About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal star Lacazette: Guendouzi aims to become the bestby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexandre Lacazette says Arsenal teammate Matteo Guendouzi wants to become the best. The 20-year-old midfielder was recently named as the Gunners’ Player of the Month for September.”He is like the younger brother [in the friendship group with me and Auba]!” Lacazette told Arsenal.com. “We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together so it’s really good.”I’m really happy for Matteo [for being named September Player of the Month], he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season so we are all really happy with his performances this month. “We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this [in terms of demanding the ball and being brave]. They all want to take the ball. “Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.”
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When USC hits the field for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin on December 30, we expect the Trojans to wear their classic helmets. Going chrome with the current design is about the extend of what we see with alternate looks from the Trojans, but that doesn’t stop some of the internet’s top graphic designers from playing with some cool ideas for the program. Fresh Football Helmets and Deeyung Entertainment came up with a cool USC concept, that uses a yellow base with red details and logos.What do you think, Trojan fans?
Les entreprises de la région ouest du Cap-Breton recevront cette semaine de l’information sur les impôts de représentants de l’Agence du revenu du Canada et de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Dans le cadre du Programme des visites communautaires, les représentants de l’Agence du revenu du Canada et de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités rendront visite à environ 80 entreprises dans la région de Belle Côte à Chéticamp, le mercredi 12 septembre et le jeudi 13 septembre. Ils aborderont des sujets tels que les formules d’impôt, le respect des échéances de déclaration et les options de déclaration en ligne. L’information reçue aidera les entreprises à mieux comprendre les lois relatives à l’impôt. Dans le cadre de leur visite, les représentants présenteront également une mise à jour sur les services offerts aux bureaux d’impôts de la région. Les renseignements reçus aideront les particuliers et les entreprises à se conformer entièrement aux lois relatives à l’impôt. Les représentants qui effectuent les visites communautaires discuteront également des risques liés à l’activité économique clandestine qui n’est pas déclarée ou qui est sous-déclarée. L’économie clandestine est nuisible au système fiscal, ainsi qu’aux particuliers et entreprises honnêtes qui s’acquittent de leurs responsabilités en se conformant aux lois relatives à l’impôt. Depuis 1994, le gouvernement du Canada et la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse travaillent ensemble pour combattre l’économie clandestine, la fraude fiscale et la contrebande. L’Agence du revenu du Canada et Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités visent à s’assurer que le public peut se fier à l’intégrité et à l’équité du système fiscal canadien.
Law enforcement agencies across Nova Scotia teamed up today, Nov. 26, to launch Operation Christmas, the annual campaign to reduce impaired driving during the holiday season. Checkpoints targetting impaired drivers were set up in Bridgewater to signify the start of the provincewide initiative. Vehicles will be stopped for enforcement and to remind drivers to plan ahead to get home safely. “As a police officer, I have seen first-hand the devastation drunk driving has on the lives of others,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We have zero tolerance for impaired drivers and are serious about getting drunk drivers off our roads. We all have a role to play to ensure those who drink don’t drive.” “It’s wonderful to see law enforcement agencies from around the province working together to get impaired drivers off our roads,” said Vicki Conrad, Ministerial Assistant for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, on behalf of Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Operation Christmas is one of several initiatives in Nova Scotia to fight impaired driving.” Operation Christmas is a joint effort by government and police agencies to improve highway safety in Nova Scotia. “With our RCMP colleagues from the South Shore, we are pleased to host this very worthwhile anti-drinking and driving annual initiative in the Bridgewater area,” said Bridgewater Police Deputy Chief John Collyer. “It is our hope that, through high-profile events such as Operation Christmas, impaired driving will become even more socially unacceptable, thereby, saving more lives each and every year in Nova Scotia.” Impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in fatal collisions in Nova Scotia. During the first 11 months of 2009, there were 17 fatalities in Nova Scotia involving impaired drivers. “The most devastating problem on our roads today is impaired drivers,” said Insp. Sput McCarthy, officer in charge of RCMP Traffic Services, Nova Scotia. “Officers across the province work throughout the year to educate drivers on the impact impaired driving has on the safety of those travelling our roads. The importance of working together with community partners cannot be understated as we all strive to make roads safer and stop this criminal activity.” “The really disturbing thing is that each and every death and injury is 100 per cent preventable,” said Margaret Miller, national president of MADD Canada. “Each and every Nova Scotian can do their part to stop impaired driving. It’s everyone’s problem.” Last month, the province passed some of the toughest legislation to fight impaired driving. New legislation will increase the suspension time for people who register .05 on a roadside alcohol screening test.
Nova Scotia continues to lead by example as Canada celebrates Waste Reduction Week, Oct. 17-23. The annual event is designed to educate, engage and empower Canadians to reduce, reuse, and recycle. “Nova Scotians are world leaders when it comes to recycling and waste diversion,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment. “They understand the value of recycling and the importance of keeping waste out of landfills. “During Waste Reduction Week, we will build on our success and identify new and even better ways to reduce our waste.” Last year, Nova Scotians sent an average of 401 kilograms of waste per person to landfills, compared with a Canadian average of more than 800 kilograms. To reduce our disposal rate further, the province has set a new target of 300 kilograms per person, per year by 2015. To help reach its goal, the province recently released Our Path Forward. The plan outlines how Nova Scotia can reduce waste disposal and increase recycling. Since 2001, Waste Reduction Week has been organized by a coalition of non-government, not-for-profit environment groups and governments from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions. More information on Waste Reduction Week, resources and promotional materials can be downloaded www.wrwcanada.com/resources . For information on how to sort and reduce your waste, visit the RRFB website at www.reduceyourwaste.ca . To review the Our Path Forward plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/waste/docs/Solid.Waste.Strategy-Our.Path.Forward.2011.pdf .
New Delhi: The government on Tuesday introduced the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill and the Code on Wages Bill in Lok Sabha, a move opposed by the opposition which demanded that the proposed legislations be sent to a standing committee for scrutiny.The proposed Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, 2019, would enhance the coverage of workers manifold and also merge 13 central labour laws into a single code which would apply to all establishments employing 10 or more workers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The proposed code enhances coverage of workers manifold as it would be applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more workers, where any industry, trade, business, manufacture or occupation is carried on, including IT establishments or establishments of service sector. The Code on Wages Bill seeks to subsume existing laws related to workers’ remuneration and enables the Centre to fix minimum wages for the entire country. The Code on Wages is one of the four codes that would subsume 44 labour laws with certain amendments to improve the ease of doing business and attract investment for spurring growth. Opposing the introduction of the bill, Adhir Ranjan Chowdury, Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, said this is a big issue and the bill has to be sent to a standing committee for scrutiny. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said it will be a “grave injustice” if the bill is not sent to a parliamentary panel for scrutiny. It also needs allocation of more time for discussion, Chowdhury added. RSP’s N K Premachandran and Saugata Roy also demanded that the bills be sent to parliamentary panels for scrutiny as their passage will have large scale ramifications. Responding to queries, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code was sent to the Standing Committee during the last Lok Sabha. Gangwar said the legislations have been drafted after consulting 13 workers’ organisations and he will try to assuage concerns raised by the members. On opposition to the introduction of the bill, especially The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2019 Bill, Gangwar said let the bill be introduced and the House can take a call later.
BANFF, Alta. – The Town of Banff is grappling with unique challenges before this year’s legalization of recreational pot.With a reputation as a place to get a “Rocky Mountain high” and with a large international tourist base, the small mountain town is already on the radar for retailers.“We are unique in terms of our fixed land base and very limited amount of commercial space, and the fact that we have very unique town purposes as a national park community — to serve as a visitor service centre … and provide a range of services for those people,” said Randall McKay, Banff’s director of planning and development.Officials expect to craft rules about where pot could legally be consumed within the townsite and where cannabis-based businesses could be located.McKay said it will be up to town council to decide whether to allow the new businesses, but added there’s already a lot interest from retailers who would like to set up shop.If council allows it, he said, it will be a delicate balance to ensure the town’s small retail district doesn’t become a “green mile” with cannabis stores.“My initial thought is there needs to be some type of separation and process for deciding where these types of stores should be located,” he said. “We certainly know there’s going to be market demand, or all the evidence points to that.”McKay said Banff could look at a different approach than the one it uses for regulating liquor stores. There are 12 storefronts in the four-square-kilometre retail district.In addition to deciding where cannabis retailers will be allowed to open and where it will be OK to use it, officials are also working to establish definitions for storefronts and related businesses.Those details are expected in the coming weeks. A bylaw is expected to be in place before the federal government legalizes cannabis this summer.Any changes to the town’s bylaws need to be approved by Parks Canada.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton. With files from CHQR
FunFilm Distribution is proud to announce that Steve Kerr’s feature-length film, THE SQUEALING GAME, was selected for the Official Competition of the 2016 edition of the Whistler Film Festival and considered for the Borsos award. The first screening will take place on Friday, December 2nd at 10 PM at Village 8 cinema, theatre 6. The second one will be on Sunday, December 4th at 1 PM at village 8 cinema, theatre 8.Screenwriter, director, producer, Steve Kerr and actor Paul Doucet will accompany the film in Whistler from November 30th to December 4th. The film’s main actors are Paul Doucet and Julianne Côté. Anne-Marie Cadieux, Christian Bégin and Eve Duranceau are also part of the cast.was first presented in world premiere during the last Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montréal (FNC). Advertisement Advertisement Steve Kerr was born in Montreal in 1972. As a business graduate and a CPA, Steve did not seem destined to become a writer and filmmaker. But his journey proves that a childhood’s dream can get you a long way… It was first as a television show creator and producer that Steve’s transfiguration began. After directing TV shows and ads, he co-created, produced and directed , an award winning drama web series. This first experience in live action convinced him to take the plunge and so he wrote, produced and directed (2012) an audacious indie feature film. Having its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, the film was well received. Winner of the Jury Prize for best picture at the Hamilton Francophone Film Festival, the feature was also screened at the Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec and at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. With his second feature, and his upcoming novel trilogy, , Steve has clearly found his path. is an independent production by Studio Whiz and is distributed in Canada by FunFilm Distribution. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:
CALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $248 million, up from $71 million a year ago, as it lowered its annual production guidance.The energy company says the profit amounted to 24 cents per share for the three months ended March 31, up from six cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Husky says it earned $245 million or 24 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $73 million or seven cents per share in the same quarter last year. In its outlook, Husky says due to wide Canadian heavy oil differentials it will temporarily reduce heavy oil production and substitute discounted third-party crude as feedstock for its downstream operations. It also noted that its BD Project in Indonesia is ramping up more slowly than expected.As a result, the company is lowering its annual production guidance for 2018 by 10,000 barrel of oil equivalents per day and is now expected to average in the range of 310,000 to 320,000 boepd, exiting the year in the 330,000 to 340,000 boepd range.Husky says funds from operations for the year are still expected to be $4 billion.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting the gala fundraising event an ‘Evening Under the Stars’ February 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Center.This is a major fundraiser for the year which includes live entertainment, dinner and live and silent auctions.Funds raised from this event will go towards two projects. The Fort St. John Rotary Spray Park is the local project and the international project is in support of the End Polio Now Campaign, Rotary’s international fight for global polio eradication. Tickets for the event cost $100.00 each and are available to purchase from Sunrise Rotary Members, SunFM, The Investors Group or contact Amy Titley of the Rotary club at 250.261.8032.The evening starts at 5:30 pm with Cocktails followed by dinner at 6:30 pm Dinner. The featured entertainment for the evening will be live music performed by Last Horse Standing.To view, the FB Event Page CLICK HERE
The announcement came after a meeting at UN Headquarters on Wednesday between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Åke Sellström, the head of the UN fact-finding mission set up in March to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.A read-out of the meeting stated that Mr. Sellström and Angela Kane, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, have agreed to accept the Syrian Government’s invitation to visit Damascus with a view to completing the consultations on the modalities of cooperation required for the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the investigation.The Secretary-General had repeatedly called on Damascus to grant the team access to the country so that it can carry out an on-the-ground investigation into the allegations. Mr. Sellström provided Mr. Ban with an oral update on the mission’s off-site activities, which included the analysis of information received from Member States and fact-finding activities in a neighbouring country.Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced.
“Our fallen colleagues and partners will be remembered this morning with moments of silence in many places. But nowhere are the memories of these colleagues more immediate, more vivid and more compelling than here in Abuja. We will remember them forever as truly the best of humanity,” Mr. Ban stated in his remarks during a wreath-laying ceremony.The Secretary-General also met with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, whose peaceful election sent a “strong global message of respect for democracy and the rule of law” throughout the country and the continent. Both men, he told the press, discussed a full range of issues covering development, human rights and peace and security, including the troubling levels of violence and terror perpetrated by Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria and in the sub-region, as “terrorism knows no bounds or boundaries.”This week will witness another grim anniversary, noted the UN chief, noting that it has been 500s day since the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls. “I once again call in the strongest possible terms on those responsible to unconditionally release these girls and the many other abducted children.” Women and girls are not caught simply in the crossfire – they are being “deliberately” targeted through brutal physical and sexual assault, child and forced marriages, sexual slavery and abduction on a massive scale, he emphasized.“I am appealing as UN Secretary-General and personally as a father and grandfather. Think about your own daughters. How would you feel if your own daughters and sisters were abducted by others?” Asking all those who might have information about those innocent abducted girls to help them, he urged communities to work hard to reintegrate all abductees and their families.Against that backdrop, “more than ever,” Mr. Ban stressed, collaboration is indispensable in addressing this menace and in addressing these crimes. This is why he said that he was looking forward to the rapid operationalization of the Multinational Joint Task Force.“No country can tackle this threat on its own. I welcome Nigeria’s increased cooperation with countries of the region. We know this battle will not be won by military force alone. Weapons may kill terrorists. But good governance will kill terrorism.”Also delivering remarks to a dialogue about today’s interlinked challenges, the Secretary-General underlined how development deficits – economic marginalization, lack of opportunities, and climate stress – have greatly aggravated security challenges.“The Boko Haram insurgency emerged from the seeds of grievances,” he observed.This is why the development challenge must be addressed by tackling the root causes and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals Member States agreed on and will approve at a summit in New York late September, Mr. Ban went on to say.“To achieve our global goals, we must be people-centred and planet-friendly. People-centred means poverty eradication, safe schools, good health care, decent jobs. And it must mean empowering women and girls. Planet-sensitive means taking on the threat of climate change and living harmoniously with nature.”Explaining that climate change was a “moral issue,” as much as an economic and political concern, the UN chief presented sustainable development as “putting the economic, the social and the environmental on an equal level,” in “one integrated agenda.”“We have a financing framework that was approved last month in Addis Ababa. We have the new transformative Goals that will be adopted by world leaders next month in New York. And in December in Paris, the world’s governments have committed to approve a universal, fair, and meaningful climate change agreement.”Ban Ki-moon also noted that all actions, including in the field of counter-terrorism, must rest on a “strong foundation” of human rights and honest institutions. “Surely we can all agree: counter-terror should not be counter-productive.”Commending the President Buhari for his determination that military operations adopt a human rights-centred approach, he offered the United Nations’ assistance, positioned to support Nigeria through training and other measures to ensure that such operations strictly comply with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. “We also stand ready to respond to the increasing humanitarian challenges associated with Boko Haram violence”, the Secretary-General assured, requesting his UN team to “scale up” humanitarian presence. Considering Nigeria as a UN key partner and leader on the international stage, Mr. Ban said that the country’s leadership was needed on many fronts, “from strong public health policies for women and girls to people-centred development, including peace and security in the region and internationally.”
Ohio State senior forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey prepares for play during the Buckeyes’ 1-0 loss to Michigan on Sept. 22. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorIn her last game playing in front of a home crowd at Buckeye Varsity field, Ohio State senior forward Maddy Humphrey scored the Buckeyes’ second goal of the game and the final home goal of her collegiate career with 12 minutes remaining. The goal would prove to be the game winner as No. 24 Ohio State (9-7, 2-5) went on to defeat Indiana (6-11, 0-7) 2-1 on senior day on Friday.“Right before I went in, my teammate, [freshman back Juliette Duquesne], she goes, ‘Last 19 minutes on this pitch ever,’” Humphrey said. “And I was like, ‘Why’d you have to tell me that?’“So then right when I scored, what did she say? ‘Hey, how about those last 19 minutes though?’”Less than three minutes into the second half, senior Maartje Bongers scored the equalizer with 32 minutes remaining to spark the comeback. It was her fifth goal of the season. Humphrey and sophomore forward/midfielder Esther Clotet Alsina assisted on the score.Humphrey’s assist on the goal was the 110th point of her career, tying the senior forward for seventh all time in program history. Bongers’ fifth goal gave her 16 points on the season, both good for second on the team behind only Humphrey. “It’s good when someone else scores, but when you score yourself, it feels special,” Bongers said.The Buckeyes’ stout defense faced adversity early when Hoosiers’ freshman forward Bente Buwalda scored on a pass from sophomore forward Sheridan Weiss, the only Indiana goal of the game.Head coach Jarred Martin said Ohio State was slow to get into a rhythm and needed to play with more speed and aggressive, quick passing. “At halftime we went in and (the seniors) said, ‘We just have to make sure we pay attention to some details and figure out a couple things that we need to change,’” Martin said.Ohio State came out aggressively and drew a penalty corner two minutes and 16 seconds into the second half which led to Bongers’ goal. After 20 minutes of scoreless play following the game-tying goal, Ohio State fought to get the ball into Hoosier territory. An Indiana defender missed the ball as she tried to clear it from the goal and Humphrey capitalized as the senior scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season.“I don’t really remember how it got to me,” Humphrey said. “I just remember being like, ‘OK coach told me just trap and shoot,’ and that’s all I did.” Senior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro faced a penalty corner in the final minutes, but stopped the Hoosier attempt to secure the victory.Although a 9-7 record might not stand out, the Buckeyes have improved in Martin’s first season. They defeated three opponents which were ranked at the time of the matchups (No. 9 Louisville, No. 11 Stanford and No. 18 Rutgers) and will have an opportunity to play No. 25 Iowa at 2 p.m. Sunday.Celebrating senior dayMartin said he felt proud of the effort given by all the seniors and he thinks they have built a foundation for the future of Ohio State field hockey.“They work hard, they’re committed, they love this team,” Martin said. “And I think it shows when they put their jerseys on, when they show up at practice, it means a lot to them.”Ohio State recognized 10 seniors for their contributions to the program: Bongers, Humphrey, Tamburro, Lauren Carroll, Natalie Faust, Sophie Haramis, Morgan Kile, Kelsey Nolan, Caroline Rath and Carolina Vergoesen.“We just always have been a close-knit, supportive and loving group of girls,” Humphrey said. “So for us to get that win for each other was great. And the two girls that scored were seniors, so it was a perfect senior day.”
Redshirt senior Braxton Miller (5) carries the ball during a spring practice. Miller announced on Thursday his intentions to switch to H-back for his final season.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile the three-horse race for the starting quarterback position has been much of the talk since Ohio State won the national championship in January, one of those horses dropped out of the running — but into a different spot on the offense.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller is set to make a transition from quarterback, where he started for OSU for three years, to a receiver role for his final collegiate season.This was announced in an interview with Sports Illustrated published late Thursday evening. In it, Miller, who entered the offseason competing with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt junior Cardale Jones for the starting spot, said he had begun to consider the idea in April.Since then, the article said, Miller began catching balls from Barrett at night in order to keep the possible transition a secret in case OSU coach Urban Meyer decided to tab him the starter.On Thursday, Miller announced that the secret was out as he was no longer in the running for the QB job and instead plans to play H-back, which is a position that acts as a hybrid of wide receiver, tight end and running back. It is a position requiring versatility and athleticism that was utilized last season in junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall.In the SI story, Miller said he has not completely closed the door on playing quarterback this season, but he anticipates practicing with the wide receivers 80 percent of the time and quarterbacks 20 percent when fall practice begins in August.Miller said also he hopes to return punts for the Buckeyes, a role H-backs Wilson and Marshall shared last season.The Huber Heights, Ohio, product started 12 games in each of his first three seasons with the Buckeyes, throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 52 touchdowns. He also ran for 32 more scores.He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for his sophomore and junior seasons, as well as a Davey O’Brien Award finalist for the nation’s top quarterback in his sophomore campaign.Miller was set to be the starter heading into the 2014 season, but a torn labrum in his right shoulder cost him the season just a few weeks before it began. He was replaced by Barrett, who started 12 games before suffering an ankle injury on Nov. 29 against Michigan. Barrett was then replaced by Jones, who started OSU’s three postseason games and helped lead them to the national championship.Rumors swirled about Miller possibly transferring with the seemingly uphill battle toward winning back the starting job over Barrett and Jones, but he confirmed his intentions to stay in the scarlet and gray earlier in July.Now, Miller is set to begin his final collegiate season and his first in his new role on Sept. 7 when OSU travels to Blacksburg, Va., to open the season against Virginia Tech.
A sudden burst of hail over Interstate 5 in the vicinity of Hazel Dell led to three crashes in 19 minutes Wednesday afternoon.The hailstorm briefly covered the ground and the road, causing chaos that backed traffic up to Northeast 78th Street southbound and Mill Plain Boulevard northbound, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic monitoring system.Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said the first crash, reported at 2:09 p.m., was in the northbound lanes and resulted in no reported injuries. The second, at 2:19 p.m., was a spinout in the southbound lanes. Again, there were no reported injuries.The final crash, at 2:27 p.m., involved two vehicles in the southbound lanes near the Main Street exit, at Milepost 4. Two minor injuries were reported, but neither patient wanted to go to the hospital. The roadway was blocked for about 20 minutes, Finn said.
Notes, quotes and anecdotes while wondering how the gas-tax haters propose we pay for new roads and bridges:What are they worried about? Too much congestion relief? — Last week’s column snarkily assigned bulletproof cockroach status to the discredited belief that a third bridge will solve all problems related to our too-narrow, too-old and too-dangerous Interstate 5 Bridge. Another misguided yet immortal belief is that we shouldn’t build a new bridge because it will only expedite traffic to the Rose Garden bottleneck and make matters worse there.That’s like saying the new Salmon Creek interchange (under construction at 139th Street) is a boondoggle because it will only facilitate traffic to the bottleneck down at the I-5 bridge. (The 139th Street interchange project and the Rose Quarter each happen to be about six miles from the Interstate Bridge.)Using this warped logic, many transportation upgrades would never be built because they would only expedite congestion to other choke points. The fact is, Oregon officials are planning (albeit too slowly) to widen I-5 at the Rose Quarter. If completion of the CRC project worsens that bottleneck, well, maybe it will spur ODOT to slap some giddyup on the I-5 widening project at the Rose Quarter.Taxed to the gills — Folks in Washington state are overtaxed, right? Well, not according to one comparison with other states. The Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C., last month ranked our state 28th out of 50 in percentage of income paid in state and local taxes in 2010. This means one of two things: (1) The Tax Foundation is a bunch of gun-grabbing Marxists who hate America and are intentionally trying to destroy it. (2) Some of the anti-tax cacophony in Washington state might be just crocodile tears.Democrats and Republicans, of course, process numbers differently. “Twenty-eight out of 50 is midrange. We would rather be lower,” said Republican state Sen. Mark Schoesler of Ritzville in a story in The Olympian. “We think that leaving more money in citizens’ pockets is better than having it in government’s pockets.” Dang tootin’! Preach it, Mark!
The FOLIO: Show, the magazine industry’s largest conference and expo, is coming back to New York City in 2010. The annual event, to be combined next year with the Audience Development Show, will be held June 7 to 9, 2010 at the Sheraton New York.The FOLIO: Show moved to Chicago in 2007 and 2008 after three decades in New York. This year, given the toll the economic climate has taken on the magazine industry, the event was transformed into a virtual conference to allow participants to benefit from FOLIO:’s rich content without incurring travel costs. The event was successful, generating more than 2,400 participants—nearly doubling the live-event’s past-year attendance. For 2010, FOLIO: will use a hybrid live-virtual strategy to deliver content, interaction, networking and engagement to the largest audience of magazine professionals in the industry. In addition, by combining the FOLIO: Show with its sister conference, the Audience Development Show, the event is expected to attract a wider audience and exhibitor roster. By fusing the magazine industry’s two leading events, parent company Red 7 Media is recognizing that the audience acquisition function is morphing and converging with other functions in the enterprise.“We’re very excited to bring the FOLIO: Show back to New York and combine it with our Audience Development conference,” noted FOLIO:/Audience Development general manager Tony Silber. “And with our experience launching a virtual event, the combination of the two will enable us to provide content and education to the widest possible audience of magazine professionals at all levels.” Attendees at the live FOLIO: Show will have access to the complete face-to-face experience of leading-edge educational sessions, peer networking and supplier demos and new products and services; while “virtual” attendees will be able to view keynotes and a limited number of conference sessions two weeks after the live event.For sponsors and exhibitors, the hybrid strategy offers the best of both worlds—face-to-face engagement combined with the reach and tracking ability that only virtual events can deliver. In fact, sponsors of the 2009 FOLIO: Show Virtual received on average more than 165 visitors to their online booths, with the average visitor spending more than 10 minutes at each booth. And by bringing Folio: and Audience Development under one roof, we better serve the suppliers that need to reach not just circulators but circulators AND their executive management.“Our goal is to continue to innovate and push the envelope on creating new ways to engage with our readers and advertisers, and to find ways to help them engage with each other,” noted Silber. “We used this year to test new ideas and concepts and we’re applying what we learned to our events in 2010 to provide even richer experiences for our attendees and exhibitors.”FOLIO: Adds Hosted-Buyer Events to 2010 LineupIn addition to the FOLIO: Show, Red 7 Media will produce two hosted-buyer events focusing on publishing technology and innovation. Launched in September around Red 7 Media’s EXPO and FOLIO: brands, ConnexLive brought together scores of senior-level media executives and suppliers for scheduled appointments based on matching criteria. The event was a success and received rave reviews from buyers and suppliers who attended.FOLIO: will hold two ConnexLive events in 2010—one in Washington, D.C. in April, and another in Chicago next fall. More details at Connexevent.com.
Chris Algiere is the Director Federal & National Programs at FirstNet, an independent authority within the U.S. Chamber of Commerce whose mission is to develop, build and operate the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. First response and other critical installation resiliency issues will be discussed during an ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit general session: “The Future of DOD Resiliency Policy,” Mon., June 10.Natural disasters are a threat to installation resiliency across the country, and first responders are usually the “advance team” in the aftermath. What is FirstNet and how does it help installations become more resilient?No community is immune from natural disasters, including our military communities. Recently, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, experienced a tornado, and in the aftermath, fire department members, security forces and base chaplains went door-to-door to check on residents. In March, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., endured extensive flooding, and last fall, Hurricane Michael destroyed Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Many other installations have faced similar situations.The ability to communicate is key for response and recovery efforts, and that is where FirstNet comes in. FirstNet is the only nationwide public safety broadband network dedicated to first responders. The network enables public safety personnel – including first responders on military installations – to stay connected even during times of network congestion.FirstNet also has a fleet of deployable network assets that can be rolled into an area affected by a natural disaster. These assets are dedicated to FirstNet subscribers and can be requested at no cost. In fact, deployable assets were used in response efforts to the disasters in Ohio, Nebraska and Florida. This is a feature that first responders use when they need it, and we are proud to deliver it.How can communities and states better prepare for the threat of natural disasters?Planning and preparedness is key to reinforcing community resiliency. With FirstNet, installations have another tool to ensure their first responders can communicate when the community needs them the most.In a digital world, an internet connection often becomes the fastest means for emergency managers to order supplies after a disaster. In this way, FirstNet helps responders connect quickly to support response and recovery efforts.Overall, FirstNet is enhancing traditional radio systems with data communications. By providing first responders a cellular connection they can depend on – with “always on” priority and preemption – they can now make use of smartphones and other digital resources like never before. With additional information at their fingertips, FirstNet is helping public safety be better prepared for any emergency.FirstNet is also for daily public safety operations. How can FirstNet help installations provide public safety services?Today, FirstNet is enabling responders from different agencies and jurisdictions to seamlessly communicate with one another. With one network, public safety personnel on an installation can easily communicate with one another and public safety from agencies off base. More than 7,250 public safety agencies are using more than 600,000 connections on FirstNet today for everyday operations and for every emergency.Another advantage of FirstNet is that security of the network was planned for and incorporated from the start. Adversaries will always look to disrupt our nation’s communications and critical infrastructure through cyberspace. With a dedicated network, a security operations center to monitor the network and end-to-end encryption, protecting public safety’s vital communications is always front of mind for FirstNet.Part of a series highlighting the faces and ideas of the upcoming ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., June 10-12 ADC AUTHOR
Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday once again vigorously denied allegations by a magazine advice columnist that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s in a New York department store dressing room, adding: “She’s not my type.” Trump made the comment in an interview with The Hill, a political news outlet, that touched on the allegations from E. Jean Carroll, who says in her new book that the alleged rape occurred in the mid-1990s. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Trump said in the interview, which was conducted in the Oval Office. The President added that Carroll was “totally lying” when she made her claims. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her,” he said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Carroll’s account, revealed last week in an excerpt of her new book that was published by New York magazine, makes her at least the 16th woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he became president. She said that in a chance encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan, Trump — then a real estate developer — asked her for advice on buying lingerie for an unnamed woman. Advertise With Us Then jokingly, they each suggested that the other should try it on. “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” wrote Carroll, who works for Elle magazine. Pinning her against the wall, Carroll said, Trump proceeded to pull down her tights, unzip his pants and penetrate her — all while himself fully dressed — until she finally managed to push him out and run from the dressing room. On Monday, Carroll told CNN that he “just went at it” after he cornered her. “It was a fight,” she said. “With all the 15 women or 16 who have come forward, it’s the same. He denies it. He turns it around. He attacks. And he threatens.” Carroll never went to the police because, she said, she was afraid of repercussions.
Quota protesters gather at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus on 9 May. Photo: Mossabber HossainThe students and job-seekers on Wednesday gave the government a 24-hour ultimatum to publish a gazette notification on abolishing quota system in government jobs as per the prime minister’s announcement.They also threatened to go for a tougher movement from Sunday if the gazette notification is not published by Thursday, reports UNB.Hasan Al Mamun, convener of the platform, came up with the ultimatum at a human chain programme held at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture of Dhaka University (DU) from 11:00pm to 12.30pm.More than 1000 students from different departments and residential halls of Dhaka University participated in the human chain organised by Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad (Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Alliance).“We hope the government will take steps for publishing a gazette by Thursday as per as prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement at the Jatiya Sangsad,” Hasan Al Mamun said.“If the government doesn’t fulfil our demand within the timeframe, we’ll go for a tougher movement from Sunday over the country.” he added.Student leaders of quota reform movement Rashed Khan, Nurulhaq Nur, Hasan Al Mamun and Faruk Hossain, among others, addressed the human chain programme.