See the full warning below.Issued at 2019-07-11 21:52 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm warning issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Current details:At 2:48pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. One thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd.The other thunderstorm is located 25 km north of Wonowon and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the North Peace.The warning says meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd. UPDATE – As of 3:55 p.m. – Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain. The thunderstorm is located just north of Doig River and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.UPDATE – As of 3:25 p.m. the severe thunderstorm warning has ended.UPDATE – At 2:53 pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking two severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that the income tax raid on JD(S) leaders overseeing the electioneering of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya and nephew Prajwal Revanna in Hassan was “politically motivated” and he would stage a demonstration against it in Bengaluru along with Congress leaders. “I am going to stage a demonstration in Bengaluru. Let the whole nation see how the income tax department is being misused. These raids are politically motivated,” a visibly upset Kumaraswamy told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The pre-dawn raids at 15 to 20 places triggered an angry backlash from Congress as well as JD(S) leaders. More importantly, the raids were on people who were monitoring the electioneering of the two belonging to the Gowda family, including state minor irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew Ashok, who is a district Panchayat member in Mysuru. Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are testing political waters for the first time under the tutelage of Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H D Revanna. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that he had predicted the raids Wednesday night itself, Kumaraswamy said for the first time the I-T officials raided government offices too, such as PWD office in Hassan and Tahsildar office in Kanakapura. Accusing the principal chief commissioner of income tax department (Karnataka-Goa region) B R Balakrishnan of acting as a “political agent”, the chief minister said he was eyeing on a gubernatorial position post retirement. “A BJP leader sends list of people to Amit Shah, who eventually forwards it to Balakrishnan to carry out raids. Balakrishnan is acting as an agent of BJP. It seems that he wants a post retirement position such as governor of some state,” he added. Kumaraswamy questioned BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa as to whether he could win elections without money. “Note counting machine was found during raids at BJP leaders’ houses. They are now teaching us about honesty. Did the I-T officials find note counting machine at Puttaraju’s house? They are out to frighten us but the fact is the BJP is shaken and wants to win election by intimidating us. We are not the ones who get scared,” said the chief minister. The raids did not perturb Revanna. Speaking to reporters in Hassan, he said, “So long as I have the blessings of Sringeri Sharadamba and Shankaracharya, nothing will happen…Anybody conspiring against me or trying black magic will be destroyed. I am so well protected.” Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah said if the BJP thought that these intimidation tactics would win them the election, then they are wrong in their assumption. Yeddyurappa rubbished the charges, saying the Income Tax department was doing its duty and it should not be linked with politics. Meanwhile, the income tax department in a press release in the wake of the chief minister’s statements to the press, said no MP, MLA or minister had been covered in the searches and they were being carried out on the basis of credible information received. “Certain searches are being carried out by the income tax department in Karnataka Goa on contractors and connected persons. No MP, MLA or minister have so far been covered in the searches. These searches are being carried out on the basis of credible information received,” it said. The searches were carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, diagnostic centres, trusts, educational institutions, medical colleges, real estate, fisheries, and film industry and including politically exposed persons, said the release. It also said these searches have resulted in collecting credible evidence on tax evasion. The searches on politically exposed persons have covered their entire range of the political spectrum. The I-T department also said CRPF personnel being used for the searches had not been flown from outside the state. “While it is true that CRPF is being used for providing security, the said central armed police personnel were requisitioned from the State Police (ADGP Law and Order) following normal protocol and have not been flown in outside the state,” the release said. The department also said its activities should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. “We also request that the activities of the income tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. In particular statements which sound like an incitement to physical violence issued by persons holding very responsible posts are deeply deplorable,” it added. The Income Tax department is committed to carrying out its functions in a professional and fearless manner. The Department will act on credible information regardless of political affiliations, the release said.
Rabat – Moroccan citizens can continue to apply for registration in the “Tayssir” (Facilitation) program which provides funding for parents to enroll children in schools, until Monday, January 7.The education ministry had set the deadline for registration as December 22 but decided to postpone it at the request of a student-parent association.According to the minister’s communique, the extension period will also allow citizens to apply for the Medical Insurance Plan for the Financially Underprivileged (RAMED). Read Also: Government Pledges Increased Teaching of IT in Moroccan SchoolsMoroccan applicants can register by filling in an application form and attaching their own ID cards and the children’s birth certificates.The Tayssir program is one of the government’s efforts to facilitate access to education for all children and reduce the dropout rate.Tayssir provides parents cash payments to formally enroll children aged 6 to 15 in school. In July, Amzazi said that he wants to reduce the rate of school drop-outs from 5.7 percent in rural primary schools to 1 percent by 2024-2025.According to a December 2018 report from Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH), 93 percent of 6 to 11-year-olds were enrolled in primary schools in 2017.Read Also: UNESCO: 7,500 Undocumented Migrant Children Enrolled in Moroccan SchoolsEnrollment rates dropped off for older children. Only 61 percent of 12 to 14-year-olds were enrolled in secondary school in 2017. For high school, only 37 percent of 15 to 17-year-olds were enrolled.The education ministry also wants to increase Tayssir’s beneficiaries from 700,000 to 2.1 million beneficiaries
9 June 2009The Security Council today spoke out against the recent killings of top political figures in Guinea-Bissau, serving as a “tragic setback” to the West African nation which has been rocked by a series of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings in recent decades. Baciro Dabo, a candidate in the 28 June presidential elections, and Helder Proenca, a Member of Parliament and former Minister of Defense, were assassinated on 5 June.“The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Guinea-Bissau to bring to justice those responsible for these violent acts,” according to a press statement read out by Ambassador Baki Ilkin of Turkey, which holds the body’s rotating presidency this month.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was “dismayed” by the news of the killings, emphasizing that “they should not be allowed to deter the forthcoming presidential elections.”In today’s statement, the Council also underscored the importance of national reconciliation and fighting impunity in the country.Its members also voiced their concern “over the resurgence of political violence, which constitutes a tragic setback to efforts to restore peace and stability, as well as the rule of law and democratic process in the country.”President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Chief of Staff Tagme Na Waie were killed on 1 and 2 March, respectively, and their murders were condemned by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Today’s statement called on the Government, political leaders, the military and people of Guinea-Bissau to “exercise restraint, maintain stability and constitutional order, and respect the rule of law and the democratic process,” as well as urging the international community to continue its support for the country.It also appealed to regional and sub-regional organizations to help with the investigations into the pattern of killings.
15 December 2011The first ever UN report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people details how people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The first ever United Nations report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people details how around the world people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination in jobs, health care and education because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.The report, released today by the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, outlines “a pattern of human rights violations… that demands a response,” and says governments have too often overlooked violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.Homophobic and transphobic violence has been recorded in every region of the world, the report finds, and ranges from murder, kidnappings, assaults and rapes to psychological threats and arbitrary deprivations of liberty.LGBT people are often targets of organized abuse from religious extremists, paramilitary groups, neo-Nazis, extreme nationalists and others, as well as family and community violence, with lesbians and transgender women at particular risk.“Violence against LGBT persons tends to be especially vicious compared to other bias-motivated crimes,” the report notes, citing data indicating that homophobic hate crimes often include “a high degree of cruelty and brutality.”Violent incidents or acts of discrimination frequently go unreported because victims do not trust police, are afraid of reprisals or are unwilling to identify themselves as LGBT.The report – prepared in response to a request from the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year – draws from information included in past UN reporting, official statistics on hate crimes where there are available, and reporting by regional organizations and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs).In the report, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, calls on countries to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, abolish the death penalty for offences involving consensual sexual relations, harmonize the age of consent for heterosexual and homosexual conduct, and enact comprehensive anti-discrimination laws.In 76 countries it remains illegal to engage in same-sex conduct and in at least five countries – Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen – the death penalty prevails.Ms. Pillay recommends that Member States also promptly investigate all killings or serious violent incidents perpetrated because of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, and to establish systems to record such incidents.The High Commissioner also calls on countries to ensure that no one fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is returned to a territory where their life or freedom is at threat, and that asylum laws recognize that sexual orientation or gender identity is a valid basis for claiming persecution.Public information campaigns should be introduced, especially in schools, to counter homophobia, and police and law enforcement officials should also receive training to ensure LGBT people are treated appropriately and fairly.Charles Radcliffe, the chief of OHCHR’s global issues section, told UN Radio that “one of the things we found is if the law essentially reflects homophobic sentiment, then it legitimizes homophobia in society at large. If the State treats people as second class or second rate or, worse, as criminals, then it’s inviting people to do the same thing.”He stressed that all UN Member States have an obligation under international human rights law to decriminalize homosexuality, adding it was important to persuade rather than lecture States to change their laws.“I think we have seen the balance of opinion amongst States really shifting significantly in recent years. Some 30 countries have decriminalized homosexuality in the last two decades or so.”Mr. Radcliffe said that while all people have freedom of religion, “no religious belief or prevailing cultural values can justify stripping people of their basic rights.”The report, which will be discussed by Council members at a meeting in March next year, has been released as top UN officials have increasingly raised concerns about human rights violations against LGBT people.Last year, in a speech marking Human Rights Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “as men and women of conscience, we reject discrimination in general, and in particular discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”Ms. Pillay, during a public conversation last week on social media, also called for an end to bullying and other forms of persecution of LGBT people.
The Ontario Provincial Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a 28-year-old man wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant.Rowan Atkins is serving a 5-year and 11-month sentence for possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm while prohibited. He is wanted by police for breach of parole.Atkins is described as 6’0″ and 172 lbs. Police say he is known to frequent Toronto and York Region.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 416-808-5900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Inadequate support for peacekeeping in Liberia could hamper future missions in Africa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report, urging countries to make good on their pledges of soldiers and support units.”The slow response from Member States to the [UN Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL)] troop requirements raises concern, not only for effective implementation of the mandate of UNMIL, but also for planning for possible future peacekeeping operations in Africa, including in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire and the Sudan,” he says in a report to the Security Council released today.As of last week, UNMIL’s troop strength stood at 5,900 military personnel out of an overall authorized strength of 15,000. More contingents are expected from Bangladesh, Namibia, Pakistan, Sweden and Ukraine in the near future. While thanking countries that already have contributed military and police personnel, Mr. Annan calls on others to urgently make available the “sorely needed” specialized support units considered crucial to UNMIL’s effectiveness.The report warns of persistent political and security problems in Liberia. “Regrettably, the armed groups have yet to demonstrate their full commitment to the peace process, as is apparent from the ongoing skirmishes, the continuing serious violations of human rights and the selfish pursuit of lucrative posts in the Government and public corporations,” the Secretary-General says.The people maintaining such an attitude could be held accountable for impeding peacekeeping work and for human rights violations, he adds.Calling on donors to be generous, Mr. Annan notes that early next February, the UN, the World Bank and the United States will jointly host a donors’ conference on Liberia in New York. Meanwhile, a consolidated appeal by the humanitarian agencies for $137 million was launched last month to provide emergency assistance as Liberia’s interior becomes accessible.
by Stephen Braun, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or omitted the names of those she met.The fuller details of those meetings were included in files the State Department turned over to the AP after it sued the government in federal court.The missing entries raise new questions about how Clinton and her inner circle handled government records documenting her State Department tenure — in this case, why the official chronology of her four-year term does not closely mirror the other, more detailed records of her daily meetings.At a time when Clinton’s private email system is under scrutiny by an FBI criminal investigation, the calendar omissions reinforce concerns that she sought to eliminate the “risk of the personal being accessible” — as she wrote in an email exchange that she failed to turn over to the government but was subsequently uncovered in a top aide’s inbox.The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page calendar with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day’s events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show.No known federal laws were violated and some omissions could be blamed on Clinton’s highly fluid schedule, which sometimes forced late cancellations. But only seven meetings in Clinton’s planning schedules were replaced by substitute events on her official calendar. More than 60 other events listed in Clinton’s planners were omitted entirely in her calendar, tersely noted or described only as “private meetings” — all without naming those who met with her.Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said Thursday night that the multiple discrepancies between her State Department calendar and her planning schedules “simply reflect a more detailed version in one version as compared to another, all maintained by her staff.”Merrill said that Clinton “has always made an effort to be transparent since entering public life, whether it be the release of over 30 years of tax returns, years of financial disclosure forms, or asking that 55,000 pages of work emails from her time of secretary of state be turned over to the public.”In one key omission, Clinton’s State Department calendar dropped the identities of a dozen major Wall Street and business leaders who met with her during a private breakfast discussion at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2009, The meeting occurred minutes before Clinton appeared in public at the exchange to ring the market’s ceremonial opening bell.Despite the omission, Clinton’s State Department planning schedules from the same day listed the names of all Clinton’s breakfast guests — most of whose firms had lobbied the government and donated to her family’s global charity. The event was closed to the press and merited only a brief mention in her calendar, which omitted all her guests’ names — among them Blackstone Group Chairman Steven Schwarzman, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and then-New York Bank of Mellon CEO Robert Kelly.Clinton’s calendar also repeatedly omitted private dinners and meetings with political donors, policy sessions with groups of corporate leaders and “drop-bys” with old Clinton campaign hands and advisers. Among those whose names were omitted from her calendar were longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal, consultant and former Clinton White House chief of staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty, former energy lobbyist Joseph Wilson and entertainment magnate and Clinton campaign bundler Haim Saban.The AP first sought Clinton’s calendar and schedules from the State Department in August 2013, but the agency would not acknowledge even that it had the material. After nearly two years of delay, the AP sued the State Department in March 2015. The department agreed in a court filing last August to turn over Clinton’s calendar, and provided the documents in November. After noticing discrepancies between Clinton’s calendar and some schedules, the AP pressed in court for all of Clinton’s planning material. The U.S. has released about one-third of those planners to the AP, so far.The State Department censored both sets of documents for national security and other reasons, but those changes were made after the documents were turned over to the State Department at the end of Clinton’s tenure.The documents obtained by the AP do not show who specifically logged entries in Clinton’s calendar or who edited the material. Clinton’s emails and other records show that she and two close aides, deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin and scheduling assistant Lona J. Valmoro, held weekly meetings and emailed almost every day about Clinton’s plans. According to the recent inspector general’s audit and a court declaration made last December by the State Department’s acting executive secretary, Clinton’s aides had access to her calendar through a government Microsoft Outlook account. Both Abedin and Valmoro were political appointees at the State Department and are now aides in her presidential campaign.Unlike Clinton’s planning schedules, which were sent to Clinton each morning, her calendar was edited after each event, the AP’s review showed. Some calendar entries were accompanied by Valmoro emails — indicating she may have added those entries. Every meeting entry also included both the planned time of the event and the actual time — showing that Clinton’s calendar was being used to document each meeting after it ended.The State Department said Friday that “extensive records” from Clinton’s calendars were preserved. Spokesman John Kirby said he couldn’t speak in more detail about practices during Clinton’s tenure because of the AP’s ongoing lawsuit.Kirby said the department was confident it was properly preserving Secretary John Kerry’s calendars and other historic documents, but he noted that Kerry was not required to include details of private, non-work-related meetings. Kirby declined to specify the agency’s definition of those private sessions, saying only that “there are obviously some moments of his life that have no bearing on his work as secretary of state.”Kirby would not comment on how Clinton and other former secretaries handled their calendars. Five former State Department logistics officials told the AP that some of Clinton’s predecessors also omitted some private meetings from their calendars. The former officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss sensitive agency practices, said omitted meetings typically were for medical or other personal reasons as opposed to the meetings Clinton attended with political and charity donors and with corporate executives.P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman for Clinton at the time, told the AP that Clinton’s vision of “21st century statecraft” included exchanging views with corporate leaders and promoting public-private partnerships. “That was certainly reflected in her day-to-day schedule, her travel and her global outreach,” Crowley said.The former department officials as well as government records experts said that secretaries of state have wide latitude in keeping their schedules — despite federal laws and agency rules overseeing the archiving of calendars and warning against altering or deleting records. Omissions in Clinton’s calendar could undermine the document’s historical accuracy, particularly its depictions of Clinton’s access to political, corporate and other influences, experts said.“It’s clear that any outside influence needs to be clearly identified in some way to at least guarantee transparency. That didn’t happen,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan government reform group. “These discrepancies are striking because of her possible interest at the time in running for the presidency.”Clinton’s terse calendar entry on her 2009 private breakfast on Wall Street contains no details on what she and her 12 guests discussed.Besides Schwarzman, Nooyi and Kelly, Clinton’s other guests were Fabrizio Freda, CEO of the Estee Lauder Companies Inc.; Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Corp.; Lewis Frankfort, chairman of Coach Inc.; Ellen Kullman, then-CEO of DuPont; David M. Cote, CEO of Honeywell International Inc.; James Tisch, president of Loews Corp.; John D. Wren, CEO of Omnicom Group; then-McGraw Hill Companies chairman Harold McGraw III; and James Taiclet, chairman of the American Tower Corp. Also attending was then-NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer, who later accompanied Clinton when she rang the stock exchange bell.Four of the attendees — Schwarzman, Nooyi, Cote and Kullman — headed companies that later donated to Clinton’s pet diplomatic project of that period, the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.All the firms represented except Coach lobbied the government in 2009; Blackstone, Honeywell, Omnicom and DuPont lobbied the State Department that year. Schwarzman and Frankfort have personally donated to the Clinton Foundation, and the other firms — except for American Tower and New York Bank of Mellon — also contributed to the Clinton charity.__Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper contributed to this report. Clinton’s State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries Graphic shows example of Hillary Clinton’s State Department appointment calendar compared with other logs of the same event; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm;
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2016 10:33 am MDT CALGARY – Police say domestic violence in Calgary is increasing partially as a result of a severe economic downturn that has cost thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry.Staff Sgt. Rob Davidson from the Calgary police domestic conflict unit says so far this year officers have seen a 36 per cent rise in the domestic violence rate over the five-year average.He says it’s on track to be the highest number since 2004, and other police forces in Alberta have also noted a jump in calls.Davidson says there’s little doubt that the increase is tied to recent problems with the economy.He says many relationships that are already having trouble can be pushed over the edge when money problems enter the equation.The figures were released to mark the beginning of Family Violence Prevention month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Economic downturn tied to increasing domestic abuse in Calgary
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 1, 2016 – Does the TCI want to enter the Agri-business industry with this controversial crop. Speaker, Felicia Persuad, an award winning journalist says it’s a multi billion dollar industry.Persuad said this product, like the coconut is hijacked by the rest of the world, when it’s roots are in the Caribbean. Said TCIG should also move in ‘timeliness’ when serving the country and must promote investment advantages as we do Tourism; same vigor. Related Items:Medical Ganja, TCI and medical ganja?
Christian inspiration-focused publisher Guideposts has acquired Ellie Claire Gift & Paper Expressions, the parent company of book publisher Summerside Press.For Guideposts, which launched a “small but growing” book imprint two years ago, the acquisition allows the company to expand further into the book retail market. ‘This deal links Guideposts with a company that’s growing rapidly in a marketplace that has otherwise been going backwards or treading water,” Guideposts president and CEO Dick Hopple tells FOLIO:. “Summerside has done a great job in the Christian fiction market and has developed a substantial following.”Hopple declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal but says Summerside’s revenues have grown 30 percent year-over-year.Guidepost’s flagship print magazine carries a circulation of 2 million. Its Web site, which relaunched this summer, averages 250,000 monthly unique visitors.
See also: What’s Next for ALM? ALM, formerly known as American Lawyer Media, is the largest B2B publisher in the legal market, but it’s branching out with its latest acquisition. The company announced the purchase of Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, a media and information services provider for the management and IT consulting industries, this week from Kennedy Information LLC. The deal brings a magazine, consulting services operation and several market-specific data and news products to ALM. The portfolio, along with its existing leadership, will be brought under ALM’s Intelligence unit. Terms weren’t disclosed. “ALM is looking at adjacent markets to legal that have many of the same characteristics,” ALM’s chief marketing officer, Lenny Izzo, tells FOLIO:. “Kennedy was a great place to start because it serves a professional community similar to ALM’s. The breadth of solutions Kennedy provides aligns nicely with ALM¹s business.” He adds: “The acquisition is part of a broader strategy to leverage our technology and infrastructure platforms to deliver trusted reporting and insights to more companies and industry leaders.” The purchase comes six months after ALM was bought by Wasserstein & Co. for a reported $417 million.
The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation met today in Kenai for an update on the state’s progress taking over the gas line project. AGDC president Keith Meyer said the transition should wrap up by the end of the year.Listen Now AGDC president Keith Meyer (photo courtesy AGDC).But at the meeting, Meyer fielded some tough questions from the board of directors, including this one from Vice Chairman Hugh Short.“What do you say to someone who says AGDC, State of Alaska should just hang it up?…That you’re out there spending state resources on a project that’s never going to happen?” Short asked.Meyer argued the state owes it to its people to take a look at whether it can compete with other LNG projects around the world.“I’m pretty convinced that if you do nothing on this time frame, this go-around, this next window, you’ve missed it for a number of decades, maybe for longer than that,” said Meyer.This week, Meyer and Gov. Bill Walker returned from their second trip to Asia in a month. Walker’s travel expenses for that trip were covered by conference organizers while Meyer’s travel expenses were covered by the state. Meyer is traveling to Japan over Thanksgiving to continue marketing the project to government officials and businesses there.Also at today’s meeting, Meyer reported AGDC is preparing to open an office in Houston, Texas to connect with potential project backers there.
Last year, two male suicide bombers detonated the bombs at a market near Muna Garage Maiduguri in Nigeria.ReutersAt least 30 people have died in a series of suicide attacks by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern region of Nigeria on Monday, June 17, emergency services reported. 0More than 40 people were injured.According to Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the death toll has increased. “The death toll from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured,” he said.According to reports, three militants detonated explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometers from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where a crowd of football fans were watching a match on TV.Last year, two male suicide bombers detonated bombs at a market near Muna Garage in Maiduguri, Nigeria.(This is breaking story. More details will be updated.)
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress will go hi-tech to train its party workers to acquaint themselves with social net working sites.The initiative has been taken up by party’s MP and Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee. Partha Chatterjee, party’s secretary general and Derek O’ Brien will be present at the training that will be held on June 20 at Moulali Yuba Kendra.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has said over and again that party workers and sympathizers should be active on social media to counter the canard spread by the BJP. She has also asked party leaders both in the city and districts to be active on social media. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere will be two digital directors for every Parliamentary constituency. Hence, 84 digital directors will be given training. Trinamool Congress has proposed to approach more than 2.5 crore people. Apart from the digital directors, others will also be trained. It may be recalled that Mamata Banerjee has asked the MPs to ensure completion of the projects taken up under MP LAD in view of the Lok Sabha polls.The projects taken up by the state government will be uploaded on social media channels as many people particularly those living in Kolkata are not aware of these projects. For example, only a few people know that the state government has distributed 70 lakh bicycles among the students of classes IX to XII studying in state-run, aided and sponsored schools under Sabuj sathi project and the scheme has successfully brought down the number of school drop outs particularly girls in the semi-urban and rural areas. The state government has taken up around 30 projects in the past seven years and all are unique.Trinamool Congress leaders said the BJP is systematically spreading canard against the state government and Trinamool Congress. Trinamool has decided to counter BJP’s malicious campaign on social media channels. It may be mentioned that the BJP had uploaded a video of a riot which took place in Bangladesh and not in Bengal.
The news of the Tesco Carrefour alliance comes shortly after Sainsbury’s £12 billion (US$15.5 billion) mega merger with Asda, aimed at creating a powerhouse with exceptional buying power, and ultimately lower prices. The two retailers openly have stated that suppliers will need to bring down the price of everyday products because of the merger. However, this deal has become largely controversial with The Competitions and Market Authority reviewing the case and beginning an inquiry and invitation to comment, giving interested third parties, such as suppliers, the chance to submit their views and concerns on the deal.The Sainsbury’s Asda merger follows a similar arrangement between French chains Casino, Auchan and Schieve, as well as Germany’s Metro. Tesco’s 2018 strategy:Despite the fact that Aldi and Lidl are crowned as the UK’s fastest growing supermarket, in terms of market share Tesco is still holding its place as No. 1. With a current market share of 27.1 per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s latest grocery market share report, Tesco has experienced particularly strong growth from its extra superstores. The varied selection of groceries on offer at these larger stores has encouraged customers to return to fuller trolley shops, with average baskets worth £31.09 – currently, the highest value in the bricks-and-mortar market.Its standing power at the top of the chain is also attributed to several bold moves already enforced this year by the UK retailer. These include its £3.7bn takeover of wholesaler Booker, the United Kingdom’s largest food wholesale operator, offering branded and private-label goods to more than 400,000 customers, including independent convenience stores, grocers, pubs, and restaurants.The UK supermarket is also rumoured as imminently launching the budget supermarket chain Jack’s, with around 60 existing stores slated to be transformed into the low-price supermarket.Finally, earlier this year Tesco announced the closure of Tesco Direct, its digital non-grocery business arm, which is a direct rival to Amazon. French regulators look into the Tesco-Carrefour relationshipIn an environment of fierce price wars in France, distributors have multiplied alliances in recent years to better negotiate their purchase prices, strengthen their competitiveness and preserve their margins. France’s national competition regulator, L’Autorité de la concurrence (Competition Authority) is investigating the new Tesco-Carrefour deal. “The Authority has decided to reinforce its investigations into these purchases in order to evaluate the competitive impact of these reconciliations on the relevant markets, both upstream for the suppliers, and on the downstream for consumers,” says the institution, in a statement. Other mergers include Casino, which has previously allied with Intermarché, now turning to Auchan for a global merger, while Système U, a former Auchan ally, has joined forces with Carrefour for five years, allowing it to become a leader in purchases in France. L’Autorité de la concurrence is thus investigating alliances between France’s Auchan, Casino, Schiever, and Germany’s Metro, and Carrefour and Systeme U. From the pages of Produce Business UKIt’s official. Tesco and Carrefour have joined forces, entering into a formal long-term, strategic alliance that is slated to become operational in October. In an official release from Tesco, the alliance is said to cover the strategic relationship with global suppliers, the joint purchasing of own brand products and goods not for resale. Amid tough competition in the produce sector, the partnership has been strategically formed to reduce the cost of their supply by strengthening key relationships with global suppliers.This ultimately will give both Tesco and Carrefour exclusive leveraging power to bring product quality, selection and ultimately lower price points to its customers. Each of the two companies is said to continue to work with supplier partners at both a local and also a national level. “This strategic alliance between Carrefour and Tesco is a major agreement as it combines the purchasing expertise of two world leaders, complementary in their geographies, with common strategies,” says Alexandre Bompard, Chairman and CEO of Carrefour Group. “This agreement is a great opportunity to develop our two brands at the service of our customers. This international alliance further strengthens Carrefour, allowing it to reach a key milestone in the implementation of its strategy.”The two retailers first announced the partnership in July, stating that it aimed to improve the quality and choice of products available to its customers. One month later, they have made the deal official. The agreement will start as a three-year operational framework, effective October 2018. Cutting prices for customers Aldi and Lidl are the two leading discount retail stores in the world. They have masterminded buying power with suppliers and exceptionally well-planned logistical operations around the world. The result: unbeatable price points.Other retailers, including the Big Four — Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons — have tried to keep up. Struggling to match the Aldi and Lidl domination has resulted in huge market share loss, as well as customer loyalty for retailers such as Carrefour and Tesco. This latest partnership aims to shake things up, bringing both retailers back into a strong competitive edge. Trend in supermarket mergers You might also be interested in South Africa: Jupiter Group upgrades practices, fa … India: Maharashtra grape growers to organize marke … August 09 , 2018 EU’s citrus production set to rise 8% over last ye … Austrian parliament votes to ban cancer-linked wee …
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Including this game, the Cardinals have now sold out all 104 games that have been played at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in time for the 2006 season. Earlier Monday, the team announced musician Flo Rida will be performing at halftime Saturday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories Arizona Cardinals fans cheer during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers will be playing in front of a packed house Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.The team announced tickets for the game, which went on sale at 10 a.m. Arizona time Monday exclusively to buyers with an Arizona zip code, sold out within the first hour of availability.This will be the second time in the last month the Packers have played in Arizona, and the first game, which Arizona won 38-8, saw a healthy number of Green Bay fans in attendance. It is hoped that by limiting sales to Arizona residents, the stadium will be mostly filled with Cardinals fans.
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