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ATB Financial CEO retiring after leading Crown corp for 11 years

first_imgCALGARY – ATB Financial president and CEO Dave Mowat is retiring at the end of June after 11 years as head of the Alberta Crown corporation.The bank says it is starting a search for a replacement and will announce Mowat’s successor in May.Mowat, 62, led the bank through the 2008-09 financial crisis as well as the oil price downturn that took hold in 2015 and leaves as the economy shows signs of recovery.Over Mowat’s tenure, the bank’s assets climbed from $20.3 billion in 2007 to $49.6 billion as of last September, while total operating revenue went from $751 million to a last reporting of $1.5 billion.He also headed the review of the province’s royalty regime initiated by the Alberta NDP government that left the existing system largely in place.Mowat says that after a decade of leading the bank, it’s time for a new leader to infuse the company with new ideas and approaches.last_img read more

Current efforts to stem piracy off Somali coast must be strengthened –

31 October 2011It is vital that Member States strengthen efforts to tackle piracy off the Somali coast, a senior United Nations official stressed today, adding that current initiatives, while laudable, are insufficient. Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told a meeting of the Security Council that the international community has responded with an “unprecedented” effort to counter piracy, including through a naval presence off the coast of Somalia which has resulted in the reduction of incidents of piracy at sea.In addition, more and more pirates are being arrested and prosecuted, and information sharing and coordination have improved, he said, as he presented the annual report of the Secretary-General on piracy off the Somali coast.“Despite these unprecedented efforts, attempts to stem pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa remain insufficient,” Mr. Zerihoun stated, adding that Somali pirates have expanded their operations well into the Indian Ocean.According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), 316 people and 15 vessels were being held hostage as of early October 2011. Mr. Zerihoun noted that the pirates’ technical capacities have increased and they have become more violent. Many young Somalis continue to be willing to take the risk of becoming criminals at sea. Another cause of concern is reports of links between pirates and the Islamist militant group in Somalia known as Al-Shabaab, according to the official. Somali piracy could also be inspiring attacks elsewhere on the world’s shipping lanes, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, he added.“It is important that Member States and international actors redouble their efforts,” said Mr. Zerihoun. The fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia can only be won through an integrated strategy that tackles deterrence, security, the rule of law and development, he noted, adding that counter-piracy efforts should be an integral element of the Somalia peace process.He said it is also worth looking at interim objectives, including developing Somali capacity to deal with piracy on land and waters close to shore through the establishment of a coast guard. “The Somali people, especially the youth, need greater incentives not to succumb to the lure of piracy. Economic rehabilitation and the creation of alternative livelihoods, especially the development and rehabilitation of coastal fisheries, must be at the centre of efforts to fight piracy. But as long as piracy is lucrative, alternate livelihood options will be a hard sale,” he stated.Last week the Council adopted a resolution renewing its call for tougher anti-piracy measures in Somalia and the wider region, and urging all countries to adopt laws and cooperate with international organizations to accelerate the prosecution and punishment of piracy.It also emphasized that the failure to prosecute persons responsible for piracy undermines the broader anti-piracy efforts of the international community, and stressed the need to establish specialized anti-piracy courts in Somalia and other countries in the region. read more

Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo –

The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people who, due to conflict, have fled their villages in the country’s Kasai and Kasai Central provinces. “We launched this emergency response as soon as funds became available,” said Claude Jibidar, WFP Representative and Country Director in DRC, in a press statement. “We targeted the most vulnerable among the vulnerable, and our access to these displaced people also depend on security conditions. However, with nearly one and a half million displaced people in the Kasai region, additional donor support is essential for WFP to scale up our operations and reach more vulnerable displaced people,” he added. WFP plans to assist 25,000 displaced persons in Kasai Central and 17,000 people in the Kasai province in the coming days, the statement elaborated. However, WFP urgently requires $17.3 million to support the operations scale-up from September to December 2017. “Food distributions have started in the town of Tshilumba with further distributions scheduled this month. As part of this effort and where safe access is possible, WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) continue to identify the most vulnerable displaced people in areas identified with high levels of food insecurity, as determined in a recent food security study,” said WFP. According to its recent food security assessment, WFP said that in the last year, the number of people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance in the DRC rose by 1.8 million – from 5.9 million to 7.7 million. “In conflict-ridden areas, more than 1.5 million people are facing ’emergency’ levels of food insecurity, leaving many with no option but to sell everything they have while skipping or reducing their meals,” the statement outlined. In addition to food distributions, WFP is leading the Logistics Cluster, which provides technical and logistical support to humanitarian organizations and has been operational in the Kasai region since June. “Mobile warehouses have been built to store food and non-food items, while several trucks have been sent to Kasai and Kasai Central to transport food and supplies,” said the statement. To meet the huge needs of displaced people in hard-to-reach areas, since June the WFP-led UN Humanitarian Air Service has expanded its support, positioning an aircraft in Kananga in Kasai Central on a permanent basis and flying three times weekly to Tshikapa, Kasai – making those most in need more accessible to humanitarian organizations. Scores of people have fled their villages due to the conflict that broke out in the Kasai region in August 2016. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are some 1.4 million internally displaced people across the Kasai provinces. Additionally, more than 31,000 have fled into neighbouring Angola. “With up to 3.8 million people displaced in total, the DRC is home to the largest population of internally displaced people in Africa,” underscored the statement. The sharp deterioration in people’s food security is mainly attributable to displacement caused by an upsurge in conflict and pest infestation in crops across the country. WFP continues to coordinate with FAO and other partners to serve the most vulnerable people in the Kasai region, as well as in other parts of the country. read more

Marking 25th anniversary of UN membership Armenia pledges continued support

President Serzh Sargsyan spoke extensively on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – listing it as being among the various challenges that Armenia has “withstood with dignity” –recommitting the country to its peaceful resolution. Mr. Sargsyan called the conflict a human rights issue, saying it can be resolved exclusively through one of the fundamental and inalienable human rights – “the people’s right to self-determination.” Noting that next year the UN would mark the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the President said that Armenia would at that time table and invite all member States to support a new initiative towards the international recognition of the Armenian genocide. Turning to the Middle East, he expressed great pain over the humanitarian situation in Syria that has caused the civilian population great suffering, including the country’s Armenian community. “Within its means, Armenia strives to mitigate the suffering of the Syrian people by providing humanitarian assistance. We also express our willingness to engage into possible discussions on the peace-making efforts in Syria under the UN auspices and with an appropriate mandate,” he stated.Full statement available here read more

Vince Carter enjoying his decision to go to Atlanta

Vince Carter could have gone anywhere.To a contender, to chase a ring. To retirement, because he has nothing left to prove. To television, which seems like it will be his next vocation whenever his playing days end.Instead, he chose Atlanta — a young team, a rebuilding team, a team that probably has minimal chance of making the playoffs.And he’s happy.“I’m with a great bunch of guys,” Carter said. “I enjoy helping young guys who want to learn, who are willing to be coached and let you coach them and ask questions. It’s a small thing, but it’s a major thing — because if you’re asking questions, that means you’re trying to learn and grow. And these guys are all great.”He’s the NBA’s oldest active player, someone who turns 42 next month. When he was drafted in June 1998, neither Trae Young nor Kevin Huerter had been born yet. And they’re the starting backcourt for the Hawks this season, Carter’s 21st in the league, with Atlanta being the eighth team he’s played with.Carter talked with Dwyane Wade during the off-season about their options; Wade was considering retirement, and Carter was deciding where to play next.Wade said Carter doesn’t need a ring to complete any sort of legacy, and applauded the decision to go to Atlanta.“It’s very cool,” Wade said. “I think everybody on the outside has what they think someone should do. I was like, ‘Man, it’d be cool if he went back to Toronto.’ I had my story for him. But he decided to continue to do things the way that he’s done it, and I think it’s him understanding the importance of what he has to offer to the game and young players, and an organization that wanted him to come in and give that.”There are no regrets. Barring a change of address or another season — which is possible — Carter’s career will end with him getting to the conference finals only once, and never appearing in the NBA Finals. The closest he got was with Orlando in 2010, when the Magic lost the Eastern Conference finals to Boston in six games.“It’s easy to go sit on the bench and watch your team win and not really contribute,” Carter said. “Yeah, with my voice, I could contribute. But I want to do both.”So Carter is hanging with the kids.“It’s good for me,” Carter said. “Keeps me young.”RAPTORS RISINGToronto is off to the best start in the NBA at 20-4, four games clear of Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference already (and four games in the loss column ahead of Philadelphia as well).The scary thing is, it could have been better.It’s been forgotten, but the Raptors’ season also includes a three-game losing streak — all in a five-day span last month. They lost by 16 against New Orleans to fall to 12-2, then wasted a 19-point lead and lost to Detroit, then watched Kawhi Leonard miss late in regulation in what became an overtime loss to Boston.They’re 8-0 since, and first-year coach Nick Nurse has his team rolling.“Nick has done a really good job with this team and the way they play,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.THE WEEK AHEADA game per day to check out this week:Oklahoma City at Detroit, Monday: Former teammates Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson seem to like going head-to-head.San Antonio at Utah, Tuesday: The Spurs struggled with the Jazz last season, and this opens a tough road back-to-back.Philadelphia at Toronto, Wednesday: The Raptors have opened up a sizable lead in the East, and face a good test here.New York at Boston, Thursday: After a sluggish start, the Celtics are starting to look like the team many envisioned.Golden State at Milwaukee, Friday: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the same floor is must-watch.Miami at L.A. Clippers, Saturday: Wade is eager for this — his wife and their newborn daughter are currently staying in Los Angeles.Milwaukee at Toronto, Sunday: A matchup of two of the East’s best teams, and it’s never too early to think about positioning.HISTORIC WARRIORSNot even two months into the season, and the Golden State Warriors have already done something that no team in more than 50 years has accomplished.The Warriors are the second team in NBA history, joining the 1961-62 Los Angeles Lakers, to have three different players with a 50-point game in the same regular season. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have reached 50 already this season.The 1961-62 Lakers’ trio to do so: Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Rudy LaRusso.Could Golden State get a fourth into the 50-point column? Who knows, but remember, DeMarcus Cousins — who hasn’t played yet this season — has a pair of 50-point games in on his career resume.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTim Reynolds, The Associated Press read more

Urban Meyer Buckeye seniors address halftime basketball crowd

The Ohio State men’s basketball team received plenty of applause during its route of UMKC Friday night, but the Schottenstein Center reached a different decibel level for the football team. On the eve of The Game, coach Urban Meyer and the team’s senior class were met with applause and a standing ovation at a halftime break turned pep rally. “This group of seniors did give us everything they had,” said Meyer as he briefly addressed the crowd. “They are one game away from going down as one of the great senior classes in the history of Ohio State.” Meyer then handed the microphone to senior linebackers Etienne Sabino and Zach Boren. Sabino’s message to Buckeye Nation was short but clear. “We love you guys,” Sabino said. “Go Bucks, beat Blue.” Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes fell to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last year, 40-34. “We’ve been waiting a year to have a rematch with these guys from the Team Up North,” Boren said. “We need your help to go out as champions.” OSU is set to face Michigan at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Reeva Steenkamps reality show to go ahead

first_imgA CELEBRITY REALITY show featuring the murdered girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius will still be broadcast on South African television despite her death, the producers has said.The pre-recorded show filmed in an exotic location in Jamaica features the blonde model Reeva Steenkamp and several local personalities competing for one million rand prize money.Producers of “Tropika Island of Treasure” said they had decided not to shelve the show, which will premiere today, two days after she was shot dead at Pistorius’s home on Valentine’s Day.“As we grieve today with Reeva’s family and friends and struggle to make sense of this shocking tragedy, it has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned,” executive producer Samantha Moon said in a statement.“This week’s episode will be dedicated to Reeva’s memory.”A weeping Pistorius appeared in a Pretoria court yesterday charged with murder over the killing of his 29-year-old girlfriend.A special tribute will be broadcast ahead of Saturday’s show at 4.30pm GMT.AdvertisementsOnline advertisements for the series shows a beaming Steenkamp clad in a bikini and other skimpy clothing.The show’s website carries a picture of burning candle with a message: “We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva’s family and friends.”The series, now in its fifth season, is popular with local viewers.The hour-long show, screened on Saturday evenings is described as “pure adrenaline-fuelled drama… Whether diving off 75-foot Jamaican cliffs into the ocean, recreating cool runnings or meeting Jamaican celebrities”.Born in the southern city of Port Elizabeth, Steenkamp moved to Johannesburg six years ago to pursue her modelling career.The model, who had been dating the double amputee sprinter, was shot dead inside Pistorius’s Pretoria home on Thursday. The pair had been dating since late last year.On her Twitter profile Steenkamp described herself as a “Law Graduate, Child of God” and, regularly mentioned Pistorius, 26, in her posts, referring to him as her “boo” and “an amazing person”.- © AFP 2013.Related: Oscar Pistorius disputes murder charge “in the strongest terms”>More: Oscar Pistorius breaks down in court as bail hearing postponed>last_img read more

To be playing against Ulster that was a huge moment for me

first_img‘To be playing against Ulster, that was a huge moment for me and my family’ 25-year-old Ed Byrne has been in superb form for Leinster this season. Apr 8th 2019, 7:31 PM 28,498 Views Subscribe 7 Comments Monday 8 Apr 2019, 7:30 PM https://the42.ie/4582130 center_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Murray Kinsella Share31 Tweet Email IT’S BEEN A real breakthrough season for Ed Byrne with Leinster and he had a new milestone again last weekend… his first time packing down at number eight.The loosehead prop ended up providing back row cover on the bench for Leinster against Benetton after the late withdrawal of Josh Murphy due to illness forced a reshuffle.With five minutes of the game remaining, Byrne was sent on in place of Scott Penny just before a defensive scrum, where he lined up in the number eight slot.“That was a first!” says Byrne with a laugh. “I was alright with it. I came on and had been told I might be covering six so initially when I came on, I was thinking ‘That’s a pretty big blindside there!’“I was a small bit worried but once I was packing down at eight, I had a fair idea of what I needed to do. I spoke to Max [Deegan] and Caelan [Doris] very quickly, then we ended up defending for five minutes so didn’t get another set-piece after that.”Unfortunately for Leinster, Benetton managed to force their way over with the clock in the red to secure a share of the spoils.For Byrne, it was a brief replacement appearance in a season that has seen the 25-year-old’s career accelerate to the point that he is keeping the 54-times capped Ireland international Jack McGrath out of Leinster’s Champions Cup matchday squads.Cian Healy remains the first-choice in the number one shirt but Byrne’s form has been superb and has seen McGrath look elsewhere by agreeing to join Ulster next season.With 14 appearances in the Pro14 and a further four off the bench in Europe, including a 23-minute stint in the quarter-final win over Ulster, Byrne has exceeded his own objectives for this campaign. Byrne shakes hands with Ulster’s John Cooney after Leinster’s quarter-final win. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“My goal at the start of the season was to play Champions Cup so it was great to play in the games I did,” he says. “I’m loving that and getting some really good opportunities this year. Hopefully, I’m putting my hand up now.”There’s little doubt Byrne is doing so and his progress is all the more enjoyable for the injury hell he went through from 2014 until early 2017.In total, he missed 28 months with cruel knee injuries. There were dark times when he wondered whether he would ever play again. Largely fit for the past two seasons and seemingly getting better with every game, Byrne does sometimes reflect on that horrific period.“It’s a strange one, it’s there. I don’t like to look back on it too much because the fear of injury for a few months after that was top of my head, just really wanting to get a run of games and keep fit. I’m always trying to keep on top of the little bits that help that.“Just in terms of adversity and getting through tough times, it makes those big days very special. I went through an unbelievably tough time there and now to be playing against Ulster two weeks ago, that was a huge moment for me and my family. It does make those days extra special.” Byrne scored two tries against the Kings in February. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOLeinster have pushed Byrne to concentrate on his “point of difference,” namely the explosive ball-carrying he has had from his earliest days in rugby and which helped him to excel in schools rugby with Clongowes.In terms of his set-piece work, Byrne says Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty has been an “incredible” influence, having worked with him in the provincial system since the age of 18.And the presence of seasoned internationals in Healy and McGrath in the “unbelievably competitive” loosehead spot has been key to him learning more each season.“The lads have been great, I’ve learned a huge amount from them over the years,” says Byrne. “Even chatting through little things with Cian and Jack scrum-wise, little pointers here and there.“Throughout the whole group, there’s unbelievable competition but great friendships there as well, lads get on really well. It’s very important to strike that balance.”Off the pitch, Byrne is a popular figure in the Leinster group and part of the Carlow crew along with his twin brother, Bryan, and Sean O’Brien, whose Instagram stories often feature Ed.“It’s not by choice really but unfortunately, I’m on the end of them,” laughs Byrne.Byrne’s own rugby story looks like a happier one with each passing week.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Greeks abroad vote to sink in parliament

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek cabinet  approved a draft bill which will allow Greeks abroad to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence last week. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos urged the political parties to cooperate in passing the bill into law when introducing the legislation to Greek Parliament.“We cannot deprive expatriates of their right to participate in the political life of the country. It is dictated by the Constitution but is also our obligation towards them when we know how much we owe them and how much they can renew the political life of the country through their participation and their ideas,” he underlined.However hope that the proposed bill giving Greeks living abroad the right to vote Greek elections will pass was dealt a serious blow when Opposition parties declared their opposition to the proposed legislation. This does not augur well for the fate of the proposed bill because it needs 200 of the 300 MPs to support the bill for it to become law. Andreas Loverdos, a PASOK deputy and the party’s spokesman on foreign affairs, indicated that PASOK will oppose the bill.  PASOK is unhappy that its calls were not heeded for a postal ballot and for the creation of constituencies for Greeks abroad so that they can directly elect MPs to Parliament.Syriza (The Left Coalition) has adopted a similar position.KKE has also expressed its opposition to the bill, saying that it would have a disproportionate effect on the election result. The Right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally said that it is largely in favour of the bill.The proposed legislation gives the right to vote to Greeks that are permanently resident abroad and those that are stationed abroad, either working for Greek foreign services or as employees of international organisations. These will be included in special electoral rolls to be compiled and regularly updated by Greek consulates.Those wanting to vote would have to register with the Greek embassies or consulates in their place of residence.They will be able to vote only for the party of their choice, not specific candidates. Their votes will be counted at the embassies or consulates by an electoral committee and the results announced at the same time as those in Greece.Every party would have to include three Greeks living abroad on their State List, which is made up of 12 candidates that do not stand in any specific constituency but are elected to Parliament based on the proportion of the vote received by their party. The minister clarified that the proposed bill will be transitional, since this would be the first time that the Greeks abroad would vote in elections. Once it had been tested in practice, the government would then examine the possibility of representation for specific regions abroad and ways in which the Constitutional provision for a postal vote might be implemented in practice.He also explained that the votes of expatriates participating in the elections would be added to the total of those voting throughout the country and in this way, their percentage would also be taken into account when calculating the allocation of seats in Parliament to each party.By tabling the draft bill in Parliament, the government was fulfilling the pledge it had originally made in 2004 to bring a draft law executing the Constitution and thus give Greeks abroad the chance to vote, Pavlopoulos stressed.last_img read more

Bank deposits rebound in August

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bank deposits in Greece are showing signs of a rebound this month for the first time in the last couple of years, as customers respond positively to last month’s news about a second bailout for Greece, reinforcing trust in the local system. At the same time, uncertainty about the Cyprus economy has resulted in many Greeks withdrawing their deposits from its banks and bringing them back to Greece, taking the inflow of funds to about 1.5 billion euros in the last three weeks, Bank of Greece Governor Giorgos Provopoulos told Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos during a meeting. This means that August may well prove to be the first month with a positive balance of capital inflows, after total deposits in the local banking system had shrunk to 249.4 billion euros in June from 280.2 billion euros last December. Some of the deposits are from the general government sector, amounting to 9.1 billion euros at the end of June, official data indicates.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Foursquare un nouveau réseau social en plein essor

first_imgFoursquare : un nouveau réseau social en plein essorFoursquare est un outil de réseau social, de jeu et de microblogging, qui permet à l’utilisateur d’indiquer où il se trouve et de rencontrer ainsi ses contacts. La géolocalisation est son atout par rapport aux autres réseaux sociaux. L’application fonctionne sur iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile et Blackberry. Son principe est simple : Foursquare collecte des données personnelles sur ses membres et les partage avec les autres utilisateurs. Avec déjà 300.000 membres actifs enregistrés, cette application permet aux utilisateurs de spécifier leur localisation dans leur profil mais surtout, de voir ce dernier se mettre à jour en fonction de leurs déplacements physiques. Des badges sont ainsi attribués au profil des utilisateurs en fonction des endroits qu’ils fréquentent.Pour résumer, c’est un réseau social qui combine jeux et géolocalisation. La plupart des réseaux sociaux nous permettent de dire où nous allons, Foursquare indique lui où nous sommes en temps réel, en utilisant le GPS de notre mobile. Autre valeur ajoutée : cette application s’apparente à un jeu de rôle, dans lequel tous les utilisateurs sont acteurs.  Seul bémol : le fait que l’application soit basée sur la géolocalisation induit des risques en matière d’exposition de la vie privée. En effet, les données et informations personnelles, ainsi que le lieu où vous vous situez peuvent être consultés par tous les utilisateurs de Foursquare.  Yahoo! s’intéresserait déjà au rachat de Foursquare, estimé à 100 millions de dollars. Cela lui permettrait de rattraper son retard en matière de web communautaire, tout en prenant une position intéressante sur le plan de la géolocalisation.  Le 15 avril 2010 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

VAR replay helps Barca secure win

first_imgBarcelona maintained their perfect start to the new La Liga season thanks to Video Assistant Referees replay, according to ESPN.The Catalan club secured a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday night after the use of VAR replay proved to be difference.Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal in the 57th minute to give the Ernesto Valverde’s men all three points to maintain their perfect start to the season.The Spanish champions began the game with a front four of Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi but the quartet had trouble clicking on a ripped-up pitch in Valladolid.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, the former Borussia Dortmund winger pounced on a cushioned header back into the box from midfielder Sergio Roberto and lashed his first-time right-footed shot past goalkeeper Jordi Masip and into the far corner.Rayo Vallecano thought they’d worked an equaliser late in second-half stoppage-time but the goal was correctly ruled offside after a VAR replay.The victory ensures Barcelona begin their title defence in fine fashion after defeating Deportivo Alaves 3-o last week at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Crews extinguish kitchen fire in Rose Village

first_imgFirefighters quickly knocked down a kitchen fire midday Tuesday in a home in the Rose Village neighborhood.Crews were called to the house at 3712 N St. at 12:24 p.m. and Vancouver Fire Department Engine 3 arrived about 4 minutes later, said Capt. Chris Moen, a fire spokesman.Firefighters arrived and found nothing visible from the outside of the home and light smoke inside, according to radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The cooking fire was contained to the kitchen but caused some smoke damage to the rest of the home, Moen said.No one was home when firefighters arrived.A resident returned home, found smoke and left to call 911, Moen said.The fire caused $15,000 in damage.County property records indicate the home is owned by the George S. Fullerton & Candace S. Spiro Trustees.last_img read more

Rodale Strikes Licensing Deal to Market Branded Workout Kits

first_imgEmmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. has struck a licensing agreement and marketing partnership with EB Brands, parent company of the EB Sport Group, to sell Men’s Health- and Women’s Health-branded workout kits and other products.The Men’s Health “Ultimate Total-Body Workout,” designed by the magazine’s editors, includes select equipment and a customized workout poster for a six-week exercise program. Also included is a free one-year subscription to the digital edition of the magazine and a free three-month trial offer to Men’s Health “Personal Trainer,” a customized fitness and nutrition premium content Web site. Women’s Health will offer a similar editor-developed program, “Lean Body Workout,” as well as an identical trial offer of customized content for readers (instead of “Personal Trainer,” the Women’s Health premium content site will be “Fit Coach.”) The branded workout kits will retail for $49.99 and be available in mid-October at major sporting goods retailers and specialty stores nationwide and at GetFitKit.com in late October. According to Tamra Knepfer, Rodale’s senior vice president of licensing and business development, by combining “EB’s knowledge of the fitness product market and their leadership in product innovation with Rodale’s editorial expertise and brand strength, we are creating products that help consumers achieve their fitness goals.”Rodale’s Prevention and Runner’s World will also debut products in the fitness accessory and fitness monitor categories. The promotional license also enables EB Sport Group to feature special Rodale added-value on-pack offers, which include digital magazine subscriptions and online subscription services on EB Sport’s products, Rodale said.last_img read more

House Pushes Back Deadline for Financial Disclosures

first_imgDownload AudioThe Alaska House has passed legislation pushing back the date by which legislators and other public officials must file annual financial disclosures. HB 65 would move the filing deadline from March 15 to May 15.A minority-led effort to keep the reporting deadline for legislators as March 15 failed. Rep. Scott Kawasaki, a Democrat from Fairbanks, said legislators owe it to the public to provide that information while in session.Rep. Mike Hawker, a Republican from Anchorage, said the bill, which he sponsored, would not degrade the quality of information available to the public about legislators. He noted that candidates make financial declarations when they run, and their annual reports are on file. The change in date also includes those serving on boards and commissions.The vote was 32-8 on reconsideration. The bill next goes to the Senate.last_img read more

Shocking Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 Karan Singh Grover will force Erica Fernandes

first_imgKaran Singh Grover, Parth Samthaan, Erica FernandesInstagramKasautii Zindagii Kay 2 has been topping the TRP chart with its dramatic twists and turns ever since the daily soap started airing on television. And now with the stunning entry of Mr. Bajaj played by Karan Singh Grover, the show is all set to offer some interesting high-voltage drama into the lives of Prerna played by Erica Fernandes and Anurag played by Parth Samthaan.If you are an avid viewer of the show, you can see how Prerna and Anurag have struggled to come together and united once again. Viewers may expect a lot of romantic scenes between Prerna and Anurag but Mr. Bajaj’s entry in the recent promo of the show has given rise to speculations about his presence.In the promo, Prerna and Anurag can be seen getting married in a mandap, but soon Mr. Bajaj enters the scene to disrupt the couple’s happy life.According to Tellychakkar, Mr. Bajaj will do anything to force Prerna to marry him because his daughter Sneha is fond of Prerna and is quite comfortable around her. You will also get to see Karan romancing Erica aka Prerna.Sneha has lost the ability to speak but she will regain it when she will start spending much time with Prerna. And Mr. Bajaj will do his part to bring Prerna home as his wife and a mother to his daughter after witnessing the impossible becoming possible with Prerna’s midas touch.The first look of Karan Singh Grover as Mr. Bajaj was recently revealed online after much speculations about who will play the particular role in the popular daily soap. His hot salt and pepper look as stolen hearts of many and viewers seem to be quite excited about Karan’s character will bring a storm in Prerna and Anurag’s lives.last_img read more

Blue light from smartphones may speed blindness

first_imgBlue light emitted from smartphones and other digital devices can accelerate blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye’s retina into cell killers, a study has found.Macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that results in significant vision loss starting on average in a person’s 50s or 60s, is the death of photoreceptor cells in the retina.Those cells need molecules called retinal to sense light and trigger a cascade of signalling to the brain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We are being exposed to blue light continuously, and the eye’s cornea and lens cannot block or reflect it,” said Ajith Karunarathne, an assistant professor at University of Toledo in the US.”It’s no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina. Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration, such as a new kind of eye drop,” said Karunarathne.The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that blue light exposure causes retinal to trigger reactions that generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s toxic. If you shine blue light on retinal, the retinal kills photoreceptor cells as the signalling molecule on the membrane dissolves,” said Kasun Ratnayake, a PhD student researcher working in Karunarathne’s group.”Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they’re dead, they’re dead for good,” said Ratnayak.Karunarathne introduced retinal molecules to other cell types in the body, such as cancer cells, heart cells and neurons. When exposed to blue light, these cell types died as a result of the combination with retinal. Blue light alone or retinal without blue light had no effect on cells. “No activity is sparked with green, yellow or red light. The retinal-generated toxicity by blue light is universal. It can kill any cell type,” Karunarathne said. The researcher found that a molecule called alpha tocoferol, a Vitamin E derivative and a natural antioxidant in the eye and body, stops the cells from dying.However, as a person ages or the immune system is suppressed, people lose the ability to fight against the attack by retinal and blue light.”If you look at the amount of light coming out of your cell phone, it’s not great but it seems tolerable,” Dr. in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said.”Some cell phone companies are adding blue-light filters to the screens, and I think that is a good idea,” said John Payton, visiting assistant professor at University of Toledo.last_img read more

The Ridiculous Final Resting Place of Americas Most Famous Traitor

first_imgSay what you will about the British, but they never did earn a reputation for applauding traitors – whether Britain was the victim or benefactor of an act of treachery. The most famous English traitor, Guy Fawkes, was tortured for weeks before tumbling from a gallows ladder and being summarily dismembered as a warning to other seditious parties within the kingdom.Guy Fawkes.Encyclopaedia Britannica will tell you that British history is full of similar examples of traitors to the Crown being executed in the vilest of ways, but the English have had little sympathy even for those whose treachery served the ambitions of the monarch.Not surprisingly, Britannica knows a fair bit about the infamous American traitor Benedict Arnold.Arnold led several successful campaigns against British forces in what is now the United States and Canada, but his brash attitude earned him the irritation and distrust of his peers.A head and shoulders profile engraving of Benedict Arnold.On more than one occasion Arnold was passed over for promotion and made to serve under his junior colleagues, despite leading the Americans in a growing list of successful offensive and defensive battles against the British.He repeatedly offered his resignation, with George Washington himself convincing him to continue to serve on one such occasion.Battle of Saratoga.His short but illustrious fighting career came to an end in the fall of 1777 when he was gravely injured at the Battle of Saratoga.He was rewarded for his service with a restoration of rank relative to his peers and given command of the city of Philadelphia the following year.Boot Monument at Saratoga National Battlefield commemorating the wounded foot of Benedict Arnold. Photo by Americasroof CC BY-SA 2.5Whether it was his earlier treatment by the American establishment or simply the same reckless attitude that earned him their disdain in the first place, Arnold cared little for propriety in his new position and raised money illegally to fund his lavish lifestyle and burgeoning social life.One of Arnold’s coded letters. Cipher lines by Arnold are interspersed with lines by his wife, Peggy.He was particularly popular among loyalist families, and this may have contributed to the attention he received from the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council shortly after taking his new post.Benedict Arnold.While demanding an immediate court-martial to resolve the matter, he married the granddaughter of the loyalist founder of Shippensburg, PA and began to secretly court the British forces for money in exchange for information that would sway the war in their favor.An 1865 political cartoon depicting Benedict Arnold and Jefferson Davis in Hell.When his British handler was captured, Arnold fled, earning the disgust of the loyalists for his abandonment of his colleague.When he aided the British in their attack on New London, CT in 1781, he was an outlaw to the Americans and a useful pariah to the English.Arnold’s Oath of Allegiance, May 30, 1778.He left North America for England later the same year but was unable to secure a position in the British Army.He spent a decade in Canada engaged in land speculation before becoming a privateer for a short period and ultimately returning to London.Commemorative plaque in London. Photo by Warren Bennet CC BY-SA 4.0In New London, the Boston Globe writes, the memory of Benedict Arnold and his brutal raid continues to be celebrated by burning him in effigy in much the same way as the British celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Day.In old London, too, he is far from a hero, his final resting place becoming a curiosity for travel bloggers.St Mary’s Church, Battersea. Photo by Derek Harper CC BY-SA 2.0He is interred alongside his wife in a crypt at a modest community church in Battersea, and today little effort is made to encourage reverence of his memory – the crypt more closely resembles a colorful children’s classroom than a tomb and in fact kindergarten classes are at times held there.A few mementos including a plaque and a stained-glass window have been donated by American history buffs, all within the last five decades, and they are displayed alongside a sizable aquarium containing the class pet of the church’s resident kindergarten class.Read another story from us: Franklin Seduced France with Coonskin Cap DiplomacyWhile some Americans have come to view Arnold in a favorable light, the British have allowed the curious journey of Benedict Arnold – from American war hero to corrupt statesman to traitor to businessman to privateer – to fade into obscurity, passing no more judgment on his deeds than you can find in the quotidian banality of his final resting place.last_img read more

Pageant ladies get to audition for ZeeTV

first_imgPreparation for the Miss India NKZN pageant is on the go…This year, contestants will be given the opportunity to audition with Zee Stars. The top three contestants in this year’s Miss India Northern KwaZulu-Natal Pageant will each win an audition with ZeeTV.Last year, Shilpa Govan of Balfour in Mpumalanga secured a three-year contract with India’s largest channel after an all-expenses-paid trip to Mumbai for a month, where she underwent training.Apart from securing auditions for ZeeTV, the top three contestants will automatically qualify to take part in the 25th Miss India South Africa Pageant at Gold Reef City, Gauteng, from November 28 to December 3.“This is a great opportunity for young women between the age of 17 and 27.“Apart from standing a chance to represent us in the Miss India Worldwide Pageant, they get an opportunity to have a career in Bollywood,” said Mrs Preetha Nanhoo, director of the national event.She said this could be a life-changing event in the lives of those who have the talent.“What’s more is that India-owned companies in South Africa will offer jobs to the contestants if they are interested in breaking into the business world. Each contestant will be asked for a detailed CV, which will be passed on to the companies. This takes this pageant to a new level,” said Mrs Nanhoo.ZeeTV is promoting local talent on an unprecedented scale and it is a very special gift to the Indian community in South Africa.She said the channel was looking for actresses to feature in soapies, presenters for their various language stations, and dancers to take part in a major competition called ‘Dance Africa Dance’.Local promoter Mrs Vimmi Ramdaas said the contest had four sequences: an eastern, western, talent, and question & answer segment.“This is the first time in our long history that young women get the chance to make it in Bollywood and that too through the front door. No agents, middlemen or talent scouts.“Our contestants will travel to Johannesburg on November 28 and will be booked into the Theme Park Hotel set in the Gold Reef City complex. The very next day, they will attend the auditions and each one gets a chance to be in front of the camera.“The tapes will be sent to India, where the ZeeTV Talent Team will study each one and choose those whom they believe have the ability,” said Vimmi.The pageant will be held at the ML Sultan School Hall on August 13.For details, contact Vimmi Ramdaas on 072-609-5296.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more