This case demonstrates how seriously we take illegal waste crime. We take robust enforcement action against those who deliberately ignore the law to protect communities and the environment. A 35-year-old man from Bradford has been ordered to pay £3,116.80 after pleading guilty to operating as an illegal waste carrier in a case heard at Nottingham Magistrates Court.Caught in road-stop stingAndrew Clarke of Southcroft Avenue, Birkenshaw, Bradford, was stopped at a multi-agency road stop operation on the A614 at Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, on 25 May 2018. A search of his transit van revealed he was carrying waste carpet.Environment Agency officers then carried out a check on the public register, which showed the defendant did not have the required waste carrier registration. He was given 10 days to obtain the necessary paperwork or face prosecution.Failed to registerHowever, a subsequent systems check by Environment Agency officials in August 2018 showed the defendant had failed to register as a waste carrier in his name within the 10-day period. He had registered in the name of a partnership 20 days after the offence.The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates on 2 January 2019. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £2,816.80.Penalties over £3,000The defendant, who had been fitting out a shop in Arnold, Nottingham, told officials that he was not being paid to remove the waste and that he was not aware he needed to be registered.The offence was discovered during Operation Transporter, a multi-agency operation between the Environment Agency, Nottinghamshire Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: To report waste crime, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can call the Environment Agency on 0370 850 6506 or check online to find out how to responsibly manage any waste your business produces. The management and disposal of waste as a commercial enterprise is subject to a strict statutory regime and the relevant piece of legislation for the purpose of this case is the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989. The act makes it a criminal offence for a person to transport controlled waste to or from any place in the United Kingdom, with a view for profit, if they do not possess the necessary Waste Carrier Licence.
DUBROVNIK AND SPLIT AGAINST LIBERALIZATION OF TAXI MARKET, WANT TO INTRODUCE ORDER DUBROVNIK: ATMS ARE LEAVING THE OLD TOWN An excellent positive example of dialogue and how the City should cooperate with various professional associations, because without synergy and market development, and not politicking, we certainly cannot move forward. Also, the profession and people from the field know deeper issues, and one man, in this case the mayor, can not know everything, and accordingly not even make decisions on topics in which he is not familiar enough. Communication and synergy. He paid special attention to staying at the entrances to the old town and the movement of groups along Stradun, because these are the busiest parts where crowds quickly form. “Better throughput and movement through the City will provide tourists with a better experience ” Franković points out. RELATED NEWS: “Licensed guides for the protected area of the City of Dubrovnik with their knowledge and experience and direct contact with visitors can significantly contribute to the perception of our city and life in it ”States Mayor Franković in the letter, inviting all guides to introduce their groups to the project Respect the City and call on them to respect the prominent rules and the local population. On the Pile and Ploče bridges, stopping groups is not allowed, as well as in Široka Street, and it is recommended to stop as little as possible on Stradun, and it is especially important to pay attention to the streets of the pedestrian corridor. All recommendations and rules have been previously harmonized with the leadership of the Tourist Guides Association and the Tourist Guides Guild. The City of Dubrovnik continues to develop and implement the strategic project Respect the City, in order to prevent the negative effects of excessive tourism through destination management. By the way, for 2021, a change has been announced that will apply to all guides, the introduction of the rules of mandatory use of headphones for all groups over 15 people and a complete ban on the use of microphones with loudspeakers. To this end, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, invited tourist guides to cooperate, addressing the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association and the Tourist Guides Guild. “Tourist guides know the City and each of its cantons best. Every virtue and advantage, flaw and need. You have a great role in creating order, as well as in the experience by which tourists will remember our city, and we believe that you will help us create change and achieve our goals.”Concluded Mayor Franković. Photo: City of Dubrovnik UNIQUE SMART PARKING SYSTEM LAUNCHED IN DUBROVNIK Although Dubrovnik certainly has a lot of problems, as do other cities due to mass tourism, it is still nice to see concrete moves aimed at bringing order to Dubrovnik. The Respect the city project is growing and expanding, although for many it is too slow, it cannot be said that it is not a quality project and that there are no concrete changes for the better. Definitely to be commended.
Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Quarters: 23-19, 42-37, 59-55, 81-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Today, we still can’t be happy because we’ve already built big leads but we turn the ball over too much and that allows our opponents to come back,” said Tiu, who was shaking his head after his side gobbled the ball up 30 times.Rey Anthony Peralta led Perpetual (1-2) with 18 points and two rebounds, while Kim Aurin got 17 markers and four boards in the defeat.The Scores:GO FOR GOLD 81 — Alejandro 23, Leutcheu 14, Gaco 11, Gutang 11, Dixon 8, Haruna 8, Casiño 3, Domingo 3, Naboa 0, Pasturan 0, Pili 0, Salem 0, Young 0.PERPETUAL 69 — Peralta 18, Aurin 17, Coronel 8, Charcos 7, Eze 6, Mangalino 5, Antonio 4, Villanueva 4, Tamayo 0, Tiburcio 0.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu tallied 14 markers and eight boards, while Jerwin Gaco and Justin Gutang got 11 points apiece with the win.“I think we’re slowly getting the team that we want a bit, but there’s still some room for improvement,” said Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGo for Gold’s defense allowed it to establish a 59-47 lead, but turnovers allowed the Altas to get back into the game, 59-55, at the end of the third frame.Luckily for the Scratchers, Alejandro was there to restore order and a 10-2 blast to open the fourth period kept the Altas at bay for good. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PBA IMAGESJ-Jay Alejandro showed the way as Go for Gold snapped its two-game skid after an 81-69 victory over University of Perpetual Help Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The former NU Bulldog fired nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, while also collecting five rebounds and four assists for the Scratchers, who evened their record at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES View comments
8 November 2012Banyana Banyana secured a place in the final of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) African Women’s Championship with a thrilling 1-0 win over Africa’s top-ranked team, Nigeria, in a semi-final played at the Bata Stadium in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday.It was a first victory for Banyana over Nigeria, who were the defending champions, since the South African national women’s team was founded in 1993.‘Amazing sense of pride’After the game, South African coach Joseph Mkhonza said: “Seeing Banyana Banyana beat Nigeria for the first time in our team’s history has left us with an amazing sense of prize and confidence ahead of Sunday’s final against the hosts Equatorial Guinea. All of our players need to be commended for their commitment and discipline shown.“We had to pick ourselves up after the opening match defeat against Equatorial Guinea and have applied ourselves to beat Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and now Nigeria,” Mkhonza said.“We have some homework to do before Sunday’s final, knowing we will play in front of a large red-clad crowd in what is certain to be a packed Malabo stadium, but we will be ready for the challenge.”GoalCentral defender Janine van Wyk scored the all-important goal in the 23rd minute, after the Nigerians failed to clear their lines from a corner kick. She gathered the ball 25 metres out from the goal and let fly with a left-footed shot, which dipped and hit the underside of the crossbar, leaving Nigerian goalkeeper and captain Precious Dede with no chance of stopping it.The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will face Equatorial Guinea in the final in Malabo on Sunday, 11 November, after the hosts defeated Cameroon 2-0 in the first semi-final played earlier in the day.Nigeria pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half, but they found Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni in fine form between the posts at the South African end of the field.Fine defensive workThe Nigerian attacks were often neutralised by some fine defensive work, with Amanda Sister combining superbly with Van Wyk in the heart of the Banyana Banyana rearguard. They were well aided by fullbacks Gabisile Hlumbane and Nothando Vilakazi.With the speed of striker Jermaine Seoposenwe causing a major problem for the Nigerian defenders, and with the experienced Portia Modise dominating the midfield tussles along with captain Amanda Dlamini and the young, tough-tackling Refiloe Jane, the South Africans saved their best performance at the tournament for the clash with the Nigerians.Van Wyk’s goal was her second against the Nigerians in the African Women’s Championship. Two years ago, in Ekurhuleni, she netted a superb free kick against the Super Falcons in the African Women’s Championship.“I have been in the Banyana Banyana side since 2004 and we have tried for so long to beat the Nigerians, but luck has never been on our side. But now we have proved that we can compete and beat the best on the continent,” said Van Wyk, whose strike was her ninth in a Banyana Banyana jersey.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 Ohio State Fair is underway and Ohio soybean farmers invite fairgoers to have fun, learn more about soybeans and meet some of the men and women who grow them. The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff are presenting sponsors of the fair, as well as presenting sponsors of the 2015 Junior Livestock Shows, the O’Neill Swine Building, Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center and Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion.The Ohio Soybean Farmers’ booth in the Nationwide Donahey Ag and Hort building will feature a virtual reality tour of soybean fields and the Ohio River to highlight soybean exports and international markets. There will also be an opportunity for friends and family to race each other in a mechanical pig race, showcasing animal agriculture, the number one customer of soybeans.“We are very excited about the 2015 Ohio State Fair and proud to be a presenting sponsor once again,” said Patrick Knouff, OSC Chairman and Shelby County soybean farmer. “This event gives us a unique opportunity to meet with people, have fun and show them how farmers do what we do.”On Saturday, Aug. 8, OSC will host Soybean Day at the Ohio State Fair. Samples of soy-based bioproducts and fun, interactive games will be available. Several Ohio soybean farmers will be at the Cardinal Gate entrance to greet fairgoers and explain what soybean farmers in the state are doing to sustain the lives of people and animals, while taking great care of the environment around them.
klint finley Ovsyannikov says Zendesk has chosen to focus on Twitter first, even though Facebook has more users, because Twitter has more business relevance. Twitter is also one of Zendesk’s biggest clients, so the two companies were able to work together closely in creating the integration.Ovsyannikov says businesses monitoring and engaging Twitter currently e-mail tweets into existing ticketing systems. “But e-mail isn’t a workflow tool,” he says “So we’re bringing Twitter directly into businesses’ workflow.”Zendesk offers tools for integrating its software with Salesforce.com, SugarCRM, Basecamp and many other platforms. These tools can act as bridges from Twitter to other parts of the enterprise. Ovsyannikov hopes Zendesk will bring customer feedback directly to C level executives. Given some of Forrester’s recent research on the lack of cohesion between different departments’ use of social media to communicate with customers, Zendesk could provide the glue necessary to combine disparate social media projects enterprise-wide.As we’ve reported, KickApps is also working to integrate social media across multiple enterprise platforms, although in different ways.And if you haven’t seen it before, be sure to check out the FM3 Buddha Machine Wall on Zendesk’s site. Tags:#enterprise#news#Products#saas Help desk SaaS provider Zendesk announced new Twitter integration features today, including the ability to create new Zendesk tickets directly from Twitter, record Twitter conversation as part of a ticket, and share relevant Twitter conversations with colleagues across internal platforms. Zendesk users will also be able find mentions of a brand on Twitter, and prioritize responses based on the follower count of individuals criticizing a brand.A recent Harris Poll released earlier this month found nearly 2/3 of its US-baed sample use social media. Out of all respondents, 26% use social media to complain about a brand or product and another 23% use social media to talk about a brand or product they like – 34% total had used social media to express satisfaction or dissatisfaction with a product or company. Nearly half (45%) said they were influenced by testimonials on social media by people they know – approximately the same number that say they are influenced by newspaper or magazine articles (46%).Given those numbers, companies are right to take social media more seriously than ever. And integrating social media directly into customer service software is a logical move. According to Zendesk, users will now be able to:Turn a tweet into a new Zendesk ticket — a twicket — with one clickRecord threaded Twitter conversations with full audit trail Combine public and private dialog while maintaining confidentialitySwitch a Twitter conversation into an email conversationBecause the creation of tickets will be based on the “favorite” button, the integration won’t require special plugins for existing Twitter client like TweetDeck or HootSuite. However, Maksim Ovsyannikov, VP of Product Management at Zendesk, says some developers may add Zendesk buttons their clients.Here’s an example of a Twitter conversation in Zendesk, along with an internal notes: Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Low-flush toiletsWe have two bathrooms: upstairs and downstairs. Both have Kohler high-efficiency toilets that use just 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf).I admit to having been somewhat skeptical that 1.28 gpf would be enough for satisfactory performance, but in the three months we’ve been in the house we’ve had zero problems. The toilets are performing beautifully. Water-efficient dishwasherWe bought a mid-range KitchenAid dishwasher and are very pleased with it so far. We operate it with the no-heat-dry feature selected on a normal or light cycle to further reduce water and energy use. Roughly 90% of the energy use by dishwashers is for heating the water, so a water-conserving dishwasher also saves a lot of energy. With the Normal cycle and assuming typical soiling of dishes, a load of dishes uses just 2.9 gallons — far less than was the case a decade ago.It’s worth noting that using a modern, EnergyStar-rated dishwasher typically consumes a lot less water than washing dishes by hand. Knee-control kitchen faucetWe brought down from the house we moved out of a great kitchen faucet control system made by TapMaster that lets you turn the faucet on an off by either pressing your knee into one of the under-sink cabinet doors or by pressing a toe plate with your foot. This way you can easily turn the water on and off while you’re washing a pot or rinsing dishes.There’s no reason to leave the water running, so moderate water savings can be achieved. It’s also a huge convenience! Water conservationIt is in this context that I consider water conservation to be an extremely important priority. We are fortunate in Vermont to have plenty of water, but I’m just back from California, which is dealing with one of the most severe droughts in decades. Flying over the Sierras on my way there I was shocked to see how little snow cover there was.So what are the water conservation measures we implemented at our new house? Low-flow showerheadsWe installed EPA WaterSense-certified showerheads that deliver 1.75 gallons per minute (gpm), vs. the federal standard 2.5 gpm for showerheads. Ours are Kohler Bancroft showerheads, and we are very pleased with them, though I’ve also used a Delta H2Okinetic showerhead using just 1.5 gpm and been very happy with that, and I recently used a Niagara Conservation showerhead rated at just 1.0 gpm and found that to work just fine.When we save water with a showerhead or faucet, we also typically save energy use directly, since we’re using less hot water. Indeed, in replacing older, high-flow showerheads with new low-flow models, the payback for that change is often measured in months or even weeks, instead of years. In this weekly blog, I’ve focused a lot of attention on the energy-saving measures at our new home — from the innovative insulation materials we used to the air-source heat pump heating system and our top-efficiency heat-recovery ventilator.What I haven’t said much about are the measures we’ve taken to reduce water use and why these measures save energy as well. Water is preciousIn the years and decades ahead, water may well be a bigger challenge than energy in many areas of the U.S. and world. We should all do our part by using this precious resource efficiently. At the same time, treating and distributing water and treating wastewater use a lot of energy. This is especially the case with municipal water and sewer systems, but even in rural areas with their own water systems, water pumping can be one of the largest energy consumers — to operate deep-well 220-volt submersible pumps. Water-efficient clothes washerI remember when I bought my first new clothes washer 25 or 30 years ago, I had to work pretty hard to find a water-conserving horizontal-axis (front-loading) model. At the time there was only one U.S. manufacturer producing such a product for home use (White-Westinghouse).Fortunately, it is a very different situation today, with nearly every manufacturer offering such products. We bought a Whirlpool Duet washer, which I think is the best of the U.S.-made models. We had one in our last home and were very pleased with it. The only difference with this purchase is that the washer (and matching dryer) are larger, since Whirlpool shifted manufacturing to the U.S. from Mexico, and the units grew in size.Because we typically wash clothes in cold water, our direct energy use for clothes washing is very low. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES Saving Water by Conserving EnergyResilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraReduce Water UseSaving Energy by Saving WaterAll About Washing MachinesAll About Dishwashers Can Swimming Pools Be Green?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasWater, Water EverywhereIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The DOE Showerhead RuleGBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigation Low-flow faucetsThe Kohler faucets in our two bathrooms are WaterSense-certified at 1.5 gpm, vs. the maximum 2.2 gpm.Interestingly, almost the entire plumbing industry has shifted to 1.5 gpm flow rates — the level required for WaterSense certification. Because we rarely turn on the faucet full-force, our actual consumption is a lot lower. Screw-in faucet aerators are inexpensive and can quickly convert most standard faucets to water-saving versions. The water-energy nexusBefore getting into specifics, it’s important to note that there is a close relationship between water and energy — even when we’re not talking about hot water. At the macro scale, it takes at lot of water to produce energy.With electricity generation, each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated (based on national averages) consumes 2.0 gallons of water, according to a 2003 paper by National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers. This is mostly from evaporation of water at thermoelectric power plants, but also includes evaporation of water at reservoirs used for hydropower generation.Other energy sources consume a lot of water in production. We can refer to this as the “embodied water” of these energy sources. Simply pumping oil out of the ground isn’t all that water-intensive, but when we start getting into “enhanced recovery” technologies like hydraulic fracturing (fraking) the water intensity goes way up — and can be a limiting factor. It may increasingly lead to conflicts with farmers in arid regions that are rich in underground oil and natural gas.
Clayton Jacobs With the AR/VR sector attracting a significant amount of capital recently, the space has only begun to grow. Here’s a look at the 3 American AR/VR companies that received investment in August:ImmersvVenturebeat reported that Immersv raised $10.5m USD in a Series A for mobile advertising utilizing virtual reality as well as 360-degree mobile video. Immersv describes itself on its website as “…a virtual reality discovery and advertising platform, founded by the team that created the largest app distribution platform on Facebook and then again on iOS and Android.” This is the first public round of funding for the Los Angeles based company which a roster that isn’t kidding about its team’s experience. See also: What Facebook’s F8 AR/VR announcements mean for marketersMany of the team members at Immersv, including its co-founder and CEO Mihir Shah, are ex-employees of Tapjoy. Tapjoy is another U.S.-based company that provides monetization services for the largest advertisers and mobile app developers. Its services currently reach over 500 million users, so this team knows how to create something viral. The advertising space needs to constantly be changing their business models as the way people consume content is never stale. For the next way of VR content, look to Immersv for monetization.Sliver.tvTechcrunch reported that Sliver.tv raised $9.8m USD in Series A led by Danhua Capital to continue developing virtual reality viewing experiences for e-sports fans. According to Sliver.tv’s own website its primary product “is a platform to record, view, and stream top eSports games in fully immersive, 360° cinematic VR video”. Coincidentally, the Head of Product for Sliver.tv, Ryan Nichols, is actually the co-founder of Tapjoy, so he must be quite familiar with the folks over at Immersv. The platform allows viewers to be placed in the center of the action side-by-side with their favorite e-sports athletes, an experience that can’t be replicated nearly as simply with standard offline sports. Sliver.tv has been having a very successful year starting off with signing deals with ESL & Dreamhack, large organizers of e-sports tournaments in America and Europe, to be partnered for 14 full-scale events. Given that the two co-founders are Chinese along with Danhua Capital being a Chinese/American VC fund, it is possible that this newly raised money could be invested into a Chinese market expansion given it’s the largest one in the world for e-sports.MatterportPR Newswire reported that Matterport raised $5m USD in a strategic investment from Ericsson Ventures. This was by no means a growth round for Matterport as it has already raised over $60m USD in last four years after going through Y Combinator in Fall 2012. Matterport has created a platform that is designed to quickly understand 3D spaces and render a digital model that is viewable in 2D, 3D, mobile and VR. See also: Eye tracking in AR/VR — the promise and the perilsAccording to the PR Newswire report, over 550,000 spaces have been made into digital models accumulating a total of more than 220 million views from all around the world. Ericsson Ventures made the investment to work with Matterport in developing its next generation of products. These products would use its existing library of data and machine learning to create artificial intelligence that could potentially automatically design, correct, or create 3D models on its own according to Matterport CEO, Bill Brown. Unfortunately it is unknown whether any ex-Tapjoy employees work at Matterport or not. How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#Immersv#Internet of thngs#IoT#Matterport#Sliver.tv#virtual reality#VR How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Related Posts AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …
The Wallsend Touch Association and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance will come together on Sunday, 29 September with their inclusive Touch Football knockout day to be held. 24 teams will take to the field at the Wallsend Touch Ovals, with all money raised going to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The teams will also have the opportunity to take part in wheelchair Touch Football as well. It is the third consecutive year that the event has been held, with team numbers doubling for the 2013 event. For more information about the event, please visit www.wallsendtouch.com.au or the Wallsend Touch Association Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/wallsend.touchfootball.To find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, please visit their website – https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/. Related LinksWallsend Touch Fundraiser
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit (all times local):6:50 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is finally on her way to Argentina for the Group of 20 summit after a technical problem with her plane forced her to change plans and stay overnight in Bonn.Merkel’s office says she and a small delegation, including the finance minister, took a different government plane to Madrid on Friday morning, and then boarded a commercial flight to Buenos Aires.Merkel was en route Thursday night on an air force plane, but turned around over the Netherlands after the captain reported a technical problem.The plane was diverted to the Cologne/Bonn airport and landed without incident.The problem is being investigated but the air force says it appears to have been an electrical issue that could have affected the radio system and a fuel system.___2 a.m.Heads of state from the world’s leading economies were invited to the Group of 20 summit to discuss development, infrastructure and investment. As the gathering officially kicks off Friday, those themes seem like afterthoughts, overshadowed by contentious matters from the U.S.-China trade dispute to the conflict over Ukraine.Also expected to loom large are tensions between longtime allies the United States and Europe, the gruesome slaying of a dissident Saudi journalist and how the Saudi crown prince who is alleged to have ordered the killing is received by world leaders.The U.S., Canada and Mexico also are supposed to sign a trade deal replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement that was struck following months of tough negotiations that analysts say left a bitter taste among the partners.The Associated Press