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Calgary has made quantum leaps in tech but adaptation must continue CEDCalgary has made quantum leaps in tech but adaptation must continue CED

first_imgWith the prospect of the energy sector not having the same economic impact as in decades past for Alberta, the head of Calgary Economic Development says the city has job creators have to continue to adapt to a changing fiscal landscape.“We have a little adapting to do,” Mary Moran said after a joint presentation to a Calgary audience with the Conference Board of Canada and ATB Financial.Moran said that mostly has to do with technological advancements we have to get more comfortable dealing with uncertainty.“Advancements that are in our face, not happening down the road, they’re happening today,” she said. “GDP growth and job growth will come from a different place and so we have to make sure that we’re set up.”But Moran said there’s good news in recent history.“Compared to a year ago, I think we’ve made quantum leaps,” she said, pointing to some of the economic success she outlined in her presentation, such as CED helping support around 90 businesses in the last two years, creating approximately 5,000 jobs.Recent successes have included Amazon announcing it’ll be building a fulfillment centre in Balzac that will create 750 jobs, as well as companies like RocketSpace, a California-based tech firm setting up a local branch.But she also said while there’s plenty of private wealth in the city, conditions have to be ripe for private investment and attracting capital, which the Conference Board of Canada agrees with.The board’s senior fellow Glen Hodgson said while Calgary’s economy will grow by 4.6 per cent this year and 2.1 next year, he’s keeping a close eye on if there will be a certain kind of balance.“This year it’s way too much the consumer [spending], not enough private investment, next year I’m looking for more,” he said.As for the big fish of Amazon picking Calgary as its second headquarters, Moran denies the notion Calgary doesn’t have much of a chance.“I hear it all,” she said. “We do have a shot.“If it comes down to cost and it comes down to having the right talent, then we have a really, really chance.”last_img read more

JVP insists it has no deal with the UNPJVP insists it has no deal with the UNP

Dissanayake said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been accusing the JVP of working with the UNP when it is his own party which is working with the UNP. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today insisted that it has no deal with the United National Party (UNP).JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, speaking at an election rally in Nugegoda, said that the UNP is working with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and not the JVP. He noted that the UNP-SLFP coalition met even last week for a cabinet meeting despite contesting the August 17 Parliamentary election separately. The JVP leader insisted that the JVP will look to form a strong opposition after August 17 and be a stronger voice in Parliament.He also said that the JVP will do all it can to ensure Rajapaksa does not return to power following the defeat he suffered on January 8. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Security Council extends UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea for six monthsSecurity Council extends UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea for six months

The Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for six months, until 15 March. In adopting its resolution, the Council left unchanged the deployment levels of troops in the region, which number 4,200, including 220 military observers. The Council also decided to keep under review the progress made by the parties in the implementation of their commitments pursuant to the Algiers Agreements, through the Boundary Commission and other entities. Depending on any progress, the Council agreed to review any implications such developments would have for UNMEE, including those concerning territorial transfers during the boundary demarcation as outlined by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his report in July. UNMEE was established two years ago after Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a ceasefire agreement ending two years of fighting in a border dispute. The Mission is mandated to monitor the ceasefire and ensure the observance of security commitments by both sides. read more

High River looks to separate itself from 2013 floodsHigh River looks to separate itself from 2013 floods

High River looks to separate itself from 2013 floods CALGARY – Jodi Dawson thinks it’s high time people stopped talking about High River’s soggy history.The town of 12,000 just south of Calgary gained an international profile three years ago when flooding in parts of southern Alberta resulted in billions of dollars in damage.High River was one of the hardest-hit communities. Entire neighbourhoods were under water for weeks.Dawson, High River’s economic development manager, says a lot has changed in three years and it’s time to put the past behind.“We need to overcome that now at an Alberta level,” said Dawson.“We absolutely can’t erase it. It happened, but what we can do is a much better job of highlighting what we’ve been able to do since that time.”High River has developed a new economic development and marketing campaign to attract new businesses, residents and visitors to town.The campaign, which is to run until next year, is aimed at shifting perceptions away from the flood, said Dawson, who added it’s a bit frustrating being remembered as the town where a big flood took place.“I guess it’s a reality. It’s what we do and what we remember. That’s why this campaign and any proactive communicating we do is so important,” she said.“We need to replace some of that imagery in people’s minds and know that we’re back and we’re well-positioned for high returns.”There’s no indication that investors and businesses are shying away from High River because of the flood, Dawson said, but there are a lot of questions about ensuring history doesn’t repeat itself.“We reiterate that a lot of money, a lot of time and a lot of very smart engineers have put their time together to determine a good strategy for protecting and making sure this never happens again.“We’re the most flood-protected community in Canada as a result of what we’ve been through.”The town’s “High Praises” campaign uses different phrases to showcase key aspects of living in the community, including “High Life” for the quality of living and “High Returns” for entrepreneurial spirit.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2016 1:10 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Members of the RCMP return from a boat patrol of a still flooded neighborhood in High River, Alta., on July 4, 2013. Jodi Dawson thinks it’s high time people stopped talking about High River’s soggy history. The town of 12,000 just south of Calgary gained an international profile three years ago when flooding in parts of southern Alberta resulted in billions of dollars in damage. Dawson, High River’s economic development manager, says a lot has changed in three years and it’s time to put the past behind. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh read more

Pembina Pipeline plans friendly takeover of Veresen in 97 billion dealPembina Pipeline plans friendly takeover of Veresen in 97 billion deal

CALGARY – Pembina Pipeline Corp. announced Monday a $9.7-billion friendly takeover offer for Veresen Inc. in the latest case of energy companies pushing for scale and diversification in uncertain times.The Calgary-based companies both provide pipeline, storage and processing infrastructure in several key oil-and-gas producing areas of Western Canada, but their geographic and product profiles are complementary, their officials told a conference call with financial analysts.“We are predominantly a liquids company, Veresen is predominantly a gas company. And I think that is the magic,” Pembina CEO Mick Dilger said.“Now we can bring both service offerings to our customers.”Veresen (TSX:VSN) shares soared by close to 20 per cent on the news, gaining $2.72 to $17.96 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Pembina’s stock-and-cash (TSX:PPL) offer was worth the equivalent of $18.65 per Veresen share when announced.Veresen CEO Don Althoff said there will be more near-term growth opportunities than either company could achieve separately because of Pembina’s financial strength and the location of Veresen’s operational base.“The plays you serve matter — especially in lower commodity price environments — because it’s the most prolific and economic areas that will continue to grow and be developed,” Althoff said.AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever said the deal was a great fit for both companies.“There’s terrific synergies between the two companies, there’s really no overlap at all,” Lever said.The companies said they expect to achieve up to $100 million in annualized pre-tax efficiencies through a combination of cost savings and growth.The deal, which the companies said would create one of the largest energy infrastructure firms in Canada, will make it easier to finance what are increasingly expensive growth projects, said Lever.“It’s no longer a million dollar game that we’re looking at, it’s a billion dollar game. And you need the size and heft in order to get these projects done,” he said.Althoff said their proposed US$3-billion Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal could benefit from the combined balance sheet, though they have regulatory and contract barriers to solve there as well.“This was always the project that was just a little too big for Veresen, but it’s not too big for the combined entity,” he said.Pembina also has several big projects in the works, including a potential $4-billion polypropylene upgrader that would benefit from an Alberta government incentive program.The deal is one of several multibillion-dollar takeovers in Canada’s pipeline industry in the last year.In December, shareholders approved Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) US$28-billion acquisition of Houston-based Spectra Energy, about half a year after TransCanada (TSX:TRP) completed its takeover of Columbia Pipeline Group of Houston in a deal valued at US$13 billion.As part the latest deal, Veresen shareholders would receive nearly $4.85 in cash and the rest in Pembina stock, assuming the maximum $1.523 billion in cash is issued, while Pembina would increase its dividend by about six per cent.Follow @ibicks on Twitter. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2017 5:37 am MDT Last Updated May 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pembina Pipeline plans friendly takeover of Veresen in $9.7 billion deal read more

Suspect in murder of 16yearold captured in Suriname not Guyana PoliceSuspect in murder of 16yearold captured in Suriname not Guyana Police

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour arrested in Suriname drug bust after discovery of body at 63 BeachJanuary 15, 2019In “Crime”Suspect in murder of 16-year-old apprehended in BerbiceAugust 9, 2017In “Crime”Prison escapee recaptured in Suriname after 6 years on the runOctober 20, 2017In “Crime” Police on Thursday have clarified that the 25-year-old- Ryan Singh- who allegedly slit his girlfriend’s throat almost three weeks ago was arrested in Suriname and not Springlands, Berbice as was previously reported.Captured: Ryan Singh“The fact is that Ryan Singh was arrested by Police Authorities in Nickerie, Suriname and handed over to Local Authorities here [in Guyana] and this was initiated at the level of the Crime Chief of the Guyana Police Force,” a police press statement said.The statement also disclosed that the error came about because the “Divisional Commander of ‘B’ Division was not fully apprised of the circumstances surrounding this arrest.”As such, full credit for the arrest was given to the Police Authorities in Nickerie.On July 29 2017, Roseanna Lakhpal, a former Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) student was murdered reportedly at the hands of her boyfriend- identified as 25-year-old Ryan Singh-originally of Eccles, East Bank Demerara.Reports were that the duo reportedly met on Facebook and they subsequently started living together.Murdered: Rosanna LakhpalInews was informed that the relationship commenced before the young girl turned 16. Neighbours said they had made numerous complaints to Lakhpal’s mother that Singh was abusing her daughter when they were alone. However, the teen reportedly denied that the abuse was happening.On the day that the 16-year-old met her demise, Singh and the teen were arguing over his lack of interest in finding a job. Lakhpal had however started babysitting her neighbours’ children on the day of the argument with Singh. The children then ran back home to their mother and complained of the fight.The accused was reportedly angered by her “nagging” and this reportedly resulted in him slitting her throat, leaving her in a pool of blood.An eyewitness had related that the girl’s face was partly covered with a pillow as she lay on a carpet on the floor with her neck slashed. He then reportedly flung the knife he used several feet away and fled the scene.Singh was on the run until Tuesday when he was captured. He will soon be arraigned for Lakhpal’s murder.Singh has also been implicated in an incident where he almost killed a previous girlfriend, after stabbing her over 50 times about her body. It was claimed that the 25-year-old was never arrested for that allegation. read more

Dujshebaev starts with a victoryDujshebaev starts with a victory

← Previous Story Pick Szeged run over PLER Next Story → Karl Erik Bohn passed away First points in 2014 go to Vive Targi Kielce after the victory over Azoty Puławy 37:27. Kielce team arrived in Lublin (sports hall in Puławy was considered to be too small, and due to popularization of handball the match was moved to the bigger hall in Lublin) without Julen Aginagalde, who’s struggling with cold, and injured Piotr Chrapkowski. The game was looked forward not only because it was the first one after almost 2 month break – it was a debut of Talant Duyshebaev as a Kielce coach. His influence could be noticed from the very beginning, especially in defence. Polish Champions began by losing two goals but they caught up immediately. The game was more or less even for about 10 minutes when the result was 9:9. After 15 minutes couch DuJshebaev changed the whole group and Kielce started gradually taking over the lead. After quite gentle first half (no cards or suspensions) the result was 19:14 for the guests. Second half was a bit more rough but it did not change the result. Slowly but surely, Kielce kept leaving Puławy behind.Polish Champions were coping with new tactical guidelines better as time went on and even Michał Szyba in good form could not save his team from suffering defeat – Kielce won by 10 goals.Top scorer for Kielce: Thorir Olafsson 7(1).TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKAphoto: Talant DujshebaevVive Targi Kielce read more

Faune dArabie diverse fragile mais peu à peu protégéeFaune dArabie diverse fragile mais peu à peu protégée

first_imgFaune d’Arabie : diverse, fragile mais peu à peu protégéeSelon la BBC, des efforts sont faits par les autorités de plusieurs pays de la péninsule arabique pour préserver la précieuse faune locale, notamment le rarissime léopard d’Arabie, à travers des projets d’élevage en captivité et de futures réintroductions en milieu naturel. “Le léopard d’Arabie [Panthera pardus nimr] est le plus petit des neuf sous-espèces de léopard. Les experts estiment qu’il y en a moins de 200 à l’état sauvage. Ce sont les plus en danger parce qu’ils vivent en petites populations, de sorte que le risque d’extinction en raison de la consanguinité est élevé”, explique la vétérinaire Jane Budd, qui s’occupe de cet animal au Centre pour la faune d’Arabie (Émirats Arabes Unis), lequel fait l’élevage du félin depuis une décennie.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ansi, “notre meilleure option est de créer des couloirs de sécurité entre les zones montagneuses”, précise Paul Verkammen, directeur opérationnel du Centre, qui tisse des liens de collaboration avec les institutions environnementales des pays voisins que sont l’Oman, l’Arabie saoudite et le Yémen. En effet contrairement aux Émirats Arabes Unis, ces derniers abritent encore quelques petites populations de léopards sauvages, trop isolées les unes des autres. Mais outre l’élevage du léopard en vue de sa réintroduction dans la nature, le Centre pour la faune d’Arabie s’occupe également de nombreux autres représentants – rares et menacés – de la faune locale : oryx, gazelles, renards, mais aussi lièvres, reptiles ou scorpions. Un des enjeux est d’obtenir l’adhésion des populations locales, grâce à un effort d’éducation et de sensibilisation.Le 27 mai 2012 à 19:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Private Members Motion will call for Freedom of Information LawPrivate Members Motion will call for Freedom of Information Law

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:2011 constitution, freedom of information, Pdm, private members motion, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPprovdienciales, 16 Jul 2015 – When the House of Assembly convenes in August, the Opposition PDM will demand that the PNP Administration stop dancing around enacting a constitutional provision for a Freedom of Information law. PDM Leader, Sharlene Robinson said in a media statement yesterday “the Government has on several occasions presented bits of its proposed Legislative Agenda and has failed to include this important Legislation and to make good on its promise.” Hon Robinson and her party go on the record to say, “there is a serious need for the introduction of this Ordinance to allow for greater access to information which ought to be accessible in the furtherance of good governance.” Freedom of Information is defined in the Turks and Caicos 2011 Constitution, which in part outlines in Section 129 that an Ordinance shall provide for a right of access to information held by public authorities…” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

General Officer CommandinginChief Eastern Command AirGeneral Officer CommandinginChief Eastern Command Air

first_imgVisakhapatnam: General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, (GOC-in-C) Eastern Command (EC) Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane accompanied by President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) (Eastern Region) Veena Naravane and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Air Marshal RD Mathur Eastern Air Command (EAC) accompanied by President Airforce Wives Welfare Association(AFWWA) (Regional) Shipra Mathur arrived in Visakhapatnam on Sunday for a two-day visit to ENC. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us Lt Gen Naravane and Air Mar Mathur interacted with Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain and was briefed on the activities of the Command on Monday. The General Officer and the Air Marshal went on a familiarisation air sortie on Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft P-8I from INS Dega, where the CinCs were briefed on the capabilities of the versatile aircraft as a force multiplier in anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare and its role in Maritime Domain Awareness. Later the CinCs visited the Naval Harbour. President AWWA (ER) Veena Naravane, and President AFWWA(R) Shipra Mathur interacted with President NWWA(ER ) Devina Jain and visited some of the Welfare Facilities of NWWA at Visakhapatnam.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 Prepare for The Last WarGame of Thrones season 8 episode 4 Prepare for The Last War

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 review Daenerys TargaryenGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” aired earlier today and fans witnessed the great war between the army of the dead with the army of living. HBO has now released the promo of episode 4 rumoured title, “The Last War” and it finally brings Cersei Lannister back in the game.Major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 and episode 4:In the last two episodes, we didn’t see Cersei Lannister as the entire focus was on the Night King. Now since Arya Stark has finally killed him with her Valyrian steel, Daenerys Targaryen has fulfilled her promise of helping Jon Snow. She now wants to go to the North and rule the Seven Kingdoms.The released promo began by showing the aftermath of the Great War that happened between the living and the dead. We see Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Jon Snow standing together and from the voiceover, we hear Daenerys speaking to her men.”We have won the Great War, says Daenerys Targaryen to the room full of her allies. “Now, we will win the last war.” Cersei Lannister’s look in season 8.Twitter/Official Game of Thrones pageDaenerys Targaryen’s dragon is also shown in the promo but he comes only for a second and as of now, we are not sure whether he is wounded or perfectly fine.After the fight, Arya Stark again gets intimate with Gendry as she is shown leaning towards him to plant a kiss on his lips. Given the outrage fans had after seeing Maisie Williams naked, we are not sure how everyone will react after Arya will again get intimate with Gendry.As the music intensifies, we see Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Grey Worm, and others coming to together to burn the bodies of the dead. Even though the Night King is wiped out from Westeros, Northerners wouldn’t want to risk anything.At the end of the promo, we see Cersei Lannister waiting with her Lannister army and the Golden company along with Euron Greyjoy for Daenerys to come and fight her.”We’ll rip her out root and stem,” says Daenerys.From the released promo, it didn’t feel that Jon Snow wishes to sit on the Iron Throne. More will be revealed when Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will air next Sunday on HBO.last_img read more

3 Congress defectors one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa ministers3 Congress defectors one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa ministers

first_imgOn Saturday, the four legislators took oath in presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.Twitter/ANIThree Congress defectors — Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, Filipe Nery Rodrigues — and BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who resigned from the post of Deputy Speaker, joined the Pramod Sawant-led BJP government as ministers. On Saturday, these four legislators took oath in presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.The recent development came soon after four ministers — Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte, Vinod Paliencar, and Jayesh Salongakar were sacked from the ministry to accommodate the Congress MLAs who defected to the BJP.Earlier, Sawant had sought the resignation of four of his ministers — three of Goa Forward Party and an independent, but they refused.Speaker Rajesh Patnekar has said that the Assembly will function as the per schedule.Speaking to news agency ANI, Patnekar said, “Though new ministers have been inducted, the Assembly will go on as per the schedule. The new ministers will have to study their portfolios while answering questions on the floor of the House.” “As far as I am concerned, there is no rescheduling of the Assembly and the Congress party will have to give the name of Leader of Opposition by Monday,” he added.On the night of July 10, Chief Minister Sawant had gone to Delhi along with 10 MLAs to meet senior BJP leaders including working president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the development. Following this, the rebel MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.With 10 MLAs changing the sides, the strength of Congress on the floor of the House has been reduced to five.The MLAs who defected include Kavlekar, Isidore Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer, Atanasio Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Nilakanth Halarnkar, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D’Sa.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Infosys tightens the belt to protect margins as staff attrition rate skyrocketsInfosys tightens the belt to protect margins as staff attrition rate skyrockets

first_imgIT major Infosys is trying to protect the margins by cutting the costs, according to reports.IANSThe Infosys management is taking a series of steps to contain a worrying fall in the margin despite the impressive revenue growth in the first quarter. The IT major’s margins fell to 20.5 percent in the last quarter, below its targeted 21-23 percent for the year, and much below the 24-25 percent a few years ago, The Times of India reported. The company is clamping down on all areas of expense.The Bengaluru-headquartered IT bellwether is also saddled with one of the worst attrition rates in the company’s history. The attrition level rose to 23.4 percent in the June quarter, from 20.4 percent in the preceding one, and 23 percent year on year, the report says. The company said in a rare admission that it had a higher percentage of layoffs in the quarter. Infosys recruited 8,000 employees in the June quarter, including about 2,500 freshers.The company, sources say, has also been discouraging non-essential employee travel. “Earlier, we just needed to inform the manager that we would be travelling. Now, it requires a sanction at a very senior level. Video conferencing is being encouraged,” the report quotes an unidentified senior executive as saying. The stress on higher employee utilisation than on hiring, the executive said. There has been a steady increase in the utilisation levels, the source said, and the net employee addition was just about 900 in the last quarter. In comparison, rival TCS reportedly recruited 12,000 employees. Salil Parekh, newly appointed CEO and MD at Infosys.Getty ImagesA drastic fall in the company’s L-1 visa applications is also cited as an indicator of the bid to cut the costs. (The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant US visa that allows employers to offer intra-company transfer to employees with specialized knowledge from a foreign office to an office in the US.) The company’s earnings announcement last week said that visa costs had been rising.Infosys forged ahead of TCS in growth rate in the last quarter. The latter saw growth slow down to 10.6 percent from 12.7 percent in the previous quarter. Infosys’s performance allowed it to raise its revenue growth forecast for the year to 8.5-10 percent from 7.5-9.5 percent. Infosys has clarified that variable pay for employees “continues to be paid in line with what has been done in previous years”.”Similarly, for senior executives, the payout has always been done on a six-monthly basis, and for junior to mid-level employees, it is done on a quarterly basis. There is no change in the performance or payout cycle.” But the report cites an unidentified employee as saying that there are times when they are paid almost 60 days after the variable pay period. An Infosys statement said it is committed to driving operational efficiencies as part of its normal business and continue to take measures to strengthen its operating model.last_img read more

Michelle Obama recalls Charleston on visit to US baseMichelle Obama recalls Charleston on visit to US base

first_imgU.S. first lady Michelle Obama visits the roof of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Earlier Michelle Obama toured the U.S. and Italian pavilions at the Expo 2015 world’s fair focused on food and nutrition, topics in step with the first lady’s initiative to promote healthy eating.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories After the moment of solemnity, the U.S. first lady turned her attention to thanking the soldiers and their families for their service.She noted that soldiers from U.S. Army Africa based in Vicenza were “the first American military boots on the ground to stop the spread of Ebola” and that the 173rd Brigade, also in Vicenza, deployed paratroopers in recent days so that “for so many, that means another Father’s Day without Dad around.”Mrs. Obama said one of her missions as first lady is “to make sure I shine a light, a really bright light, on all of you and everything that you do for the folks back home.”The first lady then spent a half an hour among the troops shaking hands and giving hugs. Nearby, first daughters Malia and Sasha, Mrs. Obama’s mother Marion Robinson and a cousin scooped ice cream for the soldiers, their spouses and children.Mario Caballero, who serves in the 173rd brigade, and his wife Sabrina Rezzara were standing nearby hoping to give the first lady a gift, a party favor from their 10-month-old son’s baptism.“I love her. She’s amazing. I love all the support she gives to the troops,” said Rezzara, an Italian from Vicenza. VICENZA, Italy (AP) — Michelle Obama shared her dismay Friday over the killings of nine worshippers at a historic black church in the United States, telling American soldiers and their families based in Italy that she hopes such tragedies “will one day come to an end.”“We have seen too many tragedies like this,” Mrs. Obama said of the attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “There is something particularly horrifying about something that happens so senseless in a house of worship.” The first lady and her daughters later read books to about 150 children in the middle school gymnasium, and Mrs. Obama presided over a surprise baby shower for 23 expectant mothers from the base.She was to speak privately afterward with the pregnant women to discuss their concerns about the closure of the birthing center on the base last year, according to a base official.Before Vicenza, the first lady spent days in Milan promoting the healthy eating agenda behind her “Let’s Move” initiative in conjunction with Milan’s Expo 2015 world’s fair focusing on food and nutrition. Her four-stop trip started in London and will wrap up with cultural stops in Venice.On Thursday in Milan, Obama, her daughters, her mother and cousin lit candles inside Milan’s Gothic-inspired Duomo for the victims of the South Carolina shooting.Speaking to the troops and her family in Vicenza on Friday, she referred to her husband’s expression of anger and sadness at the slayings.“As my husband said yesterday, simply saying our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families and community of Charleston simply does not convey the heartache that we feel,” Mrs. Obama said. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more