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Energy stocks help Toronto market hit another high as oil prices inch

first_imgEnergy stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index to another record close Tuesday as the price of oil also ticked higher, while the loonie was down a touch ahead of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 96.38 points at 16,548.72 to top the record close set a day earlier.The new high marks a significant recovery for the index, which is up more than 10 per cent from the lows of February, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.“It’s nice to see strength returning to the Canadian equity markets, largely being led by commodities, but financials have also done quite well as well as select other sectors.”The rise in equities comes as the price of crude has climbed about 25 per cent since its low of about US$59 a barrel in February. On Tuesday, crude was up slightly with a 26 cent gain to close at US$74.11 per barrel for the August contract.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average ended up 143.07 points at 24,919.66. The S&P 500 index closed up 9.67 at 2,793.84 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 3 points at 7,759.20.The S&P also closed at its highest since February, but Jerusalim noted that U.S. markets look to have higher expectations built into its valuations.“The nice thing about the TSX, as opposed to the S&P 500, is that valuations are still relatively close to longer-term averages for the TSX, whereas the S&P 500, the price to earnings multiple is not at all-time highs, but is at the higher end of the historic range, which means there’s further room to correct.”The lower valuations for Canadian stocks means it could be a better bet going forward, as long as trends aren’t destabilized, he said.“Looking forward, assuming that trade rhetoric doesn’t ramp up, and commodity prices don’t move drastically from where they are, I would be more favourable towards Canadian equities than U.S. equities, when looking out over the next year or so.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.19 cents US, down 0.16 of a US cent. The loonie jumped last week on expectations of the Bank of Canada raising rates Wednesday, but has lost ground against the U.S. dollar as data looks even stronger to the south, said Jerusalim.“The pace of rate hikes is likely going to be more consistent from the Fed, which should lead, with all else equal, to a stronger U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar.”He said the Bank of Canada is expected to release a dovish rate hike.“What that means is we’re likely going to see a rate hike accompanied by commentary that dampens the likelihood of further rate hikes any time soon.”The August natural gas contract was down four cents at US$2.79 per mmBTU. The August gold contract ended down $4.20 at US$1,255.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at US$2.84 a pound.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. closed up $3.80 or 6.67 per cent at $60.80 after the company, Canada’s largest by revenues, reported better than expected earnings.last_img read more

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SSC exam papers leaked in Maha, probe underway

first_imgThane: Question papers of three subjects of the Maharasthra State Board’s Class 10 examination have been allegedly leaked in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Wednesday. A case was registered in this connection, a police spokesperson said. The state board’s secondary school certificate (SSC) examinations began on March 1. According to the board, the question papers of algebra, geometry and science subjects were allegedly leaked on social media on March 11, 13, 15 and 18, before these SSC exam schedules, in Thane’s Bhiwandi town, the official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The board in its complaint raised suspicion over two exam co-ordination centres in Bhiwandi, she said. Based on the complaint, a case was registered on Tuesday under IPC Section 406 (criminal breach of trust) and provisions of the Information Technology Act as well as the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board and Other Specified Examinations Act, the official said. No arrest was made so far, the police said, adding that a probe was underway.last_img read more

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Landline Phone Usage Experiencing a Steady Decline in Morocco

Casablanca — ANRT’s latest annual report has stated that, for the fifth consecutive year, landline phone usage had experienced a steady decline.According to the ANRT, Morocco’s National Telecommunications Agency, sales of landline phones had peaked in 2010, when an estimated 3.74 million people had landlines in their homes. Since then, this statistic has been on a significant decline.ANRT’s annual report states that in 2014, 2.49 million people had landline phones and in 2015, that number went down to 2.22 million. “This shows a change in consumer habits, with a progressive shift from landline to mobile usage due to the many advantages of total mobility,” said the ANRT.Just this last June, the number of landline users had dropped down to 2.13 million, with Maroc Telecom dominating 71.24% of the market (Wana controls 26.73% while Medi Telecom controls a mere 2.03%).The number of mobile phone subscribers reached 43.08 million, a high number in comparison to the landline’s 2.13 million.It is also important to note the role of the Internet in this equation. With an annual growth of 45% since 2015, the Internet boasts 14.5 millions of users in Morocco. Since many online services allow users to replicate the experience of a phone call, this also contributes to the decline of landline phone usage.This decline is expected to continue, given the increasing mobile/wireless nature of technology. read more

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Annan sets up capital project to oversee renovations of UN Headquarters in

Executive Director Toshiyuki Niwa, who has served as the Assistant Secretary-General for Central Support Services since March 1998, will head the project, which will last for a limited time and deal only with the renovation of the buildings. The renovations will also include the creation of a new Visitors’ Experience as mandated by the General Assembly.Last December, the Assembly approved a $1 billion budget to refurbish the UN complex, with construction scheduled to begin in October 2004.

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New BlackBerry smartphone to hit US market but its look will be

New BlackBerry smartphone to hit US market, but its look will be familiar AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2013 4:48 pm MDT TORONTO – A new BlackBerry smartphone is headed to U.S. stores later this month, but it’ll look especially familiar to most users.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) said Thursday it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 9315, a slightly updated version of the keypad phones already on the market, in the United States.The launch is exclusively through U.S. carrier T-Mobile, and a release date is set for Jan. 23.The model has already been released in other regions, including Europe, Asia and Latin America.One of the major differences between this phone and other BlackBerry devices available in the U.S. is the a dedicated BBM button, which allows users to open the company’s popular chat application with the touch of a button.The BBM button has been a popular feature on models sold outside North America, and the company has put an increasing amount of focus on the exclusivity features of the chat system.“We’ve gotten some great response on the product worldwide and we wanted to bring a variant to the U.S. market,” said Richard Piasentin, vice president and manager of U.S. sales marketing and operations.In November, the company updated BBM chat to make it capable of handling voice calls over Wi-Fi networks.The BlackBerry Curve 9315 runs on RIM’s existing BlackBerry 7 operating system and also features an FM tuner to listen to radio stations without using mobile phone data.BlackBerry Curves are considered “entry level” devices by the company, which means they’re marketed to new smartphone users and consumers on a budget. The phone is sold for a lower price than other BlackBerry models.RIM is putting the finishing touches on its BlackBerry 10 operating system and a new slate of high-end touchscreen and keypad smartphones that are expected to hit stores early this year, after numerous delays.The updated phones are considered by industry observers to be a last ditch effort by RIM to recover its eroding market share in key markets like North America and Europe.RIM shares ended Thursday down 22 cents to $11.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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Canadian crosscountry skier Harvey reaches milestone with sprint bronze

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Canadian cross-country skier Alex Harvey earned the 30th World Cup medal of his career after finishing third in Friday’s 1.6-kilometre sprint.Italy’s Federico Pellegrino was first in three minutes 19.14 seconds, followed by Norway’s Emi Iversen (3:19.61) and Harvey (3:19.85).Harvey, from Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., entered the final stretch in fourth place and used an energetic push to overtake Norway’s Sindre Bjornestad Skar before the finish.It was Harvey’s first sprint medal since winning gold in Quebec City in March.“When I came out on the team, we would win one or two medals a year. None of us thought any of us could have a handful of podiums in one season like many of us have done,” said Harvey.“For me to break the 30 mark is not something I ever dreamed of — it just seemed too far out of reach. It takes a lot of people to get on a podium any week, and especially 30 times so the credit goes to a lot of people.”Andy Shields of Kitchener, Ont., (3:22.22) and Russell Kennedy of Canmore, Alta., (3:22.84) did not advance to qualifying, placing 60th and 64th respectively.In the women’s 1.3-kilometre sprint, Sweden’s Jonna Sundling and Stina Nilsson were first and second respectively, followed by American Sadie Bjornsen.No Canadians were entered in the women’s event.The Canadian Press read more

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Boris Becker gets a parking ticket on his Porsche outside his private

first_imgHis car being given a ticket Boris Becker attends the 2017 French Tennis Open  His car was ticketed while he went to a private members’ club in South KensingtonCredit:GoffPhotos.com  Becker, who was the youngest player to win the men’s singles championship and went on to win it again in 1986 and 1989, was once estimated to be worth upwards of £100 million. The following year Becker received a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and was ordered to pay £2.5 million in back tax, fines, and costs after claiming Monaco as his main residence while spending much of his time in Munich.Then in 2011 the Dubai property development to which he had lent his name, the Boris Becker Business Tower, went bust.And in 2012 a Spanish court judge ordered a house Becker had built for him in Majorca should be auctioned to pay a debt of £225,000 he owed a local landscape gardening company.In a separate civil court hearing, also in Palma, a judge ordered him to hand a further £345,000 to a local building firm that complained its bills for carpentry, electrical and plumbing jobs, and the laying of a basketball court, also went unpaid. Boris Becker attends the 2017 French Tennis Open Credit:Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Imagescenter_img Days after being declared bankrupt, Boris Becker has been given a parking ticket on his Porsche.The tennis champion was going to a private members’ club in South Kensington.He received the parking ticket for parking in a resident bay. Becker, now 49, was declared bankrupt on Wednesday over undisclosed sums of money he has owed to the London-based private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co, since October 2015. But Mr Briggs conceded: “He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances.”In 2001 he was landed with divorce and paternity settlements totalling more than £20 million to his first wife, Barbara, and Angela Ermakova, the Russian model who had his baby following an encounter in the broom cupboard of a London restaurant. Following the bankruptcy declaration Becker’s remaining assets and property will be disposed of to pay his creditors.There is also the possibility they will seek any earnings he makes as a commentator at next month’s Wimbledon Championships to be used as payment towards his debts.The Bankruptcy and Companies Court heard that Becker, who has a home in Wimbledon, had offered to remortgage his €6 million property (£5.2m) in Majorca as part of a deal to pay off the debt.John Briggs, Becker’s advocate, told the bankruptcy judge, Christine Derrett, that it was expected the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in around a month.”I don’t want to play around in court. It is clearly in the interests (of Arbuthnot Latham) for there to be refinancing,” said Mr Briggs. 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

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Single course of antibiotics may cause irreversible damage to crucial gut bacteria

In a healthy human gut there are around 1,000 different kinds of bacteria in the gut, and greater diversity of species has been linked to better health. But the new study found that antibiotics caused the gut microbiome to change to a less diverse state with fewer… Taking just a single course of antibiotics can damage the healthy bacteria in the gut for at least a year and possibly permanently, scientists have warned. Researchers at University College London (UCL) found that just one prescription can change the composition of the microbiome – the collection of trillions of bacteria, fungi and microbes, which live in the body and help regulate the immune system, aid digestion and produce vitamins. 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. read more

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Majella ODonnell finished chemotherapy feeling normal again

first_imgSINGER DANIEL O’Donnell has expressed his joy at his wife Majella’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.In his latest newsletter to his fans, he said that he is pleased to report that she is “beginning to feel as she says ‘normal again’” after this phase of her treatment for breast cancer.The businesswoman appeared on the Late Late Show in September to have her head shaved for the Irish Cancer Society, and touched many people with her story. So many, in fact, that the ICS‘s online donations system collapsed.The couple will spend Christmas at home and are due to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. “We are both looking forward to some quiet time,” O’Donnell said.The news of his wife’s cancer broke in July of this year, with the couple saying they were very hopeful of a full recovery.If you are concerned about breast cancer, call the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700.Read: Majella O’Donnell shaves her head live on TV for cancer charity>Read: Daniel O’Donnell asks for prayers as wife Majella diagnosed with cancer>last_img read more

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Mandate writes to Dunnes Stores owners over worker issues

first_imgTRADE UNION MANDATE has written to Dunnes Stores owners Margaret Heffernan and Frank Dunne seeking their intervention after it did not get a reply to a lettersent to the company’s management team.The action is part of its Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign.Last month, Mandate wrote to Dunnes Stores management seeking to engage on a number of issues identified by workers.These include:Decent hours and earningsJob securityFair payThe right to trade union representationDunnes Stores workersMandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light said he was “disappointed” that the company did not respond within the required 21 days, which he says is part of the agreed procedures between the company and the union.He said that workers in Dunnes’ major competitors had access to full trade union representation and “all that Dunnes workers want is for that same right to be applied to them”.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Light said that the second letter is part of the procedural arrangement it has with Dunnes Stores. They will have to wait another 21 days for a reply to this letter.After this, the matters could be referred to third parties, such as the Labour Relations Commission.He said the union anticipates the issue could carry on into late summer time. He said if the situation goes to the Labour Court, “hopefully we will get a favourable Labour Court recommendation” that would be put to the company to honour.He said if the company does not honour any potential Labour Court recommendation, members of Mandate who work for Dunnes Stores “will decide what to do”.Light said the union wants the company to “come to the negotiation table and find solutions”.The situation could potentially lead to the withdrawal of labour, Light suggested.Read: Union hits out at Dunnes over workers’ contracts lower than 15 hours per week>last_img read more

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Man charged over €1m heroin seizure following joint operation between gardaí and

first_img File photo No Comments Share1 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4793579 Sep 3rd 2019, 12:06 PM center_img Man charged over €1m heroin seizure following joint operation between gardaí and UK police Seven kilos of heroin were seized in raids in Dublin and Meath. Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 12:06 PM File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie A UK NATIONAL has been remanded in custody after gardaí seized about €1 million worth of heroin following raids in Dublin and Meath.Searches were carried out in a joint operation at the weekend involving members of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the UK’s National Crime Agency.Seven kilos of heroin were recovered and three men were arrested and held at Dublin garda stations.Kuldip Singh (55), from the Birmingham area in England, was charged in relation to the seizure and appeared before Judge David McHugh at Blanchardstown District Court today. He made no application for bail.The accused, who also had an address at The Hollows, Spawell, Dublin 6W, was charged with two offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act – for possession of heroin, and having it for the purpose of sale or supply.The offence is alleged to have taken place on Saturday at a B&B in southwest Dublin.Detective Garda Gavin Curran told Judge McHugh the accused was charged yesterday evening at Clondalkin station.“I had no knowledge of the drugs,” Singh replied after he was charged, the court was told.Defence solicitor Wayne Kenny told the judge his client was reserving his position in relation to bail.Singh remained silent during the brief hearing.Legal aid An application for legal aid was made and Kenny furnished the court with a statement of his client’s means.Judge McHugh asked Curran if he was satisfied with the statement of means. He replied: “So far, yes.”The judge asked him if his answer was “conditional or absolute”; the detective said, “conditional”.On that basis, the judge held that he was not going to grant legal aid without supporting documentation.Singh was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.One man in his 40s was released without charge, with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Another man remains in garda custody. Comments are closed for legal reasons.  By Tom Tuite 13,789 Views last_img read more

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Anzacs on the Acropolis feature on this years Anzac biscuit tins

first_imgAn iconic image of Australian soldiers on the Acropolis in early 1941 will feature on the Unibic commemorative Anzac biscuit tin. The tins – which contain Anzac biscuits – are produced by Unibic with proceeds going to the RSL to support its work assisting veterans and their families. Each edition of the tin is adorned with a historic image from Australia’s Anzac legend. This is the first time that an image from the Greece and Crete campaigns has featured on the tins. The initiative is the result of a proposal from Mr Tony Tsourdalakis on behalf of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign Commemorative Council.Mr Tsourdalakis, who is secretary of the council, said that it was a great honour to have Greece and its connection to Anzac chosen to feature on this year’s commemorative tin. “This recognition will bring the Anzac connection to Greece into tens of thousands of homes across Australia. This is a great initiative for all of us interested in raising awareness of the Anzacs in Greece in 1941 and more generally for the whole of the Hellenic community in Australia,” Mr Tsourdalakis said.Council member, historian and philhellene Mr Jim Claven pointed out that the photograph is one of the most iconic images of the Australian involvement in the Greek campaign held in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.“The image of the diggers on the Acropolis, resting beneath the famous Caryatids of the Erechtheion, symbolises the experience of Greece and its culture for the thousands of Australian soldiers and nurses during the campaign in Greece and Crete. Soon those relaxed diggers sitting on the Acropolis would move north to join with Greek and other Allied troops to face the looming German invasion of Greece,” Mr Claven saidMr Tsourdalakis urged members of the community to purchase their own commemorative Anzac biscuit tin to support the RSL’s work and to have a beautiful memento of the year when Anzacs came to Greece in WWII. He also stated that the council’s program of events commemorating the Greek and Crete campaigns would be announced in coming weeks.“Following on from our successful program last year, the council is organising a series of public lectures and events to promote awareness of the campaigns. We will also be participating in Melbourne’s Anzac Day parade with some of the Australian units that fought in Greece and Crete in 1941 at the request of veterans and their families,” Tony added.The tins can currently be purchased at major IGA supermarkets and will be available from other outlets in the future. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Transports verts priorité au rail

first_imgTransports verts : priorité au railFrance – Le ministère de l’Écologie a présenté son avant-projet de Schéma national des infrastructures de transport (Snit). Misant en priorité sur le développement des lignes de chemin de fer, le gouvernement prévoit d’investir près de 170 milliards d’euros dans les infrastructures, d’ici les vingt ou trente prochaines années.Cet avant-projet, application du Grenelle I attendue depuis fin 2009, définit la politique dans le domaine des transports sur les deux à trois prochaines décennies. Comme l’assure le ministère du Développement durable, le Snip constitue “un changement drastique de stratégie, une rupture majeure en ce qu’il privilégie résolument le développement des modes de transport alternatifs à la route”.Le texte prévoit en effet un investissement de 170 milliards d’euros, dont 90% dans des modes alternatifs à la route et à l’aérien. C’est au rail que la priorité est accordée, avec 51,9% des investissements préconisés, contre 32% pour le développement des transports collectifs urbains, et 9% pour le secteur fluvial.Quelque 2.300 kilomètres de lignes de chemin de fer supplémentaires sont ainsi prévus d’ici les trente prochaines années, tout particulièrement pour compléter la couverture du territoire par les lignes à grande vitesse. En ce qui concerne les transports collectifs urbains, ils devraient bénéficier d’un investissement de 53 milliards d’euros pour financer des projets de tramway, de bus à “haut niveau de service” et de métros automatiques. Dans son schéma des transports, le gouvernement vise à multiplier par cinq le réseau des transports en site propre.Si comme le souligne le cabinet du secrétaire d’État aux Transports Dominique Bussereau, le Snip prévoit une “vraie rupture dans la politique des transports avec moins de 5% consacrés au routier et à l’aérien”, il n’est toutefois pas question de “ne plus faire de routes non plus”. Ainsi ce schéma propose-t-il quelques projets routiers, surtout pour assurer la sécurité des automobilistes et décongestionner certains axes.Le Snip fera l’objet d’un débat en septembre avec les élus locaux et ouvert à la consultation publique. Il devrait être présenté au Parlement en vue de son adoption avant la fin de l’année.Le 17 juillet 2010 à 17:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Northwest officials discuss train transport

first_imgA group of elected officials who want federal regulators to do more about mitigating the risks local communities face from coal and oil transportation visited the site of June’s Mosier, Ore., oil train derailment Monday and met in Vancouver to discuss how to prevent future incidents.“It’s my sincere hope (that by) informing our constituents and communicating with one voice to our national leaders we will be able to affect change,” said Dow Constantine, King County executive and chair of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance.The alliance is made up of 165 elected representatives from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and California, as well as British Columbia and a handful of Native American tribes who advocate for greater federal scrutiny of how fossil fuel transport might affect public health, safety, traffic and treaty rights. The group also advocates for stronger state and federal legislation along rail and barge routes.Since the group formed more than two years ago, both Washington and Oregon have enacted legislation aimed at improving crude-by-rail safety and keeping first responders better informed.Although the group’s members have concerns about fossil fuel transport, they have few powers to regulate them. Washington and Oregon have been receptive to tightening crude-by-rail regulations; the federal government has been reluctant to follow suit during the administration of President Barack Obama. Now, with President-elect Donald Trump promising to slash regulations and offer tax cuts to the oil and gas industry, the prospects likely won’t improve.last_img read more

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Teenage offenders turn their own troubles to videos

first_imgThe words “My Life” appear across the screen, accompanied by a few notes of a rap song.Snapshots of 18-year-old Dee Sample appear: There’s one of him in his elementary school years, smiling, followed by photos of him in his teen years, wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap and looking stone-faced.In the three-minute documentary, narrated by the Mountain View High School student, Sample recounts growing up in the projects in South Carolina, hearing gunshots as he drifted to sleep. “My heart is feeling colder,” he raps in the tape.He talks about “getting caught having bags in my room” in high school and winding up in Clark County’s Juvenile Recovery Court. But there’s a bright spot. “Mom, you’re right. God has blessed me,” he raps as a photo of him and his mother appears.The screen fades to black. Sample’s peers, seated at a table in the dimly lit room clap as Sample takes a seat.The teenagers, all participants in Juvenile Recovery Court, were at a workshop last week at the Clark County Youth House to create documentaries chronicling struggles they overcame, some of them dealing with past addictions.The “digital storytelling” workshop is the latest program as part of Juvenile Recovery Court, a therapeutic court for youngsters charged with nonviolent offenses who are amenable to treatment.last_img read more

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MGM donates MOP300000 to Holy House of Mercys Welfare Shop

first_img MGM China enters into new revolving credit facility MGM China has donated MOP$300,000 to the Macau Holy House of Mercy’s Welfare Shop project, financing the distribution of food hampers to more than 360 local disadvantaged households. The contribution takes MGM’s total donations to the project over the past six years to MOP$1.7 million, benefiting nearly 2,000 households.In a press release, MGM said that on 7 April senior executives led a volunteer team on a visit to the Welfare Shop, where they were received by António José de Freitas, President of the Board of Trustees of Macau Holy House of Mercy. MGM China’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Grant Bowie, presented the donation check to Freitas, President of Board of Directors of General Union of Neighborhood Associations of Macau Ng Siu Lai and President of Board of Supervisors of Macao Federation of Trade Unions Leong Iok Wa. Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests RelatedPosts MGM Cotai ramp drives MGM China to 26% increase in net revenue in 2Q19 More than 30 warm-hearted Golden Lion volunteers took part in packing the daily necessities that included rice, noodles, canned food, oatmeal and cooking oil, into MGM’s tailor-made eco-friendly handcarts. The hampers were distributed to the disadvantaged households referred by the Macao Federation of Trade Unions, General Union of Neighborhood Associations of Macau, Associação dos Familiares Encarregados dos Deficientes Mentais de Macau and the Holy House of Mercy. Load Morelast_img read more

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Students learn fire prevention tips at safety festival

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Dozens of South Florida students received a lifesaving lesson in case there’s a fire.The University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Burn Center held their 32nd annual Fire Safety Festival, in Doral.The preventative program is meant to help students “learn not to burn” themselves when faced with a fire.“What we teach the children here is to make sure they think and listen to their parents when it comes to burn safety,” said Doreann Dearmes, from the University Of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center.Students were taught everything from stop, drop and roll to techniques to escape through thick smoke.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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HASC Aims for Thinner FY19 Policy Bill

first_imgIn an attempt to shorten the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, leadership of the House Armed Services Committee plans to focus on only the top 15 legislative proposals submitted by committee members when putting together the legislation, according to an internal memo. Some lawmakers have submitted as many as 60 provisions to the annual policy bill in the past. The new policy could lead to an increase in the number of amendments committee members file for the measure’s May 9 markup in full committee, reports CQ. All six subcommittee markups will be held on April 26, with the Readiness panel’s at 9 a.m., according to a press release. … Separately, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and ranking member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) are urging the House Budget Committee to adhere to the two-year budget deal lawmakers reached in February, which calls for spending $716 billion on national security in FY 2019. In their “views and estimates” letter, Thornberry and Smith stress their intent to focus on “restoring readiness shortfalls,” reports Defense News. “Supporting the funding levels for current and future requirements will be necessary to recover readiness shortfalls, and this support should be specifically identified in the upcoming budget resolution,” they state.DOD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Two thousand people March for Science in Anchorage

first_imgParticipants at the March for Science in Anchorage on April 22, 2017 listened to speakers. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)About 2,000 people participated in the March for Science in Anchorage on Saturday. Participants carried signs talking about scientific contributions to medicine, such as “Got the Plague?! Ya, me neither! Thank a scientist!” Other signs addressed the impacts of climate change saying “There is no Planet B” and “The oceans are rising and so are we.”Listen nowChris Blake is a mental health clinician who said he uses science every day when diagnosing people and developing treatment plans. But his reason for marching is much more personal.“I’m a cancer survivor and I truly believe that science saved my life,” Blake said. “If it hadn’t been for chemotherapy and doctors that knew what they were doing and surgery and meds, I wouldn’t be here today.”Marcher Heather Doncaster poses with her sign at the March for Science in Anchorage on April 22, 2017. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Teacher Heather Doncaster’s sign read “My 6th grade science students know more science than the entire White House.”“Science is not really accepted in our current administration,” she said. “And it’s not political, it’s strictly accepting science. And it’s scary that people in power don’t accept actual evidence.”She said she thinks her students are getting mixed messages about science and its validity through social media that are causing them to doubt what they are being taught in school.Rebecca Larue and her mom, Sherri, said they attended the march because science is part of everyday life.Without science, “I think we’d still be living in a cave because we wouldn’t have fire or the wheel,” Rebecca said.“Sometimes we think that stuff isn’t science, but it is,” Sherri added.Signs at the March for Science in Anchorage on April 22, 2017. (Hillman/Alaska Public)Other marchers talked about the need for science to be the basis for policy making, and the importance of funding scientific research.last_img read more

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