Council to review snow clearing policy on Monday

first_imgCouncil will review the policy on Monday and determine the next steps to update the snow removal policy.  The full report being presented to Council is below. Snow removal is a source of financial stress for the City with snowfall amounts being unpredictable, finding the most financially efficient way to move the snow is an asset.With the 2017 and 2018 budgets exceeding the allocated snow clearing funds due to heavy snowfall. Having the right equipment and system in place is a must to ensure priorities for snow and ice control for streets, parking lots, and sidewalk/trails.The draft policy that will be presented to Council on Monday identifies priorities for snow and ice control for streets, parking lots, and sidewalk/trails. It also identifies levels of response which are operationalized in the administrative procedure.The draft also allows for the use of contracted services to help with clearing the streets and parking lots. Typically the contractors would work in a residential area, allowing City crews to move back to higher priority areas if required. It also allows for the ability to open a street, to make it safer to drive one – although it is not cleared from curb to curb. Crews would later go back and clear the street from curb to curb. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council will hear from City staff Monday about a new plan for clearing snow in the City.Staff say the City can’t meet the existing policy directive with current resources. During the last review of the policy in 2010, staff changed to the current procedure that takes much longer to remove snow but doesn’t block residential drives.  Before 2010, plow trucks were used to remove snow with clearing completed within one to two days, yet the plows filled peoples driveways.Council asked staff before Christmas to review the current procedure and policy to align the two and to improve efficiencies.last_img read more

Congress has won elections in Delhi more times than it has faced defeat: Sheila

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress has won elections in Delhi more times than it has faced defeat, says former chief minister Sheila Dikshit though she does not want to speculate on the number of seats the party will win in the national Capital. She says she will be satisfied only if the party romps home in all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi but a “clearer picture” on which party is leading in the city will emerge in the next 8-10 days.Eight-one-year-old Dikshit, who is involved in a keen contest in the North East Delhi seat against Delhi BJP chief and sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Pandey, has been busy campaigning for the polls. “I never rest during daytime. I am contesting parliamentary elections after a long time but I am used to election campaigning. The most important thing is to reach out to the people,” said Dikshit. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDikshit, who opposed an alliance with the AAP, says, “The Congress is an old party. It has always fought on its own in Delhi and won (elections) more often than it lost. But that is the game of politics. So, I felt we should not ally with a party (AAP) which is confined to one area (Delhi).” She justifies her stand saying, “We are contesting in all seven seats. If an alliance had happened, we would have got 2-4 seats only.” Dikshit successfully led the Congress in the 1998, 2003 and 2008 Assembly polls, but the party suffered a rout in the 2013 elections under her. The Congress could not even open its account in the 2014 Lok Sabha and the 2015 Assembly elections. Asked about her rival Tiwari, she says, “I do not even know him.”last_img read more

UNSC: US Ambassador Highlights Morocco’s Experience in Fighting Violent Extremism

New York – US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power highlighted, on Thursday, efforts made by Morocco to counter violent extremism.Power, who was speaking before the UN Security Council, underlined that Morocco is striving to spread a moderate Islam to face violent extremist ideologies.Morocco is striving to face extremist ideologies through the values of respect and dignity, while preaching a moderate interpretation of Islam, said Power during a debate on “the role of youth to fight violent extremism”. The debate, chaired by Crown Prince of Jordan Hussein Abdullah whose country assumes the rotating presidency of the UN body for April, was attended mainly by UNSG Ban Ki-Moon. read more

Greek Anarchist Group Attacks Saudi Arabian Embassy in Athens

By Sana ElouaziRabat – Members of the Greek anarchist group Rouvikonas reportedly targeted the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Athens in the early hours of Thursday, to protest against Riyadh’s involvement in the Yemeni Civil War. A video footage recorded by the group featured at least six assaillants wearing motorcycle helmets throwing projectiles and paint at the fences of the embassy . “At about 0400 GMT, a few people caused damage to the outside of the embassy… They threw some paint,” a police source told AFP, adding that “an investigation was underway.”In  a statement, the group claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it was in response to Saudi Arabia’s brutal regime and its involvement in the conflict in Yemen.“What ISIS has been doing, which rightly caused global revulsion, has been happening in Saudi Arabia for decades, in broad daylight, and it is accepted by the ‘civilized’ world,” the statement said.“Adulteresses are beheaded in the middle of street, thieves are amputated in front of howling crowds, women are totally subjugated, dissidents and gays disappear and are executed.”Rouvikonas also lambasted the leftist Greek government of Alexis Tsipras for its attempt to sell Greek army tank shells to Saudi Arabia earlier this week.Since their emergence in 2015, members of Rouvikonas have claimed dozens of acts of vandalism and assaults against state offices, financial agencies, media organizations, and politicians, mainly in Athens, causing damage to property but so far without injury.In July 2016, they threw paint at the front entrance of the Turkish Embassy in central Athens following the failed coup that resulted in a government crackdown with arrests of military personnel, members of academia, and political opponents of the Turkish government.In October 2017, the group also broke into the Spanish embassy, distributing leaflets in which they denounced the “repression” of Catalan population. read more

Brock community event to explore the craft business model

From craft beer to artisanal products, more and more companies are taking a niche approach to business.Understanding this business model will be at the centre of a panel discussion held at Brock University next week.Business Matters: Crafting the Brand, being held Wednesday, April 10, is the fifth in a series of panel talks organized by Brock’s Goodman School of Business. Previous Business Matters discussions have focused on women in business, the music industry, corporate social responsibility and innovation.This year’s panelists will look at what it means to follow a craft or artisanal approach to business, and why it has become a successful business model. They will also discuss the role that factors such as authenticity play.Panelists will draw on their extensive experience operating their own craft businesses in the food and beverage industry. The event will be moderated by Todd Green, Associate Professor of Marketing at Goodman.Panelists include:Conrad Davies, General Manager at Breakwall Brewing CompanyGeoff Dillon, President of Dillon’s Small Batch DistillersTamara Jensen, Brand Strategist for Form & Affect and proprietor of Dispatch restaurantNadia Senchuk, Co-founder of Leaning Post WinesThis marks the first time Goodman is able to host Business Matters in its own facilities, with the recent completion of the new Goodman School of Business building. The School is excited to welcome the community to Goodman, said Dean Andrew Gaudes.“The topic is exciting given our region,” he said. “We are having a conversation that is relevant and authentic to who we are and where we are located in the heart of Niagara.”This is a free community event, however space is limited and people are requested to register online.Business Matters: Crafting the Brand is supported by the Wilmot Foundation and is part of the D.G. Wilmot leader series.What: Business Matters presents: Crafting the Brand panel discussionWho: Panelists and craft business operators Conrad Davies, Geoff Dillon, Tamara Jensen and Nadia SenchukWhen: Wednesday, April 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.Where: Goodman School of Business Atrium, Brock University read more

Fencing Hes a legend Vladimir Nazlymov retires after 19 seasons as Ohio

Vladimir Nazlymov is retiring from his position as Ohio State’s head fencing coach after 19 seasons. Credit: Courtesy of OSUVladimir Nazlymov didn’t create the Ohio State fencing program, but in his 19 seasons as its head coach, he built it into a national powerhouse. Three national championships, nine individual NCAA titles and 11 Midwest Fencing Conference crowns later, Nazlymov announced last week he is retiring, marking an end to an illustrious career and leaving behind a lasting impact on those he coached. “I can’t even imagine what my last year of eligibility to fence for Ohio State will be like because I can’t even imagine Ohio State fencing without Vladimir Nazlymov,” said Oliver Shindler, a junior on the team. “He’s had such an amazing career, he deserves to retire and go be with his grandchildren and go be with his wife,” Shindler added. “I respect that a lot for him because I know how much he loves the sport, and how hard it is for him to walk away.” Nazlymov, 72, walks away with a resume that teemed with success before he even arrived in Columbus. Born in Makhachkala, Daghestan, Nazlymov won six medals — including three gold — while representing the Soviet Union across four Olympics from 1968 to 1980. He also captured 10 world championships, and coached the Soviet Union to a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics. After moving to the U.S., Nazlymov was the sabre coach for the national team from 1994 to 1999. He also captained it at the world championships from 1995 to 1997. The International Fencing Foundation twice named him the world’s best fencer, in 1975 and 1977, and elected him to its hall of fame for his coaching success. That was all before he turned Ohio State’s program into a stepping stone for Olympic success, with 10 of his Ohio State athletes having gone on to compete in the Olympics. “He’s really an important figure in fencing history,” said Isabel Alvarez, who fenced for Colombia from 2003 to 2007 and now owns Pro Fencing in Lewis Center. “He’s a legend.”  Both Shindler and Alvarez said part of Nazlymov’s success as a coach is due to his uncanny ability to motivate. Alvarez experienced that when she trained under Nazlymov and later on whenever he would visit her training center. “He gives you this feeling like, ‘Yeah, I can do this,’” said Alvarez, who called Nazlymov one of the best sabre coaches in the world. Shindler witnessed it when he first met with Nazlymov in 2014 at a North American Cup event in Columbus. Entering his senior year of high school, Shindler was being recruited by other top programs like Duke, Notre Dame and Penn State, but Nazlymov stood out. One of the first things Nazlymov told Shindler, who has Olympic aspirations, was, “If you want to be a champion, Ohio State is where you need to come.” After an official visit, Shindler was sold. “He sees the sport in a completely different way than anyone else sees it,” Shindler said. “It’s not just about the athletic part of fencing. It’s a math game.” Before competitions, Shindler said Nazlymov provided the team with detailed information about how many points the team needed to win and what every person needed to do in individual bouts. “Like what we can lose by, what we can win by — everything so we’re prepared,” Shindler said. “Obviously he doesn’t want to lose. He has never hated anything more than losing. He hates second place, he hates anything but first place, but he has a cushion for what we can do to do well.” Perhaps above all, though, Shindler said the way in which Nazlymov cared about his athletes separated him from his peers. When Shindler’s grandfather recently passed away, Nazlymov pulled Shindler into his office to comfort him and offer his support. Or when Shindler’s performance was dipping during a stretch of five straight competitions, including two at the international level, Nazlymov helped Shindler one-on-one, telling him to go to the sauna to relax and working with him on basic fundamentals. Ultimately, those pieces of advice and hours of coaching helped Shindler return to the level of performance he knew he was capable of, and it’s why Nazlymov’s impact on fencing — not only at Ohio State, but across the sport generally — will continue to be felt. “The way that he cares, to him this isn’t a sport, it’s his life,” Shindler said. “To him it wasn’t a team, it’s a family.” read more

Live laser scanning demos at MINExpo

first_imgMechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co (Egan) will showcase construction technology advancements from its sister company, 3D Imaging Services (3DIS), through live 3D laser scanning demonstrations at the company’s MINExpo booth. Attendees will see first-hand how a quick capture of millions of 3D measurements eliminates human error and guarantees precisely fabricated components for both retrofit projects and new construction in the mining industry.“For mining industry projects, the proper application of this technology creates significant dollar and time savings,” says Rick Atkins, Director of New Business at Egan. “We’ve seen our customers expedite job schedules, reduce their jobsite labour and identify costly errors before they were executed in the field.”Egan’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, boasts a large fabrication shop that supplies the mining industry with pipe spools, pipe racks and turnkey skid packages. Customers and projects include Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, Jacobs Engineering Group, Fagen, Kennecott Utah Copper, Kiewit, CCC Group, Brahma Group and Bilfinger Westcon.The live demonstrations will include an overview of RetroFab, a proprietary, turnkey process that Egan and 3DIS developed for retrofit fabrication projects. RetroFab uses 3D laser measurements at key points of the process order to fabricate precisely to existing conditions, eliminating field rework and reducing outage time.last_img read more

One allegation of abuse within Catholic Church in 2012

first_imgRead: Catholic Church in Australia admits it has been slow to act on sex abuseMore: Irish priest being sued for alleged rape in USA THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S watchdog has confirmed that it received an allegation of abuse last year. The complaint outlined an incident that allegedly took place in 2012.The notification underlines the need for constant vigilance, good safeguarding practice and prompt action, said CEO of the NBSCCCI Ian Elliot on the publication of the organisation’s annual report.The Board was notified of two allegations of abuse having taken place since 2000 but the vast majority of the 242 accusations received related to years between 1960 and 1990. Some dated as far back as 1940.Information about all 242 allegations, concerns and suspicions have been passed to the gardaí/PSNI and, where appropriate, the HSC/HSE. The number of convictions for serious offences remains low, with just 26 prosecutions out of a total of 723 allegations (involving 320 priests).The Board expects to complete its review of all of Ireland’s dioceses by the end of this year and hopes to make “substantial progress” by the end of 2014 on the remaining congregations and missionary unions.The NBSCCCI’s audits into five congregations revealed a higher incidence of abuse amongst those orders than in dioceses. During 2012, current practices in 10 dioceses and five religious congregations were examined.Elliot retires from the head of the organisation next month. His report recommends a comprehensive review of the board’s operations be undertaken by the sponsoring bodies.Download: The full annual report>last_img read more

The Elder Scrolls Online confirmed for 2013

first_imgAs rumored in March, Bethesda has waited until May to reveal that The Elder Scrolls won’t remain a single-player focused series for much longer. Come next year we will all be playing The Elder Scrolls Online MMO.Full details of the game will require you pick up the June edition of Game Informer magazine whose cover you can see above, which should hit stores in the next week. However, some information has dropped to whet our appetites.The Elder Scrolls Online is by no means a new game. Zenimax Online Studios has been working on it for several years, and for that reason alone a launch next year (on PC and Mac) doesn’t seem outside the realms of possibility. At its helm is game director Matt Firor, whose previous MMO successes includes Dark Age of Camelot.As for the game’s setting, the events will center around “daedric prince Molag Bal” with the environment spanning the whole of Tamriel a millennium before Skyrim‘s storyline occurs. In other words, Bethesda is keeping the MMO on a totally separate timeline to the main series, which makes a lot of sense if they want to keep selling both types of game side-by-side.Game Informer is promising a teaser video tomorrow morning, and then a screenshot of the game later in the day. Beyond that, there will be a slow drip feed of information over the coming weeks and months I imagine.Of course, what we all want to know is when does the beta start and how do I get on it? I’m sure Bethesda has a plan in place and hopefully something will become available to play before the year is over.More at Game Informerlast_img read more

Hormone de croissance définition rôle comment analyser les résultats

first_imgHormone de croissance : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Également appelée somatotropine, l’hormone de croissance est produite par les cellules somatotropes de l’hypophyse. Elle favorise la croissance et la reproduction cellulaire. Son dosage permet d’évaluer la fonction hypophysaire et de détecter des pathologies liées à une concentration anormale de l’hormone.L’hormone de croissance, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Si elle est sécrétée précisément par l’antéhypophyse, l’hormone de croissance est très largement corrélée à de nombreux facteurs tels que le taux de glucose, le sommeil, les hormones hypothalamiques ou encore l’activité physique. Dans tous les cas, cette hormone spécifique joue un rôle prépondérant dans le processus de la croissance, mais également dans les différents mécanismes métaboliques. Ainsi, son dosage est généralement indiqué pour dépister ou diagnostiquer des troubles du développement chez l’enfant. Mais, face à l’étendue des processus sous-jacents, la mesure de l’hormone de croissance s’inscrit généralement dans le cadre d’un bilan complet nécessitant parfois des épreuves de stimulation et/ou de freinage de l’hormone.Le dosage de l’hormone de croissanceL’évaluation du taux d’hormone de croissance dans le sang est particulièrement difficile à réaliser parce qu’il est soumis à d’importantes variations circadiennes. En effet, la somatotropine se caractérise par des pics sécrétoires prédominants au cours des phases de sommeil. Afin de la mesurer, il est donc nécessaire de prélever un échantillon sanguin juste après une hausse de production. C’est la raison pour laquelle des tests de stimulation sont pratiqués afin de provoquer un pic de sécrétion. À l’inverse, des tests de freinage sont effectués pour inhiber l’hormone de croissance. Il est également possible de réaliser plusieurs prises de sang à des intervalles réguliers afin d’obtenir un panorama complet de la production de cette hormone. Le taux sanguin de l’hormone de croissance est considéré comme normal s’il se situe entre 5 et 20 ug/l chez l’enfant ou entre 3 et 5 ug/l chez l’adulte.Taux d’hormone de croissance trop bas : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?À lire aussiCatécholamines : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?En règle générale, les enfants qui présentent un taux de somatotropine inférieur à la moyenne souffrent d’un retard de croissance. La diminution anormale de la sécrétion de l’hormone de croissance peut être secondaire à une nécrose hypophysaire (syndrome de Sheehan), au syndrome de Cushing, à une radiothérapie concentrée sur l’hypophyse, à un trouble hormonal ou encore à une acromégalie.Taux d’hormone de croissance trop haut : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ? La présence d’une tumeur à l’hypophyse représente la principale cause d’une surproduction de l’hormone de croissance. Dans les faits, cette sécrétion excessive se manifeste par une croissance démesurée des os longs même après la puberté. Les enfants concernés sont alors exagérément grands (gigantisme). Le 25 avril 2017 à 10:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Workers get spiritual backup with the blessing of tools

first_imgSchool children and working adults piled their backpacks, cellphones and other tools of their labor before the altar at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Sunday to receive a blessing ahead of Labor Day and the start of school.Churchgoers stacked lanyards and ID badges, pens, a globe and other items, and the Rev. Tom Warne III led the congregation in a prayer acknowledging the labor and aspirations of workers, and of the struggles of those unable to work.“So guide us in the work we do that we may do it not for ourself alone, but for the common good,” they said.Peter Adrian brought his briefcase for a blessing. It was packed with his planner, cellphone, pens, work portfolio and other supplies.He’s working part time as an accountant, and the briefcase and its contents have been with him as he’s been looking for a full-time job.The blessing is a relatively common event at Episcopal churches, he said.“It’s a good occasion to, sort of, renew the reasons behind everything,” he said. “Working for the common good, working for other people.”last_img read more

Felida Village developer plans similar project for Ridgefield

first_img RIDGEFIELD — With Felida Village, developer Ron Edwards was looking to bring some of the town square feel of Europe to Clark County. Now he’s looking to bring some Felida to Ridgefield.Edwards is one of a few developers the city brought together for an upcoming project that will transform about 40 acres at the southwest corner of the roundabout at Pioneer Street and 45th Avenue into a mixed-use development with roughly 300 apartments, a new park and a commercial aspect.“There are going to be concerns,” City Manager Steve Stuart said. “It is new. It’s unique in Ridgefield. There won’t be many others like it. There are very few places in Ridgefield where this type of density is allowed.”City councilors approved the development agreement at their Feb. 8 meeting, about two years after the city started working on bringing mixed use to that spot. Originally, about 20 acres were purchased for apartments, Stuart said. But city officials were concerned that plopping down an apartment complex into an area without any nearby amenities wouldn’t draw people. So the city started looking around to bring other services to the property.The city’s first idea was to try to bring in that elusive supermarket that residents in Ridgefield have long desired. But officials and the developers couldn’t make it work with a grocer at that time. Stuart said the city is “working on the final details” of being able to announce a grocery store coming to the city. He said it would be located on Port of Ridgefield property across South 45th Avenue from the upcoming 40-acre mixed-use project. An illustration of how the 40-acre mixed-use project coming to Ridgefield could look. Courtesy of Ron Edwards.last_img read more

LaDainian Tomlinson encourages San Diego residents to conserve power from 4 PM9

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, LaDainian Tomlinson encourages San Diego residents to conserve power from 4 PM-9 PM KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego legend and NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson has teamed up with Energy Upgrade California to encourage us to save energy from 4PM – 9PM each day.Tomlinson has teamed up with Energy Upgrade California to encourage San Diego residents to efficiently use power between the hours of 4 PM and 9 PM and to shift use when electricity from renewable resources are available.LT shared some insight on how you can save money on your electricity bill on Good Morning San Diego. Especially since last month, SDG&E became the first of California’s major investor-owned utilities to transition residential customers to time-of-use plans. These plans, and the strategies LT outlines, empower San Diegans to take control of how and when they use energy.Plus, we got to ask him what he thinks about the LA Chargers deciding to use the iconic powder-blue jerseys as their primary home-uniforms for the 2019 season. April 17, 2019 Awesome time hanging out with Ladainian Tomlinson this morning!!! And guess what?! He loves that the Chargers are finally going powder blues too! ???????????? #legend #Chargergreat #LTfan @LT_21— Lauren Phinney KUSI (@LaurenKUSI) April 17, 2019last_img read more

President Obamas Alaska visit yields little regarding Arctic Ocean drilling

first_imgPhoto: Eric Keto/Alaska Public MediaThroughout President Obama’s tour of Alaska last week, he spoke at length about efforts to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. He spoke very little about his support for Arctic Ocean drilling.Download Audio:The drilling policy could affect the global climate much more than any of Obama’s climate-friendly initiatives.The president wrapped up his climate-change tour of Alaska in Kotzebue, just above the Arctic Circle.“One of the reasons I came up here is to really focus on what is probably the biggest challenge our planet faces,” President Obama said. “If there’s one thing that threatens opportunity and prosperity for everybody, wherever we live, it’s the threat of a changing climate.”In Kotzebue, Obama spoke of climate-friendly initiatives big and small around the state.“And I know you guys have started putting up solar panels and wind turbines around Kotzebue,” President Obama said.And he highlighted his government’s biggest initiative of all aimed at helping the climate: the national Clean Power Plan.“Last month, I announced the first set of nationwide standards to end the limitless carbon emissions from our power plants, and that’s the most important step we’ve ever taken on climate change,” President Obama said.Alaska is exempt from that plan. The president did not mention one of his policies that does have direct relevance in Kotzebue and the rest of Alaska.Kotzebue is one of the Western Alaska port towns getting business from the quest for oil in the Chukchi Sea. Shell’s Arctic Challenger oil-spill barge and other support vessels are based in Kotzebue Sound.The Obama administration gave Shell the green light in August to drill into oil-bearing rocks beneath the Chukchi Sea.The U.S. Geological Survey says more than 20 billion barrels of oil can be recovered from beneath the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. If that oil is burned in engines and homes and businesses, it would pump many times more carbon dioxide into the sky than the president’s big clean power plan would keep out of the sky.“Approximately 15-times greater,” Lois Epstein, an engineer with The Wilderness Society in Anchorage, said. Her group has been opposed to drilling in the Arctic Ocean for mostly non-climate reasons.She says Obama’s approval of Arctic drilling is inconsistent with his big push to fight climate change.“The administration should be at least trying to be consistent in their decision making,” Epstein said. “They have chosen not to be consistent, and that will have climate consequences.”Other environmentalists have been less diplomatic, calling Obama hypocritical or even schizophrenic when it comes to climate change.Shell Alaska spokesperson Meg Baldino declined to comment on the climate impacts of Arctic Ocean oil.But earlier this year, the head of Royal Dutch Shell, Ben Van Beurden, said he agrees the world can’t burn all of its fossil fuels and avoid dangerous climate change.“I accept the fact that having the climate change beyond 2 degrees C is probably highly undesirable, and we should do everything to prevent that from happening,” he said.Van Beurden spoke with the left-leaning Guardian newspaper in England.Even though this year’s plummeting oil prices reflect a world awash in oil, the Shell CEO said his company can’t stop looking for new sources, in the Arctic or elsewhere.“I think to just say we can do without hydrocarbons, and we don’t need them any more, stop exploring for them because they are coming out of our ears already—that is not quite an accurate reflection for a company like us,” Van Beurden said.Van Beurden put responsibility for opening the Arctic Ocean to drilling on the U.S. government.“The opening up of the Arctic is not our decision. It’s the decision of an Arctic nation, in this case, the United States,” he said. “And it’s our task to figure out: Can we do this responsibly? Can we do this profitably? Can it be done at all? If the answer to all that is yes, then we should consider it as an investment opportunity.”Shell officials say it could be 10 to 20 years before any oil from the Chukchi Sea would be available as fuel. That would mean Arctic drilling could remain controversial for a long time.During the president’s three-day tour, White House handlers didn’t let journalists ask him any questions, with the exception of an exclusive interview and photo shoot with Rolling Stone magazine.last_img read more

Judiciary Hearing Access to Videos on Body Cameras Face Objection

first_imgA judiciary hearing on the use of body cameras in D.C. was held on May 7.Questions regarding access to police worn body camera videos, laws for footage, and the public’s role in viewing videos raised concerns on accountability and privacy at a recent judiciary hearing on the use of body cameras in D.C.The May 7 hearing at the John H. Wilson Building in Northwest D.C. was presented by Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5),chairman of the Judiciary Committee on the “Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Body-Worn Camera Program.”“Accountability both individual and organization, requires transparency,” stated D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier in her testimony. “But we also have an obligation to protect the privacy of those with whom we interact.”Lanier emphasized that restricted footage would be seen by the appropriate parties.The District’s police department began a body camera pilot program on October 1, 2014. The $1 million project was for six months in which 165 police officers participated.“We are in an age where this type of technology is becoming more common, and we want to capitalize on that. The presence of cameras will benefit the community and MPD members by improving police services, increasing accountability, and enhancing public safety,” Lanier said.“While the majority of police-community interactions are appropriate, the use of body-worn cameras may be the catalyst that is needed to transform those that are not,” Lanier continued.According to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s State of the District Address, she agrees the use of body cameras will benefit the city.“So last October the MPD launched a pilot program to test the use of body cameras,” Bowser said. “And today I’m here to say that the pilot is over and that we will expand the use of body cameras to all MPD patrol in the next 18 months.”Bowser’s budget and financial plan, “Pathways to the Middle Class,” includes an allotment for body cameras.The budget proposal also wants an exemption of video footage from the District’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) under public records law, McDuffie, along with other opponents did not want video footage to be an exemption.“We want to make sure the MPD has the tools to do their job,” McDuffie said. “We want police-community relations, but what we don’t want is a blanket FOIA exemption.”last_img read more

Girls Finally Get Their Own School in Ward 8

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comTwo years ago, the District of Columbia public schools opened up the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Ward 7, an all-boys institution and recently, the girls got theirs.The Excel Academy, the public all-girls public school, started classes Aug. 20.The Excel Academy educates students from pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade. (Courtesy Photo)“We are thrilled to welcome Excel Academy to the DCPS family as we continue to focus on educating and empowering young women of color,” interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander said at a press conference. “Excel Academy scholars in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will build community, confidence and leadership skills and gain the skills they need-from science and technology to literacy and the arts-to positively influence society and thrive in life.”The Excel Academy is an outgrowth of DCPS’s initiative, “Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders,”- which is rooted in D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) hope to address the academic achievement gap between girls of color often experience. Bowser and then chancellor Kaya Henderson were champions of Ron Brown, which started classes in 2016, because of educational data that noted Black boys had the lowest scores throughout the District on standardized tests and tended to be disciplined more than their counterparts.However, the ACLU and members of the D.C. Council, such as Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), argued that there should be a program that addresses the needs of girls. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) determined that Ron Brown was in compliance with federal and District laws regarding equal access to education for both genders.In 2017, Bowser set up Reign stating that the needs of girls are different from boys. The Excel Academy is a product of Reign.Bowser, who attended single-sex schools Elizabeth Seton High School and Chatham University, expressed satisfaction with Excel Academy.“I am so excited to celebrate this first day of school at Excel and remind all of our children that their job is to get to school each and every day,” the mayor said. “Throughout the year, our educators are working hard to ensure every day counts for our students. And together, I know we will take every opportunity to ensure that all our families and students feel supported and are connected to all the resources they need to make it to school every day, be on time for class and are on a path to success.”Ward 8 D.C. Board of Education member Markus Batchelor visited the Excel Academy on its opening day also and was pleased with what he saw.“I’m excited about the opportunities Excel Academy will provide for the girls of Ward 8 and those around the city as it joins the D.C. public school system,” Batchelor said in a statement to the AFRO. “I believed it was so important to maintain a program focused on the nurturing and development of our young girls and I’m glad we found a way to preserve and enhance this model. Principal Tenia Pritchard is second-to-none in our system and I am excited about her vision and leadership.“I am looking forward to a productive year at Excel.”last_img read more

DC Entrepreneur Returns to Bake in Baltimore

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO“I want to be impactful in the food space, what does that look like,” April Richardson mused inside the kitchen of her new business: Baked in Baltimore.September 15 was the last of Baked in Baltimore’s four soft openings in Pikesville. The grand opening, September 22, is one week away.The wall art is up displaying contrasting photos of the ‘68 and ‘15 Baltimore riots. The individual pieces of a glass chandelier are laid out on a mat and twinkling in the sun.April Richardson and Derek Lowery are the co-founders of Baked in Pikesville, Maryland. (Photo by J. K. Schmid)Richardson took the AFRO on a walking tour of the bakery’s two floors. The orthopedic boot on her right foot, helping heal a broken toe, doesn’t break her stride.The D.C. lawyer, president and owner of DC Sweet Potato Cake and managing member of Food Opportunity, was born and raised in Baltimore City, and is a graduate of City College.“I’m an everything kind of girl. I’m not linear in that way. I never had this passion for one thing. I had a purpose for many things, and getting things done,” Richardson said. ”And because the law touched everything, I figured I’d get a law degree because no matter what industry I wanted to go into, a law degree would be helpful, because law school teaches you how to think critically and how to find information. Once you have that base, you can do anything.”“Anything” goes from a mortgage fraud prosecutor with Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office, to a financial crimes attorney with the FDIC, to a “micro” small business consultant.“I’ve represented, with a law degree, designers during Fashion Week, I’ve done work for financial institutions, for the food industry, for start-ups, I’ve run political campaigns,” Richardson said. “The only thing that the law degree didn’t teach me, or help me do better, was be a parent. No amount of critical thinking prepared me for that piece.”Baked in Baltimore set up shop at Goldman’s Kosher Bakery’s former location, a 40-plus-year Pikesville institution.While moving forward, Richardson says she’s keeping in mind what the old bakery was, and will continue with kosher offerings. She also asked residents for their input.“The cool thing about taking over this company is that it’s stretching us into different baked goods, because we’re a sweet potato baked goods, a southern kind of cake company, where we’ll do pineapple upside down or coconut cakes, or lemon pounds… “ Richardson said. “[Goldman] did donuts, they did cookies, now we do them as part of us moving into Baltimore City.”There’s more stretching to come.“We’re painting and getting ready, this is our work space, once it’s all done, it’ll be transformed.” Richardson said. “Our goal is to become an SQF (Safe Quality Food) facility, which is the highest level of food certification that you can get. There are very few minorities that hold that food level. That gets you into any retailer.”SQF certification gets products onto the shelves of retailers like Starbucks and Kroger. Baked in Baltimore already sells at Safeway, and DC Sweet Potato Cake products are on sale in surrounding D.C. Wegman’s, Nordstrom’s and Starbucks.Even further down the line, Richardson plans to start roasting coffee on the premises and targeting Baltimore’s returned citizen population for job training opportunities.But first there will be the grand opening. In addition to the lenders that helped finance the new business venture, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is slated to attend and perform Baked in Baltimore’s ribbon cutting.The ribbon cutting ceremony will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m September 22 with a cupcake giveaway also taking place.Baked in Baltimore is located at 6848 Reisterstown Road.last_img read more

How Facial Features Can Influence Your Professional Image

first_imgThese conflicting findings suggest that while fWHR mayinfluence how we evaluate those we don’t know well, these effects may recedeonce we have the opportunity to work together more closely, the authors write. Thisbias in perception may be due to an “evolutionary mismatch,” they continued. Previous research on facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) hasbeen mixed: while someresearchers have found evidence of a link between greater width andactual or perceived antisocial tendencies in men, others have not. In onestudy, for example, a team led by Dawei Wang of Northwestern University’s KelloggSchool of Management surveyed 1,179executives – as well as a peer, subordinate, and supervisor for eachparticipant – on their behavior in the workplace. Using headshots to calculatethe fWHR of each individual, Wang and colleagues found no significantrelationship between individuals’ facial width and other traits, such asperceived warmth, cynicism, or morality. Our evolutionary past can color our perceptual present, andour professional interactions, in other ways as well, influencing ouropportunities for promotion and other leadership roles in the workplace. In a series of five studies of 1,517 participants, theresearchers found that participants perceived individuals who had beenphotographed with their head tilted downward rather than facing forward to be more“likely to be a leader because he/she is willing to use aggression andintimidation to get his/her way”. Your eyebrows, according to research by Zachary Witkower(University of British Columbia) and APS Fellow Jessica L. Tracy (University ofBritish Columbia), may also influence theway you are perceived as a professional. Witkower, Z., & Tracy, J. L. (2019). A facial-actionimposter: How head tilt influences perceptions of dominance from a neutral face. Psychological Science, 30(6),893–906. In other words, in the conference room, as in life, evensaying nothing often says something – and, like it or not, your face is likelydoing some of the talking for you. But while 190 online participants rated individuals whotilted their heads as better leadership material, that effect vanish when theresearchers digitally altered the images to remove their eyebrows entirely. Infact, the precise angle created by the individuals’ eyebrows was found to bepredictive of perceived dominance. Kosinski, M. (2017). Facial width-to-height ratio does notpredict self-reported behavioral tendencies. Psychological Science, 28(11), 1675–1682. Tilting the head forward creates a “V” shape with theeyebrows, a facial action unit perceived as high ranking, physically strong,and threatening, even when an individual has an otherwise neutral expression,the researchers explained. Belinda M. Craig of Curtin University and the University of New England recently demonstrated this in a study in which participants categorized the emotional displays of pictures of both bearded and clean-shaven men. Across a series of experiments, Craig and colleagues found that participants were faster to recognize anger on bearded faces, and slower to recognize happiness or sadness on those faces. Participants also rated bearded faces, particularly those displaying anger, as more aggressive than clean-shaven faces, while rating happy bearded faces as more friendly and helpful. center_img References “The modern world differs in important ways from the violentancestral environments in which human psychological mechanisms developed,” theauthors explained. “Social judgments formed on the basis of fWHR, which mayhave been adaptive in the evolutionary past, may no longer be accurate.” Wang, D., Nair, K., Kouchaki, M., Zajac, E. J., & Zhao,X. (2019). A case of evolutionary mismatch? Why facial width-to-height ratiomay not predict behavioral tendencies. PsychologicalScience. Lin, C., Adolphs, R., & Alvarez, R. M. (2018). Inferringwhether officials are corruptible from looking at their faces. Psychological Science, 29(11),1807–1823. “Head movement alters the appearance of the facesystematically by creating the illusion of facial-activity,” the authors continued.“Supposedly neutral faces may be less inexpressive than they are often assumedto be.” A smile can make all the difference in professionalinteractions, but your canines may not be the only facial feature that could beimpacting your career. A range of research published in Psychological Science suggests that the width of your face, thetilt of your head, and — in males — the hair on your face all hold thepotential to project a more intimidating professional presence. Craig, B. M., Nelson, N. L., & Dixson, B. J. W. (2019).Sexual selection, agonistic signaling, and the effect of beards on recognitionof men’s anger displays. PsychologicalScience, 30(5), 728–738. It’s possible that the perceived formidability of beardedmales may have helped individuals avoid conflict in the past, increasing theirsocial status and access to mates, the authors continued. But while beardednessmay continue to offer advantages in certain personal and professional arenas,previous research also suggests that voters may judge political candidates withfacial hair as more violent, misogynistic, and corrupt. These findings suggest that beards may facilitate therecognition of anger by accentuating the prominence and angularity of the jawline, and may stifle the perception of sadness by obscuring the drooping of thelips and chin, the authors write.last_img read more

After Sabuj Sathi success CM mulls similar alternative for city students

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contemplating to introduce some alternative project for the city school students, similar to her pet scheme “Sabuj Sathi” that has earned international recognition.”Cycles are not allowed in most of the roads in Kolkata. So, I am thinking of some alternative that can be given to Kolkata’s students. I have given raincoats for the students in Darjeeling as cycles are hardly used in the Hills,” Banerjee said while addressing a programme to mark the centenary celebrations of Beltala Girls’ High School on Friday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMore than 1 crore cycles have already been distributed since the inception of the “Sabuj Sathi” project. Environment-friendly bicycles are given to school-going students from Classes IX to XII under the project that was announced during the 2015-16 state Budget. In the month of April, the “Sabuj Sathi” project won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards under the United Nations. Banerjee called for a separate class in the state schools for inculcating good moral values. “Smart classrooms, computers and similar technological advancement should be embraced. But the schools should have a class where the teachers will teach good moral values like humanism and honesty to the students. This is my vision and mission. When you cultivate a land, crops are produced. Similarly, when good moral values are preached, it gets dinned into a student’s head. It helps him to think in a positive and constructive manner and frees his mind from negative or destructive instincts,” Banerjee maintained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe assured of all possible assistance to the school authorities if they express eagerness to start English medium for a section of the students. “If you want to start English-medium facilities, we will provide help by all means. However, we should not neglect the Bengali language. The Bengali medium too will run side-by-side. Bengali is the fifth most spoken language in the world and the second most spoken language in Asia,” she added. Banerjee also announced a grant of Rs 1.25 crore for Beltala Girls’ High School for developing its infrastructure in various areas including laboratory, hostel, open-air theatre, a proposed museum highlighting its famous alumni etc. “In Kolkata, there is hardly any space for expansion. If you are willing I am ready to offer you land at Rajarhat. I have provided land to a few other educational institutions there,” Banerjee said. She urged Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Gardens) Debasish Kumar who was present at the event to examine the scope of any minor expansion in the existing campus of the school.last_img read more

BlackBerry CEO I Would Sell BBM for 19 Billion

first_img 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 25, 2014 The CEO of BlackBerry has told CNBC in an exclusive interview that if the smartphone maker was offered $19 billion for its BBM messaging service, he would recommend shareholders accept it.John Chen’s comments come a week after Facebook bought WhatsApp, a messaging application for smartphones, for up to $19 billion.With regards to BBM – which has around 85 million active users, compared to WhatsApp’s 450 million-plus – Chen said: “I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it.”Chen added, however, that he did not look at BBM in that way.”I know there’s a lot of value in messaging businesses… I think the right thing to do is to expand that and market as big as possible and then I (will) worry about the valuation later,” he said.Chen stressed that BBM’s value came from its high level of engagement with enterprises and professionals. The company has launched BBM Enterprise Suite (eSuite) – a range of products and services designed to make BlackBerry’s messaging service more friendly to enterprises – which it argues provides the most secure and reliable real-time mobile messaging in the industry.There is a renewed focus on BBM at BlackBerry, which on Monday announced that the messaging service would be available to Microsoft Corp’s Windows Phone and the upcoming Nokia X platforms in the coming months.It comes as BlackBerry continues to battle with the likes of Samsung and Apple for smartphone market share. Last year, Android and Apple’s iOS accounted for 93.8 percent of all smartphone shipments – up from 87.7 percent in 2012 – as BlackBerry’s share fell 40.9 percent, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC).Late Monday, BlackBerry confirmed that its Head of Design Don Lindsay – a long-time Apple and Microsoft designer instrumental in the design of the BlackBerry 10 – had left the company. It is the latest in a string of departures under Chen, after the executive in charge of BBM left earlier this month and the head of global M&A departed in December.At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, BlackBerry also announced that Daimler AG and Airbus Group were among the latest multinationals to adopt BlackBerry products. This is a welcome announcement for the smartphone maker after recent disappointments in its relationship with the U.S. Army.Towards the end of last year, the U.S. Army – which has about 100,000 government-issued phones, around 70,000 of which are BlackBerrys – announced that while it was moving to the new BlackBerry 10, it was also launching an 18-month pilot program with Android and iOS phones.Chen said it was unfortunate this had happened, but added: “I think we’ve kind of made up a little bit already.””But I’m going to stand my ground. Obviously, I feel very strongly about our device, so anybody who wants to intrude into our space, we have a very loyal customer base. You can rest assured that BlackBerry is not going to back down.” This story originally appeared on CNBC Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more