Thousands of elementary school children will have an old friend back to teach them how to be safe around snowy Nova Scotia roads this winter, and this year he’s bilingual. Today, Dec. 4, at Three Mile Plains District School in Hants County, Sammy Snowplow kicked off his winter season of visits to Nova Scotia school children. Students saw an interactive DVD featuring Sammy, an animated character who promotes winter safety, and got a close-up look at one of the Department of Transportation and Public Works’ snowplows. Sammy was introduced last winter when Transportation and Public Works’ snowplow operators took his winter safety message to schools all over Nova Scotia. This year a French version of the DVD has been produced so Sammy (known in French as Sammy le Chasse-Neige) can appear in French-language classrooms. “Sammy was a big hit last year,” said Dave Kelly, area manager for Transportation and Public Works in Hants County. “Our drivers found that he was very effective holding the attention of younger children and helping them get the message of winter safety.” The program creates awareness about the importance of winter safety and ensures that children remember the key safety tips throughout the season. The DVD presentation is backed up by materials such as bookmarks and activity books that are left behind at schools. “Our snowplow drivers are very enthusiastic about this program because they were the ones who helped us develop it,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This proactive approach to winter safety may save a child’s life.” For more information, and to meet Sammy Snowplow, see the website at www.sammysnowplow.ca . Sammy the Snowplow was produced by Communications Nova Scotia.
Le Bureau de l’ombudsman déclare que ses efforts de sensibilisation ont augmenté de 51 pour 100 en 2009-2010 grâce à un plus grand accent mis sur les jeunes, les aînés, les services correctionnels et la diversité. Dans son rapport annuel déposé aujourd’hui 2 décembre, l’ombudsman Dwight Bishop indique que les citoyens comprennent mieux le Bureau et son rôle. L’année dernière, le Bureau a traité un total de 2 271 plaintes, demandes et examens. En tout, 1 744 demandes relevaient de la compétence du Bureau, ce qui correspond à une augmentation de deux pour cent. Le Bureau a formulé 37 recommandations officielles, dont trois n’ont pas été acceptées et font l’objet de discussions supplémentaires dans le rapport. « En général, nous sommes satisfaits de la réaction de la plupart des ministères du gouvernement à nos demandes et à nos recommandations, a dit M. Bishop. Toutefois, les délais de mise en œuvre de nos recommandations ont été inacceptables dans certains cas. » Le Bureau continue de traiter des questions complexes et délicates par l’entremise d’examens systémiques en profondeur des politiques et des procédures. Un résumé des enquêtes est inclus dans le rapport ainsi qu’une répartition des enjeux et des plaintes abordés au cours des cinq dernières années dans le domaine des services correctionnels. Vingt-trois demandes relatives à la divulgation d’actes fautifs ont également été reçues, et cinq enquêtes ont été entamées. Il s’agit du plus grand nombre de demandes reçues dans une province où il existe un processus de divulgation. « Le processus est en place depuis 2004 et nous avons remarqué une augmentation graduelle du niveau de confiance des fonctionnaires dans ce processus, » a dit M. Bishop. Le rapport inclut un aperçu des recommandations formulées par l’ombudsman depuis l’adoption du règlement sur la divulgation d’actes fautifs. Le rapport annuel peut être consulté sur le site Web du Bureau de l’ombudsman à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/ombu.
Students from six schools are the winners of the first Scratch programming competition in the province. Scratch is a free computer programming language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help introduce students to coding. For the first time, Nova Scotia students in grades 4 to 8 were invited to participate in a competition that encouraged students to create a Scratch coding project, such as an interactive story, game or animation, and submit their creation for review. “It was cool to learn all the amazing things I could do with so many simple programming blocks,” said second-place winner Macquire Burke, a Grade 5 student at Duc d’Anville Elementary School in Halifax. “You can build really cool games using really simple commands.” Sixty projects were submitted by students. “Congratulations to everyone who submitted projects and to the winners on a job well done,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “Coding is behind most electronic devices we use, making it very important that students get to experience it for themselves to help prepare them for opportunities in post-secondary and the technology sector.”
Gururgam: If there was any hope that the incident of a woman getting punched by a man on June 21 would have sensitised the commuters it ultimately just turned out to be a wish. Flaring temper of commuters has resulted in violence against toll attendant on two consecutive days.On Thursday, angered over the payment of toll, a person was brazen enough to drag a toll attendant 100 metres on the bonnet. He was later arrested. If this incident was not enough, on Friday afternoon, Kripal Singh who is the public relation officer of the private company that is operating the toll plaza head got busted by brick by an angry Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmarkcommuter. The commuter fled from the spot after hurting the officials. Meanwhile, the senior toll official has been admitted in a private hospital in Gurugram where he is getting the treatment. The incident occurred at around 1:20 pm. “We have registered the complaint in the case and will soon get hold of the culprit involved. From the information we have got the attendant is said to be out of danger,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWhen asked about the recurring incidents of violence at the toll plaza the official said, “Violence of any means should be condemned. You may have your differences but that should not amount to hurting anyone. The law enforcement officials are committed to bringing to all those people to book who hurt someone either intentionally or in the fit of rage.” Most of the residents however claim that repeated acts of violence are the cause of increased frustration of the toll plaza not being removed despite the assurances by the Haryana government. For lakhs of Gurugrammers who either work in Manesar or reside in new Gurugram travelling through Kherki Daula has been nothing sort of misery. Various challenges at the toll have resulted in several alterations being reported. Taking cognisance of the complaint the Haryana government have decided to move the toll. However even after one year of the formal announcement the plan has hit a roadblock due to various challenges. Many however admit that since Kherki toll is a major revenue generator there is a delay. What has led to even more flaring of tempers is the decision to implement a steep increase in toll rates.
London: Britain on Monday ruled out swapping seized oil tankers with Iran as a second UK warship arrived in the Gulf to conduct convoys that have irritated Tehran. A sense of crisis in the world’s busiest oil shipping lane has been building up for weeks as Iran responds to US President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign. The US economic sanctions and stepped-up military presence are designed to force Iran to renegotiate a landmark 2015 nuclear pact from which Trump pulled out last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBritain further outraged Iran by seizing one of its tankers — the Grace 1 — on July 4 on suspicion of it carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. Iran vowed to retaliate and its Revolutionary Guards stormed and detained the UK-flagged Stena Impero and its 23 crew as they sailed through the Strait of Hormuz on July 20. New British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab flatly rejected the idea of the two tankers being exchanged or simultaneously released in a bid to dial back the tensions. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”There is no quid pro quo,” Raab told BBC radio. “This is not about some kind of barter. This is about international law and the rules of the international legal system being upheld,” he said. “That is what we will insist on.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had hinted earlier that he was open to a tanker swap. Iran said on Sunday that its ship’s seizure was also a violation of the 2015 nuclear pact that Britain co-signed and is trying to keep alive with EU allies. Its remaining participants met in Vienna over the weekend for heated talks that also saw Iran lash out at Britain’s proposal for European nations to lead a naval and air Gulf escort mission. Britain’s HMS Montrose frigate began helping UK-flagged tankers enter into and out of the Gulf last week. Its naval presence near Iran grew to two with the arrival on Sunday of the HMS Duncan destroyer — the most advanced warship Britain currently has. The UK defence ministry said the two will conduct escorts together for the next month. The Montrose will then go in for scheduled maintenance and be replaced by the HMS Kent frigate later this year. “Freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz is vital not just to the UK, but also our international partners and allies,” UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said. Yet Britain’s European force proposal is running up one already being prepared by the United States. Both plans have strongly angered Tehran. Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Sunday that the proposed European fleet “carries a hostile message, is provocative and will increase tensions”. Britain’s Raab said London was still insisting on a European force — despite the potential conflict with Washington. “This shouldn’t be some sort of geopolitical, EU versus US tussle,” he said in the radio interview. “It should be (about) what puts us in the best position with the widest group of international actors to uphold the rule of law.”
New Delhi: Parliament on Friday passed a bill to repeal 58 old central laws which the government said has been done to achieve maximum governance.The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajya Sabha through voice vote. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 29. Moving the bill in the Upper House, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said after the BJP-led government came to power, it decided to get rid of redundant and absolute laws. A committee has identified 1824 old laws. So far, 1,428 old and archaic central Acts have been repealed and about 75 laws — which the Centre drafted for states because of the President rule – have also been repealed till date, he said. The current bill aims to repeal 58 old central laws, which have become “irrelevant”. This is being done to ensure minimum legislation and maximum governance, Prasad said, adding that repealing of old laws is a continuous process.
MONTREAL — The head of Bombardier Inc. says the continuation of its regional jet program hinges on whether the company can fill up the CRJ’s partly blank order book.Alain Bellemare says the plane-and-train maker is trying to keep the product line going, pointing to only two major competitors for regional jets. But a backlog of 54 CRJ 900 planes extends only through the end of next year, he says, leading Bombardier to reassess its options.Once a cash cow for the Montreal-based company, the CRJ now loses money, Bellemare has said. For the past five years Embraer SA’s E175 narrow-body aircraft has dominated the U.S. market, where the majority of regional jets are sold.Quebec’s economy minister has said the government is prepared to work with Bombardier if it needs help with its regional jet program, though Premier Francois Legault has stated that likely won’t involve financial support for the jetliner.Bombardier is placing renewed focus on its business jets, whose robust sales and high earnings margin in 2018 propelled the company to its first annual profit in five years.In July, the company sold a majority share of its C Series commercial aircraft program to Europe’s Airbus SE which rebranded it the Airbus A220. Companies in this story: (TSX: BBD.B)The Canadian Press
The global meltdown in economic and financial markets slashed foreign direct investment (FDI) by some 15 per cent in 2008, and UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi said FDI may continue its downward trend this year. “Very little has been said about the impact of the crisis on investment,” said Mr. Supachai at the start of a week-long conference on FDI trends in the developing world.“You cannot have recovery without going into new investment, new employment,” he added, underscoring the need to “clean up” the financial sector around the world to support new rounds of investment.He also warned participants of the first meeting of UNCTAD’s new Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission that the decline in FDI will be far deeper this year. According to the UNCTAD World Investment Prospects Survey 2009-2011, some 80 per cent of executives of transnational corporations surveyed anticipated cutbacks in FDI in the short-term but a return to more healthy flows in 2011.“There are indications that a deep decline will take place with a great degree of variation between countries and regions,” said the head of UNCTAD. Among the signals are the declining profits reported by businesses and limits on resources as banks struggle to cope with heavy losses and continue to rid themselves of toxic assets. “No new borrowing, no new flows of funding mean little new investment internationally,” he added.Mr. Supachai also warned that “green shoots” signaling economic recovery in the stock markets of developed countries may lead to the dangerous impression that that crisis is over.Developing countries “must not be forgotten,” he said. “They might not go through the same door. It might turn into a debt crisis for developing countries. To stimulate their economies [and to] keep going, they might have to go into debt. We need an exit strategy.”He added that UNCTAD will fulfil a request made at the G-20 Summit in London last month that it monitor government measures to respond to the financial crisis “that might be seen to be blocking international investment. I wouldn’t call it protectionism, but we should be careful that that kind of ‘ism’ doesn’t develop.”Despite the bleak situation, there are opportunities for investment now for firms that have cash, as asset prices are cheap, and new, energy- and environment-related industries can be expected to develop, he stressed. 4 May 2009Last year’s slump in companies investing in businesses abroad is likely to fall further before recovering in two years, hitting developing countries particularly hard in the meantime, the chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) warned today.
TORONTO — A new poll suggests more than half of Canadians aged between 45 to 64 belong to a “sandwich generation” that’s feeling financially squeezed by the needs of their children, aging parents — or both.The survey conducted for BMO Nesbitt Burns found that 55% of those recently polled in this age group say they’re currently looking after children, parents, in-laws or other relatives.About one-third of the 800 people who responded to the Pollara online poll said they are caring for a senior.Thirty-nine percent said they worry that the demands of a being a caregiver will have a negative impact on their financial goals, such as saving for retirement.“There’s a sense among those in the sandwich generation that they’re getting squeezed and are being forced to balance a plethora of financial priorities, from paying down their mortgage to saving for their child’s education to saving for retirement,” Sylvain Brisebois, regional manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns, said in a statement.“The stress that comes with caring for children and aging relatives, balancing a career and generally keeping up with daily tasks can make it hard to focus on the future and saving for retirement.”The study also found that those polled in this age group are behind with their savings plans. The average amount that those polled want to have save by retirement is $818,000; but the average amount that has actually been saved as of date is just $258,000. Only 40% say they have a financial plan in place.Pollara conducted the poll for BMO between July 29 and 31. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.
The Editor of the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper was questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over a news report regarding army commander Jagath Jayasuriya, the newspaper said today.CID officers from Colombo had visited the Jaffan newspaper office yesterday and taken the Editor to the Jaffna police station and questioned him for some three hours. The CID has later informed the newspaper Editor that legal steps will be sought on the next course of action. The Tamil newspaper said that its Editor was quizzed by two CID officers regarding the news item which appeared in the newspaper on the 11th of this month. A complaint over the news item had been lodged by the army commander resulting in the CID investigations.
EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. capped a busy year by seeing its revenues more than triple to $19.1 million in the fourth quarter.The Edmonton company says revenues for the three months ended June 30 were up from $5.9 million a year earlier.The company said the gross margin on medical cannabis was 74 per cent, up from 58 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was mainly due to higher average selling price per gram of dried cannabis and a higher proportion of cannabis oil sales.Aurora Cannabis targeting October for U.S. stock listingThe cash cost for dried cannabis sold was $1.87 per gram, down from $2.09 a year earlier. The cash cost to produce dried cannabis also decreased 11 per cent, to $1.70 per gram, from $1.91. The decrease was primarily due to efficiencies from automation and yield expertise.The company sold 1,617 kilograms of dried cannabis and cannabis oils in the quarter, up from 755 kilograms a year earlier.The number of active registered patients increased to 43,308, up from 16,400.Net income attributable to shareholders was nearly $80 million, up from a $4.82 million loss a year ago.The increase was primarily attributable to the unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities, which was partially offset by increased finance costs, share-based payments, acquisition and project evaluation costs.For the full year, revenues increased to $55.2 million from $18.1 million in 2017.Net income attributable to shareholders was $71.9 million, up from a $13-million loss a year ago.Aurora Cannabis has completed 11 strategic acquisitions in the past year, while another is in progress.The number of employees increased to 1,400 from 300 at the end of the last fiscal year.The company says it intends to list its shares on a senior U.S. stock exchange.“Listing our shares on a senior U.S. exchange reflects the level of corporate and business maturity and our high-paced execution,” stated CEO Terry Booth. “This listing provides access to a broader investor audience who gain the opportunity to participate in our continued success.”Analyzing the performance of marijuana companies is tough because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 7, 2017 11:14 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrity chef, Trump Organization settle lawsuit WASHINGTON – Celebrity chef Jose Andres has settled his dispute with The Trump Organization after backing out of a plan to open a restaurant in Washington’s Trump hotel.Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup and The Trump Organization issued a statement Friday saying the lawsuit has been settled. The deal’s terms are confidential.The lawsuit dates to 2015 when Andres backed out of a plan to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, citing then-candidate Donald Trump’s statements “disparaging immigrants.” Andres, who has several restaurants in the city, is an immigrant from Spain.Andres announced he was backing out of the restaurant following Trump’s comments in June 2015 that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S., and some are rapists. The Trump Organization then sued.On Friday, both parties said in a statement that they have settled amicably.“I am pleased that we were able to resolve our differences and move forward co-operatively, as friends,” Andres said in the statement. “Going forward, we are excited about the prospects of working together with the Trump Organization on a variety of programs to benefit the community.”Donald Trump Jr., one of Trump’s sons who is running The Trump Organization, praised Andres.“I am glad that we are able to put this matter behind us and move forward as friends,” he wrote.Washington’s Trump hotel, which is in the historic Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, opened in October 2016. The hotel’s signature restaurant is a steakhouse, BLT Prime by David Burke.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be taking any further free-kicks around the penalty zoneThe Bianconeri are looking for a repeat of their 1-0 win over Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United in Wednesday night’s return Champions League fixture.However, as prolific as Ronaldo is from set pieces, Allegri will be handing close-range free-kicks duties to either Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic.“Ronaldo is a smart guy,” said Allegri, according to the Express.“He knows Pjanic and Dybala are excellent free-kick takers and they are going to take those close to the area.“When there are free kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we’ve decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set pieces close to the area.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Just last week, Dybala accidentally leaked Juventus’ free-kick pecking order in a picture he posted on Twitter with Ronaldo.It came after Dybala captained the team for the first time in the club’s 2-1 win over Empoli, where Ronaldo scored both of Juventus’ goals.In the picture below, fans quickly pointed out the set-piece priority lists that were put on the wall of the Juventus dressing room.La prima da capitano non si dimentica mai ©️#finoallafine #juventus #futbol #capitan pic.twitter.com/UYA2mfQOUA— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 27, 2018
Brush fire in University City extinguished after causing train delays Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A brush fire broke out along the Amtrak railroad tracks between University City and Clairemont Mesa.It started around 2 p.m. and only burned about one acre before fire crews extinguished it about 30 minutes later.No structures were threatened, but a stretch of train tracks in the area was shut down. August 15, 2019 Posted: August 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
Twitter Fleetwood Mac To Tour With Campbell, Finn fleetwood-mac-enlist-mike-campbell-neil-finn-spell-buckingham-tour News Facebook Fleetwood Mac Enlist Mike Campbell, Neil Finn To Spell Buckingham On Tour Following the announcement that longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is out, the legendary band adds two of music’s greats in his steadNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 10, 2018 – 7:20 am Fleetwood Mac have parted ways with longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. While no specific reason has been revealed for the split, the band has announced they will fill the position with both Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn for their upcoming tour this fall. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 27, 2018 – 3:41 pm Go Inside The 2018 Person Of The Year Gala “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” the band said in a statement. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”Campbell had worked for nearly five decades alongside Tom Petty in the Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch before Petty’s untimely death last year following the Heartbreakers’ 40th-anniversary tour. Campbell is also no stranger to playing with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, as the Heartbreakers were the backing band on Nicks’ debut solo album, 1981’s Bella Donna, and on the hit Petty/Nicks duets “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” and “Insider.”While Finn’s history with the band is not nearly as extensive, the New Zealander has built a 30-year career with Crowded House yielding hits such as “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Something So Strong”In a statement, Finn said: “Two weeks ago I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band. A few days later I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play.”Drummer and founding member of the band Mick Fleetwood summed up the lineup change in the statement, saying, “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style.”Dates for Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming tour have yet to be announced. The group was honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in January in New York.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 30, 2019:A resident reported seeing a coyote in the Pinewood Road area during daylight hours. (6:39am)A Marion Street resident reported their trash barrel was missing since yesterday. Police notified DPW. (7:45am)A 2-vehicle head-on crash occurred at Concord Street and Woburn Street. One driver transported to hospital. Both vehicles towed. Police notified DPW to sand the intersection. (10:57am)A walk-in party found a wallet on Route 38 by Simards. Police notified Burlington Police to notify their resident. (4:25pm)A black 2017 Ford Edge struck a pedestrian near the Boutwell School. Police and Fire responded. No further information. (5:39pm)Police came across 8 vehicles and a large amount of teens hanging out in the 4th of July Building’s parking lot. Police dispersed the crowd and made them aware they’ll be trespassed next time. Police noted a large amount of trash on ground and asked crowd to pick it up. Police notified high school’s School Resource Officer. (10:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”
Solar energy company SunEdison Inc (SUNE.N) is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as the evening of April 17, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, nine months after its market value had reached $10 billion.A SunEdison spokesman declined to comment.Such a move would represent a fall from grace for the former darling of Wall Street and the renewable energy sector, whose rapid, debt-fueled expansion with solar and wind energy plants around the world proved unsustainable. The company’s market value as of Friday was $117 million.The source cautioned that the timing of the bankruptcy filing had not been finalized and asked not to be identified because the plans were not public.SunEdison, which had debt of about $12 billion as of Sept. 30, said in a filing on Friday that it was in talks for potential debtor-in-possession financing with some of its first and second-lien lenders.The company said it needed about $310 million to stay in business, estimating a cash shortfall of $260 million by mid-June. SunEdison said it expected to secure the financing by pledging assets.In the filing, the company said challenges to its business started developing in the middle of last year, when it pursued acquiring Vivint Solar Inc (VSLR.N) and it worked on an initial public offering for TerraForm Global (GLBL.O), a so-called “yieldco” company it created to hold renewable energy assets.TerraForm Global and SunEdison’s other yieldco, TerraForm Power (TERP.O), hired financial and legal advisors to help them prepare and develop contingency plans in case SunEdison files for bankruptcy, a spokesman for the yieldcos said on Friday.The companies rely on SunEdison to make interest payments for them and for back office functions. They have no employees of their own.Typically, companies enter into debtor-in-possession financing after they file for bankruptcy protection to maintain liquidity while they reorganize.Analysts said that while the decision to seek debtor-in-possession financing did not necessarily mean the company would file for bankruptcy, it was likely that this would happen soon.”It is definitely a sign that they are thinking about it because they are trying to get the arrangement in place before they file,” said Ian Feng, an analyst at credit research firm Covenant Review.In the filing, SunEdison laid out three scenarios to continue operating. Two included bankruptcy expenses of more than $70 million.The company said it entered into confidentiality agreements with lenders on March 17. Debtwire first reported in March that SunEdison was in talks with holders of its second lien loans to fund a DIP facility.
Baltimore’s always free and utterly unique Sowebo Arts and Music Festival is gearing up to return May 29 beginning at noon. Located in the heart of Southwest Baltimore, the Sowebo Arts and Music Festival welcomes the summer with several of the city’s best sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, and fashion designers and some of their best works in an un-juried, un-censored art show. This year’s Kid’s Alley will be bigger than ever before with face painting, carnival acts and games, interactive art and crafts, a side walk art contest, skateboarding demos and basketball and football drills. The event will take place from noon until 8 p.m. at 1100 Hollins St, Baltimore, MD 21223.
© 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For several decades, scientists have been wrangling with the mystery of how the bottle gourd, which is believed to be native to Africa and Asia, made its way to the Americas where it grew wild approximately 10,000 years prior to being domesticated. Some believed the mystery had been solved when a research team using DNA techniques reported back in 2005 that the bottle gourd in the Americas had Asian DNA, suggesting the gourd made its way to North America by early people carrying it across the land bridge that existed between what is now Alaska and Russia. In this new effort, the research team contradicts that earlier finding claiming that newer DNA analysis tools show that gourds in the Americas actually have African DNA, which suggests they made it to the New World by floating across the ocean.To settle the matter once and for all, the researchers analyzed 86,000 base pairs taken from samples, rather than the meager three markers used in the 2005 study. It proved, the team says, that the bottle gourd found its way to the Americas from Africa on its own, grew wild for a time and was then cultivated. To further bolster their claim, the team created a computer simulation of bottle gourds and the waters through which they would have had to travel. The simulation showed it was possible the gourds could have traveled to the ocean via African rivers or streams, then made their way across the ocean via currents to the coast of South America, all in just nine months—a short enough span to allow for the seeds contained within to grow once reaching land.The new research appears to settle the matter of how the bottle gourd got to the New World, but questions still remain, such as how it got to Asia, and why are there so few wild variants of the bottle gourd anywhere in the world today? Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Mystery of bottle gourd migration to Americas solved (2014, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-mystery-bottle-gourd-migration-americas.html More information: “Transoceanic drift and the domestication of African bottle gourds in the Americas,” by Logan Kistler et al. PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1318678111AbstractBottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) was one of the first domesticated plants, and the only one with a global distribution during pre-Columbian times. Although native to Africa, bottle gourd was in use by humans in east Asia, possibly as early as 11,000 y ago (BP) and in the Americas by 10,000 BP. Despite its utilitarian importance to diverse human populations, it remains unresolved how the bottle gourd came to be so widely distributed, and in particular how and when it arrived in the New World. A previous study using ancient DNA concluded that Paleoindians transported already domesticated gourds to the Americas from Asia when colonizing the New World [Erickson et al. (2005) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102(51):18315–18320]. However, this scenario requires the propagation of tropical-adapted bottle gourds across the Arctic. Here, we isolate 86,000 base pairs of plastid DNA from a geographically broad sample of archaeological and living bottle gourds. In contrast to the earlier results, we find that all pre-Columbian bottle gourds are most closely related to African gourds, not Asian gourds. Ocean-current drift modeling shows that wild African gourds could have simply floated across the Atlantic during the Late Pleistocene. Once they arrived in the New World, naturalized gourd populations likely became established in the Neotropics via dispersal by megafaunal mammals. These wild populations were domesticated in several distinct New World locales, most likely near established centers of food crop domestication. Explore further (Phys.org) —A team with members from several institutions in the U.S. has finally set to rest the mystery of how the bottle gourd found its way to the Americas. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team explains that new DNA analysis has revealed that the bottle gourd made its way to South America by floating over from Africa. Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl. Credit: Wikipedia. Bottle released by US scientist in 1956 found
“Some guys are looking at making it a big thing…we’re like, ‘Are you surprised, look who did it?’”Dockett and Incognito squared off regularly when the latter was with the St. Louis Rams from 2005 to 2009, and the Arizona Cardinal was never shy about voicing his opinion on his rival. The two battled in the trenches quite often, and it was obvious there was (and is) no love lost between the two.But still, it’s one thing to get into it with an opponent, Dockett said, and something completely different to torment a teammate so badly that they leave the team, which the second-year pro Jonathan Martin did.“That’s so classless to me,” Dockett said. “I feel bad for the young guy because I do feel like as a veteran, you’re supposed to help young guys develop. Help them develop to be a better player on and off the field. Not abuse them and send them text messages and call them the N-word and things like that.“I don’t have any respect for the guy and I’m glad that the Dolphins are taking actions against him and not respecting that.”For what it’s worth, Karlos Dansby, who was a teammate of Incognito’s for two years in Miami, said the offensive lineman was the type of guy who you’d want watching your back. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I knew his reputation before because we played against him in St. Louis, we knew he had some dirty tactics,” Dansby said. “But getting down there playing with him, he’s the best teammate you could have.”Dansby, who said the Dolphins needed leaders to step up and intervene, added that something had to have happened for the situation to reach this point. Because generally speaking, an NFL locker room is a place where plenty of what is said is not ripe for public consumption; that’s just how the culture is. Bullying, however, is not supposed to be a part of it.“I don’t worry about it because I don’t see that happening here,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “I don’t know all the facts, so I can’t really comment, but the little bit I’ve heard from our players, it was very uncalled for and should never happen.” Of course, hazing — to some degree — happens, the extent of which varies from team to team. During training camp, Dockett himself was part of the Cardinals’ initiation, which involved giving the team’s rookies some rather unique haircuts.Arians said that is about as far as he’d allow his veterans to go because, as he noted, hair grows back. Taylor added that he thinks the best thing he can do is give his former teammate time and space to deal with the situation.But hazing gone a bit too far or not, Martin, a second-year pro out of Stanford, finally had enough of Incognito’s abuse. Whether or not the younger player should have stood up to his tormenter is a matter of perspective and really not the point, because the real story is for some reason, one teammate decided he wanted to make another teammate’s life a living hell.“You don’t hear about anything like that taking place,” Dansby said. “We’re like family, so why would we do something to hurt our family? I don’t understand that.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Darnell Dockett was not surprised.Sure, the fact that an NFL player may have bullied a teammate came as a bit of a shock, but the fact that it is Richie Incognito who is accused of doing the deed seemed about right to the veteran defensive lineman.“Everybody was talking about it, and I’m looking like, ‘Oh, are you surprised that he did that,’” Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said of the Richie Incognito situation in Miami. “And it’s crazy because a lot of guys on our team are like, ‘Nah, we’re not surprised at all. Let’s go on with our day.’ The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share “Your feelings get hurt a little bit if you have an ugly haircut, but at least you can fix it in a month,” he said. “We don’t do the bully thing,” Dockett added. “It’s crazy with the veterans that we’ve got because we actually give our rookies a hard time, but we don’t call them out by name. We don’t do anything that we wouldn’t want done on us.”Granted, how “bad” hazing may be is incredibly subjective, but Dockett said the goal is to have the team’s younger players look at the veterans like big brothers, who they can come to with questions and problems.“We don’t want a young guy looking at us like we’re an enemy, he doesn’t like us or things like that,” he said. “That’s not how you build chemistry at all.”Rookie running back Stepfan Taylor, who was a teammate of Martin’s at Stanford, said he never expected to hear his former teammate involved in a story like this.“You hate to see that on the news and on the front page of Yahoo! and things like that,” the running back said. “You just pray for him and pray for the best situation.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact