24 10 19

first_img Communities that are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) will be carefully assessed to determine the needs and the extent of services to be provided for residents. Story Highlights Communities that are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) will be carefully assessed to determine the needs and the extent of services to be provided for residents.Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the support will, among other things, enable persons to receive health services and acquire important documents such as birth certificates and national identification (ID), which will enable them to access critical social benefits.He says the assessments and implementation of the social interventions will involve partnership with a wide cross section of stakeholders, who will be mobilised at the national and community levels.The collaboration, he points out, is expected to better enable the Government to deliver the requisite services that meet the needs of a wide cross section of persons in areas declared ZOSOs.The Social Intervention Committee is charged with developing a sustainable development plan, which will include addressing issues relating to health, the environment, social improvement, infrastructural development, education and economic development.This is in keeping with the clear, hold and build strategy, aimed at containing crime while safeguarding the rights of citizens and promoting sustainable community development.Mr. Sweeny notes that the interventions will be undertaken once the joint command of the security forces conducting operations gives that authorisation. This is in order to minimise any impact resulting from the security operations.“So, our plan, once we have been given the go-ahead, is to enter the community and assess the social structure that exists. This will include the demographics (and) the physical environment (including) roads, drains and sanitation structures,” the Deputy Chairman outlines.Mr. Sweeney says that among those that will be targeted are unattached youth who are either unemployed or not enrolled in an institution of learning; young children, particularly those not enrolled in school; the disabled; the elderly; and single mothers.He points out that these demographics are characteristic of underserved communities that are impacted by crime and violence.“So, the idea is to achieve the type of social capital that will allow members of the communities to secure their welfare. So, you’re talking about a community that has their youth engaged… where persons are gainfully employed… and the physical environment is not affected by public health issues,” the Deputy Chairman says.Mr. Sweeney tells JIS News that the assessments will determine the extent to which interventions are implemented over the short, medium and long term and also the degree to which institutions undertaking these are established in the communities.Several of the services that are to be provided in the Zones were recently delivered to residents of Mount Salem in St. James, where the first ZOSO is in effect.At a two-day community fair, residents benefited from free medical and dental services, while a number of agencies were on hand to process important documents.These included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART/NTA, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Ministry of National Security and its agencies.Mr. Sweeney says the assessment for Mount Salem has commenced, noting that the Social Intervention Committee and its partners were able to utilise information that agencies such as the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the JSIF collated on the community over the years, to organise the fair.He notes that the Committee and joint security forces command, which have been working closely since the Mount Salem ZOSO was declared by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on September 1, were able to reach a consensus on the need to stage the event.Mr. Sweeny, who is also Managing Director of JSIF, says the social interventions to be undertaken in Mount Salem are expected to serve as the blueprint for similar activities in other communities.The engagements, he said, will be enriched by the involvement of the JCF through the police youth clubs as well as private-sector stakeholders.“In fact, members (of the private sector) are already calling and expressing an interest in getting involved. So, we will certainly engage them at the appropriate time to get their inputs,” he adds.Meanwhile, Mr. Sweeney is expressing confidence that long-term positive outcomes, such as community empowerment and development and reduced crime and violence, which are anticipated from the implementation of the ZOSOs, will materialise and redound to the benefit of the residents and country in general.“We aren’t trying to achieve something that doesn’t (already) exist… as it does in hundreds of communities across Jamaica. But the idea is to have a collaborative government response that will enable the people (in adversely affected areas) to develop the capacity to really maintain the peace in their communities.“I am pleased to be a part of the programme and I am confident that the other Committee members, when they are named, will also support it,” Mr. Sweeny tells JIS News. Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the support will, among other things, enable persons to receive health services and acquire important documents such as birth certificates and national identification (ID), which will enable them to access critical social benefits. Mr. Sweeney tells JIS News that the assessments will determine the extent to which interventions are implemented over the short, medium and long term and also the degree to which institutions undertaking these are established in the communities. last_img read more

24 10 19

first_imgzoom Danish shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Group delivered a profit of USD 925m for the full year ending December 31st 2015, against USD 5.2bn reported in 2014, a drop of 82%.Maersk’s underlying profit for full year reached USD 3.1bn, also down from 2014 results when Maersk reported USD 4.5bn in underlying profit.Compared to last year, profits were lower in Maersk Line, Maersk Oil and APM Terminals and higher in Maersk Drilling and APM Shipping Services.After a satisfactory result in the first half of the year with a ROIC of 10.2%, Maersk Group was severely impacted by a widening supply-demand gap across most of its businesses, leading to significant oil price and freight rate reductions. ROIC for the second half of the year was negative 6.3%, impacted by impairments of USD 2.5bn after tax in Maersk Oil and for Q4 there was an underlying loss of USD 9m (profit of USD 1.0bn).The group said that it delivered a strong cash flow from operating activities of USD 8.0bn (USD 8.8bn) for the year and USD 2.0bn (USD 2.4bn) in Q4, despite a significant decline in container freight rates and oil prices.“We are satisfied with the good operational performance across our businesses in 2015. Despite the very challenging market conditions in our industries, all business units delivered positive underlying profits and the Maersk Group achieved an underlying result of USD 3.1bn. Given our expectation that the oil price will remain at a low level for a longer period, we have impaired the value of a number of Maersk Oil’s assets by USD 2.6bn after tax. We will continue to strengthen the group’s position through strong operational performance and growth investments,” says Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.Maersk Line made a profit of USD 1.3bn (USD 2.3bn) and a ROIC of 6.5% (11.6%) due to poor market conditions, leading to significantly lower freight rates, in particular in the second half of the year.Results across the group were as follows:APM Terminals made a profit of USD 654m (USD 900m), Maersk Drilling made a profit of USD 751m (USD 478m), Maersk Oil made a loss of USD 2.1bn (loss of USD 861m) andAPM Shipping Services made a profit of USD 446m (loss of USD 230m) .The Maersk Group expects an underlying result significantly below last year’s USD 3.1bn across its branches. Gross cash flow used for capital expenditure is expected to be around USD 7bn in 2016 .last_img read more

24 10 19

first_imgThe Expansion Program is the canal’s largest enhancement project. It included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway and the excavation of more than 150 million cubic meters of material, creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway.While the expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original canal, they use less water due to water-savings basins that recycle 60 percent of the water used per transit.The expanded canal is expected to reshape global shipping routes, increasing shipping traffic to the U.S. East Coast.World Maritime News earlier spoke to a representative from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Argelis Moreno De Ducreux, Executive Vice-President for Planning and Business Development, Liner Segment, to find out more on the expected impact of the new canal on the shipping industry.De Ducreux said that the expansion of the Panama Canal is already having an impact on the maritime industry, and it is expected to shift the trade patterns of entire nations.“Shipping lines, port facilities, rails and distribution centers from different regions are getting ready to take advantage of the larger and more efficient ships. Shipping lines are getting bigger in their fleet composition and the canal expansion will allow them to deploy those larger vessels through the waterway. Furthermore, ports in the East and Gulf Coast of the United States, some of which serve vessels up to 9,000 TEU, are adapting their infrastructure to allow even larger ships to come ashore,” she said.“Ports in the East and West Coasts of Central and South America are preparing to also increase their share of the commercial trade by taking advantage of the widening of the Panama Canal,” De Ducreux added.At the beginning of June, the Panama Canal’s contracted vessel, the 2011-built Neopanamax dry bulk carrier MN Baroque, started performing lockages through the expanded locks for testing and training purposes, scheduled to last for 30 days.The lockages are testing the integration of the gates, their opening and closing capabilities as well as the valve opening and closing through the controls system.The Panama Canal Expansion Inauguration ceremony will serve as the official inauguration of the two new lock complexes, Agua Clara (Atlantic side) and Cocoli (Pacific side), and their access channels.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority zoom With the first commercial transit of the USD 5.25 billion Expanded Panama Canal the Neopanamax containership COSCO Shipping Panama launched the long-awaited inauguration of the waterway.The inaugural transit began with the passage of Neopanamax vessel COSCO Shipping Panama through the Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side of the country and concluded with its transit through the Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side. The ship, which left the Greek Port of Piraeus on June 11, is en route to Asia.Originally named Andronikos, the vessel was renamed by China COSCO Shipping as it was selected during a draw for the inaugural transit through the expanded waterway.The Expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business, and the regular schedule of transits through the canal is expected to start on June 27.“More than 100 years ago, the Panama Canal connected two oceans. Today, we connect the present and the future,” Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano, said, adding that “this is the beginning of a new era.”Quijano further said that there are currently “170 reservations for Neopanamax ships, commitments of two new liner services to the Expanded Canal, and a reservation for the first LNG vessel, which will transit in late July.”last_img read more

20 10 19

first_imgNew Delhi: ‘Crime Patrol’ anchor Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now. Anuup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik and presented by the Film and Theatre Society. It will be staged at Mandi House’s Kamani Auditorium on July 21 — one of the places where the actor performed as a student. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “In my family, there’s no one related to this industry or films or theatre. For me, everything was new and exciting. The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre. “In my student days, we performed at National School of Drama (NSD) auditorium in first and second year, then Shri Ram Centre or Kamani Auditorium in third year. Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that’s really exciting for an actor,” Anuup told IANS over telephone. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot He also credited NSD, which he joined 25-odd years back, as having taught him discipline and basics of acting. “I personally feel theatre is a good foundation to start with; it prepares you so extensively to handle any character. Having said that, it’s not that if you’re not grounded in theatre, you cannot be a good actor.” Annup describes ‘Ballygunge 1990’ as the “revenge story” of a relationship, where his character abandons a lover for ambition and returns years later after failing. The suspense-genre play is in Hindi. The Mumbai-based artiste has dabbled into multiple mediums, and feels passionately about the “craft of acting”. He is returning to ‘Crime Patrol’ after a break of 15 months — in a new bearded avatar that is garnering much appreciation. On why he took a sabbatical from the show, Annup said: “The structure of our shooting was such that I was not getting time to commit to acting assignments properly. I feel I’m an actor first, then an anchor. Now, we’ve restructured and allotted limited days to ‘Crime Patrol’. This arrangement suits both the makers and me. “In these 15 months, I did three films and three web-series in never-seen-before roles,” he explained, adding these projects will release in this year’s last quarter. He will also be seen acting alongside Sanjay Dutt in the Hindi remake of Telugu film ‘Prasthanam’.last_img read more

17 10 19

first_imgOTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould plans to reveal more — in writing — about her accusation that she faced improper pressure to prevent the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.The former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee to advise that she intends to make a written submission.She says the submission will disclose “relevant facts and evidence” in her possession that will further clarify her previous oral testimony at the committee and “elucidate the accuracy” of statements made by other witnesses who followed her.The Liberal-dominated committee shut down its investigation into the affair on Tuesday, with Liberal members concluding no rules or laws were broken.Opposition parties have been demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grant a blanket waiver of solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality to allow Wilson-Raybould to more fully tell her story.Wilson-Raybould says the additional information she will provide in her written submission will stay within the confines of the waiver she has already been granted, covering the period last fall when she claims to have been pressured up to Jan. 14 when she was shuffled out of her dual role as justice minister and attorney general.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

14 10 19

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsThe evacuation order for the Kashechewan First Nation has been lifted.Over the next few days about 1,200 people will begin returning home.It’s become nearly an annual event for the people over flooding.APTN looks at what’s next for them.last_img

8 10 19

President Sirisena thanked the MCC for selecting Sri Lanka for assisting under the Threshold Programme and recalled that the US has been assisting Sri Lanka for several decades starting with the help provided for preparation of a Feasibility Report for Mahaweli Hydro Electric project as early as in 1950s. “Today it is Sri Lanka’s biggest multipurpose project,” he said. The United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has selected Sri Lanka for its Threshold Programme, under which assistance will be provided for selected projects.The MCC Chief Executive Officer, Ms Dana J Hyde called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Loews Regency Hotel in the US and stated that the MCC team is already in Sri Lanka for the preparation of a feasibility report, which will be presented to the MCC Board of Directors in December 2016. The Board will, then, decide on the projects to be implemented in Sri Lanka, she said. The CEO added that the MCC will assist several projects to assist the realization of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Ms Hyde congratulated for the achievements of the government during the last one and a half year period and said that the world recognizes the tremendous achievements made by the government.Ministers Arjuna Ranatunge, Gayantha Karunathilake, Deputy Minister Ajith Perera and Permanent Representative Rohan Perera and Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam also participated in the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

2 10 19

In a press release today, UNSMIL said it equally condemned the bombings earlier in the week in Tobruk, Al-Baida and Shahat, in addition to the continuing fighting in the towns of Kikla, al-Qala’a and Zintan, and attacks earlier on other diplomatic missions.“The Mission is gravely concerned about reports of indiscriminate ground and aerial attacks on crowded residential areas in Benghazi; unlawful killings; the deliberate destruction of houses and other property; abduction of civilians including medical personnel; and the obstruction of efforts to evacuate the wounded and distribute humanitarian aid,” UNSMIL said.UNSMIL also said it is greatly concerned about reports of the beheading of three activists in the city of Derna and a captured fighter in eastern Libya, as well as the “systematic targeting” of human rights activists, members of the judiciary and the security institutions, and the removal by the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries to an unknown destination of inmates held in Buhdeima military prison in Benghazi believed to number more than 130.The fighting in Jabal Nafusa has been raging for weeks, claiming many lives, forcing civilians to flee their homes and creating a humanitarian crisis despite repeated appeals for an end to the fighting, UNSMIL noted.“UNSMIL warns against continued violence in all its forms, including the abduction of civilians across the country, and the violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by all sides accompanying the fighting,” the Mission said. It also called on all parties to “immediately cease hostilities and reject the violence, and to respect international law,” including by ensuring the protection of civilians and prisoners, and opening safe passages to allow the distribution of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of the wounded. Reminding all parties that they are “morally responsible and criminally liable under national and international law,” UNSMIL said those responsible could also be subject to sanctions under Security Council resolution 2174 (2014).“Violence cannot be the solution and political dialogue is the only way to resolve differences,” UNSMIL stressed.In a press statement issued later in the day, the Security Council also condemned, “in the strongest terms,” the bomb attacks against the embassies. In its statement, the Security Council condemned all acts of violence against diplomatic premises, which it said “endanger innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of diplomatic representatives and officials.” Reaffirming that terrorism constitutes “one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of the acts to justice. The Council also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means – in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law – threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.In addition, the Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises. It also noted the obligations on host Governments – including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations – to take “all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.” read more

2 10 19

Members of the Ohio state football team run out of the new players’ enterance tunnel before a matchup with Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU los, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor players like Michael Thomas, losing wasn’t a reality until after nearly two full seasons at Ohio State.Since that first loss, it’s become commonplace, as the Buckeyes have now lost three of their last four games.Thomas, a redshirt-sophomore wide receiver, said the time since OSU lost to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 has left him and his teammates itching to have another shot to prove themselves on the Ohio Stadium field.“We just want to get that bad taste out of our stomach,” Thomas said Wednesday. “(To) a lot guys, it seems like it’s been the longest week ever.“We’re just waiting to get back in the ‘Shoe and make Buckeye nation proud.”After winning their season-opening game against Navy in Baltimore on Aug. 30, the Buckeyes took on the Hokies and fell, 35-21, after falling behind, 21-7, at halftime. Previously, OSU started slowly against the Midshipmen, going into the half with a 7-6 deficit before taking a 34-17 victory.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Buckeye teams of old have been known for fast starts, and added he believes his team has to put that tradition in motion to have more success going forward.“We had a pretty good reputation for a while there of coming out of the gates real fast, real hard and we haven’t done that yet,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I did some research on that, it was brought to my attention a while back and we haven’t. So we got to go take the lead and play Ohio State-style football.”While starting slowly has been the Buckeyes’ problem lately — even dating back to the 2013 Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State when the Spartans jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half — they’ve been able to get back in the game late. Each time — the Virginia Tech game included — OSU has come back to at least tie it up in the second half.But each of the four games dating back to Michigan State has led to an OSU loss — save the game against the Midshipmen — as the Buckeyes followed a slow start with a slow finish. Meyer said finishing the game strong will be a focus as well on Saturday against Kent State.“Of course that’s the message, and it’s all about execution,” he said.Regardless of what happened to end last season, or what has happened so far in 2014, at least one Buckeye doesn’t see his team’s long-term goals changing just yet.“Season’s not over,” senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Wednesday. “We’ve still got however many games. There have been one-loss teams that have won the national championship before. It’s happened.”Bennett said his team doesn’t have time to worry about what those outside the program are saying about the Buckeyes after the loss to the Hokies, despite OSU dropping to No. 22 from No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.“We’ve just got to keep chugging along, keep getting better and then just whatever happens, happens and they can say whatever they want,” Bennett said.The first step along the road to achieving the team’s goals is set to come against Kent State on Saturday, marking the first time in 36 years the Buckeyes will be playing their second home game without an Ohio Stadium win already under their belt.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said the team is “hungry” to get back on the field to “make up for last Saturday.”“It’s just crazy, it’s that feeling in your stomach,” Elliott said Wednesday. “You just ready to go, we’re going to come out angry on Saturday and work hard.”Kickoff against the Golden Flashes is set for noon. read more

28 09 19

Johnnie Dixon (1) is lifted into the air by A.J. Alexander (88) after Dixon’s touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorOhio State will be without redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander in the fall after the backup injured his knee, which required surgery and will cause him to miss the 2017 season, a team spokesman confirmed to The Lantern on Friday.The news was first reported by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.The tight end was injured after spring practice had concluded and has already undergone surgery, according to the spokesman.Alexander played in all 13 games for Ohio State last season, catching four passes for 27 yards.During spring practice, Alexander saw an increased role in the offense while redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh rehabilitated after undergoing shoulder surgery.Ohio State’s three redshirt sophomore tight ends – Luke Farrell, Jake Hausmann and Kierre Hawkins – will likely take larger roles in the offense given the void Alexander leaves. read more

24 09 19

first_imgZimbabwe Alloys (ZimAlloys) has approved a $100 million investment deal with Balasore Alloys Group, an Indian ferroalloys producer. The investment will settle ZimAlloys’ $50 million debt and work towards refurbishing and restarting the blast furnaces within the next 18 months.Roskill View: “Zimbabwe Alloys, formerly part of Anglo American, was Zimbabwe’s second largest ferrochrome producer with an original capacity of 360,000 t/y of ore, until it stopped operations in 2008. The only operations that have resurfaced since 2008 have been focussed on dump material as part of a $2.3 million agreement with a Chinese company. The new deal with Balasore comes three months after ZimAlloys ceded half of its ferrochrome reserves to Zimbabwe’s government after a year-long negotiation. The four furnaces at ZimAlloys that await refurbishment have a combined capacity to produce 146, t/y HC ferrochrome.last_img read more

22 09 19

first_imgThe sparrowhawk found in Co Meath [Dept of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht]Read: What does climate change report mean for Ireland?Read: Sonar mapping for oil killed Madagascar whales > AN APPEAL HAS been issued after a bird of prey was illegally shot in the Rathkenny area of Co Meath, close to Navan.The sparrowhawk, which is protected under the 1976 Wildlife Act, was found dead hanging from a gatepost at the entrance to a field.The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are asking anyone who may have information to get in contact with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.“Birds of prey, such as sparrowhawks, eagles and harriers, are an indicator of the state of Ireland’s ecological health — they are also a key part of our heritage and of great benefit to tourism,” Minister Jimmy Deenihan said.“With regard to this recent incident, my officials have notified the crime prevention officer in the area. I am asking people to be vigilant and to come forward with any information they may have about this case.”The Sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey common in the Irish countryside. A fast and agile hunter, it generally targets smaller birds along hedgerows and in woodland.The Navan office of the National Parks and Wildlife Service can be contacted on 076 100 2636.last_img read more

16 09 19

first_imgSEATTLE — China has lifted a five-month ban on live shellfish from U.S. West Coast waters, officials said Friday.The Beijing government announced the ban’s end in a Friday letter, officials said. The ban had particularly affected the Washington and Alaska shellfish industry.China imposed a ban in December on the importation of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California. China detected high levels of inorganic arsenic in geoducks from Puget Sound. It also found paralytic shellfish poisoning in geoducks harvested in Alaska. High levels of inorganic arsenic and paralytic shellfish poisoning have not been found in other areas of the larger region.U.S. officials had traveled to China in March to discuss lifting the ban, including highlighting new methods for sampling, surveillance and monitoring of inorganic arsenic.“China is a key export market for our region’s shellfish, and this news means greater economic stability for the workers and families in our region. I look forward to working closely with federal, state, local, and tribal stakeholders to ensure that the new testing and monitoring requirements can be swiftly implemented and we can get back to shipping world-famous Washington shellfish to a major market,” said U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in a statement.The Chinese letter also said the country will send a team of food safety officials to the United States to monitor shellfish testing.Geoducks are highly prized large burrowing clams that can fetch up to $50 a pound in Asian markets. The U.S. exported $68 million worth of geoduck clams in 2012, mostly from Washington.During the ban, Washington shellfish-growers continued shipping their product to Asia, with the two main destinations being Hong Kong and Vietnam.last_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgBills related to Medicaid and the governor’s power to accept additional federal money for a budget item are included in the first batch of measures filed ahead of the upcoming legislative session.Download AudioThey follow Gov. Bill Walker’s actions last year to expand Medicaid after legislators tabled the issue for further review.Walker followed a process in state law by which a governor can go through a certain committee when seeking to spend more in federal or other funds than allocated by lawmakers for a budget item. Even if the panel disagrees, a governor can proceed.Legislation proposed by Republican Rep. Mike Hawker would provide a way for lawmakers to restrict that with budget language.Hawker also has proposed conditions for Medicaid expansion to continue.last_img

3 09 19

first_imgdhakaA young man was killed as a private car hit him in the city’s Karwan Bazar area on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be traced immediately.Witnesses said the private car knocked the youth, aged around 25, around 8:45pm, leaving him severely injured.The injured was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the duty doctor declared him dead, said DMCH police camp in-charge inspector Bachchu Mia.The body was sent to the hospital morgue for autopsy, he added.last_img

2 09 19

first_imgAP Photo/Ron EdmondsPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his pick for FBI director — a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.Trump’s early morning two-sentence tweet that he intends to nominate lawyer Christopher Wray came one day before the FBI director that Trump fired last month, James Comey, was to testify in public on Capitol Hill for the first time since his dismissal.Trump called Wray “a man of impeccable credentials” and offered no more information about the selection, ending the tweet by saying, “Details to follow.”Wray served in a leadership role in the George W. Bush Justice Department, rising to head the criminal division and overseeing investigations into corporate fraud, during the time when Comey was deputy attorney general. Wray took charge of a task force of prosecutors and FBI agents created to investigate the Enron scandal.With a strong law enforcement background, Wray is a traditional choice for the job. Trump had entertained current and former politicians for the role, including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Though favored by Trump, Lieberman would have faced a challenging confirmation process; he pulled his name from consideration.Comey, during his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, is expected to describe his encounters with Trump in the weeks before his firing May 9. Comey could offer new details regarding discussions with Trump about the federal investigation into Russia’s election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.Associated PressThe White House and its allies have been looking for ways to offset that potentially damaging testimony and have been working on strategies aimed at undermining Comey’s credibility.Wray works in private practice for the King & Spalding law firm. He represented Republican Christie in the lane-closing investigation, in which two former Christie aides were convicted of plotting to close bridge lanes to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse Christie.Christie and Wray met when Christie was the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey in the Bush administration. Christie said at a news conference last week that he worked together with Wray “a lot.”“I have the utmost confidence in Chris. He’s an outstanding lawyer. He has absolute integrity and honesty, and I think that the president certainly would not be making a mistake if he asked Chris Wray to be FBI director,” Christie said.Christie, who has informally advised Trump, was not charged in the bridge case.One of the questions hanging over Christie was about a dozen text messages he exchanged with a former staffer during legislative testimony by officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the bridge, in 2013.It’s not known what was in those messages and a judge rejected defense attorneys’ attempt to subpoena the phone last summer. After that ruling, Christie’s office revealed that Wray had the phone.Christie had previously said he “gave it to the government” a while earlier, but the U.S. attorney’s office said it never had the phone.The law firm that Christie’s administration hired to review the scandal said it “returned” the phone after reviewing its contents in response to a government subpoena. Sharelast_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgThis party season, steal the limelight with right hair and make up. Experts lists down some inputs to get everything on point: Subtle blush is a year-round must, but this season’s trendy rouge is inspired by the rosy glow you get when there’s a nip in the air. Get bolder, more defined brows without a product-y look. Inspired by professional brow tinting, these temporary tints deepen the colour of your arches to enhance their shape, with the effects lasting up to a few days. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFull, false lashes on your top lash line invariably make your eyes looks larger and more awake. Keep the rest of your make-up palette neutral for a look that’s modern, rather than overdone. A red lip as the centre-piece of a polished makeup look is classic, but it can also awaken otherwise low-key makeup, like a little smudgy eyeliner. Smoky eyes are always a favourite, but applying jewel tones like blue, emerald, and indigo bring out your eyes and add the 60’s flair to your face. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveColour your lovely locks in Coffee Balayange. We are sure you have already seen balayage on the street, but have you seen the beautiful bean colour spilled in balayage? Get your hair coloured in the same old balayage technique but in strong – dark espresso or soft latte brew shade. Put some drama into the hairstyle. One way to opt for it is by voluminising your regular braids. It looks more amazing with curly hair. Deep middle part your hair and you can pull off any silhouette with that. Be it any length, blobs or ultra long locks, deep middle parts can be your next glam look for the season. You can accessorize it with barrettes and pins. For glowing skin: The festive season is all about change of routine and food habits. Our body does react to all these changes in various ways like disturbance in our digestive system, hair fall, dryness of skin etc. It is imperative to cleanse the body, during and post the festive season. To have fresh, glowing skin through the festive season- Hydrate well: Water is extremely essential for every cell that makes up our body. It supports body’s digestion and eliminates toxins on a daily basis. Skin is the biggest organ of the body and is mostly made up of water which serves to keep skin smooth, elastic and wrinkle free. Drinking plenty of water will naturally flush out toxins, giving you a healthier glow.last_img read more

30 08 19

first_imgKyrie Irving has gone from seeming like a lock to re-sign with the Celtics to the rumor going into overdrive that he’s leaving when he hits free agency this summer.Irving poured gasoline on the rumors today while talking to the press after a morning shootaround at MSG when asked about his future. Among the highlights were Kyrie saying “Ask me on July 1” about his decision and adding, “I don’t owe anybody s—.”Watch the full interview of Irving’s comments that are sending Celtics fans into a panic. It sounds like Danny Ainge might want to start developing a Plan B.last_img

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first_img People are getting excited about cannabidiol (CBD), and I am thrilled to see demand grow well beyond the core of true believers who have been touting its benefits for years. But the price of high-quality CBD is still too high for many who need it, and that is in large part a function of supply.So I was intrigued when I heard about the Draconis Extraction Technology (DET) patented commercial-scale ethanol extraction process.Paul Baskis is the brains behind this technology. A scientist and designer with expertise in carbon transformation and soil science, he brings more than 30 years of process development, wastewater treatment and compound isolation experience to the problem of how to make broad-spectrum, winterized, de-waxed, solvent-free CBD, and make it at a scale that puts it within reach of more consumers.Related: Pulling the Cork Out of the Processing Bottleneck Slowing the Hemp/CBD Boom“I design large systems,” Paul told me when I called him at his office in Kentucky, where DET is getting ready to build their first industrial-scale extraction facility. “It’s what I do.” This extractor will handle a minimum of 25 tons of biomass per day, which exceeds by several times the maximum capacity for commercial CO2 extraction.The vision driving this quest for industrial-scale extraction is all about people who need CBD.“A lot of ex-military people are dealing with ongoing health problems,” said Tommie Baskis, DET director and CEO. Draconis offers licensees turnkey service that includes security and risk assessment and employs a large number of veterans in those roles.“I’m thinking of them when I say you have to start with a really good crude that is affordable for the people who have PTSD, pain, neurological issues and so on. You have parents trying to help a sick child, people dealing with addiction; I want everyone to be able to afford CBD and right now very few people can. In order for it to be affordable, you have to extract it on an industrial scale.”Right now the average price for broad-spectrum CBD is about $350 per 1000 milligrams. We know that people are using it for support with an array of health problems, from PTSD and anxiety to insomnia and chronic pain, but many sufferers simply can’t afford it. Let’s say you’ve found that your most effective dose is 5 mg per pound of body weight per day, and you weigh 180 pounds. That $350 bottle of CBD is going to last you only 11 days.However, Paul’s tech would push extraction costs down and lower the price by boosting the supply of CBD extract dramatically without sacrificing quality.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical Marijuana“I worked on the design to create a very clean crude,” he said. “It’s so pure that you can use it in a vape pen without leaving any residue. It has a good taste. From there, if you’re doing CO2 extraction, you can easily purify it into isolates, and you get 10 to 20 times more isolate out that if you started with raw hemp.”One of the fascinating things about Paul’s design is that instead of removing and disposing of “waste,” it purifies out waxes and oils for sale as products in their own right. The waxes can be used in cosmetics, for example. Even the pulp comes out dry, de-waxed and ready to be used for paper, fabric or bioplastics.If there is no buyer for the pulp, Paul’s design can work with an optional system add-on that produces fuel to run the extractor and, as a final by-product, a carbon-based fertilizer that keeps fixed carbon in the soil, and enhances microbial growth and soil structure.Max Le Pera, Vice President of Draconis, places these features in the context of the company’s environmental ethic. “Sustainability and circular economy are becoming increasingly important aspects of global business,” Le Pera noted. “The Draconis extraction technology and re-purposing of biomass residual are in direct alignment with these principles.”Related: Medterra CBD Signs Pro Golfers as Brand AmbassadorsDET is just one example of the coming green tech explosion sparked by the legalization of hemp in December of 2018. This and other innovations are going to make it possible for more farmers to grow, process and profit off their hemp crops; for employment and population growth to rebound in rural communities, and for more people to gain better health. To find out about new developments in industrial hemp and events near you, follow The Hemp Biz Conference on Facebook. I’ll see you there. 4 min read Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. June 17, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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