Grains lower Livestock higher

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was lost 9.20 cents at $5.1340 a bushel; Mar. corn was fell 2 cents at $3.7240 a bushel; Dec. oats was off 12.20 cents at $2.74 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans declined 10 cents at 8.8520 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle rose .98 cent at $1.2050 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was up 1.13 cents at $1.4738 a pound; Dec. lean hogs gained .67 cent at .6282 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Security Cooperation, a Priority Between Morocco and Algeria Despite Political Conflicts

Marrakech- Despite several political contretemps, Moroccan and Algerian intelligence services have continued to meet monthly since September 2014, alternating between Rabat and Algiers, to promote the exchange of information regarding terrorist threats.The General Directorate for Research and Moroccan Documentation and The Algerian Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS) decided last year to increase their cooperative efforts to address attempts by the organization of the Islamic State to establish itself in the Maghreb, as well as to deal with the alarming situation in Libya, according to the Algerian El Watan.This ongoing security cooperation between the two countries has never lapsed despite tensions between Algiers and Rabat, as it has achieved tangible results, including the arrest of an Algerian citizen who had become a member of the IS state in the Moroccan city of Oujda in the east. According to the same source, their joint efforts managed to dismantle several terrorist recruitment cells for Syria, Iraq, Libya and northern Mali.Another hot topic that has been the subject of many discussions between the two countries since last summer is the control of the long border between the two countries that stretches over 1,500 km.Morocco has shown great interest in cooperating with Algeria in terms of fighting terrorism, according to the Algerian website. Algeria, in its turn, depends, to great extent, on Morocco for deepening the investigation of financing and recruitment networks of terrorists in Europe. read more

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Badr Hari Offers Moroccan Boxer Mohamed Rabii a Monthly Salary

Rabat – World’s Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari has promised to offer a monthly salary to Morocco’s Mohamed Rabii who became the first Arab boxer to win gold medal at the AIBA World Championship.This move comes after Badr Hari received harsh criticism from Moroccans on social media for not congratulating Mohamed Rabii for his achievement in the AIBA World Championship in Doha, last month.Hesport quoted The Golden Boy as saying that his support for the Moroccan Welterweight World Champion boxer, will not be mere ‘congratulations’ on social media, but instead he will support Rabii financially in order to prepare him for the Olympic Games. “I know that the Moroccan Federation of Boxing pays him [Rabii] MAD 3,000 ($300) salary per month. However, I promise to offer him an estimated MAD 6,000 ($600) as a monthly salary until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” Hari added.In addition to the financial support, Badr Hari said he will train Mohamed Rabii himself in order to prepare him well for the Olympics.Thirty-year-old Hari who said he will retire this year after fighting his last game  in Morocco, pointed out that he wants Rabii to win the golden medal in the Olympics and become better than him in the future.Mohammed Rabii, 22, cemented his legacy as the first African-Arabian boxer to earn the gold medal in the World Boxing Championship held in Doha, Qatar in October..Rabii also ranked number one in Welterweight category in Season V of the World Series of Boxing after seven consecutive victories, and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the process.In a previous interview, Rabii revealed that he has not received any monetary compensation  for winning the championship and he lives off the MAD 3,000 salary per month he receives from the Moroccan Federation. read more

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Talisman profit plummets on weak prices higher costs

CALGARY — Talisman Energy is reporting a sharp fall in its second-quarter profit and revenue due to weaker commodity prices and higher operating costs.The Calgary-based company says net income fell to US$196 million, or 19 cents per share, from $698 million, or 68 cents per share.Revenue declined to $1.87 billion from $2.23 billion and earnings from operations fell to $71 million or seven cents per share from $168 million or 16 cents per share.Cash flow fell to $803 million in the three months ending June 30, 2012, from $897 million in the same period last year.The consensus estimate had been for 13 cents per share of net income, nine cents per share from operations, and revenue of $1.88 billion, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters.The company says exploration and development spending in the quarter was $1 billion.Like many natural gas producers, Talisman has been coping with stubbornly low natural gas prices in North America by drilling in areas rich in valuable liquids, like the Eagle Ford in Texas.Natural gas liquids, used to make plastics and petrochemicals, track oil prices more closely than they do ordinary dry natural gas.Net debt at the end of the second quarter was $4.1 billion, relatively unchanged from $4 billion at the end of the first quarter.Last week, Talisman agreed to sell a 49% interest in its U.K. division to Chinese firm Sinopec Corp. for $1.5 billion.The company said it plans to use about $500 million from the proceeds to buy back shares.Talisman’s other key areas of focus include offshore production in Southeast Asia, as well as operations in South America and the Middle East.“In addition to repositioning our business in the UK North Sea, we delivered a strong operational quarter,” said John A. Manzoni, Talisman’s president and chief executive officer.“With our recent UK North Sea transaction, we continue to focus and strengthen our portfolio while maintaining a strong balance sheet to weather current low natural gas prices in North America.”He said the deal will reduce Talisman’s decommissioning liability in the U.K., decrease future capital commitments and bring significant cash. read more

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Decision tomorrow on Wimals request to Parliament

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said he will inform Parliament tomorrow on the request made by Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa for the National Freedom Front (NFF) to be recognized as an independent political party in Parliament.Jayasuriya said party leaders will meet today and discuss the request made by Weerawansa. He said that discussions will also be held with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and a decision will be announced tomorrow.The NFF had announced recently it is no more part of the UPFA and so wants to be given recognition as an independent political party in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ineos completes takeover of French club Nice

NICE, France — A company led by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has completed a takeover of French league club Nice.Chemicals giant Ineos and the French club both confirmed the deal on Monday, making Nice the latest sports acquisition by the London-based company.Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man who is the Ineos chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted about acquiring OGC Nice. It has been quite a long journey getting here, but it is unique, and we were determined to complete the purchase of the club.”Nice, which is coached by former France international Patrick Vieira, has won both its opening matches of the French league season after finishing seventh last year.Ineos bought Swiss club Lausanne in 2017 and also sponsors a cycling team that bears its name, which includes this year’s Tour de France winner Egan Bernal.Ratcliffe said the company looked at “a lot of clubs” before deciding to buy Nice, and that it is determined to establish it “as a team that competes in European club competition on a regular basis.”He added: “We made some mistakes at Lausanne but we are fast learners, these have been rectified and we are already seeing the benefits. Clubs need to be successful off the pitch, as well as on it, and Nice will be no different, as we look to take the club from strength to strength in all aspects over the coming years.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Socce r and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Pieceful Arts new addition to downtown

The pieces are all coming together at Pieceful Arts.The goal of Pieceful Arts is to provide a collaborative space for other artists that need more space to work, for short-term or long-term use, said owner Suzanne Earls.“I was in a position where I couldn’t find anything reasonable,” Earls said about finding available work spaces.Another goal for Earls is to provide an accessible space for everyone. This is seen through her “Pay What You Can” painting mornings. Participants of these events are encouraged to pay what is reasonable to them at that moment, which can range from a dollar amount to a smile.The business opened earlier this month on Robinson Street in Simcoe.“It’s been fun. I’ve had a lot of people popping in and inquiring about the space, and introducing themselves,” Earls said about her first week in the downtown core. “Local businesses have been welcoming me to the community, bringing me treats. There are a lot of really wonderful people that I’ve met so far.”Earls teaches mosaic, acrylics, paint parties, and offers open studio time.There are also guest instructors scheduled to come teach print making, felting, floral arranging, and water colours. The courses being offered are currently beginner level, but plans are to offer advanced programs in the future.“It’s very exciting for me and these other businesses to partner together. I think it brings a lot of energy to downtown,” Earls said about the other art-centric businesses that are finding homes downtown.In the future, Pieceful Arts hopes to partner with other local business owners, property owners, and the BIA to create improvements in the downtown core.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Security Council authorizes countries to help Libya destroy chemical weapons

By the text, the 15-member Council decided to “authorize Member States to acquire, control, transport, transfer and destroy chemical weapons […] to ensure the elimination of Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile in the soonest and safest manner.” The Council’s action followed a decision on 20 July by the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that called for international assistance to help Libya’s national unity government expedite the destruction of its remaining Category 2 chemical weapons “outside of Libya.”Endorsing the OPCW Executive Council decision, the Council through its resolution encouraged Member States to “assist the Government of National Accord in providing support, including personnel, technical expertise, information, equipment, and financial and other resources […] to enable the OPCW to implement the elimination of Libya’s Category 2 chemical weapons safely and in the soonest practicable timescale.”Further, the Council requested regular reporting from OPCW Director-General on its activities in this matter until the destruction of the remaining chemical weapons is complete and verified.In a statement, OPCW Director-General, Ahmet Üzümcü, welcomed the Council resolution to extend international assistance to Libya.“We will work with Libya and those countries able to provide support to ensure that this threat has been permanently eliminated,” he said.Further on Libya, the Security Council welcomed recent efforts to take forward the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and underscored the importance of restoring the country’s oil production to supply revenues to enable the Government of National Accord provide essential services for the benefit of its people.In a press statement issued Friday, members of the Council welcomed the meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue and the Presidency Council on 16 and 17 July, and the high-level roundtable on 18 and 19 July that discussed the implementation of the Agreement as well as providing basic services, resuming oil production and carrying out the security arrangements contained in the Agreement. Stressing the importance of the continued inclusiveness of the Agreement, members of the Security Council “Called on all Libyans to unite in a spirit of reconciliation in implementing the Libyan Political Agreement and to refrain from any action that could undermine this important phase of Libya’s democratic transition,” said the statement. The members further reiterated their concern about terrorist threats in the country, in particular from groups proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and groups affiliated with Al-Qaida. They welcomed recent progress in this regard and noted ongoing efforts in combating this threat. The 15-member body also renewed the call made last year in resolution 2259 on UN Member States to cease support to and official contact with parallel institutions that claim to be the legitimate authority, but are outside of the Agreement as specified by it.The Council also welcomed the role played by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in the UN-facilitated, Libyan-led dialogue process and agreement, and reiterated their support for the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the country, Martin Kobler. read more

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NY Jets QB Competition Geno Smith to Start Against

Geno Smith will get to show what he’s made of when the New York Jets face the New York Giants in a preseason game Saturday.Coach Rex Ryan announced Thursday that the rookie will start as quarterback over Mark Sanchez in the upcoming game.“We’ll see how far we take him into this game this week,” Ryan said. “Mark will play also. I think (Smith) has looked good and seems like the ankle is obviously a lot better than it was this past week. I’m excited to see him play.”The second-round draft pick has worked with the first-team offense all week during practice. Smith has been in a quarterback competition with Sanchez, but did not play last Saturday in the Jets’ preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of an ankle injury.“We want to see him play,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “Hopefully, he’ll get the chance to turn it loose and let his natural abilities show up, and his natural style. I think, and I almost know, that he’s worked so hard that he’s there mentally.”Smith rolled his ankle in the Jets’ first preseason game but reportedly bounced back this week with solid practices as the ankle showed improvement.“I’m proud of Geno last week pushing through it,” Mornhinweg said. “This week, it was still biting him just a little bit, but he was significantly better.” read more

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Are The Rangers And Blackhawks Clutch — Or Lucky

How did these “hot” teams fare? They played 56 games … and won 28, or exactly half. So they’re basically doing as well as you would by flipping a coin. Previous clutch performance in playoff games doesn’t seem to count for much.There’s just a teensy tiny bit of good news for Blackhawks and Rangers fans. While a 50 percent winning percentage isn’t great, it’s slightly better than the overall winning percentage for teams facing elimination, which is 45 percent. (Teams facing elimination are usually underdogs because of selection bias: If they were playing as well as their opponents, they probably wouldn’t be facing elimination to begin with.) The difference is too small to be statistically significant, however.4A more thorough study would need to control for factors like home-ice advantage and overall team strength. Still, in my experience, your prior when working with hockey data should be that if something looks random, it probably is. The Rangers may have some other advantages late in playoff series. They have Henrik Lundqvist. And they’re an excellent five-on-five team, whereas their special teams are just average. Games 6 and 7 of playoff series historically feature relatively few penalties, which could play to the Rangers’ strengths.The problem is that Tampa Bay has been a very good five-on-five team, too. And should the series go to Game 7, the Lightning have also been pretty good in the clutch, with a 6-2 record in elimination games since 2010. But, hey: Having to win two coin flips isn’t so bad; the Rangers have come back from much worse odds before. Fear not, Blackhawks fans. Your team might have lost to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, going down three games to two in the insane Western Conference finals. But the Blackhawks have battled back before. Since 2010, when faced with elimination from the playoffs, they have an excellent 9-3 record.And there’s hope for you, too, Rangers fans. Your team also needs a win — on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals — to stay alive. But the Rangers have been through this before — a lot. Since 2010, they have been faced with playoff elimination 18 times. They are 14-4 in those games.There’s just one problem. Having a good record in elimination games doesn’t seem to predict much about how a team will fare the next time it must win or go home.In the table below, I’ve listed all instances in the NHL expansion era1Since 1967-68. in which an NHL team faced elimination in the playoffs but came in with a “hot” record in previous such games. A team qualified as “hot” if it was at least five games over .500 in playoff elimination games2I define an “elimination game” as one when a team faces elimination by losing — not when it has the chance to eliminate its opponent. So Tuesday’s Game 6 counts as an elimination game for the Rangers, but not the Lightning. If the Rangers win and the series advances to Game 7, it will count as an elimination game for both teams. in the current season plus the past five seasons.3So since 2010, for instance, for playoff teams this year. read more

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EYEWITNESS Man on a…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Returning to…September 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Between a rock and a hard place…February 20, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Armed bandits rob local exporter of $2.9M cash near Police stationMay 5, 2016In “Crime” …white horse?The cowboy “westerns” out of Hollywood left us with the narrative of the “man on a white horse” – the hero – riding into town to save the hapless citizens who’d been held at ransom by the “bad guy” – who, of course, rode a black horse! It was an update on the medieval “knight in shining armour” who would save the “damsel in distress” – held in captivity by the inevitable dastardly “bad guy”.You can take your pick, dear reader, in deciding which role President Granger was playing when he sat down with the Teachers Union at the eleventh hour of another strike that was being considered. After almost a year of playing “hold me; loose me” politics, was Granger’s offer going to break the chains of subsistence wages that were keeping teachers imprisoned in penury? Your Eyewitness hardly thinks so…his 10 per cent for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018 is a far cry from the 40 per cent Granger’s own task force had offered – and which was quite close to the 50 per cent demand of the teachers.The teachers, of course, have a basis of comparison – the precedent set by the President when he awarded his Ministers that 50 per cent increase in salaries, just as they assumed office. And that was 50 per cent plus on hundreds of thousands of dollars – and not the measly fifty thousand of the average teacher!! But going back to the analogies cited above, the question arises: if Granger’s trying to be the hero on the white horse, who was the villain on the black horse who’d held the teachers in Babylonian-like captivity??The role had been played by Minister in the Social Protection Ministry responsible for the Department of Labour, Keith Scott, assisted by his sidekick, the taciturn Education Minister.  He’d accused the teachers of being “selfish and uncaring”, and generally treated them with contempt. The Education Minister was generally given to sneering ominously at the teachers across the table when negotiating with them!!But let’s get real, dear readers. Do any of you really believe Keith Scott was acting on his own? The man doesn’t even sit in Cabinet, according to Granger, and is basically an errand boy. The position on teachers’ salaries from the Government side was set by Granger himself when he rejected his task force recommendation as being “deficient”! And who do you think made the decision to reject the teachers’ nominees for Arbitral Chair – all ex-PNC big wigs? Scott and Henry?? Pleeease!!Granger’s playing a “double role” and trying to ride two horses – white and black – simultaneously. The teachers shouldn’t let him get away with it.Nothing less than 40 per cent is acceptable!! Break those chains!!…a high horseWinston Jordan was a faceless bureaucrat toiling away in the backrooms of finance-related governmental institutions from 1981 when he was at State Planning Secretariat. He lucked out on the Finance Ministry job because Granger didn’t want his competitor for the PNC leader position – Carl Greenidge – to occupy that critical job!So Jordan stoutly accepted his charge. But from the beginning of his tenure, even well-wishers concluded he was clearly out of his depth. And as Guyana begins its transition to an oil-producing nation, this has become even more troubling. But don’t tell Jordan that!! The Stabber tried and Jordan zinged right back at them!!  Referring to the Stabber harping on his senior staff leaving, Jordan wrote, “Stabroek News itself is not immune to an exodus of skills, including competent editors and senior reporters, which is sadly apparent in the decline of its journalism over the past decade”!!!…sly swipeLincoln Lewis had critiqued Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman’s handling of the Rusal Bauxite situation. Purporting to take the high road, Trotman wrote, “I will not seek to ‘flay’, ‘blast’ or ‘slam’ him in ad hominem attack, and will respond differently.”But isn’t this sly riposte exactly that? read more

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Firefox 4 available on March 22

first_imgMozilla has decided that it is time to ship Firefox 4. The organization’s Damon Sicore posted as such on the mozilla.dev.planning Google Group.In the post he explained that there are currently no known issues that mean the Release Candidate cannot also be the final release. If everyone agrees within Mozilla, which seems to be the case, then the download will appear for everyone on March 22.AdChoices广告The only thing that could stop the release from happening is if an issue is found between now and the 22nd. If that’s the case a second release candidate would be rolled out instead and the shipping date pushed back a bit. This cycle would then repeat until the final release ships.Firefox 4 will introduce a number of changes and updates to improve upon the browsing experience. A new user interface, a faster JavaScript engine should see pages load faster, the RSS icon has been removed, and there’s Tab Candy, and a new Home Dash visual browser all to look forward to. A full list of the new feature set can be found on the Firefox 4 Features page.If Firefox 4 makes it out the door on March 22 it will be hot on the heels of Internet Explorer 9 which Microsoft released this week. While Microsoft may be boasting about 2.3 million downloads of IE9 in its first 24 hours, it’s not that impressive if you consider when Firefox 3 got released it managed 8.2 million in the same timeframe.It’s all good news for end users, though, as we get to choose to use any and all of them completely free. Firefox 4 is certainly going to be popular and bound to test Mozilla’s servers come its launch.Read more at The Register and mozilla.dev.planninglast_img read more

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Poll Should mandatory retirement be abolished

first_img AGE ACTION IRELAND is urging TDs and Senators to push forward with legislation that would abolish mandatory retirement in Ireland.The organisation has said the current situation – where many companies require employees to retire on reaching a certain age – has led to more 65-year-olds being on the dole than any other age group.So, we want to know: Should mandatory retirement be abolished? By Michelle Hennessy Image: piggy bank image via Shutterstock Poll: Should mandatory retirement be abolished? Retirement clauses have led to high numbers of older people on the dole. No (2326) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 25 Nov 2016, 8:30 AM 89 Comments Yes (7175) http://jrnl.ie/3101683 center_img Image: piggy bank image via Shutterstock Nov 25th 2016, 8:30 AM I’m not sure (641) Share10 Tweet Email Short URL Poll Results: YesNoI’m not sureVote 16,484 Views last_img read more

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Unions say theyre ready for battle as Bus Éireann announces widespread pay

first_imgUnions say they’re ‘ready for battle’ as Bus Éireann announces widespread pay cuts Strike action now looks inevitable. Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:36 PM A JOINT TRADE union statement this evening has all but declared industrial action as Bus Eireann confirmed it is to impose 10% pay cuts on its workforce as well as various other reductions.A group statement from the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU), SIPTU, UNITE, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and the Technical Engineering & Electrical Union (TEEU) slammed Bus Éireann management and said they are “determined to continue with providing cover to allow the shareholder to abdicate its responsibility by turning the focus on ordinary decent bus workers to fix a problem not of their creation.”It emerged this afternoon that staff were to have their wages reduced by 10% as well as other measures which were being imposed to address the serious financial situation at the semi-state firm.The Sunday pay rate would now be reduced from double time (100% extra) to just 20%. Overtime rates will also be cut to time and a quarter, RTÉ reported.Controversy has surrounded the company in recent weeks after a confidential report prepared by firm Grant Thornton suggested the loss of the services and possible wage cuts would be a necessary evil in order to maintain the national bus carrier’s viability.Earlier this week, acting Bus Éireann CEO Ray Hernan said he is determined to lead them out of the financial crisis, stating that he will put forward a cost-effective plan that will deliver savings.‘Disgraceful attack’But this evening, a statement from the joint trade unions said they will be fighting management over the cuts.It read: ”Threatening workers with horrendous pay cuts and exposing commuters to unnecessary travel chaos is no way to run a public transport system for the citizens of the State and it is a sad indictment of both the policy makers and those in Government who it seems, are acting as cheerleaders for this disgraceful attack on working people, their families and the travelling public.“By setting these draconian rules of engagement, Bus Éireann and its paymasters can be assured that the Trade Union Group is fully prepared to engage in a battle to protect its members and this most critical of public services that is relied upon by so many of our citizens right across this country.”Read: English fan jailed for 10 years for pushing man onto electrified tube tracks >Read: Remember the developers who ‘exited Nama’? Most paid less than half their debts > Jan 27th 2017, 6:36 PM By Garreth MacNamee Share Tweet Email 11,403 Views http://jrnl.ie/3209855 Image: Sam Boal Short URL 50 Comments Image: Sam Boal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Chelsea Manning says justice has been served in first interview since being

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3436422 20 Comments Chelsea Manning says ‘justice has been served’ in first interview since being released Manning said she’d like to thank Obama “for giving me a chance”. Share56 Tweet Email1 Image: Twitter IN HER FIRST interview since being released from a top-security US military prison, WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning says justice “has been served.”Manning, a former army intelligence analyst who served seven years for one of the largest dumps of classified documents in US history, acknowledged responsibility for leaking the material.“I’ve accepted responsibility,” Manning, 29, told ABC in an interview broadcast today.No one told me to do this. Nobody directed me to do this. This is me. It’s on me.Manning – who was 22 years old and known as Bradley at the time – said that she was deeply affected by the information that she was receiving from the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as reports of civilian deaths. The transgender soldier told ABC’s “Nightline”:Getting all this information, death, destruction, mayhem and eventually you stop – I stopped seeing just statistics and information and I started seeing people.“Counterinsurgency warfare is not a simple thing. It’s not as simple as good guys versus bad guys. It’s a mess.”An excerpt of the interview aired on the network’s morning show.Manning said she hoped the 700,000-plus classified documents leaked in 2010 would spark a public debate, and did not believe they threatened US national security.“I have a responsibility to the public, you know… we all have responsibility,” she said, without elaborating.Soon after being sentenced in August 2013, Manning came out as transgender, and was treated for gender dysphoria only after her lawyer sued the military in September 2014.Hormone treatment “keeps me from feeling like I’m in the wrong body,” Manning said.I used to get these horrible feelings like I just wanted to rip my body apart, and I don’t want to have to go through that experience again. It’s really, really awful.Manning had been sentenced to 35 years IN prison and twice tried to take her own life, before then-president Barack Obama commuted her sentence just days before leaving office in January.“I feel very comfortable that justice has been served,” Manning said, adding that if she had the opportunity to do so, she would thank Obama “for giving me a chance.”- © AFP 2017 Read: Donald Trump claims he has been ‘totally vindicated’ by James Comey’s testimony> Jun 9th 2017, 7:26 PM By AFP Image: Twitter 15,494 Views Friday 9 Jun 2017, 7:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Pioneer innovator and legend Prodigy frontman Keith Flint dies aged 49

first_img Mar 4th 2019, 11:39 AM By Daragh Brophy Source: Jo Whiley/Twitter Oh gosh, so sad to hear about Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I when we first started doing shows together..great man.— ed simons (@eddychemical) March 4, 2019 Source: ed simons/Twitter Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from @the_prodigy has passed away. Our thoughts & condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed. RIP 💔— Chase & Status (@chaseandstatus) March 4, 2019 ‘Pioneer, innovator and legend’: Prodigy frontman Keith Flint dies aged 49 Tributes have been pouring in for the singer, who reportedly died by suicide. 106,459 Views The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.Flint was originally a dancer with the rave/dance group, but went on to perform vocals on their two biggest hits in the 1990s: Firestarter and Breathe. His band, founded by keyboardist Howlett during the English underground rave scene at the start of that decade, went on to become a multi-million selling outfit, headlining arena shows and festivals.They were an extremely popular live draw in Ireland throughout their late 90s-early 2000s heyday, and most recently headlined the closing night of last year’s Electric Picnic festival in Co Laois.Alongside Howlett and fellow vocalist Maxim, Flint was one of three core members of The Prodigy throughout the group’s 29-year career.They had recently returned from a tour of Australia and were due to start their first headlining tour of the US in a decade this May.‘Pioneer, innovator and legend’The band paid tribute to Flint today, saying: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.“We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.” It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019 Essex Police said in a statement: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday, March 4.“We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.“His next of kin have been informed. https://jrnl.ie/4522797 Updated Mar 4th 2019, 12:53 PM Keith Flint on stage in London in December 2017. Source: EMPICS EntertainmentPRODIGY FRONTMAN KEITH Flint has died aged 49.The vocalist was found dead at his home in Essex this morning.The cause of his death has not yet been officially confirmed but his bandmate Liam Howlett said Flint took his own life, adding that he was “confused and heartbroken”.  Keith Flint – What an absolute supernova of a man. Totally devastated to lose one of the brightest most explosive figureheads of electronic music. We’ve lost a big part of our world.On the occasions I was lucky enough to meet him he was a kind and gentle bloke with a big heart. pic.twitter.com/LzmRGI2Ee7— Andi Durrant (@AndiDurrant) March 4, 2019 He did what all music stars are meant to do; he frightened your mums and dads. RIP Keith Flint ♥️🔥♥️ pic.twitter.com/nM7pEj7a3X— kath 🙀❄️🇪🇺💚 (@KathyBurke) March 4, 2019 Share2722 Tweet Email4 Source: Chase & Status/Twitter 118 Comments Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint. Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre. 😓#RIPKeithFlint— Jo Whiley (@jowhiley) March 4, 2019 – With reporting from Órla Ryan and Michelle Hennessy Need help? Support is available:Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ieAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: The Prodigy/Twitter Source: kath 🙀❄️/Twitter Friends and people in the entertainment industry have been paying tribute to Flint, with DJ Jo Whiley describing him as an “incredible, iconic frontman with a soft centre”. Source: Andi Durrant/Twitter Monday 4 Mar 2019, 12:53 PM Short URLlast_img read more

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Trumps new man in Ireland admits hes not a diplomat as he

first_img Thursday 2 May 2019, 9:02 PM Image: senate.gov Share27 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy “You’re about to be a diplomat if you get confirmed so it’s very important,” Shaheen responded.Crawford agreed that if he was confirmed he would endeavour to make clear the importance of the Good Friday Agreement in any Brexit deal.Later in the hearing, Crawford was asked about multinational tax practices in Ireland, something which has been criticised before on the floor of the US Senate.“One of the successes of the Irish economy was they’ve recognised the fact that you want to keep business tax rates low,” Republican Senator Ron Johnson said to Crawford.“As a result, that has attracted a lot of investment but it’s also been an irritant to Ireland’s trading partners. Can you comment on that a little bit?”In response, Crawford spoke about currencies in Europe.“Ireland’s lower tax rate that’s in place today, I don’t think I’ve enough information available today of quality to be able to give you an opinion on the currencies and that particular issue, because it’s very, very complicated,” he said.The currencies are changing all around Europe, Brexit has put pressure on this situation but clearly if I’m confirmed I’m going to support the current laws around it as it stands. 25 Comments Trump’s new man in Ireland admits he’s ‘not a diplomat’ as he faces grilling on tax and Brexit Edward F Crawford was before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. DONALD TRUMP’S NOMINEE for the role of US ambassador to Ireland faced questions about Brexit and taxes today as part of his nomination process.Billionaire businessman Edward F Crawford was appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The committee approved his nomination before a full Senate vote at a later date.During the hearing, Crawford repeatedly referenced his experience in founding a billion-dollar manufacturing and supply-chain company as evidence of his suitability for the role.During one exchange, the 80-year admitted that he’s “not a diplomat”.Facing questions about Brexit, Crawford said it had affected Ireland in “very strange ways”.“This is something that has to be settled by the two parties most concerned, and that is the EU and the UK. Westminster they have to work to solve this problem. Our involvement is steadfast that we should let them work this problem out themselves,” Crawford said, before stating the importance of the peace process.In an exchange with Crawford, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked whether the US should be more explicit in its support of the Good Friday Agreement. Crawford wore a green tie during today’s hearing. Shaheen: Do you not think we should weigh in publicly in a way that says we hope they will work it out and urge them to do it. So that they understand clearly that we think that’s in everyone’s best interest?Crawford: I think they realise the best interest because we’ve made it very clear that we are behind the Good Friday Agreement. We’ve said that’s where we stand. I’m not a diplomat, I’m only a person that has limited information. May 2nd 2019, 9:02 PM Short URL Crawford wore a green tie during today’s hearing. Image: senate.gov Crawford (right) alongside nominees for posts in Turkey and North Macedonia. Source: senate.govDuring his opening statement, Crawford spoke about the “undeniable” links between Ireland and the US and his own Irish-American background.“My mother left Ireland in 1927 and my father in 1925. Both came through Ellis Island as immigrants, they would be very proud of what we have accomplished as a family and our need to serve America,” he said.Crawford said that he was “honoured” to be Trump’s nominee to the post and said that his business experience will allow him to understand Irish people.He said he has been to Ireland “many times” and has connections to a distribution business in Cork.“My experience in building our company, I believe has given me the tools I believe to understand really, the Irish,” he said.And If there’s any change in this Brexit situation and Ireland becomes more important, I think that I will be able to contact and get along with the Irish leadership as well as the Irish people.“I love Ireland, it’s a great place and I think I can play an important role there because of my background but also my ability to bring some things to the table that will enhance the relationship between Ireland and the United States.”The position of US Ambassador to Ireland has been vacant for the entirety of Trump’s presidency after Kevin O’Malley left following Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. 29,925 Views https://jrnl.ie/4617693 last_img read more

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Undertaker announced for 77 WWE live event at MSG New survey on

first_imgFacebook Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Undertaker announced for 7/7 WWE live event at MSGThe official Twitter account for Madison Square Garden in New York City posted the following on Monday, announcing that The Undertaker will be appearing at the upcoming WWE live event at the world’s most famous arena on July 7.Also announced for the event is Ronda Rousey, who is advertised to face Nia Jax for the RAW Women’s Championship on the show.This will be Undertaker’s first appearance for WWE since the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia back in April following WrestleMania 34.For the first time in 8 years, The Undertaker returns live in action to The Garden on Saturday, July 7th. #WWEMSG pic.twitter.com/0xcQ5CeThO— MSG (@TheGarden) June 4, 2018New survey on potential WWE DVDsA new survey was released to select WWE e-mail subscribers over the weekend, gauging interest in the following potential DVD projects for 2019.Documentaries* The New Day* Sgt. Slaughter* The Miz* Ted DiBiase* AJ StylesMatch compliations* Roman Reigns* Andre the Giant* John Cena* John Cena’s 16 title wins* Alexa Bliss* Braun Strowman* Asuka* Goldust* Shinsuke Nakamura* Finn Balor* Trish Stratus* Dean Ambrose* Roddy Piper unreleased matches* NXT TakeOver* Rick Rude* Charlotte Flair* The NXT Four Horsewomen* ECW Championship* WWE Superstars (1980s-1990s era)* Smackdown 20th Anniversary* Compilations for Best of NXT, RAW/Smackdown and PPVs in 2018The survey was also said to ask if fans would want to still purchase DVDs and Blu-Rays if the content included was already on the WWE Network and if certain exclusive extras included with DVDs and Blu-Rays would warrant a purchase, including figurines, trading cards, posters, decals, special packaging and digital codes for WWE mobile games.Source: PWInsidercenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+last_img read more

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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to 415 million

first_imgThe Mega Millions jackpot will continue to climb.Nobody won Tuesday night’s drawing of $390 million, the 12th largest jackpot in lottery history.The jackpot is now estimated to be $415 million.The next drawing will be on Friday with a cash option of $286 million.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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FOLIOs 2008 Manufacturing and Production Trends Survey

first_imgMETHODOLOGYThe survey mailing list of 800 was selected by Red 7 Media and included all Folio: recipients classified as art/production management or Web/electronic-media management at the time of sample selection. Materials production, addressing, mailing and tabulation were all handled by Readex Research. Data was collected via mail survey from April 15 to May 30, 2008. The survey was closed for tabulation with 264 usable responses—a 33 percent response rate. The margin of error for percentages based on 264 usable responses is ±4.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. Changing Demographics The change in respondent profiles for the 2008 survey is indicative of much of the shift occurring with print magazines.  While the percentage of titles for respondents who publish monthly remained constant at 58 percent, the number of bimonthly titles increased from 16 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2008, while the number of weekly titles fell from 13 percent in 2007 to 9 percent in 2008. Also, the role of production has expanded. While the number of dedicated production professionals fell from 73 percent to 54 percent, titles such as art/design rose from 58 percent to 78 percent. The amount of investment, though, has been relatively small. Overall, 34 percent spent under $10,000 on new production technology, while a total of 8 percent spent more than $100,000. Twenty-two percent did not invest in new print technology at all.For most, the investment was in, as one respondent wrote, “new technology to streamline the process and ultimately cut costs.” This includes new computers, software and hardware upgrades, in-house proofing systems and other tools of the trade. For others, investment was restricted to “online and e-media only: Web site enhancements, e-newsletter software, upgrades, etc.”The Magic TriangleMany publishers have been working on what Time Inc. Senior vice president of production Guy Gleysteen calls the “magic triangle” of virtual proofing, online insertion orders and ad portals. Sixty-one percent of respondents now use virtual proofing, up from 52 percent last year. A total of forty-five percent expect to start using it within the next two years, though 20 percent say they’ll never use it. Use of an online insertion order system rose from 18 percent to 24 percent this year, with a total of 32 percent expecting to adopt one within the next two years.Ad portals, on the other hand, are making less headway, despite apparent cost savings. Twenty-two percent, up just one percent from last year, say they use an ad portal system while a total of 11 percent of those who do, say they expect to see savings of $200,000 or more, up from 6 percent last year.Some of the hesitation with completing this “magic triangle” stems from trepidation over giving up too much human control to technical automation. “Using online proofing instead of hard proofs from the printer was initially scary, especially for color sensitive pages,” Elizabeth Graham, head of production at b-to-b publisher Haymarket Media, told Folio: recently. But since making the transition, she says, “we have had virtually no problems and find the soft proofing to be just as reliable or better.”Digital Workflow FormatsPDF workflows have gained fast and widespread adoption over the past few years. Last year, 91 percent of respondents said they were using a PDF workflow, and a total of 80 percent had started using the standard some time within the five years prior. “We’re streamlining our layout-to-press-ready file process to increase efficiency and decrease costs for pre-press,” said one respondent.So what’s the next big thing for publishers? Seemingly neither JDF nor XML-based Job Definition Format files. Only 7 percent of respondents to the Folio: survey use JDF files. That number is up from 5 percent last year but—28 percent, up from 23 percent—this year say they’ll never use JDF.But that doesn’t mean XML, or extensible markup language, as a whole isn’t taking off. Eighteen percent of respondents use an XML workflow, at least to some extent, and a total of 38 percent expect to adopt the coding system—which stores metadata for flexibility and ease in repurposing content—some time within the next two years.At Science magazine, preflight operations director David Tompkins has been working to implement a full round-trip XML workflow, which he says will cut production time in half. Lexington, Kentucky-based Blood-Horse Publications has been working with XML as well, and director of technology Luther Andal says it’s helping drive revenue through what he calls “the ability of the business to rapidly repurpose content into new products for industry events.”“IT resources have been able to devote their time to developing new products and features instead of having to support systems that have been automated,” Andal adds.Still, JDF is on the radar for many publishers and a major priority for some. At Hearst, director of production operations Cathy Merolle says developing a system that will utilize JDF is an “important next step” in automating the company’s production supply chain.center_img While talk of change in the magazine industry has been largely focused on the digital side lately, there is quite a bit of change in the process of putting ink on paper, too. Publishers large and small are seeking new procedures in manufacturing and production. Tools like ad portals and virtual proofing that promise cost-saving and increased efficiency are gaining more ground each year and offering a sizeable return in investment. Some publishers are paving the way with new standards like XML, which they’re counting on to greatly cut down the production workload.  FOLIO:’s 2008 Manufacturing and Production Trends survey takes a close look at a number of these tools and standards to see which ones are taking off the most and which ones are producing the best results.Most Investment Under $10,000As magazine publishers continued their (mostly) aggressive push toward digital last year, they also ramped up investment in printing technology. Thirty-six percent of production management professionals surveyed say their company’s investment in production and manufacturing—including personnel and technology—increased in 2007 over the year before, while only 5 percent cited a decrease. Seventeen percent of those surveyed say investment increased in the 10 to 29 percent range, while 9 percent say it increased by 30 percent or more. Forty-four percent cited no change.last_img read more

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