5 things Sharks fans need to know about new guy Erik Karlsson

first_imgErik Karlsson comes across as a friendly sort who would personally introduce himself to every Sharks fan in the South Bay. Unfortunately nobody has that kind of time. But we’re happy to provide the next best thing: 5 things you need to know about the Sharks’ biggest offseason acquisition.1. He skates with an artificial tendon in his left foot, inserted during a 2017 surgery in which doctors also removed part of his left ankle bone. “It feels like I have a leather piece in my one ankle,” he …last_img read more

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Ohio Signature Food Contest winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio is rich with signature products developed locally, and some even enjoy being recognized regionally and nationally. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) sponsored the Ohio Signature Food Contest, which showcases many new products ready to take that next step — actual product development.CIFT vice president and director of agricultural programs, Rebecca Singer, and Pat Petzel, vice president, communications; Ohio Farm Bureau, announced the two winners selected in recognition of their product concepts:• Hot Mama’s Pepper Jam by Cheryl Holsapfel (Garrettsville) — A delicious, hot pepper jam made with Ohio-grown jalapenos and green peppers. With a blend of sweet and heat, it can be used as a marinade, salad dressing, and even added to a dish for a little added spice.• Raspberry Habanero Jam by Victoria Miller (Convoy) — This savory jam is an amazing blend of fresh raspberries, pure cane sugar, and blended habaneros. Cooked slow, and on low heat to ensure the perfect consistency, it pairs well with cheddar cheese, cream cheese and crackers.Following a review of written applications and presentations by food entrepreneurs and chefs to a panel of judges, the highest scoring concepts were selected based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, and overall appeal to the marketplace.As a result of the award, technical assistance from CIFT will be provided to the start up businesses ranging from business planning, product/process development, shelf stability testing, labeling review, regulatory assistance, and batch product preparations for sampling. Later, production will take place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) in Bowling Green, Ohio. The NOCK is a commercially-licensed kitchen that educate and provide technical assistance to new and growing food businesses.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — November 21, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-21-17Dry today with strong southwest winds developing over the state. Winds are expected to reach 15-30 mph at times through the day. But, the southwest flow will allow temps to moderate further, and we should see temps today above normal.A cold front moves through this evening through the overnight tonight. We still think the precipitation threat is very low, but clouds look to be persistent. That, combined with the big change in air mass is prompting us to keep a few sprinkles or light snow flakes in over the state overnight into tomorrow morning. The best threat of action will be in north central and northeast OH, where we can see some light snow, but we won’t rule a little precipitation out anywhere. The key word is “little”…as available moisture looks to be limited to a few hundredths to at most .1”. So, anything that happens will be rather inconsequential. Still, the bigger story will probably be the dramatic fall off in temps again, with tomorrow and Thanksgiving Day ending up below normal. Winds will likely be strong out of the northwest tomorrow. The map above shows temps as they compare to normal for Thanksgiving afternoon.No change in the rest of the forecast. The roller coaster decides to go back up hill from late Thursday night through the rest of the week and weekend. Temperatures climb for Friday with strong southwest winds returning to the region. We should see above normal highs for Friday and Saturday statewide. Again, we go through these temp changes with no precipitation.Our Sunday disturbance is coming a little faster, and may be in on Saturday afternoon. At this time, it appears to be a strong low that passes well to our north, over Michigan and into southern Ontario. This may drag some clouds down into northern Ohio Saturday into Sunday, but we are keeping the region mostly free of precipitation. You might see a spit or sprinkle north of US 30, but even that does not look overly impressive. Colder air does wrap around the backside of the low and cool us back down to below normal levels for late Sunday afternoon and the start of nextThe next good threat of precipitation develops at midweek next week. On Wednesday, the 29th, we see nice moisture moving in from the west. However, models are less enthusiastic about this system this morning than they were 24 hours ago. We are leaving our forecast alone at this time, but may have to revise it lower if we see any other consensus building For now, we will look for.2”-.6” of moisture over 80% of the state. This front should move through relatively quickly.last_img read more

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Leveraging the Benefits of Marketing Content Collaboration

first_imgWhile the saying goes that too many chefs in the kitchen spoil the broth, that’s not the case when it comes to a collaborative marketing environment. Instead, combining sales and marketing efforts with user-generated content can improve ROI.Content Collaboration is a Win-WinThink about it: When you create content in a silo, you are alone. You lose the opportunity and the ability to tap into other perspectives and creativity that can shape the content to what your audience wants. It’s those opinions and direct insights from the audience members themselves or the sales team out on the front lines that can enhance the marketing content.Plus, when everyone collaborates, including audience members, that social reach increases from your own direct audience as a brand to the social audiences of each user, influencer, and team member who worked on producing that content.It sounds compelling, but may be easier said than done because the inclination to collaborate and meld everyone’s ideas with minimal conflict is not the natural response. Yet, it is possible to create a marketing content collaboration process.Start with the Right ToolsFirst, a content collaboration platform can help how everyone gets involved. A platform adds structure, organization, and accountability to the content collaboration process. Rather than opting for a spreadsheet with a to-do list and due dates found on traditional project management platforms, a solution designed for content collaboration focuses on creativity, sharing, and feedback.The solution then becomes a content repository that stores collaborative content for use, review, and measurement. Besides written and visual content, this repository can also hold creative files, audio recordings, templates, collateral assets and anything else that enables the content collaboration process.Since teams can spend up to 20 percent of their time looking for the content or components they need. According to McKinsey — having this type of social technology can increase productivity and shorten project timeframes. It also helps to have an understanding of what type of collaborative content works best for your brand as well as a formal process for developing, managing and measuring your collaborative content.Types of Collaborative Marketing ContentThere are many types of content where collaboration can yield improved results. Here are a few content options for collaboration:Guest PostsGuest posts provide a way to share your expertise with a larger audience and build links that can bring that audience back to your site. You are sharing a service for others to learn more about the knowledge and experience on the site.Collaboration can widen as you return the favor to include others on your own blog. You’ll be expanding your audience and the depth of the valuable information you deliver. This can be a long-lasting collaboration if you approach it in the right way.To collaborate on content, identify other sites that are authoritative and relevant. Using models like Domain Authority (DA) can simplify this process. If a site has a DA of 20 or more, then this is a worthy target for content collaboration.Find the appropriate contact at that company by looking through the executive team on their website or a site like LinkedIn. They may also list guest blog guidelines on their site. Reach out and suggest some blog topics that might be mutually beneficial and agree on the terms.Case Studies While the first type of collaborative content involved an industry colleague, case studies are a collaboration between you and one of your customers.First, it helps solidify a customer relationship by working together.Second, a case study illustrates how the customer has addressed a real-world issue which other customers and prospects can relate to.And, third, it builds credibility with your audience as you provide them with useful insights.To develop a case study, you can collaborate on a relevant storyline and quantitative evidence. Using quotes from your customer and beneficial observations or project vision will enhance the content.User-Generated ContentYour audiences do most of the work by creating the content, including photos and videos. Yet, it’s still collaborative because you are able to leverage and share information from your target audience.The readership will feel more involved with your brand and are likely to also share their content with their social circle for viral benefits.Expert Roundup ArticlesAn expert roundup article can include a mention or a quote from a wide range of contributors that have insights and proficiency about a particular topic or trend that impacts your audience. This material can involve existing content that you pull from different sources or be part of the new original content you request from these experts.Connection with a wide range of industry experts provides a wealth of beneficial information for your audience while building credibility that you are working or partnering with many industry leaders.Industry Leader Interviews This content collaboration is like an expert roundup and may focus on one industry expert. It becomes the dive deep into a topic or trend that is relevant to your audience. A good place to reach out to other industry experts is at a conference or through a social media channel like Twitter or LinkedIn.You can agree on what to discuss and arrange an interview in person or by phone. From there, you can turn your conversation into an article that both you and the industry leader can share within your circles.Podcasts and VideosRather than produce your interview content into writing, you may choose to leverage your collaborative content for videos and podcast formats. Much of today’s audiences like to watch video content or listen to audio content. These two formats for collaborative content address those preferences and provide a quick and easy way to get content to your audience.Develop a Content Collaboration ProcessDon’t assume the entire content collaboration process needs to be digital — because there is still merit when it comes to in-person collaboration. There will always be great benefit from strategic partners, the sales team, your customers, and industry influencers.When it comes to the notes, whiteboards, and easels — all this information can become hard to track when it comes to creating the end-product. It helps to use video conferencing technology and the collaborative content platform simultaneously to create more personalized, inclusive brainstorming sessions related to the creation process.A clear communication process is also integral in marketing content collaboration. Without clarity, there can be misunderstandings, or frustration leading to conflict. You will want a clear plan in place to circumvent any breakdown in the collaborative process.Intelligent transmission of collaborative information means getting input, feedback, updates, and approvals in a timely fashion, moving the process forward with ease. Use real-time communication mechanisms like collaborative software and instant messaging to address all communication needs.Minimize how many tools you use for the collaborative content process to help add efficiency to the process. According to one source, 42 percent of marketers may use six to 10 tools to manage their work while almost one in five marketers uses even more. Integrate intuitive tools as much as possible for faster information flow, to help everyone involved.Keep CollaboratingThere are many advantages to using collaborative content in the short term. You can also be confident there’s considerable benefit taking a long-term strategic perspective with content marketing, as well.By continuing to develop collaborative content, you’ll be able to deepen relationships with industry colleagues, customers, and prospects. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts Tags:#content collaboration#Content Marketing#content vids#growth-hacking content#Podcasts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritecenter_img Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… This is a sponsored post for Dropbox. All opinions are my own. 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Iranian President Ahmadinejads top aide rebukes Canada in letter to AFN candidate

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA senior aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rebuked Canada for its treatment of Aboriginal people in a letter to former Ojibway chief Terrance Nelson who is running for the leadership of the Assembly of First Nations.The letter, signed by Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, chief of staff to Ahmadinejad, accused Canada of committing “systematic segregation and discrimination” against Aboriginal people.“I would like to reiterate my deep sorrow and sadness about the unfortunate violation of the basic human rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada,” wrote Mashaei, in the letter which was obtained by APTN National News. “The basic standards of services, for instance, health care, education and security, provided to the First Nations peoples in comparison with what is offered to the mainstream Canadians…is a clear indication of the systemic segregation and discrimination and a cause of concern for any neutral observer.”Ahmadinejad’s presidential office sent the letter, written in Farsi, to the Iranian embassy which delivered it to Nelson through an intermediary.APTN National News obtained an English-language version translated by the embassy. While the translated version is not dated, Mashaei notes he is writing in response to a letter Nelson delivered to the Iranian embassy on March 12.Nelson’s letter, addressed to Ahmadinejad, was “acknowledged” by the president, Mashaei wrote.Nelson, the former chief of Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba, has been speaking out publicly against looming war against Iran over its nuclear program. He says he’s reaching out to Tehran in hopes of securing political and financial support in his quest to attract foreign investment for impoverished First Nations reserves in Canada. Nelson says a relationship with Tehran could help First Nations find new sources of investment from nations belonging to the OPEC oil cartel.Nelson wouldn’t immediatly comment on the letter, but said he plans to hold a press conference on the issue Wednesday.The Ojibway leader’s immediate goal, however, is to secure an invitation to speak to the Iranian parliament about Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal people. Iranian officials at the Ottawa embassy issued a statement after their meeting with Nelson saying his request was being considered by government officials.The letter makes no mention of Nelson’s request for the visit. Mashaei, however, noted Nelson’s efforts in trying to court international opinion and hoped it would eventually sway Canada to change its ways.“After a long history of peaceful endeavor at home, now you have been forced to seek assistance from international public opinion to try to secure your basic human rights,” writes Mashaei. “I hope your humane and sincere efforts will make the Canadian government to take the necessary steps to fulfill its domestic and international commitments…leading to the eradication of this historic and inhumane discrimination against the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.”Nelson has also been reaching out to the Muslim community in Canada in hopes of securing financial and political support. He declared his candidacy for AFN national chief at a Toronto-area mosque on Good Friday. The election is scheduled for this July.Nelson has also advocated direct confrontation with the Canadian government, authoring the 2007 National Day of Action resolution passed by the AFN which lead the shutdown of a main highway and railway line in Ontario by Mohawks from Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont.Nelson’s community, however, did not launch blockades because Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jim Prentice agreed to transfer several hectares of long-claimed land to Roseau River.Mashaei himself is a controversial and powerful figure within Iranian politics. Mashaei is viewed by some as a potential presidential contender during the next presidential race in 2013, according to a diplomatic cable from the U.S. State Department, which was released by WikiLeaks.A former Intelligence Ministry official responsible for dealing with regions facing high ethnic tensions, Mashaei developed a close friendship with Ahmadinejad which allowed him to move up the political ladder and survive political attacks from the country’s conservative religious factions who have been angered by his comments on Israel and Islam, according to an analysis by U.S. public-broadcaster PBS. Mashaei is viewed as part of a political faction that wants to erode the power Islamic clerics currently wield over Iran’s governance, according to the PBS analysis.In 2009, Ahmadinejad appointed Mashaei as his first vice-president following the disputed presidential elections that year. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei forced Mashaei’s resignation after one week. Ahmadinejad then appointed him as his chief of staff.Iran has, over the years, repeatedly called out Canada over the treatment of Aboriginal people. In the mid-1920s, Iran, then known as Persia, supported a request by Haudenosaunee hereditary Chief Deskaheh to have the League of Nations consider a Six Nations Confederacy for formal membership as a state. The attempt eventually failed, and the federal government dissolved the Six Nations Confederacy Council and imposed an Indian Act band government.Iran, however, has a history of repressing its own Indigenous population.The Iranian Kurds, which occupy the northwestern region of Iran, have faced repression from both the Iranian government under the Shah and the Islamic Republic that emerged after the Shah was overthrown.Iranian Kurds, who have tried to establish a degree of autonomy in Iran, faced not only violent repression and the assassination of its political leaders, but also systemic discrimination in everything from employment to political participation, according to Amnesty International.Kurdish regions are economically neglected, Kurds have “restricted access to adequate housing,” and Iran bans parents from registering their children with select Kurdish names, according to the human rights group.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Manitoba inquest exposes repeated failures to fix substandard policing in Indigenous communities

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsThe inquest into the death of a northern Manitoba First Nations man who suffered heart failure while he was crammed in a tiny holding cell has exposed repeated failures to fix substandard policing in Indigenous communities.Brian McPherson, 44, a diabetic, died during a series of incidents involving untrained or insufficiently trained police officers and an inadequate jail in the Garden Hill First Nation, Man., in 2011.An inquiry into his death began in October 2013 in Garden Hill and ended last June in Winnipeg.The inquest report, released Friday, condemns the provincial and federal governments for continually failing to adequately fund and standardize First Nations policing despite a number of other previous inquest reports and studies suggesting changes.Manitoba Provincial Court Judge Malcolm McDonald has made 12 recommendations that mostly focus around fixing inadequate funding to First Nations police services and establishing proper facilities, training and safety measures.The inquest heard that Garden Hill was operating an unauthorized jail and Ottawa had cut funding for its band constable program shortly before McPherson’s death because the community failed to provide a proper financial audit.In 2006, Garden Hill had also applied to a federal-provincial First Nations police force program that was the remote community’s only viable option. It was denied.On the night of his death in late August, McPherson and a number of other people were gathered at a home in Garden Hill, which is designated as a dry community.The inquest heard band Coun. Wayne Harper ordered Garden Hill’s Const. Shannon Beardy and three untrained volunteer assistants to go inside and arrest anyone who had “superjuice” – a potent home brew that is common in remote communities.Beardy and one of the volunteer police assistants, Douglas Flett, testified that they did not think anyone was causing problems and would not have detained anyone if not for the order.Beardy also told the inquest that she was given no training prior to starting as constable in 2011, and that she quit her job the next year because she was always angry.That night, as many as 30 people were held at Garden Hill’s public safety building, with McPherson and at least seven others packed into a tiny cell.The inquest heard that the cell block was run down, had no bedding and was only about nine square metres in size. Cardboard and duct tape covered the windows so no one could see inside.Three guards on duty had as little as 20 minutes of training before handling prisoners and could only see inside the cells through low-res black and white video monitors that didn’t transmit sound.McPherson was found dead the next morning by another prisoner, though the inquest report acknowledges that he likely would have died that night regardless of where he was.He left behind two children and his partner Ann Monias, who described McPherson as a gentle character who had ongoing health problems.cmckenna@aptn.calast_img read more

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Solar cookout aims to woo traditional chefs cut carbon

first_imgDEZHOU, China – The savory aromas of roasting hot dogs and chicken kebabs wafted out of metal and glass vacuum tubes heated by mirrors curved to capture the sun’s heat.Two dozen chefs with white aprons and hats prepared soups, baked “baozi” pork buns, and boiled rice porridge at a festival designed to demonstrate the potential of solar cookers that organizers claim can help reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.“We aim to enable half of the world’s population to use solar cooking within 10 years,” said Huang Ming, founder of Himin Solar Energy Group, the solar cookout’s main backer.As hundreds of people strolled by, chefs armed with oven mitts scaled ladders to uncover piping-hot cooking tubes arrayed on nearly 2-meter (6-foot)-tall industrial racks. Smaller-scale vendors used 1-meter (3-foot)-long solar cookers designed to fold up for picnics.Temperatures can top 400 C (750 F) inside the black “BBQ tubes” of metal and glass with turnip-tipped bottoms and sealable tops. On a bright day, they can boil water within 30 minutes and roast a fish in half that time, according to Himin.“It is clean and smoke-free . better than cooking with pots and other things,” said Yu Liqiu, 22, a chef, who just began cooking with solar two days earlier.Dezhou, a sprawling city of 5 million in eastern China, has spent millions since 2005 on transforming itself into an aspiring renewable energy hub called the “Solar Valley.”Public art displays at town bus stops and murals use solar panels. Stone statues of sun-related Chinese legends squat in parks.China is the world’s biggest consumer and producer of solar technologies. Many homes outside the largest cities are equipped with solar water heaters.But roughly 600 million of China’s 1.4 billion people still cook with coal, wood or other biomass despite decades of government-led initiatives to curtail soot from such burning, according to a 2016 report by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.Affordable yet durable solar cookers have long intrigued those seeking to cut emissions, said Frank Haugwitz, director of Asia Europe Clean Energy Solar Advisory Company.“There’s a certainly a need for a cleaner option,” he said.Eastern China is a “global hotspot” for black carbon emissions __ sooty particulates more damaging to health and the environment than typical greenhouses gases __ according to a 2007 report in the academic journal Nature. Half of China’s black carbon comes from residential kitchens and heaters.Sun Penglong, 27, worked in gas kitchens in Dezhou for years before switching to solar. He says new recipes must be invented and tested for solar cooking, but there is one unexpected perk: His wife doesn’t complain about the smell he used to bring home in his workclothes.“The first thing my wife used to ask me to do after returning home was to shower,” Sun said after roasting some beef skewers in a BBQ tube.“When I started as a solar chef, my wife asked me, ‘Where is your smell?’”But getting solar cookers to the masses has proven daunting.Solar cooker technology has not yet matured. While cheap types are available, more reliable ones are still too expensive for rural communities. “It’s kind of a chicken and egg thing,” Haugwitz said.Some experts fear solar is too big a break from traditional Chinese cooking.“It is good to have some innovation, but it’s impossible to change people’s dietary habits,” said Xu Qinhua, deputy director of National Academy of Development and Strategy under Renmin University of China.“People used to say China’s fire-fried dish culture would be replaced by induction cookers, but no, it was not.”Himin has yet to produce a retail version of the cooker or sell it outside of Dezhou but the company claims chefs in the city are already adapting cookers gifted to them to a variety of regional Chinese cuisines in new solar restaurants opening up across the city.In the solar-panel festooned Micro-E Hotel, next to the field where the festival was staged and down an air-conditioned hall past portraits of Al Gore and other climate advocates, Huang and other festival goers toasted the vacuum-tube solar cookers with glasses of fiery baiju, red wine and beer.Next came a marathon banquet of courses, including turtle soup and pancakes served on platters with foot-tall figurines of Chinese legends like the mythical archer Houyi. According to legend, he shot dead nine suns before harnessing fire for humanity’s benefit.Ren Yanbo, vice secretary general of the Efficient Stove Division of the China Association of Rural Energy Industry, appeared to be won over.“I was impressed by the taste of pig feet cooked by solar, it was soft and yummy, I could not believe it was cooked by solar,” she said.last_img read more

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Business Highlights

first_img___Dow sinks another 464 points as slowdown fears worsenNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks took another dive on Wall Street, adding to the steep losses in recent days as investors remain concerned that economic growth around the world and in the U.S. could slow dramatically over the next few years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 400 points, putting it on track for its biggest monthly loss in almost a decade, and the benchmark S&P 500 index is now nearly 16 per cent below the peak it reached in late September.___Stock market woes raise a nagging fear: Is a recession near?BALTIMORE (AP) — Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression. Wall Street’s sustained slump has been fueled by investor concerns about lower corporate profits, higher corporate debt, a festering trade war between the United States and China and a broader global slowdown. So is a U.S. recession imminent? Not necessarily.___Mnuchin says market’s negative reaction to Fed ‘overblown’WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the negative market reaction following the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.” Mnuchin says the market overreacted and that computerized program trading took over and drove stock prices down further.___Apples pulls iPhone 7, 8 from German stores in patent spatBERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has sided with chipmaker Qualcomm in a patent dispute with Apple that could see sales of older iPhone models halted. The Munich regional court ruled Thursday that Apple and its subsidiaries had breached a European patent held by San Diego-based Qualcomm.___Dushku says CBS agreed to monitor ‘Bull’ star’s behaviourNEW YORK (AP) — Eliza Dushku says she struggled with her decision to keep quiet about the sexual harassment she says she endured from actor Michael Weatherly on the set of the CBS show “Bull.” In the end, the actress agreed to stay silent as part of a $9.5 million settlement reached with CBS. But Dushku says she took solace in a requirement she imposed on the company: that CBS designate someone trained in sexual harassment compliance to monitor Weatherly and the show in general.___Human rights group report gains traction, Twitter hammeredNEW YORK (AP) — A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company’s shares are being punished. The report, released earlier this week, said the social media platform has permitted a toxic online culture that allows pervasive abuse of women. While reports from Amnesty International are not regular reading on Wall Street, the Citron Research newsletter is. On Thursday, Citron cited the report and called Twitter the “Harvey Weinstein” of social media.___APNewsBreak: US miscalculated benefit of better train brakesBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Critics say the Trump administration should reconsider ending a stricter safety rule for trains that haul explosive fuels after The Associated Press found the government miscalculated the potential benefits. A government analysis omitted up to $117 million in estimated future damages from train derailments that could be avoided by installing more advanced brakes. The administration pointed to the analysis when it scrapped an Obama-era rule requiring railroads to use better brakes.___In a record year, the movie theatre strikes backNEW YORK (AP) — Ticket sales this weekend will reach a new record for the year, passing the previous 2016 high of $11.4 billion. Driven in part by zeitgeist-grabbing cultural events like “Black Panther,” ”Crazy Rich Asians” and even documentaries like “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” the box office sped past $11 billion faster than it ever has before. The overall domestic gross is up nearly 9 per cent from last year.___Administration moves closer to opening Arctic refuge for oilWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is acknowledging its plan to open Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development would affect polar bears, tribal hunters and many others. The administration released its environmental impact statement Thursday for its plan to sell oil and gas leases in the refuge. The release moves the administration a step closer to realizing the plan.___The S&P 500 index skidded 39.54 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 2,467.42. The Dow fell 464.06 points, or 2 per cent, to 22,859.60. The Nasdaq fell 108.42 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 6,528.41. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies dropped another 23.23 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,326.Benchmark U.S. crude fell 4.8 per cent to $45.88 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slipped 5 per cent to $54.35 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline lost 4.6 per cent to $1.32 a gallon and heating oil slid 3.1 per cent to $1.75 a gallon. Natural gas gave up 3.8 per cent to $3.58 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass

first_imgSee the full warning below.  For road conditions, visit www.drivebc.caA photo from the Pine Pass taken at 8 a.m. March 11, 2019.Issued at 2019-03-11 11:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James.Snow is expected to ease this evening with total amounts up to 10 cm expected. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass with another 10 cm of snow expected on Monday.Environment Canada says the Pine Pass could see 10 cm of snow on Monday.  The snow is expected to diminish by the evening.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

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