Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!

first_imgIf you’re in the United States, I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends. I spent the morning with a front row seat on Woodward Avenue watching the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person in Detroit, Michigan.What a great parade! I met so many families who came down to the parade for the first time. The kids sitting in front of me had fun watching the floats and catching candy from the parade walkers. Hope you enjoy these photos from the parade! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKicking off the Holiday at America’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeFor the third year in a row, I spent Thanksgiving morning with a front row seat on Woodward Avenue watching America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with thousands of other people in Detroit, Michigan. The floats were amazing to see, and as usual, the clowns were fun to watch! My favorite float…In “Miscellaneous”Celebrating the Holiday at the 90th America’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeIt’s our first year here. I can’t believe how much fun it is to see the parade in person! The young women and her husband sat next to me on the sidewalk along Woodward Avenue. We quickly exchanged names as we settled in to watch the parade. Her two young children…In “Miscellaneous”Celebrating the 91st Thanksgiving Day Parade in DetroitWhat a wonderful way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday at the 91st Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I woke up early this morning to claim my spot on Woodward Avenue, along with thousands of other Michiganders, to watch the annual parade of…In “Detroit”last_img read more

Fly the Flag for your Class of 2010

first_img24 August 2010Brand South Africa, as part of its “Legacy” campaign, has called on South Africans to “Fly the Flag” this Friday by doing something in support of the Department of Education’s Class of 2010 initiative.Brand South Africa’s Legacy campaign aims to leverage the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by providing platforms for South Africans to keep achieving and showcasing their “South Africanness” to the world, while entrenching the principles of pride, patriotism and solid citizenship that have been established over the past year.SA Legacy campaign explainedEach Friday for the next five weeks, “South Africans will celebrate all the things that make us who we are,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola told journalists at the launch of the campaign in Johannesburg on Monday.Each Friday will have a different theme, starting on 27 August with a call to Support the Class of 2010.With the countdown to this year’s final matric exams well under way, Matola said, “it is up to us to support our scholars.“Most importantly, we need to pledge to help learners realise how important their education is, but we can also give support by helping a scholar to write a study plan or assisting with revision.”Support your Class of 2010 – posterClass of 2010 Pledge – posterMatola said he himself had pledged both his and Brand South Africa’s support for the Class of 2010. “My organisation has dedicated Fridays to distributing stationery to schools, and donating 30 minutes of their lunchtime to teaching learners about post-matric career choices.”During the World Cup, Matola said, South Africans united in support of their team and their country, in the process learning a valuable lesson – “that together we can do anything we put our souls into.“If you pledge that same support to your Class of 2010, you can give them all the motivation and inspiration they need to succeed, not only in their final examinations, but also in life.”SAinfo reporterSA Legacy campaign: programmeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Oklahoma ~ Personal Income Tax: Earned Income Tax Credit Amended

first_imgThe Oklahoma General Assembly has enacted legislation that makes the state earned income tax credit nonrefundable, effective for tax years 2016 and beyond.S.B. 1604, Laws 2015, effective November 1, 2016last_img

Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by State Minister, the Hon. Richard Azan

first_imgMr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, it is with a great sense of gratitude and humility that I stand here today to make my contribution to the Sectoral Debate.Mr. Speaker, I am mindful of the many persons who have contributed to my being here in this capacity. I am thankful to many.To my family and extended family of the North West Clarendon constituency for just being there for me; they have given me the opportunity to be their representative and I am confident that both myself and the People’s National Party can continue to rely on them.I am also thankful to the members of my management team, fundraisers and supporters whose encouragement and strong support have strengthened my resolve and who continue to give of their time and resources.Mr. Speaker, I wish to say a special thanks to the Most Honourable Prime Minister, Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller, who through this appointment, and the special confidence she has placed in me, has given me another opportunity to serve the people of Jamaica.Thanks also to my Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, for his support, his steady leadership of the Ministry for which I am Minister of State, and for allowing me the latitude as Minister of State to discharge the functions assigned to me.To my Assistant, Secretaries, Driver, Security assigned to me; to my Councillors I also extend my appreciation. To the Permanent Secretary and members of staff at the Ministry who have provided support and guidance, to them I say heartfelt thanks.Thanks to the CEO, Directors, Regional Managers, Parish Managers and other staff of the National Works Agency for their support and guidance, especially during difficult periods. To the many agencies which fall under this Ministry and with which I interact from time to time, I say a big thank you.Mr. Speaker, there are a number of persons present in the House today, to whom I am grateful and I extend a cordial welcome to them and my thanks for their continued support.And Mr. Speaker,finally but most importantly I wish to thank the Almighty who continues to bless my efforts and help me to find peace and understanding and on whom I rely for my continued health and success.Mr. Speaker, my presentation this afternoon will focus primarily on the policies and programmes of the National Works Agency during Fiscal Year 2012/2013. However, before I do so, I would like to highlight some of the achievements of the North West Clarendon Constituency and the programmes that we have pursued during the period under review.Mr. Speaker, since being re-elected I am pleased to inform this honourable house that as a result of the policies and programmes of this government led by the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, we have been able to accomplish much…READ MOREDownload Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by State Minister, the Hon. Richard Azanlast_img read more

Actor Ethan Hawke calling for moratorium to oil exploration in Gulf of

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsActor Ethan Hawke is adding his voice to the Mi’kmaq call for a moratorium on oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Hawke will attend a water ceremony in the Mi’kmaw community of Paq’tnkek.“The Gulf of St. Lawrence is truly unique in its beauty, culture and biodiversity,” said Hawke. “”I feel it is important to support my east coast neighbours in their demand for a moratorium.”The event is an effort to raise public awareness of concerns over proposed drilling in the Gulf which is rich with fish resources.A coalition made up of Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, and Innu fishers has opposed oil exploration in a region called Old Harry – traditional fishing grounds for indigenous communities.Troy Jerome, Executive Director for the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, said the coalition’s calls for a 12 year moratorium have gone unanswered by government for the last two years.“We’ve been trying to raise public awareness across all the provinces,” said Jerome. “This affects everyone. So we’re trying to get more people mobilised.”Jerome said attaching Hawke’s name is already making a difference.“I’ve been on the radio and TV, newspapers for two or three years,” said Jerome, “I see this level of awareness now doubled with the interest. Adding his name brings us a lot of exposure.”Hawke owns property in Nova Scotia and, in 2011, worked with the Save our Seas Coalition and the David Suzuki Foundation, speaking out on dangers of drilling in the Gulf.A spill in the ecologically sensitive area would affect five provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec.Critics have argued the environmental assessment is inadequate.Jerome says First Nations have never been consulted.The goal of the moratorium is to allow time for a comprehensive review.The Gulf of St. Lawrence is one of the largest marine breeding regions in Canada, with more than 2,000 marine species choosing to spawn, nurse and migrate there year round.It is also home to endangered whales and hosts some of the largest lobster production in the world.Corridor Resources holds the licence to explore for oil in Old Harry. It expects to start seismic testing in 2016.troache@aptn.ca — with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Book on reconciliation by Jody WilsonRaybould to be released Sept 20

first_imgThe Canadian PressA book by former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will be released on Sept. 20, according to her publisher.The book, which is titled From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada, will be released by Purich Books, part of the University of British Columbia Press.They say in a news release that it’s a timely, forthright, impassioned and optimistic book for all Canadians.It urges Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to build on the momentum of the reconciliation journey or risk losing progress.Wilson-Raybould is now an Independent MP for Vancouver Granville and has served as a British Columbia regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, in addition to her roles as minister of justice and attorney general for Canada.Purich Books says Wilson-Raybould, also known by her Kwak’wala name of Puglaas, draws on her speeches and other writings for the book.Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who’s a law professor at Allard Law School at UBC and the director of the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, calls the book a must-read.“Puglaas shares a clear understanding of where we have come from, the issues we must address, and the pathways to a transformed future,” she said in a statement.“Having witnessed her remarkable courage and capacity as Canada’s attorney general and her determination to do what is right without succumbing to unrelenting political pressure, Puglaas stands tall among Canadians as a person for whom truth, thoughtfulness, and principle are not mere words _ but values to sustain a different kind of policy and politics.”Wilson-Raybould served as Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled her to the portfolio of veterans affairs in January.She later revealed she thought the decision to move her out of Justice was motivated by her refusal to intervene in the criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. She ultimately resigned from cabinet.Trudeau denied any wrongdoing but conceded there was an “erosion of trust” between his office and Wilson-Raybould.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Notley to skip premiers conference so she can focus on pipeline deal

first_imgKinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline on getting those guarantees.Oates says that with 10 days remaining before the deadline, Notley’s only priority is working with the federal government and Kinder Morgan to work on a deal.Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman will be attending the conference on Notley’s behalf.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) EDMONTON, A.B. –  There won’t be any fireworks between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia at the Western premiers conference this week, because Alberta Premier Rachel Notley isn’t going.B.C.’s John Horgan and Notley, who have butted heads over the Trans Mountain pipeline project, were both scheduled to be in Yellowknife at the conference, which starts Tuesday.But Cheryl Oates, a spokeswoman for Notley, says in an email Monday afternoon that Notley will be staying in Alberta to complete a deal to secure the construction of the pipeline.last_img read more

SuperPark Society to make special announcement at carnival on Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace SuperPark Society will be making a big announcement at a family-friendly carnival event that is open to the public this weekend.SuperPark Society president Jaandi Roemer said that the carnival is going to be held on Saturday, June 16th. The carnival will feature animals and pony rides courtesy of a donation by Heartbreak Acres. The carnival will also feature a number of other kid-friendly games and activities, as well as a barbecue.Roemer said that the Society will also be selling legacy tiles for $20 that will feature the handprint of every donor to the Society’s planned indoor inclusive playground. Roemer also said that the Society will be making a special announcement at 12:00 p.m. at the carnival. The carnival is taking place at 8162 100th Ave. from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 16th. Admission is $5.00, while kids under one and adults get in free.For more information, contact Roemer via email at npsuperpark@gmail.com, or reach the SuperPark Society via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/npsuperpark/.last_img read more

Regional District to begin cracking down on landslide evacuation order violations

first_img(b) interferes with or obstructs any person in the exercise of any power or the performance of any duty conferred or imposed under this Act.(2) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to both imprisonment and fine.It is strongly recommended that any residents who have not left the Evacuation Order area leave for their own safety.  If you wish to leave the PRRD will make arrangements to pick you up.  Call 250 784-3200 24 hrs a day.”Earlier this afternoon, the PRRD issued it’s sixth evacuation order since the landslide first began on September 30th. FORT ST, JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says that it will begin cracking down on anyone that violates the evacuation orders that have been issued for areas around the community of Old Fort.In an update late this afternoon, the PRRD said that additional cracking and movement on the slide has resulted in the Peace River Regional District Board issuing the following statement:“An Evacuation Order for the Old Fort Landslide was issued on October 7, 2018 and expanded on October 11, 2018.  Pursuant to the Evacuation Order and the powers available under the Emergency Program Act to control or prohibit movement during a state of local emergency, THE PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT WILL NOT TOLERATE ENTRY INTO THE EVACUATION ORDER AREA EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 12, 2018 AT 6:00 AM.EMERGENCY PROGRAM ACTPart 3 — Emergencies, Disasters and Declared EmergenciesSection 27(1) A person commits an offence who(a) contravenes this Act or the regulations, orlast_img read more

Adah Sharma in film on sex reassignment surgery

first_imgMumbai: Actress Adah Sharma is thrilled about playing a man in a comedy film on sex reassignment surgery. The story of the film, “Man to Man”, revolves around actor Naveen Kasturia’s character falling in love and marrying Adah’s character and later realising that she was biologically a man and became a woman after going through a sex reassignment surgery. “I try to pick different characters from my debut ‘1920’ to ‘Commando 2’ and ‘Commando 3’. This is the first time I’m playing a guy,” Adah said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Naveen said it’s the right combination of entertainment and a social message. “This film is a very different and an interesting take on the burning issue of gender acceptance.” It has been written and directed by Abir Sengupta. Sengupta said: “Working with Adah and Naveen has been a phenomenal experience. I am sure that the audience will not just get entertained but will also take back the message that I am trying to convey through the film.” Jay Sahni, owner of Vivid Arthouse, has joined hands with Sengupta and Anushree Mehta of Anushree Abir Entertainment to produce the film.last_img read more