Interview: Building Capacity in New Mexico, General Kenneth Nava

first_imgIf you are working with an organization that would like to learn more about supporting this effort to build capacity in New Mexico and support the service members and families, contact Susie Galea, Building Healthy Military Communities state coordinator, at contact the Department of Veteran Services, visit their website. This week we had the opportunity to interview Deputy Adjutant General for New Mexico National Guard, Brigadier General Kenneth Nava. We discussed his efforts to build capacity across the state to provide support for NM service members. Brigadier General Kenneth A. Nava serves as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Deputy Adjutant General for the State of New Mexico.  In addition to overseeing all Army National Guard matters in New Mexico, his responsibilities include serving as the principal liaison to senior military officials, various state and federal officials, the legislature, local governments, and community groups. General Nava provides overall guidance and direction for state operations including business administration and facilities management.  General Nava assumes full responsibility for the Adjutant General in his absence of more than 4,000 soldiers / airmen assigned to the State and in excess of $96 million dollars of Federal and State funding. The MFLN Community Capacity Building team would like to thank General Nava for taking the time to discuss his work in New Mexico, it has been very informational for others working to build capacity in their communities. last_img read more

1,000 Decisions, Well or Poorly Made

first_imgWhat are the small decisions you make every day that prevent you from producing the results you want or need now?What disciplines or routines can you put in place that eliminate the risk of bad decisions and ensure you make good choices? You have 168 hours in a week and 52 weeks in a year. That’s 8,736 hours. What you do with each hour is your decision. You can invest that hour, or you can squander it, believing you have many more hours in which to make a better decision later.If you eat three meals a day, that is 1,095 decisions. I just watched the man in seat 3C drink three screwdrivers and wash them down with a tiny bottle of Kailua and a coffee. Separately. It’s 7:45 in the morning, and we are flying from Omaha to Atlanta. His physical, mental, and emotional state is radically different, and I wonder what the rest of his day will be like.Success and productivity is the result of 1,000s of tiny decisions well or poorly made.One way to improve your decisions is to make them in advance. If you plan your days and weeks, you reduce the likelihood of making poor decisions, like sitting in reactive mode, waiting for the world to act on you. Auditing your projects and commitments to determine what work is most important before your work week even starts improves the odds that the right work gets done. Blocking time on your calendar and treating that work like you would a commitment you made to another person will prevent poor decisions.Routines, or what I call disciplines, can help you improve your results by eliminating choices altogether. If you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, you eliminate decisions. If you eat the same foods repeatedly, that discipline removes decisions and allows for better choices.If you want a result you are not producing now, the decisions you make are the difference between the outcomes you are producing and the outcomes you want. To change those results, you would have to make different decisions, likely many small, seemingly meaningless decisions. Those small decisions determine your trajectory—and your destination. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Khaira sets up panel to resolve differences

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party’s faction in Punjab led by Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Tuesday constituted a five-member committee to resolve internal differences within the State unit.Former Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Mr. Khaira said that members will hold discussions with other members to resolve differences over autonomy for the State unit and other matters.Five membersThe five members are Kanwar Sandhu, Nazar Singh Mansahia, Baldev Singh, Jagdev Singh (all MLAs) and Suresh Sharma. “The talks, if any, with our party colleagues will be on the basis of the six resolutions passed at the AAP volunteers’ convention at Bathinda on August 2,” said Mr. Khaira.He said the party will hold a ‘peoples’ march’ from Kotkapura to Behbal Kalan to Bargari on October 7 to ensure justice on the basis of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report.Open letter to CMKanwar Sandhu, spokesman for the party, released copies of the open letter the AAP had written to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh demanding a special session of the State Assembly to discuss issues of farmers and farm labour, including suicides, debt relief and State policy for them.last_img read more

Parties meet EC team, seek free and fair polls

first_imgThe representatives of various political parties who interacted with the visiting Election Commission of India team, led by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, here on Thursday underlined the need to make the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State free and fair. Talking to journalists after their meeting with the ECI team, the leaders said they requested the commission to strictly implement the rules for conduct of peaceful elections in the State.While the Congress and the BJP urged the commission to prevent alleged misuse of government machinery by the ruling Biju Janata Dal, the BJD appealed to the team to take all measures to prevent violence during the elections.Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra alleged that both the BJD and the BJP were using money, muscle and government machinery to lure the voters. Strict vigil demandBJD leader Amar Patnaik, who led his party’s delegation to the meeting, said they urged the commission to keep a strict vigil on petrol pumps which were allegedly being used to stock and transfer cash during the bypoll in Bijepur Assembly seat of the State last year.The BJD also drew the attention of the ECI team towards the violence allegedly perpetrated by the BJP during the Bijepur bypoll, Mr. Patnaik said. Alleging that the BJD was using State government employees for its work, Bhrugu Baxipatra of the BJP expressed apprehension that members of the Biju Yuva Vahini formed by the State government may be used by the BJD to rig polls.CPI leader Narayan Reddy said his party urged the commission to use ballot papers instead of EVMs.The ECI team, which arrived in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday night, later discussed the State’s poll preparedness with the district election officers, police IGs, SPs and three revenue divisional commissioners of the State.The ECI team is scheduled to discuss the law and order situation with the State Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and other officials concerned on the last day of their visit on Friday.last_img read more

Barcelona stuns Madrid 3-0 at Bernabeu, reaches Copa final again

first_imgBarcelona forward Luis Suarez, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Copa del Rey semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID— Real Madrid couldn’t put Barcelona away when it had the chance, and ended up being dealt a hard blow by its biggest rival.In the first of two consecutive games between the Spanish powerhouses at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Barcelona weathered a dominant first half by Madrid and then scored three times after the break for a 3-0 win Wednesday and a spot in the Copa del Rey final for a sixth straight season.ADVERTISEMENT “I have to admit that we didn’t play very well in the first half,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde after his 100th match in charge. “We scored three goals but didn’t have that many chances. It happens sometimes.”Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona advanced 4-1 on aggregate after being held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the semifinals at Camp Nou three weeks ago. The Catalan club also benefited from an own goal by Madrid defender Raphael Varane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“They were a lot more efficient than we were,” Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. “We created many chances but couldn’t score. They scored with their first shot on goal, and then with their second shot on goal. They hurt us when they had their chance.”Barcelona will be trying to win an unprecedented fifth straight Copa title in the May 25 final in Seville. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manchester United defies injury crisis to beat Palace 3-1 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Madrid hasn’t made it to the Copa final since it won its last title in 2014 against Barcelona. It hasn’t defeated its rival in five matches in all competitions, since the Spanish Super Cup in 2017.This year’s other finalist will be decided on Thursday, when Valencia hosts Real Betis after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Seville.It was the second of three matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona in less than a month. The rivals will also play each other on Saturday in the Spanish league, with Barcelona nine points in front of Madrid in the standings.Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid’s title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade.After conceding at home, Barcelona needed to score at the Bernabeu to have any chance of advancing, and it didn’t look good for the Catalan club as it was outplayed by Madrid throughout the first half. The hosts created most of the scoring chances, including a couple of clear ones for young Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior. He failed to get a shot off in a one-on-one situation, then missed over the crossbar from close range.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “Vinicius will keep improving as he plays more of these types of games,” Solari said.Barcelona took advantage of Madrid’s misses and quickly struck after halftime, with Suarez firing a low shot past goalkeeper Keylor Navas after a cross by Ousmane Dembele, who made a run behind the Madrid defenders following a through ball by Jordi Alba on the left flank.The second goal came less than 10 minutes later, when Varane tried to intercept Dembele’s cross for Suarez and ended up finding his own net.It didn’t take long for Suarez to add another with a Panenka-style penalty in the 73rd after he was fouled by midfielder Casemiro inside the area.Some Madrid fans began leaving the Bernabeu not long after Suarez’s penalty hit the net, and a few chants protesting against club president Florentino Perez also followed.Gareth Bale, who earlier Wednesday escaped punishment for a gesture toward fans after scoring in a league match against Atletico Madrid, came off the bench to replace Lucas Vazquez with Madrid down by a goal, but the Wales forward wasn’t able to help much.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentslast_img read more

Dara Singh to present Hindi version of The Champ, movie to be called Rustom

first_imgKishore and Leena: A swoop by taxmenEven as Bombay’s film industry showed up in full strength for New Delhi’s International Film Festival, having dropped their threatened boycott over last month’s income tax raids, income tax officers suddenly swooped on popular playback singer, Kishore Kumar and screen siren Leena Chandavarkar, whom,Kishore and Leena: A swoop by taxmenEven as Bombay’s film industry showed up in full strength for New Delhi’s International Film Festival, having dropped their threatened boycott over last month’s income tax raids, income tax officers suddenly swooped on popular playback singer, Kishore Kumar and screen siren Leena Chandavarkar, whom Bombay’s film press describe as the “much married Kumar’s lady love”. Although the raid on Kumar’s residence yielded virtually nothing, income tax sources claimed that the Chandavarkar raid was more productive, but they refused to disclose the amount. In a simultaneous raid, Rs 12 lakh was discovered in a disused well in a farm just outside Bombay. Taxmen were tightlipped about the owner or exact whereabouts. Neither Chandavarkar nor Kumar were available for comment. But Kumar’s son who seems to have been posted to take care of inquisitive reporters said: “Yes, we were raided. But how dare you ask questions’ about my father’s personal life?”(From left) Dass, Mushtaq Ali, Singh (actors in Rustom) and Dilip Kumar, who launched the filmFirst there was an Indian Rocky, then an Indian Love Story, and now, ladies and gentlemen, Bombay’s eternal strongman Dara Singh is proud to present a Hindi version of The Champ to be called Rustom. The way the casting goes, the movie ought to be called Four Champs. As many as “four international champions” boasts the blurb, “are involved in the all-sports movie”. These include Janki Dass (international cycling champion), Mushtaq Ali (international cricketer), Dara Singh himself (international wrestling champion) and Randhawa (another international wrestler). Last week, the movie was launched by Bombay’s ex-sheriff Dilip Kumar (“he came to bless the sports celebrities” quoth Singh) but described Dilip as “the matinee idol and keen cricketer”. Obviously, the “international” category is for champs only.Sadachari : Quick fallHere is one swami who crashed before he could fly. Swami Sadachari, the portly, long-maned Bihari Bramhin, last fortnight found himself jettisoned from the voodoo clique that surrounds Mrs Gandhi, before he could fire the first shot at his prime target, Dhirendra Brahmachari. The 24-year-old yogi, called Brahmachari a “fraud” – and that proved to be his undoing. Within 24 hours, a spokesman of the prime minister’s office issued a terse statement which made him a persona non grata with the hocus pocus hierarchy. Sadachari, alias Binodanand Jha, who reportedly served as cook to another swami, promptly summoned the press to predict that 1981 could be a bad year for Mrs Gandhi. While Sadachari’s prestige dipped, the stock of his patron, Kamal Nath, MP, too hit a new low. As an aide to Brahmachari gleefully remarked: “We never knew this Sadachari fellow to be anything other than Kamal Nath’s valet.” Sadachari hotly denied it, saying: “I’ve never been anybody’s valet or cook.” But even without being either, he has got himself and Nath shoulder-deep into a perfect soup.advertisementlast_img read more

Charlie Moore on Dana

first_imgMy freshman year we had a huge playbook and I was worried about learning that thing. Then Dana comes in here with a little notepad and it all kind of ended up working out.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Nick Saban Had A Message For The Media After Postgame Press Conference

first_imgnick saban of the alabama crimson tide at the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the first half against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban wasn’t in the best of moods on Monday night, as his Crimson Tide team got dominated by Clemson in the College Football Playoff national title game.Saban took some time to give the media a heartfelt message at the end of his press conference, though.Alabama’s head coach, whose press conference rants often go viral, appeared much more appreciative than usual on Monday night.“I really do love you,” Saban said of the media.Check it out:Nick Saban’s final words of the season gives thanks the media for all we have done: “I really do love you.”— Kyle Burger WVTM (@KyleWVTM13) January 8, 2019That was very nice, Nick.Alabama, meanwhile, should be just fine.The Crimson Tide will likely start the 2019 season ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the country. Alabama should be back in the College Football Playoff next season, competing for another national championship.Saban and Co. aren’t going anywhere.last_img read more

Jio News introduced with over 12 Indian language support, uses AI to bring most relevant news updates

first_imgJio News introduced with over 12 Indian language support, uses AI to bring most relevant news updatesJio News uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring the “most relevant” news to users. The company says that the Jio News app scans thousands of news sources before bringing the best news to the readers.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 12:07 IST HIGHLIGHTSJio News is mainly focused at offering real-time news updates on various topics.The Jio news app is available for Android and iOS users and also for web users.Jio News comes with over 150 live news channels, over 800 magazines, over 250 newspapers, among other .Reliance Jio leaves no stone unturned to mark its presence. Jio has ruled the telecom market for a while now. The company has also become the top feature phone selling company in India and the credit goes to its JioPhone and JioPhone 2. Some rumours suggest that JioPhone 3 is coming soon. Looks like Reliance Jio now wants to enter other spheres of the market. On Thursday Reliance Jio introduced Jio News, an online news application that is mainly focused at offering real-time news updates on various topics including the on-going Lok Sabha elections, Indian Premier League (IPL), and others.The Jio news app is available for Android and iOS users and also for web users. Jio news stands out when compared to other news apps as it supports over 12 Indian languages like Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, among others.With this, Jio mainly wasn’t to connect to more and more audiences and reach each and every corner of the country. The Jio News comes with over 150 live news channels, over 800 magazines, over 250 newspapers, among other things like online blogs from India and also from around the world. The news app is also said to bring over 150 live TV news channels and alert readers about the trending videos across genres.The company explains that Jio News uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring the “most relevant” news to users. The company says that the Jio News scans thousands of news sources before bringing the news to the readers or viewers. Jio News also allows the readers to personalise the app as per their interest and requirements. The new app comes with various categories like politics, sports, entertainment, business, technology, lifestyle, fashion, health, among others. The readers can select the topic they want to be aware of.advertisementReliance Jio has informed that the Jio News app is a consolidated offering of Jio XpressNews, Jio Mags, and Jio NewsPaper. The company has informed that all the existing users of Jio XpressNews, Jio Mags, and Jio NewsPaper will be able to use Jio News. If you’re a Jio network user you’ll be able to get “premium access”. All non-Jio users will need to logging in to Jio News to use the app.ALSO READ | ACT Fibernet launches Android-powered 4K streaming box, supports Netflix, Hooq and other platformsALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 quick review: Bold and beautifulALSO READ | Xiaomi Poco F1, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 6 sell at lowest ever prices on Flipkart todayGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Jiolast_img read more

Nova Scotia Welcomes Tidal Project Activity

first_imgEnergy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal energy project is moving closer to the water. Today, Jan. 22, project partners announced a number of advances, including new tidal technology, a location for turbines in the Bay of Fundy, and an upcoming construction contract. “We applaud these companies for working hard to move the tidal project ahead,” said Mr. Barnet. “The more we can move away from imported, coal-based electricity towards a cleaner local supply, the better it is for our economy and environment.” Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company announced its partnership with United Kingdom-based Marine Current Turbines, a leading developer of tidal technology. Marine Current Turbines recently installed the world’s most powerful in-stream tidal turbine, now operating in Northern Ireland. “This is an exciting partnership — leading technology combined with our company’s outstanding track record in green energy,” said Scott Travers, president and chief operating officer of Minas Basin Pulp and Power. “Renewable power has been a part of our business since 1936, and we look forward to making Nova Scotia’s energy future even greener.” After 12 months and more than $1 million in research, marine energy experts have identified what they believe to be an ideal site for Nova Scotia’s first demonstration turbines. The site is in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy near Black Rock, 10 kilometres west of Parrsboro. It includes: water depths up to 45 metres at low tide a sediment-free bedrock sea floor straight flowing currents water speeds up to 10 metres per second on ebb and flow “These companies still have a lot of work to do before anything can go in the water, including environmental approvals,” said Mr. Barnet. “They face a lot of challenges — new technology, tough environmental expectations, and an unbelievably powerful ocean resource. But from what I’ve seen, they’ve got what it takes.” Research identifies the Bay of Fundy as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with a world-class resource in close proximity to an existing grid and potential consumers. Nova Scotia’s 2009 Energy Strategy sets a new target of at least 25 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2020. In-stream tidal energy has the potential to help meet that target. Marine Current Turbines OpenHydro Clean Current Turbines, from Canada In addition, Nova Scotia Power announced that its technology partner, OpenHydro, has issued a call for bids to construct a subsea base to position their turbine on the ocean floor. The Irish technology developer will review all proposals, including those from potential fabricators in Nova Scotia. Pending environmental approvals, the three initial technology candidates for the Fundy tidal project are:last_img read more

Montreal jazz festival cancels controversial show after criticism

first_imgMONTREAL – The Montreal International Jazz Festival has cancelled the remaining presentations of a show that has been criticized because it features a white woman singing songs composed by black slaves.The festival said Wednesday it was apologizing to anyone who was hurt by the decision to put on the shows.“Since the beginning of SLAV performances, the festival team has been shaken and strongly affected by all comments received,” it said in a statement.“For the Festival international de Jazz de Montreal, inclusion and reconciliation between communities is essential. We made the decision with the artist Betty Bonifassi to cancel all performances of the show at the festival.”Bonifassi, a Montreal-based singer known for her Oscar-nominated work on the soundtrack of “Les Triplettes de Belleville,” was the main performer.The show, which was directed by renowned Quebec playwright Robert Lepage, has been mired in controversy since the get-go.At the premiere last week, about 75 protesters staged a demonstration outside the theatre that was hosting the performance.Police had to form a cordon to block protesters in order to allow people to enter.And on Tuesday, U.S. musician Moses Sumney cancelled a gig at the jazz festival to protest the SLAV shows.Both the jazz festival and Lepage’s public relations firm said there would be no interviews on the matter Wednesday.“We understand the position of the Montreal International Jazz Festival,” Edouard Garneau, a spokesman for the PR firm, said in an email.“Considering the current context, we do not wish to add any other comments for the time being.”In a later statement, the company said Lepage would comment before the end of the week.Black activist Vincent Mousseau, who spoke at the opening night protest, says the festival was forced to cancel SLAV because of pressure from artists who demonstrated against it and because of widespread media attention that included coverage in the New York Times.“The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world and we found it very irresponsible for the festival to put on the show without listening to the voices of those concerned,” he said in an interview Wednesday.“What we saw here were black communities and allies standing up and saying that we’re not OK with the ways in which black culture has been co-opted and put on a pedestal by folks who are not us.”Mousseau added he and Lucas Charlie Rose, a hip-hop artist who organized the protest, had received death threats.“I think our priority right now is ensuring that this violence is not being propagated like this piece of theatre that is extremely ignorant and, unfortunately, is very harmful,” he said.Rose says he’s relieved that SLAV has been cancelled — even though it took the festival a week to halt the shows, which were scheduled to run until July 14.But he wasn’t satisfied with the festival’s brief apology.“I don’t feel like it’s enough personally because they caused a lot of hurt, they caused a lot of harm,” Rose told The Canadian Press. “I’m waiting to see what else they have to say and if they’re actually serious about helping black communities in the future.”The artist pointed out that when people found out he was a transsexual, online comments against him were “really violent, really intense.”This isn’t the first controversy involving white people playing blacks in Quebec.A white actor blacked his face to play former Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban in a sketch that was part of a year-end comedy show by Montreal’s Theatre du Rideau Vert in December 2014.last_img read more

SeatoSky Gondola in British Columbia likely out of commission until 2020

first_imgSQUAMISH, B.C. — The operators of the Sea-to-Sky Gondola say the popular tourist attraction near Squamish, B.C., likely won’t reopen until early next spring.In a message on the company’s Facebook page, they say the cleanup has started and it’s hoped the gondola can reopen in early 2020, but that depends on the delivery of a replacement cable and new cabins from Europe.When the attraction does restart, the post says it will feature a brand new haul rope and a completely new line of 30 cabins.No one was hurt last Saturday when the RCMP say someone deliberately cut the gondola’s main cable, sending all of the cars crashing to the ground.The company has said the damage will reach into the millions of dollars.The Sea to Sky Gondola officially opened in 2014 and carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people who visit the gondola every day during the summer season, with each cabin holding up to eight people. When in operation, it takes around 10 minutes to reach an elevation of 885 metres above Howe Sound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal cabinet decision on fate of Trans Mountain pipeline due Tuesday

first_imgGreen Party leader Elizabeth May held a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, joined by environmentalist David Suzuki, to plead with the government not to proceed.“You can’t negotiate with the atmosphere,” she said, noting the international scientists who say the world has a window of just over a decade at most to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions before climate change becomes irreversible and catastrophic.“To get through that window we cannot approve a single additional pipeline,” she said. “To get through that window we have to start aggressively moving off fossil fuels.”May also said there is no economic case for expanding the pipeline, and the customers in Asia that are supposedly going to buy the product don’t exist. The Asian market has no refineries currently capable of refining the diluted bitumen Canada produces, she said, and much of it will end up still going to the United States.First proposed by Kinder Morgan Canada in 2013, the project has been beset by multiple court challenges and delays, both during the Conservative government’s tenure and since the Liberals took over. The federal cabinet initially approved the project in November 2016.The biggest hitches came after the NDP was elected in British Columbia in 2017, on a platform that included opposition to the project. The political uncertainty that created gave investors such cold feet Kinder Morgan was ready to walk away. In May 2018, Canada stepped in to buy the existing pipeline, with plans to expand it and then sell it back to the private sector.Three months later, the courts threw a significant wrench in that plan when the approval was overturned. The expansion would twin a 66-year-old pipeline that runs from Edmonton to a marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., nearly tripling its capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil a day.The Trans Mountain Corporation claims the economic benefits of the expansion would be $46.7 billion over the first 20 years.While Sohi and Finance Minister Bill Morneau both insisted last week that no decision has yet been made, Sohi seemed to hint in question period on Friday that the project will go ahead.“We are following the direction of the Federal Court of Appeal to move forward on this project in the right way,” he said.Morneau’s office insists people should not read anything into the fact he is scheduled to give a talk at the Economic Club of Canada in Calgary the morning after the TMX decision, where one of the themes is “helping the energy sector grow and prosper.” His spokesman said the speech is similar to one Morneau has delivered in Ontario and Quebec in the last three weeks.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney thinks it’s a done deal, even though his government launched a $1.6 million advertising campaign in Ottawa in late May demanding the federal government “say Yes to TMX.” The campaign includes having a box truck with electronic billboards driving around Parliament Hill all day long. “After all, the federal government bought the pipeline, and I can’t imagine why they would do that only to flip-flop on an earlier approval,” he said last week at a major oil industry conference in Calgary.His confidence was buoyed by media reports that steel pipe that will be used to build the pipeline has already started arriving on construction sites. Trans Mountain Corporation, the federal crown corporation that now runs the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and will oversee the expansion should it go ahead, said last week that much of the material had been ordered before the court ruling.The pipeline is a tough needle for the Liberals to thread when it comes to supporting industries like the oil sector while meeting Canada’s international commitments on climate change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that approving it is in the national interest to take advantage of the economics of developing Canadian resources, which he says will continue to be needed for another few decades.But that thinking riles environmental groups, many of whom supported Trudeau in the 2015 election because of his climate plan, a plan they say is impossible if Trans Mountain goes ahead. There are already plans to launch new court challenges if the project is approved, and multiple protests and even blockades on construction sites are in the works.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – The Liberal government’s $4.5 billion gamble to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline in a bid to get it expanded will come to a head on Tuesday when the federal cabinet decides whether to sign off on the project for a second time.It has been more than 290 days since the Federal Court of Appeal ripped up the original approval and sent the government back to the drawing board to do a more fulsome consultation with Indigenous communities and take a harder look at the impact the project will have on marine life off the coast of British Columbia.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said last week the official consultations with 117 affected Indigenous communities wrapped up in early June, paving the way for cabinet to make its final decision at its regular meeting on June 18.last_img read more

FHA approves plans for 15B in RenoSparks highway upgrades

RENO, Nev. — The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans for $1.5 billion in improvements to a major interstate interchange and more than a dozen highway exits in Reno and Sparks over the next 20 years.The agency issued a final environmental impact statement and record of decision selecting the alternative preferred by state transportation officials to reconfigure the Spaghetti Bowl where I-80, I-580 and U.S. 395 meet east of downtown Reno.The project is intended to improve safety and reduce travel times in the metro area where the population is expected to grow 27% the next two decades.The Reno-Sparks population has quadrupled since the interchange was originally constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.Nevada Department of Transportation Director Kristina Swallow says the 28 months it took NDOT to complete the environmental impact statement was the fastest in agency history.The Associated Press read more

Kensington transforming into Harry Potters Diagon Alley

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by audreywhelan Posted Jul 27, 2016 8:16 am MDT YouTube It’s an event Harry Potter fans don’t want to miss.On Sunday as part of Kensington’s Summertime In The City, the neighbourhood’s business area will be transformed into Diagon Alley.It’s to celebrate the release of the brand new book, “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child”.Kensington BRZ Spokesperson Ellen Parker tells 660 NEWS, there are lots of activities for fans.“At 11 a.m. there will be a reading hosted by The Storybook Theatre society at The Plaza, this is all free. It will be taken from the new novel and from 1 to 3 there will be a quidditch match at Riley Park.”There are also prizes for people with the best Harry Potter outfits. Kensington transforming into Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley read more

Economic and Social Council President urges stronger cooperation to thwart tax evasion

“Taxation represents a stable and predictable source of finance. Complemented by other sources, it is central to financing development needs and providing public goods and services,” said Mr. Oh in his remarks to the joint meeting of ECOSOC and the UN General Assembly’s Second Committee, the world body’s main forum for discussions on economic and financial issues.The joint meeting held under the theme ‘Domestic Resource Mobilization: Where to go after Addis?’ identified resources and challenges to finance sustainable development.“The challenge is that many countries are hindered in their efforts to collect their taxes. Business models and value chains have become more international, integrated and dependent on intangibles. They have given rise to a number of loopholes in the area of taxation,” said Mr. Oh adding that tax evasion and avoidance pose a great threat to financing sustainable development.Mr. Oh said that as per the recent Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates, between four to ten per cent of global corporate income tax revenues are lost annually, totalling to the amount of $100 to $240 billion.He added that the loss is felt stronger in developing countries with greater needs for investment in development.Mr. Oh stressed on stronger international cooperation to combat tax evasion and avoidance and added that the lack of information exchange between the countries is a huge opportunity for tax avoiders and evaders.He added that discussions on the current landscape of international tax cooperation can help identify priorities for reform and make concrete suggestion for improved international cooperation.Mr. Oh also recalled that in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, UN Member States had decided to enhance the resources of the UN Tax Committee to strengthen its effectiveness and operational capacity. Mr. Oh announced that the Tax Committee will meet twice a year and will also increase its engagement with ECOSOC through the Special Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.Lastly, Mr. Oh called for the continued engagement of all relevant stakeholders, as “this is the only way to ensure that the responses to international tax challenges can gain sufficient global ownership, and confirm the faith of honest taxpayers in their tax system and their government.” read more

Près dun Français sur deux favorable à leuthanasie active

first_imgPrès d’un Français sur deux favorable à l’euthanasie activePrès d’un Français sur deux estime que la loi devrait autoriser les médecins à mettre un terme à la vie de personnes atteintes de maladies incurables alors que 45% y sont favorables “dans certains cas seulement”, indique un sondage Ifop réalisée suite à la mise en examen du docteur Bonnemaison.  Le débat est relancé sur l’euthanasie. Le 12 août dernier, le Docteur Nicolas Bonnemaison, urgentiste à l’hôpital de Bayonne a été mis en examen suite à une accusation d’euthanasie. Il est en effet soupçonné d’avoir abrégé la vie d’au moins cinq patients âgés au cours des cinq derniers mois. Une affaire qui a déclenché un vaste mouvement de soutien pour le médecin sur internet mais qui a également remis en question l’illégalité de l’euthanasie active. Ainsi, l’institut de sondages Ifop, commandité par le quotidien Sud Ouest, a voulu savoir ce qu’il en était auprès de l’opinion publique et les résultats se sont avérés plutôt parlants.  À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteD’après les chiffres obtenus, près de 49% des Français estiment que la loi devrait autoriser les médecins à mettre un terme à la vie des personnes atteintes de maladies incurables. De même, 45% des personnes interrogées y sont favorables, mais seulement “dans certains cas”, sans préciser de quels cas il s’agit. Ces chiffres sont nettement supérieurs à ceux observés en octobre 2010, où seules 36% des personnes étaient “absolument” favorables à l’euthanasie, soit une progression de 13 points en 10 mois seulement, souligne l’Ifop cité par l’AFP. Parmi les Français favorables, ce sont les “seniors” qui approuvent le plus une révision de la législation avec 56% des 50-64 ans et 48% chez les 65 ans et plus. Les moins de 35 ans sont en revanche plus réservés avec seulement 41% qui se déclarent “absolument en faveur d’une évolution de la législation”. De son côté, le ministre des Affaires européennes, Jean Léonetti, auteur en 2005 d’une loi sur la fin de vie, a confié au quotidien Nice matin (lien non disponible) qu’un grand débat public sur l’euthanasie pourrait être organisé après l’élection présidentielle.Le 22 août 2011 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Francesco Toldo Inter Milan are still antiJuventus

first_imgFormer Inter Milan goalkeeper Francesco Toldo insists that the club remain as Juventus’ closest challengers, despite a mixed start to the seasonLuciano Spalletti’s side have only claimed one win in their opening four league games and lie 15th in the Serie A table.This development comes as somewhat as a surprise to many considering that Inter invested over €77m this summer on new recruits in order to challenge for their first Serie A crown since the 2009/10 campaign.“The Nerazzurri continue to be the anti-Juventus, despite their limitations. I am sorry that Inter have remained lacking in terms of scoring,” Toldo told Radio Marte.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.The 46-year-old also gave his verdict on Napoli, who replaced coach Maurizio Sarri for Carlo Ancelotti this summer.“Napoli are still too dependent on Sarri. Carlo Ancelotti is a great coach and a great man but the team still has to demonstrate its continuity,” he said.While they struggle domestically, Inter won their Champions League opener against Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Tuesday evening.last_img read more

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Holds First Open Meeting Announces Two

first_imgThe Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) held its first open board meeting this week, chaired by former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the foundation will operate as a non-profit corporation seeking and accepting private donations in order to fund research activities that focus on problems of national and international significance.Congress also provided $200 million for the foundation, which must be matched by non-federal funds as the foundation identifies and approves projects. The American Soybean Association (ASA) strongly supported the creation of FFAR, because it will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships that are so critical to keeping America’s agricultural economy moving forward.The agenda was open to pre-registered speakers. Speakers commented mostly on why their sector needs additional research. About half of the speakers were from livestock trade and science associations. Also presenting was Ed Anderson, representing the North Central Soybean Research Program.Glickman introduced Dr. Sally Rockey, the new FFAR executive director. Rockey spent 19 years at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she oversaw the competitive research component of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, which is today’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Before coming to FFAR, she was leading the largest extramural research operation in the world at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Rockey announced that FFAR is launching two programs now and will announce two more by the end of the year. The first is the “New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award,” which will be awarded to scientists in the early stages of their careers with the goal of keeping them on the path of agriculture science for their whole career. The second is the “Rapid Response Program,” where FFAR will collaborate with USDA in identifying emerging issues in an effort to identify threats early and mitigate through critical research.last_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 couple Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan inseparable at

first_imgParth Samthaan and Erica FernandesInstagramParth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes are undoubtedly one of the hottest and most talked about couples in the telly town thanks to their stint in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. The two are rumoured to be dating but they have never accepted it. But their fondness for each other seems to be getting evident with each passing day. So when Parth and Erira arrived together at Ekta Kapoor’s birthday bash, the two were inseparable from each other.Inside the bash, Parth and Erica seem to have had a gala time partying with the birthday girl and their intimate picture is a proof of that. Parth took to Instagram stories to upload a picture of him along with his rumoured ladylove and Ekta sharing a warm hug while dropping their moves on the dance floor.Erica too reshared Parth’s Instagram story onto her page along with a still from Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 wherein the reel life lovers – Prerna and Anurag Basu – were seen having a romantic moment. “Prerna’s love is like a candle, that warms Anu’s heart,” read the caption shared by the show’s director Muzammil Desai, which was reshared by Erica on Instagram.Earlier, it was reported that the rumoured lovebirds spend more time together when not shooting for their show. Apparently, Parth and Erica often arrive together on sets and also wait for one another to have afternoon and evening meals together. Not just that, they often leave the sets together as well.And it looks like the spark from Prerna and Anurag’s romance has ignited the flame between Erica and Parth in real life as well.Take a look. Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan at Ekta Kapoor birthday bashInstagram Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan, Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2Instagramlast_img read more