The Canadian PressOTTAWA — Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo, who cited an alcohol problems for leaving the Liberal caucus and cabinet earlier this year, apologized Wednesday for what he called a “consensual but inappropriate” relationship with an unidentified person.Tootoo, who declared his return to politics late last month after a two-month hiatus to seek treatment for addiction, has been at the centre of persistent rumours that he had been involved with a staff member.He acknowledged the relationship in a videotaped statement that was delivered at the CBC’s Iqaluit studios and posted to the broadcaster’s regional Facebook page.“I let my judgment be clouded and I also let alcohol take over my life,” Tootoo said, reading from a portfolio on his lap.“”I am ashamed and I apologize to all involved, especially the people of Nunavut. I am deeply sorry.”Tootoo said he informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 31 of the relationship, then promptly quit the party and checked himself into rehab.A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office corroborated Tootoo’s version of events, noting that the MP “took full and sole responsibility for his inappropriate workplace conduct.”Last week, Tootoo came under pressure from constituents and critics in his Nunavut riding for failing to disclose more details about his decision to step down and sit as an Independent.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern urged him to come forward and clear the air.“It puts him – and it puts us – in an extremely difficult position,”Redfern said in an interview at the time. “We only have one member of Parliament.”Redfern could not be immediately reached for comment, but a series of tweets sent in the wake of Tootoo’s announcement made it clear she’s paying attention.Several tweets cited legal decisions that discussed consent as it pertains to relationships in the workplace. Added Redfern: “So unanswered question remains … who or how was this inappropriate?”Tootoo, 52, declared in May he would be stepping down as fisheries minister and leaving the Liberal caucus before beginning a leave of absence to seek treatment for an alcohol problem.That leave of absence ended July 27 when he invited local residents and journalists to his office in Iqaluit for a news conference and open house, billed as a chance for constituents to “address their concerns.”“I know I let people down _ my family, friends, and the people of this riding _ and myself,” he said at the time. “I have work to do to regain their trust and respect. That work begins now.”Nunavut, a territory the size of western Europe, only has a single federal seat. It is the largest but least populous of all of Canada’s provinces and territories. It’s home to about 34,000 people, 84 per cent are Inuit.During his July 27 news conference, Tootoo attributed his drinking to “deeply personal and private issues,” saying he used alcohol as a coping mechanism. In his statement, Tootoo intimated it was the relationship to which he was referring.“On May 31, I voluntarily informed the prime minister that I made a mistake and regrettably engaged in a consensual but inappropriate relationship,” Tootoo said.“That is why I resigned my cabinet post and my position in caucus. I then checked myself into rehab for my addiction.”He also said he would not name the other party in an effort to protect the person’s privacy.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark will conduct a two-day joint mission beginning on Thursday. They are scheduled to meet with President Mahamadou Issoufu, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and other key Government officials to highlight the importance of preparations and early action to tackle the food and nutrition crisis in Niger.The visit will begin a day after Ms. Amos and the heads of many UN aid agencies gather in Rome for a meeting to discuss how to tackle the crisis in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa.The UN has been sounding the alarm since last September that the situation in the Sahel region was likely to become a major humanitarian situation by the northern spring this year unless something was done to reverse the trend.“We are extremely concerned that millions of people will be affected by a combination of drought, poverty and high grain prices, which, coupled with environmental degradation and chronic underdevelopment, is expected to result in a new food and nutrition crisis,” Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg told reporters in New York.Ms. Bragg, who visited Senegal last week, said that people in that country, as well as Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, northern Cameroon and northern Nigeria, are all likely to be affected over the coming months.“For many, the crisis has already begun,” she stated. “We already know that an estimated 10 million people or more are struggling to get enough to eat, including 5.4 million in Niger alone.”In the region, more than a million children under the age of five risk severe acute malnutrition – that is up from 300,000 last year, she added.Ms. Bragg said the governments of Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad have all declared an emergency situation and called for international assistance, and most have put forward plans to deal with the crisis and to build people’s resilience to such shocks.Essential activities include selling cereal and pasture at subsidized prices, distributing seeds and providing livestock support, as well as income-generating activities and the replenishment of national food security shocks.“We learned from experience in the Horn of Africa that early warning must be followed by early action,” said Ms. Bragg. “Today, we know what is coming, and we know what to do to save lives.”She added that $724 million will be needed for the revised Sahel Regional Strategy, which takes into account the existing Government plans and the humanitarian appeals for Niger and Chad.“Not long ago, we were calling for early action to contain the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. We now have an opportunity to demonstrate that we have learned our lessons from that crisis: that both early action and efforts to re-build resilience are critical to the Sahel,” said Ms. Bragg, who is also Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.As part of their visit, Ms. Amos and Miss Clark plan to visit Tillaberi in the southwest of Niger, to see how resilience and humanitarian programmes are addressing the immediate food needs of people and also helping communities prepare for and cope with future crises. 14 February 2012Two top United Nations officials will travel later this week to Niger, where 5.4 million people are struggling to get enough to eat, part of a wider emergency affecting at least 10 million people across the Sahel region.
WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought unemployment aid last week for the second week in a row, the latest evidence that hiring is likely solid.Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 268,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased to 278,500.The figures, along with other recent data, suggest the economy is picking up a bit after barely expanding in the first three months of the year. Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so last week’s decline is a sign that companies are confident enough to hold onto their workers. When layoffs are low, hiring is typically steady.Applications have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 64 weeks, the longest such streak since 1973.About 2.16 million people are receiving benefits, 3.1 per cent lower than a year ago.The U.S. economy expanded at just a 0.5 per cent annual rate in the first quarter, after tepid growth of 1.4 per cent in the final three months of last year.In the past two weeks, however, several reports have suggested growth will rebound in the April-June quarter to nearly 2.5 per cent, some economists forecast.Sales at retail stores and restaurants jumped in April, evidence that Americans were willing to spend robustly after several months of caution.And the housing market has perked up: Sales of existing homes rose last month, while sales of new homes soared to the highest level since 2008. Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more Americans to take the plunge and buy a home. Housing construction also increased in April.The improving economy, if sustained, could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise the short-term interest rate it controls for only the second time in nine years, perhaps as early as its next meeting in June or the following one in July. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2016 6:40 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2016 at 11:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, a woman passes a “We’re Hiring!” sign while entering a clothing store in the Downtown Crossing of Boston. On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles the ball during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorJust one month ago, the odds were stacked against the No. 14 Ohio State women’s basketball team. Having lost three-straight games to Michigan, Iowa, and No. 13 Maryland, the Buckeyes sat two games behind the conference-leading Terrapins.But Ohio State took advantage of Maryland’s unexpected three-game losing streak down the stretch and a weak end-of-season schedule to finish the season with eight conference wins in a row, concluding with an 89-64 victory against Penn State on the road Sunday afternoon, to claim the outright Big Ten regular-season championship.The Buckeyes had not claimed sole possession of a regular-season title since 2010. The win against the Nittany Lions (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) also gives Ohio State (24-6, 13-3 Big Ten) the top seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Once again, Ohio State rode its high-scoring trio of guards Kelsey Mitchell and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga to victory. Mitchell led the team with 22 points and the three players combined for 60 points. She added six assists and five rebounds.Mitchell and Mavunga combined for 15 first-quarter points to pull the Buckeyes ahead 23-12 after the opening quarter. Penn State sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green hit the first shot of the second quarter, a 3-pointer to pull her team within eight points. But the Nittany Lions fell behind by 10 points after a Mavunga layup less than three minutes later and trailed by double-digits the remainder of the game.Mavunga had a double-double by halftime and finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She made 9-of-11 shots and helped give her team a 40-28 edge in points in the paint. Harper had 17 points and 10 rebounds. She, along with the rest of her team, shot well from beyond the arc. Harper hit 3-of-4 triples and the Buckeyes combined to shoot 10-for-22 from 3-point range.Junior guard Teniya Page and sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green paced the Nittany Lions with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Travascio-Green made 6-of-11 shots, but the team overall struggled to knock down shots and combined to shoot 38 percent from the field. The Buckeyes, who start four guards and just one post player, have been haunted by rebounding issues the entire season. But they cleaned up on the class, holding a 48-29 rebound advantage against Penn State, which had the worst rebounding margin in the conference entering the game. Ohio State had more offensive rebounds (18) than the Nittany Lions had defensive rebounds (17).Ohio State’s win sweeps the season series against Penn State. The Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions 94-64 at home on Jan. 31.Ohio State will begin Big Ten tournament play at noon Friday. Its opponent will be the winner of Thursday’s game pitting the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds against each other. Purdue is the eighth seed, but the ninth seed has yet to be determined.
When asked about the lack of household names on the list, she added: “We don’t go out of our way to do down established writers or burden them with extra expectations in favour of new writing.“But we do recognise courage and willingness to take risks.”Among the favourites to win the 2016 Man Booker Prize is His Bloody Project, the story of a murder in a 19th century Scottish crofting community published by tiny, two-man independent press Saraband.It will go up against The Sellout, a searing, expletive-filled take on US race relations hailed by judges as “taking political correctness hostage” with a plot they were “hesitant to summarise now, so toxic are the taboos he explodes”. This year’s £50,000 prize will be drawn from a shortlist starring Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project ,Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen, David Szalay’s All That Man Is and Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing.Levy, arguably the most famous name on the shortlist after J M Coetzee and AL Kennedy failed to progress from the longlist, offers the shortest work at 220 pages.“Usually the tendency is the opposite,” said Jon Day, a writer, academic and one of the prize judges. “EM Forster said we tend to overpraise a book if it’s long, because we got through it.“You could argue there’s a commitment to quality [here] demonstrated by the fact we haven’t been swayed by the doorstopper.” Judges insisted the six novels were not unrelentingly bleak or full of unsympathetic characters, claiming books including The Sellout had also left them laughing out loud.In the third year the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, two of the six remaining novels are by British authors, with two from the US, one from Canada and one with the dual citizenship of Canada-UK. As Britain’s most prestigious book prize, the Man Booker shortlist can prove a noble yet daunting list for readers to plough through each autumn.This year, fans of the prize may heave a sigh of relief as judges announce the shortest shortlisted books in years, proclaiming they are no longer unduly impressed by “doorstoppers”.The Man Booker shortlist this year comprises of six books, with an average 335 pages between them.Only two other years this century have offered fewer pages, with recent winners including Eleanor Catton’s 832-page The Luminaries and Hilary Mantel’s 672-page Wolf Hall. The judges: Olivia Williams, David Harsent, Amanda Foreman, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Jon DayCredit:Mark Cocksedge Forster wrote in Aspects of the Novel: “Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.”Judges disclosed far longer books had been among the 155 submitted for the prize, with a “run of three or four books over 800 pages each” at one stage of their reading list.Amanda Foreman, chairman of the jury, said: “Everyone in publishing and writing thinks about this, about length.“Is our ability to sustain concentration over a length of time is being diminished because of the internet and the electronic age?“It’s a very important question and it’s ongoing, but it simply can’t be decided on the basis of this shortlist. The question is still up for grabs.” Commenting on the shortlist, an expert from Foyles praised the “recent Man Booker trend towards new faces”, while Waterstones remarked on the “intriguing and refreshing list”.Ladbrokes placed Graeme Macrae Burnet favourite to win, while William Hill plumped for Deborah Levy.The winner will be announced on October 25 at a black tie ceremony in London’s Guildhall. Hilary Mantel, who has won the Booker twice with her Tudor tomes All That Man Is explores the notion of 21st cenutry masculinity through a series of interlinking short stories All That Man Is, an exploration of modern masculinity, may raise eyebrows for its form, appearing to be a series of short stories threaded together with “clear-eyed chronicle” of manhood and Europe.Hot Milk tells the story of “the toxic waste produced by damaging parents”, while Eileen focuses on a woman in “captivity” and Do Not Say We Have Nothing stars a woman tracking the history of her Chinese musician father who committed suicide. At 220 pages, this is 2016’s shortest Booker book Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Polish girls are on the way of the biggest success in the history. After turnover against Romania, team of Kim Rasmussen is in 1/4 final where Poland will face France on Wednesday. Interesting fact is that biggest success in Polish women’s handball history is connected with the same country and city of Belgrade, where Poland won 5th place exactly 40 years ago – in 1973!– I don’ know what to say about our play. Our game said everything. You saw that on the court. This is a huge step and a moment for a Polish handball. I am still full of emotions – said Danish coach on Polish bench and comment the next rival – France:– We need time to become aware of what we have done and than we can analyse our next rival. We will persist to play on the same level as we played through whole tournament. That means defense and only defense – said Polish head-coach Kim Rasmussen. KIM RASMUSSENPolandserbia 2013WWCH 2013 ← Previous Story CADENAS SATISFIED: Janko Kevic in Wisla until end of the season Next Story → PHOTO STORY FROM “KOMBANK ARENA”: Smiles and tears…
L’Europe de l’Est inaugure sa cité des sciencesAussi moderne que coûteux, le centre scientifique Copernic vient d’ouvrir ses portes dans la capitale polonaise, Varsovie. Une grande fierté pour l’Europe centrale et orientale qui n’avaient jusqu’alors pas de cité des sciences à la hauteur.365 millions de zlotys, soit 93 millions d’euros environ : c’est le prix qu’aura coûté ce centre bâti sur quelque 20.000 mètres carrés, qui accueillent près de 450 attractions. “Notre centre scientifique est le plus grand et le plus moderne à l’Est de Berlin”, s’est félicité auprès de l’AFP le directeur du centre Copernic, Robert Firmhofer. Il précise que “l’allocation de 52 millions d’euros de fonds européens a permis de construire ce centre rapidement”.À lire aussiFête de la Science : le plein d’animations à la Cité des sciences et au Palais de la découverteL’objectif de ce musée est de populariser la science au moyen de démonstrations, d’expériences et d’attractions interactives. Des expositions sur les sciences exactes côtoieront celles sur les sciences humaines, comme des installations artistiques inspirées par la science. L’exposition permanente du centre est axée sur deux thèmes : “l’Homme et l’environnement” et “le monde en mouvement”. Depuis son inauguration au début du mois, le musée a déjà accueilli des milliers de personnes qui n’hésitent pas à patienter pendant des heures pour pouvoir entrer dans ce temple de la science. Alors que les visiteurs sont invités à se glisser dans la peau d’un archéologue, à remonter le temps pour découvrir des dinosaures, ou plus incroyable encore, à faire un voyage sur un tapis volant, le centre Copernic sera prochainement doté d’un théâtre où évolueront en tant qu’acteurs, des robots humanoïdes. En 2011, le musée ouvrira également un planétarium.Autre grande fierté pour Varsovie : en mai 2011, le centre Copernic accueillera la conférence annuelle du réseau européen de musées scientifiques Ecsite, qui regroupe plus de 400 institutions de 50 pays.Le 18 novembre 2010 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Tottenham was the only Premier League club not to sign any players during the summer transfer windowAccording to Don Goodman, one of England’s longest playing footballers, the fact that Tottenham Hotspur did not sign any players is “remarkable.”“The fact that Spurs have no signings, I find quite remarkable really because they are now in the business of trying to win trophies,” he told Sky Sports News on Thursday night.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Now they have made massive strides over the last four or five season, but they are still trophyless. They have seen every single team in and around them buy players,” he added.“And so it adds a bit of pressure as it is almost an arrogant attitude saying, almost, that ‘We are alright.’”Tottenham Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino already defended himself and his club, saying he doesn’t need new signings.
Public Utilities Department to implement changes after audit highlights oversight issues Posted: September 6, 2018 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Public Utilities Department is making some changes after a city audit found employees working to fix faulty water meters were taking twice the amount of time than planned.San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman was here to explain these new changes. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Scott Sherman FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, September 6, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A precautionary boil water notice in place for several streets in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood has been lifted.City of Fort Lauderdale officials advised residents in the Las Olas Isles area to boil their water following a water main break in the area of Las Olas Boulevard and Bontona Avenue on July 24.In a statement issued on Monday morning, officials said those residing in the following areas no longer have to boil their water before use:South Gordon RoadHendricks IsleMola AvenueIsle of CapriBontona AvenueCoconut IsleOn August 1, the boil water notice had been lifted for seven other streets in the area.Bacteriological survey results show the water is safe to drink again.For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The City of Wrangell declared a red alert water watch in March of 2018. (KSTK)The Wrangell assembly approved a new $9 million water treatment plant last week. The current plant hasn’t met the town’s needs for several years.Listen nowAfter a lot of talking about installing a new plant, the assembly unanimously agreed now is the time to go forward.“We’ve been doing this for two and a half years. I’m sorry, I don’t want to wait,” Assembly Member David Powell said. “We owe it to the people of town and the canneries and other people working in this community to know what we are going to do here.”The city approved a dissolved air floatation system. Wayne McHolland is the lead technician at the current plant. He says the new plant will be an upgrade in a number of ways. It’s almost two times faster and would have more storage.“As far as water quality goes, it’s way better. As far as waste goes, it’s way better,” McHolland said.The city has struggled with meeting water demands for years. In 2016, the city declared a water emergency. That forced a sea food processor to leave town and halted water sales to cruise ships. And just last week, the city declared an emergency water watch, because of a lack of rainfall.Assembly members and city staff weighed their options during a three-hour meeting. Assembly members were concerned about the $9 million price tag. Federal monies would pay most of the cost, about half in grants and half in loans. That would cost the city $175,000 a year for 40 years.But Wrangell’s water issues are so much bigger than biting the bullet and replacing an old plant. Lisa Von Bargen is the city manager.“I think there’s no doubt that better a production alternative is the best thing we could do. But, we have issues from reservoirs to distribution system,” Von Bargen said. “Can the water fund and our rate payers afford what we are going to have to charge just to bring our water system up to where it needs to be?”(Courtesy of the City of Wrangell)City officials say that a third of the town’s water is lost before it even reaches people’s taps, most likely from plumbing leaks.“Do we really have a production problem or are we wasting more water than we need to and that’s not really how much water Wrangell needs to use?” Von Bargen said.Von Bargen presented conservation efforts. Those include fixing leaks, metering and upgrading the dam and reservoirs.Assembly member Steve Prysunka pushed to focus on those measures.“We can put in this new plant that has cost savings and be running water through like demons. But, if we don’t have water to put through our new shiny plant, we are really in trouble,” Prysunka said.McHolland gave his final word to the assembly.“Even if there are no leaks and everything was accounted for, this water plant will never, ever supply water fast enough to supply any amount of infrastructure,” McHolland said.The assembly ultimately agreed that a new plant is necessary.It will take three years for the plant to be fully installed. In the meantime, the city is replacing the current plant’s filters, which will cost $500,000.
BSE closes points 183.75 up on June 92.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 183.75 up on June 92.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 183.75 points up to stand at 25,580.21. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 71.20 points up to stand at 7,654.60. Unitech and Grasim Industries Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 17.16% and 11.38% along with Sobha Dev and Sun TV Network with an increase of 8.96% and 8.95% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Pipavav Defence and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with a decrease of 4.98% and 3.12% along with Bajaj Finserv Ltd. and MCX with a decrease of 2.96% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 234.63 points at 15,419.15 while the banking sector is up 28.77 points at 17,817.36 and the realty sector is up 127.98 points at 2,256.01. The Indian currency is up 0.16% at Rs 59.07 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 183.75 points up to stand at 25,580.21. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 71.20 points up to stand at 7,654.60. Unitech and Grasim Industries Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 17.16% and 11.38% along with Sobha Dev and Sun TV Network with an increase of 8.96% and 8.95% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Pipavav Defence and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with a decrease of 4.98% and 3.12% along with Bajaj Finserv Ltd. and MCX with a decrease of 2.96% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 234.63 points at 15,419.15 while the banking sector is up 28.77 points at 17,817.36 and the realty sector is up 127.98 points at 2,256.01. The Indian currency is up 0.16% at Rs 59.07 per dollar.
Klaus Kleinfeld, Chief Executive Officer of Arconic, takes part in the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, on 8 February 2017. Photo: ReutersKlaus Kleinfeld, a former chief executive of Siemens and Alcoa, has been appointed an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman effective from 1 August, according to a report on the Maaal financial news website on Tuesday.Kleinfeld will leave his current position as chief executive of NEOM, a planned mega-city and business zone in the kingdom, but will retain a position on its board, the report said.Kleinfeld “will take over wider responsibilities to enhance the economic, technological and financial development of Saudi Arabia,” the report said.Nadhmi al-Nasr, who was tasked with developing the strategy for the mega-city and has more than 30 years of experience at oil giant Aramco, will take over as chief executive of NEOM, the report said.Prince Mohammed previously announced plans for the 26,500 square km zone, known as NEOM, at an international investment conference in Riyadh. Officials said public and private investment in the area was eventually expected to total $500 billion.The mega-city, with its own judicial system and legislation designed to attract international investors, is to focus on industries such as energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing and tourism, according to officials.It is part of bold moves by the 32-year-old heir apparent to wean the world’s top crude exporter off oil revenues that include plans to float a portion of state oil giant Saudi Aramco.
VANESSA LUA / FLICKRBill Paxton was a film festival regular in North Texas. Here, he’s at the Dallas International Film Festival in 2010.Bill Paxton, who as a boy in Fort Worth witnessed John F. Kennedy’s final day and who grew up to be a Hollywood stalwart in such films as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic,” has died from complications after surgery. He was 61.A representative of Paxton’s family issued a brief statement Sunday on his death. The statement says, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”LISTEN: The KERA radio story.On screen, Paxton went just about everywhere — from an F5 tornado in Oklahoma (“Twister”), to the bottom of the sea (“Titanic”), to the moon (“Apollo 13”) and beyond (“Aliens”).He was even in Fort Worth the day Kennedy was killed. There’s a black-and-white photo of him from 1963, a wide-eyed little boy whose head bobs above the crowd.“It was rainy that morning,” he says in the narration for the documentary “JFK: The Final Hours.” “But nobody cared. You see, it wasn’t every day you got to see President Kennedy…. What we didn’t know is President Kennedy was going to die in just a few hours.”So sad to hear of Bill Paxton.Good guy.Great actor.Proud Texan.Here he is—the kid lifted up—at JFK’s hotel the morning of 11.22.63 pic.twitter.com/UqTGStLmo6— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) February 26, 2017 In 2013, Paxton spoke at Texas Christian University about that day a half-century earlier. Watch Paxton’s remarks about his experience in this video, courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.The draw of HollywoodPaxton lived in Fort Worth until age 18. Then he set out for Hollywood, to work in the art department for “B” movie king Roger Corman, who helped launch the careers of numerous actors and filmmakers.His acting career started with minor turns in films like “Stripes” and “The Terminator,” eventually landing the supporting role of Chet in “Weird Science.” With that Texas twang, he often was cast as a sort of outlaw or cowboy….his character in “Predator 2” was even nicknamed “The Lone Ranger”.His colleague and friend, James Faust, artistic director of the Dallas International Film Festival, says Paxton was relentless.“He was a workhorse, especially as a character actor,” Faust says. “He loved to get in new parts, and he loved reading scripts and he just loved making films.”Paxton never lost his love for Texas. He helped create the Lone Star International Film Festival in Fort Worth. In 2007, when Faust helped start what was then the AFI/Dallas festival, Paxton returned to host panel discussions and mentor young filmmakers.“He was sort of like our actor patron saint, our version of De Niro in Tribeca.”On one trip back, Paxton sat down with KERA’s Krys Boyd on Think and talked about the difference between acting in drama and comedy.“I love to do comedy roles,” he said “Dying is easy. Comedy isn’t.”He had just taken on what would become a landmark TV drama — in HBO’s “Big Love,” as a Utah businessman with three wives.“I just heard it was about polygamy and I thought what the heck is that?… “When I read it, I saw it was about so much more than that, finding this weird lens to refract contemporary morays about society and what’s taboo.”Krys Boyd talks with Bill Paxton on KERA’s “Think,” March 22, 2007.Paxton’s movie credits included some of the biggest moneymakers of the past 40 years, from “Titanic” and “Apollo 13” to “The Terminator” and “Aliens.” He died on Oscar weekend, yet was never nominated. He did earn four Golden Globe nominations and one from the Emmys.He was acting in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death. The series premiered on Feb. 2. The network has not yet announced if it will air the completed episodes.Paxton was married to Louise Newbury and had two children.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Share
Stay on target It’s been a long time coming, but Card Captor Sakura is coming back in the form of anime this July! Sakura and the Clow Cards will be returning to the anime sphere this fall with the release of the Card Captor Sakura Clear Card Arc Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears (an OVA) that will lead up to the Card Captor Sakura Clear Card Arc TV anime, which is poised to begin airing in January 2018.But that’s only part of the good news. This July, fans attending the Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles in July will be shown a screening of the upcoming Sakura and the Two Bears OVA, via Kodansha Comics. The OVA will be shown at Anime Expo on Saturday, July 1, welcoming audiences who will be “the first people on Earth to witness this prologue episode.” That’s pretty awesome, especially if you’re a huge Sakura fan (like yours truly.) To think that it’s in the United States is even cooler!Anime Expo Attendees Can See The New Card Captor Sakura Clear Card Arc FirstThe OVA will begin after the original series left off, so you might need to go back and watch the series again or the last few episodes to refresh your memory, and for the sake of not spoiling the show here I won’t go into it. But safe to say it was a rather juicy ending that fans will remember. The episode will only be screened one time only on July 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, so if you plan on seeing the episode or even being near the droves of other fans who plan on seeing it, you’ll want to make sure you’re in line to do so. You know it’s going to be packed and full to the brim. It’s worth it though, to see something that no one else is going to get to see before release. Card Captor Sakura Cafes Open Up In Three Japanese Cities For Magical Eats
BALURGHAT: Balurghat is abuzz as the residents are excited to welcome Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee here on Friday. Banerjee is scheduled to address a public rally at town club ground, for the election campaign of party candidate Arpita Ghosh.The poll for the Balurghat seat is slated on April 23, the third of the seven phase elections declared by the Election Commission of India. “It is my dream to see the Trinamool supremo at Balurghat. She has been working relentlessly for the development of Bengal since 2011. I will definitely reach the ground at least one hour before the rally starts so that I can see her from front. I know there will be a huge crowd as she is a real crowd-puller,” said Dilip Kumar Saha, an elderly Balurghat resident. With the elderly citizens excited to hear the speech of Banerjee, the youths are not far behind either. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”She is my ideal. It will be my first time seeing her and hearing her speech. What strikes me the most is her indomitable spirit and energy. She emerged from the ground level to begin her political career. She always fights for Bengal with Modi and his saffron brigade in case of any negligence and deprivation of the state. She is the prime face of Opposition at the Centre and therefore, I have hardly missed any opportunity to tune in whenever she speaks on TV,” said Sourav Nandi, a college-goer. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe homemakers and working women are impatient to catch a glimpse of the Chief Minister as well. “Tomorrow is a holiday otherwise it would have been tough for me to manage a leave from school as I am engaged and working in a state-run higher secondary school located just on the outskirts of Balurghat. I will be there at her rally with my family,” said Taniya Basak, a high school teacher. District party president Biplab Mitra said Banerjee is expected to reach Balurghat at around 12 noon in helicopter. “After completing the proposed rally in Balurghat, she will reach Gangarampur to address another rally. We are expecting at least one lakh people each in the two rallies. It will be historic,” Mitra said. The senior leaders have already inspected Balurghat ground to check the preparations. District administration and police are alert to avoid any untoward situation. Sufficient policemen will be deployed to manage the crowd.
HAVANA (AP) – Fidel Castro has lived mostly out of the public eye since a near-fatal illness in 2006 forced his retirement after nearly five decades at the helm of Cuba.This week he had his busiest social calendar in years as nearly a dozen world leaders attending a regional summit in Havana stopped in to pay their respects to _ and have their picture taken with _ the man considered the godfather of the Latin American left. The vital role family plays in society Photos of the encounters taken by Castro’s photographer son Alex show a gray-bearded, elderly man, seemingly alert and animated. The conversations reportedly ranged from history and world current affairs to remembrances of Castro’s late friend Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.Argentine President Cristina Fernandez got things started Sunday. She and Castro sat chatting in the comfortable living room of a home where he apparently lives, along with Castro’s longtime companion, Dalia Soto del Valle. Fernandez asked Castro to autograph several photographs.Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff came calling the following day. A beaming Rousseff held Castro’s arm as they walked, she in a bright orange blazer and he in a striped-black track suit.Next were Kenny Anthony, prime minister of the tiny Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban said he found the 87-year-old Castro “spiritually alert” and physically strong.But it was Wednesday when the Castro household really grew busy.Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Jose Mujica of Uruguay and Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico all sat down with Castro, in a kind of mini-summit parallel to the one taking place nearby in a Havana convention center. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments Share (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “Like him or not, he’s a large figure in Latin American history, and so they visit him for that reason,” said Philip Peters, a longtime Cuba analyst and head of the Cuba Research Center in Virginia.“None of (the visitors) run a one-party state. None of them would dream of adopting his economic policies,” Peters continued. “But they all probably admire the fact that he stood up to the United States for 50 years.”___Peter Orsi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsi Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
October 18 , 2018 PRESS RELEASEPink Lady® apples, the number one fresh produce brand in the UK, is celebrating life’s ‘good apples’ by giving fans of the brand the chance to win a trip for two to the French town of Avignon, to discover the European Pink Lady® orchards for themselves.The competition enables fans to nominate someone they consider a ‘good apple’ on the brand’s website, to be in with the chance of winning a visit to the heart of Provence. Winners will get the opportunity to pick their own good apples in the beautiful Pink Lady® apple growing region. Ten runners-up from the competition will also receive bespoke Pink Lady® goody bags as part of the prize.Over 92,000 tons of Pink Lady® apples are harvested in Europe each year, where the region of Provence is a significant producer with over 1400 hectares of orchards. Pink Lady® apples are grown in the world’s finest wine-growing regions, where the reliable hours of sunshine needed to develop the apple’s sweetness are guaranteed.Lynn Shaw, Marketing Manager at Pink Lady® UK said: “We are so thrilled to be able to offer our fans the opportunity to visit the beautiful region of Provence and show them where their favourite apple is grown and harvested.“Showcasing the start of the journey, which each of our apples embarks on, is very important for us as a brand. We want the consumer to understand that only the best apples are selected, hand-picked and given the Pink Lady® sticker seal of approval, as a symbol of its authenticity and guaranteed consistent quality.“Famous for its glorious sunshine and wonderful produce, Avignon is the perfect place to grow our Pink Lady® apples. We are delighted to be able to share this experience with consumers and give something back to our Pink Lady® fans who are very loyal to us.”This is the third once-in-a-lifetime experience the brand has offered fans in 2018, having also launched a joint competition with M&S to win a trip to Australia, which also enables consumers to see the Pink Lady® growing experience at first-hand. Plus a competition to win a trip to Venice back in February. You might also be interested in Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in …
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