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2 AAP MLAs suspended in Punjab

first_imgHit by faction feud, the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab on Saturday decided to suspend senior party leaders Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Kanwar Sandhu, both MLAs, for attacking its Central and State leadership. “[Khaira and Sandhu] have been consistently indulging in anti-party activities, and have continuously attacked Central and State leadership,” said a party statement The statement added that party’s core committee has decided to suspend Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu from the party with immediate effect after exhausting all the available avenues to assuage them and make them see reason. “Indiscipline and anti-party activities cannot be tolerated at any level and the leaders and volunteers have to follow the rules set by the party,” said the statement. Mr. Khaira, termed the decision as an act of intolerance by the central leadership of the party. “Mr. Kejriwal does not have have the courage to listen to the truth,” he told reporters.The party saw a rebellion by eight MLA’s out of its 20 MLAs after Mr. Khaira was removed from the post of leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly in July earlier this year by the central leadership and replaced with by Harpal Singh Cheema. The MLAs had termed the move as “’undemocratic”. Since then the Khaira-led faction has been demanding autonomy for party’s state unit.The crises hit the party in March after AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia on the allegations levelled by him against Mr. Majithia of being involved in drugs trade.Mr. Khaira had then hit out at party’s central leadership, saying that by apologising to Mr. Majithtia in drugs trade case, Mr. Kejriwal has shown sign of ‘’mental weakness’’ and has ‘’surrendered’’.last_img read more

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RSS leader, PSO killed in militant attack in Kishtwar; curfew imposed

first_imgTwo days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu & Kashmir, suspected militants killed a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader and his personal security officer (PSO) inside a hospital in the Chenab Valley’s Kishtwar district on Tuesday. Chanderkant Sharma, who worked as a medical assistant at the Kishtwar District Hospital’s out-patient (OPD) department, was shot dead by unknown gunmen who opened indiscriminate fire at him and his PSO around noon in the hospital premises. The PSO, Rajinder Kumar, died on the spot, while Sharma was shifted to hospital in critical condition and succumbed later.“Eyewitnesses suggested there were two militants who opened fire at the protected person and fled towards upper reaches of Samna Colony,” said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, M.K. Sinha.A curfew was imposed in the Kistwar town and Doda, after demonstrations broke out in Kishtwar, Bhaderwah’s Seri Bazaar and Jammu. Internet services were also stopped as a precautionary measure.The victim, according to officials, was provided with additional security after suspected militants killed BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother in similar fashion in Kishtwar on November 1 last year. The police and the BJP top leaders had claimed that militants were behind the assassination of the BJP leader then.The first phase of polling in J&K will start on April 11 and the Udhampur-Doda seat, including Kishtwar area, will witness elections on April 18.National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing.“Unequivocally condemn the brutal murder. There can be no place for targeting political operatives like this. I hope the residents of the area will cooperate with the administration and maintain calm,” said Mr. Abdullah.Ms. Mufti said she sees the incident as “part of a bigger plan to incite communal tension”. “I urge the Governor to initiate a probe and appeal to people of Kishtwar to maintain peace and harmony,” she said.Governor Satya Pal Malik and police administration reviewed the safety and security aspects of all the important installations, establishments and public places.last_img read more

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Ear infection delays Rafael Nadal’s Madrid Open start

first_imgRafael Nadal has asked to begin his participation in the Madrid Open a day later than planned due to an ear infection, meaning he will face Italian Fabio Fognini on Wednesday.Nadal is seeking a third consecutive clay court title of the season after winning the Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters but his preparation for the tournament in the Spanish capital has been interrupted by the infection.”On Friday I woke up at three in the morning with pain, a discomfort I had never felt before,” the 14-times grand slam winner told a news conference on Monday.”I went to the doctor and he told me I had an ear infection. It’s nothing important but it is bothering me, it has caused me headaches and I’ve been feeling dizzy.”Today I felt better and was able to train well for two hours. My aim and the tournament’s was to start on Tuesday but after this it’s better to wait a day and start on Wednesday.”If he gets past Fognini, Nadal could face Australian Nick Kyrgios in the third round, with Milos Raonic or David Goffin among his potential quarter-final opponents.”The draw isn’t ideal but the fact I’m playing at home is a plus,” added the Spaniard, who has won the Madrid Open a record four times.”I’m very happy with my start to the year, and not just the clay court season. These have been very good months since I started playing on clay because I’ve been able to win tournaments after losing finals.”advertisementlast_img read more

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‘He would be an incredible president’: Steve Kerr is US sport’s voice of reason

first_imgNBA finals Share on Twitter “Steve would, honestly, be an incredible president for our country,” Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser, a friend of Kerr’s since they played together at the University of Arizona, said on Thursday. “He would be better at that than as a coach and he’s a great coach.”Kerr stands out in a world where most sports coaches stay silent, either terrified of upsetting sponsors or fearful of upsetting team owners whose politics do not align with social change. His nearest NFL equivalent, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (who has five championships), grunts rejections of political questions, tipping his ideological hand in laudatory letters to Trump.The limb on to which Kerr regularly steps is not a solid one for most coaches. The only leader who has spoken with as much power is his mentor, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. Make no mistake, what Kerr is doing is unusual for a top American sports coach.Kerr has always been thoughtful. The coach angry about injustice in his early 50s was the same as a player in his 20s. Fraser sees little change in Kerr’s interests now compared to then. Kerr was raised in Beirut and Los Angeles, the son of a college president, and his family were accustomed to passionate discussions about important topics. “International issues and societal issues and political views were discussed at the dinner table,” Fraser said. Twitter NBA Share on Pinterest Facebook Basketball NowThis (@nowthisnews)Steve Kerr: What athletes are doing is patriotism. What President Trump is doing is nationalism pic.twitter.com/Q3biUiFiZFJune 6, 2018 Golden State Warriors Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was assassinated in 1984 at the college he ran, the American University in Beirut. Steve, who was in college at the time, became a natural advocate for gun control, allowing him to form the firm stances he takes on the issue today. In 2017, he spoke about his father’s death when criticizing Trump’s proposed ban on refugees and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. “I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way of going about it,” said Kerr at the time.Some of Kerr’s most important playing years were spent on the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan, a man who famously avoided wading into politics lest he damage his merchandising brand. Fraser has often wondered what the Kerr of those days would have been like had he felt free to speak. As Kerr himself said at a press conference this week: “There was a lot less going on that was exposed, for sure [in the 1980s and 1990s]. It’s a different era in terms of social media.”When Kerr finally did begin to talk, after taking over as Golden State’s coach in 2014, his words came naturally, unscripted and without clearance from anyone above him. There was always an understanding between Kerr and Myers that the culture they were trying to create around the Warriors emphasized freedom and self-expression. The last thing they wanted to do was put restrictions on speech. “There is no hidden truth to Steve,” Myers said. “There’s no hidden agenda to Steve, it’s ‘I will say what I feel and speak my mind and I’m going to try and live in that manner and try to back it up.’ If you are authentic about it and it’s coming from the right place we would never hold anybody back from speaking on what they believe in.”Myers paused. He was sitting in a luxury box just off the floor at the Quicken Loans Arena. On the court, the Warriors players were warming up for an off-day practice between Games 3 and 4 of the finals. He watched them for a moment and then nodded toward the floor. Read more Topics Kerr celebrates with Kevin Durant after the Warriors beat the Rockets in the Western Conference final. Photograph: Bob Levey/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp The coach of the NBA’s most powerful team will not stick to sports. Steve Kerr, whose Golden State Warriors are set to win their third NBA title in four years, has transformed from a master of unselfish offenses to an essential voice of reason in a world in which reason dies on cable news.“I think he’s got a fire burning,” the Warriors general manager, Bob Myers, told the Guardian in the run-up to Friday night’s Game 4 of the NBA finals. “It smolders in there. It lives in there. It’s there right now. I don’t know what he’s thinking right now but he’s thinking about something that he’s either read or heard that he didn’t like that he wants to speak on if asked about it.”Chances are, Kerr will be asked. Chances are, Kerr will answer. No topic seems off limits. No question is too dangerous.On the behavior of Donald Trump: “You want for there to be respect and dignity and there hasn’t been any.”On gun control: “We have to look at this as having nothing to do with partisanship, political parties. It’s got to be a public safety issue.” Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina)Steve Kerr criticized the NFL for its national anthem policy pic.twitter.com/eaCXC5WhCjMay 24, 2018 Share via Email features NBA finals: Warriors close on title as Kevin Durant heroics beat Cavaliers “Look, my views and Steve’s views and the players views they don’t all have to align,” he continued. “That’s America. That’s OK. But be respectful. You can be critical while also being respectful. I think that’s the balance that Steve walks and we all try to walk but we all come from different places. “I can’t relate to what it’s like to grow up like Kevin Durant. How can I sit here and say what’s going through his head? As much as he can mine. Who am I to say ‘don’t say that?’ Well why not? Why shouldn’t he say what he thinks?”Today’s NBA has a fearlessness about social justice that petrifies the NFL. While football owners are bullied by Trump, anguished about the potential of upsetting their fans or frightening away advertisers, basketball players don’t seem shackled. This is especially true of Kerr and the Warriors. Fraser suspects some of this is a matter of happenstance. After all, Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest originated in the San Francisco Bay area, close to the Warriors’ Oakland home. As Kaepernick’s protest grew, Kerr’s voice on social issues strengthened. Suddenly more people were asking questions and he was happy to give replies. At first, Fraser wasn’t surprised that Kerr was speaking out. What impressed him the most was how well-formed Kerr’s views were. There was substance. Nothing that came out was reactionary or empty. “He’s got a great view of the world,” Fraser said. “People are important to him, issues are important to him.”On Friday, Kerr could win his third championship with the Warriors. With a team loaded with four elite players there is no reason he can’t win a fourth or fifth or sixth. That would make him the most successful coach of his era. He may already have the strongest voice. Since you’re here… US sports Share on Messenger Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn On the NFL’s new policy punishing players who silently protest against racial inequality during the national anthem: “It’s just typical of the NFL. They’re just playing to the fanbase. Basically just trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people. It’s idiotic.” Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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A Bunch Of CFB Games Could Be Affected By Hurricane Florence

first_imgA view of Clemson's stadium at night from high up.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 3: A general view of the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson defeated Texas A&M 25-24. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)After already having multiple games affected by terrible weather conditions, it appears this upcoming weekend could be the worst for college football.With Hurricane Florence making its way toward the coastlines of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, this Saturday’s slate of games might be in for some trouble. According to the National Weather Service, severe flooding and harsh winds should be expected.From elite programs to lower level conferences, a plethora of games will cross paths with Hurricane Florence this week.Here’s a list of some of the major games that could be affected:FBS college football games in Hurricane Florence’s path this weekBC at Wake (Thurs)Marshall at SCGa. Southern at ClemsonWest Va. at NC StateUCF at UNCECU at Va. TechOhio at VirginiaSMiss at App StNorfolk St at Liberty Campbell at Coastal— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) September 10, 2018It doesn’t matter if it’s Clemson or Liberty, all these schools will have to take precautionary measure this week. Last season, a handful of football teams had to rearrange their schedule due to severe storms.Unfortunately, college football games taking place in the Southeast will be in jeopardy this weekend.However, keeping players safe should be the priority of these schools at all times.last_img read more

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US$6.45M GoJ/UN Project to Be Implemented In Kingston and Clarendon

first_img The human security approach, according to the UN General Assembly, underscores the need for protection and empowerment strategies that are people-centred, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention-oriented. The standard of living of 43,000 residents of Northern Clarendon and Western Kingston is expected to significantly improve under a US$6.45 million project to be jointly implemented over the next three years by several United Nations (UN) agencies in partnership with the Government of Jamaica and civil society. The standard of living of 43,000 residents of Northern Clarendon and Western Kingston is expected to significantly improve under a US$6.45 million project to be jointly implemented over the next three years by several United Nations (UN) agencies in partnership with the Government of Jamaica and civil society.The project, dubbed “Strengthening Human Resilience in Northern Clarendon and West Kingston”, is the first such being implemented, and will focus on building resilience in several areas based on extensive assessments of challenges in the targeted communities.These include: limited access to clean and potable water; the inability to effectively mitigate climate change and natural hazards; persistent poverty; and lack of access to social services, which the UN has identified as foremost threats to the residents’ welfare.Consequently, the initiative is tailored to strengthen local and community governance bodies, with youth participation being incorporated to design and oversee interventions; and enhance economic, food and nutritional security by creating a climate-resilient agriculture sector and diversified local economy.It also aims to improve environmental, health and water security to safeguard communities against preventable illnesses such as waterborne and sanitation-related diseases and ensure efficient and sustainable use of natural resources; and strengthen the institutional capacities of the Government and community stakeholders to mainstream the human security approach in Jamaica’s development strategies.The human security approach, according to the UN General Assembly, underscores the need for protection and empowerment strategies that are people-centred, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention-oriented.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who spoke at the launch at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston on March 12, welcomed the project which he said will significantly benefit the residents.The Minister said he is particularly pleased that the project will target strengthening of local and community governance bodies, as well as address water issues.He further noted that the initiative will complement the activities of agencies already working in the targeted communities, to enhance the lives of residents.“We are looking forward to the elevation of living standards and the enhancement of human dignity…through this joint programme,” Mr. McKenzie said.Meanwhile, Chief of the UN Human Security Unit, Mehrnaz Mostafavi, expressed confidence that the project will successfully leverage the human security approach towards a new way of advancing progress on the country’s long-term National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica.“By taking an integrated approach to improve water, sanitation and natural resource management, the programme will create synergies of expertise towards environmentally sustainable livelihoods. At the same time, by addressing the root causes of vulnerabilities, the programme promotes concrete improvements in the daily lives of the (residents),” she said.Ms. Mostafavi further noted that by linking elements of protection, inclusion and empowerment, the project provides useful insights and mechanisms for combining policy and community-level efforts to realise the outcomes of Vision 2030.“We are happy to help strengthen efforts to mainstream human security as part of development planning in Jamaica,” she addedMs.  Mostafavi also expressed the hope that the project will provide practical guidance on how the United Nations system can strengthen its integrated support to disaster-prone communities in their implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Funding for the project includes US$2.94 million being provided by the Government and US$1.65 million from the UN bodies through the UN Trust Fund for Human Security.center_img Story Highlights The SDGs are 17 global goals set by the UN which focus on addressing wide-ranging social and economic development issues. These include: poverty, hunger, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, the environment and social justice.UN Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, Bruno Pouezat, said in formulating the project, “we (not only) consulted with Government, but also visited communities to listen to their concerns and make sure to incorporate them for action.”May Pen’s Mayor, Councillor Winston Maragh, also welcomed the project “wholeheartedly”, noting his satisfaction that it will deal with the main challenge of water accessibility.“We are really grateful for such a project, and we look forward to working with the entire team,” he said.Funding for the project includes US$2.94 million being provided by the Government and US$1.65 million from the UN bodies through the UN Trust Fund for Human Security.The local partners are: the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation; Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; Planning Institute of Jamaica; Social Development Commission; Rural Agricultural Development Authority; Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation; Clarendon Municipal Corporation; and Clarendon Parish Development Committee.The UN partners are: the UN Trust Fund for Human Security; Food and Agriculture Organization; Pan American Health Authority; United Nations Development Programme; United Nations Environment Programme; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; UN Women; and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme.last_img read more

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Hoegh LNG to Provide FSRU for Port Kembla Gas Terminal

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hoegh LNG Norway’s Höegh LNG, the world’s largest supplier of FSRUs, has won a contract with Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) to provide an FSRU for the consortium’s Port Kembla Gas Terminal. Under the exclusivity agreement, AIE has the right to lease one of Höegh LNG’s 300-metre-long 170,000m3 FSRUs.The FSRU will be permanently moored at Berth 101 in Port Kembla’s inner harbour for the duration of the charter.“Securing the FSRU charter and confirmation of the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s planning requirements are two further important milestones for our project. We remain on schedule to deliver gas to our industrial customers during early 2020. Our schedule coincides with the expected significant tightening of the east coast gas supply market, especially for major industrial users,”  CEO of AIE, James Baulderstone said.As disclosed, the FSRU will form part of the final port infrastructure design plans which will also address the NSW Government’s planning assessment and development approval requirements.The consortium expects to start supply of gas to industrial customers from the first quarter of 2020.The Port Kembla Gas Terminal project will have an initial capacity to supply in excess of 75% of NSW annual gas needs.AIE, a consortium formed in 2017, is comprised of Squadron Energy, Marubeni Corporation, and Japan’s JERA Co, the world’s largest buyer of LNG.last_img read more

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Seaspan Completes 2nd Tranche of Investment with Fairfax

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based containership owner and operator Seaspan Corporation revealed that Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited closed the second tranche of its USD 1 billion investment commitment in the company. As with Fairfax’s initial USD 500 million investment in Seaspan, the second tranche of funding is structured as a USD 250 million issuance of 5.50% senior notes due 2026 and approximately 38.46 million warrants.Pursuant to a deal entered into at the end of May 2018, Fairfax has agreed to immediately exercise the 2019 warrants at a price of USD 6.50 per warrant, for additional equity proceeds to Seaspan of USD 250 million. As a result, Seaspan’s aggregate proceeds from the Second Fairfax Investment will be USD 500 million, the company explained.This brings Fairfax’s total investment in Seaspan to USD 1 billion, the proceeds of which will be used to fund future growth initiatives, repay debt and for general corporate purposes.With the closing of the second investment, Fairfax’s aggregate shareholdings in Seaspan are 76.9 million Class A common shares or 36% of shares outstanding.Fairfax continues to hold the 25 million seven year warrants, with an exercise price of USD 8.05, which were issued to it on July 16, 2018.“This additional investment will enhance Seaspan’s ability to execute on our long-term goals of deleveraging, strengthening our balance sheet, and creating value through disciplined and thoughtful capital allocation,” David Sokol, Chairman of Seaspan Corporation, said.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Painting to Hang in Canadas High Commission in London

first_imgNova Scotians visiting the Canadian High Commission in London might get a glimpse of home and a piece of their art collection after a recent loan from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Arthur Lismer’s Docks on Bay of Fundy was painted in 1943, when he was likely on one of many visits made after his tenure as principal of the then-Victoria School of Art and Design, now NSCAD University. “As a Nova Scotian, I am proud that this wonderful painting is being loaned to Canada House,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Mr. Lismer’s depiction of a dock on the Bay of Fundy is a scene out of my childhood and that of many Nova Scotians. I look forward to it being shared with visitors to Canada House.” The painting is being loaned to Canada House as it re-opens after renovations. For the first time in more than 50 years, the revitalized Canada House on Trafalgar Square brings together all Canadian High Commission activities under one roof in the heart of London. The building includes meeting rooms named after every province and territory. These rooms include art and design pieces from their namesake. The new Canada House will be officially opened in late February. “On behalf of everyone involved with this ambitious revitalization of Canada House, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Nova Scotia and Premier Stephen McNeil for their generosity in loaning us this key piece of art with such strong ties to both Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom,” said Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner of Canada. “A man born in England, who became a war artist for Canada and a founding member of the Group of Seven, it is a truly special painting that bridges the Atlantic. We are proud to display such a beautiful piece of our shared history.” A native of Sheffield, England, Mr. Lismer achieved fame as a charter member of The Group of Seven, the artistic cohort who did more than any other group of artists, to define a distinctly Canadian sensibility in modern art. In 1916, Mr. Lismer, who had been living in Toronto since 1911, accepted the job as principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design in Halifax and curator of the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts (now the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia). He was an official war artist during the First World War and documented the war effort as seen from Halifax, one of the busiest ports on the Atlantic. He was in Halifax for the Halifax Explosion, and documented its after-effects. He left Halifax in 1919 to become the vice-principal of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in Toronto. While Mr. Lismer never lived in Nova Scotia again, he often visited, making paintings of the seashore and other scenes right through to the ’60s. Docks on Bay of Fundy depicts the high wharves used along the Bay of Fundy, and would likely have been painted on a sketching trip. It was purchased with funds donated by Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain, whose family roots are in the Bay of Fundy region of Nova Scotia. The painting will hang in Canada’s High Commission for about three years, when it will be returned to Halifax. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the gallery houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. For information, visit www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca .last_img read more

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Grant Supports Seniors in Eastern Passage

first_imgFunding was announced today, Aug. 3, for an organization in Eastern Passage that creates opportunities for older Nova Scotians to be more engaged and included in their communities. Premier Stephen McNeil announced $10,000 in funding from the Age-Friendly Community Grant program for Ocean View Serving Seniors’ Neighbourhood Program. “Our seniors contribute greatly to our communities and they deserve a tremendous amount of respect and support,” said Premier McNeil. “The Neighbourhood Program offers great learning experiences that support the health, wellness and quality of life for local seniors, and I’m certain this project will have a positive impact in the area.” Ocean View Serving Seniors offers a variety of programs, services and activities to older adults. The Neighbourhood Program provides supports to seniors living in the community to help them stay safely in their homes for as long as possible, with the intention of delaying or preventing the need for formalized care. “With this grant we have been able to provide subsidized memberships to community members on fixed incomes and support members’ health and wellness,” said Patti White, innovation and accountability leader at Ocean View. “In addition, we can offer information sessions throughout the HRM on the benefits of our Neighbourhood Program”. This is one of two Age-Friendly Community grants awarded to the Eastern Passage area. The province is also awarding $1,700 to the Eastern Passage Community Safety Office Society. Support from government helps inclusive programs, like this, to improve accessibility for older Nova Scotians and enables them to participate more fully in their communities.last_img read more

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WHAT THEY DONT TELL YOU ABOUT BEING A BLOGGER

first_imgGlenda Decasa (Photo by Nicole Constante) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img With the rise of social media (specifically instagram) rapidly growing at an alarming rate, everyone is aspiring to be an ‘influencer’ or ‘blogger’. And although I am 10000% onboard with anyone who is wanting to be one, there’s one key factor that most people don’t seem to understand —Blogging isn’t easy.There’s a lot of misconceptions to what exactly a blogger does. It’s more than just taking a photo and hitting publish. It’s so much more than receiving complimentary gifts, being invited to events and owning a perfect Instagram feed. It’s working 20+ hours a day, it’s preplanning your months in advance, it’s exhaustion, it’s vulnerability, it’s balancing your life and priorities. It’s a business and it’s also an extension of who you are. Facebook Advertisement It’s been almost 3 years since the official launch of Confessions of a Scorpio and what a journey has it been. Being a blogger has its both ups and downs but not once have I looked back and regretted my decision to leave my 9-5 to pursue my passion for writing.Taking a look back at my blog post that I created summing up my 1st year with COAS, I’m flabbergasted at how much I’ve changed as a blogger and as an entrepreneur. Granted, I always knew that change was inevitable, but within that short amount of time that I’ve made the switch to take blogging as one of the professions, I have learned so much about myself as a writer, a creative and as an individual.I’ve juggled many hats within the first year of becoming a blogger.I’ve been hired as a subcontractor to other inspiring entrepreneurs online as a virtual assistant specializing in graphic and web design. Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love to create and design, I personally felt like something was still missing. So I eventually finished all my last projects and contracts and refocused on my end goal. And that was to make a difference and inspire.last_img read more

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Japanese drug maker Takeda to buy Irelands Shire

first_imgTOKYO – Japanese drugmaker Takeda has agreed to buy Shire for 46 billion pounds ($62.4 billion) in cash and stock, one of the biggest deals ever in the pharmaceuticals industry, the companies said Tuesday.Takeda will pay the equivalent of 49.01 pounds in cash and stock for each share of Shire, based on Takeda’s closing share price on April 23, the day before a preliminary deal was announced.Shire gives Takeda a larger presence in the U.S. and expertise in rare diseases, an increasingly important area for pharmaceutical companies as patents on established drugs expire. Even though Shire’s headquarters are in Dublin, it earns more than two thirds of its revenue in the U.S. on drugs like Adderall, which is used for ADHD.Takeda, meanwhile, has like many Japanese companies been expanding overseas to compensate for slowing growth at home. Last year it bought Ariad Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Takeda is valued at about $34 billion and makes almost half of its sales in Asia, and about a third in the U.S. Among its top sellers are Entyvio, used to treat ulcerative colitis, and cancer drug Leuprorelin.The deal recognizes “the strong growth potential of our leading products and innovative pipeline,” Shire Chairman Susan Kilsby said.The share price in both companies rose on the news — Shire’s by 3.6 per cent to 39.96 pounds, and Takeda’s by the same rate to 4,638 yen.Takeda obtained a $31 billion bridge loan to help finance the deal, a fact that had unnerved some investors before the deal’s announcement. Takeda pledged Tuesday to quickly reduce the debt and maintain the company’s investment grade credit reading.“Shire’s highly complementary product portfolio and pipeline, as well as experienced employees, will accelerate our transformation for a stronger Takeda,” Christophe Weber, Takeda’s president and CEO, said in a statement.Shareholders of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Shire Plc will each own about 50 per cent of the merged company. The company will trade in Japan and New York.The companies expect to complete the deal in the first half of 2019.last_img read more

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Calculated risks crucial in pushing Middle East peace process forward – UN

20 September 2007The situation on the ground in the Middle East is volatile and “calculated risks” are necessary to achieve peace, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today, ahead of a series of high-level meetings to be held this weekend. On Sunday, 23 September, the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping that comprises the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – will meet in New York, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will state his concerns for the welfare of Gaza’s Palestinian population to his colleagues.An “iftar” will be held afterwards with several Arab League members, which provides “an opportunity for the Quartet to convey its determination to work closely with its Arab Partners in an effort to realize the potential of the Arab Peace Initiative and to advance the cause of a comprehensive regional peace,” B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said.“These meetings will only be as useful as the agreements and steps of implementation they help bring about, and the changes on the ground they help to catalyze,” he said, noting that much is at stake in the coming months.“There will be difficult and unpopular choices ahead. Calculated risks are required for peace,” he added. “The risks of inaction or timidity are incomparably greater than the risks of action.”The Under-Secretary-General told the Council that the search for peace in the Middle East has reached a crucial juncture. “A new push for peace is being made, and holds genuine promise. However the situation on the ground remains of deep concern,” he said.Briefing the 15-member body on the latest events in the region, he voiced his worries at reports of increasing human rights abuses in Gaza – including the violent dispersal of demonstrations and the illegal detention of other Palestinians – perpetrated by paramilitary Hamas forces. Mr. Pascoe also cited the continued closure of Gaza as another source of concern. The Karni and Rafah crossings have been sealed since Hamas took over in June, and although relief supplies are reaching the population, “this has caused severe personal and economic hardship,” he said.UN and World Bank programmes worth $200 million are at a standstill in Gaza, while one third of students have kicked off the school year without textbooks. In addition, food inflows are decreasing, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that only 60 per cent of food needs are being met by current imports.“The continued division of the occupied Palestinian territory is a matter of deep political, security and socio-economic concern,” the Under-Secretary-General said. “Obviously, the longer it continues, the harder it will be to overcome.”He also noted that no actions have been taken to remove obstacles to freedom of movement in the West Bank, and that the construction of settlements is continuing on both sides of the barrier in the majority of settlements.Regarding Lebanon, Mr. Pascoe said that political tensions remain high in the lead-up to presidential elections, which must be held in accordance with the timeframe and procedures laid out in the Lebanese Constitution.“This requires an open and genuine dialogue among the parties with a view to electing a President who enjoys the broadest support of the Lebanese people,” he told the Council, adding that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been in contact with the country’s leaders to encourage them to endeavour to agree on a President. read more

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Opponents of refinery location take case to Supreme Court

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two environmental groups who say North Dakota regulators should have intervened in the location of an oil refinery near the state’s top tourist attraction, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, are taking their case to the state Supreme Court.The Bismarck Tribune says the Public Service Commission last year declined to review whether the refinery could be built just 3 miles (5 kilometres) from the park in the western Badlands. Regulators concluded the refinery would be too small to warrant review under state law.The Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Dakota Resource Council don’t believe developer Meridian Energy Group is being forthright about the refinery’s size and asked a state judge to force the commission to hold a hearing. The judge sided with commissioners who didn’t want to get involved.___Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.comThe Associated Press read more

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DR of Congo Security Councils 9 November action a roadmap– UN mission

Speaking at a press conference in Kinshasa, Amos Namanga Ngongi stressed that the UN’s efforts alone would not suffice in ensuring the successful implementation of the resolution, which “demands that the belligerents themselves meet certain prerequisites,” including the withdrawal of foreign forces and the demilitarization of Kisangani.In that context, Mr. Ngongi said MONUC would send an appropriate military force to Kisangani “to ensure that the peacefulness of the population is not disturbed by hostile attacks once demilitarization is completed,” and that it planned to train hundreds of police officers that would help maintain public security. Mr. Ngongi also announced that MONUC had screened a group of former Rwandan combatants in Kamina, and presented over 1,700 men to the UN operation in the presence of the Minister of Security and Public Order and the UN Force Commander, Major-General Mountaga Diallo. “The disarmament as well as the repatriation will be voluntary,” the Mission chief said. “MONUC will not forcibly impose and will not condone any method which does not enter into the terms of its mandate.”He also said the Kamina effort was a test for the disarmament programme. “We are counting on the goodwill of all the parties to bring to a positive end this process, which must be completed for the sustainability and credibility of the operation,” he said. “Otherwise the unresolved problems of today will catch up with us tomorrow.”Responding to a question about whether the events in Afghanistan would relegate the conflict in the DRC to a secondary issue, Mr. Ngongi said the UN had demonstrated its awareness of the importance of the Congolese issue by organizing a meeting of the Political Committee on its own, as well as a meeting of that Committee with the Security Council. “The culmination of these meetings was the adoption of Security Council resolution 1376,” he said. read more

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Côte dIvoire UN mission condemns attack against one of its buses

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has strongly condemned an attack carried out against one of its buses and its civilian occupants in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan.In a statement released today on the 28 April incident, UNOCI also condemned “the threats against its personnel and the obstruction of their freedom of movement.” The mission “urgently calls on Ivorian authorities to do everything possible to prevent and punish such acts, which are in contravention of Ivorian laws and international commitments of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.”The acts and threats “follow inflammatory declarations by political leaders against various aspects of the implementation of the roadmap,” the statement said.The Security Council established UNOCI in 2004 to assist the Ivorian parties in implementing a peace agreement they signed in January of that year, ending their north-south civil war. It currently guards the so-called Zone of Confidence separating the Government-ruled south and rebel-held north. read more

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Carbon County Jail Bookings August 26 – September 1

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VUMA3Dnetwork 20 offers new mine ventilation control capabilities

first_imgVUMA Software has launched the latest version of VUMA3D-network, its Windows-based software package for mine ventilation, cooling and environment control for deep hard-rock mines. VUMA3D-network 2.0 builds on the previous version to offer the local mining industry several unique new features. VUMA, an acronym for Ventilation of Underground Mine Atmospheres, was developed by local mining experts to assist mine designers to manage and mitigate the high heat loads encountered deep below the surface of South African hard-rock mines.The software solves airflow, heat flow and pollutant distributions interactively throughout a ventilation circuit. Analysis of ventilation networks is now made significantly easier than before through the ease-of-use of this state-of-the-art engineering package. The programme can be used both as a planning tool and to verify the environmental performance parameters of operational mines. Wynand Marx, the VUMA Software Director said: “Thirteen years of continuous development has now brought us to the next version this pioneering software. In addition to order-of-magnitude improvements in ease of use and drastically enhanced 3D graphics, VUMA3D-network 2.0 incorporates some truly innovative features that will facilitate planning and verification of the environmental parameters in an operational mine and boost productivity. This windows-based software makes it extremely easy to build a network on a graphical screen and it is just as easy to import a mine design from other graphics programmes.”Differentiating features include:        Uniquely specialised and verified modelling algorithms for most production zone types and development headings        Verified heat models accounting for broken rock and face advance        Rock, vehicle fleet and fan libraries        Easy-to-use category based input        An intelligent on-screen hint system        An improved reporting capability with multi-editing functionality, design checking criteria and effective summary reporting        A user-friendly help function providing relevant links throughout the system, which adds a high level of technical value        Billboards        An automatic back-up facility“VUMA was first conceptualised in the mid-90s when it became clear that the industry needed a new level of mine ventilation software,” Marx says. “This software has opened the door for mine designers to enter an entirely new realm of mine planning, via on-screen graphics that were simply not available anywhere before.”last_img read more

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