BIARRITZ, France — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not expected to meet with a top Iranian official who dropped in to the G7 summit unannounced Sunday, even as other Group of Seven leaders and officials have been sitting down to talk about how to save Iran’s fissuring nuclear deal.France’s invitation to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif led to sidebar meetings with French, German and U.K. officials in Biarritz Sunday — an attempt by French President Emmanuel Macron to broker an ease in growing tensions, notably in the Strait of Hormuz, where a dispute between the U.K. and Iran has been unfolding.Canada has been supportive of restoring the Iran nuclear deal, but is not a central character in the negotiations now playing out on the margins of the G7 summit, said a senior Canadian official who provided comments on background.Trudeau did, however, participate in some tense discussions about Iran during a meeting of the Group of Seven leaders Saturday evening at the foot of the Biarritz lighthouse.Macron said the leaders agreed during this dinner that France could serve as a G7 messenger to Iran. Trump later denied agreeing to anything, and Macron was forced to play down his role and acknowledge Trump’s status as “the president of the world’s number one power.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Meetings between Zarif and the U.S. are not expected.Zarif did meet with Macron and also held a joint briefing with the U.K. and Germany on Sunday on the margins of the official G7 programme, Zarif said in a tweet that also included photos of the meetings.For several months, Macron has taken a lead role in trying to save the 2015 Tehran nuclear accord, which has been unravelling since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement last year.Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the nuclear agreement it forged with its fellow United Nations Security Council members — Britain, France, China and Russia — as well as Germany has been widely viewed as the spark for renewed tensions between Iran and the West.The agreement provided that nuclear activities in Iran would be restricted in exchange for reduced sanctions.Trudeau discussed the Iran deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a bilateral meeting he held with her Sunday, where they agreed on the importance of the deal and the need for de-escalation, according to a readout of the meeting provided by the Prime Minister’s Office.Speaking to reporters before their meeting, Merkel said Canada and Germany have an excellent friendship, something that is much appreciated “in a world that is in turmoil,” she said, as translated by an interpreter.“(In) a world where there are so many conflicts, there’s a lot of common ground between our two countries, a lot of areas we see eye to eye.”The surprise arrival of the Iranian official to Biarritz threw a monkey wrench into efforts by Trump and Trudeau to keep the focus of the summit on trade and global economic issues.They crowed about their successfully negotiated trade agreement, known as the United-States-Mexico-Canada agreement, or USMCA, during a one-on-one meeting Sunday and their good working relationship — a far cry from the stormy end of last year’s G7 summit that saw Trump calling Trudeau “dishonest and weak.”Despite this, the mood between leaders at the annual get-together has repeatedly been described as tense, with a clear divide reported between Trump and the leaders of the other G7 countries — France, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan.Trump has disputed any accounts of tension. In a tweet issued early in the weekend deliberations, he said all the leaders were “getting along very well,” and he took issue with some media reports indicating otherwise.The leaders will wrap up their official summit meetings tomorrow, but this will not include a final joint statement. Instead, individual agreements between countries are expected to be released and the leaders will hold wrap-up press conferences to discuss summit and international issues.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2013 2:38 pm MDT Alberta First Nation says waste water from pipeline spill already killing trees ZAMA CITY, Alta. – A First Nation wants answers from a Texas-based oil company after a pipeline spilled 9.5 million litres of industrial waste water in northern Alberta.Dene Tha’ leaders are to meet Monday with Apache Canada Ltd. officials in the remote community of Assumption.Sidney Chambaud, a band councillor, said they want more information about what happened and what the company is going to do about it.“There are wildlife impacts and water and land impacts,” Chambaud said in an interview Thursday.“Right now within that area the trees, the vegetation and the soil are dead. The water is contaminated.”The Energy Resources Conservation Board has said the spill of water containing salt, oil and minerals was first reported on June 1, but the board didn’t learn about its size until Tuesday.Chambaud said the 42-hectare spill is so large it raises questions about how long the pipeline that carries water used in oil and natural gas operations had been leaking.He said some band members believe the pipeline had been leaking since the winter, but no one noticed it until earlier this month.“There are indications that the spill occurred earlier, during the winter season, but due to ice and snow it wasn’t discovered.”Chambaud said water from the spill has leaked into a stream that runs through a small aboriginal community and onto land used by band members to hunt and trap.Alberta Environment has monitoring crews outside of Zama City looking at the effects of the spill.Staff was taking water samples for testing and checking animals. An assessment of vegetation is to begin later this week.The department said crews were removing water from the spill area and storing it in tanks. Culverts were being plugged to stop the spill from spreading.Nikki Booth, a department spokeswoman, said Alberta Environment and the ERCB are investigating what happened.“Alberta has some strict environmental laws,” Booth said. “If we believe the law has been broken charges can be laid. But at this point in time this incident is still under investigation.”The spill prompted the New Democrats to call on the provincial government to release a report into the safety of Alberta’s network of oil and natural gas pipelines.Alberta Energy commissioned the study last summer following major breaches of oil pipelines owned by Plains Midstream Canada.One spill last June near Sundre fouled the Red Deer River after about 475,000 litres of oil spilled.Earlier this year the province charged U.S.-based company over an April 2011 breach near the community of Little Buffalo in north central Alberta following a spill of 4.5 million litres of oil.“This government can’t be trusted to protect our air and water,” NDP member Rachel Notley said of the Apache Canada spill.“It took the government and the ERCB more than 10 days to confirm the volume and affected area of the spill, and that response is simply unacceptable.”An Alberta Energy official said Thursday the pipeline safety review report will be released in the very near future, but declined to elaborate.Apache Canada officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 1:13 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – One-time cellphone powerhouse Nokia Corp. is hoping to lure people back from iPhones and Android phones with a powerful smartphone camera that tops many point-and-shoot imaging devices.The new Nokia Lumia 1020 phone is packed with innovations designed to provide sharp images, even in low light. With the phone’s 41-megapixel sensor and image-stabilizing technology, both rare in smartphones, you’re less likely to get blurry shots at night or indoors. You can also zoom in to an image and pick up details that even the naked eye will miss.Although more expensive cameras with superior lenses can take better images, those cameras aren’t always with you. Nokia said the Lumia 1020 gives people the ability to take good pictures with a device they always carry.Nokia said its new flagship phone will change how people take pictures, and marketing executive Chris Weber boasted that it will make point-and-shoot cameras obsolete.But whether a good camera is enough to lure customers remains to be seen.AT&T will offer the Lumia 1020 in the U.S. for $300 with a two-year service agreement. That’s $100 or $200 higher than what phones typically sell for. Nokia is counting on customers willing to pay more for a phone that does more.The phone runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone system, which is far behind the iPhone and Android devices in usage. Although Nokia, AT&T Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are planning a large marketing push in the U.S., no amount of marketing can overcome the fact that the Windows system still doesn’t have as many apps from outside parties as the iPhone and Android devices.Tony Cripps, principal device analyst at the research firm Ovum, said Nokia “may still have work to do to convince prospective buyers to sacrifice favourite apps for superior imaging.” He said that leading rival devices such as Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 “effectively sell themselves, (but) the case for selecting the Lumia 1020 is less clear cut.”The Lumia 1020 will be available in the U.S. on July 26, with advance orders to begin July 16. Nokia said the phone will expand to China and Europe by September. Other markets are planned later.Nokia reigned as the leading phone maker for 14 years, until early last year when Samsung Electronics Co. took the top spot. Among smartphones, the lucrative business for phone makers, Nokia doesn’t even rank in research firm IDC’s top 5. In recent years, the Finnish company has been losing share to high-end devices such as the iPhone and various Android phones as well as cheaper devices from Asian manufacturers such as ZTE.Nokia has partnered with Microsoft and its Windows system in hopes of recapturing market share, but none of the new Windows phones have been hits. Weber said he believes the new camera will get people looking at Nokia and Windows phones again.The camera’s 41-megapixel resolution is far higher than the iPhone 5’s 8 megapixels and the Galaxy S4’s 13 megapixels. Even point-and-shoot cameras and more expensive ones with interchangeable lenses often don’t go as high as the Lumia 1020. More pixels mean more sensors for capturing the light that forms an image.But the number of megapixels is just part of the story. Camera sensors have a certain amount of sensitivity known as ISO. The higher the number, the better the shot in low light. The Lumia 1020 can be set as high as ISO 3200, which is higher than the typical camera phone. The camera also comes with image-stabilization technology to compensate for shaky hands. Most phones don’t have that, meaning shutters can’t be open as long without images starting to blur. A longer open shutter means more light can come in, allowing for decent shots in low light.The Lumia 1020 won’t replace digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, known as DSLRs, even if its megapixel resolution is higher. For one thing, the Lumia 1020 lacks a real zoom lens; the zoom it offers is essentially blowing up the image. By contrast, DSLRs with a telephoto lens can let you take close-up shots from afar. The Lumia 1020 also lacks a setting for aperture, or how wide the lens is opened to let in light. Changing the aperture can affect how much of your image is in focus.To make photos on the Lumia 1020 easier to share, the camera actually records two versions of each image. The first is in full resolution, which you can use to zoom in or crop, or download to a computer to make large prints. A smaller version, equivalent to 5 megapixels, is also produced. That’s the one you can use to post on Facebook or Instagram without eating too much of your cellular data plan. The U.S. version syncs with Microsoft’s SkyDrive and AT&T’s Locker storage services. Otherwise, the 32 gigabytes of storage on the device will fill up in no time.The Lumia 1020 isn’t Nokia’s first 41-megapixel phone. Its 808 PureView phone last year had the feature, too. But that phone lacks the image-stabilization technology introduced later in the year with the Lumia 920. The new phone combines the two in a shell that is made to resemble a camera. It comes in yellow, white or black.Nokia is also selling a Camera Grip attachment for $79, offering extended battery life and a case that makes you feel as if you’re holding a regular point-and-shoot camera. With the Grip, you’ll also be able to attach the phone to a tripod.The phone’s display measures 4.5 inches diagonally, which is larger than the iPhone’s, but smaller than those on leading Android phones. At 332 pixels per inch, the display resolution is comparable to the iPhone 5, but lags those of several Android phones.___Online:Nokia on Lumia 1020: http://www.nokia.com/Lumia1020AT&T on Lumia 1020: http://www.att.com/lumia1020 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nokia unveils Lumia 1020 phone with powerful camera in hopes of recapturing market share
ST. LOUIS — Connor McDavid scored in the shootout after Oscar Klefbom tied it late in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday night.Klefbom scored with 55.2 seconds remaining to tie the game at 2, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid scored in the shootout. Nugent-Hopkins also scored in the second period, and Edmonton won for the fourth time in five games.Cam Talbot made 28 saves, plus two more in the shootout to win for the first time in seven tries dating to Oct. 28.Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games. Jake Allen made 34 saves.Klefbom scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line with Talbot pulled for an extra skater. Klefbom has a point in five straight games.Barbashev gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 6:05 of the first, burying Oskar Sundqvist’s feed from behind the net short-side. Schenn made it 2-0 with 6:28 left, banking the puck off the far post at a severe angle. Schenn has 13 points in 13 career games against Edmonton.Nugent-Hopkins got Edmonton on the board at 4:04 of the second. After Darnell Nurse’s centring pass went off of Blues centre Robert Thomas’ skate, Nugent-Hopkins chipped it in from in between Thomas’ legs.FACES IN THE CROWDWayne Gretzky and Curtis Joseph were in attendance. Gretzky played for the Oilers from 1979-1987 and finished the 1995-96 season with the Blues. Joseph, who played for the Blues from 1989-1995, was promoting his autobiography, “Cujo.”NOTES: Oilers C Leon Draisaitl had his four-game point streak snapped. … Blues C Ryan O’Reilly has won at least 15 faceoffs in a game 10 times this season. … Hitchcock coached the Blues from 2011-2017 and amassed a 248-124-41 record. … The Oilers scratched D Chris Wideman, D Jason Garrison and C Drake Caggiula. … The Blues scratched LW Sammy Blais, LW Alexander Steen and D Jordan Schmaltz.UP NEXTEdmonton: Host Minnesota on Friday.St. Louis: Play at Winnipeg on Friday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoe Harris, The Associated Press
Officially launched at the recent Hillhead quarrying and mining show near Buxton, UK, Bruce Engineering’s new WashPod offers aggregate scrubbing, trash removal, aggregate rinsing/sizing and sand production are all on one simple chasis, that is compatible with any mobile screen or crusher. The self contained WashPod has applicability for large mines processing their own waste for aggregate sales or for on-site infrastructure work.The company states: “Traditionally, decision makers in the industry have been discouraged from introducing a washing process into their already multi-faceted businesses because of four main factors.” The capital outlay means that often, traditional aggregate washplants have purchase budget costs measured in millions which, even for directors of established companies can be viewed as a risk too far to introduce a new and some cases experimental process. Now, the decision to move into aggregate washing is not so substantial.The static nature of the plant even with existing so-called “mobile” or “modular” systems set up times can commonly run into weeks and when they are installed they require considerable site input in terms of civil engineering and planning compliance. The reverse is true as well – once the plant is in and running it is a huge upheaval to move it to another location. The WashPod only requires two standard twist lock trailers to be mobile.With regard to the size of plant, in many cases companies simply haven’t had the room to consider washing. With footprint of a shipping container, excluding ancillary equipment the WashPod opens up the possibility to most sites. Finally, with reference to the complexity of operation, using the WashPod, the production of two aggregates and one or two sand products has been made simple with a clear and accessible operator interface.
Exactly two years after replacing the existing diesel power station with a high-speed, gas-fuelled reciprocating engine station, Aggreko is now working with Gold Fields to introduce renewables at its Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia. Aggreko won the contract to build and operate the 21 MW power station in 2016, and has since worked with Gold Fields on plans to provide 7.3 MW of solar power generation, as well as a 2 MW/1 MWh battery system, to be integrated with the existing gas supply as a hybrid power station.Since acquiring battery storage company Younicos last year, Aggreko has been able to bring together multiple technologies and power sources to support off-grid applications at remote mine sites. “We recently announced the availability of microgrids-as-a-service for customers who want to leverage the benefits of hybrid energy solutions while minimising capital outlay,” said Karim Wazni, Managing Director of Younicos. “This system will be the first time Aggreko incorporates battery storage into a hybrid power system, and – significantly – it’s a rental, which underscores the value and appeal of this new model.”“Our mining clients have faced a challenging market place and power generation is a significant proportion of operating costs. Our global capability offers additional flexibility which reduces investment and operational risk,” said George Whyte, Managing Director of Aggreko AusPac. “Aggreko’s focus is on fuel efficiency and reliability in line with the power demand over the life of the mine,” Whyte said.Stuart Mathews, Executive Vice President Australasia at Gold Fields, said that in addition to the cost efficiency and reliability benefits of the new hybrid power station, the upgrade reflected Gold Fields’ commitment to the increased usage of renewable and low-carbon energy sources throughout the Group. Gold Fields is committed to using renewables for at least 20% of total life-of-mine power requirements in new projects.“The integration of renewables at Granny Smith mine is a demonstration of Gold Fields’ ongoing commitment to both environmental sustainability and innovation at its operations. These proposed new measures are intended to reduce our carbon footprint by utilising the latest hybrid energy technologies,” Mathews said.Gold Fields currently operates all three of its Western Australian gold mines by using gas-powered electricity. The proposed new hybrid power station, combined with a thermal station expansion at Granny Smith mine will meet the increased daily power needs of the entire mine of 24.2 MW, with 8 MW allocated to the Wallaby underground mine and the remaining 16.2 MW for the processing plant, associated facilities and the mine camp.
If you believe all the rumors that have been appearing over the past few months then we can expect several phones and an iPad 3 in September out of Cupertino. On the other hand, there might not even be another Apple hardware release this year.With Apple refusing to say anything before it is ready to launch, our best bet for realistic information is the companies that supply Apple with the components used in its gadgets. Apparently a number of them are confirming off the record that Apple has started ordering materials for both the iPhone 5 and iPad 3.AdChoices广告When we say materials, we mean the final shipping parts required for the devices. That means the design of a device has been finalized and Apple wants the gadgets assembled.Apple uses several manufacturing companies for the construction of each device. They include Foxconn, Simplo Technologies, Dynapack, TPK Holding, Wintek, Catcher, and Largan Precision. All are thought to have been given supply orders beginning in August and increasing numbers of parts will be required through the rest of the year.Based on these orders it is expected that Apple is only shipping one iPhone 5 model, backing up the claims it will be world phone. But more surprisingly the iPad 3 materials shipments ramp up at the same time as the iPhone 5 suggesting we are going to see it release this year.Foxconn is Apple’s main partner for constructing iDevices, so parts coming from the other companies will likely ship there so as to allow assembly. With shipments starting in August, it is expected that Apple will have enough stock of new phones and tablets ready to start selling them at some point in October.via DigiTimes
Problems in Greece show the global financial crisis is not yet over, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says. Financial markets worldwide suffered heavy losses as fresh fears spread from Europe and Wall Street to Asia on Wednesday that a massive Greek bailout will not be enough to stop its debt crisis from hitting Spain and Portugal. Developments in Greece were “disturbing” Mr Rudd told reporters in Whittlesea, north of Melbourne, where he was launching a national male health policy. It was a “sober reminder “that the financial crisis in Greece had the capacity to affect wider Europe and that the health of the European financial system could affect what was going on across the world”. “We have done well in Australia to navigate this economy through the global financial crisis,” Mr Rudd said. “But looking globally, the global financial crisis ain’t over yet and we are not out the woods yet either.” Greece was a remainder of that, he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Stay on target I don’t think there’s a series airing right now that gets TV horror the way The Exorcist does. This show has turned my Friday nights (OK, sometimes Saturday mornings) into stressful affairs filled with terror and dread. The early season packed plenty of scares and a couple of smaller exorcism storylines to tide us over. Meanwhile, it was slowly building suspense and dread at Andy’s foster home. Each episode kept you guessing at what was really going on until the big reveal last week. So how did they follow that? With more unrelenting terror.Now that we know who the demon is, this show isn’t being coy anymore. Now, it’s indulging in earned jump scares and more prolonged scenes of horror. What makes it even more effective is that during that build-up, the show made us care about the kids under Andy’s care. Over the course of the season so far, we spent time with each of them. We learned who they are, what troubles them and how they take care of each other. It’s actually painful watching a monster tear the family apart like this. Even more so because Harper found a home she feels safe in for the first time. That’s not going to last very long and the poor kid doesn’t deserve this.John Cho and Brianna Hildebrand (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FoX)Right away, Andy realizes that Grace isn’t real. As soon as Verity points out that he’s talking to nobody, he realizes that he’s not standing in Grace’s bedroom. It’s his wife’s old art room, filled with rotten food and decaying paintings. He snaps at Verity, but knows something’s wrong. As we expect by now, the priests have an uphill battle ahead of them convincing this family that demons are responsible. Andy thinks his hallucinations are symptoms of grief. He thinks he’s having a mental breakdown because he never really dealt with his wife’s death. On some level, he realizes whatever’s terrorizing him is more than that. Whenever he threatens to leave Grace or tell someone about her, something hurts him. A strange bite shows up on his shoulder. In one especially disturbing scene, she makes a bunch of holes appear in his shoulder. Then, a wasp crawls out of one of them and heads for his eye, because why not? I just want to take a second to appreciate the fact that American Horror Story spent three episodes this season trying to convince us that holes were scary, and The Exorcist made them absolutely terrifying in one scene. This really is the best horror show on TV right now.At this point, it’s unclear if the demon is actually possessing anyone. It really doesn’t seem like it. Grace appears only for Andy, but she’s able to make other things happen too. She appears most powerful inside the house, but she doesn’t seem confined to the house. Is the demon haunting the whole island? That’s certainly possible considering what we learned from Marcus’ story today. He decides to spend some more time with the park ranger and asks if there have ever been any violent incidents on the island. It won’t surprise you at all to learn that yes, there have. Back in the ’50s a father went crazy and murdered his entire family. One of his daughters was in Seattle at a slumber party, so he killed everyone at the party with a chain, except for his daughter, who hid and lived. The ranger takes Marcus to the other side of the bay to talk to her, and it’s very clear that she’s describing a demonic possession. The way she tells the story is so creepy and effective, we don’t even need to see a reenactment. It’s much worse left up to our imagination.I really liked what this episode did with Marcus’ story. Even though he has an exorcism partner in Tomas, he never had anyone he can really talk to. The park ranger served a couple of tours in Kosovo and saw some really horrific stuff. He knows PTSD when he sees it, and Marcus has it bad. You can see what a relief it is that Marcus finally has someone who gets, on some level, where he’s coming from. That it sparks a romance between the two old men is incredibly sweet. Marcus isn’t a priest anymore; he deserves some love.Alfonso Herrera (Co. Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FoX)Of course, we do eventually see glimpses of the murders Marcus heard of. It still doesn’t make the earlier telling scenes less effective. These work well for the show too because they’re shown in quick, disorienting flashes to Tomas while he confronts the demon. When Andy’s house is empty, Tomas looks around and finds the decaying art room. He immediately notices something is wrong, though he can’t see Grace at first. She’s busy messing with Andy’s family. As soon as he demands the demon show itself, she grabs him, pulls him through the ’50s murder scenes, then gives the room a good shake. The demon has no interest in hiding anymore.Andy makes the smart call to get everyone out of the house, at least for the night. They all go camping, and everything’s going well. Harper is enjoying listening to Caleb’s witch story, which means she’s officially a member of the family. There’s even a touching moment between Shelby and Verity, where we learn why she’s so hostile towards religion. She was sent to a gay conversion camp, where she was tortured and called an abomination. Shelby suddenly understands where she’s coming from and is immediately sympathetic. He tells her those people don’t speak for God, and that she’s perfect just the way He made her. Verity doesn’t believe the way Shelby does, but she’s clearly appreciative and the two start acting a little more like friends. It’s a surprisingly sweet and affecting moment in the midst of all the horror.Guest star Cyrus Arnold and Li Jun Li (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FoX)It doesn’t last long. In the house, Grace is using a doll to control Truck’s “sleepwalking.” After the rest of the kids notice that Truck’s been gone for a while, Verity looks for him. She finds him in the Witch’s cabin, banging his head against the wall, like Grace is doing to a doll in “her” room. When Verity tries to wake Truck up, Grace makes him choke her and slam her against the wall. This is what I mean when I say it’s hard to watch the family be torn apart. As soon as Andy and Rose see what’s going on, they pull Truck away. Rose has to remove Truck from the family and Andy has to take Verity to a doctor. He doesn’t. Instead, he drives back home and screams at the demon to leave his family alone. It responds by playing with his head more. A figure emerges wearing one of Grace’s creepy pillowcase masks. He pulls it off, and it’s Nicole, Andy’s dead wife. That’s a real cheap shot, demon.Now that the demon isn’t hiding anymore, The Exorcist can go all out with the horror. At first, I was disappointed that we didn’t see much of Father Bennett and Mouse this episode. There’s just one scene where they kill the integrated demon and head for Chicago to kidnap Maria Walters. After seeing the whole thing, I’m OK that that’s all we got. Anything more would have distracted from the island happenings too much. It would have made for a less scary episode. Part of the reason this one was so effective was because it was unrelenting. No scene felt safe. There was always a chance that the camera would pan and Grace would just be standing there. Watching. I’m getting chills just thinking about it while writing this. Halloween may be over, but I’m thrilled there are plenty more Friday scares to come.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, has appealed to staff within his Ministry to commit to integrity and efficiency as they join him in the quest to improve infrastructure and make The Bahamas beautiful again.Minister Bannister addressed “real” issues during an Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon informing employees that each of them is important in the task and that he will be counting on every single person in the Ministry. Eighteen employees who were nominated for the position of Employee of the Year were recognized at the British Colonial Hilton, September 29, 2017. William Brown, of the Architectural Section, emerged the winner.Minister Bannister remarked that throughout recent years a trend has developed in which many have become disheartened, dispassionate and disillusioned in an environment of mediocrity at extraordinary levels. It is imperative for the reality to be addressed.“I admonish you to work as your theme suggests in a spirit of excellence in your respective areas of responsibility. I urge you to execute your tasks expeditiously, set daily goals, plan, prioritize and take pride in the delivery of quality service to our people.“During the upcoming year I will be pushing many of you like you have never been pushed before.“There will also be many changes in the Ministry. When these things happen please don’t get upset with the Minister. Bear with me, work with me and I guarantee you that very soon this entire country will appreciate that the Ministry of Public Works has the most exceptional staff in the public service,” he said.He informed the nominees that their efforts and merits have not gone unnoticed and they should consider themselves “champions.” He paid tribute to them for opting to rise above the status quo and mediocrity.On behalf of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, his Cabinet colleagues and the Bahamian people, Minister Bannister thanked the nominees for their outstanding service.The nominees are: Ritchie Alcie, Seth Apau, Jody Bootle, William Brown, Samuel Cox, Edgar Fernander, Anthony Fowler, Thomas Frazier, Carolee Lightbourne, Joseph Lightbourne, Bertram Mackey, James Pratt, Elvis Reckley, Deon Robinson, Sandra Rolle, Robert Seymour, Orlando Strachan and Sharon Stubbs.By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto Caption: The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, gives the keynote address. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Innovations in plant breeding (PBI), global low-level presence (LLP) and biotechnology policy both domestically and abroad were on the agenda in Raleigh, N.C., this week as members of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Biotech Working Group met for their annual winter meeting. Hosted by Bayer CropScience, the meeting gave farmers and industry members an opportunity to explore many of the most pressing issues within the field of biotechnology and examine how these issues affect soybean farmers.The discussion was thought provoking, informative and included updates on Part 340 and the coordinated framework.Ali Scott, Global Head of Regulatory Seeds, Bayer Crop Science provided led a session on LLP and the Global Low Level Presence Initiative. Rounding out the meeting were updates on the International Soy Grower Alliance and GMO Labeling Implementation and the Advanced Notice Proposed Rulemaking.A key focus area of the meeting included in depth discussion on the current state of the regulatory process in China and the EU with the goal of defining new approaches and opportunities to speed up the process.Grower members of the Biotech Working Group also had the opportunity to meet with Bayer Crop Science and tour their facility in Research Triangle Park.ASA’s Biotech Working Group provides a consultative forum for the soy biotech industry to meet with key soybean industry and grower leadership on a consistent basis. The forum provides grower leaders the opportunity to review the progress of individual company traits, engage in dialogue and provide feedback along with the needed support and advocacy to advance approvals for new technologies.The next meeting of the Biotech Working Group will be Sept. 6 – 8 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Minnesota governing administration has introduced up to six weeks of paid parental leave for its 32,000 state employees.Previously, state employees had to use accrued sick leave or purchase short-term disability insurance coverage to take paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child.The policy aims to help new parents bridge the gap between the birth of a child and the minimum age at which they can enrol their child into a childcare programme. Through the new policy, the state also hopes to enhance employee wellbeing, engagement and morale, and support the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce.The parental leave policy is expected to save families an average of $6,200 (£5,027) in wages, as Minnesota becomes the fourth US state to offer paid parental leave to its employees.It is estimated that the new policy, which was recommended by Minnesota’s Parental Leave Working Group, will cost the state $2 million a year (£1,622,369).The policy has been introduced on an interim basis and must gain legislative approval for it to go into permanent effect.Tina Smith, lieutenant governor of Minnesota, said: “This is an important step, but we need to keep working so access to family and medical leave isn’t determined by the luck of where parents work.”
By ED WHITE Associated PressPONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the “Queen of Soul,” including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday.The latest one is dated March 2014 and appears to give the famous singer’s assets to family members. Some writing is extremely hard to decipher, however, and the four pages have words scratched out and phrases in the margins.The “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)Franklin was 76 when she died last August of pancreatic cancer. Lawyers and family members said at the time that she had no will, but three handwritten versions were discovered earlier this month. Two from 2010 were found in a locked cabinet after a key was located.The 2014 version was inside a spiral notebook under cushions, said an attorney for Franklin’s estate, David Bennett.This Monday, May 20, 2019, photo shows one of three handwritten wills that a lawyer said were found in the home of Aretha Franklin in Pontiac, Mich., months after her death. Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Franklin, months after the death of the “Queen of Soul,” including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. (AP Photo/Ed White)Bennett, who was Franklin’s lawyer for more than 40 years, filed the wills on Monday. He told a judge that he’s not sure if they’re legal under Michigan law. A hearing is scheduled for June 12.Bennett said the wills were shared with Franklin’s four sons or their lawyers, but that a deal wasn’t reached on whether any should be considered valid. A statement from the estate said two sons object to the wills.Sabrina Owens, an administrator at the University of Michigan, will continue to serve as personal representative of the estate.“She remains neutral and wishes that all parties involved make wise choices on behalf of their mother, her rich legacy, the family and the Aretha Franklin estate,” the statement said.In a separate court filing, son Kecalf Franklin said Aretha Franklin wanted him to serve as representative of the estate in the 2014 will. He is objecting to plans to sell a piece of land next to his mother’s Oakland County home for $325,000.Judge Jennifer Callaghan in April approved the hiring of experts to appraise Franklin’s assets and personal belongings, including memorabilia, concert gowns and household goods. The Internal Revenue Service is auditing many years of Franklin’s tax returns, according to the estate. It filed a claim in December for more than $6 million in taxes.Franklin’s star, meanwhile, hasn’t faded since her death. She was awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize in April, cited posthumously for her extraordinary career. A 1972 concert film, “Amazing Grace,” was released with much praise from critics.The estate is involved in “many continuing projects … including various television and movie proposals, as well as dealing with various creditor claims and resulting litigation,” Bennett said.___Follow Ed White at http://twitter.com/edwhiteap
Kolkata: The hearing in connection with the Panchayat poll process in Calcutta High Court is going to be held on Monday.Justice Subrata Talukdar had directed to stall all processes of the Panchayat election till April 16 and also directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to submit a detailed report on the measures it has taken to ensure peaceful filing of nominations.It may be mentioned that the hearing in the Division Bench of Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee would also be held on Monday. Nilanjan Shandilya, SEC secretary, and Trinamool Congress Counsel and party MP Kalyan Banerjee made a plea before the Division Bench on Friday morning, seeking urgent hearing of their appeals in this connection.The BJP also moved a caveat before the Division Bench.The SEC had declared the dates of the Panchayat polls on March 31 and it was scheduled to take place in three phases on May 1, 3 and 5. Now, with the poll process being stalled till April 16, the entire state is now waiting for the hearing on Monday to know the decision on resumption of the poll process.
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The awards are intended to honor pioneering researchers and their contributions. Advanced new imaging solutions and multimodal systems are shedding new light on dissecting disease processes and unlocking potential new treatments. Images were acquired on Siemens preclinical imaging systems: the Inveon preclinical scanner and the microPET (positron emission tomography) and microCAT (computed axial tomography) scanners, which have been long-time industry leaders.“The ‘New Point of View’ image competition illustrates the breadth and novelty of applications for which preclinical imaging technologies are being used. The potential for breakthrough discoveries will eventually have impact in the clinical environment through translational research,” said Kirti Patel, vice president, Preclinical Solutions, Siemens Healthcare. “Our focus is to provide high-quality preclinical imaging tools and workflow solutions that will speed the discovery process for our customers.”The “New Point of View” competition was open to anyone with a Siemens preclinical scanner. Researchers were allowed to use any type of radiopharmaceutical tracer or any other contrast material. Entries were judged on scientific merit, the type of information gleaned from the images and the overall quality of the images. All images were judged by a panel of industry experts and members of Siemens Preclinical Research and Development team.Inveon Image of the Year Winner“4-Dimensional Dosimetry of 131I-NM404 Using µPET/CT and Pinnacle,” acquired by J. Grudzinski, M. Christensen, W. Tome, M. Bahl and J. 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August 22 , 2018 “We have a purpose-built, 32-acre facility, but it’s now 26-27 years old and it needs modernising definitely,” Hutchinson acknowledged. “At the meeting, some tenants were negative about what they’ve got to go through to move. But when you look at New Covent Garden Market, which is trying to rebuild on a site around them, it is proving to be nigh on impossible. If the tenants want to upgrade the market, they have to accept that a move would be a better option.”Although there is no indication at present of what the proposed consolidated market venue would look like, the City of London Corporation said the single site would feature related uses, such as an apprenticeship school for fishmongers and butchers.“While all three markets would be together, we’ve all got different criteria in terms of food standards, so we would each have our own pavilions,” added Hutchinson.Hutchinson said the tenants survey will be carried out shortly, while a company called GDA will conduct the feasibility study.In the meantime, property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton is searching for a suitable location. Local news reports have indicated public unease about moving a market such as the historic Smithfield meat market, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Smithfield remains the City’s only historic wholesale market, and meat has been traded on the same site in Farringdon, reportedly, for almost 1,000 years.Meanwhile, both Billingsgate and New Spitalfields have already experienced relocation out of the City in the 1980s and 1990s, respectively.Billingsgate fish market, the UK’s largest fish market, began trading on the banks of the Thames in the 16th century, before relocating in 1982 to Poplar, east London, which lies opposite Canary Wharf.Operating under a Royal Charter granted by King Charles II in 1682, New Spitalfields moved in 1991 to a purpose-built 32-acre site in Leyton, east London, which is close to what is now the Olympic Park in Stratford.“Moving out of the City was the right move when you look at the emission zones, traffic, everything,” said Hutchinson. The merger consultation will involve traders from the three markets, the Greater London Authority, Members of Parliament and heritage charities, such as Historic England, the Victorian Society and and the Billingsgate Consultative Committee.The City of London Corporation declined to comment to PBUK other than to say that more information would be made available once the consultation has been completed and reviewed. Ultimately, any move will require approval from UK Parliament. You might also be interested in From the pages of Produce Business UKSpitalfields Market Tenants’ Association has reacted positively to The City of London Corporation’s announced proposal to merge and relocate New Spitalfields market together with two other historic London food markets – Billingsgate fish market and Smithfield meat market – with only location emerging as an initial concern.The plan for the three wholesale markets, which has been agreed in principle, is designed to “secure their continued operational success,” according to The City of London Corporation, which governs the historic center of London and ‘Europe’s most competitive business district,’ also known as the Square Mile. Jan Hutchinson, chief executive of the Spitalfields Market Tenants’ Association, told PBUK that the proposal to relocate the three markets to a 100-acre venue or smaller sites close to each other would be a good move. “I think it’s the way forward with all the competition around the wholesale sector now from cash & carries and supermarkets threatening to encroach into serving small catering companies,” she explained.“I think combining will give us more strength. It will make us a hub of food, which can only be a good thing.”Hutchinson was quick to point out that these are the views of the tenants’ association, since the tenants themselves have yet to be surveyed officially.“From the New Spitalfields Tenants Association point of view, obviously we are very positive,” she noted. “But, at this point, we’re not commenting necessarily on everyone’s views. We’re commenting on our own, and what we see as a future for the market.”At the time of going to press, PBUK was unable to reach a market tenant that was either available or willing to comment on the proposal.However, following an initial tenants’ association meeting at the beginning of this week, Hutchinson said the feedback from those tenants who attended was “very positive”, albeit with location and the upheaval of a relocation emerging as the main concerns.“The biggest issue is the location of it [the merger site], because we [New Spitalfields] are in the right location at the moment,” she stated.“This location [in Leyton, east London] serves London, the south-east, the south of London. Geographically, the road network is good.” “We don’t want to move any further out because logistically it does become a challenge. We are the right distance outside of the main metropolis to be able to serve it efficiently. We also have connections to all the surrounding counties that we support: Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk.” From the perspective of being able to upgrade its facilities, meanwhile, a relocation would benefit New Spitalfields Market’s traders and customers. SH Pratt’s Halo facility confirmed for Logistics … London gears up for Global Grape Summit tomorrow …
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa has recently introduced a series of small Life Enhancement Group Retreats. As part of the new retreat series, guests will have the unique opportunity to work closely with Kamalaya co-founder and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Karina Stewart, who will personally facilitate two intimate retreats with a maximum nine participants later this year.Karina has carefully designed the retreats to support participants through a subtle process of awakening to their essential self. With over 30 years of experience in the Asian healing and spiritual traditions, Karina’s approach to integral health and life-renewal inspires people to discover themselves in new and heartening ways. Within the group setting and one individual consultation each, Karina will gently guide participants in experiential practices and processes designed to discover, release and transform emotions, habits and patterns that no longer serve a fulfilling lifestyle and might hinder personal growth, inspiring them to cultivate their full potential with a refreshed experience of life. A dedicated nutrition concept and a range of therapies enhance the inward journey while nurturing and cleansing the physical body.Karina says: “Similar to a profound and liberating exhale, we will together go through a process of clearing and letting go, on a physical level, but also on an emotional one and through a more subtle journey of mind and consciousness. It’s a path of releasing old ways of thinking and experiencing life in order to better access our core essential self – an experience of oneself and of life from a renewed and inspired perspective.”Prices for the eight-night retreat start at THB162,927 per person sharing a double room, including all meals, daily classes and treatments.Kamalaya is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Founded by John and Karina Stewart in 2005, the resort offers a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from East and West, a beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, holistic fitness practices and customised wellness programmes ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance.
Sebastian Lelio, foreground center, and Nicolas Saavedra, from back left, Daniela Vega, Alejandro Goic, and Pablo Larrain accept the award for best foreign language film for “A Fantastic Woman” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Landmark Chilean drama “A Fantastic Woman,” a stirring story of love and loss that centres on a transgender woman, won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday.“I’m in Jupiter,” elated director Sebastian Lelio said backstage after accepting his golden statuette. “I can’t believe this happened.”A favourite to win, the film has been hailed as a milestone in representing transgender characters and for taking on the timely subject of transgender identity with compassion and sensitivity.Lelio said he hoped the film’s Academy Award recognition would help “contribute to a necessary and urgent conversation” about transgender rights in Chile and around the world.“A Fantastic Woman” follows Marina, a transgender waitress and nightclub singer, whose long-term and loving older boyfriend suddenly dies. They had shared a protective bubble of bliss and tenderness that is suddenly shattered and Marina’s world falls apart.Marina, played by transgender actress Daniela Vega, spends most of the film numbed by grief and battling for the right to mourn as her lover’s family shuns and humiliates her and tries to block her from his funeral.When Lelio accepted the award on stage, he called Vega his inspiration for the film. Vega joined the director and producers on stage and later took to the stage alone to present one of the evening’s musical performances. “Thank you so much for this moment,” Vega said, wearing a strapless magenta gown.Some had hoped Vega would become the first transgender actor nominated for an Oscar. Hollywood has come under increasing criticism for celebrating trans stories played by non-trans actors, while failing to cast transgender actors — Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”), Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) and Felicity Huffman (“Transamerica”) have all garnered Oscar nominations for trans roles, with Swank and Leto winning.Lelio said it was important to him to cast the part of Marina with a transgender actress. He initially started working with Vega as a consultant for the film but in the process of honing the script together, Lelio realized his adviser was his star.“I was not going to make this film without a transgender actress in the main role,” Lelio said backstage, adding that Vega brought a presence and truthfulness and complexity to the role that he didn’t think a non-transgender actor could have.Vega transitioned 14 years ago in Chile and was “a pioneer,” Lelio said.“She carries that history and the camera knows that,” he said.The Chilean film beat out Lebanon’s “The Insult,” Russia’s “Loveless,” Hungary’s “On Body and Soul,” and Sweden’s “The Square.”The category was presented by Puerto Rican actress-singer Rita Moreno, who donned the same gown she wore 56 years ago when she won best supporting actress for “West Side Story” in 1962Moreno received a standing ovation when she took the stage.The 86-year-old Moreno quoted Frank Capra as saying there were three universal languages: “Music, mathematics and the one we honour tonight, the universal language of film,” Moreno said.“Regardless of its country of origin or the dialect of its words, a great film conveys a story that speaks to the one condition we all share,” Moreno said. “The human condition.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” wins foreign language film Oscar by Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2018 6:58 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 8:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Demetra Investment, owner of 10.1 per cent of Hellenic Bank’s shareholding, and software developer Logicom Public Ltd, said their respective shares will be suspended from trading at the Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE).Both companies cited in two separate statements on the website of the CSE “the protection of investors” as reasons behind their decision.“This suspension is deemed necessary, given that the company is in consultations with Hellenic Bank regarding the bank’s capital increase,” Demetra said adding that the suspension will continue until further notice.In March, three days before the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank announced its intention to sell its operations, Logicom announced the acquisition of an 18.5 per cent stake in Demetra for a consideration of €20.4m. Following that transaction, Logicom’s stake in Demetra rose to 29.6 per cent.On May 16, Hellenic Bank which agreed to acquire the Co-op’s operations on Friday, also suspended its share from trading.You May LikeHouse Sales | Search AdsAmericans May Be Ditching The Old Way To Sell Their Homes – See Fast Cash OptionsHouse Sales | Search AdsUndoFortinetBrandPost: Defining the SD-BranchFortinetUndoeasyrecipes20 Toughest Restaurants Worldwide To Get A Reservation (But Worth The Wait)easyrecipesUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboola