come together onstage in the spirit of peace and unity, which a world separated by pointless political and religious borders would do well to emulate. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
PARIS — Psychedelic Peruvian paintings covered panel upon panel of Kenzo’s fall menswear show that celebrated of one of the designer’s fascinating Chinese-Peruvian heritage.Here are some highlights of Sunday’s installment of Paris Fashion Week.KENZO DESIGNER’S ROOTSThe set, painted by artist Pablo Amaringo, evoked scenes inspired by the hallucinogenic Amazonian “ayahuasca” brew — with multicolour space ships, jungle, parrots and deer merging into one — and had some fashion guests squinting amid fluorescent lighting.Designer Humberto Leon’s family is Tusan, a Peruvian people whose ancestors arrived in Latin America in the 19th century from Guangdong province in China.The theme provided a rich fashion tapestry in the clothes — from Andean mountaineering styles with woolies, fun hiking boots, utilitarian rucksacks and amassed layering, to ethnic textiles in flashes of bright colour.Beyond the encyclopedic theme, there were some trendy touches in deconstruction — such as a series of cross jackets with Asian-style cinched waists that sported the inner sleeve lining on the outside.BENDING THE GENDER RULESA number of houses have in recent seasons been bending the set rules and showing women’s pre-collections or women’s ready-to-wear during the back-to-back menswear and couture calendar such as Proenza Schouler and Rodarte.It’s seen to maximize exposure given that the world’s fashion press is in attendance. Other houses have started to combine women’s and men’s collections, like Saint Laurent, in a cost-effective move that reduces the amount of glitzy presentations they are obliged to put on.Kenzo used the menswear media spotlight Sunday to showcase the women’s fall-winter ready-to-wear as part of the same runway show.The styles borrowed from some of the menswear themes as they riffed on Andean references, and included wacky additions such as colored feather boas, stoles and hats that gave the female designs a slightly 1920s Parisian twist.Gender fluidity is a hot theme in the increasingly androgynous styles in Paris. Labels such as Maison Margiela have gone co-ed in recent collections, as designers blur the definition of any boundaries between men’s and women’s clothes to produce genderless designs.JACQUEMUS DREAMS OF BLUER SKIESMuch-feted womenswear designer Jacquemus returned to male designs Sunday, one year after the young French designer expanded his lines into menswear with a show in southern France.Simon Porte Jacquemus, 29, found fashion fame for his relaxed, summery women’s styles that harkened to his native city of Marseille on the Mediterranean coast.Here in Paris, and in menswear, the fall-winter collection captured this nonchalant, sunny vibe in light open white cotton sweaters with an outdoors motif, a loose double breasted yellow suit worn against bare skin and an unseasonably bright colour palette.An olive tree that made up the set decor glistened in the background, and contrasted with the misty Parisian weather outside.Broad square pockets and boxy proportions provided one new style idea, but the show was too relaxed for its own good and lacked the creative energy of his women’s designs.Its most potent effect was to spur on fatigued fashionistas to yearn for bluer skies and warmer temperatures.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at www.twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_KThomas Adamson, The Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — The head of SNC-Lavalin says its role as a Canadian global champion will be undermined if the embattled engineering firm is barred from bidding on federal contracts and its local employees are forced to work for foreign competitors.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Neil Bruce says the Montreal-based company, unlike the Trudeau government, has never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason it should be granted a remediation agreement to avoid a criminal trial.However, he says there’s a public interest for such an agreement because its well-qualified employees will be forced to work for U.S. or European competitors if it is barred from bidding on federal contracts for a decade.SNC-Lavalin faces accusations it paid bribes to get government business in Libya — a criminal case that has triggered a political storm and cost Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two cabinet ministers and his most trusted adviser.Bruce says about 75 per cent of the company’s rivals have concluded deferred prosecution agreements in their host countries and are free to work in Canada.Meanwhile, Bruce says he still doesn’t know why a federal official and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould were not open to granting a remediation agreement.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Hedi Annabi told a news conference yesterday in the capital, Port-au-Prince, that UN peacekeepers are already deploying at the four main points of entry into Haiti, will soon patrol the seaports and, at a later stage, also deploy a maritime unit. The mission, known as MINUSTAH and set up in set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, will also continue in improving state administration and reforming the judicial sector of the impoverished country. Mr. Annabi called for an effective partnership between Haitians, MINUSTAH and the international financial community to make concrete progress in all fields. “It must be recognized that, whatever its good intentions, MINUSTAH has neither the mandate nor the necessary resources to solve the fundamental problems posed by the creation of jobs, provision of food, health and education, and more generally improving the standard of living of the population,” he said. “That solution depends on an increase in investments and re-launching the economy.” Meanwhile, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has just completed a working visit to Haiti, during which she met with UN and Haitian authorities to discuss conditions for children and possible areas of strengthened cooperation. “Haiti is a country that has so much poverty, and it’s a country where you find it very difficult to believe that you’re only a three-hour plane ride from New York,” she said of her first visit as agency chief. “Only 50 per cent of the primary-age children are in primary school. Forty per cent of the children are not getting regular vaccinations for childhood diseases. And there are many, many protection issues in this country, from violence against children to sexual violence to trafficking, to a whole range of other issues. “And so, this is a country in which children need health, they need education, they need protection. And UNICEF is working in all three of those areas, to try to make a difference in the lives of the children.” During her stay, Ms. Veneman visited more than a half dozen programmes that receive UNICEF support, including Lakay-Lakou project, which includes a shelter for street children, who are especially vulnerable to violence and abuse. More than 375 boys and girls come here to receive basic services such as food, health and education. Another stop was the Choscal hospital, which treats more than 3,000 children for malnutrition every month. UNICEF has supported the centre since 2005 as part of its ongoing commitment to improving access to basic health services for children and women, especially children under the age of five and pregnant women. Ms. Veneman toured a programme managed by AVSI, a UNICEF partner that gives psychosocial support to children affected by armed violence – an all-too-common reality for children living in Cité Soleil, one of the Haitian capital’s most dangerous areas. She also visited programmes for children and women affected by HIV and AIDS. Thousands of children are living with HIV in Haiti, a situation further complicated by the fact that almost half a million young people under 18 have lost one or both parents, many of them to AIDS. 8 January 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti will continue to help the Government to improve border security in 2008, the Organization’s top official in the Caribbean nation has pledged.
26 April 2011The United Nations anti-drug chief today highlighted the key role of Kyrgyzstan in countering illicit drug trafficking, as he met with officials in the Central Asian nation to discuss a range of issues, including drug treatment services and prison management. The United Nations anti-drug chief today highlighted the key role of Kyrgyzstan in countering illicit drug trafficking, as he met with officials in the Central Asian nation to discuss a range of issues, including drug treatment services and prison management.Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), pledged that his agency would continue to assist Kyrgyzstan, particularly with the re-established State Service on Drug Control and in building the country’s capacity to combat drug trafficking.“The formation of this agency is critical in combating the interconnected ills of drug trafficking and organized crime,” Mr. Fedotov said on the sidelines of his meeting with Vitaly Orozaliev, Chairperson of the State Service on Drug Control. “UNODC is proud to be able to work with authorities in assisting the people of Kyrgyzstan and the wider region in reducing the threat of illicit drugs and we look forward to expanding our existing partnership.”He noted that, given its proximity to Afghanistan, the country has a key role in tackling the movement of drugs produced in Afghanistan to Europe, Russia and China. While in the capital, Bishkek, Mr. Fedotov met with President Roza Otunbayeva and Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev, as well as the Speaker of Parliament, Akhmatbek Keldibekov, and the Foreign Minister, Ruslan Kazakbaev.They discussed UNODC’s expanding partnership with Kyrgyzstan, which has come to include mutual legal assistance, enhancing cross-border cooperation, combating transnational organized crime, effectively promoting drug dependence treatment, responding to HIV and AIDS as it relates to both drug users and in prison settings, and countering human trafficking. As part of the visit, Mr. Fedotov visited a pre-trial detention centre in Bishkek to discuss issues of prison management, which forms part of a €3 million European Union-funded project to support comprehensive prison reform activities in Kyrgyzstan. “UNODC is committed to working with the Kyrgyz Government to improve the quality of prisons in the country, and to help the Government implement rule of law and criminal justice reforms,” the Executive Director pledged.
The issue was discussed during a meeting that the Minister had with S.C. Chandrahasan, treasurer, OfERR (Ceylon) along with S. Sooriyakumary, president. “We have made it clear to them that the return has to be voluntary. There should be no compulsion,” he added.Approximately, one lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are living in Tamil Nadu. When asked about Mr Chandrahasan’s observations that the Indian government was willing to provide ships for repatriation of the refugees, Mr. Swarup replied that for such help to be rendered, there must first be a shipload of people willing to return. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), a not for profit organisation having offices in Chennai and Colombo, to ascertain how many Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India, especially in Tamil Nadu, are willing to return to Sri Lanka voluntarily.“If they [OfERR] give us a list of such persons, we can consider how we can help [in ensuring the transportation of people],” Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, told The Hindu. According to Mr Chandrahasan, the return of a large number of refugees will take place only if ships or ferry services are operated, The Hindu newspaper reported.In the present arrangement of air travel, there are basically two disadvantages. One, the stipulation on the quantity of baggage.Even though the baggage allowance has been increased to 60 kg per person in respect of returning refugees, this will not be adequate as many persons have been living in Tamil Nadu for a number of years and their belongings cannot be reduced to that quantity. Two, if the ships or ferry services are resumed, the refugees will find it easier to return to their places of origin which are predominantly in the Northern Province. For example, if the refugees are able to reach Kankesanthurai through ships or ferry services, they can very quickly get back to their places. Otherwise, Talaimannar and Trincomalee are the two places where they can disembark, he points out.At present, by air, those who want to come back will have to reach Colombo first before leaving for their destinations in the Northern or the Eastern province.On Tuesday, 43 refugees, including 19 women, are coming back from Tamil Nadu and will leave for places such as Vavuniya, Mullativu and Killinochchi. Harim Peiris, chairman of the Resettlement Authority in the Sri Lankan government, favours the idea of a task force, consisting of representatives of the two countries, to enable expeditious voluntary repatriation of the refugees.R. Sampanthan, Tamil National Alliance chief, who also discussed the issue of the return of refugees with Ms. Swaraj, says that only the resolution of the Tamil question will facilitate the return of the refugees in a big way. (Colombo Gazette)
“Jan Pronk has delivered a message to both SLM factions that Abuja is the only game in town,” said a UN spokesman, referring to factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM).”The message has gone out to both faction leaders that the United Nations does not play sides,” he continued. “That message is: you have to come together to negotiate for the sake of your people.”According to Mr. Annan’s latest report, critical elements of a coordinated approach to peace in the strife torn region should include not only repairing the rift between the factions, which had serious engagements with Government forces in October, but also consultations between the African Union’s (AU) mediating team and the Sudanese parties over a power-sharing commission for the region.
Next week marks South African Automotive Week, so SMMT has taken a look at the country’s prospects as a destination of automotive investment.South Africa has long been seen by many UK automotive companies as a great opportunity for expansion, a notion which seems to be backed up by a recent report.The KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey 2014 claims that 43% of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and 30% of Japan, North America and Western Europe-based executives surveyed plan to begin or increase investment in the country.While the financial crisis has affected economies around the world, some – particularly developing African markets – have been resistant to such troubles.The Arab Spring has had a part to play here, too. SMMT has historically supported UK automotive interest in North Africa – in particular, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria – with trade missions and participation in national industry events. The recent troubles in these countries means that demand has taken a hit and UK aftermarket companies are increasingly falling back on contacts made in Dubai to develop access to the area.SMMT’s Senior International Manager, Ruta Aisthorpe, says the UK industry is following developments in Africa closely.“SMMT has long-standing close and valued connections with colleagues at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA). It is also following, with interest, the early endeavours of the African Automotive Industry Alliance to promote the development of African countries’ automotive industry clusters and to co-ordinate the interests of both vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and aftermarket in Africa,” she said.“There is also work being undertaken on the harmonization of standards and regulations and to develop relevant initiatives for research and development – all areas in which UK companies have the resources and experience to assist and support the continuing growth of the burgeoning auto sector in Africa.” South African Automotive Week will take place at Johannesburg’s Gallagher Convention Centre on 13-17 October. It is supported by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa, the Retail Motor Industry Organisation and the South African Department of Trade and Industry.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Today, SMMT released figures for February pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in February 2017 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the February 2017 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Superior Industries is releasing its first inclined screen, the company’s third vibratory product release of 2016. Known as the Anthem Inclined Screen, the unit is engineered with a single or double shaft drive depending on the specific application needs of the bulk processing customer.According to Superior, several features will distinguish the Anthem Inclined Screen as a particularly unique solution. First, patent pending bottle jack lifting points simplify and speed spring replacement and improve safety. Also, a unique segmented belt guard requires only one person to remove and return the guards during maintenance. Screens can be custom designed to fit a customer’s existing structure.“In my opinion, one of the most unique features is our one style shaft design for all models of our inclined screen,” says John Garrison, Vice President of Sales at Superior. “Typically, inclined screen shafts are custom machined to the weight of a specific unit, which creates long lead times for replacement parts. To create an eccentric offset on the Anthem Screen, owners and operators use a standard stock shaft and bolt on weights.”
76 Comments By Fora Staff Dublin County Council rejects planning permission for apartments as being “visually unacceptable” The country’s biggest private landlord, Ires Reit, wanted to build the units at Sandyford in Dublin. Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 8:40 AM 32,522 Views Share14 Tweet Email1 Short URL Read: These are the key legal issues facing Irish firms as the Brexit clock ticksRead: New laws are coming in to cut ‘food fraud’ and prevent another horsemeat scandal Image: Studio Anyo http://jrnl.ie/3322910 Image: Studio Anyo A PROPOSAL BY Ireland’s largest private landlord to build nearly 500 apartments has been knocked back by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.Irish Residential Properties (Ires) Reit, which already owns over 2,000 apartments in Ireland, submitted plans to the council to build three, 14-storey apartment blocks in the Sandyford area in a development that would contain 492 new apartments.In a briefing note to clients this morning, Goodbody analyst Colm Lauder said the development at Rockbrook was the latest “victim of a flawed planning system”.He said the decision to refuse planning was further evidence of inconsistent decision-making at county council level despite signals from the government that there was an urgent need to lift supply.An estimated 30,000-plus new housing units will need to be built in Ireland each year to keep pace with existing demand. The latest figures from the Department of Housing show less than half this number were completed last year.In its decision on the Sandyford development, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said the three-storey development would be ”visually unacceptable”.“The proposed development would set an undesirable precedent, seriously injure the amenities of property in the vicinity and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”The council added that the development would not provide a high-quality living environment for residents and highlighted that layout of access points to the building’s lobbies would create “security concerns” for residents. Source: Studio AnyoAdditionally, the decision from the council noted that there were other “significant issues” in relation to transport, amenity and drainage that need to be addressed in any further planning applications for the Sandyford site.However Lauder noted that the development would be located nearby transport links such as the M50 and Luas, and the area was designated as a suitable area for high-density housing in the council’s Sandyford Urban Framework Plan 2016-2022.He added that the refusal for planning will likely delay the Rockbrook scheme for at least six months.Since the rejection of its proposal by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Ires Reit has announced it plans to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.Pre-crash plansThe development project at Rockbrook, Sandyford, was initially started before the economic crash by Cork developer John Fleming.He had permission to build 900 apartments on the site as part of a scheme. Some 400 units were completed in the years preceding the financial crisis. Source: Studio AnyoIres Reit planned to complete the development by building the remaining 492 units and also wanted to develop a crèche and retail lot on the site.The developers predicted that the units in Sandyford would cost in the region of €270,000 and €350,000 – for one- and two-bedroom flats respectively – and net the firm over €165 million in sales.There were a number of objections lodged to the Rockbrook development, including submissions from environmental charity An Taisce and local residents.Update: This article has been updated to include information about Ires Reit’s plans to appeal its rejected planning application.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 4th 2017, 8:40 AM Take me to Fora
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sophie Karanicolas was awarded for her teaching excellence at the 2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching this week. Senator Scott Ryan, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, congratulated the Senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and all 13 prize winning teachers for their outstanding work. Ms Karanicolas and her colleague Catherine Snelling – who also won the award for their team efforts – work together in the University of Adelaide’s Dental School. There they have developed a successful teaching partnership focusing on interactive online learning modules. Their initiative has been acknowledged by the academic community proven by the number of local and national teaching awards they have received over the years. “Maintaining quality in tertiary education is our No 1 priority and with these exceptional teachers and programs we will continue to expand our international education reputation.” Senator Scott Ryan said at the awards ceremony. Sophie has been teaching for more than 20 years and has been a Senior Lecturer since 2004.
Xperia Z et Xperia ZL : Sony dévoile deux nouveaux smartphonesA quelques jours du Consumer Electronic Show, le fabricant Sony a publié une première photo de ces deux nouvelles créations : les Xperia Z et Xperia ZL. Deux smartphones équipés d’un écran 5 pouces. Si l’édition 2013 du Consumer Electronic Show ouvrira ses portes dans une semaine jour pour jour à Las Vegas, les révélations elles ont déjà commencé ! Aujourd’hui, c’est le fabricant Sony qui a fait parler de lui en dévoilant le visage de ces deux prochains smartphones : les Xperia Z et Xperia ZL, de noms de code Yuga et Odin. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?D’après la photo publiée et les informations données par le fabricant, ils sont tout deux équipés d’un écran tactile de 5 pouces dotée d’une résolution de 1080 p. Les dimensions sont à peu près similaires pour les deux mais le Xperia Z semble un peu plus en longueur que son frère. Côté technique, les smartphones sont équipés d’un processeur de quatre-cœurs Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 Pro cadencé à 1.5 Ghz, associé à une puce graphique Adreno 320. Fonctionnant sous Android, ils disposent de 2 Go de mémoire vive et d’un appareil photo numérique de 12 ou 13 mégapixels, si l’on en croit le site de Sony cité par Itexpresso.fr. A regarder la photo, on constate que le Xperia Z dispose bien d’un capteur photo en haut à gauche. En revanche, celui du Xperia ZL semble étrangement avoir été positionné en bas à droite. Une spécificité sur laquelle on en saura peut être plus en début de semaine prochaine. Reste que ces premières caractéristiques pourraient séduire plus d’un consommateur face à une concurrence toujours plus rude sur le marché des smartphones. Une concurrence qui devrait d’ailleurs s’illustrer au CES alors que les fabricants sont tous en train de peaufiner leurs présentations. Le 2 janvier 2013 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambert
American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer and ASA CEO Ryan Findlay provided remarks at the United Soybean Board (USB) meeting this week in Omaha, Neb.Heisdorffer gave a presentation to the full board and Findlay participated in a panel discussion with USB Chief Executive Officer Polly Ruhland and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) CEO Jim Sutter, moderated by Timothy Venverloh, USB sustainability strategic director.Heisdorffer provided an update on ASA’s efforts to educate Congressional leaders and the Administration on the significant impact of the Section 301 tariffs and China’s retaliatory tariffs during an already down farm economy.He also shared a summary on ASA’s efforts to encourage passage of a farm bill this year; support for maintaining and establishing appropriate annual volume requirements for biodiesel under the RFS; and the importance of biotechnology and the need to work collaboratively with like-minded groups to implement the National Biotech Food Labeling Standard that will exempt products with ingredients derived through plant breeding techniques and that do not contain rDNA protein.Findlay’s participation in a vibrant panel discussion with Ruhland and Sutter covered a wide range of topics that impact the profit potential of U.S. soybean farmers and the future global market potential for U.S. soy.The group discussed trade challenges, consumer perceptions of soy, sustainability and many other priority issues and how the three organizations can collaborate to address these opportunities.For more information on ASA’s policy priorities, click here.
Southwest Washington on Friday appeared to have escaped any wildfires caused by overnight thunderstorms.Three lightning strikes hit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest sometime after 3 a.m., but there were no fires reported, forest spokesman Chris Strebig said.An employee at the Department of Natural Resources communications center in Castle Rock said no fires were reported in Western Washington, but lands managers are keeping an eye on things because of thunderstorms.Two fires were reported in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest — one in the higher elevation area, another in lower elevations, Strebig said.Officials conducted a flyover of the fires Friday morning.Forest officials look ahead when there is the potential for lightning.On Thursday, the fire warning level at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was raised to moderate.That means people should have a “higher level of awareness and caution,” Strebig said. “You can still have campfires and things like that but you need to be careful.”Officials on Thursday also raised the Industrial Fire Precaution Level from I to II. That change means chain saws may not be run between 1 and 8 p.m., when temperatures are at their peak and there is less moisture in the air.
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The special will be broadcast later in 2018 on CBS.Taping just two days after the 60th GRAMMY Awards, performers scheduled to honor the “Rocket Man” singer include Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and Keith Urban. John will also take the stage to perform a selection of hits from his highly acclaimed discography. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.A four-time GRAMMY winner, John earned his first career GRAMMY at the 29th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “That’s What Friends Are For,” his collaboration with Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder. Most recently, he won for Best Musical Show Album for “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida” at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards.Elton John GRAMMY Special: Purchase Tickets NowIn 2000 he was honored with the prestigious GRAMMY Legend Award for his lifetime achievement in music.MusiCares also honored John as its Person of the Year in 2000 for his extensive musical and philanthropic contributions to the music industry, particularly through his Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised more than $385 million for projects to benefit HIV/AIDS research, prevention and eradication in 55 countries around the world.”Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community.”Want to attend the live concert taping on Jan. 30, 2018? 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Smart Home Mentioned Above Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Walmart 0 Google Home $69 Crutchfield See It $79 Post a comment See It The service is geared toward customers who own Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo Dot, but aren’t Prime members or subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon on Thursday launched a new music service for its Alexa devices that’s free to use but includes ads.The service, available starting today in the US, will provide access to top Amazon Music playlists and thousands of stations. It’s specifically geared for customers who own Alexa-enabled devices but aren’t Prime members or subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited.Amazon’s Prime membership service, which costs $119 annually, includes access to a library of more than 2 million songs and thousands of stations and playlists. Amazon Music Unlimited, which starts at $7.99 a month, offers over 50 million songs.With music being one of the primary uses for smart speakers, like the Alexa-powered Echo devices, it makes sense for Amazon to offer more ways to give Echo owners access to songs. After starting folks off on the limited library available for free, Amazon could convince some of them to transition over to a paid service, such as Prime or Music Unlimited.Alexa already works with a variety of other free and paid music services, including Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.To use the new service, non-Prime customers can cue up a station based on a song, artist, era or genre, saying commands like, “Alexa, play ’80s music” or “Alexa, play the playlist Pop Culture.”Google on Thursday launched a similar service for its Google Home smart speakers, letting users access an ad-supported free tier of YouTube Music. Share your voice Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $99 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Tags See it Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Google
Glaciologist Erin Pettit was on a kayaking trip in Glacier Bay in 2006 when she first wondered what kind of noise the glaciers were making under the water. Her new research shows the answer to that question is a lot – and not just when the glaciers are calving. Here’s the sound of a glacier pressurized bubbles being released from a glacier.The study shows the animals – like seals and whales – who live and feed near glaciers have adapted to a noisy environment and will have to adjust to much quieter surroundings when global warming forces the glaciers to retreat onto land.She says on the kayaking trip she was watching one whale interact with the glacier.Download Audio