Resources from the webinar: Student Loans & Service Members

first_imgRepaying Student Loans? Check out CFPB’s Servicemember Student Loan Fact Sheet or ED’s Student loan guide for Members of the U.S. Armed Services Search #MFLNPF on Twitter to read highlights shared during this webinarDuring the recent Student Loans & Service Member’s webinar, a number of resources were shared. We’ve collected the links and documents shared by presenters Carol Kando-Pineda and Patrick Campbell here.ResourcesConsidering taking out student loans? Check out CFPB Student Loan Guide or FTC’s Student loan resources for service members Choosing a college? Check out VA’s GI Bill® Comparison Tool , ED’s College Scorecard, College Navigator or FTC’s Questions to Ask.center_img Scholarships for servicemembers? Check out the National Resource Directory or ED’s Federal Student Aid’s scholarship guideInterested in watching the recording of this webinar?Find copies of the recording, the presentation slides, supporting resources, and a link to quiz required to earn 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed and CPFC-credentialed participants here.Got a question that wasn’t answered in the webinar? Leave it here and we’ll reach out to Carol Kando-Pineda and Patrick Campbell to get an answer.last_img read more

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On Leadership Strengths and Weaknesses

first_imgA great leader knows his team’s strengths and their weaknesses. He knows what they can collectively achieve together, and he can see what they are capable of even when they cannot. He can also see where they are likely to be challenged, stumble, and fail.A great leader also knows about each member of her team as individuals. She knows their strengths, and she knows what motivates and drives each of them. She can also see their blind spots, the areas where they need help, coaching, and improvement. This knowledge allows her to communicate effectively with each member of her team.Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the team collectively and as individuals makes a leader more effective, and great leaders spend time with their teams to acquire this knowledge and insight.But the greatest leaders know their own strengths and weaknesses. They know where they do exceptionally good work, the work that is in their wheelhouse. They also know where they are weak.Truly great leaders know when they have the vision, the passion, and the message, and need to improve on their ability to hold people accountable for execution.Truly great leaders know that their entrepreneurial growth orientation is both an asset and a liability to the organization, that they chase opportunities and underestimate the amount of work it takes to make the initiative successful.Truly great leaders have the strength of an abundance of energy and passion, but know that their desire to tackle too many initiatives at once causes them to produce haphazard results and confuses their team as to what is important.It’s important to know your team. It’s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of each member. But it’s more important that you know the strengths and weaknesses of their leader. This is what makes for a truly great leader.last_img read more

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Tiger translocated from M.P. to Odisha dies

first_imgOdisha’s tiger re-introduction programme appeared to have hit a roadblock as the Royal Bengal Tiger translocated from the Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh died in the Satkosia Tiger Reserve on Wednesday.Sources in the State Forest and Wildlife department said the three-year-old MB-2, as it was named in Kanha, was entrapped just outside the core area of Satkosia. While trying to extricate itself, the tiger hurt itself in the neck. The wound later developed into septicemia, the sources said. The animal died on Wednesday morning.The MB-2 was the first import from Madhya Pradesh which had allowed to send three pairs of male and female tigers to Satkosia for increasing the big cat population. The transfer of MB-2 to Satkosia on June 21 last had marked the first inter-State tiger translocation in India.Radio collarThe movement of tiger was being monitored by the wildlife wing of the Forest department and scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India by attaching radio collar to its neck. The tiger was said to have had successful mating with one resident tigress of Satkosia.The National Tiger Conservation Authority has asked an Odisha-based wildlife expert to probe the death of the tiger.Soon after the release of tiger MB-2 into the Satkosia Reserve, a tigress named ‘Sundari’ was brought from the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to Satkosia as part of the reintroduction programme.However, as the tigress had repeatedly strayed into human habitation and mauled a person, it was recaptured and kept in a special enclosure.last_img read more

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Central team to soon visit 11 flood-affected States

first_imgAn Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) under the Home Ministry will soon visit 11 flood-affected States, including Kerala and Assam, to assess the damage. The Ministry has changed rules and from now on, the IMCT will visit the affected areas even before receiving a memorandum from the State concerned. The other States that will be visited by the Central team are Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka.Criticism from KeralaOn Tuesday, Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Isaac took to Twitter to criticise the Union Home Ministry of allocating “zero” funds to Kerala. “Home Ministry approves Rs 4,432 crores from National Disaster Response Fund for the flood affected States. Share of Kerala, the worst affected, is zero!” Mr. Isaac said on Twitter.A senior Home Ministry official said the Central team would soon visit other flood-affected States, including Kerala. In the combined rescue operations in the States affected by floods, landslides etc. during the current monsoon season, the NDRF, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have rescued and shifted to safer places more than 1,53,000 people.‘Constituted immediately’“The IMCT will henceforth be constituted immediately in the aftermath of any natural calamity of severe nature, which will visit the affected areas in the State so as to have first-hand assessment of damages caused and relief work carried out by the State administration. The IMCT will again visit the State after submission of the memorandum for detailed assessment of the damage and relief operations conducted for making final recommendations for allocation of additional funds,” the Home Ministry said in a statement. At present, the IMCT visits the affected State only once, after the receipt of the memorandum from the State.The Centre has also approved release of over ₹4,432 crore to Odisha, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh for the damage caused by natural calamities in these States during the last financial year.Assistance approvedIn a statement, the Home Ministry said a high-level committee, headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has approved additional Central assistance of ₹3338.22 crore to Odisha for the damage caused by the cyclone Fani; ₹1029.39 crore to Karnataka for drought; and ₹64.49 crore to Himachal Pradesh for avalanches and hailstorm during 2018-19.The funds will be disbursed from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). This additional assistance is over and above the funds released by the Centre in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) already placed at the disposal of States.During 2018-19, the Central government had released ₹9,658 crore to all States, and during 2019-20, till date, it has released ₹6,104 crore to 24 States from the SDRF, the statement said.The meeting also reviewed the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country and the logistic support provided by Central agencies, including the deployment of the NDRF and Defence forces.last_img read more

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Eyes on the prize: USWNT ignoring legal battles and Solo stick

first_imgDistractions come with the territory of being a U.S. women’s national team player.The USWNT’s recent lawsuit demanding equal pay is the latest, but by no means the only non-soccer talking point that has accompanied the team over the years.Before that there were other battles for equality, the continuing travails of Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, player revolts against head coaches, and countless others. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? On Tuesday, however, the team must do as it has done so many times over the years and deploy its blinders. The USWNT’s World Cup gets underway with a game against Thailand in Reims, and it hopes to have to keep those blinders on all the way through to the final in Lyon on July 7.“Of course we have additional things outside this team that people are going to try to distract us with, or things that we have put on hold that we’ll continue to do after the World Cup but for right now this is our sole focus,” U.S. forward Alex Morgan said at a press conference on Monday.“This team is united in a way that I’ve never seen before and we’re very excited to start the World Cup tomorrow.”It can be easy to get distracted not only by off-field matters in a World Cup, but with the tournament’s on-field stories happening away from the U.S. camp.France, the World Cup co-favorites along with the U.S., provided such a distraction on Friday night by laying down a marker in a 4-0 tournament-opening win over South Korea.With the group stage seen as a mere formality for the USWNT, it would be hard to blame Jill Ellis’s side from looking ahead to a potential showdown with France in the quarterfinal.Though Ellis admitted her players were more than aware of the hosts’ performance in Paris, she quickly pivoted to the immediate task at hand.“Of course we watched the game, we have TVs everywhere,” Ellis said of the France match. “The players are obviously participating but it’s just so exciting to be a part of it. We’re also fans of football.“In terms of France, a great first performance from them. I’ve said this many, many times but right now it’s group stage for us, it’s one game, it’s Thailand and everything is singularly the focus.”France World Cup 2019Solo, so often a distraction during her time with the team, proved she can still fill that role admirably away from the group this week, making incendiary comments about Ellis during her role as a pundit for the BBC.Ellis was offered a chance to respond to the criticism and, as expected, took the high road on Monday. Instead, Ellis pivoted to the team’s preparation for Thailand, an opening challenger that should, on paper, offer little resistance.The USWNT has played Thailand once before, winning 9-0 in a 2016 friendly. But Thailand, now playing in its second straight World Cup, has improved since then and has shown the potential to surprise recently.In the 2018 AFC Women’s Cup, Thailand drew with heavily favored Australia 2-2 over 120 minutes before falling to the Matildas in a penalty shootout.“That’s impressive in and of itself that now a team has been to back-to-back World Cups and with that comes the experience that you get from that,” Ellis said of Thailand.“[They have] some talented players, some technical players. I do respect every opponent here because it’s incredibly hard to get here, so the fact that they’re here, they’re competing, they’re ready, we’ll have to be at our very best.”For the USWNT, the time to look ahead and focus on issues outside of Tuesday’s game, or outside the soccer field entirely, has ended.“For right now we really haven’t talked about any of our opponents other than Thailand,” Morgan said.“I think this team is ready to go, I feel like we’re in peak form and I feel like we’re ready to find success in this tournament.”last_img read more

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Statement from the Premier on the Passing of Allan Rowe

first_imgOn behalf of all Nova Scotians I want to express my profound sympathies to the family of Dartmouth South MLA Allan Rowe. Sadly, Allan passed away early today, March 16. Allan will always be remembered for his deep commitment to community and his incredible capacity for hard work. His career path led him from the drilling rig Ocean Ranger to a long stint as a well-known radio and television broadcaster and eventually to the Legislative Assembly in 2013. He served as government caucus whip and was respected and admired by all of our members and staff. Allan’s family has asked me to pass on their sincere appreciation to the dedicated staff at Dartmouth General Hospital and the Halifax Infirmary for their support and to thank all those who have sent their sympathies and prayers over the last three weeks. At this very difficult time, Allan’s family has asked for privacy as they mark his passing. -30-last_img read more

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Airtel submits Rs 644 crore bank guarantee in TDSAT for Tata Tele

first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel is learnt to have submitted a bank guarantee of Rs 644 crore in telecom tribunal TDSAT to complete the merger of Tata Teleservices’ consumer business with the company. The TDSAT on May 2 granted partial stay on a Rs 8,300-crore demand raised by the telecom department from Bharti Airtel for approving its merger with the consumer business of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL). “Bharti Airtel has submitted bank guarantee of around Rs 644 crore in TDSAT to complete merger of Tata Telservices’ (consumer business) with the company as was directed by the tribunal,” a source told PTI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents An e-mail query sent to Bharti Airtel elicited no reply. The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) directed “the concerned authorities of the Union of India to take the merger of two companies and licence on record”, subject to stay on one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) demand of around Rs 7,000 crore. The tribunal also asked Airtel to submit 50 per cent payment of Rs 1,287.97 crore demand raised by the Department of Telecom (DoT) as OTSC for Chennai circle licence extension from November 30, 2014, to September 27, 2021. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief It directed Airtel on May 2 to submit around Rs 640 crore for Chennai licence within four weeks. The department had earlier asked Airtel to submit a bank guarantee of around Rs 7,000 crore and an immediate payment of Rs 1,287.97 crore before it takes merger of Airtel and Tata’s consumer mobile business (CMB) on record. As part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata CMB operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata Teleservices. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

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Doval undertakes aerial survey of Kashmir Valley

first_imgSrinagar: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday undertook an aerial survey of the city and South Kashmir areas to take stock of the security situation as the valley celebrated Eid al-Adha amid strict restrictions that are in place after the decision to revoke provisions of Article 370.Officials said police chief Dilbag Singh and Army commanders also undertook separate aerial visits of various parts of the Kashmir Valley. The officers found the situation to be absolutely fine, they said. Eid prayers were concluded peacefully across Jammu and Kashmir, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In Srinagar, keeping in view the possibility of terrorists, militants and mischievous elements trying to disturb public order and peace, reasonable restrictions were imposed on large gatherings in sensitive areas. People gathered in large numbers at local mosques to offer prayers and greet each other, the administration said in a statement. According to the statement, people congregated in large numbers at many places including Bandipora (Dar ul Uloom Rahimiya 5000, Jamia Masjid 2000), Baramulla (10,000), Kupwara (Eidgah 3500), Trehgam (3000), Sopore (1500), Kulgam (Qazigund 5500, Qaimoh 6000), Shopian (3000), Pulwama (1800), Awantipora (2500), Anantnag (Achabal 3000), Ganderbal (over 7000), Budgam (Charar-e-sharif 5000, Magam 8000), Srinagar (hundreds of local mosques). In Jammu, over 5,000 offered prayers at Eidgah while similar large gatherings were there in the province. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, there have been some minor localised protests of a routine nature at a few places, the statement said. “This is not unknown in Jammu and Kashmir in the past. There have been some isolated incidents of stone pelting, again at an insignificant level. Police handled these locally and dispersed the protesters. There are no major injuries barring 1 or 2 individuals,” it said. The statement said restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir last week were eased from Saturday onwards in a calibrated manner, balancing the requirements of facilitating the public and preventing mischievous elements from creating trouble. PTIlast_img read more

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Metis mans lawyer says he was wronged – but not by me

first_img(Clayton Boucher. Submitted photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsAn Alberta lawyer representing a Metis man that had his drug possession conviction overturned last month denies he knew the so-called drugs were in fact baking soda when his client pleaded guilty.APTN News reported Tuesday the RCMP, the Crown and Clayton Boucher’s lawyer, Leighton Grey, were told the test results came back negative on suspected cocaine before Boucher pleaded guilty on May 30.“I did not learn until after Mr. Boucher pleaded guilty that the alleged drugs were buff (baking soda),” wrote Grey, who is himself a First Nations man, late Tuesday after reading APTN’s story published earlier that day.However, Alberta Crown prosecutor Erwin Schulz said in an email last month to the Law Society of Alberta, obtained by APTN, that he told Grey of the test results May 4.APTN asked Grey if he was disputing Schulz’s record of events but he has yet to respond, or to any other follow up questions.In depth: Alberta Crown let Metis man plead guilty after RCMP said drugs weren’t realBoucher, 45, was arrested Jan. 22 in an RCMP drug raid of his home in Lac La Biche, Alta., and maintained the “cocaine” police say they found was in fact baking soda found in his kitchen.“That is why he instructed me to send several letters asking the Crown to expedite the lab analysis,” Grey wrote.The tests were sent to Health Canada by the RCMP Feb. 3 and were completed on two samples by Feb. 24.But Boucher remained in the Edmonton Remand Centre despite the results confirming it was not cocaine.APTN reported Schulz repeatedly asked the RCMP for the results but never got them until May 3. Boucher said he pleaded guilty to two counts of simple possession because he faced being kept in jail until a September trial – and that he was having a hard time coping with the loss of his common-law wife who died in a car collision April 30.He pleaded May 30 and was released the same day. Boucher said he believed at the time that the tests were never completed and later filed a complaint against the RCMP.That’s when things started to unravel.Last week Boucher finally got the Health Canada lab results and the list of exhibits seized during the police raid.On the exhibit list, which was provided to APTN, it shows two small samples of suspected drugs were to be sent to Health Canada for testing. It was those small samples that Boucher pleaded to.It also lists other items found in the police raid.“He had been found in possession of items packaged for sale that appeared to be drugs. Only he knows why,” wrote Grey.APTN had called Grey’s office Oct. 23 prior to publishing the Oct. 24 story and left a message for him.“I could not return your call this week because I was not instructed to do so by Mr. Boucher. I remain bound by solicitor-client privilege,” wrote Grey.Boucher said he never received a call from Grey to get permission to speak to APTN.Grey also wrote that APTN should have looked into Boucher’s, his client’s, background.“The content of your piece has slandered a reputation that I have spent a lifetime earning. You might have taken the time to more thoroughly research Mr. Boucher’s public reputation,” wrote Grey.Grey did not specify what particulars he meant about Boucher’s “public reputation” in his email to APTN.However, in the original story, APTN reported that Boucher has a criminal record and he was also wanted for breaching his bail.Boucher has maintained he is not a drug dealer.Grey also took issue with APTN reporting Boucher filed a complaint against him with the Law Society.“I am not under investigation by the Law Society, nor was any formal complaint brought against me,” wrote Grey.APTN has a copy of the original complaint, and a letter from the Law Society confirming it was reviewing it in June.Boucher said his complaints against Schulz and Grey were dismissed, but has since sent the Law Society the test results from Health Canada, as well as the list of exhibits. APTN confirmed both complaints have been forwarded to the conduct department and are under review.Grey did say Boucher was “wronged”.“In any case, I would appreciate it very much if you could print a clarification of your piece which sets the record straight. Mr. Boucher was wronged, but not by me. Your readers deserve to know that, especially the ones who are my colleagues and clients,” said Grey.APTN has also been waiting three days for the RCMP to comment. Boucher told APTN he was told five Mounties face discipline based on his complaint. APTN also wants to know why it took over a month for the RCMP to provide the lab results to the Crown.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Ban challenges business leaders to create cleaner greener global economy

24 May 2009Calling the issue of climate change “the defining challenge of our time,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a challenge to business leaders to lead efforts to transform the global economy into one that is “cleaner, greener and more sustainable.” Mr. Ban told participants at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen that “you and your colleagues have the ingenuity and vision to lead by example where others – including governments – are lagging behind.” Governments are expected to wrap up negotiations on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period for reducing greenhouse gas emissions ends in 2012, in the Danish capital in December. “As business leaders, you are crucially placed to ensure that government negotiators seal a deal,” the Secretary-General said, urging their support to harness the political will needed to reach an ambitious new agreement later this year. Although he acknowledges the difficulties in concluding the pact, he warned that “if we get it wrong, we face catastrophic damage to people, to the planet – and to the global marketplace.” The UN will be issuing a so-called “Copenhagen Call” at the end of the three-day meeting on 26 May, Mr. Ban said, appealing to the private sector to use its influence to raise awareness of climate change. “As business leaders, you must make it clear to your leaders that doing the right thing for the climate is also the smart thing for global competitiveness and long-term prosperity,” he said. “We may never get a better opportunity. And if the world’s scientists are right, we may not get a second chance.” Mr. Ban also exhorted participants to mobilize their employees, partners and others to demand urgent action on the issue, as well as to continue finding private-sector methods to slash climate risks. “Your customers and your shareholders will reward you,” the Secretary-General, who will be convening a high-level summit on climate change in September, said. “And your children will thank you one day.” According to some estimates, rising greenhouse gas emissions could lead to a 5 per cent drop, or even more, in global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), compared to the prediction by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that it could cost as little as 0.1 per cent of global GDP annually until 2030 to reduce emissions. “And that does not factor in the multiple extra benefits to health and development,” he said. Concluding negotiations on a new climate pact in December will be a boon to businesses, Mr. Ban, who arrived in Copenhagen from a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, stressed. “We know that the right kind of deal will provide the regulatory certainty and long-term price signals that businesses are demanding,” he said. “We know that a deal can unleash investment, stimulate innovation and facilitate the global spread of low-carbon technologies.” If the Copenhagen conference in December ends in failure, countries could turn inward in a misguided attempt to solve the climate problem on their own, the Secretary-General cautioned, pointing out that protectionist barriers could result. He countered the argument that action on climate change should be put on hold during a global recession, emphasizing that while a global bail-out may seem costly now, “it will pale next to the enormous human and economic costs of delaying action on climate change.” read more

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New Orano CEO to spend more time making the case for nuclear

Province slams feds for ‘hypocrisy’ on mine cleanup funding Uncertainty remains but Cameco ‘pleased’ with Trump’s uranium decision Roughriders QB Harker at home in land of potash and uranium Uranium development company inks ‘unique’ sponsorship deal with Roughriders Saskatchewan is years or even decades away from a decision on nuclear power, but Orano Canada Inc.’s new chief executive says he wants to take a more active role in advocating for what many believe is a major step toward addressing climate change.That means pitching atomic energy as a cleaner, safer alternative to coal and natural gas, especially to younger people who are increasingly concerned about the long-term effects of pollution on the environment, Jim Corman said.“That generation understands the challenges that are ahead of us, in some cases maybe more so than other generations do. They’re becoming more vocal and they’re becoming a group that can help when they understand the benefits of our industry,” he said.That represents a shift for the company, which has traditionally kept a low profile in Saskatchewan.Corman, who grew up in Regina and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, spent most of his career working for Orano’s predecessor companies, Cogema and Areva, in Saskatchewan before taking a job with the French state-owned firm in Paris.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.This week, he took over from the retiring Vincent Martin as head of the company’s 500-employee Canadian operation, which plays an instrumental role in the province’s multi-billion-dollar uranium industry, despite being less well-known than Cameco Corp.In addition to its McLean Lake Mill, which processes ore from Cameco’s flagship Cigar Lake mine, Orano owns stakes in three of the Saskatoon-based company’s northern Saskatchewan operations: Cigar Lake, the McArthur River mine and the Key Lake mill.Those partnerships mean the French company has been affected by ongoing oversupply in the global uranium market, a result of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster, which led to a severe decline in demand for uranium mined in Canada and elsewhere.“It’s been tough for awhile. We’re not where we thought we would be today. If you go back a couple years, we were anticipating a stronger price for our product today than where it is. (But) we believe we’re at the low end of the cycle,” Corman said.Pointing to sharp production cuts — Cameco has indefinitely shuttered three of its operations, including McArthur River and Key Lake — since 2016 and an ongoing drawdown of existing supply, Corman said he believes the market should begin improving.The nuclear debate last flared up in Saskatchewan a decade ago, after Ontario-based Bruce Power LP concluded that a nuclear plant could add 1,000 megawatts to the electrical grid — a report that led to more than a year of robust public debate.Advocates tend to emphasize that nuclear is much cleaner than coal or natural gas — which make up the bulk of Saskatchewan’s generation capacity — while opponents point to potential dangers, as well as the problem of what to do with spent fuel.Ultimately, the Saskatchewan Party government declined to move on the proposal but left the door open for nuclear power in the future. More recently, SaskPower and Premier Scott Moe have mused publicly about small modular reactors in development.While discussions about such power plants are in the “early stages” as SaskPower works to drastically reduce its emissions, the provincial government has indicated small reactors could be part of a “diversified energy generation plan” by 2030.Corman, who hopes to bring his experience with Orano’s other operations to the Saskatchewan facilities he knows well, said the entire industry needs to continue advocating for a shift toward nuclear power around the world.“I certainly believe that nuclear will continue to have its role in the long term, and hopefully a growing role.”amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated read more

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Time running out on reaching single global emissions scheme says IATA

MONTREAL – The global airline industry says time is running out for Canada and other countries to come to a single agreement on cutting aircraft emissions of greenhouse gases if they want to avoid a piecemeal regional approach that raised threats of a trade war last year.The International Air Transport Association, which represents 240 airlines, is proposing that countries gathered for the ICAO’s general assembly opening on Tuesday accept its proposal for a single, mandatory global mechanism to offset carbon emissions.“If we miss this opportunity, there’s a real risk we won’t achieve what we set out to achieve,” IATA chief executive Tony Tyler said in a news conference on Monday.Tyler said there was “a degree of optimism” ahead of the conference that the 191 members states of the International Civil Aviation Organization can reach a political agreement that would avoid a collection of regional plans, including the Emissions Trading Scheme proposed last year by the European Union. The EU put its proposal on hold following threats of trade wars from unhappy governments.“Everybody I spoke to on all sides of the debate believe very strongly that it’s very important that this assembly does deliver a resolution. What the content will be of course will be a matter of serious negotiation, but everybody is aware this is a historic opportunity to take a big step forward.”Global aviation accounts for around two per cent of global man-made carbon dioxide emissions. In 2009, the global aviation industry agreed to cap its net emissions from 2020 through “carbon-neutral growth’” and halve its net CO2 emissions by 2050, based on 2005 levels.Although details of IATA’s plan, including costs to airlines, still need to be developed, the industry and its partners are confident.“Aviation is a global industry. Managing emissions is a global challenge. The solution must therefore be global…that means avoiding being sidetracked by regional discussions,” said Tyler.Failure to agree would likely prompt the Europeans to restart the clock on its proposal, he said, noting that waiting until the next ICAO general assembly in three years would give little time to reach a deal before 2020.It also could lead to overlapping regional schemes that may force airlines to pay more than the true costs of the emissions.IATA on Monday unveiled its lower industry profit forecasts for 2013, trimming it by nearly eight per cent or by about US$1 billion from the June due to an oil spike associated with the Syrian crisis and slower growth in some markets. The latest forecast is for the industry’s global profit to be US$11.7 billion this year with US$708 billion of revenues.Earlier, IATA said its reduced profit forecast for this year still represents growth from the US$7.4 billion earned by the industry in 2012.For next year, IATA expects the industry’s global profit will rise to US$16.4 billion, which would make 2014 the best year since airlines posted a profit of US$19.2 billion in 2010. Revenues are forecast to reach US$743 billion as the industry benefits from rising business and consumer confidence and a 2.7 per cent forecasted GDP growth.“Overall, the story is largely positive. Profitability continues on an improving trajectory but we have run into a few speed bumps,” Tyler stated.Cargo growth hasn’t materialized and revenues are expected to decrease by US$8 billion to US$59 billion.Passenger growth is expected to be five per cent this year with the total numbers of travellers forecast to reach 3.12 billion, the first time they would top the three billion mark.North America is expected to post the strongest performance, with profits more than doubling to US$4.9 billion this year, up from US$2.3 billion in 2012, and increasing to US$6.3 billion in 2014. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2013 9:46 am MDT Time running out on reaching single global emissions scheme, says IATA read more

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New car market still neck and neck with 2003 record

Diesel registrations hit a monthly high taking 37.2 per cent market share October diesel registrations climbed 17.7 per cent to 63,511 units Year-to-October remains firm, slipping just 0.2 per cent to 2,250,822 units Commenting on the October new car market, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Despite a dip in October the new car market is still running parallel with last year’s record total. We expect a slight upturn in November figures which will leave the increasingly strong December market as the decider. Will it be another record year? It’s too close to call.’For full comments and analysis please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Burka row Theresa May faces furious grassroots and donors backlash over malevolent decision

Number 10 was forced to deny reports of a rift with party chairman Brandon Lewis, after he said on Tuesday Mr Johnson should apologise for saying women wearing burkas looked like robbers and letter boxes. Theresa May is facing a furious backlash from grassroots Conservative members and donors over the party’s  “malevolent” and “discourteous” decision to investigate Boris Johnson over his burka comments. The Prime Minister was given no notice ahead of  Mr Lewis’s criticism of Mr Johnson, forcing… One local association president said Mrs May was “at best an embarrassment, and at worst a humiliation for our great party and country”, while major donors said it was an “argument over relatively nothing”. 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. read more

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End austerity says Tsipras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an appearance likely to have pleased the left wing of his party, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday that Greece must focus on how to end austerity rather than whether it can stay in the euro.Returning to ground he had covered before the two general elections last summer, Tsipras repeated his mantra that his preference is for Greece to remain in the eurozone but that it should not aim to do so at all costs.“The euro is not the focal point,” he said. “The dilemma we are facing is not whether we will be in the euro or not but whether we will be in austerity. Our main concern is to avoid austerity.“Our aim is to save Greece in the euro and not to save the euro no matter what.”Tsipras also called for all the banks being recapitalized by the Hellenic Financial Stability Facility (HFSF) to be nationalized.Holding his press conference a day before the arrival of the troika in Athens, the SYRIZA leader accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of waiting for the visiting officials with “a bouquet of yeses.”Tsipras insisted that as premier, he would take a tougher negotiating line with the troika, who he referred to as a “white-collar gang,” and not succumb to the “blackmail” Cyprus suffered.“We are working on scenarios around which we will construct our negotiating tactics and examine chances for maneuver,” he said, adding that SYRIZA would soon be taking “significant steps” to create alliances to ensure “the balance of power is not totally negative.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Aston Villa manager wanted more from his players

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith says his side would have scored more goals but maintains he is okay with the final result.Aston Villa encountered Ipswith yesterday and left them with a 2-1 defeat.“We could have won five or six nil or 2-1 today it didn’t matter it was about getting a result and getting the win at home which I thought we thoroughly deserved today,” he told Birmingham Mail“It was comfortable until Freddie Sears stuck one in the top corner and then we probably had a four or five minute spell of panic, of trying to get over the line.“But then the last five minutes I thought we sorted it out really well. I’m disappointed it wasn’t as emphatic as it should have been.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“Tammy should have been walking away with his 20th and 21st goals today and John McGinn should also be walking away with two or three with the chances he’s had.“So we’ve had a number of chances today and if we’re more clinical we would have made the game a lot more comfortable.“That said, we’ve got some players coming back it was great to get Mile on the pitch today.“We’re hoping to do some deals before Thursday as well.“We needed to get that win today and I thought we thoroughly deserved it.”last_img read more

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Shikhar Dhawan mocks R Ashwin responds to Mankad warning with a bizarre

first_imgAshwin’s picture was shredded by James Anderson.Ravichandran Ashwin Instagram Shikhar Dhawan performed a few bizarre moves as a response to Ravichandran Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ warning when Delhi Capitals took on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League clash on Saturday, April 20. The match at Feroz Shah Kotla featured the teams ranked three and four on the points table, thus the stakes were pretty high. Punjab batted first and scored 163 in their 20 overs and in response, Delhi made a solid start to reach 108 runs for the loss of the solitary wicket of young Prithvi Shaw in the 13th over. After two balls of the over had been bowled, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer was on strike and Ashwin was the bowler. The skipper of KXIP, instead of delivering the ball, stopped his run-up immediately as reached the popping crease, gave a glance at an advancing Dhawan at the non-striker’s end and went back to the start of his mark to bowl the next delivery. This was the second non-verbal warning of the match for Dhawan as he had earlier wandered well outside his crease in the 12th over. On that occasion, Murugan Ashwin warned the Delhi batsman. Ashwin gave a Mankad warning to Dhawan.Hotstar ScreengrabDhawan, not one to back away from a challenge, proceeded to do a stretch after planting his bat inside the crease as Ashwin returned to his bowling mark. But what took the cake and got a massive applause was when the Delhi batsman pulled out some of his nightclub moves. As Ashwin was delivering the third ball of the over, Dhawan — with bat inside the crease at the non-striker’s end — gyrated his hips and shook his entire body with eyes fixed on the bowler. “That was great to watch, the crowd also joining in. They are watching all this — fun games,” said Sanjay Manjrekar on commentary as fellow commentator Lisa Sthalekar could be heard laughing hysterically in the background. “This is a nice little byplay between the two. But you can sense that this is a crucial moment [in the match]. Yeah, he [Dhawan’s] not going to make the mistake [of leaving his crease] again,” said Sthalekar. “He’s done a twist from the ’60s,” concluded Manjrekar as replays of Dhawan’s odd, yet adorable, dance moves were shown in the replays. Dhawan played a handy knock of 56 in the match as he helped Delhi chase down the score with two balls to spare. The India international was dismissed by Hardus Viljoen and incidentally, it was Ashwin who took a fantastic catch, running to his left. After Dhawan’s dismissal, it was skipper Shreyas Iyer who took charge and saw his side home courtesy a man of the match performance. With that victory, Delhi moved to 12 points from 10 games and consolidated their third-place position on the points table. The capital franchise will face Rajasthan Royals in their next game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22.last_img read more

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How Some Teachers Students In Texas Are Responding To PresidentElect Trump

first_img X 00:00 /02:35 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The morning after Election Day, Montessori teacher Gina Applegate was greeting her students. Then one of her fourth graders arrived in tears. He sat in a bean bag and covered his face with his hoodie.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“He was sobbing, sobbing,” Applegate recounted. “When I went to ask him what’s the matter, he was inconsolable in that initial moment.”Applegate encouraged the 9-year-old to write down what was bothering him. Later he handed her a card. He wrote: “I am scared because Trump hates people of color like me and that is why I’m scared.”Applegate wrote her student, who is biracial, back.“I said, ‘I understand your fear, but there is hope because there are many people who care for all the different colors of people and you have the power in you to teach tolerance and show the world compassion. I’ll be there by your side. We’re in this together,” she read.Later she gathered the whole class at the private Montessori school north of Austin for a conversation about the election. She said they had already discussed different ways to hold elections around the world, but they revisited the Electoral College. Above all, Applegate said that she wants her students to understand different points of view and express their feelings — without a debate contest with winners and losers.It’s the kind of conversation that’s played out in schools across Texas following Election Day 2016.In Houston, Anastasia Anderson leads two charters, called Promise Community Schools. Many students are from all over the world, including Mexico, Pakistan and Syria. She says many children from kindergarten to eighth grade asked questions this week.“They’re questions like ‘Are we going to be sent back to our home countries? Why did such a mean man get a elected?” Anderson said. “Some are questioning, “Is it OK to talk about women the way we’ve heard women talked about?”Some students expressed fear about a wall between the United States and Mexico or being Muslim.Anderson said that it’s hard to answer the questions. Trump has maintained that his policies like a building wall with Mexico will make America better.On campus, Anderson wanted to give students a place where they could talk and express their feelings in a safe environment.  So they gathered in circles.“We did ask our teachers to spend some time if the students want to talk, listen to them. If they want to play, if they want to dance, if they want to express themselves and let off some steam, because this election has been such a stressful one, allow that to be,” she explained.Anderson said that they also used the election results as a teaching moment  to reinforce how the U.S. government works – that no one person runs it, but rather several branches.She added that the election has reinforced another lesson for teachers.“We’re preparing our next set of adults for the electoral process that they will go through and it’s so important that they be able to handle it responsibly when they become adults,” she said.center_img Courtesy Gina ApplegateMontessori teacher Gina Applegate received this note from a student troubled by the election. Here’s her response. Listenlast_img read more

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State to introduce Medhabi Bhata in Gandhijis honour

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to introduce Medhabi Bhata in honour of Gandhiji. The Chief Minister has announced a series of programmes to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.While addressing a gathering in a programme at Beliaghata Gandhi Bhavan, the Chief Minister said: “The Higher Education department will be introducing Medhabi Bhata in honour of Gandhiji.”Banerjee has also announced that a procession will be organised next year on October 2 in the city. She said: “The route of the venue will be announced later. I will urge people from all sections to attend the rally.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe further said that the state government has taken over Gandhi Bhavan at Beliaghata to restore it. The step has been taken as it is a heritage building and needs to be preserved properly for the next generation.”The state government has taken steps for restoration of Gandhi Bhavan at Beliaghata and Rs 3.5 crore will be spent for the same. There will be a museum as well,” she said, adding that the Gandhi Bhavan here is of great historical value, as Gandhiji was present here on the day India became independent, on August 15 in 1947. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe further said that the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will be observed across the country in 2019. “But we have started from 2018 onwards and there will be a series of programmes that will continue for the next two years,” she said, adding that steps will be taken to spread the message of Mahatma Gandhi across the state.She further said that the university named after Gandhiji is coming up at Tamluk in East Midnapore. Tamluk has been selected to set up the university as it is one of the three places in the country that first got independent.There will be a chair in the name of Gandhiji in Calcutta University. She mentioned that the life and works of Gandhiji is already in the school curriculum in Bengal.last_img read more

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NVTOP An htop like monitoring tool for NVIDIA GPUs on Linux

first_imgPeople started using htop when the top just didn’t provide enough information. Now there is NVTOP, a tool that looks similar to htop but displays the process information loaded on your NVIDIA GPU. It works on Linux systems and displays detailed information about processes, memory used, which GPU and also displays the total GPU and memory usage. The first version of this tool was released in July last year. The latest change made the process list and command options scrollable. Some of the features of NVTOP are: Sorting by column To Select / Ignore a specific GPU by ID To kill selected process Monochrome option Yes, it has multi GPU support and can display the running processes from all of your GPUs. The information printed out looks like the following, and is similar to something htop would display. Source: GitHub There is also a manual page to give some guidance in using NVTOP. It can be accessed with this command: man nvtop There are OS specific installation steps on GitHub for Ubuntu/Debian, Fedora/RedHat/CentOS, OpenSUSE, and Arch Linux. Requirements There are two libraries needed to build and run NVTOP: The NVIDIA Management Library (NVML) for querying GPU information. The ncurses library for the user interface and make it colorful. Supported GPUs The NVTOP tool works only for NVIDIA GPUs and runs on Linux systems. One of the dependencies is the NVML library which does not support some queries from GPUs before the Kepler microarchitecture. That is anything before GeForce 600 series, GeForce 700 series, or GeForce 800M wouldn’t likely work. For AMD users, there is a tool called radeontop. The tool is provided under the GPLV3 license. For more details, head on to the NVTOP GitHub repository. Read next NVIDIA leads the AI hardware race. But which of its GPUs should you use for deep learning? NVIDIA announces pre-orders for the Jetson Xavier Developer Kit, an AI chip for autonomous machines, at $2,499 NVIDIA open sources its material definition language, MDL SDKlast_img read more

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