The lapse of the appropriate war-risk coverage for UN flights was a result of the enormous insurance claims arising from the attacks in the United States two weeks ago, the UN Country Team in Somalia said in a press release. The Team said it would renegotiate its insurance policy with the underwriters and hoped to resume UN flights as soon as possible. Some 54 international staff will be flown to Nairobi before the insurance coverage expires at midnight Monday. The UN system employs some 560 national staff in Somalia and they will be continuing programme operations to ensure maximum provision of services during this period. “I would like to stress that this decision has nothing to do with the security situation in Somalia, which remains stable and unchanged,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Randolph Kent. “My colleagues within the UN Country Team and I remain determined that humanitarian and development programmes will continue during this time.”
During a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York with lawmakers from NATO member States, Mr. Annan said he welcomed the recent willingness of the alliance to “go global,” citing its recent work in Afghanistan as an example.The Secretary-General noted that a UN peacekeeping mission has just been approved for Côte d’Ivoire, and said “a surge” of new operations across Africa is likely in the year ahead.”NATO might be employed in a ‘peace enforcement’ role, much as the European Union deployed ‘Operation Artemis’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a bridging force before the deployment of a UN operation,” Mr. Annan said.He praised NATO’s preparedness to send troops to Iraq if requested, and added that the UN and NATO would continue to discuss the world’s collective security system as well as peacekeeping operations.After the meeting, Mr. Annan headed to Canada to begin a two-day official tour with his wife, Nane. The Secretary-General will hold talks with Prime Minister Paul Martin and other senior government officials and will address the Canadian Parliament before returning to New York on Wednesday.
Industry Canada plans increase in costs for small-business loan program OTTAWA – Small business will pay more, the banks will earn more and taxpayers will lose more under an Industry Canada plan to revamp the rules for a troubled lending program.The proposal, issued on the weekend after years of consultations, would bump up the maximum interest rate charged on federally guaranteed small-business loans by three-quarters of a percentage point.And financial institutions would be free to charge administrative fees not currently allowed under the Canada Small Business Financing Program.The proposal estimates financial institutions will be better off by $141 million over 10 years, while small business borrowers face additional costs of $233 million over the same period.In the meantime, the program — which is supposed to break even — would see its losses grow by about $41 million over 10 years.The changes are to come into effect April 1 next year, following a 30-day consultation period that began Saturday.“Lenders’ use of the program to make loans to small businesses is declining due to the high level of administrative burden and lack of profitability of loans associated with the program,” says a rationale for the changes, issued by Industry Canada and the Finance Department.The long-standing program was given a major overhaul in 1999, when it was put on a more business-like basis to staunch the flow of red ink. Ottawa guarantees up to 85 per cent of the value of loans issued by private lenders.But banks and others have balked at the red tape, low fees and anemic interest rates required under program rules and have shied away from offering these loans to clients ineligible for regular small-business loans.As a result, only about 7,466 loans were issued in 2010-2011, a low point after a steady decline from almost 18,000 in its heyday in 1999-2000.The revamp would increase the maximum interest rate to prime-plus-3.75 per cent from prime-plus-three per cent and allow lenders to charge the same fees levied on their commercial loans. Other “obsolete” red tape would be abolished.The result, says Industry Canada, would be about 1,550 additional loans each year, worth about $200 million. Annual loan amounts are currently about $1 billion. The projections also cite other benefits to the economy, such as job maintenance and creation.Most of the proposed changes were panned Monday by Canada’s largest small-business group, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.President Dan Kelly welcomed moves to reduced the paper burden, but said the proposals favour financial institutions over small business.“The banks are looking for motivation to offer more of these loans, but I actually think that what the regulations may do is end up drying up the demand for such loans from small business,” Kelly said in an interview from Toronto.“So it does look like this document is very, very heavily weighted toward the banks.”Kelly noted that the proposals were issued during small-business week, and thus “seem particularly ill-timed.”The federation’s Corinne Pohlmann had written to Industry Canada in early 2010 asking that the program “not undergo any major changes at this time.”The program so far has guaranteed more than $10 billion in small-business loans issued by banks, credit unions and others since 1999, and collects fees based on the size of the loan.Loss claims were more than $80 million in 2010-2011, but historically only about 60 per cent of losses are covered by fees.A KPMG report, commissioned by Industry Canada and delivered in late 2009, suggested the program would never break even as originally envisaged.“The gap between claims and fee revenues will continue to exist and most likely expand,” the report concluded. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2012 4:02 pm MDT
Oh.Scanning her Wikipedia confirms that she’s never fallen on ice ONCE. You fell yesterday when you tripped over your own feet.6. BargainingThey probably train really hard and have no lives outside of their chosen sport. Can you actually imagine not being able to lie-in on weekends?You’re the real winner here.7. ResentmentBut LOOK AT THEM. Would you be able? Cause we’re certainly not. Source: A Proper BostonianThey’re not that great, really. Source: Bernat ArmangueAh lads. 4. CuriosityNo seriously, how do they do it? Are they human? Source: Ivan SekretarevThen there’s the questioning of your very judgement when someone you think did amazing only gets an average score. 22-year-old figure skater Ashley Wagner was in a hayp about her 63.10 points, coming in fourth.We’d just be happy to be asked at all, Ashley.5. Frantic researchSURELY that twirly Russian skater at least 10 years older than us. We could so learn how to do that in 10 years.A little google will confirm it… Still, they fall sometimes. Human after all. Hate that, Jeremy Abbott. Source: David J. PhillipBut some of them make super-human amazing recoveries and then we hate the world again.Damn you Shiva Keshavan. Source: NBC Olympics8. MotivationIt is the hobby we’ve been looking for all of this time.We’ll show the world. Training starts when the Olympics are over, or at a more convenient time in the distant future.9. AcceptanceYeah, we’re never gonna be on their level. Let’s just enjoy our twelfth consecutive hour watching the curling.Russian snowboarder puts phone number on helmet, gets avalanche of nude photos>Well these Winter Olympics competitors have some very unfortunate names> THE WINTER OLYMPICS in Sochi are in full swing, and we’re glued to the telly. It’s just so wonderful, so gracious, so entertaining, like Dancing On Ice without the has-been celebrities.Sure, we were equally as amazed during London 2012, but there’s just something about the ice and pretty skating that makes us seethe with undignified inadequacy.This is pretty much how an emotional viewing session goes down.1. PrideAt first, the spirit of the games and the human will and spirit yadda ya is just so overwhelming. Lookit them! Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAMAZING. All so talented. Do us proud.2. WonderYou start dabbling in some events and immediately regret that burrito. How do they do it? Oh, to have such talent and motivation. At least your juicing regime is going ok.Tell yourself she’s not human. It helps, trust us.3. ComparisonBut she IS. Ski jumpers do this, and you can’t even touch your toesThe back of our knees are hurting. Source: Matthias SchraderCan you even begin to imagine how much core work you haven’t done to achieve this this Godly level of skeleton amazingness? Source: Dita AlangkaraWe have pains. Actual phantom pains.
Hardcore computing enthusiasts hate being hindered by underpowered, out of date hardware. For many, that’s the allure of the DIY desktop. You don’t have to scrap the entire system in six months when you want yet another performance boost. Just yank out the offending parts, snap in new ones, and you’re good to go.Unfortunately, that kind of modularity has never really made its way to more portable devices — like laptops and tablets. We’re able to swap a few components easily — hard drives and SSDs, RAM, NICs, and the like — but changing the all-important mainboard or processor is another matter entirely.Navarre Bartz thinks it’s an idea worth exploring, and he’s submitted his upgradeable tablet concept to Instructables as part of the Jack Daniel’s Independence Project (JDIP). The concept is simple enough: develop a tablet that utilizes a carrier board to which things like HDMI, USB ports, and a microSD slot (which aren’t as likely to need replacing) are attached. Upgradeable components — like the processor board — snap into a socket for easy upgrades down the road.The board Bartz is demonstrating in the video isn’t tablet-friendly, obviously. It’s a Colibri Tegra 2 SODIMM computer-on-module, and it’s designed for use in embedded systems. The pair wouldn’t be thin enough to cram into anything as thin as the tablets on retail shelves today, but it’s a starting point. With funding from the JDIP, Bartz hopes to develop a more practical board (probably one without an Ethernet port or vertical USB port).We’ve already gotten pretty close to the point where tablet display resolutions aren’t going to jump for some time (thank you, iPad), and some other core components (like Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11N) should be more than sufficient for the near future. Now seems like as good a time as any to give the DIY crowd a tinker-friendly tablet it can truly call its own, don’t you think?More at Liliputing and Instructables
Racism and ostracism have impacted on James Demetriou and his younger brother Andrew, regardless of their brilliant careers. James, or Jimmy as he was called when he played for Essendon FC, was the first Bombers player of Hellenic descent. The man that once worked for Bob Hawke, was a corporate lawyer is now is the Chairman of Sports Without Borders, a non-for-profit organisation dedication to providing support for young people from refugee and newly arrived immigrant backgrounds who want to become involved in sport.Andrew Demetriou may be one of the most powerful men in Australia as the CEO of the Australian Football League yet to older brother James, he is affectionately known as ‘Leondari’ (lion).“Growing up, mum instilled in us the need to look after people that were less well off which is why we have based our whole lives on merit and assisting the disadvantaged,” James Demetriou explained.The 55-year-old Melbournian established Sports Without Borders in 2006, following a Australian Bureau of Statistics study that revealed children of non-Anglo backgrounds are two-thirds less likely to participate in sport than the traditional Australian community.Melbourne based Sports Without Borders has dispensed over $300,000 in grants to individuals and community groups of diverse cultural background such as the African, Iranian, Chinese and Pacific Islander.“Seeing how difficult it was for my generation of immigrant children to participate in sport, I was blown away by the fact that 50 years later, newly arrived communities were facing the same, if not more difficult issues,” he said.“To get one child to play sport over a season is $600 and a lot of these families have three to five kids so you are talking about a lot of money.” The outcome according to Mr Demetriou is disengagement and social exclusion.Timas Harik, a 16-year-old athletic Australian champion is one such recipient that Demetriou uses as an example.“He was separated from his parents during the fighting in Sedan and ended up in a refugee camp in Egypt,” explains Demetriou. In Australia this talented young man was spotted by a coach at St Kevin’s College but he couldn’t afford to buy runners. “We supported him and he ended up being Australia’s 1500 and 1800 metre champion.”Mr Demetriou believes in sport as a gel for social inclusion, “sport not concern itself with race, creed, colour or religion.” It was football that helped break down the ‘wog’ and Anglo barriers according to Demetriou.“My first five years of secondary school was very tough- we experienced racism, taunts and were involved in fights,” he reflects. “We went to a lower middle class school out in the North of Melbourne and I think a lot of it was ignorance because they had never engaged with Greeks or Italians. My family was very good at sport and education and some found difficult to understand…when we started playing football all those barriers broke down.”Mr Demetriou stresses the need for more funding, “Right now Sports Without Borders has first round funding requests from 85 individuals and organisations amounting to $200,000 yet I only have $20,000 to allocate.” “To be fully effective we require much more significant support.”Sports Without Borders is hoping to secure Federal Funding for its national program, Social Inclusion Through Sports (SITS). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
So I went to put away my wind chimes for #HurricaneDorian, and… pic.twitter.com/I80tQW1UNZ— Florida Wolfman (Mac) (@PooltoyWolf) September 3, 2019“All the froggies are safe and accounted for,” Mac wrote on Tuesday. “They found spots to hide deep inside the leafy palm fronds behind our backyard pond.”During a time of such havoc, it’s absolutely heartwarming to see a bunch of big-eyed amphibians staring out at your from a wind chime.And I’m not the only one who thinks so: Mac’s original post “blew up so big,” earning nearly 120,000 likes and more than 31,000 retweets (as of press time). I’m fully aware these frogs are an invasive species (a few have mentioned this) but based primarily on my inability to KILL LIVING THINGS and secondarily on them having long ago extirpated any native species in my area, I will NOT be killing any frogs. Thank you!— Florida Wolfman (Mac) (@PooltoyWolf) September 4, 2019The herpetological relatives at Gatorland theme park and wildlife preserve in Orlando have also been prepping for the monster storm.Staff recently shared a video highlighting how all birds and mammals are moved into “protective buildings,” and how the main-attraction alligators and crocodiles are riding out the weather.“Folks, they’ve been around for 75 million years,” Gatorland CEO Mark McHugh said of the reptiles. “It ain’t their first rodeo with a nasty storm.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Incredible Views of Hurricane Dorian From Space StationStudy: Hurricanes Force Spiders to Be More AggressiveThis Floating City Can Withstand Category 5 Hurricanes Many are asking how the frogs actually got inside the chime tubes. Tree frog species have very sticky toes! They can climb up and over almost any surface…these guys simply climbed up the walls to get to the chimes! — Florida Wolfman (Mac) (@PooltoyWolf) September 3, 2019Follow-up images of the frogs were retweeted more than 1,000 times.Taking advantage of his sudden fame and following, Mac has asked people to “please donate to the Bahamas.”“This is the worst they’ve ever been hit,” he said, urging folks to text “DORIAN” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. After devastating the northern Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian bore down on central Florida this week, forcing folks to seek asylum wherever they can.Humans aren’t the only ones searching for shelter, though.Florida Wolfman (aka Mac) was storing his outdoor wind chimes ahead of the storm when he found five frog stowaways.In a video posted to Twitter, you can see the wee critters holed up in each tube, seemingly unbothered by the peeling bells. Stay on target Romeo the Loneliest Frog Goes on ‘First Date’ With His JulietAmphibians Are Dying En Masse, Humans Are to Blame
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren insists that with adrenaline and pride on the line in their World Cup semi-final with England, tiredness will not be a factorThe Vatreni are hoping to go one better than the great Croatia team of Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and Robert Prosinecki in the 1998 World Cup, who were beaten in the last four by hosts and eventual winners France.After playing over 240 minutes of football in their previous knockout rounds against Denmark and Russia, there are concerns that they Croatia players may suffer from fatigue as the match with England goes on.But Lovren is certain that both himself and teammates will have no problems.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The manager believes in us – he did so when few others did – and we do the best we can,” Lovren said on the Croatia Football Federation website.“The Croatian people never had it easy, and we want to bring them some joy, including a medal. We’ve had a chance to recover from two tough, long matches. When the stakes are this high, nobody is tired. It’s once in a lifetime opportunity. Russia deserves all the praise for a great organization of the World Cup”Croatia will play England at the Luzhniki stadium today at 20:00 (GMT +2).
BILLERICA, MA – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is warning residents to be alert for a new round of jury duty scam calls.As part of the scam, callers are posing as members of the MSO and are telling residents they need to resolve matters related to missed court matters and jury duty. In multiple instances this month – including two this past weekend – scammers identified themselves as a Sgt. Cooper and provided 781-819-5610 as a call back number.On Friday, a local resident was allegedly told he needed to pay $900 or would be arrested, while on Saturday, a woman was told she needed to respond to a specific location to clear up three warrants. The location to which the woman was told to respond housed actual MSO offices but was closed at the time.In all three cases, those who were contacted called the MSO before paying any money or traveling to a location.“Nationwide, these scammers are attempting to use the criminal justice system and the threat of arrest as a tool to frighten people into paying large sums of money,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “We want residents to be aware of these scams and these tactics in order to better protect themselves.”If you or someone you know has been the victim of a jury duty scam you are encouraged to immediately notify your local police department. If the scammer claims to be a member of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office we also ask you to contact our office at 978-667-1711.To learn more about the jury duty process in Massachusetts, including jury duty delinquency, visit the Office of Jury Commissioner (OJC) website at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-jury-commissioner.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCAM ALERT: Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Alerts Residents To Recent Increase In Jury Duty ScamsIn “Police Log”ALERT: Phone Scammers Posing As Middlesex Deputy SheriffsIn “Government”SCAM ALERT: Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warns of Ongoing Telephone ScamsIn “Government”
Sealaska’s corporate headquarters are in this Juneau building. Nearly 23,000 shareholders will receive their fall dividends mid-November. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation will distribute close to $11 million to its shareholders Nov. 17.Juneau-headquartered Sealaska announced the distribution Oct. 27.Payments will range from $596 to $186 for those with 100 shares. The amount depends on the class of shareholder and other factors.Sealaska has 22,950 shareholders living in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.Operational income will make up $1 per share of the payments. That includes revenues from recently purchased fish processing plants, as well as timber and gravel operations, plus government contracting.Officials said the amount demonstrates progress in developing its corporate businesses.“We expect the operations dividend payment to nearly double due to continued growth in net income and cash flow. This will be the first increase in an operations dividend over the last five years,” board Chairman Joe Nelson said in a press release.Sealaska’s Permanent Fund investment account makes up 86 cents per share.The largest source, at $4.10 per share, is a pool of natural resource earnings from all 12 regional Native corporations.Shareholders who are also members of an urban Native corporation, such as Juneau’s Goldbelt, will get the full dividend of $596 for those with 100 shares. That includes the resource pool earnings.Those who are also members of village Native corporations, such as Kake Tribal, receive $133 for those with 100 shares. They do not include the resource pool earnings. Those go to the village corporation.Recently enrolled shareholders’ dependents also receive the smaller payments.
Nizamabad: The talks between Nizamabad district’s irrigation department officials, headed by Government Advisor (Interstate relations) Tankashala Ashok, with the engineering officials of Maharashtra State Water Resources department at Nanded on July 30 had raised the hopes of the farmers of Nizamabad district once again.The State government, after taking up Korata-Chanakha project, now focussed on completing Lendi, the joint project of Telangana and Maharashtra governments. If this project completes, about 28,000 acres in drought affected Jukkal constituency, Kamareddy district will come under cultivation. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Telangana and Maharashtra governments decided to construct a project on Lendi river, a tributary of River Manjeera at Gonegaon village, Nanded district in 1986, with a capacity of 6.36 TMCs. Rehabilitation has become a major obstacle for those, who are becoming homeless due to the project. The expats stopped works in 2011 demanding the government to commence works after providing them rehabilitation. With the project, residents of 12 villages in Maharashtra will become homeless and farmlands of about 19 villages will get submerged. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us It has been decided to rehabilitate people of seven villages in the first phase and five more villages in the second phase. But the project has been stalled for eight years as the expatriates have obstructed the works. The Lendi project was commissioned in 1985 with an expenditure estimation of Rs 54.55 crores. Of this, the Maharashtra government’s share was Rs 45.51 crores and the Telangana government share was Rs 9.04 crores. But as the works were delayed, the construction cost had increased to Rs 274.83 crores as per revised estimations in 2001. After increasing the estimations for three times, now the estimated cost of project is Rs 2,183.88 crores in 2018-19.
Is this Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan’s girlfriend?InstagramAt a time when reports claimed that Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is dating a London-based blogger, a candid picture of the star kid with a foreign girl went viral on social media.One photo of Aryan holding the mystery girl, apparently at a pub, is now everywhere on the internet. The first picture shows the two smiling, while holding each other close. The second image again shows them posing together for camera in a candid position.As soon as the pictures went viral, people started thinking that it is Aryan’s girlfriend. The reports of SRK’s son dating a London-based blogger further made many believe that this mystery girl is the same blogger. However, there is no confirmation if he is actually dating someone. Is this Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan’s girlfriend?InstagramMeanwhile, another rumour has been doing the rounds that Aryan is in a relationship with none other than Chunky Panday’s daughter Ananya Panday. Ananya, who is close friend of Suhana Khan, has been a childhood friend of Aryan as well.This proximity since childhood has reportedly brought them close. Nonetheless, none of these rumours are confirmed. Looks like the star kids are grabbing quite an attention with their personal lives.Meanwhile, Aryan recently made his official entry into the world of entertainment by giving his voice to Simba’s character in the film The Lion King. He received much accolades for his voice-over, and at the same time many expressed astonishment at the striking resemblance between his and Shah Rukh’s voice.
[Representational Image] Ericsson had signed a seven-year deal in 2014 to operate and manage RCom’s nationwide telecoms network.Reuters FileEmbattled telecoms firm Reliance Communications is in talks with Ericsson to reach a settlement outside of bankruptcy court over unpaid service dues, but a deal with the Swedish gearmaker looks unlikely for now, two sources said.India’s bankruptcy court earlier this week admitted an insolvency plea filed by Ericsson against debt-laden RCom, as the company is widely known, potentially derailing the Indian telecoms firm’s plans to sell assets to larger rival Reliance Jio to cut debt.RCom has approached Ericsson, but with a lack of clarity around payment of dues “a settlement currently looks uncertain,” one of the sources familiar with the matter said.Both sources, who asked not to be named as the discussions are private, said a settlement could be reached if RCom agrees to deposit outstanding dues before Ericsson withdraws its plea.Shares in RCom rose almost 30 percent on Friday on media reports of talks with Ericsson.RCom did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while Ericsson said it does not comment on speculation.Ericsson, which signed a seven-year deal in 2014 to operate and manage RCom’s nationwide telecoms network, is seeking 11.55 billion rupees ($170 million) from the company and two of its subsidiaries.RCom, controlled by businessman Anil Ambani, late last year announced plans to sell most of its wireless assets to mobile carrier Reliance Jio in a deal sources said was worth about $3.8 billion. Jio, the telecoms venture of Reliance Industries, is controlled by India’s richest man and Anil’s elder brother, Mukesh Ambani.With debt totalling 457.33 billion rupees ($6.73 billion) at end-March 2017, RCom is the most-leveraged of all listed telecoms carriers in India.The order from India’s National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) allowing Ericsson’s insolvency plea against RCOM means RCom’s sale, or liquidation in case a deal does not work out within a maximum of nine months, will be overseen by a court appointed administrator.A lawyer for RCom previously told Reuters that the company would appeal the NCLT’s decision at an appellate tribunal.
TIBThe Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Sunday said there is no visible progress in curbing government officials’ corruption despite their salary and allowance hikes.The TIB said this at a press conference while unveiling its research titled ‘Integrity in Public Administration: Policy and Practice’ at its office in the capital.Different issues including recruitment, promotion, and officers on special duty (OSDs) were presented.TIB programme manager Mahua Rauf presented the report. She said some of the national integrity strategies have not become fruitful due to political and other influences.She said, five of the eleven strategies related to the public administration are satisfactory.The practice of the three strategies is yet to start, she added.Highlighting various statistics, Mahua Rouf said the trend of contractual appointment in the public administration has recently risen. The choice of the ruling party is considered in most of the contractual appointments.“Seniority is violated during the promotion for political consideration. The intelligence reports are given importance in the promotion although such a matter is not mentioned in the rules of promotion. The concerned officials have no scope to know which intelligence agency is giving what sort of report,” she added.New deputy commissioners were appointed in 55 districts before the last election. According to the experts, it is part of election preparation of the ruling party. Intelligence reports are used as a strategy in posting deputy commissioners. The political affiliation is judged in those reports, whether the officials were connected with any political party except the ruling party.TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said there are some progresses in the public administration. Some steps are yet to be taken, he added.
The Associated PressNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said June 2 he will push to diversify the city’s elite specialized high schools by setting aside seats for low-income students who just missed the test score cutoff.De Blasio announced in an op-ed on the education website Chalkbeat that starting in fall 2019, 20 percent of the seats at the specialized high schools will be set aside for economically disadvantaged students with scores just below the cutoff.NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to diversify the city’s specialized schools. (Clay Jackson/Herald & Review via AP)Admission to the eight academically rigorous schools, including Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science, is governed by a single test that’s offered to eighth graders in the fall.Critics have long complained that the reliance on the test leads to a lack of diversity at the schools, which are overwhelmingly Asian and white. About 10 percent of the students at the eight school are black or Hispanic, although black and Hispanic students make up two-thirds of the city’s public school population overall.Many middle-class parents spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on tutors to prepare their children for the test.De Blasio, a Democrat, said he would like to eventually replace the test with a new admissions process using measures such as middle school class rankings. He called the Specialized High School Admissions Test “a roadblock to justice, progress and academic excellence.”Overhauling the admissions process for the specialized high schools would require action by the state legislature.
Share The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously to make mortgage bankers eligible for overtime pay under federal labor law today. The case brought by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) was to determine whether mortgage loan officers are covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA).The FLSA establishes minimum wage and maximum hour requirements. However, certain classes of employees are exempt from these standards. Exemption from these regulations is known as the administrative exemption. In 1999 and 2001, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued letters opining that mortgage-loan officers do not qualify for the administrative exemption. In 2004 the FLSA released the current regulations, prompting the MBA to ask for an explanation of the regulations as it applies to mortgage loan officers. In 2006, the department reversed its standing and issued an opinion stating mortgage bankers fell under the administrative exemption.Then again four years later in 2010, the department reversed its decision and said mortgage loan officers “have a primary duty of making sales for their employers, and, therefore, do not qualify” for the administrative exemption. All of these interpretations were issued without warning and did not provide an opportunity for comment.MBA filed complaint in the Federal District Court challenging the Administrator’s Interpretation, saying the document was inconsistent with 2004 regulation. More important to the case, the MBA argued the administrative ruling was procedurally invalid in light of the D.C. decision in the Paralyzed Veterans case, which ruled rule amendments can’t be made without notice and opportunity for comment because it violated the Administrative Procedure Act (ACA).“Because notice-and-comment requirements may apply even to these later agency actions, the court reasoned, “allowing an agency to make a fundamental change in its interpretation of a substantive regulation without notice and comment” would undermine the APA’s procedural framework,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in her opinion.The Department of Labor argued in an August Supreme Court brief that the D.C. Circuit’s stance undermined the flexibility Congress wanted agencies to have. The appeals court’s “judge-made procedural requirement” that agencies must utilize notice-and-comment rule-making before making a significant change to a rule that interprets a regulation was out of step with the APA and Supreme Court precedent, the brief said.“In the end, Congress decided to adopt standards that permit agencies to promulgate freely such rules—whether or not they are consistent with earlier interpretations,” the justices said. “That the D.C. Circuit would have struck the balance differently does not permit that court or this one to overturn Congress’ contrary judgment.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government March 9, 2015 541 Views APA Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division FLSA MBA mortgage loan officers Sonia Sotomayor U.S. Supreme Court 2015-03-09 Samantha Guzman U.S. Supreme Court Rules Mortgage Bankers Eligible for Overtime Pay
SH Pratt’s Halo facility confirmed for Logistics … Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon … ‘World’s first’ automatic mango harvester develope … The cherry season in the U.S. Northwest is winding down, with industry players reporting a solid export campaign despite ongoing trade issues with China – which two seasons ago was the region’s top export market.The good export season also comes in spite of the year’s slight dip in volume from last season’s 25.4m boxes.”It’s been an interesting season. I think at the start, growers industry-wide thought they had a larger crop than they did so that’s been somewhat of a challenge to overcome … but it’s still been a good season with retailers and growers alike making some money,” says Brianna Shales, communications manager of Stemilt Growers.”Based on what is shipping, the 2019 crop is going to be closer to 22m 20-pound equivalent boxes for the Northwest industry.”Helping industry actors succeed with the lower volumes was the fruit’s quality.”Overall, fruit quality is really really high and we have great sizing,” says Shales.The Northwest Cherry Growers’ president B.J. Thurlby attributes these characteristics to favorable weather, especially over the past few weeks.”We’ve had really good growing conditions this year. In the past three or four summers, we tended to get a lot of heat late in the summer and it’s really stayed mild here; the temperatures have stayed in the 80s and the quality of the fruit has just been really really outstanding.”Its delivery, quality has been as good as I can remember in recent years,” he says.Challenges for exports to China, growth in other marketsThe tariffs China has imposed on U.S. products – including cherries – has had a marked effect on most companies’ exports to the Asian nation.”Anyone who exports to China, as we do, was affected by the tariffs, and the price was not as strong as it would normally be,” says Ray Norwood, Auvil Fruit Company’s director of sales and marketing.Yet a number of industry actors spoke on how they managed to achieve a successful cherry export campaign in spite of this difficulty.”Our hope is always that we get 30% of the crop exported and we’ve been able to achieve that this year so as an industry we’re very happy about the amount of fruit that’s gone offshore,” says Thurlby.In fact, he says about 33% of volumes are heading to export markets.He explains: “We’re still shipping a little bit of fruit into China and other countries have really stepped up.” August 02 , 2019 U.S. Senators introduce bill to hire more ag inspe … He elaborates, saying that the industry has had a very good year in Korea.Meanwhile, it has seen great growth in the Vietnam market, which he says “shows us that it’s going to be a long-term market for our growers.””We’ve seen good quality, high volumes going into Taiwan, and Canada is our number one export market and continues to be,” he adds.Auvil’s surprising bump in cherry exports to ChinaIn the case of Auvil Fruit Company, the entity actually performed better in China over last year.Norwood comments: “Even though there were tariffs, there were tariffs in place last year. So, for us, we sent a really good volume and what we’d hoped for in China.”Beyond this anomaly, Norwood says the company has fared well in its other key export destinations – Japan and Taiwan.”For us, we’re heavy to export with our cherries. We do kind of a specialty pack here at Auvil Fruit.”A high percentage of what we pack and sell goes to Japan and it’s more of a gift market that’s presold, whereas not a lot of our competitors do that.”He adds that the company saw very good demand in Taiwan this season as well.Tech’s impact on the cherry industryLooking to how the industry is advancing, one can’t ignore the role technology is playing.”The advent of electronic defect sizing and sorting machines have really changed the industry in terms of being able to deliver quality and consistency, and that’s been over the last five or six years,” says Shales.Thurlby explains further: “Every year we see more and more optical sorting lines coming into our industry.”There’s almost 100% saturation where we have the high-tech sorting capability and we’re seeing some really beautiful packs show up on the market. Packers can now put up a perfectly colored pack, with uniform color and uniform size.”When it comes to the end product, both Shale and Thurlby emphasize the positive influence these advances have had.”It has a huge role in what we can do and what we can put together in terms of size and pack that consumers will respond to. I just see the technology continuing to evolve.”In my opinion, it’s only going to get better for the consumer,” explains Thurlby.”Investment in that type of technology is where we have to be when it comes to staying ahead of the curve,” Shales adds. You might also be interested in
(Courtesy MAD Magazine via Twitter) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2019 8:57 am PDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2019 at 11:56 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BURBANK, Calif. — Long-running satirical publication MAD magazine will be leaving newsstands this fall. Really.The illustrated humour magazine will still be available in comic shops and through mail to subscribers — but after its fall issue it will just reprint previously published material.The only new material will come in special editions at the end of the year.DC, the division of Warner Brothers that publishes the magazine, said MAD will pull from nostalgic cartoons and parodies published over the magazine’s 67-year run.The company also said it would still publish MAD special collections.Illustrators and comedians, including one-time guest editor “Weird Al” Yankovic, mourned the magazine’s effective closure online.“It’s pretty much the reason I turned out weird,” he said on Twitter.The Associated Press fall|MAD Magazine|newsstands|publication|satire MAD magazine to leave newsstands; no, really!
By Angelos AnastasiouCOMMUNITIES near Vassilikos continue to oppose government plans to build an energy complex in the area, despite its efforts to assuage their concerns over health and safety hazards by engaging in public consultations.The government plans to develop the 25 square kilometre industrial area around the Mari village on the island’s southern coast – already host to the electricity authority’s largest power plant, a cement-producing factory and two oil tank-farms owned by private companies – culminated in the development of a Master Plan that calls for the creation of a natural-gas liquefaction terminal at the site.The Master Plan also incorporates the government’s decisions to authorise the expansion of the tank-farms and the relocation of Cyprus’s strategic oil reserves to Vassilikos.The plan raised major environmental and safety concerns from area residents who claim to have not been included in the decision-making process, despite the government designating the end of February as the deadline for the consultation period.Following an initial meeting in Skarinou village three weeks ago, the government and the eight affected communities gathered on Wednesday night at the Zygi community council office to resume discussions, during which the Master Plan for the complex was presented by Anna Karamondani on behalf of ALA Planning Partnership – the consultancy that prepared the study.Karamondani clarified that relocating Mari residents – one of the Master Plan’s scenarios – would only be required “if sufficient amounts of rich gas reserves are available.”Representing the energy ministry at the meeting was Yiannis Economides, who argued that the ministry is wrongly accused for “lack of transparency and evading public consultation”, noting that “the strategic environmental assessment [to be prepared] will include all three variables, namely the health and safety of residents, impact to the environment, and growth and prosperity of the wider area’s residents.”“There is a need to disperse electricity-producing units, as well as emissions, which was not considered in preparing the Master Plan as it was not part of the mandate,” Economides said.The President of the Zygi community council Michalis Papademetriou said that he will not allow any development to the east of the Vassilikos port, whether onshore or offshore.“We reject any mandate that allows methane and ammonia factories to be built in the area, as it is both improper and adds to current burdens,” Papademetriou said.Lefteris Sozou, president of the Health and Safety Protection Group for the Kalavassos area, said that the three existing large factories are proof of “government inadequacy”, as they contravene both their building permits and their operational frameworks. He further reported violations in location selection, as “the Master Plan neither lists, nor does it qualify the reasons for the selection of the area.”According to the group’s announcement, Economides acknowledged the arbitrary location selection, noting that “perhaps the Moni area would be better suited.”Psematismenos community council president Christodoulos Christodoulou said the meeting “should have taken the direction of providing answers on the ministry’s behalf”, and considered the process merely as a repeat, instead of a constructive continuation, of the Skarinou meeting from three weeks ago.“We strongly demand community participation in the decision-making body with veto powers”, he said.Kalavassos community council president Lefteris Foka spoke of “mockery”, in reference to the announcement of “construction permits that were subsequently amended without regard to environmental studies.”Pampos Charalambous, president of Pentakomo community council, described the licensing process as a “sham” and the amendment of permits as the means to defraud communities out of the original agreements.“We consider today’s meeting to be a pointless formality that achieves nothing but inconveniencing those present,” Charalambous said.The communities also claimed that the urban planning study for the Vassilikos complex does not provide for accommodation facilities for employees, a fire station and an industry training centre.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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