Beginning January 1, 2019, the King County Convention and Trade Center tax has been expanded to lodging businesses in King County, Washington with less than 60 lodging units.Lodging Businesses ImpactedThe tax will be imposed on the following lodging businesses:– vacation rentals,– short-term rentals, or– any other lodging.A lodging business within Seattle will charge 7% while a business in any other King County location will charge 2.8%.ExclusionsThe following lodging businesses are excluded from the tax:– lodging businesses located in a town with a population of less than 300,– hostels,– lodging businesses operated by a university health care system exclusively used for family members of patients, and– businesses offering temporary housing for (i) individuals treated for trauma, injury, or disease and their families; and (ii) operated by an organization or governmental entity registered as a charitable organization with the Washington Secretary of State or classified as a charity or private foundation by the Internal Revenue Service.Special Notice, Washington Department of Revenue, September 27, 2018, ¶204-403Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
A Fulton man will serve seven years in prison for shooting a big gun while having a bunch of weed.Anson Robinson pleaded guilty to shooting an AR-15 along with two other men at the Carrington Pits Recreation Area last September. He also had more than 80 grams of marijuana that he was planning to sell, digital scales, and more than $800 in cash.The 18-year-old was already on probation for burglary when he was arrested again.
Charges came down on Monday for people tied to a shooting and a stabbing in Jefferson City on Sunday afternoon.Police say a man has severe injuries after he was shot in the stomach during a fight on East Miller Street. They’ve arrested Tyler McClinton, 18, over that.Alexus Munson, 21, is accused of stabbing her estranged husband on Cherry Street at about the same time Sunday. She claims she was acting in self-defense. The Tipton woman is accused of second degree domestic assault. Police say that husband lost a lot of blood, and had to go to a Columbia hospital.(This story was last updated at 9:01 a.m. Tuesday.)
Sunflowers. U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. plant scientists have taken the first steps toward a 10-year plan to help improve global food supplies using sustainable practices and to make progress in understanding how plants work. There is both a great need and great potential right now, says Gary Stacey, a plant scientist at the University of Missouri, Columbia, who chaired a closed meeting last week in Bethesda, Maryland, that was organized by the American Society of Plant Biologists. The meeting attracted 75 plant scientists from institutions around the country, as well as additional representatives from government, industry, and other professional societies. Food prices and the demand for food are rising, says Stacey, climate change is affecting natural habitats as well as cropland, and there’re increasing efforts to use plants for energy. But plant scientists have largely been on the sidelines in tackling these escalating problems. “They are not recognized for their potential [contributions], maybe not even within the plant community and certainly not outside of it,” says Keith Yamamoto, a molecular biologist at University of California, San Francisco. In 2009, he led a panel from the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council whose report emphasized the potential role of plant science in meeting societal needs. 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Progress will require new model systems, intensively studied species that provide insights useful both in basic and applied research. There should be more emphasis on describing genetic diversity, wherein genes for useful traits are tracked down in a wide range of species for potential transfer into economically useful plants. Toward that end, some participants called for expansion of transgenic technologies, such that value-added genes could be joined to a broad range of fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Other scientists stressed that plants, whose environments can be tightly controlled because they don’t move, might be better models than animals for understanding the relationship between genotype, phenotype and environment. “One of the major goals is to model and infer how plants really work, based on genomic information, in different environments,” says Jim Carrington, president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Major questions on the table include how genes dictate an individual’s range of traits and how the environment affects the manifestation of those traits. New sensing technologies of scales from cells to ecosystems will be needed to explore these questions, the participants pointed out. Learning how plants tolerate drought, heat, and flooding is useful not just for agriculture but also for predicting how wild species might cope with climate change, says Edward Buckler, a geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Ithaca, New York. He would like to see the creation of long-term monitoring sites for agricultural environments along the lines of what the National Ecological Observatory Network, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, is hoping to do for natural habitats. Cheaper, faster genome sequencing is already revolutionizing all aspects of plant science, including the characterization of genetic diversity. Many more plant genomes should and will be sequenced, says Stacey. But sequencing will also be a boon for describing the microbiomes of plants to understand the full impact of the microbial world on plant function, particularly those that interact with roots. Yamamoto would like to see the field move beyond plant breeding as the chief means of generating new varieties because current methods can take too long. Instead, he envisions using systems biology and synthetic biology to create designer plants that can withstand, say, extreme drought or improve a food’s nutrition quality. But he’s not sure that ambitious goal will make the report’s final cut. “I didn’t hear anything that rises to the level of a 10-year challenge,” he said. “It’s a steep hill to climb to get people to think 10 years [ahead] and really be bold about things, especially when they feel so uneasy about what’s gong to happen tomorrow.” Yamamoto ‘s also not sure that a 10-year plan will lead to new funding, given the current tight budget situation. An 8-year-old estimate pegs annual federal funding for competitive plant science research at $350 million, and participants said that tripling that amount, to $1 billion, would not be unreasonable. “We can easily spend that on one telescope, so isn’t feeding the world worth as much?” asks Tom Brutnell, a plant biologist at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Ithaca, New York. Organizers hope to circulate a draft report of the meeting for outside comments, with the ultimate goal of issuing a final report by March 2012 with the field’s priorities. “If we can show that we made an effort to prioritize things,” Stacey explains, “I would hope that would have more influence that just [being seen] as a clamor for funding.”
He suffered serious head injuries while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel, France In what appears to be a shocking news for the family and fans of Michael Schumacher, the Formula One legend has suffered a serious head injury while skiing in France on Sunday morning.The seven-time Formula One champion was skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel at the time of the incident, French media reported on Sunday.Schumacher was transported from the slopes to a hospital in Grenoble.No further information on the German’s injuries are yet available.Schumacher, a seven-time world champion, is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time, having won the most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions and races in a single season.He officially retired at the end of the 2012 season, having returned from a four-year break from the sport. He turned down the chance to drive for Lotus in the final two races of this year.
Last week, while blogging on vacation, I reflected on the 24/7 pace of social media. One of my tips for time management was to let your community take some ownership over your efforts. In that spirit, I invited guest posts on this blog. One volunteer was Dana Ziolkowski, Marketing Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA for the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. Here is her post on avoiding the time suck that social media can be.Although it’s vital to dedicate time to social media, your social media efforts don’t need to consume your entire day. I thought I’d share a few tips I use to save time, while also delivering strong, comprehensive social media efforts. Develop your social media plan ahead of time and keep it handy. I’ve found it both efficient and effective to develop a plan dedicated to social media efforts. Establish social media goals that align with your organization’s strategic goals. Develop the plan with upcoming messages you can anticipate, but allow it to be organic enough to accommodate unexpected but newsworthy content or trends that might arise during the life of the plan. Doing a little planning ahead, and having this map at my fingertips, I’ve found it’s easy to be time-efficient with my social media efforts.Align your networks on a social media platform.I use a social media dashboard that allows me to monitor and update my networks in one spot. There are free and paid subscriptions depending on your needs. Explore some of the dashboards available—each one varies in cost, which networks they connect, analytics available, and functionality. Choose the best fit for you. I chose Hootsuite because it best fits my needs. I’ve connected my organization’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, along with my own professional accounts. Depending on my post, I choose the best networks through which to distribute my message. This saves me half the time! Thanks to SocialBrite.org for compiling this great top ten list of social media dashboards. (Katya’s note: I also recommend Thrive, which Network for Good will be offering soon!)Threadsy: Unify your email, social networksMyweboo: Organize your information streamsHootsuite: Integrate all your platformsSpredfast: For teams of social marketersMediaFunnel: Collaborative, permission-based systemCoTweet: Advanced features for Enterprise usersSeesmic: Free, clean and credibleNetvibes: Share your widgets with the worldTweetDeck: Connect with your contactsBrizzly, Simplify your updatingEmpower your organization’s staff to develop social media content.Attention-grabbing, relevant content is vital for a successful social media campaign, and it’s hard to gather it all on your own. Empower staff at your organization to send you content suggestions. Be sure to express to them the type of content you’re looking for and emphasize this content should align with your organization and social media goals. For Oregon Volunteers, it’s often funding opportunities, program success stories, event photos or professional development and training opportunities. Qualify the content suggestions you collect and incorporate into your social media plan. Recruiting a team of content developers from within your organization can save you time. Plus, this practice engages the whole organization to feel more connected to your social media efforts.
eSports FIFA 18: The complete list of teams in the game Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 17:10 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) EA Sports eSports Premier League Over 30 leagues and 700 teams are playable in FIFA 18, check out the full list of this year’s clubs and countries that are playable from September 29 FIFA 18 is set to be the most complete version of FIFA yet, with new leagues and teams meaning that gamers can play as over 700 clubs and countries from around the world.Included in the game for the first time ever is the 3. Liga from Germany, as well as the inclusion of the Iceland national team and Czech Republic’s Sparta Prague.The new team styles in FIFA 18 also mean that the virtual clubs perform like their real-life counterparts on the pitch, meaning that Barcelona will play more like the tiki-taka side we are used to seeing on television. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Here are all the leagues, clubs and countries included in FIFA 18, which is released worldwide on September 29.ALKA SUPERLIGAAalborg BKAarhus GFAC HorsensBrøndby IFFC HelsingørFC KøbenhavnFC MidtjyllandFC NordsjællandHobro IKLyngby BKOdense BKRanders FCSilkeborg IFSønderjyskEPRO LEAGUEClub BruggeExcel MouscronKAA GentKAS EupenKRC GenkKV KortrijkKV MechelenKV OostendeRoyal Antwerp FCRSC AnderlechtSint-TruidenSp. CharleroiSport. LokerenStandard LiègeWaasl. BeverenZulte-WaregemLIGA DO BRASILAtl. ParanaenseAtlético MineiroAtlético-GOAvaíBotafogoChapecoenseCoritibaCruzeiroFluminenseGrêmioPalmeirasPonte PretaSantosSão PauloSportVitóriaEREDIVISIEADO Den HaagAjaxAZExcelsiorFC GroningenFC TwenteFC UtrechtFeyenoordHeracles AlmeloNAC BredaPEC ZwollePSVRoda JCSC HeerenveenSparta RotterdamVitesseVVV-VenloWillem IIPREMIER LEAGUEArsenalBournemouthBrightonBurnleyChelseaCrystal PalaceEvertonHuddersfieldLeicester CityLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UtdNewcastle UtdSouthamptonSpursStoke CitySwansea CityWatfordWest BromWest HamEFL CHAMPIONSHIPAston VillaBarnsleyBirmingham CityBoltonBrentfordBristol CityBurton AlbionCardiff CityDerby CountyFulhamHull CityIpswichLeeds UnitedMiddlesbroughMillwallNorwichNott’m ForestPrestonQPRReadingSheffield UtdSheffield WedSunderlandWolvesEFL LEAGUE ONEAFC WimbledonBlackburn RoversBlackpoolBradford CityBristol RoversBuryCharlton AthDoncasterFleetwood TownGillinghamMK DonsNorthamptonOldham AthleticOxford UnitedPeterboroughPlymouth ArgylePortsmouthRochdaleRotherham UtdScunthorpe UtdShrewsburySouthend UnitedWalsallWigan AthleticEFL LEAGUE TWOAccringtonBarnetCambridge UtdCarlisle UnitedCheltenham TownChesterfieldColchesterCoventry CityCrawley TownCrewe AlexandraExeter CityForest GreenGrimsby TownLincoln CityLuton TownMansfield TownMorecambeNewport CountyNotts CountyPort ValeStevenageSwindon TownWycombeYeovil TownLIGUE 1 CONFORAMAAmiens SCAngers SCOAS MonacoASSEDijon FCOEA GuingampESTAC TroyesFC MetzFC NantesGirondins de BxLOSC LilleMontpellier HSCOGC NiceOLOMParisRC StrasbourgSM CaenStade RennaisToulouse FCDOMINO’S LIGUE 2AC AjaccioAJ AuxerreASNLBourg en BresseChamois FCClermont FootFC LorientFCSMGazélec AjaccioHavre ACLa BerrichonneNîmes OlympiqueParis FCQuevilly RouenRC LensStade BrestoisStade de ReimsTours FCUS OrléansValenciennes FCBUNDESLIGAAugsburgBayernBerlinBremenDortmundFrankfurtFreiburgHamburgHannoverHoffenheimKölnLeipzigLeverkusenM’gladbachMainzSchalkeStuttgartWolfsburgBUNDESLIGA 2AueBielefeldBochumBraunschweigDarmstadtDresdenDuisburgDüsseldorfFürthHeidenheimIngolstadtKaiserslauternKielNürnbergRegensburgSandhausenSt. PauliUnion Berlin3.LIGA1. FC MagdeburgCarl Zeiss JenaChemnitzer FCFortuna KölnFSV ZwickauHallescher FCHansa RostockKarlsruher SCPreußen MünsterRot-Weiß ErfurtS. GroßaspachSC PaderbornSportfreunde LotteSV MeppenSV WehenUnterhachingVfL OsnabrückVfR AalenWerder Bremen IIWürzburgCALCIO AAtalantaBeneventoBolognaCagliariChievo VeronaCrotoneFiorentinaGenoaHellas VeronaInterJuventusLazioMilanNapoliRomaSampdoriaSassuoloSPALTorinoUdineseCALCIO BAscoli *Avellino *Bari *Brescia *Carpi *Cesena *Chiavari *Cittadella *Cremona *EmpoliFoggia *Frosinone *La Spezia *Novara *Palermo *Parma *Perugia *PescaraSalerno *Terni *Venezia *Vercelli **Generic team namesMLSAtlanta UnitedChicago FireColorado RapidsColumbus Crew SCD.C. UnitedFC DallasHouston DynamoImpact MontréalLA GalaxyMinnesota UnitedNew EnglandNew York City FCNY Red BullsOrlando CityPhiladelphiaPortland TimbersReal Salt LakeSeattle SoundersSJ EarthquakesSporting KCToronto FCWhitecaps FCELITESERIENAalesunds FKFK HaugesundKristiansundLillestrøm SKMolde FKOdds BKRosenborg BKSandefjordSarpsborg 08 FFSK BrannSogndal FotballStabæk FotballStrømsgodset IFTromsø ILVålerenga FotballViking FKSCOTTISH PREMIERSHIPAberdeenCelticDundee FCHamiltonHeartsHibernianKilmarnockMotherwellPartick ThistleRangersRoss CountySt. JohnstoneLALIGA SANTANDERAthletic ClubAtlético MadridCD LeganésD. AlavésFC BarcelonaGetafe CFGirona FCLevante UDMálaga CFRC CeltaRC DeportivoRCD EspanyolReal BetisReal MadridReal SociedadSD EibarSevilla FCUD Las PalmasValencia CFVillarreal CFLALIGA 1 | 2 | 3AD AlcorcónAlbacete BpieCA OsasunaCádiz CFCD LugoCD NumanciaCD TenerifeCF ReusCórdoba CFCultural LeonesaFC Barcelona “B”Granada CFLorca FCNàsticR. OviedoR. SportingR. Valladolid CFR. ZaragozaRayo VallecanoSD HuescaSevilla AtléticoUD AlmeríaALLSVENSKANAFC EskilstunaAIKBK HäckenDjurgårdens IFGIF SundsvallHalmstads BKHammarby IFIF ElfsborgIFK GöteborgIFK NorrköpingIK SiriusJ-SödraKalmar FFMalmö FFÖrebro SKÖstersunds FKSSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUEBohemian FCBray WanderersCork CityDerry CityDrogheda UnitedDundalkFinn HarpsGalway UnitedLimerick FCShamrock RoversSligo RoversSt. PatsEKSTRAKLASAArka GdyniaCracoviaGórnik ZabrzeJagielloniaKorona KielceLech PoznańLechia GdańskLegia WarszawaPiast GliwicePogoń SzczecinSandecjaŚląsk WrocławTermalicaWisła KrakówWisła PłockZagłębie LubinRUSSIAN LEAGUEAkhmat GroznyAmkar PermAnzhi MakhachkalaArsenal TulaCSKA MoscowDinamo MoscowFC KrasnodarFC RostovFC TosnoFC UfaFC UralLokomotiv MoscowRubin KazanSKA-KhabarovskSpartak MoscowZenitSÜPER LIGAkhisarsporAlanyasporAntalyasporBaşakşehirBeşiktaşBursasporFenerbahçeGalatasarayGençlerbirliğiGöztepeKarabüksporKasimpaşaKayserisporKonyasporOsmanlısporSivassporTrabzonsporYeni MalatyasporREST OF WORLDadidas All-Star **AEK AthensHJK HelsinkiKaizer ChiefsMLS All Stars **Olympiacos CFPOrlando PiratesPanathinaikosPAOKShakhtar DonetskSparta PrahaWorld XI **Generic team names**Team unlockable via the Catalogue on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unlocked at the start on Nintendo SwitchWOMEN’S NATIONALAustraliaBrazilCanadaChina PREnglandFranceGermanyItalyMexicoNetherlandsNew ZealandNorwaySpainSwedenUnited StatesMEN’S NATIONALArgentinaAustraliaAustriaBelgiumBolivia *BrazilBulgaria *Cameroon *CanadaChile *China PRColombia *Côte d’Ivoire *Czech RepublicDenmarkEcuador *Egypt *EnglandFinland *FranceGermanyGreeceHungary *IcelandIndia *IrelandItalyMexicoNetherlandsNew ZealandNorthern IrelandNorwayParaguay *Peru *PolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSaudi ArabiaScotlandSlovenia *South Africa *SpainSwedenSwitzerland *TurkeyUnited StatesUruguay *Venezuela *WalesÖ. BUNDESLIGAAdmira WackerFK Austria WienLASK LinzRB SalzburgSCR AltachSK Rapid WienSK Sturm GrazSKN St. PöltenSV MattersburgWolfsberger ACK LEAGUE CLASSICDaegu FCFC SeoulGangwon FCGwangJu FCIncheon UnitedJeju UnitedJeonbuk HyundaiJeonnam DragonsPohang SteelersSangju SangmuSuwon SamsungUlsan HyundaiRSLBSC Young BoysFC BaselFC Lausanne-SportFC LuganoFC LuzernFC SionFC St. GallenFC ThunFC ZürichGrasshopper ClubLIGA NOSBelenensesBoavistaChaves*Estoril PraiaF. Santa Maria*FC PortoMarítimoMoreirensePaços FerreiraPortimão*Rio AveSC BragaSL BenficaSporting CPTondela*V. GuimarãesV. SetúbalVila das Aves**Generic team namesCAMP. SCOTIABANKAudax ItalianoCD AntofagastaCD HuachipatoCD O’HigginsCD PalestinoCuricó UnidoDepor. IquiqueDeportes TemucoEverton de ViñaSan LuisUni. CatólicaUni. ConcepciónUni. de ChileUnión EspañolaWanderersLIGA DIMAYORAl. PetroleraAmérica de CaliAtl. BucaramangaAtl. NacionalAtlético HuilaCortuluáDeportes TolimaDeportivo CaliDeportivo PastoEnvigadoInd. Santa FeIndep. MedellínJaguaresJuniorLa EquidadMillonariosOnce CaldasPatriotasRionegro ÁguilasTigresLIGA BANCOMER MXAméricaAtlasCruz AzulGuadalajaraLeónLobosMonarcas MoreliaMonterreyNecaxaPachucaPueblaQuerétaroSantos LagunaTigresTijuanaTolucaU.N.A.M.VeracruzMEIJI YASUDA J1Albirex NiigataCerezo OsakaF.C. TokyoGamba OsakaH.Consa.SapporoJúbilo IwataKashima AntlersKashiwa ReysolKawasaki-FOmiya ArdijaS-HiroshimaSagan TosuShimizu S-PulseUrawa RedsVegalta SendaiVentforet KofuVissel KobeYokohama F･MDAWRY JAMEELAl AhliAl BatinAl FaisalyAl FatehAl FayhaAl HilalAl IttihadAl NassrAl QadisiyahAl RaedAl ShababAl TaawounEttifaq FCOhod ClubHYUNDAI A-LEAGUEAdelaide UnitedBrisbane RoarCentral CoastMelb. VictoryMelbourne CityNewcastle JetsPerth GlorySydney FCWell. PhoenixWS WanderersPRIMERA DIVISÓNArgentinos Jrs.ArsenalAtlético TucumánBanfieldBelgranoBoca JuniorsColónDefensaEstudiantesGimnasiaGodoy CruzHuracánIndependienteLanúsNewell’sOlimpoPatronatoRacing ClubRiver PlateRosario CentralSan LorenzoSan MartínTalleresTemperleyTigreUniónVélez SarsfieldVilla Maipú**Generic team names Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Aside from one crazy minute, Ohio State has looked the better team against Michigan through two quarters. ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who played for the school, had a few thoughts at halftime.Herbstreit, who actually picked Michigan to win, said that Ohio State’s performance through two quarters is what fans have been waiting to see for weeks. He thinks the Buckeyes have had a “great” offensive plan as well.Yet, Herbstreit also acknowledged that the second half is going to be a battle. It’s 24-19 right now in Columbus.Herbstreit was in Columbus for GameDay this morning, but he’s currently on his way to USC to call the Trojans’ contest against Notre Dame tonight. He’s likely watching the game on his phone.Amazing 1st H in Columbus. @OhioStateFB using man beaters (crossers/rubs/mesh routes) to beat @UMichFootball in man cov-Plus OL giving Haskins time to throw. Don Brown will have to make critical halftime adjustments in hopes of slowing down Ohio St’s attack.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 24, 2018This is the @OhioStateFB team that Ohio State fans have been waiting to see for weeks. The emotions of this rivalry, being an underdog at home, the energy of the crowd, and a great offensive plan have brought the Buckeyes alive. 2nd Half gonna be a BATTLE!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 24, 2018The winner of Saturday’s contest will win the Big Ten East and take on Northwestern in the league’s title game next week. The loser’s season is over – until bowl season.It’s 24-19 and the second half is about to start. The game is currently on FOX.
zoom The Oslo-listed dry bulk specialist Western Bulk is closing its Panamax business unit, after its chartering arm did not succeed in creating the expected synergies between the Supramax and Panamax divisions.In its Net TC Margin Report for March, Western Bulk said that WB Chartering, predominantly an operator of Supramax/Ultramax and Handysize vessels, has since 2012 had a separate business unit focusing on Panamax vessels.Because of the unsuccessful synergies, and considering the present environment and expectations, Western Bulk made a decision to focus only on the segments where the company has historically been able to extract value over time, and to close down the Panamax business unit based in Oslo, which according to the company’s site currently employs 10 people.”The closing of this unit will unfortunately result in some redundancies, the extent of which is not yet clear,” Jens Ismar, Western Bulk CEO, told World Maritime News.”It is obvious that this is an unfortunate situation that we are trying to handle in a best possible way.”World Maritime News Staff
The province is reminding Nova Scotians of the importance of workplace safety during North American Occupational Health and Safety Week, which runs to Saturday, May 12. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More helped kick off the week, which includes safety events and workshops across the province, at a ceremony held in Halifax today at Pier 21. “Safety is not only a fundamental right for all Nova Scotians, it also the foundation for any productive and successful workplace,” said Ms. More. “North American Occupational Health and Safety Week brings together employers, employees and safety professionals to discuss best practices and trends. This event reinforces the need to ingrain safety into all aspects of our work.” “The week unites us in a common cause against the unnecessary heartache and loss that so often accompanies a workplace injury or fatality,” said Stuart MacLean, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. “It’s a week that reminds us that we can all do something to be safer at work.” The week began Sunday with Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy events in Halifax and Windsor. The province has teamed up with the CNIB and Workers’ Compensation Board to host free eye-safety sessions at Nova Scotia Community College campuses in Kentville today, Dartmouth on Tuesday and Sydney on Wednesday. To sign up for a workshop, visit www.wcb.ns.ca/CNIB2012workshops. For more information on North American Occupational Health and Safety Week, visit www.naosh.ca .
Kolkata: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Friday categorically dismissed the demand for doing away with EVMs and bringing back ballot papers, citing orders passed by the Supreme Court in the past.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a host of other opposition leaders, including TDP’s N Chandrababu Naidu, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray, have repeatedly claimed that Electronic Voting Machines could be tampered with and demanded a return to ballot papers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”We are not going back to the era of ballot papers. The Supreme Court has more than once said that ballot papers are our past,” Arora told reporters at the Kolkata airport. Banerjee has often said that EVMs were earlier used in developed countries like the US, UK, France and Germany but they all reverted to ballot papers. Arora is in the city to attend events organised by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and IIM (Calcutta) on Friday and Saturday. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayWhen asked about the possibility of holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, where the House was dissolved in November last year, Arora said it could happen only after a formal communication was received from the union home ministry and the ministry of law and justice. “We are waiting for the formal communication from the home and law ministries,” he said. The Centre had on Monday abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union Territories. The UT comprising Jammu and Kashmir division will have a legislative assembly like Delhi, while Ladakh will not have one like Chandigarh. When asked whether the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a hugely contentious issue in Assam, will be implemented in West Bengal, Arora said the matter was being looked at by the Supreme Court. “Let the Supreme Court come out with a verdict. At the moment it is for Assam. The Supreme court has not given the verdict. I cannot give a verdict and cannot forecast,” he said.
Advertisement Facebook But this year, in addition to presenting stand-up from comedy heavyweights like Trevor Noah, Bill Burr, and Jo Koy, JFL NorthWest is also screening feature films and shorts that, depending on the project, promise to bring belly laughs or insights into what it means to be funny in an unfunny world. Vancouver doesn’t lack for film festivals. We seem to have one for every season, taste, and genre – except, until recently, comedy. How have we not had a film festival dedicated to comedy?!Well, imagined crisis averted: Vancouverites in need of a good chuckle can now turn to a film fest whose entire raison d’etre is to make us laugh – and it’s from an organization well versed in the anatomy of funny.The inaugural Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival kicks off tomorrow (March 1) and runs until March 10. It’s the film-loving, joke-cracking, slaphappy offspring of the JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival, which has been bringing superstar and emerging comedians to theatres and clubs across Vancouver since 2016. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Quebecor’s TVA Group has an agreement to buy the Incendo group, a Montreal-based producer and distributor of television programs for international markets, for about $19.5 million.Incendo’s productions have recently received nominations for the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, including “Second Opinion” — a medical thriller nominated for best limited series or program. Its “Twisted” was also nominated for best TV movie at last year’s C21 International Drama Awards in London. TVA Group chief executive France Lauziere says the purchase of Incendo is in keeping with Quebecor’s push to increase revenues from other markets and expand its presence in English-language markets.Since Incendo was formed in 2001, it has produced movies, TV series and documentaries that have been sold throughout the world. It also handles theatrical distribution in Quebec for Paramount Pictures.Incendo has its head office in Montreal and offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.
While hailing recent political developments – including the cessation of hostilities and the signing of an accord between the Government and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) – the report points to major security and humanitarian challenges still facing the country.Concerns persist that “demobilized ex-combatants, without means of support, may resort to banditry and theft,” the Secretary-General cautions, adding that the Government’s unorganized and ill-financed resettlement effort has been “a source of tension.” He also warns that the effort to help some 80,000 ex-combatants and their 300,000 dependants, as well as about 4 million internally displaced people, constitutes an “unprecedented challenge” for Angola.Humanitarian activities have been expanding dramatically in the country – with the UN now helping 1.8 million Angolans, a larger number than at any time during the 27-year war – but the overall situation remains “extremely difficult,” Mr. Annan writes. Earlier this year, Angola recorded a drop in the percentage of people suffering from life-threatening shortfalls of food and medicine, but since the influx of more than 700,000 internally displaced people, malnutrition levels have since increased.The Secretary-General underscores the importance of disarming the civilian population, supporting the electoral process – with national elections now scheduled for 2004 – curbing corruption, and providing guarantees of basic freedom and human rights. In this period of transition, “it is imperative that the United Nations and the international community continue to support the Angolan people in further consolidating peace,” he stresses, calling on Angola to “establish transparent and accountable governmental institutions across the board” and to provide “full support for the promotion and protection of human rights, especially for children.” Last week, citing progress in the peace process, the Security Council voted unanimously to lift the sanctions it had imposed on UNITA over the last nine years of the war. The cancelled measures, which date back to 1993 and were tightened in subsequent years, included the freezing of UNITA funds, a ban on Angolan diamonds originating from UNITA-held territory, and a prohibition on the sale of weapons, materiél, or petroleum to the rebel group.
Guy Hedger, 61, who was shot dead by intruders at the £1m home he shared with his husband Simon-Pierre Hedger-CooperCredit:INS News Agency The insurance executive was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.His partner, Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, 48, a voluntary sector worker, was also in the house at the time.Mr Hedger’s family paid tribute and said: “Guy was a caring and compassionate partner, son, brother and uncle who lived life to its full and enriched the lives of all those who knew him.”Guy will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues, but he will live in our hearts forever.”Mr Hedger was a director of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, which runs colleges and a primary school in the Bournemouth area. Detectives investigating the murder of a businessman shot dead during an alleged botched robbery have made a further arrest.A 45-year-old man from Poole, Dorset, is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, Dorset Police said.He is said to be helping officers with their inquiries.Three men appeared at crown court accused of the killing on Tuesday, while a 40-year-old woman previously arrested has now been released under investigation, police said.Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the early hours of April 30 after at least two intruders entered his £1 million home in Castlewood, Dorset. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A post-mortem examination found Mr Hedger died as a consequence of gunshot wounds, Dorset Police said.Jason Baccus, 41, and Scott Keeping, 44, both of Verney Close, Bournemouth, along with Kevin Downton, 40, of Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford, appeared at Winchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.Judge Keith Cutler set a date for the defendants to enter pleas to the charge of murder on July 26.A potential trial date was also set for November 14.The alarm was raised at 3.03am on April 30 when police received a call reporting Mr Hedger had been shot.
He added: “We are determined to combat this and welcome this significant contribution to our longstanding work bringing students of all faiths and backgrounds together to create cohesive campus communities.”Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the project would “tackle antisemitism, prejudice and intolerance on university campuses”. “We all have a duty to speak out in the memory of those who were murdered during the Holocaust and all those, today, who are the subject of hatred and antisemitism.“Holocaust education remains one of the most powerful tools we have to fight bigotry,” he said. The project will be jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education. Karen Pollock, of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said the scheme would allow students to “see with their own eyes where anti-Semitism has led in the past”. In February last year a swastika carving and a “rights for whites” sign were found in halls of residence at Exeter University. Holocaust denial pamphlets have also been reportedly distributed at several universities including Cambridge, Glasgow and UCL.In October 2016 an anti-Israel protest at UCL led to police being called and Jewish students being barricaded in a room.Josh Holt, president of the Union of Jewish Students, said there had been “a distressing increase in swastika graffiti, Holocaust denial literature and politicisation of the Holocaust on some UK campuses.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Student union leaders are set to be taken to visit Auschwitz to tackle anti-Semitism on campus, the Government has said. Students from all 108 universities and university colleges in England are set to be taken to visit the former concentration camp to learn about the Holocaust as part of a Government-funded project. The £144,000 programme has been announced amid concerns about high levels of anti-Semitism among university students. Last month then-universities minister Jo Johnson said there were “unacceptable” levels of anti-Semitism among students. Two sabbatical officers from each university will visit the former Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland in trips run by the Holocaust Educational Trust. Student leaders will then take part in seminars which will teach them how to identify and tackle antisemitism at their own university. The Government said the original 200 student leaders were expected to pass their experience on to another 7,500 students across the country as part of a programme of events.
The idea eventually mutated into the much-loved fox character of Robin Hood, with the original Dutch stories of Reynard – brought to Britain by William Caxton’s print press in 1481 – forgotten.The fox will be celebrated in an Oxford exhibition and festival beginning in the winter of 2020, where children with special educational needs will work with Aardman and charity Flash of Splendour Arts to animate his story for the big screen. She added that the success of children’s books by the likes of Philip Pullman and JK Rowling had shown that children want to “read about darkness and complexity and the strange scary adult world so they can begin to understand and make sense of it on their own”.“Everything in Reynard is reflected in the world today.” A version of the book from London, Edward All-de, 1620Credit:Bodleian Libraries Reynard the Fox and his wolf foe, from Romance of Reynard the Fox and IsengrinCredit:Bodleian Libraries Reynard carries off a sheep in a book from Flanders c1340, owned in England from 1466Credit:Bodleian Libraries Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Anne Louise Avery, director of Flash of Splendour Arts and the author of the forthcoming illustrated edition of Reynard Tales, said the updated version would “convey the darkness and the horror” of the originals for children aged seven to 12.“It’s quite violent and it’s quite shocking even today,” she said. “We’re not going to put it in an unsuitable way but we won’t flinch from trying to present the real Reynard.” A conniving fox deemed too dark for Disney for his thieving, murderous ways is to be reintroduced to a new generation of children, brought to bedtime stories and the big screen in a project from the University of Oxford. Reynard the fox, a medieval children’s story which fell drastically out of fashion for its cynical, shocking storylines, is to be welcomed back into mainstream culture in a modern retelling which will not shy away from its most disturbing elements.A project, based on archive material from the Bodleian Libraries and Bristol University, will see a new illustrated children’s book published by the library, and a series of four films made by Aardman, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, to be screen at a festival in 2020.The story of Reynard the fox was explored but ultimately rejected by Disney in 1937, when it was looking for a new animated film to make after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.Notes from production meetings, held in the Walt Disney archives, detail qualms about how to present a hero who was anti-establishment, amoral, and with no redeeming backstory, with the boss himself asking: “I see some swell possibilities in Reynard, but is it smart to make it?”
GLOBAL RETAIL GIANT Wal-Mart has recalled a donkey meat product from some Chinese stores after regulators said that it contained fox meat.The ‘Five Spice Donkey Meat’ was tested by the Shandong Food and Drug Administration, which stated that it had found fox meat in the product.The company admitted today that tests found traces of other animals’ DNA. It said it will reimburse customers who bought the donkey meat 50 yuan (€6).Donkey meat is not a Chinese staple meat dish, but is commonly consumed as a snack. The entrance to a Wal-Mart store in Dalian, China Source: Mike SaechangWal-Mart will now independently DNA test all of its “high risk” meats in China, a procedure which is not required by retailers under Chinese food laws, a spokeswoman said.The retail giant would also cooperate with food officials in the eastern province of Shandong with their probe into the “adulteration incident”, said a statement posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter equivalent.“We are deeply sorry for this whole affair,” said Wal-Mart’s China president and CEO Greg Foran according to the Weibo statement, posted Wednesday. A packet of donkey meat – not the variety on sale in Wal-Mart – is opened in China. Source: IvanWalsh.comIt did not give an explanation for how the contamination happened, but Foran added that the company would increase its focus on “supplier management”.China has seen several food safety scares in recent years, including one in which the industrial chemical melamine was added to milk formula in 2008, killing at least six babies and making 300,000 ill.Wal-Mart plans to open up to 110 new stores in China over the next two years, according to the company’s website.© – AFP 2014A woman named “Beautiful Existence” challenged herself to only eat at Starbucks for a year>Man selling ‘enchanted’ barbecue on Gumtree>
IRISH FOOTBALL LEGEND Liam Brady revealed yesterday that he has no interest in returning to senior management — not even if he was offered the Republic of Ireland job.Instead Brady, who is set to leave his job as head of Arsenal’s youth academy next year, insisted that his old friend Giovanni Trapattoni can still surprise fans by leading Ireland to the 2014 World Cup finals.The under-fire Italian is expected in Dublin this week to announce his squad for a crunch double-header which starts with a trip to Sweden on 22 March before a home fixture against Austria four days later.If Ireland come away from those games with four points, the chance of making the play-offs is still very much alive, Brady, 57, said.And as long as that is the case, Trapattoni and his staff deserve a chance to finish what they have started.“My defence of Giovanni, Marco [Tardelli] and the management team as it is now is that the group is not over,” he told TheScore.ie. “We got a pasting by Germany and nobody wanted that to happen, but we also got two wins on the road.“When I look at the team, I don’t see players who have given up on the manager. I see spirit there and they’re really trying.“There is pressure on and probably if we don’t qualify, it will mean Giovanni leaving. But I wouldn’t rule out the fact that he might surprise people and get us into a playoff.”He added: “Having seen what’s going on here, I think Giovanni knows that it’s qualification or else he will have to leave.I don’t think the FAI will renew his contract if he doesn’t qualify and I think he knows that.Brady, who won 72 Irish caps and is widely considered as one of the country’s finest players, has featured on speculative longlists of possible Irish managers.Earlier this year Arsenal confirmed that he will step down as their academy director in May 2014, leaving the position which he first took up in 1996.Brady explained that he is leaving because he would like a change of direction, and is adamant that he has no designs on a return to management.“It was getting to a stage where I was managing a lot of people and I wasn’t doing the things that I enjoyed doing about the job: watching matches, talking to kids, talking to their parents.“There’s been no falling out. I’m just leaving because I want a change of direction really.“When you tell somebody that you really want to change, I think they realise that they better get somebody else in.I’m not doing this so that I can go back and have another crack at management. I had my go at management and that was enough for me, so I don’t want to get involved. I don’t want to get involved with the Irish team.”LISTEN: Ger Gilroy opens Newstalk’s Off The Ball following sports staff resignationsSetanta Cup: Cork finish the job to dump champions Crusaders out
The comedy world has been hosting roasts since the New York Friars’ Club started them in the 1920s. A roast is an event where a person, the guest of honor, sits back as comedians insult them, tell stories about them, and sometimes praise them. In any case, it’s usually embarrassing for the “roasted” party, but pretty hilarious for the audience.Comedy Central is famous for its roasts, and has roasted such stars as Hugh Hefner, Gene Simmons, Chevy Chase, Pamela Anderson, and William Shatner, to name a few. College Humor decided to do its own sort of roast by roasting Facebook.Created as a cartoon, there are actually some pretty big-named comedians voicing the characters. Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller plays Google, Gilbert Gottfried voices Twitter, and Lisa Lampanelli is the voice of Foursquare. The roast turns out to be more of a roast on MySpace, as the three comedians relentlessly bash the social network.If you like social networking jokes, you’ll most likely find this video funny as it makes fun of not only Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Foursquare, but also JDate, Friendster, and Reddit. After MySpace takes a few hits, it gets up to roast Facebook and ultimately fails. Reddit points out that MySpace uses Facebook Connect now, which seems like a pretty sore subject for MySpace.Gilbert Gottfried also tells a pretty funny, and incredibly raunchy joke about MySpace that we can’t put into words here, so make sure to watch the video below for yourself. Keep in mind this video is NSFW so put those headphones on.via College Humor