WatchPrecision Drilling Corp swings into loss as revenue plummets five contracts cancelled

CALGARY — Precision Drilling Corp. reported a loss of $19.9 million in its latest quarter compared with a profit of $24.0 million a year ago.The oilfield services company says the loss amounted to seven cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a profit of eight cents in the same quarter last year.Revenue this quarter totalled $301.7 million down from $512.1 million in the first quarter of 2015, mainly due to lower drilling activity in the U.S., Canada and internationally.‘It’s ugly out there’: Oilpatch investors brace for painful quarter, but worst may be overThe company says revenue from its contract drilling services and completion and production services segments both fell by 39 per cent and 57 per cent, respectively.During the quarter, Precision Drilling says it received $23 million in one-time contract cancellation payments in connection with five contracts.The company says it has been hit by a total of nine contract cancellations since the start of the downturn, which began in late 2014.07:22ET 25-04-16 read more

Seniors centre approved in Port Dover

Norfolk council is thrilled that seniors in Port Dover have formed a club and have found a venue where they can grow their membership.But some council members think the process leading to this point leaves something to be desired.Specifically, Mayor Kristal Chopp took Adam Veri, president of the Port Dover Board of Trade, to task Tuesday for steering this process without the help of Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin.“We have to break down these silos,” Chopp said, adding she hopes to see Coun. Martin involved in all future deliberations on the matter.For her part, Coun. Martin said she attempted to get involved but was unsuccessful. When she caught wind of relevant meetings, Martin inquired about them but was told they were cancelled.Veri expressed confusion about the mayor’s remarks, asking whether citizens are forbidden from undertaking community projects without running them by council first.The exchange occurred while council considered a staff report on the establishment of a seniors centre in Port Dover – the fastest-growing community in Norfolk. The report recommended – and council approved – establishing the Kinsmen Hall-Scout Hut as the launching pad for the new social organization.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman took exception to the exchange between Chopp and Veri, who organized and hosted a number of public meetings in recent months that brought the issue to this point.Huffman said this line of commentary was “inappropriate” and irrelevant to the matter at hand.“Obviously, there are some other issues going on,” Huffman said. “Let’s just focus on the report. I’m a little confused right now but that’s nothing new around here.”Veri was later asked by the Reformer if council members’ concerns over the process might have something to do with who gets credit.“I don’t know, and I think speculating may not be fair to anyone on council,” Veri said. “It wasn’t a conscious decision. I’ve done a lot of projects involving the county and I never had to go through council.“In 10 years of doing projects, I’ve never had that happen. This is a new experience. My take is councillors should determine their own level of involvement. My only interest is that we ultimately have a seniors centre.”Veri was one of eight candidates vying for the councillor seat in Port Dover-area Ward 6 last fall.Martin was the runaway winner with more than 50 percent of the ballot. Martin collected 2,242 votes while Veri placed second with 912. In a conversation earlier this year, Veri said a seat on Norfolk council remains an attractive proposition.After Tuesday’s meeting, Veri said he took the lead on this file because so many seniors expressed a desire for a social centre while he campaigned. Veri told them this would be a priority and that something would get done.Veri said placing second is not an excuse to abandon commitments.“To take my ball and go home is just stupid,” he said. “I would not do that.“My only role here is to help the seniors get the most out of their centre. The fewer people with fingers in the middle the better things seem to go.“We got it approved so we obviously did a good job. If we hadn’t done it the right way it wouldn’t have been approved.”Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen also commented on the process.Van Paassen noted that he – as a councillor – can’t commit staff time to preparing a report unless he has the support of his council colleagues.Yet, Van Paassen observed, Veri was able to summon a detailed four-page proposal from the county’s community services department without council direction.Bill Cridland, general manager of community services, replied that this was “a chicken-or-the-egg” situation and that he wanted to bring forward something detailed and substantial that council could debate, ask questions about, and ultimately vote on.Cridland added that hundreds of seniors have signed on to the Port Dover initiative. As such, the establishment of a club was never in doubt; the only details to be determined were how the county could help as it does with seniors centres in Simcoe and read more

Annan urges Commonwealth to give special attention to fighting HIVAIDS

In a message to a meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government, taking place in Abuja, Nigeria, Mr. Annan praised the organization – a 54-member group comprised of the United Kingdom, its former possessions and other States – for its efforts to defeat extreme poverty, hunger, death, disease and illiteracy.But the scourge of HIV/AIDS “warrants special emphasis,” the Secretary-General said, especially so soon after World AIDS Day, which was observed on Monday.”It is spreading at an alarming rate. The disease is a terrible threat, not just to human life, but to good governance and sustainable development,” he said. Mr. Annan noted the UN works in partnership with the Commonwealth in peace-building efforts around the world, including Guyana, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and many Pacific island States.The Secretary-General added that he was aware this Commonwealth meeting would discuss the situation in Zimbabwe, and the need for reconciliation between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.”It is vital for dialogue to resume without delay in Zimbabwe, and for tangible progress to be made,” he said. read more

UN urges countries to address needs of ageing population

“Rapid population ageing and a steady increase in human longevity worldwide represent one of the greatest social, economic and political transformations of our time,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to mark the International Day of Older Persons, which coincided with the report’s release.“These demographic changes will affect every community, family and person. They demand that we rethink how individuals live, work, plan and learn throughout their lifetimes, and that we re-invent how societies manage themselves.”By 2050, 80 per cent of the world’s older people will live in developing countries and the population over 60 years old will be larger than the population under 15, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).The report, Ageing in the Twenty-first Century: A Celebration and a Challenge, which was produced by UNFPA and HelpAge International, underlines that while the trend of ageing societies is a cause for celebration, it also presents huge challenges as it requires new approaches to health care, retirement, living arrangements and intergenerational relations.“People everywhere must age with dignity and security, enjoying life through the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms,” UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said at the report’s launch in Tokyo, Japan. “Longer life expectancy was a goal of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development in 1994. More action needs to be taken to achieve this for all people; new poverty goals must not exclude older people.”Governments need to put policies and practices in place to support their current older populations and prepare for 2050, the report says, noting that more than 100 countries are already taking steps in this direction by implementing non-contributory social pensions in recognition of old age poverty. However, this is only part of what is required to ensure the rights of older persons are protected.The report notes that despite their social and economic contributions to society, many older persons all over the world face continued discrimination, abuse and violence, and underscores the need for governments, civil society and the general public to work together to end these destructive practices and invest in older people.The report also includes the stories of 1,300 older men and women who participated in group discussions in 36 countries around the world. Their first-hand accounts and testimonies supported efforts to better understand and meet their needs, UNFPA said in a news release.“Ageing is a lifelong process that does not start at age 60. Today’s young people will be part of the two billion-strong population of older persons in 2050,” said Dr. Osotimehin. “This report shows that, with actions taken now, we can all benefit from the longevity dividend – increasingly in the developing world – now and in the future.” read more

Brock gears up for Congress 2014

Jane Koustas is gearing up to head to Victoria next month.There, the professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures will take in Congress 2013, the flagship event for Canadian social sciences and humanities scholars. But Koustas will also be hard at work promoting next year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.As the academic convener of Congress 2014 – hosted by Brock University and organized by the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences – Koustas will be wooing thousands of academics, researchers and policy makers to Niagara for the next edition of the conference, Borders without Boundaries.“What we’re trying to showcase is research and the fact that Brock is moving toward, if it’s not already become, a comprehensive university,” Koustas said, noting Brock’s growth in arts, science and graduate research.“I think anyone who was here in 1996 (when the University last hosted Congress) will see Brock has grown in all directions, not just student population.”Still, Koustas will need some help to get the word out about Congress 2014.So an informal meet and greet for faculty and staff involved with the conference, and those heading to Victoria will be held on Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in Sankey Chamber.During that time, there will be two drop-in information sessions about Congress 2014 and promotional materials will be provided to participants to hand out in Victoria and elsewhere.“If people have questions about what’s happening here, before they go to Victoria they can have their questions answered,” Koustas said.Congress 2014 will bring 70 learning societies and associations to Brock from May 24 to 30, 2014. During the course of the week, 8,000 people will be on campus and in Niagara.“Part of this is to encourage people to visit the community as well and turn it into a holiday opportunity, too,” said Koustas, whose efforts are supported by several Brock departments, including Community and Ancillary Services. “It’s also the idea of celebrating the region and Brock’s 50th anniversary and how very different it is from the Brock people would have seen (at Congress) in 1996.”Visit Congress 2014 online. read more

Opinion NFLs punishments for Patriots Brady are fair

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Jan. 22, 2015. The press conference centered around the fact that 11 of 12 Patriot game balls were under-inflated according to NFL rules during the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship victory over the Colts. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe NFL announced its punishment for the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday for the underinflation of footballs used in the 2015 AFC Championship Game, five days after league-appointed attorney Ted Wells released the findings of his lengthy investigation.Wells concluded that it is “more probable than not” that members of Patriots personnel — specifically, Jim McNally, who is the officials’ locker room attendant for New England, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the Pats — deliberately released air from game footballs after they were inspected by the referee.The report also found that Brady, who would go on to be named this year’s Super Bowl MVP, “was at least generally aware” of McNally and Jastremski’s illegal actions “involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”New England was fined $1 million and was stripped of two future draft picks — a 2016 first-round selection and a fourth-rounder in 2017. Brady received a four-game suspension, without pay, for the start of the 2015-16 NFL season. Additionally, McNally and Jastremski were suspended by the league indefinitely.The Wells report has garnered plenty of criticism. Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said in a statement that there was “no fairness” in the investigation and that it had a “pre-determined” outcome. The use of the language “more probable than not” in the report has drawn flak for not being definitive enough.As for the punishment, Yee called it “ridiculous.” He said they will appeal the suspension.Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Monday night after he was informed of the discipline.“Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation,” he said. “It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”He added that they still believe there was “no tampering with footballs” but that their “intention was to accept any discipline levied by the league.”I believe this discipline is fair — for the most part.First off, the comments from Yee and Kraft are expected. Of course they would not flat out say they agree.I looked through the report and read the text messages between McNally and Jastremski. I took note of the other evidence Wells brought forth, and my personal conclusion was that a calculated and purposeful effort was made to deflate the footballs and that Brady knew about it. I do not think that such actions to deflate the balls would happen without the man who would be throwing them during the game — Brady — knowing about it.And because of my personal conclusion drawn from the Wells report, I feel a four-game suspension for Brady is spot on. The argument is that an underinflated football becomes softer, which make it easier to grip, throw and catch. The extent of this competitive advantage is unknown to me but regardless, it is inconsequential.If a cyclist uses banned performance-enhancing drugs but still loses in the Tour De France, he still broke a rule. Or if a wide receiver uses Stickum but still drops a pass, he still broke a rule. The fact of the matter is that a violation occurred. There are rules for a reason. A rule was broken and punishment rightfully should follow.Do I think that if Brady played the AFC Championship Game with properly inflated footballs that they would have lost the game against the Indianapolis Colts? Obviously I can’t say for sure, but I do believe New England still would have won and advanced to Super Bowl XLIX.The fact that they still might have won the game without committing the violation does not make the fact that Brady was “at least generally aware” of the violation any better. He needed to be punished, and I believe he received the proper discipline. It is a matter of protecting the integrity of the game.To me, anything more than a four-game suspension would have been excessive. Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer recently was suspended for four games in 2015 for sending text messages to the sidelines during games. Considering this, I think four games for Brady being “at least generally aware” that the game balls for a crucial AFC Championship Game were being tampered with is totally reasonable and fair.As for the rest of the punishment, there is no question McNally and Jastremski should be suspended indefinitely. The $1 million fine — tied for the largest in league history — given to the organization is also adequate, in my opinion. Bear in mind that this occurred in a game that determined who would play in the Super Bowl. Violating a rule in such a pivotal game should have harsh consequences.The league also took two future draft picks away from the Patriots. This is a relatively common disciplinary action. Since 1980, 14 teams have lost draft choices because of infractions.New England forfeits next year’s first-round selection and a fourth-round pick in 2017. It is only the second time since 1980 that a first-round pick was lost. The first time was in 2008, when the NFL took took away New England’s as a result of illegally videotaping an opposing team’s sideline.The one in 2017 makes sense. However, I feel taking away a first-rounder is steep. The New Orleans Saints did not even lose a first-round pick because of their illegal paying of players to purposely injure the opposition. They lost second-round choices in 2012 and 2013.Losing multiple draft picks is certainly reasonable, but taking away such a high selection seems to be slightly excessive. Vacating a third-round selection next year, instead of the first-rounder, would have satisfied me.With that said though, I believe the NFL handed down mostly appropriate punishments. The “deliberate effort to circumvent the rules” deserved severe discipline, and the league issued just that.The impact this has on Brady’s legacy and the Patriots franchise in the future remains to be seen.But one thing is for sure: Brady’s first game back from his looming suspension is scheduled to be on Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. in Indianapolis against the Colts — the same team the Patriots faced during the AFC Championship Game with the deflated balls.Interesting timing, to say the least. Mark your calendars for that one. read more

Escaped convict turned himself in because it was too cold

first_imgAN INMATE WHO escaped from a prison in Kentucky has turned himself in to authorities because the weather outside was too cold.Robert Vick, 42, broke out of a minimum security prison in Lexington on Sunday.The next day, he walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police, saying he wanted to escape the weather.“This was definitely of his own volition,” police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said, adding: It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in.A ‘polar vortex’ of cold Arctic air has settled over large parts of the US, leading to freezing temperatures.Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket when he escaped, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said. Wind chill readings were minus-28° Celsius in Lexington on Monday.The Lexington Fire Department treated Vick for hypothermia Monday evening, Roberts said. He was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument.Think it’s chilly in Ireland? Here’s what they’re dealing with in the States>This is what happens when you jump on a frozen trampoline>last_img read more

Fk Trump Robert De Niros attack on Donald Trump gets standing ovation

first_img Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards. Image: Michael Zorn via AP By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL WITH A BLEEP on live television and double fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the theatre crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rousing political introduction of his old friend Bruce Springsteen that was focused squarely elsewhere: on President Donald Trump.De Niro, a staunch Trump opponent, cursed Trump in an attack heard clearly by the Radio City Music crowd last night.The CBS television audience heard dead silence instead before he raised his arms, twice, and earned a sustained standing ovation.The legendary actor urged the audience to vote in November and lauded Springsteen for his own political commitment before the singer sat at a piano for a moving performance based on his Springsteen on Broadway show that had him singing My Hometown.De Niro said of Springsteen: “Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else and even more importantly in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now.”The anti-Trump sentiment swept backstage as playwright Tony Kushner and others from “Angels in America” spoke to reporters about its three big wins: best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.“I agree,” Kushner said when asked about the De Niro moment, dropping an F-bomb of his own in relation to the president.“I can’t believe De Niro did that,” Kushner said. “Good for him. I mean, it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna argue with him?”Kushner went even further, calling Trump’s presidency “the Hitler mistake” that put a “borderline psychotic narcissist in the White House”. 135 Comments Jun 11th 2018, 9:42 AM Monday 11 Jun 2018, 9:40 AM center_img Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards. Source: David Beard/Twitter Robert De Niro’s popularity is suddenly rising in Canada. #TonyAwards— David Beard (@dabeard) June 11, 2018 73,083 Views Image: Michael Zorn via AP ‘F**k Trump’: Robert De Niro’s attack on Donald Trump gets standing ovation The CBS television audience heard dead silence. Share992 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can

first_imgDirections Coarsely grate both the carrot and beetroot, then place it all in a large salad bowl. Add the shallots. Heat the cumin seeds in small pan until they are hot and smell pungent. Remove from the heat and scatter over the vegetables.Add the olive oil, vinegar and parsley and then toss well. Leave to marinate for at least 15 mins before serving.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ. Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. 32,131 Views 350g carrots, peeled and trimmed350 g beetroot, peeled and trimmed2 organic shallots, finely chopped2 tsp cumin seeds2 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp sherry or organic red wine vinegar1 small bunch flat parsley, roughly chopped  Michael Kelly By Michael Kelly Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 12:30 PM Grower Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL BLOOM IS OVER for another year and I’ve had a while to reflect and recover.For exhibitors and stallholders, Bloom is a marathon of a show – five full days open to the public and typically a day or two pre and post show for prep and take-down. For many of the GIY crew that can mean decamping to the Phoenix Park for a week or more away from family.We call it the Bloom ‘bubble’ – when our universe seems to contract and concentrate in to Bloom for a week. Every day is about the show – getting there, preparing, working hard, having a million conversations with visitors about all things GIY, getting home, resting and then doing it all over again.Bigger and betterOver the ten years since we started to do the show, we’ve had our share of days where we’ve been either frozen with the cold or miserable in the rain. Happily, this was not one of those years – we had five days of pretty much unbroken sunshine and the place was awash with happy people enjoying a day out in the Park.Bloom gets bigger and better every year, and I reckon Bord Bia outdid themselves this year – apart from the show-gardens which were uniformly excellent, there was so much more for people to see and do, and the food offerings were excellent.For us in GIY, it’s a chance to showcase our big three food growing campaigns – our primary schools campaign with innocent, called the Big Grow, which over 400,000 people took part in this year in Ireland and the UK; our secondary schools campaign GROW2CEO with Cully & Sully (which over half of secondary schools in Ireland took part in) and our community food growing campaign with Energia, the Get Ireland Growing Fund (which supported 75 community food growing project with grants and other supports).On the GIY Food Matters stage we also had discussions on food issues of the moment – everything from school food, hospital food, food in direct provision centres, horticulture therapy, the death of family dinners and why we don’t eat more fish. Speakers included Rory O’Connell, JP McMahon, Dr Donal O’Shea, Paula Mee and Cara Augustenborg.Kids GIYingThis was the first Bloom post broadcast of our TV series GROW COOK EAT, which meant being stopped a LOT to chat about the show which was just brilliant.We noticed a very specific and very welcome trend, which is the number of kids coming up to Karen and I with their parents to say they watched the show together as a family and the kids proudly updating us on their GIYing. At such moments, I have to remind myself how lucky I am to do this for a living.Coming home from Bloom is always an interesting experience – it’s brilliant to be home to family of course, and to have a chance to rest and recover. On the other hand, being at a festival is exhilarating too, so you have to manage the re-entry in to normal society carefully.There’s typically a noticeable leap forward in the veg patch too after a week-long absence – though this year, the weed growth seems slower thanks to the warm weather and dry conditions. With the lack of rain, Mrs Kelly has been busy on watering duties (along with everything else), and no doubt cursing me slightly for jumping ship for a week during one of the busiest growing times of the year.The Basics – Which Plants Need Watering in Dry Weather Which veg plants need a lot of watering in dry weather and which can ones can withstand a bit of a drought? It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines. Leafy vegetables like brassicas, lettuce, spinach and celery needs lots of water – 10-15 litres per square meter a week.Fruiting veg like toms, peas, beans, cucumbers need heavy watering when they are flowering and fruits are starting to swell.Too much watering of root crops will only encourage lush foliage rather than good roots – in early stages water only if soil is drying out but more is required when roots are swelling. The exception is when waiting on parsnips and carrots to germinate – keep the soil moist all the time.With prolonged dry weather, it’s important to get the most out of the water you use.  Water early in the morning when it’s cool and let the plants have a good drink before the water starts to evaporate in the heat.Recipe of the Week – Carrot and Beetroot Salad This is a delicious, healthy, seasonal salad, perfect for those first new season baby carrots and beetroot.  Dry-frying the cumin seeds adds an extra layer of flavour to proceedings.Ingredients  Share28 Tweet Email3 Which veg plants need a lot of watering and which ones can withstand a bit of a drought? It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are some guidelines, writes Michael Kelly. Jun 16th 2018, 12:31 PM 4 Comments last_img read more

Politicians blame infrastructure issues on migrant population growth

first_imgNSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s comments earlier this week on wanting the state “to return to Howard-era immigration levels” have received much negative backlash as such a policy would mean halving migrant intake in order to limit population expansion.“It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure,” she said in a statement before appointing a three-member panel tasked to develop a NSW population policy to be introduced to the federal government in 2019.According to The Guardian, however, permanent arrivals in Australia have not increased since the Howard administration wit net overseas migration mainly being driven by students, tourists and skilled migrants.Speaking at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney – the largest migration and multicultural event in the world – acclaimed social researcher Professor Stephen Castles argued that while refugees and asylum seekers garner more attention, they in fact only constitute a very small part of Australia’s migrant intake.“We have to change the perceptions that economic migration is good and persecuted migration is bad,” he said stressing that such a view “is terribly short-sighted”.With 30,000 people having to leave their homes to seek asylum, Australia only takes in about 15,000 people a year with the largest part of its migrant intake coming from skilled migration, people the country needs, with permission to work and stay permanently.“While 28% of our population comes from overseas, it’s always been that the latest group is to blame for the problems we face on the day,” Pr Castles continued.“In the 50’s it was the Italians and Greeks, in the 60’s it was the Vietnamese who were blamed for crime, the drug trade and so on. Migrants are being used as scapegoats by politicians as they exploit the increased feeling of vulnerability of their constituents and frustration with infrastructure.”“Refugees have made a huge contribution to economy and society, and it isn’t fair not to recognise that. Australia used to be a leader in human rights, and now we have become a leader in violating human rights,” he concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Heavy police presence at Jason Aldean concert in Chula Vista

first_img , John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — There is a heavy police presence Thursday evening at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista ahead of a Jason Aldean concert.This will be Aldean’s first concert in Chula Vista since 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, the deadliest mass shooting in United State History.Security is the top concern for the Chula Vista Police Department, who will have an increased presence at the concert, using the help of snipers and drones, in addition to the increased manpower.A large group of survivors of the Las Vegas shooting will be at the concert, showing solidarity with fellow survivors and remembering those who were lost.KUSI’s John Soderman spoke with some of the survivors who are in Chula Vista for the Country Music concert.(video above)The concert is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. , John Soderman Posted: September 20, 2018 September 20, 2018center_img Heavy police presence at Jason Aldean concert in Chula Vista Updated: 10:25 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Working in Clark County Chris Wilson Farrier

first_imgWorking in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks:; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.“I always knew I wanted to do what my grandpa did,” says Chris Wilson, a Ridgefield High School graduate who has spent 10 years as a farrier. “From the time I was very little I watched him work and never left his side. I learned the trade from him.” Name: Chris Wilson.Job/employer: Self-employed, Chris Wilson Farrier Service.Age: 30.Residence: Brush Prairie.What a farrier does: A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses’ hooves and placing shoes on their hooves. I usually work six days a week, shoeing about 15 horses per day, all year long. A lot of my business is show horses.Education/professional background: I graduated from Ridgefield High School. I didn’t go to a horseshoeing school. I learned the trade from my grandfather, Bud Wilson. I never left his side and watched everything he did. He made some horseshoeing videos and I helped him. He died of cancer in 1995. I was also an apprentice with other farriers for about two years.Learning continues: I recently went to Missouri to take the American Farrier Association certification test. Farriers are not required to take the test but I wanted to be certified. Only about 600 are certified out of about 75,000 working farriers. I would like to take the journeyman’s test next. Someday I would like to open my own farrier school.last_img read more

12m people covered by group risk schemes in 2016

first_imgMore than 12 million individuals were covered by group risk schemes at the end of 2016, according to research by Swiss Re.Its Group watch 2017 report, which is based on data collected from 16 providers in the group risk market in the UK and 18 employee benefits consultancies, also found that 520,000 more people became members of group risk schemes by the end of 2016 compared to 2015, representing an increase of 4.5%.The research also found:In-force death benefit sums assured increased by 4.4% in 2016.Excepted group life non-pension benefits increased by almost 30% in 2016.In-force death-in-service pension benefits fell by 6.8% in 2016.Critical illness in-force sums assured increased by 9% in 2016, and premiums increased by 11.5%.Long-term disability income policies increased from 17,111 to 17,168 in 2016, and the total insured benefits increased by more than 9%.The number of people insured for long-term disability income increased by 6% to more than 130,000 individuals.Ron Wheatcroft (pictured), technical manager at Swiss Re, said: “The stand-out figures in the data show the increase in excepted group life cover and there are other good signals too, including a reverse in the decline of long-term disability income in-force policies. This is particularly relevant with the spotlight in the [Department for Work and Pensions] and the [Department of Health] green paper published late last year on the potential for growth.“The growth in excepted group life policies reaffirms the need for clarity across the whole market around these arrangements. An exemption, where the [excepted group life policy] is the sole asset, would confirm these arrangements as an efficient and effective way for employers to provide life cover as the link between pension provision and death benefits becomes less direct.”last_img read more

2 held for gang rape in Sylhet

first_img.A 14-year girl was reportedly gang-raped by four people in sadar upazila of Sunamganj on Tuesday, reports UNB.Police arrested two people — bus driver Aniul Haque of Ikachai village in Jagannathpur municipality and Sunamganj bus-stop manager Burhan Uddin of Jagannatpur — in this connection on Thursday.The victim hailing from Sonargaon village in Biswanath upazila went out of her home following a family feud and reached Jagannathpur municipality area on Tuesday, said sub-inspector Lutfar Rahman of Jagannathpur Police Station.At one stage, she took shelter near a shop from where the culprits took the girl to Burhan Uddin’s house saying that they will help her reach her residence by a bus.But, the accused along with two of their associates violated her whole night, leaving her severely injured.Later in the morning, the victim went to the police station and disclosed the matter.The girl was sent to Osmani Medical College Hospital medical check-up, said Naba Gopal Das, officer-in-charge of the police station.last_img read more

Transformers Origin Story Coming to Netflix as Animated Series in 2020

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before — to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” said John Derderian, Netflix’s director of anime.Added Tom Warner, SVP for the Transformers franchise at Hasbro, “We’re thrilled to work with Rooster Teeth’s new premium studio division to bring an all-new Transformers fan-oriented series to Netflix. Transformers has a rich history of great storytelling and War for Cybertron is an exciting new chapter in the Transformers Universe.”Machinima, when it was under Warner Bros. Digital Networks, had partnered with Hasbro on several Transformers original series, including “Transformers: Combiner Wars” and “Transformers: Titans Return.” After AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner last year, Machinima was moved under the Otter Media umbrella — and Machinima was shut down last month, with virtually all staffers laid off. Rooster Teeth has now rescued several Machinima titles post-shutdown, including a revival of Machinima’s popular “Inside Gaming” daily talk show. Popular on Variety center_img Netflix and Hasbro have partnered with Rooster Teeth to bring “Transformers: War for Cybertron” — telling the origin story of the Transformers universe — to the global streaming service in an original series set to launch in 2020.The producers promise that the series will feature a “new animation look and style” that shows the alien robots as they’ve never been seen before. Rooster Teeth, a unit of WarnerMedia’s Otter Media group, will produce the series for Netflix and Polygon Pictures will serve as the animation studio.“Transformers” veteran FJ DeSanto (“Transformers: Titans Return,” “Transformers: Power of the Primes”) will serve as showrunner with several contributing writers, including George Krstic (“Megas XLR”), Gavin Hignight (“Transformers: Cyberverse”) and Brandon Easton (“Agent Carter,” “Transformers: Rescue Bots”).last_img read more

Modern twist to tradition

first_imgDastkar, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, presents the second, much awaited, edition of Dastkar Design Fair, an innovative showcase for contemporary craft design, featuring the work of designers working with traditional craft hand-skills in handloom textiles, regional embroidery styles, garments, jewellery, accessories, decorative objects and furniture by Adhya crafts pvt. ltd, Alankriti, Amru, Aranya Earthcraft, Artisans Alliance Jawaja weavers, Auld clan welfare, Awdhesh Kumar, Neelima Hasija, Resha,  Samanvay, Shabnam Gitanjali  and many more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One can revel in the beauty of stoles, jackets, accessories and garments made from recycled textiles; Threadwork, papier-mâché, silver, Lac and Meenakari are all ancient techniques that today find new forms and styles in the jewellery ranges of modern designers.Textile designers innovate with block-printing techniques, pashmina shawl weaving and intricate Kashmiri embroideries, or in the motifs and graphic designs that are executed on the looms of traditional handloom weavers to echo today’s consumer’s tastes and colour sensibility. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAt Dastkar Design Fair one can taste a variety of cuisines at the Food Court, from home cooked Bengali to Maharashtrian cuisine, Chaat, and Parathas along with warming halwa and desserts. One can also enjoy great cultural performances too over the weekends with folk and fusion artistes.Dastkar, a registered NGO working with crafts and craftspeople for over three decades, strongly believes in crafts as a catalytic tool for social and economic empowerment and earning. Dastkar is committed to breaking the barriers that separate craftspeople from mainstream urban markets, reviving and revitalizing both the craft and the community. Partnering with Delhi Tourism, it is developing the Nature Bazaar venue in Andheria Modh, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, as a hub for crafts, culture and natural products, linking South Delhi and Gurgaon.When: January 16 to 27  Where: Nature Bazar Venue, Andheria Modh (Chattarpur metro)last_img read more

Kolkata Police yet to give permission for Amit Shah rally BJP Yuva

first_imgKolkata: The BJP Yuva Morcha today said they are yet to receive any communication from the Kolkata Police regarding permission for BJP President Amit Shah’s proposed rally here on August 11. Yuva Morcha state president Debjit Sarkar told PTI that they have submitted a formal application to police, seeking permission for Shah’s rally. He said they will move court if police deny permission. “We submitted an application to police yesterday, seeking permission for the rally. We have mentioned five venues in Kolkata for the meeting, but police are yet to give us permission. We need time to prepare for the rally,” he said. Police’s reaction was not available immediately.last_img read more

Filmmaker teaches movie magic to Chiles slum kids

first_img“For her to go inside this community at this hostile time was amazing,” says Veliz of the dictatorship years. “We thought the world was just that and that we had to hate anyone who thought differently, but when the workshop arrived it changed our way of thinking.”Throughout the years, Vega has scrounged up funding from the Education Ministry, the U.S. and Scandinavian embassies, churches, French humanitarian groups and Chilean artists. But every year, she still struggles to get the $3,000 she needs for materials, adult supervisors and snacks.“I keep on doing it because I see in children’s faces that every year, with every experience, they achieve goals that they never dreamed of,” Vega says. “Parents tell us that they focus and do better at school, and more importantly, they’re happier.”And thanks to Vega, they have passed on some movie magic to their own children.“I recently bought a film projector just like in the workshop, and I buy popcorn and watch movies with Zara, my 4-year-old daughter,” Veliz says.“Aunt Alicia would teach that movies have a beginning and an end, and in great way, that’s how life is. But what happens in that movie of life depends on us,” he adds. “In order to do that, you have to help children dream. Alicia does that and her legacy is huge. It’s so many generations of us, and the movie keeps rolling.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “I’ve never been to the movie theater but I want to learn what a movie is and how it’s made. I like this a lot,” says Ortega, the 9-year-old “pilot” of the cardboard plane.Kids also watch the moving stick figures of the century-old Fantasmagorie, the world’s first cartoon. Eventually, frame by frame, they will draw their own moving images _ of dinosaurs, soccer players, ships and trains _ to make their own movie. They also grasp the difference between film and documentary or real life.“They’re used to not being listened to at home, hardly having an opinion at all,” Vega says. “So when they come back home and tell their parents what happened in class they become the protagonists. It helps them find grounding in who they are and find a space in life, and that’s very valuable.”Flashback to 1973, when Chile was living through the darkest moment of its recent history. Vega’s adult classes at the university were cut after Marxist President Salvador Allende was ousted by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Helicopters hovered over Santiago’s slums like Lo Hermida in the municipality of Penalolen, keeping children up at night while the military searched for leftist dissidents among their parents. Sometimes soldiers broke into the porous plywood homes and dragged people out for questioning and torture. Many never returned, joining the more than 3,000 who disappeared after being seized by the dictatorship. Vega worried that their children, already enduring poverty and hunger, would also lose their innocence.She spent the early years of the dictatorship developing a film curriculum for kids in Roman Catholic schools, but eventually she decided to go straight to the slums. In her first workshop, seen in the 1987 documentary “100 Children Waiting for a Train,” she asks children to create their own documentary. They reach for red markers and draw images of protesters being shot by police.Vega is small-framed and grandmotherly, but no pushover. Her toughest decisions come when she’s had to dismiss children from the workshop for stealing the snacks. Her assistants sometime ask her to reconsider, but she won’t give in. “If you were to forgive every child we couldn’t continue with the class,” Vega says in her book.She’s not the hugging type: In the film, she explains that she can’t get too close emotionally to kids whose lives are already full of pain. It’s hardest when she sees youngsters who have been abandoned or sexually abused, beaten or just hungry. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix As the first black-and-white images of Mickey Mouse pop up, they roar with laughter. The 83-year-old woman responsible for their joy smiles faintly, paying no attention to the movie. She’s more interested in these starry-eyed kids, who have never walked into a cinema.Her name is Alicia Vega, a no-nonsense filmmaker who has seen that look during 27 years of workshops. In slum after slum, all across Chile, she has helped thousands of poor children soar by teaching them about the magic of movies.Film, she says, has a uniquely transformative power.“My intention was never for them to become filmmakers, but for them to become better human beings, to discover themselves,” says Vega, who recently documented her life’s work in a book, “Film Workshop for Children,” so others might be inspired to follow her lead.“Movies help children escape poverty because it lifts their self-esteem. They learn values, it expands their culture. It’s universal: Kids are kids anywhere and they learn a lot through images,” she says.In her four-month workshops, children start by making devices that preceded the first projected moving images, like the Zoetrope _ a cylinder with vertical slits surrounding a band of pictures that come alive when spun. The children often take the toys back home and teach their parents that the name comes from the Greek words “zoe” for alive and “trope” for turn. ___Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img “The Zoetrope impressed me most, because I never imagined that an inanimate image could have movement. It was shocking,” recalls Leonardo Veliz, 38, who used to sell shoelaces in the streets when he attended Vega’s workshop in 1987 at age 13. He now works as an electrical technician.“I was surprised to see how movies were made, or to find out that the first ones were silent. The classes awakened my curiosity,” Veliz says. “We learned that images are not really what they seem at first, and this has helped me at work. I’ll be repairing computers for hours, and I also have to find a way to see things in a different way.”Studying cinema history, the kids sneeze together after watching Vega’s 16-mm copy of the earliest surviving motion picture, the 1894 “Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze.” Children pencil handlebar moustaches on their faces and dress in 19th century clothes to watch images of a train arriving at a station, famously shown to a shocked public by the Lumiere Brothers in Paris. Of the mustachioed brothers, sometimes they ask: “Which one is Louis and which one Auguste?”On other days, they wear top hats and giggle at the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or Charlie Chaplin’s first silent films. They discover shots and angles behind a real camera, construct a box office and pay for their classroom cinema using fake bills. And they always enjoy snacks during screenings. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Associated PressLO HERMIDA, Chile (AP) – Inside the community center for this slum where children shiver in the winter chill, dozens of kids are dreaming of flying away. Their pilot is 9-year-old Benjamin Ortega, who tips his hat inside their cardboard plane and calls for takeoff while an old 16-mm projector rolls and clicks, projecting Walt Disney’s 1928 classic film “Plane Crazy” on a white sheet. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Travelers want greener flights and more of them

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Air travelers want to have their cake and eat it too. A survey by Airbus has revealed that a majority of travelers expect to fly more in the future but are concerned about the environmental impacts of air travel as well as the noise of jets and the stress of flying. The results of the two-year consultation Airbus had with more than 1.75 million people worldwide found that:63 per cent of people said they would fly more by 2050 96 per cent believed aircraft would need to be more sustainable or ‘eco-efficient’ 66 per cent wanted quieter aircraft and 65 per cent, planes that were fully recyclable Almost 40 per cent thought (door-to-door) air travel was becoming increasingly stressfulWith 60 per cent of those surveyed believing that social media would not replace the need to see people face-to-face, Airbus Executive Vice President of Engineering Charles Champion said there was still nothing better than “face to face contact”, calling aviation “the real World Wide Web”.But as more people took to the skies more often, Mr Champion said the higher their expectations would be for the “end-to-end passenger experience”. Confirming this, the Airbus consultation highlighted a ‘predictable’ list of gripes such as airport queues, slow check-in and baggage collection, delayed departures and holding patterns around airports. “In London for example we’ve seen concern about queues at airports and people are understandably not happy about it,” he said.  “But the reality is those capacity constraints are a sign of things to come unless the industry can work together to cut delays, and with aviation set to double in the next 15 years, that’s what we’re looking at.” Meanwhile, Airbus announced this week that since its debut in 1988, the A320 Family aircraft has carried some 7 billion passengers – the equivalent of the current world population. The Airbus Concept Plane (Image Airbus)last_img read more