KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Former British Columbia Health Minister Terry Lake has jumped from politics to the medical marijuana industry.Lake, who says he will continue to live in Kamloops, B.C., has accepted the post of vice-president of corporate social responsibility with Quebec-based Hydropothecary.The 60-year-old veterinarian, who was health minister from 2013 until he left politics earlier this year, says protecting young people is his biggest priority as the federal government moves to legalize marijuana in 2018.He says cannabis can have a negative impact on the developing brain and he’s concerned that many young people are using marijuana of unknown quality and with undetermined levels of THC, the main mind-altering ingredient in pot.Lake says legalization will not only set a minimum age for marijuana use, but it will also ensure a higher quality of the drug.He believes medical marijuana has the potential to displace other medications like opioids.Hydropothecary’s website says the company, incorporated in 2013, combines artisanal growing techniques and quality production with the highest levels of customer service, privacy and satisfaction.The company says it is a licensed producer and distributor of medical marijuana under Health Canada regulations. (CHNL)
VANCOUVER – British Columbia is predicted to have solid economic growth through 2020 by a trade association of credit unions.Central 1 Credit Union says 2017 was a year of “stellar growth” and the positive momentum will continue in B.C. for the next 24 months, despite a slower housing market.The new forecast calls for a three per cent growth in the province’s real gross domestic product, which is the inflation-adjusted value of all goods and services produced in B.C.Growth is expected to slow to just over two per cent next year, but Central 1 economists are calling for a rebound to 3.3 per cent by 2020, marking what they say has been “more than a decade of uninterrupted annual growth.”Federal lending restrictions, provincial government policies and stepped up home construction will combine to keep a lid on B.C.’s housing market, but Central 1 does not foresee a price correction.Bryan Yu, deputy chief economist at Central 1, says warning flags include trade disruptions due to trade wars or disputes over renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but he says B.C.’s exports are spread across the province, limiting some of the risk.Yu also forecasts faster wage growth for B.C. workers, as average unemployment moves toward four per cent over the next two years.“Employers will face increasing challenges in finding workers to support operations as employment is constrained by growth in the labour force due to an aging population,” he says in a news release.Overall, Yu predicts a surge in investment by the end of the decade as major private and public works projects get underway.“B.C.’s economy remains in a strong position with consumer demand underpinned by high employment and income growth, rising exports and government spending,” he says.
At this time, the Ministry says it is not clear as to what damaged the bridge.Permanent repairs to the damaged concrete are expected to begin this week, with work planned for off-peak hours, weather dependent.Until these repairs are complete, there is a 30 km/hr speed limit for traffic crossing the bridge.Drivers are encouraged to check DriveBC.ca for updates prior to travel. TAYLOR, B.C. – Repair work on the Taylor Bridge is expected to start this week.According to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, the north end abutment of the Taylor Bridge was damaged the morning of September 3.The Ministry says the maintenance contractor noticed the damage as part of their regular patrols and quickly made temporary repairs.
The Security Council also expressed its full support for the 9 April poll, stressing in a press statement that the elections are a “significant milestone” in the democratic process in the country, while also calling on all sides to avoid violence and ensure the vote is free and fair.“Monday’s election is the first step in the electoral process that will see a newly elected president and parliament in place by the second half of this year. This will signify the continuance of the democratic development of State institutions within this country and it is these institutions that will facilitate democratic consolidation,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste Atul Khare told reporters.Mr. Khare, who heads the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), said he was pleased about the absence of any serious incidents of violence or intimidation in the campaigning period so far, although expressed regret over several reported incidents. He said this shows the commitment of the Timorese to a peaceful democratic process.UNMIT’s support for the polls includes a Candidate Resource Centre to support all eight presidential campaigns, which provides candidates with the use of computers and photocopy machines. In addition, all presidential candidates have received a $10,000 in-kind grant for the production of materials, such as flags, posters, banners and flyers.“This election is an important step on the path to peace and stability in Timor Leste. The support provided for the electoral process through the Resource Centre reaffirms the commitment of the UN to ensuring the elections are run in a fair, credible and transparent manner,” said the UN’s Representative for Electoral Support, Finn Reske-Nielsen.After the presidential polls, the Centre will become the Political Party Resource Centre based in the capital Dili, with three district branches established in Baucau, Maliana and Oecussi.UNMIT is mandated through Security Council resolution 1704 to support all aspects of this year’s presidential and parliamentary electoral process, including providing technical and logistical support and electoral policy advice. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support and facilitation to both national and international observers to the polls, as well as other electoral assistance.Speaking to reporters in New York, this month’s Security Council president welcomed the presence of the election observers, while also highlighting the need for continued international support for Timor-Leste.“The members of the Security Council called upon all parties in Timor-Leste to adhere to the principles of non-violence and to democratic and legal processes to ensure that the upcoming presidential elections have a unifying impact and contribute to bringing the people of Timor-Leste together,” said Emyr Jones Parry, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom.“They appealed to all Timorese parties to ensure that free, fair and peaceful elections take place and that the electoral Code of Conduct developed by the National Commission on Elections is respected.” 4 April 2007Next week’s landmark presidential election in Timor-Leste, the first in the tiny nation since gaining independence from Indonesia in 2002, is important not only for peace in the country but also for longer-term stability, senior United Nations officials said today, highlighting the world body’s support for the countrywide polls.
The Ethiopian Government and its humanitarian partners have appealed for $67.7 million to assist drought victims in the East African nation, where some 2.2 million people are in need of emergency food aid, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. Inadequate rainfall in the latter part of last year has been blamed for drought in the Horn of Africa, which is also expected to lead to reduced crop harvests in Djibouti, Eritrea, northern parts of Kenya and south-central Somalia.In Ethiopia, in addition to those in need of food aid, around 947,000 vulnerable people will continue to receive assistance under the country’s Productive Safety Nets Programme. Set up by the Government in 2005, the relief-to-development project aims to end dependency on food aid.Earlier this month, OCHA said that food security in the country continues to be a concern, despite rainfall in some areas, adding that Ethiopians are resorting to borrowing food and slaughtering calves.A total of almost 172,000 metric tons of food aid is required for those in need. In addition, special attention will be given to health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and agriculture to help address the adverse impact of the drought. Speaking in Addis Ababa at the launch of the Joint Government and Humanitarian Partners’ 2008 Humanitarian Requirement Plan, the head of OCHA in Ethiopia expressed his concern at the humanitarian situation in the country, and stressed the need for the aid community to work together to alleviate the plight of the suffering.“The continued collaboration by all humanitarian actors in Ethiopia for the benefit of the most vulnerable in the country is highly appreciated, and we look forward to strengthening this collaboration,” stated Vincent Lelei. 11 April 2008The Ethiopian Government and its humanitarian partners have appealed for $67.7 million to assist drought victims in the East African nation, where some 2.2 million people are in need of emergency food aid, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.
13 June 2011Long-term trends such as climate change and human impact on the world’s natural resources are “radically changing the development landscape,” the top United Nations development official warned today. Speaking at the annual meeting of the board of directors of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said that “we meet at a time of great change, with the cumulative effects of longer-term trends radically altering the development landscape.” “These include the impacts of climate change and of human activity on our ecosystems and natural resources,” Miss Clark said. “There are challenges associated with high food and fuel price volatility, poor governance, and the difficulties of helping countries prevent and recover from natural disasters and conflicts.” “We also see tensions boiling over from growing disparities, exclusion, and alienation, even where conventional indicators have suggested that progress was being made – bringing to mind the old adage that men and women do not live by bread alone,” she said.In the face of these challenges, and with UNDP’s development record and experience, “our work today not only is highly relevant, but indeed may be even more critical now than before.”Miss Clark outlined for the board some “over-arching priorities,” which she said, include “even greater determination on promoting growth and development which are inclusive, sustainable and resilient,” and “tackling governance challenges and the danger of countries slipping into crises.”Miss Clark singled out the Arab region, where she said that UNDP would be working to “ensure we can respond effectively to changing circumstances.”The administrator told the board: “We will improve our organizational effectiveness and our contribution to co-ordination of the development system.”“Our business processes should be faster, cheaper, and better,” she said.
TORONTO — Stock in Ivanhoe Mines was up more than four per cent Wednesday in the wake of reports of “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” drilling results at its Platreef project in South Africa.The company reported before markets opened that it had intersected high mineralization for platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold in a recently drilled hole at the underground at the project in South Africa’s Bushveld complex.“This is an extraordinary drill hole,” executive chairman Robert Friedland said. “The 90-metre thickness of the intercept, which roughly is the same height as a 30-storey building, is unprecedented at Platreef and I believe it also is without precedent in an underground platinum discovery in South Africa.“The scale of the mineralized intercept has obvious implications for the contained PGMs (platinum group metals) and base metals in the open-ended Flatreef poly-metallic discovery.”Friedland said the combined grade and thickness of the PGMs and base metals mineralization seen in the drill hole “far exceeds anything we’ve previously encountered in all of our years of delineating resources on our Platreef project.”The current development drilling program is being conducted in an area around the site for the bulk-sample shaft that forms part of the planned, initial five years of underground mining at Flatreef. The company will use the results from the metallurgy and geotechnical holes for feasibility study test work.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Ivanhoe Mines shares were up 10 cents, or 4.69%, at $2.23 in morning trading.
CALGARY – Agrium Inc. expects demand for the crop nutrients it makes and sells to be strong in the second half of this year following less-than-ideal spring conditions, the fertilizer company said Thursday as it reported a lower second-quarter profit.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said net earnings during the quarter were $747 million, or $5.02 per share, down from $860 million, or $5.44 per share, during the same 2012 period.Excluding one-time items such as a share-based payment recovery, costs related to a proxy fight with one of its U.S. shareholders and hedging, Agrium earned $736 million or $4.94 per share.The average analyst estimate had been for a profit of $5.04 per share, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Sales were $7 billion, up from $6.8 billion a year earlier.CEO Mike Wilson said Agrium delivered its second-best quarterly results.“We achieved this despite less-than-ideal conditions for the spring season in a number of our key markets,” he told a conference call.“A reality of our business is that weather can have a significant impact on the timing and total sales volumes of crop inputs for a given region.”Across the U.S. Corn Belt, a late-wet spring meant farmers had less time to get their crops in the ground. As of mid-May, corn growers were 60 per cent last year’s seeding pace and 40 per cent behind the five-year average.“This had a proportionally greater impact on our retail business results than those of our wholesale business for the first half,” Wilson said.“Our geographic and product diversity helped offset this, with excellent demand from Western Canada where the timing of the spring application season was closer to normal.”Agrium said it expects “solid demand” for the rest of the year “given positive grower sentiment, strong nutrient removal this year and the affordability of crop nutrients.”Agrium produces the three main types of fertilizer: nitrogen, phosphates and potash. It also sells crop nutrients, seeds and other products at retail centres in North America, Australia and South America.The potash market has been in turmoil in recent weeks following Russian producer Uralkali’s decision to pull out of European cartel Belarusian Potash Company.The breakup of the cartel was taken as a sign that Uralkali will be able to drive down the price of potash by as much as 25 per cent, affecting producers in Canada and the United States.The move could have a big impact on the economy of Saskatchewan, home to one of the world’s largest deposits of the mineral.“It’s going to take some time to evaluate how global producers and customers are likely to respond and what the implications are for the short-to-long term,” Agrium chief operating officer Chuck Magro said.On Wednesday, the CEO of fellow Canadian fertilizer giant Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) said the reaction to Uralkali’s move was overdone, and urged people to “take a deep breath” and “relax.”Bill Doyle told a webcast that he expects BPC and Uralkali to mend fences sooner rather than later and that he doubts the Russian producer has the ability to single handedly drive down the price of potash.Agrium and PotashCorp, along with U.S. company Mosaic Co., market their product abroad through a cartel called Canpotex. Wilson said he doesn’t see the breakup of rival BPC having an impact on Canpotex.“It’s still uncertain as to what actually is happening out there and the market does tend to over-react a little,” Wilson said.“So we’re sitting and watching, but given Canpotex’s strength with customers and cost position, I don’t see any change.”Earlier this year, Agrium fended off a boardroom challenge from its largest shareholder, New York activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC.Jana had aimed to get five of its directors elected to Agrium’s board as a means to pressure the company into splitting up its retail and wholesale businesses, among other things.The bitter proxy fight ended with Jana’s slate losing the vote.On a conference call with analysts Thursday, Wilson said he had a “good meeting” with Jana representatives in June, in which the two firms discussed the fundamentals of the fertilizer industry.Agrium (TSX:AGU) shares — which have been under pressure because of concerns about the global price of potash — closed up $3.71 or about 4.3 per cent at $90.18 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Agrium Q2 profits down from a year ago, sees strong demand for rest of 2013 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2013 11:02 am MDT
The EU new car CO2 legislation passed by the European parliament today sets out a tough programme for car manufacturers with 65% of new cars averaging the 130g/km target by 2012, 75% by 2013, 80% by 2014 and 100% by 2015. An additional 10g/km must be achieved by complementary measures like alternative fuels and tyre pressure monitoring systems. Manufacturers exceeding the targets will be heavily fined per additional gram of CO2 emitted, for every car registered across Europe. Average CO2 emissions from new cars must be slashed to 130g/km by 2015, the equivalent of achieving 58mpg with a diesel engine and 52mpg in a petrol car. Commenting, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: “This is an ambitious piece of legislation presenting a tough challenge to the automotive industry. We share the environmental objectives and welcome the long-term framework the legislation sets out. Small volume (below 10,000 units per year) will have tough individual targets set while niche manufacturers (10,000 to 300,000 units per year) are expected to deliver a 25% reduction of the 2007 figure. With the UK home to more than ten small volume and niche manufacturers, the provision serves to protect the diversity and dynamism of the sector. “The sector has already made significant progress in improving the environmental impact of its products and this legislation places an even greater premium on innovation, skills and training in order to meet these commitments. At a time of economic uncertainty, it underlines the importance of long-term investment in the sector.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Prof Doug Turnbull’s clinic at Newcastle University is likely to carry out he first procedure in the UKCredit:Newcastle University IVF clinics can start applying for permission immediately and after gaining a licence, could begin practising the new procedure early next year, with the first babies potentially being born around Christmas 2017.Newcastle University, which pioneered the technique said it would be submitting its application for a licence within 24 hours. after lining up several women who already want the procedure. They have also asked for healthy women under 35 years old to consider donating their eggs for the treatment. Prof Sir Doug Turnbull, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University said: “We are delighted by today’s decision as it paves the way offering mitochondrial donation as part of an NHS-funded package of care for families affected by mitochondrial DNA disease. “In Newcastle, we will be aiming to treat up to 25 carefully selected patients a year with the mitochondrial donation technique as a clinical risk reduction treatment. We will also provide long term follow up of any children born.” “Throughout the process, the campaigners for approval of this technology have relied on shameless emotional blackmail and scientific misrepresentations, and simply ignored the strong majority of people opposed to the technology in the public consultation.”It is distressing when scientists, the people who we trust because they are supposedly dedicated to facts and evidence, behave like any other bunch of spin doctors. ” Charities representing people who suffer from mitochondrial disease also said the decision was good news for families.Mr Robert Meadowcroft, CEO of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “We know of many women who have faced heartache and tragedy, and the sorrow of stillbirths, while trying to start their own family, and this decision gives them new hope and choice for the first time.“We recognise this approach is not without some uncertainty, and, in any trial, success cannot be guaranteed. However, it is important that women are able to make informed choices by understanding the risks and the potential benefits.”However others urged more caution.Dr Trevor Stammers, Senior Lecturer In Bioethics, St Mary’s University: “Though the HFEA, as expected, has given what they consider a “cautious go ahead” to three parent IVF today, a truly cautious approach would wait to see if the first child already born in Mexico using the technique of egg repair, remains well.”The technique is experimental and caution would surely warrant waiting to see if the boy stays free of disease in view of the risk of the diseased mitochondria inevitably carried over from the birth mother multiplying in the cells of the supposedly healthy child. “There is also no mention in today’s announcement as to whether the application to use the technique will only apply to male children. If girls are born the risk of transmission of the disease to future generations still remains a real possibility. Parents considering using the procedure need to know about the considerable risks as well the potential for success.” However most of the scientific community welcomed the announcement saying families had already waited too long for the treatment. “This is wonderful news for families who have, in some cases, waited years or even generations for the chance of having a healthy baby,” said Prof Frances Flinter, Consultant of and Professor in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.“Mitochondrial disorders can be very serious, progressive conditions and some couples know that they will never be able to have a healthy child of their own without trying this new therapeutic approach.”Prof Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, added: “I welcome this careful and considered assessment by the HFEA. The UK leads the world in the development of new medical technologies. This decision demonstrates that, thanks to organisations like the HFEA, we also lead the world in our ability to have a rigorous public debate around their adoption.” We know of many women who have faced heartache and tragedy, and the sorrow of stillbirths, while trying to start their own family, and this decision gives them new hope and choice for the first time. 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. Clinics in Britain can now apply to create three parent babies after the fertility watchdog gave the final approval for the procedure. The fertility technique, which was developed by British scientists, allows doctors to replace an egg’s defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a female donor to prevent children suffering debilitating conditions such as muscular dystrophy.It is controversial because it would result in babies born with the DNA of three people – and effectively, two mothers.Yet despite concerns, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) today said the procedure could go ahead when all other options, like screening, have proved futile. The technique involves transplanting nuclear DNA – which contains all the characteristics which make up a person – from a fertilised egg into a donated egg which contains healthy mitochondria, or alternatively removing the damaged DNA from an egg and replacing it with healthy mitochondria.Mitochondria act as the batteries of the cells giving energy and if they do not work properly it prevents normal development. Scientists believe that it could offer hope for around 150 women a year, a dozens of women are thought to have already expressed interest in the procedure.The UK is the first country to legalise the procedure, although earlier this year the first baby was born using mitochondrial replacement in Mexico, where there are no laws preventing it.However critics said the technique was ‘dangerous’, needless and ‘ethically reckless’ Dr David King, director of the secular pro-choice watchdog group, Human Genetics Alert, said: “This decision, to approve experiments on babies, using this dangerous and medically unnecessary technology risks all our children’s futures. It opens the door to designer babies.
Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) has given some interesting updates on its 2018 outlook across its key projects in its full year 2017 results. At Chelopech in Bulgaria, gold contained in concentrate produced is expected to be between 165,000 and 195,000 oz in 2018, slightly below its record production in 2017. “This is largely due to higher than anticipated grades in 2017, and grades returning to expected life of mine levels in 2018. Gold production in the first half of 2018 is expected to be higher than the second half based on the existing mine plans at Chelopech.”DPM is advancing initiatives at Chelopech to further increase stope intensity and cycle time to optimise production and costs. Mine planning will see a significant change in 2018 as MineRP software is implemented and optimised. DPM is also continuing its process plant optimisation program designed to improve processes, consumables consumption and metal recoveries. Sustaining capital expenditures for Chelopech are expected to be higher than in recent years reflecting approximately $9 million for the elevation of its tailings management facility. This work is expected to be completed in 2019 at a total cost of approximately $12 million.At Tsumeb in Namibia, complex concentrate smelted in 2018 is expected to be between 220,000 and 250,000 t, an increase of up to 14% over 2017 production levels as the company continues to optimise and ramp-up the facility. A key focus in 2018 will be on achieving increased availability of the oxygen and power plants and a decrease in secondary levels. Volumes of complex concentrate smelted in the first half of 2018 are expected to be lower than the second half due to the timing of the annual maintenance shutdown, which is currently expected to take place during the first half of 2018. Tsumeb is also implementing several initiatives targeting unit cost reductions and productivity improvements. “The company continues to advance its permitting and commercial discussions in connection with the installation of a rotary holding furnace, which would increase capacity up to 370,000 t. The timing of this expansion is subject to timing of anticipated new complex concentrate coming on the market and adequate commercial arrangements being in place to support this expansion.”Key milestones at the Krumovgrad gold project in Bulgaria in 2018 include the completion of the IMWF earthworks, mechanical, structural, electrical and instrumentation installation and pre-stripping of the mine. “Cold and hot commissioning are on track for the second and third quarters, respectively, followed by first concentrate production and commencement of the ramp-up to full design capacity in the fourth quarter. In addition to the above noted milestones, DPM is focused on operational readiness and deploying its shared services model to maximise the synergies with Chelopech. Fourth quarter gold production of approximately 3,000 oz is expected to occur prior to declaring commercial production, anticipated to occur on or about January 1, 2019.”Following the discovery of the Korkan West deposit in 2017 in Serbia, DPM will continue to advance exploration of this area in 2018 with the goal of adding more ounces to the existing Timok gold resource. DPM is also conducting metallurgical testing to determine if an improved flowsheet can be developed. If successful, this is expected to lead to an internal scoping study in 2018 followed by a revised preliminary economic assessment.DPM does not anticipate a material contribution to earnings from MineRP in 2018 given that it is still in a ramp-up phase. DPM also does not anticipate providing additional funding beyond the $2 million remaining undrawn from the $5 million working capital facility provided following the acquisition.
The Intel Atom processor line is associated with low power usage in devices such as a netbook or nettop computer. The emphasis is definitely not on performance, it’s on pushing up battery life on a device with a small display and mid-range graphics requirements while still managing a decent desktop experience.Microsoft thinks Atom can do more, though, and wants to use it in servers. With that in mind it is calling on Intel to up the cores in an Atom chip to 16, and deploying it as a low power server chip solution.AdChoices广告That call comes from distinguished engineer Dr. Dileep Bhandarkar, of Microsoft Global Foundation Services, a core part of the team that looks after Microsoft’s data centers. So you can assume he knows what he’s talking about in ther server space and that Intel will take his request seriously.Although not suitable for all server workloads, Bhandarkar believes Atom is better suited than Xeon chips for specific tasks. He thinks the power savings would make Atom servers worth deploying for the overall cost savings they would offer. He also believes the same is true of AMD’s low-power Bobcat chips.There’s hope for ARM chips appearing in Microsoft data centers in the future too. Windows is going to get support for ARM, and Bhandarkar says ARM just needs to prove its performance worth:If ARM can show us enough value over an x86 solution we might consider that. Instruction-set transitions are extremely painful … As a general rule of thumb, you have to have a sustainable improvement per dollar per watt of at least 2x — some would say 5x — but it’s at least 2x to make it worthwhile. For some apps where you don’t have that dependency the number could be smaller. ARM’s an interesting thing to look at and, if nothing else, if it lights a fire under Intel and AMD to deliver more effective x86 solutions, I’m happy. For the moment, Intel says it has no plans for a server version of its low power processor, but with Microsoft executives as enthusiastic as Bhandarkar putting the pressue on, it may just happen in the next few years.Read more at PC World
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The leader of the main left-wing opposition SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, on Saturday called for action to be taken to put a brake on the debt-ridden country’s slide into an ever-deepening recession and for the foundations to be laid for “a post-troika era,” referring to the country’s three international lenders.Speaking on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), Tsipras said that the country’s traders and entrepreneurs could no longer endure the impact of an “absurd fiscal policy.”“The protracted recession, the unprecedented crisis that has hit our country is suffocating the real economy,” the leftist leader said, adding that it was time for the opposition to lead a shift in economic policy. “We are obliged to change direction, we are obliged to overhaul the prospects for growth in the economy,” Tsipras said.The SYRIZA chief met with representatives of local business associations and unionists in the northern port city and was to elaborate on his party’s vision for a shift in economic policy at a press conference on Sunday. Tsipras, whose party sailed into second place in the June general elections after campaigning on a tough anti-austerity platform, was expected to reiterate SYRIZA’s opposition to the country’s second bailout, signed between the previous Socialist government and the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund last February.Tsipras’s party has been emboldened by the waning popularity and cohesion of the country’s conservative-led coalition and recent opinion polls put it neck-and-neck with conservative New Democracy as public opposition to new austerity peaks ahead of the scheduled announcement of another 11.5 billion euros in cuts.As the head of the main opposition party, Tsipras insisted on going ahead with the traditional speech and press conference on the second week at TIF and criticized Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for canceling his own scheduled speech at the sidelines of the fair last week. For decades, the fair has been used by Greek prime ministers to set out economic policy for the year ahead but with austerity talks under way, and budget decisions under the scrutiny of creditors, Samaras decided to break with tradition this year.Source: Kathimerini
PORTLAND — Police are investigating the death of a woman found on a downtown Portland sidewalk.Police said officers responded to the report of an injured person down on a sidewalk on Southwest Second Avenue between Ash and Ankeny streets shortly after 11 p.m. Monday. They aided the person, a woman who hasn’t been publicly identified, but medical personnel determined she was dead.Police didn’t immediately release information about the circumstances of her death but said that judging by their initial investigation, they didn’t believe there was any public danger.Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division’s Homicide Detail were to lead the investigation, the agency said in a news release early Tuesday.Police urge anyone with information or video surveillance of the area to call 503-823-0479.
Luxury boat-building organisation, Fairline Boats, has failed to pay employees’ pension contributions for three months.Its 468 members of staff have not received pension contributions from the organisation since the beginning of October 2015, although the money has been deducted from workers’ pay packets.Mick Orpin, regional officer at Unite the Union, which represents Fairline Boats’ staff, said: “We have just found out that the organisation has not been paying employees’ pension contributions, even though it has deducted from their wages.“Questions certainly need to be asked as to why the current legislation can allow an employer to act in such a draconian way and treat its workforce in such a manner.”Fairline Boats was unavailable for comment.
Priyanka Chopra on the talk show.Youtube/ Nbc/ The Tonight Show starring Jimmy FallonThough it has barely been a few months of Priyanka Chopra’s grand wedding ceremony with Nick Jonas, rumours of the couple expecting their first child has already started doing the rounds. A couple of photos of Priyanka Chopra, where a small baby bump could be spotted were splashed all across. Many publications were quick to proclaim that this might well could be the reason behind her quick decision to tie the knot. However, Priyanka Chopra’s mother Madhu had set the record straight and revealed that there is no such good news coming their way.Priyanka’s mother, Madhu Chopra, had then stated that it was just a bad camera angle. She also defended Priyanka’s choice of clothing and said that the outfit was nice just that it was a bad camera angle. She also revealed that she did have a word with Priyanka about the whole issue to which Priyanka replied that since she was tired, she had a slumped posture and thus such photos.Amid all these pregnancy rumours, Priyanka Chopra was spotted at the Hinduja hospital in Mumbai recently. While this could again fuel the rumours of her being pregnant, the truth is, Priyanka had gone there to visit a relative who is ill. Unlike other times and as expected, Priyanka didn’t wave to the paparazzi or opted for photo-ops but silently made her way in and out.On work front, Priyanka was recently seen in Jonas Brothers’ – Sucker – where she looked every bit of sassy as we have known her to be. Apart from this, Priyanka is also busy with the shoot of the Sky is Pink with Farhan Akhtar. On Karan Johar’s koffee couch, Priyanka had revealed that she is in talks with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for a film too.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), one of the country’s leading media and entertainment companies, on Wednesday announced the launch of a new television channel, Zee World, in Johannesburg.Zee World will be available from February 3 on DSTV channel 166. It is a general entertainment channel and is the first offering from ZEEL for mainstream viewers in Africa. The channel aims to showcase television series, Bollywood movies, reality shows and more action-packed content through the new channel. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash”The corporate positioning of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning ‘the world is my family’ is the driving force that enables us to bring authentic and entertaining content to global audiences, with a vision to reach a billion viewers by 2020,” Essel group and ZEEL chairman, Subhash Chandra said in a media statement. Speaking about the new channel, ZEEL chief executive officer – Middle East and Africa, Mukund Cairae said, “We will launch with four award winning series like Saloni, Laali, Married Again and The Promis.” Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“The channel will also introduce other genres such as world drama series and shows on kids, food, reality and health before the end of the year 2015.” All content that will be aired has undergone extensive research and customisation including editing and dubbing with most of the channel’s content dubbed in South Africa using local talent. With a strong worldwide presence, boasting over 34 channels which entertains 730+ million viewers across 169 countries, ZEEL first ventured into Africa 18 years ago as the company’s first international territory.
Years of topping the worst-dressed lists of international football are now fading into a distant, forgettable past for Costa Rica’s national team, which has finally inserted itself into the modern age with another sharp-looking kit to add to its wardrobe.The special edition uniform, designed by New Balance, is made solely for June’s Copa América Centenario tournament, the ceremonial event celebrating 100 years of the continent’s most important international football championship.The new design features a deep red body with white trims on the collar and sleeves, as well as gold numbering and lettering. A large Costa Rican flag embroidered over the left chest combines with more subtle accents, like the word “La Sele” imprinted on the sleeve and “Costa Rica” in white on the back neck, to give the kit some welcome flavor.See the new kit for yourself in the release video that New Balance published Thursday morning on its Facebook page: The Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL) also published a look at the “away team” version of the new jerseys, presumably to be used in its second match against the United States in Chicago, Illinois. The white versions feature the same gold fonts as the home uniforms, while inverting the collars to red.“One-of-a-kind, for a unique event and to make history… This will be the second uniform for La Sele in the #Copa100,” FEDEFUTBOL tweeted in Spanish. Única, para un evento único y para hacer historia… Esta será la segunda camiseta de #LaSele para la #Copa100. pic.twitter.com/2HkIVfIiXW— FEDEFUTBOL (@FEDEFUTBOL_CR) April 28, 2016 Related posts:Costa Rica pummeled by U.S. 4-0 in Copa America rout Photos of new La Sele jerseys leak amid New Balance bribery accusations Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Though the Copa América usually occurs every four years, the special 100th anniversary of the tournament is being held just 12 months after last year’s edition in Chile, where the host nation beat favored Argentina in a penalty shootout finale.Costa Rica will start tournament play on June 4 when it takes on Paraguay in Orlando, Florida. Two years after topping a group of three former world champions in its spectacular 2014 World Cup run, La Sele was again drawn into the “group of death” where it will also have to face the U.S. and Colombia. This is the first time Costa Rica has been invited to the South American-based tournament since 2011, where it lost in the group stages to Colombia and Argentina.Below are some more angles of the new kits and a look at the keeper uniform, courtesy of FEDEFUTBOL: A green goalkeeper shirt fit for a king. (Courtesy of FEDEFUTBOL Facebook page) (Courtesy of FEDEFUTBOL Facebook page) (Courtesy of FEDEFUTBOL Facebook page) Facebook Comments
More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Mali has been mired in turbulence since a March coup overthrew the democratically elected president.Bensouda says alleged crimes including killings and rapes, and the conscription of child soldiers have been reported “by several sources.”In his letter to the court seeking an investigation, Coulibaly said the crimes include “grave and massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed particularly in the north of the country.”Mali’s government said it is appealing to the Hague-based tribunal to investigate because the country’s own courts cannot prosecute the crimes.After the coup that ousted Mali’s democratic government, ethnic Tuareg rebels seeking secession took control of the country’s north _ an area larger than France _ but were driven out in June by Islamists vowing to introduce an ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law, the Sharia. They are estimated to number about 700 fighters, but exact figures are not available.The prosecutor said earlier this month that destruction by Islamists of Muslim shrines in the northern town of Timbuktu could be a war crime.Islamist groups claim the sites violate Islamic law by encouraging people to direct their prayers toward the deceased and not toward God. Comments Share Bensouda said she has called on her staff to quickly launch a preliminary investigation to establish whether the court can take on the case.Mali is the fourth country in Africa to call on the 10-year-old ICC to launch an investigation into atrocities, after Uganda, Congo and Central African Republic.So far, every one of the court’s investigation has involved Africa.Earlier this month, the court sentenced its first convicted war criminal, Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, to 14 years imprisonment for conscripting, recruiting and using child soldiers in fighting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Associated PressTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Mali’s justice minister on Wednesday asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into “grave and massive” crimes committed in the African nation that was plunged into turmoil by a coup this year.Court’s Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement that Justice Minister Malick Coulibaly had handed her a letter seeking “to determine whether one of more persons should be charged” in violence committed since the beginning of the year. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Vail Resorts commits US$110 million in resort improvementsVail Resorts will invest approximately US$110 million to US$115 million in resort improvements for the upcoming 2015-16 season to elevate the guest experience, bringing its five-year resort investment total to more than US$500 million. The centerpiece of this plan will be linking Park City and Canyons, transforming the two resorts into one and completing a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure. The US$50 million project is one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history and will create the largest ski resort in the United States with over 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.“Each year, Vail Resorts is the industry leader in capital improvements to ensure an unparalleled guest experience at each of our resorts,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “The overall capital plan reflects our goal to target high return investments which support a premium experience and our improvement plan in Utah will be one of the most transformative ever undertaken in the ski industry.”Other improvements include upgrading Vail Mountain’s Avanti Express Lift (#2) to a six-passenger high-speed chairlift, expanding the “refreshing” snowmaking system at Beaver Creek, adding new snowmaking to the recently opened Peak 6 terrain at Breckenridge, refreshing the rooms and common areas at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, and unveiling EpicMix Time, a new crowd-sourced, real-time technology which will bring transparency to lift line wait times.Projects underway and planned this summer for the 2015-16 winter season include:Combining Park City and Canyons into the largest ski resort in the U.S. – The plan to combine Park City and Canyons Resort into the largest ski resort in the U.S. includes the eight-passenger, high-speed, two-way Quicksilver gondola which will transport guests from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. A new restaurant, called Miners Camp, located at the base of the Silverlode Lift, will accommodate 500 indoor seats and will be equipped with a top-of-the-line kitchen.The plan will also complete a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure of both resorts, including upgrading the King Con and Motherlode Lifts, upgrading the Summit House Restaurant and expanding Red Pine Lodge, new and widened trails, and additional snowmaking.Six-Passenger Avanti Express Lift (#2) at Vail – Vail Mountain continues its wave of investments, replacing the Avanti Express Lift (#2) with a six-passenger lift. The Avanti Express Lift (#2) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain, dispersing skiers and snowboarders from the Lionshead area to mid-mountain. Upgrading the lift will reduce wait times and improve reliability. A loading conveyor and gates will improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent, vastly improving skier and snowboarder circulation.Beaver Creek snowmaking refresh expands for 2015-16 – Beaver Creek’s unrivaled commitment to providing high-quality snow surfaces for skiers and riders further expands this season. Last season, Gold Dust Trail was equipped with 24 fully-automated fan guns. This winter, 23 fully-automated fan guns will equip Red Tail and Centennial trails, two of the most popular intermediate runs on the mountain. Snowmaking guns will also be added to enhance the “Snowmaking Refresh” fleet and tasked to add a dusting of snow atop the groomed trails. This one-of-a-kind system ensures, regardless of natural snowfall, the resort’s guests will always be skiing or riding on the freshest snow available every day.Snowmaking on Peak 6 at Breckenridge – Breckenridge will lay a mile of new snowmaking pipes on Lost Horizon and Barton Breezeway trails on Peak 6. Adding snowmaking to this lower-mountain terrain is critical to get the popular new area open in the early season regardless of natural snowfall.The Keystone Lodge and Spa Refresh – The Keystone Lodge and Spa will undergo its own rejuvenation where the hallways will have a new feel after being re-carpeted and the woodwork and room doors being replaced. In addition, the guest rooms on all six floors will be upgraded with new soft goods (pillows, bed spreads, etc.).EpicMix Time to provide crowd-sourced lift line wait times to guests – EpicMix™ Time– an expansion of Vail Resorts’ industry-leading and award-winning ski and snowboard app, EpicMix –will allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone to access real-time lift line wait times enabling them to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and ride experience. Leveraging recently developed technology, EpicMix Time will calculate and display up-to-the-minute chairlift and gondola line wait times across 55 core lifts and gondolas, as well as 13,600 acres of skiable terrain in Colorado.Source = Vail Resorts