The deadline for feedback is Nov. 3. The final report is expected Dec. 31. To view the terms of reference for the review, visit www.ednet.ns.ca/adminreview. Ms. Glaze has extensive experience in system and school improvement. She has worked with educators in almost 50 countries. On behalf of consultant Avis Glaze, government is asking parents and members of the public to comment on the recently announced Education System Administrative Review. The review, by Ms. Glaze, is looking specifically at the education system administrative model, including governing school boards, central administrative offices and administration at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The goal of the review is to ensure the right administrative structure is in place that best supports student success. Ms. Glaze is looking for feedback on three questions available at https://novascotia.ca/adminsurvey/ what administrative changes would you propose should be made to the education system to ensure the focus is on the needs of students? what changes would you propose should be made to the Department of Education and Early Child Development? what changes would you propose should be made to the administration of school boards?
APTN National NewsA community in northern Manitoba is trying to get some answers about what happened to one of its members more than three years ago.Craig McDougall, 26, was shot by Winnipeg police in August 2008.By law, an inquest has to take place.But that’s only after police hand over the investigation.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson found out, no one seems to know where that investigation stands.
Kathleen Martens APTN News Speaking from her hospital bed, MMIWG families’ advocate Delilah Saunders said Tuesday she is recovering from acute liver failure and called for a review of provincial policies around who gets a liver.“It’s something that needs to be revised and looked at.”The 26-year-old thanked her family and strangers for offering to give her parts of their healthy organs.“I didn’t plan on becoming an advocate for this sort of cause,” Saunders told reporters gathered in her Toronto hospital room. “But the more I’ve been learning about it…seeing how many families have reached out and expressed that they have had to just accept the policy despite many other factors.Saunders was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition last week.An emergency her family said was caused by a combination of using acetaminophen to deal with wisdom tooth pain and drinking alcohol.Consuming alcohol within six months of needing a new liver eliminated her from a possible transplant under protocols of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, which regulates organ donation in Ontario.It is a policy Saunders friends and family quickly labelled discriminatory and tried to change via public pressure that included vigils in different cities, an online petition and posts on social media.“Delilah is really recovering and it looks good but she’s not out of the woods yet,” said her friend and fellow Labrador Inuk Ossie Michelin, a former APTN News reporter.“We can’t be sure until she’s done with all the specialists.”Saunders confirmed she “was unconscious for a while” but now has trouble sleeping.She looked tired as she faced the cameras, but her trademark confidence as a human rights crusader was evident as she called for reforms to the transplant rules.“Registering as a donor and also revising these outdated, antiquated policies and procedures that section off a large population…,” she said, as her younger brother and lawyer looked on…“I think that these situations should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.”Saunders rose to prominence when her older sister Loretta Saunders was murdered in Halifax in 2014.Delilah handled media, police and court issues, and cracked only when the killers were sentenced, screaming at them in front of the judge.She said she was sober but turned to alcohol after reliving that experience while testifying at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) last month.That wiped out her chance for a new liver – a health crisis she says many families have suffered and lost.“The nurses and the doctors they have their hands tied,” she said. “My cousin brought up that in Europe, you are automatically considered a donor unless you opt out.”Delilah doesn’t know when she will be released from hospital but said she considers herself fortunate and hopes her experience will get more people considering organ donation.“Because that demand is so high and because people aren’t registering as donors it’s making a more difficult situation even more impossible,” she said.“The outpouring of support has been beautiful and really, really encouraging” but she feels “for the families who have lost loved ones due to these policies, due to small technicalities, and things that could have saved so many lives.”An email seeking comment from Trillium wasn’t immediately returned.
Mr. Ban made the pledge in a message for Africa Day, which marks the founding in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU). The annual event serves as an opportunity to highlight Africa’s achievements as well as take stock of remaining challenges.Drawing attention to the devastating effect of the ongoing economic downturn on the continent, the Secretary-General urged the international community not to step back from its commitments.“At the very time when Africa has achieved several years of sustained economic growth and improved stability, the global economic crisis is having a severe impact. We must protect the continent’s poorest and most vulnerable people,” he stated. Another threat to Africa’s development is climate change, he said, emphasizing the importance of countries to “seal a deal” and reach agreement in Copenhagen this December on a new global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“If we work hard, and agree on deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, we can avoid some of the worst consequences – but not all of them,” said Mr. Ban. “That is why we must also support adaptation, especially for the poor, who will suffer first – and worst.”The UN chief also pointed to what he described as “a troubling re-emergence of unconstitutional changes of government” on the continent. “This reminds us not only of the need to support democratization, but to strengthen Africa’s capacity to maintain peace and security,” he stressed. Toward that goal, he said, the UN Security Council is building a closer working relationship with the AU Peace and Security Council. The world body is also moving ahead with the UN Ten-Year Capacity-Building Programme in support of the AU, especially in providing technical support for AU peacekeeping. 25 May 2009Spotlighting some of the major challenges facing African nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to supporting the people of the continent in building durable peace, security and sustainable development.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 3:03 am MDT Chinese gambling city Macau aims for Las Vegas boxing action with big-name bouts MACAU, Macau – A Chinese fighter’s victory at a Macau showdown brings the world’s top casino market a step closer to challenging Las Vegas for dominance of another Sin City staple: big-time boxing matches.Macau, which long ago eclipsed Vegas as the world’s top gambling city, is looking to add to its allure by holding the kind of boxing bouts for which Las Vegas is known.The tiny Chinese enclave near Hong Kong is hosting a series of high-profile bouts this year featuring a pair of Asian stars: Chinese two-time Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming and Philippine fighter Manny Pacquiao.Zou made his professional debut in April, winning the “Fists of Gold” match at Macau’s Venetian resort. He returned for a second installment of the series on Saturday night, defeating his Mexican opponent in a unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena.Zou’s rise has helped boost boxing’s popularity among fans in China, where the sport was banned until the mid-1980s. Chinese fans, mostly subdued for the six preliminary “undercard” fights, rose to their feet for the main event, calling out “Jia you!” — Chinese for “Let’s go!” — and stomping their feet as Zou fought a six-round flyweight match with Jesus Ortega.Now all eyes are on the “Clash in Cotai” in November, featuring Pacquiao for the main event and Zou on the undercard. Organizers say it’ll be the biggest professional boxing match ever held in China. It’ll also be the first outside of the U.S. since 2006 for the Filipino superstar, who has lost his two last bouts.Boxing’s emergence in Macau is another reminder of how the global gambling industry’s centre of gravity has shifted to the East thanks to rising incomes in China. The former Portuguese colony, now a semiautonomous region of China, overtook the Las Vegas Strip in 2006 as the world’s most lucrative gambling market. Last year it raked in $38 billion in gambling revenue, six times more than the Strip. But authorities want Macau to be known for more than gambling and see big events as a way to turn the city, which has a lingering reputation for seediness and corruption, into a broader tourist destination.Zou’s celebrated trainer, Los Angeles-based Freddie Roach, left no doubt about how the focus has changed in the boxing world.“I think I’ve got a new home,” he said at a news conference last week, referring to the Venetian, the flagship casino resort of billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Macau casino arm, Sands China Ltd. “Macau has become the capital of the boxing world.”For promoter Top Rank, it’s a chance to get a head start on bringing the sport to the huge, untapped market in China. Boxing was banned under Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong for being too violent and too Western. It wasn’t until 1986 that the ban was lifted.The sport is nowhere near as popular in China as soccer or basketball, but Top Rank boss Bob Arum sees a vast potential market of new fans. Key to his plan is Zou, who became a celebrity in China after winning a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics and another at the London Olympics.Zou “has energized people who follow sports in China,” said Arum. “The number of people who watched his last fight in China was quite remarkable, anywhere between 100 million to 200 million homes based on the surveys we’ve had done. That’s outstanding. Most countries don’t even have that many people.”Top Rank put on a Vegas-style production for the Macau fights, complete with spotlights, scantily-clad “ring girls” and announcer Michael Buffer, best known for his catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” Arum said production costs for a Macau show amount to $500,000, about the same as for bouts in Vegas.Arum said he envisions Top Rank, which organizes 60 boxing shows a year, eventually holding four to six a year in Macau. Las Vegas, in comparison, is hosting a dozen pro bouts this year.For Arum, the big prize in bringing boxing to China is the potential for pay-per-view profits that would dwarf those in the U.S.Zou’s fights were carried on state broadcaster CCTV. Arum had hoped to offer the Pacquiao fight on pay per view but he said lining up a deal with potential partners has been harder than expected. China’s broadcasting industry is dominated by state-run broadcasters while premium cable and satellite channels have little role to play.One idea had been to offer the November fight for $5 in China on smartphones. That’s a fraction of the $50-$60 typically charged to see a live bout on cable in the U.S but the sheer numbers of potential viewers in a country with more than 1 billion people would make up the difference.“We were hoping to do pay per view in China but we are not anywhere near ready to do it yet. That’s something for next year and the year after,” he said.“Once we get that going, it could be a monster,” said Arum.Even if Chinese pay per view doesn’t take off, Macau will still remain a viable boxing venue because for non-American fighters it will represent a bigger purse. They won’t have to pay U.S. taxes of about 40 per cent on their earnings.That would be a substantial incentive for someone such as Pacquiao, who would only be subject to lower tax rates in the Philippines or Macau on the $25-$30 million that Arum said he’s expected to earn from the November fight.The biggest upside from the fight nights, however, may be for the casino. It benefits directly from more visitors, which will help raise gambling revenue. The Pacquiao fight will be an especially good chance to reel in the high-rolling mainland Chinese VIP gamblers that have supercharged Macau’s casino industry.It also gives casinos another way to circumvent the advertising and promotional restrictions that come with mainland China’s ban on casinos.“The boxing in Macau without doubt helps promote Sands China or the Venetian brand in China,” said Aaron Fischer, head of gaming research at brokerage CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. “Marketing of casinos is illegal in China and hence gaming companies will have to indirectly promote the integrated resort by marketing the non-gaming facilities like the hotel, conventions or by marketing the various events like boxing matches.”_______Follow Kelvin Chan at twitter.com/chanmanOnline:Top Rank: http://www.toprank.com/
The Rome-based agency said its Food Price Index averaged 205.9 points in July, which is 4 points below June and 7 points lower than in July 2012. The Index measures monthly changes in international prices of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar.The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 227.7 points in July, down 8.8 points from June and as much as 33 points below July last year. “The sharp decline mostly reflected falling maize prices as favourable weather boosted hopes of a significant production increase in several leading maize-producing countries,” said the agency.Wheat prices also fell but the strong pace of exports limited the decline. Rice price changes varied according to origins, with a decrease in Thai prices contrasting with higher Vietnamese quotations.The FAO Oils/Fats Price Index averaged 191 points in July, down by 7 points from June and the lowest level in three years. Meanwhile, while dairy prices fell overall – 2.6 per cent from June – the decline was by a smaller margin than in the previous two months as a result of tightening availabilities in Oceania and stagnating milk production amongst other exporters, principally in Europe, South America and the United States. Meat prices, FAO noted, were more or less unchanged from the revised June level. Prices for poultry and pig meat were lower, while those of bovine and ovine meat rose. In addition, sugar prices declined for the fourth consecutive month in July, on the back of anticipated large surplus production in major producing areas, notably in Brazil, the world’s largest sugar producer and exporter. Declining ethanol prices in Brazil also provided an incentive to convert more sugarcane into sugar instead of ethanol, which put additional downward pressure on international sugar prices, FAO stated.
“I am confident that the International Day of Human Space Flight will remind us of our common humanity and our need to work together to conquer shared challenges,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the Day marked worldwide on 12 April. “I hope it will also inspire young people in particular to pursue their dreams and move the world towards new frontiers of knowledge and understanding,” the UN chief added. In 2011, the General Assembly declared 12 April International Day of Human Space Flight to reaffirm the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development. The Assembly also expressed interest in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. This day, 12 April back in 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration. “Yuri Gagarin’s journey as the first human in space 54 years ago has inspired us all to advance the boundaries of exploration”, said United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Director, Simonetta Di Pippo.To mark the day, UNOOSA has launched the fourth edition of its ‘Messages from Space Explorers’, a collection of messages from Space Explorers serving as a memorabilia of their contribution and inspiration to future generations. “Recording the messages of the many men and women who have travelled into space allows us to commemorate the role these people have played as Ambassadors for humankind,” said Ms. Di Pippo. The new edition – available on UNOOSA’s website in six different languages – contains messages from space explorers from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States. One of the featured explorers, Scott Kelly is currently on a one year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which started on 28 March 2015. The autograph album also contains a copy of the signed sheets received from 57 other space explorers from 20 nations, among which Valentina Tereskhova of Russia, the first woman in space, and Charles F. Bolden, the current NASA Administrator, and copy of the autographs of Yuri Gagarin, and Edward H. White, the first American to walk in space.
Following a hard-fought 20-17 victory at Iowa last weekend, No. 8-ranked Ohio State returns home on Saturday for its 107th meeting with Michigan and its regular season finale. Although the win put the Buckeyes into the history books as the only team in conference history to win 10 games or more in six straight seasons, coach Jim Tressel said his team’s thoughts immediately shifted to the rival Wolverines. “It seems like Iowa was a long time ago. We knew it was going to be a battle and it was,” Tressel said. “It wasn’t 30 seconds over that our thoughts began to rumble about this one, and we’re anxious.” The Buckeyes have dominated the Wolverines at the Horseshoe in recent history, winning every game against Michigan in Columbus since 2000. Senior defensive tackle Dexter Larimore said OSU will face a much-improved Michigan squad. “It’s crazy to think that last year they were almost a completely different team,” Larimore said. “This year, they have just turned it on offensively and just been able to score on anybody.” Pryor comes through in the clutch Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor didn’t have his most impressive statistical game in the Buckeyes’ victory in Iowa City, Iowa, completing 54.5 percent of his passes and throwing for two interceptions. However, Tressel said he was impressed by his signal caller. “I thought he played pretty well,” he said. “There were a couple times where, from the sideline, I thought he should have stood in and waited for something to develop, and then when you watched it on film, I could see why he moved around a little. … I would say his grade was as good or better than any he’s had. He really had a grasp on what we were trying to do.” Even with the interceptions, Tressel said it was Pryor’s performance down the stretch that stood out. “He ran the ball well. He got us in and out of plays we needed to be and obviously, you know, you’re evaluated by how you do when the chips are down, and I thought he did a nice job in that last six minutes,” he said. Senior day Twenty-four OSU seniors will run out of the tunnel onto the field at the Horseshoe for the last time Saturday, hoping to stay unbeaten in their careers against Michigan. Couple that with the magnitude of the rivalry, and Tressel said it is going to be a special day. “We’re looking forward to 24 seniors, the last time they go out there, and that’s a big deal to us, but that’s a bigger deal to them,” he said. “They have been a part of some good football teams and they’re trying to lead this team into being a good football team and they know they only have one more chance back in Ohio Stadium.” The seniors agreed that their last game in Columbus will be memorable. “It will definitely be emotional and definitely a kind of bittersweet feeling knowing that I made it through the five years,” senior offensive lineman Bryant Browning said. “At the same time, it is going to be the last time I get to run out onto the field with my team at the Horseshoe and play in the great stadium, so it is going to be something I remember for the rest of my life.” Downtrodden Wolverine defense The 2010 edition of the Wolverine defense is certainly not one of the best Michigan has produced. Heading into its final regular season game, Michigan has allowed more than 33 points per game and given up an eye-popping 445.2 yards of offense per game. Despite the shortcomings, senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said he expects to see a better Wolverine defense Saturday. “We’re obviously confident in our offense no matter who we are facing,” Sanzenbacher said. “We’ll game-plan for whatever we think is going to work, but at the same time we always know that they’re probably going to be a little better than what we see on film.” Tressel said the magnitude of the matchup will bring out the best in all parties. “I can promise you this, they are going to play the best they can possibly play and then some,” he said. “They’re going to play better than they are. We need to play better than we are, and that’s, to me, the fun of this game.”
In America, the Senate Finance Committee has unanimously approved an amendment offered by Senators Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) that extends until 2010 a critical alternative fuels tax credit that will help accelerate the production of clean, domestic coal-to-liquid (CTL) fuels. Finance Committee members approved adding the CTL tax credit amendment on October 4 to a larger tax package primarily focused on aiding the reauthorization of federal agricultural support programs. The amendment extends an existing 50% per gallon fuel excise tax credit for CTL until 2010 and requires CTL producers to capture and store 50% of carbon dioxide emissions. CTL producers could be required to capture and store 75% of carbon dioxide emissions should an independent arbitration panel determine that such a level is commercially feasible. Without an extension, the tax credit, created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, is set to expire in September 2009.National Mining Association President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz: “Looking forward, the CTLC (Coal-To-Liquids Coalition) will continue working with all Senate CTL supporters to ensure this tax credit extension is signed into law.”
Following the announcement by the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia on March 27 that he would not approve the proposed takeover of OZ Minerals by China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Co if Prominent Hill was part of the transaction, OZ Minerals has negotiated commercial terms for a transaction involving the sale of certain assets to Minmetals. The parties have signed a term sheet and are now working towards the execution of a sale and purchase agreement. The proposed transaction, which requires shareholder approval, involves the sale by OZ Minerals of Sepon, Golden Grove, Century, Rosebery, Avebury, Dugald River, High Lake, Izok Lake and certain other exploration and development assets to Minmetals for $1,206 million. OZ Minerals will retain Prominent Hill, Martabe, specific exploration assets in Cambodia and Thailand and its listed equity interests (including its interest in Toro Energy). If OZ Minerals retires all its debt (except for the Convertible Bonds on issue), it is expected to also have a cash balance of approximately A$600 million immediately upon completion of the transaction.Barry Cusack, Chairman of OZ Minerals, said: “While this is a structurally different proposal to the previous cash proposal from Minmetals of 82.5 cents per share, we believe it represents an attractive offer for OZ Minerals and our shareholders. Importantly, it also provides a complete solution to OZ Minerals’ refinancing issues.”Andrew Michelmore, Managing Director and CEO of OZ Minerals, added: “This structure also allows OZ Minerals’ shareholders to retain full ownership of Prominent Hill, which has now commenced production and is expected to become cashflow positive during the second half of 2009. Prominent Hill has significant upside potential, and OZ Minerals will have the financial capacity to continue its development. Shareholders will now be able to retain full exposure to the long-term growth profile of Prominent Hill.”The sale price assumes the businesses are purchased on a “cash free, debt free” basis and assuming normal levels of working capital. OZ Minerals is expected to retain all existing cash and debt obligations, and intends to use part of the cash proceeds to pay down most or all of its debt facilities.The parties have entered into an Exclusivity Deed, which will operate until April 13 . This Deed obliges the parties to use best endeavours to agree formal legal agreements for the asset sales and grants Minmetals exclusivity in relation to corporate transactions involving OZ Minerals until April 13 (other than the Martabe gold project).
WISH WE WERE there. If you need something to transport you this Christmas Day, you could do worse than dip into the National Geographic best travel photos of 2013. The top 50 are here.They are compiled from the daily photo feature, Travel 365, on National Geographic Travel’s site.All images below are ©Travel365. Enjoy.
The agent of Nabil Fekir is adamant that his client’s potential transfer to Liverpool from Lyon remains a possibility for this summerShortly after their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month, the Reds were believed to be close to sealing a £53m to bring Fekir to Anfield before the start of the World Cup.The France international had actually completed a medical at the French training camp, but then Lyon released a statement announcing that the talks had broken down and that Fekir would be remaining at the Groupama Stadium for next season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…But the forward’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, is adamant that the move can still go ahead.“He didn’t sign because uh, it is not over! This is not the end of the story,” he told La Chaine Info, via AlbaWaba.Fekir is currently with the French squad for the World Cup and came on as a substitute for Ousmane Dembele in the 70th minute of their 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener last Saturday.
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue. In addition to the performance on stage, Katie will also be involved in music-based activities in New York City. Katherine Delker’s performance scheduled for Sunday, February 4th in New York City. Katherine Delker, a 9th grade student at Soldotna High School, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Katie will perform Soprano 1 in February with the Honors Women’s Choir. Participation is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the nation.The performance at Carnegie Hall is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Many blessed with vocal talents envision the day when they can be on stage, maybe one of the grandest stages; how about Carnegie Hall. Katie will join other performers from the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. All will perform at Carnegie Hall. Katie Delker on nomination processAudio PlayerDecker-on-nomination-process.mp3VmDecker-on-nomination-process.mp300:00RPd Katie Delker on choir and tour eventsAudio PlayerDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp3VmDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp300:00RPd
Sealaska Corp.’s latest Seattle-based seafood investment Orca Bay is merging with Odyssey Enterprises, another processor investment. (Image courtesy Orca Bay Seafoods)Sealaska is increasing its investments in Seattle’s seafood-processing industry, as part of the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation’s effort to boost revenues and increase dividends.Listen nowThe first investment in the industry came in 2016.Sealaska bought a minority interest in Independent Packers Corp., a Seattle processor employing about 180 people.It later purchased a majority stake in Odyssey Enterprises, also based in Seattle and has about 200 workers.Both do value-added processing, which means they turn seafood into fillets, soups, stews, breaded products and similar items.The new addition is Orca Bay, based in Renton, about 10 miles southeast of Seattle, makes similar products and has about as many workers.“The products they have, their customer base, their marketing strategies, their access to resources, all is very complimentary,” said Anthony Mallott, president and CEO of Sealaska, with nearly 23,000 mostly Tlingit or Haida shareholders.He said Orca Bay is in the process of merging with Odyssey.Sealaska’s corporate headquarters are in this Juneau building.(Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“The combination of the two offers not only good scale, but the opportunity to have an expanded customer base and give us a platform where we can continue to build our marketing expertise, try innovative new products and be the beginning of the seafood platform that we envisioned,” he said.Cliff White, executive editor of the website SeafoodSource, said the acquisitions make Sealaska a medium-sized player in the industry. He said the latest purchase is a good move.“Orca Bay is renowned for its marketing and its strong ability to connect with customers. It’s a smaller player, but it’s doing things the right way,” he said.Mallott said it’s Sealaska’s last processing investment for now, but the corporation also plans to purchase Alaska seafood for the plants.McDowell Group senior seafood analyst Andy Wink said too much of the catch heads overseas.“To have another buyer out there in the U.S. that’s looking to grow their line of products using fish from Alaska is just another bump in demand,” he said. “Alaska produces something like 5 to 6 billion pounds in harvest volume. So it’s probably relatively minor, but it helps.”Sealaska’s seafood buys are part of a five-year recovery plan after its construction company lost more than $25 million and other businesses more than doubled that amount in 2013.With revenues, the loss added up to about $35 million.Among other things, the plan called for development of businesses closer to Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, where many shareholders live.Earlier investments included plastics factories as far away as Alabama and Guadalajara, Mexico.Mallott said processing is one reason the corporation has been able to boost its businesses’ part of this month’s $11 million shareholder distribution.“The earnings have improved across the board,” he said. “Natural resources, government services and the new seafood investments are all adding to the earnings that are culminating in this increased dividend.”The dollar-per-share contribution isn’t a lot, but it’s the largest in the past few years. Earnings from Sealaska’s Marjorie Young Permanent Fund added another 86 cents per share.But the largest amount comes from natural-resource earnings shared by all 12 regional Native corporations. The amount, $4.10 per share, is down.“The distribution is driven by oil income from Arctic Slope Regional Corp. So the main driver is the lower oil price,” Mallott said.Sealaska also pays shareholders a spring dividend. It’s driven, in part, by revenues from the Red Dog zinc mine. That‘s on property owned by the Kotzebue-based NANA Regional Corp.Read more about the dividends’ breakdown.
Logo of BNPNeither BNP nor its any alliance partners have any candidate to contest the 30 December national election from Dhaka-1, Manikganj-2 and Bagura-7 seats as the nominations of all the candidates of the party were cancelled during scrutiny by the election commission, reports UNB.In Dhaka-1, the nominations of BNP candidates Khandaker Abu Ashfaq and Fahima Hossain Jubilee were trashed by the returning officer.Contacted, Abu Ashafq said he has recently resigned from the post of Nawabganj Upazila Parishad chairman to take part in the national election.However, the returning officer said his resignation was not accepted. “I’ll make an appeal against it.”Jubilee’s nomination was revoked as she was convicted in two cases.With the cancellation of nominations of Ashfaq and Jubilee, now only two runners–Awami League’s Salman F Rahamn and ex-Jatiya Party member of parliament Salam Islam as an independent candidate– are there in the race.Salma Islam filed her nomination as an independent candidate as Jatiya Party did not give her nominationIn Bogura-7, the nomination of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from Bogura seat was turned down for her conviction in two graft case.Besides, the election commission rejected the nominations of BNP’s two other candidates–Morshed Milton and Sarkar Badal– as both of them were holding the posts of upazila chairmen, said district returning officer Foyez Ahmed.Awami League’s candidate Mostafa Alam Nannu and three independent candidates-Ferdous Ara Khan, Rezaul Karim Bablu and Abdur Razzak- are now in the race as their nomination papers were accepted by the EC.In Manikganj-2, the nominations of BNP candidate Mainul Islam Khan was declared illegal questioning the authenticity of party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s signature during the scrutiny.Another party candidate and Singair upazila chairman Abidur Rahman Roman’s candidature was also revoked as his resignations letter from the upazila chairman post was not accepted.However, the nominations of Awami League candidate singer Mamtaz Begum, Bikolpa Dhara Bangladesh’s Golam Sarwar Milon, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation’s Mohammad Ferdous Ahmed Asif and Islami Andolon Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ali were announced as valid.
Share wikimedia commonsThe San Antonio-based company has announced it’s reached an agreement with creditors and investors to restructure more than 10 billion dollars in debt. That’s about half of what it currently owes.The agreement reflects a balance-sheet-restructuring… that will help reduce their debt. And to implement it, iHeartMedia filed voluntary petitions for relief, under Chapter 11 of the U-S Bankruptcy Code.In a statement, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman said the agreement is a quote “significant accomplishment as it allows us to definitively address the more than 20 billion in debt that has burdened our capital structure.”iHeart Media’s filing is not expected to affect their radio operations, streaming service, or concerts. The company owns almost 850 radio stations across the United States.
Letting NBA rookies choose their teams would put an end to tankingNBA tanking has gotten out of hand, and it’s damaging the NBA product. Ratings are down and the lack of parity is worse than ever.Colin thinks the league’s draft lottery system needs to be fixed, and today he proposed a solution. He thinks letting draft picks choose their teams rather than the teams picking them would be better than the current system. At the very least, it would avoid tanking.Lonzo Ball recently said he would rather play with the Lakers than go #1. Under Colin’s system, he could do it. Teams would have salary caps, so players would either have to choose to take less money from the elite glamour teams, or take more money from mid-market teams. Most of the draft picks would likely choose the money, which would increase the distribution of talent and hopefully increase parity.Colin’s idea may sound crazy to some, but it couldn’t be any worse than what’s happening in the NBA has now.“The NBA has a major problem and the ping pong balls aren’t helping.”Of course CBS consulted Jim Nantz about replacing Simms with RomoChris Simms, the son of ousted CBS broadcaster Phil Simms, recently made comments that he believes that Jim Nantz was at least consulted about replacing his father with Tony Romo in the network’s #1 NFL studio booth.It sounds scandalous, but Colin says people shouldn’t be so shocked. Nantz is the cornerstone of the CBS Sports franchise and there’s a zero percent chance that the Romo move was made without Nantz’s knowledge. Colin said that while Nantz and Simms may have been friends ultimate responsibility is to CBS. None of this could have happened if Jim Nantz hated the idea.“That’s the way the biz works.”Guests:Chris Mannix – Writer at The Vertical joins the show to explain why the issue of players sitting isn’t going away; how LeBron is using late season games as playoff practice; why he gives James a pass for coasting during the regular season; and why tanking is a problem for the NBA.Peter Schrager – Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to talk about Romo to CBS; what he’s hearing around the league about why he made the move; what’s going on with the Raiders mess in Oakland; and if there’s a real chance Richard Sherman gets dealt.Rick Reilly – Longtime sportswriter joins the show to talk about selling his first screenplay; his thoughts on living in Italy; his take on the downfall of Tiger; and how he ranks Tiger all-time.
Firefox add-on Tab Groups version 2 is massive by Martin Brinkmann on June 02, 2016 in Firefox – 24 commentsTab Groups version 2 is a massive update for the highly popular Firefox add-on that filled the gap after Mozilla decided to pull the Tab Groups native feature from the web browser.Tab Groups, formerly known under names such as Eye Candy or Panoramas, allowed users of Firefox to create group of tabs that they could switch between.This improved tab manageability as only part of all open tabs were displayed visually in the browser window at the same time.I never liked Tab Groups which can be mostly attributed to early versions of it that tended to forget about certain tab groups I created, and most Firefox users probably never heard of the feature as it was not really advertised in the browser UI.Tab Groups version 2If you want to know more about the add-on, I suggest you check out my initial review of Tab Groups for Firefox. Tab Groups grew quickly and boasts more than 93,000 users and 220 user reviews with an average rating of 5/5 right now.The author of the add-on released a massive update two days ago that introduces a truckload of new features.So what is new in Tab Groups version 2?The quick access panel provides an option to switch between tabs and groups without having to open groups view (can be disabled so that the groups view is launched when you click on the icon).New single view and grid layout modes on the groups view page. Single view mode shows the current group “stretched across the whole window”, while grid layout all groups in grids that make use of the full window dimensions.A separate area for pinned tabs is now available that is displayed underneath the control area on the groups view page. You can drag and drop tabs to and from that area.Open new tab page is available for all groups now but only in single view and grid view. Using the feature activates the tab group automatically.New option displays sound playing tabs in groups view, and options to mute those tabs integrated.New option to scroll groups instead of stacking them when too many tabs are open.Tab Thumbnails can be hidden for each group.Support for regular expressions to quickly find tabs.Tabs context menus work while in groups view.The active group is highlighted on Firefox’s frontend.Tab Mix Plus styling is applied automatically if the add-on is used.Empty groups can be discared automatically.Restore tabs and groups from backups created by Session Manager, Tab Mix Plus or Firefox itself.Performance and stability has been improved in this version of Tab Groups on top of that, many things were changed as well.To name a few: improved memory consumption, rewrite of the search interface, better support for high definition screens, better representation of sites by thumbnails and a lot more.The author has been criticized heavily for some of the changes, like the different default view mode when viewing tab groups. The criticism is largely unjustified though as features like free arrange are still available.Another thing the author has been criticized for is a one-time support message displayed on the tab management screen. I think this is perfectly acceptable considering that requests for support are largely ignored on Mozilla’s website and that many users are probably unaware that such an option exist in the first place.Closing WordsTab Groups version 2 is an important update that changes some things around but makes most of it better once you realize that the majority of options that existed in the previous version of the add-on are still there.Now You: Do you use a browser extension like Tab Groups? What’s your take on the changes?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 14 votes Software Name Tab GroupsSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/tab-groups-panorama/?src=search Advertisement
<< Previous PostNext Post >> MOSCOW — If you meet any overly polite Russian tourists this year, you have Russia’s new travel etiquette guide to thank.According to Condé Nast Traveller, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow has published a travel etiquette guide to help Russians avoid “undesirable incidents” while abroad.In addition to generic travel rules like “practice good hygiene when visiting swimming pools”, “avoid alcohol abuse” and “do not use offensive gestures” like extending the middle finger, the ‘General Elements of Behaviour’ guide also includes country-specific advice, some of which are pretty spot on and hilarious.In Sweden, for example, Russians are advised to respect personal space on buses and not sit directly next to passengers if vacant seats elsewhere are available. In Mongolia, shouting loudly is frowned upon, being late in the Netherlands is a no-no, and spanking your kids in Norway is also advised against.As for Canada, where “gay marriage has been legalized for a long time”, Russians have been advised to avoid telling off-colour jokes. Share Posted by Travelweek Group Russian tourists are advised to be nice and avoid “undesirable incidents”
Announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Monday, the brand will be used to promote Dubai as a credible, unique and welcoming destination for visitors. The new branding consists of the word ‘Dubai’ written in both Arabic and Roman alphabets to represent Dubai’s mix of cultures and nationalities, as well as its culture of success and resilient, optimistic spirit, because as the locals like to say, there is no such thing as impossible in Dubai. Currently on track with its plan to achieve 20 million visitors by 2020, Dubai has seen another significant step take place as it charges full steam ahead towards Tourism Vision 2020. At the Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) in Dubai this week, the new Dubai branding was proudly launched, ahead of a marketing campaign due to commence later this year. A new website and app have also been designed and will be launched in the coming months. A member of the wider Department of Tourism and Commerce, the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) was formed to focus on and drive the international marketing and promotions of Dubai as a leading leisure and business travel destination. With plenty of new hotels, attractions and events opening and offering a vast array of visitor experiences, DTCM are showing the world that Dubai is an unrivalled destination that must be experienced as they work towards seeing it become the most visited city in the world. Taking into account the needs and wants of both business and leisure travellers, DTCM’s primary focus has been the development of a new research based marketing plan that looks at how Dubai’s offerings compare to other world cities, in order to further enhance Dubai’s international profile and status, from a must-see city to a must-visit destination. “The new brand is more than just a logo, it’s a new way of talking about Dubai and a new way of looking at how we will provide value for investors in and visitors to Dubai,” DTCM chief executive officer Issam Kazim said. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich