Gerard Pique has welcomed the potential of Ernesto Valverde leading Barcelona for another season as doubts remain over his future.It had been believed that Valverde’s contract was due to expire at the end of the current campaign, though Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed in October that the 54-year-old’s deal runs until 2020.However, Valverde and Barcelona do have the option to terminate the contract a year early. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking after Barcelona’s 2-1 victory at Getafe on Sunday, Pique made his preference clear. “It’s a decision that he will make and we will respect because he is the coach,” Pique said. “We would be delighted if he decided to continue and he is doing a magnificent job.”He brings calmness and he is producing results and showing that his way works.” 3 points, for 3 Kings. The perfect Reyes Magos present. pic.twitter.com/3cUHptNBCs — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2019 Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored on Sunday as reigning champions Barcelona moved five points clear atop the La Liga table after 18 rounds.Barca are now 10 points ahead of fifth-placed Real Madrid, who were stunned 2-0 by Real Sociedad.”I don’t know if it’s a major blow to La Liga, in terms of the points between us and the rivals,” Pique said.”It’s always good to come back from the Christmas break with a win. I think it’s years since we did it.”
Alternative Snacks Cocktail Has an Unusual Ingredient We Love (Recipe & Video) Close How to Make a Mojito How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather A recent addition to the Charleston, South Carolina, food and beverage scene, Ink N Ivy is situated in an impressive historical building on upper King Street and filled with an eclectic array of contemporary art.It is the third Ink N Ivy location (other outposts can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina) from The Bottle Cap Group, a Charlotte-based hospitality company with 13 concepts under its umbrella. The Charleston hot spot opened in August with delectable American cuisine, craft beer, an extensive wine list sure to please any palette, and a superb selection of cool cocktails customized by expert bartenders.One of the most popular drinks on the menu is the Alternative Snacks cocktail, a rum-based concoction with a surprising addition: salted dill oil. The savory ingredient pairs well with sweet and citrusy elements — because who doesn’t love a salty/sweet mixture? M&M’s and popcorn, anyone?Below you will find the recipe for Alternative Snacks. If you’re a fan of rum, you may also enjoy The Zombie.Alternative Snacks(Created by Evan Christy, Ink N Ivy, Charleston, South Carolina)2 oz Rhum Clément1 oz cucumber juice0.75 oz lime juice0.75 oz simple syrup10 drops salted dill oil Method: Combine rum, simple syrup, and cucumber and lime juices. Shake. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with salted dill oil. ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer
Construction of a 37-megawatt solar energy plant in Westmoreland by Eight Rivers Energy Company Limited has commenced and is expected to be completed either late 2018 or early 2019.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.He informed that a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement was signed in March 2017 between Eight Rivers Energy Company and the Jamaica Public Service Company to supply electricity generated from solar to the national grid.“This project represents the first Jamaican female-led major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development. We are very pleased to see that the women are taking charge and they are providing the energy to drive real growth and prosperity,” Dr. Wheatley said.Meanwhile, this year will see the solarisation of Jamaica House, an effort which will produce an annual energy yield of 13,000 kilowatt hours, while significantly reducing the country’s annual carbon emissions by 15,000 kilograms.
A nurse who preyed on elderly patients in her care told lawyers with an inquiry examining her actions that she wouldn’t have been able to murder eight people if more controls were in place on medication at long-term care homes.Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s musings on what could have prevented her crimes are contained in a transcript of a lengthy interview submitted as evidence in the public inquiry that got underway in St. Thomas, Ont., this week.The 50-year-old injected more than a dozen patients with overdoses of insulin while working in long-term care homes and private residences in Ontario for nearly a decade. Her crimes went undetected until she confessed them to mental health workers and police in 2016.“I’ve given a lot of thought to changes that could have been made where I would not have been able to do this,” Wettlaufer said in an interview conducted Feb. 14 at the prison where she’s serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.“If there was a way that the insulin was counted, I would not have been able to do what I did without getting caught.”Insulin, Wettlaufer said, should be treated like a controlled substance.Wettlaufer said she first began thinking about killing people in 2006 when she was in a Woodstock, Ont., hospital where she had gone to deal with her obsessive and depressive thoughts. She was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and was prescribed medication, she said.“I just had so much anger I couldn’t concentrate … but if I thought about killing somebody while I was talking to other people I could talk normally to them,” Wettlaufer said. “And that’s where the thoughts of killing somebody started.”Wettlaufer said she began working shortly thereafter at Caressant Care, a long-term care home in Woodstock, and soon became overwhelmed.She said she was often working double shifts from 3 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day, in charge of 32 patients with little help and dealing with a stressful home life.One night in 2007, she said she noticed Clotilde Adriano, 87, was on insulin.“This thought came into my head, just give her too much insulin and see what happens,” Wettlaufer said. “So I did.”Adriano didn’t die, but it sparked something for Wettlaufer, she said. She did the same thing to Adriano’s sister, Albina Demedeiros, 90, who was in a room across the hall, she said.“I chose them based on the fact they couldn’t self-report because they had dementia,” she said. Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated assault in connection with the sisters.She would go on to kill James Silcox in 2007 with an overdose of insulin. He was her first murder.Wettlaufer told lawyers with the inquiry that she picked insulin because it wasn’t tracked in the home and it could be deadly.“There was never a time when it was questioned why were we at some times going through insulin more so than others,” she said.Sometimes another nurse would check the amount of insulin she had prepped to give a patient. But that was easily circumvented, she said.“Even though another nurse checks it you can change the amount at any time,” she said.There were two rooms where she could get insulin and they were behind doors without windows, she added.“If the treatment room and med room were completely made of glass … there’s no way I could have done what I did without somebody seeing me,” Wettlaufer said.Even if there were windows, she explained, she could slip a few insulin pens into her pocket. And the pens themselves had no mechanism to restrict the amount of insulin — doses can be dialled up or down easily, she said.“If there was, say, a stopgap measure on the pen that once you dialled up a certain amount you couldn’t dial any more, or even if pens came preloaded … there wouldn’t be excess insulin,” she said.The public inquiry, which is scheduled to last several months, has said it won’t compel Wettlaufer to testify as her confessions and interview have been submitted as evidence.
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,944.09, down 68.56 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 22 cents, or 2.93 per cent, to $7.29 on 13.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up one cent, or 0.45 per cent, to $2.25 on 10 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down 13 cents, or 2.97 per cent, to $4.25 on 6.6 million shares.Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX:LGO). Metals. Down 40 cents, or 12.08 per cent, to $2.91 on 6.5 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Metals. Down two cents, or 0.34 per cent, to $5.95 on 6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down four cents, or 1.64 per cent, to $2.40 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:The Bank of Nova Scotia. (TSX:BNS). Up six cents to $70.15. Scotiabank plans to sell its banking operations in nine Caribbean countries and its insurance operations in two other regional markets — and its chief executive expects more international divestments in the pipeline. The bank signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in “non-core” markets — including Grenada, St. Maarten and St. Lucia — to Republic Financial Holdings Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. The bank also said its subsidiaries in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will sell their insurance operations to and partner with Sagicor Financial Corp. Ltd.Ensign Energy Services Inc. (TSX:ESI) Down 48 cents or 9.3 per cent to $4.70. Precision Drilling Corp. says it is entitled to a $20-million break fee after Ensign announced Tuesday that it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. by acquiring a majority of Trinidad’s shares. Calgary-based Precision, the largest driller in Canada, said the fee is owed as part of the Oct. 5 arrangement it had with Trinidad after terminating the friendly deal following Ensign’s success. Ensign says 56.38 per cent of Trinidad shares have been tendered by its Tuesday deadline. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 per cent.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Free trade agreements with Europe and the United States prevent Via Rail from favouring Bombardier in the awarding of contracts, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says. Garneau reacted this morning to a report that Via Rail is preparing to award a $1-billion contract for new trains to the German firm Siemens AG. La Presse reported the Crown Corporation is negotiating the terms of the contract with Siemens after its submission beat out Bombardier Transportation and third-place Spanish company Talgo Inc. The Canadian Press
NEW DELHI: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday stepped in to help Rahul Gandhi’s Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party work out an alliance in the national capital for the Lok Sabha elections. Pawar also reached out to AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh soon after.Sources said the Congress leadership is also in talks with AAP leaders and senior leaders within the party are trying to convince Delhi Congress leaders for an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress had earlier decided to go alone in Delhi after talks with AAP failed and local leaders favoured that the party contests LS polls alone. The Delhi Congress leaders felt that “saving” the party was crucial in Delhi in view of impending assembly elections in the state slated later. AICC general secretary in charge of Delhi Congress, PC Chacko, said: “I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The Congress Working Committee has decided to align with like-minded parties across the country to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections. I hope Delhi Congress leaders also go by this sentiment and decide on an alliance with AAP, but a final decision will be taken by the Congress president very soon,” Chacko said. Chacko’s views are at variance with Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, who had made it clear that aligning with AAP will not be in the party’s interests keeping in view the assembly election in the national capital slated later. On other hands, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has written to party president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi saying forging an alliance with the AAP for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi will harm the party in the long run. In the letter, Dikshit and working presidents Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav and Rajesh Lilothia protested a recent phone survey to gauge workers’ mood on the alliance. Dikshit and the working presidents have urged the Congress chief not to have an alliance with the AAP, saying it will harm the party in the long run, said a Delhi Congress leader. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said after meeting Pawar that with the Constitution, democracy and the country in ‘danger’ under the Modi government, attempts should be made by all opposition parties to unite and come together to fight it out. “The party can be saved later … there will be enough time to save the party. Right now the attempt should be to save the country and democracy, which is in danger due to the Modi government,” he said, without giving details of his meeting with Pawar. Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday stated that it will not have any pre-poll alliance with Congress in Delhi and will contest all seven Lok Sabha seats alone. “This time we are really serious about it,” Delhi convenor Gopal Rai said when asked how serious the party is this time about its decision this time. “The indecision in Congress has killed our time for the campaign. We made all possible efforts for alliance but now there is no room for reconsideration,” Rai said.
Rabat – The American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco (Amcham) held its annual gala on February 16 in Casablanca at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event, which gathered business leaders, entrepreneurs, social workers, and authorities from both the US and Morocco, sought to promote greater commercial ties between the two countries.Furthering US-Morocco connectionsIn a press release shared with Morocco World News, organizers highlighted the importance of upholding the traditionally strong connections between Morocco and the US. As a growing continental hub, the document suggested, Morocco offers enormous investment opportunities for American firms. At the same time, business cooperation between US and Moroccan firms and entrepreneurs can enable the North African country to have greater access to the technological know-how of American enterprises.In its bid to become the platform that can uphold and further the US-Morocco connections, Amcham’s event “celebrated the Casablanca-Miami direct flight recently launched by Royal Air Maroc,” the press release noted.Direct flights play an essential role in bringing countries and people closer.Currently, Royal Air Maroc operates two direct flights to the US from Casablanca to Washington, D.C., and New York. The airline also has plans to launch a Casablanca-Boston flight this year.In the US-Morocco case, Amcham suggested, the Casablanca-Miami flight is part of a broader dream of solidifying the win-win bilateral relations between the two countries through a joint platform of support for entrepreneurship.“The Miami-Casablanca line will stimulate trade, investments, tourism, as well as cultural exchanges between Morocco and the US,” the press release noted.In addition to firms and businesses, the Amcham gala marked the presence of US and Moroccan authorities.Representatives from the US included Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose Diaz; Manny Gonzalez, chief of economic development and international trade for Miami-Dade County; and Stephanie Miley, the charge d’affaires of the US embassy in Morocco.Amcham 2019 PrizesAs part of its continued endeavor to pave the way for more prosperous business ventures from the US to Morocco, and vice versa, Amcham 2019 acknowledged the efforts of citizens and firms whose actions strengthened bilateral ties between the two countries.In total, four prizes were awarded to individuals and companies that stood out in their commitment to promoting US-Morocco trade and cultural exchanges.The first prize, the American Investment in Morocco Award, went to Hexcel Composites. A global leader in making and engineering aerospace materials, the American company has been accompanying Morocco’s growing aerospace sector. Hexcel Maroc has invested over $20 million and created 100 jobs in the past three years.Amcham awarded Hexcel Maroc for bringing its state-of-the-art expertise to Morocco as well as “its commitment to innovation, corporate responsibility, inclusiveness, and diversity.”The second category rewarded Moroccan exports to the US. The Marocaine des Thes et Infusions (Mathe), a tea-producing and exporting company, won the prize. A leader in the Moroccan food sector, Mathe’s investments amounted to $12 million in the last three years, creating 250 jobs. The company started exporting to the US in 2015.“Mathe places innovation and creativity at the heart of its activities,” Amcham said. Justifying Mathe’s prize, the document said the Moroccan company has “transformed and improved” the quality of Moroccan tea, gaining it recognition in foreign markets.The third category, US exports to Morocco, went to Tropicars, a Miami-based global leader for golf and utility vehicles. The company operates in the Caribbean, the Americas, and increasingly in Africa. Tropicars Morocco opened in 2016 and is gradually becoming the leading provider of luxury vehicles to the country’s booming tourism industry.The last category, the Amcham Hall of Fame Prize, was awarded to Stephanie Miley, the charge d’affaires at the American embassy in Rabat.The Hall of Fame prize acknowledges a Moroccan or American personality whose efforts stood out in terms of promoting Amcham’s values, actions to strengthen commercial and cultural ties between the US and Morocco.According to Amcham, “Miley has worked with Amcham and American firms in the past three years to further Morocco-US commercial ties.”Promising prospectsWhile this year’s Amcham event was heavily focused on Miami, it came against the backdrop of increased US-Morocco connections.In addition to the security sector where Morocco is regarded as the US’s strongest North African ally, there have been steps in recent months to further commercial ties.In November, US and Moroccan representatives met to discuss collaboration on agro-science. The goal was to equip Morocco with new agricultural technology while allowing greater access to the Moroccan market for American products.The meeting was part of agreements to open the Moroccan market to American poultry and beef.Following the agreements, Robert Lighthizer, the US Trade Representative, noted, “The Trump Administration continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. This new access to the Moroccan market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports.”
Melissa McFadden received the VQA Promoters Award in the LCBO. An LCBO customer service representative in Owen Sound, McFadden was cited for promoting VQA wineries, a high level of product knowledge and willingness to promote Ontario wines, including by organizing events that help elevate local wines. Sommelier Mike Fish received the VQA Promoters Award for Hospitality. The owner of Glassroots Restaurant in London, Ont. was recognized for a decade of promoting VQA wines in bars, clubs, golf courses and as a wine representative. Fish promotes the industry in his restaurant by pairing locally sourced vegan food with London’s only all-Canadian wine list. Hundreds of people packed the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls on Friday, March 24 to cheer on a set of award-winners who were recognized for supporting Ontario’s increasingly vital grape and wine industry.The occasion was the Cuvée Grand Tasting, which each year launches the weekend-long Cuvée celebration of Ontario VQA wines, organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). Researchers at CCOVI conduct ongoing work to support grape growers and wineries in an industry that generates more than $4 billion annually in revenue, tourism and job creation.Friday’s celebration saw more than 750 people turn out to savour the province’s finest wines along with fine cuisine. The popular event raises thousands of dollars to fund academic scholarships and research.This year’s prestigious Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award went to Gerald Klose, whose Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard has some of Ontario’s oldest vines. Sponsored by BASF Canada Inc., the award recognizes a grape grower who promotes excellence in vineyard practices. Klose was chosen by an expert panel for maintaining a high level of quality in his Chardonnay vineyard. Besides running his family farm, Klose also manages other vineyards across Niagara for Constellation Brands.The Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence was presented to internationally known wine journalist Ian D’Agata. The Aspler Award is given to the individual or institution that best furthers the aims and aspirations of Ontario’s wine industry. Canadian-born but now living in Italy, d’Agata is an award-winning author who has twice been named Italy’s best wine journalist. His articles appear globally in magazines and newspapers, and he was recognized by the award committee as being a “great ambassador for Ontario wines on the world stage.”The VQA Promoters Award winners in various categories were also announced Friday, recognizing individuals who support VQA wines through promotion or education with “unselfish enthusiasm, constructive input and unsolicited promotion.”Toronto restaurateur Roberto Martella received the VQA Promoters Award for Lifetime Achievement. The long-time owner of the Grano Italian restaurant has been “pulling corks on Ontario wines for as long as he has been putting plates in front of Toronto diners.” He was recognized for supporting local VQA wines and routinely reaching for Canadian wines in his establishment. Barb Tatarnic of Brock University received the VQA Promoters Award for Education. Tatarnic, manager of Continuing Education and Outreach at CCOVI, was recognized for her commitment to connecting wine lovers and wine makers to CCOVI and its programs in order to advance wine education over the past two decades. Angela Aiello received the VQA Promoters Award for Media. Aiello is founder and editor of Toronto’s iYellowWineclub.com as well as Wine, Drinks and Cuisine Editor of Chloe magazine. She was recognized for a career of helping wine lovers of all demographics “taste, learn and meet” while vibrantly promoting VQA Ontario in print as well as television and radio appearances.Cuvée also celebrated the next generation of winemakers and grape growers by providing scholarships to Brock University Oenology and Viticulture students through the Cuvée Legacy Fund. This fund has already awarded more than $15,000 in academic scholarships and $13,000 towards industry driven research priorities.The Cuvée Scholarship winners are:Cuvée Hosting Award for Academic Excellence: Jacob Johnsson-WernerCuvée Award for Academic Excellence: Stephanie Van DykCuvée Award for Academic Excellence in OEVC: Hannah LeeCuvée Graduate Scholarship: Jennifer Kelly Brian Hanna received the VQA Promoters Award in Retail. A sommelier at Huff Estates Winery in Prince Edward County, Hanna was recognized for his ability to share his deep knowledge about Ontario wines in a manner that educates, promotes sales and enriches the lives of those he interacts with.
Calif. officials recommend expansion of West’s largest hazardous waste dump FRESNO, Calif. – California regulators are recommending allowing a major expansion of the largest hazardous waste dump in the Western United States, even though some residents blame the dump for birth defects and have opposed the expansion, officials said on Tuesday.The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said it has issued a draft expansion permit that would allow the landfill near Kettleman City — a farmworker community in the state’s Central Valley midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles — to expand by 5 million cubic yards.The landfill, which is operated by Chemical Waste Management, currently houses 10.7 million cubic yards of hazardous waste.Environmental organizations and residents have opposed the expansion of the 1,600-acre landfill for years. The landfill has been fined numerous times by state and federal regulators for improper waste disposal and other problems.“A draft permit will send a message to industrial polluters that you can violate your permit constantly for years, commit serious and chronic violations, and still get your permit,” said Bradley Angel of the group Greenaction.The expansion permit was based on “bogus studies” and “hiding the number of birth defects and infant deaths,” Angel said, adding that officials did not give Spanish speakers, who make up a large number of Kettleman City residents, enough time to testify at hearings.The dump’s owners say there’s no evidence linking the facility to the birth defects and cancer-causing chemicals there were too low to affect the nearby community.A recent report by California health officials found no common cause for the birth defects and left residents to speculate about what other potential hazards — a constant flow of diesel trucks, pesticide residue in the surrounding fields and multiple high-tension power lines — might pose the biggest risk to their children.The permit expansion carries restrictive requirements, including enhanced air and groundwater monitoring and sampling, a clean truck program that would reduce emissions from incoming diesel trucks, more inspections and enhanced public outreach, state officials said.The landfill accepts toxic waste not allowed into most landfills, including carcinogenic PCBs, herbicides and other chemicals, and lead-contaminated soil from cleanup sites.“We’re pleased that after extensive and comprehensive scrutiny of facility the state has issued a draft permit for expansion. The facility provides a necessary environmental service to California by handing the hazardous waste the state generates,” said Chemical Waste spokeswoman Jennifer Andrews.Last November, the state issued 72 violations alleging the company failed to report small spills that occurred between 2008 and 2012 — though they posed no health threats to the public. In May 2011, the state levied $46,000 in fines against the company for failing to report two spills.That same year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state toxics department levied $1 million in fines against the firm for having improperly calibrated lab equipment that thwarted efforts to accurately analyze chemical concentrations in waste. The EPA found the same problem with equipment five years earlier and said officials failed to fix it.Federal officials also fined the operator nearly $10,000 for improper waste disposal.Officials said the violations caused no off-site health impacts and “have not reached a level that would trigger a permit denial,” said Brian Johnson, director of hazardous waste management.The public has 60 days to comment on the draft permit, which still requires final approval from the toxics department.Officials also set a long-term goal to reduce the volume of hazardous wasted disposed at class 1 facilities such as Kettleman City by 50 per cent by 2025. That goal has no enforcement triggers at this time, but entails meetings and workshops with industry, public interest groups, local governments and elected officials to come up with strategies for waste reduction.California has generated an average of 1.7 million tons of hazardous waste each year for the past 10 years. About 600,000 tons ended up annually in the Kettleman or Buttonwillow landfills, officials said. by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2013 3:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
As the University embarks on the next phase of its inaugural People Strategy, it is seeking employee feedback through upcoming focus groups.Over the past several months, effort has been made to develop a People Strategy, a new way of looking at Brock’s current and future talent needs to meet the University’s mission and institutional priorities outlined in the Strategic Plan. The strategy will inform how Brock will uniquely attract, retain, develop and deploy talent.Three of the four strategic priorities in the Strategic Plan speak directly to the importance of working with people, the heart of the University.“We are a people organization,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “People are our greatest capacity and the result of our success. Thanks to the outstanding talent of our faculty and staff, we celebrated our 100,000th graduate this past June.“Employee input is crucial to our shared future. As we develop our first People Strategy, who better to help inform it than our own people?”With an evolving post-secondary education landscape and new strategic plan focusing on excellence and meeting students’ needs, Brock is in an era of change. The development of Brock’s first People Strategy is an opportunity for staff and faculty to help inform the University and influence their own work environment.Brock employees have been quick to answer past calls to provide organizational feedback. In 2017, more than 900 staff and faculty members completed an employee engagement survey and 50 people participated in related focus groups. The feedback received through the engagement survey resulted in the University’s first mentorship program, shaped thinking around the mandate of the Office of Human Rights and Equity, has influenced reviews to key policies and is currently feeding into the development of the People Strategy.Many others shared their thoughts during the development of the University’s Strategic Plan, and their feedback was important in the shaping of strategic priorities.Faculty and staff are invited to share their feedback once again, this time through a series of focus groups that will help guide the new People Strategy. Separate faculty, staff and leadership sessions will take place in May on two distinct topics: organizational capabilities and culture, and employee retention and development.Organizational capabilities and culture — Sessions designed to help senior leadership understand what skills and abilities are key to Brock’s success and what is needed for people to be successful at the University.Employee retention and development — Sessions designed to help senior leadership understand how to retain talent at Brock and how to help people develop throughout their career.Space is limited, so employees are encouraged to sign up quickly before sessions fill up. Registration is available at Focus on Learning.Invitations will also be extended to specific employee groups. Faculty and staff who have worked at Brock for 18 months or less will be invited to discuss why they joined Brock as an employee, and what their first impressions have been. Targeted sessions with students will also take place.Supervisors are encouraged to allow their team members the time to attend these important sessions.“This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to help shape the University’s future,” said Fearon. “Together with our employees, Brock will meet students’ needs; support excellence in academic programming, research, scholarship and creative activities; and contribute to regional community and economic growth.“Our new People Strategy will help us retain and attract outstanding and talented faculty and staff. Input and perspectives from our employees can help build an effective People Strategy that will meet the collective needs of our employees, students and community partners.”
OSU then-sophomore Taylor White (21) makes a catch during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State softball team (15-7) opens Big Ten play this weekend with a road series against Maryland (7-20-1).The Buckeyes enter conference play battle tested after a 22-game nonconference schedule, which included seven games against current top-25 teams. OSU saw victory in just one of those games — a 10-2 win over No. 25 North Carolina — but the difficult schedule will help the team in the long run, sophomore outfielder Bri Betschel said.“I think it helps us know the ability we have with our team,” she said. “We’ve not always come out with what we’ve wanted, but at the end of the game we know that we can compete with these teams and that we can win the big games.”Though the Buckeyes are just 1-6 against ranked teams this season, they have taken care of business against inferior opponents thus far, losing just once to an unranked team with that lone loss coming to Louisville, which received votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.The same cannot be said of Maryland. The Terrapins lost 20 of their first 28 games, and 14 of those losses were against unranked opponents.Despite its lackluster record and bad losses, Maryland has proven itself dangerous, even to the nation’s top teams. Earlier this season, the Terrapins handed top-ranked Florida its only loss of the season on its home field.Since it’s a conference matchup, the Buckeyes will face off against Maryland in a three-game series this weekend, which is a change of pace from what OSU has seen so far this season. Previously, the Buckeyes have played each team just once.“Weekend series definitely have a different feel,” OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said. “It’s a little bit more of a chess match and paying attention to the small details you might be able to exploit.”Maryland is just the first of eight series the Buckeyes face as part of their Big Ten conference slate. Though OSU is not slated to face No. 8 Minnesota or No. 21 Wisconsin during the regular season, the team does have one ranked opponent left on its schedule: No. 18 Michigan.Obviously, OSU wanted to do well during nonconference play, but now that Big Ten play is beginning and conference records and standings will start to count, there’s a little more to play for.“I think every game is important to us as a team,” Betschel said. “But going into Big Tens, it’s a little bit more intense.”The Buckeyes will look to channel that intensity into wins this weekend before playing at home for the first time on Wednesday when they host Wright State.
After United’s 5-1 victory at Cardiff City on Saturday, Gary Neville says it’s time the players put in the work and prove they can produce a consistent level of performance.Former United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came back to the club as interim manager after Mourinho was sacked last week Tuesday.He took charge of his first game away at Cardiff City on Sunday, and United produced an impressive performance in a 5-1 victory.Neville questioned whether the result was because of the team they faced or turning a new leaf under a new manager, but has called for hard work in order to finish strong this season.“There was an immediate bounce and impact from Ole, however, it was Cardiff and we need to see if they can do it over six months,” Neville told Sky Sports.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“If they can do that then they will get the opportunity to play for the club next season. If they do it over six games and then drop back they won’t play for the club next season.“The most important thing for Manchester United is sailing the ship into shore calmly, with some people needing to disembark and not come back, and some needing to come on and sail out to seas in the future. That’s the nature of the next six months.“The hard work starts now for United. Anybody who thinks sacking Jose Mourinho is the answer, it is not, the hard work starts now and I am sure the people in the club are wise enough and knowledgeable to know that.”
North Slope Borough’s mayor and at least 10 other leaders are getting big raises.Alaska Dispatch News reports that Mayor Charlotte Brower will see her salary jump by about $24,000 to more than $222,000. That’s roughly $90,000 more than Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan makes.Other borough leaders are getting raises of up to 19 percent.Officials say the raises are long overdue. Brower told Borough Assembly members she sought higher pay for department heads in order to attract key employees who could make more money working for other agencies and corporations in the oil-rich North Slope region.The North Slope Borough serves seven villages and the city of Barrow, with about 9,700 residents spread across an area the size of Minnesota. The communities can only be reached by plane. The Department of Defense ranks Barrow as one of the costliest places to live in Alaska.
People all over the world have heard of the Titanic. Once the world’s biggest ships, the Olympic-class ocean liner tragically struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to New York and sank, with hundreds of passengers and crew members perishing in the disaster. James Cameron’s famous film bolstered the ship’s global reputation, but the Titanic was actually one of three Olympic-class vessels, and items from one of her sister ships are going up for auction this week.Alongside the Titanic, the trio of Olympic liners included the Olympic, which was the lead ship for the class, and the Britannic. All designed to the same specifications and intended to be the most luxurious and elegant cruise ships on the planet, these ships ultimately went down in history for very tragic reasons.Artist’s conception of Britannic in her intended White Star liveryThe sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst marine disasters in all of history, and the Britannic also sank, after colliding with a mine in the Aegean Sea. The catastrophe was far less dramatic than that of the Titanic, but 30 people died and the remaining 1,035 survivors had to be saved from the water and lifeboats.The Britannic is actually the biggest passenger ship to currently be sitting on the sea floor and has been explored by several notable groups and individuals over the years, including Jacques Couseau back in the 1970s.The White Star Atlantic mail steamer Britannic (deck plans)Many items have been recovered from the wreckage, while some were actually taken off the ship several years before it sank and are set to be sold at an auction in County Laois, Ireland, as reported by the BBC.The Britannic was launched in February 1914, only a few months before the outbreak of World War I. The ship, which had been launched in Belfast, was then requisitioned by the naval authorities, with parts of being removed and redesigned in order to better suit its new purpose as a military vessel. This meant that some of the more ornate wooden carvings and fittings were taken out.These items were put up for auction in 1919 in Belfast, with some of the pieces ending up being used to decorate Dublin’s La Scala Theatre and Opera House.Britannic under construction at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1914That building was later converted into a movie theater, and was then set to be demolished in the early 1970s. The panelling was removed before the demolition occurred and was actually fitted into a private Dublin home, with parts of being used to make a vintage bar.The items remained in the home for several decades but are now being sold and set to start a new life somewhere else. The auction is taking place at the Heritage Golf Resort in Killenard. Niall Mullen, one of the organizers involved in the auction, revealed that the seller is hoping the items will be purchased by a buyer in Northern Ireland so that they can go back to their original home.Welte philharmonic organ on Britannic in a company catalogue of 1914The items, which were originally sourced from the first class lounge and second class library areas of the enormous ship, are expected to fetch around half a million euros ($560,000) in total.Memorabilia and authentic items from the Britannic has been sold for high prices in the past, but collectors are willing to pay even more for items from the Titanic.Read another story from us: The Last Titanic Survivor Was Forced to Sell Her Titanic Memorabilia to Pay Health Bills at 96As reported by CNN, the highest price ever reached for a Titanic item at auction was around $1.4 million for a Wallace Hartley violin, which was believed to have been used by the liner’s band, who continued to play on even as the ship sank in order to try and calm the passengers down.
(Credit: YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV/Shutterstock)Hot flashes — sudden rushes of overwhelming warmth that heat up the body like a roaring furnace – plague millions of women, and some men. Now scientists find a single type of brain cell is responsible for setting off these heat bombs in mice. The discovery may lead to better treatments for keeping the body’s thermostat at a pleasant temperature.Currently, the go-to remedy for hot flashes is estrogen replacement therapy to compensate for a drop in estrogen levels after menopause. But as a hormone, estrogen has effects throughout the body and isn’t an option for many people including those with liver disease, who are at risk for strokes and women suffering breast cancer. To find better treatments, scientists needed a better grasp on what causes hot flashes.Hot IdeaRichard Palmiter, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, had a hunch. Five years ago, a neurologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson named Naomi Rance had laid out what was known about hot flashes at the time and proposed an idea. She suggested neurons tucked away in a pocket of the hypothalamus — a region of the brain that controls many basic life functions including hunger, thirst, fatigue, and body temperature — and that make a molecule called kisspeptin might be the link between estrogen levels and hot flashes.Kisspeptin wields serious influence as puberty and reproduction may depend on this protein. Mutations that disable kisspeptin lead to a condition called hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, which can stop, delay or even prevent sexual maturation in humans and rodents for example. Estrogen usually keeps kisspeptin-producing neurons in check, but thanks to a drop in sex hormones during menopause, these brain cells swell. As they grow larger, the neurons produce more kisspeptin and another molecule called neurokinin b known to affect body temperature. The evidence suggests kisspeptin neurons may spur hot flashes.The problem with studying hot flashes is that they are transient, lasting from seconds for up to an agonizing 10 minutes. Though warm temperatures, anxiety and spicy foods can bring them on, it’s hard to predict when they’ll happen. Palmiter was looking for a way to reliably trigger hot flashes for study and he wondered if stimulating kisspeptin neurons would do the trick.Bringing the HeatSo, using a technique known as optogenetics that allows scientists to stimulate neurons with fiber optic cables and flashes of light, the researchers selectively turned on the kisspeptin neurons in female mice. And right after doing so they saw that temperatures rose in the rodents. Using a thermal camera that color codes temperature, Palmiter and his team watched as the mice’s tails became warmer, their blood vessels expanding to bring body heat to the skin’s surface to get rid of the extra warmth. The mice also didn’t move around in their cages as much as control mice, a sign that they were too warm to behave as they typically might, the scientists reported July 10 in the journal Cell Reports.“It worked out remarkably,” says Palmiter.Though estrogen is a female sex hormone, the neurons are present in both sexes, so Palmiter and team activated the neurons in male mice, too. The boys flushed just as much as the female mice had, another sign that kisspeptin neurons are behind hot flashes.Then the team went one step further. Since it’s neurokinin b that regulates body temperature, not kisspeptin, the researchers gave female mice a drug that stops the molecule from performing its normal function. When they then activated the kisspeptin neurons, the mice stayed cool, a sign that it is likely neurokinin b specifically, and not something else related to kisspeptin neurons, causing hot flashes. Targeting these neurons or the molecule directly could be an alternative treatment for post-menopausal women suffering from hot flashes. Clinical trials are already underway.“This [research] should only be the tip of the iceberg, really,” says Rance.