Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO – As the city prepares for the arrival of Hollywood’s elite, Hudson’s Bay today announced its return as an Official Fashion Retailer and Red Carpet Sponsor for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF). From Thur., Sept. 6 to Sun., Sept. 16, the industry’s biggest stars will once again grace the iconic striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall. The Canadian company also expands its festival presence with TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay.“The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most significant events this city experiences and we are so thrilled to be a part of it,” said Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay. “As a Canadian company, we are proud to support another iconic Canadian establishment – one that brings the city together to see the best in film, fashion, and culture. The TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s Bay will be a great way for fans to not only see their favourite stars, but also hear from them.” Watch the #starsonstripesHere for the dazzling fashion? The Festival’s red carpets don’t disappoint when it comes to best dressed guests. Don’t miss the daily “Stars on Stripes” press alerts to see what the stars are wearing as they walk the Hudson’s Bay iconic striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall.“Red carpet fashion is incredible to watch, and TIFF is no exception,” said Tyler Franch, Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay.“On the carpet this September, I think tailored pant suits and layered lace will lead the way. We’ll also see dramatic back v-cuts and chic silhouettes emphasized. At Hudson’s Bay, we’re excited about silver, leopard print, and statement earrings, which all work well for a red carpet moment or TIFF after-party.”TIFF LIVE from the Red Carpet presented by Hudson’s BayHudson’s Bay will bring its iconic stripes to the podium by joining TIFF’s live broadcast of the red carpet arrivals at Roy Thomson Hall. From Sept. 6-9, tune into TIFF’s social channels to watch anchor host, Amanda Brugel, and guest hosts, Aisha Brown, Anthony Oliveira, and Jordan Sowunmi, meet with the cast and talk film and red carpet fashion. Watch live here.Amanda Brugel is a notable Canadian actor best known for her roles in the Emmy Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Canadian Screen Award-winning sitcom Kim’s Convenience, comedy film Sex After Kids, for which she won an ACTRA Award for Best Female Performance, and her role in the Oscar Award-winning Room.Anthony Oliviera is a writer, pop culture critic, and PhD living in Toronto. He can be found on Twitter at @meakoopa, where he tweets (incessantly) about the arts, politics, and LGBT culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, as he reads through Milton’s Paradise Lost and its demonic twists and turns.Jordan Sowunmi is a Toronto-based writer, DJ, comedian, and co-founder of the Boosie Fade Film Club. He has written for publications like The FADER, VICE, Complex, and Title Magazine. As a comedian, he has opened for comics like Eric Andre and Jen Kirkman. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western University in English and Political Science.Aisha Brown is a stand-up comedian who has appeared at Just for Laughs, JFL42, the Guelph Comedy Festival, Sketchfest, and Toronto’s Field Trip festival. She also performs with “Runnin’ at The Mouth”, a hip-hop comedy collective.Colette and What They Had Cast DinnerHudson’s Bay joins The Hollywood Reporter, Bleecker Street and Elevation Pictures in hosting a cast dinner for two of the Festival’s much-anticipated films, Colette and What They Had. Cast members expected to attend include Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, and Robert Forster, who will be treated to a seated dinner and décor featuring Hudson’s Bay signature stripes, offering a truly ‘Canadiana’ vibe.Interviews are available upon request with Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay, or Tyler Franch, Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay.Twitter: @HudsonsBayInstagram: @HudsonsBayFacebook: @HudsonsBaySnapchat: hudsonsbayHashtag: #starsonstripesABOUT HUDSON’S BAYHBC, incorporated in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay has grown to become Canada’s most prominent department store, today operating 89 full-line locations and thebay.com. For the first time since the banner’s inception, Hudson’s Bay opened outside of Canada with 10 new stores in the Netherlands in 2017, and an online shopping destination at hudsonsbay.nl. Hudson’s Bay has established a reputation for quality, service, and style by offering well-edited assortments of exclusive and popular fashion, beauty, home, and accessory designers and brands, as well as exclusive food concepts. It is part of the HBC brand portfolio. The signature stripes are a registered trademark of Hudson’s Bay Company.
TORONTO – In little more than a year and a half, budding menswear label WIL Studios has caught the eye of fashionistas, singer Daniel Caesar and now Hudson’s Bay.The massive retailer says it will showcase the emerging company along with 11 other new and established homegrown talents at a pop-up showcase this September curated by the Toronto-based fashion management firm, The Collections.Rahul Madan of WIL Studios says it’s a dream come true for his young brand, which he formed in early 2017 with university pal Eric Richards. The duo have found early success in securing the support of Caesar, who wore their clothes on tour and in a TV appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” earlier this year.Madan says it’s especially surreal for the 26-year-olds to be selling their clothes at Hudson’s Bay because they each used to work at the retail chain in Toronto.“There are crazy stories of Eric working and me coming around and over the course of the summer designing clothes while he’s working,” says Madan, who met Richards while both studied and played football at Western University in London, Ont.“To think about it in that sense, I have a big smile on my face because I can’t believe that we’re going to stock the store that we used to work at.”Hudson’s Bay president Alison Coville says the three-month project is meant to give a national platform to Canadian designers who otherwise struggle to break through.The pop-up launches Sept. 4 at five locations across the country, including two stores in downtown Toronto, and one each in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.All five stores will feature designers Mikhael Kale, Pedram, S.P. Badu, WIL Studios, WRKDEPT, Hilary MacMillan and Sid Neigum.The Vancouver and Toronto Queen Street location will also include Atelier Guarin, Markoo and New York-based Daniel Gregory Natale, and accessories by Biko and Cuchara.Their wares will also be available online at www.thebay.com.While shoppers seem increasingly headed to e-commerce, Coville expects this showcase will entice shoppers back to brick-and-mortar Hudson’s Bay stores.“There’s entertainment value to see what’s new and see what’s exciting,” she says, adding that a strong patriotism will also help encourage shoppers to buy Canadian.“You see the impact that our Olympic wear has when we launch those collections (and) with our Hudson’s Bay company heritage line — every time we put out a new striped product and it hits social media, there’s lots of excitement around it.”Dwayne Kennedy, co-founder and fashion director at The Collections, notes this will be the first wholesale account for many of the labels.“We really want this to be an introduction for a lot of the brands,” says Kennedy.“We want to make it a lot more accessible so our price points range from $40 upwards to $1,200 but we really kept it in the midpoint of that.”The showcase is just the latest in a series of pop-ups at the department store, including one that featured eco-conscious fashion.Madan marvels at how far his label has come since he and Richards began designing T-shirts in their dorm room years ago when he studied kinesiology.Madan graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016, and followed that up with fashion courses at George Brown College in Toronto. He launched the brand in February 2017.He says that now having his T-shirts, outerwear and bags in a major retailer is a big boost.“It gives some validity to the brand, it allows people and other stores to trust your production and it allows you to sit beside other brands that are well-respected and that are already trusted in the marketplace,” says Madan.“This is obviously a major step in where we want to take the brand and where we see ourselves going.”Note to readers: CORRECTS reference to Chinook, Alta. to Calgary in para 8
Washington: Speaking about his plans of getting to the moon by 2024, Amazon and US-based aerospace company Blue Origin Founder, Jeff Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called “Blue Moon” along with a smaller rover at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre here. “Today, our founder shared our vision to go to space to benefit Earth. We must return to the Moon-this time to stay. We’re ready to support @NASA in getting there by 2024 with #bluemoon,” Blue Origin said in a tweet on Thursday. The Moon-lander “Blue Moon” was in development for three years. In the near future, Bezos envisions creating enormous space colonies in close proximity to Earth, as a way of expanding humanity to a trillion people, CNET reported. Bezos revealed that the larger variant of the lander would not only be able to get people on the Moon, but also be able to carry the rover to shoot off small satellites and execute scientific missions. Apart from Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic are also working on the future of space tourism with larger rockets for orbital space travel. Sharing a screenshot of Bezos’ announcement, Musk took to Twitter and wrote: “Oh stop teasing, Jeff.”
The mission, known as MONUC, said much of the training is an update of a course already received by members of the Congolese National Police (PNC) in previous years.The instruction includes the management of queues in front of polling stations, the escort and transport of the material to the local centres of compilation and the evacuation of currently illegally occupied buildings, MONUC said. The aim of the first stage of the programme is to train 2,578 agents from the various police stations of Kinshasa, who will be deployed in 143 registration centres in the capital for a revision of the electoral rolls. The training will continue at a national level in the coming weeks starting with the PNC of Bas-Congo. The revision of the electoral roll, regarded as the first step towards the next local elections, begins on 7 June in Kinshasa and in Bas-Congo, and on 3 August in the nine other provinces. 3 June 2009The United Nations has begun training the first of some 75,000 policemen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in preparation for local elections, the world body’s peacekeeping mission there said.
11 December 2009United Nations staff members gathered today to pay tribute to the 17 colleagues killed two years ago in a terrorist attack at the world body’s offices in the Algerian capital. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, having earlier told staff that the attack in Algiers on 11 December 2007 “has caused suffering and grief that will never go away.”He said that no cause could “ever justify wanton killing and destruction” and stressed that it is “by persevering in the face of such adversity that we demonstrate yet again the greatest strength of the United Nations: the commitment of our staff.”Seventeen staff were killed and 40 others were injured when a car bomb destroyed the offices of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and damaged those of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Just 20 minutes before that attack, terrorists also struck the Algerian Constitutional Court, killing at least 14 people there.“Our colleagues who died were working on the full spectrum of UN issues, from food security to human rights and industrial development,” Mr. Ban said. “In every case, they were devoted to helping the people of Algeria to build better lives for themselves and their children. I salute them, as well as those who are continuing their work with dedication and professionalism.”The Secretary-General said the Algiers bombing, as well as the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad in 2003 and this year’s attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, underlined that the UN was now a target of terrorist groups.“This is rightfully a cause of great concern to all United Nations staff. I am working with the Department of Safety and Security (DSS) and with Member States to ensure that you have the safest conditions possible in which to live and to carry out your important work.”During today’s ceremony at UN Headquarters, a moment of silence was observed and the names of the 17 victims were read out.The staff members killed included seven UNDP personnel: Saadia Boucelham, Hind Boukroufa, Samia Hammoutene, Chadli Hamza, Mohamed Khelladi, Djamal Rezzoug, all of Algeria, and Steven Olejas of Denmark.Three Algerian staff members for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) died – Mustapha Benbara, Kamel Sait and Adnane Souilah, as well as two Algerian nationals who worked for UNHCR: Karim Bentebal and Nabil Slimani.Babacar Ndiaye of Senegal, who worked for DSS, and the Philippines’ Gene Nunez Luna Maria, who worked for the World Food Programme (WFP), were also killed.The other victims, all Algerian, were: Hakim Si Larbi of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); Mohamed Lasli, of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Abderrahim Hanniche of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The Canadian Press erroneously reported in an Aug.28 story that Friday’s lumber price was US$385. In fact, it was US$398.
“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, and we have to act responsibly.” The Government is moving ahead with an investigation on leaks contained in the ‘Panama Papers’, although clear information is not yet available, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran told reporters today.“We have got some of those papers, and we are requesting further information from our counterparts,” Mahendran said, according to LBO Online. The names of Sri Lankans in the papers are not yet clearly established, he added. The authenticity of the documents will have to be established and a careful investigation will take place, said Mahendran speaking at a news conference on the economy. The files leaked from a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca contain 40 years of data and include information on more than 210,000 companies in 21 offshore jurisdictions, from Panama to Hong Kong.The files show how Mossack Fonseca clients were able to evade and avoid tax. When asked whether around 1.9 billion dollars flows out of the country annually via illicit channels, Mahendran said he found those figures hard to believe.“I find it difficult to believe that so much money has left the country. The errors and omissions in our balance of payments are a fraction of the numbers being bandied about.” (Colombo Gazette)
WASHINGTON – U.S. companies restocked their shelves in July at the fastest pace since January, while their sales increased. The combination could boost economic growth.The Commerce Department said Friday that business inventories grew 0.8 per cent in July, up from June’s 0.1 per cent gain. Sales jumped 0.9 per cent, the most this year, after a steep fall in June.The biggest growth in stockpiles was among retailers and auto dealers. Stockpiles at manufacturers and wholesalers rose more slowly.Companies typically boost their stockpiles when they anticipate sales will rise in coming months. Faster restocking helps drive economic growth. When businesses order more goods, it typically leads to more factory production.Total business stockpiles rose to $1.59 trillion. That’s nearly 21 per cent higher than the low reached in September 2009, when businesses were slashing inventories in response to the recession.A separate report Friday showed that sales of cars and pickup trucks rose sharply in August, while broader retail sales were weak. If sales remain slow, that could force many companies to cut back their stockpiles, slowing the economy.The economy grew at a 1.7 per cent annual pace in the April-June quarter. That’s down from 2 per cent in the January-March quarter and 4.1 per cent in the final three months of last year. Many economists forecast that growth will be about 2 per cent for the rest of this year.That’s not fast enough to spur more hiring. Employers added only 96,000 jobs in August, below the 141,000 added in July and far below the average gains of 226,000 a month in the first quarter.The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 per cent in August from 8.3 per cent in July, but only because the number of people in the work force shrank.On Thursday, the Federal Reserve said it would purchase $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities a month until the economy and job market steadily improve. Fed officials also said they would keep short-term interest rates low even after the economic recovery accelerates.Wholesale stockpiles account for about 27 per cent of total business inventories. Stockpiles held by retailers make up about one-third of the total and manufacturing inventories represent about 40 per cent. by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 10:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US business stockpiles grew healthy 0.8 per cent in July, pushed up by auto dealers, retailers
Weekly US unemployment benefit applications drop 42K to 338K; seasonal factors cloud figures by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Dec 26, 2013 6:37 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 42,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 338,000, the biggest drop since November 2012. But economists say the figures from late November and December are warped by seasonal volatility around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays.The Labor Department reported Thursday that the less-volatile four-week average rose 4,250 to 348,000.Claims had jumped 75,000 over the two weeks that ended Dec. 14 before plunging last week. The Labor Department struggles to account for seasonal hiring by retailers and other businesses and for temporary layoffs of cafeteria workers and other employees at schools that close for the holidays.Unemployment claims are a proxy for layoffs and the recent declines are consistent with a solid job market.The economy has shown signs of improvement recently, so much so that the Federal Reserve announced Dec. 18 that it would reduce its stimulus spending on bonds by $10 billion — to $75 billion a month. The economy expanded at a 4.1 per cent annual pace from July through September, the fastest rate since late 2011 and much greater than previously thought.Hiring has been healthy the past four months. The economy added an average of 204,000 jobs every month from August through November, an improvement from earlier this year.The unemployment rate fell in November to a five-year low of 7 per cent. Still, that remains above the 5 per cent to 6 per cent rate that would signal a normal job market. And long-term unemployment remains a big blot on the economy’s performance: Nearly 4.1 million Americans have been unemployed for six months or more.Before 2008, the number of long-term unemployed had never surpassed 3 million people, according to records dating back to 1948. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), during the first half of the year, there were some 800 cases of sexual and gender-based violence reported in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told a news conference in Geneva that rapes continue to be perpetrated by unknown armed men and men wearing military uniform. Sexual and gender-based violence also includes domestic violence, harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, and early and forced marriage, he said, adding that the majority of the survivors were women aged 18 and above.Last year, there were at least 1,700 people affected by sexual and gender-based violence in Somalia, according to the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and protection of the survivors continues to be a major concern. Mr. Laerke pointed to a case in January in which a woman who alleged she had been raped by security forces and the journalist who interviewed her about the allegations were both arrested. In the same briefing, the spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Marixie Mercado, said that around one-third of victims of sexual violence were children and that last year UNICEF and its partners had provided assistance to some 2,200 victims of sexual violence in the country. Assistance included the provision of thousands of fuel-efficient stoves as women were at risk of attack when collecting firewood. UNICEF has also provided support for survivors, including livelihood and socio-economic assistance, as well as psycho-social assistance.Mr. Laerke added that in spite of the precarious conditions for humanitarian agencies, OCHA would continue to provide medical and psychological support, and legal counselling in conjunction with its partners.
Ohio State football’s sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was named Big Ten offensive player of the week on Monday, and also received praise from OSU coach Urban Meyer about his play through the first three weeks of the season.While the Buckeyes’ first-year coach has been among the many praising Miller, he is not yet ready to advertise his quarterback as a contender to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.“I will not say he’s not (a candidate to win the Heisman),” Meyer said. “I don’t believe he is now. He’s not playing well enough yet.”Meyer, though, was full of praise regarding Miller.“I have a lot of confidence in Braxton,” Meyer said. “He’s our best player right now on offense.”Miller led the Buckeyes to a 35-28 victory over California on Saturday, completing 16-of-30 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 75 yards and another score. Miller’s plays in that game included a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and a game-winning, 72-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith with 3:26 left to play in the game.Miller’s recognition announced Monday marks the first time that the sophomore has earned an offensive player of the week award, but he was last year’s Big Ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.Miller has led the Buckeyes to victories in each of the team’s first three games, and has accounted for 988 yards of total offense, which ranks ninth in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision. With 377 rushing yards, he ranks fifth nationally among all players in rushing yardage, and first among all quarterbacks.OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman said opposing defenses have been making adjustments to account for Miller’s ability to run the ball.“I’ve seen defenses in the last three weeks that I’ve never even dreamt of in my mind to try to stop the QB from running the football,” Herman said. “Teams now are trying to get eight, nine guys in the box to be sound against him pulling the ball and running, so the variety of coverage that we see on first- and second-down is absolutely mind-boggling.”For the overall year, Miller has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 611 yards, with seven touchdown throws and two interceptions.Herman said he has been pleased with his quarterback’s development this season.“In terms of progress, I think he’s seeing the field better, I think he communicates with me on the sideline better than maybe I had expected,” Herman said. “He’s come a long ways.”While Herman described Miller’s mental progress as a quarterback, he said there has “never been an issue with (Miller’s) upper-body mechanics.”“The ball comes out very smoothly, he’s got a quick release, he’s got a strong arm,” Herman said of Miller.Lower-body mechanics, however, remain a concern for Herman.Herman said that to improve in that area, it comes down to “tying that into his feet and making sure that his hips and his feet are aligned properly to the throw, on time, when that throw needs to be made.”OSU coaches and Big Ten voters are not the only ones praising Miller after his strong start through three games this season. Following their loss on Saturday, California’s coach and players also gave credit to Miller’s play.“Braxton is a hard guy to contain because he is so big and physical,” said California coach Jeff Tedford. “For most of the day he made great decisions and threw some great passes. When he threw that long ball down the left side of the field, it was a perfect pass. He is fast, accurate and a great athlete.”California senior cornerback Marc Anthony felt similarly.“Braxton is one of the best in the game and he came through for his team,” Anthony said. “All of our eyes were on Braxton. We wanted other players to make something happen for them.”
Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Short URL By The42 Team Feb 21st 2019, 8:05 PM https://the42.ie/4506767 The result maintains Celtic’s unwanted record of having failed to score in an away knockout match in Europe since April 2003, drawing a blank in nine matches in that period.Murray Kinsella, Andy Dunne and Gavan Casey look ahead to Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy and discuss the week’s biggest stories in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly. 10-man Celtic crash out of Europe against Valencia Kevin Gameiro made sure of his side’s place in the Europa League last 16 after Jeremy Toljan was sent off for the visitors. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 8:05 PM 41 Comments CELTIC HAD JEREMY Toljan sent off in the first half as they were eliminated from the Europa League in a 1-0 defeat at Valencia on Thursday, losing 3-0 on aggregate.Goals from Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino in Glasgow had left Celtic with a mountain to climb at Mestalla and Toljan’s two bookings made their challenge even greater.The Scottish champions worked hard but with little success and Valencia – with their two-goal and one-man advantage – made sure of their progress through substitute Kevin Gameiro in the 70th minute.Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer had two bites at the cherry from a corner in the 10th minute, seeing one attempt blocked before his second was blasted over.Valencia lost Ezequiel Garay to a knee injury midway through the half but their task became easier when Toljan, on loan from Borussia Dortmund, saw red after taking down Goncalo Guedes as he galloped goalwards.Scott Bain proved his worth before the interval, with two impressive saves from Dani Parejo and Santi Mina, and Jozo Simunovic blocked a Sobrino strike in the goalmouth six minutes into the second half.But Celtic’s fate would soon be sealed.Gameiro – two minutes after coming off the bench – got on the end of a Daniel Wass knockdown to prod the ball home from close range with his knee. Share3 Tweet Email 21,446 Views
The American Soybean Association (ASA) announces a new partnership with FMC Corporation and NACHURS—the 2013 Soy Booster Plot Program. ASA is seeking 125 growers across the soybean-growing region to enroll by the March 2 deadline and conduct a Soy Booster field trial on their farm during the 2013 production season.ASA, FMC and NACHURS will work with the participating growers to conduct field trials utilizing FMC’s Capture LFR (Liquid Fertilizer Ready) insecticide and NACHURS HKW6 liquid starter fertilizer on soybeans. These trials will give individual soybean farmers the opportunity to observe and measure for themselves how the application of Capture LFR insecticide with HKW6 starter fertilizer will enhance profitable production on their farm.Growers will need to devote 20 acres treated with Capture LFR and NACHURS HKW6 liquid starter fertilizer and 20 acres untreated. Products for treatment will be provided free of charge and participants must be able to apply the starter fertilizer and liquid insecticide in-furrow to all row units as they seed soybeans.”ASA is always working on behalf of U.S. soybean producers to increase profitability,” said ASA Vice President and Membership & Corporate Relations Committee Chairman Bob Worth. “We appreciate growers’ participation in this important research. ASA, FMC and NACHURS will partner to educate growers about the use of these tools and techniques.”Growers who complete the Soy Booster plot program will receive a free 7” Kindle Fire HD, 16 GB with WiFi.For more information about the Soy Booster Field Trial Program for Soybeans, go to www.SoyGrowers.com/SoyBooster.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Bill Schuermann, ASA Executive Director, Member & Industry Relations, 314-576-1770, email@example.com
The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill offers a mixed bag for military families, trimming the basic allowance for housing (BAH) over the next four years while attempting to preserve discounts at commissaries.The compromise legislation adopts DOD’s proposal to slow the rate of increase in the BAH until rates cover only 95 percent of service members’ out-of-pocket costs, but eases the reduction into place by 1 percent increments over the next four years. Last year, leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees reached a compromise allowing the housing benefit to cover only 99 percent of rental and utility costs.Conferees rejected language in the Senate version of the legislation limiting the BAH for service members who live together or married couples who work within a reasonable commuting distance from each other. But the House and Senate Armed Services committees intend to address the issue next year after seeing the results of a study of ways to adjust the allowance for dual-service couples and others so it better matches actual housing costs.In rebuffing the department’s proposal to slash $1.3 billion in federal funding for military grocery stories, the annual defense policy bill attempts to preserve military families’ shopping benefit. The measure, though, provides the Defense Commissary Agency with new authorities to test innovative ways to operate stores more efficiently, reports Stars and Stripes. A new study aims to protect the shopping benefit while identifying ways to make commissary and exchange operations self-supporting by 2019.The authorization bill also offers an alternative to the traditional retirement plan requiring personnel to serve for 20 years. The new ‘blended’ plan will feature a Thrift Savings Plan with government matching of contributions up to 4 percent of base pay, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Who run the world? Robots. But also girls.Research suggests women are better positioned to ride out the rise of the machines—and may even benefit from it.Luckily for the ladies, predominantly female-led industries like nursing, teaching, and care work are not high priorities for automation.And, as Griffith University professor Fabrizio Carmignani pointed out, women in “advanced economies” tend to have higher levels of education and digital literacy, giving them the edge in a technological revolution.Girl power!Carmignani isn’t convinced robots will eventually wipe out human labor; digitalization, he explained, simply means a shift in the workforce. Like what happened in the 1970s, when women began re-entering the workforce, after decades of playing housewife and stay-at-home mom.“While automation could also threaten jobs in other sectors with high female participation (for example, assembly-type manufacturing or labor-intensive agriculture),” Carmignani wrote in an article published by The Conversation, “historically, the effect of innovation in the work sector seems to have increased demand for female labor and participation.”Dean of the Griffith Business School in Australia, Carmignani cites various studies suggesting the risk of jobs becoming automated is “significantly” lower for women than men—except in Japan.That’s not to say that plenty of female positions aren’t already on the chopping block: Sex robots, for a start, may soon put the world’s oldest profession out of business. And how many different mechanized cleaners are already on the market?There’s a robot for everything—from chauffeuring people to cooking food to policing neighborhoods. You don’t have to inexperienced or uneducated to lose your position to a gadget.It does make sense, though, that low-skilled occupations such as machine operators or assembly line workers (generally men) would be the first to be replaced. Meanwhile, females in the healthcare, education, community, and human resource industries can rest easy—for now.“Far from destroying all jobs, automation seems to be changing occupations in a way that benefits women more than men,” Carmignani said. “This does not mean that automation alone will eliminate any form of gender gap in the labor market.“However, it does mean that women have less to fear than men, and probably more to benefit, from the advent of robots,” he added.I’ll take it. Stay on target
Marvel fans are having a great morning, with two big movie and TV announcements and one possibly major leak from Samuel L. Jackson. With the excitement for tomorrow’s release of Iron Fist being… let’s say tempered by early reviews, we’ll take all the good Marvel news we can get.Let’s start with Legion. The surreal head-trip of an X-Men show has only aired six episodes so far but has in that short time surpassed even Daredevil and Jessica Jones to become the most stylish, well-written Marvel-based show on television. (If you’re a regular reader of this site, you probably have some idea of how much I love this show.) So good news for me and anyone else who feels that way: It’s getting a second season!The first season is still two weeks from being over, but FX has already ordered another season, Marvel announced yesterday.“We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion,” Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said. “Noah (Hawley’s) spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more.”No word yet on what the second season’s episode count will be, but given the tight scripting of the first season, I don’t know if I’d want it any longer. With only eight episodes in the season, Legion has had to make the most of every minute of screen time they’re given. In any case, the first season is strong enough that I’m on board for whatever they end up doing.Legion isn’t the only franchise getting another installment before the current one is even finished. James Gunn announced in an interview with Complex that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already confirmed. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering that the first Guardians of the Galaxy has become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most beloved films, and fans are crazy excited for is an upcoming sequel. (And of course for Baby Groot.)Gunn says he’s still trying to figure out what he wants to do next, which is understandable considering he’s only just finished the second Guardians movie. It sounds like he’s on the fence as to whether or not he wants to direct a third one.“You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out of the next couple of weeks,” Gunn said.As a huge fan of Gunn’s pre-Guardians work (like the hilarious and disgusting horror-comedy Slither), I’d love to see him work on something wholly original. On the other hand, Gunn’s weirdness is what made the first Guardians of the Galaxy so special. What other director could do the franchise justice?Gunn also dropped some hints at what role the Guardians will play in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. While the movie is firmly an Avengers movie, the Guardians will have a small, but important role. They are an important part of Thanos’s story, after all.Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury in Iron Man 2. (Photo: Marvel Studios/Disney)Finally, Samuel L. Jackson may have let some pretty big plot details slip in an interview with Hot 97. He was ostensibly there to talk about Kong: Skull Island, but when you have Jackson in the studio, you’re not going to ask about Marvel stuff. Especially when he isn’t sure if he’s in the next two Avengers movies.“You didn’t see me in Civil War,” he told the host. “I’m still out there trying to figure out what The Skull is…” and that’s all we got. It’s easy to presume he just gave away much more than he intended to with that answer.So, that’s a pretty juicy sentence fragment. Since Jackson is still contracted for two more Marvel movies, the studio probably wants those roles to be more than just cameos. His comment points to a movie that heavily features Nick Fury and Red Skull, the Hydra villain from the first Captain America movie. Even more exciting, we already know exactly what Phase Three of Marvel’s cinematic universe looks like. There really doesn’t seem to be an opportunity for the Red Skull to show up in it. Did Jackson just give us our first hint at Phase Four? Either way, I’m now eagerly anticipating Hugo Weaving’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, red face paint and all.For more MCU awesomeness check out or Guardians gift guide. What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Stay on target
Kolkata: Family members of a pregnant woman on Wednesday alleged that the baby in her womb died because of medical negligence of doctors in the Kharagpur Chandmari Sub-divisional hospital. But the hospital authorities denied the charge.The incident had triggered tension among the patients undergoing treatment in the hospital following the incident. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital campus creating chaos. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The demonstration was lifted by the family members following the intervention of the senior police officers who assured them that the matter would be looked into.The family members of the woman Jhunu Patra, a resident of Benapur area, said was brought to the hospital on Saturday. She complained of labour pain on Tuesday night. It was alleged that the on duty nurses called up the doctor under whom the patient was admitted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The doctor allegedly told the nurses to administer an injection on the patient. The family members of the patient alleged that she felt relieved after she was administered the injection but stopped feeling any movement of the baby following the incident. When the caesarean delivery was performed on the patient, the baby was found dead.This infuriated the family members of the victim. They staged a demonstration alleging negligence on the part of the hospital. They also demanded a high level inquiry into the incident. They questioned the authority and said why would the doctor instruct an on-duty nursing staff over phone to administer a particular injection without seeing the condition of the patient. The baby died in the mother’s womb as wrong injection was administered on the patient, alleged the family members of the victim.A senior official of the hospital said the death of the baby could be due to many other reasons. He also denied the charges of medical negligence. The doctors in the hospital might have been trying for a normal delivery of the dead baby, he said. Post-mortem of the dead baby may be done to ascertain the real reason for the death.
Key Opera Software Employees quit by Martin Brinkmann on November 19, 2016 in Opera – 54 commentsIf you are following members of Opera Software’s Developer Relations team on Twitter or elsewhere, you may have noticed that most announced that they left the company recently or are about to leave it.Bruce Lawson, Andreas Bovens, Shwetank Dixit and Vadim Makeev all announced in the past couple of days that they have parted ways with Opera Software or are about to.In fact, the only DevReal member left standing is Mathias Bynens who joined Opera Software in January 2014.Bruce Lawson was Opera Software’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer and worked at the company since 2008.Andreas Bovens was Opera Software’s Android Product Manager and Dev Relations Lead. He worked at the company since 2007.Shwetank Dixit was Opera Software’s Extensions Program Manager and Web Evangelist. He worked at Opera since 2007.Vadim Makeev worked as a Web Evangelist at Opera Software since 2009.Opera Software’s DevRel Team quitsAre there any indicators why the team left? Three of the four posted the information on Twitter. They did not reveal why they are leaving or left Opera Software, only that they did and that they are looking for new job opportunities.This, and the fact that they have all quit at around the same time, suggests that the decisions have been recent and not planned for a long time.There was one major change recently, the acquisition of Opera Software’s browser and Opera Max by a Chinese consortium.Bruce Lawson more of less confirms that the acquisition has something to do with him leaving the company in a blog post on his personal blog.After Opera’s consumer products (browsers and Opera Max) were taken over by a Chinese consortium on 4 November, Opera and I are parting ways by mutual agreement. I’m no longer a representative or spokesman for Opera products, or the Opera brand.It seems likely that the other team members of Opera’s DevRel team based their decision on that as well but this has not been confirmed by the team members leaving or by Opera Software.All quitting team members are looking for new jobs. All four are highly experienced with lots of expertise and knowledge. While there should be plenty of opportunities for each of them, it would not be much of a surprise if they ended up working for another “web browser” producing company.Which company that could be? Microsoft for one. The company tries to stay in the game with its Edge browser, and while it certainly has good developers, adding one or multiple experienced members to the team should certainly give it a boost.Mozilla would probably be the better fit for the team members, but it is unclear right now whether there are any openings there.Now You: What’s your take on key members leaving Opera Software? SummaryArticle NameKey Opera Software Employees quitDescriptionSeveral high profile employees of Opera Software announced recently that they have decided to quit working for the company.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Share Tweet Submit Retailer Newegg is currently offering a Xbox One S Battlefield 1 bundle with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Gears of War 4 for only $319.99.Newegg is offering the bundle via Ebay, and only a limited amount of bundles are available. Customers are limited to three consoles per customer. The deal lasts until November 14 at 17:00 CET.The Xbox One S is Microsoft’s toned down Xbox One console and is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One.Sleeker. Slimmer. Sharper.Take your home entertainment to the next level, with the Xbox One S. Improved on the acclaimed Xbox One, this new S version brings all your favorite features, as well a host of improvements into a 40% smaller package than the original console. Play the greatest games lineup, including Xbox 360 classics, on a beautiful console that supports vertical placement (vertical stand sold separately). Experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range. Stream 4K video on Netflix and Amazon Video, and watch UHD Blu-ray movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD. Then get the enhanced comfort and feel of the new Xbox Wireless Controller, featuring textured grip and Bluetooth. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, everything you love about Xbox is even better on Xbox One.This Xbox One S Battlefield 1 500GB bundle includes:500GB Xbox One S consoleXbox Wireless ControllerBattlefield 1 Standard Edition game download1-month EA access14-day Xbox Live Gold trialBattlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Gears of War 4 is available for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
Jailed former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas was injured on Sunday while playing football at the Nicosia Central Prisons, and was taken to hospital for treatment, reports said.According to the reports, Vergas sustained head injuries when he and another player collided while trying to head the ballHe was treated at the Nicosia hospital and returned to his cell.In May this year, Vergas saw an added two years slapped on to the six-year prison term he is currently serving for corruption, extortion, and abuse of power, over the Paphos landfill scandal.The sentences will run concurrently, but only after Vergas serves the six years he got for the Paphos Sewerage Board (Sapa) bribery scandal in 2015.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola