TOFINO, B.C. – Officials say a small earthquake has struck off the west coast of Vancouver Island.The United States Geological Survey says the 4.5-magnitude quake struck at 2:26 a.m. Wednesday.The tremor’s epicentre was recorded about 170 kilometres west of Tofino at a depth of 10 kilometres.No injuries or damage were reported.Emergency Info BC said in a tweet that the earthquake did not pose any threat.
David Beckham OBE visited the UK’s leading music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, recently, ahead of the HMV Football Extravaganza (FE) where he will be honoured with the Legend of Football Award and his remarkable football career will be celebrated.David Beckham Visits Nordoff RobbinsThis year is the 20th anniversary of the HMV Football Extravaganza. It will take place on Tuesday 1st September at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London.David Beckham has received a great many sporting accolades but this event will be the first time that he will be honoured in the company of his fans and the wider footballing public. This special event is close to being a sell-out, but a few tables are still available – contact Rae@TheFE.co.uk.The HMV Football Extravaganza is a unique event, attracting the world’s leading footballers and the cream of the entertainment industry. Previous recipients of the Legend of Football Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the world of football and contribution to the beautiful game, include Sir Bobby Robson CBE, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Eric Cantona, Tony Adams, José Mourinho, Pelé and Ryan Giggs OBE amongst others.To date, the HMV Football Extravaganza has raised nearly £7 million for Nordoff Robbins, enabling them to provide tens of thousands of music therapy sessions for some of the UK’s most isolated and vulnerable people.Whilst visiting the Nordoff Robbins’ London Centre in Kentish Town, North West London, on Thursday 9 July, David met 11 year old Romano who has autism, global development delay and dyspraxia. Romano has been coming to Nordoff Robbins for 5 years to help him develop his speech and communication skills and to build his confidence.David Beckham OBE said “It was a real pleasure to see Nordoff Robbins’ work and to meet Romano and his family. It was truly amazing to see how music therapy has changed Romano’s life, and learn about how it has helped him develop confidence.“I feel honoured to be receiving the Legend of Football Award at the HMV Football Extravaganza,” he said. “It is a real privilege to be part of this prestigious event, especially in this 20th anniversary year.”Brian McLaughlin, Chairman of The HMV Football Extravaganza and Nordoff Robbins Governor said: “We are absolutely thrilled that David Beckham has accepted our prestigious Legend of Football Award. David is, without doubt, one of the world’s footballing greats and I am delighted he will be joining us. We have had many great nights since this event began and been joined by some exceptional football personalities. With David Beckham on our team it guarantees this tremendous tradition will be upheld on the occasion of our 20th Anniversary”.Tickets for the HMV Football Extravaganza are available now from Rae@TheFE.co.uk.Source:Nordoff Robbins
CALGARY – An international proxy advisory firm is joining a call for change at Crescent Point Energy Corp. by endorsing two of four director nominees put forward by a dissident shareholder.Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. says in a report that investors should vote for Dallas Howe and Herbert Pinder, nominated by Cation Capital Inc., instead of Crescent Point nominees Rene Amirault and Mike Jackson at the company’s annual meeting May 4.ISS also says shareholders should withhold votes for Cation’s other nominees, Thomas Budd and Cation president Sandy Edmonstone.The advisory firm says Cation has put forward a “reasonably compelling case” for board change to allow better capital allocation decisions, enhance profitability and ensure appropriate alignment of executive compensation.ISS also endorsed Cation’s call for a “no” vote on executive pay, pointing out the company’s underperformance is not being reflected in CEO Scott Saxberg’s total compensation.In a news release last week, Crescent Point said the Cation nominees are unqualified or offer experience that isn’t needed on the board and that Howe and Pinder are too close to the company’s director retirement age of 75.Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)
WASHINGTON – A quiet power struggle over NAFTA has finally broken into public view, a tug-of-war within Washington between a faction seeking a quick conclusion and another urging lengthier negotiations, possibly spilling into next year.The tension between those conflicting aims has existed as a quiet dynamic of the recent NAFTA conversations before this week, when it erupted into the open.The Canadian government made clear which side it’s pulling for.It made a public show of throwing its energy in with those seeking a speedy conclusion, in multiple meetings in Washington and New York, in public comments from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and in two private conversations with President Donald Trump.It has allies within the administration as evidenced by public comments this week by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who both expressed hope for a conclusion.Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has remained publicly mum but has also made numerous trips across the street from the White House to assist negotiations at the U.S. trade headquarters.But one powerful opponent of a speedy deal also made himself heard this week.U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, who has been reluctant to schedule rounds and is viewed as a quick-deal skeptic, stood his ground in that tug of war: “(We) are nowhere near close to a deal,” Lighthizer said in a rare public statement.“There are gaping differences.”The struggle isn’t over. Conversations about wrapping things up are still happening on multiple fronts, according to people close to the talks. It also came up when Trump called the prime minister late Thursday, in what was described as a friendly phone call.The reason the Canadians want a quick deal, as do some allies in the U.S., boils down to a desire for certainty. Trade instability has hit business investment in Canada, reducing it by a projected two per cent this year, and in the U.S. it has added to the compendium of woes clobbering farm states.Trudeau this week publicly signalled the Canadian view that a deal is being held up for unorthodox reasons.He suggested the main impediment to an agreement has little to do with any one industry and lots to do with Lighthizer’s insistence on weakening the agreement via a five-year sunset clause and stripping down dispute-resolution systems.Trudeau specifically mentioned the sunset in a New York appearance, even mocking it with a real-estate metaphor designed to appeal to the president: Why would anyone construct a building, he asked, if the deal for the land could end in five years?Lighthizer retorted with a statement that highlighted additional concerns — agriculture, intellectual property, online duties and several other issues.Several insiders saw that statement as Lighthizer pushing back.Trade lawyer and U.S. political insider Dan Ujczo said he believes it pits the trade czar against others — Perdue, Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — and he suggests even the president is sympathetic to the idea of notching a quick win.He read Lighthizer’s statement as sending a message that a deal now would fail to address numerous concerns, alienate those industries and constituencies left out, and cause a backlash against Republicans in a midterm election year.Lighthizer spent years as a congressional staffer and knows the institution. Ujczo said he understands that members of Congress are wary of endorsing a deal that disappoints key industries and donors.For example, negotiators have barely tackled the irritants of dairy, and pharmaceuticals.“There’s not a member of Congress that wants to touch NAFTA right now,” Ujczo said. “Once you start putting agreement text out there there’s going to be winners and losers. And in an election year, the losers can make themselves heard.”The Canadian case for a speedy conclusion is that it’s a pretty good deal now and it might not get better.Trudeau and others argue that negotiators have practically resolved the biggest cause of the United States trade deficit with Mexico, supposedly the very reason Trump wants these negotiations — autos.There is another fear from those pushing for a quick agreement: that greater delay means greater risk that talks fall apart. Some of the politicians involved now won’t even be around if this continues into next year, as Mexico will have a new government and the U.S. will have a different Congress.Meanwhile, all three countries insist they’re prepared to keep talking. They just haven’t decided yet for how long. Ujczo expects one more push for a deal, then a slowdown next month for the Mexican election, and another try in 2019.
A person received minor injuries this weekend during an armed robbery at a legal marijuana production facility east of Simcoe.The robbery was reported to police Sunday afternoon around 2:30 p.m.“It was determined that several unknown suspects armed with handguns attended the address and gained entry into a cannabis farm,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said Monday in a news release.“Once inside, one of the victims was assaulted and received minor injuries. The suspects then removed a large quantity of marijuana and fled in a red-coloured Ford pickup truck with a cap on the box along with a U-Haul truck.”The incident occurred at 681 Townsend Road 14 east of Blue Line Road.This is the same grow operation that unsuccessfully petitioned Norfolk council earlier this year for an exemption to the county’s setback requirements regarding marijuana production facilities.Norfolk County adopted the setback regulations due to the large number of odour complaints arising from designated-grower operations in the rural zone.The grow-op that was robbed this weekend is located in a built-up area in the countryside surrounded on three sides by single-family dwellings.This is at least the third robbery of a legal grow operation in Norfolk over the past year.Five Toronto-area men were charged last fall with attempting to rob a production facility on Highway 3 west of Delhi. Victims on site were tied up and assaulted but someone managed to alert police to a robbery in progress. This incident occurred on the night of Oct. 25.As well – in August of last year – a 49-year-old man was shot and wounded while three men from the St. Catharines area were arrested in connection with an attempted break-in at a home and greenhouse east of Renton.Norfolk OPP later concluded that the incidents were unrelated.The Norfolk OPP crime unit is investigating this weekend’s incident on Townsend Road 14. Norfolk OPP ask anyone who can provide eyewitness accounts to contact the force at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Ohio State has moved student seating for men’s basketball games to create a more hostile environment for opponents. The team hopes the new setup will rival the atmosphere of the most difficult arenas for opponents in the Big Ten. “Michigan State is very tough, and their student section is always very involved in the game,” senior center Dallas Lauderdale said. And “Purdue is always loud.” Fellow senior Jon Diebler agreed that Michigan State was the toughest arena in the Big Ten but added another school to the list. “Wisconsin is pretty tough to play at,” he said. “They love their sports and they just get extremely loud at games.” OSU has a larger arena and student body than all three of those schools, but the size of the other student sections dwarf that of the Buckeyes. The university allotted 1,400 tickets for students this season. Wisconsin, Purdue and Michigan State each distribute more than 2,000 tickets to students. Purdue leads the way with 5,000. Despite the disparity in numbers, the seating locations are similar across the schools. “We have a student area which goes from the corner by the visiting bench around behind the basket,” said George Ade, Purdue athletic ticket manager. The 3,000 student seats in that area take up the first 18 rows. The Boilermakers adopted that system six years ago after students expressed a desire to be consolidated near the court, Ade said. Students at Michigan State sit all the way around the court in approximately the first 10 rows, said Casey Nagy, a student ticket-office employee at MSU. Players agree that the location of students makes a difference. Michigan State “students surround that inner part of the court, and it gets pretty crazy there,” Diebler said. “I think it can get them more involved in the game.” Despite advantages of moving OSU students, the numbers might not add up in equal proportion to other Big Ten schools. Students, traditionally the loudest fans, make up more than 20 percent of seating at Michigan State’s Breslin Center and more than 35 percent of seating at Purdue’s Mackey Arena. OSU students will take up slightly more than 7 percent of seats at the Schottenstein Center this season. Comparatively low percentages aside, players hope the change in seating makes it difficult to play the Buckeyes at home. “Having the students behind the benches will make it a little more difficult on opposing teams,” Diebler said.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali has called on Guyanese to embrace the sacrifices made by the late President Janet Jagan in achieving democracy in Guyana. He made the call on the occasion of the 10th death anniversary of Guyana’s first female President.Addressing party supporters at a wreath-laying ceremony at Babu Jaan, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) where a monument has been erected in memory of the late President, Ali said Mrs Jagan made great sacrifices for the people of Guyana. He said that throughout her life, Mrs Jagan not only fought for women’s rights but the rights of all citizens.“Comrade Janet had some distinguished qualities that are needed today as we confront the struggle of a new form of dictatorship; as we confront the struggle that can be inhibitive to our own rights and freedom in this country. And that quality was consciousness. Comrade Janet, at a very young age, was conscious of the environment and circumstances she was surrounded by and she took bold steps and bold decisions in confronting the inadequacies of that environment,” the PPP presidential candidate noted.Ali explained that what the past President did for the development of Guyana was more difficult than can be explained simply because she was a woman. He said there is need to reflect and be inspired by what she did.People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali addressing the gathering at the 10th death anniversary of Guyana’s first female President, Jagan JaganToday’s struggle, he said, is one in which parliamentary democracy is at risk.“Our national democracy is at risk and our electoral freedom is at stake. These are fundamental aspects of a society that is free and a society that represents the interest and rights of everyone. So her life was embedded with struggles.”Moreover, Ali referred to President Janet Jagan as a woman who put her personal freedom at risk for Guyanese.“Her entire life was marked with struggles at various points. Even when the PPP came to Government and democracy was restored, her struggles continued and then she lost her lifelong partner then becoming President in a political environment that became very poisoned as a result of the political immaturity; as a result of the way in which the opposition then managed the political aspects of Guyana,” Ali said, adding that it is very important for all to be committed if Guyanese are desirous of changing the current circumstances.“Then we must all recommit in our efforts to help politically to remove this bunch of dictators from Guyana.”The late Janet Jagan was the first female President of Guyana serving from December 19, 1997, to August 11, 1999. She previously served as the first female Prime Minister of Guyana from March 17, 1997, to December 19, 1997.She was born on October 20, 1920, and died on March 28, 2009. In 1950, she was instrumental in forming Guyana’s first political party – the (PPP) and five years later, both she and her husband were jailed for several months as political prisoners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDespite gains, women must continue to fight for their rights – President RamotarMarch 5, 2015In “Business”Ali lauds Jagdeo’s leadership, direction in taking PPP forwardJanuary 29, 2017In “Politics”Janet Jagan’s letter on Joey Jagan’s credibility surfacesMay 6, 2015In “Politics”
Female students from the West Demerara, East and West Berbice, Essequibo and Georgetown this year benefitted from Tech Camps hosted by the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) in observance of Girls in ICT Day (GICT).GICT Day is observed each year on 26th April in all member countries and organizations of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU).The camps held at the St. Cuthbert’s Mission along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway and at the Charity Secondary School, Essequibo Coast saw some 64 female students being educated on the use of technology specifically cellphone technologies and the internet.Next Tuesday, a team is expected to visit the Charity Secondary School to hold a full-scale Tech Camp for teenage female students. The students, who are already computer literate will be engaged in discussions and demonstrations to encourage them to learn Programming, Graphics Design and website development.The team is then expected to examine the computers installed at the school, most of which are out of order, and will specify what items are needed for a functional Computer laboratory. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSchoolgirl stabs 14-yr-old boy to neck – at Charity Secondary SchoolFebruary 4, 2016In “Local News”CXC results expected online todayAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Beating of teacher sparks protest in BerbiceSeptember 28, 2018In “latest news”
Zijin Mining Group has chosen an FLSmidth gyratory crusher, SAG mill and ball mill for the Majdanpek mine, part of the Chinese mining company’s majority owned Zijin Bor copper mine, in Serbia.The delivery of the equipment to Majdanpek, 180 km from Belgrade, is expected to occur between 12 and 18 months from now, with the project estimated to reach completion by the end of 2020. The order has a combined value of around DKK200 million ($30 million), according to FLSmidth, and has been recognised in the order intake for the September quarter.The order of the new FLSmidth crushing and grinding circuit for the front end of the concentrator comes as Zijin looks to modernise Majdanpek, which will be the largest of its three Serbian copper concentrators, FLSmidth said.Acquired as part of the majority acquisition of Bor in late 2018, the Majdanpek mine uses open-pit mining and flotation to produce copper concentrates, with a designed mining and processing scale of 10 Mt/y, according to Zijin. The operation is currently at a scale of 6 Mt/y, it said.In the next six years, the company says it plans to invest more than $1 billion in the upgrading, expansion, or construction of the four mines and smelter at Bor. After the completion of the first phase of the project, it is estimated output will go to 82,000 t/y of copper in concentrates, with the smelter producing 80,000 t/y of copper cathode. After the completion of phase two, this could go to 120,000 t/y of concentrate and 150,000 t/y of cathode.Manfred Schaffer, President of Mining and Group Executive Vice President at FLSmidth, said: “This extensive order underlines the strong value proposition of FLSmidth to our customers in the copper industry. Our market leading crushers and mills will provide significant improvements for Zijin Mining in terms of productivity and processing efficiency.”
IronRidge Resources has entered a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GeoDrill as part of a “drilling for equity program” of up to $4 million, or 40,000m of drilling at the exploration company’s gold and lithium portfolio throughout Africa.GeoDrill, established in 1998, is a leading exploration drilling company with a fleet of 67 drill rigs that has operations is Ghana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Zambia.The MoU will see IronRidge advance all projects across Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad, while maintaining cash resources, it said.IronRidge’s Chief Executive Officer, Vincent Mascolo, said: “We are delighted to announce that the agreement with GeoDrill secures access to expert drilling capabilities, which will allow the company to effectively advance its portfolios, whilst helping preserve cash resources.GeoDrill brings decades of operational expertise throughout West Africa and, with operational centres in both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, provides excellent synergies with the Ccmpany’s current jurisdictions of focus.”Dave Harper, Chief Executive Officer of GeoDrill, said: “Having previously worked with IronRidge on their Cape Coast lithium project and Côte d’Ivoire gold projects, we understand their exploration business model and it was an easy decision for us to partner with IronRidge in this drilling for equity program.”Under the terms of the binding MoU, any drilling services provided by GeoDrill will be paid by either; cash, shares, or a combination of cash and shares on a 50/50 basis at IronRidge’s election.The agreement is based on a competitive quotation process, which provides for the issue of ordinary shares in IronRidge for 50% of the drilling cost up to a value of $4 million in two $2 million stages.“The agreed payment mechanism comprises a share valuation of 90% of the 15-day volume weighted average price against the value of each monthly invoice,” IronRidge said.Geodrill has commenced drilling works in Ghana where approximately 13,200 m of drilling has been planned at the Cape Coast lithium project over a staged reverse circulation and diamond drilling program dependent on results. It is also currently continuing field mapping and sampling programs over the Zaranou gold project, in Côte d’Ivoire, ahead of a planned air-core drill program.In Côte d’Ivoire, IronRidge is assessing air-core results over its Bianouan and Bodite licences to determine the next steps as well as soils and trenching results over its Kineta and Marahui licences.“At this stage the company will maintain its focus on the Côte d’Ivoire gold portfolio and the Ghana lithium portfolio,” IronRidge said.
Clark Public Utilities is giving customers a one-time credit on their March bill to help ease the financial strain caused by this especially cold winter.“Long stretches of freezing temperatures took a toll in Clark County and we saw electric usage increase dramatically,” Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners president Jane Van Dyke said in a news release. “Staff came to the board and suggested using a portion of 2016 surplus revenue to help customers with these high bills.”During a meeting Tuesday, the utility’s board of commissioners approved a plan that distributes about $10 million of 2016 surplus funds back to customers. Just about every residential, commercial and industrial ratepayer will see a credit equal to about 24 percent of their average monthly energy costs this winter.“It’s for everyone except for basically customers who have final bills and are moving out of the system — customers who didn’t have March read,” utility spokeswoman Erica Erland said.EqualPay customers and Guarantee of Service Program customers will see the credit applied to their account balance, rather than their regular payment.According to the National Weather Service, December 2016 was the eighth coldest December on record in the last 90 years. January was the 12th snowiest January in recorded Vancouver history.
Welcome to another edition of Children’s Corner. In today’s edition, we are featuring the interview we had with Ms. Haddy Jatou Jonga, a young child and women rights activist.Haddy is the Girls’ Mentorship Coordinator at Think Young Women (TYW), a youth organisation working to advocate against Harmful Traditional practices affecting the well being of women and girls in the Gambia, such as Female Genital Mutilation and Child marriage. She was also the former president of Voice of the Young under the Child Protection Alliance(CPA) As well as a active member in many youth led organisations. She will be talking about FGM, child marriage and how she is advocating for harmful traditional practices to be banned and abandoned in the Gambia. Children’s Corner: Could you give a little personal background of yourself to our esteemed readers? Haddy: My name is Haddy Jonga, alias Haddy Jatou Jonga. I graduated from the Gambia Methodist Academy in the year 2011 and I am now a final year law student at the University of The Gambia, Faculty of Law. I am a child and women’s rights activist and have worked with a couple of youth-led organisations such as Think Young Women(TYW), where I am currently serving as the Girls’ Mentorship Coordinator, Lend a Hand Society, The Balance Crew, Voice of the Young, under the Child Protection Alliance (CPA), amongst others. I was recently recognised as one of the most outstanding and promising emerging young women leaders of Africa by the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa. Coupled with this, I am the host of “The Balance Show” at the nation’s broadcaster GRTS which is geared towards promoting innovation through education. I am a human being first, then a young woman, a daughter, a sister and lover of children. I enjoy reading, playing with and talking to children and writing poetry. I am a performance poet for Blaque Magique, a group of young talented Gambians dedicated to using poetry, theatre and music to effect positive change.Children’s Corner: You have now dedicated your time to advocacy in Child and Women’s rights issues. What motivates you in this? Haddy : Well, like you said, I have dedicated myself to the advocacy for the rights of children and by extension women because I cannot find a cause more noble and genuine than that. From personal experience, I know very well how being accorded or deprived of your rights can influence or hinder your personal growth as an individual. We live in a society where children’s voices never really mattered although this has changed somehow over the years and I have come to realise the importance of questioning things and the people around me. I grew up as an inquisitive child and with the support of my parents I have been able to come thus far. I want every other child to be provided with all the necessities they require in order to become their best and to self-actualize. To tell you the truth, the smile on a child’s face gives me the greatest joy. Children have good memories and usually never forget some of the things done to them by an adult. If a child had a bad experience from childhood, those memories remain and in some cases those memories keep him/her from achieving great things due to a lack of self-confidence and self-worth. As such, I always strive to make a child smile because you can never know how much pain that one smile can soothe. The satisfaction I get from making children smile; that is my strength; that is my main motivation. Children’s Corner: FGM continues to be the most controversial topic in our society and it is a serious human rights abuse in the Gambia. As an activist, how will you advocate for the enactment of a Law to criminalise it? Haddy: First of all, I want to emphasize the fact that changing the mindset of people towards FGM is the most important means of eradicating it. People have used all sorts of channels and justifications such as culture and religion but the bottom line is, what is harmful is plain harmful and there cannot be any justification that is reasonable enough. Yes, we want a law enacted to put a stop to this practice but sometimes the law may not be enough. If people only stop the practice because of the existence of a law against it, they would only stop due to the fear factor or they can even find ways of doing it underground and not necessarily being convinced that it is against the fundamental human rights of all survivors. The abandonment of FGM as a human rights violation should be done through a holistic approach with the support of policy makers, traditional as well as religious leaders. Of course, as an activist, my role is to speak up against it through advocacy, awareness raising and lobbying and I will continue to do that at all times. But I just want to urge everyone out there to take time and reflect on the amount of harm being caused and how we can individually play a role in ending FGM once and for all.Children’s Corner: Africa has the second highest rate of child marriage globally after Asia. 39% of girls are married before their 18th birthday. As an activist how do you intend to sensitize Gambians about it? Haddy: Again, at this point, I will re-emphasize the need to switch the current trends, change our mindsets and our attitudes towards some of these traditional practices. As an activist, anything that will improve the life and welfare of children and women is dear to my heart and as a result I use every little channel I have to ensure that the interest of children and women are promoted. Child marriage is a cause for concern globally. My approach and that of my organisation (Think Young Women) is to engage and involve young men and boys in the fight. For so long, people have sidelined the need for men to be aware of the damage of some of these practices can cause and to convince them enough their participation in this regard is highly needed. Maybe it is already late for the older generation but working with young men and boys from now will equip them with all the information they need and it will enable them to be responsible husbands and fathers who will vehemently disagree with and not condone child marriage in their various households. I always advocate for the need to partner and work with men because they are usually the heads of households and if they are able to understand and appreciate the need to keep their sisters and daughters in school instead of marrying them off before eighteen, they can contribute immensely towards the abandonment of child marriage in no time. Children’ Corner: Child Sexual abuse and exploitation is a growing problem in the Gambia. As an activist how will you advocate to curb this menace? Haddy: Thank you for this question. I am sometimes saddened at the fact that too often, cases of rape and sexual abuse of children occur at a high rate in The Gambia. Firstly, I always stress the need for parents to have strong relationships with their children. This will help in ensuring that children speak up about their problems and some of the abuse they go through. So as an activist, my duty at all times is to encourage parent-child dialogue and to break down the culture of protecting the family name and integrity. Most of the time some cases of child abuse and exploitation are regarded as “family matters” and are rather settled at family level. We should however ask ourselves, is the family name more important than the life and wellbeing of a child? We are always advocating and will continue to advocate for cases of this nature to be reported so that the laws can be implemented and the perpetrators are brought to justice. It is time that we stop blaming and shaming the victims and letting the culprits go free. Also, one thing that really worries me is the fact that people tend to associate what happened to a girl at any time with her dress code. Yes, I agree we must be decent and responsible in our dressing and appearance but how about the one year olds that get raped? Can we use the way they are usually dressed against them? It is time to wake up and take up responsibility. Child sexual abuse and exploitation must stop. I have a duty to play, so does everyone else.Children’s Corner: What are some of the violations children face in the community? Haddy: FGM is number one on my list. Like I said earlier, we must move away from using culture and religion as shields and face the reality of the matter. The lives of girls and women are at risk and we must all do something to stop it. The second one is child apprenticeship. I live in Old Yundum and recently, I have been seeing a whole lot of children at the coastal road garage working as apprentices on public transport. It is disheartening because these children are so young and are being exposed to a lot of dangers as they may end up having little or no education, be subjected to physical violence and maybe even drug and substance abuse. I am calling on the authorities to look into this matter. These children each have a place in school and not on the streets.Children’s Corner: According to the UNICEF report, 42% and 37% respectively of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married in childhood. How would you advocate for the eradication of such practice in the Gambia? Haddy: I think it is important to use success stories of women who were at the time accorded the opportunity to go to school and today they are among the most successful and renowned leaders in various spheres. People relate more to evidence they see for themselves and bringing these people to share their stories thus, if they see the first hand benefits of allowing girls to finish their education and take up careers, they will be inspired to allow their girls to also do the same. We need to make it clear that we are not against marriage; we just want every woman to have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Added to this, women who were child brides and have been through a lot of issues, they should be made comfortable enough to tell their stories and in so doing , convince young girls that marriage is supposed to be a mutual consent and it is a partnership. Children’s Corner: Any Last Word? Haddy: My last words will be to call on both young men and women to join the bandwagon in advocating for the rights of women and children. We all have a collective responsibility and if we succeed it just means a better life free from all forms of violence for all of us and a happy society.Children’s Corner: Thank you for granting us an interview? Haddy : The pleasure is all mine.
December 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A parolee accused of speeding away from police after officers looking for a prowler tried to stop his car south of the College area, triggering a wrong-way collision in La Mesa, pleaded not guilty today to five charges, including felony evading and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.Dontae Douglas Smith, 28, was ordered held on $250,000 bail.San Diego police said officers responding to a possible burglary on Dawson Street near El Cajon Boulevard just before 5 p.m. on Dec. 20 spotted a silver Acura matching the description of a vehicle seen leaving the scene and tried to pull the driver over.The motorist — later identified as Smith — took off and led officers on a pursuit that reached reaching speeds of 70 mph.The defendant was going the wrong way when the Acura collided with another car in La Mesa, said Deputy District Attorney Matthew Carberry.Smith got out of the vehicle and was arrested a short time later.Police later determined that he was not connected to any burglaries, but a firearm was found in the defendant’s car, Carberry said.In addition to the felony charges, Smith faces two misdemeanor hit-and-run counts in connection with the end-of-the-chase collision, theprosecutor said.Smith — who has a 2016 conviction for an assault with a knife –faces a maximum of 10 years and four months in prison if convicted of the current charges, Carberry said.A readiness conference was set for Jan. 7 and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 9. Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Man who led police on a car chase that ended in La Mesa pleads not guilty
American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Lance Peterson joined other concerned growers in Fargo, N.D. today at a public hearing before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to testify on rail service issues and the negative impacts on soybean growers. Also testifying for soybean growers at the hearing was Eric Broten, representing the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.As the backlog of rail cars in the upper Midwest continues, many elevators are still full of 2013-crop grain ahead of a looming 2014 harvest. This backlog negatively affects basis levels and cash bids, and could create a grain storage crisis as a new crop harvest begins.Peterson, a soybean farmer from Underwood, Minn., represented ASA and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association at the hearing, and re-emphasized points he made at a previous STB hearing in the spring.“The message that I delivered was that inadequate rail service through delays and increased freight costs is not just a business challenge, but creates massive losses which are passed directly on to the agricultural producer—the farmer. I stated that my lost income would likely exceed $100,000, as one producer,” Peterson said. “I also stated that with thousands of producers across the upper Midwest losses could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Unfortunately these tremendous losses have now been confirmed. A recently released report from the University of Minnesota shows lost Minnesota farm income of $100 million from March to May of 2014.”Peterson said the rail industry discussions in the spring centered on slow shipments due to the coldest winter in 30 years and assured correction before the 2014 harvest. But now, half way through the wheat harvest there’s still an abundance of last year’s crops that have not been moved, grain bin companies are so busy they can’t take any more business and farmers are in a difficult position of adding storage to avoid piling grain on the ground during this year’s harvest.“The rail problems of the last year have grain shippers trying to figure out how to navigate through this year. In many cases shippers have spent millions of dollars in premiums on initial rail car auctions to access rail cars for the coming year,” Peterson said during his testimony. “Based on expected car movement, this amounts to an approximate $700/car premium just to access the cars. If grain movement is not adequate, shippers will be forced to look to the secondary market to acquire additional cars. The asking price for October/November shipments is currently more than $4,000/car. It is imperative that rail movement is adequate and timely.”Peterson also said knowing the movement, velocity and turn-around time of the grain cars is helpful, but not enough. He requested fuller reporting of rail service, asking the STB to require railroads to submit metrics showing past dues, average days late, turnaround times, etc. for agricultural customers vs. crude oil customers and other customers.“This information would help to give a clear picture of railroad service issues. Based on the size and scope of the rail shipment problems being faced in the upper Midwest this is not too much to ask,” Peterson said. “Farmers are suffering losses of hundreds of millions of dollars through increased basis levels, lower cash market prices, and storage losses because of the current rail situation in the upper Midwest. Requiring full disclosure of rail movements will give rail shippers, policy makers, and the STB itself a much clearer view of the situation as we work with the railroads on solutions.”Click here to read full testimony.
Share your voice Apple Card’s fine print: 7 things we learned about Apple’s new credit card for iPhone Apple Card: After mocking credit cards, Apple creates one Apple Card likely to roll out internationally, Goldman Sachs exec says Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 4:02 Comments • Apple Card FAQ: What you need to know Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The Apple Card is Apple’s new no-late fee credit card Now playing: Watch this: 1:52 Several payment analysts thought Apple Card’s features were far from game-changing and said other, existing cards offer similar, if not better, benefits. The lack of a sign-up bonus — typical these days for a credit card — was seen as a missed opportunity.”A lot of the Apple Card stuff just feels like a series of half measures,” Rossman said. “I’m surprised they didn’t go all in on something.”Apple clearly wants to use the card to get more people to use Apple Pay and keep them loyal to its ecosystem of products and services. These experts didn’t think it offers enough to do that. Considering that, the pressure for Google and Samsung to move on their own cards isn’t as great as if Apple had introduced a card that could shake up the card industry.”It’s definitely not enough to make people jump over,” Little said of Android users. “It might be enough to get iPhone users to stick around a bit longer.”Originally published March 27, 5 a.m. PT.Correction, March 28: Apple won’t raise your interest rate if you miss a payment. Apple Card: MehThe Apple Card, which will be available in the US this summer, gets rid of annual fees, late fees, over-limit fees and international fees, and it won’t raise your interest rate if you miss a payment. The card also offers daily cash rewards, with 3 percent back when buying directly from Apple, 2 percent back when paying through Apple Pay and 1 percent back when paying using the card.The company also touted the Apple Card’s security features, with each digital payment authorized using Touch ID or Face ID and a onetime security code. Apple also won’t collect customers’ data on where they shop, what they buy or how much they spend. Apple teamed up with Mastercard and Goldman Sachs to offer the card.Mastercard spokeswoman Chaiti Sen said her company expects to create more digital-first cards like Apple Card eventually but confirmed that Mastercard is working only with Apple on such a concept right now. Preview • Apple Pay launches October 20, streamlines online and retail transactions with iPhone 6 handsets Apple Pay Mobile payments E-commerce Google Samsung Apple News • Apple Pay no longer accepted at JCPenney Tags Apple Apple CEO Tim Cook launches Apple Card. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET The hot new thing in payments is… plastic?Apple on Monday introduced the Apple Card, a credit card that exists as both a virtual card in Apple’s Wallet app and a physical card (to be fair, it’s titanium not plastic). Apple’s card comes out after digital money companies PayPal, Square and PayPal-owned Venmo all introduced their own physical credit, debit and prepaid cards in the past few years.Surely all this excitement for good ole reliable cards means Google and Samsung won’t be too far behind, trotting out their own Google Pay Card and Samsung Pay Card, right? Well, not so fast.Wipe away the Apple mystique, and you’re left with a credit card that’s got underwhelming features and is unlikely to draw in savvier consumers, several payment experts say. That means its chief payment rivals probably won’t rush to come up with competing cards.”I doubt that Google and Samsung are losing a lot of sleep over this card,” said Ted Rossman, analyst at CreditCards.com, a card comparison site owned by Bankrate. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Pay reading • Apple Card’s underwhelming features won’t spark Google, Samsung copycats More on Apple Card See All The Apple Card arrives at a time when adoption of mobile payment services like Apple Pay has stagnated for years, with most US customers instead opting for simpler cash or cards. The lack of ubiquity is a major hurdle for mobile payments, since many customers would rather pay at checkout with what they know will be accepted, not ask over and over again if a mobile option is available.The physical Apple Card could help solve that issue, since cards are accepted at just about every store. The card is an acknowledgement from Apple that mobile payments haven’t caught on just yet. Less than a third of iPhone owners have used Apple Pay at least once, according to a study by PYMNTS.com.The Apple Card also illustrates how the tech industry needs to work in the present while trying to usher in the future. Tech companies like Amazon building stores is further evidence that consumer habits take time to change and that there’s still money to be made using old-fashioned, nondigital methods.No Google or SamsungConsidering a potential Google or Samsung card, payments experts mostly saw challenges for the two companies. The credit card industry in the US is heavily regulated and extremely competitive, preventing tech players from diving in. Plus, neither company has the same fanboy-fueled brand power as Apple or a bunch of its own retail stores, making things even harder for them to create waves in payments.Google did offer a physical debit card for Google Wallet, a predecessor of Google Pay, but it shut down that program in 2016. Also, Samsung runs a credit-card company called Samsung Card in South Korea.A look at the Apple Card in the Wallet app. Apple “My gut on that is they wouldn’t necessarily jump in unless they saw that this Apple move was successful,” said Matt Schulz, an analyst at CompareCards, a LendingTree-owned card comparison site.But Rivka Gewirtz Little, a payments analyst at research firm IDC, said she wouldn’t be surprised to see Google and Samsung show off their own cards soon, since big tech companies are looking for more ways to push into the financial world and create more services to get people to spend money.”I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t do it,” she said. “I don’t think there’s any mistake in doing it.”Apple declined to comment for this story. Google and Samsung didn’t respond to a request for comment. Mobile Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 How To • Stop ruining your life and set up Apple Pay for iPhone, already Now playing: Watch this: 17
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Wednesday said the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) should be shut down and a jute cell could be opened in the ministry instead, reports UNB.”In the present situation there is no place for Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC). It should be shut down fully and there can be a cell on jute at the ministry. I officially told them but they don’t oblige. They are under the grip of BJMC,’ the minister said while unveiling a publication – Proyash-2018 – at the secretariat on wednesday.Muhith’s hard stance on BJMC came within two days of an allegation brought against him by state minister for textiles and jute Mirza Azam at a city programme.Mirza Azam on Monday alleged that it has not been possible to recognise jute as an agricultural product due to the negative attitude of finance minister AMA Muhith. “The finance minister has a negative attitude towards jute. This has also affected the entire finance ministry, hampering the development of jute,” he said.Referring to the comment of the state minister, Muhith said “It’s his (Mirza Azam) personal opinion.” The government is trying to revive jute sector.””Since the beginning of BJMC, we have invested several thousand crores of Taka in jute sector and now we’re spending Tk 4 billion to 5 billion each year,” said the finance minister.
Acacia ants (Pseudomyrmex ferruginea). Credit: Ryan Somma/Wikipedia. Scientists have noticed over the years that organisms that live in colonies tend to have larger brains when the colonies are larger, which has begged the question of whether it’s a colony wide phenomena (brain growth would be due to the need for maintaining social connections) or if it differs by group member specialization (because of a need to learn the skill involved)—the first has led to what is known as the Social Brain hypothesis (SBH), the latter the Task-Specialization hypothesis (TSH). In this latest effort, the researchers looked to find the answer, at least for one species, by traveling to Panama to study acacia ants—they live in the hollows of acacia trees. The ants made good study subjects because the size of their colonies varies. Also, prior research has shown that there are at least two kinds of jobs done by the ants, some workers hang around the base of the tree warding off predators while other workers forage on the leaves of the tree—thus there are two distinct classes of ants in any single colony, unless the colony is small—in that case worker ants are forced to perform both jobs.To find out which hypothesis might apply to the ants, the team ventured to the Parque Natural Metropolitano in Panamá City and studied the activity in 17 different colonies for three months, and also measuring the brains of 34 trunk ants and 29 leaf ants. They found that as the size of the colony increased, the size of the brains of the leaf ants grew as well (most particularly the regions responsible for memory and learning), but the brains of the trunk ants did not. Thus, it was clear that at least for acacia ants, brain size appears to adhere to TSH. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Field study suggests brain size in ants adheres to specialization hypothesis (2015, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-field-brain-size-ants-adheres.html (Phys.org)—A small group of researchers working in conjunction with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has found that for at least one type of ant, the specialization hypothesis appears to apply regarding brain size. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their study of various sized ant colonies and ant brains, and what they learned in doing so. More information: Specialization and group size: brain and behavioural correlates of colony size in ants lacking morphological castes, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 7 January 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2502 ABSTRACTGroup size in both multicellular organisms and animal societies can correlate with the degree of division of labour. For ants, the task specialization hypothesis (TSH) proposes that increased behavioural specialization enabled by larger group size corresponds to anatomical specialization of worker brains. Alternatively, the social brain hypothesis proposes that increased levels of social stimuli in larger colonies lead to enlarged brain regions in all workers, regardless of their task specialization. We tested these hypotheses in acacia ants (Pseudomyrmex spinicola), which exhibit behavioural but not morphological task specialization. In wild colonies, we marked, followed and tested ant workers involved in foraging tasks on the leaves (leaf-ants) and in defensive tasks on the host tree trunk (trunk-ants). Task specialization increased with colony size, especially in defensive tasks. The relationship between colony size and brain region volume was task-dependent, supporting the TSH. Specifically, as colony size increased, the relative size of regions within the mushroom bodies of the brain decreased in trunk-ants but increased in leaf-ants; those regions play important roles in learning and memory. Our findings suggest that workers specialized in defence may have reduced learning abilities relative to leaf-ants; these inferences remain to be tested. In societies with monomorphic workers, brain polymorphism enhanced by group size could be a mechanism by which division of labour is achieved. Butterfly larvae mimic queen ant to avoid detection Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » May 27, 2015 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Back in 2001, Andy Wilson and Sheng Yang were working at a Washington, D.C., print shop frequented by law firms, banks, and real-estate firms.They specialized in helping lawyers with what legal types call “discovery,” or the process of sifting through emails and documents to find things relevant to the case at hand.At that point, discovery was done by literally printing out every potentially relevant email for attorneys to sift through.That print shop got tapped to print the emails for the landmark 2001 Microsoft antitrust case.Wilson recalls printing out piles and piles of Bill Gates’ and Steve Ballmer’s emails, boxing them up, putting them on trucks, and delivering them to the courthouse, where as many as 300 attorneys would be searching them for anything relevant to the case.”This is ridiculous,” Wilson recalls saying to Yang not long after. “Let’s start a company.”The result was Logikcull, which is trying to make electronic discovery (eDiscovery) cheaper and available to smaller firms.It seems to be a smart move. Law is a $400 billion industry in the US alone, according to some estimates.Right now, eDiscovery can account for as much as 70% of the cost of any legal action or lawsuit — for a lawsuit that costs a litigant $2.5 million, as much as $1.75 million of that can go toward discovery. Law firms often spend as much as $100,000 a month on eDiscovery, and one analyst in 2012 found the average cost was about $18,000 per gigabyte.”EDiscovery sucks,” Wilson says. “It’s an insanely inefficient process that would drive any normal human insane.”The way you pay for eDiscovery software from legacy vendors like HP Autonomy and Symantec involves a lot of nickel-and-diming, Wilson said.First you pay for the eDiscovery software itself. Then you pay to have your data processed. Then you pay to keep your files in the system until the case is resolved — which can take years.Even once those documents are in the eDiscovery software, it usually goes into “really s—-y databases,” Wilson says. You can search by keyword, or by column heading, but you can’t do a lot of deep searching. And usually you could access the database only from a Windows computer running an outdated version of Internet Explorer, if you could get to it from the browser at all.Logikcull pricing starts at a flat $2,000 monthly fee for four cases, with 50 gigabytes of uploading per month included and $30/GB after that.That may seem expensive, but remember that it’s still a lot less than that $18,000-per-gigabyte average from other vendors. Wilson says it can save law firms as much as 80% on their litigation costs. And the emails themselves get tagged and categorized automatically by things like date or topic so attorneys can find what they’re looking for much faster.The idea, Wilson says, is that lower eDiscovery costs bring down the total cost of litigation, meaning smaller firms can afford to take bigger cases. It evens the scales a little bit, Wilson says.A 2nd crack at the problemLogikcull got its start as Logik.com, which launched in 2004. Being based in Washington, D.C., Logik.com found itself tapped for cases ranging from the subprime-mortgage crisis to white-collar crime.Charging $2,500 a gigabyte, Logik.com took in $4.5 million in revenue and $3 million in profit every year between 2004 and 2009 — with only seven employees.When the Great Recession hit, Logik.com found that a lot of its business dried up. And so Wilson and team reinvested most of that profit in a second version of the product, without the need for venture financing: Logikcull, released in 2013.Even without outside investment, Logikcull was able to hire the experts it needed to develop a browser-based, computer-plus-smartphone software solution and was able to build its own data center to support it.Two months ago, in March, Logikcull took in its first round of venture-capital financing, a $4.5 million seed round led by Storm Ventures. Logikcull was making money, Wilson says, but wanted the investment so it could afford to take more risks with the business. Today Logikcull has just over 20 employees.”You go from survivor mode to growth mode,” Wilson says. 4 min read
Students at Ochanomizu University. | Photo: Facebook Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… In order to be recognized as a trans and to update gender markers on official documents, trans people must go through a complicated medical and legal process.To legally update your gender in Japan you must be at least 20 years old and have no children under the age of 18. People must get sterilized and undergo gender affirming surgery. The cost of the surgery is unaffordable for many people at about 1 million yen (USD8,900).To enrol in an all female university, trans students may have to show a doctor’s certificate proving they have gender dysphoria.In 2015, Japan’s Education Ministry (MEXT) issued an order to educational institutions to improve inclusion of trans people.One of the suggestions in the order asked schools to allow students to wear the uniform matching their gender identity.Since then, many schools have worked on creating gender neutral uniforms to allow students to be more comfortable.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A women’s university in Tokyo, Japan will soon start to accept enrollments from trans students. GAYSTARNEWS- Ochanomizu University announced this week it will start to accept trans students from April 2020.It follows in the footsteps of the prestigious Japan Women’s University (JWU) who last year promised to accept trans women who had undergone gender affirming surgery.But Ochanomizu will accept students whose official gender markers still say male.‘It is unprecedented for a women’s university to accept transgender [students] who are male on their family registers,’ an official at the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry told The Yomiuri Shimbun.Other women’s universities considering allowing trans students to attend are; Gakushuin Women’s College, Tsuda University, Tokyo Women’s Christian University and Nara Women’s University.Transitioning in JapanAllowing students to attend without officially updating their gender markers will make it a lot easier for trans people. Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/womens-university-in-japan-will-start-accepting-trans-students/
OnePlus might have one more flagship planned for this year. And oddly enough, it might have leaked back in December when no one was expecting it.Back in December, tech enthusiast Ishan Agarwal published a tweet leaking what was billed as the “first look at an upcoming OnePlus device.” The image showed OnePlus CEO Pete Lau showcasing a OnePlus device on a screen and his colleagues checking out dummy models around a table.Chief among the features in that leak was a device that featured a round camera bump. It was intriguing and at the time, Agarwal called it an “upcoming OnePlus device.”(Image credit: @Evleaks)RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Tech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch Lite7.10.2019 Tech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch LiteMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpThe Google Pixel 4’s Secret Weapon Just Leaked01:15OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0002:1402:14 After that, however, we didn’t hear anything about it. And the flagships OnePlus launched this year, including the OnePlus 7, didn’t ship with that camera bump.So, everyone went about their lives until serial leaker Evan Blass on Thursday (Aug. 23) replied to the Agarwal tweet with a schematic image showing a sketch of a OnePlus device with a round camera bump on the back.According to Blass, this leaked image could be the OnePlus 7T Pro, a new device OnePlus will launch sometime this year. If that’s true, it would mark a major departure for OnePlus, which delivered a more traditional vertically aligned camera array in this year’s previous models.Beyond that, we don’t know anything else about the OnePlus 7T Pro, including when it’ll launch, what we can expect from its cameras, or any other features it might offer. But there are clear rumblings about the company’s plans for this year. And chances are, we’ll hear more about those plans in the coming weeks.