Nova Scotia Launches First Lebanese Heritage Month

first_imgNova Scotia will soon be the first province in Canada to designate a month celebrating its Lebanese culture and heritage. Premier Stephen McNeil will proclaim November as Lebanese Heritage Month on Thursday, Nov. 8 at an event at the Discovery Centre, in Halifax. “The vision, work ethic, and strong community and family ties of Lebanese Nova Scotians have made our province more diverse and vibrant and help drive our economy,” said Premier McNeil. “I’m pleased to recognize the community’s significant contributions to the cultural, economic, religious and political landscape of Nova Scotia.” The month will include a flag-raising event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in Halifax, on Thursday, Nov. 22, the 75th anniversary of Lebanese Independence Day. Also this month, the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax marks its 80th anniversary. “On behalf of Lebanese Nova Scotians, I want to express how honoured and proud we are to mark November 2018 as the province’s first Lebanese Heritage Month,” said George Samara, president of the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax. “Having this special month dedicated to honouring our culture helps to preserve and promote our heritage and traditions, while also providing opportunities for all Nova Scotians to remember, celebrate and learn more about the contributions of Lebanese Nova Scotians. “Lebanese communities across the province continue to play a significant role in fostering growth, prosperity and innovation in Nova Scotia.” Lebanese immigrants first began arriving in Nova Scotia in the 1800s. For more information on Lebanese Heritage Month and the activities taking place across the province visit .last_img read more

Property Tax Rebate to Benefit Seniors

first_img “We were pleased to provide input to the Property Tax Rebate program,” says Bernard Conrad, vice-chair, Seniors Advisory Council. “It is so important to expand the eligibility and increase awareness of programs so our seniors can take advantage of supports, allowing them to continue to be a part of our communities.” Approximately 15,500 seniors benefit from the Property Tax Rebate Program each year. Seniors qualify for the program if they are receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement or the Allowance from Service Canada in 2019, and their 2018 residential property tax bills are in their name and paid in full. The program is open now and it closes December 31. Applications are available at . They can also be picked up at Access Nova Scotia, Department of Community Services and MLA offices as well as through senior groups. They are also available by calling 902-424-5200 or, toll-free 1-800-670-4357. For more information, visit . SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population is reframing the way we think about older Nova Scotians. Over 50 specific actions, involving nine departments across government, support and recognize the social and economic contributions of older Nova Scotians – supporting economic independence, promoting continued health and active living and supporting aging at home with connection to community. For more information on SHIFT, visit . seniors who moved out of their home in 2018 now qualify for the rebate, as long as they paid last year’s municipal taxes. seniors who receive the rebate can choose to be automatically considered for the 2019-20 Heating Assistance Rebate Program in the fall. The heating assistance program issues eligible applicants rebates of up to $200. Low-income seniors will be able to afford to stay in their homes longer, thanks to the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors. “The rebate program is one of the many ways we’re working to help seniors with their day-to-day expenses,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister, Patricia Arab “It helps low-income seniors stay in their homes and communities longer.” Eligible seniors receive a rebate on municipal property taxes paid during the previous tax year, to a maximum of $800. Government introduced two changes to the program this year:last_img read more

IIT KGP to steer EUfunded project for treatment reuse of wastewater

first_imgKolkata: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur will steer a European Union-funded project to evolve technologies for reusing wastewater after treating it. IIT Kharagpur is the lead Indian partner of the multi-institutional, multi-crore Saraswati 2.0 project for treatment and reuse of water, a statement issued by the institute on Wednesday said. The project is being funded by the European Union and the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Biotechnology, it said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja It aims to identify the best available and affordable technologies for wastewater treatment and to provide solutions to the challenges of water use in both rural and urban areas. As part of the project, three water treatment plants will be set up at the IIT Kharagpur campus to treat wastewater and make them fit for use in irrigation. “We will test different technologies at the three plants and evaluate their effectiveness,” said Prof Makarand Madhao Ghangrekar of the institute’s Aditya Choubey Center for Re-water Research. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The plants will be commissioned by January 2020, he said. Seven such plants will be also set up in the other partner Indian institutes, which are IIT Madras, IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Roorkee, NITIE Mumbai, MNIT Jaipur and TERI School of Advanced Studies. IIT Kharagpur will manage the project along with its lead European partner, BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna), the statement said. They will execute the project in collaboration with several European institutes. Saraswati 2.0 builds on the Saraswati project of 2012 -17, which was also jointly funded by the European Commission and Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology. The project has been selected under the EU-India joint call on research and innovation for water. It will lead to transfer of European technologies to India, which could then be tested and customised according to Indian needs at an affordable cost, the statement said. The target is to not only facilitate exchange of technologies but also use them for benefiting the Indian population once they are tried and tested, it said. The project assumes significance as untreated domestic and municipal wastewater has become a major source of water and environmental pollution. Treatment of wastewater not only prevents pollution of the water sources but also provides a valuable additional source of water supply, it said. The statement said treated wastewater can be used for irrigation or for non-potable purposes such as flushing of toilets.last_img read more

India Russia decide to expand bilateral trade to 30 bn by 2025

first_imgVladivostok: India and Russia on Wednesday decided to step up industrial cooperation and create new technological and investment partnership, especially in advanced high-tech areas, with an aim to increase bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025. According to a joint statement issued by the Russian government after 29th India Russia Annual Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin also agreed that the work on promoting mutual settlements of payments in national currencies will be continued. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalModi is visiting Russia on the invitation of President Putin. The 20th India Russia Annual Summit was held in Vladivostok. Modi also participated in the 5th Eastern Economic Forum as the Chief Guest. The leaders expressed satisfaction with the stable mutual growth of trade turnover, the statement said. “To bring it to $30 billion by 2025, they agreed to more actively engage the impressive resource and human resources potential of India and Russia, enhance industrial cooperation, create new technological and investment partnership, especially in advanced high-tech areas and find new avenues and forms of cooperation,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia-Russia bilateral merchandise trade was about $8.2 billion during 2018-19. Both the sides expressed their interest in expanding the participation of Russian business in ‘Make in India’ programme and that of Indian companies in investment projects in Russia. In this context, the statement said they agreed to speed up preparations for signing of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Agreement on Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments. It was also agreed to intensify work for eliminating trade barriers. This would be facilitated, inter alia, by the proposed Trading Agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Republic of India. The statement further said India is ready to play a significant role in the Arctic Council, while Russia expressed its readiness to participate in major infrastructural and other projects in India. The two sides have also agreed to cooperate in supply of coking coal from Russian Far East to India. “The leaders are determined to forge cooperation in geological exploration and joint development of oil and gas fields in Russia and India, including offshore fields,” the statement said. India and Russia agreed to consider the prospects for expanding cooperation in hydro and thermal power, energy efficiency as well as for designing and constructing facilities that generate energy from non-conventional sources. “With the signing of the Roadmap for cooperation in Hydrocarbons for 2019 24 during the Summit, both Sides expect bilateral cooperation in this sector to touch new heights in the next five years,” it added. Further, the two sides agreed to review possibility of expanding direct passenger and cargo flights including flights between various regions of both the countries. Also, the Sides acknowledged the opportunities to increase bilateral trade in the sphere of agriculture. They expressed their intent to take specific steps to enhance legal framework in this sector and harmonize phytosanitary standards, develop logistics, find new ways to promote agricultural commodities in the two countries’ markets and study the capacities and needs of each other more carefully. Modi, who arrived in Russia on a two-day visit on Wednesday during which he will also attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), is the first Indian prime minister to visit to the Russian Far East Region.last_img read more

Town that has belugas and polar bears expects to suffer with loss

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – Business owners and residents of an isolated Manitoba community with some of the Canada’s most prestigious tourist attractions say help is needed following news that their only land link may be cut off until the winter.Omnitrax, the owners of the Hudson Bay Railway line to Churchill, said Friday that flooding damage to the track is so severe that service is suspended until at least the winter and possibly next spring.“The whole town is very stressed, very depressed,” said one hospitality worker in Churchill who wouldn’t give her name.“The government needs to step in.”Churchill’s attractions play a big role in luring potential visitors to Manitoba. The first image on Travel Manitoba’s web page is a sea kayaker paddling among a pod of beluga whales on Hudson Bay, and people pay thousands of dollars to get up-close views of polar bears at various times of the year.In 2010, household style maven Martha Stewart visited Churchill and tweeted pictures of her up-close view of a polar bear when she visited the town.“Believe it or not, northern Manitoba and Churchill are exotic locales for people from all over the world,” said John Gunter of Frontiers North Adventures.Frontiers North provides package tours and takes travellers to see polar bears in bus-like tundra buggies. A tour group was planning to arrive by train in the autumn, Gunter said, and he’s been scrambling to make arrangements for them to fly instead.Gunter said he’s also having to make alternate arrangements for vehicles, construction materials and other supplies that are too large to come by plane. They’ll now arrive by barge from Montreal, he said, but at much greater expense.Prices for food that restaurants in Churchill serve to visitors is also expected to rise, due to the extra cost of flying it in.A head of broccoli in Churchill already costs $8.75.Thuraya Weedon of Churchill Nature Tours said air fare is part of the full-service package tours she offers, but notes she’ll be paying more to feed her guests.It’s a cost she says she’ll just have to eat. But she said other businesses in Churchill have it worse.“All their guests who come off the train, well, they’ve all cancelled. So their loss is greater than the pittance that I have to pay extra,” Weedon said.Olivia Billson, a spokeswoman for Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen, said Friday the province has been advised an airline will provide twice-a-week service to Churchill and that the province “will take further steps as warranted to ensure the safety and well-being of all Manitobans.”Churchill Mayor Mike Spence has called for both the provincial and federal government to pay for the difference for freight.Gunter said the train trip to Churchill across prairies, boreal forest and tundra is part of the adventure for many visitors, and that polar bears are among the top things people think about when they think of Canada.Omnitrax also announced last year it was suspending operations at the grain terminal at the Port of Churchill, then scaled back freight service on the rail line. The Denver-based company has been trying to sell the port and rail line to a First Nations consortium.“We’ve heard nothing and I think it’s that lack of communication and that vacuum of information, that has been really stressful for everybody involved,” Gunter said.“So, say yes, or say no. Say something so we can make our own plans if we have to.”last_img read more

Franka Potente Stars In New ProVegan Campaign

first_imgBourne Identity and Run Lola Run actor Franka Potente has teamed up with PETA Germany for a new ad and video campaign, in which she shares that going vegan three years ago changed her life.“I went vegan for health reasons,” she says in the video. “My choice was to either take medication that I didn’t want to take or change the way I eat. And I love a good challenge, so I walked out of the doctor’s office vegan.”“I felt different pretty much immediately,” continues the German-born Taboo star. “I always had trouble with lingering throat inflammation, and I got rid of that immediately, and my skin cleared up. I slept better.” Now, she’s encouraging others to do the same: “Try it out and see how you feel. If you feel better after a week, try another week.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — notes that in addition to the health benefits that Potente enjoyed, other advantages of going vegan include a decreased risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity by comparison with meat-eaters. And of course, every person who goes vegan spares approximately 100 animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries.last_img read more

Gymnasts losing money to dispose of garbage outside donation bins

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Gymnastics Association says it is losing money because it is on the hook today for the disposal of spoiled donations and even garbage that is being dropped off outside the Diabetes Foundation donation bins in the Wal-Mart and Wholesale Club parking lots.Gymnastics Association manager Chantelle Yates explained that the Association is contracted out by the Diabetes Foundation to take care of the bins, since the closest branch is located in Edmonton. Yates said that usually, volunteers with the Association empty the bins between once and twice a week, but have been unable to after snow was hard-pressed against the bin doors.Normally, Yates said the club receives 75 cents from the Diabetes Foundation for every 20 lbs. bag of clothing that is collected and sorted. She explained that clothing that is went is not suitable for donation, and needs to be thrown in the trash. However, even though the bins have been plowed in, Yates said residents are dropping off clothing that is not bagged, broken toys, and even garbage outside the bins. “It’s become a dump,” said Yates. “We loaded up two truckloads, went down to the dump. It’s $25 to dump it. I went to Wal Mart the next day and sure enough there was an entire pickup load full of stuff. We can’t stop people from dumping, but there’s a lot of other organizations that will take it right now.”Yates said that the Association has had to spend nearly $100 in tipping fees in the past several weeks. She explained that even if the Association were to ask the Diabetes Foundation to remove the bins, it wouldn’t be possible to remove them until the snow melts later this Spring.last_img read more

Choose Jai Bhim followers over those chanting NaMo Maya

first_imgJalaun (UP): BSP president Mayawati on Friday said people are going to bid goodbye to those chanting ‘NaMo, NaMo’ and choose the ones who follow ‘Jai Bhim’ in this Lok Sabha election. Addressing a rally here, the former chief minister said, “This time you all are going to bid goodbye to the NaMo-NaMo people and choose Jai Bhim followers in the elections.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi is often referred to as ‘NaMo’ by his supporters. Mayawati said the BJP will be removed from power at the Centre this time and no amount of “jumlebaazi” or “natakbaazi” was going to help them. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Their new ‘natakbazi of chowkidari’ is also not going to save them,” the BSP supremo added. She alleged that the BJP had made several promises before coming to power but all of those turned out to be hollow. Targeting the Congress, Mayawati said although the party had been in power for most of the time since Independence, its wrong policies and works ultimately led to its ouster. She accused the Congress of ignoring those belonging to the ‘sarv samaj’, especially the weaker sections, the poor and the unemployed, and alleged that the party neglected Bundelkhand and did nothing for poverty alleviation and employment generation in this region. The Congress says it will remove poverty but had they really done anything about it, the party would not have gone out of power, the BSP chief said. “Had they taken care of the ‘sarv samaj’, we would not have felt the need to form the BSP,” she added.last_img read more

UN peacekeeping chief meets with Israeli Lebanese officials

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Alain Le Roy was attending the monthly tripartite meeting convened by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). The meeting, held at the UN Position near the Ras Al Naqoura crossing, discussed Security Council resolution 1701, which helped end the war between Israel and Hizbollah in the summer of 2006. That text also called for renewed respect for the Blue Line, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.Today’s discussions centred on recent violations of the Blue Line, as well as the demarcation of the Line through the village of Ghajar. In his most recent report to the Security Council on resolution 1701, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that rockets fired into Israel from south Lebanon and return fire at the time of the recent crisis in Gaza led to heightened tensions along the Blue Line. Mr. Ban also said he was pleased that the parties have made strides to visibly mark the Blue Line, encouraging Lebanon and Israel to stay the course and build on existing momentum to curb inadvertent violations and boost confidence.Mr. Le Roy acknowledged efforts made at the tripartite meeting on the issue of northern Ghajar, in order to achieve a complete withdrawal of the IDF from the area. “I hope that the ongoing discussions on the basis of UNIFIL’s proposal of last year will lead to a speedy resolution of this matter,” he stated. 6 May 2009The United Nations peacekeeping chief today voiced hope that ongoing talks will lead to a quick end to the dispute over Ghajar, a village that straddles the so-called Blue Line separating Lebanon and Israel, as he met with officials from the two countries. read more

US manufacturing picked up slightly in March as warmer weather boosts production

In this March 26, 2014 photo, a truck engine sits on an assembly line as Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts at a Volvo Trucks’ manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Md. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for March on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) US manufacturing picked up slightly in March as warmer weather boosts production by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 9:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing grew at a slightly faster pace in March compared with February as factory output recovered from disruptions caused by severe winter weather. Manufacturers also received more orders, suggesting that production could strengthen a bit in the months ahead.The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index increased to 53.7 from 53.2 in February. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.The increase suggests that manufacturing is growing at a steady but modest pace after cold winter weather caused a sharp slowdown in the first two months of the year.Even so, factories are hiring at the slowest pace in nine months, the survey found. The government will release its official jobs report for March on Friday.Manufacturing activity had plunged in January as harsh snow storms shut down factories and disrupted supply shipments. It rebounded slightly in February as orders and stockpiles grew. But a measure of production plummeted in February to a five-year low. That measure recovered all its losses in March.The overall index remains below the level that prevailed in the second half of last year, when it regularly topped 56.“There’s still some catching up to do,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. “But at least it is heading in the right direction.”The growth was broad-based and many comments from manufacturers in the survey were positive. Fourteen of the 18 industries tracked by the index reported growth.Other reports on manufacturing in recent weeks have been mixed.Factory production jumped in February, according to a Federal Reserve report two weeks ago, as manufacturers cranked out more cars, home electronics and chemicals. Output grew by the most in six months. Still, the rebound came after a sharp fall in January.Meanwhile, orders received by U.S. factories for durable goods were disappointing in February, the government said in a separate report. Orders rose 2.2 per cent, but mostly because of greater demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile category. Excluding aircraft, autos and other transportation goods, orders rose just 0.2 per cent.And a key category that reflects business investment fell a steep 1.3 per cent, the second setback in three months.Last year, U.S. factories were cranking out appliances, autos and other goods at a healthy pace until harsh winter weather descended. The ISM’s index rose for six straight months until dipping slightly in December. That was followed by January’s sharp fall. read more

CIBC sees big jump in Q3 profit due to asset sale good

A photograph of the CIBC sign in Toronto’s financial district in downtown Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009. CIBC reported that its quarterly profit climbed nearly 50 per cent from a year ago to $1.44 billion, although much of the jump came from the sale of its minority stake in American Century Investments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2016 4:25 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2016 at 11:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – CIBC is reporting a big jump in third-quarter profit, which rose nearly 50 per cent from a year ago to $1.44 billion, partly due to the sale of its minority investment in American Century Investments.The Toronto-based bank (TSX:CM) had $978 million of net income during the same quarter last year.CIBC says that without the gains from the American Century Investments sale, its profit was up eight per cent to $1.07 billion from $990 million.On a per-share basis, net income for the three months ended July 31 was $3.61 — up from $2.42 in last year’s third quarter.After adjustments, CIBC earned $2.67 per share, up from $2.45 a year ago.Revenue for the quarter was $4.14 billion, up from $3.52 billion during the same period last year. CIBC sees big jump in Q3 profit due to asset sale, good operating performance read more

UN Assembly Economic and Social Council launch joint talks on development partnerships

“We must mobilize our joint efforts to utilize the full potential of a partnership approach. These partnerships should be formed at all levels, from grassroots to national, regional and global,” declared ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik, in remarks to the opening session of the two-day event, which featured a keynote address by renowned businessman, Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings, and founder of an eponymous philanthropic organization.The UN has embarked on a major effort to achieve a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Those targets, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015. But these targets, which also include bolstering the global partnership for development, will not be reached in many countries and areas, and the Organization aims to incorporate them in an even more ambitious post-2015 agenda for economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability. Providing details about the joint Assembly-ECOSOC meeting, which will be built around a series of panel discussions, Mr. Sajdik said the talks will examine ways in which the transformative post-2015 development agenda can best be supported by multi-stakeholder partnerships that responds to sustainable development and complement intergovernmental efforts to shape a renewed global partnership for development.He urged Member States to keep the spotlight squarely on the needs of the most vulnerable countries, including landlocked and least developed nations, small islands and African countries emerging from conflict, all of what are far behind in their efforts to achieve the MDGs. “We must create new partnerships and scale up existing ones, in order to meet the challenges faced by these countries head on,” said Mr. Sajdik.Picking up that thread, General Assembly President John Ashe said tackling “unfinished business” from the Millennium Goals and addressing through successor targets challenges that have emerged since 2000 – including the pressures from climate change, resource depletion, population growth, and increasing urbanization – “will require vision, clarity of thought and creativity.”“The challenges facing our assembly of nations and our global family are grave, numerous and common to all nations and all people,” he said, underscoring: “It is through partnering and partnerships for action that we can achieve the future that we all want. It is [through] reaching out to all stakeholders among the governmental and non-governmental communities, whether in academia, business, or civil society and building new relationships by which we are most likely to be successful in devising and implementing new solutions to these challenges.”Mr. Ashe said a strengthened global partnership for development should be based on mutual respect and trust, the fulfilment of previously agreed commitments and a renewed accountability framework, including means of implementation. As such, an enabling environment must be created to support national measures.Recalling that efforts to achieve the MDGs were hampered by, among others, the global financial and economic crisis, lack of progress on the Doha trade talks and the volatility in global food and energy prices, he said: “We must therefore strive to create the appropriate international climate – the best possible enabling environment – that will allow us to work towards a more robust and inclusive development agenda.” With all this in mind, Mr. Ashe said the UN is uniquely placed to forge new and innovative partnerships, bringing together stakeholders from around the world and all corners of society: Government, private sector, civil society, and the academic and scientific communities and in using its agencies at the national and regional levels to support the development policy and programmatic efforts of Governments.In his remarks to the meeting’s opening session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN system is now rapidly increasing its work with such new actors, which have been helping accelerate the Organization’s efforts to achieve the MDGs and bringing fresh perspectives to how development challenges can be tackled.“Now we must enhance our own capacities to work with these new actors if we are to leverage their full potential to help achieve a transformative post-2015 development agenda. Sustainable development is about daunting decisions and bold commitments,” said Mr. Ban, emphasizing: “It is now necessary to strengthen the UN’s capacity to do partnership at scale.”“Demands on the United Nations are much greater than our resources to meet them. Mandates are continuing to grow. We have to broaden our resource base to deliver on our goals for funding, institutions and networks,” he continued, adding that to bring all partners together, UN Member States must adopt a strong, united position in support of more and better public financing so the Organization can better leverage private financing and support of its goals. The UN chief said that his proposal for a Partnership Facility, submitted to Member States for their consideration and approval, is precisely meant to ensure the Organization is equipped both with the capacity needed to harness the strengths of external partners – and the ability to ensure a coherent and accountable approach.For his part, Mr. Elumelu said that to succeed, the post-MDG agenda must harness the best of: the political will, resources, incentivizing and convening power of the governmental sector; and combine it with the compassion, selflessness and dedication of the non-profit sector; the innovation, expertise and, financial capital of the private sector; and the drive, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the very people that should benefit from these efforts. “This is how we will transform the world we live in and truly make poverty history,” he declared. read more

South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million UN renews appeal for

“Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement to the press. “In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic,” it added. More than 85 per cent of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and children, below age 18 years. “Recent arrivals continue to speak of barbaric violence, with armed groups reportedly burning down houses with civilians inside, people being killed in front of family members, sexual assaults of women and girls, and kidnapping of boys for forced conscription,” emphasized UNHCR, explaining that even as thousands of refugees arrive, aid deliveries are increasingly falling short. The UN agency underscored that although $674 million is needed for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda this year, so far only a fifth of this amount, or 21 per cent, has been received. “Elsewhere in the region, the picture is only marginally better,” the statement continued, saying that while a total of $883.5 million is needed for the South Sudan situation, only $250 million has been received. The funding shortfall in Uganda is now significantly impacting the abilities to deliver life-saving aid and key basic services. “In June, the World Food Programme was forced to cut food rations for refugees. Across settlements in northern Uganda, health clinics are being forced to provide vital medical care with too few doctors, healthcare workers and medicines,” UNHCR elaborated. Meanwhile, schooling is also being impacted. Class sizes often exceed 200 pupils, with some lessons held in the open air. Many refugee children are dropping out of education as the nearest schools are too far away for them to easily access. “Since December 2013, when South Sudan’s crisis erupted in Juba, more than two million South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries, while another two million people are estimated to be internally displaced,” concluded the statement. read more

Record crowd witnesses Badgers knock off undefeated Ryerson

So electric was the atmosphere inside the Meridian Centre Friday night the Brock Badgers fans could have powered the building by themselves.A record crowd of 3,018 packed the downtown St. Catharines sports complex to watch a basketball doubleheader against the Ryerson RamsIt was the third time the Brock men’s and women’s basketball teams have played in the Meridian Centre, and the huge crowd showed their support both in the stands and on social media, where the event’s #PaintMeridianRed hashtag was trending across Canada on Twitter after 8 p.m.On the court, the women’s team dropped a 92-75 decision to the Rams, while the men pulled off a huge upset to beat the previously undefeated Rams 74-65.Men’s coach Charles Kissi credited the boisterous crowd with helping his team win.“What an outstanding crowd. Our guys thrive on that,” he said. “I give the fans the win.”Kissi said the win over the No. 4-ranked Rams shows how good the No. 6-ranked Badgers can be.“We’re back on track. We stumbled in a couple of games, but we’re now back up and running,” he said. “Three games now we’ve held teams to 65 points. That’s who we are and what we need to continue to do in order to get where we’re trying to go.”While the Badgers women didn’t get the win Friday night, the fans who showed up early enough to catch their game were treated to a hard-fought battle.Among those in the crowd to watch the Badgers women were around 200 youth basketball players, including numerous girls teams who Brock coach Ashley MacSporran hopes left the arena inspired.“Niagara has tremendous girls basketball and it hasn’t necessarily been tapped as much with Brock,” MacSporran said. “I want to make sure that we’re a resource and it’s an outreach. We’re making sure we go to their games or they come to our practices or play at our halftimes. It’s really important that our girls are ambassadors to them.” [View the story “Brock Paints the Meridian Red” on Storify] read more

Drew Brees Passes Johnny Unitas With Sean Payton Watching

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ long-standing record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass Sunday in front of a raucous crowd at the Mercedes Benz Bowl that included suspended head coach Sean Payton.The history-making play occurred when Brees threw a perfect pass to a streaking Devery Henderson for a 40-yard score with 2:58 left in first quarter. Brees went on to throw three more TD passes as they went on to defeat the San Diego Chargers, 31-24.“The amazing thing about a record like this is it spans over the course of really four seasons and hopefully we can keep it going to for a while,” Brees said. “There are so many people that are a part of this.”Payton and suspended coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis were a part of the occasion, which is way the NFL allowed them to attend the game. The three men sat in a private area of the dome.  All are serving lengthy suspensions in connection with NFL’s bounty investigation this past summer.  Joe Unitas was also on present to see his father’s record broken.Brees eclipsed the record in the spectacular fashion passing for 370 years and four touchdowns, which put him over 30,000 yards in his 100th game as a Saint.“I guess you really couldn’t have written a better script for tonight,” Brees said. “To break the record, to get the win, and the fashion in which we won — really a complete team effort all the way around.”The Who Dat’ nation and Twitter exploded in congratulatory tweets to Brees.  Commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted on his page, “Congrats to (at)drewbrees & his teammates on breaking Unitas’ record. Amazing accomplishment by great QB & leader. We’re proud of you, Drew.”Payton said having the suspended Saints in attendance mattered.“It gave us a good mojo for sure,” Brees said. “I love my coach, so glad he could be here. Mickey and Joe Vitt as well. It is special for our team, special they could be a part of this record.”The Saints move to 1-4 on the season as they head into their bye week.  Brees has the opportunity to move to 49 consecutive games with a touchdown pass when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. read more

Drone forces Gatwick Airport to close runway

first_img“Once refuelled easyJet plans to continue three flights on to London Gatwick and is arranging coach transfers on to London Gatwick for passengers on flight EZY8832 from Bodrum that diverted to London Southend,” she added.”The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.”While the circumstances are outside of our control, easyJet apologises for any inconvenience caused.”British Airways was also forced to divert one of its planes from Valencia to Bournemouth Airport, which is expected to take off again shortly, a spokesman said.Sussex Police are also investigating.  A Drone on the flightpath into Gatwick : our @British_Airways flight diverted to Bournemouth. On the Tarmac waiting … for an update— HOLLY JOHNSON (@TheHollyJohnson) July 2, 2017 Passengers on delayed flights were told that a drone flying too close to the airport was to blame.On one flight travelling to Geneva passengers were told: “We’ve been delayed by some idiot flying a drone.”Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson tweeted that he had been on board one of the diverted British Airways flights.A member of the British Airways social media team responded: “We hope our cabin crew can provide you with an update soon.”A Gatwick spokesman said the incident was being investigated. In a statement the airport said: “Due to reports of a drone observation in the vicinity of the airfield, runway operations at Gatwick were suspended between 18:10 BST and 1819, and again from 1836 to 1841, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts.”Operations have resumed and the police continue to investigate.”Four EasyJet flights were diverted during the runway closure, a spokeswoman for the airline said. Flights were disrupted at Gatwick on Sunday evening after a drone flew too close to the airport.The runway had to be closed twice, once for nine minutes and later again for five minutes. Some flights were diverted, with one being sent to Stansted and another to Bournemouth, while others were left circling the airport.center_img Not entirely what was planned…aborted landing over gatwick due to a drone, now in Bournemouth! 👀— niamh (@niamhyleaf) July 2, 2017 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.last_img read more

Ukraine and Russia blame each other for shooting down of plane

first_imgUKRAINE REBELS HAVE guaranteed investigators “safe access” to the crash site of Malaysian Airliner MH17 in territory they hold, negotiators said after talks with the insurgents.The separatists committed to providing “safe access and security guarantees to the national investigation commission, including international investigators, in the area under their control,” the trilateral Contact Group on the Ukraine Crisis said in a statement, adding rebels would also close off the site and allow local authorities to recover the bodies of the victims.US intelligence agencies have confirmed that the flight was shot down, but nobody can confirm by whom.Ukraine claims that pro-Russian separatists were responsible, but rebels claim they do not have the capability.Vladimir Putin put the blame at Ukraine’s door.However, there is growing speculation that those responsible had wrongly thought they took down a Ukrainian cargo plane.Social media postings attributed to members of the Donetsk Republic, a breakaway separatist group in the Ukrainian city, claimed that the rebels had taken a missile facility similar to that believed to be used in the downing of the Boeing 777.Another is reported to have been a posting by a rebel leader celebrating the taking down of a Ukrainian cargo plane, but has since been deleted.The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today at 3pm. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for a “full, transparent investigation”.Read: Malaysian passenger plane shot down by surface-to-air missile over UkraineRead: One of the most crucial air routes in the world cuts through Ukrainian airspacelast_img read more

Japans vending machines to start offering free WiFi access

first_imgDepending on where you are in the world, your access to free Wi-Fi while on your travels will vary greatly. Larger cities filled with coffee houses probably offer the best connectivity, where as more remote or rural locations will rely much more heavily on owning a 3G dongle and signing up for a data contract.Japan is usually near the top of the charts when it comes to speed of access to the Internet, and now one company has figured out a very simple way to create a healthy grid of wireless access points consumers can connect to with their mobile devices. The Asahi Soft Drinks company installs and stocks thousands of vending machines across Japan. It has decided that in future new vending machines will come pre-installed with the kit necessary to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot. In so doing, anyone within 50 meters of a machine will be able to connect for free and surf the web. The only limit seems to be an auto cut-off after 30 minutes, but you can just re-connect if you need to.By offering free Wi-Fi, Asahi should attract more consumers to its machines. As well as offering up drinks and Internet access, the hotspots will include information about the local area and services–potentially offering the company some advertising revenue too.As vending machines are always turned on, and located in busy pedestrian areas, the move to offer free Wi-Fi access makes sense. Vending machine technology is also receiving a major overhaul in the coming years, some of which requires an Internet connection anyway. Examples include Pepsi’s social vending machine and Sanden’s 65-inch transparent touchscreen solution with facial recognition.If this works in Japan, I see no reason for it not to make the trip West. Vending machines can be found in most public areas, and I think we’d all appreciate switching over to Wi-Fi whenever we can to help keep within our contracted data allowances.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

How to avoid friends and family when using Google Hangouts

first_imgIn many ways, Google’s move from their standalone chat service to the integrated communications platform we now know as Hangouts was a step forward for everyone. In the attempt to create a better chat experience, Google added a feature that has made it increasingly difficult to dodge friends and family. We’ve all seen it, the little shaded avatar that shows how much of the conversation the other person has seen, making it seem impossible to ignore messages without letting the other person know.The read receipt, which was once the bane of email, has crossed over to instant messaging, and we’re fighting back. As it turns out, there are still a few ways you can dodge friends and family on Google Hangouts without them knowing you’ve read what they have sent you.Hangouts on the PCWe’ll need to break this down by device type, so let’s start out with the easiest version of Hangouts for dodging people. Desktop Hangouts exists in two different standalone locations: using just the browser, you can access Hangouts from Gmail and Google+ independently.If you’re using Chrome, you can install the Hangouts extension and bind these experiences together in a single UI that resembles a standalone IM client. If you double click on a user in Gmail or Google+, it will open a new chat windows on your desktop. This is an important distinction from the embedded browser version, which reports back to Google Hangouts when you give click either service and rats you out. The standalone design in the Chrome extension has an entirely different behavior set, and can be exploited for our (completely innocent) purposes.With Hangouts enabled as a Chrome extension, when you get a new message it pops up in a new IM window on your desktop with a color to indicate that it is unread. Like the browser version, at this point you can see the whole message and the end user is not aware that you have read it. You can now also click the top of this window and drag it to another part of the screen, and the user on the other end remains unaware that you’ve seen the message! In this format, it’s not until you click in the actual text area or message area that the user is informed that you have read the message.Hangouts on Android and iOSYour smartphone is probably the most important place to know how to dodge coworkers, friends, and family. Maybe you’ve gone off to a mid-morning movie or are performing the delicate balance of ditching work and family at the same time. You need to know if anything important has happened that would cause you to go back to your normal life, but you don’t want anyone else to know that you’re trying to avoid everyone. Almost every Android user is a Google Hangouts user, and iOS users have been able to take advantage of the newly forged service, so with devices in every shape and size it’s important to know what the best way to dodge everyone would be.Unfortunately, in the Android version of Hangouts there’s no way to see an entire conversation view without revealing on that you’ve seen the message. As soon as you go to the conversation, or if you already have the conversation open, your participation in the conversation has been announced. Instead, you have the ability to catch the first two lines of the message sent to you via the notification tray. If you’re in Hangouts, but not in that conversation, you can see this same preview. What makes the notification tray special is how the information is displayed. The advent of expandable notifications in Android means you actually get more from the conversation at a glance here than you would if you went to the actual app.If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, the results are similar. The notification shade in iOS 7 will show you the latest message, and the app itself will not report that you have read the message unless you open the conversation. This gives you the ability to see a snippet of the conversation, and in this case significantly less of the conversation than Android, but it’s better than not seeing the message at all or getting caught.Pro level: Searching through GmailSo maybe you can’t install the Chrome extension and you need to see the whole message from whoever you are hiding from at the time. Much like Google Talk, Hangouts saves all of your conversations to Gmail with the name of the person you are talking to. The only time this isn’t true is when the Hangout history disabled. Since this is enabled by default, there should be no problems accessing the information.In your Gmail, search for hangout followed by the first and last name of the person you want to check in on. The chances are good that Google will auto-complete for you, in case you have trouble spelling complicated last names. Once you’ve got the list of conversations in your search results, check the most recent message and scroll all the way down to the bottom. Here you’ll be able to see the whole message without tipping off the sender that you’ve see what has been sent.For bonus points, you can create a filter in Gmail that treats these entries like they are new emails, so they arrive in your inbox for examination. This is particularly useful if you have one or two people in particular that you need to dodge on a regular basis.last_img read more

Strict rules banning the wrong kind of pallet could lead to knockon

first_img Image: Shutterstock/aSuruwataRi 34 Comments 28,794 Views Strict rules banning the ‘wrong kind of pallet’ could lead to knock-on problems here post-Brexit Strict global rules designed to stop the spread of beetles and other pests currently govern use of pallets. If it’s not properly certified “they seal it back up and send it back”.The same standards will apply to UK-based exporters in the event of a no-deal. O’Byrne said Irish companies could face problems if stray, non-compliant pallets are sent back as part of a return shipment. “The issue is I could send a container with 20 pallets off to England but the same 20 pallets may not come back. The driver of the forklift might get them mixed up, so you might get 19 back and a stray one. Share29 Tweet Email6 A UK-WIDE SHORTAGE of the ‘right kind’ of pallet for the import and export of goods could lead to knock on effects for Irish companies in the event of a no-deal Brexit, businesses here are being told. A crisis meeting was held in the UK this week between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and distributors on how to keep goods on the road in the event of a no-deal Brexit at the end of this month. Strict globally-agreed rules known as ISPM15, designed to stop the spread of bark beetles and other insects, currently govern the use of pallets and other wood packaging worldwide.The standard, which requires all such packaging to be heat-treated in order to eradicate pests, was introduced 15 years ago. At the moment the EU is treated as a single country, so packaging that does not meet the ISPM15 standard is allowed to move freely between member states. That would all change in the event of a no-deal, as the UK would then be treated as a third country – essentially being put on the same footing as India or China. “In the event of no deal, all WPM [wood packaging material] moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking,” Defra said in a notice last week.“All WPM may be subject to official checks either upon or after entry to the EU.”The notice was met with concern by freight and haulage operators according to The Guardian, which reported that only an estimated one third of pallets used for trade between the EU and UK complied with the standard. Business Insider reported that the UK government was planning emergency talks on the issue. Industry figures who spoke to the website said they were baffled as to why it took ministers so long to get to grips with the situation. Ireland Here at home, the Revenue and Customs service has been informing businesses of potential issues with mismatched pallets at a series of Brexit seminars held throughout the country in recent months.“Capacity may be an issue if at short notice the UK is required to use ISPM15 compliant wood packaging for all their exports,” attendees were told, according to a presentation shown at the seminars.The National Standards Authority of Ireland, which certifies pallets and other wood packaging produced in Ireland, has been aware of potential problems in the sector since last autumn and has produced a factsheet on the issue for companies here. Non-compliance with ISPM15 is one of the biggest reasons for sending back goods that arrive at Dublin Port, Fergal O’Byrne, head of the NSAI’s Brexit unit, explained. “If a product is being shipped into Ireland from China or India, when customs people open the container at the dock one of the first things they will do is look to see if the wood packaging has the ISPM15 stamp embedded on it.” Related Reads By Daragh Brophy Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 11:00 AM center_img So the problem is pallets could come back that were not marked, and that would be a big concern. And of course if a load came back with 19 marked and one not marked we could see the whole load being rejected.He said that most pallet manufacturers here are compliant with the scheme, which is implemented in Ireland by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.The NSAI is advising that the UK may introduce reciprocal arrangements requiring EU exporters to ensure all wood packaging arriving from member states is compliant with the international standard. O’Byrne said that while a deal between the EU and UK may still be reached in the coming weeks, the agency was continuing to brief companies on what would happen in the event of a no-deal.The NSAI has also been holding information sessions on the potential impacts of Brexit, and will hold events for the construction sector in Dublin and Cork later this month. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 18.02.19 Former Real IRA commander: Even cameras on masts would be seen as ‘spy posts’ in border regions 20.02.19 RTÉ says it could benefit from other TV channels ‘going dark’ with a no-deal Brexit Mar 2nd 2019, 11:01 AM Image: Shutterstock/aSuruwataRi Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more