Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At UNICEF Snowflake Ball

first_imgUNICEF is set to host the Snowflake Ball, one of New York City’s most notable black-tie galas, to celebrate the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflakes and to honor those whose philanthropic commitments support its mission to save children’s lives.Since its debut in 2005, the annual holiday occasion has raised over $16 Million for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs.This year’s event will take place on November 27 at Cipriani 42nd Street, and will honor Harry Belafonte with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Tony Bennett will perform.Menu design has been set by Marcus Samuelsson, and the host committee includes Rachel Bilson, Michael Douglas, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Angie Harmon, Angelique Kidjo, Lang Lang, Joel McHale, Roger Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Spacey. The Gala Committee includes Tea Leoni.To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

MeToo founder Tarana Burke Margaret Atwood honoured for activism

first_imgShe noted that she was “desperate to change the narrative about the MeToo movement before it’s too late.”Another misconception, according to Burke: that the current cultural reckoning is a “moment.”“It is a mistake to think of this as a moment,” she said. “Movements are long, and they are built over time. Movements are made from moments.” They were honouring stars of Hollywood, the media and literature, but it was longtime activist and MeToo founder Tarana Burke — a name unknown to most people until six months ago — who got the biggest ovation at Variety’s annual Power of Women event on Friday.Burke, who founded the MeToo movement 12 years ago and runs it out of the Brooklyn, New York, offices of Girls for Gender Equity, said she wanted people to recognize its deeper purpose — working with survivors of sexual assault, and not simply bringing down powerful abusers.“Folks think it’s about naming and shaming, about taking down powerful men. But they’re wrong,” Burke said. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Activist Tarana Burke attends Variety’s Power of Women event Friday in New York and told the audience she’s “desperate to change” the narrative surrounding the MeToo movement before it’s too late. (Evan Agostini/Invision/The Associated Press)last_img read more

ICC urges US to review GSP withdrawal, Iran oil waiver revocation

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Chamber of Commerce Thursday said it has urged the US government to take a long-term view on business ties with India, citing key issues like withdrawal of GSP and its decision to end the Iran oil waiver. An ICC delegation led by President Rudra Chatterjee called on key US government authorities and attended a business seminar organised by the US India Business Council on the first day of their visit to the US. According to a statement, Chatterjee opined at various meetings and business seminars that GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) provides duty free access to certain Indian Goods to the US market and these goods are further value added and marketed by their US counterparts. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalWhile the withdrawal will impact Indian exporters severely, it will also impact importing US companies equally badly, the Indian Chamber of Commerce said. It urged the US government “to take a long-term view on US-India business relationship especially when the global economy is likely to get into recession during 2019 and the ongoing elections in India”. The Indian business delegation met key US government officials from the Department of Commerce.last_img read more

38 Million Passengers Traveled on Moroccan Rail in 2017

Rabat – The director general of the National Office of Railways (ONCF), Mohamed Rabie Khlie, has announced that ONCF transported 38 million passengers and 30 million tons of goods in 2017.“The office has continued to play its role of reference carrier and prominent economic actor, as is reflected by some telling indicators: 38 million passengers carried, 30 million tons of goods transported,” Khlie said in a statement published by ONCF.“MAD 6.3 billion of investments were made and a significant gain for the community estimated at MAD 2.5 billion thanks to the use of the railway,” he claimed. The ONCF statement followed a meeting of ONCF board members Friday, which was chaired by the minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics, and Water, Abdelkader Amara.The director general presented the financial and management aggregates of the ONCF: “A turnover of MAD 3.7, an operating profit of MAD 237 million, an added value of MAD 2.5 billion, and a cash flow of MAD 739 million, with an improvement of 10% compared to the previous year.”Khlie noted ONCF’s major investment projects. The new high speed train (TGV) project has been completed and will be operational by the end of 2018. Projects for upgrading and increasing the capacity of the existing railway network are underway and will be operational before the end of the year.“Many benefits will be soon felt by the customers including an increase in the number of trains, capacity building of the lines, service improvement, departure timing, reducing journey times,” Khlie said.For his part, Amara noted that Morocco is pursuing the dynamic development of its transport infrastructure, “in accordance with the policy of major projects led by King Mohammed VI.”55 years of serviceIn 2016, ONCF transported 39.5 million passengers and 28.2 million tons of goods. At the end of 2013, ONCF had a total of 3,657 kilometers of railways, of which 2,238 are electrified.ONCF increased their passenger traffic from 29.5 to 40.5 million passengers between 2009 and 2015 (up 37 percent), with a turnover rising from MAD 1.1 billion to 1.5 billion (up 35 percent).ONCF also increased their freight traffic (including phosphates and by-products) from 25 to 32 million tons between 2009 and 2015 (up 27 percent), with a turnover rising from MAD 1.4 billion to 2.1 billion (up 50 percent).ONCF’s investments reached MAD 30 billion during the period 2010-2015, an increase from MAD 18 billion during the period 2005-2009.ONCF was created in 1963 and placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Equipment and Transport. read more

Ban urges Guatemalan authorities to support UNbacked probe into illegal militia

Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation for the work of the body in strengthening the legal systems in Guatemala, in a meeting with Carlos Castresana, head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), at UN Headquarters yesterday.With its operation at a critical phase, the Secretary-General “calls on Guatemala’s political and judicial authorities, and all sectors of Guatemalan society, to help CICIG carry out its work,” his spokesperson said in a statement.The CICIG seeks to bolster the rule of law in Guatemala and is permitted by its mandate to conduct independent investigations and help authorities bring representative cases to trial in national courts. It differs in that regard from international tribunals and is thus an “innovative” effort, Mr. Castresana told reporters in New York back in February. After more than three decades of armed conflict came to an end in 1996, illegal security organizations, which used to prevent the courts from acting in cases of human rights abuses, “have basically been reduced to organized crime” groups, he noted. Last year saw the expulsion of 1,700 people – including 50 senior officials – from the police force, within which there is “a lot of endemic dysfunction and corruption is rife,” Mr. Castresana had stated. In today’s statement, the Secretary-General welcomed the political and financial support provided to the Commission by the international community and its continued backing of the body.The CICIG is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from the international community, receiving over $20 million in donations or secondments of personnel through the end of last year. 19 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the authorities in Guatemala and civil society to support the independent body set up with United Nations help to investigate the activities of illegal armed groups in the Central American nation. read more

Lead paint suppliers settle California suit for 305 million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The nation’s major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California’s largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly two-decade old lawsuit.The settlement announced Wednesday comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and elsewhere. Lead paint suppliers tried unsuccessfully to change California law and last year attempted a ballot initiative that they later withdrew.The settlement is with the Sherwin-Williams Company, ConAgra Grocery Products Company, and NL Industries Inc. ConAgra says it’s pleased with the settlement.Los Angeles County and the cities of Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.One county attorney says it’s unclear if the settlement will spark other lead paint lawsuits, citing legal conditions unique to California.Don Thompson, The Associated Press read more

Lew warns Congress he will run out of manoeuvring room on US

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 2:55 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling Congress that by late February he will run out of steps he can take to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. debt.Lew says he now thinks he will exhaust the bookkeeping manoeuvrs he can make to avoid breaching the federal borrowing limit sooner than previously thought. He had estimated in December that he could avoid a default until late February or early March.Under an agreement that ended the partial government shutdown in October, Congress suspended the debt limit until Feb. 7. After then, Lew would start using the bookkeeping manoeuvrs.He urged Congress to raise the limit before Feb. 7.Some Republicans hope to use the debt limit as leverage to force the Obama administration to agree to more government spending cuts. Lew warns Congress he will run out of manoeuvring room on US debt ceiling by late February AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

CLASS OF 2016 Olivia Hubert excited for the future

Following a successful student experience at Brock University, alumna Olivia Hubert (BScN ’16) has narrowed her sights on a nursing career in Public Health. Described by peers and mentors as an energetic student and active community volunteer, Hubert is looking forward to the next chapter.Recently awarded the 2016 City of St. Catharines Mayor’s Volunteer of the Year Award, she is humbled by the recognition and says she enjoys volunteering in the Niagara Region.The Education Foundation of Niagara, an organization Hubert helped earlier this year with the inaugural Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas fundraiser for the DSBN Academy, nominated the fourth-year nursing student for the award. The charity gala raised more than $22,000.“It’s very rewarding knowing I’m making a difference,” Hubert said. “I don’t do it as a resume builder. I just do it for the people I’m helping and the causes I’m passionate about.”Hubert knows that her volunteerism and community outreach skills won’t go unnoticed in the workforce.“The skills and knowledge I’ve gained by studying, working and volunteering at Brock University have given me the confidence to succeed in the real world,” she said, reflecting on her time at Brock.Acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at Brock has given Hubert the hands-on skills and communication techniques she requires to excel in the workforce by incorporating clinical experiences during year one and two as a student.“I’ve worked in numerous clinical settings during placements at Brock – surgical, labour and delivery, mental health, pediatrics, and ultimately I want to pursue a Master’s Degree and specialize in public health.”Hubert, who received her Brock University nursing pin this past April, is committed to nursing education and training and wears the pin with pride as a visual symbol within the community that she will provide excellent care.She plans to complete her Master of Public Health Degree online through the University of Victoria next fall while continuing to live in St. Catharines and working in the Niagara Region. read more

Cleanup begins in Coverack after flash floods devastate Cornish village

first_imgResidents of Coverack in Cornwall are facing day one of a massive clean-up operation after flash flooding caused an estimated £1m of damage on Tuesday night. 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.last_img

Copper price surge likely over next 18 months

first_imgThe copper sector can expect to come out of the price and supply doldrums over the next 12 to 18 months according to an Australian company which has just raised A$13 million to progress its advanced copper project in Chile. And it would include a continued high profile presence in the electric car sector where more new era commodities such as lithium and cobalt are fancied as being market drivers.Addressing the opening day today of the sixth Paydirt Latin America Downunder conference in Perth, Hot Chilli Managing Director, Christian Easterday, said it was obvious from recent years that a $3/lb copper price was the benchmark for whether a project was viable or not and an important incentive price for the copper development pipeline..“Anything below $3/lb has consigned projects to the uneconomic zone and it is little surprise that over this period, the number of Australian copper plays seeking new projects has collapsed from around 40 in our original peer group to just 13 companies currently,” Easterday said.“But we believe the copper market is rising and moving out of its depressed cycle. One only has to look at the fact that Australia’s majors, BHP and Rio, have assigned substantial budgets this year to copper exploration, pointing to a reversal in attitudes to copper’s future prospects.”On the much touted market dynamics for an increased global electric car market, Easterday said that sector remained the “icing on the cake” for copper.“For all the talk and promotion, copper remains the most intensively used element in the electric car market,” Easterday said.“Against lithium and other promoted metals, copper really stands out well and truly above anything else. When a market faces new technologies, the level of disruption to existing market dynamics is unpredictable – but copper remains king in electric car application.“As such, we see a very tight copper environment becoming even tighter.”Hot Chilli has an 80% stake in the Productora copper project JV in Chile, with shareholders voting on June 6 to approve a A$13 million unsecured Convertible Note funding package to pay off a $6.5 million loan liability and provide working capital for a second growth stage based on drilling out Productora to enable a development decision with 18 months.Drilling is already underway, testing what Easterday describes as “large company making porphyry copper targets” at Productora.Significantly, the cost and risk of running the drilling programs is all being borne by Blue Spec, a company owned by Hot Chilli’s Chairman, with no liability on Hot Chilli.Chile is home to 30% of global copper production and hosts some of world’s largest porphyry copper minesThe PFS on Productora pointed to a minimum 10 year mine life, averaging 66,000 t/y of copper metal and 25,000 oz/y of gold in the first eight years.last_img read more

Irish cases of men who killed their partners retold

first_imgIt’s obviously a long process, a court trial. One of the most difficult things is that the victim is not there to defend themselves. Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 10:00 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Mar 26th 2017, 10:00 PM Image: Fir, Marú agus Grá https://jrnl.ie/3304237 21,725 Views 41 Comments Irish cases of men who killed their partners retold A TG4 documentary looks at cases where men killed their partners, and asks why this is so common in Irish society. WHY DO MEN kill their partners?A new documentary Fir, Marú agus Grá explores this issue by taking a look at six cases of women who were killed by men that they knew.The first episode of the crime documentary, which aired on Thursday night on TG4, looks at the trial of Laois man Robert Corbet for the killing of Aoife Phelan in 2012.Thirteen days after she was first reported missing by her family, Aoife’s body was discovered in an oil barrel buried 10 feet underground on Corbet’s land.“This case involved people who were young and from a rural area,” the series producer Medb Johnstone told TheJournal.ie. “It’s a case that’s still raw for a lot of people.”Johnstone explains how the investigation used phone records and CCTV footage to make the connection between Corbet and Aoife: “She wasn’t in a relationship with him. She was seeing him.”Throughout the series, key moments in the case are reenacted in order to retell the stories of the victims, who Johnstone says are left without a voice during trials that try to find those responsible for their deaths.‘Impossible to imagine’Johnstone says that the process for making Fir, Marú agus Grá – which is its second series – wasn’t an easy one, and involved sifting through court reports and news articles.“It’s difficult for me – but it’s impossible to image what happened to the victim themselves, or what it’s like for their family.” Short URL Share248 Tweet Email2 They’re voiceless in the court, so it’s up to the prosecution to prove who’s responsible for death of the person – and whether it’s manslaughter or murder.Sometimes they choose a case because it’s so sad: the women were trying to leave their partners, in the process of leaving, or had just left.“A lot of these are very delicate, others are sensational stories, but we try not to put a sensational slant on it and tell it based on the evidence presented in court.”She said that a lot of people don’t talk about domestic violence in Ireland, and that she hoped that the series might get people talking about the issue.The stats Source: Fir Marú agus GráAccording to figures from Women’s Aid, of the 209 women who died violently in the Republic of Ireland since 1996, 87% were murdered by their partners, or men they knew (154 women).A 2013 study showed that more than 38% of all murders of women across the world are committed by an intimate partner. In comparison, the same research estimates about 6% of all murders of men are committed by an intimate partner.In 2015, there were 970 threats to kill women, children and family members disclosed to Women’s Aid. There were 579 additional disclosures of assaults with weapons, threats with weapons and being strangled and smothered.” The statistics speak for themselves,” Johnstone says, saying that the research into the subject shows a worrying pattern.Reaction to the series“I think the series highlights the work that was done to bring people to justice, by the victims’ families and friends, by the gardaí, and forensic teams,” Johnstone says.“We spoke to as many people as we could: gardaí who worked on the case, forensic experts, journalists and court reporters who covered the cases, usually for the entire length of the trial.“We’d piece together the story from various articles, and from a point of view of the evidence presented in court.”She said the reaction from the previous series was quite good.Families of the victims did get in touch, and in the last series a victim’s family member took part in the documentary.In a way, the voice of the family member is the last voice the victim has left.The next episode of Fir, Marú agus Grá will air on TG4 next Thursday at 9.30. You can watch the first episode of the series on the TG4 player here.Read: The story of the hundreds of Irish men and women who left Ireland for China up to 100 years agoRead: Man who strangled woman he was having an affair with jailed for 8 years Image: Fir, Marú agus Grá Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Samsung soffre la place de leader du marché des smartphones

first_imgSamsung s’offre la place de leader du marché des smartphonesFort du succès de ses Galaxy S et S2, Samsung vient de détrôner Apple de sa place de leader sur le marché des smartphones. A l’issue du troisième trimestre, la firme coréenne a écoulé quelque 27,8 millions de mobiles multifonctions, quand le géant de Cupertino a vendu 17,1 millions d’iPhones.C’en est fini de la suprématie de l’iPhone sur le marché mondial des smartphones. Comme l’avaient prédit les experts, Samsung a surpassé Apple. Au troisième trimestre, la firme coréenne a vendu 27,8 millions de smartphones, devançant de très loin le géant de Cupertino et ses 17,1 millions d’iPhone écoulés dans le monde, révèle les derniers chiffres de la société de recherche Strategy Analytics publiés jeudi. La troisième marche du podium revient quant à elle à Nokia, qui entre juin et septembre, a distribué 16,8 millions de smartphones.Au cours du troisième trimestre, près d’un smartphone sur quatre vendu à travers le monde était un Samsung. Cette ascension est d’autant plus impressionnante qu’au début de l’année 2010, la firme coréenne ne détenait que 3% de parts de marché. Samsung s’était alors fixé pour objectif de tripler ses ventes en un an, afin de détrôner celui qui était alors son principal rival, HTC. Le groupe détient aujourd’hui 23,8% des parts de marché, quand Apple voient les siennes régresser de 16%.Cette fulgurante percée, Samsung la doit à ses Galaxy S et S2 embarquant le système d’exploitation mobile de Google Android, qui au mois de septembre, ont tous les deux passé le cap des 30 millions de ventes en deux ans. La firme coréenne remporte une importante bataille dans le conflit qui l’oppose depuis des mois à Apple, chacun accusant l’autre de violer ses brevets.La sortie prochaine du Galaxy Nexus sera donc à surveiller de très près : ou elle consolidera cette place de leader, ou elle la fragilisera.Le 28 octobre 2011 à 16:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Holiday Closures Thanksgiving Day

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed today and Friday:• MAIL: No home delivery today. Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. Mail service is normal Friday.• GARBAGE: Thursday’s trash and recyclables in Vancouver and most of Clark County will be picked up Friday; Friday’s trash and recyclables will be collected Saturday. In Camas, Thursday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Monday with Monday’s regular collections, and Friday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up with Tuesday’s collections.• BANKS: Closed Thursday, open Friday.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: No classes Thursday and Friday.• COLLEGES: No classes at Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College Thursday and Friday.• GOVERNMENT: City, county and state offices closed Thursday and Friday. Federal offices closed Thursday, open Friday.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Thursday and Friday.• LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library headquarters and branch libraries closed Thursday, open Friday. Camas Public Library closed Thursday and Friday.• BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet follow Sunday schedules Thursday. C-Tran follows reduced service schedule Friday. TriMet will provide regular service Friday.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Offices closed Thursday and Friday.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Offices closed Thursday and Friday.• VEHICLE EMISSIONS: Closed Thursday, open Friday.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Office closed Thursday, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo in Portland is open.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets closed Thursday. U.S. markets close early Friday, at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.• LUEPKE SENIOR CENTER: Closed Thursday and Friday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Thursday, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Thursday, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.• WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Mall is closed Thursday, but individual stores are open; call stores for details. Mall hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Anchor stores’ hours vary:JCPenney opens at 3 p.m. Thursday and remains open until 10 p.m. Friday.Macy’s opens at 5 p.m. Thursday and closes at 2 a.m. Friday. It will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.Sears will be open 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.Old Navy opens at 6 p.m. Thursday and closes at 2 a.m. Friday. It will be open 7 a.m. to midnight Friday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed Thursday, open Friday. Circulation customer service, 360-694-2312, is available 4:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, and 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

Hospitality workers eager for return of 100 service charge

first_img Related Items:#battleoverservicecharge, #HOAservicechargebill, #magneticmedianews, #servicechargedecision Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 27, 2017 – Providenciales – The reinstatement of 100% of service charge going directly to hospitality workers is something both major political parties promised they would see done if elected.  So it is no wonder that thousands of workers are tuned into what will happen as the House of Assembly is again charged with deciding the fate of the motion, which in 2016 was brought by the PDM as Opposition and now in 2017 is being brought by the PNP as Opposition.Appointed member for the Progressive National Party, Hon Royal Robinson last week slammed the government for not getting to the motion on the agenda and demanded that his private members motion go through all three readings when next the House of Assembly convenes.Magnetic Media understands that the HOA resumes today.  It was also shared with us that the Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs has already alerted Hotel and Tourism Association members that the gratuity going 100% to their staff is coming and Premier Hon Sharlene Robinson said simply, that they did not get to motion in last week’s meeting.Currently there is a 60-40 split of the service charge, employers keep the larger portion reportedly for overhead and other services provided to staff including free meals and free transportation to and from work.#MagneticMediaNews#battleoverservicecharge#servicechargedecision#HOAservicechargebill PNPs Robinson slams PDM for not bringing Service Charge motion in HOA, Minister says 100% cominglast_img read more

Coast Guard responds to alleged fake distress calls on Columbia River

first_imgThe Coast Guard has responded to six apparently fake distress calls near Portland this summer. The latest call came in Sunday and tied up a 25-foot response boat from Portland and a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat for two hours, costing taxpayers an estimated $8,000. Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard crews heard a call of “Help. Mayday” come over the radio, and 20 minutes later, they heard “My boat is sinking.” They traced the call to the Hayden Island area. Nobody replied to the Coast Guard’s call-outs or urgent marine information broadcasts. The crews searched for two hours but found no signs of distress. The Coast Guard received five similar calls earlier in the summer in the Portland area. Fake calls drain resources and put personnel at risk, the agency said in a news release. Making a false distress call is a federal felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, $8,000 civil penalty and the potential reimbursement to the Coast Guard for performing the search.Boaters are reminded that they’re responsible for anything they or their passengers might do with emergency equipment, including a marine VHF radio. Passengers, especially children, may not understand the consequences of playing on the radio and making false distress.Anyone with information regarding false distress calls is encouraged to call the U.S. Coast Guard at 206-220-7308. The agency offers up to a $1,000 reward that leads to the arrest of anyone responsible for the fake distress calls.last_img read more

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Executive Director Announces Retirement

first_imgAccording to a release from the CIAA, he loved to be in the field and work on many different projects such as the sockeye salmon enhancement project at Hidden Lake, which continues today. After seven years in this position as a biologist, he was promoted to the Executive Director in 1997, only the third Executive Director CIAA has had in its 41 years of operation. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-CIAA-executive-director-retires-.mp3VmJennifer-on-CIAA-executive-director-retires-.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Executive Director, Gary Fandrei has announced his retirement after a 27-year long career with the association. He will stay on as the Executive Director until the Board of Directors finishes a recruitment process to find his replacement. Brent Johnson, President CIAA: “Gary’s 27 years of dedicated service to CIAA is much appreciated. He has gained the confidence and appreciation of the community, the Board of Directors, Fish and Game personnel, and other organizations he serves, such as Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the United Fishermen of Alaska’s enhancement committee. I’m proud to have served with Gary and wish him a happy retirement.” Fandrei began his career at CIAA in 1990 as a biologist and was involved in every aspect of field projects from planning to evaluation to hiring seasonal staff and supervision. Fandrei made the announcement on January 2.last_img read more

3 things for Alaskans to know about Trumps budget

first_img“The rationale for a unique and additional Federal subsidy to Alaska is difficult to justify given that the State of Alaska’s oil revenues allow it to pay an annual dividend ($1,022 in 2016) to each of its residents.” The budget would also zero out a $20 million program for Alaska village water systems, slash funds for Alaska Native education and housing, and eliminate subsidized flights under Essential Air Service.That’s in addition to cuts that will apply nationally, to food stamps, Medicaid and disability programs.3. This is all just a proposal. Congress decides how to appropriate money. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee. She said she likes the president’s emphasis on Arctic oil production and bolstering defense. But Murkowski said she “strongly” disagrees with what she called “the drastic cuts to programs intended to help the most vulnerable among us.” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. Photo: Whitehouse.govPresident Trump is proposing to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. That’s one detail from the budget the White House delivered to Congress Tuesday. The document fleshes out the “blueprint” released in March. Here are three things an Alaskan should know about Trump’s budget plan, “The New Foundation for American Greatness.”Listen nowThe president’s budget doesn’t actually open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. Congress would have to pass legislation to let the rigs in. But a president’s budget is about vision as well as numbers. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made that clear as he discussed the ANWR portion of the document.“The president has used the term ‘energy dominance,’ and quite frankly Alaska is important, if we’re going to reach dominance, Alaska is important. And that pipeline is extraordinarily important,” Zinke told reporters.The budget assumes ANWR revenues would begin in 2022 and total $1.8 billion over 10 years.Taxpayers for Commonsense President Ryan Alexander noted that all eight budgets in the George W. Bush administration included ANWR revenues but that wasn’t enough to open the refuge. ANWR is one of many items on the revenue side of Trump’s budget that Alexander calls “speculative.”“I don’t know whether or not this is a policy statement, consistent with what we’ve heard from President Trump, that he wants to open public lands for development and exploration, or if he was just looking for a little more change under the couch cushions,” Alexander said.2.  The budget, as expected, has deep cuts, especially for rural Alaska. The president proposes to cut more than half of the funding for the Denali Commission. According to one of the supporting documents:last_img read more

BDO Nomura launches online trading platform on Philippine Stock Exchange

first_imgNomura Holdings, a Japanese financial holding company, and BDO Unibank, Inc. a bank headquartered in the Philippines, said on Monday that their joint venture BDO Nomura has started operations offering online trading services for stocks listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).”Nomura is excited to work with BDO, the leading commercial bank in the Philippines, to create a strong platform to serve a fast-growing market and bring new investment opportunities to domestic retail investors,” Koichi Katakawa, President of BDO Nomura, said in a statement on Monday.BDO Nomura provides investors market research, quick execution time and competitive rates, addition to fund transfers through the customer’s BDO Deposit Accounts.The joint venture is Nomura’s second retail operation in the region after Thailand and is in line with Nomura’s strategy to develop local retail brokerage businesses in Southeast Asia.BDO Bank is a universal bank with about 1,000 operating branches and over 3,000 ATMs nationwide in the Philippines.last_img read more

IT Department unearths scam 447 companies diverted employees TDS worth Rs 3200

first_imgTDS scam: IT department finds out Rs 3,200 crore worth TDS fraudReuters fileA few days after the Rs 11,400-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and the Rotomac cases came to light, another massive fraud seems to have surfaced. The Income Tax (I-T) Department claimed on Monday it had unearthed TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) fraud worth Rs 3,200 crore.The Income Tax Department claimed to have come across a scam where 447 companies deducted Rs 3,200 crore TDS from its employees and diverted it to further their business interests instead of depositing it with the government, reported the Times of India.The I-T Department’s TDS section has started prosecution against the firms, and warrants have also been issued in some cases. The department is examining whether it can add the charges of cheating and breach of trust against the companies because employees were duped, the report said.The Income Tax Act, 1961, provides for penalties for defaulting in depositing of deducted tax at source. Under Section 276B of the Income Tax Act, the offense is punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term between 3 months and 7 years, along with a fine.The 447 firms are under the I-T Department’s scanner from various sectors, including builders, movie production houses, infrastructure companies, and start-ups, said the ToI report.”In the recent verification surveys carried out, it was detected that in about 447 cases, Rs 3,200 crore was deducted by the companies but not deposited into the government account” an Income Tax official told TOI. This is for the period April 2017 to March 2018. TDS is a tool to minimize tax evasion and simplify tax calculations. At the time of paying salary to an employee, the employer is required to deduct TDS and deposit it with the government within a specified duration. When the employer or firm fails to deposit TDS with the government, there is a mismatch when the employee files tax returns.last_img read more

Amazon Boards Varane Docu Series About the French Soccer Star EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety Amazon, which has been moving into sports and football programming, stepped into the project at early stage and has been working closely with Federation, said Isabelle Bertrand, the Amazon’s head of content acquisition. Bertrand said the documentary will aim at reaching subscribers who are not necessarily soccer fan but became interested in it after following the World Cup. Related Latido Acquires ‘Historias Lamentables,’ From ‘Champions’ Javier Fesser (EXCLUSIVE) Rolling off “Les Bleus, the Heart of a Russian Epic,” Amazon Prime Video has come on board a premium three-part documentary about Raphael Varane, the soccer star who played a key role in winning the World Cup with the French team in 2018.Titled “Varane, destin de champion,” the French documentary series has been ordered by Amazon Prime Video and will be available exclusively to the streaming service’s subscribers across Europe at the end of the year.“Varane” is produced by Federation Entertainment and Yvette Production. The two banners previously joined forces on the hit documentary “Les Bleus, the Heart of a Russian Epic.” “Varane” is also written and directed by the team behind “Les Bleus, the Heart of Russian Epic.” Théo Schuster is directing the documentary series and co-wrote it with Emmanuel Le Ber. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The docu delivers an intimate portrait of the soccer champion through exclusive archives; charting his rise from the first games with his team in Northern France, in Lille, all the way to his success with the French national team and with the Real Madrid. The documentary also includes interviews with his teammates, friends and coaches, including fellow world champions Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema, Zinedine Zidane and the coach Didier Deschamps.Schuster also spent time with Varane who shared his vision of his career, memories and talked about his family, his son and relationship with his brother who inspired him to become a professional soccer player.“The life of a soccer player is so much more complex that what is shown during the games,” said Varane. “(This documentary) is my story and gives Amazon Prime members access to a unique vision of what made me the man and sports professional I am today,” added Varane.Federation Entertainment handles international rights to the documentary series outside of Europe. Eight Charged with Running Illegal TV Show and Movie Streaming Serviceslast_img read more