Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Hydro havocHydro One Ltd. discusses second-quarter results on Tuesday. Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government recently introduced legislation that would give it sweeping new powers over executive compensation at the partially privatized utility. Hydro One’s CEO retired in July and the board of directors resigned following a campaign pledge from Premier Doug Ford to fire them.Metro earningsMetro Inc. discusses third-quarter results on Wednesday. The Montreal-based grocery and pharmacy chain’s CEO recently told an audience that the $4.5-billion price tag it paid for competitor Jean Coutu Group was “not cheap”, but was justified due to the returns it will generate.Economic updateStatistics Canada releases the monthly survey of manufacturing for June on Thursday. The survey for May showed that Canadian manufacturing sales bounced back 1.4 per cent to $57.1 billion, beating economists’ expectations of 0.5 per cent.Pot for puppersCanopy Growth Corp. releases first quarter results on Tuesday. The Smiths Falls, Ont.-based cannabis giant is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement last week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety.Real estate updateA pair of reports will shed light on Canada’s real estate market next week. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will release a report on homeowners debt on Tuesday, and the Canadian Real Estate Association will have home sales activity for July on Wednesday.last_img read more

Malaysian exPM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with tampering with the final audit report into a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since his ouster in May elections.Najib was charged along with Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the former head of the 1MDB fund, which is being investigated in the U.S. and other countries for alleged cross-border embezzlement and money laundering.Najib pleaded not guilty Wednesday to abusing power to order the modification of the report in February 2016 before it was presented to the Public Accounts Committee, in order to protect himself from disciplinary and legal action. Kandasamy also pleaded not guilty to abetting Najib.The auditor-general said last month some details had been removed from the 1MDB report.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hungarys president signs into law disputed new labour rules

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary*s president says he has signed into law disputed amendments to labour rules which greatly increase overtime hours employers can request from workers.President Janos Ader said Thursday in a statement that he had examined the law approved last week in Parliament and found it in-line with Hungary*s constitution and European standards. It doesn’t put workers* rights at risk, he added.Protests against the policy and other measures of Prime Minister Viktor Orban*s government have been taking place for over a week. There have been occasional clashes between protestors and police.Ader said any concerns about the changes to the labour code “cannot be a barrier to the workers* blessed Christmas, a peaceful time between the two holidays and a calm new year.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alaska Highway reopens north of Liard Hot Springs after fuel truck spill

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — The Alaska Highway has reopened between the Liard Hot Springs and the Yukon border after a fuel truck spill closed the road for most of the day yesterday.According to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the transport truck carrying roughly 55,000 litres of fuel was involved in a single vehicle incident at around 1:00 on Wednesday morning at Mile 543. No leak was reported at the time of the crash, but in an update at 7:45 a.m., the RCMP confirmed that the load was leaking.The responding Environmental Emergency Response Officer attended the incident site and determined that a fuel compartment in one of the truck’s two trailers was punctured. The Ministry estimates that 4,500 litres of fuel spilled to the environment, and it appears to be contained to the soil surrounding the highway. During a flyover, the officer did not see any sheen on the Liard River. However, it was noted that there are only pockets of visible water on the river due most of it being covered in ice. A multi-agency conference call took take yesterday evening to discuss future response plans. The Ministry said it will provide another update when new information becomes available.last_img read more

Jet Airways has no option but to shutter as banks refuse lifeline

first_imgMumbai: With the lenders rejecting an lifeline of Rs 400 crore Wednesday Jet Airways, which has been on a wing and prayer since January, is left with no other option but to ground operations at least temporarily. Since the March 25 resolution to infuse Rs 1,500 crore into the airline is yet to fructify, the once leading airline has been defaulting on payments, forcing its lessors to retake almost all its planes and was operating just about six planes as of Tuesday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details An official announcement of grounding of operations is expected anytime now as the Jet Airways board had Tuesday authorised chief executive Vinay Dube to make one last appeal to the SBI-led consortium to get a life-line of Rs 400 crore Wednesday, before taking a final call on the future. Jet will be the seventh airline to go down since May 2014 and the 13th one after East West was shuttered. During the past five years airlines like Air Pegasus, Air Costa, Air Carnival, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Zoom Air have all gone belly up even as the government boasts of double-digits growth for more than four years in tow. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The Jet Airways management’s request for Rs 400 crore emergency funds has been rejected,” banking sources told PTI. A source at the Jet Airways also said the airline was likely to shutter soon as the banks have not extended it the required financial support. “The airline has failed to garner the funds it was desperately looking for to continue operations,” he said. The airline is currently operating only five planes from 123 aircraft in the fleet till last December. According to sources, the government is maintaining distance from the Jet affairs citing the matter is a commercial decision of banks.last_img read more

Great to see Russells maturity Karthik

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik has heaped praise on Andre Russell, saying it is great to see him grow as a player and get matured. Riding on Russell’s unbeaten 40-ball 80, KKR kept their playoffs hope alive as they defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 34-run win despite Hardik Pandya’s fireworks in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. “Russell is a great player, he’s a special player and it’s good to see him grow as a player. The maturity he’s showing is great to see,” said Karthik in the post-match presentation ceremony. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuPrior to Sunday’s game, Russell had expressed his displeasure towards the decision-making in the team. Russell had said that it’s not the batting that’s been struggling, but the bowling. “We get to totals we should defend,” he had said at the press conference before the game. He had spoken about how he had talked to the coach about his batting order, and about how, despite being among the runs, he had not left the room in days because he was not feeling good about the losses. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHowever, batting first on Sunday, KKR amassed 232-2 riding on the back of half-centuries from their top order, after which their bowlers restricted the visitors to 198-7. The win ended KKR’s six-match losing streak in IPL 2019, and also brought to an end MI’s streak of eight consecutive wins against them. “I think at the end of the day you should make sure your process is right. It might sound cliche but it’s a high pressure sport. You gotta make sure everybody is in great space as it’s such a high octane tournament,” said Karthik.last_img read more

Good month for single deck buses but not for coaches

July bus and coach registrations down three per cent on July 2004 Rolling year total down 1.8 per cent to 12,426 More heavy single-deck buses in July; double-deckers continue to decline ‘Bus and coach registrations in 2005 should equal 2004 volumes.’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘July registrations for heavy single deck buses reflect continued deliveries of orders won from major bus operators last winter. Despite a weak month for coaches and declining volumes of double deck buses, the overriding theme is of stability and balance.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Profs updated textbook explores social justice in outdoor settings

For Mary Breunig, the great outdoors is more than just a place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of big city life.The Brock University Associate Professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies see it as a big classroom in which people of all ages learn to build relationships with one another along with the trees, rocks, hills, lakes and other elements of the physical environment surrounding them.“I see the outdoors as just one place to develop students’ knowledge and capacities to serve as agents of social and environmental change,” says Breunig, who is also the Graduate Program Director, Social Justice and Equity Studies. “And to promote environmental sustainability and work toward anti-oppressive ways of being in the world.“It’s not just about using outdoors to build community,” she says. “Now that we have the community, what would we like them to do to effect change in the world?”Sea kayaking in Norway.Breunig is co-author of the second-edition Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice, a textbook first published in 2006 designed to develop leadership in outdoor and adventure settings such as camping, mountain climbing, paddling, obstacle courses and other group activities in the natural environment that are part of leisure or personal development programs.The book explores eight core competencies that outdoor leaders need to have. These range from leadership theory to decision making and judgement to environmental stewardship to safety and risk management.The second edition, published earlier this year, contains revised or added features, including new chapters on developing cultural and social justice competencies.Breunig explains that the social justice component of leadership training goes beyond teaching skills such as paddling or climbing. Leaders create caring, safe environments in which participants support one another as they pursue various activities.One way to do this is for leaders to tap into the “adversity and uncertainty” of a wilderness environment — mosquitos, stormy weather, long portages, group decision-making challenges — inherent in physical environments.“You have a group that starts to build community, identity, cohesion and a sense of place because they’re working through the uncertainty and adversity together,” says Breunig. “These are really central things to outdoor leadership.”Group members also have a chance to develop self-confidence when their contributions to the group are acknowledged. And, being in the natural environment provides opportunities for spontaneous, informal conversations exploring spirituality, racism and other social justice issues.Breunig says one of her most satisfying experiences when training students in outdoor leadership is witnessing students’ awareness of the physical environment and the impact it has on environmental behaviour change.She gives the example of students preparing food to take on a trip.“You’re pouring the macaroni out of a box into a zip lock bag and you realize boxes are getting bigger while the actual food source is small.“You start to ask questions like, why is there so much packaging? Where does it go? And you pick up the smallest piece of trash because you’re really caring for this place,” says Breunig, who adds that this often leads o making better choices at home because it “leads to other conversations that get people really thinking about the environment.”Breunig, an instructor for Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School, says she is inspired by students who have used what they learned and experienced to make lifestyle changes ranging from purchasing cleaning supplies that have less harmful chemicals for the environment to “living off the grid” in remote places like the Yukon.“I always say, ‘I’m the little pebble and they are the ripples,’” says Breunig. “The way they take what I think are not complicated teachings and go out into the world and live those values, is pretty profound to me.” read more

Ohio State and Notre Dame gearing up for highprofile Fiesta Bowl

OSU redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball while redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett (81) looks for a defender to block during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollinshead | Photo EditorA pair of last-second field goals kept both No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Notre Dame from reaching their ultimate goals of a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but the two storied programs are set to square off in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day as a consolation.The 1 p.m. showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, comes after each team barely missed a chance for more.The Buckeyes (11-1) were sitting at No. 3 on Nov. 21 before a field goal as time expired by Michigan State was the one and only blow needed to put an end to their playoff chances.Seven days later, the then-No. 6 Fighting Irish (10-2) experienced similar heartbreak, as a go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds remaining against Stanford was swiftly marred by a sprint down the field by the Cardinal offense, ending with a 45-yard field goal as time ran out.Despite falling short of its ultimate goal, OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team is thrilled to receive the draw it did.“There’s no disappointment,” Meyer said during a Sunday press conference. “You start talking about that level of football, that level of bowl game, the level of opponent you’re going to play, and you just get locked on.”However, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a coaches teleconference later in the day he would have liked to have seen the playoff be open to eight teams rather than four, which would’ve allowed both OSU and the Fighting Irish to sneak in.“Clearly these eight teams are all very good football teams,” Kelly said. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to hold it at four. But I think we’ve got it right right now. I don’t know that the committee is interested in going to eight right now. But I think if college football continues on the path it is, it’s going to be more and more difficult to keep it at four.”While each of the programs have existed since the late 19th century, the Fiesta Bowl will mark only the sixth time they have squared off with one another.The most recent matchup came on Jan. 2, 2006, also in the Fiesta Bowl. That game saw former OSU quarterback Troy Smith throw for 342 yards en route to a 34-20 victory.Overall, the Buckeyes hold a 3-2 series advantage, winning the past three games after losing in consecutive years in 1936 and 1937.Welcoming the new year in Arizona is nothing unfamiliar to either team. OSU is set to make its seventh appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, more than any other team, while Notre Dame is gearing up for its fifth. The teams are 4-2 and 1-3 in the game, respectively. One very memorable trip for OSU came in January 2003, when a double-overtime victory over Miami (Fla.) delivered the Buckeyes a national championship.How the Irish got thereNotre Dame’s season seemed to take an early turn for the worse when redshirt sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire was lost for the season in the second game with a broken ankle.He was replaced by redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer, a product of Toledo. Despite never leading a huddle in his collegiate career prior, Kizer had a strong year, throwing for 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns and running for nine more scores.“We knew DeShone’s makeup, the kind of kid he was, the character he had,” Kelly said. “He went in, made a lot of plays, gained confidence. As his confidence grew, we were able to add more to his plate. Really proud of the way he handled himself.”Though the Fighting Irish lost a pair of games by two points to Clemson and Stanford, teams that ended up being ranked No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, Kelly said he is very happy with how the season turned out, especially coming off an 8-5 campaign in 2014 that ended with a trip to the Motor City Bowl.The coach credited some of the sustained success after losing his starting quarterback to borrowing the model OSU set the year before, when it went on to win the national championship despite losing its first- and second-string quarterbacks in Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett to injuries.“Urban had a similar situation last year. We kind of stole a little bit of what they did last year: not making any excuses, just going and playing,” Kelly said. “The kids really responded to that, in particular DeShone did and was able to lead our football team to some big wins.”Staff connectionsThe coaching staff of OSU is deep with Notre Dame connections, starting all the way at the top.Meyer was hired away from Colorado State before the 1996 season to become Notre Dame’s wide receivers coach. He stayed there until before the 2001 season, when he received his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.“That was a dream come true,” Meyer said during the teleconference. “That was my first exposure as a full-time coach to that level of football.”Kelly arrived at Notre Dame in 2010 by way of Cincinnati — the same school that Meyer graduated from in 1986.In addition, Meyer has been active in recruiting his coaches out of Kelly’s program. Of the nine coordinators and position coaches on Meyer’s staff, three were hired away from Kelly.For the first five years of Kelly’s tenure in South Bend, Indiana, his wide receivers coach — and later running backs coach — was Tony Alford. Before this season, Meyer hired Alford away from Kelly as OSU’s running backs coach, ending his six-year stint with the Fighting Irish.OSU offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner also worked under Kelly at Notre Dame in 2010 and 2011 as the Fighting Irish’s offensive line coach. He then took a job at OSU upon Meyer’s arrival in 2012.Following the same path as Warinner was Tim Hinton, who also left his two-year stint under Kelly when Meyer assembled his coaching staff at OSU. Hinton was Notre Dame’s running backs coach, and is now OSU’s tight ends and fullbacks coach. read more

Anglo American invests in new mining occupational health Chair at Wits School

first_imgAnglo American is investing ZAR15 million in a new Chair, to be known as the Anglo American Endowed Chair in Occupational Hygiene at the Wits School of Public Health. The Chair will conduct research, and engage in other scholarly activities, with the aim of decreasing employee exposure to dust, noise and other health hazards in mining and other industries, thereby contributing to employee wellbeing.“The Wits School of Public Health has long been the forerunner in the country in research and postgraduate studies in occupational health. We are very proud to have been granted the funds by Anglo American for this Chair and we are thankful that they are collaborating with us to strengthen our response to occupational hygiene, both in South Africa and Africa. The University’s responsiveness in this important field will advance our vision as a globally competitive and locally relevant university located in the economic and social hub of Africa,” said Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal.Khanyisile Kweyama, Executive Director of Anglo American in South Africa said: “This investment reinforces Anglo American’s commitment to health and safety and to the wellbeing our people and communities, through partnerships with government, academia and other stakeholders. Our occupational health strategy and management approach are governed by a series of standards, guidelines and assurance processes aimed at preventing harm to our workforce. We are proud of our partnership with Wits University which leverages the institution’s leading research and teaching expertise across a wide spectrum of disciplines within the area of occupational health and hygiene. The partnership will further see a strengthening of the existing link between Anglo American and the university’s mining engineering degree.”Occupational hygiene is the discipline of anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards in the workplace. Dr Andrew Swanepoel, Senior Lecturer and Master of Public Health Occupational Hygiene Coordinator in the Wits School of Public Health, explains: “Other examples of hazards that can be measured and controlled by occupational hygienists include airborne pollutants such as gasses, fumes, noise, vibration, temperature extremes, and biological hazards such as Legionella bacteria. State-of-the-art equipment and systems, combined with high-level research and expert practitioners are needed to identify, monitor and control exposure to harmful dust, and all other mining industry-related health hazards.”The University is well placed to conduct world-class research in occupational hygiene. For more than three decades Wits academics from the School of Public Health, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH), have been conducting ground-breaking research on mining-related diseases. “The new partnership with Anglo American is particularly important, as the University was founded on the School of Mining almost a century ago,” said Swanepoel. “Mining continues to play a central role in shaping the social, political, economic and health landscape of South Africa and Africa today, where mining activities are rapidly expanding.”“Mining and occupational hygiene and health are inseparable and there is a severe shortage of occupational hygienists in South Africa and Africa. This, together with insufficient resources to support occupational hygiene, compromises the ability of the industry to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of employees,” said Swanepoel. The new Chair will build on the Wits School of Public Health track record and strengthen occupational hygiene by increasing the number of masters and PhD graduates, as well as postdoctoral fellows. Cutting edge research will enhance the health and wellbeing of workers in various industries.last_img read more

Los Angeles want 1980s revival as they plan future Olympic bid

first_imgTreacy breaks clear of Great Britain’s Charlie Spedding in ’84. (© INPHO\Allsport)Tom Hanks and DisneyThe USOC wrote to the mayors of 35 cities in February asking if they wanted to be considered to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Villaraigosa replied on Monday, the Times reported.His reply was accompanied by a letter from the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, signed by Disney chief Robert Iger, basketball legend Magic Johnson and Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, among others.The host for the 2024 Olympics will be chosen in 2017. The last US city to host the Summer Olympics was Atlanta in 1996. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002.New York applied to host the 2012 Games, but its bid was scuppered when the planned Olympic Stadium site was nixed. Chicago bid for the 2016 Games, but was knocked out in the first round of International Olympic Committee voting.Villaraigosa, who took office as LA mayor in 2005, will stand down after May elections to choose his successor. He cannot stand for re-election after two terms.- © AFP,20137 memorable moments to celebrate 21 years of the backpass rule TWO-TIME OLYMPIC HOSTS Los Angeles plans to bid on hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and the city’s effort has some major celebrity backers.The American West Coast metropolis, which hosted the 1932 Games and the 1984 Olympics that were boycotted by the Soviet Union and eastern bloc countries, expressed its interest in a letter to the US Olympic Committee (USOC).“On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I am pleased to confirm our enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Villaraigosa said in the letter, published by the Los Angeles Times.“We are proud of our city’s sports heritage and tradition, and we stand ready to work with you to bring the Olympic Games back to the United States,” he added in the letter to Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the USOC.Ireland has a successful Olympic association with L.A. Bob Tisdall and Pat O’Callaghan won gold medals for athletic pursuits in 1932.In 1984, John Treacy put in a superb marathon run to claim a silver medal for Ireland.last_img read more

Jordan Peeles Twilight Zone Reboot Trailer Is a Freaky Alternate Reality

first_img Jordan Peele is here to take audiences to a creepy alternate reality, where horror, mystery, and suspense unfold dark situations: The Twilight Zone.On Thursday, CBS All Access posted a new trailer for The Twilight Zone. The reboot sci-fi series, which is hosted by Peele, follows individuals who are transported to another dimension that brings their fears, secrets, and fantasies to life. The Twilight Zone will premiere on CBS All Access on April 1.Peele, who takes viewers through The Twilight Zone, is joined by a stellar cast, including John Cho, Sanaa Lathan, Adam Scott, Allison Tolman, and Jacob Tremblay, Vulture reported.The trailer, which teases some clips from the show, is a mysterious mind trip: You’ll witness characters tackle flight nightmares, time loops, and what appears to be kids taking over the government. The best part? It’s not a dream for those involved.Sign up for a CBS All Access account to stream The Twilight Zone. For more updates, follow The Twilight Zone’s Twitter account, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the reboot series.More on Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Teaser ‘Interrupted’ the Super BowlJordan Peele Teases New ‘Us’ Trailer Ahead of Super BowlJordan Peele’s Sci-Fi Series “Weird City’ Is Coming to YouTube Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror Maze’The Twilight Zone’ Finale Trailer Introduces Creepy ‘Blurryman’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

WWII living history encampment deeply personal

first_imgIt started with something as simple as a military Mussette bag.Eric Porter was only 16 when he acquired the bag, a popular World War II alternative to a haversack. About 20 years have passed, and Porter’s collection of military antiques has only grown. Now his garage in Sherwood, Ore., is filled with the antiques.“My wife has never been able to park in the garage,” joked Porter, 36.Porter is an organizer with Living History Group Northwest, which is conducting a World War II encampment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver. Many war-era artifacts will be on display.All the items are from 1942 to 1945, and there will be plenty of group members on hand, dressed in WWII-era gear, to explain just how those antiques factored into battle. There will be a U.S. Marine Corps display, multiple tents showcasing nursing, communication and logistical stations, plus vehicles, guns and much more.“A lot of veterans love seeing this stuff,” Porter said. “It’s different to see it in a book, but to see it, touch it, smell it. It’s different in real life.”Porter drove his 1942 Ford GPW from Sherwood. He spent more than four years restoring the jeep-type vehicle, stripping it down before rebuilding it.His father, Corky, who will be a company clerk and a truck driver at the encampment, served in Vietnam for a portion of his 28 years in the military — 26 years in the Navy, and two in the Army. Porter, who has participated in the Clark County encampment three times now, said throwing these events with his father has brought the pair closer. It also presented a bonding experience for Porter and his sons Noah, 10, and Andrew, 6.last_img read more

Statement by the Ministry of Transport and Aviation in response to US

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 05 Jan 2016 – It is noted that the United States of America Embassy has issued a travel advisory warning against patronizing commercial jet-ski water sports in The Bahamas.The advisory is apparently in response to a recent incident involving an allegation of rape by a Bahamian male who was riding a private jet ski on a public beach. This incident did not involve a participant in the jet-ski industry. However, certain public comments in the aftermath of this incident may have had the unfortunate effect of erroneously projecting that the alleged perpetrator was a licensed operator when in fact he was not.The commercial water sports industry is governed by the Commercial Recreation and Water Craft Act and all operators are subject to full vetting by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) before licensing. The government of The Bahamas has instituted a zero-tolerance policy in the industry however, despite our efforts, challenges do remain.I have discussed this challenge with the Ministry of National Security who has undertaken to assist our efforts in ensuring a lawful and orderly environment. I shall be meeting with owners and operators tomorrow to discuss this advisory and its potential impact on their livelihood.Again in the interest of accuracy, the most recent incident DID NOT involve anyone who is licensed to engage in commercial water sports. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp US advisory against jet skiing in The Bahamas, raises concerns about the industry in TCI Recommended for you Related Items:jetski, rape allegation, travel advisory warninglast_img read more

Historic victory Higgs Greene win their government scholarships

first_imgIn a time when parents are often around the court house for children who have had suspect run-ins with the law; these parents were fighting for their super intelligent children to get what is now deemed their fair due.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Feb 2016 – The Minister of Education & the National Scholars Committee lost in that case against them where three students claimed they had been robbed of beneficial scholarships.  Ministry of Education introduces pilot program The CJ has quashed the decision to refuse awarding Higgs and Greene their scholarships and she ordered that the Minister and the Committee now reconsider their decision.  As for what is next; the board now must decide how it will furnish Higgs and Greene with their scholarships.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp But the TCI has not adopted this criterion for itself, so that is where they were challenged and today, Attorney Clayton Greene managed to snag a precedent setting victory for his son and another.  If this had been granted by CJ Ramsay Hale, the three filing the suit would have been tied for first, and not third.  IN truth, then there would have been a four way tie for first among the 2014 finalists in the National Scholars winners.   The families are thrilled at this outcome, which impacts Ryesha and Tristan, specifically.  Related Items:akierra missick, national scholarship committee, ryesha higgs, Tristan Greene The reply to Ryesha, we are told, was a letter dismissing her concern.  As for how this mix up happened… it was that the Committee suddenly altered their decision making process because of the ties they faced with that 2014 bunch.  The Collegiate and Cambridge value as higher, the IGCSEs completed with higher A grades… Davonte Smith had his A grades, with stars which means he earned higher scores than Tristan and Ryesha. center_img Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools All three in the law suit earned nine As on their IGCSE exams; nine As.  All three are tied.  One argument of the complainants did fail though; they lost on the point that students who got IGCSEs or CXCs with excellent grades on less sittings should be seen as higher achievers.  It is unclear if they will receive this retroactively. Ryesha is in university now, but her mother told us 18 year old Miss Higgs had hoped the case would not come to court; that she had written to the committee explaining the conundrum and that she had copied Minister of Education, Akierra Missick on the matter.  In a landmark ruling, Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay Hale this morning determined that indeed Tristan Greene, Ryesha Higgs and Davonte Smith were all tied for third and therefore all deserved to get the reward of a third place finish. It means both Ryesha, who is already on the Dean’s List at Long Island University in NY as a biology student with a 3.8GPA should get her up to $40,000 per year, to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree through the government’s scholarship programme.  Recommended for you Tristan Greene is still at the British West Indies Collegiate working on his A Levels and it means he too has now earned the same thing according to the judge.  Education Minister tours schools this weeklast_img read more

Hotstar Zapr tieup for mobile audience analytics in India

first_imgMembers of a family watch television in their home in Srinagar as the city remains under curfew following weeks of violence in Kashmir, August 21, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileHotstar, one of India’s leading OTT platforms, and Zapr Media Labs, a Bangalore based media tech company, today announced a strategic partnership to drive the next wave of mobile audience analytics in India.The two companies will work together to create a deep understanding of mobile audiences that can be leveraged by brands to create personalised communication and offers.While access to the Internet has been exploding in India in the last few years, especially on the mobile screen, mobile marketing has been constrained till date by the lack of availability of platforms that marry deep user engagement and audience segmentation.Many brands have deployed significant amounts of money on mobile in the last few years, especially through banner and in stream display ads, marketers have been frustrated by the lack of brand building vehicles online that allow them to leverage deep audience analytics.Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar said, “We believe that we have a shot at creating the world’s premier truly personalised advertising service, which benefits both brands and consumers.”Sandipan Mondal, Co-founder and CEO, Zapr Media Labs said, “We look forward to accelerating the pace of our research & development, growing our product portfolio and building a deeper and long lasting relationship with the larger media and advertising industry.”The strategic partnership is accompanied by a minority investment into Zapr Media Labs from Star. Zapr’s proprietary technology platform analyses television viewership across 600+ channels in India providing targeted digital analytics and insight into offline consumption behaviour.Zapr has built an analytics platform that combines this proprietary understanding with enriched data that allows advertisers to use it for sharper audience targeting and analysis.Zapr enjoys a strong foothold in the analytics space and as part of the next stage of growth, plans to invest further in R&D and grow the team across cross platform data sciences, analytics and product management.For Hotstar, the partnership signals a clear intent to evolve from a media startup to a full-fledged technology and analytics company that shapes the next wave of mobile usage and advertising in India. With more than 60 million users in the month of January and a sharp uptick in user growth in the last few months, the platform already boasts of some of the highest daily engagement amongst its followers.The announcement is a big step in the direction of becoming the world’s premier personalised advertising service.last_img read more

41000 for a bottle 60yearold wine

first_imgThis handout photo illustration taken by Celia McCarthy and released by Dig + Fish on July 21, 2017 shows a rare bottle of first vintage 1951 Penfolds Grange wine which went to auction on July 19 in Melbourne. AFPA 66-year-old bottle of Australian wine has sold for more than $41,000 in Melbourne, it was confirmed on Friday.The bottle of 1951 Penfolds Grange Hermitage was auctioned off by MW Wines on Wednesday night with an unnamed collector taking the piece of history home for $41,110, reports Xinhua news agency.The vintage, Penfold’s first, was produced by Max Schubert, the prestigious company’s chief winemaker at the time, and was never made publicly available.It is believed that around 1,800 bottles of the wine were produced, 20 of which still exist today.It is the first sale of the 1951 wine since another bottle was sold for $39,870 in 2004.Nick Stamford, managing director of MW Wines, said it was a “staggering” price for “a piece of history”.He said that the wine had been tasted by Schubert in 1993 and Penfolds’ current chief winemaker in 2012 who confirmed it was still in excellent condition.“The 1951 is now quite notorious for many of them being not in great shape for drinking. Some are fantastic, but very variable. There is the old saying—there is no great old wines, there is just great old bottles,” Stamford told the Australian media on Friday.“Some bottles still have fruit sweetness and flavour length. Largely the wine has a dull tawny colour and skeletal palate structure with little flesh and fading tannins,” he said.“I would imagine this one’s going to be part of history rather than being drunk. It’s an investment,” he added.Penfolds is Australia’s best-known winemaker with vintages regularly being sold for thousands of dollars despite some experts disputing that is the country’s best wine.last_img read more

UK says wont extradite Assange

first_imgWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain on 19 May. Photo: ReutersThe United Kingdom told Ecuador in August that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not be extradited if he left the country’s London embassy, where he has lived under asylum since 2012, Ecuador’s top government attorney said on Thursday.In a written response to queries from Ecuador, the UK explained that it had not received any extradition request, and said Assange’s jail time in the UK for violating bail terms by seeking refuge in the embassy would not exceed six months, Iñigo Salvador, who represents the Ecuadorean government in court proceedings, told reporters.Salvador said Ecuador passed on the UK’s response to Assange’s lawyers, but noted that if Assange stayed in the embassy Ecuador would put new conditions on his stay.”Mr Assange had a choice between turning himself in to British authorities with those assurances, or staying in the embassy of Ecuador, but given that the asylum had lasted six years with no signs of immediate resolution we were going to place certain rules,” Salvador said at a news conference.It was unclear if the UK’s assurances were still valid. Assange’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office referred to foreign office minister Alan Duncan’s June statement that Assange would be treated “humanely and properly” if he left the embassy.Assange took refuge in the embassy after British courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case. That case has been dropped, but supporters have said that Assange fears he could be extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy.WikiLeaks, which published US diplomatic and military secrets when Assange ran the operation, faces a US grand jury investigation.The relationship between Assange and Ecuador has grown increasingly tense in the past year. Assange filed a lawsuit in an Ecuadorean court last week claiming the new asylum terms, which require him to pay for medical bills and telephone calls and to clean up after his pet cat, violate his rights.Ecuador says the rules are consistent with international asylum standards.Ecuador’s foreign minister, José Valencia, told Reuters earlier this week that he was “frustrated” by Assange’s decision to file suit, and said the South American country would no longer intervene on his behalf in talks with Britain over his situation, a break from previous practice.On Thursday, Salvador refuted Assange’s claims in the suit that Ecuador prevented him from receiving visitors, denied him counsel and cut off access to communications, noting that he received 62 visits between July and October, including some from his lawyers.An initial hearing in the case had been scheduled for Thursday, but the presiding judge suspended it after the videoconference that was supposed to beam Assange into the courtroom faltered.last_img read more

Sri Lanka extends emergency by a month

first_imgSri Lankan soldiers stand guard under the rain at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on 25 April 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPSri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday extended by a month the state of Emergency that was imposed immediately after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 people and injured hundreds.Sirisena issued a proclamation saying that the emergency would continue for another 30 days, “in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community”, the Daily Mirror reported.The emergency gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods of time.The government initially imposed the Emergency to crack down on Islamist militants blamed for the 21 April carnage at three luxury hotels, three churches and two other locations. The killings were claimed by the Islamic State.In the aftermath, anti-Muslim violence broke out in Sri Lanka in a backlash against the attacks. Muslim-owned homes and shops as well as mosques were targeted in the riots that claimed one life.The police and the military say that a “peaceful situation was now prevailing in the country” after they arrested almost all those involved in the Easter attacks. The troops and police, however, remain on alert across the island.last_img read more

Metro Is Adding Some Extra Service Before And After The Super Bowl

first_imgGail DelaughterBuses at Metro’s Downtown Transit Center.If your boss is letting you out early this week to beat the Super Bowl crowds, you’ll probably be able to take your usual bus back to the park and ride. Metro’s Jerome Gray says they’re offering outbound service for commuters starting during the lunch hour. “If they may be getting off early, if they decide they want to go home a little earlier, then we want to be able to provide that service for them,” says Gray. Metro says those early buses are primarily for downtown workers who may be trying to get home before Super Bowl crowds converge on Discovery Green. “On many of the routes downtown we’ll be running that service every 15 minutes and some every 30 minutes starting at 12:00, 12:30,” adds Gray. Metro is also running another service for fans who need to leave town right after the game. Gray says the 102 Airport Express will run all night to Bush Intercontinental.“Whether you’re an employee or working at the airport or a visitor who’s looking for a way to get to the airport economically in the early hours, that service will be running Sunday night straight into Monday morning,” adds Gray. You can catch the 102 Airport Express at the Downtown Transit Center and the fare is only $1.25. Those buses will run every 30 minutes. Share X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:59last_img read more