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Ex-CEO of Microsoft Morocco Launches London Academy Casablanca

Rabat – Samir Benmakhlouf, the former CEO of the Moroccan subsidiary of Microsoft Corporate, has just launched the London Academy Casablanca.After leaving his position in Microsoft Morocco this early May, Benmakhlouf is conquering a new field, far from the world of connectivity and IT management: education.Based in Bouskoura, the kindergarten-primary school, whose registrations will start on May 8, 2017, will open its doors at the next school year. London Academy Casablanca offers bilingual education in Arabic and English, reinforced by the British program and the International Baccalaureate program. The school will also offer a hybrid pedagogy between experiential and e-learning, in addition to a partnership with the Arsenal Soccer School. In an interview with the economic daily L’economiste, Benmakhlouf expressed that he believes that education is the investment of the future.“During my 14 years at Microsoft, and more than eight years in entrepreneurship, I have always had this vision to innovate and transform the education system. This is based on international best practices and using technology so that the child is ready for the trades of the future and not those of the past,” the entrepreneur explained.According to the newspaper, London Academy Casablanca will be the only Moroccan school to offer an Arabic-English curriculum in Casablanca. Benmakhlouf’s ambitions outstrip the borders of the Moroccan economic capital. The entrepreneur aims to duplicate the school’s concept on several cities, and even on a continental scale in the longer term, reports L’economiste.“This school will be the example of the transformation of education,” Benmakhlouf disclosed to the newspaper.“The program will focus on the student and not the teacher. It will encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and volunteerism,” he explained, stressing that the school “will expose children to coding at the primary level, in order to train future computer geniuses. We will also have recourse to gaming, robotics and mechanics.” read more

Six Nations Fall Fair seeks to appeal to all ages

On Saturday, the fair features a baby show, an archery competition, horse races and an evening concert by Canadian musician David Wilcox.“I think he’ll bring in a lot of people from Six Nations and beyond,” Hill said.A fireworks display will cap Saturday’s events.On Sunday, the fair’s live entertainment on the main stage will include performances by Bits of Bluegrass, Sugar and Old Spice and Old Chicago.A demolition derby is slated to begin at 3 p.m. in front of the grandstands.And there will be a cultural showcase and a smoke dance competition in the Gaylord Powless Arena.For more information, visit Emma Meldrum / Postmedia Network David Wilcox will perform Saturday night at the Six Nations Fall Fair. OHSWEKEN — Organizers say this year’s Six Nations Fall Fair, which gets underway Friday, should appeal to people of all ages.“We’ve spent the past two years trying to build up the fair and we’re working to make sure there’s something for everyone,” said Mark Hill, president of the Six Nations Agricultural Society.“We’re one of the few fairs, if not the only one, that has harness racing and that’s something that I think really appeals to some of our older people. At that same time, we’ve been trying to expand our midway by adding a new ride or two every year for the younger crowd.”Harness racing is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. with purses slated to be $2,000 per dash with a maximum of five horses per event. Depending on entries, four to six races will be offered with pari-mutuel wagering available.A free 2020 breeding to successful Ontario pacing sire Dali will be offered to the winner of the Matchmaker Pace. Dali, who stood the 2019 season at Mac Lllley Farms for a $5,000 fee and will stand their again in 2020 is owned by “Ace” Burrows who has offered the free breeding, as well as a $500 discount to all other race winners at the fair.The fair, which is marking its 152nd year, continues through to Sunday at the Six Nations fairgrounds, 1738 Fourth Line Rd. Besides the midway, attractions include the antique tractor and Six Nations farmers displays.Hill, who is also a member of the Six Nations elected council representing District 6, said he expects a big crowd for the greasy pig competition on Friday. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.The Miss Six Nations Ambassador program also starts on Friday night, he said.“We changed the program a bit this year to spread it out over two days instead of just one,” Hill said. “It starts Friday night with the traditional presentations and then continues Saturday with impromptu questions followed by the crowning at 4 p.m.” read more

Iraq OilforFood inquiry panel could be announced Wednesday – UN spokesman

Asked about the official announcement of the Oil-for-Food Independent Inquiry, Fred Eckhard said letters of appointment for the members were going to go out today or tomorrow.Last week, the UN confirmed, again in response to press questions, that three persons had been identified to serve on the panel: Paul Volcker, former head of the United States Federal Reserve Bank; Mark Pieth of Switzerland, an expert on money-laundering in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and Richard Goldstone of South Africa, former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Today, Security Council members were scheduled to discuss a draft resolution welcoming the inquiry. read more

Fridays Daily Brief World youth call for climate action and peace record

Migrant shooting in Libya, ‘irrefutable’ proof it’s not safe, say agencies The death of a Sudanese man in Libya who was shot after being returned to shore by the coastguard, has been condemned by UN humanitarian agencies, who on Friday reiterated their call for the country’s migrant detention centres to close.According to the International Organization for Migration, IOM, the man was among more than 100 migrants “resisting being sent back to detention centres”, when shots were fired in the air at Abusitta in Tripoli on Thursday.Some 5,000 migrant women, children and men are still detained in Libya in conditions described as “inhumane” by IOM.Refugee safety a priority amid rising xenophobic attacks in South Africa Climate emergency ‘a new danger’ to peace, youth activists hear ahead of World Day Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world”, urgent climate action is needed” to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a largely youthful crowd.  Each 21 September, the General Assembly-mandated International Day of Peace is observed, devoted to “strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples”, with this year’s theme spotlighting climate action as key to that aim.  “Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency, which threatens our security, our livelihoods and our lives”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message.  Read more here.Guterres urges world leaders to ‘do what is necessary’ for peace and planet in exclusive sit down As global leaders prepare to convene in New York next week to debate the best way forward for the planet, Secretary-General António Guterres  is urging them to “do what is necessary” to ensure that “we are able to solve the dramatic problems we face.”The UN chief is urging Member States to bring “concrete plans” to the 74th session of the General Assembly, in hopes of bolstering the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the ambitious goals that are the bedrock of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In a special interview for UN News conducted this week by newly-appointed head of Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, Mr. Guterres lamented that “we are not on track” to meet a 2030 deadline in many aspects, highlighting that the first-ever SDG summit on 24 and 25 September, will inject more momentum.   Read more here, or click below to listen: Violence against foreign nationals in South Africa has forced more than 1,500 people to flee their homes, UNHCR said on Friday.Attacks have left at least 12 people dead, including refugees and South Africans, UNHCR’s Charlie Yaxley told journalists in Geneva.He said UN staff had also seen a spike in the number of calls to emergency hotlines in recent weeks, after incidents in places including Katlehong near Johannesburg in Gauteng Province.“People (are) reporting that their homes and businesses have been looted, buildings and property having been set on fire, increased gang activity on the streets and rising incidents of sexual and gender-based violence.  Many refugees are now too afraid to go to work or carry out their day-to-day trade, despite having no alternative sources of income.”Today, around 800 people have sought safety in community halls in Katlehong but many have said they want to return home to Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, Mr. Yaxley said.In Yemen, record 12.4 million food-insecure people receive food assistance In Yemen a record 12.4 million people have received emergency food assistance amid ongoing fighting.Announcing the development, the World Food Programme, WFP, said that importing, storing and transporting this amount of aid in a war zone is a major challenge.It’s calling for $600 million to ensure uninterrupted food assistance for the next six months, warning that without more funding, the agency will have no choice but to reduce food rations to families from next month.Today, more than four years of clashes between troops loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and mainly Houthi opposition forces, more than 20 million Yemenis are food insecure – that’s two-thirds of the population. read more

Wagner society divided over decision to cancel popular masterclass after longrunning feud

Dame Felicity Lott presenting the masterclass prize to Michelle Alexander and Adam Music at the Wagner Society's singing competition “All the events we stage break even, but masterclass didn’t last year. It was decided we couldn’t bear the costs this time.” He added: “Of course it’s very disappointing for the people who won the prize because it was a very enjoyable occasion.”It is not yet known whether Ms Alexander and Mr Music will be offered an alternative to the cancelled masterclass.Within the world of Wagner aficionados the English Wagner society, founded in 1953, has a reputation for personality clashes and turmoil.A senior member of the Scottish Wagner Society: “From what I understand much of the committee is at odds with Dame Gwynneth. It doesn’t seem to be a happy situation at all.”Dame Gwyneth Jones said: “In light of my longstanding and generous support of the Wagner Society over the last 28 years, I am surprised and disappointed to learn of the Committee’s intention to cancel the much-loved and prestigious masterclass prize for the winners of the singing competition”. Richard Wagner, circa 1868 The President’s Masterclass is awarded each year to two promising young singers as part of the Wagner Society’s annual singing competition.Last year’s winners Michelle Alexander – an  American dramatic soprano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – and Adam Music – a London-born tenor of Jewish and Nigerian Muslim heritage – had been expecting to enjoy the benefit of Dame Gwyneth’s long years of experience as a top flight soprano.But in a surprise move the committee decided it could no longer justify staging the event following the cost run up by last year’s masterclass, held at the Royal Overseas League, a private members club in St James’s, central London.Figures have not been released, but the president’s masterclass is understood to have run considerably over budget. Dame Felicity Lott presenting the masterclass prize to Michelle Alexander and Adam Music at the Wagner Society’s singing competitionCredit:Wagner Society Raymond Godson, a member of the committee and editor of Wagner News, said: “Dame Gwyneth wants it to take place, but there’s a dispute with the committee about what should happen next. It’s all very sad.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is one of the grandest of Britain’s musical societies, its members devoted to the appreciation and promotion of the 19th century German composer Richard Wagner.Indeed its patronage of scholarships for young music students, singers, and instrumentalists, and its support for the annual Bayreuth Festival of Wagner’s music in Bavaria are regarded by fans as crucial to preserving his legacy.But the Wagner Society now finds itself riven over the decision to cancel a sought-after public masterclass to have been held by its president of 28-years standing, the award winning Welsh soprano Dame Gwyneth Jones.The move follows a long-running feud between some members of the society and Dame Gwyneth, for whom the masterclass is one of the highlights of her year.The singer, who appeared in Dustin Hoffman’s film Quartet and won a Grammy award for her interpretation of Brünnhilde in the Bayreuth centennial production of Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1983, survived an attempted coup against her in 2014, fighting off accusations that she had become “dictatorial”.In the latest skirmish the society’s committee took the decision to cancel her masterclass after last year’s event ran over budget. It is understood key members of the committee are now considering a push to scrap the masterclass altogether, in what will be interpreted as a major snub to 81-year-old Dame Gwyneth, who was born in Pontnewydd, South Wales, but moved to Switzerland and among her many honours and awards was made a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.“It’s a question of priorities,” said Mr Godson. “We consider the main event to be the singing competition itself, which costs several thousands of pounds to stage. Richard Wagner, circa 1868Credit:Henry Guttmann/HULTON ARCHIVE read more

Confirmed Giro dItalia to start in Belfast first 3 stages in Ireland

first_imgONE OF CYCLING’s three prestigious Grand Tours will start in Ireland next year.As expected, race organisers this morning confirmed that the 2014 Grand Partenza — the race’s first stage — will be hosted by Belfast.Three stages in total will be held on both sides of the border around May 10-12. The routes take in Belfast, Armagh and Dublin.“Belfast will provide spectacular backdrops for the 2014 Grand Partenza,” Michele Acquarone, head of the Giro said earlier, “and will add something very special into the history of this great cycling event.”A Dublin media launch will be held later today. The event is reportedly expected to attract around £10million worth of ‘international media coverage’.Dubliner Stephen Roche won the race in 1987.What do you think?25 reasons why the 90s were the best sporting decadeClasico Anglais: France Football bill Beckham v Barton as battle between Angels and Demonslast_img read more

I wasnt brought down fast enough from the volcano and ended up

first_img‘I wasn’t brought down fast enough from the volcano and ended up with heart failure’ Fiona McGinley chats to The42 about recovering from a 2012 accident to compete in The Race. 7 Comments 39,447 Views THIS FRIDAY, 150 athletes will descend on North West Donegal for an event that has been described as ‘Ireland’s toughest endurance race’.The Race is a 24-hour 250km unsupported endurance event that has attracted adventure runners from all over Ireland and beyond since its inception in 2014.It is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going towards the work of Gorta – Self Help Africa. Those involved have raised thousands of euros in previous years, while in addition to the athletes, countless volunteers are required to provide support to those competing on the day and to ensure the event runs smoothly.The challenge is not done lightly. It must be completed within a 24-hour limit. Last year’s winner, Polish athlete Mariusz Olejniczak, triumphed with a time of 15 hours, one minute and 45 seconds. The final finisher came in at 23 hours, 35 minutes and 51 seconds. And as is always the case, a number of those involved did not succeed within the allotted time period.The event comprises 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running, while the often harsh weather conditions around March time increase the challenge’s difficulty. Share132 Tweet Email By Paul Fennessy Image: Instagram Fiona McGinley is one of 150 competitors set to take part in The Race next weekend. Fiona McGinley is one of 150 competitors set to take part in The Race next weekend. Image: Instagram McGinley is from Donegal and has observed past versions of The Race from the sidelines, watching on in awe as competitors test their bodies to the absolute limit.Despite her experience running marathons et cetera, the 30-year-old runner says she has never done anything quite like The Race before. With less than a week to go, she feels a mixtures of nervousness and excitement about the prospect of competing, though a sub-four-hour performance in the most recent Dublin Marathon has given her some confidence ahead of the upcoming task.“I just want to get to the end,” she adds. “I won’t be in contention for first, second or third, or anything like that. If I can get just under the 24 hours, I’ll be absolutely delighted and please God without injury, but I think that’s what everybody is aiming for.But I want to enjoy it. When I go around, I actually want to take in the scenery and take in the fact that you’re taking part in it. I’m nervous, it’s getting very real now because we’re starting to taper out of the hard long training days.“We’d be doing 8-10-hour training days, and now that’s coming to an end, it’s scary.” Source: The Race/YouTubeMcGinley has been training through the dark winter months at ungodly hours of the morning and after work when possible too. The days have been “usually wet” and “usually cold,” so even the mental challenge of getting to this stage is considerable.Moreover, devoting the appropriate time to each of the relevant activities has been another big challenge.I’m relatively new to cycling and I’ve put a massive amount of effort into that,” she says. “Now I’m worried about the running. You’re thinking ‘my God, have I done enough’. You never feel like you’ve done enough. Even if you were doing it full time, you’d still feel there was a bit more you could squeeze in.”Yet come this weekend, the thankless, endless, lonely, painful hours spent toiling away in preparation will hopefully pay off.“I’ve got a massive amount of support locally,” she says. “Everybody’s been so, so good and generous. My friend Helen McCready, she’s a physical therapist and has done three complimentary sessions. People like that have really helped me along the way. Everyone’s been very good, wishing me well.There are a couple of friends who say they’ll have friends in certain sections just to cheer me on and wish me well.“You’re body’s going to be pushed to the absolute maximum. It’s going to be intense. It’s going to be tough, and I’m expecting a lot of tears along the way, but when people are there, wishing me all the best and genuinely wanting me to do well, I think that gives you the motivation to keep going for that extra mile you need to get around the course.”The Race is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going towards the work of Gorta – Self Help Africa. For more info on how to donate, click here.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 8:01 PM The incident, however, didn’t deter her from persevering with future challenges. If anything, it emboldened and inspired to keep active and live life to the fullest.(After the accident) I decided to make the absolute most out of it and to do my very best,” she says. “I decided The Race would be a good challenge. I think the heart’s a muscle and if you exercise it, the better it’ll work. So I thought yeah, I’m going to go for something epic to really push myself and inspire others that have hit rock bottom and done everything they can to get back to full health.“I would be an advocate for good health and the holistic approach. I think something like this is awe-inspiring for the people who have done it before, I think they’re amazing. Anyone who can get to the start line is incredible. So I thought, I’ll give this a go and get through the winter training. So that’s why I decided to do it.” Mar 5th 2017, 8:01 PM Each of the 150 competitors have their own unique background. They are not necessarily elite athletes, although many will have experience competing in marathons or triathlons.Of the individuals taking part next week, each will have their own specific story, and Fiona McGinley’s is particularly inspiring.The Donegal native has been a keen adventurer ever since her first big challenge — a trek across the Great Wall of China when she was 19.Sport has played a big part in McGinley’s life since she was a child. She has been a long-time member of Donegal-based Rosses Athletic Club, which her father founded in the 1970s.Growing up, she played soccer and GAA, though athletics was always her primary passion. She excelled at field events such as the shot put and javelin in particular, and even won the All-Ireland in high jump.In her late teens and 20s, she began embarking on a number of ambitious challenges around the globe, including the Madrid and New York Marathons, Kilimanjaro, Thailand and Cuban jungle treks, among many other adventures.For McGinley, such activities are her passion and a release from her day job as a Dental Hygienist.I would look at the list of marathons and half marathons and see what’s coming up, and I would book my holidays around that,” she tells The42.Adventure running has also changed her life and could easily have ended up killing her.It was when she was hiking in Ecuador, climbing Cotopaxi — an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains — where the accident occurred.I had a bit of an incident there — high altitude sickness,” she explains. “I had three volcanos climbed at this stage and I wasn’t brought down fast enough from the volcano (I was climbing). I ended up with multiple clots in ­both lungs and heart failure. It took a good six months before I could really walk again after the treatment of that.” Follow us: ‘You become paranoid and think: ‘Are my team-mates talking about me?”>Why Jordi Cruyff sacked himself, Ranieri exit laced with deceit and the week’s best sportswriting> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

Nobody will be excluded Govt promises answers in Grace inquiry within 6

first_img Short URL Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 5:58 PM By Sean Murray Finian McGrath not putting Terms of Reference for Grace commission before the Dáil. Really poor form designed to prevent a full debate— Brendan Howlin (@BrendanHowlin) March 7, 2017 5,445 Views MINISTER FINIAN MCGRATH has defended the terms of reference for the inquiry into the handling of the Grace case.These terms were agreed at cabinet today and, while McGrath says that the inquiry will provide answers for everybody concerned, others have criticised the scope of the investigation as not going far enough.The commission of investigation will seek to establish how Grace was placed with her foster family in the first instance, the decisions made that saw her left there, and what monitoring was undertaken.It is understood that the first module of the investigation will focus on Grace, alone.Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath said that tackling this issue was the most important of his political career.“Any question of allegations of abuse against people with disabilities or vulnerable people in society has to be a priority,” he said.He stressed repeatedly that he wanted to ensure that the Grace case was dealt with in the first instance, but added that the inquiry would be broader in scope than just her case.He said: “Not only do I want to give reassurance, I also want to give a commitment, that decisive action will be taken on these issues. Nobody will be excluded, all voices will be heard.Minister McGrath said that he wanted to focus on the Grace case first because “her family deserve answers”.He said that Marjorie Farrelly SC would head up the commission of inquiry and would quickly get to the truth of the matter.An interim report from this investigation will be published in six months, while the full report will take a year to complete.The Dublin Bay North TD added that he hoped that the answers people wanted would be made available at this six month point.He added: “Some of those answers will emerge within six months. We need to ensure that protections are put in place, and that work has already begun.”Speaking in the Dáil today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the commission “will also allow for the specification of the scope of any further investigations which the commission considers are warranted in the public interest”.“Too narrow”Reacting to the terms of reference, Barnardos said it was “outraged” at the “narrow” scope of the investigation.CEO Fergus Finlay said: “As hurt and abused as she was, Grace was not alone. The families of others who were placed in the same foster home, families who were among the first to report deep concerns about their children, are effectively being excluded from these terms of reference.It is inexplicable that the Government and the Minister would seek to limit the terms of reference in this way.Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald said that questions needed to be asked outside of Grace, “about the HSE, about placement, processes and policies in the State” and to ask if others were failed in the same way Grace was.Labour leader Brendan Howlin was critical of the decision to not put the terms of reference before the Dáil ahead of a debate on the issue which is due to take place at 6pm this evening. Mar 7th 2017, 5:58 PM ‘Nobody will be excluded’: Govt promises answers in Grace inquiry within 6 months The terms of reference for the commission of investigation was agreed at cabinet today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission met with Minister McGrath and said that they conveyed significant concerns about the “culture and treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities in the care system have been raised”.Grace CaseAs the reports into the Grace case showed, authorities had at least four opportunities over 13 years to make the girl at the centre of an abuse scandal safe.The Conal Devine report also identified at least four opportunities where action could have been taken and Grace could have been removed from the home. However, an absence of supervision and adherence of protocols meant that Grace was allowed to remain there.The report found that Grace moved in with the foster family in 1989 – a time when foster carers were paid by the health services.It outlines concerns raised by staff regarding bruises and disturbing behaviour by Grace. In one case, it is reported that she stripped her clothes off for no reason. Other concerns related to bruising, poor hygiene and bad behaviour.It says that the authors of the report “think that she (Grace) suffered abuse while living with this family”.“These two reports speak for themselves and they are shocking,” said the Taoiseach.Yesterday, the HSE said it “regrets but understands” why Grace’s mother would not accept an apology from them.Grace’s mother gave an interview to Claire Byrne Live where she said that said that the “reports were very harrowing” and she couldn’t “look at in any detail”.Read: HSE ‘regrets but understands’ why Grace’s mother won’t accept their apologyRead: Grace: The four missed opportunities to make her safe Source: Brendan Howlin/Twitter 18 Comments Share28 Tweet Email last_img read more

Tite Neymar is out of the ordinary

first_imgBrazil boss Tite has praised Neymar’s extraordinary physique and ability to recover in time for their World Cup campaign after sustaining a serious foot injury last seasonThe Paris Saint-Germain forward sustained the injury in a derby game against Marseille at the end of February and was forced to miss the rest of the club’s campaign while he recovered from surgery in his homeland.However, despite a lack of recent action, Neymar was named in the Brazil World Cup squad and scored in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica.“Right now, Neymar is at a certain level and at a certain moment of recovery, because he is a player who is physically out of the ordinary, otherwise he would not be here,” said Tite, according to Marca.Brazil will meet Serbia later today, who will be determined to bounce back after suffering a 2-1 loss to Switzerland last weekend.Victory over the five-time champions will ensure their place in the Round of 16 and Tite is under no illusions over how difficult Mladen Krstajic’s side can be.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“They are a team with two good characteristics, as they are very good in the air and have a lot of individual quality,” he added.The Brazilian coach also sprung to Neymar’s defence after he cried following his 96th-minute goal against Costa Rica.“In my first game with Brazil, against Ecuador, I cried,” he revealed.“When I called my wife later, I cried again, with emotion and with pride.“It seems normal to be able to cry, we must maintain a balance between reason and emotion.”Brazil and Serbia will meet at the Otkrytie Arena at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Nighttime military jet training flights end Friday night

first_imgThe latest set of nighttime training maneuvers, conducted almost monthly for F -15 jet pilots and crews in this area, ends Friday at 10 p.m.The training is required for pilots and maintenance crews with the 142nd Fighter Wing, who are on alert 24/7 day and night, according to a bulletin from Major Melinda Lepore.It involves flying F-15 jets while using night-vision goggles, and other maneuvers.Flights are complete by 10 p.m., the bulletin said.last_img

City Of Kenai Identify Public Facilities Damaged In Nov 30 Quake

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai has identified two facilities that ‘experienced fairly costly damages’ as a result of the 7.0 earthquake on November 30, according to Terry Eubank, Finance Director for Kenai. The building structure housing the wellhead at Well House #1 has subsided several inches and secondly at the City Dock, several structural concrete cracks have been identified. An Engineer’s assessment of the damages will assist the City in filing and obtaining an insurance claim for the damages, as well as provide for a path forward in repairing the facilities. The Kenai City Council will  look at a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to obtain the necessary funding for the City’s $25,000 deductible for the insurance claim. According to Eubank once the payment is made the cities insurer will procure the necessary engineering services to make the repairs.center_img The City of Kenai Public Works and Finance Department met with an insurance adjuster on December 10, 2018, according to a memo to the Kenai City Council from Eubank. Both facilities are in stable condition and pose no immediate threat to the public. Well House #1is not the City’s primary source of water, and the City Dock remains closed as it has been throughout much of this year.last_img read more

Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management

first_imgThe $1-trillion dollar spending plan passed by Congress last weekend and signed by President Obama this week includes money for wildfire mitigation and management and that budget is up from years prior.Download AudioA helicopter drops water on the fire near Soldotna Monday night (Ariel Van Cleave photo)The omnibus spending plan includes $1.4 billion dollars for wildfire management and mitigation.“That’s about 64 million dollars above fiscal year 2014 enacted level,” said Kent Slaughter, Manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Fire Service.“So, there is definitely an increase in the amount appropriated,” he said.The money is based on a 10-year average funding level but, it is not allocated by state. It will be split between the US Forest Service and the Department of Interior, which oversees the BLM.  Slaughter said 804 million dollars will go to the DOI, but it will be another month or two before he knows exactly how much funding will go to the Alaska Fire Service.“I think the process went as the process is going to go. It’s nice to have a budget to know… where we’ll be for the rest of the fiscal year,” said Slaughter.The federal budget for wildfire management has been strained in recent years. According the Forest service, the wildfire season in the United States has increased by between 60 and 80 days in the last 30 years.When the President proposed his Fiscal Year 2015 budget earlier this year, it included a proposal to create an emergency fund for catastrophic wildfires. The goal was to decrease the amount of money that is pulled from other programs like forest restoration and management as well as research. But during the congressional process, that proposal was scrapped.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday June 1 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioWalker says the Legislature must pass his fiscal planAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGov. Bill Walker said the Legislature’s work is a long way from being over. While lawmakers stopped pink slips from being sent to state workers by passing a state budget on Tuesday, Walker said the Legislature must act now to prevent a replay in the future.With budget deal done, oil tax reform remains elusiveRachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe budget passed by the Legislature this week doesn’t include about $775 million owed to oil companies in refundable tax credits this year. Democrats say, if companies want those credits, there has to be oil tax reform.Ex-Mayor Dan Sullivan challenges MurkowskiLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is apparently challenging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican Primary.Legislature passes two bills aiding children in foster careAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Legislature took three actions this week that will help foster care children — passing two bills aiming at finding kids adoptive homes and adding money to the budget to help keep struggling families together.Medfra fire spreads rapidly, encompassing over 8,000 acresHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamDozens of firefighters are battling a wildfire northeast of McGrath that has grown rapidly over the past few days.State moves toward trial in Sockeye wildfireEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageState prosecutors are pushing for a criminal trial in the wake of last year’s devastating Sockeye wildfire near Willow. As the anniversary of the fire approaches on June 14, they have requested about a month’s court time for  proceedings, although attorneys for the two defendants have asked for more time to prepare their case. But neither side is ruling out that  there is still a chance for an out of court settlement.Pedestrian killed on Seward Highway south of Potter MarshAssociated PressAnchorage police are investigating the death of a pedestrian struck on the Seward Highway just south of Potter Marsh.Tanana Valley Fisheries Center to be opened early JuneDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state plans to open its Tanana Valley Fisheries Center in Fairbanks on June 7. The visitor’s center will realize a long envisioned public interface at the new hatchery.Haines transgender teen breaks barriers at state track meetEmily File, KHNS – HainesA Haines teenager was likely the first transgender student to compete at a statewide high school athletic competition. Nattaphon Wangyot was born male, but has identified as female since she was about five years old. Her participation in last weekend’s track meet in Anchorage drew a lot of attention, both positive and negative.last_img read more

Maryland Gubernatorial Forum Expands Potential Audience

first_imgBy AFRO StaffThe upcoming Maryland Gubernatorial Forum, hosted by Associated Black Charities and the Greater Baltimore Committee, is now open to anyone who wants to attend. Previously, the event was limited to employees of Greater Baltimore Committee member organizations and those invited by Associated Black Charities.The event is set for April 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.Diane Bell-McKoy (pictured), president and CEO of Associated Black Charities, will ask the gubernatorial candidates questions at an upcoming forum along with Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. (Courtesy photo)While the event is free, attendees must register in advance.So far seven Democratic candidates have said they will participate: Rushern Baker, Benjamin Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea and Krish Vignarajah.Gov. Larry Hogan, who is a Republican, has also been invited.“Maryland is one of many states across the country where racial and ethnic demographics are increasing,” Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities, said in statement. “The importance of using a racial equity lens in policy in order to create more equitable outcomes for all Marylanders is imperative. We are excited about Marylanders getting to know these candidates and to assess which of them would best speak to their dreams and aspirations for a better, more equitable Maryland.”The forum will be held at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Leadership Hall, 685 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Register at For more information go to read more

World stocks slip as Greek debt talks falter

first_imgFILE – This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are opening lower Monday, June 15, 2015, after weekend talks between Greece and its creditors stalled, raising the possibility the country could default. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   THE QUOTE: “All eyes, including our own, are on Greece,” said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank. “This is a grand experiment and if it were to go awry, it would certainly have implications.”GREEK DRAMA: Weekend negotiations on Greece’s bailout terms produced no breakthroughs and Greek officials and creditors remained far apart as a deadline for a debt payment nears. Greek leaders want to get access to the final 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion) of their bailout program that’s needed to repay debts and avoid a possible default that could trigger an exit from the euro; the bailout package expires at the end of the month.SEEKING TO OWN: Shares in iDreamSky Technology slumped 10 percent on news that the Chinese mobile games licensing company received an offer to be taken private by its Chairman and CEO Michael Xiangyu. The stock slid $1.50 to $13.06.FOR SALE: AirMedia Group tumbled 15.3 percent following news that the Chinese advertising platforms company is selling a 75 percent stake in its advertising business for more than $338 million. The stock lost $1.08 to $6.18.EXIT THE CHOPPER: United Technologies fell 2.1 percent after the company said it would get out of the helicopter business. The stock slid $2.50 to $115.10. Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP: Lumber Liquidators slipped 1.7 percent after the troubled flooring retailer said it has fired its chief merchandising officer. The company didn’t say why it was firing the executive. Shares in the company fell 36 cents to $21.13.BUILDER MERGER: Investors welcomed news late Sunday that California homebuilders Ryland Group and Standard Pacific have agreed to merge. Ryland rose $2.44, or 5.7 percent, to $45.23. Standard Pacific gained 53 cents, or 6.3 percent, to $8.89.DRIVING THE DEAL: Dealertrack Technologies vaulted 57.5 percent on news that digital marketing company Cox Automotive is buying the maker of software used by automotive dealerships for about $4 billion. Shares in Dealertrack gained $22.90 to $62.75.BRIMMING WITH CONFIDENCE: A gauge of U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in their sales prospects surged this month to the highest level since September. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index climbed to 59 this month, up five points from 54 the May reading. The news sent most U.S. homebuilders higher.EUROPEAN MARKETS: European stocks traded lower amid investor concerns over the lack of progress in Greece’s bailout negotiations. France’s CAC 40 shed 1.6 percent, while Germany’s DAX dropped 1.6 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 1 percent. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes ASIA’S DAY: Moves by regulators to tighten up on margin financing sent Chinese shares lower. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slumped 1.5 percent, while the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China dropped 2 percent. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index ended 0.1 percent lower and South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.5 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.1 percent lower. Benchmarks in Southeast Asia also fell.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil continued to fall, losing 46 cents to $59.50 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract hit a high for the year on Wednesday but has been falling since then.BONDS: Nervous investors bought ultra-safe U.S. government bonds, pulling the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to 2.35 percent from 2.39 percent late Friday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Growing doubts that Greece will be able to negotiate a deal with creditors to avoid defaulting on a looming debt payment weighed on U.S. stocks in midday trading Monday. The major indexes pared back some of their losses from earlier in the day as investors monitored the latest corporate deal news. Technology stocks were among the biggest decliners.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was down 106 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,791 at 11:44 a.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell nine points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,084. The Nasdaq composite fell 27 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,023. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories last_img read more

June Housing Starts Down 93

first_img July 17, 2014 530 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts IHS Global Insight National Association of Home Builders 2014-07-17 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img June Housing Starts Down 9.3% New homebuilding activity declined sharply in June, with both single- and multifamily construction taking a major hit.According to a joint report from HUD and the Census Bureau, groundbreaking on new homes was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000, a drop of 9.3 percent below May’s revised annual rate of 985,000.Declines came on both sides of the market: Single-family starts came to a rate of 575,000, down 9.0 percent, according to the report, while multifamily starts fell 9.9 percent to a 318,000 rate.Economists at global analytics firm IHS Global Insight called Thursday’s report a poor one, at least on its face.”After a lengthy winning streak, the multifamily sector seems to be undergoing a small correction,” said Patrick Newport and Stephanie Karol at IHS. “Meanwhile, single-family starts fell back below the 600,000 mark. Plus, revisions to the past three months’ worth of data brought total starts down by a combined 21,000.”Starts actually ticked up in three of the four census regions, rising 14.1 percent in the Northeast to a rate of 105,000; 28.1 percent in the Midwest to 219,000; and 2.6 percent in the West to 194,000.The South, meanwhile, posted a significant 29.6 percent drop in homebuilding to a rate of 375,000.With home prices continuing to advance and low-wage earners still struggling to get their own place in the recovery, the region’s prospects for future construction growth look doubtful.”Until now, a large share of new construction in the South has been made up of lower-priced homes, but the market may be bumping up against affordability constraints,” IHS said. “Until the mix of job gains shifts towards higher-paying sectors and wage inflation takes hold for those at the lower end of the scale, affordability may be a tricky prospect for many families.”On the other hand, the table might be set for increased activity in the other regions. The National Association of Home Builders’ index of builder confidence crossed back up into a mostly positive view in July, signaling a potential pickup.The permits picture was mixed. In June, the government estimates authorizations for new homebuilding were at a rate of 963,000, down 4.2 percent from May.All of that decline came on the multifamily side, where permits fell nearly 15 percent.In the single-family segment, permits came to 631,000, an increase of 2.6 percent above May, though that growth was limited to only one region: the Midwest.”Upon closer inspection, it looks like the single-family market in the Midwest may be approaching escape velocity: permits rose to 110,000 in June, the highest level seen since January 2008. This is a promising sign,” IHS said.Meanwhile, permit issuance was down 15.5 percent in the Northeast to 98,000; 6.3 percent in the South to 463,000; and 1.8 percent in the West to 224,000.last_img read more

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first_img TORONTO – A virtual reality scripted comedy film featuring Jeff Goldblum was among the winners on the third of several nights for the Canadian Screen Awards.“Miyubi,” by Quebec’s Felix & Paul Studios, won best immersive experience at Thursday’s gala honouring digital and immersive storytelling.The story, in which the viewer inhabits a Japanese toy robot that’s given to a young boy on his birthday, includes a hidden scene that can be unlocked.Other winners included the documentary “Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley,” about one of the first all-black settlements in Canada. It was named best non-fiction web program or series.Best fictional web program or series went to “peopleWatching,” which features comical animated adult characters in scenarios including speed dating and a non-religious confessional booth.An interactive digital campaign for the supernatural Western horror series “Wynonna Earp” took the trophy for best fictional cross-platform project.Getting the non-fiction version of that award was a group of 360-degree videos created from the CBC docudrama series “Canada: The Story of Us.”“Odd Squad 1.5,” an extension of the children’s educational series that airs on TVO, won best cross-platform project in the children’s and youth category.“The Space We Hold,” based on Tiffany Hsiung’s documentary “The Apology,” landed the award for best original interactive production.And Emma Hunter, who will co-host Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards gala, won best actress in a web program or series for “Save Me.”Sunday’s broadcast gala will air from Toronto’s Sony Centre of Performing Arts on CBC. VR project with Jeff Goldblum among Canadian Screen Award winners by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 6:17 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 6:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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