Muskox gets out of enclosure at Winnipeg zoo but cant make great

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo is investigating how a muskox got out of its enclosure.It happened Friday when a 200 lb. male muskox escaped its holding area, though it didn’t get out of a secondary containment area.“What we do know is that after the fact, the gate was partially open and we have not been able to identify mechanical failure at this point,” said zoo spokesman Gary Lunsford.The zoo said no one was at risk during the incident. Staff sedated and relocated the animal quickly.This isn’t the first time an animal at the zoo has ended up somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be.In 2014, just days after the Journey to Churchill exhibit opened, some grey wolves tunneled into the polar bear pen.No animals were hurt and the wolves were moved out of the exhibit before any visitors arrived.“We initiated an emergency response, and the emergency response team was on site within minutes and sedated the animal directly after,” said Lunsford.Zoo officials said the muskox broke one of its horns off while it was recovering from sedation. They said the animal is doing well under veterinary care.The group that accredits the Assiniboine Park Zoo said it is aware of the incident with the muskox.“It is a testament to the zoo’s dedicated staff and emergency protocols which enabled the facility to respond to the situation quickly without harm,” said Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.“As per CAZA’s standards on emergency protocol, the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be submitting formal documentation to CAZA’s national office outlining the details of the matter and what steps are being taken to ensure the incident is not repeated.”Muskox are Arctic mammals that roam the tundra in search of roots, mosses and lichen.There are five in the zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

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US October budget deficit jumps to 1005 billion

first_imgWASHINGTON — The federal government recorded a deficit of $100.5 billion in October, a big increase from a year ago that was primarily caused by quirks in the calendar.The Treasury Department says the deficit shot up 59 per cent from the same month a year ago. Last year’s October deficit was smaller because the government paid $48 billion in benefits in September because Oct. 1 fell on the weekend.The government has run a deficit in every October going back to the early 1950s. The new report begins a budget year in which the federal deficit is expected to soar above $1 trillion, reflecting in part the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts Congress approved last December.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Liberia top envoy says UN Volunteers will remain crucial as mission changes

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) have been “absolutely crucial” to the accomplishments of the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Liberia, and they will continue to play a vital role as the peacekeeping operation starts changing in the months ahead, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative has said.At a recent event in Monrovia, the West African country’s capital, over 250 UNV from almost 70 nations were honoured by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and Special Representative Alan Doss told the volunteers that their assistance remains crucial in such areas as reconstruction and promoting human rights.In a Security Council resolution adopted in March, UNMIL was called on to take steps towards achieving key benchmarks aimed at facilitating a phased, gradual consolidation, drawdown and withdrawal of its troop contingent, “as the situation permits and without compromising” the country’s security.Despite this impending transition, Mr. Doss stressed the value of the UNV. “We still need to help this country recover from those many dreadful years of war, conflict, violence and abuse,” he said. “We are all here for the same purpose – to help Liberia get back on its feet.”The highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of special prizes to the six UNV who have served for the longest periods with UNMIL: Marcel Lwamba Afanya of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Robert Abass Bangura of Sierra Leone, Joyce Curtis-Hooke of Sierra Leone, Daniel Mensah-Brande of Ghana, Mafulu Mudingombi of the DRC and Seblewongel Worku of Ethiopia.They have served in UNMIL’s Civil Affairs, Public Information, Transport, Communication and Information and Technology sections since 2003.“The UN Volunteer is no longer an unknown or strange entity,” said UNV Programme Manager Olufemi Olugbemi, noting that the six who received the awards have taken volunteerism to a new level. “Volunteers have proven to be the added advantage to peacekeeping operations by enduring tests of perseverance, patience and technical competence.”UNMIL was established in 2003 to support Liberia’s ceasefire and peace process, and currently has over 15,200 uniformed personnel, along with around 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers.Since the mission was established, nearly 700 volunteers from more than 70 countries have worked for UNMIL. 24 May 2007United Nations Volunteers (UNV) have been “absolutely crucial” to the accomplishments of the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Liberia, and they will continue to play a vital role as the peacekeeping operation starts changing in the months ahead, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative has said. read more

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Despite progress situation in Burundi still cause for concern Ban warns

Burundi has made significant progress over the past year in moving away from its violent past towards a future of peace, stability and development but security, food, human rights and sexual violence remain matters of concern, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.Among the advances he cites the holding of five consecutive elections (communal, presidential, legislative, senatorial and local), even though some of these were boycotted by opposition parties, noting that for the first time since 1993, the authorities successfully took on the challenge entirely on their own in a country that was for decades torn apart by largely ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis, in which hundreds of thousands of people perished.“Despite the deep divide among political actors over the elections and the fact that a single party will dominate the political landscape for the next five years, it is remarkable that neither of those factors has led to the return of large-scale violence, as had been widely feared,” he tells the Security Council in his latest report on the United Nations mission that has been helping the small Central African country recover from its legacy of violence. “I believe that the fact that confrontation has remained predominantly confined to the political realm is a testament to the maturing of the political class of Burundi, the vibrant role played by its increasingly strong and independent civil society, and, above all, the population’s desire for lasting peace and development.”But, he adds: “I am deeply concerned about signs of a returning climate of impunity, the resurgence of acts of torture, intimidation, extrajudicial executions and arrests of opposition members, as well as restrictions on the freedom of expression and assembly.”The UN mission, known in its most recent incarnation as the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), expires at the end of the year and Mr. Ban proposes that it be replaced by a scaled-down mission to be known as the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) as of 1 January 2011, for an initial period of one year, to complement the various UN agencies working in the country.The new Office’s mandate will include monitoring key indicators on democracy and governance, and providing advice on the security sector and strengthening human rights and justice institutions. Without giving numbers, he says BNUB’s overall size is likely to be substantially smaller than that of BINUB, in accordance with the Government’s request.He notes that the scaling down of the former UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) to BINUB in 2006 created significant tension among national staff, with one group of former staff members still demanding reparations for various reasons, including wrongful dismissal, staging demonstrations, destroying UN property and threatening to kidnap UN staff. “To reduce the risk of a similar reaction, I urge the Government of Burundi to work closely with the United Nations to assist BINUB national staff in their transition to either the public or the private sector,” he writes. Mr. Ban notes that the security situation in the country, although relatively stable over the past year, remains a concern, with a high incidence of criminal activities such as armed robbery, killings and sexual violence, and “a significant increase in human rights violations,” including severe restrictions on the freedom of expression and association and the jailing of opposition party members.He reports an increase in extrajudicial killings and/or politically motivated killings from 27 in 2009 to 29 recorded so far this year, and notes that BINUB confirmed 18 cases of torture while none were reported in 2009.“Sexual and gender-based violence continues to be a major challenge,” he says, noting that between January and October, the Ministry of Human Rights and Gender registered 1,727 rape cases. He stresses UN efforts to combat sexual and gender violence and generally to promote human rights and civilian protection by regularly reporting violations, briefing the diplomatic community and organizing awareness programmes for State employees and youth groups.But he also notes that the rate of representation by women in the National Assembly is 32 per cent, above the 30 per cent required by the Constitution, and women’s representation in the Senate is 46 per cent, the highest in Africa and second in the world at this level.Mr. Ban cites a “considerable risk” that children will be recruited by armed groups due to the heightened tensions that surrounded the electoral cycle; notes that the food situation, although improved thanks to favourable weather, remains worrying; and stresses that with some 100,000 people remaining internally displaced and more than 200,000 refugees still in Tanzania, land disputes and the lack of socio-economic amenities remain a challenge as returns continue.“Potential civil unrest, natural disasters, epidemic outbreaks, poverty and recurrent food insecurity could still have significant humanitarian consequences and a negative impact on development efforts,” he warns, stressing the important role the UN must play to monitor the situation and update contingency plans to respond to a sudden deterioration of the situation.Burundi was the first country, together with Sierra Leone, to be targeted by the UN Peacebuilding Commission when it was launched in 2006 to provide financial, economic and other support to prevent countries emerging from conflict from relapsing back into bloodshed, and Mr. Ban noted that the body continued to monitor the country closely.“The situation in Burundi has sufficiently progressed, in spite of the concerns expressed above,” he concludes. “I therefore encourage the international community to gradually shift its engagement in the country from support for the peace process to assistance in the areas of recovery, development and democratic consolidation. The next five years will be critical in this regard, not least because of the still highly volatile political and security situation in the Great Lakes region.” 6 December 2010Burundi has made significant progress over the past year in moving away from its violent past towards a future of peace, stability and development but security, food, human rights and sexual violence remain matters of concern, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

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UN in race against time to provide food for 600000 Afghans before

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is racing against the clock to deliver food for some 600,000 impoverished Afghans who will be cut off once winter’s bitter cold arrives and heavy snows set in, while at the same time seeking urgent donations now to prevent a shortfall with the approach of next spring. “Winter is a brutal time in Afghanistan. Hundreds of villages that are remote today will be impossible to reach within the coming weeks,” WFP country representative Rick Corsino said in Kabul, the capital, today. “Right now our focus is on positioning food in these areas, as well as moving forward with our drought relief efforts in more readily accessible areas.” WFP is already helping victims of severe floods in other areas of the country, especially the west, northwest and far east. With winter approaching, 21,000 metric tons of food, including wheat, beans, oil and salt, need to be positioned and then distributed to 600,000 vulnerable people in over half the provinces of the strife-torn country. Increased insecurity due to the continuing conflict exacerbates the difficulties already posed by bad weather. WFP has already delivered 16,000 tons, or all of its planned winterization aid to the provinces of Badakshan, Nuristan, Kunar, Ghor, Wardak, and Nangarhar, and more than 80 per cent to Bamyan and Badghis but poor road conditions, worsened by early snows and heightened insecurity along some key road corridors, have hampered deliveries to thousands of people at higher elevations. “In the higher passes roads are barely wide enough to allow a single truck to move. So when a vehicle breaks down, or cannot progress because of snow or mud, traffic in both directions can be halted for several hours, or even longer,” Mr. Corsino said. “Thousands of people are in need of our assistance. We have to reach them before winter does – and that means within the next few weeks.” The “very timely and generous” donor response has ensured there is enough food to get the beneficiaries through the winter, but because of the very long lead time between confirmation of a contribution and distribution of food to a hungry person, WFP will face shortfalls in all commodities by next March, Mr. Corsino stressed. Further donations are urgently needed now to avoid such shortfalls, including 6,000 tons of fortified biscuits to enable the school meals programme to commence at the start of the new school year in March. read more

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Forum crosses disciplines to talk about planets future

Changes to the environment and what it means for the future prompted discussion between scholars from several Brock University disciplines during a recent forum.Scientific and Posthumanist Perspectives on the Anthropocene invited five Brock speakers together for an afternoon of transdisciplinary discussion on Monday, March 27.The term anthropocene was unveiled in 2000 to represent a new unit of geological time in which human activities have finally overwhelmed the planet as an operating system.The forum “started a conversation among researchers at Brock interested in this seminal time period and the myriad of ways it is being studied,” said Ryan Plummer, Director of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), who co-hosted the event alongside Christine Daigle, Director of Brock’s Posthumanism Research Institute (PRI).The event, which focused on how changes to the planet impact humans and other beings, was the first collaboration between the ESRC and PRI. The two research centres signed a memorandum of understanding in February, committing to pursuing joint research projects, workshops and conferences.Scholarly discourse across disciplines is “where exciting breakthroughs occur,” Plummer said. “With respect to our planetary future, there can be no more important issue for engagement.”The event featured professors David Fancy (Dramatic Arts), Terrance McDonald (Interdisciplinary Humanities), Adam Dickinson (English Language and Literature), Martin Head (Earth Sciences), and Liette Vasseur (Biological Sciences).It was an opportunity to not only engage in discussion with scholars from three of Brock’s academic Faculties, but to also take in a diverse range of perspectives on the topic, Plummer said.Fancy was intrigued by how people from different backgrounds at the University approached the question of how humans are affecting the environment and what can be done to develop different relationships with the planet.Vasseur felt the discussion helped with efforts to try and define what anthropocene means for different disciplines and how it can be interpreted.With a successful first discussion on the topic, there’s potential the group will return to the table in the future to continue its dialogue. read more

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Urban Meyer received 330000 raise in salary after 2013 season

Urban Meyer is already among the top five winningest active collegiate football coaches, and as of Feb. 1,  he became one of the top five highest-paid coaches as well.After he amassed a 24-game regular season winning streak to start his tenure at Ohio State, Meyer received a raise of almost $330,000, according to a report from USA Today.In addition to reporting the nearly eight percent raise in salary for Meyer that officially took effect on Feb. 1 of this year, USA Today also revealed that the package was recommended by OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith and was approved by former OSU interim President Joseph Alutto.Smith confirmed the raise and said it was nothing out of the ordinary.“It was part of the normal evaluation process we have each year,” Smith said in an email.Meyer’s initial contract at OSU was signed as a six-year, $24-million deal, but has since undergone various revisions throughout his time with the Buckeyes.In 2012, the OSU Board of Trustees approved changes to Meyer’s contract that included bonuses of $50,000 for any Big Ten Leaders Division championships. Meyer’s initial contract also included bonuses of $100,000 for a Big Ten Championship, $150,000 for a non-national championship BCS bowl game and $250,000 for a National Championship Game appearance. read more

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One in nine commuters walks a marathon every fortnight

first_imgMany people walk a marathon every fortnight Commuters are far more active than they realise, with one in nine walking the equivalent of a marathon every fortnight, a new study suggests.Research by Macmillan Cancer Support found that 3.5million workers spend 40 minutes a day walking to and from their office – including between trains, climbing escalators and getting to and from stations and bus stops..Their total daily distance equates to 2.6 miles a day while the typical daily commuter spends 28 minutes on foot.This includes eight minutes standing, 12 minutes walking, five minutes climbing stairs or escalators – and even three minutes running.Macmillan Cancer Support’s national events manager Lisa Shorter said: “Many people dream of being able to do a marathon and this shows commuters are actually much more active than they may realise.”But after an energetic commute, we can see many workers are spending the rest of their day sat down, both at work and at home.”If workers can do a marathon every fortnight without even realising it, we can’t wait to see what they can do when they set themselves a goal.”Macmillan carried out the survey of 1,221 ahead of its OutRun May challenge in which people are encouraged to raise money by setting their own running goals.The charity said the results highlights just how unaware people are of their daily exertion getting to and from work. Meanwhile one in eight (12 per cent) admit all the activity gets them out of breath, and one in four (25 per cent) say it even feels like a workout.The findings suggest that some workers are so tired when they get home they try to spend most of their evening sitting down. After walking through their front doors, workers ideally like to spend nearly two and a half hours (149 minutes) sat down watching television.OutRun May will see thousands of runners setting themselves a total distance to run gradually throughout the month for the charity. Many people walk a marathon every fortnight Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Such is the strenuous nature of our commute that workers often feel as though they have had a workout afterwards, the research found. Most health experts recommend that people walk 5,000 steps a day to stay healthy, which is roughly the equivalent of 2.5 miles for the average person.So the new study suggests that for more than 10 per cent of people, their daily commute is enough for good health. With 40 minutes daily activity, they will also easily meet their 150 minute target for moderate to vigorous exercise each week.And a recent research by ageing experts in Norway suggests that a vigorous commute could help stave off the effects of sitting in the office all day. Fit people were found to have the best heart health even if they were sedentary for up to 13 hours.”Our Western lifestyles necessarily involve a lot of sitting, and we spend more and more time sitting on average as we age,” said Dr Silvana Sandbakk, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology”But our findings show that being fit plays an important part in successful ageing and may lend protection against the negative health effects of being sedentary.”The survey also found that nearly one in eight employees (12 per cent), the daily commute is the most they move all day – making their commute more active than their sex life and their job.And one in five (19 per cent) of those who say their commute is the most active part of their day admit to then spending up to eight hours sat down at work.For one in five people (22 per cent) it’s more evident as they admit their commute brings them out in a sweat.last_img read more

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EURO 2014 FINAL Denmark against France

Not many would bet against Denmark reaching the final of the European Championship on their home soil, but the defending champions have done it after a classic match against the unlucky Croatia, who again failed to secure the much sough after European champion’s title, after their seventh semi-final appearance in the competition. Meeting of the two history-rich teams like these, would only mean one thing; we are going to have a game in our hands; so we did, and what a game with 29:27 (13:15) the final scoreCroatia was leading with 3:5 after ten minutes into the game, but Hansen and his teammates gave them no time rest as they caught up on the lead. Bičanić and Ćupić responded well to the challenge and set up Croatia with a narrow 7:8 lead mid-way through the half. The score was nowhere near comfortable, for Croatia, but the Danes had al kinds of trouble turning it to their favor. Twentieth minute saw  Yet another tie at 11:11, but After Mirko Alilović saved the penalty from Eggert, the ever-efficient winger Manuel Štrlek pounced on the chance to deliver his team another lead. Ćupić set Croatia two goals ahead, but the Danish team showed no signs of slowing down. It was Eggert who had a chance to undo his previous mistake scoring from the penalty this time around. Last two minutes were an uncertainty as Denmark was one goal behind and Croatia couldn’t find their way to the goal of Landin. After NicklasLandin saved Horvat’s effort, it was Duvnjak who set the score in the end to 13:15 as the individual quality of the Croatian team’s best player was the difference at the interval. The second half saw only two goals scored in the first five minutes, and both of them by Denmark. After the missed penalty from Mads Christiansen, the same player made amends to put Denmark one goal ahead at 16:15. Kopljar quickly tied the score, but the momentum was now in favor of the Danish team. A brace fromEggert, completed a 3:0 series, 40 minutes into the match as AndersEggert(best player for Denmark with 8/9)  sets21:18 from the penalty. Horvat tied the score mid-way through the half, setting the score to 23:23. Unfortunately it was only a Swan song for Croatia, as it was the closest they could get to the defending champions until the end of the game.Sondergaard completed the 3:0 series, going into the last 10 minutes with 26:23 for the hosts. After Horvat and Bićanić, followed by anamazingKopljar (6/11 overall) brought their team within one-goal difference again LasseSvan Hansen ensured a three-goal margin for Denmark at 28:25going into the last five minutes of the match, as Croatia was desperately trying to catch up. Last three minutes saw defensive battle at both ends, but it also sawboth Wilbek’s and Goluža’s unable to get their teams to score in the last three minutes of the match, after Duvnjak ensured a dramatic finish at 28:26, three minutes before the end with Croatia playing an aggressive full-court press.The last 30 seconds saw both Toft Hansen and Horvat finally score for their teams for the final score 29:27, but surely late for Croatia, as they will meet Spain in a reprise of the bronze-medal match in Serbia two years ago. Denmark will meet the French team in the final of the 2014 EHF Euro, in front of the 14,000 fans in Jyske Bank Boxen,  in a match between the two deservedly best teams of the Championship.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICPHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com croatiaDenmarkduvnjakfrancegoluzahorvatNiklas Landintoft hansen ← Previous Story France is the first finalist at EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Tanja Medved new sports director at HC Vardar read more

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Crisis stricken Greeks somehow find money for botox

first_imgCrisis or no crisis, according to recent data, the botox industry made a turnover of 2.5 billion euros last year and is expected to reach 2.9 in 2018. In fact numbers show 2.8 botox applications per 1.000 inhabitants, and that was less than a year post Greece’s first Memorandum, placing Greece in the second place after South Korea in the global International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).“Botox is the fastest-spread aesthetic intervention in the history of beauty” said Andreas Katsambas, head of the dermatological department of the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, while acclaimed plastic surgeon Konstantinos Floros insisted that “botox has brought democracy to aesthetic medicine. “It is the dream everyone can experience, without pain, and at a cost that is always affordable,” he added. “Whoever starts doing botox does not stop it, and new customers are constantly coming.”At 176 euros per half a unit Greek women and men are, able to relax the muscles in the upper part of the face and smooth out the marks of time and worry from their face. Lips injections are also extremely popular amongst Greek woman, yet the lines on the forehead and the wrinkles in the goose leg (outside corner of the eyes). Aside from the aesthetic benefits of botox, the treatment has become more popular as a means to block the muscles that control reactions related to negative feelings such as sorrow and anger. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Luis Enrique praises world best De Gea

first_imgSpain manager Luis Enrique is in awe of David De Gea who he believes is the world’s best goalkeeper after his superb display in Saturday’s 2-1 win against England.“I never make changes to secure a result,” said the former Barcelona Coach after La Roja’s Nations League opener.“The changes were for Marco to give us more pace and take advantage of the space and Sergi Roberto because we needed a player like him, with a lot of technique.“Inigo [Rodriguez] hadn’t played for a long time but did well for the last few minutes. If you make changes to hold on to a result, you end up drawing.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Saul’s a player I like very much. He has quality, an extraordinary physique and brutal mentality. He’s also good tactically and he has goals in him… I love him.‘I’ve never had any doubts over De Gea. He may make mistakes, but so does every goalkeeper and in him, we have one of the best in the world.“I’m very calm with David, he’s a top player. His game and all the seasons he’s played in England make him our No 1. For his numbers and performance, he’s the world No 1.“I make decisions based on what I see, and I saw Aspas specially prepared this week. I think he had a good game.“Starting like this is the best way to do so, but in football only the present is valid. Pressing is what I want. Limiting space against a team with three centre-backs is very complicated.”last_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers opens up on Scott Browns rumoured transfer

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has opened up on Celtic captain Scott Brown’s rumoured transfer to West Melbourne Group.Brown has not been featured in matches by Celtic as regularly as was before in which he had 300 appearances but Rodgers said it’s Brown’s choice whether to stay or leave.“I was not sure of when it was going to be resolved but I have said before Scott will be afforded time in terms of making a decision about what he wants to do going forward. And he deserves that time,” Rodgers said, according to FTBL.“So of course very much we want him to be here. But he has to at this period of his life and his career to be able to assess his options he has.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He will be 34 at the end of this year and for some players, they reach that stage in life and they can pick up a two or three-year deal at that on big money and have an adventure for your family.”“I have spelt out to him how important he is here but I have also given him an unbiased look at it. Football is a very short career.“I said the same thing to Craig Gordon when Chelsea were keen to take him for good money on offer. ‘OK, this is what you could get at Chelsea, this is what you have here,’.“They are old enough these guys to make their own decisions but I can speak to them openly and from both sides.”last_img read more

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Rocky start for Longview homeless shelter picked to test program

first_imgThe Vancouver Housing Authority is planning a “low-barrier” housing project like the one in Longview. Lincoln Place Apartments would be 30 studio units in a new building proposed for West 13th Street, across the street from men’s homeless shelter Share House. The tenants would be those judged to be at greatest risk of dying on the street. Lincoln Place has gotten pledges of financial support from the state and from the city of Vancouver, although it hasn’t been approved for construction yet.Proponents of the “housing first” approach say getting a roof over the heads of chronically homeless people is the first step to improving their lives; but they acknowledge that mental illness and addiction are frequent in chronic homelessness, and take time and effort to overcome. It’s not guaranteed nor required that “housing first” residents ever change their ways. At least one critic of the Vancouver plan, Ceci Ryan Smith, believes that any building for chronically homeless people should provide medical services too. Lincoln Place plans to offer case management and opportunities to connect residents with services, but it won’t be a medical clinic.In Portland, a large “housing first” building called Bud Clark Commons has generated complaints from neighbors and police; it’s also resulted in improving health for many residents and significant health care cost savings for the public. Earlier this year it was reported that Medicaid costs dropped steeply for people who moved into the building — from an average of $1,667 per month to $899 — even while the vast majority of residents report long-untreated mental and physical health needs being tended at last.LONGVIEW — A pilot project that its testing the controversial idea that homeless people need shelter before they’re asked to stay clean and sober is struggling.Nine months since the Lower Columbia Community Action Program housed six homeless men in a home on 33rd Avenue in Longview, the original case manager has been fired, four clients have spent time in jail, thefts in the home are common, guests have reportedly brought drugs into the home and residents are at odds with a stricter new manager.last_img read more

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Residents on edge after thieves target vehicles in Southwest MiamiDade

first_imgAccording to Vega, a car robbery next door is what prompted her and he husband to install security cameras, a couple of years ago.“This is where they stole it,” said Vega. “This is where they took my neighbor’s car.”Now, shaken neighbors want to install surveillance cameras, as well. “After what happened, I want to try to see if I can put video cameras myself outside.”According to police, the two crooks were able to get into one of the parked vehicles of another resident. However, this resident told 7News, they would prefer to remain anonymous and said they are simply glad no valuable items were taken from their vehicle.If you have any information on this that can stop these burglars, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Thieves are targeting unlocked vehicles in a Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood, and residents want them stopped before they strike again.However, police now believe they  have the crucial evidence they need to crack this case thanks to surveillance footage captured by one West Kendall resident at her home, located along Southwest 138th Avenue and Southwest 109th Lane.Early Wednesday morning, surveillance cameras installed at the home of resident Mitzy Vega captured what appears to be more than one crook attempting to burglarize unlocked vehicles in the driveways of her and her neighbor’s homes.“At 2:02 in the morning, the car drove by,” said Vega. “It was parked over there and then was immediately put into reverse, but it turned off the lights, and we saw a guy walking by the house, across the street.”The surveillance cameras captured not one but two crooks attempting to break into cars. One of the thieves was even captured wearing a Victoria’s Secret “PINK” shirt.“He was like going house to house to see if each car was open,” said resident Hernando Miranda. “This is a very nice neighborhood, very quiet, which is probably the reason they were trying to get into cars over here.”However, residents told 7News, this isn’t the first time their neighborhood has been targeted. last_img read more

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SpaceX nextgen Raptor rocket engine is about to meet Starship in Texas

first_imgStarship is designed to pair up with SpaceX’s Super Heavy rocket, which is currently under development. Musk said the rocket could use up to 31 Raptor engines, but initial flight tests would involve fewer engines in case it blows up. Starship itself can accommodate seven Raptor engines. Musk recently shared video footage in February of a Raptor test firing, saying the engine had achieved the power level needed for Starship and Super Heavy. SpaceX hopes to use the combination to send tourists around the moon as early as 2023.Updated March 11, 11:30 a.m. PT: Clarified the origin of the Raptor photo.  Elon Musk Space SpaceX Post a comment Musk teased the engine’s arrival last week, saying the hardware was on its way to the “hopper” ship, which will be used to test takeoffs and landings. The SpaceX founder expects the Raptor will be mounted to Starship sometime this week.  First up will be a short static fire test of the engine, The Brownsville Herald reports. The vehicle will be tethered and the tests won’t be visible to the public. Some recent images of the hopper prototype without its elongated nose cone section appeared on NASASpaceFlight.com, so it looks like the first tests may not include the nose. High winds in January knocked the top section off of the Starship. 0 Elon Musk: SpaceX Raptor rocket engine ready for Starship Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious Sci-Tech Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starshipcenter_img 16 Photos Nobody panic, but a Raptor has been spotted in Boca Chica! 😲👍📸NSF’s @BocaChicaGalhttps://t.co/U2gq7H4w6q pic.twitter.com/b0XqoCyxoZ— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) March 11, 2019 Share your voice Raptor on way to Hopper. Will be mounted to vehicle next week.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 8, 2019 SpaceX’s Starship hopper should get an engine this week. SpaceX SpaceX might be hot off its triumphant NASA test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule to the ISS, but Elon Musk’s company is still looking toward the moon and Mars. SpaceX’s next-gen Raptor rocket engine just popped up in Texas, where the stainless-steel Starship prototype is located.A Texas resident named Mary (who goes by bocachicagal) has been documenting the goings-on at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Village launch site. She snapped a photo of the uncrated Raptor engine on Monday and shared it on the NASASpaceFlight.com discussion forum. Starship gets ready Tagslast_img read more

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Jagan plotting to give away Machilipatnam port to KCR alleges

first_imgVijayawada: Former ministers Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao and Kollu Ravindra demanded Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to make a statement on Machilipatnam port in the wake of reports that the government was going to handover it to Telangana government. Speaking to media here on Thursday, the TDP leaders said that the government had already issued secret GOs to handover the port to Telangana government. They asked the state government to reveal the details of port construction plans to clarify who would construct the port, TS Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao or the AP government. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us They recalled that the then chief minister the late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy wanted to shift the port from Machilipatnam. But the people of the district staged protests against the plans of the YSR government. Now his son Jagan Mohan Reddy was also making similar plans to hand over the port to TS government, they said. The former ministers pointed out that already the machinery related to port construction was shifted from the location after the new government assumed office. Alleging that Jagan wants to give away the port to KCR as part of quid pro quo for the financial help extended by TS Chief Minister during polls, they demanded the government reveal the details of secret GOs to people. Uma Maheswara Rao asked YSRCP MP V Vijayasai Reddy as to why he did not make comment on Nimmagadda Prasad arrest issue. He said YSRCP MPs requested the Centre to intervene in the issue and extend help to them. He said that Jagan and Vijayasai Reddy were also facing charges in the same Vanpic case.last_img read more

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CSK vs MI Hardik Pandya warns MS Dhoni ahead of IPL final

first_imgMS Dhoni, Hardik PandyaTwitterChennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will be battling it out for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 title and it looks like MI’s power-hitter Hardik Pandya seems to have challenged his idol and CSK captain MS Dhoni in the tournament’s final on Sunday (May 12).The day when CSK displayed their ominous form and beat Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier, Pandya posted a tweet saying that he was all ready for the upcoming game for the IPL throne.Sharing a picture of him oozing with a badass personality, Hardik Pandya wrote on Twitter, “Ready for the battle royal” which sounded like a warning to MS Dhoni and his team to face him in the final.MI stunned a rampant Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier on Tuesday away from home. They won the match by six wickets and thus gained a direct entry into the final. Post the match, Pandya greeted Dhoni with a hand shake and even took to Twitter to heap praise on the captain cool and what he means to him in life. “My inspiration, my friend, my brother, my legend,” Pandya wrote on Twitter followed by a heart-shaped and helicopter emoji.Following Dhoni’s footsteps, Pandya seems to have mastered the signature helicopter shot and has executed in many innings hitting the ball out of the stadium. Pandya has been an influential figure this campaign for MI, who are looking to win a record fourth title. He has scored 393 runs, most of which came in the death overs that led MI to win the match or set a big total. He has also taken 14 wickets.Mumbai Indians were third on the league table going into their last group game of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders, who needed to win that match to qualify for the Eliminator. But MI ended up romping to a 9-wicket win. Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya took a combined seven wickets as MI restricted KKR to 133. Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav then ensured that Mumbai chased the target down without much sweat.While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs.Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle.Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

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DC Mayor Celebrates Frederick Douglass 200th Birthday With Unveiling of Restored Portrait

first_imgIn the midst of Black History Month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated abolitionist Frederick Douglas’ 200th Birthday by unveiling a newly refurbished portrait of the former slave turned Black educational leader.The unveiling took place at the John A. Wilson Building inside of Bowser’s Ceremonial Room, a space usually used for official meetings.A restored portrait of abolitionist Frederick Douglaas was recently unveiled by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.Special guests included D.C. Secretary Lauren Vaughn as well as Tara Morrison, superintendent of the National Park Service’s Anacostia Park.The blue painting dates back to 1936 when it was first displayed by Recorder of Deeds William J. Tompkins during his term in office from 1934 to 1944. Douglass lived his final years above the Anacostia River in a home called Cedar Hill, now preserved as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.Douglass considered Valentine’s Day his celebration of life since he had no knowledge of his actual birthdate. His mom, Harriet Bailey, always called him “my valentine,” spurring Douglass to take up the date for himself.“There’s no better thing that we can do on this Valentine’s Day but to recognize her Valentine, Frederick Douglass,” said Bowser.Bowser will continue to spread the #BlackHistoryDC Month message throughout the coming week with a host of events in the D.C. metro area in memory of Douglas and his worldwide legacy.last_img read more

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Fire breaks out at Taltala warehouse

first_imgKolkata: Fire broke out at a warehouse in Taltala late on Sunday night. Four fire tenders doused the fire after almost two hours. No one was injured in the incident. According to locals, at around 1:40 am on Sunday night, some of them saw smoke coming out of a warehouse at Doctors Bylane in Taltala. When they tried to douse the fire, one of them fell ill due to the smoke. As the warehouse was locked, no one was able to spread water on the source of the fire. Immediately, the fire brigade and police were informed and four fire tenders were pressed into action. As the shutters were locked, they had to break in. At around 3:30 am, the fire was controlled. It is suspected that the mishap occurred due to a short-circuit. Sources informed that there was no fire fighting system installed at the warehouse.last_img read more

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Simplifying Digital Transformation at Your Small Business

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 11, 2018 6 min read Every company can benefit from digital transformation, but that doesn’t mean every company should change in the same way. Digital transformation means different things to different people. The right path depends on the needs and opportunities of the business asking.According to the “2017 U.S. Small and Medium Business Digital Transformation Study” from SMB Group, 48 percent of small and medium businesses plan to transform their businesses to operate in a digital future. The same study found that around three-fourths of companies surveyed agree that digital tech is changing how they do business.Fortunately, digital transformation doesn’t require businesses to move every process to the cloud, nor does it require them to invest millions of dollars in brand-new tech — a critical note, since more than half of SMBs plan to use current IT budgets to fund their digital efforts. The most effective digital transformations leverage existing infrastructure and find maximum value in the most sensible improvements.“Digital transformation is not an all-or-nothing shot,” according to iCorps Technologies, a strategic IT consulting company. “Many organizations take a multi-year journey, tackling the initiatives they believe are most critical right away and creating a road map to accomplish the rest within a reasonable budget that works for their business.”Related: Helping Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Make the Digital TransformationWhat the heck does ‘digital transformation’ actually mean?Digital transformation is a catchall term that includes a wide variety of goals. For some companies, digital transformation means leveraging cloud capabilities. For others, artificial intelligence and machine learning are more important. Increased analytics capabilities and Internet of Things implementations play roles as well.The point of digital transformation is not to take companies from paper processes to hyper-advanced and complex digitized alternatives. On the contrary, many components of digital transformation are subtle. Even the most technologically challenged business owners, given a bit of time, can lead an effective digital transformation with the right mindset.Company goals and challenges dictate the type of digital transformation to pursue. A company that seeks more customers, for instance, might consider how to implement new tech to improve the customer experience. An online chatbot or a user-friendly app might do the trick, or perhaps a business’s first step is to create store listings on Google and Apple Maps.A company struggling to optimize its partner network, on the other hand, might invest in more analytics tools to make better choices about shipping and vendors. It doesn’t matter whether the company sells software or gravel: Digital transformation is for everyone.Businesses considering digital transformation should ask themselves where their threats and opportunities lie. Have comparable industry players already made moves toward digital transformation? Have customers begun to demand options that the company cannot provide today? Rather than wait for market influences to force their hands, though, businesses should proactively pursue digital transformation to stay ahead of the game.Don’t be afraid of digital transformation — get excited. Done right, a digital shift can lead to increased savings, happier customers and better prospects in both the short and long term. Follow these three tips to design and execute a digital transformation strategy that creates lasting benefits:1. Confront employees’ concerns head-on.Most employees are set in their ways: In SMB Group’s study, 27 percent of leaders cited their team’s resistance to change as a top challenge. To make the change go as smoothly as possible, talk to employees about why the company is moving in a digital direction.Some employees worry that digital transformation will eventually cost them their jobs. Business Wire reports that 35 percent of millennials share that concern. Speak honestly with employees about how the company envisions its future and what role employees play in that future.Talk to people about the red flags, such as waning customer referrals, that make changes necessary. Show employees how new tools (such as cloud databases) will make their jobs easier but not redundant. Lastly, make sure to offer training courses to employees for any new technologies. As for those concerned millennials, nearly two-thirds who manage automated processes are confident about achieving their career goals, compared to 37 percent who stay away from the technology.Related: Ten Key Pitfalls To Avoid During The Digital Transformation Process2. Plan a strategy that will save you some coin.Pennies saved are pennies earned, even for companies with growth goals. Before taking on new debt to tackle grand opportunities, consider how digital transformation could make existing processes cheaper and easier.Humberto Farias, co-founder at software company Concepta, recommends that SMBs take advantage of simple tools with high potential impacts, such as predictive analytics for ad spend. Small companies can’t afford to sink money into suboptimal campaigns the way big ones can. With a predictive analytics tool that integrates with existing tech, small businesses can stretch their advertising dollars much further.Similarly, implementing customer relationship management technology is a digital step that can grow your business. According to Salesforce, growing SMBs are twice as likely to be utilizing a CRM than their struggling counterparts. CRM costs start at $10 per user per month, with many CRM providers offering affordable cloud-based solutions for small businesses.3. Work with someone who has been there, done that.SMB Group reports that 33 percent of SMBs don’t have digital transformation strategies because they need some help. Don’t wait for the competition to make the first move — find a technology partner with experience in the right areas.Bigger companies can afford to staff robust IT departments, but smaller companies don’t have that kind of cash. By outsourcing, small companies can maximize their resource pools and only pay for the aspects of digital transformation with the greatest impact.A good technology partner will recommend in-budget solutions that are compatible with a business’s infrastructure. Ask potential partners whether they have experience with small businesses, who at the vendor will be responsible for communications and what kind of preparations the business should make ahead of time.Digital transformation isn’t some vague buzzword. For small businesses, digital transformation includes all the little steps forward that add up to massive cost savings, happier customers and improved prospects. Look for areas with easy opportunities for big improvements, and then use these tips to turn those potential gains into reality.Related: The Pursuit of Digital Transformationlast_img read more

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