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Albert Pujols Supports ToysRUs Toy Guide For DifferentlyAbled Kids

first_imgToys”R”Us has announced the release of its 20th Anniversary edition of the ToysRUs Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs.ALBERT PUJOLS SUPPORTs THE 2014 TOYSRUS TOY GUIDE FOR DIFFERENTLY-ABLED KIDSNow in its second decade of annual publication, the complimentary shopping guide is a go-to for families, friends and caregivers involved in the special needs community, and is available in Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores nationwide, as well as online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled in both English and Spanish.This year, Toys”R”Us is teaming up with baseball World Champion, proud father and special needs advocate, Albert Pujols, who appears on the cover alongside Cameron Withers, a 5-year-old boy from Southern California.While Pujols is known for his passion on the diamond, his dedication to the special needs community is even greater. As a parent to a daughter with Down syndrome, Pujols serves as a vocal advocate for children with special needs through the Pujols Family Foundation. Since 2005, the Pujols Family Foundation has worked diligently to provide children and families living with Down syndrome with the tools they need to thrive. As part of the launch of this year’s Guide, Pujols will bring that same devotion to his partnership with Toys”R”Us in helping to reach its customers nationwide and raise awareness of this one-of-a-kind resource.“As a proud dad to my beautiful daughter, Bella, who lives with Down syndrome, I understand how important it is to have resources like the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids to help in making informed choices to support a child’s development. And, as a professional athlete, I truly value the importance of play and recognize the impact it has in the lives of children who face everyday challenges – for these kids, playtime is not just about fun, it’s an opportunity to explore their strengths and experience success in reaching each new milestone,” said nine-time All-Star baseball player, Albert Pujols. “I have a tremendous amount of passion for this cause, and I’m excited to partner with Toys”R”Us to make it easier for gift-givers to find toys for the special needs children in their lives that will inspire their imagination, encourage inclusive play and help them develop new skills.”Serving as a trusted resource for family, friends and caregivers of children with special needs, the Guide is packed with everyday playthings selected for their unique ability to help kids build critical skills, such as creativity, fine and gross motor and self-esteem, during playtime. Each of the toys featured in the 63-page buying guide has been vetted in partnership with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children of all abilities.“For two decades, the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids has been a valuable resource for parents looking to find toys that help build specific skills for their children,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund. “We’re honored to partner with Albert Pujols in our goal to bring joy to children of all abilities. Toys”R”Us has a long-standing commitment to ensuring tools like the Guide are accessible and available for parents and children everywhere.”Through the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys”R”Us, Inc. has long supported the special needs community via organizations such as: American Society for Deaf Children, Autism Speaks, the Pujols Family Foundation, HollyRod Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Down Syndrome Society, National Lekotek Center, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Special Olympics, Spina Bifida Association and United Cerebral Palsy. For more information, please visit www.toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving/.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

BEIJING — China is demanding the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday that Meng Wanzhou’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”Hua said China demands that the U.S. withdraw the arrest warrant against Meng and “not make a formal extradition request to the Canadian side.”Hua’s Tuesday remarks come after More than 100 academics and former diplomats signed a letter calling on China to release two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for Meng’s arrest.The letter says the arrests of the two send a worrisome signal to those who work in policy and research in China.The Associated Press read more

Caterpillar 4Q Earnings Snapshot

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.05 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.The Deerfield, Illinois-based company said it had profit of $1.78 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $2.55 per share.The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.98 per share.The construction equipment company posted revenue of $14.34 billion in the period, which also missed Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $14.37 billion.Caterpillar expects full-year earnings to be $11.75 to $12.75 per share.Caterpillar shares have increased roughly 8 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed slightly more than 6 per cent. The stock has declined 18 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CAT at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CATThe Associated Press read more

EU to Give Morocco €70 Million to Stem Undocumented Migration

Rabat – The EU will give Morocco and Spain €140 million “in the short term” to control migration at the Moroccan-Spanish border.Spanish news outlet El Pais wrote on Monday that the EU’s favorable answer to Morocco’s request followed pressure from Spain to provide “significant support to the Mediterranean neighbor.”Morocco and Spain will receive the aid by the end of the year. The funds are to be used “mainly for the purchase of border control equipment.” The news outlet believes that the funds are “still modest and significantly lower than those destined for other countries.”A source in the Spanish government told El Pais that half of the €140 million will go to Morocco. The source also said that Rabat is satisfied with the budget.Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit met his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska on Friday, October 19, in Madrid to discuss migration.The Spanish official said that Morocco must remain a privileged partner of Spain.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has been pressuring the EU to meet Morocco’s demands for money.During the Summit of EU Heads of State and Government held in Brussels on October 17-18, Sanchez renewed his call, proposing an EU support plan for Morocco to manage migration flows. read more

Darfur abducted UNAfrican Union blue helmets released unharmed

17 August 2010Two Jordanian police advisers serving with the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, who were abducted on Saturday, were freed today in the south of the war-ravaged Sudanese region. The two officers had been walking to a transport dispatch point 100 metres from their residence in the Almatar area of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, when they were seized by unidentified armed men. After being released in the city of Kass today, they were immediately transported to the hospital of the mission, known as UNAMID, in Nyala, where they underwent a medical examination. The police advisers appeared to be unharmed and in good health. “We are thankful to have our colleagues back with us,” said Mohamed B. Yonis, UNAMID’s Deputy Joint Special Representative. “They appear to be in good spirits and I commend the courage they have shown during this ordeal.” The peacekeepers’ release comes on the heels of meetings held yesterday between Mr. Yonis and a joint Government-UNAMID task force created to resolve the issue. “We are very appreciative of the Government’s support in securing their freedom,” the UNAMID official said. Authorities today pledged to press ahead with efforts to capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice. This incident is the latest in a series of attacks against UNAMID personnel in recent months, including the ambush last month of peacekeepers on patrol in West Darfur that resulted in injuries to seven blue helmets, as well as another ambush in June in the same region that killed three soldiers and seriously wounded a fourth. Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his continued concern over the string of incidents that have contributed to the deterioration of the situation in Darfur, where nearly seven years of fighting has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes. “Continued attacks on UNAMID peacekeepers and abductions and mistreatment of UN staff and humanitarian workers will only aggravate the situation,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. The abduction also comes amid recent violence and ongoing tensions at the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur following the latest round of peace talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, aimed at bringing an end to the Darfur conflict. In his statement yesterday, the Secretary-General called on the Sudanese Government to “apprehend and bring to justice those who attack UN staff and humanitarian workers and to take all possible measures to ensure that humanitarian access to all Sudanese remains open and humanitarian space protected.”He also voiced appreciation for the restoration of some humanitarian access to Kalma.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that an inter-agency assessment team visited the camp yesterday, reporting that Kalma residents have confirmed that the security situation has improved overall and are thankful to peacekeepers for increased patrols and other measures to protect civilians.Also yesterday, a humanitarian team delivered urgently-needed medicines and enough fuel to operate pumps and meet water needs in the camp.However, relief access was denied today, affecting plans to assess additional humanitarian needs to determine what kind of assistance is necessary. read more

Ninja out Gaming megastar leaves Twitch for Mixer

Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has left Twitch and is taking his video game live streams to Microsoft’s Mixer platform, a stunning switch that could have wide-ranging consequences for the rapidly growing industry.Blevins announced his move Thursday , ending a hugely profitable partnership with Twitch, a live streaming giant owned by Amazon.“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities Twitch has provided me,” Blevins told The Associated Press. “But as I looked at the next step in my career, I wanted to be somewhere that empowered me to push the boundaries of gaming and achieve bigger goals within the industry. Mixer provides me with more ways to connect with my community.”Blevins has earned millions broadcasting himself playing Fortnite and other video games on Twitch and YouTube. He has over 14 million followers on Twitch, and the platform has hosted many of his pioneering esports moments, including a Fortnite event in March 2018 featuring rappers Drake and Travis Scott and football player JuJu Smith-Schuster that propelled the game into a full-blown cultural phenomenon.Blevins will host his first Mixer live stream Friday from Lollapalooza, a four-day music festival in Chicago. The 28-year-old has publicly invited Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf — the 16-year-old who earned $3 million Sunday for winning the inaugural Fortnite World Cup — to join him. Blevins said he will not actively recruit other gamers to leave their current platform, but if more streamers follow him to Mixer, it could become a legitimate competitor in a market dominated by Twitch.“I want my friends to make their own decisions for what platforms they choose to play on,” Blevins said. “With that being said, I will welcome anyone with open arms who wants to join me.”Mixer launched in 2016 but hasn’t nearly matched Twitch’s popularity — Microsoft reported 10 million monthly users last year, compared to well over 100 million for Twitch, which launched in 2011. Mixer has been praised for its interface and its management of toxic players, though, and Blevins said he expects to connect to fans with “more interactivity and variety than before” because of Mixer’s technological abilities — for example, streamers can share their controller with fans, and the chat function has a greater array of features. Blevins also anticipates the deal with Mixer will free him up to do more live events and other non-streaming content.“I love what I do and will still be actively streaming and continuing to interact with my fans,” he said. “With Mixer, I get to further engage with the tools on the platform, which I am excited about.”Blevins first emerged in the streaming community eight years ago while playing Halo. After some competitive success with battle royale games H1Z1 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, he broke into the mainstream as the face of Fortnite last year. He’s the most followed gamer on Twitch, although his popularity has slowed. He ranked fourth in hours watched on the platform in June, about 6 million hours behind Turner “Tfue” Tenney, according to StreamElements.Blevins routinely broadcasts with other pro gamers, including friends Ben “DrLupo” Lupo, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop and Tim “TimtheTatman” Betar. He’s been criticized for not inviting more female players into his streams, and that intensified when he told Polygon last year that his concern was “if there’s a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put on every single video and be clickbait forever.” Blevins married in 2017.Blevins said that at Mixer, “I will do my part to ensure I am helping to create a fun and welcoming community,” and that includes playing with female gamers.“I will play with any gamer who loves gaming as much as I do,” he said.Blevins has famously had his wife, Jessica, manage his business during his gaming career, but he’s expanded the operation by adding Loaded management group and law firm Loeb & Loeb. That team is banking that Blevins’ immense fan base will follow him to a new platform. Mixer streams online and also via Microsoft’s Xbox consoles, and Fortnite is popular on the Xbox, which should help. Loaded CEO Brandon Freytag believes Blevins’ clout will bring fans to Mixer, calling him “the Michael Jordan of gaming.”“We are working toward Tyler being synonymous in every household, so if you know gaming, you know Tyler,” Freytag said.The move to Mixer is one of a few changes for Blevins this year. He’s also attempting to branch beyond the digital space, starting by authoring three books that will be published later this year, including a how-to on streaming video games and a graphic novel.“It is the ability to achieve bigger goals in gaming and further expand my own personal brand within the industry,” Blevins said.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP Esports: https://apnews.com/Esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJake Seiner, The Associated Press read more

Quarterly survey pegs unemployment rate at 12 youth unemployment at 216

The unemployment rate during the period of July to September of 2017 was at 12 per cent with youth unemployment (ages 15 to 24) being 21.6 per cent, according to a quarterly report of the Guyana Labour Force Survey.The findings were revealed on Thursday at the Marriott HotelOf the unemployment figure amongst youth, females account for 28 per cent.The survey further detailed that unemployment among women was 15.3 per cent and 9.9 per cent among men.The total employed population during the period of the survey was 271, 068, with males accounting for 166, 873 and females 104, 195. Urban workers totalled 188, 774 while the rural area had 82, 294 workers.It was found during the surveyed quarter that the average salary per month for employed workers is $82,636 while self employed workers earn $67,064.Meanwhile, the average weekly hours of work for all workers was 46.8 hours, with males working more at an average of 50.6 hours.The quarterly survey was the first of its kind and was done by the Bureau of Statistics with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The findings were revealed this morning at the Marriott Hotel. A similar survey was done for the period of October to December 2017, and regular quarterly reports are expected going forward. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLabour Survey welcomed but conclusions worrisome, says FITUGMarch 20, 2018In “Business”GCCI’s AGM: State Minister pleads with business owners to employ more GuyaneseMarch 29, 2018In “Business”ILO says unemployment in the Caribbean dipped slightly in 2018December 20, 2018In “Regional” read more

Important Chuquicamata Underground ore transportation order for TAKRAF

first_imgTAKRAF, the integrated solutions provider to the global mining, material handling and minerals processing industries, has recently been awarded the supply of the principal ore transportation system for the Chuquicamata Underground Mine Project by Codelco.Chuquicamata is the second deepest open-pit mine in the world and is located 1,650 km north of Santiago, Chile. The Underground Mine Project is being developed to access the ore body situated beneath the present open-pit mine and aims to extend mining operations for a further 40 years. The new mine is scheduled to be in operation in 2019.TAKRAF’s innovative belt conveyor system will overcome a number of technical challenges including significant elevation change from the underground mine to the surface, and will comprise a variety of uphill tunnel conveyors that transport copper ore from underground storage bins. The system will also include a number of feeder conveyors as well as an overland conveyor feeding into the existing conveying system.The conveyor system will be installed with advanced gearless drive technology with the uphill tunnel conveyors boasting the highest drive power ever to be installed on a belt conveyor. In fact, total installed drive power for the entire system will be around 55 MW. Gearless drives eliminate the need for a gearbox, hereby significantly reducing the number of main wear parts. This results in increased efficiency and reliability, as well as less maintenance being required. Further advantages include a considerable reduction in the drive system’s footprint and the amount of instrumentation required.Safety, as well as the ease and speed of maintenance are critical success factors for a project of this nature. TAKRAF’s innovative chute maintenance solution will allow for all regular chute maintenance to be conducted from outside the chute, with no person having to enter the chute. This is a particularly important safety point, especially in underground environments.Another significant achievement will be the installation of a newly developed steel cord belt, ST10000, on the uphill tunnel conveyors. This will mark the world’s very first conveyor system to employ this premier steel cord belt technology. The conveyor system will boast a design capacity of more than 10,000 t/h and, in order to manage and dissipate intense heat generated by the system, a complex cooling system has been included in the project scope, which requires that no heat be dissipated to the underground environment. TAKRAF´s total scope includes a variety of engineering disciplines as well as various components’ supply and extensive site assistance.“This order is another significant milestone for TAKRAF in the Chilean copper industry and we look forward to supporting CODELCO in their aim of being the world’s leading supplier of copper. Our industry-leading conveying technology and proprietary material handling equipment are widely used by customers around the world. Our customers are increasingly demanding innovative and cost-effective solutions to global issues as ore reserves are depleted and mines are required to dig deeper”, says Dr Frank Hubrich, TAKRAF’s CEO.last_img read more

The NAMA advisors who work for free cost €23000 last year

first_imgMEMBERS OF THE National Asset Management Agency’s advisory group ran up a €23,000 tab for hotel, travel and subsistence costs last year, according to recently-released figures.The figures were disclosed in a parliamentary question answered by Finance Minister Michael Noonan last week. He has also revealed that he has met with the group five times since it was set up in 2012.The Minister said the Department of Finance budgeted for costs in the region of €40,000 which means the group, which works on a pro-bono basis, came in under budget.The advisory group was set up last year to advise the Minister on NAMA’s strategy and capacity to deliver its aim of disposing of the significant amount of property loans it acquired during the financial crisis.The state’s so-called bad-bank acquired €75 billion of bad property loans from banks in an attempt to eventually sell them off and recoup some of the money that was put into the banks to prevent their collapse in 2008.The advisory group is chaired by former HSBC boss Michael Geoghegan with current NAMA chairman Frank Daly and businessman Denis Rooney also serving on the group.Noonan met with the group, which operates on an informal basis and reports directly to him, on four occasions last year and once so far this year.“The group’s advice to me primarily relates to the strategy of NAMA as proposed by the board of NAMA; the remuneration of the senior executives of NAMA and any further advice that I may seek on any matter relating to NAMA,” Noonan said.He said that any issue raised by the  group is discussed with senior officials in the Department of Finance and said that he was satisfied that the group is working effectively.Noonan added: “However it is important to note that this group is not a shadow Board nor is it intended to provide a route for me as Minister to get involved in the day to day running of the Agency.”Read: No more consultations on salary waivers for NAMA/NTMA staff on over €200kRead: NTMA paid PR company €630,000 to “keep taxpayers in the dark”last_img read more

Do you have any ideas on how the Government should spend its

first_imgThis review is underway and the results of the process will be published alongside the Budget Estimates in October, 2014. “This will be a focused review, largely building on existing analysis carried out by Departments and the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform since 2011.“While the Government continues to plan for the future to ensure our economic recovery is maintained, we are aware that there are areas where challenges remain and further progress needs to be made.”More information is available on the Department’s website here.Read: “Less cutbacks, less tax increases” needed for Budget 2015 — Noonan>Read: Mary Coughlan: A lot of people would like me to go back into politics – but I’m not sure> MINISTER HOWLIN IS looking for the public’s opinion on ways to save money across Government spending.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform today launched a public consultation process on the second Comprehensive Review of Expenditure (CRE) exercise.The CRE will form the basis for setting out Ministerial expenditure ceilings from 2014 to 2017.Howlin said: “I would like to give an opportunity to all members of the public and interested parties to present constructive comments and suggestions in relation to public expenditure and reform so that they can be considered in the context of the review.”The public can submit proposals here.History The first Comprehensive Review of Expenditure was carried out in 2011 and was published in December 2011 in conjunction with Budget 2012 as the Comprehensive Expenditure Report 2012 – 2014.Minister Howlin said: “I announced my intention to conduct a second CRE in my Budget speech on 15 October, 2013.last_img read more

States Comcast suit clears hurdle

first_imgState Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s $100 million lawsuit against cable giant Comcast cleared a legal hurdle when King County Superior Court Judge Timothy A. Bradshaw ruled on Dec. 23 that the suit may move forward.“The court correctly rejected Comcast’s attempt to evade responsibility for deceiving its customers,” Ferguson said. “Washington consumers deserve their day in court.”The suit, filed Aug. 1, accuses Comcast of more than 1.8 million violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act, including misrepresenting the scope of its service protection plan, charging customers improper service call fees and improper credit screening practices. The lawsuit accuses Comcast of violating the Consumer Protection Act to all of its nearly 1.2 million Washington subscribers due to its deceptive “Comcast Guarantee.”Ferguson claims Comcast’s own documents reveal a pattern of illegally deceiving their customers to “pad their bottom line by tens of millions of dollars.”The trial is set for July 31.The lawsuit is the first of its kind in the nation –though the service protection plan is a nationwide program. The Attorney General’s Office brought these issues to Comcast more than a year ago, but the company didn’t make changes until recently.The lawsuit seeks over $73 million in restitution to pay back service protection plan subscriber payments; full restitution for all service calls that applied an improper resolution code; removing improper credit checks from the credit reports of more than 6,000 customers; up to $2,000 per violation of the Consumer Protection Act; and broad injunctive relief, including requiring to clearly disclose the limitations of service protection plan in advertising and through representatives, correct improper service codes and implement a compliance procedure for improper customer credit checks.last_img read more

Woman who accused Woodland cop of stalking her settles case

first_imgLONGVIEW — A former Woodland woman who accused a now-retired Woodland police officer of abusing his power to stalk, threaten and improperly investigate her has settled her lawsuit against him for $275,000.But Jody Wattier called it a painful victory.“The money is not going to make it any better. I struggle every day,” she said.Wattier said she lost custody of her children, ages 9 and 10, and had to rebuild her life because former Officer Brad Gillaspie orchestrated a campaign of intimidation and slander against her while she was divorcing her husband, who was Gillaspie’s friend.The settlement concludes a federal civil rights lawsuit Wattier filed two years ago in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. Wattier and her Portland attorney, Sean Riddell, accused Gillaspie and current Officer Brent Murray of maliciously investigating her. She also accused the city and former Mayor Grover Laseke of failing to intervene to stop Gillaspie’s actions.“No one would listen to me so I looked crazy,” she said Tuesday. “I (still) have to make a decision at this point in my life (whether) to go see my kids at school, or not have anxiety. I literally can’t go into Woodland, because I’m afraid of running into Murray or Gillaspie. … It was like a death to me. I grieved my career. And then I grieved my house, my safety. And then I grieved for my kids. What else do you take from someone?”Woodland City Manager Peter Boyce confirmed that the city’s insurer will pay the settlement reached in September. He said the city itself had no role in the settlement and was not held liable. He lauded the city’s current policing.last_img read more


first_imgThe Authority has considered the worrying political situation in The Gambia arising from the decision of His Excellency President Yahya Jammeh to reject the results of the presidential election of 1st December 2016 which had resulted in the election of Mr Adama Barrow as the president-elect of The Gambia.The Authority notes that His Excellency President Yahya Jammeh had initially accepted the results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission on 2 December 2016 and congratulated the new President-elect before changing his mind based on corrections to the initial results by the Electoral Commission which however did not alter the outcome of the election.It commends H. E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government for the efficiency with which she managed the situation in The Gambia and the firm position taken on behalf of the Authority.The Authority lauds the initiative that fielded a high-level mission of Heads of State comprising Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, H.E. Ernest Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, and H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, to Banjul on 13 December 2016 to review the political situation with all stakeholders.The Authority calls on President Yahya Jammeh to accept the result of the polls and refrain from any action likely to compromise the transition and peaceful transfer of power to President-elect.The Heads of State and Government further agreed on the following:a) To uphold the result of 1st December 2016 election in the Republic of The Gambia.b) Guarantee the Safety and protection of President-elect Mr. Adama Barrow.c) That all Head of States will attend the inauguration of the President-elect Adama Barrow who must be sworn in on 19th January 2017 in conformity with the Gambian Constitution.d) Call on the Government and the Coalition Parties to show restraint in order to preserve national unity.e) To respect the will of the Gambian people as expressed by the Presidential election results of 1st December 2016;f) That His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander in chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will serve as the Mediator in the Gambia and His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana as the Co-chair. The mediation process shall be conducted on the basis of terms agreed by the Authority of Heads of State and Government;g) Requests the endorsement of the AU and the UN on all decisions taken on the matter of The Gambia and also requests their support for the mediation efforts of ECOWAS including the provision of technical assistance where required;h) The Authority shall take all necessary actions to enforce the results of 1st December 2016 elections;The Authority encourages all stakeholders, within and outside The Gambia, to exercise restraint, respect the rule of law and ensure the peaceful transfer of power. It calls on the Gambian defence and security forces to perform their role in a nationalistic manner and protect lives and property.last_img read more

Changes to come for two General Election laws

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:elections ordinance, general elections Jamaicans Urged To Follow Guidelines In Voting Process Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2016 – There could be changes in two General Election related ordinances because of 24 proposed amendments which are due to debut on the floor of the House of Assembly. Parliament opens today for the first time for 2016, and the next three days are devoted to the first reading of amendments to the Elections Ordinance and the Political Activities Ordinance; as well as second and third readings for the Trust Bill, the Trust Companies Bill and the Trafficking of Persons Prevention Bill. HOA convenes in Grand Turk at the NJS Francis building at 10am. TCI Elections may be in 2017; Premier flaunts prerogative Midnight cut off for Voter Registration; Elections Office hopes for 2,000last_img read more

Officials considered buying out landowners at mudslide site in 2004

first_imgSEATTLE — Only two years before allowing people to build new homes near the Washington slope that collapsed last month, Snohomish County officials had explored taking the community in the opposite direction.Concerned that a landslide there could “threaten life and property,” they considered buying up the properties and emptying much of the Steelhead Haven neighborhood.The year was 2004, two years before a mudslide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and threatened homes. The county Department of Public Works said a major slide could come down the Hazel slope, cross the river and inundate Steelhead Haven.Purchasing the properties was the surest way to keep people safe, according to documents reviewed by The Seattle Times.The costs “would be significant, but would remove the risk to human life and structures,” officials wrote in their analysis. Consultants had estimated the costs at $1.1 million for 75 parcels.Public works officials also weighed the purchase of flood-prone residential properties at Chatham Acres, four miles upriver, for $1.9 million.After considering the options, Snohomish County officials recommended the Chatham purchases but decided instead to stabilize the base of Hazel slope and leave the residents alone.last_img read more

RollsRoyce wants to shatter the electric plane speed record

first_img From dusk til Rolls-Royce Dawn 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Elevating the SUV 39 Photos Share your voice Enlarge ImageRolls-Royce’s ACCEL electric racing plane takes inspiration from both the old and the new. Rolls-Royce/YASA When people think of Rolls-Royce, they very rarely think of it as being a brand on the cutting edge of technology. That’s probably because they’re thinking of that other Rolls-Royce, the one that makes cars. The Rolls-Royce that deals with aircraft is always looking forward and the latest proof of that comes in the form of its electric racing plane.Rolls’ electric racing plane was first announced earlier in 2019, and while on the face of things, its 500 horsepower rating and propeller-style propulsion may seem a bit old-fashioned, ACCEL as it’s known is anything but. In fact, Rolls-Royce plans to use it to set a speed record.45846734524-98fb54d989-kwebEnlarge ImageThe ACCEL from Rolls-Royce and YASA looks an awful lot like a racing plane from the 1930s. Rolls-Royce/YASA ACCEL — which stands for “accelerating electrification of flight” — makes use of several unique design ideas to further its record-breaking agenda. The 750-volt battery pack being used in the racer features 6,000 individual cells that together will offer 200 miles of range. To spin its single low-speed propeller, ACCEL uses three lightweight electric motors, stacked together which deliver a combined 500 hp.The shape of the plane is reminiscent of the racing monoplanes of the 1930s and 40s, as well as the sleek fighters employed by the Allies during World War II. This means that ACCEL features a sleek mono-wing design with a long and narrow fuselage that should allow the modestly-powered aircraft to exceed 300 miles per hour. Rolls-Royce Comments 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the wilds of Wyoming 6:32 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan review: The top-shelf SUV Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Now playing: Watch this: 2 More From Roadshow The current electric plane speed record was set in 2017 by Siemens at 210 mph, but Rolls-Royce hopes not only to smash that record but beat its own 343 mph speed record from the 1930s set by a Supermarine S6.B powered by a special Rolls Royce R racing engine.The record attempt is currently slated to take place sometime in 2020 in the UK. Electric Cars Car Industry Tagslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Jan 9 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAfter budget cuts and crime spikes, Alaska prosecutors struggle to keep upThe State of Alaska doesn’t have enough criminal attorneys and is struggling to prosecute violent crimes, according to the Department of Law. Plus, budget cuts are being felt most acutely in parts of the state that are also seeing a jump in violent crime.Zachariah Hughes/AKPM – AnchorageJuneau’s legal bills mount from cruise ship lawsuitThe Juneau Assembly approved another quarter million dollars to defend itself in a federal lawsuit brought by the cruise ship industry.Jacob Resneck/KTOO – JuneauWasilla city council votes to ban plastic bags, effective July 1The Wasilla City Council voted Monday night to ban single-use plastic bags, the first such ban for a community in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where a larger effort to tax plastic bags borough-wide is also underway.Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska Airlines workers to get $1,000 bonuses after tax cut Trump signedAlaska Airlines is awarding $1,000 bonuses to its workers after the recently passed corporate tax cut.Tom Banse/Northwest News NetworkHarris Air lands in HainesAlmost a year after Haines was left with only one option for flying in and out, there’s a new airline in town.Abby Collins/KHNS – HainesFerry or scrap metal? Retired state ferry’s future uncertainThe state ferry Taku will keep its name — and possibly its job — after it leaves Alaska. But it could also be cut up for scrap.Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaskaSoutheast ferries fall victim to weather, mechanical problemsRough weather and a mechanical breakdown are affecting Alaska Marine Highway service in Southeast Alaska.Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaskaJuneau’s eagle nest buffers scrapped on 5-4 voteProtections for eagle nests have been removed from Juneau’s land use code following action by the Juneau Assembly that came down to a single vote.Jacob Resneck/KTOO – JuneauNorth Pole awards $52M water-system contract to Fairbanks firmWork on a $52 million project to expand North Pole’s municipal water system is expected to begin within a few weeks, and the City Council has awarded the contract to a Fairbanks company.Tim Ellis/KUAC – FairbanksSitka down to one hospital for childbirthSitka Community Hospital closed its labor and delivery program Friday, moving up the closure date by three months due to staffing shortages.Emily Kwong/KCAW – Sitkalast_img read more

I45 Feeder Between Scott And Wayside Awarded 56 Million For Reconstruction

first_img X 00:00 /00:48 Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Texas Transportation Commission has given green light to a project that will improve the condition of a feeder road located close to the University of Houston’s main campus.The commission has awarded $5.6 million for reconstructing the section of Interstate 45 feeder roads that run between Scott and Wayside.The reconstruction will be done both on the northbound and southbound feeder roads.“We are looking at a July 2016 start date. The project will take about 9 months to complete with an estimated completion date of April 2017,” explained Deidrea George, a public information officer with the Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation.George added the reconstruction will enhance safety and smooth out the roads for the public.She also said it can help alleviate flooding on the feeder roads, although “in situations where you have a lot of water coming in a short period of time flooding can occur.” last_img read more

YouTube SketchComedy Group Smosh Joins Studio71s Creator Network

first_img Popular on Variety The Smosh crew, led by co-founder Ian Hecox, joins Studio71’s other creator partners, who include top YouTubers Lilly “Superwoman” Singh, Tyler Oakley, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Flula Borg and Rachel Levin (aka RCLBeauty101). Related Smosh, one of YouTube’s most popular and longest-running comedy squads, has officially joined the Studio71 creator network.The move isn’t a surprise: Smosh earlier this year was acquired by Mythical Entertainment, the company formed by Rhett & Link, hosts of comedy show “Good Mythical Morning” — which also is part of Studio71’s roster.Smosh had been left homeless after parent company Defy Media folded last fall. Now, Smosh’s eight YouTube channels have become part of Studio71’s network, including the main Smosh channel, Smosh Pit, Smosh Games, and SmoshCast. All told, Smosh’s channels have a total of about 45 million subscribers and have racked up 15 billion video views to date. Studio71 said Smosh’s flagship series “Every [Blank] Ever” and “VS” will be joined by new sketches and formats. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Facebook, ProSiebenSat.1 Sign First Content Pact for Watch Platform in Europe Mythical Entertainment paid less than $10 million in cash for Smosh, according to a source familiar with the deal. Nearly all of Smosh’s employees — about 30 cast members, writers, producers, editors, and other staffers — returned to the company with the Mythical acquisition.Studio71, which is the digital studio and marketing firm that’s part of ProSiebenSat.1’s Red Arrow Studios, announced the Smosh partnership at its Digital Content NewFronts event in New York, where it touted a number of other new initiatives. Among the announcements:Podcasts: Studio71 in June plans to launch “OHoney,” a new podcast created and hosted by best friends and veteran influencers Amanda Cerny and Sommer Ray, who together have amassed over 60 million followers across Instagram and YouTube. The duo will take calls from “lovesick listeners” and dish up their best advice for surviving millennial relationships. Studio 71 has also partnered with existing business and culture podcast “Group Chat,” hosted by friends and entrepreneurs Chris “Drama” Pfaff and Dee and Anand Murthy, the investors behind tech VC firm QueensBridge Venture Partners and fashion brands Young & Reckless and FiveFour.Brand safety: Studio71 said its brand-safety scanning system, Context, will now monitor for inappropriate comments and links in comments and remove them as necessary. The new feature comes after a scandal erupted on YouTube earlier this year involving child predators leaving coded sexual comments on videos with kids.Analytics: The company is teaming with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to make a version of its Arrow Intelligence Platform — which crunches influencer-marketing data — available to clients.Influencer-marketing ad partnership: Studio71 is launching a new ad product, Studio71 Xpand, powered by tech platform Spaceback. That will use Spaceback’s ability to automatically repackage social-media experiences as standard paid-media units.Overall, L.A.-based Studio71 distributes content on more than 50 video platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram, Twitch, Tik Tok, Roku, Prime Video and Caffeine. Studio71 Signs Jacksepticeye, Joey Graceffa and Other YouTubers to Multichannel Network Rosterlast_img read more

Colin Childish Lonzo Ball diss track nonsense could turn off LeBron from

first_img LeBron has historically had a low tolerance for playing with younger teammates, and he will be even less likely to want a join a team surrounded by immature nonsense after getting burnt by J.R. Smith’s bonehead play in The Finals. The idea of joining a team with two kids involved in a diss track battle could be a huge turn off.The bottom line is that if the Lakers want to get into the LeBron James business, they’ll probably have to pull the plug on the Lonzo Ball experiment and ship him out of town to clear the deck. Based on an L.A. Times story – likely leaked by the Lakers – Magic won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.Watch Colin explain why diss tracks could cause LeBron to diss the Lakers. Although the back and forth between Ball and Kuzma isn’t the end of the world, Colin thinks it’s could negatively impact Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka’s chances to sign their number one offseason target, LeBron James. Advertisementcenter_img Laker guard – and so called MC –  Lonzo Ball just released a diss track going after his teammate and fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma, who is expected to respond with his own diss track to continue the lame ass NBA version of Drake and Pusha T.last_img read more