So…how well did your knowledge of caregiving fare?This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 22, 2016. Subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter mailing list! In our recent MFLN Military Caregiving webinar, presenter Mary Brintnall-Peterson Ph.D., gave an overview of who caregivers are, their similarities and differences, challenges and joys they experience and ways you can provide support. Dr. Brintnall-Peterson got the conversation flowing with webinar participants as she provided an interactive learning session to test their caregiver IQ. The quiz results proved interesting as military helping professionals provided varying levels of experience and feedback to working with caregivers. If you missed the webinar session, there is still a chance test your caregiver knowledge.Use the quiz below to “Test Your Caregiver IQ” and provide your response in the ‘comments’ section of the blog. You can learn more about caregiving by watching the latest recording of Test Your Caregiver IQ and earn a certificate of completion for training hours.
Describing the merger of two banks with headquarters out of Kolkata as unilateral, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that she was “deeply concerned about the overall impact of knee-jerk merger move across the country with negative effects on the entire banking sector”. Ms Banerjee began her letter by expressing concern that “two public sector banks headquartered in Kolkata are being merged with banks headquartered in Delhi and Chennai respectively without any consultation with the State government or with the management of these two banks”. The Finance Ministry has decided to merge United Bank of India, headquartered in Kolkata, with Punjab National Bank with its head office in Delhi and also Allahabad Bank, headquartered in Kolkata, with Indian Bank with its head office in Chennai. According to Ms Banerjee the development “will adversely affect the development momentum of the State”. Ms Banerjee argued that UBI is convener of the State level Banking Committee through which the State government is lending to MSME, self help groups and farmer credit cards. “The merger of UBI with a Delhi headquartered bank (PNB) will destabilise and undermine the significant grassroots role of UBI, at a heavy cost to rural Bengal” she said.Fate of employees She also expressed concern about the fate of thousands of employees of both the banks. She pointed out that 6,598 employees of UBI and 4,201 employees of Allahabad Bank are working in the State.
It was only recently that the Indian women’s cricket team had one of its most famous victories when they defeated England in the first Test they played in eight years. But already that triumph has receded to the recesses of the fans’ mind space.Two of the stalwarts of the team – skipper Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami – blame it on lack of international games.”We have returned after such a significant victory, but we don’t know what our next international fixture will be,” Mithali told MAIL TODAY on the sidelines of the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2014.”The men’s team benefits from playing matches on a regular basis. But in our case, a five-month inactive phase after such a big victory means momentum is lost.”Jhulan said facilities for women’s cricket have improved since it came under the BCCI umbrella, but a lot still needs to be done.”The spaced-out calendar means fans don’t know too much about the team or the players. We have a set domestic calendar, but the same cannot be said about our international commitments,” the seam bowler told MAIL TODAY.”There is only so much training a player can do. To improve, one needs to test oneself against the best.”But even at the domestic level, the number of age-group tournaments has come down. “We only have under-19 tournaments which serve as a feeder system for the national team. Previously, we had an under-16 level which brought young girls into the system,” Mithali said.advertisementBCCI is the richest cricket Board, but its commitment to the women’s game has often been questioned.”BCCI can do more. More matches will mean the players will become popular which will result in more revenue,” Mithali said.The skipper also pointed to the lack of central contracts. “It will take time. Central contracts provide financial security and encouragement and allow players to focus on the game.”
While rest of the world, including film industry was busy congratulating ISRO scientists for successful placing of Mangalyaan in Mars’ orbit, our Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor was up to something unique.Blissfully unaware of the path breaking achievement by Indian scientists, the actress was caught red-faced at the event.Kareena Kapoor’s might be the most unique reaction to India’s successful Mars Mission During the launch of a haircare product, Kareena was happily posing for shutterbugs when she was asked about India’s historical achievement.Firstly, the question about Mars Mission in Hindi bounced off her head. She requested it to be asked in English. Even then the actress looked stumped. Barely managing hide her ignorance, she said it’s indeed a great day for India.Realising that she has been caught off guard, Kareena threw a face saver. “I would love to go to space someday”. When asked if she would take Saif with her, she replied, ‘Saif is already in space’. #FACEPALM Video courtesy: BollywoodCountry
Tokyo risks being one of the unhealthiest Olympic Games hosts in years, as an anti-smoking law exposes deep rifts over tobacco tax revenue, personal freedom and the dangers of passive smoking, which kills thousands of Japanese each year.There is pressure on the Japanese capital ahead of the 2020 Summer Games, including from the International Olympics Committee (IOC), to follow Rio de Janeiro and other recent Olympic venues in banning smoking in all public places to create a healthy sporting environment.But an initial proposal for a blanket ban on smoking indoors across Japan was opposed by pro-smoking politicians, restaurateurs and Japan Tobacco, which is one-third government-owned and paid the state $700 million in dividends in 2015.The health ministry scaled back its plan, to allow smoking indoors in spaces around 30 square metres (323 square feet) as long as adequate ventilation is installed.But opponents say this will still hurt Japan’s many eateries, restrict individual freedom, and dent tobacco tax revenues – which topped 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) in 2014-15.Natsuko Takami, who runs a Tokyo pub that is small enough to allow smoking under the revised bill, fears losing money as she can’t afford new ventilation, and could be fined 500,000 yen if a customer lit up. The smoker could be fined 300,000 yen.”I think people would stop coming,” she said, adding that being able to smoke and drink helps reserved Japanese open up.The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) health committee, whose support is essential to introducing the bill in parliament, won’t meet ministry officials, saying the revised bill is too strict.advertisementThe committee chair, Naomi Tokashiki, acknowledges there should be a law that protects against second-hand smoke, but says Japan’s cultural emphasis on good manners and sensitivity to others should suffice.”I believe Japanese people really are considerate of others,” she said. “It’s more important for us to trust people than enact a really repressive law.”Not so, say health authorities, pointing to 15,000 deaths a year from second-hand smoke, mostly women and children.”It’s not a question of manners, we’re looking at the impact on health,” said a ministry official involved in crafting the bill who declined to be named due to the issue’s sensitivity.”We’ve basically allowed people their independence, but the situation hasn’t changed,” he said. “Something more is needed.”It now seems unlikely the law will be put to a vote in the current parliamentary session, which ends on June 18.PATCHWORK LAWSFifty years ago, around half of Japanese smoked. That’s now dropped to 18 percent, and smoking areas have been dramatically restricted, but smoking laws vary from city to city and, within Tokyo, from ward to ward. Penalties are low and enforcement lax.A 2003 law “encourages” restaurants and other public areas to separate smoking and non-smoking areas, but there is no penalty for non-compliance. Smoking is still possible on the grounds of schools and hospitals, though not inside, and there is a cigarette vending machine in a health ministry annex.Japan ranks bottom globally in anti-smoking regulations, as measured by the types of public places entirely smoke-free, according to the World Health Organization. The revised proposal would raise Japan to the second-lowest of four rungs.The WHO has teamed up with the IOC to guarantee smoke-free Games venues, though IOC Vice President John Coates has said the body can’t force a ban beyond the venues and the Olympic Village.Brazil passed a blanket indoor smoking ban before the Rio Olympics in 2016, and bans were in place for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada as well as for the 2012 London Games. In Russia, Sochi had only a limited city ban for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but an extensive national ban was introduced a few months later. Beijing had a limited, temporary ban in 2008, but enforcement was patchy. It passed a tougher ban in 2015, when it hosted the athletics World Championships.GLOBAL IMAGEThe issue could affect Japan’s image as it looks to attract more tourists. Many travelers from Europe and North America are used to smoking being banned indoors.”A recent newspaper described Japan as a ‘paradise for smokers,’ and I’m sure it wouldn’t want that title,” said Douglas Bettcher, WHO’s director for prevention of non-communicable disease. “It’s not a good impression to give … as Japan is preparing and investing so much for the 2020 Summer Olympics.”Many politicians have proposed a temporary smoking ban for the Olympics, says Toshiharu Furukawa, an LDP lawmaker and a doctor who supports an indoor ban, noting some colleagues’ concern about a drop in government tax revenues from cigarettes at a time when Japan’s taxpaying population is shrinking.advertisement”Tobacco is a very important tax resource,” he said. Some of those lawmakers “are smokers, but some are backed by farming groups that produce tobacco, and some are backed by tobacco companies.”Japan Tobacco spokesman Masahito Shirasu says the company shares concerns about passive smoking, but the health ministry’s proposal is too strict.The 80,000-strong National Food and Drink Association favours having establishments display stickers showing if they are non-smoking, segregated, or allow smoking – letting customers decide.”Only 18 percent of people may smoke, but the percentage of smoking customers in smaller restaurants is much higher – nearly half,” said Tetsuro Kojo, head of the association. “We must take care of them.”Public opinion varies. A poll by the liberal Asahi Shimbun newspaper found that 64 percent supported the revised proposal, while the conservative Sankei Shimbun found only 37 percent in favour.Kazuo Hasegawa, a 46-year-old non-smoker diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010, believes pressure related to the Olympics is essential for achieving a ban.”The tobacco issue is something that can’t really be solved in a Japanese manner,” he said. “Without outside pressure, Japan won’t move on this.”
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to power past Maria Sakkari in straight-sets at the Hopman Cup on Monday in her first competitive match since melting down in the U.S. Open final.The 37-year-old was rusty and down an early break but did enough to record a comfortable 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory in one hour and 44 minutes in the women’s singles match.The result leveled the tie between the United States and Greece, but Williams and playing partner Frances Tiafoe lost the later mixed doubles match in three sets to Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas .Even though both her ankles were strapped and required medical attention during the change of sets, Williams moved freely and looked sharper as the match wore on.“It was my first match back. I was making a lot of errors,” Williams said. “It was great to be back out on match day.”The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion lost an exhibition match against sister Venus in Abu Dhabi last week, but the Hopman Cup is her first competitive event since her controversial defeat to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows in September.It was an error-strewn start for Williams, who struggled to land her first serve and was broken in the third game. She could have been in a bigger hole if not for saving break points in her first and third service games.A vocal Williams tried to pump herself up in a bid to shake off the stupor and raised her arms skyward after holding serve in the fifth game. A confident Sakkari held the edge until losing her nerve attempting to close out the set in the 10th game.Williams then found her range and dominated the tie break to wrap up the first set in 63 minutes. She broke twice in the second set and closed it out with an ace.Williams is a two-time Hopman Cup winner, having triumphed in 2003 with James Blake and five years later alongside Mardy Fish.In the earlier men’s singles match, No.15 ranked Tsitsipas overcame a second set wobble to defeat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3. It was a confidence boost for the Greek rising star after his shock straight-sets loss to unheralded British played Cameron Norrie on Saturday.The fancied Greece kept its tournament alive with a 4-1, 1-4, 4-2 victory in the mixed doubles after an opening defeat against Britain.The United States will battle Switzerland in a showpiece fixture on Tuesday, which pits Williams against fellow tennis legend Roger Federer in the mixed doubles.“As a player it’s something that you would dream of playing Roger Federer,” Williams told reporters. “It’s only mixed doubles, but still it’s like a dream come true for me.”The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them — Federer a record 20 in men’s tennis — and are arguably the best ever.The match in Perth is expected to be a sellout.“I really look forward to sharing the stadium with him,” said Williams, who will be chasing a record-equaling 24th major at the Australian Open next month. “It’s going to be special.”Their showdown has added spice, with the United States’ title hopes hanging by a thread after the loss to Greece.___By TRISTAN LAVALETTE, Associated PressMore AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTweetPinShare0 Shares
Daxx Garman will face Texas in Austin in 2015. (USATSI)Oklahoma State’s 2015 schedule came out on Wednesday and because I want to do anything that doesn’t involved thinking about the 2014 season I thought we should take a look.Here it is:Sept. 5 – at Central MichiganSept. 12 – Central ArkansasSept. 19 – UTSASept. 26 – at TexasOct. 3 – Kansas StateOct. 10 – at West VirginiaOct. 17 – ByeOct. 24 – KansasOct. 31 – at Texas TechNov. 7 – TCUNov. 14 – at Iowa StateNov. 21 – BaylorNov. 28 – OklahomaAs always, I have thoughts.• Six games, bye week, six games. Gundy has long said he hates multiple bye weeks breaking up the season so he should love this setup. Good for fans, too.• Is Dan LeFevour still around or no?• I can’t remember the last time we played Texas in September. That will be weird. Hopefully they’ll be missing their sea legs like this year.• November, wow! TCU, Baylor and Bedlam at home. That’s immense.• I see you trying to drum up storylines, Big 12 commissioner’s office, scheduling “at Iowa State” as close to the anniversary of the last “at Iowa State.”• OSU should try to position itself to win Big 12 titles in odd-numbered years until somebody changes this schedule.You get what will likely end up as the four best teams in the Big 12 (TCU, KSU, Baylor and OU) at home. All you have to do is take care of Texas and WVU (…) on the road.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins There are few destinations left untouched by the craft beer boom. There’s a brewery in “end of the world” Patagonia. The remote African island of Mauritius has a solid beer bar. Even Antarctica’s Tatty Flag offers occasional craft options. But, one island brewery in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean claims to be the world’s most remote.Assuming you don’t happen to be vacationing on Easter Island — and, frankly, what Americans do? — just getting to Cervecería Mahina requires some doing. First, you’ll need to get to the Chilean capital of Santiago. Then, you’ll need to board a flight that flies nearly six hours west over nothing but deep, open ocean. It’s roughly equidistant (2,400 miles) from Tahiti and the South American mainland. The journey there is nearly the equivalent of flying coast-to-coast across the United States. At some point over the Pacific Ocean, when it seems you’ve reached the literal middle of nowhere, tiny, 63-square-mile Easter Island emerges on the horizon.Westerners who’ve heard of Easter Island — more accurately Rapa Nui — often know only of its legendary moai — the iconic, multi-ton stone figures whose origins remain shrouded in folklore. In fact, much of the island’s history is a mystery. Best we can surmise, it reads like the timeline of many exotic isles during the peak of European colonialism. Polynesians probably arrived at some point in the last thousand years, although no one knows when for sure. Fast-forward through centuries of conquering and reconquering and re-reconquering by the Dutch, then the Spanish, then the English. By the mid-19th-century, plague, civil war, and slavery had decimated the island’s population to but a few hundred native people.Chile eventually took control of Easter Island around 1890 and severely restricted the rights of the indigenous Rapa Nui people. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s that they were allowed to do much of anything, including brew their own beer. Mahina’s owner, Mike Rapu, still recalls his grandfather being brutally whipped and beaten for bootlegging wine and corn-based liquor. The island’s history in general and that memory, in particular, were a big inspiration for Rapu to launch the brewery in the first place.In 2008, Rapu met Pedro Salfate in Santiago. As a trained biologist, Salfate had experimented with homebrewing, so he already had the skills and the passion to make good beer. Two months after the meeting, he moved with his wife to Easter Island to be Mahina’s brewmaster. The brewery opened with just two beers, including a sweet, chocolatey Porter (6.8% ABV) and a British-style Pale Ale (4.8% ABV). Partly due to the novelty of its remote location, it rode a wave of success on the mainland. But the financial realities of exporting beer from a remote island more than 2,000 miles to the South America proper proved too much. It subsequently closed for a few years but reopened in 2013. Thanks to Easter Island’s steady tourism industry (and selling to hotels and restaurants), Mahina has been chugging along ever since. Today, they produce up to 3,000 liters of beer monthly.The distribution of Mahina is limited to just Easter Island. Salfate says kegs and even an IPA may be available for sale one day. But, for now, he’s focused on his original Pale Ale and Porter — all hand-bottled, hand-labeled, and sold in local retail shops for $4-5 per six-pack. Bottom line: if you want “the secret taste of Easter Island” (the brand’s charming slogan), you’re going to have to go get it. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene
New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy moved the Supreme Court Friday contending that Governor Vajubhai Vala cannot dictate Speaker K R Ramesh to conduct the proceedings of the Assembly which is debating the confidence motion moved by him. Kumaraswamy questioned the deadlines set by the Governor one after another to complete the trust vote. He said directions of the Governor are completely contrary and ex-facie in contravention of apex court’s earlier verdict. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day In his application, Kumaraswamy contended: “No such direction on trust vote could have been issued by Governor when confidence motion was already initiated.” He submitted that the Governor cannot dictate the House on the manner in which debate on the Confidence motion has to take place. The Chief Minister also sought clarification of the apex court’s July 17 order that the 15 rebel MLAs can’t be compelled to attend Assembly proceedings. The Governor had on Thursday set a deadline of 1:30 PM on Friday for the conclusion of the trust vote, which was not met. Thereafter, Vala again sent a communication extending the deadline till 6:00 pm.
New York: The US dollar strengthened against its major rivals on Friday amid a slew of economic data. In late New York trading, the euro fell to $1.1219 from $1.1266 in the previous session, and the British pound decreased to $1.2499 from $1.2538 in the previous session, Xinhua reported. The Australian dollar decreased to $0.7043 from $0.7066. The US dollar bought 107.77 Japanese yen, higher than 107.51 Japanese yen of the previous session. The US dollar decreased to 0.9825 Swiss franc from 0.9832 Swiss franc, and it increased to 1.3062 Canadian dollars from 1.3045 Canadian dollars. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, was up 0.36 per cent at 97.1493 in late trading. US consumer sentiment index edged up to 98.4 in July from 98.2 in June, according to a preliminary reading from the University of Michigan. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a reading of 99. The data came as markets are pricing high on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s rate cut moves later this month. Market expectations for a July rate cut were 100 per cent, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool late Friday, with investors pricing in some 22.5 per cent chance of a more aggressive cut.
EDMONTON – The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would give the energy minister power to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving the province.Once passed, Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when.Violaters would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for a corporation.Alberta is locked in a dispute with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline.The pipeline expansion to the West Coast has been approved by the federal government, but B.C. is fighting it in the courts.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is declining to frame the legislation as solely payback to B.C., but she says her government is committed to putting pressure on its western neighbour.
New York- As was the case in recent years, the United States drafted the annual resolution that will extend the mandate of the United Mission in the Sahara, known as MINURSO, until April 2015. The draft resolution, which has been circulated to the 15 members of the Security Council, does not include any provision for the establishment of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara and the Tindouf camps.It, however, calls on both sides, Morocco and the Polisario, to respect human rights and stresses “the importance of improving the human rights situation in Western Sahara and the Tindouf camps, and encouraging the parties to work with the international community to develop and implement independent and credible measures to ensure full respect for human rights.” The draft resolution, which is expected to be put to a vote on April 29, also “recognizes and welcomes the recent steps and initiatives taken by Morocco to strengthen the National Council on Human Rights Commissions operating in Dakhla and Laayoune.”In addition to renewing MINURSO’s mandate for another year, it also praises Morocco’s willingness to cooperate with individual U.N. Human Rights Council investigators.In the advance copy of the UN’s annual report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara”, which was released on April 10th, while welcoming the efforts made by Morocco to improve human rights in the Sahara and both parties’ readiness (Morocco and the Polisario) to cooperate with United Nations human rights bodies, the United Nations Secretary General stressed that “such positive developments should contribute to a more balanced and comprehensive monitoring of human rights.He went on to say that “The end goal nevertheless remains a sustained, independent and impartial human rights monitoring mechanism, covering both the Territory and the camps.”But, after the phone conversation between Morocco’s king and the UN chief, the word “mechanism” was deleted from the final UN report. Accordingly paragraph 100 of the report reads as follows: “The end goal nevertheless remains the sustained, independent and impartial monitoring of human rights, covering both the Territory and the camps.”During the conversation he held with Ban ki-moon, King Mohammed reiterated Morocco’s “constant commitment and constructive cooperation to reach a final political settlement to this regional dispute, within Moroccan sovereignty.”The King further emphasized the “imperative need to preserve the negotiations parameters as they were defined by the Security Council, safeguard the current framework and modalities of the UN involvement and avoid biased approaches and risky options.”“Any straying from this track will be fatal for the ongoing process and holds dangers for any UN involvement in the issue,” the king added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:ERF, TSX:WCP, TSX:CPG)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Enerplus Corp. says it will increase spending and production this year while continuing to focus on its North Dakota Bakken light oil play.The mid-sized producer says it plans to spend between $565 million and $635 million this year, with the mid-point of $600 million set slightly higher than actual spending of $594 million in 2018.Only 7.5 per cent of the funds are to be spent in Canada in 2019. Eighty per cent is allocated to fund a net 42-well drilling program in North Dakota and the rest is earmarked for its assets in the northeastern U.S. and Colorado.Calgary-based Enerplus says it produced an average of 97,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the fourth quarter, up from 88,600 boepd in the same period of 2017.In a three-year forecast, it says it plans to increase average production this year by nine per cent and by 10 to 13 per cent in 2020 and 2021.Enerplus peers with most of their crude oil production in Canada — including Whitecap Resources Inc. and Crescent Point Energy Corp. — have announced cautious budgets for 2019, citing volatile Canadian oil and natural gas prices.
Emergency international aid “of the most urgent kind” is needed to avert massive suffering and death in the Central African Republic (CAR), where armed militias and bandits have burned and ransacked villages, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee into the bush to hide from attacks, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.“They have no clothes, no shelter, no food, no blankets, no access to clean water, and most of all they are completely traumatized, living in the terror of further attacks,” UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow said after a four-day mission to northern areas of the country, where 212,000 people are estimated to have been uprooted. “Denying that a humanitarian crisis exists will result in the deaths of many children within a few months,” said UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma who accompanied Ms. Farrow. “If we are to avert suffering and death on a massive scale in these areas UNICEF has to accelerate its activities, along with the government, our UN partners and the few NGOs (non-governmental organizations) on the ground.“We have to act now on this situation in CAR, since there are already thousands of refugees who have fled across the country’s western border with Chad; the risk here is that the looming crisis will exacerbate the already extremely fragile humanitarian situation in the entire region,” she added.She stressed the need for health care, mobile clinics, water pumps, household equipment, seeds and tools to re-start farming, and help to return children to school.“Above all the people need protection; they told me their greatest wish is for peace to rebuild their lives,” Ms. Farrow said.In the accelerated emergency phase now underway, relief supplies have started arriving in Bangui, the capital. The first air shipment of thousands of tarpaulins, jerry cans and blankets, a gift of the American people worth $175,000, landed on Friday, and will be immediately trucked to the afflicted people of Birao, on the country’s north eastern border with Sudan.Ms. Farrow’s mission was designed to bring attention to the country’s plight and the need for urgent international support. She is now visiting Chad. Some 1 million people are affected by the conflict in CAR, the sixth least developed country in the world, with indicators for maternal and child mortality, already very poor, now on a continuing decline. 22 February 2007Emergency international aid “of the most urgent kind” is needed to avert massive suffering and death in the Central African Republic (CAR), where armed militias and bandits have burned and ransacked villages, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee into the bush to hide from attacks, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.
by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jun 17, 2015 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CNRL remains optimistic ahead of royalty review Alberta needs to remain competitive: that was the message the president of Canadian Natural Resources stressed in a conference call with investors and analysts Wednesday morning.CNRL was forced to delay its open house, after concerns about an upcoming royalty review.Steve Laut said the Calgary-based company is looking forward to participating in the review but stressed there is a high risk of getting it wrong.“We believe the Alberta government understands this complexity, and wants a strong and healthy oil and gas industry,” he said.Laut said they haven’t completely recovered from tumbling oil prices and potentially, more volatility lies ahead.However, he assured stakeholders the company is in better shape than many of its peers, with a strong balance sheet and lots of flexibility to handle any changes that might be forthcoming.
Brazil’s iron ore giant Vale has agreed the terms of an offer to acquire, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, the total share capital of Metorex for an amount equivalent to $1,125 million in cash at current share prices. Metorex is a producer of copper and cobalt, with operations in the African Copperbelt and two operating mines – Chibuluma in Zambia, in which it holds an 85% interest, and Ruashi in the DRC, in which it holds a 75% interest.Chibuluma has an estimated capacity of 18,600 t/y of copper contained in concentrates and proven and probable reserves of 3.5 Mt at 3.8% Cu. The Ruashi operations, which are also comprised of a hydrometallurgical SX-EW plant, have an estimated capacity of 36,000 t/y of copper cathodes and 4,500 t/y of cobalt, based on proven and probable reserves of 22.2 Mt at 2.4% Cu. In addition, Metorex has three projects in the DRC, one in the development phase and two in the exploration phase. In 2010, Metorex produced 51,569 t of copper and 3,622 t of cobalt, while its gross revenue reached $432 million.
The Colorado School of Mines and MICROMINE have partnered to develop talented students and teachers within the Geology and Geological Engineering Department. MICROMINE’s Academic Licence Scheme (ALS) provides strategic and multifaceted foundations, which include continued support, learning resources and training materials and access to MICROMINE wider community. MICROMINE says it considers these educational partnerships to be a strategic investment in the development of local communities and the future of the mining industry. MICROMINE said that signing this new agreement with Colorado School of Mines (often shortened to Mines) will prove to be a strong alliance.“Highly skilled graduates are in great demand by mining companies around the world. The combination between Mines’ rigorous degree program and Micromine’s easy-to-use exploration and mine design solution, provides the perfect combination between students receiving technical training and hands-on exploration and 3D mining design exposure” commenting Claire Tuder, MICROMINE’s General Manager. Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the US. “Mines is a small university, serving a worldwide community, committed to a universal mission — to create solutions related to earth, energy and the environment” explained Dr Nigel Middleton, Senior Vice President for Strategic Enterprises.MICROMINE states: “Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilisation. As such, Mines occupies a unique position among the world’s institutions of higher education. Since its founding in 1874, the translation of the school’s mission into educational programs has been influenced by the needs of society. Those needs are now focused more clearly than ever before. The world faces a crisis in balancing resource availability with environmental protection and Mines and its programs are central to the solution. Mines offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution with a size that allows for personal attention.”“Colorado School of Mines’ Geology and Geological Engineering Department is looking forward to having MICROMINE 2016 available to its student body starting in 2016-2017. MICROMINE’s staff have been diligent and timely about making this transition a success and CSM’s Society of Economic Geology Student Chapter looks forward to a short course on the software in the fall,” commented Nicole Allen, CSM SEG Officer 2016-2017, MSc Candidate under Professor Murray Hitzman, Colorado School of Mines. Now working with more than 117 college and university partners around the world, MICROMINE helps attract and develop talented students and teachers who can help achieve a more technically proficient global mining workforce.
Later this year NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be adding a new element to their daily routine — watering the garden. NASA hopes to send up a small plot of romaine lettuce that will be grown in zero-gravity under pink LED lights. They believe it could be ready to eat in just 28 days. Of course, the astronauts won’t get to actually eat their experiment — at least not yet.The Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program is going to test the safety and feasibility of growing food for astronauts in a confined environment like the ISS. The lettuce is going to be grown in small kevlar pouches that contain a growth medium. Not quite as traditional as soil, but more efficient. These space planters have been tested on Earth for the last few years with zero gravity in mind.NASA has researched how plants grow in space before, but this project is the first step to actually making edible food in orbit. The lettuce grown in this first batch won’t be cleared for consumption, though. Once it has been harvested, astronauts will freeze it and send the samples back to Earth for testing.If all goes well, future space missions could grow a variety of leafy vegetables in orbit. These plants are considered the most efficient for production in space because they don’t require extensive preparation. Just pluck them from the bag, and they’re ready to be eaten. Foods like potatoes may be possible at some point, but they require some preparation before eating. Wheat and rice take longer to grow, and processing these plants into edible foods would require bulky equipment. As such, space bread isn’t going to be on the menu.NASA hopes that having a garden up and running on the ISS could help keep astronauts’ spirits up, too. It can be stressful spending every hour in the stark, sterile interior of the ISS for months on end.
“IT WILL DRIVE people into further isolation, close community outlets across the country and a lot of jobs will go as well.”Mike Power’s view of Shane Ross’s new laws around drink-driving is informed by his and his wife Tina’s experience of running The Cat’s Bar in Cappoquin, Waterford.The Powers are worried about the Transport Minister’s plans to implement legislation that will see people automatically disqualified from driving if caught over the alcohol limit.The pub has been in Mike’s family for five generations. Speaking to TheJournal.ie this week, he said:The country and rural Ireland will be at a sad loss the day it happens – it’s becoming more difficult all the time.Ross says he knows the new legislation will meet resistance from rural Ireland but he believes people in these areas need to alter their behaviours, making different arrangements for trips to the pub.However, Power says he thinks the minister is “misguided”, saying, “We have come a long way in rural Ireland, people have become very responsible.“This ban would have detrimental effects to the rural community. If an emergency took place, people would be afraid to drive their car even with just one drink.”“It’s going to affect every rural pub to be quite honest,” Alan Gielty who runs Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant in Achill Island told TheJournal.ie.Speaking about the logistics of the proposal, Gielty said, “99% of customers have to travel to a country pub. [Ross] hasn’t really thought it out.People aren’t coming out – they’re afraid to come out. A pub for a lot of people is like a community centre, especially people who are living on their own… It is company.“Where we are in Achill, people are travelling for work. They can’t afford not to have a licence – it’s frightening people.A lot of pubs are closing that have never closed – third, fourth generation pubs with no overheads. The business just isn’t there.‘Don’t condone drink driving’Gielty stressed that he doesn’t condone drink driving, adding that publicans do everything in their power to make sure people get home safely.In 2005, he developed his bar into a bar restaurant to keep business going.“If we didn’t do that, we could just forget about it. You have to move with the times.”He also bought a minibus in 2009 to drive people to and from the pub. It now operates seven nights a week. Source: Alan Gielty via FacebookPower also told this website that he too has started driving customers home.“We have no taxis here but we’ve adapted well and now we drive our customers home.I wouldn’t for the life of me condone drink driving because I know what alcohol can do, we take our job as publicans very seriously. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 27th 2017, 6:30 AM “A pub like this, it’s a place where the locals come to meet. I have no time for a drunk driver or someone who would sit behind a wheel after four or five drinks.”‘Only a Dub’Dan* drives for work and cannot afford to take any chances of being disqualified from the road.The father of three children under 10 lives in a rural area with his wife. He explained to to TheJournal.ie that his local is less than a five-minute drive from his house. He pops in “once or twice a week on the way home from work”.“It’s nice to just show the face and have a drink and catch up with what’s going on before I get home. Source: Shutterstock/Claudio DiviziaNow with the kids and all the coming and goings – that drink on the way home would be the only chat I’d really have with old friends. We wouldn’t really be the kind to call each other for a chat or anything like that.“I don’t think getting in a car if you’re feeling the drink is right and there have been times where I’d call the wife to come and get me if I went over a couple, I’m not talking about that.“I’m talking about having two drinks max and then being allowed to drive those five minutes back home.I have never had an accident on the road in over 30 years of driving, I’m a careful driver and take it very seriously.“But I’m also not going to bother going home and then getting my wife to pack in all the kids and drive me down the road to drop me to the pub and do it all again in an hour to pick me up.“To be honest, I’d only pop in if I was making good time as I’d be helping out with the dinner and that anyway so it’s either a quick stop on the way home or nothing.I’m angry in one way because I think only a Dub would bring in this kind of measure.“Any country minister would know what it’s actually like for the majority of people who just want a drink on the way home and cause no hassle.It’s different in Dublin because there are all sorts of taxis and Hailo and what have you. We have one hackney and you need to book well in advance and to be honest, it would cost more than the drink itself so it’s not practical.“I think something does need to be done about road deaths – but stopping people like me, who rely on driving, from going to their local on the way home is a disgrace.”‘Make arrangements’ Speaking to TheJournal.ie this week, Ross said he “totally understands” concerns about the new provisions.“I know the importance in rural Ireland of the pub, the social drinking – but I think if we save one life, which it can, it is not too much to ask for people to make arrangements.One person can drive, and four people can drink, and publicans can make arrangements.“It is part of rural life and no one wants to do anything to damage that, but also we don’t want to provide facilities that allow people who have been drinking more than they should to go out and drive cars.You can’t say it is okay for some people in the country to drive over the limit and get lesser penalty points and be kept on the road.Publican Mike Power addressed the difference in transport options, saying, “Is it safe to drive after a glass of wine? I suppose if we had equal transport there would be no excuse but we just don’t have that.“It’s a contributor but there are far more problems they’re not addressing. I see people on their phones every morning when I’m driving my children to school and others speeding and passing out dangerously, I just wonder – where is the balance?”*Dan is the name used to protect the identity of the person who was interviewed. Read: Shane Ross to seek a free vote on new drink-driving law> Short URL Monday 27 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM 28,473 Views 112 Comments Share Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3250958 By Cliodhna Russell ‘Only a Dub would bring this in’: Rural Ireland angry with plan for drink drivers to get automatic ban Publicans say this will close down pubs in rural Ireland.
A teen arrested last October in connection with an armed robbery was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to a lesser assault charge.Alejandro Paz Espinoza, 19, had pleaded guilty in July in Clark County Superior Court to third-degree assault for his part in the armed robbery.According to court records, Vancouver police were dispatched about 10 p.m. Oct. 30, 2017, to the 13000 block of Northeast Sixth Street after someone reportedly brandished a weapon. Two men walked up to someone sitting in a car, drew a gun on him and ordered him to exit the vehicle. They then stole some items from the victim.Senior Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said Wednesday the stolen items included a Seattle Seahawks beanie, cellphone and gold chain.One of the suspects punched the victim in the face, according to court records.Soon after, officers stopped the suspects in their vehicle and arrested Paz Espinoza and three others: Jesus Prado, 37, Tommy Lee Edwards Davis Jr., 21, and Josiah Christopher Lindsey, 18.