Trudeau offers full federal assistance to fire ravaged Fort McMurray

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will provide all possible assistance to Alberta as wildfires ravage Fort McMurray.Trudeau is telling his caucus that Canada is a country of people who support each other in difficult times.The prime minister says he has already spoken to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to offer his government’s support.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, in a conference call from Germany early today, confirmed a formal request for assistance has been received from the Alberta government.What form that will take—at least on the military side—is still being determined and National Defence is expecting to hear soon from the province about the kind of equipment and personnel required.The office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the federal focal point for assistance, is expected to provide more details later Wednesday.last_img read more

12 years after Tiffany Morrison vanished change has come to how police

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsOn an oppressively hot and humid evening with storm clouds hanging overhead, Melanie Morrison leads about three dozen people down Hwy 132 in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, just south of Montreal.“Speak up, answers now, justice for Tiffany Morrison,” Morrison shouts, her face flushed. A deep red emerges with every bellow, then recedes a little with every inhale.“Every year we have horrible, horrible heat,” she says. “I say it’s Tiffany’s way of making us work.”The 44-year-old Mohawk and Mi’gmaq woman leads the group through service roads adjacent to traffic towards their eventual destination, the wooded area where the body of Melanie’s sister Tiffany was found eight years ago.Melanie Morrison stands by the memorial for her sister Tiffany Morrison. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNThe marchers echo Melanie’s shouts for justice and angle their banner towards the highway so the evening traffic can see its slogan.This march is an annual affair and very little organzing is needed.Many here know the route, know the tradition and most of all know the date.June 18, 2006 – the day the 24-year-old vanished.When I asked if searches could be done, they said we could contaminate thingsTiffany Morrison in an undated photo.The night Tiffany went missing she was at a bar in LaSalle, a Montreal neighbourhood that is less than a ten-minute drive across the St. Lawrence River to Kahnawà:ke.She got into a taxi with a fellow community member and the cab drove them back to Kahnawà:ke.Tiffany never made it home.According to Melanie Morrison, the man Tiffany shared the cab with got out first.“He is the last person to see her,” says Morrison.“He said he’d take a lie detector test, then four days before he bowed out for religious reason, saying his longhouse wouldn’t let him.”Kahnawà:ke police say he was a suspect – but now that the file has been transferred to the Surete du Quebec (SQ), and it’s not clear whether that is still the case.The cab driver was also a person of interest but has never been identified.Morrison blames the Kahnawà:ke police, known as “Peacekeepers”, saying they were not properly trained at the time to handle a missing person’s investigation.“The initial taking of the missing person’s file, the info, ‘she might’ve just went out drinking, she’s young,’” says Morrison, frustration still apparent in her voice.“But we stated to them she wasn’t like that because of her daughter, if she was going to change plans she would’ve called my mother.”For four years Tiffany was classified as a missing person.Then on May 31, 2010, a construction worker found Tiffany’s remains only a few kilometres from her home.The discovery left the Morrison family distraught in more ways the one.Morrison says Peacekeepers had discouraged the family from organizing their own community searches to compliment police searches.“When I asked if searches could be done, they said we could contaminate things, it would be best if we wait for some sort of evidence so we can do a proper search,” says Morrison.After the discovery of Tiffany’s remains the case was classified as a homicide, meaning the SQ would take over.It took a year to transfer the case to SQ investigators.“People had to be called in to back for statements because they hadn’t taken statements,” says Morrison.Yet despite her past criticisms, Morrison said she currently has a good relationship with the Kahnawà:ke Peacekeepers.They have asked her to speak to other Indigenous police forces and she takes cold comfort that things would likely be different if someone were to go missing in Kahnawà:ke today.Melanie pushed to have a better protocol for officers in terms of how they take missing person’s reports, as well as training so it doesn’t take a year for the Peacekeepers to hand a case over to a larger force such as the SQ.When contacted for comment, Peacekeepers Assistant Police Chief Jody Diabo confirms that should a person go missing in Kahnawà:ke today, things would be done differently.This is the kind of institutional change that Melanie Morrison has been fighting for in the years since her sister’s murder.“We can hope that this never happens to another family and that they’re given the right information, that they know what they can do when it comes to a search,” she says.In May of 2017, she was recognized with an award by Amnesty International for her advocacy and has served as a part of the family advisor circle for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Girls (MMIWG).Yet despite her involvement and outspokenness, Morrison was advised not to testify at the inquiry because it could affect Tiffany’s case.“I’m at peace with that,” said Morrison, who declined to say who’s advice it was to avoid the larger stage of the national inquiry.“With me being able to still voice my opinion in what needs to change in the process, I’m still doing good by my sister and for all the women that have gone missing or been murdered.”Tiffany is still waiting for justice, and as long as she’s stuck, we fight”The marchers turn off Hwy 132 and enter the woods.“Speak up, answers now, justice for Tiffany Morrison,” they shout even though they no longer have an audience.A memorial to Tiffany lies in the shade of several trees, close to where she was found.Melanie has described Tiffany as having boundless energy with an infectious laugh, the sort of person who could pick you up if you’re feeling down.Her memorial is in contrast to that, a somber place of solitude.The marchers gathered round, touch the wooden cross bearing Tiffany’s name, say an unspoken prayer.The wind from the approaching storm shakes the leaves, the occasional nervous birdsong is almost loud enough to drown the sound of the nearby highway.A Mi’gmaq honour song is played out of respect for the paternal side of the Morrison family.Melanie thanks the marchers for coming and vows to be back next year.“It doesn’t matter if it’s just her family, or ten people or two people behind us, we’re going to be out here raising awareness. Tiffany is still waiting for justice, and as long as she’s stuck, we fight,” she says.The crowd makes its way back to their cars just as the skies open up.The downpour that follows is heavy and relentless.“Tiffany is playing an evil joke on us,” Melanie says with a laugh. “That’s her humour, let us think we got away with it then douse us at the end.”Humour helps Melanie get by on every June 18.The rest of the year, it’s the knowledge that someone somewhere knows what happened to Tiffany that drives her.There is a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of Tiffany Morrison. Anyone with information can call the Kahnawà:ke Peacekeepers at 450-632-6505tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

President deploys triforces to assist drought affected families

He said that drinking water will be distributed to the families affected by the severe drought, while other forms of assistance will also be made available. President Maithripala Sirisena has deployed the tri-forces to assist drought affected families in the country.The President said that the military will be deployed to every district to assist the officials in the area.

Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapse death toll reaches 31

President Maithripala Sirisenahas has instructed officials to provide maximum relief to the people who were affected due to the disaster.Several houses were buried after the Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapsed on Friday. A fire had also broken out at the site and the Air Force was deployed to douse the flames.The residents of the area have been protesting over the past several months urging the authorities to move the garbage to another location. The death toll from the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mountain rose to 31 today.The military is involved in the search operations at the site. read more

New laws which will include education policy to be introduced

Wickremesinghe said that he has advised the Education Ministry to propose new laws which will include a National education policy to ensure only suitable teachers are recruited to schools.The new laws will also ensure the entire education system is on par with the best in other countries. (Colombo Gazette) New laws will be introduced to include a National education policy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.He said that most countries have an education policy and Sri Lanka also needs one to raise the standards of education in the country. Speaking at an event at Temple Trees today, the Prime Minister said that through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution guidelines were introduced on recruiting teachers to schools. However he says the guidelines are not being followed and so the Constitution is being violated. read more

Demonstrators rally to demand justice for Daisy Coleman

The Associated Press generally does not name alleged victims of sexual assault but is naming Daisy because she and her mother have been granting public interviews about the case. The AP is not naming the two who had been accused in the case because there are no active charges against them. “When I was 16 I was taken advantage of and that was very difficult for me,” she said. “I didn’t tell my friends or family. When I read the story about Daisy, she had the courage at 14 to have her name printed, to come out and say what happened to her.” Melinda Coleman, Daisy’s mother, issued a statement Monday night praising Maryville, the school district and even coaches of the two people who had been accused in case for supporting her family. Courtney Cole, who organized the event over social networks and got a boost from the Internet hacker group Anonymous, said she wasn’t bothered by the modest turnout and pointed to the dozens of reporters scattered around the gathering conducting interviews. The rally on Maryville’s courthouse square was organized over the Internet by a women’s rights activist from the Kansas City area who used social media to garner support for Daisy Coleman, who said she was 14 when a 17-year-old boy gave her alcohol and sexually assaulted her in January 2012. Cole and three other speakers stood at a podium on the northeast corner of the square and used a bullhorn to get their message out that sexual abuse of women is not acceptable. The bulk of their messages was drowned out by a Kansas City news helicopter that hovered overhead during most of the event, which Cole acknowledged when she asked participants to wave their daisies overhead. MARYVILLE, Mo. A day after a special prosecutor was named to re-investigate a northwest Missouri teen sexual abuse case, a modest crowd of a few hundred people braved chilly conditions Tuesday night to show support for a girl whose story has drawn worldwide attention. A second podium set up on the southeast corner of the courthouse for a possible counter-rally to show support for the accused boys stood unused. The heavy law enforcement presence, including roughly two dozen Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, was in place though the event remained tranquil. Portable toilets were set up on the north and south sides of the courthouse, while the streets on all sides were roped off in preparation for a crowd that organizers thought might reach into the thousands because of the publicity the case has received. Nodaway County commissioners decided last week to close the county’s administration building and courthouse Tuesday because of the event. Sheriff Darren White said Tuesday after the rally that he would rather overprepare for an emotionally tinged gathering rather than be caught off-guard if trouble would have started. The story struck a nerve when Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped felony charges against the alleged assailant and a second 17-year-old who recorded the incident on his cellphone. Rice has said the family stopped cooperating, which the family denies, and that there was not enough evidence to move forward with the case. More than 2,300 people indicated on the Facebook page for the “Justice for Daisy” rally that they were attending. But 10 minutes before the scheduled 6 p.m. start, there appeared to be as many media members and law enforcement officers as there were rally participants. “Even a small turnout is OK,” she said. “Just moving the case along makes it a success.” Teacher suspended for Confederate flag message Trump order denies visas to immigrants who can’t pay for health care 5 elephants die in waterfall plunge to save calf New “Star Trek: Picard” trailer released at Comic Con 4 homeless men killed while sleeping in New York City But the crowd stayed relatively small, with some attendees sporting Northwest Missouri State University jackets. Daisy’s story generated new attention and an outpouring of responses on social media following a Kansas City Star investigation. The family also spoke out earlier this summer to Kansas City radio station KCUR. Rice last week asked for a special prosecutor to take a new look at the case, and Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on Monday was given that assignment. Sarah Kellison, 27, of Shenandoah, Iowa, said read the Star story after a friend posted it on Facebook and it struck a chord because of similar abuse she suffered as a child. Trending News Neither Coleman nor her daughter attended the rally. read more

Coping with the Holidays webinar being held Dec 16

With the end of the year upon us, employees and their families are getting ready for the holiday season. Many will greet this time of year with joy, but for some the holidays come with their own unique challenges.Brock University’s employee and family assistance plan provider Shepell is offering a webinar called “Coping with the Holidays.”Whether coping with financial issues, mental health issues, dreading the family get togethers, coping with a first holiday without a loved one, or dealing with addictions, the tips and strategies provided in this special “Coping with the Holidays” session.The webinar is on Dec. 16. You can register here. read more

Celebration paints healthy picture of experiential education

The smell of fresh spray paint and hot hors d’oeuvres filled the air at the Experiential Education Community Partner Appreciation Reception.The unconventional combination — due in part to a live outdoor painting exercise by local artist Mathew Vizbulis —welcomed the more than 100 community partners, faculty and staff to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, where they gathered to celebrate the University’s experiential education endeavours on Wednesday, April 18.As the first Canadian University to have its Experiential Education definitions ratified by its Senate, Brock has quickly gained a reputation for having hands-on opportunities woven into almost every one of its programs.Brock faculty, staff and community partners gathered to watch a live outdoor painting exercise from local artist Mathew Vizbulis during the Experiential Education Community Partner Appreciation Reception.For Cara Krezek, Brock’s Director of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, community partnerships are central to the University’s success.“Brock’s roots are embedded in community initiatives,” she said. “From the founding of the University until now, we have relied on community partners to engage our students and provide them with a more full post-secondary experience. This event is a tribute to the community itself and how engaged and committed our partners are to student learning.”Mike Stangl, owner of Stangl’s Enviro Lawn Care, is one of the partners Krezek mentioned. After receiving student consultation on several projects, including integrated marketing communications, database assistance and health and safety plans, he has become a firm believer in the necessity of experiential learning.“I have partnered with more than 100 students,” he said. “All of them have allowed me to open my way of thinking to different avenues that generate more business and helped me to grow as a person, and we know it’s done the same for them.”Stangl has also enjoyed working with Brock’s Experiential Education team.“It has been exceptional,” he said. “They made the whole process and direction simple. I fully understood everything that was expected of me and of the students, and it was a very enjoyable process.”While Stangl and the other guests sampled the food and beverages on offer, Vizbulis treated the crowd to an outdoor painting display that showcased ‘graffuturism,’ a concept that uses graffiti principles in a more studio- or performance-based environment.As a contributor to several Brock experiential education projects, Vizbulis is also a supporter of the University’s efforts to provide education for its students in settings outside of the classroom.“For me this is making history,” he said. “Brock is reaching out and keeping its doors open to the community. The University is evolving and it’s incredible.”Vizbulis also complimented the University’s ability to expose its students to real-world experiences within the context of academic study.“It’s great to see educational institutions grab a hold of something at the grassroots level to see what it really means,” he said.Watching Vizbulis in action from the other side of the glass, Madelyn Law, Brock’s Faculty Associate for Experiential Education, highlighted the colossal impact that experiential opportunities can have on students’ lives.“I think it’s something that can be life-changing,” she said. “We want to thank our community partners for the time and energy they devote to our students. It’s important for them to understand that the opportunities they provide can have a huge impact on students’ careers.”As the event wrapped up and Vizbulis’ artwork was safely transported to Brock’s main campus to be displayed, Stangl summed up the feelings of many in attendance while reflecting on the unlikely role he now plays.“I don’t consider myself to be an academic,” he said. “But to meet other likeminded people here shows what the working world can offer to students who are still in the midst of their studies. Learning from the textbook is great, but sometimes you have to call an audible in the backfield.”Those interested in partnering with Brock’s experiential education team are invited to visit the Community Partners section of the University’s Experiential Education website or to email ccee@brocku.ca read more

Repeat orders a sign of customer confidence at Kisladag gold mine

first_imgThe mining industry is hard pushed globally to reduce operating costs. Therefore, repeat orders are a good indication that a product is contributing towards lower total cost of ownership. “Reducing maintenance costs while increasing operational output requires skill, planning and the selection of the most appropriate OEM suppliers of equipment. This is particularly pertinent with regard to custom engineered products such as transfer points or chute systems,” says Mark Baller, Managing Director of Weba Chute Systems.Kisladag Gold Mine in Turkey is considered a flagship operation for Eldorado Gold and its Turkish subsidiary so this lends even more credence to the recent repeat order awarded to Weba Chute Systems. Situated between the centres of Izmir and Ankara, Kisladag is the largest gold mine in Turkey and has been developed as a low grade, bulk tonnage open-pit, heap leach operation.Weba Chute Systems, a South African based OEM of custom engineered chute systems and transfer point solutions, first supplied its innovative chute systems to this gold mine in 2009. At this stage eight Weba Chutes were installed under the fine and coarse ore bins discharging onto conveyors in the plant. Following the successful operation of these transfer systems, the company secured a second order for three additional chutes. The first was a belt feeder head chute which feeds an incline conveyor, the second was a screen oversize chute and the remaining transfer points are from conveyor to conveyor.The most recent order received is for two replacement chutes and two new chutes. “The mine is replacing the incoming conveyor to facilitate the transportation of a higher tonnage. The new belt will be wider than the existing belt and it is therefore necessary to replace portions of the chute to accommodate increased incoming feed. This will entail the replacement of the top half of the chute to accommodate the larger conveyor as well as some adjustments to account for the height differential,” Baller explains.The outgoing conveyor is also being replaced and relocated due to the upgrade on the plant. While the width of this belt will remain the same, there is now a need to facilitate the new profile and the direction of the outgoing feed, as well as to accommodate the increased tonnage. The third chute in this order is a new chute, responsible for transferring feed from belt to belt.“All chutes supplied to the mine use our a ‘supertube’ effect with a cascade lining system, which results in 95% of the material running on material at all times. By adopting a streamlined and scientific approach to the dynamics of bulk materials handling at transfer points, we can provide the industry with a multitude of benefits including reduced maintenance requirements, improved transfer conditions, longer conveyor belt life and higher throughput,” Baller concludes.last_img read more

Only 51 Eligible Bahamians registered PM says campaigning soon begins

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #voteBahamas Update: 78,000 more Voters needed to equal 2012 Register The current voter list has only 51% of eligible Bahamians registered.#MagneticMediaNews #VoteBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 10, 2017 – Intense campaigning will soon begin in The Bahamas now that the Boundaries Commission report and proposed changes are made known.  Prime Minister, Perry Christie said the last thing his Administration and party wants to do is go to the polls with the voter count low.  Right now, barely just over half of those eligible to register have done so.  Voter registration is at 93,367 people up to February 6, 2017 said the country’s leader, but there are some 183,000 Bahamians actually eligible to vote.  Already there are criticisms for the boundary changes, charges that they lean in favor of the PLP and so that age old tactic of gerrymandering once again surfaces.  But the PM says there is more work for his government to do before the elections are held; developments on Bimini, Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma were identified and who could forget, the highly anticipated and promised VAT report.  center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

NEWS RELEASE DEPARTMEMT OF CULTURE – CARIFESTA XIII

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage and Gaming, Director of Culture, Miss Ludwina Fulford and Senior Cultural Officer, Miss Alishia Duncanson return to the islands after attending Carifesta XIII held in Barbados 17-27th August, 2017.   Carifesta XIII’s theme was “Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Our Selves”, and welcomed over 23 Caribbean and Latin America nations showcasing a wide array of disciplines including film; folk traditions; several genres of music, theatre and dance; traditional culinary cuisine inclusive of national dishes and beverages at the largest gathering for Artistic expressions.The Culture Department participated in the “Country Booth” segment held in the “Grand Market” during which the culture team displayed many local products including music by a number of our local artists, Bambara Rum, Caicos Tea and promoted a variety of local products and souvenirs. The team met directors from around the region and sat in on a cultural policy workshop that included approximately 100 cultural practitioners, policy makers and academics from around the Caribbean in support of the development of the draft Turks and Caicos Islands Cultural Policy.In addition, the Turks and Caicos Junior Chef team, comprising Team Leader Edwin Gallardo, Chaperon Mrs. Nicholette Thomas and Junior Chefs Kentisha Hall and Christian Green entered the Caribbean Junior Dueling Challenge which commenced on the 24th August and were victorious in capturing the first position for the competition.Reacting to their success, Mrs. Stacy Cox, Executive Director of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, commented “I am so elated to congratulate our team for successfully capturing first place in the National Dish preparation and the gold medal for the overall competition. Their hard work and dedication really paid off. They left the island with one goal in mind, and were determined to get it. Kudos to Team TCI!! You’ve made us all proud.”Hon. Higgs remarked “having travelled with the team and observing the various activities that took place during Carifesta XIII I am happy that we were able to participate in such an activity.   This mega cultural festival has given the Department of Culture exposure but by extension it gave the Turks and Caicos Islands maximum exposure.   I wish to extend hearty congratulations to the Junior Culinary Arts Team for their victories they achieved in their competition. This is just the beginning of success for you! We are extremely proud of you!”Director of Culture, Ms. Fulford stated that “Carifesta XIII was an amazing experience from start to finish. We were able to not only promote our country, but were also able to sample cuisine, view crafts, observe demonstrations of various art form productions, and build stronger relationships with regional counterparts.   It is our hope that as we work towards Carifesta XIV we will be able to expose a larger contingent to this rich cultural experience.   I too wish to register congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the Department of Culture to the Culinary Team for a job well done! There is no doubt that talent exists in the Turks and Caicos Islands, from your efforts the world has been reminded of this.   Congratulations again.”Overall we are pleased with the outcome and look forward to participating in more events in the next Carifesta”. LABELS:Picture 1 Label: Ludwina Fulford, Director of Culture, Hon Ralph Higgs, Minister of  Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage and Gaming, Alishia Duncanson, Senior Cultural Officer, TCIPicture 4 Label: Team Leader Edwin Gallardo, Ludwina Fulford, Director of Culture Chaperon Mrs. Nicholette Thomas and Junior Chefs Kentisha Hall and Christian Green.Picture 5 Label: Ludwina Fulford, Director of Culture, TCIG, The Honourable Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sports & Youth, Barbados, Alishia Duncanson, Senior Cultural Officer, TCIG, and Mrs. Andrea Wells, Chief Cultural Office of the National Cultural Foundation and Festival Director Carifesta XIIIPress Release: TCIGlast_img read more

How to avoid a phone call scam

first_imgHow to avoid a phone call scam March 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-After a Youtube video went viral about an IRS Phone Scammer two men known as “Trilogy Media” stopped by Good Morning San Diego to give tips on avoiding a phone scam.In one of their videos, they use notable movie quotes to have a little fun with the scammer. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:53 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 10, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Iwakuma fans seasonhigh 11 as Mariners top Phillies

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The Mariners gave Hisashi Iwakuma an early lead and the pitcher took it from there.Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings and Kyle Seager homered to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.Mike Zunino was 0-for-17 before getting two hits and driving in two runs. The Mariners, who scored two runs in the first, have won 11 of their last 14.“We had the lead early, which is big for me, for my pitching, because I’m all about pitching to contact,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter.Iwakuma (12-6) was masterful while allowing four hits and no walks. Since July 1, the right-hander is 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA, 65 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings over 10 starts.“He was outstanding,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He commanded all of his pitches. He was in and out, up and down. Did a tremendous job for us.”last_img read more

Worrying fall in Reliance return on assets despite betterthanexpected numbers

first_imgReliance Industries refinery in Jamnagar. The better-than-expected numbers of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) may fail to impress investors because of the lower return on assets.India’s largest company by market capitalisation Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has released better-than-expected numbers for the last financial year (FY19), but the lower stand-alone Ebitda on a sequential basis and adjusted net profits reflected the weak performance of downstream businesses, worrying investors.The return on assets (RoA) of the Mukesh Ambani-owned company has been dwindling over the last few years after touching a high of 12.7 per cent in FY08. The return ratio, which indicates how profitable a company is relative to its total assets, has been steady at an average of 7.3 per cent during the last 15 years. The value shows how efficient the management is at using its assets to generate earnings.Kotak Institutional Equities, which reiterates its “sell” rating on the RIL stock observed, “concerns on persisting high capex, non-contributing capital work in progress and rising leverage, on or off the balance sheet, which preclude improvement in return ratios,” a report in the Financial Express said. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries at Davos, Switzerland, on January 23, 2018. Lower refining margins may be afflicting the company’s financial health.REUTERS/Denis BalibouseRIL’s refining margin has successively fallen in the last six quarters to $8.2 per barrel in Q4FY19 and, the segment Ebit of refining business slid by 19.1per cent to Rs 19,868 crore in FY19. The petrochemicals business posted a sequential fall of 3.2 per cent in Ebit to Rs 7,975 crore in Q4FY19, the report said. The fall in petrochemicals business was attributed to a decline in production volumes of polymers and intermediates and lower margins for polymers. A relatively better show in retail business in Q4FY19 partly offset the slowing momentum in the telecom business. The stand-alone Ebitda on a sequential basis and the adjusted net profits were lower and reflected the weak performance of the downstream business.RIL’s gross capex rose to a record high of Rs 1.3 lakh crore, including Rs 68,500 crore on Jio. The effective consolidated net debt of the company climbed by nearly Rs 1 lakh crore during FY19 to Rs 3.3 lakh crore, including liabilities pertaining to fibre/tower entities.The Kotak Institutional Equities has said that even after hiving off Jio’s tower and fibre business, the overall capital work in progress remained high at Rs 1.8 lakh crore, including Rs 1.1 lakh crore in the standalone entity. RIL’s financing from net working capital fell during FY19. The company’s total assets rose two-fold in five years to Rs 10.02 lakh crore through FY19, the report says.Meanwhile, Reliance Industrial Investments Holdings Ltd (RIIHL), the investment arm of RIL, plans to raise Rs 13,900 crore through a rights issue of non-cumulative optionally convertible preference shares. The funds will go into acquisitions and to meet the group’s other funding requirements, two people aware of the development said, requesting anonymity.last_img read more

Chuck Stone Former AFRO Editor Civil Rights Journalist

first_imgThe journalism fraternity is mourning the loss of a veteran newsman, multi-Pulitzer Prize nominee, journalism professor and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr., who died April 6 at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina at the age of 89.Around AFRO newsrooms in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Stone was a man known for his sartorial distinction—bow ties and crew cut; his winning smiles and his ability to espouse—quite passionately—on any topic he believed to be important.“Most people who knew Chuck had a nickname for him. Mine was ‘Boom Boom,’” recalled Moses Newson, who served as a reporter and editor of the AFRO during Stone’s tenure as editor of the {Washington Afro-American.} “He was a gung-ho type of guy,” Newson said, explaining the moniker, “Anything that came to mind, if Chuck thought it was worth something, he would talk about it or write about it.”And, though a member of the Black press, Stone was unafraid to take Black politicians to task or to take positions that could anger the Black community.For example, in the Nov. 25, 1961 edition of his column, “A Stone’s Throw,” he decried the lack of impartiality in measuring Black accomplishment.“As COLORED people we exaggerate our accomplishments and our White brethren ‘compound the felony,’” Stone wrote. “White folks are so anxious to delude us into thinking that we have more power than we honestly possess. They’ll reach down into the center of our ghetto, lift up a mediocre businessman, politician, labor leader, or just a dumb colored man and tell him: ‘You’re a colored leader.’“And do you know this idiot will believe them?” he added.Stone’s fearless pursuit of the truth and his dogged championing of justice and equality during a time fraught with racial turbulence went beyond the newsroom, a quality that helped him maintain relationships with celebrities such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael and with the everyman.“He had a way of dealing with all people on various levels—he knew people at the higher echelons and he kept in touch with the people in the community and that was one of the things that distinguished him,” Newson said.While at the {Washington AFRO,} Stone testified before Congress on behalf of disadvantaged seniors and made other similar appearances and outreach. But he made his arguably greatest impact during his 19-year stint, from 1972 to 1991, with the {Philadelphia Daily News}, where he served as a senior editor and columnist.In thousands of hard-hitting columns, Stone took on the city’s politicians, law enforcement and the pressing concerns of the community.He engendered such a level of trust that that “more than 70 [Black] criminal suspects surrendered to him first rather than to police,” fearing brutal treatment by authorities, the {Daily News} reported in an article on its website. Stone’s office was “the only Underground Railroad for criminal suspects a newspaper ever maintained,” said Richard Aregood, the newspaper’s former editorial page editor, in a Facebook tribute.In 1981, when a group of felons at Graterford Prison held six guards hostage during an attempted prison-break, it was Stone who was called in to negotiate.”I damn near had a nervous breakdown,” Stone later told an interviewer about the Graterford drama, the {Daily News} cited. “I spent two days negotiating, and they released the hostages after the second day. So then when people got in trouble and there were hostages . . . they said, ‘Call Chuck Stone to get us out of this.’ “Born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 21, 1924, and raised in Hartford, Conn., Stone served as a flight navigator—he was a Tuskegee Airman—in World War II. Turning down a Harvard University acceptance letter, Stone earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in 1948. After obtaining a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, he worked in India and Egypt for CARE, a nonprofit aid organization.On his return to the U.S., Stone joined the Black Press, first as editor of the {New York Age}, then as the White House correspondent and editor of the {Washington Afro-American.} He was eventually named editor-in-chief of the {Chicago Daily Defender.} He also was the inaugural host of the PBS program “Black Perspectives On The News.”“He was a great writer; a very important part of the Black Press history in the civil rights battles of the ‘50s and ‘60s…. He can’t be replaced,” said AFRO Publisher and CEO John J. Oliver.After leaving the {Defender}, Stone returned to Washington to serve as a special assistant to the unapologetically outspoken and polarizing Harlem Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.When Powell lost his seat to Charles Rangel in 1970, Stone edited a collection of Powell’s sermons given at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem titled {Keep the Faith Baby.} And he wrote books of his own, including {Tell It Like It Is} and {Black Political Power in America}; a novel, {King Strut} and a children’s book, {Squizzy, the Black Squirrel.}From the onset of his tenure at the {Daily News}, a mainstream publication, Stone was dedicated to diversity in the newsroom and he became one of the founding members of NABJ and its first president.”We have 44 founders, but many of them credit Chuck Stone with being the driving force behind NABJ,” association President Bob Butler said in a statement. “…He provided the rudder that steered NABJ at a time when being a member was not always easy. Some employers back then told members to choose between their jobs and NABJ. Our members now excel in all segments of the news media….There is still a lack of diversity in newsroom management, but what does exist is because of Chuck and the other founders of NABJ.”Stone was also a beloved journalism instructor. While in Chicago, he taught at Columbia College. In Philadelphia, he taught at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Delaware. After retiring from the {News}, he joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. And, upon his retirement from the latter in 2005, the university created the Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media in tribute.last_img read more

US National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus From Spies to Cyber Attacks

first_img The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions.The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States.As part of the shift, the Justice Department has created a new position in the senior ranks of its national security division to focus on cyber security and recruited an experienced prosecutor, Luke Dembosky, to fill the position.The agency is also renaming its counter-espionage section to reflect its expanding work on cases involving violations of export control laws, Carlin confirmed in an interview.Such laws prohibit the export without appropriate licenses of products or machinery that could be used in weapons or other defense programs, or goods or services to countries sanctioned by the U.S. government.”We need to develop the capability and bandwidth to deal with what we can see as an evolving threat,” said Carlin, who was confirmed to his post in April.As Carlin builds his team, he has also recruited a new deputy, Mary McCord, from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington.The result, according to experts, could be an uptick in the number of national security-related cases brought in federal court, a shift in focus from the National Security Division’s prior mandate to investigate intelligence violations.”This is not just a reshuffling of the deck,” said former national security cyber crime prosecutor Nicholas Oldham, who is now in private practice.Cyber ThreatsThe changes come amid reports that hackers in Russia and elsewhere are targeting everyone from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union, to JPMorgan Chase & Co and other financial institutions. The counter espionage section, which deals less with on-the-ground spies than it used to, will now be called the Counter Intelligence and Export Controls Section. A network of terrorism prosecutors around the country called the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, or ATAC, will also be renamed the National Security/ATAC network to make clear its broader responsibilities, Carlin said.In 2012, Carlin helped create a similar network of national security cyber specialists in each U.S. Attorney’s office around the country. That was the first of his efforts to start building cyber expertise within the group of prosecutors that had access to national security intelligence information.In the first public case to come out of the effort, the agency charged five Chinese military officers in May, accusing them of hacking into U.S. nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets. The move ratcheted up tensions between the two countries.”This prosecution raises the risk that other countries are going to go after our employees … it’s a risky strategy, but a bold one,” said Amy Jeffress, a former national security prosecutor who is now in private practices at Arnold & Porter.While the Chinese officers are not expected to be extradited to face charges in the United States, Carlin said his team is busy with similar cases that would likely be litigated in court.”I think you will more regularly see the use of the criminal justice system … We are now actively investigating a variety of nation-state cases. Not all, but some, will result in prosecutions,” he said.In addition to Dembosky, who was coordinating litigation within the criminal division’s computer crime section and will serve as one of four deputy assistant attorney generals, Carlin has also brought on board others with cyber expertise. He expects to bring in several more cyber lawyers soon. His chief of staff, Anita Singh, also spent time as a prosecutor in the computer crime section.(Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha. Editing by Karey Van Hall and Andre Grenon) October 21, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 4 min readlast_img read more

These Samsung Android Tablets are Up to 43 Off for Prime Day

first_imgIf you don’t want an iPad, then you might want to consider an Android tablet, that too from Samsung at a very discounted price.Android tablets might not have been able to strike a chord with people like the iPad, but they are capable devices if you are limiting yourself to just mild entertainment like YouTube, Netflix, hunting for the best memes, etc. Thankfully, Prime Day 2019 has a few deals on Android tablets which you are definitely going to love and all of these devices are from Samsung, which automatically means that they are going to be great.So, let’s have a look at the deals, shall we?Buy Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-Inch 16 GB, Tablet (Black) – Was $280, now just $159.99Buy Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″; 16 GB Wifi Tablet (Smoky Titanium) SM-T350NZAAXAR – Was $175, now just $119.99Buy Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet (Black, SM-T820NZKAXAR) – Was $548, now just $369.99Buy Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-P580NZKAXAR 10.1-Inch 16 GB, Tablet with S Pen (Black) – Was $330, now just $199.99Personally, I would go for the bigger screen options any time of the day as they make content that much more appealing. Rest is entirely your call. And yes, these deals are going to expire within 24 hours. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Nuggets On a rebuilt LSU offense an elimination game in Columbus

first_imgYards Per Play7.0512th 1. There’s no doubt about it, LSU’s season has been reborn under Ed Orgeron. Les Miles was fired because Nick Saban evolved and he didn’t. But LSU has been evolving in hyper speed since his departure. The Tigers play with a different level of passion and a new-found sense of confidence since their Sept. 25 coaching change. The Coach They Call O has changed the Tigers’ approach, making practices crisper and their game-plans sharper. The numbers bear that out, too: LSU ranked No. 70 in yards per play in September, and No. 2 in October. Orgeron promised new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger would attack downfield more, and all he’s done is shed a digit off the Tigers’ passing numbers — from No. 113 in yards per attempt in September to No. 13 in October in yards per attempt, and from No. 114 to No. 17 in passing efficiency.Of course, some of that can be chalked up to playing Wisconsin and Auburn in September and not October. But even then, LSU never hit 5.75 yards per play against Wisconsin, Mississippi State or Auburn and then turned around and dropped 7.73 yards per play against Missouri and 8.05 against Ole Miss.There’s definitely something here, but it won’t count until it happens against Alabama.Perhaps it’s unfair to compare a reconstructed-on-the-fly LSU team against Alabama, but the standard is the standard — and it’s a frightening one. The Tide rank No. 3 in yards per play allowed, No. 1 in sacks and No. 1 — by a mile — in rushing defense and yards per carry allowed. But they fell off considerably in October: Clearly, LSU will need the opposite of Leonard Fournette’s production in last year’s Alabama blowout — Fournette carried 19 times for 31 yards and a touchdown in a 30-16 rout — to give quarterback Danny Etling room to breathe and keep the Tigers’ downfield passing attack credible. There’s reason to believe Fournette is capable of a Fournette performance — he rushed 16 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns against Ole Miss, and barely cracked a sweat in doing so.LSU hasn’t beaten Alabama since the 9-6 Game of the Century in 2011, which was in Tuscaloosa, but the Tigers have been within a whisker in the Tide’s last two descents into Death Valley. They led 17-14 inside the final two minutes in 2012 before a 5-play, 43-second, 72-yard drive ripped away a 21-17 decision, and in 2014 they led 13-10 inside the final minute before falling 20-13 in overtime.Based on what we know, Saturday night in Death Valley should be low-scoring, it should be tense and it should be tight.WATCH: LSU’s hype video for the Alabama game is everything you’d expect it to be.2. An elimination game in Columbus. Nebraska coasted into the top-10 on the strength of simply not losing against a weak schedule, but Mike Riley’s bunch acquitted themselves well against a tough Wisconsin team, fighting back from a 17-7 fourth quarter deficit before falling 23-17 in overtime. But fall they did. And now they enter a must-win game against Ohio State.A loss to the Buckeyes not only denies Nebraska a desperately-needed resume boost, but it puts them behind the 8-ball to even reach the Big Ten championship — the ‘Huskers and Badgers would be tied in the standings, and Wisconsin, obviously, owns the tiebreaker. And Wisconsin closes with Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota.Ohio State would still likely have the resume to reach the Playoff with a loss Saturday night — wins over Oklahoma, Wisconsin and a Big Ten title would be enough. But they probably won’t get there without a win Saturday. Even an upset — and it would be an upset at this point — over Michigan wouldn’t be enough unless the Wolverines drop another game down the road.The Buckeyes were college football’s best team in September: Yards Per Play5.9247th AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Ohio State SeptemberTotalRank Turnover Margin+3.001st Yards Per Play Allowed4.008th Turnover Margin+0.2052nd Yards Per Play Allowed4.6212th Ohio State OctoberTotalRank It’s now November. Which version of the Buckeyes will we see?3. Kentucky continues its march to Atlanta. And not for the Peach Bowl. After starting 2-3 and 1-2 in SEC play, Mark Stoops’s troops have ripped off a 3-game winning streak — the program’s first 3-game SEC winning streak in a decade — and played themselves into contention for the SEC title game.Kentucky would need Florida to lose twice, but that’s not implausible. The Gators visit Arkansas on Saturday and a trip to a resurgent LSU waits later this month.While that lays outside Kentucky’s control, the Wildcats have a real chance to beat Georgia on Saturday. The Dogs are 2-4 in SEC play and scored 26 points total in consecutive losses to Vanderbilt and Florida.Flip the uniforms and nothing else and it wouldn’t even be a question who wins on Saturday.4. The Charlie Chronicles hit Lubbock. How’s this for a stat? In every Texas-Texas Tech game dating back to 1989, the team that won the rushing battle won the game…. until last year, when UT pounded out 403 ground yards (to Tech’s 293) yet lost a 48-45 decision. Who knows what anything means in the post-defense era of the Big 12?Here’s what we do know: a 4-4 Texas team visits a 4-4 Tech game in a game where anything can happen. D’Onta Foreman, the nation’s second-leading rusher, faces off against the nation’s No. 120 yards per carry defense. Patrick Mahomes, the nation’s leading passer, faces the nation’s No. 125 passing efficiency defense.Mix in some popcorn with your lunch plans.5. The nation’s most sneaky-good team is…. USC? Colorado is the nation’s biggest surprise. Auburn is the nation’s fastest riser. But while the nation stopped paying attention, USC started putting it together.After a 1-3 start and a change at quarterback, USC finished leapfrogged from 99th in yards per play in September all the way to seventh in October. In raw numbers, the Trojans exploded from 5.35 per snap to 7.58.Now, behind redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold, a USC team with very real Pac-12 championship hopes — especially if Colorado can beat Utah — hosts an Oregon team that, while still struggling defensively, has figured it out on offense behind its own freshman quarterback Justin Herbert.Win that, and the Trojans will be well-positioned for a potential season-shaking upset in Seattle next week.last_img read more

Warwick Hotels And Resorts Appoints New General Manager

first_imgTim Bathke has been appointed as the new area general manager of Warwick Fiji and its properties.Mr Bathke’s appointment is part of four new appointments at Warwick Hotels and Resorts Fiji.The properties he will be in charge of include the Warwick Fiji, The Naviti Resort, Tambua Sands Beach Resort on the Coral Coast in Sigatoka and the Tokatoka Resort in Nadi.Mr Bathke will provide support to the management teams at each property and directly overlook operations at The Naviti Resort.He was previously general manager for six years at Warwick Seattle, where, under his leadership, the hotel grew to exceed both operational and commercial expectations.Gregory Montens was also recently appointed rooms division manager for Warwick Fiji with the aim to enhance guest experiences and front of house operations for the resort.Mr Montens has worked in similar roles in Belgium, Maldives and United States of America with brands like Hilton, The Hay Adams Hotel, Kuramathi Resorts and Warwick Hotels and Resorts Europe.Warwick Fiji also announced the appointment of executive chef, Khedr Al Issa and executive sous chef, Abbass Fawaz.The duo are eager to enhance existing food offerings with fresh concepts and international flair having worked in many destinations including Malaysia, Vietnam and most recently Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.The resort expects the recent appointments to further enrich the resorts stellar reputation in destination dining.Three of the resorts five restaurants are ranked top five in Fiji by TripAdvisor among 408 Restaurants listed within the destination.“Fiji is a beautiful destination and our most unique offering is the Bula Spirit which is still alive and well on the Coral Coast,” Mr Bathke said.“This spirit coupled with our location on the famous Coral Coast with its easy access to the local culture, blue waters and white sands makes for a true Fijian experience.“Our Fiji resorts have commanded significant RevPar growth this year.“I am confident we have the right team in place to take Warwick Hotels and Resorts, Fiji to new levels of excellence.”The post Warwick Hotels And Resorts Appoints New General Manager appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Warren Sapp wants to eliminate tackling from youth football We have

first_imgWarren Sapp wants to eliminate tackling from middle school and youth football.The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Oakland Raider comes by his policy position honestly. After 13 years in the NFL, Sapp feels his brain slipping away from him. Remembering every day tasks has become a challenge he feels himself losing, and he’s already pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation.In a stated desire to make football better for the younger generation, Sapp thinks banning tackling before high school would allow players to develop skills first and then establish a necessary foundation to safely play tackle football.“The game is getting better,” he says in a Players Tribune video. “Let’s just make it all the way better for everybody involved — especially the youth. I’m talking about seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. We eliminate the tackle football for all the kids, we put them on equal playing fields so all their brains develop and then, when (they get to) high school, now let’s go.” Rather than going cold turkey from touch or flag football to tackle, Rookie Tackle ramps players up to tackle, allowing them to develop good habits without exposing them to the most physical aspects of the game. Further, in Rookie Tackle players will rotate through multiple positions allowing them to find their passion for the sport, fostering greater participation in the game we all love.Learn more about Rookie Tackle via USA Football. We agree that reducing hits to the head until boys are more physically developed is a good idea; however we support a different path.USA Football has launched a pilot program called Rookie Tackle that serves as the football version of coach pitch baseball.Rookie Tackle eliminates the 3-point stance (along with drills Sapp mentions like the Oklahoma drill and Bull in the Ring), has players rotate positions throughout a game and confines the game to a 50-yard field played between the numbers.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more