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Nick Cannon Supports The Salvation Army Giving Spree Contest

first_imgAfter a successful launch in 2014, The Salvation Army will continue to encourage Americans to share their reasons for giving this holiday season with the hashtag, #RedKettleReason.Nick Cannon and The Salvation Army invite supporters to enter for the chance to participate in The Salvation Army Giving SpreeNew this year, The Salvation Army will award one lucky winner of The Salvation Army Giving Spree Contest with a paid trip to New York City to participate in a “Giving Spree,” to buy toys and necessities to benefit a Salvation Army program in their community. The Salvation Army Giving Spree shopping event will be featured on TODAY.Actor, producer, musician and Salvation Army supporter, Nick Cannon, will join the winner during the Giving Spree shopping event.“When approached with the opportunity to work with The Salvation Army, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to do it. This organization was there for me and my family when I was younger, and now it’s my turn to give back,” Nick Cannon said. “I can’t wait to hear all of the personal stories and connections to The Salvation Army and be able to experience the Giving Spree alongside the winner.”To enter, upload a video to Twitter sharing your reason for supporting The Salvation Army using the hashtags #RedKettleReason and #GivingSpreeSweeps. On Giving Tuesday, December 1, six finalists will be announced and the national voting period will begin at RedKettleReason.org. The winner will be revealed the week of December 7 and flown to New York City to shop for toys and necessities for The Salvation Army.Throughout the season, those who share their #RedKettleReason and those who enter The Salvation Army Giving Spree Contest can view their posts and others on RedKettleReason.org to learn why the rest of America is giving. The site will also feature an interactive mosaic and map of the conversations happening on social media, along with an easy way to donate to the Army.“We hear stories all the time about people remembering the first time they donated to the kettles as a child. Many times, it was their first exposure to giving and understanding what that word truly means,” said Lt. Colonel Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary. “The Salvation Army wants to encourage parents and families to share these moments online through #RedKettleReason. People donate for all different reasons and these are the types of conversations we hope to ignite this year through #RedKettleReason and the Giving Spree.”During the holiday season, nearly 4.2 million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide their families with a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children. Donating to the Red Kettles also allows the Army to serve nearly 30 million people a year by providing over 10 million nights of shelter and roughly 57 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs, and emergency shelter for children and families in need.To donate to the 125th Red Kettle campaign, Americans can drop dollars and coins in the Red Kettles found in front of retail stores and on street corners, give $10 by texting KETTLE to 80888, or visit RedKettleReason.org.last_img read more

Soccer in the Arctic

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen you think of sports in the Arctic the first one that comes to mind is probably hockey.But in fact there is another sport taking off and it has to nothing to do with snow and ice.APTN’s Wayne Rivers discovers it’s soccer.last_img

AIs challenge to businesses patenting machinecreated intellectual property

first_imgTORONTO – At a time when artificially intelligent music generator Aiva can be officially recognized as a composer by a society of professional French artists, the question of who owns the copyright to machine-generated works is as complex and complicated as understanding the algorithm behind it.Is it the German operators that created the AI in 2016, or is it the deep learning machine itself?That was one of the questions a panel of intellectual property experts grappled with at an AI conference in Toronto hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School last week.As businesses struggle to keep step with the rapid advancement in AI, policies and laws are also being stretched, said lawyer Carole Piovesan of McCarthy Tetrault LLP.“Canada is really at the precipice, as is much of the world, of trying to define what its legal framework is going to look like in the face of AI,” she said.“But with the current pace of AI innovation — it’s happening so quickly and it’s of such a transformative nature — that policy-makers are being forced to anticipate issues that don’t necessarily exist here and now.”Maya Medeiros, a patent and trademark agent with Norton Rose Fulbright, said the current legal regime doesn’t provide clear protection for AI creations, meaning registering patents and allocating copyright protection for AI inventions and works can be problematic.“What often become very important issues from a copyright and patent perspective is ownership, inventorship and authorship — because authorship and inventorship lead to ownership. You need to figure that all out when you’re looking at the chain of title,” she said.“So when you have machine-generated intellectual property, well, who is that author? Is this work even an artistic work? Is there creativity if the machine is generating that? Is this protectable by copyright? Does this protection actually extend to machines and who is ultimately the owner of this?”But all of this isn’t to say there aren’t any protections afforded to AI. Medeiros noted that copyright does protect computer code as a literary work, which is actually a technology product itself, “so that’s a very important aspect for an AI innovator.”Still, she added, the legal landscape around AI and intellectual property is shifting constantly, requiring companies to be savvy about how they practice.Medeiros said one of the ways her firm is helping companies navigate such issues is by bringing a person into the loop as much as possible to help create that link between a human creator and the work.“If the AI can come up with a solution on its own, that might be a more efficient mechanism,” she said. “But if the AI is processing, say, a thousand or million different options and presenting 20 to a human user, and then a human user selects one or two or three of those options, then perhaps that might help strengthen the claim to ownership.”For Piovesan, concerns over AI ownership could be seen as undermining to the founding legal principles behind intellectual property protection that innovation be incentivized through recognition and reward.“Is there any evidence to suggest that AI will be incentivized to create for reward? And if not, then are some of our first principles under IP law being challenged because of the nature of AI?” she asked.As for Aiva — lauded last year by French music society SACEM for its classical studio album Genesis — the jury is still out as to whether the algorithm can legally be considered a composer with its own copyright entitlements, as it has yet to be challenged in court, Medeiros said.“AI is creating music, it’s creating art, it’s writing — so it will be interesting to see how policies adapt and how protections will be granted.”last_img read more

Ministry of Health Refutes Numbeos Ranking on Moroccos Health Care System

Rabat – The Ministry of Health has refuted the findings of a report issued by database website numbeo. The online ranking lists Morocco’s healthcare system last on a list of 89 countries.The ministry issued a  statement  on Wednesday, August 21, emphasizing that the report lacks “scientific accuracy and the standards adopted by international organizations and competent authorities in the preparation of such reports.”“The data on which the countries were classified, including Morocco, lack scientific and objective accuracy and cannot be scientifically adopted to assess the level of health care at the national level,” added the ministry. The Ministry emphasized that the methodology used in the report also lacks credibility and does not meet the standards of organizations, especially the World Health Organization (WHO).The report, according to the ministry, is based on incorrect data and “not statistically represented to assess the national health system.”The Ministry also advised Moroccan news outlets against “inaccurate data and false reports “ by Numbeo. The ministry added that Numbeo is not affiliated with any international accredited institution for health statistics.The ministry concluded its statement by emphasizing the important “progress of health care, despite some constraints.” The ministry added that the progress enabled Morocco to achieve important results in several areas, including the reduction of maternal mortality by 35% and children under five by 28 % between 2011 and 2018.Numbeo’s findings are based on a survey made through the contribution of  only 125 people. The narrow test group calls the survey’s reliability and accuracy into question.While Morocco acknowledges challenges in the health sector, several reports listed Morocco higher than a number of Arab and African countries, including the Health Assessment Questionnaire without Disability Index in 2018. The index ranked Morocco in 112th place ahead of Paraguay, Nigeria and South Africa. read more

Stocks ease lower after the latest record high in the Standard Poors

Stocks ease lower after the latest record high in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is easing lower after another day of record highs.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 42 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 15,986 in midday trading Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down four points, 0.3 per cent, to 1,803, just below its latest all-time high reached the day before. The Nasdaq composite fell six points, 0.1 per cent, to 4,062.Banking stocks were mostly higher after investors got some clarity on new banking regulations.Federal regulators voted to approve the so-called Volcker Rule, which bars banks from betting on the market with their own money.Goldman Sachs was up $2.48, or 1.5 per cent, to $179.16 while Morgan Stanley was up 36 cents, or 1 per cent, to $30.75. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2013 10:13 am MDT read more

UN mission vows full investigation into allegations of abuse by peacekeepers in

During the regular press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, spokesperson Vannina Maestracci said, “investigations into recent allegations of sexual assault on a minor and killings by UN forces in Bangui are ongoing.”Information gathered by the Human Rights and Child Protection sections and the MINUSCA police have been submitted to the UN internal oversight body (OIOS), which is mandated to investigate cases of alleged misconduct by UN forces, identify perpetrators and ensure accountability for victims. “The investigation is complicated by the numerous nationalities of police and military personnel involved in the operations launched in the ‘PK5’ area of (the capital) Bangui on 2 and 3 August,” she continued. “MINUSCA will not publish preliminary findings that may be prejudicial to the ongoing investigation.”Adopting a position of transparency if its forces commit abuses, MINUSCA’s stance is that its own peacekeepers be held to the same high standards as that expected of others. Issuing its own statement, MINUSCA declared: “All allegations of misconduct by United Nations staff is the Central African Republic (CAR) are taken extremely seriously, and are the subject of thorough investigation.”MINUSCA stressed that it will work with troop contributing countries to ensure that any of its uniformed personnel found to be responsible for human rights violations in CAR, including sexual exploitation and abuse, are held to account. In July, six peacekeepers were repatriated for excessive use of force against detainees.Since its creation in April 2014, MINUSCA has investigated 57 cases of misconduct, of which 11 involve allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.Ms. Maestracci elaborated that the mission was determined to punish any acts of misconduct, including sexual violence by its personnel – hence the importance of protecting the integrity of the investigations and the confidentiality of victims and witnesses. “MINUSCA…reiterates its utter determination to enforce the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy against sexual exploitation or abuse by its personnel,” Ms. Maestracci concluded. The mission’s Child Protection Section, with UNICEF, is offering appropriate support to the victim of the alleged sexual assault. read more

Chantal Vallee stunned by international response to pro coaching appointment

TORONTO — Chantal Vallee was just 20 when she appointed head coach of a boys basketball team, more by accident than by design.That indelible season is forever etched in her brain. She calls it “one of the best memories of my life.” Vallee was coaching a high school girls squad in Montreal, when the men’s head coach had to leave the program suddenly.“The athletic director called me at home and said ‘Chantal, you have to coach the boys,’” Vallee said. “The guys were 17, 18. He said ‘We have a great team, we can win a championship, you need to coach that team.’”After some initial trepidation, Vallee took the boys team to the Quebec high school championships where they finished fourth.“It was a fantastic experience, a huge success,” she said. “But I remember we had our first team meeting . . . because of the age, I was a little bit nervous, of course. I didn’t know how they were going to react, and they looked at me so intently, and when I finished (my speech), my captain said ‘Let’s go Eagles!’ There was a team cheer, then boom, we went to practice, and that was it. They were great guys, I developed a great relationship with them, and they were actually protective of me.”One of the most successful coaches in Canadian university basketball will partly draw on that memorable year when she takes on her new challenge.Last week, the 43-year-old made international headlines when she was hired as both head coach and general manager of the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the fledgling Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), which is slated to tip off in May. She’s the first woman in history to hold both positions on a men’s pro team.While she cherishes the chance to blaze a trail for young women following in her footsteps, that wasn’t her top priority in accepting the position. And gender never came up when team president John Lashway was wooing Vallee for the job.  “It didn’t cross my mind in the sense of weighing in the decision making,” she said. “But knowing what has happened now for me, I wanted to continue to coach and it’s a great opportunity of course, and that’s what the essence of it was.“But I see now, I remember when I was a young girl and I saw coaches on TV and they were all guys, I’ve never had a female coach myself. Never. Never been coached by a woman. But when I started to see Pat Summitt (Tennessee’s late Hall of Fame coach) . . . Then I saw Becky Hammon getting an assistant coaching job with the (San Antonio) Spurs, I thought ‘Oh, that’s cool.’ It’s not something that I necessarily wanted to do or I pursued, I just remember thinking ‘It’s good to see women out there.’ But if this appointment can have an effect on younger females, they can say ‘Oh, whether I’m a male or female, I can aspire to coach at the professional ranks,’ then that’s fantastic.”Vallee is the second woman to be named head coach of a men’s pro team. Nancy Lieberman coached Texas in the NBA Development League (now G League) in 2010-11.Vallee will maintain her position with the University Windsor, where she’s led Lancers women’s team to a record five consecutive U Sport titles between 2001 and ’15.She’s currently on sabbatical, which has provided more time to dedicate to her GM duties with the Honey Badgers. Sunday, she was at the Toronto Raptors’ game versus Miami, doing a virtual car-wash of media interviews. She’s been stunned by the response. She and Lashway figure she’s at 25 interviews and counting.“I knew it was going to be a bit of a reaction, because it’s not something you see every day, but the level and extent of what it has turned into, we didn’t expect that at all,” Vallee said. “And seeing all the other countries (that requested interviews), from Argentina to London, England, I think ‘Wow, that’s incredible.’”Among notable people who tweeted their congratulations: Lieberman, and Canadian women’s soccer star Christine Sinclair.The CEBL begins play in 2019 with six teams: Hamilton, Edmonton, Niagara (St. Catharines, Ont.), Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Guelph, and Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, B.C.). Hamilton’s first-ever game is scheduled for May 12 against visiting Edmonton.Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press read more

Sir Cliff Richard Im wary of being around children

Sir Cliff Richard says he avoids the ball boys at Wimbledon and will not be photographed with his arms around children despite being cleared of child sex assault allegations.The singer said he has been left feeling vulnerable after the ordeal, in which the BBC filmed a police raid on his home. He won a privacy case against the corporation and an apology from South Yorkshire Police.He has been a fixture at Wimbledon for decades, famously entertaining the crowds in 1996 by singing during a long rain delay on Centre Court.But he told an ITV documentary: “I’m careful if people ask me to have pictures taken with their children. From Centre Court I walked through a tunnel and came up by seats on Court One, but since what happened to me happened I haven’t gone down there because that tunnel is right by the ball boys’ dressing room.”I cannot bring myself to be anywhere like that on my own.”His friend, Gloria Hunniford, also appears with him in the programme and said: “The saddest thing I heard Cliff say during all of this is, I will never ever put my arms around young people again when I’m having photographs taken.'” The documentary, Sir Cliff Richard – 60 Years in Public and in Private, will be broadcast on December 10. It also features interviews from supporters Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Osmond and Hank Marvin.It was filmed over a six-month period at Sir Cliff’s home in Portugal and Abbey Road Studios, as he prepared to launch a new album.He has rebuilt his life and his reputation since the police raid but disclosed: “I spoke to my lawyers and I said, ‘What do I do about what people say about me on the internet?’ They said, ‘Get used to it – you’re a celebrity.'” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Cytec delivers innovative products to increase copper cobalt and moly efficiency and

first_imgCytec Industries has introduced four innovative technologies for solvent extraction of metals. The first two innovations help protect against the degradation of the solvent extractant; particularly, degradation that is caused by exposure to high nitration or oxidative conditions. Degradation is a significant challenge, many mining companies have more than $1million invested in extractants that their process uses over and over again. Companies using the Cytec products can get substantial cost savings by reducing extractant replacement costs and improving the operational reliability of a processing facility. This new series of products, ACORGA® NR SX reagent and ACORGA OR SX reagent, expand the company’s line of products for copper SX.The third innovation allows companies to extract valuable molybdenum from their copper SX process. Moly exists at varying levels in most ore processed for copper extraction. By extracting this metal during their copper SX process, mining companies can gain an additional revenue stream from their existing operations. Molybdenum is in high demand for use in alloys that are used in applications that require high-strength, high pressure, high temperature or high corrosion resistance. Cytec’s CYANEX® 600 extractant allows selective extraction, purification and concentration of molybdenum from low concentration acidic streams.Finally, Cytec has developed a new modelling technique for the separation of cobalt from nickel via SX. This new software technology allows Cytec to very quickly evaluate and simulate many potential operational scenarios to optimise the design of a future operation or improve the efficiency of an existing operation. These significant improvements will allow cobalt/nickel extraction operations to have higher profitability and improved efficiency.last_img read more

Anglo Tapes No smoking gun says Central Bank boss

first_img‘THERE IS NO smoking gun’. Part of the reason why the Central Bank won’t be making any reports to the Gardaí as a result of the ‘Anglo Tapes’.Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan told the Oireachtas Finance Committee today that the tapes didn’t contain sufficient evidence to make a report to the Gardaí or the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.“I don’t want to say that we have found that nothing happened, I’m just saying that we haven’t found that something has happened,” he said.Honohan was responding to questions from a number of Dáil deputies about yesterday’s statement from the Central Bank that “no new issues” had come to light as a result of the tapes.He rejected some of the media coverage following to the statement which he said suggested that the Central Bank saw no problem with the content of the tapes, a conclusion he said is not true.Honohan said that the Central Bank took the decision to make yesterday’s statement because “we felt we owe it to the public to say we’ve found no new evidence of criminality when we didn’t”.Among the revelations in the tapes was a quote from Anglo’s John Bowe that the bank had sought to mislead the Central Bank about how much capital was required by the bank in the days leading up to the bank guarantee.Honohan was pushed Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty on why the institution hasn’t tried to listen to further tapes from Anglo in an attempt to identify criminal wrongdoing. He responded by saying that, not only is this not the role of the Central Bank, but that it would also not be of any benefit to them:We are not an entity that investigates criminal matters, if criminal matters come to our attention then we pass them to the Gardaí. So it’s a bit undirected to say, “Why don’t we get our hands on hundred of hours of tapes and trawl through them”. There may be people that have financial interest in doing this but we’re not going to get any more money out of Anglo Irish Bank and if its to do with with criminal matters we don’t have any authority there.“This doesn’t stop anyone doing any further work on this it doesn’t stop anything, ” he had said earlier.In a testy exchange with committee member Kieran O’Donnell of Fine Gael, Honohan said that the Central Bank did not have any information that was not available to the Gardaí, “Without being facetious do you want me to pass on a copy of the Sunday Independent?,” he said.Reckless mismanagement of a bankHonohan was also questioned by Doherty about why the former Anglo executives heard in the tapes were allowed to remain in their positions and indeed be promoted. The governor accepted that it was a pertinent question but referred to the words of former Deputy Matthew Elderfield who had previously told the Public Accounts Committee that taking actions against individuals is “difficult in the structures that we have”.He suggested a legislative remedy that he says the Central Bank has been ‘knocking around for some time’:A possible criminal offence of reckless misconduct in the management of a bank. We’re talking about mismanagement on a large scale here, you are the members of the Oireachtas, we come up against barriers that are legislative barriers.Read: Calls for Enda Kenny to clarify Anglo contact >Read: Anglo tapes: Central Bank ‘were effectively egging us on’ >Read: Anglo Tapes: ‘If Central Bank did have access to contents, what the hell was it doing?’ – McDonald >last_img read more

WCTV To Host Drone Photography MeetUp On July 21
WCTV To Host Drone Photography MeetUp On July 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — You’ve likely seen stunning drone footage taken around town by aerial photographer Jamie Boudreau. How does he do it? What type of drone does he use? And what advice does he have for those looking to get a drone of their own?Jamie will be part of a WCTV Meet-Up on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 11am to talk about drone photography at Silver Lake. Lisa Kapala is hosting the event. Contact her to RSVP and to learn more at lisa@wctv.org or 978-657-4066.This is not a sanctioned class on drones, nor should it be seen as a formal instruction. But WCTV hopes it’s informational and gives you a sense for how drones work and how Jamie gets such great footage around the region.This event was originally scheduled for May, but was rained out.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV To Host Drone Photography Meet-Up On May 19In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”last_img read more

Beer brewed from 5000yearold yeast isnt bad

first_img 13 Photos Share your voice Sci-Tech Enlarge ImageThis ancient beer vessel still harbors yeast.  Yaniv Berman/Israel Antiquities Authority Ancient history and modern craft brews have collided in a resurrection story more delicious than any monster-mummy tale. Microbiologists with Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem led a very drinkable research study that involved resurrecting 5,000-year-old yeast culled from pottery shards that were used as beer and mead jugs during the time of the pharaohs in Egypt. The vessels came from four different archaeological sites in Israel.Researchers gathered yeast specimens and sequenced their genomes, discovering they were similar to cultures found in traditional Ethiopian honey wine and modern beer yeast. researchteambrewsEnlarge ImageIsraeli researchers test the beer made with ancient yeast strains. Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority The scientists weren’t satisfied with just examining data. They wanted to taste history, so they called in an Israeli beer expert to make brews using the revived yeast. The team brewed up more than one batch using different isolated yeast strains. One was “aromatic and flavorful,” while another “was drinkable but had a slight spoiled off-taste.”   “We are talking about a real breakthrough here. This is the first time we succeeded in producing ancient alcohol from ancient yeast,” said Yitzchak Paz of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The team published a study on the yeast and beer in the journal mBio.  The beer creation falls under a field of study known as experimental archaeology that investigates ancient cultures by re-creating everything from food to houses. The PBS series Secrets of Lost Empires is a popular example of this. “The greatest wonder here is that the yeast colonies survived within the vessel for thousands of years — just waiting to be excavated and grown,” said Ronen Hazan of Hebrew University. He said the resulting beer “isn’t bad.”   Originally published May 23.  13 ancient mysteries unlocked by modern science Tags Post a comment 0last_img read more

Treadwell Sullivan Assail Each Others Ties To L48 Companies

first_imgThe two leading Republican U.S. Senate candidates are increasingly turning on each other. Last week, Dan Sullivan sent mailers to Alaska voters alleging Mead Treadwell benefitted financially from the Obama stimulus package, a bill he denounces on the campaign trail. This week Treadwell is fighting back, and he’s taking aim at the Ohio paint conglomerate Sullivan’s family runs.Listen now:Sullivan, in his mailer, says Treadwell was on the board of a Maryland dredge-building company that took $6 million from the Obama stimulus bill. Disclosure documents show Treadwell sold shares of Ellicott Dredges for $1.1 million in 2009. As the mailer puts it: “Treadwell used Obama’s stimulus to line his own bank account, and Alaskans are footing the bill.”Treadwell says Sullivan is overstating his connection to the dredge company. He wants Alaskans to take a hard look at RPM International, the paint company Sullivan’s grandfather founded and Sullivan’s brother runs. According to a government database of stimulus spending, RPM International got contracts worth more than $15 million from the stimulus bill, mostly through its roofing division, called Tremco. Treadwell points out that Dan Sullivan owns shares of RPM worth up to $1 million.“So, I’d say, examine thyself, Mr. Sullivan,” Treadwell says.This is a case of parallel accusations. Both Sullivan and Treadwell decry the Obama Administration’s spending. Each candidate is linked to a different Lower 48 company that does a lot of business with the government, a bit of it funded with Obama’s stimulus money. Each says he had no sway over the company’s decision to take that money, but says the othe guy’s ties to the company are significant and relevant to the campaign.Sullivan holds no position at RPM, and has no legal say in the business, which includes brands like Rust-oleum and DAP and has 10,000 employees around the world. Treadwell says Alaskans should still care how RPM makes its money because executives of the company have contributed heavily to Sullivan’s campaign.“But, you know, I don’t have the money to do a mailer to 50,000 people.”Campaign finance reports show RPM employees and their spouses have given $130,000 to Sullivan’s campaign, helping make Ohio Sullivan’s No. 1 state for contributions. Also, Sullivan’s brother, Frank, the CEO of RPM, their father, and an ex-RPM board member contributed a combined $125,000 to a super PAC running ads to support Sullivan and tarnish rivals. Aside from the stimulus money, Treadwell points out RPM was sued in 2010 over its business practices.“I just would say, take a look at where his money is coming from, both his personal wealth, his ability to take a year off from any employment to run for office, his ability to come in with so much money to begin with and most of it comes back to a company called RPM which settled last August for $65 million for overcharging the U.S. government,” Treadwell says.In that case Tremco, RPM’s roofing division, was accused under the False Claims Act of price-gouging and selling the government defective products. The claims involved roofs on 150 public buildings including schools, post offices and more than a dozen veteran’s hospitals.In a press release about the settlement a year ago, RPM CEO Frank Sullivan said the company sometimes charged the government the wrong price. The Sullivan campaign wouldn’t speak on tape for this story, but issued a statement saying Sullivan had nothing to do with the activity in question and that he’s proud of the company his brother and grandfather built.Treadwell says the Sullivan mailer against him is wrong. He sold most of his stock in Ellicott and resigned from the board before the company won its largest chunk of stimulus money — $4 million for a dredge it sold the government. He WAS on the board when the company applied for a $1.75 million grant to upgrade machinery but says that wasn’t a board decision. Sullivan campaign spokesman Mike Anderson said last week the mailer was accurate because Treadwell didn’t sever his ties to Ellicott. According to his financia disclosure form, Treadwell still owns a six-figure stake in the company and receives board compensation. Treadwell says he’s paid $1,000 to attend board meetings as a non-voting advisor.While the front-running Republican candidates go after each other, Democratic operatives working to re-elect Sen. Mark Begich, are enjoying the fireworks and taking notes.last_img read more

Governor Delegation Rally to Stymie JBER Cuts

first_imgThe reduction of 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson isn’t expected to begin for more than a year. Alaska officials hope that gives enough time to stop it, or at least mitigate the loss. Gov. Bill Walker Thursday pledged a campaign to retain Alaska’s military forces and attract new ones.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan raised the issue at a confirmation hearing Thursday for the nation’s top military officer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sullivan told the nominee, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Pentagon still has to write a military strategy for the Arctic.“Does it make sense to cut any of America’s limited number of cold-weather trained warriors in the Arctic before this Congressionally mandated strategy is completed?”Dunford said he’d look into it.“And the commitment I’d make to you is we will in fact develop an appropriate role for the military in support for our economic and political interests in the Arctic.”Sullivan said this week he is blocking the confirmation of one assistant Defense secretary until he gets answers from the Army about the troop cuts. Sullivan, though, said yesterday he’d support the joint chiefs nominee.last_img read more

Bank of Baroda in talks to buy stake in Central Banks housing

first_imgBank of Baroda is in negotiations to acquire a majority stake in Central Bank Home Finance (CBHFL), the housing finance subsidiary of Central Bank of India. Central Bank of India owns 64 percent stake in CBHFL, while the other promoters of the house finance unit are Hudco, UTI and National Housing Bank, Press Trust of India reported. However, it is not clear whether Bank of Baroda has approached other shareholders of the housing finance subsidiary to purchase their stakes as well. “Talks are at an advanced stage. Central Bank has agreed to sell its entire stake to BoB,” a source was quoted as saying by the agency. SBI Capital Markets has been appointed by Bank of Baroda and some other merchant banks such as IDBI Capital have been hired by Central Bank to act as advisers. Investment bankers quoted by the agency said that Central Bank could raise as much as Rs 250 crore for its 64 percent stake in CBHFL.Central Bank had received capital infusion worth Rs 1,729 crore from the central government earlier this year. India’s home loan market is roughly growing at 25-30 percent, the report added.Bank of Baroda reported a 59.73 percent fall in Q1 net profit at Rs. 423.62 crore from Rs. 1,052.15 crore in the corresponding period last year. The sharp decline was due to an almost three-fold spike (234 percent) in provisioning for bad loans. The bank had to provide Rs. 2,004.07 crore towards bad loans in Q1 as compared to Rs. 599.74 crore in the year-ago quarter.Shares of Bank of Baroda closed at Rs 162.10 apiece on Friday, up 2.27 percent from their previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Similarly, Central Bank of India stock closed at Rs 86.85, up 0.06 percent from its previous close on Friday on the BSE.last_img read more

3 Houston Highways Named Most Dangerous in The US
3 Houston Highways Named Most Dangerous in The US

first_img Share Three highways in Harris County made the list of the most dangerous roadways in America. US-59, I-10, and US-290 all made the ranking of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. analysis by ValuePenguin using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.The portion of I-10 that runs through Texas from New Mexico to Louisiana is the fifth-most dangerous highway rankings. Most fatal crashes occurred on the segment of I-10 running through Harris County. Overall, a reported total of 585 fatal crashes happened on this highway from 2010 through 2016. US-59 had 390, and US-290 had 212.Click HERE to read the report.last_img read more

GIRL Presents Womens Empowerment Brunch
GIRL Presents Womens Empowerment Brunch

first_imgG.I.R.L. (Got the Intelligence to Rule My Life) is hosting their inaugural “Women’s Empowerment Brunch” on July 19.  The event will have a dynamic group of women for food, fun, and fellowship. There will be opportunities to expand social circles and network with forward-thinking women committed to always being the best versions of themselves.The event will have speakers (Lorra Brown – Lorra Brown Enterprises, the Rev. Bevelyn Gerald – Fort Washington Christian Church, Robin Lake – TechOpps) addressing topics including spirituality, balancing motherhood and relationships, financial basics, and women in business.The event also features vendors with health, lifestyle, and beauty products and an exquisite ‘modern chic’ brunch fusing classic courses and new millennium favorites to ensure attendees are filled mentally and physically. “Our goal with this program is to aid women in our community with the tools to create a balanced and fruitful life,” stated Jovon Gerald, G.I.R.L. Inc.’s Founder.The event is 1-4 p.m., at The Preserve at Piscataway Community Club Ballroom, 2800 Saint Mary’s View Road, Accokeek, Md. The cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door; only the first 60 registrants will be allowed entry. Proceeds will go to enhance G.I.R.L. Inc.’s mentoring programs. Advance event attendees may register via EventBrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empowerment-and-enrichment-womens-brunch-tickets-10967683637).“I am very fortunate to have this event supported by quality organizations and sponsors. We are hoping that this event is the first of many to come,” stated Gerald.For more information on obtaining press credentials, please contact Jovon Gerald at Jovon@girl-inc.org or 703-915-4705. All other inquiries, please contact G.I.R.L. Inc. at info@girl-inc.org.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, February 26. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:47End of live reporting22:32A500 overnight closure21:15Fire stationsNone of the city’s main fire stations have reported any major incidents this evening. 21:04M6 overnight20:13Sandon trafficTraffic easing on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works.18:52Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 17:59Moorland Road busyMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).17:44Sandon temporary lights Slow traffic on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works. 17:21Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 16:58Leek Road slowSlow traffic on A52 Leek Road at A50 Victoria Road (Joiner’s Square). Traffic is slow in all directions.16:57M6 reopen All lanes open and traffic easing, broken down vehicle removed on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:54Oil spill in NewcastleA34 Liverpool Road Northbound partially blocked, very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle and oil spillage at Brymbo Road.Near Lymedale Bar and Restaurant.16:40A50 westboundHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).16:23A500 traffic Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:23Porthill Road busyA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).16:17M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:15Demolition of East-West Precinct continues (and look at it now) (Image: Daniel Jellyman)Stoke-on-Trent’s dilapidated East-West Precinct has undergone a transformation after bulldozers moved in just under two weeks ago.The builders at the Hanley eyesore started by disconnecting the gas mains and electricity before pulling down the eastern side of the building, just off Charles Street.Read more.16:03Werrington Road clearedRoad cleared and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on A52 Werrington Road in both directions near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:57Werrington Road accidentA52 Werrington Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:19A500 congestionUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 15:02A34 Stone Road One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on A34 Stone Road Northbound near A5035 Longton Road. Affecting traffic heading towards Hanford.14:59Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.14:53Chell trafficA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 13:17Accident on M6 “Lane 1 (of 4) blocked on the M6 southbound between J13 Dunston and J14 Gailey due to a collision. Traffic Officers on the way.”13:01Police alert as ‘suspicious man in black car’ approaches boy on his way home from schoolOfficers are now appealing for witnesses. More here.12:12Police release CCTV after laptop and wallet stolen from house in broad daylightA bank card from the wallet was then used in Nantwich and Birmingham. More here.11:45Firefighters called to fuel spillage at petrol stationAround ten litres of fuel had spilt at the garage. More here.10:30Latest on the A50A50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle from A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout) to A5007 Victoria Place Link (Heron Cross / Fenton).The road remains partially blocked whilst Highways attend after a vehicle has been left unattended. 09:54Accident on A50 Eastbound near Blythe BridgeA50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott).Police on site. 09:18Police warning after ‘laughing gas’ canisters seizedCanisters have been seized in the Staffordshire Moorlands this month – with police warning of the dangers of inhaling the gas. More here.last_img read more

Westin Hapunas 25th anniversary calls for 25000 celebrations
Westin Hapunas 25th anniversary calls for 25000 celebrations

first_imgWestin Hapuna’s 25th anniversary calls for $25,000 celebrations Share Posted by Monday, December 10, 2018 Tags: Hawaii, Hawaii Special Edition, Westin Hotels & Resortscenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is going all out for its 25th anniversary with an ultra-luxe, over-the-top package for two priced at US$25,000.The package includes suite accommodations for seven nights, a helicopter transfer to and from the resort and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, a rental car, $2,500 in food and beverage credit, unlimited rounds of gold at Mauna Kea Resort, a private cooking class and other island activities.Additionally, beginning in January, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort will offer a 25% off package accompanying a six-night minimum stay, including discounts on select resort activities.For more information go to westinhapunabeach.com.last_img read more

Glimpse into underground sect that shocked Russia

first_imgAssociated PressKAZAN, Russia (AP) – Authorities spoke of a creepy cult living in an “eight-level ant house” dug deep into the ground, where children were kept in unheated cells and starved of daylight. A visit to the compound suggests a more ordinary reality.A brief visit inside the compound, which provided shocking headlines around the world when police raided it and seized the children, revealed none of the elaborate underground design described by prosecutors. Nor does a police video showing rooms inside. The father of a cult member, who originally disapproved of his daughter joining the group, said he was able to visit freely and has no complaints about how members live or treat their children. He also disputed claims that the children rarely saw sunshine and were not allowed to leave the property, saying they had visited both sets of grandparents and gone to summer camp, and that he visited frequently for up to three days at a time.“They pray. They are religious. But they are not junkies, drunks or bandits,” Ziganshin said in his home in the village of Bailyangar, 200 kilometers (120 miles) away. “They never abuse the kids, never beat them.”Neighbors, however, said the children were raised to look upon others with disdain and would curse and throw stones from inside their compound.“They consider themselves a higher race, while other people are garbage,” said Ildar Khusainov, 42, who lives in a nearby wooden house.It was not possible to determine from a short visit to the compound or from the video taken by police the day of the raid how much, if any, of the living space lies underground.The compound’s main, three-story house is built into the side of a steep hill. A covered passageway leads down the hill to another house, with doors on both sides. At street level, a wooden minaret topped by a tin crescent moon rises above a 2-meter (7-foot) fence. Power was cut off years ago when the sect stopped paying its utility bills. The sect now gets water from a well and uses wood and propane gas for heat. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Patients with chronic pain give advice Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The sect, whose members call themselves “Muammin” _ Arabic for “believers” _ had thousands of followers in the 1990s. But they began to drift away after the founder, Faizrakhman Satarov, declared himself the “messenger of God” and his sect to be the world’s only true Muslims. When police raided about 60 people, including the children, were living in the compound.Ibragimova’s husband accused authorities of seizing the children and filing abuse charges as a pretext for closing down the sect. Police have not reported finding weapons or any other evidence that sect members were involved in violence.“They want to frighten us so that we leave by ourselves, so that we disappear,” said Shamil Ibragimov, a lean 30-year-old with a thin beard. “This is immoral. This is lawlessness.”Ibragimov was at the compound on Sunday packing his possessions. His wife suffered a miscarriage the day after the children were seized, and on Friday he sent her to her parents’ home in Bailyangar. He was preparing to join her there and hoped they would soon regain custody of their children, aged 18 months to 9 years.He said it took him five days to locate the children in an orphanage outside Kazan. They seemed happy but “did not realize they might lose their parents forever,” their father said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The conflicting portrayals raise questions about whether authorities may have exaggerated the eccentricity of the sect, perhaps in an effort to show they are cracking down on radical Islamic groups. The spokeswoman for Kazan prosecutors did not answer repeated calls to her office and cell phones on Monday.Police stumbled upon the bizarre sect in early August as they investigated what they described as a terrorist attack that killed a top cleric in oil-rich Tatarstan, a central Russian province where the population is about 60 percent Muslim. Officials blamed the attack on the radical Islamic groups proliferating in the region.Police seized the 20 children living in the compound and put them in orphanages. Their parents were charged with child abuse, which prosecutors said could deprive them of custody for up to two years. Prosecutors allege that the children, who did not attend public schools, lived in conditions “unfit for humans,” in small, dark and unventilated cells dug into the earth. Health officials said the children rarely saw the light of day.Relatives of cult members disputed that. Madganur Ziganshin, whose daughter, Ralifa Ibragimova, joined the cult over his objections, said the room where she lived with her husband and four children was not underground and had normal windows. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The fate of the sect’s property remains unclear. Police, accompanied by social workers and construction experts, conducted a third search last week to further assess the living conditions and decide whether the haphazardly built structures should be demolished or allowed to stand.In many ways, conditions at the compound are typical for rural Russia. Ziganshin’s wooden house in Bailyangar, for example, has low ceilings and creaky floors, with a wood-burning stove in the kitchen for heat and cooking.Sect leaders are enraged over the seizure of the children and the police action against their holy project, and vowed to triumph.“Allah will punish you,” Gumer Ganiyev, the sect leader’s deputy, yelled at police officers. “You will all die tomorrow.”___Andrey Bulay in Kazan contributed to this story.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more