Ban Kimoon pledges UN support for GuineaBissaus parliamentary polls

9 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has assured Guinea-Bissau of the world body’s support in organizing and monitoring the parliamentary elections to be held next year in the small West African country, which has witnessed rising political and social tensions, and a deteriorating economic situation. “The elections will be a test of the ability of the country to exercise democratic governance,” Mr. Ban says in his report to the Security Council on the latest activities the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS).They will also be “a key benchmark for the exit strategy of UNOGBIS,” which was set up in 1999 to help the country emerge from a devastating civil war, he adds.The holding of parliamentary polls next year follows the signing of a national political stability pact on 12 March by the three main political parties in Guinea-Bissau – the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde and Guinea, the Social Renewal Party and the United Social Democratic Party. The agreement led to the swearing in on 17 April of the Government of Prime Minister Martinho Dafa Cabi. Mr. Ban also notes that the repeated political crises besetting the Government continue to prevent it from focusing on improving the economic lot of the population, which lives in one of Africa’s poorest countries. Economic growth in 2006 declined to 1.8 per cent, and the outlook for the rest of 2007 is “grim,” he states. He commends the new Government for pledging to place the country’s finances on a “sound footing” and for quickly re-establishing working relations with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Mr. Ban urges the Government to redouble efforts to advance security sector reforms, noting that very little was achieved in that area in the months under review. Organized crime, particularly drug trafficking, presents “a new and growing” problem in the country, he adds. “The use of Guinea-Bissau as a transit point for illegal drugs from Latin America bound for Europe remains an issue of major concern to the authorities and international partners.” The report cites the interception in April, of 635 kg of cocaine in a vehicle carrying two military personnel and one civilian. The military personnel were handed over to the military authorities, and an investigation was initiated. However, the two officers were later released. “The human and material resources of law enforcement agencies are woefully inadequate to address this growing problem,” Mr. Ban warns. He notes that the Government has created a commission to probe the disappearance of 670 kg of cocaine, which was seized by the Criminal Investigation Police in September 2006 and transported to the vault of the Ministry of Finance for safekeeping. As a result of that investigation, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Police and another senior official were dismissed.The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will post a senior law enforcement specialist to Bissau to assist in the development of a country strategy to combat drug trafficking. The specialist, whose assignment will be funded by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will operate under the overall supervision of UNOGBIS, according to the report. read more

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In Darfur Security Council sounds alarm on increased violence

8 October 2010The Security Council delegation visiting Sudan travelled to the war-ravaged region of Darfur today, expressing its concern over increased strife, civilian protection, sexual violence and the illegal flow of weapons, while the search continues for an abducted staff member of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission there. United Kingdom Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who is heading up the Darfur segment of the Council’s mission, expressed the body’s concerns during a meeting in El Fasher with the Wali, or governor, of North Darfur.Mr. Lyall Grant said the Council hoped to show its support for the joint UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID.The Council set up the mission in 2007 to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen.In today’s meeting with the Wali, the Ambassador also mentioned yesterday’s abduction of a Hungarian UNAMID staff member.An extensive search by both UNAMID and Sudanese authorities is under way for the missing staff member, who was abducted along with two other mission employees from their residence in El Fasher yesterday by three gunmen, who left the scene in a UNAMID vehicle. Two of the employees managed to escape from the moving car.The mission reported today that there has been no contact with the suspects or the abducted UNAMID employee.While in El Fasher today, the Council members also visited the Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), where they met with residents and received a briefing at its police community centre.Later in the day, the delegation travelled to the capital, Khartoum.UN officials have warned that the humanitarian situation in Darfur has worsened this year due to resumed clashes between Government forces and rebels, as well as stepped up tribal fighting. The situation has been aggravated by continued attacks on UN-AU peacekeepers and abductions and mistreatment of UN staff and aid workers. Yesterday, the Council members wrapped up a two-day visit to Juba in southern Sudan, underscoring that the two referenda scheduled for January must be held on time, in a peaceful environment and according to the provisions of the peace agreement that ended the war between the north and the south.“We are here to reinforce that message and the determination of the Council to support you and all parties to the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] in that process,” said Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States, who headed that leg of the mission.On 9 January the inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country, while the residents of the central area of Abyei will vote on whether to be part of the north or the south.The referenda will be the final phase in the implementation of the CPA, which was signed in 2005 to end two decades of warfare between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south.The Council delegation began their trip in Uganda, where they visited the UN logistics support base in the city of Entebbe and met with the country’s President, Yoweri Museveni. read more

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TSX Wall Street lower as oil gold fall

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market narrowly avoided a second triple-digit loss in as many days as oil prices continued their recent retreat.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended the day down 91.30 points at 13,699.60 after plunging almost 163 points on Monday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed 41.62 points lower at 17,581.43, while the broader S&P 500 lost 5.29 points to 2,065.89 and the Nasdaq fell 4.55 points to 5,030.15.On commodity markets, the December contract for benchmark crude oil ended trading down 78 cents at US$43.20 a barrel, December gold lost 40 cents to US$1,165.80 an ounce and December natural gas rose 0.8 cents to US$2.361 per mmBtu.The commodity sensitive loonie gave back 0.59 of a U.S. cent to end the day at 75.38 cents U.S. read more

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Gaming giant known for Assassins Creed Far Cry sets up shop in

WINNIPEG — A world-renowned video game company is setting up shop in Winnipeg.Ubisoft, which is known for games like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, says it is opening an office in the city.The French gaming giant plans to invest $35 million in the province, creating 100 jobs over the next five years.There will be opportunity for engineers, tool programmers and technical artists.The company already has teams in Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, Toronto and Halifax.Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pedersen says the gaming giant’s move to Manitoba will help grow the tech talent pool in the province.“This private capital investment in Manitoba will create new jobs and opportunities for Manitoba students and graduates in the interactive digital media, information and communications technology fields,” Pedersen said in a release Friday.The Winnipeg Ubisoft studio will support some of the company’s most successful open-world games like Assassin’s Creed.“The creation of these massive digital worlds is increasingly complex, and it’s critical that our development teams have access to the best tech and tools to continue to develop the most innovative games in our fast paced, highly competitive market,” Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Canadian Studios, said in a statement.That means the studio will attract, grow and develop talent in the province, said Darryl Long, managing director of Ubisoft Winnipeg.“Winnipeg is truly a hidden gem for talent in the video game industry,” he said.Ubisoft makes games for consoles, phones, tablets and PCs. read more

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Geist leads Missouri to overtime win over UCF

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jordan Geist scored 18 points — including a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation — to lead Missouri to a 64-62 overtime victory over UCF on Sunday.Javon Pickett added 13 points and Jeremiah Tilmon had 10 for Missouri (4-3). Tilmon’s up-and-under layup around UCF’s 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall with 1:32 left in OT provided the winning margin.The Knights (6-2) had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Collin Smith’s desperation shot from just inside the halfcourt line hit the backboard and rimmed out.Aubrey Dawkins led UCF with 22 points, B.J. Taylor scored 12 and Smith had 11.The Tigers had the ball with a chance to take the lead with 15 seconds left in regulation, but Pickett couldn’t inbound the ball within five seconds against the tight defence of UCF. When Dawkins hit two free throws, Missouri trailed 57-54. The Tigers had one more chance, and Geist’s contested 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.The game was a defensive struggle from the beginning. When Missouri’s Mitchell Smith scored on a tip-in with three seconds left in the first half, it ended a 7 1/2-minute scoring drought for the Tigers. UCF led 27-21 at halftime.BIG PICTUREUCF: The Knights continue to play suffocating defence. UCF has held its last six opponents to an average of 58.7 points. The Knights apply pressure on the perimeter and have Fall inside to protect the rim. Fall wasn’t much of an offensive factor, scoring six points, but he was a game-changer defensively, blocking six shots and altering many more.Missouri: The Tigers got an unexpected boost from Mitchell Smith, a sophomore forward who entered the game averaging just 3.2 points. Smith scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. He played 23 minutes before fouling out with 2:16 left in regulation. If Smith can give the Tigers quality minutes, it would be a huge benefit to a team without much frontcourt depth.UP NEXTUCF: The Knights return to Orlando for five straight home games, beginning with Saturday’s game against Grambling.Missouri: The Tigers will play UT Arlington on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.Joe Walljasper, The Associated Press read more

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Is Tom Brady Finally Getting Old

Brady’s worst five-game stretchesTom Brady’s lowest cumulative expected points added (EPA) in any five-game window, 2007-2017 20149/7/1410/5/1420219.543-2 200911/22/0912/20/0918419.813-2 201010/4/1011/7/1019518.144-1 Neither quarterback gave any indication that anything was different if you look at the full-season statistics. But while we think a decline for a player happens neatly at the start of a season, Manning showed the circus can leave town at any time. For him, that time was his 12th game of the 2014 season. Previously, he was characteristically crushing the NFL with a third-best 109.5 passer rating and fourth-best 8.05 yards per attempt — that’s very similar to Brady’s first 11 games this year, with a 111.7 passer rating (first) and 8.27 yards per attempt (third).But then Manning instantly transformed into an old quarterback: a 78.7 rating (24th) in his final five games with a TD-to-interception rate of 5-to-6, compared with 34-to-9 in the first 11 games.Manning’s 2014 season ended with a home loss in the divisional round because of his poor play against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck). Coincidently on Saturday, the Patriots will also take the field as a significant favorite at home against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota).Premature obits have been written for Brady before. There’s little reason to doubt New England based on what they’ve accomplished this century. But if Belichick and Brady are to get that unprecedented sixth ring, they will need Brady to look more like what he’s been and less like what he is: a 40-year-old quarterback.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 20139/29/1310/27/1321618.743-2 On paper, 2017 seems like a very typical Tom Brady season. He is leading the NFL in passing yards and sporting a 102.8 passer rating that’s his second-best since 2011. The Patriots are once again the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Brady is the leading candidate to be named the NFL’s most valuable player.But over the past five weeks, there has been some trouble brewing in Foxboro — at least by New England’s own ridiculous standards. After the Patriots traded away Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, an ESPN report of an internal power struggle between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft has clouded the future of the five-time champions. But perhaps more worrisome than this report is that Brady himself has been quietly marred in a slump.Brady’s last five games of the 2017 regular season were uncharacteristically mediocre, despite New England going 4-1 in that span. Beginning in Week 13, Brady has posted a passer rating of 81.6, 17th best in the NFL,1Minimum of 80 pass attempts. and his yards per attempt in that span were 6.95, 15th best in the league. He’s also been far worse in touchdowns to interceptions, going from 26-to-3 in his first 11 games to an unusual-for-him 6-to-5.In the context of his career, Brady’s extended sample of poor play is surprising but not unprecedented. Dating back to 2007, when he turned 30, this is Brady’s sixth worst five-game stretch measured by expected points added2EPA is a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance. based on the quality of his play. Brady accumulated 22.16 EPA in his last five games, for an average of 4.43 per game. His average in Games 1 through 11 was more than 2 points higher (6.76 EPA). 201712/3/1712/31/1720722.164-1 Does not include overlapping periods or playoff games; single-season stretches only. Action plays include pass attempts, QB runs and sacks.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 201510/29/1511/29/1522622.194-1 201512/6/151/3/1620418.592-3 Yes, Brady was without his best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, for the worst game in the stretch, a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, when he managed only a 59.5 rating and 4.16 EPA. But he capped the regular season at home against the New York Jets with his lowest yards per attempt of the year (5.14), with an active Gronkowski being held catchless.This could all be random variance. Maybe Brady is still eluding Father Time better than any quarterback in history and will soon erase all doubts, as he has before. He’s certainly fired up about even faint whispers of his decline. And the Patriots last year reportedly were planning as if his commitment to diet and training would allow him to play at an elite level for at least another couple of seasons. Brady, of course, seems to think he can continue pushing defenses around even when he’s pushing 50.But if we were to look at the half-empty glass, we can draw comparisons to the career arc of Brady’s former longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning. No, not the Manning we last saw in 2015, who somehow won a Super Bowl with play so poor that his league-leading defense was forced to overcome it. Brady’s 2017 season is actually eerily similar to the 2014 Manning, who was his typical dominant self for the first 11 games of the year before falling off a cliff that can be seen now only in hindsight. At the time, the poor play was attributed to nagging injuries and not the inevitable end of one of the NFL’s greatest careers. 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Steve Jobs was Googles first choice for CEO

first_imgHere’s an interesting fact: if Google had launched just a couple of years earlier, Apple‘s Steve Jobs might have been its CEO.Way back in 2000, Google was just getting rolling, but its backers in the venture capital world decided the fledgling search giant needed “adult supervision” by way of a more experienced CEO than Google co-founders Larry Page and Serge Brin.Venture capitalist John Doerr immediately came aboard to arrange some interviews between Page and Brin and many of the finest business minds in Silicon Valley. Page and Brin met with Intel’s Andry Grove, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and several others.All were rejected, though. Why? Because Page and Brin had only one person in mind for the position: Steve Jobs.It’s an interesting alternate history to consider. If Steve Jobs had come aboard Google in 2000, we’d probably be looking at a very different world right now… one in which Google boasted retail stores and people waited outside of them all night for tablets. A world in which Android boasted the walled garden, and one in which Apple remained an extremely niche computer maker concentrated entirely upon the desktop, as opposed to the most valuable company in tech largely through their mobile innovations.Of course, in 2000, Jobs wasn’t available. He’d triumphantly returned to Apple back in 1998, and in 2000, he was busy preparing the release of the original iPod, which was about to revolutionize the company and open the door for everything from the iPhone to the iPad.Instead, Page and Brin were convinced to widen their net of possible CEOs. Eventually, in 2001, Brin and Page were persuaded to hire Google’s current CEO Eric Schmidt. He’s no Steve Jobs, but no one can argue he’s steered the company wrong over the course of the last decade.Read more at Cult of Maclast_img read more

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Calling all Macedonians in Australia and New Zealand

first_imgA new book on the history of Greek Macedonians in Australia and New Zealand is calling for submissions from members of the community. Macedonian Hellenes and their descendants, as well as leaders and members of the Greek Macedonian Associations all around Australia and New Zealand are invited to participate in this research project by contributing their story and by completing the questionnaires, with information about their lives, their contribution and their perceptions. Descendents of Macedonian Hellenes who passed away will now have the opportunity to record the history and input of their ancestors to be included in the book and their details saved for the future generations. The participants are asked to share their migration experience and their contribution in Australia. They can record the year of their arrival, the places where they resided over the years, the names of their children and their achievement or even their grievances. The 900 page book that is being worked under the title Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) is being coordinated by Professor Anastasios M. Tamis of the School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Notre Dame Australia. The book will be researched in association with the Anniversary of the Liberation of Macedonia from the Ottoman Rule (1922), the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria (PEMV) with the collaboration of the Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies (AIMS) and the assistance of other Macedonian Federations in NSW, S.A. and W.A. The volume will comprise of two parts. Part A will incorporate the main corpus of the content and Part B will consist of an Appendix-Index in which the names and the brief history of all Macedonian Hellenes who will be willing to participate in this research will appear. Part A will investigate, analyse and document the history of the Macedonian Hellenic emigration, settlement, their socio-economic standing, their cultural contribution, their organisations and associations, their relations with Greece, the Greeks and other ethnic groups, as well as issues on identity. The volume will also cover the history of those personalities who shaped the history of Macedonian Hellenism in Australia and New Zealand and will outline certain aspects of the so called Macedonian question. Part two of the book, will have a short yet concise history of the migration experience of all those Macedonian Hellenes who decided to complete the questionnaires, whether they had served in any Macedonian organisation or not, as well as the chronological history of the Macedonian Hellenic settlement in Canada, U.S.A. and Oceania from 1890 to 2012. The forthcoming book will include approximately 600 selected photos depicting individual and collective stories from Oceania. Questionnaires could be received from the PEMV offices; however they may also be posted to any organization of individual upon request. Please call the PEMV offices (03) 9489 3512 or 9312 1937 or the mobile 0416 252722. Alternatively you may request questionnaires or further information from a.tamis@nd.edu.au or stavros.petrou1@gmail.com including your name(s) and your postal address. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Le passe Navigo bientôt intégré aux smartphones

first_imgLe passe Navigo bientôt intégré aux smartphones ?Le Syndicat des transport d’Île-de-France (STIF) s’est engagé à développer un passe Navigo intégré aux smartphones via la puce NFC. Approcher son téléphone suffirait alors pour passer les portillons.Les usagers des transports en commun d’Île-de-France pourraient bientôt ne plus avoir recours au célèbre passe Navigo. En effet, un successeur est à l’étude chez le STIF, le Syndicat des transport de la région parisienne. La Tribune, relayé par Le Journal du Net, annonce ainsi qu’un système qui fera appel à la puce NFC (Near Field Communication) des smartphones dernière génération serait en train d’être mis au point. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Pour rappel, la puce NFC est pour l’instant utilisée pour faciliter le paiement sans contact. Il est donc tout à fait possible d’imaginer le développement d’une application “Passe Navigo”, qui permettrait aux mobinautes de passer les portes du réseau de transport sans un seul contact physique, simplement en approchant leurs smartphones. Pour financer ce projet, le STIF a ainsi répondu à un appel d’offres dans le cadre du Grand Emprunt portant sur le déploiement de services mobiles sans contact NFC.Depuis février dernier, le STIF et la SNCF font déjà tester à près de 1.000 usagers une clé USB intégrant le passe Navigo. Ceux-ci peuvent alors recharger leur forfait en la branchant sur un ordinateur puis en se rendant sur le site transilien.com pour acheter un abonnement mensuel ou hebdomadaire, comme l’explique Businessmobile. Il leur suffit ensuite de présenter la clé USB sur les portillons pour passer.   Le 7 juillet 2011 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Rep Herrera Beutler pregnant with third child

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and husband Dan Beutler announced earlier this month she is expecting her third child.“Dan and I are excited to share that Abigail and Ethan will welcome a new baby sister near the end of May,” Herrera Beutler wrote in a Facebook post. “Each child is a gift and we are grateful to the Lord for blessing us with a third kiddo. It will enhance our family immeasurably, which I keep reminding myself when I find it harder and harder to tie my shoes each day.”Herrera Beutler’s first-born, Abigail, drew national attention as she was born without her kidneys, a side effect of the often-fatal Potter’s syndrome.Maternal health and access to healthcare, specifically for children with complex medical conditions, have been a focal point for Herrera Beutler’s legislative efforts. Her bill known as the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, for example, was signed into law Dec. 21. The bill supports maternal mortality review committees tasked with examining pregnancy-related deaths and identifying opportunities for preventing said deaths.Herrera Beutler just started her fifth term this month, where she’s serving as the only Republican congresswoman of color.She was also recently photographed by the New York Times for a project focused on women in Congress.last_img read more

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PSV boss urges squad to not focus on swapping shirts with

first_imgPSV Eindhoven boss Mark van Bommel has urged the squad to focus on getting a positive result against Barcelona instead of worrying about swapping shirts with Lionel MessiThe Dutchman is preparing for his first European game at managerial level following his appointment as the new PSV coach earlier this summer.And things have got off to an impressive start for Van Bommel with PSV having comfortably won all five of their opening games of the 2018/19 Eredivisie campaign.But now the 41-year-old will face his first true test at managerial level in the form of his old team Barcelona and former teammate Lionel Messi.Many fancy the idea of getting a hold of their own original Messi shirt.But Van Bommel expects his players to remain professional as they begin their European campaign against the world’s best player.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“If a player asks for Lionel Messi’s shirt, that is not strictly a matter for me,” Van Bommel told reporters on the club website.“If we can get a positive result from the match then everyone can fight for that shirt.“Part of being a professional is being extra focused and each time doing what is correct as a footballer.“I do not like when someone asks for the shirt during halftime, whether it’s for the best player in the world or not, I can understand the question, but not during halftime.“I only played with Leo when he made his Barca debut in 2005 but even by then, you could tell that he was destined for greatness.“For me, he is always the best in the world even when he does not win the Golden Ball.”last_img read more

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Success in Antidumping Case for Biodiesel

first_imgInformation provided by NBB This week the Commerce Department issued a final decision on the question of whether or not Argentina and Indonesia unfairly dump biodiesel imports into the United States. The Commerce Department agreed with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition, affirming the agency’s earlier preliminary determination.The decision finalizes that earlier finding, and the cash deposit rates required of importers of biodiesel will be updated to reflect this final determination. The cash deposit rates range from 60.44 to 86.41 percent for biodiesel from Argentina, and 92.52 to 276.65 percent for biodiesel from Indonesia, depending on the particular foreign producer/exporter involved.“It is reassuring to see the administration enforcing policies that put America first,” said NBB in a statement released this week. “Today’s decision provides room for the domestic biodiesel industry to flourish and produce more volumes of this American-made fuel, which provides so many economic and environmental benefits. The biodiesel industry already deals with policy uncertainties, such as lapsing tax credits and annual unpredictability with the Renewable Fuel Standard, so we appreciate seeing illegally dumped imports remedied. We look forward to continuing our focus on growing the domestic industry that supports roughly 64,000 jobs across the nation.”The International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold its final injury vote in March or April. If the ITC’s final injury vote is affirmative, the Commerce Department will publish final antidumping orders. This would conclude the process for this initial round of administrative proceedings. Parties could then APPEAL these decisions in the Court of International Trade in New York. In fact, we have already seen several parties file in that court to contest the findings in the countervailing duties cases; it is likely the same would happen in the antidumping cases. This requires a new round of legal defenses and strategies.To be successful in securing relief, a party must file both with the ITC and the Commerce Department. The Commerce Department determines whether the imports are subsidized and/or dumped, while the ITC determines whether the domestic industry has been injured by reason of such unfairly traded imports. The Commerce Department also determines the margin of duties to impose on imports based on the degree of dumping and subsidies found.The coalition outlined its case before the ITC Commissioners last fall; highlights of that testimony are available here. Essentially, studies found that a flood of dumped and subsidized imports from Argentina and Indonesia has resulted in market share losses and depressed prices for domestic producers. These imports have severely injured American manufacturers and workers. Specifically, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464 percent from 2014 to 2016, taking 18 percentage points of market share from U.S. producers. Imports of biodiesel from Argentina jumped 144.5 percent since the filing of the antidumping and countervailing duty petitions. These surging, low-priced imports prevented producers from earning adequate returns on their substantial investments and caused U.S. producers to pull back on further investments to serve a growing market.last_img read more

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Poll 77 think employers should offer incentives for staff to adopt healthy

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents think that employers should offer incentives for all employees to adopt healthy behaviours.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 61 responses, also found that 13% of respondents feel that employers should provide incentives for some staff in order to encourage healthy behaviours, while 8% do not believe such incentives should be offered at all. A minority (2%) do not know whether incentives that award employees’ healthy behaviours should be offered or not.The 2017-2018 Global benefits attitudes survey, published by global risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory organisation Willis Towers Watson in February 2018, found that 33% of UK employees believe their employers should pay them for keeping healthy. Meanwhile, 34% of British employees claimed that they would only participate in their organisation’s health initiatives if there was a financial incentive to do so. This was an increase from the 26% of respondents who said the same in 2013.The research also found that 70% of UK respondents do not believe that wellbeing-related rewards, such as health screening, physiotherapy treatment, gym or sports club membership and spa days, meet their needs.However, this view varied when the research considered a more global perspective. A quarter (25%) of respondents based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) believe that employer initiatives have encouraged them to live healthier lives, compared to 40% of respondents living in Asia Pacific regions, 37% of respondents in Latin America and 31% of North American respondents.Do you think driverless cars will ever have a place in a company car strategy? Have your say in our latest poll…last_img read more

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AllRecipescom Sees Jump in Traffic

first_imgMeredith’s AllRecipes.com is enjoying growth this holiday season—the day before Thanksgiving, the site reported more than 7.9 million visits, breaking its all time record. Visits to AllRecipes.com from mobile devices the week leading up to Thanksgiving Day were up 97 percent year-over-year, with the total number of visits from mobile devices for the same time period reaching 12 million. “Thanksgiving is always the biggest cooking holiday of the year so we’ve consistently experienced record traffic during that time—this is the 15th consecutive year that AllRecipes has experienced such strong year-over-year growth,” says Esmee Williams, vice president of Brand Marketing for AllRecipes.com. In order to extend the brand’s momentum beyond Thanksgiving, Williams says the site is rolling out more digital products to meet the needs of its users. The recently-launched Video Cookbook app for Windows 8 and iOS, for example, saw nearly 20,000 unique visitors the week of Thanksgiving. “At one point you might have flipped through a cook book or turned on a television but a lot of people realize that they can get the answers to their cooking questions immediately though how-to videos online,” she says. “Our how-to videos were up 200 percent year-over-year.”Nearly 4 million home cooks visited AllRecipes.com from a tablet device the week leading up to Thanksgiving, a 232-percent year-over-year increase—more than 1.6 million users sought out this original, made-for-Web video content. Since the site spends about 10 months prepping for the November and December months, the site leverages its traffic figures to support its ad partners.“As our traffic scales, so do our impressions so we definitely have more inventory to offer and for multiple years we’ve sold out our inventory during Thanksgiving,” says Williams. “We work with all of our partners to get their recipes integrated into the site over the course of the year and we work with them to bring their recipes to the surface through different advertising products. It helps to build a community and a really great search footprint—that helps not only home cooks discover the partner recipes on our site, but also in places like search engines like Google, Yahoo! or Bing.”In addition to offering website ads, Williams says AllRecipes rolls out newsletters that are exclusive to the season to help brands become part of the story. Social media campaigns, like its “Best Thanksgiving Ever” Pinterest sweepstakes that was executed in partnership with Campbell’s also helps to support sponsors while driving traffic. SEE ALSO: Meredith Teams Up With Campbell’s For Holiday Pinterest Sweepstakes“We’re a pretty data-driven company so we’re going to be taking a look at what consumer behaviors were and prioritize our projects that we think can further serve their needs,” she says.  Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

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US Supreme Court allows Trump to use military funds on wall

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a full honours welcome ceremony for Defence Secretary Mark Esper at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US, on 25 July 2019. Photo: ReutersThe US Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favour of president Donald Trump, allowing him to proceed with plans to divert billions of dollars in Pentagon funds towards construction of his border wall with Mexico.”Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall,” Trump tweeted in reaction to the ruling, which boosts his ability to fulfil a major campaign promise to construct the massive barrier. “Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year in a bid to bypass Congress and obtain funding for his signature project, after the standoff led to the longest government shutdown in US history.But about 20 US states along with rights and environmental groups and border communities are backing lawsuits that claim the emergency declaration violates the constitution.A federal judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had issued a temporary injunction against using Defence Department funds for wall construction.On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned the lower court decision with a 5-4 ruling, writing that the government had “made a sufficient showing at this stage” that the groups did not have the standing to challenge the allocation of funds, freeing up the money for the president’s use while litigation proceeds.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top congressional Democrats, denounced the ruling.Pelosi insinuated that the president had exercised executive overreach in bypassing Congress to get the funding, writing on Twitter that “our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people – not a monarchy.”Schumer, meanwhile, called the matter “deeply regrettable” and “nonsensical,” adding that it “flies in the face of the will of Congress and the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse.”Repurposed billions Trump had originally requested $5.7 billion for his border wall, but after a tug-of-war that included a record 35-day federal government shutdown, he reluctantly signed a spending bill that included appropriations of just $1.4 billion for border barriers, and not specifically a wall.Then, citing an “invasion” of drugs and criminals, he declared a national emergency at the border, allowing him to repurpose billions of dollars in other government funding.The $2.5 billion in Defence Department funds at play in the Supreme Court ruling were part of that repurposed money.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immediately vowed to seek an expedited decision from the Ninth Circuit “to halt the irreversible and imminent damage from Trump’s border wall.””Border communities, the environment, and our Constitution’s separation of powers will be permanently harmed should Trump get away with pillaging military funds for a xenophobic border wall Congress denied,” said Dror Ladin, attorney with the ACLU’s national security project.Trump made the construction of a wall to stem illegal immigration from Latin America central to his successful 2016 campaign for the presidency.The number of border-crossers detained by the US Border Patrol surged to a 13-year high of more than 144,000 in May before easing to 104,000 in June — still up 142 per cent from a year earlier.The Supreme Court victory was the second piece of good news for Trump, who earlier in the afternoon announced that a “landmark” asylum agreement had been reached with Guatemala, which Trump claimed would classify the Central American nation as a “safe third country,” meaning that US-bound migrants who enter the country would be required to seek asylum there instead.However the US Department of Homeland Security said the term did not appear in the agreed text.last_img read more

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Scientists build worlds smallest water bottle

first_img Citation: Scientists build world’s smallest ‘water bottle’ (2010, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-scientists-world-smallest-bottle.html Scientists have designed and built a container that holds just a single water molecule. The container consists of a fullerene cage and a phosphate moiety that acts as the “cap” to keep the water inside. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Synthesis with a template: Carbon-free fullerene analogue More information: Qianyan Zhang, et al. “Switchable Open-Cage Fullerene for Water Encapsulation.” Angewandte Chemie. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201004879via: Nature An open and closed fullerene cage holds a single molecule of water. Image credit: Angewandte Chemie. The researchers, Qianyan Zhang, et al., from institutes in Beijing and Germany, have published their study on the tiny fullerene cage in a recent issue of Angewandte Chemie. While previous research has shown that fullerene cages can be used to surround molecules, here the chemists also designed a way to close (and re-open) the cage to let a water molecule in and out. One of the keys was making the cap the exact size to allow a single water molecule to pass through, and modifying the classic carbon-60 form of fullerene accordingly. Due to its chemical properties, the phosphate moiety used for the cap can be easily removed and re-attached to the edge of an orifice in the fullerene cage, and can sufficiently lock a single water molecule inside.The tiny container could have applications in transporting small molecules or radioactive atoms for medical purposes and other uses. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Get The Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds Now WIth Wccftech Deals – 55

first_imgThe world is now full of things that look fancy and frilly and even earbuds have evolved with the times. The Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds stand out due to their sheer simplicity. They are practical and at the same time very intuitive. These earbuds are wireless and come with Bluetooth 4.1 and CVC noise cancellation. They are light weight and do not incorporate any complex usage. Wccftech is providing users with an amazing discount for a few days. So avail the offer now!Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds featuresThe minimalistic design by Touchwave has a lot to offer. This next generation ear buds, with carbon nanotube diaphragms deliver amazing sound performance. They are lightweight, uncluttered and they will remain tough even during workouts, outdoor adventures, commutes etc. The deal has a lot to offer. Here are highlights of what you will get with the Cresuer Touchwave Wireless Earbuds: Control songs or answer calls w/ a simple tap without any extra pressure on your earMake clear calls thanks to CVC Noise Cancellation technology & total noise isolation from silicone eartips Keep your earbuds in place during hard workouts w/ three different sizes to choose from & sweat resistance Listen to music for 3 hours on a single charge, or up to 12 hours when using the charging box Charge the buds up to 4 full times while on the go w/ the wireless charging caseDetails & Requirements Microphone sensitivity: -42±2dbSound unit: 8mm moving speakes Battery life (earbud): 50mAh Battery life (cabin): 450mAh Working range: 10 m Impedance: 32Ω Speaker sensitivity: 105dB Speaker bandwidth: 20-20KHz Play time: 4 hours (up to 12 with charger) Standby time: 12 hoursCompatibilityBluetooth 4.1 support for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, PC, Mac, or any other Bluetooth-supported deviceIncludes Left and right earbudsCharging box 3 sizes of earpieces USB charge cable Pocket Quickbook Warranty cardOriginal Price Cresuer Touchwave Wireless Earbuds: $99.99Wccftech Discount Price Cresuer Touchwave Wireless Earbuds: $44.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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HAL adds Signature Experiences in Montreal five European gateways

first_img Share Posted by Thursday, April 27, 2017 HAL adds Signature Experiences in Montreal, five European gateways Travelweek Group center_img SEATTLE — Holland America Line’s new 2018 Signature Experiences on select itineraries departing from Montreal, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Venice and Copenhagen include immersive pre-cruise cultural tours, luxury hotel stays and transfers.Each pre-cruise Signature Experience was created exclusively for Holland America Line and includes an evening event, two-night luxury hotel stay and transfers, says the cruise line. Guests who book a suite on the eligible cruises receive the Signature Experiences complimentary, but space is limited and reservations are required.“Holland America Line guests are travellers who enjoy immersing themselves in the cultures of the places we visit, and our new Signature Experiences present some of the most iconic destinations in a unique way that isn’t available to the general public,” said Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford. “By showcasing these incredible cities at night with exclusive opportunities, our guests will come away with a deeper cultural impression and experiences that go well beyond traditional tours.”The new Signature Experiences include Taste of Montréal – Old & New. On select Canada & New England cruises that depart from Montréal, the Taste of Montréal – Old & New Signature Experience visits the city’s most popular sights and takes guests behind the velvet rope at one of its leading cultural institutions. In addition to the immersive city tour, the package also includes a two-night hotel stay and complimentary transfers.In Amsterdam, An Evening at the Rijksmuseum takes guests on an after-hours private tour of the most-visited national museum in the Netherlands. After a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres in the museum’s foyer, participants tour the Rijksmuseum Honor Gallery, followed by a three-course dinner in the Rijksmuseum’s café.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAn Evening at Casa Batlló in Barcelona includes a private tour of this iconic architectural treasure created by Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906. Guests will have time to take in this masterpiece of shape, color and light, then feast on tapas and drinks while enjoying flamenco fusion music provided by Son de Cajon.In Copenhagen, A Night at Kronborg Castle Signature Experience features this memorable UNESCO World Heritage Site, immortalized in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. At Kronborg Castle guests will be entertained by actors who provide a history of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, followed by appetizers and beverages.During A Night Out in Ancient Rome, guests will spend a magical evening at the Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (House of the Knights of Rhodes) on a terrace overlooking the Roman Forum. After indulging in appetizers and prosecco, guests will be privy to a private, after-hours tour of Rome’s iconic Colosseum by one of the monument’s most elite guides.Venice’s An Evening on the Grand Canal Signature Experience takes guests on a motor-launch cruise to the water entrance of a charming, privately owned, 16th-century palace overlooking the city’s Grand Canal. In this opulent and historic setting guests will enjoy appetizers, drinks and Venetian music, all in the company of a countess or member of her noble family.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsHolland America says Signature Experiences for Australia and New Zealand, Asia and South America cruises will be coming soon. Tags: Holland America Line << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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How do you become a Costa Rican citizen New rules apply

first_imgNo related posts. Foreigners legally residing in Costa Rica and wanting to become citizens must go to the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) in San José as part of a new regulation.Beginning this week all interested residents can choose one of five types of citizenship procedures: Naturalization for those over 25 years old, born in Costa Rica and child of foreign parents; naturalization for those over 25 years of age; born abroad from Costa Rican parents; naturalization per residence for those who have lived for at least twenty years in Costa Rica; naturalization by marriage with a Costa Rican national; and naturalization for residence.Detailed information on each procedure may be found at TSE’s website: www.tse.go.cr  (Spanish only).The naturalization office is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.The new regulation was published last month in the government’s newspaper La Gaceta. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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