Struggling Saint John mourns lost pipeline A huge economic blow

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – At what would have been the eastern end of the Energy East Pipeline, rookie Mayor Don Darling is in mourning.The veteran businessman, elected mayor just last year, presides over a declining city in a declining province, and had been counting on Energy East to help turn the corner.“This is a disappointment. It’s an economic blow. I’m frustrated,” Darling said Thursday.The $15.7 billion pipeline project would have carried western crude to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John and an export terminal for destinations abroad. TransCanada cancelled it Thursday, citing “changed circumstances.”While Quebec politicians like Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and environmental activists celebrated the demise of the project, Darling lamented the loss of jobs and revenue.“This a huge economic blow to Saint John, to New Brunswick and to the country,” Darling said.The Energy East Saint John Partners Forum had estimated the project would increase the provincial GDP by $6.5 billion, and create thousands of jobs over several decades.Ian Whitcomb, president of the Saint John-based Irving Oil, called it the loss of a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”Darling said his once-affluent city — the oldest incorporated city in Canada — was looking to Energy East as a source of momentum to get the economy moving.He said in the short term, the city of 67,000 people is facing a $4.5 million shortfall this year and needs to make tough decisions if it is to avoid raising the city’s tax rate — already the highest in the region.The 2016 census showed the population of Saint John fell by 3.6 per cent over the previous five years — falling from 70,063 to 67,575 — and losing its status as the largest city in the province.A New Brunswick sociologist, Hassan Arif, likened the city to Detroit in a 2012 column for HuffPost, saying Saint John’s decline isn’t as severe but it faced similar challenges: They were both declining cities with growing suburbs, with concentrated urban poverty and a shrinking tax base. Both have multiple vacant and abandoned buildings.Even before the Energy East announcement, Darling was openly expressing his concerns about his city’s financial woes.In a Facebook post Wednesday, Darling said “I’m tired, beat up, frustrated and sad. I’m all those things because we need to change,” he wrote. “We are in a mess, this didn’t happen overnight, it’s been years in the making.”On Thursday, Darling said the Energy East project was “truly a test of our country and our ability to come together and we failed.”He blames the regulatory process and opponents of the project in Quebec.“The fact that one of the provinces in our country appeared to do everything it could to block this project in any fashion — I think that was obviously a factor,” he said.Darling said his city needs help from the province and Ottawa — either a large project or a number of smaller ones to stimulate the economy.“We need help. We need to work with the provincial government and Premier (Brian) Gallant is signalling that he is accepting my challenge that Saint John needs a new deal,” he said. “We have to match actions with the reality and urgency we’re facing as a community.”Gallant said Thursday energy is still a huge opportunity for Saint John, noting that the province is looking at various forms of renewable energy such as tidal power.“There will be a new deal for Saint John,” Gallant said. “As the industrial base of our economy, we need Saint John to be firing on all cylinders.”Darling said the city would take the next 30 days to more clearly define what help it needs from the other levels of government.“All we want is a fighting chance to put Saint John on a more sustainable path,” he said.last_img read more

Pedestrian access to be restricted on portion of St Davids Road

Due to ongoing construction, pedestrian access will soon be restricted on a busy section of road near Brock University’s main campus.Beginning next week, pedestrian access will be closed to accommodate the construction zone at the interchange of St. David’s Road and Highways 406 and 58. The closure will remain in place until the third week of November.Anyone planning to travel on foot through the interchange is instead advised to use Decew Road.Earlier this month crews began a three-year overhaul of the busy interchange and, as a result, several lane reductions and closures have been introduced in the area.Project updates on traffic flows will be published in the Brock News throughout the construction period. read more

Mens basketball The only change after Ohio States win over Wisconsin confidence

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate converts a layup as he was fouled in the first half against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 83-73. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorThe will or drive of a team is rooted in self belief. Without a belief or a vision, a team cannot achieve its goals.For a while, the Ohio State men’s basketball team didn’t have a vision, it didn’t have a moment that could spring a successful run as the season grows nye. Well, now OSU has both.The Buckeyes handily defeated the 16th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers at home Thursday night, 83-73, in their most complete game this season. Four players were in double figures, the bench scored 32 points and as a team, OSU outrebounded the Badgers by 13 and shot 63 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range.All of that happened against the fourth best defense in the country.The players — sophomore guard C.J. Jackson in particular, who had a career-high 18 points Thursday — had been saying throughout a mentally taxing conference season that they believed there run of consecutive wins was just around the corner. Wisconsin might be the start of that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean OSU’s predicament has changed. The Buckeyes will likely still need to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA Tournament, but at the very least, OSU finally has proof it can win games against top competition.“I feel like everybody was on the same page (on Thursday). We played hard. It seemed like we couldn’t miss,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “If we play like this the rest of the time and in the Big Ten tournament, I feel like we can win.”That type of language hadn’t been heard since the beginning of the season when winning the conference was seen as an attainable goal. Yes, the Buckeyes said things like, “There’s still a long way to go,” and “Anything can happen” after losses, but maybe what OSU needed was the reality of winning a game that many didn’t believe it had a prayer in.So it begs the question, why can’t OSU always play like this?“I wish we could (always play like this) and for now on I hope we can,” Tate said. “We just got to build from it.”The game was equally important for OSU coach Thad Matta, who has been dealt an unprecedented amount of criticism this year. The 13-year OSU coach was already the most winningest coach in school history and became the most tenured coach in school history on Thursday night.He has not been one to ever focus, or truly care, about what outsiders say, but there’s no denying that critics will think twice about scolding the 13-year OSU coach after the Wisconsin win.“I’m sure there’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be pissed off if I didn’t come back (tomorrow),” Matta said. “But I say that from a standpoint of I guess that’s a tremendous feat, but I kind of like the most wins more than the most games to be honest with you.”While nothing on the winning side has come naturally to the Buckeyes this season, they had the answers on Thursday night. Each answer paved the path to success. There remains a long way to go for them, but the Buckeyes saw what their best looks like and that could be a motivator with two games remaining before the conference tournament.“We haven’t seen it a whole lot,” Matta said. “Everybody sort of did there part. When you’re making shots, it probably helps your cause … I hope these guys got a good taste of what it feels like to win a game.” read more

Toads nearly endangered after suffering massive decline in 30 years

first_imgBritain’s toad population has plummeted by nearly 70 per cent over the past 30 years and is now in such peril the species is close to qualifying as endangered.A new report reveals that hundreds and thousands of the amphibians have disappeared from the countryside since the 1980s.The decline thought to have been prompted by a combination of new farming techniques, which have entailed the loss of ponds and the death of prey from pesticides, as well as increasing urbanisation. Heavier traffic has also been blamed for the sharp reduction, despite widespread schemes to help toads safely migrate to their breeding ponds by carrying them across busy roads.The data was collated by the volunteer patrols who perform this task, and is based on data collected from 153 since 1985.Milder winters as a result of climate change is another suspected driver of the population decline because of the disruption this causes to hibernation cycles.The new research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that South East England has suffered the worst decline in Toad, while Wales and the South West of England have remained stable for the past decade, numbers having shrunk over the twenty previous years.Scotland and the north of England have also suffered a significant decline in the past 20 years. Toad declines at this scale over such large areas are really worryingDr Silviu Petrovan, Froglife Mr Toad, in Wind in the Willows, was a sympathetic characterCredit:Telegraph Mr Toad, in Wind in the Willows Dr Silviu Petrovan, from Froglife, the charity which conducted the research, said: “Toad declines at this scale over such large areas are really worrying.“Toads are extremely adaptable and can live in many places ranging from farmland and woodland to suburban gardens.“They are also important pest controllers, eating slugs, snails and insects and are food themselves for many of our most likeable mammals such as otters and polecats.”Paul Edgar, the senior amphibian specialist at Natural England, said that recovery of the species depended upon keeping individual toad habitats linked across the country.He said the organisation was attempting to achieve this through ensuring that “green infrastructure” is included in all new planning developments.Despite their squat and warty appearance, toads occupy a fond place in the British imagination.Mr, Toad, one of the main characters in Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 novel The Wind in the Willow, is a selfish and reckless character but is nevertheless portrayed as likeable.A few years later George Orwell devoted one of his most celebrated essays – Some Thoughts on the Common Toad – to discussing the creatures and their “spiritual look” when they come out of hibernation.Every year thousands of volunteers take part in Toads on Roads patrols to help carry more than 800,000 of the amphibians to safety in both the UK and Switzerland, where Froglife has teamed up with groups which carry out the same service.Dr Petrovan said: “Without the efforts of the thousands of volunteers that go out and move amphibians across busy roads we would have no idea that these declines had occurred and the situation could be much worse.“One thing that is clear is that we need to do more to look after our environment in order to protect the species that depend on it.”Last month a separate report complied by 53 organisations found that one in six of all British wild species is now at risk of vanishing from the UK, with 1,999 listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Stephanie McMahon responds to comments by AJ Lee

first_img Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 Laura Vandervoort Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Stephanie McMahon took to Twitter late Tuesday evening to respond to comments by WWE Diva AJ Lee who criticized her for supporting comments by actress Patricia Arquette for discussing women’s rights and wage equality at the Oscars on Sunday night.Lee wrote, “Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise & have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times, and nd yet they receive a fraction of the wages & screen time of the majority of the male roster. #UseYourVoice.”McMahon then responded around three hours later to Lee writing, “Thank you @WWEAJLee, I appreciate your opinion.  #UseYourVoice.”Source: Twitter.com/StephMcMahonRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie WWE comments on passing of Harley Race, Wrestling industry reacts to passing Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Kane Now Playing Up Next Twitter The Miz Videos Articles WhatsApp Stephanie McMahon Pitches New Career Option For Serena Williams Now Playing Up Next WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Now Playing Up Next WWE Executives sell large amounts of stock ahead of Thursday’s 2nd quarter reportlast_img read more

NXT stars debut on Smackdown Live Nikki Bella taking time off from

first_imgNikki Bella taking time off from WWENikki Bella tweeted out the following noting she will be taking time off from WWE.This isn’t goodbye, just need time to heal. When the day is right I will be back and hopefully then…. BRIE MODE will be ACTIVATED!… pic.twitter.com/3OB6QjUnvU— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) April 4, 2017 Former Impact and ROH star guest coaching this week at WWE Performance Center Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey 2 COMMENTS Brie mode ain’t gonna wanna be goin nowhere once she’s holding her baby! Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Jamie Stidiford Videos Articles 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles NXT stars debut on Smackdown LiveDuring tonight’s 4/4 WWE Smackdown Live in Orlando, NXT stars Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger debuted on Tuesday night as part of the main roster.Nakamura made his debut interrupting a segment involving The Miz and Maryse, while Tye Dillinger defeated Curt Hawkins answering an open challenge.You can check out clips of both debuts below courtesy of WWE. Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Brie Bellacenter_img WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down April 5, 2017 at 8:10 am Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Now Playing Up Next April 5, 2017 at 12:07 am Steven Herrera Artem Chigvintsev says Nikki Bella is his ‘soulmate’ AEW announces tickets for debut episode on TNT from Washington, DC is sold-out Twitter Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger debut tonight. Does this mean there not part of the shake up. Ir could one of them go to raw? Now Playing Up Next ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena John Cena Comments are closed.last_img read more

Crash east of La Center injures mother child

first_imgA woman with life-threatening injuries was transported via Life Flight and a child in critical condition was hospitalized following a vehicle crash Saturday morning east of La Center. Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies and emergency responders were dispatched shortly after 9 a.m. to the 5300 block of Northeast Lockwood Creek Road for a collision, according to a news release. They found a 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser that had exited the roadway on the right-hand shoulder. The westbound vehicle rolled and hit a tree, according to the news release. The vehicle was occupied by four children — ages 2, 8, 10 and 12 — as well as their 36-year-old mother who was driving the car, according to the news release. The mother was trapped within the vehicle. She was extracted from the car and transported to a Portland hospital by Life Flight, according to the sheriff’s office. The 8-year-old child was transported by AMR to a Portland hospital. The other children were uninjured and released to another parent. The Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is investigating and did not release any additional information. John Nohr, fire chief at Clark County Fire and Rescue, said three children in the car were able to get out on their own. But he said removing the woman involved a particularly challenging extraction that took 40 minutes to complete due to the damage of the vehicle.last_img read more

Divided Alaska Legislature Convenes Session In 2 Cities

first_imgThe debate over the climate bill, which did not pass, highlighted the tension between the greater Portland area and rural areas in Oregon. Hundreds of farmers, loggers and truckers rallied at the Capitol in solidarity with the Republican senators, saying the climate legislation would cost jobs in their towns. Democrats said the measure was an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities’ ability to adapt to climate change.___Associated Press writers Mark Thiessen in Anchorage and Sarah Zimmerman in Salem, Oregon, contributed to this report. Giessel told The Associated Press last week that she believed the Legislature is on solid footing with the plan, despite legal questions raised by Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, who has argued that Dunleavy can call lawmakers into special session anywhere he wants. In a rare move, nearly a third of Alaska lawmakers are expected to buck their leadership in both chambers and meet Monday in Wasilla even though a majority of lawmakers will convene the special session in Juneau, the state capital, about 600 miles (965 kilometers) away. Neither the House, led by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, nor the Republican-controlled Senate, could pass a bill for the full payout. Last month the Oregon Legislature was disrupted by a walkout by Republican senators, who fled the Capitol to thwart climate legislation. The 11 GOP senators, who make up the minority in the Oregon Senate, left the Capitol on June 20 and remained away for nine days to protest a proposal that would have been the second in the nation to cap and trade pollution credits among companies. The main issue is to determine the amount of this year’s oil wealth check, a hot-button issue in Alaska. Nearly every single Alaska residents receives the check for simply living in the state. Alaska is not the only state in the West to see upheaval on the legislative process. The Grammy-award winning band Portugal. The Man, which hails from Wasilla, will be featured Tuesday at a rally at the University of Alaska Anchorage to encourage lawmakers to overturn Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. Dunleavy’s spokesman, Matt Shuckerow has said Dunleavy hopes lawmakers show up in Wasilla. If they don’t, they will “cross that bridge when we get there,” Shuckerow said. Dunleavy said late Friday he would expand the special session agenda to include state match money for road and airport programs “when the Alaska State Legislature convenes in Wasilla,” pursuant to his special session proclamation There could be other business for lawmakers. Once they convene the special session, they have five days to attempt any overrides of Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, including a $130 million cut to the University of Alaska system. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has called the cut as devastating. Furlough notices to employees have already been spent. The checks are from the Alaska Permanent Fund, a fund seeded with oil money and grown through investments. Annual dividends traditionally have been paid with fund earnings, which lawmakers also began using last year to help pay government expenses amid an ongoing budget deficit, creating tension. Dunleavy called the special session in Wasilla, his hometown and the heart of his conservative base, saying a change of venue would be good for lawmakers who could not finish their work over five months in Juneau this year. Both House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, who cited safety concerns about meeting in Wasilla, and Senate President Cathy Giessel decided to hold the session in Juneau. A formula in state law to determine the amount of the checks has not been followed the last three years, resulting in reduced check sizes. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December, campaigned on paying a full dividend, which would cost about $1.9 billion and result in checks around $3,000 this year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session.last_img read more

Park Service bans controversial methods to hunt wolf bear

first_imgA wolf carrying a caribou leg. (File photo: NPS)The National Park Service has published its final rule on hunting in Alaska’s national preserves, turning a corner in a long-running tussle with the state. While most state hunting rules continue to apply, the Park Service is now enacting a permanent ban on several controversial hunting practices allowed under state law. The new Park Service ban includes using artificial lights to shoot black bears in the den, and using bait to hunt bears.Download AudioBruce Dale, the state’s director of Wildlife Conservation, says the banned methods are not common hunting practices, and the state doesn’t allow them everywhere. But he says the new federal rules will still hurt certain hunters.  And, Dale says, it’s a federal incursion on the legal right of the state to manage its own fish and game.“It’s a problem for us,” Dale said. “We’ve been given the authority to be the primary managers and we take that very seriously, and we think we’re good at it.”Dale says the state is considering its next move.The new rules apply to sport hunting on 20 million acres of preserve land, managed by the National Park Service. They don’t change federal subsistence rules, and don’t apply in National Parks themselves, where sport hunting is illegal. The feds say they are really re-imposing bans on methods the state used to consider illegal, including harvesting wolves and coyotes in denning season, when their pelts aren’t valuable.When the rule was pending, it drew more than 70,000 public comments.Jim Stratton, the newly retired Alaska director for the National Parks Conservation Association, is delighted to see the final rule.“Literally, … I was doing backflips,” he said. “I’ve been working on this issue for over 10 years.”Stratton says the state Board of Game has allowed hunting methods that are incompatible with the mission of the Parks Service, the agency in charge of managing the national preserves.“Bear snaring and bear baiting and spot lighting bears – you know, shooting Boo-Boo when he’s taking his winter nap in his den — that just doesn’t have any place in lands managed by the National Park Service.”At the heart of the issue is a conflict over the point of wildlife management. By law, the state’s goal is “sustained yield” –basically, keeping moose and caribou numbers high enough for hunting, sometimes by shrinking bear and wolf populations.  But the National Park Service tries to preserve natural ecosystems, and spokesman John Quinley says its policies prohibit manipulating natural predator numbers to favor prey.“Our mandate from Congress is different than the state of Alaska’s.”Rod Arno, a hunting advocate and director of the Alaska Outdoor Council, says he suspects this is just the beginning of a federal power play. Arno says the feds are starting by banning rare practices, like using lights to kill bears in the den, because they’re not popular.“That is such a small group that would ever participate in that, that there would be very little draw,” Arno said. “And the other thing is that people, when they hear those things, most people who aren’t subsistence users, they look at hunting and they’re always concerned about fair chase.”Arno says killing bears in the den is a traditional practice in parts of the state, and using a flashlight is a safety measure. Now that the rule is finally published, Arno says he hopes the state will challenge it to the U.S. Supreme Court.last_img read more

Corporate governance in shambles with Ratan Tata Narayana Murthy locking horns with

first_imgRatan Tata and N.R. Narayana MurthyReutersCorporate governance took the centre stage in India with two iconic organisations going through the worst of times. Tata Sons and Infosys have been in the news for past one year 10 months for all the wrong reasons. In separate instances, both the companies’ boardroom tussles became public, which for sure shouldn’t have happened with companies having huge brand value.In both the instances, promoters and founders, Ratan Tata for Tata Sons and N.R. Narayana Murthy for Infosys, were in the epicentre of the corporate storm.For Tata Sons, it all began at Bombay House with the ouster of Cyrus Mistry as the chairman in October last year, resulting in Ratan Tata taking over as the interim chairman of Tata Sons.Questions were raised on how Mistry was running the Tata Group and he had been criticised for taking certain strategic decisions. The tussle became murkier and led to a slew of allegations and counter-allegations. Finally, the Mistry-Tata battle landed in the courtrooms.Mind you, the war is not yet over. It was only yesterday when the Board of Tata Sons, under the chairmanship of N Chandrasekaran, has ordered its group to snap all ties with Cyrus and elder brother Shapoor Mistry owned SP Group. Currently, SP Group holds about 18.4 percent stake in Tata Sons.In the Infosys story, co-founder and former CEO and present Chairman Emeritus, Narayana Murthy, publicly expressed his unhappiness over the current management. CEO Vishal Sikka flagging issues like higher compensation to executives, acquisition strategy and appointment of independent directors were not well received by him.After months of letter exchanges and press interviews, Vishal Sikka on Friday morning stepped down from the position of CEO and managing director of Infosys.While the Tatas chose to remove Mistry, in the case of Infosys, the situation forced Sikka to step down. In his personal blog, Sikka wrote:For days, indeed weeks, this decision has weighed on me. I have wrestled the pros and cons, the issues and the counterbalancing arguments. But now, after much thought, and considering the environment of the last few quarters, I am clear in my decision. It is clear to me that despite our successes over the last three years, and the powerful seeds of innovation that we have sown, I cannot carry out my job as CEO and continue to create value, while also constantly defending against unrelenting, baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.Days earlier, former Chief Financial Officer of Infosys, T V Mohandas Pai, pitched for the return N R Narayana Murthy as Chairman Emeritus, by saying the move will improve the brand and showcase high corporate governance standards.In both the occasions, the irony is, Ratan Tata and Narayana Murthy handpicked their respective successors, and issued happy notes while offering their appointments.An important question pops up here. Do the owners/founders have to question every move of their successors when they are running the business just because the former have diligently built the company over many summers?last_img read more

Uprooted tree halts traffic between Dhaka Rangpur

first_imgUNB-File-PhotoVehicular movement on Dhaka-Rangpur highway has remained halted since Saturday morning as a big tree fell on the road at Palashbari due to storm coupled with heavy rains.The traffic movement remained snapped from 7:30am, disrupting road communication of Dhaka with the country’s northern parts, witnesses said.They said some 2,000 vehicles – buses and trucks-on both sides of the highway got stranded, causing immense woes to thousands of passengers amid incessant rains.Police said they started removing the tree from the highway with the help of local people to restore traffic on the busy highway.It may take hours to clear the highway, police added.last_img read more

Man killed in RAB gunfight

first_imgA man was killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a gunfight in Taushara of Khetal upazila in Joypurhat early Monday.According to UNB, RAB claimed that the deceased, Tofazzal Hossain alias Wazed, 37, son of late Wadud Sarker, a resident of Uttar Maheshpur Sarkar Para village, was accused in 12 to 13 drug cases.Commanding officer of Joypurhat RAB-5, said that on secret information, a team of RAB conducted a drive in the area around 1:45am.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, a group of people opened fire on them, forcing the lawmen to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Wazed injured with bullet.The injured was taken to Khetlal Upazila Health Complex where the physicians declared him dead.The team recovered a pistol, one round bullet, bullet-shell, a magazine and 150 bottles of phensidyl.Two RAB members were also injured, according the law enforcers.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Creators and Tech Companies Lets Fix The DMCA Together Guest Column

first_img Jonathan Lamy Stepping Down From RIAA ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Our success at solving problems together is the best way to give Congress the security of knowing we’ve arrived at well-considered, long-term solutions.  And no doubt policymakers will play a vital role in encouraging and expecting all of us to find a way forward. If we don’t, a change in the law that will lag behind technology and lead to litigation is inevitable.Fixing the DMCA for the modern age will require leadership from both the creative and tech communities – who each have much to gain from action and much to lose if we sit back or spiral into conflict.To their credit, the Internet Association has been open to discussing solutions.  So let’s do it.  Consider this an invitation.  In a summer where “Harmony Hall” is topping the charts and the Avengers are assembling one last time, what are we waiting for? Whether it’s two-part harmony or a 100-member orchestra, some of the greatest music happens when people come together.Policymaking works the same way.  Last year, music and tech came together to support the Music Modernization Act (MMA) – a powerful new law that guarantees fair pay for legacy artists on digital radio, boosts royalties for songwriters, and updates the music publishing system for the digital age.  Creators and tech companies haven’t always been “all for one, and one for all,” but we realized we needed to link arms to get results.Now there’s a new opportunity to build on that success.  The U.S. Copyright Office will soon release its much-anticipated study on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “safe harbor” provisions – rules put in place over 20 years ago to deal with the problem of online piracy.  The report will raise tough issues – and creators and tech will have to decide: do we retreat to our industry corners or join forces once again and try to get something meaningful done?  To me, the choice is as obvious as it was for Jake and Elwood: we should be getting the MMA band back together. There’s no question the DMCA hasn’t kept up with the times.  It was intended to foster cooperation between internet platforms (at the time this meant bulletin boards and services like AOL) and the creative industry to prevent piracy of creative works in exchange for legal immunity.  But piracy remains a major issue and has evolved into new forms.In a twisted way, the DMCA was interpreted in a way that discouraged cooperation between creators and tech platforms by removing incentives to do so.  But in the wake of rising fears over tech platforms’ impact on speech, politics, safety and culture, global pressure on platforms to act responsibly to create a healthier online environment has never been more intense.  Absent real voluntary change, the pressure on government to more powerfully regulate Internet companies is only going to increase.To me, the idea that creators and tech would somehow be at odds in this space has never made much sense.  The public’s thirst for creative works is a major driver of revenue and success for internet companies.  Today, seven out of ten of the biggest accounts on Twitter and nine out of the top ten videos on YouTube are music creators.  A smartphone without music or video might as well have a rotary dial.Likewise, we need tech – streaming now accounts for 75% of recorded music revenues in the U.S.  And social media has played an indispensable role in strengthening the bond between artists and their fans.There are now plenty of incentives for all of us to work together to sustain and grow the entire ecosystem going forward.  Now is the time for us to come together to fix the DMCA – and it doesn’t have to require legislation.The DMCA already allows creators and tech providers to negotiate industry standards to protect creative works, but that mechanism has been mostly dormant since the law’s passage.  If we reach consensus, it can be immediately implemented under existing law.  That’s invaluable in a world where technology changes faster than the law can keep up.center_img Popular on Variety Related Streaming Powers U.S. Latin Music Market to 18% Growthlast_img read more

White Feather The Most Feared and Fearless Sniper of the Vietnam War

first_imgAn American hero can be a complex beast. In some cases the title is controversial, particularly when it comes to military service. Carlos Hathcock is one of those heroes. He served his country with distinction during the Vietnam War (1955 – 75) across 2 tours. Yet he did that as a sniper, a role which had a controversial reputation even among military ranks.A 1987 profile in The Washington Post sums up the attitude, writing that the sniper was “an affront to the Gary Cooper mentality, the idea that in ‘High Noon’ — or America — the sheriff never draws first.”Carlos Hathcock“Hathcock, who had done everything asked of him and more, felt unfairly stigmatized. ‘I was simply doing my job,’ he says. ‘I was just doing what they told me to do. Maybe being a sniper is something that only another sniper really can understand.’”By the time he came home for good — and still a young man at 27 — he had 93 confirmed kills under his belt, with many more unverified. His marksmanship was beyond doubt, and in some respects Hathcock sounded like something out of a movie.Brothers Carlos and Billy Jack Hathcock with their grandmothers. Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0For example he used to stick a bright white feather in his hat, throwing down the gauntlet to his enemy and daring them to catch him out. Through this he got the nickname “White Feather,” though his legend was built on more than a moniker.Possibly the most famous incident of his career involved Apache, the notorious female platoon leader of the Viet Cong, who would not only kill Marines but brutally torture them. When she tortured a Marine Private within Hathcock’s earshot, and he encountered what was left of her still-living victim, her fate was sealed.Hathcock Brothers and Friend, 1958 Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0As described on the Military.com website, “He set out to kill Apache before she could kill any more Marines. One day, he and his spotter got a chance. They observed an NVA sniper platoon on the move. At 700 yards in, one of them stepped off the trail and Hathcock took what he calls the best shot he ever made.“ ‘We were in the midst of switching rifles. We saw them,’ he remembered. ‘I saw a group coming, five of them. I saw her squat to pee, that’s how I knew it was her. They tried to get her to stop, but she didn’t stop. I stopped her. I put one extra in her for good measure.’”Carlos Hathcock, April 1945 Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0For Hathcock, using a gun was a long-established instinct. Born in Arkansas, in 1942, he’d lived a rural life, where hunting and shooting were part of human survival.The Post explains that “Hathcock came from the traditional American frontier mold. The war required just the shooting and woodcraft skills that Hathcock possessed. There were times, in fact, when Hathcock wondered if he wasn’t born for one purpose: to fight in Vietnam.”Despite this, killing Apache was a turning point in the skilled assassin’s life. He spoke about it as the one time he enjoyed shooting someone. Hathcock liked the hunt, but wasn’t someone who wanted to end a life. That time it was different, and the experience disturbed him.Carlos Hathcock, 1968 Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0Quoted in the Post, he said “It was the stalk that I enjoyed. Pitting yourself against another human being. There was no second place in Vietnam — second place was a body bag.”The Apache mission was one sign that cracks were showing in Hathcock’s hardened exterior. He was highly respected for his devotion to duty, which he never shied away from. His performance had been exemplary and he would always put his neck on the line.Carlos and Josephine Hathcock, 10 November 1962 Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0However when Hathcock became the target of a $30,000 bounty in reprisal for Apache’s death, the pressure really piled on. This led to an extraordinary situation where he shot a hopeful assassin through his own rifle scope at a range of 500 yards.Cracked.com writes “Bear in mind that the typical rifle scope is only a couple of inches wide at the very most, so Hathcock had to place his shot perfectly for the bullet to pass through it and not hit the sides of the device. Also, the enemy sniper had to have been facing him, with his gun more or less leveled directly toward Hathcock’s position.Platoon 232, San Diego, 1959 Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0So, in the span of the half-second he had to spare before his foe spotted him and erased him from time, Hathcock fired a round through a 2-inch circle he wasn’t even positive was there, draped in dense jungle about three city blocks away.”The tension didn’t let up. Hathcock also performed incredible feats of endurance in order to kill a Viet Cong general toward the close of his first tour. This saw him hunkering down and going without food for days. He also avoided deadly snakes as well as his human enemies.Carlos Hathcock Collection at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division Photo by USMC Archives CC-BY 2.0He was discharged from the army in 1967. Hathcock couldn’t adjust to civilian life and returned to the Marines only a week after. His career ended as dramatically as it had begun, when the vehicle he was riding in went over a mine. He rescued 7 of his men and suffered significant burns.1969 saw him back on home soil, where he got work as a gunnery sergeant aboard a submarine. However, by 1975, his lack of mobility was noticed. This had been put down to wounds sustained in combat but the cause was officially diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.Carlos Hathcock, 1959 Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0Though Hathcock’s skills were coveted, he couldn’t cope with the physical and psychological demands.The Post writes, “In April 1979, he collapsed while teaching at the rifle range. When he awoke in an emergency room, Hathcock discovered that he couldn’t move his left foot and was losing feeling in both arms.He was forced to retire. He had served 19 years, 10 months and five days and was bitterly disappointed that he hadn’t made 20 years, the goal he had set as a teenager.” Falling just short of the 20 year “qualifying service” mark meant he wasn’t entitled to military benefits.Trophy Presentation, 18 March 1977 Photo by USMC Archives CC BY 2.0Hathcock’s story could have had a truly sad conclusion were it not for a friend of his at a local bait shop. He brought the former soldier out of his shell, and Carlos found peace of a kind in shark fishing.He passed away in 1999 but never lost touch with his former life. In later years he was hired by the Norfolk Police Emergency Response Team to train their officers how to be snipers.“Them is good boys,” he told the Post. “Good boys, but I’ll never tell them that, not in a cat’s hair, because they will stop getting better.”That summed up Carlos Hathcock in a nutshell. Someone who did what he thought needed to be done, to the best of his ability and beyond, without much thanks or recognition.Read another story from us: How Soldiers Escaped Reality in the Jungles of VietnamWas he a hero, a killing machine, or somewhere between the two? He conducted himself with clean efficiency, but certainly didn’t see his opponents as cannon fodder. Either way his contribution to the troubled history of the Vietnam War is assured.last_img read more

Beyond Web Analytics 5 Types of Online Data You Should Be Tracking

first_img When business owners talk about analytics, they often are referring to web analytics. They talk about setting up tools such as Google Analytics or Adobe’s SiteCatalyst to track page views, test variables and gauge their website’s performance.But they’re missing the bigger picture. While web analytics are certainly important, they are only one type of metric that entrepreneurs need to know about — especially when starting up.Here are five other types of analytics you should be monitoring to discover critical information about your business, customers and marketing efforts:1. Funnel analytics. Your funnel analytics provide data about customer flow through lead generation, checkout pages, registration and other means.While you can get basic funnel data from web analytics tools, specialized software can help you better understand your customer funnel. One is KISSmetrics, starting at $150 a month, and MixPanel, with a freemium option where you can track up to 25,000 events for free. These tools can help you understand how leads obtained through your acquisition and onboarding funnels are working out.From studying your funnel, you can conduct tests and make changes to forms, buttons, language and more. Improving your funnel is one of the chief ways to enhance your bottom line.Related: Easy Ways to Keep Visitors on Your Website Longer2. On-site engagement analytics. Beyond knowing how people get to your site, you should understand what they’re doing on your pages. Where are they clicking? Where are they hovering? Where are they looking and perhaps getting confused?This is where mouse-move heat map and click heat map tracking tools come in. Mouse-move heat maps show you were people hover and move across your pages. This information can help you learn whether users find your site intuitive. Click heat mapping tools show you visually the exact locations where visitors’ cursors clicked on your website. This information can be useful in identifying usability or navigation issues.Startups should use these early on so they can make any necessary website adjustments. Some handy tools include ClickTale, which offers both mouse-move and click heat maps and starts with a freemium plan where you can study up to 400 page views a month, and CrazyEgg, which focuses mainly on heat mapping and starts at $99 a month.3. Customer analytics.Startups often wait too long to survey customers and set up consumer feedback channels. But with customer analytics, you can learn about unfulfilled consumer needs and identify problems in your marketing, such as confusion over your messaging.Try tools like ZenDesk, a customer-service platform that lets you respond to customer concerns across channels, track those concerns and improve communication. It starts at $24 a month. There’s also SurveyMonkey, an online research tool that offers a generous free plan that’s worth trying. Another is Qualaroo, a customer insight tool that starts at $79 a month and enables you to easily survey your customers for quick feedback on their experience with your website and other consumer issues.Related: Want to Sell More Online? How ‘Split Testing’ Your Site Can Help4. Lifecycle analytics.To understand the best ways to communicate with customers, you need to collect data on emails, newsletters, in-app messaging and more.Consider using tools such as Customer.io, an email communication platform, that helps you first understand if your emails and newsletters are working and then enables you to easily edit them for improved performance. It starts at $75 a month. There’s also Intercom, which starts at about $50 a month and can improve both communications and customer development by helping you identify and survey specific customer segments.5. Marketing analytics. When a startup begins marketing, it often pushes forward with the channels it has the most experience with. But that’s a risky way to create a marketing roadmap.Marketing analytics tools, which monitor, track and compare your marketing channels in one dashboard, can help you understand which approaches work best, as well as measure the success of specific campaigns. From there, you can decide how best to allocate your marketing budget and make better hiring decisions when ramping up your team.To track and understand this type of data, you can try such tools as HubSpot, a marketing automation platform that helps you see all of your marketing channels in one dashboard view. It starts at $200 a month. Moz (previously SEOmoz) also just opened up a beta for their marketing analytics solution, which allows you to manage all of your inbound marketing efforts in one place. It starts at $99 a month.In the age of analytics platforms, marketers are often overwhelmed by data. Reactively, we tend to rely on the tools and types of data we have loved for years, but that’s a dangerous approach. Instead, we should take advantage of the many new types of data that can help us learn ever more about our customers and better meet their needs.Related: A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 29, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 596The Cardinals allowed 596 yards on defense, most since 1958 (578). – / 17 The Cardinals opened the scoring with a field goal, but any euphoria of an early lead was immediately washed away with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Luke Willson. The Seahawks grabbed a 7-3 lead and never looked back — they never trailed again.Seattle owned the Cardinals in every aspect of the game, outgaining Arizona 596-216, including 305-64 in the first half. Wilson used his legs as much as his arm in a winning effort, as the Cardinals were unable to contain the shifty third-year quarterback.Arizona now needs help to win the NFC West and earn a home game to open the postseason. Unless the Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers next week and the Seahawks lose the St. Louis Rams, Arizona will open the playoffs on the road against the winner of the Carolina Panthers-Atlanta Falcons Week 17 game.Before heading into the final week of the regular season, here’s how the Cardinals lost by the numbers:3Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka missed all three of his field goal attempts after coming into the game with just three misses for the season (29-of-32).7Coming into the game, Arizona had won all seven of its home games this season. Before Sunday, the Cardinals’ last home loss came in the 2013 season finale, a 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. center_img A golden opportunity sat in front of the Arizona Cardinals as they hosted the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. However, it was also the most difficult task the Cardinals had to face this season.With the respite of the No. 1 overall seed within reach, the Cardinals were unable to keep their home record perfect, falling to the Seattle Seahawks 35-6 and putting their NFC West title hopes in jeopardy. Not many gave Arizona a chance to win with a third, or maybe fourth, string quarterback at the helm. That position was clearly an Achilles’ heel for the Cardinals, as Ryan Lindley went 18-for-44 for 216 yards and an interception in his first start of the season in place of the injured Drew Stanton. 0 Comments   Share   11The Cardinals are stuck on 11 wins, tied for the most ever by a team hosting the Super Bowl. Arizona will have one final chance to hold the record with a win in the season’s final week in Santa Clara.11-1The wide penalty differential kept the Cardinals in the game early on. Seattle finished the game with 11 accepted penalties against them to Arizona’s one.15Seattle has now won 15 consecutive games when leading at halftime. The defending Super Bowl champions do not give up leads and their stellar defense shuts down opponents in the second half.16-5The Cardinals wore their all-red uniforms on Sunday night. In those unis, Arizona’s record is 16-5 all-time. Before Sunday’s loss, they had won 11 of their last 12 games in those uniforms. 29Arizona managed just 29 yards on the ground. Stepfan Taylor led the way with 19 yards on 11 carries.55, 80Russell Wilson set a new career-high with a 55-yard rush in the first quarter. He tied a career-high with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson in the second quarter. 79Marshawn Lynch had quite possibly the run of the season in the fourth quarter. His career-long 79-yard TD run will be played on highlight reels for days, as he went full beast mode on Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “To an extent, yes, I could’ve made a choice to [stay in Seattle], but it wasn’t,” Sweezy said at his press conference when asked whether it was hard to leave the team he had spent the majority of his career with. “I feel like I’m supposed to be here. I got really good vibes about everything, and I’m just excited to get started.”Related LinksCardinals sign free agent OG J.R. Sweezy to 2-year dealFormer Eagles LB Jordan Hicks signs 4-year deal with CardinalsFormer Bears receiver Kevin White signs with CardinalsSweezy started 15 games for the Seahawks last season in his return to the team after spending two years with the Buccaneers. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate for his efforts, and was a big reason as to why Seattle had the league’s top ranked rushing attack in 2018.Sweezy is expected to play right guard, his primary position for every year of his career except last season, which will allow Justin Pugh to move back to his more natural position of left guard. According to Sweezy, he is comfortable with both, and will play wherever they need him to.“I’m here to win ballgames, so whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it,” Sweezy said. “It’s as simple as that.”Sweezy joins a revamped Cardinals offensive line, which features another new addition in Marcus Gilbert, whom they acquired from the Steelers earlier in the week. Last year’s injury-ravaged unit was tied for fifth in the league in sacks allowed with 52, which made upgrades a necessity this offseason. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 5 Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When looking at the respective records of the Cardinals and the Seahawks in 2018, it would be fair to assume that the latter would be the more attractive destination for free agents this offseason.This was not the case for new Cardinals guard J.R. Sweezy, though. The 29-year-old was officially introduced after finalizing his contract with Arizona on Friday, and according to him, the decision to leave Seattle and join the Cardinals was not a tough one at all. One thing Sweezy will have to adjust to in his move to the Cardinals is Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. Sweezy said that he has never played in that type of system before, but believes that he can pick up on it quickly.“I’ve ran pieces of it, but I haven’t been fully in it,” Sweezy said. “I’m pretty comfortable, and I truly feel like I can adapt to anything, so I’m excited to take on the challenge.”As for what Cardinals fans can expect from Sweezy, he gave a simple explanation as to what his playstyle is like and what they should look forward to.“I play through the whistle every play as hard as I possibly can,” Sweezy said. “That’s just me. I don’t mean to do it, it’s just me being me.” J.R. Sweezy of Seattle Seahawks reacts during the NFL International series match between Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)last_img read more

NEW YORK — US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader G

first_img NEW YORK — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unlikely national rock star. The Notorious RBG, as she’s nicknamed, is now appearing in the second documentary film about her this year.On Saturday evening, the 85-year-old Brooklyn native appeared in person in her hometown. She showed up at the New York Academy of Medicine before a sold-out audience. NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg is leading the question-and-answer session about Ginsburg’s quarter century on the nation’s highest bench, and about her autobiography, “My Own Words.”The new documentary in theatres on Dec. 25, “On the Basis of Sex,” explores how Ginsburg’s early legal battles changed the world for women through her disciplined dissent.Last month, Ginsburg was hospitalized with fractured ribs after a fall. She was back to work within days.The Associated Press “The “Notorious RBG” draws sold-out audience in New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2018 5:05 pm PDTlast_img read more