Canadian weather in 2017 saw too much of everything chief climatologist

first_imgIt was the year of too much — too wet, too dry, too hot, too cool.“It wasn’t a typical Canadian kind of year, where if you don’t like the weather out your front door, look out your back door,” says David Phillips, Environment Canada’s chief climatologist.Phillips has just released his list of Canada’s Top 10 weather stories of 2017. If there is a common theme, it’s one of normal weather becoming abnormal simply by not changing.For example, last spring the rain in British Columbia just wouldn’t stop. That was immediately followed by the province’s driest summer ever.The result was the most disastrous fire season in B.C.’s history. Those fires, which forced 50,000 people from their homes, are Phillips’s nod for top weather story of the year.All across the country, weather patterns that would normally move on after a few days lasted and lasted.A huge dome of hot temperatures sat over the Prairies for most of the summer. Calgary had its hottest May through August since 1881.The central Canadian spring began with floods in Quebec and eastern Ontario after persistent rains saturated a snowpack only half melted. The Windsor area recorded two storms of the century in less than a year.Ontarians are calling 2017 The Summer That Wasn’t — a cool, damp season of unrelenting disappointment. The province had more warm days after the official start of autumn than before.Newfoundland was hit by a slow-moving blizzard that ravaged the island with winds of 190 kilometres an hour. It yanked trees from the ground, toppled traffic lights and blew off roofs as if they were dust specks.Every part of the country, in every season, saw weather patterns that just wouldn’t quit, for good or ill. For an explanation, Phillips looks to the jet stream, a high-altitude, high-speed current of air that helps produce what we’ve come to call normal.It usually flows west to east in a more or less straight line from Victoria to St. John’s, Nfld., cold air to the north and warm to the south. Last summer, it looped north of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., then south of the Great Lakes, before heading back up to the Maritimes.The so-called “loopy” jet stream tends to produce weather patterns that get stuck.Emerging science suggests the unstable jet stream also may be linked to shrinking Arctic sea ice, says Phillips.“I think it was a factor.”Phillips, like most scientists, stops short of blaming 2017 on climate change. But if it were climate change, 2017 is what it would be like.“People think with climate change, it’s all about warm, warm warm. But what you get is a shift in weather patterns, where you can actually end up with opposite of what you might think.”After a 22-year career in weather, Phillips says things have truly changed.“I remember when I started my career, you’d get one season that was interesting. Now, every one has something to write about.“The weather is changed. It has a different character, a different personality to it in its duration and intensity.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Toronto stock index rallies on resource stocks but BlackBerry shares fall 12

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index rallied on the strength of resource stocks Friday, but shares in BlackBerry plunged after its first-quarter revenue failed to meet expectations.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index moved up 99.66 points to 15,319.56, with base metals, gold, materials and energy sectors leading the broad-based advance.Stephen Carlin, head of equities at CIBC Asset Management, said it was “refreshing” to see energy and mining get a lift.“While those sectors are performing well today, they certainly haven’t been strong performers on a year-to-date basis,” he said.“It goes without saying that energy has lagged given where oil prices are and given high inventories of the commodity.”Crude prices have declined about 20 per cent this year amid fears of a growing global supply glut, but Carlin doesn’t believe there’s an oil inventory problem.“Market participants are looking to get those inventory levels down, so we’re not really looking for the commodity to run away for us,” he said. “We think it’s in a reasonably tight trading band between that $45 to $55 range.”The August crude contract was up 27 cents at US$43.01 per barrel.On the corporate front, Blackberry shares (TSX:BB) retreated $1.80, or 12.28 per cent, to $12.86 after the company announced a profit of US$671 million in its latest quarter, despite revenue falling to $235 million compared with $400 million a year ago.Analysts had expected revenue to come in at about $264.39 million for what was BlackBerry’s first quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.“The company continues to transition and the market is still trying to figure out what this company is going to look like,” said Carlin.South of the border, New York indexes were mixed. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 2.53 points to 21,394.76, while the S&P 500 edged up 3.80 points to 2,438.30 and the Nasdaq composite gained 28.56 points at 6,265.25.In currencies, the Canadian dollar was trading 0.15 of a cent lower to an average price of 75.37 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, the July natural gas contract advanced four cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU, the August gold contract gained US$7 at US$1,256.40 an ounce, and the July copper contract added three cents at US$2.62 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

South Sudan UN ramps up airlifts to reach conflicthit farmers ahead of

“We have a small window to provide farmers with the inputs they need to start planting,” Karim Bah, FAO’s Emergency Response Manager in South Sudan, said in a statement. “For many farmers, this is the only opportunity to plant cereals this year,” added Serge Tissot, FAO’s acting representative in South Sudan. “Without seeds now, they will have to wait another year to plant and that means they won’t see another cereal harvest until the end of 2016.” With up to 18 flights loaded with seeds, tools and fishing kits leaving Juba each day, FAO is working to get these materials into farmers’ hands in time for planting in conflict-hit areas of Upper Nile and Jonglei states, where hunger and malnutrition levels are particularly high. In the last few days, almost 100 tonnes of inputs have been flown from Juba to local airstrips, representing just a portion of those destined to reach over 175,000 food-insecure farming families in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei by the end of May. The current wave of fighting comes at a crucial time for farmers who have depleted their food stocks and have only the next few weeks to plant their crops. The airlifts are just one part of FAO’s wider efforts to provide conflict-affected and food-insecure families in South Sudan with a means to produce their own food and build more resilient livelihoods. FAO aims to support 2.8 million people throughout South Sudan in 2015 by providing a combination of vegetable, crop and fishing kits, as well as other kinds of support. Crop kits contain at least three cereal seeds (sorghum, cowpea, maize, groundnut and sesame) and are sufficient to plant 1.3 hectares per family. Recipient households can be expected to harvest 1 360 kg of cereals in September/October, enough to feed their families for five months. FAO has also been carrying out widespread livestock vaccination campaigns during the dry season, targeting animals based in the cattle camps before they start migrating as the rains begin. “So far, we have reached 2 million animals in 2015, protecting the main social and economic asset of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese agropastoralists, as well as safeguarding public health from the spread of animal diseases,” said Mr. Tissot. As part of FAO’s efforts to control livestock disease outbreaks, the Organization has facilitated a meeting between the veterinary authorities of Uganda and South Sudan to discuss cooperation for the control and prevention of transboundary animal diseases. read more

People in South East may be descended from Romans as study suggests

first_imgThe Beaker People replaced the Britons who built Stonehenge Credit:Andrew Badger / EyeEm  The Beaker People replaced the Britons who built Stonehenge  The migration of the Beaker People at the end of the Neolithic period, some 4000 years ago, is generally considered to be one of the most significant events ever to shape Britain.Suddenly graves contained stylized bell shaped pots, copper daggers, arrowheads, stone wrist guards and v-shaped buttons, previously only seen in continental Europe.But at some point around the Iron Age, around 800BC,  DNA evidence shows that groups in the south-east mixed with an entirely new population, possibly the Romans, who occupied Britain from 43AD until 410AD. So far they have three theories. Either a small pocket of ancient Britons, such as those who built Stonehenge, survived and set up a last ditch colony, holding out in isolation until they began mixing with groups in the south-east. Alternatively, an entirely different group may have migrated from Europe. 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. Roman veterans could have stayed in Britain The Romans may have given us impressive roads, plumbing and an entirely new calendar, but it was always thought that when they left Britain they took their DNA with them.Previous studies have shown that the legionnaires left little genetic legacy before returning to defend the Roman Empire from marauding barbarians in the 5th century.But new research could be about to prove otherwise.A recent study by Harvard University found a strange genetic disparity emerged in south-east England around the Iron Age and Roman Period.At that time most Britons were descended from The Beaker People, a group of farmers who migrated from the central Europe around 2750BC, and who replaced 90 per cent of Britain’s gene pool within just a few hundred years.Yet new studies of ancient skeletons showed that people in the south-east were getting their DNA from elsewhere, and now researchers at Harvard are trying to find out from whom. But the third theory is the most controversial. The strange genetic disparity could prove for the first time that many of the Romans soldiers stayed in Britain after all, starting families and leaving a lasting legacy written in bone.Professor David Reich, a specialist in ancient DNA at Harvard has begun sampling 1,000 new skeletons from the period to find out where the truth lies.“We see changed in ancestry in the south-east of Britain by the Roman period compared to 1000 years before,”  said Prof Reich.“This means that there must have been admixture into south-eastern Britain in the Iron Age or Roman period that did not affect the North to the same extent.“However, we don’t know the details of how this occurred and several explanations are possible.We are just starting out on this project.”center_img “These were a people who inhabited an area of Gaul including what is now part of north east  France, Belgium and the west Netherlands. A completely unknown migration is also a possibility.” Professor Mark Robinson of Oxford University’s School of Archaeology, said even if Roman veterans had stayed they would have not been Italian.“There has never been evidence for a significant presence of Romans from Italy in Britain other than during the initial 43AD conquest,” said Prof Robinson, who in 2015 published a groundbreaking study showing Britain is still genetically divided into Anglo Saxon kingdoms.“For most of the period of Roman Britain there would only have been a few high-ranking officials from Italy.“If their results are due to settlement in the Roman period, the most likely source would be legionary veterans who decided not to return home after their discharge, the largest group of them would probably have been recruits from the Rhineland. Perhaps settled army veterans encouraged further migration the Rhineland and Gaul.” Roman veterans could have stayed in BritainCredit:Barcroft Media  If Roman soldiers did stay they probably were not Italian Credit:Moises Castillo AP  Commenting on the other theories Prof Robinson said there was no evidence that Neolithic farming communities survived in Britain after the arrival of The Beaker People, although he said that a new migration from Europe was a possibility.“We do not have good evidence for this from the material culture but Caesar refers to the settlement of Belgae in this area of Britain in the mid-1st century BC,” Prof Robinson added. If Roman soldiers did stay they probably were not Italian last_img read more

QME 2012 coincides with Queenslands miners gearing up for even more growth

first_imgThis year’s Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME), to be held in Mackay from July 24-26, comes as the Central Queensland coal industry gears up for even more growth in the years to come. According to Paul Baker, exhibition director with QME organiser Reed Mining Events, a recent report from the federal government’s Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics (BREE), Mining Industry Major Projects-April 2012, shows that the industry’s boom conditions have a long way to run. “The BREE report outlines how, in addition to three coal mining projects completed in the Bowen Basin in the past six months, adding 8.3 Mt of production capacity, a further 11 Queensland coal projects are in advanced stages of development and are expected to be completed  in the next two to three years,” he said. See IM’s World Coal report in the August 2012 issue.“On top of these, the Galilee Basin, west of the Bowen Basin, is just starting open up, with the Queensland government’s recent conditional approval for the $6.4 billion Alpha coal project, owned by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Coal. “This project also includes a 495 km railway line to Abbot Point near Bowen, north of Mackay.“Another major infrastructure project, now under construction, is the third phase of BHP Billiton’s $2.4 billion Hay Point coal terminal in Mackay, scheduled for completion in 2014.”Baker said the BREE report also identified a large number of other Central Queensland coal mine expansions and developments, along with associated infrastructure, that were not so advanced in planning and approvals that would put the Queensland coal industry on a strong footing for many years.“In this context, QME 2012 is ideally positioned as the premium showcase for the Central Queensland coal industry, providing a venue for suppliers of a wide range of products and services to get in front of decision-makers and decision-influencers from the region,” he said.“This year’s edition – the 10th QME since we started in 1993 – will have more than 650 exhibitors, up from just over 600 in 2010, and will be 20% larger in floor area.“It incorporates a revamped floor plan, making the show easier to get around, as well as a ‘covered’ open-air area in a large marquee so that many of our outside displays remain protected from the weather.“QME is an opportunity for visitors to source the latest products and services aimed at assisting their companies in boosting productivity and efficiency, improving safety and reducing costs,” Baker said.“It is also a great networking event, and a chance to catch up with colleagues, peers and friends in a trade-only, industry-specific event. This exhibition brings buyers and sellers together in a single location; we have numerous instances of exhibitors who have launched new products, or even new businesses, at QME in past years.“We have had suppliers of big-ticket capital equipment make direct sales at or following QME as a result of meeting the many decision-makers and decision-influencers who attend. We have had visitors come along with specific problems, issues or challenges, and find solutions to their needs. I am confident that this year will be no different,” he said.QME 2012 will also see the introduction of a range of “mining community” initiatives, designed to attract as wide a cross-section of the mining industry as possible.“We have a range of events and initiatives, aimed at ensuring we engage everyone who is involved in the mining industry, at all levels,” said Baker. These include:• Specific programs, including “crib session” networking and meeting sessions at the end of each day for “Frontline” miners• Miners’ Health Week in conjunction with the Mater Foundation, including free basic health checks, as well as presentations on health and lifestyle issues• Women in Mining Day which aims to celebrate the increasing role of women in mining – and to encourage greater participation from women who are considering careers in the industry• A careers and recruitment program through the QME Careers Centre that will bring together mining companies with people who are looking at careers and opportunities in mining• Advice and support for FIFO/DIDO miners and their families, with practical information sessions put on by Mining Family Matters.“Mining has really moved on from being a ‘men-only’ industry, and it has recognised that it needs to engage with people across the community – not only those currently involved, but those looking at job opportunities, and which will allow the industry to grow and prosper in years to come,” Baker said. “At the same time, we are also keen to encourage those already in the industry and working in frontline roles – who increasingly play an important part in influencing purchasing decisions – to come along to QME. It is a once-in-two-years opportunity for them to see at first hand the latest products, services and techniques that they are likely to be working with in the future. It’s also an opportunity for them to identify new products and services for their employers to consider – as well as give ‘hands-on’ feedback to exhibitors and suppliers.”Once again, this year’s edition of QME will include a two-day conference at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on July 24-25 – following a highly successful conference as part of QME 2010.Baker said that with the theme of Productivity, Responsibility & Sustainability, this year’s conference had been designed as a landmark two-day forum focusing on the key issues central to the Queensland mining industry’s future success.“It will feature information and insights from leading experts, and is aimed at assisting mine company personnel and other stakeholders to develop strategies and methodologies to operate successfully in these booming, yet economically constrained times,” he said.Ian Leslie, well-known business and political journalist and corporate communicator and a member of the original 60 Minutes team, will chair the conference.Key speakers include Michael Roche, CEO of the Queensland Resources Council, and Andrew Cripps, Queensland’s new Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.“The 2012 QME Mining Industry Conference will have a strong focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability, with sessions covering the development of vibrant mining communities, workplace health, skills and well-being issues, indigenous employment opportunities, as well as case studies on environmental best practice in mining,” said Baker.Other sessions will include automation in mining, supporting SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in local communities, and planning better quality infrastructure for transporting resources from pits to ports.Registrations for the 2012 QME Conference are now open. Registration details, and the full conference program, are available at www.queenslandminingexpo.com.au by clicking on the CONFERENCE link at the top of the page.Following the two-day conference, on July 26, the Mackay Area Industry Network (MAIN) will hold a one-day Bowen Basin Safety Conference, also at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.last_img read more

RNL ON KIEL PICK Szeged promoted RK Vardar in quarterfinal

4. KS Vive Tauron Kielce13805380:363(17)16 5. HC Meshkov Brest13544356:350(6)14 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko13337378:401(-23)9 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …13319309:335(-26)7 2. MOL-Pick Szeged14815376:350(26)17 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen14815392:396(-4)17 Hungarian PICK Szeged promoted RK Vardar Skopje in the winner of the Preliminary Round – Group B of the VELUX EHF Champions League and the first quarter-finalists. The team of Juan Carlos Pastor smashed Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:24 in Frankfurt to overtake second place at the table.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MOL-Pick Szeged 24:30 (12:14)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Palicka, Appelgren (n.e.) –  Schmid (3/1), Sigurdsson (3/1), Banea Gonzalez, Steinhauser (n.e.), Larsen (2), Reinkind, Gedeon Guardiola (3), Groetzki (2), Pekeler (6), Petersson, Du Rietz (5), Manaskov (n.e.)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra Mendez, Nagy  – Obranovic (3), Källmann (7), Bodo (1), Gorbok (1), Goncalves Dos Santos, Zubai, Sunajko, Balogh (5), Skube (5), Blazevic (1), Sostaric, Rodriguez Alvarez, Banhidi (6), Buntic (1)STANDINGS: 7. IFK Kristianstad13328352:379(-27)8 1. HC Vardar13904380:349(31)18 ← Previous Story The 5th tournament “Handball is my future” in Bugojno Next Story → FUTURE OF ZEBRA TEAM: Nikola Bilyk to stay in Kiel until 2022 read more

Ireland lost a hero Derry lost a son Adams gives graveside oration

first_img‘Ireland lost a hero. Derry lost a son’ – Adams gives graveside oration for McGuinness The funeral of the former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister took place in his native Derry this afternoon. I never thought I would be giving this oration today. Martin was looking forward so much to stepping back in May from public office. That wasn’t to be, but his was a life well lived. SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has delivered the graveside oration for Martin McGuinness.Speaking at the burial of the former Northern Deputy First Minister at Derry’s City Cemetery, Adams said that the city had “lost a son”.The funeral of the former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister took place in his native Derry this afternoon.Thousands lined the streets of the city hours before the funeral procession was due to leave McGuinness’s Bogside home.Speakers included Bill Clinton and major political figures like former First Minister Peter Robinson and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. It is now over to us to take the struggle from where he has left it. Like Bobby Sands, he believed that our revenge should be the laughter of our children. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 6:38 PM Share16 Tweet Email1 By his example, he showed us that it is possible to build peace out of conflict; to build a better and more equal future based on fairness, and to build unity out of division. Gerry Adams delivers the graveside oration for Martin McGuinness flanked by Sinn Féin leader in the north Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald. Sinn Féin lost a leader and I lost a dear friend and a comrade, but Martin’s family has suffered the biggest loss of all. Source: Thomas McMullan/PA ImagesThe Louth TD said that Martin McGuinness was the epitome of all that is good in Republican ideology. 21,129 Views 115 Comments Martin will continue to inspire and encourage us in the time ahead. Martin believed that a better Ireland, a genuinely new Ireland is possible.Adams said that rights were at the heart of the struggle of for Irish freedom and called on those in attendance to follow the example of McGuinness.“Let me appeal also to nationalists and republicans; do nothing to disrespect our unionist neighbours or anyone else.“Stand against bigotry. Stand against sectarianism. Respect our unionist neighbours. Reach out to them.“Lead, as Martin led, by example.”Read: ‘He expanded the definition of us’: Clinton’s tribute to McGuinness, as thousands pay respects On behalf of Sinn Féin, on my own behalf and Colette and our family, and for you all, I extend our solidarity to all the McGuinness family. By Paul Hosford They have lost a loving, caring, dedicated husband, father and grandfather, a brother and an uncle. This week, Ireland lost a hero. Derry lost a son. http://jrnl.ie/3303650 Mar 23rd 2017, 6:38 PM Short URL Gerry Adams delivers the graveside oration for Martin McGuinness flanked by Sinn Féin leader in the north Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald. He exemplified all that is decent and fair about our republican ideology and our core values of freedom, equality and solidarity.last_img read more

70 believe pay transparency improves employee satisfaction

first_imgAlmost three-quarters (70%) of employee respondents believe that salary transparency has a positive impact on employee satisfaction, according to research by Glassdoor.Its Global salary transparency survey, which surveyed 8,254 employees in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, the UK, and US, also found that 69% of respondents would like to have a better understanding of what fair pay is for their position and skill set at their organisation and in their local market.The research also found:59% of male respondents believe they have a good understanding of how pay is determined at their organisation, compared to 51% of female respondents.More than a third (36%) of respondents say their employer discloses salaries internally.More than half (56%) of respondents feel they need to move to another organisation to gain a meaningful change in compensation.61% of UK respondents believe they have a good understanding of how employees are compensated at all levels in their organisation. This compares to 71% of Canadian respondents, 60% of US respondents, 52% of French respondents, 49% of Swiss respondents, and 43% of respondents in Germany.Dawn Lyon, vice president of corporate affairs and chief equal pay advocate at Glassdoor, said: “The majority of employees report that their [organisations] do not share pay data internally even as most employees believe salary transparency is good for business and employee satisfaction.“Employers need to understand that perpetuating salary sharing taboos can ultimately impact retention. More than half of employees around the world feel that in order to get a significant raise they need to jump to a new [organisation].“Our data shows by helping employees understand fair pay and providing clear pathways for advancement, employers can increase employee satisfaction, engagement and retention.”last_img read more

2 Chainz and Adam Scott expensed a literal music video for Expensify

first_imgI still have a pile of receipts on my desk from CES 2019 that I haven’t expensed, and here comes 2 Chainz and Adam Scott with a literal music video that’s making feel a little bit grim about that. I guess the message here is that expenses can ABSOLUTELY BE COOL if you do them on Expensify. Which… look. Expensify is pretty good and pretty easy to use. I don’t know if it’s that good.But hey, this is a decent song and music video.  The Super Bowl airs on Feb. 3 on CBS, CNET’s parent company.  Super Bowl 2019 May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot • Super Bowl 2019 Share your voice 0 39 Photos Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar The NFL Experience opens in Times Square reading • 2 Chainz and Adam Scott expensed a literal music video for Expensify at Super Bowl 2019 Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 See All Post a comment More Super Bowl Tags Culturelast_img read more

As US Outlines Arctic Council Goals Native Groups and State Lawmakers Left

first_imgU.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp (Ret.) addresses the 2014 Arctic Circle meeting in Reykjavík, Iceland. (Photo: ArcticCircle.org)The state department has outlined the nation’s top priorities as the U.S. prepares to chair the international Arctic Council in April, but some Alaska Native groups and state officials argue the national goals are lacking.Download AudioIn Yellowknife, Canada in late October representatives of the U.S. Department of State gave a presentation closed to media—but directed at the other seven nations on the Arctic Council, as well as several observer nations—outlining the U.S. government’s three key “thematic areas” for the country prepares for its two-year term as Arctic Council chair.Robert Papp, who retired as U.S. Coast Guard Admiral in May and was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry as the nation’s special representative for the Arctic in July, discussed those themes at the Article Circle 2014 meeting in Iceland last week. Papp said on of the three “themes” the U.S. would focus on includes climate change.“Reducing black carbon emissions and methane emissions are worthy goals that we need to work on with the international community to achieve,” Papp told the multinational crowd assembled in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík. “I see this as a particular area in which our Arctic Council observer nations can become involved, and assist in some of those forward leaning and actionable outcomes.”Papp also stressed that stewardship of the Arctic Ocean, including a focus on ocean acidification, would be part of the U.S. emphasis. He stressed better preparation for a maritime disaster or oil spill, especially as a former mariner with the Coast Guard, is an especially high priority.“We need to be working together, just not coming to agreements on search and rescue and oil [spill] prevention,” Papp continued, “but implementing actionable items, and practicing together, and learning from each other so that we can assist each other when those emergencies inevitably occur.”Beyond climate change and Arctic Ocean issues, the U.S. chair is also focusing on improving the “economic and living conditions” of Arctic residents, including renewable energy, sanitation and public health, suicide prevention, and telecommunications.But for groups like the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an international body representing more than 150-thousand Inuit peoples across the world, the priorities lack focus on the rights of the North’s first peoples.“I think it’s been very clear for quite some time that when it comes to indigenous rights, both the US and the State of Alaska have been very hesitant to open up that discussion,” said Jim Stotts, the president of ICC Alaska.Stotts said the three broads themes the U.S. is advocating aren’t a surprise, and he stressed ICC agrees they are important, but Stotts said issues like self-determination for native peoples, along with hunting and fishing rights, that are absent.“ICC has been promoting for some time to have a project at the Arctic Council that would look at food security form the perspective of the Arctic’s indigenous peoples,” Sotts said. “In particular, the safety of the food, the access to the food, and the health of the environment … As of yet, it hasn’t really been addressed, [and] the food security is one that we wished would have been addressed.”Stotts said those conversations will continue on the local and national level, if not at the international Arctic Council.The state’s own Arctic Policy Commission also criticized the national priorities. Last month Anchorage Senator Lesil McGuire and Bethel Representative Bob Herron wrote an open letter to Papp, saying the national priorities must do more the emphasize job creation in rural Arctic communities. That’s an imperative the state’s two top Arctic commissioners say is lost with the fed’s more general economic focus.“We are very concerned that our number one priority, jobs and economic opportunity for Arctic residents, is being ignored,” McGuire and Herron wrote. “We believe that jobs and economic development for the people that actually live in the Arctic is a high priority and not an afterthought for Alaskans.”The two state lawmakers are urging the State Department to create an advisory committee from Alaska, made up of local government and Alaska Native representatives, to ensure the three years the U.S. will spend as as chair of the Arctic Council reflects the priorities of America’s only Arctic state.last_img read more

2 more killed in Teknaf gunfight

first_img.Two suspected drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight between drug traders and the police at Khurermukh in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are Saddam Hossain, 35, son of Tofail Ahmed and Saddam, 30, son of Sultan Ahmed of Purba Shikdarpara in Teknaf upazila.As per the Ain o Salish Kendra, a national legal aid and human rights organisation, as many as 362 people were killed in “crossfires” and “shootouts” with law enforcement agencies between January and September this year.Tipped off that two groups of drug traders were exchanging gunfire, a team of police went to the spot around 5:00am, said Pradeep Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the ‘criminals’ opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back in self-defense.After a brief gunfight, police recovered the bodies of two criminals from the spot and sent those to Sadar Hospital morgue.Three sharp weapons, 20 bullets and 20,000 pieces of yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

WATCH Greater Houston Wakes Up To Snow And The Ice Impacts Some

first_img Share Ad Astra Per Nix @NASA_Johnson #houstonsnow @HoustonChron @HoustonPubMedia pic.twitter.com/bw9VH7xJN1— Nujoud Merancy (@nujoud) December 8, 2017The weather impacted the early-hours operations of some school districts.“We’re experiencing delays with bus transportation due to weather, traffic, and staffing,” said the Houston Independent School District (ISD) in a statement.As for other ISDs from greater Houston, Aldine, CyFair, Fort Bend, Katy, Klein and Pearland said they would also be operating under a normal schedule.EDITOR’S NOTE: The original headline on this post referenced school closings. There are no school closings, only some delays. – / 16The cold weather had some impact on traffic.Houston Transtar and other sources informed that sections of some major roadways, such as I-45; I-69; I-10; Highway 290 and the 610 Loop, accumulated some ice, although it was cleared during the morning.The ice caused a traffic accident at the intersection of the Grand Parkway and Highway 290, according to KHOU-11 News.The Houston area experienced rare snowfall in the early hours of Friday, December 8, 2017, and the winter-like weather caused slick roadways for a busy morning commute.Weather experts say light snow started falling just before 4:00 a.m., even sticking to the ground in some areas. The snow amounted to 1 to 2 inches in some areas and Bush Intercontinental Airport got about 7 inches.The last time it snowed in Houston was in December of 2009.SNOW IN HOUSTON 😱 Snowy day Drone shoot #Houston #sugarLand #snowyday @Fox26Houston @HoustonChron @JohnLegere @HellerWeather @abc13weather @CNNweather @HoustonPubMedia @KPRC2TRAFFIC watch full: https://t.co/mLtn2YNDU9 pic.twitter.com/mIMqPCCs4x— the photographer (@fotografkaresi) December 8, 2017last_img read more

IHCL takes additional strides to promote gender equality at workplace

first_imgThe Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) announced two new programs in-line with its commitment to promote equal opportunities for women. The first is an incentive program for referring women candidates which entails a 30-50% higher referral amount to employees in case their selected reference happens to be a woman.The second is a policy announcement to reimburse expenses for family expansion and overall health treatments which cover various medical procedures including IVF treatments, freezing of egg, embryo and sperm including artificial insemination.PV Murthy, Senior Vice-President and Global Head – Human Resources, IHCL stated, “We have been consistent in championing the cause for women equality. The extension of medical benefits and the women referral program is in-line with our commitment to encourage women for diverse roles in the company.”IHCL has been instrumental in enabling women associates to take a leap by breaking gender stereotypes. The company also provides seven months of paid maternity leave, with an ‘Extended Maternity Leave’ option to avail three months of additional leave once the statutory leave period ends. Compulsory crèche facilities across all hotels have been yet another significant move by IHCL.last_img read more

Credit Union Organizations Respond to GAO Recommendation on Vendor Authority

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology July 6, 2015 522 Views The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) both issued statements responding to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on cybersecurity last week. The report highlighted that banks and other depository regulators need better data analytics and depository institutions want more usable threat information.The GAO found that cyber risks affecting a depository institution can stem from weak security practices of third parties that process information or provide other IT services to the institution. By allowing the NCUA to routinely conduct such examinations, it would ensure that service providers for credit unions are also following good information security practices.The report also noted that regulators use a risk-based examination approach to oversee the adequacy of information security at depository institutions like banks, thrifts, and credit unions. However, they could better target future examinations by looking at deficiencies across institutions. GAO identified two areas for improvement: data analytics and oversight authority.“Congress should consider granting NCUA authority to examine third-party technology service providers for credit unions,” the GAO said. “In addition, regulators should explore ways to better collect and analyze data on trends in IT examination findings across institutions. In written comments on a draft of this report, the four regulators stated that they would take steps responsive to this recommendation.”The National Association of Federal Credit Unions NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alicia Nealon issued a statement in response to the GAO’s report on cybersecurity that recommended Congress grant the NCUA authority to examine third-party technology service providers for credit unions.”As we have consistently maintained, NAFCU believes the agency’s bid for third-party vendor examination authority is unnecessary given that NCUA is already authorized to thoroughly regulate credit unions and their third-party relationships,” said Nealon. “While NAFCU acknowledges the importance of cybersecurity and risk management, we firmly believe that cybersecurity and third-party vendor examination authority do not go hand in hand.”The NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz had a positive response to the GAO’s recommendation to Congress, noting that this would help protect the credit union system and obtaining third-party vendor authority one of their top legislative priorities.“We need to close this regulatory blind spot and better protect the credit union system by providing NCUA with the power to examine and take enforcement actions at third-party vendors,” Matz said. “The GAO report’s recommendation reinforces NCUA’s long-standing request for legislative action and comes on the heels of a similar recommendation by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Obtaining this authority would allow the agency to proactively address cyber threats and better position credit unions to avoid a crisis.” Credit Union Organizations Respond to GAO Recommendation on Vendor Authoritycenter_img Cyber security National Association of Federal Credit Unions National Credit Union Association U.S. Government Accountability Office 2015-07-06 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

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first_img RelatedEasyJet to introduce 15 new European flights this wintereasyJet will launch 15 new flights to European destinations as part of its upcoming winter scheduleAirbus 320s to be used by easyJet at LiverpooleasyJet’s new flights to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote from Liverpool will be operated using a brand new Airbus 320 aircraftNew flights to Canary Islands to be launched by MonarchMonarch will launch year-round flights to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from a number of UK airports later this year Cheap flights carrier easyJet will launch new flights to Morocco, the Canary Islands and Israel this winter.Flights to Marrakech from Manchester will commence on Thursday (October 29th), while routes to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote from Liverpool will take effect on November 3rd.Elsewhere, the airline is launching flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton, which will also begin on November 3rd.Fuerteventura will be additionally served by Manchester, while easyJet will also introduce flights to Porto from London Gatwick, to Sharm el Sheikh from London Luton, and to Geneva and Paphos in Cyprus, also from Luton.A total of 22 new routes are being introduced by the carrier as part of its winter schedule, while it will continue to operate high frequency services to key city airports and popular ski destinations.The airline’s shift in focus to sunshine destination are likely to appeal to holidaymakers who chose to stay at home this summer, but were ultimately left disappointed by the poor weather.In May, easyJet commenced flights to Corfu, Athens, Dalaman and Bastia using its new Airbus A320 based at Manchester Airport.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgKinston, N.C. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineKinston, N.C.-based Segrave Aviation. The all-cash transaction will double the size of the Delta AirElite fleet and improve Web-based booking and the travel experience for fleet membership card and charter customers.“This is an excellent opportunity to couple Delta AirElite’s award-winning product and scheduling flexibility with Segrave’s leadership in online flight management and operations control,” said Wayne Aaron, Delta’s vice president – Corporate Strategy and Business Development. “The Segrave acquisition supports Delta’s strategy to offer differentiated products and services to our high value customers.”Delta is the only U.S.-based carrier with commercial and private jet service, enabling customers the ability to design their travel plans with the combined reach and convenience of an on-call fleet and the world’s largest commercial airline network. Delta AirElite offers customers the ability to earn SkyMiles and immediate Medallion qualification up to Diamond status, further integrating Delta’s commercial and private jet product offering to high value customers.“Coupling Delta’s world-renowned brand and reputation for service with Segrave’s history as an innovator in private jet operations is a natural fit for the customers who have long counted on Segrave and Delta AirElite,” said Jim Segrave of Segrave Aviation. “All of us at Segrave look forward to our new partnership with Delta and the opportunity to grow this exciting segment of Delta’s business.”Segrave Aviation began operations in 1994 from Kinston, N.C. Today, it directs a fleet of managed aircraft specializing in wholesale charter aviation services, private aircraft management, aircraft maintenance and fixed base operations.www.AirElite.comlast_img read more

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first_img LOS ANGELES — A documentary film about two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.The Sundance Institute announced the addition of “Leaving Neverland” and “The Brink,” a documentary about Steve Bannon, to its 2019 lineup on Wednesday.A description of “Leaving Neverland” says it will tell the story of two men who are now in their 30s and began long-running relationships with Jackson at ages 7 and 10 when Jackson was at the height of his fame. The names of the Jackson accusers profiled in the documentary were not released. Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005.The film is produced and directed by BAFTA-winning director Dan Reed.The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Jan 24 and runs through Feb. 4.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2019 1:13 pm PDT Sundance adds Michael Jackson Neverland doc about accuserscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Fire breaks out at Paphos café

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