Province Designates Protected Site

first_imgThe province is celebrating an important part of Nova Scotia’s shared history by designating a section of the Belleisle Marsh as a protected site. The protected section contains significant archaeological artifacts of early French and Acadian settlement before the deportation of the Acadian people in 1755. “Recognizing the importance of the Belleisle Marsh site helps ensure that it is carefully preserved and interpreted for the benefit of Nova Scotians and visitors,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Percy Paris. “The designation also enables us to promote its safe enjoyment.” The protected site is a 37-hectare section of Crown land located about 15 kilometres northeast of Annapolis Royal. “This designation is extremely valuable for the Acadian and francophone community because the site contains traces of settlement before the deportation,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Acadian Affairs. “The designation will help the community continue to preserve and promote its unique identity.” The Belleisle Working Group, consisting of community and government representatives, is developing a long-term management plan to manage the site.last_img read more

166 FIRs and DD entry registered for violation of poll code

first_imgNEW DELHI: A total of 166 FIRs/DD entry have been lodged by the Delhi poll authorities for violation of model code of conduct, till date. Out of which, 20 are against AAP (12 FIRs and 8 DD entry), 22 against BJP (12 FIRs and 10 DD entry), 8 against Congress (3 FIRs and 5 DD entry), one FIR against BSP and one against SP (1 DD entry), two against CPI (M) (1 FIR and 01 DD entry) and 112 (108 FIRs and 4 DD Entry) are against under the head of others/non-political. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSimilarly, till Thursday, a total of 3,12,048 hoardings/banners/posters have been removed in all over Delhi out of which 30,533 are removed from New Delhi Municipal Council, 43075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 2411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 130699 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 105330 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation respectively. Meanwhile, so far, 1361 bottles, 91 half, 139589 quarters of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 949 bottles, 1161 Half, 267806 quarters of Country liquor and 6797 bottles beer were seized.A total number of 934 FIRs have been registered in Excise Act and 931 persons are arrested in Excise Act. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFurther according to the poll authority, 337 FIRs have been registered under Arms Act, in which 379 persons are arrested and 1338.3431 Kg. Narcotics/Drugs are seized respectively. Till date cash of Rs 2,82,22850/- has been seized by SST/FST, 448 numbers of unlicensed arms/weapons seized and 2630 numbers of cartridges/explosives/bombs seized. Whereas, 4582 licensed arms deposited, 72493 persons have been booked under various sections of CRPC/Delhi Police Act, as preventive action measures.last_img read more

Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1503338 down 4087

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,033.38, down 40.87 pointsDow — 21,858.32, up 14.31 pointsS&P 500– 2,441.32, up 3.11 pointsNasdaq — 6,256.56, up 39.69 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 78.83 cents US, up 0.16 of a centPound — C$1.6484, down 0.22 of centEuro — C$1.4984, up 0.48 of a centEuro — US$1.1812, up 0.62 of a centOil futures:US$48.82, up 23 cents(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,294.00 per oz., up $3.90(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Figures unavailable from source.(Thursday: $22.567 per oz., $725.53 per kg.) read more

Minority women business creation jumps report says

NEW YORK — Minority women are starting firms at a pace more than double that of woman business owners overall, and nearly five times the pace of all company owners.That’s one of the findings of a report on women-owned businesses released Monday by American Express.The report found that the number of companies owned by women of colour grew nearly 43% from 2014 to this year. The number of new businesses owned by women in general grew by 21.3%, while companies overall grew 9%.Minority women own half of all women-owned businesses, AmEx found. Their annual growth rate between 2014 and 2019 was nearly double that of women-owned businesses overall — 7.4% compared to 3.9%.AmEx put its report together after analyzing government data including Census Bureau statistics on business ownership. It also analyzed national and local economic data to reach its conclusions.The growth rate for women-owned businesses overall is even more dramatic when looked at from a 1972 vantage point. That year, 4.6% of companies were owned by women. In 2019, women owned 42% of companies, or nearly 13 million businesses.Employment at all companies owned by women overall rose 8% from 2014 to 2019, compared to 1.8% at all businesses. Their revenue growth rate was virtually the same as all companies, 21% versus 20%. However, revenue grew at a faster rate at companies owned by minority women: Their revenue rose at a 6.7% annual rate versus 3.8%.Half the women-owned businesses were concentrated in three industries, AmEx found. The number of service providers like hair and nail salons and pet care businesses owned by women rose by nearly 30% between 2014 and 2019. Companies that provide services like home health care and child care increased by 14%. And woman-owned companies that offer professional, scientific or technical services, such as lawyers, bookkeepers, public relations firms and consultants also grew by 14%._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

US corporate earnings to take centre stage on stock markets this week

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. corporate earnings to take centre stage on stock markets this week by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 6, 2013 7:00 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market could be in for further gains next week as investors shift their focus from political wrangling in Washington to the start of a slew of fourth-quarter earnings reports.The Toronto market ended last week 1.82 per cent higher while New York’s Dow industrials plowed ahead 3.84 per cent after U.S. lawmakers reached an 11th hour deal to avert big tax hikes and spending cuts that were due to kick in at the start of the year.However, traders worry that U.S. budget talks could pose a threat to risk appetite for months.The reporting season kicks off after the close Tuesday when resource giant Alcoa Inc. hands in results that are expected to be an improvement from a year ago.“With the earnings season, I think most people expect it to be fairly decent,” said Andrew Pyle, investment adviser with ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“The economy didn’t fall apart in the fourth quarter of last year, in fact there were signs of re-acceleration in some sectors. I think most people are setting reasonable expectations because there are sectors where we will still see pressure, in the materials sector for example where Alcoa is going to launch from.”Alcoa’s earnings are eagerly anticipated since the aluminum company’s products are used in a wide variety of industries, everything from cars to appliances.It’s also viewed as a good indication of where the overall resource sector is at, an important consideration for a market like the TSX that is heavily weighted in favour of commodity-based companies.Analysts expect Alcoa to turn in earnings of six cents a share, a big improvement from the three cent a share loss the company posted a year ago and the 13-cent a share loss from the third quarter.The company has been pressured by a global manufacturing slowdown, and in particular by falling demand from China last year.Aluminum prices were weak during the fourth quarter, losing about about two per cent on the London Metal Exchange.Those lower prices were mentioned by ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service late last month when it placed Alcoa’s debt on review for a possible downgrade. It also cited the weak U.S. economy, the debt crisis in Europe, and slower growth in China.Beyond earnings, seasonal factors will likely play a role in market sentiment this week.“We’re partway through the period of seasonal strength,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“The intermediate cycle turned up in late November, early December and it probably has a couple of months to run on the upside.”At the same time, there is a feeling that while the fiscal cliff scenario was narrowly avoided last week, it won’t be long before other U.S. fiscal challenges pop up to test investor patience.For example, lawmakers will next be engaged in negotiations to hike the U.S. debt limit in early March.“And that is unfortunate,” added Pyle.“I think most individuals will view what we’ve just been through (last week) kind of it. That was a hurdle we had to cross, we’ve crossed and now it makes for smooth sailing where in fact, it’s not clear sailing, we still have other hurdles that you have to cross and that’s only one of them.”The U.S. Federal Reserve cast a shadow over markets last week that could carry on into this week.Minutes from the Fed’s policy meeting last month showed while policy-makers expressed broad support for the Fed’s plan to buy bonds to support the U.S. economy, there was a split over how long to continue the purchases.Some of its voting members thought they would continue through this year, while others thought they should be slowed or stopped before the end of 2013 amid concerns that the continued bond purchases, known as quantitative easing, would destabilize the economy.Meanwhile, it’s a light week for economic data this week.The major Canadian reports are December housing starts which come out on Wednesday. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is expected to report that starts came in at an annual rate of 195,000, down 0.6 per cent from the previous month as the feverish housing sector continues to cool.And on Friday, Statistics Canada releases the Merchandise Trade Balance for November. Economists expect the agency to report that falling commodity prices helped push the balance to a a deficit of $700 million, up from $170 million in October. read more

Outsider status politics shields Trump from House oversight

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s status as a Washington outsider fuels his fiery populism and also is helping to shield him from the scrutiny House Republicans are devoting to Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state.The GOP-led, subpoena-wielding Oversight and Government Reform Committee isn’t investigating Trump’s business dealings, his charitable foundation or his campaign’s ties to pro-Kremlin elements in Russia and Ukraine — all areas ripe for examination, according to Democrats, who’ve accused Republicans of targeting Clinton in a partisan attempt to influence the outcome of the election.“Where is our investigation of Donald Trump?” Rep. Elijah Cummings, the oversight committee’s top Democrat, asked at a hearing this past week. “The answer is obvious. The Republican frenzy is focused exclusively and obsessively on Secretary Clinton. And that is for political reasons.”But senior Republicans on the panel said Trump has never held a government job or been elected to public office. Any alleged improprieties are the jurisdiction of state or federal agencies, not Congress.The Oversight Committee operates in a “target-rich environment with lots of different investigative possibilities,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, acknowledged. Yet he said he’s unaware of anything Trump is alleged to have done that would trigger a probe by his panel.“We’ll know it when we see it,” Chaffetz told The Associated Press. “Thus far, I don’t think there’s anything in that realm that has this clear federal nexus that would really compel us to pursue it.”Chaffetz said an improper $25,000 check sent from Trump’s personal foundation to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is a matter for state authorities.Other allegations swirling around Trump and his campaign, such his refusal to release his tax returns and disclose his foreign business investments, are matters for the American voters to decide, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who heads the Oversight Committee’s government operations panel.“When we’re looking at government oversight, it really has to do with previous government actions,” according to Meadows. Trump, he said, “wouldn’t qualify for that.”The hands-off approach to Trump is in contrast to the Oversight Committee’s focus on Clinton, who served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.The FBI in July closed the agency’s yearlong investigation into whether Clinton and her top aides mishandled classified information that flowed through the private email server she used. FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s actions “extremely careless,” but said his agents found no evidence to support criminal charges.Angered by Comey’s decision, Republicans said Clinton lied to Congress about her handling of emails when she testified last October before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks. The GOP is pressing the Justice Department to open a new investigation into whether Clinton committed perjury as the Oversight Committee seeks to keep the matter in the spotlight leading up to the election.Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate whether the 2013 donation to the group supporting Bondi violated federal bribery or tax laws. The $25,000 contribution came after her office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University. Bondi’s office never sued Trump, though she denies his donation played any role in that decision.Trump later paid a $2,500 fine over the check from his foundation because it violated federal law barring charities from making political contributions.The AP reported last month that a firm run by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, but Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed the work under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The 1938 law requires lobbyists to register if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties, and to disclose details about their work, including how much money they spend and receive.Manafort and Gates said the registration was not necessary, though Manafort resigned his position with the Trump campaign. Gates is the Trump campaign’s liaison to the Republican National Committee.Trump’s apparent affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his call in July for Moscow to help find Clinton’s missing emails also have sparked concern. He later said he was being sarcastic when he said Russia should find Clinton’s emails.The top Democrats on four key House committees have asked the FBI to expand an ongoing investigation of cyberattacks against Democratic organizations to determine whether connections between Trump campaign officials and “Russian interests” may have contributed to the breaches.At a recent hearing on Clinton’s emails, Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee’s national security panel, lamented the zeal with which Republicans are pursuing Clinton. The hearing, Lynch said, was a “sad goddamned day” for the oversight committee.But Lynch told the AP that he had no interest in a congressional probe of Trump. There are higher priorities, he said, and pursuing Trump would be seen as an attempt to drag down the Republican nominee.“It’s bad enough what they’re doing with Secretary Clinton,” Lynch said. “I would not want to get into a quid pro quo type of thing. It’s beneath the committee.”___Follow Richard Lardner on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rplardner FILE – In this July 7, 2016 file photo, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, right, confers with the committee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Donald Trump’s status as a Washington outsider fuels his fiery populism and also is helping to shield him from the scrutiny House Republicans are devoting to Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Outsider status, politics shields Trump from House oversight by Richard Lardner, The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2016 9:59 am MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Nepal at UN stresses national ownership and international partnership for success of

Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji of Bhutan addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak “We have the capacity, resources and technologies to address [these] challenges and ensure prosperity and dignity to everyone,” said Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat in his address to the Assembly’s annual general debate, and added: “But we must muster the necessary political will to achieve this.” Speaking on the importance of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he reported that Nepal’s experience and success in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will inform its implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and that the Goals have been made a part of the country’s national development plans and programmes. Mr. Mahat also underlined that addition to national commitment, ownership and people-focused governance, international partnership is crucial to ensure the success of the SDGs. Drawing the Assembly’s attention to growing terrorism in the world, the Minister stressed that Nepal “univocally condemns” the scourge in all its manifestations and said that it is “frustrating” that the international community has not been able to agree on a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, and called on world leaders to provide the political will to accomplish this important agenda. Also, underlining that migration has become a defining phenomenon of the contemporary world, and that the movement of people brings both benefits and challenges, he said that proper management of migration can contribute to economic growth and development of both receiving and origin countries of migrant workers. He called for concerted efforts at the national, regional and global levels to ensure that the process of migrant employment creates a “win-win” solution for all. Minister Mahat also emphasized the importance of implementation of global commitments contained in various agreements and frameworks, including the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries, the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, and the Sendai Framework on disaster risk reduction. He also underlined the importance of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, called for its early entry into force and urged for special focus on climate vulnerable countries that are at particular risk of the effects of climate change. In conclusion, he expressed the country’s commitment to the UN and for its peacekeeping operations as well as underlined Nepal’s commitment to human rights, fundamental freedoms, and in particular gender equality and empowerment of women.Maldives Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim called for re-evaluating the gross domestic product (GDP)-based system used to classify States as least developed countries (LDCs), which confers special aid and trade benefits, warning that it disadvantages smaller countries with small populations. “The fact that we graduated from LDC status, does not mean that we have overcome our challenges overnight. Large-scale infrastructure – ports, hospitals, harbours – is still required across the entire Maldives,” he said.“Yet, the large scale financing needed for these projects is not readily available because the preferential and concessional arrangements for financing are lost after graduation,” warned, urging that the economic vulnerability of countries be included in the assessment system.“These limitations make it harder to maintain and sustain the development gains that enabled us to graduate in the first place.”Also addressing the Assembly today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bhutan, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, reminded delegations of the threats posed by climate change, in particular to the countries that are most vulnerable – the least developed, landlocked developing and small island countries. Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim of the Republic of Maldives addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak The Minister called on world leaders for renewed resolve involving all stakeholders at the national, regional and global levels to translate the global agreements into real and meaningful dividends for all peoples in all countries. Highlighting that Bhutan’s national development framework of ‘Gross National Happiness’ (GNH) is already aligned with the global development agenda, he underscored that the next decade will be critical as it will pursue the realization of poverty eradication, inclusive and sustained economic growth, self-reliance, and the eventual graduation from the least developed category. “We will continue to work in earnest to ensure effective implementation of the SDGs so that we succeed in achieving the transformation that we all seek,” he said in his address, adding that “in this endeavour, the role of [Bhutan’s] development partners is critical,” as Bhutan faces immense challenges as a least developed and as a landlocked country. Mr. Dorji further informed the General Assembly of the country’s commitment and contribution to conservation and preservation of the environment, protection of biodiversity and combatting climate change which he said have been widely acknowledged. In particular, he recalled that in 2009, the country committed to remain carbon neutral but in reality, it is carbon negative and it looked forward to ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change, at the earliest, upon completion of domestic procedures. In his address, Minsiter Dorji also noted the need for effective reforms at the UN so that it is “fit for purpose,” and underscored that the global body and its principal organs such as the Security Council must be reformed in keeping with contemporary realities to make it representative, transparent and accountable, and to enhance its legitimacy and credibility. Furthermore, expressing that peace and security are a shared concern and responsibility, he said that his country is committed to and supports UN peacekeeping efforts to maintain peace, protect civilians and to create the conditions necessary for lasting and durable solutions to conflicts round the world. read more

Savita inquest Jury given choice of two verdicts by coroner

first_imgTHE CORONER IN the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has summed up the evidence heard over the past two weeks and charged the jury, giving it a choice of two verdicts – a narrative verdict or a verdict of medical misadventure.The inquest, one of the longest in Irish history, was a fact-finding mission into how the 31-year-old dentist died on 28 October 2012. She was admitted to Galway University Hospital on 21 October with severe back pain when she was 17 weeks pregnant.Dr Ciarán McLoughlin told the jury that Dr Astbury admitted there were systemic failures in the checking of the patient’s vital signs during a period of her treatment over the next seven days. Another witness Dr Peter Boylan spoke of deficiencies in the patient’s medical management.Before discharging the jury, the coroner told the six women and five men that if they found the facts heard from witnesses – about blood samples not being acted upon and the “inordinate delay” in reporting back to the ward, about the conflict of evidence between medical and nursing staff which may not have occurred if there were separate notes and the systemic failures noted by Dr Astbury – to be deficiencies, they they could return a verdict of medical misadventure. He added that this does not infer civil or criminal liability.He described a systems failure as “one that could affect more people in the future unless rectified”.Addressing the controversial issue of Ireland’s abortion legislation, Dr McLoughlin said, “It is not for the court to advise the Oireachtas but they may take cognisance of these proceedings.”He described the Medical Council’s guidelines on abortion as “very brief” and in his first recommendation to the jury, he told them they could advise the council to lay out when exactly a termination can be carried out if there is a risk to the life of the mother.He said doctors who practice medicine in good faith should not have to labour under the threat of sanctions as severe as prison or being erased from the medical register, which puts them on a “path of ignominy and shame”.The coroner also gave the jury eight other recommendations which it can accept or reject. It also has the power to make its own recommendations. He said nursing and medical staff should keep separate notes on patients; treatment plans should be explained so they can be understood by patients and relatives; protocols for sepsis should be written by the microbiology department in each hospital nationally and communications between staff on call and those coming on duty should be improved by dedicating time to an official handover meeting.In his final recommendation, Dr McLaughlin recommended that no medical notes be added to the files of a deceased patient.Savita’s husband, Praveen Halappanavar, gave evidence on the first day of the proceedings and the 11-person jury has since heard from experts and hospital staff who treated the deceased. A total of 36 witnesses presented.Earlier today, Dr McLoughlin heard submissions from Mr Halappanavar’s lawyers and a response from the hospital’s legal team.On arriving to Galway County Hall, Mr Halappanavar told reporters today marks the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. This fact was also noted by Mr Gleeson during his application.The verdict is expected later today.Savita inquest: Key moments from Galway Coroner’s Courtlast_img read more

GFD URGES GOVERNMENT TO ENACT DISABILITY BILL, ADOPT POLICY

first_imgBy Saikou Suwareh JabaiThe Executive Director of the Gambia Federation for the Disabled (GFD), Mr. Ebrima Dibbasey, has appealed to the government to fully enact the Disability Bill and adopt the disability policy. This, he said, will be a milestone for the protection and development of disable persons in The Gambia.“As a disable community, we are really advocating for this because once the bill is enacted, a lot of issues are going to be based on the law,” he added.He noted that in the proposed bill, there are important provisions such as the establishment of a national disable council which will look into and address all issues regarding disabilities in the country.While commending the government for signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), he enjoined the state to further help the disable community by adopting the policy and the bill. “There are lot of improvements that need to be done and this is where funds and other resources should be allocated,” he added.The GFD Executive Director said addressing disability issues is expensive and thus needs concerted efforts. He said the annual budget allocated to the Department of Social Welfare for persons with disabilities is very minimal and thus needs significant increment in order to adequately address the funding gaps. He therefore called on the government, parastatals and NGOs to help persons with disabilities as disability is a human right and not a health related problem.Mr. Dibbasey lamented the discrimination against people with disabilities and urged parents to send their disabled children to school and desist from side lining them because of their physical condition.In July 2016, a two day sensitisation forum was organised by the federation to popularise the bill and policy and also find out what needs to be done to enhance the enforcement of these two documents.last_img read more

Royals Giants in for a wild finale

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night.As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 — just like the one 29 years ago when the Kansas City Royals won their only title.Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single — one of eight Royals to get hits in a seven-run second inning — and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop as the Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to tie the Series at three games apiece.Pitching with the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, 23-year-old rookie Yordano Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings for his first Series win.Jeremy Guthrie starts Wednesday night for Kansas City and Tim Hudson for San Francisco in a rematch of Game 3, won by Kansas City 3-2. Hudson, 39, will become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.last_img read more

Delta Day in Annapolis

first_imgBy AFRO StaffDelta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporate. (Courtesy Image/Logo)Every year during the Maryland Legislative Session, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated gather in Annapolis to meet state legislators to discuss advocacy and policy. The theme for the event, Delta Day in Annapolis, is “Sounding the Alarm in Annapolis: Impacting Legislation in Maryland.”  The day-long event scheduled for March 6 will be held at the Lowes House Office Building. Attendees can expect to hear from an array of panelists and engage in workshops focused of social change and policy reform.Among workshops offerings are:-The effects of Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Control;-Ensuring Your Voting Right and Gerrymandering;-Moving Towards a More Equitable and Inclusive Educational System;-2020 Census and the Affordable Health Care Act.last_img read more

GAIL to make Rs 5000 cr investment for construction of natural gas

first_imgKolkata: GAIL (India) Limited, the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company, is all set to make a fresh investment of Rs 5,000 crore for the construction of pipelines to supply gas and CNG in Bengal in the next 5-6 years. The project is being executed as a part of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Pipeline Project. A 555 km long pipeline will pass through eight districts in the state, such as Purulia, Bankura, Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah, East Midnapore and North 24-Parganas. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalS Bairagi, CGM (Marketing), GAIL, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an interactive session on ‘Gas Industry in West Bengal’, organised by FICCI at a city hotel on Wednesday. The project is expected to be completed up to Durgapur within July 2019, while it would be done up to Kolkata within July 2020. Gas pipeline will then go up to Haldia in East Midnapore. The projects will be done in various phases. Further project activities for execution of pipeline in Bengal up to Haldia and city gas distribution in Kolkata are also expected to commence shortly. The project will usher industrial development in the eastern part of the country by supplying environmentally clean natural gas to fertiliser and power plants, refineries, steel plants and other industries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBengal has significant natural gas reserves, which will boost the state’s economy and provide scope for huge employment generation in the future years, if explored commercially. State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra, who attended the programme, said that the city gas network and GAIL’s joint venture project will create more employment in the state. This will create huge employment in producing sector, consuming sector and infrastructure sector, which is the intermediation between producers and consumers.last_img read more

Why is the Creature from Alien on a 12th century Abbey

first_imgPaisley is the fifth largest city in Scotland by population and a place full of rich and interesting history. Paisley was an important center for textile production in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The city’s biggest claim-to-fame — giving it’s name to the well-known paisley fabric pattern — comes from this period. The pattern itself roots from the boteh symbol which was commonly used in traditional hand-woven fabrics in parts of Asia. Around 1800, the East India Company began importing shawls and sashes woven in Kashmir, India, where they were largely worn by men as ceremonial robes. The exotic designs were an immediate hit with fashionable women in Europe but these imports were very expensive. So replicas were manufactured in Scotland on mechanized looms, and the iconic paisley shape emerged.This historical city is full of intriguing sights, but among the many, there is one which overshadows them all — a gargoyle on Paisley Abbey which strongly resembles the alien predator of the 1979 Ridley Scott classic, Alien.The 12th century Paisley Abbey, Scotland.According to the BBC, a photograph of the gargoyle that went viral in 2013 on both Facebook and Twitter stirred a discussion about the origin of this Alien-like stone element on the ancient Abbey. What was its connection to the appearance of Scott’s creature which emerged in the 20th century?Glasgow Live reports that the Gothic spires and gargoyles of Paisley Abbey originated in the 12th century.Paisley Abbey Cathedral during winter.Gothic gargoyles were architectural carvings that guarded over Christian churches and cathedrals. They served both a practical and a spiritual purpose; their main function was as a decorative means of removing water from the roof in times when downpipes weren’t invented. But their grotesque appearance is because they were also mythical guardians that were considered to ward off evil.The interior of the church also contains various grotesque medieval figures.The Paisley Abbey “alien” gargoyle is a popular tourist attraction. Photo by Paisley Scotland /FLickr CC By 2.0The Paisley city tourist website reports that during renovation work in 1991, it was decided that 11 out of the 12 stone creatures adorning the abbey were in too poor a state to be restored after centuries of damage by rain and snow.The 12 Paisley Abbey gargoyles – the one shown top right in this montage is the only surviving original gargoyle, the rest were replaced in 1991. Photo by Colin CC BY-SA 3.0The minister of the Abbey, Reverend Alan Birss, stated that the gargoyles had to be removed due to their extremely bad condition. However, the main question is how did the Alien-like gargoyle end up in a place like Paisley Abbey?The sci-fi gargoyle adds a modern touch to this ancient church. Photo by Mark Harkin-Flickr CC-BY 2.0Above the arched doorways of Paisley’s Abbey sits the stone “Alien” which many assume to have been created as an honorable mention of the cult sci-fi film series. Mr. Briss explained to the BBC that they hired stonemasons from an Edinburgh company to make new the gargoyles.According to tradition, no two gargoyles can be the same, so each is the unique product of the mason’s imagination and personal influences. According to Mr. Briss, the Alien-like gargoyle was the product of one of the stonemasons inventive humor. “I think it was a stonemason having a bit of fun”Paisley Abbey xenomorph gargoyle. Photo by Mark Harkin-Flickr CC-BY 2.0And as for the BBC’s question of whether the creator was influenced by the film character, he replied: “Perhaps the film was fairly new when they were carving this and if he was thinking of an alien perhaps the alien from the film was his idea of an alien,” he said. Obviously, the Reverend is not an Alien fan, as the first movie was released a little over a decade before the renovation, in 1979.Oldest Castles From Around The WorldMr. Birss adds that the similarity of Abbey’s new gargoyle to the creature from “Alien” was noted on an internet search as early as 1997, but wasn’t so widely known about in the pre-social media days.Since the social media reveal of the “Alien” gargoyle, Paisley has seen an increased in tourists, eager to see the intriguing sculpture. It has become a feature on many sightseeing tours in Scotland.Paisley Abbey Church in the centre of Paisley, Scotland.Tourists, as well as journalists, are regular visitors of the Abbey, eager to see Lieutenant Ripley’s extraterrestrial opponent carved in stone.Fans of the Alien series would undoubtedly agree that this “modern” touch on such a sacred place as the Paisley Abbey is an appealing twist to the ancient gargoyle tradition that evokes fresh interest in a new generation of visitors.The Xenomorph on the side of Paisley Abbey. Photo by Paisley Scotland /Flickr/ CC By 2.0However, some consider this stone creation as far-fetched and disrespectful to its Christian precursors as symbols of reverence that guarded the congregation’s devotion to Christ’s principles.Read another story from us: The Severed Head of a Martyr now Displayed in an Irish ChurchNevertheless, the gargoyle is a strong enough reason to put the beautiful city of Paisley on your traveling list. Who knows, maybe one day this unusual addition to the sacred ancient building of Paisley Abbey will be regarded as a 21st century statement of a new chapter of the world’s cultural history.last_img read more

Dont downgrade Firefox 63

first_imgDon’t downgrade Firefox 63 by Martin Brinkmann on August 06, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: August 06, 2018 – 14 commentsMozilla plans to change the backend for the storage.local API to indexedDB from JSON to improve performance in Firefox 63. The migration happens in the background and Firefox users who run Firefox 63 should not notice any issues afterward.Problems may arise however if users downgrade Firefox to an earlier version or switch to a channel that is not yet at Firefox 63 or newer.The change will land in Firefox Nightly first and if users load the Beta or Stable version of Firefox with the Nightly profile, they may run into data regression issues with extensions installed in the browser.Mozilla revealed the change on the organization’s Add-ons blog that it uses to inform developers of extensions for Firefox about upcoming changes and new features.If your users switch between Firefox channels using the same profile during this time, they may experience data regression in the extensions they have previously installed.Mozilla recommends that users don’t downgrade from Firefox 63 in any form (be it by installing an older version and running it, or running an older version that is installed already using the same profile).How to find out if the data has been migratedYou can do the following to find out if the storage API has been migrated already to the new storage format:Load about:config?filter=extensions.webextensions.ExtensionStorageIDB.enabled in the address bar of the browser.Check the value of the preference.True means that the data has been migrated.False that Firefox uses the old format.Search for extensions.webextensions.ExtensionStorageIDB.migrated.If the Extension ID is set to true, the extension storage has been migrated.What you can do to re-migrate the dataMozilla published instructions on re-migrating the extension data should it not be there after the migration. Note that it requires quite a few steps including removing the extension from Firefox and reinstalling it.Open about:debugging and write down the extension ID (or remember it).Open the profile folder of Firefox by loading about:profile and there the open folder option.Open the folder browser-extension-data.Open the Extension ID folder.Uninstall the extension.Copy the file storage.js.migrated which you find in the Extensions ID folder to a new file and name it storage.js.Open the browser console by selecting Menu > Web Developer > Browser Console or by using the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-J.Install the extension again.The browser console should display a migration message. Wait for this to happen.Closing WordsIf you need to run different Firefox channels, use different profiles (and you can even run the profiles simultaneously). You can copy profile data from one profile to the other to create copies if you want to work with the same data set.SummaryArticle NameDon’t downgrade Firefox 63DescriptionMozilla plans to change the backend for the storage.local API to indexedDB from JSON to improve performance in Firefox 63.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Malaysia Airlines returns to Darwin

first_imgThe five services per week will add an extra 800 additional inbound weekly seats to the Territory. Malaysia Airlines has announced it will resume flights between Darwin and Kuala Lumpur, almost 11-years since the carrier suspended flights on the route. Malaysia Airlines is also the third international airline to serve Darwin, following Silk Air and Philippine Airlines. Additionally, the Chief Minister expects the service to strengthen ties with the growing Asia market and Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines returning to Territory skies.center_img Commencing November this year, the airline will utilise its B737-800 on five weekly services between the two cities. Source = ETB News: NJ NT Chief Minister Adam Giles said the airline’s return is a “great vote of confidence” and reflects ongoing work to attract international carriers.last_img read more

New travel boom destination – Puerto Escondido

first_imgThe tour is currently planned for this coming August from Wednesday 8 to 11.Spots are limited as tour groups are kept small to ensure the best travel experience. Please express your interest by Friday 8th June.This media tour is being organized by dHz Media on behalf of Vivo Resorts. In regards to editorial, please see some story ideas below: VIVO RESORT’S GROWS BY 350 PERCENT AS NEW CLUBHOUSE OFFERS MORE LUXURY – Since building its first condo building in 2012, Vivo Resorts has built 120 homes and offers luxury vacations for travelersVIVO RESORTS’ CLUBHOUSE OFFERS UNBEATABLE VIEWS: PERFECT FOR WEDDING – The Grand Palapa ballroom on the top floor of the new Clubhouse at Vivo Resorts is the ideal place to host a celebration for the ages. From every direction, there are gorgeous views to behold with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other.FARM TO TABLE DINING AT VIVO RESORTS OFFERS WORLD CLASS CUISINE – Regarded as one of Mexico’s top regional cuisines, Oaxacan dishes are extremely varied with exotic flavors that will excite even the most experienced foodies. Being one of world’s most biodiverse regions, Oaxaca cuisine offers an abundance of unique dishes that can’t be found anywhere else.RELAXATION AND LUXURY NEVER FELT SO GOOD – The addition of the Senses Spa by Elaina in the Vivo Clubhouse provides a tropical outdoor spa experience that cannot be duplicated.SAVE THE TURTLES – Among other ventures, the Vivo foundation supports a local orphanage, and local turtle sanctuary, which, in the past four years, has saved and released over 180,000 baby sea turtles. Media tour sample itinerary:Day 1: Check into your luxurious Mexican accommodation. Enjoy a welcome reception to kick off your trip learning about Vivo Resorts and all Puerto Escondido has to offer. Day 2: Take a tour of Vivo Resorts and clubhouse. Vivo offers oceanfront and mountain views with an open-concept design that brings fresh breezes and the sound of waves into every open space, emphasizing a connection with Vivo’s beautiful natural surroundings. Day 3 and 4: During the day, experience the authentic Mexican adventures Puerto Escondido has to offer. Activities will be confirmed according to availability and the story assignment. Day 5: Check out of your lovely accommodations and enjoy some last-minute sunshine before jetting off back home. Each trip includes flights to Vivo Resort, 5 days, most meals and activities. Plus-ones are welcome and will be offered a media rate. Please contact dHz Media for more details on media qualifications as space is limited.For more information on Vivo Resorts see website New travel boom destination – Puerto EscondidoNew travel boom destination – Puerto EscondidoVivo Resorts is planning our next luxury media tour to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca Mexico and would like to invite you along for a magical discovery tour. Imagine walking along the emerald coast, taking a dip in the crystal clear water or touring around the magnificent mountain side.The common quote after a Vivo Resort travel media tour, is “This was the best trip I have ever been on” and “I have made so many good connections and had such a great time”.Vivo Resorts is an exquisite luxury holiday destination located in Puerto Escondido and provides a non-over-commercialized authentic Mexican, Oaxacan vacation. The resort itself and Puerto Escondido are both must see destinations and have been ranked by the New York Times, National Geographic and Fodor’s Travels top best trips.Vivo Resorts is a luxury oceanfront gated community featuring both recreational properties and holiday accommodation occupying 75 acres of prime Palmarito beachfront at the southern tip of Mexico.The resort offers four condominium towers and a range of beach front villas perfect for all types of vacations. The luxury suites are fully equipped for singles, couples or families. A recent holiday trend seen at the resort, have been multi-generational family holidays.The resort features include:fully landscaped, open courtyardsspacious ocean-view balconiesan infinity-edge pool with swim-up bara $7 million, four-storey Vivo Resort ClubhouseSenses Spa by ElainaErnesto’s farm-to-table Oaxacan fine diningMezcalina’s sports loungeOcean view Fitness club & Yoga studio Source = Vivo Resortslast_img read more

McMichael Taylor Gray Appoints Managing Attorney

first_img October 11, 2018 638 Views Bankruptcy financial services Law legal McMichael Taylor Gray 2018-10-11 Radhika Ojha McMichael Taylor Gray Appoints Managing Attorney in Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img Atlanta, Georgia headquartered McMichael Taylor Gray has announced the appointment of Mark Baker as the firm’s Managing Attorney to oversee its Alabama and Tennessee operations.In his new role, Baker will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s bankruptcy practice and all legal matters related to the Tennessee and Alabama region.Baker joins McMichael Taylor Gray with 30 years’ experience in mortgage banking and creditor’s rights. Prior to joining the firm, he was the owner of Mark A. Baker Law, LLC based out of Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner at Johnson & Freedman. He also served as the Judicial law clerk to a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (L. Chandler Watson, Jr. (deceased), Northern District of Alabama.According to a statement by the company, Baker received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1979 and his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law in 1982. Baker is admitted to practice in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, including all state and federal courts therein, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.“McMichael Taylor Gray, LLC, is excited to bring Mark’s industry knowledge and legal mind to our team. We couldn’t be happier,” January Taylor, Managing Partner, McMichael Taylor Gray said. Sharelast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Kevin Ozier walked on to the Arizona State football team in 2009. He eventually turned that opportunity into a scholarship.The Arizona Cardinals have offered Ozier a tryout. He has three days at Cardinals’ rookie camp to show the team’s coaches his skillset and potential.“It’s just like at ASU,” Ozier said. “I’m starting from the bottom. Not known, undrafted walk-on. Basically it’s a tryout basis so I got to come out working harder than everyone and make the best of every opportunity I get to try to make a name for myself and stand out to the coaches.” During his collegiate career, Ozier caught 55 passes for 847 yards and seven touchdowns. At times, he lived out of his car before earning a scholarship under then-first-year coach Todd Graham.To earn a spot on the Cardinals’ roster, Ozier needs to stand out from fierce competition, even among rookies. Although, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admitted there is hope for undrafted rookies.“We’re going to play the best guy,” Arians said. “I don’t care how you got here, when you got here, if you’re the best guy, you’re going to play.”The Cardinals drafted wide receivers John Brown (Pittsburg State) and Walt Powell (Murray State) in the third and sixth round respectively in the 2014 NFL Draft. Additionally, the team signed wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. in the offseason to a three-year deal.For Ozier, standing out from the pack entails catching every pass thrown his way and minimizing mistakes.“People make mistakes and I hope I make less mistakes than the next man,” Ozier said.One of the bigger adjustments for Ozier transitioning into the NFL is learning a more complex system.“It’s a lot of plays,” Ozier said. “Tonight, I’m going to do a lot of studying. I still got a lot of work to do.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After rookie camp ends on May 25, Ozier is hoping for a contract. Organized team activities (OTAs) resume May 27. – / 14 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Government accuses Akel of being closet eurosceptics

first_imgThe government on Tuesday sought to re-direct the discussion away from the ‘zeros’ controversy of the past few days, saying its main disagreement with Akel is the latter’s euro-scepticism.“We have no intention of pursuing a confrontation that favours Akel’s nihilistic criticism,” government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told reporters.“We leave it to Akel to dismiss economic growth, rising employment and projects as ‘bubbles’.”The administration’s achievements in the last six years speak for themselves, he added.Prodromou hit back at what he said is Akel’s agenda of personalising the current election cycle, by their focusing on president Nicos Anastasiades.The upcoming European elections have nothing to do with the presidency, Prodromou said, adding: “For the presidential elections, the people voted only 14 months ago by 56 per cent.”He went on to accuse Akel of being ‘closet euro-sceptics’.“What is at stake in this ballot, is choosing between political forces and policies that believe in and support our proactive and positive participation in European actions, to the benefit of Cypriot citizens, and certain forces opposed to the trajectory of Europe.“Forces like Akel,” he added, “who are against the Treaty of Lisbon and who, faced with the fallout of their own policies in this country, did not hesitate to suggest withdrawal from the eurozone and, consequently, Cyprus’ exit from the EU.”The spokesman declined to respond to Akel leader Andros Kyprianou, who accused president Anastasiades of interfering with Akel’s internal affairs.“We do not wish to continue this sterile controversy. Come Sunday, we shall be electing our representatives to the European Parliament.“The people know which parties are vying to achieve a better Europe, and which parties are constantly seeking to undermine Europe, under various pretexts.”The ‘zeros’ fracas began on Friday evening when Anastasiades used the word to refer to the Akel leadership.Evidently vexed by Akel’s incessant criticism of his administration – including its handling of the recent Turkish violations of Cyprus’ maritime zones – the president lashed out at the main opposition party.“How can the zeros comment on those who have excelled?” Anastasiades asked rhetorically.Ahead of the European Parliament elections, a recent poll by Noverna Analytics & Research showed that ruling Disy is expected to garner 16.7 per cent of the vote, Akel 14.4 per cent.Around one third of voters are undecided. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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