Manchester United F.C. cancel Europa League final news conference after concert attack

first_imgManchester United have cancelled their news conference ahead of the Europa League final in Stockholm following Monday’s suicide attack at a pop concert in their own city which killed 22 people.European soccer body UEFA said it had agreed to a request from United to cancel Tuesday’s conference, which was due to be held at the Friends Arena, the venue for Wednesday’s match against Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam.UEFA said the team would practice at their own ground on Tuesday as planned before flying to Sweden. A team walk at the stadium in the evening would go ahead.At least 22 people were killed and 59 were wounded when the suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester on Monday night.last_img read more

French Open: Stan Wawrinka wins ugly to get Roland Garros campaign rolling

first_imgThird seed Stan Wawrinka’s launched his bid for a second French Open title with a slow start on Tuesday, toiling to find his rhythm before ultimately beating Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-2 7-6(6) 6-3.The 2015 champion struggled to time the ball on an overcast Court Suzanne Lenglen, frequently spraying his trademark backhand drive long or into the net as he looked to keep the points short against 152nd-ranked Kovalik, who was making his Roland Garros debut.But the Swiss did enough to win the rallies that mattered, extricating himself from a deep hole in the second set tiebreak, taking the last five points after trailing 6-3.After connecting well with a backhand to take the final point, a sigh of relief as he approached the net suggested he was glad to put the encounter – lasting a shade under two hours and in which he made 33 unforced errors – behind him.Having had less time than he might have wished to adjust between Geneva, where he took the title on Saturday, and Paris, he took the longer view in upbeat comments after the match.”It wasn’t particularly easy after Geneva… but I feel good,” Wawrinka said courtside. “I hope to go deep (into the tournament) this year.”The Swiss will play Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round.last_img read more

Neymar reveals his dream coach is… Guardiola!

first_imgTransfers Neymar: I really want to work with Guardiola Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 19:19 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Neymar PSG Coupe de France 2018 Frederic Stevens Transfers Manchester City Premier League PSG Ligue 1 Neymar Guardiola The lure of playing for the Manchester City coach is one that remains tempting to the world’s most expensive player Neymar has reiterated his desire to one day play under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar missed the chance to feature under Guardiola at Barcelona, joining the club a year after the Catalan had left his role as head coach.Brazil forward Neymar spoke in January 2016 of his admiration for Guardiola, who enjoyed a spell at Bayern Munich between his jobs at Barca and City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And working with Guardiola is an ambition that Neymar still holds.”I have always wanted to work with Guardiola,” he told  ESPN Brasil. “It’s different, I arrived [at Barca] after he left. I really want to work with him.”Neymar joined PSG from Barca last August in a world-record €222 million move, but has already been strongly linked with a return to La Liga and his former club’s great rivals, Real Madrid.last_img read more

KrisEnergy Secures EPCIC Contract for Nong Yao Oil …

first_imgKrisEnergy, January 16, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom KrisEnergy Ltd. an independent upstream oil and gas company, announced the award of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning contract for the production and processing facilities for the Nong Yao oil development in block G11/48 in the Gulf of Thailand.The EPCIC contract was awarded to Nippon Steel and Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd. by the operator of G11/48, Mubadala Petroleum. The development concept for the initial phase of the Nong Yao field comprises 23 wells, a wellhead processing platform and a minimum facility wellhead platform with the export of crude oil via a floating storage and offloading vessel. The production capacity will be up to 15,000 barrels of oil per day and 30,000 barrels of fluids per day.First oil is anticipated in the first half of 2015. Chris Gibson-Robinson, KrisEnergy’s Director of Exploration & Production, said: “We declared final investment decision in August last year and preliminary fabrication work commenced in November. They are pleased to be making headway on the Nong Yao development, one of six development projects in our current portfolio.”KrisEnergy holds a 25% working interest in G11/48 and Mubadala Petroleum has the remaining 75%. G11/48 covers 6,791 sq km over the southern margin of the Pattani Basin and the northwest margin of the Malay Basin in water depths of up to 75 metres. My location Print  Closelast_img read more

Rotterdam Retains Its Lead as Europe’s Trading Gateway

first_img My location zoom The first ships have yet to arrive, but already there is plenty of activity amid the sand and the dunes. Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest port, has just reclaimed 2,000 hectares of land from the North Sea to expand its gateway by a staggering 20%. Reduced to rubble during the Second World War, Rotterdam quickly blossomed in the following decades thanks to the gradual reduction of trade barriers between members of the European Union.The Dutch are creating additional deep-port capacity in Rotterdam in order to be able to welcome the newest generation of ultra-large container vessels, such as new 400-metre long ships that can carry up to 18,000 containers.Hans Volker, public information officer for the new port development, said: “The new port development is attracting investment from companies around the world who want to take advantage of the European single market. Extra capacity and new infrastructure links will ensure Rotterdam retains its lead as Europe’s trading gateway and will ultimately benefit businesses and consumers across the continent.”Catching the eye are a dozen brand new quay cranes, delivered only a few weeks earlier. When these cranes raise their arms, they rival the city’s new Erasmus bridge in height. The new cranes are semi-automated and each one can carry two containers simultaneously. They belong to two competing container terminals that can unload the newest generation of container ships 24 hours a day. When the new terminals open in November of this year more than 25 of these huge cranes will be operational.This ambitious expansion is a testament to how much Rotterdam has developed over the last 60 years thanks to Europe’s single market. Today some 32,000 ocean-going vessels and 87,000 inland vessels a year make use of Rotterdam port, which offers employment to more than 90,000 people. It has a turnover of about €600 million a year.The European economy stands to gain more than 10% in additional economic growth in the long term as a result of the single market, according to the Dutch government’s Central Planning Bureau . For the Netherlands, this could amount to as much as 17% in extra growth. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 EU Parliament, February 21, 2014last_img read more

Wärtsilä Tests Wireless Charging for Hybrid Coastal Ferry

first_imgzoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid-powered coastal ferry.“This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries, and the successful project represents a notable breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels,” Wärtsilä said.The tests were carried out on the 85-meter-long MF Folgefonn in Norwegian waters during the end of August/early September this year. The 1,182 gross ton ferry is owned by Norled, one of Norway’s largest ferry operators.Wireless charging eliminates the cable connection between the vessel and shore, thereby securing and facilitating safe connections and disconnections. It also reduces maintenance since wear and tear to physical connection lines is eliminated, as explained by the company.The Wärtsilä system is based on inductive power transfer and is capable of transferring more than an MW of electrical energy. The system is designed to maintain efficient power transfer at distances of 50 centimeters between the two charging plates built into the side of the vessel and the quay, according to Wärtsilä.“During recent years, wireless charging has been introduced for cars, busses and trains. We have now made this possible for marine vessels. The main benefits … are up to 20 percent more utilisation of the available charging time, increased operational safety, and greater system reliability,” Ingve Sørfonn, Senior Technical Officer E&A, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, commented.“There is an ongoing trend to equip coastal ferries with battery powered and hybrid propulsion since they are particularly affected by environmental regulatory demands. Wireless charging will, therefore, create considerable value for operators of hybrid ferries,” Sørfonn added.The project has been partly funded by Innovation Norway, a Norwegian funding institution.last_img read more

GMS Gadani One Signature Away from Welcoming Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform Gadani shipbreaking yards are one signature away from reopening to tankers, according to a report from GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.As understood, the one remaining signature required is from the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri, who remains reluctant to sanction any reopening.End buyers have been petitioning the Chief Minister and the government to reopen Gadani to tankers, GMS said, adding that high ranking Pakistan Ship Breakers Association members recently asked the Minister to push the matter, however, without any success.“This fiasco has played itself out against the backdrop of a significant depreciation of the Pakistani Rupee, which has knocked more than USD 20/LDT off the local offerings and this has further dampened end buyer enthusiasm and any aggression to buy at decent rates (for now),” GMS said in its report.The Chief Minister banned the demolition of tankers and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yards in February 2017, following two incidents which caused dozens of fatalities.The incidents, caused by the absence of safety measures, included an explosion on November 1, which killed at least 28 workers, and a fire on January 9, which took the lives of another 5 workers.last_img read more

Gap and Pendleton® Collaborate on Fall 2016 LimitedEdition Collection

first_imgAdvertisement The collection includes shirt dresses ($69.95), denim (jeans and jacket both $79.95), shirts ($59.95) and ponchos ($199) for women, a puffer vest ($98), shirt jackets ($199), baseball caps ($24.95) and scarves for men ($49.95), tote bags ($49.95-$64.95) and a full range of offerings for kids and babies ranging in price from $16.95 to $44.95. The collection is available in September at select global Gap stores and on gap.com.About GapGap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.About PendletonSetting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is a lifestyle brand recognized as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship. With six generations of family ownership since 1863, the company recently celebrated 153 years of weaving fabrics in the Pacific Northwest. Known for fabric innovation, Pendleton owns and operates two of America’s remaining woolen mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-friendly technology. Inspired by its heritage, the company designs and produces apparel for men and women, blankets, home décor, and gifts. Pendleton is available through select retailers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia; Pendleton stores; company catalogs; and direct-to-consumer channels including the Pendleton website, http://www.pendleton-usa.com. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement For fall 2016, Gap and Pendleton Woolen Mills will celebrate American style with the introduction of a limited-edition collection featuring clothes and accessories for men, women, kids and baby. The collection brings together two classic American brands, celebrating Gap’s beloved denim and Pendleton’s signature plaids specially curated from Pendleton’s rich archive of historic patterns.“We’re excited to bring a unique pairing of two American icons to our customers with this new collaboration combining the best of Gap and Pendleton’s signature styles,” said Jeff Kirwan, Global President, Gap. “Both brands have played an important role in shaping the American wardrobe and have won generations of fans along the way, making this the ideal collection to share with the whole family.”“Pendleton joins Gap in saluting American Style in a collection that is rich in heritage and authenticity,” said Pendleton President, Mort Bishop III.  “With our joined legacy of design and fabric, the Gap x Pendleton limited-edition collection celebrates this exceptional collaboration of classic fashion and iconic plaids.” Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

DavidsTea swings to loss on charges but says ecommerce improving

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea Inc. says it swung to a loss in its last quarter as onerous contract charges and impairments weighed on its balance sheet.The specialty tea retailer says it had a loss of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter ending Feb. 3, compared with net income of $2 million for the same quarter last year.The company says the charges included onerous contracts of $13.5 million due to underperforming stores opened in prior years, as well as impairment charges of $10.1 million.Montreal-based DavidsTea says sales of tea accessories continued to be a challenge over the holiday season, as it worked to improve its selection.The company says it recently launched a new e-commerce platform and saw double-digit internet sales growth over the fourth quarter a year earlier.It has also invested in more merchandising and marketing staff which, along with the e-commerce investments, the company hopes will help sales in the second half of the fiscal year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DTEA)last_img read more

Control towers at 149 small airports to stay open through the end

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Control towers at 149 small airports to stay open through the end of September by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2013 3:56 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open for now the 149 control towers at small airports that were slated to close as the result of governmentwide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress, the Transportation Department said Friday.The towers, which are operated by contractors for the FAA at low-traffic airports, had been scheduled to close June 15. They will now remain open at least through Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year, the department said in a statement.A bill hastily passed by Congress last month to end air traffic controller furloughs also makes enough money available to keep the towers open, the statement said. The bill gave the FAA authority to shift $253 million from accounts with unspent funds to keep controllers on the job. The furloughs at all FAA-operated airport towers and air traffic control facilities caused widespread flight delays across the country for nearly a week before Congress stepped in.FAA officials have previously said they needed at least $200 million to eliminate the need for furloughs. The bill didn’t require the FAA to spend the remaining funds on keeping towers at small airports open, but lawmakers said they anticipated the agency would use the money that way.The FAA will also put $10 million toward reducing cuts and delays in its program to move from a radar-based air traffic control system to one based on satellite navigation, the statement said.Another $11 million will go to “partially restore the support of infrastructure in the national airspace system,” the statement said.While the decision gives the small airports a temporary reprieve, FAA officials will still be under pressure to find ways to further cut spending in next year’s budget.The FAA’s initial decision to close the airport towers set off an intense lobbying campaign to keep them open by airport operators, the communities where the airports are located and members of Congress with an airport in their district or state. Several lawmakers and the trade association that represents contractors who operate the towers claimed victory after Friday’s announcement.“The broad coalition of communities, airports, air traffic controllers, aviation system users and members of Congress that has emerged in recent months united in the fight to keep contract towers open is a testament to the important role these facilities play in enhancing the safety and efficiency of the nation’s aviation system,” J. Spencer Dickerson, executive director of the U.S. Contract Tower Association, said.“It’s been a long fight since our original amendment to prevent the towers from closing and preserve aviation safety was blocked from a vote, but in the end common sense prevailed over politics,” Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said in a statement.The association and airport operators in several states, including Florida, Illinois and Washington, had filed lawsuits with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to halt the closures. The suits contend that the closures violated a federal law meant to ensure major changes at airports do not erode safety. The suits also said the closures unfairly targeted the program for an outsized share of the more than $600 million the agency is required to trim from its budget by the end of September.FAA officials pointed out that eliminating federal funding to pay for air traffic controllers would not have forced the airports to close. Of the nation’s 5,000 public airports, only about 10 per cent have control towers. Those without towers generally have relatively few flights, and pilots co-ordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves.Airport towers are prized by local communities as economic boosts, particularly in rural areas. Airlines are sometimes reluctant to schedule flights to airports where there are no on-site air traffic controllers. Likewise, businesses may hesitate to locate in communities where there is no scheduled air service or where the local airport isn’t staffed by controllers.The FAA began paying contractors to staff and operate towers at a handful of small airports after President Ronald Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers in 1981. Today, there are 251 towers operated by private contractors at airports across the country at an average annual cost of more than $500,000 each.Critics have questioned whether the program is still needed. The FAA has acknowledged using 30-year-old data on aircraft collisions to justify the cost of operating many of the control towers, even though accident rates have improved significantly over that time.In addition to keeping the contractor-operated towers open, the FAA said earlier this week that it intends to continue to staff control towers at 72 busier airports overnight. The agency had initially planned to eliminate midnight shifts of controllers at those airports to save money.___Online:Federal Aviation Administration: http://www.faa.gov/news/media/fct_closed.pdf___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy read more

Cheers jeers for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Calgary town hall

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2017 3:01 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cheers, jeers for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Calgary town hall CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched an impassioned defence for balancing the environment and economy at a raucous town hall in the heart of oil country Tuesday.A man wearing a shirt with “I Love Oil Sands” written on it and a hat emblazoned with U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan took Trudeau to task for earlier oilsands comments.At a town hall in Ontario earlier this month, Trudeau was criticized for saying the oilsands would need to be phased out eventually. At the close of a Calgary cabinet retreat earlier Tuesday, he said he misspoke.The questioner at Tuesday night’s gathering accused the prime minister of making inconsistent statements depending on whether he was in eastern or western Canada.“You’re in Alberta right now, sir. You’re not in Ottawa,” the man shouted. “Yet when you come to Calgary, you tell people you’re sorry.“You are either a liar or you’re confused. And I’m beginning to think it’s both.”The man asked Trudeau whether he would take back the remark, prompting cheers from some in the crowd of more than 1,700.Trudeau replied that he has been consistent in his oilsands message.“I have repeatedly said that yes, the responsibility of any Canadian prime minister is to get our resources to market and yes, that includes our oilsands fossil fuels,” he said.“I’ve also said that we need to do that in a responsible, sustainable way — that you cannot separate what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy.”Trudeau said even former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper recognized the world would have to get off fossil fuels eventually.He asked the crowd of mostly students to put up their hands if they think climate change is real and virtually everyone did.A few other questions at the town hall touched on the economic pain Alberta has been going through in recent years as a result of low oil prices.The unemployment rate in Alberta, where the economy largely centres on the oil and gas sector, was at 8.5 per cent in December, higher than the national rate of 6.9 per cent. Tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs over the past few years.Trudeau was also grilled on Canada’s future peacekeeping role, trade, violence against indigenous women and strategies to tackle poverty.A handful of hecklers interrupted Trudeau throughout the event at the University of Calgary. Trudeau responded by drawing on his past life as a teacher, telling one man he didn’t want to reward bad behaviour by giving it too much attention.Trudeau and the federal cabinet wrapped up a two-day retreat in Calgary earlier Tuesday that was focused largely on how to deal with an unpredictable new administration south of the border.— follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

In Tunisia UN Chief commends African nation for staying true to ideals

“The President and I just had a very productive meeting. I welcomed the way he runs the country without compromising on principles, at this critical time in the history of Tunisia,” said Mr. Ban told journalists in the capital of Tunis. Tunisia’s upcoming elections will mark an important milestone on Tunisia’s road to democracy, Mr. Ban said pledging that the UN will do its utmost to ensure that elections are open to all, transparent and peaceful. The UN has already “actively supported the democratic transition with technical assistance on elections, transitional justice and Tunisia’s extremely valuable Constitution,” he added.Last January, Tunisia’s Parliament adopted the constitution, the country’s first since massive public demonstrations ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in early 2011, the first regime to be toppled in the so-called Arab Spring. “Tunisia raised hopes across North Africa, the Middle East and the globe when the Arab Spring was born here. And Tunisia has risen to high expectations by staying true to its ideals,” Mr. Ban said, adding that both he and the Tunisian President are both deeply concerned about the situation in Libya.“Here we see that with integrity, leadership, civic engagement and commitment, peaceful revolution leads to promising stability,” Mr. Ban told reporters, commending the Tunisian Government and the Tunisian people for the great success they have achieved. “Tunisians have shown the power of inclusive national dialogue. This is an important example for countries of this region. When leaders listen to their people, respond to their needs and work for their aspirations, countries enjoy peace and prosperity,” he added. Mr. Ban’s meeting with the Tunisian President was followed by a discussion with Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President of the National Constitutional Assembly, as well as the Presidents of a number of Parliamentary Groups. At a later press conference following what he called a “very productive” meeting with Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi, the Secretary-General said he looked forward to speaking with members of civil society. Mr. Ban is planned tomorrow to meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations, journalists, activists and others who have helped create the “new Tunisia,” he added. Referring to the progress Tunisia has undertaken, Mr. Ban said this is “promising ground to build on.” Now Tunisia needs to create new economic opportunities, advance social justice, promote human rights, secure gender equality and counter terrorism.“You deserve international support as you solidify this progress,” added the Secretary-General. read more

Revenue has almost more confidence in helpline after alleged fraud

first_imgTHE CHAIRPERSON OF the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, has said that she has almost more confidence in the property tax helpline it uses following allegations of fraud.It emerged yesterday that an operator on the line has been suspended after unnecessarily asking customers for their credit card details.Feehily told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning that the issue was raised by a customer using the helpline. She said that “nobody has suffered a loss”, which is the “most important” thing.The Revenue is going to continue using the company, Abtran, said Feehily. A worker at Cork-based Abtran’s telephone property tax helpline has been suspended following allegations that they inappropriately asked callers for their credit card details.The worker attempted to “effect transactions” but failed to do so, the company said. The incidents are now under investigation and gardaí have spoken to the employee involved, but there have been no arrests.ConfidentFeehily said that “in some ways I’d almost be more confident” in Abtran, saying the company is “very professional” and that it got a “fright” over the incident. She said that Revenue are expecting that their calls “will be monitored even more closely” and the service provided will be even more secure.Calls are dealt with by Abtran staff, but if they need to be escalated, are then sent on to Revenue staff. When asked if customers will mind not speaking to someone from Revenue on the helpline, Feehily said she didn’t think so, and that: I think that it’s about providing them with a secure, professional and competent service.Feehily said that she would like to assure people they can have trust in the helpline, and that the calls are supervised daily by her officers and there are Revenue employees working with Abtran and monitoring the calls closely.She added that she is satisfied that the issue came to light, and that it was handled professionally. Revenue will be meeting with Abtran to review all of their policies following this incident.Any customer with concerns about their payment can contact a dedicated Revenue number, 1890 22 63 36. This is a separate helpline and is not the one operated by Abtran.Read: Property Tax helpline staff member investigated over alleged card fraud>last_img read more

Cancer survivor distributes toys at Miami hospital

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A former cancer patient gave back to a Miami hospital, Tuesday morning, just in time for the holiday season.The young cancer survivor teamed up with Tank Brewery to deliver toys to children undergoing treatment at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.The toys were collected the previous weekend and distributed to patients at the pediatric oncology clinic, Tuesday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula grocery tax takes another blow

first_imgAlaska Statute only allows general law cities to tax the same items taxed by their borough unless the borough makes an exception.Kenai Peninsula Borough voters repealed an ordinance this year that gave general law cities the power to tax non-prepared foods year round. The voter decision means the cities of Soldotna and Seldovia will be forced to deal with a decrease in tax revenue.Everyone likes a deal, especially at the grocery store. For that reason it’s probably not too surprising that borough residents voted against a year round grocery tax for the third time in a row.Kenai Peninsula Borough voters decided in 2008 to stop taxing non-prepared foods between September 1st and May 21st of each year. And the voters stuck by their decision in 2011. The vote did not affect the home rule cities, Kenai and Seward. It would have restricted the general law cities of Homer, Seldovia and Soldotna, but the borough assembly gave those cities an out.The assembly passed an ordinance giving them the power to ignore the voters’ decision.This year Proposition 1 called on peninsula voters to strike down that ordinance. James Price is one of the proposition’s sponsors. Price fought the borough in the Kenai Superior Court and in the Alaska Supreme Court to prove his right to start a referendum petition.“August of 2014 we collected about 1800 signatures and that’s what put Proposition 1 on the ballot for 2015,” said Price.The repeal passed with 58% of the vote. The borough assembly enacted the decision during its October 13th meeting.The vote doesn’t immediately affect Homer. Homer City Manager Katie Koester says it does mean one less revenue option the city could’ve used to rectify an estimated $1 million budget shortfall.“That being said the council voted in 2009 to not collect [a] tax on non-prepared foods. So they decided to follow the wish of the voters,” said Koester.The repeal also indirectly kills a city ordinance passed this year that expanded the definition of taxable prepared foods to include a variety of snacks.  Seldovia and Soldotna are the only cities directly affected. Seldovia charges a 4.5% tax on non-prepared foods during the summer and a 2% tax during the rest of the year.There was confusion in Seldovia on the vote’s impact. Kenai Peninsula Borough Finance Director Craig Chapman says the vote affects Seldovia the same as Homer and Soldotna. Seldovia City Manager Tim Dillon says he was originally told the vote wouldn’t affect Seldovia. Dillon and borough officials re-examined the situation and he says the ultimate impact to Seldovia’s tax revenue will be minimal. Soldotna’s city council and administration were the most vocal opponents of Proposition 1. Newly elected Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague says the city appropriated $7500 to fight the repeal.“[Of] course it wasn’t a very large amount of money but we felt we had to do something to try to influence the vote,” said Sprague.Sprague estimates the city will lose about 10 percent of its budgeted revenue or between $1 and $1.2 million. He says the city is in good financial shape but they have to make up that money. He’s already canceled a planned renovation of the city council chambers and he says more cuts are needed.“Also I think we’ll be looking at user fees. We’ll be looking at a property tax increase. We’ll be looking at using our fund balance to help make up the difference,” said Sprague.Sprague says the grocery tax helped Soldotna capture revenue from non-city residents who use the city’s services regularly.  James Price believes the city was wrong to tax food because it is an indispensable resource and he says Soldotna’s grocery tax unfairly targeted people living outside city limits.“Soldotna has the lowest tax rate of any jurisdiction within the borough,” said Price. “I don’t think it’s unreasonable for them to carry a little more of the tax burden. I think they’re raising enough money and they won’t need to raise property taxes. I think they just need to tighten their belts a little bit.”Price won’t stop with his latest victory. Next he plans to help Kenai residents end the year round tax on non-prepared foods in their city.last_img read more

Letter bomb explosion hurts IMF official in Paris Police

first_imgFrrench Police officers secure the scene near the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on March 16, 2017 in Paris, after a letter bomb exploded in the premises. AFPA letter bomb exploded at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, injuring a secretary who suffered burns to her hands and face, police said.Employees were evacuated from the building near the Arc de Triomphe monument in the heart of the capital “as a precaution” after the late morning explosion, a police source said.IMF chief Christine Lagarde condemned it as a “cowardly act of violence”.She reaffirmed “the IMF’s resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate”, according to a statement issued by her office.”We are working closely with the French authorities to investigate this incident and ensure the safety of our staff.”French President Francois Hollande called it an “attack”, saying it showed that “we are still targeted.”The victim, a secretary for an unnamed senior manager, suffered light burns from the blast which might have been caused by a firework, a police source told AFP, asking not to be named.Armed police and soldiers were seen securing the area around the IMF offices.France has been the victim of a series of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists since 2015.Although no link has been established at this stage, a Greek far-left group claimed Thursday that it had sent a parcel bomb to the German finance ministry in Berlin, more than six years after waging a similar campaign targeting European officials.- Claim by ‘Conspiracy of Fire’ -The Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei group admitted responsibility in a statement posted on an anti-establishment website, but only mentioned Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s office as a target.German police said they had discovered the “explosive” package at Schaeuble’s office on Wednesday, a day before he was due to host his new US counterpart Steven Mnuchin.Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States, in 2010 sent letter bombs to foreign embassies in Greece and to three European leaders — then European Commission chairman Jose Manuel Barroso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.A Greek police source said the claim was “most probably” authentic.Germany and the IMF are blamed by many Greeks for imposing years of public sector cuts and reforms in exchange for bailout packages needed to prop up the recession-hit country.Greece’s interior ministry said authorities in both Greece and Germany were working together on the case.A Greek police source said the package had a Greek stamp. The “sender” of the parcel was given as a deputy leader of the opposition New Democracy party — along with his real address.last_img read more

MarvelUniverse Live Supports Local Youth

first_imgMarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C.MarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C. to show the youth support, a local performer in the show said Sept. 3. “We wanted to help support the kids with something positive,” said Kirk Jenkins, a native of Faulkner, Va., who is thrilled when the audience screams for his character – Wolverine.The event at the Boys and Girls Club allowed performers to get active in the community and celebrate the arrival of MarvelUniverse LIVE! in the D.C. area. The show will have performances at the Patriot Center from Sept. 12 – 21.After a long, hard day in the books, over 50 kids unwound with an after-school super hero workout, Sept. 4, at the Richard England Clubhouse, Boys and Girls Club in Northeast, D.C. “We thought it would be fun to come out and do obstacle courses with the kids and have them be super heroes for the day,” said Jennifer Rubin, tour manager for MarvelUniverse LIVE!Young participants learned special stunts from the show, and after receiving a sticker with an image of a superhero to embody, they performed a series of challenges. Their strength was tested at the Thor’s Hammer striker; their fear of heights overcome at the Spider-Man climbing wall, and their speed pushed to the max at the Hulk-sized endurance challenge.MarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C. Photos courtesy of Feld EntertainmentParticipants also practiced life. “Self-control is the first step to being a superhero,” Moe Alagrangy, who plays Spiderman in the show, told the kids. Leading by example and espousing an indomitable spirit, are also key, Alagrangy continued.Marvel Universe LIVE! is an original story bringing together more than 25 Marvel characters on an epic quest. Superhero favorites including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine battle against arch enemies including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, and Electro for world domination.last_img read more

Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes revealed

first_imgIn June last year Hideo Kojima gave the first details of his new game engine named Fox, which is covered in the video above. In fact, most of his time was being spent working on the engine rather than a game last year. However, the footage does show something that looked very much like a Metal Gear Solid $20.50 at Amazon environment, and it turns out there was a good reason for that.Just over a year on and Kojima has used the 25th Anniversary Metal Gear Solid event to announce a new MGS game. This one is called Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and it has been developed using the Fox Engine.No footage of the demo given has appeared yet, but attendees were suitably impressed with what they saw. The footage was rendered in real-time using a current-gen PC and showed off Snake riding in a jeep, calling in a helicopter for an airlift, crawling around and avoiding search lights, and of course taking out a guard. I’m guessing it looked suitably next-gen too, and will hopefully push the PS3 and Xbox 360 to their maximum.Ground Zeroes is thought to be an open world game, suggesting this is a MGS title on a much larger scale than what has gone before. And it seems the Fox engine is what has made that possible.The other good news about Fox is it has been developed from the ground up to be multi-platform, meaning unless Kojima Productions signs an exclusivity deal, Ground Zeroes should appear across PS3, Xbox 360, and hopefully PC on the same release day.via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

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first_img Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | August 28, 2013 | Raissa Rocha New Technologies and Advances in Arc-Based Radiotherapy This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Arc-based Radiotherapy in the September 2013 issue. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The variety of radiation therapy options continues to grow with the development of treatment planning software, imaging systems for guidance, linear accelerators and more. The external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) market includes many different types of treatment, from traditional whole-body irradiation (WBI) to conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Despite a major decline in 2009, the U.S. radiation therapy market is bouncing back, according to a study published in July by IMV Medical Information Division.[1] Improvements in technologies are helping to drive activity as clinics and hospitals implement advanced techniques to more accurately target and treat cancers.Arc-Based TherapiesArc-based radiation therapy options for physicians will vary by type of cancer and the patient’s case. Whether the cancer is prostate, head/neck, lung or breast, recent technological advances are making it easier to not only deliver higher dose to the tumor site, but to also minimize damage to healthy tissues nearby. Growing in standard use is IMRT, which delivers radiation beams from different directions around the patient as well as varies the intensity of those beams as set by the user.[2]Further advancing external radiotherapy is the use of real-time imaging to guide delivery, to ensure beams accurately reach the tumor site during treatment. This technique is known as image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), and offers an advantage over using previous computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to locate glands or organs. While 3-D-CRT and IMRT deliver external radiation from a number of orientations set by the user prior to treatment, newer techniques offer continuous arc-based radiation around the patient to deliver even higher doses to the target while minimizing exposure to surrounding tissue. The volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) technique delivers radiation in an uninterrupted swoop around the patient, which can allow for reduced treatment times. Elekta offers VMAT in treatment systems also available with 3-D imaging technology integration to guide therapy. Similarly Varian offers the RapidArc technology to deliver continuous radiation in an arc that can be as much as 360 degrees around the patient. RapidArc can also dynamically change the intensity and shape of the radiation beams projected.Other external techniques include proton therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Depending on where the cancer cells are in the body and the size of the target, these treatments may be used to deliver even more precise radiation dose to patients with less scatter. SRS and SBRT are growing in use for many types of cancers, such as brain and prostate, as patients seek more practical benefits for their treatment regimens, according to Cal Huntzinger, senior director of surgical sciences at Varian. “SBRT is defined as five or fewer fractions,” he said. “The big practical benefit is the reduced number of treatments. And so it’s a matter of convenience.”Recent AdvancesIn the “2012/13 Radiation Therapy Market Summary Report,” IMV found that radiation oncology centers were budgeting more for new equipment purchases for 2013 than previously. However, the patient volumes reported at these centers were relatively similar over the same time period.1 The report stated that as more vendors incorporate IGRT, treatment planning and other advances into their systems, oncology centers are looking to improve their programs with these newer technologies. There have been several approvals of advanced technologies in external radiation therapy so far in 2013. In April Elekta received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Versa HD, which features the Agility 160-leaf multileaf collimator (MLC) and provides high-speed beam shaping over a 40-cm by 40-cm field. It supports therapies such as SRS, SRT and VMAT. Treatment planning modules for proton therapy have also received approvals this year. While not yet as widely adopted as more conventional practices, proton therapy techniques are another option for treatment and can even more closely shape radiation beams to the diseased tissue.[2] Philips Healthcare’s Pinnacle3 treatment planning system for EBRT offers a module for planning proton therapy, allowing for composite proton-photon planning and automated contouring and re-planning. Users can adapt plans as necessary from photon to proton as patients undergo treatment courses. The proton module received 510(k) clearance from the FDA in August.The release of RayStation 3.5 by RaySearch in March added tools for treatment planning of proton therapy. The Proton Beam Design module contains features such as the pencil beam dose engine and automatic generation of treat-and-protect beams. It received 510(k) clearance in May.As the range of treatment options for external radiation therapy continues to advance technologically, look for a rise in adoption of these newest trends and advances. With increasing concerns about the amount of dose received by patients, systems that can deliver even more precise and accurate dose to the target site without damaging surrounding tissue will continue to emerge in the market. References1. IMV Medical Information Division, “2012/13 Radiation Therapy Market Summary Report”2. www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiati…. Accessed Aug. 12, 2013. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

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