America Needs More Entrepreneurs

first_imgRead this article called How Capitalism Dies.There are a bunch of interesting statistics here, like how many people now receive aid from the federal government. But more interesting is the long trend of businesses closing without a greater number opening to replace these businesses.I do believe that business is more difficult than it has ever been. I also believe it is more competitive than ever. I also believe that in this Disruptive Age, there are tons of systemic challenges. But it isn’t so difficult that anyone with a good idea and the intestinal fortitude can’t start and run a business. How can it be that there are more classes on entrepreneurship and fewer entrepreneurs?We need more entrepreneurs.Why Entrepreneurs FailI haven’t seen too many serious entrepreneurs with really bad business ideas (with the exception of some technology entrepreneurs who get excited about counting things). Most of the time, the entrepreneurs I have seen have good, valuable ideas. Their hearts in the right place, and they really want to create something. But the one question I routinely ask tells me everything I need to know about whether or not they will succeed. That question is this:“What is your client acquisition strategy?”Entrepreneur after entrepreneur crumbles when faced with this question. They believe that success comes from acquiring investors. The worst belief they have is that they can take enough investor money and sell the company for some amount of money that stretches credulity. That isn’t entrepreneurship. Get rich quick schemes don’t make you an entrepreneur either.There is no successful entrepreneur anywhere that didn’t create customers.How Entrepreneurs SucceedIf you want to start and build your own business, you need a few things. You need a great way to create value for other people, value that they are willing to pay for. And then you need people who will agree to pay you for that value.I’ve seen entrepreneurs start multimillion dollar business with nothing more than a laptop and the gumption to offer their services (I mean literally. They had nothing else.). I’ve seen entrepreneurs fail after investors poured millions of dollars into their business. The invested money wasn’t as valuable to their survival as the ability to gain paying customers would have been.Capitalism isn’t going to die anytime soon. If you have it in your heart to start something, there is no better time than now. But only if you have the ability and the willingness to go and acquire customers. Without that, you’re a statistic. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FILE PHOTO – FEU’s Bernadeth Pons (2) celebrates with her teammates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University gored through rebuilding San Sebastian in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in its first match in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Team captain Bernadeth Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points while Toni Rose Basas added 11.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters San Sebastian, which went to two straight NCAA finals, will now make do without the lethal Grethcel Soltones, who carried the Lady Stags for the past couple of seasons.“So far so good, and I told them to we have to start this tournament on a good note so we can end this on the same level,” said new FEU head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos. “They have to release their maximum potential in the games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Of course our goal is the championship because it’s still a different when you win a championship, that’s the objective of the team.”Nikka Dalisay led the Lady Stags with 10 points. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

Minister VK Singh writes to Ghaziabad DM on the constituency’s development

first_imgGeneral (retired) VK Singh, the BJP MP from Ghaziabad, has written to the Ghaziabad district magistrate SVS Ranga Rao about the constituency’s development.Singh, who is the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region and External Affairs, told IndiaToday.in that he had indeed sent such a letter which raised 22 points.The points as detailed by Gen Singh are:1. Is there any plan/project pending regarding expansion of Metro Rail in Ghaziabad and what is the status of the same?2. What is the current status of widening of Highways 24&58 in Ghaziabad? In addition to this, is there any proposal pending before state government/Central government for construction of over bridge/under pass etc?3. How many hospitals and PHC’s are in existence in Ghaziabad District and what is there status, in terms of availiability of Doctors, equipment and medicines etc? Is there any proposal pending before the state government/Central government for the modernisation of the same?4. How many governmnet schools are in existence in Ghaziabad district and what is their status, in terms of availiability of teachers/Readers/Professors as well as the building condition? Is the coverage adequate or not may also be indicated.5. What is the current status of Rural electrification in Ghaziabad in terms of completion of Rural electrification projects? In addition to this what is the current status of the urban electrification in terms of condition of street lights, transformers, cable condition (underground and overhead) and availiability of power supply in urban and rural areas of Ghaziabad?6. Is there any plan made for comprehensive development of Khoda village under various schemes of Central/State govt? IF yes, what is the status of the same?7. Is there any special plan for development of Loni area? What is the measure initiated by the State Administration for Public Safety and security in that particular area?8. What is the current status of urban and rural housing for downtrodden and poor people in Ghaziabad District?9. Is there any plan under considerationby the state govt for beautification and purification of Hindon River in Ghaziabad?10. What is the current status of payments to farmers of their agriculture produce? How many Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s are in existence in Ghaziabad Districts and what is their status?11. How many bank branches are in existence in Ghaziabad District and which is the lead bank and whether these Banks adequately cover the district.12. Is there any plan under consideration by the state govt for the rehabilitation of small shopkeepers specially those who are running their shops on street sides and roads?13. What is the present status of connecting of Vijay Nagar/Pratap Viharwith city as well as what is the status of construction of ROB at Vijay Nagar?14. Is their any special projects undertaken for youth in Ghaziabad and what is the status of Nehru Yuva Kendra in terms of their functioning and target achievements? How many sports stadium are in existence in Ghaziabad in rural and urban areas and are they being adequate sports facilities? What is the status of functioning of emplyoment office and what is the status of waiting list of unemplyoyed people?15. How many sick industries are in existence in Ghaziabad? Is there any plan for their rejuvenation as well as their reason for sickness? In addition to this please let me know if any study has been carried out by the state govt for reason of their sickness as well as their suggestion if any for rejuvebation of the same?16. Is there any proposal pending for basic amenities like sewer to be provided in the colonies in Ghaziabad? How many such colonies are in existence lacking in such facilities?17. Is there any proposal pending for regularization of unauthorized colonies? If yes what is the  reason for delay in their regularization?18. How many bus shelters are in existence in Ghaziabad and is there any plan for the expansion of their numbers? How many public utility are in existence in Ghaziabad and is there any plan for the expansion of their numbers?19. What is the status regarding functioning of Sainik Kalyan Board and what all initiative has been taken in the area of welfare, re-emplyoment/resettlement of ex-servicemen.20. What is the current status for adequate construction of pipeline road between Muradnagar to Delhi and what all initiatives has been taken in this regard?21. What is the various state and central govt schemes in respect of comprehensive developments for rural areas, poor and down trodden people, farmers and workers etc?22. I am being approached by my constituents regarding shortage/ inadequate water supply in Ghaziabad, may I request you to please provide me the current status of water supplies with source and condition and functioning of water treatment plant in Ghaziabadadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Mixed feelings for Yogeshwar Dutt after medal upgrade at the expense of dead Russian friend

first_imgJust over a week after Yogeshwar Dutt crashed out of the Rio Olympics with a disappointing show, came a news that he wasn’t expecting.Yogeshwar’s bronze medal at the London Olympics is about to be upgraded to silver after Russian Besit Kudukhov’s samples from 2012 Games tested positive for a banned substance on retesting.But Yogeshwar isn’t celebrating. It’s a mixed bag of feelings for the Sonepat wrestler, who had won a bronze in the 60kg at the London Games.Kudukhov was a friend of Yogeshwar’s and the Indian grappler had trained in Russia for two months before the London Olympics. He won Silver in that Olympics but a year later, died in a car accident in southern Russia at the age of 27.’STRANGE FEELING'”I am feeling very strange because Besit was a good friend of mine. I had trained in Russia for two months before the London Olympics. I knew him well,” Yogeshwar told India Today with almost no signs of celebration around him at the Haryana Police Academy in Madhuban, Karnal.”I felt really bad when I was told that Besit is no more in 2013. But now, I got to know that my medal is being upgraded at the expense of Besit and he is not even alive to say something on this. It’s strange,” the Haryana grappler added.Yogeshwar, an inspirational figure to many budding wrestlers in the country, feels that it would have been far better had he got the Silver medal on the podium at the London Games itself.advertisement”I woke up this morning and got this news that my medal is being upgraded because of an anti-doping rule violation by some other wrestler.”I felt a little strange because it comes four years after the London Games. It would have been sweeter if I had won it in London itself. But nonetheless, I am happy that my countrymen will have something to cheer about as far as I am concerned, especially after my Rio disappointment,” said Yogeshwar. His performance in Rio was surely something that surprised many and many were left heartbroken.’RIO A REAL BAD PHASE’But for those who thought Yogeshwar is done with his wrestling career, he is not ready quit.He is now targeting the World Championships next year and says he will never forget his disappointing performance in Rio, for that will give him the courage and determination to fight back.”Rio Olympics was a real bad phase for me and I am not going to forget it. I will always remember it because even I had not expected myself to perform this bad. But this will give me motivation to rise again and perform. My next target is the World Championships next year,” Yogeshwar signed off.last_img read more

India’s hot streak at home: 12 Tests, 10 wins, 2 draws

first_imgIndia’s domination at home continued when they hammered New Zealand by 197 runs in their historic 500th Test to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. The victory also saw India stretch their unbeaten run at home to 12 matches, a journey that started with a drawn Test against England in 2012. India have won 10 while two resulted in draws.  Here’s a look at India’s last 12 matches at home: INDIA VS ENGLAND, NAGPUR TEST India, who required a victory to draw level the four-Test series vs England, had to content with a draw in the fourth and final Test in Nagpur as the MS Dhoni-led India lost the series 2-1. Batting first, England rode on fifties from Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Matt Prior and Graeme Swann to score 330. In reply, Virat Kohli hit a ton as India were all out for 326, with James Anderson Picking up wickets. (Also read: Kapil will ring the bell to mark India’s 250th home Test at Eden Gardens) In their second innings, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell scored centuries to put England in a strong position before the two captains decided to shake hands. It was a comeback of sorts for England, who lost the first Test in Ahmedabad but bounced back to win in Mumbai and Kolkata. HISTORIC WHITEWASH AUSTRALIA India for the the first time recorded a clean sweep over Australia in a four-match series, back in 2013. While the series was eventful, it also had its share of controversies. The ‘Homework Gate’ became famous after four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, from the Australian squad got axed for ingoring team orders.advertisement Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara toyed with the Aussie bowling attack, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also scoring a double hundred. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up 29 and 24 wickets respectively. INDIA BEAT WEST INDIES, BID ADIEU TO TENDULKAR Later that year, India hosted West Indies for a two-Test series and it was also time to give farewell to Sacin Tendulkar. The entire nation was soaked in bidding goodbye to Tendulkar. (Also read: India vs New Zealand: Gautam Gambhir likely to replace injured KL Rahul ahead of Kolkata Test) In the first Test at Eden Gardens, India defeated West Indies by an innings and 51 runs. Rohit Sharma scored a hundred on his debut and won the Man of the Match award. In Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test, at Wankhede, the Little Master hit 74 while Rohit hit his second consecutive century. India went on to win the match by an innings and 126 runs. Rohit was named Man of the Series. INDIA BEAT SOUTH AFRICA 3-0 It was a spin test for South Africa and they failed in it. After winning the T20 and ODI series, South Africa started the Tests as favourites but Virat Kohli had other plans. It was also the first home Test series for Kohli as captain. India started with a massive 108-run victory in Mohali while Bangalore Test was a draw. India returned to win in Nagpur and sealed the deal in Delhi. The vicious Nagpur pitch made headlines for all wrong reasons and the Jamtha ground received a warning from the International Cricket Council. South African batting mainstay Hashim Amla also termed the pitch as “the toughest.” Ashwin picked up 31 wickets while his partner in crime Jadeja bagged 23 as India ended South Africa’s nine-year unbeaten run at home. VICTORY IN 500TH TEST India celebrated their 500th Test in style on Monday when they overcame New Zealand’s final dogged resistance to win Kanpur Test by 197 runs and go 1-0 up in the three-match series. (Also read: This is how Jadeja and Ashwin scripted India’s victory in 500th Test) The pair of Ashwin and Jadeja once again came to the fore as the duo captured 16 New Zealand wickets among themselves to condemn the visitors a massive defeat. India now play their 250th home Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata when the two sides face-off in the second Test from September 30.last_img read more

Butcher Jason Nauert Teaches Us How to BBQ Game Meat

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Here at The Manual, we take every opportunity possible to cook, eat and talk about our favorite ways to savor meat. But there is one category of animal protein we haven’t explored much when it comes to barbecue – game meats. Not that we don’t love them, but it’s just not often you see elk or pheasant on the menu at your local smokehouse. So to educate ourselves a bit on the subject, we brought in expert Jason Nauert to teach us more about the butchering and barbecuing of wild game.Not only does Jason have decades of experience hunting and preparing these animals nose to tail, he is a director and instructor at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat and co-founder of Primal Meat Co. He developed a Practical Field Butcher course for the U.S. Army Special Forces and helped design the meat curing chamber at Chef Hosea Rosenberg’s restaurant Blackbelly in Boulder, Co. And he loves BBQ as much as we do, so we knew he was the right man to guide us down the path to wild game enlightenment. Check out our interview with him to learn more about his background, the best game meats for beginners and how to BBQ them like a pro.You’ve been butchering game animals, from rabbit to elk, for about 30 years. Was hunting, butchering and cooking game meats a part of your upbringing? What made you decide to start doing it full time?Yes, hunting, butchering and cooking the harvested meats were absolutely a part of how I was raised and who I am today. Growing up just minutes away from Pikes Peak in Woodland Park, Colorado allowed me the freedom and opportunities to hunt in the winters and fish and camp in the summers.After working in construction, then law enforcement and, more recently, landscaping, I found myself feeling unfulfilled. I realized nothing makes me happier than being in the kitchen or in the woods hunting for my food. I wanted to do something that was inspiring to me and hopefully others in my life. In 2012, with the encouragement and support of my wife, friends, and family, I decided to make the life-changing decision to pursue a culinary career, more specifically, butchery.A couple years ago, you created the Practical Field Butcher course for the U.S. Army Special Forces. What drove you to start this program? Could you speak to the skills taught in the course and how they apply to everyday life in the military?I received an email around March/April of 2014 asking what kind of courses we offer and if we could create a field butcher course to fit the needs of the Army Special Forces. After some long, sleepless nights thinking it over and over in my head, it hit me – not so much the work I needed to do and how quickly it needed to be done, but who was going to benefit from it. That was my motivation. Who better to create this for than those who work so hard for us? I was inspired to create a program based on our Professional ACF Accredited Butchers course, customized for the field. I felt motivated to meet the unique needs of the Army.The skills I teach them in the field and kitchen translate into a new way of looking at meats, not only a “this is my food, I have to eat it” mentality. It challenges them to think about meat differently, like this is part of an animal and I can use it in this many ways. A good example is, when purchasing meats, they have new knowledge of what different cuts of meat actually are, how to extract them, knowing if it’s good or bad (safe to eat) and how to prepare it in the best manner (safely and sanitarily). It’s also about what cuts are a better value or “bang for your buck cuts.” They get a true understanding of what it means to get a whole animal from a supplier and break it down into edible portions. They learn to do this with few tools and have minimal waste when complete. I like to preach whole animal utilization or nose to tail butchery.Related: Eat This: Berkshire Pig Head Carnitas at CBD Provisions We love game meats, but they can be daunting for some first-timers out there. What are some of the best animals to try first if wild meat isn’t yet a part of your diet?For the first-timer jumping into game meats, I would say start with rabbit and game birds like pheasant and quail. The game birds are not too different from chicken but just enough that they’re a good start, especially when it comes to cooking. Same with rabbit. It’s a nice, mildly flavored protein but needs a little finessing when cooking. If you want to jump into the bigger game, I’d recommend elk because tastes and cooks a bit like beef. But be very careful not to overcook it! In my opinion, the best way to start preparing wild game if you’re not a seasoned cook is to make stews and utilize a Crock-Pot.As bonafide BBQ lovers, we want to know how to prepare as many meats as possible. What are some of your favorite game meats to BBQ? Any special recipes or techniques we can try at home?BBQ! A couple of my favorites to BBQ are elk or deer ribs and whole wild turkey. The best thing to do to the ribs and turkey is brine, brine, brine. Brining wild game is a great way to get the meat really hydrated before cooking because it turns what is usually a dry meat into a juicy meat. You can find brine recipes all over the internet, and I’d recommend brining for a minimum of 24 hours depending on the weight and cut of the meat. I really don’t have a favorite brine because I like to experiment with flavors often and use new ingredients. Once I’ve brined the meat, I like to do rubs. I’m not particularly married to a dry versus a wet rub, but I am particular about how much heat (pepper Scoville units) I have in it. I prefer a nice sweet and spicy rub over traditional BBQ sauces. I’ll stress this more than anything with any wild game BBQ: cook it very slowly at very low temps until it reaches USDA recommended cooking temperatures. I hope anyone who has been either intimidated or unsure of what to do with wild game can use this bit of information to jump in!To learn more about Jason and the work he does, visit him at jasonnauert.com. Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind last_img read more

Dress to Impress this New Year’s Eve in a Classic Dinner Jacket

first_img The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasions What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Christmas may have come and gone, but the holidays aren’t over just yet.New Year’s Eve is this coming Sunday and we’re here to help you look your best while toasting to the new year ahead. You can live by your own personal dress code for the other 364 days out of the year, but on this night, it’s all about dressing to impress. Whether you’re attending a black-tie event or watching the ball drop from a nearby rooftop party, there’s one versatile jacket that you can wear to any occasion: the dinner jacket.It’s formal, yet it’s casual. The dinner jacket is one that you can either dress up in tuxedo form or dress down over a nice T-shirt and jeans. Wearing one shows that you have a sense of style and sophistication, but it also shows that you know how to party and look good while doing it.There are many different styles and colors that are flooding the evening wear scene this season. Shawl, peak, and classic lapels are all acceptable for a dinner jacket, but the high peak and shawl are really the most popular right now. Wool is the traditional fabric of choice, but velvet with a sheen lapel is a trendy look that has New Year’s Eve written all over it.If you put some time and effort into your New Year’s Eve outfit, odds are you won’t be too lonely when the clock strikes midnight — as long as you remember to pace yourself on the Champagne, of course. Our list of polished dinner jackets includes options for the traditionalist and the bold and daring.Theory Satin-Trimmed Velvet Jacket – $645This is the classic black dinner jacket updated to a slimmer silhouette. You may not wear it often, but it will be a piece you have for years.See ItBrooks Brothers White Dinner Jacket – $898Bring back a fad from the ’30s with a classic white dinner jacket. Perfect for ringing in the New Year in a warmer climate, where a black jacket is about as fun as a sweat lodge.See ItBonobos Jetsetter Stretch Velvet Blazer – $425Going all flash for the ball drop? A velvet blazer is a must and the ladies will be super impressed. This one has some stretch so you can dazzle everyone with all of your dance moves while still looking dashing.See ItStrong Suit Aston Tuxedo Jacket – $450Another classic option, this single button, peak-lapelled model is going to stick around for a lifetime.See ItRalph Lauren Black Tartan Jacket – $160Tartan is definitely a trend this season, but if the louder colors make you nervous, this black and charcoal number is a more muted option.See ItSuit Supply Lazio Plain Tuxedo Jacket – $419Every gent needs a basic tuxedo blazer. Don’t be cliché and wear it with jeans. A nice pair of grey pants would do this jacket justice.See ItJ.Crew Ludlow Dinner Jacket in Tartan Wool – $328Need something to keep you in the holiday spirit? This Stewart tartan jacket is just the ticket — plus the stretch will allow you to let loose at 11:59 pm.See ItCloudstyle Sequin Dance Party Blazer – $85OK, we know, this is horrific. But hey, it’s NYE, and if you have to go to big and bright, it’s all here. Plus, the sequins change color depending on how you brush them. We guarantee lots of hands will be rubbing all over ya. New year, new you!See ItWhile you’re getting ready to go out, we suggest pre-gaming with our New Year’s Eve party playlist:Article originally published by Jesse Jernigan on December 28. Last updated by Cator Sparks on December 26, 2017. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Boris Johnson wins leadership race to become UKs new PM

first_imgLondon: Boris Johnson was elected as the Conservative Party leader and Britain’s new Prime Minister, his party announced on Tuesday. Johnson, the former foreign secretary, secured 92,153 votes against 46,656 of his rival Jeremy Hunt in the battle for 10 Downing Street, which was triggered last month when a Brexit-battered Theresa May announced her resignation amid a mounting rebellion from within the party. The 55-year-old Brexit hardliner was the frontrunner in the race ever since a group of Tory MPs put their hat in the ring for the first phase of the leadership election within the Conservative parliamentary party.last_img

Hang Out With Mark Ruffalo On The Set Of Avengers 2

first_imgMark Ruffalo is doing a really cool campaign to raise money for his charity, Water Defense.Hang Out With Mark Ruffalo On Avengers 2 SetIn exchange for a small donation, fans can enter to win a trip to London from anywhere in the world to spend a day with Mark on the set of The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron!More than just a set visit, the winner will be his guest and he will show the person around and spend time with him/her.“How would you like hang out with me on the set of The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron?” says Mark. “I’ll get to that in a second! I’m here on Prizeo on behalf of Water Defense and the fight against water contamination. It’s a cause that means a great deal to me, and I hope you’ll take a second to read about it over on the right side of this page!“If you support Water Defense with a small donation, you will be entered to win a trip to London to join me on The Avengers 2 set! Flights from anywhere in the world and hotel accommodations will be included. It will be a fun day at work for both of us!“I am so thankful for your support. Thank you so much, and I look forward to meeting one of you very soon!”The goal of Water Defense is to foster cumulative water testing and photo documentation of contamination in communities everywhere. Find out more here.The campaign page is live now at www.prizeo.com/mark.last_img read more

City of Fort St John receives award for Annual Financial Report

first_img“To achieve this award for the third consecutive year is a significant achievement and speaks to the accomplishments of Council and staff in ensuring open and transparent reporting.”The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.The 2017 Annual Report is available on the City’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John was recently awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting.This award was given to the City by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the 2017 Annual Report.Mayor Lori Ackerman says this award is a significant achievement as it shows that the City is ensuring open and transparent reporting.last_img read more

Facebook says it removed fake accounts in Philippines

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it has removed 200 pages, groups and accounts linked to Nic Gabunada, reportedly the former social media manager of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, for misleading people.The social network says it took down the accounts for “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour,” the term it uses to describe accounts that work together to mask who is behind them and what their purpose is. In the past, Facebook has removed accounts linked to Russia , Iran and other countries for trying to wreak political havoc or influence elections in the U.S. and elsewhere.The accounts and posts in question posted about elections, alleged misconduct by political candidates and local news. Facebook says they tried to hide their identity but were linked to a network organized by Gabunada.The Associated Press read more

Scotiabank hikes dividend after profit beats Street

TORONTO — Bank of Nova Scotia has joined most of its peers in raising its quarterly dividend following a strong first quarter that beat analyst estimates.The bank says it had $1.625 billion of net income and $5.18 billion of revenue in the three-months ended Jan. 31, both up from last year.Scotiabank says the net income amounted to $1.25 per share before adjustments or $1.27 per share on an adjusted basis.Analysts had been looking for Scotiabank to report $1.25 per share of adjusted diluted earnings and about $5 billion of revenue in the quarter ended Jan. 31.Scotiabank also announced a higher dividend, as anticipated, joining most of the other big Canadian banks in hiking the payout to shareholders.The bank’s quarterly dividend will rise by three cents to 60 cents per share.

Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation

Q: How are standards and standards bodies helping to secure the IoT? Are the standards groups cooperating or competing?Developing IoT security can’t be brought by a single actor in the industry. Standards bodies are here to help build a secure framework that everybody can follow, no matter how large or small your device project or deployment might be. Q: What’s the OCF doing to achieve its goals of providing IoT standards?The OCF has accomplished its first goal of providing a universal, secure communication framework from specifications to source code. This includes a certification program that enables manufacturers to bring OCF-certified products to market. OCF solutions match any device type and offer state-of-the-art security that is tested during certification. Is Your Network Ready for IoT? Gary Audin September 13, 2019 IoT devices come in all shapes and sizes, with varied network requirements. Q: How can interested organizations get involved with the OCF and learn more?The OCF public specifications are available on our website, and even better, an open source implementation of the OCF Specification is available at IoTivity.org. The OCF organizes public events every quarter for developers and potential members to learn more about things like how to build working devices together.Tags:News & ViewsIoT securitystandardsStandardizationinteroperabilityInternet of ThingsContact Center & Customer ExperienceEndpointsEnterprise NetworkingQ&ASecurity Articles You Might Like See All in Internet of Things » Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. The OCF is here to help every organization in making the IoT a reality. We are offering a common place for organizations to deposit their data models and translate from one IoT language to another. We believe in a future built on the cooperation of different industries. The second goal the OCF reached was to build seamless bridges between current IoT devices, legacy systems, and OCF-certified products. To achieve this goal, we leverage existing industry standards and technologies. The OCF applies the security-by-design method (IoT Security by Design) in which IoT security is required from the beginning of device development and throughout its life cycle, implementing identification, network onboarding, communication, and upgrades. Below, I elaborate on these steps:Identification: The foundation for IoT security is a strong endpoint identity – each endpoint must have an identifier that is immutable, globally unique, and attestable. The OCF supports strong identity through the incorporation of digital certificates in each endpoint – IoT devices, gateways, and cloud services. Using the digital certificate, the identity of each OCF endpoint can be verified and attested using asymmetric cryptography and an ecosystem public key infrastructure (PKI) administered by the OCF. The OCF’s PKI adheres to WebTrust’s principles and criteria for certificate authorities, and the OCF will be regularly audited by an independent third party to ensure compliance with the OCF certificate policy.Network onboarding: The OCF provides secure mechanisms for authentication and authorization to minimize the potential for compromising an IoT device or service during the onboarding process. The OCF has defined a common process for onboarding a new device or service that identifies the endpoint (device or cloud service) and determines the access that endpoint will have to the other resources that are part of the OCF deployment and vice versa. Additionally, the OCF Specification supports the use of access control lists to manage authorizations.Communication: Strong confidentially protections ensure sensitive information (rest and in transit) remains private and inaccessible to unauthorized parties. The OCF Specification supports mutual authentication and ensures that communications containing sensitive information are encrypted, using DTLS or TLS. The OCF also requires the use of DTLS and TLS to ensure the integrity of communications between OCF endpoints. A secure IoT device or service is available when it’s needed for its legitimate use and unavailable when it’s not. Moreover, IoT devices and services use restrictive, rather than permissive, default network traffic policies to limit communications to expected norms – guarding against both unintended and malicious denial of service attacks that can disrupt the availability of the device or other devices on the network. By design, the OCF enables access permissions and authorizations to incorporate the principles of least privilege and separation of duties.Upgrade: IoT security requires vigilance throughout the lifecycle of the device. Vulnerabilities can be discovered, and new exploits can emerge after IoT devices or services are deployed. The OCF Specification supports the evaluation of current software as well as triggering updates for software and firmware. Moreover, the OCF maintains an online repository of OCF device certification results called the OCF Conformance Management System (OCMS). The OCMS can be referenced to determine the most up-to-date certification status of an OCF-Certified device, including security attributes of the device and the version of the OCF Specification against which it was certified. Log in or register to post comments Q: What makes IoT security so important and what has OCF done in terms of delivering it?Many instances have occurred in which insecure connected devices such as smart toys or thermostats have fallen victim to hackers. Hackers can use these devices to gain access to what would be secured networks and steal information, demand ransom, or worse. Securing each device in your network greatly thwarts these situations. Currently, the organization has 400 members who develop global standards for the IoT and includes the smart home, smart building, automotive, healthcare, and other industry verticals, said Carmona. Where Are OCF and Standards Today?To learn more about the state of IoT standards and the OCF’s efforts, I recently interviewed Carmona and got his thoughts on the subject and where the field of IoT standards is heading. History of the OCFCreated by merging the Open Interconnect Consortium, AllJoyn, and UpnP, OCF is led by a guiding principle that IoT will only happen if devices can effectively and securely communicate with each other, said Olivier Carmona, board member, Open Connectivity Foundation (OPC), and director business development, Awox. Among the organization’s primary goals include providing connection mechanisms between devices, between devices and the cloud, and managing the flow of information among devices, regardless of form, operating system, service provider, or transport. There are so many variations of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that standards are necessary if IoT endpoints are to work with multiple network types and interoperate with different vendors’ devices and network services. One organization, the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), has made it its job to provide the means for IoT devices and legacy systems to interoperate with one another, to create a seamless user experience. Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion Zeus Kerravala April 03, 2019 New Wi-Fi 6 access points and machine learning-powered device management capabilities to create more manageable and secure deployments. Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. Mobile Operators Building a New Channel for IoT Michael Finneran January 28, 2019 Mobile operators are positioning themselves as the one-stop-shop for “packaged” IoT solutions. success-2917048_1920.jpg read more

Mens Hockey Win streaks on the line when No 6 Ohio State

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (14-4-4, 7-4-1-0 Big Ten) will try to keep its win streak intact when it travels to State College, Pennsylvania, for a weekend series against a streaking No. 13 Penn State (12-7-3, 5-4-3-2 Big Ten) team Friday and Saturday.Penn State hasn’t lost in regulation in 10 games, with the lone blemish coming in a 2-2 shootout loss to Michigan State. Ohio State has won its past six games, which include series sweeps of Big Ten rivals Michigan State and No. 9 Minnesota. Ohio State’s last two losses came to the Nittany Lions in a series in early December. The Buckeyes lost in a shootout after a 5-5 tie in the first game and were shut out 4-0 in the next game. “We’re different, they’re different from a month and a half ago and what not,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re going in there with the expectation that we got to go in there and play better, be better, to go in there and try and beat a good hockey team.”Penn State boasts the top offense in the nation, averaging 4.1 goals scored per game. The Nittany Lion offense is led by junior forward Andrew Sturtz, who has 10 goals and 28 points in 21 games this season. Penn State sophomore forward Denis Smirnov has nine goals and 17 points in 14 games, while leading the team with five power-play goals.Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo said he is ready for a Penn State offense that averages 40 shots per game. “They shoot a lot, so I know what to expect on that front,” Romeo said. “I just have confidence from how we have been preparing and how we’ve been playing, so definitely feeling good going into the weekend.”Rohlik said Penn State has relentless players who frequently push the puck in front of the net, and Ohio State will have to play strong defense to slow down the Nittany Lions’ attack. “Everything is to the net, they crash the net, they’re relentless, they work extremely hard, they stick to their system. They are who they are. That’s what makes them great,” Rohlik said. “For us, we just need to be disciplined with our five-man defense… I think that’s the biggest thing, we can’t control, you know, Smirnov is gonna get loose and some of those guys are gonna get loose, but again, we’re concentrating on five guys, not just one.” Ohio State holds one of the best road records of any team in the country at 9-1-1. “I think for some reason our team just gets a little excited hearing that student section going against us,” Romeo said. “I think that give us a little boost. I know this weekend will be pretty hectic, so I think we’ll come out flying.” Puck drop for the first game of the series will happen at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the second game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Both games will take place at Pegula Ice Arena. read more

Who is Gordon Police hunt stalker who sends distinctive threatening greetings cards

first_img“Do you recognise this handwriting, the name Gordon or the signature with the five crosses? Do you know who may be sending these cards?”If you work in a shop which sells cards, or if you work in the postal service, do you recognise the handwriting or the distinctive pattern of crosses? Gordon likes sending cards featuring cats His handwriting and strange pattern of crosses are clues to his identityCredit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA His handwriting and strange pattern of crosses are clues to his identity The woman, who has been receiving the cards, said: “This has been going on for so long – someone out there must know who it is.”Whether it’s the distinctive crosses, the handwriting or the name they call themselves, if you recognise anything that could help the police, please let them know.” Police are on the hunt for a stalker who calls himself  “Gordon”, whose distinctive poison pen letters are written on animal-themed greeting cards.The stalker has waged a six-year stalking campaign against a woman, but police believe his unusual style and consistent stationery choices could hold clues to his identity.Police said the cards have been sent over six years but they have become more graphic and threatening in nature over the past two years and include threats to commit rape.The offences have all happened in Bristol and we believe the offender is sending the cards from somewhere within the Bristol postmark area.Shopkeepers who sell the cards have been asked to be vigilant and to see whether they recognise his handwriting. Detective Constable Patrick Prescott, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We’re releasing extracts of the offender’s handwriting and signature as we believe someone will recognise the style and know who the sender is. “The content is becoming increasingly sexually explicit and aggressive in nature and includes threats to commit rape and stalking offences.”We’ve been working with a criminal profiler at the National Crime Agency to examine and risk-assess the offender’s behaviour and are continuing to progress numerous lines of enquiry.”Thorough analysis of the communications has been carried out and the possibility the offender has sent, or is sending cards or letters with similar content to other people cannot be excluded.” Gordon likes sending cards featuring catsCredit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA The stalker has sent rape threatsCredit:PA/ Avon and Somerset Police The stalker has sent rape threats The detective added: “If you have been receiving similar correspondence then we want to hear from you.”You may recognise one or more of the characteristics but can’t believe the person you have in mind would commit offences like this.”It could be a colleague, friend or even a family member. We’d ask you to please report any concerns or suspicions to help us make this stop.”Harassment offences can cause significant distress to victims and disrupt their daily lives but we’ll do all we can to make sure we investigate crimes, gather evidence and whenever possible, bring offenders to justice.” 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.last_img read more

EPAs unprecedented water permit policy threatens economic recovery warn multiple industries

first_imgA new policy proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poses a threat to thousands of jobs and a sustainable economic recovery, warned a dozen industries in joint comments filed June 4 with the agency.  EPA wants to reverse gears on an existing Clean Water Act discharge permit – halting work not only at the coal mine that filed the permit, but also creating an unprecedented threat for other industries from agriculture to home building. Organizations representing these and other industries protested the far-reaching implications of the agency’s unprecedented plans to “withdraw or restrict” an existing permit.Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, one of the organizations responding to EPA’s proposal: “Pulling a valid permit out from under a company destroys not only the basis of that project and the jobs its supports, but also the trust businesses must have for future investments in everything from home building and road construction to farming and ranching – all of which require Clean Water Act permits,”. EPA announced on April 2 its plans to veto the Spruce No. 1 Surface Mine claiming authority under the federal Clean Water Act’s Section 404 provisions for regulating “waters of the United States.”In their comments to EPA, the organizations underscored the harm to jobs and the economy from this first-ever veto of an existing permit for an on-going operation. “Businesses regularly invest millions of dollars on property, technology, personnel and machinery on the assumption that their activities can continue unabated so long as they dutifully comply with the terms of the 404 permit,” they said. The permit had been approved by multiple federal and state environmental agencies and was accompanied by a comprehensive environmental impact statement. The organizations also questioned the legality of EPA’s proposed action, doubting Section 404 gives EPA any authority over existing permits.Among the industries at risk from EPA’s veto of existing water quality permits would be:Home building and real estate: About 2.1 million workers are currently employed in residential construction and another 1.2 million in the buying and selling of real estate and rely on home building that requires water quality permits.Manufacturing: Nearly 12 million workers rely on manufacturing businesses requiring such permits and which, in turn, rely on power generation and other upstream industries that also require water act permits.Agriculture: Tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers across the country routinely require Clean Water Act permits for activities such as building roads across their property or barns for animals.Mining and sand and gravel operations: The 135,000 direct jobs supported by coal and metals mining and the approximately 110,000 additional men and women in the sand and gravel industry are employed by companies that routinely require Section 404 permits to operate new or expanded operations.Road and transportation construction: Public agencies and private firms that serve America’s transportation industry sustain more than 2.2 million jobs. Many transportation projects will become impossible if EPA revokes permits after their approval.last_img read more

Armed police in London to wear cameras to record their actions

first_imgARMED POLICE IN London will wear video cameras to record their actions, the force said as it sought today to calm tensions over the inquest into the fatal shooting of a man by firearms officers.Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe was due to meet with community leaders to discuss yesterday’s inquest verdict that the 2011 killing of suspected gangster Mark Duggan was lawful.Duggan’s family reacted with fury to the verdict and vowed to continue fighting for justice for the father of six, whose death sparked nights of rioting across English cities.Hogan-Howe welcomed the inquest jury’s decision but acknowledged the shooting had led to a “significant reduction in trust between London’s black communities” and police.Efforts had been made to improve relations, he said, for example by reforming the use of stop and search so it no longer disproportionately targeted men from ethnic minorities.“But we need to do more, much more, to improve our relationships with black Londoners,” he said.Body-worn video camerasHe added: “We’ll begin a trial this year in which firearms officers are issued with body-worn video cameras to record the actions of officers and those they are dealing with.“We want to see if this is an effective way to record evidence and ensure public confidence.”Police are braced for protests in Tottenham, the deprived area of north London where Duggan was shot, but a demonstration late Wednesday dispersed without any trouble.Supporters had reacted angrily to the inquest verdict after the jury concluded Duggan had had a gun when police stopped the taxi he was travelling in but threw it out of the vehicle seconds before he was gunned down by a police marksman.The coroner in the inquest accepted that the jury was faced with a “stark problem” because police officers’ notes contradicted video evidence from the scene about the location of the gun.Duggan’s brother shouted obscenities at jurors as they left court while other supporters screamed “murderers”.‘Executed’In highly-charged scenes outside the court, Duggan’s aunt, Carole, said he had been “executed” and vowed to fight the verdict, but on Thursday she called for calm.“This has got to be dealt with the right way, through the courts,” she told BBC radio, saying the family wanted to see “no more demonstrations, no more violence”.“We will have to fight this, go through the struggle peacefully, through the right channels, to get justice,” she said.Police believe Duggan was a member of one of Europe’s most dangerous gangs, but he had never been convicted of a major offence.- © AFP 2014.Video: Police shouted down after verdict in London riots case>Related: Killing that sparked London riots was lawful says UK jury>last_img read more

US CEO mocks three hours a day French workers

first_imgTHE HEAD OF US tyremaker Titan has sparked an uproar in France by mocking French workers for putting in only “three hours” a day and saying it would be “stupid” to invest in the country.Titan chief executive Maurice Taylor’s incendiary remarks came as France’s economy is struggling in the face of increasing global competition, with leading companies announcing thousands of job cuts in recent months.The country’s Socialist government has vowed to tackle France’s productivity gap – blamed by critics on high wages and reduced working hours – but is facing opposition from powerful trade unions.The letter from Taylor to French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg was in response to a request for Titan to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear tyre plant in Amiens, northern France.“I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours,” Taylor said in the letter, dated 8 February and obtained by French business daily Les Echos. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!Goodyear said last month it was set to close the plant, which employs 1,173 workers, following five years of failed talks with unions.Taylor said Titan had a long history of buying and turning around troubled factories but in this case was not in any way interested. He wrote:Sir, your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tyres. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.The standard length of the working week in France is 35 hours.Angry responseThe letter drew a furious reaction from unions.“This is an insulting letter,” said Mickael Wamen, the CGT union’s representative at the Goodyear plant, saying it showed Taylor “belongs more in an insane asylum than at the head of a multinational corporation”.He said the union was planning to file a lawsuit in the United States against Goodyear and Titan over the closure of the plant.Titan had one point been touted as a potential saviour of the factory, which produces tyres for agricultural vehicles and which Goodyear says it was forced to close after unions repeatedly rejected efforts to cut costs.France’s Communist Party also expressed outrage at the letter, calling it “an appalling provocation coupled with xenophobia against French workers.”It urged the government to pass a law forbidding profitable companies from laying off workers. ‘Mocking caricature’ Montebourg refused to comment on the letter, telling journalists: “I don’t want to harm French interests.” He said he would provide an answer to Taylor in writing.Government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said that the letter in no way reflected broader US views of investing in France.“I would remind Mr Taylor that France remains the largest recipient of US investment in Europe and there are probably very good reasons for this,” she told journalists.The opposition UMP party’s Bernard Accoyer, who served as speaker of the National Assembly under right-wing ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, said that while the letter was clearly “mocking caricature”, it raised important questions about French labour relations.“It is not completely unfounded,” he told LCI television, saying that France’s “serious competitiveness problem” was linked with the “extremist hardliner” views of some unions.Taylor, who made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination in the 1996 US presidential election, said that France’s low productivity was putting its industry at risk from emerging powers China and India.“The French farmer wants cheap tyres. He does not care if the tyres are from China or India and these governments are subsidising them,” he wrote in the letter.“Titan is going to buy a Chinese tyre company or an Indian one, pay less than one euro per hour wage and ship all the tyres France needs. You can keep the so-called workers.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Hello Mr President, I’m the President: Michael D begins French visit > Read: 7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency >last_img read more

The parallels between Irish and American controversies in a wild week for

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3249878 Share24 Tweet Email1 The parallels between Irish and American controversies, in a wild week for politics Those who say they know what lies ahead – in either country – are either clairvoyant or just plain wrong, writes Larry Donnelly. Larry Donnelly 150 Views 20 Comments By Larry Donnelly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article POLITICAL WATCHERS ON both sides of the Atlantic have had more than enough to occupy their attention as of late with extraordinary developments unfolding at breakneck pace.Here in Ireland, additional troubling revelations about the shocking treatment of the Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe resulted in serious unrest within the Fine Gael-led Government and provoked Sinn Féin to table a motion of no confidence in the Government.A contrary motion prevailed, but the controversy has badly damaged the reputations of some key figures and exposed very deep divisions. Although it seems that the Government will survive, it now is clear that Enda Kenny will not be Taoiseach for much longer. Source: Niall CarsonMeanwhile, in the United States, President Donald Trump fired his National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, purportedly because he misled Vice President Mike Pence by claiming that he had not discussed sanctions imposed on Russia in the waning days of the Obama administration when he spoke with that country’s US Ambassador in late December.Having denied that any such conversation took place repeatedly in the national media, Pence was furious to learn – evidently through the media – that it had. Yet it also has emerged that President Trump was informed by then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates weeks ago that the topic of sanctions came up.So, two scandals have come to light in two very different nations that are 3,000 miles away from one another. They are not entirely dissimilar, however. Each is a “who knew what and when did they know it?” episode of high political intrigue that – for the present moment, at least – has dwarfed the far more important crisis that precipitated it.The potential longer term political consequences and the impact on these overarching crises of the recent, frenetic days on both sides of the Atlantic merit further examination.Fine Gael is at a fork in the road. Like him or loathe him, Enda Kenny has been at the helm of the party for many years. And his track record, in many ways, is unassailable. As such, choosing a new leader – always a big decision – is hugely significant.Leo Varadkar has long been considered his probable successor. Yet his near celebrity status as a politician will certainly take a hit in the weeks and months to come. Critics call him mercurial; even his allies say the cut and thrust of politics is an unwelcome feature on his radar screen. Varadkar’s will not be a coronation, and Simon Coveney will prove a difficult opponent. The outcome could eventually result from the rather labyrinthine system the party has for selecting its leader.At the same time, Fianna Fáil, though seemingly holding all the cards in the wake of a very solid opinion poll this month, is also in uncharted territory. How much longer will the party endorse the “confidence and supply” arrangement? How will it react to a new Fine Gael leader? If a fresh face appeals to the public, might some in the party argue that Micheál Martin should have pushed for a vote against the Government and that his unwillingness to do so is just the latest evidence of his indecisive nature?These complex twists and turns, however, won’t solve any of the obvious problems within An Garda Síochána or ameliorate the plight of Sergeant McCabe and his family (and others). With yet another public inquiry regarding the conduct of the country’s police force upon us, it’s only logical to question if anything will ever change. Some advocates posit that external voices are needed. Others assert that they will be drowned out. It is hard to know who is right, but it is distressing to think of where things stand.Stateside, President Trump appears determined to obscure the sentiment that brought him to the White House. His “America First” message, in a country where the dominant mood is isolationist and pessimistic, is a political winner. But the president’s outsized ego cannot withstand even the most superficial of questioning. Reasonable doubts are castigated as “fake news”. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe Trump administration’s posturing on Russia and other issues is so bizarre because it is so unnecessary. The reality is that most Americans do not want more military interventions, which they believe are futile, and deem Russian incursion in Eastern Europe as a problem that does not implicate vital US interests. They think difficulties in a region 4,000 miles away are a matter for Europeans to resolve. Accordingly, why the Trump administration would resort to back channels with Russia and invite cogent criticism from conspiracy theorists, rather than openly engage diplomatically, defies logic.An improved relationship with Russia would be a good thing for the US and for the rest of the world. That this truism – not to mention the sudden, Damascus-like conversion that the global left has had to the moral probity of the CIA and FBI – is the subject of denial is another sad consequence of what Americans decided last November. That Donald Trump, who espoused views that are impossible to classify or reconcile ideologically, was elected president, in itself, suggests that strict adherents on the right and left need to get over themselves.Here and there, this was a wild week in politics. And those who say they know what lies ahead are either clairvoyant or just plain wrong.Larry Donnelly is a Boston attorney, a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist with TheJournal.ie and IrishCentral.com.Larry Donnelly: ‘Listening to Trump voters, I am surprised, disappointed, bewildered, fascinated and enlightened’ >Also: ‘After Trump and Brexit, the centre ground of Irish politics shouldn’t take their position for granted in 2017′ > Law lecturer, NUI Galway Monday 20 Feb 2017, 7:58 PM Short URL Feb 20th 2017, 7:58 PM last_img read more

Troublesome landfill fire caused by copper wire thieves says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#copperwirethievescausedfire, #Jubileedumpfire, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – Investigations into the fire at the New Providence Landfill reveal that the fire on March 5th was caused by arson; according to government officials.  Minister of Environment and Housing, Kenred Dorsett said, “[Regarding] the fire at the dump, we have found the material right in the back of epic Battery where it is clear that men were trying to light wires to get to copper.”  “That’s how the fire started in the bush, which then spread to the forest and jumped to the dump.”This news comes almost a month after residents of Jubilee Gardens, Victoria Gardens and surrounding areas were asked to evacuate their homes due to the fumes of smoke that covered parts of New Providence, and even landed some residents in the emergency room.Dorsett is unsure if anyone will ever be charged for the matter because “it would be difficult to prove their identities”, but assures that it will be investigated.  As the fire fight continues, heavy smoke still rests around the homes of some residents in Jubilee Gardens and other surrounding areas.#MagneticMediaNews#Jubileedumpfire#copperwirethievescausedfirelast_img read more