Magic Johnson And Jennifer Hudson Kick Off We Day In Seattle

first_imgToday, the first-ever U.S. We Day kicks off in Seattle with a remarkable lineup of speakers and performers, including Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, taking the stage to inspire 15,000 young people at the KeyArena at Seattle Center.An initiative of international charity and educational partner Free The Children, We Day is the world’s largest youth empowerment event of its kind, created to ignite students’ passion to be active global citizens.Surprising the electric crowd of students and teachers from nearly 400 middle and high schools across the state are today’s hottest, chart-topping artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as well as renowned singer and Free The Children ambassador Demi Lovato, sending an inspiring live Skype message all the way from Moscow.Leading the audience throughout the day are hosts Munro Chambers and Melinda Shankar from the hit television series DEGRASSI and international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Teachers and students will also hear from favorite fictional presidents young and old, including YouTube sensation Kid President and actor and activist Martin Sheen, as well as from Martin Luther King III, NBA All-Star Gary Payton, motivational speaker, actor and former U.S Army soldier, J.R. Martinez, Grammy award-winning performer Nelly Furtado and quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson, among others.“We Day is absolutely extraordinary – where else will you see world-renowned social activists, all-star athletes and award-winning musicians on one stage, firing up a crowd of 15,000 young people and celebrating their dedication to service?” said Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks. “The We Day stage is packed with these big-time names, all here in Seattle, to inspire youth to begin their journey of taking positive actions to better our community and world.”Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take one local and one global action throughout the year as part of the We Act program. We Act supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustainable change. Together, We Day and We Act provide a blueprint for raising a generation of active global citizens.“We’re thrilled to bring We Day to the U.S. for the first time, kicking it off in Seattle – a city known for being a leader in education, innovation and philanthropy,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children. “Over the past five years alone, we’ve seen youth involved raise $26 million for more than 900 local and global causes and log 5.1 million volunteer hours. We can’t wait to see what youth across Washington State will achieve.”In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and A Better Seattle, We Day Seattle is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance thanks to the generous support of co-title sponsors Microsoft and Amway North America, along with key Seattle-based supporters including Ballmer Family Giving, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.“Today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – have the talent and motivation to spark change in communities across the globe,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, who will address the We Day audience today. “Microsoft is thrilled to support young people around the world, through our YouthSpark initiative, with the technology and opportunities to power their dreams and help make them a reality.”Also announced on stage is Amway’s Who Cares Challenge: Youth Leadership Contest; a contest that will honor 10 young change-makers in the U.S. and Canada, and give them a chance to amplify their impact on the world. Over the next 10 weeks, applicants will be asked to share their stories of leadership in local community service and the selected winners will receive $10,000 to apply toward the cause of their choice. The top five of those 10 winners will also receive a trip to We Day Minnesota on October 8 for themselves and a companion.“As we join Free the Children in celebrating the first We Day here in the U.S., we hope to provide a further call to action for young adults passionate about service through Amway’s Who Cares Challenge,” said Tanios Viviani, Regional President of the Americas for Amway, who will unveil the contest on stage. “The contest will allow young people to share their story and continue on the path to making the world a more positive place.”We Day has taken the world by storm with 3.3 million fans, making it one of the world’s largest causes on Facebook. In Canada, We Day touches every major city coast to coast, bringing together hundreds of thousands of young people in their commitment to taking action for a better world.We Day Seattle will be captured in an hour-long special broadcast on Q13 FOX and JOEtv. “The Road To We Day” will feature how the movement got started, highlights and artist performances, inspirational stories of how local students earned their way in and a look ahead to what’s in store for We Day 2014. “The Road To We Day” airs April 12 at 8p on JOEtv (KZJO-TV) and again on April 14 at 5p on Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV).last_img read more

Donna Karan Steps Down From DKI To Focus On Urban Zen Foundation

first_imgDonna Karan has stepped down from her role as chief designer of Donna Karan International to focus on her Urban Zen Company and Foundation.She discusses her decision in a press release and in her upcoming memoir, My Journey.“I have spent decades dressing people. Now I want to address them,” said Donna Karan.In a statement released in June 2015, Karen announced “I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential and follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce with a focus on health care, education, and preservation of cultures. After considering the right time to take this step for several years, I feel confident that DKI has a bright future and a strong team in place.”Karan will, however, remain an advisor to Donna Karen International.Donna Karan founded the Urban Zen Foundation in 2008 as an alternative treatment approach to caring for the medical conditions of humans. Instead of focusing on illness, Karan’s foundation focuses on the human. The foundation has since developed to encompass a wide, but selective, spectrum of areas directly related to advancing the human condition.The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects, and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures, and empowering children. The foundation designs forums, partners with existing organizations, and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action as stated on the foundation’s website.In excerpts released from her upcoming memoir entitled ” My Journey”, scheduled to be released on October 13th, Karan elaborates briefly on stepping down from Donna Karen International and embarking on her humanitarian endeavors.“I’ve been asking myself, who and what is Donna Karan? Is it a brand? A dress? A person? Where does my story go from here? I wish I could tell you I have it all mapped out, but I don’t. I’m nervous and confused, but excited.“For more than 30 years, I signed my fashion-show press releases, ‘To be continued…’ That was the only way I could let a collection go down the runway, because my creative process is ongoing. I am never done. There’s always something to add: a last-minute thought, an idea I need more time to execute. I feel that way now. There’s so much I want to do: hotels, condos, furniture, and yes, fashion. But my biggest focus is on Urban Zen…”To learn more about the Urban Zen Foundation and how you can get involved, visit From My Journey by Donna Karan, © 2015, published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Jordans Principle – Equal Access

first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:Parliament’s unanimous adoption of Jordan’s Principle was supposed to mean children living on reserve would get the same access to health supports as all other children who live off reserve.But 7 years later families living in First Nation communities still have to fight for equality of services.What are the issues standing in the way?Is the government’s definition of who qualifies fair and reasonable?Representatives from neither Health Canada nor Aboriginal Affairs would go on-camera and answer our questions.But our guests sure have a lot to say!We put Trina Roache’s series, Outside the Circle: the Status of Jordan’s Principle, InFocus.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,355.54, down 88.85 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 71 cents, or 7.68 per cent, to $8.54 on 28.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 42 cents, or 2.81 per cent, to $14.55 on 19.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $4.10, or 6.83 per cent, to $55.90 on 12.9 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Mining. Up three cents, or 3.8 per cent, to 82 cents on 7.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) Industrials. Down nine cents, or two per cent, to $4.41 on 6 million shares.Cronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON). Healthcare. Down $1.26, or 8.05 per cent, to $14.39 on 5.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Thomson Reuters Corp. (TSX:TRI). Up $1.71 or 3.05 per cent, to $57.74 on 1.56 million shares. The company announced it is offering to buy back up to US$9 billion of its outstanding common shares, representing about 31 per cent of its issued and outstanding shares. The shares will be purchased through a “modified Dutch auction” that will see shareholders who wish to sell tender their shares. The company says it will pay between US$42 and US$47 per share, which is between 0.4 and 11.5 per cent higher than the company’s volume weighted average price on the New York Stock Exchange over the past 20 trading days. The offer begins today and is expected to be completed on Oct. 2.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Up 19 cents, or 0.2 per cent, to $106.35 on 1.4 million shares. BMO Financial Group says the strength of its U.S. operations allowed the bank to beat expectations in earning $1.54 billion in the third quarter, up from $1.39 billion a year ago. On an adjusted basis, it earned $1.57 billion or $2.36 per share, compared with $1.37 billion or $2.03 per share a year ago. Analysts had expected the bank to earned $2.26 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Down $1.41, or 1.8 per cent to $76.89 on 3.7 million shares. The bank raised its dividend despite reporting lower profits in the third quarter, partially due to acquisition-related costs. Scotiabank net earnings slipped to $1.94 billion from $2.1 billion a year ago. Excluding one-time costs, adjusted earnings were $2.26 billion or $1.76 per diluted share in the quarter, up from $2.12 billion or $1.68 per diluted share a year ago. Analysts expected it would earn $1.75 per share in adjusted profits, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

Treasury chief No sanctions relief for Russian oligarch

first_imgWASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to tell lawmakers in a classified briefing Thursday that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and any companies he owns.In one of Democrats’ first oversight moves as the new majority in the House, seven committee chairmen wrote to Mnuchin on Tuesday and asked him to explain by the end of the week why the U.S. decided to ease sanctions on three companies linked to Deripaska. Democrats have promised to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.Mnuchin responded swiftly, agreeing to provide the briefing just two days later.The Democrats are asking about a December announcement that the U.S. would lift sanctions on the three companies — the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal, EN+ Group and the Russian power company JSC EuroSibEnergo. EN+ Group is a holding company that owns nearly 50 per cent of Rusal.In the letter, the Democrats said the sanctions deal appears to allow Deripaska to keep “significant ownership” of one of the companies.But Treasury maintains that Deripaska will remain blacklisted as part of sanctions that targeted tycoons close to the Kremlin. It says the companies have committed to diminish Deripaska’s ownership and sever his control.In a statement released ahead of the briefing, Mnuchin reiterated that Deripaska remains under sanctions, “his property and interests remain blocked, and any companies he controls are also sanctioned.” The three companies were originally targeted because they were owned or majority-controlled by Deripaska.“These entities are undergoing significant restructuring and governance changes that sever Deripaska’s control and significantly diminish his ownership,” Mnuchin said in the statement. “They have committed to provide Treasury with an unprecedented level of transparency into their dealings to ensure that Deripaska does not reassert control. As a result, these entities will no longer be designated for sanctions.”He said if the companies fail to comply with the terms, they could face the re-imposition of sanctions.“One of the goals of sanctions is to change behaviour, and the proposed delistings of companies that Deripaska will no longer control show that sanctions can result in positive change,” Mnuchin said.The letter to Mnuchin was signed by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass.; House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.; House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Presslast_img read more

SC rejects objections by TRCSL to establish new digital TV

At the time of forcible shutdown of TRN’s TV station by CID and TRCSL, damaging many equipment in the process, TRN had established a highly advance version of DVB-T2 digital broadcasting technology based and with H.264 / H.265 / HEVC encoding technology based digital television broadcasting station. TRN had the capacity to broadcast 200 TV channels with DVB-T2/H.265/HEVC technology in this network.  This was the first such operation in whole of Asia, a press statement said. The counsel Manoj Bandara assisted by Ms. Lakshana Perera of Sudath Perera Associate represented TRN at the Court of Appeal while Mr. Ali Sabry, PC appeared for TRCSL who opted for private bar instead of the  Attorney General. That was in December 2016.TRCSL submitted an application for Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court to get the order of the Court of Appeal set aside, under the Case No. S.C. (SPL) L.A. Application no. 11/2017. This application was refused by the three judge Supreme Court bench presided by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, PC.The Counsel  Thishya Weragoda appeared for TRN while Mr. Manohara de Silva, PC appeared for the TRCSL at the Supreme Court. When contacted, B.A.C. Abeywardana, the Managing Director of Television and Radio Networks said that, had TRCSL not attempted such action, TRN would have provided digital television services to the entire country of more than 6 Million homes by now, dedicating over 75 TV channels to assist the education of rural Sri Lanka out of 200 planned to provide. As the TRCSL was determined to closedown TRN operation, the frequencies assigned to TRN was cancelled by TRCSL in December 2012 and also the request for extension of the frequency licence for the year 2013 was also refused by TRCSL.TRN appealed against that purported action of TRCSL to the Court of Appeal stating that the action of TRCSL is ultra vires and TRN has all necessary Licenses to carry out Digital Pay Television transmission in Sri Lanka. After a lengthy hearing the two member bench presided by the President of Court of Appeal Justice Vijith Kumara Malalgoda, PC allowed the appeal favoring TRN, disregarding the objection of TRCSL. When the matter was taken up at the Colombo Magistrate Court in June 2012, the Hon. Magistrate Nishantha Peiris ordered the CID to restore the television broadcasting station immediately to its original state, refusing the plea of TRCSL to continue the shutdown. A three member Supreme Court bench presided by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, PC has turned down a Leave to Proceed application submitted to the Supreme Court by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), objecting in establishing a Digital Television broadcasting network by the Company Television and Radio Network (TRN).The television broadcasting station of Television and Radio Network ( TRN ) who operated the popular TV Lanka TV channel from the year 2000 in Sri Lanka and throughout the world, was closed down by the CID and the TRCSL officers in May 2012 alleging that TRN operated a Digital broadcasting network without the authority from the TRCSL. The Supreme Court and Appel Court’s landmark decisions in this regard should be eye openers for the present Government which is forced to implement a highly outdated digital television broadcasting system provided by the Government of Japan at a cost of US$ 135 Million ( Rs. 21,000 Million ) loan, to provide 12 standard definition ( SD ) digital TV channels while TRN, a Sri Lankan Television technology Company, was set to do it free of charge with 200 digital television channels with far advanced technology. the press statement said.Abeywardana said the Government had to look inward to find talents which are in abundance, instead of looking for the assistance of foreign countries making the country debt-ridden. read more

GOP House panel takes first step to gut DoddFrank law

WASHINGTON – House Republicans have taken a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis.The lawmakers are pushing ahead with sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama’s landmark banking law.A House panel on Thursday approved Republican-written legislation that would gut much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted by Democrats and signed by Obama in the wake of the financial crisis and the Great Recession.The party-line vote in the Republican-led House Financial Services Committee was 34-26. by Kevin Freking And Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted May 5, 2017 2:17 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2017 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GOP House panel takes first step to gut Dodd-Frank law read more

Sony shows off 4K TV running Gran Turismo 5

first_imgAt IFA 2012 last month Sony’s CEO Kaz Hirai unveiled an 84-inch Bravia TV running at a 4K resolution. That’s 4x 1080p and the most likely next resolution for home TVs.Selling a 4K TV to the general public is pretty tough when there’s no content for them, and no concrete plans to roll them out for sale just yet. But Sony wants to make sure we know 4K is coming and that we should all be buying Bravia TVs featuring it. So they went and got developer Polyphony Digital to update Gran Turismo 5 to run at a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160).The 4K version of the game is running as part of Sony’s Dramatic 4K Experience in the Sony Building located in Tokyo. GT5 will be there for the duration of the event, which runs from October 1-28.Showing off a 4K TV and taking the time to update one of Sony’s most important gaming IPs to show it off does raise questions as to what exactly Sony is planning for the PlayStation 4. The big feature of the PS3 was the inclusion of a Blu-ray player, which on release made it the cheapest and best option for Blu-ray content playback.For the PS4, could 4K resolution and game support be the equivalent of Blu-ray as a selling point? If Sony sticks to its 10-year lifecycle for the PS3 then they’ve still got a couple of years to decide and finalize the hardware. By 2014-2015 4K might start becoming commonplace, meaning consumers will already have the 4K displays to support a PS4 and the inevitable Gran Turismo 6.For now, 4K is still a product for the future (although one you can start watching now) and one I’m not sure many consumers will happily embrace. 1080p already makes movies and games look fantastic, and making the leap to 4K will yet again mean replacing TVs with hardware that’s bound to carry a premium price.via The Magic Boxlast_img read more

Bouris says foreign buyers crackdown a diversion

first_imgBusinesman Mark Bouris has hit out at moves by Treasurer Joe Hockey to crack down on ­foreign residents buying Australian property as a “diversion” and “very political”, and said most lending to Chinese buyers was to local residents.Mr Bouris, the founder and chairman of one of Australia’s fastest growing mortgage lenders, Yellow Brick Road, said there was a perception that borrowers and buyers with Chinese surnames were foreign residents but that was “nonsense”.“My sense is that it is mostly Australian residents with Chinese surnames buying Australian properties and they are not all being bought in Chatswood or Hurstville (Sydney suburbs with large Chinese-heritage populations). They are being bought across the board.”Mr Hockey said that China’s 15th richest businessman, Xu Jiayin, would have just 90 days to sell the Sydney harbourside mansion Villa del Mare because it was bought last year in breach of foreign investment rules that ban foreign residents buying existing properties.The move came amid widespread perceptions that foreign investors were flouting local rules and taking advantage of a falling currency to push housing prices out of reach of local buyers.But Mr Bouris said the forced sale was “politics at its best” and questioned why the rules had not been enforced up until now. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

TShirt Tuesday Best New Anime Shirts

first_img T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: we dive deep into Teepublic’s awesome anime-influenced shirts.GutsBerserk is an anime that is near and dear to our hearts for its mixture of stylish design and ultraviolence. Obviously, designer SirTeealot digs it too, as he’s made this understated and stylish image of protagonist Guts hoisting his massive sword aloft.$20, buy it here.Space CowboyDesigned by artist vincent021, who mines all sorts of pop culture for inspiration, this silhouette of Cowboy Bebop protagonist Spike Spiegel, gun in hand with his ship flying in front of him is a masterwork in minimalism. It’s amazing that Bebop is still so vital today some twenty years after it first aired, but true style is timeless.$20, buy it here.SataimaOne Punch Man is one of the most unlikely anime hits of the last few years, a deeply odd meditation on what it means to be a hero through the eyes of Saitama, a dude so powerful that he can end every fight with a single blow. Saitama’s blank face and schlubby body make him a perfect figure to insert into parodies, and refiguring the Superman logo just brings his contrasts to the fore. Design by mathiole.$20, buy it here.Yuri TigerYuri On Ice blew up boundaries in queer representation in anime last year, pushing a male-male relationship into the mainstream like never before. The show is wildly popular and inspired a legion of cosplayers. If you’re looking for a line-perfect replica of Yuri Plisetsky’s iconic tiger in a bowtie shirt, artist Dacdacgirl has you covered.$20, buy it here.I Survived The Dark TournamentYu Yu Hakusho is an anime series that never really hit the top tier mainstream in the West, despite being aired on Cartoon Network for seemingly forever. The show’s second “saga” told the story of the Dark Tournament, a 16 team martial arts battle held on Hanging Neck Island. Designer manyostee obviously has fond memories of the event because they created a seriously rad T-shirt commemorating it.$20, buy it here.I’m BuuManga artist Akira Toriyama has an incredible gift for creating expressive, iconic faces using just a few lines. The puffy pink visage of Dragonball antagonist Buu is plastered all over this shirt from artist SergiGD. The rubbery magical being has the ability to reconstitute his body from just about any insult, which hopefully translates to the T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Seele SymbolThere’s definitely something to be said for a T-shirt that broadcasts your love of anime to the initiated but also looks cool enough that a non-geek can appreciate it. Thanks to vibha for the design of this Seele Symbol shirt, which takes the seven-eyed logo of the secret organization in Neon Genesis Evangelion and renders it in a vibratory style that looks awesome. Sure, we’re no closer to the Human Instrumentality Project, but at least you can look good.$20, buy it here.Forest DreamHayao Miyazaki is a master of coming up with iconic designs for his otherworldly characters, and the forest spirit Totoro has to be near the top of the list. This absolutely stunning design from artist victorsbeard takes the outline of Totoro and fills it with a deliciously painted jumble of nature and foliage. It’s a clever optical illusion that also looks amazing on its own.$20, buy it here.Space Adventure CobraBuichi Terasawa’s late-70s manga Cobra is a great example of that artist’s love for flawed heroes embroiled in a world of violence. The 1982 adaptation is a hell of a lot of fun, featuring memorable characters and tense situations. This shirt from designer artNpop foregrounds the hero’s gun arm and the crisp, bold logo.$20, buy it here.To Be ContinuedAccompanied by the strains of “Roundabout” by British prog-rock gurus Yes, the iconic “To Be Continued” text closes every episode of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, the wildly ambitious time-spanning saga about the Joestar family, their assorted martial arts abilities and spiritual companions, and the sex vampires and other creeps that plague them. Get ready for the next episode with this shirt from Manoss.$20, buy it here.Ignore The Anime PackagingLet’s close this out with a classic “magical girl” design from artist spacecoyote. If explaining your love of anime sometimes gets to be too much for people, chill them out with this shirt that says even if you are a terrifyingly powerful transforming space princess on the outside, you’re a geek like everybody else on the inside.$20, buy it here. Stay on targetlast_img read more

TCIG to Host Educational Sessions on the Tobacco Control Ordinance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 8, 2018 – Providenciales -The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services wishes to inform the general public of the following dates for its upcoming educational sessions on the Tobacco Control Ordinance.Grand Turk – 15th March at 10:00 am, Salem Baptist Church Hall Providenciales – 16th March at 10:30 am, Department of Planning, Conference Room, Emily’s House, Leeward HighwayOwners of Restaurants, Bars, Hotels and anyone involved in the sale of tobacco products are urged to attend this important meeting.As a means of continuing to protect public health, there will be increased enforcement in this area. Therefore, it is imperative for the public to equip themselves with information so that they are not found in conflict with the law.For further information about the Tobacco Control Ordinance contact the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department at: 338-3613 in Grand Turk, and 338-4737 in Providenciales or visit our Facebook page at TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Blazers top Raptors in OT for 6th straight win

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors’ Amir Johnson on Sunday. Aldridge had his fifth consecutive double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds in Portland’s 118-110 overtime victory at Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim) TORONTO — A steady hand and cool demeanor helped Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 25 points, Nicolas Batum added a season-high 24, and the Trail Blazers won their sixth straight with a 118-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.Lillard was 3 for 3 from the floor in the extra period as the Blazers escaped after blowing a 17-point lead in regulation.“We didn’t have a reason to be all riled up,” Lillard said. “They played well getting back into the game. I think we were calm because we knew what we needed to do to win the game and we were able to get that done.”Rudy Gay forced overtime with a buzzer-beating layup and tied a season high with 30 points to go with 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas added a season-high 19.“The overtime we played well, especially defensively,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “I was proud of the way we competed in overtime, made plays and got the win.”The Blazers made a season-high 15 3-pointers, finishing 15 for 32 from beyond the arc. Toronto made just three.“It’s tough when they’re knocking down shots like that,” Gay said. “No matter how much we rotate, move it around and switch, it’s tough to play when a team has it going. I’m not happy they made shots, but I’m happy with the effort we put forth.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on from 10-17 December 2015What is driving employers’ flexible benefits strategies?EDF Energy consults on opening defined benefit pension scheme to new membersCouncil employees receive two-year pay rise offerGovernment confirms secondary annuity market will not extend to workplace pensionsCapita to acquire Work Group’s consultancy and resourcing operationsEXCLUSIVE: Withers goes green with benefits portalConfessions of a benefits manager: Candid segments the workforce42% believe pensions will become a less important part of benefitsWorkplaces transform into winter wonderlandsJust 24% are happy with their benefits packagelast_img read more

Lane closures along Ocean Drive due to pedestrian program

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Ocean Drive is getting a pedestrian-friendly makeover.Ocean Drive is expected to have lane changes starting Friday night, causing traffic to move one-way in the southbound lanes.Miami Beach launched a four-week pilot program which will make the iconic street pedestrian-friendly.The closure will stretch from 11th to Fifth Street.That north-bound lane will stay closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Tuesday, because of the long holiday weekend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mancherial CPIs Maha Dharna on July 22

first_imgMancherial: After coming to power, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had forgotten his promise to the people of solving land related issues given before the Assembly elections, criticised CPI district secretary Kalavani Shankar.Addressing a press meet at CPI office in Mancherial on Thursday, Shankar alleged that the Chief Minister is neglecting the farmers and several mistakes took in land surveys. He demanded the government to stop evacuation of tribals from podu lands and non-tribals from agency with immediate effect; to issue land documents to tribals in agency areas and to non-tribal cultivating in agency Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us areas; withdrawal of cases filed against farmers; to hold a discussion with Left parties to amend the new laws; to give loan waiver of Rs 1 lakh to all the farmers immediately; and sanctioning of all funds to irrigation projects. To mount pressure on the government, the CPI will organise a maha dharna in front of the Collectorate on July 22, Shankar informed. Party leaders Mekala Dasu, J Mallaiah, Mskey Sammaiah, R Laxman, E Lingaiah, District Samiti Member Narsingh, Lingam Ravi, Dr Shankar, AITUC district vice-president Mettapelli Paul, AISF district secretary Sunni Goud, AIYF leader Mogili Laxman, Ragidi Raju, T Komuraiah, Siri Konda Ramu and others were present.last_img read more

Teen PopUp Global STEM STEAM Lecture Competition

first_imgA free Global STEM+STEAM Lecture & Competition Party is scheduled to be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, on Aug. 5 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.  Participants will be able to compete in fun STEM+ challenges with students from around the world, win prizes, dance to a live DJ and take part in a TV reality show. Participants will also be able to meet minority STEM+STEAM experts and mentors from medical, tech, engineering, aviation, performing and visual arts programs and companies. Admission is free. To register for tickets, visit, read more

Study clarifies the role of the leaving group in gasphase bimolecular reaction

first_imgOne of the first reaction mechanisms students learn in undergraduate organic chemistry is the SN2 reaction. Named because it involves the collision of two molecules, its energy barrier is related to the nucleophile, the solvent, and the leaving group. Exactly how the leaving group influences what is going on at the molecular level, however, remains elusive. © 2015 Study reveals peculiar mechanism of radical addition-elimination Using reaction cross-beam scattering and velocity map imaging combined with simulation studies a gas-phase SN2 reaction, F- + CH3Cl-, and comparing it to prior studies of F- + CH3I, Martin Stei, Eduardo Carrascosa, Martin A. Kainz, Aditya H. Kelkar, Jennifer Meyer, Istvan Szabo, Gabor Czako, and Roland Wester from the Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics, Universitat Innsbruck in Austria, the Institute of Chemistry, Eotvos University in Hungary, and the University of Szeged in Hungary have determined that the leaving group has a strong influence on reaction dynamics by influencing the orientation of the reactants. Specifically, they found that while both the chlorine and iodine reactions form a hydrogen bonding complex at the entrance channel, key differences cause one to be a direct rebound mechanism while the other is an indirect mechanism. Their work is reported in Nature Chemistry.Reaction dynamics is the study of individual molecular collisions. While kinetic theory describes a mechanism based on aggregate behavior, reaction dynamics looks at individual particles. Reaction dynamics answers questions such as “Do the reactants need to collide in a certain way in order for a reaction to occur?” To answer questions about particular collisions, reaction dynamics studies must be conducted in the gas phase. This particular study looked at collisions using ion beams to control reactant velocity and TOF-MS to measure product velocity. In the SN2 reaction F- + CH3Cl- à CH3F + Cl-, fluorine serves as the nucleophile, which engages in a “nucleophilic attack” on CH3Cl, and chlorine serves as the leaving group. This reaction occurs through an orchestrated process that, on the molecular level, shows that fluorine must collide directly with the electrophilic carbon, rather than the chlorine or hydrogens. Lower velocities did indicate an indirect complex-mediated mechanism, but for most velocities, this reaction undergoes a direct rebound mechanism. This is evidenced from scattering data that shows the chlorine leaving scattering in the backward direction. Lower velocities showed isotropic scattering. Even though there is evidence of a hydrogen bonding complex at the entrance channel, this reaction is not a slow, complex-dependent mechanism. The hydrogen complex, however, may affect reactant orientation. This is not the case for the analogous reaction with iodine as a leaving group: F- + CH3I- à CH3F + I-. Prior studies showed that while this reaction does display some backscattering, it seems to have a greater isotropic distribution and higher internal energy at most velocities, indicating an indirect complex-mediated mechanism. For this reaction, the collinear entrance channel plays a more important role in lowering the reaction energy barrier than forming a hydrogen complex. In other words, the reactants may impact each other in various ways.Simulation studies confirmed the experimental results of the chlorine reaction. Additional simulation studies showed that mass differences do not play a role in the differences between these reactions mechanisms, and impact parameter measurements indicate that reactant orientation is much more efficient in the case of the chlorine reaction compared to the iodine reaction. This is likely due to CH3Cl having a larger dipole moment compared to CH3I, which causes the fluorine ion to preferentially impact CH3Cl in a direct rebound orientation.This study shows that given by comparing seemingly analogous gas-phase SN2 reactions, at the molecular level, their reaction dynamics are distinctly different. These differences are due to properties of the leaving group that are beyond differences in mass, and likely have to do with molecular orientation upon impact. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Citation: Study clarifies the role of the leaving group in gas-phase bimolecular reaction (2015, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: Martin Stei et al, Influence of the leaving group on the dynamics of a gas-phase SN2 reaction, Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.2400 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Saturday morning quake shakes Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Earthquake jolts five provinces in Costa Rica Earthquakes felt across Costa Rica on Sunday Quake shakes southern Costa Rica Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica TheNational Seismological Network reported a preliminary magnitude 5.1 quake, 12 kilometers west of Guapiles, at 8:12 a.m. this Saturday.The quake, with a preliminary depth of 8 kilometers, was felt throughout the Central Valley.  Facebook Commentslast_img

What happened to Carla Stefaniak Few new details in case

first_imgWant stories like this delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the Tico Times newsletter Carla Stefaniak was visiting Costa Rica from the United States last November when she went missing. In a case that quickly garnered international attention, authorities soon found Stefaniak’s body near the San Antonio of Escazú property she had rented through Airbnb. An autopsy revealed she had died of stab wounds to the neck and extremities, as well as a strong blow to the head.Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the Public Security Ministry (MSP) detained a security guard, surname Espinoza Martinez, as a suspect in the death. In late December, Stefaniak’s family sued Airbnb and Villa Buena Vista. ABC News shared part of the lawsuit, which accused the property owners of negligence. “Defendants, AIRBNB and VILLA BUENA VISTA, negligently failed to perform any kind of background check or otherwise take any measures to determine whether Martinez was fit for the officiality and authority and power and control provided to him,” the lawsuit states. “The harm to Stefaniak caused by MARTINEZ was a foreseeable and well-known hazard of the industry.” The property in which Carla Stefaniak, a tourist from the United States, was renting an apartment through Airbnb. Duncan Anderson / The Tico TimesEarlier this month, the Stefaniaks’ attorney, Joseph Rivera, spoke with Teletica and provided further updates on the case. He said the family believes more people were involved in Stefaniak’s death, citing the distance her body was moved and alleging the room was cleaned after her death.“We maintain a hypothesis that between five and seven people [were involved],” Rivera told Teletica. “Because for us, it’s difficult for a rigid body — a dead body — to be moved to where they found the body.” OIJ’s investigation of the case remains ongoing. The organization has not named additional suspects in the crime other than Espinoza Martinez, whom OIJ said is a Nicaraguan citizen who was in the country illegally. “We are waiting for more information from OIJ,” Rivera said.Authorities are still trying to match DNA samples from blood found under Stefaniak’s fingernails, according to Teletica. “In this moment, the investigation remains open,” Marco Carrión, chief of OIJ’s homicide department, said. “We are looking for whatever element, whatever details will help us finalize the investigative phase.“At the moment, what we have established is a single person was responsible.” Stefaniak’s family held a celebration of life for Carla on Jan. 26. Via their Facebook page, Finding Carla, they have asked others to “keep the pressure” on OIJ to prevent the case from being forgotten. “This is a complex case, and it’s a difficult case,”  Walter Espinoza, the Director General of the OIJ, said in December. “The resolution of this case is very important for the country, for the victim’s family, and for society as a whole.” Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record Slaughter of five students in Liberia was likely done by one suspect, says OIJ director Trial of pizzeria owner, Costa Rican doctors begins in organ trafficking case Police officers suspected of robbing tourists under investigation by OIJ, MSPlast_img read more

Travelport launches Travelport Exclusive Rates

first_imgTravelport launches Travelport Exclusive RatesTravelport launches Travelport Exclusive RatesTravelport (NYSE: TVPT), a leading travel commerce platform, today announced the first 1000 hotels offering Travelport’s negotiated corporate-friendly rates to the company’s corporate travel agency customers. Located in 48 countries, participating hotels in the Travelport Exclusive Rates program will offer negotiated rates with at least one element exclusive to the Travelport Travel CommercePlatform.These offers are negotiated directly by Travelport with the hotel, providing agencies that may not be able to secure these special rates themselves, the benefit of Travelport’s scale. Accessed via its industry leading point of sale tool, Travelport Smartpoint, Travelport Exclusive Rates can be found directly in the agent workflow, thereby saving time and increasing efficiency. With a focus on areasthat corporate travellers are most likely to travel to, primarily the main European cities, the program is the only such hotel offer available through a travel commerce platform and includes four and five star hotels in Europe, Asia, USA, Africa and Latin America.When manually searching hotels and also using Travelport’s rate audit tool, Travelport Exclusive Rates have been found to be less expensive and contain more exclusive elements, such as included breakfast or more favourable cancellation terms, in 80 percent of cases. In the other 20 percent of the searches, the hotel offered an enhanced agency commission or other benefit to the traveller.Natalie Griffiths, Revenue & Systems Manager at Corus & Laura Ashley Hotels said: “Participating in the Travelport Exclusive Rate program has not only enabled us to widen our scope of distribution, it has also facilitated in shifting some of the advance OTA bookings to more profitable corporate business.”Julia Clark, Head of Systems and Process at Clarity, commented: “Travelport Exclusive Rates adds great value to our clients and helps drive our agent’s performance by providing more and better depth of content to our clients. The implementation was smooth and seamless and the information provided by Travelport made it easy to inform all the branches of this new addition.”Niklas Andreen, Vice President and Managing Director, Global Hospitality and Digital at Travelport added: “We’re delighted to offer this unique program to our customers. It’s a real timesaver for agents, driving their performance and offering everything they need in one place through seamless integration into the Travelport platform. It will help agents increase attachment rates and stay competitive by always offering the best rates available to travellers.”Travelport Exclusive Rates are available to B2B agencies on Travelport Apollo, Travelport Galileo, and Travelport Worldspan, and through a variety of Travelport point-of-sale products including Travelport Smartpoint and Travelport uAPI by adding the rate access code 4TM to a hotel search.Source = Travelportlast_img read more