first_imgBy Carol Trivette, PhDEngaging families can be simple at times yet very hard at others. One of the things that can make it hard for practitioners is when we do not know how families REAL feel about a situation. The situation might concern something you are doing or saying to the family. The situation might concern the child’s development or behavior. Or, the situation might concern how the family is changing during deployment or another major life event. But regardless of whether we know what the situation is or not, we might be unsure of what to do or say. If we knew what the parent was feeling, then we might know what to say. What if we carried around a set of emoji expression cards, then families could just hold up a card to indicate how they are feeling….mad, surprised, sad, or confused… maybe then we would know what to say? Would an emoji really help us know what to say next? Probably not.Emojis“Negative” emotions are a little daunting because we might not know exactly what is going on in a parent’s life, and we may worry that asking about it might be seen as disrespectful, intrusive, insensitive, or rude. Yet it is very awkward to know that something is wrong with a parent you are visiting and just continue with the conversation as if everything is fine.We want to be respectful, sensitive, responsive, collaborative, and flexible. What if we just put on a sincere emoji face and say to the parent, “It seems like something is up. Is there something you want to talk about?” Through these questions we are being honest (“it seems like something is up”), respectful (“is there something you want to talk about?”), and yet at the same time we are not pressuring the parent to talk. If the response is “No,” we can respond by saying, “Ok, but if you change your mind, I’ll be glad to listen.” This is respectful and sensitive (“OK”), while also demonstrating our willingness to be responsive (“I’ll be glad to listen if you want to talk”).If the parent indicates that they would like to talk about what is happening and they begin to share, then we need to be really good listeners. Remember “listen” has the same letters as “silent.” Respectful listeners do not talk over the other person, make light of the problem, or offer suggestions or solutions. Good listeners are quiet, attentive, and they reflect on what a person says to clarify. After a while if the parent indicates that advice is welcome, this is the time to start a collaborative, empowering conversation. You might begin by asking, “What have you thought might help?” or “What have you tried in the past that helped?” This response is respectful, because it does not appear that you have a magic answer and the implication is that the parent’s ideas or previous experiences might be helpful.Even in a world where parents routinely tell us what they are feeling with an emoji card, we probably still would not know what to say. But perhaps the next time you are in an awkward situation with a parent, you will think of an appropriate emoji. Then, try putting on a sincere emoji face and use one of these prompts to start a conversation. Just remember that you can only start the conversation, parents do not have to join it. It is their decision and we have to respect that.  This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

first_imgThe steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise,The steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise new metaphors of choreographed comfort and designer aesthetics. Here’s exploring some concept hotels that transcend the quintessential parameters of hospitality and service to imbue imagination with pure panache: from a grid shell studded with 5,800 LED colour changing glass panels that overlook a F-1 race track to a free-spirited design that simulates the feathers worn by Brazilian dancers during the Rio Carnival, these are ‘inhabited sculptures’. Here indulgence is karma and opulence, it’s behoving consort.Thousands of blue LED lights breathe life into the grid-shell of the Yas by nightYas Hotel, Abu DhabiIn the hierarchy of avant-garde and overwhelming constructions, the UAE has managed to establish itself as a status group.This concept hotel, designed by New York City-based Asymptote Architecture, bears testimony to the tall claim. What sets it apart is its 217mt long sweeping curvilinear grid shell. This grid shell is studded with 5,800 pivoted diamondshaped LED colour changing glass panels. The pixelated lighting design, created in collaboration with London’s Arup Lighting, features a smooth flow of colours through its double curved surface and is a veritable visual treat, especially at night. Resembling the shape of an atmospheric veil looming above, the shell fuses two towers and a link bridge. The steel sculpted link bridge even overlooks a Formula 1 race track that snakes its way through the building complex. A luxe altar for sports and style, the hotel is a wondrous exercise in imagery.A deliberate use of glass on the exterior plays out the beauty of Kameha Grand’s surroundingsKameha Grand, BonnSituated on the most strategic trade route of the world wars-Rhineland; the location is its leitmotif. The hotel is surrounded by the Rhine on one side and the picturesque Siebengebirge mountains on the other. In fact, the silhouette cuts into soft curves at the edges, towards the river on one side and the valley on the other. Aiming to embrace its picturesque surroundings, German architect Karl-heinz-Schommer’s design features an exterior skin that has been kept transparent through the extensive use of glass. The 21-mt high dome draws upon the idioms and tone of the open beam roof of Winchester’s Great Hall and the straight hallways are inspired by 19th century English shopping passages. Contemporary art adorning a junior suite bathThe curvy shape and huge glass facade cocoon the quirky interiors conceived by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Interestingly, the building is one of the largest geothermal facilities in Europe and has the capacity to store summer heat for winter and winter breeze for summer. The Kameha is a refreshing getaway from the usual mandated cleverness-it takes the familiar by surprise.Grand Lisboa’s gaming area is studded with crystals and gold leavesGrand Lisboa, MacauWhen Hong Kong based architect Dennis Lau wanted a motif for free-spiritedness, he looked no further than the Rio Carnival. The concept is inspired by the feathers in a Brazilian dancer’s headdress. The structure made of glass, iron and steel arches out 21mt from the waist to the tip of the feather, making each room slightly different in size and shape. The 213mt high tower sits atop a dome inspired by the Lotus, which is Macau’s national flower. Striking enough during the day, the hotel morphs into an ‘Ode to Enchanted Light’ during the night bathed with one million LEDs. The tower’s feathers swathed in daylightWhat’s more, the over-whelming waterfalls, chandeliers, Turkish baths, and the Swarovski studded lobby ensure that the interiors pay as much homage to the cult of excess as the facade. Its bold design may run contrary to the conventional, but courting controversy is the mark of the maverick.The walkway entrance of the Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental, BarcelonaNovelty in architecture isn’t merely restricted to fabulous facades; the interior structure and design plays just as vital a role. Carving a niche in a world of couture constructs, Barcelonabased OAB Architects’ design takes material objects and elevates them to the sublime. No mean task. This building opens to a light-drenched foyer set in pristine white-furnished with large windows and skylights-that offers unbroken views of all nine floors of the hotel from the foyer itself. A bird-cage white suspension envelops the lounge area at the MOPossibly the most spectacular design element in the hotel is an enormous, rectangular, metallic grid, suspended over its restaurant’s tables, allowing for greater privacy. Above this structure, a surprising ‘hanging garden’ effect has been created by the addition of a number of plants. Another interesting element is the floating catwalk from the pavement to the main entrance, which literally affords a feeling of walking on air.Divine by designHotels to watch out for in 2011.The pool at Ritz Carlton, the world’s tallest hotel, sits on the 118th floorRitz Carlton, Hong KongIf you thought, taller, bigger, better was the classic American syndrome, check out it’s Asian variant: the Ritz carlton. Perched atop Hong Kong’s tallest building-the International Commerce Centre-the hotel is the world’s highest hotel at 488 mts. Besides the obvious panoramic views of the Victoria harbour, traditional Chinese fittings and art-inspired interiors, the lobby shines vibrant with Palissandro blue marble stretches and orange onyx walls. The rooms are done up in oriental accents played out by flowery patterns in the carpets and vibrant tangerine silk interiors of the closets which resemble Chinese jewel boxes. Another stunner is the diamond ballroom, which is an eye-popping display of sparkling chandeliers and crystals.Missoni, KuwaitOverlooking the Arabian Gulf and set amid Kuwait’s bustling shopping centre, Rosita Missoni’s 18 floor design baby is all set to become the epitome of choreographed couture. Drawing inspiration from the land and sea of Kuwait, she blends gold, beige and turquoise in her signature mosaic urns which embellish the entrance. Everything, from the walls to the furniture and upholstery is bathed in vibrant patterns and bold colours. While the rooms use linens from the designer’s home range, the amenities draw on her signature fragrances. Now that’s what you call haute on call and cool by design.W London, Leicester SquareIf bling is your thing, this is where you need to check in! While the lift lobbies are done up in chic purple, the rooms flaunt random and eclectic lamps, union jack cushions and golden floating beds. Interestingly, the facade of this rectangular shaped soft-curved building turns into a dazzling light show by night. It is mounted with eight cameras which span pictures of adjacent buildings and a custom software which compresses them into a two minute film. The film is then recreated on the exterior through 600 lights diffused through fritted glass. Mirroring the future, we say.Palazzo Versace’s interiors draw on Italian designPalazzo Versace, DubaiOverlooking the waters of Dubai Creek is this classic palatial complex that houses private residences and hotel suites stylised by Versace. The structure evokes Middle Eastern culture through its exterior cornices, stonemasons, sculptures, giant pillars and capitals. The historic palatial interiors are an ideal backdrop for the bespoke mosaic artwork, reminiscent of Italian craftsmanship. The landscaping features grand fountains, lagoons and reflection pools. Classic Italian dandy.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United have confirmed via their official website and social media accounts that Marcus Rashford will don the iconic No. 10 jersey.Rashford now joins the rank of legends such as David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who all wore the famous number.He wore the No. 10 for the first time in the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich and after the match, Manchester United’s official Twitter account confirmed it was his new squad number.It’s official – @MarcusRashford is #MUFC’s new no.10! 👍 pic.twitter.com/aEGPzmz5WB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2018Rashford wore the No. 19 jersey last season and takes over the No. 10 from Ibrahimovic who joined LA Galaxy in March.Jose Mourinho told MUTV that Rashford wanted to wear the No. 10 from the very beginning.“He wanted it,” Mourinho said.“He always wanted it. Of course, he respected the big Rooney and then Zlatan wanted to have it.“Of course, he was in the shadow, waiting for the opportunity and now the shirt is empty.“It’s something fantastic for the kid, let’s give the shirt to him.” Football: Yerry Mina to Manchester United? Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 24 (PTI) Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) today reported over two-fold jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 590.80 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2016.The company had registered a consolidated net profit of Rs 238.40 crore in the July-September quarter a year ago, ZEEL said in a filing with the BSE.ZEELs total income on consolidated basis was up 2.67 per cent to Rs 1,785.18 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 1,738.67 crore of the corresponding quarter last fiscal.The company has reported other income of Rs 203.13 crore during the quarter as against Rs 43.23 crore.”During Q2 of FY 2017-18, the transaction for Sale of Sports Broadcasting business of the Company to Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited and its Affiliates (SPNI) was consummated with remittance of the balance consideration by SPNI,” the company said.Its total expenses was down 13.83 per cent to Rs 1,147.05 crore as against Rs 1,331.26 crore.ZEELs revenue from advertising in the second quarter of 2017-18 was at Rs 986.74 crore, up 2.87 per cent, as against Rs 959.16 crore in the same period last fiscal.However, its consolidated revenue from subscription was down 14.04 per cent to Rs 501.41 crore as against Rs 583.34 crore in the year-ago period.Shares of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd were trading at Rs 518.45 on BSE, up 5.19 per cent from previous close. PTI KRH MRlast_img read more

first_imgIndia opener Rohit Sharma turned a new leaf in his career when Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked him to open the innings for India. There was no looking back for the run-machine since. But he isn’t the only one who has benefited from being pushed to the top of the order. Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler turned from an impressive batsman to a match-winner when RR decided to make him open last season in the Indian Premier League.Speaking to IANS, the Englishman said that it is indeed true that his career has gone from strength to strength after he was made to open the innings for Rajasthan in the last edition of the cash-rich league. From being a quality bat, he went on to become a destructive player who can now change the course of the match with bat in hand.”It has been an incredible year personally. I think last year when I started with the Royals, I was doing okay, but I wasn’t quite feeling like I was showing exactly what I was capable of and a change to the top of the order coincided with a great run of form and from there I was very lucky to be involved with England in Test match cricket and had a really enjoyable summer. Have been riding that wave ever since and looking to make it continue and last as long as possible,” he smiled.While he has been in top form, this IPL will be remembered for KXIP skipper R. Ashwin ‘Mankading’ him in their opening game. From a position of strength, Royals lost the game. While many believed that his sudden and uncharacteristic dismissal changed the course of the game, Buttler begs to differ.advertisement”I am not sure it changed the course because we were still confident that we would go over the line. I just feel we were in a good position and couldn’t finish the game from there. I think the guys actually handled everything really well and didn’t seem to get too distracted by it. Unfortunately, we just didn’t quite play well enough in the end to win the game. It is always frustrating when you don’t finish the games, but you have to learn from that,” he pointed.Asked to comment on what makes his journey with the Royals special, Buttler said: “I have really enjoyed the environment at Rajasthan. There is a nice relaxed atmosphere round the group and it is a great franchise to be a part of. This is my fourth IPL and I am taking the experiences from the first two with Mumbai Indians and a more successful season last year with the runs I scored (for RR) and I keep looking back at them to know what works for me and how to keep getting the best out of myself. Have enjoyed the role at the top of the order,” he said.RR brand ambassador Shane Warne feels that Buttler is a champion cricketer and the wicket-keeper feels that it has been quite an experience to interact with someone like the legendary leg-spinner.”It was an amazing experience to get to know Warne. Obviously one of the best players to have played the game and I loved listening to him and talk about the game and how he sees things. He got the best out of people last season as mentor and I think that rubbed off on me as well. It was a privilege to get to know him. This is one of the fantastic things about the IPL that you get to be coached by some of the best in the world,” he acknowledged.After the highly successful season in 2018, there were questions if Buttler could continue the form into the 12th edition and to be fair to the Englishman, he has done it in style. “It is never easy, but I think I have understood my game a lot more in the last couple of years and know how to get the best out of myself more consistently and just look to do that. I don’t try to think too much about last season or emulate that. I take it one game at a time and adapt to conditions and keep trusting my play,” he said.Also Read | David Warner shows how to avoid getting Mankaded when R Ashwin bowlslast_img read more

first_img Twitter The following CTV News Vancouver broadcasters assume new roles effective today (Thursday, Aug. 23):Mi-Jung Lee and Scott Roberts become the new co-anchor team for weekday editions of CTV NEWS AT SIX. A formidable team of veteran journalists, Lee and Roberts led CTV News Vancouver’s RTDNA Award-winning newscast from the B.C. forest fires in the summer of 2017. Both have also been honoured with Jack Webster Awards for excellence in journalism in British Columbia.Scott Hurst becomes lead anchor for CTV NEWS AT NOON and CTV NEWS AT FIVE from Monday through Thursday, and continues to deliver comprehensive reports from the field on Fridays. A familiar and trusted face to CTV News Vancouver viewers, Hurst has previously reported on a multitude of noteworthy stories including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Vancouver Port chemical fire in 2015, and the 2017 provincial election.Michele Brunoro continues her role as senior reporter for CTV News Vancouver newscasts from Monday through Thursday, and takes over as Friday anchor of CTV NEWS AT NOON and CTV NEWS AT FIVE. Raised in the Fraser Valley, Brunoro maintains a strong passion for her local community and has been recognized with three Jack Webster Awards, most recently for her contributions to the coverage of B.C.’s opioid crisis.Nafeesa Karim assumes a unique anchor and co-producer role for weekend editions of CTV NEWS AT SIX and CTV NEWS AT 11:30. In this newly created role, Karim will assist with managing editorial decisions for weekend newscasts, and contribute additional reports on local breaking news throughout the week. Facebook VANCOUVER – CTV News Vancouver announced today the final phase of the station’s major refresh of its locally focused newscasts. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Mi-Jung Lee and Scott Roberts have been named the new co-anchors of CTV News at Six.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Global stock indexes jumped Wednesday to reverse some of their big losses from the week before. In the U.S., technology companies rallied and energy companies rose along with crude oil prices. Health care and industrial companies also jumped, while safer, high-dividend stocks like utilities and household goods makers were little changed.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 31 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,668 at 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 271 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 24,641. The Nasdaq composite jumped 110 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 7,142. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 19 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 1,460.Stocks have gyrated this week after they took steep losses at the end of the week before. The repeated changes in direction reflect investors’ nervousness about the health of the global economy, as economic growth is expected to slow down in 2019 and the U.S.-China trade dispute and rising interest rates could both make that slowdown more painful.EARLY LEADERS: Among technology companies, Microsoft rallied 2 per cent to $110.79 and Apple added 1.3 per cent to $170.87. Amazon gained 2.3 per cent to $1,681 and Netflix jumped 3.6 per cent to $274.89 as internet and media companies joined in the gains.Among industrials, Caterpillar climbed 2.5 per cent to $126.27 and Boeing rose 1.4 per cent to $326.50. Equipment rental company United Rentals surged 7.8 per cent to $109.76 after it gave strong forecasts for 2019 and said it will start buying back more stock this month. The company said it stopped buying its own stock at the beginning of November following an acquisition.TURMOIL IN BRITAIN: British legislators forced a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May. The vote is scheduled for later Wednesday and could end May’s tenure and bring even more chaos into British politics. Lawmakers within the Conservative Party have expressed frustrations with May over her negotiations of Britain’s departure from the European Union, and many of them want a cleaner break from the trading bloc. Opposition lawmakers don’t want Britain to leave the EU.The uncertainty has knocked the British pound sharply lower in recent days, but it rose Wednesday to $1.2622 from $1.2527. The British FTSE 100 stock index added 1.1 per cent.INFLATION WATCH: U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, according to the Labor Department. Prices had edged up over the previous seven months. Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.2 per cent in November and is up 2.2 per cent over the last year. However energy prices fell sharply as the price of crude oil plunged more than 20 per cent in November.OVERSEAS: The CAC 40 in France surged 2 per cent and Germany’s DAX rose 1.3 per cent. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.4 per cent. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.6 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 0.7 per cent to $52.02 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 1.5 per cent to $61.08 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices slipped. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.89 per cent from 2.88 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 113.29 yen from 113.40 yen. The euro rose to $1.1361 from $1.1325.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgAs a result of the gun being fired, a woman inside the home received a non-life-threatening injury to her arm.Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and that there is no danger to the public. The residents of the home are known to police.Sgt. Tyreman added that no further information will be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of the police investigation.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One woman was injured during a home invasion that occurred on the city’s east side over the weekend.Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 29th, three armed individuals forced their way into a home in the 8600-block of 76th Street.Once inside, one of the residents was involved in a struggle with one of the gunmen, which resulted in several shots being fired.last_img read more

TORONTO — Ontario will spend up to $100 million to help natural gas suppliers create more fuelling stations to encourage more trucks to use the fuel instead of diesel or gasoline.The Canadian Press has learned the move to expand the use of natural gas as a fuel for trucks will be part of the Liberal government’s action plan on climate change, which will be released Wednesday.Sources say there is some interest in the trucking industry for a switch to natural gas, but truckers want to see a province-wide network of fuelling stations.Joe Oliver: Ontario’s electricity fiasco is going to get much, much worseDriverless vehicles are going to change our world, but at what cost?The sources also say the action plan will not call for a ban or phasing-out of natural gas or any other fossil fuels for home heating as reported earlier.Natural gas is used to heat more than three-quarters of the homes in Ontario, and critics had warned that phasing it out would drive up energy costs for everyone.Provincial experts believe a steady rise in the price of natural gas as governments put a price on carbon will eventually prompt homeowners and builders to look for cheaper, cleaner alternatives, so they see no need to ban fossil fuels for home heating.The sources say the province will offer incentives when homeowners are ready to install alternatives such as geo-thermal or heat pump systems, and point out no one is talking about a return to old-fashioned electric baseboard heaters.They say the idea is to give consumers a choice, not to force them into making changes, and the Liberals will be ready with financial support when homeowners decide on their own to switch to cleaner alternatives.The province already announced the climate change action plan will include $100 million to help municipalities recover methane from landfills, green bins, manure and sewage treatment plants and turn it into so-called renewable natural gas.The plan will also include $900 million to retrofit social housing and apartment buildings with such things as energy-efficient windows and thermal insulation on pipes.Ontario will implement a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions as the other part of its plan to address climate change, and expects that will add about $5 a month to home heating bills and about 4.3 cents a litre to the price of gasoline.The Liberal government hopes to raise $1.9 billion a year from joining a cap-and-trade plan with California and Quebec, which will allow industrial polluters to buy extra emission credits if necessary or sell emission credits that they don’t use.The government has promised all of that money will be spent on initiatives that help individuals, companies and municipalities adapt to new cleaner technologies that will reduce their carbon footprint.Ontario’s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, by 37 per cent in 2030 and by 80 per cent in 2050. read more

Warning of an urgent need for real progress in dealing with the causes and consequences of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on governments to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, and to do much more besides.“The Kyoto Protocol is an essential first step in this direction, and its entry into force is of utmost importance. But of course, much more effort will be needed,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Milan, Italy, delivered by Jose Antonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.United States President George W. Bush rejected the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, and published reports this month said Russia had also decided to reject it. Without either United States or Russian support the treaty cannot go into effect, and in September Mr. Annan appealed to Russia to ratify it.“More and more people are coming to understand that the mitigation and adaptation to climate change is a vast undertaking that will require a sustained effort for decades to come, and will affect many realms of human endeavour,” Mr. Annan said in today’s message.The 188-member UNFCCC’s ultimate objective is to achieve “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”As the session met, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported that natural disasters, the lion’s share of them weather-related, cost the world over $60 billion this year, up from around $55 billion in 2002. read more

As parties to the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) prepare to meet this spring to curb the spread of illicit arms, the United Nations atomic watchdog today spotlighted a series of steps for speedy action including a moratorium on new facilities that could produce weapons-grade fuel and a clampdown on smuggling.“It is clear that recent events have placed the NPT and the regime supporting it under unprecedented stress, exposing some of its inherent limitations and pointing to areas that need to be adjusted,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said.Over the past two years the IAEA has been particularly busy with undeclared nuclear activities which Iran carried on for nearly two decades, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) withdrawal from NPT, which Mr. ElBaradei has called a dangerous precedent, and the possibility that nuclear weapons could fall into terrorist hands.The 2005 Review Conference of the 188 States Parties, meeting from 2 to 27 May at UN Headquarters in New York, is seen as a turning point in efforts to hammer out priorities to confront the new threats.Mr. ElBaradei has proposed seven steps to strengthen the NPT regime and, with it, world security. “Some of the needed fixes can be made in May, but only if governments are ready to act,” he said.The steps, which would not require amending the Treaty, include a five-year moratorium on building new facilities for uranium enrichment and plutonium separation, materials that can be used for weapons production. “There is no compelling reason for building more of these proliferation-sensitive facilities. The nuclear industry already has more than enough capacity to fuel its power plants and research facilities,” Mr. ElBaradei said.Other “fixes” are a speed-up of efforts to convert research reactors operating with highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium and to make HEU unnecessary for all peaceful nuclear applications; increased access for IAEA inspectors nuclear sites; swift Security Council action in the case of any country that withdraws from the NPT; speedy action by all countries to prosecute any illicit trading in nuclear materials and technology; accelerated implementation by all five nuclear weapon States of their “unequivocal commitment” to nuclear disarmament; and, in light of the volatility of long-standing tensions that give rise to proliferation in regions like the Middle East and the Korean peninsula, action to resolve existing security deficits and provide security assurances. read more

by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2017 8:13 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Samsung shareholders welcome stock price gains, rue scandals SEOUL, South Korea – Shareholders of Samsung Electronics praised the company Friday for big gains in its share price while lamenting its involvement in a massive corruption scandal that brought the arrest of the company’s de facto leader.Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung’s chief executive, told an annual shareholders meeting the scandal was regrettable, but the company did nothing illegal.Five Samsung executives, including its vice chairman and founding family heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, have been indicted on bribery and other charges.The scandal resulted in the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye earlier this month.Calls to reform Samsung and other conglomerates are gaining momentum after Samsung, Hyundai, SK, LG and other major businesses made big donations to foundations controlled by a friend of Park’s who has been charged with meddling in state affairs.Some shareholders expressed concern over growing public hostility to Samsung, South Korea’s biggest company.The company’s image has also taken a big hit from cases of overheating and sometimes exploding batteries of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smart phones. Samsung ended up discontinuing the product just weeks after it was launched in August.Shin Jong-kyun, a Samsung president, promised shareholders the company will put “flawless” products through extensive safety checks. The precautions would be perfect, he said.Samsung is due to unveil the Galaxy S8 smartphone next week, its first major smartphone launch since the battery fiasco.But the main focus of attention during Friday’s meeting was the scandal.Some found fault with the company’s apologies.One shareholder, who said he worked at the company for 26 years, demanded an explanation for how Samsung’s board of auditors, which included a former national chief prosecutor, could have allowed corporate funds to be misused.Kwon, the chief executive, denied Samsung did anything unlawful in making the donations to Park’s associate.“It was a donation that was traditional and customary,” Kwon said. “The auditing committee found it was executed through normal procedures.”Samsung says it will require its board of directors to approve any donations of over 1 billion won ($89 million) to prevent future scandals.A newly created committee to improve the company’s governance structure will be appointed by next month, the company said. It is still searching for a global business leader to join its board.While shareholders were shaken by the scandal and resulting damage to the company’s image, many praised the company for delivering strong results overall.Samsung stock jumped more than 60 per cent from a year ago thanks to strong performance of its semiconductor business, which offset the damage from the Note 7 battery troubles.“I can’t help rejoicing over how the value of my asset has gone up,” said one shareholder surnamed Park. read more

Price – Layton Age 6309-22-1955 to 09-14-2019Roy spent his younger years of life in the Carbon County Area. In his early teenage years his family moved to the Layton Utah Area. Roy was married to Shannon Whitesides and together they had two children Sunny Parkinson and Robbie McKendrick. They were later divorced and he married Debbie Barber. Together He and Debbie had a son Terry McKendrick. Roy had 2 step-children that he raised as his own also.Roy was a Transportation Specialist and had a Trucking company R & D Trucking that he owned and operated for many years. Roy was a pioneer in providing hot shot or expedited shipping services as well as contracted supplies to many companies and organizations. Roy was very devoted to his profession and his customers. He was always there to help his customers in need and always found a way to take care of the need.Roy was a genuine man and had a great love for his family. Family was always a priority and came first in all aspects of his life.Roy is survived by his wife Debbie McKendrick, daughter Sunny Parkinson, son’s Robby and Terry McKendrick and 2 step-children Brandy Barber and Stanley Barber, sisters Lori Fritz and Kay Fellows and many grandchildren.Roy is preceded in death by his parents Sherman EmRoy and Twila Mae McKendrick as well as his grandparents and many aunts and uncles and a grandchild.Funeral Services will be help Saturday September 21, 2019 at the Layton LDS Church at 3:00 P.M. read more

first_imgAumund, a company focused on providing spare parts supply on a global level, is expanding its spare parts service into a worldwide logistics network. The company aims to provide high spare parts availability and fast shipment of important parts and components from these new facilities in order to guarantee a permanent readiness of devices and equipment for its customers.  The core of the organisation and competence centre for all spare part issues is the company’s head office in Rheinberg. Here, internal work flows are optimised to meet increased requirements on performance, flexibility and efficiency in its spare parts supply further accelerating spare parts handling. At the same time, large investments to introduce new, more modern manufacturing methods and to extend the manufacturing capacities has, according to the company, resulted in shortening the throughput times in production.An extension of storage capacity in Rheinburg has also ensured that all current spare parts are continually in stock. Thanks to this, urgently required spare parts can be dispatched within 24 hours. Aumund only supplies genuine Aumund spare parts which the company says guarantees longevity, accuracy of fit, and perfect functioning.Based on the strategic positioning of regional spare parts stockists on different continents, Aumund will in the future have a global spare parts and service network. In addition to the Rheinberg facility and the regional stock at Aumund in Atlanta, another facility has been built in Hong Kong, supplying the Asian area. Thanks to adaptable computer systems, worldwide networking of these locations is possible allowing access to the inventories from any facility. A further expansion of the network is planned to follow soon with stocks in Chennai (India) and São Paulo (Brazil).last_img read more

first_imgUpdated at 14.22LIVERPOOL AND CELTIC have confirmed a pre-season friendly will take place between the two sides at the Aviva Stadium on August 10.Some details of the game were previously announced on Ticketmaster, with the clubs formally confirming the details today.In addition, Celtic manager Neil Lennon was in Dublin this afternoon to give a press conference in relation to the fixture.It is understood that tickets will be available to buy from this Wednesday.It will be the first time the sides have met since their 2002/03 UEFA Cup encounter, which Celtic ultimately won 3-1 on aggregate.Sevilla accept Manchester City bid for Jesus Navas>VIDEO: Jose Mourinho’s first interview since joining Chelsea>last_img read more

Stranger Things Fans Decode Strange Phone Message About Jim Hopper

first_img 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality Stay on target Stranger Things Season 3 has left some fans in the dark, since (warning: spoilers ahead!) police chief Jim Hopper, who is played by David Harbour, was seemingly killed in the season finale. However, Stranger Things fans recently decoded a secret phone message via Harbour’s Instagram account, and it might be telling another story.During the Stranger Things season finale, Hopper sacrificed himself to seal the gate between the real world and the Upside Down, IndieWire reported. Hopper’s death was questioned though during a post-credits scene, which was set in Russia and revealed that an imprisoned American was residing in a jail cell there. Some fans think that this “imprisoned American” could be Hopper and that he didn’t really die at the end of Stranger Things Season 3.David Harbour’s Instagram page, with a number as his profile picture. (Photo Credit: David Harbour / Instagram)Even more puzzling is the activity on Harbour’s Instagram account. Since the Stranger Things Season 3 premiere on July 4, Harbour kept changing his Instagram profile picture with a series of numbers, and when they were put together, they showed a phone number: 618-625-8313. Those who called the number received a message from Murray Bauman, a private investigator in the series portrayed by Brett Gelman.“Hi, you have reached the residence of Murray Bauman,” the message says, according to CNET.com. “Mom, if this is you, please hang up and call me between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. as previously discussed, OK? If this is Joyce [Byers], Joyce [Byers], thank you for calling, I have been trying to reach ya. I have an update. It’s about, well, it’s probably best if we speak in person. It’s not good or bad, but it’s something.” dadum dee da da deet dee deet dee de pic.twitter.com/VLXjFyikAM— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 10, 2019Could Bauman have an important message for Joyce Byers, who was very close to Hopper? And if so, could Hopper still be alive?Harbour hasn’t commented on the bizarre phone message yet, and when Entertainment Tonight asked him about Stranger Things Season 4, Harbour didn’t reveal any spoilers.“I mean, I have no idea! [Laughs] I have no idea! I mean that, of course, is my hope too,” Harbour told Entertainment Tonight. “It seems pretty crazy though. You know, that machine went off and blew up and Hopper seemed to be trapped there.”Stranger Things Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix.More on Geek.com:Jeff Bezos Recreates ‘Stranger Things’ Christmas Lights SceneMaya Hawke’s Dad Posts Cute ‘Stranger Things’ Instagram TributeThe Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toyslast_img read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles WhatsApp WWE attendance figures from April 15 to April 20, 2015.* 4/15 live event in Hamburg, Germany: 9,500 fans.* 4/16 live event in Budapest, Hungary: 8,500 fans.* 4/16 live event in Toulouse, France: 4,000 fans.* 4/17 live event in Antwerp, Belgium: 4,000 fans.* 4/17 live event in Dortmund, Germany: 8,000 fans.* 4/18 live event in Zurich, Switzerland: 4,000 fans.* 4/18 live event in Nurnberg, Germany: 7,000 fans (sellout).* 4/18 NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida: 150 fans.* 4/20 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Albany, New York: 6,800 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Facebook Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Twitter Pinterest 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Videos Articles Kurt Anglelast_img read more

first_imgCAIRO — The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists “militarily and politically,” issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.Backing from the 22-country Arab League could provide crucial support across the Middle East for Obama’s effort to assemble an international coalition against the Islamic State, the marauding group that has conquered a swath of Iraq and Syria and committed beheadings and mass killings to sow terror.Already, NATO forces have agreed to take on the extremists.Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said that what is needed from Arab countries is a “clear and firm decision for a comprehensive confrontation” with “cancerous and terrorist” groups. The Arab League includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday and then outline his plan to the war-weary American public Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”last_img read more

first_imgA welder shields his face from sparks. (Pixabay photo by Fernando Fleitas)Governor Bill Walker is sponsoring legislation he said would make it easier to determine if someone is an employee or an independent contractor.Listen nowWalker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries. The issue is particularly important to trade unions that supported Walker in the 2014 governor’s race.Alaska’s Small Business Association said the new definition is too narrow for industries that rely heavily on independent contractors, namely construction. But construction workers, as well as a few employers, testified in favor of the new definition in a March 20 hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee.“I am speaking to you today in support of House Bill 79, specifically the part that pertains to misclassified workers,” Charlie Young said. ”I’ve been working in the painting and drywall finishing trade my entire adult life, and have never seen the abuse of this so high”For the most part, those who testified said the same thing: some employers purposely mis-classify workers to lower their cost of labor and gain an unfair competitive advantage in the bidding process.“More and more, these cheating contractors are winning the bids on projects, as I watch the amount of work for me get less and less,” Young told legislators.Paul Grossi, a lobbyist for the Alaska Pipe Trades Union, said workers don’t often think about misclassification until after-the-fact.“I can tell you this: These independent contractors, once they have this injury and they have $200,000 worth of medical bills, they seldom think of themselves as independent contractors,” Grossi said. “So they go to the Worker’s Compensation Board…”Rhonda Gerharz is the chief investigator for the Division of Worker’s Compensation Special Investigations Unit.  When employers fail to pay workers compensation insurance, whether it’s missing a payment or misclassifying workers, it’s her job to fix it.“There are some who are very well versed and are deliberately trying to save money and trying to underbid their competitors,” Gerharz explained. “And there are others who are just not, perhaps not savvy business people and they think that they can just call someone an independent contractor and issue them a 1099… and that’s not how it works.”Gerharz said a lot of her cases come from the construction industry, but the issue is ubiquitous.“We have to educate people all the time that the state of Alaska actually determines employee status by a very difficult and confusing test,” Gerharz said.That’s where this new definition would come into play. Gerharz said it would not change the number of workers who qualify for worker’s compensation. Rather, it would make it very clear to both employers and workers who is an independent contractor and who is not.After pushback from the small business association, broader language was adopted, but it hasn’t satisfied the group. Their concern is that it would raise the cost of business and that this new definition would eventually come into play for other benefits such as unemployment insurance and minimum wage.Grossi said he hopes that will be the case.“If this passes, then it’ll give a blueprint for … so that they have similar elements,” Grossi said, referring to other employee benefits that his union would like to see more workers get. “But you gotta start somewhere, and this is the biggest problem.”Grossi’s not sure if Walker’s bills will pass. He’s been working on this issue for more than 20 years, and it’s never been successful.The House bill passed out of the Labor and Commerce Committee, but it has to make it through two more committees before it moves to the floor. Its senate counterpart faces one fewer committee.The session is scheduled to end on April 16, but this issue has triggered special sessions in the past.last_img read more

first_imgAfter huge fall yesterday, stability returning back in stock market: Market Expert866 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00After huge fall yesterday, stability returning back in stock market: Market Expert866 viewsBusinessMumbai, Jan 07 (ANI): Market Expert Sunil Shah on Wednesday said that after a huge fall in the stock market yesterday, it seems like stability is returning back to the global capital markets. Shah also said that the European market opening later in the day will also have a bearing on India’s markets. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Tuesday fell 854 points as a tumble in oil prices roiled global markets. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty also dropped points, opening at below the 8,300 mark. However, Shah said that Indian markets will recover more rapidly than others at the time.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Mumbai, Jan 07 (ANI): Market Expert Sunil Shah on Wednesday said that after a huge fall in the stock market yesterday, it seems like stability is returning back to the global capital markets. Shah also said that the European market opening later in the day will also have a bearing on India’s markets. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Tuesday fell 854 points as a tumble in oil prices roiled global markets. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty also dropped points, opening at below the 8,300 mark. However, Shah said that Indian markets will recover more rapidly than others at the time.last_img read more