Province Introduces Citizenship Ceremony Leave

first_imgImmigrants will be able to take time off from work to attend their citizenship ceremony, thanks to legislation introduced today, Nov. 28. “Nova Scotia’s immigrants greatly contribute to the province’s economy and its communities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Creating a welcoming environment that encourages immigrants to move, settle, and make a life in Nova Scotia is key to the province’s immigration strategy.” The legislation will create an unpaid leave of up to one day under the Labour Standards Code that will protect a person’s employment while attending their citizenship ceremony. Between 800 and 1,000 people in Nova Scotia become Canadian citizens every year. Response to a discussion paper issued last October indicated support for a citizenship ceremony leave.last_img read more

Spark West Winners Named in Startup Challenge

first_imgA new e-bicycle company in Hubbards, Lunenburg Co., is receiving $50,000 in funding and business guidance through Innovacorp’s Spark Innovation Challenge. The business, SURU, is one of five winners selected in the Spark West region of the province. SURU’s co-founders, Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O’Neil, are developing zero-emission, electric-powered bicycles that can travel up to 50 kilometres without fuel or pedalling. The bikes are made without tools or special moulds and manufactured entirely in Nova Scotia. “Participating in the Spark Innovation Challenge has guided the trajectory of our business,” said Mr. Uhlarik. “The coaching we received through Spark and the funds being awarded will help us build better products and win in the marketplace.” The challenge expanded across the province this year, with winners in each of the four competition regions receiving up to $50,000 in funding and mentorship from seasoned business professionals. The four regions were Spark West, Spark North, Spark Halifax and Spark Cape Breton. The first provincewide Spark Innovation Challenge attracted 136 submissions. Eleven finalists in the Spark West region pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. Finalists also participated in several business workshops and were mentored by seasoned business professionals. The other winners in the Spark West region are: Alias Earth, a set database company founded by Jim Dorey of Morden, Kings Co., $50,000 Electric Puppets, a virtual reality company founded by Ryan Cameron of Chester, Mahone Bay, $50,000 Finleaf, an aquaponics company founded by Myrna Gillis of Brooklyn, Queens Co., $25,000 Nexus Robotics, an autonomous farming robotics company founded by Teric Greenan, Jad Tawil and Thomas Trappenberg of Barss Corner, Lunenburg Co., $25,000 Winners must use the prize money to build prototypes or take new products and services to market. Innovacorp and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency each contributed $400,000 towards this year’s Spark Challenge. “Spark is a great program that’s helping new technology companies across Nova Scotia get started,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business and Minister responsible for Innovacorp. “The winners of this year’s challenge will build stronger products and create jobs for other Nova Scotians, particularly young Nova Scotians.” “Congratulations to all of the finalists in the first ever provincewide Spark competition,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “This competition has been an excellent showcase of talented entrepreneurs from across Nova Scotia whose spark of innovative ideas have real potential to be commercialized and grown into thriving businesses. I look forward to seeing how the winners advance their ventures and bring their ideas to fruition.” For the full list of winners, visit read more

QuickSketch of Parti Quebecois Leader JeanFrancois Lisee

first_imgMONTREAL – A quicksketch of Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, who is aiming to become premier on Oct. 1:Age: 60.Born: Feb. 13, 1958, in Thetford Mines, Que.Education: Law degree, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (1979); master’s in communications, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (1991).Professional career: Washington correspondent for La Presse, L’actualite and L’Evenement du jeudi (1985-1989); associate editor-in-chief, L’actualite (1990-1992); adviser to premiers Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard (1994-1999); visiting scholar, department of political science of the Universite de Montreal and Sciences Po (Institut d’etudes politiques) in Paris (2001-2003); executive director and co-founder of the Centre d’etudes et de recherches internationales de l’Universite de Montreal (CERIUM) (2004-2012).Political career: Elected to legislature as Parti Quebecois member for Rosemont (2012); minister of international relations, La Francophonie and external trade (2012-14); minister responsible for the Montreal region (2012-14); re-elected to national assembly (2014); becomes PQ leader (2016).Current riding: Rosemont, in Montreal.Personal: Married and the father of five children.Quote: “The Liberals act as though there have been no cuts. Nobody believes them. The Caquistes (the Coalition Avenir Quebec) act as though they can cut taxes without cutting services. Nobody should believe them. If you hated Liberal austerity, you are going to hate Caquiste austerity.”— Lisee as he launched his election campaign this week.last_img read more

Morocco Exempts Chinese Nationals From Visa Requirements

Beijing – Morocco has decided to exempt Chinese nationals form visa requirement to enter the Moroccan territory starting from June 2016.During His talks with President Xi Jinping, on Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the Moroccan monarch announced to the Chinese head of State the waiving, as of June 1, 2016, of visa for Chinese nationals, Moroccan Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, told MAP.“The decision, which confirms the vision of HM the King and His will to deepen and diversify the Chinese-Moroccan relations, shows Morocco’s desire for openness and strengthening human, cultural, economic and political exchanges between the two friendly countries,” the minister added. The talks between King Mohammed VI and President Xi Jinping were an opportunity to reaffirm friendship, commitment and sincerity, Mezouar said.The Moroccan minister noted the commitment of both Heads of State to implement the strategic partnership between Beijing and Rabat, signed today between the King and the Chinese President.King Mohammed VI, on an official visit to China, held talks Wednesday with President XI Jinping, followed by the signing of the joint declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as several bilateral agreements.With MAP read more

BAM Denies Fake Message Asking Employees to Withdraw MAD 15537

Rabat – Bank Al Maghrib (BAM) has issued another statement denying a fake message calling its employees to withdraw MAD 15,537.For at least two months, a message claiming to be from BAM has been circulating via mobile messaging apps saying, “Those who worked for Bank Al Maghrib between 1990 and 2018 have the right to withdraw MAD 15,537 from Bank Al Maghrib.”The message invites recipients to open a link to find out if their names “are on the list of those who have the right to withdraw these funds.” Bank Al Maghrib said in a statement Tuesday, August 28, that the message is not, under any circumstances, sent on BAM’s behalf and denied any relation with the content or its sender.As a result, BAM denied all responsibility for the content of the message and the possible consequences of clicking the link. The link destination is unknown.Bank Al Maghrib underlined that it reserves the right to take legal action in accordance with the applicable laws.On June 30, BAM released its first statement saying it was not behind the message received by its employees. read more

Flow of Somalis fleeing famine starts to ebb – UN

There was a significant drop in the number of people arriving in Mogadishu, the capital, which peaked in July, when nearly 28,000 fled to the city in search of aid after fleeing famine, drought and conflict in the countryside of the Horn of Africa nation, where tens of thousands of people have already died and some 3.2 million others are thought to be on the brink of starvation.“Since the beginning of this month, just over 5,000 displacements into the city have been recorded,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva. “The average daily arrival rate in the city dropped from more than 1,000 per day last month to an estimated 200 in August.”Due to insecurity, almost no movements were recorded in districts of Mogadishu held by Al-Shabaab until earlier this month. African Union (AU) peacekeepers have also imposed restrictions on civilian movement to areas previously controlled by Al Shabaab, which is reportedly restricting movements, particularly of men, in areas still under its control in the south, Mr. Edwards said. He noted that donations from the Somali diaspora and mobilization by local and host communities to assist affected populations during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan may have enabled people to remain where they are, while international and local organizations have been better placed to deliver aid to the famine-stricken in several areas, particularly along the borders with Kenya and Ethiopia. Arrivals of Somali refugees in neighbouring Kenya’s Dadaab region also slowed this month to 1,000 to 1,200 a day from 1,500. But the overall health state of the latest arrivals, particularly the children, is worse. Dadaab now houses almost 500,000 people, mostly Somalis.Yemen, however, is seeing a sharp rise in Somalis arriving on rickety boats across the Gulf of Aden, with more than 3,700 refugees reaching there so far in August, an earlier than normal start to the traditional peak season for people smuggling across the treacherous waters. It is testament to the refugees’ desperation that they have chosen to flee to Yemen, which is itself affected by serious unrest, crossing the Gulf on what are often unseaworthy and overcrowded boats, Mr. Edwards said. The crossings claim an annual toll of hundreds as boats capsize and smugglers throw their charges overboard or otherwise brutalize them.Yemen hosts the second-largest population of Somali refugees in the region, with nearly 192,000, some 15,000 of whom have arrived since January.Somalia has not had a functioning central government for the past two decades, during which internecine fighting spawned by warlords and Islamic militants has killed countless thousands of people and driven 1.4 million others from their homes, a crisis now compounded by one of the worst droughts in memory. 26 August 2011Fewer people have been fleeing their homes in famine-wracked Somalia this month, with insecurity, restrictions by Al-Shabaab Islamic militants and delivery of on-site aid all apparently playing a role in the decrease, the United Nations reported today. read more

Federal judge upholds affirmative action at Harvard

BOSTON — A federal judge has ruled that Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process.U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued the ruling Tuesday in a 2014 lawsuit alleging that Harvard holds Asian American applicants to a higher standard than students of other races.Burroughs says Harvard’s admissions process is not perfect but passes constitutional muster.The case was filed by the Students for Fair Admissions, which says it will appeal the decision. Harvard did not immediately comment.The suit drew support from the Trump administration and reignited a debate over affirmative action.Much of the suit centred on a subjective “personal rating” that Harvard assigns to applicants. The suit says Asian Americans receive lower personal ratings as a result of racial prejudice. Harvard denies any bias.Collin Binkley, The Associated Press read more

Despite progress Kosovo still a considerable way from UN targets Annan

Though significant achievements were made in Kosovo towards the end of 2002, the province is still a considerable way from reaching the individual benchmarks and targets set by the United Nations, according to a report by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan released today in New York.In the report covering the activities of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) since last October, Mr. Annan highlighted such positive developments as the second municipal elections and the beginning of the handover of the electoral process to local control, as well as the extension of UNMIK’s authority to northern Mitrovica and the appointment of judges and prosecutors from minority communities.At the same time, he pointed out that a year after the formation of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government, much remains to be done to build effective, representative, transparent and accountable institutes with meaningful participation of minority community representatives in the civil service. Fighting crime and promoting acceptance of the rule of law remain significant challenges, Mr. Annan said, voicing concern at the violence among the Kosovo Albanian community as well as the persistent violence against the Kosovo Serb community. He urged both the majority and minority communities to make renewed efforts to inject momentum into improving inter-ethnic dialogue and promoting the reconciliation process.”Much energy has been spent seeking challenging the authority of my Special Representative and seeking additional powers,” the Secretary-General said, referring to his envoy in Kosovo, Michael Steiner. “It is important that the Kosovo leadership recognize that, in order to gain additional competencies, they first need solid accomplishments for the benefit of all communities in the areas for which they do have responsibility under the Constitutional Framework.”Mr. Annan welcomed the decision of the Return Coalition to go back to the Assembly and the introduction of formal monitoring of proceedings, adding that a functioning, representative Assembly is a prerequisite for progress. read more

Transfer point upgrades raise throughput reduce dust in Canada

first_imgThe largest independent terminal operator in North America has announced completion of a load-out hopper and four belt conveyors capable of carrying as much as 1,500 t/h of concentrate, complete with five transfer points that comply with the company’s ‘zero spill’ principle. The entire system of chutes and transfers at Kinder Morgan’s North Vancouver, BC facility was designed by Martin Engineering, custom-engineered and modelled in 3-D. The Martin transfer chutes confine the material stream and reduce air entrainment, while directing the moving material onto the receiving belt with minimal impact to reduce spillage, abrasion, dust and premature wear. This control also helps ensure that material is center-loaded on the belt, avoiding mistracking and fugitive dust.  The new transfer points provide the dual benefits of minimising aeration and preventing buildup within the chute, which is particularly important when dealing with combustible materials.Four of the new transfer points employ a ‘hood and spoon’ transfer, with the hood discharge chute at the top of the system and a spoon receiving chute to place material onto the belt being loaded. These engineered flow chutes employ special geometries that capture and concentrate the material stream as it travels through the chute. The fifth transfer point required a heavy-duty impact area at the bottom of a hopper to handle cargo from two front loaders.Environmental stewardship and safety are among Kinder Morgan’s core principles, and all the concentrate storage and handling facilities at the terminal are fully enclosed to ensure that no fugitive material escapes into the environment. From the outset, company officials knew that particular attention would be needed on the five conveyor transfers in order to prevent the escape of dust. “When we spent some time reviewing the existing transfer points, it became apparent that there was now better technology available, and we wanted equipment that could elevate the performance and containment to a new level,” said K-M Engineering & Project Development Manager Al Price-Stephens.   During initial meetings, the Martin Engineering team introduced a variety of new technologies to improve efficiency and dust containment. “They helped us reach a good understanding of what’s available, and we found additional details on the company’s web site,” Price-Stephens continued. “We also became very familiar with the Martin Engineering book, Foundations IV, which has become the bible of bulk materials handling.” To address the site’s specific requirements and design the optimum containment, Martin Engineering conducted a site survey, followed by a conveyor risk assessment. The strategy that emerged gave Martin Engineering responsibility for the design and fabrication of the five transfers, as well as supervising the installation by an outside contractor. “Load zones and discharge points are prime sources for the creation and release of airborne dust,” explained Martin Engineering Global Projects Manager Greg Bierie. “The amount of dust created in a transfer point depends on a number of factors, including the nature of the material and the height of the drop onto the belt, as well as the speed and angle of the loading and unloading belts,” he said. The project was kicked off with material testing at Martin Engineering’s Center for Innovation at the company’s headquarters in Neponset, Illinois. “By testing the customer’s specific bulk material and applying those properties as the initial step in chute design, we can develop a transfer that maximises capacity, while minimising the potential for build-up and fugitive material,” Bierie said.Weekly meetings were held from the beginning of the project through final design, which allowed all participants to see and discuss the status of each transfer point as it was being designed. “Every chute design is tailored to suit the specific material characteristics and conveyor systems of the individual customer, rather than using stock products and attempting to make them work,” observed Martin Engineering Projects Manager Tim Patrick O’Harran.“Martin engineering works with a 3D model, which not all designers do,” Price-Stephens said.  “It’s much easier to look at a 3D model and resolve some of the potential issues before fabrication.”The new conveyors range from about 32 m to 216 m in length, and are either 1,067 mm or 1,220 mm wide.  Average speeds range from 0.9 m/s on the shortest run to 2.87 m/s on the longest conveyor.  Liner materials were installed on all five transfer chutes to resist abrasion and extend service life. Asked to summarise the experience overall, Price-Stephens said, “We were pleased by the level of support that we received from Martin Engineering, without having to hound anyone. And we were impressed by the fact that when we did the initial start-up, it was the guys who helped design the equipment who were there to oversee the start-up.“To some extent, I think bulk terminals like ours have learned to live with a certain amount of spillage and dust, believing that it’s unavoidable,” he added. “We’ve proven here that isn’t the case. When you look at the components and see what’s been designed for this facility, you realize the concepts and technology are pretty straightforward. It’s really about simple things done well.”Kinder Morgan is the largest independent terminal operator in North America, with 180 locations. The Vancouver Wharves terminal in North Vancouver, BC delivers inbound and outbound services to shippers moving cargo between all regions of western Canada, handling mineral concentrates, liquids (diesel and jet fuel), sulphur and specialty agricultural products. The terminal handles more than 600,000 t/y of concentrate across five different storage buildings.last_img read more

Recognising a leader in mobile surface mining machine automation

first_imgDr Jonathan Peck is inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the surface mining category. He was a co-founder and CEO of Aquila Mining System, which was subsequently sold to Caterpillar. In this role, Jon led the development effort that pioneered the use and development of real-time high precision GPS guidance products for both blasthole drills and cable shovels in the mid-1990s. These developments set the standards for this technology, which is still in use 20 years later.He deployed production grade, ruggised PC-based mobile computers for use on a wide range of blasthole drill makes and models. Besides production monitoring, the applications included rock recognition, based on data collected by drill monitors, and retrofit drill control systems. All subsequent work on rock recognition has been based on the work Peck did as a PhD candidate and later at Aquila.He delivered the first full integrated production and diggability monitoring, load weighing, health, and high precision GPS guidance products for cable shovels in the mid-1990s.Following his departure from Aquila (Caterpillar), he served as Head of the Department of Mining Engineering Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and established his consulting firm in 2004 (Peck Teck Consulting) Through Peck Tech, he has continued innovation in the development of new blasthole drill related technology including advanced rock recognition algorithms, augmented GPS devices, and autonomous drill operation.In summary, Peck over the last 25 years has pioneered a number of technologies for mobile equipment in the surface mining industry. These developments continue to be the underlying technology for products in use today. The products have had a significant impact in reducing costs and increasing productivity in the global surface mining industry.last_img read more

AWJ 14 Its The42s Six Nations Team of the Championship

first_img Short URL By The42 Team Mar 17th 2019, 12:28 PM 34,929 Views AWJ +14: It’s The42’s Six Nations Team of the Championship Here’s who stood out for us since the start of February. Subscribecenter_img Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 12:28 PM Share8 Tweet Email ANOTHER 15 TEST matches are in the books, and it all ended in another superb Slam for Wales while their domestic rugby sides endure turmoil. Here’s who stood out since February and earned a nod into our totally subjective Team of the Championship.Let us know if there’s anyone you’d sub in.15. Liam Williams (Wales)A brilliant talent who gave Wales enormous assurance in aerial exchanges and, as usual, proved an elusive runner in attack.14. Damian Penaud (France) Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOPoor in Twickenham, but otherwise a bright spark in France’s troublesome tournament as he offered a solid wide threat. Most impressive on the final day when assisting scores and defending stoutly to deny Italy a shock.13. Henry Slade (England)Made for an exciting addition to England’s midfield and really knitted the back-line together. Combined well with Manu Tuilagi, who he shades for a place here.12. Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)Try-scoring hero of the Grand Slam game, but had already earned his place in this XV after getting through mountains of work in setting that dominant Welsh defence. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO11. Darcy Graham (Scotland)Jonny May scored twice as many tries, but Graham helped ease Scottish concerns amid a spate of back three injuries. Showed brilliant footwork in tackles and electric pace to give England a real fright in Twickenham.10. Finn Russell (Scotland) Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOCall it recency bias, but the tournament’s final game was a thrilling watch and Russell was at the heart of it as he padded out his assist stats. Also impressed in breaking down Wales’ defence in week four with a slick set-play execution. With the two Lions playmakers off form at different points of the tournament Wales sharing their 10 duties, Russell’s exceptional skill gets the nod here.9. Ben Youngs (England)His half-back partner lost form as the tournament wore on, but Youngs continued to set the tone for England with zippy passing and consistently accurate kicking.1. Cian Healy (Ireland)A consistently positive presence in the Ireland pack amid so much stuttering as Ireland lost hold of the winning feeling.2. Ken Owens (Wales)Found himself playing back row for Scarlets before the tournament, but there’s never any doubt about his quality at hooker as his diligent work set the tone for Wales’ slow march to glory. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO3. Tomas Francis (Wales)The cornerstone of Wales’ Grand Slam. Francis was brimming with intent on every carry, tackle and set-piece.4. George Kruis (England)A tower of strength in the England pack, the consistent presence Eddie Jones has built his pack and set-piece around and he doesn’t skimp on work around the field.5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) Captain, leader legend. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOA stand-out candidate for player of the tournament, his performance against England was a wonder of the modern game as he bent the match to his will one ruck at a time.6. Peter O’Mahony (Ireland) POM blocking Dupont’s kick. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIreland’s player of the tournament and played all 400 minutes while Joe Schmidt chopped and changed other areas. Stood up to lead by his actions superbly in Edinburgh and Rome. A vital part of the line-out in Devin Toner’s absence.7. Tom Curry (England)The top tackler in the Championship and you could feel the thump of every last one. The 20-year-old was a tremendous addition that looked like it would bring Eddie Jones’ men back to the top of the podium until it went sour in Cardiff. Source: James Crombie/INPHO8. Josh Navidi (Wales)Played blindside more often than not, but we’ve nudged Billy Vunipola out of this selection to accommodate the relentless workhorse that kept Wales ticking in tough times away to France and Italy. He didn’t let up in the battles with England and Ireland either.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 48 Comments last_img read more

Fixed book prices to be abolished

first_imgGermany’s leading publishers and booksellers association, has warned that plans to abolish fixed book prices in Greece as part of wider reforms to boost competitiveness would “have no economic benefit” and would “lead to a cultural decline”.In a letter to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the German Publishers & Booksellers Association said that the proposals undermine Greece’s own commitments towards culture as outlined in its agency for the European presidency.It urged the prime minister to re-examine the issue and its possible risks.“In countries where fixed book price systems have been given up, we have seen average book prices rise. Only the few best-selling titles tend to be dumped into the market in bulk at bottom prices by supermarkets or other major retailers. As a result, choice becomes more limited, fewer titles are available to readers at attractive prices, and the network of book shops declines. This development cannot be easily reversed,” said Heinrich Riethmüller, who heads the German association.He said that Germany has had the “successful practice” of the fixed book price for almost 150 years.“In Germany, policymakers and society as a whole agree that books are not merely a commodity, but that they have a special cultural value. For this reason, books are not subjected to the forces of the market in the same way as other goods.”“It is this concept of the book as a cultural good which, as the foundation of the fixed book price system, has ensured that Germany is one of the most diverse and stable book markets in the world. Around 4,900 book shops in even the remotest regions of Germany are bringing books, and often cultural events, to readers every day.This broad network of retailers, offering a wide range of fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult books, school books, guides and self-help books, as well as academic and scholarly titles relies on the fixed book price system in order to sustain diversity and choice all over the country.”In Greece, a floor is set for the price of books – whether sold in bookshops or online – to help small domestic businesses. The practice, similar to ones also adopted in France, Italy and Germany, aims to keep foreign publishing multinationals from cutting prices aggressively and driving small Greek publishers and independent booksellers out of business.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has recommended that the price controls be scrapped to make books cheaper and boost innovation. Source: enetenglish, Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fighter jet flyovers add excitement to Fourth

first_imgCamas and Ridgefield will enjoy a little extra Fourth of July excitement as F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the Oregon Air National Guard fly overhead at designated times.Jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing, based at Portland International Airport, are scheduled to fly over Camas at 10:45 a.m. and Ridgefield at 11 a.m. That’s just when Ridgefield’s big annual Fourth of July parade is set to begin.The jets will fly approximately 1,000 feet above the ground at about 400 mph. Flights could be canceled or rescheduled due to weather or other needs.After flying over Clark County, the 142nd Fighter Wing jets will do the same over various Northwest Oregon and Oregon Coast locations.last_img read more

Low Unemployment Limits Anchorages Business Growth

first_imgAnchorage’s unemployment rate for May is 4.9 percent, one of the lowest rates in the state. Though that may seem like a good thing, it’s actually a barrier for growth in the state’s largest city. Businesses are having trouble finding reliable workers.Download AudioNew retail stores are popping up all around Anchorage — Cabela’s, Bass Pro, an outlet mall. And with them comes hundreds of entry level jobs, which could be a problem.In “retail right now, we’re hearing a lot of complaints about the lack of a qualified workforce,” said Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. “Which is an interesting situation to be in because normally retail has some of the least difficulties finding someone who can be qualified to come in on an entry level position.”Popp says low unemployment rates make it hard for businesses to fill the estimated 1,500 – 2,500 jobs that are currently available in the city, and he expects the rate to drop even lower by the end of the summer. But he says the problem isn’t just the lack of people seeking work, it’s a lack of reliable workers to fill low wage jobs.“The skill sets in the individual, like the understanding of the need to show up to work on time, properly groomed and dressed. Understanding fully that they need to be able to pass a drug test, which is a very serious issue for pretty much every employer.”Wanetta Ayers with the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development calls these work maturity skills, and she says they can be taught to both youth and adults. “Just honestly developing an awareness of it is a start.”Ayers says the state funds programs aimed at students, at-risk youth, and adults to help them develop the basic communication and work skills necessary to hold down a job. She says they also focus on teaching life skills to help them overcome barriers to working. “For example they may need childcare, they may need transportation, just to figure out how to structure the kind of support network to be able to show up on time and regularly.”Ayers says some people, especially youth, aren’t employed because they don’t really understand their options. She says workers can go to one of the state’s 21 jobs centers and receive guidance.“One of the things they help people identify is what is the right occupation for me. What are the labor market conditions? What kind of growth is there? So that they are really making an informed choice about the occupation they are choosing to go into,” she explains.The state is currently spending $21 million on programs aimed at preparing and training the workforce and teaching people higher end skills as well.AEDC’s survey research shows there’s also a lack of skilled workers in fields like IT and health care. Anchorage is the 23rd most expensive city in US for living, and there’s a housing shortage, so it’s hard to attract people with specialized training.last_img read more

Artistes captivate audience with their performance at Siddhartha

first_imgVijayawada: A special programme was organised in the morning session of 24th comedy Telugu comedy playlet competitions on Sunday at Sidhartha Auditorium. The programme was designed as a bunch consisting of music, dance and drama to mark 46th annual celebrations of Sumadhura Kala Niketan. Popular singers Bhamidipati Srilalita, Bhavyasri Geethika and P Satwika Srija presented ‘Paduta Teeyaga’ with melodious film songs and entertained the gathering. With their fine tune and mellow voice the singers captured the audience and received appreciations from audience. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The dance items were showcased by Lekya Bharani, Harihara Brahmani and also the disciples of Hemanth. Harihara Brahmani had presented a Kuchipudi dance item and acclaimed laurels from the gathering present. ‘Papabhaya haranam’ a devotional dance item was presented by Lekhyabharani in Kerala traditional dance forum ‘Mohiniattam’. With her rich experience and constant training Lekhya received a round of applause from the dance lovers. The disciples of dance guru Hemanth presented a folk dance ‘Jaiyyare’. With colourful costumes and beautiful footwork the dancers Mahati, Keerthana, Ramgavrutha, Vaishnavi, Soumya, Siri Sanjana, Ishani, Brinda and Hasini performed and received applause from connoisseurs. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us To inculcate the theatre aptitude among the youth, inter-college skit competitions were organised for college students. Andhra Loyola College, SRR and CVR College, KBN College, Nalanda College, PB Sidhartha College and Sri Durga Malleswara Sidhartha Mahila College students performed to their best to get appreciations from public with their skills. Sumadhura Kalaniketan should be appreciated for conducting such events to encourage the amateur artistes along with the professionals.last_img read more

Deuterated formaldehyde detected in protostar HH 212

first_img © 2018 HH 212 is a low-mass protostellar system located some 1,300 light years away in the Orion constellation. Previous studies of this protostar, conducted in 2016 and 2017, found that its “hot corino” (the warm inner region of the envelope surrounding the low-mass protostars) contains deuterated water (D2O) and singly deuterated methanol (CH2DOH).Recently, a team of scientists led by Dipen Sahu of the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad, India, has analyzed archival data obtained by ALMA, which observed HH 212 in December 2012. The analysis allowed the researchers to identify an emission of another molecule from the protostar’s hot corino – deuterated formaldehyde.”In this paper, we use ALMA archival dataset 2011.0.00647.S and report emission of deuterated formaldehyde line from central hot-corino region,” the authors wrote in the paper. The study reveals that the emission of HDCO is assumed to be optically thin and is limited mainly to the inner 200 AU from the center of HH 212. The emission is concentrated in a circular region around the central protostar position and is elongated along the jet direction. However, Sahu’s team was not able to infer conclusively whether the elongation is real or due to the effect of the synthesized beam size.The researchers assume that the HDCO emission originates near the central hot region, given that the emission is almost symmetric around the systematic velocity between 1.6 and 2.0 km/s. The column density of HDCO was calculated to be 100 trillion cm−2. Furthermore, the scientists revealed that HDCO emission experiences a rotation, most likely associated with the disk wind or rotating environment. However, due to limited resolution of the observational data provided by ALMA, the authors of the paper cannot select the most plausible scenario at the moment.In order to determine the origin of HDCO emission, the researchers compared it with methanol (CH3OH) and C17O emission. For instance, they found that HDCO emission is more extended than methanol, and HDCO has a red-shifted peak which is absent in methanol emission.”We compare HDCO line with other molecular lines to understand the possible chemistry and physics of the source,” the paper reads.The authors concluded that the deuterium fractionation of formaldehyde is relatively higher than methanol in the central region of HH 212. They assume that the gas phase formation of deuterated formaldehyde is active in the central hot region of the protostar.”From the possible deuterium fractionation, we speculate that the gas phase formation of deuterated formaldehyde is active in the central hot region of the low-mass protostar system, HH 212,” the researchers wrote in concluding remarks. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, a team of researchers has detected the emission of deuterated formaldehyde (HDCO) from the hot inner region of the protostar HH 212. The finding, reported January 20 in a paper published on the pre-print repository, could be helpful in our understanding of chemical processes in this protostar and in similar objects. Citation: Deuterated formaldehyde detected in protostar HH 212 (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Astronomers detect methanol maser emission towards nearby galaxy HH 212 system observed by ALMA -Band 7. Credit: Codella et al. 2014. More information: Deuterated Formaldehyde in the low mass protostar HH212, arXiv:1801.06699 [astro-ph.GA], a nearby (400 pc) object in Orion, is a Class 0 protostellar system with a Keplerian disk and collimated bipolar SiO jets. Deuterated water, HDO and a deuterated complex molecule, methanol (CH2DOH) have been reported in the source. Here, we report the HDCO (deuterated formaldehyde) line observation from ALMA data to probe the inner region of HH212. We compare HDCO line with other molecular lines to understand the possible chemistry and physics of the source. The distribution of HDCO emission suggests it may be associated with the base of the outflow. The emission also shows a rotation but it is not associated with the Keplerian rotation of disk or the rotating infalling envelope, rather it is associated with the outflow as previously seen in C 34 S. From the possible deuterium fractionation, we speculate that the gas phase formation of deuterated formaldehyde is active in the central hot region of the low-mass protostar system, HH212. 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.last_img read more

Locating Steady Product Sources

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read August 31, 2005 When you’d rather spend more time selling than searching forproducts, it’s time to consider more reliable sources ofmerchandise.No one can deny the thrill of posting a garage-sale find ordepartment-store clearance item on eBay and snagging 10 times whatyou paid for it or more. But you have to put up with thefeast-or-famine nature of sourcing your business this way. Now thatyou know how eBay works, you’re ready to take on the biggerdeals and larger volumes that will produce a steady stream ofproduct and establish you as a reliable seller among eBayshoppers.Wholesale distributors, liquidators, closeout distributors andjob-lot traders offer a virtually unlimited choice of product,though quality and quantity will vary. For access to thesesuppliers, you’ll need a state resale number, which allows youto buy wholesale anywhere in the country. Manufacturers andwholesalers may also set minimum orders, so you must first decidehow much merchandise you can afford to buy and store.Some wholesale distributors and manufacturers avoid internetbusinesses because they consider them unstable or unprofitable. Butaccording to Chris Malta, CEO of Worldwide BrandsInc., a product sourcing research publisher in Orlando,Florida, there is a subset of suppliers that tailor theirbusinesses to online sellers such as those on eBay. These”light bulk” wholesalers, as Worldwide Brands refers tothem, offer minimum orders of $500 or less.Locating a wholesale distributor who supplies what you want tosell isn’t always easy, but Sun W. Kim, 30, founder of TekGems Inc. (eBayUser ID: tekgems), found a novel way to do it. The San Franciscoelectronics entrepreneur did Google searches for the model numbersof products he wanted–searches that often led right todistributors’ websites. “Pretty soon, I knew who thedistributors were and whom to talk to,” Kim says.Now, it seems the manufacturers find him, using the sametechnique to check on their products. “I probably have asupplier or manufacturer interested in selling me something once aweek,” Kim says.Marsha Collier, an eBay PowerSeller and author of several booksabout eBay, recommends eBay itself as a product source. Usingsearch terms such as lot, case quantity, surplus or pallet, sellerscan find liquidated merchandise and closeouts from providers toobusy to sell the products individually. is also apopular source for finding these goods.Buying from liquidators offers a significant price benefit, butyou never know what you’ll get. “You’ll find goodbargains,” Malta says, “but you can also end up withitems taken from breakage piles.”Whom you buy from also depends on what you want to sell. Avoidproduct categories where oversupply has dropped prices too low toprovide a profit. Asad Haroon, general manager of, aWashington, DC-based search portal for the wholesale andsmall-business sectors, recommends buying merchandise related to ahot item. Instead of adding to the glut of cell phones, forexample, sell cell-phone plates or car adapters. “You may nothave as big a demand,” Haroon says, “but there won’tbe a lot of other people selling [them].”Whatever you sell, opt for items that will maintain yourinterest in the business. “If you hate the items you’reselling,” Collier says, “you’re really going to bebored.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

UN faults Sri Lanka probe of alleged war abuses

first_imgIn May 2009, the government _ dominated by the ethnic Sinhalese majority _ defeated Tamil Tiger rebels who were demanding an independent Tamil nation after decades of perceived discrimination.The report questioned the government’s commitment to follow through on the recommendations of its own war commission report and urges Sri Lankan authorities to permit international experts to probe allegations of serious human rights violations.“Unfortunately, however, the government has made commitments to only some of the commission’s recommendations, and has not adequately engaged civil society to support this process,” the report said. “The steps taken by the government to investigate allegations of serious violations of human rights further have also been inconclusive, and lack the independence and impartiality required to inspire confidence.”Sri Lanka’s government disputed many of the findings. In a formal response that was released by Pillay’s office, Sri Lanka said it has taken steps to investigate more than 50 instances of civilian killings and all reported cases of alleged disappearances from the end of the war.The report comes as the Geneva-based council prepares to meet and take up the question of how well Sri Lanka has healed itself by uniting opposing factions after a war that the U.N. estimates killed 80,000 to 100,000 people. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice GENEVA (AP) – The United Nations’ top human rights official on Wednesday faulted Sri Lanka for failing to investigate reports of widespread killings and other atrocities toward the end of its bloody quarter-century civil war.In her report to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said opposition leaders are still being killed or abducted and the government has made no arrests or prosecutions in cases of disappearances. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories The government is expected to face questions from the council in March on its progress in following up on that report, which also recommends investigating alleged human rights violations and giving autonomy to Tamils. The United States has said it will sponsor a resolution at the council for a second straight year on the report’s implementation.Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week ruled out giving Tamils greater political autonomy, appearing to back away from his long-stalled promise to empower the ethnic minority as part of the country’s reconciliation process.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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