Ottawa police seek information on events leading to death of Inuit artist

first_imgAPTN National NewsInuit artist Annie Pootoogook was identified as the woman found dead in Ottawa’s Rideau River earlier this month, said Ottawa police.Police issued a statement asking the public for information on the last movements of Pootoogook.Pootoogook was 46.Her body was found on Sept. 19 at about 8:50 a.m. near Bordeleau Park in an area of Ottawa known as Lowertown, police said.–more to comelast_img

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Officials working on a plan to accept donations after Ridgeview Apartment fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John Residents have already started to ask how they can help those affected by the fire at the Ridgeview Apartments Saturday night.At this time, there is no official way to make donations, but that is being worked on.  According to officials with the Emergency Social Services have said they are working on a plan with the Fort St. John Salvation Army and the Red Cross.Once the details of the plan have been ironed out, officials will share how you can donate.  There is also a Facebook page that has been set up to help those affected by the fire.  You can find the page here. If you are a resident of that apartment building, make sure you contact your property manager to received help from the Provincial Government and the City of Fort St. John.A fire broke out at around 11 p.m. Saturday night at the Ridgeview Village Apartments on 86 street.  The official cause is not known at this time, but eyewitnesses suggest it started on a balcony of one apartment building.If you have any pictures, video or information you’d like to share with us about the fire, email news@moosefm.calast_img read more

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BC Agricultural Critic visits Peace Region to hear farmers concerns

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Agricultural Critic MLA Ian Paton joined local MLA Dan Davies on a two-day visit to tour the agricultural scene of the Peace Region.During Paton’s visit, they attended the B.C. Grain Producers’ Annual General Meeting, and a crop tour on Thursday, July 25, followed by a visit with local farmers on Friday, July 26.Being a farmer himself, Paton shares similar concerns with farmers when it comes to the Agricultural Land Commission; more specifically land rights. Paton feels that in order for the industry to thrive into the future, the Government needs to give farmers their land rights back in order for them to make the decisions as to what is best for their own land.According to Paton, the NDP Government has introduced a couple of bills that prevent farmers from making land decisions.“The NDP Government has brought two bills forward, last Fall Bill-52 and this was Spring Bill-15. What they’re doing is they’re giving way more control and power to the State, where the Agricultural Land Commission is now controlling what you can do on your farm, the size of house you can build on your farm. They’re starting to turn away the opportunities for farmers to have a second home on the farm… I’m a believer that if you want the next generation to take an active role in the farm, you’ve got to give the family members an opportunity to live on the farm.”Paton says Bill-15 has taken away the opportunity for landowners, within the Agricultural Land Reserve, to have the ability to go directly to the ALC to make an application to exclude land.Paton also suggests that Regional Panels need to be reintroduced in order to get an “on-the-ground” look at farming across the Province.last_img read more

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Football Justin Fields granted eligibility to play for Ohio State in 2019

Ohio State freshman quarterback Justin Fields speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorOhio State has officially gained its third quarterback heading into next season.Freshman quarterback Justin Fields has been granted eligibility heading into the 2019-20 academic year, allowing him to play for Ohio State in the upcoming season.“I am happy for Justin and his family,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said in a release. “I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin.”Fields transferred from Georgia and committed to the Buckeyes on Jan. 4, but would typically be forced to sit out a season due to transfer rules.“I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty,” Fields said in a statement. “I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall.  I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process.” Fields said that he and his family did not feel it was appropriate to speak publicly about the events that led to his transfer publicly while the decision was being made. The former five-star quarterback applied for a transfer waiver application, allowing him to forgo sitting out a season due to problems at Georgia involving a baseball player who yelled a racial slur toward him during a game.“I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Fields said. “A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.”On Wednesday, Fields said he wasn’t sure when a decision would be made on his waiver, and that he was hoping it would come soon.“I don’t really control that. They do,” Fields said. “I’m just trying to get here to be the best quarterback I can be.”At Georgia, Fields threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 266 yards and four touchdowns in limited time throughout his freshman season.Fields said in his statement he “will not be speaking” on the subject of his transfer moving forward, instead focusing his attention to the upcoming season.“To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome,” Fields said. “I will work hard to represent you and The Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner.  My dad always tells me that ‘you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’’ I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life.” read more

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ALERT 3 ON HURRICANE MARIA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 19, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT #3 ON HURRICANE MARIA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT 6PM EDT.…POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA IS EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND OVER PUERTO RICO WEDNESDAY…A  HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.    THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.   A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 48 HOURS.AT 5PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 64.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 80 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAINT CROIX, 175 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO, 268 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRAND TURK THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, 695 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MATTHEW TOWN INAGUA AND 1036 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 10 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.   ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE EYE OF MARIA WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT, ACROSS PUERTO RICO ON WEDNESDAY, AND THEN PASS JUST NORTH OF THE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 165 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   MARIA IS A POTENTIALLY A CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.    SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT MARIA IS FORECAST TO REMAIN AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 OR 5 HURRICANE UNTIL IT MOVES NEAR OR OVER THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO.    SLOW WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AFTER THE HURRICANE EMERGES OVER THE ATLANTIC NORTH OF PUERTO RICO AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES FROM THE CENTER.RESIDENTS IN INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLANDS, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY, AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD RUSH TO COMPLETE  ALL HURRICANE PREPARATIONS AS THEY CAN BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE MARIA WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.    SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR FOR THEIR VESSELS.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE MARIA WILL BE ISSUED AT 9PM TODAY.ISSUED BY: JEFFREY SIMMONS/MARY BUTLERlast_img read more

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Wilmingtons 5th Annual TownWide Yard Sale Set For June 8 Applications Now Available

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library is sponsoring its fifth annual Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 8am to 2pm.This is an opportunity for residents to join the fun by being either a seller or a buyer. More than 70 Wilmington homes participated last year!For those wishing to host a yard sale at their home, applications can be found HERE.The application fee is $15.  Applicants will receive one large sign and directional signs; lots of free advertising; and maps of sale locations. Applications are being accepted at the library from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019.For those wishing to shop at the sales, the library will provide an online and paper map of yard sale locations starting Tuesday, June 6. The sales will happen rain or shine, at each homeowner’s discretion.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)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… RelatedWilmington’s 2nd Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale Set For June 11In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”LIBRARY LINEUP: Town Wide Yard Sale Coming Up On June 8, Deadline To Host A Sale Is June 1In “Community”last_img read more

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Is asteroid Apophis capable of triggering a tsunami in the US coast

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsIt was around a few months back that Iain McDonald, a top scientist at the Cardiff University’s school of earth and ocean sciences claimed that the earth will be hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other. After making this prediction, McDonald claimed that catastrophic events like asteroid hits are not confined to the past, but will happen in the future too.As per NASA, more than 900 asteroids with a diameter of minimum one kilometer are orbiting the earth around the sun. In this long list, experts consider Apophis asteroid as the most dangerous rogue body that could hit the earth. Since its detection in 2004, space experts at NASA have been observing the celestial body, and as per latest updates, this deadly space rock could zip past or hit the earth on April 13, 2036.If April 13, 2036, goes uneventful, asteroid Apophis will return back for another close encounter in 2068. NASA reveals that the chances of Apophis hitting the earth on April 13, 2036, is 1 in 45,000, while the possibility of an impact in 2068 is 1 in 1,50,000.If such an impact happens, the area of impact and thousands of kilometers around the site will face huge devastation. Popular physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had previously revealed that Apophis asteroid hit is capable of triggering a gigantic tsunami on the US coast. Tyson made these remarks during a public lecture with Ryan Watt in San Francisco in 2008.”In the era of observing the cosmos with technology, this will be the closest biggest thing we will ever see. If it goes through the center, it will plunge down into the Pacific Ocean to a depth of three miles, at which point it explodes, caveating the Pacific in a hole that’s three miles wide. That will send a tsunami wave outwards from that location that is 50 feet high,” he said.”Oceans don’t like having holes in them, so this three-mile-high wall does what? It collapses. It falls back into the hole sloshing against itself with such ferocity that it rises high into the atmosphere and falls back down to the ocean, caveating it again,” said Neil deGrasse Tyson, Express.co.uk reports.In the meantime, NASA is busy developing their planetary defense weapon to protect the earth from rogue space bodies like asteroids and meteorites. Using this weapon, NASA is aiming to deflect the trajectories of space bodies that are approaching the earth for a possible collision.last_img read more

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HC asks EC to accept Hero Alams nomination

first_imgHero Alom file photoThe High Court has cleared the way for independent candidate Hero Alam to take part in the 30 December national election, reports UNB.The bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arifand justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the order on Monday after hearing separate appeal petitions filed by the actor.Ashraful Alam, popularly known as Hero Alam, moved the court on Sunday challenging the EC’s decision to cancel his nomination to contest the upcoming polls from the Bogura-4 constituency.The returning officer rejected his nomination on 2 December as he could not submit the signatures of one per cent voters of his constituency.Alam filed nomination as an independent candidate.last_img

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Trump raises tensions with tweet threat to Iran

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting on 18 July, at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPTensions are mounting between Donald Trump and Iran-the US president’s raw tweet threatening Tehran was met Monday with a similarly bilious reply, upping the ante in the high-stakes game of diplomatic chicken.Trump’s tweeted warning late Sunday to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani-all in capital letters, the digital equivalent of shouting-sparked questions about Washington’s strategy towards the Islamic republic.The US is regularly suspected of backing the idea of regime change, but analysts say its current stance may simply be an attempt to pivot after a week of dire headlines over Trump’s much-maligned summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and a relative lack of progress on North Korea.The saber-rattling began when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani cautioned Trump not to “play with the lion’s tail,” saying that conflict with Iran would trigger the “mother of all wars”-prompting the furious salvo from the US leader.The Republican leader’s response was reminiscent of the belligerent tone he took with North Korea last year.“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump warned Rouhani on Twitter.“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”A few hours later, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fired back.“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED,” Zarif wrote in English, mimicking Trump’s caps-lock message.“We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!”While Trump’s “tough stand” was hailed by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it also provoked an avalanche of questions about its exact meaning and impact.When asked about the president’s motivations, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said he was focused on “the safety and security of the American people” and ensuring Tehran did not acquire nuclear weapons.But she seemed to downplay concerns about his aggressive posturing, saying Trump has been “pretty strong since day one in his language toward Iran.”Concerns? ‘None at all’In May, Trump-who has made Iran his public enemy number one-announced the US withdrawal from what he called a “defective” multinational nuclear deal with Tehran, and moved to reinstate punishing sanctions.For some analysts in Washington, Trump’s harsh words were a political smoke screen.“Frustrated by no progress w/NK; angered by negative push back post Helsinki, Trump is looking to vent, act tough, and change channel,” said Aaron David Miller, a former US diplomat and Middle East negotiator for several administrations.“If nothing else, Trump’s ALL CAPS tirade reflect(s) reality that US has no Iran policy. Empty/ridiculous US rhetoric in response to same from Iran.”After speaking with European officials about Trump’s warnings, International Crisis Group president Rob Malley said diplomats on the continent were not “really taking it seriously.”In Europe, Trump’s tirade is seen as a way to distract from controversy over his summit with Putin and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election.But the president stood by his remarks. Asked by reporters at the White House whether he had concerns about provoking tensions with Iran, Trump said “None at all.”Saber-rattlingWhile US ties with Iran and North Korea are different on several fronts, the words used by Trump to denigrate Tehran are similar in tone to those he directed last August at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Several observers noted the similarities between the threats on Iran, and Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign towards Pyongyang.In September 2017, in his first speech to the United National General Assembly, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.Nearly a year on, Trump has met Kim-who he once called “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission”-for a landmark summit, and follow-up talks are underway between the two sides.However, concrete progress has been scant so far on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.Democrats have expressed alarm about Trump’s Iran bluster.“Reckless Iran rhetoric creates risks-especially if words are unbacked by actionable strategy,” senator Richard Blumenthal said.last_img read more

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Korean Regulators Approve FourWay Streaming Merger

first_img Popular on Variety Imposing conditions, the FTC said that the three broadcasters would not be allowed to terminate or change existing content supply contracts with other OTT providers without good reason. Additionally, the three must negotiate with other OTT platforms in good faith, and on non-discriminatory terms.Despite lying some way behind the local platforms in terms of subscriber numbers, Netflix, with some 1.84 million paying subscriptions according to researcher WiseApp, is seen as the strongest challenger. (Netflix does not disclose its per country subscription number, but other estimates have said that Netflix has 2.4 million paying subscribers in Korea.) The company has invested heavily in original Korean content, partnered with faster-moving content creators for local shows, and is regarded as the strongest provider of foreign series. Disney Plus, expected to launch later in the fall with a $6.99 monthly price point, is also anticipated as another a strong competitor.When Wavve was first announced in January, its backers said that it would be endowed with an original content budget of $8.9 million (KRW10 billion) in addition to the productions supplied by the broadcasters. SK said that it would forge relationships with operators elsewhere in Asia, and provide immersive media services based on SK’s VR and AR technologies. South Korean regulators have approved the merger of the video services of three local broadcasters and SK Telecom’s streaming app Oksusu. The new service, operating under the name Wavve will launch in September and be Korea’s largest.Proposed in January as a measure to combat the incursion of international video players, the deal was given the greenlight on Tuesday by Korea’s Fair Trade Commission.It involves the combination of Oksusu, which counts 10 million subscribers, with Pooq, an existing service with 4 million subscribers, operated by two state-owned terrestrial broadcasters, KBS and MBC, and commercial broadcaster SBS. SK will own 30% of the equity of the new company, and the three broadcasters 23.3% each.Pooling the existing subscribers of the component companies is expected to make Wavve the market leader ahead of LG’s U+ Mobile TV, with a 25% share of the nascent OTT market, and Korea Telecom’s Olleh TV, on 16%. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Sovan Chatterjee resigns from post of Kolkata mayor

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sovan Chatterjee resigned from the post of Kolkata mayor on Thursday as directed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Chatterjee sent his resignation letter through a messenger to Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) chairperson Mala Roy. Roy, accepting the resignation letter, held a high-level meeting at her office Thursday. “Received Mr Sovan Chatterjee’s resignation from the post of mayor through his messenger. I have accepted it. The other formalities will be followed as per rules, after a Trinamool Congress councillors meeting convened by the party supremo Mamata Banerjee is held this evening.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Chatterjee, who was holding two important portfolios of the housing and fire service department, had resigned from the cabinet on Tuesday. Accepting his resignation letter, Banerjee had asked him to also quit the post of mayor. The resignation letter had been forwarded to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, the chief minister had stated. KMC Commissioner Khalil Ahmed was asked to look after the operations of the civic body till the new mayor was appointed. Earlier this year, Banerjee had removed Chatterjee from the post of the Environment minister. The distance between Banerjee and Chatterjee, who was once considered a trusted aide of the chief minister, started growing after reports of problems in his conjugal life surfaced.last_img read more

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Speeding bus falls into waterbody on its way to Digha

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 persons were injured after a bus toppled into a roadside waterbody on its way to Digha early on Monday morning. Local residents and police rescued the injured passengers and rushed them to Contai Sub-Divisional Hospital.According to sources, on Monday morning a bus full of passengers was running along the Contai-Nandakumar Road at a high speed, on its way to Digha. At around 4:30 am, the driver lost control over the bus near Marishda and it toppled into a roadside waterbody. Locals heard the sound of the accident and screams by the passengers and ran towards the bus. The driver and the helper had somehow managed to jump out of the bus before it fell into the waterbody. Several passengers got stuck inside the bus, while a few others were in the water. Local residents started a rescue operation and informed Marishda police station. Within a few minutes, police arrived at the spot and rescued the passengers with help from the locals. All the injured persons were rushed to Contai Sub-Divisional Hospital, where they are still undergoing treatment. Sources informed that a few of the injured are in critical condition. Police are trying to contact the families of the injured persons. It is suspected that while driving the driver must have fallen asleep, due to which he lost control over the steering. Police will check the bus to ascertain if any technical fault was there. According to locals, the bus had met with the accident due to excessive speed. A probe has been launched in this regard. Search for the driver and helper is on.last_img read more

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New Google Tool Helps Businesses Deliver Better Online Ads

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. When customers visit your website with the intention of making a purchase, do you always know how they arrived there? Were they directed to your site from a display advertisement on another site? Did they click on a link emailed to them by a friend? Did they find your product or service through an online search? And which is most effective for driving sales online?These are questions Google is trying to answer with a new tool called “The Customer Journey to Online Purchase,” which allows users to explore typical online buying behavior and see how different marketing interactions impact online sales — from the first time customers interact with your marketing to the moment they buy something. Released today, the tool draws on data collected from more than 36,000 Google Analytics business clients.Related: New Google Calculator Tracks Value of Mobile Marketing EffortsFor instance, customers typically click on display ads early in the online purchasing process, but in industries such as travel and auto, customers tend to click on display ads closer to their purchasing decision, according to Google. “The data shows that every industry is different,” Google said in an announcement. “The path to purchase for hotel rooms in Japan is not necessarily the same as the path for an online supermarket in Canada.”The idea, Google says, is to help marketers design advertising campaigns that deliver the right message at the right moment. Business owners can use The Customer Journey to Online Purchase tool to look at typical purchasing trends in their industry, and then reference their own Google Analytics data to determine how and where different marketing channels influence customers to make purchases so they can adjust their budgets and programs accordingly.The Customer Journey to Online Purchase tool is free to use and is available starting today.Related: 3 Ways to Create More Engaging Website Landing PagesWill you try Google’s new tool for analyzing customer purchasing trends online? Let us know in the comments section below.center_img April 25, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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

first_img The video will start in 1Cancel Play now We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to Stoke-on-Trent Live’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, July 27. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport 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. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 18:24One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. The break down cannot be located on the cameras, however the matrix signs confirm the restriction. 17:04Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is six minutes. 15:32A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 15:32Slow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). All lanes have been re-opened.Lane one (of three) was closed. The break down could not be located on the cameras, however the matrix signs confirmed the restriction. All restrictions were lifted prior to 15:20. 13:52Fire crews tackling blaze on playing fieldsThe fire covers 200 square metres. More here.12:36Congestion on M6We’re getting reports of congestion on the M6 around junction 17.12:00Investigation after arsonists start fire on old railway lineFour fire engines were called to the blaze on the old railway line between Leek and Leekbrook. More here.11:23Firefighters tackling grass fire at Park HallFirefighters are at the scene of another grass fire this morning. More here.11:11Fire at Park Hall Firefighters from #Longton #Hanley #Sandyford and the rangers from #Leek are tackling a fire involving trees, grass and other shrubbery. The blaze is around 40m X 40m and the crews are now using two backpack hoses and beaters. Please avoid the area 10:23TRENT VALE: A34 busy but moving in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). (Image: Inrix)10:21A50: Slow traffic on Uttoxeter bypassSlow traffic on A50 Uttoxeter Bypass Eastbound between Jcb and A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout). (Image: Inrix)09:44A34: Congestion due to people using A34 to avoid M6Slow traffic on A34 The Fillybrooks Southbound between Chase Lane (Tittensor) and Walton Cross (Walton). In the roadworks area. Not helped by people avoiding the M6. (Image: Inrix)09:33Three children taken to hospital after M6 crashTwo adults were also taken to Royal Stoke following the accident on the motorway this morning. More here.08:36A500 busy but movingA500 D Road Southbound busy but moving around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). (Image: Inrix)08:10M6/CHESHIRE: One lane closed due to broken down vehicleHeavy traffic and one lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. Lane one (of three) is closed. (Image: Inrix)07:53HANLEY: Heavy traffic into town centre from BucknallHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. (Image: Inrix)07:50Usual congestion around Crewe Green roundaboutUsual congestion on A534 Haslington Bypass before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). (Image: Inrix)07:34Accident on M6 contributing to congestion on A500 The accident appears to be contributing to congestion on the A500. Inrix reports traffic is heavier than normal on the A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is 16 minutes. (Image: Inrix)07:04Two lanes reman closed on M6Our top story traffic wise this morning is the fact two lanes remain closed on the M6 between junction 15 and junction 14. More on that, including live updates, here.07:03Good morningTom here with the latest news and traffic updates for you. 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Jazz Blues TV a new OTT TV channel and ondeman

first_imgJazz & Blues TV, a new OTT TV channel and on-demand service devoted to jazz and blues music, is to launch in the first quarter of next year in partnership with online video platform provider Piksel.The channel will deliver a range of premium live and VOD music concerts, interviews and performances.Jazz & Blues TV is tapping Piksel’s cloud-based Piksel Hive platform to deliver a branded ‘video hub’ that will include live and on-demand content. The platform will enable the Jazz & Blues TV audience to share content through social syndication and quickly access the channel’s most popular content through one video hub, while Piksel will also enable the channel to make money, according to the company.“The launch of Jazz and Blues TV will share the experience of live music with people all around the world and it’s with Piksel’s support that we have been able to make this ambition a reality. What made the partnership with Piksel a good fit was its strategic approach – taking the time to understand our online video business and setting a framework for what success looked like using internet TV business modeling,” said Vince Williams, CEO, Jazz & Blues TV.“Through this process Piksel showed it is as focused as we are on a path to profitability. Of course the technology needed to be right too. We wanted a solution that was easy to use and that would highlight the talent of our artists. This and more is possible with Piksel Hive. When you combine the technology and the business model expertise with Piksel’s heritage in delivering high-quality live and VOD experiences, it’s easy to see why Piksel was the clear choice for the launch of Jazz and Blues TV.”Neil Berry, EVP Commercial, EMEA at Piksel said: “By combining Piksel Hive with our viewer-centric approach, and expertise in live events, we have not only the product, but the experience to help Jazz & Blues TV unleash the value of its unique content. Our partnership with Jazz & Blues TV reflects our commitment to expanding the reach of niche content platforms, offering viewers a carefully curated video experience that they can’t find anywhere else.”last_img read more

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Source Karen Roche and JT Long of The Gold Report

first_imgSource: Karen Roche and JT Long of The Gold Report  (5/4/12) A “paralyzed” Federal Reserve Bank, in its “final days,” held hostage by Wall Street “robots” trading in markets that are “artificially medicated” are just a few of the bleak observations shared by David Stockman, former Republican U.S. Congressman and director of the Office of Management and Budget. He is also a founding partner of Heartland Industrial Partners and the author of The Triumph of Politics: Why Reagan’s Revolution Failed and the soon-to-be released The Great Deformation: How Crony Capitalism Corrupts Free Markets and Democracy. The Gold Report caught up with Stockman for this exclusive interview at the recent Recovery Reality Check conference. The Gold Report: David, you have talked and written about the effect of government-funded, debt-fueled spending on the stock market. What will be the real impact of quantitative easing? David Stockman: We are in the last innings of a very bad ball game. We are coping with the crash of a 30-year–long debt super-cycle and the aftermath of an unsustainable bubble. Quantitative easing is making it worse by facilitating more public-sector borrowing and preventing debt liquidation in the private sector—both erroneous steps in my view. The federal government is not getting its financial house in order. We are on the edge of a crisis in the bond markets. It has already happened in Europe and will be coming to our neighborhood soon. TGR: What should the role of the Federal Reserve be? DS: To get out of the way and not act like it is the central monetary planner of a $15 trillion economy. It cannot and should not be done. The Fed is destroying the capital market by pegging and manipulating the price of money and debt capital. Interest rates signal nothing anymore because they are zero. The yield curve signals nothing anymore because it is totally manipulated by the Fed. The very idea of “Operation Twist” is an abomination. Capital markets are at the heart of capitalism and they are not working. Savers are being crushed when we desperately need savings. The federal government is borrowing when it is broke. Wall Street is arbitraging the Fed’s monetary policy by borrowing overnight money at 10 basis points and investing it in 10-year treasuries at a yield of 200 basis points, capturing the profit and laughing all the way to the bank. The Fed has become a captive of the traders and robots on Wall Street. TGR: If we are in the final innings of a debt super-cycle, what is the catalyst that will end the game? DS: I think the likely catalyst is a breakdown of the U.S. government bond market. It is the heart of the fixed income market and, therefore, the world’s financial market. Because of Fed management and interest-rate pegging, the market is artificially medicated. All of the rates and spreads are unreal. The yield curve is not market driven. Supply and demand for savings and investment, future inflation risk discounts by investors—none of these free market forces matter. The price of money is dictated by the Fed, and Wall Street merely attempts to front-run its next move. As long as the hedge fund traders and fast-money boys believe the Fed can keep everything pegged, we may limp along. The minute they lose confidence, they will unwind their trades. On the margin, nobody owns the Treasury bond; you rent it. Trillions of treasury paper is funded on repo: You buy $100 million (M) in Treasuries and immediately put them up as collateral for overnight borrowings of $98M. Traders can capture the spread as long as the price of the bond is stable or rising, as it has been for the last year or two. If the bond drops 2%, the spread has been wiped out. If that happens, the massive repo structures—that is, debt owned by still more debt—will start to unwind and create a panic in the Treasury market. People will realize the emperor is naked. TGR: Is that what happened in 2008? DS: In 2008 it was the repo market for mortgage-back securities, credit default obligations and such. In 2008 we had a dry run of what happens when a class of assets owned on overnight money goes into a tailspin. There is a thunderous collapse. Since then, the repo trade has remained in the Treasury and other high-grade markets because subprime and low-quality mortgage-backed securities are dead. TGR: Walk us through a hypothetical. What happens when the fast-money traders lose confidence in the Fed’s ability to keep the spread? DS: They are forced to start selling in order to liquidate their carry trades because repo lenders get nervous and want their cash back. However, when the crisis comes, there will be insufficient private bids—the market will gap down hard unless the central banks buy on an emergency basis: the Fed, the European Central Bank (ECB), the people’s printing press of China and all the rest of them. The question is: Will the central banks be able to do that now, given that they have already expanded their balance sheets? The Fed balance sheet was $900 billion (B) when Lehman crashed in September 2008. It took 93 years to build it to that level from when the Fed opened for business in November 1914. Bernanke then added another $900B in seven weeks and then he took it to $2.4 trillion in an orgy of money printing during the initial 13 weeks after Lehman. Today it is nearly $3 trillion. Can it triple again? I do not think so. Worldwide it’s the same story: the top eight central banks had $5 trillion of footings shortly before the crisis; they have $15 trillion today. Overwhelmingly, this fantastic expansion of central bank footings has been used to buy or discount sovereign debt. This was the mother of all monetizations. TGR: Following that path, what happens if there are no buyers? Do the governments go into default? DS: The U.S. Treasury needs to be in the market for $20B in new issuances every week. When the day comes when there are all offers and no bids, the music will stop. Instead of being able to easily pawn off more borrowing on the markets—say 90 basis points for a 5-year note as at present—they may have to pay hundreds of basis points more. All of a sudden the politicians will run around with their hair on fire, asking, what happened to all the free money? TGR: What do the politicians have to do next? DS: They are going to have to eat 30 years worth of lies and by the time they are done eating, there will be a lot of mayhem. TGR: Will the mayhem stretch into the private sector? DS: It will be everywhere. Once the bond market starts unraveling, all the other risk assets will start selling off like mad, too. TGR: Does every sector collapse? DS: If the bond market goes into a dislocation, it will spread like a contagion to all of the other asset markets. There will be a massive selloff. I think everything in the world is overvalued—stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies. Too much money printing and debt expansion drove the prices of all asset classes to artificial, non-economic levels. The danger to the world is not classic inflation or deflation of goods and services; it’s a drastic downward re-pricing of inflated financial assets. TGR: Is there any way to unravel this without this massive dislocation? DS: I do not think so. When you are so far out on the end of a limb, how do you walk it back? The Fed is now at the end of a $3 trillion limb. It has been taken hostage by the markets the Federal Open Market Committee was trying to placate. People in the trading desks and hedge funds have been trained to front run the Fed. If they think the Fed’s next buy will be in the belly of the curve, they buy the belly of the curve. But how does the Fed ever unwind its current lunatic balance sheet? If the smart traders conclude the Fed’s next move will be to sell mortgage-backed securities, they will sell like mad in advance; soon there would be mayhem as all the boys and girls on Wall Street piled on. So the Fed is frozen; it is petrified by fear that if it begins contracting its balance sheet it will unleash the demons. TGR: Was there some type of tipping that allowed certain banks to front run the Fed? DS: There are two kinds of front-running. First is market-based front-running. You try to figure out what the Fed is doing by reading its smoke signals and looking at how it slices and dices its meeting statements. People invest or speculate against the Fed’s next incremental move. Second, there is illicit front-running, where you have a friend who works for the Federal Reserve Board who tells you what happened in its meetings. This is obviously illegal. But frankly, there is also just plain crony capitalism that is not that different in character and it’s what Wall Street does every day. Bill Dudley, who runs the New York Fed, was formerly chief economist for Goldman Sachs and he pretends to solicit an opinion about financial conditions from the current Goldman economist, who then pretends to opine as to what the economy and Fed might do next for the benefit of Goldman’s traders, and possibly its clients. So then it links in the ECB, Bank of Canada, etc. Is there any monetary post in the world not run by Goldman Sachs? The point is, this is not the free market at work. This is central bank money printers and their Wall Street cronies perverting what used to be a capitalist market. TGR: Does this unwinding of the Fed and the bond markets put the banking system back in peril, like in 2008? DS: Not necessarily. That is one of the great myths that I address in my book. The banking system, especially the mainstream banking system, was not in peril at all. The toxic securitized mortgage assets were not in the Main Street banks and savings and loans; these institutions owned mostly prime quality whole loans and could have bled down the modest bad debt they did have over time from enhanced loan loss reserves. So the run on money was not at the retail teller window; it was in the canyons of Wall Street. The run was on wholesale money—that is, on repo and on unsecured commercial paper that had been issued in the hundreds of billions by financial institutions loaded down with securitized toxic garbage, including a lot of in-process inventory, on the asset side of their balance sheets. The run was on investment banks that were really hedge funds in financial drag. The Goldmans and Morgan Stanleys did not really need trillion-dollar balance sheets to do mergers and acquisitions. Mergers and acquisitions do not require capital; they require a good Rolodex. They also did not need all that capital for the other part of investment banking—the underwriting business. Regulated stocks and bonds get underwritten through rigged cartels—they almost never under-price and really don’t need much capital. Their trillion dollar balance sheets, therefore, were just massive trading operations—whether they called it customer accommodation or proprietary is a distinction without a difference—which were funded on 30 to 1 leverage. Much of the debt was unstable hot money from the wholesale and repo market and that was the rub—the source of the panic. Bernanke thought this was a retail run à la the 1930s. It was not; it was a wholesale money run in the canyons of Wall Street and it should have been allowed to burn out. TGR: Let’s get back to our ballgame. What is to keep the U.S. population from saying, please Fed save us again? DS: This time, I think the people will blame the Fed for lying. When the next crisis comes, I can see torches and pitch forks moving in the direction of the Eccles building where the Fed has its offices. TGR: Let’s talk about timing. On Dec. 31, the tax cuts expire, defense cuts go into place and we hit the debt ceiling. DS: That will be a clarifying moment; never before have three such powerful vectors come together at the same time— fiscal triple witching. First, the debt ceiling will expire around election time, so the government will face another shutdown and it will be politically brutal to assemble a majority in a lame duck session to raise it by the trillions that will be needed. Second, the whole set of tax cuts and credits that have been enacted over the last 10 years total up to $400–500B annually will expire on Dec. 31, so they will hit the economy like a ton of bricks if not extended. Third, you have the sequester on defense spending that was put in last summer as a fallback, which cannot be changed without a majority vote in Congress. It is a push-pull situation: If you defer the sequester, you need more debt ceiling. If you extend the tax expirations, you need a debt ceiling increase of $100B a month. TGR: What will Congress do? DS: Congress will extend the whole thing for 60 or 90 days to give the new president, if he hasn’t demanded a recount yet, an opportunity to come up with a plan. To get the votes to extend the debt ceiling, the Democrats will insist on keeping the income and payroll tax cuts for the 99% and the Republicans will want to keep the capital gains rate at 15% so the Wall Street speculators will not be inconvenienced. It is utter madness. TGR: It is like chasing your tail. How does it stop? DS: I do not know how a functioning democracy in the ordinary course can deal with this. Maybe someone from Goldman Sachs can come and put in a fix, just like in Greece and Italy. The situation is really that pathetic. TGR: Greece has come up with some creative ways to bring down its sovereign debt without actually defaulting. DS: The Greek debt restructuring was a farce. More than $100B was held by the European bailout fund, the ECB or the International Monetary Fund. They got 100 cents on the dollar simply by issuing more debt to Greece. For private debt, I believe the net write-down was $30B after all the gimmicks, including the front-end payment. The rest was simply refinanced. The Greeks are still debt slaves, and will be until they tell Brussels to take a hike. TGR: Going back to the triple-witching hour at year-end, if the debt ceiling is raised again, when do we start to see government layoffs and limitations on services? DS: Defense purchases and non-defense purchases will be hit with brutal force by the sequester. As we go into 2013, there will be a shocking hit to the reported GDP numbers as discretionary government spending shrinks. People keep forgetting that most government spending is transfer payments, but it is only purchases of labor and goods that go directly into the GDP calculations, and it is these accounts that will get smacked by the sequester of discretionary defense and non-defense budgets. TGR: I would think to unemployment numbers as well. DS: They will go up. Just take one example. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report, there are 650,000 or so jobs in the U.S. Postal Service alone. That is 650,000 people who pretend to work at jobs that have more or less been made obsolete and redundant by the Internet and who are paid through borrowings from Uncle Sam because the post office is broke. Yet, the courageous ladies and gentlemen on Capitol Hill cannot even bring themselves to vote to discontinue Saturday mail delivery; they voted to study it! That is a measure of the loss of capacity to rationally cognate about our fiscal circumstance. TGR: In the midst of this volatility, how can normal people preserve, much less expand their wealth? DS: The only thing you can do is to stay out of harm’s way and try to preserve what you can in cash. All of the markets are rigged or impaired. A 4% yield on blue chip stocks is not worth it, because when the thing falls apart, your 4% will be gone in an hour. TGR: But if the government keeps printing money, cash will not be worth as much, either, right? DS: No, I do not think we will have hyperinflation. I think the financial system will break down before it can even get started. Then the economy will go into paralysis until we find the courage, focus and resolution to do something about it. Instead of hyperinflation or deflation there will be a major financial dislocation, which means painful re-pricing of financial assets. How painful will the re-pricing be? I think the public already knows that it will be really terrible. A poll I saw the other day indicated that 25% of people on the verge of retirement think they are in such bad financial shape that they will have to work until age 80. Now, the average life expectancy is 78. People’s financial circumstances are so bad that they think they will be working two years after they are dead! TGR: Finally, what is your investment model? DS: My investing model is ABCD: Anything Bernanke Cannot Destroy: flashlight batteries, canned beans, bottled water, gold, a cabin in the mountains. TGR: Thank you very much. [Stockman was the keynote speaker at last weekend’s Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit. This event featured legendary contrarian investor Doug Casey, high-end natural resource broker Rick Rule, New York Times bestselling author John Mauldin and 28 other financial luminaries. Over the three-day summit, they provided investors with asset-protection action plans and actionable investment advice. And even if you were unable to attend, you can still hear every recorded presentation in the Summit Audio Collection. Learn more here.] David Stockman is a former U.S. politician and businessman, serving as a Republican U.S. Representative from the state of Michigan 1977–1981 and as the director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan 1981–1985. He is the author of The Triumph of Politics: Why Reagan’s Revolution Failed and the soon-to-be released The Great Deformation: How Crony Capitalism Corrupts Free Markets and Democracy. [Stockman was the keynote speaker at last weekend’s Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit. This event featured legendary contrarian investor Doug Casey, high-end natural resource broker Rick Rule, New York Times bestselling author John Mauldin and 28 other financial luminaries. Over the three-day summit, they provided investors with asset-protection action plans and actionable investment advice. And even if you were unable to attend, you can still hear every recorded presentation in the Summit Audio Collection. Learn more here.] Want to read more exclusive Gold Report interviews like this? Sign up for our free e-newsletter, and you’ll learn when new articles have been published. To see a list of recent interviews with industry analysts and commentators, visit our Exclusive Interviews page. Disclosure: From time to time, Streetwise Reports LLC and its directors, officers, employees or members of their families, as well as persons interviewed for articles on the site, may have a long or short position in securities mentioned and may make purchases and/or sales of those securities in the open market or otherwise.last_img read more

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Late Friday afternoon a spill from ExxonMobils P

first_imgLate Friday afternoon, a spill from ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline spewed thousands of barrels of crude oil in Mayflower, Arkansas. The leak forced the evacuation of 22 homes. ExxonMobil responded to the oil spill within two hours, stopped the leak by 3 a.m. Saturday, and was able to stop the aquifers from being polluted. Despite this, within minutes social media and the blogosphere exploded with pictures of people’s homes inundated with black crude oil, claiming that this is “the future of the suburbs” if the Keystone pipeline gets approved and constructed. It’s all typical mainstream media sensationalism. When we look deeper, we can see that Arkansas was actually the best advertisement Keystone could have hoped for. The reality is that the US energy infrastructure is increasingly aging and deteriorating. The ruptured section of the Pegasus pipeline was in fact constructed in the 1940s. If most cars don’t last 70 years, how can people expect a pipeline carrying 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day to function with no major problems? Wouldn’t a new pipeline built with modern technology, regulations, and oversight be infinitely safer than the antiques that America still uses to transport its oil day in and day out? If there are no updates to how the US is doing things, oil spills such as this will become more commonplace, placing further danger on those living near pipelines, as well as on the environment. There is no disagreement that pipeline companies should do everything they can to avoid disasters. We are beginning to see more and more companies as well as regulators beginning to find their way to “the sensible solution” – a way to move forward on the upgrades that are crucial to North America’s energy infrastructure. In our last Casey Energy Report, we busted the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) myth that America will become self-sufficient in energy by 2035. This means that the USA will need to continue importing its oil… … and what better source than the friendly neighbors to the north, Canada? And for energy-sector investors, what better way to profit than to position ourselves in these companies before they start taking off? Additional Links and Reads Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths than It Causes (Chemical & Engineering News) A recent study points out that the switching out of fossil fuels for nuclear power has in fact prevented 1.8 million air pollution-related deaths, with millions more to come in the coming decade. Despite the critics of nuclear power citing the dangers of nuclear power in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, the researchers found that nuclear power is indeed reducing the total amount of worldwide carbon emissions. Russia’s Lukoil Buys $2 Billion Onshore Oil Producer (RT) While not a huge splash like Rosneft acquiring TNK-BP, the purchase of Samara-Nafta (a subsidiary of Hess) by Lukoil is still an example of Russia securing its natural resources. The purchase adds approximately 51,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to Lukoil’s production, and also gives Hess some much-needed cash. Since Hess bottomed out at $40.00 last summer, the company has rebounded nicely to its current $73.00. South Korea Struggles to Win Nuclear Rights from US (Chosun Ilbo) The United States does not have a lot of uranium fuel to spare; this fact makes its insistence that South Korea permanently relinquish its right to enrich uranium counterintuitive. However, this sort of policy falls into the race of securing nuclear authority, a race the States is clearly losing to Russia. South Korea relies on nuclear power for 35% of its electricity, but relying on the United States for fuel definitely shifts some power back to the States. We expect this sort of jockeying to continue.last_img read more

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first_imgUN experts have expressed serious concerns about the impact of government austerity on the rights of disabled people and other disadvantaged groups.In a scathing report, the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights said it was “seriously concerned” about the “disproportionate adverse impact” of the austerity measures introduced by successive Tory-led governments.And it questioned why the government had made no attempt to carry out a “comprehensive assessment of the cumulative impact” of these measures on the economic, social and cultural rights of disabled people and other groups.Justin Tomlinson (pictured), the minister for disabled people, tried to dismiss the report as “very historical” when he spoke at a meeting of the all-party parliamentary disability group on Tuesday (28 June), even though the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provided updated information to the committee in April, and the Just Fair consortium of UK human rights organisations provided its own updated report last month.The UN committee has now become just the latest in a series of expert, influential organisations to call for a cumulative impact assessment of government cuts and reforms on disabled people, a demand disabled activists have been making since at least the autumn of 2011, when first Pat’s Petition and then the WOW petition demanded such action by the government.These organisations include EHRC, parliament’s joint committee on human rights, the Department for Work and Pensions’ own social security advisory committee, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.The committee said it was “deeply concerned” about the social security reforms introduced by the coalition and the current Conservative government, and said it was “particularly concerned” about the impact on groups such as disabled people, women, children and low-income families.It called for the benefit cuts that came in through the 2012 and 2016 welfare reform acts to be reversed.It also raised concerns about how often the UK government used benefit sanctions, and the absence of “due process and access to justice” for those who have been sanctioned, and called for a review of their use.When asked by Disability News Service (DNS) for his response to the report, during Tuesday’s meeting, Tomlinson said: “I don’t want to have a political debate, because I will probably lose, but in reality we are spending £3 billion a year more on supporting people with long-term health conditions and disabilities than when we came into office.“There are always requests for different ways we could spend money, different places we could spend more money.”And he said that DWP had to justify “every bit of our expenditure to Treasury”.When DNS asked whether this meant he was saying the UN committee was wrong and its conclusions were unfounded, and whether he was aware of the report, he said: “I am aware and we will publish our full response but we are not in a position to do that yet.”But he said: “There is still much more that we need to do.“That is absolutely the case as to why the secretary of state has gone for the green paper [on employment support for disabled people, due to be published later this year], rather than a white paper, where it is ‘we know best’… whereas the green paper is about opportunity [for disabled people and others to have their say].”He added: “They have made a series of recommendations. We will look at that. Many of those things we are already doing, because this is very historical.”When DNS pointed out that the report was not historical and had been provided with up-to-date information from disabled campaigners in the last few months, Tomlinson said: “You and I can disagree on that.“I am not dismissing the importance of it, I am just saying that some of the things that have been looked at have already been responded to.”The UK ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1976 and was last reviewed on its progress on implementing the treaty in 2009, under the last Labour government.The committee is one of 10 bodies that monitor the implementation of the UN’s main human rights treaties.Because the UK has ratified the treaty, it is obliged to use the “maximum of its available resources” to progressively achieve the “full realization of economic, social and cultural rights”.The committee warned all the countries that have signed up to the treaty in 2012 that austerity measures must be “temporary, necessary, proportionate, and not discriminatory and must not disproportionately affect the rights of disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups”.Among other concerns raised by the committee in its “concluding observations”, it criticised the UK’s failure to bring into force the Equality Act measures on dual discrimination, which would outlaw, for example, cases in which people are directly discriminated against for being both disabled and gay, or for being both black and a woman.The committee also said that it was concerned that disabled people, young people and those belonging to ethnic, religious or other minorities continued to be disproportionately affected by unemployment.And it raised concerns about the “persistent critical situation in terms of availability, affordability and accessibility of adequate housing” in the UK, and the “significant” rise and “exceptionally high levels” of homelessness affecting disabled people and other groups, particularly in England and Northern Ireland.It also raised concerns about the government’s reforms to legal aid and the introduction of employment tribunal fees, which it said had “restricted access to justice, in areas such as employment, housing, education and social welfare benefits”.And it called for more information in the UK’s next report to the committee on the impact of its national strategy on gender-based violence, particularly on disabled women and girls.In a tiny section on the “positive aspects” of the UK’s progress, the committee praised the 2009 ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – under the last Labour government – the introduction of the Care Act 2014 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015, as well as work by the Scottish government on integrating refugees and on drawing up a human rights national action plan.EHRC welcomed the report and again called on the government to carry out a cumulative impact assessment of its policies on disabled people and other groups, and called on it to “improve its planning and monitoring of reforms to social security” and review social security policies which have led to cuts in protection.Lorna McGregor, an EHRC commissioner, also highlighted the committee’s concerns on access to justice.She said: “Recent reforms to civil law justice have had particular impacts on disabled people, women and ethnic minorities.“For example, the introduction of fees for employment tribunals has resulted in large drops in the numbers of claims brought for discrimination on the basis of sex, disability, race and sexual orientation.“I welcome this report by the UN and we will now work with civil society organisations to hold the government to account in this area.”last_img read more

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ALIVE  in the face of exhaustion

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint A group of Maltese cyclists in Denmark braved strong winds and concluded their daily quota of kilometers in a journey to raise funds for cancer research.Strong winds, good spiritsThe founder of the ALIVE Charity Foundation, Nicky Camilleri explained that Monday evening had been one of their most challenging days ever since they had started the RE/MAX ALIVE Challenge. Despite the strong head winds, the cyclists still managed to complete their journey in 12 hours. Camilleri said that in spite of their exhaustion they are in good spirits.Watch: Maltese scientists develop new cancer prevention technology“Support these cyclists”President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca told Newsbook.com.mt that this challenge has been on the calendar for the past six years and has so far garnered over €500,000 for cancer research. She called on the public for support and encouragement for ”these brave cyclists” who are acknowledging the fact that cancer has become more prevalent, research is being funded for the benefit of all of humankind.Read: “Help save lives, become a volunteer” – ERRCWhatsApplast_img read more

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