Canada welcomes any US help on dispute with China says rural minister

OTTAWA — A Nova Scotia cabinet minister says the federal government would welcome any help the United States could offer in helping Canada in its ongoing dispute with China.“I would say that it would be helpful, for sure,” Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan said in an interview.“It’s different times now in the world than we’ve faced even four years ago. We see challenges all around the world. And we will continue, as a government, to stand up for our Canadian products.”China has suspended Canadian imports of pork and canola from two Canadian companies in each industry as part of escalating tensions following the December arrest of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant alleging fraud.Meng’s arrest infuriated China.Nine days after her arrest, China imprisoned two Canadians — ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor — and accused them of violating China’s national security.A senior Canadian official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, said Canada is working with all allies — including the U.S. — to pressure China, which has always been the case.“It’s not a shift,” said the source.“For sure, we’re continuing to raise the issue with our American friends.”The halting of canola and pork imports has also raised the possibility that China could expand what is widely seen as economic retaliation into other areas.Conservative MP Randy Hoback recently told the House of Commons agriculture committee he’s concerned China might decide to single out Canadian maple syrup or seafood.Jordan said her Nova Scotia constituency is the largest lobster producing riding in the country, and not a day goes by without her talking to a fisher.In 2017, Canada exported 10-million kilograms of live lobster to China.Canada’s efforts to diversify its markets for seafood continue apace with the ratification of free trade deals with the European Union and the 10 Pacific Rim countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, she said.“Yes, China accounts for a significant portion of our lobster sales — our seafood, it’s not just lobsters. But I think with the ability for us to open up Europe, our ability to open up other Asian markets, there is that potential to make sure that those challenges are mitigated.”Jordan stressed there has been “absolutely no indication” of any movement by China to take trade action against Canadian seafood.While she offered few details of what contingency plans the government may have if the seafood sectors is hit by China, Jordan suggested the government would come to their aid if necessary.“We’ve worked with the canola farmers specifically on a package for them. I’m sure that when the time comes, if there’s a need, we will be there for our fishers as well.”Last week, the government came to the aid of canola farmers by changing a special agricultural program that will raise loan limits to $1 million from $400,000. The interest-free portion of that program is also rising to $500,000 from $100,000.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in a statement that the government wants to ensure producers “have the support they need” and officials are “dealing with issues that arise on a case-by-case basis.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more

President meets Prime Minister and Speaker for talks

President Maithripala Sirisena met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for talks today.The meeting was expected to focus on the political situation in the country. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) have been discussion the possibility of going solo. (Colombo Gazette)

Speeders not welcome in Villa Nova

This will be a good summer to respect the speed limit in Villa Nova.Last October, Norfolk OPP monitored traffic through the hamlet, east of Waterford, and concluded there was a problem with speeders. Focused patrols were dispatched and tickets were issued.The OPP did the same in February and wrote even more tickets.Despite that, residents are angry with scofflaws who blow through the village as if they are on Highway 401. They took it up with Norfolk’s Police Services Board this week. OPP brass in Simcoe agree there is a problem.The PSB received a petition with 21 signatures calling for a crackdown.“There are a number of children that want to ride their bikes on the sidewalks but are afraid to because of the speeders,” the petition says. “We do not feel safe going for a walk because (speeders) will blow your hat off.“Nor do we walk out with our babies in strollers. We might get hit. The worst times are at your shift change 11 o’clock at night and starting at 5 a.m. in the morning. The speeding is terrible at night but getting just as fast during the day. Could you please try to get this situation under control?”The petition was delivered by Villa Nova resident Bruce Thomson, who let the PSB know that he and his neighbours are unhappy and want something to change.Thomson said people know that anyone breaking the speed limit in Renton stands a good chance of receiving a ticket. He said he and his neighbours would like to see the same diligent policing in Villa Nova.“Villa Nova would like to have the same reputation that Renton’s got,” Thomson said. “I’m sick and tired of paying for police services I’m not getting.”Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said Speed Spy data from Villa Nova suggests the problem is with westbound drivers. Norfolk County recently spent $63,500 on electronic speed-watch signage. When the devices arrive, Varga said Villa Nova will be a good candidate for posting.The speed limit on Thompson Road East in Villa Nova is 60 km-h.Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus, a council appointee to the PSB, said residents of Lynnville had a similar problem several years ago.The solution, Columbus said, was to turn the main intersection in Lynnville into a four-way stop. Columbus will check with Norfolk public works to determine whether Villa Nova might benefit from traffic-calming measures.“Your situation in Villa Nova is no different than what we have in other hamlets,” Columbus told read more

Anna Cataldi UN Messenger of Peace visits Afghanistan

Ms. Cataldi, who arrived in Kabul yesterday, will visit UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) and non-governmental demining sites in and around the Afghan capital and in four other provinces.She is scheduled to leave Afghanistan on 12 May. In “Letters from Sarajevo,” the Italian author chronicled the impact of war on Bosnia’s children. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1998, Ms. Cataldi initiated a project to create and distribute a version of the Declaration for children.The other UN Messengers of Peace include former champion boxer Muhammad Ali of the United States, film and television actor-director Michael Douglas of the United States, former international tennis star Vijay Amritraj of India and conservationist and anthropologist Jane Goodall of the United Kingdom.The others are singer-composer Enrico Macias of France, classical and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis of the United States, former Italian-born opera star Luciano Pavarotti and writer and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel of the United States. read more

Uganda must improve the lives of children to consolidate its progress –

Speaking on the occasion of Mr. Museveni’s inauguration to his third term as elected President on Friday, UNICEF Representative in Uganda Martin Mogwanja praised the policies and legislation that had resulted in an increase in primary school enrolment from 3 million in 1997 to 7.3 million in 2005.He also hailed the “reversal in HIV prevalence from a high of over 20 per cent in 1995 to 6.4 per cent last year, and the rise in immunization coverage, including for measles, to over 80 per cent compared to 40 per cent a decade ago.”Progress has been less marked, however, in addressing the needs of approximately 3.3 million children living in 19 disadvantaged districts where health, education, safe water and other indicators are consistently lower than averages for the other 50 districts, Mr. Mogwanja said.Malaria remains the largest single cause of child mortality. High initial enrolment in primary education has not been sustained, with only 27 per cent of girls and 30 per cent of boys completing the primary school cycle, he said.In the north, the 20-year armed conflict has displaced 1.7 million people, including 935,000 children, from their homes into approximately 230 camp settlements, he said.Mr. Mogwanja stressed that the installation of the new government offers a chance to take action on fresh ideas to enable the most vulnerable children in the most disadvantaged communities to realize their rights to survive, develop, be protected and to participate in decisions affecting their lives.UNICEF has received just over two thirds of the $16.8 million for its programmes to benefit Ugandan children this year. read more

Johnson Johnsons Q3 net income drops 7 per cent as increased costs

Johnson & Johnson’s Q3 net income drops 7 per cent as increased costs offset sales growth Johnson & Johnson’s third-quarter profit fell 7 per cent as increased research and production costs offset higher sales for its medicines and medical devices and new revenue from its biggest acquisition ever.The maker of Tylenol, baby shampoo and prescription drugs said Tuesday that its net income was $2.97 billion, or $1.05 per share. That’s down from $3.2 billion, of $1.15 per share, in 2011’s third quarter.Excluding one-time charges for research, the acquisition and litigation, earnings were $3.5 billion, or $1.25 per share.Revenue rose 6.5 per cent to $17.05 billion, boosted nearly 6 per cent by sales from Synthes Inc., a maker of surgical trauma equipment and orthopedic implants that J&J bought for $19.7 billion in June.The results beat Wall Street expectations for earnings of $1.21 per share on revenue of $17.01 billion.J&J, based in New Brunswick, N.J., raised the high end of its full-year profit forecast and now expects earnings per share of $5 to $5.10, excluding one-time items. That’s up from its July forecast of $5 to $5.07.J&J’s stock rose 80 cents to $69.40 in premarket trading.“Our third-quarter results reflected continued sales momentum driven by strong growth of key products, successful new product launches, and the addition of Synthes to our family of companies. We advanced our pipelines with regulatory approvals for a number of new products, the submission of several new drug applications and the completion of several strategic collaborations,” CEO Alex Gorsky said in a statement.Sales of medical devices and diagnostic equipment, which is J&J’s biggest division and now includes the Synthes business, jumped 12.5 per cent to $7.07 billion.Prescription drug sales climbed 7 per cent to $6.4 billion.But sales of consumer health products fell 4.3 per cent, to $3.58 billion. They continue to be weighed down by about 30 product recalls since September 2009. That’s kept many of its nonprescription medicines off store shelves as J&J rebuilds one factory from the ground up and upgrades another under heavy scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration.J&J’s U.S. sales rose 13 per cent to $7.79 billion, while sales in other countries inched up 1.4 per cent to $9.26 billion. The company noted that unfavourable currency exchange results reduced total revenue by 4.3 per cent. by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 8:43 am MDT read more

TMX Group to cut 100 positions as it integrates Alpha CDS into

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2012 5:05 pm MDT TMX Group to cut 100 positions as it integrates Alpha, CDS into organization TORONTO – TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X) plans to cut 100 jobs over the next 12 months as part of its integration of a clearing house and rival exchange it acquired as part of a takeover by a group of Canadian financial services players.The stock exchange operator’s president and chief executive, Thomas Kloet, announced the job cuts on Friday in a quarterly conference call with analysts.“Corporate support functions are now in the process of being integrated across the companies which will deliver both operational efficiencies and cost savings,” he said.TMX Group had about 1,300 employees overall at the end of September, including about 400 that recently joined the Toronto-based company, mostly from the takeover of the Alpha Exchange and CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc.Some of the positions being eliminated are currently vacant, but the company declined to quantify how many of the job cuts come from existing employees, though it said affected employees have already been notified.Kloet said the top priority for TMX Group in the coming months will be combining the operations of the new businesses into the overall organization.TMX Group acquired Alpha and CDS as part of a larger deal that saw the Maple Group, a consortium of Canadian banks, pension funds and investment firms, become the largest shareholder block at the company, which owns the Toronto Stock Exchange and other financial exchanges.Two senior executives at Alpha Group resigned about six weeks after it was acquired with Alpha CEO Jos Schmitt and chief listings officer Randee Pavalow departing Oct. 31.“Ultimately all of the changes we are making are intended to improve execution, enhance efficiency, and allow us to deliver greater value to our customers,” Kloet said.“Achieving the right organizational structure and cost base will position us to fund the future innovations needed to be the most effective business partner possible for our customers and all our stakeholders.”In submissions to regulators reviewing whether the Maple takeover of TMX should be allowed, the group argued that a strong Canadian backer would help position the stock exchange operator as a global buyer of other exchanges rather than an acquisition target itself. Prior to the Maple takeover, TMX had been in talks to be acquired by the operators of the London Stock Exchange.But TMX Group has been hit recently by lower equities trading volumes and a decline in new listings as stock markets are hammered by pessimism on the global economy.Shareholder Thomas Caldwell said the company’s moves to get a handle on costs fall in step with keeping the bottom line in check.The TMX Group “has a very good product range,” he said.“The model is good, the diversity of revenues is good, but you can be the best in the world … but if volumes are sinking underneath you, you have to keep grinding on the cost side.”TMX released its third-quarter earnings on Friday, the first earnings report since it began restructuring after the Maple Group acquisition. The company posted a $15.3 million profit in the period, or 53 cents per share, attributable to shareholders.The results compared to a $13.3 million loss in the year-ago period, equal to a loss of $109.79 per share when the company was known as TMX Group Inc.The drastic difference in per share amounts includes a change in the weighted average of shares outstanding as well as a combination of the results of the former TMX Group Inc. and both of the acquisitions for the last two months of the quarter.The earnings include 14 cents per share of costs related to the Maple process and 18 cents per share related to the acquisition.Revenue was $113.4 million over the two months following the reorganization, while for the full three-month quarter before the acquisitions were included in the results, TMX Group Ltd.’s revenue was $162.3 million.Compared to a year earlier, revenue was down about three per cent from when the original TMX Group Inc. alone generated $167.8 million of revenue.During the most recent quarter, revenue was hit by lower issuer services, cash market trading, derivatives trading and clearing and technology services, but was largely off by some new sources of revenue related to its recently-acquired businesses.“It appears that global economic recovery remains fragile, moving at what some would call a ‘glacial’ pace,” Kloet said.“It is also evident that this situation is having a pronounced impact on companies that are looking to go public, and equity investor confidence. We are finding that company interest is good, however market conditions are most definitely holding some new issuers back.”Revenue from the Alpha trading business was $3.2 million from the months of August and September while revenue from CDS contributed $14.8 million over the same two months.National Bank analyst Shubha Khan said that TMX Group will face a difficult climate for at least another year. The economy is expected to grow at a snail’s pace, which should keep companies that are considering a public listing particularly cautious.Shares in the company fell 28 cents to $48.38 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Christine Sinclair probably wont play forever So appreciate her now

In today’s Big Story podcast, Canada’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup is today. And, as usual, the best player on the pitch will be Christine Sinclair. At age 36, she’s still the undisputed leader of her team, one of the very best women in the world at what she does and, right now, just a handful of goals away from becoming international soccer’s all-time leading goal scorer—for either gender.So why isn’t she automatically included on the Mount Rushmore of Canadian sports legends? How has she managed to spend nearly 20 years adapting to whatever style the game or her opponent throws at her? When she does open up, what is she like? And will she finally lead Team Canada to the top of the mountain eight years after dragging it out of the valley?GUEST: Stephen Brunt, SportsnetAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at BROWSE christine sinclair | The Big Story Podcast read more

Region 8 plane crash Pilots body recovered autopsy expected in Georgetown

The body of the 41-year-old pilot who was killed in Sunday’s plane crash in Region Eight was this morning recovered, according to the Guyana Defence Force’s Communication Officer, Major Earl Edgehill.DEAD: Captain Imran KhanEdgehill has further confirmed that Captain Imran Khan’s body has left Mahdia for Ogle by air and an autopsy is expected to be conducted upon reaching Georgetown.Inews had previously reported that on Sunday last, the aviation fraternity was thrown into yet another state of mourning after receiving news that Captain Imran Khan had lost his life when the Cessna 206 (8R-GFM) aircraft he was piloting went down some three miles west of Mahdia in Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni).The 41-year-old Captain of Essequibo Coast, Region Two, had been attached to Air Services Limited, and was flying from Chi-Chi to Mahdia when his aircraft went down.The Cessna 206 8R-GFM that Captain Khan was flying before it crashed Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPilot dies after plane crashes over MahdiaAugust 28, 2017In “latest news”Pilot killed in recent plane crash laid to restAugust 30, 2017In “latest news”Parts from recent plane crashes heading overseas as investigations continue- GCAASeptember 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

Car insurance premiums for female drivers set to soar after December

first_imgFEMALE DRIVERS MAY face considerable increases in their car insurance premiums after December this year thanks to European Commission guidelines on gender discrimination.The guidelines, published in January, mean that from 21 December, insurers will not be allowed to take gender into account when calculating premiums and benefits.Speaking to, Miriam O’Neill of AA Ireland said the new directives are “unfair and harsh”, particularly on young female drivers who could see their premiums soar as much as 50 per cent.“This will definitely have an impact on young female drivers even though it’s well known that young male drivers are the highest risk,” she said.Young male drivers, on the other hand, are in luck as their premiums will be mixed with those of female drivers and charged equally.O’Neill said the new rules are not “distinguishing between quality” of drivers as young men have a considerably higher risk of crashing their car.“Quite a shock”In the next few weeks people will begin to receive their insurance renewal notices and will start to realise the effects of the new rules.“It will be quite a shock for a lot of people as people might have only a vague awareness of it now,” O’Neill said. “I think the responsibility now lies with insurers themselves to make customers aware of the changes.”While young female drivers will see their premiums rise, the Commission’s directives will have a knock on effect on parent’s pockets as well. Parents who have adult children as named drivers will see their sons saving them money on insurance and their daughters costing them.AA Ireland said it has been working “behind the scenes” in preparation for 21 December and aims to soften the blow for drivers.“We’re definitely looking at proposals for young drivers to moderate the effect, particularly for female drivers,” O’Neill said. “Drivers should also shop around to make sure they get the best deal and look for group schemes to join.”“By and large drivers will be shopping around more and more which will put pressure on insurance companies to provide good deals,” she said.Read: Insurers’ index shows Waterford drivers get cheapest premiums>AXA pilots ‘big brother’-style car scheme>last_img read more

The Shaving Helmet will idiotproof your crew cuts

first_imgMaintaining a nice, perfectly shaved head can be hard. Sure, you can swipe it up and down with a razor twice a day, but it’s only a matter of five o’clock before the follicular shadow starts sprouting in, throwing into sharp relief that which you would hide: the uneven distribution of hair follicles within the random Rorschach of your mail pattern baldness.There’s more than a few gadgets that have been crafted specifically to help you keep your head hairless, but what if you’re just too lazy or too busy to shave your head as much as you should. Maybe what you need is a Shaving Helmet, a piece of head gear that you can just slap onto your nogging to become fully shaved in just twenty seconds without nicks or cuts.Using a “four blade array of razors mounted on Teflon-coated aluminum rails” and slide up and down inside the helmet, the Shaving Helmet is fully automated. The side of the helmet even includes LED indicators that tell you when twenty seconds have elapsed, while the back boasts an automatic shaving cream injection pod to lather up your head in the middle of the cycle.As you can see from the video, the Shaving Helmet, while seemingly an absurd idea, actually works very well. It shaves a head clean without any cut or scratch marks. I’m impressed. Now if only this same inventor would get working on a pair of similarly purposed underwear and I might just have my girlfriend her Valentine’s Day gift.last_img read more

Chrome and Firefox play nice in WebRTC interop demo

first_imgMozilla and Google may compete for browser market share, but the two are of like minds when it comes to advancing the web through the use of open standards. Today, they took to the web to show off how WebRTC support in Chrome and Firefox is coming along — by participating in a video call together.Prior to the arrival of WebRTC, this kind of video calling was mostly limited to Flash-based implementations. Facebook has been offering something similar, too, but it relies on Skype to handle the calls. What Google and Mozilla showcased required little more than a couple dozen lines of JavaScript and a compatible browser — which at this point is pretty much limited to Chrome 25 or better and Firefox Aurora or Nightly.The demonstration call was also fully encrypted, and it’s certainly nice to know that WebRTC has been built with a focus on keeping the content of conversations as private as possible. The direct ones, anyway. It’s also going to pop up in more public places, like Google+ Hangouts and anywhere else developers want to offer a web-based party line.It’s no secret that both Google and Mozilla consider the web to be the platform of the future, and that could signal the end of the desktop app era. Even Microsoft has been spotted hedging its bets. Last year, a job posting revealed that the company was on the hunt for software engineers to pitch in on a Skype for Browsers project.Despite having ambitions on bringing its own VOIP app to the web, it seems likely that Microsoft will eventually support WebRTC in Internet Explorer, too. IE9 and IE10 are more standards-compliant than anything Microsoft has released before, and it’s hard to imagine the company taking a step backwards at a time when the rest of the web is moving away closed, proprietary software.last_img read more

Yannis Behrakis named Guardians Photographer of the Year

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Photojournalist, Yannis Behrakis has been honoured as The Guardian’s agency Photographer of the Year for 2015.Known for his work abroad documenting significant events including the Libyan crisis in 1989, along with wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, Somalia and Afghanistan, this time around the photographer was recognised for his work documenting events in his home country of Greece.Behrakis spent the majority of the past year travelling throughout the country and capturing images of the unfolding economic crisis and the thousands of refugees arriving on the shores.In an interview with The Guardian, Behrakis said “I have been covering refugees and migrants for over 25 years, but this year has been different: migrants are arriving in my homeland”.Another image taken by Behrakis of a Syrian refugee holding his children as he struggles to leave a dinghy on Lesbos. PHOTO: TWITTER/ @teacherdudeAlong with his moving photographs of refugees, his photos of the crisis are just as affecting, capturing the hardships of his fellow countrymen in a time of bank closures, capital controls, demonstrations and riots.For Behrakis it is clear that photography is far more than just a job, passionate about the medium itself and its power to “leave people speechless”.“It can send a message to the audience, make people cry or laugh or both. It can make people feel guilty – or give money for a good cause. And it can make people think twice before pulling the trigger…” he said.Behrakis completed his studies in photography at both Athens’ School of Arts and Technology and London’s Middlesex University.He has gone on to receive a number of awards, including European News Photographer of the Year by the European Fuji Awards, and News Photographer of the year by the Greek Fuji Awards, amongst others.Behrakis is not the only Greek photographer to receive an accolade this year however; Angelos Tzortzinis was recently named Photographer of the Year by Time Magazine.Source: Press TV/ Pappas Postlast_img read more

Cygnus Capsule Delivers Delicious Easter Feast to Space Station

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System On Friday, the Cygnus capsule arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) with all the fixings for an Easter feast and other supplies, including tiny flying robots and mice for a study.The Cygnus and its 3,450-kilogram (7,606-pound) shipment blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Wednesday, and completed its space journey in a day in a half, The Globe and Mail reported. On April 19, at 5:28 a.m. EST, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques used Canadarm 2, the International Space Station’s robotic arm, to capture the capsule, which carried food goodies and experiment equipment for the cosmonauts.The @NorthropGrumman Cygnus cargo ship was bolted onto the space station’s Unity module at 7:31am ET today while flying 255 miles above the Indian Ocean.— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 19, 2019For Cygnus’ trip, NASA packed more than 800 meals for the International Space Station’s six astronauts, including holiday choices of pork chops with gravy, smoked turkey, potatoes au gratin, apricot cobbler, and lemon meringue pudding. According to the CSA, some Canadian treats were also sent to the cosmonauts. Smoked salmon, maple cream cookies, and a bison chili that’s based on Saint-Jacques’ favorite family dish were also included in the Easter-themed shipment.The @NorthropGrumman Cygnus cargo craft has been maneuvered to the Unity module for installation. Watch live now on @NASA TV.— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 19, 2019Cygnus also delivered other key items to the International Space Station, including three free-flying robots that were designed to assist the astronauts, 40 mice that will be part of a tetanus vaccination study aboard the orbiting laboratory, and “smart shirts” and sample collection kits that will be used to collect data for a Canadian study on insulin resistance and arterial stiffening in astronauts.Canadarm2 berthing the Cygnus cargo spacecraft after capture this morning! // Canadarm2 amarre le vaisseau-cargo Cygnus après sa capture ce matin!— David Saint-Jacques (@Astro_DavidS) April 19, 2019The Cygnus capsule is expected to stay at the International Space Station until July. Once its duration at the orbiting laboratory is done, it will be released for a solo orbiting test conducted by Northrop Grumman.More on Antares Rocket Will Launch Cygnus NG-11 Cargo Mission to ISS Scientists Find the Universe’s Earliest Molecule in SpaceSpaceX Loses Falcon Heavy’s Center Booster Due to Rough Seas Stay on targetlast_img read more

BVI begins consultation ahead of hurricane reconstruction spending of 721m

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#BritishVirginIslands – January 17, 2018 – A recovery and development agency will be established to manage the $721 million dollars the British Virgin Islands Government has allotted to hurricane recovery in the territory.  Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee, Brodrick Penn on Monday assured residents that the sister islands will not be left out of the territory’s recovery plan.   In fact, the sister islands will be represented on the Recovery and Development Agency.The Agency will be implemented effectively to coordinate and enforce government’s five-year recovery plan for the British Virgin Islands and will be run by agents of the United Kingdom.  Public consultations in those outlying islands began on Tuesday.  BVI, a british overseas territory was hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Hurricane Maria in September 2017.#MagneticMediaNews#BrodrickPenn#BVIhurricanerecovery Related Items:#BrodrickPenn, #BVIhurricanerecovery, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

JAMAICA Heart Foundation concerned about marketing unhealthy food to children

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 30, 2018 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is expressing concern about the marketing of unhealthy products to children in Jamaica as the country grapples with a high level of childhood obesity.  Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (January 24) to mark Heart Month, Executive Director of the HFJ, Deborah Chen, explained that children are being targeted in advertising campaigns that are geared towards the purchase of food with little or no nutritional value.“If you pay attention to prime time television and other media, you would see that there are many ads targeting our young children.  The sugary, sweetened beverage is of particular concern, bearing in mind that added sugars have no nutritional benefit, so you may be getting the calories but not getting anything nutritious from them,” she explained.  Mrs. Chen pointed out that the obesity situation in Jamaica, which she said is largely due to unhealthy nutrition, is of particular concern as it is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs).She added that the rate of childhood obesity in Jamaica has increased, and it is now at a high of 30 per cent.  The Executive Director commended the steps being taken by the Government to address childhood obesity.  She said that HFJ welcomes the collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education on the School Nutrition Policy.“It will address what is being sold in schools and on the school campuses, and that should involve talking to parents and involving the whole family.  I’m sure some education will take place around that policy, as it is currently being worked on and to be implemented by the start of the next school year,” she pointed out.“We don’t wish to see our children of younger and younger ages having diabetes.  We don’t want to see diseases that are normally middle- and old-age diseases starting to get to younger people,” she added.  HFJ joins the rest of the world in observing Heart Month during February of each year, and the theme for 2018 is ‘Healthy Nutrition: Know Your Labels’.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Rash of blazes due to combating cold

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department was called to three reports of structure fires in an hour Saturday, two of which were the result of heating units turned on to combat cold weather.A fire in a chimney spread to an exterior wall at home at 2708 N.E. 58th St. at 2:41 p.m. There was no smoke in the house but three crews, two from Vancouver Fire Department and another from Clark County Fire District 6, had to pull apart some of the siding to put out the fire.“It was labor intensive,” said Vancouver Fire Capt. Kevin Murray of the effort to make sure the fire wasn’t smoldering in some unseen part of the structure.The home was briefly evacuated. All three fires occurred between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.Firefighters were first dispatched to Covington Commons, 9703 N.E. Covington Road, where a fire started by food burning on a stove extended into a nearby crawl space. Flames were visible from outside through a vent. Murray said the fire was quickly controlled and there was little damage.The final call was to a home at 3604 N.E. 149th Ave. There a space heater was sending out smoke. Firefighters were en route when they were waved off because the issue had already been remedied.last_img read more

Injured Hiker Rescued Near Girdwood

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers received a report of an injured hiker on Penguin Ridge, between Bird Creek and Girdwood in the Chugach Mountain Range, on Tuesday morning. LifeMed was unable to respond due to weather.  The Rescue Coordination Center did not have any air assets available until the next morning. According to Troopers, nearly 24-hours later, volunteers with the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group deployed from the Seward Highway as a Ground Rescue/Medic Team.  At approximately 5:00am on Wednesday, military air assets became available and extracted the two hikers from the ridge top.Seaman was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.center_img Ben Seaman, 22, of Anchorage, had fallen approximately 30 feet off of a ridge and injured his leg. Seaman was joined by one other hiker who was able to call for assistance. AST Helo 3 responded, but could not locate the hikers due to poor weather.last_img read more

How should Alaska evaluate Tier 3 water protection nominations

first_imgPhotographers take pictures of eagles feeding on salmon in the Chilkat River. The Chilkat River is one of four water bodies in Alaska nominated for Tier 3 protection. (Emily Files)People in four Alaska communities are trying to get the highest level of protection available under federal law for water bodies important to them. Outstanding National Resource Water protection, also known as Tier 3, shields waterways from any significant pollutants. But what happens with pending Tier 3 nominations is an open question.Listen nowThe pending nominations are for the Chilkat River in Haines, the Koktuli River in Bristol Bay, the Yakutat Forelands and the Chandalar River in Venetie.Nothing can happen with these applications because the state is still deciding what process it should follow to evaluate them.“It’s a complicated subject,” Michelle Hale said. She’s the director of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water.Hale and her staff are going back to the drawing board in their quest to determine how to deal with Tier 3 nominations.“These are questions that we have tussled with,” Hale said during a recent teleconference.The teleconference was arranged to gather public input on this topic. Hale also facilitated meetings in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks and has another scheduled in Dillingham.“We’re really trying to get input from people who are interested in this topic to help us move forward with a Tier 3 designation process,” Hale said.This isn’t DEC’s first stab at creating a Tier 3 evaluation procedure. Last year, the department decided Tier 3 nominations have such broad implications that the decisions should be left to the Alaska legislature. Gov. Bill Walker introduced legislation to that effect.“That legislation itself generated a lot of questions and controversy,” Hale said.Many people spoke out against it, saying the decisions would become politicized. So, Gov. Walker withdrew the bills. He said he wanted to incorporate more public input. That’s the incentive behind the teleconference and meetings DEC held in March.Before we get into the feedback DEC heard during the teleconference, let’s talk about what Tier 3 designations would actually do.The implications of Tier 3 protection help explain why it’s been so difficult for the state to settle on a process.The federal Clean Water Act requires states to have a procedure in place to evaluate Outstanding Water nominations. These protections go beyond what’s currently available in Alaska. In most Alaska waters, discharges that degrade water quality are allowed, up to a point. But if a water body gets Tier 3 status, the restrictions get a lot tighter. Only short term, temporary degradation is allowed.“The water quality at the time of [Tier 3] designation has to stay the same,” Hale said. “And that means additional pollutants, for example, a wastewater discharge stream, cannot be added to that water. And that creates a lot of the questions and a lot of the conflict that comes from the Tier 3 designation process.”There is already conflict in places like Haines, which would be impacted if tighter pollution restrictions were put on the Chilkat River. The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan (20 miles north of Haines and also neighboring the Chilkat River) applied for Tier 3 status. Village leaders say the protection would help secure the future of a vital salmon resource.But many people in Haines were upset by the nomination. They worry it could stymie economic growth by preventing development, including a potential mine that is in the exploration phase near the Chilkat River.“The process that we come up with needs to work well for all Alaskans and for all waters of the state now and in the future,” Hale said.The people on the teleconference weighed in on who should be allowed to nominate a Tier 3 water, what criteria should be used, and what the evaluation process should look like. One of the clearest messages those on the line conveyed was this:“We oppose legislative approval,” Verner Wilson from the Bristol Bay Native Association said.Wilson and others said they want DEC to make decisions on Tier 3 nominations, not the legislature.Hale said if Tier 3 decisions are left to DEC, it’s unclear how to pay for it, especially since the department has downsized due to state budget cuts.Hale said right now there are still more questions than answers. But she hopes the public input DEC is gathering will provide a clearer direction.Anyone can learn more about the issue and contribute their own input on DEC’s website.last_img read more

Cops crack septuagenarians murder case in Nalgonda

first_imgNakrekal (Nalgonda): The Ketepally police cracked the murder case of elderly woman, Syed Asha Bee (74), that took place at Korlapahad village of Ketepally mandal in the district on June 30, and arrested the accused Srinu, Anthamma and her sister Dhanalakshmi.On Friday, Nakrekal Rural SI Kastro Reddy producing the arrested before media at circle office in Nakrekal stated that business rivalry led to Asha Bee’s murder. Both Asha Bee and Anthamma were neighbours and have been running belt shops (liquor) for their livelihood for many years. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us In order to make her business flourish, Anthamma decided to terminate Asha Bee and in this connection, she took the help of Chintala Srinu and assured to waive his due Rs 5,000 in return. Implementing their plan, on June 30 at about 2 am, Anthamma and her sister Dhanalakshmi along with Srinu went to Asha Bee’s house and knocked the door. When Asha Bee opened the door, Srinu attacked her with an axe, while Anthamma slit Asha Bee’s throat with a knife. Ketepally police took up the case and investigated. They arrested the accused Srinu, Anthamma and her sister Dhanalakshmi on Friday and pulled the curtains over the case.last_img read more