Haida Gwaii home to a distinct but vulnerable pocket of northern goshawks

first_imgVANCOUVER — A new study by University of British Columbia researchers has found that Haida Gwaii’s population of northern goshawks are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic cluster of the birds.Researchers estimate the population of birds may have been evolving separately on Haida Gwaii for 20,000 years.Armando Geraldes, who co-led the study, says apart from having a different genome, these birds also look different — they are darker in colour than other goshawks.Only 50 of these raptors are left on the archipelago.Geraldes says goshawks nest in large, old growth forests so one of the concerns is loss of habitat from logging.Senior author on the paper Darren Irwin says the animals fill an important ecological role as top predator.Irwin says their health reflects the health of the forest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Salvation Armys new walkin Fridge and Freezer are now running

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army has been working hard to expand its Perishable Food Program and with their new walk-in Fridge and Freezer units now running, there is room for greater growth and development.The commercial style fridge and freezer units stand behind the shelves of the food processing area of the Food Bank as volunteers push trolleys and fill them with items from checklists.Trying to keep out of the way in the fast paced environment and looking into the new fridge, Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Northern Centre of Hope shared, “we are just finishing building the shelving.” The units will not only be able to hold more food, but they will also help create space as the Food Bank has been using 11 residential refrigerator/freezers to house the perishables. With the new shelving in the commercial units, it will be much easier to organize and maintain the food donations received until clients of the food bank can pick up their food.‘Under 500 people use the Food Bank every month,” said Eggie, he goes on to explain that the Food Bank only employs one person for 20 hours a week and the rest of the help they get is through volunteers. Eggie expresses that they currently have 20 volunteers and are yet to be able to keep up with capacity and filling the need, ideally, the Salvation Army needs 40 volunteers.Every morning a volunteer goes around to five stores to collect non-perishables which is about 6/700lbs of food daily. The Salvation Army will soon be taking possession of a new refrigerated van that will make picking up perishable food donations easier and more efficient.Eggie is also converting an old kitchen area to a stainless steel washing station for food handling equipment to increase capacity, which will process donations quicker and provide healthier food options for families to have access too.Once the new washing station is complete, the Salvation Army will work in collaboration with NEAT to do community canning and creating soup stock.If you would be interested in volunteering in the Food Bank, contact the Salvation Army at; 250.785.0506, email; employeerelations@nchope.ca; or visit the food bank in personlast_img read more

Rs slips for 3rd day down 18 paise to 6960 against

first_imgMumbai: The Indian rupee Tuesday lost another 18 paise to close at 69.60 against the US dollar, marking its third straight session of decline owing to sustained demand for the greenback from importers and rising global crude oil prices. The local currency has depreciated by 68 paise in the last three days. Besides, strong dollar against its rival currencies built additional pressure on the rupee. However, persistent foreign fund inflows and heavy buying in domestic equities supported the rupee and capped the losses to some extent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAt the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the rupee opened lower at 69.55 and fell further to touch the day’s low of 69.69. It finally ended at 69.60 per dollar, down by 18 paise against its previous close. The rupee on Monday had declined by 25 paise to close at 69.42 a dollar. “The strength in dollar index against basket of six currencies and delay of dollar inflow by Essar steel lead to weakness in the rupee,” said V K Sharma, Head PCG and Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMoreover, there was caution in the market in a holiday-truncated week. Forex and equity markets will remain shut on Wednesday on account of “Mahavir Jayanti” while most of the major financial markets are closed on Friday for the start of the Easter holidays. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.04 per cent to 96.97. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.13 per cent to USD 71.27 per barrel.last_img read more

9year old kidnapped Moroccan girl was Found in the Bolivian Jungle

first_imgFez- The Spanish Civil Guards just freed a Moroccan girl from the grip of a Bolivian man who had kidnapped her seven months ago near Barcelona. According to the Spanish daily El Pais, the 9-year old girl was entrusted to a friend of the family who was going on vacation to Bolivia last August. But after the Bolivian man arrived in Bolivia, the family of the girl lost contact with him. Immediately the Moroccan couple reported the disappearance of their daughter to the Spanish police.Following the complaint dodged by the parents, Spanish authorities dispatched a team of the Civil Guards (Guardia Civil), who played an instrumental role in locating and freeing her. The 9-year old was held in the town of Chapre, in Cochabamba, one of the most famous coca-growing areas of Bolivia, according to the same source.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Extended forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_imgSUNRISE:  07:12AM                        MOONRISE:  10:26AM                   HIGH TIDE:  10:47AMSUNSET:   06:36PM                         MOONSET:   09:36PM                    LOW TIDE: 05:13PM                                                                                                                           HIGH TIDE: 11:05PM                                                                                                                           LOW TIDE:   05:09AM TUE.EXTENDED FORECAST: PRE-FRONTAL ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT WILL INCREASE RAIN CHANCES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BY MID-WEEK.   THE FRONT WILL GRADUALLY DRIFT SOUTHEASTWARDS WITH BREEZY AND SLIGHTLY COOLER CONDITIONS IN ITS WAKE.FORECAST FOR TUESDAYWEATHER: VARIABLE CLOUDINESS WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.WINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…EASTERLY AT 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…3 TO 5 FEET IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: CLOUDY TO OVERCAST AND HOT WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH SOME BECOMING HEAVY TO SEVERE AT TIMES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.   PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: SOUTHERLY AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BUT BECOMING NORTHWEST TO NORTH AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS BY NIGHT AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGE IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET ACROSS ALL AREAS BUT BUILDING UP TO 5 TO 8 FEET BY NIGHT AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGE IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMASTROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA IN A FEW DAYS.  SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER WHILE IT MOVES NORTHWESTWARD TO NORTHWARD.   THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE OF 30 PERCENT FOR TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH 5 DAYS.FORECASTER: IAN V. MCKENZIE/and Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION: STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM ANCHORED NORTH OF THE AREA WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN ACROSS THE ISLANDS BY TONIGHT.SPECIAL WARNINGS:  BOATERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO ROUGH SURF AND THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS MAINLY ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES. ALL AREAS:WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, BREEZY AND HOT WITH A FEW SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TODAY. MOSTLY FAIR AND MILD TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS.   SMALL CRAFT SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS:  EAST TO SOUTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…EASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 4 TO 7 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.HIGH TEMPERATURE TODAY:   90°F    32°C                                     LOW TEMPERATURE TONIGHT: 79°F     26°Clast_img read more

Netflix picks up US rights to Eurovision

first_img Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Share your voice 0 50 Photos Croatia’s entry to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Thomas Hanses/Eurovision Time to bust out the eye glitter — Netflix has snagged the rights to one of the world’s longest-running live TV events, confirming that it will air the 2019 and 2020 Eurovision Song Contest broadcasts in the US. While Netflix will not air the competition live, it’s a big win for US fans who were left without an official channel to watch the contest this year.It also marks an interesting shift into event television for the company, which has long stuck to movies, TV series and its own original produced content. While Netflix won’t air the broadcasts live, picking up a live show that draws as many as 200 million viewers around the world could herald a bigger shift for the streaming company.Eurovision: the contest that spawned a thousand Epic Sax Guy memes. Eurovision Under the deal, Netflix picks up the US video-on-demand rights to the two Eurovision semifinals and the grand final. All three broadcasts from the 2019 contest will land on Netflix on Monday, July 22. Netflix will also air the semifinals and grand final in 2020, after the live broadcast, though it has not confirmed dates.If you haven’t heard of Eurovision, you’re officially missing one of the greatest (and kitschiest) television events in the world. The song contest catapulted Celine Dion and ABBA to stardom, brought the world Volare (the Italian-chorus classic made famous by Dean Martin) and regularly serves up everything from ear-worm pop bangers, to death-metal demons and singing grandmas.You can read CNET’s full guide to Eurovision 2019 here. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflixlast_img read more

Pound hits 6month high as Bremain hopes get last minute boost

first_imgThe pound rose to a six-month high against the dollar early on Thursday after the latest polls supported those in favor of Britain remaining in the European Union, hours before a crucial referendum to decide the country’s place in Europe.Polls by ComRes, conducted for the Daily Mail newspaper and ITV television, and YouGov for The Times newspaper in London showed a last-minute rise in those supporting Britain to remain in the EU.although several poll results have been too close to call a definitive outcome.The pound was up 0.6 percent at $1.4802 after touching $1.4847, its highest since the beginning of the year.A wait-and-see mood was expected to prevail through the rest of the day, dotted by possible bouts of volatility, as the market nervously awaited the British poll results.The polling will take place between 0600-2100 GMT on Thursday, with the results expected early on Friday.”It will be hard for the market move until the poll results are released. The pound obviously will take center stage. But other European currencies and particularly dollar/yen also bear watching as the pair will reflect swings in risk sentiment,” said Shin Kadota, chief Japan FX strategist at Barclays in Tokyo.The dollar was up 0.1 percent at 104.595 yen after moving the previous day in a narrow 104.855-104.310 range.The greenback has sagged against the yen after Tuesday’s testimony by Federal Reserve Janet Yellen was seen to have played down the chances of a U.S. interest rate increase in July.The euro gained 0.2 percent to $1.1324, adding to an overnight gain of 0.5 percent. A slight ebb in prospects of Britain leaving the EU has helped the common currency.The Australian dollar, seen as a rough proxy of risk sentiment, was up 0.2 percent at $0.7514, not far from a seven-week high of $0.7527 scaled overnight.last_img read more

Mumbai Ola and Uber drivers likely to go on strike for fare

first_imgReuters FileOla and Uber cab drivers are holding a strike on Monday, October 22 in Mumbai, demanding a hike in minimum fare and charges per km amid the rising fuel prices.The drivers have also demanded that the bookings for the rides be made only through Aadhaar-verified numbers of the customers, reports IANS.Few cabs are likely to remain off-roads in Mumbai today following the drivers’ strike.For the first time, the cab drivers are demanding a fixed minimum fare between Rs 100 and Rs 150 and the charge per km between Rs 18 and Rs 23, depending upon the type of vehicle booked, according to Times of India.”We need an assured business of at least Rs 3,000 a day,” one of the cab drivers told TOI.They claimed that they had to take this step amid the increase in fuel prices even as Ola and Uber kept reducing fares. This also impacted their daily earnings. The drivers are planning to submit a memorandum to the aggregator firm officials and put up a demand for the same.However, petrol and diesel prices have dropped by around 30 paise today. A litre of petrol in Mumbai is currently sold at Rs 86.91 per litre (reduce by Rs 0.30) and diesel is at Rs 78.54 per litre (reduce by 0.28). Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi are Rs 81.44 per litre (reduce by Rs 0.30) and Rs 74.92 per litre (reduce by Rs 0.27), respectively.last_img read more

Tk 125b lost in JS quorum crisis TIB

first_img.Quorum crisis ate up 152 hours and 17 minutes during its 18 sessions of the 10th parliament, causing a waste of about Tk 1.25 billion, according to a new study conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), reports UNB.TIB revealed the study, titled ‘Parliament Watch’, on the operation of 14th to 18th session of the 10th national parliament at a press conference at TIB’s office on Thursday.The study report estimated that about Tk 1.63 lakh is needed to conduct a parliament session for one minute while 30 minutes were wasted on an average of each working day of the total 18 sessions due to quorum crisis.According to the study, from the 14th to 18th session, average meeting time and members’ participation in each working day increased than that of 8th and 9th parliament, the quorum crisis remained almost the same.On the other hand, percentage of time spent for legislation decreased than that of previous time, which is now 9 per cent of the total time spent from 14th to 18th session, said the report.A total of 260 hours and 8 minutes were spent from the 14th to 18th session of the 10th parliament where the most part of it has been spent for discussing about budget.Meanwhile only 35 minutes were spent for passing each bill whereas in Indian parliament the average time of it is 2 hour 23 minutes, according to the report.According to the collected information during the study, it was observed that, the practice of not presenting international agreements through the president and practice of unconstitutional behaviour and language in the parliament by both the government and opposition parties’ members violating rules of procedure 270 (6) were still visible.According to the report, though the leader of main opposition party was found doing constructive criticism of various activities of the government in political forums of public meetings, her role in performing the same role in the parliament were not visible. Among 327 working days of the 18 sessions, she was present in 79 working days, which is 24 per cent of the total.While presenting the report, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, parliament failed to perform expected role in ensuring good governance, democratic system through establishing accountability and resisting corruption. Both the government and opposition parties are responsible for the failure.”Those who are presented or those who claims themselves as opposition party in the parliament are facing identity crisis, which they themselves confessed at the last year of the current government’s period”, he added.Mentioning parliament as the main organization of democratic system, Sultana Kamal said, most of the time in parliament is being wasted in the acts of praising, condemnation, and confrontation.TIB advisor Sumaiya Khayer and director of research and policy department Md Rafikul Hasan were also present in the programme.In the conference, TIB also came up with 14-point recommendation to make the parliament effective.last_img read more

New complexity after quota abolition

first_imgA new crisis has emerged following the abolition of the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (class I and class II) in government jobs.The government took the decision amid a series of student movements demanding reforms in the quota system that started in April.In the end, the government on 4 October finally issued a circular entirely abolishing the quota system in recruitment of officers in class I and II public sector jobs, keeping the provision of quota only for Class III and IV jobs.Following the circular, children of freedom fighters took to the street and blocked city’s Shahbagh intersection, creating a new crisis.They also staged demonstration blocking roads at different parts of the country. However, the number of the protesters was very few.Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command took position in Shahbagh intersection area yesterday [Thursday] rejecting the circular issued by the public administration ministry.Leaders of the forum said they will announce the next course of action from a grand rally, to be organised on Saturday.They said they will continue the sit-in programmes until quota is restored.Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command central president Sheikh Atiqur Rahman said they will also go to the court to challenge the decision.They decided to continue the movement under the banner of ‘Muktijoddha Mancha’. Professor of sociology at Dhaka University AKM Jamal Uddin was made the spokesperson of the mancha.Dhaka University unit leaders and activists of the command and its Dhaka metropolitan unit, Muktijoddha families, Muktijoddha Sansad Online Command, Muktijoddha Prajanma and several other forums’ leaders and activists have expressed their solidarity with the movement.Citizens suffered as the blockaders did not allow any vehicle, except ambulances and police cars, to move through the area. Policemen were also not seen taking any measures to bring normalcy in the area.The Adivasi Quota Reform Parishad has announced to observe a half-day hartal and strike in ethnic group dominating areas of the country.Leaders of both the organisation of freedom fighters’ children and the ethnic minorities said they will challenge the decision at the court.Adivashi Quota Sanrakkhan Parishad coordinator William Nokrek said they would block the roads in Nodda of Gulshan area in the capital and take legal actions to reinstate the quota system in public jobs.The Chittagong hill tracts affairs ministry in a recent meeting also demanded quota for ethnic groups be reinstated.Expert and quota reform activists said this would not have happened if the quota reform issue was dealt logically.Ganasanhati Andolan chief coordinator Zunaid Saki said the movement was for reformation of quota and not for abolishing the system.Muktijoddha Santan and Muktijoddhar Santan Oikya Parishad of Sylhet district and metropolitan demonstrated in the Zindabazar area of the city on Thursday afternoon.They also brought out a protest procession. Later, they announced a week-long programme.The sons of freedom fighters, ethnic minors and specially abled students of the Islamic University, Kushtia demonstrated blocking the Kushtia-Jhenaidah highway for abolishing the quota.In Rajshahi, Adibashi Chhatra Parishad, a forum of ethnic minority students, demonstrated demanding restoration of the system.Rajshahi University units of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command and Amra Muktijoddhar Santan also staged protest rally blocking the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of the main gate of the university.Narayanganj district unit of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command formed a human chain in front of the press club yesterday afternoon.People from different walks of life are now thinking of the matter whether the decision to abolish the quota is a ‘new tactic’ of the government.About the decision, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the quota has been scrapped as many people do not want it.“If you want restoration of quota system, you have to take to the street,” Hasina said at a media briefing on 3 October.The circular says the abolition will be applicable for all government offices, autonomous and half-autonomous institutions and even public corporation.The cabinet approval committee placed a recommendation saying that if the government thinks that quota is required for any marginalised groups, it will take necessary steps.But, the circular released on 4 October mentioned nothing about this despite legal prohibition regarding the physically challenged people.Till date, 55 per cent people in the government jobs were recruited through different quotas. Ministers and leaders of the ruling party came up with a mixture of feedback over the matter. At least five ministers at the cabinet meeting spoke in favour of quota system.However, students demonstrating for reforms in quota system are yet to say anything after the publication of the circular.Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad (Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council) convenor Hasan Al Mamun told Prothom Alo yesterday that they will soon take a decision about their next course of action.Ruling AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said no one has to make any demand for the freedom fighters to the incumbent government.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will take actions if any demand is justified and practical, he added.Asked about the matter, former cabinet secretary and adviser to a caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan told Prothom Alo that the first administrative committee recommended abolishing the entire quota system.The government has now abolished it and it is good, he said. *The piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam and Shameem Rezalast_img read more

AL infighting kills 2 in Pabna

first_imgMap of PabnaTwo people were killed and six others sustained bullet injuries in a clash between two factions of ‘Awami League ‘at Bharara in Sadar upazila on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased are Lashkar Khan, 70, and Malek Sheikh, 40.Locals said Awami League leaders Sultan and Akkas had long been at loggerheads over establishing supremacy in the area.As a sequel of the enmity, the supporters of both the groups locked into an altercation in the evening.At one stage, the both factions, equipped with firearms and lethal weapons, attacked each other.A chase and counter-chase took place between the feuding groups amid gunfire, killing two people on the spot and injuring eight others.Police went to the spot and brought the situation under control, said additional superintendent of police (Sadar circle) Ibne Mizan.He also said additional policemen were deployed in the area to avert further trouble.last_img read more

McDuffie Bill Prohibits Employment Credit Checks

first_imgKenyan McDuffie represents Ward 5 on the D.C. Council.D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) is the chief author of a bill to prohibit credit checks of potential employees until a conditional offer is made. He introduced the bill, The Fair Credit History Steering Act of 2015 to his colleagues on June 2. McDuffie wants to use the legislation as a vehicle to help more District residents obtain employment.“This bill will abolish restrictions that unjustly exacerbate challenges faced by applicants who are already having difficulty with finding employment and making ends meet,” McDuffie said. “As a result, we will create economic opportunities for more of our vulnerable residents.”The Fair Credit bill will prohibit an employer from considering a job applicant’s credit history during the hiring process, and will restrict an employer’s inquiry into an applicant’s credit history until after a conditional offer of employment. The bill would allow certain employers exemptions from enforcement, like financial institutions.The legislation establishes a complaint process for aggrieved potential employees and a penalties component for alleged employer violators. The D.C. Office of Human Rights would be responsible for enforcing the bill.According to a May 2013 online article, “Discredited: How Employment Checks Keep Qualified Workers Out of a Job” by Amy Traub,  one in 10 people who are unemployed have been informed that they would not be hired because of negative credit report information. The article, cited by McDuffie in a statement, showed that one in seven denied job applicants were advised that they were not hired because of their credit. The article also showed that people of color and the chronically unemployed are adversely affected when their jobs search depends on creditworthiness.D.C. Council members Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), LaRuby May (D-Ward 7), Vincent Orange (D-At Large),  Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) have indicated favorable interest in McDuffie’s bill. Todd, who reportedly declared bankruptcy earlier in his life, thinks this bill is needed.“I strongly believe that past mistakes should not prohibit our residents from attaining future success,” Todd said. “This legislation will provide those with perseverance and discipline an opportunity for a fresh start.”Doyle Mitchell, the president and CEO of Industrial Bank, one of the country’s largest Black-owned banks, said Industrial conducts credit checks for potential employees. “We would not turn somebody down solely based on poor credit,” Mitchell said. “It is part of the application process because our employees handle large amounts of cash.”Thomas Penny, the general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center in downtown Washington, said that as a matter of policy, they don’t conduct credit checks until a conditional offer is made, which is what McDuffie’s bill mandates. “When we do a credit check, it is position-specific,” Penny said. “If a potential employee will be working in the food and beverage area or housekeeping, credit is not as critical as if they are handling cash. We handle these matters on a case-by-case basis.”Both Mitchell and Penny say they have hired some people with less than perfect credit because they felt that the applicant would be a good, trustworthy employee.Harry Wingo, the president and CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, said that he and his staff are examining McDuffie’s legislation. “We at the chamber support any effort to remove barriers to employment,” Wingo said. “However, we have to look at hard at any effort to restrict businesses in the operation of their businesses.”Wingo said that background checks, whether credit or character, are vital for a business to determine the best applicant for a particular job. “We look forward to working with McDuffie on the details of this bill,” he said.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said that she hasn’t read McDuffie’s bill but will approach with an open mind. “I am always looking for ways for people to get jobs,” Bowser said. “My ears are always open for that.”last_img read more

Jade Raymond Named Vice President of Google

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More 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 UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Raymond was named to the Variety 500 list last year for her impact on the video game and entertainment industries.Google will be hosting a keynote during this year’s Game Developers Conference. While Google has attended the conference and hosted events at the annual gathering since 2010, this will be the first time the company is holding a keynote. It’s unclear what the keynote will discuss, but the RSVP for the event says it is for “Google’s announcement” and a video posted today said it’s for the company to unveil its vision for the future of video games.center_img Games industry veteran Jade Raymond has been named a vice president of Google.Raymond announced the news over Twitter today. “I’m excited to finally be able to share that I have joined Google as VP!” wrote Raymond.She didn’t clarify what her role would be as one of the company’s vice presidents.Raymond got her start in the game industry as a programmer for Sony. She went on to work at Electronic Arts, then as a correspondent for The Electric Playground, and finally Ubisoft Montreal, where she was the producer of “Assassin’s Creed.” She went on to serve as the executive producer of “Assassin’s Creed 2,” “Watch Dogs” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.”She helped open the Ubisoft Toronto Studio and served as its managing director, helping to expand the studio. In 2015 Raymond joined EA and founded the Montreal-based Motive Studios. She left EA last year. In January 2019, she received the Legend award at the 8th Annual New York Game Awards.last_img read more

Sculpting thoughts

first_imgThis exhibition exhibits various form of sculpture such as imagination, leaf composition, Ganesh, melting form, emerging form, Akshay-Bateshwar, head series, bird bath etc by Gyan Singh. On the other side the rhythmic, architectural and many other forms are presented in the exhibition by young talented and versatile sculptor Amit Singh.National award winner and a gold medalist from BHU Varanasi, senior most sculptor Gyan Singh is the only world fame sculptor who works in variety of stones in the traditional ancient Indian form as well in the contemporary art form. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gyan Singh has been working on rhythmic series since a long period of time. His abstract yet attractive sculptures are worth watching. He has organised many national how along with solo shows and  has participated in numerable sculpture shows. He has been associated with world class camps and has been a mentor of many throughout the country. He has always converted his thoughts into sculptures. On the other side Amit Singh, post graduated from College of Art, New Delhi is a talented and versatile young sculptor who has earned many prestigious awards on National level. Contemporary artiste Amit works independently and he mostly carves on marble and do metal casting. Amit Singh is more than familiar with the artiste who mouthed the golden words. While he regards the works of Michelangelo as a textbook on sculpture, he draws inspiration from closer quarters. His father and the socio-economic developments in his immediate environment.Where: Sculptor Court, Triveni kala sangam, Tansen MargWhen: On till 11 AprilTimings: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

Theatre bonanza

first_imgTheatre lovers, enthusiasts and experts experienced and witnessed a series of plays by well known playwrights, which surely enthralled them and touched their hearts to the very core. A series of plays, namely Rajrakto, Chitrapata, Dopehri and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari was staged as a part of the18th Bharat Rang Mahostsav on Friday in the national Capital.“The first play Rajrakto is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Bisarjan, Sacrifice and Rajarshi. The play, which was performed by IFTA (Institute of Factual Theatre Arts) Kolkata, has been directed by Debasish Dutta. The background of this play gave an opportunity to the director to explore the nature of terrorist activities in the modern world.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Clinging to the folk vein, Kannada’s famous poet and playwright H S Venkatesha Murthy, had put on stage an imaginary episode that is different from the original Ramayana. The play, titled Chitrapata, has been directed by Manjunath L. Badiger and the performers were a part of a group named Samashti from Bengaluru.When asked about the play, director H S Venkatesha Murthy said: “This play has been inspired by one of the folk poems of Helavanakatte Giriyamma. Our folk artists have analysed The Ramayana and given it their own unique perspective in this play. The play takes a pro-women stance and tries to search for answers to the atrocities being inflicted on womankind through Seetha’s character”, said H S Venkatesha Murthy.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDirected by Pankaj Kapur and performed by Theatron, Mumbai, Dopehri is set in the streets of Lucknow where the haveli of an old lonely woman, Amma Bi, is situated. Pankaj Kapur brings to us her story, reading and bringing alive the characters, stringing us through the emotions and nuances of these characters and the milieu of an old Lucknow. Dopheri is a novella written by Pankaj Kapur and now has been rendered by him on stage as well.The Cabinet of Dr Caligari has been written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayeris and directed by Deepan Sivaraman. The play, which has been performed by Performance Studies Collective group from Delhi, is a contemporary take on the 1920 film by the same name, emerging out of spatial experimentation with a focus on objects, some found and others made.  It is a multimedia performance in which the scenography and dramaturgy emerge together in an attempt to navigate through the run-down warehouse space where the production has been staged. The story of Holstenwall unfolds through multiple layers of visual narratives, slowly peeling off, to keep the audiences at the edges of their seats. “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari offers the possibility of looking into the layers of human mind, always floating rather than certain, and complex in nature. In this performance I attempted to explore the possibility of total theatre in which all the aspects of theatre such as scenography, dramaturgy, actor’s performance come together to make it a ‘total’ experience”, said Deepan Sivaraman, director of the play.last_img read more

Uganda looks for new avenues with KVIC

first_imgA six-member delegation led by Goodwill Ambassador of Uganda to India Renu Varun, recently met Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena at his Gandhi Darshan office in Rajghat here and thanked him for the Gandhi Charkha gifted by KVIC – for the Gandhi Heritage Site at Jinja in UgandaTalking with the Chairman, the Goodwill Ambassador also invited him to visit the site in Uganda, where the Gandhian Charkha had been displayed. “In the backdrop of the ‘Gandhi Charakha’ that arrived for the first time ever on the East African soil on the shores of River Nile where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were sprinkled and the fact that Uganda is a fine cotton producing country, the Uganda Government underscores the need to support the development of the private sector to become an engine for growth.Since Uganda has an extensive micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sub-sector which accounts for approximately 90 percent of the private sector, innovative KVIC programmes like ‘Honey Mission’, ‘Kachchi Ghani oil,’ Tailoring, candle making, spinning and weaving activities can be a vehicle through which the rural poor and the jobless Ugandans can transform themselves tomorrow,” she said, adding, “Uganda eagerly waits to collaborate with KVIC, to fetch some productive output as it can add value to the economy of Uganda.”Meanwhile, the Corroborating similar views, the other delegates including Sheba Kyobutungi (Head, Implementation Youth Desk), Lucy Nakyobe (Permanent Secretary), Lillian Ester Sebedduka (Head, Security Forces Desk), Seruyange Susan (Ministry of Defence, Senior Social Development Officer) and Faridah Nassali (Manager, Presidential Initiative) also said that they were overwhelmed to see the KVIC programmes and its impact on job creation, particularly for women.The delegates, selected by the Ministry of External Affairs, have been invited to India to study the various women empowerment projects being run by KVIC. The delegation also visited the multi-disciplinary training centre of KVIC and spoke to the trainees at incense stick making, tailoring, designing and other units.last_img read more

Fire at Moonda Kotee tea estate none hurt

first_imgDarjeeling: A fire broke out at Moonda Kotee tea estate in the wee hours of Saturday. The office of the tea garden was totally gutted thereby destroying all documents, records and the computers of the garden. There has been no report of any injury or loss of life.The garden is situated around 4 km below Sonada in the Kurseong sub division of the Darjeeling district. The fire broke out around 12:30am on Saturday. “Tea garden workers and local residents tried to douse the fire. We even tried to contact the fire brigade but failed to do so. Soon, the office was razed to the ground,” stated Puran Rai, assistant manager of the tea estate. Incidentally, there had been a fire in the factory of the garden in 2004, in which the factory was gutted. The garden is owned by Darjeeling Organic Tea Estate Pvt Ltd. They have a worker strength of 949. 298. Seventy-eight hectares of land is under tea cultivation in the garden.last_img read more

The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in

first_img The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in the world on their side, investors can still panic. That would mean a big drop in asset prices, high-profile bankruptcies, and a new crisis. Things move fast. The feds may step in with more QE buying, but they may be a dollar short and a day late. A 20% drop in stock prices is equal to a loss of about $5 trillion in the U.S. alone. The bond market is roughly twice the size of the stock market, so add a 20% drop there and you’re talking real money – a total loss of $15 trillion… which could easily happen in a few days. Now, imagine a drop similar to the 2008-09 plunge… In round numbers, equities lost 50%. Today, there’s about $60 trillion worth of stocks worldwide, so that would be a $30 trillion loss. If the bond market fell in sync, you’d be looking at another $60 trillion or so… or a total loss of market capital of $90 trillion. What would the feds do? Yes, they would buy stocks and bonds. But they would buy at market prices. Owners would still take big losses. And the feds wouldn’t stop there. We are now almost eight years into the central bank’s various “stimulus” programs; they have coincided with the weakest recovery on record. After taking account of inflation, incomes for most Americans are lower today than they were in 2007. Clearly, reducing the cost of credit doesn’t work – even with yields on roughly $13 trillion worth of bonds in negative territory. Fire Up the Whirlybirds So what’s next? When the next crisis hits, central bankers will rush back into their tool rooms and bring out something new. It will no doubt include “helicopter money.” This is the term economist Milton Friedman used to describe direct giveaways of newly minted money without any corresponding increase in the government’s budget deficit. Huge new infrastructure projects will be announced. Tax credits, tax cuts, minimum guarantee incomes – we don’t know what the feds will come up with. But watch out… With the carrot will come the sticks. The feds will impose measures to crack down on tax cheats, tighten the noose on black-market operators, and shut off funds to causes they don’t like. They’ll use their money helicopters to “drone” you. That is, they’ll make sure you do with your money as they please. Mr. Rogoff’s nutty suggestion to restrict cash could become law. Regards, – BREAKING: Steve Sjuggerud launches new product We just discovered a “backdoor” into the world’s most profitable technology stocks. Most people think you need to get in early to make huge gains in Silicon Valley… but there’s actually a much easier and much more predictable way. Learn more. — Recommended Linkscenter_img Don’t touch Gold until you see this A radical new method for gold investing could make you 5 TIMES more money than bullion… beginning with just 60 cents. Details here. Bill Editor’s note: The “War on Cash” is already in full swing… Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Russia have all banned large cash transactions. The European Central Bank just killed the €500 bill. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers wants the U.S. government to end the $100 bill. Eventually, governments want to eliminate all paper cash. In other words, they want to trap your money in the digital banking system. This will allow the government to track, control, and “tax” your money at will. Now, the average person won’t surrender their financial privacy without a fight. We expect millions of people to pull cash out of their bank account and put it into gold, the ultimate “underground currency.” This could send gold prices through the roof. If you don’t own gold already, we recommend you get started immediately. But first, we urge you to watch this presentation. It explains how to take advantage of a little-known “loophole” in the gold market. In short, we may have found the cheapest way to buy gold coins in America today. Click here to learn more. Editor’s note: Governments have tried anything and everything to stimulate the economy since 2008. They’ve cut interest rates hundreds of times. They’ve printed trillions of dollars. Some governments have even adopted “negative interest rates.” Dispatch readers know these radical measures have failed miserably. But that won’t stop the government from continuing to experiment during the next financial crisis. Today, Agora founder Bill Bonner reveals what the government could do when the next crisis hits. Unlike previous measures, this new policy could directly target the money in your wallet. [This essay was originally published on September 12, 2016, in Bill Bonner’s Diary.] OUZILLY, France – We came back from South America poorer but wiser. For the first time ever, we have had to face the reality of politics; up until now, it was never more than an abstract, theoretical matter. We read about the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the passage of Obamacare. We knew politics was corrupt and repulsive. But except for a brief stint on the board of governors of our local church, we had nothing to do with it. Now the wolf is in our own backyard… so close that we can smell its hot breath and hear the clicking of its pearly teeth as it snaps at our heels. More as it develops… Criminalizing Cash But wait… money sometimes goes “full politics,” too. Take poor Kenneth Rogoff at Harvard. He wants a dollar with a voter registration card, a U.S. flag on its windshield, and a handgun in its belt – the kind of money that supports the Establishment and votes for Hillary. Writing last month in the Wall Street Journal under the headline, “The Sinister Side of Cash,” he noted that “paper currency, especially large notes such as the U.S. $100 bill, facilitates crime: racketeering, extortion, money laundering, drug and human trafficking, the corruption of public officials, not to mention terrorism.” Of course, large notes do make it easier for criminals to operate. Like cellphones. And sunglasses. And automobiles with air-conditioning. But that’s what money is supposed to do: make it easier for an economy to function. You use it as you please. Yes, dear reader, we are back to our regular beat. Money. But what’s this? Finally, we’re beginning to see some action. You’ll recall that the markets have been eerily quiet… with less movement in stocks than we’ve seen in the last 100 years. What gives? Perhaps it was the calm before the storm. The Dow fell nearly 400 points on Friday. We don’t know. It could be the calm before the storm. Or it could be the calm before more calm. How It All Ends There’s something fundamentally tranquilizing about having a central bank that gives out the word that it’s got your back. The Bank of Japan is buying bonds AND stocks (by way of exchange-traded funds)… pushing up prices for both. Under its €1.7 trillion ($1.9 trillion) QE program, the European Central Bank bought so many government bonds, it ran out of new bonds to buy. So, this summer, it added corporate bonds to its shopping list. According to Reuters, it will soon run out of corporate bonds, too. Then it will have to follow the Bank of Japan’s lead… and wade into the stock market… if it wants to keep its QE program going. And in the U.S., the Yellen Fed continues to jive and diddle… teasing investors with the threat of “normalizing” interest rates, but having neither the desire nor the fortitude to act. We’ve been wondering how it ends. Bear markets are facts of life. But if the central bank has set its face to stopping them, then what? Central banks – in the current system – can create unlimited amounts of fake money. They can use this money to buy real financial assets. Theoretically, they could buy all the world’s stocks and bonds. And theoretically, they can leave the feds with almost complete ownership of the planet’s capital. The rich get richer (selling their assets to the feds at inflated prices). The poor get poorer (as the misallocation of capital increases… price signals are distorted… and real wealth is wasted). What goes wrong? Everything. As in politics, the gap between theory and practice is as wide as the Sargasso Sea.last_img read more

She joined Hannah Cockroft on her lap of honour af

first_imgShe joined Hannah Cockroft on her lap of honour after finishing seventh behind Britain’s double gold medallist in the T34 200 metres in London 2012.But four years on, Mel Nicholls believes she has a real chance of causing an upset and beating Cockroft in one of her three events in next month’s Rio Paralympic Games.In London, the T34 track races were sprints – 100 and 200 metres – but in Rio there will be a T34 100 metres, a 400 metres and an 800 metres, a race which gives the mid-distance specialist Nicholls a much better chance of a medal.She told Disability News Service: “I have definitely got a chance.”A silver medal in the 800 metres at last year’s world championships was a “great boost”, she said, coming as it did soon after an injury lay-off.She’s world record-holder at 1,500 metres and loves the tactics of the longer races.Nicholls (pictured) said: “I am much more of a distance racer, I am not a sprinter. It definitely goes in my favour.“[The 800 metres] is still a short middle distance but you have got a good lap of time for some tactics, which I absolutely love. That’s my thing.“I see it as like a game of chess. Once you’re into the rhythm you can kind of see it… I know where people are, I know what I can do, and you just play it out, and that makes it really exciting.“With the 800, it’s almost anybody’s race. There are about five of us who can medal. I definitely want to be in that top five.”London 2012 was her first major competition as a wheelchair athlete, and she took part just four years after the last of three strokes which left her disabled.The build-up to Rio has been completely different to London, when she was “a complete unknown”.She said: “I wasn’t on the radar [at London]. I am now. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but since London I’ve been on the team and it’s my job, so there is a lot of different pressure.“That’s really exciting, but it’s a very different feeling.”Nicholls describes herself as a “perfectionist”, both as a person and as an athlete.She said: “There’s no harder taskmaster than I am on myself. You want to be the best you can be.“Also, I don’t want to let my team down. I’m really part of the team. My coaches, the country, everybody that’s invested in me and the sport, I feel I owe them back.“Always I want to please people; I want to please my coaches, my friends, my family. I work myself the hardest because I don’t want to let anybody down.”She copes with the stress and pressure partly through support from a sports psychologist and mindfulness training, which she said has “probably been my biggest help in my training”.The mindfulness proved crucial at last year’s world championships, she said, when she had only returned to training a month before, after an injury, and was lacking in confidence.She said: “I got a silver medal and it was my mind that got me through that race. Your mind is powerful and you can do a lot with that.”Like many Paralympians, she has had to make sacrifices. She hasn’t seen her mother, who lives in France, since last year.Nicholls said: “I don’t see my friends very much; sometimes they can get quite frustrated about that. I don’t see my family.“They understand that. It’s a short time and a small price to pay, I think. I know that they are there backing me and afterwards it will be worth it.”She is looking forward to the “vibrance and the colour” of Rio – “I am a fan of bright colour, everyone knows me for always being in pink” – and to being part of a team environment again.She said: “That was the main thing I noticed from London. I had never been in a team environment before and it felt like a big family.“The people supporting you back home and the team around us, it was a big family, and everyone was there for the highs and the lows.”She said that putting on the Rio 2016 ParalympicsGB team kit for the first time was “wonderful”.She said: “Putting on the kit is something really special. I can imagine putting on a wedding dress, it’s that kind of experience… I will take this over getting married any day.”She added: “We have this amazing crown design, which I absolutely love. It’s very regal. I love the royal family, I absolutely love the Queen, so I think it’s fantastic. If I could wear a crown to race, I would.”Like many Paralympians, she is hoping to inspire the next generation of athletes, as she was inspired herself by watching the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.She remembers joining Cockroft on her 200 metres lap of honour in London.She said: “It was the children, their faces, and they all wanted to high-five you. You could see the magic in their eyes, and that was really special, and that was disabled children or able-bodied children.“For me, if one person is going to take up sport, that’s such a positive, that’s what I want to do.”Nicholls put her wish to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes into action five years ago by starting an academy with her coach, basing it at the Coventry Godiva Harriers athletics club.There is now a core group of at least 10 athletes at every session, three times a week, and another 40 people who drop in and out; some of those who attend the sessions are amateurs and some of them professional athletes.She said: “Some of the children do it because it’s a social thing, they have friends there, but they are getting better and better.“The older guys want to come and get fit because they haven’t had the opportunity before.“So we have Paralympic athletes training with everyone else; everyone just mixes in.“It’s a social thing, it’s a confidence thing, a health thing and a competitive thing as well.”One of those training with her at the academy is 15-year-old Kare Adenegan, who watched Nicholls and Cockroft race four years ago in London and made headlines last September after becoming the first athlete to beat Cockroft in her senior career.Adenegan will be racing alongside and against both Nicholls and Cockroft in Rio.last_img read more

How to Solve Twitters Biggest Problems

first_img Add to Queue Twitter January 18, 2017 Columnist at PCMag.com Twitter’s problems stem from being a modern tech company that isn’t growing fast enough. I have two solutions. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Shutterstock Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter lately, most of it negative — it can’t make money on advertising, growth is down and online bullies remain a problem.Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweets daily; more every day since the election. This alone, you’d think, would draw more attention to Twitter and make it more popular. Twitter actually does over $2.5 billion in revenue, but tech companies are supposed to grow like crazy, not freeze up at a mere $2.5 billion dollars, which is ludicrous.   With that revenue, all Twitter needs to do is have a bunch of sales folks sell the ads and a slew of IT guys keep the thing running. That should not cost billions, although it looks like it does.So what’s the solution to this “problem”?When I listen to all the pundits, I see two solutions. The first is never brought up for any other billion-dollar company: stabilization. In other words, do nothing.In tech, there is a never-ending mad dash for growth. It stems from the late 1990s, when one company would replace another after the simplest of stumbles. The financiers, mostly venture capitalists, demanded high performance growth so they could dump the company and do it all over again with some other crazy idea. This is an unnatural way to do business. Most businesses stabilize and become fixtures. Not so with tech, where everything seems like a fad.Online customers can easily drop one thing and flock to another. Thus, Twitter’s $2.5 billion in revenue could drop to a billion — or nothing — almost overnight. It cannot just stabilize and coast for as long as possible, or die a natural death, or morph the way AOL morphed. It is a spawn of the go-go tech grow-like-crazy-or-die syndrome.The irony is that such companies often get acquired by other growth-oriented places like Google or Facebook. What happens then? They slowly die a natural death … usually quicker.Twitter, unlike many of these operations, has a different dimension, though. It’s a kind of public service. It breaks news and can trigger revolutions or protests. It’s casual, too. Twitter is an enjoyable product if you are not attacked by its mad dogs.That’s not to say there aren’t problems with Twitter. There is some sort of corruption with the “Who to follow” recommendations; it seldom makes sense especially for those signing up for a new account. Maybe that’s part of its advertising, although I do not think so. There is a lot of spam. I find fake accounts daily and do not see how they can possibly remain unless Twitter wants phony numbers. That said, its core users seem content.Which brings us to the second solution, which is simple. Do what LinkedIn did and add a premium tier. I’d pay $5 or $10 a year for an upper tier account. There are over 300 million active users. Sell them something! How hard can it be? John C. Dvorak How to Solve Twitter’s Biggest Problems Next Article last_img read more