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‘Amazing Dads’ Documentary Miniseries Launched‘Amazing Dads’ Documentary Miniseries Launched

first_img The Bureau of Gender Affairs in partnership with Men of God Against Violence and Abuse (MoGAVA), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), have launched a new miniseries titled ‘Amazing Dads’ which aims to promote positive stories about fathers in Jamaica and mobilise men to be productive members of society. The concept of Amazing Dads was developed by members of MoGAVA, which is a faith-based organisation that primarily seeks to empower men to become productive citizens.Am The Bureau of Gender Affairs in partnership with Men of God Against Violence and Abuse (MoGAVA), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), have launched a new miniseries titled ‘Amazing Dads’ which aims to promote positive stories about fathers in Jamaica and mobilise men to be productive members of society.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who has portfolio responsibility for the Bureau, attended the launch, which was held at MIND on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Friday, October 20, during which she recommitted to supporting the initiative.The concept of Amazing Dads was developed by members of MoGAVA, which is a faith-based organisation that primarily seeks to empower men to become productive citizens.According to Ms. Grange, when the concept of the miniseries was introduced to her by MoGAVA earlier this year, she readily endorsed its development and implementation.“The Amazing Dads miniseries is a well-needed platform to highlight the positive roles of men, notably, our Jamaican fathers. There are many amazing stories of fathers who have gone above the call of duty for their children and their family’s well-being, despite challenging circumstances,” she added.The Minister said she is hopeful that positive messages about Jamaican fathers will be broadcast, so that other persons who need motivation to become positive male role models will be inspired.“These stories are not always highlighted to remind us of how important fathers are, and that good fathers do exist. For this, I commend Reverend Jayson Downer and his creative team for conceptualising the idea of Amazing Dads. I wish to commend the Bureau and their continued support and partnership with men groups such as MoGAVA. I also wish to highlight the partnership of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is providing developmental support to this initiative,” she said.Ms. Grange noted that some of the goals of Amazing Dads are consistent with those of the special service desk for men that was established in the Bureau of Gender Affairs in April 2016. This followed Cabinet’s approval for the name of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs to be changed to the Bureau of Gender Affairs.“It (the desk) serves as a central point to provide sensitisation and awareness on a range of issues affecting men and boys. These include parenting, health, education, the role of men in the elimination of violence against women, among others. It also focuses on policy, research, gender-sensitive training to develop leadership and promote responsible male behaviour and attitudes.”The desk also serves to forge partnerships with men’s groups and other key stakeholders to heighten awareness on specific issues faced by men and boys.In the background information on Amazing Dads, which President and Founder, MoGAVA, Reverend Jayson Downer, shared with those present, it stated, “Amazing Dads is a public education programme that seeks to highlight men and their positive role as parents in the Jamaican society. The programme will be in the form of a televised miniseries, which aims to document the importance of fathering, dispel the cultural myth that fathers are ‘wutliss’ and, perhaps, most importantly, demonstrate how Jamaican fathers can be actively involved in the growth and development of their child/children amidst challenges”.It further stated, “Amazing Dads also aims to reiterate the positive roles that men play in society, being mentors and guiding both younger males and other fathers. Fathers of exemplary character will be interviewed to share their role played in their child/children’s lives and the influence it has on their child/children’s behaviour. The interviewer will take a journey in the lives of these fathers, interviewing other family members, friends, members of the community and, in some cases, their child/children, in an effort to get a wholesome view of fathering”.MoGAVA has implemented several initiatives with men and boys throughout Jamaica, with one of the programmes being ‘Fathering Behind Bars’.Fathering Behind Bars aims to assist men who have been incarcerated, through sensitisation sessions, empowerment and capacity building, to develop as better men, despite previous mistakes.Additionally, it is intended to motivate fathers behind bars to continue playing an active role in the lives of their child/children, and help to restore hope. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who has portfolio responsibility for the Bureau, attended the launch, which was held at MIND on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Friday, October 20, during which she recommitted to supporting the initiative. 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Wärtsilä to Equip Japanese Bulker Duo with Scrubber SystemsWärtsilä to Equip Japanese Bulker Duo with Scrubber Systems

first_imgzoom The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 dwt Handymax bulk carriers. The ships are being built at Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding for Tokyo-based NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NYK BP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.Wärtsilä will also provide project management and commissioning of the systems. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in June.These are the first vessels owned or chartered by NYK Group having exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. By fitting the Wärtsilä system, the ships will be compliant with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) SOx regulations, which come into force in 2020.The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in July 2018. The first vessel is due to be delivered to NYK in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the second in the first quarter 2019.last_img read more

Thun Tankers Adds Newbuilding Duo to Its FleetThun Tankers Adds Newbuilding Duo to Its Fleet

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Thun Tankers Swedish shipping company Thun Tankers took delivery of its first L-Class and second E-Class tankers on May 9.The 18,650 dwt product tanker Thun Lidkoping, the first in a series of five resource efficient tankers, was built by China’s Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding, while the 8,000 dwt Thun Evolve was delivered by the Netherlands-based Ferus Smit BV.The dual-fueled Thun Evolve will use natural gas or biogas as fuel. It is the second in a series of four ordered E-Class tankers.Both units will enter into the Gothia Tanker Alliance network with crewing and technical management done by MF Shipping Group.“It is a historic day for our company with the delivery of both Thun Lidkoping and Thun Evolve on the same day. With the E-Class and L-Class series in trade, we are further strengthening Gothia Tanker Alliance’ possibility to serve our clients with climate smart tankers in the right position at the requested time,” Joakim Lund, CCO Thun Tankers, said.“These new tankers are part of our next generation purpose-built and efficient vessels enabling us to remain a sustainable Swedish partner over generations,” Johan Källsson, Managing Director at Erik Thun Group, said.Separately, the company said that the Board of Directors of the Erik Thun Group have appointed Johan Källsson as Managing Director for the group, after Anders Källsson has chosen to resign.A group consisting of Johan Källsson, Henrik Källsson and CFO Agne Axelsson will form the executive management team of the company. Johan Källsson will have the oversight of the group and focus on development of the organisation, human resources and external contacts within both business and politics. Henrik Källsson continues as Deputy Managing Director and he will be responsible for the commercial, operational and technical departments including developing new vessels.last_img read more

Meat Cove Residents Advised of Phone OutageMeat Cove Residents Advised of Phone Outage

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office is advising residents of the Meat Cove area that there is a telephone service outage. It is not known what has caused the outage, but technicians are on route. “Our first priority is the safety of residents and visitors to the area,” said Ross Landry, acting Minister responsible for Emergency Management. “Local authorities and on-site Emergency Health Services officials have already begun to directly inform local residents. Throughout this response, we have not taken any chances.” Residents without phone service who have a medical emergency are advised to report to the Meat Cove Community Centre where two Emergency Health Service paramedics are ready to assist. Meat Cove community leaders have been informed of the telephone outage and are helping to inform the community. Trunk mobile radio service is in place between the Meat Cove Community Centre and the Bay St. Lawrence Fire Department as well as with EMO. Satellite phone service is also available in the area. Overland routes out of the community are now in place and accessible by 4x4s and ATVs. The EHS 4×4 Gator is in the community should medical transport out of Meat Cove be required. Department of Natural Resources and Department of National Defence helicopters are also available. There have been no medical emergencies to date. Road repairs remain on schedule.last_img read more

Mamata Banerjee greets PM Modi on his birthdayMamata Banerjee greets PM Modi on his birthday

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday. Banerjee, who is likely to meet the prime minister in New Delhi on Wednesday for discussions on administrative issues, wrote on her Twitter handle, “Birthday greetings to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji.” Banerjee has been one of the harshest critics of the BJP and Modi. Meanwhile, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also extended his greetings to PM Modi, saying the nation is scaling new heights under PM Modi’s leadership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, thought, untiring effort and spinal leadership has helped India scale new heights and the nation is bound to attain its past glory. I join millions in wishing him on his birthday and pray for his good health and long life, Dhankhar said in his message.last_img read more

TIFF – LIVE BROADCASTSTIFF – LIVE BROADCASTS

first_imgDay 6: Tuesday, Sept. 12 Kings 10amTIFF 10 @ 10 Daily Morning Show w/ hosts Drunk Feminist FilmsWatch on Facebook .5:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:KingsWatch on Facebook 10amTIFF 10 @ 10 Daily Morning Show w/ hosts Drunk Feminist FilmsWatch on Facebook .1:30pmTIFF Industry Conference:Masterclass: Bong Joon-hoWatch on Facebook .2:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:The Leisure SeekerWatch on Facebook .11:00pmTIFF Industry Conference:Dialogues: Denis Côté and Connor JessupWatch on Facebook or YouTube .6:45pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:Borg/McEnroeWatch on Facebook 10amTIFF 10 @ 10 Daily Morning Show w/ hosts Drunk Feminist FilmsWatch on Facebook Advertisement Gaga: Five Foot Two My Days of Mercy .8:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:Woman Walks AheadWatch on Facebook. .2pmPress Conference:Molly’s GameWatch on Facebook or YouTube C’est la vie!Day 10: Saturday, Sept. 16 .10:30pmPress Conference:BreatheWatch on Facebook or YouTube 9:30amPress Conference:Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriWatch on YouTube Mudbound 10amTIFF 10 @ 10 Daily Morning Show w/ hosts Drunk Feminist FilmsWatch on Facebook .11pmPress Conference:StrongerWatch on Facebook or YouTube 10amTIFF 10 @ 10 Daily Morning Show w/ hosts Drunk Feminist FilmsWatch on Facebook Day 4: Sunday, Sept. 10 .11:30amPress Conference:Darkest HourWatch on Facebook or YouTube .8:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:Woman Walks AheadWatch on Facebook. .5:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:Mary ShelleyWatch on Facebook .5:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:The Mountain Between UsWatch on Facebook Breathe .12:30pmPress Conference:SuburbiconWatch on Facebook or YouTube I Love You, Daddy .11pmPress Conference:DownsizingWatch on Facebook or YouTube .3pmTIFF Industry Conference:Guardian TIFF Talks with Glenn CloseWatch on Facebook or YouTube .4:30pmTIFF Industry Conference:Masterclass: Armando IannucciWatch on Facebook From September 7 to 17, TIFF will broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, giving you inside access to Festival. 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LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Day 9: Friday, Sept. 15 Day 8: Thursday, Sept. 14 10amTIFF 10 @ 10 Daily Morning Show w/ hosts Drunk Feminist FilmsWatch on Facebook .6:45pm360° Live from the Red Carpet:Borg/McEnroeLive 360 VR on the Red Carpet is produced by THE SILVER FACTORYWatch on Facebook. Facebook .8:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:Film Stars Don’t Die in LiverpoolWatch on Twitter. Day 7: Wednesday, Sept. 13 .3:30pmPress Conference:mother!Watch on Facebook or YouTube .5:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:MudboundWatch on Twitter .5:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:Long Time RunningWatch on Facebook. .2pmPress Conference:Borg/McEnroeWatch on Facebook or YouTube .3pm360° Live from the Red Carpet:StrongerLive 360 VR on the Red Carpet is produced by THE SILVER FACTORYWatch on Facebook 10amTIFF 10 @ 10 Daily Morning Show w/ hosts Drunk Feminist FilmsWatch on Facebook Mary Shelley Sheikh JacksonDay 11: Sunday, Sept. 17 Long Time Running Login/Register With: .5:20pmTIFF Live from the Red Carpet:The Mountain Between UsWatch on Facebook .4pmPress Conference:Alias GraceWatch on Facebook or YouTube .9:30amTIFF Industry Conference:Brie Larson & Rebecca Hall DialoguesWatch on Facebook .10:30amPress Conference:Eric Clapton: Life in 12 BarsWatch on Facebook or YouTubelast_img read more

Rapper Rhymes in English to Represent Moroccan Hiphop Music Throughout theRapper Rhymes in English to Represent Moroccan Hiphop Music Throughout the

Meknes – Ahmed Salah Zarug, the Moroccan rapper known by his stage name A.z.DANDI, dreams of representing Moroccan music all over the world.In an interview with Morocco World News, the promising singer described his life and the beginning of his artistic journey, which started during the recent emergence of hip-hop culture in Morocco.“In 2008, I embarked on … [rapping] in English because it is the mother language of hip-hop in order to address the whole world and to show the power of my lyrics, as well as to give my message an understandable meaning [that] can be clear to audiences from different cultures.” Zarug experienced several obstacles along the way. Lack of support was one of the challenges that impeded the start of the Casablancan native’s journey, an issue he blames on Moroccan audiences’ lack of knowledge of rap and hip-hop culture at that time. “The major hindrance in my career is big lack of encouragement and motivation from people,” he said.The 19-year-old artist views art as an integral part of human existence, the tool that connects the souls of people. “Music is my inspiration and the bridge to [speak] to [human] feelings. This is why I believe that music is the world itself,” he said.The flamboyant rapper participated in several well-known events in Morocco in which he bolstered his artistic credentials such as Boulevard in Casablanca, and a concert in Essaouira on Youth Day in 2013.Before he fully immerses himself in his rap career, Zarug is studying International Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. He has seized the opportunity while living in Moroccan Switzerland to draw inspiration from his surroundings, creating a video clip called “Beautiful Nature” which portrays the beauty of natural landscapes and scenes throughout the kingdom.“Creativity is associated with the beauty of nature. I am nowadays in a natural, glamorous place. I seized the opportunity to sing about it and embody nature in order to demonstrate the relationship between creativity and nature. The song was in a collaboration with Yassine Adnane and Soufian El Maliki. Furthermore, It was supported passionately [by] my friends,” Zarug said.Zarug is currently working with another rapper on a mixtape that will be released in mid-March, in addition to an album in collaboration with other Moroccan artists that will be released in August.Zarug is not merely an ordinary artist, but is also a producer and a director. He believes that the world is full positive things that allow humans to enjoy the splendor of life. “I always try to make people understand my positive vision and philosophy in life that might help us to contribute [to] the development of the world,” Zarug said. “Thus, people need blissful and happy songs as a form of celebration.”Edited by Kelsey Fish© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

IRS watchdog Shutdown caused shocking drop in phone helpIRS watchdog Shutdown caused shocking drop in phone help

WASHINGTON — Disruptions from last month’s partial government shutdown caused a “shocking” deterioration in the IRS’ telephone help for taxpayers in the first week of the filing season, the agency’s watchdog said in a report released Tuesday.In the week of Jan. 28, the official start of the tax season, Internal Revenue Service staffers answered only 48 per cent of calls seeking help in filing returns, with an average wait time of 17 minutes, the report from the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate said. That compares with 86 per cent of calls answered, and an average wait of 4 minutes, at the same time last year.In addition, 93 per cent of taxpayers who phoned during the last week in January to arrange installment tax payments were unable to speak with an assistant.The difference between the two years “for levels of service and wait times for phone lines … is shocking,” the advocate, Nina Olson, wrote in her annual report to Congress. “These numbers translate into real harm to real taxpayers. The IRS will be facing tough decisions in light of the shutdown’s impact.”The report flagged other problems at an agency that was already straining, even before the shutdown, from the burden of a complex new tax law, inadequate funding and antiquated computer systems. The IRS’ workforce faced a huge backlog — including 5 million pieces of mail to process —when it returned to full strength Jan. 28 after the 35-day partial shutdown, which had furloughed most of its employees.During the shutdown, the Trump administration made money available to pay hundreds of billions in refunds and ordered nearly 60 per cent of the IRS workforce back to work without pay to handle tax returns and questions. Yet fewer than half the recalled employees had returned to their jobs by the time the shutdown had ended, according to congressional and government aides.The disruption raised the possibility of delayed processing of returns and refunds — an annual check that about three-quarters of U.S. taxpayers typically count on. Lower-income households, especially, depend on refunds as their biggest cash infusion of the year.The IRS has said that when taxpayers file electronically and use direct deposit to their bank accounts, roughly nine out of 10 refunds will continue to be issued this year in fewer than 21 days.Still, anger is being vented on social media from people who have already filed their taxes and received smaller-than-expected refunds. President Donald Trump had pledged that under his tax-cut law, families would receive an average $4,000 tax cut. Most taxpayers did receive a tax cut. But because of how some workers had adjusted the amount of money withheld from their paychecks, to account for the complex tax changes, their refund has ended up smaller than they had anticipated.The average refund paid in the first week of the filing season, which ended Feb. 1, was $1,865 — down 8.4 per cent from $2,035 in the same week last year — according to the IRS. In her report, Olson did not address how the tax law or the shutdown might have affected refunds. But during the early part of the shutdown, no IRS employees were authorized to answer the phone lines, issue refunds, establish installment agreements with taxpayers or review pending agency actions.Olson’s report found that the IRS’ systems for detecting fraud in tax returns are hobbled by high rates of false positives and long processing times. That “continues to plague the IRS and harm legitimate taxpayers,” it says.The report also found that:— Taxpayers have difficulty navigating the IRS, reaching the right personnel to resolve their issues and holding IRS employees accountable.— The use of the IRS’ Free File, an electronic tax filing program in partnership with 12 private software providers, has steadily declined in recent years. The agency isn’t adequately overseeing and testing the program to understand why taxpayers aren’t using it and how it could be improved.—The IRS lacks a co-ordinated approach to overseeing professional tax preparers.—The agency’s expanding use of private debt collectors continues to burden taxpayers who are likely suffering economic hardship.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Marrakech Court Sentences Two Café La Crème Shooting Suspects to DeathMarrakech Court Sentences Two Café La Crème Shooting Suspects to Death

Rabat – On July 26, the Court of Appeal in Marrakech sentenced to death the main suspect Gabriel Edwin, from the Republic of Suriname, and his Dominican accomplice. Both defendants have Dutch nationality.The case goes back to November 2017 when the two defendants, on a large motorcycle, opened fire at café “La Crème.” The shooting caused the death of a young medical student and seriously injured his female classmate.The two Dutch defendants faced several charges. They were convicted of intentional premeditated homicide, participation in an attempted homicide, criminal gang formation, damage to public property, as well as drug production and trafficking. The owner of the café and his cousin were sentenced, respectively, to 15 and 8 years in prison. Both were convicted of involvement in drug trafficking operations which led to the shooting.Two further suspects were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, and a third was handed a suspended sentence of 2 to 3 months.Judicial Police in Marrakech, in coordination with the services of the Directorate-General for the Surveillance of National Territory (DGST), carried out an investigation into the shooting. The investigation led to the arrest of the two Dutch nationals in August 2018.DGSN reported that the defendants already had criminal records. They were directly linked to cases of international drug trafficking, abduction, taking hostages, armed robbery, and attempted murder.Moroccan police linked the crime to the settling of accounts between drug cartels and drug traffickers working between Morocco and the Netherlands.In recent weeks, Sale’s Court of Appeal had announced similar verdicts in the Imlil murder case in which two Scandinavian female tourists were killed by extremist terrorists in December 2018.The three main defendants were also sentenced to death. However, the death penalty has not been carried out in Morocco since 1993. read more

Michigan House plans quick passage of auto insurance billMichigan House plans quick passage of auto insurance bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Republican-led Michigan House was poised Wednesday night to approve a plan to reduce the state’s high auto insurance premiums, moving quickly to no longer require that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits through their car insurer to cover crash injuries.The surprise move would set the stage for a potential showdown with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who a day earlier threatened to veto separate auto insurance legislation that cleared the GOP-controlled Senate. House Republicans expressed confidence that the Senate would back their proposal and send it to the Democratic governor as soon as next week.The House bill would let motorists forego mandatory unlimited personal injury protection, a requirement only in Michigan. Insurers would have to cut PIP rates, for five years, by between 10% and 100%. That could equal an estimated $120 and $1,200 in savings for someone paying $2,400 annually, assuming the PIP fee accounts for half their bill, according to Republicans’ projections.People opting out of unlimited coverage and instead choosing between $0 and $500,000 in medical benefits would not have to pay much of what will soon be a $220 annual per-vehicle fee that reimburses auto insurers for expenses surpassing $580,000 for the severely injured. The measure also would stop car insurers from having to pay much more than private and public health insurers do for the same medical services, a factor driving claim costs. They would follow a fee schedule similar to what exists for workers’ compensation injuries.A recent study showed that Michigan’s estimated annual premium of $2,610 is highest in the country and almost double the national averageWhile the pending House vote would be a big step forward in efforts to cut premiums after a half-dozen years of legislative stalemates, the bill’s prospects were uncertain. Majority Republicans have made car insurance changes a top priority, but Whitmer has been more focused early in her term on fixing the roads with a proposed fuel tax increase and enacting her first budget.Her Democratic allies in the House planned to blast the insurance legislation, and criticized how it was unveiled and approved in the matter of hours with no public review or committee testimony. They accused the GOP of playing “partisan games.”The bill would also create a task force to target fraud, limit reimbursement for family attendant care and no longer let insurers use sex as a rating factor when pricing policies issued on a group basis.___Follow Eggert on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00David Eggert, The Associated Press read more

Humans undermine natures help in war on climate change UN agency warnsHumans undermine natures help in war on climate change UN agency warns

Humankind is undermining a crucial natural ally in the battle against climate change through its activities in the world’s oceans and marine ecosystems, such as seagrasses, salt marshes and coastal wetlands, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).These ecosystems absorb and remove large quantities of global warming carbon emissions from the atmosphere each day, yet “the ocean’s carbon capture and storage systems are being undermined by human activity, thereby harming their ability to ‘sequester’ greenhouse gas emissions,” the agency said in a statement ahead of the release next week in Cape Town, South Africa, of a report on the issue.The Blue Carbon report, compiled in collaboration with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), puts some hard figures on the carbon-capturing potential of the marine environment and on the impact of marine degradation on climate change. It also outlines the way markets might begin paying developing countries for conserving and enhancing the marine environment’s carbon capture and storage services (CCS) and the links between healthy oceans and adaptation to climate change. Currently, several developed countries are considering spending billions of dollar on CCS at power stations while the CCS services of natural systems, such as the seas and oceans, are tested and probably more cost effective. The report is being launched some 60 days ahead of the crucial UN climate convention meeting in Copenhagen, where it is hoped States will adopt a new to treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period expires in 2012, with even steeper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 7 October 2009Humankind is undermining a crucial natural ally in the battle against climate change through its activities in the world’s oceans and marine ecosystems, such as seagrasses, salt marshes and coastal wetlands, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). read more

After mixed first year casino celebrates with birthday bashAfter mixed first year casino celebrates with birthday bash

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ first Las Vegas-style casino is throwing itself a birthday bash with Aerosmith, New England Patriots cheerleaders and a five-tier cake.But one year after opening, MGM Springfield has underperformed and shed hundreds of jobs. Some business owners also say the promised downtown revival hasn’t materialized.Casino president Michael Mathis promises the resort is retooling for its second year. Ahead of Saturday’s festivities, he said the facility plans to emphasize non-gambling entertainment, overhaul its slot machine offerings and lobby for legalized sports gambling in Massachusetts.But Colin Mansfield, a casino expert with Fitch, isn’t convinced the adjustments will be game changers.The nearly $1 billion entertainment complex, which was meant to revive the struggling Springfield region, faces a new rival in Encore Boston Harbor and potentially new competition in Connecticut.Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press read more

TSX flat energy gold stocks rise financials back off on Greek anxietyTSX flat energy gold stocks rise financials back off on Greek anxiety

TSX flat: energy, gold stocks rise, financials back off on Greek anxiety AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 17, 2012 4:39 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as energy and gold stocks advanced after worries about the future of the eurozone pushed commodity prices to multi-month lows this week.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 4.6 points to 11,330.68. But that was well off early gains of almost 100 points as financial stocks lost ground because of worries about damage to the eurozone banking system if Greece ends up leaving the monetary union.The TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 10.33 points to 1,228.07.The Canadian dollar lost 0.62 of a cent to a four-month low of 98.13 cents US. The loonie has slid almost three US cents since the start of the month as traders have avoided risky assets like commodities and resource-based currencies like the loonie.U.S. markets were lower as a key business barometer for the U.S. Northeast unexpectedly weakened in May. The monthly survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia fell to minus 5.8 from 8.5 in April, well below expectations.The Dow Jones industrials declined 156.06 points to 12,442.49.The Nasdaq composite index fell 60.35 points to 2,813.69 and the S&P 500 index dropped 19.94 points to 1,304.86.Greece is being kept afloat by huge international bailouts. But there are increasing worries that parties demanding an end to the grinding austerity measures that made those bailouts possible will hold the balance of power after next month’s elections.Such a move could force Greece out of the eurozone with unpredictable consequences for the region’s financial system and the wider global economy.The financial sector lost 1.6 per cent amid worries about the health of eurozone banks as investors worry that destabilization could also hit other heavily indebted countries such as Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Italy.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) was off $1.07 to $51.96 while TD Bank (TSX:TD) dropped $1.28 to $77.65.Shares in Bankia, the recently-nationalized Spanish bank, plunged by as much as 27 per cent Thursday on a local report that customers have withdrawn more than €1 billion since the state took it over last week.The bank is Spain’s fourth largest and is heavily exposed to the country’s collapsed property market.And on Wednesday, Greece’s president said depositors were pulling hundreds of millions of euros out of banks, weakening the country’s already strained financial system.“You’re already seeing a run on the banks happening … and it’s coming more to a head now,” said Chris Kuflik, investment adviser at ScotiaMcLeod.Meanwhile, commodity prices were mixed after a string of bruising losses that have left prices for oil and metals at levels not seen in months.Demand concerns have been a big reason for the slide in prices. But commodities have also been driven downward by the rising American currency. That’s because prices are denominated in U.S. dollars and a higher greenback makes oil and metals more expensive for holders of other currencies.But the base metals component lost 1.15 per cent as copper gained a penny to US$3.48 after ending Wednesday’s session at its lowest level since mid-January. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) declined 51 cents to C$17.23 while Northern Dynasty Minerals (TSX:NDM) jumped 40 cents or 10.4 per cent to $4.24.The energy sector gained 0.1 per cent as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost early traction to move down 25 cents to US$92.56 a barrel after closing Wednesday at its lowest level since last November. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 43 cents to C$29.76.Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) says it may sell its refinery in Dartmouth, N.S., or convert it into a terminal. It noted increased competition and lower demand for the refinery’s products and said the facility has not met financial expectations. Imperial shares shed 99 cents to $41.01.The gold sector ran up about 5.75 per cent as bullion gained $38.30 to US$1,574.90 an ounce after closing at its worst level since last July. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) climbed $2.45 to C$38.16 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran up $2.29 to $35.48.Traders have also been demanding more money to buy government debt.Spain managed to auction nearly €2.5 billion in medium-term debt amid strong demand but at sharply higher interest rates. The Spanish Treasury on Thursday sold three kinds of notes, two maturing in 2015 and one in 2016. Of them only one was strictly comparable to previous sales and the interest rate, or yield, on that three-year bond went up to 4.87 per cent from 4.04 per cent on May 3.There was also some high drama ahead of Canadian Pacific Railway’s (TSX:CP) annual meeting Thursday, with chief executive Fred Green stepping down after his defenders lost a proxy battle.U.S. fund manager Bill Ackman has pushed for Green’s removal since last year.One of the top priorities will be to begin the process of replacing Green, likely with Hunter Harrison, a retired former CEO of rival Canadian National Railway (TSX:CN), although Ackman said the appointment isn’t a done deal.“They mounted a good fight,” added Kuflik.“Hunter Harrison did a fantastic job at CN and CP did need a shakeup because their metrics were nowhere near as good as CN’s.”CP shares were up 65 cents to $76.51.In other corporate news, Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) shares fell $1.70 or 12.93 per cent to $11.45 after it said its U.S. parent will dramatically reduce its holdings in the troubled department store chain and may sell all of its stake. About 95 per cent of the common shares of Sears Canada are currently owned by Sears Holdings Corp. (NYSE:SHLD), which also owns the Sears and Kmart department store chains in the United States. read more

Track and Field Madison Roberts vaulting to new heights after joining OhioTrack and Field Madison Roberts vaulting to new heights after joining Ohio

Senior pole vaulter Madison Roberts joined the Ohio State pole vaulting team in 2014 as a non-recommended walk-on. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterWith four athletes already on the Ohio State track and field team, volunteer assistant coach Richard Ebin thought his pole-vaulting unit was set heading into the 2014 season.However, Madison Roberts felt like she could contribute.Joining the team as a walk-on, Roberts was not even on Ohio State’s radar. “I didn’t know of Madison Roberts,” Ebin said. “I didn’t know who she was. Nobody did.” Now, reflecting on her collegiate career as a senior, Roberts feels like she raised the bar for the women’s pole vault team. This started with her record-breaking performance in the 2017 Big Ten championship. Finishing third in the women’s pole vault, Roberts vaulted 13 feet, 4 1/2 inches to set an Ohio State record. Ebin said this was a moment he would never forget. “When she came off the pit, you could see it in her eyes,” Ebin said. “It wasn’t on the pit, it wasn’t in the air or anything like that, but coming off the pit at 4.03 is a moment I will remember forever.”Roberts improved from 10 feet, 2 inches to 13 feet, 4 1/2 inches.Ebin said he had never seen anyone make such a drastic improvement in such a short amount of time. Entering college, Roberts had always been a competitor. As a student at Iroquois High School in Elma, New York, Roberts was a three-time state qualifier in the pole vault and also a three-year captain on the soccer team.As a multisport athlete, Roberts wanted that to continue while she was in college. “Out of high school, I have always been an athlete and I have always done other sports as well, so I didn’t really want to give that up yet,” Roberts said.Despite being a walk-on, Roberts was allowed to try out by Ebin. She made sure to make the most of her opportunity.“In the very first time she ran with a pole, I knew she could do it,” Ebin said. “I saw a person that was fast, able to run with a pole and put a pole up in the air.”For Roberts, making the team was just the start of her journey as a Buckeye. In her first collegiate meet, Roberts was nervous about making a negative first impression. “The first meet, having Ohio State on my chest obviously is scary,” Roberts said. “I didn’t want to be the walk-on who didn’t prove herself or didn’t meet the standards that they were looking for, so I was nervous.”It took her three attempts to clear 10 feet, 2 inches. At the next meet, she improved by more than a foot and set her season high at 11 feet, 3 3/4 inches.Throughout her Ohio State career, Roberts continued to work one-on-one with Ebin to improve. Ebin said during that time, Roberts continued to push  herself and improve. “When you are alone and there isn’t anybody pushing you and there isn’t anybody driving you — it takes a very special person to keep going and get better,” Ebin said.At the first meet of her sophomore season, Roberts reached her personal record of 11 feet, 4 inches. By the end of that year, she had improved that record by another foot.Even with the improvement on the track, Roberts isn’t just a pole vaulter. The two-time academic All-Big Ten has been the embodiment of the term student-athlete. “There are three types of opportunities at Ohio State whether it’s academic, athletic or social, and usually something suffers,” Ebin said. “[Roberts] is the only person I have that has excelled at all of those.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States shortcomings remain the same in Michigan State matchupsMens Basketball Ohio States shortcomings remain the same in Michigan State matchups

Ohio State freshman guard Luther Muhammad (1) joins teammates after the game in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorCHICAGO  — With 10:02 to go in the game down 56-46, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann stood courtside with his arms crossed. He looked toward his bench, saw sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson sitting and watching, already with four fouls to his name. He looked out onto the court to see redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods and senior guard C.J. Jackson, who combined for seven fouls at the end of regulation. He looked out on the court at Michigan State. Junior guard and Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston had already heated up, erasing his two-point start in the first 18 minutes of the game with six points in the final two minutes of the first half. Even with junior forward Nick Ward back in the rotation, sophomore Xavier Tillman used his size as the one of two guys for Wesson and Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young to focus on. Holtmann saw what his team has never truly had in any of the three matchups against the Spartans: depth. Even without the depth of the Spartans, the Buckeyes found a way to remain close in each of their three matchups against what Holtmann considers to be the best conference opponent he has seen in his two seasons as head coach. Holtmann said he feels Ohio State matches up better with Michigan State than other teams in the league, giving his team an advantage and ability to keep the score close, finding halftime leads in each of the first two games against the Spartans. But the storyline has remained the same for the Buckeyes in each of these matchups against the Spartans. “In the first half, we play them tight in the post and we stay at it and then we have spurts in the second half where we drop off,” Wesson said. “With a good team like Michigan State, a top-10 team in the country, you can’t have a drop off. That’s when they take advantage of the mistakes we make.” But leaving the court at the United Center, coming off its third loss in three games against the No. 6 team in the country, Ohio State had confidence. Maybe it was the run. Trailing by 21 points with 4:21 left in the game, Woods hit a jumper, beginning a 17-0 run that may have been too late, but followed a recent trend, one Ohio State saw late in the second half of its final regular season game against Wisconsin. “Our whole motto is not giving up and Duane, Luther, Musa, Dre, all those guys that were out there were still playing hard and not giving up,” Woods said. A 21-point drubbing turned into a seven-point loss, the closest of the season between Ohio State and Michigan State. Instead of leaving the court with heads down, the players and coaching staff walked to the locker room quiet, but confident. The Buckeyes knew what was likely coming next: the NCAA Tournament. The general consensus was that Ohio State earned a spot in the Tournament after its second-round win against Indiana Thursday. But scoring 17 unanswered points against what many consider to be a Final Four contender may have secured it in the minds of the players. “If they do, they do. If they don’t they don’t, but I feel like our body of work speaks for itself,” Wesson said. “We played hard throughout the year. I feel like anywhere we go, we will play hard.” Wesson still stands by the comment he made after the team’s first loss to Michigan State on Jan. 5: when the team is at full strength, Ohio State can compete with anyone in the country. Ohio State has two days before Selection Sunday to try and get to full strength and remedy the late-season fatigue that had a clear effect on the roster. Moving forward, the Buckeyes’ focus should be on consistency, something it never had in its four games against Michigan State. “We needed to make them work 40 minutes instead of 30 minutes, 38 minutes,” freshman guard Luther Muhammad said. “I feel like we always play hard for three-fourths of the game, but we just have to put a whole game together as a group.” But after the Buckeyes’ 17-0 run at the end of the game, heading into the Tournament with a loss and some sort of momentum, Muhammad said Ohio State was heading in the right direction. read more

David Bowie thanked me for punching him in the face says childhoodDavid Bowie thanked me for punching him in the face says childhood

David Bowie thanked his childhood friend for punching him in the face, after the blow gave the star his different coloured eyes.George Underwood, who was friends with Bowie from the age of nine, punched the singer when they were teenagers after they both became romantically interested in the same girl.Describing the incident as a “short-lived falling out” in 1962, Mr Underwood told the Telegraph that tensions boiled over after Bowie meddled in his attempt to take Carol Goldsmith out on a date after she came to his 15th birthday party.“Just to get the story straight, it was about a girl we both fancied,” Mr Underwood, now an artist, said. “She came to my 15th birthday party – everyone was drunk at about eight, including David.“I was sensible and managed a date with her. David phoned me on the day and said she had told him she didn’t want to meet me because she wanted to go out with him.”However, this did not stop Mr Underwood from going down to their local youth club later that evening, only to find out that Miss Goldsmith had been waiting for him all along. The scrap left Bowie with a blue right eye, whilst his left appeared dark or brown, after he reportedly suffered a deep corneal abrasion and paralysis of his iris sphincter muscle.His different coloured eyes have been described as “one of the enduring legends” behind his “genuinely unearthly aura” that made him – and his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust – so distinctive.“The uncanny appearance of Bowie’s eyes was ideal for a performer who embraced ideas of the alien, the outsider, the otherworldly and the occult,” Kevin Hunt, senior lecturer in design and visual culture at Nottingham Trent University, wrote in the Independent.“In an increasingly visual world seemingly preoccupied by perfection, Bowie’s damaged left pupil became an intrinsic and arresting part of his enigmatic identity,” he said.He embraced his iconic feature right up to his death in 2016, with his different coloured eyes featuring in the advertising campaign for his last album Blackstar. Throughout his career, he produced 27 studio albums, 128 singles, four soundtracks and 72 music videos.Bowie – whose real name is David Robert Jones – was born in 1947 and raised in Bromley, east London.He met Mr Underwood when they were nine-years-old after enrolling for the Cubs in 1956 and they both later went on to study at Bromley Tech school. “So I was very p*ssed off with him, and in the morning I got on the bus to school and overheard him talking about this girl he was going out with,” he said. “At break time I hit him [inadvertently causing one pupil to become permanently dilated, so Bowie’s eyes appeared to be different colours]. Later David said I did him a favour – everyone talks about his eyes, don’t they?” “We started talking, mostly about music,” Mr Underwood said. “When we got a bit older, we used to go around Bromley High Street chatting up girls and trying to impress people. David was just learning how to do that.”Despite their falling out, the pair remained friends for the rest of their lives and played in several bands together.  “I got out of the music business; painting was all I wanted to do. And David progressed into the stratosphere. People ask: ‘Did you always know he was going to be such a massive star?’ Of course not, no one knew,” Mr Underwood said. 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. read more

1 taken to hospital after multiplevehicle crash in Hazel Dell1 taken to hospital after multiplevehicle crash in Hazel Dell

first_imgOne person was taken to the hospital after a multiple-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Northeast 78th Street and Sixth Avenue in Hazel Dell.Emergency responders were dispatched at 2:05 p.m. A man driving a Ford F-150 was removed from the pickup by a bystander before emergency crews arrived and taken to a hospital, Clark County Fire District 6 Battalion Chief Bryan Baum said.While driving the truck, the man suffered an apparent medical issue, causing him to strike a pole and a parked car, Baum said. The truck then crossed to the opposite side of 78th Street and hit more moving vehicles before slamming into a curb.At least three other people were involved in the crash, Baum said.The southbound and northbound Interstate 5 offramps to 78th Street were closed for over an hour after the crash, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.last_img read more

Inheriting Power Plant Facility From GTG Was Disastrous To NAWEC BabaInheriting Power Plant Facility From GTG Was Disastrous To NAWEC Baba

first_imgBy Mamadou Dem Mr. Baba Fatajo, the Managing Director of NAWEC, yesterday disclosed to the ‘Janneh’ Commission that NAWEC’s taking over of the power plant facility at Brikama from Global Trading Group (GTG), was a disaster to the energy Company.Mr. Fatajo was summoned on various issues surrounding NAWEC but prior to his testimony, Counsel Bensouda applied to tender documents relating to NAWEC’s contract produced by the witness, to form part of the exhibits.According to Mr. Fatajo, he came in contact with Global Trading Group when the IPP was being installed at the Brikama Power Plant; that there was power outage which warranted Mr. Abdou Jobe and Tijan Bahum to be whisked away by the NIA to Mile II prisons.Fatajo said Mr. Bazzi invited the senior management of NAWEC for a meeting in his office at Standard Chartered House, where he told them that Bazzi had no hand in the power outage and advised them to be patriotic; that there would be zero-tolerance and whoever was found wanting, would face the consequence. He however said one of their members from NAWEC responded to him that no one could tell them to be patriotic because they did not have a second home like him.He confirmed that this meeting was held before the management contract; that it was in 2006 when the contract was completed and they knew that Mr. Bazzi was close to the former president and there was something was in the offing.Mr. Fatajo testified that the power purchase agreement with Global Trading Group (GTG), was to provide four generators but the guarantee was for 22 megawatts. It was put to him by Mrs Bensouda that Mr. Alagie Conteh said in his evidence that the price was that of used generators.In response, Fatajo told the Commission that the capacity charge was high, noting that the price of fuel kept changing; that they had half of the capacity available since the guarantee was for 22 megawatts, and that this was why they told them to respect the capacity charge.Fatajo further said the purpose would have been defeated if they could not provide the volume of electricity required; that the relationship between the Bazzi group and the former president was difficult to tell.According to him, the two generators before the contract was entered into, were unreliable and the maintenance was not adhered to; that GTG was more of a player and a referee at the same time.Mr. Fatajo added that they decided to have an assessment of the generators and they officially took over the operation of the plant in 2013; that there was a letter from the office of the former president asking them to suspend the capacity charge for two years; that there was an agreement between GTG and the former Government, to hand over to NAWEC, further stating that they took the entire plant. He told the Commission that on the 5th of November 2015, there was transfer of ownership.At this juncture, Mr. Fatajo disclosed to the Commission that taking over the GTG and the Power Plant facilities from the Bazzi group, was a disaster to NAWEC; that there were observations by NAWEC’s MD that the Company was at risk with the intervention of the former government.According to him, there was no corresponding measures to ensure that NAWEC was protected; that the Company became bankrupt, and other sister institutions like SSHFC became bankrupt, as they tried in assisting to maintain NAWEC’s operations.He adduced that this was a bad situation for the Company and that for NAWEC to be able to service the IPP, it should be able to generate income.At this juncture, Counsel Bensouda applied to tender the minutes of the negotiations between GTG and NAWEC for power generation and a letter dated 20th June 2012, for the handing over of the IPP at Brikama and other relevant documents as exhibits. The Energy Company boss disclosed that there was a Project Manager hired by GTG for the evaluation process and GTG bid for the contract and together with her associates (PCG).Mr. Fatajo further indicated that there was a total loan of $22,000,000 and that $17,000,000 was for the supply of fuel; that there was an executive directive that the contract should be given to GTG and PCG, when it was put to him by Commission Counsel that the bidding price was less than the contract sum. On Generator No. 9, he said it was in service since 2009-2010, stating that it had a major breakdown. He told the commission that Venezuela’s funds were partially used for the purchase of the said generator.At this juncture, Commissioner Saine urged him to work with his finance team and furnish them with all payments which were made by NAWEC to GTG among others, so that they could quantify the amount and know how disastrous it was. In response, Fatajo said the finance men at his office are working on it.Mr. Fatajo further testified that they were not directly involved at the beginning when SSHFC gave a loan to NAWEC to purchase the two generators for the electrification of West Coast Region; that the date for the contract which was signed with SSHFC, was on the 2nd of October 2007.At this juncture, Counsel Bensouda put to him that a sum of €4.3 million should have been transferred to GTG account, and he responded that GTG told them that they needed €1.3 million and later €1.8 million was paid for the provision of auxiliary equipment, which were part of a loan from SSHFC.He responded that he could not remember as to how the loan given to NAWEC by SSHFC, was going to be paid by NAWEC, noting that the loan is outstanding.Documents relating to the said loan were tendered and admitted as exhibit. Fatajo finally told the Commission that out of the two generators, one is operational while the other one is out of order.Sitting continues today.last_img read more

Messi loves competition in La LigaMessi loves competition in La Liga

first_imgAccording to the Argentinean superstar, the Spanish tournament is now more competitive than ever and he loves thatLionel Messi just collected the Trofeo Di Stefano for La Liga’s best player in 2017-2018.And after that, the Argentinean superstar talked to the press and praised the competition in the Spanish tournament.“It’s good that the league is like this,” Messi was quoted by Goal.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“It’s more competitive than ever, anyone beats anybody, it’s good for the spectators.”“I hope it stays that way for a long time,” he added.“At the beginning, I was a bit scared, because I had not had much contact,” he admitted about playing after his injury.“I let go a little more as the game went on and I was fine.”last_img read more