Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Resolve Crown Share Adjustment Payments

first_imgOn behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald today, July 13, announced the resolution of an outstanding obligation respecting the province’s Crown Share Adjustment Payments for oil and gas projects in the Nova Scotia offshore. “Last October, Prime Minister Harper and Premier MacDonald announced a process to finally resolve this dispute and today I am pleased to announce we have a resolution,” said Minister MacKay. “Together, our governments sat down, rolled up our sleeves and set out to make good on a 22-year-old obligation to Nova Scotia.” Accepting the recommendation of an independent panel, the Government of Canada will provide Nova Scotia with $234.4 million for past payments up to March 31, 2008. Going forward, the two governments have agreed to work together to take the steps necessary to implement the Chair’s recommendation enabling the calculation of Crown Share Adjustment Payments for future years. The panel estimates the value of those payments for future years for the Sable Offshore Energy Project and the Deep Panuke Offshore Project to be approximately $633 million. “This is an historic day for the people of Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. “Today we are taking a major step toward achieving our goal of sustainable prosperity. I want to thank Prime Minister Harper and Minister MacKay and the many others who worked with me to seize the opportunity to resolve this longstanding issue.” Federal legislation implementing the 1986 Offshore Accord, including provisions for Crown Share Adjustment Payments, has been in place since 1988. Previous governments were unable to come to an agreement on how to put the Crown Share Adjustment Payment provisions into effect. On October 10, 2007, the Panel was asked by Prime Minister Harper and Premier MacDonald to provide guidance to both governments on the methodology for calculating Crown Share adjustment payments to Nova Scotia. The panel, chaired by the Honourable Lorne O. Clarke, former Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, presented its recommendations to both governments earlier this month. Other panel members were Dr. Brian Lee Crowley, founding President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, and Dara L. Gordon, Q.C., a partner at McInnes Cooper. For more information on Crown Share Adjustment Payments, including the agreement, backgrounder and the chair’s recommendations go to the website, www.gov.ns.ca/govt/crownshare/ .last_img read more

Progress Begins in Southwestern Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians in rain-soaked areas of the southwestern part of the province are seeing more stability and some progress today, Nov. 11. Water levels have receded on most rivers and lakes, and Nova Scotia Power reports that the pressure on Vaughn Lake Dam, also called the Tusket Falls Main Dam, has been reduced. The water at the dam fell by about 25 centimetres (10 inches) overnight to eight metres (26 feet). Nova Scotia Power officials will inspect it today and will gradually reduce the flow through the gates. They will also inspect the Carleton Dam where water levels have also moderated. The local state of emergency has been lifted in Quinan in Argyle. Environment Canada forecasts no rain for the remainder of this week and on the weekend. “Everyone is relieved that the situation in southwestern Nova Scotia is beginning to improve,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “Residents, first responders, local leaders, emergency managers and private partners have worked hard to keep their communities safe. They have shown tremendous community spirit over the last few days.” Four families near the Carleton Dam returned to their homes Wednesday, Nov. 10, after a four day absence. It is expected that about 30 more families from Quinan will return to their homes today. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal workers will build a walkway today to enable pedestrian traffic in and out of Quinan. Local businesses are offering shuttle bus services to take people to Yarmouth for supplies. About 20 families from the Raynardton area below the Tusket dam remain out of their homes. All dams continue to be monitored closely, while water levels remain high. Areas of Barrington and Yarmouth remain under a local state of emergency. Premier Darrell Dexter toured the area by helicopter Wednesday, Nov. 10, and indicated that the province will be seeking federal aid. The Department of Agriculture continues to monitor affected farms along the Annapolis River and the St. Mary’s River and in Quinan. Nova Scotians are asked for patience as road and bridge closures continue until flood waters recede and they are inspected by an engineer for safety. Closed bridges that have displaced residents will be inspected first. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is bringing in additional bridge inspectors and staff from around the province to complete inspections and reduce the inconvenience to residents as quickly as possible. Motorists should continue to use caution and watch for closed roads and water on roads. As residents in southwestern Nova Scotia begin to return to their homes, the Emergency Management Office reminds homeowners to make safety the first priority. Check carefully for signs of damage, broken glass and other debris and ensure local officials have deemed the property safe before returning. Homeowners and residents are asked to keep the following information in mind: –Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. Find out if your policy includes clean-up costs and if the insurance company will arrange for a contractor to do the clean up. The province may offer a disaster financial assistance program. Recording damages will also help when a claim is filed. Make a list and include photographs or videotape of all damages and items that had to be disposed of after the flood. Keep a record of flood-related activity, such as the amount of time spent cleaning and keep copies of all invoices and receipts. –Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse/breaker panels until they have been checked by your local utility. Do not reconnect gas, pump or electrical supplies. Arrange for qualified personnel to inspect and connect these services. –Leave and contact the gas company immediately if gas is smelled. –Be prepared to make difficult decisions about what to keep and what to throw out. Household items that have been contaminated by sewage, or that have been wet for a long time, will have to be bagged, tagged and discarded according to local regulations. Some items must be discarded after a flood. Items such as mattresses, pillows, sofas and upholstered furniture that have been soaked with flood water are no longer safe from harmful bacteria. –Any food that has come in contact with flood water must also be discarded. This includes fresh or frozen food, food in boxes or jars, all bottled drinks and any cans that show signs of damage. –It is recommended that homeowners with private wells for drinking water test their water. As a precaution, individuals should boil their water for three minutes. Test kits are available at the Department of Environment district offices. The department is working with municipalities to have test kits available through municipal offices. –Once the water recedes, homeowners are encouraged to check their on-site septic systems. Anyone who finds that their system is not working, should contact the local Environment office. –Homeowners should check their oil tanks to ensure they are still secure and haven’t lost any oil. If there are concerns, homeowners should contact their insurer and the local Environment office. –Anyone who is in need of financial assistance to meet basic needs can apply for Income Assistance by contacting the local office of the Department of Community Services. All requests are assessed on an individual basis to determine need. In the event that a person is not eligible, staff can advise of other community supports that may be able to help. For more detailed information on flood clean up and safety visit www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Set up a step-by-step action plan to: remove all water, mud and other debris dispose of contaminated household goods rinse away contamination inside the home and remove the rinse water clean and dry out your house and salvageable possessions as quickly as possiblelast_img read more

Dawson Creek Pharmacist caught taking pills

first_imgTo suspend his registration as a pharmacist for a total of 90 days;To not be pharmacy manager of a pharmacy and a preceptor for pharmacy students for a period of three years;In relation to narcotic and controlled drugs, to not place and receive orders, destroy expired inventory, or have signing authority relating to the ordering of such substances for a period of three years from the date that his suspension ends;To complete and successfully pass an ethics course for healthcare professionals; andTo pay a fine of $1,500. Christensen did not process or bill these medications on PharmaNet and these medications were reportedly not provided to any other persons. Christensen altered and adjusted the pharmacy’s inventory records to ensure the losses would go unnoticed.Christensen entered into a Consent Agreement with the College’s Inquiry Committee, and agreed to the following: The Inquiry Committee considered that in this case, in addition to the serious misconduct, Christensen placed himself and his patients at significant risk of harm when he took unauthorized medications for personal use and continued to practice in the capacity of a pharmacist.His actions were a serious contravention of standards in the Code of Ethics and compromised the public’s trust in the pharmacy profession as a whole.The Inquiry Committee determined that Christensen required serious remediation and deterrence regarding his conduct. The Inquiry Committee considered the terms of the Consent Agreement appropriate to protect the public, as well as send a clear message of deterrence to the profession.center_img DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia investigated the practices of Kayle Henry Christensen and discovered he was taking unauthorized medications for his own personal use.Pursuant to section 33(4) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183. The Inquiry Committee and the Registrant have agreed to resolve all matters arising from the investigation by way of a Consent Agreement under section 36(1) of the Health Professions Act.Between September 2014 and June 2018, Christensen took unauthorized medications for his own personal use, from the pharmacy for which he was the pharmacy manager. The medications taken included, 16,000 tablets of a narcotic drug substance and 10,000 tablets of a controlled drug substance, both of which require an authorized prescription.last_img read more

Western Sahara Colin Stewart to Give Briefing on MINURSO UN Report

Rabat – Colin Stewart, special representative of the UN secretary General for Western Sahara will host a briefing on MINURSO Thursday, October 11.Stewart, who is also head of UN mission in Western Sahara, also known as MINURSO, will hold consultations over the report of the UN Secretary General’s Antonio Guterres at Thursday briefing.Guterres addressed to the Security Council a report on the situation in Western Sahara on October 3. The report details the activities of MINURSO during its six month mandate in the region.In his report, the UN chief  requested a one-year extension of the UN mission mandate in the region to one year.The Security Council will meet at the end of this month to renew MINURSO’s mandate. Earlier this month, Personal Envoy of UN Secretary-General Personal Envoy Horst Kohler invited Morocco, Algeria, Polisario, and Mauritania for talks in Geneva in December. The talks, which are scheduled to be held on December 4-5, are meant to the establish a general framework for possible negotiations. read more

Walmart DR Horton rise Transocean Weight Watchers fall

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Walmart Inc., up $2.21 to $102.20The giant retailer’s earnings beat analysts’ forecasts as online sales grew, as did its grocery pickup and delivery business.Navient Corp., up $1.06 to $12.79The student loan company rejected a buyout offer from Canyon Capital Advisors and Platinum Equity Advisors, saying it undervalued the company.Southwest Airlines Co., down 3 cents to $57.67Federal regulators told the airline to fix the way it calculates the weight of luggage loaded on flights after finding frequent mistakes.Transocean Ltd., down 20 cents to $8.73The offshore oil and gas drilling contractor posted a loss that was much wider than analysts were expecting.D.R. Horton Inc., up 46 cents to $40.43The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose this month, reflecting higher confidence among homebuilders.Windstream Holdings Inc., down $2.06 to $1.31The rural telecommunications company postponed its earnings announcement after a federal judge ruled against the company in a dispute with bondholders.Weight Watchers International Inc., down $1.37 to $28.91Analysts at JPMorgan issued a downbeat report on the company, citing a decline in daily users of the company’s app and tougher competition.CenturyLink Inc., up 36 cents to $14.10Investor Southeastern Asset Management said it was talking with the cable TV and broadband provider about adding directors to its board.The Associated Press read more

Electric Jaguar wins Car of the Year in Europe

GENEVA — The electric Jaguar I-Pace has won the Car of the Year award in Europe, the first time the storied brand has been bestowed the prize.The four-wheel drive vehicle edged out the Alpine A110, which is not a mass production car, after they tied for top honours in the first round of voting by dozens of automotive journalists.It is the first such award for Jaguar, a British brand now owned by India’s Tata Motors, which touted the new platform used for the I-Pace.Monday’s presentation of the award, which was established in 1964, marks the unofficial start of the 89th edition of the Geneva auto show.The five other finalists were the Citroen C5 Aircross, Ford Focus, Kia Ceed, Mercedes-Benz A-class and Peugeot 508 .The finalists were winnowed down from an initial list of 60 models, and road tests began in October. Final tests were two weeks ago at a test centre outside Paris.A potential sales generator, the award is organized by seven European magazines and awarded by 60 journalists from nearly two dozen countries.Last year’s winner was the Volvo XC40, a compact SUV.The Associated Press read more

UN agency voices concern over return of Burundian refugees by Rwanda

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about the return of a large group of Burundian refugees to their homeland from Rwanda, noting that repatriation should never be compulsory and may not be the best solution for all. The returns from Kigeme camp, which took place yesterday, are believed to involve more than 400 people, although the precise number is not known. “UNHCR recognizes the positive developments in Burundi and the fact that a majority of Burundian refugees no longer have concerns preventing them from going home,” the agency stated in a news release.At the same time, it is “distressed” that contrary to recent agreement, the refugees in Kigeme camp “were deprived of options except to return home immediately.“Many of those forced to return intended to do so voluntarily but desired more time to ready themselves for the journey. In light of their many years in exile and strong connections to Rwanda, this is in no way surprising,” UNHCR stated. The agency stressed that the repatriation of refugees should never be involuntary and that the use of force and violence to compel return is not acceptable.Nearly 480,000 Burundian refugees have returned voluntarily from neighbouring countries since the start of organized voluntary repatriation in 2002, according to UNHCR. In April, Rwanda, Burundi and UNHCR jointly decided to re-launch sensitisation campaigns and inform some 2,000 remaining Burundian refugees at Kigeme camp about assistance available for repatriation. Since 18 May, more than 1,500 of these 2,000 refugees opted to return voluntarily. 3 June 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about the return of a large group of Burundian refugees to their homeland from Rwanda, noting that repatriation should never be compulsory and may not be the best solution for all. read more

Crude oil jumps 15 to US9480 a barrel on strong gasoline demand

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2013 2:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil rose 1.5 per cent Wednesday as the U.S. government reported a strong increase in demand for gasoline last week.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery gained $1.43 to close at US$94.80 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. However, oil was still down about nine per cent since closing at US$104.10 on Oct 2.The government said gasoline supplies dropped by 3.8 million barrels last week, almost four times the decline analysts were expecting.For the four-week period ended Nov. 1, gasoline demand rose 5.4 per cent to an average of 9.1 million barrels per day. Demand for distillates, which includes diesel and heating oil, rose 8.2 per cent for the same period.Those figures overshadowed another increase in U.S. crude stockpiles. Oil supplies rose by 1.6 million barrels.Brent crude, the international benchmark, fell nine cents to US$105.24 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline added three cents to US$2.55 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose one cent to US$2.87 a gallon and natural gas gained three cents to US$3.50 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Crude oil jumps 1.5% to US$94.80 a barrel on strong gasoline demand read more

Widespread and early heatwaves impact northern hemisphere UN weather agency warns

“The heatwave is still ongoing and it is premature to say whether it can be attributed to climate change or whether it is due to naturally occurring climate variability,” stated Omar Baddour, who coordinates WMO’s World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme. “But climate change scenarios predict that heatwaves will become more intense, more frequent and longer. It is notable that the time between major heatwaves (2003, 2010, and 2015) is getting shorter,” he pointed out. In a press release issued over the weekend, WMO noted the extreme weather events currently taking place in the northern hemisphere. An initial analysis conducted by WMO’s Regional Climate Centre in Europe shows that many parts of the continent will continue to see above normal temperatures and dry conditions. The heatwave is unusual because it is so early and so widespread, drawing comparisons with the 2003 and 2010 summers, during which tens of thousands of people died. The difference is that the 2015 heatwave is much earlier and Europe much better prepared with heat-health action plans. WMO and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on 1 July issued joint guidance on heat-health early warning systems, drawing to a considerable extent on the expertise and experience gained in Europe since the 2003 heatwave.Many parts of the Western United States are also suffering from high temperatures, further drying out soils and increasing the risk of wildfires. This ranges from California to the states of Washington and Oregon in the northwest, parts of Washington State having seen temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in the past week.No less than 623 climatic stations broke daily maximum high records in the last seven days, and 17 broke all-time records for maximum temperatures, noted the press release.The wildfire season in North America has gotten off to a very early start because of a number of factors including dry conditions, heat and lightning. In a 29 June report, the Alaska Wildland Fire Information said “June 2015 isn’t quite over, but our totals with one day left in the month are sobering: 399 fires have burned some 1,600,000 acres.”“The wildfire situation this summer has mainly been triggered by repeated lightning storms tracking across an abnormally dry state. The lightning has been astonishing; on June 21-23, some 50,000 lightning strikes were recorded in Alaska.” In Pakistan, the heatwave which caused more than 1,200 deaths in Karachi recently was aggravated by a low pressure system off the coast, which meant that the usual cooling coastal breeze was replaced by hot air coming from interior. According to the authorities, temperatures remain high, but the situation has stabilized. Parts of Pakistan have seen the onset of the monsoon.Finally, southwest China has witnessed a heatwave with temperatures over 35 degrees for a widespread area, accompanied by exceptionally heavy rainfall and widespread flood, prompting the Chinese authorities to issue level 4 emergency alert, the press release stated. read more

Draw result for the Olympic handball tournament Long way to QuarterFinals

Attended by more than 80 invited guests and a huge media coverage the team captains of the British Olympic teams, John Pearce and Lynn McCafferty, drew the groups of the 2012 London Olympic Handball tournaments. The draw was conducted by Leon Kalin, Chairman of the IHF Commission of Organizing and Competition (COC), and Miguel Roca Mas (First IHF Vice President) – both are Technical Delegate of the Olympic Handball Tournament.  The draw results:Women’s Tournament:Group A:  Montenegro, Russia, Croatia, Great Britain, Brazil, AngolaGroup B: Norway, Spain, Denmark, France, Sweden, KoreaMen’ Tournament:Group A: France, Sweden, Iceland, Great Britain, Argentina, TunisiaGroup B: Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Denmark, Korea Olympic Handball Tournament ← Previous Story Draw for Olympic Handball Tournaments Next Story → Kadetten Schaffhausen leads 2:1 – One more victory for trophy! read more

Boy 8 who was expelled after assaulting five staff members must be

first_img 73,920 Views File photo. Court room. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie No Comments By Ray Managh Boy (8) who was expelled after assaulting five staff members must be re-enrolled, court hears The boy struck one of the staff members at the school with a hurl, the court heard. AN EIGHT-YEAR-old boy who was expelled from a country school after assaulting five members of staff – striking one with a hurl –  must be re-enrolled, according to the Department of Education, the High Court heard today.That decision, in the interests of avoiding serious risk to the safety of other pupils and staff, is now being legally challenged by the school board of management, barrister Joe Jeffers told Mr Justice Richard Humphreys.The school principal, who stated that the school welcomed pupils with special needs, told the court that the boy, who cannot be identified, was involved in a very serious incident in April last when the boy began chasing another pupil around an empty classroom with a hurley stick.All of the other pupils had been removed from the room for their own safety.A female teacher, who was trying to reason with the boy, had been punched in the chest by him and when he was removed from the room he had started kicking and hitting both the principal and the teacher, who he struck in the leg with the hurley.“It was decided to lock the other pupils back in the classroom for their safety,” the principal told the court.The boy had tried to gain entry by using the hurley and later a baton, punching the teacher in the face when she succeeded in getting the hurley off him, then kicking her repeatedly in the legs.After attempting to set off the fire alarm he emptied the presses in the hall and threw things around the place.  Two teachers, who he had assaulted, had to go to hospital for treatment, one for a suspected fractured cheek bone. The boy’s mother arrived and had taken him from the school.Jeffers, who appeared with Dublin-based solicitor AJP McDonald, told the court that the school management board had decided to expel the boy both for his own, his teachers’ and other pupils’ safety. It had stood by its decision in an appeal to the board by the boy’s mother.He told Judge Humphreys a Department of Education appeals committee had overturned the school board’s expulsion decision and directed that the boy’s mother be contacted immediately and that he be re-enrolled in the school’s Autism Spectrum Disorder class.Jeffers said the school board was seeking leave to judicially review the decision of the appeals committee of the Department of Education and would be asking the court to quash its decision directing the re-enrolment of the boy.He said the boy had been a pupil at the school for the past two years and had been involved in numerous incidents of gross misbehaviour, having on many occasions assaulted staff members and other pupils.The school claims that the reasons for the departmental committee having upheld the appeal of the boy’s mother were irrational and flew in the face of fundamental reason and common sense and had been predicated upon errors of law and fact.Judge Humphreys granted the school board leave to bring a judicial review of the committee’s decision.Comments are closed for legal reasons. Sep 4th 2019, 4:13 PM Share27 Tweet Email8 center_img https://jrnl.ie/4795724 File photo. Court room. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie Short URL Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 4:13 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WWE schedule from 818824 Southpaw Regional Wrestling returns

first_img stinkelbaum Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE schedule from 8/18-8/24Here is the upcoming WWE schedule from August 18 to August 24, 2017.* NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III live in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday (August 19)* WWE SummerSlam live in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday (August 20)* Monday Night RAW live in Brooklyn, New York on Monday (August 21)* WWE live event in Albany, New York on Monday (August 21)* Smackdown Live taping in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday (August 21)* NXT TV tapings in Winter Park, Florida on Thursday (August 24)As always, if you are attending any events live we are seeking live reports.Send all live reports to AdamMartin@wrestleview.com.Southpaw Regional Wrestling returnsWWE released this trailer for the return of Southpaw Regional Wrestling. WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 wish they’d do a SPRR PPV. i’d pay for that Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission August 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Kurt Angle August 18, 2017 at 4:23 pm Now Playing Up Next FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 2 COMMENTS Glenn Wolf Comments are closed. Seth Rollins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles is this southpaw thing only for lefties? Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte last_img read more

Illegal Migrants warned leave or face deportation stop listed says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 28, 2017 – Providenciales – Some people are forecasting that the recent bold announcement by Border Control Minister, Deputy Premier Sean Astwood will see an exodus of hundreds of migrant workers who are in country illegally; others doubt the PDM Government will actually be able to do what it says.    Notwithstanding the latter thought, in the House of Assembly yesterday there was a firm promise by the DP that anyone without work permits, including expired ones will be deported and put on a stop list and he has given those who fall into this category, 14 days to voluntarily leave the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Deputy Premier says the cost of illegal migrants in the country is becoming too heavy a burden to bear, and the hammer will drop by August 15 for those in the Turks and Caicos without proper status.    The law will not only deal with the person who is here illegally, but will deal with those condoning it as employers were also warned by Deputy Premier Astwood.Additionally, there will be a freeze on visitor visas for people from certain countries, though those countries were not named and it was shared that Government knows they are not only looking for foreigners engaged in human smuggling, but locals as well.#MagneticMediaNews#illegalmigrantswarnedtoleaveTCI Related Items:#illegalmigrantswarnedtoleaveTCI, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change

first_imgWASHINGTON — After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: “This is not a time for celebration.”But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of the newer Democratic senators couldn’t help themselves, gathering for a quick party to congratulate one another. They were the ones largely responsible for pushing the veteran Nevada lawmaker to pull the trigger on ending filibusters against most presidential nominations.The partisan revelers were part of a new breed of Democrats emerging in the Senate. Mostly elected after 2006, these relative newcomers have only known a Democratic-controlled Senate and have little experience with successful bipartisan cooperation, due largely to the tea party’s grip on the Republican Party.Now they are hoping to become a new power center in the party, nudging the old guard to adopt more aggressive tactics in pursuit of legislative goals and largely brushing aside Republican threats of retaliation and obstruction. They see the rules and traditions of the Senate as having stifled the will of the majority and stalled President Barack Obama’s agenda.“The Senate is a graveyard for good ideas,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), who along with Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon led the filibuster reform effort and won over veteran colleagues in a body where seniority was once the most valuable currency.last_img read more

House Disaster Relief Package includes 15B to Rebuild Installations

first_imgMilitary installations affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence, including Tyndall AFB and three Marine Corps bases, would receive $857 million for construction funding and $600 million for operation and maintenance, under an emergency spending bill House Democrats released Friday. The Democrats’ $12 billion disaster aid package builds on the $7.8 billion emergency measure the House passed in late December, reported CQ. That GOP-drafted bill separately included $5.7 billion for border security and never reached the president’s desk.Milcon funds in the Democrats’ measure would be allocated to three accounts:Air Force — $700 million for planning and design, and construction needed to respond to Hurricane Michael; funds would be used for planning and design for the relocation of Tyndall’s F-22 mission, beddown of F-35 units and construction of other facilities needed to rebuild Tyndall, according to an Appropriations Committee release; the Air Force would need to submit a basing plan and future mission requirements to Congress for installations affected by the storm prior to spending the funds;Navy and Marine Corps — $115 million for planning and design for construction projects at Marine Corps Air Station New River, MCAS Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; andArmy National Guard — $42 million to rebuild an Army readiness center and operations facility.The measure also includes $400 million in operation and maintenance funding for the Air Force and $200 million in operation and maintenance funding for the Marine Corps to address the impact of the two storms. It is not yet clear when the emergency spending package would receive a vote in committee or on the House floor.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Fog halts flight operations at Dhaka airport

first_imgHazrat Shahjalal International Airport Dense fog since early Monday affected schedules of all domestic and international flights at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) public relations officer AKM Rezaul Karim said that the fog forced the authorities to suspend all fights at Dhaka airport since 6:30am.A Bangladesh Biman airliner (BG 308), which was scheduled to arrive around 9:30am at the Dhaka airport, had to land on Chittagong airport due to think fog, he added.Met office said density of fog has increased significantly throughout the country.A cold wave is sweeping across the country from the end of December to beginning of the January.last_img read more

Spotify Untold Authors Reveal Secret Alliances Internal Paranoia and Near Acquisitions

first_imgIn your reporting and ultimate findings, what were you most surprised to learn?Carlsson: I think we both felt a rush of adrenaline when we unraveled the details about the conflict between Apple and Spotify. After several months of research, we could finally account for how Jobs actively worked to oppose Spotify’s establishment in the U.S., and what he may have been thinking. It gave the story an edge. And it was of course exciting to dig into all the secrets surrounding how the record companies got rich on Spotify, how Ek almost bought both Tidal and SoundCloud, and how the stock trading in the most exclusive of global financial circles set the stage for Spotify’s listing on Wall Street.You traveled some distances to sit down with sources…Leijonhufvud: Sven went to Berlin. We were in London twice and both traveled to New York. Then we wrote a large part of the book in a house near Santa Monica in Los Angeles, where many of the American record companies are located. This is truly an international story and it’s been exciting to fit the puzzle pieces together. But a lot of people have been nervous about talking to us, too. We’ve promised anonymity to many sources, which makes the really interesting moments tricky to talk about.Pictured below: Daniel Ek at age 16. CREDIT: Courtesy of Jonas Leijonhufvud Barely a page into the book “Spotify Untold,” Swedish authors Jonas Leijonhufvud (pictured at left) and Sven Carlsson paint an odd scene. The year is 2010 and Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek is facing a succession of obstacles gaining entry into the U.S. market — or, more specifically, infiltrating the tightly-networked and often nepotistic to a fault music industry. As stress sets in, Ek becomes convinced that Apple’s Steve Jobs is calling his phone just to breathe deeply on the other end of the line, he purportedly confesses to a colleague.One of the many illustrative insights from “Spotify Inifrån” (currently only available in Swedish), journalists Leijonhufvud and Carlsson, tech reporters for Stockholm’s Di Digital, culled material from more than 70 interviews conducted in London, Los Angeles, New York and Spotify’s home base in Sweden. Their sources included former top Spotify executives and investors, record company heads and competitors speaking on and off the record. Related Among the revelations: How close Spotify came close to acquiring Tidal, and even closer to buying Soundcloud; How Microsoft, Google and Tencent all offered to buy Spotify at various points; How Ek scored a valuable partnership with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg just ahead of Spotify’s U.S. launch; And Spotify TV, the streamer’s failed attempt to topple big guns Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV (read a translated excerpt of that chapter).At the core of the book, say the authors, is “a character-driven story of Spotify’s rise from a tiny start-up to the biggest music streaming company in the world.” Carlsson and Leijonhufvud recently sat down with Variety.Let’s start with your opening scene: Spotify’s CEO confiding in a colleague that he believes Steve Jobs was, essentially, prank-calling him. How can you know if that’s true?Sven Carlsson: We have that from a trusted source. Whether Steve Jobs actually called Daniel Ek is something we can’t verify. To us, Ek’s claim is as a reflection of how paranoid and anxious he must have felt in 2010, when Spotify was being denied access to the U.S. market, in large part due to pressure from Apple. The major record companies seem to have been quite loyal to the iTunes Music Store, and to Jobs personally. Apple had roughly 80 percent of the market for digital music distribution in the U.S. at the time. Jobs saw music downloads via iTunes as a comparative advantage in his ‘holy war’ against Google’s Android platform.What ultimately allowed Spotify to break through the American armor?Jonas Leijonhufvud: Secret deals between Spotify and Universal Music Group, and Spotify and Sony Music. Because Spotify was hindered by Steve Jobs, it forced the company to sweeten its deals with the record companies. That finally allowed Ek to enter the U.S.Did you have participation from Spotify for the book?  Leijonhufvud: No. Ek seems to have chosen to close the shutters completely. Personally, I can understand that. Spotify is challenging Apple on a legal level right now. We address Spotify’s constant struggle with Apple in our book. If Ek were to talk about such sensitive topics in book form, [Spotify would] do it in their own way with full control.Carlsson: Spotify is known the world over, but so much of its story has never been told before. So while we haven’t been able to interview the founders, we’ve talked to so many former senior executives, board members and colleagues. This is a fast-paced, character-driven book that tells the story from the inside of the company. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 What challenges lay ahead for Spotify?Carlsson: They need to work on their offering to tweens and teenagers, especially in terms of music discovery. I’m sure they are looking closely at Asian services like TikTok. Young people want to interact with music. They want to like, comment, interpret and share.How is Spotify regarded in Sweden? Is it the country’s greatest export? (Besides ABBA and Max Martin, of course.)Leijonhufvud: Swedes are proud of Spotify. It’s Europe’s largest tech company by market cap. Many Swedes see it as a symbol of the country’s success in both music and tech. Others are kind of tired of the hype and view the founders as aloof divas, hiding their wealth in tax havens.Carlsson: Spotify used to be paired with Skype and the Minecraft makers Mojang as the Swedish success stories within tech. These days, it’s mentioned in the same breath as H&M and Ikea. All three have gone global and remained independent companies. People widely credit Spotify with inspiring many other Swedish tech startups to go global. To Swedes, Spotify carries itself like a U.S. company, with a large spend and a lavish corporate culture. Ek wants to compete for talent with Google, Amazon and Apple – not with regional players in Europe. How do you view Spotify’s push into podcasting? Leijonhufvud: Music streaming is becoming a commodity, so Spotify needs to find new unique selling points. Competitors like Apple, Amazon and Google are all investing in TV and film, but Spotify knows it can’t win that race. Ek is instead spending hundreds of millions of dollars on podcasting companies and original podcasting content. He says 20 percent of the consumption on Spotify will be non-music in the future. Apple is countering by investing in their own podcasts, but that won’t stop Spotify. Ultimately, I think Ek would like to be a kind of Netflix for audio, with music as the backbone and exclusive content in other areas. Popular on Variety Will the book be available in English?Leijonhufvud: We hope a U.S. publisher will pick it up! It’s an exciting David-and-Goliath story — how a young hacker from Rågsved grows up to build the world’s biggest company for music streaming, and beats Apple at their own game. What would you say to Spotify’s top brass if you had the opportunity?Carlsson: That we like them! We think they’ve created something completely unbelievable. Their actions have had such significance for so many people’s lives and careers. They would probably rather tell their story themselves than have us do it for them, but I think they understand our role as journalists.Leijonhufvud: I would want to hear what they think about our craft. My reading of the situation is that they’ve felt inhibited by the press for all these years, that they’ve been fueled by this. Maybe that’s how it is — when you’re successful at something, you’re scrutinized for the sake of scrutiny. We’ve tried to give a balanced picture in this book. We feel a great sense of responsibility, especially because the founders aren’t available to respond to how we describe them. It would be interesting to hear if they’ve read it and what they thought. Spotify is their company. But the story has become so much larger than that. Their company is a part of society today, of the culture we all share. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

The Nineties are Back and So Is Crash Bandicoot in the N

first_img PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive Stay on target The massive success of the original PlayStation compared to what had come before made it seem like it was bigger than video games. 100 million units is a huge number, and that cultural cache rubbed off on the console’s premier games like Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil.Even though he was owned by Vivendi (and now Activision), as a furry, obscure animal with attitude Crash Bandicoot became Sony’s de facto mascot in a series of popular platforming games starting in 1996. Now, after several E3 teases and with PlayStation and the 1990s bigger than ever, Crash is back in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remaster of the first three games for PlayStation 4. After all these years is Crash more Mario, Sonic, or Bubsy? I played a demo to find out.Developed by perennially underappreciated Activision studio Vicarious Visions, The N. Sane Trilogy takes some of the raw level geometry of Naughty Dog’s original work but essentially rebuilds the games (Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped) from scratch on top of it. And that effort shows. This looks like a mostly modern video game with cartoony vistas, fur shading, and nearly 100 lovingly animated death sequences like a cute Mortal Kombat. Although it doesn’t run in 4K, the graphics are enhanced on PS4 Pro. Because so much of the game is brand new, there’s no option to play in the original graphical style. So you’ll just have to settle for that Uncharted 4 Easter Egg if you want truly classic Crash.But how does it play? Fun fact, until now I had never played a Crash Bandicoot game. But I have found the franchise’s early entries as fascinating examples of 3D platformers made before Super Mario 64 for controllers without analog sticks. The result is a more 2.5D platformer where you’re either running toward/away from the camera or just playing the game like a straight-up 2D sidescroller with occasional bits of depth.If you’re the one person more familiar with Klonoa than Crash Bandicoot, think Klonoa. Earlier, pre-fan art Sonic the Hedgehog was also an inspiration. This isn’t worse than a true 3D platformer, just different. And it allows for things like time trials in which players race through a level as fast as possible, a feature that’s been expanded in this re-release.However, there were a few moments where these old design choices stopped being curious historical artifacts and just got annoying. Jumping on enemies and spinning into crates worked fine, as did the racing sections of Warped, but aiming a fruit cannon in 3D space on essentially a 2D plane proved aggravating. But like I said, I’ve never played these, and Crash fans may overlook moments like that since they are more familiar with the original gameplay. They’ll be more taken aback by visuals that look like their memories of the original games, not the real thing.Fortunately, other aspects of the design have been massaged for modern tastes. Quality of life changes from later games have been retroactively implemented in the earlier ones. These are tough games, but if you die too often little things adjust to subtly give you an easier experience. You may see an extra checkpoint or a missing enemy. Dynamic difficulty like this was one of the best hidden features of Resident Evil 4 and I appreciated it here as well.Between Crash showing up in Skylanders, Uncharted, and now the N. Sane Trilogy, Activision seems to be testing the waters for an even bigger return of the… marsupial? When looking at this, Yooka-Laylee, and Super Mario Odyssey’s Mario 64 homage, 3D platformers are the new 2D platformers when it comes to nostalgic retro revivals, and Crash Bandicoot certainly has a ton of nostalgia. So it’s good to see him make a quality effort to stay in the conversation. Is a Crash Team Racing remake next? Or is this all just another Battletoads situation, more teasing than pay-offs?Find and devour the seven crystal babies when Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy launches June 30th on PlayStation 4.last_img read more

Firefox 50 delayed a week ships with noticeable startup improvements

first_imgFirefox 50 delayed a week: ships with noticeable startup improvements by Martin Brinkmann on October 29, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: October 30, 2016 – 51 commentsMozilla Firefox 50, the next release version of the web browser, won’t come out on November 8, 2016 but a week later on November 15, 2016 instead.Firefox ESR will be released a week later as well to come out at the same day as Firefox 50.The reason for the change is quite positive for users of the web browser: Mozilla wants to include improvements made to the browser’s startup in Firefox 50.Firefox 50 is the last feature release of 2016; Mozilla plans to release Firefox 50.0.1 in December but won’t include any new features in that release as it s the typical year’s end release.A recent bug listing on Bugzilla@Mozilla describes Firefox’s add-on SDK module system as a performance disaster. Mozilla engineers managed to identify several performance related issues caused by the module system.Some of the issues found were that .js files were evaluated each time they are required even if they have been evaluated already, that readURI is slow and called a lot, and that the system uses a lot of modules.Fixes for some issues were created quickly, and are already part of all development versions of the Firefox browser (Beta, Developer, Nightly).Preliminary tests have shown that the improvements may shave off seconds of Firefox’s startup time. The improvement depends largely on the number of installed add-ons, but Firefox installations without any add-ons benefit from the fixes as well.While mileage may vary, one developer was able to reduce the startup time by 65% or 2.5 seconds with the three add-ons Test Pilot, Activity Stream and Tab Center installed. The same developer noticed an improvement of 35% or 0.3 seconds on a Firefox installation without any add-ons installed.In a profile without addons, total time in require() + Cu.import during startup has gone down by 35%, from 805ms to 524ms.In a profile with Test Pilot, Activity Stream and Tab Center, the total time spent in require() and Cu.import during startup has gone down by 65%, from 3844ms to 1320ms.Firefox users who notice long startup times may see improvements with the release of Firefox 50. This may be true especially if several (SDK) add-ons are installed and enabled.Coincidentally, Mozilla noticed a huge test run improvement as tests used to complete in about 30 minutes or 63 minutes prior to the changes, and now in 15 minutes and 37 minutes instead.Closing WordsFaster startup time is always a good thing especially if it is noticeable by the user. While I never had issues with Firefox’s startup performance, I know of several Firefox users who are experience a bad startup performance. (via Sören Hentzschel)Now You: How is the startup of your browser?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 50 delayed a week: ships with noticeable startup improvementsDescriptionMozilla Firefox 50, the next release version of the web browser, won’t come out on November 8, 2016 but a week later on November 15, 2016 instead. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more