first_imgThe development of a community-based sexual violence prevention and education working group, and youth-led prevention programs are among the projects in the Antigonish, Sydney and Whitney Pier areas receiving grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy. Derek Mombourquette, MLA Sydney-Whitney Pier, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced more than $40,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants today, April 18, for four organizations that work with youth, people with disabilities and sex workers. “These organizations do very important work in the community including education around sexual violence and fostering support for women,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “I look forward to the positive results that I’m sure will flow from these investments.” The grants are a commitment under government’s Sexual Violence Strategy. An additional $600,000 for these one-time grants will be made available again in the fall, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years. The grants help community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice. The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Breton-Whitney Pier is receiving $11,000 to provide a safer space where youth can engage in open conversations about sexual violence, media influence, healthy relationships and prevention strategies. “Many of our teens don’t have a clear understanding of what consent means or what constitutes as sexual violence,” said Nathan Brewer, youth outreach worker with the club. “We challenged them to come up with ways to help address this. “They responded with a program that incorporates art and other creative projects as a way of identifying with their peers and opening up the conversation.” The Ally Centre of Cape Breton is receiving $20,000 to develop a sexual violence prevention and education working group with people involved in the sex industry. The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association is receiving $5,000 to support Grade 8 girls in the development of social action projects. Asia van Burren, of Antigonish, is also receiving a $5,000 grant to conduct research that will help identify gaps in sexual health education for people with disabilities. Government also announced about $150,000 in funding for prevention initiatives for four Aboriginal groups from the Antigonish and Cape Breton areas at the Nova Scotia Sexual Violence Strategy Mi’kmaq Community Engagement Gathering in Truro today. Nearly 100 applications were received. The names of other communities and organizations receiving grants will be announced soon.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has rejected a call from MPs to spell out explicitly in law when and how border agents can search travellers’ smartphones and other electronic devices.Under current policy, Canada Border Services Agency officers cannot routinely examine devices, and can only proceed in the event of a number of indicators that suggest a search would produce evidence of illegal activities.Such signs could include a traveller’s behaviour, they way they answer a question, coding on a suitcase that doesn’t match the person’s itinerary, or the fact a ticket was purchased at the last minute.In a December report, the House of Commons committee on information, privacy and ethics recommended that the border agency’s guidelines for examination of digital devices be written into the Customs Act.The committee also recommended defining in law the threshold to trigger a search as “reasonable grounds to suspect” a crime or customs infraction.Privacy and civil liberties advocates who testified during committee hearings noted the law had not kept pace with technological advances that allow people to carry electronic devices containing a wealth of personal information about their relationships, finances and health.In a letter this week in response to the committee report, Goodale says the examination of electronic devices at the border should be conducted in a “cautious, progressive and methodical manner.”However, writing further conditions into the Customs Act could hinder the border agency’s ability to respond to “emerging threats” and travellers carrying material such as child pornography or hate propaganda on their devices, Goodale’s letter says.“Canadian courts to date have been supportive of screening goods at the border, including electronic devices, for valid legislated border purposes.”Internal policy, training and oversight will continue to help ensure border officers respect travellers’ privacy, it notes.The government agreed with the committee’s recommendation to collect statistics about searches of electronic devices at the border.The border agency began tracking such traveller examinations at entry points last November, and is working on a “long-term, electronic solution” tentatively slated to be in place by summer, the letter says. A report on the data will be sent to the federal privacy commissioner every six months.The letter says U.S. counterparts have assured the Canadian government of their “ongoing commitment to protecting information shared by Canada.”As a result, Ottawa will not ask Washington to add Canada to the list of designated countries under the U.S. Judicial Redress Act, a law that many argue would give Canadians the right to sue over an American breach involving their personal information.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgPeter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — There has been a strong public outcry over the demolition of a house in the town of Chambly, Quebec, with links to a civilian uprising against British rule in the 1800s.The house, built around 1820, was home to Rene Boileau, a local notary who took part in the Rebellions of 1837-1838.His father, also named Rene, was a member of the parliament of Lower Canada for the Canadian party, which later became the Patriot party in 1826.Despite efforts by local citizens to save the house, the wrecking ball brought down the Maison Boileau on Thursday. Michel Larose, the town’s director-general, said he made the decision to demolish it because it was in poor condition, insisting it had nothing to do with politics.“It’s mainly the question of safety that prompted me to act,” Larose said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Larose said the municipality is not required by law to have a resolution from council to demolish a building, especially when the structure belongs to the town.But Louise Chevrier, a local historian and novelist, said Saturday that rules were not followed, no demolition notice was given and the decision was made in secret.  “The house should have been restored, but the town of Chambly did not take all the necessary measures to protect it,” she said.Chevrier is also part of a citizens’ movement that organized a vigil Saturday evening.She said the group is “convinced the house could have remained standing for decades.”The Maison Boileau was originally abandoned by its owners in 2016 because it was no longer habitable due to mould and concerns that it would collapse.The town paid $550,000 to buy the property and had hoped to turn the house into a tourist office, but that idea was abandoned.Larose said engineers estimated in November 2017 that it would have cost $1.8 million to rebuild it and today, the bill would have surpassed $2 million.When crews arrived on Thursday, several residents and a local politician tried unsuccessfully to halt the demolition.Christian Picard, a former Parti Quebecois candidate in the recent election, was arrested for trying to stop workers from bringing down the house, but was later freed.He slammed the town’s administration on Saturday, adding that it’s time to change the way Quebec protects its heritage.“There’s clearly a problem in Quebec and we have to change our practices, our regulations and laws,” Picard said in an interview.“We have to find a new way to protect our heritage.”Today, the rebellions of 1837-1838 do not go unheralded in Quebec.While the rest of Canada celebrates Victoria Day, Quebecers mark National Patriots’ Day on the Monday preceding May 25th.last_img read more

first_imgRyan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin in New Amsterdam. (FRANCISCO ROMAN / NBC) Twitter This time last year Corus, the media conglomerate that owns the Global TV network announced that Big Brother Canada was being placed on hiatus.That didn’t last long, after much condemnation and an outpouring of support from fans. This year around Corus didn’t make the same mistake, announcing Monday that season 7 will debut sometime in 2019, hosted once again by Arisa Cox.Other shows renewed include season three of the critically acclaimed Mary Kills People, about a doctor that helps terminally ill patients and season three of the Toronto-shot Jason Priestley detective series Private Eyes.Reality TV series include a Canadian version of Iron Chef, a culinary top chef faceoff that will debut on The Food Network this fall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Children should be at the top of the development agenda and sound social policies should encourage investment in their education, health and provision of other services, officials from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed today at the opening of a Central Asian education forum in Turkmenistan.The three-day forum, held in the capital Ashgabat, is being attended by education and other officials from the five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as by representatives from UNICEF and other UN and international organizations, the Fund said in a news release.The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Moving Forward to Achieve EFA (Education for All) Goals’ and, in her opening address, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director Shanaz Kianian-Firouzgar underscored the valuable role that the annual event has played with respect to commitments made by Central Asian governments at the UN Millennium Summit and the Dakar World Education Forum. “This Forum also helps us to look forward and agree on what we need to do in order to ensure that the six goals which we seek to achieve for this region will be realised by 2015,” Ms. Kianian-Firouzgar said.She also challenged the delegations to look at four critical issues concerning basic education in the region, including provision of pre-school education, promotion of inclusive education and child-friendly learning environments, provision of quality education and development of relevant curricula and textbooks and other learning materials.The theme of investing in education was also echoed by UNICEF Representative and Acting UN Resident Coordinator Mahboob Shareef who called upon Central Asian education officials to reiterate their “commitment to place children on top of the development agenda and at the centre of all available resources and programmes.”The event is being attended by 100 participants and is the first time it has been held in Turkmenistan. read more

first_imgMost powerful warship ever built by the UKAt 280m (918ft) long and with an estimated half-a-century working life, the behemoth is the biggest and most powerful ever built by the UK.However, it is understood the vessel has been leaking for some time. At 280m (918ft) long and with an estimated half-a-century working life, HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest carrier ever built by the UKCredit:Matt Cardy /Getty Repairs ‘will not cost taxpayer a penny’Repairs to HMS Queen Elizabeth will not cost the British taxpayer a penny, the Defence Secretary has insisted.Pressed on suggestions that repairs could cost millions, Gavin Williamson said the money would come “from the contractors who built her”.  “This isn’t going to cost the British taxpayer a penny,” he said. “This is the reason why we have the sea trials, to make sure that everything is working absolutely perfectly.   “HMS Queen Elizabeth is the most magnificent aircraft carrier in the world and, when she is fully operational and she is being deployed right around the world, she is going to make a significant difference as to what we can actually achieve and what we are able to do as a global power.” Britain’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is leaking as a result of a faulty seal, it has emerged. The Royal Navy’s £3.1 billion warship, which was accepted into the Royal Navy fleet by The Queen less than a month ago, has a “significant” defect.Reports suggested there is a problem with an inflatable rubber ring-style seal around one of the propeller shafts.The fault means the ship has been taking on up to 200 litres of sea water an hour, according to The Sun.The Royal Navy confirmed the problem was identified during sea trials and said the aircraft carrier is scheduled for repair.Repairs, which will be paid for by the manufacturers rather than the Ministry of Defence, are likely to cost millions of pounds, sources suggested.A Royal Navy spokesman said the fault does not prevent the carrier from sailing again early in 2018.   The Queen walks with the ship’s captain, Commodore Jerry Kyd, at the commissioning ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth at Portsmouth Harbour on December 7Credit:Andrew Matthews /PA  with the shipÕs Captain, Commodore Jerry Kyd (rear right), as she arrives for the commissioning ceremony of Britain's biggest and most powerful warship HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy Fleet at Portsmouth Harbour. These include Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow, Appledore in Devon, Cammell Laird in Liverpool, A&P on the Tyne in Newcastle and Portsmouth. The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has a leak He later added: “Putting together an aircraft carrier and all its facets and all its bits and pieces is quite a complicated business, (but) one we are looking forward to.”This (the commissioning) is a major milestone now, it is all systems go really.” “This is something that work is currently ongoing to deal with, and HMS Queen Elizabeth will be going out early on in the new year to continue her sea trials and making sure she is fully operable in terms of helicopters and the F-35 being able to fly off her deck.   A Royal Navy spokesman said: “An issue with a shaft seal has been identified during HMS Queen Elizabeth’s sea trials; this is scheduled for repair while she is alongside at Portsmouth.”It does not prevent her from sailing again and her sea trials programme will not be affected.”10,000 people worked on construction of shipThe aircraft carrier weighs 65,000 tonnes and has a top speed in excess of 25 knots.Several ship-building yards around the country were involved in the build.Video: How the warship is a post-Brexit ambassador HMS Queen Elizabeth enters its home port of Portsmouth after completing sea trialsCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph Around 10,000 people worked on construction of the ship, made up in sections at yards around the UK and transported to Rosyth, Fife, where it was assembled.Building aircraft carriers ‘not for the fainthearted’Speaking ahead of the ship’s commissioning on December 7, Captain Jerry Kyd described it as a “major milestone”.The ship’s commanding officer said: “Building aircraft carriers is not for the fainthearted. There are very few countries who can do this around the world.” At 280m (918ft) long and with an estimated half-a-century working life, HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest carrier ever built by the UK The aircraft carrier was delivered by ship building partnership the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA).An ACA spokesman said: “HMS Queen Elizabeth has been accepted into Her Majesty’s fleet.”It is normal practice for a volume of work and defect resolution to continue following vessel acceptance. “This will be completed prior to the nation’s flagship re-commencing her programme at sea in 2018.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

A labourer was in the wee hours of this morning stabbed to death during an argument with two men at a bar-be-que and lime at Third Street Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara. Brayon Dewakar, 25, of Lot 128 Mon Repos South, ECD was stabbed once to his right side chest.Based on reports received, the now dead man was at the Bar-Be-Que and Lime with a few friends when the two suspects, a father and a son confronted them thus resulting in a heated argument. As the argument escalated, the now dead man’s friends ran away and left him behind.One of the suspects was reportedly armed with a knife during the argument. After sometime, one of Dewakar’s friends returned only to find him in a yard lying in a pool of blood.  He was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Acting on information received, the police went to the home of the two suspects during which the son was arrested while hiding in a toilet. The father however, went to the Beterverwagting Police Station where he lodged a complaint against the now dead man claiming that he was robbed and beaten.At that time, the police ranks were not aware that he was involved in the murder and as such, they issued him a medical and referred him to the GPHC to seek medical but was arrested by ranks who escorted the now dead man.  The knife suspected to be the murder weapon was found in a nearby trench.Police are continuing their investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather and son arraigned for murder of Mon Repos manMay 30, 2018In “Court”Moruca man stabbed to death during rowJanuary 16, 2017In “Crime”Teen implicated in Leonora stabbing death caught hiding in Region OneJanuary 12, 2017In “Crime” read more

first_imgI ARRIVED IN Ireland 11 years ago as a teenager. Being an orphan in Uganda, I was faced with a lot of challenges and I had a difficult life growing up, but when I moved to Ireland my life changed. I felt safe.Living, studying and working in the Irish community has taught me that everyone has a story, I used to think that I was the only one facing hardships but I have come to realise that we are all in this journey of life together whether from different class, race or backgrounds.In 2004, I met the most amazing people, Philip and Lydia, who are now more than friends, they’re like my brother and sister. A choir was formed as part of the Discovery project in a small church on George’s Street and St Thomas Church on Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin, mainly focusing on Gospel music. The Discovery Gospel Choir was born and I am proud to be a founding member of Ireland’s first intercultural choir.Learning about other culturesBack then, I was very shy and had no musical training but if someone gave me a microphone, I would just sing my heart out. I made friends with people who came from different backgrounds and cultures and it was very inspiring learning songs from different languages, rhythms, and styles.I am now a mother to a beautiful four-year-old child; I am a singer and a teacher; I facilitate education workshops and cultural integration through music and traditional Ugandan dance. I have performed with various artists providing backing vocals including: a concert to mark Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland; with Foy Vance on ‘The Late, Late Show’; Dublin African Film Festival; Samantha Mumba on RTE; and with Sinéad O’Connor at the Meteor Ireland Awards.Last year, in January 2013, I had the opportunity to launch my own singles, My African Dream and Life, recorded and produced in Kampala, Uganda, by Paddy Man from Audio One Studio. Since then, I have performed for developmental and charity organisations such as AFRI (Action from Ireland), Trócaire, Wezesha, and Akidwa. I was also recently honoured with a community service award by the Africa World Award ceremony.I’m forever grateful to my loving friendsI have had a very good experience living in Ireland because of the people I have met – I wouldn’t be the Justine that people know today without those people. Arriving here in Ireland, I was a vulnerable young girl and I’m forever grateful to have the most patient, loving and generous friends I met when I just arrived. I call them my ‘’first loves’’.I look forward to performing on the ‘Kwassa Kwassa’ main stage at Africa Day’s flagship event in Dublin on Sunday 25th May. My songs ‘African Dream’ and ‘Life’ are available to listen on YouTube and for purchase on Nantale is a singer and teacher.Africa Day celebrations, supported by Irish Aid, are taking place nationwide this week and the national Africa Day flagship family festival takes place in Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15, on Sunday 25 May from 11am to 6pm and is free of charge. Follow Africa Day on Facebook and Twitter @AfricaDay #AfricaDay. For more information visit more about Africa Day>last_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Email13 230 Comments Updated 7.50am, 21 April MORE THAN 70,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Sisters of Charity to be prevented from becoming the owner of the national maternity hospital.Earlier this week, TDs and councillors were among those to criticise the fact a religious group which has failed to deliver its full share to the redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors is to be the owner of the new hospital.The Sisters of Charity own the land at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin 4 where the new hospital is being built.The news was first reported by the Times of Ireland last month, and garnered political reaction after being reported by the Irish Times yesterday.A petition seeking to prevent the group becoming the sole owner of the hospital has, at the time of publication, been signed over 70,000 times.Emily Duffy of Uplift, the group behind the petition, said: “This is an issue that people in Ireland are clearly outraged about.“It’s rare we see a petition go viral so rapidly, and it shows that people are deeply troubled by the State’s utter disregard for the many victims of abuse which took place in institutions run by orders such as the Sisters of Charity.”Denise Kiernan, who created the petition, plans to send it to Health Minister Simon Harris and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Petitions.Harris has sought to play down the ownership issue, stressing the hospital will be run independently. Source: Simon Harris/TwitterIn a statement, the Department of Health said: “The identity and ethos of the current NMH will be retained. The new company will have clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, without religious, ethnic or other distinction, as well as financial and budgetary independence.This independence will be assured by the reserved powers which are set out in the agreement and which will be copper fastened by the golden share which will be held by the Minister for Health.“These reserved powers can only be amended with the unanimous written approval of the Directors and with the approval of the Minister for Health.”Speaking to Today with Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, Kieran Mulvey, the former chair of the Workplace Relations Commission, said money owed by the Sisters of Charity to the redress scheme was not discussed during negotiations to move the hospital.Mulvey acted as a mediator between Holles Street, the current site of the national maternity hospital, and St Vincent’s during the negotiation process.Read: ‘No religious influence’: Harris defends new maternity hospital ownership in face of criticismRead: Religious order that owes millions to abuse survivors given ownership of new maternity hospital Apr 19th 2017, 4:15 PM Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 4:15 PM The new building will be located at St Vincent’s Hospital in south Dublin Image: Department of Health The new building will be located at St Vincent’s Hospital in south Dublin Image: Department of Healthcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Over 70,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital The Department of Health has insisted the new hospital will be independently run. Short URL 73,553 Views last_img read more

first_imgVous n’aurez plus besoin de cables pour recharger vos téléphones portablesPolluantes, peu pratiques et limitées, les batteries de portables seraient-elles en train de vivre leurs dernières recharges ? Une multitude de nouvelles technologies liée à l’autonomie des smartphones a été présentée au salon du Mobile World Congress 2013, qui a lieu actuellement à Barcelone. De quoi regonfler le moral de nos portables…À bloc !Le temps de la recharge d’appareils sur prise murale serait-il révolu ? Au salon du Mobile World Congress 2013 de Barcelone, événement spécialement dédié au monde du téléphone portable, de nombreuses solutions ont été proposées, plus en adéquation avec l’environnement, mais aussi plus pratiques.Une solution de transition : la recharge sans filMise en avant avec des smartphones tels que le Nokia Lumia 920, la recharge par induction est une solution de transition dont les atouts sont indéniables : plus besoin de brancher son smartphone à une prise pour le recharger, il suffit juste de le poser sur une surface spéciale, le plus souvent matérialisée par une sorte de petit coussin. Une technologie qui existe déjà,qui tend à se développer, mais qui comporte un défaut majeur : la surface “rechargeante” doit, elle, nécessairement être reliée à une prise murale. On décale donc juste le problème à un autre endroit donc, et il faudra plusieurs “plaques” ou “coussins” à inductions placés aux endroits stratégiques du foyer pour devenir une solution véritablement pérenne. Heureusement, d’autres technologies de recharge intelligente ont également été présentées au MWC 2013, comme la recharge cinétique.Bougez, rechargez : la recharge cinétique  Fruit du travail de la société NPower, la recharge cinétique NPowerPEG s’invite sur nos portables ! Rappelez-vous, cette technique avait, jadis, été implantée dans les montres, à la fin des années 90 (comme la gamme Kinetic Seiko), pour remplacer durablement et écologiquement le système à ressort et celui nécessitant des piles. Aujourd’hui, pour le smartphone, le système s’articule autour d’un adaptateur USB à placer sur le téléphone, avec, à l’autre extrémité, un étrange module faisant penser à une petite barre de traction, barre à tenir ou à loger sur ou contre soi, comme dans un sac, par exemple, pour que le dispositif se mette en fonctionnement durant la marche. L’énergie demandée pour l’utilisation d’un iPhone pendant une minute demandera, par exemple, une “balade” de 15 minutes. La recharge peut également prendre moins de temps suivant le dispositif connecté; le port USB 2.0 du NPower PEG étant assez universel dans les appareils de mobilité.  Ingénieux, ce système ne souffre pour l’instant que d’un seul défaut : sa taille. Peu pratique pour le transport, la barre “batterie” du nPowerPEG, d’environ 25 cm, nécessite un contenant de tout instant. Contrainte que n’a pas la solution développé par la société Wisyps : un film photovoltaïque simplement apposé sur l’écran du smartphone.La source lumineuse qui recharge le smartphone : le film photovoltaïqueÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le film Crystal développé par la firme Wysips est une solution qui fournit 20 % d’autonomie en plus à un smartphone lorsque ce dernier est posé à proximité d’une source lumineuse. Discret, il est transparent, ou plutôt rendu invisible par les lentilles posées sur les bandes photovoltaïques le composant comme l’a expliqué le PDG de Wysips à l’AFP, Ludovic Deblois. Cette technologie ne gène en rien l’accès aux fonctions de l’écran tactile du smartphone. Le modèle présenté par Matthieu de Broca, de Wysips, au salon du MWC 2013 n’en est qu’à 85 % de transparence, alors que le modèle de film final, attendu pour la fin de l’année, atteindra un chiffre de 95 %. Le taux de luminosité ambiant n’a pas besoin d’être exceptionnel et il peut faire marcher une diode de façon continu. Impressionnant !Sous le feux des projecteurs du MWC 2013, ces nouveaux moyens d’augmenter l’autonomie des smartphones apportent une véritable lueur d’espoir aux constructeurs comme aux consommateurs, et se placent au centre d’une thématique devenue aujourd’hui centrale.Le 27 février 2013 à 16:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Harry Kane believes there is room for improvement

first_imgTottenham’s striker Harry Kane believes he “could have done better” at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Kane finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals in Russia helping England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Nations League opener against Spain, on Sky Sports, Kane said: “I think I could have done better at the World Cup if I’m totally honest.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It was great and I scored some good goals and important goals. But there was stuff I could’ve done better as well – certain finishes and certain movements, but that is all part of the learning curve.“I remember coming back and talking to people about it, that to win a Golden Boot at a World Cup and think you could do better is exciting because it means there’s lots of improvement and I’m at a high level already.“I feel fully fit, we’ve come back and started the season well from a club point of view so hopefully I can take that into the games here. “last_img read more

A Very Grateful Man TCIs Darron Hilaire laments following frightening ordeal with

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 4, 2017 – Providenciales – The past few hours have been quite an experience.   One I never imagined I would ever face.     I spent the last two weeks, and more so the last two days studying the wisdom books of the Bible — Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job.   I became extremely fascinated by a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes Ch 12:1, which says paraphrased, “Set your mind on Christ in your youth.”I taught from this scripture in my boy’s small group session for the past weeks and have been eager to read the entire book to understand the intention of the author.   Through study I found out that in order to understood the message of Ecclesiastes, you also have to understand the message of Proverbs, which comes first, and Job, who comes last.The Book of Proverbs highlights the concept and the principle of wisdom.   It simply indicates that whoever finds and exercises wisdom is guaranteed success in all areas of their life.The Book of Ecclesiastes is written more from a critic’s tone of voice.   The teacher and the author describes how life is but a whisp of smoke. It is unpredictable.   Things good and bad happen to the wise and the unwise.   We all share the same destiny: death.   Death equalizes us.The Book of Job builds on this wisdom, and ends with a beautiful and powerful message.   Job is tested by God to the extent that he loses everything he ever valued.   The scriptures indicate that he did absolutely nothing to deserve it.   He then decided to question God and ask, why did this happen to me of all people?   God responded to Job very vividly in a vision indicating that, there are some things in life we may never come to understand. The message of the book of Job was simply to trust in God’s wisdom.I had a conversation with my Pastor earlier after mentioning this to him and he gave what I thought was a perfect summary.   He said, “fairness is not a biblical concept; trusting God is.”I may never get closure.   Justice may never be served.   But I trust that God in his infinite and mysterious wisdom and divine sovereignty knows all things, and does all things well.I recall not being fearful at all for the entire time that I was facing the ground, taking orders from masked gun men, tied up, held hostage in the backseat of my car, held at gunpoint, robbed, and released.   There was an overwhelming sense of peace and wisdom that saturated my consciousness and being to which I grateful to the Holy Spirit.The robbers remarked that I was a good man and therefore handed me my bag, my wallet and after several request, my phone—unharmed.I remember sitting to my desk yesterday afternoon reading Job and saying to myself, God, I hope I don’t have to be tested in such a way any time soon. Not knowing that, in a matter of hours, my time would come.  I am not the least bit discouraged.   I am more so empowered by the way my faith and trust in God has grown and has been growing.I am encouraged to share this experience as I assist with leading the memorial for my 19 year old cousin who lost his life in an accident that I was 5 minutes away from experiencing.May this be a lesson to all of us. God is Sovereign.   His wisdom is unmatched and not always understood.And as the book of Ecclesiastes states,   “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”Thank you all for the calls and comments. It was sincerely appreciated.Blessings and love,Darron D. Hilaire Jr. ߙEcclesiastes 12:13-14 ESVlast_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program Executive Director Jim Hershey met with the International Grains Program at Kansas State University this week to discuss collaborations on development projects in Africa. They also discussed a feed mill technology training program for the WISHH partners in the Afghanistan SARAI project, as well as replicating the successful FEEDing Pakistan Aquaculture project in other countries with federal funding.last_img read more

Nearly half of UK employees have searched for new job due to

first_imgAlmost half (46%) of UK workers say they have searched for a new job because of work stress, according to research by project management software organisation Wrike.The report, The stress epidemic: employees are looking for a way out, polled 1,600 employees and found that more than two-fifths (42%) of UK workers regularly lose sleep as a result of workplace stress.According to the survey, 41% of UK workers experience moderate stress at work, 21% experience high stress, and 3% state that it is unsustainably high. Only 6% state that they have no work stress, although 30% experience only low levels.Just under a third (32%) of UK employees admitted to losing their temper in the workplace because of stress. A similar percentage (31%) said they had been prompted to stop caring about their work. Some 29% of the UK respondents admitted to taking these issues out on their friends or family, while 26% said they had taken unplanned time off of work.Nearly a fifth (18%) of UK workers said work stress had caused them to shut down and be unproductive, while nearly a third (30%) said they were able to handle some stress but that it still affected the quality of their work. Some 19% said a little bit of stress helped them focus and get work done, but only 3% said their best work comes from high-stress situations.Patricia Duchene, vice president of sales and general manager of EMEA at Wrike, said: “Employers need to share in the responsibility for their employees’ wellbeing, particularly when it comes to stress. Stress is strongly linked to productivity. A fifth of all UK employees say stress in the workplace makes them twice as likely to switch off or become less productive and that should worry business and government alike. Equally alarming is that 42% of UK workers say they regularly lose sleep because of work-related stress.”last_img read more

first_img CES Products All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags Post a comment CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos TCL TCL is best known for its budget TVs, but the company is hoping to catch the imagination of millenials in particular with a range of headphones at CES 2019. The company has announced five new series of headphones which cover everything from the youth market to the audiophile sector. The headphones are: the SOCL in-ears, the MTRO in/on-ears, the ACTV in-ears and the hi-fi ELIT in-ears. The SOCL series features a “unique transparent housing with a gradient color treatment” in a choice of four bright colors paired with “powerful speaker drivers”.SOCL100/ SOCL100BTSOCL200/ SOCL200BTSOCL300/ SOCL300BTmtro200btbk-standard TCL The MTRO line looks like it’s going after Beats fans with a “powerful bass driver with extended low sound frequency” as well as a “comfort-fit noise isolating design [that] ensures the bass performance is further enhanced”. The MTRO line features both in-ear and headband styles in wired and wireless options.MTRO100/ MTRO100BTMTROL200/ MTRO200BTactv100btbk-beauty TCL For active users the company has the ACTV headphone. This is an IPX4 rated (protection from sprays and splashing of water in all directions) in-ear which is made of “sweatproof materials”. Both wired and wireless options use a “secure-fit” hook design.ACTV100ACTV100BTelit300bl-standard TCL The ELIT series are Hi-Res certified and feature in-ear designs. According to the company the “Traveler Edition” offers active noise cancellation technology “without compromising the sound quality”. It offers a “long battery play time, a fast charging feature and compact foldable design”.ELIT200 ELIT100 ELIT300It’s not over-stating the case to say that the headphone market is completely saturated with models right now, and so TCL will have a fight as a TV brand to get its products noticed. Especially when the company hasn’t released its previously announced audio product, the TCL Roku Smart Sound Bar.TCL’s top-of-the-line ELIT headphones, along with the rest of the line, will be available by summer 2019. The wired in-ear and earbud headphones will be available Feb. 1, with the other models launching in the months following. Pricing is yet to be announced. Share your voice Headphones 0 CES 2019last_img read more

India among 17 countries facing extremely high water stress

first_imgWashington: India is among the 17 countries, which are a home to a quarter of the world’s population, facing “extremely high” water stress, close to “Day Zero” conditions when the taps run dry, according to a report that was unveiled today. The World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas ranked water stress, drought risk, and riverine flood risk across 189 countries and their sub-national regions, like states and provinces. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us India, ranked 13 on Aqueduct’s list of “extremely highly” water stressed countries, has more than three times the population of the other 16 countries in this category combined, the report said. Northern India faces severe groundwater depletion, visualised on Aqueduct’s maps and included in calculations of water stress for the first time, according to the report. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “The recent water crisis in Chennai gained global attention, but various areas in India are experiencing chronic water stress as well,” said Shashi Shekhar, former Secretary of India’s Ministry of Water Resources, and senior fellow at the institute said. “India can manage its water risk with the help of reliable and robust data pertaining to rainfall, surface, and groundwater to develop strategies that strengthen resilience.” Advertise With Us “Aqueduct can help identify and prioritise water risks in India and around the world,” Shekhar said in a statement. The tool uses a robust, peer reviewed methodology and the best-available information to create customisable global maps. Aqueduct’s updated hydrological model shows a more accurate, granular picture of water risk than ever before. In the 17 countries facing extremely high water stress, agriculture, industry, and municipalities are drinking up 80 per cent of available. surface and groundwater in an average year. When demand rivals supply, even small dry shocks — which are set to increase due to climate change — can produce dire consequences, researchers said. “Water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about. Its consequences are in plain sight in the form of food insecurity, conflict and migration, and financial instability,” said Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute. “The newly updated Aqueduct tools allow users to better see and understand water risks and make smart decisions to manage them.” “A new generation of solutions is emerging, but nowhere near fast enough. Failure to act will be massively expensive in human lives and livelihoods,” Mr Steer said in a statement. Aqueduct sheds light on hot spots for water risk around the world. For example, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, home to 12 of the 17 countries facing “extremely high” stress, experts have pinpointed water scarcity as a force that can exacerbate conflict and migration. Many companies use Aqueduct to plot priority locations, like facilities, suppliers, new markets, or proposed power plants, and evaluate their exposure to water risk.last_img read more

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs More Black Nintendo CharactersView as: One Page Slides1/91. Elite Beat Agents is one of Nintendo’s coolest games, and Agent Derek is one of its coolest characters.2. The Punch-Out!! series may rely on racial stereotyping to an uncomfortable degree, but no one can deny the old-fashioned appeal of your coach Doc Louis.3. The craggy natural hair style on rock-type Pokemon X/Y gym trainer Grant is perfection.4. It’s hard to top Captain Falcon in terms of sheer ridiculousness, but F-Zero racer/singer Kate Alen comes close.5. This guy from Metroid Other M. Remember him?6. Bawdy barkeeper Telma adds some much-needed color to a Zelda world that uses Middle-Eastern shorthand to mark villains.7. Twintelle is the Queen of Arms. That’s a fact.8. New Splatoon idol Marina is so popular she’s actually unbalancing the Splatfest tournaments as players flock to her opinions.9. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime is arguably the most powerful Black person in video games. Today is Reggie Fils-Aime’s last day at Nintendo, so there’s no better time to take one last look back at the man, the myth, the Reg-legend.The video game industry still has a lot of issues when it comes to making the public actually aware of who it is that makes the products we all enjoy. The visible faces tend to be the executives, not the workers (who really should organize to help fix this). But sometimes video game executives are such entertaining characters in their own right you don’t mind that they are the face of the whole company. Nintendo is especially great at this with charming industry legends like Shigeru Miyamoto and the late Satoru Iwata.Reggie Fils-Aime is also one of those people. After first shocking the Nintendo audience at E3 2004, cursing up a storm on stage, he rose to the rank of president at Nintendo of America in 2006. Not only was he the first American to hold this position but he achieved the even rarer feat of being a Black man at least partially in charge of a Japanese gaming company, arguably the most powerful visible Black person in video games.So join us in (metaphorically) pouring one out for Reggie Fils-Aime, set to retire as President of Nintendo of America this April.Nintendo fans, Reggie has a message for all of you. Please take a look.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 21, 2019“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said in statement. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community.”Reggie’s tenure at Nintendo covered the ups and downs and ups again of the Wii to Wii U to Nintendo Switch eras. But honestly most gaming fans appreciate him for the sheer amount of memes this man, this hulking former Pizza Hut executive, turned into while hawking Mario games. And if you’re concerned we won’t be getting that comedy going forward don’t worry. Reggie’s successor, the next president of Nintendo of America, is literally named Doug Bowser.15 years is a good run and we’re firmly in a new era of Nintendo now thanks to the ongoing success of the Switch. Remember that the current president of the whole company, Shuntaro Furukawa, has only been in his position for less than a year. We haven’t even seen him in a direct yet.Reggie Fils-Aime and his awesome energy and ready body may be leaving but Nintendo is still here. Read about how the Switch might become a VR headset. And here are some cool Switch games to play right now.And if you don’t believe us about Reggie cursing on stage, just take a look…center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Bengal comes up with battery energy storage system to check overloading

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL) has roped in the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for a pilot project in Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in some areas of Barasat, Bidhannagar and Behala to check overloading during peak hours in summer and thereby preventing the transformer from becoming defunct.”The places that have been identified hardly have any space to undertake replacement of distribution transformers. Moreover, the cost for replacing a transformer if it goes defunct is also very huge. The BESS system will prevent overloading during peak hours in summer particularly in the evening. TERI has already started their feasibility study and will submit their findings in six to eight months. If feasible, we will implement it,”a senior official of WBSEDCL said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseGanthi Paulpara in Barasat, Hatiara Uttarmath in Bidhannagar and Srijani Ranjit Park area in Behala are the areas where it has been found that some transformers associated with electricity supply to residential consumers face huge overload during the summer months. There is significant voltage drop and the residents had submitted mass petition to the WBSEDCL pointing out their difficulty and urging the state distribution company to come up with some solution. However, there is no space for putting up distribution transformers to tackle the problem in these areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official of TERI said that such BESS pilot project in Bengal is the first of its kind in the country. “We are searching for strategic locations where we can put up this system,” the official said. WBSEDCL has also identified certain areas in Burdwan rural Garia and Barasat where there is requirement of such infrastructure to meet agriculture as well as domestic consumer requirement. Transformers in Nischintapur and Khandakosh in Burdwan , Bidhanpally and Kalibazar in Garia, Sadanpur and Jeerat in Barasat suffers due to huge load from the month of December to February – March when farmers take up Boro cultivation. TERI has already studied some distribution transformers in Bidhannagar and Barasat that supply electricity for domestic consumers and face enormous overloading during summer. “We will soon take up study in those areas with a mix of agriculture and domestic consumers,” the TERI official said. TERI may also integrate the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme launched in February for promotion of solar farming with the BESS project for those areas with a mix of agriculture and domestic consumers.last_img read more

Cancun could see a new metro bus system for the hotel zone

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — While a cable car system for the Cancun Hotel Zone has been ruled out, the possibility of a metro bus has not.Although there was mention of a cable car system by state governor Carlos Joaquín González in his government report, the Secretariat of Tourism for the state says that details for that project were being handled by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.Tourism secretary Marisol Vanegas said that a cable car system would not be for tourist use, but used as transport for commuting workers into the hotel zone, however Lauro Trejo, president of the College of Architects of Cancún, said that such a project is not viable as a form of transport for the masses of people who travel there every day.He says the cable car systems that exist around the country are for tourists purposes, offering panoramic views and that projects such as Nichupté and Bojorquez for Cancun, which were announced during the last government report, are a much better option.“Creating a cable car for transportation is not a feasible idea,” he says.Francisco Palma LealIn the future, however, the hotel zone could see the introduction of a metro bus, which would be included in the new mobility plan.Francisco Palma Leal, president of the Board of Directors of Autocar Cancún, revealed that there is talk of an investment of 250 million peso which would represent an efficient public transport service in Cancún and involve all companies in the industry.In October of 2016, bus line ADO began operating Turibus out of the Cancun Hotel Zone, a double-decker bus that offers visitors a tour of the city. There is no word if the proposed metro bus would be used only for workers or would include all public passengers.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MBA Nominates EJ Burke as 2012 ViceChair

first_imgMBA Nominates E.J. Burke as 2012 Vice-Chair June 14, 2011 486 Views in Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing On Monday the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””: (MBA) released a statement announcing the nomination of E.J. Burke, a senior executive and director at “”KeyBank Real Estate Capital and Corporate Banking Services””:, as its vice-chair.[IMAGE]””With more than three decades of experience in the mortgage banking business, E.J. is one of our industry’s most thoughtful leaders,”” Michael D. Berman, MBA’s chairman, said. “”His energy and experience will be of tremendous value to MBA and the industry as we rebuild the single family, multifamily, and commercial real estate markets.””[COLUMN_BREAK]Burke arrives at his new position with several years of relevant business experience. At KeyBank, he also served as head of real estate capital markets, presiding over its commercial mortgage division as managing director. He also co-founded National Realty Funding in 1997, headed up the commercial funding division for Midland Loan Services, LP, and served as SVP at the Merchants Bank. He holds degrees from Harvard Business School, Oklahoma City University, and Boston College.””It is an honor to be nominated to this prestigious position,”” Burke said. “”I look forward to working with MBA members and staff to continue our work navigating today’s challenges and moving the industry into a position of growth and strength.””No outsider to the MBA, Burke previously served the association as chair of its Investors Council, Risk-Retention Task Force, and Commercial Real Estate and Multifamily Finance Board of Governors. He will receive election to his new position by attendees who vote at the association’s annual convention in October.MBA is a national association that represents the real estate finance industry.center_img Share KeyBank Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2011-06-14 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more