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first_imgA report is now available on what Nova Scotians said are the best ways to use the 1.5-million acres of Crown land in the province’s western region to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits for communities. The report summarizes comments received at nine open-house consultations in March and April, at stakeholder meetings, and through online submissions. “The responses we’ve heard confirm that Nova Scotians are passionate about land use,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Overall, Nova Scotians have told us that they want to be involved in managing their land, that long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability is vital, and that they recognize different land uses need to be balanced.” The report summarizes attendance and overall public response. About 676 people attended the public open houses, 66 people (representing 57 stakeholder groups) attended stakeholder meetings, 166 people submitted ideas online, and 44 separate submissions were received through other channels. The key themes from the submissions and stakeholder focus groups are drawn together in the summary report. The comments will help develop a sustainable plan for the land, which includes lands purchased from Bowater Mersey Ltd. The report outlines the most prominent issues for stakeholders, including: tourism and recreation, forestry, vehicular access, sustainability, protection, resource extraction, and continuing consultation and engagement processes. The final land and resource management plan for the western Crown land plan will include sustainable forestry management, as described in the province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share. It will also meet new policies and guidelines for better forest management. The summary report is available at: http://novascotia.ca/natr/land/western-land .last_img read more

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first_imgExpenses of senior officials of government departments and offices are now posted online. Expenses will be posted on a monthly basis, at the same time as expenses incurred by ministers and ministers’ executive assistants. Expenses for the months of April and May can be found at https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/ . -30-last_img

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first_imgOTTAWA – Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she has heard loud and clear from many Indigenous leaders who want to see the federal government get on with creating her new ministry — a move expected to be spelled out in legislation by spring.Philpott, who is set to make her first speech today on her new portfolio at an event held by the Public Policy Forum, said details must be ironed out for the new department but First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders want action quickly.Its creation must be done right, she said, adding the government will not delay it “unduly.”“I’ve already had many conversations with leaders in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities about this,” she said in an interview on Parliament Hill ahead of the event.“They are all very supportive of the idea. In fact, I would say that the general sense is ‘Get on with it,’ because nobody wants to skip a beat on some of the work that we’ve been doing on health transformation.”Indigenous health — an area that fell under Philpott’s previous purview as health minister — is also expected to follow her to the new ministry. She will also have to confront other pressing problems, including the need to address long-term boil water advisories, First Nations education and housing.In August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Philpott will take on a new Indigenous Services Department while Carolyn Bennett will focus on the Crown’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples — a key priority for the Trudeau government since coming to power in fall 2015.The concept has sparked concern among employees at Health Canada’s First Nations Inuit Health branch, according to the Union of Health and Environment Workers, but Philpott said consultations will be part of work ahead.“Clearly there are details that need to be worked out and various groups that need to be consulted and engaged with, like unions and of course, the public service, but this is something that has been asked for a very long time,” she said, referring to a recommendation from the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.The government is eyeing a “fresh start” as it looks to develop a new department, she added, noting she plans to highlight a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission today on how Ottawa must accept that the current state of Aboriginal health is a “direct result” of government policies, including residential schools.“I think it is safe to say that … government policies have contributed and the faster we acknowledge that and do the work of reviewing those laws and policies, changing the ones that are discriminatory, the faster we will achieve equity.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER — The Supreme Court of British Columbia says a woman’s rights were violated when she was held in hospital for almost one year without being provided with any written reasons for the detention or an opportunity for legal advice.In a ruling released this week, Justice Lisa Warren describes the 39-year-old woman as “highly vulnerable” and says she suffers from cognitive impairments, mental health issues and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.The ruling says staff at the Fraser Health Authority had good reason to believe the woman, identified as A.H. in a court document, had been abused and was at risk of serious harm when she was taken into care on Oct. 6, 2016.But it says there is also no doubt the health authority could have promptly applied for a provincial court order authorizing the provision of support and services for her.The decision says A.H. was held in conditions that violated her residual liberty, including being placed in mechanical restraints, not allowed out of a facility to get fresh air and restrictions were placed on visitor, phone and Internet access.A provincial court judge granted the required order to the health authority on Sept. 22, 2017, on the grounds the woman was abused or neglected, was incapable of deciding not to accept the services proposed and would benefit from the support.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today designated children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education.António Guterres designates Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of PeaceCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe“You have been to the most difficult places […] visited several refugee camps. Your foundation has schools in Lebanon, in the Beka’a Valley,” said Mr. Guterres at a ceremony in the Trusteeship Council chamber at UN Headquarters, in New York.“[You are a] symbol of perhaps the most important thing in the world, education for all,” he highlighted.Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for attending classes, is the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace and the first one to be designated by Secretary-General Guterres since he assumed office in January this year.Accepting the accolade, Ms. Yousafzai underscored the importance of education, especially education of girls, for advancing communities and societies.“[Bringing change] starts with us and it should start now,” she said, adding: “If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now [and] not wait for anyone else.”UN Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the global Organization.Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of UN’s efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere.Following the official presentation, Secretary-General Guterres and Ms. Yousafzai conversed with youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls’ education.Taking a question from a young speaker in the audience, Ms. Yousafzai said the most difficult time she faced had been from 2007 to 2009 in the Swat Valley, “because we were at a point of making a decision about whether to speak out or remain silent. And I realized that if you remain silent, you are still going to be terrorized. So speaking out, you can help people.”While recovering from the Taliban attack, she realized that “extremists tried everything to stop me [and the fact that they didn’t] is clear evidence that no one can stop me. I have second life for the purpose of [pressing for] education and I’ll continue working on [this issue].Ms. Yousafazi went on to say that brothers and fathers must also support women and girls in the global effort to ensure education for all and, more importantly, to “be who they want to be.” Indeed, she said that her father always told people not to ask him what he did for Malala, ‘but ask what I didn’t do – I didn’t clip her wings.’Summing up the conversation, Mr. Guterrers called Ms. Yousafzai’s life “a remarkable example of solidarity.” Yet, he said, Pakistan is also such an example. “We live in a world where so many borders are closed; so many doors are closed, but Pakistan has received seven million refugees with open borders, open doors and hearts – a symbol of generosity.”He hoped this spirit could serve as an example that “it is not by closing doors that we will all be able to move forward.”last_img read more

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first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOne of the U.S.’s top environmentalists has thrown his considerable clout and that of his organization behind Idle No More’s planned Oct. 7 day of action.Bill McKibben, a prominent journalist who wrote for the New Yorker magazine and founded 350.org which is one of the driving forces behind U.S. opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, said Indigenous peoples have “spearheaded the fight to preserve the planet at its most critical hour.”Idle No More has called for an international day of action for Oct. 7 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation and the arrival of James Anaya, the UN rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, who also begins a visit to Canada that day.So far, about 40 events are planned for next Monday across Canada, the U.S. and internationally in places like London, England, and Croatia.McKibben said 350.org is prepared to swing into action that day on social media, promoting planned actions.“We will be in solidarity in all the ways we can think of and spreading the word,” he said. “We will make sure everyone knows what’s going on that day.”McKibben is no stranger to days of action. His organization was behind what was dubbed the “largest climate rally in history” in front of the White House this past February. About 48 people were arrested at the protest including McKibben, actress Daryl Hannah and other prominent individuals.The protest targeted TransCanada’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline which would pump tar sands crude to the Texas Gulf Coast. The fate of the pipeline rests in the hands U.S. President Barack Obama because the project crosses an international boundary and needs U.S. State Department approval.McKibben’s organization takes its name from the climate change statistic that states 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity.McKibben said Indigenous groups and people have been a vital part of the climate change fight which would be much more difficult without their involvement.Before he threw himself into work against Keystone, he first contacted the U.S.-based Indigenous Environmental Network to ask about joining the pipeline battle. McKibben said he’s since formed ties to several Indigenous activists and leaders in Canada including Clayton Thomas-Muller and Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus.“It would be much harder (without First Nations),” he said. “Part of the fight is legal and rests on that and part of it is political and moral. In both cases the involvement of First Nations people has been critical.”McKibben said First Nations in Canada remain “one of the few forces” standing in the way of Prime Minister Stephen Harper who he says wants to turn Canada into a “rogue petro-state.” He said the future would see more cooperation between groups like 350.org and Idle No More.“The future of all these movements is to continue a sort of interpenetration…to be part of a larger movement that is about the future,” he said. “We are all trying to get the dead hand of the energy industry off our backs, try to shrug it off somehow and it’s incredibly hard because of their weight, because they have so much money. It’s only through that kind of unity that we have a shot.”Thomas-Muller, one of the lead Idle No More organizers, said 350.org’s endorsement is a welcome boost from “an incredibly important tactical ally.”He said it’s up to individual communities and local organizations to decide what to do on the day of action.“Oct. 7 is an opportunity for Idle no More to reach out to communities and to encourage them to be counted,” he said. “We put a call out based on the historical significance of the day, not just for Indigenous peoples, but all non-native people as well to learn more about the foundational documents that led to this country called Canada.The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was issued by King George III after Britain won the Seven Years’ War. Called the “Indian Magna Carta,” it acknowledged Indigenous title to the territory and it forbade settlers from taking land until ceded by treaty.“This document, out of all the documents, was the first one that recognized our inherent rights and set the basis for a lot of the current legal strategies,” said Thomas-Muller.Thomas-Muller said the arrival of Anaya is also a key part of the day. He said Idle No More representatives plan to meet with Anaya and present him with a report on human rights abuses in Canada.The idea for the day of action grew from a meeting held in Toronto this past August between Idle No More, Defenders of the Land and other urban organizers, he said.Aside from the ongoing anti-fracking fight involving the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet in New Brunswick, little happened over the summer months in Canada during a declared Idle No More-Defenders of the Land Sovereignty Summer.Thomas-Muller said much of the action flared up in the U.S. which is starting to see more Idle No More-related protests, but he predicted the movement is far from done in Canada.“Sovereignty Summer is having an Indian Summer,” he said. “We will continue to be thorns in the side of the Harper government.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Mr. Zannier succeeds Joachim Rücker as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) at a time when Ban Ki-moon has proposed reconfiguring the Organization’s presence in the wake of Kosovo’s decision earlier this year to declare its independence from Serbia.Under Mr. Ban’s plan, the European Union play an enhanced operational role in the area of rule of law under a UN “umbrella” headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and in line with the 1999 Security Council resolution that established UNMIK.“I see this as a moment of transition,” Mr. Zannier told a news conference last Friday. “There are a number of things to be readjusted. It is not only UNMIK reconfiguring, but it is the whole set of activities that UNMIK was handling that needs to be reviewed.”A reconfigured and restructured UNMIK, according to the proposals presented by the Secretary-General, would continue to carry out many functions, including those related to a dialogue with Serbia on provisions in six areas: police, courts, customs, transport and infrastructure, boundaries and Serbian patrimony.Mr. Zannier said he sees his role as one focused on helping to maintain peace, security and stability in the region, as a key condition for economic and social development.He also highlighted the need to develop policies to improve the interaction between communities and ensure respect of fundamental rights and freedoms. The UN is a “key facilitator” in this regard, he added. UNMIK has been in place since mid-1999 after NATO forces drove Yugoslav troops out of Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one, that year amid deadly inter-communal fighting. 24 June 2008The new United Nations envoy for Kosovo, Lamberto Zannier, has arrived in Pristina to take up his duties amid what he called “a moment of transition” for the world body’s presence there. read more

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Derevon Guyton cheers on PSG in the International Champions Cup at Ohio Stadium on July 27, 2016. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorWednesday night was another night inside Ohio Stadium where the fans were loud, somewhat obnoxious, donning their team’s colors, but it wasn’t quite September yet. A warm night in July pitted European soccer powerhouse clubs Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid.The International Champions Cup came to Columbus for the first game in the ‘Shoe since 1998 when the Columbus Crew played their last home season on Ohio State’s campus. All night, the atmosphere was electric, filled with an attendance of 86,641—a record for the state of Ohio. For some, this was the first chance they got to see the stars they idolize oversees.Derevon Guyton, 28, traveled from Washington state to see his beloved PSG squad play for the first time.“PSG to the death of me, bro,” Guyton said. “That’s my boys out there, man. I’m sitting out here, but I feel like I’m on the field with them.”A soccer fan since high school, Guyton flew out to Baltimore on Saturday to meet with his girlfriend for two days before they travelled to Columbus for the international friendly. He estimated his trip to be $1,200.Sporting a Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey, who has since left PSG for the Premier League’s Manchester United, Guyton waved his red and blue PSG flag for the entire crowd to see, as if they couldn’t hear him already. Cheering at every moment, mocking Real Madrid defender Marcelo as he fell to the turf, the passion exuding from Guyton represented the growth of soccer in America.“I’ve been waiting to see them for years. It just costs too much to go to Paris. It’s not really feasible unless you’re like a millionaire, bro. It’s like $5,000,” said Guyton. “So for them to come here, it’s a big deal for me. I’ll always remember this.”Fans from nearby Dayton, Cincinnati, Toledo and Detroit made the journey to OSU for Wednesday’s friendly, as well as some from Chicago. These fans may live in the U.S., but some of them represent nationalities of Spain, France, Canada and even Nepal. One family made the trip to Columbus from Columbia to cheer on their national hero.“James (Rodriguez for Real Madrid). We came to see James,” said the family. Their trip cost around $2,000.A nationwide obsession of the video game FIFA has been a major impact in the expansion of soccer in the U.S. Major League Soccer has 20 teams currently playing across the country and some in Canada.Former Columbus Crew player Frankie Hejduk, who won a championship for the Crew in 2008 when there were just 14 teams in the MLS was in attendance on Wednesday night. He said that seeing die-hard soccer fans from many nationalities bonding with an American football-dominant crowd is something he didn’t think would have been possible five years ago.“This game really brings attention to the fans who don’t know much about soccer that could potentially say, ‘I had a blast,’” Hejduk said. “That’s what I see is people are learning to respect the game a lot more because these guys are athletes.”PSG won 3-1 with all scoring in the first half. The first goal came at the two-minute mark sending the crowd into a frenzy. Personal photos were being taken just about everywhere around the stadium to remember the moment they first got to see their team play in America. Fans also took part in a resounding stadium “O-H-I-O” in the second half.Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vasquez said that he felt at home on the pitch and the atmosphere was phenomenal.“I think what we have seen is that all around the world we have fans, and we saw them when we got to the hotel,” said Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. “Overall, we’re happy to be here and to spend a little time with the fans in Columbus.”The preseason exhibition between PSG and Real Madrid is one of four games played in the U.S. this month as a part of the ICC. Columbus has been a city that has adapted well to the game, but Wednesday night may have been another installment into how the sport continues to grow in the country.“It promotes real football. It shows them what football really is,” Guyton said. “I still believe that the MLS is years behind all the other leagues. But this right here is a spectacle.” read more

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OSU junior guard Asia Doss (20) plays defense in the backcourt in the third quarter of a scrimmage against Ashland on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 88-78. Credit: Zach Konno | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to open its regular season against the Duquesne Dukes on Friday, and Buckeyes’ coach Kevin McGuff knows his team must be better than the 88-79 exhibition showing against Ashland on Sunday.Following a team practice Wednesday morning, McGuff again expressed his disappointment with his team’s defensive effort against Ashland, but he added a positive spin to OSU’s performance.“In many respects, that’s probably the best thing for us; a little bit of a wake-up call before we start playing games that count,” McGuff said.The Buckeyes’ team attention is now set on a Duquesne team that finished the 2015-16 season with a 28-6 record. The Dukes were part of a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10, and they claimed a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling to the eventual-champion UCONN Huskies in the second round.McGuff praised the Dukes for being a well-coached group that executes, adding that they’ll pose some challenges for the Buckeyes.“Their post players really shoot the ball well from the perimeter, and that’s something that Ashland hurt us with,” McGuff said. “Our ability to defend the three-point line will be critical.”Luckily for OSU, Duquesne’s top-two scorers from a season ago have graduated. Guard April Robinson put up 14.9 points, 6.4 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game while Deva’Nyar Workman contributed 14.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Also graduated is guard Emilie Gronas, who added 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.The Dukes will combat those three losses with a quartet of true freshman. Guard/forward Anie-Pier Samson, who was No. 86 in her class according to ESPN, will join guards Halle Bovell, Kiersten Elliott and Budapest, Hungary-native Nina Aho.OSU players won’t be watching film on Duquesne until Thursday, but junior guard Asia Doss said that the Buckeyes have been preparing for the Dukes’ style of play.“(We’ve worked on) a lot of their man offensive sets as far as all the screens they set,” Doss said. “We’ve done a lot of that.”Along with preparing for its next opponent, Doss said that OSU has spent the entire week working generally on rebounding and defense. That was evident near the end of Wednesday’s practice, when the Buckeyes were running through several defensive sets and critiquing their play from the Ashland game.OSU will get to put its practice to test against a Duquesne team that lost 29.2 points of offense from a season ago, but McGuff understands that the Dukes are still a dangerous group.“They’ve got a great team,” McGuff said. “If we’re not defending them, they’re going to make us pay.”Tipoff for the season opener is set for noon on Friday at St. John Arena. read more

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first_imgWelcome to the “Feel Good Edition” of Call of Duty: Black Ops, well at least that’s what I’m calling it. The ultra-violent game is normally just a parade of explosions and stabbings but this video make it seems like something much more light-hearted than that. It not only adds in some much-needed rainbows, but it has awesome sniper killstreaks, great slow-motion action, and some very impressive kills with a variety of weapons. It also completely avoids the ridiculous amount of frustration someone feels when they get no-scoped from across the map.The video was made possible by some very nice editing work from Filip Bongcam and skilled CoD play by Qits. Filip B. has all sorts of cool, well-edited videos at his gaming channel as well.It goes to show much but can be done with some creativity and a video that a lot of people can relate to. Recording and uploading Call of Duty clips is one thing, and they tend to be interesting enough, but some good music, slick editing, and attention to detail can take them to an entirely different level.via Kotakulast_img read more

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first_imgEver since SimCity launched, there has been a suspicion that the need for the game to always be connected to a server was mainly a form of DRM, not for social game features and multiplayer. Then a Maxis developer came forward to confirm the game doesn’t actually need a server to function, suggesting the information coming out of EA wasn’t the whole truth. Now EA and Maxis have some explaining to do as a modder has managed to get the game running offline indefinitely.The video above shows the game being played offline. The modder states that this can be done for as long as you like without issues. The only real downside being you can’t save the game because it utilizes cloud saves. However, if you reconnect the game it does save, so you can play all day then just go online to save your progress at the end of a session.In order to achieve this offline state, modder UKAzzer had to edit the game code to enable debug mode. This exists so the developer can play around with additional features and test the game. Most of those features are disabled unless you have a developer build of the game, but apparently enabling it on a consumer version removes the need for a server connection while retaining everything you need to play.In fact, it actually improves the game in some ways. City populations are actually tracked correctly and you can edit outside of your city boundaries. Those additional edits are also saved when you reconnect.This revelation will put EA and Maxis in a difficult position. They’ve been adamant all along that the game won’t work without a server connection and offloads a “significant amount of the calculations.” That’s clearly not true, so why has it been used as a reason to explain why an always-connected game was necessary?last_img read more

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first_imgiPhone users have always consumed a ton of data, but it appears as though Apple is working on a way to help folks cut back. AlgoTrim, a Swedish company that Apple just acquired, knows a thing or two about data compression.It’s possible that Apple could be planning to use AlgoTrim’s software to build something similar to Opera’s off-road mode the new bandwidth-conservation mode Google added to Chrome for Android. AlgoTrim develops image and video libraries that could allow Apple to add the same kind of functionality to iOS apps like Safari and iMessage.It’s not all about the data your phone sends and receives, however. AlgoTrim’s products include compression tech that just might help you conserve that valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad.One of those products is a code-compression library. With it, it’s possible that Apple could shrink the iOS footprint by a substantial amount — perhaps as much as 40 to 50%. AlgoTrim says that pretty much all the core parts of the OS (including preinstalled apps) can be shrunk. The only real exception would be the Darwin-based iOS kernel.AlgoTrim’s website notes that this isn’t an entirely new concept. It’s something that IBM did with its PowerPC processors… something that Apple knows a thing or two about.Now, you might think that compressing OS code would add unwanted lag — decompression take time, after all. AlgoTrim says that the process happens so quickly that it’s actually possible for the opposite to occur. Applications can become faster after being compressed.A faster iOS with a smaller footprint and potential bandwidth savings to boot? It’s precisely the kind of thing Apple needs to do to make sure iOS doesn’t wander aimlessly off into obscurity like BlackBerry OS.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 23, 2018 – Providenciales – The Department of Registration and Citizenship in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment hereby advises the general public that, effective immediately, there will be no extensions made to BOTC Turks and Caicos Islands passports to alter the date of expiration of passport books.The public is further advised that the issuance of an emergency (limited validity) passport is done so only on the basis of a medical emergency which necessitates travel out of the country and for some government official travel.An application for renewal of, or issuance of, a full validity passport will be required prior to the issuance of the limited validity passport book.   The required documents and fees for the issuance of the limited validity passport is the same as that for a full validity passport.All holders of BOTC Turks and Caicos Islands passports and/or British Citizen passports are encouraged to ensure that at least six months validity remains on their passport books, and those with a remaining validity period under six months are encouraged to commence the renewal process to ensure that they are not without a valid travel document. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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first_img Posted: February 11, 2019 February 11, 2019 Adopt A Pet: Cupids and Canines 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Animal Support Foundation is taking part in an adoption event coming up at Grossmont Center in La Mesa, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. on Saturday Feb 16th.Some of the pets for adoption at the Cupids and Canines event include:Terry Hogan with Friends of Cats Shelter will be introducing:Name of cat: PreciousBreed: Short-haired Striped Grey TabbyAge: 3 years oldSex: Spayed FemaleOrganization: Friends Of Cats Shelter at 15587 Olde Hwy 80 in El CajonPrecious is the perfect name for this girl. She loves people, gets along well with other cats and just loves to be petted. Come meet Precious and other felines for adoption at the Friends of Cats booth in front of Reading Cinemas on Saturday!Kathleen Orozco with St Paco’s Second Chance Dog Rescue will bring some Christmas:Name: Kathleen OrozcoDogs name ChristmasAge: 11 months oldBreed Poodle MixWeight: 8-poundsWebsite: www.stpacossecondchancedogrescue.orgChristmas is a very sweet loving little poodle mix who gets along with other dogs and even cats! He loves to snuggle next to you in bed. interesting little note he was rescued on Christmas day just skin and bones. He is up to date on his vaccines, microchipped, and neutered. Isn’t it time for Christmas to have a family of his own?Autumn Millhouse with VIVA (Volunteers for Indigent & Vulnerable Animals) will bring:Name of Dog: DallasBreed: Staffordshire Terrier mixAge: 11 month old puppySex: Neutered MaleOrganization: VIVA RescuePhone: 619-919-6937Website VIVASF.orgDallas is one of a kind — everyone who meets him falls in love with him. He’s a goofball, who loves to cuddle on the couch, swim, carry his babies around, treadmill, and play with his furry friends. He is crate trained, house trained, great on a leash, professionally trained, loves kids, and is eager to be part of a new home. Foster with the intention to adopt is a program we are offering with Dallas to make sure we find the best home for him.Amy Hultengren with Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego County will introduce:Name of dog: WinterBreed: Pomeranian/ ChihuahuaAge: 4 years oldOrganization: Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego CountyPhone: 858-256-9479Website RescueAChi@gmail.comWinter, aka Tater Tot is sweet, happy, and silky soft. She is great with dogs, humans and even cats. She likes to sleep on a pillow and be where you are hanging out. She knows basic commands is a beautiful young lady. Come meet her at the event near Reading Cinemas and Panera! KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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first_imgIn addition, Nielsen said Thursday that it is ceasing operations for Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews. UPDATE: A Nielsen spokesperson said that while the company has no immediate plans for other changes to its trade magazines, it will continue to “assess the remaining publications to make sure we are focused on businesses with the highest potential for growth.”According to e5 Global Media, the company is committed to adding “financial and strategic resources” to the Nielsen properties to add “enhanced content across their print, online and new media channels and to continue to deliver value to their subscribers and advertisers.” It was not immediately clear if all of the trade magazines will continue to be published in print or if any layoffs were associated with the deal. A Guggenheim Partners spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.“This looks like it will be an excellent acquisition for Pluribus,” DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips told FOLIO:. “ I think they’re buying at the low-point in the market and these properties are in a good position to rebound now that the economy is getting back on track.”Nielsen Business Media president Greg Farrar said in a statement that the divestiture allows the company to “focus its investment on its core businesses and those parts of our portfolio that have the greatest potential for growth, including our leading trade show group.” Pluribus Capital was founded by James A. Finkelstein, who has been said to have been pursuing the Nielsen media properties for several weeks. Nielsen Business Media has agreed to sell eight of its media brands, including a number of its trade magazines, to e5 Global Media, a new company formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.The sale agreement includes The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Back Stage magazines, as well as Nielsen’s Clio Awards and Film Journal International. Also being sold is the Film Expo Business, which includes the ShoWest, ShowEast, Cinema Expo International and CineAsia trade shows.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although it was rumored to be priced at approximately $70 million.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department is going pink! Officers are wearing pink bracelets in memory of Cheryl Sencabaugh. Cheryl, wife of Lieutenant Scott Sencabaugh, passed away unexpectedly earlier this year at the young age of 49. Cheryl was an enthusiastic supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Boston Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.The bracelets invoke her name and the “Small But Mighty” slogan in her memory. Proceeds from the bracelets will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Cheryl’s family, friends and co-workers from The TJX Companies will join thousands and walk in Boston on September 30 to raise money to fight breast cancer, just as Cheryl did every year.If you would like to join us and supporting Cheryl’s team, you can donate HERE. (NOTE: The above announcement and photo are from the Wilmington Police Department’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCEILI STRONG: Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For Tremezzo On October 24In “Community”OBITUARY: Cheryl A. (Bassing) Sencabaugh, 49In “Obituaries”Wilmington Fire & Police To Support Local Teen Battling Cancer With Softball Game, Cornhole Tournament On Sept. 15In “Community”last_img read more

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first_img How to use Siri’s Shortcuts app Now playing: Watch this: Tags 1:54 Comment SiriKit, another Siri software integration, is also available for usages that include messaging on WhatsApp, ride hailing on Uber, payments with PayPal and searching photos on Pinterest.Apple’s ability to bring together thousands of new features to Siri in a short amount of time should give the Siri ecosystem the shot in the arm it’s needed. It also offers fresh competition for Alexa and Assistant, which have maintained comfortable spots as the No. 1 and 2 voice assistants. Apple has also found a way to integrate Siri into more connected appliances, like coffee makers, by bringing the Drop app to Shortcuts.This strategy appears to focus squarely on Apple’s strengths as one of the leading platforms for millions of mobile apps. The work to enhance Shortcuts could offer new hope for long-time Apple fans who have sought more from the company’s digital helper. It also points to Apple’s renewed focus on Siri, thanks in part to its hiring of John Giannandrea, Google’s former AI chief, last April.Apple still has a long way to go, particularly in the smart speaker market, where its HomePod speaker remains a pricier also-ran to the Amazon Echo and Google Home.Siri Shortcuts was integrated into a handful of places in iOS 12 to encourage people to use Siri much more frequently. Apple will now suggest new Siri Shortcuts for people to activate, such as setting a favorite sandwich order through Caviar or starting a word of the day notification through Merriam Webster. Those suggestions have been added to the search section and in Settings on iOS. They also appear within thousands of apps, too.Apple said Thursday it added Siri Shortcuts from American Airlines, Dexcom, Caviar, Merriam Webster and Spectre. Coming in March and April will be Shortcuts from Airbnb, Drop, ReSound and Smarter. For Airbnb, for example, you’ll be able to access details on your stay, including check in time, a map to your place and the Wi-Fi password, by setting up a Shortcut voice command like “Hey Siri, my Airbnb stay.” Phones Smart Home Share your voicecenter_img 19 iOS 12 features you should be using now 1 Those new integrations join thousands of other apps already onboard, including Waze, Nike Run Club, Seamless, Instacart, DSLR Camera, Pandora, Tile, Overcast, Evernote, Citymapper, Kayak, Hotels.com, British Airways, VRBO and The Weather Channel.A new Siri Shortcuts app was also created to allow people to build more complex Shortcuts that can integrate both smart-home gear that works with Apple’s HomeKit and apps that work with Siri. For example, a user can now tell Siri “Good morning” to open the blinds, turn on the coffee machine and hear the weather report.Siri Shortcuts are available on the iPhone, iPad, HomePod, iPod Touch and Apple Watch.Apple says Siri remains the most used assistant globally, thanks to its popular iPhone, with 500 million devices making 10 billion requests monthly. It appears those users will now have plenty more to talk to Siri about. A look at Shortcuts integration with Kayak. James Martin/CNET While Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant got busy over the past few years creating oodles of new skills and capabilities, Apple’s Siri seemed to be asleep. Alexa came out with food delivery via voice commands back in early 2016. Siri, meanwhile, didn’t offer the same feature until last year.Considering that contrast, it’s no secret Siri has fallen far behind its main competition in features and smart-home partners.But, Apple has a plan to jump-start Siri and foster the same flurry of developer experimentation that made Alexa a hit. It’s doing that through Siri Shortcuts, a feature it introduced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June but didn’t emphasize all that much during its presentation. Shortcuts allows people to use Siri to control different iOS apps, letting folks take a selfie with their iPhones or get details on an upcoming flight all via voice commands.Apple on Thursday announced a series of new app integrations with Siri Shortcuts, including Caviar (that’s right, food delivery), Merriam Webster Dictionary and Airbnb. Those apps join thousands — yes, thousands — of others that are already connected to Siri thanks to Shortcuts. 20 Photos Google Assistant Alexa Voice recognition Sirilast_img read more

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first_imgOn top of the Republican Senate primary and the oil tax referendum, there’s one more competitive race on tomorrow’s ballot – the contest for the Democrats’ lieutenant governor nominee.In the aftermath of what Gov. Sean Parnell dubbed the “education session,” half a dozen of the new candidates being fielded by the Democratic Party are educators. The most high profile of these is Bob Williams, who was once named the Alaska Teacher of the Year and is now a candidate for lieutenant governor. Bob Williams teaches math at Palmer’s Colony High, not government. But over the past year, he’s gotten a pretty serious crash course in civics.“Going through this process of running for lieutenant governor, I thought like maybe you could watch a debate before and kind of say, ‘Oh, maybe I’d do this.’ I thought you could maybe vicariously go through things,” Williams says. “And one of the things I’ve learned is you really can’t learn any better than by doing.”Williams is a first time candidate, and he’s running against State Sen. Hollis French for the Democratic nomination. Before running for lieutenant governor, the closest Williams had ever gotten to elected politics was participating in Boys State, a mock legislature conference for high schoolers. He presents himself as a Mr.-Smith-Goes-To-Juneau type figure, and speaks with the same level of enthusiasm he might use to get kids excited about algebra. Because he’s starting big and running for a statewide seat, Williams says he’s encountered some skepticism toward his campaign.“People would tell me, ‘You don’t have a lot of money. You’re not wealthy. You can’t do it,’” says Williams. “That means it’s going to be hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be impossible. And so you talk to a lot of people, and a lot of people have said, ‘Well, you’re just a teacher. And I’d say, “What are you looking for in your next lieutenant governor? Teachers deal with conflict in a civil way, they build trust, they have integrity.”On the issues, Williams, like French, mostly seems to line up with the Democratic party platform. But as a teacher, he says education issues really helped motivate him to file for office. When Williams declared his candidacy last year, it was shortly after a legislative session where lawmakers considered allowing public dollars to go to private schools.“The reform efforts that were being pushed forward in the last couple of years haven’t made sense. And so, that’s one of the things where you push and say, ‘We need something different.’”Williams is far from the only teacher running this cycle. Democrats are fielding five new legislative candidates who are active or retired teachers, and four of those are running in the Republican stronghold of Mat-Su. In Ketchikan, teacher Dan Ortiz is running as an independent candidate.Williams says the crew of teacher-candidates will sometimes chat about their campaigns with the purpose of “giving advice and a lot of moral support – and some help on policy on education.”Zack Fields is a spokesperson for the Alaska Democratic Party, and he says a heated fight over education funding, where a grassroots coalition of parents fought for an increase in classroom dollars “definitely catalyzed a lot of public anger,” and it resulted in an “unusually large number” of teachers being involved in this election cycle.In the State Legislature, fewer than a handful of candidates have teaching experience at the K-12 level, and most of those lawmakers are Republicans. If Williams were to pull off two upsets – one on Tuesday against Hollis French, and another in November as part of a gubernatorial ticket with Byron Mallott against incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell – the office of lieutenant governor wouldn’t afford him too much opportunity to get hands on with education policy. The office has few powers, but it would elevate his public profile. He says he’d approach the job like his current one.“I’ve been building trust in the classroom and in the community for 20 years,” says Williams. “My classroom just got a lot bigger. I’ll be doing that across the state of Alaska.”And if elected politics don’t pan out, at least the experience will have been an educational one.last_img read more

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first_imgBuyers in Coimbatore flock to jewellery stores as gold prices slump13K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Buyers in Coimbatore flock to jewellery stores as gold prices slump13K viewsBusinessCoimbatore, Nov 26 (ANI): Buyers in Coimbatore flocked to purchase gold as the expensive yellow metal faces a price slump. Gold stood at 26,450 rupees for 10 grams on November 25 and further fell to 26, 355 rupees on November 26. Jewellers say that this phenomenon was due to fluctuations in the international market. Buyers said that they could now stock up on jewellery they otherwise find expensive.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Coimbatore, Nov 26 (ANI): Buyers in Coimbatore flocked to purchase gold as the expensive yellow metal faces a price slump. Gold stood at 26,450 rupees for 10 grams on November 25 and further fell to 26, 355 rupees on November 26. Jewellers say that this phenomenon was due to fluctuations in the international market. Buyers said that they could now stock up on jewellery they otherwise find expensive.last_img read more

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first_imgEarning upgrades would propel the S&P BSE Sensex to touch a historic high of 32,200 by the end of this year and 35,000 by June next, according to global brokerage firm Citi. The Sensex had touched an all-time high of 30,024.74 on 4 March, 2015.The December forecast would mean a rise of about 14% over Wednesday’s closing of 28,223. On Thursday, the Sensex closed at 28,298 points.The Sensex has gone up by just over 2% so far this year. If the index rises in line with the projection made by the brokerage, the gain would be 17% for the full year.The firm expects the markets to see “more earning upgrades than downgrades” in the second half of the current financial year 2015-16.”It’s still an earnings downgrade cycle – but the pace & extent is falling, and the number of upgrades is rising. While our numbers have been snipped too: at 13 per cent/19 per cent growth over FY16/FY17. The market will have to be patient – but H2FY16 on, (we believe) more for upgrades, than with downgrades,” said Aditya Narain and Jitender Tokas of Citi, told The Economic Times.Even though the sales of many companies remain under pressure due to several factors such as “moderating demand, inflation and commodities”, their profit margins continue to rise, showing decrease in costs and “increased corporate focus on profitability.”While companies’ earnings are subject to global cyclical pressures, there has been some continued growth in the defensive sectors such as IT and pharma sector, it said.”The domestic cyclicals – the market’s big hope – remain flat, with only the private banks & autos holding ground. This mix has not changed much over the last 3Qs (remains very skewed), but 2HY16 is when normalization should start,” the brokerage added.last_img read more