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CITY TO TEST FLOYD RIVER CHANNEL WITH GREEN DYE

first_imgResidents may see a green color in some of the waters of the Floyd River where it enters the Missouri River on Wednesday.The city’s Underground Utilities Department will conduct a tracer dye test of the Old Floyd/Bacon Creek Channel this Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting.The test will help the department identify possible sources of ground and surface water that could be entering the sanitary sewer line.The city says the fluorescent green dye will not harm the environment and is approved by the Iowa DNR.The dye test will not affect drinking water in any way.The test will help to determine if the sanitary sewer line has suffered any damage from flooding and high groundwater.last_img read more

State Wrap

first_imgHere is the latest news from around the states…Northern TerritoryThe NT Titles will be held from Friday, 30 April until Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Darwin. Over 20 teams will compete in the tournament, with teams coming from Gove, Alice Springs, Katherine, Borroloola, Ramingining as well as local teams from Darwin. Four divisions will be contested, with Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Under 18 Mixed and Women’s 35’s battling it out for their respective titles. Games will commence on Friday night, with finals to be played on Sunday afternoon. The Under 18 Mixed and Women’s Over 35 finals will be played at 4.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 5.00pm, and the Men’s Open final at 6.00pm. For more information, please visit the NT Titles website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-920-0-112627-0&sID=10358 QueenslandThe 2010 Queensland State Cup will also be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May. The State Cup will be held at the fields at Bundaberg Touch Association, University Drive, Bundaberg.Teams from across the state will contest the event, with the following divisions to be played: Mixed, Women’s Open, Men’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s. The games will start at 9.00am on Saturday, with the final round of the day to commence at 4.20pm. Games will start at 8.30am on Sunday, with the final round games commencing at 9.50am before finals begin. The first draft of the State Cup draw is on the Queensland State Cup website. The final draw will be released at the Managers Meeting on Saturday, 1 May. For more information, please visit the Queensland State Cup and Queensland Touch websites:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7206-0-0-0&sID=157480www.qldtouch.com.au South AustraliaIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Touch Football South Australia, with teams competing in the SA Masters Games and the annual Touch Wine event. Touch Football made a successful return to the SA Masters Games, with seven teams competing at the two day event at Port Pirie. Touch was one of the largest sports represented at the games, and the good news is that Touch Football has been included in the bill for the 2011 SA Masters Games, which will be held in Naracoorte in April 2011. Touch Wine was held on the ANZAC Day public holiday, with approximately 1500 people attending the annual charity event. 38 winery teams entered the event, while round three of the CMI Toyota State League was also played. In round three of the Men’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were big winners over the Central Scorpions, winning 15-2, while the Defence Eagles defeated the Northern Vipers, 4-3. The South West Wolves had the bye. The Stingrays sit on top of the ladder in the Men’s division, followed by the Wolves, Eagles, Scorpions and Vipers.Round four will be played on Sunday, 2 May and will see the Eagles take on the Scorpions and the Vipers versus the Wolves. The Stingrays have the bye. In the Women’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were three touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, 5-2, while the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions played out a 3-all draw. The Scorpions sit on top of the ladder in the Women’s division, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves. Round four will see the Vipers take on the Stingrays, while the Scorpions will play the Wolves. The traditional celebrity match was also played at Touch Wine, and was one of the highlights of the day. Bruce McAvaney was the commentator of the game, and the following athletes participated:Hannah Davis (Olympic Kayaker)Rachael Sporn (Olympic Basketball player)Rick Olarenshaw, Peter Caven and Kym Koster (AFL)Demelza McCloud (Australian Netballer)Brett Maher (Australian Basketball player)For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auWestern AustraliaSunset Touch has moved venues, with competition taking place on Monday nights at Associates RUFC (Allen Park) Swanbourne. There are limited places available, and nominations close on Monday, 17 May. For more information, including where to play Touch this winter, please visit the Touch West website:www.touchwest.comNew South WalesThe New South Wales Touch Football Referees Awards night will be held on Saturday, 1 May at the Bankstown Sports Club. The Awards night is the gala night of the Refereeing calendar, with the ‘Ian Matthew Medal’ announced. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch website.The Sydney Scorpions have been named the 2010 Regional Permit Champions at the New South Wales Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships. The Scorpions played in all four finals, winning two and were narrowly defeating in the Under 14 Boy’s and Girl’s finals. 14 Boys – Hunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Sydney Scorpions 414 Girls – Hunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 216 Boys – Sydney Scorpions 4 defeated Northern Eagles 316 Girls – Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 1The following Referees were rewarded for their efforts following the tournament:Referee of the tournament – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Women’s Referee – Fiona SaundersLeading Senior Referee – Nick AltinLeading Level 5 Referee – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Level 4 – Luke HeckendorfThe New South Wales State Merit teams were also announced following the tournament. Go to the New South Wales Touch Football website to view the teams.www.nswtouch.com.auACTACT Touch has a list of players looking to play Touch on all nights of competition. Please contact ACT Touch if you would like to be sent the list of players. The final two of the Winter domestic competitions started this week, with the Tuesday and Thursday night competitions at Deakin beginning. The countdown is on until the beginning of the ACT Premier League, which will commence on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding trials for the Under 15 and Under 18 state representative squads on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at the Albert Park Touch fields. The Under 18 trials will be held from 9.00am to 11.00am, while the Under 15 trials will be held from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The trials are held to help identify potential state representatives to compete at upcoming tournaments. The 18’s teams will be competing at the National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September, while the Under 15 teams will compete in the School Sport Australia Championships which will be held in Canberra in October. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website.Albert Park and Elwood Park’s team registrations for the upcoming Winter competitions have been extended by one week. Registrations will close on Sunday, 10 May. The competitions will now start on the week commencing, Monday, 10 May. There will be a compulsory delegates meeting on Thursday, 6 May to get information and to ask questions. Please visit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auTasmaniaLaunceston Touch Association’s social mixed competition will commence on Sunday, 2 May 2010. Rounds one and two will be played on Sunday, with rounds three and four to be played on Sunday, 16 May. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.auHave you become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook? Search for Touch Football Australia and become a fan today!last_img read more

Pacific trade pact leaders due to meet on new deal

first_imgDANANG, Vietnam – Leaders of the countries participating in a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump have agreed to meet and are expected to endorse a basic agreement on moving ahead without the U.S.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday that he was “reasonably confident” the 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which include Malaysia, would have a basic agreement.They are trying to find a way forward without the U.S., the biggest economy and before Trump took office one of its most assertive supporters. Trump has said he prefers country-to-country deals and is seeking to renegotiate several major trade agreements to, as he says, “put America First.”Najib’s comments to a business conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum followed conflicting reports that a basic agreement had been reached in the wee hours Friday.Najib said officials met until 3 a.m. Friday trying to bridge their differences and produce a statement for the leaders of their countries to endorse.“I am quite sanguine we will get a deal but of course it has to go through a process of ratification and some side matters have to be worked out, but at least we have managed to salvage some kind of free trade agreement, which is important for the future of APEC,” Najib said.Vietnamese officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The negotiations are being held in Danang, Vietnam, alongside meetings of the 21-member APEC’s annual summit, where Trump’s markedly different stance from past U.S. leaders was being felt even before his arrival Friday in the coastal resort city.While most APEC members say they remain committed to their multi-country approach in weaving their economies ever closer together, many acknowledge that open trade is a mixed bag: Not everyone benefits equally.The U.S. pushback on “free trade,” evidenced in Trump’s “America First” policy, has raised eyebrows in the region after decades of U.S. pressure on opening markets.While APEC operates by consensus and customarily issues nonbinding statements, TPP commitments would eventually be ratified and enforced by its members.But even talks this week on a declaration to cap this week’s APEC summit had to be extended for an extra half-day as ministers haggled over wording. It’s unclear what the exact sticking points were, but officials have alluded to differences over the unequal impact more open trade has had on workers and concerns over automation in manufacturing that could leave many millions in a wide array of industries with no work to do.Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh said a “new trend of protectionism” was afoot, but the group eventually managed to bridge their differences.As a developing country with a fast-growing export sector, Vietnam has a strong interest in open trade and access for its exports to consumers in the West. The summit is an occasion for its leaders to showcase the progress its economy has made thanks largely to foreign investment and trade. Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and smaller hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.But even though its economy grew at a brisk 6.2 per cent pace last year, Vietnam’s GDP per capita is still one of the lowest among APEC members at less than $2,200. Many of its 95 million people remain poor and vulnerable to natural disasters such as storms that lashed the coast near Danang just days before the APEC meetings.APEC’s members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam.last_img read more

First Nations raising funds to challenge west coast oil tanker ban

first_imgCALGARY – A coalition of First Nations is raising money through a GoFundMe campaign to mount a legal challenge to the proposed oil-tanker ban on British Columbia’s north coast.The challenge is coming from the backers of the proposed Eagle Spirit pipeline, a First Nation-led project that would bring oil from Alberta to the northern West Coast.The chiefs’ council leading the project said in a news release Wednesday that they represent more than 30 communities engaged in the project, and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposed ban on tankers would harm their communities by causing them to lose out on development opportunities.They said the tanker ban came about because of pressure from U.S. environmental groups and is being imposed without the consultation of key Indigenous stakeholders.“There was no consultation, and the government is responsible to the Aboriginal First Nations to do consultations,” said hereditary chief Gary Alexcee, who backs the energy project.Transport Canada, however, said it held 75 engagement sessions to discuss the proposed moratorium, and that Transport Minister Marc Garneau engaged directly with all Indigenous groups along that would be affected or expressed an interest in the moratorium.The government held 20 meetings with Indigenous groups and received numerous letters on the proposal, said Transport Canada spokeswoman Julie Leroux.Bill C-48, known as the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, passed second reading in Parliament last October. The legislation has the support of many First Nations in B.C., including the nine members of the Coastal First Nations alliance.“We fully support the tanker ban, it recognizes the importance of protecting the coast from oil spills,” said Marilyn Slett, chief councillor of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.She said Heiltsuk had already experienced the threats of oil spills twice in the past year, with the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat and the stranding of a barge carrying 12.5 million litres of oil.“The vulnerability and risk of these types of incidents is very real, and so our position has been very strong in terms of support of the tanker ban.”The federal government announced it was going ahead with the tanker ban in November 2016, at the same time it approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB)last_img read more

A look at the Holocaust through Franks eyes

first_imgThe diary of Anne Frank, a young chronicler of the horrors of the Nazis’ genocide of the Jews, offers a beacon of hope – and humanity – to the millions who read her thoughts, written while hiding with her family for two years before being betrayed and sent to the death camps. Reflecting on her life 75 years after her arrest, and death, is a travelling exhibition that has come briefly to Delhi. ‘Anne Frank: A History for Today’, an exhibition of photographs and archival information, takes visitors to Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War as it follows Anne’s journey from homeland Germany to the promise of a refuge in the Netherlands, but back to a German concentration camp. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn the exhibition’s photographs, a young Anne and her sister Margot are seen growing up from childhood to teenage. Happy family photographs and images taken at school, soon gave way to a dark place in their factory – the secret annexe where the Franks went into hiding. Recorded are quotations from her diary, a small, red-chequered notebook that went on to contain her vivid observations and experiences, and eventually become one of the world’s most popularly-read personal accounts of the Holocaust. During a walkthrough of the well-curated exhibition, the Deputy Head of the Netherlands Embassy in India, Anneke Adema, spoke of Anne’s life and the tragic experience she had. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We have a tendency to forget history, and people should see these pictures – of Auschwitz, for instance. I heard about it during my life in the Netherlands, but the moment you see it, you feel everything. You see the suitcases of the people who were gassed, the hair, the glasses, kids’ toys and shoes – we have to make it visible,” Adema said. The exhibition is open for public at the India International Centre here till April 29. It is organised by the The Anne Frank House, PeaceWorks and Embassies of the Netherlands and Israel.last_img read more

Anguished with way judiciary being treated SC on lawyers claim of conspiracy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday expressed anguish over the “systematic attack” on the judiciary and said time has come to tell the rich and powerful of this country that they are “playing with fire”. The apex court was hearing claims made by an advocate that there was a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogi on allegations of sexual harassment. The court said it will pass an order at 2 pm. A special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said it is anguished with the way the judiciary has been treated for the past 3-4 years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The way this institution is treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen,” a bench also comprising Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta said. “There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this institution”, the bench said. The bench observed that so many things are “going on in the air” and it requires definite probe. “Don’t think that Supreme Court can be remote controlled by anything on earth, whether money power or political power,” the bench said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In an apparent reference to controversies that plagued the top judiciary last year, Justice Mishra also observed that truth has not come out yet. “People should know the truth. This is going on and this has to stop,” the bench said and observed, “Do the rich and powerful of this country think that they can remote control the Supreme Court.” It is pertinent to mention here that in an unprecedented presser on January 12 last year, four senior judges of the apex court — CJI Ranjan Gogoi, then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had raised a litany of problems, including assigning of cases in the top court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court The apex court also said Thursday that so many things are going around in the judiciary and when somebody tries to fix it, the person is maligned. “We have come to this extent of blackmailing. You don’t know what is going on,” the bench said without elaborating. The court said eminent jurists like Nani Palkhivala, Fali S Nariman and K Parasaran have made this great institution and now everyday news of bench fixing come to the fore. The bench said that four-five percent are bringing bad name to this institution and “we are worried as judges why we have come to this? We are very concerned.” “The day has come that we rise and tell rich and powerful persons of this country that they can’t do it. You are playing with fire,” the bench said, adding, “Everyday, everybody is trying to influence us.” The bench made it clear that it would see whether the claims of advocate Utsav Singh Bains, who has alleged a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment and attempts oof fixing benches in the top court, are true or not. The stinging observations by the bench came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that instead of an inquiry, an SIT probe should be ordered into allegations levelled by Bains. At the outset, Bains filed an additional affidavit in a sealed cover in the court in support of his claims. The bench then asked Attorney General K K Venugopal about the issue of privilege claimed by Bains over certain communications being protected under provisions of the advocate’s act. Venugopal, while referring to provisions of law, said there was no lawyer-client relationship in this case as Bains has filed affidavit in his personal capacity and thus he cannot claim privilege over certain communications. Senior advocate and President of Supreme Court Bar Association Rakesh Khanna also told the bench that the court has the power to summon any document related to the case and Bains cannot claim privilege over certain communications. “In any case our power to inspect documents is always there,” Justice Nariman said. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is appearing in person in the matter, told the bench that they should clarify there is no connection between the hearing of affidavit of Bains and the separate inquiry committee proceedings on allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI. “This is a very serious allegation that the system of bench fixing was adopted and when they failed, some fixer roaming around has tried to do this,” the bench said. “You don’t understand what we are up to. You don’t know what is there in the sealed cover,” Justice Mishra told Jaising. Jaising, however, told the court that there must be an investigation into credentials of Bains so that it could be clear that he has come to court with clean hands. Bains had filed an affidavit following the unprecedented hearing on Saturday during which Justice Gogoi had said some “bigger force” was behind the sexual harassment allegations as they wanted to “deactivate” the CJI’s office. The hearing on April 20 in the case, titled as a matter of “great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary”, was held after stories were published on some news portals about sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former employee of the apex court against the CJI.last_img read more

Airtel Africa earns 89 mn profit in JanuaryMarch

first_imgNew Delhi: Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel that provides services in Africa, Tuesday posted a net profit of $89 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, on account of increase in data consumption and Airtel Money penetration. The company had posted a loss of $33 million in the same period a year ago. Its revenue increased by 6 per cent to $781 million during the reported quarter from $736 million in the corresponding period of 2017-18. “Increase in Data & Airtel Money penetration led to faster net revenue growth,” Airtel Africa said in its quarterly report. For year ended March 31, 2019, Airtel Africa posted a profit of $412 million while it had reported loss of $138 million a year ago.last_img read more

Smithsonian Plans Definitive HipHop Anthology Box Set

first_imgNews Twitter 40 Years Of Hip-Hop Compiled For New Box Set smithsonian-plans-definitive-hip-hop-anthology-box-set Facebook Smithsonian Plans Definitive Hip-Hop Anthology Box Set Email Learn how you can contribute to the definitive anthology of rap and hip-hop historyBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 17, 2017 – 5:24 pm The Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History & Culture launched a new 30-day Kickstarter campaign around creating a definitive anthology of some or the most socially influential music of the last 40 years.The Smithsonian Anthology Of Hip-Hop And Rap box set will include a 300-page booklet, complete with extensive liner notes, essays, and photos that “will illustrate different social and political trends within the genre, such as police brutality, feminism, and Afrocentrism.” The touchstone of the collection will be a 9-CD set comprised of more than 120 tracks that exemplify the musical progression, sonic experimentation, and lyrical evolution of rap and hip-hop over the past 4 decades.”[The Anthology] will also serve as an extension of the objects and stories of hip-hop already displayed in the galleries of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, offering perspective on the African American experience and its impact on American culture,” according to the Smithsonian’s Kickstarter project description.Curatorial support for the endeavor comes by way of an advisory board comprised of artists — including Chuck D, MC Lyte, Questlove and 9th Wonder — industry veterans, authors, journalists, music critics, and university scholars. In addition, the advisory committee reached out to more than 50 artists, DJs, photographer, filmmakers, and members of the hip-hop community for input on the track list and final package for the anthology.The Kickstarter campaign will run through Nov. 16. Pending a successful campaign, the Smithsonian Anthology … is expected to release in December 2018.Queen Latifah Receives Icon Award At Revolt Music ConferenceRead morelast_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Parterre Flooring Hires New Vice President Of Sales

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Parterre Flooring Systems announced the recent hire of John Bonney, who has assumed the role of vice president of sales for the Southeast market, including the Gulf Coast, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. Bonney brings over three decades of experience to the Parterre team.“We are thrilled to have John Bonney join the Parterre organization; John is a legend in the LVT business, so we are fortunate to have him on board as vice president of sales for the Southeast region,” said Ralph Grogan, CEO of Parterre Flooring Systems. “John’s knowledge of LVT, along with his friendships and long standing relationships throughout the industry will make him a valued asset to the Parterre brand and family.”For more information, visit parterreflooring.com.John Bonney(NOTE: The above announcement is from Parterre Flooring Systems.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Parterre Flooring Systems Announces New Addition To Sales TeamIn “Business”Wilmington’s Parterre Flooring Systems Names Ralph Grogan As New CEOIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Parterre Flooring Announces New CFOIn “Business”last_img read more