Holiday Get Home Safely Campaign Launched

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) launched a new holiday social responsibility campaign today, Dec. 7. The focus of the multi-level campaign is to ensure that those who are enjoying a social occasion realize there are many of ways to get home safely. A detailed news release on the campaign launch can be found on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com .last_img


Minister Offers Condolences to Family of Deceased Fisherman

first_imgMinister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan is sending condolences to the family and friends of a fisherman who died today, Nov. 30, while fishing in the waters off Yarmouth. “This is such sad news,” said Ms. Regan. “I know I’m joined by many across the province in expressing my heartfelt sympathy to his loved ones.” The Department of Labour and Advanced Education is investigating. There have been 25 workplace fatalities this year, and this is the seventh as the result of an accident. In 2014, 20 Nova Scotians died at work or from a work-related illness. -30-last_img read more


NB sex offender faces new charge after being placed in special care

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – A convicted sex offender is facing a new sexual assault charge after he was placed in a special care home for people with disabilities.Andrew Michael Douglas, 29, pleaded not guilty in provincial court in Saint John, N.B., Thursday.Douglas was a resident of Joann’s Special Care Home at the time of the alleged incident.Joann LaPointe, the owner and operator of the home, which provides care and supervision to individuals in need of special assistance, says the provincial Department of Social Development assesses the suitability of residents.“They tell me if I’m allowed (to have a resident),” she said. “I don’t think they told me enough. I believe they only told me part of it … it’s sure an eye-opener for everybody.”Douglas was placed on the sex offender registry in 2011 after he posed on the Internet as a young girl, then contacted a 10-year-old girl on Facebook and tried to convince her to expose her breasts.When the 10-year-old refused to expose herself, Douglas told her he would create a website about her and put her phone number on it.The Crown prosecutor said at the time that the 10-year-old girl was not the only person targeted and that Douglas had tried to get other girls to expose their breasts while he was posing as the 13-year-old on Facebook.The court was told that Douglas has developmental delays and was not as responsible as he would otherwise be.In 2016, Douglas was given an 18-month conditional sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in a parking lot, and weeks later was ordered to serve 60 days in jail related to a common assault against a woman.A pre-trial conference in the new case is set for July 4 while the two-day trial is set to begin Aug. 17.Police say he has been remanded in custody.Saint John police Sgt. Chuck Breen says a complaint was lodged against Douglas on March 8 and he was arrested March 14.He said officers arrested Douglas in the court building while he was there regarding another matter.Breen said he cannot recall another case where a registered sex offender has been placed in a special care home.“I’m not saying it’s never happened before but it’s just not something I’ve run across,” he said.The Department of Social Development said in an email it can’t comment on specific cases that are before the courts.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more


Vancouver police lay charges after theft of wigs made for cancer patients

first_imgVancouver police say they’ve have made an arrest in the theft of 150 expensive wigs, including at least 15 meant for young cancer patients.Police say 52-year-old Martin Weigelt has been charged after a break-in and theft from a specialty wig store on Vancouver’s west side late last summer.The hairpieces were taken from Eva and Company wigs on Sept. 7, including some that had been painstakingly created with human hair for youngsters recovering from cancer at BC Children’s Hospital.A bag of 66 wigs was found in the hallway of a Downtown Eastside hotel a week after the theft, but investigators have never said if any of those were for cancer patients.A news release issued by Vancouver police says Weigelt is well known to them, with 100 criminal convictions dating back three decades.The release says Weigelt was arrested Wednesday and remains in custody awaiting a court date next week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


National MMIWG inquiry postpones future family advisory meetings

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is postponing planned regional advisory meetings with families.The announcement comes as commissioners wrapped up the first of the planned meetings in Whitehorse on Thursday.The other regional advisory meetings were set to take place in Edmonton and Thunder Bay.No new dates have been set.A statement from the inquiry said the commissioners are following advice shared in Whitehorse, and from other meetings across the country.“The process of seeking advice through regional advisories must be reformulated,” said Chief Commissioner Marion Buller in the statement. “There needs to be enough time to organize our regional advisories and truth finding gatherings in a way that honours and reflects the people of their territories and is inclusive, accessible and focused.”“National Inquiry remains committed to listening, hearing and being responsive to what families, survivors and communities are sharing with us. We understand there needs to be more communication in advance about our process and the options available to those who want to participate. We need to be flexible.”It’s not clear how the inquiry plans to refocus the advisory meetings and there is nothing on the inquiry’s website to explain the postponement.Some families have been critical of the process so far and say they feel left in the dark.news@aptn.calast_img read more


Putin calls Russia list hostile as Dems decry no sanctions

first_imgMOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin described a list of his country’s officials and tycoons put together to comply with a U.S. sanctions law as a hostile and “stupid” move spearheaded by President Donald Trump’s political foes, but said Tuesday that the Kremlin would refrain from retaliating for now.A continent away, Democrats in Washington lodged the opposite complaint, charging that Trump had let Putin off the hook. They chastised the president for declining to punish anyone under a part of the sanctions law that was intended to isolate Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors for Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.Putin’s reluctance to criticize Trump suggested the Russian leader still harbours hopes for normalizing ties with the United States. At the same time, the blanket list of 210 names — a who’s who of Russian officialdom and business elite — could help him win re-election in March by fueling anti-Western sentiment.Mixing sarcasm and scorn, Putin immediately struck that chord Tuesday, saying that the people the U.S. named control companies employing millions of Russians. The list has spooked rich Russians, who fear it could get them informally blacklisted in the global financial system. But Putin cast the action in Washington as a blow to ordinary people.“All of us, all 146 million, have been put on some kind of list,” he said at a meeting with activists for his election campaign. “Certainly, this is an unfriendly move, which further exacerbates the already strained Russia-U.S. relations and hurts international relations as a whole.”Yet in the U.S. capital, the so-called “Putin list” was greeted with a collective shrug — mocked by some after it was revealed that the Treasury Department had prepared it by simply copying and pasting Forbes’ list of Russians worth $1 billion or more.Instead, Russia hawks and Trump’s opponents were focused on why his administration opted not to punish anybody — at least for now — using new sanctions authority that took effect Monday.“The president of the United States is not taking action to defend this nation,” charged Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. Alluding to potential future election-meddling, Cardin said that if Putin “sees softness in the U.S. resolve, he will do more.”Both requirements — that the U.S. issue a list of powerful Russians and start using sanctions to punish those doing “significant” business with Russian defence and intelligence companies — were included in a law Congress passed last year in response to alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential campaign. Trump’s administration had until Monday to take both steps.On the sanctions, though, the administration decided it didn’t need to penalize anyone — including several U.S. allies that have had multibillion-dollar arms deals with Russia in the works — because the threat of sanctions had been enough of a deterrent. The State Department said that through demarches to foreign countries and other diplomatic conversations, the U.S. had scuttled potential deals worth billions of dollars to the Russians.Senior State Department officials declined repeatedly to provide examples or public evidence of any planned sales that will no longer go through. But some of those examples were conveyed to Congress in a classified memo and classified briefings, two individuals familiar with the situation said.One said that the administration had given Congress a list of 10 deals the U.S. believes will not go forward because the sanctions threat had been effective. The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the details and demanded anonymity.“He’s ignoring them and he’s not implementing them, even though they were mandatory,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said of Trump and the sanctions.Yet State Department officials emphasized that Monday’s deadline was merely the first date the administration could legally use the new sanctions, suggesting more action could come later. Under fire from Senate Democrats on the same issue, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that “there will be sanctions that come out of this report.”The sanctions targeting foreigners buying defence products from Moscow are separate from the list of Russian politicians and wealthy businesspeople, who do not face any U.S. sanctions merely for being on that list. Yet some observers said the list could help Putin consolidate his support base by burnishing his image of a strong leader who stands up to a hostile U.S.,“This is a gift to Putin in the context of the presidential campaign,” said Andrei Kolesnikov of the Carnegie Moscow Center.Putin, whose approval ratings top 80 per cent, is set to easily win another six-year term in the March 18 election that would put him on track to become Russia’s longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin. But the Kremlin has been worried about voter apathy that could make his showing less impressive.Notably, Putin pointedly steered clear of criticizing Trump, describing the list as part of U.S. political infighting.“Those who are doing it are focusing mostly on internal politics. They are assailing the U.S. president,” Putin said. He said the Kremlin had pondered possible retaliation while waiting for the list to be announced, but decided to refrain from action.The idea of the seven-page unclassified document, as envisioned by Congress, was to name and shame those believed to be benefiting from Putin’s tenure, as the U.S. works to isolate his government diplomatically and economically. Russia hawks in Congress had pushed the administration to include certain names, while Russian businessmen hired lobbyists to keep them off.The list comprises 114 Russian officials — the whole of Putin’s administration, as listed by the Kremlin on its website, plus the Russian Cabinet, top law enforcement officials and senior executives at state-owned companies. A companion list of 96 “oligarchs” is a carbon copy of Forbes magazine’s Russian billionaires’ rankings, only arranged alphabetically. It makes no distinction between those who owe their fortunes to close ties with the Kremlin and those who don’t. Some of the people on the list have long fallen out of favour with the Kremlin.Officials said more names, including those of less-senior politicians and businesspeople worth less than $1 billion, are on a classified version of the list being provided to Congress. Drawing on U.S. intelligence, the Treasury Department also finalized a list of at least partially state-owned companies in Russia, but that list, too, was classified and sent only to Congress.___Lederman reported from Washington. Nataliya Vasilyeva and Kate de Pury in Moscow and Jill Colvin, Richard Lardner and Martin Crutsinger in Washington contributed.last_img read more


EU Backs Morocco’s Request for Migration Funding, But Resources Are Limited

Rabat – The EU president has responded to Spain’s request to provide Morocco with resources to tackle migration and borders issues. President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted on Wednesday that he “confirmed” to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez that both “#Spain and #Morocco can be assured of the full support of the @EU_Commission in effectively responding to the increasing migratory pressure along the Western Mediterranean route.”The head of the EU Commission also shared his response letter to Sanchez. In July, the Spanish head of government asked the EU to provide Morocco with emergency assistance to tackle the migration issue.I confirmed to @sanchezcastejon on the phone that #Spain and #Morocco can be assured of the full support of the @EU_Commission in effectively responding to the increasing migratory pressure along the Western Mediterranean route pic.twitter.com/ZS66gZra7L— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) August 1, 2018In response, Juncker said that although he shared the same concerns over the issue of migration, the EU’s “resources are limited.”Not enoughThe head of the EU commission also acknowledged that the situation “requires a much higher financial effort.”However, the EU official added that “the resources of the EU Trust Fund for Africa are, unfortunately, limited.”Created in 2015, The fund aims to address the circumstances and root causes of undocumented migration. The initiative also aims to boost stability and contribute to better migration management.On July 7, Morocco’s Ministry of Interior allegedly drafted a long list of requested resources estimated at €60 million to fight undocumented migration and border issues.The demand followed a statement made by Spain and France, which called for more collaboration with countries of origin, destination, and transit to tackle the issue of migration.On July 26, nearly 700 migrants violently stormed the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.The EU has already approved a €55 million fund to assist Tunisia and Morocco to tackle migration and border issues. Morocco received €30 of the assigned budget approved by the EU.“The Commission is doing everything in its power to guarantee the speedy execution of this program,” Juncker in a written letter.In his response to Sanchez, Juncker said that he asked EU members to “feed the Fund with amounts that meet real expectations, in parallel with the efforts of the Union budget.”According to El Pais, the commission budget has since contributed €3.5 billion. Juncker said that each EU country should have contributed the same amount.However, some EU members and other countries, including Switzerland and Norway have only pledged €439 million.The head of the commission then promised Sanchez that there will be “additional financing for the management of the borders in Morocco as soon as these contributions materialize.”Recalling the fund that Morocco has benefited from, Juncker said that the North African country has received over €100 million in 10 years now.He added that Morocco received in December a €6 million payment to purchase equipment. read more


Global cooperation crucial to achieving development targets nations tell UN

29 September 2009Meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight ambitious anti-poverty targets agreed on by world leaders, by their 2015 deadline will require concert global cooperation, nations have told the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate. Meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight ambitious anti-poverty targets agreed on by world leaders, by their 2015 deadline will require concert global cooperation, nations have told the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate.Norway pointed out that the financial crisis has pushed millions into poverty. “Loss of income is placing public policies at perilous risk, potentially undermining services on which the poorest and weakest depend the most, such as health and education,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said today.The lack of progress in improving maternal health, he said, is “the most disgraceful underachievement” to date.Women urgently need continued services in clinics to ensure they deliver their children safely, with preparations made to transfer them to hospitals in the event of complications, Mr. Støre said on the last day of the high-level segment.“Strengthening health services is key for reducing mother and child mortality, and is also a vital element in realizing the rights of women and children,” he added.The international community, said Denmark’s ambassador to the United Nations, must assist the world’s poorest in mitigating the effects of the global recession as well as to achieve development aims.“There is an imminent risk that the economic crisis will lead to a stagnation or a reduction of official development assistance [ODA],” Carsten Staur said. “This is a challenge we must counter and overcome, and it is more crucial than ever that all donors speed up delivery on their aid commitments.”Portugal underscored the need for “collective responsibility and international cohesion” to reach the MDGs.“A State that forgets the common good, sooner or later, will have instability, poverty and insecurity knocking at its door,” João Gomes Cravinho, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, warned at the Assembly yesterday.For its part, the European nation will continue to concentrate a large percentage of its foreign aid on Africa, he said.Cooperation is essential at all levels – national, regional and international – to meet the MDGs, Foreign Minister Oldemiro Marques Balói of Mozambique told the Assembly, underscoring the key role played by the UN in coordinating international responses to current challenges.“Mozambique strongly believes in multilateralism, and that the United Nations is at the centre of it,” he said.“We also believe that the United Nations is a privileged forum that congregates the universal aspirations for a peaceful, secure, stable and prosperous world, where the values of tolerance, respect of human rights and international cooperation for development are upheld.”For its part, San Marino also called for the world body to be at the forefront of efforts to “promote the affirmation of democracy, rule of law, freedoms and human rights as a condition for economic and social development, cultural growth and education.”Foreign Minister Antonella Mularoni acknowledged that achieving the MDGs have been made more difficult in the face of the economic downturn, but emphasized that “we must continue in our commitment.”A senior Mauritanian official warned that the financial is preventing development gain from taking hold, especially in the least developed countries.Foreign Minister Naha Mint Mouknass cautioned yesterday that these nations will face massive obstacles, appealing to the international community to take immediate action to avert disaster. read more


UN cashforwork scheme to help Mongolian herders amid livestock disaster

25 February 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is developing a cash-for-work programme in Mongolia under which herders will earn income to clear and bury the carcasses of the over 2 million livestock that have perished nationwide amid a particularly harsh winter. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is developing a cash-for-work programme in Mongolia under which herders will earn income to clear and bury the carcasses of the over 2 million livestock that have perished nationwide amid a particularly harsh winter. Locally known as dzud, the extreme cold and heavy snow experienced in Mongolia – with temperatures dipping as low as -50 degrees Celsius – followed a very dry and long summer and fall, during which insufficient livestock feed was produced to provide to the animals for the winter months.More than 2.7 million livestock have perished across the country from the cold, with another 3 million at risk of death by the end of the cold season in June, and their carcasses remain in the fields. As UNDP noted in a news release, the dead carcasses, if not disposed of properly, pose threats to the spread of diseases, infections and soil pollution. The initiative will not only help to reduce health risks for people but also provide income for herders whose livelihoods have been devastated with the death of their livestock, in a country where one third of the population rely on herding and agriculture.“While immediate needs of food, shelter, heating and health care must be met, this approach would prevent the spread of diseases and also help herders to feed their families during the dzud,” said Akbar Usmani, Acting UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia. “Livestock is the cornerstone of existence for so many Mongolians and many people have lost all their direct income and food source,” he added. UNDP noted that one-third of Mongolia’s population already lives below the poverty line, a figure that is expected to rise due to the massive loss of goats, sheep, horses, camels, cows and yaks.The cash-for-work project aims to reach 60,000 herders, with special emphasis on those with fewer than 200 animals who have been particularly adversely affected. UNDP has already contributed $300,000 towards the $4 million requested by the Government for removing the carcasses. UNDP is also supporting national authorities in developing an early recovery plan for the country, focusing on restoring livelihoods and strengthening disaster preparedness. read more


What is a digital currency and how does cryptocurrency mining work

VANCOUVER — Cryptocurrency is a digital currency with no physical form or intrinsic value, but is an increasingly hot commodity as Bitcoin, its most well-known iteration, flirts with a record high.Bitcoin, the self-proclaimed original decentralized digital currency, is hovering around US$8,000 as investors pour into alternative currencies.Many other types of cryptocurrencies exist, including Monero and Litecoin. These digital currencies are decentralized, meaning there is no third-party authority like a bank that oversees activity, and transactions happen directly between two individuals. This offers some benefits, such as lower fees and global use.Cryptocurrencies rely on blockchain technology. The blockchain is a public ledger of the currency’s transactions.Generally speaking, there are two ways to obtain cryptocurrencies: A person can purchase units on an exchange, or they can participate in cryptocurrency mining.Miners secure cryptocurrency networks. They receive new issues of the currency for verifying transactions, which are then recorded on the blockchain.Miners run software that can require special hardware, like asic chips — designed for Bitcoin mining. Their computers solve complicated math problems in exchange for new issues of the currency. A mathematical proof of work, created by trying billions of calculations per second, is required to confirm a Bitcoin transaction. The more puzzles a miner solves, the more cryptocurrency they earn — incentivizing miners to participate and strengthening the overall system.On Bitcoin’s network, the problems become more complex if they are being solved too quickly. As more miners joined the system and the problems grew very difficult, miners started to pool together to do this work.Once purchased or mined, cryptocurrency lives in the individual’s digital wallet and can be used to purchase items online or at local stores that accept the currency.The digital currency’s value is derived from demand. At the time of writing, one Bitcoin was worth roughly $9,800 (it is highly volatile), while Monero has yet to hit four-digit worth.Sources: PwC, Bitcoin, We Use Coins, Litecoin, Monero read more


Bereaved families to get up to £2000 for childrens funeral costs

A new funeral fund for England will cover the costs of cremation or burial, which can range from £500 to more than £1,500, as well as £300 for a coffin. The Government will fully fund the estimated £14 million annually to cover the 3,800 children who die under the age of 18 each year and the 2,700 stillbirths. The fund will be available regardless of the family’s income. Thousands of bereaved families who lose children through death or stillbirth are to get up to £2,000 funeral costs paid by the Government irrespective of their wealth. Announcing the move, Theresa May said: “At a time of such unimaginable loss, no grieving parent should be faced with the stress and worry of finding the money… read more


Cat 794 AC mining truck proves performance

first_imgCaterpillar’s newest large mining truck, the 794 AC, is making its mining show debut at MINExpo this week. The 291-t capacity truck uses a combination of proven designs—a chassis design that has accumulated about 18 million operating hours and power train design that has racked up three million hours. The truck design, Cat says, “focuses on class leading productivity while delivering proven reliability and simple serviceability.”Following extensive field testing, controlled rollout of the new truck started last year. To date, the 794 AC is operating in four countries—working in applications ranging from deep pit copper in western USA to coal and copper in South America.Mechanical availability of the 794 AC has averaged 90% or better from the introduction and has continued to improve with every new site introduction.  The drive system is designed to power the larger Cat® 795F AC, which has demonstrated drive train component life of more than 30,000 hours.Due to the efficient, fully integrated Cat power train and machine configuration, the 794 AC has proven to be faster on grade than the competition. The new truck also features four-corner wet disc brakes as well as dynamic braking for stable handling and fast stopping. The 794 AC has industry leading retarding capability in its size class with 4,086 kW of continuous retarding.Operators of the 794 AC state that they like operating the truck. They specifically cite fast speed on grade and the confidence the braking and retarding system gives them. Maintenance employees, too, provide positive feedback. Technicians at mines running the truck consistently praise the 794 AC for its simplicity and ample access for servicing tasks, Cat reports.The 794 AC is a true 291-t truck, as it accommodates additional weight allowances for options and body liners—so the truck can be fitted for superior durability without significant negative effects on production.The 794 AC uses the Cat C175-16 engine and a proven Cat AC power train. System power is adaptable to accommodate changes in production targets and to work seamlessly in mixed fleets where truck speed differences can reduce productivity. Three power options—2,050, 2,312 and 2,610 kW—are available using the same engine. High altitude configurations are also available.The Cat High Efficiency (HE) body is sized and configured to meet the specific needs of the mine, dictated by fragmentation, abrasion, cohesion and the loading tool. The 794 AC body is integral to the truck and is sized to meet the payload requirements without compromising vehicle balance, braking or control.last_img read more


Greeks Australians make 200 BRW rich list

first_imgDespite the massive evaporation of wealth in 2008 – 2009 due to the global financial crisis, the biggest since the Great Depression, six Greek Australians made the 200 rich list in BRW.  Those that made the BRW 200 list are: Mining entrepreneur, Kerry Harmanis, whose personal fortune is valued at $500 million; Owner of the National Leisure and Gaming Hotel Group, Theo Karydis, whose personal fortune is valued at $356 million; Technology entrepreneur, George Koukis, whose personal fortune is valued at $270 million; Shopping centre mogul Con Makris and his eldest son Ross, whose combined personal fortune is valued at $1.07 billion; Pearliers, the Paspaley family, whose personal fortune is valued at $536 million;The property developer, Harry Stamoulis  and his family whose personal fortune is valued at $389 million. Three other Greek Australians just missed out: Con Constantine, the owner of the Newcastle Jets; Queensland developers, the Raptis Family, and, the fishing magnates, the Kailis family. Their personal fortunes were valued at between $130 million to $142 million, which was not enough to earn them a spot on the BRW Rich List.(Source: BRW Rich 200) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


FA to investigate Raheem Sterling racial abuse

first_imgThe Football Association has announced that it’s conducting an investigation into the alleged racial abuse suffered by Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Television cameras picked up a couple of Chelsea supporters shouting alleged racial slurs at Sterling, as he went to pick up the ball for a City corner kick.Both Chelsea and the London Metropolitan Police have released statements saying they will be investigating the incident.Sterling released a statement on Instagram condemning the abuse on Sunday.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…According to Sky Sports, the English Football Association has now released a statement that read: “We take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and will work with the clubs and the relevant authorities to ensure this matter is dealt with appropriately.“We strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and encourage all fans and participants who believe that they have been the subject of, or witness to, discriminatory abuse to report it through the appropriate channels: The FA, our County FAs or our partners Kick It Out.”last_img read more


Suspected Police Heads To Court

first_img Arsonist strikes again, Grand Turk dump site machinery targeted Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2014 – The police officer suspended in connection to that arson attack on the Chalk Sound police station is said to be headed to court today to face formal charges for his alleged involvement. Four vehicles, including a police patrol jeep were destroyed in the early morning blaze Friday; two other were private vehicles of his fellow officers and the fourth car was being held for evidence in an upcoming case… the back door of the precinct was also set ablaze. Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Recommended for you Related Items:arson, royal turks and caicos police force Arson suspected in HJ Robinson High fire in Grand Turk; top floor ravaged by flameslast_img read more


Jamaica Teachers to receive revised standards by October

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 6th, 2017 – Kingston –  The revised standards for teacher education being undertaken by the UniversityCouncil of Jamaica (UCJ) should be available by October of this year. This was disclosed by Director, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), Althea Heron, at the opening of the two-day Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica annual Professional Development Workshop  held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from August 29 to 30.Ms. Heron said the revised document is expected to reflect many of the changes that are taking place within the profession, and urged the participants to obtain a copy once it is published. “This (document) will continue to serve as a guide to institutions in the development of teacher-education programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, delivered face-to- face or via distant-learning modes of instruction,” she added. Ms. Heron said teachers are a crucial part of the Jamaican workforce and continue to be central to the training and education of the wider workforce. “The new teacher educator will not only need to be tech-savvy and up to date with the latest apps, but also… mindful of their own need for continuous professional development in order to maintain a high standard of teaching that improves student learning outcomes,” she said.Established in October 1987 by the University Council of Jamaica Act, the UCJ is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.The UCJ is the national Quality Assurance Agency for tertiary education in the country. Its mission is to increase the availability of tertiary-level training in the island through a robust quality-assurance system that ensures excellence, transparency, integrityand adherence to standards.The Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica is committed to developing a cadre of teachers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that meet the needs of Jamaica’s education system.The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education.#PressRelease Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more


Many parents unaware of teen Juuling trend

first_img John Soderman Posted: August 18, 2018 Many parents unaware of teen Juuling trend August 18, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — With school starting for many in San Diego County, parents are being warned about a growing trend that they may have never even heard of.It’s called Juuling, something a lot of moms and dads have never even heard of.A growing number of teens are using Juuls to discreetly take hits of highly concentrated nicotine from vaping devices that look like USB drives.In fact, the device can be plugged into a USB port to charge.What parents think is a device connected to your teen’s computer is essentially a nicotine delivery system, with tabs of nicotine coming in assorted colorful flavors, with each tab of nicotine carrying the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.Some students are trying to get away with Juuling while they are in school, in part because the vapor emitted is odorless and can be concealed.Juuling originally came about as a way to help adults quit smoking. But, Juuling critics say the product actually targets teens and young adults.Although the company has launched a vigorous program to discourage teens from using their product, many teens are thinking that it’s cool to Juul in school. John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


People on the Move

first_img The company has hired Joe Keohane to lead the effort. Keohane had been articles editor of Esquire most recently, and has been published in a number of other big-name titles like The New York Times, The New Republic and New York. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: “We’re not just committing to longform because we love using lots of words. We’re launching this vertical because there are legitimately amazing stories that we’ve wanted to tell our audience for years but we haven’t had the structure in place to do so,” says Ben Robinson, editorial director of Thrillist, in a statement. “Joe is just the wizard that we’ve been looking for to build this thing out and we know our guys are going to really enjoy the new stories coming their way soon.” Breaking Media expanded their editorial team to include three new additions: Neil Versel as a reporter for MedCity News, Thornton McEnery as senior editor at Dealbreaker and Kathryn Rubino as editor at Above the Law. McGraw Hill Financial announced the appointment of Robert Easton as senior VP and chief compliance officer. He is joining the team from the NY State Department of Financial Services. Thrillist is getting into longform with the launch of a new vertical aimed at feature-length stories across its food, drink and travel coverage categories. Diane Mattioli will be joining GQ as executive director, luxury and video. She will be responsible for the watch and jewelry business, as well as other accounts, and will play an important liaison role with Conde Nast Entertainment. Keohane will be working with both in-house writers and freelancers. InStyle has hired Meggan Crum as accessories director. Crum previously worked at InSyle until 2011, when she left to cofound a fashion startup, TheRunthrough, and serve as its CEO.last_img read more


Twitter is back up after global outage

first_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint Downdetector showed reports from around the globe confirming Twitter was down starting at 11:46 a.m. PT. Twitter errorTwitter’s error message. Twitter At the same time Twitter was down, President Donald Trump held a White House Social Media Summit. Neither Facebook nor Twitter were invited to the event.Originally published July 11, 11:59 a.m. PT.Updates, 12:08 p.m.: Adds mention of Twitter status page; 12:30 p.m.: Includes background details; 1:04 p.m.: Adds info on outage status. Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate miss us?— Twitter (@Twitter) July 11, 2019 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Twitter seems to be finding its voice again. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Twitter suffered a complete outage for approximately an hour Thursday afternoon. The social media platform is now up but isn’t entirely functional for everyone.Earlier, Twitter users trying to log on to the social network saw a message saying “Something is technically wrong.” The company confirmed the service was down and found the culprit to be “an internal configuration change,” according to the Twitter status page.  HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 7 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $60 at Best Buy See at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon Boost Mobile See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See it Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice 18 Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Read the Rylo camera preview Apple iPhone XS Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 $520 at HP Read the AirPods review Share your voice An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $155 at Google Express 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. Tags $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comments Best Buy $6 at Tidal Amazon Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Expresslast_img read more


Tax On Alcohol to Treat Anchorages Worsening Substance Abuse Issues Fails

first_imgA controversial proposal to put an alcohol tax before Anchorage voters on the April ballot died before the Assembly Tuesday night. The plan was the latest proposed solution to the city’s costly issues managing chronic inebriates.Download AudioThe Assembly ordinance would have put a 5.5% tax on sales in package stores, setting the money aside for housing units, beds in detox centers, and other treatment options. That rate was on the low end of estimates considered by supporters, and left out sales in bars and restaurants.Assembly Member Ernie Hall sponsored the bill, and believes that with more problemed drinkers relying on emergency services, a local tax is the only way to proactively address growing needs.“I think for our business community, for our city as a whole,” Hall said during Assembly comments, “this is the major problem facing us now. And I see no other solution.”The bill aimed to finally find a funding mechanism for services that have been proposed in a number of studies and policy papers looking at how to economically and compassionately treat those in Anchorage dealing with serious substance abuse and homelessness. For years, groups have identified measures to save money and help chronic inebriates transition off the streets. But those policies currently depend on grants and donations which can vary from year to year, hampering longer-term solutions.“There have been plans and panels that have been put together for the last 34 years to make sure that there’s evidence-based recommendations for the municipality to implement,” explained Carmen Springer, director of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness. “And the main reason why those have not been put in place is a lack of a dedicated funding stream to support those measures.”For many Assembly members the bill just was not ready. It was introduced only a few weeks ago, a short window for raising support on what some see as a potential tax hike. Even the 5.5% rate was unspecified until the night of the vote. The measure needed a super-majority before it could go before voters on the ballot. And though several members support the intentions, they would prefer bringing a refined version to citizens.“While this effort, I think, at some point might be a good tool, if you take it to the voters now and you haven’t worked with the community, you haven’t had the time to work with the community, then it’s going to fail,” said Assembly Member Jennifer Johnston. “You can’t bring it back next year.”Many members from industry groups representing alcohol retailers and hospitality businesses sat in the audience wearing red to show their opposition to the tax, and applauded when it failed by a vote of 6-to-5. Heidi Heinrich is president of the Fairview Business Association, and does not believe it is fair to ask Anchorage residents to pay more while the state withholds funds meant to address a population coming from all over Alaska.“We pay $40 million every year [in] alcohol tax, to the state,” Heinrich explained. “It was promised that it was going to be used for treatment, and that way we’re dealing with the state-wide problem instead of just making it just Anchorage’s issue. And that’s not how it has been spent.”But for some, waiting for action has a higher cost. Linda Kellenbiegel was just a single day away from her 30th year of sobriety, and at the end of the meeting, after nearly everyone else had left, described to Assembly members what inaction means for those in Anchorage struggling hardest to recover.“Once again we’re gonna have another committee, we’re gonna have another task force, we’re gonna have another thing. And what’s gonna happen is when it comes right down to it you’re gonna get threats from the alcohol industry to stop them from paying anything,” Kellenbiegel said, fighting back tears. “I just don’t know how many more people that I know who come in and get sober but can’t do it without the facilities, who can’t do it without the detox–how long are they going to have to wait? How many more are gonna have to die?”Assembly members are tentatively planning to refine a version of the measure within an ad-hoc Committee on alcohol and drug abuse.last_img read more