Slain officer described as brave remembered for work with children

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A police officer who died in the line of duty in British Columbia was remembered Tuesday for his bravery in protecting others and his community commitment in the work he did with children.Abbotsford police say Const. John Davidson, who was 53, had been an officer for 24 years and spent the last 11 years with the department in the Lower Mainland.“John Davidson is my hero, he’s this community’s hero,” Chief Bob Rich told a news conference.Davidson died after an exchange of gunfire between a suspect and police who were responding to a report of a possible stolen vehicle and shots fired at members of the public.Rich said Davidson followed his training in dealing with an active shooter, giving his life on Monday to protect the public.“We train our police officers, we ask our police officers that when somebody is putting people’s lives in danger, when there is an active shooter, we no longer wait for cover, we no longer set up teams, the first person in goes,” he said. “John Davidson was the first person in, and away he went, and he died protecting you and me.”Police say Oscar Arfmann, 65, of Alberta has been charged with first-degree murder.Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Arfmann is in hospital receiving treatment for injuries he received during the incident and is conscious.The civilian agency that investigates police actions resulting in serious harm or death has said it’s believed the suspect who was arrested was shot.Arfmann does not have a criminal record and had a firearms license until 2015, Jang told a news conference.He said investigators are working to retrace Arfmann’s steps in the days leading up to the shooting.“One of our priorities is to learn as much as we can about Mr. Arfmann, what he was doing in Abbotsford, what he was doing in Alberta,” he said.One person who used to know him was Hope Arfmann, 63, who married Oscar when she was just 18. The couple had a son together, but she said the marriage lasted less than three years because Oscar was emotionally abusive.They lived in the small hamlet of Sunnybrook, Alta., and also on a farm near Millet, where she said he would hunt small rodents and birds.“The birds deserted the area, the squirrels, the gophers — anybody and everybody spread the word: stay away from that area,” she said.She said their split was tense and she suffered a medical condition that caused blackouts when she felt distressed.“I wanted to leave and he decided to keep me from doing that,” she explained. “I had been cutting up a roast at the table to make him a last lunch. And he says, ‘well, you ain’t going unless I let you go, and I ain’t letting you go.’ And that’s all I heard. When my sensibility came back, there was a knife in the wall.”However, she said the incident had been enough to bring about a change of mind on his part. She said in no time at all, he had packed up her belongings and driven her into Edmonton.After their split, their contact was limited, though they had a son together who she later gave up for adoption. Hope said after their divorce was made final by a Wetaskiwin court in the summer of 1975, Oscar married a woman named Patricia.“I heard by the bye that they were still like honeymooners after 40 years,” she said. “I was tickled pink. He married the right person the second time. For some reason, they clicked.”Hope met Patricia once when Oscar came by to visit their son and take him home for a weekend visit. She said when the little boy came home, he had a bunch of toys.“Oscar never, ever bought a thing for my son, so I’m assuming it was to impress Patricia about what a good person he is,” she said.According to an obituary posted by a funeral home in Bonnyville, Alta., Patricia Arfmann died in 2013.“I’m sure Oscar took it quite hard,” said Hope. “The only thing that he really loved was Patricia.”Jang said the killing of a police officer is automatically treated as first-degree murder.Davidson began his career in the United Kingdom in 1993 working for the police in Northumbria before moving to British Columbia in 2006.He is survived by his wife and three adult children.Davidson worked in the patrol, youth squad and traffic sections in Abbotsford and was active in the community, cycling in September in the Tour de Valley Cops for Cancer ride. His fundraising page said the native of Scotland loved soccer and rugby, keeping fit and being outdoors.Rich described how Davidson spearheaded a crash prevention program where he spoke to high school students alongside a girl who had lost a friend in a car accident and discussed how graduating classes could organize their end-of-year celebrations to prevent impaired driving.He said the last time he shook Davidson’s hand was in September after the ride around the Fraser Valley for youth cancer research.“We have lost John and nothing can change that. John died doing what we asked him to do,” said Rich, speaking in front of the Abbotsford police headquarters where a wall of flowers, candles and stuffed animals had grown outside the front entrance.“We honour John by looking after his family, we honour John by looking after each other and we honour John by protecting this community and that’s what we’re going to do.”Mayor Henry Braun said the community is in disbelief and people have lots of questions but the first priority is to support the fallen officer’s family.“We just want to express our heartfelt sorrow to the family. We all have heavy hearts but they are carrying a much bigger burden than we are,” he said.Davidson had an impact on students in the community thanks to his work as a school liaison officer, Braun added.“There’s going to be some schools, some kids, when they find out who this is who are going to be grieving as well. So we need to surround our kids as well because they’ll have a tough time grappling with this, because he was greatly, greatly loved in our schools.”On Monday, Rich said officers were called about a possible stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping complex at about 11:30 a.m.The caller hemmed in the suspect’s vehicle while waiting for police to arrive, Rich said. The suspect emerged from the vehicle and began shooting at the caller and others, he said.When police officers arrived, they attempted to arrest the suspect, who fled in the vehicle. Rich said police pursued him to an intersection where he was apprehended and taken to hospital.The B.C. Law Enforcement Memorial lists only one other Abbotsford member in its online registry of officers who died in the line of duty. Const. John Goyer died in 2006 from complications sustained while responding to a call involving a domestic dispute five years earlier.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter.last_img read more

Quebec City protesters end tense but mainly peaceful demonstration

first_imgQUEBEC – Several hundred mainly peaceful protesters filled a heavily protected street of Quebec City on Thursday night, on the eve of a G7 summit that will bring U.S. President Donald Trump to Canada for the first time.The protesters marched down the streets flanked on each side by police in riot gear. Moments of tension and confrontation — including the burning of flags, some masked demonstrators and a small number of arrests — quickly quieted down, even as the city braced for more.Quebec City’s historic district looked as though business owners were preparing for a mini hurricane to blow through the cobblestone streets, as several storefronts were barricaded with plywood in anticipation of anti-G7 protests.Stores that were open for business vastly outnumbered the shuttered facades. But the police presence in the old city was noticeable — squad cars drove through the area and uniformed officers kept watch at different spots across the neighbourhood popular with tourists and locals alike.On Thursday evening, rows of officers in protective gear watched closely as protesters gathered for what organizers had described as a “festive mass demonstration against the G7, capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism, racism, and borders.”The atmosphere was mainly upbeat, with some wearing colourful costumes and bearing signs advocating for such diverse causes as food security, open borders and environmental protection.For a pay-what-you-want donation, protesters were offered zucchini cake, rice and tofu, and vegetable soup.Alice-Anne Simard of environmental group Eau Secours declined to condemn possible violence.“We will not condemn acts that have not been committed,” she said. “We are here to protest and we are here to denounce the violence of the neoliberal policies of the G7 members.”Masked protesters got into minor scuffles with photographers and camera people. They tried to push cameras away and block the view of journalists trying to take photos of them, yelling aggressively.“This is not a discussion. Don’t film us.”While the G7 summit will be held 140 kilometres northeast of Quebec City in the resort town of La Malbaie, diverse groups including unions, aid organizations and anti-capitalists have been organizing protests in the provincial capital. Police have been making parallel arrangements, with 8000 of them ready to jump into action in the province.The number of detention spaces that have been opened up around the Quebec City-area in anticipation of protests is leading human rights groups to worry about the intentions of security forces.Representatives from Amnesty International and Quebec’s league for civil liberties say they’ve been told by police that officers aren’t looking to make any mass arrests.“But with all the security measures that have been put in place, it’s leading us to believe there is a gap between the discourse and the reality,” said Genevieve Paul, head of the francophone Canadian branch of Amnesty International.Her group and Quebec’s league for civil liberties are sending 44 observers to the protests, which are likely to continue well into Saturday night.Paul said prisoners in Quebec City’s provincial jail have been transferred to other detention centres in order to liberate about 230 spots for protesters.Police have erected a temporary detention centre near Quebec City’s Victoria Park, and another temporary jail in a town a few kilometres north of La Malbaie.Nicole Filion, with Quebec’s league for civil liberties, said she worries about the possibility of mass arrests, the conditions of detainees inside the temporary jails, and the potential misuse of crowd-control weapons by police, such as rubber-ball blast grenades.Cyndi Pare, spokeswoman for Quebec City’s police force, said it would be “inappropriate” to speculate in advance about police actions.“We can’t establish whether there will be mass arrests or not. It’s impossible to predict how (protesters) will act and how police will react.“Police are trained to use force with flexibility and discretion.”The city and the province will reimburse citizens and merchants for broken windows and other damages sustained due to vandalism during the protests, Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked Thursday in Saguenay, Que., if he had a message for protesters in Quebec City.“In a country like Canada, I find it extremely important that people are able to express their agreement or disagreement with politics, individuals, their concerns,” Trudeau said.“It must obviously be done with respect and, above all, security. And we will ensure that protesters and citizens and G7 participants are safe.”The last time Canada hosted a similar event, the G20 summit of 2010 in Toronto, officers arrested hundreds of people and kept them in conditions Amnesty International described as inhumane.While no major protests have been planned in the G7 host town, groups opposed to the summit held a news conference in La Malbaie on Thursday to denounce what they called the “undemocratic” free speech zone that has been set up to accommodate them along the bank of the St. Lawrence river.They said the fortified enclosure and security checkpoints would be intimidating to protesters, and noted that the site was some distance away from where the leaders will be meeting.In Quebec City, however, there was no hint of protesters feeling inhibited.When the protest was declared over, a few girls were sitting down in the middle of the street as a drone and helicopters buzzed overhead, outside the Hilton hotel.Fifteen-year-old Célestine Uhde was getting her hair cut by a friend.“It’s been a while since I wanted to cut my hair,” she said, as her brown locks fell to the concrete. “I know it’s impulsive — but there was a lot of impulsivity tonight!” she said.“I think the protest was peaceful. The police presence was useless. This was a model protest and what they all should be like.”— With files from Melanie Marquis in La Malbaielast_img read more

Liberals promise 13M for missing murdered Indigenous women commemorations

first_imgOTTAWA — Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef says the federal government will fund more than 100 projects to “honour the lives and legacies” of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Funding for the commemorations will come from a $13-million fund Monsef unveiled today in Winnipeg.Last winter, the government asked for proposals for commemorations, anticipating the report this month of the national inquiry into the generations of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing, or known to have been killed.Monsef says the approved projects include events, activities and creative works organized by First Nations, friendship centres and social-service agencies that help Indigenous people.The approvals were underway when the national inquiry reported at the beginning of June.In their report, the inquiry commissioners said they were glad to see the government funding these projects, but weren’t pleased that only “legally constituted organizations” would receive money, leaving out informal and grassroots groups.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Wilson Raybould tells constituents shes sticking with Liberals for 2019 vote

first_imgJody Wilson-Raybould was the first Indigenous person to be justice minister. (APTN file)The Canadian PressJody Wilson-Raybould is telling her Vancouver constituents she intends to run for re-election this fall as a Liberal.The former justice minister and attorney general quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last month and has testified that he and his staff inappropriately pressured her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal trial on corruption charges.In an open letter posted to her website today, she says important questions haven’t been answered about the affair and Canadian politics still has a “culture of conflict, empty partisanship and cynical games.”The letter also says she has support from people across the country who want to change that, which is why she is staying in politics and in the Liberal party.Trudeau has said he needs more time to think about whether he will move to expel Wilson-Raybould from caucus, or bar her from running for the party.Wilson-Raybould was first elected in Vancouver-Granville in 2015 and has already been nominated to carry the Liberal banner in October’s election.last_img read more

Varsity to vie for NAAC tag post 2020 convocation

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State University (WBSU) is all set to seek accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) soon after its 2020 convocation.”We may not be in a position to compete with the old universities in the state. But we feel that it is time for our university to take part in competition and have an idea of how far we have been able to improve in academics and certain other parameters,” said Basab Chaudhuri, vice chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are seven parameters under which NAAC accredits a university. It includes teaching-learning process, modification of syllabus, services and facilities for students such as extra- curricular activities, steps towards creation of jobs and environmental friendly steps taken by the varsity. In the present process of accreditation of a university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the latter has to reply to a set of questions regarding its various Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayactivities in yes/ no format and upload it on the website of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. If the self study report uploaded by the institution is found to be satisfactory then NAAC would inform the former the date when it would visit that institution and check on their own whether it really possess the infrastructure that it has declared in the study report and then would accredit it. If found unsatisfactory, then they would mention the areas in which the institution has to improve. Previously, a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission, would directly come to an institution and find out on their own what are the activities and would accordingly accredit it. Under the current process, 70 percent of the accreditation depend upon the self study report and 30 percent on the findings of the visiting NAAC team. “Our teachers and students have already been sensitized about the varsity going for NAAC credit,” a senior varsity official said. The West Bengal State University since its inception in 2008 had been embroiled in administrative red-tapism and had its first convocation in 2017. The inordinate delay in the publication of results was one of the major problems in the varsity. After Basab Chaudhuri took over as the Vice-Chancellor in September 2015 he streamlined the examination process and publication of results. At present, WBSU in Barasat has 46 colleges affiliated to it with an average enrollment of 55,000 students. It caters to a large number of first-generation learners.last_img read more

Extending Sudan mission Security Council urges consolidation of NorthSouth peace

The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by six months, urging all parties to fully put into the practice the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan.In a resolution passed unanimously, the 15-member body underscored the “importance of full and expeditious implementation of all elements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.”UNMIS was established by the Council in 2005 to support the accord between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).Successfully implementing the CPA is key to resolving the crisis in Darfur and to consolidating sustainable peace and stability in the region, the Council noted.To this end, it urged the full deployment in Darfur of the hybrid UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force, set to become the world’s largest, as well as the protection of aid workers.Today’s resolution also lauded the work of UNMIS, and voiced concern over restrictions and impediments placed on the movements of its personnel and material.Such obstacles have an “adverse impact” on UNMIS’ activities and on the “ability of the humanitarian community to reach affected persons,” according to the resolution.The Council also called for the sides to take measures to defuse tensions in the disputed Abyei region and to allow UNMIS unrestricted access to conduct monitoring and verification exercises in the region. 31 October 2007The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by six months, urging all parties to fully put into the practice the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan. read more

UN marks Day of Disabled Persons with call for their full inclusion

From New York to Bangkok, from Geneva to Kabul, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Disabled Persons, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on the global community to work even harder for fully inclusive societies. “Today, as a result of a dramatic shift in perspective that has been taking place over the past two decades, persons with disabilities have started to be viewed as people who must enjoy the full spectrum of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights,” he said in a commemorative message. “No society can claim to be based on justice and equality without persons with disabilities taking decisions as full-fledged members,” he added. The 2004 observance of the Day, first held in 1992, focuses on the involvement of persons with disabilities in the planning of strategies and policies that affect their lives. At UN Headquarters in New York the Day featured the showing of three short documentaries by award-winning filmmaker Victor Pineda – “In Cuba Disabled,” on the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world; “Broken Balkans,” which looks at life with disabilities in the former Yugoslavia; and “A World Enabled,” featuring testimonies of delegates drafting the first-ever UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. “The observance of the Day is an opportunity to foster changes in attitudes towards persons with disabilities and eliminate barriers to their participation in all aspects of life”, Johan Schölvinck of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said. “The involvement of persons with disabilities in elaborating the convention on their own rights is an excellent example of how the principle of full participation can be put into practice.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a proclamation recognizing the Day, declaring: “This important event fosters an understanding of disability issues as it mobilizes support for efforts to promote the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.” Earlier this year, the UN Department of Public Information identified efforts to draft a treaty on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities as one of ten stories the world should hear more about. In Geneva today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called for the adoption of that proposed convention. “For far too long, persons with disabilities have been denied equal access to basic rights and fundamental freedoms, be they health care, employment, education, the vote or participation in cultural activities.” On the other side of the world in Bangkok, Thailand, the UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific Region marked the day with an exhibition, a forum of community members and the screening of documentaries. And in Kabul, Afghanistan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented a report identifying some of the key difficulties facing people with disabilities as they strive to play a role in reconstruction efforts, including the continuing stigma associated with disabilities in Afghan society. “We probably see examples of disability in Afghanistan every day, but few of us fully appreciate the many challenges that disabled people face in society,” UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan Bernt Aasen said. “It is essential that a new debate begins, today, on how opportunities can be created for people with disabilities to play a fulfilling role in the rebuilding of their nation.” The report calls for public information campaigns to present the positive contributions that can be made by disabled people; improved knowledge about causes of disabilities, and how people with disabilities should be cared for; and advocacy by key influencers such as the media, religious leaders and health workers. It also advocates education about disabilities in schools, improved health services for people with disabilities and access to public buildings, and incentive schemes to encourage employers to recruit people with disabilities. read more

Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State faces second straight ranked opponent in

Ohio State freshman defenseman Madison Bizal makes a move against a Minnesota State defender on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made headlines for the second straight week after she was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for her performance against No. 3 Minnesota. Braendli and the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team took on the Gophers in a top-five matchup last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Buckeyes came away with a strong road victory by a score of 3-2 in Game 2. Now, Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to ride that wave of momentum this week when it continues its road stretch and travels to Canton, New York, to face No. 10 St. Lawrence (3-4-1). “That’s what you need to do, you need to build momentum and learn from some of the mistakes we made throughout the weekend,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We need to build off the good we created. Taking three points from a No. 3 team in the country was huge at their rank nonetheless.” While the Saints are not as highly ranked as Minnesota, the Buckeyes will still be faced with another tough opponent. The Saints are fresh off a win against No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion and the team that beat Ohio State in the Frozen Four last season. “What’s nice is there is parity in the country right now,” Muzerall said. “Every team is putting up a good battle and is making the league and the NCAA fun to watch. We just need to focus on the things that we do very well and drive a little more offensively and then buckle down defensively and be more intelligent.” The team defensively has little to worry about with Braendli stepping in and making a name for herself only five games into her college career, winning WCHA Rookie of the Week two weeks ago and now Goaltender of the Week. In her five games played, Braendli leads the WCHA with a .950 save percentage. “It’s really awesome having someone as solid as her backing the net,” redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne said. “She got the chance to play and capitalized on the opportunity. She’s done amazing and we’re lucky to have her.” Offensively, Ohio State has a little bit of work to do. St. Lawrence allows 1.88 goals per game, and the key to victory for the Buckeyes will be a fast and aggressive offense to create scoring opportunities. But St. Lawrence scores the fifth-fewest goals per game in the NCAA at 1.50 per game. Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais has as many points as the Saint have goals all season.“Defensively, St. Lawrence is a very good team,” Dunne said. “The challenge is on us to create offense and to score off the opportunities we make and continue to capitalize on the chances we get.”The Buckeyes travel to play against St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Shaft Sinkers awarded Mali contract

first_imgShaft Sinkers has been awarded the development contract for Randgold Resources’ Yalea underground mine at the Loulo complex in Mali.  Shaft Sinkers’ Divisional Director – Sinking and International, Louis Germishuys, says that the underground development contract will significantly enhance the value and extend the life of the Loulo mine.Shaft Sinkers’ scope of work on the project includes the establishment of the boxcut, the sinking of a 4.5 x 4.5 m twin decline system which, when complete, will amount to 25,000 m of decline and associated development. Rob Schroder, Shaft Sinkers’ Divisional Director – Commercial, notes that site preparation for the twin decline system has already started and the boxcut and portal construction will commence soon. Sinking of the declines is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of this year, and the project is expected to be completed by December 2009. “Yalea is not only Shaft Sinkers’ flagship contract for Randgold Resources, but also the company’s first project in Mali. However, with our proven track record in Africa, we are confident that we will complete the contract safely, on time and within budget,” Schroder explains. Loulo underground manager, Thinus Strydom says that the underground plan has been updated and integrated with the open pit plan. Additional areas of synergy between the open pit and underground operations which also include the Loulo 0 mine are being worked on.last_img read more

NanoSteel demonstrates breakthrough in additivemanufactured wear materials

first_imgHigh-hardness ferrous metal matrix products are now achievable through a one-step 3D-printing process. NanoSteel®, a leader in nanostructured steel materials design, has successfully expanded its engineered powders business into additive manufacturing. By leveraging its uniform metal matrix microstructures in the laser- sintering process, the company can now build a crack-free, fully dense bulk sample. NanoSteel’s initial focus in additive manufacturing supports the market need for on-demand, on-site wear parts while addressing the current challenges in 3D printing of high-hardness parts.NanoSteel’s breakthrough overcomes one of the major hurdles to achieving high-hardness metallic parts through additive manufacturing—their tendency to develop cracks during part build. The company worked with a global process development partner to optimise processing of a proprietary NanoSteel alloy with a high volume fraction of boro-carbide phases. This successfully produced a fully dense (99.9%) crack-free part with hardness values over 1000 HV, wear resistance comparable to conventionally manufactured M2 tool steels, and a uniform microstructure. Importantly, these properties were achieved without the need for post-processing such as hot isostatic pressing (HIP) or further heat treatment, reducing production cost and lead times.“Currently, the material options to produce highly wear-resistant parts through additive manufacturing are limited” said Harald Lemke, NanoSteel’s General Manager of Engineered Powders. “By extending the reach of steel into markets currently served by WC-Co, ceramics, and other non-ferrous metal matrix metal composites, NanoSteel has the potential to generate cost-efficient wear parts to serve mining,” and other applications.The company is currently extending this breakthrough into more complex geometries and broadening its property sets to fully validate the market potential for 3D-printed steel components.last_img read more

Alliance and Incitec Pivot extend FIFO contract at Phosphate Hill

first_imgMine and plant workers will continue to have a fly in/fly out (FIFO) option at the Phosphate Hill operations in northwest Queensland, Australia, after Alliance Aviation extended its air charter services contract with owner Incitec Pivot.The contract has been extended for three years with a bolt on two-year option that could see the service continue until 2021.Incitec Pivot expects to produce 880,000 tonnes of ammonium phosphates from the operation in the year to the end of September, below the 975,000 tonne per year capacity. Phosphate Hill consists of its own mine and ore processing facility, in addition to beneficiation, ammonia, phosphoric acid and granulation plants.Alliance has been providing air charter services to Phosphate Hill, 1,000 km from Townsville, since 2002. It provides these from its Townsville and Brisbane bases.Lee Schofield, Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Flying into Phosphate Hill commenced in 2002 – the same year in which Alliance was established – and we are delighted to have retained this foundation contract for a further five years. By the conclusion of this new contract, Alliance will have been flying into Phosphate Hill for a continuous period of 19 years.”last_img read more

Grower Meetings Help Members Engage in Policy Discussions

first_imgThe Iowa Soybean Association hosted several grower engagement meetings this summer, including this one in Odebolt, Iowa, where over 50 farmers gathered to hear updates on the latest policy issues. These meetings were sponsored by FMC through a project with ASA. Other similar meetings in Iowa attracted over 100 farmers.The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates the generous support provided by FMC, over the past two years, to help several state associations hold successful meetings to engage members in discussions on key policy and industry issues.The meetings also provide an opportunity to help non-members become more aware of the association’s work and recruit new members. Recent events organized by the Iowa Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Association attracted hundreds of farmers to several meetings throughout these states. Farmers had the opportunity to hear from key policy experts and congressional leaders on issues that directly impact their operations.last_img read more

French Republic bestows Chevalier de LOrdre National de la Légion dHonneur on

first_img Ferry service provider TurboJET falls into loss as Hong Kong protests, bridge opening impact key Macau route RelatedPosts MGM China Co-Chairperson and Executive Director Pansy Ho has been bestowed the Chevalier de L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur by the French President for her contribution in promoting French-Chinese trade, tourism, arts and cultural cooperation and exchange.The L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur is the highest French order of merit for both military and civil merits, having been established by none other than Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802. Ho was previously bestowed the honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite in 2009 in recognition of her commitment to diversity as a younger generation.“To me, the significance of this award is much more than to honor a particular individual, but to salute the concept of service for common benefit,” she said. “This is a decoration the French President grants to me for acknowledging the humble role I play in my lifelong advocacy of French art and culture and promotion of cultural exchange and economic development between France and China, Hong Kong and Macau.”Ho is well-known for her passionate love of art and culture and has been the driving force behind MGM’s permanent and temporary art exhibitions at MGM Macau and MGM Cotai. A long-time co-organizer of Le French May, she has also brought a number of prominent French art exhibitions to Macau including Biennial of the Lions, Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion and A Golden Way of Life – Très’Ors.Since her appointment as Ambassador of the Louvre in China in 2012, Ho has been tireless in championing French art and culture and is dedicated to advocating French-Chinese trade and tourism. She founded the France Macau Chamber of Commerce in 2008 to network businesses across Macau, Hong Kong and France.“Little did I know then that my childhood visits would evolve into a lifelong journey of promoting French art and culture, spanning my career path, different businesses and industry sectors, different regions, and for a multitude of good reasons,” Ho said. “My experience with art and culture has been a journey of awakening, inspired by French art and culture as manifested in its arts and architecture, literature, cuisine and wine, fashion and style.” Family of Dr Stanley Ho ranks 17th on list of Asia’s 20 Richest Families Load More Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protestslast_img read more

Drake Teams With LeBron James Uninterrupted to Launch Canadian Offshoot of SportsMedia

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Bill Bellamy Joins Octavia Spencer Netflix Series ‘Madam CJ Walker’ Drake, the Canadian music artist and Toronto Raptors mega-fan, is getting into the sports-media business with a major assist from NBA superstar LeBron James.Uninterrupted, the athlete-empowerment brand and media company founded by James and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter, is launching in Canada in partnership with Drake. Uninterrupted Canada is the first international expansion for Uninterrupted, which launched in the U.S. in 2015 with backing from Warner Bros. and Turner.“Expanding into Canada with some incredible partners puts Uninterrupted on a global scale and creates new opportunities for even more athletes and fans to be a part of what we’re building,” LeBron James said in a statement.Drake commented, “Uninterrupted has been an incredible platform for athletes to tell their stories and connect with fans. I’m honored to partner with LeBron to bring Uninterrupted to Canada, a country that continuously supports innovation and creativity.” Pop Is Crushing Hip-Hop in 2019, According to Hit Song Study Like the U.S. version, Uninterrupted Canada will produce “athlete-driven” content, events and merchandise. Uninterrupted Canada is collaborating with Shopify Studios to develop content that will spotlight athletes and entrepreneurship.As part of Uninterrupted Canada’s content slate, the company has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka, which will include a fashion project. Uninterrupted Canada also is producing a motivational series with pitcher Marcus Stroman, formerly with the Toronto Blue Jays and now with the New York Mets, focusing on shorter-than-average athletes titled “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart.” Uninterrupted Canada will also distribute content from Uninterrupted‘s U.S.“Drake understood the power of what LeBron and Maverick are building and the potential to do something special in Canada where there is real understanding and love for our athletes,” said Adel “Future the Prince” Nur, Drake’s business partner.Uninterrupted Canada will be led by CEO Scott Moore and chief content officer Vinay Virmani. Moore comes to Uninterrupted Canada most recently from Rogers Media, where he spent the last eight years as president of Sportsnet. He will lead business operations and development as well as brand partnerships for the company in Canada. Virmani, who will lead Uninterrupted Canada’s creative operation and content development, has a background as a film producer, director, actor and sports fan.Uninterrupted raised $15.8 million in 2015 from WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Sports.last_img read more

How to play PS4 games on the Xbox One kind of

first_imgSony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are destined to be enemies. They will be the kind of enemies you’d find in a JRPG that hold a mutual respect for one another, yet understand that — one day — someone’s going to have to be returned to the Lifestream (or whatever). When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, and explained its HDMI passthrough, many of us instantly took to Twitter to make jokes about how we’re going to hook our PS4s up to our Xbox Ones. Now, Microsoft executives officially confirmed that we were all not only hilarious, but totally right.Microsoft confirmed that you’ll be able to “snap” the HDMI signal to an Xbox One game, so that HDMI signal could be your PS4 games.Does this mean anything significant for Microsoft and Sony’s battle for a home underneath your TV? Not really. While the ability to play two different consoles on the same television at once is amusing, you — as human being occupying a single plane of existence at any given time — can’t play two games at once. Take it from me, a genius who once attempted playing Oblivion on the PC while trying to make progress in Kingdom Hearts II on the PS3. An actual benefit of this console centipede, though, is that if you’re short a port on your television, you can just plug the PS4 into the Xbox One, and the Xbox One into your lone High-Definition Multimedia Interface socket.At the moment, we’re a little unsure if this means you can actually control a PS4 game in a split-screen kind of overlay while someone else is controlling an Xbox One game. It depends on how the Xbox One’s snap actually works, and if it can display the PS4 overlay but provide focus to the Xbox One portion of the screen. Even if it could, smooshing two HD, widescreen games onto a single screen probably won’t go so well.It’s also worth noting that if the Xbox One can display PS4 games via HDMI, then it can likely display any games being output through HDMI, such as PS3 or Xbox 360 games. If you want to take that a step further, you can create a daisy chain of output converters and hook almost anything up through your Xbox One. Too bad about that whole single plane of existence thing, though.last_img read more

Empower Your Team to Be More Productive with This Intuitive Tool

first_img 3 min read Register Now » Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. January 30, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A successful business is sort of like a Big Mac in that it relies on a secret sauce to pull all the fixins together. In this case, that “secret sauce” comes in the form of effective, teamwide collaboration and communication.Teams can take all sorts of approaches to concocting the metaphorical sauce recipe that works best for them. As a manager, maybe you organize bi-weekly check-in meetings, send out teamwide progress emails every morning, organize daily scrums and communications training sessions, or abide by an open-door policy to encourage transparency. And to be sure, all of these approaches can improve collaboration so that you make deadlines and centralize workplace processes. But are they really unlocking your team’s true potential for productivity in the most intuitive, convenient sense?Say hello to, the team management tool that can help you do just that. The platform was launched in 2014 with the intention of fostering a culture where team members aren’t just productive, but feel like they’re part of something bigger than their job description. This sense of ownership and empowerment cultivates a productive environment where individuals stay engaged and on top of their work, all while using a product they love.To see its vision through, places both teamwide projects and individual duties on a simple (but not simplified) task board that serves as a beautiful, centralized space for managing and streamlining different workflows. Tasks’ progress are visualized as colorful columns, which can be tagged to monitor progress and inscribed with notes for additional context. You’re also given the option of integrating other productivity services like Dropbox, Slack, Google Calendar, and Trello within to further streamline your workflow and organize your files. (Custom integrations can be set up, too — just reach out to one of’s certified partners for more information and a quote.)Image Credit:’s format is unique in that everyone gets the same view, which increases transparency for employees, allows managers to easily distribute resources, and — perhaps most importantly — breaks down silos between different departments. With, you’re not just collaborating on initiatives, but fostering a culture where everyone feels invested in them.So go ahead — scrap those clunky Excel files, put the whiteboard in storage, and cancel tedious team meetings that no one actually finds useful. Whether you’re a team of two freelancers or a global institution of more than 2,000 individuals, tech-savvy or otherwise, you’ll be able to see the big picture on’s beautiful, flexible, and scalable dashboard.By signing up for, you’ll join a community of more than 35,000 paying teams, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, that includes the likes of NBC, WeWork, and Uber. Don’t misconstrue those big names for a hefty price tag, though, because you can start using today for free.Think is the right team management tool for you? Create your account to begin your free two-week trial.last_img read more

Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Market Forecast 20182025 Key Players Eaton

first_imgAutomotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Market Overview:Automotive hydrostatic fan drive system is a coolant system that uses electro-hydraulic, hydraulic displacement, and types of pumps to maintain the engine temperature. As the temperature of the heavily loaded vehicle increases, the fan drive system is used to cool and maintain the engine temperature.The hydrostatic fan drive system consists of three main components such as hydraulic motor, (with fan), hydraulic pump, and cooling unit. In addition, the fan drive manufacturer Haldex designs hydraulic motors and pumps with a cost-effective gear unit that comes with an optional integrated control.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ such as measures taken by the government to reduce emissions and increase in demand for hydrostatic fan drive system drive the growth of the hydrostatic fan drive system market. In addition, development of technology for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emission and development & innovation in engine manufacturing boost the demand for automotive hydrostatic fan drive system in the global market.However, high initial and maintenance cost and rise in adoption of electric vehicle across the globe are some of the major restraining factors of this market. Moreover, anticipated growth from Africa and technological advancements in hydraulic system to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission across the globe are creating huge opportunities for the market.The key players operating in the automotive hydrostatic fan drive system market are Eaton (Ireland), Parker Hannifin (US), JTEKT HPI (Japan), Roxroth Bosch (Germany), Hydraforce Hydraulics (US), Danfoss (Denmark), Bucher Hydraulics (Germany), Concentric (Sweden), Quality Hydraulics & Pneumatics (US), and Casappa (Italy).Key Benefits for Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Market:• This study presents analytical depiction of the global automotive hydrostatic fan drive system market along with current trends and future estimations to depict the imminent investment pockets.• The overall market potential is determined to understand the profitable trends to gain a strong foothold in the market.• The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities with a detailed impact analysis.• The current market is quantitatively analyzed from 2017 to 2025 to highlight the financial competency of the market.• Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers.Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Key Market Segments:By Vehicle Type• On Road Vehicles• Bus• Truck• Off road vehicles• Construction & Mining• Agricultural• Train, Metro and TramsBY Component• Variable Axial Piston Pump• Fixed Gear Motor• Engine Control Unit• Oil Cooler• Hydraulic Valves & SensorsGet a discount on this research report @ of content: CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION1.1. REPORT DESCRIPTION1.2. KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS1.3. KEY MARKET SEGMENTS1.4. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY1.4.1. Primary research1.4.2. Secondary research1.4.3. Analyst tools and modelsCHAPTER 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2.1. CXO PERSPECTIVECHAPTER 3: MARKET OVERVIEW3.1. MARKET DEFINITION AND SCOPE3.2. KEY FINDINGS3.2.1. Top impacting factors3.2.2. Top investment pockets3.2.3. Top winning strategies3.3. PORTERS FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS3.4. KEY PLAYER POSITIONING (2017)3.5. MARKET DYNAMICS3.5.1. Drivers3.5.1.1. Focus of government to reduce emission3.5.1.2. High need for hydrostatic fan drive system3.5.2. Restraint3.5.2.1. High initial and maintenance cost3.5.2.2. Adoption of electric vehicle across the globe3.5.3. Opportunities3.5.3.1. Anticipated growth from AfricaCHAPTER 4: AUTOMOTIVE HYDROSTATIC FAN DRIVE SYSTEM MARKET, BY VEHICLE TYPE4.1. OVERVIEW4.2. ON ROAD VEHICLES4.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities4.2.2. Market size and forecast, by region4.2.2.1. Bus4.2.2.2. Truck4.2.3. Market analysis by country4.3. OFF ROAD VEHICLES4.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities4.3.2. Market size and forecast, by region4.3.2.1. Construction & Mining4.3.2.2. Agricultural4.3.3. Market analysis by country4.4. TRAIN, METROS AND TRAMS4.4.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities4.4.2. Market size and forecast, by region4.4.3. Market analysis by countryAbout Us: Industry executives tend to keep a tab on their business competitors. This keeps them updated on strategic business activities and investment trends. Company profiles are crucial to participating players of interconnected verticals.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Get Amazing Discounts on RAVPowers Wireless Charging Pad Wireless Power Bank Exclusive

first_imgRAVPower has shared some exclusive discount codes with us which you can use to grab yourself the company’s wireless charging pad or even a Qi-enabled, high capacity power bank.Dive into the World of Wireless Charging with Exclusive Discounts from RAVPowerRAVPower has been making wireless products for a long, long time. Needless to say that they are way ahead in the wireless charging game. When they reached out to us saying that they have exclusive discount codes for our readers, we just couldn’t say no. Why? Because everyone deserve a piece of the best in the business when it comes to wireless charging. Today, we have two products which you can pick up at a discounted price, and they are as follows:RAVPower Wireless Charging Pad – Regular price $11.99, Price after discount $9.99If you are looking for a no-nonsense wireless charger for your device, or something that you can easily fit on your bedside table, then look no further than this option. It has a nice sleek design that fits in anywhere without taking too much space and is broadly compatible with every single device out there as long as it’s Qi-enabled. In fact, the price is so low, I’d suggest picking up several of these and spread them across your home for a truly amazing wireless experience.Use the code WCFTP083 at checkout to get the discount.Buy RAVPower Wireless Charging Pad [Amazon link]RAVPower 10000mAh Wireless Power Bank – Regular price $35.99, Price after discount $29.99The second product on discount is a power bank with a wireless charging pad built right in. In other words: if you have this in your pocket and a compatible smartphone, you’ll never ever need cables to carry around with you. It even features a regular USB-A port that can fast charge your old-school devices.Use the code WTECH081 at checkout to get the discount.Buy RAVPower 10000mAh Wireless Power Bank [Amazon link] Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Announces Service Desk for Epic

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | March 06, 2017 Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Announces Service Desk for Epic Solution provider helps hospitals optimize Epic implementations by making the best use of internal Epic resources Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more March 6, 2017 — Logicalis Healthcare Solutions announced in February a new service desk offering – Service Desk for Epic. The new service will help hospital chief information officers (CIOs) make the best use of their internal Epic resources by giving physicians, nurses and other clinicians immediate access to a pool of Epic information technology (IT) specialists for tier-one support. This will allow hospital IT staff to focus on broader issues such as workflow and user training that will increase clinician and ultimately patient satisfaction.The Epic Service Desk from Logicalis offers a scalable, consumption-based model that allows hospitals to better leverage their internal IT personnel by avoiding repeat calls for known issues such as password resets, recording or locating orders, and other day-to-day tier-one issues. With a 24×7 service desk partner experienced in Epic implementations, end-user downtime can be minimized and, in instances where level two support is needed, root cause data can be delivered to internal teams to aid in management decisions. When calls come into an Epic service desk staffed with certified professional agents, first-contact resolutions increase, allowing hospital CIOs to capitalize on existing investments in Epic personnel, precious resources in today’s electronic health record (EHR)-enabled healthcare world.To help healthcare CIOs determine if the Logicalis Service Desk for Epic is right for their organizations, Logicalis has produced a brief introductory video and invited interested healthcare IT professionals to stop by the Logicalis Healthcare Solutions booth at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS17), Feb. 19-23 in Orlando, Fla.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Sunwings Springventory sale All vacations must go

first_imgSunwing’s ‘Spring-ventory’ sale: “All vacations must go” TORONTO — Sunwing is doing some spring cleaning with a half-price clearance sale on select vacations across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.The ‘Spring-ventory’ sale runs until April 27 for departures between now and June. “All vacations must go”, says the company, so clients keen on getting a head start on summer should book now while deals last.Top-rated resorts included in the sale include the family-friendly Riu Dunamar in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. A stunning beachfront property that offers varied accommodation options including rooms that fit five, this new resort features all-day entertainment, land and watersport activities like kayaking and snorkelling, and unlimited access to the on-site Splash Water Park. Plus, guests enjoy exclusive RIU-topia inclusions such as unlimited à la carte dining, spa discounts and more.Also included in the sale is the top-rated adults only resort, Riu Republica in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Featuring the only adults-only waterpark in the Caribbean, this all-inclusive property boasts eight pools, a Jacuzzi, wellness centre and nine restaurants.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThere’s also the Grand Memories Varadero in Cuba, situated right on the beach. Amenities include two pools, kids club with supervised activities, snorkelling, beach volleyball, windsurfing and evening entertainment.For more go to Tags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, April 23, 2018 last_img read more