Media industry anxious for news in budget on federal plan to support

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau government is due to deliver an update to its plan to support journalism in next week’s budget but Ottawa’s recent silence on the file has stoked concerns in the media industry that a lifeline is taking too long to arrive.Last fall, the federal Liberals announced new tax credits and incentives, worth $595 million over the next five years, to support the struggling news industry.Finance Minister Bill Morneau argued at the time that strong journalism was essential for a healthy democracy and said more details would be in the federal budget.But while the industry applauded the plan, the strategy was immediately met with criticism when it was sketched out in November’s fall economic statement.Conservatives accused the government of trying to buy journalists ahead of the October election, with one MP suggesting the package could be a slush fund to pay for a “gigantic propaganda machine” for the Liberals. Some journalists have warned the aid package could erode the independence and credibility of the press.The stated aim is for the program to be funded by the government but have no place for politicians to decide what constitutes a media outlet or who would be eligible. Ottawa hopes this approach will avoid the appearance of conflict between a free press and government influence.Moving forward with the plan, however, promises to be politically delicate with only seven months to go before the election.In November, Ottawa said it would create an independent panel of experts from the journalism community to seek advice on the measures and, in particular, define which outlets will be eligible for a refundable tax credit on labour costs.But the government has yet to set up the panel. Industry representatives say there were some good meetings with federal officials after the announcement before the interactions abruptly stopped.John Hinds, the CEO of News Media Canada, said the “clock is ticking.”“We’ve found that there hasn’t been a lot of back and forth … That’s a bit anxiety-producing for everybody,” Hinds, whose association represents over 800 news publications, said Friday in an interview. “We’re well into the business planning for the year and without certainty it doesn’t help … A lot of publications, whether they’re large or small, are pretty precarious right now.”The scope and criteria for a tax credit on labour costs need to be defined quickly to allow outlets to make business decisions, he said. The tax credit, which Hinds hopes will cover 30 to 35 per cent of newsroom staffing costs, will be retroactive to Jan. 1.The package also includes a temporary, non-refundable tax credit for subscribers to digital news sites and a model to allow non-profit media organizations to apply for charitable status, enabling them to seek donations for which they could issue tax receipts.Edward Greenspon, a former journalist who is now president of the Public Policy Forum think-tank, said he will be interested to see if the government is only pushing ahead with some parts of its package, or if it’s decided the pre-election period isn’t the best time for it.The Public Policy Forum has published a major report with recommendations on how the government can take on the complex challenge of helping the news industry without interfering with journalism.Greenspon said with so little activity in recent weeks there’s a sense the process is behind schedule.“Are they going to get as far advanced on the road as I was hoping they would be? I suspect not. I will be watching with interest,” Greenspon said in an interview. “If they go ahead with this, they’ll have journalists who are opposed and opposition parties who are opposed screaming at them. If they don’t go ahead, they’re likely to have the publishers, who heard a promise, screaming at them.”Simon Ross, a spokesman for Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, said Friday that Canadians should expect next week’s budget to lay out details of the measures announced in the fall economic statement.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alicia Keys And Ryan Reynolds Attend StarStudded Angel Ball

first_imgGabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research presented its annual fundraiser, the Angel Ball, on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street.Alicia Keys and Swizz BeatzCredit/Copyright: Getty/Dimitrios KambourisThis black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, honored His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Abeer AL Otaiba; four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, Jeff Gordon; Mr. Jho Low, Chief Executive Officer of Jynwel Capital Limited and Director of the Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited; and multi-Grammy Award-winning music legend Nile Rodgers.Blake Lively and Ryan ReynoldsCredit/Copyright: Getty/Dimitrios KambourisThe Angel Ball, emceed by Rocsi Diaz featured performances by Avery Wilson, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. Ludacris made a surprise appearance, joining Foxx on the stage during his portion of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.”Kris Jenner at Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Angel BallCredit/Copyright: Getty/Dimitrios KambourisAlso on-hand were Gala Chair Lorraine Schwartz, Sofia Vergara, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Kris Jenner, Lala Anthony, Hailey Baldwin, Bethenny Frankel, Michelle Rodriguez, Busta Rhymes, Sami Gayle, Gigi Hadid, Julie Henderson, Tommy Hilfiger, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Star Jones, Hoda Kotb, Tina Knowles, Mark Linn Baker, Jonathan Batiste, Boris Becker, Gabriela Cadena, Natalie Cole, Clive Davis, Simon de Pury, Mathilde Frachon, Elsa Hosk, Georgia Fowler, Selenis Leyva, Dr., Josh Lucas, Stephen D. Nimer, LaChanze, Hal Rubenstein, Ivana Trump, Robert Verdi, Domingo Zapata, Angel Ambassadors Brittany Daniel, Estelle and Suleika Jaouad and many others.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,319.56, up 99.66 points):BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Down $1.80, or 12.28 per cent, to $12.86 on 6.8 million shares. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company reported a US$671 million profit for the first quarter, equal to US$1.23 per share — compared with a year-earlier loss of US$1.28 per share or US$670 million in last year’s first quarter. Revenue for the quarter fell to $235 million compared with $400 million a year ago. First-quarter profit was large mostly because of a one-time payment received as a rebate from Qualcomm — one of its suppliers — after an arbitrator ruled in BlackBerry’s favour.Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM). Bank. Up 32 cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $107.38 on 6.5 million shares. CIBC closed its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp on Friday, securing its foothold in the U.S. where CEO Victor Dodig said the bank hopes to one day generate a quarter of its earnings. CIBC now earns roughly five per cent of its profits in the U.S., primarily from its wealth management and capital markets operations. The PrivateBancorp acquisition will grow that to 10 per cent.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up eight cents, or 3.35 per cent, to $2.47 on 6.1 million shares. The French national railway company has ordered 83 train sets from Bombardier Transportation, for use by the regional commuter system that serves the Paris area. The order by SNCF on behalf of the Paris public transport authority is valued at US$968 million.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Down 39 cents, or 2.05 per cent, to $18.61 on 5.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 32 cents, or 2.93 per cent, to $11.23 on 5.02 million shares.St. Augustine Gold and Copper Ltd. (TSX:SAU). Miner. Down half-a-cent, or 16.67 per cent, to 2.5 cents on 4.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Norsat International Inc. (TSX:NII). Technology. Up two cents, or 0.13 per cent, to $15.12 on 4,100 shares. The Canadian satellite communications firm says its securityholders have voted to approve a controversial takeover of the company by Chinese company Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. Norsat says its securityholders voted 72.53 per cent in favour of the offer of US$11.50 per share. read more

Multiple issues found in plane crash

An investigation into a plane crash at the Brantford municipal airport last November that took the lives of a Brampton couple concluded there were multiple problems that likely contributed to the accident.Ronald Chamberlain, 76, and his wife Mildred, 81, took off from Burlington just before 12:30 a.m. and, minutes later, crashed into a runway at the Brantford Airport on Nov. 13 in a Piper single-engine planeAccording to a report by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Chamberlain, who was in the front seat of the plane, had his pilot’s licence revoked due to an invalid medical certificate.“His licence wasn’t valid, there was no flight plan on file and no recorded information we could find that the aircraft had made any transmissions,” said Ken Webster, senior regional investigator.Webster said it’s customary for all radio transmissions to be recorded but in smaller airports that doesn’t always happen.“You’re supposed to broadcast your intentions before departure and landing but there are different types of airports with different rules.”The investigation also found the flight from Burlington was made in poor weather conditions and blood-work revealed the pilot had a blood-alcohol reading that would have been exacerbated by high altitudes.The post-mortem showed Chamberlain had a level of 66 milligram of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, which is legal in Ontario for driving a car.However, Webster noted it wasn’t possible to know the pilot’s blood-alcohol concentration at the time of the accident and the report said even small amounts of alcohol can affect piloting skills. Flying at 6,000 feet above sea level doubles the effect of one alcoholic drink.When the plane crashed, the Canadian Aviation Regulations said no one can fly within eight hours of consuming alcohol. The following month, in response to a 2015 accident, those rules changed to no alcoholic consumption for 12 hours before flying.“To ensure safety, pilots must fly within their limits, whether these limits are based on regulations, qualifications, or physiology, or are restricted by the prevailing weather conditions,” said the report.Chamberlain got his licence for piloting single-engine airplanes in 1989 but, after his 2017 medical exam, Transport Canada asked for further medical information from him. He didn’t respond to requests in February and March 2018.On May 22 last year, Chamberlain was told his medical certificate – and hence his pilot’s licence – was suspended.After that, there were no flights recorded in the plane’s journey log but investigators found flights noted on pieces of paper in the pilot’s flight bag.Because the information was spotty, investigators couldn’t determine how many flights were made and whether Chamberlain met the “recency” requirements for night flying.“There’s a certain amount of flying you have to do in order to be allowed to carry passengers at night and we found a lack of information,” said Webster.“What we do know is, at some point, the aircraft information stopped being recorded in the log books.”The report also noted that the flight took place in poor weather that called for in-flight icing for which the aircraft wasn’t equipped.Investigators found the cockpit was still largely intact after the accident but the damage to the nose of the aircraft indicated the speed at which it hit the ground meant the crash likely couldn’t be survived.Chamberlain and his wife were found with their seat belts on – although the pilot’s shoulder harness wasn’t connected to the lap belt.The crash was only discovered when airport employees arrived in the morning.An Emergency Locator Transmitter system, which should have activated, was found the in armed position but it failed to work. The investigation showed the battery pack was due to be replaced 12 days before the crash but there was still plenty of power.Further testing of the ELT found “fretting” inside a switch cylinder that caused it not to work – a problem found in at least three other accidents the safety board has investigated.The report said even if the ELT had worked, it wouldn’t have helped the Chamberlains due to the severity of their injuries.Webster said the safety board won’t speculate on why the Chamberlains were heading to Brantford or whether the pilot was deliberately flouting aviation rules.“All the facts are in the report,” Webster said.“We do have a safety message to the public: make sure you have a valid pilot’s licence and don’t operate in poor weather conditions.”SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Language makes us unique Brock honorary doctorate recipient

Friday, June 9, 10 a.m. — Faculties of Humanities and Mathematics and Science In Iroquoian tradition, last names are meant to be unique and meaningful, and both hold true for David Kanatawakhon.“As it turns out, I’m the only Kanatawakhon in the world,” he told a packed crowd during his address at Brock University’s final Spring Convocation ceremony. “If you Google Kanatawakhon, you get me, whether you want to or not.”There’s a good reason for that.Kanatawakhon, who received an honorary doctorate from Brock Friday, June 9, has made it his life’s work to keep the Mohawk language alive. His multiple dictionaries and textbooks on the language have become the foundational tools for those learning indigenous languages.He set out to teach Mohawk “so we can get our language back,” he said.Mohawk language pioneer David Kanatawakhon with Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo.“We went through a cultural bump and people abandoned the language. That’s most unfortunate.”Kanatawakhon’s last name means ‘shaking the town,’ and that’s what he has done over his many years of teaching students from elementary school to university.“I’ve tried to shake up our communities and get our language going again,” he said. “Language is one of those things that make us unique and special. We’re at a time now that we have so much technology that we’re going to be able to bring it back.”Kanatawakhon said he has been driven by his passion for keeping his language alive, and he encouraged the graduating students to find what drives them.“I encourage people to develop a passion for what you’re doing,” he said. “You’re graduating and you’ve got all these skills that you can now focus on something. Use that to help yourself get through life.”Friday’s Convocation concluded a week of celebrations with more than 3,550 students graduating in nine ceremonies.The crowd gave 93-year-old Robin Guard a standing ovation for becoming the oldest-ever graduate at Brock University.Among the graduates in the final ceremony Friday was 93-year-old Robin Guard, who shattered the record as Brock University’s oldest-ever grad. Guard’s story has garnered plenty of attention this week with stories on CTV National News and in the St. Catharines Standard as well as radio interviews as far away as Montreal.Faculty Awards for Excellence in TeachingThe final Convocation ceremony also saw Omar Kihel from Math and Science and Martin Danahay, from Humanities, receiving Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching.Mathematics and Statistics Professor Kihel has contributed to the growth of the department by actively participating in curriculum development, establishing well-attended new courses in his areas of expertise. He has also served many years as an engaged member of the graduate program committee. Kihel is also conducting an active research program funded by NSERC.English Language and Literature Professor Danahay researches the effects of new media on cultural production and in the digital humanities. His work in digital humanities scholarship has been crucial to the development of online courses for the Department of English.Faculty of Humanities Dean Carol Merriam with Professor Martin Danahay.Faculty of Mathematics and Science Interim Dean Alan Castle with Professor Omar Kihel. read more

Bread Baked With 4500YearOld Yeast Tastes Incredible

first_img Finnish Designers Pitch Sustainable Headphones Made By MicrobesButterflies Inspired and Helped Brew This Craft Beer Stay on target It’s one thing to eat food that’s a day or two (or three) past its expiration date. But would you trust an ingredient 4,500 years beyond its shelf life?Physicist, video game designer, and self-described “amateur gastroegyptologist” Seamus Blackley this week baked a loaf of bread using millennia-old yeast collected from Ancient Egyptian pottery.In a well-documented Twitter thread, Blackley describes the process of capturing “dormant yeasts and bacteria from inside the ceramic pores of ancient pots.”“We sampled beer- and bread-making objects which had actually been in regular use in the Old Kingdom,” he boasted.A sample library is important to learn which microorganisms are old and which are modern contaminants, according to Blackley, who swiped a specimen for himself.In his own mad-scientist kitchen, the bread nerd woke the long-slumbering sample organisms, carefully feeding and culling them for a week before putting them to the test.The result—scored with the Hieroglyph for “loaf of bread”—was a superb-looking sourdough.“The aroma and flavor are incredible,” Blackley said (via Seamus Blackley/Twitter)“The aroma is AMAZING and NEW. It’s much sweeter and more rich than the sourdough we are used to,” Blackley tweeted, adding that the crumb was “light and airy, especially for a 100 percent ancient grain loaf.”“I’m emotional,” he admitted. “It’s really different, and you can easily tell even if you’re not a bread nerd. This is incredibly exciting, and I’m so amazed that it worked.”Don’t expect to start seeing Old Kingdom loaves on grocery store shelves any time soon, though.Blackley makes very clear that “this was just for practice”: Scientists still need to isolate and characterize the samples “before we know for sure this is real.”He also needs to learn to “actually bake like [the] Egyptians,” he added. “But it’s not a bad start.”In May, scientists used 5,000-year-old yeast to brew beer.Watch This Next: These Headphones Could Be the Future of “Green” ElectronicsMore on Geek.com:Finnish Designers Pitch Sustainable Headphones Made by MicrobesButterflies Inspired and Helped Brew This Craft BeerYeast-Hopped Beer Is Real And It’s Much More Sustainablelast_img read more

Morning Press Skateboarders spine broken Clark College trustee Royce Pollard resigns fan

first_imgWhat weather is headed our way this week? Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Skateboarder hit in Hazel Dell suffered debilitating injuriesDoctors told 24-year-old Alexandrew Harner that the impact from the vehicle that struck him from behind caused his spine to “snap like a log,” family members said.Harner was skateboarding on Northwest 99th Street in front of Columbia River High School on Tuesday night when he was hit by a Pontiac minivan traveling 30 mph, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Alexandrew Harner’s spine was broken when he was struck by a vehicle in front of Columbia River High SchoolFood & Drink: Vancouver bakery’s doughnuts a real Treat“We make a super fresh product, so it’s the same concept with the doughnut,” Treat Bakery owner Stephanie McNees explained. The doughnuts at Treat are similar to the brioche dough doughnuts filled with flavored pastry cream that are being made in most major cities (including at General Porpoise in Seattle).McNees humbly said, “We literally make them the way you would make them at home.”Food & Drink: Vancouver bakery’s doughnuts a real TreatDishes at UnPhogettable disappointingWhy: UnPhogettable opened approximately a month ago in the strip mall on the corner of Highway 99 and Northeast 99th Street in the space once occupied by 7-Eleven. It brings another fast-casual, family-friendly restaurant serving traditional Vietnamese dishes to Clark County and is open seven days a week.What I tried: My dining companion and I chose the beef short ribs to start. We settled on the Bun Xao Chay, the Pho Chin Nam and the grilled pork Banh Mi to complete our meal.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly September 8 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioGasline Partner Takes Steps Toward Permitting, Marketing of ProjectAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe partnership to build a natural gas megaproject has initiated the environmental review process.U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow Sale of Feathery Art Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe U.S. House today passed a bill to allow Alaska Natives to sell handicrafts that include the feathers of migratory birds.Wasilla VA Clinic Without Doctors Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Wasilla Veterans Affairs clinic is without a doctor and now one nurse practitioner is handling the patient caseload.Support Alliance Endorses Sullivan for Senate Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCU.S. Senate challenger Dan Sullivan has won a rare endorsement from the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. Rebecca Logan, the trade association’s general manager, says the board made the decision last week.NPS Proposes Permanent Ban on Predator Hunting Practices in Alaska’s Preserves Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksThe National Park Service published a proposal in the national register  Thursday that would permanently prohibit some sport hunting practices in Alaska’s ten national preserves.Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade PlacementAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage School District is trying to decide if 6th graders should be placed in elementary or middle schools. Currently there are some in each. District staff have been weighing the options for more than a year because it impacts future school infrastructure upgrades. They’re also looking at what’s best for the students academically.Aleutian Risk Assessment Unveils Spill Prevention PlanAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaFor years, shipping safety advocates have called for better protections against oil spills in the Aleutian chain. Now, the plan for a new response system is finally finished. The Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment’s draft report recommends some familiar solutions in new places – all at a cost of almost $14 million a year.Does Vigor Still Need Local Tax, Utility Breaks?Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanAs Ketchikan’s shipyard continues to grow and attract contracts, questions arose last week about whether the community should continue to offer tax and utility breaks for the property.last_img read more

Funke and Melton Earn Academic AllDistrict Honors

first_imgStory Links Funke was named a Google Cloud Academic All-District® All-American in 2018.Melton, a senior from Columbus, Ohio also picks her second Academic All-District honor after earning the award in 2016. The third baseman carries a 3.92 GPA in exercise science and is set to graduate in May 2019. The two-time all-ACC selection leads the team with a .341 batting average and a school-record 33 stolen bases. She also stands second on the squad with 43 runs and third with a career-best 32 RBIs. The University of Louisville’s Celene Funke and Sidney Melton have been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Softball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Both are now eligible for Academic All-America® consideration which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.Funke (Carmel, Ind.) takes home her second straight Academic All-District honors. The junior carries a 4.0 GPA in finance and will earn her degree in May 2019. She leads the team with 46 runs and stands second with a .330 batting average and 27 stolen bases. Additionally, the speedy centerfielder leads the nation and holds Louisville’s single-season record with 12 triples. The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Softball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Humble Bundle Free copy of The Walking Dead Season 1

first_imgHumble Bundle: Free copy of The Walking Dead: Season 1 by Martin Brinkmann on September 08, 2017 in Games, Misc – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 14 commentsThe Walking Dead: Season 1 is an adventure game by Telltale that is currently available for free at the Humble Bundle Store. The game’s regular price is $22.99 but you can get it for free until Saturday.The Walking Dead: Season 1 is a typical Telltale adventure game that follows the same flow as the company’s other smash hit adventure games such as Game of Thrones, Batman: The Telltale Series, or The Wolf Among Us.The game is divided into episodes that you play one after the other. One key feature of Telltale adventure games is that decisions that you make during the game may impact future events in it. The game feature light riddle solving and some action sequences, and is more of an interactive story than a traditional adventure game.Fun fact: Telltale Games was founded by a group of former LucasArts employees. LucasArts revolutionized the adventure game genre with all-time classics such as Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, and the Indiana Jones series.You need to do the following to get the game:Visit the Humble Bundle web store.The offer runs until Saturday, 9th, 2017. The game should be listed as free instead of the regular price of $22.99.Sign in to an existing account, or sign up for a new one. It is completely free.Visit your account page, and link your Steam account. You are asked to sign in to Steam on the Steam website. This links the Humble Store account to your Steam account.Once done, click on add to cart on The Walking Dead: Season 1 page.Open the shopping cart at the top right.Select “get it for free”.The Steam key is sent to the registered email address.Click on the download link in the message. This redirects you to the Humble Bundle site where you find a “redeem on Steam” link at the bottom.Click on that link to display the product key for the game.Head over to Steam, e.g. by opening the Steam client on your PC, and select Games > Activate a product on Steam. Type or copy/paste the game key and it will be added to your Steam library.The Humble Bundle Summer Sale is still ongoing. Other Telltale games, and games from other companies, are reduced as well. While you won’t get another free offer, you can get the second season of The Walking Dead adventure game for less than $5 for instance. (via Caschy)SummaryArticle NameHumble Bundle: Free The Walking Dead: Season 1DescriptionThe Walking Dead: Season 1 is an adventure game by Telltale that is currently available for free at the Humble Bundle Store. The game’s regular price is $22.99 but you can get it for free until Saturday.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

FedEx package of marijuana confiscated at Cancun airport

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Federal police at the Cancun International Airport have confiscated a package of marijuana that arrived in a sealed envelope.With the help of their K9 narcotics dog Zeno, federal agents were alerted to a FedEx package that had arrived from Guaymas, Sonora destined for Playa del Carmen. Inside they found a yellow envelope wrapped in plastic. Inside, police discovered 500 grams of marijuana.The package arrived on a 10:30 a.m. FedEx flight and was being inspected when Zeno alerted to an illegal substance. The package was then sent through their high tech X-ray machine for further evaluation.The package was confiscated and delivered to the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office for corresponding investigation.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reaching out to the community of Ladysmith

first_imgCo-ordinator Mr K Bihaspat from Project Cornerstone once again reached out to the community when they visited RDP schemes on Saturday.Children were treated to some delicious, creamy butternut soup and bread, once again prepared and sponsored by the Royal Hotel.This partnership between Project Cornerstone and the Royal Hotel is proving to be beneficial to members of the community who are most in need. The success of this drive can be attributed to key individuals who have pledged their support and dedication: Mr and Mrs Lee (Royal Hotel) and the kitchen staff from the hotel who have worked hand-in-hand to extend this gesture of humanity. Anyone interested in joining these projects or would like to sponsor anything in aid of these projects may feel free to do so by contacting Mr Bihaspat on 0366330218 or 0797952473Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Voters leave flowers at Costa Ricas Elections Tribunal

first_imgRelated posts:Farewell, work week A walk in the clouds Osa acrobatics Off like a shot Facebook Comments On Wednesday, pedestrians in downtown San José could see display of flowers that had been left outside a building – not because of a tragedy, but because of an election.Voters motivated by an online call to honor the country’s elections officials left flowers outside the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE), across from the Parque Nacional in the heart of the capital.It appears that leaving flowers on the Tribunal steps was first suggested by the pro-Carlos Alvarado Facebook group Coalición Costa Rica.“We should be proud as Costa Ricans,” read the post, placed on the page on Wednesday afternoon with the hashtag #DejáUnaFlor (Leave a Flower). “This election involved the work of thousands of people, and we invite you to celebrate them: fiscales (those in charge of the integrity of the voting process), local officials, volunteers, observers and all those who worked this past April 1.” Via Facebook / Coalición Costa Ricalast_img read more

Democrats beat ruling party in Mongolian election

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) – The opposition Democratic Party edged out Mongolia’s ruling party in a tightly contested legislative election that centered on how best to use the wealth generated by the still poor but fast-developing country’s mining boom.It was not yet clear if the Democrats would win an outright majority in the 76-seat parliament. The party won 20 of the 48 seats awarded by outright majority in Thursday’s vote, compared with 15 for the ruling Mongolian People’s Party and fewer seats for two other parties, results released Friday by the General Election Commission showed. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates To avoid such problems, the government introduced the mixed system of awarding seats by majority vote and by proportion. It also imported electronic voting machines, though the parties also wanted votes counted by hand.The announcement of results was delayed earlier Friday after the MPP asked for a recount in some districts due to discrepancies between votes tallied by machine and by hand.Mindful of the violence in 2008, ruling party politicians struck a measured tone in doing so, saying they would abide by the law, even as they asked for the recount.“The election should run according to laws. The party election committee has complaints regarding vote counting and we are addressing the issues,” said Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold, the ruling party chairman.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Under a new system, the remaining 28 seats are awarded based on the parties’ proportion of the overall vote, giving the Democrats a commanding but not a decisive edge in the new parliament. A coalition government between the major parties or with smaller parties would likely perpetuate slow policy-making and partisan bickering that has characterized Mongolia’s fledgling democracy.The Democrats and MPP each campaigned on promises that they would use revenues generated by mining mammoth, estimated trillion-dollar reserves of coal, copper and gold to create jobs and narrow a rich-poor gap in the large but landlocked country between China and Russia. The Democrats characterized the MPP as captives of the rich and foreign mining interests.Along the way, a still popular ex-president split from the ruling party only to be arrested on corruption charges. Still, Enkhbayar Nambar’s splinter party in league with another minor party took third place, potentially making him a factor in forming the new government.None of the parties immediately contested the vote results, possibly avoiding a repeat of the post-election violence four years ago that left four people dead in the capital, Ulan Bator. Angry supporters of the Democrats took to the streets after the party alleged voting irregularities in a loss to the MPP. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

China detains man for Twitter joke on party meet

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Zhai Xiaobing’s Nov. 5 tweet suggested the next movie in the “Final Destination” horror franchise would be about the Great Hall of the People collapsing on party delegates.The tweet said, “An earthshaking debut will be seen at the global premiere on Nov. 8!” The weeklong congress began Nov. 8.After Zhai’s Twitter account fell silent for a few days, Liu Yanping, a friend of his, grew worried and visited his home in Miyun county in Beijing’s northeastern suburbs. There, his family members told Liu that Miyun county police had taken Zhai away on Nov. 7 and seized his computer, Liu said.A Miyun county police officer who would only give his surname, Sun, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Zhai was being investigated for “spreading terrorist information.” The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.Zhai’s supporters call the allegation absurd and more than 400 people have signed an online petition calling on police to release him _ and to have more of a sense of humor.“I was very shocked when I realized what happened to him. I’ve consulted a few lawyers and I feel that it’s clear his Twitter joke does not amount to spreading terrorist information,” Liu said. “It’s just preposterous.” Liu said she and a few other activists have been in touch with Zhai’s family and would help hire a lawyer. She said state security officials visited Zhai’s wife to warn her to keep a low profile.Zhai’s wife, when reached by phone, declined to comment on her husband’s situation.The online petition, written by outspoken blogger and free speech advocate Wen Yunchao, urges authorities to lighten up.“We solemnly request that Beijing police find a little sense of humor and not make a big deal out of nothing,” the letter said. “In particular, do not destroy the goodwill and anticipation the public has for the new office holders after the 18th party congress by limiting and persecuting an ordinary citizen’s normal freedom of speech in such a groundless fashion.”Further enquiries were directed to the Beijing Public Security Bureau, which did not immediately respond to a faxed list of questions.A rights group said Zhai’s case could be seen as a test of whether China’s incoming leaders will continue a steady crackdown authorities have imposed on the country’s small community of activists, dissidents and lawyers in recent years. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – Hundreds of Chinese Internet users are rallying around a Beijing blogger who has been detained by police after posting a joke on Twitter about the pivotal Communist Party congress.Chinese authorities have been especially sensitive to any perceived dissent about the party meeting, which closed last week after ushering in a new generation of leaders. Ahead of the event, police sent activists out of Beijing and rounded up the hundreds of people who tried to draw the attention of central authorities to their grievances against local governments. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “The new leadership has two choices: continue down the path of criminal prosecution to signal that they are unwilling to change, or release Zhai to show goodwill that it is responding to popular demands for greater freedom,” said Maya Wang, a Hong Kong-based Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch.___Follow Gillian Wong on Twitter: http://twitter.com/gillianwongOnline petition (in Chinese): http://bit.ly/TfkmSFlast_img read more

More SingleFamily Homes Being Built for Rent

first_img August 19, 2016 641 Views As the single-family rental (SFR) market has boomed in popularity in the last few years, the number of homes being built specifically for renting is also trending upward following a decline in 2013.The Census Bureau’s Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design combined with analysis from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) found that the share of single-family homes built for rent accounted for 4.5 percent of all single-family housing starts as of the end of Q2 2016, based on a one-year moving average.While this share is higher than the historical average of 2.8 percent, it is lower than the peak of 5.8 percent from early 2013. Still, the number of single-family homes built for rent experienced a significant gain for the year-long period that ended on June 30, 2016—up from 26,000 for the year-long period ending June 30, 2015, according to NAHB. The number includes only homes that are built and held for rent, and not homes built and sold for the purpose of renting.“With the onset of the Great Recession and the ongoing declines in the homeownership rate, the share of built-for-rent homes rose,” NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz wrote. “Despite the current elevated market concentration, the total number of single-family starts built-for-rent remains low in terms of the total building market. However, after falling during 2013, the market share has grown over the past year.”Source: NAHBThe built-for-rent share, though experiencing an increase in the last few years, still represents a relatively small portion of all single-family rental homes in the country. The reason for this, according to NAHB, is that the primary source of rental housing is existing homes, since homes tend to be rented out as they age. According to the 2013 American Community Survey, about 35 percent of single-family homes are being rented nationwide.Click here to view the complete report from the Census Bureau.To reflect the growing popularity of the single-family rental market, the Five Star Institute is hosting its second annual Single-Family Rental Summit on November 1 through 3 in Frisco, Texas. Click here to register for the summit. More Single-Family Homes Being Built for Rent built-for-rent homes Single Family Rental Market 2016-08-19 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, News Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgJuly 2, 2014This report goes back to late May this year to take an inside look at the ‘Global Stilt Congress’ from three Arcosanti residents who participated in the two-week workshop. Jane Tellini manages the Ceramics studio at Arcosanti, her sister Sal Tellini is a staff member of the Ceramics studio and Alix DeWald is a staff member in the Arcosanti foundry. Here is their report:“The Global Stilt Congress is a newly-inaugurated annual gathering of stilt walkers from around the world to participate in skill-swapping and –building workshops, create an original performance, and share the work going on by various companies and individuals joining together at Arcosanti for two weeks.[photo by Steven Bochinski] The first week this year was packed with workshops in Samba, Aerial, Afro-Caribbean, Butoh, and Contact Acrobatics. As Arcosanti residents who had just learned to walk and dance on stilts in preparation for this event, we were welcomed into the stilt community and felt both supported and challenged alongside veteran stilters – some who had been stilting for over 20 years!   [photo by Sue Kirsch]The second week consisted of a lot of hard work and patience. We were taking the skills we had learned in week 1 and solidifying them into a spectacular performance piece. Every day we would gather with 2-4 of the teachers in 2-3 hour time segments and set a choreographed section, that in totality would form “The Legislation”.[Sal Tellini, photo by Sue Kirsch]The days were longer this week, spanning from 8am to 6pm. There were moments where we were setting the specifics of the piece, often waiting, on stilts, for an hour while different dynamics were thought out (ie. Music, different group choreography, technical aspects & prop placement). Overall the week made us stronger & ready to perform in our first ever stilt performance!  [Alix DeWald, photo by Sue Kirsch] In a small studio in the lab building we set up our “sweat shop” in which all of the performers gathered at different points in the day to make and collaborate on costumes, meanwhile all of the lighting and tech were being set up by a crew.  The musicians arrived the night before the performance and we did a dress rehearsal, learning the musical cues. [photo by Sue Kirsch]An undercurrent of the show was based on an old folk tale from the nation of Guiana, the home country of a long time stilter, Julio. He enacted the role of 100 year old stiltwalker Ojembo from the land of many waters and the blessing and curse that was bestowed upon him.[photo by Sue Kirsch]450 people came to be our audience, and they didn’t sit in one place but migrated with the show across all of Arcosanti. [Jane Tellini in white and red, photo by Sue Kirsch]At one point in the amphitheater the whole audience was on the stage and the performers were descending the amphitheater seating making our way to the moat. Submerged in the moat was our “moat poet” Logan Dirtyverbs who struck a flare and recited his poem oscillating between english and spanish. [photo by Sue Kirsch]The finale was mix of stilters on areal slings and fire, dancing and a conga line, after dancing to soka music brought from the island of Trinidad in the style of Moko Jumbies, we all lined up to take a bow.”[photo by Sue Kirsch]Here are the new stilt walkers as part of the ‘Italian Night’ performance on June 21. 2014.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img read more

Traffic crackdown in Limassol as fatalities rise

first_imgNearly half the fatal traffic accidents in Cyprus occurred in Limassol in 2017, something that is worrying, assistant traffic police chief Philippos Papaelias said on Wednesday evening during checks carried out in the coastal city.In statements during inspections by the force’s special motorcycle squad at the traffic lights in Polemidhia where three people died in a crash on May 27, he said that in Limassol the number of road deaths this year was 11 out of a total of 23 in the republic. Last year 24 people had died in traffic accidents in the first six months.“Today, the special motorcycle squad came to Limassol, a district that worries us because there is a growing trend towards deadly road crashes lately,” he said, adding that “the squad carried out checks on both the coastal roads and various major road arteries but also in spots where we had fatal and serious road collisions.”A total of 336 people were caught violating the traffic code in less than eight hours during the campaign, which started at 4pm and lasted until midnight.Eighty-one concerned illegal parking, 78, driving without a seat belt, and 25, mobile phone use while driving.Twelve people were caught driving a motorcycle without a driver’s license and without being covered by insurance. Eight high-power motorcycles and four mopeds were seized.Two people aged 31 and 32 were arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle.Papaelias called on all drivers to adhere to the road traffic regulations, particularly motorcyclists, who as vulnerable road users “have to wear their helmets, should not travel at high speeds and be extra careful where there are traffic lights.”At the same time, he continued, the other vulnerable group of road users, pedestrians, should be careful, as there is an increased number of fatal victims among them, especially in Limassol.“They should cross where there are pedestrian crossings and where there are no pedestrian crossings be very careful because, especially at this time, there is increased traffic,” he noted.According to Papaelias, more campaigns will follow in other districts in order to reduce the number of deaths. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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