zoom Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has unveiled its plans to establish two new wholly-owned companies under the reorganization of its shipbuilding business.The move, effective January 1, 2018, would see the company split its shipbuilding business into Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, which will primarily undertake construction of ships that require intensive outfitting, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure, set to mainly engage in the manufacture of large ships and marine structures.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is to consolidate the current capabilities of MHI’s shipbuilding bases, including Shimonoseki, Nagasaki, and others, and function as a business company exclusively dedicated to shipbuilding.The new company will grow business in ships that require intensive outfitting, such as ferries and vessels used by governmental agencies. It will also make social contributions in areas impacting the environment, in an effort to achieve sustained development.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure will carry on construction of large ships at the Koyagi Plant of MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. The new company will also expand business in units accommodating new fuels and manufacture of marine steel structures.MHI informed that it will work closely with the two new companies, supporting them in the development of their business operations.
Provincial government offices will open today, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. Provincial officials have considered road conditions across the province and know the majority of government office buildings have power. Provincial employees are advised to make an effort to report to work at 10 a.m., safely. There are a few local offices that will remain closed due to power outages. In these cases, employees should be in contact with their managers. Government will share this information by social media as soon as it becomes available. -30-
MONTREAL – Montreal was the hot Canadian real estate market for Chinese nationals last year as interest slipped in Toronto and Vancouver following the introduction of foreign buyers taxes, says a report from a website for buyers of overseas properties.Juwai.com said Chinese buyers inquired about US$1.45 billion worth of Canadian properties in 2017.Interest in Montreal grew by 84.5 per cent in 2017 and 43.3 per cent a year earlier.Consideration of properties in Canada’s largest city dropped by 25 per cent in 2017 after nearly doubling between 2015 and 2016.Vancouver inquiries fell 18 per cent last year after growing by 9.3 per cent the previous year.Metro Vancouver has had a 15 per cent tax on foreign home purchasers since 2016. The new provincial government hiked the levy to 20 per cent and imposed it in the Victoria and Nanaimo areas, as well as the Fraser Valley and central Okanagan.A 15 per cent tax was imposed in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area — stretching from the Niagara Region to Peterborough — on buyers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations. In the first month after the tax was imposed in late April, foreign buyers made up 4.7 per cent of home sales in the region, according to Statistics Canada.A separate report says no additional foreign buyers taxes are expected to be imposed in Canada and Australia this year, and New Zealand is the only major investment destination considering one this year.Chinese were unfairly blamed for property price increases, the report’s authors said, pointing to data that suggested other factors were at play, including historically low interest rates and population growth, said Juwai.“After retreating from an exuberant peak in 2016 of US$101.1 billion, Chinese international real estate investment again appears to be on a growth path, although more steady and restrained that what we saw in that golden year,” stated Juwai’s Foreign Buyer Restrictions Report 2018-19.Realtor Mike Donia of Re/Max Realty, who specializes in Asian buyers, says he has not seen any waning interest in Toronto real estate.“I’m still getting the same amount of calls, the same amount of leads. In fact, even more,” he said in an interview, adding that interest is growing because of anti-Trump sentiment.The foreign buyers tax had an initial impact on “mom and pop” buyers, but most Chinese will just purchase through a corporation to bypass the penalty, Donia added.More than half of Chinese buyers considering Canada were motivated to invest for their own use, nearly 26 per cent for investment and 17 per cent for education, said Juwai.Chinese parents often buy properties for their children studying overseas. Canada is a top education destination for Chinese students, hitting a record 138,467 in 2017 or 28 per cent of the international student population, said the report.More than 40 per cent of wealthy Chinese buy property abroad to live in. Six in 10 intend to buy overseas properties over the next three years.Canada is the second most popular emigration destination for high net-worth Chinese, with 64 per cent having already migrated or planning to move overseas.Nearly ninety per cent of Chinese interest came from 153 cities in China, led by Beijing and Shanghai. Almost seven per cent lived in Canada.Ontario attracted the most interest with inquiries for US$500 million worth of properties. The top four cities were Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo and London.It was followed by British Columbia at US$328 million with Vancouver leading, followed by Victoria, Richmond and Kelowna.Quebec attracted views of US$112 million of properties. The largest interest was in Montreal and then Lachenaie northeast of Montreal, Laval and Westmount.Inquiries in Alberta increased almost nine per cent last year, worth US$56 million, after increasing by 223 per cent in 2016.The most viewed property listing was a Vancouver mansion listed at C$18.8 million, with other property listings ranging in price as low as C$500,000.
The announcement of the Government’s intention to sign the Southern Mountain Caribou Bilateral Conservation Agreement, Section 11, was also made as the agreement establishes a framework for co-operation between Canada and B.C. to work collaboratively with Indigenous nations, local governments, industry and communities to develop caribou management plans for southern mountain caribou.“Chief Ken Cameron of the Saulteau First Nation and Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation have provided visionary leadership on caribou recovery. We are asking them to work with our government and the federal government as we engage with community, industry and stakeholder groups to protect this iconic species while supporting a healthy local economy.” said the PremierThe Government says that in the past 20 years, the numbers in the central group of the southern mountain caribou population have faced serious decline. This has called-to-action engagement with the public and Indigenous communities and the prohibition of new high-impact forestry and mining activities, while negotiations on a long-term caribou management strategy are underway.Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, said, “We’re taking these actions because we want to protect the caribou herds while limiting potential economic impacts. This allows us to look after the interests of workers and communities as we take real action to recover the herds.”In March 2019, the Draft Section 11 Agreement Draft Partnership Agreement and public engagement on caribou recovery took place. In April, the Premier appointed Lekstrom as the community liaison in which Lekstrom will continue to engage residents and act between the Government and communities in regards to caribou protection plans. VANCOUVER, B.C. – An interim moratorium on new resource development has been implemented in Northeastern B.C. to allow further engagement with affected communities and industries on long-term caribou protection strategies.Blair Lekstrom’s report on caribou recovery has been released by the Government which makes 14 recommendations, including the call for the interim moratorium and the continuous work with the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations to protect the region’s caribou herds.“Blair Lekstrom has recommended that we press the pause button on new resource development and take more time to engage with affected communities and industries while taking necessary steps to protect caribou,” said Premier John Horgan. “Everyone in the Peace region agrees that we need to recover our caribou herds and protect local jobs. Regrettably, this issue has divided communities and provoked sentiments that have no place in British Columbia. The only way we will make progress is by working together. We must listen and work collaboratively to find the best solution.”
During a press briefing following the UN Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 2440 extending MINURSO’s mandate for six months on Wednesday, Hilale pointed out the council’s inclusion of Algeria “for the first time.”It is the first time that the council mentioned Algeria in its draft resolution since the launch of the UN-led political process in 2007.Algeria has long avoided any direct involvement in the Western Sahara conflict and striven to ensure that the language of Security Council resolutions refers to it as a neighboring country, as opposed to part of the conflict. Hilale said that to have Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria participate in the meeting in Geneva, as the main concerned parties, is a “historic” event.Read Also: Exclusive: UNSC Extends MINURSO’s Mandate Till April 2019, Includes Algeria in NegotiationsThe Security Council welcomed the parties’ favorable response to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Personal Envoy Horst Kohler’s invitations for round-table talks in Geneva December 5-6.Hilale asserted that the “exclusive demand” for Algeria’s participation “does not stop at the Geneva roundtable meeting, but is to last through the entire political process, until the very end” of the conflict.Morocco has long called on Algeria to shoulder its responsibility and admit its role as a main party to the conflict. According to exclusive information obtained by Morocco World News, Algeria’s inclusion in the draft resolution raised eyebrows in pro-Algeria quarters.“After Resolution 2414 of last April, the new Resolution 2440 signifies a major development in the Western Sahara question initiated by the security council,” Hilale concluded.The debate between the US, demanding a six-month the UN mission in the Western Sahara (MINURSO) extension, and France, pushing for a one-year extension, has ended with 12 votes in favor of six months until April 2019 by the 15-member Security Council, with three abstentions.According to the final draft of the resolution, the Security Council expresses “full support” for the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler and his efforts to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution for the Western Sahara conflict.
Cannabis industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on advertising Cam Battley, Executive Vice President of Aurora is pictured at his companies penthouse office in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. A task force appointed by the federal government recommended it require plain packaging and a limit to advertising similar to the restrictions on tobacco. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2017 2:05 am MDT Last Updated Feb 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Garfield Mahood has spent 30 years fighting for the Canadian government to require plain packaging for cigarettes.So, the long-time non-smokers’ rights activist says he doesn’t have much faith in the government’s ability to regulate and restrict the marketing of marijuana.“They identified tobacco products as a cause of disease back in the 1950s,” said Mahood, president of the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud. “They’ve never been able to bring this epidemic close to a conclusion.“What would give you faith that health departments are going to effectively regulate any health problems related to these other drugs?”As the Liberal government prepares to introduce legislation to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana” before this summer, one area that the cannabis industry and public health advocates are closely watching is whether it will allow companies to brand and promote their products.A task force appointed by the federal government recommended it require plain packaging and a limit to advertising similar to the restrictions on tobacco. But licensed producers of medical marijuana argue that cannabis isn’t as dangerous as tobacco and that branding and marketing are necessary to attract consumers from the black market to the legal industry.Mahood began advocating for plain packaging on tobacco in the mid-1980s. Governments over the years declined to implement it until 2016, when Health Minister Jane Philpott vowed to ban branding on cigarette boxes and a bill was introduced in the Senate.The aim is to strip the industry’s ability to attach “sophistication and allure” to its products, said Mahood, and to prevent it from detracting from public-health warnings.While there is a lot that researchers still don’t know about marijuana, it’s not a benign substance and there are health risks, said Rebecca Jesseman, a senior policy adviser at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, which supports plain packaging.The inhalation of any hot vapour into the lungs is harmful, while edible products have been linked to over-consumption and increased emergency room visits in Colorado and Washington, where marijuana is legal, she said.“It’s much easier to be more restrictive from the outset and then loosen the restrictions as you learn, than it is to start out with looser regulations and try to make them more stringent,” she said.Cam Battley, executive vice-president at Aurora Cannabis, said he would never call a psychoactive substance completely benign. But he said marijuana is more benign than alcohol or tobacco.“There are millions of Canadians who purchase cannabis. What the federal government is trying to do is get people to switch over from the illegal and unregulated market to the regulated market,” he said.“If they want to do that, it makes sense to allow us to state who we are, to establish our brands, to justify why it makes sense for consumers to go through the legal system instead of going to somebody they know in the neighbourhood.”In terms of advertising, Battley said he believes that cannabis should be treated essentially the same as liquor, a sector where companies cannot show people using the product in commercials or target underage individuals.The federal task force recommended that plain marijuana packaging be allowed to include the company name, strain name, price, amounts of psychoactive ingredients and warnings.But that information isn’t enough to ensure people can buy the product they want, said Mark Zekulin, president of Tweed, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth, the largest of Canada’s publicly traded marijuana companies.“If you try to compare five different whiskies, they’re all going to be 35 per cent alcohol or 40 per cent alcohol, but at the end of the day they’re all very different,” he said. “Cannabis is probably more diverse.”A ban on branding and advertising could create a more level playing field between large licensed producers and smaller “craft” growers, said Lindsay Meredith, a marketing professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.But Meredith said it would be a problem for the federal government if it allows marketing of liquor but not cannabis. The argument that producers need branded packaging and advertising in order to lure users from the illegal market has some merit, he added.“You’re not going to buy my product if you don’t know it exists,” he said.“The whole idea of branding, developed hundreds of years ago, was because 10 of us made a product. Nine of us did a lousy job making it. One guy did a good job making it. People who were using the product wanted to know which guy was doing it.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the inhalation of hot vapour into the lungs can lead to cancer. In fact, a link has not been proven. Cam Battley was also incorrectly identified as senior vice-president of communications for Aurora Cannabis.
He added that an important aspect of the group is that it enables people from rural and urban areas to meet.‘Lots of hobbies rolled into one’Patricia Hughes (33) is a member of Treble R Macra (Ranelagh, Rathmines and Rathgar) in Dublin.She is from a farming background but now works with Awas Aviation Capital.Hughes has been a Macra member for about six years. During this time, she has taken part in public speaking events, variety shows and volunteer work.Last week, she and some fellow Macra members attended the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.It’s a social thing, lots of hobbies rolled up in one … There’s something for everyone. It’s easy to find something to do, it’s a nice way to pass time. Macra member John Carroll Source: FacebookTHOUSANDS OF YOUNG people around Ireland are members of Macra na Feirme, a voluntary organisation that promotes personal development and networking.With clubs all over the country, it boasts about 8,000 members between the ages of 17 and 35.Macra na Feirme, meaning ‘Stalwarts of the Land’, was founded in 1944 by a group of 12 agricultural advisors. Over 250,000 young people have passed through the ranks of the organisation since then.It focuses on six key areas of activity: agriculture, sports, travel, public speaking, community involvement and performing arts. The group has also paired up with See Change to promote positive mental health.Just one third of members are involved in farming, but many come from an agricultural background. The gender breakdown in 60:40 in favour of men.Over the years, the group has established many significant farming ventures, including: the Irish Farmers Journal, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association and the Farm Apprenticeship Scheme.It’s annual ‘Know Your Neighbour’ weekend will be taking place on 12 and 13 July.Agricultural PolicySeán Coughlan (35) was elected chair of the group’s Agricultural Committee at its AGM in May. He has been a Macra member since he was 18 years old, joining while studying at Mountbellew Agricultural College in Galway.Coughlan runs a 150-cattle farm in Ballina, Co Mayo – which he inherited when his father retired in 2007. He is currently making the transition from beef to dairy farming for financial reasons.He is a member of Addergoole Macra and said he has met hundreds of people through the organisation and would strongly recommend joining to anyone – regardless of their background.There’s much more to Macra than farming. For me it gives you life outside of the farm.Members of the Agricultural Committee regularly meet their European counterparts to discuss policy formation.The group conceived the Single Farm Payment Top-Up for young farmers. For the first time in the history of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) there is now a chapter dedicated to young farmers which consists of a mandatory top-up on direct payments in their first years of farming.The June 2013 CAP agreement provided for a mandatory 25% top-up on Single Farm Payment for new farmers under 40 years of age for their first five years of setting up a farm.A former Macra president, Alan Jagoe from Cork, is the current vice president of CEJA, the European Council of Young Farmers.Age crisisAt a CEJA meeting in Finland last February, Coughlan said that a number of issues were discussed including milk quotas, training and the “age crisis” in farming.He noted that less than 6% of farmers in Ireland are under the age 35; with 28% aged 65 and over. The average age of a farmer here is 68 years old.This has led to a land shortage for younger people who wish to pursue the profession.Aside from policy making, Coughlan said that Macra also has a “very active social scene”.You could be at something seven times a week if you wanted to. Hughes, who is a former chair of Dublin Macra, said she didn’t know any one in the organisation when she joined, but has made several friends since she did.The variety of people that you meet is so vast: farmers, dentists, people with office jobs. It exposes you to different ways of life and opens your mind.One of her favourite Macra events was a ceilí held in Dublin city. “It was fantastic. I’d never actually seen a ceilí before.”Hughes knows of a few couples who met through the organisation, noting: “That’s part and parcel of when you have young people coming together.”It’s a very positive experience and I’d recommend it to anybody. You can join on your own and never really feel alone.“Coming to the first meeting on your own can be daunting but everyone makes a really big effort,” she said.Read: How to get to Know Your NeighbourOpinion: Irish farmers must stand up for change – or else sleep with one eye open
Here’s the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater event schedule for the 2018 season. Visit www.sunlightsupplyamphitheater.com for complete information and ticket sales; we’ve listed the lowest price for lawn seats for each show. Additional fees apply. Buy a four-pack of tickets, if available, and get a few dollars off the price of each one.May 6: Rapper Kendrick Lamar and The Championship Tour (also featuring SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul). Tickets start at $57.June 30: Counting Crows with a yet-to-be-announced special guest. Tickets start at $30. Lawn four-packs available at a discount.July 15: A cappella powerhouse Pentatonix. Tickets start at $25. Lawn four-packs available at a discount.•July 20: Country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton and his All-American Road Show. No lawn seats; tickets start at $79.75.July 21: Rapper G-Easy with guests Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo and Murda Beatz. Tickets start at $29.50.July 28: Juke Box Heroes Tour featuring classic rockers Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. (When Foreigner goes on tour, it usually enlists a local school choir to join it onstage for its anthem “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Ridgefield High School has enjoyed that spotlight; what choir will get tapped this time?) Tickets start at $29.50. Lawn four-packs available at a discount.Aug. 23: Thrash metal band Slayer. Tickets start at $25. Lawn four-packs available at a discount.Aug. 26: Alice in Chains, Bush, The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots. Tickets start at $25. Lawn four-packs available at a discount.Aug. 31: Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper. Tickets start at $30. Lawn four-packs available at a discount.Sept. 8: Gothic-rock band Evanescence with electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, backed by a full orchestra. Tickets start at $25. Lawn four-packs available at a discount.Parking at the amphitheater is free for event ticketholders, but the congestion and wait to get out of some concerts is legendary. On Saturdays and Sundays, C-Tran provides $2 round-trip shuttle service to and from the show from the Salmon Creek Park & Ride at 1112 N.E. 136th St.; for weeknight shows (including Fridays), the amphitheater provides its own $5 round-trip shuttle service from and to the Salmon Creek Park & Ride. Shuttles run every 15 minutes, starting 90 minutes before showtime; they stop during the show and start again as soon as the show is over.The Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is at 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.
Six years before becoming one of football’s greatest ever young prospects, Kylian Mbappe was just another 13-year-old sitting in his bedroom surrounded by Cristiano Ronaldo postersThe French forward has set the world alight with his stunning Man of the Match performance in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Argentina.Mbappe’s searing pace proved to be too much for the Argentine defence to contain with a top speed of 38km/h having been recorded during that match – which surpassed Ronaldo’s record of being the fastest player at the World Cup at a top speed of 34km/h.The 19-year-old’s brace proved to be the decisive factor for France and he also won Les Bleus the penalty, which Antoine Griezmaan had scored.Mbappe’s father told France Football back in 2016 that the young star used to “spend hours watching videos of Ronaldo on the internet”.Kylian Mbappe, aged 13, in his bedroom – a shrine to his hero Ronaldo. Now, just 6yrs later, HE’S the new king of world football. The hero-worshipper becomes the hero. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/eRfzjBnMBc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 1, 2018But now the Paris Saint-Germain forward has gone even further than his idol at the World Cup and is being even compared to the great Pele after his feats in France’s last game.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Mbappe had actually spoken to Marca about his admiration for Ronaldo and revealed just how influential the Real Madrid superstar was for him.“He is a hero from my childhood and it was amazing to meet him when I visited Valdebebas,” he said.“But I am a competitor and a person who is very competitive and all I want to do is win, win, win. So it doesn’t really matter who is in front of us, we want to win.“I admired him when I was younger, but that ended. Now I go to the Bernabeu to play and to win.“From someone who has won five Ballons d’Or you can learn a lot. He’s a great player, but I have those here too. Neymar is here and I think he is very similar and is at practically the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo. I learn from [Edinson] Cavani as a goalscorer too.”Great picture of a young Kylian Mbappé in his bedroom. Full of posters of his boyhood heroes. pic.twitter.com/4mB1p2T5gW— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) April 20, 2017Mbappe has now become the fourth youngest player to score in a World Cup knock-out game after Michael Owen, Julian Green and Pele himself.
Chelsea will play against Manchester City in the English Premier League, in one of those games that will define the season.Chelsea and Manchester City will meet tonight in English Premier League action.And for Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante, his team can be optimistic about playing against the Citizens.“It was an important game for us when we played them in December,” he recalled about the 2-0 win over City last year, as he spoke to the team’s official website.“This will be another game, it will be difficult, but of course the last game gave us confidence that it is possible to win and I hope we’ll get a good result there.”“It’s been a little bit difficult away from home in 2019, but we will try to get the result we want because we need to start to have many wins to keep the top four spot,” he added.“I think we are a little bit far from the title race, but we will try to give our best until the season has finished.”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.“The most important thing is to finish the season in the top four. If we do very well and we are able to fight for the title, why not, but the most important thing is to get into the top four,” he commented.“I think if we have a review of the first six or seven months of the season, we have had a little bit of inconsistency when we lost some games to put us in the position we are in now, but we need to work hard, keep going and go on a good run. We are still in four competitions and we can reach our goals.”“I think I played some good and not so good games, but the most important thing is to play as a team, to complement our team-mates, to be organized and work together,” he continued.“I think in training we prepare the game in the best way and we need to reproduce that in the games.”I have chosen to join @chelseafc in 2016 as it has always been my priority. I want to thank the Management of the Club, the President and my agent for making this agreement possible. I am grateful to my teammates and to our amazing fans as the adventure continues. Common’ Chelsea pic.twitter.com/5hieULDX1L— N’Golo Kanté (@nglkante) November 23, 2018
Kudos to Hunter Grills, Newbern, Tenn., who is taking time to help prepare the next generation of ag advocates. Grills recently worked with a local FFA student who is running for regional office and needed information about the major issues farmers are facing today. He answered her questions and provided information about GMO labeling, WOTUS, water quality, TPP and infrastructure.Click here to see more ASA Kudos!
Trevor Hughes An Oregon man involved in a July head-on crash that seriously injured a Battle Ground man was arrested today. Trevor Hughes, 26, of Rhododendron, Ore., turned himself in to the Oregon State Police Portland office today and was taken to the Clackamas County Jail on suspicion of second- and third-degree assault and driving under the influence related to the July 30 crash. Hughes was behind the wheel of a 1994 Ford pickup that was traveling east on Highway 26 when it crossed the center turn lane, colliding with a westbound 2004 Subaru Legacy station wagon, according to Oregon State Police. The driver of the station wagon, John “Jack” Fletcher, 18, of Battle Ground, was extricated and taken via LifeFlight to OHSU Medical Center with critical injuries. He continues to receive treatment for his injuries. Hughes was also injured in the crash and was taken by ground ambulance to OHSU for treatment of minor injuries.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A City of Miami Police officer was rushed to the hospital after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Interstate 95 in Miami.According to police, the police officer was riding his motorcycle when he collided with a silver Toyota Tundra, Monday, at around noon.Witnesses said the officer went flying off his motorcycle and ended up in the middle of the roadway, along the northbound Key Biscayne entrance ramp, on I-95.The officer was transported in a fire rescue vehicle with a police escort to Jackson Memorial Hospital.According to the City of Miami Police Department, the officer only suffered minor injuries and is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital Monday evening.The northbound Key Biscayne/Rickenbacker entrance ramp and surrounding roadways were temporally blocked to expedite the arrival of the officer to the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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(AMI) and Michael Esposito, Senior Vice President of Operations and Digital Production, think they’ve hit upon a recipe that could work across the magazine industry for rationalizing print publishing costs and scaling up on digital platforms. “We’ve seen more than a 30 percent gain in productivity, and that has been achieved by being able to do more processing with less people,” Esposito explains. “The overall view is that the savings have been absolutely significant and we’ve reduced production-related costs by over 50% percent.” He goes on to explain that while publishers may reduce headcount slightly by examining processes and implementing technology, at some point headcount will increase as those publishers add personnel to support growing digital and mobile media operations.AMI has not only reduced costs for their own magazines, but also for the publishers for which it provides a menu of services, from production and circulation to sales and marketing. “The AMI team has worked closely with our team at Playboy to optimize process efficiencies and deploy new technologies. Our collaborative effort has created a more streamlined production process that has generated significant annual savings,” says Scott Stephen, COO Playboy Enterprises.”Our clients can tap into our systems and take advantage of the tools we’ve rolled out,” Esposito explains, adding that AMI any continues to investigate future technology investments that will enable further efficiencies in all areas of print and digital publishing. How AMI Did ItWhen Esposito was brought on board at AMI his mandate was clear: bring production services in-house, outsource where it made sense, engage cutting-edge automated technologies such as DALIM’s suite of TWIST, ES, and DIALOGUE, and ensure a crisp production workflow for print and digital operations, while laying the groundwork to deploy content across mobile media platforms. “One of the real challenges of an operation like this is discovering how to reduce costs on existing processes, while finding the correct way to channel those savings into investments on emerging platforms,” says Esposito, referring to mobile publishing applications. This is not Esposito’s first rodeo, as he had previously headed a similar effort at Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., as vice president of operations, and that company had reported a 30 percent increase in production efficiency. In fact, when Esposito came to AMI in January of 2011, he bought four key members of his Hachette team along with him, as well as sourcing other personnel that understood the changing technological and cultural needs of the publishing production world. “Publishers today need to think in terms of a global workforce,” Esposito explains. “With larger publishers having partners in Europe and Asia, you need people on board who understand how to deal with a virtual, global workforce.”Esposito also used much of the same technology at AMI that he first implemented at Hachette. DALIM technology is a critical part of the restructuring, allowing AMI to streamline its production process and manage cross media content, automating repetitive tasks and file creation, replacing hard-copy proofing with remote soft proofing, and driving online file approval and delivery. However, having the proper team in place and having a familiarity with which software applications might help is not enough. “The key to doing something like this, with these kinds of extensive changes, is having top down support,” says Esposito. “It has to start with the executive management team supporting this type of effort.”Esposito has that support. “”We have seen a lot at this company; the world is changing fast and is accelerating,” says Rob O’Neill, Vice President of Manufacturing & Logistics, American Media, Inc. “We were aware that there were new and better technologies, but we needed a team to come in and size it up. Mike and his team, with their experience, have added tremendous value to our company.”Senior management is pleased with Esposito’s progress to date. “Every publisher today is looking to reduce their cost,” adds AMI Chairman David Pecker. “And being able to provide them with the production efficiencies we developed for AMI’s publishing services business unit has created a new revenue stream for our company.”Three Months of PreparationThe first step in revamping AMI required examining the existing situation-the processes, responsibilities, and skill sets. “Then you have to introduce change,” says Esposito. “You have to unfreeze processes that have been in place for many years.”Esposito began a three-month journey of mapping out the existing process within the organization. “We looked at how departments interacted with one another, how many steps a particular job takes, the time necessary for each function,” says Esposito. From this data, a base measurement of productivity was established.The team scrutinized the production operation to see how resources are being spent, both internally by AMI staff and externally with outside vendors. Working on writing different scripts for the various workflows, the team simulated functionality using TWIST. “If something took 12 touch points, for example, from receiving files, inspecting files, converting files, and then proofing and sending to the vendor, we would see where and when manual intervention was required. Then we would write a script that detailed which functions within the workflow can be automated using TWIST,” Esposito remembers. Esposito continues: “When brainstorming how to do this, we had to consider that each organization is very different. Because of the weekly nature of some of our brands, timeliness is everything-the high frequency levels make it a very non-forgiving environment. There is such urgency to meet schedules, so we have to continually move toward the target but make sure risk is maintained at a manageable level for everybody.” A large part of the process included examining the spend levels from outside vendors and the labor requirements to maintain the arrangements. “We compared time and money spent using outside vendors with having more automation and autonomy in-house using TWIST,” says Esposito. “We still continue to use outside sources, but in the future we will be strategic in how we use them.”Looking AheadBy first quarter 2012, AMI expects to build on the workflow infrastructure, based on TWIST and ES, for iPads and other emerging platforms. A key part of this will be the ability to tag data via a content management system. “Setting up a viable tagging taxonomy is essential to building an effective way to access content. It is critical to be able to retrieve content, as we migrate to other media platforms,” says Esposito. The process demands creativity, transparency and continuity. “We have to be creative in our solutions; we had to figure out where we wanted to be before we knew how it would work and then build workflows to get there,” says Esposito. “We needed a transparent change management plan, with full buy-in from everyone; from management, to creative, to end users. Finally, we need to create an operation that delivers continuity that is sustainable and scalable. The real challenge is to scale this operation to meet the growing need of publishing content across platforms in a way that meets our company’s business objectives.”On the advertising side, AMI has moved to SendMyAd, a portal system, deploying a digital workflow. The ad portal is delivering a 30 percent increase in productivity and has also contributed a significant cost reduction-all the work is currently being done in-house. AMI is now in the final stages of getting the DALIM Suite in place: TWIST, ES, DIALOGUE and for editorial, the K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform. Staff is being tested and trained in using DIALOGUE soft proofing technology, learning how to look at a soft proof on a screen-a big culture change from checking hard-copy proofs. “We are setting expectations for them, and making sure that they understand that there is a support system in place, so if there are any questions they know who to turn to,” says Esposito.
TV and Movies 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about 2:15 ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is actually pretty fun ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is your brain on video games Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0 Naturally, there’re CGI animals ready to cause havoc. Watch out for the baboons. They look very angry.Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black return as the game’s avatars with Danny DeVito and Danny Glover appearing in the real world. The trailer features the same blend of action and comedy that powered the previous movie.Jumanji: The Next Level opens in theaters this December. Post a comment The old video game console returns to suck our heroes into a new adventure. They are once again caught inside avatars facing life-and-death challenges under the canopy of a leafy forest. The trailer drops hints at what’s to come, including some changes of scenery ranging from an extensive desert landscape to a snowy mountain. 77 Photos 2019 movies to geek out over Jumanji hijinks Tags The Rock returns for the next Jumanji movie. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The game is going haywire. Jumanji: The Next Level rocks the tagline “Everything you know about Jumanji is about to change.” The official trailer romps through a series of action set pieces that will propel the sequel to 2017’s hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Monday slammed the government’s silence over job losses following the slowdown in the economy. “Silence of government is dangerous. The businesses of companies are stagnant. People are being fired from their jobs and the BJP government is silent. Who is responsible for this great recession in the country?” Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us सरकार की घोर चुप्पी खतरनाक है।कम्पनियों का काम चौपट है। लोगों को काम से निकाला जा रहा है, भाजपा सरकार मौन है। आखिर देश में इस भयंकर मंदी का जिम्मेदार कौन है? pic.twitter.com/BfbEuMIAXV— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 19, 2019 She attached images of news reports that highlighted the job cuts and work stoppage at several industries due to low demand.
.An eight-year-old student was killed and three of her classmates injured as a ceiling of their primary school partially collapsed on them in Barguna on Saturday. The victim was Mansura, a third grade female student of PK Government Primary School in Chhoto Bogi union of Taltali upazila. Chhoto Bogi union parisahd chairman Toufiquzzaman told Prothom Alo that the ceiling might have collapsed as construction materials used for the building were below par. “Like other days, the third graders were attending a class. All of a sudden, the ceiling fell on them, leaving four of them injured,” said the chairman. When Mansura was taken to a hospital, the on-duty physicians declared her dead, he added. The injured were undergoing treatment at Amtoli Upazila Health Complex. Taltali police station officer-in-charge, Pulok Chandra Haldar, said that police would take action if any charges are framed.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 22, 2017 Net neutrality refers to the idea that internet service providers should grant equal access to everything on the internet, regardless of website content or the source of a particular website. The fact is, net neutrality puts both small business owners and large corporation on the same playing field by offering the same opportunities when it comes to the internet. This helps small businesses gain ground on larger competitors.However, with Donald Trump’s appointment of Ajit Pai as the new FCC chairman, many fear that this even playing field will be taken away. Any changes to these laws could lead to corporate bidding for internet data and speed prioritization which would be a detriment to small business owners.Related: What Is Net Neutrality, and How Can It Affect Your Business?What are the current net neutrality laws?President Obama believed in net neutrality because when everyone has the same access, all businesses, regardless of size or money, have the same reach via the internet. He even went so far as to press the Common Carrier law upon internet service providers, which held them to the same regulations that public utilities are held to. Basically, this means that it is illegal for these providers to discriminate services based on customer or the nature of the goods. This has thus far helped keep the internet as a level playing field. In February 2015, the FCC voted to keep the current net neutrality laws in place with a 3-2 vote.In 2013, President Obama named Thomas Wheeler the chairman of the FCC. He received a lot of flak for his choice, most notably from Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver. Oliver took aim at the fact that Wheeler was a lobbyist for cable and wireless companies and was even the president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. Despite many concerns, Wheeler came out on the side of the consumer on a majority of issues and went against cable companies. One specific example of this came last March when Wheeler created a set of guidelines to deny service providers the right to track their users’ search history in order to sell the information to advertisers.After just a month into Pai’s term, many people are wondering if he can prove everyone wrong like Wheeler did. Will he side with small businesses and consumers despite his many quick moves to rid the FCC of the previous chairman’s actions? Related: Trump Picks Net Neutrality Foe as New FCC ChairmanWhat changes could impact small businesses?In the days leading up to his inauguration, Trump was already having discussions with the FCC about changes he would like to bring about within the Commission. One of the possibilities would be allowing ISPs like Comcast or Charter Spectrum to be able to limit the data and speeds available to particular online content.If ISPs have the ability to limit the speeds of our internet based on the websites or apps that we use, they will be able to charge each website for data prioritization. This prioritization would allow a website’s users to have high internet speeds while browsing that site. This idea seems incredibly similar to an old mob tactic where business owners have to pay the mob in order to operate a store in “mob territory.” As a small business owner, especially one who sells products or services through the internet, you rely heavily on your website to bring in business. Imagine being told by a company like Comcast that in order to allow your users to continue to browse your site at high speeds, you will need to pay a hefty fee for data prioritization. You would almost assuredly not be able to make those payments. On the other hand, your multi-million dollar competitors, whether they be Walmart or another big box store, have almost infinite funds to make sure their website speeds are consistent. This, in effect, could put a small shop out of business because of how important internet traffic is to its bottom line.Related: Tech and Trump: What the Next Four Years Might BringLuckily, there are some people in the Senate who have the best interest of the little guy in mind when it comes to this issue. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts stated, “The big broadband barons and their Republican allies want to turn back the clock and make big cable and big cellphone companies the gatekeepers for internet access.” Having politicians on the “consumer’s side” is great and to have them speaking out so loudly against these possible prioritization guidelines means that small businesses may remain a real competitor in the online marketplace.In times like these, the best possible way to make sure that your business and livelihood stay unharmed is to simply stay informed. Read about the issues that could most directly affect you and if you see anything that you don’t agree with and you think will do more harm than good, make a call to your state representatives. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
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Miguel Facussé Barjum died late Monday just two months shy of his 91st birthday. Photo by Gustavo Bueso/Via FlickrThis Sunday, Hondurans will mark the 6th anniversary of a military coup that catapulted the Central American nation into becoming the region’s murder capital – with targeted killings of journalists, political activists and labor leaders rising to unprecedented levels. One of the alleged orchestrators of that coup, Miguel Facussé Barjum, died late this past Monday night of causes not yet disclosed, just two months shy of his 91st birthday. His death was first announced on the website of the consumer products manufacturing company he founded in July 1960, Dinant Chemicals of Central America, S.A. At the time of his death, Facussé still served as its executive president and is reputed to have been one of the richest men in the country – and perhaps its most ruthless. His sudden death may mean that many of the murders and other crimes of which he has been accused will remain unpunished.Although a death at that age is not unusual, it is odd that no cause of death has been reported in any of the press. But then, Miguel Facussé did not live a “usual” life. He was born in Tegucigalpa on Aug. 14, 1924, the seventh of nine children. His parents were Christian Palestinian immigrants to Honduras. He went to Notre Dame University in the United States, where, according to the biography on his company website, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He later moved to Costa Rica where he served for a time as general manager of Taca Airlines. Shortly thereafter, he moved back to Tegucigalpa and launched Dinant Corporation.Facussé rapidly rose to political prominence in Honduras. His business tenacity, commended by some, meant that Facussé would stop at nothing in dealing with his opponents. His legacy is one of both business acumen and violence.A statement from his company called him “a pioneer with unflinching spirit”; that spirit often led to less than peaceful means, and he has been termed by many as “cold-blooded” and “ruthless.”In 2012, Facussé was accused of “crimes against humanity” in the International Criminal Court for his role in a bloody land conflict raging in northeastern Honduras between his company, Dinant, and the peasant farmers of the area. Dozens – and likely hundreds – of peasants and solidarity workers have been killed in that conflict. Most prominently, Facussé was accused of orchestrating the 2012 murder of human rights lawyer Antonio Trejo, who was working with displaced families and against Facussé in the lower Aguán River valley, also known as Bajo Aguán.In an interview with The Los Angeles Times he talked about the accusations that he was behind the killing of Trejo. Facussé reportedly told the Times reporter, “I probably had reasons to kill him.” However, he denied it, continuing, “but I’m not a killer.” Via WikileaksFacussé has been implicated in many other extra-legal activities as well. Wikileaks cables released in 2011 show that the U.S. Embassy in Honduras, as early as 2004, believed Facussé was also involved in drug trafficking. The media group Reporters Without Borders has also called him a “predator” for his role in a crackdown on opposition and grassroots media in Honduras.Community Radio station KGNU in Boulder, Colorado, was one of the first news outlets in the United States to report Facussé’s death. Their reporter had been fired on by a security guard at one of the palm oil plantations while traveling with a human rights delegation to the region. These plantations are where the majority of the violence of which Facussé is accused has occurred. Much of the population of northeastern Honduras are Garifuna and face cultural and racial discrimination, as well. Dinant Corporation.At the time of the June 2009 military coup that deposed elected President Manuel Zelaya, Miguel Facussé – whose nephew Carlos Roberto Flores Facussé was a Honduran president from 1998-2002 – was very supportive. His private plane was even used to illegally transport Zelaya’s foreign minister out of the country against her will. Facussé, along with other business leaders opposed to Zelaya’s reforms, called him a “puppet” of Venezuela’s former President Hugo Chávez, and said that Zelaya was “bad for business” in Honduras.Facussé’s Dinant Corporation has been the largest producer of palm oil in Honduras since it began production in 2006. The oil — used in everyday foodstuffs as well as in beauty products — is made from the processed fruit of African palm trees. In order to successfully produce substantial amounts of oil, Facussé needed land for planting.Beginning in 1992 as part of a nationwide privatization campaign, Facussé, along with a few other Honduran businessmen, began to acquire land in the lower Aguán region in the northeastern part of Honduras. He came to control over 22,000 acres of palm oil plantations. The land was previously in the hands of peasant farmer cooperatives that claim these “purchases” were made through intimidation, bribery and coercion. For this reason, many peasant farmers in the area still believe the land is rightfully theirs and they are struggling to regain control of it. A coalition of campesino organizations meeting in Bajo Aguán, Honduras, in 2013. Photo by Cristalyne BellSince the 1990s, peasant farmers of the area have held rallies, marches and even occupied the land, seizing control of parts of the plantations – sometimes for weeks at a time. However, usually, these peasants are violently removed and their movements repressed by police friendly to Facussé or by Facussé’s own private security guards. Houses in small communities of displaced farmers have been bulldozed and burned.Ninety-two people were killed in these land disputes between 2009 and 2012, according to a 2014 report by Human Rights Watch. That number is likely much higher. Many more have been subject to non-lethal violence and torture. Almost exclusively, the peasants targeted have been part of organized peasant resistance movements in the area.According to a 2013 report in Dollars & Sense Magazine, Facussé’s security guards are believed to have been directly involved in many of these deaths. The body of Gregorio Chávez, a peasant from the community of La Panamá, was found in an unmarked grave deep inside one of Facussé’s palm plantations. The body showed signs of torture before death.These crimes against local farmers have been carried out with impunity and to such a level that past-President Porfirio Lobo called the situation a “national security crisis.” According to the 2014 Human Rights Watch report, of the 73 killings linked to land conflicts that the Honduran government recorded, only seven had been brought to trial. Three youth walk away from the grave of Gregorio Chávez near the community of La Panamá, Honduras, in 2013. Photo by Cristalyne BellAs a result of his involvement in this violent conflict, Facussé lost several international development loans over the years. In 2014, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) noted the violence in Aguán as well as Facussé’s probable involvement, and implemented an action plan to remedy the situation before more loans are made. U.S. Rep. Howard Berman mentioned Facussé in a letter to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying U.S. aid should be withheld until he is investigated for potential human rights violations.Although Facussé was the figurehead of violence and impunity in Bajo Aguán, what impact his death will have on the region remains unclear. Gilberto Ríos, former country director of FIAN International, who worked closely with peasant farmers in Aguán until two months ago, told The Tico Times emphatically that nothing will change as a result of Facussé’s death.“In [Facussé’s] lands, the campesinos enter and are then dislocated by the police and Facussé’s private guards, who are permanently in the area. But that will continue with Facussé or without Facussé,” Ríos said. “His matters will be handled by his executives and surely by his children.”Although a successor has not yet been named, Facussé is survived by several children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.A new feature-length film, “Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguán Valley,” will be launched on June 28th and available for free online viewing for two weeks.Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley | OFFICIAL TRAILER from Makila, Coop on Vimeo.–Sarah Blaskey is a freelance journalist based in Costa Rica. Her 2013 article “Palm Oil Oppression” appeared in the magazine Dollars & Sense. Norman Stockwell is based in Madison, Wisconsin, and frequently contributes to The Tico Times. His reporting on the Honduran presidential election of 2013 can be found in The Progressive magazine and the Capital Times. Facebook Comments Related posts:Is Honduras heading for the privatization of parts of its territory? Honduran judges sacked for opposing 2009 coup seek reparations at Inter-American Court of Human Rights In 2nd day of trial, Honduran judges say they acted in defense of human rights Honduras brings homicide rate down