first_imgSoprano Erin Wall will sing the role of Chrysothemis in the Canadian Opera’s Company’s Elektra. (KRISTIN HOEBERMANN) Most moms have enough of a challenge juggling their jobs and life at home. Over the past year, Canadian soprano Erin Wall has also had to contend with the repercussions from a diagnosis of breast cancer.The Mississauga-based mother of a 9-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl cut back on her engagements, but she didn’t stop working completely. She even tried to keep up with her passion for running.Wall not only sang through much of her treatment period, she participated in a 10K run the day after she stopped chemotherapy. “I walked most of it because I had no red blood cells left,” she smiles. “I tried to stay on my feet.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The day after getting an all-clear on the cancer from her doctor, Wall chatted and laughed in her dressing room overlooking Adelaide St W. at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The soprano was all anticipation as she described her latest musical project between sips of bright red fruit smoothie. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tax changes for small business could hamper innovation tech CEOS say

first_imgSEATTLE – The head of one of Canada’s few tech “unicorns” and other industry players are joining the chorus of opposition to Ottawa’s proposed small business tax changes, saying the plan could stifle investment and innovation in a country trying to poise itself as an entrepreneurial hotbed.“I would encourage the government to look very closely because … it is causing a lot of concern to business owners,” Ryan Holmes, CEO of social media management platform Hootsuite, said in an interview at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference. Hootsuite is among a handful of Canadian tech startups that have reached valuations of $1 billion or more, also known as unicorns.In mid-July, the federal government released a three-pronged plan to end several tax provisions used by some small businesses. The plan would eliminate income sprinkling, a practice that permits business owners to pass income to family members who are in lower tax brackets.It would also limit the use of private corporations as a way to gain tax advantages when making passive investments and limit the conversion of a corporation’s regular income into capital gains, typically taxed at a lower rate.Smaller tech companies have created their own structures — much like doctors, lawyers and other small business owners, who have also rallied against the changes — that provide a different income stream or flow, said Bill Tam, CEO of The BC Tech Association.For these companies, the proposal creates an additional worry around taxation, he said, adding he’s heard concerns from a few of the group’s 540 members.The association has encouraged its members to support the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s effort to lobby the government to reconsider the changes, he said.Innovation is a top priority for Ottawa. The buzzword received hundreds of mentions in the budget and the Liberals have committed to $950 million to a supercluster program.A spokesman for Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday that the government is committed to supporting “hardworking entrepreneurs” and the changes are not aimed at them.“We are proposing to address unfair tax planning strategies that allow some wealthy individuals to use corporate structures to shelter income from higher personal tax rates,” he said in an emailed statement.Some entrepreneurs are not convinced.The changes could put all streams of funding for entrepreneurs, including personal savings, family support, and angel and institutional investors, at risk, said Jade Bourelle, CEO and co-founder of Talemetry, a Richmond, B.C.-based recruitment firm that uses smart technology.Budding business people could find themselves in a position in which they will have to give up a greater share of equity in their companies in exchange for funds, and will pay higher taxes if they ever sell the company, he said.“So why do it in the first place?” Bourelle asked.If the government wants to have more head offices in cities like Vancouver, Holmes said, that won’t happen by convincing established companies to move to the West coast. A relocation like that involves significant cost, among other issues.“If we want to get more head offices there, we need to create more Hootsuites,” he said. “I think you need to be very favourable at the small end of the market.”Those start ups can become big businesses with large, local headquarters.Hootsuite, which launched in 2008, now employs close to 1,000 people in Vancouver and several offices abroad, according to its website.While doctors, lawyers, shopkeepers and other who have incorporated their small businesses to lower their tax bill have been speaking out, the tech community has remained largely out of the public discourse.“It takes a little bit of time for people to understand the impact and I think that’s happening now,” Bourelle said, adding he expects vocal opposition to “ramp up” from lots of different sectors.Tech firm leaders have been successful in changing the Liberal government’s mind about policy in the past. After discontent from a number of tech firms, Ottawa abandoned a plan to cap how much could be claimed through stock option deductions.The prime minister’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, responded to criticism of the proposals on Wednesday morning with a recognition that the measures are not just a question of fairness but also of boosting government revenues.“If we all want the Canada we say we want, we have to pay for it. If our government encourages our wealthiest citizens to opt out of progressive income tax, we will not be able to do that.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Gerald Butts’s title. He is actually the prime minister’s principal secretary.last_img read more

Tensions with China do not play out in our project at all

first_img“The current tensions between China and Canada do not play out in our project at all,” Calitz said in Ottawa after meeting with federal cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “PetroChina is a proud participant.”In recent weeks, China has blocked Canadian canola-seed shipments _ which is widely seen as a response to Canada’s move in December to arrest senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.Meng’s arrest, and her possible extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges, has angered China.Canola is a key export for Canada and China has been a huge market for the product. China imported $2.7 billion worth of Canadian canola seed last year, which ensures any prolonged blockage will hurt farmers, the industry and the broader economy.(Trudeau has said his government will have “good news” to announce on canola in the coming days. Besides pursuing China for proof of the alleged contamination of Canadian canola, the government has promised to find ways to help affected producers in Canada.)Since Meng’s arrest, China has also detained two Canadian citizens on allegations of endangering Chinese national security and has sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related convictions. “Every time it leads to trade ties that relaxes the relationship,” he said. “It creates a mutual dependency, it creates business understanding.”China, he added, plans to bring in Canadian gas to help it replace its coal power plants, improve air quality and lower greenhouse-gas emissions.Calitz added that the LNG Canada project, which has faced opposition from some Indigenous communities in B.C., is on track to start transporting gas in late 2023. OTTAWA, O.N. – The head of LNG Canada says Ottawa’s trade and diplomatic frictions with Beijing “do not play out” at all in the massive project that will one day ship liquefied natural gas from British Columbia to major Asian economies, including China.PetroChina, a state-controlled Chinese energy giant, owns a 15-per-cent stake in the $40-billion project, a Royal Dutch Shell-led joint venture that includes other Asian partners. The project includes an export facility in Kitimat, B.C.In an interview Tuesday, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz told The Canadian Press the deepening feud between Canada and China has never been raised at any of LNG Canada’s executive committee meetings.center_img The second death penalty was handed down Tuesday. The Canadian was among at least six foreigners allegedly involved in what has been described as an international methamphetamine operation.Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign-affairs minister, told reporters in Ottawa that the government firmly opposes the use of the death penalty anywhere.“We think that this is a cruel and inhumane punishment which should not be used in any country,” Freeland said. “We are obviously particularly concerned when it is applied to Canadians.”On Canada’s natural-gas business with the Chinese, Calitz said he’s worked on different projects that have taken Australian and Russian gas to China. He suggested the work in B.C. could strengthen the Canada-China connection.last_img read more

Joint UNAU peacekeeping force in Darfur still missing key capacities

The mission is on track to reach its benchmarks for the deployment of initial essential personnel before January, when it is scheduled to take over from the existing AU mission, Assistant Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute told reporters in New York.Ms. Holl Lute, who is the acting head of the Department of Field Support, said most key posts in the leadership of the mission (to be known as UNAMID) have been identified and filled, with only a few such appointments remaining.Two battalions are also being readied to be deployed to strengthen the AU mission ahead of UNAMID taking over, she said, while progress has also been made on major contracts in the areas of civilian aviation, fuel and rations.But Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Affairs Jean-Marie Guéhenno said that UNAMID is still lacking ground transport, light tactical helicopters and transport helicopters.“These capacities are vital… If we don’t have the force enablers, I am concerned” that the mission will be unable to deliver on the key aspects of its work, Mr. Guéhenno said.He pointed to recent attacks on AU peacekeepers in Haskanita, where over a dozen people were killed and many more wounded before the South Darfur town was burned down, in underscoring the need for “troops that are very mobile with a capacity to dominate any situation.”Noting that several European countries were stepping forward to provide resources for a separate peace mission (to be known as MINURCAT) in neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), he called for similar commitments to UNAMID.“Otherwise it would be very dangerous if what is the most challenging situation – the situation in Darfur – did not have the right resources. That would put in jeopardy all our efforts to stabilize this region where there has been much too much suffering.”Since fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia broke out in 2003, an estimated 200,000 people have been killed and at least another 2.2 million forced to flee their homes. Some 4 million Darfurians now depend on humanitarian aid.Mr. Guéhenno said he was concerned that the situation on the ground in Darfur has deteriorated in recent weeks, particularly in the south, where a base with the AU mission was overrun a week ago and many troops were killed.He stressed it was also vital for there to be progress in implementing the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) ending the separate north-south civil war in Sudan.The Under-Secretary-General added that a technical team has been sent to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to finalize the deployment plan for UNAMID, which at full capacity should have more than 19,000 troops, over 6,000 police and 5,500 civilian staff.So far the UN and the AU have agreed that Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal are providing either an infantry battalion or a logistics, reconnaissance, transport, military police or sector reserve company to UNAMID, which is to have a predominantly African composition.Bangladesh, Jordan, Nepal, the Netherlands, Thailand and the Nordic countries in Europe are also providing similar resources, as well as a field hospital.Ms. Holl Lute noted that the Sudanese Government has given assurance that Darfur’s airstrips will be made available for the use of UNAMID so that it can be deployed.But the mission does not yet have agreement for the land needed to facilitate the deployment of the heavy support package, a transition phase between the current AU mission and UNAMID.“We have an engineering unit that is due by the end of this month that will depend on land being secured,” Ms. Holl Lute said. “So we have a team on the ground in Nyala [the state capital of South Darfur] right now negotiating with the local government to ensure that we have a place for them to go.” 8 October 2007The hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation that will be deployed in the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan has shortfalls in several key aviation and ground transport capacities, senior UN officials today, warning that the mission’s ability to carry out its basic work will be in jeopardy unless those gaps are quickly filled. read more

Fiveyear development road map agreed by UN and TimorLeste

8 August 2008The United Nations and Timor-Leste’s Government have embarked on a five-year programme to reduce poverty, consolidate democracy and provide basic social services for the people of the nation which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002. The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2009-2013, signed by the Government and the UN in Dili today, will guide the support provided by the UN Country Team towards further peace and stability in the country and includes programmes worth some $314 million. “Timor-Leste is moving towards a consolidated peace and stability. The UNDAF is the road map that will guide our direction over the next five years,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen, the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Timor-Leste. “It shows that Timor-Leste is moving into a more stable phase that enables it to address the need for strong, efficient and effective institutions and improve the lives of its citizens throughout the country,” added Mr. Reske-Nielsen, who is also the deputy head of the UN peacekeeping mission there, known as UNMIT. In a recent report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that “despite the best efforts of the Government and its partners, Timor-Leste has not experienced significant progress in poverty alleviation or in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals” – the set of anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015 – since gaining independence in 2002.The UNDAF programmes will pay particular attention to poverty reduction, especially among vulnerable groups such as youth, women, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and disaster-prone communities. They will also focus on strengthening State institutions such as the courts, Government ministries and local administration. In addition, the UNDAF includes programmes to promote education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, social welfare and social protection. “At the end of the five years, we would expect that the courts and Government institutions are stronger and trusted. We would also expect to see more and better schools, health facilities, infrastructure and social protection,” Mr. Reske-Nielsen stated. read more

Ohio State hires Florida assistant to replace Darrell Hazell as receivers coach

Ally Kraemer contributed to this story. It’s official: Former Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton will be the new wide receivers coach for the Ohio State football team, coach Jim Tressel announced today. “Stan Drayton, first and foremost, is a fine person and a family man,” Tressel said in a press release. “We are fortunate to gain one of the finest coaches in America to serve our kids, school and community.” Drayton will bring with him 14 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including time at the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Villanova, Allegheny, Mississippi State and Tennessee. The Cleveland native also coached the Gators’ running backs during the team’s 41-14 victory against the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. Until today, spokespeople from OSU would not confirm reports that Drayton was leaving his post as the Gators’ running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Steve McClain, associate athletics director for communications at Florida, said the Gator staff wouldn’t be left shorthanded. “Yeah, I’d say that our coaching staff is intact at this time,” McClain told The Lantern on Wednesday. Tressel said Drayton will be a good addition to the Buckeyes’ football staff. “He is a Buckeye born and bred,” Tressel said of the Cleveland-born Allegheny graduate, “and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family.” read more

British girl groped by man on plane as his wife sat next

first_img 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. A  holidaymaker from Qatar is facing jail after he was convicted of molesting a teenage girl during a seven-hour flight to Britain – while his wife sat beside him.Suman Das, 46, was arrested at Manchester Airport after the 18-year-old victim claimed he touched her between her legs while she was dozing in her seat.She said she woke up to feel a “rubbing sensation” and fled to the back of the plane in tears. At the time of the assault Das’ wife Sonia was sat beside him unaware of her husband’s behaviour.He initially claimed he must have touched her by accident while fidgeting in his seat and offered to apologise – but he later said he could not have carried out an assault as he was asleep.At Manchester magistrates court Das, who has been staying with friends in Bolton since his arrest, was convicted of sexual assault after a trial. He denied the charge.The incident occurred in July five hours into the flight from Doha to Manchester. Das and his wife were visiting the UK for a “holiday of a lifetime”. The unnamed girl was returning to Britain after spending two months travelling in Thailand.The victim told the hearing: “He knew exactly what he was doing and he wasn’t sleeping. He was looking at me, I saw he was looking at me.”He must have been looking at me to see if I was awake. He did move very quickly once he saw that I was awake.”The girl alerted a member of cabin crew and went crying to the back of the plane.In a statement Das said later: “I may have touched accidentally – but I didn’t touch her intentionally.”Prosecuting Holly Holden said: “In this case the victim has zero motivation to make a false claim. Her evidence has been consistent and credible throughout. This was an 18-year-old flying alone. She said that the defendant touched her between the legs over her clothing.”One person sitting next to another may jostle someone with their elbow but to touch them between the legs without knowing is a deliberate action. He gave two versions of events and said he was very concerned that this could prevent him from getting a UK visa and would destroy his life.”During the hearing Das’ wife of 23 years said she had “complete faith in her husband” and added: “I have had no concern. Until today I have faith in my husband and still today I have total faith in my husband.”She also told the court that Das told her following the flight that if he saw the girl and her mother he wanted to talk to them to apologise.Das’ lawyer Miss Ellie Akhgar said: “This man has no previous convictions, so why would he now decide to take the plunge into criminality and sexually assault a stranger on a plane, with his wife sat next to him. One person sitting next to another may jostle someone with their elbow but to touch them between the legs without knowing is a deliberate actionHolly Holdencenter_img “He is a family man and a visitor to this country and has been here for the last three months. These cases are always very difficult cases. They are difficult, emotive and very highly charged.”You have seen the victim to be emotional and you have seen the defendant also becoming very emotional. But the fact is that emotion can be manufactured. She feels a rubbing sensation, a light rubbing sensation and she feels an arm moving away from that very tight constricted area.”She doesn’t say: ‘What the hell are you doing?’ This is a young woman who had been travelling to Thailand for two months. She would have had to have some degree of confidence – enough to say something to Mr Das.”Being awoken by the ‘sensation’ of sexual assault does not mean a sexual assault took place. The whole time she says nothing. This was a very, very long flight and this man is being scrutinised for fidgeting.”The mother of the victim went to work the very same afternoon as her daughter told her of the attack. She was described as being very calm from hearing that her daughter had just been sexually assaulted.”It is easy for a man of his age and his culture to apologise – he wanted to calm the waves in a turbulent sea of confusion. He apologised because he wants to fix what it is he has done wrong. This is a case of a very serious misunderstanding. Very serious misunderstandings can happen.”Das was granted conditional bail pending sentence on October 27.last_img read more

Several persons hospitalised following incident at Mc Doom fishery

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: One arrested for murder of bus driver at Mc DoomJuly 11, 2017In “Crime”Police still investigating Laing Avenue shooting, choppingMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Shell service station at Mc Doom robbed by armed banditsJuly 19, 2018In “Crime” Several persons are reportedly receiving treatment at the Woodlands Hospital following a gas leak and possible explosion earlier on Monday at a fishery located in Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara.Employees of the company have remained tight lipped about what transpired.INews understands that about 12 persons were rushed to the hospital after they began fainting around 14:00h.Moreover, this publication was told that workers reported smelling a strange scent since around 06:00h but it was unattended to.A few employees divulged that this isn’t the first time they have had such an incident.They however, noted that the similar cases were not as serious as this one. read more

Kim JongNam was killed by most potent chemical weapon VX nerve agent

first_imgKim Jong-Nam was killed by ‘most potent’ chemical weapon VX nerve agent The son of Kim Jong-Il died in Malaysia after a seizure. Friday 24 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM Feb 24th 2017, 7:10 AM By AFP 18 Comments The murdered Kim Jong Nam, left, and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNORTH KOREAN LEADER Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police have said.Releasing a preliminary toxicology report on Kim Jong-Nam’s murder at Kuala Lumpur airport, police revealed the poison used by the assassins was the odourless, tasteless and highly toxic nerve agent VX.North Korea has a vast chemical weapons stockpile, including VX, of up to 5,000 tonnes, South Korean experts said Friday.Traces of VX were detected on swabs of the dead man’s face and eyes, police said. Leaked CCTV footage from the 13 February murder shows the portly Kim being approached by two women who appear to push something in his face.Just a tiny drop of the agent is enough to fatally damage a victim’s central nervous system.One of the two women suspects who remain in custody fell ill after the brazen killing, with police saying Friday she had been vomiting.National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar added atomic energy experts would sweep the airport’s busy terminal where the Cold War-era attack took place for traces of the toxin, the most deadly chemical agent ever developed, as well as other locations the women passed through.Khalid added detectives would look for the source of the VX.“We are investigating how it entered the country,” Khalid Abu Bakar said.However he added that “if the amount of the chemical brought in was small, it would be difficult for us to detect”. Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a press conference. Source: Alexandra Radu AP‘Needed to wash hands’A leading regional security expert told AFP it would not have been difficult to smuggle VX into Malaysia in a diplomatic pouch, which are not subject to regular customs checks.North Korea has previously used the pouches “to smuggle items including contraband and items that would be subjected to scrutiny if regular travel channels were used”, said Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the Singapore-based International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research.Khalid has previously said the woman who ambushed Kim from behind clearly knew she was carrying out a poison attack, dismissing claims that she thought she was taking part in a TV prank.“The lady was moving away with her hands towards the bathroom,” Khalid said earlier this week.She was very aware that it was toxic and that she needed to wash her hands.The leaked CCTV footage shows Kim asking for help from airport staff, who direct him to a clinic, after he is ambushed.Police said he suffered a seizure and died before he reached hospital.Detectives are holding three people — women from Indonesia and Vietnam, and a North Korean man — but want to speak to seven others, four of whom are believed to have fled to Pyongyang. Source: 葉榮添/YouTubeOne man wanted for questioning, who is believed to be still in Malaysia, is senior North Korean embassy official Hyon Kwang Song.Police have acknowledged that his diplomatic status prevents them from questioning him unless he surrenders himself.However, a North Korean official outside Pyongyang’s Kuala Lumpur embassy said Malaysia had not submitted a request to speak to Hyon, despite the police chief earlier saying the embassy would be asked for assistance.Chemical warfare North Korea’s state media yesterday launched a ferocious assault on Malaysia for “immoral” handling of the case and for playing politics with the corpse.North Korea has never acknowledged the victim as the estranged brother of leader Kim Jong-Un and the lengthy KCNA dispatch avoided any reference to the dead man’s identity, calling him only “a citizen” of North Korea “bearing a diplomatic passport”.The only known use of VX is as a chemical warfare agent and the US government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes it as the “most potent” of all nerve agents. The car of ambassador of North Korea to Malaysia. Source: Vincent Thian/PA“It is possible that any visible VX liquid contact on the skin, unless washed off immediately, would be lethal,” the CDC said on its website.VX was used by Japan’s Aum cult in the 1994 murder of an office worker in Osaka, and in the attempted murder of two other people.The doomsday cult led by guru Shoko Asahara used sarin nerve gas for a deadly attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995. Asahara was sentenced to death for the subway murders as well as producing deadly substances, including sarin and VX.© – AFP 2017Read: North Korea’s secretive media breaks its silence on Kim Jong-Nam murder >Read: Heavily armed police guarding body of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother after attempted morgue break-in > Share33 Tweet Email 17,860 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WestRock moves supply chain to Atlanta cutting 16 positions at Longview paper

first_imgLONGVIEW — Sixteen management positions were cut from the former KapStone pulp and paper mill this month as the local plant began its “integration” with its new owner.WestRock Co. bought the KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. mill in November in a $4.8 billion deal. The merger made Atlanta-based WestRock one of the largest producers of paper and packaging products in the nation and gave it immediate access to west coast and Asia markets.The acquisition made the Longview mill the largest in the WestRock system.As part of the merger, West-Rock “centralized” its supply chain functions to its corporate office in Atlanta, WestRock spokesman John Pensec said Thursday. The Longview mill had its own on-site supply chain function, Pensec said.“When we acquired KapStone, there were some duplicate functions. … We talked to those employees about relocating (to Atlanta), but those that didn’t want to were eliminated on the supply chain (in Longview),” Pensec said.Pensec added that company officials were “very pleased that a number of them” decided to move to Atlanta, though he did not provide a more specific figure of how many people relocated.last_img read more

Rodgers warns Rangers restricting Celtic fans offers no advantage

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers doubts they will be at a disadvantage following Rangers’ decision to cut down on their number of travelling supportersThe Gers made the decision to allocate tickets for just 750 Celtic fans in Saturday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox compared to the usual 7,000.But Rodgers, whose Celtic side have won all four of their last fixtures against Rangers, doubts the lack of support will sway things in Rangers’ favour.“My feeling always is that it is better in both grounds whenever both sets of supporters are there,” said Rodgers, according to Sky Sports.“However, they are not. There will be about 750 of our supporters there. We hope the whole game can pass safely and there’s no issues around that and it is just the football.“But it can work for and against you as the home team in that situation, when you have predominately the support in the ground. It can add something to the players either a positive or a negative.”🎙️Steven Gerrard and James Tavernier have arrived to speak to the media.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 28, 2018Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.The Northern Irishman will be going up against Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, who he coached at Liverpool, for the second time.Under the former Reds captain, Rangers have climbed up to second in the Scottish Premiership and are just three points off leaders Celtic having played one more match.Rodgers added: “We just have to approach the game as we always do with our own way of working, respect Rangers are a good team who have had some very good results this year and give them the respect they deserve, as we do every team.“We will look to focus on our own game, look to play well and get a win.“We arrive into this game here performing well which is important. The players are confident but we know we always have to work.“I’ve always been one to focus on my own team. I always respect the opposition but we we create our own standard and look at our own game and that’s what’s important.”“At the end of the game we’ll either be in a good position or a really good position, it’s still very early in the season.”last_img read more

Firmenich receives Edge certification for gender parity commitment

first_imgPerfume organisation Firmenich has been awarded certification from assessment body Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (Edge), in recognition of its commitment to gender parity in the workplace.The certification followed an assessment of data and processes, as well as a survey of the organisation’s 7,000 employees, based in 66 facilities worldwide.Gilbert Ghostine (pictured), chief executive of Firmenich, said: “This outstanding recognition not only positions us as an employer of choice for the men and women that work for Firmenich, but it also makes us a trusted and reliable partner for our customers, as diverse teams consistently deliver superior results.”Firmenich earned the Edge ‘assess’ level of certification after a third-party evaluation of gender balance. This is the first of three tiers of Edge certification, awarded when an organisation is deemed to have made a public commitment to a strong gender balance across the talent pipeline, to pay equity, to a solid framework of gender equality policies and practices, and to an inclusive workplace culture as reflected by high engagement levels of both male and female employees.The second level of Edge certification, ‘move’, is awarded when the organisation has already implemented a framework for change and achieved significant milestones, and the third level, ‘lead’, is awarded when the commitments have been achieved. The certification is granted for two years.Mieke Van de Capelle, chief human resources officer at Firmenich, said: “I want Firmenich to be the best place to work in our industry globally. That’s why we pursued global Edge certification, supported by flexible work arrangements to ensure all our colleagues have an optimal work-life balance.“Globally, our female colleagues represent 40% of our senior management and workforce. This recognition confirms we are making gender balance a priority, going far beyond equal pay. We will not stop here, as we remain determined to achieving the highest level of excellence in this area.”last_img read more

Optimizing Tablets for TCommerce

first_imgSchmelkin says that with the tablet space, it is important to be aware of the size of the tablet medium (usually between 7 and 11 inches of space) when designing. “It’s important to minimize the navigation, and the clutter…with media sites like TIME magazine, there could be literally hundreds of links above the fold. This doesn’t work when it comes to the tablet. We need to prioritize to keep the truly most important info on top.”The elimination of pagination presents a different dynamic for publishers as well, with page number clickthrough eliminated and the concept of “infinite scroll” introduced through the tablet medium. In this way, the top of the “page” is not immediately clear, and this factor should be taken under consideration when placing products for user purchase. Responsive Layouts (And Ditching the Hover Trick)As creative designers create layouts for the tablet, landscape and portrait options for user engagement are important to consider. These kinds of responsive layouts offer web designers more options for product display. Schmelkin says, “If you’ve got a bunch of products in a category when you’re working with an online retailer—when I switch the iPad into landscape mode, should product image [size] increase, or I should add another product?” Other design tricks are growing stale. “Over the years, web designers have overused the concept of something big happening when you hover over a certain part of the page,” Schmelkin says. This pop-out action often includes embedded video content or discount offers. On tablets, users abandon their mouse and use fingers in a more tactile engagement, leaving designers without the option of hovering.Present and Future Success Through T-CommerceReal-time analytics on tablets is important not only for publishers and their editorial teams to consider (companies like Conde Nast are making the analysis of digital behavior a priority), but for creative designers behind advertising and e-commerce efforts to track as well. How users engage with the content, where they come from, where they spend their time and where they don’t are all factors important to the design process.As for what’s next in the t-commerce space, Schmelkin believes stronger user engagement is the upcoming trend du jour. With cameras integrated directly into tablet casing, the possibility of users uploading pictures of themselves to virtually try on outfits or match their current home décor with samples from a vendor will personalize the t-commerce experience even further. Along with creating a user-friendly design, publishers are now faced with the challenge of optimizing e-commerce (along with the rest of their content) for tablets. Alex Schmelkin, president of e-commerce solution provider Alexander Interactive, works with brands like Lester’s regional department stores, e-commerce industry publication Internet Retailer and Adorama Photography on their digital presence. Here, Schmelkin offers e-commerce designers solutions to smooth the transition to “t-commerce”.Working Above (And Below) “The Fold”On a desktop browser, users are often bombarded with links that are “above the fold”—the space on the computer screen before the user scrolls down to view more content. Publishers tend to jam this top portion with hyper links to other content and products. last_img read more

McKinley Fire close to 50 percent contained evacuation levels lowered

first_imgDivision of Forestry Safety Officer Tom Grieling says working around members of the public, instead of on a remote wildland fire, poses a challenge as the crews are getting more calls for help and trying to focus on primary objectives for fighting the fire. Officials lowered evacuation levels for the McKinley Fire between Willow and Talkeetna Monday, allowing some residents to get into their homes. Conditions remain drier than usual and fire officials say they expect more warming, drying and light winds this week. The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team and Matanuska-Susitna Borough say Level 3 evacuees from residences in the area of the Parks Highway milepost 81.5 to 92 were reduced to Level 2 Monday at noon, allowing them to re-enter properties evacuated Sunday, August 17th. The Level 2, or “Set” designation means those residents will still need to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. Map of the McKinley Fire for Monday, August 26th, 2019. The fire is now 46% contained (represented by the black line around the fire perimeter), and evacuation levels have been reduced. Firefighters continue to work in the area, still battling active burning fire within the interior, which managers say will take weeks to secure. While the McKinley Fire has not had any significant fire growth since last week, the interagency management team says it still poses a danger and officials are warning residents about possible hazards for reentering their property. “It’s never going to be a safe environment for many more weeks,” Casey said. “There’s no way we can mop up everything and get all those trees down in the next couple weeks.” The fire is reportedly holding at about 3,300 acres and is a little less than 50 percent contained. The current Level 2 status for those residences in the area of the Parks Highway from milepost 79 to 81.9 has been reduced to a Level 1 or “Ready” status. The current Level 1 classification for mileposts 76 to 79 has been removed. Kale Casey, a public information officer with the Division of Forestry says fire-weakened trees can stay upright for days or weeks and fall over without warning hitting people, homes or power lines, and there are hot “ash pits” people can accidentally step into. “We’ve got the upper hand on this fire. We need to maintain that upper hand and take advantage of every component of being the bully that we can right now,” Grieling said. “Part of that is the public’s cooperation. Help us be the bully by cooperating with us. Make it easy for the firefighters. We’ve got to kick this thing while it’s down right now.” At last report, the Parks Highway remained open in both directions around the fire with special speed restrictions of 45 miles per hour between mileposts 84 and 92.last_img read more

Paribagh power substation catches fire

first_imgFire file PhotoAn electric substation caught fire in the city’s Paribagh area on Wednesday night, reports UNB.Sources at the Fire Service and Civil Defence central control room said the fire originated at a grid transformer of the substation around 8:20pm.On information, seven firefighting units rushed in and brought the fire under control around 9:40 pm, said Duty Officer at the control room Masud Riben.The reason behind the fire could not be known immediately and no casualty was reported in the incident, he said.last_img read more

Unwanted Afghan refugees pin hopes on Pakistan PM

first_imgIn this picture taken on 29 September 2018 Afghan refugee Shahzad Alam speaks during an interview with AFP at his shoe shop in the historic Qissa Khawani bazaar in Peshawar. Photo: AFPShahzad Alam has proposed marriage to several women and been rejected each time for the same reason, he says: their discovery that he is not the Pakistani shoe shop owner they thought he was, but an Afghan refugee.His romantic future could be given a boost by prime minister Imran Khan, who has ignited a national debate with a controversial vow to grant citizenship to Afghan refugees born in Pakistan — potentially creating more than a million new citizens.Pakistan is one of the largest refugee-hosting nations in the world, home to an estimated 2.4 million registered and undocumented people who have fled Afghanistan, some as far back as the Soviet invasion of 1979.In this picture taken on 29 September 2018 Afghan refugee Ashiqullah Jan visits a shop with his children in Peshawar. Photo: AFPBut many Pakistanis view them with suspicion, accusing them of spurring militancy and criminality, and calling for them to be sent home.Under Pakistan’s constitution, anyone born in the country after 1951 has the right to citizenship. But feeling against the refugees is so strong that no leader has dared take moves to implement the policy — Khan’s promise is the first time any Pakistani premier has made such a vow.Refugees greeted his words joyfully. Twitter users joked that Khan could now win elections in Afghanistan. “May God bless Imran Khan,” Alam told AFP.But the announcement has also prompted a national outcry, with columnists claiming he had opened a “Pandora’s Box”. Heads of Pakistan’s main opposition parties quickly condemned it.As the debate continues in the country’s newspapers and on social media, salesman Alam’s life remains in limbo.Alam speaks with a Pakistani accent, dresses in Pakistani fashions, and has lived all his life in the northwestern city of Peshawar where he was born after his parents fled Afghanistan in 1979.Although he says women have asked him to propose marriage in the past, the relationship would always “end the moment we introduce ourselves as Afghan”.Pandora’s box?The United Nations says there are 1.4 million Afghans registered as refugees in Pakistan, and estimates that some 74 per cent were born there.Many live in camps, while others have created lives for themselves in Pakistan’s cities, marrying and raising children, opening shops and supporting themselves.In one Peshawar bazaar, thousands of Afghans could be seen running hundreds of shops bursting with local and Chinese goods, fresh fruits, and vegetables — visible signs of their economic contributions.”I feel like I am in my own village, my own country,” said Ashiqullah Jan, a 43-year-old refugee.But their status has always been temporary, with deadlines set for them to leave Pakistan repeatedly pushed back as the conflict in Afghanistan worsens.Many analysts predict security will continue to deteriorate in 2019 despite a renewed push for peace talks.In 2016 a wave of forced repatriations from Pakistan to Afghanistan sparked fears of a humanitarian crisis. The decision by Khan is a significant departure from such policies.”When you are born in America, you get the American passport… so why not here? How cruel it is for them,” he said when announcing the measure last September.Much of the outcry prompted by his words has been centred on security fears. Pakistan has fought a long and bloody war with militancy, with the army often blaming extremists based in Afghanistan and claiming insurgents hide in refugee camps.Khan has reiterated his support for the measure, but faced with the outcry has not yet formally taken it to parliament.Analyst Rahimullah Yusufzai warned that even if the prime minister — who has developed a reputation for U-turns since coming to power last July — does push the policy through, implementing it will take time.”It won’t be easy to give them citizenship or to develop a consensus on the issue in parliament or in the country,” he said.’I do not want to leave’In this picture taken on 29 September 2018 Afghan refugees are pictured in the historic Qissa Khawani bazaar in Peshawar. Photo: AFPThe United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has welcomed the move.”So many of the young Afghan refugees were born here and they only know Pakistan,” country representative Ruvendrini Menikdiwela told AFP.Most Pakistanis who spoke to AFP in the bazaars of Peshawar, whose proximity to the Afghan border has made it a centre for refugees, remained staunchly opposed.The government should send the refugees home “as soon as possible”, 42-year-old Rehman Gul told AFP.Azeem Khan, a fresh produce seller, was one of the few Pakistanis supporting the move — but his stance sparked a heated argument among his customers.Refugee Khayesta Khan, one of the customers, told AFP there was “nothing left” in Afghanistan but “the Taliban and Daesh (Islamic State) and bombs”.”I was born here… Pakistan is my country and I do not want to leave it,” he said as the fiery debate subsided.last_img read more

Concord Baptist Church Holds Open Audition Call for Two Plays

first_imgAuditions for two stage plays, “The Avenue” and “The Music In My Soul” are on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Avenue, Gwynn Oak, Md. 21207. The productions will be a part of our 2017 season.  All members are encouraged to contact the administrator of Excellent Productions at 443-621-1668 or for more information.last_img

Xbox One with free copy of FIFA 14 is only for preorders

first_imgMicrosoft has confirmed the Xbox One free game rumor that was making the rounds yesterday, but also clarified that it’s much more limited than we first thought.The rumor yesterday claimed that Microsoft was set to offer a copy of FIFA 14 for free with every Xbox One console sold in Europe. I also speculated that Microsoft couldn’t just limit such an offer to Europe as it would anger gamers in other regions of the world.The actual offer is much more limited than that. A free download copy of FIFA 14 will be offered with the Xbox One, but only if you pre-order the console. And even then you aren’t guaranteed a copy of the game as it will only be offered as long as stocks last. As this is a download copy of the game it doesn’t make much sense to state “while stocks last” as there is no real limit. Maybe the limit is the number of Xbox One console boxes they have printed with the FIFA 14 box art on?Major Nelson has also confirmed that this is an offer limited to the European market and there’s no sign US gamers will be getting a similar deal. That’s a shame, as I’m sure such an offer would have gone down well if it included a game like Need for Speed: Rivals instead of FIFA 14.Although a free game is a nice offer, I doubt it will stop the complaints about the price difference with the PS4, and not everyone likes football games. It has also been pointed out a few times since this rumor appeared that you can purchase a PS4 with FIFA 14 and still have cash left over compared to purchasing an Xbox One.last_img read more

A New Dimension at the LHC

first_img The hunt for hot nuclear matter ( — Later this year, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, will begin operating, sending beams of protons hurling around circular tracks in opposite directions at nearly light-speed and then forcing them to collide, producing a spray of energy and matter. Explore further Scientists’ hopes are high for the LHC, with many yearning that its detectors will record evidence of undiscovered theorized particles and new physics. In that respect, a group of physicists considers a new possible discovery: a new dimension. At the LHC, the proton collisions will be powerful enough to probe incredibly minute size scales, perhaps minute enough to open a tiny new dimension.”While the LHC may uncover what appears to be an extra dimension, it could really be a hologram of some more complicated physics theory,” said physicist Veronica Sanz of Boston Univeristy and York University in Ontario, Canada, to Sanz is one of three physicists involved in the study.By “hologram,” Sanz and her colleagues aren’t referring to a flat image that appears three dimensional. Rather, in the context of particle physics, holography imagines an extra dimension to handle the calculations of strongly interacting systems, like LHC collisions. Added physicist Adam Martin of Yale University, “LHC could discover a new type of strong interactions wildly different from the strong nuclear force we already know from the Standard Model.”The strong nuclear force is one of the four fundamental physics forces and is what keeps atomic nuclei together, mediated by gluons. The other three forces are the electromagnetic, gravitational, and weak forces. The strong, weak, and EM forces, and the particles that experience them, are all described by a sweeping physics theory known as the Standard Model (gravity is ignored because it is so weak by comparison).But the Standard Model isn’t quite complete: One particle, the proposed “Higgs boson,” has yet to be discovered. It is the missing piece of the Standard Model and perhaps the “Holy Grail” of LHC results. If found, it could tell scientists about the origins of mass itself, and why matter can be made of elementary particles that are essentially massless. The Higgs, they think, is responsible for assigning masses to those elementary particles.But the Higgs may not exist, or may not be found. And if not, Standard Model calculations become unwieldy, as only with the Higgs do the calculations make sense. But a new physical dimension, if only an imaginary one, could make such calculations easier.”For all we know, extra dimensions may be nature’s way of computing the masses of particles,” says the study’s corresponding scientist, Yale University physicist Johannes Hirn.This research is published in the May 23, 2008, online edition of the Journal of High Energy Physics.Citation: Johannes Hirn et al JHEP 05 (2008) 084Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A ‘New Dimension’ at the LHC (2008, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Try these hemline styles for your next dress

first_imgWith people getting more experimental with their attires, a number of individuals are trying different hemlines to add glamour to their simple dress or kurta. Try out cuts like wrap, a feminine-sensual hemline like the trumpet or asymmetrical, suggest experts. Here are few ways on how different hemlines can be explored.Wrap: From the plain Jane wrap to the sexy twist wrap, the market holds multiple styles to suit each one of you. Trumpet: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA feminine-sensual style that skims your hips and thighs and flares out slightly at the hemline which reminds you of the musical instrument after which it is named. With this ultra dainty hemline, wear delicate or strappy feminine or sensual shoes that show a lot of your feet. Boots and shoes with thick ankle straps defeat the purpose of wearing this feminine or sensual hemline.Handkerchief: This hemline is all flirty and free. Its whimsical vibes makes it the perfect wear for spring season. Being a versatile hemline it can be worn to work or even a party. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAsymmetrical: Typically you will see this cut on skirts and fitted dresses in solid colours for both daytime and formal affairs. When worn with a casual skirt, a slouchy boyfriend tee loosely tucked in will balance out the fitted nature of the skirt. Let your shoes shine through a little more with this dress with an embellished sandal.Tea length: Starting to differentiate a little more, this cut falls at mid calf, and you’ll find it in a multitude of dresses from cocktail to wedding. Depending on the cut of the dress, it will draw attention to the calf and ankles, so be aware of your strong points. Mini: Used properly, it can lend an amazing dimension to a dress. Unfortunately, it is most often used improperly and ends up making the wearer look trashy. Floor length: This hemline falls just above the floor, and is one of the longer hems in the range of practical cuts. Unless you’re getting married, chances are you don’t want to wear a dress that is dragging on the floor all day.Ballet: This is the next highest, and should brush the ankles when fit properly. We are not talking a big difference from the floor length, but depending on the dress it can make or break the design. Used improperly, it will make the dress look like it doesn’t fit rather than enhance the overall silhouette.Ballerina: This cut should clear the ankles so the dress hangs above the ankle but below the calf. It’s very difficult to classify hemlines unless they are cut properly. A ballerina hem may be a ballet hem on someone who is two inches shorter.last_img read more