first_img Canada’s military is doing an incredible amount of development work. The combat operations in which our fellow Nova Scotians participate in will provide a safe and secure environment for development to continue. Our Forces in Afghanistan are working to give the people of that nation the tools to build a homeland in which they can take pride; a country that will allow them to develop into a democracy much as we enjoy here and educate their children. This will help Afghanistan take full advantage of the future skills, talents and wisdom of its entire population. Nova Scotians want to demonstrate support for the several hundred of our sons and daughters, moms and dads, and friends from this province who have volunteered to wear the uniform of this country. Next Friday (Jan. 19), I will attend the departure ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, for military personnel, deploying to Afghanistan. We want them to go with the knowledge that we support them, and that we respect their courage, dedication and commitment to assist people on the far side of the Earth. We want the several hundred Nova Scotians who will be deployed, to know that their families are in good hands, and to proudly wear the Canadian flag on their uniforms. But also, Nova Scotia’s government, under Premier Rodney MacDonald, wants them to take our hopes and prayers for their safety while they are in theatre, and that they will have a safe return home. Successful presidential and legislative elections More than four million children enrolled in school Reforms begun in defence, justice, and finance Significant progress made in removing mines The reintegration of nearly three million Afghan refugees Within the next three weeks, several hundred military personnel from across this province will begin to deploy to Afghanistan. Their mission is to help the unfortunate people of that country provide modern living conditions, services for those in need and education for all children. The relationship Nova Scotia has with its military goes back centuries, to 1789, when members of the local militia gathered on the grounds of what we call the Grand Parade, to demonstrate their capability and willingness to defend Nova Scotia against any adversary. As the military forces developed and matured, so did Nova Scotia’s relationship with them. We are known across Canada as a preeminent contributor of personnel to Canadian Forces, both regular and reserve components. The premier and I met with federal Minister of National Defence, Gordon O’Connor on Friday, Jan. 12. We emphasized that this government is strongly committed to our Forces and military personnel. We discussed military issues important to Nova Scotians and the Forces. Nova Scotia is the first province to appoint a provincial minister responsible for military relations. I say the first, because I fervently hope that the rest of Canada follows. Through this appointment, the premier and his government continue to demonstrate the importance of the military to Nova Scotia, and the importance of Nova Scotians to the military. Nova Scotians have proudly participated in missions and operations throughout the world, in Cyprus after hostilities between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, in Egypt and on the Golan Heights after the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, in Bosnia Herzegovina in the 1990s, in Haiti in 2004, and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia after the brief civil war several years ago. Nova Scotians need to pause for a moment to look at what Canada’s Forces are contributing as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s efforts for development and modernization in Afghanistan: last_img read more

first_imgThe province is taking steps to make sure international students studying at language schools in Nova Scotia receive a high-quality education. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett will introduce the Language Schools Act today, April 23, that will require language schools to offer a certain quality of education and protect the students’ investment if a school closes. “Our priority is students. We value our international students and they should not have to worry about the quality of their education,” said Mr. Corbett. “This legislation will protect students and allow them to study at schools that value high-quality education for as long as it takes to complete their studies.” The province works with its partners to ensure all post-secondary institutions are delivering quality programs. This legislation extends that quality assurance to include language schools. Nova Scotia is the first province to introduce legislation that will regulate language schools. “Today’s bill will also protect Nova Scotia’s reputation as an education destination for international students,” said Mr. Corbett. East Coast School of Languages president Sheila Nunn said the legislation demonstrates the provincial government’s recognition of the significant contribution that accredited language schools make, both culturally and financially, to the Nova Scotia economy. “This commitment to our sector will help support and strengthen our overseas recruitment efforts to attract more international students to Nova Scotia for language training,” said Ms. Nunn. There are 12 language schools in Nova Scotia with about 1,500 students. This legislation will align with the federal government’s changes to their international student program that will require language schools across the country to be designated to accept international students on study permits for programs over six months.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority government moved to change its key housing policy legislation on Thursday in an effort to win the support of the three members of the Green party.The amendments came just 48 hours after the speculation and vacancy tax was introduced in the legislature.Finance Minister Carole James and Green Leader Andrew Weaver said during a joint news conference that the three amendments to the proposed speculation tax will soon be tabled to ensure the law passes this fall.James introduced the tax bill Tuesday saying the government wanted to cool the real estate market and convince owners of vacant B.C. homes to either sell or rent their properties.“Because housing affordability is at a crisis and people are calling for a solution, I think you can see that as a government, and with our partners in the Green caucus, we’re committed to acting and addressing the housing affordability piece,” said James, referring to the NDP government’s 30-point housing plan.James said the Green amendments would cut the tax rate for all Canadians who own vacant properties in certain urban areas in B.C. to 0.5 per cent on assessed value from a proposed one per cent, while revenues from the tax would be directed to housing initiatives in the communities where they are collected.Foreign owners of vacant properties in B.C. will still face a two per cent tax on the home’s assessed value under the amended legislation.The changes would also establish an annual meeting between the mayors of the affected communities and the finance minister to review the tax.“Through hard work and many, many, many hours of negotiations, we’ve been able to come up with a compromise that we can both support and I will be bringing forward the amendments to this bill that addresses my key concerns,” Weaver said.The three members of the Green party reached an agreement with the NDP after the May 2017 election to support a minority government. There are 41 New Democrats, 42 Liberals, one Independent and three Greens in B.C.’s 87-seat legislature.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the proposed speculation tax is fading away by the day and losing revenue.He said the cut to the tax rate will cost the government millions.“Originally, they had a two per cent tax for everybody involved,” said Wilkinson. “They dropped it for British Columbians to 0.5 per cent, which meant 75 per cent of that revenue disappeared from British Columbians. Now another 50 per cent is disappearing for all Canadians. So this is tax policy that’s just melting away like a snowman in July.”James said the government estimates a $30-million revenue reduction once the rate is cut to 0.5 per cent for all Canadians.The government originally forecast $200 million in annual revenue when the speculation tax was introduced in February’s budget as part of the NDP’s plan to create 114,000 affordable housing units over the next decade.James said Tuesday when she introduced the legislation, the goal of the tax was to improve housing affordability for thousands of people in B.C., including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who leave the province because they can’t find a place to live.She said she rejected efforts by many municipalities to opt-out of the speculation tax. On Thursday, James said she’s now prepared to listen to their concerns and drop the tax if it’s no longer needed.“Certainly, if we start seeing more affordable housing in communities and we need to make some adjustments, then that will occur,” said James.Langford Mayor Stew Young said in a letter to James and Premier John Horgan earlier this month that he feared the tax could spark an economic downturn.Young, whose community is in Horgan’s Victoria-area riding, said the tax “will dry up investment in British Columbia and is a recipe for financial disaster.”last_img read more

On 21 March each year, the UN marks the day in 1960 when dozens of peaceful protesters were gunned down by police in the South African township of Sharpeville as they demonstrated against apartheid.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said “the massacre in Sharpeville represents a much wider tragedy: we mark its anniversary to remember also the millions of people around the world who are still, today, victims of racism and racial discrimination. “Racial discrimination denies its victims the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to equality,” she noted in her message for the Day. “Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance are insidious, corrosive and sometimes explosive forces that devastate the lives of many individuals and, if left to fester, can undermine societies as a whole. They present a threat to security and often feature among the root causes of violent conflict. “Taken to an extreme, unchecked – or deliberately fuelled – racial discrimination and intolerance can lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide,” she added.Ms. Pillay recalled that governments recognized that no country was free of racism and pledged to take concrete steps to eradicate it when they met in Durban, South Africa, for the 2001 World Conference against Racism. Next month the international community will gather in Geneva to review the progress that has been made in implementing those pledges. “There has indeed been progress in the intervening years in many areas, but that progress has been partial, and there have been serious setbacks too. The challenge we face is to translate those 2001 promises into action,” stated the High Commissioner. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message marking the Day, noted that in the years since Durban, the world has witnessed a disturbing rise in reports of hatred and bigotry, linked in part to terrorism and increasing migration. “The Review Conference is a timely opportunity for countries to share experiences, identify best practices and reaffirm their commitment to the battle against racism,” he stated. “Racism exists in all countries, and I urge all countries to work together in the struggle against it.”An independent UN human rights expert has also called for full participation in the Durban review process, stressing that the time is “ripe” for a renewed international engagement against racism.“Day after day we are reminded of the continued relevance of the fight against all forms of racism,” said Githu Muigai, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.“Displays of intolerance abound, from small gestures in interpersonal relations to large-scale violence targeting people of different skin colour or ethnicity. In particular in times of a global financial crisis, intolerance tends to become even more pronounced, fostering racial, ethnic and xenophobic tensions.”He added that the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action remains the most comprehensive framework of international, regional and national actions needed to counter racism. “A successful Review Conference will empower all stakeholders across the world, providing them with yet additional tools to be employed in their daily fight against racism.” 21 March 2009Top United Nations officials have called for strengthening collective efforts to combat racism and work towards the goal of equality among all human beings, as they marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. read more

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has invalidated the Viagra patent held by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, opening the marketplace to cheaper versions of the popular erectile dysfunction drug.In a 7-0 decision, the high court sided with Teva Canada’s challenge of the legitimacy of the patent. It annulled Pfizer’s patent, saying it tried to “game” the system.The decision has big implications for users of erectile dysfunction drugs and the pharmaceutical industry because it allows companies to create generic versions that are usually cheaper for consumers.The Teva victory means the company can begin selling its own version of the drug.The ruling wipes out Pfizer’s market dominance with Viagra. Its patent was to have expired in 2014.The case also has broad commercial implications for patent law.The Patent Act gives a company a 16-year monopoly on a product if it can prove it is a new invention.In return, the patent-holding company must show publicly in its application how it created its product, so others can copy it later.“Pfizer gained a benefit from the act — exclusive monopoly rights — while withholding disclosure in spite of its disclosure obligations under the act,” Justice Louis LeBel wrote on behalf of the court. “As a matter of policy and sound statutory interpretation, patentees cannot be allowed to ’game’ the system in this way. This, in my view, is the key issue in this appeal.“Pfizer had the information needed to disclose the useful compound and chose not to release it.”This case turned on whether Pfizer deliberately thwarted Teva’s ability to copy the key chemical compound of the drug.Teva challenged the validity of the Pfizer patent, claiming it did not meet the law’s disclosure requirements.In its original patent application, Pfizer listed a massive number of chemical compounds, but didn’t specify which was the one that actually worked.Pfizer obtained the patent in 1998 after applying four years earlier. It was first challenged by the generic drug maker in 2007.Teva originally questioned Pfizer’s patent in Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, but lost at both levels. read more

At least 15 men in civil clothes who came in a jeep, car and a van provided security to Judge Sunil Abeysinghe.The personal security men had surrounded the Judge last week when he was taken to be presented before the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Thursday. The men had prevented journalists from getting close to Judge Sunil Abeysinghe and had even held up books in an attempt to cover the face of the Judge from the cameras. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The Colombo Magistrate has ordered an investigation into the men seen giving security to Homagama District Court Judge Sunil Abeysinghe last week.The Bribery Commission had today raised the issue in Court and subsequently the Colombo Magistrate ordered the Bribery Commission to launch an investigation. Judge Abeysinghe, who was arrested by the Bribery Commission last week for allegedly accepting a bribe, had been taken to the Bribery Commission from the Cinnamon Gardens Police Station on Thursday and from there to the Thimbirigasyaya residence of the Colombo Chief Magistrate. The Colombo Magistrate ordered the Commission to submit a report over the matter in two weeks time. Judge Sunil Abeysinghe was meanwhile further remanded till June 10. read more

Matugama Electorate                 – Lakshman Kiriella Galle District    Hiniduma Electorate                –  Duminda DisanayakeBaddegama Electorate              – P. HarrisonBentara-Elpitiya                           – Wijeyadasa Rajapakse Following is the name list of the newly appointed organizers: President Maithripala Sirisena appointed several Ministers from the areas not affected by floods as the organizers for the flood relief work in the affected electorates.They will coordinate the relief measures for the victims. The Ministers received their appointment letters from the President at the Presidential Secretariat, today. Bulathsinhala Electorate        –  Nimal Siripala de SilvaAgalawathta Electorate             – S.B. DisanayakeBandaragama Electorate          – Patali Champika Ranawaka Matara District     Akuressa Electorate                 – Anura Priyadarshana YapaDeniyaya Electorate                 – Akila Viraj KariyawasamMatata  Electorate                     – Ravi KarunanayakeWeligama Electorate                  – Ranjith SiyabalapitiyaHakmana Electorate                  – Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa Horana Electorate                    – Sarath AmunugamaKalutara Electorate                  – Rauff Hakeem and Arjuna Ranatunga Kegalle District                  Mr. Daya GamageField Marshal Sarath Fonseka  Hambantota District    Mr. Faizer MustaphaMr. Harin Fernando The newly appointed organizers have the responsibility to carry out the coordination work of the programmes launched to provide relief measures for the people in the affected areas and to rebuild their livelihood. Kalutara District          Rathnapura District     Kalawana Electorate                 – Susil PremajayanthaRathnapura Electorate               – Rishad BathiudeenEheliyagoda Electorate              – S.B.NawinnaPelmadulla Electorate               -Gamini Jayawickrama PereraNiwitigala  Electorate                – Navin Dissanayake read more

The province’s political leaders are making their final pitches to voters on the last weekend before Thursday’s election.Three of the major Toronto newspapers — The Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail and the National Post — have endorsed Tim Hudak and the Tories. Only the Toronto Star is behind Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals.Today we’re starting to see some more direct tactics by the Liberals. Kathleen Wynne said she was afraid of Tim Hudak and his plan.Wynne spent the day in ridings held by the NDP with a targeted message for anyone who has voted or was thinking of voting for the NDP.“If you believe that if tim hudak has a chance to implement his chaos, i’m talking to you,” said Wynne.Tim Hudak was in a St. Catharines back yard with his family, talking about attack ads.“Miller’s watching ‘Frozen’ on YouTube,” says Hudak referring to his daughter. “Up pops an anti-Hudak ad on YouTube. And she’s so sweet — ‘There’s you daddy.’ it just shows those ads are everywhere.”A supporter asked him about an ad by the OPP’s union, the first time the union has waded into politics. Hudak said there is an entire storm of union ads like this.“Why are the unions spending all this money? Because they want to rent the Liberals, raid your pockets for perks and benefits we can’t afford,” said Hudak.He says the Liberals are trying to make him look scary so they don’t have to talk about their record. read more

New owners unveil $70 million makeover plan for the Forum, former home of Los Angeles Lakers by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 12:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The Forum, where the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones played to thousands of screaming fans, wants to rock again with a $70 million makeover that its new owner hopes will draw the biggest names in pop music.Madison Square Garden Co. planned to announced details of the upgrade on Tuesday that include repainting the outside to match its original “California sunset red” shade, installing a new centre floor ring that can hold 350,000 pounds, and putting in 17,500 red velvet, theatre-style seats, the Los Angeles Times reported ( ).Under a corporate sponsorship deal with Chase bank, new signage will read “The Forum Presented by Chase.” The venue is scheduled to reopen Jan. 15 with The Eagles performing for three nights.The Forum, with its 72 Roman-inspired exterior columns, opened in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood in 1967. It was a premier venue for sports and concerts in the 1970s and 1980s but it was supplanted when the more modern Staples Center opened in 1999 in downtown Los Angeles.The Lakers and Kings jumped ship for Staples, which also got the Clippers and became a major arena for pop concerts.The Forum was taken over by the Faithful Central Bible Church in 2000 but continued to languish. MSG bought it last year for $23.5 million.The cost of the purchase and building improvements is approaching $100 million, MSG Executive Chairman James L. Dolan told the Times.The goal is to compete with Staples, which must juggle sports and other events, by becoming the nation’s largest indoor facility designed to focus mainly on music shows, although a few sporting events may be held there.“When it was a professional sports arena and a concert arena, it had to serve those two masters,” Dolan said. “Now it’s constant entertainment and there’s no compromise.”Dolan declined to say how many shows MSG expects to book at the Forum annually.“It’s a little bit ‘Field of Dreams’ — build it and they will come,” he said.Staples Center’s owner isn’t worried and believes that it will remain Southern California’s premier destination for live entertainment, Anschutz Entertainment Group President and Chief Executive Dan Beckerman said. read more

first_imgFOR THOSE OF you who are using the same password for multiple services, you may want to change it when you get the chance.Mobile software company Splashdata puts together a collection of the worst passwords every year, basing it on the number of stolen passwords posted online by hackers during 2013. This year’s list was influenced by the large number of accounts breached by the Adobe hacking which happened near the end of 2013.This year, it was the password “123456″ which took top spot, knocking down  ”password” to second. Passwords featuring a combination of numbers and letters populated the listThe list of the worst passwords to use is as follows:1. 1234562. password3. 123456784. qwerty5. abc1236. 1234567897. 1111118. 12345679. iloveyou10. adobe12311. 12312312. admin13. 123456789014. letmein15. photoshop16. 123417. monkey18. shadow19. sunrise20. 12345Splashdata recommends that you should use passwords of eight characters or more, create passphrases – short words with spaces or other characters separating them, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites.And in case it wasn’t obvious already, it advises anyone who uses any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.Read: IT experts say your NTMA Prize Bonds password may not be stored securely >Read: Irish employees would give away their passwords for vouchers and chocolate bars >last_img read more

first_imgQuinn refused to be drawn on who the next leader of Labour will be, adding that he did not want Gilmore to step aside.“I didn’t want him to resign. By his own standards, he felt he had not maintained the level of support that met the bar he had set himself.”He also insisted that Gilmore’s resignation will not hold up the business of Cabinet.“We have large programme of reform that will proceed,” he concluded.Reporting by Nicky RyanWho is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farHere’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leader Source: Video AHEAD OF this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said he resents how Eamon Gilmore was treated by the Labour party.It was not the “Labour way” he said, criticising those who placed the motion of no confidence for not having the “decency or courage” to contact the former leader themselves.“The motion of no confidence was suggested after he decided to resign.He was due the courtesy… by being the most successful electoral leader of the Labour party… of one of the eight to actually have the courage to pick up the phone and say this is what we are doing.last_img read more

first_imgDes araignées géantes et inconnues sèment la panique en IndeSelon les médias locaux, un village indien proche de Sadiya dans l’Etat de Assam serait en proie depuis plus de deux semaines à une invasion d’araignées géantes et qui appartiendraient à une espèce non répertoriée. Les arachnides auraient déjà fait deux victimes.Le scénario est digne d’un film d’épouvante et pourtant c’est bien la réalité. C’est le 8 mai que tout a commencé dans le village de Chaulkhowa Nagaon, à côté de Sadiya dans le nord-est de l’Inde. Alors que les habitants célèbraient une fête hindoue, une nuée d’araignées ressemblant à des tarentules a soudainement fait irruption venant de nulle part. Envahissant le village, elles ont commencé à mordre les gens et se sont infiltrées partout.Selon le bilan provisoire, deux personnes seraient mortes après avoir été mordues. Mais depuis deux semaines, les personnes mordues par les araignées affluent par dizaines à l’hôpital de Sadiya. Certains ont même pris l’initiative d’amener les coupables avec eux. Une idée judicieuse puisque selon les observations, les arachnides n’appartiendraient à aucune espèce répertoriée jusqu’ici. “On a d’abord pensé à une farce mais il y a eu ensuite un grand nombre d’habitants piqués par cette espèce particulière”, a témoigné un vieux sage du village de Sadiya. Aujourd’hui, toute la région est sous alerte et une équipe de scientifiques a donc été déployée sur les lieux dirigée par L.R. Saikia, un scientifique du département de Sciences de la vie à l’université Dibrugarh. “Nous avons inspecté les lieux et trouvé qu’elle (l’araignée) était semblable à une mygale mais nous ne sommes toujours pas certains de l’espèce”, a déclaré ce scientifique cité par le quotidien Times of India. Mais “il s’agit d’une araignée très agressive, qui saute sur quiconque s’approche. Certaines victimes ont déclaré que les araignées étaient restées accrochées à eux après la morsure. Si c’est le cas, il va falloir y aller avec prudence. Les chélicères et les crochets de cette créature sont très puissants, mais il est trop tôt pour la déclarer ‘araignée tueuse’. Nous analysons son venin pour évaluer sa toxicité”. Une espèce importée par accident ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, les deux personnes décédées ayant été rapidement incinérées, les scientifiques ignorent si elles ont été victimes du venin ou d’une réaction allergique. Pour combattre ces arachnides, plusieurs mesures ont été envisagées et notamment l’injection d’insecticide DDT. Néanmoins, l’espèce restant non identifiée, pour l’heure, les autorités se sont contentées de conseiller aux habitants de rester cloitrés chez eux en particulier la nuit. Des spécimens de ces araignées ont été envoyés à des spécialistes de la Indian Society of Arachnology, dans l’Etat du Maharashtra afin de tenter de les identifier. Selon les scientifiques, il pourrait soit s’agir d’une nouvelle espèce, soit d’une espèce importée par accident. “Leur agressivité montre qu’elles ne sont pas habituées à l’Homme. On peut alors penser qu’elles ont été introduites accidentellement ou intentionnellement dans notre écosystème”, souligne un expert sur place cité par 20minutes.Le 5 juin 2012 à 10:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – There is a great need for women to come to the forefront of the decision-making processes in the country.   This, according to female Parliamentarians, would ensure that issues relating to women are properly prioritized and addressed.   The Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) sponsored a luncheon for the spouses of parliamentarians, department heads, and senior female government officials at Luciano’s of Chicago, December 4, 2017.    The event was held under the theme, “Strong Women, Leaders Unite.”Delivering the keynote address was Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.  Mrs. Minnis said that women need to be more visible in order to effect change in the country.   To this end, Mrs. Minnis said that she is pushing for an Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister.   She has already started the process by submitting a proposal for consideration by the Cabinet. She is currently awaiting a decision by the Cabinet.“I believe that as women, we should have a voice to speak to the issues that we face in the country,” said Mrs. Minnis.   “For that reason, I am pushing for this office, which I believe will help us to push for certain things relating to women and children, such as healthcare, the well-being of women and children and other issues.”Also delivering brief remarks was Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and Chairperson of the CWP, the Hon. Lanisha T. Rolle, who said that even though much has been done to advance the causes of women, more work needs to be done.“The only way we can be strong is when we are united, and the only way we are united is to speak with one voice,” said the Minister.   “We have come far, and together we can go even further.Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information and Communications, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe delivered welcome remarks and expressed her appreciation as a participant in the event.   She noted, “We are all here today because of those who came before us who fought the good fight, which now allows us to enjoy some of the privileges and opportunities that we now have.”Past Chairperson and Member of Parliament for Englerston, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin also delivered remarks. After thanking the CWP for the invitation, she said women are still under-represented in the country despite representing over 50 percent of the electorate.   Currently, females represent only 2 percent of the country’s cabinet. Worldwide, the average hovers around 10 percent.“We must find common ground despite serving on different sides of the political divide,” said Hanna-Martin.   “We have to find ways to channel our energies and unite on fundamental issues affecting women.”Also in attendance and bringing brief remarks was Senator, the Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis. Senator, the Hon. Dr. Jasmine Turner Dareus, offered the invocation.  Moderator for the luncheon was Senator, Dr. the Hon. Mildred Hall-Watson.   A video highlighting the contributions of women in the country was presented during the luncheon.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photot captions:Header:  Wife of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis – Mrs. Patricia Minnis addressed the Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Luncheon at Luciano’s of Chicago, December 4, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert: Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Luncheon at Luciano’s on Monday.  At the table, clockwise: Wife of the Prime Minister Mrs. Patricia Minnis (left), Past CWP Chairperson Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin (opposite), Senate President Katherine Forbes-Smith, Wife of Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Sonia Turnquest (at right), and Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and CWP Chairperson Lanisha Rolle (centre).  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) – Crews have cleared the scene of a three-car collision on Interstate 95, near the Miami-Dade/Broward County line, Wednesday afternoon.According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson, a van and two trucks crashed at 12:15 p.m., along the southbound lanes north of the Miami Gardens Drive exit.Officials said a white van was traveling southbound in the express lanes of I-95 and a box truck was traveling southbound in one of the general purpose lanes, closest to the express lanes. A tractor trailer, meanwhile, was traveling behind the box truck.The driver of the white van decided to exit the express lanes, but in the process, cut off the box truck. In an attempt to not hit the van, the truck swerved, lost control and went over the guard rail and down an embankment, officials said.The tractor trailer ended up hitting the van in the process.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash. There were no injures or transports involved in this accident.The southbound lane was closed for several hours but has since reopened. last_img read more

first_imgPink salmon in Valdez. (Photo by Kimberly Holzer / Flickr)On Wednesday, the state learned how much of $200 million in federal funds will go to recovery from the 2016 pink salmon season disaster in the Gulf of Alaska.Listen nowBarbara Blake, senior adviser with Governor Bill Walker’s office, says Alaska received a little over $56 million.“We’re really happy. We’re really glad that we’re gonna see some form of funding go back out to our communities and out to our fishermen as a result of this. It’s definitely a big positive,” Blake said. “It’s obviously not the amount that we asked for, but we’re happy that we got a quarter of these funds coming to Alaska.”According to Blake, the state originally requested almost $150 million for disaster relief.The pink salmon season was among the fisheries disasters to win money along with fisheries affected by natural disasters, and according to a NOAA press release, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocated those funds yesterday.They still have to decide on a spending plan.Blake says the governor’s office met with NOAA this afternoon. She says NOAA and state representatives may work together with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to distribute the funds, as has happened in the past.last_img read more

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He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. Rami Tabari, on 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 SizeN/AN/A13.78 x 9.96 x 0.78 inches RAMUp to 8GBUp to 16GB Display11.6-inch touchscreen Rami Tabari, Starting Price$379$279$349$299 SizeN/A        center_img 11.6-inch Author Bio 12-inch, 1366 x 912 touchscreen AMD A4-9120CIntel Celeron N4000, Celeron N4100 CPUIntel Celeron N4000, Celeron N4100 PortsTwo USB 3.0, two USB 3.1 Type-C, microSD card slot, headphone jack 11.6-inch touchscreen11.6-inch Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect Acer’s additional announcements.Acer is launching a slew of educational laptops that the company revealed at the BETT show in London.The line-up includes two 12-inch Chromebooks, the 512 and its convertible twin, the Spin 512,  along with four new 11.6-inch Chromebooks: the Spin 511, 311 (C721), 311 (C733) and Spin 311. Acer is also debuting its first AMD-based Windows notebook designed for education, the TravelMate B114-21. The best part is that each system will land in the sub-$500 range, making it affordable for schools or parents to buy.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Acer’s Educational Laptop Line-up: Specs and Price RAMN/A         Acer Chromebook 512, Spin 512, Spin 511The Chromebook 512, Spin 512 and Spin 511 will start at $329, $449 and $379, respectively, and launch sometime in April.The 512 and Spin 512 can be configured with up to an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage, while the Spin 511 will go up to an Intel Celeron N4100 CPU. The Acer Chromebook 512 and Spin 512 feature a similar chunky build designed withstand military-grade torment, specifically the MIL-STD 810G tests, which involve multiple drops from up to 4 feet. The Spin 511 is a little sleeker, but can take the same amount of punishment.That durability also extends to the keyboard, as Acer has designed it to be spill-resistant, and even the display is made from Corning Gorilla Glass. However, the 512 and Spin 512 are 12-inch Chromebooks that have a measly 1366 x 912 resolution, and quite frankly not even kids should suffer through such blur. The Spin 511 has a 11.6-inch display, and while it’s unclear what the resolution is, it’s most likely in the same low range.MORE: Best Acer LaptopsAlong with the Chromebook’s normal webcam, the Spin 512 comes with an additional 8-megapixel “world-facing” webcam on the underside, which is kind of a misnomer due to its location. Meanwhile, the regular 512 and Spin 511 offers an optional 5MP webcam.On top of including room for two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot, Acer included a stylus dock for the Spin 512 and Spin 511 on the left side of the lip.Acer also claims that both the Chromebook 512 and Spin 512 can last up to 12 hours on a charge, which would be impressive, even for a Chromebook, if we get the same result on our test. There’s no word on the Spin 511 battery rating as of yet.Acer TravelMate B114-21The TravelMate B114-21 is slated to launch sometime in Q1 and start at $319.Unlike its Chromebook siblings, the TravelMate is a Windows laptop, but in order to keep it strictly educational, Acer ships it out in S mode. It’ll offer up to a 7th Gen AMD A6-9220C processor with Radeon R5 graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.Like its Chromebook brothers, it has a chunky build that’s mil-spec tested, but it’s not without style, as it features glossy black curves and a hood with cool jagged edges. The TravelMate features one USB 3.1 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, an SD card slot, an RJ45 port and an HDMI 2.0 port, but no USB Type-C. Despite the relatively low cost, you get a 14-inch display that sits at 1920 x 1080 resolution, which is as it should be.Acer marks the TravelMate for up to 10 hours of battery life, which would easily carry a student through a day of classes and then some. Stay tuned for our full review and benchmarks once we get these notebooks through our lab.Acer Chromebook 311 (C721), 311 (C733), Spin 311The Chromebook 311 (C721), 311 (C733) and Spin 311 are launching sometime in April like their other Chromebook brethren and start at $279, $349 and $299, respectively.The 311 (C721) and Spin 311 will rock the latest 7th Gen AMD A4-9120C processor with Radeon graphics, while the 311 (C733) can be configured up to an Intel Celeron N4100 processor. The AMD Chromebooks feature a similar build to the TravelMate, leaning more toward the sleek side, but the 311 (C733) looks a little more curvy and chunky (aka what you’re used to seeing from a Chromebook).At the very least, all of these Chromebooks are MIL-STD 810G tested and have spill-resistant keyboards. The 11.6-inch display on these Chromebooks concern me, however, as they will most likely have a low resolution, but it’s not uncommon for Chromebooks to downsize on the display.Each Chromebook will feature two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack. The Spin 311 will have a dockable stylus like its other Spin twins.There isn’t a ton of information on the new 11.6-inch Chromebooks, so stay tuned for our full review and benchmarks once we get these notebooks through our lab.Acer Laptops – Brand Review and RatingBest Laptops: Top Rated Notebooks, Chromebooks, 2-in-1sBest Laptops Under $500 Weight Acer Chromebook 512Acer Chromebook Spin 512Acer TravelMate B114 Acer Chromebook Spin 511Acer Chromebook 311 (C721)Acer Chromebook Spin 311Acer Chromebook 311 (C733) Intel Celeron N4100, Pentium Silver N5000 StorageUp to 64GB eMMCUp to 256GB SSDlast_img read more

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? The funeral of young lady, who passed away this morning, will take place today.She had been on life support in the ICU ward at La Verna Hospital after attempting to commit suicide by strangulation last Sunday.The body will leave 125 Protea Drive to Central Musjid Janaza after ASR.She will be sadly missed by family and friends.The deceased name and photo has been removed at the request of family. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_imgPresident Hugo Chávez returned to Cuba Monday for cancer surgery after naming Vice President Nicolas Maduro his political successor and warning his leadership team to refrain from intrigues.Chávez was shown on Venezuelan television pumping his fist and shouting “Forward to life always” in an emotional predawn farewell before boarding a plane to Cuba surrounded by his closes aides.Cuban President Raúl Castro and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez met Chávez, 58, at the Havana International Airport on his arrival early Monday, the Cuban state news agency reported.Chávez’s health is of paramount importance to Havana’s communist leadership, which relies on Venezuela – a country that sits atop the world’s largest proven oil reserves – for cheap oil, economic aid and international support.The leftist leader, who was re-elected in October after proclaiming himself to be cancer-free, faces his fourth round of surgery in Cuba since he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.Forced out of the political fray for the time being, due to his medical condition, Chávez urged Venezuelans to support Maduro and warned against the perils of a struggle over his succession.“I only ask you once again to strengthen your unity … and not fall prey to intrigue,” said Chávez at the swearing-in Sunday of a new defense minister, Diego Molero Bellavia.At the event, broadcast Monday on state television, Chávez expressed confidence in the military’s loyalty, saying “it was in good hands.”But he warned: “The enemy is lurking abroad and within, and they will not fail to take advantage of any possible circumstance to pounce as hyenas on the motherland … and deliver it to imperialism,” Chávez said, speaking to military leaders.In power since 1999, Chávez was briefly deposed in a 2002 coup, only to be restored to power by loyal soldiers 47 hours later. Chávez launched a failed coup himself in 1992 against then-president Carlos Andres Pérez.Chávez’s pre-dawn departure was announced via Twitter by Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas.Chávez has entrusted his care almost exclusively to Cuban doctors over Venezuelans, possibly to better control information about his condition. The type and severity of Chávez’s cancer has never been disclosed.Shortly after returning from 10 days of treatment in Cuba, he stunned the country late Saturday by revealing that his cancer had returned and he needed to undergo another round of surgery.Treatment is “absolutely necessary,” he said on state television, admitting he may have to give up the presidency and that Maduro was his chosen successor.In an indication of the severity of the situation, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa – a close ally – announced via Twitter Monday that he was traveling to Havana to be with Chávez.A firebrand who rose to international prominence as an acerbic critic of the United States, the once omnipresent Chávez has been strikingly absent from view even as he campaigned for re-election.He has missed practically every regional meeting he was to have attended over the past year and a half, including the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, the Mercosur summit in Brazil and last month’s Ibero-American summit.Maduro’s designation as heir in the event that “something happens” to him underlined both the seriousness of Chávez’s condition, and the political uncertainty arising from his illness.Speaking Saturday, Chávez said his Cuban doctors recommended “that I undergo surgery yesterday [Friday] at the latest, or this weekend,” he noted. “But I did not agree and came back home.”He urged Venezuelans to vote for Maduro in the next presidential poll should he become incapacitated.“Choose Maduro as president of the republic,” Chávez said. “I am asking you this from all my heart.”The Venezuelan constitution calls for new elections to be held within 30 days if the president is permanently incapacitated either before his inauguration – scheduled for Jan. 10 – or in the first four years of his six-year term.Maduro, Venezuela’s foreign minister for the past six years, was appointed vice president following Chávez’s re-election in October. He has since held both portfolios.The 50-year-old former bus driver who began his political career in the labor movement belongs to the more moderate wing of the Chávez entourage.Paving the way for his departure, the National Assembly on Sunday granted Chávez permission to travel to Cuba and to leave the country for an indefinite amount of time. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Around 1,000 Moroccan judges have held an unprecedented sit-in in front of the Supreme Court calling for greater independence for the judiciary.The rare demonstration was organized by the Judges’ Club, a group formed in August 2011 to push for judicial reform.Club founder Yassine Mkhelli said Saturday that they were demanding laws guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary.Morocco’s new constitution passed last year does give the judicial branch greater powers and independence but it has yet to be implemented.center_img How do cataracts affect your vision? 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories The Judges’ Club is officially banned, but tolerated. It includes about half of the country’s 3,000 judges.Morocco’s courts have historically been weak and under the control of the king and his Justice Ministry(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

first_img Share Home Prices to Appreciate 3.5 Percent Annually 2017-04-10 Seth Welborn April 10, 2017 546 Views center_img Home values are going to continue their upward trend over the next year, appreciating an estimated 3.5 percent, according to the recent VeroFORECAST released by Veros. Only a mere 4 percent of U.S. markets will likely see depreciation.A forecast of the 12-month period from March 1, 2017, to March 1, 2018, VeroFORECAST predicts an average 3.5 percent jump in home prices across the country—a rate that’s slightly down from its last forecast, which estimated a 3.7 percent uptick in appreciation. VeroFORECAST releases its findings quarterly.Despite the slight difference in appreciation predictions, the top markets were largely the same across both forecasts, with the Northwestern U.S. claiming nine out of the top 10 metros for growth. Seattle and Denver took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots once again, with estimated appreciation rates of 10.7 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively. Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and Fort Collins, Colorado, rounded out the top five markets, which ranged anywhere from 8.1 percent to 10.7 percent in predicted appreciation.“The Seattle market remains strong with a supply of homes at barely over one month, continued population growth, and unemployment at only 4.2 percent compared to the national rate of 4.8 percent,” said Eric Fox, VP of Statistical and Economic Modeling at Veros. “Similarly, Denver’s supply of homes is tight at 1.2 months. This, coupled with its modest unemployment rate of 2.8 percent and rapid population growth, makes Denver one of the strongest markets in the U.S.”Parts of Florida and Texas—particularly the Dallas and Austin markets—are predicted to see similar trends as well, Fox said, but there are many markets where appreciation won’t be so great, especially ones that are typically on the higher-priced end.“The big news is that, despite the overall market strength, interest-rate sensitive markets are starting to show signs of cracking,” Fox said. “These markets are predominantly very expensive, and interest rate increases significantly soften demand for consumers on the margin of affordability.”The Bay Area of California is a prime example, Fox said.‘San Francisco is forecast to appreciate only 4 percent in the next year, which is down from last quarter’s forecast of nearly 6 percent,” Fox said. “San Jose shows a similar pattern, appreciating at slightly over 4 percent this quarter from more than 6 percent last quarter. The long-range forecast for these markets shows even stronger weakening, moving down to a mere 1 percent appreciation rate at the end of the 24-month horizon.”Overall, Alabama is predicted to have the worst markets as the next 12 months progress, with Hot Springs depreciating 2.6 percent, followed by Fort Smith (-2.4 percent) and Pine Bluff (-2.1 percent.) Torrington, Connecticut, and Binghamton, New York, rounded out the bottom five markets with depreciation rates of 2 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively.“Consistently, the worst performing markets in the country are areas where population trends have either been flat or on a steady decline for years,” Fox said.  To view the full VeroFORECAST, visit in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more