Arizona Proposition on Hunting Fails

first_imgA ballot initiative that would have guaranteed a right to hunt and fish has been shot down by voters. Proposition 109 would have given state legislators control over wildlife management and prevented citizen initiatives. But opponents, including wildlife biologists and environmental groups, said the proposition was vaguely worded and they feared that it might lead to a side-lining of scientific advice. The proposition was defeated 56% to 44%.last_img

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Solskjaer hopeful that David de Gea will extend his contract at Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisementAlthough David de Gea has not made it official, the Norwegian manager remains hopeful that the Spanish goalkeeper will extend his contract at Manchester United.With Manchester United lagging behind in defence, the 28-year-old goalie has been the constant saving grace under the bars.Therefore, it is not surprising that Ole Gunnar Solskjar would like to extend de Gea’s contract until 2020.A 12-month option in his current contract has been taken up, but no progress has been made in prolonging his association with the club past that point.When asked for an update on negotiations, the United caretaker manager said: “No updates from me. The club and David are in dialogue, hopefully, they’ll agree, it’s out of my hands but I’m sure we’ll do what we can.“David’s done fantastic since he came, the club really showed how much they wanted him back in the day when Eric [Steele] and the gaffer found him.“There were probably keepers there better at that time but the belief the manager showed in him with the criticism he got paid dividends.“He’s been player of the year I don’t know how many years, we’re grateful to have him.“Then again, we’ve got Sergio [Romero] and Lee [Grant], a fantastic goalkeeper department“I don’t think there’s any manager in the world who’ll beat me in that respect.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 18:08 IST India will be banking on Hockey Series Finals to qualify for 2020 Olympics (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe India men’s hockey team will join the FIH Pro League from next yearHockey India had puled out the men’s and women’s teams from the inaugural editionMatch schedule principles were approved for the 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro LeagueThe India men’s hockey team will join the FIH Pro League next year after pulling out of the inaugural edition, which began in January.Welcoming India back in the league, the international hockey federation (FIH) said the move has been supported by other participating countries.”…India’s men team will join the FIH Pro League from 2020 on, as was unanimously supported by the other participating National Associations,” the FIH said in a statement after its Executive Board meeting.In July 2017, Hockey India had decided to withdraw both the men’s and women’s national teams from the competition.Hockey India never gave any official reason for the decision but it was speculated that the inferior ranking of the women’s team prompted India to pullout from both the competitions as there was no option to take out just one teamHockey India also believed that the country had better chances of qualifying for the Olympics via the Hockey World League.In the inaugural Pro-League which began in January, nine teams are competing in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches till June. The top four teams will earn a ticket to the FIH’s Olympic Qualification events.”It is great that India will join the FIH Pro League already next year. There is such a passion for hockey in the country that it will add a lot to our newest competition,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.”Furthermore, FIH would like to thank all participating National Associations who, by agreeing on a common scheme for the 2020 and 2021 calendars, have once again shown the solidarity of the global hockey community and their utmost will to grow the sport together.”advertisementThe EB also approved the 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro League match schedule principles. The League competition will be held within the first six months of every year and all these matches will remain ‘home games’.The away games will be kept too but will now be split over two consecutive seasons and work according to the following example: In 2020, Team A will host Team B twice within a couple of days, and in 2021, Team B will host Team A twice within a couple of days.”This scheme reduces by half the travel of the teams compared to the current format, therefore decreasing costs for teams, benefitting athletes’ welfare and reducing the impact on the environment,” the FIH said.As India are not playing in the FIH Pro League this year, they are banking on the Hockey Series Finals to qualify for next year’s Olympics. Bhubaneswar is hosting one of the three Hockey Series Finals in June.Also Read | Graham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey teamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India men’s hockey teamFollow FIH Pro League 2020Follow 2020 Olympics India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020Hockey India had earlier decided to withdraw both the men’s and women’s national teams from the inaugural edition of the FIH Pro League.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Tourism Minister Welcomes Expansion of Rio Nuevo Village Attraction

first_img “As we expand our experiential offerings, we will, in turn, increase Jamaica’s overall appeal and demand. This diversity is important as we seek to attract five million visitors and generate US$5 billion in tourism by 2021,” he added. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Rio Nuevo Village attraction in St. Mary is making a major contribution to heritage tourism in Jamaica and efforts to grow visitor arrivals.“Heritage tourism contributes to the growth of community economies, creates new jobs and strengthens local identity while increasing the competitiveness of the destination,” he noted.“As we expand our experiential offerings, we will, in turn, increase Jamaica’s overall appeal and demand. This diversity is important as we seek to attract five million visitors and generate US$5 billion in tourism by 2021,” he added.Minister Bartlett was speaking at the official launch of rafting and kayaking at Rio Nuevo Village on Wednesday (July 25).The 30-acre village is located at the site of the historic battle between Great Britain and Spain for Jamaica in 1655. There is a Taino museum on the property, and the grounds are a nesting site for local and migratory birds.With the expansion, recreational activities now include not only tours of the property and nature walks but bar service and entertainment as well.“We welcome attractions like Rio Nuevo Village, which expands our offerings and enhances the overall tourism product,” said Mr. Bartlett.“This 30-acre multidimensional attraction is a historic site that was home to one of the biggest Taino settlements in St. Mary and houses a museum that has one of the most comprehensive collections of authentic Taino artefacts in Jamaica,” he noted.“Visitors increasingly seek out heritage attractions like Rio Nuevo Village in their quest for more authentic and engaging Jamaican experiences,” he said.Mr. Bartlett commended operator of Rio Nuevo Village, David Wilson, who invested more than US$2 million to develop the attraction, which has been in operation for some seven years. “Heritage tourism contributes to the growth of community economies, creates new jobs and strengthens local identity while increasing the competitiveness of the destination,” he noted. Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says the Rio Nuevo Village attraction in St. Mary is making a major contribution to heritage tourism in Jamaica and efforts to grow visitor arrivals.last_img read more

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Budget Bulletin Tax Changes for Nova Scotians

first_img -30- NOTE: For further 2009-10 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . introduction of Tax-Free Savings Accounts announced in the 2008–09 federal budget (the province will also allow investments made under the Equity Tax Credit Act to be held in Tax Free Savings Accounts.) increasing the maximum amount that can be withdrawn from an RRSP under a Home Buyers Plan to $25,000 carrying back decreases in value from a deceased annuitant’s RRSP or RRIF to be deducted against year-of-death income accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for computers acquired after Jan. 27, 2009 accelerated Capital Cost Allowance for manufacturing and processing equipment (announced in the 2007–08 federal budget, extended in the 2008–09 federal budget, and adjusted to reflect straight-line accelerated CCA in 2010 as part of the 2009–10 federal budget). The Department of Finance is continuing its comprehensive review of the tax system in 2009–10. The government will engage the public and seek input about the best ways in which the tax system can be used to achieve long-term fiscal, economic, social, and environmental objectives. New Tax Measures—Details Small Business Tax RateNova Scotia’s small and medium-size businesses are important sources of job creation. Over three years starting in 2011, the government will cut the small business tax rate in half. The rate will remain at five per cent in 2009 and 2010, drop to four per cent in 2011, three per cent in 2012 and 2.5 per cent in 2013. In 2007, the small business rate of five per cent saved Nova Scotia’s smaller and medium sized companies $119 million in taxes relative to the general corporate rate of 16 per cent. On full implementation, this measure is expected to save small and medium-sized businesses an additional $25 million to $30 million per year. About 12,000 companies are expected to benefit from this tax reduction, overwhelmingly among companies based entirely in the province. Tobacco Taxes Effective at midnight on budget day, the tobacco tax rate will increase by five cents per cigarette, five cents per pre-proportioned tobacco stick, and five cents per gram of fine-cut tobacco. This measure will increase tobacco tax revenues by $29.6 million in 2009–10. Healthy Living Tax Credit The 2008–09 budget announced the extension of the Healthy Living Tax Credit to all Nova Scotians effective Jan. 1, 2009. The extension of this credit to adult recreation expenses has been temporarily deferred. Extension of the Healthy Living Tax Credit to adults will be revisited at a later date. This credit enhancement would have cost $5.3 million in 2009–10. For the 2009 and subsequent taxation years, up to $500 in expenses for children’s sport and recreation registration fees are still eligible for a tax credit. Transit Tax Credit The 2008–09 budget announced a new Transit Tax Credit starting in 2009. The implementation of this credit has been temporarily deferred and will be revisited at a later date. This tax credit would have cost $1.5 million in 2009–10. Previously Announced Tax Measures The government remains committed to legislated reductions in the tax burden on individuals and businesses. These measures were previously legislated and will take effect in the 2009 or 2010 taxation years. Basic Personal Amount and Other Non-refundable Credits As announced in the 2006–07 budget, the province is increasing the basic personal amount exempted from personal income taxes by $250 per year over a four-year period. This represents an increase of $1,000 or 13.83 per cent. The province’s other non-refundable credits will also grow by 13.83 per cent over this period. The basic personal amount will increase from $7,731 to $7,981 effective Jan. 1, 2009, and to $8,231 in January 2010. Other non-refundable tax credit amounts will grow by 3.23 per cent in 2009 and 3.13 per cent in 2010. Relative to tax credit amounts in 2006, Nova Scotians will pay more than $50 million less in personal income taxes in 2009–10. Increases in credit amounts in 2009 and 2010 will save Nova Scotians $19.1 million relative to 2008 amounts this budget year. Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit For the 2009 tax year, the Volunteer Firefighters and Ground Search and Rescue Tax Credits will increase from $375 to $500 as announced in the 2007–08 budget. Increasing this refundable tax credit will provide an additional $900,000 to volunteers who keep Nova Scotia communities safe. Large Corporations Tax As announced in the 2006–07 budget, the province’s Large Corporations Tax on capital of non-financial institutions will decline from 0.2 per cent to 0.15 per cent on July 1, 2009. That tax rate will continue to decline on an annual basis until its elimination in 2012. The tax reduction from 0.2 per cent to 0.15 per cent on July 1, 2009, will save large Nova Scotia companies an estimated $9.1 million in taxes. Manufacturing and Processing The province announced the elimination of the Manufacturing and Processing Tax Credit in 2000. As announced in the 2006–07 budget, the use of credits accumulated under this program will cease on Dec. 31, 2009. Government Fee Increases There will be three per cent increases in certain fees legislated under the following acts: Companies Act, Corporations Registration Act, Motor Vehicle Act, Personal Property Security Act, Probate Act, Summary Proceedings Act, and Trust and Loan Companies Act. These and other fee increases announced earlier will provide additional revenues of $5.2 million to help cover the rising costs of government services. Other Tax Adjustments The government is implementing other adjustments to ensure that the tax system meets expected outcomes and functions smoothly. Graduate Tax Credit The period in which Nova Scotians can claim the Graduate Tax Credit will be extended from three years to five years. The Graduate Tax Credit was introduced in 2006. For 2006 and 2007, graduates from eligible post-secondary programs were able to reduce their taxes by up to $1,000. For those who graduated in 2008 and beyond, the graduate tax credit could reduce their taxes by up to $2,000. Some Nova Scotians were not able to use their entire graduate tax credit in the year of graduation. They could carry these unused credits forward to reduce their taxes in two taxation years after graduation. For example, a 2006 graduate could use the graduate tax credit to reduce taxes in 2006, 2007, and 2008. With a longer period, Nova Scotians will be able to claim graduate tax credits in the year of graduation as well as the four subsequent years. For example, a 2008 graduate could use the graduate tax credit in 2008, and any unused portion in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Equity Tax Credit and Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Tax Credit The Equity Tax Credit and the Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Tax Credit were scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2009. These credits will be extended by one year and reviewed as part of the government’s ongoing comprehensive tax review. Federal Tax Changes Changes to federal legislation can result in different calculations of taxable income. The province maintains a common tax base with the federal government for personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, Large Corporations Tax (even though the federal government eliminated its capital tax in 2006), and Harmonized Sales Tax. In 2009, federal amendments to tax bases altered taxable income and sales tax bases on which Nova Scotians pay provincial taxes, including the following: The province of Nova Scotia is maintaining personal income, corporate income and sales tax rates for Nova Scotians in 2009 and 2010. Tax relief from changes to the Basic Personal Amount and other non-refundable personal tax credits will proceed in 2009 and 2010 as planned. Previously announced reductions in the large corporations tax will also continue as legislated. The province will position itself for economic recovery by cutting the small business tax rate in half over three years, starting in 2011. The province is implementing other tax and fee changes to maintain revenues. These include: Tobacco taxes will increase by five cents per unit ($10 per carton of cigarettes) at midnight on budget day. Implementation of the previously announced extension of the Healthy Living Tax Credit to cover expenses for recreation registration fees for adults in 2009 will be temporarily deferred. Implementation of the previously announced introduction of a Transit Tax Credit for 2009 will be temporarily deferred. There will be a three per cent increase in certain legislated fees to reflect cost increases for these services.last_img read more

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Ggn residents come to the aid of Singhs pet dogs

first_imgGurugram: Amid shock and horror, one of the most poignant moments for residents of Uppal South End and investigators were the four pet dogs who lay beside the bodies of their owners.They were eventually taken by animal welfare NGO. The NGO has stated that the dogs are suffering from many health issues which require immediate attention. In a Facebook post on Saturday, members of the animal welfare NGO explained the condition of the dogs and requested people to contribute aid. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe dogs — Mouli, Blue, Pippa, and Lola — were handed over to PFA by police on July 2 are currently at a shelter home in the city. “As per the veterinary, Mouli (who had weak joints since the time of her adoption in January) came in with aggravated joint issues, tick infestation, gingivitis, cystitis and a cardiac problem, for which an ECG stands due. Lola came in with suspected anal gland discharge and tick infestation.” “Blue is suffering from tick infestation, eye discharge and almost went breathless and turned blue due to suspected cardiac issue… Pippa has dermatitis lesions all over the body and thick eye discharge,” a Facebook post by a PFA member said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe three Pugs — Mouli, the eldest, Blue and Pippa, the youngest, and one Lhasa Apso named Lola, were shifted to a neighbour’s house after the incident came to light. “When I took the pets for a walk in the evening, they started to run towards their house and sat outside the main door,” said Kamlesh Kumari, the domestic help of the neighbour who took the pets in on Monday. Aman Yadav, the assistant commissioner of police (Sadar), said the dogs were not eating anything and needed help from expert caretakers to recover from the shock. “We got a call from the office of MP Maneka Gandhi about shifting them. We plan to keep these dogs together as they might be able to cope better with the situation,” he said.last_img read more

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Locals divided by Trudeaus Alberta oversight in Parliament Hill speech

first_imgEDMONTON – Manuel Goncalves has a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: My Canada includes Alberta, even if your speech didn’t.Trudeau touched off a Twitter firestorm Saturday during his Canada Day speech on Parliament Hill when he left Alberta out of his coast-to-coast recitation of the provinces and territories.“We may live in British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador,” Trudeau said.“But we embrace that diversity while knowing in our hearts that we are all Canadians, and that we share a common pride in that red and white flag.”It wasn’t until after he’d left the stage that Trudeau noticed the oversight, aided no doubt by a check of his Twitter feed and host Sandra Oh giving the province a shout-out. Trudeau jumped on the front of the stage, called out, “I love you, Alberta,” and blew a kiss, before sitting down and shaking his head.“Maybe he should remember where the big money comes from for the economy. It’s the province of Alberta,” said Goncalves, who was among several thousand Albertans gathered for Canada Day at the provincial legislature in Edmonton.“Without our energy, nothing moves, buddy. Nothing goes around,” he said, rubbing his fingers as he spoke. “Simple as that. And for Justin Trudeau, smarten up, boy!”Moments after the mistake, Trudeau tweeted: “Got too excited somewhere over the Rockies. Sorry, Alberta.”Yolanda Saunders, who was with her two daughters as they waded in the reflecting pool in front of the legislature, shrugged off the gaffe.“I think it was just an ‘Oops,’” she said.But it was a political mistake, one Trudeau will likely be hearing about for a while — especially given the fact that Alberta is home to some of his most powerful rivals in the House of Commons, and a place where for many, the Trudeau name has long been a dirty word.Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, who represents a Calgary riding, wasted little time seizing the moment.“On the day we celebrate unity, on the day we celebrate the things that make us better because we’re a strong and united country, he forgot our province,” Rempel says a video she posted to Facebook.“You know what? I don’t care what political stripe you are, I don’t care how you vote. At the end of the day, if we’re going to celebrate the things that unite us, we cannot forget this province.”In an interesting twist, the two newest Canadian astronauts Trudeau introduced Saturday are both Albertans: Jennifer Sidey of Calgary and Joshua Kutryk of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.Most of the people at the legislature were in a forgiving mood, chalking up the oversight to an honest mistake.Michael Viola jokingly wondered if it has something to do with the Liberal government’s new marijuana policy.“Something’s going to get legalized next year,” he smiled. “Maybe he’s just test-driving something.”Stephanie Lawrence, a dual Australian-Canadian who was in Edmonton visiting family, suggested the prime minister ought not to make such mistakes, and that Trudeau needs to “pick up the slack.”“I could understand if he was from the U.S. but Canada doesn’t have that many provinces,” she said.“It’s not like you have to list 50 of them.”last_img read more

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Chennai police seek info on Lankan tourists

The 31-year-old Buddhist monk was allegedly roughed up by a trio when he was about to alight from the Tamil Nadu Express train at the Chennai Central Railway Station. The monk made a complaint with the Government Railway Police (GRP) who are perusing the footage of the incident shot by a private channel, to identify the culprits. According to police sources, the victim, WKM Bandara, was one among the 19-member pilgrimage group from Kandi to India, which is on a visit to the Buddhist pilgrimage centres in Chennai since February 3.The group was reportedly alighting from the S6 coach of the train on Platform 7, when the three persons targeted Bandara and landed several blows on the monk with a chappal, besides assaulting him. After attacking him, they shouted slogans against the visit of Buddhists. Apart from the monk, Wangeesa (70), one of the pilgrims, was also assaulted by the trio. Meanwhile, the Railway Police, who were on platform no 6, rushed to the spot and escorted the monk and his group to the Maha Bodhi Society on Kennet Lane.The monk had sustained injuries on his leg while trying to evade the attackers and refused to undergo treatment as advised by the Railway Police, saying he would leave for Sri Lanka today (Tuesday), where he would get himself treated if need be.The monk, in his complaint, claimed that he was also robbed off `30,000 and Wangeesa, `10,000. The police in Chennai have begun gathering information on Sri Lankan tourists arriving in the area following the recent attacks targeting Sri Lankan monks.The New Indian Express reported that the Indian police have decided to place armed guards in trains after a Sri Lankan monks was assaulted yesterday. However, the Railway Police said that the claim was to be verified as there was no evidence of the trio snatching anything from the monk during the assault in the footage. The group had visited Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Sarnath near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Lumbini in Nepal. Railway Police DSP V Ponramu told Express that a case was registered and the accused would be identified with the help of the video footage.“We have increased security to avert any such untoward incident. Armed guards have been deployed in all trains. After the incident, we have sought details about all Sri Lankan tourists who would access the railway station, so as to ensure adequate protection to them,” the police official added
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Pershing Capital threatens to sue Allergan if it acquires Salix without vote

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2014 10:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pershing Capital threatens to sue Allergan if it acquires Salix without vote MONTREAL – Allergan’s largest shareholder, Pershing Square Capital, has threatened to sue the Botox maker if it attempts to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals without holding a shareholder vote.The investment fund headed by Bill Ackman has teamed up with Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX) to make a $50-billion hostile takeover bid for Allergan.In a letter sent to Allergan’s board Tuesday, the activist investor warned a Salix deal would break the Allergan board’s fiduciary duty and its commitment to give its shareholders a vote on Valeant’s hostile takeover offer for the company.“We do not believe you can lawfully undertake such a transaction, particularly given your failure to engage with Valeant,” he wrote.Ackman’s threat came a day after the Wall Street Journal reported that California-based Allergan (NYSE:AGN) was in advanced talks to buy Salix (Nasdaq:SLXP), which has a market value of about US$10 billion.The acquisition would make Allergan more expensive and complicated to purchase.Valeant and Allergan said they wouldn’t comment on “market rumours,” but Allergan repeated that it believes Valeant’s bid is “grossly inadequate.”“The Allergan board is well aware of its fiduciary obligations and, in that context, is focused on enhancing value for all stockholders, unlike Mr. Ackman who is financially incentivized to deliver Allergan to Valeant at the lowest possible price,” said a company spokesman.Allergan also reportedly rejected a bid in August from Actavis Pharmaceuticals that wasn’t much higher than Valeant’s offer. Unlike Valeant, however, Actavis reportedly pledged to maintain Allergan’s investment in research and development.Valeant and Allergan have been engaged in a heated legal tussle since the Quebec-based pharmaceutical company launched its takeover bid in April.Analyst David Maris of BMO Capital Markets said Allergan is in the “catbird seat” with many deal options.“With a cash deal for Salix in discussions and a willing white knight in the wings, we believe that the Valeant bid has little chance of being successful,” he wrote in a report.Maris said acquiring Salix makes sense because it would help diversify Allergan and raise its 2016 earnings to at least US$11.50 per share, up from the current consensus estimate of US$9.72.Salix specializes in drugs for gastrointestinal ailments. It is in the midst of its own merger efforts with a subsidiary of Italian drugmaker Cosmo Pharmaceuticals that would see it relocate the combined company to Ireland for tax purposes. The North Carolina company’s shares surged to an all-time high on Tuesday on reports of the prospective deal with Allergan.Maris said the deal with Salix removes Allergan’s most attractive feature for Valeant — the ability to use its cash to reduce debt while cutting costs.He suggested that Valeant must significantly raise its bid or walk away.Maris also said he doesn’t believe Pershing Square Capital and Valeant have enough votes to force out Allergan board members at the planned Dec. 18 shareholder meeting.Allergan’s shares gained $4.61 or 2.78 per cent at $170.73 in Tuesday midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Valeant’s shares were up 48 cents at C$128.80 on the Toronto Stock Exchange and 82 cents to $117.10 in New York.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State drops road match at Syracuse 30

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore goalie Parker Siegfried (1) sends the ball back downfield in the game against BGSU on Sep. 22. Ohio State won 1- 0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State men’s soccer team lost its road match 3-0 at Syracuse on Monday night. The Buckeyes (1-9-2) have now failed to secure a victory in the last 10 matches, while the Orange (6-4-1) have now run their winning streak to three games. Junior forward Massimo Ferrin scored twice for Syracuse, once off an assist from freshman midfielder Ryan Raposo to open the scoring and once off an assist from freshman forward Nathaniel St. Louis. Ferrin added an assist on Raposo’s goal, the second of the night for the Orange, part of a five-point affair for the Mississauga, Ontario native. The Orange outshot Ohio State 12-6 on the night and drew seven corner kicks compared to three for the Buckeyes. Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried made three saves, while his counterpart senior goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert did not face much stress on the night as he did not record a save en route to his third clean sheet of the season, and second in as many games. The Buckeyes are back home at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday night at 7 pm as they welcome No. 13 Michigan State for Senior Night. read more

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Stantec to acquire MWH

first_imgStantec has entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which it will acquire MWH Global, the Colorado-based global engineering, consulting and construction management firm focused on water and natural resources for built infrastructure and the environment. With the acquisition of MWH and its 6,800 worldwide employees, Stantec will gain a position as a global leader in water resources infrastructure while earning greater presence in key targeted geographies, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America, Europe and the Middle East.Under the terms of the all-cash deal, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Stantec will acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of MWH for a purchase price of approximately C$793 million.“MWH brings a global presence and reputation in water infrastructure that will advance Stantec’s position as a top-tier design firm within the highly attractive global water market,” says Bob Gomes, Stantec President and CEO. “Together, we share a commitment to our communities and have the combined talent to support the most technically advanced clients and projects locally and around the world.”MWH has a network of approximately 187 offices in 26 countries. The firm has a history of engaging in engineering, construction and management consulting for some of the most technically significant water and natural resources projects in the world, including the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks Project.“We are excited to join the expertise and experience of Stantec and MWH in a transaction that will enable us to thrive and grow amidst an increasingly complex industry landscape by strengthening our combined ability to solve the most pressing water, transportation and infrastructure challenges today,” says Alan Krause, MWH Chairman and CEO. “Our highly complementary cultures, shared approach to client service and extended global reach should yield multiple benefits for our clients, employees and the communities we serve.”Key members of the management team of MWH, including the presidents of key business units, will be joining Stantec in significant leadership positions after the acquisition closes. Alan Krause and David Barnes, MWH Chief Financial Officer, are committed to joining Stantec after the acquisition closing date to ensure a smooth and successful integration.The acquisition is aligned with Stantec’s growth strategy of building a top-tier presence in the markets it chooses to serve. Historically, Stantec’s acquisition strategy has been focused on acquisitions in North America to develop a mature presence across its business portfolio. Stantec has concurrently positioned itself to be able to execute on the right opportunity at the right time to expand its geographic footprint and service capabilities to further diversify its industry leading platform.The engineering and technical services offered by MWH are expected to add global capabilities in water-related design services to Stantec’s key mining clients. The global client portfolio of MWH is expected to generate opportunities for Stantec’s Energy & Resources business operating unit to cross-sell its engineering services and provide clients with a broader enhanced service offering through the complete project life cycle.Management believes that the engineering and construction sector will continue to consolidate and that both scale and global capabilities will be important competitive differentiators, particularly on large and complex projects. MWH brings a history and experience of operating in global markets. Augmented by Stantec’s strong balance sheet, history of operational effectiveness and experience in successfully completing and integrating acquisitions, the combined company is expected to be well positioned to grow both organically and by acquisition in the future.The picture shows Bob Gomes, President & CEO Stantec along with Alan J. Krause, Chairman & CEO MWH Globallast_img read more

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RCTs bespoke solution a worldfirst for El Teniente

first_imgRCT has helped copper mine El Teniente, successfully and safely mine in mud, in what is believed to be a world-first mining method in these conditions. This feat was facilitated by the company’s specialised department, RCT Custom. The bespoke team helped deliver a state-of-the-art ControlMaster® Automation solution allowing the copper-rich mud to be accessed with minimum risk.The Codelco-owned site is prone to mud rush caused by ice melting in the Andes, a hazard that can close the exploration area for weeks on end. This combined with the company’s plan to expand operations to the seventh and eighth levels made it crucial to find a solution that would allow the mine to mine mud ore safely. Codelco issued RCT with the challenge of retrofitting RCT’s ControlMaster® Teleremote and Guidance Automation systems previously installed on a surface dozer, loader and truck at its Andina mine. RCT had to upgrade this equipment for fitting onto the site’s Sandvik LH517 LHDs operating in the El Teniente underground mine.Operators were relocated to a surface control room connected to the loaders over the mine’s communication network. “It was quite a challenging engineering project which required the combination of proven RCT solutions with a mine’s network – but RCT thrive in these situations,” said RCT’s Senior BDM. Phil Goode. “Projects like this are the reason we have our specialised division, RCT Custom.” While the existing solutions would suit all mine conditions and achieve the outcome desired by the client as is, a factory refurbishment and upgrades were essential to ensure the retrofit went to plan. “This project highlights just how versatile RCT’s Automation solutions are. It was a significant bespoke engineering project that required the existing solutions to be fully factory tested before being installed at the mine and integrated into El Teniente’s existing network.”Installation and commissioning were undertaken by RCT with its channel partner, Power Train Technologies (PTT). This required the system to integrate into Codelco’s existing digital WiFi network, which required the collaboration between the client’s mining, maintenance, engineering and innovation teams.“The integration of refurbished equipment, installed on working production loaders into the existing mine network posed unique challenges, all of which were overcome by professional collaboration between, Codelco, RCT, and PTT,” said Goode.El Teniente’s Chief Automation Manager, Rafael Guzmán, explained that the system utilises the standard wireless network, configured and managed with its own resources, which is used in various systems of underground work. “The important thing for the site was to have a robust and reliable communications system, which in our case translates into one of the largest networks of this type in mining,” added the Department Corporate of Automation’s Senior Engineer, Norma Vargas.RCT’s Automation solutions ensure the loader travels along the optimum path and at a speed that will deliver consistent cycle times across all drivers, during every shift. As well as tramming faster, the loader will avoid walls and obstacles significantly reducing machine damage and unplanned downtime.The operators’ working environment vastly improves, as the operators were removed from the cab of the machine and relocated into an Automation Centre on the surface at the mine. In addition, the Guidance Automation technology removes disparity between drivers and the time it takes to complete the checklist during shift change has also decreased which further increases productivity. Guidance Automation technology will prevent damage to the loaders while allowing them to be driven in third gear – which results in more buckets each shift.“Productivity and safety can go hand-in-hand. We have a precious treasure waiting to be extracted from the muddy water, and we are now on the right path thanks to RCT’s Automation,” said El Teniente Mine’s Innovation and Development Project Manager, Pablo Gándara. “Our goal was to use technology to reach this somewhat hazardous reserve, which has a potential of about 2 Mt, with purity of 0.9 that is very important,” said El Teniente Mine’s Innovation Project Manager, Nicolás Montecino.As well as delivering the technology, operators underwent RCT product training on the new solution to ensure they got the most out of the technology.“It was great to have spent time with the El Teniente mine operators to deliver hands-on training and guidance to help them take ownership of the new technology,” said Goode.Montecino, said he was not only amazed with the system but he was impressed with RCT Custom’s level of professionalism.“The mine will be able to recover reserves that were once abandoned after being deemed too dangerous to access by our operators who would be exposed to mud water pumping through the area,” said Head of Diablo Regimiento, Leonardo Barría.There is a goal of producing 600 t/d in a six-month period with plans to implement another loader with RCT’s Guidance Automation to reach 2,500 t/d. El Teniente said it will look at replicating this technology to other areas of the mine prone to mud and humidity if the technology performs.“This was a significant, innovative engineering project for RCT, and we are proud to have been part of it,” said Goode.last_img read more

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SEHA GAZPROM League teams for 20172018

← Previous Story FROM DOHA TO PARIS: Issam Tej to US Creteil Next Story → Antonio Garcia Robledo to CSM Bucharest The Executive Committee of SEHA – Gazprom League has held a meeting on 6th of July 2017 regarding list of participants for the upcoming season and has made the decision regarding clubs, which will participate in the 2017/18 SEHA – Gazprom League season.Participants for the 2017/18 season are:HC Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)HC Dinamo Pancevo (SRB)HC Gorenje Velenje (SLO)HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)HC Metalurg (MKD)HC Nexe (CRO)HC Tatran Presov (SVK)HC Vardar  (MKD)HC Vojvodina (SRB)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Serbia will, after a one-year break, return to SEHA with two representatives, HC Vojvodina and HC Dinamo Pancevo.Hungarian Telekom Veszprem will not play SEHA – Gazprom League this season because of the objective reasons and the number of matches they have during the season.First matches of the 7th SEHA season will be played on Tuesday, 29th of August 2017 and Wednesday, 30th of August 2017.Playing schedule will be published additionally. read more

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Life is left up to you NUIG researcher delves into her Mars

first_img‘Life is left up to you’: NUIG researcher delves into her Mars simulation mission The experiment has been compared to a desert version of the Hollywood movie The Martian. In the first second or third day, water froze inside the pipes and we ran out of drinkable water for two days. This meant we couldn’t use the toilet or cook for two days because all our food was dehydrated – it was really an emergency.“During that emergency the team changed, and started to see each other as a family. So from there they started to really work and we had a happy ending.”The Mars Desert Research Station officially began operations in 2001 as a fully-volunteer enterprise, which is now in its 16th field season.To date, over 1,000 people have participated as crew members at the habitat, and many are now involved in other analog studies at different locations around the world.Read more about the Mars Desert Research Station here.Read: An Irish doctor has been picked by NASA to live under the seaRead: NASA scientists to spend eight months in Hawaiian dome for ‘Mars simulation’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3276300 The researchWith experience in research focused on how humans perform in extreme conditions, Crew 172 would focus their research on leadership and isolation.They also studied sleep, and looked at ways of improving sleep quality for those in harsh conditions because extreme conditions can lead to sleep deprivation which in turn causes of human error.The facility in Utah desert is surrounded by terrain that is a geologic replica to Mars; located three hours away from the nearest town. Extreme conditions are defined as a place with the limited amounts of food, water, electricity and WiFi and no human interaction.For four weeks between December and January, Ilaria observed and measured the impact of human behaviour among her crew, brought about by living in such a confined environment and no contact with family or friends.Ilaria collected data-based research on the crew’s changing behaviour patterns throughout the mission. Source: Mars MissionShe found that a lack of social contacts, major responsibilities and stress, led to an improvement in the crew’s performance, confidence, reaction to complex problems, higher levels of inner emotional energy, a resistance to stress, increased internal control and social growth.Ilaria points to a particular event that she says helped pull the team together at the very start.“We had a big problem.” Short URL Mar 12th 2017, 9:30 AM ILARIA CINELLI, A PhD student in the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway, was the commander of Crew 172, an international mission for the Mars Desert Research Station.The mission brought together a team of seven experts from different countries around the world, spending months of training and one month in isolation at a facility in Utah desert, to test the strenuous conditions that astronauts might experience on Mars.The experiment has been compared to the Hollywood movie The Martian, where an astronaut, played by Matt Damon, is left stranded on Mars and must learn how to live, grappling with isolation and fear. Source: Mars MissionPreparation for isolationIlaria wasn’t expecting to be appointed as commander of this mission, but she was flexible and good at adapting to any conditions.“We were all beginners. It was hard at the start to address their behaviours, you can be scared, there are limited resources, food, water, there’s a lot of danger.“That’s why I started training with my team 6-months before the mission.”Because of different nationalities of the team, time zones and internet constraints meant that Skype was out of the question, so Ilaria communicated with her team through email at the start.Ilaria had heard stories of people on previous missions who had ‘freaked out’ and was aware that it was hard to know how people would react to the harsh environment.center_img Share Tweet Email When you’re really stressed, you forgot about science. There have been cases of aggressive behaviour, and even though they’re from the most prestigious university, you just don’t know how people can react.“When you have one month of isolation far away from all humans with no electricity and limited water and food, life is up to you.” 8,618 Views 6 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 9:30 AMlast_img read more

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Sécurité sociale 170 médicaments moins bien remboursés dès la semaine prochaine

first_imgSécurité sociale : 170 médicaments moins bien remboursés dès la semaine prochaineFrance – Le remboursement de 170 médicaments passera de 35 à 15% dès la semaine prochaine, selon un article paru sur le site du Parisien. Si la liste n’a pas encore été communiquée, on sait déjà que cette mesure devrait faire économiser 150 millions d’euros à l’assurance-maladie.Selon le ministère de la Santé, la liste des médicaments concernés devrait paraître la semaine prochaine dans le Journal Officiel. Dès lors, la baisse du remboursement sera effective. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?170 médicaments, équivalant à 600 références en raison des différences de conditionnement et des équivalences en génériques, seront désormais remboursés à 15%, au lieu de 35% auparavant, faisant économiser 150 millions d’euros à la Sécurité sociale. Il s’agit de médicaments jugés “peu efficaces” par la Caisse nationale d’assurance-maladie, selon des études de la Haute autorité de santé. Ont déjà été communiqués les déremboursements probables du tranquillisant Valium, toutefois uniquement sous les formes de gouttes ou d’injections, ainsi que de la crème contre l’herpès Zovirax, de la version pommade de Nifluril et de l’anti-acnéique Erythromycine.Le 7 avril 2010 à 14:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo is back in full swing with Juventus

first_imgAs Real Madrid keeps missing him after he left, Cristiano Ronaldo keeps on proving that he is one of the best ever as he owns Serie A with Juventus.It’s funny how people keep doubting a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the man who is determined to be recognized as the best ever by taking over Italian football with Juventus.Surprising the world when he started playing in Portugal wasn’t enough, becoming an absolute boss in England for Manchester United quenched his thirst for glory momentarily, and not even becoming Real Madrid’s best player ever was enough for his burning desire to be revered above anybody else.Now that he has the chance to play in Serie A for Juventus, it took hin only 9 matches to win over the heart of every single fan regardless of which club they support.Every person who enjoys football in that country is feeling quite grateful that ‘Commander’ Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to grace them with his presence and he keeps on turning people to his religion through hard work and results.After what he did this Saturday at Empoli, there is practically no critic left who thinks he won’t take the Vecchia Signora to a title-winning season and everybody is already savoring what’s coming for Juventus in the Champions League.Cristiano Ronaldo 🚀🔥 pic.twitter.com/ivodDqSiID— Futebol Mundial (@Futemundial5) October 27, 2018Not even the problems out of the pitch were enough to stop this beast, Cristiano knows now obstacles and he doesn’t care about other people’s agendas, all that interests him is winning.Juventus had a very complicated task this Saturday against Empoli, they even started losing the match and went to halftime losing 1-0.But considering how Cristiano Ronaldo has been progressing this season with his new club, it was only a matter of time before his talent reached the boiling point it did today.Scoring the equalizer through a penalty wasn’t going to be enough for the Portuguese forward, he was craving for a moment like the one that followed in order to leave his characteristic mark properly.It was one of those moments that a football fanatic can smell coming for miles, Cristiano only needed a little bit of space and a few seconds to strike the ball from a long distance.A true screamer of a goal that gave Juventus the three points but most importantly, reminded everyone that Cristiano Ronaldo is still one of the two best players in the world.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.This missile he scored against Empoli, was very reminiscent of the best goals he scored repeatedly in Spain.Cristiano Ronaldo = irreplaceable. pic.twitter.com/4T3psuPnPa— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 27, 2018This image of Cristiano Ronaldo taking aim to destroy his target, is a picture that people in the Spanish La Liga will no longer be able to enjoy on Sunday as Real Madrid visit the Camp Nou to play against Barcelona.We are quite certain that despite Florentino Perez’s pride, he will later accept that the single biggest mistake he made as the Real Madrid president, was letting Cristiano Ronaldo leave Los Blancos after refusing to pay him what he was asking.We have no doubt in our minds, that Cris will maintain this same level of performance until he is well past 37 and everybody in Spain will keep missing him until the day he retires.It wouldn’t be crazy to think that this terrible mistake could end up costing Florentino his presidency, because dark ages are coming for the Spanish giants after Ronaldo.There is no escaping that, because the Portuguese forward as we all were reminded today, is simply irreplaceable.Bringing players like Neymar, Eden Hazard, or Kylian Mbappé, will never change the fact that Cristiano is no longer a Real Madrid player.Ronaldo 👀 pic.twitter.com/h5NST1ZVjb— murillo moret (@moret_) October 27, 2018How long will it take for Real Madrid to overcome Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit from the club? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Another Dead Gray Whale Discovered In Alaska

first_imgNOAA Fisheries and our stranding partners are tracking a spike in gray whale mortalities along the west coast of the United States during their spring migration. Nearly 60 gray whales have been reported stranded dead along the west coast, from Mexico to Alaska. This is the second confirmed dead gray whale found in Alaska this month. NOAA first received a report of a dead gray whale in Turnagain Arm on May 9. A juvenile humpback whale was found dead in Turnagain Arm just two weeks prior. NOAA has been monitoring gray whale’s location in Turnagain Arm, hoping it will move to an accessible and safe location so biologists can collect tissue samples. If you see dead, injured, or stranded marine mammal in Alaska, immediately report it to NOAA’s Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network: 877-925-7773 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A NOAA-authorized team of marine mammal biologists performed a necropsy Sunday on a dead gray whale beached in the Copper River Delta, near Cordova.last_img read more

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Turn and Burn or Passing the Torch

first_imgWhile no one wanted to admit that the market at the time was in a state of recession, the consensus among speakers and attendees at DeSilva + Phillips’ annual Dealmakers Summit earlier this year in New York was that the economy would get worse before it got better. They were right.Since the conference in February, stocks have plummeted due in part to the slumping housing market and to skyrocketing crude oil prices. Possibly more telling (and more worrisome) are the dwindling workforces at financial powerhouses like Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley. The worst is ailing Bear Stearns, which reportedly reduced its workforce by about 66 percent (Stearns in March agreed to be bought by rival JP Morgan Chase & Co. for $240 million—or just $2 per share, a 90 percent loss to what the company was worth a week before the agreement).“What we need to worry about are the credit markets,” says CCMP Capital Advisors managing director Michael Hannon. “If the credit markets shut down then magazine deals just won’t go through. There was a time when you’d get 8x leverage on a magazine deal. Now, it’s more like 5x. In fact, there was a point when creditors didn’t want to lend even at 5x. In the credit system, that’s the equivalent to a heart attack.”A Changing Private Equity Landscape As 2008 nears the fiscal halfway mark, eyes around the magazine publishing industry are looking toward the health of its private equity firms. Over the last couple of years, a number of groups—including Boston Ventures, the Wicks Group and Alta Partners—have seen dramatic changes in the make-up of their private partnerships, as their founding partners have departed and associates and principles have moved up to partners and managing partners. Do these shake-ups represent inner turmoil at these firms, or are the founding partners simply passing the torch?“It is common that the composition of private equity partnerships change over time,” says VSS Secured Capital partner Hal Greenberg. “This was the case years ago at GTCR, Hallman & Friedman and Tommy Lee, and is the same today. If partnerships like Boston Ventures, Wicks or Alta Partners are now changing, it isn’t worrisome.” Boston Ventures was founded in 1983 and today is headed by a team of four partners and principles but the firm’s senior partnership departed within the last couple of years.“Boston Ventures had, all at once, some of their senior partners depart,” one knowledgeable source tells Folio:. “When you have institutions looking to invest their dollars, they still like to have grey hair at the table. They just do. It’s not necessarily a significant challenge for them since they raised their fund and will put it to work rapidly to produce returns that are attributable to the new partners.”Some, however, see the changeover as reflective of poorly performing deals from Boston Venture’s previous fund. “Generally, there were some funds that were put to work in 1998, 1999 and 2000 that, frankly, because of 9/11 and the recession, didn’t turn out so great,” says another source. “In the case of Boston Ventures, the new fund that they have raised (about $400 million), which closed about six months ago, is about half the value of the previous fund due to that fund’s poor performance. When you have a smaller fund, you need to reduce the partnership proportionally.” One of Boston Ventures’ better deals was the sale of its minority stake in World Publications to the Bonnier Group in May 2006. In 2001, observers questioned its acquisition of Northstar Travel Media, which Boston Ventures put back on the block this spring.The fact that private equity founders are looking to move on can sometimes be a positive thing, according to Oakstreet Media CEO and former VSS managing partner Tom Kemp. “Private equity is a relatively new business, having started 20 to 25 years ago,” he explains. “The guys who started some of the original groups like Boston Ventures were 45 years old or so at the time and now are 65, 70 years old. What’s happening with private equity partnerships right now is the natural progression and transition from one generation of partners to the next.”Whether it’s because of poorly performing funds or personal decisions, some private equity groups falter and break up. New York City-based Seaport Capital is said to be breaking up as a partnership. Seaport invests in private companies with market capitalizations between $20 and $100 million and equity needs of $10 to $35 million. In February, Seaport sold Virgo Publishing to Arlington Capital Partners for an estimated $100 million. “These things happen, especially to relatively small partnerships,” one source says. “For whatever reason, partners decide to go their separate ways and start their own funds and new companies.” Seaport Capital did not return requests for comment.“Generally speaking, private equity founders are entrepreneurial by nature,” says Greenberg. “The fact that they move on after a successful run is common.”Growth Prospects Will Drive MarketAs private equity firms navigate their partnership transitions and begin managing smaller funds, industry players and observers are left wondering how magazine M&A will play out over the next year.“These partnership changes will have a negligible impact on media M&A,” says Seth Rosenfield, a director at BMO Capital Markets. “What will drive the market for the PE investor is leverage and growth prospects. The media business has proven that you can invest in companies below $10 million of EBITDA, between $10 and $30 million EBITDA, and north of $30 million EBITDA. Whether they have big funds or small funds I don’t think it will have an impact.”According to Kemp, private equity firms may start to hunker down, holding onto properties longer (at least in the short term) and manage their portfolios hoping that the cycle will change. “The basic business private equity model is still very attractive and returns overall have been good,” he says. “We’ll see lower- to mid-market funds continue to be most active. While you can finance a $100 million now, the real trouble is with the $1 billion deals. They’re just not happening.”last_img read more

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Ousted Military Affairs Official Returns As Senate Media Strategist

first_imgThis story has been updated here.A recently ousted military affairs official has been hired by the Alaska Senate Majority to guide their media strategy.McHugh Pierre was asked in September to step down as deputy commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as part of then-Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to reform the Alaska National Guard. His resignation came shortly after the release of a federal report that concluded the Guard suffered from leadership failures and a toxic command climate. The next month, Pierre established a public relations firm, Quantum Communications. Pierre has now been granted a contract to aid the Senate’s Republican majority caucus in their communications with the press.“We’ll be coordinating the message plan,” said Pierre in a phone interview. “The voters sent the right people to Juneau, and I want to make sure they’re effective in communicating to the voters what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to do it.”Prior to his appointment as deputy commissioner, Pierre served as a spokesperson for the Alaska Republican Party. He also has communications experience with the military affairs agency and with former Gov. Frank Murkowski. Pierre says he was approached by Senate President Kevin Meyer, an Anchorage Republican, about an opportunity to work for the caucus. Pierre’s contract will last through May 15, and he will not be categorized as a state employee. Pierre also says even before the resignation, he had considered leaving the administration and launching his own communications firm. “I was asked to resign because the governor was ready to have someone new in that position. You serve at the governor’s pleasure, and it was clear that he didn’t want the senior leadership to stay,” said Pierre. “I never did anything wrong. I don’t believe the organization did any wrong. I think the organization did everything it could to support its members.”At the time of Pierre’s resignation, Parnell did not give an explanation for the firing, citing personnel rules.Going into the legislative session, a number of lawmakers have already stated reform of the Alaska National Guard is a priority. The federal report by the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations found that Alaska guardsmen were reluctant to report cases of sexual assault because of a lack of trust in the system, and that the Alaska force has problems with favoritism and fraud. Senate Judiciary Chair Lesil McGuire, an Anchorage Republican, plans to hold National Guard hearings, and Gov. Bill Walker is currently screening candidates for a special investigator position. Pierre says he will not handle communications strategy related to the Alaska National Guard.In an e-mail to majority caucus members, Senate President Kevin Meyer wrote that he consulted with a number of colleagues before Pierre’s hire. “He brings a vast amount of experience working in communications and journalism and I believe will be a valuable asset to the experience and talent we currently have in our press office,” wrote Meyer.Pierre will begin work for the Senate Majority on January 15.last_img read more

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Dengue cases on rise in Chittoor district

first_imgTirupati: District Medical and Health department has fully geared to control seasonal diseases. Several places in the district have been witnessing rains due to monsoon effect bringing down the temperature levels. This is causing more worry for both public and officials as dengue, malaria and other diseases may outbreak in such conditions.The malaria menace is on rise in the district now with poor sanitation in several villages. Significantly, several dengue cases have been reported from Tirupati and surrounding places along with other eastern parts of the district and some places in western parts. So far, more than 20 dengue cases were registered as against 44 in the same period of 2018. However, the district has witnessed maximum number of 421 cases in 2017. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Several patients have been approaching hospitals with complaints of fever. Depending on the symptoms of each case, doctors are performing dengue tests on them and if tested positive, they are kept under observation and treatment is being extended. Needless to say that, dengue fever is caused by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and the normal symptoms include sudden and high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, fatigue accompanied by severe muscle and joint pains. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us If not treated in early stages, patients will have serious repercussions with respiratory problem, puffiness of the face etc., besides loss of platelets count. All these lead to immunity deficiency which will complicate the health condition of the patient. The District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) Dr B Ramagiddaiah told The Hans India that nine teams and four vehicles called mobile medical teams for dengue and malaria were deployed. They have been taking up active and passive surveillance activities. Due to severe shortage of water, people are storing the available water in their homes causing mosquito breeding leading to dengue and malaria. The DM&HO has advised the people to maintain cleanliness, which is basic prerequisite. The department has been working with other line departments in creating awareness on maintaining good sanitation and hygiene conditions in all areas to prevent spread of mosquitoes. Advertise With Us The department staff have been identifying mosquito breeding spots and started spraying activities and house-to-house survey was also going on. Apart from Tirupati surrounding areas, Nindra, Vijayapuram, Nagari, V Kota, Palamaner, B Kothakota have become more prone to dengue fevers now. As the monsoon season continue for another two months, apart from vector borne diseases, water borne diseases such as typhoid, jaundice, gastroenteritis may affect the public due to water contamination. Along with personal hygiene and sanitation, every Friday has to be observed as dry day to avoid water stagnation. Doctors have been suggesting that people should immediately rush to hospital if they find any fever related symptoms.last_img read more

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