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first_imgOTTAWA – After a five-year battle with the Canada Revenue Agency, the parliamentary budget office is finally being promised the data needed to evaluate the amount of revenue Ottawa loses each year due to offshore tax havens and other tax avoidance schemes.The budget office has been demanding the data since December 2017 and has even threatened court action to get it. But, until now, the agency has refused to provide it, citing confidentiality of tax records.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that a deal has finally been struck between the agency and the budget officer.“An agreement has been concluded with the parliamentary budget officer and will provide this data in a way that will ensure the protection of personal information of Canadians by the end of the month,” he told the House of Commons.Jean-Denis Frechette, the parliamentary budget officer, had given the agency until Feb. 28 to turn over the data before pursuing other options.He welcomed the news of a deal Monday, but reserved the option of going to court if the data that’s handed over turns out to be less than advertised.“So, yes, that would be something that could be considered, depending on the outcome of Feb. 28,” Frechette said in an interview.He said he has no problem with Trudeau’s caveat that the handover of information will be done in a manner that will protect the personal information of taxpayers, noting that his office has always said it wants “anonymized” data only.If his office gets all the information it has been seeking, Frechette guessed it might take six to 10 months to crunch the numbers and come up with an estimated “tax gap” — the difference between the amount of tax revenue that should have been collected in a year and what was actually collected. But the time frame will depend on the quality of information the Canada Revenue Agency provides.“If they send me … paper version of all their files in boxes, of course it will take a long time,” he said. “It’s difficult for me to guess.”The Conference Board of Canada has estimated that tax evasion and tax avoidance cost the federal treasury anywhere between $8.9 billion and $47.8 billion annually.The Trudeau government has been under pressure to allow the budget officer to do a more precise, independent estimate of the tax gap, particularly in the wake of the so-called Paradise Papers — a second major leak detailing how hundreds of billions of dollars from around the world are sheltered in offshore tax havens, at the expense of numerous countries’ treasuries.A number of other countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, have long provided estimates of their tax gaps but Canada has refused to follow suit, until now.Until the size of the Canadian problem is known, Frechette said it’s impossible to know how to fix it.The Trudeau government has earmarked almost $1 billion over two years to crack down on offshore tax evasion.But while political attention has focused on the suspected billions lost to tax havens, Frechette said there are other factors at play, including Canadians involved in the underground economy who do not report their income and those who make honest errors in interpreting complicated tax rules.The Canada Revenue Agency has recently estimated that about $4.5 billion in GST revenue and about $8.8 billion in personal income tax revenue has gone uncollected annually. There has been no comprehensive estimate of the revenue lost from taxes on all sources, including corporations and trusts that are most likely to benefit from offshore tax shelters.last_img read more

New AG Lametti says he will resist any attempts to pressure him

first_imgOTTAWA — Attorney general David Lametti says he will resist any attempts to pressure him on the SNC-Lavalin criminal prosecution.Lametti is now in the hot seat in the controversial court case that has rocked the Liberal government, resulting in the resignations of two cabinet ministers, the prime minister’s most trusted adviser and the country’s top civil servant.The director of public prosecutions decided last fall not to negotiate a deferred-prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin, which is facing charges of bribery, and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould says she was inappropriately pressured by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior staff to overrule that decision.On his way into question period Thursday, where the SNC saga is dominating the House of Commons again, Lametti said when he puts on his attorney-general hat, nobody will direct him to do anything.He said he wouldn’t comment on the details of the case, but said he did receive routine briefings on the file when he became the minister.Sources tell both the Toronto Star newspaper and CBC News that Wilson-Raybould made ensuring Lametti didn’t offer a remediation agreement to SNC-Lavalin a condition to Trudeau before she stepped down from cabinet in February.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Province declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires continue to rage

first_imgThe state of emergency applies to the entire province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect the public, which remains the provincial government’s top priority.During the 2017 wildfire season, the Province was in a provincial state of emergency for 10 weeks, from July 7th to September 15th. The previous provincial state of emergency before the 2017 wildfire season was issued in August 2003.“Public safety is always our first priority and, as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary,” Farnworth said. “Taking this step will further ensure we can protect the public, property and infrastructure, and assist with firefighting efforts.”As of yesterday, there were 566 wildfires burning in B.C., with 29 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,050 people, in addition to 48 evacuation alerts impacting approximately 18,720 people.The Province says that the extended weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions, with a risk of thunderstorms in some parts of the province.Currently, more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 B.C. contract personnel, as well as 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made the declaration at 8:30 Wednesday morning based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management officials.The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, once issued, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. The federal government has responded to and accepted British Columbia’s request for assistance. In the coming days, federal personnel and resources will be arriving in B.C. to assist with wildfire efforts.“Given the unpredictable behaviour of wildfires and the number of significant wildfires in all areas of the province, we’re bringing in the additional resources we need to keep people and communities as safe as possible,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We’re asking British Columbians to do their part and follow burning bans and restrictions to prevent human-caused fires.”The state of emergency gives agencies, such as the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Emergency Management BC, the fire commissioner and the RCMP, the authority to take every action necessary to fight the wildfires and protect people and communities.last_img read more

IOC Lauds Moroccos Efforts to Develop National Sport

Rabat – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) lauded efforts made by Morocco to develop the national sport as well as the Kingdom’s interest in promoting young people’s status.“IOC officials have lauded efforts made by the Moroccan government to develop the national sport and the interest in promoting young people’s status,” said a statement by the Moroccan National Olympic Committee (CNOM) after a visit to Lausanne to explore and identify aspects likely to reinforce partnership with the IOC.During this visit (April 25-27), IOC officials voiced, to the Moroccan delegation which is composed of representatives of the youth and sports ministry, their full satisfaction with the special relations with the CNOM and expressed their appreciation of the understanding and complementarity between the Moroccan authorities and actors involved in national sports. They also offered their expertize for Morocco in relation with the different modes of sport management.With MAP read more

Barring of inspectors hampers Iran nuclear probe says top UN official

“I express my full confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of the inspectors concerned,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano said. “Both are very knowledgeable about the nuclear fuel cycle and have long experience in Iran.”Addressing the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna, he underscored that Iran has “not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the agency to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”That cooperation, Mr. Amano said, includes implementing Security Council resolutions and implementing the Additional Protocol, a set of safeguards aimed at boosting the agency’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran in June, citing the proliferation risks posed by its nuclear programme and its continued failure to cooperate with the IAEA.The Council has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iran since 2006, including a ban on all items which could contribute to the country’s enrichment of uranium, a necessary step for both peaceful and militaristic uses of nuclear energy, and arms sales and a freeze on assets.The IAEA’s latest report on Iran states that the country’s “repeated objection to the designation of inspectors with experience in Iran’s nuclear fuel cycle and facilities hampers the inspection process,” Mr. Amano said today, calling for the reversal of the 2007 decision to ban dozens of inspectors.That report, which says that Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities, is “a source of concern,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York today.Mr. Ban urged the country to cooperate to the “fullest extent possible” to resolve all outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme.Mr. Amano’s address to the Board of Governors also noted that Syria has not fully cooperated with the IAEA over its Dair Alzour site, which has been alleged by some to be the site of a nuclear reactor, and other locations.“It is critical that Syria positively engaged with the agency on all these issues without further delay,” he stressed.The IAEA head also said that there is still a lack of clarity among Member States in the Middle East on the possible establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the area. 13 September 2010The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog today voiced “great regret” over Iran’s decision to bar two key nuclear inspectors and said the move hinders the body’s investigation into the country’s nuclear programme. read more

As Utah seeks to host 2nd Olympics upgrades continue

PARK CITY, Utah — Utah’s Olympic Park has announced an $11 million expansion to renovate training facilities and strengthen the state’s bid to host a second Winter Olympics.The Salt Lake Tribune reports that officials said at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday that the project will add as many 10 new ski runs over the next five years, including some that will be world class level.The changes at the Park City site are part of a series of improvements in the works and planned at facilities used in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation CEO Colin Hilton said the improvements will also help recruit people who want to learn how to ski and snowboard.Salt Lake City is hoping to be selected to host the 2030 Winter Olympics.The Associated Press read more

12 million Calgary home listing looks to buck trend in luxury real

by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 19, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email $12 million Calgary home listing looks to buck trend in luxury real estate The Manor House in the Aspen Estates in Calgary is shown in this undated handout photo. Luxury home sales in Calgary have taken a hit this year but that isn’t preventing the listing of a $12.5 million home. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says it’s the highest asking price for a house in the city since 2009. The listing comes as the number of homes for sale at over a million dollars in Calgary continues to climb while sales drop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Sotheby’s CALGARY – Luxury home sales in Calgary have taken a hit this year thanks to slumping oil prices, but that isn’t preventing Sotheby’s from listing a $12.25 million home today.The asking price for the 10,000-square-foot home, owned by Calgary developer Jim Quinn, is the highest the city has seen since 2009, says Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.Listing agent Corinne Poffenroth says she’s confident the mansion can sell despite Calgary seeing a 36 per cent drop in sales over the past year for homes priced at more than a million dollars.“We’re not expecting a typical buyer,” Poffenroth said in an interview.“Purchasers at this (price) point are not as impacted by day-to-day shifts in oil and gas or the economy. They’ve typically made their millions, and usually we find these buyers are paying in cash.”The home in the Aspen Estates neighbourhood, developed by Quinn’s company, features a two-storey, seven-car garage, an enclosed galleria leading to a carriage house, two powder rooms, and a 1,200-square-foot patio.The listing arrives on the market as luxury home sales have dropped from three per cent of total sales last year to 2.8 per cent so far this year while also making up a greater portion of listings, says Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist at the Calgary Real Estate Board.“There’s just more choice in that segment of the market,” said Lurie. “It just points to the fact that there’s just generally less activity.”The sales-to-listing ratio for homes in the million-plus range — which is an indicator of the health of the market — is at 26 per cent now, compared with 40 per cent last year, Lurie added.Completed sales of luxury homes are also down. As of the end of July, 15 homes had sold for more than $2.5 million compared with 23 homes last year. Of those, only one was sold for more than $4 million compared with three last year.Jim Sparrow, a Calgary real estate agent with Royal LePage, says “it’s obviously a little darker on the horizon than it was a year ago.”“It’s really not surprising,” he added. “There are people that just think the market’s going to go lower, and there’s fewer people coming into Calgary.”Nonetheless, the abundance of listings isn’t resulting in lower prices being paid for luxury homes in Calgary, says Poffenroth.“We haven’t seen the drastic price reductions some of the buyers were expecting to see,” said Poffenroth.Home sales could pick up in the fall after the typically slow summer season, especially as buyers tire of waiting, she added.“Buyers are sick of waiting around for the price reductions that aren’t happening,” said Poffenroth.She said foreign buyers might also consider buying into the Calgary market with the drop in the Canadian dollar, adding she’s been getting more international inquiries. read more

See Inside Manufacturing open day at Schaeffler UK gives pupils a taste

More than 60 pupils from local secondary schools took part in a ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ open day event at Schaeffler UK’s automotive engine component manufacturing plant in Llanelli, South Wales.The event, organised as part of government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ pilot initiative to improve the image of UK manufacturing and attract the brightest and best talent into careers in manufacturing and engineering, was arranged in conjunction with the local college, Coleg Sir Gar, and was facilitated by Schaeffler apprentices and toolmakers.Over 60 pupils from local schools including Amman Valley, Bryngwyn, Coedcae, Glan y Mor, Queen Elizabeth High School and St John Lloyds took part in the open day, receiving presentations from Plant Director, Roger Evans, MBE and from Schaeffler UK’s Training Manager, Donna Williams-Bevan.Pupils and teachers were given guided tours of the factory by Schaeffler apprentices and staff in order to see what it would be like to work in a real manufacturing environment and then pupils were split into teams to compete in an ‘Engineering Challenge’, which involved having to correctly read an engineering drawing before devising a suitable method for assembling an idler hub bearing. The winner was the team that correctly assembled their idler hub in the fastest time.Roger Evans MBE, Plant Director at Schaeffler UK, commented, “The open day has been a tremendous success for everyone involved and we look forward to holding similar events in the future. Giving school children the opportunity to visit a real manufacturing plant, ask questions of apprentices working there and see what it’s really like working with the latest modern machinery in a dynamic, fast-moving manufacturing environment is essential if we are to attract more young people into a future career in this industry.”Also in attendance on the day were Alex Robinson, Automotive Components Section Manager at The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) and Paul Bullock, Industry Liaison Manager at the Welsh Automotive Forum.“SMMT, in accordance with the Automotive Council, has aimed to build on local activities already undertaken by individual companies to coordinate a nationwide ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme for young people considering their future career options,” said Alex. “I believe Schaeffler’s event is a credit to the initiative and has undoubtedly left a positive impression on many of the school children who visited.”Schaeffler UK’s Llanelli plant employs 250 people and is the lead Schaeffler production plant in Europe for mechanical tappets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Chinese prison hard labor includes MMO gold farming

first_imgVisit any prison and the residents will be doing some form of work to help pass the time and pay off their debt to society. But for the most part that work involves menial tasks that are both legal, and come under the heading of jobs no one else really wants to do.In China, that includes hard labor in the form of mining, making parts for cars, or carving utensils out of wood for hours every day. But there’s also another, much more modern way the prisoners are being used to earn money, and its not exactly legal.AdChoices广告Liu Dali, a 54-year-old former prison guard, and former inmate of a Jixi, Heilongjang province labor camp, has spoken of how he was forced to play online games. The staff running the prison would put the prisoners to work gold farming in a number of different MMOs, which would in turn be converted into real-world cash.Each prisoner would be given a quota they had to achieve every day in the game they were assigned. Not meeting the quota would mean physical harm with plastic pipes, so you can imagine they got good at farming very quickly.While Dali and his fellow inmates were struggling to stay awake and keep focused on the game, the prison guards were earning as much as $900 every day through trading of the virtual goods for money.Although game developers and publishers try to stop gold farming from happening by regularly banning accounts, for the most part its difficult to stop when it’s a real person playing the game. It also seems to be growing in popularity, and even though Dali was released in 2004, he still believes the practice goes on to this day making for some very well-off Chinese prison guards.Read more at the Guardian (image courtesy of Flickr)last_img read more

iPhone 5 uses Lightning docking cable new Earpod earbuds

first_imgOne of the most persistent rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 is that Apple has developed a brand new (and much smaller) dock connector for its flagship device. Now, sources are claiming that its internal codename — Lightning — will also be used outside Cupertino when Apple’s new hardware is revealed later today.Apart from being smaller, it seems certain that the Lightning dock cable will support higher data transfer speeds — especially since the recently-refreshed Macs feature USB 3.0 ports. And yes, that does mean that Apple’s desktops and notebooks will have both a Lightning and Thunderbolt port. That may lead to some initial confusion for less techy OS X users, whose eyes may be drawn to the lightning bolt icon above the Thunderbolt port when looking for a place to plug in their iPhone 5.Two adapters will also be offered so that you can still use your existing iOS accessories. The first can be clipped on, while the second features a short cable — so that it can be used on accessories with docking areas that are too snug to work properly with the clip or with snug-fitting cases.And one other accessory is finally getting a much-needed refresh, it seems. Apple has totally reworked the iconic iPod earbuds and has redubbed version 2.0 “Earpods.” So far, it’s assumed that they’ll offer improved audio quality and will be a lot less likely to fall out of your ears than the old-style ‘buds.The iPhone 5 may be the star of the show, but there are rumblings this morning that the iPod touch $179.00 at Groupon will get a modest bump. The $199 entry-level unit will move up to 16GB, and a nebulous “Loop” accessory will be offered in black, red, pink, yellow, and blue. It’ll be joined by a pair of new iPod shuffle colors: red and purple will be added to the existing rainbow.More at 9to5 Maclast_img read more

Munster hold off Glasgow challenge to stay top of the Pro12

first_imgMunster hold off Glasgow challenge to stay top of the Pro12 Munster have a one point advantage on the Ospreys with more Pro12 action coming tomorrow By Sinead Farrell Short URL Dec 2nd 2016, 9:54 PM Glasgow’s Peter Horne being stretchered from the pitch in Scotstoun Stadium. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOKeatley resumed his good work from the opening period, finding touch inside the opposition 22 with a beautifully aimed kick after Munster overturned possession in the ruck. Price unleashed a box kick and some misplaced passing along the Munster line resulted in them conceding a scrum from a knock-on.A clever kick from Conway on 56 minutes forced Ali Price to bring the ball out of play but Munster spent the next 10 minutes resisting the Glasgow attack. And an Ali Price try was the outcome of the persistent pressure. Price gather possession from a line-out and danced through the Munster defence to slide in for the score.Rory Clegg added the conversion to leave them just three points adrift heading into the final 20 minutes.Duncan Williams was close to replying with a try of his own moments later to reignite the Munster challenge. After blocking down a kick from Clegg, Williams darted in to ground the ball but Peter Murchie marginally beat him in the race. Source: Glasgow Warriors 🏉/TwitterMunster managed to get more of a share of the possession but they leaked a second try on 69 minutes when Tommy Seymour released Mark Bennett on the wing and Bennett’s pace brought him the rest of the way to touch down and edge Glasgow two in front.Clegg failed in the conversion, thus handing Munster a final lifeline heading into the final minutes. Immediately, Munster went about forcing play back into Glasgow’s half.Fittingly, it was Keatley who delivered when the need was utmost, hitting a drop goal with four minutes left on the clock to regain the advantage. Glasgow scorers:Tries: Ali Price, Mark BennettConversions: Rory Clegg [1 from 2]Penalties: Peter Horne [1 from 2]Munster scorers:Tries: Andrew ConwayConversions: Ian Keatley [1 from 1]Penalties: Ian Keatley [2 from 3]Drop Goal: Ian Keatley 88 Comments GLASGOW: Peter Murchie, Rory Hughes (Lee Jones ’43); Mark Bennett, Nick Grigg, Tommy Seymour, Peter Horne (Rory Clegg ’22); Ali Price, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fuscro (Rob Alpine ’79), Josh Strauss (Langilangi Haupeaukui ’57), Tim Swinson, Rob Harley, Sila Puafisi (D’Arcy Rae ’60, Fraser Brown (Corey Flynn ’50), Gordon Reid (Alex Allan ’50). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Munster survived a close scare against Glasgow Warriors. Follow us: the42.iecenter_img Glasgow Warriors – 15Munster – 16IAN KEATLEY DELIVERED for Munster to ensure his side would retain their spot at the top of the Pro12 table after a tense encounter with Glasgow Warriors.After falling two points behind, the out-half capped off a superb individual performance by hitting a drop goal at the death to nudge Munster back in front and seal the win in Scotstoun Stadium.Munster led 13-3 at the break but leaked crucial scores after the restart, with Ali Price and Mark Bennett both crossing the whitewash to give Glasgow the advantage.The southern province spent the early stages of the first half in Glasgow territory. After surviving an early maul they launched some good forward play but the ball slipped under a red body and Glasgow cleared their lines.Within the first 10 minutes, the visitors were on the board through an Ian Keatley penalty. From the restart, Munster went on the offensive again. A boxkick floated dangerously into Glasgow’s try area and after a deflection from Darren Sweetnam, Andrew Conway was on hand to collect the ball and touch down for a try.Glasgow responded and earned a penalty shortly after but the position didn’t suit the left-footed Peter Horne and the resultant kick trailed wide. Horne redeemed himself with a second penalty to keep them to within seven points of Munster. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOGlasgow scrum-half Ali Price attempted to capitalise on that momentum with a kick and chase but he ran into a Munster wall and was wrapped up before they could break through. Nick Grigg spotted a pocket in the Munster cover moments later and easily bypassed the outstretched arms of Duncan Williams to gain some significant yards.After some good phase play, Glasgow were awarded another penalty. Horne suffered a bad leg injury during the move and was stretchered off.Munster regained their footing in the concluding stages with referee Nigel Owens awarding a penalty for a challenge on Ian Keatley. The out-half’s effort however dragged wide and brought his flawless conversion record up to that point, to an end. He was afforded another opportunity from the tee after Glasgow were found guilty of crossing and his shot put Munster 13-3 up at the break.Glasgow were dealt another blow early in the second half when their second player of the night was stretchered off. Lee Jones came in to replace Rory Hughes after sustaining an injury in the ruck. Friday 2 Dec 2016, 9:54 PM Image: Craig Watson/INPHO https://the42.ie/3117147 28,188 Views Share43 Tweet Email Conte and Guardiola face off for the first time and the Premier League talking pointsFrom Junior E to All-Ireland senior club finalists: The meteoric rise of Foxrock-Cabinteely MUNSTER: Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell,  Ronan O’Mahony, Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams (Te Aihe Toma ’64), Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell (Thomas Tu Toit [temporary substitution] ’33); Peter O’Mahony (captain) [Robin Copeland ’56], Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn (Donnacha Ryan half-time); John Ryan (Stephen Archer ’60), Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne.Yellow cards: Dave Kilcoyne (’27)Referee: Nigel OwensAttendance: 7,351The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Munster survived a close scare against Glasgow Warriors. Image: Craig Watson/INPHOlast_img read more

WWE continues partnership again with Susan G Komen

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Triple H and Stephanie on the countdown to FOX debut, New Day commentary from Tuesday Now Playing Up Next Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE goes pink with Susan G. KomenSTAMFORD, Conn. — WWE and Susan G. Komen will continue their partnership with WWE Superstars and Divas wearing co-branded Susan G. Komen and WWE apparel, and WWE platforms “going pink” in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As part of this year’s “Rise Above Cancer” campaign, WWE will donate to Komen 20 percent of the retail sales price of all co-branded merchandise sold on WWEShop.com and at WWE Live Events. Fans can also donate $1, $5 or $10 to Komen upon checkout from WWEShop.com.To support Komen’s mission, WWE will utilize all its assets including WWE Network and TV broadcasts, Live Events, PSAs, digital and social media to generate awareness and encourage fans to get involved. Throughout the month, the WWE announcer table, entrance ramp and ring skirts will be co-branded and the middle ring rope turned pink to promote the fight against breast cancer. Fans will also have the option to turn their Facebook and Twitter profiles pink to show their support. In addition, a co-branded WWE and Susan G. Komen flag will be flown outside WWE’s corporate headquarters.“We are so grateful for our partnership with WWE,” said Christina Alford, SVP of development for Susan G. Komen. “Their ‘Rise Above Cancer’ campaign reaches women in communities across the country, bringing awareness and helping us fund lifesaving research, and support to families living with breast cancer who need our help today.”“WWE is exceptionally proud to continue our partnership with Susan G. Komen and its support of breast cancer research and awareness,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. “WWE remains deeply committed to this movement, as we utilize our global platforms to raise awareness and funds for a disease that impacts so many people around the world.”Susan G. Komen and WWE have a history of success in raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The partnership launched in 2012 and has generated more than $1.5 million for Komen to date. This past May, Komen and WWE teamed up again to support the Washington, D.C., Race for the Cure and National Women’s Health Week.Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research, and funds community outreach programs, public advocacy and global programs. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States. There are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. For more information about Susan G. Komen, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org/wwe or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRoman Reigns is in RemissionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 63.28%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterest WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

USACE Implements Queue Management to Keep Harvest Moving

first_imgLast week, ASA and the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) contacted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to express our concerns with their decision to close a portion of the Mississippi River at mile marker 632-635 for potentially up to 14 days for mat-laying work on the levee bank.  ASA stressed that any reduction of service on the inland waterway system during this record harvest season will impose significant hardship on U.S. agriculture with the soybean industry being particularly vulnerable given that 80 percent of U.S. soybean exports occur between September and February. We also pointed out the compounding effect given the rail service issues experienced along the northern tier that have resulted in increased demand for barge service and other alternative modes of transportation. ASA and STC urged the USACE to consider postponing this maintenance work to a later date that will have less impact on the ability of the soybean industry to meet our customer needs.Major General John Peabody, USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations responded to our concern and provided a detailed explanation of the reasons for the Corps decision, the actions they were taking to reduce the impacts on barge traffic, and their steps to review the decision and communicate with shippers and stakeholders to understand the impacts being experienced.MG Peabody indicated that the area in question is a critical area demanding repairs and upgrades, including to some damages from the 2011 flood, and any decisions to delay or defer this work would result in additional cost to the government and risk experiencing greater disruptions in the future if not addressed now.  The USACE is working with the US Coast Guard to determine the ability for some traffic to safely pass while the work is going on, and “will continue to make every effort to consider industry concerns, and minimize impacts to the extent possible.” The USACE is working most directly and communicating primarily through the River Industry Executive Task Force, which is comprised of shippers and stakeholders.Over the weekend, the USACE implemented a “queue management” system to clear the queue of waiting barges and tows every evening before resuming work in the morning. Major General Mike Wehr, Commanding General, USACE Mississippi Valley Division, conducted a site visit on Sunday and the USACE is providing daily Situation Reports to shippers and stakeholders, including ASA. The most recent Situation Report issued in the early hours Monday indicated that today’s traffic is clearing the queue sooner than the last two nights. There were 8 Tows halted above and 3 Tows halted below the work site earlier this week. The USACE is collaborating on how to best track the arrival and departure of traffic in the queue to understand the length of delays experienced. The current work site is expected to be finished by Nov. 17and will move to locations that should have less impact on navigation.ASA will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with the USACE. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tom Hance in the ASA Washington office at 202-969-7040 or thance@gordley.com.last_img read more

Diversity recruitment falters as APD struggles drawing applicants

first_imgThe Police Department has struggled in recent years to hit its target goal of graduating 28 officers per academy. The incoming class has just 18 recruits. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage.As city leaders work to increase the size of the Anchorage Police Department, they’re also beginning efforts to boost diversity within the force. But it’s off to a lukewarm start, bumping up to a familiar problem: Enticing enough new recruits to fill an Academy.Download AudioLast Thursday, staff from the Anchorage Police Department Employee’s Association tried something new.APDEA set up an hour on Facebook where they had an officer rapidly responding to questions about recruiting.“We want to cast a broad net,” explained Dani Myren, communications manager for the union. The Facebook event was an experiment aiming to reach more would-be applicants.“It’s kind of similar to a radio call-in show, except that it’s using social media as a platform,” Myren added.But the event drew questions 12 questions from just four men. It highlights a problem the Department faces with recruitment: Even when city leaders decide to pay for the police academies that replenish and grow the force, they can’t always get enough people through the process.There are 18 individuals slated to enter the Academy starting at the end of November. That’s well below the Department’s goal of graduating 28 per Academy. Over the last three years, different academies have graduated between 16 and 23 officers, according to numbers provided by APD.Sergeant Kristie Kunder supervises APD’s Recruiting Unit, which uses a multi-pronged strategy for advertising open academies: Radio and bus ads, mailing inserts, booths at large public events both in and out of state. The goal is getting as many people to apply as possible.But they don’t just want quantity, they need quality.“We just don’t have enough qualified applicants,” Kunder said. “The standards are pretty high for an officer–as they should be.”It’s also a long: Four to six months.“It is a tough process,” Kunder explained. “Only two to three percent of people actually make it all the way through the process to be hired.”That is a lower success rate than admissions to Harvard. And it’s part of the reason APD looks out of state so often to find candidates, in California where they target Marines transitioning out of the military, or New York state where the wait list for the NYPD’s academy is two years, according to Kunder.That importation strategy doesn’t totally fit with a growing public appetite for a more diverse police force.During a recent Public Safety Committee, Assembly Chair Dick Traini pressed the chief of police over the makeup of the class set to start in APD’s next academy.“We’ve got a lot of islanders here,” Traini said, referring to residents from across the Pacific Islands. “I want to make sure we reach out to the islanders.”Traini is hardly alone.As part of it’s emphasis on a larger staff capable of a more coherent community policing model, the transition team examining public safety for the Berkowitz Administration identified diversity within APD’s recruitment phase as a priority during the next three years. As the Administration adds extra academies to rebuild the size of the police force, those diversity efforts are only just beginning.“We are aware that the community’s interest in having a police force that looks and feels like the diversity of Anchorage is there,” said George Martinez, Special Assistant to the mayor handling, among many things, diversity.There’s no centralized authority over recruiting efforts–neither the Administration or APD is in charge of changing the existing strategy.Martinez said that right now there is an emphasis on building partnerships and identifying barriers.Members of the administration are informally asking community councils to push young people towards applying to APD, and the Administration is using its own social media accounts to cross-promote open police academies. Martinez said the Mayor’s Office has a keen interest in collaborating with APD, not foisting an internal agenda on the Department, which had a troubled relationship with the last Administration.They are trying to expand who in Anchorage–and from which parts of town–is asked to apply to become an officer.“Three out of the top five high schools for diversity (in the country) are here in the city of Anchorage,” Martinez said, “and I think we all get a kind of get a sense of what a diverse city looks like, and of what a diverse police force could look like.”APD is now accepting applications through February for the Police Academy beginning in May.last_img read more

Duke Nukem Forever Delayed Again

first_imgAre you sitting down? We’ve got some pretty shocking news. You may want to strap yourself in and put your helmet on for this one. Duke Nukem Forever is getting delayed. The game’s developers have pushed back the release of the title yet again. On the upside, it’s only a little over a month this time–the previously announced May 3rd date has been pushed back to June 14th in North America.The title’s publisher seemingly has a sense of humor about the whole thing (and really, after a decade and a half, how could you not?). Said 2K president, Christoph Hartmann, “We thank Duke’s fans for their continued patience–I promise this won’t take another 15 year.”It seems a pretty safe bet that there’s some validity to that statement. I mean, at least this time out we’ve actually had the opportunity to play the game (and for the record, it was pretty damn fun). Developer Gearbox was also pretty jokey about the whole thing. Video of that after the jump.last_img read more

Angry Birds 16 announced but Rovio is calling it Angry Birds 2

first_imgNobody, not even developer Rovio could have foreseen the popularity of the Angry Birds games back in 2009 when the first one released. But 6 years later we’ve seen billions of downloads, spin-offs, merchandise, TV series, a movie (next year), Lego sets, and now finally a sequel.It actually seems a little ridiculous hearing that Rovio is releasing Angry Birds 2. To date, there have been 15 Angry Birds games released, none of which have been followed by the number 2 I’ll admit. The full list is as follows:Angry BirdsAngry Birds SeasonsAngry Birds RioAngry Birds FriendsAngry Birds SpaceAngry Birds Star WarsAngry Birds Star Wars IIAngry Birds Go!Angry Birds EpicAngry Birds TransformersAngry Birds Fight!Angry Birds Under PigstructionBad PiggiesAngry Birds StellaAngry Birds Stella POP!So Angry Birds 2 (16) is coming, and Rovio is holding a special event on July 28 in order to make sure we know exactly what to expect. Two days later on July 30, we’ll be able to download the game and start playing. Until then, we don’t know anything about the game. All Rovio is saying is that it’s “bigger, badder and birdier” than the original Angry Birds, and I assume the other 14 games.Will Angry Birds 2 be as popular as the first game? I think the mobile gaming community has moved on to a large extent, but that won’t stop tens of millions of plays. I just think it will be harder this time around for Rovio to reach the multi-billions unless they’ve managed to tweak Angry Birds 2 to be novel once again.last_img read more

Moths found to produce their own antioxidants from carbohydrates

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University has discovered how a species of moth is able to repair oxidative muscle damage without consuming antioxidants. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their study of the hawkmoth and how they discovered an adaption that allowed it to remain free of muscle damage. Carlos Martinez del Rio and Michael Dillon with the University of Wyoming offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and give some historical background to explain why some pollinators needed to develop an alternative means for protecting their muscles. Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Moths found to produce their own antioxidants from carbohydrates (2017, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-moths-antioxidants-carbohydrates.html Explore further Manduca sexta hawkmoth approaching Datura wrightii flower with proboscis extended to imbibe nectar. Credit: Bruce D. Taubertcenter_img Tricking moths into revealing the computational underpinnings of sensory integration As Martinez del Rio and Dillon note, when muscles expend energy they create byproducts called reactive oxygen species, which are damaging to cells. Most animals prevent damage to muscle cells by consuming foods with antioxidants in them. But some creatures with muscles do not consume antioxidants and still manage to avoid muscle damage—hawkmoths, for example, live on a diet of nectar and nothing else, which means they never consume any antioxidants. Furthermore, they also use their muscles a lot—they furiously beat their wings to allow them to hover near a nectar producing plant while they take a quick sip. Until now, it was not known how the moths pulled off this trick.To find out the researchers obtained a collection of hawkmoths and began feeding them nectar while also measuring them for muscle damage after they took short flights. They then compared those results with measurements taken from moths that were not given nectar—the control group. The researchers report that the moths that were fed nectar flew farther than the control group, yet had less oxidative damage—remarkably, they also had higher levels of antioxidants in their systems. The researchers continued their experiments by adding different carbon isotopes to the nectar they fed to the moths to allow for tracking how the nectar was metabolized. They found that the moths used what is known as the pentose phosphate pathway (a metabolic pathway that generates NADPH, pentose and ribose) to convert some of the carbohydrates (glucose) in their diet into antioxidants—they did not need to ingest antioxidants because they were generating their own. Martinez del Rio and Dillon suggest that other insects and mammals likely use the same process and some may rely on a combination of ingestion and conversion to meet their antioxidant needs. More information: E. Levin et al. Hawkmoths use nectar sugar to reduce oxidative damage from flight, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aah4634AbstractNectar-feeding animals have among the highest recorded metabolic rates. High aerobic performance is linked to oxidative damage in muscles. Antioxidants in nectar are scarce to nonexistent. We propose that nectarivores use nectar sugar to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the muscular demands of flight. We found that sugar-fed moths had lower oxidative damage to their flight muscle membranes than unfed moths. Using respirometry coupled with δ13C analyses, we showed that moths generate antioxidant potential by shunting nectar glucose to the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), resulting in a reduction in oxidative damage to the flight muscles. We suggest that nectar feeding, the use of PPP, and intense exercise are causally linked and have allowed the evolution of powerful fliers that feed on nectar. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Three sentenced to life imprisonment for murder

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case on Friday. The main accused in the case is undergoing trial in a separate court as he was minor at the time of the murder. After he turned 18, the trial was shifted from the juvenile court.According to police, on July 22, 2016, officers of New Town police station found a body of a man near Tin Kanya Mor, on the outskirts of Kadampukur village. The face of the body was smashed to hide the identity of the deceased. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring preliminary investigation, ligature marks was seen around his neck. Later, a suo moto case was initiated against unknown persons on charges of murder. The person was later identified as Nepal Ghosh (40) of Baranagar in North 24-Parganas. During the probe, cops came to know that a youth identified as Jaydeb Das, who was then 17-year-old, had borrowed Rs 10,000 from Ghosh. After the stipulated time to repay the loan was over, Ghosh asked for his money but Das did not return the money and kept on promising that he would repay it soon. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater Das, along with his three friends, hatched a plan to murder Ghosh. They planned to kill and rob him so that Das could be exempted from the loan. As per the plan on July 22 of 2016, Das called up Ghosh and asked him to meet at Dunlop. He said he would repay the loan. When Ghosh arrived, Das told him that he would give him the money after he gets it from another person. He called up one of his friend identified as Surajit Karmakar. They boarded Karmakar’s SUV, where two more youths identified as Tridip Biswas and Raju Sil were already present. Later, they drove to New Town and strangled Ghosh inside the car. After Ghosh died, they smashed his face and placed the body beside the road. During investigation, all four of them were arrested. On Friday, 1st Additional District Judge (ADJ), in Barasat Srimayi Kundu sentenced Karmakar, Biswas and Sil to life imprisonment. Trial against Das is still going on at the 2nd ADJ Barasat Court.last_img read more

JFrog acquires DevOps startup Shippable for an endtoend DevOps solution

first_imgJFrog, a leading company in DevOps has acquired Shippable– a cloud-based startup that focuses on Kubernetes-ready continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), helping developers to ship code and deliver app and microservices updates. This strategic acquisition- JFrog’s fifth-  aims at providing customers with a “complete, integrated DevOps pipeline solution”.The collaboration between JFrog and Shippable will allow users to automate their development processes right from the time the code is committed all the way to production. Shlomi Ben Haim, Co-founder, and CEO of JFrog, says in the official press release that “The modern DevOps landscape requires ever-faster delivery with more and more automation. Shippable’s outstanding hybrid and cloud native technologies will incorporate yet another best-of-breed solution into the JFrog platform. Coupled with our commitments to universality and freedom of choice, developers can expect a superior out-of-the-box DevOps platform with the greatest flexibility to meet their DevOps needs.”According to an email sent to Packt Hub, JFrog, will now allow developers to have a completely integrated DevOps pipeline with JFrog, while still retaining the full freedom to choose their own solutions in JFrog’s universal DevOps model. The plan is to release the first technology integrations with JFrog Enterprise+ this coming summer, and a full integration by Q3 of this year. According to JFrog, this acquisition will result in a more automated, complete, open and secure DevOps solution in the market. This is just another victory for JFrog. JFrog has previously announced a $165 million Series D funding. Last year, the company also launched JFrog Xray, a binary analysis tool that performs recursive security scans and dependency analyses on all standard software package and container types. Avi Cavale, founder and CEO of Shippable, says that Shippable users and customers will now “have access to leading security, binary management and other high-powered enterprise tools in the end-to-end JFrog Platform”, and that the combined forces of JFrog and Shippable can make full DevOps automation from code to production a reality. Read Next Spotify acquires Gimlet and Anchor to expand its podcast servicesMicrosoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic, a popular 3D editing and authoring companylast_img read more

Three ships to sail in POs World Journeys Program 2016

first_imgThree of P and O’s ships will sail in its World Journeys Program in 2016 – Aurora, Arcadia and Oriana, cruising more than 90,000 nautical miles and visiting 20 countries.From Southampton on the 11 January 2016 Arcadia will sail around the world on a 115 night journey, calling at 32 destinations from Salavador and Santiago to San Francisco to St Maarten.Arcadia will make an overnight visit to Sydney and will also call at Brisbane and Cairns during the Australian leg of the cruise in early March 2016.Aurora will depart Southampton on 2 January 2016 and will depart on a 114 day cruise including the Panama Canal, cruising  around Cape Horn and Chile’s glaciers.The cruise line will also offer a 50 day cruise around America and the Caribbean aboard the Oriana which includes visits to Puerto Limon, Madeira, New Orleans and Miami.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more