Body in bus crash misidentified

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice says one of the deceased in Friday’s fatal crash involving the Humboldt Broncos bus was misidentified.The ministry says the body of Parker Tobin was mistaken for that of Xavier Labelle.It says Labelle is injured but alive, and Tobin is among the 15 people who died.The Office of the Chief Coroner has apologized for the misidentification.last_img

Conan OBrien To Host Autism Speaks To Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala

first_imgIn celebration of its 10th anniversary, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, brings to Los Angeles a unique dinner party.The Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala will showcase award-winning chefs at its first local fundraising gala, having created an exciting legacy on New York’s Wall Street for the past eight years. One hundred top chefs, cooking tableside, will create their signature four-course meals exclusively for their guests at this unique inaugural event on October 8th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. No two tables will feature the same menus.Co-Chairs of the LA Chef Gala debut are WME Head of Television Rick Rosen, WME Partner Ari Greenburg and FX Networks President & COO Chuck Saftler. The Honorary Co-Chair is Brian Kelly, Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board. The evening, hosted by late night comedian Conan O’Brien, will also honor Autism Speaks Co-Founders Suzanne & Bob Wright, commemorating 10 years of progress. Since its inception in New York, the Autism Speaks Chef Gala has raised nearly $8 million dollars for the research, awareness and advocacy initiatives of Autism Speaks.In a statement, Co-Chairs Rosen, Greenburg and Saftler said, “Autism touches all of us personally. We are thrilled to be able to co-chair an event that honors the work of Suzanne and Bob Wright. The accomplishments of Autism Speaks over the last 10 years have been life changing: from global awareness, to advocacy, from scientific discoveries to the local impact in our LA community. We have so much more to accomplish for all people living with autism, and we are excited to help raise awareness and funds to do so at our inaugural LA Celebrity Chef Gala. It will be an unforgettable night!”More than 50 ovens, 1,000 pounds of meat, fish and vegetables, and hundreds of recipes are the ingredients for the Los Angeles debut of this culinary event for Autism Speaks. Participating chefs include Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots), Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two), Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Brian Malarkey (Herringbone), Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam), Jet Tila (Food Network) Joachim Splichal (Patina), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Michael Voltaggio (Ink), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza), Neal Fraser (Redbird) and many others. They have earned James Beard awards, Best New Chef titles and rave reviews from diners in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver and points in between. For a full list of participating chefs, go to www.autismspeaks.org/lachefgala.com.The evening will kick off with Wolfgang Puck Catering serving hors d’oeuvres inspired by his iconic restaurants such as Spago, CUT, Chinois and WP24, along with wines from Frank Family Vineyards and cocktails. Following cocktails, guests will be escorted to their private tables where they will witness their master chef create four exclusive courses of signature dishes tableside. Guests will also enjoy a special musical performance to be announced shortly.Toyota, a presenting sponsor of Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala, will debut the new Mirai, their first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Mirai will be delivered to consumers in California in October 2015. For more information, please visit www.toyota.com/mirai.The program will also offer a “Fund-A-Mission” auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special Autism Speaks initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism, the genome research program known as MSSNG and iPads for individuals who struggle to communicate.Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala is generously sponsored by: Executive Chef Sponsor – Toyota and ION Media Networks/ Brandon Burgess; Chef de Cuisine Sponsor – Discovery Communications, Cox Enterprises, Inc; Pastry Chef Sponsor – Univision Communications Inc., Pepper Gate, Google; In-Kind Sponsors – Frank Family Vineyards, Caffe Luxxe, Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, Kiehl’s, Korin, Anolon Gourmet Cookware, Wüsthof 200, Matfer Bourgeat Inc., Reserve; Exclusive Airline Sponsor – Delta Air Lines; Exclusive Appliance Sponsor – Jenn-Air. Exclusive Media Partner – Variety.last_img read more

Police Assistance Needed in Missing Persons Investigation

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Robert Poulin.On December 28, 2018, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prince George RCMP and the Prince George Fire Rescue Service responded to a report of a residential fire at 4416 Greenwood Street.  While responding to this fire, Police located a 2004 Black Ford F150 pickup truck. This truck was determined to be related to the residence.  The owner of the residence and the truck, Robert (Bob) Poulin, has not yet been located and Police consider his disappearance suspicious.The Police are interested in speaking with anyone who may have information about Poulin’s truck on the days leading up to December 28, 2018.  They are seeking the public’s assistance in locating any witnesses or vehicle dash camera footage that was obtained on the following dates: December 27, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between Chetwynd, B.C. and Fort St. John, B.C. During this time the police know that the truck had a white canopy on the back as shown in the photo below.December 28, 2018 from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 9:00 p.m. between Fort St. John, B.C. and Prince George, B.C. During this time the vehicle no longer had the canopy attached as shown below.If you have any information, please contact Cpl. Meghan Driscoll of the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).Photo of missing man Robert Poulin. Source RCMPVideo Surveillance of Poulin’s truck. Source RCMPPoulin’s Truck. Source RCMPlast_img read more

Morocco Affected by US InFlight Electronics Ban

By Thomas DupaquierRabat – US imposes electronics ban on flights from several Middle Eastern and African countries, including Morocco.On Monday, US authorities have required airlines from several Middle Eastern and African countries to prevent passengers from carrying any electronic device larger than cellphone. This measure forbids passengers from having any laptop, Ipad, Kindle, game console or camera larger than a mobile phone in the airplane cabin. All electronic devices will have to be stored in a checked luggage. Medical devices essential to a passenger’s health are excluded from the ban.Overall, it will affect nonstop flights to the US from at least nine airline companies (Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates et Etihad Airways) flying out of ten international airports: Amman, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait City, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca beginning Tuesday, March 21.However, no American carriers are impacted by the ban which is set to continue for seven months.Officials said the ban was driven by a “security concern” due to the fear of a possible attack on commercial aviation. It ensures enhanced security measures at select airports regarding passengers boarding non-stop flights to and from the US. The US government declined to give any specific detail on the nature of the security threat. It appears to be linked is partly based on intelligence that Al-Qaida is close to being able to hide explosives in electronic devices in order to target commercial aircraft.The news first emerged from a now deleted tweet by Royal Jordanian: “Following instructions from the concerned US departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited.”American authorities indicated they had warned in advance the airports and companies affected and given them 96 hours to comply. American officials have cautioned that if the measures are not enforced, the affected airlines could lose their right to fly into the United States.This new measure is in sync with Donald Trump’s recent efforts to tighten border control as part of the new immigration policy of the United States since his arrival in office. It comes after Trump’s travel ban restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries was blocked by a federal court in Hawaii last week, judging it to be discriminatory towards Muslims and unconstitutional. read more

Town of Innisfil to accept Bitcoin for tax payments in oneyear pilot

The Canadian Press INNISFIL, Ont. — The Ontario town of Innisfil will soon begin accepting cryptocurrencies as payment for its property taxes, starting with Bitcoin.The town of 36,000 people is north of Toronto and south of Barrie, Ont.Its council voted late Tuesday in favour of the one-year cryptocurrency pilot project, in partnership with a Toronto company.Starting in April, Innisfil residents will be able to pay taxes with Bitcoin through a digital wallet operated by Coinberry Pay, which will convert the crypto currency to Canadian funds and transfer the payment to the town.Mayor Lynn Dollin says Innisfil is signalling to the world that it’s an innovative community that’s ready for the future.Innisfil also provides a tax-subsidized Uber ride-hailing service as an alternative to conventional public transit.Other forms of cryptocurrency may follow, such as Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple.The town’s experiment is being launched amid controversy about the risks of using cryptocurrency which, unlike conventional currency, isn’t backed by any government or central bank.Investigators have yet to determine what happened to about $190 million worth of cryptocurrency that has been missing or inaccessible since December, when a co-founder of QuadrigaCX trading platform died without revealing his password..On Tuesday, the Ontario Securities Commission said it’s part of Operation Cryptosweep — which includes more than 40 regulators in the United States and Canada.According to the North American Securities Administrators Association, Operation Cryptosweep has resulted in 35 pending or completed enforcement actions since the beginning of March.  read more

Poorest countries at epicentre of development emergency Ban warns

21 September 2010With just five years remaining until the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sounded the alarm that the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) continued to be mired in poverty. With just five years remaining until the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sounded the alarm that the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) continued to be mired in poverty.Although school enrolment has improved and strides have been made in reducing child mortality and expanding access to clean water in the LDCs, they remain the group facing the most severe challenging in realizing the eight MDGs, Mr. Ban underlined today.Scores of world leaders are gathering in New York for a three-day General Assembly gathering, which started yesterday, to assess progress made so far in reaching the Goals.“The LDCs represent the poorest and most vulnerable segment of humanity,” the Secretary-General said at a side event this morning focusing on the MDGs in these countries.“They remain at the epicentre of the developmental emergency,” he added.Countries are classified as LDCs if they meet three criteria: a low income; human capital status based on education, nutrition, health and literacy indicators; and economic vulnerability.Currently, more than half of the 800 million in the 49 LDCs live below the poverty line, while only six of them have poverty rates under 30 per cent.The LDCs are also made less competitive by their inadequate transport infrastructure and uneven power supplies. “It is increasingly clear that economic infrastructure and productive capacity-building hold the key to generating decent jobs, especially for the large youth populations of these countries,” Mr. Ban underlined.He noted that the LDCs have made efforts to improve economic management and political governance, stressing that the international community must continue to provide support.“This is a moral commitment, first and foremost – a test of global solidarity,” the Secretary-General said.Also speaking at today’s event was Assembly President Joseph Deiss, who pointed to three crises – economic, food and energy – that have severely impacted the LDCs.“We have to focus on the specific needs and constraints of the Least Developed Countries if we want to alleviate suffering and raise their population out of poverty,” he emphasized.Although progress made in achieving the MDGs is measured globally, the targets must be realized in every country, Mr. Deiss said.At the start of the high-level MDG meeting yesterday, the Secretary-General urged world leaders to provide the necessary investment, aid and political will to end extreme poverty.“There is no global project more worthwhile,” he said. “Let us send a strong message of hope. Let us keep the promise.”Mr. Ban called on wealthy countries not to pull back from their previous commitments on official development assistance to poorer nations, which he described as “a lifeline of billions, for billions.” read more

Seven member team to fly to Dubai to bring down Udayanga

Udayanga Weeratunga, was detained in Dubai while on transit to the United States.An INTERPOL warrant had been issued against Weeratunga over his alleged involvement in the controversial MiG aircraft deal. (Colombo Gazette) A seven member team is to fly to Dubai to bring down Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.The Police said that the seven member team is scheduled to fly to Dubai tomorrow.

GALLERY Full house for Prime Ministers town hall at Brock University

More than 1,500 people attended a town hall hosted at Brock University by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The public event inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium was part of a cross-country tour of town halls, but was the only stop in Ontario.“Brock University is pleased to have hosted the Prime Minister’s town hall and to welcome the entire community to such an important event,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “Brock supports community engagement and development, as well as establishing a forum for dialogue, and tonight’s event was exactly that. It was an opportunity to talk about those important issues for Canadians.”A livestream of the event can be found on the Brock University Facebook page.

Texans defence looks to improve after 9th straight win

HOUSTON — With the defence forcing a season-high four turnovers, the Houston Texans extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over the Browns.But as good as the unit has been, the Texans believe they can get much better down the stretch with the first test coming on Sunday against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.“We can tackle better,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think we can communicate better. I think there’s a lot of things that we can improve on in all three phases, but I think they’re playing hard. They’re playing with really good effort.”That effort was highlighted on Sunday when rookie safety Justin Reid chased down Antonio Callaway after a long catch and forced a fumble just before he crossed the goal line to prevent a touchdown.It was just the latest big play for the third-round pick, who helped Houston to a 23-21 victory over Washington on Nov. 18 by returning an interception 101 yards for a touchdown.“He’s really improved every week,” O’Brien said. “He really works hard to improve. He’s a very smart guy, works very hard in practice, instinctive player, good speed, good size. He’s come a long way. He really understands the importance of practice and he tries to get better every day.”Reid’s emergence illustrates the fact that Houston’s defence has succeeded this year because it has received important contributions from several players. While the return of three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and the solid play of 2014 top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has led the unit, the Texans have also seen plenty of other players step up to make big plays as they’ve piled up win after win.On Sunday, Andre Hal had one of three interceptions of Baker Mayfield. It was the first interception of the year for Hal, who missed the first six games of the season recovering from cancer after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in May.Zach Cunningham made another big play for the defence when the second-year player grabbed his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown against the Browns.“You’re always looking to try to figure out, as you get ready for the next team, what does this individual player need to improve on,” O’Brien said. “What does this unit need to improve on? What does the team need to improve on? What do I need to improve on? I think that’s been a big theme for us and our players are doing a good job of taking that to heart.”The Texans are also careful not to get too caught up in the streak. They know that if they don’t focus on their next opponent that things could go wrong quickly.“I don’t even think about it anymore,” 13-year veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph said of the winning streak. “It’s almost boring to talk about because … it doesn’t really mean anything. We have to go out and play the next game whether we’re on a win streak or we lost the week before. So, it’s all good for everything other than the people in this locker room because if we buy into it too much that’s when we get smacked in the face.”Houston is allowing the third-fewest points in the NFL (19.6), ranks 10th in yards allowed (341.5) and its rush defence ranks fifth by allowing just 91.3 yards rushing a game.This week the group will face a team that is averaging more than 27 points and 377 yards a game. Indianapolis scored 34 points in an overtime loss to Houston in Week 4 where Luck threw for a season-high 464 yards with four touchdowns.“He can make every throw,” defensive back Kareem Jackson said. “He can definitely buy time for guys to get open so … with him you know a play is never over. So we’ve definitely got to be (solid) in coverage and play to the whistle.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLKristie Rieken, The Associated Press read more

Expectation of excellence apparent for Ohio State baseball

Then-freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel (31) takes an at bat during a game against Illinois May 26, 2011, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 5-4.Lantern file photoA feeling of rejuvenation came over the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the pitching staff of the Ohio State baseball team took the turf to begin practice.After earning the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament last year, only to miss out on the NCAA Tournament, the team is looking to take care of some unfinished business.Redshirt-junior pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse, a third-team Louisville Slugger preseason All-American selection, said the team is aiming to get back in the spotlight this year.“We didn’t have a bunch of little goals,” Dezse said. “Our main goal is to go out and represent Ohio State in the National Tournament this year.”The program has enjoyed a resurgence under Greg Beals, who was named head coach in June 2010. The Buckeyes’ record has increased each year under his leadership and, even after coming so close to winning the Big Ten last year, Beals said he expects they should be an improved club this season.“Our goals, right now, are just to keep getting better. This is a younger team, but a talented team,” Beals said. “Our mentality is to win today.”The youth he is referring to can be largely found in the pitching staff. The team lost all three members of its starting rotation from last season. Losing that many innings from the rotation could be worrisome to most teams, but pitching coach Mike Stafford didn’t seem bothered by it.“We have a whole mess looking like they’re ready for some competition,” Stafford said.Freshmen pitchers Zach Farmer, Travis Lakins, Tanner Tully and Adam Niemeyer were specifically mentioned by Stafford as some of the young guns who are ready to bring some heat.Junior catcher Aaron Gretz said he doesn’t think the players’ inexperience will be a problem at all.“I think we’re going to have as good or an even better pitching staff than last year,” Gretz said. “Talent-wise I think they’re right there to being one of the top in the nation.”While the rotation will start out with some new faces, the bullpen brings some star power late into games, specifically in junior pitcher and closer Trace Dempsey. Dempsey, who joins Dezse on the third team All-American list, finished last season with a Big Ten-best 17 saves. As long as the starters keep opposing offenses at bay and Dempsey continues to show an ability to come in and slam the door at the end of the game, opponents could have a very difficult time scoring runs this season.The offense looks to put a lot of runs on the scoreboard at Bill Davis Stadium. Sophomore infielders Jacob Bosiokovic and Troy Kuhn, and junior outfielder Pat Porter, return after finishing in the top five in batting average last season. They also receive a boost from Dezse, who missed all of last season with a stress reaction in his back.With the team set to begin play in just over three weeks, it is time to stop talking about goals and start chasing them.“There’s no magical potion that you sprinkle on. It’s just good old blood, sweat and tears,” Beals said. “We have an expectation level … Ohio State has an expectation level of excellence. Combine the two of those and I think it broods for success.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin play in Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 14 against Connecticut as part of the Snowbird Classic. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State preparing to take on juggernaut Maryland in Big

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team claimed an outright Big Ten regular-season championship and now it has its sights on winning the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.In order to achieve that goal, the Buckeyes would have to knock off Maryland, which has won the past three Big Ten championship games by a combined margin of 29 points. The two teams met in the championship in 2015, and the Terrapins won 77-74.On Jan. 22 in College Park, Maryland, Ohio State fell 99-69 to Maryland in its largest loss of the season despite all five starters scoring in double-figures. The top-seeded Buckeyes will have their shot at revenge in the Big Ten championship when they take on the second-seeded Terrapins at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Sunday.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Alexa Hart — Senior, 6-foot-3, 5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 16.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.7 apgMaryland: G — Channise Lewis — Freshman, 5-foot-8, 5.4 ppg, 2 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Kristen Confroy — Senior, 5-foot-9, 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apgG/F — Eleanna Christinaki — Junior, 6-foot, 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apgG — Kaila Charles — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 18.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Stephanie Jones — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgScouting MarylandIn the first meeting between Ohio State and Maryland this season, the Terrapins had their way. They shot 54.9 percent from the field and hit 11-of-18 3-pointers to bury the Buckeyes, who fell behind by double-digits less than five minutes into the game and never recovered.In that game, junior guard/forward Eleanna Christinaki and guard Kalia Charles powered the Terrapins just as they have in most games. Christinaki dropped 26 points, went 6-for-11 from deep and grabbed eight rebounds while Charles had a game-high 32 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.The combination of defense, rebounding and a diverse scoring attack gave the Buckeyes major problems and figures to be a substantial challenge again.The Terrapins hold opponents to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and hit 39 percent of their 3-pointers. They start senior guard Kristen Confroy, who averages the fourth-most points of the projected starters, but shoots a Big-Ten best of 44.2 percent from beyond the arc.Though Maryland does not have any interior player as dominant as Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga — who picked up the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in Big Ten tournament history on Saturday — it maintains the second-best rebounding margin in the conference of plus-eight rebounds. The Terrapins showed that edge with a 47-32 rebounding advantage in the season’s first matchup against the Buckeyes.Maryland (plus-17.1) and Ohio State (plus-14.1)  have the top scoring margins in the Big Ten, having blown out many teams this season. But they ended the season with different trajectories.On Jan. 26, Maryland sat in first in the conference by two games after Ohio State lost three-straight games, including the 30-point defeat by the Terrapins. But the Buckeyes won eight of their final nine regular-season games and won the first two games of the conference tournament as well. Maryland, however, lost three of its final four regular-season games to Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan to slip into second place and give Ohio State an opportunity to pounce on the regular-season title. It lost the three games by a combined margin of 35 points.Regardless of how the Terrapins finished, they pose more challenges to the Buckeyes than any other team in the Big Ten. If Ohio State can control the pace, keep Maryland off the offensive glass and keep Charles and Christinaki from getting hot, it has a chance to claim the championship. But that is a tall task for a team sans a starter that fell to the Terrapins by 30 points less than two months ago.Still not tired?The day before the Buckeyes opened the Big Ten tournament with a win against Rutgers, senior guard Asia Doss learned she would not play due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the regular-season finale. The loss of her squeezed Ohio State’s already-lacking depth even more.In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes took an early lead — and some key players got into foul trouble — which allowed them to give ample rest, playing seven core players between 18 and 33 minutes. But the next day against Minnesota, guards Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga played at least 34 minutes. Mitchell did not sit out a single minute.With less than 24 hours between the end of that contest and the tip-off of the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland, fatigue would seem to be a struggle. But Mitchell and Mavunga don’t see that as an option.“Well, if we want to win, and I think everybody wants to do that, we’re going to be okay,” Mitchell said. “We don’t have a choice.”Mavunga quickly chimed in: “Coach McGuff said we’ll rest on Monday.”Mitchell went so far as to say she enjoys the feeling of playing multiple games in subsequent days, which reminds her of AAU games with higher stakes.“It feels good, like it feels good to be able to play games back to back and you don’t know who is going to win,” she said. read more

Anglo American and the Natural History Museum to collaborate on environmental issues

first_imgThe mining group, Anglo American, is one of the major supporters of the Natural History Museum’s new state-of-the-art Darwin Centre in London, UK. The £78 million facility is a scientific research and collections housing used by over 200 scientists at any one time. “We were delighted to be invited by the museum in 2006 to be part of this iconic project and are excited by the opportunities it will present us,” said Peter Coombes, Anglo American Group Head of Sustainable Development. This close relationship, according to the company, affords it access to comprehensive and accurate baseline data, historical research and unrivalled expertise that will be invaluable in its Environmental Impact Assessments and Biodiversity Action Plans.Coombes: “We look forward to working with the museum more closely to gain an increased understanding of the environmental issues that affect our day-to-day operations around the world. We are acutely aware of the potential impact that our activities can have on biodiversity and the environment, and of our responsibility to prevent and reduce those impacts to the best of our ability. Our relationship with the Natural History Museum and the new centre will assist us in achieving this.”The company has provided financial support for the development of the eight-storey-high Cocoon, which is the centrepiece of the building.“The value of the partnership is that both sides bring something to the table. We think that Anglo American will benefit from the work that is done here in the Darwin Centre and we also benefit, not just from the financial contribution, but from an on going relationship with Anglo American in terms of our science.” said Dr Michael Dixon, Natural History Museum Director.last_img read more

Investor confidence in Irish economy hits fouryear high

first_imgCONFIDENCE IN THE Irish economy is higher than at any other point in the last four years, with 82% of Irish investors now saying that they are positive on the outlook for the economy over the next three months.The situation is in marked contrast with 2010, when, at the depth of the economic recession, just one in ten expressed confidence in the economy.The figures are contained in the RaboDirect Investor Barometer monitoring tool report for June.The good sentiment extended to the global economy, with 85% expressing confidence there, and 81% saying that their personal financial situation is strong.RaboDirect investment manager Killian Nolan said: “We’ve seen a sustained rebound in investor confidence in the global economy since the beginning of 2013 and this has now been match by a strong upturn in confidence in the Irish economy during the first half of the year.”Low ratesNolan pointed to the positive forecasts and macroeconomic indicators for the domestic economy as one of the main drivers of confidence.Last week it emerged that the economy grew by 2.7% in the first quarter, beating expectations. The tax take for the first half of the year was also €500 million ahead of target.However, Nolan also pointed out that the broader European fiscal stance has been a strong supporter of investor confidence.“Another key factor contributing to investor optimism is the historically low interest rates set by the European Central Bank which look set to continue for the foreseeable future.”This is driving a search for better yields and making investment opportunities such as global stocks a more attractive proposition.”This is mirrored in investor attitude towards stock yields, with 66% saying that there is value to be found there.Just over half indicated a preference for equities, with 24% favouring cash. Bonds were seen as a good investment option by 11%, with 14% saying that property is a safe bet.Read: How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?>Read: The economy grew by 2.7% in the first three months of the year>last_img read more

Greek pharmacists call indefinite strike over measures

first_imgPharmacists have decided to launch an open-ended strike from Wednesday in protest at the government’s liberalisation measures.The pharmacists accused the coalition of making last-minute changes to draft legislation that will limit the role of pharmacies and threaten the livelihoods of some 12,000 Greek pharmacists.“Pharmacies will not go like lambs to the slaughter,” said the head of the Greek Pharmacists’ Association, Kyriakos Theodosiadis.“If people want medicines they should go to [Development Minister Costis] Hatzidakis’s office to get them. Let the ministers who vote for these provisions secure medicines for people.”The Health Ministry responded with a statement that said it had secured significant benefits for pharmacists in Greece’s recent agreement with the troika, including the withdrawal of a demand that their profit margin be reduced to 15 percent across the board. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Blanka is the latest and best limited edition Street Fighter diorama

first_imgBigBoysToys have not only made the electricity elements of the figure light up, but also Blanka’s eyes and orange hair. This is also a larger figure than the others in the series, measuring 230 x 170 x 130mm, which may account for why the price has been increased to $107.99. You’re also going to need to buy 3 x AAA batteries to power those light-up effects.The other Street Fighter figures to come before this includes Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Guile. Here’s the Chun-Li and Ken figures in action to give you some idea of what to expect (there’s no video of Blanka yet): <> Back in 2015 BigBoysToys HK convinced Capcom to let it produce a range of limited edition Street Fighter dioramas, with eight planned in total. These were no ordinary dioramas, though, featuring Street Fighter characters in the midst of pulling off one of their special moves. The characters are positioned on an appropriate Street Fighter backdrop based on stages from the games, and include light and sound effects.The first in the series was Ryu, which cost an eye-watering $89.99. Jump forward to today and we’ve got the latest diorama in the series, and it’s arguably the best so far. It’s Blanka, and he’s right in the middle of performing Electric Thunder.center_img $108 for a light-up figure is expensive, but then devoted Street Fighter fans may not care. I have to admit that owning all 8 of the planned figures would be a great collection to have. Yes, it’s going to cost you upwards of $800, and there’s no guarantee they’ll hold their value let alone increase it, but still…they look great.Play-Asia is currently accepting pre-orders for Blanka with the figure set for release on October 31. Tempted?last_img read more

Hearst Establishes Health Division

first_imgThe new auxiliary company will also support two major extensions: Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab. Combined, the lab and venture fund have $75 million committed to investing in startups and another $75 million set aside for future funding opportunities, according to Hearst.Hearst Health Ventures, steered by managing director Ellen Koskinas, is a new fund created to invest in startup companies focused on health IT solutions and technology-enabled healthcare services. The Hearst Innovation Lab, under the guidance of chief innovation officer Justin Graham, will support internally-developed projects, as well as work with outside clinician-entrepreneurs, rapidly prototyping new product ideas with a team of analysts, developers and data architects. The Hearst healthcare network maintains a strong presence in the clinical, pharmacy, home and hospice care and health insurance markets. The company claims to provide services for more than 75 percent of patients discharged from U.S. hospitals, 20 million patient home visits and more than $3.25 billion prescription claims yearly.This success has helped elevate Hearst Business Media to become the company’s second-biggest moneymaker after the entertainment and syndication group, which includes partnerships with ESPN and A&E Networks. Unlike the changing winds of the magazines and newspaper industry, Hearst can rely on growth prospects in the healthcare sector.“Hearst has been operating in the healthcare information industry since 1980,” says Richard P. Malloch, president of Hearst Business Media, in a release. “Through Hearst Health Ventures and the Innovation Lab, we will advance businesses that provide more scalable and cost-effective solutions for high-quality patient care.” [This article first appeared on FOLIO: sister site min.] Hoping to elevate its presence in the healthcare information marketplace, the Hearst Corporation, which has operated in the sector since 1980, launched Hearst Health, a subsidiary of Hearst Business Media, on Monday.The five healthcare information companies now consolidated under the Hearst Health umbrella include pharmaceutical database publisher First Databank (FDB), Zynx Health, a clinical decision support solutions company, MCG Health (previously Milliman Care Guidelines), which produces best practices for health systems and insurance companies, homecare and hospice market software-as-solutions provider Homecare Homebase and the Web-based Map of Medicine patient care comparison system.“The care guidance we provide is next generation of clinical decision support,” says Gregory Dorn, MD, executive vice president of Hearst Business Media, in a statement. “In addition to best practices, it encompasses efficiency of care and resource planning.” last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday March 6 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, March 6, 2019:#1) Kindergaten & PreK Registration SessionRegistration for Kindergarten and PreK is open at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center from 8:30am to 10:30am and 12:30pm to 2pm. Registration for Kindergarten and PreK is open at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center from 9am to 11am and 12:45pm to 2:15pm. Learn more HERE.#2) WHS Class Of 2021 Fundraiser At Panera BreadWilmington High School Class of 2021 is holding a Fundraiser at Wilmington’s Panera Bread (228 Main Street, Wilmington Plaza) from 4pm to 8pm. Bring this flyer or show it on your phone to the cashier when you place your order. Panera Gift Cards and catering orders are excluded from the event.#3) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#5) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

South African court acquits Jacob Zumas son over fatal 2014 car

first_imgJOHANNESBURG: A South African court on Friday acquitted Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, of manslaughter charges over a fatal late-night car crash in 2014. Duduzane, 35, had pleaded not guilty at a magistrates’ court in Johannesburg to causing the death of Phumzile Dube after his Porsche hit a minibus. One woman died in the crash, three others were injured and another passenger died in hospital weeks later. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase said the state had failed to prove the manslaughter charges beyond reasonable doubt. “The accused is found not guilty,” he said. “None of the evidence presented established that there was anything that a reasonable man in the position of the accused, on that night would have foreseen.” Zuma had testified that his car had spun out of control after hitting a pool of water. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Amid tight security, former president Zuma was at the court to support his son, as well as Duduzane’s twin sister Duduzile. “The court assessed the situation well and the court’s decision has made me happy,” Jacob Zuma told reporters after the ruling. Zuma, 76, was forced to resign in February 2018 over corruption allegations centred around the Gupta business family, who reportedly held such sway that they picked cabinet ministers. Duduzane was previously employed by the Guptas. Jacob Zuma, who has five wives and at least 20 children, has been charged with 16 counts of graft linked to an arms deal from before he became president.last_img read more

Cord Blood Banking Services Market insights shared in detailed report

first_imgThe Global Cord Blood Banking Services Market accounted for $1,126 million in 2016, and is estimated to reach at $2,772 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 13.8% from 2017 to 2023. North America was the highest revenue contributor in the global market in 2016; however, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.Download the Sample Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/111Umbilical cord blood is collected from the nursing homes and hospitals post the delivery of a baby. This blood contains a large amount of stem cells, which can be used to treat various diseases. The public cord blood banks are operated by the non-profit organizations with the help of government funding, which are donated by families after the delivery of baby. This donated cord blood is available for multiple applications such as for research purposes and treatment of genetic diseases.The private cord blood banks are privately owned banks where the parents can store the cord blood of newborn for future use such as for treatment of certain chronic disease. In private banks, charges are incurred for the collection, processing, and storage of cord blood. Thus, the public cord blood banks possess competitive advantages in developed regions such as North America and Europe.The cord blood banking services market is expected to witness a moderate growth during the forecast period. The key drivers for the market growth are adoption of novel marketing strategies by key players, increase in R&D activities for application of cord blood, and rise in funding for establishment of public cord blood storage banks. However, high cost associated with the processing, difficulty in finding a match in the donor list of public cord blood banks, and legal & ethical issues related to collection of cord blood are expected to hamper this growth. Conversely, advancement in the stem cell therapeutics and presence of untapped potential in the developing and developed regions are expected to provide various opportunities to the cord blood banking services.For More Inquiry @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/111The private cord blood banks segment occupied a dominant part of the market in 2016, and is expected to grow at the highest rate. This is attributable to the better service provided by the private banks to their customers, guarantee of storing the cord blood for a specified period, and immediate retrieval of the cord blood when required for treatment of any genetic disease.In 2016, North America accounted for maximum contribution to the total revenue generated, owing to the market maturity, high awareness among the expectant parents, presence of high disposable income, and high adoption rate of cord blood storage services. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth during the analysis period, attributable to rise in awareness related to the benefits of storing cord blood, increase in focus of key players to expand their services, and rise in disposable income.Key Findings of the Cord Blood Banking Services Market:The private cord blood bank segment is anticipated to grow at the highest rate during the analysis period.Germany was the highest revenue-generating country in the European market in 2016, and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period.In 2016, North America dominated global cord blood banking services market, and is estimated to continue this trend in the near future.China is expected to grow at the highest rate in the Asia-Pacific region.Latin America was the largest contributor in the LAMEA region.The key companies profiled in the report include China Cord Blood Corporation, Cord Blood America, Inc., CBR Systems, Inc., Cordlife Group Limited, Cryo-Cell International, Inc., Cryo-Save AG, Lifeforce Cryobanks, National Cord Blood Program, ViaCord, Inc., Virgin Health Bank, CordVida, Americord, CryoHoldco, and Vita34.last_img read more