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first_imgNEW YORK – Shortly before witnesses and lawmakers at a congressional hearing assailed the charity’s response to Hurricane Katrina, the president of the American Red Cross announced her resignation Tuesday because of friction with the board of governors. Red Cross spokesman Charles Connor said the board was not unhappy with how Marsha Evans handled the hurricane crisis before her resignation, “but had concerns about her management approach and coordination and communication with the board.” It was the second time in three years that such feuding led to a leadership change after a national disaster. At the hearing in Washington, lawmakers said the charity’s uneven response to Katrina calls for major changes in how the Red Cross coordinates with local groups, handles its finances and distributes aid to the disabled. A Louisiana congressman even suggested the possibility of stripping the Red Cross of its dominant role in major relief campaigns. Jack McGuire, executive vice president of the charity’s Biomedical Services, was named interim president while a search for Evans’ permanent successor is conducted. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Evans, a retired Navy rear admiral, ran the Girl Scouts of the USA before she took over at the Red Cross in August 2002 when the organization was shaking off criticism of how it handled some donations sent in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Her Red Cross predecessor, Dr. Bernadine Healy, had resigned under pressure from the board, partly because of disagreements over whether money coming in after the terror attacks should be placed in a separate fund or a general disaster fund. Some donors were upset that $200 million was set aside for victims of future terrorist incidents. Healy, now a health columnist with U.S. News & World Report, said in a telephone interview that her departure and Evans’ removal reflected serious problems in how the 50-member Red Cross board addresses its internal conflicts and deals with its top executives. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img25 September 2012It was important for the United Nations and its organs, especially the UN Security Council, to execute the organisation’s mandate of working for peace without fear or favour, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.Addressing the general debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Zuma urged member countries not to “steer away from the founding objectives of this organisation. The UN faces immense pressure when the world sees the unprecedented loss of lives as it is happening in Africa and the Middle East.“It is of concern when it appears as if the United Nations is unable to act and assist, and when it comes across as paralysed in certain instances, due to the actions of some member states,” Zuma told the annual gathering.In a lengthy, no-holds-barred speech, Zuma repeated his comments made earlier this week that the Security Council needed to be transformed.‘We have seen a divided Security Council’“We have seen a divided Security Council unable to muster the collective courage to say ‘no more’ to warring parties in the interest of peace,” he said.Member states needed to deepen the reform of the United Nations and its organs to make it “agile and nimble” in tackling the contemporary challenges facing humanity.Zuma said the debate on the reform of the United Nations and its organs, in particular the Security Council, had been going on for the past 18 years. However, there had been no significant movement forward.He believed that given its mandate, the council needed to be legitimate, democratic and transparent. Its current composition had a propensity for deadlock and paralysis in the face of crisis.“It remains un-representative and undemocratic in both its composition and decision making”.‘More meaningful representation of Africa’South Africa would like to see a more meaningful representation of Africa in the UN Security Council. This is because about 70 percent of the agenda of the UN Security Council was taken up by issues from the African continent.The Security Council had to be expanded in both categories, with at least two seats for Africa in the permanent category and five in the non-permanent category.In addition to seats for the continent in its composition, Zuma said the UN should also fully recognise and appreciate the role of regional organisations working with the UN in conflict management and resolution.“In this regard, we urge closer collaboration with the African Union peace and security mechanisms, especially given the progress being made by the AU in conflict resolution and peace building in some parts of the continent since its formation 10 years ago.”Currently, the AU continued to address one of the longest outstanding conflicts on the continent through one of its mechanisms, the African Union High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan.Zuma said it was also of critical importance for the UN to closely guard its impartiality, independence and objectivity. The UN should never be dragged to take side with any party in a conflict under the guise of the protection of civilians.He called on the world body to play a central and decisive role in efforts to resolve the long-standing conflict in the Middle East.“Any act of aggression or violations of international law should be condemned unequivocally by the UN at all times”.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by: Agro-Culture Liquid FertilizersSee results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2Delaware CountyCorn Summary: Our first corn field of Day #2 of The Ohio Crop Tour had good sized ears, but those ears had some good sized tip back. The waviness of this field show how water damage affected it. Disease and pest pressures were very light here and in this Good rated field our yield estimate is 204 bushels to the acre.Soybean Summary: There were some variable places in this field, but for the most part this field looked good with decent height and good pod numbers. Maturity is farther along here than anywhere we were yesterday. This was the first frog eye we have come across but this late in the season it will not make much of a difference. We rate this field in the Good category. Throughout the county we are seeing more variability as we make the drive to Franklin County.Delaware Co cornDelaware Co cornDelaware Co soybeansDelaware Co soybeansFranklin CountyCorn Summary: One of our scouts was in a really decent spot and the other got into a spot that wasn’t so hot. Water issues in the middle of the field will cause this yield to be lower than average, which should be representative of what this part of Ohio will see this year. Stalk Rot was taking hold here and is something that will need to be watched. Our guess is 146 bushels for this plot.Soybean Summary: Short beans here that are still struggling to reach canopy. The beans that were there looked good, but the pod count was low. We rate this field as Poor.Franklin Co cornStalk rot in Franklin CoFranklin Co soybeans Union CountyCorn Summary: This corn was very tall and healthy and ear fill was solid. This was a more mature field that what we have walked thus far. Disease pressure was low. Hail has damaged this corn and deer are feeding a little, but the overall health of this corn is above par. We are putting this field in the Good to Excellent range. Our yield estimate is 203.Soybean Summary: The canopy on this stand of beans is one of the best we’ve seen. Canopy height was 38 to 40 inches and it is uniform all the way through. The plants were well podded and there is potential for more. Grass hoppers and Japanese Beetles are feeding here and there is Frog Eye setting in here as well. We rate this field in the Excellent category.Union Co cornUnion Co cornUnion County soybeansUnion Co soybeans Madison CountyCorn Summary: We expected a higher yield here than what we got. This is a great stand with a planting date of May 8th and we are finding that to be a tough date from what we are hearing. The plant health and minimal disease and pest pressures have us thinking that we are going to be on the low end of the final results of this field. We rate this field Good to Excellent with a yield average of 186.Soybean Summary: Pretty decent field here. Quite a few pods per plant with some over 40 pods per plant. SDS was noted in this field. Canopy height was 32 inches and insects were few and far between. This field is rated Good.Madison Co cornMadison Co cornMadison Co soybeansMadison Co soybeansPickaway CountyCorn Summary: Another nice field of corn here. Ear placement was great on this healthy field. There were some disease pressures and minimal insects. These ears were the longest we have seen thus far. This field is rated Excellent and will yield 235 bushels, according to our estimates. This field was planted on May 5th. Soybean Summary: If moisture holds out, these beans will be phenomenal. The root system was remarkable and the pod fill was really good with quite a few 4-bean pods. We did spot some SDS and insect feeding, but if rains hit just right, this will be an Excellent field. This field was planted on May 11th. Pickaway Co cornPickaway Co soybeansPickaway Co soybeansPickaway Co soybeans Fairfield CountyCorn Summary: There was some variability in this corn field. Very much like yesterday, there are some great areas and some that aren’t so much. Our rating would be higher is it weren’t for disease pressures on the leaves and the stalk. Wet holes that you can’t see from the road will heavily affect this field. It will be interesting to see how this field is standing come harvest time. A Good rating for this field and a yield guess of 175 bushels.Soybean Summary: These 41 inch canopy soybeans are some of the highest we have been in to. It was boring to scout do to little pressures, but this will not be a boring field to harvest, for sure. We rate this field as Excellent .*Note: As we work our way to Ross County, variability is not a problem. These fields, one after another, look great.Fairfield Co cornFairfield Co cornFairfield Co cornFairfield Co soybeans Ross CountyCorn Summary: One of the best views we’ve had this week. Insanely high ear placement and the most dented corn we’ve come across. Stalk rot is taking place here and with the weight of the ear so high up, an early harvest of this field will be key. We found some random smut and a little disease pressure. This field gets a good rating and a yield average of 203 bushels.Soybean Summary: The soybeans are getting taller as we go and father along, as you’d expect as you go south. For how little branching was taking place, the pod fill was still there. Some frog eye was noticed, along with some SDS. Canopy height was 48 inches and some Japanese Beetles were feeding. We rate this field an easy Excellent.Ross Co cornRoss Co cornRoss Co soybeansRoss Co beans Highland CountyCorn Summary: Another healthy and uniform stand here. Corn was planted on May 4th in this newly tiled field. Looks great from the road, but you can see a lack of N inside the rows with some skips showing up as well. For the lower population we expected the ears to be bigger than they ended up being. Disease and insect pressures were low and we rate this field as Excellent and our yield estimate is 210.Soybean Summary: This field would rank high compared to the others we’ve seen over the past 2 days. These beans were drilled at 7.5 inches on May 6th and the pop was around 180+. Some SDS was noted. The pods have developed nicely and were thick. We rate this field as Excellent.Highland Co cornHighland Co cornHighland Co soybeansHighland Co soybeansFayette CountyCorn Summary: This was obviously a wet field at some point but there were some good spots as you got into the field a little bit. Tip back on the ears was good so populations were pretty spot on here. Although they received a lot of rain early, they are in need of some again soon as the ground is cracking. We rate this field as Good and our bushel guess is 178.Soybean Summary: Water laid in some spots that will make this field variable. The plants were clean of disease and some beetles were feeding. The stalks were heavily podded and if the rains come at the right times, this field will be A-OK. We rate it Good.Fayette Co cornFayette Co cornFayette Co soybeans Clinton CountyCorn Summary: The field here was a high population and the plant health and look of the stalk was impressive. The yield didn’t quite match up with the look of the field. Some grey leaf spot was seen. The is a Good field in our rating system and our yield guess is 179.Soybean Summary: This field was surprising as the weed issues were noticeable going in. The plants were tall and very well podded. It looked like they sprayed some Cobra on this field which made the leaf like a little brown but not from SDS. Canopy height was 42 to 44 inches and its a Good rating for this field.Clinton Co cornClinton Co cornClinton Co soybeansClinton Co soybeanslast_img read more

first_imgScammers continue to use exaggerated R-value claims to peddle inferior insulation products, in spite of the existence of strong consumer protection laws. Year after year, naïve builders fall prey to Web-based marketing pitches for “miracle” products like “insulating” paint and 1-inch-thick R-10 foam.In the late 1970s, exaggerated claims by insulation marketers were so common that the U.S. Congress passed a consumer-protection law specifically addressing R-value scams. Although false marketing claims were already illegal, Congress concluded that R-value scams were so rampant and damaging to consumers that the industry needed targeted regulation.Since 1979, the Federal R-Value Rule (16 CFR Part 460, “Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation”) has regulated how insulation manufacturers, distributors, and installers test, label, and market residential insulation products. Under the law, all claims concerning the R-value of residential insulation must be based on certain listed ASTM test procedures.Unfortunately, the law is poorly enforced and widely ignored. It takes only a few minutes for any Web surfer to find blatant violations of the R-Value Rule.A few product categories — foil-faced bubble wrap and “insulating” paint, for example — seem to attract scam artists like moths to a flame. Another product favored by flim-flam artists is a foil-faced expanded polystyrene (EPS) product called P2000. This insulating board is manufactured by Polar Industries in Prospect, Connecticut, under a contract with a Canadian building-products manufacturer, RR&D Enterprises of Rivière-Beaudette, Quebec.Distributors of P2000 often claim that their EPS foam has an impossibly high R-value. Such claims have led several consumer protection agencies to issue warnings to builders. For example, the Nebraska Energy Office issued an alert warning builders about P2000, “a foil-faced polystyrene insulation whose marketers are making claims of an R-Value of 27 or 28 per inch. … It was determined… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

first_imgThe Congress that had not very long ago rubbished allegations of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that EVMs were tampered with during the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year, has leveled similar charges in the ongoing polls in Gujarat. The volte-face by a section of the local team in Gujarat has left a larger dominant leadership sharply divided over the issue. The allegations of faulty EVMs by Congress leaders have prompted the same response its own leaders had fired at the AAP after the party came a distant second in Punjab.The BJP has mocked the Congress of staring at defeat and pulling out excuses in advance.”The Congress had introduced EVMs and it will be very foolish of us to blame an electoral loss on its tampering. While the party has put the BJP on the backfoot right on Narendra Modi’s home turf, if we do not manage to win, we should be a sport and take it on our chin instead of making excuses like the AAP,” said a senior party functionary.Playing down the controversy, Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki told Mail Today, “It is not an unknown fact that some EVMs were found faulty and the Election Commission had to conduct repolls there. But we trust the EC and are sure of a victory.”Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken, who was faced with the same dilemma of whether to back AAP’s claims of EVM tampering during the municipal polls earlier this year, maintained, “I cannot comment on the issue in Gujarat, but in our past experience in Delhi, I had written to Arvind Kejriwal before the municipal polls backing the demand for ballot papers for more transparency in the polling process. But once the elections were announced, we decided to put our faith in the EC and did not question its role in conducting free and fair polls.”advertisementSeveral other senior leaders across state units refused to comment on the issue citing lack of clarity on the party’s official stand.During the first phase of polling on Saturday, senior Congress leader and former Gujarat unit chief Arjun Modhwadia, who is contesting from Porbandar, alleged that mobile phones were detecting some external devices connected to EVMs at polling booths in his constituency.”The chips fitted in EVMs appear to be programmable using bluetooth, and this raises the possibility of tampering,” alleged Modhwadia.Chief electoral officer BB Swain later said as per the inquiry report, the complainant’s phone was detecting another device identified as ‘ECO 105’ giving rise to apprehensions of possible tampering and rubbished foul play. Modhwadia was then backed by senior party colleagues such as Shaktisinh Gohil and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel.ALSO WATCH: BJP rakes up Ram Mandir as it can’t show any development, says Hardik Patellast_img read more

first_imgIsha Ambani and Anand Piramal are all set to tie the knot in a grand ceremony on December 12 at Antilia in Mumbai.The couple kickstarted the celebrations with pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur, which was attended by the biggest names from Bollywood, sports, politics and business.For her sangeet ceremony, the bride-to-be, Isha Ambani was a vision to behold as she exuded regal charm in all the outfits. The pretty lady donned a pink lehenga on the first day of the two-day long functions and we are floored by her beauty and elegance! Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremonyThe diva dazzled in a lehenga intricately crafted with silver metallic embellishments paired with a heavily embellished blouse and a touch of fuchsia pink silver-work studded dupatta.She paired the ensemble with intricate diamond necklace and floral earrings. With side parted lightly-curled hair, strong brows, kohled-eyes, mascara laden lashes, mauve lips, nude make-up and glowing face she accentuated her ensemble.Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal Wedding LIVE Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremonyAll her pre-wedding ceremony looks were so stunning that we can’t wait to see what Isha will don for her grand wedding tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the updates on her grand wedding!ALSO SEE | Khushi Kapoor to Kiara Advani at Isha Ambani sangeet: Celebs who nailed wedding fashionALSO SEE | Aishwarya drags Deepika to the dance floor for Taare Gin Gin at Ambani bash. Oh Ho Ho Ho, we sayALSO SEE | Beyonce sings, twerks and kills it at Isha Ambani pre-wedding bash. See all pics and videosadvertisementALSO SEE | Deepika and Ranveer burn the dance floor at Isha Ambani wedding celebrations. Inside pics and videosALSO SEE | What happened at Ambani sangeet: Mukesh and family on stage to SRK-Gauri’s danceALSO WATCH: Isha and Anand’s regal wedding invitelast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Alisson best goalkeeper in Englandby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool teammate Alisson is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.The Brazilian’s gaffe allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.But Fabinho has stuck by his compatriot.”When we entered the locker room, we even talked, but I did not even focus on that,” he added. “[Alisson] came to comment, but I said “no, bro, let it go”.”These plays will always happen. And what are we going to talk about Alisson? He was very important in our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, days before.”Without a doubt, he is the best goalkeeper of the English League. There is a lot of confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgSolskjaer expects attacking boost from injured Man Utd starsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to improve when their attacking players return from injury.Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were both absent as United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer lamented about his lack of attacking options.He said: “[The lack of chances] is symptomatic of where we are at at the moment. “We’re working hard, we stick together as a team but we don’t create. “You can say, as you started, that we have loads of injuries and loads of players away and there are some attacking players away of course. “We hope and expect them to come back firing on all cylinders.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The bar is now higher for homebuyers to qualify for mortgages in Canada after the central bank raised a key metric used in stress tests that determine borrowers’ eligibility.The Bank of Canada raised the conventional five-year mortgage rate from 5.14 per cent to 5.34 per cent after all Big Six banks raised their posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks.The central bank qualifying rate is separate from the actual mortgage rates offered by banks to borrowers, but is used to assess homebuyers who are seeking loans.Homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate.And as of Jan. 1, buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance are required to prove they can handle payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate or two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate.“Mortgage borrowers will be qualifying for less than they were able to earlier this year,” mortgage broker Samantha Brookes said in an email. “With all the new rule changes, we’ve definitely noticed the effect on the market with home purchases, renewals and refinances.”The higher rates come as an estimated 47 per cent of all existing mortgages will need to be refinanced in 2018, up from the 25 to 35 per cent range in a typical year, according to a recent CIBC Capital Markets report.The increase is an unintended consequence of various rounds of regulatory changes in the past few years aimed at reducing risk coupled with rising house prices that made it harder for homebuyers to qualify.Borrowers who find the bar too high for the home they want can make some adjustments in order to make a purchase, she said. Those options include purchasing a smaller home and taking on less mortgage, or purchasing where prices are lower, added Brookes, who is founder of Mortgages of Canada.The jump in the mortgage qualifying rate comes after Canada’s largest lenders raised their benchmark posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks as the cost of borrowing rises.In late April, TD Bank was the first of the Big Five lenders to raise the benchmark rate, increasing it from 5.14 per cent to 5.59 per cent, due to factors including the “competitive landscape, the cost of lending and managing risk.” Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and the Bank of Nova Scotia followed suit, but with smaller increases.The slew of bank moves was preceded by a rise in government bond yields. The yield on the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond was 2.16 per cent on Tuesday, compared to 1.01 per cent a year earlier. Fixed-rate mortgages tend to move with government bond yields of a similar term, reflecting the change in borrowing costs.last_img read more

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — Once again, YRB North Peace is going to be doing welding operations on the metal deck of the Taylor Bridge this week.Welding operations will be taking place tonight and tomorrow night between 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. During these times, the bridge will be reduced to single-lane alternating traffic with delays of up to 20 minutes in both directions directed by a pilot vehicle. YRB asks motorists using the bridge during these times to drive with caution, as there will be a large number of working personnel and equipment.YRB is apologizing for any inconvenience the work may cause. Updates on this and other road work can be found online at DriveBC.ca. For questions or concerns, or to report a load that is 3.6 metres or wider that is scheduled to cross the bridge during welding, please contact YRB’s office toll-free at 1-888-883-6688. You can also follow YRB on Twitter.last_img read more