Queen Guitarist Brian May Speaks Out Against Animal Suffering At Imperial College

first_imgThe BUAV has welcomed support from Imperial College London graduate and Queen guitarist Dr Brian May, following its release of disturbing evidence of terrible animal suffering, poor practice and wrongdoing at one of the University’s animal research laboratories.Dr Brian May said, “I am shocked and saddened to see these revelations. And ashamed that it could have taken place in the University of my own training, in which I have had so much pride. I can only fully support the work of BUAV and the RSPCA in conducting a full inquiry. And I hope the result will be that this appalling cruelty will never be allowed to happen again.“Research on animals is an outdated concept – unethical, and unsupportable now that it is known that it yields false results. There is now, in every case, a better alternative.“Experimentation on animals must now come to an end, and I urge Imperial College to use this opportunity to put all cruelty in the past, by eliminating animal experimentation, and thereby set an example to the world.”Dr May’s call follows a BUAV investigation in which an investigator worked for seven months at Imperial College and documented a catalogue of shortcomings and wrongdoing by staff and researchers that caused even more distress and suffering to the animals in its care than was allowed in the experiments.Findings included: breaches in and lack of knowledge of UK Home Office project licences; a failure to provide adequate anaesthesia and pain relief; incompetence and neglect and highly disturbing methods used to kill animals.The UK Government and research industry repeatedly claim that the UK has some of the highest welfare standards in the world for animals in laboratories, yet huge secrecy surrounds animal research. This BUAV investigation has shown the reality of these welfare claims at one of the UK’s leading universities, with breaches of the regulatory regime and inappropriate licensing and enforcement by the Home Office.Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV stated: “We welcome the support from eminent scientist, rock-guitarist and Save Me wildlife campaigner Dr Brian May who has spoken out against the shocking revelations uncovered by the BUAV during our investigation at Imperial College London. Please join Brian in supporting our call for an urgent independent inquiry.”The BUAV is urging the UK Government to revoke the Establishment Licence of Imperial College London and set up an inquiry, wholly independent of the Home Office, into the concerns they raise.Sign the BUAV’s petition on Change.org calling for an end to animal experiments at Imperial College London.last_img read more

Still a long way to go in Canada Post contract dispute union

first_imgOTTAWA – The union representing 50,000 employees at Canada Post panned the latest contract offers from the corporation Thursday, calling them “disappointing” and keeping alive the threat of a work stoppage as the busy holiday online shopping season approaches.Two separate offers for rural and urban carriers included “very small movements” toward resolving some key issues, said the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.On a proposal directed at rural carriers, the union said, “We have a long way to go to achieve a negotiated collective agreement.”The possibility of a work stoppage has hovered over Canada Post since Sept. 26 after postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer in support of a potential walkout to back their contract demands.But that initial deadline passed without any job action being launched, with CUPW saying it would stay at the bargaining table so long as there was progress in the talks.That position had not changed Thursday, said CUPW national president Mike Palecek.“Those are discussions that we’re having daily, based on developments,” he said.Job action could include a full or partial walkout, or a lockout, after a 72-hour notice period.The threat of a work stoppage over the holidays has forced companies that rely on Canada Post for parcel deliveries to make alternative plans to ensure their customers receive orders. However, it may be difficult to fill all of the service gaps in the event of a shutdown.Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season last year — an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.Utilities have also been urging their clients to register for online billing, reminding them that invoices must still be paid regardless of whether they are mailed out.Canada Post said its global offers to rural and urban carriers include improvements to pay, benefits and job security.But the job security proposals are limited, particularly for rural and suburban carriers, CUPW said in a statement on its website.“For those eligible to job security, Canada Post would be allowed to assign you or not to a vacant position within a 75 km radius from your installation,” the union said.“This is a very complex proposal and a substantial amount of clarification is required to fully understand its impact.”Canada Post also rejected demands that those same carriers get paid an hourly rate — and for all hours worked — and that the corporation guarantee minimum hours, said CUPW.For both rural and urban carriers, the post office offered wage increases of 1.5 per cent annually under a four-year contract — virtually unchanged from proposals tabled Sept. 7. The union is seeking a 3.5 per cent hike in pay.“The offers are disappointing,” said Palecek.“Canada Post still hasn’t addressed any of our major issues.”CUPW has been pushing Canada Post to offer banking services in communities underserved by the big financial institutions.The Crown agency’s latest offer proposes “a selected set of new financial services,” a move Palecek described as encouraging.But he noted that no details about what those services might involve or when they could be launched have been forthcoming.last_img read more

DeVos reinstates forprofit college watchdog cut under Obama

first_imgEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos is restoring federal recognition of an accrediting group that oversees dozens of for-profit colleges but was shut down by the Obama administration.Her decision released Wednesday says the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools passed muster in 19 of 21 areas reviewed. DeVos says she is restoring the group’s recognition and giving it a year to fix lingering problems.The group, known as ACICS, was responsible for ensuring the quality of 250 institutions before the Obama administration cut ties with it in 2016, alleging poor oversight.It had previously certified now-defunct for-profit chains including Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute.A judge ordered DeVos to revisit the case in March after ACICS sued, saying the previous administration failed to consider thousands of pages of evidence.Collin Binkley, The Associated Presslast_img read more

LafargeHolcim Invests MAD 470 Million in Cameroon Cement Factory

Rabat – LafargeHolcim Maroc Afrique is extending its activities to the Cameroon. The cement leader, through its subsidiary Cimencam, has launched the construction of a new plant in Nomayos, near Yaoundé.In a press release published by the company, the cement giant announced the construction of a new plant with a capacity of 500,000 tons. The future facility will enable Cimencam to reach an overall volume of 2 million tons per year, enough to satisfy the Cameroonian demand and that of the neighboring countries.With a total investment of MAD 470 million, the project will enable the social, economic and environmental development of the region, according to LafargeHolcim. The project has recently been presented to elected officials and the population of the Nomayos region, attended by Emmanuel Rigaux, Managing Director of LafargeHolcim Maroc Afrique and Cimencam’s Chief Executive Officer, Pierre Damnon. With its 2 million tons of cement, Cimencam will become the top cement factory in Cameroon in terms of production capacity, added the company.Created in July 2016, LafargeHolcim Maroc Afrique (LHMA) is a joint venture between the Société nationale d’investissement (SNI) and the LafargeHolcim group.With the acquisition of 50% of SCB Lafarge Benin, 54.74% of Cimencam and LafargeHolcim Côte d’Ivoire, LafargeHolcim Maroc Afrique is gradually expanding its commercial and industrial facilities on the continent. read more

UNs principal human rights body opens session in Geneva

She called on government representatives attending the Commission to convince their countries to adhere to human rights instruments to which they are not party, and to consider joining the number of countries that have issued standing invitations to UN special human rights reporters to visit their countries. Ms. Robinson also stressed the need for the Commission to consider how its work could be integrated with other significant UN undertakings around the world, including that of the International Conference on Financing for Development currently under way in Monterrey, Mexico. On the situation in the Middle East, Mrs. Robinson said Palestinians continued to be subjected to a wide range of human rights violations related to the ongoing occupation and Israel also continued to suffer from deliberate killings of civilians. Mrs. Robinson re-iterated her call for the international observers to be present on the ground as a deterrent to the violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories and also to promote human security against suicide and other attacks on Israeli civilians. The fifty-three-member Commission is the UN’s principal human rights organ. At the current session, which will last from 18 March to 26 April, representatives of States are scheduled to discuss key human rights issues, including racism, the rights of minorities and migrant workers, and the rights of women and violence against them. Reports are expected from UN investigators on the human rights situations in Afghanistan, Burundi, Cuba, Chechnya (Russian Federation), Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, parts of southeastern Europe, Sudan, East Timor and Cyprus. The Commission will also take up the question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine. read more

Michigan athletics falling on hard times

With all the controversy surrounding Michigan athletics lately, it’s a sure bet Woody Hayes is smiling down from heaven.Coach John Beilein’s men’s basketball team, a preseason sleeper to win the Big Ten and ranked No. 15 in the preseason AP poll, is 13-15 on the year. After reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, the Wolverines’ current campaign has been marred by poor shooting, inconsistent play and player insubordination. Junior guard Manny Harris, the team’s leader in scoring and assists, was suspended for his team’s Jan. 23 game against Purdue following an incident in practice.The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wolverine men’s swimming and diving team was upset by Ohio State last weekend at the Big Ten Tournament, their first loss to OSU in the tournament since 1978. The favored Maize and Blue allowed the Buckeyes to score the second most points in Big Ten Championship history and win their first conference crown since 1956.If that wasn’t enough, the football program, the crowning jewel of Michigan athletics, is under NCAA investigation.The NCAA accused Michigan and coach Rich Rodriguez of five major rule violations. On Feb. 22, the NCAA said Rodriguez “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program,” and blamed the athletic department for not making sure the football program was in compliance with NCAA regulations.The report also said Rodriguez was negligent of his staff and the accused violations they were committing. Furthermore, the report says Rodriguez was ignorant of whether or not his players were following NCAA rules, specifically those which govern the time allotted for practice and football-related activities.These allegations by the NCAA stem from August 2009 reports. According to these reports, players on the 2008 and 2009 teams told the Detroit Free Press that the amount of time they spend on football activities during the season and in the offseason exceeds NCAA limits.One anonymous player said that in-season Sundays were spent at the football facility from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a one-hour lunch. For those of you who are mathematically challenged like myself, that’s an 11-hour day. The NCAA daily maximum is four hours; the weekly maximum is 20.A complementary letter from the NCAA to Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman dictated that Michigan “should understand that all of the alleged violations set forth in the document” are considered to be “potential major violations of NCAA legislation, unless designated as secondary.”Coleman, believe it or not, may actually have a more serious issue to deal with. When the University of Michigan Board of Regents met last month in Coleman’s office for an update on the NCAA investigation of the football program, they did so behind closed doors.Shutting out the media and the public isn’t permissible in most cases, at least according to a lawsuit filed by a Michigan alumnus.The suit accuses the Michigan Board of Regents of violating the Michigan Open Meetings Act, which places restrictions on how and why such public bodies can meet in private. Robert Davis, the plaintiff who also claims he “lives for UM football and basketball,” told The Detroit Free Press that he simply wants, “university officials to follow the same rules that they hold the student-athletes to.” Now there’s a novel concept.Look, I’m not trying to bash Michigan. The issues facing a few of their athletic programs are quite serious. Lawsuits and NCAA investigations are no laughing matter. However, I’d be willing to bet my OSU football tickets that at least five or six, and perhaps as many as 10, elite college football programs surpass NCAA practice limits on a regular basis.Maybe Michigan was snake-bitten by a few bad apples disgruntled with playing time. Maybe the rumors that Rodriguez rubs his players the wrong way because he constantly berates them are true, compelling them to vent to the media. Either way, it seems as if a few souls at Michigan could use a life lesson.When OSU offensive guard Justin Boren transferred from UM after his sophomore season, he claimed the football program’s “family values had eroded,” under Rodriguez. Growing up, one value my mother instilled in me was that honesty is always the best policy. I hope Michigan makes that phrase their motto in the coming months. Otherwise, their athletic programs will fall further from grace. read more

Buckeye seniors instilling values skills in underclassmen future of the program

As the Ohio State men’s Lacrosse team trotted off the field following Saturday’s win against Hobart, each player beamed from ear to ear. Amid pats on the back and laughter, one could detect a sense of appreciation and gratitude from the younger members of the team toward the upperclassmen on Senior Day. The team, at first glance, seems to be dominated by youngsters, as much of the glitz and glamour is cast toward the statistical leaders on the team. Sophomore Logan Schuss leads the team in scoring, trailed by classmate Jeff Tundo. The team’s leader in assists is freshman Tyler Frederick, and freshman goalkeeper Greg Dutton has been nothing short of spectacular in the cage this season. The seniors, however, have been critical in their roles for the team. Aside from their four years of contributions on the field, which include a conference championship in 2008, shepherding the young players’ development has been key. “I think it’s our role to show our experience and let them know how things are in Division 1 lacrosse,” senior middleman Paul Beery said. “A lot of them have stepped up and played an integral role, so I would say we’ve been successful.” Even with 12 seniors on the roster, looking over such a large quantity of young players can still be difficult, senior middleman Scott Lathrop said. “It’s tough when you’ve got 45 guys and they are at all different age levels,” Lathrop said. “You’re trying to funnel them all into one focus.” Lathrop said he approaches the job by consistently working hard and leading by example for the younger players. He also said he will sit down and talk with the players if they need it. Beyond the seniors’ job in helping with the younger players, Lathrop sees a bond that has developed among the seniors over four years. “We all came in at the same time, and we’ve seen several different shades of this program,” Lathrop said. “We’ve been through tough times together and good times together. We have shared a special experience here.” With the season well past midpoint, and graduation quickly approaching, the seniors will begin to mull over their future beyond lacrosse. Lathrop plans to embark to Europe on a two-month internship, and Beery plans to pursue a degree to become a Certified Public Accountant. Senior captain Bryce Woodson has a more laid-back approach to his pursuits after college for the time being. “I’m just going to take a little time off and enjoy life a little bit,” Woodson said with a smile. Though Senior Day is over, there is still much at stake to add to the memories for the seniors. A shot at the Eastern College Athletic Conference still exists, and there are four games left in the regular season. “I’m very happy for these seniors right now,” OSU coach Nick Myers said after the team’s win against Hobart. “We’re going to keep taking it one game at a time, though, and continue to improve.” One game remaining is the Showdown in the ‘Shoe, in which the lacrosse team will face Fairfield in Ohio Stadium before the Spring Game on April 23. Lathrop said this game is particularly exciting. “Playing in the ‘Shoe gives you chills every time,” he said. “It will be a special experience. Hopefully we can get as many people out there as we can.” As the seniors’ careers wind down, Lathrop, Beery and Woodson say they plan on staying in touch with their teammates. “I’m going to try my best,” Lathrop said. “These guys are my best friends.” read more

Bake Off mourners drive hearse outside the BBC

first_imgThe procession mourned the Bake OffCredit:Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock “London Dungeon is known for celebrating the darker side of things, so we thought this was an ideal recipe of drama and baked goods with a liberal sprinkling of the macabre!”Twitter user Majid Ravandi appeared to enjoy the prank, writing: “Outside @BBC in London today! Suck it @Channel4 #RIPGBBO #GBBO”. A spokesperson for the attraction said: “As the home to one of London’s most notorious bakers ‘Mrs Lovett’, we decided that the London Dungeon should lead the Nations mourning.”Being a GBBO super fan Mrs Lovett is distraught that GBBO has had its final airing on the BBC. 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.center_img Outside @BBC in London today! Suck it @Channel4 #RIPGBBO #GBBO pic.twitter.com/qJ4BDih8gI— Majid Ravandi (@majrav) October 27, 2016 The stunt was to acknowledge the end of the Great British Bake Off as we know it, as Love Productions is carting it off to Love Productions.The final episode of the final BBC series aired on Wednesday night and had a record 14.8 million viewers.This was even more than when it was at its 2015 peak- an average of 13.4m watched as Nadiya Hussain was crowned winner of the show. Eagle-eyed commuters around the Oxford Circus area may have noticed an unusual hearse heading for the BBC on Thursday morning.Wreaths adorned the vehicle, reading “RIP GBBO”.Mourners holding Victoria sponges stood all in a row.Whether this is in good taste or not is up for debate, but the culprits behind the prank seemed to find it funny.The whole affair was a publicity stunt by the London Dungeon, and the press team clarified the attraction is “always happy to celebrate the darker side of life and baking”.last_img read more

NeoNazi who plotted to kill Labour MP is a convicted paedophile who

The 23-year-old from Skelmersdale in Lancashire, told other members of the extremist  group that he had been set up by the police and  left wing campaigners who wanted to discredit him. 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. He then sought the group’s permission to take revenge by murdering the MP… A neo-Nazi activist who plotted to murder a Labour politician in a sword attack is a convicted paedophile who was jailed last year for trying to groom two underage boys, it can be revealed today. Jack Renshaw, who was a member of the far-right group, National Action, before it was outlawed, admitted hatching a plan to assassinate Rosie Cooper, the MP for West Lancashire, after he was arrested on suspicion of child sex offences last year. read more

Oil and Gas sector Jagdeo says Govt selling dreams to Guyanese

The Coalition Government has been accused of ‘selling dreams’ to Guyanese with regards to the benefits which are expected to come from the Oil and Gas Sector.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoDuring a press conference on Thursday, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo maintained his view that the Government is making excessive efforts in overselling the oil sector to citizens with the intention of painting false images of the benefits, in their minds.As such, Jagdeo went on at length to warn the country against falling prey to the weightless promises, and called on the Government to provide facts.“I suspect the reason why they are doing this…is because they have one thing to sell, remaining in Guyana- the hope of a better future with oil money because that’s what they’re telling their supporters. So magically, in 2020 our lives would be transformed. We’ll all be wealthy,” he remarked.The Opposition Leader was also critical of recent statements made by Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who defended the contract signed between US based oil giant, ExxonMobil and Government.Jagdeo said Minister Gaskin’s statement only confirmed that the Government is more concerned about how much money they could earn from this sector and nothing else.“His statements confirm our view that this Government only looks at the Governmental sector. How much revenue it can collect. So what he did, he pointed out how much money we will collect from ExxonMobil versus what we are collecting from the Gold mining sector as revenue. He did not look at the impact of the Gold Mining sector on the lives of maybe 100,000 people,” he explained.The Opposition Leader further went on to accuse the Government of “selling everything” without proper analysis, compared to the Oil Giant who has been extremely careful in the manner in which they provide information to the general public.“So ExxonMobil puts in a caution statement on their own graph saying ExxonMobil will not be accountable for what is here. That it’s only for illustrative purposes. Yet our Government sells this as Gospel,” Jagdeo asserted. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition willing to aid Govt in development of oil, gas sector- JagdeoMarch 23, 2018In “Business”Motion to renegotiate oil contract would be supported by Opposition, says JagdeoFebruary 15, 2018In “latest news”“Coalition Govt will not be intoxicated by oil” – President GrangerAugust 18, 2018In “Business” read more

Newmont buys Fronteer and adds almost 6 Moz to resources in Nevada

first_imgNewmont Mining, the current subject of International Mining’s ‘Great Mines’ series (see above), and Fronteer Gold have entered into an agreement pursuant to which Newmont will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Fronteer Gold. Fronteer Gold owns the development-stage Long Canyon project, which is located about 160 km from Newmont’s existing infrastructure in Nevada.  This proximity provides the potential for significant development and operating synergies. Fronteer Gold also owns a 100% interest in the Northumberland project and a joint venture interest with Newmont in the Sandman project in Nevada, among other assets.  Fronteer Gold has total attributable Measured and Indicated gold resources of 4.2 Moz and Inferred resources of 1.7 Moz Long Canyon, Northumberland and Sandman.Under the Plan of Arrangement, shareholders of Fronteer Gold will receive C$14.00 in cash and one  common share in a new company (Pilot Gold), which will own certain exploration assets of Fronteer Gold, for each common share of Fronteer Gold.  Pilot Gold will own a portfolio of Fronteer Gold’s exploration properties in Nevada, Turkey, and Peru and will be capitalised at closing with C$10 million of cash. The acquisition of Fronteer Gold will contribute significantly to our anticipated growth profile in North America,” stated Richard O’Brien, Newmont’s President and CEO.  “The Long Canyon project, with its Carlin trend-like metallurgical and geological characteristics, complements our existing project pipeline in Nevada. This combination of assets will allow Newmont to leverage our expertise and extensive infrastructure in the region.  Based on the work conducted to date by Fronteer Gold, as well as our own due diligence, we believe that Long Canyon holds the potential to grow beyond three to four times Fronteer Gold’s current stated resource estimate, with an attractive average gold grade of approximately 2.3 g/t. Additionally, we believe that Fronteer Gold’s wider portfolio of assets offers further upside potential for our portfolio.”  In January 2011, Fronteer Gold released an interim resource estimate for Long Canyon, which reported Measured and Indicated resources of approximately 1.4 Moz gold and an additional Inferred resource of approximately 0.8 Moz. Fronteer Gold President and CEO Mark O’Dea: “This transaction delivers an immediate and attractive premium to our shareholders. It not only recognises the current value of our key Nevada gold projects, but rewards shareholders for their future growth. The team at Fronteer Gold has done an exceptional job of creating value and we are proud of the high quality project pipeline that we have built in Nevada. Newmont shares our view that Long Canyon, our flagship project, is a ‘best-in-class’ asset with excellent production attributes and significant growth potential. Importantly, this transaction continues to expose Fronteer Gold shareholders to our ongoing exploration and development success through Pilot Gold. Pilot will have an ideal new company structure, an experienced Board of Directors and management team, and sufficient financial resources to immediately undertake active exploration programs in both Turkey and Nevada. We welcome Newmont as our largest shareholder in Pilot Gold and we look forward to creating ongoing value for shareholders in the near-term.” Newmont’s land position in Nevada extends over 810,000 ha. From its regional base in Elko, the company currently operates six open pit mines, five underground mines, and nine process facilities (IM, February 2011). In addition, Newmont’s project pipeline in Nevada includes Greater Leeville-Turf, Phoenix Copper Leach, Greater Gold Quarry, and our ‘Sleeping Giants’ (Mike, Fiberline, Greater Phoenix and Copper Basin).  In 2010, Nevada operations produced 1.7 Moz attributable gold, which was approximately 32% of its total attributable gold production for the year. Nevada represents growth for Newmont, as evidenced by a 2011 exploration and development budget of approximately $285 million for near-mine activities. Newmont plans to advance exploration activity in early and advanced stage projects such as Greater Leeville-Turf, Mike, Fiberline, Copper Basin and Greater Phoenix.last_img read more

Bangladesh Biotech Team Visits ASA Office

first_imgA USDA team of Bangladesh industry and government officials applicable to soy-related issues visited ASA headquarters on July 16. (USSEC photo by Kim Nill)On July 16, a U.S. Department of Agriculture team consisting of Bangladesh industry and government officials applicable to soy-related issues visited the ASA office. Hosting the group was Alan F. Poock, Asia Program Manager for ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program, and from the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Technical Issues Director Kim Nill, FTO contractor Tom Redick, and intern Elizabeth McLeod.Presentations to the team and subsequent discussion covered environmental and economic benefits of biotech soybeans, regulatory aspects of biotech crops, the high nutritional quality of U.S.-origin soy and WISHH’s Asian program.While in St. Louis, the team also visited Monsanto and the Danforth Center. The participants reported that Bangladesh will soon approve for planting there an insect-resistant brinjal (eggplant) that was developed in Bangladesh.last_img read more

Kenai Fire Training Facility To Be Rented Out To Red Cross

first_imgThe Fire Training Facility has a number of vacant office spaces which the city has rented out to non-profits in the past such as the United Way and the Arctic Winter Games under one dollar-per-year Special Use Permits. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council has approved an agreement between the city and the American Red Cross to rent out the Kenai Fire Training Facility for roughly three years. Councilmember Tim Navarre: “It is a useful service in every community especially in an emergency or time of crisis. I encourage all of you to make donations if you can.” Cindy Romuach, a volunteer with Kenai Peninsula Red Cross spoke to the Kenai City Council at their meeting on Wednesday: “We certainly appreciate the consideration because there is certainly a need for us to have office space.”  The office will be primarily 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. However, there will occasionally be a need for after hours access for emergency responses. This will include use during the weekend, according to Romauch.last_img read more

Alaska DOC Commissioner to stop in Haines as part of a 15town

first_imgA map of community jails and DOC corrections facilities. Palmer Correctional has closed. (Couretsy of DOC)The Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner will be in Haines next week.  Dean Williams is traveling to far-flung corners of the state in preparation for more budget cuts. He is visiting all 15 towns that are part of the DOC Community Jails Program.Listen Now The Community Jails Program supports towns from Haines to Dillingham to Kotzebue. Each one has a jail facility that is funded by DOC. The funding ranges from about $1 million for the North Slope Borough to about $100,000 for Cordova. Haines received about $216,000 this fiscal year.That amount is down from a couple years ago. In FY 2016, Haines lost more than $170,000 in Community Jails support. The local police department is so reliant on that funding that the cut prompted the borough to freeze hiring for a fifth police officer position. Police Chief Heath Scott said the money helps keep the department’s four officers and five dispatchers employed.“We get right now a fair chunk of money from DOC to cover our dispatchers,” Scott said. “They act as DOC employees and dispatchers in our budget.”Scott is worried that the in-person visit from Commissioner Williams is a signal of more reductions to come.“We don’t think he’s coming here to give us good news,” Scott said.DOC Spokesman Corey Allen-Young explained why Williams is visiting the towns involved in the Community Jails Program.“Because of the cuts, you know we have to cut even further. So we’re just looking at options,” Allen-Young said. “Nothing is really set in stone but in order to fully get an understanding and make a decision that’s wise and efficient and maintains safety you have to go to these places and see what’s being done in these communities.”Allen-Young said ‘everything is on the table’ when it comes to the next round of budget cuts. He said the department isn’t just looking at the rural jails, but is also examining its major facilities. For example, the Palmer Correctional Center was recently shut down.Allen-Young said the commissioner will also talk to community leaders about changes caused by SB-91. The criminal justice reform bill passed the state legislature earlier this year.SB 91 requires DOC to establish a pretrial services program to work with defendants awaiting resolution of their cases. The goal is to reduce the number of people held in prison for non-violent crimes.“They’re trying to limit the amount of people that are actually in the correctional system,” Allen-Young said. “So because of that, you’ll be put into pretrial services. I’m being very generic here because it’s still being worked out. But as part of that, that would have to fall somewhat on the community working the Department of Corrections moving forward to make sure the criminal justice process is followed. ”Allen-Young said the commissioner wants to talk with local leaders about how SB 91 will impact their communities. The pre-trial services program is required to be in place by the beginning of 2018.Commissioner Williams will be in Haines on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Before that, he was making the rounds to Craig, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Cordova.last_img read more

Duvalier Malone Enterprise Toy Drive

first_imgThe Duvalier Malone Enterprise is scheduled to host a toy drive on Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Swift Petworth Clubroom, 3828 Georgia Avenue, NW. The goal of the drive is to aid families that are struggling financially and provide Christmas toys to bring Christmas cheer. The drive is receiving support through donations, volunteering toys and time, and through the collaboration of other toy drives to help needy children in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.last_img read more

Women Entrepreneurs Work to Empower One Another

first_imgBy Brigette White, Special to the AFRO, bwhite@afro.comThe Woman Behind the Business (WBB) hosted their networking takeover at Spa Logic on July 19, in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest, Washington, D.C..The WBB is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and success of women in business across America and the world. Women Behind the Business (WBB) offers networking tips, tools and more for women entrepreneurs.The Founder and CEO of WBB, Angel Livas, chose the spa location after meeting with owner Kathy Luu and learning about the levels of adversity that she overcame in pursuing her dreams in being a business owner.Spa Logic Owner Kathy Luu (l) and The Woman Behind the Business CEO and Founder Angel Livas (r). (Courtesy Photos)“I always wanted to open up my own business. I worked hard and saved up money to get here,” Luu said.Luu talked to the intimate crowd about how she grew up in a refugee camp, and how when she came to America she was advised to open up a nail salon.“My mom’s friend’s daughter had recently opened up a nail salon that was doing well. But, I told my mom that my dreams were different. I wanted a full service spa.”Luu ignored the naysayers and pursued her dreams; boldly addressing those who would stand against her when the building that she wanted was about to be sold to someone else.“I told him not to give my dream away. Please don’t sell my dream. He had given me his word and after I said that he decided to follow through with his promise to me.”All the attendees were able to share their story and what their business is all about.“I’ve always believed that storytelling allows you to capture the hearts of others. When business owners have a platform to be unapologetically honest… I’m positive that it will resonate with someone in the room…therfore leading to an organic connection,” said Livas.The women in the room are purpose driven and focused on sharing their talents with the world.“When people ask what I like to do most, hair or nails, I say thank God I have a gift,” said Luu.Members of the audience were encouraged by Luu’s story.“I’m always amazed to see powerful women come together to celebrate each other and share their own personal stories.  My walk away from the entire event is to just do it. Whatever that it is, stay consistent and stay prayerful,” said Sandra Sutton, CEO of JES event management group.Angel plans to have more events like this throughout the year.“When women leave a WBB event it’s our hope that they walk away knowing that they are not alone on their entrepreneurial journey. We exist to provide women strength, strategies and trainings for success. It’s our goal to create a community of sustainable businesses; led by women.”To find out more about WBB go to wbbtalk.comlast_img read more

Traffic lights stuck on red on A523

first_imgThe location of the traffic light failure For more traffic and travel news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. For more live news from across the region for the rest of the day, visit our live news service here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA set of traffic lights have failed on a Staffordshire Moorlands road this evening – leaving them stuck on red. Traffic data company INRIX reports the lights have failed on the A523 in Rushton Spencer at the junction with Station Lane. This is affecting traffic in both directions between Leek and Macclesfield – with the issue first reported at around 5.45pm. last_img read more

Rev Sun Myung Moon hospitalized with pneumonia

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Unification Church founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon is being treated in an intensive-care unit at a hospital in Seoul for pneumonia.The Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, says Moon entered the hospital on Aug. 13 and is in critical condition. He says church members are praying and fasting for his quick recovery.A memo sent to church officials early Wednesday says the 93-year-old Moon “was pushing his limits in carrying out his schedule” when he fell ill. It says his wife and children are by his bedside. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top holiday drink recipes Quick workouts for men Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Moon founded the Unification Church in Seoul in 1954. The church gained fame starting in the 1970s for holding mass weddings.Its business empire includes The Washington Times newspaper and the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

MCS Acquires Carrington Home Solutions Field Services Division

first_img Share Acquisitions carrington home solutions MCS Mortgage Contracting Services Mortgages 2017-11-20 David Wharton Mortgage Contracting Services, LLC (MCS), a nationwide provider of services to the mortgage industry, has reached an agreement to acquire the property preservation division from Carrington Home Solutions, LP (CHS). The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2017.MCS will assume responsibility to inspect and maintain CHS’ existing portfolio. Under the acquisition, CHS’ property preservation operations will integrate into MCS’ existing field service operations.Caroline Reaves, CEO of MCS said in a statement:The acquisition of CHS’ field services unit enables MCS to expand our industry footprint, and increase our national presence and economies of scale. Through our work with CHS in the past, we applaud the business they built. This addition is a perfect alignment with our MCS mission: being the leading outsourced services provider for banks, lenders, and mortgage servicers across the United States.Over the past several years, MCS has continued to expand its portfolio of services and capabilities with the acquisitions of multiple national AMC valuation companies, title and settlement providers in addition to growing its field services division, which has operated for over 30 years.“This transaction further demonstrates MCS’ commitment to our clients and communities in which we operate,” said Ms. Reaves. “We will continue to focus on quality, compliance, and long-term relationships built on trust and integrity.”For more than 30 years, MCS has protected, preserved, and served communities across the nation. Some of the largest and most respected banks, lenders and mortgage servicers in the industry trust MCS to perform property inspections, property preservation, REO property maintenance, property registrations, valuations, settlement services, title and other mortgage-related services in all 50 states. MCS has a history of providing these services in a highly regulated environment, the proven ability to handle large volumes of properties, and a record of recruiting and monitoring a substantial vendor network. For more information, click here. MCS Acquires Carrington Home Solutions’ Field Services Divisioncenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, News November 20, 2017 611 Views last_img read more