Mariano wants Real Madrid stay despite Monaco interest

first_imgWhile Real Madrid are continuing to offload players this week, one departure that is not expected is that of striker Mariano Diaz despite interest from Monaco, Goal has learned.Thursday brought confirmation midfielder Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on a season-long loan, while Jesus Vallejo is close to joining Wolves on a temporary deal, and reports continue to link Jorge Mendes with negotiating James Rodriguez’s exit to Napoli.It might be expected Mariano would follow, given he has not featured in either of the club’s first two pre-season matches, against Bayern Munich and Arsenal respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His lack of appearances were a message of what to expect this season, where playing time is likely to be scarce behind Karim Benzema and new €60 million (£54m/$67m) signing Luka Jovic.Furthermore, as the Gareth Bale situation has shown, head coach Zinedine Zidane will not bend on using players who are not in his plans for the season.Yet, Mariano remains determined to stick his original plan for the summer which dates back to the end of the season – staying at Real Madrid.The 25-year-old striker believes he still can succeed at the club, even despite the Jovic signing and Madrid theoretically giving his No.7 shirt to big-money signing Eden Hazard, though the club have not asked Mariano to surrender his number.Injuries have been a major factor in Mariano’s struggles to establish himself at Madrid as he scored just three goals in 13 La Liga appearances last season.But he does not want those fitness issues, which he believes are behind him, to ruin his dream of success at the capital club, and feels he is closer to the form he showed with Lyon in 2017-18, when he scored 18 goals and added four assists with Lyon.And another Ligue 1 side, Monaco, have been interested in bringing the striker back to France, even before the recent issues in their attempted transfer of AC Milan’s Andre Silva.Indeed, Mariano has multiple suitors, as many clubs, including Real Betis, have inquired about his availability over recent months.But they have all found a player who wants to continue at Madrid and, at the current time, is unwilling to move on and end his second stint with Los Blancos.last_img read more

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Analyst Names “Perfect” Transfer School For QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgjalen hurts during the national title game at alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts is probably playing in his final game for the Alabama Crimson Tide tonight. The junior quarterback is likely to transfer out of the program following the College Football Playoff national title game against Clemson.Several major programs have been named potential landing spots for the former Alabama starting quarterback.Where will Hurts end up?One analyst has named the “perfect” landing spot.Former college football quarterback Kenny Hill says his old school, TCU, could be the ideal place for Hurts.“Absolutely. You look at how we play offense, we have a balanced attack. You have a running game. You don’t have to put up 50 points every week. You’re going to have a defense. You’ve got one of the best defensive coaches in Coach P [Gary Patterson].“As a quarterback, there are not too many other places that can offer all of that. I think this is the perfect landing spot for anybody really,” Hill said.Happy 2019, #TCU fans!The off-season is here, and the Frogs are in the market for a grad transfer QB. So, what are the odds of Gary Patterson & Co. landing Jalen Hurts? That’s just one of several questions to think about: https://t.co/GhmX2T5Cyb— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) January 1, 2019Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, named a Big Ten school as the favorite to land him.“Hurts has a relationship with new Terps head coach Mike Locksley, who served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator this year,” Sports Illustrated writes.Hurts has refused to address any transfer talk during the season, but that’s going to have to change after tonight.last_img read more

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Breathe Easy With These Ultra-Stylish Air Purifiers

first_img Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Most air purifiers are clunky and you spend more time trying to hide them in your decor than show them off front and center. But luckily for us, companies have gotten wind of the need for sleek, modern purifiers. Whether you’re in the market because of pollution, smoke, or just your own ability to burn toast every single time, these are the best air purifiers to keep your space breathable without making you want to shove them in a corner. Evolution Air Purifier by LightairIf you’re a minimalist, the striking simplicity of Lightair’s Evolution model will fit right in with your home’s decor. With no costly filters to swap out, this Swedish purifier runs silently and uses minimal energy to do its job.LG PuriCare Air Purifier Round ConsoleLG’s PuriCare purifier has is a conversation piece with some pretty impressive functionality to boot. A red, yellow, or green indicator light lets you know how polluted your indoor environment is, and a special “turbo mode” can tidy up your breathing space in a speedy 30 minutes if company is on their way over.Alen BreatheSmart FIT50This modest setup comes in a range of wood and metal-look finishes to blend in with the look of your space, be it a tiny studio or a sprawling estate. With a lifetime warranty and engineered with asthma sufferers in mind, this model is as powerful as it is easy on the eyes.Rabbit Air MinusA2 From Monet to Van Gogh to Hokusai, this is the purifier you want if you’re going for a front-and-center statement piece. The MinusA2 can stand on its own or be mounted to the wall and removes odors from smoke or cooking like a charm.Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link™ Air Purifier Heater & FanThis is the gem that can do it all. Also serving as an efficient heater and fan, its air purifying function removes 99.97 percent of your space’s pollutants and allergens. It can also link up to a mobile app to let you know about changes in your air quality and comes with its own remote control.Now that you have a few options to pick from, you probably already know which one will compliment your home aesthetic while keeping the air beautifully clear.Related Reading: Stay Fresh With Clean Fragranceslast_img read more

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Punjab to ban online food without hygiene rating

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab is going to ban online delivery of food without hygiene rating, Health Minister Brahm Mohindra announced on Thursday. The decision was taken under the ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’. Mohindra has issued directions to all online food order and supply companies to display the hygiene rating of the food business operators registered with them. Giving three months for compliance, the Minister said after the deadline no online food order will be delivered in the state without the hygiene rating. Commissioner Food and Drug Administration K.S. Pannu said the online food companies take orders from consumers and deliver it after procuring the hygiene rating from the Food Business Operators associated with them.last_img read more

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Heatwave claims 61 lives in Bihar

first_imgPatna: At least 61 people have died in three districts of Bihar as a blistering heatwave swept several places in the state, officials said on Sunday.Thirty people have lost their lives due to the sweltering heat in Aurangabad, while 20 have died in Gaya and 11 in Nawada district so far since Saturday, Disaster Management Department’s Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit said. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the deaths due to “loo” and heatstroke in the three districts, and has announced a payment of Rs four lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of those killed, an official release said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceHe directed the officials concerned to take necessary steps and measures in dealing with the heat. The chief minister also asked the officials to provide all medical help to those affected. State capital Patna registered a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius on Sunday, eight notches above normal, the Patna Meteorological Centre said in a bulletin. On Saturday, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius, the highest for June in the past 10 years. A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is recorded above 4.5 degrees from its normal maximum for two consecutive days, a Met official said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeGaya witnessed a high of 44.4 degrees Celsius, while Bhagalpur recorded 41 degrees Celsius, both the readings well above the normal for this time of the year, it said. Met officials said Patna is likely to witness heatwave for the next three days, while in Gaya, the extreme heat will be experienced for at least two days. The state government on Saturday said all schools in Patna city will remain closed till June 19 in view of the prevailing weather conditions. Patna District Magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi said all government and private schools in the state capital will remain shut till June 19 due to a persisting heatwave-like condition for the past several days, an official release said. This is the second time the district administration has extended the suspension of academic activities in schools due to the weather.last_img read more

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Indian boy missing in UAE after running away from home

first_imgDubai: A 15-year-old boy, who was scolded by his mother for watching YouTube late at night, is missing for two weeks after he ran away from home, according to a media report on Wednesday. Mohammad Perwez, who lives with his family in Sharjah, left his house early in the morning on July 4 after his mother scolded him for watching YouTube late at night and took away his phone. Sharjah police has intensified search for the boy, who hails from Bihar. On Tuesday, the police posted his picture and details on social media and sought help from the public to trace him, the Gulf News reported. We have contacted his friends and people who had travelled with us during a recent Umrah trip. Many people are back home on vacation.last_img read more

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Former Ontario Tory leadership candidate under fire for online comments

first_imgTORONTO – Former Ontario Tory leadership hopeful Tanya Granic Allen, who is now seeking a party nomination ahead of a spring provincial election, is defending herself after coming under fire for comments made online years ago about Muslims and gay marriage.Granic Allen, a parental rights and anti-abortion advocate, denied Tuesday that posts and tweets in which she suggests gay marriage shouldn’t be legalized in the United Kingdom and says women should not wear burkas in public reflect Islamophobic or homophobic views.“My concern…has always been about the freedom of religion, the freedom of conscience and freedom of expression and protecting those very important rights, which is why I opposed the banning of the niqab even though I personally take issue with it,” she told The Canadian Press.Her online comments, which date back to 2013 and 2014, were condemned by the Liberals and New Democrats, who said it would be up to Tory Leader Doug Ford to decide whether he wants someone with those beliefs as a candidate.Ford, meanwhile, said only that the sentiments expressed by Granic Allen, who is seeking to run in the Toronto-area riding of Mississauga Centre, do not reflect his views or those of the party.“Our base is growing, and we want all Ontarians to feel like they have a place in our party,” he said in a statement.Ford and Granic Allen were considered the more socially conservative candidates in the Tory leadership race, and Granic Allen was the only one to appear by Ford’s side as he was declared the winner in March.In a 2013 post discussing Quebec’s controversial and ultimately unsuccessful proposal for a charter of values, Granic Allen described niqabs and burkas as “masks” that cover the face.“I don’t believe people should dress like ninjas when going for an afternoon stroll. I don’t believe that people should dress like bank robbers when going to vote,” she said. “My daughter loves wearing a spider-man mask, but I forbid her from wearing it out in public.”In another case, she linked to a news story about an attack on two teenage girls in Zanzibar, calling it “yet another reason not to vacation in a Muslim country.”Granic Allen said Tuesday that she was voicing concerns about travelling to countries in which there have been terrorist attacks but not advocating against visiting Muslim countries specifically.“I didn’t say people shouldn’t (go), I just said it’s perhaps a reason not to,” she said, adding that she wants to visit Egypt and see the pyramids.She also denied that a tweet in which she wished the Queen would not allow gay marriage meant she opposed the practice. “Somebody wrote that gay marriage would force the Queen to break her oath and I simply said, ‘Well the Queen should keep her oath,’ because we should not lie,” she said.Another tweet where Granic Allen expressed shock that Malta had passed a law allowing gay marriage and adoption “wasn’t anything pro or con,” she said, simply an observation on how quickly the country had acted on the issue.Granic Allen would not, however, clarify whether she supports gay marriage, saying it is a federal issue. “It has nothing to do with this election and I don’t need to comment on that,” she said.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said such comments are unacceptable.“The Conservatives will have to decide…how they will go forward, but that kind of behaviour, that kind of language, that kind of attitude I believe has no place in our society,” Wynne said.Horwath said it was disappointing to see someone with views “that can be described as racist and homophobic” seeking public office.“It’s certainly not something that I would be condoning as leader of my party,” she said.Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT rights advocacy group Egale, said Granic Allen’s statements were “very alarming” but not surprising given some of the opinions Granic Allen voiced during the leadership campaign.This kind of speech “does a huge amount of harm, not only to the LGBT community, obviously, but she’s targeting other communities as well,” she said.Kennedy said that kind of “ignorant rhetoric” is exactly why children should be taught about inclusion and acceptance — topics included in the sex-ed curriculum that Granic Allen vehemently opposes and has lobbied to repeal.last_img read more

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The unusual suspects British Columbias middleclass gang problem

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — At the end of a tranquil cul-de-sac in a pleasant neighbourhood, a tall stucco house overlooks a well-kept lawn and lush flowerbeds. The home is in the Metro Vancouver city of Surrey, where the average price of a detached property is $1.1 million.Before an officer from the RCMP’s gang enforcement unit knocks on the door to conduct a curfew check, he notes that the alleged gang boss didn’t purchase the home with drug profits. This is his family’s house, where he grew up and still lives in his mid-20s.“Gangs in Chicago and other U.S. cities, they’re usually geographically based. They keep a watch of the block, or they’re a bunch of new immigrants to a country. It becomes a unity thing, like survival. These kids don’t have that issue,” Const. Ryan Schwerdfeger says.“Some may be new immigrants to Canada, but their parents sold property back home and they live in $1 million-plus homes and their parents buy them whatever car they want.”Police officers say the gang conflict in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland is unlike any other in North America. Many young members come from middle- to upper-class homes. They aren’t driven by poverty, but instead by their desire to belong, to be protected or to emulate the gangster lifestyle flashed by other teens on social media. Some become trapped in gangs once they join, while others just meet the wrong friends and find themselves caught in the crosshairs.Police are struggling to contain the deadly gunfire and families are left broken and confused. In fact, the situation is so different in B.C. that some say many of the groups toting guns and dealing drugs are not really “gangs” at all. But to end the violence, experts say, it must be understood why kids are jumping into the fray — and why it’s so hard for them to leave.When losing friends starts to feel normalFrom an early age, all of Ary Azez’s friends were involved in the gang lifestyle in Surrey. The 22-year-old now works for an anti-gang group called Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, and he casually mentions that his friends “who are still alive” are still involved in drug dealing.He’s lost seven friends in shootings or to overdoses.“After a while, it’s like, ‘Oh. Too bad,’” Azez says with a shrug and a slight laugh.“It doesn’t hurt as much anymore. In the beginning, it was really tough, when it’s the ones who are really close to you. After that, it’s like, ‘Oh, you got stabbed, no way,’ and then you just continue with your lunch.”Azez grew up middle-class, but he says joining a gang wasn’t necessarily the clear-cut “choice” that police sometimes make it out to be. In his experience, each high school represents itself.“If you go to the school, you’re basically a part of the gang,” he says.“You could be one of those kids who stays indoors and plays chess with the nerds, or you could be with the cool kids outside smoking and hanging out on the block. On the one hand, you did have a choice. But on the other hand, it’s clear that no one really wants to be on the inside.”Azez was kicked out of school before he became too deeply entrenched, he says, allowing him to take a step back and observe how “stupid” the lifestyle was. He also started to notice the impact on his family, after hiding his behaviour from them for a long time.“We’re not coming from broken families, where we’re missing parents, or from foster homes, or we’re poor. We have a family. We have a nice house. We have cars,” he explains.“All of a sudden, when you’re bringing outside drama that doesn’t really belong in that environment, it really crashes down.”On a high school field, teenagers enrolled in Yo Bro Yo Girl practise kabaddi, an Indian sport. One young player, 18-year-old Jaskirat Dhaliwal, remarks that kids need money to join gangs.“I’ve seen kids who are loaded and then they get in gangs,” he says, shaking his head. “To hang out with people and go around, you need money. You have to spend on people.“There’s a guy here who pays $700 for his gas every month. That’s crazy … You’ve got to buy stuff for the fights. That’s stupid. I’d rather buy my knee pads and my mouth guard.”Kids looking for protection or a sense of belongingThe conversation about B.C.’s gang conflict has largely focused on Surrey, often perceived by outsiders to be a rough part of Metro Vancouver. But other than a few troubled neighbourhoods, Surrey is an average suburban community, where the median household income in 2016 was $68,060, higher than the provincial average of $61,280.Outrage over gang violence in Surrey has reached such a fever pitch that a new mayor was elected last year on a promise to replace the RCMP with a municipal police force. Previous mayors have also tried to curb the gunfire, including in 2017 when then-mayor Linda Hepner convened a task force on gang violence prevention, which produced a report last year.The report highlights that gang crime is not limited to Surrey. Of 46 gang-related homicides in B.C. in 2017, six occurred in Surrey, seven in Abbotsford, six in Richmond and five in Vancouver. The report also notes that, unlike other regions, B.C. gangs span socio-economic classes and are multi-ethnic. The highest proportion of gang-related murder and attempted murder victims from 2006 to 2015 were white, while 25 per cent were South Asian.The task force also shed light on the complex reasons why kids are joining gangs. They might be experiencing trauma or domestic violence, substance abuse at home, lack of parental supervision or have delinquent peers or siblings. Or they might be getting bullied at school and turn to a gang for protection, or just to feel like they belong somewhere. And some might simply be lured by the promise of profit and luxury.“What we’re seeing is surprising to us and unexpected,” says Joanna Angelidis, director of learning services for the Delta School District. “It seems to be that it’s young people who you wouldn’t necessarily expect would become involved in gang life,” she added.“So what we’re thinking is that it’s young people who are maybe looking for a feeling of connection or inclusion and they’re looking for that in ways that are clearly unhealthy or dangerous.”Debate over whether “gang” is the right wordSeveral hours into his patrol, Schwerdfeger makes a remark that seems surprising for a constable with the words “Gang Enforcement Unit” printed on his bulletproof vest.“In my personal view, I wouldn’t say we have a gang problem in Surrey,” he says.He explains that while the city has some notorious gangs, including the Red Scorpions and Brothers Keepers, many don’t have names and are more accurately described as “drug trafficking groups.”“When I think of gang, I think of Crips and Bloods, you know, Chicago, L.A., like real gangs. I don’t usually give too much credit to these kids to call them gangsters,” he says. “For the most part, they’re all just boys that sell drugs.”Schwerdfeger says unlike the Hells Angels, where members all hang out and move as a group, these organizations operate more like businesses where each member has a specific function that they might perform largely in a silo. He compares it to a Walmart, with a general manager, floor manager, shelf stocker and greeter.When he talks about the Lower Mainland’s gang landscape, he’s quick to mention the work of Keiron McConnell, a veteran police officer and Kwantlen University professor who travelled to Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Maskwacis, Alta., and London, England, to observe gangs for his PhD dissertation.While gangs in each city had some unique aspects, McConnell broadly found marginalized males living in impoverished, graffiti-cloaked neighbourhoods. B.C.’s clean streets and suburban homes stood in stark contrast.The Criminal Code definition of a criminal organization — a gang — is a group of three or more people that commits crimes for profit. But McConnell’s dissertation rejects the idea that B.C. has a “gang problem” and says the term is misleading and problematic because it connotes bandanna-wearing youth fighting for turf and suggests street-based outreach could work.McConnell accepts that police and media have adopted the label “gang” and it’s stuck, but says it’s important to note how different its meaning is in B.C.Quitting gang life can be difficult and dangerousEntering a gang may be a choice for some youth in B.C., but leaving is not so simple. The youngest, newest members typically do the most dangerous work as dial-a-dopers, risking robbery, assault or even death from desperate addicts or rival groups, say police.But sometimes when a dial-a-doper expresses interest in leaving, his own crew will set up a robbery so he must pay back the loss with “tax” that never goes away, explains Schwerdfeger.“Now they’re working because they have to,” he says. “Or these guys come to their front door and try to collect from the mom and dad. They don’t care.”— Follow @ellekane and @amysmart1 on Twitter.Laura Kane and Amy Smart, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version made a reference to Hobbema, Alta., which has changed its name to Maskwacis.last_img read more

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Ray Romano To Host Celebrity Autobiography For Charity

first_imgThe International Myeloma Foundation’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration will present the smash hit stage show Celebrity Autobiography on Saturday, November 8 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features outrageous celebrity memoirs acted out hilariously on stage by an all-star cast. Celebrity Autobiography has been one of the most critically-acclaimed and popular productions ever Off-Broadway, and has won a 2009 Drama Desk Award and a 2010 Bistro Award.Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Parenthood) will host the event, and scheduled performers include Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Lucy DeVito (Deadbeat), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Howard Hesseman (Mike & Molly, Head of the Class), Laraine Newman (The Boxtrolls, Saturday Night Live), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Rhea Perlman (Kirstie), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Rita Wilson (Girls), with more to be announced.Proceeds from the IMF 8th Annual Comedy Celebration will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI). Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.The Peter Boyle Research Fund has supported the International Myeloma Foundation’s research since the Fund’s inception in 2007. For the second year, the Fund is focused on the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative, a groundbreaking and internationally collaborative effort to find pathway to a cure for myeloma, and is progressing ahead of schedule since its 2013 launch. The research team has developed a first-ever test for quantifying minute amounts of disease remaining after treatment, which will help steer patient treatment in the most targeted and effective way ever. Black Swan Research trials are set to begin in early 2015.WHERE: The Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club – 743 South Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 20146:00pm Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction8:00pm Comedy Show 10:00pm VIP Cast Party & Dessert ReceptionTICKETS: VIP Admission: $700 per person – Includes VIP seating at the show as well as admittance to special pre-show cocktail party, silent auction, and post-show VIP reception.General Admission: $400 per person – Includes Preferred seating at the show as well as admittance to the special pre-show cocktail party and silent auction.Show Only: $100 per person – Includes admission to the show only. Seating is assigned based on date of ticket purchase.To purchase tickets and for more information please click here.last_img read more

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Fekola gold ahead of schedule in southern Mali

first_imgGold Production: Years 1-3 (‘000 ounces)333400 Parameters1OFS — 4 Mt/y (June 2015)New LoM — 5 Mt/y (September 2017) Gold Production: Years 1-7 (‘000 ounces)350374 Gold Production: LoM (‘000 ounces)276345 Operating Cash Cost: LoM (US$/oz)552428 LoM Gold Production (million ounces)3.453.45 AISC: Years 1-3 (US$/oz)717604 LoM (years)12.510center_img Operating Cash Cost: Years 1-3 (US$/oz)464357 Operating Cash Cost: Years 1-7 (US$/oz)418391 AISC: LoM (US$/oz)752664 B2Gold Corp has completed construction of the Fekola mill and commenced ore processing, more than three months ahead of schedule and on budget, at the Fekola mine. Gold is now in the circuit and the first gold pour is anticipated by mid-October 2017. The company expects to achieve commercial production and produce between 50,000 and 55,000 oz of gold by the end of 2017. In addition, it has completed a new Life of Mine (LoM) plan for the Fekola deposit that projects higher mill throughput and annual gold production, and lower projected operating costs per ounce and all-in sustaining costs (AISC) per ounce of gold than the original (4 Mt/y) plan in the Optimised Feasibility Study (OFS). The new LoM plan was completed based on the expanded 5 Mt/y mill throughput and takes into account an early start-up, increased processing throughput, and improved open-pit design and scheduling versus the OFS.A comparison of the OFS and LoM is as follows: No material change to feasibility Mineral Reserves with the new resource model, pit and phase designs, and production plan. The contained Mineral Reserve remains 3.34 Moz contained in 43.8 Mt at an average grade of 2.37g/tNo material change to mining production or fleet sizeProcessing throughput increased to 5 Mt/y vs. 4 Mt/y in the OFSSignificant upside in mine life and ounces produced exists within current resource, with further potential as adjacent and other targets are developedThe Fekola project has been built using the same construction team that had previously completed four gold mines, on schedule and on budget, for B2Gold’s predecessor company (Bema Gold Corp) and B2Gold. Prior to construction, the company recognized the exploration potential beyond the initial reserves and decided to build the Fekola mill with a 25% design capacity to allow for future expansion of the mill throughput from 4 to 5 Mt/y for an additional expenditure of approximately $18 million. Due to the success of the Fekola mine construction (more than three months ahead of schedule and on budget) and further exploration success at Fekola, the company decided to expedite the expansion and complete it during the construction phase rather than post construction. The Fekola project remains on budget; total cumulative forecast construction costs for the project (from inception to completion) include pre-construction sunk costs of approximately $41 million, feasibility study construction costs of $462 million and $18 million additional costs for the mill expansion to 5 Mt/y. Additionally, another $20 million is expected to be spent on relocating the village of Fadougou.In 2018, the Fekola mine is now projected to produce between 400,000 and 410,000 oz of gold at an operating cost of approximately $354 and AISC of $609/oz of gold.B2Gold’s exploration team believes the expansive Fekola property has the potential to host additional large Fekola-style gold deposits. Surface exploration, regional drilling and geophysics to date have identified numerous targets. AISC: Years 1-7 (US$/oz)661643last_img read more

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LJUBOMIR VRANJES ShotClock should be given a chance

f4Flensburghandballhostshot clock in handballSkopje Ljubomir Vranješ, one of the greatest handball experts in the world, is heading towards a big dream with team which he has ended his great playing and started great coaching career – Flensburg. Handball town on German-Danish boarder has a huge wish to see their team on their first ever F4! All of the teams from top of Bundesliga, except for one from „Flens Arena“ have already been there, so there isn’t need for much talking about how Andersson, Eggert, Mogensen & co want to get their hands of „Lanxess Arena“. First question we have asked Ljubo was if he was satisfied with the draw and what team he’s preparing for Vardar:– I am satisfied, if you can tell it that way. I think Vardar’s satisfied too. We could have easily get Kiel, Barcelona or Veszprem. All of these matches will be hard, and battle will last for whole 120 minutes… those were the words of Vranješ before commenting Vardar’s spectacular triumph over HSV:– I have told my players before the match that Vardar can win in Hamburg, but still it came as big surprise for all. Vardar has player good and intelligent handball.From position of Macedonian team, many people appreciate that Flenburg will come to „Boris Trajkovski“ hall for returning match…– I’m fine with whoever is host first. You simply have to play 120 minutes of good handall in order to reach Cologne.Tough matches are ahead of German team – struggle for trophies both in Bundesliga and in EHC Champions League.– We’re playing F4 Bundesliga cup match against Rhein Neckar Lowen next week, but we got used to that tempo. Players have been in that rhythm for years. Of course, we have to play top level matches each three days, and that comes as a bit of concern for players because of injuries, but also for me – I need to do flawless calculations time and time again.Concerning our constation that Macedonia is in enormous handball euphoria, great coach replies…– Well, that’s normal. They should be euphoric. Three teams from Skopje on top, it’s incredible.SHOT-CLOCK SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE „Hot“ topic in handball world lately is the initiative to limit the attacks timely. Vranješ has an opinion…– Shot-clock is something that could be tried. We need to see what it really means for handball. I’m sure that there would be some positive sides to it – it would help us to know how much time we’ve got left for the attack. It would speed up the game, which would lead to increasing amount of technical errors, which again leads to question – is that good? It would be harder to do the substitutions and handball itself would change tactically. Shot-clock would make bigger effect than we think. And he adds…– It all depends on the rules. How many times am I allowed to hit the defense block and continue to play? If I pass the ball to the line player two seconds before the end of the attack and it deflects from leg of defensive player, does it mean that I get to do a brand new attack with clock being reset? Depending on the rules, the referees would have different problems – Vranješ concludes. ← Previous Story GOLDEN LEAGUE: France and Denmark win! Next Story → Baltic Handball League F4 in Polva (Estonia) read more

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Landing a 737800 is really hard heres what happened when we tried

first_img THE CONDITIONS ARE clear, there is barely a cloud in the sky and a Boeing 737-800 is cruising east above Dublin Bay.Oh, and I’m flying it.Luckily for people on the ground and off it, I’m not in an actual plane and nobody is counting on me to land the 130 tonne aircraft.Instead I’m in a warehouse a short drive from Dublin Airport at Simtech’s facility, safely ensconced in the right-hand seat of their 737 simulator, which is used to train pilots from all over the world. Simtech is a specialist provider of flight simulation and pilot training services and was founded by Sé Pardy and Fergal Keogh, in 2004. They recently sold a stake in their business to private equity firm Renatus Capital Partners and Martello Group, a specialist aviation, leisure and real estate group. Source: gazref/YouTubeBeside me is Bob Sheehan, the company’s engineering manager, who has worked on these simulators for nearly 40 years. He says that while not a pilot himself, he would class himself as the next most qualified person most flights he’s been on.After showing me the circuit, Bob turns the simulator over to me. With him watching, I take the plane up to 3,000 feet and around 25 miles from the runway before turning around. The simulator itself doesn’t move, but the experience makes you feel like it is. The simulators are programmed using the data and parameters from test flights. It’s as real as you would expect a €9 million piece of equipment to be.By now, there are a number of things going through my head. Firstly, this is difficult. Which is probably obvious and I was under no illusions that it would be easy, but the sheer level of instruments and information that a pilot looks at and receives is massive and ever-changing. This journalist, awkwardly sitting in the First Officer’s seat.The other thing that’s painfully obvious is that controlling the plane is physically tiring. The steering column is heavy but responsive. Bob likens the movements to a car’s steering wheel. When you start driving, you think that you have to pull the wheel back and forth, but you soon realise that subtle movements will do that.A jet’s steering column is similar except: a) there are four directions you can go and you have to pay attention to them all and b) the plane weighs about 174,200 pounds and is contending with wind, weather and atmospheric pressure so doesn’t always go exactly where you’d like it to.TrainingThe simulators form a vital part of pilot training, be they cadets (Aer Lingus, Stobart Air and Cityjet have simulators on-site) or those taking the step up from smaller planes to jets.Many will spend four-hour blocks being run through everything from taking off in great weather to landing on one engine. The training is intensive, but it has to be, given the nature of the job. Source: StatistaThat job being one that is in huge demand. The global boom in air travel means that Europe alone needs a lot of new pilots. According to Boeing, the world’s largest aeroplane manufacturer, 104,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed in Europe over the next 20 years. UK regional airline Flybe recently confirmed that the airline’s expansion plans are being held back by a shortage of trained pilots. Last February, US airline group Republic Airways filed for bankruptcy, blaming a pilot shortage for forcing it to ground planes.While airlines used to fund training in the past now it is, primarily, trainee pilots themselves who finance their own training. This has resulted in a growing trend of people who have had financially successful careers in technology or finance industries, for example, using their earnings to fund their training. The Simtech simulator.With that in mind a pilot training exhibition, Pilot Careers Live will take place in Croke Park Conference Centre on Saturday 4 March. It will feature talks on training and the working life of a pilot.Pilot Brian O’Keeffe graduated as a commercial pilot last year after training with Atlantic Flight Training Academy. He now works with Norwegian Airlines flying primarily from Oslo.“I worked in Australia so that I could finance my training. I would urge anyone interested in a career as a pilot to take the plunge and follow your dreams; it’s a fantastic career. Pilot Careers Live is a great first step where you will learn about how to make your dreams a reality.”Coming in to landFor Bob, the aviation industry is one of those things you “either love or you don’t”. He’s imparting this knowledge at the same time as guiding me in to Dublin Airport.Essentially, there is a green rectangle on one instrument known as the localiser, which gives you the centre spot of the runway. As the pilot, you’re trying to line yourself up with that, while occasionally checking the horizon.Then you’re keeping an eye on the attitude indicator: Source: Shutterstock/FER737NGThose pink bars supposed to line up with that small black box, but the lines move around, requiring constant slight but firm corrections.You’re also watching your glideslope, a pink diamond that comes into view closer to the runway, your airspeed, your altitude and various other inputs as well as your heading and the horizon.As I glide in, I notice that the centre spot of Runway 28 is not exactly in the centre of the plane. So, either they’ve moved the runway, the instruments are wrong or I’ve made a mess of this.With just around 1,000 feet left, Bob is reminding me to shade to the right – but not too far to the right. With a descent rate of 700 feet a minute, there’s not a lot of time for adjustments or to look at the Poolbeg towers or the Old Airport Road lovingly recreated on my left.I desperately try to guide the plane to the concrete and then there’s a small bump and, with the barest of margins, the back wheels, or “main bogeys” hit solid ground, avoiding the grass.Letting Bob handle the parking, I relax for the first time in our short 20-minute flight.  My arms are tired from the column and my mind is exhausted from information overload and total concentration.But I can also see why pilots love flying. Simtech offer gift vouchers for simulation experiences.Read: The Irishman who took a punt on Skyscanner is set to win from its €1.7bn sale By Paul Hosford Landing a 737-800 is really hard – here’s what happened when we tried We just avoided the grass. Feb 26th 2017, 9:30 PM Share Tweet Email4 Image: .John W via Flickr/CC http://jrnl.ie/3256369 Short URL 34,697 Views Image: .John W via Flickr/CC Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 9:30 PM 24 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Man and woman arrested in Waterford on suspicion of involvement with international

first_img 156 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Updated at 7.15pmTWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in Waterford on suspicion of having links to international terrorism.Gardaí said they had arrested two people as part of an operation in Waterford city this morning.The people were arrested on suspicion of having committed offences under the Criminal Justice Terrorist Offences Act, 2005.Sources said that the arrests were made in relation to Section 6 of the Act, which deals mainly with facilitating or being involved with terrorist activities outside of the State.A man and a woman both aged in their 20s were arrested. It is believed the man is an Irish citizen and the woman is from the UK.Sources confirmed that the pair have links to terrorism activities in the Middle East, and have been watched by police in various jurisdictions.They are thought to have been arrested on suspicion of organising financial aid to benefit a terrorist organisation. It is believed gardaí were tipped off by international police to their presence here when they returned from abroad.Gardaí said the arrests were part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation into persons involved in suspected terrorist activity.Both persons were taken to Waterford Garda Station and are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.With reporting from Garreth MacNamee Read: Man spotted running from stolen car arrested in connection with south Dublin robbery http://jrnl.ie/3361897 51,316 Views Apr 27th 2017, 5:40 PM Man and woman arrested in Waterford on suspicion of involvement with international terrorism Gardaí said they had arrested two people as part of an operation in Waterford city this morning. Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Share108 Tweet Email3 Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 5:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Requins blancs de Méditerranée ils sont venus dAustralie il y a 450000

first_imgRequins blancs de Méditerranée : ils sont venus d’Australie il y a 450.000 ansMéditerranée – Publiée dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B, une étude génétique menée par des chercheurs britanniques montre que les requins blancs de Méditerranée sont venus d’Australie il y a 450.000 ans. Ils s’étaient probablement égarés à cause des perturbations climatiques. “C’était une période interglaciaire, avec toutes sortes de changements dans les courants descendant la côte est et remontant la côte ouest de l’Afrique”, explique le Dr Les Noble, de l’Université d’Aberdeen (Écosse). Des femelles de requin blanc gravides, perturbées par ces modifications, auraient ainsi fait fausse route lors de leur migration entre l’Australie et l’Afrique, pour finir par pénétrer en Méditerranée par le détroit de Gibraltar.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Leur progéniture, née accidentellement dans cette mer, y aurait alors fait souche, le grand blanc (Carcharodon carcharias) partageant avec le saumon la particularité de revenir frayer sur le lieu de sa naissance. C’est ainsi que le Dr Noble tente d’expliquer l’origine australienne des requins de Méditerranée, que son équipe a établie par l’analyse génétique de l’ADN mitochondrial – transmis par la seule lignée maternelle – de ces poissons. L’ “horloge moléculaire” – étude statistique des mutations subies au cours des temps – révèle en effet que squales australiens et méditerranéens actuels partagent une origine commune, datant de 450.000 ans. Le grand blanc de la Grande Bleue ne vient donc pas, comme on le pensait, des populations de l’Atlantique.  Le 20 novembre 2010 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Scott Hall on current health career World Title shots

first_imgFacebook Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Triple H Nani Mupphits of VOCNation.com sent this in.Scott Hall, also known as Razor Ramon, joined Nani for PANDEMONIUM on Wednesday night on VOC Nation Network. Scott Hall will be appearing at the Big Event NY convention from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, 11/8 at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in Flushing, NY.Here are a few excerpts from what the former WWE/WCW/TNA professional wrestler & 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee had to say:On what his life is like right now:“I couldn’t be happier, actually. I mean, both of my kids are chasing their dreams. My daughter Cassidy is 19. She’s a sophomore at the University of Central Florida down in Orlando so she’s chasing her dream of higher education. You know, college ain’t for everybody. It wasn’t for me… it doesn’t seem to be for Cody. So we moved to Atlanta & decided to focus on getting him into the indie scene & taking it from there. I’m happy to announce that Cody has been invited to train & live in Japan. He’s been offered a spot in the dojo for New Japan Pro Wrestling. So things couldn’t be scripted better. It’s exactly how we talked about. We wanted Japan first & then maybe Europe & then NXT so , I mean, we’re right on track with everything. Everything is going great for me. I feel like I’m going to wake up & someone is going to tell me it’s a dream. But so far, I’m sleeping soundly.On if he will be going with his son, Cody, to Japan:“Not initially. I mean, I would like to go over there when he debuts. He’s just going to be training & you know, going to shows. He’s not going to be having matches. It’s just, initially, just training & stuff, which he’s ready for. So I won’t be going right away, no.”On whether he would ever take on any roles in Creative, Managing, or Color Commentator in WWE or TNA if it was offered to him:“Yeah, I mean, I would certainly be flattered… I don’t really think I’d consider a spot with TNA. No disrespect to TNA but I just wouldn’t. I would love to work in the WWE but I don’t know whether if that’s ever going to happen. I find that I love working with the young guys. I remember now… like they bring the old-timers around. You know, they bring me around. I remember when I was actively on the roster & they would bring in Killer Kowalski or different guys would come in & I’d be like, ‘Oh wow. Yeah. That’s a legend. He’s so cool.’ They would just bring the old timers around just to have them at catering & stuff like that, just so the boys could mark out for them. I got to go to the Hulk’s birthday at RAW &, of course, the Hall of Fame was really fun. It’s really cool to be around these young guys & have these guys who are actively on the scene going, ‘Man, I grew up watching you. You’re the best’ & all that & I never get tired of hearing that so I would welcome that. I think that I have something to offer but right now I’m just trying to work on getting & keeping my stuff straight.”On if there is anyone who he looked up to:“I remember I was a huge Dusty Rhodes’ fan. Most of my pro-wrestling watching took place when I lived in Florida. I moved there when I was a teenager. I was a huge Dusty Rhodes’ fan. I was a big ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham fan. There weren’t really any factions or anything like that. I mean, I was a huge [Fabulous] Freebirds’ fan & I kind of modeled the Wolfpac after the Freebirds. I thought they were so cool. Like, they had Freebirds’ Rules on tag matches where you never knew which two of the three guys would defend the belts. They would just say, ‘Hey, Freebirds’ Rules’ & that’s it. I just liked the way they always were together. They traveled together. They really were friends. So, with me & Kev [Kevin Nash] & Pac [XPac], that was really cool how that all worked out & we were able to kind of mimic & give a tribute to the Freebirds. I’d say they’re probably the most influential faction that I watched as a kid. [The host, Nani, then points out that the Fabulous Freebirds’ are not in the WWE Hall of Fame] No, no, they’re not. They’re not & I think it’s crazy how they could not be.”On if there was anyone he wished he worked with or a program he wanted to be a part of:“You know, a lot of people talk to me about how, ‘You never were the World’s Champion’ & I’m thinking, when I look back on my career, I think I had two title shots my whole career… maybe three. I know I wrestled Bret [Hart] once when I was in what-was-then the WWF & I wrestled Sting like, once, in the NWO days. I think I always had some other belt. I always had a tag belt or a US belt or an IC [Intercontinental] belt & I was always on the pay-per-views defending that belt against somebody else. It just never worked out where I got any title matches but, I guess, looking back, that would be something that I would, you know, I wish would’ve happened. I would have gladly wrestled any of the guys who were champs but never really had the opportunity.”On the rumor that he didn’t want a World Champion title shot:“No, I don’t remember ever saying ‘no’ to one. I remember thinking that I’m not really a mark about it &, you know, I don’t need it. I based my success on other things… not just belts. But I don’t remember ever turning it down. But it just always worked out where, you know, I was part of the show in some other aspect & I thought I would contribute to my maximum & that happening, I didn’t really worry about being ‘The Man’ or whatever. I always kind of looked at it like a team concept. You know, I don’t care who scores the touchdown… if I made the block… as long as we all got Superbowl rings. You know, as long as we win then I don’t care what my role is.”On whether the Razor Ramon & WCW’s Scott Hall characters would have been as successful in today’s wrestling world:“I often think [about that]. I’ve watched so much wrestling now. I’m watching more wrestling lately than I have in years because, obviously, Cody watches everything &, you know, we sit & study it together. I wonder if the ‘Razor [Ramon]’ character would’ve transferred to today’s wrestling fans… if that would’ve worked. Sometimes, I think it may have. When I watch old stuff, I go, ‘God, I was young.’ [laughs] But it’s just like, I’m thinking, ‘Wow.’ There’s no way to know those things without a time machine. It’s one of those things you can sit around & go ‘What if? What if?’ & I’m trying not to do that to myself, these days. I’m just trying to embrace the career that I had, whatever lays in front of me, & just enjoying & hanging out with my kids & the success that they’re having & watching them chase their dreams. Everything is ‘Hall Good’ at this end.”If someone told him 20 years ago that he would be doing yoga now, would he believe them:“No, I wouldn’t have believed them. In fact, I’m heading down there when I hang up from you. I only live about two blocks from Dally [Diamond Dallas Page]. I’m going to go down there & work out with him. You know, his business is really booming. Things are really going great for him & I’m so happy to see my friend enjoying his life & being successful. DDP Yoga is for real. It’s helped me. I mean, when I arrived in Atlanta, I was in a wheelchair &, exactly one year after the hip surgery… exactly one year later, I walked across the stage at the Hall of Fame. DDP Yoga sure got a place in my heart.”On his upcoming appearances & what is next for him:“I’m going to be parading around at the Big Event [in New York] coming up this weekend & I’m really excited to see all the fans up in the Northeast. I get to choose my bookings now, which is a nice thing. I’m working every weekend in November because most of the shops are up in the Northeast & I just love being in that part of the country during the holidays. I love Manhattan at Christmas. I’m excited to see some old friends & eat some good food & just take in the city. Atlanta is a big city but it’s still the south. You know, I need a little taste of the Northeast to get me going for the holidays.”A message for his fans:“I just want to thank everyone for the support through thick & thin. I want to twist what Vince [McMahon] said. You know, remember the big steroid scandal when the federal government was pursuing the WWE? I was working for Vince at that time. It really was a punishing time for the territory. A lot of the money that wrestling company made was all going to the legal fund &, you know, payoffs weren’t that good but we weathered through it. I remember Vince being on the steps of the courthouse when the trial was over. He had a neck brace on & stuff & he surrounded by his family & he said, “It’s just like wrestling. The good guy always wins.’ Well, to me, it’s just like wrestling… the Bad Guy always wins.”You can listen to the entire interview at www.vocnation.com. Scott Hall will be appearing at the Big Event NY convention from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, 11/8 at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in Flushing, NY. You can hear Nani on PANDEMONIUM every Wednesday at 7:30pmEST on www.vocnation.com.Follow Scott Hall on Twitter @SCOTTHALLNWO.Follow Nani on Twitter: @MuppHits.Follow VOCNation on Twitter: @vocnation.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Marine Corps amputee overcomes odds to become a police officer

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings August 3, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom While serving with the marines in Iraq– he lost a leg to a roadside bomb– and was told he would never walk again. But today he is a police officer in the South Bay.KUSI’s John Soderman has the Special Report. Marine Corps amputee overcomes odds to become a police officerlast_img read more

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Skyview student 15 expected in court today on threat allegation

first_imgA 15-year-old Skyview High School freshman is due to make a first appearance in juvenile court this morning after allegedly threatening to bring a firearm to school and shoot students.He was arrested Thursday after making the threats, but was unarmed, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Staff learned about his plans after the student told some of his classmates and showed them a website where he would get a gun to carry out the threats, the sheriff’s office said. The student was immediately detained at the Salmon Creek school, according to the sheriff’s office. School resource officers investigated the accusations and arrested the student Thursday. He was transported to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. It doesn’t appear the student had access to weapons at his home, according to the sheriff’s office. The name of the student was not released, and the sheriff’s office continues to investigate.last_img read more

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New board members join schools foundation

first_imgThe Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools has added the following board members for 2014-15:• John Cameron: senior vice president, Umpqua Wealth Management• Heather Lindberg: president, Vancouver PTA Council• Christopher Magana: managing director, IMS Capital• Lynn Maiorca: president, Vancouver Education Association• Bernard Veljacic: judge, Clark County Superior Court• Nada Wheelock: community volunteer• Brian Willoughby: community and public relations specialist, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical CenterThe nonprofit foundation provides money for programs including Kindergarten Jump Start, Lunch Buddies, Principals Checkbook, scholarships, medical and dental care and more that support students and education in Vancouver Public Schools. The annual spring luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. May 21 at Hilton Vancouver. For details, call 360-313-4730 or visit www.foundationforvps.org.last_img read more

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If immigrants can study in US why cant they work asks Oracle

first_imgAn Oracle banner hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., January 18, 2017.Reuters fileAs fears about the possible tightening of the US visa regime loom, Oracle CEO has maintained that the country should not only let immigrants study and learn here but also work to drive growth.”We have been very supportive to immigrants. They are studying in some of the best schools in the country. We let them come and learn here. Why won’t we let them work here?” asked Mark Hurd while addressing a select gathering of global media here at the company’s headquarters.”We have many talented engineers at US universities. They have come from some place other than the US. We would like to hire them. We are doing a lot of R&D here at the campus. We want growth and need talented people to spur innovation,” Hurd said during a ‘Recode Decode Podcast’.Hurd also said that Oracle, which has more than $50 billion investment overseas, would like to bring that money back and invest in the US.”Let us say via repatriation. We have our money overseas to the tune of $50 billion. We need that back and invest here to drive growth,” Hurd noted.As part of the wider tax reforms, US President Donald Trump has considered a one-time repatriation tax on overseas cash brought back which is expected to be mandatory.According to a recent Moody’s report, Apple had $216 billion overseas, Google $48 billion and Oracle, $51 billion.”My top job is to see Oracle compete, innovate and win against all odds,” Hurd told the gathering.India is home to Oracle’s second largest workforce of developers and engineers and accounts for its largest research and development investment outside the US.With the US tightening the norms for H-1B visas, the Indian IT companies are bound to face disruptions by way of higher costs and even some laying off work force back home, a paper by India’s apex industry lobby Assocham said last month.The executive order signed by Trump calls for a review of H-1B visas by the Departments of State, Labour, Homeland Security and Justice.”Nearly 86 per cent of the H-1B visas issued for workers in the computer space go to Indians and this figure is now sure to be scaled down to about 60 per cent or even less,” the Assocham paper added.last_img read more

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Carcass meat case Committee calls for clearance of police Health dept officials

first_imgKOLKATA: The high-powered committee set up to evolve a foolproof mechanism to bring an end to the menace of selling of carcass meat has recommended allowing police, Health department officials and authorities of civic bodies to carry out raids.At present, only food safety officers carry out the raids and collect samples for necessary tests. But with the problem of carcass meat coming to the surface, the need of engaging police, Health department officials and civic body authorities for the same is being felt. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be recalled that the state government had set up a high-powered committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De, to immediately evolve a foolproof mechanism to bring an end to the menace of carcass meat sale. The other eight members of the committee are Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha, Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development department and Principal Secretaries of Health department, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, Food and Supplies department and Animal Resources Development (ARD) department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMembers of the committee held meetings and tried to come up with a solution so that the menace of carcass meat can be completely uprooted.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the setting up of the high-powered committee after the central level administrative review meeting held in Nabanna Sabhaghar on May 8. The Chief Minister had said: “A nine member high powered committee has been formed to ensure that incidents like what has happened over carcass meat do not recur in future.” The committee also recommended that eateries, meat and chicken sellers have to give a declaration that they will not get involved in any such activity that will hamper food safety. Trade licences will be cancelled if any trader is found flouting the norms.Moreover, a toll-free number will also be introduced in which common people will be able to pass information to concerned authorities to inform if they find anyone compromising with the quality of food. A WhatsApp number will also be provided to send photographs or videos directly from the spot.Meanwhile, civic bodies in different parts of the state have carried out raids and collected samples of meat from different eateries. The same have been sent for tests to laboratories. Besides taking the preventive steps, the police have also arrested several people, including the kingpin of the rackets which were behind the carcass meat business.last_img read more

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