Minister Defends Accord

first_imgFinance Minister Michael Baker defended Nova Scotia’s position on the Offshore Accord at a meeting of Canada’s finance ministers today in Meech Lake, Quebec. Mr. Baker said a strong economy in every province is beneficial to all Canadians, and Nova Scotia’s offshore contract with the federal government should be upheld for that reason. “The Nova Scotia Offshore Accord is no different than other economic development agreements between the federal government and all other provinces and territories, such as Ontario’s Auto Pact or recent funding to Quebec’s aerospace industry,” he said. Mr. Baker said it’s important to rise above jealousies over federal-provincial economic arrangements that are designed to meet unique circumstances. “These measures have allowed these provinces to improve their economies to the benefit of their citizens, and for the benefit of all Canadians. The rising tide lifts all boats.” The government of Canada signed Offshore Accords with the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in 2005, which guaranteed that offshore revenues would not be deducted from equalization payments. Federal legislation to implement the 2007 budget, now being reviewed by the Senate, contains provisions to reduce Nova Scotia’s rights under the accord. Nova Scotia maintains that, as a result of these changes, the province will be deprived of as much as $1.3 billion dollars over the life of the agreements. Mr. Baker and Premier Rodney MacDonald presented Nova Scotia’sposition for nearly two hours at the Senate Committee on finance on June 19. Several finance ministers spoke to the issue of equalization at the two-day meeting, along with topics such as Canada’s economic performance, securities issues, monetary policy, and taxation initiatives. “There are a lot of misunderstandings about what these accord agreements were designed to do,” said Mr. Baker. “Our goal is to improve Nova Scotia’s fiscal capacity so that we can fund programs and services at the same level as other provinces, at around the same level of taxation.”last_img read more

Kallis urges South Africa to follow England ODI example

first_imgLondon: South Africa great Jacques Kallis has urged the Proteas to learn lessons from England’s one-day international revival following the team’s miserable early exit from the World Cup. A 49-run defeat by Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday ensured that, with two games in the 10-team round-robin phase still to play, there is no way South Africa can qualify for the semi-finals. Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, did not pull any punches, labelling his side’s 259-9 in response to Pakistan’s 308-7 as “borderline embarrassing”. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev But Kallis, the outstanding all-rounder of his generation, said South Africa should take heart from the way England recovered after suffering an equally woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup Eoin Morgan’s side have since risen to the top of the ODI rankings and are among the leading contenders to lift the trophy this year. “England used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket,” wrote Kallis in an International Cricket Council column. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “England now play without fear and aren’t afraid to make mistakes. For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward.” Kallis said altering their approach did not mean the Proteas had to start from scratch with a new squad. “You don’t need to make wholesale changes, England are still captained by Eoin Morgan, as they were four years ago,” he said. “A total clean-out is just not the way ahead. We need to be more considered and thoughtful. “South Africa have some great young players in their 20s (Kagiso Rabada, 24, Lungi Ngidi, 23, Andile Phehlukwayo,23, and Aiden Markram, 24) and they can be the foundation for the future.” Kallis added: “The first thing that needs to be looked at is the brand of cricket South Africa are playing. “England are proof how quickly things can change in four years, so long as you have the right approach.”last_img read more

Communities in Manitoba on high alert as Vancouver Island teens wanted for

first_img-With files from Dean Recksiedler and The Canadian Press GILLAM, Manitoba (NEWS 1130) – Normally quiet communities in northern Manitoba are being flooded with police officers as the manhunt for two Vancouver Island teens, wanted in connection with the deaths of three people in northeastern B.C., continues.Canada-wide arrest warrants have been issued for 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.On Tuesday, the RCMP said they had “reason to believe” the pair had been spotted in the rural town. Mounties confirmed a day later that a burned out vehicle, found near the small, rural community town on the territory of the Fox Lake Cree Nation on Monday, belonged to the two suspects.The two Port Alberni men were first reported missing after the bodies of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese were found on July 15 along the Alaska Highway, just south of Liard Hot Springs. Days later, the body of an unidentified man was found near Dease Lake, about 470 kilometres from the first scene, along with a burned out truck and trailer — which were later confirmed to be linked to McLeod and Schmegelsky.RCMP say Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, still consider armed and dangerous. Say they may being using a different vehicle, on foot or even travelling separately. Anyone with information asked to call 9-1-1, 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) July 25, 2019The man has since been identified as Leonard Dyck, a sessional lecturer in UBC’s Department of Botany.In a statement, Dyck’s family said they are heartbroken by the loss, and describe him as having been a loving husband and father.Meantime, his employer said “The UBC community is shocked and saddened by this news and we offer our deepest condolences to Mr. Dyck’s family, friends and his colleagues at the university.”McLeod and Schmegelsky have officially been charged with second-degree murder in Dyck’s death. No charges have been laid in connection with the two tourists’ deaths.#BREAKING Charges have been formally laid against McLeod, Schmegelsky the suspects at the centre of a Canada-wide manhunt. They are each charged with one count of second degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck; the previously unidentified man killed on hwy 37— Ash Kelly (@AshDKelly) July 25, 2019As the pair remains on the run, a number of extra police resources have been sent to the northern part of Manitoba, including extra officers from other parts of the province and country, police dogs, and even RCMP tactical armoured vehicles.A police checkstop has been set up on the only highway in and out of Gillam — which is about 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Many people in small, remote northern communities in Manitoba have been sharing information and pictures of the teens on social media, with rumours swirling about potential sightings, and many expressing hope that the pair are found soon.Teens face rugged, ‘harsh’ terrain in northern ManitobaThe conditions in northern Mantioba are no joke. With hundreds of kilometres of forest, McLeod and Schmegelsky are sure to be faced with swamps, bugs, and wildlife — like black bears and wolves — if they’re wandering the wilderness.“By all means, it’s very harsh,” said Clint Sawchuck, who lives in Gillam and owns Nelson River Adventures. “When I moved up here 12 years ago, I do a lot of hunting and I thought I could walk like I do everywhere else, but you can’t. You’d be up to your knees in water.”Temperatures are known to swing, he added.“It’s thousands of miles of bush and swamp and water — that’s about it,” he explained. “There’s one road in and one road out. The rail travels through here, heads up to Churchill, so that’s a dead end as well. Not favourable to keep travelling through, it’s a dead end.”It’s unclear what the pair’s outdoor experience is, but without proper equipment, Sawchuck believes the men would have an extremely hard time trying to make it away on foot.“If you don’t have bug spray or a bug jacket and try to head out there, if you’re not used to these little insects up here, they’re more dangerous than anything else. They’ll drive you insane.”Sawchuck added with the swampy conditions, it would also be difficult to start a fire. He even noted it’s snowed in August there before.On how the community is feeling, Sawchuck did not hesitate to say people are scared.“They don’t know. They’re killers — they’re just kids, but obviously, a messed up situation they’re in. I think everyone’s just hoping they’re caught or they surrender,” he said.Suspect’s father says son ‘wants his pain to end’Schmegelsky’s father has said his son is in “very serious pain,” and that he expects the manhunt for the 18-year-old to end in the young man’s death.Alan Schmegelsky has described Bryer’s upbringing as troubled, and said earlier this week that the teen had struggled through his parents’ acrimonious split in 2005.“A normal child doesn’t travel across the country killing people. A child in some very serious pain does,” the father said in an emotional interview near his home in Victoria on Wednesday.“He’s on a suicide mission. He wants his pain to end,” Alan said.Related video: Father of B.C. murder suspect says son is on ‘suicide mission’last_img read more

Majority of disaster deaths in 2009 climaterelated says UN

Preliminary figures for the period from January to the end of November 2009 show that 224 of the 245 disasters were weather-related, and accounted for 55 million out of 58 million people affected.Data shows that the number of people killed in disasters is falling because countries are better prepared and have better early warning systems, Margareta Wahlström, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, told reporters in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the historic UN summit on climate change is under way.“But the cost of disasters are equally, steadily going up very dramatically from the 1980s into this decade, and that increase is continuing year by year,” she stressed.For poorer nations, they have seen costs jump from $10 billion to $15 billion annually, Ms. Wahlström pointed out, while wealthier countries have experienced a cost surge from $20 billion per year to well over $70 billion.She noted that droughts – the most “complicated” of disasters to capture in statistics are not well-represented in the results announced today.“It is a major hazard, and it’s a slow-moving one that kills people through bad health, malnutrition, disease and undermines livelihoods,” the official said.For example, in Africa, droughts accounts for les than 20 per cent of reported disasters, but represents 80 per cent of all people affected.Addressing the same press conference, Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said that while natural hazards cannot be prevented, “we can provide the right information to prevent these extreme events [from turning into] disasters.”With climate change being one of the complicating factors in hazards, “we know with great likelihood that a number of these disasters are likely or very likely to become more intense or more frequent,” he added.He underscored that while climate information is crucial for analyzing hazard patterns, the past is no longer a good indicator to plan for the future given changing patterns, such as sea level rise, triggered by climate change.For his part, Olav Kjorven, Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), stressed that climate-related natural disasters are not humanitarian catastrophes, but seriously jeopardize development gains.“There is no doubt that they threaten the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], the time-bound targets that we have set for ourselves,” but they also could result in setbacks to affect generations to come, he said. 14 December 2009More than three quarters of those people who died in disasters this year lost their lives to extreme weather events, which caused nearly $15 billion in damages worldwide, the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction announced today. read more

Lankan attempting to return to Lanka arrested in India

A Sri Lankan national was today taken into custody in India when he was waiting for a country boat in Mandapam in Rameswaram to flee to Sri Lanka, the police said.Police said 38-year-old Ahamed Iqbal, who hails from Kandy, had come to India in 2011 and had stayed on though his visa had expired. He had given Indian Rs.15000 to one Selvaraj to arrange for a an illegal ferry to transport him to Sri Lanka, police said, adding, he has been taken to the police station at Mandapam for questioning.A hunt is on for Selvaraj, they said. read more

Loblaw breadprice fixing gift card nets more backlash as federal privacy commission

OTTAWA — The federal privacy commission has asked Loblaw Companies Ltd. for more information about its request for some customers to provide personal identification to secure a gift card related to the alleged bread price-fixing scandal.Privacy concerns have been raised by customers about the grocer’s request for information such as a scan of their driver’s license or utility bill in order to receive the card.The agency tweeted that it is reaching out for information “after media reports on authentication practices” related to issuing $25 gift cards.Loblaw criticized for personal information requests in gift card roll out‘Why the hell are they at $1.88?’: Inside the damning allegations of Canada’s bread price fixing scandalLoblaw sets restrictions on $25 gift card offer for its role in bread price-fixing schemePrivacy Commission guidelines say individuals should be made aware of the reason the information is being collected and that it should only be used for the purposes for which it was collected.“If there is no legal requirement to do so, or the organization does not intend to maintain an ongoing relationship with an individual, it likely does not need to identify an individual,” said the document linked to the tweet.It added that driver’s license or social insurance numbers shouldn’t be used as an identifier because they were created for different purposes.Loblaw vice president of corporate affairs Kevin Groh said he company is only collecting the information for verification purposes and will then destroy it.“This program is designed to pay people back quickly and directly, without requiring proof of purchase or forcing customers to wait for a class action lawsuit….for a small percentage, we’ve asked for proof of name and address,” he said in an email.There are various triggers that might lead the company to ask for further confirmation, including large numbers of registrations from a single address, multiple requests under a single or similar name, or irregularities like in invalid address or email in a registration, said Groh.“Our plan to distribute tens of millions of dollars is a natural target for fraudsters, and we want to make sure this money is actually landing in our customers’ hands.”The vast majority of customers won’t be required to make the additional step, said Groh.Loblaw has offered customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting participating in what they say was an industry-wide arrangement to fix bread prices.Loblaw recorded a charge of $107 million in relation to the gift card program and said it expects the program to cost the company between $75 million and $150 million, with an estimated three million to six million consumers signing up.The decision to ask some for ID sparked customer outrage online. Some pointed to the perceived irony of the company’s apparent fraud prevention measure, given that the gift cards are a gesture of apology for deceiving the public.Grocery competitors have denied any wrongdoing and criticized Loblaw for misleading the public and making other retailers appear guilty.The head of Sobey’s parent company, Empire Co. Ltd., said Wednesday that it expects the cards will have some impact on its sales.“We’re expecting to see increased pressure on sales in fourth quarter as those curious gift cards from our competitor…continue to hit the market,” CEO Michael Medline said during a conference call about its third-quarter results. read more

No military solution in Iraq all should be brought into political process

“I think everybody agrees that it is essential that one makes a process in Iraq as inclusive and participatory as possible and also try to reconcile the Iraqis,” Mr. Annan said in a media encounter when asked if talking to the insurgents was a good thing or bad thing.“I think reconciliation and participation is part of the process, so if one can pull as many people in, it is important, because there is no military solution. You have to, as such, you need to bring in everyone.”Pressed whether that included the Americans speaking to the insurgents, Mr. Annan replied: “I think it’s part of the process to try and resolve this politically and I think to try to explain to everyone in Iraq what they have to gain by coming into the process. So I have no difficulties with that. I think it is the correct thing to do.” read more

Brock grad returns to MIWSFPA for first solo exhibition

As Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”His message encapsulates the inspiration behind the first solo exhibition of Brock alumna Kylie Haveron (BA ’18), opening at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) this month.Running from Jan. 9 to 26, Not Dark Yet reflects on the dichotomy between lightness and darkness and the struggles we face in our daily lives.The exhibition is on at the VISA Gallery and Student Exhibition Space at the MIWSFPA, with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 10.“I look at how we believe day can bring a purpose, a connection and sense of certainty, while nightfall can bring anxiety as it signals the end of the opportunity for the day and a sense of waiting for the light of the next day to bring us answers,” Haveron explained.Haveron’s exhibition consists of a combination of drawings, sculpture and installations that explore the way that physical lightness and darkness can impact the lightness and darkness we experience within ourselves.She said the timing of the show is ideal, as the lack of sunlight during the winter months can trigger symptoms of depression in some individuals, often known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). While many of her pieces are gritty and gloomy, the Brock grad hopes her work will inspire viewers to “let the light into their lives.”“Although I look at how extended periods of darkness can make us feel the darkness inside of us, I do have some pieces that give us ways to find the light,” she said. “We must not let the darkness determine our fate and our life, because the light can bring opportunity to have better outcomes.”Haveron is also looking forward to returning to her alma mater to showcase her first professional exhibition.“Hosting a solo show is a good learning experience and I’m happy I get to do it at Brock, where I have a lot of friends and am part of a supportive community,” she said.  Not Dark Yet runs from Jan. 9 to 26 in the VISA Art Gallery and Student Exhibition Space at the MIWSFPA. The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.An opening reception, also in the gallery, will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.This event is free and open to the community. read more

New gold recovery products from Gekko

first_imgGekko and CSIRO are partnering to commercialise a new technology that provides real-time analysis for gold content in a slurry or solution stream. Delivering an updated sub-parts per million (ppm) Au measurement every 10 minutes, the OnLine Gold Analyser (OLGA) provides insights into process performance that are unobtainable with assayed sample sets. While traditionally assayed samples consist of homogenised samples that are collected once per shift and then delayed up to 12 hours by lengthy processing, OLGA provides live data. This enables real time monitoring and adjustment of process systems and empowers mining operators to minimise gold losses from process excursions.Complimenting Gekko’s existing Carbon Scout measurement system, OLGA will enhance Gekko’s metallurgical accounting system which is currently under development in collaboration with Rockwell Automation.CSIRO Research Director – Nick Cutmore: “OLGA is a breakthrough in on-line analysis for the gold industry and we are excited to be able to work with Gekko in its implementation.”Gekkos’ OnLine Gold Analyser is specifically designed to enable direct measurement of gold in tailings, feed and concentrate slurries streams down to sub-ppm levels, unlike conventional X-ray fluorescence (XRF) systems that have detection limits in the tens to hundreds of ppm range.The system is delivered to site fully pre-calibrated using a range of samples representative of the plant stream allowing fast installation and commissioning into the existing process plant. As the system measures a sample slurry stream, it can be taken offline without interruption to production.Following successful in-house testing at CSIRO, OLGA is now ready for field testing. Plans for field trials at a number of Australian gold mining companies are well advanced and should see OLGA undergo full product release early in 2019.Gekko is also introducing GoldiLOX , an advanced leach accelerant able to increase gold recovery while shortening intensive cyanidation times, making gold production a faster and more effective process.Using a cyanide-based solution to ‘leach’ gold is of course one of the most common processes used by mines to extract gold from ores and concentrates. The all-new GoldiLOX has been specially formulated to speed up this process, allowing more gold to be recovered more often, increasing plant throughout and gold production.Lead free and packaged in 10 Kg buckets, GoldiLOX is easy to transport to site and use. It is added either as a single manual addition or prepared as a 5 to 10% solution and dosed automatically.“GoldiLOX is not only an effective leach accelerant, it also costs a fraction of other alternatives in the market today. We have taken orders from a number of mine sites and several others have shown interest” said Ulf Torpman, Gekko’s After Sales Support Manager.Gekko’s Metallurgical Laboratory works with clients to determine the optimum addition rate to maximise economic recoveries using GoldiLOX.last_img read more

South Dublin burglary gang targets new areas following 45second garda response time

first_img Five people were arrested on bench warrantsTwo people were arrested for theft offencesOne person was arrested for handling stolen propertyOne person was arrested for domestic violenceTwo people were arrested for burglaryFive premises were searchedLate last year, we reported that a garda operation designed to provide high visibility policing which was used, in part, to target two burglary gangs in south Dublin was brought to an end by Garda management – much to the frustration of officers in the district.Operation Imeacht, which had been running from Dun Laoghaire Garda Station, was stopped in December.The local operation meant that a number of extra patrols were sanctioned to help fight the number of burglaries and public order incidents in the south Dublin suburb.Two gangs, one based in Monkstown and the other in Dun Laoghaire itself, were the main targets.Detectives in the area had pinpointed that these repeat offenders were most likely behind an increase in thefts from surrounding areas like Killiney and Cabinteely.When asked if An Garda Síochána believed that it had adequate resources in place to tackle burglary in south Dublin, a garda spokesman said:“Operation Thor is still ongoing within the DMR East and across all Garda Divisions. Along with district detective units, a Burglary Response Unit continues to operate in the division.“A local competition is currently underway to increase numbers assigned to this unit.  Additionally, a newly formed divisional drugs unit was established in the DMR East in September 2017.In relation to Operation Imeacht, this was a separate and local operation developed to provide additional ‘Hi-Visibility Policing’ at targeted locations with high levels of footfall and public order hotspots and had reached the end of its cycle. All operations conducted in the DMR East are continuously reviewed by local Garda management to ensure their effectiveness.Read: Dun Laoghaire burglary gangs ‘have joined forces’ to target upmarket areas of south Dublin >Read: Gardaí fear burglary gangs will have ‘free rein’ in south Dublin after extra patrols stop > Image: Shutterstock/sdecoret Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23 Comments 48,724 Views Feb 19th 2018, 6:16 AM Monday 19 Feb 2018, 6:15 AMcenter_img Share176 Tweet Email2 By Garreth MacNamee Image: Shutterstock/sdecoret Short URL South Dublin burglary gang targets new areas following 45-second garda response time to attempted robbery Gardaí based in Dun Laoghaire have made significant ground against the organised crime group TWO BURGLARY GANGS targeting affluent areas of south Dublin have been forced to widen the areas from which they steal after a serious garda crackdown, has learned.In recent weeks, gardaí based in Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) East have made significant ground against the organised crime group following intelligence supplied to its burglary units.A new drugs unit established in DMR East in September 2017 has also helped increase the amount of intelligence gathering by officers in the district.The increased pressure was most visible last Wednesday afternoon. A member of the public spotted two men attempting to break into a property in the Crosthwaite Park area of Dun Laoghaire and notified police. Within 45 seconds of the call going in, three units of gardaí had arrived at the scene.The two men had ran up the Glenageary hill towards Sallynoggin when they were stopped by police.Despite the phone call, gardaí were unable to make any arrests as the men had no stolen  goods on their person. However, the two men were very well-known to officers in the burglary units.Informed sources have told that the criminals are aware of the added pressure on them and that officers expect the gangs to move to areas they may not have targeted previously.Previously burgled areas include: Dun Laoghaire, Monkstown, Sallynoggin, Cabinteely, Shankill, Killiney, Dalkey, Blackrock, Stillorgan and Clonskeagh.Latest garda figures have shown that burglary rates nationwide have reduced dramatically in the last two months of the year thanks to Operation Thor  – a nationwide crackdown on thefts from the home.However, the two Dun Laoghaire gangs continue to burgle.A number of pubs in the areas have also been burgled in recent months. It is thought that these robberies were ordered by a senior criminal figure who has ties to remnants of the IRA which are still active in the Dun Laoghaire area.On Friday, an Operation Thor operation targeting Wicklow criminals resulted in:last_img read more

Saumon OGM des experts jugent nécessaire une analyse plus poussée

first_imgSaumon OGM : des experts jugent nécessaire une analyse plus pousséeAu mois de septembre, les experts de l’Agence américaine des médicaments et des produits alimentaires (FDA) estimaient que le saumon transgénique développé par la firme de biotechnologie AquaBounty ne présentait pas de risques, ni pour la santé, ni pour l’environnement. Mais une récente étude menée par des économistes met à mal ces conclusions en jugeant nécessaire une analyse plus poussée quant aux impacts que pourraient engendrer ce poisson OGM.Le comité consultatif d’experts convoqué par la FDA estime que des études supplémentaires devraient être menées pour s’assurer que le saumon transgénique est réellement sans conséquences pour la consommation humaine et pour la nature. Selon ces économistes et juristes de l’Université de Duke, les critères retenus par l’Agence pour décréter sans risque le développement de ce poisson qui génétiquement modifié, grossit deux fois plus vite que les autres saumons, ne sont pas suffisants.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureAlors qu’il pourrait devenir le premier animal OGM à être autorisé pour la consommation humaine, les experts expliquent dans les colonnes de la revue Science qu’il “serait plus judicieux d’évaluer si ce saumon OGM est vraiment un plus pour la société dans son ensemble”. Jusqu’alors, des échantillons de ces poissons ont été comparés avec ceux qui ne sont pas transgéniques, pour évaluer leur valeur nutritive, la présence de toxines et les risques d’allergie qu’ils pouvaient présenter. Mais comme le souligne Martin Smith, professeur d’économie environnementale à l’Université de Duke, “un tel processus ignore les effets potentiels, positifs et négatifs, sur la santé et environnement de la production et de la consommation de saumons grossissant plus vite et consommant moins de nourriture”.Si la FDA n’est pas contrainte de suivre les recommandations du comité consultatif, elle tient compte la plupart du temps de ce type d’études.Le 19 novembre 2010 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Frankie Campbell Announced Licence Plates Initiative in Budget Contribution

Frankie Campbell Announced Licence Plates Initiative in Budget Contribution

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Nassau – In his contribution to the budget on June 12, Hon. Frankie Campbell, Minister of Transport and Local Government announced that the manufacturing of vehicle licence plates by inmates at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services officially began in May 2017.The initiative began on May 29 with the production of “duplicate plates,” and he stated that all of the relevant licence plate equipment, computer hardware and software have already been installed and are fully operational. The production of the licence plates will require the Ministry of Finance to pay salaries to the inmates chosen to participate in the project. The estimated cost for 20 inmates’ salaries is $124,800.00.The entire budget allocation for The Ministry of Transport and Local Government was set at $57,576.910.00. Several other initiatives were announced by the Minister, including upgrading road traffic facilities, road safety initiatives that will include public education campaigns, hiring additional staff and revenue enhancement initiatives.#magneticmedianews#inmatestomanufacturelicenseplates Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Samsung Electronics vows mobile rebound dangles buyback after Note 7 shock

first_imgSamsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it aims to recover quickly from the disastrous withdrawal of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 that dragged third-quarter mobile earnings to their lowest level in nearly eight years.The South Korean giant said it was expanding its probe into the Note 7 fires beyond batteries, as it tried to reassure investors that it would get to the bottom of one of the worst product failures in tech history.It also held out the prospect of greater returns by disclosing considerations of a share buyback, talked up its semiconductor business and promised to consider proposals for a corporate makeover from U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management.”We know we must work hard to earn back your trust and we are committed to doing just that,” said Co-Chief Executive J.K. Shin as he apologised for the debacle at a general meeting in Seoul following the release of the company’s results.Investors now expect sweeping management changes in response to the Note 7 failure, especially after voting on Thursday to make parent conglomerate Samsung Group’s de facto chief, Jay Y. Lee, a Samsung Electronics director.Lee, 48, the son of patriarch Lee Kun-hee who has been hospitalised following a heart attack, will now have greater accountability at the group’s flagship company and a clearer mandate to play a public role in setting strategy.But shareholders may have to wait for the Note 7 investigation to conclude before seeing any heads roll at the family-run conglomerate. Chief Executive Kwon Oh-hyun said the company would assign responsibility only after the crisis was resolved.The world’s top smart phone maker posted a 96 percent plunge in third-quarter mobile earnings to 100 billion won ($87.63 million) from a year earlier, their lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2008.The result, the first since the mass recall and subsequent cancellation of the premium Note 7 earlier this month, spared Samsung from its first-ever mobile loss even though overall profit hit a two-year low.Operating profit was 5.2 trillion won ($4.57 billion), matching Samsung’s revised guidance. The firm initially estimated a 7.8 trillion won profit but cut its guidance to reflect losses incurred in the Note 7 withdrawal.The scrapping of Samsung’s flagship phone erased 0.1 to 0.2 percentage points from South Korea’s third-quarter GDP growth in quarterly terms, a finance ministry official told Reuters on Tuesday.WHAT WENT WRONG?The Apple Inc rival said it now aimed to achieve fourth-quarter profit close to that of October-December of 2015, on the back of sales of Galaxy S7 phones and lower-tier models. Galaxy S7s were on track to set a new record for launch-year sales, it said.”Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, the company expects earnings to improve (from a year earlier) driven by strong performance in the components business,” Samsung said in a statement.”The mobile business expects a recovery in its earnings to a similar level with that of the fourth quarter of 2015.”Samsung has already warned of another $3.1 billion hit to profit from the Note 7 withdrawal through the first quarter of 2017, all but guaranteeing a third straight year of earnings decline for the smart phone business.As for what went wrong, Samsung still does not know what caused the fires in devices sent to customers as replacements for the initial 2.5 million Note 7s it recalled due to fire-prone batteries.Co-CEO Shin said the battery might not be the only problem, suggesting the root cause may be more difficult to determine than had been hoped.Investors now want a clear plan for how Samsung will revive earnings growth, repair its tattered brand image and boost shareholder returns, hence the company’s promise to consider a share buyback.”The key is whether Samsung will be able to remove uncertainty surrounding Note 7 and maintain its leading position in the smart phone market,” LS Asset Management fund manager Kim Sung-soo said.Samsung also said it was reviewing proposals by Elliott, which include a special 30 trillion won dividend. The company will respond to Elliott and announce its shareholder returns policy by end-November.last_img read more

All new Jaguar Land Rover cars to have electric option from 2020

first_imgJaguar Land Rover Ltd. unveiled the 2014 Range Rover Sport at the 2013 New York Auto Show.IBTimes/Charles PoladianAll new Jaguar Land Rover cars will be available in an electric or hybrid version from 2020. Last year, the company, owned by Tata Motors, had said that it would offer greener versions of half of its new line-up by 2020, but it has now ramped up its plans.Demand for electric models continues to rise sharply and in July, Britain had said that it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to cut pollution, replicating plans by France and cities such as Madrid, Mexico City and Athens.Carmakers are racing to tap into growing demand for low-emissions models with Nissan launching a revamped version of its Leaf electric vehicle on Wednesday in a bid to better take on Tesla’s Model 3.Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which showcased its first electric model in 2016, said it would release a range of powertrain options over the coming years.”We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles,” said Chief Executive Ralf Speth.The automaker, which built nearly 550,000 of Britain’s 1.7 million cars last year, has said it wants to build electric models in its home market but a number of factors need to be in place first, including support from government and academia.It will build its first electric model, the I-PACE, in Austria.Like much of the British car industry, JLR is also worried that Brexit could leave its car exports facing lengthy customs delays and tariffs of up to 10 percent, risking the viability of production in Britain.But as traditional carmakers battle with tech firms such as Google, and disruptive entrants including Tesla, JLR also unveiled its latest plans to tap into new and developing technologies.At a ‘Tech Fest’ in London, the company is showcasing several autonomous and connected car gadgets including a steering wheel called ‘Sayer’ which will contain speech recognition software, enabling it to answer questions, connect to news, select entertainment and order food.last_img read more

Happy Birthday Companion Freema Agyeman

first_imgStay on target Happy birthday, Freema Agyeman!The Londoner joined Team TARDIS in 2007 as the Tenth Doctor’s companion Martha Jones.You remember: The one who replaced Rose.Billie Piper’s departure at the end of season two left the Doctor—and fans—grief-stricken. But while feisty medical student Martha helped mend the Time Lord’s broken hearts, some jaded viewers still overlook the character.Tenth Doctor & Martha Jones (BBC)For more than a year, Martha traveled through space and time, appearing in some of the most iconic, important, and unforgettable episodes of the rebooted series: She met William Shakespeare. Fought Daleks in Manhattan. Didn’t blink at Weeping Angels. And, ultimately, saved the world.All the while, pining over the dashing, daring, adventurous alien who calls himself The Doctor.(In two-parter “Human Nature”/”The Family of Blood,” the Doctor turns himself into a human—a teacher in 1913—who falls for the school nurse. “You had to go and fall in love with a human,” Martha mourned. “And it wasn’t me.”)But unrequited love is a powerful motivator, and, after escaping the Master’s clutches, the companion spent a year traveling the world, spreading the gospel of the Doctor.BBC“My name isn’t important. There’s someone else. The man who sent me out there, the man who told me to walk the Earth. And his name is The Doctor,” Martha said. “He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked. But I’ve seen him, I know him … I love him.”Eventually, with the Master dead (shot by his wife) and the Earth safe (as it can be in the Whoniverse), a newly independent Martha parts from the Time Lord. Her journey isn’t over yet, though.She moves on, joining UNIT as a medical specialist—a qualified doctor and card-carrying expert on alien life—and marrying Mickey Smith—part-time Team TARDIS member and Rose Tyler’s ex (*insert companion joke here*).Tenth Doctor & Martha Jones (BBC)“Doctor Who has been one of the biggest experiences of my life,” Agyeman told Doctor Who Magazine in 2008. “I dare say a great number of people will always associate me with Martha, and that really makes me smile. It means that she lives on. That’s so flattering. It’s an honor.”The actor, who also appeared as Martha Jones in three episodes of spin-off Torchwood, went on to star in Law & Order: UK (of course there’s a British version), The Carrie Diaries, and Netflix original Sense8.Three cheers to Freema Agyeman, who turns 38 today: Hip hip Who-ray!Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Life and death of Triceratops Fossilized tooth marks shed light on TRexs

Life and death of Triceratops Fossilized tooth marks shed light on TRexs

first_imgCredit: Nate Carroll 2012 Citation: Life, and death, of Triceratops: Fossilized tooth marks shed light on T.Rex’s gruesome hunting practices (2012, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Scientists have for years believed that T.Rex, killed and ate Triceratops. But until now, most research has focused on the body of the Triceratops. In this new study, Fowler et al. concentrated on bite marks found on the skulls of 18 fossil specimens found in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation.None of the bite marks showed any signs of healing, suggesting they occurred after the animals’ deaths. Initially, the researchers couldn’t explain why a predator such as a Tyrannosaurus would bother with a skull, as there wasn’t much to eat in that that area. But upon further review, the researchers discovered deep parallel grooves in the bone indicating that an animal had been pulling on it, with its teeth sliding along the bone’s surface.Triceratops had a large bony frill around the back of the skull to protect the sensitive neck and throat. The researchers believe that after killing its victim, Tyrannosaurus would pull on the frill until the head came off, allowing easy access to the large, meaty neck muscles.In addition to the parallel groves, the researchers also noted bite marks on the ball socket joints that allowed the Triceratops to move its head around—marks that could only come about if the head were removed.Fowler also said the team had found evidence of facial nibbling by Tyrannosaurus on the skulls of the Triceratops, indicating the dinosaur had a taste for the more delicate meat found there. That finding led the researchers to wonder if T.Rex ate in different ways as it grew older. Adults with thick teeth would have been able to tear the head off of a Triceratops, whereas younger T.Rex might have been satisfied with nibbling on softer, easier access points, thereby preserving their less-developed teeth. Fowler added that he and his colleagues plan to continue their investigation before submitting the present findings for publication. © 2012 Explore further Triceratops controversy continues (—Paleontologist Denver Fowler has told a group of attendees at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting that he, along with colleagues from the Museum of the Rockies, has uncovered evidence that suggests Tyrannosaurus Rex pulled the head off Triceratops victims to allow access to nutritious neck meat. More information: … owler_et_al_2012.htm This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

This is how Adam Rippon responded to Sally Field playing matchmaker

This is how Adam Rippon responded to Sally Field playing matchmaker

first_imgThis is how we imagine Rippon reacted to Field’s comment. | Photo: YouTube/Wochit Entertainment Over the weekend, she texted her son Sam Greisman that Rippon is ‘insanely pretty’. She added her son should ‘find a way’.Greisman tweeted the text to exchange… which Field subsequently quote re-tweeted and tagged Rippon. Her son’s response? ‘Yikes.’It was a perfect mom moment that quickly went viral and everyone began cheering for Sam and Adam — as well as Field being mom goals.What everyone wanted to know, though, was Rippon’s reaction. And we finally have it. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Sally Field’s son apologizes to Adam Rippon for ’embarrassing’ matchmaker tweetsSally Field is playing matchmaker between her son and Adam RipponSam Greisman on what went down when he met Adam RipponRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS-center_img While the rest of us were too busy daydreaming about Adam Rippon, Sally Field seized her moment. When the skater stopped by BuzzFeed, they asked him about the matchmaking moment.First he screamed. Then he had to admire her sheer courage. ‘She bold,’ he said, clearly delighted.But then he turned his attention to Sam and sweetly added: ‘Sam, your mom — I admire her. And I’m sure one day we’re going to meet! So thanks, mom.’Field also told BuzzFeed that she needs to ‘bud out now … but I would like to see Adam in the family’.This may be the greatest romance to ever possibly bloom on the Olympic stage and we’re rooting for them.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Cansa hosts Shavathon at Oval Shopping Centre

Cansa hosts Shavathon at Oval Shopping Centre

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Cansa is also all about research. Once we know what risk factors can cause cancer in our environment and lifestyle, we know what we can change. There are many researchers working tirelessly to find a cure for cancer.Cansa encourages people to be screened,as early detection could be the difference between life and death. Those living with this disease need patient care, which Cansa is actively involved in. Some patients require home visits, counselling or group support. Patients often feel they are a burden to their families, and speaking to an outsider can definitely help.“No cancer patient needs to go through it alone,” says Estella Naicker of Cansa. “One in four South Africans will suffer from cancer at some stage in their life, which is higher than HIV/Aids and TB combined.”Cansa is volunteer-driven and encourages people to take care of their own. They are always looking for fresh ideas and helping hands, and everyone is welcome to join the committee.If you are interested in joining or helping in any way, please contact Estella on 079-256-7570. Cansa hosted a Shavathon in support of cancer patients and survivors at the Oval Shopping Centre on Saturday.People had the choice of spraying their hair, either with patterns or solid colour, shaving it off or donating a pony tail. Many shoppers stopped to support this good cause and raise money for the cancer association. Most opted to spray their hair with fun designs such as stars, butterflies and hearts. Journalist Mandy Killian even took her dog, Luna, to show their support.Cansa is an organisation that works towards fighting this deadly disease. Cansa’s objectives are to educate people on what causes cancer and how it can be prevented. It has been said that 30% of all cancer cases could’ve been prevented by changing one’s lifestyle and environment. Cansa gives presentations and talks, and hands out pamphlets and posters to those interested.last_img read more