Left-wing daily fears raid at behest of military prosecutor

first_imgNews News Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more July 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Left-wing daily fears raid at behest of military prosecutor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on a military prosecutor not to carry out a threat to raid the left-wing national daily Taraf in order to recover a leaked document that was the basis for a 25 June report claiming that Turkey’s intelligence services knew in advance of an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on an army unit near the Iraqi border on 21 October 2007.The attack, carried out in Daglica, in Hakkari province, resulted in 13 soldiers being killed and eight others being kidnapped.Army high command prosecutor Zekeriya Duran wrote to Taraf’s publisher on 3 July asking for the return of “this document and the others” by 7 July, failing which he would be obliged to “have recourse to the security forces” in order to recover them. The newspaper’s staff has been fearing a raid ever since the deadline passed.“We condemn the methods being used by the military prosecutor with Taraf,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A serious threat is being made against the newspaper in an attempt to force it to reveal its sources. We urge prosecutor Duran not to carry out his threat and not to conduct a search of the newspaper.”In his letter to the newspaper, Duran said he also wanted to establish how documents belonging to general staff intelligence had come into the possession of “non-competent” persons.Taraf publisher Ahmet Altan said in a 4 July editorial that “this request smells like a threat.” Claiming he was ready to give the published document to anyone who requests it, he added that the “general staff should be more explicit about the document it is referring to.”The newspaper’s staff suspect that, although against the law, a raid will be ordered by a civilian prosecutor acting at Duran’s behest.In his letter, Duran cited article 326 of the criminal code about “documents concerning state security” and article 339 on “possession of documents relative to state security” as the grounds for his request. He also said it was a crime to obtain and reveal documents of vital importance to national security. News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

How do aircraft “back-up” from the gate by themselves?

first_imgVietjet’s interline agreement with Qatar will make it easier for passengers to connect with the Gulf carrier. ApprovedIn a fully approved procedure, an aircraft can back away from the gate under its own power under reverse thrust. However, before the jet can move backwards, it must roll forward slightly before the reversers can be deployed, and to move off of the tire’s ‘flat spot’ created when the aircraft sits parked on the ramp for any length of time.A critical component necessary for this procedure is the ramp agent or ground marshaller. After engines are started with the jet still parked at the gate, the marshaller signals the pilot in command when to move forward, and then using a rotating motion rapidly moving the signaling wands one-over-the-other, indicates exactly when to deploy the reversers and back away from the gate. When the aircraft has safely cleared the ramp area, the reversers are closed, throttles are brought back to idle, and the airliner can then taxi out to the runway. (See What are thrust reversers?)last_img read more

Ethanol Plants Cut Costs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Many ethanol companies in the United States have done about all they can do to weather the downturn in the industry, while others have been less fortunate and have idled production.As President Donald Trump’s administration continues to consider some kind of biofuels deal, the economics of ethanol production still remain difficult.Donna Funk, a certified public accountant with K-Coe Isom, based in Lenexa, Kansas, who works with ethanol plants, said producers continue to look for ways to survive an ongoing downturn in profit margins.“What I’m hearing is plants are continuing to evaluate costs and make adjustments when possible, but the options are getting fewer and fewer as they don’t want to sacrifice on repairs and maintenance too much because they know that is not a good solution long-term,” she said. “The cost structure for the plants doesn’t really allow for a lot of cost-cutting in the operations side, so they are looking at the discretionary spending and making adjustments when they can.”That includes cutting costs on attending conferences, sponsorships, travel, and other items.Many publicly traded companies have reported losses in the past few months, and many have idled production. At last count, 18 ethanol plants are known to have idled production.In addition to poor economics that include lower ethanol prices and higher corn prices, the biofuels industry as a whole has seen the EPA grant 85 small-refinery exemptions totaling about 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons not blended in petroleum since 2016. As a result, the prices of renewable identification numbers (RINs) have plummeted in the past year.“Some plants have or are considering not giving pay raises or bonus this year if they stayed the course last year and made upward adjustments,” Funk said. “Plants are continually looking at their run rate and evaluating how much below 100% they can produce before the losses per gallon are higher than if they run at higher rates. The federal policy is certainly taking a toll on the mental state of management and board members, because they are being forced to run their businesses not knowing how federal policy is going to get implemented or waiver after the fact, and they are left with no recourse.”Funk said management at ethanol plants continues to struggle to get a read on where federal biofuels policy may go. The industry has gone from having hope in recent weeks that the Trump administration had decided on a deal that would reallocate biofuels gallons lost to exemptions one week, to no deal following a White House meeting involving lawmakers from oil-producing states who oppose reallocation.“The stings hurts a bit more, given it feels like the ethanol industry is being used as a pawn in a chess game as it relates to political agendas for some,” Funk said.“There are a lot of jobs that were created and investments made that are now being undercut. I totally get that things change and we all have to adjust and adapt our business models to stay relevant, which I think every ethanol plant would agree with, but having to change to anticipate mood swings that go in reverse is a totally different game than anticipating the future and adapting.”ETHANOL MARGINS IMPROVEDTN’s hypothetical Neeley Biofuels 50-million-gallon plant in South Dakota continues to show some easing of market pressures that have been hammering producers in 2019. Plant margins, however, continue to be deep in the red.The plant this week reported a 34-cent loss, which is a significant improvement from our Aug. 1, 2019, update that showed Neeley Biofuels losing 43.9 cents per gallon. This number includes debt service.Most ethanol plants are not paying debt, however. If the hypothetical plant was not paying debt, the loss would be 3 cents per gallon, compared to a 13-cent loss in our previous update.The margin improvement was fueled by a drop in the corn price paid by the plant, from $4 per bushel based on the Chicago Board of Trade futures price in August to $3.74 for this latest update.The plant saw a drop in the ethanol rack price from $1.63 per gallon in August to $1.53 for this update. In addition, the price received for dried distillers grains fell from $131 a ton to $130 for this update.It has been a long year for the ethanol industry.Since July 2018, ethanol margins have taken a severe turn south. Neeley Biofuels reported a 22-cent-per-gallon net profit on July 6, 2018. By Sept. 20, net profits sank to 8 cents per gallon. By Oct. 16, 2018, the plant reported a net loss of 34.5 cents. Margins hit what was then a low in December, as the hypothetical plant reported a net loss of 37.9 cents. The plant has since had losses topping 60 cents at times during the past few months.DTN established Neeley Biofuels in DTN’s ProphetX Ethanol Edition as a way to track ethanol industry profitability. Using the real-time commodity price data that flows into the “corn crush” in ProphetX, and some industry-average figures for interest costs, labor and overhead, DTN is able to track current profits. It also tracks how much Neeley Biofuels would make or lose under an infinite number of “what-if” scenarios.DTN uses industry-average figures from Iowa State University economist David Swenson. Included in the figures are annual labor and management costs, transportation costs, debt-servicing costs, depreciation and maintenance costs. Although Neeley Biofuels is paying debt-service and depreciation costs on its plant, many real plants are not in debt.Also, it should be noted the calculations include all other costs, such as chemicals and yeasts, electricity, denaturant and water. While DTN uses natural gas spot prices for these updates, many ethanol plants lock in prices on the futures market, so they are not as vulnerable to natural gas market volatility.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Audio Cast with Rose Straeter MA, RLC, IBCLC and Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski

first_imgThis post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. by Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNWhat a great webinar, April 26 with Rose Marie Straeter, MA, RLC, IBCLC Breastfeeding-Nature’s Best.If you missed this webinar, you could still obtain CPEU by listening to the recording located on the event page.Listen to this audio chat with Rose Marie Straeter, MA, RLC, IBCLC  and Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski to get insight into how to help your clients feel comfortable breastfeeding.Rose Straeter audio cast with Dr. Karen Chapman-NovakofskiThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirms its recommendation of breastfeeding exclusively for six months. After six months infant foods can be introduced with breastfeeding continuing for one year. Breastfeeding and human milk are the standards for infant feeding and nutrition.  According to the AAP, breastfeeding results in improved infant and maternal health outcomes.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) “Breastfeeding Report Card” highlights the progress of achieving the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2010 and 2020.  The overall rate of breastfeeding according to National Immunization Survey data are 75%. However, this varies significantly by sociodemographic and cultural differences.  The breastfeeding rate of the Hispanic or Latino population was 80.65%, the non-Hispanic or African American population was 58.1%.  The rate of breastfeeding in low-income mothers receiving Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was 67.5% but with higher income mothers the rate was 84.6%.  Mothers younger than 20 years were less likely to breastfeed than a mother over 30.With all the benefits of breastfeeding, how do we as providers encourage mothers to breastfeed?References:American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2012, Volume  129/Issue 3 Policy Statement Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/129/3/e827.full.pdf   accessed April 28, 2016last_img read more

Cinespace to transform PortsToronto marine terminal into Port Lands studio space

first_imgCinespace Film Studios’ new Marine Terminal Studio project will add 165,000 square feet of studio and support space to Toronto’s film industry infrastructure right on Toronto’s waterfront – on the edge of the City’s Port Lands in the heart of the City’s studio district. (CNW Group/Cinespace Film Studios Inc.) Facebook TORONTO, March 2, 2018 – Toronto Mayor John Tory and Cinespace Film Studios (Cinespace) today announced the signing of a multi-year lease with PortsToronto to occupy and develop Marine Terminal 51 and the Cruise Ship Terminal into film and TV production facilities.Video of the current space and a designer’s rendering of the new space can be seen hereMarine Terminal 51 will become a new hub for Cinespace’s downtown productions, relocating studio capacity from their former Eastern Avenue site. Cinespace’s Toronto studio facilities are known for housing award-winning productions such as TV series The Handmaid’s Tale, and Oscar-nominated movie, The Shape of Water. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Ottawa to assess impact of climate change on Nova Scotias land link

first_imgAMHERST, N.S. – Ottawa says it will study ways to protect the 275-year-old dikes that connect Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada from being washed away by rising sea levels, storm surges and other effects of climate change.The $350,000 study will look at how rising water levels could affect key infrastructure in the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor, including the Trans-Canada Highway, the Canadian National rail line and electricity transmission lines, Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey said in a statement Monday.The study will involve an engineering assessment of existing infrastructure, consultation and options to protect the corridor, which carries an estimated $50 million worth of trade a day between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.“Trade between our two provinces is the lifeline that keeps our economies growing and our goods moving and this is why we must do all we can to protect the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor from climate change,” Casey, the MP for Cumberland-Colchester, said in a release.The initiative comes amid increasing calls for something to be done to maintain the land link between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by raising and reinforcing dikes at the narrow isthmus that joins the provinces and allow goods to travel to and from the busy port of Halifax.The dikes in the Tantramar Marshes were built by Acadian settlers for agricultural purposes in the 1700s. The Chignecto Isthmus was cut off for several days in an 1869 storm, according to a 2008 study by Memorial University geologist Norm Catto.The study said the odds of a recurrence would increase as sea levels rise.Last month, the NDP in Nova Scotia said it would introduce a private member’s bill requiring the province’s agriculture minister to take steps to maintain the low-lying area where the Trans-Canada Highway goes over the Tantramar Marshes. The party said the governing Liberals should spend at least $10 million per year on maintaining the dikes in each of the next five years.Last fall, the mayor of Amherst also raised concerns about the condition of the historic Acadian dikes and their ability to hold back rising sea levels occurring due to climate change.Mayor David Kogon has said sea levels are projected to rise in the Bay of Fundy over the next two decades to the point where the Chignecto Isthmus will flood even when there is no storm surge, leaving Nova Scotia cut off.The area where flooding could occur includes 20 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway, 20 kilometres of CN Rail, 35 kilometres of electricity lines and 35 kilometres of dikes. The isthmus itself is a narrow, low-lying strip of land that is about 20 kilometres at its narrowest point.At the time, he said he wanted all three levels of government to work together, adding the first step would be an engineering study to determine the scope of the required repairs.The Nova Scotia government has said it is developing new design standards that incorporate sea level rise and storm surge into dike maintenance and construction.The province has also said that in the Amherst area specifically, it has allocated $10 million be spent to replace the Laplanche aboiteau for local farmland.last_img read more

GE seeking path forward as a centuryold company ousts CEO

first_imgBOSTON – General Electric ousted its CEO, took a $23 billion charge and said it would fall short of profit forecasts this year, further signs that the century-old industrial conglomerate is struggling to turn around its vastly shrunken business.H. Lawrence Culp Jr. will take over immediately as chairman and CEO from John Flannery, who had been on the job for just over a year. Flannery began a restructuring of GE in August 2017, when he replaced Jeffrey Immelt, whose efforts to create a higher-tech version of GE proved unsuccessful.However, in Flannery’s short time, GE’s value has dipped below $100 billion and shares are down more than 35 per cent this year, following a 45 per cent decline in 2017.The company was booted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average this summer and, last month, shares tumbled to a nine-year low after revealing a flaw in its marquee gas turbines, which caused the metal blades to weaken and forced the shutdown of a pair of power plants where they were in use.GE warned Monday that it will miss its profit forecasts this year and it’s taking a $23 billion charge related to its power business.The 55-year-old Culp was CEO and president of Danaher Corp. from 2000 to 2014. During that time, Danaher’s market capitalization and revenues grew five-fold. He’s already a member of GE’s board.It’s a track record that GE appears to need after a series of notable changes under Flannery failed to gain momentum immediately, although some analysts wonder whether Culp’s history of accomplishments will be enough to reverse the direction of the company.The challenges GE faces — including the power sector’s cyclical, structural and operational challenges — are not easily or quickly fixable, but “GE should be commended for selecting a credible, seasoned GE outsider as chairman/CEO who is likely to more candidly and quickly identify how bad things may be and what needs to be done about it,” said Gautam Khanna, an analyst at Cowen Inc., in a note to investors.Investors will want Culp to “clean house, and fast,” said Scott Davis, founding partner of Melius Research, in a research note where he compared GE’s recent history to a slow but fatal train wreck.“If I’m a GE employee today, I’m happy for the turnaround, but expectations are about to get a whole lot higher…GE employees will either step up or will be replaced,” Davis said.Flannery faced a titanic task in redirecting General Electric, which was founded in 1892 in Schenectady, New York.Just six months after taking over as CEO, Flannery said the company would be forced to pay $15 billion to make up for the miscalculations of an insurance subsidiary. While Wall Street was aware of the issues at GE’s North American Life & Health, the size of the hit caught many off guard.Flannery on the same day said that GE might take the radical step of splitting up the main company’s three main components — aviation, health care and power — into separate businesses.In June GE said it would spin off its health-care business and sell its interest in Baker Hughes, a massive oil services company. It’s been selling off assets and trying to sharpen its focus since the recession, when it’s finance division was hammered.“GE still has too much debt and plenty to fix, but at least we have an outsider with an accelerated mandate to fix it,” Davis said.Flannery vowed to give GE more of a high-tech and industrial focus by honing in on aviation, power and renewable energy — businesses with big growth potential. The shift is historic for a company that defined the phrase “household name.”GE traces its roots to Thomas Edison and the invention of the light bulb, and the company grew with the American economy. At the start of the global financial crisis in 2008, it was one of the nation’s biggest lenders, its appliances were sold by the millions to homeowners around the world and it oversaw a multinational media powerhouse including NBC television.But the economic crises revealed how unwieldy General Electric had become, with broad exposure damage during economic downturns.Shares of General Electric Co., based in Boston, surged 11 per cent in midday trading.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who helped lure GE to Boston from Connecticut in 2016 with incentives like state grants and property tax relief, said he’s not too concerned about GE’s latest travails. He noted that the company is still worth about $100 billion and has what he called a “huge footprint” in Massachusetts in health care, green technology, and renewable energy.He said the state “did not write a big check to GE based on job projections or anything like that.”last_img read more

BrownForman posts higher earnings in fiscal 2nd quarter

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. reported slightly higher second-quarter net income Wednesday on the strength of its American whiskey and tequila sales, but cautioned that it’s starting to feel the pinch from tariffs slapped on its spirits in key European markets.The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand — said tariff-related inventory reductions shaved an estimated 2 percentage points off its underlying net sales growth in the three-month period.Brown-Forman, like other large spirits companies, stockpiled inventories in bracing for the effects of tariffs imposed in the European Union that targeted American whiskey and other U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum. In the first quarter, Brown-Forman estimated stockpiling contributed about two to three points of its underlying net sales growth.“While we are largely absorbing the tariff costs during fiscal 2019, we are confident in the long-term growth potential for our brands as we continue to build awareness with new consumers and increase our global distribution,” said COO Lawson Whiting, the company’s incoming CEO.Brown-Forman maintained its full fiscal-year earnings projection of $1.65 to $1.75 per share on projected underlying net sales growth of 6 per cent to 7 per cent. The earnings prediction assumes tariffs will remain in place the full fiscal year, it said.For the first half of its fiscal year, underlying net sales in developed international markets grew by 5 per cent, driven mainly by volume gains, the company said. But the tariff-related stockpiling momentum from the first quarter largely evaporated in the second quarter.“As anticipated, the developed international markets, and more specifically Europe, experienced substantial giveback during the second quarter associated with the first quarter’s wholesale and retail level tariff-related buy-ins, effectively reversing the incremental benefit from the first quarter,” Brown-Forman said in its earnings release.Foreign markets account for slightly more than half of Brown-Forman’s overall sales. EU countries represent slightly more than one-fourth of total sales.In the U.S., underlying net sales grew by 3 per cent in the first six months of the fiscal year, Brown-Forman said.Its Woodford Reserve bourbon brand was the biggest contributor to U.S. sales growth. Another growing bourbon brand, Old Forester, also posted a strong second-quarter performance, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey sales in the U.S. also accelerated in the quarter, it said.Emerging overseas markets posted another round of strong growth in underlying net sales, the company said.Brown-Forman reported net income of $249 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter ended Oct. 31. That’s compared to $239 million, or 49 cents per share, a year ago. Quarterly net sales were essentially flat at $910 million.Brown-Forman shares have fallen 12 per cent since the beginning of the year. The stock has declined 5 per cent in the last 12 months.Among its brands, the entire Jack Daniel’s lineup had underlying net sales growth of 5 per cent for the first six months of the fiscal year, the company said. It reported 25 per cent underlying net sales growth for Woodford Reserve. Among its tequilas, Herradura was up 15 per cent and el Jimador rose 11 per cent.___A portion of this story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap ) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on BF.A at https://www.zacks.com/ap/BF.ABruce Schreiner, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Born in Delhi understand peoples issues better than Modi Priyanka

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday sought to strike an emotional chord with people during a road show here, saying she was born in Delhi and is empathetic towards their aspirations, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, she claimed, has been here only for five years. Congress general secretary was campaigning for party’s North East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Sheila Dikshit and South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Vijender Singh here on Wednesday. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHolding her first road show in the national capital, Priyanka Gandhi challenged Modi to fight polls on the issues of GST, demonetisation and women security. The road show started in Seelampur, a minority-dominated area, and meandered with a sea of people towards Yamuna Vihar depot, where it culminated. Perched atop a minibus, she said, “I cannot disrespect you. We are not arrogant like the BJP. We know that you have made us what we are today.” “Modi ji is in Delhi for five years. I was born in the city. I have seen every bylane. I will tell you (Modi) what the people of Delhi think. They are tired of your useless talk. You keep yourself confined to your Race Course Road residence,” said Priyanka Gandhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccusing Modi of destroying institutions and the BJP of playing politics in the name of religion, she said the prime minister was indulging in negative politics and cannot give a direct answer to questions on the work he did during his five years of governance. Raking up the issue of GST, Priyanka Gandhi said the new indirect tax regime broke the back of businessmen. The AICC general secretary also referred to the BJP’s 2014 poll promises, including about providing 2 crore jobs every year. Addressing people, she asked them if they got the jobs, to which the crowd responded in negative. “He (Modi) failed to protect soldiers, youth and women but who will hold him accountable and who will seek answers from him,” she asked the gathering. They replied, “We will.”last_img read more

50000 Moroccans suffer from the Parkinsons Disease

first_imgGoulmima – Parkinson’s disease is a widespread condition whose symptoms start to show between the ages of 40 and 60. The chances of developing the disease increase with age. It is caused by the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, which is a region in the midbrain that maintains balance of human body.Most people suffering from the Parkinson Disease start to experience symptoms such as uncontrollable body shaking, slow movements, loss of balance, the disappearance of facial traits, speech difficulties, anxiety, depression, swallowing difficulties, constipation, and sleeping disorders. April 11 is the International Day of Parkinson’s. Each year research reveals new shocking statistics on the number of people affected by the disease. In Morocco, statistics revealed that about 50,000 Moroccans suffer from Parkinson’s; internationally, one person out of every 1000 has it.Most of the cases are discovered at a late stage, which makes it more difficult to treat, especially because medicine for this disease is very expensive. Nevertheless, the neurologist Dr. Ahmed Ashouri explained, “medicine alone is not enough and family’s psychological support is prerequisite at the different stages of the disease.”He added that “people suffering from Parkinson tend to feel ashamed of their disease which makes it hard for them to cohabitate with their families.”Edited by Melissa Smyth© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more