Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Revised Blasting Schedule Highway 125 will be closed between exits 7 and 8 at 2 p.m., today, Oct. 16, Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18. Delays have been less than 10 minutes, but drivers should be prepared for delays of up to 20 minutes or use alternate routes if possible. -30-last_img

Deadline to Submit Names for New Park Extended

first_imgCape Breton students have an extra week to send in their submissions to name the new park being built over the former Sydney Tar Ponds site. The new deadline is Friday, April 26 at midnight. The Sydney Park Project campaign, which was launched in March by the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, is inviting Cape Breton students from Grades primary to 12 to submit their suggestions. “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about the campaign so far, as well as questions, and requests for site tours,” said Gary Campbell, president of Nova Scotia Lands Inc. “By extending the deadline for submissions by a week, we’re hoping to make sure as many students as possible get a chance to have their voices heard.” The proposed park names and the student’s explanation for why they chose it will be evaluated based on how original and optimistic the submission is, as well as how it relates to the area’s past, present or future – physically and/or historically. Names reflective of all local heritage and cultures are welcome, but names of specific people will not be considered for the park site. The top submissions will be posted on the campaign website in May, and Canadians will then be able to vote for their favourite. The voting period will run for about four weeks, and the winner, along with the official name of the new park, will be announced at a special community announcement in June. More information about the Sydney Park Project naming campaign, including the application form, tips on submitting, and contest rules and regulations, is available at Sydney-area residents and visitors can look forward to sports fields, an outdoor stage, a playground area, dog park, skating area and pedestrian bridges, trails and more when the park opens to the public this fall. The project is within budget, and is on schedule to be finished by March 2014. For updates about the Sydney Park Project, follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

NIA sends doc back after clarification on Yaseen Maliks blood report

first_imgNew Delhi: An apparently inexplicable figure in separatist Yaseen Malik’s documents led to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) calling leading Delhi cardiologist Upendra Kaul for an explanation on Friday. Kaul, who has been treating Malik for various cardiac ailments for two decades, told NIA officials the number in the separatist leader’s papers referred to a blood test and not crores of rupees. The cardiologist said he was out of the NIA headquarters within 30 minutes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I explained to them that the figure mentioned was related to his (Malik’s) blood reports and not money. The officers were convinced and that’s all,” Kaul said after the questioning. He said he told the NIA that Malik had been his patient and had consulted him for heart trouble and the entry in the documents pertained to that. Malik is in Tihar Jail in judicial custody in two cases, including one related to terror funding. Kaul has been critical of the Centre for revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and the communications clampdown that followed. The NIA is probing a case related to terror funding of various groups and is examining messages exchanged by Malik with various people over a period of time.last_img read more

Rallies planned as calls for change follow Saskatchewan verdict

first_imgColten Boushie was fatally shot in the head on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsRallies are being held across Canada this weekend in the wake of a jury finding Gerald Stanley not guilty of the second-degree murder of Colten Boushie.The late Friday verdict shocked Boushie supporters and saw Indigenous leaders call for calm amid wrestling with their own feelings.“…the jury system is going to be a flawed and unjust system,” Indigenous Senator and former judge Murray Sinclair posted on Facebook.“The United Kingdom enacted legislation to remove (striking Indigenous people from the jury). It’s time for Canada to do the same or this will not be the last time we see such injustice.”Sinclair, best-known for championing reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples, was not alone.“How can there be no consequences at all for shooting and killing Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man?” asked Lillian Dyck on her Facebook page.Dyck is an Indigenous senator from Saskatchewan, where the trial in Battleford polarized citizens racial views and politicians warned people to react responsibly.A Stanley supporter wasted no time in seeking donations online for legal fees.“Unfortunate events to follow led to, what was proved to be, a freak accident, which cost the life of one of the young men” wrote Sam Olson on a gofundme page set for $25,000.“As I can imagine, the Stanley family has spent thousands on legal fees surrounding this ordeal.”The 56-year-old farmer from Biggar was portrayed as protecting his property with a gun that he claimed fired accidentally, while Boushie, 22, was described as a threat in a vehicle full of would-be thieves despite court being told he was asleep.“We will not give up our fight for justice,” Boushie’s cousin Jade Tootoosis said immediately afterwards on the courthouse steps, where she has been the family spokesperson.She expressed doubts about a fair trial after the 12-person jury appeared to lack any Indigenous members. Something the first federal Aboriginal justice minister noticed, too.“My thoughts are with the family of Colten Boushie tonight,” Jodi Wilson-Raybould said Friday on Twitter. “I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices.“As a country we can and must do better.”Saskatchewan chiefs urged the public to speak out on social media and suggested the verdict was a challenge to reconciliation efforts.“This is not going to go away any time soon,” said Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron. “Something has to happen. The federal government has to happen.”But Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe warned people to be careful.“I would urge everyone to be measured in their reaction,” he said in a statement asking for calm. “Let us all remember our personal responsibility for our thoughts, our actions, and our comments – including those on social media.”The Boushie family hired its own lawyer and is raising money to pay legal and travel costs associated with the trial.APTN National News will have full coverage of the verdict and rallies on Sunday’s newscast.last_img read more

Imran orders probe India seeks details into forced conversion and marriages of

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday ordered a probe into reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and to take immediate steps for their recovery, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In a separate video, the minor girls can be seen saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will. In a Twitter post in Urdu on Sunday, Information Minister Chaudhry said that the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. Chaudhry said the prime minister has also ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments to devise a joint action plan in light of the incident, and to take concrete steps to prevent such incidents from happening again. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The minorities in Pakistan make up the white of our flag and all of our flag’s colours are precious to us. Protection of our flag is our duty,” he said. On Saturday, Chaudhry said that the government had taken notice of reports of the forced conversion and underage marriages of the two girls. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi has directed IG Police Sindh to probe and submit report on abduction of two Hindu girls at the earliest. In a tweet, he said “both the girls are citizens of Pakistan and it is our binding duty to protect them.” The Hindu community in Pakistan has carried out massive demonstrations calling for strict action to be taken against those responsible, while reminding Prime Minister Khan of his promises to the minorities of the country. Last year, Khan during his election campaign had said his party’s agenda was to uplift the various religious groups across Pakistan and said they would take effective measures to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls. Pakistan Hindu Council chief and Member of National Assembly from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Ramesh Kumar Vankwani condemned the incident and demanded that the bill against forced conversion, which was unanimously passed by Sindh Assembly in 2016 and then reverted due to pressure of extremist elements, must be resurrected and passed in the assembly on priority basis. “All of those who are preaching hate under the cover of religion must be handled like banned religious organisations,” he added. Sanjesh Dhanja, President of Pakistan Hindu Sewa Welfare Trust, an NGO, earlier urged Prime Minister Khan to take note of the incident and prove to everyone that minorities were indeed safe and secure in Pakistan. “The truth is minorities suffer from different sorts of persecution and the problem of young Hindu girls being kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to convert to Islam or get married to much older men is widespread in Sindh, he said. Dhanja said the Hindu community had staged several sit-ins in Ghotki district after which police reluctantly registered FIR against the accused persons. The Hindu community leaders have claimed that the accused belonged to the Kohbar and Malik tribes in the area. Following the incident, an FIR was filed by the girls’ brother, alleging that their father had an altercation with the accused sometime ago and on the eve of Holi they armed with pistols forcibly entered their home and took the sisters away. A Pakistan Muslim League-Functional MPA Nand Kumar Goklani, who had initially moved a bill against forced conversions, urged the government to get the law passed immediately. Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country. Majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with their Muslim On the other hand, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday sought details from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad following reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two Pakistani Hindu girls in Sindh province. “I have asked the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send a report,” the Minister tweeted. The two sisters, aged 15 and 13, were reportedly abducted on the eve of Holi. The incident came to light after their father and brother said in videos that went viral on social media that the two were kidnapped and forced to embrace Islam. In a separate video, however, the minor girls are heard saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will. Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into the incident, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday. Chaudhry said Khan wanted concrete steps taken to prevent such incidents from happening again. The Hindu community in Pakistan staged protests seeking action against the kidnappers.last_img read more

Depressed youth sets himself on fire at Salt Lake residence

first_imgKolkata: A youth reportedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire early on Sunday morning at BF block in Salt Lake. His family members claimed that the youth, identified as Adhip Mukherjee, was suffering from mental depression.According to police, on Sunday at around 5:30 am, one Shaonli Majumdar, a resident of BF-39, saw flames coming out of a window at the first floor of BF-53, which is located just opposite her house. Immediately, she rushed there and alerted the house owner Vivekananda Chakraborty, who along with his wife Sunayana immediately went upstairs. They found that fire had broken out at the room where their nephew resides. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeeing no other way, Vivekananda broke the door and found Mukherjee lying on the floor in burnt condition. After having a close look, they understood that he was already dead. The Bidhannagar North police station was informed immediately. Later, police recovered the body and searched Mukherjee’s room. During the search, a four-page suicide note was recovered. In the note, it was written that he did not want to live anymore as he was feeling alone in this world. Mukherjee had also mentioned who is going to be the owner of the property belonging to him. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring questioning, Sunayana and Vivekananda stated that Mukherjee had tried to commit suicide twice earlier. During July last year when he went to Frasergunj at Bakkhali in South 24-Parganas, he reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into the ocean but was rescued by the locals. Mukherjee had been suffering from depression since 2005, when his father passed away. The situation got worse after his mother died in 2016. Since then, he had been staying with his aunt’s family. He was also going through psychiatric treatment for depression. But recently, he stopped taking his medication. An Unnatural Death case has been registered at Bidhannagar North police station.last_img read more

Latest UN findings will help countries design better health strategies

27 October 2008Heart disease is the leading cause of death in rich countries, while pneumonia is the number one killer in poor nations, reveals a new study published by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) that provides countries with key data for decision-making, planning and setting priorities. The latest assessment of the Global Burden of Disease provides features comparisons between deaths, diseases and injuries whether by region, age, sex or country income for 2004. The WHO study also provides projections of deaths and burden of disease by cause and region to the year 2030, as well as details of the top 10 causes of death and estimates for over 130 disease and injury causes. “It is vital that we have a global and regional picture of deaths, disease and disability,” says Colin Mathers, WHO’s Coordinator for Epidemiology and Burden of Disease and lead author of the study. “It enables policymakers and countries to identify the gaps and ensure that help and efforts are directed to those who are most in need. Countries can use the information to create strategies and cost-effective interventions aimed at improving health across the world.” Among its findings, the study says that the top five causes of death in poor countries are pneumonia, heart disease, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and stroke, while in rich countries it is heart disease, followed by stroke, lung cancer, pneumonia, and asthma/bronchitis.It also shows that men between the ages of 15 and 60 years have much higher risks of dying than women in the same age category in every region of the world. According to WHO, this is mainly due to higher levels of heart diseases and injuries, including those from violence and conflict. This difference is most pronounced in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Eastern European region. Depression is the leading cause of years lost due to disability, the burden being 50 per cent higher for females than males, the study says. Alcohol abuse is among the 10 leading causes of disability in both rich and poor countries. In addition, Africa accounts for nine out of every 10 child deaths due to malaria and to HIV/AIDS, and half of the world’s child deaths due to diarrhoeal disease and pneumonia. The study contains information on causes of death in the different regions, leading causes of death by age and sex, and the numbers of people with various diseases and disabilities.Also included are the causes of loss of health and the actual loss of years of good health, which are measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). One Daly is equivalent to the loss of one year of full health. read more

TSX advances Wall Street turns lower on mixed US jobs report

TORONTO — North American markets were mixed Thursday, with the Toronto Stock Exchange advancing while New York markets turned lower.At mid-afternoon, the S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 79.41 points at 14,632.74 as trading resumed after a one-day break for Canada Day.The Canadian dollar fell below the 80-cent US mark for the first time since early June, shedding 0.39 of a U.S. cent to 79.67 cents. The loonie continued to drift lower in the wake of a Statistics Canada report earlier in the week showing the economy contracted for a fourth consecutive month in April, which has raised recession fears and led to speculation about a possible rate cut by the Bank of Canada.On the commodity markets, the August crude contract gained 22 cents to US$57.18 a barrel and the August gold contract dropped $5.40 to US$1,163.90 an ounce.In New York, markets turned lower amid continued worries over the Greek debt crisis and a mixed report on the U.S. jobs market. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 56.19 points at 17,701.72, while the Nasdaq fell 16.31 points to 4,996.81 and the S&P 500 declined 4.98 points to 2,072.44.American markets will be closed Friday in advance of the July 4th Independence Day holiday on Saturday. Canadian markets will be open.In economic news, the U.S. Labor Department reported the American economy added 223,000 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate falling to a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.However, the drop in the unemployment rate was mainly because many of the unemployed had given up searching for jobs. Also on the negative side, wage growth stalled last month after showing signs of improvement earlier in the year. Adding to the disappointment was a report from the Commerce Department that U.S. factory orders declined one per cent in May, the biggest drop in three months.And orders for durable goods — those expected to last at least three years — fell 2.2 per cent in May, which was even worse than the 1.8 per cent drop forecast in a preliminary report last week.U.S. manufacturing has suffered this year under the weight of a rising dollar, which has hurt exports by making American goods more expensive in other countries.Also, never far from traders’ minds, was the ongoing Greek debt crisis. Among developments Thursday was an analysis from the International Monetary Fund that said Athens needs debt relief and 50 billion euros in new financing from October through 2018.The analysis, conducted before Athens defaulted on loans to the IMF on Tuesday, warned that creditors needed to offer Greece discounted interest rates and a longer repayment period.Greeks vote Sunday on whether to accept demands that creditors had been proposing to resolve the standoff over bailout funds. read more

Strong laws to be introduced soon says President

He recalled that the new government hasn’t issued any license to foreign companies to engage in the local gem industry. He said the first job he did as soon as he took the portfolio of the ministry, was to cancel the license given to four foreign companies by the former government. President Maithripala Sirisena says he would enforce laws against those who engaged in illicit tree cutting, sand mining, stone mining and gem industry, irrespective of their social level.He emphasized the government will not let anybody to destroy natural resources. The President was speaking in Parliament today as the Minister of Environment and Mahaweli Development, when the budgetary estimate of the Ministry was being debated. “Actions will be taken to get the foreign technical knowledge required by the gem industry, through the projects implemented by the government. The government’s policy on the gem industry will not let any room for foreign companies”, the President said.“Instructions have been given to the armed forces, police, Forest Conservation Department and the Government Agents to totally stop clearing forest resources. We will take alternative actions over the re-settlements”, he said. The President also stated that the government is on a strict stand to act according to the international agreements to protect Ozone Layer in accordance to the Vienna Agreement, within the three years plan of the Ministry of Environment.He also recalled that an group has been appointed to investigate about the corruption occurred in Ilmenite Factory in Pumuddai and added a new program will implemented to gain the income of that factory to the government.“The required development activities will be expedited in the new program initiated by the Environment and Mahaweli Development Ministry”, the President further stated. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New novel edition of Anne Frank diary is what she wanted

A photo taken on January 1, 1942 and released by the Anne Frank Fonds shows a portrait of Anne Frank who died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in May 1945 at the age of 1Credit:HO/AFP A photo taken on January 1, 1942 and released by the Anne Frank Fonds shows a portrait of Anne Frank who died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in May 1945 at the age of 1 Otto Frank with his daughters Anne and Margot One striking example of an editorial change is a noticeably kinder tone towards her mother, with whom it is apparent from her original diary she had a distant and cold relationship.“The reader will read Anne Frank’s ‘novel’ with all the creative and literary choices she has made. This actually brings the reader much closer to the writer, Anne Frank,” added Ms Mostart. Publisher Joachim von Zepelin says he was “amazed” at the literary talent that shines through in the new publication, and demand had “gone through the roof”..“This composition is very different in style and substance to the original published version,” he said. “It is much more literary. The original one is at times very childish.”“Otto Frank was not a literary expert, he actually hid the literary qualities of his daughter. From a literary point of view this version is the diamond, it is the best of them all. It is the one that should be published because it is the one she wanted published.“We are a small publishing house but I’ve never seen anything like this. Anne Frank is an icon in Germany, where everyone student reads her diaries in school. We dealt with our history in a very intense way and she made it approachable.”This latest publication would probably have never come about had it not been for the work of Laureen Nussbaum, a neighbour of the Franks in Amsterdam who went on to become a professor of literature at Portland State University in the US.Ms Nussbaum, aged 91 and who can still remember rehearsing a play as a schoolchild with Anne in 1941, worked tirelessly to have the book published as a stand alone text. On a recent tour of Germany to promote the ‘novel’ she told journalists the publication was the realisation of a dream “that I’d worked for 25 years” to realise. It is often been thought Otto Frank’s role as editor of the version he created from those two scripts and sent to publishers 75 years ago may have been unwittingly influenced by his paternal feelings. Otto Frank with his daughters Anne and MargotCredit:Imogen Brown /Big Apple For seven decades, the diary of Anne Frank has given the world an intimate and moving account of daily life under Nazi occupation through the eyes of a Jewish schoolgirl in hiding.But now, the actual account the teenage girl herself had wanted published in novel form has been released for the first time.The book, called Liebe Kitty – or Dear Kitty, named after the imaginary friend she wrote to – is published only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland due to copyright laws. It has been welcomed as a fascinating insight into the literary aspirations of the talented schoolgirl.It differs subtly from the version of her diary – translated into more than 60 languages – that is so well known today and was published after her father, Otto, merged her original diary, started when she was 13, with the more polished version she had worked on before she was captured by the Gestapo.Her father was the only member of the Franks who survived the Holocaust after the family was discovered hiding in the secret annexe of the house in Amsterdam in the Netherlands in August 1944. Anne died aged 15 of typhus in Bergen-Belsen, shortly before prisoners in the camp were liberated by British troops in April 1945. Frank had in fact been inspired to write a novel version of her diaries after hearing an announcement broadcast by the BBC in March 1944 by the exiled Dutch education minister who urged citizens to preserve documents as a lasting testimony to the horrors perpetrated by the Nazi regime during the occupation.That BBC appeal encouraged Anne to pursue more rigorously her literary ambitions. So began her attempts to edit the diaries, removing tracts she felt too personal or mundane while honing her skills as a young writer.“Her great dream was to become a famous author and journalist,” explained Maatje Mostart from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, which worked with publishers, Secession Verlag, on releasing Liebe Kitty.“There are a number of differences between her original diary texts on the one hand and the manuscript of her ‘novel’ on the other.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Sandy Bridge Shipments Resume

first_imgIntel has started to ship out the newly fixed Sandy Bridge processors. Computer manufactures have already received the new processors, which means that the new motherboards and,computers models should start shipping soon. Intel stopped shipments on all Sandy Bridge chipsets earlier this year, because of a defect found in the chip. The move caused major delays in the industry. Officially Intel resumed shipping on Feb 14th without releasing any official comments about when retail stores can expect the processor to arrive.Intel seems to be stepping back into the game and can hopefully put the issue in its past. However, I do think that Intel could have talked more openly about the Sandy Bridge issue instead of keeping the door closed on the topic. Via X Bit Labslast_img read more

Minister Wells Envisions ACP Countries Becoming Major Fisheries Exporters

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 23, 2017 – Nassau – As the 5th Meeting of ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Nassau closed on Thursday, delegates resolved to create a strategic plan to secure the aquaculture and fisheries sectors of the 79 member countries (of almost one billion people) to bring about foreign exchange, improve job security and food security.Bahamas Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells chaired the week-long meeting and, delighted that the group arrived at a resolution, gave brief remarks to the media at the session’s closing.    He remarked with respect to the potential of the blue economy:  “Over the next few years, you’re going to see nations in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific engaging in fisheries at the level of Asia, so we become major exporters in the industry, able to supply food and maintain food security in our own economies, as well as assist in creating jobs, and able to export our products to other countries.”He observed that promotion of the growth of fisheries along the current level of Asian countries is not a lack of will, but rather a matter of implementation of new technology, or of creating the funding.ACP Assistant Secretary General Viwanou Gnassounou noted, “Since 2012, we still have to improve upon the monitoring of the process and also the mobilization of resources for implementation.   We are catalysts in this situation and we look at how we can accelerate the movement.“The Blue Economy Initiative is based on investment.  We need to focus on value addition, processing and export.   That is the only way we can reach the level of what you are assessing.”The conclave took place at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Cable Beach, September 18-21, 2017 — almost two years since the last meeting attended by The Bahamas, in 2015 during the 29th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly that took place June 15-17, 2015 in Suva, Fiji.The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands have up to US$5.3 billion worth of fish exports entering the international market each year.    The meeting seeks to reinforce shared commitments to improve governance and boost development of fisheries and aquaculture resources.Of the 79 ACP Group of States, more than 60 export fisheries products, both from maritime and inland fisheries and from aquaculture.   Of these, more than 50 countries are coastal states, most of them with important coastal fishing communities.The meeting allowed the countries to take stock of the ACP strategic plan of action for fisheries and aquaculture and share regional good practices, deepen partnerships, and discuss priority issues for multilateral engagement.By: Gena GibbsPhoto Caption:At the Press Conference at Closure of the 5th Meeting of ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture, September 21, 2017 – Chairman of the meeting, Bahamas Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells addresses the media.   At the table, the group pictured from left: Dr. Kaire Mbuende, Chairman of ACP Working Group on Fisheries; Phaedra Rahming, Permanent Secretary, Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources; Minister Renward Wells; Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assistant Secretary General; and the Hon. Lopaoo Natanielu Mua, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Samoa.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

TSA precheck program implemented at select NFL stadiums

first_img(WSVN) – The Transportation Security Administration may be bring their talents to the National Football League, allowing fans to get prechecked.At certain locations, NFL fans will be able to sign up for the TSA precheck program. According to Business Wire, the San Francisco 49ers will begin experimenting with the new method of getting fans into stadiums.Apply for the program costs $85 and is valid for five years.While the program has yet to find its way to Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins and Hurricanes, TSA said they are looking to expand.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Borough Proclaims April As Sexual Assault Awareness Month

first_imgBarbara Walters, Training and Education Coordinator at the LeeShore Center: “We’re holding the community awareness workshop, and that is a 40 hour workshop here at the LeeShore Center. It is open to the community and we will be discussing domestic violence, sexual assault, and the effects of domestic violence on children.” One in three women and one in six men in the United States experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout April, events throughout the State of Alaska will bring attention to the issue as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The LeeShore Center in Kenai, and the Haven House in Homer, have full-time staff and volunteers who work year-round to address sexual assault in the Kenai Peninsula, by providing 24-hour crisis services. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to end it. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, who was absent at Tuesday nights’ meeting, submitted a proclamation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.center_img The Community Awareness Workshop on Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault is a 5- day workshop held each April and October. Walters: “We will have guest speakers from the office for children services, the District Attorney’s office, and also our staff will be doing different parts of the workshop all week long.” The LeeShore Center is currently hosting its annual Spring Community Awareness Workshop: On Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, on April 1-5.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 12 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioNewly Forming Permafrost May Not Survive Century’s EndEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksScientists are announcing a surprising find from the arctic: new permafrost is still forming. But it is unlikely to survive beyond the end of the century. That’s according to a new study out this week in the publication Geophysical Research Letters. Researchers made the discovery at a lake in Alaska’s Eastern Interior.Air Quality Permit Raises Ire Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe state Department of Environmental Conservation has given the go ahead for an air quality permit for Usibelli Coal’s Wishbone Hill mine near Palmer.   The move has been met with outrage by members of the Castle Mountain Coalition, an anti-coal group in the Matanuska Valley.Subsistence Users Criticize Miners And Regulators At Nome MeetingZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeSubsistence users in Nome are criticizing gold miners and regulators for failing to take into account the negative impacts mining is having on other resources in the area. Officials from different agencies took public comment on the issue at a community meeting yesterday.Research Opportunities Abound In Funny River Fire AftermathShaylon Cochran, KDLL – KenaiThe Funny River fire is now considered 60 percent contained, with minimal fire growth over the past few days. As the fire slowly burns out, scientists are excited about new research possibilities in the area.2,000 Dancers Make Grand Entrance To CelebrationRosemarie Alexander, KTOO – JuneauMore than two-thousand Southeast Alaska Natives danced their way to Juneau’s Centennial Hall on Wednesday evening for Celebration 2014.The biennial festival is the largest cultural event in the state. Organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, it brings multiple generations of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people together to celebrate their culture.Before The Pipeline: Ritchie MusickMolly Rettig, APRN ContributorFairbanks didn’t attract a lot of young, single ladies in the ‘60s. Ritchie Musick was 24 when she first came to Alaska to escape city life in southern California. She found all the adventure she dreamed of–hauling water, mushing, and moose in the backyard. Fifty years later she has the same frontier spirit, though she finally got plumbing.Urban Yeti Improv Group Enters Second SeasonLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageHow can you tell when a town has matured into a city? You could use sheer population numbers, but that’s boring. How about entertainment offerings? Anchorage can now boast two comedy Improv groups.  Scared Scriptless has been around for several years, and newcomer Urban Yeti Improv is starting its second season.last_img read more

Cyber attack on Indias Union Bank similar to BB heist WSJ

first_imgA cyber attack on Union Bank of India last July began after an employee opened an email attachment releasing malware that allowed hackers to steal the state-run bank’s data, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.The attempt closely resembled the cybertheft last year of more than $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve, the paper reported.The opening of the email attachment, which looked like it had come from India’s central bank, initiated the malware that hackers used to steal Union Bank’s access codes for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a system that lenders use for international transactions.The codes were used to send transfer instructions for about $170 million to a Union Bank account at Citigroup Inc in New York.Union Bank had traced the money trail and blocked the movement of funds.SWIFT late last year said that some banks using its system had been attacked after the Bangladesh heist, the Journal said, but did not specifically name Union Bank of India.Union Bank Chairman Arun Tiwari told the newspaper that SWIFT officials had been working with the bank since the day of the cyber attack.SWIFT declined to comment.last_img read more

Young journo found dead in Jamalpur

first_imgA young journalist who set out from the capital for his village home in Sherpur on Tuesday was found dead by the rail tracks in Sadar upazila of Jamalpur district on Wednesday, reports UNB.Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered the body of Ibn Reza Fagun, 20, son of Kakon Reza, former general secretary of Sherpur Press Club.Fagun left online news portal in April as a sub-editor for joining another news portal, said family members.They said Fagun boarded a Sherpur-bound bus at Mohakhali in the capital on Tuesday evening. He talked to his father around 8:00pm but later his phone was found switched off.On Wednesday noon, his body was found by the rail tracks at Nandina Ranagachha Madhyapara in Sadar upazila of Jamalpur.Officer-in-charge of Jamalpur GRP station Tapos Kumar Pundit said the body was handed over to the family after autopsy.The body bore several injury marks, he said, adding that miscreants might have beaten the journalist to death and dumped the body by the rail tracks.last_img read more

Hulu and George RR Martin Are Developing New Wild Cards Shows

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Hulu This WeekendDisney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN Bundle Hulu and author George R.R. Martin are developing two new shows based on Martin’s sci-fi anthology book series, Wild Cards.The streaming service will open a writer’s room for the Wild Cards shows, reported Variety. Hulu and Universal Cable Productions will produce the shows, while industry vet Andrew Miller will executive produce and write both shows. Martin, who is also co-executive producing Game of Thrones, and Melinda Snodgrass, a co-editor of the Wild Cards series, will also executive produce the new projects. Hulu hasn’t disclosed dates for the shows yet, but it’s likely they will both premiere in 2019.‘Wild Cards I’ book (Photo Credit: George R.R. Martin)Wild Cards isn’t your typical post-apocalyptic story line. Set in modern times, the Wild Cards books follow the impact of a deadly alien virus that plagued New York City in 1946. The airborne virus, which killed 90 percent of those infected, left life-changing consequences for survivors, including altered DNA, physical deformities, and for some, superpowers.Dubbed the Wild Card virus, it’s passed from generation to generation and activates after traumatic experiences. Victims of the virus are either killed, injured, or develop crazy powers when it hits them. The Wild Cards books follow these survivors as they seek justice and try to repair their lives.The Wild Cards books made their debut in 1987, and to date, more than 40 authors have contributed to the series. Over 24 books in the Wild Cards series have been published, and the most recent entries, Low Chicago and Texas Hold ‘Em, were introduced in early 2018.It will be interesting to see how the shows will interpret Wild Cards‘ twisted plot and the fate of the characters from 1946 to the present day.More on Best Anime on HuluThe Best Classic Sitcoms on Hulu6 Shows to Check Out on Hulu While You Canlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “But two weeks off, that might be too much time, in my opinion.”The caveat to the mind set is of course if a key player was to get seriously injured in a game that may not hold any significance to the team’s postseason position, well, that would be a tough pill to swallow. Arians was with the Colts when they lost linebacker Cornelius Bennett during a Week 17 loss in 1999.“Probably wouldn’t have had Cornelius anyway, he was playing on one leg that whole year — he was more inspirational,” Arians said. “I don’t think you get anything out of resting guys, especially playing a team that’s in our division and we haven’t beaten them at home in a couple of years.“We don’t want to start a precedent now.” – / 36 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Campbell pointed to the team wanting to maintain its momentum heading into the playoffs, and with one bye week already coming, another, to him, does not really make sense.And then there’s the fact that the game is against the Seahawks.“It’s a division game, plus there’s a chance we could play these guys again in the playoffs because they’re guaranteed a playoff spot too, so you don’t want to give them any confidence winning on your field,” he said. “We’d love to beat them because you never want to give a team confidence going into the playoffs.”A victory Sunday would be the 14th of Arizona’s season, and if the Carolina Panthers lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, would also give the Cardinals the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC and homefield advantage up until the Super Bowl.Besides, Campbell said what would essentially amount to two weeks off at this point in the season could easily turn into a negative.“I’ve never had two weeks off during the season before; I don’t know how it would feel,” he said. “I could imagine, though, but you take too much time off it almost, you have to get back going again. It’s easy coming out of a bye week and playing your best ball. That’s what you want when you go into a bye week, you come out of a bye week furious, wanting to do some damage, that’s what a bye week does for you. Arians, who said this was his decision to make, does not want to mess with the routine and rhythm the team is in. Arizona has won its last nine games and has played about as well as it has all season over its last two. The idea is not only to make the playoffs, but be playing your best football when the postseason starts.The fear is any departure from the norm could throw them off. Treating this like a normal game was an easy decision, Arians said.“We’re playing so well right now I don’t want to change any way that we prepare,” he said. “We’ve got a week to rest — we know we’re going to get a week to rest anyway, so we’ll get plenty of rest.”The coach said his players not only back his decision, but pushed for it.“I don’t know of any of them that wanted to sit out,” he said. “Matter of fact, all of them came to me and said, ‘Look, we want to win this,’ and I said, ‘Of course we do.’”“When you go out there, you want to play to win, and we still have the chance for the No. 1 seed,” defensive lineman and captain Calais Campbell said. “I know it’s tough because Carolina is such a good team, but if Tampa Bay does us a favor we’re playing for something still.” (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ErrorOK… ErrorOK TEMPE, Ariz. — The starters are going to play. The Arizona Cardinals are going to try to win.When the Arizona Cardinals take the field Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, they will do so with their stars and key players on the field. Though it is Week 17 and pretty much every major regular season goal the team may have had has been achieved, this will not be the time for rest.“We will approach this game as if it were Game 1 of the season,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “We’ll treat it like every game. We don’t want to set a pattern of different behavior.”last_img read more

These 5 small nations are bigger players in blockchain than you may

first_imgBlockchain technology has gone through a considerable evolution since it was first founded in 2008 by anonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto. While much skepticism remains around this still nascent technology, it has validated itself as an effective means for conducting transactions for businesses, individuals, and even governments. Over the past year, in particular, various companies, whether private or public, have been incorporating blockchain in one way or another.While there have been a number of regulations set in place worldwide that can turn off crypto investors, there are also a number of smaller economies that are adopting cryptocurrency and blockchain technology for various industries. Five countries, in particular, stand out in the cryptocurrency and blockchain communities.GEORGIAAlthough a small country with a total population of four million (less than half of the state of Georgia in the United States), the Eurasian nation of Georgia was ranked second in cryptocurrency mining volume by a 2017 Global Cryptocurrency Benchmark study from the University of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. The country is located just north of the eastern side of Turkey. Georgia’s minimal regulations over cryptocurrency, as well as its affordable electricity with hydropower, have set the country up for success with the cryptomirror world.A large portion of the cryptocurrency mining in Georgia comes from Bitfury, a US-based tech company that has a data centre near the country’s capital Tbilisi. However, Georgia is becoming more and more accepting of cryptocurrency. Surveys suggest that as many as 5% of Georgian households participate in cryptocurrency mining or investments. According to Hans Timmer, World Bank Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia, “Georgia is at the forefront in mining of cryptocurrencies,” whereas many countries in Europe and Central Asia are merely experimenting with blockchain technologies. “Georgia’s prevalent use of cryptocurrencies is driven largely by tax exemptions and low electricity prices. Going forward, therefore, it will be important for the government to ensure financial oversight, protection of consumers, and tax administration.”With the help of mining, Georgia has evolved from a net exporter to a net importer of electricity. The share of Georgia’s electricity demand devoted to cryptocurrency mining is estimated to range from 10 to 15%. In 2016, per capita, electricity consumption in Georgia was higher by nearly three times than in countries with similar levels of per capita income. As Timmer further explained, “Blockchain technologies are putting competitive pressure on private financial sectors, while also triggering creative ideas and approaches within governments… At the same time, they have introduced a range of policy challenges for countries.”Challenges do remain, however, such as ensuring financial oversight and combating money laundering, tax evasion, and illicit transactions. Governments will also need to face the high amount of electricity used in cryptocurrency mining. The amount of support that governments can offer to blockchain startups is another question that remains to be answered.THAILANDAlthough China ranked first place in cryptocurrency mining, according to the Cambridge University study, Thailand is also a strong player with a growing blockchain sector. An interesting development in 2017 was that Thailand’s postal service, Thailand Post, said it plans to use blockchain technology for its services, such as tracking packages that carry high-value luxury items. This is useful in that it would ensure no one would be able to open these sensitive packages other than the people who are authorised to do so, exemplifying how blockchain technologies can ensure safety and security.Thailand has embraced blockchain technologies in other ways as well. In January 2017, Thailand’s Electronic Transactions Development Agency amended its Electronic Transaction Act 2001 to include the support and use of smart contracts that are powered by blockchain. Moving forward, blockchains and distributed ledger technologies are expected to replace central institutions at-large.MALTAThe majority of legal trading of cryptocurrency occurs in Malta. In fact, the Binance cryptocurrency exchange set an interesting precedent this past March when it announced that it plans to move its headquarters to Malta from Hong Kong, where regulations on virtual currencies are more restrictive. A tweet from the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, welcoming this news, demonstrates the country’s acceptance of the digital currency.A proponent of the evolving capabilities of blockchain technology, Malta has also proposed the creation of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), which would “help to promote several policies and objectives including “[fostering], [promoting] and [facilitating] the advancement and utilisation of digital ledger technology and its design and uses,” as well as “[promoting] education on ethical standards and legitimate exploitation, use and creation of technology in particular digital ledger technology.”LIECHTENSTEINLiechtenstein, a small country situated between Switzerland and Austria, has played an important role in supporting the creation of cryptocurrency businesses. In fact, the number of registered businesses has been reported to surpass the number of citizens. This could be partially due to the fact that a company can be started in Liechtenstein without a bank account, and it can be done so with Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH), rather than fiats. For example, the Aeternity blockchain was founded with 50,000 Swiss francs, which approximates to $50,994.40 USD, of ETH.Another notable feature of Liechtenstein is that it is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) without being a member of the European Union (EU). This gives access to trades across Europe for business in cryptocurrency and blockchain, all while dodging the more restrictive regulations that are overseen by the EU. Monthly blockchain meetups in the capital city of Vaduz help make Liechtenstein a hub for blockchain technology.CYPRUSCyprus plays a key role in the evolution of blockchain and, likewise, blockchain technology is shaping the island as well. The island is strategically located and has been a financial hub for Europe for a long time. Although the 2013 debt crisis hurt its reputation as a destination for the financial sector, it also led to openness and better acceptance of new technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrency.After the volatility of the debt crisis, people began to look for alternative ways to store their funds, making the time ripe for embracing digital currencies. Since then, the Cyprus economy has stabilised and the government has developed a positive sentiment toward digital currencies. Moreover, Cyprus is home to the University of Nicosia, a school that was one of the first to offer programs in cryptocurrencies and blockchain and even accepts payment in both digital and fiat currencies. Seminars and lectures on subjects related to blockchain are hosted regularly by the Cyprus International Institute of Management.Additionally, some of the key events regarding cryptocurrency and blockchain will be held in Cyprus. Now, with its decentralised economy, Cyprus is a mecca for blockchain startups.FINAL THOUGHTSThe high volatility that has accompanied cryptocurrency and its values have been a primary cause of skepticism about the long-term viability of this field. Nonetheless, blockchain technology is being more widely adopted across the globe. Various governments are embracing and experimenting with blockchains in the interest of making public services more transparent, secure, and efficient. The global utilisation of blockchain and digital assets is another significant step toward mass adoption of these technologies by the mainstream.You May LikeTown and Country | HanacureSee Why Celebrities Love This Face MaskTown and Country | HanacureUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinanceUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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