England The only thing Kane hasn’t done is score in August – Southgate Tommy Doleman Last updated 1 year ago 15:59 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images England World Cup Harry Kane Tunisia v England Tunisia Powerade The England manager was in a jovial mood after the Tottenham striker inspired his country to a 2-1 win over Tunisia at the World Cup Gareth Southgate has lauded star striker Harry Kane after his two goals gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia.Kane, 24, put in a man-of-the-match display – scoring a goal in each half – including one in stoppage time to kick start England’s World Cup campaign.The Tottenham forward had not scored before at a major tournament after drawing a blank at Euro 2016, but Southgate – who joked about the striker’s well-documented August struggles in front of goal – was full of praise for the Three Lions captain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “If he hadn’t scored, I’d be answering questions about his ability to score in tournament football,” he said.”The only thing he hasn’t done now is score in August. He’s moved every other barrier, and I’m personally delighted for him.”I know he will feel the pride in leading his country to a win in a World Cup match, which is the most important thing.”England will hope to seal qualification to the knockout rounds when they face Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday.Following that game, Southgate’s men will face Belgium, who defeated Panama 3-0 in their opening game on Tuesday.Should England progress, they will face either Poland, Colombia, Senegal or Japan in the Round of 16.
“Club 180” Rewards Top-Producing Travel Agencies with Three Tiers of BenefitsSeattle, WA, February 5, 2019 — Windstar Cruises is proud to announce a new travel agency recognition program dubbed Club 180, a riff on Windstar’s tagline that sailing with the small ship company is truly “180 Degrees from Ordinary.” The multi-tier travel agency recognition program is designed to reward top-producing agencies with a top 10 Platinum distinction, a top 11-20 Gold award, and a 21+ Silver category. Recognition is in the form of a number of amenities travel advisors can offer their clients (such as complimentary Wi-Fi and shipboard credit); additional marketing and sales support from Windstar (including advance notice on promotions and new product launches); priority service (such as a dedicated phone line); and benefits for travel advisors themselves when sailing on Windstar (including complimentary Wi-Fi and laundry service), with varying levels of benefits for the three tiers. Inaugural members for the new Club 180 program have already been selected based upon 2018 sales production; however, membership will be renewed annually, with an opportunity to add new members in December 2019. “Club 180 recognizes domestic North America travel sellers – not consortium,” explains Windstar’s Vice President of Sales Steve Simao, CTC. “It is based primarily on top sales, though select travel agencies may be included in the program based on the history of our partnership and their overall support of the Windstar brand.” Windstar has been putting a renewed focus on its relationship with travel professionals and travel agencies in recent years, recognizing the power of the travel advisor and launching the Star Promise program in 2016 to help advisors increase sales and book more efficiently. Windstar’s Travel Advisor Hub, which grew out of that Star Promise program, has been an important resource for those advisors interested in expanding their Windstar business. Simao recommends that those interested in becoming a top agency with Windstar start with the line’s travel agent website for tips and training to become a top producer in Windstar’s new Club 180. For Wave Season, Windstar’s “Beyond Ordinary” Savings Event plus Star Perks bonus is on now and offers the best fares and availability of the year on 2019 and 2020 cruises. Fares start at $2,999 for all 11- and 12-day Alaskan Splendors cruises with nine departure dates May through August, featuring the second season of the award-winning Windstar’s Signature Expeditions program. Headlined by biologists, glaciologists, and scientists, the Expedition Leaders mix with guests onboard, give lectures and launch expedition field trips direct from the ship onto Zodiacs and kayaks. Windstar’s iconic 7-day Dreams of Tahiti vacation begins at $2,599 and visit six islands featuring a Bora Bora overnight with complimentary Destination Discovery cultural evening on a private motu, with traditional Polynesian performances headlined by the tantalizing fire dancers. Northern Europe is a top cruise pick for 2019 with more than 40 sailings April through September including an 8-day Gaelic Explorers voyage June 20 from Dublin to Edinburgh visiting Northern Ireland and the remote Isle of Man, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Lewis; wrapping up with a chance for cruise clients to spy the elusive “Nessie” in beautiful Loch Ness during a call to Invergordon, Scotland; also starts at $2,999 per person, double occupancy. In addition guests may “pick their perk” — an attractive incentive to enjoy while the cruise is underway. Star Perksselections include: up to $1,000 shipboard credit, free Wi-Fi, or free gratuities. Available on hundreds of Windstar sailings worldwide, “Beyond Ordinary” savings and Star Perks both vary by cruise and destination. In addition, longer Star Collector sailings of 14 days and more offer up to 20 percent savings and free laundry service. The promotion runs through March 18, 2019. To learn more about the new Club 180 and authentic small ship cruising with Windstar, contact the line by phone at 1-800-258-7245 and press #1 for travel advisor assistance; visit https://advisorhub.windstarcruises.com or www.windstarcruises.com. About Windstar Cruises Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting approximately 300 ports and 80 countries sailing to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Asia, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada and New England, South Pacific and Tahiti. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in small ship cruising and has just embarked on a $250 Million Dollar Star Plus Initiative to enhance its Star-class ships and the onboard guest accommodations and experiences. Calling on hidden harbors, off-the-beaten-path and popular ports, the boutique cruise line carries 148 to 312 passengers on six small ships and takes travelers on cruises that are 180 degrees from ordinary. Windstar is known for immersive experiences and destination authenticity, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional award-winning service, and an innovative culinary program with culinary-themed cruises as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Travel Collection, an award-winning, globally diversified travel company offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences in some of the most beautiful and iconic places on earth. Follow the Windstar Ships: Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / YouTube / Pinterest / LinkedIn / Instagram / Blog
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is advising Jamaicans seeking jobs overseas through private employment agencies to first contact the Ministry to verify their legitimacy. “Members of the public are being strongly reminded to verify the authenticity or legitimacy of employment agencies, prior to making any commitments or sending payments through any remittance services,” Minister Kellier said on Wednesday (January 2), as he addressed the first cohort of workers to depart for Canada under the Overseas Employment Programme. [RELATED: 172 Workers Leave for Canada] He noted that all employment agencies are governed by the Ministry and are issued with licences that should be publicly displayed at all times. The Minister informed that in the past, there have been complaints about employment agencies and “we don’t want (in) 2013 for any of those to be repeated”. “We want to run a very clean and strict programme. When persons pass on their funds to employment agencies, we want to make sure that no one is fleeced and when you turn up there is no employer, or no one to meet you at the airport,” Mr. Kellier stated. In the meantime, the Minister urged persons, who want to participate in the Overseas Employment Programme to check with the media regularly for information on recruitment.
Speaking at the 32nd annual St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex on Monday (April 2), the Minister said local manufacturers who depend on coconuts are going to other nations for raw materials, as the local supply is below the demand. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging Jamaicans to invest more in coconut farming, as there are opportunities to earn from the product. Mr. Shaw said the Government is taking action to change this situation, by rationalising a number of agencies, including the Cocoa Board, the Coffee Board and the Coconut Board into one, where there will be a focus on how to increase the production of these products. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging Jamaicans to invest more in coconut farming, as there are opportunities to earn from the product.Speaking at the 32nd annual St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex on Monday (April 2), the Minister said local manufacturers who depend on coconuts are going to other nations for raw materials, as the local supply is below the demand.He cited GraceKennedy, which has to import coconut raw material because the company cannot get enough in Jamaica.Mr. Shaw said the Government is taking action to change this situation, by rationalising a number of agencies, including the Cocoa Board, the Coffee Board and the Coconut Board into one, where there will be a focus on how to increase the production of these products.“We are going to have to find a solution to build back production in all of these areas,” he added.The Minister said farmers, including the nation’s youth, need to get more serious about coconut production.“We are going to talk about how we can transform Jamaica into a major coconut-producing country once again, and it can be done,” Mr. Shaw said.The St. Mary Agricultural Show was held under the theme ‘Climate Smart Agriculture, the Key to Food Security’.Annually, the event is hosted to bring farmers from the parish of St. Mary, neighbouring parishes and other stakeholders together, where ideas for innovation are shared along with the introduction of new technology that they can incorporate into their practices.
zoom The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of up to €200 million (USD 218 million) to Société Nador West Med to finance the basic infrastructure for a new port on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, 30 km from the town of Nador.Société Nador West Med (NWM), a state-owned limited liability company incorporated in Morocco, is in charge of delivering the Nador West Med project.The development of the port is a major boost for eastern Morocco and is expected to promote the development of the Oriental region by generating economic growth and creating new jobs.The EBRD investment will contribute to the construction of a breakwater, quays, dredging and related infrastructure works in the port. During the port’s construction phase a number of environmental protection measures will be incorporated, including the reduction of the port’s carbon footprint by using a lower-carbon cement.In addition, €1 million of technical cooperation assistance funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund and the SEMED Multi-Donor Account will provide management support, a lender’s monitoring consultant and will facilitate the implementation of the environmental and social action plan.The project is expected to be co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, and would represent the EBRD’s first co-financing with either institution. A separate implementation agreement between the EBRD and AfDB will govern arrangements for cooperation on procurement for the project.The port will include terminals for container transhipment, hydrocarbon storage and transhipment, and bulk. It will also have the capacity to handle other cargo.Mohamed Jamal Benjelloun, Director General of Société Nador West Med, said: “The Nador West Med project is a priority project for Morocco and represents a key element of a wider development project including a port-industrial platform, Free Zone and logistics capability.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close My location
More than 400 newly certified journeypersons have joined the ranks of Nova Scotia’s highly respected trades professionals. Trade leaders, training partners, government, and members of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Board celebrated their achievements this evening, Nov. 7, in Dartmouth. “I want to congratulate all of the newly certified journeypersons,” said Joachim Stroink, MLA for Halifax Chebucto, who attended the event on behalf of Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. “These individuals have earned a demanding and highly regarded credential that will lead to great opportunities here in the province.” Justin Marshall, a truck and transport mechanic from Fall River and Thomas Stenason, an automotive service technician from Halifax, were presented with the Apprentice Award of Excellence for their strong work ethic, skill and professionalism throughout the apprenticeship program. Pricilla Stewart, union president from Aramark Hospital in New Glasgow and Jarrod Brown an instructor from the NSCC Institute of Technology Campus, were also recognized with this year’s Mentor/Coach Award. The apprenticeship celebration is a bi-annual event sponsored by industry, the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and NSCC. Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system prepares people for jobs in the skilled trades. The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency is focusing on improving the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the province, and helping apprentices complete their journey to certification. More information about apprenticeship is available at www.nsapprenticeship.ca/.
APTN National News OTTAWA—Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Tuesday that nine First Nation communities and organizations had been selected to receive funding from the federal department’s “Innovation Fund.”Bennett made the announcement during a speech at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa to a gathering of First Nation education officials.“There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to education,” said Bennett. “This will provide access to support for each of their innovative approaches to school construction.”Bennett said the nine selected projects will impact about 20 First Nation communities. Each of the selected recipients can use up to $10 million from the fund for their respective projects.The selected communities and organizations included the Squiala First Nation, Old Massett Village Council First Nation, Westbank First Nation and Adams Lake Indian Band in British Columbia, along with the Blood Tribe in Alberta, the Meadow Lake Tribal Council in Saskatchewan, Fisher River First Nation and Southeast Resource Development Corp in Manitoba and the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam First Nation in Quebec.The Liberal government also plans to invest $50 million over the next six years into the fund, created in 2012, in the upcoming 2016-2017 federal budget.The fund is tailored to fund education-related infrastructure projects that are “innovative” and “promote educational reform.”During last year’s federal election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would invest $2.6 billion in new money for First Nation education.
QUEBEC — Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec government will table its first budget on March 21.Finance Minister Eric Girard announced the date today, telling Quebecers they can expect good news for the health and education sectors.The Quebec budget will come two days after the federal budget is tabled in Ottawa.Girard says his inaugural budget will aim to reduce Quebecers’ tax burden, but he was unwilling to say by how much.The budget will establish the true size of the provincial surplus, which has been a subject of debate since the Coalition party defeated the Liberals in the Oct. 1 provincial election.Last week, the Institut du Quebec think tank reported that the surplus for 2018-19 should be between $3.4 billion and $4.6 billion. Girard set the figure at $1.65 billion in his December economic update.The Canadian Press
Former Uva Province Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa appeared before the Presidential commission investigating allegations of large scale fraud today.He made a statement to the commission after he was summoned to be questioned over allegations of fraud committed when land was distributed in the Uva province when he was the Chief Minister.
Hashim was a Sri Lankan preacher who led the coordinated Easter Sunday suicide attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, killing at least 253 people in one of the world’s deadliest terrorist attacks.Military sources have said Hashim was not known to have visited Syria or Iraq, but travelled to Tamil Nadu and had been in contact with Islamists there. “He admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala,” NIA added. An alleged follower of Sri Lankan bombing leader Zahran Hashim is to appear in court today after admitting he wanted to carry out an attack in Kerala, investigators said.The accused, identified as Riyas A, alias Riyas Aboobacker, 29, was arrested on Monday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which handles counter-terrorism cases, WION news reported. Riyas has allegedly been in online contact with that suspect and has followed his audio clips including one “instigating others to carry out terror attacks in India,” NIA said. The NIA said that it arrested Riyas “for conspiring to commit a terrorist act” in connection with a 2016 case against a wanted man, along with others, for leaving India to join IS abroad. Hashim also appeared in a video released by the Islamic State group, showing him leading others in pledging allegiance to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.IS has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks.India had warned Sri Lanka that suicide attacks were possible weeks before Hashim and the other bombers carried out their slaughter. During the interrogation, he allegedly “disclosed that he has been following speeches/videos of Zahran Hashim of Sri Lanka for more than a year”, an NIA statement said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2013 10:14 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses left stockpiles unchanged in June while sales rose modestly, an encouraging sign.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that business stockpiles were flat in June compared with May. Inventories had fallen a slightly 0.1 per cent in May. Sales rose 0.2 per cent in June after a solid 1.1 per cent increase in May.The stagnant level for stockpiles could be setting the stage for inventory rebuilding in coming months. That would support increased factory production and overall economic growth in the second half of this year.Business stockpiles in June stood at a seasonally adjusted $1.66 trillion, 3.5 per cent higher than a year ago. Inventories at the manufacturing and retail levels both rose 0.1 per cent. Stockpiles at the wholesale level fell 0.2 per cent, the third consecutive decline.June’s sales increase was led by solid gains at the retail and wholesale level. But sales by manufacturers declined 0.4 per cent.A separate report Tuesday showed that retail sales advanced a modest 0.2 per cent in July. But a “core” category that excludes volatile auto, gas and business supply products, surged 0.5 per cent, the strongest such advance since a similar gain in December.The government estimated last month that the economy grew at a lacklustre 1.7 per cent annual rate from April through June. Economists think the growth rate will be revised up because a report last week showed that U.S. companies exported a record number of goods in June. Some analysts think the revision could increase estimated growth in the April-June period to an annual rate of around 2.3 per cent.Many economists predict that growth will rebound further to a rate of about 2.5 per cent in the second half of this year. US business stockpiles unchanged in June after May decline; June sales up modestly
“The private sector is among the new, emerging and innovative sources of forest financing,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Hu Wongbo said during the tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF10). “Private sector financing has the potential to play a major role in the implementation of sustainable forest management.”The Forum’s two-week session in Istanbul is expected to conclude this Friday with a number of key decisions, including on financing. An estimated $70 to $160 billion in global funding will be needed for sustainable forest management, or SFM, according to a 2012 study cited by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his report to the Forum. “Most countries are unable to raise adequate public funds for the forest sector, and reinvestment of revenues in forest management has been minimal,” Mr. Ban says, adding that the private sector, including forest communities, smallholders, industry and other investors, is a key source of financing. While funding continues to be sought from traditional sources such as government budgets at the national level, and official development assistance, or ODA, at the international level, Mr. Wu noted that decision-makers are increasingly aware of the “changing landscape” of forest financing. “Large companies are, undoubtedly, one of the least tapped sources of forest investment and financing. Yet they are also among our most important partners in the implementation of sustainable forest management.” Experience on the ground has shown that there are win-win opportunities for all in sustainable forest management – for private companies, for local communities and for the environment, he stated, citing his own country, China, where businesses, farmers and local governments work together to fight soil erosion, land degradation and to promote reforestation.“In many cases, companies have been able to secure returns on their investments in resource conservation; local farmers have continuously improved their sustainable livelihoods; and local economies have flourished,” he said. The private sector can help in many ways, including through large-scale investments using direct financing or carbon credits; through public-private partnerships aimed at reliable provision of health, education and transportation for remote, forest-dwelling communities; or through government-regulated sustainable practices for forest management on timber concessions or private lands.“However, we must also take a hard look at the impediments that discourage private investment in many countries,” Mr. Wu added. “To attract them to invest, we must all work side by side. It is the only way forward.”Tuukka Castrén, Senior Forestry Specialist at the World Bank, agreed that the money needs to come from different sources. “ODA will play a role, and often it can play a catalytic role.“But for genuine scaling up, we need to engage the private sector,” he said, adding that businesses, which have a legitimate interest in making money, can make a profit through sustainable forest management. The World Bank Group provided close to $490 million in financing for forests in fiscal year 2012. Forest resources are crucial to the Bank’s mission of eradicating poverty because of their contribution to the livelihoods of the poor, the potential they offer for sustainable economic development, and the essential environmental services they provide.While the Bank does not have data on the growing interest by the private sector in investing in sustainable forest management, “we have the feeling that the wind is blowing in that direction,” said Mr. Castrén.He added that the largest investor group in sustainable forest management is the millions and millions of smallholder farmers who plant two or three trees on their farms to provide shade, fuel wood and provide watershed management functions. “They are also investors and play a fundamental role in the whole system, even though we are not able to capture their contributions in our statistics.”Another key source of financing for sustainable forest management is the UN-backed Global Environment Facility (GEF), which announced during the Forum that its financial support for forest management programmes recently hit the $500 million mark. Ian Gray, Senior Forest Specialist at the GEF, noted that there are so many different demands in sustainable forest management that it is necessary to have a broader approach to financing.“I think we’ve been hearing this week from many of the delegates that SFM is such a broad topic that you actually need a suite of funding processes and mechanisms. Some of those will be from national funds. But there is also a need and a call for the private sector to be able to contribute to that.” In attracting the private sector, Mr. Gray stressed the need to ensure that the environment in recipient countries is conducive to investment and that sound policies are in place to ensure that sustainable forest management can fulfil its objectives. The GEF is supporting projects such as one in Burundi that uses a certification process for coffee to help coffee growers move from open-grown coffee to more shade-grown production methods that would allow for reforestation. “By using the power of the market, we’re able to incentivize growers in that region to adopt sustainable practices for forests but also for growing coffee,” said Mr. Gray.“The ideas are derived from the countries themselves,” he added. “Our key role is to try and make that process of accessing the funding that the GEF has as simple as possible.” There is a growing interest from private sector investors, as well as from other public sectors given the multiple benefits and services provided by forests, said Tim Christophersen, Senior Programme Officer with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “We see increasing interest from public sectors such as transport, water, energy to invest in forests as the green infrastructure that they need for their objectives,” he stated. Among the ways UNEP seeks to make the case for investment in forests is through the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), which seeks to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions and invest in low-carbon technologies to sustainable development.“A lot more money is needed. There is no doubt about that,” said Mr. Christophersen, adding that large-scale investments by the private sector have not happened due to factors such as high transaction costs and associated risks. “We are helping the private sector to work through those challenges to be able to invest more into sustainable, productive, resilient landscapes that can take up more carbon, produce more food, have more biodiversity, and produce more jobs and livelihoods.”Working with the private sector will be crucial, he stressed, given the billions of dollars that will be needed to sustainably manage the world’s forests. “That kind of money is not going to come from ODA,” he stated.
The Isle of Barra has come together as “one big family” to celebrate the life of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod, the “dear, beautiful” teenager who died in the Manchester bombing.Most of the 1,000-strong population turned out for the schoolgirl’s funeral at the church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, overlooking the picturesque village of Castlebay.Fr John Paul MacKinnon told mourners it was important to remember that Eilidh was the “happiest she had ever been” on her birthday treat trip to see Ariana Grande.The teenager’s coffin was led by her father Roddy as it was piped through the village. Following the service there was a procession to the teenager’s burial across the causeway to the neighbouring island of Vatersay where she grew up.The church was full for the funeral Mass, which was also relayed to a packed Castlebay Hall. Eilidh, a talented piper and popular schoolgirl, was in Manchester with her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, who was seriously injured in the suicide bombing and is still recovering in hospital.The service began with a recording of Eilidh playing “Both Sides the Tweed” on the bagpipes.Fr MacKinnon said she had “packed a lot of life into 14 happy years”, adding: “That’s so important for us to remember today. Eilidh was a happy girl, she had 14 happy years and in the last few days of her life she was the happiest you could ever imagine. Mourners at the Church of Our lady, Star of the Sea in CastlebayCredit:PA “Even though there is a great sadness here today, there is a great thankfulness to God for blessing us with Eilidh’s life. Our loss is heaven’s gain.”Eilidh’s family were said to have been overwhelmed by the “great generosity and love” they have received since losing the teenager.The service was attended by John Swinney, the Deputy First Minister and a floral tribute was sent to the Hebridean island by Andy Burnham, mayor of Manchester, and Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. The order of service for Eilidh MacLeod’s funeralCredit:PA Businesses on the island shut as a mark of respect and to allow staff to attend the funeral. Mr and Mrs MacLeod said they had lost their “darling daughter” in the cruellest way possible and added that they wanted her funeral to be a “real celebration of her life and the wonderful person she was”.They said: “Eilidh’s infectious personality touched everyone she met and it has been a privilege and an honour to have her as our daughter. We will always remember her as a truly beautiful girl inside and out, eternally young, love by all and forever in our hearts”.Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, said before the service that everyone in Scotland would join her in “sending our heartfelt sympathy to Eilidh’s family and friends ahead of what will be the most difficult day imaginable”.She added: ”Everything that I’ve heard, seen or read about Eilidh shows that she was a vivacious, fun-loving young woman with a bright future ahead of her, and I know that the community on Barra will pay her a fitting tribute. Her family are in my thoughts.” Eilidh MacLeodCredit:PA An officer lays flowers on behalf of Andy Burnham, mayor of ManchesterCredit:PA Their message said: “We may not have known you, but you will forever be in the hearts and thoughts of all at Greater Manchester Police and the people of Manchester.”Eilidh’s body was flown home on Sunday, arriving in a small chartered plane, carrying her parents Roddy and Marion, that landed on the island’s beach runaway. “The last thing in Eilidh’s life was happiness. She had spent a wonderful weekend away from the island, going shopping, going to nice cafes, going to the cinema and then going to her pop idol’s concert, Ariana. She was the happiest she had ever been and that’s what we hold on to today, the happiness of Eilidh’s life.”Those memories of Eilidh will live on in all our hearts. Every year of her life was precious to us and we thank God for blessing us with her precious life.”He added: “Roddy and Marion were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Shona and Laura were blessed with a wonderful sister, our island was blessed to have such a young talented girl growing up on it. Barra’s community has been fundraising for the families of both victims. Money is to be donated to Eilidh’s favourite charity, Cobhair Bharraigh, a local home-based support service and day care centre.They said she was “a loving sister” who loved socialising with friends, and who had an “unsurpassed” love of music.The large procession following the hearse to Vatersay passed Eilidh’s school en route, where the island’s green and white flag was flying at half-mast. 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.
Rare Earths prices increased 12% over the Chinese May day holiday, according to Lynas Corp and its Mount Weld rare earths composition price passed through the $10/kg mark by jumping from $9.43/kg to $10.58/kg in one week. The company also noted that Baotou mixed rare earths carbonate production has been halted due to water issues and in Sichuan region, rare earths mining and concentrate production have been stopped by local government.In Baotou, Lynas understands the water issues relate to the Government authorities’ tighter supervision to protect the water system of the Yellow River from contamination associated with waste water discharge from local mixed rare earths carbonate plants. The mixed rare earths carbonate from Baotou is the feed for the majority of the rare earths separation plants in China. Lynas estimates that approximately 20,000 t/y of rare earth oxide (REO) may be affected by the shutdown.This supply constraint has been compounded by reports that the Sichuan rare earths regional production has been stopped by the local government due to industry restructuring issues within the region. Lynas understands that the local government had planned to consolidate the small mining and concentration operations into four groups within this region; however it appears this plan has stalled. The consequences appear to be a local government order to cease all production. Sichuan accounts for approximately 25,000 t/y of REO. The actual extent of the shutdown is not yet known and the duration of the shutdown is uncertain.
THREE TOPLESS FEMINISTS lunged at Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi as he arrived at a polling station in Milan to vote in a general election today, an AFP reporter at the scene said.The young women had the slogan “Basta Berlusconi” (“Enough With Berlusconi”) scrawled on their backs.They were quickly detained by police and dragged away screaming in a chaotic scene as ordinary people also queued to vote at the school.Police struggled to put their jackets and handcuffs on the women as they writhed in the snow.The feminists broke through a line of journalists outside the polling station and jumped over some tables toward Berlusconi but did not reach him.The scandal-tainted Berlusconi is leading a centre-right coalition in the election and polls indicate he will come second to the centre-left.- © AFP, 2013Read: Final day of campaigning in Italy as uncertainty rules over election>
‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target Since launch, Nintendo Switch users have had to enter their credit card information each time they visited the eShop. This was annoying considering how every online shop on the internet stores a user’s info. Nintendo has finally brought the Switch eShop to 2017 standards as it will now store a user’s credit card info.The credit card information is stored on one’s Switch and not on Nintendo’s servers. The information is encrypted and can be password protected. If there are multiple users in a home, this protection will help to keep them from using each others’ accounts without permission. All of these measures will help protect folks’ credit card info in case Nintendo’s servers are ever hacked. The company surely doesn’t want to experience what Sony did back in 2011 when the PlayStation Network was hacked.The eShops on Wii U and 3DS stored a person’s information, so it is unclear why it took so long for the shop on Switch to do the same. It’s possible that Nintendo just wanted to be absolutely sure that customers’ private info wasn’t compromised. Whatever the case may be, users should be glad they’ll now have less information to input whenever they want to buy a digital Switch game (perhaps one That Isn’t Zelda).The update comes alongside some other appreciated eShop tweaks such as the ability to view all software and search by more details like price.Now that people can store their credit card info on Switch, Nintendo will hopefully make it possible to store one’s password. Like with credit card info, users must always enter their password to access the eShop proper. I don’t know about you, but this is the main reason I don’t browse the eShop as much as I would like. But I suppose we should have faith that Nintendo will eventually get this right too. The eShop is a work-in-progress of sorts, so being patient seems to be the best course of action.Those who don’t want to store their credit card info on Switch can purchase Nintendo eShop pre-paid cards from any number of retailers. That’s also the best way to digitally purchase Japanese software on the region-free system.
PORTLAND – Very few things are more “Portland” than Music Millennium.Since 1969, when it first roosted at East 32nd Avenue and Burnside Street, the stalwart record store has played an outsized role in the regional music scene.And its owner, Terry Currier, does little to challenge the idea of what kind of man owns a music lover’s mecca. His office floor is covered with vinyl records and CDs. Music from a stereo carpets the conversations there.The 62-year-old, with a curly mop of hair and a short-bristled ‘stache, looks like a throwback. He speaks with an aloofness of an accomplished rocker. Even his computer, an old block of beige plastic, somehow makes him more rock ‘n’ roll.Saturday is officially “Terry Currier Day” in Portland, as proclaimed by mayor Ted Wheeler. Although he spends the lion’s share of his day there, and his record store has been invaluable to the city’s eclectic personality, Currier is a Vancouver native.Before he owned Music Millennium, he moved to the Lincoln neighborhood, he said, so he could “play my music as loud as I wanted, any time of day, without having to worry about the neighbors.”
Open source content management systems aren’t just the ticket for smaller publishers trying to ramp up their Web infrastructure on a tight budget. Larger publishers are opting for open source CMS as well with Drupal and Joomla getting much of the attention. In the chart on the right, Folio: compares some of the features offered by open source with enterprise CMS TeamSite (courtesy of CMSMatrix.org).Comparing Drupal, JoomlaA number of popular publications, including Fast Company, Us Magazine and MacLife, (and FOLIOmag.com:) all use Drupal for their online presence. Drupal is relatively turnkey and makes some interactive elements such as polls readily accessible. “Drupal has gotten to the point where it’s a sophisticated software platform for both trade publishing and in the ‘Web 2.0’ space,” says Paul Maiorana, director of technology and production at Fast Company. The business publication updated its Web site this past February, and looked to Drupal for the user-friendly features it offered, including “community, social networking, blogs, groups, etc.,” he says.While there are few expert developers for Drupal, users can benefit from the feedback of a fairly large community of fellow users. “It enabled us to get to ground really quickly,” Maiorana says. “Out of the box it’s a powerful piece of software, and the developer community is large. We have a small tech staff in house, so we were able to leverage different disciplines” offered by the software. “We worked with a few different Drupal teams to choose the best in each discipline.”The only drawback that Maiorana saw was in manpower. “Drupal developers are in pretty high demand, so we weren’t able to staff up as quickly as we would have liked,” he noted, although he adds that the updated site is now fully staffed.Joomla was chosen by Las Vegas Sports Magazine when the 6,000-circ publisher launched its online presence in January 2007.“Once you set up Joomla, if you know Microsoft Word, you can update the site as needed,” says Web developer Rob Kristie, founder and CEO of RosieDog Creative, who built the site, LVSportsMagazine.com. “It literally took only about two hours’ worth of training to bring the publishers up to speed on managing the Web site.”
The Alaska Legislative Council approved an additional $650,000 to its $5.8 million Capitol building renovation contract on Thursday.Demolition of the north wall of the west wing of the Capitol will proceed this fall, instead of in 2015. The updated contract won’t change the overall scope of the renovations in Juneau.Listen now: This was the view from Rep. Alan Austerman’s fifth floor Capitol office in June. (Photo courtesy Legislative Affairs Agency)This summer’s work was focused on the west wall of the Capitol along Main Street. That’s where scaffolding’s been up all summer. The work has been as much about discovering the integrity of the 84-year-old building’s structure, as it is about making it earthquake resistant.Wayne Jensen is the project architect. He told the Legislative Council, which manages the legislature’s budget and support staff, that the contractors are on schedule and the work has gone well this summer.“The concrete frame that was exposed is in good shape,” Jensen said. “We found there’s some discrepancy in the plumbness of the building, that the concrete was out of plumb a little bit.”In other words, the walls weren’t quite vertical.“And we’re able to deal with that. So all in all, things have gone well.”Jensen told legislators that doing extra work this season will save time and could save the state money.It also resolves the contractors’ concern about a possible conflict next year. Demolishing the north wall of the west wing while masonry work is underway on the new and improved west wall would be bad.Jon Pulver is Dawson Construction’s project engineer.“And the problem is, if you’re doing that, and you have masons that make it up, essentially, if they catch us as we’re going around and demoing, then we’ll have to hold them off because you can’t have that vibration going through and having the brick and the fresh mortar with vibration,” Pulver said.The mortar could set improperly, according to Dawson.The overall Capitol renovation is expected to be complete in 2016. The contractors are working their way around the Capitol clockwise, rebuilding exterior walls. Work will continue to be scheduled around the winter legislative sessions.In addition to the earthquake improvements, the project will also expand the building into the courtyard and replace the heating system.Contractors completed the first phase in 2013. It focused on the main entrance of the Capitol, making the marble steps, marble columns and the portico the columns supported structurally sound. They had all become very vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake.