first_imgJoin us at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, December 12 for a 60-minute webinar on What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn’t Know Who to Ask, presented by Marcia Scherer, Ph.D.From wheelchairs to hearing aids, memory supports to speech devices, assistive technology (AT) solutions have long been a staple for supporting the functioning of individuals with disabilities, especially wounded service members. However, there can be barriers to successful implementation of an assistive technology solution.There are almost 40,000 different AT products on the market.  In spite of all the advances in AT, the average non-use rate has remained at about 30% for over 20 years. This is costly in terms of wasted products for military families, and the wounded warrior’s functioning and satisfaction. Successful integration is the key phrase. When warriors are provided with the support that best matches their needs, priorities, doesn’t interfere too much with their daily routine, and helps them realize benefit from use, then their functioning, confidence, and sense of control tends to increase.Research has shown that the most important way to reduce this non-use or abandonment rate is to know how to find the available AT resources, involve the service member in selecting the AT, and to use a systematic process for assessing both the warrior’s needs and preferences. The most effective support may be personal assistance, strategies, or technologies—most commonly, a combination of these. This webinar will present ways to be informed of the variety of available AT and the use of a systematic process to match the service member with the most appropriate solution for his or her enhanced functioning and well-being.PresenterDr. Scherer is a rehabilitation psychologist and founding President of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology.  She is also Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center and Project Director, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University.  She is a past member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, and is Editor of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.Dr. Scherer is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).  Dr. Scherer authored Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People With Brain Impairment and Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities as well as authoring, editing, co-editing seven other books. She has published over sixty articles on disability and rehabilitation in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over twenty-five book chapters; she has been cited over 2500 times by others.No registration is required to join the web conference, go to What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn’t Know Who to Ask to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.last_img read more


first_imgPANAJI: The by-election in the Panaji and Valpoi Assembly constituencies in Goa on Wednesday recorded nearly 75% voting. The ruling BJP and the Congress both expressed confidence that they would win the seats.In Panaji, the voter turnout was 70%, much lower than the 77.06% turnout recorded in the February 4 Assembly election. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had said all along that he was looking to win the election with a big margin, admitted that a lower turnout would reduce his winning margin. At a press conference at the BJP headquarters on Wednesday, Mr. Parrikar complained about the behaviour of Mahila Congress president Pratima Coutinho and others during the election process, and said the turnout had been poor in the rival party’s areas. He expressed confidence, however, of winning the bypoll with a good margin. “Voting percentage was low because the other side had no traction,” Mr. Parrikar said. He claimed that around 98% of the BJP’s voters had cast their votes in both constituencies.In Panaji, Mr. Parrikar was facing the Congress’s Girish Chodankar and Goa Suraksha Manch’s Anand Shirodkar. Election Commission officials attributed the comparatively low turnout in Panaji to the Ganesh festival, which will begin on Friday.Polling ended at 7 p.m., and according to the Chief Electoral Officer, the voting percentage in Valpoi was 79.80, as against the 86.29% turnout recorded in February. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane is contesting against the Congress’s Roy Naik in the constituency.Polling was by and large peaceful, barring two minor altercations in each constituency. Mr. Parrikar said he was satisfied with the conduct of the poll authorities, even as the Congress alleged that election officials were biased in favour of the BJP.Mr. Chodankar told reporters on Wednesday, “In Panaji, I was fighting alone, while Mr. Parrikar was backed by his ministers and the poll officials. It was not a fair contest.”He said that in Panaji, the altercation between former BJP MLA Sidharth Kuncolienkar and Ms. Coutinho was not handled well by poll officials. “They shoved around our women workers and the poll officials failed to act swiftly and justly,” he said. Mr. Chodankar also claimed that voters in Panaji and Valpoi had voted for change, and in anger. “People want change. They will throw out the Chief Minister and the Health Minister. We are confident of winning both seats,” the All India Congress Committee secretary said.Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Subhash Velingkar said the RSS cadre had not worked for Mr. Parrikar.“RSS workers will not vote for him, and our Anand Shirodkar will win this election, with a small margin,” Mr. Velingkar said. Mr. Velingkar had rebelled against the RSS ahead of the February Assembly election over the medium of instruction in primary schools. He later returned to the RSS fold, and continues to mentor the regional outfit of the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM). However, the GSM is opposing the BJP-led government over its continuation of grants to English media primary schools and other issues, like government patronage to casinos in the Mandovi river.Counting of votes in both constituencies will be held on Monday.last_img read more


first_imgAn outbreak of desert locusts in the villages of Rajasthan’s Barmer district, adjoining the India-Pakistan border, has posed a threat to the crops. Swarms of locusts were detected in the villages of Tamlor, Gadra Road, Gudamalani and Sheo regions of the district over the weekend.The Union Agriculture Ministry’s Locust Warning Organisation (LWO), headquartered in Jodhpur, has launched efforts on a war footing to control locusts. Teams carrying equipment have been rushed to the villages to spray high-intensity malathion insecticide to prevent the spread of locusts to other areas.The LWO has set up a helpline for farmers in the State. An attack of locusts, flying in from Pakistan’s Sindh province, was reported in Ramdeora-Pokhran region of Jaisalmer district during May this year. The last major outbreak of locusts took place in Rajasthan in 1993, according to the LWO.LWO Plant Protection Officer in Barmer, Mahesh Chandra, told The Hindu on Monday that a warning had been issued to all areas along the international border to keep an eye on the incoming swarms. “The spray of insecticide will prevent breeding of locusts, which is often witnessed in vegetation during rains after the drought spell,” Mr. Chandra said.Invading through TharThe tropical grasshoppers emerged in January this year from Sudan and Eritrea on Africa’s Red Sea Coast and travelled through Saudi Arabia and Iran to enter Pakistan, where they invaded the cotton-producing belt of Sindh. The swarms of locusts are now entering the Thar desert, threatening the crops in western Rajasthan.The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned that more hatching and formation of hopper groups were expected in the coming weeks in Rajasthan, while the swarms of adult locusts would arrive from the “spring breeding areas”.last_img read more


first_imgA grown up bromanceZindagi Na Milegi Dobara Director: Zoya Akhtar Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay DeolRating:    Jokes about teachers. Fights over girlfriends. Silly word games. Bare chests. Rippling muscles. Streaked hair. Sigh. Glossy looking and beautifully written. I must confess by the time I finished watching Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara I was convinced that no one can make a bromance as beautifully as a woman.The film is gentle, taking time out to look at horses running in the meadows, feel the wind the air, swim with the fish underwater. All that male beauty may be a little manipulative and the plot is a little contrived–three adventure sports to test your courage–but the story keeps you engaged.A meditative take on growing up, becoming a man, taking responsibility for one’s actions, it has the courage to go for long periods with no dialogue. A scene where Hrithik Roshan does a Finding Nemo and another where the boys discover the joys of sky diving is all about just being. Seizing the moment. Living for the day. Yes, yes, cliches all, but shot with such sisterly care that the boys flourish in the female gaze.Naturally the trip to Spain is not just a trip. It is a journey of the soul. There’s Kabir whose family runs a contruction company. There’s Imran, a copywriter who is a poet in his spare time (and fortunately writes Javed Akhtar style poems). And there’s Arjun, a stockbroker who lives in London and has trouble with commitment. So that’s Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan. And naturally the love of a free spirited good woman Katrina Kaif will cure Hrithik of his permanent state of melancholy.advertisementLots of manly tears. Even more bare chests on the beach. And many more scenes of drinking wine and tossing back shots (where the women give as good as the men get). It’s all very glamorous. And very seductive. Yet the film pulls you in, partly because of the frank, unvarnished performances by its leads. Hrithik is lovely as Arjun, shorn of the pretence that his recent performances have shown. Farhan is sensitive, soulful and perfectly capable of reading out his father’s poetry. And Abhay for a change is playing the rich brat who is virtually pressganged into marrying his family friend Kalki Koechlin, giving a perfectly posed performance as a spolit little madam.My favourite moment of the film? Not the showy moment when Hrithik discovers the meaning of life with one deep sea dive with Katrina Kaif. Or when Farhan confronts his pot smoking ageing painter dad-can’t tell you who he is, but it’s a lovely piece of casting. Or even when Abhay decides he has to run with the bulls.It’s when the three boys are sitting together on their last day, drinking, singing the Doordarshan theme song.Lovely. A bromance that has more style and heat than most rubish romcoms. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara? It’s a film you will want to watch dobara.last_img read more


first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Premiership marathon is not yet over but Worcester’s hard-earned win in the River Severn derby has clarified several significant issues with two rounds to spare. The Warriors are now safe from relegation, Gloucester’s losing bonus point has assured their play-off place and Saracens can now plan for a guaranteed home semi-final at Allianz Park next month.It also leaves Newcastle all but marooned at the foot of the table, with Championship rugby beckoning unless they beat Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday. Gloucester’s head coach, Johan Ackermann, has already made clear he will not be rotating his side – “We won’t rest anybody, we’re not going to make it easy for them,” he said – and the Falcons could be sunk by then anyway if Leicester earn two points or more at Harlequins on Friday night.None of this is still a pressing concern for a delighted Worcester, Alan Solomons’s side having deservedly battled back from 15-13 down at half-time to secure one of the most satisfying results of their season. There was always a sense they had too much quality, particularly at home, to go down but in a league as competitive as this season’s Premiership the only currency that ultimately counts is points in the bank.Their defensive workrate and desire were certainly testament to how badly they wanted this victory, with their pack giving their Gloucester counterparts a properly tough work-out. When the second-bottom team in the competition can beat the third-placed side fair and square it suggests Gloucester may not be entirely ready to win silverware this season, particularly if they end up having to travel to Saracens in the semi-finals.Ackermann, for one, is under no illusions that his team will have to improve sharply to progress further. “There are still soft moments when we don’t play as well,” said the South African. “Sarries, in my view, have shown they’re the best side in this competition. If we don’t want to be just a number, we have to be better than we are.” Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Leicester Tigers blow chance to secure survival as Bristol earn late win Read more The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Gloucester The immediate consolation for their fans is that the finger injury which curtailed Danny Cipriani’s afternoon is not serious. The fly-half has had a problem with his right hand since the Bath game this month but Ackermann insists there is no fracture and there was little wrong with Cipriani’s distribution in the first 40 minutes. Both of Gloucester’s first-half tries owed much to his spatial awareness, a subtle little pass to Henry Purdy for the opening score typical of his ability to put those around him into previously undetected space. François Venter was checked just enough to allow Purdy to surge for the line and the winger’s momentum took him over.By the end of the first quarter Worcester were 13-5 ahead, with Duncan Weir adding an opportunist 18th-minute try to help boost his eventual match tally to 17 points, but the lead changed hands for the fourth time shortly before the interval. This time Cipriani was involved twice, exchanging passes with the straight-running Billy Twelvetrees in a slick zig-zag attack down the middle which ended with Mark Atkinson supplying the final ball to his captain, Willi Heinz.In front of England’s head coach, Eddie Jones, however, that was as good as it got for the visitors. Worcester were the livelier side in the third quarter and two tries within seven minutes from the hooker Neil Annett and lock Darren Barry, both converted by Weir, gave the scoreboard a much healthier look from a home perspective.Gloucester did manage a further try through Purdy with 18 minutes left but it would have been rough on the Warriors had the sweat and graft of their pack and scrum-half, François Hougaard, been denied. They have lost only twice at home in the league since September and, even with Ben Te’o, Josh Adams and Jack Singleton due to depart, their team spirit has remained unshakeable. “I believe we’ve got a quality side,” said Solomons, understandably happy not to have been sucked back into the relegation dogfight. “I felt it was important we put it to bed today. It’s fantastic we’ll be playing in the Premiership next season.” White and Williams help Exeter survive wobble to hold off Harlequins Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Topics Read morecenter_img Worcester Premiership Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news match reports Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this content Rugby union Share via Email Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more


first_imgWolves boss Nuno left frustrated after Southampton drawby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was left frustrated after their 1-1 draw with Southampton.The visitors went ahead in sloppy circumstances from a Wolves perspective, as Danny Ings capitalised to slot home. Wolves showed the spirit to come back and equalise through Raul Jimenez’s penalty, and Nuno wants his team to learn from their performance and build on an improved second-half.He said, “I’m disappointed because one of the things we are, and must be, is solid and today we were not. Sometimes you have to stay in the game, Southampton broke us when we should be more solid in defence.“We created but not in the right areas we should. We played long, Southampton did very well, they pressed us very well, they were organised and are a very good team, they did a good job to make our task very hard in terms of possession of the ball.”He continued, “Sometimes it’s not what you want to do, it’s what the other team lets you do, but we should find better solutions. In the second-half we played better, we were more stable.“The goal we suffered was a mistake, we had to react, and we reacted OK, and then we pushed until the end.“It was not an easy game, it was a very tough game. It was very disrupted, not both teams controlling the game, we had an injury and didn’t play the way we should and could.“The game was very hard, we made mistakes, a lot of things happened in the game, so we have to improve for the next one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgA view of the fans in Clemson's football stadium during a game.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the stadium and fans as the University of North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Clemson Tigers on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 1 overall recruiting class for college football’s 2020 cycle continues to get better and better. At this point, it’s almost unfair.Myles Murphy, the No. 8 overall recruit in the 2020 class, announced this evening his commitment to the Clemson Tigers.The five-star defensive lineman is ranked the No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Murphy chose Clemson over Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia, among other programs. The elite recruit announced his decision at a ceremony on Friday night.5-star DE Myles Murphy (@BigMurphy_25) has committed to #Clemson pic.twitter.com/xBbBX1hRKU— Matt DeBary (@MattDeBary) May 18, 2019Murphy’s commitment gives Clemson 15 commitments for the 2020 class. Of those 15 commits, five are five-star prospects.Clemson is putting together one of the most-loaded recruiting classes of all-time.Breaking: #Clemson lands 5th consecutive 5-star by adding a commitment from Georgia’s No. 1 prospect DE Myles Murphy: https://t.co/AaaFJbwRc9 @SWiltfong247— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) May 18, 2019Clemson’s 2020 class is ranked the No. 1 class in the country by 247Sports. You can view Dabo Swinney’s full class here.last_img read more


first_imgWritten By: Be Live Hotels  Let’s picture the following scenario: “The ring has been crafted and bought. He’s nervous, anxious and trying to keep himself together for everything to work out perfect that night. You had no clue that he was going to propose and yet, you are hoping he does. After an exciting evening, he proposes and you say: Yes. You are engaged. Congratulations!!! Now, it is time to define what kind of wedding you will have. He’s got his own ideas; you’ve got yours too. By the time you start quoting the wedding services to have a local wedding and get all the people you’d like to join you in that very special day, you start to see that it is going to be a marathon towards getting all the money you need to have your dream wedding come true. Then someone comes at a bridal show and suggests you to have a Destination Wedding in Dominican Republic. Your head starts to spin… -if it is already expensive to have a local wedding, are we going now to spend that amount of money plus travel into a different country to get married?- you think, and your immediate answer is: No.” As a Travel Agent, this is exactly what you need to realize that most people don’t. Selling a Destination Wedding should be fairly easy when you show people the benefits of having one instead of trying to make the project happen locally. When making the call for a Destination Wedding, highlight the benefits of having one. Start by asking: What if the Wedding and almost all of the costs associated with getting married were already included in a Wedding Package (flower bouquets, boutonniere, music, floral centerpieces, cocktails and even the Private Wedding Dinner Reception!) and the money you are spending on travel also works towards your Honeymoon? In the Dominican Republic, Be Live Hotels has set up 3 comprehensive Wedding Packages thinking on having a beautiful Wedding Experience in paradise and keeping in mind the economy of the couple whom will be throwing the party for their friends and family. A “Caribbean Wedding Experience”.The “CARIBBEAN WEDDING EXPERIENCE” by Be Live Hotels offers the idyllic set for the event and celebration to take place in. Our Wedding Coordinators at each Be Live Hotel will take care of every single detail, from the very beginning to the end making the entire process work impeccably and effortlessly for your clients. You can rest on their experience, commitment, involvement and professionalism to make sure everything goes right with a touch of unique complicity. Trust our Wedding Coordinators to plan, step by step, every single detail from flower bouquets and arrangements, to the perfect ambiance in an intimate atmosphere during the already built-in the Wedding Package and guaranteed: Private Wedding Dinner Reception. The Wedding Packages.At Be Live Hotels we are true believers that the most special day in a couples’ life should be immersed in shine, dazzle and be more than inspiring… It is because of the before mentioned and because we know the amount of details that surround the wedding date, that we have crafted 3 different Wedding Packages based on the amount of people attending to the wedding and the different levels of elegance the couple would like to imprint to their event. Be Live Hotels has realized that many of the offers out there for a Destination Wedding, are always lacking of one HUGE factor: Privacy and Intimacy. This is why all of our Wedding Packages have already the Private Wedding Dinner Reception already built into the price. From our basic package called: “Caribbean Romance1” which could be free of charge if the couple gets at least 5 rooms for a minimum stay of 3 nights each, passing through our intermediate Package named: “Caribbean Forever Idyll2” in which you can enjoy some touches of elegance like the rose petal turndown service on the wedding night or the newlywed’s romantic breakfast with mimosas in bed on the morning after. And all the way up to our most lavish proposal to tie-the-knot: “Caribbean Dream Deluxe3” that offers from a guaranteed upgrade to the rooms of Bride, Groom and both their parents to an hour of Live Caribbean music trio for one hour during the cocktail reception and an International Open Bar service after the Reception Dinner for two hours. “Creative thinking, Unforgettable Memories”At Be Live Hotels, we pride ourselves of having recently developed a new ethos that strives on the motto of: “Creative thinking, Unforgettable Memories”. We strongly believe that exclusivity and a five-star service ensures that the most important day of your clients’ life will become a truly unforgettable moment. For this reason, we offer Exclusive and Private Areas to celebrate the Wedding Dinner Reception along with our team of professionals who will be dedicated exclusively to our mutual clients and their guests in order to deliver a personalized, magical and intimate atmosphere. Within this new initiative, we know that the Wedding Menu can be an essential factor to a successful event and at Be Live Hotels, our team will work close with the bride to create a customized menu to top off the occasion. Whether if it is a 5-star Wedding Menu what is needed or a simple yet luxurious buffet, our award winning menus and specialized chefs will have the wedding party saying: “I Do”. Discover our Destinations, enjoy our Hotels & Resorts.Be Live Hotels has 4 different hotels and Resorts in Dominican Republic. Three of them are located on the Caribbean Sea while one of them is located over the Atlantic Ocean. Be Live Collection Marien.Puerto Plata, DR. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, this cinnamon beach resort is also overlooking Isabella Mountain in this paradisiac destination. Perfect for aquatic sports lovers and people who are into scuba diving in open waters or deep-sea fishing. This recently refreshed property welcomes its guests with a casino, a wine cellar, and lots of different activities and entertainment options. Be Live Collection Punta Cana. Punta Cana, DR. On the white, sandy, powdery beaches of the Caribbean side in Punta Cana and only 13 minutes away from the airport, this magnificent Resort rests on Cabeza de Toro’s beach. Its different room categories allow everyone to join the couple for the wedding. From regular Standard Rooms, through Family Apartments and Suites or to Adult Only Master Junior Suites, this resort in Punta Cana has it all. Sell the idea of the new disco Kviar with a capacity of 700 people and right now, the hottest spot in DR, seed in the thought to our vast array of specialty restaurants steering from Mediterranean to Mexican or from our Brazilian Rodizio to the Asian Fusion. Be Live Collection Canoa. La Romana, DR. Also on the white, sandy, powdery beaches of the Caribbean side in La Romana and only 45 minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) or only 15 minutes away from La Romana International Airport (LRM). The hotel boasts an extensive variety of outstanding rooms and villas, ideal for families and couples who wish to get lost in paradise. The Resort is situated only a few miles away from Saona Island and right next to the Del Este National Park. This is the place where the first inhabitants of the Dominican Republic settled and a corner of incomparable natural beauty. Be Live Experience Hamaca (Garden, Beach & Suites). Boca Chica, DR. On the Caribbean side of the Island and only 20 minutes away from Santo Domingo, the Capital city of Dominican Republic. A perfect place to enjoy a sun and beach vacation and to experience the beauty and liveliness of Dominican culture due to its proximity with the biggest city of all the country: Santo Domingo. Discover the charms of the Dominican Republic: beach, sun, sports, gastronomy and adventure. Tips to all of the Be Live Hotels in Dominican Republic:The world class “Bay Spa” is located onsite offering different treatments along with a beauty parlor (for make-ups and hair-do’s).All of our Resorts in Dominican Republic count with a VIP area. To ensure your clients will be getting access to the VIP Lounge, VIP Pool and VIP Beach, make sure you book for them a Jr. Suite or a higher room category.All of our Hotels & Resorts in Dominican Republic have a full Casino (tables and slot machines) and a disco.There are large and small meeting rooms in all of our Hotels & Resorts.Each Hotel has an onsite Weddings and Events Coordinator to attend all of our mutual clients needs. WII fm (what’s in it for me?).Be Live Hotels is always very thankful for your business and rewards your efforts with excellent commissions not only on the Hotel portion of the trip, which would be paid by your preferred wholesaler or instant commissions when selling direct (please go to http://www.belivehotels.com to find out more about our business to business platform), but also by offering you a very profitable commission when selling our Wedding Packages. For more information on our commissions structures and percentages, please contact us at: weddings.manager@belivehotels.com or contact your Business Development Manager for the United States and Canada at: bdm.usa@belivehotels.com Be Live Hotels & Resorts, an easy sale and a new client for life.last_img read more


first_imgzoom On October 31, 2013, Scorpio Bulkers Inc. completed a private placement of 32,590,411 new ordinary shares of $0.01 par value at a subscription price of NOK 54.75, raising approximately $300 million in gross proceeds.The Shares to be issued in the Private Placement will be registered on the Norwegian Over The Counter list in Oslo on November 5, 2013 under the ticker “SALT.”The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to part finance construction of a series of fuel efficient dry bulk vessels and for general corporate purposes.RS Platou Markets AS acted as Sole Manager and Bookrunner in the Private Placement. ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Evercore Group L.L.C., Global Hunter Securities LLC and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) acted as Co-Managers.Scorpio Bulkers, November 8, 2013last_img read more


first_imgCAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. said Monday that it will add two members to its board in a compromise with an activist investor.The new directors on the 14-member board are backed by Third Point, a New York investment firm that owns 7 per cent of Campbell’s shares.Third Point waged a months-long campaign against the 149-year-old company and its leadership, including three descendants of Campbell’s founder who sit on the board. Campbell’s U.S. soup sales were down 8 per cent in its 2018 fiscal year as customers have sought fresher alternatives.The change will give Third Point more input in Campbell’s current CEO search. In exchange, Third Point will withdraw its slate of five board candidates and halt its campaign for 12 months.Shareholders will consider the change Thursday at Campbell’s annual meeting.Shares in the company based in Camden, New Jersey, were down 3.7 per cent to $39.03 in afternoon trading.The Associated Presslast_img read more


With summer almost over, there are only a few good weeks left to golf. What better excuse to get in a round than the upcoming Brock University Alumni Association Golf Tournament? Taking place on Saturday, Sept. 11 at John Daly’s championship Thundering Waters Golf Club in Niagara Falls, the Alumni Association Golf Tournament is sure to please. For only $600 a person (or $150 each), you get to play 18 holes of best-ball scramble golf, ride in a GPS-programmed cart, enjoy a pre-game snack and delicious BBQ on the Green dinner, and take part in numerous contests, including the opportunity to win $10,000.Act quickly, as there are only a few spots left. For more information and to register, visit the Brock University Alumni Association website. read more


Speaking to more than 500 guests gathered at UN headquarters, Mr. Annan formally accepted the report from Adolf Ogi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Development and Peace, and thanked him for his “passionate belief in the power of sport to transform lives.” “Our task now is to take our mission to the next stage, and make sport an essential component of efforts to reach the world’s development goals – as reflected in the General Assembly last November and the Magglingen Call to Action in December.” “That means ensuring full support from Governments and from the UN system for programmes using sport as a tool for development and peace – from the fight against HIV/AIDS to the empowerment of women and girls, from mine action to the reconstruction of societies emerging from conflict.” According to a UN news release, the Report on the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005 (IYSPE 2005) highlights the worldwide achievements of last year and the significant role that sport can play in accelerating progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The MDGs are a set of targets seeking to slash a host of socio-economic ills. “Sport is a vital tool to make a better world. We want healthy, educated citizens on every continent. We want development. And we want peace. We can achieve these goals through sport. The fundamentals are there, the momentum is there,” said Mr. Ogi. Thousands of activities commemorating IYSPE 2005 were initiated worldwide, including sports events, conferences and projects using sport to further health, education, development and peace. The International Year also provided a strong impetus to efforts to better integrate sport into the development agenda as well as into efforts to achieve lasting peace, the release stated. UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson also received a copy of the IYSPE 2005 report at today’s ceremony, and several officials, diplomats and international sports personalities gave speeches supporting last year’s events and stressing the need to build on the achievements. Among the speakers was Roger Federer, the number one tennis player on the ATP circuit and also one of the official spokespersons for IYSPE 2005 who was appointed today as the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more


Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan winds up for a shot during a match against Oklahoma on March 6 in Columbus. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State’s men’s tennis team has dominated the Big Ten for roughly a decade, but trips to Northwestern on Friday and Illinois on Sunday could be tests for the Buckeyes.“It’s going to be a very tough weekend. They’re big matches,” coach Ty Tucker said.The last time No. 11 Ohio State lost a Big Ten regular season matchup was on April 24, 2005, at Northwestern. This year, the No. 19 Wildcats are not only 8-1 at home but have won six of their last seven matches. The Buckeyes hit a rough patch with losses in two matches before entering Big Ten play for good, then swept the state of Michigan with wins over both the University of Michigan and Michigan State this past week. The wins serve as a nice reminder of what OSU can do, redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan said.“A win is always good, especially after two losses in a row,” he said. “Good just to get that feeling of winning back.”Even with the taste of winning back in the Buckeyes’ mouths, Tucker said he hasn’t forgotten their recent shortcomings.“Our math is a little bit short this year as far as getting to four (points), but we have to concentrate on Northwestern,” he said.Getting through Northwestern with a win is a feat in itself, but getting out of the state of Illinois without a loss will be another story. The Buckeyes became familiar with No. 3 Illinois at the ITA Indoor Team Championship this year when the Fighting Illini ended OSU’s run with a 4-2 win. “It is still Illinois … so there’s always going to be pressure no matter what,” he said.Tucker said he is extremely familiar with rivalry, saying it’s been a “battle” for the past 15 years with Illinois.Besides the streak of 96-straight conference wins that is on the line this weekend for OSU, Tucker said there is much more that can be lost.“Your goal at the beginning of the year is to win a Big Ten championship and host an NCAA regional. That’s definitely on the line this weekend,” he said.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Friday in Evanston, Ill. read more


first_imgEarlier this week, posted on this website, A.S. Bulygin Rusal’s CEO sent an open letter to Norilsk Nickel’s CEO V.I. Strzhalkovsky, who has now responded with an open letter, as below:Dear Alexander Stanislavovich,On behalf of OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel I would like to express our appreciation of the consideration you have given to the issues of improving the environment in the regions where the company operates. I deem it necessary that your letter should generate a response in the public domain that would state the facts and figures that truly reflect the actual state of affairs and the serious attitude MMC Norilsk Nickel takes in addressing environmental issues.It is worth mentioning that presently MMC Norilsk Nickel is implementing a comprehensive environmental program that involves retrofitting of production facilities, incremental shutdowns of outdated operations, reduction of pollutants emissions into the atmosphere and efficient management of water resources. The company intends to spend about 36 billion rubles in the period from 2007 to 2015 to support its environmental initiatives.In view of the above the feasibility study that you kindly proposed to administer seems unnecessary. Your confidence regarding the success of the feasibility study proposed for implementation by UK RUSAL experts is based on your assumption that aluminium and nickel production processes are identical; however, the only similarity between them is that both processes belong to nonferrous metals industry. This means that, according to experts, the successful experience of addressing environmental issues in aluminium production will not be just as successful when applied to the environmental component of nickel production.Unfortunately, UK RUSAL as major shareholder of MMC Norilsk Nickel has access to a significant amount of data about the company, and deliberately or otherwise, used inaccurate data in an attempt of expressing a “catastrophic” outlook on the situation. Public criticism of the company and accusations of negligence based on inauthentic data seems to be misleading for those unaware of the state of affairs.As you may know, the environmental issues experienced in Norilsk today are dating back to the Soviet times where environmental management aspects were disregarded in construction of industrial operations. Any fast-track solution to these issues would be inefficient unless existing production operations were suspended; the consequences of this would strongly affect the society and jeopardise the existence of the city of Norilsk.Nevertheless, today we see environmental improvements in Norilsk driven by activities implemented by the company. Both Norilsk residents and visitors take note of the changes on the regular basis. These facts are also reflected in MMC Norilsk Nickel’s 2007 Annual Report approved by the Board of Directors. For instance, in 2007 the total period, during which the atmosphere of Norilsk was being polluted, reduced by 12% generally while the period, during which the pollution rate exceeded 5 MAC, reduced by 20%.The open letter you signed includes incorrect data supporting the letter’s conclusions and I would like to provide comments on these data.1. You provided incorrect data on the number of days, on which industrial pollution of the atmosphere in Norilsk was above regular values. The true statistics are broadly available and published every month in the Environmental Bulletin, an application to Zapolyarny Vestnik newspaper published in Norilsk. The data you provided on the duration of air pollution periods are overestimated by three times over those published in the Environmental Bulletin.2. Your statement of the high rate of oncological diseases in Norilsk contradicts the data reflected in the state report On Sanitary and Epidemiological Conditions in the Russian Federation in 2006 prepared by Rospotrebnadzor. According to the report, the rate of cancer occurrences among Norilsk population in 2000-2006 did not exceed the figures for Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Russian Federation in general.3. The comparative figures of sulfur dioxide contents in the air in Norilsk against background figures for the region you provided are inappropriate because the background figures beyond the Norilsk Industrial Region are nearing zero.4. You provided references to data on the content of pollutants in the waste waters. However, the average content of pollutants in waste waters of MMC Norilsk Nickel facilities are within the standard values set forth by state regulators. I believe it is necessary to emphasize that the set of measures taken in 2003-2007 to preserve water resources resulted in reduction of the amount of pollutants in waste waters by 92,400 t (48.4%).Based on the recent statements made by UC RUSAL concerning MMC Norilsk Nickel I have to acknowledge that RUSAL deliberately disregards information about large-scale plans and projects developed and implemented by MMC Norilsk Nickel. I would like to remind you that during the visit you and O. Deripaska made to Norilsk on August 6, 2008 you had the opportunity to review not only the production development projects but the company’s environmental program as well.I deem it advisable that in the future the issues of this nature should be discussed in accordance with best international practices at internal meetings or at meetings of MMC Norilsk Nickel Board of Directors, of which you are a member.Respectfully Yours,Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, General Director – Chairman of the Management BoardOJSC MMC Norilsk NickelMoscow, August 15, 2008last_img read more


first_imgDignifiedThe chief executive added that the association’s board of management would bide their time over appointing a replacement, saying:“Today was a day to deal with Giovanni and Marco in a dignified fashion and I think that’s been achieved – I hope so anyway.“I hope people will respect – I mean, he is a legend of world football –  what he has done for Irish football.“We’ll meet in the next week or so to determine the process for a new manager.“We do have time. European qualifiers don’t commence until next September. I think what we’ll do is take stock over the next couple of days.” FAI CHIEF EXECUTIVE issued a measured defence of the Giovanni Trapattoni reign as Ireland manager within an hour of the Italian’s contract being ended by mutual consent.Trapattoni, 74, came to the end of a five-year tenure with Ireland after slumping to two defeats in five days to Sweden and Austria. Results which have end Irish hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.After speaking with Trapattoni, Delaney was interviewed by Pat Kenny on Newstalk, where he said:“I think he felt today when it first came out today that he had done a good job for Ireland. Because when he first came we hadn’t qualified for a major tournament.“We were very unlucky in the Paris game, obviously. Then the Euros last year was the first major tournament we had qualified for in years.“He genuinely believes that there is a group of young players available for the next manager.“I think most people would agree that over the course, he’s left Irish football in a better state than what he inherited.” Delaney responded to the suggestion that Roy Keane could be a candidate with a short laugh and, “I don’t think I’ll comment any individual.” However, asked whether Mick McCarthy would be more suitable he listed off  the names of Mick McCarthy,  Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill as being “in the pot.”With discontent over his own position resurfacing with the Irish sporting public, the Waterford native attempted to sidestep the question saying that the performance of the international side, or the manager in control, reflected a only a minor part of his role.©INPHO/Donall Farmer“I’m employee by the board of the FAI. I work extremely hard day in day out.“The support for my role has come from the grassroots of the game. Obviously people are going to be emotional at times like this,but the international side of what I do is probably  three or four percent of the overall job of developing Irish football.“I’m on the board of the FAI, I’m appointed by the board to develop the game. Simple as that. As long as the board of the grassroots of the game want me to do that, then certainly that’s what I’ll do.”Cats, sacks and handballs: The 8 games that defined Trap’s Ireland reignlast_img read more


first_imgA NEW LAW that will reduce the period of bankruptcy from 12 to three years is expected to come into effect “imminently”, the Department of Justice has said.It follows confirmation yesterday that the first debt settlement arrangement had been reached between a borrower in the north west and several creditors under the country’s new personal insolvency regime.The deal saw some 70 per cent of the person’s unsecured debt written off with it expected to be the first of hundreds of debt write-off arrangements that are reached in the coming months.The Department of Justice has now confirmed that new bankruptcy procedures are “imminent”.It is expected that the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will sign the necessary Statutory Instrument in the coming days, bringing the new law on bankruptcy into effect.Most significantly under the new measures, a person will be able to automatically discharge from bankruptcy after three years as opposed to the current 12 years.Bankruptcy is generally seen as the option of last resort where an indebted person, who is unable to pay their creditors, seeks to be declared a bankrupt.Their assets, with the exception of necessities, are then handed over to an official assignee who sells them and distributes the proceeds to creditors.Reducing the number of years that a person is in bankruptcy measures is seen as an attempt to stop the trend of ‘bankruptcy tourism’ which has been increasingly prevalent since the financial crisis.This is where Irish people have moved to the UK in order to avail of more lenient bankruptcy laws where a person can emerge from the process after just 12 months.Ross Maguire from New Beginning, which advocates for those in debt, said the introduction of the new bankruptcy procedures will “change the landscape completely”.“Now debtors who have either had their debt settlement arrangements refused or who are unable to do arrangements will have a mechanism whereby they can have all their debts written off,” he told TheJournal.ie. Maguire said that New Beginning expects around 5,000 bankruptcy cases a year in Ireland once the regime beds in.Read: Most of borrower’s debt written off in first deal under new insolvency regimeRead: Two more insolvency cases heard under new regime as 7,500 contact ISIExplainer: What does the Insolvency Service of Ireland do?last_img read more


first_imgPARENTS AND TEACHERS from the De La Salle Primary School in Ballyfermot are holding a protest today against plans to close the school.One parent said: “we’re going to fight all the way for the schools. There’s no way they’re going to push us over.“If it was a good plan I’d be the first one to sign up but it’s not. The kids are going to lose out.”Spokesperson for the Parents Association, Martin Walsh, said that “Bishop Diarmuid Martin plans to close this primary school despite the objections and protests of the parents, teachers and wider community”.This is the first of 250 primary school closures planned over the next 10 years.Under the plans, the pupils would relocate to the Dominican campus in the area where three schools share a joint campus.Walsh told TheJournal.ie that the nearby schools of St Michael’s, St Raphael’s and St Gabriel’s do not have the capacity to take on the near 400 pupils from De La Salle.The yards are so cramped that the children cannot play football or even use a skipping rope.“There’s not enough parking, there’s not even enough classrooms.”Jamie Fortune is a pupil at the De La Salle school. At a protest in April he said “it’s a great school. All the teachers are brilliant.They’re trying to squash us all into one school but we won’t fit…some days after school we go in and they help us with our homework.ReasonThe Archdiocese of Dublin told TheJournal.ie that “the De La Salle Trustees are no longer in a position to act as Trustees in Ballyfermot”.However Walsh said that this is not the case and that the De La Salle Brothers received a letter from the Bishop telling them that its services were no longer needed.Walsh also pointed out that a new sports centre was built last year at a cost of half a million euro. He said “this is not the action of people who are planning on stopping funding”.Local councillor Brid Smith told TheJournal.ie that she will be going along to the protest today. She said:The idea of amalgamating schools was to free up school spaces for other non-Catholic schools but the amalgamation is amounting to the loss of the best school in Ballyfermot“The other schools don’t have anything like the space and green fields that De La Salle does.”BallyfermotMartin Walsh said that the parents association have been in contact with the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and that he is aware of the situation.He’s told us that the proposal hasn’t been put on his desk yet and that until it is, there’s nothing he can do about it.The protest is being held outside the assumption church in Ballyfermot at 2:30pm today.Here’s a video of the protest in April where parents and the students voiced their concerns: Source: TradeUnionTVIreland/YouTubeRead: Parents call for clarity after learning of possible school closure through Facebook>last_img read more


first_imgThere are many apps out there that can offer you options for how things look and feel on your Android device. The most common of these are the homescreen replacements. These were incredibly popular in the early days of Android, since they offered functionality that was not available in the stock configuration. Version by version, the stock Android experience grew to a point where power users no longer felt the need to use anything but stock Android. There is something to be said, however, for having an experience on your tablet that is purposefully different than the one on your phone. With that in mind the team at Teknision have started provide a consumption-based experience for tablets that they have dubbed Chameleon Launcher.Chameleon is a unique approach to the Android homescreen and launcher. Rather than base their work on what has been provided by Android, Chameleon is based almost entirely in HTML5. The hope with this design is that a broader base of developers would be interested in building widgets for the platform, and thus deliver a fast and stable experience across every device.As a result of the HTML5 environment, none of the native Android widgets that are available in the Google Play Store will work with this launcher. Instead, the system is divided into a single page grid that allows you to place Chameleon widgets wherever you like. Currently there are less than 10 widgets for the platform, with some examples being Twitter, Instagram, an RSS feeder, and other similar tools. The common thread is that these widgets are all designed to present you with information that you can see at a glance.The interesting thing about the Chameleon launcher is how the pages themselves work. You can have as many homepages as you like, and you can assemble them based on what information you find relevant. When I first wake up in the morning, I like to see email, weather, and RSS. To accomplish this all I do is create a page, set it up with the widgets I want, and setup the page to be the first thing I see at 7AM. No matter what I was doing or what page I was on before I went to sleep, when I wake up I will see this Chameleon page. You can assign a context to any page, including locations or events, and the pages will change to give you the information you have told it you want to see.Curiously, the Teknision team didn’t just build the app and release it to the Google Play Store. Like several others, I first discovered Chameleon through Kickstarter. The project gained enough support to continue forward, and now those who paid the $10 for beta access are gaining access to the new Launcher.When I spoke with Gabor Vida of Teknision, we talked a little about why the company had gone with Kickstarter. Teknision is a developer firm that specializes in work for other brands, they’ve never released anything that they made for themselves. There were people at Teknision who were interested in Chameleon, but without a way to confirm that there were users interested in the service there was no way for the firm to determine how much energy to dedicate to the app. So, rather than stick their necks out and risk it being unsuccessful, a Kickstarter project was created that earned over $66,000.As a $10 beta app, I found Chameleon to be somewhat lacking. Aside from some glaring performance issues, which I have been assured would be polished out before the app was upgraded from beta, the lack of either native widgets or a collection of their own widgets makes the launcher difficult to rely on. At this point, a lot of people have paid considerably more than you would for most other homescreen replacements for the promise that developers will come and this launcher will improve.last_img read more


first_imgCentrale de Fukushima : l’origine des fuites d’eau radioactives reste inconnueTokyo Electric Power (Tepco), la compagnie gérante de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima, reste aujourd’hui dans l’incapacité d’expliquer d’où proviennent les fuites d’eau très radioactive observées depuis les réservoirs souterrains du site.On croyait la situation stabilisée mais les incidents se multiplient. Tepco, a avoué mardi ne toujours pas connaître l’origine et la raison des fuites d’eau très radioactive qui se produisent depuis les réservoirs souterrains du site de Fukushima. Comme l’a indiqué lors d’une conférence de presse le porte-parole du groupe, Masayuki Ono, “nous sommes pour le moment dans l’incapacité de dire c’est ceci ou cela”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon lui, plusieurs causes potentielles existent et des examens sont actuellement en cours. L’eau contaminée s’écoule dans le sol depuis la nuit de vendredi à samedi mais Tepco juge peu probable que l’eau radioactive puisse s’écouler dan l’océan en raison de la distance. Pour le moment, l’opérateur estime que 120 tonnes se sont déjà échappées des réservoirs de stockage souterrains. Pourtant, la cuve comprend trois couches censées empêcher l’eau de s’infiltrer dans le sol. Néanmoins, ce ne serait pas le premier défaut de ce genre puisqu’un problème similaire a été constaté sur un autre réservoir du même type à Fukushima. Il pourrait donc s’agir d’un vice de conception mais l’hypothèse reste à confirmer. La seule solution qu’a pour le moment trouvé le groupe consiste à transvaser à l’aide de pompes les milliers de tonnes d’eau des réservoirs 2 et 3 défectueux vers d’autres. Les problèmes techniques qui accompagnent cette opération la rendent encore plus longue et délicate que prévue. En effet, la semaine dernière, le système de refroidissement de la piscine de désactivation du combustible usé du réacteur 3 s’est notamment brutalement arrêté. Ceci, un peu moins d’un mois après qu’une autre panne a eu lieu à cause d’un rat. C’est cet ensemble de problèmes qui a poussé Tepco à mettre en place une cellule de crise en début de semaine. Mais les incidents n’en restent pas moins préoccupants alors que l’opérateur traine déjà derrière lui une réputation fortement entamée en matière de sécurité. Le 9 avril 2013 à 12:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgCINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.Kroger owns Fred Meyer, which has seven stores in Clark County and another dozen in the Portland area. There are six QFC locations in the Portland-Vancouver area, including one on 192nd Avenue in Vancouver.Kroger Co. orders about 6 billion bags each year for its stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, which cater to almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains.The grocer, based in Cincinnati, is seeking customer feedback and will be working with outside groups throughout the transition to reusable bags. Customers will be able to buy reusable bags at its stores for $1 to $2 a piece. While brown paper bags will also be available for free, Kroger says that its goal is to fully transition to reusable bags.last_img read more