Reginold Cooray advised to stop talking politics

Ganeshan also reminded Cooray that he is a public official and not a politician. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray has been advised to stop talking politics.Minister of National Dialogue, Mano Ganeshan said that the opinions being expressed by Cooray are creating “more tensions”.

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Council supports Indwell project

County councillors are backing an ambitious redevelopment of the former Norfolk Inn into an affordable housing complex.The majority of Norfolk councillors said they were satisfied with staff’s efforts to reduce the demands on local taxpayers for the project.Indwell has asked the county for a $5-million, 20-year commitment to the 32-unit apartment complex to offset its annual operating costs. Several councillors balked at the request, saying the county didn’t have the funds and that they shouldn’t be burdening future councils with major long-term promises.Speaking at Tuesday’s council-in-committee meeting, Heidy Van Dyk-Ellis, the county’s director of social services and housing, said staff “sharpened our pencils” and devised a list of suggested reductions – including grants from several sources and the use of the Council Initiative Reserve to reduce the municipal investment to about $3 million.“Although staff continues to recommend a maximum annual operating grant of $250,000, staff has demonstrated there are opportunities to fund the municipal contribution from other sources.“Staff commit to council that each year we will aggressively seek funding from upper levels of government to support the Norfolk Inn annual operating grant in order to minimize the impact to the municipal levy.”Van Dyk-Ellis said “a leap of faith” for the 2020 budget isn’t needed. Funding has been confirmed from the Ontario Housing Priorities Initiative to offset the $250,000 amendment for next year’s levy operating budget.Van Dyk-Ellis also noted a partnership between Indwell and the County of Oxford to operate Harvey Woods Lofts, supportive housing in Woodstock. Oxford committed to $333,000 annually for 20 years but Van Dyk-Ellis said the county has been able to cover it through sources other than municipal taxes.That didn’t convince Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus to support the Simcoe project.“The recommendation doesn’t say this isn’t going to cost anything on the levy,” he said. “Over the last two or three weeks I’ve heard from several people in the community, including seniors who can’t pay their taxes. This is subsidizing a chosen few for up to 20 years. My conscience can’t let me spend this kind of money.”But Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman said not funding a project for the most vulnerable Norfolk citizens isn’t going to help those struggling to pay their taxes.Huffman noted the county’s entire leadership team is supporting the project.“I trust they are providing us with the best possible information to make the right decision.”When the $7.5-million project is complete, Indwell will provide 32 social housing units plus commercial space at street level. The project will create 40 construction jobs and five full-time supervisory positions.Indwell specializes in supportive housing for marginalized people with mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and who struggle with poverty to the point to chronic homelessness.According to Indwell’s plan, five full-time supervisory staff will be stationed at the Norfolk Inn once tenants move in.Windham-area Coun. Chris Van Paassen questioned the success rate of Indwell’s approach to social housing.“What is the success rate of moving them on to something less costly,” he asked. “Or is it 32 people move in and stay there for life?”Van Dyk-Ellis said “our shared goal is to have people’s lives stabilized and support their move to more independent living.”To address another concern of some councillors, staff recommended the county enter into an agreement with Indwell to be registered on the title of the Norfolk Inn to protect the county investment if the property is sold.“Many of the financial concerns have been addressed,” said Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele. “I have a tremendous amount of faith in staff and the hard work they put in.”Staff say renovating the Norfolk Inn will make it a much more valuable property that would pay higher property taxes. Treasurer James Johnson said it would also spur additional investment in the downtown. Van Dyk-Ellis said every dollar spent on safe, affordable housing produces savings in health-care costs, law enforcement and in mental health and addiction services. She pegged the saving to taxpayers at $14 million over 20 years.“We’re looking at a multi-million dollar investment in the downtown,” said Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin. “It’s about time this council steps up.”Although he supported the project on Tuesday,   Van Paassen said that might change on July 9 when council will consider final approval.“We got a lot of information dumped on us today,” he said. “I reserve the right to change my mind.”— With files from Monte Sonnenberg read more

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SWIFT taps Norfolk for pilot project

Norfolk County is on the leading edge of a major infrastructure initiative that will bring high-speed internet to rural areas of south-western Ontario.Norfolk has been tapped as the pilot project for the establishment of fibre-optic trunk lines and related infrastructure as part of the $190-million South-Western Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative.“The project aims to spark the beginning of a digital transformation in the region,” Mitch Twolan, vice chair of the SWIFT board of directors, said in a news release.“The targeted project is an important step in SWIFT’s larger regional deployment plan as it will enable us to leverage key (findings) to ensure maximum success throughout the initiative.”Norfolk was one of 15 rural municipalities in southern Ontario that came together three years ago to establish the SWIFT initiative.SWIFT was convened in response to the growing digital divide between internet and cellphone service in urban areas as compared to rural areas. Rural municipalities like Norfolk worried that people would leave and investment would pass them by due to substandard digital services.Ottawa and Queen’s Park were quickly aboard with funding commitments. The SWIFT board of directors has since approved a list of qualified service providers who will bid on the work in Norfolk this fall “and who will provide the most efficient and effective network designs to address connectivity challenges within the local area,” the SWIFT announcement says.Network construction in Norfolk will begin once the procurement process is complete and the successful contractors selected. The budget for the work locally has been set at $8.4 million.This is the second major funding announcement in Norfolk this week involving SWIFT.Wednesday, local MPP Toby Barrett and members of the Ford cabinet announced $63.7 million in funding toward the SWIFT initiative at a media event in downtown Simcoe.“For years, I’ve heard people in our area complaining about poor internet service,” Barrett said. “Today, we’re doing something about it. This is going to help individuals, families, farmers and businesses.”Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele is Norfolk’s appointee to the SWIFT board of directors.At Wednesday’s event, Masschaele said SWIFT has concluded that – among member municipalities — the need for high-speed internet is greatest in Norfolk. That assessment, Masschaele added, is based on population, miles of road, and areas where wireless signals do not penetrate.That outcome is not surprising. Local officials and internet service providers have known for years that Norfolk’s thick forest cover makes it virtually impossible to provide reliable wireless signals in large sections of the county. The only remedy at this point is direct delivery of digital signals via in-ground fibre-optics.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Koch network spending millions to stop GOP health care bill

by Steve Peoples, The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2017 6:31 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans.The network’s leading organizations, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, announced late Wednesday the creation of a special fund to support House members who vote against the health care bill.The announcement, which comes on the eve of the House vote, marks the influential conservative network’s most aggressive move against the health care proposal, which is under attack from the right and the left.“The bill as it stands today is Obamacare 2.0,” said James Davis, executive vice-president of Freedom Partners, in a statement announcing the new fund. He added, “We will stand with lawmakers who keep their promise and oppose this legislation — and work toward a solution that reduces costs and provides Americans with the relief they need and deserve.”The organizations backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch declared their formal opposition to the GOP health care proposal Monday.Like other conservatives, they decried the legislation as a new entitlement program that doesn’t go far enough in repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law. Moderate Republicans, meanwhile, are concerned by projections of 24 million Americans losing coverage in a decade and higher out-of-pocket costs for many low-income and older people.The Koch-backed fund is being described only as “seven figures” and will go toward political ads, direct mail and other grassroots activity.“We have a history of following up and holding politicians accountable, but we will also be there to support and thank the champions who stand strong and keep their promise,” Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips said. The House Rules Committee meets to shape the final version of the Republican health care bill before it goes to the floor for debate and a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. From left to right are, House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, R-Tenn., Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., the Budget Committee ranking member, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking member of Ways and Means, and Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. At top center on dais are Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the vice chair. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Koch network spending millions to stop GOP health care bill read more

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UK automotive manufacturing January 2011

% change28.8%28.8%-19.1%-19.1%24.5%24.5%11.8%11.8% Data:Jan-11YTD-11Jan-11YTD-11Jan-11YTD-11Jan-11YTD-11 Export94,07994,0795,7405,74099,81999,819154,096154,096 Home16,10016,1004,2274,22720,32720,32762,31162,311 % of total85.4%85.4%57.6%57.6%83.1%83.1%71.2%71.2% “UK automotive manufacturing made a flying start to 2011 despite tough economic conditions as new vehicle production grew 8.9% in January. The encouraging figures demonstrate ongoing growth in global demand for the high quality vehicles and engines manufactured in the UK at some of the world’s leading sites,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Automotive is leading the manufacturing revival, but to ensure this positive trend continues, government must prioritise UK manufacturing, through a supportive tax system, plus sustained investment in skills, R&D and capital equipment. Ahead of the Budget in March, SMMT is urging the Chancellor to provide R&D tax credits for small and large companies, to increase capital allowances and to reflect the sector’s importance through the business rates system.”Download full reportClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Car output rose by 8.9% in January 2011.CV production also rose by 8.9% in the first month of 2011.UK engine manufacturing increased by 12.0% in January. % change8.9%8.9%8.9%8.9%8.9%8.9%12.0%12.0% % change-42.8%-42.8%104.8%104.8%-32.7%-32.7%12.5%12.5% Total110,179110,1799,9679,967120,146120,146216,407216,407 % of total14.6%14.6%42.4%42.4%16.9%16.9%28.8%28.8% SMMT LtdCarsCommercial VehiclesTotal VehiclesTotal Engines read more

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Meghan Markle poses in Vanity Fair alongside Emma Watson Cher and Justin

first_imgShe is a television star, humanitarian campaigner, the most Googled actress of 2016 and the girlfriend of a prince. To this CV, Meghan Markle can now add “exceptional young leader”.Miss Markle graces the new edition of Vanity Fair magazine in a feature celebrating the global leaders of tomorrow.The 35-year-old girlfriend of Prince Harry was one of 1,300 delegates from across the world who attended the One Young World forum in Canada. She was selected for a photoshoot on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, alongside Mary Robinson, the former Irish president.Miss Markle was invited in her capacity as UN Women Advocate for Women’s Leadership and Political Participation, global ambassador for World Vision and gender equality campaigner. Kate Robertson, co-founder of the charity, said the young people involved are “curious, courageous and action-oriented… you’re laying down a future investment that says, ‘This lot will make a difference and the right kind of difference’.” Emma Watson appeared in the shoot The latest edition of People magazine contains an interview with, Lindsay Roth, Miss Markle’s best friend.It is not known if Miss Markle sanctioned the interview, but she is unlikely to be disappointed by its contents. “I don’t know many people who are as generous and supportive as Meg is,” said Miss Roth. “The energy is palpable and to be able to be part of that is an honour,” she told the writer of the Vanity Fair piece, Fatima Bhutto.Canada is a second home to the actress, as it is the location for Suits, the television series in which she plays a trainee lawyer. It is screened on British television, but Miss Markle remained largely unknown to the British public until her romance with Prince Harry.Her campaigning began at a young age, however. As an 11-year-old, she reportedly wrote to First Lady Hillary Clinton to complain that a soap advertisement was sexist.She now combines humanitarian work with acting. “While my life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets, I choose them both because these worlds can, in fact, co-exist. And, for me, they must,” she has declared. Meghan Markle poses with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, poet Fatima Bhutto, and women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul Meghan Markle poses with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, poet Fatima Bhutto, and women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul Cher was involved Cher was involved “I think people assume that when someone gains notoriety they change. But she’s still the same girl I met years ago, with the same values and priorities. She’s selfless, and that’s just a part of who she is and who she was raised to be.“We should all strive to handle the ups and downs of our lives as gracefully, smartly, elegantly, positively, realistically and graciously as Meg has.” The One Young World forum is a UK-based charity founded in 2009. It gathers “the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change”. Other delegates at the event included Emma Watson, the actress and campaigner. 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. Emma Watson appeared in the shootlast_img read more

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Online delivery services are fuelling moped crimes as they increase 30 fold

“And in turn that has fuelled people riding around on mopeds more often. They’re cheaper and faster to get around on and now have become easy targets for criminals who are looking to steal the bikes to carry out further crimes.”Delivery drivers are an easy way for criminals to get their hands on mopeds as they are often in unfamiliar surroundings and have to leave their scooters when delivering an order. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously met with riders to discuss preventing the theft of scooters Online delivery services are fuelling a rise in moped crimes as they increase 30 fold in five years in the capital.The number of offences carried out on mopeds in London has jumped from 827 in 2012 to 23,000 in 2017, according to figures obtained by the BBC.Experts have warned that the rising figures can be blamed on a boom in delivery services such as Deliveroo with criminals targeting drivers to steal their mopeds. More than 40% of offences happened in Camden and IslingtonCredit:Getty Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously met with riders to discuss preventing the theft of scootersCredit:PA Dr Simon Harding, a criminology expert from the University of West London, said the surge was partly due to criminal gangs being able to get their hands on mopeds more easily.He explained that the proliferation of food or goods delivery services such as Deliveroo had created a “perfect storm” for criminals.“In the last few years we have seen the number of food delivery services such as UberEats and Deliveroo expand rapidly,” he said. More than 40% of offences happened in Camden and Islington Criminals are then able to carry out moped-enabled crime including drive-by thefts of pedestrians’ phones and bags.“This is a prime example of adaptive criminal behaviour and now I really feel bad for these Deliveroo drivers who have become targets and for those who have their possessions stolen,” added Dr Harding. However police insisted they had not lost control of moped crime but admitted that “there was more work to do”.During the period covered by the figures, more than 40% of offences happened in just two boroughs; Camden and Islington.Met Police Det Supt Caroline Haines, who leads the operation tackling moped crime in Camden and Islington, was asked if her team had a handle on the issue.She said: “Yes we do, absolutely. Yes, there is a significant increase on last year overall, and that is very disappointing.”Since January we’ve deployed a number of new tactics that are now starting to see dividends. “But we’re not done yet, and we’re not complacent. We do understand there’s a lot more work to do.”Hotspots for moped related crimes are often at transport hubs when commuters are looking for directions and where there are easy escape routes for offenders. 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. read more

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Gahcho Kué diamond mine making good progress

first_imgMountain Province Diamonds has announced that development of the Gahcho Kué diamond mine is progressing according to plan and budget with the overall project some 62% complete at the end of May, 2015. Key areas of focus are continued dewatering to expose the kimberlites, the placement of concrete foundations and the erection of steel superstructures of the major facilities.  A key milestone is to ensure that the process plant building is enclosed by October 2015.Patrick Evans, Mountain Province President and CEO, commented: “We’re on track for first production in H2 2016 and are currently making arrangements to be in a position to receive and sell our 49% share of diamond production. These arrangements are expected to be in place by the end of 2015.”There are currently approximately 500 employees and contractors on site at Gahcho Kué and this number is expected to peak at approximately 650 during the third quarter of 2015. During production there will be approximately 400 employees at Gahcho Kué. The project Operator, De Beers Canada, maintains a strong focus on a robust safety record with fifteen consecutive months without a lost-time injury.Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Gahcho Kué is the world’s largest and richest new diamond mine. The project consists of a cluster of four diamondiferous kimberlites, three of which have a probable mineral reserve of 35.4 Mt grading 1.57 ct/t for total diamond content of 55.5 Mct.A 2014 NI 43-101 feasibility study report filed by Mountain Province (available on SEDAR) indicates that the Gahcho Kué project has an IRR of 32.6%. The mine is expected to produce an average of 4.5 Mct/y over a 12-year mine life.last_img read more

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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit gets an F for graphics on Wii

first_imgEA has just given those calling for a new Wii console featuring HD graphics a game to hold up as proof why it’s required. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit looks pretty bad as these two gameplay videos demonstrate.We all know that the Wii hardware is limited compared to the 360 and PS3, but is this really the best that EA can do with a racing game?AdChoices广告It looks as though the focus has been on getting as many cars on the screen as possible, and this in turn may make gameplay fantastic. But if this is the quality of the graphics then the gameplay really does need to be fantastic if it’s going to get good reviews and sell a few million copies.If initial Amazon customer reviews are anything to go by then the game is already set for the bargain bins. Of the 3 available to view this morning all of them highlighted the graphics as being very poor and the star ratings therefore aren’t great.Read more at CVGMatthew’s OpinionIt amazes me when developers do this with such a well-known game franchise. The Wii is the best selling console this generation, and Need for Speed has a reputation to uphold of producing some great games in the past. So why has a sub-standard port of Hot Pursuit ended up getting released for Wii?I suspect it may be a limited-budget, rushed job to get the game out alongside the PS3 and 360 versions. Maybe EA think Wii gamers aren’t big on racing games, but if this is the quality they can expect it makes sense why racing games don’t sell that well on the console. Still, this is a real disappointment and EA could have set the bar high with this game.For comparison’s sake, here’s the game running on the 360:last_img read more

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Play Halo 4 multiplayer for 140 hours in November earn 600 Microsoft

first_imgI’m pretty certain Halo 4 would be a hit even if Microsoft hadn’t spent a small fortune advertising its release. The series is just that popular among gamers. But Microsoft isn’t content with you just buying the game, they want you playing it all the time, and will reward you for doing so.One of the promotions for the launch of the game is the chance to earn yourself up to 800 Microsoft points. 200 of those points are easy to get: you just have to spend 3,000 points on Halo content in the Xbox Live Marketplace. The other 600 are much harder to grab, though.Microsoft has set a deadline of November 30 and wants you to play Halo 4 multiplayer for as many hours as you can before then. Achieving 35 hours multiplayer earns you 100 points. Push that total up past 70 hours and you get 300 points. In order to grab 600 points you need to have clocked at least 140 hours.Today is the 7th, meaning you have 23 days left to accrue those hours. In other words, you’ve got to be putting in 6 or more hours a day in order to achieve the 140 hour total. It’s certainly achievable, but is it healthy?There’s another cost to consider, though. Halo 4 includes 2 free weeks access to Xbox Live Gold, but you will need access for longer than that if you want those 600 points. So Microsoft is cleverly pushing you to sign up and pay for Xbox Live Gold through this promotion, which is worth much more than the 600 points they are offering as a reward.If you’re a hardcore Halo player with an existing Gold subscription then this is probably an easy 600 points to grab. For the more casual gamers out there, it’s probably not worth dedicating the next 23 days of your life to achieve. 600 points is only worth about $7.50, after all.via Xbox.comlast_img read more

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Sevenyearold tweeting from war torn Aleppo doing well after family flees army

first_img Hello my friends, how are you? I am fine. I am getting better without medicine with too much bombing. I miss you. – Bana #Aleppo— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 6, 2016 Dec 6th 2016, 12:48 PM Short URL By AFP Share11 Tweet Email The account captured the attention of novelist JK Rowling, who responded to a picture of Bana poring over an electronic copy of the “Harry Potter” series. Source: Bana Alabed/Twitter This is my reading place where I wanted to start reading Harry Potter but it’s bombed. I will never forget. – Bana pic.twitter.com/6fXX2Me8ZB— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 29, 2016 Source: Bana Alabed/Twitter Source: Bana Alabed/Twitter A SEVEN-YEAR-old Syrian girl whose Twitter account from Aleppo gained international attention has fled her home amid heavy fighting, but she and her family are safe for now, according to her father.With her mother’s help, Bana al-Abed had been posting heart-rending tweets in English on life in the besieged eastern districts of Syria’s Aleppo.But as Syrian government forces edged closer to their home in recent days, the Abed family fled and the Twitter updates slowed.“Our house was damaged in bombardment,” her father Ghassan told AFP by phone from east Aleppo, two-thirds of which has been seized by advancing government forces.“The army got really close to our neighbourhood. We fled to another part of east Aleppo and the family is doing well,” he said, adding that “the internet connection is very weak here”.Since late September, Bana and her mother Fatemah have garnered more than 211,000 followers by tweeting regular updates on battered Aleppo.Pictures of massive white columns of smoke, captioned “Aleppo right now. We (are) so scared,” are interspersed with shots of Bana reading or scrawling in a notebook. Seven-year-old tweeting from war torn Aleppo ‘doing well’ after family flees army advance Aleppo in Syria is the centre of fierce fighting. Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 12:48 PM http://jrnl.ie/3122560 9,795 Views #Aleppo right now, we so scared. Pray for us pic.twitter.com/WVir7E8xm1— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 26, 2016 ‘Stalling’ Meanwhile, Russia’s top diplomat has accused Washington of backtracking on planned talks in Geneva over a rebel pullout from Syria’s Aleppo to “buy time” for those battling leader Bashar al-Assad.“It looks like an attempt to buy time for the rebels to have a breather, take a pause and replenish their reserves,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists.He also said Moscow had the impression “a serious discussion with our American partners isn’t working out”.Lavrov said yesterday that Russian and US experts were to meet in Switzerland either today or tomorrow to discuss a proposal put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry.Kerry proposed last week a complete rebel withdrawal from the war-torn eastern sector of Syria’s second city.But today he acknowledged that Washington had said it would not take part in  tomorrow’s talks and had withdrawn the suggestions made by Kerry.Rebels in east Aleppo have already dismissed any talk of them withdrawing, but Lavrov said they risked being annihilated if they refused to pull out following any deal between Russia and the US.Russia and the US are on opposite sides of the conflict in Syria with Moscow backing Assad with airpower and Washington pushing for the strongman to go.Regime forces have so far seized two-thirds of Aleppo’s rebel-held east since starting an operation to recapture the entire city in mid-November.The assault has raised an international outcry, but Russia and China on yesterday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the city.- © AFP, 2016Read: Seven-year-old Syrian girl’s Twitter account disappears as Assad’s forces close inRead: Seven-year-old girl tweets of being “between death and life” as Aleppo on verge of falling 40 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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PNP Administration to Meet the Press in Post Cabinet debriefing

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – Cabinet meeting held today and the PNP Administration set to hold its first press conference in six weeks; the last session proved explosive as the Government was hotly challenged on the contents of the Clinical Report of the TCI Hospitals. The public document was at that time promised to be released to the general public, but to date remains outside of the public domain. That media conference is to be held around 1pm Thursday at the Office of the Premier. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Related Items:cabinet meeting, clinical report, Office of the Premier, pnp, tci hospital TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

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Soy Growers Planning to Apply Dicamba Must Go Through Training

first_imgA mandatory training is now required for growers using dicamba or auxin-type products in their fields. Growers must participate in training before applying the following products in 2018:XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology (Monsanto)FeXapan® herbicide plus VaporGrip® Technology (DuPont)Engenia® Herbicide (BASF)“Tools like dicamba-tolerant soybeans and new formulations of dicamba ensure that farmers can grow healthy, affordable food and it’s imperative to stay up-to-date and informed so we can continue to effectively utilize these important innovations in agriculture,” said ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa.Training is offered by each of the registering companies and several states. Certain states require that an applicator complete training conducted by the state. If you are applying these products in one of the following states, you must attend that state’s mandatory training: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. In addition to the events provided by the registering companies, below is a list of additional state training opportunities:Illinois Events Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical AssociationIowa EventsAgribusiness Association of IowaKansas EventsKansas State University Research and ExtensionKentucky EventsUniversity of Kentucky Weed ScienceKentucky Department of AgricultureOklahoma EventsOklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and ForestryMinnesota EventsMinnesota Crop Production RetailersNebraska EventsUniversity of Nebraska – LincolnNorth Dakota EventsNorth Dakota Department of AgricultureSouth Carolina EventsClemson Cooperative ExtensionSouth Dakota EventsSouth Dakota Agri-Business AssociationSouth Dakota Department of AgricultureTexas EventsTexas A&M AgriLife ExtensionWisconsin EventsUniversity of Wisconsin Extensionlast_img read more

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Dicker joins the Princes Trust

first_imgThe Prince’s Trust has appointed Martyn Dicker as HR director.Dicker’s previous roles include HR director at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, director of HR and organisational development at Fairtrade Foundation, as well as senior HR roles at British Red Cross.He is also a member of the Engage for Success Taskforce.last_img

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Endeavor Business Media Buys Healthcare Brand From Vendome Group

first_imgKristine RussellHealthcare Informatics will join the business unit led by executive VP and group publisher Kristine Russell, which presently comprises three healthcare industry titles Endeavor acquired when it purchased NP Communications in May, including Healthcare Management Technology.Vendome had stopped publishing the brand’s print magazine—which had scaled down its frequency in recent years—following its Third Quarter 2018 issue (in September), but Endeavor said in a statement that Healthcare Informatics‘ existing online and events staffs will stay on after the acquisition.“In particular, we’re looking forward to incorporating the well-respected Health IT events that Healthcare Informatics excels in,” added Russell in the statement. “We are also pleased to be combining the two groups’ editorial expertise, which will enable us to broaden our capabilities in print, digital, custom content and events.”Endeavor isn’t commenting on the financial terms of any of its deals, although Ferrell acknowledges that additional acquisitions are in the works.“By passing the baton to Endeavor Business Media,” said Vendome Group CEO Jane Butler, “we strongly believe that these assets will continue to flourish in an environment with rich resources and synergies.” Endeavor Business Media has acquired Vendome Group’s Healthcare Informatics brand, the Nashville-based b2b firm announced Friday.The deal—which includes the brand’s website as well as 13 annual Health IT Summits throughout the U.S.—marks Endeavor’s second acquisition since absorbing SouthComm Business Media, in June, and its sixth since CEO Chris Ferrell launched the company a year ago.Backed by Nashville-based private equity firm Resolute Capital Partners since May, Endeavor has been targeting add-on media brands that serve markets similar to those in which the company already has a presence, including last month’s purchase of Plastics Machinery magazine from Peninsula Publishing.last_img read more

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UPDATE Commissioner Ellis Announces 30 Million Plan For Street Repairs Near UH

first_imgPhoto: Wikimedia CommonsHarris County Commissioner Precinct One Rodney Ellis says he also hopes the street repair plan will help drive economic development for Houston’s Third Ward.Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Tuesday an agreement by which Precinct One will pay $30 million to improve seven streets located near the University of Houston (UH) and Texas Southern University (TSU).Ellis announced the agreement at a press conference held at Houston’s City Hall where he was accompanied by mayor Turner.The streets near UH are Cullen (Interstate 45 to North MacGregor); Wheeler (Cullen to Scott); Elgin (Scott to I-45); and Holman (Scott to Cullen).The streets in the TSU area are Cleburne (Emancipation to Scott); Blodgett (Scott to Ennis); and Attucks (Cleburne to Wheeler).Ellis praised Turner’s concept of complete communities, which promotes a holistic approach for Houston’s neighborhoods that combines architectural aesthetics along with safety, access to public transportation and other elements.“I believe not only should we have complete communities, we ought to have complete streets and, in addition to a place for people to ride bikes, a place for people to walk,” the commissioner commented.Precinct One is specifically committing $15 million to improve infrastructure near TSU and another $15 million to projects around UH, according to a news release from Ellis’ office.Besides roadway work, the project also includes drainage improvements and Ellis expects the plan will also help drive economic development for Houston’s Third Ward.In addition to beautification of the roadways, the goal of the plan is to improve safety and accessibility to all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transportation riders.Mayor Turner noted Ellis and him will also work together to identify projects for Precinct One “where County dollars may not be available” but City dollars can be an option, for instance through the use of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which the City can receive from the federal government.The work will be performed in District D, which Council Member Dwight Boykins represents in the City Council.Boykins said in a press statement that the announcement “moves the needle forward advancing my commitment to the people I serve.”“As a proud graduate of Texas Southern University and someone who is quite familiar with the streets earmarked for improvements, I welcome the opportunity to work with Commissioner Ellis and Mayor Turner to benefit all the residents of District D and Houstonians,” added Boykins.Click below to watch the press conference where commissioner Ellis and mayor Turner made the announcement. Sharelast_img read more

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The Emperor of Sound Book Signing

first_imgThe Towson University Black Student Union are hosting a book signing for  producer, rapper, songwriter and now author, Timbaland on Nov. 20 at  5 p.m. at Towson University, University Union, Chesapeake Room, 8000 York Road, Towson Maryland. Contact Kenny Abrams at abramins@comcast.net for more information.last_img

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11 Other Late 90s TV Shows That Could Use a Reboot

first_img Everything old is new again, and next week the CW will debut the premiere of Roswell, New Mexico, a sci-fi drama about teens in the notorious desert town where an alien spacecraft is rumored to have landed in the 1950s. Sounds familiar? That’s because back in 1999, the WB (the network that would eventually digivolve into the CW) debuted Roswell, a sci-fi drama about teens in the notorious desert town where an alien spacecraft is rumored to have landed in the 1950s. There are differences between the two projects, because a lot has changed on TV in the last few decades, but it got us to thinking: what other late ’90s shows are ready for a comeback?Let’s dust off the old TV Guides and pick a few winners.Harsh RealmIf you want to talk shows ahead of their time, Fox’s Harsh Realm is your poster child. The sci-fi series about a group of people trapped inside a virtual reality simulation hit the airwaves just a few months after The Matrix debuted in theaters, and it didn’t really hold up in comparison. That’s no insult — the Wachowskis basically redefined modern sci-fi with their take on the same concept. Harsh Realm stood out for the explicitly military setting — instead of the boring real world, the online space was an America ravaged by nuclear bombs and controlled by warlords. Two decades later, we’re more in thrall to the digital world than ever before and the time could be right to revisit the idea in a form longer than a Black Mirror episode.Get the DVDMission HillThe late 90s were a flabbergastingly good time for adult animation — both South Park and Futurama debuted in 1999. One other grown-up cartoon that hit the airwaves the same year didn’t manage to find its niche, but devoted fans have been lobbying for a return for decades. Mission Hill was wildly ahead of its time, a slacker slice-of-life comedy created by a pair of Simpsons alumni. With a unique visual style and some great voice actors, the show had everything it needed for success except the support of its network, the WB, which canned it before the first season was through.Get the DVDPreyNow here’s one that only the diehards will have heard of. Prey only lasted a single season, but it’s got such a bizarre premise that we want to see somebody else take a crack at it. Debra Messing plays an anthropologist who discovers a trove of research by her murdered mentor demonstrating that a new offshoot of humanity is evolving – one without mercy or compassion, willing to dominate normal humans by any means necessary. Also gifted with low-level psychic abilities, these “dominants” are serial killers looking to demonstrate status by racking up body counts. It was a cool idea that didn’t get executed too well, but we could see it finding a home in today’s grislier media landscape.Buffy The Vampire SlayerNo show encapsulated the geek culture of the late 1990s quite like Joss Whedon’s teen vampire-killing epic. Not only did Buffy brilliantly tweak horror tropes on a bologna sandwich budget, it also built a cast of distinctive, complex characters unlike just about any other ensemble of the era. The show’s peak seasons still stand up to the competition, and while the original cast has aged out of high school the universe continues in comic books to this day. There’s been talk of a reboot of the series circulating for some time, with Lost‘s Monica Owusu-Breen attached as showrunner.Watch it on AmazonBatman BeyondOne of the defining characteristics of the DC universe is their embrace of “legacy heroes,” where the man (or woman) behind the mask changes with the times. 1999’s animated offering Batman Beyond was a bold take on that concept, pushing us forward into a Dark Knight Returns-inspired future where Bruce Wayne has hung up the cowl and retired from his lonely crusade, only to be brought back into the game by meeting Terry McGinnis, a high school student who faces his own tragedies before becoming the Batman of 2039. Significantly darker than most cartoons of the era, the show was supposed to go to four seasons but only got three. We can rectify that mistake right now.Get the DVDTenacious DSure, Jack Black is a big-time movie (and YouTube) star now, but the time is right for him to return to the property that made him famous. Along with Kyle Gass, Tenacious D made their series debut on HBO in 1997, releasing two episodes that year, two in 1999 and two in 2000. That’s the kind of release schedule we can get behind, and coming back around to see how the boys are doing in the era of Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber could be a worthwhile use of a little of that Game of Thrones money. The duo have reunited for sporadic appearances, but we want the pure stuff straight into our veins. Make it happen, HBO.Watch it on AmazonMillenniumThe success of The X-Files in the mid-90s opened the door for a flood of conspiracy and supernatural shows. Some of them sucked, some of them were good, and then there was Millennium. Created by Chris Carter, the show starred craggy-faced Lance Henriksen as former FBI forensic profiler Frank Black, a man with an uncanny ability to put himself in the shoes of killers and criminals, for better or for worse. The show got more intense and fantastical as it went, and after it was cancelled an X-Files episode showed Frank in a mental hospital. Henriksen’s 78 and still working, so why not give the guy another shot at the show in a post-millennial world?Get the DVDThe Chimp ChannelThe late ’90s were a wild time for cable television – as HBO was finding success with The Sopranos, other networks tried to find their own angles on original programming, with varied levels of success. We’re not going to try to convince you that TBS’s The Chimp Channel was a landmark in terms of quality, but it was so ridiculous that it had to land on the list. Consisting of dubbed footage of chimps in ridiculous costumes acting out a variety of parodies and spoofs, it’s the kind of thing that would thrive in a post-YouTube world. I’m sure the rights are cheap.Strange WorldBefore Tim Kring burned out all of his goodwill with the last few seasons of Heroes, he was responsible for this oddball ABC show that only saw three episodes air in 1999 (SyFy showed the rest of the season a few years later, for some reason). Protagonist Paul Turner has a rare form of aplastic anemia that leaves him bedridden, but he’s motivated to investigate victims of scientific and medical experimentation when a mysterious woman gives him an experimental medicine that alleviates his symptoms. Complex, dark and grounded in the reality of current-day science, this was a challenging show that didn’t get its due.ProfitOne of the most under-the-radar cult classics of the decade, Fox’s short-lived Profit was just too weird for the gung-ho capitalism of the 90s, but seems remarkably prescient in our world of Elon Musks. Adrian Pasdar starred as Jim Profit, an executive at a multinational corporation obsessed with success to the cost of everything else. A deeply damaged protagonist, Profit was raised by an abusive father in rural Oklahoma who forced him to sleep in a cardboard box. After murdering his family, he reinvents himself as an Ivy League business prodigy, but still carries the scars of his past with him. Fox cancelled the show after just three episodes were aired, but we’d love to see somebody take another crack at it.Get the DVDCleopatra 2525Straight up we’re not saying this was a good show, but Cleopatra 2525, which premiered in syndication in January of 2000 so we’ll bend the rules for it, was so totally bizarre and goofy that it deserves a new audience. When exotic dancer Cleo’s breast implant surgery goes awry, she’s put into a cryogenic freezer and thawed out in the futuristic year 2525, where humanity has moved into underground colonies to escape the attacks of the “Baileys,” mysterious flying machines. It’s absolutely ridiculous low-rent science fiction cheese, and you know what? The world could use a little more of that these days.Get the DVDMore on Geek.com:Marvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived By Disney‘Nightflyers’ and the History of Sci-Fi HorrorHulu and George R.R. Martin Are Developing New ‘Wild Cards’ Shows Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in California‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Art of fascinations

first_imgPerhaps that is what drove artiste Manu Singh to explore the elemental imaginary landscapes which look like water, earth or sky.Wings, Shadows and 1000 Birds, a solo exhibition of paintings was showcased at Triveni Kala Sangam.  Works on display were full of large canvas paintings that explore imaginary background and landscapes. These works involve more obfuscation of the Imaginary large wings, shadows and 1000 birds using oil and other elements as mediums. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the artiste says ‘I’ve always been drawn to ‘wings’ since I was a child. The wings are symbol of aspiring to the greatest heights of accomplishment. Wings (white in color) stands for clarity of mind, and how clean mental focus combined with stable footing can transform our lives in magical ways.My works 1000 Birds represent joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. It denotes a sunny outlook in life, spiritual freedom and psychological liberation. Each of us has a shadow that whispers stories of our own self-defeating fears to us. My work shows how understanding our own shadow side can lead us to lives of tremendous realization and peace.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artiste says she wanted to see how far he could can push reality to the other side where the ‘real’ is still recognisable, but start becoming partially surreal.She wanted to see how far he can push both the real and the surreal at the same time into one another, building that tension until they are just one and the same.Most canvases are black and white paintings with a modern touch, in that the strokes explore movement while the grey field stays constant most of the time. She has experimented with supports as well as with medium.last_img read more

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