Genie Bouchard gives herself pass mark after comeback win

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments LATEST STORIES “It was the first match of the year, so you never know what to expect from your level, so I’m happy I managed to handle my nerves.“I liked that when things didn’t go so well I managed to turn it around relatively quickly, maybe a game or two went by, but then that was it and I managed to get back to playing my game.”Puig was untroubled in her 6-3, 6-2 win over American wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands while 2017 champion Lauren Davis advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena.Davis will face the winner of the blockbuster clash on day two between former world number ones Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Former world number five Bouchard has earmarked 2019 as her comeback year after sliding down rankings following a standout 2014 when she made the Wimbledon final and was a semi-finalist in Melbourne and Paris.Now ranked 87th, the Canadian proved too strong for the 88th ranked Madison Brengle, taking just over an hour to beat the American 6-3, 6-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe 24-year-old mixed glimpses of her previous best with some unforced errors but overall gave herself a pass mark.“I think it was OK,” Bouchard said.center_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard launched her comeback year in winning form as she cruised through her first round match in the WTA Auckland Classic on Monday.Olympic champion Monica Puig also sailed through to the second round on a day in which none of the seeded players appeared.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ INQUIRER Sports Top 7 Stories of the Year: ‘Golden Girls’ bring pride to Philippineslast_img read more

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis sail into Madrid Masters semis

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis continued their good run of form as they stormed into the semifinals of the Madrid Masters women’s doubles event in Madrid on Thursday.The top-seeded duo recorded a 6-3, 6-2 win over Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the quarterfinal contest that lasted one hour and two minutes.Sania and Hingis, who won Australian Open title earlier this year, are eyeing their 14th title together. The Indo-Swiss pair have stumbled in their recent tournaments, going down in the Stuttgart Open final, while making a second-round exits at the Miami Masters as well as at the Indian Wells.last_img read more


first_imgSeveral local groups and businesses are teaming up to help the Food Bank of Siouxland in the annual “Scouting for Food” campaign.Dan Locke of the local Boy Scouts of America says scouts will be going door to door this Saturday to collect food from area residents:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….in our community. :15Christy Chappelear of Tyson foods then announced a two pronged donation from her company to the Food Bank:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..of Siouxland. :23Scouts will also be at area Hy-Vee stores this Saturday to collect food donations from shoppers.Food Bank Director Linda Scheid says the last two months have seen a record distribution of food from her agency:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….many people in need. ;19The Food Bank requests that donors select unexpired food, and no product in glass containers, as they are easily broken.Most commonly needed items include canned fruits, canned meats, cereal, pasta and boxed meals.last_img read more

Floating Production Newbuild Market Steady

first_imgPress Release, September 07, 2014; Image: Petrobras zoom Floating production systems remained in demand this year as the offshore gas and oil industry have spent over USD 16 billion on newbuild contracts, Energy Maritime Associates (EMA) announces in its analysis of the floating production sector published in 2014 Q3 Report for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, FLNGs, FSRUs, and FSOs.According to EMA, the inventory of Floating Production Systems Reaches 264 units – and FPSOs account for 60% of the existing systems. Another 99 floating storage/offloading units (without production capability) are in service.Thirteen production floaters and two FSOs have been ordered so far this year, EMA says. They include three large converted FPSO units for Angola, three newbuilt Production Barges for Indonesia, three floating regas units, two units for the U.K. North Sea, and two FLNG units. The pace of orders has recovered sharply from last year and is 25% above the 16-year average.Two large LNG projects encountered setbacks recently, with Australia’s Bonaparte development deciding not to proceed with an FLNG FEED and Woodside terminating its MOU to invest in Israel’s Leviathan project. EMA claims that the issue for these mega-FLNG projects seems to be an insufficient risk/reward balance in the eyes of the oil companies.However, soon after these announcements, Golar LNG confirmed that it was placing a USD 735 million order with Keppel shipyard to convert a 1975-built LNG carrier into a 2.2-2.8 mtpa FLNG unit on speculation.According to EMA,  Petrobras, in order to develop the additional resources in the Transfer of Rights Area offshore Brazil, has advised it will require at least 10 more floating production units. Two units are planned to commence operations in 2021, with an additional eight units to be installed between 2022-2025. This is on top of the 14 units still to be contracted as per their 2014-2018 business plan.There are currently 65 production floaters, 8 FSOs and 4 MOPUs on order, EMA reports. This is a 5% increase from last quarter and reverses the steady decline that began in Q1 2013. This increase in the order backlog is due not only to new awards, but also to delays in delivery. Three projects that had been scheduled to start production in the UK or Norwegian North Sea this year have required additional time primarily during commissioning. The 8 serial FPSOs ordered by Petrobras in 2010 are now scheduled to be delivered in 2016-2018.EMA’s Managing Director David Boggs said: “The fundamentals are solid for the floating production market with high, stable commodity prices, declining drilling rates, and open financial markets. The question is whether the industry can meet this demand and deliver these increasingly complex projects, on-time and on-budget. To overcome supply-chain constraints, companies must continue to adapt and be creative, such as by building mega hull blocks in China to be assembled in Brazil, or converting an old LNG carrier into an FLNG unit.”last_img read more

Scheer promises to scrap cleanfuel standard

first_img The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he would scrap new standards that will force cleaner-burning fuels in addition to eliminating the federal price on carbon if his Conservatives win the fall federal election.In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning, Scheer surmises the new standards, due to take effect on liquid fuels like gasoline in 2022, could increase the cost of gas by at least four cents a litre in addition to the national price on carbon.Scheer’s letter brands these new fuel standards as a “secret fuel tax” and calls for Trudeau to scrap them.The clean-fuel standard is meant to reduce overall greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 million tonnes a year, a portion of the nearly 200 million tonnes Canada has to cut to meet its commitment under the Paris climate-change accord.Scheer says he would get rid of the fuel standard as well as the carbon tax if he is elected prime minister.The fuel standard was first promised three years ago but final a draft of the regulations isn’t expected until 2020.last_img read more

Supporters hope for miracle after cash crunch sickness force Saganash out of

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsHobbled by pneumonia and with his campaign out of cash, NDP MP Romeo Saganash has decided to pull out of the NDP leadership race, it emerged Thursday, even as some of his most ardent supporters scrambled to find an 11th hour solution to keep the Cree politician in the running.Saganash, the first Indigenous person to ever run for the leadership of a federal party in Canada, is expected to announce his decision Friday to drop out of the race in his riding at the Hotel Continental in Val d’Or, Que., at about 11 p.m. local time.Saganash’s decision to call it quits came after his campaign ran out of money and while he was battling pneumonia and dealing with sickness in his family, supporters said. Many of his supporters reacted with shock and sadness at the news.Still, some held out hope late Thursday a last ditch effort could convince him to change his mind.When reached Thursday evening after the news broke on Twitter, Saganash said, “don’t believe what Twitter says” before hanging up.A source close to Saganash, however, confirmed he planned to pull the plug on his leadership bid.Saganash told one of his supporters over Facebook earlier in the day that he was quitting the race because his campaign ran out of cash.“Announcing tomorrow that I have to withdraw,” wrote Saganash to Calgary artist Lee Deranger. “No…funds.”Deranger responded writing, “Don’t..I think I can help, let’s go public with a plea for help.”Saganash wrote back saying not to bother.“No, don’t waste the money!”Saganash’s campaign released a statement announcing his withdrawal. It was supposed to be embargoed until 11 a.m. Friday, but journalists reported its contents as news spread that the MP for Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou would be pulling out of the race.“It is impossible to run a winning campaign as the favourite second choice. People send you good wishes, but they don’t send their money”, said Saganash, in the statement.Saganash’s campaign never really managed to gain traction in a race overshadowed by candidates like Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair and party strategist Brian Topp.Deranger, who hosted Saganash during a campaign stop in Calgary this past December, said the campaign was being run on a “shoe-string.” Deranger said that Saganash was avoiding hotels and staying in people’s homes during his campaign stops.“He is not doing the fancy campaign trail,” said Deranger. “He is staying at people’s homes, we are feeding him.”Deranger, who compared him to South African leader Nelson Mandela, said she gave Saganash a banana and an orange for breakfast before he left her home at dawn with her husband for the drive to the airport.Deranger said Saganash was hit by pneumonia which forced him to cancel and event in Sudbury, Ont., on Sunday. Deranger said Saganash was home that day being cared for by his family.Daniel Wilson, Saganash’s campaign manager, confirmed Saganash was battling pneumonia.“He does have pneumonia,” said Wilson, in an email. “That is a small matter that he is overcoming.”On Thursday night, Deranger was busy connecting with others in the Saganash camp to find a way to keep the campaign going. She planned to auction off one of her paintings over the weekend and was using social media to stir up support.“If 1,000 people across this country each put in $5 you have $5,000,” said Deranger.Wilson said Saganash would not be cancelling his planned announcement Friday.Saganash supporter Jude MacDonald said the news was hitting his circle of backers hard.“There are people deeply affected by this,” said MacDonald.“I cannot believe this. I am in shock,” wrote one supporter on a closed Facebook group for the campaign’s volunteers. “Just got the flyers and was sending them out.”MacDonald said Saganash’s campaign was hurt by the media’s focus on a horse race, which ignored the ideas of a man with experience ranging from the local to the international sphere. MacDonald said Saganash also faced a rigid leadership race structure.“If we have a party that is truly sympathetic with Aboriginal leadership, maybe we should have debates more in keeping with Aboriginal tradition like having a debate in a circle,” she said. “That kind of inclusiveness is more than just a gesture.”The embargoed statement said that Saganash’s campaign had triggered a “tremendous” reaction among Aboriginal people,” but the work needed to reach their communities required an infrastructure that couldn’t be built in a single campaign.“There remains much work to do to bring this community to the party, but a strong foundation of hope and engagement now exists,” said Saganash, in the statement.Saganash is not expected to endorse any other candidates Friday.“My mother, sisters and brothers and my children all need more attention than I have been able to provide,” said Saganash. “I am unable to devote enough time to them, my constituents or my party and run the kind of campaign that I would like to run.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Libya UN human rights panel begins investigation into abuses

The team, led by Professor Cherif Bassiouni, an Egyptian jurist and war crimes expert who has previously served as a UN rapporteur, was dispatched by the Human Rights Council and will present its findings to the Geneva-based body in June.The other panel members are Asma Khader, a Jordanian-Palestinian lawyer who serves on the executive committee of the International Commission of Jurists, and Canada’s Philippe Kirsch, who was the first president of the International Criminal Court.The inquiry was ordered after reports emerged of serious human rights abuses against civilians in Libya, where initially peaceful protests have transformed into open conflict between opposition groups and the Qadhafi regime.The General Assembly suspended Libya’s membership in the Human Rights Council last month in the wake of the violent repression of the protesters, and the Security Council later authorized Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.UN agencies have been sending relief supplies to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) or besieged civilians in cities across the country, although deadly fighting continues between pro- and anti-Qadhafi forces, including in the city of Misrata.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that it has now established an international aid presence in the capital, Tripoli, with humanitarian workers also deployed to operational bases in Benghazi and to the neighbouring countries of Tunisia, Egypt, Chad and Niger.The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have all been able to deliver what OCHA described as “significant shipments” of aid.Medical supplies and staff are among the biggest priorities now, while stocks of food and water are sufficient for only one to two months in some areas.An estimated 615,000 people, including large numbers of third-country nationals, have fled Libya so far, with more than 10,000 evacuated from Misrata.Aid agencies are seeking about $310 million to fund their relief operations, and so far have received $129 million. 27 April 2011A three-member international panel arrived in Libya today to begin a United Nations-ordered inquiry into the violence and human rights abuses in the North African country since forces supporting Muammar al-Qadhafi began a crackdown against protesters earlier this year. read more

Sri Lanka raises concerns with Italy on visa application process

The Minister observed that they collect this contribution together with the employer’s contribution only upon their reaching 68 years of age. He stressed that in such circumstances many of the workers do not get to enjoy this benefit as most of them work only for about 4-5 years in the country.Minister Marapana requested the Italian authorities to consider adjusting this scheme so that a person would receive his contribution immediately upon relinquishing his employment in Italy, irrespective of the number of years worked and without having to wait until he has reached 68 years. He requested the Italian authorities to consider exempting expatriate workers from contributing to this pension scheme, if there were no legal constraints.The Minister also brought to the attention of the Italian authorities the difficulties faced by Sri Lankans to submit their visa applications through the outsourced processing agency to obtain visas to enter Italy as tourists or to visit relatives. The Italian Undersecretary agreed to ease the difficulties encountered by Sri Lankan visa applicants. (Colombo Gazette) Marapana held bilateral discussions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, Manlio Di Stefano. Sri Lanka has raised concerns with Italy over the current visa applications process.Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana had raised the concerns during a visit to Italy, the Foreign Ministry said today. The Minister brought to the attention of the Italian authorities the difficulties faced by Sri Lankans to submit their visa applications through the outsourced processing agency to obtain visas to enter Italy as tourists or to visit relatives. During discussions Minister Marapana thanked the Italian Government for the cooperation and assistance rendered to Sri Lanka. He reiterated that the two countries have maintained excellent relations over the years and that it is time to build and strengthen this relationship.The Foreign Minister stated that Sri Lankan expatriate workers in Italy are required to make a pension contribution amounting to around 9 percent of their salary and that they qualify for a pension after working for 20 years. read more

Hillshire Brands board decides to hold talks with rival bidders Tyson Foods

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hillshire Brands says it will hold separate talks with Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two meat processing heavyweights engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.The announcement by Hillshire comes a day after Pilgrim’s Pride raised its bid to $55 per share, or $6.8 billion, from $45 per share. That tops Tyson’s offer of $50 per share, or $6.2 billion, made last week.Those values are based on Hillshire’s 123 million shares outstanding. Pilgrim’s Pride puts the total value of its new bid at $7.7 billion. Tyson Foods values its proposal at $6.8 billion, including debt.The takeover bids by Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods are being driven by the desirability of brand-name, convenience products like Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches. Those types of products are more profitable than fresh meat, such as chicken breasts, where there isn’t as much wiggle room to pad prices.While Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson both sell such products, their businesses have been more focused on supplying supermarkets and restaurant chains.Both offers are contingent on Hillshire abandoning its plan to acquire Pinnacle Foods Inc., which makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables and Wish-Bone salad dressings. Some investors had questioned the wisdom of that deal, given the outdated image of some of Pinnacle’s brands and the differences in the two companies’ product portfolios.In its statement issued Tuesday, Hillshire noted that it can’t just scrap its deal with Pinnacle. But a term in Hillshire’s deal with Pinnacle allows it to consider alternative proposals that would be superior for stockholders.Pilgrim’s Pride has said it would pay the $163 million breakup fee to call off the deal between Hillshire and Pinnacle.Hillshire, based in Chicago, had been trying to diversify its own portfolio by moving into other areas of the supermarket with the $4.23 billion acquisition of Pinnacle.Based in Greeley, Colorado, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is owned by Brazilian meat giant JBS. Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat processor, is based in Springdale, Arkansas.Shares of Hillshire Brands rose $4.93, or 9.2 per cent, to $58.50 before the market open. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2014 4:28 am MDT Hillshire Brands board decides to hold talks with rival bidders Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride read more

Bethany Storro A case for pity or punishment

first_imgo Timeline of Storro storyo Was hearing loss a factor?o Watch for signs of depressionPolice spent thousand of dollars in resources, chasing more than 100 tips, to find a suspect in a random acid attack.But after more than two weeks of investigation, officers determined this: Bethany Storro’s biggest danger was herself.The Vancouver woman’s case has now raised the attention of psychologists, who call her behavior a clear call for help, and has sparked the question: Does she deserve pity — or punishment? Clark County prosecutors have filed three counts of second-degree theft by deception against the 28-year-old relating to the money she received from three charitable donors after claiming a black woman threw acid in her face Aug. 30.Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said Storro’s state of mind will be considered when deciding how to move forward and that her defense attorney Andrew Wheeler will likely request an evaluation for mental competency and sanity. Her first court appearance is set for 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.In the coming weeks, Golik said prosecutors will be weighing the effects of the alleged crime — thousands of dollars given to Storro by a sympathetic community. They also will consider her state of mind — when confronted, she told investigators she dabbed her face with caustic drain cleaner because she wanted to die or get a new face.The deputy prosecutor filed an aggravating factor that the offense was allegedly committed against Samaritans, which could bring her potential punishment outside the normal sentencing range of three to five months in jail.last_img read more

The Growing Problem with Online Display Advertising

first_imgThe age-old debate pitting direct response marketing against brand marketing is now occurring in the online world. Legacy publishers have been dealing with this issue in a relatively successful manner for generations. Technology aside, the discussion basics are very much the same.  Measuring direct response via clicks, etc., is pretty straightforward.  Brand marketing, however, is murkier, and online display is taking it on the chin as a result.  The IAB and OPA are doing everything within their respective powers to ward-off naysayers.  Randall Rothenberg’s “A Bigger Idea” and OPA’s new ad units proposal may be steps in the right direction, but both groups need to better address two very important questions:1.  Do Web publishers do as good a job as legacy publishers selling the halo benefits of quality content environments?2.  Have halo benefits even been considered or have Web publishers thrown the proverbial baby out with the bath water in pursuit of their new media evangelism?Since technology and analytics have driven Internet ad sales to date, one would have to conclude that new media leaders have fallen short when selling environment and seem to have paid it little mind.  Web publishers may be ahead of the game in terms of breakthrough technologies and evolutionary consumption habits, but it appears they lag far behind when it comes to articulating the non-measurable impact of their offerings to brand advertisers.Perhaps the reality is that many have nothing to offer.  With the barrier to entry online being so low, just about anyone can play. Publishers that lack capital cannot make the necessary investments that make content a true win for advertisers.  With all due respect to IAB and OPA, all the manifestos and new ad units in the world won’t change this reality. To amplify the quality content issue, various digital media blogs indicate there is a struggle within the community over which is more important—content, eyeballs or interactivity.  If you don’t have content, I guess you have a debate.  It’s ludicrous.  Content wins and it always will.  Great content will find its audience.I am a huge believer in the concepts James Surowiecki posited in “The Wisdom of Crowds.” The crowd holds many solutions and its voice must and will be heard.  As a result, I cannot predict what the media ecosystem will ultimately look like, but I do know one thing for sure—the beating online display is taking will continue until Web publishers learn to sell the brand-building benefits of great content environments, and find the investment to deliver on what they evangelize. In a recent discussion of online display advertising, Erin Hunter, EVP at comScore, said the following:“While the click can continue to be a relevant metric for direct response advertising campaigns, certain studies demonstrate that click performance is the wrong measure for the effectiveness of brand-building campaigns.  For many, the branding effect of the ads is what’s really important and generating clicks is more of an ancillary benefit.  Ultimately judging a campaign’s effectiveness by clicks can be detrimental because it overlooks the importance of branding while simultaneously drawing conclusions from a subset of people who may not be representative of the target audience.”  Since recent digital industry reports have questioned the efficacy and future of online display advertising, Ms. Hunter’s comments are interesting on a number of levels.  If, as she asserts, the subset of people who click on an ad is not representative of the target audience, then I have three questions: Who is clicking? Why are they clicking? And what value, if any, do they hold?We’d always been told that buying online advertising was the future because the medium offered advertisers better targeting and better results.  Now we are being told this may not be the case.  The comment that clicks are an “ancillary benefit” sounds an awful lot like something out of the print ad seller’s handbook (circa 1999) when clients would chastise the rep’s property for not delivering enough leads.  As Yogi Berra once said “It’s déjà vu all over again.”last_img read more

Mat Su Borough District 5 Race

first_imgTwo political newcomers are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s District 5 seat, since incumbent Darcie Salmon has decided to retire. Borough elections are set for October 7, and the heat is building up in this, the only contested race, which pits two long time community leaders, Bill Kendig and Dan Mayfield, against each other to represent the Borough’s fast growing industrial area.  The  Borough’s District 5 stretches through back roads from Big Lake to Port MacKenzie, then down Knik Goose Bay Road to the outskirts of downtown Wasilla. The two candidates come from opposite ends of the district, but they are similar in outlook as to what’s needed in the Borough.  Bill Kendig says it’s time he stepped up“I’m knocking on as many doors as I can. I’ve got some disabilities, I’ve got a bad ankle, but I’m four-wheeling door to door and we are making phone calls.”  Kendig, who has spent close to three decades living along Knik Goose Bay road, known locally as KGB. He has raised two children while watching his neighborhood grow from a few sparse homes to one of the most traffic-heavy areas within the Borough.   He says traffic congestion makes transportation planning one of the Borough’s most challenging tasks. He says a state plan for KGB is unacceptable“They’re going to make it a divided highway. The problem is, there is not enough access, there is not enough left hand turns. Now, when they designed that, probably in the summer when it was nice and shiny and dry. What happens in November, December and January, when you’ve got to go a mile and make an U turn on a dark and icy road, just to get to the other side of the road. I’d like to get involved with DOT and their design, and come up with a better design.”Kendig asks voters to give their opinion on the KGB upgrade on his website.    Perhaps Kendig’s home spun campaign logo: the slogan “KEN ya DIG it!” splashed over a silhouette of a giant backhoe, says it best. He is definitely pro-development:“It’s coming. It’s not a matter or whether it is going to be here, or whether it’s not going to be here. The development’s coming, the people are coming and it is a matter of when, and are we going to be ready for it.”Kendig is a small business owner with a background in real estate and scrap metals buying, was on the Knik-Fairview Community Council for fifteen years, and now sits on the Borough’s planning commission.  Kendig also helped to start the Knik Sled Dog Recreation District, the only park in the US dedicated to dog mushing.  But, he says the Borough’s future is linked to it’s development projects. “We have an opportunity in front of us in that port. It’s something that has been worked on for a long time. It’s birth was when Darcie Salmon was mayor, and Ted Stevens kicked in fifty million dollars to start developing it. It was a good idea then, it’s a good idea now. It’s our future. “Big Lake candidate James “Dan” Mayfield couldn’t agree more.  Mayfield strongly supports Port MacKenzie development, and says the integration of the Port and the new Alaska Railroad spur linking it to Houston could be a big revenue booster for the Borough.. although he admits that at present, that’s not happening. “You know, we need to get the port and the railroad going in producing revenues. I think we need to move that forward in a more aggressive time period, so that we can produce revenues. Government is not generally a revenue – generating operation, but we have invested in some infrastrucutures, the port and the railroad for sure, that should be returning revenue to the taxpayers.” Mayfield has a long history of service to the Big Lake community, and is founder of Big Lake Trails, Inc, a non profit which improves ATV trails linking Big Lake to Willow and Knik. He’s Vice President of the Big Lake Community Council and a member of the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce.“My goal is to make the political process work for the average citizen. Local government, more than any other level of government is about people and making the community vision come alive for them. And I just want to help make that a reality in the Borough.” Mayfield has raised three children and has retired from the insurance business, where he specialized in property and casualty claims.  He says new Borough growth is bound to cause traffic snarls in some areas, and he points specifically to KGB road. “KGB definitely has some safety concerns. It’s one of the three main safety corridors in the state. I am in favor of the four lane divided option for KGB. You know, safety is one of the concerns of government. I think we have to go with the safest option.” District five is the seat of the BIG PROJECTS…Goose Bay Prison, Knik Arm Bridge, Port MacKenzie and its railroad spur. And the Borough has invested money in all of them, often overlooking criticism that Borough spending and Borough income are not in sync. “When we plan projects, we need to make sure we understand all the intricacies of that, and how it’s going to return revenue to the Borough, and relieve our tax burden,”  Mayfield says. Other than opposing views on a KGB upgrade, there’s not a lot separating Kendig and Mayfield. At a recent Wasilla luncheon forum, Kendig gave an enthusiastic “Yes!” to a question about bringing cruise ships into Port MacKenzie. Mayfield answered not so fast,” it is an industrial port now, and the prospect needs more review.”last_img read more

Essar Steel resorts to advisers to cut debt sell stakes

first_imgIndia’s Essar Steel, facing growing pressure from its lenders to cut its debt burden, has appointed ICICI Securities and SBI Capital Markets as advisers to help it sell a stake in the business, the company said.Essar Steel along with much of the industry is suffering from the impact of Chinese over-supply and falling prices. Furthermore, the group had already announced plans to raise funds by selling some of its non-core assets.”Major steel companies across the world are taking suitable steps to cut costs and raise money. India is no different,” Essar said in a statement posted on its website.”It is in this context that Essar Steel has taken a proactive decision to induct strategic/financial investors into the company,” it added.China, which makes nearly half the world’s 1.6 billion tonnes of steel, is expected to export a record 100 million tonnes this year to help address its spare steel-making capacity.India imposed a 20% import tax on some steel products in September to mitigate the damage to domestic companies.Essar Company is part of the Essar Group, one of India’s highly indebted conglomerates. The group has separately signed a non-binding agreement to sell up to 49% of their subsidiary Essar Oil to Russia’s top oil producer “Rosneft”.last_img read more

Vedanta clinches Indias first goldmining lease

first_imgVedanta Limited has won India’s first-ever auction of a gold mine, as the country prepares to permit private companies’ participation in the sector to curb rising gold imports.The company has emerged as the highest bidder by quoting 12.55 percent of the Indian Bureau of Mines’ price of Rs 74,712 ($1,087) a troy ounce, the head of Chhattisgarh’s Directorate of Geology and Mining, Reena Kangale, told Reuters.The gold mine is located at Baghmara in the Baloda Bazar district of Chhattisgarh. The mine is spread over 607 hectares, with estimated reserves of 2,700 kg of the precious metal, Hindustan Times reports.Currently, India is the world’s second-biggest consumer of gold, next only to China. Nearly three-fourths of the gold imported by the country is consumed by retail buyers for jewellery.Indians spent a whopping $267 billion (Rs 18 lakh crore) on buying gold over the past 10 years, even as prices of the precious metal rose over 250 percent during the same time, Kotak Equities said in a recent report.To keep a check on rising gold imports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched three gold schemes Nov. 5 last year.Gold prices have witnessed a sharp rally in recent weeks amid increased demand for the metal due to its safe-haven status. Gold prices closed at Rs 29,250 per 10 grams on Saturday.Meanwhile, gaining a gold mining lease will help Vedanta to improve its financials, as it continues face difficulties from a slump in other commodity prices. It reported a 99 percent fall in its profit for the December quarter.The mining companies around the world are under pressure to sustain operations amid a slowdown in China, one of the world’s biggest consumers of metals.Falling aluminium and crude oil prices have been weighing heavily on Vedanta for the past few years, as the company derives a major part of its revenues from these two commodities.last_img read more

Womens confidence is shattered in family

first_imgProthom Alo in association with Standard Chartered Bank organised a roundtable on ‘Prosperity in Equality’ at its Kawran Bazar office in the city on Tuesday ahead of the World Women`s Day on 8 March. Photo: Prothom AloThe progress the Bangladesh women have made in recent times is mostly an urban picture as female members of rural families still lag behind in decision making process.The crux was highlighted at a Prothom Alo roundable that called for concerted efforts of men and women to further improve the situation and ensure better opportunities for the women in society.The daily newspaper in association with Standard Chartered Bank organised the discussion on ‘Prosperity in Equality’ at its Kawran Bazar office in the city on Tuesday ahead of the World Women’s Day on 8 March.”Women’s progress in Bangladesh is an urban-centric reality. We need higher participation of women in social and economic activities,” Standard Chartered Bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Naser Ezaz Bijoy said.ActionAid’s Kashfia Firoz added, women are involved with 19 of 22 steps required in farming but they have no influence on economic decision-making since the men control the marketing.Farida Yeasmin, a deputy commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), pointed out that the confidence of women is ruined in the family as girls are not inspired to go through graduation ladder of the career, unlike the encouragement the boys receive from family members.“Also, if we can’t prevent violence against women, we will not be able to achieve equality of women in society,” said she, who is posted at the DMP’s ‘Women Support and Investigation Division’.Naser Ezaz mentioned that it is found that the female officials cannot sometimes go to better position due to lack of confidence.However, “we have arranged development training and now we find progress,” the banker said dwelling on his bank’s policy support for the women.In Standard Chartered Bank’s Bangladesh offices, 23 per cent of the workforce is women, he said, adding that women workforce increased 4 per cent nationally in the past 10 years.Former caretaker government adviser Rasheda K Choudhury said the women’s advancement in different sectors is visible, but “we see little representation of women in the policy making”.She regretted that the adolescent girls are being abused on the social media platforms but the media have done ‘very little’ to stop it.Dwelling on the barrier the girls face, Rasheda Choudhury, executive director of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), cited the example of Sylhet Medical College where female admission seekers captured 105 out of 186 seats through competitive examination. “But unfortunately they face accommodation crisis,” he said.Member of parliament (MP) Selima Ahmad said it is not possible to achieve equality of women without economic empowerment. So, she stressed the need for creating women entrepreneurs.Commerce minister Tipu Munshi observed that the condition of women is improving day by day.“I contested national elections four times. First time I didn’t find a single woman in my campaign team but during the 30 December 2018 elections around 40 per cent of my campaigners was women,” he.The businessman-cum-politician recalled that during the floods in 1970, some of his male friends took shelter in a mosque but the Imam barred women from entering.last_img

8yearold boy gets electrocuted locals put up road block

first_imgKolkata: An eight-year-old boy got electrocuted near Kachchi Sarak crossing in Gardenreach area on Sunday evening. He was immediately removed to SSKM hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.Locals noticed a boy identified as Noor Hasan Khan (8) fell down on the road. Some of them alleged that he got electrocuted by touching a live wire. Though it has not been confirmed yet. He was immediately removed to SSKM hospital. After examining him, attending doctor in the emergency section declared Khan brought dead. As the death news reached the area, locals got agitated and put up a road blockade. Upon receiving the information, police force from West Port police station reached the spot. Despite repeated requests, mob refused to clear the road. Later, police initiated mild lathi-charge to disperse the mob.last_img read more

Save and Restore Tabs in Firefox with Tab Stash

first_imgSave and Restore Tabs in Firefox with Tab Stash by Martin Brinkmann on June 03, 2019 in Firefox – 7 commentsTab Stash is a browser extension for the Firefox web browser that you may use to save and restore browser tabs at any time.Firefox handles lots of tabs better than Chrome in my opinion as it displays a scroll bar instead of blank unidentifiable tabs. Chrome suffers from phantom tabs as well if you open too many as new tabs are not displayed anymore in the browser’s tab bar once you reach the maximum threshold.Still, tab management suffers the more webpages you open in the Firefox web browser. Management is not the only thing that is affected negatively. The more tabs you open the more memory Firefox uses; may not be a problem if you have 32 Gigabytes of RAM but if the device has 4 Gigabytes or less, you may run into memory issues and as a cause of that increased page file use and slow downs.Tab Stash is not the first Firefox extension to introduce tab saving options.  Extensions like Set Aside, Session Boss, or Sleep Mode offer similar functionality.Tab StashTab Stash introduces a new feature to the Firefox browser that mitigates the issues. It may save all open tabs in a Firefox window to a stash using Firefox’s bookmarking system.Imagine you have twenty tabs open in the Firefox web browser and don’t need this for the moment anymore. Maybe you started to notice that free RAM is way down and want to free memory up. A click on the Tab Stash icon in the Firefox toolbar saves all open tabs to a new stash.The tabs are hidden and then unloaded in the process and memory is freed as a consequence. Apart from pushing all open tabs to a new stash, it is possible to do so for individual tabs instead.  Pinned tabs are excluded from the process.Tab groups saved by the extension may be accessed in Firefox’s sidebar or on a new management page. Just right-click on the extension icon and select either option to do so.All tab stashes are listed with date and time, and the titles and favicons of the sites. A click on any listed tab opens it in a new tab in the Firefox browser window without deleting it from the stash.Icons are provided to open and delete individual tabs or all tabs of a stash group, to add all open tabs or the active tab to the selected stash, or to delete a stash without opening any of the listed tabs.The extension supports drag and drop operations to move tabs from one group to another, rename to rename groups, and search functionality to find tabs quickly.Tab Stash OptionsTab Stash features two options which you may access on about:addons when you select the extension.The first option defines whether the extension opens the sidebar listing or tab listing when saving new tabs to a stash.The second option handles memory management. Tab Stash hides tabs but keeps them loaded in the background for a while by default. The extension unloads tabs automatically after a while of inactivity. You may change that to unload tabs immediately when they are stashed or to close tabs immediately.Closing WordsTab Stash is a useful browser extension for the Firefox web browser. It works well and improves memory usage when you use it. The extension lacks support for a whitelist to block certain sites from being added to a stash. While you can pin some to protect them from being stashed away, an option to exclude others without pinning them would probably be useful.All in all though a good extension for the Firefox web browser.    Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name Tab StashSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Zimbabwe AIDS activist sues prisons for drugs

first_imgMuzanenhamo, who has been HIV-infected for 18 years, was freed without charge in March 2011 after police arrested bystanders at a lecture in Harare on the Arab Spring they claimed was in preparation for a revolt in Zimbabwe.In court documents released Friday, he said he was kept in filthy cells making prisoners with HIV susceptible to fatal infections. He said he was held in solitary confinement for demanding his drugs.Sudden changes in drug treatment over 48 hours are known to lead to a sharp deterioration in the body’s immune system, even if the drug is resume patients are at risk that the treatment will not be effective, leading to their death.In the first lawsuit of its kind, citing as respondents Zimbabwe’s police and prison commanders, government ministers and the nation’s attorney general, the chief law officer, Muzanenhamo said on the day of his arrest officers at the main Harare police station didn’t allow him to call his family to bring medication he took twice daily to a precise timetable.After lawyers intervened, his family brought medication two days later but they were kept by police and not given to him at the prescribed times. Then he was given a single prison issue tablet once a day that he was unfamiliar with. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona In the court deposition, he said he was “totally dependent” on the drugs, along with a healthy diet, to stay alive.He suffered hypertension and depression, fearing he was in “mortal danger” on an insufficient diet of black tea, corn gruel and beans in harsh prison conditions.Since his HIV infection, Muzanenhamo has campaigned among fellow sufferers on hygiene and medical and dietary ways to be able to live a “happy and fulfilling life,” he said.Upon his arrest, the police ordered him to take off his jacket, socks and shoes and remain only with “one layer of clothing.” He was put into a tiny cell for five days with no running water with 15 other inmates, sleeping on the floor without blankets.He said was made to walk barefoot through “human excreta and dried blood all over the place.”“Walking barefoot significantly increases the likelihood of me contracting a life-threatening infection,” he said in his Supreme Court deposition.No official figures are available on deaths in the nation’s police cells and prisons.Lawyers acting for Muzanenhamo said Friday his plight and that of thousands of other prisoners suffering from illness who do not get treatment was a cruel and inhuman denial of basic constitutional rights to life for many inmates, like Muzanenhamo, who had not been convicted of any crime. Zimbabwe has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infections and AIDS.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – An AIDS awareness campaigner and his lawyers said Friday they are taking a groundbreaking test case to Zimbabwe’s highest court to force police and prison authorities ensure HIV sufferers get their life prolonging medication.Douglas Muzanenhamo said in papers filed at the Supreme Court that he was denied appropriate antiretroviral treatment in jail for three weeks last year and his condition veered toward death.center_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories last_img read more

Aussie dollar shot to historic level US99c

first_imgAustralian dollar shot up, up, up and away to the highest we have seen in up to 27 years.Australian shoppers and travellers are reaping the rewards with the Aussie dollar breaking through to US99 cents its highest since the currency floated in 1983. Jetaround Holidays Managing Director Zaia Andrew Bazi told e-Travel Blackboard the dollar is incredible and travellers will definitely benefit from it. “Travellers will receive the best value for their money, it will take them further and at the moment it really is a dollar for a dollar,” he said. “Travellers will find that it is cheaper to travel, buying things in or from America will be cheaper.” Investors have already warned the dollar will not last long, so now is the time to spend or invest. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Vietjet reports first quarter profits of over USD65 million

first_imgThe expanding Vietjet fleetVietjet reports first quarter profits of over USD65 millionVietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (HOSE: VJC) has just released its consolidated financial statement for the first quarter of 2018 with significant growth for theairline that exceeds expectations.The airline’s revenue stood at VND12,560 billion (USD552 million), a year-on-year increase of 146 percent that is attributed to growth in passenger transport, ancillary service and sales and leaseback revenue.The airline’s fleet expansion, coupled with the opening of new international routes, raised its transport revenue to VND6,035 billion (USD265 million), an increase of 52 percent over the same period last year,and 10 percent higher than the company’s target. Vietjet’s core business profit was increased to nearly VND737 billion (USD32 million), a 74 percent jump over the previous year’s figure. Ancillary revenue also increased to VND1,825 billion (USD80 million), a rise of 64 percent year-on-year.The positive results in revenue growth contributed significantly to the company’s gross profit of VND1,810 billion (USD79 million), a 135 percent increase year-on-year. At the same time, sales and management costs also increased at a lower rate compared to revenue growth. Therefore, Vietjet’s profit before tax in this quarter stood at VND1,480 billion (USD65 million), an increase of 254 percent compared to Q1 2017. After-tax profit of the parent company’s shareholders stood at VND1,366 billion (USD60 million), a 263 percent increase. Earnings per share in this quarter stood at VND3,026 (USD0.13), one of the highest EPS on the Vietnamese stock market.Vietjet’s Q1 results were 25.5 percent over the airline’s original target of VND50,970 billion (USD2.24 billion) in revenue and VND5,806 billion (USD255 million) in profit before tax for 2018.In the first quarter of 2018, Vietjet operated 28,830 safe flights with the technical reliability rate of 99.7 percent, and with the safety performance indicators of flight as well as ground operation amongst the top in the region. The on-time performance in the first quarter stood at 83.4 percent. During Q1, Vietjet also announced plans to open international routes to India and Australia in line with its plans to expand its international flight network after having achieved full coverage on the domestic network.The airline’s stellar Q1 performance was further buoyed by the naming of Vietjet as the region’s top fastest growing airline by Singapore’s Changi Airport.As of March 31, 2018, Vietjet’s undistributed profit after tax was VND6,724 billion (USD295 million). The company will pay a cash dividend of 10 percent on May 25, 2018 to its shareholders and is on its way to finalizing the necessary procedures at the State Securities Commission of Vietnam to settle the remaining 20 percent dividend of 2017 by shares. Earlier last week at the 2018 General Shareholders Meeting, the shareholders also agreed with a proposal to pay dividends of 50 percent of its profits in 2018.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more