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2011 Games Legacy Announced

first_imgThe Halifax 2011 Canada Games will generate an estimated $125 million in economic activity leaving a legacy of new and upgraded recreational facilities, trained volunteers, community, culture, and sport development. The Host Society announced today, Oct. 14, that the Games will create close to 900 jobs in the province, 600 of which are in Halifax Regional Municipality, providing $36 million in wages and salaries. “The Games will be held in HRM, but in fact all Nova Scotians will benefit from this event now, and for decades to come,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Not only will the Games help promote Nova Scotia on a national stage, but the resulting facilities, equipment and funding will improve access to sports and help our young athletes prepare for future competitions.” “Hosting sport events such as the Canada Games results in many benefits for all Canadians,” said MP Scott Armstrong, on behalf of Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport. “We know this investment will contribute to a legacy of valuable training, competition experience, and sport infrastructure. It will benefit future athletes as they strive to become members of our national teams and compete in international sporting events.” The 13 sport venues will sign a legacy agreement that spells out how each venue will carry on the Games’ legacy of sport development and community access. This will include training access for future Canada Games athletes, free access for the community on various dates, and integrating arts and culture at each venue, either through programming or displays. “The legacy of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games will live on in our facilities, our culture, and most importantly, our people,” said Games co-chair and legacy committee chair, Chuck Bridges. “This is one of the proudest days our city has seen.” Five thousand Nova Scotians will be trained to carry out the Games, leaving them well-equipped to lend their skills to future events. As part of the registration process, volunteers can choose to put their name forward to Events Nova Scotia to be contacted for future opportunities. More than half have done so. “Residents of HRM have really stepped up to the plate in preparation for these Games,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “In return, we will benefit from a long-lasting legacy, including new and upgraded facilities, trained volunteers and a more engaged community.” As part of the Games legacy, $1.1 million will create the Support4Sport Canada Games Sport Equipment Fund. The fund, which was established with a $1 million contribution from the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation’s Support4Sport Program, will be managed by Sport Nova Scotia and will be used to provide grants to community organizations to buy sport equipment. This is in addition to the $1 million in sport equipment that will be used during the Games and turned over to community organizations. The Host Society will also provide $50,000 to Citadel High in Halifax to complete construction on Spatz Theatre. Young artists from across the country participating in the Games’ National Artist Program will be the first to perform in two gala shows on Feb. 25-26. Fifteen million dollars in capital upgrades to existing venues for the Games are close to complete in addition to the new $42-million Canada Games Centre. The 2011 Games will aim to be as inclusive as possible, engaging a diverse workforce and reaching out to as many communities as possible through the Games torch and mascot programs. Over 25 per cent of Games sporting events will be free-of-charge for spectators. Long track speed skating, cross-country ski, biathlon, alpine ski, snowboarding, and freestyle ski events, as well as nightly concerts at the Games festivals site in Grand Parade, will be free to encourage as many people as possible to experience the Games. The 2011 Canada Games will hold the most events ever for athletes with disabilities including wheelchair basketball, alpine ski, biathlon, and cross-country. Athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in figure skating. The 2011 Canada Games will be one of the most environmentally sustainable in history. Environmental stewardship is key to this endeavour, with the Games implementing one of the most modern motor-pool plans, including car pooling, a strict no-idle policy, and giving all Games participants access to Metro Transit. The Host Society is the first to go through an extensive Transfer of Knowledge process, which will provide future host societies with an archive of documented information including templates, budgets, project charters, and planning tools. More information on Games’ legacy can be found online at www.canadagames2011.ca/legacy The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11-27, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.last_img read more

 

Placebos as palliatives

first_imgIf there is one leader at the Centre who is respected and trusted for integrity and sincerity, it is the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. While Modi and Shah go about invoking nationalism and creating several illusions on falsities, to aggressively push the agenda of the RSS and others to safronise the country, she is seriously engrossed in her business of finances. However, the moot question is, whether her efforts to pull the country out of the deep woods it has landed in would work as curative medicine, or only as palliatives, or simply as placebos. Also Read – A special kind of bondPM Modi envisions a $5 trillion economy and 10 million jobs annually while the economy is in doldrums. In his first term too, he had promised happiness, 10 million jobs per year, Rs 15 lakh cash in every citizen’s account, etc., but handed the country only pain and a shattered economy. Yet, Kashmir and NRC have taken precedence since elections in some states are in the offing. He does not regret the misery caused, nor does he have the majesty to admit his mistakes. Buddha said, ‘Ego never accepts the truth.’ Also Read – Insider threat managementOfficial data shows GDP growth steadily slid from 8 to 5 in the last five quarters. While NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Rajiv Kumar, said that the liquidity situation is unprecedented in 70 years, BJP’s Subramanium Swamy says, ‘Goodbye to $ 5-billion dollar economy.’ ‘Our economy has not yet recovered from the man-made blunders of demonetisation and a hastily implemented GST,’ is the opinion of Dr Manmohan Singh. Importantly, ex-CEA Arvind Subramanian’s research concludes that as against the annual growth of 7 per cent projected, GDP was actually around 4.5 per cent. If the methodology used by the government is applied to the period prior to 2014, the GDP at that time would be much higher. Moreover, public debt went up to Rs 83 lakh crores in six years as against Rs 53 lakh crores in the preceding 70 years, and fiscal deficit touched Rs 5.47 lakh crores or 77.8 per cent of the budget target, during the recent quarter. People are confused about whether to trust the rhetoric of ‘achche din,’ when they are facing a financial nightmare in their homes. As such, household savings have been going down over the years; the Economic Survey shows a decline from 23.6 to 16.3 per cent in 6 years. White-collar wages in the private sector have stagnated in the last few years. At this juncture, with the SC deciding that special allowance is part of the salary, Companies deducting higher PF from April this year has reduced the take-home pay of employees. As a result, the growth in private consumption expenditure, the backbone of India’s economic growth, has nosedived from 7.2 to 2.1 per cent in the recent quarter, and consumer demand slumped, bringing down the Gross Value Added (GVA), i.e., GDP minus taxes, from 7.7 per cent to 4.9. Although Modi is reluctant to admit, the reality is that demonetisation and the attendant money supply restrictions almost wiped out the disorganised sector, the MSMEs and self-employment ventures. The ad hoc implementation of GST has compounded problems, like in the case of Parle G which is retrenching over 10,000 workers. Only 15 per cent of taxpayers have filed annual GST returns citing the complexity of forms, eluding the hopes of raising the revue. Now, there is only widespread unemployment, empty pockets, agrarian crisis and slump in the industry. The rate of unemployment, at 7.91 per cent, is the highest in 45 years. Markets cannot absorb the job-seeking labour. If we go by the World Bank figures, for every one per cent rise in GDP 7.5 lakh jobs are created; so at 7 per cent growth, it should have been 5.25 million. It has not happened, questioning the veracity of the GDP figures. Now, the slump has led in the dumping of millions of jobs. With the purchasing power of people on the wane, the growth in the three crucial sectors – manufacturing, agriculture and construction sectors have fallen miserably. In one year, it tumbled to 0.6 per cent from 12.5 in the manufacturing sector. The sales in the auto industry, which accounts for 22-25 per cent of GDP and gives employment to over 32 million people, and adds Rs 1.8 lakh crore taxes to the government coffers, have seen the worst fall to 31.57 per cent in August this year. The demand is also greatly hit by agricultural distress, and millennials preferring Ola or Uber and others seeking second-hand cars. Obviously, there is stoppage of production on some days, or shutting down in some cases. About 3.5 lakh people have already lost jobs since April, with a further loss of 10 lakh jobs hovering over the horizon. It will have a cascading impact on ancillary and other industries. More job losses are sure to follow in other sectors. Another important indicator, Agricultural growth, has also been a dismal 2.7 per cent, down from 5 per cent in the previous year, whereas the construction sector slowed down to 5.7 from 9.6 per cent earlier. SBI Chairman said, ‘Almost all the sectors are showing slowdown’, and Housing Development Finance Corporation Chairman admitted that lakhs of homes are finding no takers. It is too obvious that demonetisation was a quixotic decision. Like every other Constitutional institution, the government tried to bulldoze RBI into submission. When its governor Raghuram Rajan resisted, Urjit Patel was brought in to comply with the political wish. But, although it ended as a fiasco – black money has only multiplied, the government went on expanding expenditure and squandered the windfall from low oil prices and higher oil taxes. The bungled GST yield is far below expectations. With other sources also drying up, the government began eyeing for RBI surplus to revive the economy. But, this time Urjit Patel resisted and quit; so did the deputy governor, Viral Acharya. The latter had even warned, ‘Governments that do not respect central bank independence will sooner or later incur the wrath of financial markets, ignite economic fire’. Packing the RBI with compliant people, the government ultimately got its way. In fact, an inkling of it was seen when the Budget showed the estimated dividend of Rs 90,000 crore from the RBI. Now, they got Rs 1.76 lakh crore, which includes Rs 1.23 lakh crore (including the Rs 28,000 crore already paid) as dividend and Rs 52,640 crore surplus capital. However, danger looms large that, time and again, the government would dip its hands into RBI reserves. Be that as it may, with the immediate infusion of Rs 70,000 crores into state-run banks, there was new buoyancy in the market. Global brokerage houses turned bullish. The Sensex and Nifty, particularly stocks of banks, NBFCs and infrastructure surged. Further, with RBI lowering the repo rate, and issuing instructions to banks to pass on the benefits to boost affordable housing, auto, MSME, and consumer sectors, things appeared good. However, soon, with the merger of 10 public sector banks into 4 for focussed lending, plans have gone awry, at least for the immediate future. Since the amalgamation process would take at least six months and may delay the loan transactions, many brokers began advising buying of the shares of rival lenders. There are also apprehensions that the infused money would be utilised by the banks only to get rid of bad loans, thereby depriving capital for growth. Investors are also not convinced about the ability of anchor banks to absorb their weaker partners. They began dumping PSB’ shares. In general, the share market slumped; every fall of 800 points on the BSE leading to a wiping out of over Rs 2.5 lakh crores of investor wealth. As foreign portfolio investors continued their spell of heavy selling to the extent of equities worth Rs 2016.20 crore, they set a panic selling in the broader market; and rupee crashed to Rs 72.39 per dollar. Although the government has made a course correction by restoring the surcharge on long and short-term gains on foreign portfolio investors to the pre-budget position, some damage had already been done; Rs 23,000 crore was withdrawn from domestic markets post-budget. The economic scenario is in flux. Economists describe it as a quasi-recession when GDP slips for two consecutive quarters; we have slipped in five quarters. Investment and consumption have both failed. Therefore, very bold structural changes are needed – by breaching the fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent of GDP and by having a radical relook at the GST rates. At the same time, unethical ‘crony capitalism’ that has nurtured a politico-business nexus has to end. Below-value collaterals, doctored appraisals of project cost, loan disposals against goodwill, etc., should stop, since we already have NPAs of around Rs 8.8 lakh crores, primarily of large corporates. Added to this is the over Rs 70,000 crore bank frauds, which is ever-increasing. Unless there are appropriate mechanisms in place to fix both the lenders and the borrowers in a time-bound manner, the situation would go beyond redemption. Further, unless banks are freed from the stranglehold of the government, matters would not change. For example, the Rs 1 lakh crore for PM’s Jan Dhan Yojana foisted on the banks was never compensated. In addition, the FM should pay more focus on MSMEs and self-employment, which are the real job-creators. Agricultural distress can be ameliorated by promoting export of agri-products, as we have 60 per cent surplus. Unless hard and radical decisions are taken, all the efforts of Sitharaman would only amount to giving placebos as palliatives. The country is watching her with bated breath. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar, IPS (retd) is a former Member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

 

With international help TimorLeste making steady progress Annan reports

In the five months since independence, the people and leaders of Timor-Leste have continued to consolidate the foundations of their country, making steady progress with the help of the international community, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report.“The gains of the past three years are being reinforced through the continuing international presence and commitment, both through the presence of UNMISET and through bilateral contributions,” the Secretary-General observes in his latest report to the Security Council, referring to the UN Mission of Support in East Timor. However, the country’s emerging institutions remain fragile and will require international assistance, he adds.The completion of the Mission’s implementation plan, which is generally on target, and a smooth transition to traditional development assistance will require complementary provision of sufficient bilateral assistance in a number of key areas, the Secretary-General notes, naming justice, corrections, police, border control and defence as still needing international support.The report also points out that sufficient donor support is essential for filling all 228 positions focused on development and poverty alleviation. “Continued donor support both for these posts and other needs is essential for the longer-term stability of Timor-Leste,” Mr. Annan writes. “Some donors have indicated that this requirement would have to be met through a reallocation of their existing commitments to budget support and other development assistance.”Meanwhile, earlier assumptions about progress towards demarcation of the border with Indonesia have proven optimistic, the Secretary-General says, although the commitments made between the Governments of Indonesia and Timor-Leste will, if realized, allow UNMISET to keep to its schedule for reduction and ultimate withdrawal.“The progress that has taken place in the country offers great promise,” Mr. Annan says. “While recognizing the competing claims on the international community’s attention and resources, I urge the Security Council and donor community to remain engaged, to build upon its outstanding contributions to date and to bring this promise to its full realization.” read more

 

Rescheduled sculpturemaking workshop to be held March 27

After inclement weather put a halt to the third event in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) Wellness Series last month, students and community members alike will be able to unwind and explore their inner creativity at a new time.Participants in an upcoming MIWSFPA Wellness Series workshop will learn to make sculptures from scrap fabric.Brock Visual Arts student Emma Mary Sked will lead attendees in a free, guided workshop on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in ST231 of the Library’s Matheson Learning Commons.  The event was rescheduled after a winter storm hit Niagara earlier last month.For this workshop, participants will learn how to transform scrap textiles into sculptures of their choosing.The Wellness Series, which is hosted by the MIWSFPA, features free monthly activities that promote well-being and the benefits of engaging in the arts. No previous art experience is required and all necessary materials will be supplied.The event is free, but registration is required at ExperienceBU or by contacting sackles@brocku.caFor more information about the event and others in the series, visit the MIWSFPA Wellness Series web page read more

 

Football Urban Meyers reputation tarnished following suspension

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during his first press conference back from suspension. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorGoing into Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer’s name meant many things.One of the winningest coaches of all-time, three-time national champion and the Ohio State head coach that brought the program back up following a 6-7 season in 2011.Now, less than two months later, Meyer’s name brings mostly one thing: controversy.“This is a window of time that I made an error,” Meyer said. “I’ll keep saying it, really, for the rest of my life — this was about trying to help a troubled employee with work-related issue.”That troubled employee is Zach Smith, the former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator who was fired on July 23 following allegations of domestic violence involving his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.Meyer, who also had Smith on staff during his tenure in Florida, hired Smith at Ohio State in 2012, keeping him on staff despite knowing about the allegations from 2009 and 2015.The lack of action Meyer took back then, along with his words at Big Ten Media Days, caused him to miss the first three games of the season from suspension.Meyer apologized for his answers at Media Days, and said that he had no intent of lying, that he misspoke after being ill-prepared for the questions on July 24.“I want to be really clear that there is zero intent to mislead,” Meyer said. “I did not answer questions with the accuracy that I should have.”But after eight weeks of allegations, statements on Twitter and a 12-hour meeting involving the fate of the coach that has led the Buckeyes to a 73-8 record in his tenure, Meyer’s record on the field has vanished from relevancy.Meyer said this is something with which he is struggling.“It’s tough to take. I’ve spent 30-plus years in coaching. Never been perfect. Tried extremely hard,” Meyer said. “I did not lie to the media. I did not do a very good job. Now everybody has a decision to make and a choice to make. I was very clear about why I was doing, why I said what I said. And I apologize for that. If that destroys a guy’s credibility, then I apologize for that.”At the press conference on Monday, Meyer’s first appearance since his suspension on Aug. 22, the head coach answered questions for 56 minutes, with the focus rarely reaching the subject of football.The topics Meyer discussed went from his knowledge of the Zach Smith case, to if he lied at Media Days, to if he regrets his decisions from the past and to what he can do to avoid this happening again.Now, after a coaching career with more acclaim than almost any before him, Meyer’s reputation remains tarnished, and could continue to be tarnished for the foreseeable future.“I’m hoping that people listen. And I can only say the truth. I can only let you know. I’d like to say over 30 years that I — I have been accused of helping players too much, giving them too many opportunities. That’s an accusation I accept,” Meyer said. “I understand that this will take time. Maybe never. But that’s my job in a press conference like this.”Meyer takes back the role from acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day, and he returns to an Ohio State team that is 3-0 with a win against a ranked opponent.But, much like the press conference, the focus won’t be on football for Tulane. Instead, it will be on the 56 minutes Meyer used answering questions on everything that has diminished his reputation that was once focused on a team striving for a championship a mere two months before. read more

 

Holidaymakers hit by worst exchange rates in years as £1 sold at

first_imgTelegraph Travel’s consumer expert Nick Trend advises that holidaymakers should use fee-free debit cards or pre-paid currency cards abroad as much as possible and avoid buying large amounts of cash.Below he offers his five must-dos and don’ts.Five top tips for managing your travel money1. Avoid airportsDo not rely on buying currency at the airport. You are part of a captive market. Rates are rarely competitive with those available on the high street.2. Use credit cards, but carefullyGenerally, paying by credit card gives you a better rate than paying by debit card or cash. But this advice doesn’t apply if you are not able to clear the balance each month. The interest you pay on that balance will only add to your costs.3. Consider a currency cardGet a competitive bank or currency card. The best pre-paid varieties now offer excellent value. I use the Monzo card (monzo.com) which charges no fees, offers near “perfect” exchange rates (ie you aren’t stung by the difference between a buy and sell rate) and allows you to always keep the balance in sterling without having to convert into a specific currency in advance. Alternatively the Halifax Clarity card is one of the best value credit cards for using overseas  (halifax.co.uk/travel). The last 12 months have been tumultuous for sterlingCredit:This content is subject to copyright./Alain Garca / EyeEm Travellers embarking on their summer holiday on the busiest day of the year for airports were stung by dismal exchange rates, with one bureau de change offering just €0.88 to the pound.The pound’s slump in the wake of David Davis’s announcement that Brexit would go ahead whether or not a trade deal was in place with the EU delivered sterling’s worst rate against the euro this year, down to €1.11. The low market value allowed airport currency exchanges to sell euros at a pitiful rate, with the Forexchange at Cardiff Airport offering walk-up rates of just 88 cents, one of the worst ever seen.Other airports provided little better, with Birmingham providing €0.96 to the pound, Moneycorp at Gatwick just €0.97 and ICE and Travelex at Heathrow a smidge over one euro at €1.01, according to currency analysts FairFX. New figures from FairFX today showed that the rate at Cardiff had improved to €0.96. However, this is still 16.5 per cent below market rate. Moneycorp at Southend was selling 17.7 per cent below market rate at €0.95.Telegraph Travel regularly tells its readers not to purchase currency at airport bureaux de changes without pre-ordering. For example, booking your currency at Southend’s Moneycorp would guarantee a rate of €1.09.What is the best way to manage your holiday money?Avoid airport rates, for one.Ian Strafford-Taylor, FairFX’s CEO, said some of the rates are “nothing short of extortionate” but added that one in 10 consumers still leave their travel money until the last minute.“Planning ahead is the only way you’ll get the best value for money and have more control over the rates you get,” he said. The last 12 months have been tumultuous for sterling This week is not the first time since the EU referendum that the exchange rate has dipped below parity, but it was potentially the most damaging, with Friday the first day of the summer holidays for state schools and airports across the UK anticipating the busiest day of the year. NATS, the UK’s provider for air traffic control services, said it expected a record day, handling some 8,800 flights, with some 500,000 holidaymakers scheduled to depart the country’s busiest airport, Heathrow, on Friday.“Time and time again, we have seen how the pound has been subject to volatility since the Brexit referendum and how some currency providers look to be taking advantage of it,” said Ian Strafford-Taylor, ceo of FairFX.“The only way consumers can protect themselves from this profiteering is to plan their currency ahead of time and don’t risk getting it from the airport where they will pay a premium for their currency.” Monzo cards have grown in popularity recently Monzo cards have grown in popularity recently 4. Lean towards the local currencyIf you are offered the choice between paying a card bill in sterling or the local currency, opt for the local currency. This option is being offered more and more often – both at restaurants, shops and hotels, and at cash points. It is highly unlikely that the vendor or their bank will offer you a rate on sterling which is better than you will get automatically from the card issuer.5. Hold on to your cashIf travelling to the eurozone, or another country that you visit regularly, keep some cash in hand and take it home with you so that you have a small float to take with you next time you visit.last_img read more

 

Border Force ups patrols after unprecedented surge in migrants crossing Channel

French authorities have had to change tactics in the past 12 months, Lt Parrot said, with a far more “joined-up approach” between maritime authorities, border forces and intelligence agencies. She said there was close cooperation between French and British authorities and work was ongoing to identify international smuggling rings.On Tuesday afternoon, seven suspected migrants were also found in a lorry arriving from France at Dover docks. One person needed medical treatment on arrival.Then on Wednesday, in the space of just over 12 hours, three groups of migrants risked their lives crossing some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world in small open boats in a desperate bid to reach Britain. Marine experts say if the attempts continue there “will be deaths”.At 4.30am nine Iranian migrants – including a woman and a four old boy – were rescued from a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) after the Coastguard and RNLI were scrambled to help a vessel reportedly in distress in the south west shipping lane. They escorted the RHIB to Dover’s Western Docks where they were met by Border Force and immigration officials.Border Force was next alerted at 9.15am by the Coastguard and RNLI to a small fishing vessel which had rescued 10 Iranian men off the Kent Coast. The tiny white boat, only designed to carry four people, was escorted into Dover by a lifeboat where it was met by Border Force officers. 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. Finally, at 2pm the crew of a Gas Tanker ship spotted a RHIB in a shipping lane off Ramsgate, Kent. Five people were picked up and taken on board the vessel, which then headed to Falmouth to hand the individuals over to Border Force officials.One highly experienced sailor, who did not want to be named, said: “If this does not stop now there will be deaths, the Lifeboat crews will be picking up bodies out of the water rather than cold people on dinghies”.Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke said: “To see so many brazen attempts to break into Britain in one week is unprecedented and deeply concerning.”That people are taking the risk of crossing such a busy shipping route on small craft – some even with young children on board – shows just how desperate they are.”The Home Office must act urgently to tackle this growing problem by boosting our borders budget and the number of skilled officers.”A Home Office spokesman said: “We are alert to the risk posed by people attempting to reach the UK illegally via small boats.”This year we have increased the number of coastal patrol vessels and, in light of recent events, have stepped up deployments along the South-East coast.” The UK Border Force has increased patrols along the south coast, after an “unprecedented” surge in migrants attempting to reach the UK.Vessels have been redirected to the English Channel after 48 migrants – including a four-year-old boy – were rescued in five separate incidents over two days.Officials are concerned that the number of Iranian migrants indicates criminal gangs have opened new smuggling networks from the country. The first attempt to reach Britain began in the early hours of Tuesday when a stolen French fishing boat was stopped as it entered the Port of Dover with 17 suspected migrants – including three children – on board.Lieutenant Ingrid Parrot, spokeswoman for the Maritime prefecture, the Border Force equivalent in France, said that the theft of the boat had been an “unprecedented operation” by migrants.Speaking to the Telegraph, she suggested two reasons why attempted crossings – at 26 this year – were up from last year’s total of 13. The most probable reason was the recent good weather, but “migrants are [also] seeking to cross before Brexit,” she said.Lt Parrot said criminal smuggling rings have become more organised in the last two years, culminating in the theft on Tuesday. Previously they had only attempted to cross the Channel in rickety makeshift vessels, even canoes, she said. read more

 

NY Post forces iPad users to buy app by blocking Safari access

first_imgiPad readers no longer have much choice about how they’re able to access NY Post’s content. When readers try to access the NY Post’s website on their iPad via Safari, the site is blocked and they get redirected to a page for downloading the app. Basically, the New York Post is trying to get people who want to read its content on their iPads’ browser to purchase the paper’s $2 app and pay subsequent subscription fees.However, it seems the NY Post missed some possible work-arounds before it implemented its browser block. If you’re willing to read the NY Post on an alternative browser, like Opera Mini or Skyfire, you can still access the content on your iPad without having to pay and download the app. It’s possible that iPad owners without the know-how to download a free browser may be convinced that they’re stuck with Safari, and therefore must pay for the NY Post app if they want to read its stories.AdChoices广告This may be the NY Post’s version of the New York Times’ paywall that it enacted in March of this year. However, many NY Times readers found a way around the paywall by accessing content via Facebook links. The NY Post managed to redirect Facebook links to the app advertisement, but Twitter links, on the other hand, still display the full article in Twitter’s in-app browser.So, NY Post readers can still read content via Twitter or alternate browsers. Users will probably take advantage of these alternative methods since a subscription to NY Post is just another cost to add to your monthly bills. The app itself costs $1.99 to download, and once downloaded, the customer gets 30 days free. After that, it’s $6.99 a month, $39.99 for six months, or $74.99 for a year. It’s not an exorbitant amount and it’s a good way to give the newspaper your business if you are a dedicated reader. For those people who just want to read a story or two from the NY Post, check it out on a different browser.via Ars Technicalast_img read more

 

PeaceHealth hosts NICU baby reunion, festival

first_imgVancouver — PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center invites all 4,200 NICU babies and their families for a Holtzman Twins NICU baby reunion from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.The festival, which will be in the front lawn of the hospital at the corner of Northeast 92nd Avenue and East Mill Plain Boulevard, is open to anyone who has been a patient, sibling, parent or grandparent. The carnival will feature games and food.The event is free.last_img

ALL Civil Servants are being asked to report to work

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – TCIG is calling on ALL civil servants to report back to work Tuesday, September 12 – Wedesday, September 13 & take active steps to salvage any Government assets and files within their office.TCIG further advises staff members in key departments such as Planning, Customs, Immigration, etc. are being asked to return to active duty with effect tomorrow.Release: TCIGlast_img read more

SD City Council approves controversial Rancho Penasquitos Village development

first_imgSD City Council approves controversial Rancho Penasquitos Village development 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRANCHO PENASQUITOS (KUSI) — The City Council voted 8-1 Monday to approve a Rancho Penasquitos housing development that calls for the demolition of former affordable units to make way for 600 mostly “workforce” houses, condominiums and apartments.Developer Lennar Homes of California will more forward with the plan to demolish the 332-unit Penasquitos Village development to construct Pacific Village, which will consist of 99 single-family homes, 105 triplex units, 120 condominiums and 276 apartments. Of those apartments, 60 will be restricted to low-income residents. Lauren Phinney, Lauren Phinney Updated: 10:19 PM March 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Today, the City Council voted to approve the Pacific Village project. I want to thank everyone involved for their collective work to improve this project.— Christopher Ward (@ChrisWardD3) March 6, 2018The proposal faced major criticism from some community leaders and residents of Penasquitos Village, who say that the plan unjustly dislocates economically disadvantaged people, some of whom have lived there since the complex was built in 1970. They also contend that 60 affordable units is too few.“This renovation, if approved, will make us homeless,” said Jeremy Pagaduan, 19, who lives in the village with his family. “Please don’t be oblivious to the cost of living in San Diego. Please consider myself and my family in your decision.”The project won the approval of more skeptical council members due to the large number of concessions made by the developer since Pacific Village was proposed two years ago.Lennar officials agreed not to begin demolition until all the 23 remaining Section 8 voucher holders living in Penasquitos Village have found new housing. The project now consists of 10 percent affordable units, up from none when it was proposed.The company is also offering residents up to $3,500 in relocation assistance and will give at least 120 days notice before residents will be required to leave.Penasquitos Village units were restricted to low-income residents until that deed restriction expired in 2010. Monday its rents are not restricted by any government program and the developer could theoretically charge higher rates, but because the complex has few amenities, rents are comparatively lower priced, according to David Stern, Lennar vice president.Stern said Pacific Village — with rents starting at $1,600 and condominiums starting in the mid-$500,000s — would be important in addressing San Diego’s shortage of middle-income housing.In addition to the 60 on-site units, Lennar also plans to build 12 additional affordable units in its Del Sur development and earmark 43 market-rate units in the region for Section 8 voucher recipients as part of its response to the project’s opposition.“We can’t just focus on the subsidized housing,” Councilwoman Lorie Zapf said. “This is a great project that I think is a great balance of both.”Opponents, including state Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, chastised the council for not acting sooner after the city was notified Penasquitos Village would be losing its restricted affordable status.“What is especially disappointing is the city and the Housing Commission had the opportunity to prepare for a response to this incredible loss of affordable units,” Atkins wrote in a letter that was read by an aide.That was echoed by resident Martha Sullivan.“I remember first learning about this proposed project about two years ago,” Sullivan said. “At that time, we were talking about homelessness as a crisis. And we were talking about the loss of low-income housing as a crisis. People have been telling this city what damage this is going to do to our low-income housing stock for over two years.”The lone no vote was cast by Council President Myrtle Cole, who, after hearing two hours of emotional testimony said she would schedule a special council meeting in July dedicated solely to affordable housing. Posted: March 5, 2018last_img read more

 

Shadow of Clinton war vote hangs over other 2016 contenders

first_imgWASHINGTON — In 2002, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cast a vote in favor of the Iraq war that would later come to haunt her presidential campaign.Now, a new crop of senators eying the White House — Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas — will face a similar choice over authorizing military action in the Middle East. A vote in favor of President Barack Obama’s use-of-force resolution would give the potential candidates a share of the responsibility for the outcome of military action in a combustible region. And as Clinton learned well, the public’s support for a military campaign can quickly fade, making the long-term implications of the vote difficult to predict. Obama asked lawmakers this week to approve a three-year offensive against the Islamic State group and affiliated forces. His request includes no constraints on geographical boundaries but would bar “enduring offensive combat” — intentionally vague language that some lawmakers fear leaves open the prospect of a U.S.-led ground war.So far, most of the 2016 hopefuls currently in Congress have sidestepped questions about how they would vote on Obama’s measure, which could be amended before they have to say yes or no. Among Republicans, Rubio has been perhaps the most specific in outlining his views, saying he opposes the president putting constraints on his ability to use military force against an enemy.last_img read more

Missing Miami Gardens elderly man found safe

first_imgPlease cancel #MissingPerson flyer. Sergio Galguera has been located and is safe. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word. @crimestoppers305 pic.twitter.com/WGGkUCvkee— Miami Gardens Police Dept. (@MGPDFL) August 1, 2019 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Investigators said Galguera was driving a white 1998 Toyota 4Runner.Just after 7 p.m., police confirmed he was found safe and was back home. center_img MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have located an elderly man who went missing in Miami Gardens.Miami Gardens Police said 84-year-old Sergio Galguera was last seen in the area of Northwest 158th Street and 52nd Avenue, at around 10:30 a.m., Thursday.last_img read more

Minister assures allround development of Prakasam

first_imgOngole: Irrigation Minister and in-charge of Prakasam district Dr Poluboyina Anil Kumar Yadav assured that the government will take all measures to develop the district in all areas. Participating in the 73rd Independence Day celebrations at the District Police Parade Grounds in Ongole on Thursday, Anil Kumar said that the government was committed to complete the first tunnel of the Pula Subbaiah Veligonda Project by December and supply water for drinking and irrigations needs of locals. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us He also promised to provide water to 62,000 acres in kharif and 80,000 acres in rabi season through the Kandula Obulareddy Gundlakamma Reservoir. He said they will take measures to supply drinking water to 2.56 lakh people under the project. He announced the government was establishing YSR Agriculture Laboratories in every constituency to provide best quality seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. He announced that while 3,45,144 farmers from Prakasam district were registered for free crop insurance, 3,43,957 farmers have utilised the service by taking loans from the banks and kept Prakasam in top of the list. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us In the 12 tableaus displayed in the celebrations, the common tableau by agriculture, horticulture and micro-irrigation departments won the first prize, village secretariat tableau by the district panchayat officer won the second prize and the common tableau of MGNREGS and water conservation programme by DWMA won the third prize. The forest, education, rural water supply and women and child welfare departments won the consolation prizes. Advertise With Us The in-charge minister distributed assets worth Rs 157 crore to 6,895 beneficiaries and appreciation certificates to 385 officials. He also presented the appointment orders and ID cards to few village and ward volunteers in the program. Ministers Balineni Srinivasa Reddy and Dr Adimulapu Suresh, collector Dr Pola Bhaskara, SP Siddharth Kaushal and other district officials were also present.last_img read more

BJP picks Hindu hardliner to head Indias biggest state

first_imgYogi Adityanath. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing party Saturday picked a controversial firebrand leader to head India’s most populous state, where it won a landslide victory last week.Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won an absolute majority in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home to 220 million people and seen as a bellwether of national politics, in a massive vote of confidence for the premier halfway into his first term.After an hours-long meeting with local BJP legislators on Saturday, senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu announced 44-year-old Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh’s next chief minister.“Tomorrow Yogi Adityanath will take oath as chief minister,” Naidu said at a press conference in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow late Saturday.Earlier television footage showed BJP workers garlanding and feeding sweets to the Hindu hardliner who was draped in his iconic saffron-coloured robe.A five-time MP from the BJP, Adityanath is a popular leader known for his fiery Hindu rhetoric who has stirred controversies over his polarising and inflammatory speeches against Muslims—who form nearly 20 percent of the state’s population.Most recently, he lauded US President Trump’s travel ban that aimed to halt immigrants from a handful of Muslim-majority countries from entering America, saying India needed similar action to check terrorism.He has often fanned flames over religious conversions, inter-religion marriages and has reportedly been arrested and charged with several crimes in the past including rioting, attempt to murder and trespassing on burial places.The rise of the Hindu priest-turned-politician in Uttar Pradesh, a state prone to sectarian strife, surprised many after Modi made his development agenda the focus of his campaign in the region, which is traditionally fractured along caste and religious lines.Observers questioned whether Adityanath would continue pushing his “Hindutva”, loosely translated as “Hinduness”, ideology as chief minister.“PM @narendramodi says development & growth is his primary agenda. Allowing Hindutva hardliners to helm a major state is a costly mistake,” said senior journalist Malini Parthasarathy on Twitter as #YogiAdityanath became a top-trending topic in India.But the BJP, which won 312 of the total 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, reassured Adityanath would work for development and anti-corruption.“This mandate is against caste politics, religious politics,” Naidu said.With last week’s clear win in the politically crucial state, the BJP hopes to boost Modi’s chances for a second term in 2019 general elections but it was unclear whether Adityanath’s appointment would help it get there or backfire.Modi’s dominance has been largely unchallenged since he won the first overall majority in three decades in 2014 elections on a pledge to wipe out corruption and kickstart the economy.last_img read more

Lava From Kilauea Boils Away Freshwater Lake In Hawaii

first_img Share Green Lake was gone in hours.Lava from Kilauea volcano spilled across highways and into Hawaii’s Green Lake — a major source of freshwater on Hawaii’s Big Island — and evaporated all the water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The flow created a huge plume of steam as it hit the lake Saturday on its way toward the ocean, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.“The lava is quite hot, so it boiled away the water,” Sally Sennert, a USGS volcanologist embedded at the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program, tells NPR.“The lava flows, like a stream of water, are going to take the path of least resistance as they flow downhill,” Sennert says, adding that she doubts the lake will return. “All I’ve heard is reports that lava has filled it up,” she says.The lava entered Green Lake at 10 a.m. local time and had evaporated all the water by 3 p.m., according to the USGS.Rivers of lava from Kilauea have claimed hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of people since a major eruption more than a month ago. A total of 22 fissures have opened up, according to Hawaii Public Radio.The lava has advanced at 656 yards per hour, the fastest lava flow rate on record, according to the USGS.The agency warns that there are still “vigorous lava eruptions” in the lower East Rift Zone, making the Pacific Ocean dangerous to enter in that area. Lava flowing into the ocean can cause explosions, propel rocks and create plumes of “laze,” which Hawaii County officials describe as hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles.Laze can damage the lungs and irritate skin and eyes.On Wednesday, Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County’s civil defense administrator, said 410 people were living in shelters and that a residential area had been destroyed.“Vacationland is totally gone,” he said. “It’s covered by lava.”Magno said a flight restriction has been placed to prevent drones from interfering with rescue efforts.“We’ve had some pretty serious encounters with our county helicopter,” he said. “One of those drones in the tail rotor or your main rotor could take that helicopter down.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Making the Case for Port Covington

first_imgSheila Brooks, chair of the President’s Rountable, says the PRT is working with the Port Covington to ensure that minorities benefit from the multi-billion dollar development. (Courtesy photo)The President’s RoundTable of Baltimore, an organization of Black CEOs, has gone on record in support of the $5.5 billion dollar Port Covington Water front Project proposed by UnderArmour Founder Kevin Plank and championed by Sagamore Development. However, the group does want changes made to the agreement that would benefit minority contractors and workers before it is finalized.President’s Roundtable Chair Sheila Brooks said RoundTable members have been directly engaged with Sagamore executives to ensure communities of color benefit from the proposed unprecedented multi-billion dollar, mixed-use development. “We have been in discussions with Sagamore Development for some time now on a collaborative strategy to support minority equity participation that would be beneficial for Baltimore,” Brooks, who is also President and CEO of SRB Communications, told the AFRO.Opponents of the Port Covington Project have expressed concerns that people-of-color and low wealth residents will be left behind with respect to employment and housing opportunities.  But in a statement, Brooks countered that the RoundTable’s involvement is a voice that served as an advocate for those very communities.  “The President’s RoundTable is committed to economic development initiatives that stimulate Baltimore’s economy and create jobs in our communities,” Brooks said. “This the core belief underlying our approach to working in collaboration with Sagamore, Under Armor and Plank Industries,” she said.Jim Davenport, President of American Technology Corporation and a member of the President’s Roundtable, supports the Port Covington Project but appeared before the City Council Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee earlier this month to oppose Project Labor Agreements that may be packaged with a vote on the $535 million-dollar Port Covington TIF (tax incentive financing) request the Council will consider this Fall.Davenport said, Project Labor Agreements or PLA’s would restrict minority hiring. “I see this as once again allowing trade unions [to] import labor from outside the city and state to meet demands that could go to local Black and woman owned businesses,” Davenport said. “I am very disturbed when I visit construction sites in this city and see the lack of people that look like me,” Davenport, who is African American, said.The President’s RoundTable members joins a number of civic and community groups supporting the Port Covington Development project including The SB Six Coalition representing the South Baltimore communities of Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Curtis Bay, Lakeland, Mount Winans and Westport, all communities that border the proposed project and Hungry Harvest, a nationally-recognized social-entrepreneurship venture.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been a consistent supporter of Port Covington and has stated that she would like to sign TIF legislation before she leaves office at the end of the year.The President’s RoundTable, founded in 1983, is an organization of African-American private sector and non-profit CEO’s and presidents who oversee organizations with combined assets exceeding 1.1 billion support and employ a combined 1750 employees. Full disclosure: Jake Oliver, CEO and Publisher of the AFRO}, is member. The organization’s mission is to advocate for the growth of minority business.last_img read more

 

Eating disorders can make you infertile

first_imgWomen are often told not to delay pregnancy because they might face complications later in life. But the fact is, fertility has little to do with age. While reports of unwanted pregnancy are extremely common, couples struggling to have a child are also widely found. Pregnancy – though a period of high mental and physical stress for the mother –is a gift for couples looking to expand their family and welcome a child in their life. Dr Sarika Gupta, Consultant Gynaecologic Oncology and Robotic Gynaecology at Apollo Indraprastha Hospital, explains what delays pregnancy. She says, “Not many people are aware that eating disorders are connected with the issues of infertility. In fact, women who did overcome their abnormal eating habits, now feel how much effect their previous lifestyle had on their fertility. Most importantly, not only women but men can also face this issue due to improper eating habits resulting in malnutrition.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe best part is that with accurate and thorough self-care, you can overcome this severe issue emerging due to eating disorders. However, you need to be honest if you are already getting a treatment from other fertility specialists because this will be a great help to customize the kind of care which needs to be given to you.What is an eating disorder?Eating Disorders describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake, which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder which affect females as well as males. Eating disorders can develop during any stage in life but typically appear during the teen years or young adulthood. Although these conditions are treatable, the symptoms and consequences can be detrimental and deadly if not addressed properly. (Sic) How eating disorders affect ovulation?Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is the foremost thing which will be evaluated by fertility specialists when you face a problem in conceiving. Normally, the conception range of BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. Both men and women are at the edge of infertility when their BMI transforms from overweight to ‘obese’. On the other hand, having a BMI under 18.5 is also dangerous because, in this condition, the ovulation may stop and you will start having irregular periods. According to studies, infertility is also linked with an increase in the level of stress hormones. The overall combination of high emotional, as well as, physical stress accompanied by eating disorders might question your ability to conceive.How eating disorder can challenge fertility even after recovery?One of the most shocking facts is that a woman can face infertility issue in future even if she has overcome or controlled the situation. This is because the physical, mental and emotional stress produced by the eating disorder in combination with malnutrition can create hormonal imbalances that can pertain even after the situation is controlled. But most of the women may find great results by consuming healthy diet on time and good BMI results which will ensure proper regulation of your ovulation cycle.How eating disorder affects pregnancy health?Eating disorder not only leads to infertility but it also affects pregnancy as well as the development of your baby. Women with eating disorders are more likely to face serious issues such as: premature delivery, babies born underweight, miscarriage, depression, foetal death, gestational diabetes, heart or breathing problems, malnutrition and preeclampsia.Imperial College London professor emeritus Philip Steer, MD, says that it is important for health care professionals to realize that women with a history of eating disorders may have more negative feelings associated with pregnancy and childbirth comparatively.”Women with eating disorders are often very intelligent and successful, so providers could easily fail to recognize that they may need extra nurturing during pregnancy and even after giving birth,” he says. “Research about eating disorders and infertility shows that an eating disorder history should be seen as a warning sign that a woman may face additional challenges associated with pregnancy.”With the mass amount of misleading information about eating disorders, it is common for these serious illnesses to be misunderstood, oversimplified, or greatly generalized. Men or women who struggle with an eating disorder have a serious mental illness with potentially life-threatening consequences. Understanding the implications of eating disorders can help in increasing the awareness about the same. Signs and Symptoms of an Eating Disorder: Chronic dieting despite being hazardously underweight Constant weight fluctuations Obsession with calories and fat contents of food Engaging in ritualistic eating patterns, such as cutting food into tiny pieces, eating alone, and/or hiding food Continued fixation with food, recipes, or cooking; the individual may cook intricate meals for others but refrain from partaking Depression or lethargic stage Avoidance of social functions, family, and friends. The person may become isolated and withdrawn Switching between periods of overeating and fasting.last_img read more

 

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2018 5:31 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jesmyn Ward and N. Scott Momaday win Anisfield-Wolf Awards NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prize-winning novelists Jesmyn Ward and N. Scott Momaday are among this year’s winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, given for works that highlight race and diversity.Ward was honoured Thursday for her novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” which last fall won the National Book Award. Momaday, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning “House Made of Dawn,” was cited for lifetime achievement. Other winners included Kevin Young in nonfiction for his exploration of hoaxes and other forms of fake news in “Bunk.” Shane McCrae’s “In the Language of My Captor” won for poetry.The awards were established in 1935 and are presented by the non-profit Cleveland Foundation. Previous winners include the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Toni Morrison.last_img read more