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SDC makes donation of school supplies to GPF

first_imgThe Strategy and Development Consulting (SDC) Inc donated a quantity of school supplies to the Officer-in-charge of the Police Force’s Welfare Department on Tuesday.The donation was made by SDC Secretary Lisa Narine and was received by Assistant Superintendent Jewel Hales-Sullivan.Sullivan expressed gratitude on behalf of the Guyana Police Force, whileSecretary of the security firm, Lisa Narine hands over the supplies to Assistant Superintendent Jewel Hales-Sullivanemphasising that the supplies would be a boost for the Force’s Children’s Christmas Party.The SDC Inc is a newly-established security firm, which offers bodyguard services as well as tactical and academic training and will be working hand in hand with local law enforcement agencies. As a result, it will be making continuous donations to similar organisations within the law enforcement sector.last_img read more

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High-tech scavenger hunt in Fort St. John

first_imgKeim says the city is putting this event on to encourage physical fitness within the community.[asset|aid=1352|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f2b37777eba8eb0d1686efda630ec0cb-Becky Keim 2_1_Pub.mp3]Keim says the event is free for everyone. She says as long as people will replace the prize, the Geocaches will remain in the given coordinates.Click on the attachment below for Fort St. John’s Geocache co-ordinatesAdvertisement A high-tech scavenger hunt is going on in Fort St. John, and there’s still time to become a part of it. If you have a GPS, you can take part in the Move for Health Day Geocache Challenge.The City’s Recreation Programmer Becky Keim says there are many prizes that she has scattererd throughout the city.Many of them can be found along walking trails and historic parks. She says if you do participate, remember to bring something to replace your prize with.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1351|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8aa323044e0ad1cc84fb1170181c2018-Becky Keim 1_1_Pub.mp3]The activity works by getting the location of each Geocache, or hidden prize, and then entering the waypoint co-ordinates into a GPS. You then follow the directions to the Geocache and claim your prize.Prizes range from frisbees to bike reflectors. Keim recommends bringing something small enough to fit in the box. The clues from the first nine Caches will lead you to the co-ordinates of this grand finale Cache with four First to Find prizes inside.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Teck Resources mine resumption not to include Quintette Mine at this time

first_imgAn apology is in order to Vancouver-based Teck Resources for a reporting error in the earlier story on resumption of full production next month at six of its coal mining operations, five of them in BC.That story erroneously stated the group included the Quintette Mine about 20 kilometers south of Tumbler Ridge, when in fact it involved five operations in Southeast BC, and one in Alberta, the Cardinal River Mine, in the Hinton area.Our thanks to company spokesman Doug Brown for drawing our attention to the mistake and noting that the Quintette project remains on care and maintenance at this time.- Advertisement -The rest of the story is based on a Vancouver Sun report, which stated industry analysts still doubt the supply and demand balance will improve any time soon, and future steps to reduce production may be taken, in the fourth quarter, unless the market balance does improve.The global coal glut, which has forced down the price of metallurgical coal to less than $100 a tonne US from a 2011 high of $330, forced the mine closures and in some cases company bankruptcies.A case in point was US based Walter Energy, the owner of two other idled mines here in the northeast, which has filed for bankruptcy protection.Advertisement The Sun quotes an analyst with the global energy, metals, and mining research group Wood Mackenzie, who speculates it will take several years to really get metallurgical coal markets back into what he calls, “An equilibrium state.”Joe Aldina adds, “I think prices are close to bottoming out, but there could be more structural changes coming in terms of bankruptcies, reorganizations, mine shutdowns, and different owners of coal companies.Most BC mines produce coal used for making steel, and reduced demand from Asian buyers and increased output from Australian suppliers have been cited as major price decline factors.Teck Resource has an interest in 13 mines in Canada, but also has operations in Chile, Peru and the United States.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Parents using religion to avoid kids’ shots

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Do I think that religious exemptions have become the default? Absolutely,” said Dr. Paul Offit, head of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and one of the harshest critics of the anti-vaccine movement. He said the resistance to vaccines is “an irrational, fear-based decision.” The number of exemptions is extremely small in percentage terms and represents just a few thousand of the 3.7 million children entering kindergarten in 2005, the most recent figure available. But public health officials say it takes only a few people to cause an outbreak that can put large numbers of lives at risk. “When you choose not to get a vaccine, you’re not just making a choice for yourself, you’re making a choice for the person sitting next to you,” said Dr. Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division. All states have some requirement that youngsters be immunized against such childhood diseases as measles, mumps, chickenpox, diphtheria and whooping cough. Twenty-eight states, including Florida, Massachusetts and New York, allow parents to opt out for medical or religious reasons only. Twenty other states, among them California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio, also allow parents to cite personal or philosophical reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia allow exemptions for medical reasons only. From 2003 to 2007, religious exemptions for kindergartners increased, in some cases doubled or tripled, in 20 of the 28 states that allow only medical or religious exemptions, the AP found. Religious exemptions decreased in three of these states – Nebraska, Wyoming, South Carolina – and were unchanged in five others. The rate of exemption requests is also increasing. For example, in Massachusetts, the rate of those seeking exemptions has more than doubled in the past decade – from 0.24 percent, or 210, in 1996 to 0.60 percent, or 474, in 2006. In Florida, 1,249 children claimed religious exemptions in 2006, almost double the 661 who did so just four years earlier. That was an increase of 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent of the student population. Georgia, New Hampshire and Alabama saw their rates double in the past four years. The numbers from the various states cannot be added up with accuracy. Some states used a sampling of students to gauge levels of vaccinations. Others surveyed all or nearly all students. Fifteen of the 20 states that allow both religious and philosophical exemptions have seen increases in both, according to the AP’s findings. While some parents – Christian Scientists and certain fundamentalists, for example – have genuine religious objections to medicine, it is clear that others are simply distrustful of shots. Some parents say they are not convinced vaccinations help. Others fear that the vaccinations themselves might make their children sick and even cause autism. Even though government-funded studies have found no link between vaccines and autism, loosely organized groups of parents and even popular cultural figures such as radio host Don Imus have voiced concerns. Most of the furor on Internet message boards and Web sites has been about a mercury-based preservative once used in vaccines that some believe contributes to neurological disorders. Unvaccinated children can spread diseases to others who have not gotten their shots or those for whom vaccinations provided less-than-complete protection. In 1991, a religious group in Philadelphia that chose not to immunize its children touched off an outbreak of measles that claimed at least eight lives and sickened more than 700 people, mostly children. And in 2005, an Indiana girl who had not been immunized picked up the measles virus at an orphanage in Romania and unknowingly brought it back to a church group. Within a month, the number of people infected had grown to 31 in what health officials said was the nation’s worst outbreak of the disease in a decade. Rachel Magni, a 35-year-old stay-at-home mother in Newton, Mass., said she is afraid vaccines could harm her children and “overwhelm their bodies.” Even though she attends a Protestant church that allows vaccinations, Magni pursued a religious exemption so her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, who have never been vaccinated, could attend preschool. “I felt that the risk of the vaccine was worse than the risk of the actual disease,” she said. Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, one of the leading vaccine skeptic groups, said she discourages parents from pursuing religious exemptions unless they are genuine. Instead, Fisher said, parents should work to change the laws in their states. “We counsel that if you do not live in a state that has a philosophical exemption, you still have to obey the law,” she said. Even so, Fisher said, she empathizes with parents tempted to claim the religious exemption: “If a parent has a child who has had a deterioration after vaccination and the doctor says that’s just a coincidence, you have to keep vaccinating this child, what is the parent left with?” Offit said he knows of no state that enforces any penalty for parents who falsely claim a religious exemption. “I think that wouldn’t be worth it because that’s just such an emotional issue for people. Our country was founded on the notion of religious freedom,” he said. In 2002, four Arkansas families challenged the state’s policy allowing religious exemptions only if a parent could prove membership in a recognized religion prohibiting vaccination. The court struck down the policy and the state began allowing both religious and philosophical exemptions. Religious and medical exemptions, which had been climbing, plummeted, while the number of philosophical exemptions spiked.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Sabrina Rahim doesn’t practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool. She is among a small but growing number of parents around the country who are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children when the real reason may be skepticism of the shots or concern they can cause other illnesses. Some of these parents say they are being forced to lie because of the way the vaccination laws are written in their states. “It’s misleading,” Rahim admitted, but she said she fears that earlier vaccinations may be to blame for her son’s autism. “I find it very troubling, but for my son’s safety, I feel this is the only option we have.” An Associated Press examination of states’ vaccination records and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that many states are seeing increases in the rate of religious exemptions claimed for kindergartners. last_img read more

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INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER MAN KILLED IN ROAD SMASH

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A 53-year-old man has been killed following a crash on the outskirts of Ballybofey.A man was killed on the outskirts of Ballybofey this evening.The man, named locally as John O’Donnell from Curraghmone, was killed following the crash at 7.50pm last night.It is understood the accident involved a jeep and a van at Creggan, Welchtown on the outskirts of the town. It is not understood the person in the other vehicle was injured.The scene was preserved by Gardai overnight.Mr O’Donnell, a married man with grown-up children, was a highly-respected building contractor who was very popular in the area.A full investigation into the cause of the crash is to taking place at first light this morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballybofey Garda Station 074-9858530 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER MAN KILLED IN ROAD SMASH was last modified: November 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeycrashdeadGardaiWelchtownlast_img read more

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Calpine dumps CEO, CFO amid debt woes

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Power merchant Calpine Corp. said Tuesday that it has replaced its longtime chief executive as well as its chief financial officer in an abrupt shake-up that sent the company’s stock price below $1 as investors fretted about a possible bankruptcy. The San Jose-based company depicted the departures of CEO Peter Cartwright, who founded Calpine 21 years ago, and CFO Robert D. Kelly as a pivotal step toward alleviating a myriad of financial headaches. Calpine board member Kenneth Derr, who retired as Chevron Corp.’s CEO in 1999, will lead the company temporarily. Eric Pryor, a Kelly subordinate, is now Calpine’s interim CFO. Cartwright, 75, and Kelly, 47, presided over an aggressive expansion that transformed once-tiny Calpine into one of the nation’s largest wholesalers of electricity. The company operates 92 plants in 21 states and Canada with a total capacity of 26,500 megawatts – enough to provide power to about 20 million homes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But the buildup saddled Calpine with heavy debt that has become even more burdensome as the company’s losses have piled up during the past two years amid weak customer demand and rising expenses for natural gas – the fuel that it relied upon to generate a more environmental-friendly form of electricity. Calpine’s escalating problems have raised worries that the company will seek refuge in bankruptcy court, despite Cartwright’s resolve to avoid that desperate measure. With Calpine’s founder out of the way, “the probability of a bankruptcy is somewhat higher than before,” said Maxcor Financial analyst Daniele Seitz. That prospect alarmed investors as Calpine’s shares lost more than half their value, plunging 71 cents Tuesday to close at 54 cents on the New York Stock Exchange. The price decline served as another sobering reminder of how far the company has fallen since its profits soared along with electricity prices five years ago. Calpine’s annual profit peaked at $648 million in 2001 – a year in which the company’s shares climbed above $58. Calpine’s fortunes declined along with electricity prices after 2001. More recently, the company has been stung by rising costs for natural gas. The combination has lumped Calpine with losses totaling $926 million since the end of 2001. The ill-advised expansion has left Calpine with debts totaling $17.2 billion through September – a huge load for a company whose market value has shriveled below $400 million. The company’s downfall made it only a matter of time before Calpine’s board jettisoned Cartwright, Seitz said. “Investors were so angry that something had to give,” she said. “I am sure the board heard an earful of disconcerted expression.” Calpine spokeswoman Katherine Potter declined to comment on the reasons for Cartwright’s departure. Efforts to contact Cartwright at home Tuesday were unsuccessful. Calpine intends to hire permanent replacement for Cartwright within a few weeks, Potter said. The announcement of Cartwright’s departure coincides with the sudden availability of two executives credited for helping to turn around Dynegy Inc., another once high-flying power wholesaler whose stock price plummeted below $1 as its finances unraveled three years ago. With its stock price now back above $4, Dynegy said Tuesday that Nick J. Caruso, who helped orchestrate the recovery as chief financial officer, will be leaving the Houston-based company along with Carol F. Graebner, who had been general counsel. A Dynegy spokesman declined to discuss the executives’ future plans. Derr, who has been a Calpine director since 2001, has a history with Dynegy. Chevron first acquired its 37 percent stake in Dynegy while Derr was running Chevron. Whomever takes the reins at Calpine will probably try to raise money to repay debt by selling more of the company’s power plants – a process that Cartwright had already started earlier this year. Cartwright had hoped to reduce the company’s debt by $3 billion this year, but Calpine warned earlier this month that it probably wouldn’t attain the goal. Calpine has pared its debt by about $800 million since the end of 2004. Even Calpine’s debt-reduction efforts came back to bite the company during the summer when management used more than $300 million from an asset sale to buy more natural gas. Some of the bondholders holding Calpine’s debt protested, arguing that the company should hold on to the money to cover its bills. The dispute prompted a bank trustee in September to freeze about $400 million being held in an escrow court. Calpine sued for its right to withdraw that money only to suffer another setback last week in the Delaware Court of Chancery, where a judge ruled the company has previously misspent $313 million. The bondholders want Calpine to return the money to the escrow account, but Judge Leo Strine still hasn’t decided on a remedy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sponsors get behind SA football

first_img28 August 2007With the core of the Bafana Bafana team that won the 1996 African Nations Cup in attendance at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Monday, SA Breweries and Absa announced a joint sponsorship of South African football worth R500-million over the next five years.Coming hot on the heels of a massive R1.6-billion broadcast deal for the Premier Soccer League with SuperSport International, the R500-million sponsorship for the SA Football Association (Safa) is yet another reflection of the positive spin-offs of winning the bid to host the World Cup in 2010.Logical“SAB, through Castle Lager, has supported and invested in South African soccer through all its highs and lows for almost 50 years and, after Safa’s readmission to Fifa in 1992, it was only logical to sponsor the national team,” said SA Breweries (SAB) marketing director Ian Penhale.“Now, with the World Cup on the horizon, it seemed only logical to up our commitment significantly for the coming historic chapter.”The marketers came up with a clever slogan for the deal, calling it “the new ABC of South African soccer – A for Absa, B for Bafana and C for Castle.”For the members of the 1996 Bafana side in attendance, including former captain Neil Tovey, Shaun Bartlett, Andre Arendse, Doctor Khumalo, Mark Williams and David Nyathi, the announcement must have come as welcome news.Ascending the ladderSince the heady days of 1996, when South Africa ranked inside the top 20 of the Fifa world rankings, Bafana Bafana have slipped some way down the standings – to 61st, according to the July 2007 rankings – and those proud players would, no doubt, be happy to see this considerable investment as a means of helping South Africa start climbing the ladder once more.Safa president Molefi Oliphant said the money would not be used for Bafana Bafana only, indicating that all national teams would benefit. “You can’t build an imposing pyramid without a solid foundation as its base,” Oliphant said.However, he recognised that the success of the national soccer team was crucial to the development of the game and its popularity.‘Historic moment’“This is a historic moment in the history of Safa,” said Oliphant. “We have developed a strategy for Bafana that began with the appointment of Carlos Alberto Parreira [as coach] last year.”Part of that strategy, as put forward by Parreira, is to play international friendlies against stronger opposition. He hopes this will help to turn Bafana Bafana into a competitive and dangerous host side at the World Cup.The extra financial muscle will help ensure the international friendlies he is interested in arranging take place.Bafana’s performance crucialLooking ahead to the World Cup, SAB’s Penhale said the overall success of the tournament would depend greatly on the performance of Bafana Bafana.Considering past history – in 1995, when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup, and 1996, when Bafana won the African Cup of Nations – his assessment has merit; both the aforementioned events were extremely well supported by the South African public.Oliphant’s thoughts echoed those of Penhale. “It’s a great privilege for South Africa to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” he said. “A well-organised event, world-class infrastructure, as well as a successful home team, are key ingredients to the World Cup’s success.Ground-breaking“We believe this ground-breaking co-sponsorship arrangement will ensure Bafana Bafana exceeds all South Africans’ expectations at the 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.”Steve Booysen, Absa’s chief executive, said the joint deal broke new ground. “The partnership of two of South Africa’s major brands, unthinkable 40 years ago, heralds a new era for South African soccer,” Booysen said.“It will spark the nation’s energy and excitement, and further turn the spotlight on Bafana Bafana.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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How to Export and Import Presets for Adobe Media Encoder

first_imgLearn how to export and import presets for Adobe Media Encoder with this helpful video tutorial. Plus, free presets!Using presets with Adobe Media Encoder is a great way to save time when you are working with a production team or a client. You may already be familiar with creating your own presets in Adobe Media Encoder, but many people don’t realize you can also export and import custom presets. I do this all the time when I need a client to send me footage with particular specs. It is a lot easier to email them a preset file that they can import into Media Encoder and then simply drag and drop the footage to export it correctly. The alternative would be emailing them a long list of settings, which introduces room for error.You can also use this method if you switch editing computers and you need the presets from the old machine. Now, you can quickly export all of those presets and import them in Media Encoder on the new computer.Download the Free Media Encoder PresetsTo download the free Media Encoder Presets mentioned in the tutorial above, simply click the following download button.DOWNLOAD FREE MEDIA ENCODER PRESETSThe Keys to Exporting and Importing PresetsThe following points can help you when you create presets with Adobe Media Encoder:Before you create a preset, double check your settings (such as frame rate and aspect ratio).Check the estimated file size at the bottom of the export settings.Keep preset names simple and easy to identify. Have any tips for creating presets with Adobe Media Encoder? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: What A Hustler Is

first_imgThe word “hustler” sometimes has a negative connotation. Some people believe that a “hustler” is someone who is trying to take advantage of them, that they are “being hustled.” That’s not what it means here. Here the connotation is nothing but positive.A hustler is someone who knows what they want and is willing to take action to get it. They have a very strong bias for action.Hustlers are inherently impatient. They are averse to waiting for things to come their way.A hustler is a self-starter. No one has to tell them what to do. They don’t need to be motivated or inspired because they have a big enough reason “why” already burning inside them.A hustler is determined beyond anything a non-hustler can imagine. They aren’t put off by their failures, and they don’t give up on their dreams. When one thing doesn’t work, they keep trying things until they figure out how to get the result they need.A hustler is a maverick. They’re difficult to manage because they color outside the lines. They want the outcome, even if it means that the method for achieving it is unconventional.Hustlers don’t punch a clock. They don’t count the hours they work, they count the outcomes they produce. Hustlers don’t hit the snooze button either.A hustler builds relationships. They need friends, allies, and fellow hustlers to help them get things done. They build and work the hustler network. They surround themselves with other hustlers.Hustlers want things. They don’t feel bad about wanting a nice car, a nice house, or nice clothes. They know that it is their right to have those things when they’ve earned them, when they deserve them.Hustlers have a bigger vision of themselves. They believe they are capable of great things. They know that they have room to grow and, no matter how successful they are, they still see a lot of runway in front of them.Hustlers aren’t selfish or self-oriented. They know that the greater outcomes they want are only found through creating greater value for more people. They only earn what they are worth, and they increase that worth all of the time.There you go, hustler.last_img read more

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Cane crushing to be held up as Shetti seeks FRP at one go

first_imgThe Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) has demanded that sugar factories across Maharashtra pay the fair and remunerative price (FRP) to sugarcane farmers at one go, warning factory owners of an agitation if the FRP is paid in instalments.The cane crushing season in the State is expected to be delayed well till the end of the third week of November. It is expected to start only after the SSS, which is influential in the sugar heartland of Sangli and Kolhapur, decides on the FRP during its sugar conclave at Jaysingpur in Kolhapur district on November 23.“Because of the drought in the summer, the excess rains and now the unseasonal showers, hundreds of acres under sugarcane cultivation in Maharashtra have been ruined. This time, the State will witness a 40% decline in sugarcane production. The extensive destruction due to the floods that hit Kolhapur and Sangli will take a heavy toll in the sugar belt, while the drought has ravaged the sugarcane crop in Marathwada,” Mr. Shetti told The Hindu.He said SSS activists had urged two factories owned by Congressman Satej ‘Bunty’ Patil and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Hasan Mushrif to halt crushing operations.In a stormy meeting with factory owners on Sunday, SSS representatives rejected their requests to pay the FRP in instalments due to the dire straits of the sugar market. “The SSS ought to accept the FRP payment in instalments owing to the situation brought on by first the flood and then unseasonal showers,” said Mr. Patil, a senior Congress leader from Kolhapur who is chairman and president of the Dr. D.Y. Patil cooperative sugar factory.Incidentally, Mr. Shetti’s political party, the Swabhimani Paksha, is in alliance with the Congress and the NCP. “Even if we are allies, our fight is for the interests of the farmers. So irrespective of whether a sugar factory is owned by a leader of the Congress, NCP, Bharatiya Janata Party or Shiv Sena, our activists will not permit sugar mills to commence crushing operations,” he said. SSS leader Jalinder Patil said many farmers had not received FRP payment from the previous year.“It is detrimental to the interests of the farmers if the mills begin crushing operations early as they will not get a decent price for the standing crop which escaped the ravages of unseasonal rain. If we settle at a low FRP this year, we will not be able to negotiate a better FRP for the next crushing season [2020-21],” said SSS leader Savkar Madnaik.last_img read more

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