A government conciliator is in regular contact with Stora Enso and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 972, acting Minister of Environment and Labour Michael Baker said today, March 17. “Our services are available at any time should they be requested by the parties,” said Mr. Baker. “The department’s conciliator has logged more than 300 hours of work with the company and the union, and remains in touch with both sides.” The department never comments on the substance or progress of an industrial dispute, he said. Mr. Baker said the Department of Environment and Labour respects the collective bargaining process and the rights of both parties to negotiate as they see fit. “Our services are available but the government can only provide assistance,” said Mr. Baker. “Both parties are experienced in collective bargaining and they are aware of their responsibilities.” The Department of Environment and Labour provides services to parties involved in industrial disputes and therefore remains strictly neutral. The union has been locked out of the Port Hawkesbury paper mill since Jan. 26.
Mark your calendars for the Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete (FAHF).Fashion and Arts Humanity FeteFAHF confirmed award presenters are: • Kyra Kyles, Vice President and Head of Digital at Ebony.com and Jet.com • Barbara Bates, CEO of Barbara Bates Designs and Founder of The Barbara Bates Foundation • Cesar Rolon, Co-Founder of Latino Fashion Week • Louis Kaufman of Chicago Dentistry • Chrishon Lampley, of Love, Cork, Screw and more!The event takes place at Parkway Ballroom, Chicago, on December 12.#FAHFAwards, which is being filmed for major cable network interest, will commence with a full Black Carpet experience and live media interviews including confirmed media photographer Chan C. Smith of Jet and Ebony Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Empire Life Magazine, plus more. Music will be provided by the popular DJ CJ Buckets, who will be co-hosting alongside FAHF Awards Show host for the evening, Tony B., a model and actor who has been featured in McDonald’s billboard campaigns and Disney Chanel. The show will open with a fashion presentation by The Little Dapper Collection and will conclude with headlining designer, Lydia Endora.Humanitarian categories for this year include Written Arts, Performance Arts, Fashion and Beauty Arts, Technical Arts, Visual Arts and Crafts, and Nationals. The new CARES category includes all honorees, but attendees choose this recipient via a live vote. The winner receives a prize package valued at over $1,000.“This is our 5th year and it is anticipated to be our largest production to date,” said Renita S. Manley-Garrett, Executive Director of FAHF and The Arts of Humanity, and LookToTheStars.org team member. “The entire FAHF Team has been working overtime to put together something like nothing else in Chicago, the Mid West, and on a national scale. We are so excited for our honorees this year and for the remarkable award presenters who will honor them.”Tickets are available here.Major supporting sponsors: Dr. Louis Kaufman of Chicago Dentistry and Kaufman and Kaufman Smile Design Studio LLC and Bar Louie.Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete Awards (FAHF Awards) is presented by The Arts of Humanity, a 501c3 that develops, teaches, and recognizes creative humanitarians. All ticket sales are 100% tax deductible and proceeds go to furthering the organization mission and to the support and development of local up and coming artists and non-profits. #FAHFAwards honors entities that use the arts to advance their local community and humanity. For more information, please visit theartsofhumanity.org.
Warren Appleby pictured with his wife and two children. (Submitted by family) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement He would have seen something that one of us didn’t see, whether it was an instinct or something. There’s that fine line between making it great and making sure it’s safe, and as far as I remember, ironically, nobody has ever really been hurt on one of his sets.”‘Warren is beloved’ Ministry issues orders at site where Titans crew member killed Advertisement “The whole ‘Go big or go home’ macho thing that those guys tended to do, he lived it but he wasn’t arrogant or braggy about it. He was just a guy who was a great leader. These guys just loved him so much because he didn’t take all the credit either.”Those who witnessed Thursday’s tragedy are “traumatized having seen what they saw,” Dale added.“He was a great leader … and had the experience and the confidence and safety and the spidey sense and the sense of humour,” he said.“To think if he was standing six inches one way or the another, we wouldn’t be talking today. It’s the arbitrariness of that that gets me.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Toronto special effects co-ordinator Warren Appleby brought a measured approach to his work, always finding a balance between delivering something spectacular and doing it safely, says his longtime filmmaker friend and collaborator J. Miles Dale.So as news spread of Appleby’s death on Thursday from an accident during a special effects test for the series Titans it seemed a particularly tragic twist of fate for someone who was well known for safety as well as his humour, leadership and quiet confidence on set.“This is just the worst fear of what we do,” Dale — the Oscar-winning producer of The Shape of Water who worked with Appleby on many projects stemming back to the 1994 series RoboCop— said Friday in a phone interview from Los Angeles.“But he would deliver. The gags were good and it was safe. There would be times where we’d be doing something and it would be ‘3, 2, 1’ and he’d go, ‘Abort, abort — stop, stop, stop.’ Toronto police said Appleby died en route to hospital after equipment exploded at a west-end special effects facility and he was hit by metal from the blast.Warner Bros. Television Group said it happened during the preparation and testing for an upcoming Titans shoot. The company planned to shut down production for two days.The Ministry of Labour said they were investigating the incident.To think if he was standing six inches one way or the another… It’s the arbitrariness of that that gets me.– Miles DaleWarner Bros., along with Titans executive producers and DC Universe, said they were “heartbroken and devastated” by Appleby’s death.“Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures,” they said in a joint statement.“The executive producers, along with everyone in the Titans family, Warner Bros. and DC Universe, wish to express our deepest condolences, and heartfelt love and support, to Warren’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”Toronto-based special effects company Acme FX, where Appleby was a partner, said he’ll “be remembered for his quick humour, strong leadership, care and compassion for his crew and — above all else — his devotion to his family.”‘He kind of broke the mould’Tributes also poured in on social media for the husband and father of two young boys, who had a prolific career in film and TV, with other recent credits including the series The Strain and the films It, It Chapter Two and The Shape of Water.Dale said Appleby put crew members at ease with his kind spirit and humour during tense stunts and scenes involving explosions.“Stunt effects guys tend to be cocky and macho and he wasn’t that, so he kind of broke the mould,” Dale said. Login/Register With: • Toronto crew member on DC Universe’s ‘Titans’ killed after stunt goes wrong Advertisement
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Jordan Ryan of the United States as his Deputy Special Representative for Recovery and Good Governance for Liberia starting next month. Mr. Ryan, who will also serve as the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia, works now in Viet Nam as the UN Resident Coordinator. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Ryan served as the Director of the UNDP Office of the Administrator in New York from 1997 to 2001. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ryan held the positions of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Senior Assistant Resident Representative in Viet Nam. He was also the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in China. Before joining the UN, Mr. Ryan worked as a consultant and as an attorney in New York and California.
MONTREAL – North American lumber prices have increased by 60 per cent since late 2011 on an improving U.S. housing market and elevated demand from Asia, an international forestry consulting firm says.Wood Resources International says the random length lumber price index peaked in February while the price of sawlogs in the western United States has continued to increase early in 2013 after ending at a five-year high in 2012.Prices have also increased in British Columbia and Eastern Canada because of tighter log supply.The sharply improving lumber market pushed Canadian and U.S. production last year to increase by five and eight per cent respectively.“Sawmills in the Western region have been more fortunate than mills in other regions in North America since they have been able to ship lumber both to markets in the U.S. and to Asia,” stated its industry publication Wood Resources Quarterly.Canadian sawmills, which export most of the product south of the border, have been ramping up production to meet the growing demand. Production at facilities in eastern provinces increased 16 per cent in the fourth quarter, according to the industry publisher.Higher U.S. demand is also prompting producers from outside North America to increase their shipments to take advantage of improving market conditions.Meanwhile, Canadian forest products producers such as West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT) and Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP) have begun to see the impact of the higher prices on their earnings results.Canfor swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, earning $21.6 million on a 25 per cent increase in sales to $721.8 million.After tumbling in January, prices bounced back to US$390 in February.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets recently raised his target spot price for Western SPF — softwood lumber made from spruce, pine and fir trees —to US$350 per thousand board feet this year and to US$375 for 2014.“We continue to expect that producers will add significant capacity over the next few months, which in combination with a likely pause in China buying could drive prices lower by mid-2013,” he wrote in a report.“Over the medium-to-long term, however, we see a strong recovery in the U.S. housing market and growing Chinese demand for North American lumber pushing operating rates above the 85 per cent threshold needed for pricing power in 2014.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. housing and Asian demand pushes lumber prices up 60 per cent since 2011 by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 4:53 pm MDT
(Kevin Usselman, 660 NEWS) Heavy oil sector optimistic about future by Posted Jun 7, 2016 11:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In conjunction with the Global Petroleum Show, which opened Tuesday at the Stampede grounds, is the Heavy Oil Technical Conference.Over the next few days, members of the Society for Petroleum Engineers are discussing the latest technology designed to extract energy from places like the oilsands, while reducing its carbon footprint.Conference Chair Heather Herring said despite uncertainty about things like price, market access and regulatory reform, because of increased demand for fossil fuels, heavy oil like the oilsands will be in demand for decades to come.“Hard to see how we’re going to move away from fossil fuels, and we do need to get greener or we are going to see governments regulate the replacement of fossil fuels with other sources,” she said. “We’re going to find that a costly alternative.”Herring said the industry has listened to its critics and is constantly working on new technology to reduce its carbon production.She added that’s why it’s important heavy oil players around the world work together on solutions, which is something the conference helps facilitate.
“When public institutions fail to deliver justice or protect the people’s rights, insecurity and conflict prevail,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to an open debate on strengthening the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security. Nearly 70 delegations are expected to take part in the debate, which will culminate in a Presidential Statement from Council members. He noted that, at the national level, reconciliation and enduring peace require strong rule of law through responsive and inclusive institutions. “People must be able to trust that their institutions can resolve disputes promptly and fairly, and provide equitable access to basic services, including justice and security.“At the international level,” he continued, “adherence to the rule of law is critical for conflict prevention and the peaceful resolution of disputes. Mechanisms to combat impunity and ensure accountability – including UN-assisted criminal tribunals – reinforce the primacy of law.”That is why strengthening the rule of law is now an integral part of the mandates of peacekeeping operations and special political missions, said Mr. Ban, noting that 18 UN missions worldwide currently mandate rule of law support.The UN provides support to national authorities on various aspects of the rule of law, ranging from advice and assistance in constitution-making processes to reforming justice and security institutions and dealing with legacies of atrocities.“The crafting of peacekeeping and peacebuilding mandates provides a strategic opportunity to support national priorities in this area,” said Mr. Ban. “Along with the police and military elements, mandates for new missions should include justice and corrections. This will help extend the State authority and lay the foundation for longer-term institution building.”The Secretary-General highlighted four important points that should guide rule of law mandates. First, mandates should reflect the specific challenges of a country and identify priority areas of support. Also, sequencing or establishing phases for the implementation of the different components of assistance is vital, since promptly addressing people’s immediate security and protection needs is crucial to laying the groundwork for the long-term success of institutions and processes. Given limited human and financial resources, a gradual or progressive implementation strategy may be the most effective in transitioning from peacekeeping to long-term development assistance, he continued. And lastly, assessing progress is essential to making policy decisions supported by evidence and responsive to particular needs. “The Security Council has made important inroads to promote monitoring and evaluation of UN rule of law assistance,” Mr. Ban said. “Specific and sequenced mandates, which include data collection and evaluation capacities, would further support these efforts.”
Wearing a sleeveless white dress and with an adorable baby bump still clearly visible, unusually it was the former American actress who appeared the more nervous of the royal couple. It was the moment he has waited his whole life for – the chance to show off the child he has always wanted. Presenting baby Archie to the world, Harry appeared to embrace newfound fatherhood, deftly cradling the newborn in his arms and even cracking jokes as he and Meghan spoke movingly of their “little bundle of joy”. Clearly there are no red carpet moments that can prepare any woman – no matter how famous – to face the global media just two days after giving birth for the first time. Echoing his boyish appearance…
WHEN KOJI UEHARA threw the final pitch in Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox didn’t just clinch baseball’s World Series and cap a remarkable turnaround that saw them go from last place to champions.They lifted an entire city six months on from April’s devastating marathon bombings.The Red Sox’s resurgence and Boston’s recovery go hand-in-hand and this week, Sports Illustrated’s cover combines the two perfectly.Under the headline ‘Boston’s finest hour,’ the cover shows police officers Rachel McGuire, Javier Pagan and Detective Kevin McGill standing alongside World Series MVP David Ortiz in Fenway. Sports IllustratedMcGuire, Pagan and McGill were the officers in this iconic photo, taken just seconds after the explosions near the finish line at Boylston Street.Sports IllustratedOn and off the field Ortiz, who has been a Red Sox player since 2003, became the figurehead in a remarkable season, no more so than in the aftermath of the bombings when he took the microphone and told Boston: “This is our fucking city.”YouTube Credit: WackyClips247Tiger Woods hit a golf ball from Asia into Europe
JAMES AVERY, THE bulky character actor best known as Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.Avery’s publicist Cynthia Snyder told The Associated Press that Avery passed away yesterday in Glendale, California, following complications from open heart surgery. He was 65.Avery played Will Smith’s uncle – the Honorable Philip Banks – on the 1990s sitcom. His movie credits included Fletch, The Prince of Egypt and 8 Million Ways to Die.The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996, with a total of 148 episodes. It became a huge TV hit and has enjoyed a cult following ever since.Here’s Uncle Phil in his prime: Source: snackopolis- Additional reporting Michael Freeman
Clinton/Trump Source: Samir Hussein/PAClinton/TrumpAccording to ‘Old Moore’ last year, “Hilary Clinton was the one to watch,” which she undoubtedly was despite her loss. However, on Trump, it is predicted he “will be bored very quickly with protocol and also he will have heart issues/ health issues and marriage jeopardy”.Panama PapersOld Moore also said the following of 2016:Many people who act like they are upstanding will be busted avoiding taxes, hiding money and being involved in corruption. It’s the fun kind of scandal where people get their comeuppance.The Panama Papers were leaked documents proving that politicians and celebrities have been using tax havens to avoid paying taxes in their own countries.PizzaIn happier news, the almanac predicted the rise of the delivery drone, saying there would be, “Drone delivery experiments…drone delivery pizza!” Domino’s in New Zealand began autonomous delivery of pizzas from its stores to select customer homes.EndaAs for domestic predictions, Old Moore predicted that “Enda has a political crisis. Irish election gets global attention.” While it wasn’t particularly global news, even Enda would tell you the Government formation ideas were far from ideal.Read: Job losses ‘unavoidable’ at UTV Ireland as merger with TV3 is finalised >Read: Almost 20% of Irish people can’t afford to meet friends for a drink or meal > Image: Shutterstock/zffoto 26,501 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 2 Dec 2016, 6:20 AM Here’s everything that’s going to happen in 2017, apparently… … according to the Old Moore’s Almanac. Dec 2nd 2016, 6:20 AM Share56 Tweet Email2 Short URL Image: Shutterstock/zffoto https://jrnl.ie/3113612 21 Comments By Garreth MacNamee OLD MOORE’S ALMANAC is 253- years-old and has been predicting the future both rightly and wrongly for generations.In 2016, their in-house psychic predicted that 2016 would be a year that would not be remembered fondly.And it wasn’t wrong.Brexit, Trump and the death of various music and screen icons have seen the year labelled by some as one to forget.The magazine has one of the highest magazine circulation in the country with a print run of 47,000 copies,Here are some of the predictions for 2017: 2017 is the year of the global economic downturn. This is the year to hang on to your wallet.Winners: Gaelic Football: Dublin….Hurling: TipperaryA robotic android interactive sex partner will hit the news.Several plane incidents in 2017, two major, one minor.There is more talk of Northern Ireland and the Republic becoming united within the EU.Scientists will crack some reverse aging techniques.A hotel attack makes international news.Ireland is in danger of a lone-wolf style terror attack.Eurovision sees us in with a chance.Mobile workforces are a new trend, meaning working in offices is dying.Although many of the predictions are vague, the people behind the almanac have claimed they got a lot of 2016 correct.
Déchets électroniques : la Corse, meilleur élève en matière de collecte et de traitementCorse, France – L’île de beauté devient la meilleure élève au niveau national en matière de collecte et traitement des déchets d’équipements électriques et électroniques (DEEE). 15,4 kilos par an et par habitant ont été collectés et traités en Corse par l’éco-organisme EcoLogic et le Syvadec (Syndicat de valorisation des déchets ménagers de Corse). En 2009, quelque 2.800 tonnes de DEEE ont été collectées en Corse afin d’être valorisées. Comme le souligne Eco-Logic dans un communiqué, la performance de 15,4 kg de déchets par habitant et par an est largement supérieure à l’objectif de 5 kilos fixé par la directive européenne DEEE. “Ce taux de collecte est exceptionnel, parmi les meilleurs d’Europe”, se félicite l’éco-organisme.À lire aussiLa première barrière flottante anti-déchets sera bientôt testée à San FranciscoSur la première marche du podium au niveau national, et ce pour la deuxième année consécutive, la Corse se place également parmi les meilleurs élèves européens. C’est la Suède qui, avec 16,2 kg/hab/an, détient le meilleur taux d’Europe de collecte et traitement des DEEE.La filière de collecte créée par Eco-Logic et Syvadec a été lancée en 2008, et son succès “s’explique notamment par un excellent maillage du territoire, une campagne efficace de sensibilisation auprès du grand public et un dialogue constant entre les deux acteurs” souligne EcoLogic.Le 19 juin 2010 à 10:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
Nouvelle-Calédonie : des espèces emblématiques en dangerRespectivement oiseau et chauve-souris, le cagou et la roussette sont des espèces endémiques qui peuplent la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Aujourd’hui victimes de prédateurs ou de la surchasse, ces animaux sont menacés.Alors que la liste des espèces menacées ne cessent de s’allonger, la Nouvelle-Zélande a décidé de tirer l’alarme à propos de deux des animaux emblématiques du pays : le cagou et la roussette. Aujourd’hui, les populations de ces espèces très différentes diminuent de plus en plus, victimes des prédateurs et de la chasse. En effet, la chauve-souris est un animal emblématique de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Dans la culture kanak, c’est un animal totémique, une véritable mascotte dont les poils sont utilisés pour fabriquer de la monnaie. Dans l’archipel, trois espèces cohabitent dont les roussettes, qui sont les plus petites avec leur 30 centimètres d’envergure. A contrario, les mégachiroptères sont les plus grandes et elles peuvent mesurer jusqu’à un mètre.Une espèce menacée mais toujours surchasséeComme l’explique Fabrice Brescia, spécialiste des roussettes à l’Institut agronomique calédonien (IAC), “la roussette se nourrit la nuit exclusivement de fruits et de pollen”. Elles étaient chassées par les Kanaks qui les abattaient dans les grottes à l’aide de bambous puis, plus tard avec des armes à feu. A cause de cette surchasse et du fait que la roussette ne peut donner qu’un petit par an, la population a fortement décliné et même si “nous ne disposons pas de chiffres précis [ … ] une étude a révélé une diminution évidente des colonies dans les grands arbres”, a indiqué M. Brescia, précisant que les roussettes sont sur la liste des espèces menacées de l’UICN (Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature).Ainsi en 2004, une nouvelle réglementation a limité les jours de chasse aux week-ends du seul mois d’avril, à raison de cinq roussettes par jour et par chasseur.Une espèce victime des prédateurs De son côté, le cagou est un oiseau endémique très particulier qui “aboie” et ne vole pas. Reconnaissable à sa huppe, qu’il déploie pour intimider ou lors de la parade nuptiale, le cagou se nourrit de larves, d’escargots ou de vers, ce qui explique qu’il n’ait pas besoin de voler pour se nourrir. Mais au même titre que la roussette, il fait lui aussi l’objet d’un plan de sauvegarde, compte tenu de l’importante diminution de sa population. En effet, victimes des chiens, des chats et des cochons, cet oiseau est aujourd’hui protégé et il est strictement interdit de le chasser depuis 1977.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”On estime qu’il reste moins de 1.500 cagous en Nouvelle-Calédonie, dont 700 dans le parc de la Rivière Bleue”a déclaré Almudena Lorenzo, directrice du Parc forestier de Nouméa. L’espèce, en “danger de disparition”, selon l’Union internationale pour la Conservation de la nature (UICN), sera d’ici cinq ans progressivement réintroduite dans les zones où elle a disparu, grâce aux naissances d’oiseaux dans les zones protégées. “Notre objectif est qu’en 2100, le cagou ne soit plus une espèce menacée”, a affirmé Mme Lorenzo. Il reste donc un long chemin à parcourir avant d’y parvenir… Le 23 juillet 2011 à 09:19 • Maxime Lambert
Energy Sistem présente de nouvelles tablettes Android abordablesEnergy Sistem, firme située en Espagne, dévoile 3 nouvelles tablettes tactiles disponibles dès la mi-novembre.Après Airis et ses pocket pc, l’Espagne nous envoie une nouvelle société spécialisée dans le multimédia, Energy Sistem. Cette dernière propose différents formats de tablettes : des 8 pouces (4 :3) dont l’une affiche en Haute définition (1024×768 pixels) avec 8 Go de mémoire, alors que la seconde (800×600 pixels) n’en propose que 4. Le dernier modèle dispose d’une dalle de 7 pouces (16 :9) pour afficher en 800×480 pixels, incluant également 4 Go de mémoire. Chacune est équipée d’un processeur ARM A8 (1.2 GHz) avec 512 Mb de RAM. De quoi attirer le client qui souhaiterait se procurer une tablette bon marché. Le système d’exploitation est bien sûr Android. Pas la dernière version mais plutôt la 2.3. Petit détail qui peut induire en erreur l’acheteur, car Energy Sistem annonce « Android Honeycomb Style » (Honeycomb étant l’avant dernière version en date du système de Google); il s’agira donc d’une version s’approchant visuellement de HoneyComb.À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Avec des prix allant respectivement de 229, 199 et 159 euros, les tablettes (i828 HD, i824, i724) sont moins chères que leurs concurrentes mais leurs performances sont également moindres. Tout dépendra de l’utilisation que l’on souhaite en faire mais ces produits pourraient cependant démocratiser la tablette tactile, notamment auprès des bourses moins conséquentes. Le 4 novembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
Everton will play against Manchester City tonight, and the only way the team can get a win is by playing a perfect match.Everton is currently in the ninth position of the English Premier League table with 33 points.They are 26 points behind second-place Manchester City.And tonight they will face off in Matchday 26 of the EPL.“To be ready to achieve a good result and win against Manchester City, you have to give almost the perfect performance,” Marco Silva told the club’s official website.“With no mistakes, always fully focussed, a fantastic attitude and ready to fight and achieve a good result.”“They are having more than 70 percent possession against all the teams – so you have to be solid and compact,” he added.“They will play close to our box a lot, even if we do not want that, so we have to be focussed and strong and put the right aggressiveness on the pitch.”“Then when you have the ball, you have to play with ambition, with one aim in your mind, to try to create some damage to them and create the chances to try to score,” Silva commented.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“When we have the ball and the opportunity to make the offensive transition or counter-attack, we have to be able to do it fast, to be assertive and create chances to score.”“It is something we have spoken about,” he continued.“When Andre has played with different players by his side, he was more able to go in the other [attacking] zones.”“We played with one positional [holding] midfielder in the past two games and Andre took this responsibility,” he said.“When he plays with a different profile of player behind him, he can get in different [more advanced] positions.”🔵 | Someone say a midweek game under the lights? 🙌🤩🆚 @ManCity⏰ 7.45pm🏟️ Goodison Park📱 #EFCMatchday pic.twitter.com/7LHrdqrC8F— Everton (@Everton) February 6, 2019
Attorney Jonathan Katchen outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. Photo: Liz Ruskin.President Trump on Tuesday nominated an Anchorage attorney to serve as a U.S. District Court judge in Alaska.Listen nowJonathan Katchen works in commercial and natural resource law at the firm Holland & Hart.He previously worked for the state of Alaska, as senior counsel for Dan Sullivan, the current U.S. senator, when Sullivan was Alaska’s natural resources commissioner. He also worked for Sullivan as a special assistant when Sullivan was Alaska’s attorney general.And Katchen is a former law clerk of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, sister of the president.If confirmed by the Senate, Katchen would replace Judge Ralph Beistline of Fairbanks. Beistline went into “senior status,” or semi-retirement, at the end of 2015.
Heidi Drygas, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, presents on the budget in January 2016. On Thursday, she spoke about a federal grant the state received. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Some Alaskans with opioid addictions who are leaving prisons or juvenile justice facilities will receive federally funded job training.Listen nowA grant also will pay to increase the number of people trained to provide opioid treatment.State Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Heidi Drygas said the opioid crisis is affecting Alaskans from all backgrounds.“It’s affecting those who are impacted by addiction, whether they are themselves addicted and trying to come off opioids, or whether they have family members that are addicted,” Drygas said. “Those individuals need assistance — first of all, getting clean and getting sober – but also they need help seeking employment.”Drygas said family members of those with addictions could also receive job training.Drygas said her department applied for the grant as soon as officials became aware of it. It received $1.26 million of $21 million the U.S. Department of Labor is awarding to all states.“That small grant of $1.2 million is huge to our department and our state,” Drygas said. “We can have a really great impact with that amount of money.”The grant also will pay to inform at-risk youths about the dangers of addiction. It will train teachers in addiction and how to help students having crises. And it will pay for medical devices that are designed to help people who are withdrawing from opioid use.The grant starts this month and lasts two years. The state is working to launch the programs.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers who volunteered to work at branch schools on islands and schools in forefront line and mountainous areas in Pyongyang. Photo AFPThe UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test.With backing from China and Russia, the council adopted a US-drafted sanctions resolution just one month after banning exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the tough new measures were a message to Pyongyang that “the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” but she also held out the prospect of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.“We are not looking for war. The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no-return,” Haley told the council.“If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it.“If North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. The choice is theirs.”The South Korean government welcomed the resolution, calling it a “grave warning that (North Korea’s) continued provocations will only intensify its diplomatic isolation and economic pressure.”During tough negotiations, the United States dropped initial demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on the foreign assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in a bid to win support from China and Russia.The resolution instead bans textile exports, cuts off natural gas shipments to North Korea, places a ceiling on deliveries of refined oil products and caps crude oil shipments at their current level.It bars countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean laborers sent abroad and seeks to phase out the practice by asking countries to report on the date for ending existing contracts.Some 93,000 North Koreans work abroad, providing Kim’s regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programs, according to a US official familiar with the negotiations.Under the measure, countries are authorized to inspect ships suspected of carrying banned North Korean cargo but must first seek the consent of the flag-state.Joint ventures will be banned and the names of senior North Korean official and three entities were added to a UN sanctions blacklist that provides for an assets freeze and a global travel ban.It was the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.‘Big mistake’ to avoid talksJapan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe argued the resolution was “strong” as the sanctions set out in the resolution were much stronger than earlier measures, as he urged Pyongyang to take “concrete action” toward denuclearization.The United States and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on Kim’s regime to come to the negotiation table to discuss an end to its nuclear and missile tests.Russia and China are pushing for talks with North Korea, but their proposal for a freeze on Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear tests in exchange for suspending US-South Korean military drills has been rejected by the United States.Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the council it would be a “big mistake to underestimate this Russia-China initiative” for a so-called freeze-for-freeze, adding that Moscow would “insist on it being considered.”Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks “sooner rather than later.”China, North Korea’s sole ally and main trading partner, had strongly objected to an oil embargo initially sought by the United States out of fear that it would bring the North’s economy to its knees.Instead, the level of crude oil is capped to the four million barrels it currently receives from a Chinese pipeline, while deliveries of refined oil products are limited to 500,000 barrels for three months from October 1 and to two million barrels from January 1 for a period of 12 months.That would amount to a 10 percent cut in oil products, according to the US Energy Information Administration, which estimates annual exports to North Korea at nearly 2.2 million barrels.The US official said the ban on textile exports would deprive North Korea of some $726 million in annual revenue.Washington has said military action remains an option in dealing with Pyongyang and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with the it.Earlier, North Korea said it would not accept any chastisement over its nuclear and missile program, which it says is vital to stave off the threat of an American invasion, and threatened to cause the US “the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history,” in an official statement.Pyongyang has staged a series of missile tests in recent months that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range.It followed up with a sixth nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which it said was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.
Sony has decided that the PlayStation TV is nearing the end of its life. The first hint being shipments of the device in Japan have ceased. It’s still on sale, but only as long as existing stocks last in Sony’s home territory. I suspect the same will happen in other territories soon.As a PlayStation TV owner, I could/can see the potential Sony’s tiny gaming device had. Beside the ability to stream PS4 games to another TV in a different room, the PSTV allowed you to play PS Vita games without a Vita, and using a comfortable Dual Shock controller. On top of that, it had access to PSN and the digital games on offer there from the PS Vita and PSP libraries.Why the PlayStation TV has failed to become popular is, for the most part, Sony’s own fault.At launch the device was too expensive, costing $100. That wasn’t the end of your spend, though, as the PSTV required an expensive proprietary memory card and a DualShock controller, both of which added to the cost. You could buy a Value Pack, but it cost $150 and only included an 8GB memory card, which would be filled very quickly.Then there were the games restrictions. Sure, you could play PS Vita games, but only approved ones. The list was small at first, but has grown slowly. Unfortunately, Sony hasn’t done a great job of advertising when new games were added, or reminded us the PSTV exists at all. It also didn’t help when a simple hack appeared allowing all PS Vita games to work, bringing up the question of why this hadn’t always been the case.There are still many reasons to pick up a PlayStation TV if you find one cheap enough. That shouldn’t be difficult right now, but will become increasingly so as Sony inevitably scales back shipments worldwide.