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BC SPCA partners with Northern Lights Estate to launch wine that protects bears


first_img“British Columbia is fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife, including both black bears and grizzly bears,” says Daniell. “But, as urban development expands into wild animal habitats, bear encounters have become a normal part of life, with tragic consequences for the bears.” In the fall, as bears prepare for hibernation they need to build up fat to survive the winter. They seek out easily accessed foods, including compost, garbage and fruit trees. “Unfortunately, these food sources bring bears and people closer together,” says Daniell. “Over time, bears may lose their natural fear of people and start to associate people with food. Sadly, hundreds of ‘problem’ bears end up being killed by conservation officers in B.C. every year.”The BC SPCA is reminding British Columbians to do their part in keeping B.C. bears safe by being aware of the following attractants;Ripe or fallen fruitUnsecured garbage and compost/food scrapsOutdoor pet food storageBird feedersOutdoor fridges and freezersBeehivesChicken coops“We can all take easy steps to protect bears from becoming victims,” says Daniell. “And what better way to reward yourself for making the effort than with a glass of The Bear wine?”For more information on where to buy The Bear wine, visit northernlightswinery.ca. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC SPCA has partnered with Northern Lights Estate Winery and has launched ‘The Bear’, a new Pinot Gris-style wine that is raising awareness and funds to help BC bears.Using surplus apples sourced from local properties to make the wine and the goal to deter bears from entering developed areas in search of leftover or fallen fruit. ‘The Bear’ will help protect local bears as well $2 from the sale of each bottle will be given to the BC SPCA to help animals in need across B.C.In a statement by Craig Daniell, Chief Executive Officer of the BC SPCA says the initiative is a creative example of how individuals and businesses can make a difference for B.C. wildlife.last_img read more


Gurugram may get extra security cover in these elections


first_imgGurugram: Placed under the sensitive category along with Mahendargarh and Faridabad, Gurugram may get more security these elections. Based on the surveillance the Haryana government has placed the Lok Sabha constituencies under the normal, sensitive and super sensitive category.Kurukshetra, Bhiwani and Sonepat have been placed under the normal categories. On the other hand, Hissar, Sirsa and Rohtak have been placed under the super sensitive areas where more violence is expected during elections. It is important to note that on account of jat agitations and other forms of agitations that turned violent the Haryana public administration has been on constant vigil to restore law and order situation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the past Gurugram has been on the edge with various events like Ram Rahim arrest, jat agitation and Padmavat. While the district administration on various occasion was able to prevent any acts of violence during the release of Padmavat there was an act of violence that was reported from in and around the city. In the past elections district police not having adequate force, special commandos of Haryana police have also been deployed for the security of polling stations. The past trends have shown that there has not been violence that has been reported from the polling stations of Gururgam. In the last Lok Sabha polls, Gurugram recorded 70 per cent polling.last_img read more


Rahul will make good PM that country needs, says Agnihotri


first_imgFour-time MLA and former industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri is currently the Leader of Opposition in the Himachal Pradesh State Assembly. A journalist turned politician, Agnihotri made his own place in the state politics, emerging from a humble background. He is the most vocal leader of the Congress party against Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Agnihotri spoke to Ashwani Sharma, Assistant Editor, the Millennium Post in middle of party campaign in Kangra: Excerpts: Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghA fortnight left for the poll in Himachal Pradesh, what’s the Congress position? We are very comfortable. People want changes. They are fed up with lies, meaningless ‘bhashan’ and ‘jumla-politics’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress will win all four seats. The results in Himachal Pradesh will be very different this time. In 2014 elections, the BJP had won all four seats despite the Congress being in the power. What has changed now? A/ It was Modi factor playing against all issues in the poll. People believed in him. They are feeling cheated. This time Modi factor will not be there to swing in BJP’s favour, rather anti-incumbency against NDA will seal their fate. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadBut the Congress campaign doesn’t look very well coordinated as compared to the BJP? When people make up their mind to defeat the ruling dispensation they don’t look at campaign styles. The BJP has tried to pull out all its resources, use money power and resort to every cheap tactic, ethical or unethical. We have been able to counter them effectively and make a dent. What are core issues in the poll this time? A; We are highlighting failures of the Narendra Modi government and his corruption. Whatever promises Modi made with the masses whether about jobs, building Ram temple, Ganga Abhiyan, bringing black money back to the country and teaching Pakistan a lesson have fallen flat. Modi also promised a lot of things in Himachal Pradesh. He spoke about apple import duty, National Highways and farmers’ issues. The net result is zero. This time when he comes he should rather tender an apology to the people instead of seeking votes. The BJP sees gains in Himachal Pradesh as being in the power only for one and half year. Let Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur tells the people few achievements of his government. Because he has not done anything concrete as promised, the Chief Minister is bringing in irrelevant issues to the polls. His narrative is poor. He only feels happy to ridicule Congress president Rahul Gandhi and speak about him in poor light. What will he say if we also call him names? Their party president Satpal Satti has used abusive words against Rahul Gandhi and was punished by EC with a ban on his campaign. Is this the way the campaign is done? What’s your charge against the BJP government led by Jai Ram Thakur? A/. At first place, Jai Ram Thakur was never a chief ministerial face in 2017 poll. It was Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was defeated at Sujanpur by Congress candidate Rajendra Rana. Thakur became Chief Minister accidentally. Law and order are in the worst state. There are 350 cases or murders an equal number of rape cases. An alleged rape case has come to light in Shimla — the capital city and the police were trying to suppress it. Mining mafia is active. The BJP raised money from mining mafia thus there is no check on them. Drug mafia and liquor mafia are active more than ever. But BJP is highlighting surgical strike and has accused the Congress of undermining valour of the Indian army against Pakistan? We are proud of the Indian Army. They have always been made the country and people proud. You tell me who is saying “Modi ki Sena’? Are they not ashamed of it by politicising the army? People of this country don’t have to learn patriotism from Modi and his brigade, who only spread lies and communal hatred. What’s Virbhadra Singh’s role in the poll? A/ Virbhadra Singh is a towering Congress leader, not only in Himachal Pradesh but country. He never worked against the interests of the Congress. He is campaigning actively even at this age. No one can match his energy, mass contact and popularity. What are Rahul Gandhi’s chances to be Prime Minister? Rahul Gandhi has worked very hard. The Congress party’s manifesto and his poll narrative have received overwhelming support. He has exposed Prime Minister and Amit Shah combine’s corruption. He will make a good Prime Minister that the country needs. Modi has no second chance.last_img read more


Iran says US-sanctions workaround by EU soon to be announced


TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s deputy foreign minister says he believes European Union nations soon will announce they’ve created a program for Iran to continue trade there and avoid re-imposed U.S. sanctions.Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state television by telephone on Thursday that he expected the program, known as the “special purpose vehicle,” to be ready for business in one or two months.EU foreign ministers are meeting Thursday in Bucharest, Romania.Iran’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hamid Baeidinejad, similarly tweeted he believed the announcement of the program was imminent.EU officials have not formally acknowledged the start of the program, though German media reports suggest that France, Germany and the U.K. have finalized creating it. The reports say the program will be based in France and will have a German director.The Associated Press read more


Christmas in October for Evan


Updated:Magic was in the air in the town of St. George Saturday night. Christmas came early in honour of a young boy with an incurable disease. This is a very special Christmas for Evan and one his family and the village will never forget, after the community came together to make Evan and his mother, Nicole Wellwood, happy.“I’m honestly speechless. It was one thing to have this whole week, constantly go-go-go. But to actually see this event take place and see it all come together, it brings a lot of emotions.” said Nicole.Evan has an inoperable brain tumor. His family was told Evan may not make it until Christmas. But his home town of St. George has made sure Evan did get a jolly, white Christmas. His house was covered in decorations, fake snow was swirling all around. The town banding together to give gifts to make Evan and his family happy. Topping it off with a giant parade performed just for him, with 25 floats and a crowd beaming with Christmas spirit. His family, is so grateful.“You know he absolutely loves the lights. He knows now that he always had family behind him that loved him.  But now he has a bigger family. He has a community behind him. He has the world behind him.”Support came from beyond the town’s edges.  The OPP say nearly 7,000 people were out at Evan’s parade — more than twice the town’s population.“I could never ever say thank you enough. This is a memory that I’ll forever be able to have. Evan will be right in my heart, for the rest of my life. And he’s going to hang on my neck too and I’ll always remember him.”Evan had wishes on his bucket list come true tonight. He was made an honorary officer by the police. He met Spongebob, one of his favourites. And he even got to hop on to Santa’s sleigh.“I gotcha, all right pal?”Getting to see the smile everyone hoped for.“He’s always smiling. He’s always full of life. He keeps you on your toes.”“He looks at me quite often and says ‘Mummy I’m not going to leave you. He has kept me strong through this difficult time. He’s my hero.”Evan’s Christmas that took over St. George’s streets was the work of a community, bringing hundreds of people together, all to make one young boy smile.Evan’s family is encouraging supporters to consider joining the gold ribbon campaign, an initiative dedicated to raising awareness about childhood cancer.If you would like to contribute to the go fund me campaign go to https://www.gofundme.com/7w6kqyxw read more


German FM grateful for Swedish teens climate activism


BERLIN — Germany’s foreign minister says he’s “grateful” for Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s climate protests.Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday — one year after Thunberg first staged a protest in front of the Swedish parliament — that she was addressing “the biggest crisis of humanity.” Maas said on Twitter that the 16-year-old “also shows what can be done in a democracy.”Thunberg’s campaign, begun on Aug. 20, 2018, has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe and beyond to stage weekly protests urging leaders to tackle global warming.The Swede is currently on a sailing boat travelling to a U.N. climate conference in New York.Thunberg said before her departure that she wanted to show it’s possible to cross the Atlantic without producing large amounts of climate-warming greenhouses gases, as flying does.The Associated Press read more


Toronto stock market goes higher US Fed begins twoday policy meeting


TORONTO – The Toronto stock market racked up a small gain Tuesday as commodities mostly fell despite continuing uncertainty in Iraq, while south of the border the U.S. Federal Reserve began a two-day policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index added 15.46 points to 15,055.89. The Canadian dollar dipped 0.19 of a cent to 92.05 cents US.Traders were cautious as they awaited the outcome of the Fed meeting and its latest economic outlook, due for release Wednesday.The meeting is taking place amid news from the U.S. Labor Department that American consumer prices rose 0.4 per cent in May, the biggest one-month jump since February 2013, pushed up by the rising cost of food and gasoline and the biggest hike in airline fares in 15 years.The U.S. central bank is expected to cut its monthly bond purchases by $10 billion to US$35 billion a month but traders will be looking for clues as to the Fed’s intentions on tapering going forward. The stimulus has helped keep long-term borrowing rates low and supported equity markets.Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd., says there shouldn’t be any big surprises from the central bank.“Ever since they started tapering we haven’t really had any surprises out of them. We’ll be looking at the language of the release and pay attention to the press conference,” he said. “But they’ve been pretty predictable.”Wall Street was higher, with the Dow Jones industrials up 27.48 points to 16,808.49, the Nasdaq 16.12 points higher at 4,337.23 and the S&P 500 index ahead 4.21 points at 1,941.99.Meanwhile, after markets closed, Ottawa gave the green light to Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, contingent upon the pipeline company satisfying all 209 conditions imposed in December by a joint review panel of the National Energy Board and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.The $7-billion, 1,200-kilometre pipeline would link crude from the Alberta oilsands to a terminal in Kitimat on the British Columbia coast for shipment overseas. It faces stiff opposition from many First Nations and environmentalists.Shares in Enbridge (TSX:ENB) closed up 45 cents at $51.96 on Tuesday.Commodity prices were mostly lower after enjoying a bump last week as a result of the deteriorating military situation in Iraq.About 300 U.S. soldiers are being moved into position to protect the U.S. Embassy and other American interests as President Barack Obama weighs options for dealing with the al-Qaida inspired militants who have captured a vast swath of the country’s north. Iraq’s crude oil exports have so far not been disrupted, but the conflict had raised concern about whether the country can rebuild its oil infrastructure and meet global demand.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 54 cents to US$106.36 a barrel.Watson said if the situation in Iraq continues, it may give the Toronto Stock Exchange more support to surpass its record high close of 15,073 set back in June 2008. The TSX has recently been trading near that level, with intraday highs going beyond it.But if the current oil price is any indication, traders are now in a “wait and see” mode with oil, he said.“That initial risk premium has been put into oil prices,” said Watson. “I don’t think traders are willing to push that premium too high until we see further advances by this insurgency.”Investors did not flock to gold either, which is usually seen as safe haven amid geopolitical uncertainty. August bullion was down $3.30 to US$1,272 an ounce, while July copper was up a penny at US$3.06 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 6:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market goes higher; U.S. Fed begins two-day policy meeting read more


Perpetrators not victims should be shamed for conflictrelated sexual violence – UN


“Shame and stigma are integral to the logic of sexual violence being employed as a tactic of war or terrorism: aggressors understand that this type of crime can turn victims into outcasts, thus unravelling the family and kinship ties that hold communities together,” according to the latest report of the Secretary-General on conflict-related sexual violence, which is prepared by the Office of the UN Special Representative on the issue.The report calls on traditional, religious and community leaders to address harmful social norms and help to redirect the stigma of rape from the victims to the perpetrators. If not, the victims may face lethal retaliation, “honour” crimes, suicide, untreated diseases, unsafe abortion, economic exclusion and indigence. Of particular concern in the report are children born of rape, which “may themselves face a lifetime of marginalization, owing to stigma and uncertain legal status.” “Unless those who have suffered sexual violence and the children born of rape are reintegrated into their societies and economies, they will remain susceptible to exploitation and recruitment,” the report cautions. The report calls for national legal and policy frameworks to ensure that survivors of conflict-related sexual violence can benefit from reparations and redress, and have access to urgent support and services, such as sexual and reproductive health care “including measures for the safe termination of unwanted pregnancies.” Protection from sexual violence and access to sexual and reproductive health care was also pledged at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit last May. The annual report reviews 13 conflict settings, four post-conflict countries and two additional situations of concern. It also lists government and non-government actors who are credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for patterns of rape or other forms of sexual violence. This year, for the first time since the Security Council created the position of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, there has been a delisting. The Ivorian armed forces (FACI) have been removed after the Government adopted measures in accordance with resolution 1960 (2010) and 2106 (2013). These measures include issuing orders through chains of command and adopting codes of conduct prohibiting sexual violence, or investigating alleged incidents.“The measures taken by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire have resulted in the first delisting pursuant to this mandate, namely that of the Forces armées de Côte d’Ivoire. Continued monitoring and technical assistance will be required to consolidate these gains,” the report noted. The report is due to be presented to the Security Council on 15 May. read more


Market continues to decline for bus and coach sector


*All buses and coaches622-18.4%2559-17.6%75568.0% Purpose-built bus and coach total302-28.9%1257-20.9%3479-11.4% Purpose-built coaches 3.5t to 16t11266.7%25-21.9%41-50.0% Purpose-built single-deck buses <8.5t20-9.1%41-28.1%101-4.7% Purpose-built double-deck buses87-7.4%405-31.7%1149-27.3% Purpose-built single-deck buses >8.5t to 12t27-34.1%1110.9%33017.9% Click through to download the April 2013 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) *Converted: Bus 3.5t to 8.5t2500.8%1062-16.8%320326.6% *Converted bus total320-5.0%1302-14.1%407732.7% Purpose-built bus total185-47.6%889-28.2%2762-12.2% Purpose-built single-deck coaches >16t10155.4%3217.4%643-4.3% Purpose-built single-deck buses >16t32-67.0%120-33.0%42723.8% UK bus and coach registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012 *Converted: Bus >8.5t10.0%10.0%4-55.6% Purpose-built double-deck coaches >16t525.0%2210.0%3326.9% Purpose-built single-deck buses >12t to 16t19-80.8%212-29.1%755-9.5% April% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change *Converted: Bus <3.5t69-21.6%2390.0%87063.2% Purpose-built coach total11762.5%3684.8%717-8.1% Bus and coach registrations fell 18.4% to 622 units in April.Registrations declined 17.6% in the first four months of 2013 to 2,559 units.Purpose-built bus and coach registrations dropped 28.9% to 302 units in the month.Converted bus registrations also fell in April, 5% to 320 units.Full-size coaches had a relatively good month, registering 106 units, benefiting from an early Easter.“The bus and coach sector continues to decline with April registrations dropping 18.4% to 622 units. This is not an unexpected slide and based on year-to-date registrations we anticipate the remainder of 2013 to be challenging,” said Wendy Williamson, SMMT Bus and Coach Manager. “The sector saw a boost last year but it is widely expected to stabilise in 2013.” read more


Brock in the News – August 27 September 2


Professor weighs in on Canada-China relationsThis week, Prime of Canada Justin Trudeau paid a visit to China, with experts such as political science professor Charles Burton weighing in on Canada and China’s past, present and future relationship: National Post, Global News, St. Catharines Standard, Canadian Press, Inside Toronto, London Free Press, Vancouver Sun, 24 Hours Vancouver, Regina Leader Post, Edmonton Journal, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, Windsor Star, The Province, CBC Radio One, CNBC, and CJAD 800Study explores grief dreamsJoshua Black, a PhD student in the faculty of social sciences, recently sat down with the St. Catharines Standard to discuss the history of his research and the personal story behind his motivation to study grief dreams.Camp for youths with autism celebrates 20 years This summer, the Brock Autism Spectrum Disorder camp celebrated a significant milestone. Having hosted this at the University for the last 20 years, the program saw more than 2,000 participants and 30,000 programming hours dedicated to running the camp: St. Catharines Standard, 97.7 HTZ-FM, and 610 CKTBNo surprise ‘Indian hospital’ switched babies at birth: expertThe history of Indian hospitals and segregated health care is a line of research Maureen Lux, a history professor at Brock, is an expert in, detailing the challenges the Indigenous community faced in the Winnipeg Free Press.Jessica Humphries wins $1k curling scholarshipBrock student athlete Jessica Humphries has been chosen as one of only ten curlers nationally for the 2016 For the Love of Curling Scholarship, awarded by Curling Canada: Peterborough Examiner read more


Katy French family left without a full picture of models death


first_imgTHE FAMILY of late model Katy French has said it will be left “without a full picture” of the circumstances that surrounded her death in Co Meath in 2007.The statement came on the day that the two people were given suspended jail sentences after pleading guilty to charges of conspiring to supply drugs on the evening that French collapsed, falling into a coma from which she never recovered.Kieron Ducie, with an address at Kilmessan in Co Meath, and Ann Corcoran of Tolka Road, Dublin 3 had pleaded guilty to the charges at Trim Circuit Criminal Court last November.This lunchtime French’s mother Janet noted that the guilty pleas were the first time over five years that the pair had “stopped denying their involvement”.In a statement, the family said they were grateful for the efforts of the Gardaí to “get justice” for Katy’s death, but that they felt “saddened and angry” that a second charge against the pair – of endangerment to the 24-year-old model’s life – was not brought.“The DPP has explained their reasons, and we understand them, even though they are hard for the family to accept,” Janet French said.“We are now left without a full picture of what happened. We would have liked Kieron Ducie and Ann Corcoran to take the opportunity of the court case to give an explanation but they did not.”Only minor amounts of drugs or alcoholThe statement said tests performed on Katy’s body on arrival at Navan Hospital, where she died four days after falling into a coma, showed she had consumed alcohol equivalent to half a glass of wine – which she had taken at her mother’s home – and taken 0.8mg of cocaine, significantly less than any dose that could be considered lethal.“In the majority of reported cases lethal dosages are treatable,” Janet said. “Katy had less than 4 per cent [of] the lethal dosage, yet somehow this resulted in her death.”She added that no cocaine was found on Katy’s person, in her personal belongings or in her car, and that medical examinations showed no physical signs that could be attributed to recent or regular drug use.The statement further stressed that Ducie was not a friend of Katy’s, that she had travelled to Meath only to visit Ann Corcoran who was alone and unwell at the time, and that the family was “deeply hurt” by the way the media had portrayed Katy’s death.They said it was not true that French had been “binge drinking”, as had been claimed, nor that she had taken a “cocktail of drugs”, and that she had unfairly been portrayed as a “poster girl” for drug abuse simply because she had admitted to using cocaine in the past.No formal cause of death was ever established in French’s case.last_img read more


AC Milan prepares to sell Andre Silva after lining up Chelsea


first_imgAfter AC Milan made up plans and are willing to sell Andre Silva this summer, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been placed on red alert.Originally the San Siro club had been looking to loan out the striker, who struggled during his first season in Italy. But now Milan are now ready to sell Silva this summer if someone bids £27 million, according to Calciomercato in talkSPORT.The club needs the money to reinvest in the squad by securing Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata who is their top transfer target.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Silva’s availability will be of great interest to Wolves, who have been observing and following up the Portugal international since January.The club failed with an approach for the 22-year-old previously, however, they are back in the Premier League and a deal could be on the cards.Before now, AC Milan had told Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to snub Juventus and join them because they can offer him guaranteed first-team football.last_img read more


Scholes Mourinho engineered his move away perfectly


first_imgManchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Jose Mourinho didn’t want to be at the club anymore and “engineered” his way out to perfectionThe Portuguese coach was shown the door at Old Trafford following United’s 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool in the Premier League last month.This came following a number of reported bust-ups with players with critics also getting in on the act by slamming Mourinho’s conservative style of play.But Scholes believes Mourinho was looking for an excuse to leave towards the end of his reign in charge at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I felt he didn’t want to be there. He engineered his move away perfectly in the end,” Scholes told TV2.“His press conferences were embarrassing, so negative, it was obvious in the end the players didn’t want to play for him. The right thing happened in the end.”Since Mourinho’s departure from United, interim coach Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen six wins in a row since being appointed last month.The Red Devils will face Brighton at home this Saturday in their next league match.last_img read more


Prisoners At Hiland Correctional Center Care For Dogs Dropped From The Iditarod


first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Female inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center have been caring for dogs dropped from this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sixty-seven mushers with their dogs began the race for Nome last Sunday, and the winner is expected to arrive early this week. The inmates provide care and housing for sled dogs dropped from the race. Dogs dropped along the race route are shipped back to Anchorage where many have been taken in at HMCC until their owners/handlers return to claim them. During the day, a crew provides care for the dogs. And another operates at night, just in case more loads of dropped dogs arrive, during the dark hours.center_img As long as anyone can remember, this has been a tradition for Iditarod dogs that are too tired or sore to keep racing. Photo courtesy of the DOC- 2013last_img read more


Swan Lake Fire Special Travel Advisory


first_imgThe Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area has been expanded to include the Sterling Highway corridor for the safety of firefighting aircraft and personnel. In a release from DOF, hot and dry weather coupled with persistent winds from the northwest are pushing both smoke and the east flank of the fire towards the highway corridor and transmission line. Smoke impacts will reduce visibility and will cause delays for all traffic between milepost 58 and 75.5. All motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and cautiously with headlights on. Pilots need to be aware that large water scooping aircraft will be using Skilak and Hidden lakes. Recreationists in these areas need to remain alert and vigilant about staying away from the center of the lakes while these aircraft assist the fire crews working along the fire’s edge. The Alaska Department of Transportation is dedicated to keeping weekend traffic moving with the use of flaggers and pilot cars. Travelers are advised to be prepared for long delays and should consider bringing extra water and food, as well as extra ice and coolers to keep fish cold. Homer Electric has been in communication with railbelt utilities so that they will be prepared. This action will not affect consumer power on the Kenai Peninsula or points north.center_img Motorists are advised to allow plenty of extra time to reach destinations and to be on alert to give the right of way to emergency response vehicles. Skilak Lake Road is a narrow gravel road and should not be considered as an option for recreation vehicles, fifth-wheel trailers and semi tractors with trailers. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. In consideration of firefighter and public safety the Homer Electric Association, working in coordination with fire managers, is prepared to de-energize the 115,000-volt Transmission Tie Line that connects Bradley Lake Hydroelectic facility to the rest of the railbelt utilities. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 26th, 2019 at 09:25 amThe Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team has been working closely with officials from the Kenai Peninsula Office of Emergency Management, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska State Troopers, the Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction and other cooperating agencies, to be prepared should the smoke and activity of the Swan Lake Fire affect the Sterling Highway corridor and Homer Electric transmission lines.last_img read more


Cognizant May Face Losses Due to Centenes Acquisition of Health Net


first_imgCognizant Technology Solutions, which carries out a major part of its global operations from India, has said that it may witness some losses due to uncertainty over continuation of $520 million contract with US-based healthcare services firm Health Net.Another US healthcare major Centene on Thursday said it had decided to buy Health Net in a cash and stock deal worth $6.3 billion. The acquisition is expected to be completed by early 2016.”The planned implementation of a seven-year master services agreement for end-to-end administrative services between Cognizant and Health Net, first announced in August 2014 and scheduled to begin in mid-2015, is being deferred while Health Net and Centene complete the merger review and approval process,” Cognizant said in a statement.Cognizant still remains positive about achieving its revenue guidance of $12.24 billion in 2015, despite seeing losses due to Centene’s acquisition of Health Net.”Despite the anticipated loss of approximately $100 million in incremental revenues during the second half of 2015, we are pleased to reaffirm our guidance for the year due to continued strong demand and projected over-performance in other parts of our business. Today’s announcement by Health Net will not impact our ability to achieve our goals for the year,” said Karen McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer, Cognizant.Cognizant reported 20% growth in revenues for the first quarter ending March, while its top Indian rivals posted disappointing earnings during the same period.Cognizant recorded 9.7% increase in profit at $382.9 million during the quarter, strengthening the view that it remains insulated from the concerns that plague Indian firms such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys.The company, which employs a major chunk of its global workforce of 211,700 in India, raised its revenue growth outlook for 2015 to 19.3%.last_img read more


3 killed in road crash


first_imgRoad Accident logoThree auto-rickshaw passengers were killed and another one injured in a road accident in South Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital, in the small hours of Saturday.The deceased are Falan Mia, 25, Afzal Hossain, 28 and the auto-rickshaw driver Chan Mia, 32.The accident took place when a goods-laden truck hit the Postagola-bound CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 1:00am, leaving Falan and Chan dead on the spot and two others injured, South Keraniganj police station sub-inspector M Kawsar told Prothom Alo in the morning.Injured Afzal succumbed to his injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he said.Another injured was taken to Mitford Hospital in Dhaka.Kawsar said police seized the truck but the driver and helper managed to flee the scene.No suit was filed in this connection, the SI said.last_img read more


Apple Wants to Expand Its Footprint in the Workplace


first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters November 11, 2014 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Apple Inc is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup Inc and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace.Three months after unveiling a partnership with IBM to develop apps for corporate clients and sell them on devices, the iPhone maker’s plans to challenge sector leaders Hewlett-Packard, Dell Inc, Oracle and SAP are starting to take shape.Details remain scant, but some industry experts say that the tie-up with Big Blue gives Apple an opportunity to begin to challenge Hewlett Packard’s and Dell’s dominance of office IT, and Oracle and SAP’s command of work applications. Depending on its progress, it may hamper Microsoft, Samsung’s or Google’s own efforts in the nascent market for mobile work applications.Apps developers and other sources familiar with Apple’s plans who could not speak publicly provided additional details on how the iPhone maker is working behind the scenes.The iPhone maker has worked closely with a group of startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, that already specialize in selling apps to corporate America. The two people familiar with the plans, but who could not speak publicly about them, say Apple is already in talks with other mobile enterprise developers to bring them into a more formal partnership.PlanGrid is a mobile app for construction workers to share and view blueprints. ServiceMax is a mobile app that makes it easy for companies to manage fleets of field service technicians by ensuring they have access to the right information.Apple has been sending dedicated sales teams to talk to chief information officers. At least one financial services corporation, Citigroup, has been in talks to sign on, one of the two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Another person familiar with the developer’s plans told Reuters that ServiceMax, whose existing customers include Procter & Gamble and DuPont, has co-hosted eight dinners with Apple over the past year in locations across the United States. About 25 or 30 chief information officers and “chief service officers” typically show up at these joint marketing and sales events.ServiceMax declined comment on what they were specifically working on with Apple. PlanGrid also declined comment.But ServiceMax chief marketing officer, Stacey Epstein, said about 95 percent of its customers use Apple devices. Each new customer will typically order thousands of iPhones and iPads, she added.”The field service market alone is a $15 billion market,” said Epstein. “One of our accounts may have thousands of field service technicians. It’s a huge market opportunity for Apple.”Apple declined to comment for this story.’Messy, Stupid’ Demands’Apple has mostly kept its plans under wraps since July, when it announced the deal with IBM. Their partnership has alternately been hailed as a dream alliance, or dismissed as an uncertain tie-up between two companies with very different philosophies.Many American corporations already deploy tablets among their workforces, for purposes ranging from pharmaceutical sales to mobile accounting.“From Apple’s point of view the enterprise is really messy, oftentimes unreasonable or even stupid in its demands,” said John Rymer, an analyst at Forrester. “They’ve never had a business model to deal with any of that. But they do want the penetration and they do want what market share they can get.”Its rivals harbor similar ambitions. A separate source familiar with the matter said Samsung is stepping up its efforts to sell devices to large enterprise clients. The company hired former chief information officer Robin Bienfait to spearhead that effort, and is on the hunt for acquisition opportunities, the person said. The source requested anonymity as they were involved in private conversations. Apple also needed help to penetrate corporations. It is relying on IBM’s predictive software, enterprise-grade security and data analytics to set its upcoming suite of apps apart from rival offerings from Oracle and Microsoft, the two original sources said.Personnel from IBM Global Technology Services, its outsourced IT division, will handle technical support for clients under the initiative, and the two companies also plan on setting up a dedicated 24-7 hotline, according to a recently updated Apple support website.The iPhone maker may be trying to replicate the model that served the iPhone well: hook the client on the software and content, then keep them coming back for the hardware, which is what drives the lions’ share of Apple’s bottom line.“It does make sense, but the devil’s in the details,” said Rymer at Forrester. “The apps have to work and be economic. Can they produce solutions that are meaningful to enough people and reduce the cost over the customers doing it themselves? We’ll see.”(Editing by Edwin Chan, Bernard Orr) Register Now »last_img read more


Spirit Airlines to fly San JoséHouston four times per week starting next


first_imgRelated posts:United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season More flights coming: Delta adds Minneapolis and LA routes to Costa Rica JetBlue announces new flight to Costa Rica from Boston starting in November Travelers in Costa Rica can pay departure tax at airports for 3 more months The U.S. discount carrier Spirit Airlines said Monday it would open four weekly flights between San José and Houston beginning on May 28, 2015.The airline plans to open the new route to Costa Rica as part of its expansion in Latin America, the company said. Flights will use an Airbus A319 and A320 with the capacity to accommodate 178 passengers.Alberto López, general manager of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), said the carrier’s announcement is important for the country as it will be the first flight of a low-cost airline from the central region of the U.S. to Costa Rica.“Texas is the third largest state where the best traveler prospects for our country live, which means its residents have a high interest in visiting or returning to Costa Rica. This new route and four weekly flights will increase the number of seats available and the number of tourists visiting our country,” López said on Monday evening.ICT studies show that Texas has 2 million residents who could be considered as top prospects for tourism in the region.“Texans are seasoned travelers with high income and higher education levels,” the ICT claims.Official reports also state that during the first nine months of this year, some 740,000 U.S. travelers entered the country by air with a tourist visa. U.S. tourists who entered Costa Rica in 2013 remained on average 10.4 nights and spent an average of $1,232 during their stay.Spirit’s announcement adds to five other airlines that have scheduled new flights to the country. Avianca, AeroMéxico, JetBlue, Delta and United will increase flights to the country’s two international airports, Juan Santamaría, outside the capital, and Daniel Oduber, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.Last week, German carrier Condor started its third weekly flight to Costa Rica, and Cubana de Aviación on Sunday resumed nonstop flights to Cuba.Thomson Airways and Southwest Airlines confirmed new flights in 2015, while Turkish Airlines and VivaColombia currently are in negotiations for opening routes to Costa Rica. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Travel bookings to get more mobile study


first_imgOnline travel bookings are becoming more mobile (Image Mark Harada)   Mobile travel bookings are expected to triple by 2013, signalling a slight, but not insignificant shift in the way travel is booked online, a study by travel research firm PhoCusWright has found. According to the study, gross travel bookings made in the United States on mobile devices reached nearly US$2.6 billion in 2011, representing 2.4 per cent of all online travel purchases.And over the next two years, that share is anticipated to grow to over $8 billion, or 6.5 per cent of all internet bookings. Although its share of the total travel market will remain “small” over the next two years, the dollar value being transacted on Smartphones, tablet computers and other portable gadgets is “substantial”, says PhoCusWright communications director and senior analyst Cathy Schetzina. “The mobile platform is clearly changing traveler behavior, yielding incremental bookings in addition to the expected channel shift,” Ms Schetzina remarked. “And as merchandising capabilities improve, travel companies will have an even broader range of mobile revenue opportunities.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more