After 12-Year Limbo, New GM Maize May Hit Europe’s Fields

first_imgBRUSSELS—In 2001, the agriculture giant now called DuPont Pioneer asked for approval to grow a new genetically modified (GM) maize variety in the European Union’s fields. Twelve years later, the company still doesn’t have an answer. Sharp divisions within the European Union, leading to a paralyzing indecisiveness, have kept the crop in limbo.Now, the European Commission has finally made a choice. Yesterday, it proposed to allow cultivation of maize 1507, as the variety is known. It would be only the third GM crop allowed for cultivation in the European Union, where consumers and many national governments have strong reservations about genetically engineered food.The commission also pressed member states to avoid these lengthy deadlocks in the future by reconsidering a 3-year-old proposal to reform the union’s GM authorization procedures. As far as the commission is concerned, individual member states could decide to restrict a given crop on their territory in the future—even if the European Union’s food safety watchdog says there is no reason to block them.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Maize 1507 is engineered to produce its own insecticide against the European corn borer, a moth whose caterpillars chew on corn ears and stalks. Environmental groups oppose the crop’s introduction; they worry that maize 1507 will harm nontarget species and lead to a surge in the use of a toxic herbicide to which maize 1507 has been made resistant. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given the variety a green light in six reports since 2005, albeit with some restrictions to prevent collateral damage, such as planting 20% of conventional corn as a “buffer zone” around a GM field. “It is clear that the scientific evidence supports approval for cultivation of this crop,” writes Anne Glover, the commission’s chief scientific adviser, in an e-mail to ScienceInsider.But EFSA does not have the final word. Based on its advice, the European Commission issued a draft decision to authorize the crop. Member states had to sign off on that decision through a regulatory committee, made up of experts from each government. The committee failed to reach a consensus, however: E.U. countries such as Austria and France are strictly opposed to growing GM crops, while other states, including Spain and the Netherlands, are more GM-friendly.Instead of referring the matter to the higher level—the Council of Ministers—the commission then sat on the file for several years. Pioneer fought that inaction in court. In September, the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg finally slammed the commission’s failure to reach a timely decision, and now, the commission is pressuring member states to decide. If the Council of Ministers does not muster a weighted majority to reject the crop’s cultivation within 3 months, the European Commission has the right to authorize it anyway—and it says it will do so.What’s more, health commissioner Tonio Borg has urged ministers to get their act together so that other crops won’t suffer similar delays. Borg told reporters here yesterday that he wants to revive the commission’s so-called “cultivation proposal,” put forward in 2010 to reform authorization procedures. Under this plan, a green light from the European Commission would remain valid across the European Union by default, but member states could individually decide not to grow an authorized GM crop on their territory—even if EFSA sees no scientific objections.That proposal—an agreement to disagree—hasn’t gone anywhere either, however. According to sources close to the negotiations at the time, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom opposed the idea of letting countries make individual decisions. Some doubted the legal validity of the plan. Others disagreed with the very idea of “renationalizing” procedures that should be valid across the European Union; they argued that the commission was passing the hot potato back to the member states, which are under pressure from consumers who often reject GM food. Instead of trying to build coherent E.U.-wide rules, the commission “is shying away now that the going gets tough,” says Angelika Hilbeck, an agroecology researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.At the moment, only two GM crops are allowed for cultivation in the European Union, and only one is actually grown: Monsanto’s MON810 maize, approved in 1998, which represents 1.35% of the total surface of maize planted in the union, most of it in Spain. Fifty-one GM crops are authorized for importation in the European Union, in particular soya and maize for feed use.A spokesman for Pioneer Europe in Manno, Switzerland, says the company is now “confident” that maize 1507 will be approved for cultivation “without further delay.” But environmental groups still hope its introduction can be stopped. “We don’t need to take risks with untested and toxic GM crops that threaten our environment and lead to more industrial farming,” said Mute Schimpf, a food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, in a statement on 5 November.last_img read more

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Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The accident occurred on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, a small city north of Miami.The driver’s husband suffered a head injury and died two weeks later at the hospital, according to entertainment news site TMZ.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe winner of seven Grand Slam championships was not using her phone and had not taken drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, police said. Miami, United States — Tennis star Venus Williams was allegedly “at fault” in a Florida traffic accident that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man, according to a police report obtained Thursday by AFP.Williams, 37, slowed in the middle of an intersection when she was hit by a car driven by the man’s 68-year-old wife, the report said.ADVERTISEMENT Batang Gilas splits opening day matches, eyes top-two berth Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Delhi United win DSA league

first_imgThe burden of expectations can make the best falter, but not when it is a professional outfit like Delhi United.Going into the final of the DLF-Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) Annual Senior Division Football League against Shahdara FC on Tuesday, United – last year’s runners-up – had everything to lose as they were being challenged by first- time finalists Shahdara.But they once again proved that experience holds the key in pressure- cooker situations as they kept their composure to come from one goal down to beat Shahdara 3-2 when the referee blew the final whistle at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex.Having started off in attacking mode, United were in for a rude shock when Shahdara scored against the run of play in the 17th minute.Capitalising on a pin-point long pass from Baljit Singh and some careless defending inside the box, Ifeani headed in much, to the delight of the vociferous crowd, who weren’t really supporting either of the teams but were out to enjoy a good game of football.But that was just the beginning of the pressure United applied on the Shahdara backline.They kept them on their toes before finally equalising in the 47th.With goalkeeper Rakeev Kumar failing to clear an Obed Kamei shot, Francis took advantage of the goal- mouth melee to head in.United weren’t in the mood to breathe easy. They went for further attacking moves and scored their second goal in the 59th minute when Kamei took advantage of a defensive error to volley over Rakeev and put United ahead.advertisementCalling the shots all over the pitch, United went two goals ahead in the 67th when skipper Rishi Kapur – a household name in Delhi football – scored with a scorcher of a free-kick that Rakeev could only watch in disbelief.Shahdara did make it 2-3 in the 70th minute when Ifeani scored his second goal of the match, but it was too little, too late as the United defenders tightened the screws and didn’t let Shahdara equalise.Delhi United won a cash prize of Rs 1,50,000 while runnersup Shahdara FC collected a cheque of Rs 75,000. Semifinalists Tarun Sangha and Garhwal Heroes took home Rs 40,000 each.last_img read more

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‘Indian sportswomen have come into their own’

first_imgA Triumph The cover story “A Moment Of Pride” (December 15) was marvellous and gave a very good account of the IX Asiad. When I read the article, it seemed as if that extravaganza was being staged before us.Aligarh Abbas Ali Mahdi It is a pity that the glitter of,A TriumphThe cover story “A Moment Of Pride” (December 15) was marvellous and gave a very good account of the IX Asiad. When I read the article, it seemed as if that extravaganza was being staged before us.Aligarh  Abbas Ali MahdiIt is a pity that the glitter of the Games has thrown the real heroes – the athletes – into the shadows. All the limelight has been hogged by the organisers and the politicians. Delhi Rajiv HandaThe caption for one of the photographs was wrong. The dance was the Holi dance of Uttar Pradesh, not Rajasthan. New Delhi Dr Ratish ChandraThe articles on the Asiad were matched only by the photographs. For this effort the entire team of journalists and photographers deserve a gold. Bulsar M. RajuAfter watching the opening ceremony on TV, I was convinced that the money spent on the IX Asiad was well worth it. Bangalore D. Bharat KumarIt was only appropriate that Bhajan Lal should have been chosen to award the gymnastics medals. After all, he is our champion in floor-exercises. Kanpur P.P. SahThe Asiad will definitely give a great boost to the morale of all sportsmen and women in the country. Hyderabad J. Sesha SaiIndian women have indeed done us proud! The number of medals won by them prove conclusively that Indian sportswomen have come into their own. Hassan S.P. Raman Nothing during the Games, not our poor performance in wrestling or athletics or swimming, can compare with the hockey debacle. It is the thing that symbolises our low standing in the world of sport as this game has been our traditional forte. I think the IHF should resign en masse and an entirely new team should be trained. New Delhi N. KapoorMedal HopesAs an athlete and a sports enthusiast, must say that the articles on the IX Asiad (November 30) were the best done by any magazine. Everything I wanted to know about the Asiad was there”. Madras Prafulla BhatnagarThough no one can deny the magnitude of the feat accomplished by the Government in completing the stadia and all the other arrangements and putting on a show we can all be proud of, I must say that one look at a drought-stricken state, like Bihar, is enough to take all the colour off the show. Patna Sanjay JainIn the box article on hockey (“Clash Of The Giants”) I read that our team prayed at a temple, a mosque, a gurudwara and a church before the Games. Isn’t it a classic case of all pray and no work makes Jack a dull boy? Bombay D.M. NadkarniWith uncanny precision the predictions made in the story have been coming right, India Today has outdone even the sports magazines in this. What better tribute to the research that must have gone into these articles? Bhopal Sunil MalhotraExposing CorruptionIt is indeed heartening that India today has won the case against Charanjit Singh – it is not just your victory but one of the press as a whole. It is also heartening to see that the article on “The Meridien Controversy” (December 15) did not hesitate in exposing corruption at the highest levels. New Delhi V. SagarGripping IssueThe November 30 issue was wonderful. I was able to read it from cover to cover and in every section there was an interesting article. Chandigarh Sukh Raj SinghThis issue was 100 per cent interesting. Right from the Asiad stories and Mrs Gandhi’s interview to “In Search Of Gandhi”, everything gripped the attention. I hope this tempo is maintained. Sonepur G. Puma RaoSoviet ConnectionThe article “Giving Amity A Chance” (November 30) deliberately played down the significance of General Zia-ul-Haq’s visit to India. While Pakistan’s military regime is constantly condemned, I see no mention made of the blatant Soviet expansionism in Afghanistan. The fact is that General Zia was on his way to ASEAN capitals; and there India is not welcome because of its constant toeing of the Soviet line. Kazipara M. SalauddinMisguidedIt was disheartening to read in “On  The Horns Of A Dilemma” (November 30) how a small group of misguided Sikhs are trying to tear the country apart. Isn’t it strange that while the Akalis were in power they made no move to have their demands implemented and have remembered them only since they have been out of office? The only way they can be stopped is if the public, both Hindu and Sikh, launch an agitation against them. Ambala City Rajeshwar SharmaCandid InterviewIt was very pleasing to see this highly personalised interview with Indira Gandhi (“My Father Was Not My Mentor”, November 30). The interview testified to her sense of humour and more important, to her candour which I am sure cannot be equalled by any head of state. Srinagar Sanjay Raina QaziThe interview which meant to probe into Mrs Gandhi’s private life was pointless as such interviews invariably are. Truth becomes a casualty when you pry into the lives of most public figures and Mrs Gandhi, not known for speaking the truth at the best of times, proved this again. A case in point is what she says about her husband. If he meant all that she says he did, wouldn’t he have merited better treatment from her? Udipi Vinata RaoThis interview brought out clearly that no matter what the cynics call Mrs Gandhi, she is a multi-faceted person who has packed into one lifetime more than many can in several. Bangalore Sushma KrishnanWhen Mrs Gandhi says that she “did everything for my children”, she is definitely not making an idle boast.Samur A. Jalul advertisementadvertisementIt is a pity that the interviewer did not question Mrs Gandhi about the part of her personal life that hits the newspapers every other day – about her daughter-in-law? Calcutta A. GovindamAlthough the interviewer claims that her intention was to bring out the woman in Mrs Gandhi, her questions towards the end of the interview leave much to be desired. In fact one must compliment Mrs Gandhi for her patience in dealing with the inane questions on what clothes she wears, who chooses them and so on. Even a schoolgirl would have dealt with such questions with irritation and this is the prime minister. I think the magazine should brief their interviewers better. Bangalore Sheroo AnkesariaThe Iron CurtainLeonid Illych Brezhnev after ruling for 18 years has left behind a society which had to wait for a day to be told of his death (“Death Of A Titan”, November 30). What more can be said about the Soviet Union? Paramakudi G. ParthasarathyDo you think. President Reagan had a premonition that the man to succeed Brezhnev would be former head of the KGB and that is why he chose as his running mate a former chief of the CIA? Kathmandu Sanjay UpadhyaDismissed CrusaderThe dismissal of Arun Shourie (“An Affair To Remember”, November 3) is a great threat to free and fearless reporting. It is ironical that the reason why the Magsaysay Award was given to Shourie is also the reason why Ramnath Goenka got rid of him – because he reported with integrity the corruption that is eating into the fabric of our society. And the most unfortunate part is that Goenka, after so many years of standing for truth, has given in to pressure. Delhi Vijay Kumar AnandShourie’s dismissal proves that today no media organisation can afford to take on the Government. Has Goenka forgot- ten what he had once told a Calcutta weekly : “I am trying to get young people who have 20-30 years to go, like Arun, to carry on my tradition”? Obviously his plans aren’t worth the paper they were printed on. Patna Seema YadavThough Shourie’s ouster is an unpleasant shock to most of his readers, it is indeed heartening to know that here is a man who stuck to his guns to the end and did not compromise with his principles. Muktsar Ashwani KumarThough we have learnt not to judge the product by the advertising campaign, the one launched by the Express seemed fitting. But now with Shourie’s departure it has gone back to being what it says it is not – just another newspaper. Hyderabad Sunanda MenonI have cancelled my subscription to the Express not because of the individual Arun Shourie but because of what he symbolised and what this action of the proprietor symbolises. Baroda P.R.J. PradeepMultinationalsIn “Trade Windsr (November 30) it is mentioned that Indian Aluminium Co Ltd (INDAL) is a sister company of Mahindra & Mahindra. INDAL is part of the multinational company Aluminium Company of Canada and 56 per cent of the shares are held by it. Belgaum K.S. VenkateswaranCruelty To Elephants”Jumbo Jamboree” (November 30) lacked in nothing, except perhaps colour. Lingampally SunitaThe photo feature was a testimonial to the suffering the elephants underwent on the long journey across the length of the country. Bangalore K. Subhash KumarI write in protest of the cruelty meted out to the elephants. The torture and pain the elephants experienced can in no way be compensated by the spectacle they presented at the opening ceremony. Patiala Pravit SinghSikh InsecurityMy observation in this article that one of the major causes of Sikh insecurity in towns is a sign of modernization among Sikhs was not meant for urban Sikhs but for younger Sikhs in the rural areas or those who have recently migrated to towns. Urban Sikhs, on the other hand, are fairly strict in observing the rituals. I am convinced that the causes of insecurity among urban Sikhs are socio-economic in nature giving rise to stresses and strains, which is manifested in the form of religious conflict or heightened religious identities. The process of modernization has aggravated these strains. Amritsar M.S. DhamiGround For ControversyWe are grateful for the sympathetic treatment given to our problem in “Corridor Of Controversy” (November 15). But I would like to draw your attention to the map used along with the article which does not show the present topographical position of the area. The Indian territory shown in the map just opposite Dahagram and Kuchlibari Anchal on the right bank of the river Teesta and known as Jharsigheswar has long since been eroded except for a tiny piece of land. This is evident from the accompanying map. Cooch Behar Sukumar Sen Gupta, President, Kuchlibari Sangram Samiti.Tortured UndertrialsThe article “Tortured To Death” (September 30) gives the impression that convicts and undertrials in Tamil Nadu are badly treated and that there is no control over police and prison authorities. May I point out that under the existing statutory provisions the death of an undertrial, remanded or convicted prisoner has to be enquired into by a revenue divisional officer (and by the personal assistant to the collector of Madras city) who is also a subdivisional magistrate? This report is forwarded to the collector and this with the collector’s remarks is submitted to the Government for careful scrutiny.Certain instances have been mentioned in the article. Magisterial enquiry has been conducted in all these cases and whenever necessary the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has also been asked to enquire into the cases. All the cases including those of Paramasivam’s and Gajendran”s were cleared by the Government after careful enquiry except for one – Krishnamurthy – who was a known criminal whose death resulted from an assault by an enraged mob.This was clearly established and the report that his case was entrusted to the CID after the collector decided that his death is not due to natural causes is incorrect and without basis. It is also surprising to note that the article said that he died at Vellore General Hospital when his death took place at C.M.C Hospital in Coimbatore.Where the Government has found that officials had not acted within the ambit of the law, it has not hesitated to take firm action. In the case of Thiru Manickam and Thiru Thantoni, the jail staff and the police are facing action. In the case of Thiru Paramasivam, too, while the death cannot be attributed to the police or the jail staff, disciplinary action is being taken against the jail staff for certain lapses. In the other cases no final decision has been taken.I am sure you will appreciate that in the light of the above this article is totally misleading and creates a false impression that the police and jail staff are running riot. Madras S.T. Kasirajan, Director of Information and Public Relations, Information, Tourism and Culture Department, Government of Tamil NaduThe story was based on information which was valid till August 31, 1982 when the correspondent visited the state. Till then the Government had not made up its mind on the death of the prisoners mentioned in this letter. Obviously the reports were finalised after the article was published. Moreover, Mr Kasirajan does not firmly state that all the deaths were due to natural causes. He only maintains that these deaths were not caused by the jail or police personnel.In the cases of Paramasivam and Gajendran Mr Kasirajan’s letter states that the inquiry has been completed, but he does not dispute the post-mortem report which is quoted in the story. As for Krishnamurthy, he died in police custody and the police instituted a case against him later.advertisement The letter also states that disciplinary action is being taken against the jail staff for certain lapses, but strangely, it maintains that even though Paramasivam did not die due to torture, disciplinary action is being taken against the jail staff. A case has already been filed in the Supreme Court and the verdict will establish the truth of the report. Editorlast_img read more

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Relentless Creamline remains perfect after 10

first_imgBecoming his own man MOST READ PH, Malaysia square off The Lady Troopers remained at fifth with a 5-4 slate behind the fourth-running PetroGazz Angels (5-2), but their repeat victory over the Red Spikers served as a big morale booster for the squad which came into the match reeling from a straight-sets defeat at the hands of the surging Air Force Jet Spikers.Honey Royse Tubino and Jem Gutierrez stepped up in the absence of Jovelyn Gonzaga, putting up 15 points each with Gutierrez adding seven digs for the Lady Troopers.PacificTown played without Gonzaga and coach Kungfu Reyes, who are with the national team vying in the inaugural SEA Grand Prix in Thailand this weekend.“We really needed to bounce back from that loss to Air Force,” said assistant coach Rico De Guzman. “We’ve been working on our defense and trying to develop our teamwork.”Ging Balse-Pabayo added 10 points while Alina Bicar produced 12 excellent sets for PacificTown Army, which beat Chef’s Classics also in straight sets in the first round on Sept. 7.ADVERTISEMENT A far second at 6-2, Motolite was trying to gain on Creamline against Air Force (3-5) at presstime.Galanza slammed in 13 attack points and finished with 16 for the defending champions, who will take a long break before resuming their sweep bid against the Air Force Jet Spikers on Sept. 29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40BaliPure slid to 2-8.Earlier, PacificTown Army survived a second set scare to rout Chef’s Classics, 25-11, 25-23, 25-17, and wheel back into playoff contention. Nieza Viray unloaded 15 points for the Lady Red Spikers, who fell to their ninth straight defeat in the season-ending conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers A Creamline side that played without its foremost star on Wednesday found little trouble in dispatching of BaliPure, registering a 25-11, 25-15, 25-17 victory for its 10th straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jema Galanza took charge in the absence of the injured Alyssa Valdez, and Risa Sato foiled a couple of attacks that helped slow down BaliPure’s charge in the third while Kyle Negrito filled up the void left by playmaker Jia Morado as the Cool Smashers continued to pull away from the nine-team pack.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

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Swiss Beat Cyprus, 1-0 in World Cup Qualifier

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — Switzerland took a huge step toward Brazil when substitute Haris Seferovic scored in the 90th minute for a 1-0 victory over Cyprus in a World Cup qualifying match late on June 8.The Swiss moved four points clear atop their group one day after closest challengers Albania and Iceland both failed to win home qualifiers.“It’s a very important victory and a big step,” said Switzerland assistant coach Michel Pont, who stood in for Ottmar Hitzfeld as the veteran coach completed a two-match touchline ban imposed by FIFA. “It was exactly the match we expected. Well done to the team for its patience.”Still, Switzerland seemed poised to waste a golden opportunity until Seferovic pounced on Xherdan Shaqiri’s astute angled pass into the penalty area.The 21-year-old Fiorentina forward cleverly lifted his left-foot shot over goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides high into the net.Switzerland had seemed destined for a second straight goalless draw littered with missed chances against a Cyprus side limited in ambition but resolute in defense.Switzerland, which seeks to reach its third straight World Cup tournament, has four matches remaining and next hosts Iceland on Sept. 6. Cyprus remains last in the six-team group.With Zurich teammates Josip Drmic and Mario Gavranovic leading the home attack, both came close to scoring in the seventh minute.Drmic’s slow-rolling shot toward an unguarded goal was cleared for a corner by defender Angelis Charalampous, and the left-flank cross found Gavranovic for a header which struck the far post.Basel winger Valentin Stocker was the spark in a bright early period, and Shaqiri had two shots blocked in quick succession just before the break.Cyprus seldom threatened, though Swiss ‘keeper Diego Benaglio saved smartly low to his right from Nektarios Alexandrou’s shot in the 61st.Gavranovic drew diving saves from Georgallides with two second-half shots and Shaqiri was more wasteful, failing to finish off a three-on-one break in the 53rd and shooting straight at Georgallides in the 87th.The Bayern Munich winger showed his class with the decisive pass, cutting through the Cypriot back line into the path of Seferovic, for the former Under-17 World Cup winner to get first senior international goal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India tour of West Indies could start in first week of August

first_imgIndia’s tour of the West Indies could start in the first week of August as Cricket West Indies has agreed to the BCCI’s request of pushing back the tour of the Caribbean by a couple of weeks.The Indian team was tentatively scheduled to reach the Caribbean island immediately after the World Cup final on July 14. However, the BCCI might have wanted the India players to have a break before the tour, which the CWI was happy to entertain.As per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme, India were scheduled to tour the West Indies after the World Cup for a full tour comprising two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the tour is likely to commence in the first week of August and run till September 4. The final dates for the tour along with the venues will be finalised by CWI at its board meeting on May 13.CWI also wanted a clear window for the Caribbean Premier League, which has now also been rescheduled, owing to the shift in the India tour itinerary.Originally, the seventh edition of the CPL was slotted from August 21 to September 27. As per the revised dates, the tournament will now be played between September 4 and October 12.Also Read | Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadAlso Read | West Indies have X factor at 2019 ICC World Cup, says coach Floyd ReiferAlso Seelast_img read more

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Jamaicans Urged to Avoid Imports Containing Lead

first_img The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is warning that persons may unwittingly be bringing products containing lead into the country.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday, October 18, CARPIN’s Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said while Jamaica does not have a major concern with one of the most commonly used products globally that contains the hazardous element, lead paint, as it is no longer used in the mainstream locally, there are other imports through which lead can enter the island.“We realise that Jamaica has become a global marketplace where persons are purchasing things online… (and) although measures have been set up at the ports to monitor what is coming in, we can’t definitively say that nothing (with lead) has come in; so we may actually find (that there are such) products here. Additionally, although we do not produce (or use) lead paint in Jamaica (in the mainstream), we can’t say that it does not come into the island,” she said.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh emphasised that with Jamaicans importing goods from all over the world, it is imperative that they be enlightened on the prevailing dangers lead poses, so that they make informed decisions on the things they plan to bring in.To this end, she encourages persons to read the labels of their purchases to ensure there is no lead present in the compositions.Meanwhile, Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh is expressing the hope that a strengthened surveillance programme will be instituted that facilitates legislation and policies that prevent the importation of products containing lead, and the appropriate safeguards against potential poisoning resulting from persons’ exposure to the hazardous element.“If we have programmes in place to test or monitor samples of the persons who come in (with products suspected of containing or determined to contain lead), then we can trace and pick up where it is coming from (and put the necessary preventative measures in place),” she said.The Think Tank was a precursor to International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which will be observed from October 22 to 28.The focus for Jamaica is eliminating lead exposure through the environment. Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh emphasised that with Jamaicans importing goods from all over the world, it is imperative that they be enlightened on the prevailing dangers lead poses, so that they make informed decisions on the things they plan to bring in. Story Highlights The Think Tank was a precursor to International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which will be observed from October 22 to 28. The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is warning that persons may unwittingly be bringing products containing lead into the country.last_img read more

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Government Helps Seafood Processors Promote Employment Growth

first_imgGovernment is supporting Nova Scotia’s seafood processing industry by unveiling educational tools to highlight and promote the industry and encourage employment growth. Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell was joined by members of the industry today, July 12, at Ka’Le Bay Seafoods, a division of Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd., in Glace Bay. The tools feature employees of Louisbourg Seafoods in videos to help tell the story of today’s seafood processing industry in Nova Scotia. Three other Nova Scotia seafood processors also featured are O’Neil Fisheries Ltd., Clearwater Seafoods, and Premium Seafoods. “The seafood industry in Nova Scotia has evolved, but the perceptions of some people are out of date. Some don’t see it as a suitable option for a full-time job in rural Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Colwell. “To help address the issue, industry and government have worked together to develop tools to help change how people think about jobs in this industry.” The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, in partnership with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, worked with the seafood processing industry on this $30,000 project. Along with the videos, it includes a website and infographic cards. “Nova Scotia has an ocean advantage, and many communities depend on it for their livelihood,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Government’s investments will mean more jobs and opportunity for people, including our youth, to stay in Nova Scotia. We need to make sure there are skilled workers available to fill these jobs, and these tools will help us do that.” Nova Scotia is Canada’s largest exporter of fresh seafood with exports valued at $1.68 billion. “Our local businesses want and need to grow and a shortage of good workers has some businesses passing up opportunities for expansion,” said Mr. Colwell. “These tools will inform Nova Scotians about today’s vibrant, innovative, economic-driving industry.” “We at Louisbourg Seafoods wanted help getting the word out that the Seafood Industry here in Nova Scotia is still a viable, and economically thriving business,” said Adam Mugridge, Species Development Biologist for Louisbourg Seafoods. “These are good jobs, and we need more people in our area to take advantage of the opportunities the seafood sector has to offer. These videos will help show our youth that traditional industries are still an important and sustainable option for them.” The items will be shared with the seafood industry, learning institutions, employment centres, rural chambers of commerce, the business community and media. For more information and to view the videos http://novascotia.ca/righthere.last_img read more

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Blake Lively Highlights Support For Child Rescue Coalition In Fight Against Child

first_imgChild Rescue Coalition’s vital work tracking and arresting thousands of child predators across the globe has captured the attention of actress and mother, Blake Lively.Video: Blake Lively – Variety Magazine – Power of WomenThe talented mother of two is lending her voice to raise awareness on the global crisis of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation, just introducing Child Rescue Coalition as Lively’s charity of honor during Variety’s Power of Women luncheon held on Friday, April 21, 2017 in New York City.The nonprofit’s advanced Child Protection System (CPS) technology enables law enforcement to track, arrest, and ultimately convict offenders creating and distributing child pornography online.“Child pornography has reached an epidemic level and we are committed to training law enforcement officers around the world to find the worst offenders. We are thrilled that Blake shares our commitment of rescuing children from online predators,” shared Carly Asher Yoost, Child Rescue Coalition founder and CEO. “Studies show that if a suspect is found with this type of sickening material, they are more likely to be hands-on abusers. We are grateful to Blake who understands the urgency to get these horrific offenders off the streets so we can protect children from further abuse.”Carly and Blake met last fall during an event where Carly was named the 2016 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth National Honoree. Since this initial meeting, Blake has facilitated opportunities with Child Rescue Coalition and a leading internet service provider as well as Facebook to discuss ways that the tech and communication organizations can develop tools that make the internet a safer place.Child Rescue Coalition’s technology is provided to law enforcement at no cost and has tracked over 44 million unique offenders in possession of child pornography. The nonprofit has trained 9,792 law enforcement officers in all 50 states and in 77 countries, resulting in the prosecution and conviction of more than 9,000 child predators and the rescue of over 2,000 children from sexual abuse.last_img read more

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Merck 4Q Earnings Snapshot

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) _ Merck & Co. (MRK) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.83 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.The Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of 69 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and non-recurring costs, were $1.04 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.03 per share.The pharmaceutical company posted revenue of $11 billion in the period.Merck expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.57 to $4.72 per share, with revenue in the range of $43.2 billion to $44.7 billion.Merck shares have decreased roughly 3 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed roughly 8 per cent. The stock has increased 26 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on MRK at https://www.zacks.com/ap/MRKThe Associated Press read more

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Funding shortfall forces UN agency to cut off food aid to millions

Up to 4.5 million people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may be deprived of winter rations because a slump in donations will force the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to halt its emergency cereal distribution operation there, the agency warned today. “Such across-the-board cutbacks would cause acute suffering on a massive scale,” WFP Country Director for the DPRK Rick Corsino said. “As we head into the harsh North Korean winter, those affected will find it very difficult to cope. The tragedy is that the people most at risk stand to bear the entire burden. They are already on the edge.” The initial WFP ration stoppages will be felt by 3 million recipients in the relatively better-off western and southern provinces over the next two months. A further 1.5 million more in the struggling, industrial east are threatened by still avoidable cut-offs from the beginning of next year. WFP said it urgently needs more than 100,000 tons of cereals to cover its requirements through the remainder of 2002 and January 2003. “Even the most prompt of pledges would not translate into food in a hungry person’s bowl for at least two months,” Mr. Corsino said. “Yet if commitments were made now, they could prevent this crisis escalating dramatically. We urge donors to do their utmost to limit the damage.” Those deprived of WFP assistance are all but entirely dependent on the government-run Public Distribution System, traditionally the main channel for food to most of the country’s 23 million people. That system currently provides an average of 300 grams a day to those on its books – less than half the internationally recommended minimum intake – and its rations are expected to increase only slightly from next month with the harvesting of the main rice and maize crops. Droughts, floods and tropical storms have been exacerbating agricultural and industrial problems in the DPRK since WFP launched its first emergency operation in 1995. The country posts sizeable food deficits each year, and remains a long way from self-sufficiency. Government statistics indicate that 45 per cent of North Korean children under five are chronically malnourished, while a further 4 million school-aged children are also severely underfed, impairing their capacity to grow physically and mentally. The nutritional status of some 500,000 pregnant and nursing women is also very poor, according to the official data. read more

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What You Should Know About Your Credit Score

By Gary Meeks, RICP®          Most adults have a credit score; however, many people have some misconceptions about what affects a credit score. Also, there are a few myths regarding credit scores and how they are determined. Below are some interesting facts about what makes up a credit score and some tips for improving it.• What is a credit score? A credit score is a three-digit number used by lenders to evaluate your ability to repay debt on time. When it comes to your credit score, higher is better. You may have multiple credit scores because there are several companies that provide them, each with varying calculations and ranges. FICO scores tend to be the most common and their base scores range from 300 to 850. A score around 750 or higher means you‘re more likely to get approved for new credit with better (lower) interest rates or terms.• Always pay on time. According to FICO, one of the most well-known providers of credit scores, paying late or on time has the biggest impact on your credit score (about 35% of it).• Too much debt can hurt. The second-largest factor, about 30%, is how much debt you have so leave yourself some wiggle room. Lenders will be nervous about extending you credit if you’re at or near your credit limit. Keep your credit usage to about 30% of your credit limit if possible. Paying off credit cards as soon as possible after large purchases will help.• Give it some time. The length of your credit history is the third-largest component of your credit score (15%). This includes the age of your various accounts and how long it‘s been since you used some accounts; however, you can still have a high score even if you‘re relatively new to using credit, assuming you use credit regularly and make payments on time.• Being too new. 10% of your score can be affected by being too new. Opening too many credit accounts in a short time can raise a red flag; however, shopping around for the best rate on a single loan generally won‘t affect your credit score. All the activity in a short time in this case is ultimately considered one event once you settle on one loan.• Can you manage a mix of credit types? For the final 10% of your credit score, creditors like to see that you can manage a variety of credit types responsibly. Having a mix of some of the following categories of credit can help; revolving (credit cards), retail accounts and installment loans such a mortgage or a car loan. Keeping informed about your credit score and responsibly managing your debt can pay dividends for you in the future when you need a loan or credit. You may be able to obtain your credit score for free through services such as Credit Karma and Credit Sesame. You can also request your credit score through credit bureaus such as Experian, TransUnion and Equifax, likely for a fee.FICO Credit Score Ranges and Corresponding Categories:800-850 Exceptional 19.9% applicants with scores in this range are at the top of the list for the best rates from lenders.740-799 Very Good 18.2% applicants with scores here are likely to receive better than average rates from lenders.670-739 Good 21.5% Only 8% of applicants in this score range are likely to become seriously delinquent in the future.580-669 Fair 20.2% Applicants with scores in this range are considered to be subprime borrowers.300-579 Very Poor 17% Credit applicants may be required to pay a fee or deposit and applicants with this rating may not be approved for credit at all.Data sources: Experian and Hartford Funds, as of 3/19.Gary D. Meeks, RICP®, is a registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC,m ember FINRA/SIPCa, broker dealer and Registered Investment Adviser. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity 90 W 100 N STE 6, Price, UT 84501 (435) 637–8160. read more

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Applied Linguistics accredited by TESL Ontario

There’s nothing wrong with trumpeting good news – in any language.Brock University’s Department of Applied Linguistics has learned that its accreditation with Teachers of English as a Subsequent/Second Language (TESL) Ontario has been renewed for 2013-14.Teachers of adult ESL learners at Ontario institutions need to be TESL Ontario-accredited. Programs designed to educate these teachers as well as faculty members who deliver the courses also need to be accredited.“Accreditation is not a given and needs to be renewed every year at this point. The process is time-consuming rather than difficult,” said Hedy McGarrell, graduate program director in Applied Linguistics.“This year, the report format had been changed (lengthened). The report includes a list of ‘new resources’ and I’m grateful to the library staff for generating a report on new acquisitions every year.”Accreditation reflects the recognition that teaching English as a second language is a “complex process” that requires more than familiarity with the language, McGarrell said. TESL Ontario has developed an accreditation system for teachers of adult ESL learners and providers of the education for such teachers.To be eligible for TESL Ontario accreditation, individual teachers need to demonstrate that they have reached the minimum education levels set out for accreditation, McGarrell explained.Institutions that provide education for teachers of adult ESL learners also need to be accredited by TESL Ontario, hence the annual need to renew accreditation for the program in Applied Linguistics. To ensure accreditation, minimum curriculum requirements need to be met or exceeded and all faculty members who teach in the program need to be accredited as TESL Ontario Educators, she said.“Program accreditation is very important for Applied Linguistics at Brock as only graduates of accredited programs are eligible for accreditation as instructors of adult ESL learners,” McGarrell said.“Accreditation, or at least graduation from a program recognized for accreditation, is also increasingly required for positions abroad.”Applied Linguistics offers students two routes: either a four-year Honours BA in Applied Linguistics/TESL or, for individuals who already have a relevant degree, the one-year TESL certificate program. read more

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Hamas rejects extension of ceasefire but denies firing rockets

first_imgPalestinians walk through dust by the rubble of houses, destroyed or damaged by Israeli strikes in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHAMAS HAS REJECTED an extension to a 72-hour ceasefire with Israel, leading to thousands fleeing their homes in Gaza City.An AFP correspondent says that in light of the expiration of the deal at 5am, people have begun leaving their homes in fear of a return to Israeli shelling.Israel’s army has claimed this morning that the Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down two missiles fired from Gaza, destined for the southern city of Ashkolon.“Since 08:00 IDT (0500 GMT), terrorists fired a barrage of at least five rockets at southern Israel. A rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon,” a statement from the IDF said.“Additional rockets hit open areas in southern Israel,” the army said, putting the number at over 10.However, Hamas said they were not responsible as the Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigade, took responsibility for firing “three Grad rockets at Ashkelon” in a statement. Source: AFP news agency/YouTube“We have one position, we refuse to extend the ceasefire, it is a final decision. Israel did not propose anything,” said one senior Hamas official after a long meeting with Egyptian mediators.“It did not agree to end the blockade” of Gaza, he added, referring to a key Hamas demand to end the four-week conflict that has killed almost 2,000 Palestinians.AFP contributed reportingRead: Amnesty accuses Israeli army of “deliberate attacks” on Gaza health workersRead: With six hours to go, no-one knows if the Gaza ceasefire will hold or notlast_img read more

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Facebook Adds GayFriendly Relationship Options

first_imgFacebook this week added two new relationship statuses that will make it easier for gay users to define their situations on the popular social network. “In a Domestic Partnership” and “In a Civil Union” will be added to the list, alongside “Single,” “Married,” “Engaged,” In a Relationship,” “In an Open Relationship,” “Divorced,” “Separated,” and “Widowed.”The new statuses are now available in the U.S. and are set to be rolled out in addition countries, soon. Says Facebook, “This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook.”Mashable points out that the site also teamed up with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) last year, to help curb gay-targeted cyber bullying on the site.Now that wasn’t so complicated, was it?last_img read more

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What to expect from HTCs Playstation Mobile certification

first_imgAs part of their attempt to broaden the PlayStation brand and increase total market share, Sony has opened up the PlayStation Mobile certification to any Android manufacturer willing to pay for it. The certification allows manufacturers to offer the exclusive PlayStation Mobile games that have, until now, only been available on Sony Android devices.During the Sony presentation at E3, it was announced that HTC would be the first hardware manufacturer to add the PlayStation Mobile certification to their devices. What does that mean for HTC devices, and the app developers currently working with them?HTC has had a team of developer advocates working very specifically towards apps for HTC devices. The HTCDEV team has been seen at many different events, all focused on encouraging developers to use the Sense SDK to optimize their apps for SenseUI. On top of their Sense crusade, the HTCDEV team has also been seen reaching out to game developers.So far HTC’s Scribe stylus has only been used in a limited fashion, but the HTCDEV team has encouraged several game developers to add Scribe support to their games, or to make new games that focus on the Scribe input to make the game more enjoyable. The group is made up of a pretty dedicated group of individuals, so it seemed likely that this team would be best suited to help bring the PlayStation Mobile certification a unique HTC flair, maybe even adding value where other manufacturers wouldn’t be able to.Unfortunately, that’s not the case. When asked for comment on how HTC and HTCDEV would operate with the new PlayStation infusion, it was made clear that HTC’s efforts in the development space would not be affected by PlayStation Mobile. The developer tools at HTCDEV.com would not be modified to include any additional support for PlayStation Mobile. For all intents and purposes, the PlayStation Mobile certification is not controlled or at this point even really supported by HTC at all.The general feeling so far is that the PlayStation Mobile certification is a value added plugin to HTC’s Android offerings, but for the time being we’re not going to see much else happening. Whether or not this is due to the restrictions that have been put in place by Sony is unclear, since details regarding the certification requirements are sparse. HTC isn’t likely to point the finger at their new partner if that is the case, so all we know is that HTCDEV is going to have a hands-off approach to this new addition.HTC’s done a lot over the last year to turn their offerings into lifestyle devices. The addition of Beats Audio, and the total system adoption of that audio service in Sense4, was the first of many steps geared to create a whole package that no other Android manufacturer is offering. HTC seems to be absorbing brand names to strap on to their devices to encourage users to purchase and use their devices, rather than branding everything under HTC exclusively.Whether or not the PlayStation Mobile addition is going to give HTC forward momentum has yet to be seen, but it’s been made abundantly clear that for now this is just another sticker for HTC to add to the box.last_img read more

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Nocost leaf disposal program proves popular

first_imgWho: For Vancouver and Clark County residents.When: Through Dec. 20.Where: H&H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave., (360-892-2805); McFarlane’s Bark, 8806 N.E. 117th Ave. (360-892-6125); West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road (360-737-1727).Requirement: A coupon, but they are available by asking at the sites.Maximum: Five yards.Peter Schultz of Vancouver backed his 1995 Ford F-250 into a giant pile of leaves and added to its girth on Sunday afternoon.And it did not cost him a dime.“I like it, and I use it every year,” Schultz said of the free leaf disposal program run by the city of Vancouver and Clark County.This was his second load in the past two weeks at H&H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave.“My son (Matthew) rakes up a load for my next-door neighbor,” Schultz said.Schultz added that he thinks the leaf program is good for residents and good for the Earth.“Knowing that they’re going to be used for compost … I think that’s a really good thing,” Schultz said. “I know years ago people used to burn their leaves. This is a much better deal.”The deal brought 1,203 cubic yards of leaves in October alone, said Elsie Deatherage, solid waste analyst for the city of Vancouver. She said the city and county paid $5,956 for the program through October. November figures are not yet available.The main pile of leaves at H&H is about 50 yards long, 20 feet high and 40 yards deep, Debbie Graham said. She ought to know, as she works a Hyundai front-loader pushing new leaves into the pile.last_img read more

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Lawmakers scramble on Boeing tax breaks

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers moved swiftly Saturday to extend aerospace tax breaks in a bid to satisfy Boeing Co. and win the manufacturing work that will come with the company’s new 777X production.The Legislature gave final approval to extend the tax incentives — worth a total projected value of $9 billion — all the way to 2040. Lawmakers then adjourned their three-day session without taking up a transportation package that Gov. Jay Inslee had sought.Legislators from both parties touted the importance of the Boeing jobs, especially for the long-term. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Democrat who leads a largely Republican caucus, said the company has had an enormous impact on the state over the years and said the bill was a way to make sure it continues.“It’s an incredible opportunity that we can keep this going for the next generation,” Tom said.Even though the tax breaks weren’t set to expire for several more years, Inslee called the Legislature back to Olympia this week for a special session dedicated to the Boeing bills. Along with the tax package, lawmakers voted to spend millions of dollars on worker-training programs and an effort to aid permitting for large aerospace manufacturing sites.Inslee said the bills were necessary in order to win the manufacturing work that will come with Boeing’s new 777X production. He praised the bipartisan work that went into the package and said the deal will reverse the outflow of aerospace jobs from the state.last_img read more

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AGDC Wont Get Some Responses To FERC Until September

first_imgThe AGDC submitted some responses on December 7 to FERC, but say said it will take until September 2019 to fully respond to more than a dozen of the information requests. Among FERC’s questions that the state team told regulators it will answer by September are:Will tidal flow and other currents move debris and boulders across the pipeline? And how much movement is expected, particularly during tidal currents?What effect will the movement of debris and boulders have on the pipeline?Will the project anchor the pipeline against tidal currents during construction, especially at the starting point for the pipe-laying operations?Does AGDC plan to use any additional weights or supports along the pipeline after construction to stabilize the line against currents?Will concrete mats be used to protect the pipeline after it is set on the seafloor? If so, under what conditions and where?How does the project propose to stabilize the pipeline’s shoreline entry and exit trenches after construction?Will the anchor chains that hold the pipe-laying barge in place affect other vessels using Cook Inlet? Some of the anchor chains could reach out a maximum of 6,650 feet from the barge.Has AGDC conducted any soil borings across the Cook Inlet pipeline route?Has the state team collected and reviewed any site-specific geotechnical data to confirm that the bottom soil is firm enough so that the weighted 42-inch pipe “will not continue to sink,” placing high-strain loads on the pipe welds during construction and operations?The regulators also asked the state team to furnish a technical review of pipe stability. An unofficial timeline released from FERC show a final environmental impact statement coming in 2019. Authorization from FERC to begin construction could be issued as soon as 2020. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC) submitted a total of 63 pages of questions for the Alaska LNG project back in October. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation said it will be next September before the LNG project team submits some of the detailed responses requested by federal regulators regarding the AK LNG project.last_img read more

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