Ban calls for continued efforts to eliminate scourge of chemical weapons

Addressing the 13th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention at The Hague, Netherlands, he said it was “encouraging” that nearly half of the stockpiles of chemical agents declared by the six possessor States have been verifiably destroyed.“I call upon all possessor States to complete their destruction according to the required deadlines,” he said in a message delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.The Convention, which provides for the eradication of these instruments of mass destruction, entered into force in 1997, and 185 States have signed on to the treaty, which obliges States Parties to the pact are obliged to destroy their existing stockpiles by 29 April 2012.The Secretary-General today said that this pact is the first multilateral treaty to ban, with international verification, an entire category of weapons of mass destruction.“I am hopeful that further progress will be made in each area covered by the Convention: chemical disarmament, non-proliferation, assistance and protection, and international cooperation,” he said.Mr. Ban also urged States to build upon other existing disarmament and non-proliferation pacts and to commit to collaboration among nations to “achieve our common objectives in the area of weapons of mass destruction.”Formally known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, the treaty aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of these arms by States Parties. 2 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for continued action to press ahead with disarmament efforts regarding chemical weapons, noting the positive steps that have already been taken towards eliminating the scourge. read more

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Deadly E coli outbreak caused by rare strain of bacterium UN confirms

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the E. coli infection that has claimed the lives of 17 people in Germany and made more than 1,800 others in Europe sick is a rare strain of the bacterium.“The strain of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) isolated from cases in the EHEC infection outbreak in Germany is a rare one, seen in humans before but never in an EHEC outbreak,” WHO said in an update on the outbreak issued yesterday.The molecular and genetic features of the pathogen will help authorities to identify cases in other countries that could be associated with the outbreak in Germany and to pinpoint the source of the outbreak, the agency said.“While epidemiological and laboratory investigations continue, the source of the outbreak still remains unknown,” according to WHO.The agency said it was not making any new recommendations for treatment, stressing that normal hygiene measures should be observed, including hand washing after toilet use and before touching food.“Anyone who develops bloody diarrhoea and abdominal pain, and who has had contact recently with northern Germany, should seek medical advice urgently,” it added.As of yesterday, 520 cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), including 11 fatal ones, and 1,213 cases of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), including six deaths, have been reported by Germany, taking the total number of cases in that country to 1,733, including 17 fatalities.Globally, 552 cases of HUS, 12 of them fatal, and 1271 cases of EHEC without HUS, including six deaths, have been officially reported as of yesterday, bringing the total number of cases outside Germany to 1,823, of which 18 have been fatal, including one in Sweden.EHEC is a severe strain of E. coli bacterium that is commonly found in the gut of animals, mainly ruminants. It produces toxins, known as Shigatoxins or verotoxins, which damage blood cells and the kidneys, according to WHO.Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhoea, which may be bloody. Fever and vomiting may also occur.Most patients recover within 10 days, although in a few cases, especially among young children and the elderly, the infection may lead to a life-threatening disease, such as HUS, which can lead to acute kidney failure, haemolytic anaemia and low platelet count. 3 June 2011The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the E. coli infection that has claimed the lives of 17 people in Germany and made more than 1,800 others in Europe sick is a rare strain of the bacterium. read more

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Former UK PM Blair begins visit to Sri Lanka

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Sri Lanka today on what was said to be a private visit.He was accompanied by his wife and children and was expected to travel around the country during his stay. Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007). Tony Blair is also the founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. An opinion article appearing on the Foundation website last week said that the inaction of the previous government led to increased persecution of religious minority communities in Sri Lanka but the situation has improved since the January 2015 election. The article also says with former-President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for prime minister at the election next week there is a risk of an increase in religiously-divisive rhetoric, or worse, violence against religious minority communities by members and supporters of Buddhist nationalist groups, particularly Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and Sinhala Ravaya.The article said that should Rajapaksa become prime minister, the international community and advocates of religious freedom should be prepared to monitor his actions and policies. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Defence Secretary briefs top HRW delegation

Ms Meenakshi Ganguly, Director South Asia and Ms Tejshree Thapa, Senior Researcher of HRW were also present at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) Discussions were also held on activities of HRW including training programmes conducted in relation to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and avenues for future cooperation. A delegation of Human Rights Watch (HRW) led by Asia Director Brad Adams met with the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi at the Ministry premises for talks.The HRW representatives exchanged views with the Secretary on issues related to the follow-up of the resolution adopted in the Human Rights Council on the Reconciliation and Accountability process in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Defence said. read more

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On poultry farms battle against bird flu showing some success UN agency

To date, 108 people have succumbed to the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus, all in Asia, and more than 200 million birds have died from the virus or through culling, but a vigorous response on farms, particularly in Thailand, Viet Nam and China, appears to have reduced the transmission of the disease from poultry to humans, according to Joseph Domenech, Chief Veterinary Officer of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Vaccination campaigns, such as the one carried out in Viet Nam, have also played an important role in some areas, and owner compensation has encouraged timely reporting of new avian influenza outbreaks, FAO said.FAO, along with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), continues to urge governments to concentrate containment efforts on farms and to emphasize the role of human activities such as trade that are considered the main spreaders of the virus but can also be inspected, controlled and improved.However, where wild birds threaten to introduce the virus, the Rome-based organization says little can be done to control their movement but that action should be taken to prevent their contact with domestic birds.“The need to keep domestic birds away from wild birds has been widely recognized and efforts to do so have been implemented in many countries,” Mr. Domenech said.To coordinate regional and global efforts to fight the disease, FAO said it needs $36 million over the next three years, in addition to funds for direct assistance to infected and at-risk countries. For these purposes, the agency has so far received $40 million and has signed agreements with donors for an additional $20 million. read more

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Fertilizer executives see promising signs for North American growers

TORONTO – Executives with two of Canada’s biggest fertilizer producers say they see promising signs for North American growers, despite recent uncertainty in the marketplace.“Many growers are taking a wait-and-see approach to buying fertilizer,” said Agrium chief operating officer Chuck Magro, who recently toured a number of major U.S. agricultural regions.There’s also more uncertainty in the global marketplace than usual, he said, from the size of this year’s corn crop to developments in China, India and Russia.“However, most of this uncertainty is well reflected in the current pricing levels,” Magro told a Scotiabank fertilizer conference on Tuesday in Toronto.“At today’s pricing, with all of this uncertainty in the market, the grower — which is really what matters — is still making very solid returns… Growers across North America are in sound financial shape and remain optimistic about the future.”Farmers could pull back on buying more premium types of fertilizer if corn prices fall much below US$4 per bushel — they’re currently at $4.50 — “but so far, there’s been very little sign of that to date because I think over all, there’s still a lot of optimism in the marketplace,” Magro said.Wayne Brownlee, chief financial officer at Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT), said droughts and flooding in China could be positive for corn growers in other parts of the world, including the United States.“We’re seeing a real weakness in wheat and corn production there. You’re probably going to see record corn imports in China over the next year or so,” he said.“The combination of drought in some areas and flooding in other areas has really diminished that crop — so, good news for the corn growers in the United States and elsewhere.”In May, PotashCorp raised its quarterly dividend by 25 per cent to 35 cents. On Tuesday, Brownlee said there is room for further dividend increases, though not at the same rate.On Monday, Agrium raised its dividend by 50 per cent to $3 per share on an annualized basis, despite warning that it expects sales volumes of its three main fertilizer products to be down up to 30 per cent from a year ago.“I think it does illustrate our confidence in the ability of our company to generate significant cash flow, even in these uncertain times and I think it does show the testament and the value of our integrated strategy,” said Magro.“We believe the long-term fundamentals of our business remain strong and we expect solid crop input demand as we move into the fall season.”Agrium recently won Competition Bureau approval to buy 210 Viterra retail outlets in Western Canada from Glencore Xstrata PLC.There’s still an opportunity to grow Agrium’s retail presence in the United States, where the company’s market share is currently 18 per cent, lower than any of its other operating regions, Magro said.He said he sees the growth coming from bite-sized deals rather than any “big bang” acquisitions, like its $2.65 billion acquisition of UAP Holding Corp. in 2007.“There are still a lot of independent operators that were able to consolidate over time. And that’s really the strategy that we have, is optimizing our existing network, managing our costs and building the tuck-ins,” said Magro.“We still have plenty of market share growth in the United States.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary Fertilizer executives see promising signs for North American growers by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2013 2:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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West Africa remains fragile and needs ongoing support UN envoy tells Security

Briefing the 15-member Council, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, reiterated “the need to assist countries in the region and their regional institutions to better understand the causes of their vulnerability to terrorism, and the factors feeding this growing threat.”This point was emphasized at a brainstorming session organized by his office (UNOWA) last September, with participation of other UN agencies, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, and partners.Mr. Djinnit also stressed the importance of coordinating any activities among the various regional and international actors to achieve “a practical, effective and concerted action” to deal with terrorism. Highlighting three areas of weakness identified in the region, the Special Representative noted developments related to the Sahel, the Mano River region and the Gulf of Guinea.The Sahel, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently visited with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, stretches from Mauritania in the west to Eritrea in the east, has undergone three major droughts in less than a decade and is home to more than 11 million people at risk of hunger and 5 million children under five who are at risk of acute malnutrition.In light also of its complex security and political challenges, the Council recently reaffirmed its request to the Secretary-General to ensure early progress is made on the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, implementation of which, he said, is being helped by positive momentum within the Organization.Turning to the Mano River Basin, Mr. Djinnit said “significant progress” has been in implementing Council resolutions 2062 (2012) and 2066 (2012) calling for a trans-boundary security strategy in the area. The Heads of State of the Mano River Union adopted a strategy for cross-border security, working in close cooperation with ECOWAS. The process of implementing that strategy through in-depth consultations with civil society was underway, he added.Meanwhile, piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea continue to constitute threats.UNOWA, in partnership with the UN Office in Central Africa, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC), and partners, including the G-8, are “ensuring adequate monitoring” of decisions made in June at the Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government on maritime safety and security, which took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon.Among them, the “Code of Conduct concerning the Prevention and Repression of Piracy, Armed Robbery against Ships, and Illegal Maritime Activities in West and Central Africa,” which defines the regional strategy and paves the way for a legally binding instrument.Among other topics cited in his briefing, the Special Representative noted that UNOWA continues to use its good offices to propel the demarcation process between Cameroon and Nigeria.In June 2006, the two countries signed the UN-backed Greentree Agreement setting the terms and timeframe for the implementation of the 2002 ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which transferred the Bakassi Peninsula from Nigeria to Cameroon. Nigeria formally ceded the territory in 2008, and since then a transitional phase has been in place to give full sovereignty of the territory to Cameroon.“Beyond this significant achievement in preventive diplomacy, I am pleased that trust and cooperation have gradually been established between the two states,” Mr. Djinnit said, adding that Nigeria is now Cameroon’s largest trading partner. read more

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SARU agents APNUAFC Councillor storm Enmore NDC compound remove computers PPP

..says incident another flagrant abuse of authorityThe Enmore Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC)In a released statement the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) has detailed harrowing events purportedly involving agents of the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) and a A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Councillor on the Enmore Neighbourhood Democratic Council’s (NDC) office.See the party’s full statement below: At or about 2 p.m. today, a group of men who claimed to be officials of the State Assets Recovery Unit, Ministry of the Presidency, entered the Enmore Neighbourhood Democratic Council’s office, located at Station Road, Newtown, Enmore in the company of Deochan Singh, an APNU+AFC NDC Councillor for that NDC and took away from the premises, without the permission of the NDC or the Community Resource Center, 15 complete desktop computers and 8 backup power-packs.These equipment are owned by the Community Resource Center, a Non-Governmental Organisation, established by the residents of Enmore that uses these equipment to hold classes for young people in the community. The equipment are stored and the classes are held in the upper flat of the NDC building with the permission of the said NDC.When the Acting Chairman of the NDC attempted to intervene, he was assaulted by Deochan Singh. A report of the incident was made to the Police Outpost at Enmore.The Peoples Progressive Party won 16 of the 18 seats on the Enmore NDC at the Local Government Elections held in March, 2016. The PPP views this incident as another flagrant abuse of authority and another extreme authoritarian initiative of this Government, again using SARU, as a weapon against innocent citizens and their private property. Currently, SARU has absolutely no law enforcement powers.The PPP emphasizes that these abuses are taking place in broad daylight and without the SARA Bill being enacted. One can only imagine the illegal rampages which will take place when this Bill assumes the force of law.The PPP calls upon the Commissioner of Police to immediately launch a full investigation into this matter and to institute criminal charges forthwith against those who were engaged in this clandestine, unconstitutional, authoritarian and criminal enterprise. The Enmore NDC and the Community Resource Center has also been advised to launch civil proceedings against the State claiming monetary compensation for trespass, constitutional violations and deprivation of private property. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP slams Govt’s ‘arrogant and spiteful behaviour’ – says certain NDCs are financially stifledJune 28, 2016In “latest news”Delay in setting up LGC leading to continued abuse of Executive power -PPPDecember 22, 2016In “latest news”26 scandals in 21 months of APNU/AFC in powerFebruary 16, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Lovely Irish people relating their happy memories in a very lovely way

first_imgSUNSHINE BRINGS OUT the best in us but memories can keep you warm on the greyest day.John B Reilly from RTÉ Radio One tried out this theory to great effect this week, asking people basking in Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green, to tell him their last happy memory.The result was played on The John Murray Show this morning, and the clever folks in there have set it to this mesmeric shot of passersby in the Green.A separated man on a party with his children, a woman on walking her dogs in a deserted wood, dinner on the beach in Thailand, an art exhibition, the satisfaction from a job well done…Listen for yourself: Source: RTERadio1/YouTubeIt’s the first of a new series on the John Murray Show called Park Bench.We’re grand… just… something in our eye.13 simple moments of pure unadulterated pleasure>last_img read more

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GEEK PICK Dril Official Mr Ten Years Anniversary Collection

first_img I can’t think of an idea more cursed than “a physical book made up of a collection of tweets.” It’s how we got nightmares like Shit My Dad Says: The TV Show. Twitter content is already an endless hellscape online. The last thing we need is for it to leak even more into the real world.But the one glorious exception to this is wint/@dril on Twitter, the undisputable king of our modern online hell. For ten years Dril has been cracking us up and blowing our mind with brilliant observations on how to make love to the American flag and why there aren’t more songs about the boys being back in town. His content is so immaculate we nearly killed ourselves trying to crown his best tweet using the Dril bracket earlier this year.And now we can rest easy knowing that even if the internet finally does get the painful death it deserves, we won’t have to sacrifice Dril along with it. The Dril Official “Mr. Ten Years” Anniversary Collection will let you log off at last.As the name implies, this book celebrates a decade of the Twitter account, which began on September 15 2008 with simply “No.”no— wint (@dril) September 15, 2008It’s remarkable then how Dril has managed to stay on the bleeding-edge of infamously finicky and fleeting weird internet humor for so long. But at point we’ve learned to never doubt the comic mind of this blurry Jack Nicholson picture. Even at the time of this writing Dril is still putting out legitimately smart and topical bangers like this brutal roasting of awful online dudes the account doesn’t get enough credit for.me and the boys watching james bond morph into a black guy before our very eyes , and braying at the movie screen like distressed cattle— wint (@dril) September 4, 2018And this.jack: i will protect you from all rogue group dms. you are not a “Honkey” . Your an angelme: Im an angel. Im intelligent. Im not a honkey— wint (@dril) September 1, 2018This book features 420 pages of over 1500 Dril tweets organized by categories like “Brands, “Diapers,” “Religion,” and “DigimonOtis.” It’s a fascinating way to consume this overwhelming amount of very good content. Reading Dril tweets A. offline and B. arranged in an order that’s not just chronological will screw with your head even more than the tweets will.Beyond just the concentrated comedy of having all the tweets in one handy book, Dril fans will also get to see dozens of original pieces of art visualizing different Dril tweets. They really help to flesh out the look of the character beyond his Jack Nicholson roots. It turns out there are a bunch of ways to depict a gross old parody internet man in sunglasses.I recently moved, and as I expected it’s been pretty stressful. But my new favorite way to unwind after a long day of work and unpacking is to hop in bed, crack open this book, and read a tweet about Dril taking a knee to protest girls instead of proposing to them. This wonderful ritual can be yours too with the Dril Official “Mr. Ten Years” Anniversary Collection.For more on weird Twitter, see our new column Follow This on the handle vg_dialogue_bot. Also, see what Obama’s brother is up to. Relive all our favorite Dril moments with Geek’s bracket challenge. Stay tuned to all Twitter news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Four in custody as Police seize another illegal gun

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, Drug Enforcement Unit officers took two adult males and two adult females into custody following the seizure of an illegal handgun on Sunday 17th September 2017.Reports are that shortly after 5:30pm, Drug Enforcement Unit officers acting on intelligence executed a search warrant on a home located at Collins Drive, Faith Gardens and uncovered a Smith and Wesson Pistol containing a magazine with 11 rounds of ammunition. Two adult males and two adult females occupants of the home were subsequently taken into custody.This seizure brings to five (5) the number of illegal firearms removed from our communities in the past 24 hours.DRUGS SEIZEDConsistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Selective Enforcement Team officers seized a quantity of dangerous drugs on Sunday 17th September 2017.Reports are that shortly before 3:00pm, a team of officers assigned to the Selective Enforcement Team acting on information conducted a search of a bushy area off Foxdale, where they uncovered just over two pounds of marijuana.No one was arrested for this seizure.POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN IDA STREET SHOOTINGPolice are searching for two male suspects responsible a shooting incident that has left a male detained in hospital on Sunday 17th September 2017.According to reports, shortly before 6:00pm, two males were driving in a vehicle on Ida Street when they were approached by two male occupants of a gray Chrysler vehicle armed with a handgun, who shot one of at them before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in serious condition.Investigations are ongoing.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)WEEKLY PREVENTION CRIME TIPIF YOU SEE OR SUSPECT A CRIME IS BEING COMMITTED; PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE FEATURES OF THE OFFENDER/S AND ANY VEHICLES INVOLVED.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.last_img read more

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Brush fire breaks out in Rancho Santa Fe just east of Fairbanks

first_img#AvenidaFire [update] The fire is now 2 to 3 acres. There is no structure threat at this time. pic.twitter.com/jjPFjH8PdX— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 11, 2019 Posted: June 11, 2019 RANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – Firefighters are responding to a report of a brush fire in the 6000 block of Avenida Cuatro Vientos in Rancho Santa Fe, according to Cal Fire.Helicopters are filling up with water from the lakes inside the Fairbanks Ranch community.There are no immediate reports of structural threats. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings June 11, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire located at the 6000 block of Avenida Cuatro Vientos in Rancho Santa Fe. pic.twitter.com/dvIL3K2N7w— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 11, 2019center_img #AvenidaFire [update] The forward rate of spread has been stopped and is 20% contained. pic.twitter.com/5DniMjmrJJ— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Brush fire breaks out in Rancho Santa Fe, just east of Fairbanks Ranch KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:11 PMlast_img read more

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Vancouver principals forgo raises again

first_imgVancouver principals have agreed to not get a raise for a third year, but will take a fresh look at their pay next school year.The Vancouver school board this week signed off on an agreement with the district’s 61 building administrators. The Vancouver Association of Principals and Associate Principals had already ratified the agreement Jan. 5, officials announced at the school board meeting.This week’s action means that the contract in place since 2008 will be extended through this current school year. And just like they have for the past two school years, the parties have agreed to ignore a clause in the contract that automatically set principals’ pay according to a formula that looked at comparable districts’ salaries.Until the 2008-09 school year, the district for years conducted a survey of principal salaries among districts of comparable size and complexity around the state, said Missy Hallead, director of human resources. Those districts included Evergreen, Bellevue, Highline and Federal Way, among others.The contract in place then automatically set Vancouver principals’ pay to the fourth-highest rate on that list, plus $1, thus guaranteeing them the third spot among the comparable districts.last_img read more

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Over 450000 Kiddie Smoke Detectors Recalled

first_imgAccording to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process of models PI2010 and PI9010 can cover on the two smoke sensors, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire. In the United States 452,000 units are being recalled along with 40,000 in Canada. The specific affected units are:PI9010 (DC/battery powered) – Date code: 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13PI2010 (AC/hardwired) – Date code: 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13 Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kiddie has recalled over 450,000 dual-sensor smoke detectors in the North America due to a manufacturing defect that can compromise its ability to detect smoke. Click here for more information on the Recall.last_img read more

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Bus driver killed in Natore road crash

first_imgRoad Accident LogoA bus driver was killed and at least 16 passengers were injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a covered van on Bonpara- Hatikumrul road in Hansmara area of Gurudaspur upazila in Natore on Monday morning.The deceased was identified as Azad.The accident took place as a Meherpur-bound bus collided with a covered-van in the morning, leaving the bus driver dead on the spot and 16 passengers injured, said J M Shamsun Nur, officer-in-charge of Bonpara Highway Police station.last_img read more

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SingleFamily New Home Sales Jump Nearly 20 Percent YearOverYear

first_img Census Bureau HUD New Home Sales Single-Family Home Sales 2015-04-23 Seth Welborn According to a joint residential sales report released today, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimate that 481,000 new, single-family homes were sold in the United States in March.This is 11.4 percent below the revised February sales numbers of 543,000. However, when compared to March of one year ago, they’re up significantly—jumping 19.4 percent from 403,000.The report also reveals that the median sales price of homes sold in March was $277,000, while the average price was $343,000. Additionally, by the end of March, the number of new homes on the market was 213,000. At the current sales rate, this supply should last approximately 5.3 months.Results of the report are gathered through sample surveys, and the majority of houses are chosen randomly from selected building permits. Census field representatives collect the data, visit permit offices, and track when single-family units are started, completed and sold.The estimates are often revised, as data is updated and collected on an ongoing basis. Typically, these revised numbers are released a few weeks after the original reports, and they do not represent a major shift or change in trends.HUD and the Census Bureau release residential sales reports on a monthly basis. April’s report will now include estimates of houses sold and for sale by construction stage, both on a seasonally adjusted and a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Historical data on these numbers will be available through the Census, dating back to January 1999. The next report will be released on May 26, 2015. To see this month’s full report, visit Census.gov.In addition to improving new home sales, Auction.com announced yesterday that existing home sales are on the rise, too. In its April 2015 Real Estate Nowcast, Auction.com revealed that targeted sales rates of existing homes would be 5.31 million for April,  up 2.3 percent from March and more than 11 percent from April 2014. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Single-Family New Home Sales Jump Nearly 20 Percent Year-Over-Yearcenter_img April 23, 2015 552 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Agnes Varda is happy but not proud of her Oscar

first_imgAgnes Varda is happy, but not proud, of her Oscar nomination FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, filmmaker Agnes Varda arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Varda shares the documentary feature Oscar nomination for “Faces Places” with her co-director, JR, and her producer daughter, Rosalie Varda. She received an honorary Academy Award in November recognizing her decades of filmmaking. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2018 4:38 am PDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Documentarian Agnes Varda is not only the oldest person ever nominated for an Academy Award, she’s the first woman to receive an honorary Oscar and a competitive nomination in the same season. And while she’s quite delighted by the recognition, the 89-year-old notes that she is “not proud.”She is so not proud that she mentions it several times during a brief telephone interview from her home in France last month after learning that “Faces Places” was nominated for best documentary feature.“There is nothing to be proud of, but happy,” Varda said. “Happy because we make films to love. We make films so that you love the film.”She sees herself as more modest than proud.“I love my own work and I’ve done it for so many years, so I didn’t do it for honour or money,” she said. “My films never made money.”Varda shares the Oscar nod with her co-director, JR, and her daughter, Rosalie Varda, who produced “Faces Places.”The film was inspired by the elder Varda’s connection with JR, a 34-year-old street artist known for installing massive portraits on real-world landscapes: a boy peering over a border wall in Mexico, a pair of giant eyes on a pair of water tanks. The film follows the French New Wave pioneer and journeyman photographer as they travel through France, meeting people, capturing their images and talking about art.Varda said they spent more than a year and a half making the film, diligently shooting one week a month.“I could not shoot more than one week a month,” she said. “Because it leaves me tired, you know. I’m old!”“Faces Places” was released in U.S. theatres in October.She did not attend Monday’s luncheon for nominees, but JR made sure she was in the class photo: he brought a cardboard cutout of Varda holding a cat that he displayed on the red carpet and on the risers with the rest of the assembled nominees.In November, Varda danced with Angelina Jolie at the film academy’s Governors Awards, where Varda received an honorary Academy Award recognizing her decades of filmmaking.“Everyone was there in the room, so I was very welcomed and I felt very good,” she recalled of the untelevised ceremony.The honour came with an invitation to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, so Varda was already planning to attend with her daughter, even before they were nominated.“But I won’t change my hair, my double-colour hair,” Varda said, though no one has suggested she should. “We are happy. Nothing to be proud of.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/YouKnowSandy .___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason .last_img read more

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