Changes to FarmNEXT to Help Next Generation of Farmers

first_imgMore farmers will have access to an important interest relief program as a result of changes made today, July 14. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell announced changes that will expand the eligibility criteria and how the FarmNEXT program provides assistance. “By expanding the eligibility criteria for the program, we are making it easier for new farmers to get up and running,” said Mr. Colwell. “Agriculture is important to the future of our province, and we want to make sure that we create an environment where anyone who is serious about commercial farming has the support they need to succeed.” The two changes that have been made to expand eligibility are: more than one child in a family may apply provided each child operates his/her own farm entity as a separate and unique business new farmers may be eligible when they purchase farmland As part of the changes being made, the approvals for FarmNEXT applications will move from the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board to the Programs and Business Risk Management division of the department of Agriculture to separate lending from grant approvals. The FarmNEXT program supports beginning farmers by reducing borrowing costs. Under the program, up to $30,000 in benefits is assigned to interest on a farmer’s loan from the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board. The program will make available $574,000 to applicants in 2015-16. FarmNEXT clients also receive coaching in business planning and ongoing farm financial management advice from planning and development officers at the department. For more information about submitting an application, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/farmloan .last_img read more

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Morocco’s Cinema Center Grants Nabil Ayouch MAD 3.5 Million for a…

Rabat – Morocco’s Cinema Center CCM has reportedly offered a fund estimated MAD 3.5 million ($150, 000) to the filmmaker Nabil Ayouch, for the production of his new movie “Matar Al Araq” (Rain of Perspiration).The funding committee at CCM has unveiled this week the list of films that will benefit this year from CCM’s film funds.In a statement, the committee said it approved the funding application made by Nabile Ayouch for the production of ‘Rain of Prespiration”. Ayouch will be granted over MAD 3.5 million. This is the third year in a row that Nabile Ayouch gets film funds from the Moroccan Cinema Center. In 2013, he was granted MAD 300,000 ($30,500) for the production the documentary film “My Land”, and over MAD 22.2 million ($2.2 million), in 2014 for the production and direction of “The Attack”.Nabile Ayouch reportedly applied twice for CCM’s fund to produce and direct his controversial movie Much Loved, in 2014. However, the funding committee at CCM rejected the filmmaker’s application.Other films that will benefit from film funds include “Machfia”, a long film directed by Mohamed Ezzine and Ismail Froukhi’s long film “Mika”. Machfia is to receive MAD 500,000 ($50,900), while Mika will be granted MAD 200,000 ($20,300).© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Moroccan Investment Bank Offers USD 100 Million for Sound Energy Tendrara…

Rabat – The British oil and gas company Sound Energy PLC announced this Monday that it has received a financing proposal for its Tendrara gas export pipeline in eastern Morocco from the Advisory & Finance Group Investment Bank (AFG).In a stock market statement released this morning, the Moroccan gas junior informed its investors that it has received a funding offer worth USD 60-100 million for its Tendrara project, the news of which boosted the company’s share by more than 9 percent.The proposal was presented by AFG, a Moroccan oil and gas investment fund owned by Mohamed Benslimane, which acts as a manager for Sound Energy in the country. Since last July, AFG had expressed its interest in financing, constructing, and operating a new pipeline linking the Tendrara deposit to the Maghreb-Europe pipeline. The pipeline that would connect Tendrara to regional infrastructure, effectively opening up the export route to the rest of Morocco and southern Europe.Sound Energy has estimated the cost of pipeline construction at approximately USD 60 million for a 12-inch pipeline and USD 100 million for a 20-inch pipeline. For the company, building this pipeline would be a critical step in the marketing of the Tendrara project, as would the development of a gas-processing facility, which the AFG funding could help with as well.The company explained that the AFG proposal was made on behalf of a range of institutions, including shareholders of the Oil & Gas Investment Fund (OGIF), and some of those investors may also be prepared to support the funding of gas processing facilities.The OGIF is due to formally become a shareholder in Sound Energy before the end of the third quarter, upon conclusion of previously announced transactions which saw the British company increase its footprint in the region surrounding Tendrara in exchange for equity. read more

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Its very urgent that Jenin factfinding team goes in Annan says

“I think at this stage, it is very urgent that we go in, find out what happened, and put all the rumours and the accusations behind us,” Mr. Annan told CNN this morning as he entered UN Headquarters. The Secretary-General characterized last week’s talks between senior UN and Israeli officials as “constructive.” “We’ve clarified some of the issues of concern to [the Israeli delegation] and I did give a letter to the Israeli Government and also to the Palestinian Authority indicating precisely how the team is going to approach its work,” Mr. Annan told CNN this morning as he entered UN Headquarters. “I expect we should be able to work out our differences,” the Secretary-General added.A UN spokesman later told reporters that the UN was “awaiting the Israeli response” to the Secretary-General’s letter, which had been sent on Saturday, with copies shared with the Security Council.Responding to questions from the press, Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the Secretary-General’s letters clarified the team’s work and made it “very clear who the three principal members of the team are.” The letters invited the Israelis and Palestinians to present any relevant information to the team. “The whole purpose of the letter that was sent on Saturday was to lay down in writing very clearly what the team is to do, and now that that is in black and white, we’re expecting a reply from the Israelis,” the spokesman added.On the Secretary-General’s reaction to the delays in the team’s dispatch to the Middle East, the spokesman said Mr. Annan “had a certain amount of understanding about the heaviness of the agenda” Israel faced this weekend, including the dispute over Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s confinement. “But he did say it’s urgent that we go in, so I think he’s hoping that with a positive response from Israel in writing today the team can get on its way,” Mr. Eckhard added.Asked why the UN believed the issue would be resolved, the spokesman said the optimism stemmed from the “relatively good exchange” during the UN-Israeli talks last week. “We don’t see any insurmountable obstacles,” Mr. Eckhard said, “but it’s up to Israel to reply.” read more

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Oil falls near US102 a barrel 9th straight decline despite Mideast tensions

Oil falls near US$102 a barrel, 9th straight decline despite Mideast tensions NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell for the ninth straight day Wednesday as global supplies continue to flow despite unrest in the world’s most important oil-producing region.In the Middle East, the insurgency in Iraq is far from resolved, but hasn’t halted oil exports and the fighting now seems unlikely to spread to Iraq’s major oilfields. Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and Hamas have escalated in the past week, but aren’t threatening any major oil production.On the supply side, Libyan crude exports appear poised to surge after an agreement between the government and local militias cleared the way for export terminals to open. And U.S. production continues to soar.At the same time, refiners have already made much of the gasoline needed to fuel road trips for summer vacationers, so crude demand will begin to ebb over the next couple of months even as the U.S. oil supply of 382.6 million barrels as of July 4 was up 2.3 per cent from this time a year ago.“We in the U.S., are sitting on a ton of crude oil,” says energy analyst Stephen Schork of the Schork Group. “We’re at the point in the season we have a lot of supply and demand is about to fall.”U.S. benchmark crude fell $1.11 Wednesday to close at US$102.29 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s slightly lower than the price on June 6, before insurgents seized the Iraqi city of Mosul, and five per cent below the 10-month high of US$107.26 reached June 20 at the height of most recent concerns over the insurgency. Schork expects to see oil fall further, to under US$100 a barrel, in the coming weeks.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, lost 59 cents to US$108.47 in London.On Wednesday, the Energy Department reported that U.S. crude oil supplies fell by 2.4 million barrels last week as refiners ramped up production, but it was less than the three-million-barrel decline that analysts had expected. Supplies are above the upper limit of their average for this time of year. Gasoline supplies rose and demand for gasoline fell slightly compared with the same period last year.A day earlier, the Energy Department increased its estimate for U.S. crude production for this year and next year, with the U.S. now expected to produce 9.3 million barrels of oil per day in 2015.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 3.5 cents to close at US$2.938 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell 0.3 of a cent to US$2.871 a gallon and natural gas fell 3.4 cents to close at $4.17 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2014 3:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#NORTHERN IRELAND: The Northern Attorney General has said that killings that occurred during The Troubles before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement should not be prosecuted. John Larkin said that the likelihood of convictions was “less and less”.2.#RENTING: Tenants are so desperate for somewhere to live that they are accepting sub-standard rental conditions. That is the finding of a new report from housing charity Threshold. The report pinpoints a shortage of supply and problems with deposits as key factors.3.#TOP UPS: The issue of top up payments “needs” to be investigated says Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming. Fleming said that Ministers knew about the payments prior to their revelations this week.4.#AUCTION: A Christmas tree farm, a petrol station and a golf course will be among the headline items for sale at a massive auction next month. Allsop Space says that 150 properties have a combined reserve of €20 million.5.#CRASH: A man has died following a two-car collision in Donegal. Gardaí say that the crash happened last night near Ballybofey when a van collided with a 4X4 vehicle.6.#AIRBRUSHING: A group of politicians, psychologists and experts will meet this week to discuss the issue of body image problems caused by media outlets. MEP Nessa Childers says that publishers should get together and agree guidelines on airbrushing.7.#SHOOTING: A Dublin taxi driver is in hospital today with non-life threatening injuries after he was shot in both legs. The 59-year-old was shot at Dunshoghly Drive, Finglas last night. Two men fled the scene and are being sought by gardaí.8.#PENSIONS: The Minister for Social Protection has said that changes to defined benefit pensions, which will see the State protecting those paying into pensions whose funds go bankrupt, will only be used in rare occurrences.9.#MEPS: A survey carried out by a Dublin Senator has found that 91 per cent of Dubliners can’t name any of their three MEPs. One person surveyed sincerely believed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was their MEP.last_img read more

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Sony Unveils PSP2NGP

first_imgBehold, the Sony NGP. This is the artist formerly known as the PSP2. NGP, incidentally, stands for “Next Generation Portable.” Never let it be said that Sony doesn’t know how to be blunt when it comes to product naming.After several years of concept shots, rumors, and blurry photos, the Japanese consumer electronics giant finally gave the world its first glimpse of the future of its portable gaming business this morning at a press event in Tokyo. The company’s president, Kaz Hirai called the device’s interface “revolutionary.”The NGP is socially connected, location aware, does augmented reality (a la what will surely be its chief competitor, Nintendo’s 3DS), and is compatible with the PlayStation Suite, a development platform for the PlayStation and Android handsets.The console features a five-inch, 960 by 544 multitouch OLED screen (the current PSP’s screen is 4.3 inches, incidentally). It also features a touch activated backpanel, so your fingers can interact with the device while you’re gripping the thing. Also, as expected, the device has dual joysticks on the front that the company is calling “micro analog sticks.”More details? My guess is that we’re going to have to wait until E3 for those. After all, this thing isn’t due out until some time before the holidays.last_img read more

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Samaras resigns

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Recriminations among Greek conservatives has begun with the referendum result leading to the immediate resignation of New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras.New Democracy backed a Yes vote and earlier this week offered to participate in a cross-party government to pull Greece back from the brink of bankruptcy.Samaras, who was prime minister from 2012 until January this year, told the nation on television: “Our party needs a new start.”last_img

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Low content with Germanys goalless draw with France

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low says that he can “live” with their goalless draw against FranceDie Mannschaft put in a battling display against the side that dethroned them as world champions in Thursday’s UEFA Nations League game at Munich.But Germany were made to settle for a goalless draw after France’s third-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola denied Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Matthias Ginter.The 25-year-old made a total of six saves to deny Germany.“After our disappointing World Cup, we tried to turn over a new leaf,” said Low, according to BT Sport.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Against Mexico (at Russia 2018), in particular, we were left exposed to counter-attacks and we stopped France from doing that.“We had two or three really good chances and you rarely get so many chances versus a world champion.“So I am pleased with the strong running and fighting qualities of the team. We were compact and well organised. I can live with the result and our performance.”Germany will next face Peru in a friendly on Sunday.last_img read more

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Inslee asks for federal disaster declaration

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration in Snohomish County to make programs available to help individuals, households and businesses impacted by the massive Oso landslide on March 22.The request made Monday asks for access to disaster housing, disaster grants, disaster-related unemployment insurance and crisis counseling programs for those in Snohomish County and to the Stillaguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Tulalip Indian tribes. Approximately 30 families need the assistance with temporary and long-term housing, along with personal and household goods, Inslee says in his letter. Based on Snohomish County Assessors data, the estimated losses amount to nearly $10 million, with nearly $7 million in structure costs and more than $3 million in contents costs.Inslee also seeks federal help with funeral expenses for up to 48 people and mental health care programs for survivors, volunteers, community members and first responders.The governor also requested the U.S. Small Business Administration to make its disaster loan program available. Last week a federal emergency declaration was approved, which provided a federal disaster team and specialized personnel including the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the slide area. The declaration also allowed for some federal reimbursement for costs related to emergency protective measures and response.last_img read more

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A Brief Convo on The Economists Snapchat

first_imgThe Economist has moved onto Snapchat, using quick, sharp storytelling in an attempt to woo an audience of Millennials. This is the latest launch in the brand’s “Read, Watch, and Listen” strategy, through which The Economist content is distributed to new channels. For us it just makes sense to be where we think an audience that would enjoy The Economist would be. You can’t deny the power of Snapchat as a content distribution platform. And you can’t deny the power of the Snapchat Generation. Lydia Kaldas: It’s a really important platform for us to join, and we joined it in the way we join anything — by adapting our content to the platform and the audience, and really making people discover the brand. Hopefully we surprise them in a positive manner. Folio: The brand promises to bring “mind-stretching journalism” to Discover. How does this content strategy differ from what someone might find in the magazine or on other digital channels? Kaldas: The core itself is not really different. We remain true to our beliefs and what they stand for. There isn’t really a difference from what we publish, whether it is in newspaper, the digital editions or Espresso; it is The Economist and The Economist content and The Economist voice, just adapted to the platform. To find out more, we sat down for a brief conversation with Lydia Kaldas, The Economist’s SVP of strategy and channel relationships. Kaldas: Our largest audience is in North America, but when you look at the potential of what would be The Economist audience — the globally curious, as we like to call them — we still have a misconception of the brand. We carry a name that is very strong and most people think that we are only about business, and economics, and finance. But that’s only a small percentage of what we cover. It doesn’t differ from the strategy from a content perspective, it just differs from the format. The stories that are on Snapchat have published already in our newspaper, digital editions, or through The Economist films. So the substance can fit on a multitude of platforms.center_img So a platform like Snapchat is a fantastic medium to showcase our content in a much more dynamic way and speak to an audience that is very globally curious, is very educated, and is really interested in content and information. Kaldas: No, it’s more about content distribution. “Acquisition,” in the sense of subscriptions, isn’t really valid in this case. So if you’re talking about acquisition of new audience, then I would say, yes. This really is the first step in gaining a new audience — an audience that is on the younger side, which we call the “Snapchat Generation.” Folio: The Economist just joined Snapchat Discover. Why bring the brand onto this new medium? While the brand has been successful with older audiences through the launch of The Economist Espresso app, it’s yet to be seen how a younger audience takes the brands’ weekend-only, 14-card news reports. Folio: So this an audience acquisition strategy? We still have a brand awareness challenge when it comes to North America, and I think this is really the perfect platform to showcase our content and how interesting we are.A promotional video shows an example of a card from The Economist Snapchat story. Folio: What is the challenge with North America?last_img read more

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Supreme Court agrees to hear Alaska Hovercraft case again

first_imgJohn Sturgeon discusses his U.S. Supreme Court case with the Alaska Senate Resources Committee, Feb. 17, 2016. Sturgeon is the plaintiff in in Sturgeon v. Frost, a case involving a dispute over federal control over navigable waters. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rehear the case of an Alaska moose hunter whose use of a hovercraft in the Nation River got him in trouble with the National Park Service.Listen nowJohn Sturgeon was on his annual moose hunt in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in 2007 when rangers told him Park Service rules prohibit hovercraft.The case has become a test of the state of Alaska’s sovereignty. Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth says if Sturgeon loses, the federal government will be allowed to overrun Alaska’s right to make decisions about managing state waters “to promote the best interests of Alaskans.”Sturgeon and the state claim the Park Service hovercraft ban doesn’t apply to the Nation River, even when it flows through the federal preserve, because the land under navigable waters belongs to the state.The Supreme Court heard the case in 2016 and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court’s interpretation of the law was wrong. But the high court didn’t say what the correct interpretation is, so when the Ninth Circuit again ruled against Sturgeon, citing a different reason, it seemed inevitable the justices would hear the case again.The Supreme Court agreed to take up the case sometime in next term, which runs from October until next June or July.last_img read more

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Public money spent on dev propaganda ahead of polls

first_imgWith the elections around the bend, the government will be apprising the people of the rural areas about its achievements in the development sector over the past several years. And, as usual, public money will be used for the purpose.As part of this campaign, the directorate of mass communication, under the information ministry, has taken up a project for strengthening publicity for the development of rural communities, at a cost of around Tk 600 million. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project on 3 April.This project includes campaigning on the development achievements of the government over the last few years, aimed at giving the ruling party an upper hand in the election race. Under the project videos on development will be projected in every union. This will be accompanied by concerts, women’s meetings and free meals.Director of the mass communication directorate Jasim Uddin has said the project will be implemented fully from July.The main programme is entitled ‘Egiye Jachhe Bangladesh’ (Bangladesh is advancing).The 10 initiatives of the prime minister being highlighted under the project are ‘Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar’ (one farm for every household), Asrayan, Digital Bangladesh, education assistance programme, electricity for all, community clinics and child development, social security and more.Achievements of the government at home and abroad over the last eight years will also be highlighted in the campaign through film shows, folksong sessions, women gatherings, Facebook posts, YouTube, as well as radio and TV broadcasts.The project is of three years, spanning from November 2017 to November 2020. According to the project documents, Tk 535 million or 90 per cent of the total budget will be spent between 2 and 19 of June.Commenting on the relevance of the project, former advisor of the caretaker government AB Mirza Azizul Islam said there is no justified basis for such projects. No development is achieved through such projects. He added, such projects are taken up with the election in mind, to win votes from the people.Taking up projects before the polls is nothing new.In the current fiscal, three projects have been passed for constructing schools, colleges, mosques and temples, according to the demand of the concerned MPs. Three more such projects are in the pipeline, awaiting allocations for constructing madrasas, public toilets and market places in other relevant constituencies.The MPs of these constituencies had been allocated Tk 30 million to 50 million for road construction in their areas over the last eight years. The development campaign project is the latest inclusion.Films on the development of every union will be presented. A thousand leaflets on development will be distributed and over four and a half million leaflets will be printed at a cost of Tk 100 million.Jasim Uddin went on to say, before the commencement of the project, appointments will be made, premises will be rented and other preparations will be completed.LED screens will be set up on pickup trucks in each of the 4,554 unions to screen the films.A school compound from each union will be selected for the film shows. And 20 teams will be employed to screen the films across the country. Every day at least one show will be held, at least 20 shows in each district per month.In all, 21,360 shows will be screened. Five films costing Tk 100,000 each will be produced. Two-thirds of the total budget, that is Tk 380 million, has been allocated for this purpose.Local popular folk music like bhawaiya, gombhira, jari-sari will also be performed.A total of 9,792 events will be held across the country. The events will cost Tk 20 million. Each of the folk singer will be paid Tk 700 per programme, bringing the total cost to Tk 30 million for this segment.A woman gathering will be held at each upazila. Budget for the banner, stage decoration, participators is Tk 15,000.And those watching the development campaign films will be treated to good food, with Tk 20 million allocated for their treat.AB Mirza Azizul Islam said, people can see development for themselves if it takes place. It doesn’t require further campaigning. Moreover, there is the TV and the radio for broadcasting development. Local leaders involved with the ruling party will benefit from this project, he observed.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

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Kushner loses top security clearance

first_imgDonald Trump’s son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner. AFP File photoDonald Trump’s son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner has lost his top-level security clearance, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday, a decision with potentially profound implications for the US administration.Two sources, who could not speak on the record because the status of security clearances is classified, confirmed US media reports that the 37-year-old White House aide will no longer be able to access America’s most closely protected secrets.The White House-up to and including the president himself-refused to comment on the record, but officials insisted that the decision would not have any impact on Kushner’s role.Still, Kushner’s loss of access to “Top Secret/SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information)” casts serious doubt on his status as a powerbroker inside the White House and his ability to negotiate Middle East peace.Kushner had been an integral part of Trump’s election campaign and, among White House advisors, is seen as something like a first among equals.The soft-spoken aide is married to the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and has been a leading figure in efforts to reach a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.He has also been a strong proponent of Washington’s intensified support for the government of embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Politico and CNN first reported that his clearance may have been rescinded late last week.The decision comes just days before Netanyahu visits the White House.Former US negotiator Aaron David Miller said Kushner now risks losing “credibility” with interlocutors in the Middle East.“They know you can’t be reading about them,” he said, and “you can’t possibly know what you don’t know.”Kushner’s lawyer had earlier admitted that he has not yet completed the formal clearance procedure, despite reportedly getting access to the most secret material contained in the president’s daily briefing-the crown jewels of US intelligence.White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered changes to the clearance system after a top aide Rob Porter worked for months without full clearance because of allegations he abused both his former wives.“I will not comment on anybody’s specific security clearance,” Kelly said in a statement.Kelly has told Kushner he had “full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico.”“Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the President’s agenda. There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise,” Kelly added.Ivanka Trump’s level of security clearance has also been in question.She recently visited South Korea and briefed that country’s president Moon Jae-in on new North Korea sanctions.For almost any staffer other than Kushner, his future in the White House would now be under serious doubt.He had already been forced to repeatedly revise statements to US intelligence and law enforcement about his contacts with foreign officials and his business interests.He put himself firmly in the sights of special prosecutor Robert Mueller after secretly meeting Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergei Gorkov, a banker with ties to Vladimir Putin as well as attending the notorious “Trump Tower meeting” with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.On Tuesday, even before the stunning news broke, close Kushner advisor Josh Raffel announced he was leaving the White House and Kushner was accused of breaking the “Hatch Act” which forbids, among other things, White House aides using their official titles in campaign statements.And later on Tuesday the Washington Post reported that at least four foreign governments-the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico-had wondered how to leverage Kushner’s business and political vulnerabilities.That sparked several calls from lawmakers, including Congressman Ruben Gallego, who took to Twitter to ask “what DOES Jared have to do to get fired?”Boy wonderThe answer to that question remains unclear. Since the first days of this administration, Trump has seemed to believe there was no challenge too confounding, no conflict too intractable for his son-in-law to tackle.Beyond resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Kushner was handed a to-do list that included solving America’s opioid epidemic, prison reform and injecting the nation’s bureaucracy with entrepreneurial spirit.In person, Kushner is polite and self-deprecating, offering little of the hubris the president has shown about his abilities.“Jared’s done an outstanding job. I think he’s been treated very unfairly,” Trump said just last Friday. “He’s a high-quality person. He works for nothing, just so-you know, nobody ever reports that, but he gets zero. He doesn’t get a salary, nor does Ivanka.”But Trump also indicated the decision on Kushner’s security clearance would be up to chief of staff Kelly.“He’s going to do what’s right for the country. And I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision,” Trump said.last_img read more

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Annapolis Activists Pack Judiciary Committee Hearing to Demand Law Enforcement Reforms

first_imgThe Rev. Dr. Heber Brown addresses demonstrators from the Thurgood Marshall Memorial during Jan. 15th march on Annapolis. (AFROPhoto by R. Alejandro)Demonstrators packed the first hearing of the House of Delegates’ Judiciary Committee, a show of community strength and resolve to see law enforcement reforms passed during the 2015 legislative session in Annapolis. Organizers estimate that between 150 and 175 people came out for the march, which was marked by a heavy youth presence.The event began at the Thurgood Marshall Memorial in Annapolis, where the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, addressed the crowd. Brown co-organized the march with Farajii Muhammad, of Young Leaders for Peace.“They thought that after a few marches, a few rallies, they thought that we would just calm down again, get back to ‘Scandal,’ get back to ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’” said Brown to those gathered at the Memorial. “But we’re here today because we’re tired of other people getting away with murder. We’re tired of the scandal in our community where Black and Brown people are being brutalized and terrorized by those who are abusing the powers afforded them.”Tre Murphy, a youth leader with Baltimore Bloc, spoke pointedly about the need for established Black institutions to stand with youth in their fight against police brutality, invoking the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a march that took place on King’s birthday (Jan. 15).Demonstrators pack the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing of the 2015 legislative session. (AFROPhoto by R. Alejandro)“I can’t help but to think that MLK would not appreciate the silence of the Black church that has not taken a stance on these issues,” said Murphy, who also spoke out against the resistance of politicians and law enforcement officials to reform. “I can’t help but to wonder and think that MLK would not appreciate that politicians and law enforcement, whose job is to protect and serve our communities, care more about protecting killer cops than they do about persons lost at their hands.”The march then moved from the monument to the offices of the House of Delegates, where the House’s Judiciary Committee was having their first meeting of the legislative session, a rather informal gathering that consisted solely of introductions from committee members. Demonstrators filled the room, a show of strength and resolve that seemed to take many legislators by surprise.Some demonstrators in attendance expressed frustration that they did not have a chance to give any actual testimony to the legislators, while organizers explained that the day’s march was just a first step, and that there would be other opportunities to testify over the course of the session.At one point, Ricardo Flores, government relations director for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender who was attending the hearing, stood up to address the demonstrators as they discussed opportunities to testify.“You all have already had an enormous impact,” Flores told the large group present. “In all the years that I’ve been down here, there are very few groups that have been organized enough to come down to Annapolis in the first days of the first session to express, as clearly as you all have, a particular agenda. . . . To fill this room–that’s a big deal.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Related Content News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | June 05, 2013 PET Finds Increased Cognitive Reserve Levels in Highly Educated Pre-Alzheimer’s Patients Neural reserve and neural compensation were both shown to play a role in determining cognitive reserve June 5, 2013 — Highly educated individuals with mild cognitive impairment that later progressed to Alzheimer’s disease cope better with the disease than individuals with a lower level of education in the same situation, according to research published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. In the study, “Metabolic Networks Underlying Cognitive Reserve in Prodromal Alzheimer Disease: A European Alzheimer Disease Consortium Project,” neural reserve and neural compensation were both shown to play a role in determining cognitive reserve, as evidenced by positron emission tomography (PET).Cognitive reserve refers to the hypothesized capacity of an adult brain to cope with brain damage in order to maintain a relatively preserved functional level. Understanding the brain adaptation mechanisms underlying this process remains a critical question, and researchers of this study sought to investigate the metabolic basis of cognitive reserve in individuals with higher (more than 12 years) and lower (less than 12 years) levels of education who had mild cognitive impairment that progressed to Alzheimer’s disease, also known as prodromal Alzheimer’s disease.“This study provides new insight into the functional mechanisms that mediate the cognitive reserve phenomenon in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Silvia Morbelli, M.D., lead author of the study.  “A crucial role of the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex was highlighted by demonstrating that this region is involved in a wide fronto-temporal and limbic functional network in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and high education, but not in poorly educated Alzheimer’s disease patients.” In the study, 64 patients with prodromal Alzheimer’s disease and 90 control subjects — coming from the brain PET project of the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium — underwent brain 18F-FDG PET scans. Individuals were divided into a subgroup with a low level of education (42 controls and 36 prodromal Alzheimer’s disease patients) and a highly educated subgroup (40 controls and 28 prodromal Alzheimer’s disease patients). Brain metabolism was compared between education-matched groups of patients and controls, and then between highly and poorly educated prodromal Alzheimer’s disease patients.Higher metabolic activity was shown in the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex for prodromal Alzheimer’s disease patients. More extended and significant correlations of metabolism within the right dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex and other brain regions were found with highly educated than less educated prodromal Alzheimer’s disease patients or even highly educated controls. This result suggests that neural reserve and neural compensation are activated in highly educated prodromal Alzheimer’s disease patients. Researchers concluded that evaluation of the implication of metabolic connectivity in cognitive reserve further confirms that adding a comprehensive evaluation of resting 18F-FDG PET brain distribution to standard inspection may allow a more complete comprehension of Alzheimer’s disease pathophysiology and possibly may increase 18F-FDG PET diagnostic sensitivity. “This work supports the notion that employing the brain in complex tasks and developing our own education may help in forming stronger ‘defenses’ against cognitive deterioration once Alzheimer’s knocks at our door,” said Morbelli. “It’s possible that, in the future, a combined approach evaluating resting metabolic connectivity and cognitive performance can be used on an individual basis to better predict cognitive decline or response to disease-modifying therapy.” For more information: jnm.snmjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more last_img read more

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Green architecture fair coming to San José

first_imgThe 2012 Conference on Green Architecture and Sustainable Construction, running May 2-6 in San José, will feature architects and designers from around the world discussing sustainable solutions for the future of construction.Costa Rica is a natural venue for the conference, said Ana Grettel Molina, executive director of Costa Rica’s Association of Engineers and Architects, the event’s organizers.“Costa Rica is well-known globally precisely for this concept of sustainability, for the ‘green’ image the country has,” Molina said. “But construction must go hand-inhand with that green concept.”In particular, said Molina, Costa Rica’s goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral conomy by 2021 indicates the country’s willingness to take a leadership role on issues of sustainability and green development. But the country can’t meet that goal without taking progressive stepsin multiple sectors, including housing and construction.Costa Rica isn’t a stranger to sustainable architecture – there are examples of sustainable or green construction projects across the country – but awareness hasn’t yet coalesced into a widespread practice driven by consumer demand for sustainable buildings.That’s where the Conference on Green Architecture and Sustainable Construction comes in.“The conference is an event where we’re going to bring together academics and professionals,”Molina said, adding that participation by the general public is key to developing a market for sustainable building practices.A major part of the conference will be presentations from award-winning architects. Some of the presenters include Simón Vélez, a Colombian architect specializing in the use of bamboo. Vélez’s work resides at the intersection of sustainable design and social development, with a focus on natural materials and traditional indigenous designs.Jorge Tamés y Batta, director of the architecture faculty at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), will also lecture. Tamés y Batta has overseen more than 100 graduate theses at UNAM and served as judge for numerous architecture competitions.Another conference attendee is James Wines, a U.S. architect, artist, writer and founder of SITE architecture firm. Wines has designed and built more than 150 architecture and environmental art projects across the globe. He has won 25 arts and design prizes and published a book, “Green Architecture,” in 2000.Chilean-born architect Germán del Sol will be on hand as well. Del Sol, who is based in  Santiago, Chile, works on a variety of projects including housing design and promotion of the need to protect disappearing cultures in remote regions of the world.Besides speakers and presentations, the conference will offer attendees a chance to get toknow local and international architecture and businesses that focus on eco-friendly productsand processes at the Sustainable Construction Fair, to be held at the Antigua Aduana buildingin Barrio Aranjuez in San José.Sustainable construction projects will also be on display.All the better, Molina said, for attendees to get a feel for what is possible in the field of green design.“There’s a lot of awareness already among professionals,” she said. “And little by little, Ibelieve that awareness will reach clients who will begin to demand [sustainable construction]from professionals.”An architect or designer can be “very aware of [green] methods,” but it’s up to the client to demand them, she said.For more information, see: www.coarqcr.com/encuentro.html. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Predicting Housing Industrys Growth in 2019

first_img Fixed mortgages will rise in 2019, according to a poll conducted by CoreLogic during its annual conference. Attendees at this event weighed in on a slew of significant issues facing the housing industry and seven in eight expected fixed mortgage rates to post higher a year from now. How much higher? Nearly two-thirds said rates would ramp up between 0.2 and 0.5 percentage points, CoreLogic reports. That being said, almost one-fourth believed rates would blossom by more than 0.5 percentage points. To wit, 30-year, fixed-rate products were about 0.6 percentage points pricier this year than last year. They reached a seven-year high this May.Attendees were also queried on how much they think the 2019 CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) would change. Practically three-fourths of respondents expect price growth to lose speed in the national index during the next year, the poll reveals. Two in five poll takers forecast the falloff to be moderate, with the national HPI up 5 to 7 percentage points during the next year. Those numbers are in keeping with the CoreLogic HPI Forecast, the company notes. Flipping that coin, however, almost one-third foresee the slowdown being more severe, with the national index growing less than 5 percentage points. “The expectations were affected by a variety of assumptions each respondent had for how the economy and the housing market may evolve, reflected in the distribution of forecasts among the attendees,” the survey said. “Nonetheless, a large majority of attendees expect higher mortgage rates and slower home-price growth during the next year.”The attendees and respondents represented a wide swath of industry professionals, think tank researchers, and government policymakers who have a sweeping view of the interest rate and home price outlook, the company says. They convene at the yearly conference to discuss the most critical matters affecting today’s housing economy. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News CoreLogic Home Prices homes HOUSING mortgage 2018-08-13 Alison Rich August 13, 2018 846 Views center_img Predicting Housing Industry’s Growth in 2019 Sharelast_img read more

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Roadmap for moving energy firms out of Larnaca

first_imgA memorandum of understanding on relocating oil and gas firms from Larnaca by 2020 is expected to be signed after the Easter holidays, it emerged on TuesdayAfter a meeting at the presidential palace between President Nicos Anastasiades, the Larnaca mayor and the ministers of interior, transport and energy, a draft memorandum was presented which is expected to be put before the cabinet on Wednesday.The memorandum outlines a three-step procedure on the relocation as well as a timeframe – an element Larnaca mayor Andreas Vyras had been particularly keen on – which includes the possibility of fines and the termination of a company’s operations for those that don’t comply.According to Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, the first phase involves the transitional relocation of liquid fuels by December 2019 and firms currently based in Larnaca will have at least two terminals to choose from.The companies will be relocating to either Limassol port or Vassiliko.The second part concerns making the move permanent by 2020 and relocating liquefied petroleum gas by December 2020.Lakkotrypis said they had proposed a mechanism for proper oversight to monitor developments. A decree will be issued every three months and developments will be examined by both a team of technocrats and the cabinet at the end of it.If progress is deemed suitable then the decree will be renewed.“If not, then the person who violates the decree will face the consequences,” which includes up to a €17,000 fine and the legal procedure to strip the company off their licence.The Larnaca mayor said he was extremely satisfied, adding that “this may be the first time such serious work on the relocation has taken place.”“So far, some dates had been decided on without a plan, without a roadmap and without any control as to how we would meet those deadlines.”The municipal council does have some different opinions on some sections of the memorandum which will be discussed during Thursday’s council meeting.Lakkotrypis said they were open to suggestions.Vyras noted he believed the timeframes could be a bit tighter but the overall memorandum met the council’s and residents’ basic requirements.He said the memorandum was expected to be signed after Easter. You May LikeYoutube video by: PopMaltFashion Photographer Showcases Timeless Beauty by Creating Self-Portraits of All Decades Since 1900Youtube video by: PopMaltUndobrainfunThe Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the WorldbrainfunUndoMattress ReviewsHere Are The New Mattresses Everybody Is Talking AboutMattress ReviewsUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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