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School District 60 provides construction update on Anne Roberts Young school

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 Board meeting on Monday, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of the new elementary school Anne Roberts Young.Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects, Doug Boyd, says the progress is coming along at a good pace, with portions of the school, such as the gym, already erected.“If anyone had the opportunity to drive by, it’s pretty exciting as we’re actually seeing a building now. Part of the precast has been erected for the daycare, music room, and gym areas.” According to Boyd, structural steel will be delivered to the site starting this week with the installation taking place next week following the May long weekend.“Structural steel is arriving this week. The erection of that will start the following week after the long weekend.”The new elementary school received the name Anne Roberts Young at a School District meeting in April, named after Fort St. John’s first registered nurse.The new elementary school is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020.last_img read more

Merge LVB with PSU bank Dont let IBH buy it Bank staff

first_imgChennai: Citing the Rs 30,000 crore public deposits in Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB), the All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) has demanded its merger with a public sector bank (PSU) than be acquired by Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IBH). In a letter to the Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Sunday, AIBEA General Secretary C.H. Venkatachalam said: “Taking into account the fragile health of Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd., it is necessary for the RBI to take a holistic view and merge it with one of the public sector banks in public interest instead of allowing LVB to merge with IBH.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The Bank may be a private bank but the deposits in the bank (Rs 30,000 crore) belongs to the people at large and is public money,” he added. Venkatachalam said, it is already known that IBH had applied for banking licence to start a Bank on its own but the same was not sanctioned by the RBI. “Having failed to get a banking licence, it is now found that IBH is trying to become a bank by merging LVB with itself. This is obviously a short-circuit method by IBH,” he said.last_img read more

Why maternity benefit act not applicable to adhoc staff Delhi HC asks

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday questioned why the Maternity Benefit Act would not be applicable to the ad-hoc employees of the Delhi University (DU) when it was applicable to contract labourers of any establishment or government undertaking.The query by Justice Suresh Kait was posed to the DU while issuing notice to the Centre, the university and the Aurobindo College here, seeking their stand on a female ad-hoc professor’s plea alleging that she was denied maternity leave as she was not a permanent employee. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”If it (the Act) is applicable to any shop or establishment or government undertaking or government institution, then why not to the university is the question,” the court said. It further asked, “Why not applicable to ad-hoc when it (the act) is applicable to contract labourers?” The court listed the matter for further hearing on August 5 last year. During the brief hearing, the college said the professor’s application for maternity leave was forwarded to the DU and a response was awaited. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt also told the court that the petitioner had not contended that the Act was applicable to the college or the university. The lawyer representing the DU told the court that there were no rules or regulations in the university to provide maternity benefit to ad-hoc employees. The woman, in her plea, has contended that under the Maternity Benefit Act, she is entitled to six months’ leave, but the university did not grant her the relief as she was not a permanent employee and was employed on ad-hoc basis.last_img read more

Frances FM Apologizes to Moroccan Foreign Minister over Humiliating Treatment

first_imgRabat – French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabuis, apologized on Friday to his Moroccan counterpart, Salaheddine Mezouar, after the “humiliating” way in which the Moroccan Minister was treated at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.“Laurent Fabius called his Moroccan counterpart to present the apologies of the French authorities for the inconvenience that has been caused to him while transiting at Charles de Gaulle airport,” the spokesman Quai d’Orsay, Romain Nadal was quoted by Le Figaro as saying.“The minister immediately asked the competent department of the Ministry of the Interior and Paris Airport that everything be done to enforce strictly in French airports the rules and diplomatic practices that apply to foreign ministers and heads of state and government,” he added. In its edition of Friday, the Moroccan newspaper Assabah reported that the French custom services subjected Salaheddine Mezouar, Morocco’s Foreign Minister, to what it described as a “humiliating” search while he was on transit at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport on his way to Morocco.According to the same source, the inspection procedure, described as “degrading” was long, while the head of Moroccan diplomacy was forced to remove his coat, belt and other footwear.The incident happens a month after the relations between Morocco and France entered a period of tension and turbulence following a lawsuit filed by an NGO against Abdellatif Hammouchi, the head of Moroccan Domestic Intelligence Agency (DGST), and the decision of a French judge to send 7 policemen to Moroccan ambassador’s residence to inform Hammouchi, who was accompanying the Interior Minister on a visit to Paris, of a summon issued by the investigating judge.Few days later, French press reported a statement made by Javier Bardem, one of the staunch supporters of the Polisario, in which he allegedly said that during a meeting he had held with France’s Ambassador to the United Nations in 2011, the French diplomat had told him that “Morocco is a mistress who you sleep with every night, who you don’t particularly love but you have to defend.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Islander appointed to head up Invest Turks and Caicos agency Seymour gets

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 21, 2017 – Providenciales – A Turks and Caicos Islander has been given the nod as the new CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos agency, and named by Cabinet at the post for the next two years is Floyd Seymour.Seymour recently completed a stint as interim CEO of the embattled National Health Insurance Board and is now heading the country’s investment and promotions agency, which also has charge to manage the Medium, Small, Micro business policy of the Ministry of Finance.The position was heavily advertised as seeking a Turks and Caicos Islander after it was announced that now, former CEO John Rutherford was resigning for personal reasons.Seymour is Certified Public Accountant, former NIB board member, on the Public Accounts Committee and former leader of the People’s Democratic Movement.Floyd Seymour begins at the Investment Turks and Caicos Agency on August 14, 2017 according to the Cabinet meeting notes issued Thursday.#MagneticMediaNews#FloydSeymour#InvestTurksandCaicosnewCEO Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FloydSeymour, #InvestTurksandCaicosnewCEO, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Candidate List Finalized For Local Municipal Election

first_imgFor Kenai City Council: There are two open seats on the council: Incumbent Bob Molloy will face off with Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II. For the seats open on the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly: For District 1, K-Beach: incumbent Brent Hibbert is unopposed. For District 6, East Peninsula: incumbent Kenn Carpenter is unopposed For District 9, South Peninsula: incumbent Willy Dunne will face off with Troy Jones of Homer. For Soldotna City Council: There are three open seats- with three candidates: Two incumbents, Paul Whitney and Justin Ruffridge will retain their seats. Jordan Chilson, filed for the third open seat. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Yesterday was the final day for candidates to file to run for a seat in local government for the upcoming election on October 2. Board of Education: Three seats are open: One incumbent, Mike Illg of Homer, will go into the election unchallenged. In the Kenai area incumbent Tim Navarre will face off with Matthew Morse to represent District 2 on the board.last_img read more

New evidence that global warming will hurt US wheat production

first_img As the planet continues on its apparently inevitable march to a warmer future, scientists the world over are scrambling to understand what impact it will have—from rising ocean levels to crop production. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to find out what might happen to wheat yields in the United States as temperatures rise. To say that wheat is an important crop is an understatement, it accounts for 20 percent of total daily calories consumed by humans across the globe, and represents a far higher ratio for many people in third world countries. Scientists have been working hard for many years to increase the amount of wheat grain that a farmer can get from a given field—currently such yields are still seeing increases of approximately 1 percent each year, which is remarkable. But that may change soon, this newest research suggests.For over thirty years, winter wheat trials have been taking place in Kansas, home to one of the largest producers of wheat—$2.8 billion worth in 2013 alone. That trial has yielded a lot of data, some of which the research team found indicated that modern strains are vulnerable to both extremely high and low temperatures. The low temperatures are not much of a concern in this study of course, but the high temperatures appeared to cause significant yield reductions—they even found a cutoff point—34 degrees Celsius. Overall they found a 15 percent reduction in yields when temperatures rose on average just 2 degrees Celsius and a 40 percent decline when average temperatures went up just 4 degrees. Sadly, they also found that more modern plants were more vulnerable than older strains.What this means, the researchers suggest, is that places that currently grow wheat are likely to suffer as global warming progresses. Currently, it is not clear if land lying north, where it will presumably be colder, will be able to support the level of predicted yield needs for the future. Credit: Wikipedia © 2015 Phys.org Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, one each from Mississippi State University, Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas has found evidence that suggests global warming will cause a reduction in U.S. wheat production in the years ahead. In their study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jesse Tack, Andrew Barkley and Lawton Lanier Nalley describe how they studied winter wheat production for an area in Kansas and compared it against weather data and what they found by doing so.center_img 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. Citation: New evidence that global warming will hurt US wheat production (2015, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-evidence-global-wheat-production.html More information: Effect of warming temperatures on US wheat yields, Jesse Tack, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1415181112 AbstractClimate change is expected to increase future temperatures, potentially resulting in reduced crop production in many key production regions. Research quantifying the complex relationship between weather variables and wheat yields is rapidly growing, and recent advances have used a variety of model specifications that differ in how temperature data are included in the statistical yield equation. A unique data set that combines Kansas wheat variety field trial outcomes for 1985–2013 with location-specific weather data is used to analyze the effect of weather on wheat yield using regression analysis. Our results indicate that the effect of temperature exposure varies across the September−May growing season. The largest drivers of yield loss are freezing temperatures in the Fall and extreme heat events in the Spring. We also find that the overall effect of warming on yields is negative, even after accounting for the benefits of reduced exposure to freezing temperatures. Our analysis indicates that there exists a tradeoff between average (mean) yield and ability to resist extreme heat across varieties. More-recently released varieties are less able to resist heat than older lines. Our results also indicate that warming effects would be partially offset by increased rainfall in the Spring. Finally, we find that the method used to construct measures of temperature exposure matters for both the predictive performance of the regression model and the forecasted warming impacts on yields. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more