Federal authorities used DNA from “multiple family members” and facial recognition technology to identify Osama bin Laden’s body, according to court papers filed on Friday that formally dropped terrorism charges against the slain al-Qaeda leader.The papers detail the CIA’s efforts to make sure the man killed on May 2 in the Navy SEALs raid in Abbottabad was indeed bin Laden.After the raid, US forces collected DNA from bin Laden’s body and took it to a base in Afghanistan, a statement signed by a top US counterterrorism official, Deputy Assistant Attorney-General George Z. Toscas said.CIA personnel there compared it “with a comprehensive DNA profile derived from DNA collected from multiple members of bin Laden’s family,” the statement said. “These tests confirmed that the sample genetically matched the derived comprehensive DNA profile for Osama bin Laden.”The possibility of a mistaken identification is almost impossible – approximately one in 11.8 quadrillion”, it added.The CIA used the facial recognition technology to compare old photos of bin Laden’s to photos of his body, the papers said, and concluded “with high confidence that the deceased individual was bin Laden.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
ATHENS (AP) — AEK Athens has taken a two-point lead over PAOK in the Greek league by beating Panionios 1-0 on Sunday, when Marko Livaja scored with a header in the 21st minute.AEK’s ascent to No. 1 followed PAOK’s unexpected, last-second 3-2 loss at Asteras.Defending champion Olympiakos is a further five points behind after a 1-1 home draw against archrival Panathinaikos, which played with 10 men for the last half hour. Olympiakos played in front of empty stands as punishment for fan behavior.Also, Levadiakos beat Larissa 2-1.TweetPinShare0 Shares
WhatsApp is coming to the JioPhone. But no one seems to know when. After its launch last year, the JioPhone has become popular in India. It is, according to market research agencies like IDC, is the best selling feature phone in the market. So, Jio recently came out with the JioPhone 2, as well as announced that to make the jio phone experience even better soon there would be app variants of WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook that would work on its “smart” feature phone. So far so good. The problem, however, is that at a time when JioPhone users want WhatsApp support on their phones as soon as possible, this special version of WhatsApp keeps missing deadlines.While launching the JioPhone 2 in July, Reliance Jio had announced that both the phones would get the social messaging app as an over-the-air (OTA) update. The JioPhone 2 went on sale on August and on the same day WhatsApp that is supported on the phone was supposed to come. But that didn’t happen. Then, WhatsApp was supposed to come to the JioPhone support last week. But now, it seems that the update has been delayed – AGAIN!Jio had earlier said that it would be rolling out WhatsApp and YouTube updates to its devices in batches. While there is no set deadline as to when these updates will be rolled out to these two devices that are the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2, rumours about the JioPhone 2 getting the WhatsApp update have been floating around for quite some time now. But now it seems that the update has been delayed again. And this time, there seems to be no word on when the telecom giant would start rolling out the messaging app to its feature phones.advertisementFor all we know, the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 could start getting the WhatsApp update as early as next week or may be the company is planning to give a sweet surprise to its users around the upcoming festive season. For now, there seems to be no official word from the company about the update.Meanwhile, Jio hosted the second flash sale of the JioPhone 2 on Jio.com at 12PM on Thursday. Just like the first flash sale, which took place on August 16, the company managed to clear all stocks in the sale today. The phone will now be available via a third flash sale on September 6 at 12PM.ALSO READ: JioPhone 2 next flash sale set for September 6To give you a crash course on the JioPhone 2, it features a 2.4-inch QVGA display with a QWERTY keypad. The feature phone comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD. It sports a 2MP camera at the back and VGA sensor in the front, and it has VoLTE, Vo-WiFi, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM radio for connectivity. The JioPhone 2 runs on KAI OS and is backed by a 2,000mAh battery.
Juventus Allegri has ‘no problem’ with Juventus star Dybala Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 02:05 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Juventus v SPAL SPAL Serie A The Argentina forward is said to have been unhappy at being substituted against Udinese but his coach is not too concerned Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has denied any lingering issue with striker Paulo Dybala.The Argentina international appeared unhappy at being substituted in the 6-2 win over Udinese last weekend and was filmed by TV cameras apparently muttering an insult towards Allegri while on the bench.Juve 5/4 for Serie A title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The incident came after the Juve head coach suggested the 23-year-old was “a little disconnected” after his side’s 2-1 Champions League win over Sporting CP.Dybala started the season in spectacular form but has now failed to score in four of his last five Serie A appearances, while he also missed penalties in the draw with Atalanta and the 2-1 home defeat to Lazio.Allegri expects him to recapture his best soon, though, and insists there is no ongoing problem between them.”There is no problem,” he told a news conference. “At that moment [against Udinese] I needed a player who could counter-attack and substitutions are part of the decisions a coach has to make.”These strikers have always scored goals and always will. Everyone has a moment where they don’t find the net for three or four games. The important thing is to keep doing the usual performances.”Here’s your 19-man squad called up by @OfficialAllegri for #JuveSPAL. #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QodvPKGW8x— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 24, 2017Juve take on struggling SPAL on Wednesday looking to put pressure on league leaders Napoli and second-place Inter, but Allegri plans to rest Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini despite promising an otherwise strong line-up.”I can confirm Gigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini will not play,” he said. “Claudio Marchisio is ready for a run-out, not the whole game. I’ve called up Mattia De Sciglio but he is lacking match sharpness.”Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa will play, as will Alex Sandro. “This game is worth three points, just like last weekend and the next. We must have great respect for SPAL. They play attractive, attacking football and they’ve had some narrow defeats, causing their opponents big problems.”We must get back to winning on home soil.”
The 2013/14 Budget Debate begins on Thursday, April 18 in the House of Representatives, with Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, making his presentation.Dr. Phillips will inform the nation how the $520.88 billion budget for the fiscal year will be funded.On April 4, the Minister tabled the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure in the House, which showed that $370.5 billion has been allocated forRecurrent (House-keeping) expenses and $150.38 billion for Capital (Development) expenses.The Standing Finance Committee of the House met and considered the Estimates from April 9-10.The Budget Debate will last until Wednesday, May 1. During the debate, selected members of the Government and the Opposition will make presentations.Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw, is expected to make his contribution to the Debate on Tuesday, April 23, while presentations will be made by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell and Opposition Spokesman on Tourism and Travel Service Development, Edmund Bartlett on Wednesday, April 24. On Thursday, April 25, Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, is scheduled to make his contribution to the Debate. Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller is slated to make her presentation on Tuesday, April 30, while the Finance Minister will close the Debate on Wednesday, May 1.After the Budget Debate is completed, other members of the House of Representatives will make their presentations in the Sectoral Debate, which follows.By Godfrey Barnes, JIS Editor
SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Projects to Improve DrinkingWater in Guysborough Communities Residents of Tickle Road and Hazel Hill, District of Guysborough,will soon enjoy safer drinking water, thanks to a projectannounced today, Jan. 20, through the Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program. The District of Guysborough is joining with the governments ofCanada and Nova Scotia to provide for the design and constructionof a new water main from the Hazel Hill water distribution systemto the existing system in the Tickle Road area. The project willalso include a new pressure tank for the Hazel Hill water systemthat will improve water pressures for the Tickle Road area. Thenew water line will also complete the connection between theHazel Hill, Tickle Road and Canso water systems. The total costof the project is $293,511. “This announcement is great news for our community,” said MLARonnie Chisholm, speaking on behalf of Barry Barnet, Minister ofService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This is anotherexample of how governments can achieve great things when theywork together.” Designed to invest in the infrastructure needs of Nova Scotiacommunities, the program’s priorities include supporting long-term economic growth, improving community infrastructure,enhancing the environment and building 21st centuryinfrastructure. “Nova Scotians want to live in healthy, safe communities they canbe proud of,” said Member of Parliament Rodger Cuzner, speakingon behalf of Joseph McGuire, Minister of the Atlantic CanadianOpportunities Agency. “Through the Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program, the government of Canada is working withNova Scotians to build stronger communities and improve ourquality of life by investing in the kinds of infrastructureprojects such as the one we are announcing today.” Mr. Cuzner and Mr. Chisholm announced a joint federal-provincialinvestment of $195,674. The Municipality of the District ofGuysborough will fund the balance of the project costs, bringingthe project total to $293,511. “This investment will have a great impact on the well-being ofour community and will help ensure that residents receive a morereliable supply and quality of drinking water,” said Lloyd Hines,Warden of the District of Guysborough. “This Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program is a unique vehicle that successfullyallows governments to work together to achieve a common goal –to make Nova Scotia communities the best they can be.” To date, more than $194 million has been invested in 130 projectsacross the province, through the program, and more announcementsare expected as projects undergo environmental assessment andfinal approval. The program is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee.
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APTN National NewsWinnipeg is known as the crime capital of Canada.So far this year there have been 31 homicides.Now a stabbing spree is causing alarm for some folks living in the inner city which is an area that has a high number of Aboriginal residents.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.
Rabat – EU special representative for human rights Stavros Lambrinidis expressed, on Friday in Rabat, EU’s support for all reforms undertaken by Morocco to promote human rights, deeming that the Kingdom has become an example to follow regionally.In a meeting with head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, the European official expressed the EU’s ambition to broaden the prospects for partnership and cooperation with Morocco in the human rights field internationally and bilaterally, said a statement from the head of government’s office.Lambrinidis, who is on a working visit to the Kingdom, lauded on this occasion the results of his talks with the Moroccan officials, highlighting the major strides made by Morocco to uphold human rights and freedom, the same source added. Benkirane reiterated the commitment of the Kingdom to protecting liberties and guaranteeing human rights under the rule of law.
More than nine weeks after a devastating earthquake in Pakistan killed more than 70,000 people, injured 70,000 more and left up to 3 million people homeless, the United Nations relief appeal faces a shortfall of some 60 per cent, with a new survey showing an urgent need for 2.4 million blankets as the harsh winter sets in. Funds for the $550 million appeal have reached $209.2 million, or 38 per cent, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva today. With $22.7 million in pledges included, the funding stands at 42 per cent.A recent rapid assessment conducted by the UN and non-government organizations (NGOs) among 3,000 affected households below the 5,000-feet snowline concluded that 75 per cent are in need of additional support in terms of structural and/or thermal protection, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told the briefing. “More blankets, quilts, plastic sheets and tarpaulins are urgently required to help quake survivors stay warm in the winter,” she said. “With more than 20 mobile teams active, we are working hard to meet these needs.”As part of its winterization campaign, UNHCR has so far distributed 322,904 blankets, 60,875 plastic sheets, 3,751 stoves and 1,209 sleeping bags. An additional 250,025 blankets, 77,281 plastic sheets and 28,993 stoves are on their way.
By contrast, many soldiers are working more than ten hours a day, according to a survey by the Army Families Foundation. Most of those surveyed (71 per cent) said their their hours had increased considerably since 2012.Tube drivers are also much better paid than some of their other colleagues who’ll be joining them on strike. Station staff get around £30,000, according to TfL, with others closer to £20,000, while supervisors earn around £40,000 – still markedly less than what tube drivers get. A newly-qualified soldier starts on around £17,945, while a tube driver rakes in nearly three times as much. The capital’s tube drivers make about twice as much as nurses, policeman, firefighters and teachers. In order to become a tube driver – if you’re wondering – GCSEs in Maths and English are needed, with some medical or electrical knowledge being useful too.What about time off? Tube drivers get 43 days in annual leave, significantly more than soldiers (30), firefighters (28), nurses (27), teachers (28) and police officers (22). Thanks to the unions’ multi-year deal with London Underground, keeping pay above inflation, a newly-qualified tube driver starts on a salary of £49,673 a year. This can rise after five years to anything between £50,000 to £60,000. The drivers get £24,133 at the start of their training period rising to £30,166 after completing initial assessments – with their starting salary, on completion of their 12-16 week training, rising to £49,673.Their starting salary easily dwarfs the starting salaries for workers in other sectors – like health and education. They can earn more than some hospital doctors. Meanwhile, the average salary for the British worker is £26,500. Generous pay packages could well be deserved if tube drivers worked for them. They have agreed with London Underground that tube drivers will work an average of 36 hours per week, which pales in comparison to how many hours a nurse will work on average (37.5), a police officer (40), a secondary school teacher (55.7) and a firefighter (56). So as Londoners are forced to endure commuting chaos due to militant rail unions, it’s clear tube drivers continue to do rather well out of it all. • Queues, fights and chaos in the capital – in pictures • In pictures: London’s lost Tube stations London’s transport system has been crippled as tube workers go on strike again. It isn’t about working hours or the Night Tube this time, but jobs and ticket office closures. The unions are protesting about the number of jobs that will be lost as part of the ticket office closure programme, which they estimate at around 800. Transport for London said the number of redundancies would be minimal and has recruit 200 extra staff , but the unions have rejected this offer. As we learned last year, TfL jobs are a closed shop. And everyone wants to be a tube driver. So how well-off can you get thanks to all the concessions the unions have secured? Here’s what you need to know about London’s rather well-paid tube drivers. 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.
Latest issue of International Mining Project News available (July 4) : Gold may have gone through a tremendous price hike in recent years, yet mining projects all over the world are uncovering new yields of the precious metal. Another mineral that like Gold has increased in price and demand is iron ore. It comes as no real surprise then that these two minerals are at the forefront of big mining companies’ projects. This issue covers SilverCrest Mines’ feasibility study results for its Santa Elena open pit gold and silver mine – converting approximately 73% of the project’s Indicated mineral resources to Proven and Probable reserves; news on DMC Mining’s Mayoko iron ore project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with details of a low strip ratio of 0.51. This issue also includes updates on Apex Minerals’ Wiluna gold project in Western Australia and London Mining’s El Artillero Iron ore project in Mexico amongst others.Details of a new European resource reporting code are also featured within this in-depth newsletter. The Pan-European Reserves and resources Reporting Committee’s (PERC) “exposure draft” for consultation was launched on June 17, with a six-month consultation process leading to launch of the final version of the Code in mid-December 2008. Several key changes have been made to this draft including the Competent Person classification being amended to a tighter definition, but without using a ROPO list, a new section being created for coloured gemstones and also an expanded diamond section.Copper is also featured heavily in this report, with projects in Mexico, Finland, the Phillipines, Laos, Chile, the Republic of Congo and ofcourse Cananda being detailed within this issue. Of particular interest is the recalculation of Codelco’s Andina Division copper project. This project, which is also known as Phase II or Nueva Andina, has recalculated the investment necessary for expansion works from $3.7 billion to $4.8 billion. Production would increase by 320,000 t/y of copper, as from 2015, exceeding the 500,000 t/y mark. This increased investment was due to higher costs of products such as steel and petroleum, but also because it is thought that the mine’s conditions warrant further exploitation.To receive the full 35+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free trial copy.
Related Items:bahamas, E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas, 20 Oct 2014 (Bahamas Information Services) – The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival /Exhibition 2014 officially opened today at the Pro Gallery of the College of The Bahamas. The art exhibition will continue until the 27th October 2014.Pictured are members of the organizing committee and ministry officials who made this event all possible. They are from left Austin Mullin; Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown, Director of Culture; Eddison Dames, Assistant Director of Culture; Keva Cartwright, Senior Cultural Officer; Ellery Deveaux, Cultural Officer and Heino Schmidt. (BIS PHOTO/Kristaan Ingraham) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp2 APRIL 2015 | GENEVA – New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food supply chain, according to WHO, which next week is dedicating its annual World Health Day to the issue of food safety.World Health Day will be celebrated on 7 April, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.”“Food production has been industrialized and its trade and distribution have been globalized,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “These changes introduce multiple new opportunities for food to become contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals.”Dr Chan adds: “A local food safety problem can rapidly become an international emergency. Investigation of an outbreak of foodborne disease is vastly more complicated when a single plate or package of food contains ingredients from multiple countries.”Unsafe food can contain harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, and cause more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Examples of unsafe food include undercooked foods of animal origin, fruits and vegetables contaminated with faeces, and shellfish containing marine biotoxins.Today, WHO is issuing the first findings from what is a broader ongoing analysis of the global burden of foodborne diseases. The full results of this research, being undertaken by WHO’s Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG), are expected to be released in October 2015.Some important results are related to enteric infections caused by viruses, bacteria and protozoa that enter the body by ingestion of contaminated food. The initial FERG figures, from 2010, show that:there were an estimated 582 million cases of 22 different foodborne enteric diseases and 351 000 associated deaths;the enteric disease agents responsible for most deaths were Salmonella Typhi(52 000 deaths), enteropathogenic E. coli (37 000) and norovirus (35 000);the African region recorded the highest disease burden for enteric foodborne disease, followed by South-East Asia;over 40% people suffering from enteric diseases caused by contaminated food were children aged under 5 years.Unsafe food also poses major economic risks, especially in a globalized world. Germany’s 2011 E.coli outbreak reportedly caused US$ 1.3 billion in losses for farmers and industries and US$ 236 million in emergency aid payments to 22 European Union Member States.Efforts to prevent such emergencies can be strengthened, however, through development of robust food safety systems that drive collective government and public action to safeguard against chemical or microbial contamination of food. Global and national level measures can be taken, including using international platforms, like the joint WHO-FAO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), to ensure effective and rapid communication during food safety emergencies.At the consumer end of the food supply chain, the public plays important roles in promoting food safety, from practising safe food hygiene and learning how to take care when cooking specific foods that may be hazardous (like raw chicken), to reading the labels when buying and preparing food. The WHO Five Keys to Safer Food explain the basic principles that each individual should know all over the world to prevent foodborne diseases.“It often takes a crisis for the collective consciousness on food safety to be stirred and any serious response to be taken,” says Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, Director of WHO’s Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses. “The impacts on public health and economies can be great. A sustainable response, therefore, is needed that ensures standards, checks and networks are in place to protect against food safety risks.”WHO is working to ensure access to adequate, safe, nutritious food for everyone. The Organization supports countries to prevent, detect and respond to foodborne disease outbreaks—in line with the Codex Alimentarius, a collection of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice covering all the main foods.Food safety is a cross-cutting issue and shared responsibility that requires participation of non-public health sectors (i.e. agriculture, trade and commerce, environment, tourism) and support of major international and regional agencies and organizations active in the fields of food, emergency aid, and education. Condom use now recommended as a prevention to Zika; sexually transmitted case found in Dallas CARICOM 10 POINT EBOLA PLAN RATIFIED TUESDAY NIGHT Recommended for you Walk & Run for Breast Cancer Awareness Related Items:margaret chan, who, world health da Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items:adam stewart, beaches resort and spa, tci labour Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – Beaches Resort Villages and Spa needs more staff for its TCI resort property and while the CEO, Adam Stewart during the launch of the local ‘I am Sandals’ campaign did not give exact numbers, we are talking hundreds of workers but Stewart said in the Turks and Caicos, it is very hard to find what they need in country for the international full service resort the conglomerate has created. “We would love to see Beaches Turks and Caicos grow, we would love to see more local employment. It would be very difficult to expand the hotel when we are having the difficulties that we are having today accessing not only the local labour force but the required work permits that we need.”This is not an uncommon cry, though it is an unpopular one… but Stewart pointed out that in many other jurisdictions, they are able to fill their resorts almost completely with indigenous peoples; he said this is the case for resorts in countries like Jamaica, St Lucia and The Bahamas. “The question to ask is not the number of permits; the question is what would you need the work permits for. You have French restaurants here, you have Italian restaurants here – the Executive Chefs of those restaurants the authenticity or international product we deliver. Nobody can take away the Turks Islander ability to deal with conch and the fish that you guys prepare in your country; you can’t take away the authenticity of a French chef, of an Italian chef, of a Japanese chef in those specialty restaurants. If you look at the track record of our organization, the leadership in St Lucia – 98% of that business is run by St. Lucians, three General Managers are St Lucian’s because the labour force is available. You come home to Jamaica, it is the same thing so the specialty skills that are taken up in there. In The Bahamas, in Nassau we are given 10% work permits for the hotel itself, the hotel in the Bahamas runs 96% Bahamian.”Stewart said TCI labour laws are antiquated, but said Sandals Resorts International is encouraged by the government’s moves to modernise them. “…Mechanics! We have been working very closely with the Government and we are encouraged by what we have been seeing. Up until this point, the hotel has been operating with what I would describe as outdated labour protocols; the labour protocols that we operate today are the same labour protocols we came here and saw in the 1990s, but yet the world has changed and the business has become substantially bigger from 68 to 1950 employees.”Turks and Caicos Islanders make up 54% of the workers at the 770 room resort. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier
CPUC denies SDG&E request to recover $379 million from 2007 wildfires Posted: November 30, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — For the first time in a long time, the little guy is claiming victory over a corporate giant. SDG&E was asking for $370 million to cover the cost of the 2007 wildfires. In a rare decision for the customer, the California Public Utility Commission voted against the electric company. After all, equipment owned by SDG&E was responsible for sparking the so-called Witch Fire.The Witch Fire killed two people, destroyed 1,600 homes and scorched 200 thousand acres of land. At the time, the Santa Ana wind was blowing at hurricane force. Since SDG&E failed to trim trees in the backcountry, they were found responsible for causing the fire. Something they still deny.While this is a big victory for the ratepayer, it could be short-lived. In response, Lee Schavrien, SDG&E’s senior vice president and chief regulatory officer, said the CPUC made the wrong decision, which the utility will seek to overturn.SDG&E strongly disagrees with today’s decision. The CPUC got it wrong. The 2007 wildfires were a natural disaster fueled by extreme conditions including the worst Santa Ana wind event this region has ever seen, combined with high heat, low humidity and hurricane-force winds as high as 92 mph. Experts from Cal Fire and the County Office of Emergency Services described the weather as ‘unprecedented [in] magnitude,’ and ‘wind conditions being the worst they had ever seen in recent memory.’“This decision is not supported by the evidence and is not consistent with the determination made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC conducted its own inquiry and found SDG&E acted reasonably and approved the FERC-jurisdictional portion of the wildfire cost request. We find it difficult to understand how federal regulators understood the law and applied it appropriately, while the CPUC adopted a flawed interpretation.“The decision wrongly concludes that the applicability of inverse condemnation by California courts to privately owned public utilities is irrelevant. Under inverse condemnation, a utility is strictly liable, regardless of fault or foreseeability, if its facilities are involved in an ignition. Courts apply inverse condemnation to utilities on the grounds that utilities can spread the costs through rates, but this decision has failed to recognize or acknowledge the role inverse condemnation played in the incurrence of the costs and has failed to allow SDG&E to spread the costs as the courts envisioned.The Public Utility Commission was designed to help the public, in cases like this. More often than not they rule in favor of the corporate giants. Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is leading the charge for the consumer. He’s also the lead attorney in the lawsuit against the San Onofre Nuclear Plant decision. After a secret, cloak and dagger meeting at a hotel in Warsaw, Poland, the CPUC approved the San Onofre deal. A $3.3 billion decision, where the customer is stuck with the tab, even though the electric company was completely at fault for the shut down of the nuclear plant.Both of these cases have shined a light on the cozy relationship between regulators and the companies they are supposed to regulate. The secret deal on San Onofre was improper at the very least, if not illegal. November 30, 2017 , Updated: 3:30 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The American Soybean Association (ASA) sent a letter this week expressing support for the “Pursuing a Unifying Message” report and the goal of establishing food and agricultural research as a national priority.In the letter to Dr. Greg Bohach, vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, ASA endorsed the report’s key findings and agreed that “we need a loud, clear and common message that investments in broadly defined food, agricultural and natural resources research must increase.”The report was released in November 2014 by MSU, Iowa State University, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Texas Tech University and Colorado State University. It serves as a stepping stone for setting a strategy to move agriculture to the forefront of government-funded research.ASA offered to partner with all public or private stakeholders who share this vision.Click here to read the entire letter.
In Orange, James plowed forward with the resources she had. She got the state to let her shut down her family’s restaurant and use the open eating space as a temporary center for about 60 older children. She and her husband own an additional building already in use to care for about 25 infants. And she found a former bakery up for lease in West Orange and put her family members to work replacing ceiling tiles and ripping out walls to create a permanent center.Last week she started offering day care and after-school activities in the new building for kids 18 months to 12 years old.“Children have to know safety, and they have to know you’re consistent,” she said. “We are still right now feeding kids who are going home with nothing to eat. We’re still clothing kids who still don’t have any.”The new normal for James is a building with a smaller capacity. Many families were forced to leave Orange after three low-income apartment buildings flooded and shut down, and not all are back, she said. Just seven of 15 staff members are back in Orange; the others remain displaced after Harvey.Lack of child care is one of many factors keeping families from returning to their homes, De Marrais said.Farther south along the coast, LaVeta Rodriguez, director of Little Lights Learning Center in Rockport, drained the day care’s savings — more than $10,000 — for renovations after major water damage in the roof and ceiling. Most of the community around the day care has not yet returned.Dependent on the tourism industry, many Rockport residents can’t count on employment now that restaurants and hotels are out of service, said Timothy Baylor, the day care’s founder and pastor of New Beginnings Ministries, which houses Little Lights.The day care lost eight of 10 staff members and a larger percentage of its students. With not enough staff or students to operate, Rodriguez and Baylor surrendered Little Lights’ child care license, hoping to reapply and reopen once Rockport is rebuilt. They are using money they’ve raised to host a full-day program of activities and meals twice a week, taking children off their parents’ hands while they look for work. The families who are back, rebuilding their homes, are asking for child care.“In the relief tent, they’re asking, ‘When are you going to open? I can’t work because there’s no child care,’” said Jose Alvarado, a volunteer for the church and a parent at the daycare. He’s the founder of a small local business repairing and detailing yachts.Few in Rockport are thinking about their yachts, with walls of debris turning rural roads into labyrinths and homes stripped down to skeletons in battered lots. Even if Alvarado wanted to work full-time, he’d have a hard time. He and his wife, who works full-time at a medical office, are fostering an 11-year-old girl who had attended an after-school program at Little Lights Learning Center. Now, Alvarado picks her up from school every afternoon. There aren’t many other day care choices in the area. State records show just four other licensed child care centers in Aransas County, including one that is temporarily closed.Eddie Seal for The Texas TribuneLaVeta Rodriguez, director of the Little Lights Learning Center, stands among the unused cribs, toys and equipment in the baby room at the Rockport center. In rural areas, “there might not be another child care center within 20 or 30 miles of them,” said Anna Hardway, director of programs for Save the Children. She recalled speaking to a school principal who begged her to help get the local child care center up and running so teachers and parents could get back to work. Children at least 3 years old who meet the federal definition of homelessness, which includes many of those displaced by the hurricane, are eligible for free public pre-K in local school districts, according to the Texas Education Agency. But parents, educators and experts interviewed by The Texas Tribune said they didn’t know that option was available.With limited assistance coming from the state and federal government, some day care owners have found creative solutions.When Harvey swept through the coastal town of Portland, Methodist Day School’s flat roof turned into a “swimming pool,” and water leaked into the building, said the day care’s director, Jamie Hartley. “Our building isn’t really old and it’s in good condition, so we weren’t expecting for the building to be damaged at all,” she said. As they wait for their roof to be rebuilt, the day care’s directors are indefinitely leasing space from the Gregory-Portland school district for $3,259 per month.Paul Clore, superintendent of Gregory-Portland ISD, said the day care is welcome to lease the space for as long as they need. “It’s important to us to support them,” he said. “Those youngsters will eventually be students of ours.” With so many day cares closed and more in danger of closing, parents face difficulty moving back to their homes and getting back to normal, with no one to take care of their kids when they’re at work. Private child care centers, often run by individuals, churches or nonprofits, are struggling to recover from the hurricane’s destruction, especially in rural communities where they are among few options.“For communities to be able to recover economically, you have to get your child care and early education programs up so people can get back to work,” said Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais, senior director for U.S. emergencies at Save the Children, a nonprofit international aid group working to help child care centers recover from Harvey. “The communities are not going to get fully back up until the child care is back.”Many child care centers are small, for-profit businesses that don’t qualify for federal disaster funding despite the crucial services they provide to families, De Marrais said.The Federal Emergency Management Agency only provides public assistance to nonprofit centers, including those run by churches, according to a FEMA spokesperson. Directors of for-profit centers can apply for federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration, but they often do not qualify, De Marrais said.In the Houston region, many of the damaged centers accept children from families who received subsidies through the Texas Workforce Commission, according to Christina Triantaphyllis, chief officer of public policy for the early education nonprofit Collaborative for Children. Almost 40 percent of 977 centers the nonprofit surveyed had no flood insurance.“The uncertainty is probably the number one challenge for both families and child care programs,” Triantaphyllis said. “Are [child care centers] going to replace materials and move on and then hope that there’s reimbursement later, or do they operate at the level they can with the materials they have left?”Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneAnna Lingo sorts through salvaged items from the James Hope Center after the Orange facility was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneJacqueline James looks over at infants playing in the only building in her child care center that did not suffer severe damage from Hurricane Harvey.With her husband incarcerated on a murder charge, Jacquene Fontenot single-handedly wakes and dresses five kids under the age of 5 every morning, drops them off at a local child care center and drives two hours to her job as a custodian in central Louisiana.Fontenot, who lost her furniture when her apartment in Orange flooded during August’s hurricane, could not imagine what she would do if she lost her child care. “I really don’t have a second option,” she said.During Hurricane Harvey, the James Hope Center, her children’s for-profit day care, took on water and a layer of mold began carpeting its walls, leaving owner Jacqueline James floundering for a solution that wouldn’t leave more than 100 families, many of them low-income, stranded.Across Harvey-affected counties, 52 child care centers have permanently closed and an additional 65 are voluntarily suspended and expected to reopen with three months, as of Nov. 10, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Those facilities had the capacity to serve almost 5,000 children.
Advertisement Tom Brady cut his weekly Monday radio hit on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan short this morning because of comments another station host made about his 5-year-old daughter, Vivian. WEEI host Alex Reimer probably ended his Boston radio career when he said Brady’s daughter was acting like “an annoying little pissant” in a scene from the Facebook documentary Tom vs. Time, while spouting hot takes on WEEI’s Mut at Night on Thursday.Per NESN’s transcript of the brief interview, Brady was not pleased:“Well, I think that — I’ve tried to come on this show for many years and have showed you guys a lot of respect. I’ve always tried to come on and do a good job for you guys, so it’s very disappointing when you hear that, certainly. But my daughter or any child, they certainly don’t deserve that.”Co-host Kirk Minihane apologized to Brady and said he understood the QB’s disappointment. The groveling to get Brady back on the show is going to be epic. Quite a start to the AM on the first day of Super Bowl week. Here was Brady’s response: “I’ll obviously evaluate whether I want to come on this show again, so I really don’t have much to say this morning. So, maybe I’ll speak with you guys some other time.”Here’s the full clip:Brady then ended the interview.Here’s the audio of Reimer’s comments from Mut at Night:
June 4, 2009 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read By Zack SternIn lean times–or anytime–I like to save money in any way possible. Even small amounts add up. With that in mind, if you keep a good, current audit of business hardware, you can save in ongoing taxes and insurance.You might already reap the benefits from this simple tip if you have a tight grip on accounting. But if not, you could be paying extra for hardware you no longer use.For best results, keep a current list of in-use hardware in a spreadsheet, database or accounting program. Instead of making only annual revisions at tax time, you’ll instantly see if major changes can impact your insurance costs. For example, if you get rid of workstations after employees leave, you could immediately reduce coverage and premiums.And at tax season, you won’t have to pay costs for hardware that you no longer have. Both savings might be modest, but you’ll be conserving money you would have needlessly spent.Zack Stern is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco. Register Now »