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first_imgzoom The Halifax Shipyard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Irving Shipbuilding Inc, held a launching ceremony for the Canadian Coast Guard’s new mid-shore patrol vessel, named in memory of Captain Nichola Goddard, a valiant soldier who gave her life for her country.“Canadians owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all those who have fought for our values and freedom, as well as their families and loved ones. This new Coast Guard Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will keep Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard’s memory alive and will ensure that her sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said Canada’s Justice Minister Peter MacKay.The CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M floated by itself for the first time into Halifax harbour and will head for sea trials before it is assigned to the West Coast.An official naming and dedication ceremony will follow in the near future.Press Release, May 22, 2014; Image: Canadian Govtlast_img read more


first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license A wider conflict with Iran would be negative for most types of ships and for the oil markets in general as fewer vessels would transit the Straits of Hormuz.VesselsValue releases an analysis focusing on the very large crude carrier (VLCC) sector, which lifts most of the crude cargo volumes out of the Arabian Gulf.Events have already led to a higher war risk cost that would be borne by someone, most likely the charterer according to the current war risk clause wording. However commercial terms will be negotiated on a case by case basis. Armed guards are also a possibility, which introduces an additional cost and escalates overall risk.Effects on tradesRed Sea loadings would increase almost immediately as Saudi Arabia would maximise the export volumes they could send through their port facilities. U.S. crude exports, which continue to debottleneck, would surge upwards as pricing differentials would encourage more exports, and more west African barrels would be brought online.VesselsValue said that a likely outcome would be an immediate relaxation on the Venezuelan sanctions, which have a more discretionary basis for their implementation, so the Aframax trade in the Caribbean could see a surprise resurgence.Putting aside other sources of crude oil, the next step is to look at the destination for most Middle East Gulf VLCC exports. Countries in the far east dominate the destinations for VLCC cargoes out of the Arabian Gulf.Oil flows to Asian refiners and India would be disrupted. This would reduce refinery crack spreads in these countries, discouraging runs. According to the analysis, there would be some demand destruction as a result of price increases, but the markets these refineries support would seek refined oil products from other regions, which would benefit U.S. and European refiners who have easier access to Atlantic Basin trades.Rising tensions could spur renewed interest in some offshore projects outside the Arabian Gulf, and producers may seek to optimise production from offshore locations depending on the severity of the conflict. Regardless, the increased probability of supply disruptions will nudge the dial on some investment decisions towards yes, VesselsValue said.Market effectsThe main result would be higher oil prices, leading to a lower demand for oil products in the short and medium term. Producers outside the Arabian Gulf would see the greatest benefit, particularly in the US, West Africa, and Brazil.“These markets see more smaller crude carriers such as Suezmaxes and Aframaxes due to port limitations, but we would expect many VLCC ballasters to head to West Africa, Brazil, and the US Gulf,” VesselsValue concluded.last_img read more


first_imgA new multi-detector CT scanner for the QEII Health Sciences Centre will ensure patients from all over Nova Scotia receive better care sooner. Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson announced today, July 17, the province will provide $1.2 million towards the cost of a state-of-the-art scanner. “The QEII is Nova Scotia’s busiest hospital, serving patients from all over our province and teaching our next generation of doctors and nurses,” said Mr. Wilson. “This new CT scanner will reduce wait times by serving 20 per cent more patients than the current unit, ensuring Nova Scotians continue to receive good, timely care.” The new multi-detector CT scanner, which will also serve patients from the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, will replace an outdated unit and will improve imaging capacity at the QEII’s Victoria General site. It will be used by patients, like Marina Bondar, who need studies related to pulmonary embolisms, cancer, and ear, nose and throat issues. A year ago today, Ms. Bondar went to the QEII’s emergency department after noticing a drop in her energy levels. A CT scan would reveal her diagnosis of stage four lung cancer. “I was ready to die,” said Ms. Bondar, as she reflected on her diagnosis last summer. “I thought I would live for five to six months. However, thanks to the care at the QEII, I now have hope, and I am enjoying my life with my daughter and grandson.” Ms. Bondar shared her story during today’s announcement, and talked about the importance of having access to the best health care. “Due to the limited capabilities of the current CT scanner on the Victoria General site, many of our patients are transferred to the Halifax Infirmary site for imaging,” says Dr. David Barnes, district chief of diagnostic imaging. “The new CT scanner will allow our technologists to perform a full array of high-quality imaging examinations on site for all of our patients. This means a more timely and efficient patient experience.” The total cost of the scanner is about $1.6 million. The province will pay for 75 per cent, with the remaining funding coming from the QEII Foundation. The province will continue to fund operating costs of the scanner once it is functional. “Our job is to help ensure patients at the QEII Health Sciences Centre receive the best care possible,” said Bill Bean, president and CEO of the QEII Foundation. “Thanks to donors, patients will not only have access to the best imaging with the new CT scanner, it will also happen faster.” Over 6,000 patients use the QEII’s CT scanner each year. The new machine is expected to be in place by March.last_img read more


first_imgPop superstar Selena Gomez has teamed up with global charity auction site Charitybuzz to auction the chance to meet her and win two tickets to her show at the Brooklyn Barlcays Center on October 16.Selena’s debut solo album, Stars Dance, was released this summer featuring the two hit singles “Come & Get It” and “Slow Down,” which both made the Billboard 100.Bidding on this Selena Gomez experience, valued at $5,000, is open now through Friday, Oct. 11 at CharityBuzz.com.Proceeds benefit the TJ Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation that is focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $90 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.last_img read more


first_imgPediatric Victory Foundation 2018 Benefit UCLA’s Pediatric Neurology Center for Epilepsy and Neuro-Development Disorders To Take Place on Sunday October 7 at the Luxe Sunset Hotel in West Los Angeles.Supporters and attendees of this prominent charity event include entertainment lawyers, production and studio executives, community and business leaders and more. For more information, click here.KABC’s Anchor Marc Brown will host the 3rd Annual Pediatric Victory Foundation Gala. Nikka Costa (Everybody Got Their Something) will perform along with Siedah Garrett singer and songwriter, who has written songs and performed backing vocals for many recording artists in the music industry, such as Michael Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summer, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson among others. She co-wrote the hit “Man in the Mirror,” the Michael Jackson hit. Additional guests include KABC’s new traffic reporter Chris Cristi.The Pediatric Victory Foundation was created two years ago after Monique and Howie Rosenthal discovered their daughter Blayke had been experiencing 35 seizures a day, stiffness in walking, blackouts, extreme memory loss and hallucinations. As a result of their very sick daughter they turned to the UCLA Pediatric Neurology team for answers. With the help of Dr. Sankar, Rubin Brown Professor and Chief Division of Pediatric Neurology and his team Blayke was diagnosed with a very rare disorder called autoimmune epilepsy, a disease discovered less than ten years ago. The Rosenthal’s realized their calling card was to help the research and the commitment of the team and help them save other children’s lives.WHEN: Sunday October 7, 2018 @ 6:30PMWHERE: Luxe Sunset Hotel, 11461 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049last_img read more


first_img“An Undiscovered Shakespeare” is billed as 30 unique performances in which improvisers will dramatize an audience member’s love story in iambic pentameter, a poetic rhythm used by Shakespeare.The festival is also set to debut a new musical from former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page, playwright Daniel MacIvor and director Donna Feore about the highs and lows of a rock duo in “Here’s What It Takes.”Other musical offerings include mountings of Broadway hits “Chicago” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”Acclaimed actor Colm Feore, who is returning to the festival for his 18th season, will help unveil the Tom Patterson Theatre Centre with a tribute to the past.Organizers say Feore will deliver the first words on the stage as he assumes the leading role in Shakespeare’s “Richard III” in a nod to the festival’s inaugural play in 1953.Also announced Tuesday are classics honouring the festival’s roots such as “All’s Well That Ends Well,” “Hamlet” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”Additional highlights include “Frankenstein Revived,” a new work from playwright and composer David Coulter that will focus on the horror story’s young author Mary Shelley; a staging of Tomson Highway’s “The Rez Sisters”; and Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.”The Canadian Press Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img STRATFORD, Ont. — The Stratford Festival in southwestern Ontario is looking to put a modern spin on the classics as it launches a new theatre venue for its 2020 season.Two shows are drawing from the Bard’s canon to tell new kinds of stories.“Hamlet-911,” from notable theatre-makers Ann-Marie MacDonald and Alisa Palmer, is set to recast the tragedy of the Danish prince to touch on issues young people face today. Login/Register With: Actor Colm Feore, pictured at the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre in Stratford, will play Richard III at the Stratford Festival in 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Startford Festival-Chris Young MANDATORY CREDIT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY — The Alberta government says it will again ease its crude oil curtailment program for September.In a news release, it says it will allow the maximum amount to be produced by the province’s senior oil companies to rise to 3.76 million barrels per day, an increase of 25,000 barrels per day over the August limit, in recognition of lower oil storage levels and more volumes shipped by rail and pipeline.That’s about 200,000 barrels per day higher than the initial quota allowed under the curtailment program when it began in January. The release makes no mention of a recent call by several producers to ease curtailments for companies that improve export market access from Alberta by adding crude-by-rail capacity.Producers have indicated they would be more interested in buying 120,000 barrels per day of crude-by-rail contracts negotiated by the previous NDP government and put on the block by the current United Conservative government if they were allowed to produce more oil.The first 10,000 barrels per day a company produces are exempt from production limits, meaning they affect only 29 of more than 300 producers in Alberta.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgNew York: Us director Jordon Peele is not interested in casting “white dudes” as leads in his films as he believes there are already too many movies focusing on them. The director, who made his debut with Get Out, has once again struck box office gold with Us, about a family terrorised by their doppelgangers. Peele said being a successful director gives him a chance to put minority faces on the screen. “The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a 20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes,” Peele said while speaking to improv students at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes, but I’ve seen that movie.” With the success of black directors in Hollywood, Peele said it has brought about a renaissance in storytelling. “It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time – a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false.”last_img read more


first_imgDarjeeling: Discontent and confusion has surfaced in GNLF over support to the BJP candidate in the Darjeeling constituency. GNLF leaders in Kalimpong have set a precondition to the BJP in lieu of their support.GNLF steering committee member Maurice Kalikotey and other GNLF leaders held a meeting in this regard on Thursday. Later, while talking to media persons, Kalikotey stated that the leaders were compelled to call a meeting as there was constant pressure from the rank and file of the party, demanding answers behind the sudden support to the BJP. “It was resolved in Thursday’s meeting that if the BJP comes to power in the Centre, they will pass the 6th Schedule Bill in the very first session of the Parliament. This has to be incorporated in the national manifesto (not state or regional). Then only will we support them,” stated Kalikotey. When questioned on the scenario where the BJP fails to do the same, Kalikotey stated that there would be a similar meeting to chart the future course of action. Avoiding questions on whether the GNLF is in for a split, Kalikotey said: “Our late supremo Subash Ghising had made the demand for the inclusion of the Darjeeling Hills in the 6th Schedule. A memorandum of settlement was also signed with the government in 2005. It is our responsibility to ensure that his aspiration is fulfilled. We will go at it irrespective of support from other leaders.” The GNLF president and spokesperson were not available for comment. It may be mentioned that the GNLF has forged an alliance with bête noire Bimal Gurung and his men. Together, they have extended support to the BJP and the NDA. Incidentally, Gurung, who was a close confidant of Subash Ghising, had ousted him and the GNLF form the Hills in 2007 over the 6th Schedule issue. Following political unrest in the Hills in 2017 which culminated in a 105 day long bandh, Gurung, who has been charged in multiple cases, has been absconding.last_img read more


Dar es Salaam – King Mohammed VI’s visit to Tanzania is “an unprecedented historic event for this country of East Africa,” said Tanzanian Foreign minister, Augustine Mahiga, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).“We are obviously delighted by the visit of the King of Morocco (…) that will enable both countries to forge deeper relationships, thanks to the political ties binding the Sovereign and President John Magufuli, who opened the way for broader economic cooperation,” Mahiga told the press on the occasion of the official visit of the King to Tanzania.The Tanzanian minister said, in this regard, that during this visit several cooperation agreements will be inked in several areas such as air transport, tourism, infrastructure and energy, voicing hope to see this visit contribute to encouraging the flow of Moroccan investment to Tanzania. Referring to the opening of a Morocco embassy in Dar es Salaam following the appointment by HM the King of an ambassador in Tanzania, Mahiga said his country will soon open a Consulate General in Morocco.He added that the political relations between Morocco and Tanzania date back to the 1960s, at the time of late Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere and King Mohammed V, who maintained important links concerning the African independence movement. read more


The “smart” rebuilding of Haiti after January’s earthquake will require some $11.5 billion of spending over the next 10 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today ahead of Wednesday’s international donor meeting on the way ahead for the Caribbean country. “That is our challenge in New York – not to rebuild but to ‘build back better,’ to create a new Haiti,” the Secretary-General said in an op-ed in The Washington Post. More than 100 countries will take part in the International Donors Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting will be led by Haitian President René Préval, with the Secretary-General and Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State, as co-hosts, and UN Special Envoy for Haiti, former President Bill Clinton.The conference will be co-chaired by Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France and Spain, as the leading donors to Haiti.Under the yet to be detailed plan, an Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission would channel nearly $4 billion into specific projects and programmes during the next 18 months, with the remaining funds spread over the next decade. “This assistance must be well-spent and well-coordinated,” Mr. Ban said, noting that emergency relief, such as food and sanitation, must continue. The UN and its partners have provided tents and tarpaulins to 1 million people so far, roughly 75 per cent of those in need, and will distribute some 300,000 more in the coming weeks. The Haitian Government is now finalizing plans to relocate people from camp sites vulnerable to flooding to more secure ground, hopefully ahead of the full thrust of the rainy season. In terms of security, Mr. Ban noted that the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is working to ensure that women and children are safe from sexual violence in the camps. In addition to basic services, Mr. Ban said reconstructing Haiti will include a new social contract between Haiti and its people which empowers women, provides new opportunities for economic advancement and includes fair and free elections to be conducted with the UN’s help, preferably by the end of this year. “This new partnership requires a commitment to good governance, transparency and mutual accountability – between the Government and the governed, between the public and private sectors, between Haiti and the international community.” Mr. Ban also called for development in Haiti’s rural areas, environmental recovery, land reform, and new investment in fisheries and agriculture.In a related development, Edmond Mulet, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said today that the Government of Haiti will be in the driver’s seat in the reconstruction and development efforts. “For too long the international community has bypassed national and local government institutions because of their perceived and real weaknesses,” he told reporters in a press conference in New York, alongside Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Mr. Mulet noted that this is not the first time that UN Member States would meet to raise funds for Haiti, but hoped that “on this occasion we will get it right.” When asked by journalists if they thought it was realistic that the donors’ meeting would pledge the needed funds given that the $1.44 billion revised humanitarian appeal for Haiti launched in February was still outstanding, Miss Clark said she was “optimistic of good progress.” 29 March 2010The “smart” rebuilding of Haiti after January’s earthquake will require some $11.5 billion of spending over the next 10 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today ahead of Wednesday’s international donor meeting on the way ahead for the Caribbean country. read more


WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers expanded their borrowing at a slower rate in June compared to the prior month.Overall credit rose by $18.3 billion in June to a total of $3.17 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The rise was down from a gain of $21.5 billion in May.The smaller increase suggests that consumers remain sheepish about spending, which could limit how fast the economy can grow. Rising debt loads are generally a sign of greater confidence in the economy and fuel faster growth.Auto and student loans drove much of the gains in June, up $16.2 billion. They have risen 8.4 per cent year-over-year.Credit card debt increased by a slight $2.1 billion in June. The increase in credit card debt over the past year has been 1.3 per cent, evidence that consumers are restrained.Americans still have a limited appetite for debt after gorging themselves on sub-prime mortgages and credit cards before recession seized the country in late 2007.When the rate of borrowing increases, growth usually accelerates. People increase their spending on the assumption that they will have income to repay the debt, kicking off a cycle that leads the economy to grow faster and potentially overheat.The most recent credit cycle was broken by the housing bust and the Great Recession. Millions of people lacked the income to pay their mortgages, in some cases because they lost their jobs following the downturn that began in late 2007.Over the five years in which the country’s economy has rebounded, Americans have remained hesitant to take on debt. Consumer spending growth has averaged a tepid 2.2 per cent a year during the recovery, compared to a 2.9 per cent average during the previous expansion.The average household debt-to-income ratio has fallen to 77 per cent from the 2008 peak of 95 per cent, according to analysis by the bank HSBC. That debt ratio remains higher than the 69 per cent average in 2001. US consumer borrowing up $18.3B in June; slower pace may signal restrained consumer spending AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 1:22 pm MDT read more


Government funding of up to £10 million is being made available to support the development of innovative technologies that have the potential to transform the automotive industry.Funding will be allocated through an open competition run by the Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org). The Board is seeking proposals for concept projects that are highly innovative and vehicle-centric. The aim is to target disruptive technology and research that challenges current conventions. Support will be given to projects that explore new boundaries or adapt existing novel technologies for deployment into new fields.   The projects must be collaborative and business-led. Companies working outside the automotive sector but can bring technical expertise and knowledge to a consortium are particularly welcome. Projects, which are expected to last between 12 and 24 months, are likely to attract grants of between £250,000 and £750,000, with the majority attracting up to 50% public funding.The competition opens on 14 January 2013 and the deadline for registration is 13 February 2013, expressions of interest must be submitted by this date. Applicants will then be invited to submit a full application.  A networking event will be held to facilitate consortia-building on 27 November 2012 at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.  For further information about the competition, visit the innovateuk.org website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Wake up, ex-handball players! Wake up, veterans! In the past, you won a lot of matches, also you lost many times, but when you decide to play in your forties or fifties – the name of your team is WINNERS.Masters Handball World Cup 2017 in Omis (Croatia) which will be held between April 28 and May 1 2017, has vision to motivate all the ex-handball players to come back on the playing court which means a life to many of us for a decades.WAKE UP YOUR HANDBALL ENERGYDo you remember THAT feeling when you were happy to score goals, make tricky shots and no look passes? When you were joyful with ball in your hands? It’s time to refresh your handball energy, feelings and memories – to play again. OK, it will be slower, but some things will never be forgotten.http://www.mhworldcup.comMEET OLD HANDBALL FRIENDS AND RIVALSHow many times you were happy for a victory and sad after losing match? Your team-mates and your rivals have another meaning in the world of Masters handball. Meet them, play with them, spent fantastic time together before, during and after matches. At the end of a Day, you are all winners.YOUR JOYFUL  HANDBALL WEEKEND ON THE SEAOmis, lovely place in the middle of lovely Dalmatia 20 km near fantastic cirty of Split. Adriatic Coast, sunny weather, colorful spring, smell of sea and handball.  You will have chance to play only few meters from Adriatic sea. The best possible place to do it.PLAY IN TWO BRAND-NEW HALLSHandball veterans deserve the best possible conditions for playing World Cup. That’s why in Omis you will play at two brand-new halls – ready to welcome old handball stars all around world. Sports halls are made according highest standards.THE „THIRD HALF-TIME“ IS SOMETIMES MOST IMPORTANTHandball is the most beautiful sport on the Earth. But, time after a good handball match is even better! Long days and long evenings are ahead of guest of Omis. Organizers prepare „ice-breaking“ parties which will stay in your memories forever.MEET A REAL HANDBALL LEGENDSMasters Handball World Cup 2017 will be place of gathering handball stars. We will never forget many of them.Many of them were world class players and they now just want to enjoy time with friends and throw some balls between the posts.  We will ensure that some of them share their experience to all those handball old guys and young girls, who didn’t meet them before.WIN AWARDSThe last but not least are AWARDS! All Masters Handball World Cup 2017 Awards will be designed and dedicated to HANDBALL LEGENDS who aren’ with us anymore or they are, but MHWCh 2017 would like to praise their work and influence on all of us. Stay tuned to discover what MHWCh 2016 preparing for April 2017.info@mhworldcup.comIT’S TIME FOR YOU! Masters Handball World Cup in Omis (Croatia) in April-May 2017 Masters Handball World Cup 2017 ← Previous Story Zebras’ sweet revenge in Flensburg! Next Story → A Film about legendary Igor Turchin read more


first_imgSo you spent $500 or more on an iPad. Reading, emailing, and playing games are all fun, but do you ever fantasize about setting it on the floor and watching your cat scratch away at it? No?? No matter — Friskies has you covered anyway, with its release of a series of iPad games for cats.The company has released a handful of phone and tablet apps, including Jitter Bug, Cat Fishing, Tasty Treasure Hunt, and Piñata Fiesta. Images of cat food dart around the screen, begging to be attacked by Mr. Whiskers. When he does pounce, the app responds by shooting out more cat food.Rarely is an idea so clever and foolish all at once. These games are great for cats; the dancing images ignite your feline’s predatory instincts. Yet there’s the rub: do you want your iPad to become your cat’s prey?Gorilla Glass is amazing. You can put your device through hell and Corning’s sturdy material will keep it protected. Yet it isn’t perfect, and the displays of iPhones and iPads still collect scratches. Do you really want to test those boundaries just so Fluffy can get his kicks while you sit on your duff eating ho-hos?Many American cats are declawed. If yours is, then, by all means: let Shadow go to town. But if he isn’t, do yourself a favor and buy a feather wand for him. Your cat will love it, and you just might avoid ruining a $500 investment.You can check out Friskies’ promo vid below:Friskies, via Red Ferretlast_img read more


first_imgRunning his nose along the carpet, Luca sniffed a pile of phone books on the floor before lifting his head to a wooden bench in the dimly lit room.Within seconds, the 19-month-old German shepherd stopped and whipped his head back and forth as his ears perked up and his tail started to wag. Putting his paws on the bench, he lifted himself up. The muscles of his furry body tightened as he put his nose to a black fan perched on an alcove in the wall.“Find! Find,” yelled his handler, Battle Ground police Officer Chris Crouch. His four-legged partner had smelled out the heroin hidden inside.Luca is one of several dogs going through a 10-week canine academy — the first set of local police dogs not being trained to detect marijuana.“We’re going through the exact same training process we have in the past, we’re just not doing that odor,” said Jack Anderson, canine trainer with the Vancouver Police Department.Officers in the room tossed the dog a large rubber toy, which Luca snatched from the air and wrestled to the ground.“That’s payday,” Anderson said. “No stipends, no checks, just toys.”The training includes teaching the dogs to bite hostile suspects, track humans and sniff out illegal drugs.That list of drugs has shrunk from five to four: heroin, methamphetamine and crystal and powder forms of cocaine.With the passage of Initiative 502, Washington residents older than 21 can legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana among other amounts of marijuana-infused products.The county recently saw the addition of six new police dogs — the Clark County Sheriff’s Office added three dogs this year while Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal police departments each added one dog.last_img read more


first_imgJoan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends, daughter Melissa Rivers said. She was hospitalized Aug. 28 after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor’s office following a routine procedure. The New York state health department is investigating.“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”Upon hearing of her death, reaction poured out from dozens of notables, ranging from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Rivers’ peer-in-comedy Don Rickles. “Knowing her, working with her and enjoying the fun times of life with her was special. She will always be in our hearts,” Rickles said in a statement.last_img read more


first_imgThe company was able to pay down $163 million in debt in the fourth quarter and $325 million since its Worldcolor acquisition. Quad’s debt ratio is now 2.3x, with total long-term debt at about $1.3 billion.The Worldcolor acquisition was expected to create $250 million in cost-saving synergies, of which Quad says $196 million was realized by the end of 2011.The cash flow and debt reduction contributed to the company’s 25 percent increase in its quarterly dividend. To remain competitive, Quad says it’s continuing to invest in multiplatform technologies and set aside $168 million in capital projects in 2011 and plans to invest another $125 million this year. Meanwhile, Quad just announced it has completed the sale of its Canadian assets to Transcontinental—a deal in which the assets were essentially exchanged for Transcontinental’s Mexican operations. Printing company Quad/Graphics, which counts among its clients Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith and Rodale, managed to do better in EBITDA and cash flow than it planned, despite relatively flat revenues, according to its full-year 2011 financials out this week. The printing market has been highly volatile and unpredictable, and Quad has not been alone in its laser focus on cost reductions and operating efficiencies. By the end of last year, 6,200 full-time positions had been cut since it closed on the Worldcolor acquisition in July 2010 along with 12 plant closures.Full-year revenues for 2011 were $4.67 billion, down only slightly from 2010’s $4.67 billion. EBITDA was $638 million, however, which was higher than its original guidance of $610 to $625 million. Cash flow also came out better than planned—$340 million versus original estimates of $260 million to $300 million.last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Winter 2018 ‘Recreation Matters’ newsletter is now available! Head over to the Recreation Department’s website and click the “Recreation Matters” Newsletter button in order to see the complete list of youth and adult programs, trips and tickets that we offer.The Department can be reached via phone at 978-658-4270, via email at recreation@wilmingtonma.gov or in person in Room 8 at Town Hall.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Recreation’s Fall NewsletterIn “Community”Wilmington Recreation Department Selling Commemorative Bricks & Memorial Benches For Yentile FarmIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”last_img read more


first_imgKarimnagar: District Collector Sarfaraz Ahmed informed that an action plan is prepared under MGNREGS to dig up 150 soak pits, 10 farm ponds and 20,000 plantations in every water-stressed village during the campaign period from July 1 to September 15.As part of the campaign, on Tuesday Satinder Pal Singh, IPS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Central Nodal Officer (CNO); Umrao Singh, Director, National Building Organisation, Block Nodal Officer (BNO); Saurabh Sharan, Deputy Director, Central Water Commission, Technical Nodal Officer (TNO); Santosh BM, IAS, District Collector, Special Officers, GOI and the district officers have visited Madapur and Gundlapalli villages of Ganneruvaram mandal and interacted with the public and inspected soak pits, plantation. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Central Nodal Officer Satinder Pal Singh expressed his satisfaction over the participation of villagers in large numbers and guided the villagers to take up massive plantation, construct soak pit in every house, farm pond in agricultural lands to increase ground water levels. Earlier they interacted with all the district officials at the Collector’s conference hall here and lauded that it is one of the best programmes. They sought the officials to ensure the participation of the public in large numbers and to prepare an action plan to overcome water scarcity and to give good life to future generation. The officials will visit the water stressed villages and inspect the works related to water conservation. Collector Sarfaraz Ahmad briefed the higher officials about population, occupation, ground water levels, and crop patterns through power point presentation. DRDA PD A Venkateshwar Rao and others were present.last_img read more