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Provincial Government Offices to Reopen Today Nov 29

first_imgProvincial government offices in Richmond, Victoria and Inverness counties in Cape Breton will reopen today, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. Offices in Cumberland, Pictou and Antigonish counties will delay opening until noon due to weather and road conditions. Provincial government offices in all other areas of the province are open as usual. -30-last_img

No smoke alarms in Oshawa Ont home where blaze killed 4 fire

first_imgThere were no working smoke alarms in a southern Ontario home where four people were killed in a fire this week, an investigator said Wednesday, calling the deaths a “preventable tragedy.”A mother and her two young children, and an unrelated man who ran into the burning home to help those inside, were killed in the blaze in Oshawa, Ont., on Monday.“This is a preventable tragedy and it shouldn’t happen — not in today’s day and age with the technology we have, with the safety systems we have in place and the fire services that we have,” Rick Derstroff, an investigator with Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal, told reporters outside the home on Wednesday.Smoke alarms would have given the home’s occupants early warning of the fire and a chance to escape, Derstroff said.“There were definitely some (smoke alarm) mounts there, we’ve got the wiring for the smoke alarms … but the smoke alarms aren’t there,” he said, calling the lack of the devices “very disappointing.”The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association identified three of the fire victims as Lindsey Bonchek and her two children, Madeline and Jackson. It described the trio as relatives of an association member.The fourth person killed in the blaze was identified by his daughter and niece in emotional online tributes as Steven MacDonald.The fire was reported a little after 8 a.m. Monday in the midst of a heavy snowfall. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames that had to be fought from the outside before crews could attempt to rescue those trapped inside.“The firefighters made several heroic attempts to get in and get to the upper levels and they were pushed back,” Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark said Monday at the scene. “They fought their way up through intense heat and smoke conditions … and after retreating, they forced their way back in again.”Neighbours reported hearing a bang and frantic cries for help as flames tore through the home.Clark said Wednesday that he did not know if the building had gone through a fire inspection.“That’s some of the data we’re currently looking into,” he said.The brown brick house, officially classified as having two storeys plus a loft, was divided into two units, Derstroff said.Natural gas has been ruled out as a fuel source for the fire and investigators are looking into other possible causes and ignition sources in the kitchen, he said.Derstroff also emphasized the importance of smoke alarms in preventing fire deaths.“When that 911 call comes in something has already happened so (fire crews) are already behind, so the smoke alarm is what’s going to save you,” he said, adding the fire service “may get lucky sometimes but it’s already gone too far.”“It makes it even worse when you have young children involved … there’s going to be an empty desk at school,” an emotional Derstroff said, issuing a challenge to teachers to get students to check on their home smoke alarms as a homework assignment.“Maybe that’ll save a child’s life.”last_img read more

Kativik Police Chief threatens to hand over policing of Nunavik to province

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsKativik Regional Police Chief Jean-Pierre Larose drew a line in the sand Thursday and warned the Canada and Quebec needed to increase the amount of money his force gets for face the consequences.“Mr. Commissioner, I have to tell you, we’re not even at five minutes to midnight, we are at one minute to midnight,” Larose told the Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous Relations with Certain Public Services in Kuujjuuaq QC.“Unfortunately, if we do not have an agreement before Christmas, I will be obligated to go to the Sûreté du Québec [Quebec Provincial Police] to take on the task of public security in Nunavik.”The Kativik police have been working without a funding agreement since April.Larose said negotiations with Quebec and Canada on a trilateral policing agreement are going nowhere.“They said to me, that ‘your demands are good, we understand it’s a must’. Okay, good, so where’s the money?” said a clearly frustrated Larose.During almost three hours of testimony, representatives from Kativik police outlined poor working conditions for many of their officers.The vast region of Nunavik has astronomical crime rates for a small population of 13,000 spread out over fourteen communities and Larose said they need thirty more officers to properly police the region.Last year they paid out 33,000 hours of overtime – the equivalent of 16 full time officers.“There are periods that are inhumane, of keeping a security perimeter in the cold, in difficult conditions, 12, 13, 15 hours, sometimes longer,” said Larose.Over the last two weeks the Quebec inquiry has heard many negative stories about the Kativik police.Accusations of police brutality, over policing of probation conditions, neglecting duties, and in the case of one former officer, a 2002 incident where he had to arrest a co-worker for domestic violence, have all been put on the record.“One supervisor was asking me to produce a report to send to the DPCP [crown attorneys] as soon as possible, and the other one was asking me to kind of like, stop the thing, to cover it up so it doesn’t have any repercussions on the police services so I was kind of stuck between both those supervisors,” testified Jean-Mathieu Lafleur, who worked as an Kativik officer for 14 years.Lafleur also testified to dangerous working conditions, including having to respond to an armed stand-off without a weapon of his own and another incident that left him with a stab wound in the stomach.He said he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.But Kativik police aren’t the only ones on the receiving end of violence.Since July 2016 officers on the force have killed or seriously injured people at over fifty times the rate of Montreal police.“I am very concerned by the use of firearms,” said Larose about his officers.He said Taser training is ongoing and other forms of less lethal force are being looked into.However, Larose said that the greatest challenge is the high turnover rate of officers, which leads to about half of Kativik’s patrolling officers having less than a year of experience.“Are they ready to experience everything they’re going to see here, in their first year of experience?” asked Paul Crépeau, a prosecutor for the Quebec inquiry.“Unfortunately they’re not ready,” replied Larose without hesitation.When queried about discipline issues on the force, Larose said he’s fired three officers since he was hired in February.He’s also open to calls for Inuktitut translators or representatives to help deescalate frequent armed stand offs, in order to offset the lack of Inuit officers on the force (three of 48 officers are Inuit).“The Inuit, they want to be part of the solution, and I believe in that and I want them to participate with us in all the issues,” Larose told APTN News.Larose plans on meeting with the community of Inukjuak their first week of December to discuss policing in the community.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Police looking for owners of recovered property stolen from Charlie Lake last

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for the rightful owners of property that was stolen during a string of break and enters in the Charlie Lake area last summer.According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP, police investigated numerous break and enters in the Charlie Lake area that occurred in the summer of 2017. She said that during their investigation, police recovered property that is believed to have been stolen during the thefts.A 17-year-old, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged with six offences last June in connection with a number of break and enters in the area. Cpl. Saunderson explained in a release that while much of the stolen property has been returned police still have some items, including a smaller-sized motorcycle, that they would like to return to their rightful owners. Local residents that are missing a motorbike or any other property that they think they could identify are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250 787-8140.last_img read more

Boeing changes executive in charge of the 737 Max factory

CHICAGO — The executive who manages the Boeing 737 Max program and the Seattle-area factory where the now-grounded plane is built is retiring.Eric Lindblad has been in the job less than a year, taking over as Boeing struggled with shortages of engines and fuselages from suppliers.A Boeing spokesman said Thursday Lindblad’s retirement was long planned and is unrelated to two Max accidents.Lindblad will be replaced by Mark Jenks, a vice-president overseeing possible development of a new mid-size plane. Jenks previously managed the Boeing 787 program.The 737 Max was grounded in March after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. Preliminary reports highlighted the role of new flight-control software that pushed the planes’ noses down. Boeing hopes to submit a fix to federal safety regulators in September.The Associated Press read more

UN nuclear agency fights not just weapons but diseases of mass destruction

Scientists at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) research laboratories near Vienna are targeting malaria-transmitting mosquitoes with a radiation-based method called the “sterile insect technique” to stanch a disease that kills as many as 3,000 people each day in sub-Saharan Africa alone. “The IAEA multi-year project is designed to support national, regional and global efforts, including those of the World Health Organization (WHO), to combat the disease,” the Agency said in a news release spotlighting recent press reports on its role in the war on malaria, still among the world’s biggest health threats. Up to 500 million cases of malaria are clinically diagnosed each year. The “sterile insect technique” has a long track record against health-threatening insects, including the tsetse fly that transmits sleeping sickness. read more

Belarus UN expert calls for health access for jailed opposition leader on

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, urged the Government to grant family members, legal representatives and independent monitors free access to Alexander Kazulin, leader of the Belarusian Socialist Democratic party Narodnaya Hramada and former presidential candidate, who was sentenced to five-and-a-half years imprisonment in July. “On 20 October, Mr. Kazulin started a hunger strike to protest against the lawlessness in Belarus and to draw the attention of the [UN] Security Council to the situation in Belarus,” Mr. Severin said in a statement, voicing “his deepest concern.” In a letter to his family Mr. Kazulin indicated that a doctor’s exam last month confirmed that he had lost 36 kilos, the statement noted. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid, independent experts who report to the UN Human Rights Council. read more

Some 300 million people suffer from depression UN warns ahead of World

“These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in a news release. With the number of people with depression increasing more than 18 per cent from 2005 to 2015, WHO is carrying out a year-long campaign, Depression: let’s talk, with the aim of encouraging more people with depression to get help. This is also the theme of the 2017 edition of World Health Day, marked on 7 April.Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. Depression is an important risk factor for suicide, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year. One of the first steps is to address issues around prejudice and discrimination. “The continuing stigma associated with mental illness was the reason why we decided to name our campaign Depression: let’s talk,” said Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. “For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery.” Increased investment is also needed. In many countries, there is no, or very little, support available for people with mental health disorders. Even in high-income countries, nearly 50 per cent of people with depression do not get treatment. On average, just three per cent of government health budgets is invested in mental health, varying from less than one per cent in low-income countries to five per cent in high-income countries. Every $1 invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of $4 in better health and ability to work. Failure to act is costly. According to a WHO-led study, which calculated treatment costs and health outcomes in 36 low-, middle- and high-income countries for the 15 years from 2016-2030, low levels of recognition and access to care for depression and another common mental disorder, anxiety, result in a global economic loss of $1 trillion every year. Households lose out financially when people cannot work. Employers suffer when employees become less productive and are unable to work. Governments have to pay higher health and welfare expenditures. read more

Vedanta plans zinc smelter and refinery complex to make Gamsberg a fully

first_imgVedanta Zinc International (VZI), a subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resources, has announced that the company has started a feasibility study into the development and construction of a Zinc Smelter-Refinery Complex to process concentrates from its Gamsberg project at Black Mountain Mining in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. The establishment of the proposed beneficiation plant will make Gamsberg a fully integrated zinc production site, with the mine, concentrator and Smelter-Refinery Complex at single location, making it the first integrated zinc manufacturing facility in South Africa. In line with the group’s commitment to Southern Africa, the proposed investment would have a significant positive impact on the Northern Cape, creating jobs – directly and indirectly – and further developmental opportunities in the region.It is envisaged that the first phase of the Smelter-Refinery Complex will have a capacity of 250,000 t/y of finished zinc metal. As the entire Gasmberg project has been developed in a modular fashion, so the Smelter-Refinery Complex could also be expanded to align with Gamsberg Phases 2 and 3. The feasibility study will evaluate the infrastructural requirements of the complex – the beneficiation facility will require around 200MW of additional power, and additional water supply. Both of these would mean significant large-scale investment.The scope of the feasibility study includes a review of previous work undertaken by VZI into the possibility of developing a Southern African Zinc Cluster that would incorporate both Black Mountain and Skorpion Zinc, which is located in southern Namibia. Skorpion Zinc currently operates an integrated zinc refinery, and the potential exists for the conversion of this 150,000 t/y refinery to co-treat sulphide and oxide concentrates from Gamsberg and other sulphide concentrate raw materials from nearby. Should these projects proceed, this Southern African Zinc Cluster has the potential to be one of the world’s largest zinc supply regions.This feasibility study is in line with Vedanta’s commitment to beneficiating to final metal, which is the model followed by the group in India. The Gamsberg refinery could see a further investment by Vedanta of between $700 million and $800 million.last_img read more

DKB HBL 10 goals of Du Rietz for 10goals win of RN

← Previous Story Isabelle Gullden to join Brest Bretagne Next Story → EHF Three matches suspension for Veselin Vujovic STANDINGS:1. Rhein-Neckar 23 20 0 3 720:554 402. Flensburg-H. 25 19 2 4 737:629 403. Fuchse Berlin 24 18 2 4 688:629 384. Hannover-Burgdorf 24 17 3 4 681:635 375. SC Magdeburg 24 17 1 6 718:648 356. Kiel 25 16 1 8 736:646 337. MT Melsungen 25 14 3 8 699:658 318. Leipzig 24 14 1 9 640:610 299. HSG Wetzlar 25 10 3 12 653:638 2310. Goppingen 25 8 6 11 674:682 2211. Lemgo 24 8 5 11 617:663 2112. Minden 24 6 7 11 640:683 1913. Erlangen 25 5 6 14 597:681 1614. Stuttgart 24 6 1 17 590:670 1315. Gummersbach 24 6 0 18 604:685 1216. N-Lubbecke 24 3 5 16 545:632 1117. Ludwigshafen 25 3 3 19 584:677 918. Huttenberg 24 2 5 17 593:696 9 dkb bundesliga handballKim Ekdahl Du Rietz Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz needed 10 days of training after nine months break to score 10 goals at DKB Bundesliga match! The 29years old Swedish star was the first shooter in Rhein Neckar Lowen routine win over VfL Gummersbach 36:26.SG Flensburg won important battle against Fuchse Berlin 29:21.THW Kiel – HC Erlangen 29 : 24 (15:12) THW Kiel: Vujin 9/6, Santos 7, Ekberg 3, Wiencek 3, Zarabec 3, Nilsson 2, Rahmel 2 HC Erlangen:  Steinert 6/1, Büdel 4, Sellin 4, Thümmler 4, Schröder 3, Haaß 2, J. Link 1 Die Eulen Ludwigshafen – HSG Wetzlar 31 : 29 (10:15) Die Eulen Ludwigshafen: D. Schmidt 9, Valullin 5, Dietrich 4, Djozic 4/4, Falk 2, Feld 2, Haider 2, Scholz 2, Durak 1 HSG Wetzlar: Holst 9/3, Ferraz 5, Björnsen 4/1, Forsell Schefvert 3, Kohlbacher 2, Lindskog 2, Mirkulovski 2, Buric 1, Cavor 1 Rhein-Neckar Löwen – VfL Gummersbach 36 : 26 (22:11) Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Ekdahl Du Rietz 10, Sigurdsson 7/3, Radivojevic 6, Larsen 5, Pekeler 3, Taleski 2, Baena Gonzalez 1, Keller 1/1, Reinkind 1 VfL Gummersbach: Köpp 8/3, Erwin Feuchtmann Perez 6, Zhukuv 6, Sommer 4/2, Jaeger 2 SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Füchse Berlin 29 : 21 (14:10) SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Lauge Schmidt 8, Svan 6, Zachariassen 4, Glandorf 3, Mahé 3/3, Wanne 3/1, Mogensen 1, Steinhauser 1/1 Füchse Berlin: Lindberg 9/5, Fäth 3, Zachrisson 3, Kopljar 2, Wiede 2, Mandalinic 1, E. Schmidt 1 Frisch Auf Göppingen – MT Melsungen 29 : 28 (14:11) Frisch Auf Göppingen:  Fontaine 6, Kozina 5/4, Schiller 5/1, Kneule 4, Bagersted 3, Schöngarth 3, Rentschler 2, Sesum 1 MT Melsungen:  Reichmann 9/4, Kühn 5, Maric 4, M. Müller 4, Danner 2, Boomhouwer 1, Haenen 1, Mikkelsen 1, P. Müller 1  read more

Trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives begins today

first_imgTHE TRIAL OF former Anglo Irish Bank executives Seán Fitzpatrick, William McAteer, and Pat Whelan begins today at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.The trio face 16 charges of unlawfully providing financial assistance, allegedly doing so in order to boost the bank’s share price.They have pled not guilty to the charges.Fitzpatrick (64) of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, was chairman of the doomed bank at the time of the alleged offences, with McAteer (63), of Auburn Villas, Rathgar, South Dublin as finance director, and Whelan (50), of Coast Road, Malahide, Co Dublin as chief financial officer.The trial is expected to be one of the longest trials in the history of the state, running for several months, and will hear evidence from dozens of witnesses. Explainer: Why is Sean Fitzpatrick in court? >Pics: Seán Fitzpatrick pleaded not guilty in court today >last_img read more

Baillieus budget bad for seniors says Mikakos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The cost of living pressures faced by older Victorians was overlooked in Premier Ted Baillieu’s second budget, according to the Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living Lily D’Ambrosio and Shadow Minister for the Seniors and Ageing Jenny Mikakos. In a statement to the press, Ms D’Ambrosio pointed out that senior Victorians will get an average increase to their pensioners’ rebate of just two per cent, which is drastically below the forecast rate of inflation and because of this “Ted Baillieu is hurting older Victorians”. “Mr Baillieu’s budget, far from addressing the spiralling cost of living for older Victorians, has made it harder on them through this miserly increase,” Ms D’Ambrosio said. Ms Mikakos went as far to say that Mr Baillieu had “simply given up on cutting the cost of living”. “If this government cared about easing the cost of living for senior Victorians, Mr Baillieu wouldn’t have broken his promise,” Ms Mikakos said. “When provided the opportunity in a parliamentary committee to explain why seniors will be stuck with a rebate that is far below inflation, the Premier failed to answer the question. “Seniors are already paying more for public transport fares, and stamp duty and car registration.”last_img read more

Les Anonymous responsables du piratage des réseaux de Sony

first_imgLes Anonymous, responsables du piratage des réseaux de Sony ?Suite à plusieurs cyberrataques sur ses réseaux et au vol massif de données privées d’utilisateurs, Sony cherche par tous les moyens à savoir qui sont les coupables. Le président du groupe japonais a laissé entendre que le groupe des Anonymous pourrait être à l’origine du piratage.”Quand Sony Online Entertainment a découvert que des données de ses serveurs (PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment et Qriocity, ndlr) avaient été volées, il a aussi découvert que les intrus avaient installé un dossier sur l’un de ces serveurs au titre ‘Anonymous’ avec les mots ‘Nous sommes légion'”, a souligné Kazuo Hirai, président de Sony Computer Entertainment, dans une lettre adressée au Congrès américain (lien non disponible), avant d’ajouter : “Quelques semaines plus tôt, plusieurs sociétés Sony avaient été visées par une vaste attaque coordonnée de déni de service lancée par le groupe Anonymous (…) pour protester contre des poursuites lancées par Sony contre un pirate”. À lire aussiProduits ménagers, Afrique et obésité, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 15 avrilPourtant le groupe de hackers rejette vivement ces accusations. “Nous ne cherchons pas à dérober des informations bancaires, notre objectif est politique”, a expliqué un Anonymous au Nouvel Observateur. Un autre membre du groupe s’interroge : “Si [un Anonymous] était vraiment responsable, pourquoi aurait-il torpillé le groupe en créant ce dossier ?”.Sony précise alors qu’il a seulement “suggéré” que ces hacktivistes pourraient être les auteurs des cyberattaques. Le groupe se garde bien d’en tirer des conclusions définitives.Selon le Nouvel Observateur, le service PSN qui avait été mis hors ligne après la détection de la cyberattaque devrait être à nouveau accessible progressivement “ce week-end”.Le 5 mai 2011 à 17:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

France Android plus dynamique que iOs

first_imgFrance : Android plus dynamique que iOsCes dernière années, les ventes de smartphones ont explosées. En ce qui concerne la navigation Internet Android gagne de plus en plus de terrain sur iOs.Selon l’institut d’études GfK Retail and Technology, les ventes de produits High-Tech ont diminué de 4,7 % en 2011, en France. Malgré tout, les tablettes et les smartphones n’ont que très peu été concernés par cette régression. En effet, 114 millions de smartphones ont été vendus en France en 2011 et GfK prévoit une hausse de 22 % des ventes pour 2012. Les tablettes, quant à elles, ont atteint un record de vente de 500.000 unités vendus en France en décembre 2011 et GfK estiment qu’elles devraient poursuivre leur porgression en 2012 avec 3 millions d’unités vendues.En matière de navigation, celui qui a progressé le plus, c’est Android. Car même si Apple reste bien en tête avec 76,6 % des visites de sites Internet réalisées depuis iOs, contre 20,5 % pour Android, ces six derniers mois Apple a régressé. En effet, iOs detenait 82,5 % des visites en 2011, contre 15,7 % pour Android. Le système d’exploitation de Google a donc gagné cinq points en part de visites alors qu’Apple en a perdu 5,5 %.Le 26 mai 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Liverpool points tally is exceptional says Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s tally of 26 points from their opening 10 Premier League games is “exceptional” after the 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield.Sadio Mane scored a brace after Salah opened the scoring, and Xherdan Shaqiri got on the scoresheet as well to take Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League, with Manchester City playing Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night.The 26 points tally matches Liverpool’s best start to a Premier League season and Klopp is over the moon with his team’s performance.“The start [to the game] was really good, exactly like it should be,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“We played good football and moved them around. Their tactic of man-marking did not really work and we could pass the ball where we wanted.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We lost the game a little bit, and did not keep 100 percent concentration, but we played on Wednesday and then again today – which is always a bit difficult.“The boys are really disappointed with the goal we conceded. It will happen one day. In that period we were a bit sloppy, losing the ball here, losing the ball there. Cardiff could live with 1-0 or 2-0, as they know a set-piece can put them back in the game.“But they did not get back in the game because we closed it with two wonderful goals. We are really happy – 26 points after 10 games is exceptional – so we are really happy.”last_img read more

ASA Voting Delegates Set Policy Direction for 20032004

first_imgFrom soybean production areas across the country, soybean farmers assembled in Charlotte, North Carolina, to review and revise the policy direction of the American Soybean Association (ASA). The meeting was held in conjunction with the eighth annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. Board members, voting delegates, and other ASA members participated in this annual process that will guide the ASA for the next year as it pursues initiatives to improve U.S. soybean farmer profitability.Among the noteworthy changes and additions were refinements to advance the use of biodiesel and to accentuate the importance of a viable domestic livestock industry, including competitive transportation for the delivery of feedstocks to supply deficit areas. Delegates approved specific negotiating objectives for the Doha WTO Round, and expressed support for food aid programs with an emphasis on the role of soy in confronting HIV/AIDS. Delegates asserted their support for biotechnology, but urged remedies to protect U.S. farmers from illegally planted biotech seedstock by farmers in foreign countries.BiodieselASA supports the development of state and federal legislation that promotes biodiesel and biodiesel blends, and strongly urges that all diesel fuel used in the United States be a biodiesel fuel or a biodiesel blend. Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel that is produced primarily from soybean oil.To increase utilization of biodiesel, ASA is calling for biodiesel tax incentives, a national energy policy that promotes renewable domestic resources, minimum renewable fuel content requirements that include biodiesel blends, and programs that promote biodiesel blends of 2 percent or higher. ASA is calling for energy security measures that reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil sources, increase use of biodiesel as a fuel additive to improve the lubricity of low sulfur diesel fuel for on and off road applications including railroads.ASA encourages fuel stations across the nation to start carrying biodiesel at the pumps, and encourages all fuel suppliers to handle biodiesel to enhance our nation’s energy security, improve our air quality and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.ASA will also urge elimination of the 50 percent cap on biodiesel usage for compliance in the federal Energy Policy Act (EPACT), and supports banking and trading of biodiesel credits in the EPACT program.Domestic Livestock IndustryASA Voting Delegates expressed strong support for the U.S. domestic livestock industry as a value-added soybean market. Swine and poultry feed accounts for 75 percent of all domestic U.S. soybean meal consumption, which represents about 37 percent of total U.S. soybean production.As swine and poultry producers face a variety of challenges to their industry, soybean producers must appreciate how important these customers are to their own profitability. ASA encourages states to use sound science where an environmental review process is used to evaluate livestock facilities, and that petitioners reside within a reasonable proximity of any questioned site.Also, the federal government should immediately and actively encourage segments of rail, grain, and agriculture to improve the infrastructure in transporting agriculture commodities to supply deficit areas of the United States, particularly to the Southeastern states. ASA supports legislative efforts to promote increased competition in the rail industry to foster better service and lower rates, including amendment of the Jones Act so as to allow the shipment of U.S. agricultural commodities on the lowest cost vessels from one U.S. port to another. ASA supports an exemption from the Jones Act for the shipment of bulk agricultural commodities.Doha Round WTO ObjectivesASA urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Trade Representative and any other relevant agency to be aggressive in investigations, and pursuing where necessary complaints against countries whose tariff structure and/or non-tariff barriers may violate said countries WTO (World Trade Organization) obligations.ASA supports substantial improvements in market access for soybeans and soybean products, including livestock products, as the top priority of the Doha Development Round negotiating under the WTO.ASA believes that the extent to which a new WTO agreement reduces trade-distorting domestic support, it must reflect the extent to which market access is increased in developing and developed countries through reductions in tariffs and other measures. ASA strongly supports maintaining the exemption for minimal and non-product specific support from reductions required in trade-distorting domestic programs.ASA strongly opposes any reduction commitments or caps on domestic support policies that do not, or only minimally, distort production or trade. Additionally, ASA strongly opposes exempting government supported domestic transportation and marketing subsidy programs in developing countries from disciplines under the WTO.ASA also strongly opposes including in the WTO agreement the precautionary principle or other non-trade concerns that are not based on sound science that could be used as a justification for restricting market access.Food Aid and the Role of Soy in Confronting AIDSASA voting delegates expressed strong support for U.S. food aid programs and urged greater emphasis on the role proper nutrition and protein play in combating HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). An estimated 36.1 million people worldwide have HIV/AIDS. Some African countries have infection rates of 25 to 35 percent of their populations.According to HIV-specialist dietician, HIV/AIDS-infected people may need 50 to 100 percent more protein than uninfected people. Soy is ideally suited to help meet their requirements for protein, calories and more.ASA strongly supports U.S. government agencies’ efforts to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in developing countries and suggests that policy makers and implementers recognize the role nutrition can play in mitigating the effects of HIV/AIDS on populations in developing countries. ASA calls on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase its nutritional emphasis in dealing with the AIDS pandemic.Biotechnology & Piracy of Intellectual PropertiesASA strongly supports biotechnology and believes the development of biotechnology-enhanced crop varieties and products will benefit farmers, consumers and the environment. Biotechnology is a key tool that will help farmers meet growing world food, health and energy needs.ASA supports global commercialization and production of biotech soybean varieties provided that U.S. producers are not disadvantaged by business practices compared to foreign competitors. ASA urges that all legal remedies both in the U.S. and through the appropriate international legal structures be pursued to protect the U.S. farmer from the illegal planting in foreign countries of seed containing patented or licensed biotech traits.last_img read more

Paste Launches Campaign to Save its Magazine

first_img“As a completely independent magazine, Paste has struggled for the past nine months as advertisers have decided to wait on buying ads in response to the recession,” the statement read.  “Last month, cash received unexpectedly reached an all-time low, and turned a tough situation into a short-term crisis. Rather than shut its doors, Paste is launching a reader appeal today to help save the magazine.” Readers who donate will receive exclusive tracks solicited by Paste from some of the musicians it covers.The 180,000-circ magazine said it has implemented several cost-cutting measures, including a 20 percent pay cut, leasing out office space and eliminating all “non-essential travel.”Paste is also upping its annual frequency from 11 issues to 12—but six of those will now be “mini-sized single-topic issues,” according to editor Josh Jackson. The first “mini” issue will be its June “Summer Festival Guide.” (The issue won’t appear on newsstands but will get some disribution of college campuses, Jackson said.)”We’ve traditionally been lax about ad/edit ratio,” Jackson told FOLIO:. “One downside to having an editor as co-owner is that I’m always arguing for more pages—great for readers, but not always responsible for business.”Jackson said he hopes to raise an amount “in the low six-figures” to insure Paste’s survival. Appealing to ReadersThis is not the first time a magazine has appealed to its readers to stay afloat. In 2007, the Nation launched a campaign to raise $500,000 to combat rising postal costs.Paste has experimented with other revenue-generating stunts, too. In 2007, the magazine launched a pay-what-you-want subscription campaign, similar to the rock band Radiohead. (The title added roughly 28,000 paid subscribers to its list. Over 31,000 took advantage of the pay-what-you-want offer, paying an average of $4.00 for a year-long subscription to the magazine.)In 2008, the magazine launched a “VIP subscriber” program, offering premium digital content to paying subscribers.Paste was nominated for a National Magazine Award for general excellence earlier this year. Paste, a music magazine that has launched a slew of campaigns over its seven years in print, is launching a new one—this time, to save itself.The Decatur, Georgia-based title announced late Wednesday an online initiative—dubbed “Save Paste”—to “to keep the magazine functioning in the midst of the global financial recession.”In an announcement, Paste said it has suddenly found itself cash-strapped, and in crisis-mode.last_img read more

Northstar Adds Trade Shows to Travel Weekly

first_imgSecaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Media has added two trade show brands to its Travel Weekly magazine portfolio. The publisher today is expected to announce the acquisition of The Original Home Based Travel Agent Show and Conference from Real Trade Shows Inc.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Last year, Real Trade Shows produced a spring Home Based Travel Agent event in Chicago and another in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the fall. According to Northstar chairman and CEO Tom Kemp, revenues for the events were down about 15 percent last year after seeing growth of about 15 percent in 2008.“These events held up relatively well compared to the print revenues serving the industry,” Kemp wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.  “We believe strongly in the future of face-to-face in spite of some of the impact of the economic climate on shows this year. Face-to-face events don’t have some of the secular challenges with which b-to-b publishing have been dealing for the last several years.” Northstar also today is expected to announce the launch of Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld 2010, a show for travel agents who sell cruise vacations. It will be the first face-to-face event produced by the magazine.The spring Home Based Travel Agent and CruiseWorld events are scheduled for April 14 to 16 and will co-locate at Florida’s Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Kemp said he expects to announce a date/location for the fall Home Based Travel Agent event in the coming weeks.In addition to Travel Weekly, Northstar publishes a number of magazines including Meetings & Conventions and TravelAge West.last_img read more

A Look at NatGeos Multiyear DeepDive Into Food

first_imgThe issue-centric approach isn’t new to NatGeo—they did it in 2010 with freshwater scarcity, and again in 2011 and into 2012 as the world population topped 7 billion. Each time, they’ve spread the coverage out over a longer period of time. NatGeo is now characterizing its food series as a “multiyear initiative.”That slow burn has had a positive impact on advertising. Originally unsponsored, the initiative now has four corporate partners and four foundation partners.”The commitment is really important. Consumers see that—people are coming back, people are following the bloggers, people are really engaging—but it wasn’t like that from Day 1. They saw it wasn’t a stunt,” she says. “On the business side, they’re realizing how it works for them. And we’re learning as we go along and bringing partners with us.”Issue-centric products like the food app and microsite will continue to be added to NatGeo’s portfolio in the future. Beginning in 2016, Malley says their next big look will be at the evolving relationship between civilization and nature. Theme issues aren’t anything new for publishers, but National Geographic is building out an entire product line and set of partnerships off of a magazine series on the future of food.The series, which saw its first piece run in the May issue, is being packaged as a microsite and iPad app along with original Web video and TV content, and interactive features. And it’s going experiential with exhibitions and other face-to-face events across the country. “It wasn’t all determined when we launched in April, but as the relationships built, and as needs in the market arose, we felt this was a great way to package the content and deliver it in a way that would get support on the business side as well,” says Claudia Malley, EVP and worldwide publisher for NatGeo. “From the business side, it’s been really interesting to see the momentum build.”last_img read more

MLA Mohammed Moazzam khan inaugurates Basti Dawakhana

first_imgBahadurpura: MLA Mohammed Moazzam khan along with Corporators M A Gaffar (Doodh Bowli division) and Hussaini Pasha (Jahanuma division) inaugurated Basti Dawakhana at Ghazi Banda under Bahadurpura constituency on Monday. This is the second Basti Dawakhana opened under Bahadurpura Constituency which will cater to medical and health needs of locals.last_img