“We’re thrilled to have a player with Sara’s Nova Scotia junior team and national championship experience join our golf program,” said Chris Tortorice, Varsity Blues head of golf operations. “We’re really looking forward to having her on the team in September.”Cumby plans to study within U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, starting this fall. The University of Toronto women’s basketball and golf programs are pleased to announce that Sara Cumby has signed a letter of intent and committed to the Varsity Blues beginning in the 2019-20 season. Story Links “I chose U of T because it gives me the opportunity to play both golf and basketball along with having the academic program I am interested in,” said Cumby. “I am looking forward to playing both sports I love at the university level and am thankful to have this opportunity.” Students who sign a letter of intent and/or commit to Varsity Blues intercollegiate teams will be eligible to play at the University of Toronto provided they are academically admissible and have applied through the normal process with the Ontario Universities Application Centre. “Sara will be the first dual-sport athlete to be on our team,” said Varsity Blues women’s basketball head coach Michèle Bélanger. “Sara brings a wealth of experience in training, focus and a high level of compete in all she does. Sara will help our program grow and we believe her dedication to training and hard work will be contagious.” A 5-foot-6 guard from Canaan, N.S., Cumby joins the Blues from Horton High School. There she was named the 2017-18 most valuable player in the Division 1 girl’s basketball league, while also competing for the Junior Axewomen in the Metro Basketball Association. Cumby was twice named the most valuable player on the senior golf team and competed at the Canadian junior championship from 2016-18. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
KITIMAT, B.C. – Royal Dutch Shell and its partners in the LNG Canada joint venture could be announcing a final investment decision for the proposed $40-billion liquified natural gas terminal on B.C.’s North Coast as early as next week, with sources telling Bloomberg News that the partners will be approving the project.Bloomberg is reporting that sources with direct knowledge of events say that preparations are underway for a final investment decision to be made on October 5th, with an LNG Canada event and fireworks display at a local golf course the following day.Those anonymous sources added that the situation is fluid and the timing could change.- Advertisement -“We are currently reviewing the decision support package that LNG Canada submitted to joint venture participants,” said Shell Canada in an email to Bloomberg today. The company declined to comment on the announcement date and whether a final decision has been made.The group has long said an investment decision will be made this year. British Columbia has set a Nov. 30 deadline for a final decision if the project is to claim as much as C$6 billion in tax breaks and savings.On Tuesday, The Globe and Mail reported that the Federal government has conceded that LNG Canada can’t source steel domestically for the LNG facility, a decision that could clear the way for the project to be exempt from steel tariffs.Advertisement Unnamed officials from the Prime Ministers office are said to have told LNG Canada that it agrees the project will need to be built from imported steel.LNG Canada requested an exemption from tariffs on the steel needed to build the facility – tariffs that could have added $1 billion to construction costs.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also met with Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Buerden in New York Tuesday.Last week, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz spoke with Bloomberg News from Vancouver, saying that the overall conditions for Royal Dutch Shell to make a positive final investment decision were good.Advertisement “That is, and feels, so very different to 2016 when the project was delayed,” said Calitz.LNG Canada, which is a joint venture led by Shell and includes Mitsubishi, Petronas, PetroChina Co., and Korea Gas Corp. as partners, delayed making an FID twice in 2016.Story courtesy Bloomberg News: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-26/shell-canada-said-poised-for-lng-decision-as-signs-point-to-yes
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Lloyd Levine’s decision to fire his chief of staff and switch sides in the Assembly campaign has sparked controversy within San Fernando Valley political circles, as activists debate whether the lawmaker is putting politics over personal loyalty. Levine, D-Van Nuys, fired chief of staff Stuart Waldman last month and later withdrew his endorsement for Waldman to succeed him in his Assembly seat. Instead he is now backing Bob Blumenfield, an aide to Congressman Howard Berman. Levine, who is termed out of the Assembly, is seeking a state Senate seat next year. Levine has not given a public explanation for the firing, calling it a confidential personnel matter. Waldman and his backers say it was all part of a political deal to get Levine the support of the influential Berman in his state Senate run. Political consultant Larry Levine, the assemblyman’s father, is advising Blumenfield in his Assembly bid. Some San Fernando Valley political activists are upset at the move, saying Levine has shown a lack of loyalty to a deputy who served him well for years. Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, who held the seat before Levine and has endorsed Waldman, said it seems clear to him that political motivations were in play. “I’ve never heard of any dispute (previously) between Assembly member Levine and Stuart Waldman. Certainly I assume that it’s politics,” Hertzberg said. “It’s all about the Senate race. That’s the way it appears to me.” Attorney Fred Gaines, a former chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, said Waldman has done a good job serving the district. “This is about machine politics – the Berman machine,” Gaines said. “If you want our support, you’re going to support our guy and dump your guy, and Lloyd saying, OK, I’ll do that. It’s disloyal and it shows the kind of person that Lloyd Levine is.” firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6732160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Waldman said he was “disappointed in Lloyd Levine,” but not deterred from continuing his campaign. “It’s a shame,” Waldman said. “It’s very disheartening. It’s a situation like this that is the reason people are turned off by politicians and politics.” Waldman said he was not aware of any conflict with Levine or complaint about his performance prior to being fired May 10, and said Levine gave him no explanation. He said Levine only formally pulled his endorsement Thursday. Levine declined to talk in detail about why he fired Waldman, saying it was a personnel matter and that he has been advised not to talk about it publicly. But he did say the reasons were “unrelated” to political considerations, adding that because of the campaign it came at an inopportune time. “Politics was not a factor in my decision in any way, shape or form,” Levine said.
It sounds like Zlatan Ibrahimovic has livened things up at Carrington, Man United’s training ground, following his summer arrival.The striker has started well with five goals in nine games in all competitions and has also been showing off his impressive athleticism to his team-mates.Speaking in the November edition of club magazine Inside United, Jesse Lingard revealed: “The other day Zlatan kicked the pull-up bar, he just roundhouse kicked it”.It’s little surprise given he holds a black belt in taekwondo. 1 Jesse Lingard has revealed what Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets up to in training .@JesseLingard and @Memphis talk fitness and funny #MUFC moments in the latest #InsideUnited: https://t.co/3lc5YeQnzq pic.twitter.com/cKsLItGcmn— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 11, 2016
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWHITTIER – New Century Singers Whittier (Women’s Chorus) is open to all women who like to sing and perform, without auditions. The group rehearses from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Harmony Center, Baily and Comstock avenues in Uptown, and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays at the East Whittier Methodist Church, 10005 Cole Road. For more information, call (714) 521-2620. Military options seminar planned WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition will present the workshop “Free to Choose: Alternatives to Military Enlistment” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. The workshop aims to help parents sort out the reality from the military promises made to kids in high schools. Parents, high school seniors and college students are welcome. General admission is $15, $10 for seniors and college students. High school students are $5. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information or to register, call (562) 698-9154 or (562) 716-3516. Chinese acrobats recall Nixon visit WHITTIER – Residents are invited to a performance of the Shangra-La Chinese Acrobats, which will kick off Whittier College’s commemoration of the 35th anniversary of former President Richard M. Nixon’s historic trip to China. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave. Admission is $10; $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call (562) 907-4912. Weight loss lecture at area hospital MONTEBELLO – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Ave., will hold a free lecture on weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center. Reservations are required. For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2580. Dizziness warning to be discussed LA MIRADA – Learn about the dangers of dizziness at a lecture by Biola University’s nursing department to be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 in the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Wonderland event vendors sought PICO RIVERA – The city is now accepting applications from vendors for the city’s 12th annual Winter Wonderland. Arts and crafts, commercial and food vendors who would like to display and sell their goods during the event are invited to apply. Applications are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 6767 Passons Blvd. A $40 payment, for a 10-foot by 10-foot outdoor space, must be submitted with the application. A list of the vendor’s items/goods to be sold during the event is also required. Vendors are responsible for providing and setting up their own tables and chairs. For more information, call Efrain Lee at (562) 801-4430. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The candidates vying for California state controller will be represented at 11:30 a.m. today in the board room at the Whittier Chamber of Commerce, 8158 S. Painter Ave. The question-and-answer session will feature candidate Tony Strickland and a representative for candidate John Cheung. For more information, call (562) 698-9554. Women’s chorus seeks members
What a year for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who won the Champions League with Liverpool talkSPORT Each day, talkSPORT is counting down the best players in the Premier League ahead of the new season talkSPORT will bring you more than 100 LIVE Premier League commentaries next season Stats my boy Top scoring Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah benefited from Alexander-Arnold’s creativity last season where he recorded 12 Premier League assists, while his cheeky corner in the Champions League semi-final helped dump Barcelona out 3 Premier League games: 27Premier League goals and assists: one goal, 12 assistsChampions League games: 11Champions League goals and assists: three assists Getty – Contributor Getty Images – Getty A team of talkSPORT experts have offered insight, numbers have been crunched and one player will be revealed every working day – with the winner of talkSPORT’s Premier League Power Rankings announced on Friday, August 9, before Liverpool kick-off the new season against Norwich City.17. TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD – LIVERPOOLLast season was a breakthrough campaign for Alexander-Arnold, where he went from top talent at the start of the season, to be recognised as one of the best full backs in the world.His 12 assists in the Premier League was the highest amount ever recorded by a defender in the top flight, and summed up the immense impact he had.Alexander-Arnold has everything required in a modern full-back and is taking on more responsibility all the time and clearly thriving with it, being Liverpool’s set piece man and playing well in all the big games. 3 All young players usually have a dip in form at some point, but talkSPORT expects next season he’ll push his standards even higher, cementing his place as the best right back in the world.He still has a bit of work to do on his defending, but at just 20, the sky is the limit.No. 18: James MaddisonNumber 19: Luka MilivojevicNumber 20: Jack Grealish The 2019/20 Premier League season is almost upon us and talkSPORT will bring you more live football than ever before.It’s the greatest league in the world and to celebrate its return, we have compiled a list of the 20 players we expect to shine the most in the upcoming campaign. 3 A new player will be revealed every day on talkSPORT’s social media accounts with the full verdict from our panel of experts on talkSPORT.com. For more debate on the selections, listen to Drive from 4pm here.
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Most multinational companies should have global employment policies that are lawful and reflect company culture—not a global handbook that dictates exactly what must be done under any circumstances. Employers often would prefer a uniform approach, but uniformity has proven problematic when it comes to certain policies.Employee handbooks, at least the way we think of them in the United States, are really a U.S. concept. Some countries, such as Japan, have “work rules,” which the labor authority must approve and that cover certain aspects of employment, such as hours of work, notice and severance. The work rules typically do not address everything that usually is in a U.S. handbook.Thus, preparing a global handbook can be difficult considering that most U.S. employee handbooks cover every aspect of the employee relationship, including equal employment opportunity (EEO); sexual harassment and anti-harassment policies; maternity, paternity and other paid and unpaid leaves; hours of work; meal and rest breaks; protection of information technology (IT) systems and social media usage; other terms and conditions of employment; and benefits.In many other countries, trying to memorialize all the terms, conditions and benefits of employment mandated by law can be difficult and even counterproductive, as the number of leave and other mandates abroad often far outnumber those stateside.Focus on Key PoliciesRather than try to have an all-encompassing, global employee handbook, comb through the U.S. handbook and use abroad only those policies that truly can and need to be applied across borders, both from a legal and company-culture perspective.Typically, a U.S.-based multinational company will want to apply worldwide its policies on EEO, anti-harassment and discrimination, anti-corruption and bribery, IT usage, business gifts, insider trading, a drug-free workplace and intellectual property. Do not apply abroad entirely U.S.-centric provisions, such as the at-will employment statement—ever-present in U.S. employee handbooks—since at-will employment is unique to the U.S.Next, determine whether any of these policies need to be localized. This requires analyzing the local requirements in each country to see if any changes can be made to accommodate local law without compromising the purpose of the policy, both from a legal and cultural perspective.Most U.S.-based multinational companies want to include all of the classes typically protected in U.S. employee handbooks, even though some of those categories are not protected in other countries. Age and sexual orientation are two categories of workers that are still unprotected in many parts of the world. But most global companies will include age and sexual orientation as protected categories wherever they are located because that is consistent with company culture.Conversely, bullying often is not addressed in U.S. handbooks but should be prohibited in any global policy on anti-harassment and discrimination, because many countries have the broader protection against “moral harassment,” “mobbing” and/or bullying.U.S. companies often will include a personal-relationships policy in their handbooks, but notably, these types of policies are problematic in some jurisdictions, such as France, as they are viewed as a violation of employees’ privacy. A health and safety committee abroad typically will not approve such policies.Benefits ChallengesIn the war for talent, multinationals sometimes create inventive benefits programs to attract and retain employees. For instance, companies have implemented policies paying the cost of employees’ egg freezing and surrogacy. But rolling out these programs globally can be challenging.For example, surrogacy is either illegal in some countries (e.g., Germany and India) or not regulated (e.g., Chile and the Czech Republic), and egg freezing is not yet culturally acceptable in some jurisdictions.Many companies are now offering unlimited vacation and sick leave and providing more-generous maternity leave to U.S. employees than is required. This has been a viable means of making companies more competitive in recruiting and retention, but rolling out these policies globally can be tricky. Companies must be careful not to end up having to pay employees for unused statutory vacation upon termination of employment, even when the company has provided unlimited paid time off.In addition, outside the U.S., most developed countries provide statutory paid maternity, paternity and parental leave that in many jurisdictions far exceeds what employers provide in the U.S. Employers must be careful when drafting leave policies to avoid unintended consequences, such as providing an entitlement to even more time off than is required by law.Privacy RightsSocial media and bring-your-own-device policies can be problematic due to strict privacy laws in the European Union and elsewhere. Most IT policies in the U. S. maintain that employees should have no expectation of privacy in the workplace. But in many jurisdictions outside the U.S., employees always maintain a sphere of privacy in the workplace. Multinationals need to be cognizant of privacy laws abroad that may prohibit an employer from searching an employee’s e-mail, computer or workspace.The bottom line is that multinational companies must consider local requirements and protections when implementing employment policies on a global basis. Originally posted on HRPS blog.
Since 1997, when Dolly the sheep became the first animal cloned from an adult cell, evidence has been mounting that cloning creates problems. For example, cloned cows have faulty immune systems, and cloned mice grow obese and exhibit other abnormalities. Now a group in Japan has shown for the first time that clones die younger than animals created by old-fashioned sexual reproduction.A team in the laboratory of Atsuo Ogura at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Shinjuku, Tokyo, cloned 12 mice by removing nuclei from testis cells and inserting them into enucleated egg cells. They compared these mice to a genetically similar group created by natural mating. The cloned mice started dying off at the age of 311 days–about half the age the normal mice began their decline, the group reports in the 11 February online version of Nature Genetics. By 800 days, 10 of the 12 clones were dead, whereas about 80% of the normal mice were still alive. Postmortem exams of six cloned mice revealed that they all had severe pneumonia. Four also had extensive liver necrosis, and two had cancer–leukemia in one case, lung cancer in the other.The authors say their study offers further evidence that clones are likely to have a variety of impairments. It also suggests that the type of impairments clones experience may depend on what kind of body cells are used as donor cells. Unlike previous mice created with the nuclei of cumulus cells–cells that surround and nourish eggs–the mice that Ogura’s group used did not become obese.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)All these problems suggest that in cloning, the donor nucleus is not properly reprogrammed to resemble that of a freshly fertilized egg, says developmental biologist Davor Solter of the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg, Germany. The chances that “one lucky clone will by accident have all its genes correctly reprogrammed,” he says, are minuscule.
Nashik, Sep 18 (PTI) Amid heavy downpour, thousands of saints and devotees today took shahi snan (royal bath) in the Ramkund here on the last auspicious day of the ongoing Kumbh Mela. Saints belonging to the three akhadas — Nirmohi, Nirwani and Digambar — arrived in a grand procession from Laxminarayan Temple in Tapovan area to the Ramkund pond on banks of river Godavari. They were seated in colourfully decorated vehicles and were sporting marigold garlands. Smeared with vermilion and chandan, they embarked for the royal bath amid heavy rains since the wee hours. Maharashtra Water Resource Minister Girish Mahajan, Mayor Ashok Murtadak and other senior officials of the civic body and administration were present at the site of royal bath. After completion of shahi snan of mahants, thousands of devotees who have come to take holy dip on the last parvani which marks Rishi panchami today, took bath at various ghats including, Kapila, Gauri Patangan, Yashwantrao Maharaj, Talkeshwar, and Laxminarayan. Today was the last shahi snan in Nashik. Elaborate security arrangements were put in place with additional forces deployed at various ghats. Commissioner of Police S Jagannathan and other senior officers monitored the situation. Nashik division of State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) ran 3,000 fleet of buses from citys outer area where parking arrangement has been made for pilgrims to ferry them near the bathing sites. City municipal corporation teams, fire brigade, social outfits, life guards, were deployed to assist the police to prevent any untoward incidents during the shahi snan. PTI HVJ ARS DV SDMadvertisement