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Premier Rachel Notley unveils carbon tax break for drilling companies

first_imgNotley later criticized Wednesday’s federal fiscal report for underplaying Western Canada’s oil price crisis, blamed on insufficient pipeline capacity to take away a glut of crude trapped in Alberta.She told reporters that if Canada’s manufacturing sector was suffering as much, it would have been mentioned in the first paragraph of the update speech.The CAODC, meanwhile, says it expects little improvement in drilling activity next year, calling in its 2019 forecast for an increase of 51 wells to about 7,000. That’s down from about 13,000 wells in 2014 before global oil prices crashed.“Other industries in the same situation would be holding their hands out for a government bailout. Yet instead our industry has only asked for government permission and support to get our products to market,” said association president Mark Scholz.“The lack of action and attention by the federal government to this pressing issue is deafening.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is handing out tax breaks for oil and gas drillers along with criticism of Ottawa’s lack of appreciation for how damaging are current price discounts on western Canadian oil.In a speech at a Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors event in Calgary, she announced her government would add oil and gas drilling to a list of trade-exposed industries exempt from the province’s carbon tax.The exemption, made retroactive to when the tax was introduced at the start of 2017, is expected to provide $750,000 to $1.5 million per year in relief for the drilling industry.last_img read more

Rabats American Peace Caravan Builds Interfaith Bridges to Curb Extremism Islamophobia

Rabat – As anti-Muslim sentiment appeared to have increased across the world, the agenda of the second edition of the American Peace Caravan has focused on new initiatives intended to dampen Islamophopia and extremism.The event, which took place from October 24 to 26 in Rabat, aimed to build a bridge of co-existence between religions. The conference participants wanted to find concrete ways to allow Jews, Christians, and Muslims to cooperate more as a collective of ethical communities rather than ideologically-drive self-interested lobbies, according to a statement issued by the organizers.The conference reunited imams, rabbis, and pastors from 20 countries, with the view to build peace by advancing human dignity and the common good. The religious leaders renewed their vows to the fight against extremism and religious violence through dialogue and respect among all religions.The second edition of the conference also highlighted a set of recommendations to eradicate Islamophobia, which was the result of a “clear lack of leadership,” according to a statement by the organizers.The event, which was held in cooperation with the Forum for Peace Organization (FFP), took place at the headquarters of Morocco’s Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs.The agenda of the three-day symposium included several workshops and discussions on different topics, including mutual vision amongst co-religionists and their impact on peace, the role of religion in public life and challenges facing co-existence and opportunities to enhance it.The FFP statement has also praised Morocco for hosting “graciously” the event under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.Speaking the opening session of the event’s second, Moroccan Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq, and President of the Forum for Peace Organization, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, stressed the importance of religious leaders in espousing the values of peace and in the protection of minority rights.The first edition of the Peace Caravan took place in Abu Dhabi, Emirate. The third edition of the event will be organized in Washington, US. read more

Moroccos Autonomy Plan Will Satisfy Sahrawi Hopes US State Dept

Rabat – The United States has once again reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative regarding the Western Sahara question, designating it as a “serious, credible and realistic” end to the conflict.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported on Wednesday night that the United States reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s plan, emphasizing that it “is able to satisfy people’s aspirations to manage their own affairs in peace and dignity.”“We maintain that the Autonomy Plan is serious, credible and realistic, and represents a bold approach to finding a definitive settlement to the Sahara issue,” added the US Department of State. The country’s support came amid escalation by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front in the buffer zones east of Morocco’s defense wall. Both the Moroccan cabinet and the United Nations have called for  for the immediate withdrawal of the separatist group.On Wednesday afternoon, Bourita met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to pass along a written message from King Mohammed VI.Bourita said that the monarch had also held talks with Guterres and shared his concerns regarding the situation in Bir Lahlou and Tifariti, where Polisario has been carrying out illegal military actions. The King  stressed that such actions violate the ceasefire agreement and UN resolutions and “seriously compromise the political process.”The monarch also reiterated that Algeria must bear full responsibility in the conflict: “It is Algeria that host, arms, backs up and brings diplomatic support for the Polisario.”Recently re-elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has also expressed his support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. The Egyptian president received Morocco’s President of Parliament, Habib El Malki, in Cairo, Egypt.During their meeting, Al Sisi expressed his country’s determination to raise to a higher level the centuries-old relations between the two countries.El Malki briefed the Egyptian President about the regional developments that threaten the Morocco’s territorial integrity, including the repetitive incursions by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front into the buffer zone and its ongoing attempts to change the status quo of the region.El Malki stressed that Morocco is committed to defending  its inalienable rights and sovereignty and remains determined to repel any provocations by the Polisario. read more

Casablanca Airport Arrests FrenchAlgerian Suspected of Funding Terror

Rabat – airport The 36-year old suspect was arrested on charges of financing terrorism.A statement from Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that police arrested the suspect upon his arrival from Algeria. The accused has been the subject of an international arrest warrant by the French judicial police since April 22, 2016.Police put the suspect in custody under extradition procedures, according to the statement. DGSN added that the national police informed French authorities of his arrest. Read Also: Casablanca’s Airport Police Arrest Nigerian Traveler with CocaineIn November 2018, Moroccan police arrested a 34-year-old French national of Algerian descent who was also the subject of an international arrest warrant from France.The Algerian-Frenchman was suspected of robbery, firearm use, and escaping from prison.DGSN’s arrest aim to improve international security cooperation on combating cross-border organized crime and arresting wanted suspects. read more

Darfur UN and African Union envoys begin new round of consultations

8 April 2008The United Nations and African Union envoys spearheading efforts to bring durable peace to war-wracked Darfur are in Sudan this week for consultations with Government officials as they try to introduce new momentum to the stalled political process. Jan Eliasson of the UN and Salim Ahmed Salim of the AU are scheduled to meet in Khartoum with Sudan’s chief negotiator on the Darfur issue, Nafie al-Nafie; the former rebel and the current senior assistant to the President, Minni Minawi; and Foreign Minister Deng Alor, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today.She said talks will then be held in Juba with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the former rebel group from the south that is part of the Government of National Unity after the 2005 peace agreement ending the long-running north-south civil war.This week’s consultations are a follow-up to informal consultations held with regional partners and members of the international community last month, after which Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim stressed that repairing relations between Sudan and its neighbour Chad are a prerequisite to resolving the crisis engulfing Darfur.The porous border between Darfur and Chad has been the scene of tensions in recent months as Darfurians fleeing attacks on their villages cross into eastern Chad and Chadian rebels fighting the Government cross into Sudan.Ms. Montas said Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim will hold consultations from 15 to 20 April with those movements in Darfur that have not signed previous key peace accords and with representatives of civil society groups in the impoverished and arid region.More than 200,000 people have been killed and almost 2.5 million others displaced from their homes in the five years since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militiamen known as the Janjaweed.The UN and AU have deployed a hybrid peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID to try to quell the violence and the humanitarian suffering but so far less than 10,000 personnel – out of the 26,000 expected at full deployment – are in place.UNAMID chief Rodolphe Adada also held talks this week with Mr. Alor and other senior Sudanese Government officials about the situation in Darfur, with their meeting focusing on enhancing security and protection of the civilian population, and on the status of deployment of UNAMID troops. Egyptian and Ethiopian personnel are slated to be deployed as part of the mission over the next two months. read more

Anti moneylaundering technology created by UN agency installed in Namibia

24 July 2008Information technology designed to help countries fight crimes such as money-laundering and the financing of terrorism has been installed at Namibia’s Financial Intelligence Centre with the help the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The software, called “goAML,” was created by UNODC to help financial intelligence and law enforcement agencies step up their fight against organized crime. The tool is also designed to be a low cost, off-the-shelf solution for developing countries that could not otherwise afford to develop such systems.According to UNODC, industry experts put the cost of similar software between $3 and $6 million on the open market. Meanwhile, “goAML” is supplied free of charge, with installation and licensing costs at about $200,000.At the request of Namibia’s National Bank, the new software will be used to process, analyse and report suspicious money transactions in line with domestic anti-money-laundering laws and regulations.The software can analyze large volumes of data and help identify and understand complex patterns of financial transactions. It also aims to introduce an element of standardization in gathering and processing financial intelligence information worldwide, with the aim of making international cooperation easier in the fight against financial crime.UNODC says the software will be installed in Pristina, Kosovo, next month and that the 108-member Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units is planning to test and evaluate it. read more

This 19yearold Montreal teen has raised over 200000 on Kickstarter for his

A 19-year-old entrepreneur from Montreal is taking on tech juggernauts Samsung and Sony by trying to launch a smartwatch.Like many startups, Neptune Computer Inc., has turned to an online crowdfunding platform to raise funding for a full launch of its product. Simon Tian’s vision for a better smartwatch quickly won over the community at Kickstarter. He hit his target of $100,000 in slightly more than 24 hours and passed $200,000 on Nov. 21 with 30 more days to continue to raise funds.He had the idea for his smartwatch, called the Neptune Pine, last year and visited factories in China to investigate what he could have built.“I learned that in 2013 it’s actually possible for small startup companies like us to develop products as competitive as what the big guys are coming up with, because material costs have been going down for years and they’ve been made accessible — all the different chips and components — not to only large orders but to small orders as well,” Mr. Tian said.“That’s what’s really permitting us to develop this product.”The first thing that stands out about the Neptune Pine is its 2.4-inch screen, which he admits looks large on a wrist. “Obviously the initial reaction will be, ‘Oh, it’s big for a watch!’ but we think a paradigm shift is going to be required in the future.”He decided a big screen was crucial to make a truly useful smart watch that could browse the web, launch Google Android apps and make calls. The watch also takes its own SIM card so it’s not dependent on a smartphone for a wireless connection. It can also connect to WiFi networks.Handout/The Canadian Press “Right now the biggest issue with smartwatches is screen size, the form factor is limiting it from replacing a fully functional smartphone,” Mr. Tian said.“[Current smartwatches] are all very good at specific things, like peering with your phone for notifications or tracking fitness data, but there’s no one single smart watch that can sort of do it all.”He contends the future of smartwatches lies in using flexible-screen technology, which many companies are working to commercialize. “It would basically circle around the wrist and when you remove it you would have a three- or four-inch screen that would be entirely large enough for smartphone functionability,” Mr. Tian said.He plans to produce at least 2,500 watches by January. A model with 16 gigabytes of storage will sell for $335, an additional $60 will buy double the storage.Mr. Tian is following the lead of another young Canadian entrepreneur who found success in wearable technology. Last year, 26-year-old Eric Migicovsky raised more than $10-million on Kickstarter for his Pebble watch, which connects wirelessly to a smartphone to display message notifications and launch apps.Check out Neptune Pine’s Kickstarter page at: Canadian Press read more

Over 25 Tamils on hunger strike

The Tamils had launched the strike on April 8 and have continued it since then with some of them falling sick.At least five of the protesters had been hospitalized after falling sick during the hunger strike. Over 25 Tamil asylum seekers are on hunger strike at a detention center in Melbourne, Australia.Media reports said that the Tamils are seeking their release from detention or be given asylum.

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales unchanged in July at 554B

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2015 6:44 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statistics Canada says wholesale sales unchanged in July at $55.4B OTTAWA – Canadian wholesale sales fell short of expectations in July as they held steady for the month at $55.4 billion, a hiccup among signs the economy is improving after a weak start to the year.Economists had expected a gain of 0.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Statistics Canada said three subsectors posted gains, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies group, to offset losses in other sectors.In volume terms, wholesale sales fell 0.4 per cent.“Still, despite the slight disappointment in today’s wholesaling data, the strong gain in manufacturing volumes reported last week, in addition to the healthy readings we expect from retailing to be released on Wednesday, still augur for a decent July GDP advance,” CIBC economist Nick Exarhos wrote in a brief note.“That, in addition to the strong hand-off from the end of the second quarter, supports our view for a 2.7 per cent growth pace in the third quarter.”The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector gained 1.0 per cent to $11.3 billion, its second consecutive increase, helped by the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry.Wholesale sales in the motor vehicle and parts subsector rose 0.2 per cent to $10.3 billion in July, while the miscellaneous subsector rose 0.3 per cent to $7.0 billion.The food, beverage and tobacco subsector had the largest decrease in dollar terms as it slipped 0.5 per cent to $10.7 billion.The weaker than expected wholesale sales results came as TD Bank downgraded its outlook for the economy this year to growth of 1.2 per cent from its June forecast of 1.6 per cent.“Next year will see a return to growth of about two per cent, still about 0.3 percentage points lower than our June call,” TD said in a report.“Exports are a key underpinning to this firmer economic backdrop, highlighting Canada’s increasing dependence on factors outside our borders to propel growth.”TD predicted the Bank of Canada would keep its key interest rate at 0.5 per cent until 2017.In its latest monetary policy report, the Bank of Canada has forecast growth of 1.1 per cent this year and 2.3 per cent in 2016. read more

Put away your shovel Ondemand snow removal service launching in Maritimes

Sean Griffith from Moncton, N.B., has created an app that lets customers order one-time snow clearing services of their driveways via their smart phone. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison by Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 27, 2015 11:44 am MDT Last Updated Dec 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – A New Brunswick man wants Atlantic Canadians to give their backs a break from shovelling this winter with a new on-demand snow removal service.Sean Griffith is launching an Uber-like snow removal service in the coming weeks in Moncton and Saint John, N.B., and Halifax, with plans to roll out the business soon after in Fredericton, Truro, N.S., Charlottetown and St. John’s, N.L.Griffith said the idea for Plow Me Out came after last year’s brutal winter in the Maritimes, which saw record breaking snowfall amounts.“Last year, people in this region got to the point where we just couldn’t shovel anymore,” said Griffith with a laugh.“After moving into our first house, we realized that we get a lot of snow and shovelling it ourselves really isn’t working. But we still weren’t ready to commit to a yearly contract and we tried to find somebody who could do it on a one-off basis, but didn’t have much luck.”Griffith said people will create an account on their website or through the Plow Me Out app and will answer a few questions about their driveway, which will render a quote.Once the snow clearing is requested, a notification goes out to an array of snow contractors in the area, he said.Customers will also be able to pay online through Plow Me Out from the comfort of their couch.He said the request can be made from anywhere, so travellers won’t have to dig their way into their homes when they return.Griffith said many plow operators have been receptive to the idea as it drums up new business and makes requesting a plow more accessible.“The service was developed from a customer perspective but also a snow plow operator’s perspective,” said Griffith, who co-founded the business with Joe Simms of Halifax. “A lot of companies like the idea because we’re delivering business directly to them.”Griffith said eventually, he hopes to expand his business countrywide.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter. Put away your shovel: On-demand snow removal service launching in Maritimes read more

Handson with Olympus 2012 personal recorder lineup

first_imgPersonal recorders are surprisingly useful devices. The trouble usually comes in trying to finding the one that works best for your needs (not trying to find uses for one once you have it). If you’re just converting from a traditional tape recorder, or if you need a power-hungry dual XLR micro studio, it should be clear which options would best serve your needs. Olympus has refreshed most of their audio recording lineup in order to help users choose which would work best for them. We recently had some hands-on time their 2012 models. DP-201In case you hadn’t noticed, tapes are disappearing. While most people have probably changed their home phone to include a digital voice machine, there are plenty of people who hold onto their voice recorder for dear life. Typically when people find a voice recorder that works well and doesn’t eat, they keep a hold of it. The DP-201 is built to be a super simple replacement to that tape-based voice recorder. For $35 and a pair of AAA batteries, you can record 98 hours in HQ or 202 hours in SP. There’s no removable storage, so you’ll be recording over anything you had on there before, but the calendar search option allows you to keep specific days of recording with no risk of recording over that information. The giant buttons on the front for play, record, and stop are pretty self explanatory, completing the whole easy to use package. WS-802 and WS-803If you need to archive audio as you record it, or if you need greater control over the quality of the audio you are recording, the WS series was built with needs like noise cancellation and voice balance in mind. Tools like Voice Playback allow you to skip though the parts of the recording that don’t have any speech in them for faster transcription, or just to zip through an interview you recorded. The WS series has a pair of directional condenser microphones and enough storage to record for hours. The WS-803 comes with 8GB of internal storage and a micro SD slot to expand that storage by 32GB. Additionally, the 803 allows you to record and listen to FM radio with the built-in tuner, for those who still prefer their local radio station over internet radio. The WS series starts at $80 for the relatively basic WS-801 and goes up to $150 for the WS-803. The WS offers a wide enough range that anyone interested in higher quality voice recorder would have access to one for the right price. LS-100Having a professional grade microphone is a serious purchase. The right set of features for your needs are critical. Of course, you could also just go and get the biggest thing you can find and just use that. The Olympus LS-100 is overkill for everyone but the audio professional or the budding musician, but it doesn’t make it any less fun to play with. The LS-100 has a pair of 90 degree directional stereo condenser microphones capable of capturing audio with a frequency response of 20Hz and support down to 140db of sound pressure out of the box. If you’d rather not use the microphones, the LS-100 has a pair of XLR input jacks on the bottom of the device to record audio straight to the recorder. When you have any instrument connected, you can take advantage of separate volume controls for each input, as well as the multi-track recording tools on the recorder, capable of recording up to 8 tracks simultaneously. For musicians, the LS-100 also includes an instrument tuner and a metronome, as well as an audio jack that will allow you to has exactly what is being recorded by the unit. The Pre-Recording function allows the two seconds before hitting the record button be captures as well, so the LS-100 is always recording the last two seconds of whatever it is you are doing. If you have the LS-100 mounted in the studio Voice Sync will allow the recorder to start capturing when the volume in the room reaches a pre-set level. Everything that gets recorded is saved either to the 4GB internal, or any secondary storage you have added up to 64GB.The greatest part of the LS-100 is how incredibly light it is, and how sturdy it feels. While I’m certainly not going to go throwing such a serious piece of audio equipment around, it feels like it could take a hit without risking harm to the device and is might enough to be easily mounted anywhere. For $400 this recorder is clearly aimed for the audio professional, and feels like it would get the job done. Final ThoughtsPersonal recorders are still a pretty important device to have around for a lot of professions. Like point-and-shoot cameras, many casual users have found that the microphone and an app on their smartphone has served as a “good enough” replacement, but the difference in quality can be significant. Taking advantage of the available and steadily decreasing price of digital recorders seems like the best way to make the switch away from the classic tape recorders and on to something that has the advantage of no moving parts to break.last_img read more

Erdogan tells rivals to know their place as opponents claim referendum was

first_img Image: Depo Photos/ABACA/PA Images By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 34 Comments President Erdogan Source: Depo Photos/ABACAEU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas also called on the Turkish authorities “to launch transparent investigations into these alleged irregularities found by the observers”.Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik quickly hit back, saying: “Such a speculative statement from a spokesperson cannot be accepted.”The final results are due to be published in around 10 days and it is in this period that the YSK will consider the objections. Then the opposition can appeal to the constitutional court.‘US-Turkey friendship’The new system will dispense with the prime minister’s post and centralise the entire executive bureaucracy under the president, giving Erdogan the direct power to appoint ministers.But the ‘Yes’ vote has even wider implications for Turkey, which joined NATO in 1952 and in the last half century has been engaged in a stalled bid to join the European Union.Erdogan reaffirmed he would now hold talks on reinstating capital punishment – a move that would automatically end Turkey’s EU bid – and would call another referendum if the bill did not get enough votes in parliament to become law.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that if Ankara were to bring back the death penalty, the move would be “synonymous with the end of (its) European dream”.In contrast with the EU’s muted reaction, Trump called Erdogan to “congratulate him on his recent referendum victory”, a White House statement said.Turkish presidential sources quoted the US leader as saying: “I attach importance to our friendship and we have a lot of work to do together.”‘Control the future’In a blow to the president’s prestige, the ‘No’ campaign notched up the most votes in Turkey’s three biggest cities: Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir.Analysts have said the ‘No’ camp’s performance was impressive especially given that the election was held under a state of emergency first imposed after the failed July coup.“Under the conditions of the emergency and despite the pressures, our country came out and took control of the future,” said CHP leader Kilicdaroglu.The Hurriyet daily said a major cabinet reshuffle was now in the offing, with changes expected in some 10 cabinet posts.Meanwhile, parliament agreed to extend the state of emergency – already in place for nine months – for another three months to 19 July.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump congratulates Turkish president on controversial referendum winRead: ‘Believe me, it’s not over’: Protesters dispute vote that tightens Erdogan’s grip on power Erdogan supporters celebrating the referendum result. Image: Depo Photos/ABACA/PA Images Short URL 7,248 Views TURKEY’S OPPOSITION HAS demanded the annulment of a contentious referendum that approved sweeping constitutional changes boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers, claiming blatant vote-rigging had swung the result.The European Union also urged a probe into the poll fraud claims after international observers voiced concerns, but US President Donald Trump showed no such scruples, calling Erdogan to offer his congratulations.Critics fear the changes will lead to autocratic one-man rule under Erdogan, but supporters say they simply put Turkey in line with France and the United States and are needed for efficient government.The ‘Yes’ camp won Sunday’s poll with just 51.41% of the vote but the result has been challenged, with opposition claims of vote-rigging and angry protests staged in parts of the biggest city Istanbul.The changes, most of which are due to come into force after November 2019, are some of the most far-reaching in Turkey since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk established the modern state in 1923 on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy leader Bulent Tezcan formally requested that the Supreme Election Board (YSK) cancel the result.The opposition is particularly incensed by a last-minute move by the YSK to accept ballot documents in envelopes without an official stamp.“This is was an election without legitimacy,” Tezcan said after delivering the complaint to YSK headquarters in Ankara, claiming there was an organised campaign to “steal” the people’s will.“There is only one thing to do… and that’s to annul the referendum,” he said.‘Transparent investigations’CHP chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu also said the government and the YSK had “staged a coup against the national will” in a posting on Twitter.He said ‘No’ would have emerged victorious were it not for the YSK’s changes. “We won’t stop until we find justice,” he said.The joint mission of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said the YSK move on the stamps “removed an important safeguard”.They also said the campaign – which saw the ‘Yes’ camp dominating the airwaves – was conducted on an “unlevel playing field”.But Erdogan rebuked the OSCE mission, telling the monitors “know your place”, and saying Turkey had no intention of paying any attention to the report. Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 6:29 PM Erdogan tells rivals to ‘know their place’ as opponents claim referendum was fixed The Turkish people voted to grant President Erdogan sweeping powers in Sunday’s referendum. Share Tweet Email Apr 18th 2017, 6:29 PM Erdogan supporters celebrating the referendum result.last_img read more

Lekakis honoured by RSL

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fronditha Care CEO George Lekakis was presented with a national RSL certificate of appreciation and a gold badge, in recognition of his support, over a period of many years, to the Greek RSL and especially the Greek veterans in Victoria.last_img

Sling TV deal Save 40 percent for your first 3 months

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 4 Now playing: Watch this: 3:17 Media Streamers Comments Share your voice How to cut the cord like a pro The Cheapskate Erica Argueta/CNET Everyone wants to cut the pricey cable-TV cord, but most viewers would prefer to keep local and live-TV channels. There are lots of ways to do that, but your best option is to try different services and see which one best suits your viewing habits.Read more: The best live TV streaming services for cord-cutters  If you think you might like Sling TV, here’s your chance to get a kind of extended discount trial: 40 percent off three months of Sling TV service. This is pretty good timing, what with March Madness just around the corner.See it at Sling TVThis offer is for new customers only, and it applies only to Sling’s three base tiers of service. (In other words, add-ons don’t get the same 40 percent off.)That means you’ll pay $15 per month for Sling Orange, $15 per month for Sling Blue or $25 per month for the two combined. After your first three months, regular rates apply. But there’s no contract, so you can cancel if you’re not feeling it.Read CNET’s Sling TV review to learn more about the service, keeping in mind it was published a couple years ago.Read more: Hulu’s $5.99 plan is now available Sling TV service Tags CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday July 28 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowNew capital budget is much lower than previous budgetsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauObservers note the state has largely stopped funding its own construction projects. Now most of the capital budget comes from federal spending.$5 million in capital budget designated for UA renovations and repairsQuinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau$5 million is included in the capital budget for the state’s university system to spend on major building renovations and repairs.Pilot recovered from wreckage of Regal Air Cessna 206 north of Lake ClarkAllison Mollenkamp, KDLG – DillinghamThe body of a pilot was recovered Thursday night after his plane crashed yesterday in Lake Clark National Park.State OSHA investigation targets Silver Bay Seafoods in NaknekDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamA state OSHA investigator is looking into claims of workplace health and safety issues at the Silver Bay Seafoods processing plant in Naknek. While many of Bristol Bay’s salmon processing companies had issues with their workforce during this record-setting season, only Silver Bay has drawn the state’s attention so far.NSSP plant in Nome violated processing discharge permit, agreement reached with EPADavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeNorton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) will pay $51,050 in penalties after reaching an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Review finds Fairbanks officers justified in May shootingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA state review concludes that Fairbanks Police officers were justified in fatally shooting a local man in May.Competition for airspace between drones and eagles intensifies in UnalaskaBerett Wilber, KUCB – UnalaskaWhile Unalaskans may be resigned prey for eagle attacks, advances in technology have introduce a less prepared victim: drones.Caterpillars spike around lakes and rivers near Aleknagik and Dillingham for second yearAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamFor the second year in a row, people around Dillingham, Aleknagik and Wood-Tikchik State Park and the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge are reporting a massive outbreak of caterpillars.AK: Russian adventurers look to retrace Alaska route of past countrymenAllison Mollenkamp, KDLG – DillinghamThis summer, an expedition of Russian adventurers arrived in Dillingham to retrace an historic route taken by Russian explorers in 1830, when Alaska was under the control of the Russian Empire.49 Voices: Casey Ketchum of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Casey Ketchum in Anchorage. Ketchum is the head cook at City Diner. This weekend he’ll defend his 1st place title at Anchorage’s Beer and Bacon Festival.last_img read more

Indian officials lack of interest might be helping Nirav Modi roam free

first_imgIs Indian lack of interest hobbling the bid to extradite economic offences fugitive Nirav Modi, wanted in India for allegedly defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 13,000 crore? Indian officials apparently failed to respond in time to UK Serious Frauds Office’s (SFO) request for documents for the arrest and extradition of Nirav Modi, who is wanted for alleged role in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, a news report says.After media widely reported spotting Nirav Modi recently on the London street the government denied any laxity on New Delhi’s part in getting him extradited, the report carried by a broadcaster says. But material available with NDTV indicated the repeated attempts of Indian officials to ignore the efforts of the UK Serious Fraud Office in London to get more documents to complete the extradition proceedings.India first sent an alert to the UK under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in February 2018 after news broke of the diamond trader fleeing India. This was soon after the CBI registered the criminal case against Nirav Modi and his family members for cheating the taxpayer of Rs 13,000 crores in the PNB scam.The MLAT allowed the Indian Home Ministry officials to directly forward court summons or warrants to the Indian High Commission in London, which could then take it up with the central authority in the UK. The central authority decided that the SFO was the appropriate agency to handle the request for action against Nirav Modi, the report said.The SFO confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence in the UK to India in March last year itself even as Indian officials were trying to trace him in Europe or Hong Kong. They confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence in the UK only months later, according to the report. The SFO also assigned counsel Barry Stancombe, who specialises in fraud and money laundering, to assist India in the extradition case. Nirva Modi during the inauguration of Nirav Modi Jewellery shop in Mumbai on March 14, 2015.IANSStancombe realized the need for many more documents to successfully prosecute an extradition proceeding in a UK court and wrote three letters in the summer to the Indian officials but failed to get any response, according to the report. Stancombe and his team also communicated their willingness to visit India to collect evidence so that they could arrest Nirav Modi in the UK and start the proceedings. They failed to get any response, according to NDTV.While External Affairs Ministry officials on Saturday confirmed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) having sent extradition requests by August last year, they denied knowledge of any request for additional documents from the UK. A lack of interest on the Indian side apparently forced the SFO to stop pursuing the case. “We can neither confirm nor deny any SFO interest in the case,” NDTV said quoting an e-mail it received from the SFO.Meanwhile, Nirav Modi’s legal teams are ready to fight his prosecution in the UK and extradition to India, according to sources.The flight over several high-profile fugitives including Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya has been high on the campaign agenda of the opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the upcoming general election 2019. The elections taking place through April and May with the result scheduled on May 23 are extremely important for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and his Bharatiya Janata Party that leads the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that had the high profile corruption cases that arose during the second term of the Manmohan Singh government as a major campaign point.last_img read more

Human Trafficking Town Hall Meeting

first_imgThe Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency are hosting a TOWN HALL MEETING featuring HUMAN TRAFFICKING “The Hidden Crime,” 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 20, at the Wiley Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The speakers are Gail Hambletonand Barbara Amaya. You do not want to miss this opportunity to become informed and empowered to help make a real change in abolishing Human Trafficking! For more information, please contact Julie Snyder at 410.626.1900 x1026 or jsnyder@aaccaa.orglast_img

Exercise counters brain shrinkage in Parkinsons disease

first_imgprotecting the brain from shrinkage, aerobic exercise may slow the progression of Parkinsons disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system, says a neurologist.In an editorial published online in the journal JAMA Neurology, neurologist J Eric Ahlskog from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota recommends that modern physical therapy practices should incorporate aerobic exercise training and encourage fitness for patients with Parkinson’s disease.Aerobic exercise means vigorous exercise, which makes you hot, sweaty and tired, Ahlskog explained. This could include activity such as walking briskly or using an elliptical machine. That does not mean stretching or balance exercises are not helpful, Ahlskog noted. Those types of exercises help with Parkinson’s symptoms, such as rigid muscles, slowed movement or impaired posture and balance. But to help fight the progression of Parkinson’s disease, including dementia — one of the most feared long-term outcomes of the disease, aerobic exercise enhances factors that potentially have a protective effect on the brain, Ahlskog noted.For instance, aerobic exercise liberates trophic factors —small proteins in the brain that behave like fertiliser does when applied to your lawn, he said citing scientific studies.Exercise helps maintain brain connections and counters brain shrinkage from Parkinson’s disease as well as from brain ageing, Ahlskog noted.last_img read more

78YearOld Don Nelson on What Hes Been up to in Retirement Ive

first_imgDon Nelson was a basketball lifer, spending five decades in the NBA as a player and coach. In retirement, however, Nellie has found a new  love….Marijuana.During a press appearance ahead of a ceremony celebrating the Warriors 2006-7 team that took down the #1 seed Mavericks in the first  round, Nelson was asked what he’s been doing since leaving the game. His answer was simple: ‘I’ve been smoking some pot.’Nellie is apparently good buds with Willie Nelson, so that pretty much tells you everything you need to know, other than why he’s dressed like a 1980’s wrestling manager.He did clarify that he never smoked any ganja during his playing or coaching days, so apparently he’s making up for lost time. Some people play nine holes a day in retirement, Nellie smokes nine bowls a day.last_img read more

Not friends yet but Japan and South Korea are talking

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies South Korea’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, left, talks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida before their meeting at the foreign ministry’s Iikura guest house in Tokyo Sunday, June 21, 2015. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP) Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober A downturn started in 2012, when then-South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited a cluster of Seoul-controlled islets also claimed by Japan.As public sentiment soured, ethnic Koreans in Japan, many of whom descendants of forced laborers, became target of racial insults by right-wing extremists.Anti-Korean books and magazines have become bookstore staples, while Korean pop idols who once dominated Japanese TV shows have largely disappeared, and many shops in downtown Tokyo once known as Korea Town closed.Nishino said the deterioration in relations could also be traced to South Korea’s rising economic clout and international profile, which have touched a nerve for many Japanese, who have lost confidence in their own leadership amid economic slump and political disarray.Tokyo maintains that the 1965 treaty settled all compensation claims between Japan and South Korea, but Seoul says wartime crimes, including sexual slavery, should be readdressed.Economic relations are still generally strong, although Japanese tourist arrivals and direct investment in South Korea have declined since 2012, while those from South Korea have remained relatively stable.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img TOKYO (AP) — Foreign ministers from Japan and South Korea held a rare meeting Sunday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of their countries normalizing relations marred by Japan’s colonization and World War II conquest.Yet, the ties between the most important U.S. allies in Asia are so low that the major outcomes of the talks were an agreement to keep discussing difficult historical issues and to work together to achieve a first meeting between their leaders. As a small step, the two countries’ leaders will attend Monday’s ceremonies in their respective capitals, instead of just exchanging written statements as once anticipated. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Japanese officials said Monday’s appearance by both leaders at the ceremonies would be a significant step to show their intention to improve the relations.Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye have yet to hold fully fledged bilateral talks since taking office in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Washington has been concerned about its allies’ strained relations.“It’s a grave situation, and what’s more serious is that Japan’s diplomacy toward South Korea has turned harsher against the backdrop of public sentiment,” said Junya Nishino, a political science professor at Keio University.They are rooted in Japan’s colonization of Korea, from 1910 to the end of World War II. The relations improved in the late 1990s, following Japanese apologies, cultural exchanges and a Korean pop culture boom in the 2000s, but nosedived a few years ago largely because of differences over their shared history.Many Koreans still remember Japan’s 35-year colonization as the era of brutality and humiliation, during which they were forced to use Japanese names and language while their pride, heritage and sense of identity were severely threatened. After ties were normalized, three more decades passed before Seoul officially allowed Japanese films and other popular culture back into the country. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Yun Byung-se’s visit Sunday was the first by a South Korean foreign minister since 2011. Yun and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, shook hands but made no comment during the several minutes of media coverage at the outset of their highly sensitive talks. The ministers then held talks for two hours before talking for another hour over Japanese “tempura” cuisine, which Japanese officials said was a good start. But Japanese officials were tight-lipped about whether any progress was made on Japan’s sexual enslavement of Korean women and other outstanding issues related to wartime history.Yun is set to pay a courtesy visit to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday before attending anniversary events in Tokyo.Kishida told reporters late Sunday the two ministers agreed to regularly meet and make efforts to have their leaders meet “at an appropriate time.” He also said that the two sides agreed to cooperate to promote UNESCO World Heritage listings of each other’s sites, but did not elaborate on whether either side made concessions. Seoul has objected to Japanese industrial sites, criticizing Japan for neglecting their dark history of using Korean slave laborers.last_img read more