Fiscal Imbalance What Nova Scotians Should Know

first_imgA new website will help Nova Scotians better understand how proposed changes to equalization and federal transfer programs could affect everything from their health care to the financial well-being of the province. Premier MacDonald said the federal government is presently considering a number of options to address the fiscal imbalances that exist within Canada. He said the provincial government launched a website today, Sept. 27, to help people be more actively involved in “bringing about decisions that are not just fair to Nova Scotians, but that benefit the country as a whole.” “The Constitution promises that no matter where you live in Canada, you are entitled to roughly the same level of services, at roughly the same level of taxation. Unfortunately, that’s not the case,” Premier MacDonald said. “I am hoping Nova Scotians will join me in reminding the federal government of the need to bridge the fiscal, economic and social gaps between provinces.” The premier said he welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s promise to address the fiscal inequities that exist between the federal government and the provinces, and across provinces. Premier MacDonald remains concerned by a number of proposals being advanced by several provinces. He said capping equalization or removing all resource revenues from the equalization formula would cost Nova Scotia tens of millions of dollars that would then be redistributed to wealthier provinces. “Nova Scotia has the location, know-how and talent to continue to move forward, to become more self-reliant and to contribute to a stronger Canada. But we also need a more level playing field, where we can compete on a more equal footing with provinces that have far greater capacity to meet the social and economic needs of their citizens,” the premier said. Provincial officials have been briefing concerned organizations and officials on the fiscal imbalance issue. John Malcom, interim president and CEO of the Capital District Health Authority said because health care consumes almost 50 per cent of total program spending, the outcome of Ottawa’s deliberations could seriously affect the quality of health care in the province. “Nova Scotia has the second oldest population in Canada and among the country’s highest chronic disease rates,” he said. “The federal government does not presently recognize the added cost of providing health care in Nova Scotia, compared to providing health care in Alberta, for example, which has a much younger and healthier population. Any changes to equalization or other federal transfers should work to address this inequity, not add to it.” Nova Scotians can access Fiscal Imbalance: What Nova Scotians Should Know on the website at .last_img read more


first_imgCorner Gas LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Social Media links The Comedy Network on Twitter @CornerGas @BrentButt – Brent Butt @MillerGabrielle – Gabrielle Miller @FredEwanuick – Fred Ewanuick @LorneCardinal – Lorne Cardinal @TSpencerNairn – Tara Spencer Nairn @NancyRtweets – Nancy Robertson @cocokoslo – Corrine Koslo @VirginiaTV – Virginia Thompson @VeriteCanada The Comedy Network on Facebook @ComedyNetworkCa @CornerGasOfficial Advertisementcenter_img About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. 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Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K..About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. Advertisement TORONTO – As Brent Leroy announced today on CTV’s YOUR MORNING, Season 2 of CORNER GAS ANIMATED arrives on The Comedy Network this Canada Day, with a special guest star appearance from Michael J. Fox. The most-watched original series of all time on Comedy, CORNER GAS ANIMATED returns for Season 2 on Monday, July 1 with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.Wanda (Nancy Robertson) and Michael J. FoxThe new 11-episode, half-hour season sees Brent (Brent Butt), Hank (Fred Ewanuick), and Emma (Corrine Koslo) compete to make viral videos; Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Davis (Lorne Cardinal) trying to scam the town at the annual Turkey Shoot; Wanda (Nancy Robertson) going power mad during Darts Night; Oscar (Eric Peterson) launching an eyebrow-raising website for the local paper; and Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) organizing a Bachelor auction and attracting high bids for Brent.In the season premiere, “Dream Waiver,” (Monday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT) Brent recruits Wanda to help him figure out recurring nightmares about being attacked by Michael J. Fox. Then, in an all-new episode at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT entitled “Drone and Dumber,” Brent gets a new drone that he uses to terrorize Oscar. Meanwhile, Wanda and Emma set out to test a turkey’s intelligence. As previously announced, Season 2 of CORNER GAS ANIMATED features an all-star lineup of cameos from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chris Hadfield, Russell Peters, Jann Arden, and EPIC MEALTIME’s Harley Morenstein.Leading up to the two-episode premiere, viewers can spend their Canada Day in Dog River as Comedy delivers a catch-up marathon featuring every episode of Season 1, beginning at 8 a.m. ET and repeating at 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1.The first season of CORNER GAS ANIMATED became a ratings hit after debuting in Spring 2018 with the most-watched series premiere in Comedy’s history and concluding the season as the most-watched series of the broadcast year on Comedy among total viewers and all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54).CORNER GAS ANIMATED won the 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Animation for the episode “Squatch Your Language,” written by series creator and star Brent Butt.For updates on all things CORNER GAS, including CORNER GAS ANIMATED merchandise as well as Limited Collectors’ Editions, events, and news, visit GAS ANIMATED is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Prairie Pantoons (BC), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from Vérité Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Animation is produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons, and Smiley Guy Studios. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Programming, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. Twitterlast_img read more

UN maritime agency chief offers assistance to Tanzania after boat disaster

12 September 2011The head of the United Nations maritime agency today offered to help Tanzania investigate the cause of the weekend ferry disaster in which nearly 200 people died when the boat sank off the coast of Zanzibar, and find ways of preventing such accidents. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), voiced his profound sadness for the loss of life in the sinking the ferry, Spice Islander I, on Saturday.“We are shocked at the number of lives lost and have offered any help and technical assistance which may be required,” said Mr. Mitropoulos in a statement.Media reports indicated that the ferry capsized between the Indian Ocean islands of Pemba and Unguja, which are part of the semi-autonomous Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar.Mr. Mitropoulos praised work of the Dar es Salaam sub-centre of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in coordinating the rescue effort. The sub-centre confirmed to IMO that so far 187 bodies had been recovered and 619 people rescued.While IMO regulations, including those contained in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), do not apply to ships trading on domestic routes, IMO has worked with a number of countries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve safety on so-called “non-convention” vessels, according to Mr. Mitropoulos.Model safety regulations for inland waterway vessels and non-convention craft, including fishing vessels operating in Africa, were developed in 2001 with IMO assistance.The regulations were agreed to by representatives of Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, according to IMO.They are aimed at providing a regional safety and pollution prevention standard for new vessels and barges, as well as existing vessels and convention-sized ships that trade regularly on inland waterways and at sea on non-international voyages, and for personnel working on board. read more

Whats openclosed this Easter weekend

This weekend is Easter Weekend. Here’s a look at what’s open and closed for the holiday.There will be no mail delivery or pickup Good Friday or Easter Monday. Government offices and libraries will also be closed those days.Banks are closed Good Friday but will be open Easter Monday.On Good Friday, HSR will be running on a holiday schedule while GO Transit and the TTC will run their Sunday schedules.If you’re scheduled for garbage pickup Friday, it will be collected on Saturday. Monday pickups will not be affected.CLOSED:The Beer Store and LCBO will be closed Good Friday and Easter SundayHamilton Farmer’s Market will be closed for Good FridayCF Lime Ridge is closed Good Friday and Easter MondayOPEN:The Outlet Collection at Niagara and Canada One Factory Outlet are open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Toronto Eaton Centre open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.The Art Gallery of Hamilton is open all weekend from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. but is closed on Monday read more

LEAP into your future at Brock

Student Life and Community Experience is ready to welcome incoming Brock students to LEAP, a summer program designed to transition students into university life before September.“The transition to a new school can be overwhelming,” said Haley Veronyak, events co-ordinator for Student Life. “LEAP is a program that helps students to foster a connection to Brock before officially stepping foot on campus.”During this two-day program, students will spend a night in residence, tour downtown St. Catharines, experience city transit, volunteer with a community organization and learn what they can expect at Brock.By providing students with a road map to success, LEAP aims to build self-confidence and strong leaders within the Brock community.Veronyak pointed to first-year Biochemistry student Oyinda Laguuju as a great example, as she learned that she “is capable of being a leader” because of LEAP.“The takeaway for the students is very impactful,” Veronyak said. “We see many of the participants go on to become heavily involved in campus activities and in the community in just their first year.”Click here to register for LEAP and find more information about the program. read more

Opinion Adrian Petersons downfall a sad sight

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings walks on the field on a rainy day during the team’s training camp on July 27 at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.Credit: Courtesy of MCTA perfect public image often can  be manufactured, but beneath all the smiles might be something much darker.In the case of Adrian Peterson, a star running back for the Minnesota Vikings, the darkness has begun to rise to the top. Peterson’s personal life has been splattered all over major media outlets in recent weeks.On Sept. 12, Peterson was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. The case stemmed from an incident where Peterson disciplined his son by hitting him with a branch known as a switch.Whether or not you agree with his idea of parenting and discipline, it’s clear Peterson has a different persona than the one conveyed to the country throughout the first seven years of his professional football career.A stand-out high school football player in Palestine, Texas, Peterson entered his freshman season at Oklahoma with a lot of hype and anticipation. He lived up to it, gaining 1,925 yards on the ground en route to a second-place finish in the Heisman Trophy race in 2004.Peterson was a sensation coming out of college. His strong handshake became almost as famous as his infectious smile. When he was drafted by Minnesota seventh overall in 2007, he brought a work ethic to the team worthy of his nickname “All Day.”All the while, Peterson seems to have lived a much different life when away from the field and the cameras.The running back has fathered six children by six different women, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The same article said Peterson used a credit card from his charity organization All Day Inc. to fund a “night of drinking, arguing, and sex” that involved a minor and four women.Peterson’s behavior can only be explained in his upbringing and his quick rise to fame. Under the microscope of national attention, it’s only natural for a young athlete to make mistakes. These mistakes seem unfathomable, but we must not judge all things we cannot understand.Peterson grew up in a Southern household with strict guidelines. According to the New York Daily News, his father harshly beat him in front of 20 classmates when he was a child.But Peterson says the discipline helped him become the man he is today. There’s no wonder the Texas native has continued the cycle of abuse, he went through it when he was young, so he believes the method works.As for his other off-the-field escapades, Peterson is not too different than many young athletes who come into a lot of money and fame at an incredibly young age. He slipped up and made some tough decisions, which he has had to live with.He was likely too immature to start a nonprofit company and didn’t have the right people in his corner helping him run the organization. He proved his immaturity even more when he used funds from All Day Inc. for irresponsible causes.This revelation shouldn’t be surprising. ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” reported in March 2013 that athlete charities often lack standards and efficient use of money.Peterson is just another athlete caught in a ring of lies and scandal. Now he has to live with the entire country knowing his deepest and darkest secrets. He has to live with his personal life being judged on a daily basis.Peterson’s child abuse trial likely won’t begin before the end of the 2014 season. He would probably like to continue playing for the Vikings, but he could face an NFL ban even if cleared of charges, according to ESPN.More than 2,000 carries and more than 10,000 yards of production seems like a distant memory at this point. It’s unlikely we’ll ever see the same “All Day” running rampant in an NFL backfield again. And that’s sad. read more

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny expecting their first child together

first_img@JasonKenny107 @LauraKenny31 congratulations to you both, highly recommend it.— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) February 14, 2017 Kenny, Britain’s most successful female Olympian, posted a photograph of two adult bikes and a child’s bike on Instagram.The post was greeted with messages of congratulations, with the news made public after the couple’s 12-week scan.The picture was followed by another image featuring the couple’s pet dogs, with thought bubbles suggesting their opinions on the news.  @LauraKenny31 does that mean we have a new future gold medalist to look forward too??— Andrew Reynolds (@mrandyreynolds) February 14, 2017 The couple pictured on their honeymoonCredit:Instagram Others were excited about the future of Team GB cycling  @JasonKenny107 @LauraKenny31 congratulations to you both!❤ Future cycling champion on its way!🚴🏽— minnie✌️ (@swiftlyme13) February 14, 2017 Trott and Kenny on honeymoon  @LauraKenny31 I wondered why this leaflet came through the post…— Jason Kenny (@JasonKenny107) February 14, 2017 @JasonKenny107 @LauraKenny31 congratulations!! ❤️👶🏼— Rachel James (@rachyjames1) February 15, 2017 British Cycling in January announced Kenny (nee Trott) would miss the Six Day Berlin and British Championships events with a hamstring strain. But now the full reason for her absence is apparent.It means Kenny will take an enforced break from the bike, missing April’s Track World Championships in Hong Kong. @JasonKenny107 @LauraKenny31 Hey @octopus43, I think the 1st GB gold of the 2036 Olympics has been confirmed— David Dawson (@dawson8r) February 14, 2017 @LauraKenny31 @JasonKenny107 Woooohooo amazing news! Congrats to you both 😘 xx— Dannielle Khan (@DanniKhan) February 14, 2017 The couple both triumphed in Brazil Credit:Bryn Lennon/Getty  @LauraKenny31 congrats to you and Jason!— Jolien D’hoore (@JolienDhoore) February 14, 2017 @JasonKenny107 @LauraKenny31 I’m expecting at least 4 Olympic Golds! Congratulations!!!— Len (@LenM4) February 15, 2017 Chris Boardman and Team GB cyclists were among those who congratulated the couple  @paddypower What are the odds on the @JasonKenny107 & @LauraKenny31 baby winning gold in the Olympics within 30 years?— Grundy 🏃 (@GrundyOxford) February 15, 2017 Mr Kenny, 28, made a light-hearted nod to the news in a message to his wife on Twitter.Alongside a cartoon picture of a flyer on pregnancy captioned So You’ve Ruined Your Life, he wrote: “I wondered why this leaflet came through the post.” Kenny will hope to emulate athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and 14-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey, a fellow cyclist, by continuing her career as a mother. @LauraKenny31 Massive congratulations guys.— Magnus Backstedt (@Maggy_PR) February 15, 2017 @LauraKenny31 @JasonKenny107 O.M.G CONGRATS! 😍— Victoria Williamson (@VicsWilliamson) February 14, 2017 The couple’s agent Luke Lloyd-Davies said in a statement: “I can confirm that Laura Kenny is indeed pregnant and that she, Jason and their respective families are absolutely thrilled and delighted with the news.”They very much appreciate all the kind wishes and messages of support that they have received already.” @naomi_mitchell2 @LauraKenny31 It would appear so. One hell of a future combination #minimitch #summer #minikenny possible nickname #kemini— Rowan Elliott (@FentonDjango) February 15, 2017 However the timing of the pregnancy means that she could make a return in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Rio Olympics The couple’s relationship became public at the London 2012 Olympics, where they each won two gold medals in the velodrome and were pictured kissing at the beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade.It was joked that British Cycling’s famed marginal gains approach had thought of everything, even a breeding programme. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. After winning two gold medals at last August’s Rio Olympics, when husband-to-be Jason also claimed three golds to move level with Sir Chris Hoy as the Briton with the most Olympic titles, the couple were asked about the prospect of becoming parents.Speaking in Rio, she said: “We haven’t exactly thought about it.”I guess I am still quite young. I only put it out there because everybody kept going on about it.”So I was just like: ‘It could be the best omnium rider in the world, couldn’t it? Bit of sprint, bit of endurance. You never know.’ In 20-something (years) down the line, you never know.” Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny is pregnant, her agent has confirmed.The 24-year-old married six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny in September and the couple are now expecting their first child.last_img read more

Big BHP Olympic Dam deal for Minetec owner Codan

first_imgMinetec, a wholly owned subsidiary of Codan Ltd, provides high-precision tracking, productivity and safety solutions for underground hard-rock mines. Codan states: “After a highly competitive tendering process, Minetec has been awarded the contract to supply BHP’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia with an underground Fleet Management System, including proximity detection, tracking and task management.” Olympic Dam is a globally important copper, gold, silver and uranium producer.The contract has a total estimated value of A$9.5 million, with approximately half to be delivered in FY18 and the balance in FY19. “This important milestone validates the competitive position of Minetec’s proprietary mine management solution, developed by Minetec since its acquisition by Codan in 2012.”The news follows its late March 2018 announcement that it had secured a contract with Boliden for its non‐GPS reliant, surface mining Proximity Detection System. Minetec’s Proximity Detection solution SafeDetect will be firstdeployed at the Boliden Kevitsa mine in northern Finland: other site deployments will follow.last_img read more

Molybdenum market recovers after two slack years

first_imgRoskill’s latest molybdenum report provides an in-depth look at the industry, offering detailed coverage of historical trends as well as ten-year forecasts. The Molybdenum Market Outlook to 2028 provides an analysis of supply, demand, trade and prices, and offers detailed historical and forecast data that will be ideally suited to the needs of industry participants, traders and investors.Molybdenum prices recovered over the course of 2017, following two successive years of decline that dragged the ferromolybdenum price to a floor of $12.4/kg in November 2015. Although prices started to recover in 2016, the rise was modest and on average, prices in 2016 were still below 2015 levels. Prices rose further through 2017, reaching an average of $23.6/kg in December of that year and a full-year average of $20.3/kg. There have been further gains in early 2018, with prices rising to an average of $30.8/kg in March of this year but since then, prices have traded below this level, albeit slightly.The molybdenum market endured a sharp slump in demand in 2015 as oil prices crumbled, followed by a weak recovery in 2016 as oil prices stabilised. The decline in activity in the oil & gas sector had a major impact on the requirement for oil country tubular goods, and by extension, on demand for molybdenum. Oil prices recovered in 2017, however, driving renewed activity in the oil & gas sector. This led to an increase in operating rigs worldwide and so lifted requirements for molybdenum-containing steel products. Overall, Roskill estimates that molybdenum consumption rose by 8.1% y-on-y in 2017. Demand is expected to continue rising in the years ahead, thanks to growing steel production and greater consumption by the chemicals industry, particularly in catalysts.The improvement in molybdenum demand in 2017 has been matched by a rise in supply. Mine production of molybdenum dropped in 2015 and again in 2016 as primary producers responded to the price weakness by curtailing output, while supply from by-product mines continued to climb. This changed in 2017 when the improvement in demand and in pricing encouraged some primary producers to lift output, while supply from by-product mines rose further. Overall, molybdenum mine supply rose by 13% y-on-y in 2017 and looking further ahead, previously idled or curtailed capacity is likely to re-start in order to meet the rising demand, while new projects will also add to overall supply.Picture courtesy of Climax Molybdenum Company.last_img read more

Momir Ilic for HP I am staying in Kiel

Momir IlicTHW Kiel One of the best players in European handball in the last few years, Serbian left back, Momir Ilic (30) will stay in THW Kiel, even he was connected with Rhein Neckar Lowen in last few weeks. He was ready to left the Baltic, because of less time on the court in comparation with season before, but at the end, one of the best Bundesliga scorers will stay “Zebra” in next season:– I am staying in Kiel. That is definitive. I had a wish to change a team, but after talks with a coach, I decided to stay. I have contract with “Zebras” on two more years and probably I will stay until the end.You wanted to play more?– Absolutely.  That is the main reason why I wanted to change team. Situation is changed in last month and a half. I played more.  My goals was to find a team, where I will play more and with whom, I will have chance to fight for the trophies. We will stay with the same roster, so, we have big chances to fix everything what we didn’t achieve this season.Where was the problem of Kiel this season? Injuries or…-Not just injuries, our bad form.  We played bad some very important matches. We were not well prepared, made some tactical mistakes.  HSV deserved Bundesliga title. Barcelona was better. We had chance to win fist game in Barcelona, but we didn’t. In the secon match, they were better. At the end, they won Champions League. ← Previous Story EURO 2012 Draw: Serbs took a Belgrade’s group – Why Germans in the first Pot? Next Story → Zoran Gobac about German “first Pot”: “They have to give them the Trophy immediately”” read more

7 of the best Mothers Day cards out there

first_imgMOTHER’S DAY IS this Sunday. Has your mam declared that she doesn’t need a present and “a nice card’ll be lovely”?Here’s a tip: Don’t buy it in the Topaz on the way over for lunch.We’ve found some winners…last_img

Pictures President and British royal heckled by dissidents at unveiling of monument

first_imgSource: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandA SMALL GROUP of dissident republican protesters disrupted a speech by President Higgins this afternoon, as he unveiled a monument to the thousands of Irish killed in the the two world wars.Higgins was joined by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent; various ministers; the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and a number of other dignitaries from either side of the border as he formally unveiled the Cross of Sacrifice at Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetary.The ceremony was held to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities in the Great War, and to commemorate the dead of both conflicts — especially the 208 who are buried in Glasnevin.However, a small number of dissident republican demonstrators carrying placards from Republican Sinn Féin and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement shouted slogans and heckled throughout the event, including during the President’s speech. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland… The President and the Duke of KentArrestsA garda spokesperson confirmed this evening that two men in their 30s were arrested nearby the event for public order offences.One appeared before the courts earlier. Another has been released on bail, and is due to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice next month. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland‘Significant Day’ In his speech, President Higgins described the occasion as a significant day “as we dedicate this Cross of Sacrifice – the first such Cross to be erected in the Republic of Ireland”.On an occasion such as this we eliminate all the barriers that have stood between those Irish soldiers whose lives were taken in the war, whose remains for which we have responsibility, and whose memories we have a duty to respect. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandRead “We must take action”… Senators calls for Ireland to strengthen stance on Gaza Read This Sinn Féin councillor said the UN should shell Israel, to bring Netanyahu “to heel” Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandLater, in reference to the British royal’s presence, and that of the various Northern Irish leaders also attending, he said:“The ability to share sombre and profound national memories is an important statement and act of friendship and respect.“As friends we, Irish and British, share this moment of remembrance; and in mutual sympathy we dedicate this monument to the memory of all those who lost their lives during the too long, dreadful years of 1914 to 1918.Let us now, together, cultivate memory as a tool for the living and as a sure base for the future – memory employed in the task of building peace.last_img read more

Jury takes 43 minutes to acquit man of attempted murder and false

first_img Share4 Tweet Email 21 Comments Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 4:14 PM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Jury takes 43 minutes to acquit man of attempted murder and false imprisonment charges Paul Crosby had pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Gerard Boyle. By Alison O’Riordan 25,293 Views Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images Feb 21st 2019, 4:14 PM A JURY HAS taken just 43 minutes to clear a Louth man of trying to murder a man who was stabbed 28 times and forced into the boot of a car that was pushed into a canal.Paul Crosby (23), with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Gerard Boyle (33) at Knockcommon, Beauparc, Slane, on November 10, 2016.Crosby had also pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning and intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Boyle on the same occasion. Crosby was today found not guilty by unanimous verdicts on all three counts. The jury of nine men and three women took just 43 minutes to come to their verdicts. Following today’s verdicts, Ms Justice Carmel Stewart thanked the jury for their attention to the case and exempted them from jury service for a period of five years. After the jury left the courtroom, Crosby was formally discharged by the judge.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tourist rescued from NZ mountain after texting family in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A rescue effort on Mount Ruapehu was mounted via Greece after a tourist lost on the mountain sent text messages home to Greece alerting family members to his predicament. Marios Symeonidis, 30, became separated from his friend about 6.30pm on Saturday when he went for a short walk to take photos of a waterfall.He was not equipped for an overnight stay on the mountain and was wearing only light clothing.Mr Symeonidis sent text messages home to his family in Greece to tell them he was lost.The family then passed the information to police in New Zealand through Greek emergency services. “The texts stated that he was lost but not injured and at one point indicated that he could see a police 4 x 4 vehicle on the mountain,” said Senior Sergeant Marty Edghill, of police central communications.He could not get to the police vehicle because there was a stream in the way. Four search teams, from Ruapehu Search and Rescue and Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation, were deployed on to Mt Ruapehu by foot. The Youthtown Trust rescue helicopter, from Taupo, also took part.Mr Symeonidis followed a stream to Bruce Rd yesterday morning where he was picked up by another tourist about 10am and driven to where rescuers had gathered.He was fit and well, but extremely hungry, Youthtown Trust rescue pilot Henry de Waal told the Waikato Times.“He ate all of one of the guys’ chocolate bars,” Mr de Waal said. “He was actually quite lucky that it was a warm night.”last_img read more

Hulk Hogan says he wants one last title win retirement

first_img Now Playing Up Next Stone Cold Steve Austin Now Playing Up Next Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabia Hulk Hogan Says He’s Headed To WWE’s Crown Jewel Event Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Hulk Hogan Videos Articles Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 7/22/19 (RAW Reunion show, Hall of Famers and Legends return) WhatsApp Triple H Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Facebook Twitter Google+ The Sioux City Journal has a new interview up with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan about retirement from the ring and wanting to win the WWE World Title one more time. “My ego explodes when I get around the wrestling ring. I get goosebumps. It’s like a hot car. I get the jones…and I want to be back. Triple H told me I’ve got nothing to prove but the last time I wrestled was not with this company and I want my legacy to end with the WWE. A final match? It could happen. Vince (McMahon, the WWE founder) said, ‘Never say never’. And that’s what I want – one last match, one last run, one last title win, one last title retirement. If this all works out, Hulk will become really immortal. It’s where my home is. It’s where I belong.” You can check out the full interview with Hogan at the link below.Sioux City Journal: Hulk Hogan returns to where it all started after ‘crashing and burning’ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Now Playing Up Next RAW Preview: Hall of Famers and Legends return for RAW Reunion, Live Post-Show tonightlast_img read more

Shifting of offices from Secretariat Some depts still scouting

first_imgHyderabad: While a majority of departments in Secretariat have finalised their newest address and location to function for the next two years in wake of government’s decision to demolish the existing buildings and build a brand new one in its place, a few other departments are still scouting for ideal locations. Information Technology and Communications (IT & C) department has shortlisted Parishram Bhavan in Basheer Bagh on Monday. Also Read – District Collector Bharathi Hollikeri inspects Model School in Mancherial Advertise With Us IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan told The Hans India that they have decided to function from Parishram Bhavan after shifting from the present office in D Block. The Tourism department is likely to shift to the Haritha Plaza complex in Begumpet although the final decision has been awaited. Free office space in Genco building of Vidyut Soudha is under consideration for accommodating the staff of SC Development. Also Read – Good response to police health camp in Nirmal Advertise With Us While 25-odd departments communicated their new locations on Saturday after an e-mail sent by Finance Department, Panchayat Raj, Transport, R & B, Tribal Welfare, Women and Child Development, GAD, Chief Electoral Office etc. sought a few days’ time on this issue. The first ones to move out the present Secretariat complex would be the staff from Energy department, Environment and Forests, Public Enterprise (given 2 days’ time to shift), BC Welfare (3 days) and Animal Husbandry (4 days). Advertise With Us The message was conveyed to them on Saturday evening and with Sunday being a holiday the staff from these departments were engrossed in placing all things including storing of files, documents etc. However, a senior official from one of these departments said they were yet to get any written instructions from the General Administration Department. Although the new location has been finalised, the senior staff from these departments were yet to step into their new address and see for themselves whether everything was in order there for a smooth transition. Some of them said they would visit the new office on Monday or Tuesday to check the preparedness. Even as various departments were getting ready for shifting to new locations, there was talk in some sections including employees whether the government was also considering other options like shifting the entire Secretariat departments to one complex (like Gaganvihar building or BRKR Bhavan) for administrative and public convenience.last_img read more

This Cool Raspberry Pi Creation Sounds Useless But Its Simple Programming

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target If you like to tinker with electronics and crafting your own products when it comes to technology, you probably already own a Raspberry Pi. But if you don’t, it might be a purchase worth making, especially since there’s so much you can do with the little device. Depending on your level of coding expertise, there’s a ton you can program the card to do, and if you start slowly you can eventually build up what you know how to do. And it stores of useful knowledge for new projects that you can create over the years as you get better and better.One recent example of a cool creation someone made with a Raspberry Pi was The Verge taking a concept that may seem pointless at first glance, but it’s got a pretty fun purpose: creating a button that says “Why?” when you press it, a reference to The Verge’s favorite podcast. This required the team to use a Raspberry Pi 2 unit that they had, add a copy of the Raspbian Linux distro, and recoded some of their staff saying “Why?” for a variety of different voices. They also found themselves a cool arcade button on Amazon to help program things.Essentially, the Pi was programmed to play these various “whys” in MP3 format to store in a folder that the system would draw from in order to fulfill its purpose when the button was pressed. After sifting through plenty of code from StackOverflow and copying and pasting viable bits of code, the team was able to create a code that you could easily alter to make something similar to your liking, which you can see the code of here.The result required wiring up to the big arcade button, running the Python IDE software and seeing the program coming to life. This is just one example of the fun things you can do with a Raspberry Pi and the drive to make something new. If you’re getting into the coding game, this would be a great place to start, especially if you want to work on bigger, better products in the future.center_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

Launching this winter Sunwings SaguenayRoatan service

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Honduras, New Routes, Sunwing TORONTO — This winter Sunwing will launch new flight service from Saguenay, Quebec to Roatan, Honduras, becoming the first carrier to offer service to Roatan from Saguenay-Bagotville Airport.Beginning Dec. 18, Monday direct flights will run weekly until April 16, 2018. Roatan marks the seventh destination offered by the airline for winter 2018. Sunwing has been the exclusive leisure carrier out of the regional airport for over a decade.“We are looking forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with the Saguenay-Bagotville Airport for the 12th season this winter,” said Sam Char, Executive Vice-President of Sunwing Travel Group. “Since our first flight in 2006, we have been providing residents of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region convenient options for escaping the cold Canadian winters, so we’re quite excited to be adding Roatan to this roster of top vacation destinations to get away to.”Jean Tremblay, President of Promotion Saguenay and mayor of Saguenay, added: “The island of Roatán in Honduras will enhance the vacation package destinations already offered starting in December, 2017. Sunwing has once more confirmed its exceptional and unique partnership, ongoing for over 10 years now, with the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region with this announcement and which maintains the Saguenay-Bagotville Airport as the most active regional airport in Canada in terms of flights to southern destinations.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemRoatan is the largest of the Honduran Bay islands and is home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Deep-sea divers can enjoy visibility of up to 150 feet, especially in areas like El Aguila, a popular wreck diving site.Sunwing offers a wide range of accommodation options in Roatan, including the newly renovated Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina, a PADI five-star resort that’s nestled on its own 21-acre private island. Billing the resort as an “ecological playground”, Sunwing says the resort makes sea explorers at home with a convenient location on the shores of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Guests can choose from a variety of dive packages.“Roatan is an amazing destination for families seeking relaxation and adventure, with the recently revamped Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina representing the best combination of beautiful beaches and excursions,” said Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson. “This winter we are pleased to be offering vacation packages to Roatan departing from a number of convenient locations coast to coast.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAs part of Sunwing’s collection of Smile Resorts the property offers a number of family-friendly perks such as Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free deals, no single supplement, and the SMILE Kids Club program. Sunwing says families can unwind with “amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean” from either one of three pristine beaches or the balcony of their recently upgraded accommodations. Kids can walk along the beaches while searching for Capuchin monkeys and iguanas, or visit the onsite mini zoo to meet more native mammals, reptiles, and birds.Excursions run the gamut from swimming with whale sharks to snorkelling or kayaking the Caribbean Sea and horseback riding along the coast. The resort has designed new dive packages for the upcoming winter season that further explore the ship wrecks and sea life scattered throughout the waters.In addition to Sunwing’s new Saguenay service, it also offers service from Montreal starting Dec. 11, and from Toronto starting Dec. 18. All Roatan routes will run through until the end of April 2018.center_img Thursday, August 10, 2017 Launching this winter: Sunwing’s Saguenay-Roatan service << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Asian casino boom aims to lure regions new rich

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project AP Business WriterMACAU (AP) – In the Philippines, a $4-billion casino will soon rise from reclaimed land on Manila Bay. In South Korea, foreign investors are expected to break ground next year on a clutch of casino resorts offshore. And on the eastern edge of Russia, authorities plan a resort zone aimed at drawing Chinese high-rollers.The projects are part of a casino building boom rolling across Asia, where governments are trying to develop their tourism markets to capture increasingly affluent Asians with a penchant for gambling. They’re building glitzy, upscale Las Vegas-style resorts in a bid to copy the runaway success of Asian gambling hubs Macau, which rapidly became the world’s biggest casino market after ending a monopoly, and Singapore, where the city-state’s first two casinos raked in an estimated $6 billion a year after their 2010 openings. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Both countries bar their own citizens from entering casinos.Even the neglected Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok, perhaps best known as the eastern terminus for the famed Trans-Siberian Railway, plans to get in on the action. Authorities announced plans in May to invite foreign investors to help develop an entertainment zone with no less than 12 casinos aimed at attracting Chinese and other North Asian visitors. When completed, annual revenues could reach $5.2 billion, according to a forecast by consultants.In Japan, where legalization has been debated for years, lawmakers have been inching closer to approving casinos as a way to stimulate the economy and boost tourism following last year’s devastating tsunami and nuclear disaster.But not everyone is convinced it’s a gamble that will economically benefit Japan, which already allows gambling on horse, boat and bicycle racing as well as slots.“If we get casinos in Japan, that will destroy the nation,” said Ken Wakamiya, an author and anti-gambling activist.He pointed out that pachinko, a slot machine-like game, is one of the country’s most popular forms of gambling. But he said it’s played widely by poor people and as a result made them even poorer. Check your body, save your life “The gambling industry is not a sector that creates value-added products or services and therefore will have little impact on the development of the future economy,” said Vincent Wijeysingha, treasurer of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party. “It does not contribute to the deepening of economic capacity or the introduction of new or innovative services or industrial techniques.”In the Philippines, church leaders have spoken out against a $4 billion project that the government hopes will turn a site on Manila Bay into the country’s version of the Las Vegas Strip. Casinos have been legal since 1977 but many are small and run-down.Foreign investors including Macau’s Melco Crown Entertainment, Japanese pachinko tycoon Kazuo Okada’s Universal Entertainment and Malaysia’s Genting Bhd. are working separately with local partners on the project, which will include hotels, restaurants, museums, a marina and boardwalk and a monorail.The project, dubbed Entertainment City, is aimed at drawing wealthy foreign gamblers but church leaders say it would promote “a culture of gambling” in the conservative, majority Roman Catholic Philippines. Four benefits of having a wireless security system _______Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo and Youkyung Lee in Seoul contributed to this report.Follow Kelvin Chan at 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Gambling “foments addiction, foments indolence, foments a mentality of chance and it destroys families,” said Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz.In South Korea, Universal and two other companies plan to build resorts in a special economic zone near Incheon Airport on Yeongjong Island. The companies, which also include Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. of the U.S. and South Korea’s Paradise Group, are scheduled to break ground in September 2013, said Lee Woo-hyung, director of tourism and culture department at the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority.Some are skeptical that the projects can rival the profits made in Macau, which has benefited from a seemingly endless stream of mainland Chinese gamblers.Beijing has been happy to let its wealthy gamble their fortunes away in Macau, a special administrative region of China. But it might start clamping down on exit permissions to prevent citizens from boosting a regional rival’s gambling tax coffers if geopolitical tensions flare.That risk is most acute in the Philippines, which has sparred with Beijing over a disputed shoal, said Grant Govertsen, managing partner of Union Gaming Research Macau.“You’re entirely dependent on the good graces of Beijing to be successful,” said Govertsen. “And I don’t like those odds.”center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories In Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, which together cost more than $10 billion, have put the city on track to becoming the world’s second-biggest gambling market.By 2015, consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers predict the surge in Asian casino revenues will have “fundamentally reshaped the landscape of the global industry” and help Asia edge out the United States as the world’s biggest regional market.PWC forecasts that the Asia-Pacific gambling market will more than double from $34.3 billion in 2010 to $79.3 billion in 2015, surpassing the U.S., which is estimated to grow from $57.5 billion to $73.3 billion in the same period.A number of projects planned or under way across the region are helping to fulfill that prediction.Cambodian operator Nagacorp, which runs the only casino in the Southeast Asian city’s capital, Phnom Penh, plans to open a $369 million expansion including hotels and shopping later this year. The company operates buses equipped with massage chairs to pick up punters from neighboring Vietnam.Vietnam will get its first casino-resort next year. Canadian company Asian Coast Development is set to open a five-star MGM-branded beachfront complex in the southeast. It’s part of a $4.2 billion tourist development aimed at drawing foreign visitors. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The casino boom highlights how the gambling industry is being propelled by the region’s rapid economic growth, with millions entering the middle class thanks to rising incomes that allow them to spend more on travel and leisure pursuits. But it has also intensified debate over the social ills and perceived economic benefits of the gambling industry.“Definitely, the success of Macau has set off a chain reaction in what is happening in the region,” said Francis Lui, vice chairman of Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group. “After the success of Macau and Singapore, of course you see more countries now assessing the pros and cons of having gaming as a driving engine for bigger economic growth.”“In the future the region is going to have more casinos.”The fortunes to be made are immense. After Macau ended a four-decade monopoly and allowed in foreign operators such as Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International, the former Portuguese colony on the southern edge of China quickly overtook the Las Vegas Strip as the world’s biggest gambling market. The foreign operators helped supercharge growth in Macau _ previously known for its aging, seedy, no-frills casinos _ by building flashy gambling palaces drawing wealthy mainland Chinese. Last year the city of just 500,000 people raked in $33.5 billion in gambling revenue. “Introducing casinos is a plan to rip off our own people. It is an act of madness,” he said.A similar debate has played out in Taiwan, which will get its first casino after residents on the island of Matsu voted in favor in July. Casinos are banned in Taiwan except on outlying islands, where approval in a referendum is needed.Some countries are looking to Singapore as a model for how to bring in gambling without the side-effects. The country, which authorized two big casino-resorts as part of an effort turn the Southeast Asian city-state into a gambling and tourism magnet, is tightening what are already some of the strictest measures in Asia to control organized crime and gambling addiction.Junket operators _ middlemen that bring in wealthy high-rollers but which have also been linked to organized crime _ are almost completely banned. Regulators also plan a big hike in the amount casino operators can be fined for breaking regulations that include charging locals 100 Singapore dollars ($81) a day to enter. The government also expanded a program banning people who are bankrupt or receiving welfare from entering casinos, raising the number to 43,000.Despite the measures, more low income players are betting bigger amounts, according to a 2011 survey by the National Council on Problem Gambling, while the Samaritans counseling hotline reports receiving an increasing number of calls involving problem gambling. 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Barcelona mayor halts new tourist accommodation licenses

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MADRID (AP) — Barcelona’s new leftist mayor Thursday temporarily halted the issuing of new licenses for tourist accommodation while new regulations are drawn up to govern a sector some say has grown too big in recent years.A town hall statement said the suspension would apply to hotels, apartments, hostels and privately owned accommodation houses. It will affect some 30 current applications, including one to turn the city’s geyser-shaped Agbar skyscraper tower into a hotel. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Four benefits of having a wireless security system “It was necessary to put things in order,” Mayor Ada Colau told reporters. “Up to now, tourism policies had been drawn up piecemeal.”Colau took office last month promising social changes, including a plan to deal with the problem of mass tourism.Barcelona is one of Europe’s top vacation destinations, receiving more than 7 million visitors annually. But many of its 1.6 million residents complain the city is being overrun and losing its character.Located on the Mediterranean coast just south of the French border, Barcelona is the capital of Spain’s powerful Catalonia region and recognized worldwide as a business, cultural and political center.The town hall said it plans to study existing accommodation capacity and its economic and social impact, and will start a public debate on developing a sustainable tourism plan by early 2016. It said it aimed to reduce the pressure of tourism in certain areas and spread it more equitably among the city’s 73 neighborhoods.Officials said they would take into account the experience of other major tourist cities, adding that the plan aimed to preserve Barcelona as a quality tourism destination without disturbing residents. Sponsored Stories last_img read more