Google and Facebook Celebrate Moroccos 61st Independence Day

Rabat – American Search engine Google and social network Facebook are sharing with Moroccans the celebration the 61st Independence Day from French and Spanish colonialism, celebrated each year on November 18.As in recent years, Google has placed a photo framed with the two major colors of the Moroccan flag, red and green, on their Moroccan homepage. The giant search engine also replaced its third letter “O” with Marrakech’s renowned Mosque, Koutoubia.This year Facebook also decided to join in the fun on their Moroccan homepage, happily displaying Morocco’s flag, accompanied by this congratulatory message: “Happy Independence Day! Best wishes for happiness and prosperity.” Independence Day in Morocco is often celebrated among older generations of Moroccans with the telling and retelling of heroic tales of courage from Morocco’s fight for freedom from what they remember as the tight fist of colonialism. read more

Arconic and Stanley Black and Decker slide while eBay leaps

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:Arconic Inc., down $3.25 to $17.09The aluminum products company said it’s no longer considering selling itself.eBay Inc., up $1.90 to $32.90Activist investor Elliott Management said it bought a stake in eBay and is pushing it to consider splitting off two businesses.Stanley Black & Decker Inc., down $21.19 to $115.69The tool maker gave a disappointing 2019 profit forecast.Johnson & Johnson, down $1.89 to $128.80The health care products company forecast weaker revenue growth in 2019 than analysts expected.Lam Research Corp., down $7.66 to $139.89Technology companies, especially chipmakers, fell as investors worried about economic growth in China and worldwide.Starbucks Corp., up 69 cents to $65.39The company will expand its delivery service and intends to offer delivery from almost a quarter of its U.S. shops.ConocoPhillips, down $2.15 to $65.75Energy company stocks fell along with the price of oil on Tuesday.TRI Pointe Group Inc., down 47 cents to $12.07Homebuilders fell after the National Association of Realtors said sales of already-built homes slipped in December.The Associated Press read more

King Mohammed VI Hamid Zahir Was a Pioneer of Moroccan Folk

Rabnat – King Mohammed VI said he learned with great emotion the sad news of the death of Moroccan singer Hamid Zahir, in a letter addressed to the artist’s family, on Tuesday.The monarch expressed his heartfelt condolences and sincere feelings of compassion to the family members of the deceased, friends and admirers.The King described Zahir as “one of the pioneers of the Moroccan folk song” who contributed during several decades to the enrichment of Morocco’s artistic repertoire with high quality songs and masterpieces. Zahir died Monday in Marrakech, his birthplace. The prominent Moroccan singer had suffered a stroke and battled with renal insufficiency, spending 10 days in the intensive care unit.Read also: Moroccan Singer of ‘Lalla Fatima’ Hamid Zahir Dies at 81The singer and lyricist was born to a Syrian mother and a father from El Kelaa des Sraghna in central Morocco and discovered his passion for music at a young age.His songs “Lalla Fatima” and “Lalla Souad” are some of the best-known classical Moroccan songs.Between 1947 and 1951, Zahir began performing in Marrakech’s famous square, Jemaa El Fna, where multiple forms of art flourish, from the long-lasting storytelling genre known as “Al Halqa,” to  dancing and magic performances. read more

Violence forces 20000 people to flee disputed Sudanese region UN reports

The internally displaced persons, half of the town’s population, have sought refuge with relatives and other communities as far away as Agok, 40 kilometres south of Abyei town, and are in need of food, shelter, water, sanitation facilities and medical assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update.Abyei, which is sandwiched between northern and southern Sudan, was due to have voted in a separate referendum in January, when Southern Sudan opted for secession, on which side it would join. But failure to establish a referendum commission and lack of agreement on who could vote precluded a ballot.The area has been bedevilled by tensions between the northern and southern governments and frequent outbreaks of violence between local communities who are divided between nomadic pastoralists who support the north and ethnic groups who side with the south.Meanwhile, an appeal for funds to carry out humanitarian work in Sudan this year remains greatly underfunded, with only 24 per cent of the $1.7 billion required received to date, according to OCHA. 8 March 2011An estimated 20,000 people have fled the urban centre in the contested Sudanese territory of Abyei since fighting broke out in the area last week, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, adding that aid workers are ready to start delivering relief supplies to those displaced. read more

It didnt take long for the Lyft doubters to show up in

Lyft Inc. went public Friday in the highest-profile stock sale of the year. It didn’t take long for the doubters to show up in the equity market.The shares dropped as much as 12 per cent to US$69.12 as of 10:32 a.m. in New York, more than erasing Friday’s gain and falling below its initial public offering price of US$72. Wall Street analysts highlighted concerns about how fast the ride-sharing company can start making money.While Lyft’s rapidly growing revenue and a large and mostly untapped potential market has many fans, the latest analysts starting their coverage on the stock also noted a possibility of growth slowing down. Investors hail Lyft shares in IPO, see profits down the road Lyft shares are going crazy in market debut Lyft hikes IPO target to $70-$72 a share as excitement rises “Following years of significant improvement, we believe market share gains and revenue growth are poised to slow as competitive pressures mount in the ride-sharing industry,” Consumer Edge Research analyst Derek Glynn wrote in a note to clients. The analyst initiated coverage on Lyft with an equivalent of hold rating and a US$73 price target, compared with the average price target of US$77.74, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Volatility during the first few days after an IPO is not unusual, and may not always be a good indicator of where the company’s valuation might settle after the initial euphoria. However, on an average over a longer term, they seem to be fairly accurate.Related Stories:A bad year to go public: Why Wall Street skeptics are suddenly poking at the startup bubbleMedia and events company Endeavor downsizes IPO amid market pushbackAfter WeWork debacle, IPO market slams brakes on unprofitable companiesWhile Lyft’s IPO was a much hyped affair, skeptics had sounded warnings earlier, even though investors did not seem to mind that the company was losing money. Lyft disclosed in its IPO filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it lost US$911 million on revenue of US$2.2 billion in 2018, compared with a loss of US$688 million on revenue of US$1.1 billion the previous year.Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Warren Buffett expressed his reluctance in a CNBC interview on Thursday, saying he “certainly wouldn’t buy a business for US$25 billion.” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives last week noted that it was “hard to be bullish” on the stock above US$80.“Positives for Lyft include a large total addressable market with modest penetration, rapid topline growth, share gains and positioning in the middle of several broader shifts,” Guggenheim analyst Jake Fuller wrote in a note. “All very attractive features, but just not enough to offset our questions around Lyft’s ability to both grow fast and reach its target margins in what is a highly competitive category.”Bloomberg.com read more

Security Council strongly condemns military coup in Central African Republic

Calling for calm and respect for persons and property in the CAR after the 15 March coup, the President of the Council, Ambassador Mamady Traoré of Guinea, said in a press statement that members had invited the Central African leadership “to begin a genuine, political, all-inclusive dialogue immediately in order to restore legality, national cohesion and civil peace and ensure the early restoration of democracy.”Ambassador Traoré said Council members also reiterated their full support for the actions of the Secretary-General’s representative, Gen. Lamine Cissé, as head of the UN Peace-building Mission in the CAR (BONUCA).The members, who had been briefed earlier Thursday on the situation in the CAR by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh, also deplored the losses suffered by the regional force and renewed their support for the efforts of the Central African Economic Community and Monetary Union (CEMAC), and the African Union.From the CAR capital of Bangui, General Cissé has reported on contacts he has had with a number of key actors, according to a UN spokesman.During a meeting with the coup leader, Gen. Francois Bozizé, General Cissé said he stressed the need for national reconciliation of all Central Africans, including the former collaborators with President Ange-Félix Patassé.The UN envoy also recommended that General Bozizé meet representatives of all political parties, including the former ruling party, as well members of civil society. General Bozizé was also asked to ensure the protection of diplomatic missions and international organizations in an effort to restore confidence.In the aftermath of the coup, looters attacked the homes of a number of UN personnel as well a World Food Programme warehouse. read more

BlackBerry maker RIM reports small thirdquarter profit beats estimates

BlackBerry maker RIM reports small third-quarter profit, beats estimates AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 6:08 pm MDT TORONTO – Research In Motion beat expectations in its latest financial results as it prepared for the make-or-break launch next year of the BlackBerry 10 smartphones and operating system.The company reported a profit of $9 million or two cents per share for the three months ended Dec. 1, compared with a profit of $265 million or 51 cents per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $2.73 billion, down from $5.17 billion.On an adjusted basis, RIM (TSX:RIM) said it lost $114 million or 22 cents per diluted share. Analysts expected a quarterly loss of 32 cents per adjusted share on revenue of $2.6 billion.The adjusted figures exclude the impact of RIM’s restructuring efforts and an income tax benefit recorded during the quarter.The company’s cash position also improved to more than $2.9 billion.In after hours trading in New York, RIM shares (Nasdaq:RIMM) initially surged upwards of eight per cent, but later in the session were trading up 15 cents, or one per cent, to $14.27.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, the company’s shares ended the session up 3.4 per cent, or 46 cents, to $13.95 before the earnings were announced.The launch of the new smartphones will see the Waterloo, Ont., company enter the most important months of its history — ones that will likely determine whether RIM survives in its existing form.“Starting in the fourth quarter we will begin seeing revenue from BlackBerry 10 devices,” chief executive Thorsten Heins told analysts in a conference call.“We believe the company has stabilized and will turn the quarter in the next year,” he added.During the quarter, the company shipped 6.9 million BlackBerry smartphones and 255,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, however the company’s subscriber base slipped by 1 million to 79 million from the previous quarter.“The subscriber decline was a surprise. We thought that emerging market strength would probably help maintain that number, so that fact that it slipped… is meaningful,” said Bill Kreher, a technology analyst with financial services firm Edward Jones.“The conversation really doesn’t change here. It was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of the results but the company’s future still hinges on this Jan. 30 launch.”In its outlook, RIM said it expected continued pressure on operating results in the fourth quarter and warned the timing of the BlackBerry 10 launch on Jan. 30 could hurt sales of its current models as customers wait for the new devices.RIM also said it expected to significantly increase its marketing spending in the fourth quarter and report an operating loss.“Our core financial objectives have been achieved one quarter ahead of our initial targets and we have already delivered $1 billion in cost reductions this year,” Heins said.“We expect to pursue more opportunities in the coming quarters as we pursue new ways to accomplish things smarter and drive greater efficiency within the company.”With RIM heading into uncertain territory in the new year, RIM’s stock price has traded erratically.Since falling to its lowest level in about a decade in September, the company’s shares have surged about 125 per cent, helped by a number of analyst upgrades.This year, RIM has watched its market share in North America dramatically fall to about four per cent as the BlackBerry became an afterthought in the face of Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3.And while other companies debuted new devices, RIM was forced to push the launch of its BlackBerry 10 operating system and new phones into next year, missing the crucial back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.The company has also made significant reductions across its operations, closing facilities, severing ties with certain manufacturers and announcing plans to lay off 5,000 workers across its global operations in an effort to save $1 billion by the end of its fiscal year. read more

Latest violence in South Sudans Jonglei state threatens recent gains UN warns

“UNMISS is particularly concerned by the apparent emergence in Jonglei of an armed insurgency group linked to the militia leader David Yau Yau, which is believed to be acting in concert with groups of armed youths who have evaded the civilian disarmament operation in the state,” the Mission said in a press statement. “It is essential to preserve the gains achieved over recent months in the improved security situation in Jonglei and ensure the civilian disarmament process goes forward as a key element of this effort,” it added. Since the killing of 24 members of the South Sudanese armed forces on 23 August in an attack near the town of Likuangole by assailants said to be loyal to David Yau Yau and allegedly supported by armed youth, further attacks have occurred and civilians displaced from Likuangole town. The two most recent reported attacks took place 27 and 30 August in Likuangole when unknown attackers twice fired at the South Sudanese Army (SPLA), with the army responding and repelling the assailants. No casualties were reported. “UNMISS has reinforced its peacekeeping strength in Likuangole and will work with the civilian authorities and the SPLA to help reduce tensions and protect civilians,” said the Mission. UNMISS is working with partners to contribute to the return of all civilians, who last week fled Likuangole to neighbouring villages. It urges the South Sudanese authorities to take all necessary measures to enable the displaced population to safely return to their homes. Also today, the Security Council welcomed the progress made by the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan in negotiations under African Union auspices to fulfil their obligations under the Roadmap aimed at easing tensions, facilitating the resumption of negotiations on post-secession relations and normalizing the relations between the two countries. “The Security Council welcomes [the] significant reduction in violence and tension between the two countries,” the 15-member body said a presidential statement. It also welcomed the agreement reached by the two countries on oil and related financial arrangements that should help alleviate the “sharply deteriorating economic conditions” affecting them. “The Council encourages the parties to swiftly finalize the details and the signing of the agreement and move forward with transparent implementation of the agreement, in order for production and transportation to resume as soon as possible.” South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July last year, six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended decades of warfare between the north and the south. However, the peace between the two countries has been threatened in recent months by armed clashes along their common border and outstanding post-independence issues that have yet to be resolved. The Council also noted with interest the agreement reached by the parties to establish a panel of experts to provide an authoritative, non-binding opinion on the status of the border, and hoped that this process will facilitate a speedy outcome in accordance with the Roadmap. read more

Central African Republic premier at UN calls for urgent action to end

Describing the humanitarian situation in his country as “catastrophic,” Central African Republic (CAR) Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye delivered an impassioned plea from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today for full-scale international support to save his country from the internecine violence now tearing it apart. “Do not abandon us,” he declared, calling on the UN to play an increased role and accord the mandate, and the international community to provide the necessary financial, material and logistic support, for a beefed-up African Union (AU)-led force to restore peace and stability to a country that has known little of it for the past four decades. “If the CAR collapses, new criminal and terrorist networks could establish themselves in the country and destabilize the whole region,” he warned. The CAR, plagued by decades of instability and fighting, witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee. Mr. Tiangaye now heads a transitional national united government entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections.But armed clashes in the north-east of the impoverished country between ex- Séléka, elements loyal to Mr. Bozizé, and self-defence militias have increased since the beginning of August, with a serious deterioration in the situation of the population. “We must stress that the humanitarian situation at the moment is catastrophic,” Mr. Tiangaye said. The entire CAR population of some 4.6 million people is affected by the crisis, 1.6 million have been driven from their homes, including 60,000 children who risk dying from malnutrition, at least 650,000 children cannot go to school, 484,000 people are suffering from severe food insecurity, and 3,500 children have been recruited into the armed groups, he added.Some 13,700 with HIV/AIDS risk being deprived of their ant-retroviral treatment and less than 20 per cent of the country’s medical facilities are operational. The planned AU-led force is projected to comprise some 3,650 military and civilian personnel. “Taking into account the scale of violence, the extent of the destruction, this multi-national force must be endowed with a clear and strong mandate from the UN Security Council with a mission to restore security and peace to the country and protect the civilian population,” Mr. Tiangaye declared.“And the international community has the obligation to provide it with financial, material and logistical means to confront the numerous challenges that my country faces.” Every day that passes brings its toll of blood spilled, women raped, minors kidnapped and thousands of people internally displaced or seeking refuge abroad. “It is today more than ever that action must be taken without hesitation to aid a people in danger, it is today more than ever that all means used elsewhere must be mobilized here to prevent the irreparable,” he declared. “It is under your eyes that this human tragedy is being played out and it demands an urgent reaction.”Mr. Tiangaye is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

UK proposes Fourth Carbon Budget

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne today proposed a limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases to be emitted by the UK between 2023 to 2027 in a bid to cut Britain’s emissions by 50% from 1990 levels.In today’s proposal, which is in line with the independent Committee on Climate Change, it sets out a fourth carbon budget of 1950 MtCO2e for the period that will span from 2023 to 2027, putting the UK on course to cut emissions by at least 80% by 2050 above the current EU targets.“Today’s announcement will give investors the certainty they need to invest in clean energy. It puts Britain at the leading edge of a new global industrial transformation,” said Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne. “Under this carbon budget, Britain in 2027 will be a different place and transformed for the better with warmer homes powered by green energy, many more cars powered by electricity and far less reliance on fossil fuels to drive our economy.”Responding, SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt said, “The automotive sector has a crucial role to play in the transition to an ultra-low carbon economy, both in delivering ever-cleaner products and driving economic growth through low carbon product development. New technologies and alternative fuels have led to a 20% reduction in new car CO2 emissions over the past decade and each year the industry invests billions of pounds in advanced R&D to continue this trend.“The UK is firmly positioned to attract a significant share of this investment while simultaneously contributing to the reduction in road transport emissions. However, for significant advances to be made in the longer term, direct, sustained support from government to incentivise continued product development, the roll-out of new infrastructure and greater consumer demand is essential.”The strategy also includes measures to minimise costs of the low-carbon transition to industries exposed to international competition, including a package of measures designed to reduce the impact of government policy on the cost of electricity for energy intensive industries and to help them adjust to the low-carbon industrial transformation.To find out more about how industry is making progress towards reducing its contribution to CO2 emissions, read the 2011 New Car CO2 Report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

2 years for man who confessed to 11M robbery

A man was jailed for two years by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan on Tuesday afternoon after he admitted to a $1.1M robbery carried out in the North West District (NWD).Steve Williams admitted that he used a gun to rob Deneisha Stoll of three ounces of raw gold, along with cash and cosmetics valuing $1.1M, property of Shauntel Benjamin.The robbery reportedly occurred on November 23, 2018 at Babbu Landing, North West District.Williams also confessed to having a 9mm pistol along with one live round of ammunition in his possession on November 24 at Hell Hill without being the holder of a licence for same.The defendant was jailed for 2 years for the offences and fined $50,000. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGM for El Dorado Trading charged with MurderDecember 25, 2013In “Crime”Sentencing deferred for man who confessed to killing siblingJanuary 17, 2018In “Court”Self-confessed bandit to serve 56 months behind barsApril 25, 2017In “Court” read more

Greek Orthodox bishop involved in sex scandal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bishop Isichios of Capitolias in Jerusalem was asked to step down from his duties last week, as the Patriarchate of Jerusalem called for an investigation of allegations against him. The Metropolitan is involved in a sex scandal that surfaced after footage of him engaging in sexual activity with a transgender woman from Greece surfaced online. Afroditi Konstantinou, a former sex worker, claims that she had had an affair with the bishop that lasted more than five years.Accusing Isichios Kontogiannis of exploiting her feelings towards him and abusing her physically and mentally, Konstantinou posted the videos on her Facebook page, calling for Patriarch Theofilos of Jerusalem to fire him.These claims created a turmoil in the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, given that Isichios is one of the Patriarch’s trusted bishops – and he had been instrumental in the uprising against former Patriarch Irineos and the installment of Theofilos.Details of the affair have been flooding Greek media since Konstantinou decided to go against her former lover. She has been posting photos taken in his home, as well as screenshots of their communication, both during the affair, as well as recent ones. In one such exchange, she’s asking Isichios on his whereabouts, to receive a photo of him alongside Alexis Tsipras, during the Greek PM’s visit to Jerusalem. In another, Isichios allegedly threatens her, writing that she will end up in jail. In a third, she’s allegedly texting “I’m sorry that I loved a scum like you.”Bishop Isichios has a history in Melbourne as well. In the early 1990s, the Metropolitan of Capitolias was invited to Melbourne by the defrocked priest Ierotheos Kourtesis, as a representative of the Jerusalem Patriarchate. Ierotheos had been engaged in a very public animosity against Archbishop Stylianos, and called for the Jerusalelm Patriarchate’s intervention in the long-standing friction between the Greek Community of Melbourne and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.Both Ierotheos and Isichios were accused by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew of interference in another jurisdiction and conspiracy against another church, namely the Ecumenical Patriarchate. During that time there had been many allegations of improper conduct on his part, a large number of which had been reported to Neos Kosmos without any of them becoming public.last_img read more

Seth Green to host at the 2014 WWE Slammy Awards

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions The following was issued on WWE.com:Film and television star Seth Green will be guest host of Raw and the 2014 WWE Slammy Awards next Monday on USA Network. And, you will determine the winner of each Slammy, exclusively inside the WWE App!Not only is Green the co-creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning “Robot Chicken,” but he’s a longtime WWE Universe member and a former Raw guest star.Stay with WWE.com for more on the 2014 Slammy Awards, airing LIVE next Monday night at 8/7 CT on USA Network. And be sure to tune in to “Robot Chicken’s” holiday special this Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET, only on Adult Swim.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:09Loaded: 100.00%0:09Remaining Time -0:21 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Velvet Skylast_img read more

Shane McMahon returns on tonights 37 WWE RAW

first_img Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Google+ WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE RAW is live tonight from Chicago, Illinois. Advertised for the show is appearances by Shane McMahon and Brock Lesnar. Also scheduled for the show is The New Day defending the WWE Tag Team Championships against AJ Styles and Chris Jericho.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE RAW beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight.center_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

Evergreen Plastic Container sets project goals

first_imgCorrection: A previous version of this story misstated Vincent Do’s last name, listed an outdated square footage for the proposed expansion building, and did not mention that the Minnehaha Business Park project was later renamed Velendo Industrial Park.The owners of Evergreen Plastic Container Inc. are working on a plan to expand their Minnehaha-area bottle manufacturing plant, along with a longer-term vision to develop several surrounding parcels as part of a project called Velendo Industrial Park.The project would begin with an addition to the Northeast 47th Avenue plastics facility on an adjacent parcel to the east. Subsequent stages would develop three additional parcels to the east, north and south, creating a 16.3-acre area that stretches from Northeast Minnehaha Street up to Northeast 68th Street.Vancouver engineering firm 2G Associates, Inc., submitted the application on behalf of Evergreen Plastic Container owners Vincent and Helen Do, who also own the surrounding parcels either directly or through a separate company called Velendo Real Estate LLC, according to Clark County records.Evergreen Plastic Container manufactures polyethylene terephthalate plastic containers, which are primarily used as packaging for bottled beverages, condiments and cooking oils. The company also makes plastic “closure” pieces — caps for soda and water bottles with the attached plastic ring to indicate when a bottle has been opened for the first time.last_img read more

Trudi Inslee touts husbands gay marriage view

first_imgTrudi Inslee, wife of gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, met Tuesday, March 27, with local marriage equality supporters and reiterated her husband’s support for same-sex marriage during a meet and greet at downtown Vancouver’s Niche Wine and Art Bar.“Jay Inslee is the candidate that declared support for marriage equality early on,” Trudi Inslee said. “His opponent is against marriage equality. There is a clear choice for people to make, and we need people to be aware of that.”Jay Inslee, a former Democratic congressman from Bainbridge Island, first alluded to his sentiments on marriage equality as far back as February 2004 when The Seattle Times surveyed Washington state’s congressional delegation about its stance on a proposal to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. “We have never amended the Constitution to deprive people of rights, and we shouldn’t start now,” he wrote in an email to the newspaper.Just before his campaign kickoff June 27 at Vancouver’s Christensen Shipyards, Inslee was specific about his position.“I’ve been married for 38 years, and I fundamentally believe that no government and no politician should deny any of my fellow Washingtonians the right to have what I have,” he told The Seattle Times.His opponent, Attorney General Rob McKenna, is opposed to same-sex marriage.The Legislature approved same-sex marriage earlier this year. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed it into law Feb. 13. It takes effect June 7 unless opponents of the law collect enough valid signatures by June 6 to qualify the issue for the November ballot, which would put the law on hold. If they’re successful, the measure would be called Referendum 74.last_img read more

American Medical Association votes to declare obesity a disease

first_imgWASHINGTON — The American Medical Association voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment.The nation’s leading physicians organization took the vote after debating whether the action would do more to help affected patients get useful treatment or would further stigmatize a condition with many causes and few easy fixes.In the end, members of the AMA’s House of Delegates rejected cautionary advice from their own experts and extended the new status to a condition that affects almost 36 percent of adults and 12 percent of children in the United States.“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one-in-three Americans,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, an AMA board member.Tuesday’s vote is certain to step up pressure on health insurance companies to reimburse physicians for the time-consuming task of discussing obesity’s health risks with patients whose body mass index exceeds 30. It should also encourage doctors to direct these patients to weight-loss programs and to monitor their often-fitful progress.last_img read more

Man says car mistakenly identified in Lauderhill crash

first_img“Apparently, there’s something going on, and I’m not involved, so my first thing is to call my attorney because this could go crazy ’cause there’s a fatality involved,” he said.Johnson’s attorney said he and his client have been cooperating with the investigation and contacted the police the day after the crash. They also turned over the car.“Mr. Johnson is exercising his responsibility as a citizen to cooperate with this investigation, which is something that a person who had things to hide would not be doing,” said attorney Gustavo Frances.They said Johnson gave a statement to police Tuesday. Lauderhill PD said Johnson is cooperating with the investigation, but it is still open.It is unknown if Johnson will face any charges.“My heart goes out to the family, families of the victims involved in this accident because, trust me, it is not an easy thing to lose loved ones. Especially in a matter like this,” said Johnson, “and I’ve been cooperating to the full extent to make sure that justice is served, but I am not involved in any of this.”According to police, no arrests have been made. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – As police continue to investigate a deadly crash that occurred in Lauderhill on Thursday, one man claims his car was wrongfully linked to the fatal incident.On June 8, a car crash took the life of 57-year-old Helaine Elize and injured her sister Elsianne Tulisse. They were both on the sidewalk when a vehicle spun out of control.The vehicle then flew into a nearby bench. Several others were injured.Police said the crash was caused by reckless driving, and they were looking for a red Dodge Neon that fled the scene. However, the car’s driver came forward Tuesday and said he did nothing wrong.“I am in no way, shape or form involved or in this accident. I just want to clear my name and just move on with my life,” said Jerome Johnson with his attorney by his side. “I see the car hit the other car then went over to the other side. From there it was … nothing much I see.”Surveillance video shows Johnson’s car drive by the crash, but Johnson said he was unaware that the situation took a tragic turn.It wasn’t until he saw the news that he knew the police were looking for his car, according to Johnson. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

All clear at FIU after suspicious package found

first_imgFIUPD investigating a possible explosive alert in PG2. Nothing confirmed @ this time. Sorry for the inconvenience & Thanks 4 ur patience 💙— FIUPolice (@FIUPOLICE) November 2, 2017FIU Police, Homeland Security and Miami-Dade Bomb Squad units all responded to the scene at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique campus, located near 107th Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street.As of 7:30 p.m., officials have given an all clear alert, via twitter, after previously asking everyone to stay away from the area until further notice. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have reopened the Blue Parking Garage at Florida International University after a suspicious package was found and the area was evacuated, around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. #FIUallclear: You may now access the Blue Garage.— FIU (@FIU) November 2, 2017 center_img #FIUALERT – MMC Campus: All Clear. All Clear. Resume normal activities. pic.twitter.com/HmS6IEAenb— FIUPolice (@FIUPOLICE) November 2, 2017Bomb squad units went inside the garage to investigated a vehicle that may have had some sort of device attached to it or near it.7Skyforce flew over the scene and captured students watching the scene from the top of the nearby Gold Garage before they cleared from the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly July 8 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioKodiak CommSta Killer Sentenced To 4 Consecutive Life TermsJay Barrett, KMXT – KodiakThe man convicted of a 2012 double murder at the Kodiak Coast Guard Base will spend the rest of his life in federal prison. Sixty-three-year-old James Wells was sentenced Tuesday to four consecutive life sentences in  federal court in Anchorage.Helicopter Service To Diomede Halted Amid Contract SnagZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeTransportation to one of Alaska’s most remote communities has stopped, because of a contract delay that’s tying up funds.Merged Alaska Dispatch News Website LaunchesJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe Alaska Dispatch and Anchorage Daily News websites Tuesday merged under a new name – Alaska Dispatch News. The new name will soon appear in the print edition as well.National Geographic Remaps Melting ArcticSarah Yu, KTOO – JuneauA new National Geographic Atlas of the World is coming out this fall, and it’s already controversial.The tenth edition of the world atlas depicts Arctic sea ice during a record-low year. Some scientists say that’s not representative.Study Says Wolf Deaths Have Implications For Pack Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksA new study indicates that the death of a wolf has implications for the rest of the pack, depending on the size of the pack and the dead wolf’s sex. The study is in response to the legal trapping of a breeding female that was part of a well-known wolf pack that was frequently spotted in Denali National Park.Southeast Housing Project Targeting Rural, Native CommunitiesCasey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauWhat kind of housing will Southeast Alaska communities need in the future?Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority is looking to answer that question with a housing needs assessment due out in September. The nonprofit says it will use the study to secure funds for housing projects, including some targeting rural and Native communities.Mushers Relieved As Kusko Fishing Restrictions LoosenedCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelDog mushers in remote Alaska are breathing a collective sigh of relief as fishing restrictions are being relaxed on the Kuskokwim River. Mushers along that Western Alaskan river feed their dogs fish because it’s nutritious and inexpensive. But this year, because of restrictions, they got a late start.Dairy Farm Doubles As Educational OpportunityEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA determined woman named Louise Kellog established a dairy farm in Palmer in the days after World War II.   These days, Spring Creek Farm honors her legacy with educational programs that operate on the original dairy site. Alaska Pacific University, which manages the land, is balancing  expanding the farm’s viability as an educational center, with keeping it’s open spaces undisturbed.last_img read more