RSF refers threat to Philippine website to UN, UNESCO and ASEAN

first_img News President Duterte attacked Rappler again on Tuesday, accusing the site of “throwing trash and shit all along” (photos: Ted Aljibe / AFP). In a flagrant violation of media freedom, President Rodrigo Duterte’s government announced on 15 January that it was revoking the website’s licence on the grounds that it was foreign-owned. The Philippine Justice Secretary reiterated yesterday that it is also considering judicial proceedings against Rappler. RSF voices its full support for the website’s journalists, who fear they could be raided at any time. Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa “For more than a year, Duterte’s notorious troll army has been spreading the rumour that Rappler is 100% foreign-owned,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The president is clearly trying to exploit nationalist sentiment in order to silence a media outlet that annoys his clique. But the legal grounds offered for this decision are contradicted by the hard facts.” News January 18, 2018 RSF refers threat to Philippine website to UN, UNESCO and ASEAN Financial transparency Help by sharing this information “The decision to close Rappler is fraught with danger, hence the urgency of referring it to these international bodies,” RSF deputy director-general Antoine Bernard said. “We are very concerned about the safety of its journalists and the protection of their sources, especially as Rappler is well known for the quality of its investigative reporting.” The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has meanwhile produced no hard evidence to support its accusations against Rappler and the company that owns it, Rappler Holding Corp. According to the SEC, they exist “with no other purpose than to effect a deceptive scheme to circumvent the constitution,” specifically, section 11 of article XVI, which says: “The ownership of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines.” Organisation RSF_en PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionUnited NationsUNESCOInternet In a sign of the Duterte government’s contempt for journalistic freedom and independence, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday that the website’s reporters “can still become bloggers, that is clear.” Rappler founder and editor Maria Ressa has long been urging Facebook’s management not to allow the circulation of deliberately false information that is “hurting democracy around the world.” Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days agocenter_img The Philippines is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. A quick look at Rappler’s capital structure in the report of RSF’s Philippine media ownership monitoring shows that it is 100% Philippine owned. Rappler Holding Corp is an example of financial transparency. It has received some foreign investment, including from Omidyar Network and North Base Media, but this has been in the form of Philippine Depositary Receipts that do not imply any form of ownership. June 1, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionUnited NationsUNESCOInternet to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is asking the United Nations, UNESCO and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take a stand against the Philippine government’s decision to close the country’s leading independent news website, Rappler, on trumped-up legal grounds. Receive email alerts RSF supports Rappler’s decision to appeal against this iniquitous decision, one based entirely on false information. Follow the news on Philippines May 3, 2021 Find out more With a population that is one of the most active on social networks of any in the world, the Philippines is a key market for Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, these California-based social network giants have often been criticized for the false information circulating on their networks, much of it coming from President Duterte’s trolls. News February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Local Pharmacies Can’t Keep Face Masks in Stock

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the March 5-11, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Some customers are nervous about being able to obtain chronic medications in the future. “People are worried about their drugs being on back order. If the generic drug is made in China then there’s a chance there will be a supply issue. We haven’t noticed anything yet, but that’s always a possibility,” said Leng. He added that customers are willing to pay out-of-pocket for an early supply and that he receives this request at least once per day. It’s a sign of anxious times. As the novel coronavirus – and the illness it causes, COVID-19 – spreads in the United States, some local pharmacies report face masks and hand sanitizer are flying off the shelves.  Without a vaccine currently available, local residents are seeking to have something – anything – on hand to protect against the threat of the illness.  “Customers come in asking for masks all day long,” said Dave Samuels, a pharmacist at Rumson Pharmacy on West River Road. The drugstore has been unable to restock its supply for about a month, he said.  The CDC is not advising face masks for healthy people unless they are recommended by a health care professional. It advises face masks should only be worn by health care workers and individuals who have COVID-19 or individuals taking care of someone infected with the virus. “Our domain is explaining side effects and educating the public in situations like this because we’re accessible and part of the community,” he said. At Shrewsbury Avenue Pharmacy, a few travel-sized bottles of hand sanitizer were available early in the week, but sold out quickly. Jennifer Gonzalez, a pharmacy clerk, said a middle-school-aged girl came in asking for masks, stating she had been to multiple pharmacies in the area without luck. When Gonzalez informed her they were also out of stock, she returned with her mother and purchased the remaining hand sanitizer in the store. Anthony Yacullo, a pharmacist for 25 years who currently works at Red Bank Family Pharmacy said, “ I saw something like this when SARS was in the papers.” He explained that the lack of definitive information around COVID-19, how it spreads, and what will happen next adds to the growing fear and desire for protective supplies. Pharmacist Anthony Yacullo showed the last remaining face mask in Red Bank Family Pharmacy that wasn’t sold due to a defect. Photo by Jamie Jablonowski The pharmacy was able to find masks through its wholesalers. “We were able to stock 20 boxes of 10 each, and they sold out within a day,” Leng said. “The pharmacy has a waiting list, but the demand became so high they stopped taking names. The pharmacy has been out of masks for two to three weeks. “We’ve been getting 10-15 calls a day asking for masks.” Hand sanitizer and antimicrobial wipes are both out of stock, said Mike Salerno, who orders supplies at Little Silver Pharmacy. “Hand sanitizer is back ordered until the end of March,” he said. He added that the customers most concerned were mothers and individuals planning travel. Waleska Jorge, a pharmacy technician and Jennifer Gonzalez, a pharmacy clerk, stood in front of the counter at Shrewsbury Avenue Pharmacy where they field daily requests for face masks and hand sanitizer. Photo by Jamie Jablonowski As of Tuesday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 80 cases of novel coronavirus in the United States across 13 states, including 16 cases resulting from person-to-person spread and 40 cases under investigation. There have been a total of 11 deaths reported in the media as of Wednesday afternoon, 10 in Washington and one in California. No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Jersey as of press time. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned officials the virus could be more deadly than the flu, with a mortality rate of 3.4 percent. “There was an initial surge when the virus first hit and then it died down a little bit. It surged back up again after the CDC came out with the report that we should get ready,” said Leng.  All pharmacists echoed CDC guidance to practice hand hygiene, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoid touching your face, stay home when sick and avoid contact with those who are ill.  Shelves at Red Bank Family Pharmacy, usually stocked with face masks, are empty. Pharmacies report they are unable to replenish supplies.  By Jamie Jablonowski Even though the CDC does not advise wearing a surgical mask, Daniel Leng, a pharmacist at Little Silver Family Pharmacy noted that demand surged following the CDC’s announcement last week urging the public to prepare.  Surgical masks do not provide a tight seal around the nose and mouth, allowing for the potential inhalation of respiratory droplets that can make a person sick, according to the CDC. While N95 respirators provide higher protection, they must be fit-tested to ensure the masks fit properly, especially if a person wearing one has a beard.  While hand sanitizer is selling out, regular soap is still readily available and is preferred for handwashing by the CDC. (See article about handwashing in the Health section, page 22.) Hand sanitizer is recommended only when regular soap and water are not available.last_img read more

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Major pipe burst leaves part of Ballindrait without water

first_imgSeveral areas surrounding Ballindrait are without water this afternoon due to a major burst pipe. Drumnahaw, Springhill, Backlands, Ballindrait and surrounding areas in the county are reported to have been affected by the ruptured pipeline.Irish Water crews are working on fixing the issue but it is unknown when the water outage will be completely restored. The works have an estimated completion time of 7pm on April 19.Irish Water has warned that the supply may take 2-3 hours to fully return to all affected properties.Major pipe burst leaves part of Ballindrait without water was last modified: April 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Get a free go-karting track with this stunning traditional Donegal cottage!

first_imgIt’s the ultimate boyhood dream – owning your own racetrack. Now that dream can become a reality and all for the price of an average three-bedroom semi-detached house in Dublin. This stunning renovated country cottage in Castlefin in Co Donegal comes with its very own go-karting track set over a whopping eight acres of land.And for just €325,000, you can live in this traditional-style cottage and develop the go-karting business.Or you can simply live in the cottage and invite your family and friends around in the evening time to practise your driving skills to become the next Lewis Hamilton.The track, which to 1,000 metres in length, has been designed so users can reach speeds of up to 55 mph.And the cottage is straight off the winner’s podium also. The picture-postcard cottage located at Sessiagh requires no renovation and is ready to move into.Internally, this two-bedroomed cottage home has a very distinctive finish, benefits from having an oil fired central heating system, and a solid fuel stove.Over the years the cottage has been a very well maintained family home.It has been decorated using traditional red brick and the bedrooms finished to a very high standard.It boasts wooden floors and cast iron radiators and a traditional stove. There’s no need to worry about places to park when your friends call around for an evening on the go-karts.There is ample car parking space as well as outhouses which can be developed by the new owner.The full accommodation comprises of:• Entrance Hall: 2.53m x 2.75m• Tiled flooring and double radiator.• Living/Family Room: 5.11m x 9.01m• Tiled flooring, solid fuel stove and cast iron radiator.• Kitchen:• Tiled flooring, Antique Brick Kitchen, solid wooden worktop, Stanley range, Belfast sink.• Gallery: 6.05m x 2.54m• Velux window.• Dining Room: 2.64m x 5.13m• Tiled flooring and cast iron radiators.• Main Bathroom: 2.75m x 1.89m• Tiled walls and flooring, WC, wash hand basin, electric shower and double radiator.• Bedroom 1: 4.64m x 2.62m• Double bedroom with wooden flooring and double radiator.• Bedroom 2: 2.71m x 4.67m• Double bedroom with wooden flooring and double radiator. If you think this cottage and its unique go-karting track is for you then contact Ronan McAnenny on 04871886910.Get a free go-karting track with this stunning traditional Donegal cottage! was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:castlefincottagedonegalgo kartinghouseSALElast_img read more

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The Dinosaurs That Didn’t Evolve

first_imgEveryone is understandably fascinated by dinosaurs, but we must separate the empirical facts of their nature from evolutionary stories told about them.Currie favor: Renowned dinosaur hunter Philip J. Currie got another new species named after him, says Science Daily. Albertavenator curriei, complete with imaginary feathers,  is very similar to Troodon—so similar, in fact, that researchers had to perform “detailed anatomical and statistical comparisons of the skull bones” to distinguish them. “Both dinosaurs walked on two legs, were covered in feathers, and were about the size of a person,” the article says. No actual feathers are reported in the article.Laura Geggel is even more bold about the imaginary feathers in her report for Live Science, headlining her article, “‘Stalker’ Velociraptor Relative Sported Feathers, Serrated Teeth.” Although she is mighty sporty about those imaginary feathers, details of actual feathers found with the fossil are not provided. The idea makes for a nice story, though: “About 71 million years ago, a feathered dinosaur that was too big to fly rambled through parts of North America, likely using its serrated teeth to gobble down meat and veggies, a new study finds.” Currie is probably happy to hear that his namesake dinosaur ate its veggies.T. rex slow treks: The pendulum has swung back again. Tyrannosaurus rex was fast, like a speedy predator. No, it was slow, like a lazy scavenger. No, it was fast (about the time the Jurassic Park movies came out). Now it is slow again. The slow-runner meme has spread like a seasonal virus through Science Daily, National Geographic and the BBC News. Fox News Science even calls Jurassic Park a ‘lie’—”T. rex couldn’t run fast, scientists say.” NG assures readers that they could have outrun T. rex, since “Cutting-edge simulations suggest the mighty dinosaur wasn’t capable of more than a light jog.” At least that’s what they say today until they change their mind again. None of this has anything to do with evolution.The predator races: Speaking of speed, T. rex shows up in another meme about the physics of predators. In “Why Tyrannosaurus was a slow runner and why the largest are not always the fastest,” Science Daily reports on work by Germans about the limits of speed for large animals. The work was published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, but there’s no mention of evolution in this article; just constraints on how fast an animal of a given mass can run or fly. The BBC News imports Darwin into the story: “Speedy animals like the cheetah have evolved bodies primed to catch prey. They are the optimal size for maximum speed.” It appears that readers will have to wait for the Darwin futureware to arrive, though: “With this refined explanation of why animals move as fast as they do (or don’t), we can expect to gain further insight into how locomotion and ecology has evolved in various groups throughout the history of life.” Insight into why evolution made cheetahs fast and humans slow (and sloths slower still) may have to await further elaboration.Convergence crock: A crocodile had teeth like a T. rex, says the BBC News. So was it becoming one? No, this “top predator in Madagascar 170 million years ago” has dimensions “comparable to those of modern relatives” of its type, the article says. So over 170 million years, crocodiles did not evolve into non-crocodiles. In fact, living salt-water crocodiles reach similar size as this fossil.Hey Judy: Australia celebrates the discovery of a sauropod named Judy, says Phys.org. So did this dinosaur evolve? The article talks about its size, its possible stomach contents and other facts, but doesn’t mention anything evolutionary. “This new specimen will probably prompt more questions than it answers, but it will still provide us with a unique snapshot of the life – and death – of at least one sauropod individual that roamed Australia 95 million years ago.” Even if one accepts the moyboy date, that’s not evolution.Empty promises? An article on Phys.org promises insight into dinosaur evolution: “Paleobiologists make intriguing new discoveries about dinosaur ancestors.” So what’s inside the package? “An international group of researchers has discovered that the most ancient dinosaurs’ ancestors were quadrupedal.” Why is that evolutionary, when many dinosaurs walked on all fours? The article proceeds to tell an old tale about the ancestor of dinosaurs splitting into bird-hipped and lizard-hipped groups. “However, this logical construct was recently upended by the research group, which found a new candidate for an early dinosaur predecessor: Teleocrater rhadinus, whose bone fragments were discovered in Tanzania in the 1930s.” Time to re-write the textbooks:Sterling Nesbitt, assistant professor at Virginia Tech, said that this discovery dramatically changed the current picture of early dinosaur evolution. Judith Skog, program director at the National Science Foundation, added that the research makes everyone rethink their ideas about dinosaur ancestry…. Sennikov added that this research showed the more complex diversity of early archosaurs than had previously been considered. So who is the ancestor of whom? On The Conversation, Richard Butler, one of the discoverers of Teleocrater, tries to put a happy face on the situation. Admittedly, this “Dragon-like fossil discovery could change our view of dinosaur origins,” but he is here to tell you what traits are primitive and which ones shed light on evolution. It takes a special kind of vision to see Darwin in the bones:Teleocrater seems to be highly similar to a number of other reptile species that have been named previously from rocks of similar age in India, Russia and Brazil. Most of these species have been enigmatic and difficult to understand, but our work suggests that together they form a previously unrecognised group of dinosaur cousins. We named this group Aphanosauria, or “hidden lizards”, referring to the fact that these animals have been hiding in plain sight. They had been given scientific names by palaeontologists, but their evolutionary importance for dinosaur origins had not been realised.Do you see the visage of Darwin yet? No? Well, you can trust the experts. They have the training to see his bearded face in the data. That is, they see him in the future.Our work is part of a number of recent discoveries and analyses that suggest that we might have to completely rethink our models of dinosaur origins. Teleocrater raises the possibility that dinosaur ancestors might have been considerably larger than previously thought, slower moving, and quadrupedal rather than bipedal.As so often in palaeontology, sorting through alternative theories about what dinosaur ancestors looked like will probably require additional fossil discoveries. These may come from new fieldwork, but it’s also possible that the answers might already be lying in a museum drawer somewhere, waiting to catch the right palaeontological eye. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another 80 years.This implies that in 80 years, scientists of the future will have to completely rethink our year-2017 models of dinosaur origins. Evolution marches on.Update 7/31/17: Phys.org discusses the rediscovery of a dinosaur dig site in Australia, where a long-necked sauropod named Austrosaurus, said to be 104 million Darwin Years old, was found in 1932. More rib bones were dug up in 2014-2015. The only statement about evolution is this: “Because of its age, Dr Poropat says Austrosaurus might reveal something about the evolution of other sauropods in Australia.” He can come back when he has something.It is SO tiring to see the dirty tricks evolutionists play with the data, using divination methods on bones to conjure up Darwin. They get away with it because they have ruled all criticism of evolution out of court. Creationists are screaming ‘Foul! Foul!’ behind the soundproof one-way glass, but only the Expelled can see or hear it. Mainstream reporters and Big Science institutions commit Fake Science in the name of Darwin without any fear of being shamed. Their propaganda, repeatedly proved wrong in their own writings, is fed to impressionable students as “science” when it is really Darwin worship.We will continue exposing this propaganda to those not yet brainwashed. Mr. Darwin, tear down this wall! (Visited 656 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SABC ‘ready for World Cup broadcast’

first_imgSource: BuaNews Mampone said two additional outside broadcasting vans would be delivered in 2010. “We are happy to announce that next year we’ll have other two vans that will ensure that those games are broadcast digitally.” The SABC is the official broadcast partner to both tournaments. The SABC is also involved in various corporate social investment initiatives in an effort to boost morale in the build-up to the World Cup, including distributing some 20 000 low-cost radio sets to rural communities. Mampone said the SABC was also in discussions with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on the possibility of an additional channel for 2010 World Cup programming. “We are getting two digital outside broadcasting vans – they are arriving next month from Germany – so that people who are outside the country will have a digital signal that will ensure that they receive direct-to-home content during these games, starting with the Confederations Cup,” he said. 14 April 2009 2010 TV Acting SABC CEO Gab Mampone told the journalists last week that South Africa’s national broadcaster was ready to broadcast the 16 Confederations Cup and 64 World Cup matches live. “We’ve got our broadcasting strategy that will help us to modernise and enhance our infrastructure, and I can say that we are ready,” Mampone said. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has acquired the infrastructure needed to bring the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup to millions of fans worldwide.last_img read more

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Rain delayed harvest Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ben Klick, Stark CountyWe are finally getting some long overdue rain. We got two inches yesterday. We got just shy of 300 acres of beans off. We parked the combine at the end of last week and switched over to spread fertilizer, work ground and we got all of the wheat and barley planted just in time for that nice rain shower. It was a million dollar rain two months too late. Now it looks like we’ll get a little heat this week.We started harvest Sept. 28 cutting beans. We cut for a while then quit to grind feed. We got a good start on the first early beans. The beans were very dry — 8% or 8.5% across the board. Even with the draper head we were still getting some shatter. Yield wise, we have beans that should have been 70 bushels and they were 50. The top pods were not there. They weren’t filled out.In talking to others around here, I don’t feel too bad about our bean averages compared to everyone else. We planted beans late because it was wet and we didn’t get the late moisture for them. We’ve been seeing a range but mostly around 50 bushels.Before this last rain, the last substantial rain we had was the middle of August. We had the wettest July and the driest September on record here. I heard they dug a grave in town and had to go three or four feet down until he hit moisture in the ground.There are some around here who are ahead of us with harvest, but most everyone around here has been getting after it. A couple of guys have switched over to corn. I have heard some better yields with corn. We may start shelling corn here in the middle of the week when things dry out. We need some corn for feed. As dry as it was, the ground is a little tacky after two inches of rain. It is not even sticking to my shoes.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

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Maradona arrives in City of Joy sans fan-frenzy

first_imgKolkata, Dec 10 (PTI) Legendary Diego Maradona finally kept his date with the football-crazy city for a three-day private trip, which was originally scheduled in September.Sporting a blue T-shirt and a cap, the Argentine and his female companion landed past 7 pm via Dubai and headed straight to the hotel in New Town, Rajarhat.This was the 1986 World Cup winners second visit to the city after December 2008, when thousands of fans gathered near airport and lined up the streets well past midnight to welcome their football icon.But with an his latest trip mired in postponements for more than once and an air of uncertainty till the last minute, it was a low-key arrival for Maradona, as only handful journalists and some officials were seen at the airport and the hotel.”It is such an honour for me to be able to make this trip. Kolkata is a very special place and I have good memories from my trip there many years ago, the fans were fantastic,” Maradona said.”India is a very passionate football nation, and I look forward to meeting a whole new generation of fans while continuing to spread the overwhelming love that I have for this beautiful game.”Originally scheduled to arrive on September 19, on the day of Mahalaya to kickstart the auspicious Durga Puja festival, Maradona was to unveil his statue besides inaugurating a north Kolkata pandal.With Durga Puja over, Maradonas schedule has been altered a bit as he will now meet some cancer-afflicted patients in a charity at the same club and will also lay foundation stone of his statue tomorrow afternoon.advertisementHe also has some sponsors committments towards the evening and will attend a gala dinner.The much-hyped Dada versus Diego exhibition involving Kolkata cricket icon Sourav Ganguly will now take place on December 12 on the outskirts of Barasat, about 35 kilometres from the city.It is however not clear whether Maradona would play the full match as he had undergone a shoulder surgery a few days back, while frequent change of dates would also mean many celebrities, who were originally slated to come, may give it a miss. PTI TAP KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein to retire by year end – report

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein has started plans to retire and could do so as soon as the end of this year, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.However, Blankfein distanced himself from the Journal’s story, joking on Twitter, “I feel like Huck Finn listening to his own eulogy.”Blankfein, 63, has run Goldman since 2006, and ran the New York firm through the housing market bubble and subsequent financial crisis. The firm also became a target of intense populist anger during the Great Recession. It emerged from the crisis transformed, focusing less on risky trading and is now exploring new businesses like consumer loans.The two people considered as candidates to replace Blankfein are Harvey Schwartz and David Solomon, who share the position as chief operating officer, the Journal said, citing undisclosed sources. Both Schwartz and Solomon have been considered successors to Blankfein in the past in reports.Discussions on whether Blankfein would step down heated up a few years ago when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He successfully underwent radiation and chemotherapy and has publicly said he considers himself cured.Gary Cohn, who previously was Goldman’s chief operating officer, left last year to become chief economic adviser to President Donald Trump. He was considered at the time as the most likely successor to Blankfein. However, the Journal reported that Goldman is not looking beyond Schwartz or Solomon.Cohn resigned his position at the White House earlier this week and is not expected to return to Goldman.Blankfein is one of only a couple big Wall Street CEOs who ran their firms before the financial crisis and still are at the helms today. Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo have all replaced their CEOs over the years. All who remain are Blankfein and Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co.Blankfein in his later years has become more outspoken about his views. He has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration on immigration and diversity issues and typically uses his own Twitter account to weigh in on public issues. Along with his Mark Twain reference, Blankfein said on Twitter about the reports, “It’s @WSJ’s announcement … not mine.”A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. spokesman declined to comment on the report.last_img read more

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AeconFlatironDragadosEBC Partnership awarded 16 billion Site C contract

first_imgThis portion of the contract will be responsible for the placement of approximately 700,000 cubic metres of reinforced concrete, and 34,000 tonnes of rebar. The Partnership has signed a project labour agreement that includes unions from the BC Building Trades. Hydro says the agreement will prioritize hiring local and Indigenous workers, with a goal of having up to 25 percent of the GSS workforce being made up of apprentices.According to BC Hydro, the contractor will mobilize to the site this spring, with the work taking place over a five-year period. The Crown Corporation estimates there will be approximately 1,600 people working on this portion of the project at the peak of construction in 2021.In addition to the generating station and spillways civil works contract, BC Hydro has awarded two other Site C contracts. Nanaimo-based F&M Installations Ltd. was awarded the $33-million contract to build the Site C substation, while REEL COH Inc. was awarded the contract to design, build and commission the dam’s powerhouse bridge and gantry cranes for $23 million. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro announced this morning that it has awarded the contract for the Site C dam’s generating station and spillways civil works, along with two other project contracts.BC Hydro signed the generating station and spillways civil works contract with the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership. The contract is valued at $1.6 billion and falls within the project’s revised budget of $10.7 billion.The contract for Site C’s generating station and spillways is the second-largest of the project’s contracts. As part of the contract, Hydro says the AFDE Partnership will build the civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes.last_img read more

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