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By Dialogo July 17, 2012 GUATEMALA CITY — Authorities seized on July 14 three containers from Russia and China filled with sodium carbonate and sodium sulfate, chemical precursors of synthetic drugs, at the port city of Santo Tomás de Castilla, on Guatemala’s Caribbean coast, an Interior Ministry spokesperson said. In one container from Shanghai, China, authorities found 19.6 tons of sodium sulfate, the spokesperson said. In the other two containers, both from Russia, 1,160 sacks of 60 pounds each filled with sodium carbonate were found. Authorities have yet to make an arrest but are investigating the company and individuals listed as recipients of the containers in Guatemala City. [AFP, 16/07/2012; Noticias.lainformacion.com (Guatemala), 16/07/2012] read more
Sharing is caring! Share Dean Knowles said his position had become untenableThe dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London has resigned, saying his position had become untenable.The Rt Rev Graeme Knowles said the past fortnight had been a testing time.It follows weeks of protests outside the cathedral by anti-capitalist protesters, which led to the building being closed for several days.The news comes as the City of London authorities prepare to order protesters outside St Paul’s to remove their tents and equipment within 48 hours.Dean Knowles, who occupied the most senior decision-making position at the cathedral, said he was stepping down “with great sadness”.In a statement, he said: “It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as dean of St Paul’s was becoming untenable. “In order to give the opportunity for a fresh approach to the complex and vital questions facing St Paul’s, I have thought it best to stand down as dean, to allow new leadership to be exercised.”It follows last week’s resignation of Dr Giles Fraser, who had been sympathetic to the activists.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said he was sad to hear the news of Dean Knowles’ resignation.“The events of the last couple of weeks have shown very clearly how decisions made in good faith by good people under unusual pressure can have utterly unforeseen and unwelcome consequences, and the clergy of St Paul’s deserve our understanding in these circumstances,” he said.He added that the wider issues raised by the protesters “remain very much on the table”.Dr Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, said he was sad to hear the dean’s decision, adding that he had “acted honourably in a very difficult situation”.In a statement responding to the resignation, Occupy London described the management of St Paul’s Cathedral as “deeply divided” over its response to the protests.“But our cause has never been directed at the staff of the cathedral,” the statement added.The statement went on to urge an “open and transparent dialogue” involving all parties.The notices to remove tents and equipment from around St Paul’s follows a decision by the City of London Corporation last week to go ahead with court action to clear the area.The corporation has insisted that the protesters themselves are not being asked to leave the area.A spokesperson for the corporation confirmed that a letter would be served to protesters.Earlier, it had said the letter would be served on Monday afternoon, but a spokesman said it had been “delayed in drafting”. A spokesperson said if the protesters did not comply the case would go to court.The Planning and Transportation Committee of the corporation last week voted to go ahead with proceedings to remove the encampment on the grounds that it constitutes an unreasonable use of the highway.Ronan McNern, a supporter of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest, said it would be up to the general assembly of the protesters how they responded to the notice.He said: “Every time that the occupiers have been challenged, they have remained calm. We have a just cause and there is absolutely no reason why we would be intimidated. We trust in the people.” BBC News FaithLifestyle St Paul’s Dean Graeme Knowles resigns over protests by: – October 31, 2011 42 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet read more
Photos by Ralf Cheung and Tony Zhou. The Victory Bell rang loud and often on Saturday night, as USC lost its third straight game to its crosstown rival UCLA Bruins and ended its Pac-12 title aspirations this season.The Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) sacked redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler six times en route to their 38-20 win over the Trojans (7-4, 6-3) at the Rose Bowl. USC’s young offensive linemen appeared completely incapable of protecting Kessler, who finished the game with 214 yards and one touchdown and one interception.“It’s hard to get through progressions when guys are in the backfield,” Kessler said. “I tried to make some plays on the run and make some stuff happen, but they did a good job all around.”While Kessler and the Trojans struggled with execution, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns and became UCLA’s all-time leader in total offense.Hundley made one early mistake, but ran the offense efficiently from there on out. On UCLA’s second offensive play of the game, Hundley forced a pass into tight coverage, and USC redshirt junior linebacker Anthony Sarao picked it off and ran in back for a 17-yard touchdown to give USC its only lead of the game.After stalling on the ensuing drive, UCLA punted to Agholor, who fumbled the ball and allowed to Bruins to take over on the 8-yardline. UCLA made good on its nation’s-best 97.4 percent conversion rate in the red zone, and evened the score at 7-7. Agholor’s mistake shifted the momentum back toward the Bruins, and they never looked back.Agholor, who was recently named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, severely disappointed after posting two straight games with more than 200 receiving yards. The Tampa, Florida, native dropped one potential touchdown and finished the game with just 24 yards on three catches.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian noted that the offense couldn’t execute when Kessler forced it to Agholor.“Sometimes when you throw the ball so much to one guy — not necessarily out of design, but that’s what happened the last couple weeks — you can potentially fall into a little trap of ‘That’s where it should always go,’” Sarkisian said. “We’ve got other really good players. We’re at our best when the ball is getting deployed to a variety of people.”The Trojans went into halftime down 24-14 following a rushing touchdown by sophomore tailback Justin Davis and three Hundley touchdowns to Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington, but the floodgates opened as soon as the second half began. The Bruins drove 84 yards down the field, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Paul Perkins, who surpassed USC redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen for the most rushing yards in the Pac-12 this year.Allen, who averaged 118.4 yards per game coming into the matchup, finished with just 60 yards behind the shaky offensive line.Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Zach Banner, who started at right tackle, felt his individual effort could have changed the course of the game.“I feel like I let my team down,” Banner said. “But like Coach [Sarkisian] said, people make mistakes. Everybody’s gonna have mistakes. I just expect myself to be perfect.”The Trojans were far from perfect, though, converting just eight of 17 attempts on third down. UCLA wasn’t much better on third down, going just nine-for-16, but still looked dominant on both sides of the ball. Hundley, who has been hailed for his dual-threat capabilities, scampered into the end zone midway through the third quarter to give UCLA its biggest lead of the game, at 38-14.Despite being down by 24, Sarkisian said his team never let up.“I will say this: I am proud of our guys — their effort, their willingness to compete late in the game and battle,” Sarkisian said. “They came right together as a team, which is a hard thing to do through disappointment, through adversity, but again I’ve been praising these guys for that all along.”The Trojans demonstrated their resolve late in the game by stringing together their longest drive: a 15-play, 91-yard sequence that resulted in an Allen rushing touchdown. But it was a thankless score, as a failed two-point conversion made it an 18-point game.Though it was a crushing defeat for the Trojans, Sarkisian insists the team will bounce back for its final home game of the season.“We’re not dead,” Sarkisian said. “We lost a football game.” read more
Although McVay wouldn’t commit to Woods playing, he described the wideout as “looking good.” Woods had returned from his personal matter Thursday and resumed practicing with the Rams, which sounds like enough time to be ready to go for Monday night.If you have held out this long on Woods, you’re certainly playing him if he’s active. If Woods were to be held out of action, Josh Reynolds would run as the Rams’ No. 3 WR behind Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks. Reynolds would be available in most leagues to pick up if you needed a last-minute replacement for Woods.Reynolds may be owned in deeper leagues, and if Woods is out and that’s the case, your best bet is Ravens’ WR Willie Snead (or if for your FLEX spot, you could try Baltimore TE Nick Boyle). It would truly be a surprise again, though, if Woods were to be held out after participating in a couple days of practice. Robert Woods was a surprise inactive last week due to personal reasons, and with the Rams playing the Ravens on Monday Night Football, the most recent reports are from Sean McVay on Saturday saying he wouldn’t fully commit to Woods playing. The fact that Woods isn’t questionable on the official injury report has to be taken as a good sign, but until actives/inactives come out, it’s hard to know for sure whether L.A. will have its top possession receiver or if Josh Reynolds will be thrust into more duty.The official active/inactive report drops about 6:50 p.m. ET, and we’ll have updates through that time here and on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. MORE MNF: DraftKings ShowdownIs Robert Woods playing Monday night?UPDATE: Woods is officially ACTIVE. read more
The Perry Commodores once ruled City League football with an iron fist but fell to hard times the past few years. The Commodores moved back to the top in 2010 with authority as they easily disposed of all opponents to post an 8-0 record in League play. With this in mind, the New Pittsburgh Courier’s annual All-City Football Team was dominated by the Commodores, with 19 slots as well as special honors including: Coach of the Year Bill Gallagher, Offensive MVP, Greg McGhee and Defensive MVP Ray Taylor. Surprisingly the Brashear Bulls (5-3) picked up 14 slots followed by Schenley (5-3) with 10. Even though Allderdice finished second they only had seven slots. Every team was represented including Peabody (3-5) 5, Carrick (2-6) 4, Langley (3-5) 3, Westinghouse (0-8) 3, and Oliver (4-4) 3.The selection of McGhee as the best offensive player was almost unanimous, but several players who got votes for the best defensive player with Ray Taylor, linebacker for Perry beating out Deandre Black from Schenley and Jaylan Coleman, linebacker from Peabody.Kicker Cody Magliocca, from Brashear; Deandre Black from Schenley; and Manny Reed from Brashear were the best last season on special teams, as they were this season.There are several players from last season’s team but no first team repeats. This year repeats are; Rasheed McKamey, Tyree Mathis, Deandre Black, Greg McGhee, Mike Phleger, Devin Ghofoor, Jaylen Coleman, Mike Barron, Dillon Semian, Steve Wicks, and Ray Taylor.Coach of the Year was an easy choice. Gallagher has always been a class act even when the Commodores faltered in previous years, which had to have made this season sweet for him with his team moving back to the top. The name of the game is winning and his team was 8-0 in League play, beating everyone by large margins. He deserved the almost unanimous selection.Congratulations to all the members of the 2010 New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Football Team.(Reprinted from the February 5 Edition of the New Pittsburgh Courier.) PROUD MOM— MVP Ray Taylor and Shanell Robinson. read more
Facebook234Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryThe Roberts family, founders of Westport Winery and Ocean’s Daughter Distillery, plan to build the world’s first International Mermaid Museum. The focus will be on marine life and merfolk mythology, to honor their years on and below the water, and to create a fun and engaging learning environment. The museum will reside on the property of their renowned Westport Winery Garden Resort located halfway between Aberdeen and Westport in Washington State.You may be asking yourself, what is a Mermaid Museum? The goal of the museum is to create a learning center that will offer education to all ages about the underwater world by wrapping it in merfolk mythology. The museum will be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. The non-profit group intends to develop a curriculum with an educational emphasis on teaching children to write their own myth or create merfolk art. And finally, they would like to fund scholarships for local students who do not “fit” into the traditional college model. Specifically, awarding scholarships to students who need assistance in schooling that will allow them to work in the local maritime industry.The non-profit’s board of directors includes a “gossip” of mermaids: Kim Roberts, Carrie Roberts and Jamie Walsh of Aberdeen; Karyl Vasereno, Jill Jacobs and Brook Maples of Westport; Deb Blake of Cosmopolis; Susan Conniry of Ocean Shores; Dodie Brogan of Elma; Jane Hewitt of Montesano; and Laurie Bowman of South Bend.There is no other museum in the world dedicated to mermaids. So why did the Roberts family decide to create the first?Kim Roberts, who created the concept for the museum, says it has a clear mission. “First and foremost, we want to teach our local students and visitors about the world’s unique ocean ecology from seashore to the seafloor. We think that offering this through the mythology of merfolk will allow the museum to engage all ages in a fun and unique manner. When you look around the world, virtually all seafaring nations have mermaid lore. This is one of those things that unites different cultures.”Blain Roberts, who partners with his wife Kim, and their adult children Carrie and Dana in the businesses, said, “Since we opened the winery in 2008, we have donated a portion of the proceeds from each wine to different local charities. These contributions total over $500,000. As we launch Ocean’s Daughter Distillery, we see an opportunity to create a legacy gift to our community.”Winery general manager Carrie Roberts said, “As I was growing up my parents owned the largest charter scuba diving business in Hawaii. I had a special opportunity not afforded to most kids to learn from them about the undersea world. At the same time, Disney produced The Little Mermaid, so I was doubly captivated.”Both Blain and Kim were US Coast Guard licensed boat captains. Plus, Blain was a renown underwater photographer and Kim, as an architect, also owned an art gallery. Kim said, “We think we can bring in the lore of mermaids along with art, music, literature, and even the hoaxes, to create a captivating experience.”The family said the idea started when one of their lifetime friends decided to mail his entire shell collection to them. Among the rarities was a shell called a mermaid’s comb. Blain told the rest of the family about the shell’s nature of not sinking in the sediment because of its spines. Kim said, “While he was talking, I was imagining a mermaid running it through her hair because of its evocative name.” This became the inspiration for creating a museum.Inquiries about making financial donations or items to include in the display are encouraged by emailing [email protected] read more
CRESCENT CITY >> If there was ever a contest featuring a contrast in styles, Friday’s North Coast Section Division IV second-round matchup between the seventh-seeded Del Norte Warriors and the No. 2 seed St Bernard’s Crusaders could be it.The Crusaders come into the contest riding a 10-game winning streak that includes a 76-24 lambasting of the Healdsburg Greyhounds in the opening round of the section playoffs one week ago in which the Crusaders led 15-0 just two minutes in and were never … read more
APTN National NewsThe Unist’ot’en camp, which consists of mostly elders, women and children, is on high alert after rumours surfaced of impending RCMP action.The RCMP has since denied it plans any raid of the camp.The camp is in the path of two natural gas pipelines and the workers have been blocked from accessing the pipeline routes.APTN’s Tina House was on the ground with the Unist’ot’en and files this report.
WASHINGTON – On the day when Janet Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year.The increase would be in line with the series of incremental rate hikes the Fed has been making to keep up with a steadily rising U.S. economy. Over time, the rate increases could mean somewhat more expensive business and consumer loans, including mortgages.But investors have barely blinked at the prospect of higher rates. The financial markets appear confident that the economy remains vigorous enough to withstand slightly higher borrowing costs.It’s a testament to how far the economy has come: In the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed slashed its key rate to a record low near zero — and then kept it there for seven years to support a fragile economy that had endured the Great Recession. The central bank finally raised rates modestly in December 2015 and then again in December 2016 and in March and June this year. Even so, the benchmark rate remains in a still-low range of 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent.Investors seeking clues about what the Fed may do in the coming months will scrutinize its updated economic outlook Wednesday and assess Yellen’s remarks in her last meeting with reporters before Jerome Powell succeeds her in February.Here are three things to watch for after the Fed’s meeting ends:___STATE OF THE ECONOMYThe Fed will update its economic outlook, which it does four times a year. The outlook includes its projections for inflation, unemployment, economic growth and the path of rate increases. Since the Fed’s last update in September, Congress has moved to the edge of passing a tax bill that could have far-reaching consequences. Some analysts say the tax cuts could slightly raise economic growth but also swell federal deficits, which might eventually compel government spending cuts.Analysts will be watching to see whether the prospect of an economic stimulus, in the form of $1.5 trillion in tax reductions over a decade, leads the Fed to cast a brighter outlook for the economy. If so, that, in turn, could make it likelier that the Fed would decide at some point to accelerate its rate increases.In September, the Fed projected economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, at 2.4 per cent this year but then slowing over the next three years until reaching 1.8 per cent growth in 2020. That’s far below the expectations of Trump, who has boasted that his economic program would double the lacklustre 2 per cent average growth during the Obama years to 4 per cent annual GDP growth or better.The Fed’s forecast in September had estimated that unemployment would be 4.3 per cent at year’s end. The rate has already reached a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent. The Fed also put its long-term unemployment rate — the level it sees as achieving its goal of maximum employment — at 4.6 per cent. If the Fed lowers that figure, it could suggest that the policymakers are willing to accept lower unemployment without worrying about inflation.Likewise, the Fed target for average annual inflation is 2 per cent. Yet inflation has remained below that level for more than five years. Fed officials have blamed temporary factors for the slowdown. But analysts will watch to see whether the Fed reduces its inflation forecast or still projects that it can achieve its 2 per cent target.___DOT PLOTSThe Fed will issue a diagram showing where each official expects to see the path of interest rates in coming years. These forecasts appear as dots representing the anonymous projections of each Fed policymaker. Analysts study any shifts in the so-called dot plot for signals about the Fed’s likely rate plans.Powell stressed during his confirmation hearing that he planned to continue Yellen’s gradual approach to raising rates. Many economists expect the Powell Fed to raise rates three more times in 2018. But some predict four hikes next year on the belief that the Fed will feel compelled to accelerate its rate increases to prevent the economy, fueled by Republican tax cuts, from triggering high inflation.___YELLEN’S GOODBYEThe Fed will hold one more policy meeting before Yellen’s four-year term ends Feb. 3, but Wednesday will mark her final quarterly news conference as chair. Yellen has also said that she will give up her board seat once Powell is confirmed by the Senate as the next chairman.Still, she will likely face a flurry of questions from reporters trying to determine how the Fed might respond to chronically slow inflation in 2018. Fed officials have spent much of 2017 debating what the puzzling slowdown in inflation might be signifying about the economy. Yellen is certain to be asked about that debate.Yellen, the first woman to lead the nation’s central bank, will likely face questions about Trump’s decision to break with a long tradition of offering a sitting Fed chairman a second four-year term. Trump chose Powell rather than renominate Yellen — as a way, he acknowledged, to put his own stamp on the Fed.At her final news conference, many Fed watchers say it’s unlikely that Yellen will deviate from her typically cautious demeanour, in part out of concern that in speaking her mind, she might jeopardize what she is hoping will be a smooth handover to Powell. read more
CALGARY – Houston-based ConocoPhillips Co. says it is selling oil and gas assets in the United States while increasing its stake in Western Canada.The company that sold most of its Canadian oilsands and conventional drilling operations to Cenovus Energy Inc. last year says it recently closed or signed deals to sell C$320 million in non-core assets in the U.S., including several packages in the Permian Basin of Texas.It says it spent C$154 million to add 14,000 hectares to its existing 56,000 hectares of drilling rights prospective for the Montney, a tight oil and gas formation found near the border between Alberta and B.C.It says it also bought almost 100,000 hectares in the U.S., most in the Austin Chalk play in central Louisiana, without giving a price.Calgary-based Cenovus spent $17.7 billion a year ago to buy ConocoPhillips’ half-share in its steam-driven oilsands projects in northern Alberta as well as conventional natural gas properties in northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta. After the deal closed, ConocoPhillips said it would lay off 300 staff in Calgary.Matt Fox, executive vice-president of strategy for the Houston company, says lands acquired in Louisiana and Canada will add to its inventory of low-cost growth opportunities without requiring immediate investment.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CVE) read more