Patagonia Puts Down Roots in the Beer World

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States Patagonia and Hopworks Urban Brewery teamed up to create Long Root Ale, a beer made with Kernza.Patagonia is a well known maker of outdoor clothing and accessories catering to climbers, skiers, trail runners, surfers and fishermen. The company’s commitment to the environment is a key part of its story as Patagonia strives to use responsibly-sourced materials, fair labor and practices like garment repair to reduce its impact on the earth.Patagonia’s environmental stewardship extends to its food focused sub-brand Patagonia Provisions. A high profile release from Patagonia Provisions for 2016 is Long Root Ale, a beer made with Kernza. Looking to the brewing basics of water, hops, grains and yeast, Kernza is combined with organic two row barley to fill the all important grain role, creating the malt backbone of the beer.The Kernza plant has a long root system (hence the beer’s name) that allows for perennial growth without tilling. No tilling means preserving beneficial topsoil. When compared to other grains, Kernza retains more nutrients, adds more carbon and requires less water.While being great for the environment is a wonderful side effect, it wouldn’t matter much if the beer wasn’t good. Hopworks Urban Brewery provides the industry know-how behind Long Root Ale and its guidance has brewed up a crisp, refreshing beer with a unique malt flavor that holds up well to session drinking. A bright citrusy series of hops including Chinook, Mosaic and Crystal and Long Root Ale finishes the beer with a grapefruit tinge. The retail availability of sixteen ounce cans is a perfect camping or backpacking companion, fitting Long Root Ale precisely into Patagonia’s sweet spot of stylish adventuring. Currently Long Root Ale is available throughout Oregon, Washington and California at Whole Foods stores and select bars, including the Hopworks tasting rooms in Portland.Photo credit: Amy Kumler 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) last_img read more

World Ports Sustainability Program Welcomes Baltic Ports

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has joined the World Ports Sustainability Program following the signing of the WPSP declaration by BPO Secretary-General.Guided by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), the program aims to enhance and coordinate future sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, fostering international cooperation with partners in the supply chain.“We are delighted that BPO has decided to join our program and look forward to sharing their members’ sustainability projects through the WPSP portfolio,” Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and Coordinator of the WPSP, commented.“Some of the world’s most advanced port innovators are to be found in this region, so we look forward to BPO’s active contribution towards achieving our goals,” Verhoeven added.“One of the main goals of our policy ‘Baltic as a model region for green ports and maritime transport’ is to share our experience with the port industry. Therefore, we warmly welcome the co-operation with global players within the WPSP initiative,” Bogdan Ołdakowski, Secretary General of the BPO, said.“I am sure that Baltic ports, especially the BPO Environmental Working Group, will be interested to learn how sustainable projects have been carried out in other regions.”Established in Copenhagen in 1991, BPO’s aim is to facilitate cooperation among the ports and to monitor and improve the possibilities for shipping in the Baltic Sea region. Comprised of 47 members as well as friendship members, the organization’s mission is to contribute to economic, social and environmentally sustainable development of maritime transport and the port industry in the Baltic Sea region.Founded in 1955, IAPH is a non-profit-making global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organizations covering 90 countries. Its member ports handle more than 60 percent of global maritime trade and around 80 percent of world container traffic. IAPH has consultative NGO status with several United Nations agencies.last_img read more

Suspension temporaire du programme de prévention du cancer du côlon

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia suspend temporairement l’envoi postal des trousses de dépistage du cancer du côlon jusqu’à ce que la sensibilité diagnostique de l’équipement utilisé pour traiter les tests soit réglée au niveau approprié. Le système de suivi du rendement des trousses de dépistage a décelé une augmentation récente de résultats anormaux. Le test de dépistage détecte du sang dans les selles, ce qui peut indiquer la présence d’un cancer. Le fabricant du test confirme que cette augmentation est causée par un changement de la sensibilité diagnostique de l’équipement utilisé pour traiter les tests. « Notre programme de prévention du cancer du côlon a été conçu pour être le meilleur programme possible, a dit le Dr Bernard Badley, directeur médical du programme de prévention du cancer du côlon. Le succès précoce du programme peut être confirmé par le fait que des cellules précancéreuses ou cancéreuses ont été décelées chez plus de 1 300 Néo-Écossais avant même qu’ils présentent des symptômes. » Au moment du lancement du programme il y a quatre ans, Cancer Care Nova Scotia a établi un système complet de surveillance du rendement. C’est grâce à ce système que le personnel a récemment remarqué une augmentation du nombre de résultats anormaux (positifs) au test de dépistage. « Nous avons immédiatement souligné cette augmentation inhabituelle au fabricant, qui a effectué un examen de la qualité et confirmé que le problème se trouve au niveau de l’équipement qu’il fournit à notre laboratoire central pour traiter les trousses de dépistage, et non au niveau des trousses de dépistage comme telles », a dit le Dr Badley. Le cancer du côlon se développe à partir de certaines croissances dans le côlon qui peuvent prendre jusqu’à douze ans pour devenir cancéreuses. Les polypes précancéreux posent des risques croissants de saignement à mesure qu’ils grossissent. Parce qu’une petite quantité de sang peut se trouver normalement dans les selles, le test de dépistage à domicile est conçu de façon à détecter une quantité anormale de sang dans les selles en ne tenant pas compte de la quantité minime et normale de sang perdue par les gens qui n’ont pas de polypes ou de cancer. Récemment, l’équipement de laboratoire fourni par le fabricant est devenu plus sensible, ce qui signifie que les gens qui ont une perte de sang normale dans leurs selles peuvent également recevoir des résultats anormaux. « Nous ne distribuerons plus les tests de dépistage à domicile tant que le fabricant n’aura pas corrigé le problème et assuré Cancer Care Nova Scotia que leur produit répond à nouveau à nos exigences, » a dit le Dr Badley. « Les Néo-Écossais qui ont déjà participé au programme peuvent demeurer confiants que le test contribuer à la détection et à la prévention du cancer. Toute personne qui a déjà reçu un test de dépistage à domicile mais qui ne l’a pas encore retourné au laboratoire peut le faire maintenant ou peut attendre la reprise du programme. » Le programme de prévention du cancer du côlon recommande que le test de dépistage soit effectué aux deux ans, ce qui signifie qu’un retard dans la réception de la trousse de dépistage ne doit pas causer d’inquiétude. Les gens touchés par la suspension temporaire du programme recevront une lettre expliquant l’interruption. « Nous ne savons pas exactement combien de temps il faudra pour l’élaboration et l’essai d’un nouveau produit pour nous assurer qu’il répond à nos besoins, a dit le Dr Badley. Toutefois, selon ce que nous savons maintenant, nous croyons qu’il faudra environ six mois. Nous aviserons les Néo-Écossais de tout changement, s’il y a lieu. » Pour obtenir de l’information sur le programme de prévention du cancer du côlon, composez le 1-866-599-2267 ou visitez le www.cancercare.ns.ca/coloncancerprevention. Si vous avez des inquiétudes ou si vous présentez des symptômes possibles de cancer du côlon, consultez votre médecin de famille pour déterminer quels sont les tests les plus appropriés. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, un programme provincial du ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être, a été créé en 1998 pour faciliter la prévention du cancer et la prestation de soins de qualité à tous les Néo-Écossais. Il appuie les professionnels de la santé dans la prestation de soins de qualité supérieure aux patients.last_img read more

Modifications à la loi sur la prématernelle

first_img permettront aux conseils scolaires, sous réserve d’approbation, l’autorité de conclure une entente avec un fournisseur pour la prestation du programme de prématernelle dans une collectivité; accorderont au ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance l’autorité législative de conclure des ententes de financement du programme de prématernelle; permettront de préciser et de clarifier le texte de la loi. En juillet 2017, le gouvernement provincial a annoncé les 50 premières classes dans 43 écoles où le programme de prématernelle sera offert aux enfants de quatre ans à compter de cet automne. Ces 50 classes accueilleront des élèves à compter du 29 septembre. Deux classes supplémentaires, dans deux écoles supplémentaires, seront ajoutées en octobre. Le gouvernement provincial continuera d’ajouter des classes de prématernelle à l’échelle de la province au cours des quatre prochaines années. Les règlements en vertu de la loi sur la prématernelle (Pre-primary Education Act) sont en cours d’élaboration. Le gouvernement a présenté, aujourd’hui 27 septembre, des modifications à la loi sur la prématernelle (Pre-primary Education Act) qui accorderont aux conseils scolaires l’autorité explicite d’offrir le programme provincial de prématernelle aux enfants de quatre ans à l’échelle de la province. « Les enfants profitent de possibilités d’apprentissage précoce dans les écoles de la province depuis des décennies, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Les modifications à la loi appuieront les conseils scolaires pour qu’ils puissent continuer d’offrir le programme de prématernelle de façon uniforme et miser sur les possibilités d’offrir le programme à l’échelle de la province. » Les modifications :last_img read more

New Brunswick Liberal calling for study on Canadas endangered whales

first_imgFREDERICTON – A New Brunswick member of Parliament is calling for a federal study to take a closer look at the state of Canada’s endangered whales.Karen Ludwig, the Liberal member for New Brunswick Southwest, has tabled a private member’s bill that is expected to be debated in the House of Commons on Monday.Ludwig said she felt compelled to do something after 18 North Atlantic right whales were killed in Canadian and U.S. waters last year.“Living on the Bay of Fundy, my interests in the protection and recovery of whales was initially based on my experience locally, and what they mean to us from an ecological, cultural and economic standpoint,” Ludwig said in an interview.As well, she said she was spurred to action after whale rescuer Joseph Howlett was killed by a right whale after he cut it free from fishing gear last July.Howlett was from her riding.She said it was a tragedy to lose someone who had dedicated his life to rescuing entangled whales.“I would like to dedicate my motion to Joseph Howlett and the work that he did through the whale rescue team,” Ludwig said.The proposed study, which would also look at beluga and killer whales, has the support of Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Transport Minister Marc Garneau, Ludwig said.“It’s not just about whales,” she said. “It’s about human activity in the oceans. We have to make some changes here before the point of no return.”Whale populations are on the decline. There’s just 450 North Atlantic right whales, 900 belugas and 76 southern resident killer whales in the wild.Ludwig said she originally suggested a study by the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans last fall, but that was before the federal government enacted several measures aimed at protecting right whales.That work has included reducing speed limits in the Gulf of St. Lawerence, starting the crab season earlier and limiting the amount of fishing gear on the water.Garneau said the speed limit of 10 knots, imposed on large ships in the Gulf last year, will be reinstated in the western part of the Gulf between April 28 and Nov. 15.Two shipping lanes with normal speed limits will be kept open north and south of Anticosti Island as long as there are no whales in the area. Fines for violating the speed limits range from $6,000 to $25,000.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said it’s important to determine if the federal measures are working, and she would like to see other species of whales included in the proposed study.“We do know we are putting an immense amount of stress on an already-stressed population,” she said. “That is something we have to own and take responsibility for and make the necessary changes and know those changes are effective.”Researchers have not spotted any right whale calves this spring, raising further concerns about the declining population.“We’ve never had a stage where we’ve had such a high death rate and such a low birth rate in one certain time frame,” Wimmer said. “It’s a big concern that those two things came together at the same time.”Moira Brown, senior research scientist with the Canadian Whale Institute, said unless the numbers change, the North Atlantic right whale could become functionally extinct in less than 25 years. She is throwing her support behind Ludwig’s call for a study.Ludwig said her original suggestion was for a study on right whales, but the Fisheries Department suggested it should also look at the other two species.Wimmer said the study should go even further than that.“It cannot be for just the three that have been highlighted. They are obviously in a critical state, but we have others that are also being impacted by the same activity,” she said.last_img read more

With looming NAFTA deadline and intensive talks Freeland postpones UN speech

first_imgWASHINGTON – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland postponed her marquee United Nations speech Saturday as negotiators on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border continued their full-court press for a breakthrough on a North American free-trade deal.Officials in Freeland’s office say the minister, who had been scheduled to deliver Canada’s address to the General Assembly, exchanged her slot with another country and will instead speak on Monday.That’s an important date in the NAFTA calendar: Congress has declared an Oct. 1 deadline for Canada to join an existing agreement between the U.S. and Mexico in time for a vote on Capitol Hill, and it’s also the day voters in Quebec go to the polls.Quebec, which is home to half of Canada’s dairy industry, has become an important political fulcrum in the talks, particularly if Canada agrees to concessions that would improve access to the country’s dairy market for U.S. producers.And despite the fact that dairy remains a popular talking point for people like U.S. President Donald Trump and his trade ambassador, Robert Lighthizer, sources familiar with the talks say it’s no longer a hurdle.Other sources say Freeland took part in a lengthy conference call Friday night with negotiators and their U.S. counterparts in Washington, who have been taking part in intensive talks all week.“The U.S. knows what they need to do to get a deal, so it’s really up to them,” said one, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitive nature of the talks.“We’re focused on the substance, not the timetable.”The most contentious issues continue to be preserving Canada’s cultural exemption and Canada’s insistence on preserving Chapter 19, which allows for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments.Canada also wants assurances it will no longer be subject to heavy American tariffs on steel and aluminum exports, as well as autos — a weapon Trump has made clear in recent months is his preferred cudgel for beating up on trade partners he believes are mistreating the U.S.As of now, Canada appears content to conduct the negotiations via conference call — a departure from its earlier strategy, which saw Freeland racking up the frequent-flyer miles as she jetted back and forth between Washington and Ottawa.In an eyebrow-raising news conference Wednesday at the UN, Trump hinted at personal animus between Lighthizer and Freeland when he claimed that he rejected a Canadian request for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — a request Ottawa flatly denied making.“We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada,” Trump said. “We don’t like their representative very much.”The formal text of the U.S.-Mexico deal must be released by Sunday so it can be presented to the U.S. Congress by the end of the month, fulfilling a 60-day notice requirement that would allow lawmakers to approve it by Dec. 1 before the newly-elected Mexican government takes power.Fears have persisted that Congress would be willing to press ahead with the bilateral agreement if Canada can’t get a deal done. Mexico’s new president-elect, however, said in an interview Friday that he has agreed to push the American side to make a deal with Canada.Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.One source says Chapter 19 has not survived the Mexico-U.S. deal, but Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism, has been preserved in its entirety.Mexican ambassador Dionisio Perez Jacome said his country still wants Canada to come on board, regardless of congressional deadlines.“Hopefully Canada can be included already in the text. If not, then the process gets more complicated, but it’s also possible to come in … some days after.”Sources say Mexico is fine with the Trudeau government waiting past Monday’s Quebec election because it understands any concession it might be willing to make on allowing greater U.S. access to dairy would be a political bombshell in the final days of the provincial campaign.There’s no guarantee Congress would allow Trump to move forward with a two-country deal that excludes Canada because it originally granted him the authority to negotiate a three-country pact.Trump says he will pursue a trade deal with or without Canada, and has repeatedly threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Canadian automobiles if a trilateral deal can’t be reached.Trump has already imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him the authority to do so for national security reasons.The Trudeau government has branded the 232 tariffs illegal and insulting given the close security relationship between Canada and the U.S., including their shared membership in Norad, which defends North American airspace.— With files from Mike Blanchfield in Ottawa.last_img read more

RCMP gave FBI serial numbers other details about Meng Wanzhous phones defence

first_imgVANCOUVER — A lawyer for Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou says the RCMP illegally passed on serial numbers and other crucial identifying details of her cellphones, laptop and tablet to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Scott Fenton says Mounties provided technical information that enables U.S. authorities to find out calls made and received, phone numbers, time and duration of calls and the physical location of cell towers where the calls were connected.Meng’s lawyers are in British Columbia Supreme Court seeking documents that they believe would prove allegations that American and Canadian officials conspired to conduct a “covert criminal investigation” at Vancouver’s airport.The United States is seeking Meng’s extradition on fraud charges linked to alleged violations of sanctions against Iran, which both she and Huawei deny.She was arrested during a stopover at the Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1, 2018.Lawyers for the Canadian government argued this week that there is no indication of improper evidence sharing between the FBI, RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency.However, Fenton says RCMP violated the Extradition Act and Meng’s constitutional rights when it passed on the details of her devices to U.S. law enforcement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nestor Serrano Honored At CoachArt Gala Of Champions

first_imgCoachArt’s eighth annual Gala of Champions was held at The Beverly Hilton, on October 18, to benefit CoachArt’s mission to provide arts and sports coaching to children and adolescents with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings.Nestor Serrano accepts his awardCredit/Copyright: Associated Press/Jordan Strauss and Matt Sayles via Trueheart EventsCoachArt’s Gala of Champions was hosted by TV personality, comedian and magician Justin Willman, who wowed guests with his incredible magic. The Gala also featured live performances by Katrina Parker and Justin Hopkins, fan favorites on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” and guests heard heartfelt stories about families CoachArt has touched.Nestor Serrano and his award on the red carpetCredit/Copyright: Associated Press/Jordan Strauss and Matt Sayles via Trueheart EventsRobert Kyncl, Google/YouTube’s Head of Content, and actor Nestor Serrano were both honored at the event with Jeffrey Katzenberg presenting Robert’s award and “Breaking Bad” star Dean Norris presenting Nestor’s award to him. The event has raised $825,000 so far, and donations are still coming in.last_img read more

Closure of GMs Oshawa plant reveals rapid changes in auto industry

first_imgTORONTO — Rumbles of change in the automotive industry erupted this week with General Motor’s announcement it will close its storied Oshawa assembly plant as part of a shift towards electric and autonomous vehicles.The decision was part a global restructuring for the company that also includes winding down production at four U.S. assembly plants and other cuts to free up US$6 billion for investments in the new initiatives.The move is a reflection of an auto sector in flux, facing a retreat in North American auto production, a shift in consumer preference from cars to crossovers, and new competition from tech firms — a new landscape that creates considerable uncertainty for Canada’s auto sector.Unifor president Jerry Dias raised concerns Tuesday that General Motors might indeed leave Canada entirely now that it only produces one vehicle in the country, the Chevrolet Equinox.In response, GM Canada spokesman David Paterson said the company was investing in innovation, but made no assurances that manufacturing is here to stay.“We’re hiring 500 people in Markham, right now, doing very sophisticated automotive software. So we’re growing faster than anyone in the industry in new technology, at the same time as we’re unfortunately going through next year this really difficult change with regard to our manufacturing base in Canada.”While Canada could benefit from increased investments on the technology side, the loss of manufacturing facilities could outweigh any gains as an innovation hub, said Charlotte Yates, provost at the University of Guelph and principal investigator at the Automotive Policy Research Centre.“As our assembly profile shrinks, that actually undermines our capacity overall,” Yates says.Canada has built up excellent innovation clusters around sensors, artificial intelligence and lightweighting, but that doesn’t guarantee the vehicles those innovations will go into will be built here, said Yates.Paterson says the dip in auto sales could turn into more of a long-term trend as models of ownership change and fewer people feel they need cars, which is part of the reason for the shift in GM’s strategy.“The model of everybody owning their own car will change, and what that will do is it will reduce the number of cars on the road.”The industry is already seeing a decline in production after a long run of growth, as rising interest rates and slowing economies put pressure on the market. Magna International Inc. reported in its last quarterly results that it had revised estimates for total light vehicle production from North America to 17 million, down half a million vehicles from its estimate at the start of the year.  In addition to competition from traditional auto makers, GM now finds itself pushing against technology companies for the future of mobility, Paterson said.“We’re being disrupted as an industry by companies like Tesla and Uber, and what we’re saying is we’re going to disrupt them. And we can do that by being a leader in self-driving and electric and urban mobility services.”The entrance of these new companies does open some possibilities for other manufacturing in Canada, said Yates.“The question is whether Magna or one of the other auto parts manufacturers in Canada could ever partner with one of those technology companies to become a car producer. That’s a game-changer. And that’s an open-ended possibility.”The possibilities underlie the amount of competition and disruption the industry is going through, said Justin Gammage, manager of the Durham Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network.“The competition is very fierce, and it’s coming from different places than GM would typically expect it to come from.”Gammage, who worked at GM Canada as chief scientist for five years until 2015, said change is accelerating.“Even in a three-year time period, the pace of change has accelerated, so things are being introduced more quickly, introduced through some different approaches. The open innovation model has really taken hold.”Those changes include GM’s decision to end several vehicle lines including the Impala sedan that’s produced in Oshawa as global preferences shift to crossovers and SUVs and away from cars.The same trend has Yates worried about the fate of Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton, Ont., plant that assembles the 300C, Charger, and Challenger cars.The competition means that even productive plants like Oshawa can’t necessarily compete as companies streamline operations and vehicles lines, said Greig Mordue, McMaster University’s Arcelor Mittal Dofasco chair in advanced manufacturing.“We’re good at making cars, we’ve been very successful in the past,” Mordue said. “Our quality and GM’s quality in Oshawa has been second to none, but the reality is that stuff doesn’t tend to matter in the new environment.”Ian Bickis, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian Tire Q4 profit dips on onetime charge tops expectations

TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. reported a dip in its fourth-quarter profit compared with a year ago, as it took a one-time charge related to its financial services deal with Scotiabank.The retailer says it earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $254.3 million or $3.99 per diluted share for the 13-week period ended Dec. 29, compared to a profit of $275.7 million or $4.10 per diluted share a year earlier.Revenue totalled $4.13 billion, up from $3.92 billion.Canadian Tire says its normalized earnings for the quarter, which exclude the $50-million financial services charge, amounted to $4.78 per diluted share, up from $4.10 per diluted share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $4.69 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company also announced that Dean McCann, its chief financial officer, will retire at the end of the year. Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A, TSX:BNS)The Canadian Press read more

UN can play key role in quest for world free from threat

“This is a time of trial – for Iraq, for the United Nations and for the world,” the Deputy Secretary-General said in her opening remarks this evening to the Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Boston.”The goal is to ensure the effective and peaceful disarmament of Iraq in compliance with Security Council resolutions and a better, more secure future for its people,” she said. “How this crisis is resolved will affect greatly the course of peace and security in the coming years in the region, and the world.”The Harvard Model United Nations attracts more than 2,000 students and faculty from around the world, who gather to represent countries in a simulation of the world body. read more

Father Gunman in Ga rampage didnt seem enthusiastic about job at FedEx

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This undated photo provided by Scott Kramer, shows his son, Geddy Kramer of Acworth, Ga. The 19-year-old Kramer opened fire Tuesday at a FedEx package-sorting center where he worked outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said. In addition to a shotgun, the gunman also had an undisclosed number of Molotov cocktails, but he did not use them in the attack, police said. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Scott Kramer) ACWORTH, Ga. – A gunman who wounded six colleagues in an Atlanta-area rampage didn’t seem enthusiastic about his job loading boxes but never mentioned problems with co-workers or supervisors, his father said Wednesday.Geddy Kramer showed up early Tuesday morning with a shotgun at the FedEx package-sorting centre where he worked. He shot a security guard, then fired on those working in a large warehouse before killing himself, authorities have said. The assault sent workers running, ducking and hiding as they tried to escape the gunman.“It was work to him. He didn’t go with a skip in his step every day but it was work,” said Scott Kramer, who lived with his son. “He didn’t have any grievances that I knew about. He didn’t say he had a problem with a co-worker or a supervisor or anything. He just said, ‘Off to work now.’ ‘Did you have a good day at work?’ ‘Well, you know, I loaded boxes and unloaded boxes and that was it.’”Law enforcement officials have learned that co-workers at the FedEx centre reported Kramer to company management for shining a laser scanner at people’s eyes, Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. Reynolds didn’t know if the conflict factored into the attack.“I don’t know if we’ll ever get all the facts,” Reynolds said.Cobb County police spokesman Michael Bowman said investigators found a note left by Geddy Kramer, but he didn’t know what the note said. Bowman said Kramer bought the shotgun and that investigators found the box it was sold in, but declined to say where he bought it.Kramer’s father apologized for his son’s actions, asking that people focus on the victims of the attack. The gunman’s father and other relatives struggled to reconcile the shy young man who enjoyed camping and fishing with the one who went on the violent rampage.“I feel like I’ve lost my son in a couple different ways,” Scott Kramer told reporters outside his home. “The person who did this at FedEx, I didn’t know. My son was somebody completely different.”Three of the six people taken to the hospital Tuesday have been released. One of the worst-injured, security guard Chris Sparkman, has already undergone two surgeries after Kramer shot him in the abdomen. He was listed Wednesday in critical but stable condition. Married for less than a year, Sparkman was working extra hours to boost his pay.He was three minutes away from the end of his shift when Geddy Kramer attacked.“This guy would do anything for anybody,” said Richard Hemphill, the pastor at the church Sparkman attends. “He wouldn’t leave his post, I guarantee you.”Police in Cobb County, north of Atlanta, were still sorting through evidence, including 911 call recordings, witness statements and physical evidence from the scene of the crime. They would not comment on what motivated the gunman or whether they believe he made threatening statements before the assault.“They are still in the stages of trying to piece it all together,” Bowman said.Anthony Ward, 20, said he and two others were moving boxes near the main employee entrance when the man with a gun and ammunition strapped across his chest walked in.“I thought it was a joke or a test at first he said, but then I realized it was not fake,” he told The Associated Press Wednesday.Ward added: “He came in and looked at me, but he didn’t turn the gun toward me.”A manager shouted, “Gun!” and yelled to people to get out. Ward ran quickly to the opposite end of the building, shouting to others to leave the building, he said. When he got outside, he saw the security guard lying on the ground as a manager applied pressure to the wound in his abdomen, Ward said.Ward’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Rachel Hope Boggs, also works at the sorting centre and was standing beside the conveyor belt where she works when a friend hit the “all stop” button to halt the belt’s movement and told her there was an armed man in the building. She moved away from her work station and looked back across the conveyor belt.“He locked eyes with me as he loaded his gun,” she said, adding that he had a cold look in his eyes.Both Ward and Boggs described a scene of chaos, with people screaming and running to get out of the building, and neither could remember whether the gunman seemed to be targeting specific people or if he was shooting at random. Both praised the facility’s managers, saying they stayed inside the building to make sure everyone got out safely.Geddy Kramer’s relatives said they did not notice any problems leading up to the attack.“He left at the same time he always leaves and there was nothing that would have indicated to me that anything was different about that day,” Scott Kramer said.Geddy Kramer started working for FedEx straight out of high school, according to his grandmother Diana Mayberry. Her grandson would typically come to rural Illinois in the summer to catch up with family and fish, hike and ride four-wheelers.“He seemed like a normal kid, to me,” said Mayberry, who was travelling to Atlanta to be with her family. “I don’t know what happened. I have no clue. I just don’t understand it. They didn’t even have access to guns in the house.”He seemed pleased to be working at FedEx.“When he got the job, he was thrilled to death,” she said. “Then he got on full-time and he said he really liked it.”___Henry reported from Atlanta. Associated Press researcher Judith Ausuebel contributed to this report from New York. Father: Gunman in Ga. rampage didn’t seem enthusiastic about job at FedEx by Kate Brumback And Ray Henry, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2014 11:25 am MDT read more

Travis Howard intercepts legacy before its too late

Travis Howard said he thinks he’s playing the best football of his life this season. The “best of the best,” actually. And maybe he’s right. The redshirt senior cornerback has already made three interceptions just two games – and two wins – into Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus. Howard is tied for the most interceptions by a single player in college football, and certainly the most of any Buckeye. Success, though, has come and gone for the Miami, Fla., native during his time at OSU. After arriving at OSU in 2008, Howard’s play, he said, hadn’t been what he hoped. Until Meyer arrived in Columbus, at least. “When Urban Meyer came in, he brought his staff in, everybody kind of welcomed me in right and got after me and didn’t let me slack off,” he said. Before the Buckeyes’ season opener against Miami (Ohio), Howard had four picks in as many years, two of which came in 2010 under former coach Jim Tressel, a year in which Howard saw limited action as a backup to former Buckeye cornerbacks Devon Torrence and Chimdi Chekwa. Then a redshirt sophomore, Howard flashed moments of brilliance, particularly when he picked off Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin for a late touchdown in a Nov. 13, 2010, game in Ohio Stadium, a contest the Buckeyes won 38-14. But after OSU’s program was rocked by scandal and Tressel’s resignation in May 2011, Howard said his concentration – and subsequently his performance – slipped. “I can say last year I wasn’t too focused,” Howard said. “There was a lot of things going on in the past.” Such distraction was evident on and off the field. Howard started 2011 by making headlines in all the wrong ways. He missed the first two games of the season for taking “impermissible benefits” at a charity event. OSU senior running back Jordan Hall and fellow cornerback Corey Brown also received two-game suspensions for receiving impermissible benefits at the same charity event. Statistically, Howard had trouble recovering. He managed 41 tackles and two interceptions over the course of the next 11 games. It wasn’t clear if the former Rivals four-star recruit would ever live up to the player some hoped he’d be. Under Meyer’s guidance, though, Howard said his outlook changed during OSU’s spring practices. “I mean, I kinda,” Howard said before trailing off. “I kinda realized and noticed the things I was doing last year and how my attitude was last year.” Howard said he felt more focused, more tuned in and finally started to live up to his potential. “I knew I was able to do the things that I wanted to do, but I just didn’t have that person to push me,” he said. “The coaching staff that came in, they really pushed me and made me compete for a lot of things, especially at my position.” Once pegged as someone who was supposed to be “the guy” for the Buckeyes’ defensive backfield, Howard started to find himself in the shadow of the hype surrounding teammate redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. In fact, in April, it was uncertain if the redshirt senior would retain his starting job to sophomore cornerback Doran Grant. While it never came to that, Howard said he wanted to send a message. “It was a long year last year and coming to this year, I had a lot of expectations from my coaches, so they kinda pushed me a lot and prepared me well,” he said. “I just wanted to go out there and just show everybody what I’m capable of doing and how well I’ve been preparing for these first games.” And judging by Howard’s first two games, it seemed apparent he’d laid the groundwork to do exactly that. It even caught Meyer’s eye. “Travis – really got a lot of respect for him,” the former Florida coach said, “but he was not a great player here last year, did not play great. He’s got great abilities. So a kid with great ability that doesn’t play great, there’s a problem.” Meyer said something was out of alignment, something was out of place. But now? Howard’s evolution was apparent to the hard-to-please Meyer. “I can see it happening right now,” he said. “That kid’s turning into a very good player.” For Howard, vindication from Meyer has finally started to sink in. “It means a lot. I mean, last year was just a tough season for me and I just wanted to come out here this year and just leave it all on the line for everybody,” Howard said. It’s because they’d do the same for him, he said. “This coaching staff, I mean, they work so hard preparing us for every game day in and day out and I just appreciate everything they do,” Howard said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes and listen to those guys because they know what they’re doing.” Like Meyer, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers said Howard’s newfound attention to detail has been instrumental in his rebirth on the field. “He’s a talented young man and I think what was happening is this is his last go-around as a Buckeye and I think he wants to make sure he goes out the right way,” he said. Withers called Howard a student of the game, but it might have not always been that way. “You see a lot of maturity just from what I go from hearing from coaches previous – you know, Coach (Luke) Fickell, Coach (Mike) Vrabel from last year – that he’s grown up and matured a lot, so I think that’s part of the production that you’re seeing is just the growth in him,” Withers said. Though proud of his teammate, it’s even made Roby lightheartedly envious. “He keeps getting picks and I’m really not,” Roby said playfully. “It’s a little bit of jealousy because of course I want to be the best corner not only on the team but in the country.” Roby said he knows Howard’s time in Columbus is running out. “It’s definitely a competition but I’m OK with that. I want Travis to do as best as he possibly can, it’s his last year,” Roby said. “I have a little bit more time here so I want him to ball out and do what he has to do.” It’s why Howard is starting to think about his legacy at OSU and why it’ll be in the back of his mind as the Buckeyes prepare for their third game under Meyer against California this Saturday at noon. “Recently, I just thought about it. Any time you go out there and play I feel like you gotta have something to motivate you and when you think of your legacy is on the line, it allows you to perform well and it allows you to go out there and give it your all,” he said. “Most definitely it’s a thought in your head because you never wanna go out there and leave a bad reputation for yourself.” It could’ve been that way, though had Howard not righted the ship. And with exactly 10 games remaining in his career, Howard’s equally, if not more concerned with how his team will be remembered. “I just want to win,” he said. “I mean, I want them to remember us as a team that came out on top, so that’s the thing that I try to strive for.” read more

Family with €600k debt granted court protection under new insolvency arrangements

first_imgTRIM CIRCUIT COURT has issued the first protective certificate in an insolvency case involving mortgage debt under the new system.The family, which has borrowings in excess of €600,000, was given 70 days protection from its seven creditors. During those 70 days, no legal action can be taken or progressed against the debtor.The personal insolvency practitioner in the case, Mitchell O’Brien, will now negotiate with the creditors.Speaking to TheJournal.ie this morning, the Dungarvan-based PIP said he would look to strike a sustainable resolution of the family’s debts, seeking to protect the family home, a reasonable standard of living and the tools of their trade.Any proposal made by O’Brien is subject to the majority approval (65 per cent) of the creditors.“While considering the agreement,” he explained, “creditors are comparing it to what they would get in bankruptcy.”It is likely that the solution will involve some write down of mortgage debt.Although this is the first insolvency case involving mortgage debt, it is not a rare case. O’Brien’s firm alone has 23 in the system with the insolvency service and another 140 clients at various stages of the process.He believes the biggest issue for the new insolvency arrangements will be the capacity of the PIPs to deal with demand.A meeting of the practitioners is taking place in Portlaoise today as they try to “work out ways to deliver the best service”.Read: 16 families becoming homeless every month in Dublinlast_img read more

BAHAMAS CARIFTA 2018 Ticket Sales Launched

first_imgPhoto caption: Stakeholders present at the event pose for a photo, January 15, 2018, during the official launch ceremony of ticket sales for the Flow CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018,  at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.(BIS Photos / Eric Rose) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 15, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard waves his newly-purchased first set of Flow CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018 tickets, during the official launch ceremony of ticket sales for the event, on January 15, 2018, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.   Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018 Rosamunde Carey looks on.CARIFTA is slated to take place in The Bahamas at that stadium, March 30 to April 2, 2018, and 26 countries are expected to participate with about 500 athletes.  Minister Pintard lauded the efforts of all involved and welcomed international visitors to The Bahamas for the event.   He added that the Government did not need to be sold on the value of CARIFTA.“We have been intimately involved from the early days; and we appreciate that sports is a means of national development, and we are committed to utilizing sports and, of course, the many sports persons throughout the country — past and present — in transmitting the kind of values that are necessary to develop our young people,” he said. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Release: BIS Related Items:last_img read more

Samsung Invests ₹517 Crore to Expand Noida Plant

first_imgMr. H.E. Joon-gyu Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Mr. Hyun Chil Hong, President & CEO, Samsung India Electronics Ltd and Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh unveiling the expansion of Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd state-of-the-art ‘Mobile Phones Plant’ situated in Noida, under the UP Mega policy in Lucknow today.Samsung IndiaSamsung has reportedly invested ₹517 crore for the expansion of their Noida-based mobile manufacturing plant in Uttar Pradesh.Samsung India Electronics has completed 20 years and has three research labs and two manufacturing plants in the country with a total of 45,000 employees. The new phone “Samsung Z1″ will also be manufactured at the Noida facility with most of the softwares being developed at the Noida Research Centre.In order to adhere to the Global Quality Standards, an online monitoring system has been put in place to monitor the processes on a real-time basis. Samsung India Electronics has invested in a modern training facility spread over 35,000 sqft within its manufacturing premises to focus on skill enhancement of its employees.”Uttar Pradesh is one of the most important states for Samsung and the expansion of the Noida Mobile unit will further strengthen our presence in the country and enhance our manufacturing operations,” said Samsung India Electronics President & CEO Hyun Chil Hong, “The Noida factory is a star performer and rates as one of the best facilities across the globe. Currently over 11,000 Samsung employees are working in U.P. and we are looking forward to create more job opportunities in the state.””Under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Samsung India Electronics has made significant investments in the state. The CM’s trendsetter UP Mega Policy has given Samsung India Electronics the opportunity to have the state of Uttar Pradesh as a partner in its growth in India,” he added.last_img read more

21 neoJMB names found in investigation

first_imgThe investigation authorities have identified the names of 21 neo-JMB men, including their mastermind, who were involved in the Holey Artisan cafe carnage in the capital’s Gulshan area on 1 July 2016.Of them, 13 have already been killed in several raids conducted by the law enforcers over the last one year. And three are now behind bars.The police have failed to detain five other ‘neo-JMB’ men since the deadly attack.High-ups of the investigative branch, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC), said investigation of the case is about to finish. Meanwhile several facts and documents related to the attack, including who were involved with it, have been unearthed.The CTTC said the absconding militants are Sohel Mahfuz alias Hatkata Mahfuz alias Nasrullah, Hadisur Rahman alias Sagar, Basharuzzaman alias Chocolate, Mizanur Rahman alias Chhoto Mizan and Rashed alias Rash. They were leading members of the militant outfit, the CTTC added.CTTC chief Md Monirul Islam told Prothom Alo that if one or two more of the absconded members of the JMB were arrested, the investigation will be complete. He hopes that it would be possible to submit the chargesheet of the case within this year.The three arrested persons — Jahangir Alam alias Rajiv Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, and Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan — have already given their confessional statements in court. Also, Hasnat Reza Karim, who was held hostage with his family during the militant attack, was also shown arrested in the case.Another hostage during the attack, Tahmid Hasib Khan, was arrested under section 54 after attack. Later, police cleared him from charges and he was released from jail on 5 October last year.A total of 22 people, including 17 foreigners, were killed in the Gulshan cafe attack on 1 July last year and 32 members of law enforcers and 9 pedestrians were injured in the militant carnage.Assistant commissioner of the detective branch of police Robiul Islam and Banani police station officer-in-charge Salauddin Khan were also killed during the law enforcers’ anti-militant raid at the cafe.On 2 July morning, five militants, including a chef of the Holey Artisan Bakery, Saiful Islam Chowkidar, were killed during an army commando raid. Another chef of the cafe succumbed to his injuries while being treated at a hospital.A total of 32 people were rescued from the place of attack.13 accused killedThe five militants who conducted the carnage at the Gulshan restaurant are Brac University student Rohan Ibne Imtiaz, Scholastica student Mir Sameh Mobassher, student of Monash University in Malaysia, Nibras Islam, and a resident of Bogra Shafiqul Islam alias Ujjal and Khairul Islam alias Payel. All the attackers were killed in the commando raid on 2 July.Later, law enforcers killed the coordinator and mastermind of various militant attacks inside the country Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and other organisers of the attack, Nurul Islam alias Marzan, Major (retd.) Zahidul Islam, Tanveer Kaderi Sarwar Jahan, Abu Raihan Abdullah alias Rony and Faridul Islam alias AkashA source of the investigation said two other neo-JMB leaders, who were involved with planning, fled the country prior to the attack.’It was cold-blooded murder’CTTC chief Monirul Islam said the militants murdered the hostages in cold blood. The CTTC chief said this after receiving an investigation report from the US intelligence FBI over whether the militants had taken sedatives.Photos of killing found in investigationThe militants did not take mobile phones with them when they attacked the Holey Artisan cafe. The attackers took pictures of carnage using mobile phones taken from the hostages and sent the photos through apps to militants outside.CTTC chief Monirul Islam said the pictures the militants sent out have been recovered from the mobiles.*This piece originally came up in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

2018 Primaries General Land Commissioner Race Is About Republicanism Says Expert

first_imgCAMPAIGN PHOTOSGeorge P. Bush, left, and Jerry Patterson.One of the fiercest competitions in the upcoming March primary in Texas is for an office a lot of people never really think about: Texas Land Commissioner.George P. Bush is the incumbent — one of those Bushes trying to fend off three Republican challengers, including Jerry Patterson, who used to be the land commissioner. Patterson took a lot of people by surprise when he launched his campaign to take back the office he left three years ago.At the forefront of this race: Hurricane Harvey. Part of the land commissioner’s job is overseeing the state’s response to housing needs following a disaster. Bush and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been criticized for taking too long in getting people back in their homes. When asked about his office’s response time, Bush defended their handling of the situation.“We’ve delivered assets quicker, at least in Texas, faster than any other natural disaster,” Bush said. “But the magnitude of the storm will be the real challenge in the sense that some estimates put this at a $120 billion storm, affecting 1.2 million households.“I’m proud of the fact that we’ve housed thousands of people through our direct repair program, through manufactured home travel trailers.”Former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said that’s not good enough.“Those people who are not back in their homes; they have vouchers for shelters for hotels, motels and apartment, which was costing at one time $2.7 million a day,” Patterson said.This month, Bush walked back a comment he made in an article published in the Bryan-College Station newspaper The Eagle, where he called on Gov. Greg Abbott to order a special legislative session to allocate funds for Hurricane Harvey relief.Patterson  said after watching how the agency he used to run was handling Harvey aid, he started looking for a suitable opponent in the primary to defeat Bush. When he couldn’t find one, Patterson said he decided to run.Jim Henson, director of University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said that’s quite a turnaround from four years ago.“I think if you drill down a little bit more into that race it’s hard not to find it interesting,” Henson said.To understand just how crucial this race to defining of what is a Republican in 2018, let’s hop back to 2014. By then, Patterson had been land commissioner for more than 10 years. He decided to try for another office: lieutenant governor. Enter Bush.“George P. Bush ran for that office to some degree of fan-fare as entered politics in Texas as part of the Bush-clan,” Henson said.Patterson thought him a fine successor. And, to no one’s surprise, Bush easily won the election. Henson said Republicans were happy.“He was seen as somebody with a lot of potential by lots of folks,” Henson said.Patterson wasn’t so lucky. He lost his lieutenant governor primary and decided to retire. But he kept an eye on Bush and said he quickly took issue with how he was running the Texas General Land Office.When asked why he didn’t reach out to Bush if he if he was so unhappy with his job performance,  Patteson said, “In the first six months, I think that was my intention. But at one point when he did his ‘100 day’ press conference, he made a comment about how he had cleaned up the agency.  I said, ‘You know what, I’m done. I don’t think this guy can be helped.’ ”Henson said Patterson’s candidacy has put Bush on the defensive. But he said Bush hasn’t directly addressed Patterson’s entry into the race or Patterson’s criticisms about his response to Harvey.Then there’s the contentious issue of restoring one of the most iconic structures in Texas history: the Alamo.Since 2015, the Texas legislature has approved $106 million towards rebuilding and expanding sections of the Alamo. But that’s only one-fourth of the estimated cost. The rest will be made up by three non-profits Bush set up after his office took over the project.Bush bragged about his office’s efforts to preserve the historic site at the recent Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Conference in Austin.“We’re making sure that we fight for that legacy and that it survives for our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “That’s why we are preserving and protecting historic sites like the Alamo and honor the Texas Revolutionaries what the true price of freedom and liberty is.”But Patterson, some Texas lawmakers and Republican Party officials have taken issue with how Bush is handling the project, saying he’s not been transparent on the financial dealings and the site plans.But overall, Henson said, the race is really about two very different styles of Republicanism.“It’s an interesting dynamic that underlines some of the contention within the Republican Party,” Henson said.Bush comes from a more moderate-leaning wing of the Republican Party, Henson said, while Patterson represents a more conservative wing.“But a conservative member much more from the Libertarian wing of the party,” Henson added.Henson said similar matchups are happening all over Texas and across the country. 2018 primary races are full of Republicans who have very different ideas of what “Republican” meant, he added.Though, in the case of Texas Land Commissioner, the race might be less of a philosophical battle and more of a financial one. Henson said Bush has just over $3.3-million in campaign funds. While Patterson managed to raise just over $90,000 in the first month of his campaign. Sharelast_img read more