REMEMBERING RANDY RENSHAW

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first_imgUpdated 5:50pm 4/26/17Longtime KSCJ Open Line Host Randy Renshaw has passed away after a short illness.Family members say Renshaw died of complications from cardiac arrest Tuesday at a Sioux City hospital.The 66 year old Renshaw was the voice of KSCJ for over a quarter of a century, beginning in the mid 1980’s.Sam Clovis, who works for President Trump in the U.S.D.A., got his start in radio talk thanks to Renshaw:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SAM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….with Randy. :23Clovis and Renshaw became fast friends with Sam becoming a frequent guest and eventually hosting his own show on KSCJ:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SAM2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..on the radio. :27Clovis also credits Randy with helping him launch his political career:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SAM3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..public appearances. :15Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake at 2:30pm.A visitation will take place at 1:30pm Saturday.Burial will take place in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery.———————————————————-Longtime KSCJ Open Line Host Randy Renshaw has passed away after a short illness.Family members say Renshaw died of complications from cardiac arrest Tuesday at a Sioux City hospital.The 66 year old Renshaw was born in Storm Lake on November 18th, 1950.He was the voice of KSCJ for over a quarter of a century, beginning in the mid 1980’s.Renshaw left KSCJ briefly for California and St. Louis, returning to the station to cover news and host “Open Line” in 1992.He retired in June of 2013.Funeral services are pending.Photo by George Lindbladelast_img read more

Shipping Industry Seeks More Progress on Cutting Emissions

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first_imgzoom The global shipping industry has called on International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States to give serious consideration to a joint industry submission regarding the need for further progress on addressing the sector’s CO2 emissions.The submission calls on IMO Member States to finalize the adoption of a global CO2 data collection system for international shipping, as a precursor to the consideration of possible next steps to address the sector’s CO2 emissions.Such steps could then build on the existing IMO mandatory agreement on technical and operational measures to reduce shipping’s CO2, which entered into force worldwide in 2013 – the first global agreement of its kind to be established outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), according to ICS.In particular, the industry associations will be requesting MEPC 70 to agree to develop a roadmap which would include a timeline for the completion of this important work, which the submission describes as determining a “fair share contribution” towards reducing the world’s total CO2 emissions, of which international shipping is currently responsible for about 2.2%.Made in advance of next week’s meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) in London, the joint industry submission by BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and World Shipping Council, represents a unified response from the shipping industry to the Paris Agreement on climate change, which will enter into force on November 4.last_img read more

Quebec delays sprinkler requirement for private seniors homes to 2022

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first_imgQUEBEC — Owners of privately owned Quebec retirement homes will have an extra two years to retrofit their residences with sprinkler systems.The Quebec government also announced today they’ll provide quicker and better financial help to owners to get the work completed.Seniors’ Minister Marguerite Blais says a program put in place in 2015 has failed and measures needed to be taken to accelerate the pace, as only half of residences have been retrofitted with sprinklers so far.The province moved to oblige all private seniors’ homes to install sprinklers in the wake of a major fire in January 2014 that claimed the lives of 32 seniors in L’Isle-Verte, Que.Owners of the residences will now have until December 2022 — instead of December 2020 — to install sprinkler systems which can cost as much as $300,000.There are 1,791 such private residences in Quebec, and just 799 are equipped with sprinklers.Blais says there were a number of irritants in the previous Liberal government’s program — particularly in terms of financial assistance — which led some owners to shut down rather that make the costly change.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Clive Davis Honored At Lively Order Of The Golden Sphinx Gala

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first_imgThe Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 held their annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City earlier this week.Legendary Music Producer and SONY Entertainment Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis was the 2015 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award, the highest honor bestowed by the Institute, which recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts.The evening included a number of lively and memorable performances, including the now traditional opening number “Your Lucky Night” written and composed by Larry O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and performed by CBS’s Mo Rocca with current and past cast members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Harvard Krokodiloes. Larry, Nell and Mo are all alumni of the Hasty Pudding. The Harvard Krokodiloes showcased the impressive vocals and quirky choreography that has made them famous the world over with renditions of “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Sing, Sing, Sing” arranged by the students themselves. The evening concluded on a high note with a special tribute song arranged by Larry O’Keefe and Dan Ring, “Clive Davis’ State Of Mind”, a mash up of Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” with Jay Z’s and Alicia Keys’s “Empire State of Mind” with new original lyrics hailing a “Music genius that dreams are made of ’, performed by the Theatricals and Krokodiloes and led by Pudding alum Matt DaSilva.Upon being presented with the Order of the Golden Sphinx award by Andrew Farkas, Chairman & Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute, Clive Davis gave a gracious and heartfelt thank-you speech and treated the audience with a wonderful surprise performance of “A Song For You” by his new artist Avery Wilson, 19, who brought the house down.In addition to being a celebration of talent, the Order of the Golden Sphinx gala is also the opportunity for the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 to present its philanthropic work and thank its supporters. This year the Pudding doubled its Philanthropic giving, expanding its grants to BAM’s Arts + Justice program, the Arthur Miller Foundation and Institute of Play, The West End House Boys & Girls Club, and renewing its Fellowships with The Black List and the American Repertory Theatre. The Institute also announced new grants and partnerships with Ghetto Film School (the first Film High-school in the land) and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare OFF the Common program.In typical Pudding fashion, guests were served the traditional “Hasty Pudding” for dessert and the event concluded in a brisk 95 minutes. Attendees to the event included Clive Davis’s family, Adrienne Arsht, Tita Cahn, TruTV’s Rikki Klieman, Courtney B. Vance, Victor Garber, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Stanley Buchthal, Jeff Blau and Bruce Biel from RELATED (one of the evening’s main sponsors with Beacon Capital Partners, Equinox and Soul Cycle), Denise Rich, Ann and Andrew Tisch, and Arnold Stiefel, to name just a few.
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comedie Francaise and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.For more information about the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, click here.last_img read more

After Weinstein Scandal a Plan to Protect Models

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first_imgThe Harvey Weinstein news has spurred an outcry on sexual harassment from women far from Hollywood. Now some of that outrage is taking a new shape, beyond the repeated revelations, and has begun to influence the legal system.On Monday, New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens, announced she would introduce an amendment to the state’s current anti-discrimination laws. If passed, it would extend certain protection to models, putting designers, photographers and retailers (among others) on notice that they would be liable for abuses experienced on their watch.Models in New York State would require specific provisions because of their convoluted employment chain. Many are classified as independent contractors, with their agencies claiming to act in an advisory capacity. This means that a client (a photographer, retailer, clothing brand) books them through the agencies but does not actually have a contract directly with the model. Like other independent contractors, including nannies and housekeepers, models have fewer legal protections than workers whose employment contracts are more tightly regulated. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Trish Goff, a former top model, preparing for a fashion show in New York City in 2004. Ms Goff recently discussed her alleged harassment by Harvey Weinstein with The New York Times. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The spotlight turned to the fashion industry not long after the Weinstein investigations were published in The New York Times and The New Yorker. The model Cameron Russell solicited and began posting anonymous stories from fellow models of their own experiences on her Instagram account, along with the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse. Her account is now filled with wrenching stories from both women and men in the industry.READ MORE They have fallen through holes in the existing statutory safety net, including the “incidental booking exception clause.” That means that until now, in New York — regarded as the heart of the American modeling industry — it was unclear where legal liability for job-related sexual harassment lay.“The goal is to push back on the silence that has been so pervasive,” said Ms. Rozic, “and find a legislative solution to change the cycle. Advertisementlast_img read more

Health Canada nearly doubles number of pot producers in second half of

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first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada has nearly doubled the number of licensed cannabis producers in the country over the past six months and new numbers show hundreds more applicants are in the final stages of approval as the government rushes toward national marijuana legalization by next July.The dramatic surge in approved and aspiring producers comes in the wake of the agency’s concerted efforts to loosen its bureaucratic approval process and head off what many experts fear will be a looming supply crunch for the burgeoning legal cannabis market.In late May, Health Canada announced it would “streamline” the approval process, which many would-be producers described as onerous and contended took years to complete. The agency stepped up the resources to process applications and said it would start conducting some phases of the approval process at the same time and also made it easier for existing licence holders to expand.When the announcement was made, Health Canada had granted just 44 production licenses since it starting doling out approvals four years prior. Since then, however, the number has almost doubled to 80.Provincial governments, police forces and marijuana companies have also been scrambling to prepare for legalized recreational sales, which the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Wednesday are expected by July — but not necessarily the Canada Day deadline that many had assumed.A wave of pending applications has the potential to nearly triple the number of producers operating in a legal recreational market.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said that as of Dec. 1, 208 applicants were in the final stages of the approval process.“These applicants have completed the security clearance process and their application is being reviewed to determine whether it meets all the requirements of the regulations,” she said in a statement.“A licence is only issued once security clearances have been granted, the application meets the regulatory requirements and a facility has been built.”Industry watchers who had been expecting a spike in the number of licenses were nonetheless surprised by the latest figures, saying the number of pending approvals exceeded their expectations.But Vahan Ajamian, a research analyst with Beacon Securities Ltd., cautioned against interpreting the high number of applications as a sign that Canada will avoid a supply crunch.He predicted that the influx of new producers would have only a limited impact when cannabis becomes legal next summer.Even if a cultivation license is issued in January, producers will likely need more time to line up financing, build up capacity, grow crops and make other arrangements to supply the market, said Ajamian.“It might lessen the shortages in the first couple of months. But I still predict we will see shortages, sellouts — especially in provinces and areas that haven’t locked down their supply.”Many of the provinces have indeed sounded alarm bells on the issue, urging Ottawa to ensure the supply of legal cannabis is equal to the anticipated demand for the product.Nova Scotia first voiced concerns about supply earlier this month after unveiling its framework for the sale of legal marijuana.The government said it would prefer to see provincial supplies come from local production facilities, although so far only two such operations have secured Health Canada approval. Their licences, moreover, cover only permission to grow pot, not sell it.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball said although his province has inked its first production agreement, that alone won’t make product available until 2019.Analyst and government figures do little to dispel fears of a supply shortage.A report by Canaccord Genuity estimates that demand for both medical and recreational marijuana will total nearly 570,000 kilograms by 2021. By contrast, numbers from a Health Canada showed that total inventories of dried and oil-based cannabis in producers’ inventories totalled less than 40,000 kilograms as of June, the last month for which data was available.One lawyer suggested Health Canada’s previous approval process contributed to the current low supply levels.Eileen McMahon, chair of intellectual property and food and drug regulatory practices at Torys law firm, said companies have faced an extremely high regulatory burden in order to get a license approved.She estimated roughly 70 to 75 per cent of those who apply for a Health Canada marijuana license don’t make the cut — a much higher rate than seen in other industries, such as medical devices and prescription drugs.And while the recent increase in approvals means there will be more players ready to serve the market, the stringent regulatory and ongoing compliance requirements that producers will have to meet once licensed will likely whittle down the field again, McMahon said.“This is not for the faint of heart,” she said.“The question is who can hang in there. Who is going to survive?”last_img read more

Canbriam Energy announces second quarter production results and sale of Montney assets

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first_imgCanbriam says that its Altares asset continues to deliver consistent performance with production during the second quarter averaging approximately 40,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, 16 percent of which was liquids.The company reaffirmed 2018 production expectations of between 37,000 and 39,000 boe/d, which includes routine downtime related to summer drilling and completion activities. CALGARY, A.B. – Canbriam Energy announced on Tuesday that it has sold some non-core Montney lands in Northeast B.C. for $50 million.The company said that the assets had no associated production, and the disposition closed on July 30, 2018.“The disposition of non-core acreage supports the core development at our Altares Montney assets and the ongoing deleveraging of our balance sheet,” said Paul Myers, Canbriam’s President & Chief Executive Officer.last_img read more

SkiDoo makers first financial report as public company shows sales and revenue

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VALCOURT, Que. — BRP Inc. had $804.3 million of revenue in the first quarter — up 5.5% from the same time last year and a record for the Quebec-based maker of specialized off-road and highway vehicles.The Quebec-based company says the sale of its sport boat business last fall resulted in a decline in revenue from seasonal products, which include Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles and Sea-Doo personal watercraft.But that was offset by higher sales of year-round products such as its Can-Am three-wheeled Spyder cycles and the impact of favourable currency exchange rates due to a stronger U.S. dollar.BRP’s net income fell year-to-year but its adjusted profit was up.Net income fell to $25.7 million from $54.6 million while BRP’s normalized net income, which adjusts for the impact of foreign exchange and other items, rose by 7.7% to $53.4 million or 52 cents per share.BRP also said its outlook for the 2014 financial year calls for annual normalized profit of between $1.45 and $1.50 per share.It’s the first financial report since the company, based In Valcourt, Que., listed its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange. They closed Wednesday at $24.50.The stock’s has traded between $22.61 and $25.55 per share over the two-week period, well above the IPO price of $21.50 per share. read more

Papua New Guinea A month after deadly quake UN on the ground

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UNICEF is working with the Government and partners to ensure humanitarian supplies are distributed to affected communities as quickly as possible. UN Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Women are also on the ground.  UNICEF needs $14.6 million to provide humanitarian assistance to children and families affected by the earthquake over the next nine months.The island nation, on a volatile seismic fault system, has been experiencing a spark of activity, with the latest strike by a 6.6 magnitude quake several hours ago, according media reports.   The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted at the UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, aims to substantially reduce global disaster mortality and the number of affected people by 2030. UNICEF/BellUNICEF staff unload emergency supplies in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for earthquake response efforts.Papua New Guinea already had low vaccination coverage and the world’s fourth highest rate of chronically malnourished children. According to the Government, an estimated 270,000 people are still in need of urgent assistance, including 125,000 children, in the wake of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 February that killed at least 100 people and injured many more in landslides and collapsing houses across four remote provinces of the Pacific island nation.Children’s lives are in danger. With limited access to basic necessities, families are struggling to survive in crowded shelters, or to rebuild homes and food gardens.“Children’s lives are in danger,” said Karen Allen, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative for the country. “With limited access to basic necessities, families are struggling to survive in crowded shelters, or to rebuild homes and food gardens.”Last week alone, UNICEF delivered 23 metric tons of relief supplies to the nation, including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, blankets and learning kits.To date, UNICEF has already delivered 12,000 packets of therapeutic food and enough vaccines to protect 31,700 children against the increasing risk of disease outbreak and malnutrition. read more

Grounds crew game day Behindthescenes of game day with the Ohio State

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River Wicker grooms the softball batting cages at Buckeye Field. Credit: Collin Ginnan | Lantern ReporterThe snow had just started to fall on the cold February morning when the carts began traveling across the athletic campus to lay down a layer of salt.Later that day, a women’s lacrosse match would be played at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, and walking paths needed to be clear.The softball team might not have a home game, but the batting cages needed to be cared for. And something had to be done about the new cryotherapy chambers blocking the path of the lacrosse nets.It’s just another gameday at Ohio State University.Behind the sports people love is a different kind of team. The grounds crew at Ohio State works year-round to ensure that the university’s athletic facilities are in peak condition for competition. Monday’s team consisted of four student assistants: River Wicker, a recent graduate in sustainable plant systems; Nick Gauthier, a fourth-year in mechanical engineering; Nate Grady, a fourth-year in accounting; and Kacey Browning, a third-year in sustainable plant systems.The noon shift began with a trip to Buckeye Field, the home of Ohio State softball. First up was to tend to the indoor batting cages. Embedded in the turf are rubber pellets that fill the playing surface. With repeated wear and tear such as pivoting in the batter’s box, the pellets are displaced, and divots are created. Once per week, the crew has to fill these spots to create a level surface.“It just depends on softball and how much the [women] are out here,” Wicker said. “We do mounds every day though.”Next up was Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. There, the team worked on cleaning up trash and dirt from the locker rooms to prepare for the impending women’s lacrosse season.On the way to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the crew took a pit stop at the fences surrounding the football practice fields. The tarps covering the fence had taken a beating in the recent winter storms, and the team had to repair them. It was a quick job, but was just another addition to an ever-changing to-do list.Once they reached the WHAC, it was finally time to prep the field for women’s lacrosse. For the indoor game, the traditional football field was painted with standard lacrosse lines two days prior. To set up for the match, the grounds crew worked in a rather choppy process — fast-paced and relentless at times, and slower with moments of anticipation while the crew waits for instructions. The main objectives were to set up practice goals, game nets and protective screens for the sandwiched crowd, while also checking goals for tears and grooming the turf.Of course, there are often hiccups along the way, such as unexplained wooden pallets, which held new cryotherapy chambers. Not exactly part of the typical description for a grounds crew, but these units were in the way of their setup process. So, the answer was naturally a forklift.Keep in mind, this was only February. With baseball and softball on the road, the brunt of spring sports has yet to hit.In February, the crew is caught between caring for winter facilities and preparing for the spring season.When spring sports are in full stride, the process is even more hectic. The day of the 2019 football spring game, the grounds crew is also responsible for baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse.“That day gets really interesting because of [the potential of] rain,” Brent Packer, Ohio State athletic grounds specialist, said. “We’re trying to keep softball dry. Meanwhile, we’re trying to get lacrosse set up and baseball — we’re communicating with coaches.”With spring sports, a challenge for the grounds crew is getting the grass ready shortly after winter. To do this, the fields are painted green.“The real reason we’re doing it is to make that surface darker, so it attracts more solar heat,” Brian Gimbel, superintendent of athletic grounds, said. “To heat the ground up underneath there and get the roots growing sooner than they would by nature.”Bending to the will of scheduling and mother nature, Ohio State’s grounds crew’s work looks different day to day. In April, the crew may be working the fields for four sports each day. In July, it could be maintaining Bill Davis Stadium for external tournaments. The job is always changing, and the crew is always on its toes. read more

Sleep yourself slim how an extra 90 mins in bed can stop

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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. Lead researcher, Haya Al Khatib, also from Kings College added: “Sleep duration and quality is an area of increasing public health concern and has been linked as a risk factor for various conditions. We have shown that sleep habits can be changed with relative ease in healthy adults using a personalised approach.“Our results also suggest that increasing time in bed for an hour or so longer may lead to healthier food choices. This further strengthens the link between short sleep and poorer quality diets that has already been observed by previous studies.“We hope to investigate this finding further with longer-term studies examining nutrient intake and continued adherence to sleep extension behaviours in more detail, especially in populations at risk of obesity or cardio-vascular disease.” In the trial, 21 volunteers who slept for less than the recommended seven hours a night, were sent to counselling to learn how to change their habits so that they could sleep for longer. The research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They were asked to keep a constant bedtime, resist caffeine and food before bed and try and relax in the evenings. On average the groups were able to add 90 minutes to their daily sleep patterns over the seven day study period.Food diaries kept throughout the trial showed that by the end of the week, they were naturally eating less sugar and carbs than at the start. In contrast, no change was see in a control group whose sleep did not improve.center_img Lack of sleep may trigger hormones linked to appetite which make people eat more  Lack of sleep may trigger hormones linked to appetite which make people eat more  Spending an extra 90 minutes in bed may not seem like the obvious way to lose weight, but according to a new study, it could be the key to shedding excess pounds.Scientists from King’s College London have discovered that people who sleep for longer are less likely to pick sugary treats, or reach for comforting carbohydrates.Lack of sleep was already known to be a risk factor for obesity because it alters levels of hormones which control appetite.But a new study showed that by getting more sleep, people naturally choose healthier foods within a week, eating on average 10 grams less sugar each day.Principal investigator, Dr Wendy Hall, of the Department of Nutritional Sciences said: “The fact that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars, by which we mean the sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers or in cooking at home as well as sugars in honey, syrups and fruit juice, suggests that a simple change in lifestyle may really help people to consume healthier diets.”last_img read more

Viborg HK still looking for rightback – Stevin didnt pass the trial

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Dijana StevinSusanne Munk WilbekViborg HK ← Previous Story Velimir Marjanovic four more years President of Serbian Handball Federation (RSS) Next Story → Damir Doborac left HCM Constanta After seeing the Serbian right-back Dijana Stevin way in two days, Viborg HK has decided to go ahead with other options.“Dijana Stevin has shown us many fine things. She works hard, has a good game understanding and is competent in defense. But we seem to turn not, she showed us that she clean shot point possesses greater quality than we have already. Therefore we have decided to let her go back home, and so we look forward to the other options we have lying, “says sports director Susanne Munk Wilbek, which emphasizes that the club will not get a player at any cost.“We get not a player to sit on the bench. It is not our purpose. We have a great desire to associate a right-back, but she should also be able to strengthen the team. Otherwise we would rather invest in our young players. We several hundred people have turned to us to help fund a new player. we are very humble about, and we owe them to do the job properly. they and we must have ‘value for money’, so we will continue to have ice stomach, “says Susanne Munk Wilbek, but is still optimistic about landing a deal with a new right-back.“We have several new projects at the moment and then we will see if we can get pulled one of them in the country in the near future,” she says.source: http://www.vhk.dk read more

First Hellboy Trailer Is a Fiery Battle Against Gruesome Monsters

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first_imgStay on target The official Hellboy trailer has arrived a day early, and it’s a fiery, hilarious, and dark fight against blood-thirsty monsters.On Wednesday, Lionsgate Movies debuted the Hellboy trailer on its YouTube channel. The movie, which stars David Harbour, Sasha Lane, and Milla Jovovich, will hit theaters on April 12, 2019.When an evil medieval sorceress decides to destroy the world, Hellboy (Harbour) is summoned to help save humankind. He’s joined by Alice Monaghan (Lane), a young woman who has magical abilities, and the duo set off to stop the Blood Queen (Jovovich) and her army of gory, flesh-eating creatures.The trailer also reveals an important characteristic of Hellboy, which is his Right Hand of Doom. Unlike other superheroes, Hellboy’s arm has incredible strength, meaning he can basically knockout anything that comes his way (enemies included).For more updates on Hellboy, you can visit the movie’s website here.More on Geek.com:‘Hellboy’ Poster Released, Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot,’ and More Comic Movie NewsPaolo Rivera Talks About the Well-Curated Stories of ‘Hellboy and The Burning Season’ See David Harbour in Full Hellboy Gear, and Daniel Dae Kim Talks Casting MovieBob Reviews: ‘Hellboy’‘Hellboy’ and the History of Heroes From Hell last_img read more

Soy Growers Urge Froman Vilsack to Resolve TTIP Issues

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag organizations expressed concerns with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and urged critical issues be addressed in a letter this week to U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.“We understand the administration intends to make an all-out effort in the coming months to conclude a deal before the end of the year. While we have no objection in principle to such a push, we do not want the outcome to come at the expense of resolving the toughest EU market access issues for U.S. food and agriculture,” the letter states. “We are concerned that in other trade agreements the EU has been successful in exempting sensitive agricultural sectors and regulatory barriers from meaningful liberalization. We believe the EU intends the same for TTIP.”The groups state they cannot support this outcome and the issues must be addressed now.last_img read more

Pedesterian fatally struck by vehicle in Northeast MiamiDade

Pedesterian fatally struck by vehicle in Northeast MiamiDade

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first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Northeast Miami-Dade, Tuesday morning.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the pedestrian died on impact, along Northeast 199th Street and Northeast Third Court, in Northeast Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is on the scene where a yellow tarp was placed over the body of the deceased person.Emergency vehicles have shutdown the westbound lanes of Northeast 199th Street near Ives Dairy Road. Traffic is being diverted.Their identity of the deceased is unknown at this time.The vehicle responsible stayed on the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Uber and Lyft drivers protest for better working conditions

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first_imgUber and Lyft drivers gather for a protest in downtown San Francisco. James Martin/CNET Edan Alva started driving for Lyft more than four years ago as your typical side hustle. Then he lost his job and began relying on his Lyft wages to pay the bills. It didn’t take take long for Alva to realize he couldn’t make enough to pay for rent or his son’s health insurance. “[Lyft] seemed like a promising solution, Alva said. “It became a feeling of being trapped.”On Friday, Alva and about 40 other Uber and Lyft drivers gathered in downtown San Francisco to demand the ride-hailing giants for better conditions. The gig economy workers were protesting for higher pay and a union.In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment. Drivers tried to present the letter at the protest, but weren’t able to enter Uber’s headquarters. “We’ll be back,” they chanted in response. Lyft Uber Uber drivers demand their labor rights “Drivers need a seat at the table as equal partners to chart our path forward,” wrote representatives of Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance, two groups of drivers. “It’s time for Uber and Lyft to do right by us.”The protest comes as California considers Assembly Bill 5, which could allow for drivers to be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors as they currently are. As employees, the drivers would be eligible for benefits and have the right to organize collectively. The Assembly, California’s lower chamber, passed AB 5 in late May. It’s currently in the State Senate. Uber and Lyft have previously called for amending current laws to allow for more worker benefits, including paid time off and retirement planning, irrespective of worker classification. They also supported the establishment of a new driver association that would represent driver interests and administer benefits.Lyft says it recognizes the concerns of drivers. “Lyft is advocating for an approach in line with the interests of our driver community, by modernizing century old labor laws that make it difficult to provide both flexibility and benefits,” the company said in a statement. “It’s encouraging that more groups are joining the conversation to preserve flexibility for drivers while also providing new benefits and protections.”Uber echoed the sentiment.”We will continue to work collaboratively with our diverse community of drivers — and the legislators who represent them — to improve the quality and security of independent work,” an Uber representative said in a statement.The I’m Independent Coalition, a project of the California Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement that it didn’t oppose AB 5 “but is advocating for a modern approach that protects what drivers care about the most – flexibility – while expanding modern labor protections such as benefits and pay transparency.” The coalition supports independent contractors, including Uber and Lyft drivers who wish to remain independent.The issue of gig worker classification has simmered for years, and lawsuits have been filed against both Uber and Lyft. Several cities and states have looked at the issue, and New York City passed minimum wage laws for drivers last year. In May, the National Labor Relations Board said drivers should be classified as contractors instead of employees. At the Friday protest, drivers complained the relationship between the companies and its contractors was unfair.”We’re the ones that have helped these companies become rich,” said Linda Valdivia, who’s driven for Uber and Lyft for about three years. “We want to claim our own rights as drivers. We want to have our own benefits.”Drivers responded by cheering, “Drivers united will never be defeated.” “Stop fighting with us,” Valdivia said. “Stop treating us like we’re disposable and sit with us at the table.”Alva, the Lyft driver, reiterated the complaints.”We will not stop until we are heard,” Alva said. “We demand Uber and Lyft to listen to us.”Originally published July 19, 10:10 a.m. PTUpdate, 10:47 a.m.: Adds Uber statement. Update, 11:33 a.m.: Adds comment from the I’m Independent Coalition. Update, 12:54 p.m.: Adds quotes from protesters.  21 Share your voicecenter_img Comments Tags Mobile Roadshow 8 Photoslast_img read more

AP Government transfers 32 IAS officers

AP Government transfers 32 IAS officers

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first_imgAmaravati(AP): The Andhra Pradesh government transferred as many as 32 IAS officers and gave postings to seven others, in a bureaucratic reshuffle. The transfer orders were issued Friday midnight. Three senior IAS officers including a Special Chief Secretary, who served in the previous Chief Minister’s Office, have not been given any postings yet, though they were transferred out three weeks ago. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Two junior IAS officers of 2015 batch, V Vinod Kumar and C M Saikanth Varma, got elevated to the rank of Joint Collector and posted as Project Officers of Integrated Tribal Development Agencies at Parvathipuram and Seethampet respectively. Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam issued a government order notifying the transfers and postings. Budithi Rajsekhar (1992 batch) has been moved out yet again after the government issued orders earlier transferring him from the Agriculture Department but subsequently cancelling them. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us He has now been made Principal Secretary of School Education. B Udayalaxmi (1993) has been posted as Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment. Finance Secretary Muddada Ravichandra (1996) has been posted as Secretary, Social Welfare, while incumbent Mukesh Kumar Meena (1998) has been shifted to the Tribal Welfare Department. Joint Collectors of eight districts have been replaced while three major cities got new Municipal Commissioners in the rejig. Advertise With Us K V N Chakradhara Babu (2011) has been posted as Joint Managing Director of Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited. S Nagalakshmi (2012) will be the new Managing Director of AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited at Visakhapatnam, in a post that has been lying vacant. A Mallikarjuna (2012) has been given the crucial post of CEO of Aarogya Sri, the flagship health insurance scheme of the government. M Hari Narayanan (2011) has been brought in as Executive Director of AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, while V Prasanna Venkatesh (2012) has been posted as Commissioner of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation. Srijana Gummalla (2013) has been posted as Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. Additional Director General of Police-rank IPS officer Madireddy Pratap (1991), who is currently Director General of Special Protection Force, has been transferred and posted as Vice-chairman and Managing Director of AP State Warehousing Corporation.last_img read more

US says officials brain injury in China matches Cuba problem

US says officials brain injury in China matches Cuba problem

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first_imgIn this 26 October 2009 file photo, security workers guard at construction site of the U.S. Consulate compound in Guangzhou in southern China`s Guangdong province. The State Department said an email notice Wednesday, 23 May 2018, that a U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill. AP File PhotoSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the brain injury sustained by an American official in China was “very similar” to those that affected US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba.The US embassy in China issued a health alert Wednesday after a US government employee who had experienced an “abnormal” sound was diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).”The medical indications are very similar and entirely consistent with the medical indications that have taken place to Americans working in Cuba,” Pompeo told the house foreign affairs committee.Pompeo said the US was moving medical teams to the area to work on the case.”We are working to figure out what took place both in Havana and now in China as well,” Pompeo said.He said the Chinese government has committed to helping in the case, under its responsibility to protect foreign diplomats.In Cuba last year, 24 diplomats and their family members were left with mysterious injuries resembling brain trauma, which were suspected of being caused by a “sonic attack.”Ten Canadian diplomats and their relatives also suffered a strange illness.The US government has held Cuba responsible, arguing that Raul Castro’s authoritarian state must have either carried out the assaults or at least known who was behind them.last_img