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first_imgVANCOUVER – The final push for votes has begun, with just eight days left in British Columbia’s election campaign.The leaders of all the main political parties were out on the hustings yesterday, trying to get out their message and shore up votes ahead of election day on May 9.B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark campaigned in the Kootenays, telling residents her party is the only one that will protect jobs in resource industries like forestry and mining.Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader John Horgan made stops around the Lower Mainland, speaking about his party’s pledge to make life more affordable for British Columbians.One man at an NDP event heckled Horgan, saying his endless promises will bankrupt the province, but the leader responded by saying his party’s platform is fully costed and that he would be happy to speak with the man about his concerns.Green Leader Andrew Weaver spent time in the Interior yesterday, joining a rally in Kamloops.last_img read more

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Thursday, May 25———TERRORISM, DEFENCE SPENDING TO DOMINATE NATO AGENDAPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Brussels for the 28-nation NATO summit. Terrorism, which was already going to be a major theme of the meeting, is likely to get more attention following Monday’s attack at a concert arena in Manchester, England. Trudeau is likely to be pressed to boost Canada’s defence spending, which is currently just over one per cent of its GDP, half of NATO’s target.———COURT TO HEAR APPEAL ON RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL RECORDSThe Supreme Court of Canada is set to hold a hearing today on the federal government’s appeal of a decision that allows personal records from survivors of residential schools to be destroyed after 15 years unless individuals decide otherwise. Ottawa argues it controls the documents and that they are subject to legislation pertaining to access to information, archiving and privacy.———MMIW INQUIRY A ‘BLOODY FARCE,’ SAYS WILSON-RAYBOULD’S DADJustice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father is calling the national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women a “bloody farce.” Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief, says the commissioners have “failed miserably.” Wilson is just the latest person to criticize the inquiry for its slow pace of progress. Family members of victims and indigenous activists have been growing frustrated with a lack of activity and what they consider poor communication.———INQUEST VERDICT EXPECTED TODAY INTO FIREFIGHTER DEATHSA verdict is expected today in a coroner’s inquest looking into the deaths of two Ontario men during firefighter training exercises. Adam Brunt, a firefighting student, and Gary Kendall, a veteran volunteer firefighter, died five years apart during ice rescue courses involving the same training company. Their deaths brought scrutiny to unregulated private training courses for firefighters.———NOVA SCOTIA LEADERS TO HOLD SECOND TV DEBATENova Scotia’s three main party leaders are to take part in the second televised debate tonight ahead of the May 30 election. Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill are to participate in a roundtable format before an audience at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. The debate, to be televised by CTV, follows one last Thursday hosted by CBC.———RIOPELLE PAINTING FETCHES MORE THAN $7.4M AT AUCTIONA painting by the late Quebec artist Jean Paul Riopelle sold for more than $7.4 million at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House’s spring sale on Wednesday, good for second on the list of Canada’s most expensive works of art. Going into the spring, the painting “Vent du nord” had a conservative pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million. The sale price trails only Lawren Harris’s “Mountain Forms,” which sold at a Heffel auction last November for $11.21 million.———OTTAWA SENATORS TRY TO PUNCH TICKET FOR CUP FINAL TONIGHTThe Ottawa Senators battle the defending champion Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight in Game 7 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. After losing back-to-back games to the Penguins, the Sens scored a 2-1 victory in Game 6 to force the deciding game. Ottawa hasn’t played in a Game 7 since the 2012 Eastern quarter-finals where they were eliminated by the New York Rangers. Tonight’s winner will face Nashville for the Stanley Cup———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The Royal Bank, CIBC and TD Bank release their second-quarter results.— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard continues his economic mission to Israel.— Statistics Canada releases include data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for March.— Canadian Hurricane Centre officials will discuss the upcoming 2017 hurricane season.— A candlelight tribute will be held in Esquimalt, B.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.— Judith Fox, sister of Terry Fox, will help unveil the sixth of 10 stamps in honour of Canada 150 in St. John’s.last_img read more

first_imgREGINA — The Saskatchewan government introduced its 2019-2020 budget Wednesday. Here are a few of the highlights:— Provincial sales tax stays at six per cent; no new taxes or increases.— New $3,000 personal income tax credits for volunteer first responders that serve at least 200 hours beginning in 2020 tax year.— Elimination of credits and deductions on the potash production tax.— Creation of a provincial organ donor registry.— $30 million in mental-health spending. Almost half to pay for nurses and doctors at a newly opened psychiatric facility.— 140 treatment beds for mental health and addictions.— $65 million over five years to improve intersection safety.— $26 million more for school divisions.— Funding for universities and colleges frozen at 2018-2019 levels at $469 million.— Eligible amounts for an autism funding program increasing to $6,000 from $4,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAt least 31 troops, among them four officers, were killed in a massive bomb attack on an army base near Damascus on Sunday, a monitoring group said.“Three generals and a brigadier-general were among 31 troops killed in a bomb attack that caused a building in the military … base in Harasta to collapse,” said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.last_img

OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government expects to sink deeper into the red this year, thanks to a federal budget Tuesday that’s laden with election-year spending measures fuelled by a windfall of new revenue.Tuesday’s federal budget predicted a deficit of $19.8 billion for 2019-20, including Ottawa’s $3-billion risk adjustment, compared with the $19.6-billion deficit predicted in the government’s fall economic update despite billions in new income tax and excise tax revenue.Offsetting the increased revenue, the budget plan includes new spending on a wide range of new items aimed at skills training, seniors and first-time homebuyers.“We’re going to work hard to build an economy that works for everyone, where every person has a real and fair chance at success,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday.“And we’re going to make these investments to grow our economy for the long term — while we bring the books back towards balance.”The 2015 Liberal campaign platform predicted 2019 would be the year the government books tipped back into the black. The government, however, has long since abandoned any hope of limiting deficits to less than $10 billion a year, as promised four years ago.“The opposition would like to see us make cuts very rapidly. Their idea is balance the budget at any cost. Well, if we had taken that approach in 2015, we would not be where we are today, with a better outcome for middle-class Canadians,” Morneau said.The minister has focused instead on the size of the federal debt relative to gross domestic product, which — according to the campaign platform — was supposed to hit 27 per cent this year.The federal debt as a percentage of GDP is expected to come in at 30.7 per cent in 2019-20, shrinking to 30.5 per cent in 2020-2021 and 30.0 per cent in 2021-22.Looking into the future, the budget predicts a deficit of $19.7 billion for 2020-21 and $14.8 billion in 2021-22. The fall economic update had forecast a deficit of $19.6 billion for 2019-20, $18.1 billion for 2020-21 and $15.1 billion in 2021-22.“Coming into the budget we were expecting revenue to overperform and it has overperformed,” said Rebekah Young, director of fiscal and provincial economics at Scotiabank.The new economic outlook in the budget predicts slightly softer economic growth this year, coming in at 1.8 per cent compared with the fall forecast for 1.9 per cent.Young said the government has made a number of investments to help the economy, but they have yet to translate into business investment.“There is a risk that there is a pullback in confidence levels and that investment just doesn’t happen. So, I think that they are banking on taking a more optimistic tone,” she said of the government.The Canadian economy slowed in the final three months of 2018 to grow at an annual pace of 0.4 per cent, however job growth has remained strong at the start of this year.Young noted Scotiabank’s forecast for economic growth this year is 1.5 per cent.Craig Wong, The Canadian Press read more

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 1:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Environmentalists urge Ontario to abandon $13-billion Darlington nuclear rebuild TORONTO – Environmentalists want the Ontario government to abandon plans for a $13-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station east of Toronto and instead import more electricity from Quebec.The Ontario Clean Air Alliance says nuclear projects always run over budget, and it doesn’t want to see taxpayers on the hook to pay for rebuilding the Darlington reactors that are owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation.“Every single nuclear project in Ontario’s history has gone massively over budget by two and a half times,” said Alliance president Jack Gibbons. “OPG says this project will cost $12.9 billion, but if history repeats itself it will be $32 billion.”Gibbons said even if the refurbishment came in on budget, the cost to taxpayers of maintaining about 2,225 jobs at Darlington would work out to nearly $6 million per job.Greenpeace Canada, meanwhile, is concerned about the safety and health risks posed by nuclear power generation in the event of an accident, and says refurbishing the aging reactors at Darlington is not worth the risk.“The government agencies mandated to protect the public are helping push the project through by concealing Darlington’s true risks from the public,” said Greenpeace spokesman Shawn-Patrick Stensil.Quebec is the fourth-largest producer of electricity generated by water in the world, has the lowest power rates in North America, and could sell Ontario enough electricity to replace what would be generated by a refurbished Darlington, said Gibbons.“We should sign a long-term deal with Quebec which would enable us to cancel the Darlington rebuild project, keep our lights on and reduce our electricity bills,” he said.Some existing transmission lines between Ontario and Quebec would have to be upgraded for an inter-provincial power deal, which the Clean Air Alliance estimates would cost $500 million but the Independent Electricity System Operator puts at closer to $2 billion.“Darlington doesn’t come to the end of its life until 2020, so we’ve got enough time to make the upgrades,” said Gibbons.Bruce Power announced plans last month to spend $13 billion to refurbish the nuclear reactors at the generating station it operates in Kincardine, on Lake Huron, and the private company will assume all risks of cost overruns.Ontario’s only other nuclear station, in Pickering, is also scheduled to be decommissioned by 2020, and there are no plans to rebuild its reactors to extend their lives.Ontario is looking to expand existing electricity agreements with Quebec and is exploring importing power from Manitoba as well, but Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to keep generating about 50 per cent of the province’s electricity from nuclear power.“We made a decision not to build new nuclear, and we basically took $15 billion off the future energy plan by doing that,” Wynne said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“So in order to make sure that we have enough power, we need to refurbish our nuclear, we need to buy from Quebec, we may need to buy from Manitoba, and we need to grow our green energy sector, our solar and wind.”OPG president and CEO Jeff Lyash touted the benefits of the Darlington project in a speech last month, saying most of the $12.9-billion budget would be spent in Ontario.“The Conference Board of Canada crunched the numbers and determined the refurbishment would generate $14.9 billion in economic benefits to Ontario … and about $5.4 billion in revenues for all three levels of government,” said Lyash.“Importing power from Quebec or Manitoba would require construction of new dams and power stations, and perhaps more difficult would be constructing new transmission lines to reliably deliver the power where it’s needed.”Ontario’s New Democrats also said the Liberal government should consider options like importing power from Quebec instead of going ahead with the Darlington rebuild.“The people of Ontario want to be sure that the future options for electricity are ones they can afford, because they sure can’t afford it now,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.Follow @CPnewsboy on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly spelled name of OPG president Lyash read more

Click on image for large. Graphic: WHOWHO noted that many behaviours that impact health later in life – such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and risky sexual health behaviours – being in adolescence.“Improving the way health systems serve adolescents is just one part of improving their health,” said Anthony Costello, Director at WHO’s Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.“Parents, families, and communities are extremely important, as they have the greatest potential to positively influence adolescent behaviour and health.”In addition, growing up in humanitarian and fragile settings, increases health needs among young people. Girls, especially, may be more likely to drop out of school. marry early or engage in transactional sex to survive. “Relatively small investments focused on adolescents now will not only result in healthy and empowered adults who thrive and contribute positively to their communities, but it will also result in healthier future generations, yielding enormous returns.” “Road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections, and suicide are the biggest causes of death among adolescents,” according to a report by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners.The report, Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation, shows that road injuries are the leading cause of adolescent deaths among 10-19 year-olds, killing some 115,000 adolescents each year – the majority older adolescent boys.Regionally, however, communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and respiratory infections are more deadly to adolescents in low- and middle-income countries in Africa than road injuries.Among girls, the leading cause of death for younger adolescents is pneumonia and other lower respiratory infections resulting from indoor air pollution caused by cooking with dirty fuels, while older adolescent girls are more likely to die from pregnancy complications.Self-harm and suicide are the third leading cause of adolescent mortality, particularly among older adolescents, and predominantly among girls.According to the report, more than two-thirds of all adolescent deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia.The UN agency said these deaths could have been largely prevented with improved health systems that serve adolescents. In some cases, adolescents do not know about the services or they simply do not exist – such as for mental health disorders, substance use or poor nutrition.“Adolescents have been entirely absent from national health plans for decades,” said Flavia Bustreo, WHO’s Assistant Director-General. Adolescent girls playing games in India. Photo: UNICEF/Ruhani Kaur AUDIO: WHO’s Dr. Anthony Costello explains how national governments could do much more to make their communities “teenage friendly”. read more

first_imgZYFRA Group has opened an arm of its subsidiary, VIST, in Lima, Peru, as it looks to expand its digital mining offering into South America and the continent’s massive copper industry.The announcement comes as Igor Bogachev, CEO of ZYFRA, and Mikhail Makeev, Project Director of VIST, start a two-week tour of Chile and Peru taking in visits to numerous mining companies.ZYFRA has, up until this point, been supplying industrial manufacturers in Europe and Asia with AI- and IoT- based solutions as well as autonomous vehicles. At the end of last year, it reached a milestone of $30 million in revenue, while announcing plans to enter the markets of Latin America as early as 2019.Mario Rabines, VIST Business Development Director for LatAm, said: “The heart and soul of the world’s copper extraction, Chile and Peru, are being shaken by the latest technology developments. Within the region, the IT and operations departments are ready to change the status quo of the industry. The value proposition of our ZYFRA and VIST solutions will increase the levels of productivity and safety to record levels not seen in the region yet.”Currently the most advanced miners in South America are performing a number of processes involving cutting-edge technology, such as drilling and transportation of raw materials with the use of robotics, according to ZYFRA Group. In 2019, the majority of industry players may start using new technologies on an industrial scale, the company added.On top of international expansion, ZYFRA is eager to complete its ‘Intelligent mine’ project – a complex solution for unmanned surface mining with application of self-driving vehicles, it said. VIST is planning to spend a material share of investment provided by ZYFRA to accelerate its R&D projects including self-driving vehicles, autonomous surface mining machines (robots) and appliances, broader IoT- and AI-based applications as well as predictive analytics.ZYFRA and VIST have developed an autonomous system for drills and autonomous and tele-operated system for mining vehicles as well as self-driving trucks and loaders. These are currently being demonstrated on BELAZ’s earthmoving equipment.ZYFRA and VIST say autonomous drilling can bring a 16% productivity increase, while autonomous guidance from hole to hole (based on the electronic design imported from a planning system) can come with an 18% productivity increase.ZYFRA, founded in November 2017, currently operates in Finland, China, Russia, Bulgaria, and India. Its platform connects over 7,000 CNC machines across the countries. At the end of 2018, more than 200 production facilities have been equipped with its products.The company acquired VIST in November 2018 for $30 million.last_img read more

first_imgIt seems that Apple isn’t content with just going after Samsung for patent infringement. The company today filed a second complaint against HTC with the International Trade Commission hoping to block sales of several HTC devices.Like with the Samsung case, Apple feels HTC is copying its iPhone and iPad device designs. This isn’t the first time Apple and HTC have had legal disputes as Apple filed a patent complaint against the company back in 2010. HTC then filed a countersuit in May of the same year stating that Apple was actually infringing on five of its patents. In both the Samsung and HTC cases it seems like Apple is facing a battle due to each company having their own complaints to fire back with.AdChoices广告The new complaint against HTC has yet to be described in detail, but relates to both the device and the software it runs. We can therefore assume Apple isn’t happy with a hardware design feature that is very close to the iPhone’s design and some aspect of the interface which may mirror iOS in some way. Apple’s first case against HTC will be seen by a judge on August 5 and is also about both the hardware and software HTC uses.With Apple now pursuing two HTC on two fronts, and HTC retaliating with one, you’d expect both companies to end up coming to some kind of agreement. However, the stakes may be too high for either company to back down and that would mean a long and expensive court battle.via Bloomberglast_img read more

first_imgContacting 911 will soon be up-to-date with current communication technology. There are times when calling 911 isn’t the safest option, but calling has been the only option. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced a five step plan for implementing more ways to contact 911.The plan will expand the ways people can contact 911. Should the plan go into effect, the public will be able to send a text, photo, and video messages to the emergency services. Genachowski expressed his disbelief that an airline can send a text alert about a flight delay, but a person in an emergency situation can’t send a text requesting assistance.The endeavor, dubbed Next Generation 911 (NG911), will hopefully reduce response time in addition to making the service more accessible. Genachowski referenced the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 as a situation in which texting would have been a better option than voice. Texting is a not only quieter and quicker option than calling in that type of situation, but also information can be added in small, non-continuous.The FCC will also need to implement mechanisms that can quickly determine the caller’s location which is the first step in the plan. The second is enabling text, photo, and video messaging. The third is completing and implementing technical standards. The fourth is creating a governance network, and the fifth is creating a funding model.Based on our experience with texting, the FCC will probably have to implement a spam filter, too.See the press release, via Mashablelast_img read more

first_img Apr 25th 2017, 7:06 AM 33 Comments By Sarah Jane Murphy Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 7:06 AM Bank worker jailed after lodging over 140k into her and family’s accounts Alice Warnock was jailed for 12 months. Detective Garda Siobhan Moore told the sentence hearing last year that Warnock, who had been employed with Bank of Ireland since 1980, took amounts ranging from €600 to €5,000 out of the bank’s internal administration account.The detective told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that Warnock “inputted narratives” to make the transactions appear genuine.She said the bank began an investigation in May 2012 while Warnock was on sick leave and got details of all her accounts where misappropriated amounts were seen as lodgements.Warnock told gardaí the offending had “all got out of hand” and that her family had not been aware of what she was doing.Det Gda Moore said Warnock, who had since been fired, co-operated and took full responsibility.The detective agreed with Lorcan Staines BL, defending, that she had family support and was a full-time carer for her sick, elderly parents.She agreed Warnock had €7,000 in court and would undertake to pay €3,500 per quarter to eventually compensate the bank in full.Yesterday, Staines confirmed the bank has now been fully compensated.Counsel said the family was “downsizing” their home to also help with the repayment.Staines handed testimonials and documentation to Judge Greally.Read: Garda colleagues of Tony Golden ‘will never get over what happened’ to him > 30,110 Views center_img Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Share33 Tweet Email3 A FORMER BANK of Ireland worker who stole €144,089 from the bank to put in her own accounts and those of family members has been jailed for a year.Alice Warnock (55) told gardaí she was sorry and “felt like a fool” after the six-year fraud was uncovered while she was on sick leave in 2012. The court heard that Warnock’s family had been unaware she had lodged money into their accounts.The mother-of-two of Rathbeale Court, Swords, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to nine sample counts of stealing from bank branches on Talbot Street and Malahide Road, Coolock, between November 2004 and March 2012. She has no previous convictions.Judge Melanie Greally had adjourned the case having heard evidence in March last year.She said yesterday that Warnock had been in a position of considerable responsibility and noted that she hadn’t confessed to the crime before it was detected.Judge Greally accepted that “evidence of a psychological upset” in Warnock’s life provided some insight into her actions.She further accepted she has since made “full restitution” and was responsible towards her elderly parents.Responsible“She has suffered loss of reputation and the loss of her livelihood,” Judge Greally said before she took into account the fact that the case was heavily reported by the media.“The offences were not committed in relation to a financial predicament, they were carried out to enhance her lifestyle,” Judge Greally concluded before she imposed a 12 month sentence on the various counts to run concurrently. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgPrixtel défie la concurrence avec sa nouvelle offre mobileL’opérateur mobile virtuel Prixtel propose un forfait unique pour tous, plus compétitif que ses concurrents.L’opérateur mobile virtuel Prixtel propose un forfait unique pour tous et ajustable en fonction de l’utilisation, le plus compétitif du marché par tranches de prix.À lire aussiInternet mobile : Bouygues Telecom ouvre totalement les usages de ses forfaitsDavid Charles, fondateur de l’opérateur mobile virtuel Prixtel explique la nécessité de nouvelles offres pour mobiles et justifie le positionnement de Prixtel ainsi : “c’est le marketing du labyrinthe !Malgré leurs efforts de simplification, ils ont des dizaines de contrats différents dans leurs catalogues… et des milliers d’anciens forfaits dans leurs systèmes informatiques. Bref, on se perd vite dans un dédale de références impossibles à comparer.”L’opérateur mobile virtuel (MVNO) a donc décidé de lancer un forfait unique pour tous : Modulo. Celui-ci propose tout simplement les tarifs les plus bas observés pour palier de consommation et ce n’est pas un hasard. Prixtel a analysé les 25 forfaits vendus sur le Web par la concurrence (B&You de Bouygues, Sosh de France Télécom, Red de SFR, LibertySIM de Virgin…)David Charles explique : “nous avons gardé les sept meilleurs et composé Modulo. Cela commence avec 45 minutes de voix pour 5 euros, et ne peut pas dépasser 37,90 euros par mois, avec la voix quasi illimitée, SMS à volonté, et un gigaoctet de données.”De plus, dès que l’abonné franchit un palier de consommation, il est informé de ce fait par SMS, et son forfait est recalculé en conséquence chaque mois. Voilà comment se repositionne l’opérateur par rapport à une concurrence qui s’est bien inspirée de l’esprit innovant de Prixtel.Le 19 novembre 2011 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFort Jackson will gain an eleventh training battalion in October 2017, bringing the Columbia, S.C., post an additional 2,000 soldiers annually and 210 permanent personnel.The news also signals that the Pentagon places a heightened value on Fort Jackson, reported the State.“This is very, very significant,” said George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber’s military affairs committee. “It shows Fort Jackson and the community has gotten the word out to the Army that we’re ready to grow. That story is getting out and it’s being heard,” said Goldsmith, a retired major general.The battalion — consisting of about 500 additional soldiers during each 10-week basic training cycle —will increase the number of soldiers trained annually at the nation’s largest military training installation from 44,000 to 46,000, boosting the installation’s economic impact. The families of the new soldiers will join 5,000 or so other family members who attend graduation ceremonies and other activities at the post.When the battalion is activated, “it will increase the economic impact of Fort Jackson immediately,” Goldsmith said.The Army has allocated $97 million to build a new “Star Base” barracks, headquarters and training facility to house the new battalion, according to the story. Until the structure is completed in 2021, the battalion will be housed in temporary facilities already available. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore on 4 August 2018The United States will continue to hold accountable those responsible for what he described as the “abhorrent ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.Pompeo’s statement came on the one year anniversary of the conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh.“A year ago, following deadly militant attacks, security forces responded by launching abhorrent ethnic cleansing of ethnic #Rohingya in Burma,” Pompeo said on Twitter, using an alternative name for Myanmar.“The US will continue to hold those responsible accountable. The military must respect human rights for #Burma’s democracy to succeed.”The military ruled Myanmar for nearly 50 years after seizing power in a 1962 coup and retains considerable powers under a 2008 constitution.Myanmar government spokesmen Zaw Htay was unavailable for comment on Sunday.The government, led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied refugees’ allegations of atrocities, saying security forces lawfully suppressed Muslim militants in Rakhine.Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh held demonstrations and prayers on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.Thousands of refugees marched prayed and chanted slogans in events across the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh. Many wore black ribbons to commemorate what they said was the start of the “Rohingya genocide”.Across the border in Myanmar, the government said security patrols had been increased in the conflict area ahead of the anniversary for fear of further violence. Members of the mostly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group and Hindus from Rakhine state said they would hold events to remember those killed by Rohingya militants in attacks that triggered the crisis.Earlier this month, the United States imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation.International pressure on Myanmar has been growing as UN-mandated investigators are set to publish a report on the crisis on Monday and the United Nations Security Council will hold a briefing on Myanmar on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgCanning (WB): One person was killed and two others received bullet injuries after a clash broke out between two groups in South 24 Parganas district on Sunday, police said. The incident happened at Canning bus stand under the jurisdiction of Canning police station. Trouble began after the two groups, belonging to the same party, clashed at a rally organised by its youth wing, a police officer said. Shots were fired during the clash and 18-year-old Mizanur Rehman Sardar was killed on the spot, the officer said, adding, two other persons also suffered bullet injuries. They have been admitted to Canning sub-divisional hospital, he said.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers have identified a complex network in the brain that has revealed why artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down. Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that provides a sweet taste while containing significantly less food energy.According to the researchers, the brain responds to artificially sweetened food by telling the animal it hasn’t eaten enough energy, thus increasing the appetite and prompting them to actually eat more.  It senses and integrates the sweetness and energy content of food, said the study conducted on mice and fruit flies.“After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose, we saw that animals began eating a lot more,” said lead researcher Greg Neely, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. “Artificial sweeteners can actually change how animals perceive the sweetness of their food, with a discrepancy between sweetness and energy levels prompting an increase in caloric consumption,” Neely added.The findings showed that inside the brain’s reward centres, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed. For the study, fruit flies were exposed to a diet laced with artificial sweetener for prolonged periods (more than five days). The flies were then found to consume 30 per cent more calories when they were then given naturally sweetened food. “The chronic consumption of the artificial sweetener actually increases the sweet intensity of real nutritive sugar which then increases the animal’s overall motivation to eat more food,” Neely stated in the work published in the journal Cell Metabolism.Further, the artificial sweeteners were also found to promote hyperactivity, insomnia as well as decrease the sleep quality – behaviours consistent with a mild starvation or fasting state.last_img read more

first_imgJay Cutler is reportedly retiring from the NFL, but has already found his calling as the best thing going on reality TV. He took heat throughout his 11-year NFL career for always looking like he hated being there, but the same ‘Smoking Jay’ attitude that earned him a reputation as a locker room cancer translates to television gold.It turns out Jay IS actually like that, and on the new season of his wife’s new show, Very Cavillari, he steals just about every scene he mopes his way through.  Like this little interaction with his wife where he discusses retiring from the NFL, and she tries to figure out what exactly he does all day is better than anything a Kardashian could pull off. Jay’s first priority is to be first in line to parent pickup at the kids’ school so he can beat all the moms.Jay Cutler. Star. There is no debate. Advertisement Here’s him helping Kristin pick out clothes. He doesn’t say everything looks “great.”Always be nice to your wife’s friends!I refuse to watch reality TV**unless it’s Jay Cutler and this— 🐐🐐PRESTI GOAT 🐐🐐 (@BarstoolOKC) July 9, 2018last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 7, 2014 3 min readcenter_img If you have one too many cards to keep track of, payment startup Plastc purports to have the solution: a single card that holds all of your pertinent information, from credit and gift cards to electronic key access. Users can store up to 20 cards (though not a driver’s license).The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company was launched in January 2013. The patent-pending, waterproof Plastc cards — which have e-ink displays and can be swiped through like an e-reader — are now available to pre-order and will begin shipping summer 2015. The card costs $155 and runs on a rechargeable, wireless battery. There are no additional fees when a customer uses the Plastc card.  Related: 4 Things Businesses and Consumers Need Before They Adopt Mobile PaymentsThe company is also showcasing a smartphone app on the site called Plastc Wallet that links up with the card and alerts a user when they make a purchase. For concerns about security and privacy, the app requires the pin number and facial recognition to access data.And if it seems like a card that contains all of your identifying and financial information is just asking to get lost, the app alerts you if you get too far from the card. If you do lose it, the company says on the site that it locks up and can be remotely wiped clean.Related: Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is ‘Better Than Currency’So what does this mean for the mobile payments space now? Apple’s new digital wallet service Apple Pay is being touted as a game changer before it is even announced, and it is entering a growing field that includes Amazon, the newly independent PayPal, and startups like Square, Stripe and Plastc’s more direct competition, Coin.The Verge reports that the two-year-old Coin which announced its card back in November with plans to begin shipping the eight-card storage product this summer — but it hasn’t made an appearance yet.Related: Apple Pay May Be the Creative Leap That Outmaneuvers SamsungPlastc cards come equipped with a barcode, magnetic strip, a pin number you key in on the display, and an EMV chip (a fraud-prevention technology). As of now, Coin cards do not support that chip. This a vital difference between the two companies, in Plastc’s favor. By October 2015, retailers and restaurants must transition over to chip cards — if they don’t want to be held liable for counterfeit fraud. So if a business continues to accept magnetic-stripe credit cards after this deadline, they will be held responsible for any fraudulent activity.While it is still too early to determine which platform will win out, the evolution of the credit card is putting these companies on notice. Related: PayPal Spawn Have Advanced Where the Online Payments Giant Has Stood Still Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Share Posted by Monday, August 22, 2016 Those familiar with Canadians’ travel habits to the Hawaiian Islands know that the 2016 peak travel season is upon us, and with a dollar that has made travel to Hawaii more of a challenge this year, there may be no better time than the present for agents to brush up on their Hawaii selling skills.Here to help is the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s (HVCB) Official Hawaii Destination Specialist Program. This tiered program will help you sell Hawaii like you never have before while at the same time providing the opportunity to gain exclusive Hawaii benefits. And if you sign up and complete Level 1 of the Official Hawaii Destination Specialist Program through Travelweek’s Learning Centre ( before the end of 2016 you will also be eligible to win a five-night stay at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.The Official Hawaii Destination Specialist Program is a self-guided course that delivers in-depth knowledge and insights into the Hawaiian Islands as well as effective sales tips to transform agents into booking pros. Best of all, the program is free, online and mobile-friendly so agents can take it anytime, anywhere and at their own pace.During the course travel professionals will learn uncommon details about the destination’s six distinctive islands, how to match different travellers’ profiles with their perfect Hawaiian vacations and practical tips for cross selling and upselling Hawaii to maximize revenue. This expertise is an important element in building credibility with clients – which results in increased bookings, greater commission and more repeat business.Once Level 1 of the program is complete, agents will then earn Hawaii Destination Specialist designation and gain exclusive benefits, including consumer referrals, specialist only-webinars, one-year subscription to HAWAII MAGAZINE, access to ePostcard Marketing Tool, use of the Hawaii Destination Specialist logo, personalized emails for Hawaiian Islands-Bound Clients.Canadian agents who go through Travelweek’s Learning Centre to become a Destination Specialist will also be entered into a draw for a five-night stay at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (agents must complete the program by Dec. 31, 2016).American graduates of the Hawaii Destination Specialist Program had this to say about their experience:“I discovered several new ways to sell Hawaii,” said Patti Lehman, luxury travel advisor, The Travel Agent, Inc. “Each island’s program was informative, user-friendly and easy-to-follow. I found I was able to retain the information more easily.”“The course gives you a fresh insight on what Hawaii is all about. I have been able to convince clients who are already set to go somewhere else…to consider Hawaii instead,” said Rebecca Gaerlan, MCC, owner, A Plus Travel.Beyond the Destination Specialist designation, agents can also become a specialist for a specific island – or all six of them – to achieve Destination Expert status. There’s even a Master Specialist designation upon completion of on-island training. The further agents advance their education, the greater the benefits, including priority ranking on’s consumer referral tool.On top of the Official Hawaii Destination Specialist Program, agents will also find a host of other tools at their fingertips on HVCB’s website designed specifically for travel professionals, including Island resource pages, What’s New Section: Island Updates, Hawaiian cultural toolkit, Hawaiian language audio dictionary, media centre with library of videos and images, activities and attractions directory, festival and events directory, Explore Hawaii Interactive Travel Guide, downloadable marketing templates, posters and maps, Expressly For Agents e-newsletter and wholesaler listings.Visit To access the Official Destination Specialist Program visit Tags: Hawaiicenter_img No better time to become a Hawaii Destination Specialist Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more