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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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Des millions danimaux aquatiques retrouvés morts dans lAmazone

first_imgDes millions d’animaux aquatiques retrouvés morts dans l’AmazoneBolivie – Des milliers de poissons et autres animaux aquatiques de l’Amazone ont été retrouvés morts au début du mois d’août dans plusieurs cours d’eau de Bolivie. Les scientifiques estiment qu’il s’agit de la pire catastrophe écologique survenue dans le pays.Les cadavres de six millions de poissons mais aussi de milliers de tortues, de crocodiles et de dauphins des rivières, ont été découverts en Bolivie il y a quelques semaines. Vingt-sept espèces ont été touchées. Une hécatombe qui aurait pour origine une vague de froid alliée à un niveau d’eau extrêmement bas. “Dans les rivières près de Santa Cruz, il y a environ 1.000 poissons morts par 100 mètres de rivière” raconteMichel Jégu, chargé de recherches à l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD). Cette impressionnante quantité de poissons morts engendre une grave pollution de l’Amazone, obligeant les villes voisines à trouver une source alternative d’eau potable.Une enquête est en cours pour déterminer l’origine exacte de ce que les scientifiques estiment être la pire catastrophe écologique que la Bolivie ait jamais connue. Mais déjà, ils tiennent pour responsable la vague de froid qui a touché l’hémisphère sud en juillet, provoquant des chutes de neige dans des régions chaudes telles que le Chaco au sud-est bolivien. En juillet, la Bolivie est certes en hiver, mais la température a avoisiné 0°C à l’extérieur et 6°C dans l’eau soit dix degrés de moins que la normale. Cette vague de froid aurait également provoqué la mort de centaines de manchots sur les côtes du Brésil, et de milliers de têtes de bétail au Paraguay.Alors qu’en Bolivie, les pêcheurs ont reçu l’interdiction de travailler dans les eaux polluées, les autorités ne disposent pas de moyens suffisants pour ramasser les animaux morts dans un environnement difficilement accessible. Elle craignent que des riverains se baignent dans l’eau où se décomposent les cadavres, qu’ils la boivent, ou encore qu’ils tentent de revendre les poissons morts sur le marché. Le 1 septembre 2010 à 18:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Road rage suspect who killed deputy was in US illegally

first_img SPOKANE — The road rage suspect who killed a sheriff’s deputy, wounded a police officer and died in a Central Washington shootout this week was living in the United States illegally, the federal government said Thursday.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, 29, was a citizen of Mexico who entered the United States in 2014 at Laredo, Texas, on a temporary agricultural worker visa.The agency had no record that Flores Del Toro left the U.S. or extended his visa after it expired.Meanwhile, police said Thursday they were still investigating the suspect’s background and why he led the officers on a chase before the gunbattle.Ellensburg Police Capt. Dan Hansberry said Flores Del Toro lived in Ellensburg, a university city of 20,000 residents east of Seattle, in agriculturally-rich central Washington.Flores Del Toro died in a hospital a short time after the Tuesday evening gunbattle.Investigators do not know why Flores Del Toro fled, and there were no warrants pending for his arrest, Hansberry said.Police in the past “had limited contacts with him,” but Hansberry described them as “nothing of real significance” without providing further details.Officers had tried to stop Flores Del Toro’s vehicle after they received a complaint about the motorist’s driving that authorities have described as a “road-rage type event” without disclosing more details. This undated photo released by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office shows Deputy Ryan Thompson. Thompson, 42, was shot and killed and a police officer was wounded after they exchanged gunfire with a road rage driving suspect Tuesday, March 19, 2019, authorities said Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. The events unfolded Tuesday evening when the two officers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle after authorities received a complaint about the motorist’s driving, authorities said. (Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office via AP)last_img read more

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CSOs Validate Report On Transitional Justice

first_imgBy: Kebba AF TourayCivil Society Organizations on Tuesday 20th February 2018, validated a report on ‘Participatory Assessment of Needs and Opportunities for Civil Society to Initiate and Support Justice, Accountability and Reconciliation.’The report is said to enable CSOs to add their input and map out ways towards their intervention in this process. The validation ceremony which was held in Kololi, was organized by ‘WANEP’ in collaboration with ‘Search for Common Ground’ and ‘YMCA’Mr. John Njie of YMCA and TANGO, revealed that his major concern was to try to get CSOs together in the spirit of transitional justice, to map out a way forward for their intervention in this process. He expressed delight for their association in the process, in order to shape the direction that the nation should take, because the country is at a cross road.“CSOs need to partner with Government and give all the prerequisites needed in ensuring that the nation gets on the right direction and as we go through the document, I appeal to all to see where we should be placed in supporting the process”, he cited. Njie who is also the Vice Chairperson of the Technical Committee on Transitional Justice representing CSOs, urged participants to actively partake in the discussion noting that at the end, it is the Gambia that wins.Mr. Emil Touray, the president of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), described the event as important in view of the fact that they are working to pave the way forward for the nation’s future. “Our country is at a cross road and it behoves on us as Gambians to move heaven and earth in ensuring that we put all the necessary measures in place to ensure that we help Government in its reform agenda”, he emphasized. He said the transitional process requires a lot of activities and thus Gambians cannot fold their hands and expect Government to come up with all the necessary solutions for the country. He called on the citizenry to support Government in the process; that the promotion of these universal values, is everybody’s responsibility. “An attack on freedom of expression and human rights in The Gambia, is an attack on freedom of expression and human rights in any part of the world and if The Gambia is affected in any way or the other, other countries will also be affected”, said Mr. Touray. He continued that no nation can be built without the principles of good governance, accountability and transparency because they are essential ingredients that must always be taken into consideration in any development initiatives.Mr. Aaron Weah from ‘Search for Common Ground’ said their mission generally is to help transform the way the world deals with conflict; that currently they have a membership of about 43 countries around the globe. Mr. Weah explained that their objective is to facilitate national dialogues and support partners because they believe in behavioural and attitudinal change, using the media inter alia, in the entire process of transitional justice.For her part, the ECOWAS Ambassador to The Gambia Vabah K. Gayflor, said this is a new dawn in the country and encouraged participants to take advantage of the rare opportunities provided in ensuring that the future of the country is secured for the betterment of the citizenry. She assured participants of ECOWAS’ support whenever needed.last_img read more

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Opposition PDM gets Ebola Cost Report from Premier

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Related Items:ebola coast report, Pdm, Portia smith TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Preparing for Ebola and beefing up on Dengue Fever and Chikungunya readiness cost the country about $6,000 more than was estimated by former Health & Human Services Minister, Hon Porsha Smith. Confirmed in the House of Assembly during debate this week and in response to a Parliamentary Question from the Leader of the Opposition, the Premier detailed the overall bill and even cutbacks to the spending on EVD and others at $356,000. The scare of Ebola, in particular, had practically paralyzed the Western World with fear about possible outbreaks after the US recorded some cases. In the Turks and Caicos the government pledged $350,000 which was pulled from the contingency fund and was spent on Personal Protective Equipment; that cost nearly $62,000… two new vector control vehicles for Grand Turk and South Caicos cost over $60,000… chemical supplies of which we had none at the time cost $63,000… medical supplies for government clinics was just under $23,000, temporary bubbles for transporting family island clients suspected of having Ebola to hospital was pegged at $13,500 while the biggest bill went to employment of temporary officers at $74,000 plus. Surprising was the cost of printed materials related to Ebola, ChickV and Dengue at $16,000 although there remains no visible public signage on any of these diseases. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Boeing strikes big deal with SpiceJet for 92 Boeing 737 jetliners Report

first_imgSpiceJet, India’s second-largest budget carrier is expected to place an order for 92 Boeing 737 jetliners. The carrier’s new order is part of its rapid expansion plan in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market. The SpiceJet-Boeing deal includes at least 50 Boeing 737 Max and another 42 single-aisle jets, which the budget carrier had ordered two years ago. The deal value is pegged at $10.1 billion as per current list prices, Bloomberg reported.Also read: SpiceJet AGM to decide on Ajay Singh’s salary, perksThe latest order will take SpiceJet’s fleet size up to 141 (which stands at 49 at present). The transaction is expected to be finalised over the next few weeks. A person aware of the development told the agency that the airline may boost the total number if the final talks result in bigger discounts and other favourable maintenance contracts. The deal would increase Boeing’s presence in the Indian aviation market, which so far is dominated by its rival Airbus. Domestic carriers like GoAir, IndiGo and AirAsia India operate variants of Airbus A320. “We expect to complete the negotiations and place the order this financial year,” SpiceJet was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. The Ajay Singh-founded airline’s budget carrier rival IndiGo dominates the market and has a controlling market share of 42 per cent, whereas SpiceJet’s market share remains around 13 per cent. Flight makes emergency landing at Delhi airportIn other news, a SpiceJet flight from Bengaluru made an emergency landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport early on Friday (January 6) morning. The reason for the emergency landing was a partial hydraulic failure. All passengers and crew of flight SG136 were safe, the Indian Express reported. The SpiceJet stock was trading at Rs 63.70 around 1:24 pm on Friday, up 0.87 per cent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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Track and Field Hosts Louisville Invitational This Weekend

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville track and field teams will host their first of two home meets this Friday and Saturday at the Louisville Invitational. Two multi-events competitors will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to compete in the decathlon at the Tennessee Relays starting on Thursday. Final Schedule Heading into the weekend, Alexis Gibbons’ 6.39m/20-11.75 mark in long jump ranks sixth in the nation. In addition, the Louisville women’s long jumpers rank first in the nation with an average jump length of 6.16m/20-02.50. Story Links Live Results Link The remaining events will take on place on Saturday at Cardinal Park, beginning with the javelin at 10:30 a.m. Running events will begin at noon with the 100m and 110m hurdles. The Louisville Invitational will conclude with the 4x400m relays at 5 p.m.center_img Also on Friday, Louisville will welcome Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Purdue for the Louisville Invitational. The meet will start with the hammer throw at 2:30 p.m. Anthony Crandon will compete at home after winning the last three 400m races to open the outdoor season. Martice Moore picked up his first outdoor win this season in the 400m hurdles at the Ole Miss Classic with a time of 52.02. Print Friendly Version Heat Sheets Aaron Johnson and Dominic McClinton will begin the competition weekend for the Cardinals on Thursday. They will open the decathlon at the Tennessee Relays with the 100m dash at 12:10 p.m. The decathlon will finish on Friday with the 1500m.last_img read more

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Intel workers have Android Jelly Bean on Atom phones

first_img Medfield refers to Intel’s low-power Atom chips. The Medfield processors presently used in smartphones are single-core Atom chips. There are plans for a dual-core Medfield chip later this year. This week, though, the buzz about Intel’s vision for smartphones centers on comments made at the Intel Developer Forum. Intel has completed an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) port for its Atom smartphone. Intel is porting the Android 4.1 operating system to work on smartphones and tablets using its low-power Atom processors, known as Medfield. The fate of this Jelly Bean and Medfield courtship now rests with carriers, though, and not with Intel. Carriers and phone vendors will be the ones to sound their trumpets about Android 4.1 testing and deployment. Intel said that to date the Medfield-Android 4.1 build is complete and running on Intel workers’ devices–the employees, in codename terms, are using Medfield smartphones with Jelly Bean. The carriers will now take the phones and put them through “acceptance” testing.The smartphones that are based on a single-core Atom chip are being introduced to consumers through such names as Orange, ZTE, Lava International, and Lenovo. Motorola is expected to announce a smartphone based on Intel chips next week. Analysts have assessed the Motorola alliance as an important one for Intel’s smartphone prospects. The Google Motorola smartphone alliance represents promising returns for Intel. By backing and contributing to Android, observers say that Intel can leverage the popularity of this operating system in order to get handset manufacturers and carriers solidly on board with the Atom platform. According to reports, Google’s Motorola has sent invites for an event to be held by Motorola and Intel on September 18. The event is the unveiling of a smartphone. Late last month, Google’s Motorola unit confirmed plans to release its first smartphone powered by an Intel chip in London on that day. Earlier this year, Motorola signed a multi-year, multi-device partnership with Intel to produce Android-powered smartphones and tablets built with Intel processors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Intel workers have Android Jelly Bean on Atom phones (2012, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-intel-workers-android-jelly-bean.html © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Intel watchers by now understand the quick version of Intel’s to-do list: Join and grow up in smartphone market universe, fire up Ultrabooks and, by both means, show better profit outlook. Intel needs to become a more credible brand behind smartphones as well as PCs, and a lot of the creds will now depend on Medfield, the SoC behind its foray into the smartphone market against rival ARM. Explore further Motorola pledges to use Intel chips in smartphoneslast_img read more

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Avail this Massive Price Drop Offer On The CompTIA IT Certification Bundle

first_imgExpand your IT skills with this amazing CompTIA IT Certification Bundle It will help you ace the certification exams that you have been trying to ace for so long. Wccftech is offering an amazing discount on the bundle and it will help you achieve your goals quickly and at a very low price. The bundle includes 3 very comprehensive courses that will prep you for the CompTIA certification exams.CompTIA IT Certification Bundle featuresWith this bundle you will be able to master subject matter in different areas like networking, preventive maintenance etc. By the time you are done with these courses, you will be surprised by how much you have mastered in such a short span of time. Here are highlights of what the bundle has to offer: Course 1: CompTIA A+ 220-902Learn IT fundamentals such as how to install & configure hardware like PCs and laptopsUnderstand basic networking principlesCourse 1, CompTIA A+ 220-901Understand how to install & configure PC operating systemsSet up common features for Android & iOS, such as network connectivity and email Course 2: CompTIA N10-006: CompTIA Network+Earn technical competency in networking administration & supportLearn about network topologies & media, IT protocols & standards, etc.Master security, safety & environmental issues, and other domains of IT knowledge Course 3: CompTIA SY0-401 or JK0-018: Security+Learn security concepts pertaining to communications, infrastructure, cryptography & moreEarn a valuable, highly-regarded credentialThe bundle is brought to you by Vizual Coaching Academy. It is an online portal dedicated to training and coaching individuals interested in areas ranging from IT to cooking. It offers video tutorials that make it easy for students to digest the information easily and effectively.Details & RequirementsLength of time users can access this course: 12 monthsAccess options: web streamingCourse completion certificate includedRedemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchaseExperience level required: all levelsCompatibilityInternet requiredWindows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, AndroidOriginal price CompTIA IT Certification Bundle: $1,077Wccftech Discount Price CompTIA IT Certification Bundle: $39 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Business is booming for Cyprus first caviar producer

first_imgA 300-year-long family history on the flanks of the Troodos, skills gleaned through generations of catching crab and eel in the year-round waters of the Kouris river, plus the inspiring story of Catherine the Great’s favourite Greek mariner, Ivan Varvarakis, account for the creation of The Land of Dreams, one of the most innovative and unlikely businesses launched in Cyprus in recent years.“This land has been ours for centuries,” says 41-year-old Andreas Christofi, a graduate of the Agrarian Institute of Moscow’s People’s Friendship University and a fluent Russian speaker, when we meet amid the hills at his fish farm on the banks of Kouris.Stretching away behind us, several rows of interconnected, well-stocked ponds teem with sturgeon, that highly prized producer of one of the world’s great luxury delicacies – black caviar.At a nearby open-air, wooden pavilion, a Russian family is sitting down to a sumptuous meal. The centrepiece is a huge smoked fish decoratively placed in the middle of their table. Next to us, a group of anglers stand contentedly on the banks of a man-made lake, fishing rods in hand.Anglers fishing for sturgeon, trout and carp in the man-made lakeSturgeon, carp and trout abound in the lake waters, Andreas tells me, adding that the successful fisherman can opt to consume his catch or, in the case of sturgeon and carp, release the fish back into the lake. Trout cannot be put back in the water because they would not survive.Andreas quickly calculates the number of fish a group of four anglers can reel in during one session and how much their fishing expedition might cost them in all. When all is said and done, it’s a good deal, compared to some other places in Europe, he says.“All in all, it is not that expensive. It will feed their families. And they can be sure the fish they have will be the best in Cyprus,” he says. “Everything we feed our fish is best quality. We have to if we want to get the best results!”Andreas’ family has always been involved in some form of agriculture. They own the biggest stone fruit orchards in Cyprus. Their 25-hectare terraced farm is located in the mountain village of Trimiklini, half-way between Limassol and Troodos. Nowadays, the land is divided into two parts: the fish farm that Andreas has been developing gradually over the last five years and a huge orchard bountiful with apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples and pears.According to the story on the Christofi business website, the family fortune and its longstanding association with Trimiklini dates back to the time of their ancestor Charalambous, who in Ottoman times converted to Islam and changed his name to Ali. He did so, the story goes, in order “to protect his sisters” but in private he remained a practising Christian.Charalambous/Ali was obviously a very pious man. For example, the records of the Chrysoroyiatissa monastery show that he donated 622 grosia (15 kilogrammes) of silver for construction of its new church in 1770. One Christmas, Charalambous/Ali was discovered in Christian prayer and faced a death penalty. Luckily for him and the family, the sentence was commuted and it was his wealth, not his life, that was confiscated.Andreas Christofi, owner of the Land of Dreams, with a sturgeonUndaunted, Charalambous’ entrepreneurial spirit flourished as succeeding generations of the Christofis family rebuilt their enterprises and their fortune. By the 1930s, they were among the best known traditional grain growers in the area. It was then that Andreas’ great-grandfather decided to change the line of business and to focus on fruits instead – first by planting apple and citrus trees and later switching to stone fruits.“The land where we have the fish farm now was entirely covered in apricot trees,” Andreas says proudly. “Yet, even today, we are still the biggest stone fruit producers on the island.”Asked how the unlikely idea of breeding sturgeon and producing black caviar in Cyprus of all places first cropped up, Christofi points to his surroundings. Being raised in such close proximity to the island’s only river that has water all year round was, he admits, his main inspiration.“As a kid, I used to play a lot in the river. That was my entire life. I used to catch a lot of crabs and eels here and that’s how learned a lot about what the river can give you,” he remembers.Knowing how delicious smoked eel is, I can’t resist asking if eels can still be found in the Kouris. Sadly, he shakes his head.“The dam has changed everything,” he says. “Some people say you can sometimes see them but the truth is they cannot make their way upstream anymore to breed. So for the last three years, I haven’t seen any.”On graduating from high school, Andreas, unlike his friends who set off to study in Greece or the UK, decided to go in a different direction, a turning point that proved to be an important milestone leading to his eventual rendezvous with sturgeon.“I am a communist and I like all the things connected with Russia and the former USSR,” he confesses, “so I decided to go to study in Moscow. That was where I first heard about Ivan Varvakis, a Greek man who single-handedly changed the history of black caviar.”Caviar costs up to 1,400 euros per kilogrammeIoannis Varvakis, an 18th-century Greek sailor, served with distinction in the Russo-Turkish War, for which a grateful Catherine the Great awarded him unlimited and duty-free fishing rights in the Caspian Sea. Varvakis was to settle in Astrakhan and later in Taganrog. He invented a special waterproof timber box that helped preserve the freshness of the caviar eggs. On the strength of this, he went on to become the first major exporter of the so-called “black gold” from Russia to Greece. Such was his wealth that he also became a major benefactor for the cause of Greece independence. He died on the Greek island of Zakynthos in 1825.More than 100 years later, in 2012, the Greek movie director Yannis Smaragdis made a biographical film about his life entitled “God Loves Caviar”. The German actor Sebastian Koch known for his role in “The Life of the Others” played Varvakis.It was the Varvakis story that inspired Andreas to devote his spare time to start learning more about sturgeon and caviar.After graduation in Moscow, Christofi returned to Cyprus and started working at Loel, the renowned local spirit producer. Luckily for him, the company decided to send him back to Russia, in fact, all the way to the Krasnodar Krai in the northern Caucasus to study winemaking.Once again a fascinated Christofi set out to learn more about the ancient fish that is the source of the legendary “black gold”. And that led to a meeting with one of the world’s top experts on the subject of sturgeon breeding, Professor Mikhail Chebanov.Their friendship and cooperation remained intact over the years as Andreas made various forays into other, non-aquatic business ventures. After deciding it was time to part from Loel and go his own way, he acquired 200 hectares of land in Krasnodarsk Krai in the northern Caucasus, where he still maintains a fruit growing business. However, by 2007, Andreas decided it was time to return to Cyprus and he brought with him what amounted to a small gene pool of sturgeon, to see if it would be possible to breed them in Trimiklini.His curiosity and determination paid off.“By 2012, I had my first locally made black caviar,” he recalls with a smile. “Then it was just a matter of what to do in order to turn this achievement into a sustainable business.”Easier said than done especially since at the time Andreas was embroiled in an ongoing dispute with bureaucratic authorities about money owed him from the EU subsidies for another project he had been working on. This was the construction of the island’s biggest privately-owned water reservoir, which he had built to irrigate the family’s orchards.“It was my father’s dream and we did it,” he notes. Yet, whatever sense of accomplishment he might have had was dented, he says, by the experience which taught him to never again depend on bank loans or EU funding.Five years on and he happily admits this philosophy combined with the holistic approach he has chosen for his new business is finally yielding the results he always hoped for.Christofi is licensed to produce 20 tonnes of black caviar a year which, he says, is absolutely sufficient for his future plans and, given his current set up, would be hard to exceed anyway. Most of his clientele are Russians, many from the expat community in Limassol. Sometimes Cypriots and other nationalities also visit.The Land of Dreams, despite the name, is not a place you slip into. The services offered are bespoke and must be booked in advance.“Whether it is just fishing in our lake or having a meal or party here or just buying our black caviar – one needs to call us first so we can talk and decide together on what we should prepare,” Andreas explains.“Our guests can also visit our orchards and handpick fruits for themselves or they can place orders and have our fruit and vegetables delivered to their homes. For those wishing to stay overnight, we have luxury wooden cottages that can accommodate up to six persons, We also have a wood-fired Russian sauna, equipped even with traditional brooms.”Smoked sturgeon available at the Land of Dreams restaurantThe farm produces its own wines, continuing another family tradition that goes back hundreds of years but with the added benefit of Andreas’ studies in Krasnodarsk. And yes, on top of this and a special kind of Commandaria, there are also bottles of French champagne in Andreas’ fridge – a must in any establishment serving caviar.Ask about charges and prices, and Andreas points you to his Land of Dreams Facebook profile and the pricelists for fishing and meals (https://www.facebook.com/landofdreamscy/).The listing for caviar is enough to give pause, a timely reminder as to why it has been called “black gold”. A small 130-gramme can costs 180 euros. That adds up to 1,400 euros per kilogramme.So business is booming? He stops for a moment as if readying an answer.“Yes, if you ask me if my caviar sells, the answer is yes, absolutely yes. They are buying,” he finally answers.After all, if, as the movie title says, “God loves caviar”, you could always go back further in movie history and paraphrase some of those old cowboy westerns by yelling out “There’s (black) gold in them thar hills!”View from one of the luxury huts that are available to rent FISHING: Kiosk up to 8 persons (service, 4 sets of rods, net, fish tank) – 160 euroKiosk up to 16 persons (8 sets of rods etc) – 320 eurosCatch paid additionally:Sturgeon — 38 euros per kgTrout and carp — 25 euros per kgRules: you can release sturgeon and carp back to the lake but not trout so you have to pay for caught troutFOODMenu prepared as agreed by a preliminary callFISH:Sturgeon (hot smoked or grilled) —  55 euro per kgTrout or carp (hot smoked, grilled or fried) – 35 per kgTrout sashimi – 15 per personPlus other traditional home-made Cypriot dishesWood-fired saunaUp to 5 persons – 70 euro per hourMore than five – 100 euro per hourSet of sheets and towels – 7 euro ppNatural aromas — 10 pieceBrooms — 10 euro pieceCottage Rental300 euro per nightYou May LikeTymOut10 Tiny Countries with Least Population!TymOutUndoCollegebook15 Best Public Colleges In U.S.CollegebookUndoList Nebula8 Cutest Exotic Dog Breeds From Around The WorldList NebulaUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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