UN Development Programme to hold independent probe into DPR Korea work

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it plans to set up an independent inquiry to examine allegations about its recent operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that are not being considered by an existing probe by the UN Board of Auditors (UNBOA).Ambassador Carsten Staur of Denmark, President of the Executive Board of UNDP/UN Population Fund (UNFPA), issued a statement saying that he was proposing a complementary inquiry to be “led by one or more individuals who are highly respected internationally, neutral, and external to the UN system.”The review will look into all issues not covered by the UNBOA probe, “including allegations of retaliation against individuals who have raised concerns and other complaints” about UNDP’s activities in the DPRK.It may also scrutinize UNDP’s broader policies on accountability and oversight, including the protection of whistleblowers, although this will be determined after the Executive Board meets next month.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the plan to proceed with an independent review, Mr. Staur said, adding that UNDP’s senior management also “fully supports the external review and has assured that it will cooperate fully and make sure that all relevant documentation and information are made available.”In January Mr. Ban ordered the UNBOA audit amid allegations aired in the media that funds used by UN agencies to help in humanitarian efforts in the DPRK were being channelled improperly to the Government in Pyongyang, including to its nuclear programme.That inquiry into the operations of UNDP, UNFPA, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is now preparing to enter its second phase after the first phase found there had been no large-scale or systematic diversion of UN funds.But UNBOA has also noted that the second phase will not cover the full range of allegations and issues raised specifically about UNDP’s work in the DPRK.Mr. Staur said he would work with the rest of the Executive Board to determine the details of the new review, including the terms of reference and the selection of the individuals to head it. 23 August 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it plans to set up an independent inquiry to examine allegations about its recent operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that are not being considered by an existing probe by the UN Board of Auditors (UNBOA). read more

Bromide suspected as cause of mystery illness in Angola says UN agency

21 November 2007Toxicological tests carried out on blood samples from victims of an outbreak of a mystery illness in Angola have detected very high levels of bromide, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Toxicological tests carried out on blood samples from victims of an outbreak of a mystery illness in Angola have detected very high levels of bromide, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.The tests, conducted in Germany, found the high bromide levels in five of the six samples taken from patients, and additional samples are now being sent to the United Kingdom for further analysis to determine whether the hypothesis can be confirmed.WHO said in a statement that bromide intoxication was already one of the working hypotheses explored by authorities as they try to find the cause of the outbreak, which began last month. The symptoms include extreme drowsiness and loss of muscle control and, although most patients recover slowly over a number of days, many are still unable to walk without assistance. Children suffer the most extreme symptoms.As of Monday, the number of patients treated in hospital in Cacuaco municipality – which is located in the suburbs of the capital, Luanda – has passed 390, with children comprising almost two-thirds of all cases.WHO is stepping up its support to Angolan health authorities, providing staff and equipment as they carry out more epidemiological studies, environmental investigations and public awareness campaigns about risk management. The extra staff include a field coordinator, a clinician, two epidemiologists, a food safety expert, a laboratory specialist and a logistician. read more

Chad UN distributes aid to refugees left homeless after camp blaze

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided temporary housing and relief supplies to more than 2,000 Darfurians who were left homeless after a fire swept through part of the Goz Amer refugee camp in eastern Chad last week. The agency has distributed mats, blankets, kitchen sets and jerry cans to some 2,130 refugees from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, who are currently being housed in three schools at the camp until family tents arrive in the coming days. In addition, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will be handing out an extra one-month food ration to the affected families. UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said the cause of last Friday’s blaze is believed to be an untended cooking fire which spread rapidly due to high winds. As of Monday, 24 refugees had been admitted to the camp’s health centre with various burn injuries – none of them life-threatening. In addition, at least 15 severely traumatized refugees are receiving counselling from a UNHCR partner organisation in the camp. “Staff report that some of those made homeless are suffering from psychological trauma because the blaze rekindled memories of the Janjaweed attacks on their villages, including house torching, that forced them to flee from Darfur to Chad in 2003 and 2004,” Mr. Redmond said. Goz Amer, which lies about 70 kilometres from the border with Darfur, is host to about 20,500 people and it is the southernmost of 12 UNHCR-run camps in the region that are home to more than 240,000 Darfurians in total. UNHCR plans to rebuild the destroyed section of the camp using more solid material than the straw and mud that most shelters are made from. 15 April 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided temporary housing and relief supplies to more than 2,000 Darfurians who were left homeless after a fire swept through part of the Goz Amer refugee camp in eastern Chad last week. read more

Resolute Forest Products says it wont pursue new FSC certifications

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products is threatening not to seek new Forest Stewardship Council certifications for its Canadian forests over fears that possible changes to the designation process could constrain its supply of wood.Chief among the Montreal-based company’s concerns is a proposal by Greenpeace that would see “the vast majority” of intact forests — those that have been undisturbed by roads or settlements — protected.“Until significant progress is made in addressing these matters, Resolute will work to maintain its existing FSC forest management certificates where possible, but will not pursue new certification,” the company said Wednesday as it announced the reinstatement of an FSC certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest covering 2.4 million hectares in northwestern Ontario.Forestry to disappear from Quebec’s North Shore without more support, says Resolute Forest ProductsPeter Foster: At last, a Canadian corporate heroThat certificate was suspended in January 2014 following an audit by the Rainforest Alliance that resulted in a legal fight between Resolute and the review agency. The dispute was settled last February and the reinstatement follows Resolute’s efforts to secure the support of First Nations along with local communities and other partners.The FSC is the largest certification regime in Canada, covering about 50 million hectares of Canadian forests. Resolute, which produces lumber, pulp and paper, is the largest holder of FSC certificates in Canada and second-largest in North America.However, it cautioned that the future of FSC certifications in Canada are at risk unless industry concerns are addressed.Resolute spokesman Seth Kursman said the entire forestry sector worries about the Greenpeace proposal, put forth last year at an FSC international congress in Spain.“If Motion 65 goes ahead as currently written … you are going to find very few if any companies in the Canadian context that are able to maintain FSC certification,” he said.The Quebec Forest Industry Council has warned that any additional restrictions on accessing wood could further threaten mills and employment.It said the province has already reduced the annual allowable cut by 23 per cent over the past decade and established a northern limit that eliminates from harvest about 42 per cent of the continuous boreal forest and 85 per cent of intact forest landscapes.“Quebec has already done its part to maintain intact forest landscapes,” the group wrote in a letter last month to FSC Canada.“The addition of further constraints on harvesting intact forest landscapes within the managed forest would inevitably result in very substantial reductions in wood supply, and therefore the loss of many jobs.”FSC Canada president Francois Dufresne called the industry’s concerns “premature,” coming before it issues a first draft report of the proposed new forest management standard in the coming days and holds consultations.“Before it’s even public they are saying it’s not good or have serious doubts about it,” he said.Dufresne said there’s an opportunity to find “common ground” to maintain a viable forest industry.“Certainly it’s not the intention of FSC to cause these issues in the future but we also have to recognize the international will to take care of these remaining forests around the globe for climate change and ensure there’s not degradation from forest causing emissions in the atmosphere.”Greenpeace said the reinstatement of the FSC certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest provides a “feasible path” for Resolute to recover terminated certificates for Ontario’s Caribou Forest and Quebec’s Montagnes Blanches.“We also urge the company to discontinue its public undermining of the FSC system, which is the only credible forest certification system that balances economic, social, environmental and Indigenous voices,” Greenpeace said in a news release.The Canadian Press read more

Europe uses more nuclear power than North America UN agency reports

Nuclear power provides about 16 per cent of global electricity, the IAEA reported. France draws 76.4 per cent of its energy from nuclear power, and Lithuania 73.7 per cent, followed by Belgium (56.8 per cent), the Slovak Republic (53.4 per cent), Ukraine (47.3 per cent), Bulgaria (45 per cent), Hungary (42.2 per cent), the Republic of Korea (40.7 per cent), Sweden (39 per cent) and Switzerland (38.2 per cent.) In North America, where 118 reactors supply about 20 per cent of electricity in the United States and 12 per cent in Canada, the number of operating reactors has declined slightly. In Western Europe, with 150 reactors, overall capacity is likely to remain at or near existing levels in the coming years, the IAEA said.The IAEA reported that in Central and Eastern Europe and the newly independent States, a few partially built plants are likely to be completed, while aging units are being shut down. Only in the Middle East, Far East and South Asia, with a total of 94 reactors at present, are there clear plans for expanding nuclear power, particularly in China, India, the Republic of Korea and Japan. read more

Cameroon and Nigeria discuss border dispute during UN commission talks

The Mixed Commission – set up last year by the United Nations – discussed the first phase of the withdrawal process from the Lake Chad area, which is scheduled to happen by the end of the year.A working group on the withdrawal of civil administration, military and police forces, and transfer of authority in the Lake Chad region, was set up.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah of Mauritania, opened the meeting by reporting on the findings of the Sub-commission on Affected Populations, which visited the Lake Chad area last month.”The affected populations overwhelmingly want peace (and) the affected populations fully support their respective Presidents’ decision to resolve peacefully any differences…the affected population are in dire need of development, social services and basic infrastructure,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said.The Sub-commission identified the date of its next field visit, this time to the land boundary area. The meeting also discussed the report of the Sub-commission on Demarcation.The Mixed Commission was set up last year by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the request of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon. It is chaired by Mr. Ould-Abdallah and its next meeting is likely to be held in Yaounde, Cameroon, in December. read more

Survey Most US homebuilders optimistic about home sales for first time in

For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday leaped to 52 this month from 44 in May. It was the largest monthly increase since 2002.A reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor. The index hasn’t been that high since April 2006, just before the housing market collapsed.Measures of customer traffic, current sales conditions and builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months also soared to their highest levels in seven years.The housing recovery is looking more sustainable and should continue to boost economic growth this year, offsetting some of the drag from higher taxes and federal spending cuts.Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more people to buy homes. The increased demand, along with a tight supply of homes for sale, has pushed home prices higher. That’s made builders more optimistic about the market for newly built homes, leading to more construction and jobs.In April, applications for new home construction reached a five-year peak. And sales of new homes rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 454,000, nearly matching the fastest pace since July 2008. Sales are still below the 700,000 pace considered healthy by most economists. But they have risen 29 per cent in the past year.Single-family home construction slowed in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 homes, but that’s expected to grow sharply in coming months.“We are forecasting a considerable acceleration,” said Greg Bird, associate economist with Moody’s Analytics, which projects that housing starts on single-family homes will reach an annual rate of 1.6 million by the end of 2014.In recent weeks, many of the major large homebuilders have reported strong annual growth in sales during the spring home-selling season. The increased demand has paved the way for builders to raise prices and ramp up construction of more homes, despite lingering concerns over rising costs for land, building materials and labour.“Builders are experiencing some relief in the headwinds that are holding back a more robust recovery,” said David Crowe, the NAHB’s chief economist.Homebuilder Mitchell & Best, which builds homes in Maryland and Virginia, expects to deliver between 30 per cent and 40 per cent more completed homes this year than in 2012, said vice-CEO Marty Mitchell.“As a small local builder who has been through trials and tribulations the last seven years, we’re definitely seeing an improvement in the market,” Mitchell said.Still, the company, which sells homes ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million, is struggling to find enough land to build more homes.Land in the Washington metro area remains scarce. And the price has risen sharply in the past year as demand for new homes has increased.Mitchell said he hopes to boost construction next year ahead of this year’s levels, so long as the company can tie down a few more tracts of land.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB statistics.The latest builder confidence index was based on responses from 255 builders.A gauge of current sales conditions for single-family homes jumped eight points to 56, the highest level since March 2006, while a measure of traffic by prospective buyers improved seven points to 40.Builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months increased nine points to 61, the highest reading since March 2006.On a regional basis, confidence grew strongest among builders in the South, while firms in the Northeast and Midwest also posted a gain. An index of confidence among builders in the West declined by one point. by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2013 1:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: Most US homebuilders optimistic about home sales for first time in 7 years read more

Season comes to an end for volleyball team

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s run in the NCAA tournament was cut short by a devastating loss Saturday night.  The NCAA Tournament began Friday night when the Buckeyes faced Cincinnati in the first round.   Behind a team-high 17.5 points from junior Katie Dull, the Buckeyes defeated Cincinnati 3-1 to advance to the second round.  In the first set, two kills from freshman Emily Danks and two ace serves from junior Susan Halverson brought the Buckeyes out of a 16-12 deficit.  Two Dull kills sealed the first game 25-20 for the Buckeyes.The second game had quite a different rhythm as the Buckeyes fell 25-16.  The Buckeyes felt the pressure and came back in the third 25-15 and a Dull kill in the fourth ended the game 25-23 and the match 3-1.  The victory was short-lived as the team was focused on its next task, No. 9 California, who defeated Lipscomb earlier in the night.  Both coach Geoff Carlston and Dull were excited to get the opportunity to play California on Saturday.  “First of all, I thought it was a great match,” Carlston said. “You are going crazy through it but in the end, to be able to win a match like that against a great team is neat.”Excitement immediately turned to focus.The Buckeyes met California in St. John Arena on Saturday night.  The Buckeyes were slow to start in the first and trailed the entire game, falling 25-13.  Seniors Ashley Hughes and Kristen Dozier exploded in the second game, opening a run early.  Ohio State edged California 25-18, and tied the match 1-1.The third game was nothing short of a nail-biter. With 13 ties and four lead changes, the Buckeyes battle ended just short, 25-23.  California held the lead throughout the fourth game. The Buckeyes only trailed by as many as eight points in the game, but fought back to stay within three points.The Buckeyes fell 25-20 in the fourth and 3-1 in the match.  Carlston credited the players for their success just as much as the players credited the coaching staff for believing in them.  “We knew we had a good team and we had something to prove,” Carlston said. “More than that, the coaching staff believed in us so every day. We came in determined to do something good with this season.”Good is an understatement.  The Buckeyes finished last season 15-20 overall. This season they finished 25-11 overall and received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.  The Buckeyes will have to say goodbye to three seniors this year, Kristen Dozier, Ashley Hughes, and Chelsea Noble.   The team recognizes them for all they have given to the season and the program as they look to the future.  “This year was our year to prove to the Big Ten that we are back on track and we are who we are,” sophomore Kelli Barhorst said. “We are Ohio State. We are looking forward to building on it next year.” read more

Commentary Cleveland Browns need to pick a QB and stick with him

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) is run down by Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso as he scrambles toward the sideline during first-quarter action at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Oct. 3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn 1996 the Cleveland Browns were forcefully relocated to Baltimore and renamed the Ravens by owner Art Modell, also known as Cleveland’s most hated man, save for, perhaps, LeBron James.In 1999 the NFL held true to its promise of bringing football back to Cleveland and the Browns returned as an expansion team.Since then, the Ravens have gone on to win two Super Bowls while the Browns have managed a whopping one playoff appearance, of which the team lost in the first round.During the time since that 1999 season the Ravens have fielded 13 starting quarterbacks. While still high, that number pales in comparison to Cleveland’s 19 signal callers in said period.Over that time, only one quarterback has started all 16 games in a single season for Cleveland: Tim Couch during the 2001 campaign. That year also marked one of only three times the Browns finished a year 7-9 or better. The other two times you ask? In 2002, when Couch started 14 games and 2007, when Derek Anderson started 15. Anderson got the nod halfway through the season opener.The biggest difference between the old Browns (Baltimore) and the new Browns (Cleveland) is stability at the quarterback position. The Ravens have had a quarterback start all 16 games seven times since 1999, including five straight seasons out of their current quarterback, Joe Flacco.It is time for the Browns to commit, and that can’t happen if they hire a new coach and draft a new “quarterback of the future” every few years.Cleveland has three options at the position right now. It can ride it out with 29-year-old second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has shown flashes but may be too far away from stardom considering his old-age. The Browns could wait out the rest of the season with Weeden, then fully commit to the currently injured but promising Brian Hoyer.Or they could draft a quarterback in 2014.Some might argue they could pick up a free agent like Matt Flynn, but a player who has failed to capitalize on the QB situations in Seattle and Oakland has to have some issues. Keeping Weeden, waiting for Hoyer or signing Flynn are the only viable options in Cleveland, and they must pick one right away in order to have any chance at stability.For me, the best choice is Hoyer. Weeden has talent, but he has a knack for playing game to game, there is no consistency so far, plus he is nearly 30. Hoyer is two years younger and spent three seasons learning under Tom Brady with the New England Patriots. While he has made a grand total of two starts in his Cleveland career, Hoyer won both of them and provided hope for a fan base that has been searching for a spark for nearly two decades.In past seasons I might choose the “draft a new guy” option, but I do not see anyone in the upcoming draft that I would commit to from day one, and that is what Cleveland has to do.No more quarterback battles in training camp. No more drafting of a Couch or a Brady Quinn, no more gambles on a too-old rookie like Weeden. It’s time for Cleveland to pick a player, give him the job and stick with him through thick and thin.Without stability the Browns will continue to be one of the laughing-stocks of the NFL, and the blame can only be placed on themselves. read more

Saminco Pure Electric propulsion for underground mining vehicles

first_imgSaminco has designed a “Pure Electric” propulsion system for underground mining vehicles that will last an entire 8 hour shift before needing a recharge. In an effort to cut costs, improve profit margins, and reduce diesel particulate matter emissions, the mining industry is moving away from diesel-powered vehicles to electric, but current technology requires recharging batteries every four hours. Saminco believes that it has found the solution.“Most underground production vehicles are diesel-powered, which produce harmful emissions and generate enormous amounts of heat that requirea significant expenditure on ventilation infrastructure and electrical energy consumption. Electrically-powered vehicles are a solution, and there are many successful applications of trolley-powered and tethered vehicles. However, mining production requires an independently powered vehicle. Existing battery-powered LHDs simply replace the diesel engine with a battery-powered inverter driving a large electric motor coupled to the existing mechanical power transmission train. The electric motor also powers the hydraulic pump. This configuration wastes precious battery energy during idling since the electric motor must operate like a diesel engine at a minimum speed to keep the hydraulic system ready.”This consumption reduces battery operating time to a maximum of four hours. Saminco, working with a LHD manufacturer, ran a successful operation for 18 months in a hard rock mine with a 1.5 yd LHD powered by a 620V/140kWh SoNick molten salt battery, Saminco Battery Charger and a Saminco model L1000 Pure Electric traction system. This confirmed 8 hour shift endurance with battery energy to spare at the end of each shift.last_img read more

Osisko Mining talks underground fleet and process plant at Windfall

first_imgThe long-awaited preliminary economic assessment for Osisko Mining’s Windfall deposit in Quebec, Canada, has not disappointed with strong economics and a surprising amount of detail about how the company will move ore and waste at the underground asset.Windfall, in the James Bay region, looks like becoming a 3,200 tonne per day, long-hole mining operation producing some 218,000 ounces per year of gold-equivalent at an all-in sustaining cost of $704 per ounce over an eight-year mine life. Output would peak in year one at 248,000 oz.Costing C$397.3 million to build, the project is expected to return a post-tax net present value (5% discount) of C$397.3 million using gold and silver prices of US$1,300 per ounce and US$17/oz, respectively.The PEA, conducted by consulting firms BBA Inc, InnovExplo, Golder Associates, WSP Canada and SNC-Lavalin, outlined simultaneous exploitation of two separate deposits – Windfall and Osborne-Bell – to achieve the production rate, with both delivering ore to a central processing facility in Lebel-sur-Quévillon (115 km from Windfall and 17km from Osborne-Bell).Both deposits are set to be mined by long-hole with longitudinal retreat and have mineralised ore zones going from surface down to 1,200 m depth (Windfall) and 520 m (Osborne-Bell).The panels at Windfall will have minimum length-by-height-by-thickness dimensions of 20 m by 20 m by 3.5-4 m and will be extracted using a fleet of 14-t LHDs and 50-t underground haul trucks at a rate of 2,600 t/d using a ramp.Mineralised material at Osborne-Bell is expected to be extracted using a fleet of 7 t LHDs and 45 t haul trucks using a ramp operating at 600 t/d.Mineralised material from both deposits is expected to be transported to the process plant by contractor.The central processing facility is to consist of a jaw crusher, mineralised material reclaim system and storage (2,100 t live capacity), primary SAG mill (22’ by 11’) and secondary ball mill (15’ by 27’) in close circuit with cyclones producing a product of P80= 45 microns.“A portion of the cyclone underflow will be fed to the gravity circuit with intensive leach,” Osisko said, with cyclone overflow going onto an eight-tank CIL circuit with 40-hour retention time. This will be followed by cyanide destruction and tailings disposal.A 6 t/d carbon processing ADR circuit and gold room are expected to recover the gold and produce doré, with payable gold and silver recovery averaging 92.4 % and 68.9 %, respectively.“The plant also includes a reagent preparation area and two process water circuits (cyanide-bearing and cyanide-free) to service the entire plant,” Osisko said.With such detail, it is easy to forget the project is only at the PEA stage and will be further refined as it moves to feasibility study stage.John Burzynski, President and CEO of Osisko Mining, said as much: “This is a very strong start to a project that is growing as inferred resources (2.284 million ounces averaging 6.7 g/t Au, out of a total 2.885Moz indicated and inferred resources) are being converted to higher-grade indicated resources by the ongoing drill programme, with optimised mining methods and with the ongoing exploration success at Windfall.”The company has recently discovered a new zone, Triple 8, outside of the current resource base at Windfall and has also not yet factored in the Bobcat Zone into this study. These areas are expected to be included in next year’s feasibility study work.Osisko said last year it planned to carry out 800,000 m of drilling at Windfall, capturing the market’s attention.last_img read more

Portal 2 will be used to teach in schools

first_imgVideo games are increasingly being used to educate children both inside and outside the classroom. Steam thought they’d jump on the bandwagon too, but they haven’t created a new game. Oh no, kids will soon be able to play Portal in the classroom.Steam have created “Teach with Portals”, a website that allows educators to sign up to gain access to an educational version of Portal 2 and the Portal 2 puzzle maker. The software uses realistic physics (just like the other Portal games) and inspires teachers and students to create their own puzzles, explore different worlds, and share custom lesson plans.Teach with Portals uses teaching tools that revolve around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) so students can learn about key subjects in a fun and unique way.On the website, there are already lesson plans available for physics and math, but as more teachers submit their own plans there will be lessons for chemistry, game design, language arts and more. It seems there’s a lot this educational tool can do. For example, some of the currently available lesson plans for physics include teaching about gravity, terminal velocity, and momentum.It’s a good opportunity to support different ways of learning, and some children will really benefit from the visual learning aspect which can be hard to incorporate in the classroom. It’s also great to see everyone taking a break from condemning video games and instead embracing them, proving games can be used for good.Teach with Portals is part of Steam’s “Steam for schools” program, meaning more Steam games could be used as teaching tools in the future.Find out more at Learn with Portalslast_img read more

Randy Orton says WWE should go to Saudi Arabia, WWE on talent feeling uncomfortable

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) TMZ Sports is featuring an interview with WWE star Randy Orton where he is asked about WWE sticking with plans to go forward with the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.Orton said he thinks WWE should go and explained why.“I think we should go. I think the only way to help with change over there is to go and not cancel the trip. Our girls performed in Abu Dhabi not long ago and I think we’ll be there eventually with Saudi and the Crown Jewel. That’s the goal, to make things better everywhere. And I think us not going doesn’t help. Going helps.”WWE on performers feeling uncomfortableIn response to our report yesterday regarding Sports Illustrated citing anonymous WWE talent not feeling comfortable performing in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel, WWE responded to the story and issued a new statement this week.WWE told the New York Post:“As always, we maintain an open line of communication with our performers as we continue to monitor the situation.”More media coverage of WWE and Saudi ArabiaMedia outlets continue to cover the relationship between WWE and Saudi Arabia in the wake of reports about the disappearance of United States resident/Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi a few weeks ago.VICE Sports profiled the Greatest Royal Rumble event back in April.“As proof of what a sham the whole thing was, no women were allowed to wrestle at the show, missing out on a big payday and the supposed visibility which was supposed to modernize Saudi Arabia in the first place. Sami Zayn, who’s Syrian-Canadian and makes a big social media effort to donate to humanitarian causes in Syria, was likewise not present at the show. It was such transparent hokum that it seemed too much even for pro wrestling.”The Wall Street Journal looked at why WWE wants to keep the event in place.“The White House’s strenuous efforts to paper over the rift caused by the Khashoggi affair and the closeness of WWE’s principal shareholders to President Trump would make cancellation an overtly political statement. WWE co-founder Linda McMahon is a member of the Trump administration. Keeping the wrestling event for Nov. 2 is symbolically important for Washington and for Riyadh.” Google+last_img read more

All-day kindergarten praised

first_imgMeadowlark Clark’s kindergarten classroom is a brightly colored temple of letters, numbers and play time.Clark doesn’t need to direct her students as they shuffle into the Tukes Valley Primary School classroom early in the morning. They sit at their desks, begin cutting letters out of a worksheet already waiting for them, and begin piecing together words. As they finish, each at their own pace, the students wander over to different toys and games for a brief play break.“They are so capable of learning,” said Clark, who is teaching all-day kindergarten for the first time this year. Battle Ground is offering all-day kindergarten at all its elementary school campuses this year, a year ahead of the state deadline for schools to do so.Washington is approaching the end of a 10-year process of phasing in all-day kindergarten at elementary schools. In 2007, the state Legislature approved a bill requiring all schools to offer all-day kindergarten by the 2017-2018 school year.That legislation represents Washington’s commitment to providing quality education, said Robert Butts, assistant superintendent of early learning for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Improving Washington’s high school graduation rate — which was 78.1 percent in May 2015 — starts at the beginning of students’ school careers, Butts said.“If a kid starts behind in our public schools, they tend to stay behind,” he said. “Being well-prepared is important.”All Clark County’s school districts now offer full-day kindergarten, but the state has been issuing funding to low-income schools first. Wealthier Camas schools, for example, don’t receive state funding to offer full-day kindergarten, according to a spreadsheet of eligible schools from OSPI.last_img read more

Survey Digital Magazines Still Not a BreakOut Platform

first_imgDigital publishing consultancy Mequoda Group has released the results of its third Digital Magazine Market Study. This year, the firm tripled its sample size to 3,642 U.S. adults and backed off the tablet-specific demo they used for the previous studies, which negates year-over-year comparisons, but there are still more than a few highlights. Interestingly, that metric almost flips when Mequoda asked about print magazine readership. About 70 percent of respondents said they read an average of 2.91 print issues in the last 30 days while 30 percent did not read a print magazine at all. Either publishers are de-emphasizing monetization of subscriptions and single copy sales or most consumers simply aren’t buying. The study notes that 58 percent of respondents spent no money on digital magazine single copies or subscriptions in the last 12 months, and of those that did, they averaged $17.20. General advertising was a tick worse: Six percent said very important, 9 percent thought it was important, 21 percent said slightly important and 45 percent deemed it not important. Meanwhile, digital magazines don’t stand out as a singular preference when readers consider how they prefer to access magazine content. Yet, they’re holding their own against the print edition and web edition. Each format captured about a third of responses. Even so, advertising may not be viewed by readers as being part of a digital magazine’s functionality, but those low numbers indicate that readers are not seeing the value of advertising as part of a digital magazine experience.    Those may be harder to deliver, if at all, in basic PDF versions of a magazine, but beyond those two, responses on other more dynamic content features become more fractured. Only 10 percent of respondents say embedded video is very important and 22 percent say it’s not important, for example.center_img As for functionality, 79 percent of respondents say readable text is very important, while 56 percent say scrollable text is very important. Nevertheless, Mequoda notes that readable and scrollable text are features common in native and responsive web versions of digital magazines, which point to a reader preference for those formats. Advertising is way down on the functionality list, unfortunately. Nine percent said relevant advertising is ‘”very important” and 12 percent said it’s “important.” Thirty-seven percent said it’s “not important” and 17 percent said “slightly important.” Respondents are fairly active readers of digital magazines, but not overly so. According to the survey, about 63 percent had not read a digital magazine in the last 30 days. The remaining 37 percent read an average of 2.37 issues during that period, however. For the full study, including digital magazine best practices, click here.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of July 14 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 14, 2019:Full-Time Class D Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Production Technician at CutisPharmaPart-Time Medical Assistant at AllOne HealthFull-Time Credit Analyst at Standard ElectricFull-Time Human Resources Manager at Northland Industrial Truck CompanyFull-Time Line Cook at Red Heat TavernFull-Time Drivers & Movers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time/Part-Time Cooks & Servers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Afternoon Route Delivery Driver at OptimaPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at OptimaPart-Time C.A.R.E.S. Group Leaders at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Speech & Language Pathologist Assistant at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Preschool Teacher at Abundant LifeFull-Time Food Safety Sanitor (3rd Shift) at Packer Sanitation Full-Time Payroll Auditor at New England Carpenters Benefit FundsFull-Time & Part-Time Delivery Driver at Optima CourierPart-Time Catering Coordinator at Panera BreadFull-Time Senior Quality Engineer at AmetekFull-Time Sr. Analyst at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technician at Xenon CorporationFull-Time Buyer at TextronFull-Time Buyer (Manufacturing) at Monogram FoodsFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationPart-Time Customer Service at Anton’s CleanersPart-Time Dishwashers at 99 RestaurantFull-Time Healthcare Revenue Cycle Trainer at Casamba LLCFull-Time/Part-Time Infant/Toddler & Preschool Teacher at Tendre Learning CenterFull-Time Project Executive at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Independent Life Coach at NuPath Inc.Full-Time Manager In Training at Nouria EnergyFull-Time/Part-Time Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessFull-Time/Part-Time Overnight Closer at Planet FitnessFull-Time/Part-Time Fitness Trainer at Planet FitnessFull-Time Sanitation Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Manufacturing Technician (Inspector) at AMETEK, Inc.Part-Time Warehouse Package Handler at FedExFull-Time Rx Authorization Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Onboarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Food & Beverage Team Leader at TargetPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time Corporate Program Sales Executive at UniFirstPart-Time Retail Sales Associate at UPS StoreFull-Time Scrum Master at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time Housekeeper For Wilmington HomePart-Time Overnight Team Leader at Dunkin’ DonutsFull-Time Software Engineer at SymboticFull-Time Deployment Engineer at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Reset Specialist at Pepsi BeveragesFull-Time Business Unit Controller at MKS InstrumentsPart-Time Server For Glendale Dining ServicesFull-Time Educational Assistant (Grades 1-3) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Grade 4 Teacher (1-Year Interim Position) at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Reading Specialist (for 1 Year) at North Intermediate School & West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Special Education Teacher at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants, LPNs and Nurses at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Custodial Worker at Wilmington High School(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Canada Approves Controversial Mine Plan in Southeast

first_imgA controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border has won approval from Canada’s federal government. That worries critics, who say the development could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.Listen now:Seabridge Gold’s Brent Murphy points to a valley to be dammed to hold tailings from the KSM mine during a July tour. The project just won Canada’s federal environmental approval. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News.The Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project’s environmental protection plan got the OK from Canada’s Ministry of the Environment.The project, known as the KSM, is in northwest British Columbia, northeast of Ketchikan and east of Wrangell.Brent Murphy, of mine owner Seabridge Gold, says the federal action is an important step.“It means that the project can proceed. We’ve received both the provincial and federal Canadian governments’ approvals. Essentially, it’s an approval in principle and now we move forward in the permitting phase,” he says.He says the project has about 100 of the 150 permits it needs. It’s also seeking investors to develop the proposed $5.3 billion mine.The KSM is a copper, gold and silver deposit upstream of two rivers that enter the ocean within about 50 miles of Ketchikan.Fisheries, tribal, municipal and environmental groups in Southeast Alaska oppose development, saying the mine would pollute those rivers and harm salmon and those who eat them.The KSM project’s mine site layout during the operation phase, from its environmental assessment certificate application. Image courtesy Seabridge Gold.Canada’s action disturbs Carrie James, who co-chairs Southeast’s United Tribal Transboundary Mining Working Group.“I’m just really disappointed in the decision. It doesn’t surprise me. And we’re not going to stop. We’ll keep fighting and we can’t stop,” she says.Opponents are asking the Obama administration to pressure Canada to use more stringent permitting standards. They’re also pressing British Columbia to give the project a higher level of review.Right now, the KSM is an isolated work camp near exploratory drilling sites.Murphy of Seabridge Gold says construction won’t start until it gets more permits and substantial financial backing.“The next big regulatory challenge will be the (B.C.) Mines Act permit for the mine site. That’s a permit that … we require in order to start construction of our water storage dam and all the associated water-management structures,” he says.The next big step would be a permit for its tailings storage facility, including dams to hold back rock leftover from processing ore.Those dams are a key area of concern for opponents in Alaska.James, of the tribal working group, points to August’s massive tailings-dam break at Mount Polley, in central British Columbia.“It’s been called one of Canada’s worst environmental disasters. The Mount Polley failure was a wake-up call for us. We can’t let Alaska waters be polluted by B.C. mine waste,” she says.Seabridge Gold says its tailings dams will use a different structure than Mount Polley’s. Critics say they’re still worried about breaks spilling toxic metals and water.last_img read more

Its not right to stop Polavaram project Pawan Kalyan

first_imgAmaravati: The Jenasena party chief Pawan Kalyan has said that it is not right to stop the works of the Polavaram project. Speaking to media today, he said that the real benefits get damaged with cheap politics. He said the people would lose confidence in the government. He also suggested correcting the mistakes in the policies which are done by the earlier TDP government.last_img

Sri Lanka freezes 41 bank accounts of alleged terror suspects

first_imgSecurity forces patrol outside St. Anthony’s Church, one of the targets in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 27, 2019.Xinhua/A. Hapuarachchi/IANSWith Sri Lanka still reeling in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks, the government has frozen the bank accounts of 41 terror suspects. The suspects are mainly those with alleged links to the National Thowheed Jam’aath, which was behind the suicide blasts on April 21. The blasts had killed over 250 people and injured more than 500. The blasts targeted churches and high-end hotels across the country.PTI reports that the 41 bank accounts have a total of $759,000 while $79,333 was seized from the possession of the alleged terrorists during the time of their arrest.Ruwan Gunasekara, the Sri Lanka Police spokesman, was quoted as saying by Time Online that the 41 suspects are in the custody of the Terrorist Investigations department as well as the Criminal Investigations Department.The CID is also looking into the assets of the suspects which amount to USD 30 million.A state of emergency was imposed on the island nation of Sri Lanka since April 23 and the president, Maithripala Sirisena, extended by another month on Wednesday.The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attack but the country has not let the NTJ due to its alleged links to the ISIS. The attack’s mastermind, Zahran Hashim found dead in a hotel after the suicide blasts. Hashim was a key operative of the NTJ as well.Two days after the bombings, the ISIS, through its news agency al-Amaq, claimed responsibility for the attack saying that it was revenge for the mosque shooting which took place in New Zealand in March. They said that the bombings were a “bloody gift to you”.last_img read more