Palestinian officials President Abbas picks ally for new premier

first_imgRamallah (West Bank): The Palestinian president has chosen longtime adviser Mohammed Ishtayeh as his new prime minister, officials said Sunday, a step that further deepens the rift with the rival Hamas group. President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to announce the appointment later in the day, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement. Ishtayeh, a British-educated economist, is a top official in Abbas’ Fatah movement. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHe is a former peace negotiator and strong proponent of a two-state solution with Israel. He also is a strong critic of the Islamic militant group Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in 2007. The Hamas takeover has left the Palestinians torn between rival governments in Gaza and the West Bank, where Abbas’ Palestinian Authority administers autonomous areas. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed. Ishtayeh will succeed Rami Hamdallah, who had overseen a unity government formed nearly five years ago with the goal of reaching a conciliation deal with Hamas. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThose attempts made little headway, and collapsed a year ago when Hamdallah’s motorcade was almost struck by a roadside bomb in Gaza. Hamdallah announced his resignation in January after years of failure in reconciliation efforts. Ishtayeh is now expected to appoint a new Cabinet of Fatah supporters. Ishtayeh, who is in his early 60s, has a Ph.D. in economic development from the University of Sussex, according to his website. He has held a number of senior positions, including Public Works minister and a past peace negotiator with Israel.last_img read more

I belong to the caste of the poor Modi

first_imgSonebhadra (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday came down heavily on the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh for raising questions on his caste, asserting that he belongs to the caste of all poor countrymen.Addressing an election rally here, Modi continued to attack the Congress over its leader Sam Pitroda’s hua to hua (It happened, so what?) remark on the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. National security also figured prominently. Modi accused a previous coalition government of weakening the intelligence agencies and recalled that the Pokhran nuclear tests took place on this day 21 years back. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”They have destroyed Uttar Pradesh and now the SP and the BJP have come together to save themselves from destruction, he said, calling their alliance mahamilawati or adulterated. They have started a new thing about my caste, he said, in an apparent reference to Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati’s jibe that he is a farzi backward — a fake OBC leader. I want to tell them that Modi belongs to just one caste – whatever caste the poor belong to, I belong to that caste,” he said, listing the schemes that his government has launched for them. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe claimed that the country’s intelligence agencies suffered when a third front government, which included the Samajwadi Party, was in power at the Centre. “Our intelligence agencies were weakened by an earlier ‘mahamilawati’ government, but the (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee government set that right,” he said. “Many people connected with our security and intelligence agencies have written a lot about this. They have written how they had made the intelligence network hollow and the country had to bear its consequences for long, he said. What the third front government did is in no way less than a crime,” he said. “Whenever there is a ‘mahamilawati’ government in the country, it has threatened national security, he said. The prime minister hailed scientists for the successful Pokhran nuclear tests this day in 1998. “Twenty-one years back this day, India successfully carried out nuclear tests, Operation Shakti. I salute the scientists who brought laurels to the country with their hard work. This historic event in 1998 proves what strong political will can do for national security,” he said. Referring to the Manmohan Singh term, he claimed the country got a weak government run by remote control after the one headed by Vajpayee. He said that government brought a bad name to the country. “So many scams took place but the Congress and its people had no remorse as their way of thinking is ‘hua to hua’,” he said making a fresh attack on the Congress for its leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks. “It shows the character and mentality of the party, he said. The hua to hua’ remark reflects the arrogance of the Congress,” he said. Modi cited the Balakot air strikes against Pakistan as an example of what a bold government can accomplish. “This is the new India. Now India barges into the hideouts of terrorists and kills them,” he added.last_img read more

Badr Hari Visits Kenitra Prisoners

Rabat – On Friday August 28, Moroccan kickboxing champion, Badr Hari, visited the Kenitra central prison to celebrate his last victory over Ismael Londt.Accompanied by Moroccan artists Latifa Raafat, Abdelali El Ghaoui, Adil Miloudi and Zineb El Adaoui, Badr Hari expressed his sympathy towards the inmates.He began his speech by saying, “I experienced the same thing, I know exactly how you feel but nobody is perfect and to err is human.” He continued to express the difficulties he has faced in jail and his strong faith and belief in hope. “Once I was released from prison I strongly believed that there was another beginning and it’s time to show people that I am not that prisoner anymore.”He went on to add that he never expected to address the prisoners. “We don’t know what may have happened in the future. Yesterday, I was a prisoner like you and today, I am addressing you.  The point is, never loose hope and tenaciously defend your dream. Never allow others to demoralize you,”  he strongly concluded.Badr Hari, also known as the ‘Golden Boy’, made a strong comeback with a knockout punch against his opponent Ismael Londt out on August 22.ALC Fès Talent Show© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

FedEx bracing for slowing global economies and earnings growth 4thqtr results top

FedEx bracing for slowing global economies and earnings growth; 4th-qtr results top estimates NEW YORK, N.Y. – FedEx Corp. said Tuesday that slow global economic growth will crimp its earnings over the next 12 months. The company vowed to make significant cost cuts to counter any drop in package shipments.The world’s second-largest package delivery company is closely watched for signs about the health of the economy. It forecast moderate growth for both the U.S. and global economies, citing the debt crisis in Europe and slowing growth in Asia.The company’s results for the fourth quarter did top Wall Street estimates when a charge for retiring planes is excluded. Its stock rose more than 3 per cent.The Memphis, Tenn. company’s forecast for the first quarter fell below Wall Street’s expectations, while it’s range for the year fell mostly below analysts’ views. FedEx faces a number of speed bumps, including higher salaries and pension costs, as well a shift by customers to cheaper shipping options to save money. The company predicts fiscal year 2013 earnings of $6.90 to $7.40 per share. That excludes the major cost reductions it plans to announce in the fall. Wall Street analysts expect earnings of $7.39 per share.In a note to clients, Jefferies analyst Peter Nesvold said that while the earnings forecast highlights a weakening global economy, higher costs are the main reason for it falling under Wall Street’s expectations. He notes that a reorganization in FedEx’s U.S. express unit, including possible job cuts, could boost earnings in the long run.FedEx is calling for 2.2 per cent economic growth in the U.S. for a calendar 2012 — higher than the 2.1 per cent it predicted three months ago. It sees that rising to 2.4 per cent next year, about in line with the current consensus of economists.In the latest quarter, FedEx earned $550 million, or $1.73 per share, compared with $558 million, or $1.75 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $11 billion from $10.55 billion a year ago. Without the charge to retire planes, FedEx earned $1.99 per share, 4 cents better than Wall Street estimates.FedEx is getting rid of more aircraft to slim down its express network as more consumers opt for slower shipping services to save money. Operating income in that unit fell 34 per cent including the one-time charge, or 3 per cent without it.FedEx earned 6 per cent more per package in its U.S. unit despite a 5 per cent decline in total shipments. It credited that to growth in its overnight service and higher customer charges for fuel. International priority shipment revenue rose 3 per cent, while volume fell 3 per cent as growth in Asia slowed.FedEx shares rose $3.14 to $91.65 in afternoon trading.FedEx’s larger competitor, Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc., also cited slowing Asian shipments as it reported lower-than-expected first-quarter results in late April. Much of UPS’ profit growth came from its core U.S. business, where revenue was up on higher volume and prices. But that was offset by a shift toward lighter packages and slower shipping methods._____Samantha Bomkamp can be reached at . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 19, 2012 1:20 pm MDT read more

Central Asian countries cite instability in Afghanistan as serious threat

Addressing the Assembly’s 68th high-level debate, Uzbek Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, stressed the only way to end the Afghan crisis is through a political solution based on negotiations with the main confronting forces and achievement of consensus “regardless of how difficult it might be and given the active assistance on the part of the international community and the United Nations.” Mr. Kamilov noted that as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) draws down next year, the conditions could lead to an escalation of the confrontation in the country which could have a negative impact on Central Asia and neighbouring regions.Uzbekistan, the Foreign Minister noted, will continue to adhere to an “open and clear” policy with respect to Afghanistan based on principles of good neighbourliness and non-interference in its internal affairs. In his statement, Mr. Kamilov also stressed the importance of water resource management, and particularly the problem of the drying up of the Aral Sea.Erlan A. Idrissov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderMeanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrissov, stressed his country’s commitment to sustainable and stable development of Afghanistan, in keeping with the Istanbul progress and the Almaty forum.“The Asian continent is transforming itself into a global power house for the 21st century, with its production of more than 57 per cent of global GDP – and this trend is expected to increase,” Mr. Idrissov said. “However, this growth could be jeopardized by an aggravation of existing conflicts, illegal migration, drug trafficking, territorial claims, separatism, religious extremism and terrorism.”To counter these, the Foreign Minister called for a regional security architecture to more effectively make joint decisions related to security and cooperation in Asia.Mr. Idrissov also urged nuclear abolition, noting that when the Semipalatinsk nuclear site closed shortly after the country’s independence in 1991 and renounced the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world, Kazakhstan “made a unique contribution in the multilateral effort to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.” The General Assembly debate continues through 1 October. read more

Yemen UN envoy completes visit to Saudi Arabia as part of efforts

The Special Envoy also welcomed the statement Sunday by the officials of the Government of Yemen in which they expressed their willingness to participate in peace talks with the Houthi rebels.“In the coming weeks, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will be working with Government representatives, the Houthis and their allies, to complete preparations for the talks, which will help ensure that the negotiations lead to concrete benefits for the Yemeni people and the foundation for sustainable peace,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told the daily press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.While in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, met with Yemen’s President Mansour Hadi and Vice-President Khaled Bahah, as well as key Saudi officials including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef Bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir. In addition, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed met representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and representatives of the diplomatic community in Riyadh during his three-day visit. The envoy will be in New York this week to brief the 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday on the latest updates and hold bilateral meetings with relevant parties.In the most recent resolution on Yemen, the Council demanded that the Houthis withdraw from all areas seized during the latest conflict, relinquish arms seized from military and security institutions, cease all actions falling exclusively within the authority of the legitimate Yemeni Government and fully implement previous Council resolutions. read more

Call the Midwife confronts female genital mutilation in new series

first_imgAsked how much notice she was given, Thomas said: “I can’t say, but it was short. We were hopeful right up to the end that we could make it work, but we couldn’t.”I just rewrote the series without Miranda in it, which was sad because we would have loved having her in it. She is part of the Call The Midwife family. But (this time) it wasn’t meant to be.”Hart, who quit the show during series four because of work commitments, said that she could not return because she could not make the schedule work. While movies based on other period dramas such as Downton Abbey are said to be in the works, Thomas said she was not interested in a big-screen spin-off, saying: “It has never been discussed.”She said that she had received “expressions of interest from very senior actresses” to appear in the TV drama because of its strong roles for women.And she added of the secret to the show’s success: “Gradual, persistent change. In some long-running shows there is a pressure to keep characters going on and on with new stories, but that does not replicate life. My mantra is, ‘We are not a soap. We are a medical drama’.”The new series begins on Sunday. New @CallTheMidwife1 starts THIS WEEK! Get warmed up with series 1-5 💪 @helen_george— BBC Store (@BBCStore) January 16, 2017 Call the Midwife Call The Midwife The new series will tackle difficult issuesCredit:Sophie Mutevelian /BBC Thomas said the new series had to be rewritten after Miranda Hart pulled out.The actress, 44, who played loveable midwife Camilla “Chummy” Browne, announced last year that she would not return to the period drama despite suggestions from producers that she would.Thomas said that she had written Hart into the sixth series, which airs later this month, but that she withdrew at “relatively short notice”.”We were thrilled when Miranda approached us, and I storylined the series for her, but at relatively short notice she had to withdraw,” she said. “I thought this would be a fascinating story, as it would be the first time our midwives would have seen this process. It would provide a very interesting crunch point between two cultures and of course it is now a very hot topic, quite rightly,” she told Radio Times.FGM is illegal in the UK, and nearly 6,000 new cases were recorded in England last year. But Thomas said her show would not make a moral judgment about the practice.“We are a medical drama, not a moral drama. We are not judging this woman,” she said. “You do have to be careful not to impose a modern mindset on the attitude of either the white characters or the Somalian women in that part of the story.” 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. Miranda Hart previously appeared in the programmeCredit:Jonathan Ford /BBC  Call The Midwife is to tackle the controversial issue of female genital mutilation, with a storyline set among the East End’s Somali community.The BBC One drama will take a sympathetic look at the plight of a young woman who has undergone the procedure.Heidi Thomas, the screenwriter, said she had wanted to include the storyline for some time but had to wait until the drama reached the early 1960s, when “appropriate cultural communities” had settled in east London. The new series of Call the Midwife is in the 1960sCredit:Sophie Mutevelian /BBC Miranda Hartlast_img read more

Column How planning can make sure Christmas is fun

first_imgARE YOU A sucker for Christmas? Does the child inside you love the excitement, the presents the special time with family and friends? It really can be a wonderful time of the year, a time of togetherness, peace and hope. However; it does come with its side-effects. Christmas can cause a lot of stress and unnecessary pressure on those who are strapped for cash or on those who have to do all the organising. A lot of the stress of Christmas can be avoided with advanced planning.In order to feel more of the joy and less of the pain, here are some tips to get yourself organised in advance. Come Christmas Eve you will be sitting with your feet up, eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine, rather than racing around like Prancer and Dancer.Do the BudgetBefore you hit the high streets, work out what you need and what you are going to spend. The shops are filled with too many nice things. Glitter, glam and bargains make it difficult not to blow the budget. To avoid having regrets make a clear spending plan before you go.Make the Present ListYe who don’t make lists may laugh at the merry list-makers – but the list-makers will have the last laugh when they finish their shopping early and within budget. Make a list and check it twice, write down all the presents that you need to buy. Put it in a small notebook that you keep with you at all times. Alternatively use a note in your smartphone or use a programme like Evernote to keep it all up to date. Write down what you have spent so you can keep an eye on how things are adding up.Online ShoppingYour online shopping days are numbered. If you need to buy anything online, get cracking.I love online shopping, anything that keeps me out of the shops makes me happy. Although last year I was sweating buckets a week before Christmas hoping my final bits of shopping would show up on time. To avoid that stress get the online shopping out of the way this week.Make Hallmark HappyMany years ago I took an ecological stance to stop sending Christmas Cards. Hallmark and An Post were not happy with my decision. Neither, I’m sure, were many of my friends and family but little by little as I see the cards I receive dwindle I think they have finally got the message.But if you are not swayed my way, now is the time to get those cards in the post, we are fast approaching final posting days for different parts of the world.Clean the HouseYeah, sorry but it has to be done. Get a deep clean done well in advance and then there won’t be so much to do Christmas week. If you can afford it, call in the cavalry and pay someone to do it. Wouldn’t that be nice, you could get some shopping done while someone else cleans your showers, baths, and last year’s turkey remains from the oven.Plan the FoodIf you never stray from the traditional Christmas Dins, I do believe it’s time to order the bird. If you feel adventurous, why not try paella or a curry or something that doesn’t need to be plucked. Make a list of all the ingredients needed and essential items for the day and remember no need for stockpiling, the shops are open again on the 26th.The DecorationsNow for the fun bit, or is it? Don’t be shocked to find out most families argue the night the decorations go up. Picture this; the lights stretched out on the floor, twisted and unforgiving. The children bored waiting. The parents yelling “Not yet, don’t touch, sit still”. Why not open a bottle of Christmas cheer before you begin and take it in your stride.And before you go, remember in the spirit of Christmas to help those less fortunate. Give a little to a deserving cause and do your best to help at home too. Whoever is responsible for making your Christmas dinner make sure they get to have fun too. And if you are the chef, host or organiser remember to ask for help. Christmas is so much more fun is everyone is relaxed and happy. Let’s do our best to make it fun for everyone.Happy Holidays!Ciara Conlon is a Productivity Coach and author of Chaos to Control a practical guide to getting things done. She helps busy professionals save time and get focused. If you would like help getting organised and setting goals for 2014, Check out her online course Get Set for Success Read: Little girl writes adorable letter to John Lewis to apologise for breaking baubleRead: Winter’s here as weather warning issued over windsWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

Office 15 screenshot leaks shows off Metro look

first_imgImages from the leaked Windows 8 milestone builds are popping up all over the Internet (including right here at, but Win8 isn’t the only upcoming Microsoft software at which we’re sneaking early peeks. Office 15 is being worked on as well, and it looks like the screenshot floodgates may be about to open for it, too.The glimpse we’ve gotten above — thanks to a forum user at The Hot Fix — shows a very different looking Microsoft Outlook. The redesigned UI is clearly taking direction from Microsoft’s Metro language with its clean, angular lines and typographical elements. As someone who supports a group of fairly non-savvy end users during the day, I’m glad to see text labels used to switch among Outlook functions like mail, calendar, and contacts. While icons are nice, what they represent isn’t always clear to the person at the helm. The word “calendar” is pretty hard to mistake, but the typical gridded square might not strike a chord with some.Right now, the icons which are visible don’t quite suit the overall design. They look like holdovers from previous Office interfaces, and could certainly be improved by dropping the “puffy” styling for something a bit more flat. The ribbon interface will likely be reworked as well, but it appears to be minimized in this particular screenshot.As nice as Outlook 15 looks in its Metro clothes, that sidebar looks every bit as cluttered as it ever has. Hopefully Microsoft’s team can come up with something which has a little bit more sizzle before Office 15 is released.More at WinRumorslast_img read more

Review Legend of Grimrock

first_imgThose of you who fondly remember games like Dungeon Master or Pools of Radiance should be excited about retro dungeon-crawler Legend of Grimrock as it will scratch a long-neglected itch. Depicted in the pre-launch trailer above, Legend of Grimrock was created to be an updated version of the classic genre from the late 80’s and early 90’s. It’s an effort that has hit its mark nicely without having to resort to gimmicks or unnecessary graphical accoutrements to capture the player’s attention.Having spent a few hours with the title I am totally impressed by the job Almost Human Studios did with the title. It brings me back to the hours I used to spend winding my way through various dungeons on quests for power, fortune, and fame in the various RPG titles that were out when I was a kid. I have said before that while I love games like Skyrim, the old school stuff had a quality of mystique around them where you felt more inside the game somehow. With modern RPG’s, they look pretty and have deep story lines, but everything is laid out for you, where with games like The Legend of Grimrock, a lot is left up to your imagination.The premise of the game is simple: you are in a party of four convicts that have been given a chance at freedom, if you can make it through Mount Grimrock. A winding gauntlet of enemies and puzzles, very few have have ever been dropped into the top of the mountain and found their way out at the bottom. While this storyline gives the game definition, it refreshingly doesn’t put an armlock on the whole experience.The gameplay will be very familiar to those of you who had the pleasure of spending time with Dungeon Master. The movement rather than being frenetic like in a FPS title is deliberate and slow yet smooth to not make it seem dreary. Using my Razer Nostromo, I found myself able to navigate very well since you are either moving forward, backwards or sidestepping right or left. You can also turn either direction, which again gives the feel of the old school games we played when we were kids.Your party consists of four different beings, which either you can let the game choose for you automatically or you can spend the time in the beginning to really tailor your group to your playing style. I chose to let the game choose, and ended up with a minotaur warrior, human warrior, human archer and a human mage. While you visually don’t see these characters (you have to use your imagination, which is really a good thing, trust me), the on-screen display of each members status serves as how you are actually walking through the game. Of course, I placed my “tanks” in the front with my ranged in the back which still works as well as it did back in the day.Fights and battles in the game are pretty straight forward. You simply right-click the hand slots on each party members block, and you either hit or miss. At the beginning of the game your mage will have many spells fail, but eventually you can cast some low level fire spells like the one above, burning up the giant snail. As is standard in the genre, stats and equipment help how much damage you deal out or absorb. Equipment is found laying around the different rooms of the dungeon, encouraging you to explore.One significant difference then it comes to exploration is that Grimrock gives you the ability to have an auto-map. I don’t know about you, but I rather enjoyed breaking out the graph-paper and making maps with a pencil and a ruler. The good news is that the game developers seem to understand this since they give an option to be able to turn the feature off.Resource management plays a large role in Grimrock as you have to keep your team supplied with food, and actually command them to eat. This is a nice touch because this mechanic was a large part of classic crawlers in the past. It doesn’t become obnoxious as you play, and gives you reason to fight the baddies that are floating around. Of course, fighting gives you experience points which help to level your party up and there are few surprises in this that keep things interesting.The part of the experience that really stands is the amount of challenging puzzles you have to tackle to move forward in Grimrock. Relying on both spatial and mental obstacles, the game presents challenges that force you to stop your modern meta-game thinking in favor of putting yourself in the environment. When I use real world thinking to get around a problem in a game, I feel cheapened in some way. But put me so deep into the game that I can almost hear the dripping water and monsters shouting in the distance, and I am yours forever.The Legend of Grimrock retails right now at $11.99 during the pre-order phase. If you wait to purchase through Steam, it will be $14.99 but, either way, it’s worth every penny. Even when you finish the game, the replay value is high as you can mix up the party and difficulty, and I can see many players doing that since the game is so enjoyable. If you must have new content, the game promises DLC packs as well as community-created dungeons, which should expand your experience infinitely.You can pre-order the game right now directly from the developers or It hits Steam on the 11th.Grimrock GraphicsGrimrock Graphicsgrimrock-2grimrock-mapLegend_of_Grimrock_screenshot_05Legend_of_Grimrock_screenshot_06Legend_of_Grimrock_screenshot_07Legend_of_Grimrock_screenshot_01Legend_of_Grimrock_screenshot_03Legend_of_Grimrock_screenshot_04legend_of_grimrock_key_art_mediumlast_img read more

Napoli will be difficult Marko Pjaca

first_imgThe Fiorentina footballer believes that his rival on Saturday are Italian Scudetto contenders but that his team can win this matchWinger Marko Pjaca has yet to debut with Fiorentina in the Italian Lega Serie A.But the Croatian footballer might do it this Saturday when his team takes on Napoli.The 23-years-old is on loan at Fiorentina from Juventus, who acquire his services in 2016.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Napoli are strong and it’ll be difficult, but we have started the season very well and want to continue like this,” the former Juventus winger told Sky Sports Italia.“I think they are Scudetto contenders and a team that want to win, always. At the same time, Fiorentina can win this game and it’s what we want to do.”“I really want to score goals and prove I can help Fiorentina, hopefully starting at the Stadio San Paolo, so we can do good things both in Serie A and the Coppa Italia,” he added“Wearing the Number 10 is a lot of responsibility and I intend to show I deserve it.”last_img read more

Healthier foods for your 4th of July BBQ

first_imgHealthier foods for your 4th of July BBQ Posted: July 3, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Your Fourth of July BBQ celebration doesn’t have to be filled with fat and calories.Chef Meghan Bowen from Sharp Coronado Hospital’s Mindful Café and Elaine Tenen, Registered Dietician for Sodexo at Sharp Mesa Vista, shared healthy BBQ sides KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Primary election ballots in mail

first_imgBallots for the Aug. 17 primary election are on their way to mailboxes across Clark County and beyond.The Clark County Elections Department mailed 218,162 primary ballots Wednesday, an all-time record, said elections supervisor Tim Likness. That tops the 216,000 ballots the county mailed for the 2008 general election, which decided a presidential race and several statewide contests. This year’s top two primary is a hot ballot, with contested races for the U.S. Senate, the open 3rd Congressional District seat and one open legislative seat in each of the 17th and 18th districts. The top two vote-getters in those races will compete in the general election regardless of their political party. In races with just two candidates, both will advance to the general election.County Auditor Greg Kimsey said turnout in primary elections has hovered between 36 percent and 38 percent since 2002, but predicted this year’s ballot return rate could reach 40 percent because of the number of competitive races on the ballot. The deadline for voter registration by mail already has passed, but people can register in person at the elections department, 1408 Franklin St., through Monday, Aug. 9.In addition to winnowing the candidate field in contests for federal and legislative offices, Clark County voters will pick the top two candidates for county assessor, county prosecuting attorney, state Supreme Court justice, Clark Public Utilities commissioner, and Vancouver city council.last_img read more

The latte defense exposed

first_imgThe library levy just barely passed. But why did it struggle so much?The simple answer? The economy stinks.“It was not anti-library,” District Trustee Merle Koplan said. “It’s the taxes.”But behind the bookshelves, there were other reasons for this close call.Demons.And the finger was pointing at us.Should have been easyOn the surface, this levy thing should have been a piece of cake. After all:• Everybody loves libraries. Books and kids and reading. It’s all good. Like police and firefighters, we’ll reach into our pockets and pay whatever is asked.• Voters had already approved a $43 million bond to build — among other things — a fancy new building. It’s going up for all to see right now. Surely voters would also support a levy that would help staff the new joint seven days a week.• It will only cost you a few lattes a year. That’s it! $16 extra a year.But hold on a secThe Columbian knew all of this, of course, but after some vibrant discussion decided to editorialize against passage of the levy. In the end, it was just the wrong time to ask taxpayers for more money. Plus, this was a 15 percent increase for them. We thought, who the heck is getting increases today?We knew recommending “no” would make some community power players unhappy. But that can never be part of the decision. Then the e-mail came in. It was from a library supporter.“It wasn’t enough to editorialize against the library’s levy measure…” the e-mail began “…You have to run a poll designed to discredit the library district right before the election.”Demons.Our unscientific web poll the library supporter was talking about asked readers about both the new City Hall and the new library. Both are beautiful buildings.last_img read more

Web Analytics Service Targets Trade Publishers

first_imgB-to-b magazine publishers now have another tool for proving the quality of their online audiences, in real-time. Demandbase Inc. recently launched its Demandbase Professional Web analytics service that uses IP addresses and target audience profiles to organize visitors based on the company they work for, their interests, behaviors, industries, company size, company revenue and responsibilities.“Saying that you have a million visitors means a lot less than saying you have 147,000 visitors from financial services, for example, and from companies of a specific size,” Demandbase CEO Chris Golec told FOLIO:. “Print media always had a handle on their subscriber lists and who their readers are. Online, however, it’s been reduced to a number of clicks or duration of visits with no comprehensive or real-time view of what that audience looks like from a business perspective.”Demandbase sets its service apart from other online analytics services, including Truviso, because it does not track visitors’ personal info or behavior across sites or ad networks, is used by sales and marketing departments (not IT), and targets b-to-b clients, not b-to-c. “In the consumer world, every click represents a potential buyer, but in the b-to-b world you need to know what percentage of your traffic represents your target audience,” Golec said. “Until you know that, it’s hard to know where to reallocate dollars, where to spend more or spend less. ”Demandbase allows publishers to know how many clicks are coming from their and their advertisers’ target audience. They can then use it to help shape advertisements, to further develop their audience and for new advertiser acquisition.”Demandbase Inc. was founded in 2006 and rolled out the Demandbase Professional service this fall. “Basically, we built a back-end data platform in partnership with and using information from groups like Dun & Bradstreet, Hoovers, Harte-Hanks,” said Golec. “It amasses their data, reorganizes it and creates what we think is a best-in-class business information database that maps that data from Internet registry and IP addresses. We provide our clients with a snippet of code, Javascript, that gets pasted into the HTML of a Web site, either on one page or across an entire site.”A handful of trade magazine publishers are already using Demandbase Professional, including Penton Media and Ziff Davis Enterprise.“Among trade publishers, there not only is a need to grow our audience but to grow the quality of our audience,” said Carine Roman, Ziff Davis Enterprise’s senior vice president of business management and operations. “Demandbase helps us achieve both those goals. As publishers increasingly become lead generation companies, this helps us strengthen our database—which has been built primarily from our magazines and newsletters—and saves us money in collecting those names.”Roman said Demandbase allows Ziff Davis Enterprise, which serves the IT industry, to determine what segment of its online audience is working in IT but within specific markets, like healthcare for instance. “That’s helpful when having conversations with advertisers,” Roman said.Demandbase’s pricing is based on clients’ online traffic volume. “A small publisher can get started for hundreds of dollars a month while a larger publisher with, say, more than 10 million visits a month, might spend thousands of dollars a month,” Golec said.More on this topic B-to-B Heavyweights Form Online Ad Network Prepping Readers for a Digital-Only Switch B-to-B Content Syndication Network NetLine Acquires Inc. Partners with E-Commerce Platform RapidBuyr Vivek Shah IDG, Ziff Davis Enterprise Form PartnershipJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more

Air Force Reports Diverting 66 Million for PFASPFOA Contamination Cleanup

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Air Force has submitted a letter to Senate Democrats acknowledging it has diverted more than $66 million from other contamination remediation projects toward PFOA/PFOS cleanup, CQ reported Thursday.Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member, released the letter Thursday detailing that funds from fiscal 2018 and 2019 BRAC accounts were used to clean up sites contaminated by past use of PFAS-based firefighting foam, according to the report.The letter is in response to congressional Democrats’ pressure on the Pentagon to account for whether it has adequate dedicated funding to clean up the contaminants.Maureen Sullivan, the top DOD official leading the agency’s environmental cleanup, said in a March House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing that PFOA/PFOS contamination would cost “approximately $2 billion.”Carper and Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) followed with a letter to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan requesting details on its nationwide PFOA/PFOS clean-up plans, including “all diversions, or planned diversions” of funds intended for other cleanup projects. They said they had “been informed that in at least one instance, the United States Air Force has diverted funds intended for a site cleanup of non-PFAS contamination to PFAS-related cleanup efforts.”Ellen Lord, under secretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment, replied June 5 that the “Air Force BRAC has diverted $66 million from non-PFOS/PFOA cleanup projects.”In a news release Thursday, Carper said Congress “needs to ensure that the Department of Defense has the resources needed to fully address” its “liabilities related to the DOD-related PFAS contamination in our communities.”Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameenlast_img read more

Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh disappoint their fans on their first Holi post

first_imgRanveer Singh, Deepika PadukoneInstagramDeepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have always been the most talked about couple in Bollywood be it for their onscreen crackling chemistry or offscreen. The two have never let their fans down with their lovable gestures and sharing intersting anecdotes about their married life. But unfortunately this time around, their fans were left with disappointment as Deepika and Ranveer couldn’t celebrate their first Holi together post marriage.As we know that Deepika has been preparing for her role in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak which is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The actress has begun shooting for the film on Monday but because of her work schedule, she couldn’t be there alongside Ranveer to celebrate the festival of colour with him.”It’s so ironic that on the day of Holi, I leave for Chhapaak; we start shooting on Monday. It is a very very important film, the story needs to be told, we start filming on Monday and on Holi day is when I leave for Delhi so no celebration, just a lot of preparation,” Deepika had recently said during a media interaction.Deepika’s working Holi has made her fans restless and some are even asking for DeepVeer’s holi celebration pictures on social media platform. While some on the other hand have been wishing her and Ranveer a very happy holi. Take a look.DeepVeer Holi pics share karo— Chowkidar Adi ❤ ”1983”’ (@Adi_Loud_Indian) March 21, 2019Hi Dear…first Holi..after marriage.. With Ranveer…Wish you both and all your family… Happy Colourful Holi…. — Chowkidar Shraddha (@ShraddhaBanso10) March 21, 2019Thanks and wish you @deepikapadukone and @RanveerOfficial on your first holi festival.— Shanti Makwana Harding (@shanti_harding) March 21, 2019 Meanwhile, the newly weds took top honours at the Zee Cine Awards 2019 held in Mumbai on Tuesday. While Deepika was honoured with the Best Actor (Female) award for her role of Rani Padmavati in Padmaavat, Ranveer won the Best Actor (Male) Viewers’ Choice award for his menacing act of Alauddin Khilji in the same film.After the tremendous success of her last outing Padmaavat, Deepika became the first actress to deliver a 300 crore film with a female solo lead whereas Ranveer has been delivering back-to-back hits like Padmaavat, Simmba and Gully Boy.last_img read more

Abu Sayeeds motorcade attacked in Pabna

first_imgAbu Sayeed`s damaged vehicle at Shimultala near Santhia Bazar in Pabna on Thursday, 13 Dec, 2018. Photo: CourtesyThe motorcade of Jatiya Oikya Front candidate Abu Sayeed for Pabna-1 seat came under attack in Pabna’s Santhia Bazar on Thursday, leaving four people injured, reports UNB. Talking to UNB, Sayeed said a group of rowdy supporters of his electoral opponent attacked his motorcade around 11:00am when he was on an election campaign.He said the attackers damaged his vehicle badly and beat up his supporters, leaving Zakir Hossain, Monwar Parvez, Nazmul Hossain and Saiful Islam, injured.Sayeed said he himself suffered minor injuries as some brick chips were thrown at him.Sensing danger, the Oikya Front candidate moved to Santhia police station with his damaged vehicle.Later, he lodged a complaint with the office of assistant returning officer Jahangir Alam.Sayeed alleged that the attackers took away three motorbikes of his campaigners.Contacted, Bera circle assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Jehadul Rahman said they will take stern action against those who were involved in the attack on the candidate of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.Abu Sayeed, a former Awami League state minister for information, joined Gano Forum, one of the components of BNP’s alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, on 26 November.The alliance nominated him for Pabna-1 constituency for contesting the 30 December national election with BNP’s electoral symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.last_img

Local Lettuce Farm Looks to Transform Neighborhood Give Second Chances Gregory Megginson, an intern with YouthWorks, looks on as Lisa Franklin surveys the lettuce crop.On a formerly vacant lot in the Sandtown-Winchester area of Baltimore City, a series of greenhouses have sprung up, growing over 10 types of lettuce and providing jobs to residents of an area more notable for its vacant housing stock than its green spaces.Part of a series of neighborhood revitalization projects developed by Newborn Holistic Ministries, the farm, known as Strength to Love, is helping to transform both the appearance of Sandtown-Winchester, and its residents.Strength to Love is located on a formerly overgrown lot on Lorman St., between N. Monroe St. and N. Fulton Ave.  The site currently consists of six hoop farms, 150 foot long greenhouses where the lettuce is grown and harvested.  An additional 10 hoop farms are in the process of being built, four on the north side of Lorman and six on the south.According to Lisa Franklin, Strength to Love’s site supervisor, each house goes through a germination cycle of four weeks, and harvesting is done weekly.“We rotate the houses so that we’re constantly getting produce, constantly being able to harvest,” explained Franklin.Of course, producing a crop is ultimately a means to an end.“This is a rehabilitation to reintegrate people who have been incarcerated back into society,” said Franklin of the farm that employs formerly incarcerated men and women, teaching them a skill and offering a second chance they seldom receive elsewhere.  “That is Strength to Love’s mission.”Lettuce growing in one of Strength to Love’s six hoop farms in West Baltimore.Douglas Wheeler was living next door on N. Fulton Ave. when he noticed the greenhouses start going up two years ago. Wheeler, who at 18 served a one year prison sentence, was overcome by curiosity and began showing up to the farm, asking questions and learning about the process of growing lettuce, year round, in an urban environment.Wheeler is now employed on the farm, and says that growing lettuce and understanding what counts as an acceptable harvest has taught him to take pride in the product of his labor.“If I won’t eat it, I’m not letting nobody else eat it,” said Wheeler. “So if I take good care of it, I know it’s good and it makes me feel good to know that I’m helping people.”Maurice Owens is a deacon with Newborn Holistic Ministries and oversees the farm’s operations.  Owens spoke to the various ways the farm is serving the local community.“It’s a very good project,” said Owens.  “It enables [the workers] to have some work in the neighborhood, some fresh food, vegetables, for our community, as well as bringing some money into the church to maybe help some of those who might have misfortunes: gas and electric, rent, children are injured—the whole gamut of life.”Strength to Love’s harvest yields are mostly sold to Big City Farms, an urban farming company that sells produce to area vendors and also serves as a consultant to Strength to Love.The farm has become a point of civic pride, a place where local residents help out by volunteering to clean trash and debris from the site.The Strengh to Love hoop farms from Lorman St.“I love it because the kids in the neighborhood—they’ll mess up everything, you know how kids are in a neighborhood like this—they don’t mess it up at all,” said Damon Leighton, one of the employees on the farm.  “They respect me because I’ve been here so long and they respect my job.  They come through and if they can help they will.”Strength to Love has not only supplied Leighton with a job, it has also made him healthier, introducing him to better food options which, combined with the hard work of farming, have enabled him to lose approximately 75 pounds.For Owens, Strength to Love’s greatest contribution, however, is hope.“This is what we do.  Just a community thing, trying to help all the people in our community, give people jobs, give them some hope,” said Owens.  “When you have some hope you can wake up and get started in the morning.  When you ain’t got no hope, you just lay there and think of something crazy to do, which usually winds up being something bad.”last_img read more