Fishermen Pictou Landing FN oppose Nova Scotia mills pipeline

first_imgFishermen, Indigenous groups and concerned citizens oppose Nova Scotia pipeline.THE CANADIAN PRESSDozens of fishing boats steamed towards a hulking pulp mill in northern Nova Scotia on Friday, marking the climax of a boisterous demonstration that saw more than 1,000 protesters call on the mill’s owners to scuttle a plan to dump millions of litres of effluent a day into the Northumberland Strait.Chanting “No pipe, no way!” a long line of marchers streamed onto the pier of a sun-drenched marina in Pictou, which is directly across the town’s harbour from the massive Northern Pulp mill.A fishermen’s group estimated that about 200 boats were part of the flotilla that sailed into the breezy, choppy harbour around 1 p.m., then circled back to the marina as a protest rally got underway.Lynn Plexman, a retired local resident who moved from Ontario eight years ago, said the mill’s pipeline plan could hurt tourism and the fishing industry all along the strait between Nova Scotia and P.E.I.“I was shocked when I first found out about Northern Pulp’s plan,” she said, a placard reading, “No Pulp Waste in Our Water” leaning against her knees.“We are tired of the pollution. We’ve had tourists leave because of the air quality. Most people around here want it closed.”Though the kraft pulp mill provides much-needed jobs for the town of about 3,000 residents, its pipeline plan has also raised concerns about the impact on the lucrative lobster fishery.After years of pumping 70 million litres of treated wastewater daily into lagoons on the edge of the nearby Pictou Landing First Nation, Northern Pulp wants to dump it directly into the strait.Kathy Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Paper Excellence, said in a statement that of the 131 kraft mills operating in North America, about 20 per cent use a system like the one proposed for the mill at Abercrombie Point. The remaining 80 per cent use a system similar to the lagoon system now in use.Cloutier said options are limited, as no other effluent systems are used in either the U.S. or Canada.“Northern Pulp has thoroughly investigated treatment options available,” Cloutier said. “This $70-million project will considerably reduce the need for bleaching chemicals by 30 to 40 per cent to whiten the pulp as it progresses through the system.”Nonetheless, Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul said her people’s fight against the mill isn’t over.“There have been many people working tirelessly for years to bring this to the forefront,” she said after stepping from one of the fishing boats in the harbour.“This is not going to end today. We will continue to be on this water because we have a duty to protect all that lives in the water.”Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan told the crowd that the province’s decision to conduct a Class 1 environmental assessment wasn’t good enough. He wants a federal environmental assessment.“The town of Pictou will continue to take the firm position that protection of the fishing industry is paramount,” he said, sunshine glinting off the large chain of office around his neck.Earlier in the day, P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan issued a statement saying he had written to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil to express his concerns about the potential impact on the ecosystem of the Northumberland Strait.“Given the amount of time that has passed and fresh uncertainty about the Northern Pulp proposal, I believe there is now an opportunity to take a more fully collaborative approach,” the letter says.The mill’s parent company, Paper Excellence based in Richmond, B.C., has said the mill and its 300 employees will be out of work unless it can build a pipeline that would meet all federal environmental standards:“The bottom line is no pipe equals no mill.”Under provincial legislation passed in 2015, the mill has until 2020 to replace its current treatment plant in nearby Boat Harbour, and McNeil confirmed Thursday he is sticking with that deadline.He said he didn’t know much about the protest, adding that he wasn’t surprised by the reaction to the pipeline proposal.“Any time there’s a development, there will be those who have opposing views, and they are polarizing at times,” McNeil said after he shuffled his cabinet Thursday, appointing a new environment minister in the process.Before the protest got underway in Pictou, Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the province should abandon its plans to conduct a Class 1 assessment and instead order a more stringent Class 2 assessment.If that doesn’t happen, then the federal government should be approached to conduct a comprehensive review, he said.“Either of these would accomplish the goal of having entirely trustworthy information in front of everybody,” Burrill said.He also called attention to the mill’s spotty environmental record as its ownership has changed hands several times since it opened in 1967.The lagoons contain nearly 50 years worth of toxic waste, which former Nova Scotia environment minister Iain Rankin has called one of the worst cases of environmental racism in Canada.In February, groups representing fishermen in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick suspended further meetings with the mill after voicing frustration over its insistence on a pipe.Earlier this month, the company said the proposed route of a pipeline would be changed to avoid potential ice damage. That means the company has delayed filing its environmental assessment with the province.The mill generates over $200 million annually for the provincial economy by making 280,000 tonnes of kraft pulp annually, primarily for tissue, towel, toilet and photo copy paper.last_img read more

Council rejects proposed Toboggan Hill Snow Park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City of Fort St. John Staff presented Council with options to develop the Toboggan Hill Park for the upcoming 2020 Winter Games.Staff asked Council if there would be interest in a temporary or permanent structure to support a working snow hill feature used in competitions for Freestyle and Snowboarding at the Winter Games.Freestyle is the discipline of skiing over moguls and doing aerials while Snowboarding is a newly added event to the Winter Games with the 1/2 pipe and slopestyle events. Council stated; Since the creation of a snow park at Toboggan Hill Park was not part of Councils strategic plan and has not been included in the 2019 or future capital budgets, the request for consideration was declined.In 2017, community volunteers built a temporary snowboard park on Toboggan Hill.last_img

Obama Wishes Happy Ramdan to Muslims Around the World

Taroudant- At the beginning of Ramadan, the holy month observed by Muslims around the world, the President of the United States Barak Obama sent his best wishes to Muslims in the United States and all over the world.According to the Associated Press (AP), President Obama said, in a televised statement, “the U.S. is grateful for Muslim-American organizations, individuals and businesses that work to reduce the income gap and poverty through charitable efforts and programs that provide education, skills and health care to students, workers and families.”The President said that he is “looking forward to opening the White House to Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar dinner,” according to the same source. In a statement issued on its official website, the Fiqh Council of North America marked June 28 as the first day of Ramadan of this year.On the basis of the astronomical calculation, which is the method recognized by the council, Ramadan started on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in North America. Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday, July 28, 2014. read more

Afghanistan UN strongly condemns assassination of former president

Media reports indicate that Professor Rabbani – who was serving as Chairman of the High Peace Council in Afghanistan – was killed at his home in Kabul, the capital, as he was meeting with members of the Taliban in a bid to bring about a rapprochement.A number of people were injured, including Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of the joint secretariat of Afghanistan’s Peace and Reintegration Programme, according to a news release issued by UNAMA.“I condemn in the strongest possible terms this attack on people who were working to bring peace in Afghanistan,” Mr. Ban said in a statement. He also reiterated the UN’s commitment to supporting Afghanistan and its people in attaining peace and stability.Both the Secretary-General and the mission extended their deepest condolences to the families of those affected.Staffan de Mistura, the head of UNAMA and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, stressed that “the search for peace must continue,” adding that the mission will assist efforts to bring peace to the violence-wracked country. 20 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have voiced shock and sadness after learning of the deaths earlier today of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former president who has been spearheading recent peace and reconciliation efforts within the country, and several colleagues in an apparent suicide attack. read more

Ban stresses people power and partnerships at start of second term as

3 January 2012UN AffairsBan Ki-moon has begun his second term as UN Secretary-General by pledging to harness the “power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, poverty and women’s empowerment. Ban Ki-moon has begun his second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations by pledging to harness “the strong power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as tackling climate change, combating poverty and empowering women and girls.In an interview today with the UN News Centre and UN Radio to mark the start of his second term, Mr. Ban, 67, stressed the need for unity, particularly among Member States and their citizens.“Together, nothing is impossible,” he said, adding that “if we strengthen these partnerships among governments, business communities, civil organizations and philanthropists, then I think all these powerful partnerships can bring us towards the right direction.”Mr. Ban reiterated his priorities for the second term, spelling out the five “generational opportunities” he sees for the UN: promoting sustainable development; preventing natural and man-made crises and disasters; making the world safer and more secure; helping countries and peoples in transition; and encouraging gender empowerment.“We have to connect the dots among climate change, [the] food crisis, water scarcity, energy shortages and women’s empowerment and global health issues. These are all interconnected issues.”Mr. Ban, whose second five-year term as Secretary-General began on Sunday, said “people power” and deepening globalization represented the biggest development since he first took office in 2007.“We have seen so many people – marginalized people, oppressed people – who have been yearning for democracy, their dignity and human rights. We have [a] heavy responsibility to help them in [their] transition to democracy.“With the deepening of globalization, we have seen so many things happening in the world. There are many good ideas and many people really wanted to be connected… We have to help this transition to materialize as soon as possible. Being united depends on us.”The Secretary-General cited his meeting with a boy during a visit last year to the South Pacific island country of Kiribati – where the land is threatened by rising sea waters – as an example of the enormous faith and expectations which the peoples of the world invest in the UN.“He appealed to me to ‘Please help us address this climate change. Our homes and our way of life may be swept away overnight’,” Mr. Ban recalled, saying it is one of the reasons why climate change must remain at the top of the global agenda.The Secretary-General also emphasized the need to keep modernizing the UN in his second term to help the 193-member world body adapt to contemporary changes.“Technology outpaces our current thinking, peoples’ ideas and our current way of working,” he noted. “We have to make our Organization more nimble, more efficient and effective, and transparent and accountable.” read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4607435 Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Here’s what made the headlines today. Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 8:53 PM Apr 25th 2019, 8:53 PM Get our daily news round up: By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Sally Devereux-O’Connor enjoying peek a boo during Story, Rhythm and Rhyme with Deirdre Ryan during Cork World Book Fest at Cork City Library Source: Clare KeoghGardaí appealed for information after a man was shot in Drogheda this afternoon.Superquinn founder Feargal Quinn died at the age of 82. Residents living in Mosney Direct Provision centre in Co Meath have held a protest today over the treatment of fellow residents by staff and management at the centre.A 15-year-old girl pimped by girlfriend for drugs and money to be placed in a facility for troubled teens.It emerged that the national prize bond fund has reached record levels of over €3.4 billion.It emerged how measles cases in Ireland have increased by over 200%.A number of shots were fired at a house in Cushlawn Park in Tallaght overnight.The leaders of Northern Ireland’s two largest political parties faced questions about the continued closure of the Northern Assembly following Lyra McKee’s funeral yesterday. The latest report from the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) revealed that Labour TD Alan Kelly declared the highest amount of money in political donations last year.WORLD  Kim Jong Un and Putin shake hands during a meeting at the Far Eastern Federal University. Source: Alexei Nikolsky via PA#SRI LANKA: The death toll from the Easter bombings has been revised down by over 100. #FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron vowed to press ahead with his government’s programme and added that public order must be restored after months of protests.#USA: Joe Biden announced he is running for US president in 2020.PARTING SHOTToday is world penguin day – so here’s a video of some of the gas lads having the craic. Click here if the video doesn’t work. Source: funnyplox/YouTubeComments are off as legal proceedings are ongoing in one or more of the above stories. 12,934 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email last_img read more

LEurope va avoir son télescope géant grâce au Brésil

first_imgL’Europe va avoir son télescope géant… grâce au BrésilL’European Southern Observatory (ESO) va se doter du plus grand télescope de la planète grâce à l’apport financier du géant sud-américain.Déjà détenteur du VLT (Very Large Telescope) du Cerro Paranal (2.625 mètres), dans le désert d’Atacama au Chili, l’ESO (European Southern Observatory, l’observatoire européen austral) va bientôt se voir doter d’un outil encore plus imposant, l’E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope). Ce futur télescope géant possèdera en effet un miroir de 42 mètres de diamètre, contre 8,2 mètres pour ceux du VLT et 10 mètres pour le plus grand des télescopes américains, le “Keck”. Un monstre, dont le financement a été rendu possible grâce à l’apport du premier pays non-européen associé au projet, le Brésil.L’E-ELT, qui se situera sur le Cerro Armazones (plus de 3.000 mètres) a en effet un coût, 1 milliard d’euros. Grâce à l’adhésion brésilienne, qui a rapporté 300 millions d’euros, le projet devrait ainsi voir le jour aux alentours 2018-2019. Ses missions, décrites par Slate, seront les suivantes : “Détecter des planètes extra-solaires de la taille de la Terre ; photographier les grosses exoplanètes (celle de la taille de Jupiter ou plus grandes) et analyser leur atmosphère ; étudier la formation des planètes en observant les disques proto-planétaires entourant les étoiles très jeunes ; analyser les populations stellaires d’un bon échantillon de galaxies (ce qui est impossible avec les instruments actuels car leur résolution est trop faible) afin de reconstituer leur histoire ; voir les objets les plus lointains et donc les plus anciens du cosmos, pour remonter aux origines des premières galaxies ; mesurer l’accélération de l’expansion de l’Univers et chercher à identifier la nature de la mystérieuse énergie noire qui en est la cause”. Un beau programme.Le 28 janvier 2011 à 14:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Amazon Flow la recherche de produits par réalité augmentée

first_imgAmazon Flow : la recherche de produits par réalité augmentéeFlow Powered by Amazon : c’est le nom d’une nouvelle application dévoilée par le géant du commerce en ligne. Pointez votre smartphone vers un produit, et vous obtiendrez en un clin d’oeil, et en réalité augmentée, toutes les informations le concernant !Amazon vient d’annoncer le lancement d’une nouvelle application, développée par sa filiale A9.com. Baptisée Flow Powered by Amazon, elle offre aux consommateurs la réalité augmentée pour explorer et découvrir des dizaines de millions de produits, des DVD en passant par les nouvelles technologies et les jouets, se félicite le géant du commerce en ligne dans un communiqué (lien non disponible).À lire aussiL’App-Shop d’Amazon enfin disponible en FranceOutre la réalité augmentée, l’appli utilise aussi le scan de code-barre, et la reconnaissance d’images, afin d’identifier les objets vers lesquels l’utilisateur pointera le capteur photo de son smartphone. Lorsque l’objet sera reconnu, son prix, sa disponibilité, mais aussi les avis de consommateurs et des critiques, comme des contenus multimédias, s’afficheront automatiquement en superposition du produit.”C’est le premier pas vers le mariage de la recherche de produits sur internet et de la réalité augmentée”, se réjouit Bill Stasior, président d’A9.com. “L’association de la réalité augmentée, des affichages superposés et de la reconnaissance d’image facilite la tâche de l’utilisateur cherchant à s’informer sur les objets environnants” explique-t-il.Le 5 novembre 2011 à 20:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lindelof United deserved more in the tie

first_imgVictor Lindelof felt Manchester United deserved more in their 1-0 loss to Juventus after an improved second-half display.The Old Ladies enjoyed the lion share of possession in the first half at Old Trafford which was duly rewarded by a solitary strike from Paulo Dybala to earn them a 1-0 win.Although the Red Devils were resurgent after the break, the closest they went to scoring was when former Juve midfielder Paul Pogba hit the post.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think we deserved more than to lose,” Lindelof told Football Italia.“In the last couple of games we played really well in the second half, we have to start the games the way we were in the second half.“The way we played in the second half we can take that to Juve. We know they are a great team but the way we were in the second half we need to do more often.”last_img read more

Counts on oil trains dribble out

first_imgAbout 10,600 rail cars of crude oil entered Clark County through the Columbia River Gorge from July 2012 through June 2013, according to a BNSF Railway spreadsheet.About 7.2 million barrels of crude oil traveled by rail through Clark County in the year between July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, according to information newly released to The Columbian by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.Much more crude is likely to be headed our way, with or without state approval of an oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver. After all, the county is located on a key rail line to at least 10 Washington and Oregon communities where new oil facilities are planned, proposed, under construction or already operating.Until now, the public has been in the dark about how much crude is actually on the rails.The state Department of Ecology’s best estimate is that nearly 17 million barrels of oil were hauled across the state by rail in 2013. That’s up roughly 40 percent in one year. Before 2012, virtually all of the state’s oil arrived by way of pipeline or marine vessel.Fred Millar, a Virginia-based independent consultant to city governments on chemical safety and railroad transportation, believes the public must understand the risks it faces from the movement of crude and other hazardous materials if it’s going to make informed decisions about how to prepare and respond. “How are you going to have adequate emergency response plans in your town if the public has no idea how risky it is?” he said. “We have to operate on risk information. We have to tell people what the risks are.”last_img read more

Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazyclose orbit

first_imgOriginally published June 18, 9:56 a.m. PT.  The spacecraft is designed to reach out to Bennu, snag a sample of surface material and bring it back to Earth in 2023. NASA is currently assessing potential sample sites, a task it has asked the public to help with. Scientists hope to learn more about the formation of the solar system by studying Bennu. Osiris-Rex’s successful orbital space snuggle is a testament to the spacecraft’s capabilities, but it also happens to give us a spectacular view of an awesome asteroid to enjoy. Checking out Bennu Comment This is the view from the closest orbit a spacecraft has ever made around a planetary body.This navigation image of asteroid Bennu was taken shortly after orbital insertion on June 13 from a distance of 0.4 miles (690 m).Image details: https://t.co/8aFYUKK4cW pic.twitter.com/jraAXwRAw1— NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) June 17, 2019 Tags Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Share your voice In the image, you can see a massive boulder sitting toward the bottom of the asteroid. This boulder is about the length of school bus. Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) settled into its new orbit on June 13, breaking its previous record of orbiting 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) above the surface.Bennu is classified as a potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroid, though its chances of smacking our planet are slim and distant. 1 Osiris-Rex meets asteroid Bennu for cosmic pickpocketing Osiris-Rex finds water in its first week at asteroid Bennu Enlarge ImageOsiris-Rex snuggled up close to asteroid Bennu. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft is a beast and a thrill-seeker. It broke its own record for “the closest orbit a spacecraft has ever made around a planetary body” and then it snapped a photo to prove its own audaciousness. The agency shared a breathtaking navigation image on Monday of asteroid Bennu from Osiris-Rex’s new orbital distance of a mere 0.4 miles (690 meters) above the ancient rubble-covered rock.  27 Photos Sci-Tech NASA Spacelast_img read more

Surge Of Animals Puts Harris County Shelter In Critical Situation

first_img Share Harris County Animal Shelter.Dogs are housed at the Harris County Animal Shelter, which is currently severely overcrowded.The Harris County Animal Shelter is currently housing more than double the animals it has capacity for and is asking for help from residents that could adopt or foster. Shelter officials are concerned about the possibility of having to euthanize a significant number of animals.As of Tuesday, the shelter was housing 510 animals, mostly dogs, while its maximum capacity is supposed to be 200, spokesperson Kerry McKeel told News 88.7.“We don’t have the ability to hold animals indefinitely and space is a concern,” said McKeel. “We are putting animals everywhere we can right now.”The shelter is located at 612 Canino Road, 10 miles north of downtown Houston.McKeel noted that “at the beginning of May, spring time, is when we really started to see an uptick in the number of animals coming in.” She said summer is traditionally the busiest intake season at the shelter and added the limited medical staff makes it difficult to properly care for the large numbers of animals coming in. Over the past week, a high number of strays combined with owners surrendering their pets resulted in the critical overcrowding.Harris County officials say the shelter has managed to maintain a 90 percent life-saving rate since January. They have accomplished the high rate through adoptions, fostering, help from animal rescue groups and even by transferring some animals to other states with lower intakes. “Although we are doing all these things, we are still drowning right now in the numbers that are coming in,” McKeel said. She said the option of transferring animals within the Houston area isn’t practical because “in the immediate Houston area we are all facing the same issues, we are all struggling with the number of intakes of animals.”The shelter is looking for foster homes as an alternative, because that frees up space, medical care and supplies. “Even two to three weeks can give us the breathing room that we need to be able to save more lives,” McKeel said. The current shelter has been open since 1986 and McKeel said the facility has become “antiquated.”A new county shelter is scheduled to open by Spring 2020. The new facility will double the current capacity, give dogs and cats more space, and have separate entrances for adoptions, admissions and the medical area.Voters approved the construction in a $24 million bond election in 2015.last_img read more

Virology Journal retracts paper on Jesus curing possible case of influenza

first_img Citation: Virology Journal retracts paper on Jesus curing possible case of influenza (2010, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-virology-journal-retracts-paper-jesus.html Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Robert F. Garry, publicly apologized for publishing the article, saying it “clearly does not provide the type of robust supporting data required for a case report and does not meet the high standards expected of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.” He also apologized for any “confusion or concern” the article may have created among readers.Garry said the paper, entitled “Influenza or not influenza: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time,” was only intended to be an opinion piece and a “bit of relief from the ‘normal’ business of the journal,” but the speculations in the paper did not belong in a peer-reviewed journal, and its contents did not represent the views of BioMed Central journals.The retraction came after criticisms, including those made via blogs and a comment posted on the paper by Paul Gray of the Washington University School of Medicine, expressing the view that it was unclear how the paper met any of the normal standards of such a journal other than someone paid to have it published.The paper was a “case study” of a woman described in the gospels of Mark (1:29 to 33), Luke (4:38-39), and Matthew (8:14-15). The woman was said to have had a high fever and was “cured by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Among the reasons given for the conclusion the woman must have had influenza was that she was unlikely to have had a severe acute bacterial infection because such a disease would not be resolved instantaneously. The paper concluded that if their postulation is correct the case is one of the earliest descriptions of human influenza.One of the blogs that brought the paper to notice was This Scientific Life, by Bob O’Hara. O’Hara said the lead author of the paper, Kam L.E. Hon from the Department of Paediatrics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, had replied by email to his queries and confirmed he had agreed to the retraction and was “astonished” the article had produced such a negative response since it was only intended for thought provocation. He went on to apologize for the inconvenience caused to the Journal and anxiety caused to himself. He said he would never to write this kind of article again. More information: doi:10.1186/1743-422X-7-169 Explore further Medical journal to retract water articlecenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Virology Journal published a paper on July 21 speculating that a woman said in the Bible to have been cured by Jesus had influenza. Now, the journal has retracted the paper and apologized for publishing it online.last_img read more

2nd Uber office in China under investigation

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have visited Uber offices in a second city in a widening investigation into the company’s operations in China.An official at Chengdu’s city transportation commission said the visit Wednesday was part of an investigation into Uber allowing private drivers to offer their services via the taxi-hailing app, which has established a presence in about 10 Chinese cities.The Chinese government in January banned drivers of private cars from offering such services through apps. Police last week raided Uber offices in the southern city of Guangzhou, seizing thousands of iPhones and other equipment used to run the business.The city’s transport commission said it suspected Uber was operating an illegal taxi service without a proper business registration and threatened fines of 30,000 yuan, or about $4,860, to those operating such services.Uber faces multiples legal and regulatory challenges as it expands in the United States and abroad. In India, it has been banned in New Delhi, the southern technology hub of Hyderabad and the entire southern state of Karnataka.The Chengdu official, who like many Chinese bureaucrats identified herself only by her surname, Ren, said she had no further information about the investigation there.In a brief news release, Uber described the Wednesday incident as a “routine visit” and said there had been no disruption to the company’s operations.“We maintain open channels of communications, cooperating proactively with the authorities to help answer their questions on our local operations,” the release said.The company, which is valued at $40 billion, allows passengers to summon taxi drivers in more than 250 cities around the world. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Such services have become hugely popular in China’s congested cities, particularly those such as the capital Beijing and the financial hub of Shanghai where hailing a taxi on the street during rush-hour can be all-but-impossible.A late arrival to the China market, Uber faces heavy competition from more established local apps backed by major investors. Most estimates put its share of the Chinese market at about 1 percent.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Improving Markets Index Reaches 259 Encompasses All 50 States

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Homebuilders Housing Permits Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-02-06 Esther Cho Improving Markets Index Reaches 259, Encompasses All 50 States Share February 6, 2013 410 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing As more markets across the country improved, all 50 states–plus the District of Columbia–were able to receive representation in February’s Improving Markets Index (IMI) released by the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/ (NAHB) and “”First American””:http://www.firstam.com/. [IMAGE] Last year during this time, just “”36 states””:https://themreport.com/articles/ninety-eight-housing-markets-improve-in-february-nahb-2012-02-06 were represented. For this month, the IMI grew to include 259 markets, up from 242 in January. “”The fact that all 50 states now have at least one metro on the improving list shows that the housing recovery has substantial momentum and continues to expand from one market to the next,”” said 2013 NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, North Carolina. [COLUMN_BREAK] In order to be recognized as “”improving,”” metro areas need to show improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment, and house prices for at least 6 consecutive months. In February, 20 metros were added to the list, while three dropped out. The list’s newcomers include Rome, Georgia; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Racine, Wisconsin. David Crowe, NAHB’s chief economist, noted over 70 percent of the 361 metros covered by the index are listed as improving this month. “”That’s a far cry from when we initiated this index with just 12 improving metros in September of 2011 for the purpose of highlighting places that didn’t fit the mold of the national headlines,”” Crowe said. Though, Judson warned, “”there is still much room for improvement in metros that have not yet been listed as well as those that have.”” “”[W]e know that a key factor slowing this progress is today’s overly stringent mortgage standards that are keeping qualified buyers on the sidelines,”” he added. A complete list of all 259 metropolitan areas on the IMI can be found “”online.””:http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=2223last_img read more

Lawyer appears for Quebec entertainer Eric Salvail

first_imgLawyer appears for Quebec entertainer Eric Salvail in sex assault case MONTREAL — Quebec entertainer Eric Salvail was represented by his lawyer for a brief court appearance Friday on charges of criminal harassment, forcible confinement and sexual assault.The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred more than 25 years ago.The former producer and talk show host was not in court, and he has not yet entered a plea. He is represented by lawyer Michel Massicotte.Once a major star in Quebec, Salvail, 49, abruptly departed from the entertainment scene following allegations of sexual misconduct published by Montreal’s La Presse in 2017.Salvail had his own TV production company, hosted a show on Groupe V Media and was a fixture on afternoon radio in the province.The allegations against the producer and talk show host date from between April and November 1993 and involve one victim, according to a charge sheet released by the prosecutor’s office. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2019 10:11 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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