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More Employment Opportunities for Nova Scotians

first_imgNova Scotians will see more job opportunities in aircraftmanufacturing and related industries following the signing of anagreement today, Oct. 22, between the province and the Aerospaceand Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia (ADIANS). The agreement will ensure a co-ordinated approach to improveemployability, recruiting, training and retention of a skilledworkforce within industries such as aircraft manufacturing andmaintenance, and the industrial and electrical trades. “The aerospace and defence industry, like other industries, isworking to narrow the skills gap and address workforce challengesincluding an aging population and rapidly advancingtechnologies,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “As part ofSkills Nova Scotia, the government is working with many partners,like ADIANS, to educate and train more people to work right hereat home, to create a prouder, stronger Nova Scotia.” The Department of Education and Nova Scotia Economic Developmenthave provided $25,000 to ADIANS to develop an implementationplan, governance model and business plan, needed to establish thenew partnership. “A skilled, productive workforce is vital for the competitivenessof the aerospace industry, while the industry, in turn, is avital part of Nova Scotia’s advanced manufacturing sector, whichproduces good jobs, high wages and spinoff employment,” saidEconomic Development Minister Ernest Fage. He said his department is proud to work with industry to helpNova Scotia companies make the most of aerospace opportunitiessuch as the Maritime Helicopter Program. There are currently 5,200 aerospace and defence workers in NovaScotia. The Department of National Defence (DND) employs another2,000 civilians in similar fields. It is estimated that withinthe next two years about 30 per cent of these jobs will bevacant, due to a shortage of skilled workers. Hal Davies, chair of the ADIANS human resources council, saidaerospace and defence sector participants in a spring workforcestrategy forum saw the value to the industry of a much closercollaborative effort by the private, public and educationsectors. One of the recommendations included in a forum reportwas that a human resources partnership be developed. “Improved competitiveness, an expanded market share, and betteremployment prospects will result from the enthusiastic desire ofindustry, government, college and university educators, workersand students to work more closely together,” said Mr. Davies. He said skills shortages, demographic change and improvingeconomic prospects are impacting the industry. “The partnershipwill provide the synergistic and collaborative framework toenable us to optimize the talent of our people and meet thechallenges of today and thereby enhance the prosperity of allNova Scotians.” Stuart Gourley, senior executive director of the skills andlearning branch, Department of Education, signed the document onbehalf of the department. Carl Kumpic, vice president of ADIANSsigned on behalf of the association and Jim Stanley signed onbehalf of Nova Scotia Economic Development. A copy of the ADIANS Workforce Strategy Report is available onthe ADIANS Web site at www.adians.ca . Skills Nova Scotia is the province’s co-ordinating strategy fordeveloping a skilled and competitive workforce. It involvesworking with partners to upgrade people’s skills from basicliteracy to the use of the most advanced technologies to furthersuccess in education and in the workplace. Copies of the SkillsNova Scotia 2002-2003 Action Plan, and the 2002-2003 Skills NovaScotia Progress Report are available on the Department ofEducation’s Web site at www.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

RTE quota till class 8 students in Jaipur go back to streets

first_imgJaipur: Children studying in elite schools in the Rajasthan capital under the 25 per cent RTE (Right to Education) quota are going back to the streets as daily wagers as the existing norms fail to ensure continuous education for them till class 12. Section 3 of the Right to Education Act lays down that every child from the age of 6 to 14 years enjoys the right of free and compulsory education in his/her neighbourhood school till the completion of his/her elementary education. The elementary education here stands for class 8. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “After completing class 8, these students have nowhere to go. After studying in the most modern schools with state-of-the-art facilities, parents force them into bangle-making or working on the streets. This is terrible to see,” said administrative officer of an elite school in Jaipur. “We have been getting some very talented students under the RTE quota. However, what saddens us that poor parents unable to bear expenses of their higher studies, prefer to engage them in a job/work for additional income to support the family,” he added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Schools say they can’t speak out against government policies as their affiliation stands risked but insist that there was a strong need for changes in the RTE Act to extend its benefits beyond elementary education. Principal of another renowned school said: “This 25 per cent RTE quota is meant to benefit children, who are the future of the country. But no one bothers about the future of these poor kids after they complete elementary education.” “As it is, they study with a feeling of inferiority. They can’t match their fellow students from well-to-do families, but try to cope up with the situation and study hard. Their parents can’t give them as much attention as they need, so we, the teachers, ensure they get extra hours to catch up with their counterparts. But what is the point of all these efforts, if the children ultimately have to go back to the drudgery they are seeking an escape from?” she asked. “Parents of most of these kids work as drivers and house helps. After completing class 8, they join their parents in their jobs,” she said. When contacted, State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra told IANS that the Ashok Gehlot government was working on a new education policy for the state. “A committee is working to streamline education. We are planning to write to the Centre to extend the ambit of classes under the RTE Act from 1-12, instead of 1-8,” he said. “The Central government must look into this while working on National Education Policy,” he added.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Futures markets predict more US selling

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):6:55 a.m.It’s going to be a nervous opening on Wall Street, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average recorded its biggest fall, in percentage terms, since August 2011.Futures markets are turning cagey as the opening bell gets nearer, with Dow futures and the broader S&P futures, down a further 1 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.Stock markets around the world, particularly on Wall Street, have tumbled this week as fears over prospective U.S. interest rate hikes combined with fears that markets were a bit frothy following a strong run over the past year that saw many indexes hit record highs.Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital in London, is worried about the role technology is playing in the rout. Algorithmic trading, which involves computers following a program, are, he said, “battering the key levels forcing the market lower each time.As a result, he reckons buyers are being caught out: “So far every time dip buyers come in they are being blown away — despite the fact that on a forward earnings basis stocks are looking more and more appealing.”___6:30 a.m.For many stock investors, the rout in markets is likely to have come as a bit of a shock or at least a timely reminder that share prices can go down as well as up.Throughout the history of financial markets, corrections whereby indexes lose 10 per cent of their value have been a regular and healthy phenomenon as they shake out some of the more speculative players and bring share prices back to their fundamental levels.Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, notes that the rally over the last couple of years has been “very strong and without any corrections of note.”As a result, he thinks that it’s entirely possible that this has led to some “complacency,” with investors perhaps “getting a little ahead of themselves.”___6:15 a.m.In the Middle East, stocks were touched by the U.S. and Asian markets’ sell-off, though the losses were more limited.Dubai’s stock market closed 1.5 per cent lower and Abu Dhabi’s shed nearly 1 per cent on Tuesday in the region’s third day of trading for the week.In Saudi Arabia, the region’s biggest economy, the Tadawul stock exchange slipped 1.5 per cent while Qatar’s closed a little more than 2 per cent down.Meanwhile, in Egypt, one of the largest consumer markets in the region, the EGX30 was trading 2 per cent lower and the EGX50 was down 3 per cent.___5:45 a.m.The turmoil in global stock markets has echoes with what’s been going on with bitcoin, the hugely volatile virtual currency, which rose exponentially to around $20,000 last year before a precipitous slump.Many in the markets think assets like bitcoin are introducing a layer of uncertainty that has contributed to the retreat in stocks.On Monday, bitcoin slid from around $11,500 to below $7,000, while the Dow Jones industrial average fell by a record 1,175 points.According to James Hughes, chief market analyst at AXI Trader, the Dow Jones “was trying to do its best Bitcoin impression.”Bitcoin was under pressure again Tuesday, trading 5.9 per cent lower at $6,509.___5:05 a.m.There are signs of a reprieve in the global market sell-off.Futures markets are pointing to a steady opening on Wall Street, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures down 0.2 per cent and up 0.4 per cent, respectively.Hopes that Tuesday won’t see a repeat of the previous day’s selling on Wall Street has helped European stock markets clamber off earlier lows. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 1.8 per cent, while Germany’s DAX was 1.9 per cent lower — both indexes are higher than where they started the session.Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, said it’s the “speed of the correction, not its size,” that has proven the “real shock, particularly to a market inured to low volatility.”___3:15 a.m.Stock markets in Europe have tumbled at the open following the routs on Wall Street and Asia and as investors fret that a healthy correction could turn into a protracted bear market.Minutes after the bell to signal the start of trading, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 2.5 per cent at 7,151, while the CAC 40 in France slid 3 per cent to 5,127. It was a similar story on Germany’s DAX, which was 3 per cent lower at 12,308.Investors around the world have taken fright at the prospect of a higher than anticipated increase in U.S. interest rates this year in the event rising wages stir inflation.Many in the markets had been anticipating some sort of correction following the steady gains over the past year or so, which have pushed some indexes, notably on Wall Street, to a series of record highs.___1:15 a.m.Shares are taking a beating in Asia after the biggest drop in the Dow Jones industrial average in six and a half years.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index plunged as much as 7.1 per cent but recovered some of those losses to close down 4.7 per cent at 21,610.24 on Tuesday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 4.1 per cent to 30,938.85 and the Kospi in South Korea lost 1.4 per cent to 2,458.06.Most other regional share benchmarks gave up between 2 per cent to 4 per cent. The dollar weakened to 108.81 Japanese yen.last_img read more

TMC activist beaten up in Murshidabad

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress activist was injured after being beaten up by some miscreants in Murshidabad. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some Congress-backed goons were involved in the attack.The victim has been identified as Tuhin Sarkar. A resident of the Kalinagar area in Murshidabad, Sarkar was returning home on late Saturday evening when two motorcycle-borne miscreants stopped his way. They got down from the bike and started beating up the victim indiscriminately. The victim fell on the ground after receiving several blows. Hearing the screams of the victim, some local residents came to his rescue. The miscreants, however, had fled from the spot before the local people reached there. They rushed the victim to a nearby health centre. His condition is stated to be stable now. The incident has subsequently triggered a blame game between the local TMC and Congress leaders. TMC leaders alleged that Congress had engaged the miscreants to beat up Sarkar. However, Congress has refuted the allegation and termed the incident a result of infighting within TMC. Police have started a probe in this regard. They are conducting raids to nab the culprits.last_img read more

Ban to visit Italy Switzerland and Spain on official trip starting late

Mr. Ban will begin his visit late next week by hosting a two-day retreat for senior managers in Turin, which is home to the UN Staff College, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.The retreat’s participants will include several incoming staff members who are taking their oaths of office next week, such as the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay; the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy; the Controller, Jun Yamazaki; and the Legal Counsel, Patricia O’Brien, and her deputy, Peter Taksøe-Jensen.Mr. Ban then travels to Geneva, where he will address the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as it opens its latest session on 31 August, which will also be the twentieth anniversary of the panel. The following day, the Secretary-General is slated to attend a memorial ceremony for the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, lay a wreath for the fallen staff and meet with survivors and the families of victims.He is also expected to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Iraq and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on science and technology cooperation.The final leg of the trip will be in Spain, where Mr. Ban will give a speech at Exposition Zaragoza 2008 about the importance of water for social, economic and political security and meet Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos. He then travels to Madrid for talks with Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero. 22 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads late next week to Italy, Switzerland and Spain on a wide-ranging official visit that will focus on issues that include the global fight against climate change and the importance of water and sustainable development. read more

Brock grads among Niagaras top 40 Under Forty

The Business Link recently announced its 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards, recognizing Niagara’s next generation of business leaders. The 40 winners are professionals, under the age of 40 and have consistently made their mark in business and in their communities.Congratulations to the many Brock graduates (listed below) who made the coveted list of winners. A reception on May 16, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Parkway Convention Centre in St. Catharines will recognize all the winners. For ticket information, please call Wendy Smith at 905-646-9366 or visit BusinessLinkMedia.com 1.   Steven Boese (BA ’06)2.   Crispin Bottomley (BA ’04, BEd ’05)3.   Alykhan Kassam (BSc ’01)4.    Scott Glover (BSc ’06)5.    Kathleen Flynn (BBA ’07)6.    Michael Kemp (BBA ’08)7.    Shari Sekel (BAcc ’99, MAcc ’01)8.    Michael Laur (BA ’98)9.    Marco Marino (BA ’03)10.  William Janzen (BBA ’09)11.   Brian Mocha (BBA ’04)12.   Richie Roberts (BSc ’04)13.   Corrina Massicotte (BA ’08)14.   Mary Jane Johnson (BA ’06)15.   Vita Gauley (BA ’07)16.   Kathryn Gordon (BA ’06)Click here for a list of past 40 Under 40 award winners. read more

Sullinger Im coming back next year

NEWARK, N.J. — After falling short of the team goal of a national championship with a loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team received some positive news: Freshman forward Jared Sullinger confirmed his plans to return for his sophomore season. “I’m coming back next year because I have to work on — a lot of things — and I don’t like the taste that I just had,” the freshman said to reporters after the loss. “I don’t appreciate losing. I never appreciate losing and I’m going to come back to win.” Sullinger led the Buckeyes in points and rebounds per game with 17.1 and 10, respectively. The Freshman of the Year award winner is also one of four finalists for the Naismith Award, handed out to the best basketball player in the country. Accolades aside, Sullinger’s motivation to return was simple. “The love of this basketball team makes me want to come back,” he said. “These guys are my brothers.” OSU coach Thad Matta was not surprised by his freshman’s vow to return. “He told me from day one he’d be back for two years,” he said. “I think all the things he learned this year, with a great offseason, I have no doubt he’ll be the best player in college basketball (next year).” Sullinger tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s loss to the Wildcats on Friday. The double-double was the forward’s 18th in 37 games. It was not those numbers or the team’s 34 wins that made Sullinger’s choice an easy one, but rather the loss to the Wildcats. The freshman plans on getting right back to work. “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back,” he said. Despite being widely projected as a top-five pick, Sullinger was adamant that he would not be swayed by the NBA. “I’ll be in an Ohio State jersey next year,” he said. “It’s my personal choice and I want to come back and serve this basketball team and play for Matta.” Sullinger has until April 24 to submit his name to the NBA draft, but said he is not interested in even testing the waters. OSU junior guard William Buford said he plans to return, but might look into the NBA by entering his name. If he does, he will have until May 8 to withdraw it and retain his college eligibility. Buford, however, doesn’t think he is ready to play professionally. “I’ll be back,” he said. “I just want to get better so when I do go, I’ll be prepared to make an impact and not just go to be a player in the league.” If both players return, OSU will retain its top two scorers and top rebounder from the 2010–11 season, along with the team leader in assists, freshman point guard Aaron Craft. Though he was emotional after the team’s tough loss, Sullinger said he did not take the decision lightly and was clear that he would not renege on his choice. “I’m a man of my word,” he said. “I won’t change my mind for anybody. This is what I want. This is where I’m happy. I’m happy being an Ohio State Buckeye and playing for coach Matta.” read more

Mens Lacrosse Dave Richardson hired as strength and conditioning coach

Former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson won’t be leaving the university for his next opportunity as he has been hired as the Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.“Coach Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is an incredible leader and builder of young men,” men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said in a release. “We look for him to make an immediate impact as we prepare for the 2018 season and beyond.”Richardson was hired in 2005 by former men’s basketball coach Thad Matta as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past 12 season with the men’s basketball team.When Matta was fired and Chris Holtmann was hired as head coach, Richardson was not retained. Ohio State announced former Indianapolis Colts performance and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks would be Richardson’s replacement as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Friday.Last season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team reached the national championship for the first time in program history, falling 9-6 to Big Ten rival Maryland.“I have known coach Myers for a number of years and have a ton of respect for how he runs the program and the passion he has for building and teaching men,” Richardson said in a release. “I am excited to get going with this team and have high expectations for what we can achieve.”Richardson has never worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a specific focus on a lacrosse team.Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson spent five years as assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fl.). He became the Hurricanes coach after working for six seasons as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisiana at Monroe. read more

Google is building its own green offices in Mountain View

first_imgIngenhoven’s Oeconomicum University, DusseldorfGoogle is an expanding company and continues to need more space for its growing influx of new employees. In some instances that additional space is acquired with the purchase of a building, such as the recent 111th 8th Avenue building in Manhattan which cost the company a cool $1.9 billion.That may be the best solution away from its main headquarters, but when it comes to expanding the company presence in Mountain View, Google has decided on a self-build solution.Rather than look for an appropriate building, or pay someone else to create a typical new office space, Google is going green and designing a brand new building from scratch. It is being aided by the German architecture firm Ingenhoven Architects who are well known for producing sustainable and ecologically oriented constructions such as the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.Ingenhoven’s Daniel Swarovski Corporation, ZurichThe area they have to work with is around 600,000 square meters on a 9.4 acre piece of land by Shoreline Boulevard Google just paid $30 million to lease. The brief is for Ingenhoven to design the greenest building they can taking into consideration Google’s requirements. Construction of the new building is expected to commence next year.Read more at Mercury NewsMatthew’s OpinionThis could turn out to be the most ecologically-friendly tech headquarters on the planet. You’ve take an architecture firm with a lot of experience and awards for producing sustainable structures, and combine that with Google who has been pushing green tech for years. Together, they may even produce a carbon-negative construction.So what can we expect to see? Solar energy will most likely feature, as will a building that reacts to the weather conditions. The materials will be both sustainable and energy efficient allowing for a constant pleasant working temperature inside reagardless of what happens outside. And although Google isn’t big on flashy designs, we suspect this building is going to be something memorable to look at like many of Ingenhoven’s others structures.The only surprising thing here is Google renting rather than buying the land. We don’t know the length of the lease, but if you are going to undertake such a build it makes sense to own the land it sits on. Saying that, the investment required to purchase rather than lease may have been way too high to make it the right decision to take.last_img read more

Gmail rolls out preview of new Compose and Reply interface

first_imgFor all its merits, Gmail’s one-window interface can be annoying when you’re composing a message and find that you need to reference an old email. Saving a draft, looking up the information, then re-opening the draft is cumbersome. Popping the new email out into a separate window is definitely a more convenient method, but it sacrifices the simplicity of the experience. The Gmail team has a new solution for the problem, however, and when you next go to write a message you might have the option to try it out.The new Compose interface comes up as a panel in the lower-right corner — essentially a big Google Chat window. Just like the instant message fields you’re used to, the compose field stays up persistently as you browse through your email, but can be minimized if you need it out of the way momentarily. Replies are now handled entirely in-line, appearing as a new items in the existing conversation. The changes are a clever way to juggle writing a new message (or messages, you can compose more than one at a time) along with the rest of the Gmail experience, but it’s not the only thing that’s been refreshed.Start composing in the New Message panel and you’ll quickly see that Google has cleaned up the composing experience. Autocomplete contact suggestions in the: field now include profile pictures, instead of just names and email addresses. Recipients in the To: field are no longer a simple comma separated list, but instead become “chips” that can be dragged-and-dropped into the CC or BCC fields.A few features are currently missing from the new interface preview, like inserting emoticons and event invitations. Once the Gmail team gets everything working in the coming months, they’ll roll out the interface to everyone. For now, you can switch back to the old compose view using the “More Options” button in the lower-right corner of a New Message.via the Gmail bloglast_img read more

MelbourneAthens a journey of friendship

first_imgA new partnership between the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) and one of the most acclaimed educational institutions in Athens came into effect recently, when the principal of the GCMV schools, Manos Tzimpragos, visited the College of Psychico, where the Hellenic American Educational Foundation is based. This visit was the first phase of the ‘Melbourne-Athens: a journey of friendship’ program of partnership between the GCMV, and the HAEF, which was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and it is one of the most reliable educational institutions in Greece, offering high quality services in primary and secondary education to more than 4,500 students. During his visit, Mr Tzimpragos had the opportunity to meet with the HAEF’s President Professor Spiro Pollalis, as well as the school’s department directors, with whom he discussed special educational programs, and exchanged insight on the current challenges and opportunities presented in the field of education. The program commenced in mid-November under the initiative of sociologist and Psychico College teacher Maria Filio Tridimas. It is an online mentoring program in which year 10 HAEF students mentor year 9 students at the GCM’s Language and Culture Schools of the Balwyn and Doncaster campuses which also brings interdisciplinary skills to the HAEF’s students. This partnership allowed for the GCM’s schools to have a presence at the HAEF’s annual ‘Paniyiri’ Student Festival, last weekend reinforcing the capacity building between the two schools. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver man exonerated in pedestrian fatality

first_imgA driver arrested in connection with a fatal pedestrian crash Monday night in west Vancouver was exonerated Wednesday pending further investigation.Nicholas D. Moline, 25, of Vancouver was set to appear Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of intoxicants. However, before his case could be called, the prosecution asked that it be stricken from the morning’s docket. He is not currently facing any criminal charges, but police could refer charges at a later date.Officers believed Moline was intoxicated at the time of the crash and that there was probable cause to arrest him, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.A blood sample was taken, but the results will likely not be available for months due to a backup of cases at the Washington State Patrol crime lab, Kapp said.“The investigation, from our standpoint, is ongoing. Traffic investigations take a long time,” she said.Vancouver police were dispatched shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday to the 1700 block of West Fourth Plain Boulevard, near Simpson Avenue, for a crash involving a pedestrian. Emergency responders pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene, according to a police department news release.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify the man and notify next of kin before releasing his identity, Kapp said.last_img read more

Ozil says hes positive he can return soon

first_imgThe German footballer is currently injured and missed the Christmas and New Year’s matches due to a knee injury.German footballer Mesut Ozil has a knee injury and has missed a couple of Arsenal’s matches.And he went into Instagram to vent his frustration about missing the team’s recent games.“Positive start into 2019 for us!” he wrote as reported by The Standard.“Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless, it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again,” he added.“Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö”.Positive start into 2019 for us!❤ Congrats Gunners!⚽👏🏼 Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! 💪🏼💥 #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019last_img read more

Brent Cameron

first_imgIn 2003, Brent made another return to Indiana and joined the largest weather team in the nation, at WTHR in Indianapolis. It included a separate studio which housed a 24-hour weather station called “SkyTrak”. There, thunderstorms and snowstorms were tracked continuously for hours (on-air), from Illinois to Ohio. Several snow events later, Brent missed the warmth and sunshine of Florida and returned to WSVN as weekend evening meteorologist.Highlights of Brent’s weather career include covering the “Indy 500” Tornado Outbreak of 2004, and Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Both events made an impact by reinforcing his respect for what nature is capable of. Helping people through the big events, as well as the day-to-day stuff, makes it all worthwhile to Brent. He occasionally speaks to south Florida classrooms with that very message. Brent is also a former host of the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon and has donated his time to the Make a Wish Foundation. He’s an avid animal lover and has worked with the Humane Society on various events.Brent graduated from Ball State University with a major in Telecommunications. While at college, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and elected Student Body President in 1990-1991. He followed-up with a degree in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.Brent is currently a member of the National Weather Association.You can see Brent’s weather forecasts on weekend evenings during 7 NEWS at 5:00pm , 6:00pm, 10:00pm and 11:00 pm. Brent also fills-in for Chief Meteorologist Phil Ferro, on occasion. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MeteorologistNothing is more important than your weekend and no one gives you a more accurate weekend forecast than Meteorologist Brent Cameron. He constantly keeps a watchful eye on both sky and beach conditions when you need it most.Follow @bcameron7When storms threaten, he’ll calmly direct you through the stormy weather and let you know how and when to be prepared. Since south Floridians are often boating, Brent is also mindful of marine weather. Cruise passengers leaving the Port of Miami or Port Everglades can also check Brent’s forecast for the very latest tide information and boating forecast.Brent was hired at WSVN in the summer of 1999, making for a decade of service in the 7 Weather Center! He clearly remembers preparing for the move to Miami. “A friend told me I had it made,” he recalls, “this job would be in paradise and forecasting would be as predictable as it gets in weather.” Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Brent quickly realized how many local influences come together to produce tricky weather conditions in south Florida.Brent’s forecasting experience covers a variety of weather from the mountains to the ocean waters, with lots of volatile flatland in between.His forecasting career began in western Montana. He was hired as the primary weather anchor for KPAX-TV, Missoula, in 1994. One year later, he jumped to WPTA-TV in Ft. Wayne Indiana, near his hometown of Wabash. There, Brent spent 5 years tracking tornadoes while monitoring wild weather extremes in the Midwest. Then, prior to the new Millennium, the opportunity arrived to move south and Miami became home. last_img read more

Alaska Supreme Court Hears JuneauPetersburg Boundary Beef

first_imgDownload AudioThe state Supreme Court heard arguments in a local boundary case Wednesday morning that could redraw lines around a Delaware-sized chunk of Southeast Alaska.The contested land is almost completely uninhabited national forest – Juneau “estimated” the population at one – but with the land goes potential federal receipts, some property and sales tax revenue, and local authority.Within five minutes of Juneau’s attorney beginning her arguments in the Alaska Supreme Court, Chief Justice Dana Fabe interrupted with this question:“Given that the LBC [Local Boundary Commission] has the discretion not to consolidate, and has even the discretion whether to consider relevant information from concurring or conflicting petitions, and given you haven’t challenged the constitutionality of that regulation or even challenged the LBC’s exercise of its discretion in how it proceeded, why doesn’t that end the case?”There’s a lot of technical legal stuff that could be unpacked in that question, but the takeaway is that Fabe was wondering out loud if Juneau had a case at all.The boundary beef stems from Petersburg’s dissolution as a city and reincorporation as a geographically much bigger borough in 2013. Its northern border now comes to Holkham Bay, where Tracy and Endicott arms empty into Stephens Passage.The usual authority on these matters, the state’s Local Boundary Commission, cut about 500 square miles of land around Tracy Arm from Petersburg’s original annexation request. It was a concession to Juneau, where tourism connections made it a better fit, commissioners said.But Juneau wants an additional 1,500 square miles excluded from the Petersburg Borough and argues it has better claims to those lands and waterways that weren’t properly considered by the commission.Mead noted the commission itself supported Juneau in the contested area in a boundary study last revised in 1997. The justices asked several questions trying to parse out exactly what Juneau alleges the Local Boundary Commission did wrong. Eventually, Juneau attorney Amy Mead summed it up like this:“What we’re saying is that the analysis that they engaged in, which is apparent from a reading of that decisional document, is constitutionally infirm. That is our argument.”She argued the analysis was weak specifically with respect to Article X, Section 3 of the state constitution that says, “Each borough shall embrace an area and population with common interests to the maximum degree possible.”“Article X is properly understood as a rough guideline.”That’s state attorney Janell Hafner, representing the Local Boundary Commission.“It is not a rigid blueprint,” Hafner said. “It is not a standalone, fixed mandate that directs what a borough boundary must look like at any one point. Nor does it direct the manner in which the commission evaluates the decision among competing boundaries is the best fit.”She and Jim Brennan, the attorney for Petersburg, both argued that the commission properly weighed the competing claims and acted within its authority.Brennan took particular offense to Juneau’s assertion that the commission limited its participation in the annexation proceedings. He noted a 58-page report by the Juneau Economic Development Council.“That was considered. Petersburg rebutted it,” Brennan said. “Petersburg went through a point by point rebuttal of that study. And also showed that Petersburg’s commercial fishing connections to that area were substantially greater.”Petersburg fisherman are responsible for more than 90 percent of commercial haul from the contested area; Juneau businesses and residents own most of the private land.The commission also held a 3-day hearing in Petersburg on the competing annexations in 2012 that Brennan attended.“I must have been at a different proceeding than was discussed by Juneau. … The main question was, ‘Who’s got the greater connections, Juneau or Petersburg?’ That’s what the hearing was all about. Juneau brought down 10 witnesses. They were not precluded from presenting anything.”Justice Craig Stowers asked, if Juneau prevails, what can the court do to satisfy Juneau?Mead said Juneau doesn’t want to force Petersburg to revert to city status, but the court could order the commission to revisit the competing annexation claim with more evidence and more hearings.The court usually publishes its decisions within 9 months hearing arguments.last_img read more

SAIL to shell out Rs 6000 crore as capital expenditure this fiscal

first_imgSteel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), which is the largest integrated iron and steel producer in the country, will shell out Rs. 6,000 crore in the current financial year. The amount will be spent on modernisation and expansion plans, as well as towards research and development (R&D).The public sector entity had forked out about Rs. 4,483 crore as capital expenditure last year.The money invested will be utilised towards energy-saving methods, pollution control, development of mines and to enrich product mix, Press Trust of India reports.”SAIL will spend around Rs. 6,000 crore as capex this financial year. This includes the expansion programme as well as R&D,” a source was quoted as saying by the PTI.The New Delhi-based company is currently in the process of improving its hot metal production capacity from to 23.46 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), which was previously 13.82 MTPA. It also made an investment of Rs. 61,870 crore, which will be completed by the end of the present financial year.The steel-maker will also spend Rs. 10,200 crore towards mine development in Odisha and Jharkhand.Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, during a Steel and Mines Ministry meeting, had asked domestic companies to accept the external realities of the steel sector.”In the long term, industry has to accept external realities and learn to compete and emerge stronger in spite of them (challenges). Time is of essence and all plans and actions by the companies must be well-planned and executed,” Tomar was quoted by PTI as telling the companies.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Language veteran Halima Khatun dies

first_imgHalima KhatunLanguage movement veteran Halima Khatun died on Tuesday in a city hospital, says UNB.The language veteran breathed her last around 2:00pm at the United Hospital after suffering from heart, kidney and blood-related diseases.Prominent actress Suborna Mustafa, a niece of the language movement veteran, informed newsmen about the death of Halima.Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed profound shock at her death and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.Conveying sympathy to her bereaved family members, Asaduzzaman Noor said “Halima was one of the organisers who participated actively in the movement. Especially, she played a vital role in organising and inspiring women to participate in the movement.””She will be remembered forever for this participation in the movement and contribution to the Bangla literature,” the cultural affairs minister added.She was born on 25 August, 1933, in Bagherhat. She was the youngest child of Maulovi Abdur Rahman, who completed his graduation from Kolkata Alia Madrasa.Halima Khatun completed her MA in English Literature from Dhaka University and received Doctorate in Education in 1968 from University of Northern Colorado, USA.She got involved with the language movement since 1948 and took part in the movement actively after admitting into Dhaka University in 1951.Halima, also a writer who completed her Doctorate in Children Literature, received Bangla Academy Award for contribution in children literature.Alongside, she was also honoured with Bangladesh Shishu Academy Sahitya Puraskar (Award for Children Literature of Bangladesh Shishu Academy) in 1999.last_img read more

As Summer Temperatures Climb Most Texas Prisons Arent AirConditioned

first_imgTexas Department of Criminal Justice 00:00 /00:55 Share X Listencenter_img In 2018, after a years-long lawsuit, the state of Texas installed air-conditioning at the Wallace Pack prison southeast of College Station, as part of a settlement with inmates. But within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, there are just 29 facilities with air-conditioned beds. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel said the other facilities have some air-conditioning in designated respite areas.“That includes having unit-based command centers that are activated during and National Weather Service deemed heat emergency,” he said.The Lychner state jail in Humble is one of those facilities without air-conditioned beds. The facility 20 miles northeast of Houston can house more than 2,000 inmates.“The Lychner state jail, it’s on our list as a partially air-conditioned unit, which means there are respite areas, education areas, chapel areas, those sorts of places that are air-conditioned,” Desel said.This year, state lawmakers considered a bill calling for a study on reducing the air temperature in TDCJ facilities. The bill did not pass, but Texas Criminal Justice Coalition policy analyst Douglas Smith said it’s significant that it was heard by a committee. “To my knowledge, there’s never been a hearing on air-conditioning or temperature standards inside of Texas prisons,” Smith said. “It’s something that people have talked about, but to my knowledge no one’s offered that bill and gotten that bill to a point where it can be debated in a committee.”Smith said one obstacle to air-conditioning prisons is the high cost. “I don’t see the Legislature ever willingly allocating those types of funds. There needs to be further success in the courts,” he said. “There needs to be something that forces the Legislature to act and go ahead and allocate those funds.” As of the 2019 legislative session, the state now requires TDCJ to file an annual report to lawmakers on temperature complaints from inmates. They are not required to report the temperatures inside prison cells. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Startup carrier Athens Airways will launch its ma

first_imgStart-up carrier Athens Airways will launch its maiden services from spring 2009, according to reports.The airline’s initial flights will be operated on a charter basis, with scheduled services set to begin in April in time for the ever-popular Greek holiday season.According to a report from Alternative Airlines: “Athens Airways sees itself as an operator that will offer a more upmarket product on high yield routes and also believes it will have the edge over its rivals in this respect.”The website said that the new airline will acquire four Embraer aircraft from cheap flights carrier Flybe, with the first set to be delivered in the coming weeks.Greece’s government announced earlier this month that Athens Airways was one of 16 bidders hoping to take over Olympic Airlines’ operations after it was revealed that the company would be liquidated.The start-up carrier is also interested in acquiring Olympic’s ground handling and technical maintenance undertakings. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedEtihad to launch new flight from Abu Dhabi to ChicagoEtihad Airways will launch a new flight to Chicago from Abu DhabiThai Airways to use A380s on London flightsThai Airways to use A380s on London flightsEtihad Airways passengers ‘should book flights from UAE early’People hoping to travel on their holidays using Etihad Airways have been advised to book their flights earlylast_img read more

by Alicia Rancilio The Associated Press Poste

first_img by Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2018 5:57 am PDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2018 at 7:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘The Bachelorette’ and new fiancé ready to move forward In this undated photo provided ABC, Becca Kufrin, left, drinks with Garrett Yrigoyen in an episode of the “The Bachelorette”. Kufrin celebrated her engagement to Yrigoyen, capping the Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, finale on ABC following the usual tears and drama. (Paul Hebert/ABC via AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – ABC’s “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin and her new fiance, Garrett Yrigoyen, hope to move forward after controversy.Shortly after the season premiere, it was discovered that Yrigoyen had liked Instagram posts that mocked transgender people, feminists and Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor David Hogg. He responded quickly by deleting the account and apologizing, describing the likes as “mindless taps.”Yrigoyen, 29, said the hardest part was criticism that Kufrin received.“I felt like she was getting personally attacked because of my actions,” Yrigoyen told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. “I’m trying to better myself and realize the mistakes that I’ve made.”Kufrin, 28, said it was difficult to see the negativity surrounding the man she’s in love with while they were keeping their engagement a secret so the show could play out.“He’s one of the most open, supportive men to everyone he encounters and so to not have the world see that, and to say such terrible, negative things about his character was really hard. I knew that we would have this moment once we could finally be in public to address it,” she said.She chose Yrigoyen in Monday’s finale over Blake Horstmann.Kufrin was first a contestant on “The Bachelor,” where she got engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr., only to have him dump her on camera for his runner-up, Lauren Burnham. She said her time on “The Bachelor” made her mindful of her suitors’ feelings on “The Bachelorette.”“I knew at the end of this it’s inevitable that hearts are gonna break but I wanted to treat all the guys how I would want to be treated,” she said.The couple wants to invite many former castmates to their wedding.“I made some really solid friendships last year with the girls and he did the same with the guys,” Kufrin said.“I think Wills and John would have a dance-off probably,” said Yrigoyen, referring to Wills Reid and John Graham.___Follow Alicia Rancilio at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar___Online:https://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelorettelast_img read more