TORONTO – North American stock indexes capped of the week on a flat note amid heightened North Korea-U.S. tensions, as the loonie strengthened against a weakening greenback.Rallying gold and materials stocks weren’t enough to lift Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index out of the red, which dropped 0.69 of a point to 15,454.23 in a largely broad-based decline.Despite the TSX’s minor slip Friday, the commodity-heavy index has gained more than 280 points on the week.“We had a decent run,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “We’ve got to take the positives out of the week.”In New York, stock indexes finished the day uneven with little movement in either direction.The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 9.64 points to 22,349.59, while the S&P 500 index edged up 1.62 points to 2,502.22 and the Nasdaq composite index added 4.23 points to 6,426.92.The small trades on Wall Street suggested investors were shrugging off the latest wave of ramped-up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.He also noted that the VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, was little changed.Geopolitical tensions ratcheted up after President Donald Trump authorized stiffer sanctions in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons advances, drawing a furious response from Pyongyang. Trump expanded the Treasury Department’s ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the U.S. financial system.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un retaliated by calling Trump “deranged” and saying he’ll “pay dearly” for his threats.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.19 cents US, up 0.15 of a cent.On the commodities front, the November crude contract added 11 cents at US$50.66 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up one cent to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract advanced $2.70 to US$1,297.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent at US$2.94 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI inaugurated a training and integration center for women and youth in Tit Mellil in Mediouna Province, Casablanca-Settat region on Saturday.The Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity Carried out the MAD 9 million project.The project forms part of King Mohammed VI’s vision towards youth and women and his willingness to ensure the integration of young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The facility will also ensure the development of the situation of women and young people and provide them with various tools for better access to development.The project aims at opening up new prospects for the future of women and youth, who will benefit from a qualifying training to enter the job market and improve their living conditions.The King launched the construction works of the project on June 8 in 2017. The project fell within the framework of a participatory approach with representatives of civil society. It aims to support women and young people in Tit Mellil and to promote their access to different tools and means of social and professional integration.The center will serve as a platform, where youth and women will benefit from professional integration, cultural, educational and social activities that encourage empowerment.The project is built on a 3,640 square meter and includes, workshops in pastry-kitchen, sewing cutting, hairdressing-aesthetics, aluminum carpentry, building electricity, computer network and business training rooms, a library and a multimedia room.The project is the fruit of a cooperation between the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, the Mediouna Provincial Council, the Office for Vocational Training and Promotion of Work and the Support of Association of the Tit Mellil Training and Integration Center for Women.Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, King Mohammed VI carried out the inauguration of several human development facilities across the country, including a training center in Rabat, a mosque in Sale, three humanitarian projects in Kenitra and a medical psychological center in Tit Mellil.The monarch has also sent a humanitarian aid to Palestine after the recent tension in the Gaza strip between Israel and Palestinians.
About 300 children who work in the Lake Awassa fish market will be able to continue their studies at an informal school under the project, which is being implemented with the help of the South Ethiopia People’s Development Association and other local partners.Drought conditions across the Horn of Africa have become so severe that many families are sending their children away from home to find work, such as families in villages near Lake Awassa.The informal school will have social workers on site to provide students with counselling, and the pupils will be given the clothes and school supplies they need to continue their studies.“Every child has the right to an education,” UNICEF project officer Felekech Basazinew said in a press release issued on Monday. “These children have been forced to leave home because of the difficult circumstances their families are in. We are trying to make sure their rights are not denied.”Eight-year-old Shakur was sent away to work by his mother when she could no longer afford to feed him. He now rises at dawn to try to find work on the shores of Lake Awassa.“I work from 8 a.m. until noon,” he said. “I will buy a piece of bread for breakfast for 50 cents. For lunch I will buy a samosa for 60 cents, and then another piece of dry bread for my dinner”Shakur said he hopes to save enough money to buy a bicycle that he can then rent to other boys for 25 cents per ride. That way he can pay for schooling and try to become a doctor.UNICEF has already appealed for $49 million to fund its emergency operations for children and women in Ethiopia, particularly the south and southeast, where the drought is most severe.About 75,000 Ethiopian children are estimated to be severely malnourished as a result of the drought, and another 4.6 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance. 30 July 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is backing a new project in drought-hit southern Ethiopia that will ensure child labourers in the impoverished region can attend school.
Equal Ground, a non-profit organisation seeking human and political rights for the LGBT community of Sri Lanka has successfully organised LGBTIQ Colombo PRIDE events for over a decade. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has extended support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Sri Lanka.The US Embassy in Colombo today said that Keshap met Rosanna Flamer-Caldera from EQUAL GROUND Sri Lanka and stood against any forms of discrimination. Baroness Barker said that a politically motivated group known as “The Island Nation of Sinhale” (Lion’s Blood), notorious for spewing radical ideologies intended to sow hatred and incite discrimination, hostility and even violence against minorities has targeted Colombo PRIDE 2016 on Facebook.“As a Liberal Democrat peer, I am asking the FCO to challenge the Sri Lankan government to protect its LGBTIQ citizens, to allow them to meet peacefully in a safe space free from discrimination and prejudice. I also challenge the government of Sri Lanka to take appropriate action against this vile and violent group,” Baroness Barker said. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile UK’s Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Barker, Vice Chair of Parliament’s APPG on Global LGBT Rights, said that LGBT rights activists in Sri Lanka are facing death threats.
The gift was received by Secretary of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Marina Mohammed, in the presence of representatives of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) and the Ministry of Finance. The gift comes within the framework of aid programs being provided by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince for a number of brotherly and friendly countries in order to be delivered to neediest families. Saudi Arabia today gifted 150 tons of dates to Sri Lanka, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdulnasser Al-Harthi handed over today 150 tons of dates as a gift from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Sri Lanka.
HELSINKI — Finland’s prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing linking the bloc’s financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw.Antti Rinne, whose country holds the EU’s rotating six-month presidency, told public broadcaster YLE on Sunday that the link to the EU’s next multiyear budget isn’t meant “to nail any member state to the wall.”The issue is one of Finland’s presidency priorities and has led to tensions, particularly with Hungary, which along with Poland is already a target of EU disciplinary actions for alleged violations of bloc rules and values.Rinne will travel to Budapest on Monday for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.The Associated Press
In a statement, the UN peacekeeping operation said the shooting took place on 5 September at Limosin Waterpoint near Assab-Bure road in the eastern part of the zone. An Eritrean policeman was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital by an UNMEE ambulance. The Eritrean police said he was one of four people attacked at an observation post established by Asmara. The Eritrean authorities have attributed the shooting to the Ethiopian Armed Forces. Ongoing investigations by UNMEE have not yet identified the attackers. A previous shooting incident at the Limosin Waterpoint was reported on the night of 16 to 17 June. That attack, in which an Eritrean militiaman was killed, was also attributed by Eritrea to the Ethiopian Armed Forces. However, a thorough investigation by UNMEE was unable to identify the attackers. Ethiopia denies any involvement, the UN Mission said.
Hydro One profit, revenue fall in first quarter as result of weather’s impact by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2016 6:10 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Hydro One says a mild winter and storm-related costs weakened its financial results in the electric utility’s first full quarter as a publicly traded company.Revenue dropped by seven per cent or $122 million to $1.67 billion in the three months ended March 31, compared with $1.81 billion a year earlier.Net income fell nine per cent to $208 million, or 35 cents per share. Adjusted earnings also equalled 35 cents per share, which compared with 38 cents per share a year earlier.The company (TSX:H) began trading its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange in November after the Ontario government sold about 15 per cent of its equity in the province’s primary electrical grid operator.Its 2015 fourth quarter was also affected by the unusually warm winter — which depressed demand for electricity.The first quarter of 2016 also included costs to recover from an ice storm in March and lost revenue due to the sale of Hydro One Brampton in late 2015.
“On this World No Tobacco Day, I call for boosting the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to eradicate the illicit trade in cheaper tobacco products which tend to lure younger and poorer groups into addiction while depleting the ability of States to charge taxes that could support health services,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks today.”By striking at the criminal gangs and tobacco companies that engage in this reprehensible trade, we will advance public health and sustainable development,” he added. The Day – observed annually by the global community on 31 May to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption – will this year see the WHO and the UN system as a whole urge Member States to sign the Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in order to improve public health, help cut crime, and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry.“The Protocol offers the world a unique legal instrument to counter and eventually eliminate a sophisticated criminal activity,” Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General declared in a press release. “Fully implemented, it will replenish government revenues and allow more spending on health.”Nearly 80 per cent of the world’s one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest, according to WHO.The UN agency has further warned that tobacco, which caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century, may cause one billion deaths in the 21st century if current trends continue. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll from tobacco consumption could rise to more than eight million by 2030. The Protocol, a supplementary treaty to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, requires a wide range of measures relating to the tobacco supply chain, including the licensing of imports, exports and manufacture of tobacco products; the establishment of tracking and tracing systems and the imposition of penal sanctions on those responsible for illicit trade. It would also criminalise illicit production and cross border smuggling. “Public health is engaged in a pitched battle against a ruthless industry,” added Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of the WHO’s Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases. “On this World No Tobacco Day, WHO and its partners are showing the ends that the tobacco industry goes to in the search for profits, including on the black market, and by ensnaring new targets, including young children, to expand its deadly trade.” According to WHO eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco would generate an annual tax windfall of $31 billion for governments, improve public health, help cut crime and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control entered into force in February 2005. Since then, it has become one of the most widely embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations with 180 Parties covering 90 per cent of the world’s population.
Culture change at Olympic Dam is delivering improved results for BHP Billiton’s team in South Australia according to Asset President Olympic Dam, Jacqui McGill. Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce lunch in Adelaide recently, McGill reflected on the past year, noting the raft of challenges the asset faced just twelve months ago from both a safety and operational perspective.She explained how these were addressed by making changes to organisational design and operational improvements. “We took some strong decisions quite early – we made significant changes underground to reduce the risks our team members were exposed to,” McGill said. “We continued to operate the mine at full capacity, which enabled us to build inventory, and we took the opportunity to do significant maintenance in the surface plant while we had the time. We also invested significant resources into reviewing the design of our organisation. This redesign has been monumental in changing how we work and in delivering value. It led us to simplifying our organisation – we went to a two General Manager structure and increased the scope of our Managers and Superintendents.”However, McGill went on to say that the most important factor in delivering results was focusing on leadership and creating the right culture. “When you have a culture that gets “why” you are doing something rather than telling them “what” to do and “how” to do it – you build leadership at all levels of the business,” she said. “When you understand the overarching goal, you get 100% of your team working on the right problem – silos disappear and discretionary effort increases.”Citing a range of examples where Olympic Dam employees had stepped up and implemented changes that have improved operational performance, Jacqui reported Olympic Dam was now regularly delivering production against the mine plans. “This is more than that just good news for BHP Billiton and the 3,000 Olympic Dam employees and contractors. As a major contributor to South Australia’s economy – spending over A$580 million with South Australian suppliers and paying over A$70 million in royalties and taxes in the 2015 financial year – these results are also good news for the State more broadly,” McGill said. “They demonstrate that it’s possible to operate a globally competitive mine and processing plant right here in South Australia – which supports my strong view that this State is not only a great place to live, but also a fantastic place to do business.”Focussing on costs, she stated: “We’re also continuing to target a position in the first segment of the cost curve – this is incredibly important as we operate in a global market and must be competitive on that basis, not simply within Australia. We’ll push towards this through low-risk, capital-efficient underground expansions, including accessing the Southern Mine Area. Over the next five years, this will see us construct 120 km of new tunnels – which I said to the people in Port Augusta when I spoke there last year was equivalent to building a tunnel between Adelaide and Clare. We’re also continuing work to reset our cost base through higher volumes and greater efficiencies, reducing our unit cash costs by ~34% in FY16 and ~48% by FY17 (relative to FY15 unit cash costs) – which will take us to unit costs of US$1.00/lb.”
Updated 23.07pmA FULL MURDER investigation has been launched into the death of a man whose body was found in the Phoenix Park in Dublin in the early hours of this morning. Gardaí said the body was so badly burnt that the victim’s age could not be established.The full results of the post mortem have now been passed on to the investigation team, but aren’t being made public for ‘operational reasons’.Speaking at a briefing at the scene in the Phoenix Park earlier this evening, Garda Superintendent David Taylor said that the body was found in a sleeping bag but was so “engulfed by the fire” that it had proven impossible so far to tell what age the man was; only his gender has been confirmed.The horrific find was made this morning at 1am near the Wellington Monument by a passing Garda patrol car. The officers spotted the blaze and alerted fire services as they attended the scene.Superintendent Taylor said members of the Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene but “despite their best efforts, they could not save the man”.Dr Marie Cassidy, the State pathologist visited the scene earlier today and carried out a preliminary examination, and a full post-mortem was later carried out at the city morgue.AppealGardaí are making a particular appeal to the homeless community or to anyone who might have a friend, relative or associate who lives homeless and has not been seen in the last 24 hours.“We do understand that people have a lifestyle that they may be uncomfortable coming to the Garda Síochana but I can assure you, the information that you may have will be treated in the strictest of confidence,” Taylor said in his appeal to the public this evening.The superintendent said it was still not known how the fire started:(Video: TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Anyone who might have been in the area of Wellington Road in the major Dublin park between 4pm yesterday and 1am this morning is asked to ring Cabra Garda station on 01 6667400 or any garda station.- additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy and Daragh Brophy.Simon Community: Phoenix Park death highlights vulnerability of homeless>Scene where man died in early morning fire>
AGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said the public has a right to expect better from the Irish food industry in the wake of the horsemeat controversy.Naming and shaming a number of firms implicated in the saga, he said they had “let themselves down as well as risking reputational damage to the Irish food sector itself”.The Minister said that the failure of Silvercrest and ABP management to not follow customer specifications led to very serious consequences for the companies and the entire agri-food industry in Ireland.The report states that it is a “real concern that management oversight and corporate governance structures were not in place to prevent the failures detected in this investigation in Silvercrest”.Referring to problems at B&F Meats, the report confirmed that legal proceedings are being actively considered.Coveney explained, “B&F Meats was found to be involved in mislabelling of a limited quantity of horsemeat for export to the Czech Republic.“While the company claims that no fraudulent intent was involved, the placing of a false label on a product and the question of instituting legal proceedings in this respect remains under consideration.”The official government investigation found:The practices of Silvercrest were “not acceptable” because they did not respect customer specifications.The withholding of information about equine DNA-contaminated products by QK Cold Stores was “not acceptable”.No evidence that Silvercrest and Rangeland Meats knowingly purchased or used horsemeat in their beef products.Equine DNA found in consignments of frozen beef products in Ireland was labelled to be of Polish origin.Legal proceedings are being considered in relation to B&F Meats for possible non-compliance with labelling regulations.No issues were found in respect of Liffey Meats, ABP Nenagh and Dawn Fresh Foods.Other parties – that cannot yet be named but have links to Ireland – operating outside of the jurisdiction are being investigated.Some findings of the investigation that implicate other countries have been referred to Europol and the Competent Authorities.A separate but parallel investigation also led to the suspension of operations at a Offaly horse abattoir.Coveney said the official probe demonstrates the layered problems uncovered in January this year.“This episode has revealed the extent and complexity of the involvement of traders and agents in the food supply chain. With the legal power already in place, I have decided that all such intermediaries operating in Ireland will be registered as Food Business Operators.”He also said there is a need for “significant changes” to move horse traceability to the same level as cattle identification, where systems were developed in response to the BSE crisis in the mid-1990s.He concluded, “I believe the fact the official control system in Ireland uncovered what is a global problem in terms of the serious mislabelling of beef and the manner in which we have now addressed the issue shows Ireland to be at the forefront of control regimes.“In time and when the issue is fully addressed at EU level it will stand to us in continuing to build the reputation of Irish food products.”Department suspends all operations at Ossory Meats horse abattoirQK Meats tested for horse DNA in June 2012 – and got positive results
Australie : des rhinocéros blancs meurent mystérieusement dans un parcQuatre rhinocéros blancs sont décédés à quelques semaines d’intervalle après avoir montré des signes d’anomalies neurologiques dans un parc animalier australien.C’est une mystérieuse hécatombe qui touche actuellement le parc-safari Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Mercredi, les responsables de ce parc animalier ont annoncé que quatre rhinocéros blancs étaient morts dans des circonstances mystérieuses à quelques semaines d’intervalles. Peu avant leur décès, les vétérinaires ont constaté chez les quatre animaux des anomalies neurologiques qu’ils ne sont pour l’heure pas parvenus à expliquer.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Après autopsie, les hypothèses d’un empoisonnement par toxines ou de morsures de serpent ont été abandonnées. De même, en ce qui concerne les hypothèses d’infection bactérienne ou de défaillance d’organes. Mais des analyses sont actuellement en cours pour déterminer “de possibles causes virales bien que plusieurs types (de virus), dont le virus Hendra et le virus du Nil occidental, aient été mis hors de cause”, ont précisé les responsables Taronga Western Plains Zoo situé à quelque 500 kilomètres à l’ouest de Sydney.En attendant que l’origine du mal soit identifiée et par mesure de précaution, les trois rhinocéros blancs survivants du parc ont été placés en quarantaine. Les vétérinaires travaillent aujourd’hui nuit et jour avec des spécialistes d’Afrique et d’Amérique du Nord pour tenter de déterminer les causes de la mort soudaine des gros mammifères à corne. L’espèce des rhinocéros blancs du Sud, est la moins menacée des deux familles de rhinocéros blancs qui ne comptent plus que 20.000 spécimens vivant en liberté en Afrique, d’après le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF). Le 22 mars 2012 à 12:36 • Maxime Lambert
Jose Mourinho knows all about Mesut Ozil and warned Arsenal manager Unai Emery that unless he finds the “right balance” in his approach then he will likely never get the best out of the GermanThe unsettled star has missed several key games over the last few months at Arsenal, which has prompted talk of a possible exit.Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit has even gone as far as to suggest that Ozil’s lost his motivation after winning everything he set out to do and added that his retirement from international football has likely had a bad impact on him.And things appear to not be improving soon for Ozil at the Emirates Stadium after being left on the bench in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.Now Mourinho, who Ozil starred for at Real Madrid, believes Emery must find a way to not take either a too soft or hard approach when it comes to dealing with the 30-year-old.“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ The Portuguese coach told beIN Sports.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Plates will soon be filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie — and a side of salmonella?Each year, an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Norovirus and salmonella pathogens account for 69 percent of those illnesses, according to the CDC.This holiday season, health officials and food safety experts are offering advice to keep foodborne illness off of the Thanksgiving menu.The food with the most potential to cause illness is the main attraction — the turkey.Frozen turkeys should never be left out on the counter to thaw. Meat or poultry left in the “danger zone” between 40 degrees and 140 degrees foster the perfect environment for bacteria to rapidly multiply, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.One safe way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator, which takes about 24 hours for every 5 pounds. With that method, a 20-pound turkey would take about four days to thaw, said Sandra Brown, food safety and nutrition faculty at Washington State University Clark County Extension.Another method is to submerge the frozen turkey, enclosed in a leak-proof bag, in a sink of cold water. The water will need to be changed every 30 minutes to ensure the turkey doesn’t rise above 40 degrees, Brown said.“You can’t put it in there in the morning and go off to work,” she said. “Eventually, that water is going to get warm.”
Gachibowli: The Swacch Mission Abhiyan has inspired many but only a few practise zealously. Shailly Kalhan is one of them.Shailly, a resident of Serene Country, Telecom Nagar, Gachibowli, took up an initiative to clean her locality and neighbourhood. ‘Clean my gully’ is what the residents like to call their initiative. 10 volunteers of Serene Country have been involved in the Swacch mission. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking to Hans India, Shailly said, “I used to see plastic and domestic waste littered on the streets, so I decided to do a cleanliness drive. She provided masks, gloves and bio-degradable bags to those who were willing to help.” The drive started 16 weeks ago and is conducted on every Sunday. Apart from the cleanliness, they visit various shops located near Telecom Nagar Road. On “August 15, we are planning to do an awareness campaign and pledge to keep 100 metre area clean and green,” Shailly said, adding that they were planning to expand the drive across the city.
It’s a well-known fact that in our rapidly changing world, libraries are under threat. Funding cuts, lack of support and space, and the advent of new technologies mean that many public libraries have closed down over recent years, often depriving marginalized communities of their primary point of access to knowledge and literature.Luckily, one librarian, artist and bookbinder in Idaho is bucking the trend, by opening her very own lending library in her front garden.Sharalee Armitage Howard/However, this remarkable little library is no ordinary home for books. Instead of a public building, this library is housed in the stump of a 110-year-old tree.According to My Modern Met, Sharalee Armitage Howard is a librarian at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in Idaho, and is passionate about ensuring that local communities, especially children, have access to a ready supply of books.As a result, when the 110-year old cottonwood tree in her front garden had to be chopped down, she knew exactly what to do with the stump left behind.This great cottonwood tree had stood in front of the house for more than a century, meaning that it had developed a strong, wide trunk. Although the rest of the tree was diseased, Howard decided to leave the base of the tree in situ, and carve it into a small receptacle for books.According to My Modern Met, she decided that transforming the ancient trunk into a receptacle for knowledge and learning was a fitting testimony to the beauty and long life of this beautiful tree.Sharalee Armitage HowardHoward was inspired by the Little Free Library scheme, an initiative that aims to encourage lending and books swaps in local communities. The scheme was set up by Todd H. Bol in 2009, when he created a small box outside his home where his neighbors could take or leave books for other people to enjoy.This very first library was such a success that Bol went on to form a non profit dedicated to inspiring and transforming local communities through books and reading.Sharalee Armitage Howard/One of the most distinctive aspects of the Little Free Library is the fact that it encourages individuality and quirky, fun ideas. These libraries are designed to be small, perhaps just the size of a cupboard or box, but they can be created in all kinds of places. Members of the local community can donate their own books, or take one from the pile whenever they wish.According to their website, Little Free Library has been an unprecedented success, with currently more than 75,000 registered libraries that have been set up by local communities around the world.However, Howard’s Little Tree Library surely has to be one of the most creative and interesting versions of the scheme so far. Instead of simply installing a waterproof box, Howard used her artistic skills to design a beautiful temple to knowledge and learning.Sharalee Armitage Howard/The tree stump is elaborately carved, with a wooden ‘roof’, and a set of stone steps leading up to the green, painted door. A warm, inviting light means that the library attracts attention from the street, and encourages local residents to come and explore this new public service.The tree is also decorated with wooden panels that feature the names of some of Howard’s favorite books, as well as some classics from American literature.This creative and unusual project is certainly a wonderful afterlife for the majestic tree that once stood outside Howard’s house.Read another story from us: England Wants You to Camp in Abandoned Medieval ChurchesMoreover, the library offers a real service to the local community, at a time when the power of books to connect and inspire people is needed more than ever.
James Harrison stopped by the show today, which got us into a James Harrison Youtube rabbit hole that’s full of gems.One old classic that you may have not seen, or forgot about, was the 2005 Steelers/Browns game where Harrison powerbombed a drunk Browns fan who ran onto the field. Debo delivers one of the all-time great fan takedowns and a PSA for any fan who wants to step into his office.When asked by the local news why he did it, the fan said it’s as simple as he hates losing to the Steelers. It’s been a rough 13 years since for this guy.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 16, 2013 Commitment phobes, rejoice! Gadget geeks, you might like this, too.Telecom giants are moving to allow customers to upgrade their tablet or smartphone after a year. AT&T today announced a program called AT&T Next, which cuts the typical two-year contract in half. It follows on the heels of a similar announcement from T-Mobile last week.Related: The Entrepreneur Who Will Change Your Mobile Phone BillStarting July 26, AT&T customers will be able to get a new mobile device without having to pay a down payment, activation fee, upgrade fee or financing fee. Instead, AT&T Next customers will pay monthly installment fees, ranging from $15 to $50, depending on the device. If, at the end of the 12 months, a customer wants to try a new phone or tablet, they can upgrade without the typical costs. If a customer chooses to continue with the same device, they can pay an additional eight monthly installments.”It’s an incredible value for customers who want the latest and greatest every year,” says Ralph de la Vega in a statement, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility, a division of AT&T.Related: The Revolution Will Be TextedThe move is an effort to get customers, beyond gadget geeks and technophiles, to upgrade their smartphone or tablet device more frequently. Bellevue, Wash.-based telecom giant T-Mobile has launched a program called JUMP!, which allows customers to upgrade their smartphones up to two times a year after they have been in the program for six months.”At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price,” said John Legere, moved attribution up president and CEO of T-Mobile U.S., in a statement. “That’s 730 days of waiting. 730 days of watching new phones come out that you can’t have, or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera. We say two years is just too long to wait.”Customers pay $10 a month per phone to participate in T-Mobile’s JUMP! program, plus taxes and fees. That fee protects broken, damaged, lost or stolen phones, and costs depend on the smartphone or tablet selected. Related: Apple to Investigate Alleged Death by iPhone This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
After coming back for a short period, mortgage applications resumed their downward trend in June’s second week, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, fell 3.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending June 14. On an unadjusted basis, the index dropped 4 percent compared with the previous week.The Refinance Index decreased 3 percent week-over-week. The refinance share of mortgage activity was unchanged at 69 percent of total applications.Purchase activity was slightly healthier than refinances. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index fell 3 percent compared to the previous week, while the unadjusted index was down 4 percent (but up 12 percent compared to the same week last year).At the same time, mortgage rates continued to increase. According to MBA’s measure, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.17 percent, the highest since March 2012. Points fell to 0.41 from 0.48 for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans. June 19, 2013 456 Views Share Mortgage Applications Resume Downward Spiral Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-06-19 Tory Barringer in Origination