ST. ANDREWS, N.B. – Canada’s First Ministers should stand united in the face of a mounting trade war with the United States, New Brunswick’s premier said ahead of this week’s meeting of provincial premiers.Despite rising tensions over carbon pricing, equalization and trade, Brian Gallant believes the primary focus should be to find ways to work together to grow the Canadian economy.“With some of the uncertainty that we see with our largest trading partner the U.S., it’s going to be important that we as premiers do everything we can to advance the trade agenda, which is so important to the economic prosperity of our country,” Gallant said in an interview Tuesday.The Council of the Federation — the alliance of Canadian premiers that sets the agenda for the provinces in Ottawa — will meet Thursday and Friday in the seaside town of St. Andrews.The provincial leaders are expected to tackle a range of topics, including the U.S. trade dispute, interprovincial alcohol sales and the skirmish between Alberta and British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.Gallant said a multifaceted discussion is needed on how to bolster Canada’s trade case with the U.S., including finding ways to reach out to decision makers south of the border and to Americans as a whole.Gallant said the discussion should also explore ways provinces can help diversify export markets, while also improving interprovincial trade.“We as premiers should discuss in my opinion how we can expedite the implementation of the Canadian free trade agreement. This is a way to help in an uncertain time with our largest trading partner and it’s also a way to drive innovation and increase choices for consumers.”Gallant said he believes progress on internal trade can be made, given the external trade pressures posed by U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium.“I believe the appetite will be there,” he said. “Now the proof is always in the pudding . . . but I sense from my colleagues that there’s a willingness to take concrete action.”During a stop in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said both he and Canadians find it frustrating to see continued barriers to internal trade at a time when the federal government is trying to expand Canada’s international trade through deals with Europe and Asia-Pacific countries.“We as a government will continue to put pressure on premiers to move forward in real and tangible ways on internal trade,” said Trudeau. “There is a tremendous amount of good will by many premiers to do that.”In a letter to provincial counterparts last week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the provinces should remove limits on the interprovincial transportation of alcohol for personal use.He said the idea has broad public support and would show progress in the effort to reduce interprovincial barriers on other items.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil agreed, saying the provinces need to do a better job of reducing trade barriers.“We’ll be talking about free trade, not only with the United States but internally,” he told reporters last week, noting the premiers will discuss how to continue “modernizing trading arrangements” within Canada.McNeil said he also expects a discussion on equalization, the transfer payments from Ottawa to the provinces.He cautioned that the program cannot be examined in isolation, and that any request to review the equalization formula should be “holistic” and include other federal funding programs.Nova Scotia suffered when the country’s health-care funding model became divided among the provinces on a purely per capita basis. McNeil said the formula punished provinces with older populations like Nova Scotia, while benefiting younger provinces like Alberta.Meanwhile, although it’s not on the formal agenda, provincial leaders are expected to discuss the federal deadline for a carbon-pricing system — a policy intended to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.The Ontario government has said it would end the province’s cap-and-trade program, joining a faction of provinces opposed to a carbon-pricing regime.The upcoming meeting will mark the first time newly elected Ontario Premier Doug Ford will get to advance his case against the plan on the national stage.“The premier is keen to discuss how every Canadian province and territory can stand together to create and protect jobs during the current trade dispute with the U.S.,” said a statement from Ford’s office.“The premier is also looking forward to identifying ways provinces and territories can work together to oppose the federal government’s plan to impose a punishing carbon tax on Canadian families, and to having discussions with provincial counterparts to ensure the federal government pays their share when it comes to illegal border crossers.”Daniel Schwanen, vice-president of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, said he expects climate change and pharmacare to be hot topics, but believes it will be international trade that dominates.“One that they have to come out unified on — it’s no question that it’s the international trade issues,” said Schwanen. “I also suspect that they won’t come out unified on much else, but that doesn’t mean that these meetings can’t be an opportunity for a greater understanding.”The premiers are also scheduled to meet with national Indigenous leaders on Wednesday in Bouctouche, N.B.– By Keith Doucette and Brett Bundale in Halifax
The Canadian Press CALGARY — The chairman of a B.C. indigenous group seeking to buy a stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline says Ottawa should favour communities along the route when deciding who can make an ownership bid.Chief Michael LeBourdais of Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band near Kamloops, B.C., says for that reason he supports the efforts of the Iron Coalition over rival Project Reconciliation.Iron Coalition announced Wednesday it is inviting First Nations and Metis groups from across Alberta to join its bid team, promising all resulting profits will be split equally among members.Project Reconciliation, on the other hand, is asking for support from Indigenous communities throughout B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, and plans to place 80 per cent of the cash flow from the pipeline stake into a “sovereign wealth fund” to invest in environmentally friendly projects.LeBourdais says it makes more sense for his organization, the Western Indigenous Pipeline Group, and Iron Coalition to be owners of the pipeline because Trans Mountain brings oil and refined products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. — it doesn’t pass through Saskatchewan.Ottawa is to make a final decision on whether the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline can proceed by June 18, with a positive decision expected to accelerate attention to its vow to sell the asset it bought for $4.5 billion last summer.“Here’s the difference between us and Project Reconciliation,” LeBourdais said.“We’re the ones bearing all the risk because the pipe goes through my reserve, goes through my traditional territory. These are my rivers, my salmon. We’re bearing all the risk. So we should have more say.”He said communities in B.C. and Alberta are the “title and rights holders” when it comes to the pipeline.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The end of the federal shutdown means boats will be back out on the Bering Sea to fish for king crab. Loggers are being allowed back into national forests in Oregon. And barriers keeping nature lovers out of national parks across the country have been removed.Crews on about 80 boats have been sitting out the multimillion-dollar harvest of red king crab because federal managers who assign fishing quotas were among workers furloughed during the government’s partial shutdown. They’re relieved that they’ll soon be able to start their harvest, bringing back an industry that was one of many private sectors of the economy stalled around the country by the bickering in Washington.“I’m glad the madness has ended,” said Capt. Keith Colburn, a regular on Discovery Channel’s popular reality show “Deadliest Catch.”Life started to return to normal as the federal government sprang back to life after the 16-day partial shutdown that came to a close after the House and Senate voted late Wednesday to end it. Even the popular panda cam at the National Zoo was back online, though the zoo itself won’t reopen until Friday. Federal workers who were furloughed or worked without pay during the shutdown will get back pay in their next paychecks, which for most employees come Oct. 29.National parks removed barriers and welcomed visitors who had previously been turned away. The Twitter feed of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state posted a picture of the 14,411-foot mountain backed by blue skies, with the message “What a beautiful morning to welcome us back to Mount Rainier! Park gates are now open.”National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said all 401 national park units — including landmarks such the Liberty Bell and Yellowstone — reopened Thursday.Visitors from around the world flocked to Yosemite National Park to see such famous sites as El Capitan and Half Dome after weeks of closure brought local economies to a near standstill.More than 20,000 National Park Service employees had been among the 800,000 federal workers sent home at the peak of the shutdown.Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn said that returning employees faced a backlog of work, particularly emails from people applying for permits, and other requests.“All of those still required response now that we’re back to work,” said Soehn, adding that she realizes there could be another shutdown in the next few months.“That is not a prospect that anyone is looking forward to,” she said.At the World War II Memorial, which became a flash point of anger and blame over the government shutdown, the memorial honouring more than 400,000 who died was calm and peaceful again. The memorial’s fountains were turned back on, and there were no signs of the barricades that had limited access to the site during the shutdown.The U.S. Forest Service started lifting a logging ban on national forests. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services restarted the computerized system used to verify the legal status of workers. Boat trips resumed to Alcatraz, the former federal prison in San Francisco Bay, with 1,600 tickets snapped up by tourists in the first hour of business.Among the many sites reopening in Washington were the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, which lost about $2.8 million in revenue during the shutdown, according to Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas.The Department of Housing and Urban Development is tackling backlogs in several of its programs as furloughed workers return.HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan welcomed back workers in a video message posted on the agency’s website.“You are better than what we saw in Washington over the past few weeks,” he told them. “And I want you to know that your work here at HUD is valued. It’s important. It’s necessary.”The Defence Department called back about 7,000 furloughed civilians. In an open letter to the workforce, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said the department still faces budget uncertainty as Congress struggles to pass a 2014 spending bill and deal with automatic budget cuts. Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said the department lost at least $600 million worth of productivity during the four days that civilians were furloughed.In Cincinnati, Renee Yankey, a government alcohol and tobacco tax specialist, was sleep-deprived after staying up late to watch news of the shutdown-ending deal, but otherwise glad to be back at work with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.“I can tell that the alcohol industry missed us,” Yankey said. “The first thing I hear is ‘I’m so glad I got a person on the phone!’”Patrice Roberts, who works for Homeland Security, said she wasn’t prepared for the emotional lows of the past 16 days.“It’s just frustrating having that kind of control over your life and just having it taken away from me,” said Roberts, who is expecting another shutdown in January. “I’ll be better prepared next time.”____La Corte reported from Olympia, Wash. Associated Press writers Rachel D’Oro in Anchorage, Alaska; Matthew Barakat in Reston, Va.; Ben Nuckols in Springfield, Va.; Dan Sewell in Cincinnati; Michael Rubinkam in Pottsville, Pa.; Jeannie Nuss in North Little Rock, Ark.; Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia; Lucas L. Johnson II in Nashville, Tenn.; and Jessica Gresko, Brett Zongker, Andrew Miga and Sam Hananel in Washington contributed to this report. As government springs back to life, so do private industries that rely on feds to do business by Rachel La Corte, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2013 2:48 pm MDT
Nielsen’s top programs for Feb. 15-21 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 15-21. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. Grammy Awards, CBS, 24.96 million viewers.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.34 million.3. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.24 million.4. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 13.48 million.5. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 13.42 million.6. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 10.74 million.7. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 10.73 million.8. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.67 million.9. “Life in Pieces,” CBS, 9.34 million.10. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 8.86 million.11. “Mom,” CBS, 8.69 million.12. “Survivor,” CBS, 8.3 million.13. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 8.23 million.14. “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 8.19 million.15. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 7.91 million.16. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7.82 million.17. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 7.73 million.18. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.53 million.19. “Modern Family,” ABC, 7.48 million.20. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 7.45 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal; AMC is owned by AMC Networks, Inc. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 2:10 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The OSU women’s volleyball team celebrates after a win against Michigan State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Luke Swartz | For The LanternFrom the first serve of the match on Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was in control. The Buckeyes handed the Michigan State Spartans a loss after a show-stopping performance at St. John Arena. No. 19 OSU outplayed the No. 11 Spartans in every category. The team’s dominance led to the Buckeyes dealing Michigan State a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-19, 25-19). Just two weeks ago, it was the Buckeyes who were scratching their heads after the Spartans swept them in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State was on a two-match winning streak prior to Saturday, which included a impressive upset over No. 3 Minnesota. The win boosts OSU to 14-8 on the season. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team was playing with the fire to show everyone what Ohio State volleyball stands for. “They beat us pretty handily at their place, so (I told them) this is really about ‘defending the jersey,” he said. OSU was able to rally back from a handful of small deficits in the first set and went on a five-point run to take the late advantage, 22-19. A monstrous kill from senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on set point sent the Buckeyes to a 1-0 lead. A Michigan State 3-0 lead to start out the second set would be squandered quickly by an OSU 4-0 run. The Buckeyes would fall behind again, but were brought back to life by aggressive attacking from junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and company. OSU delivered nine unanswered points to close out the second set, 25-19. With two sets to their advantage, the Buckeyes maintained steady control in the third, holding onto the lead the entire set. A solo block on match point by sophomore setter Taylor Hughes put the lid on the team’s stunning performance.Schirmer led the Buckeyes with 13 kills, followed by Sandbothe with 12. Both junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz and Hughes had attacking percentages over .500. Hughes also chipped in 37 assists. With such a stark contrast in results from the first matchup two weeks ago, Carlston said one of the major differences in his team Saturday was determination to avenge its last loss to the Spartans. “It’s kind of nice to play only a couple weeks later so you can really lock in on, ‘Hey, this was only two weeks ago, you kind of got it (a loss) handed to you,’” he said. “’What are you going to do about it?’”Senior libero Valeria León added that OSU had a steady handle on every aspect of play, which allowed the team to keep its composure. “We had more control of the tempo of the game,” she said. “We wanted to out-dig them and out-block them … trusting in the game plan and trusting in each other, I think that’s what helped us get that ‘W’.”Not only was León a major contributor to the Buckeyes’ victory against the Spartans (14 digs), she also solidified her own place in OSU history. In front of nearly 2,600 fans on her home court, León reached the top spot for most career digs in the program. León said she couldn’t have imagined being in this position four years ago, but felt very honored to make her mark. “When you first sign and you come here, you don’t think about breaking records,” she said. “but it’s really cool to leave my name and leave my legacy.” León has been flirting with the record for a few weeks now. After OSU’s game at Penn State on Wednesday, she stood within one dig of the title. León said people have been joking with her saying she purposely played it out so she could reach the achievement at St. John Arena. “People would think that I planned on doing that, but I didn’t,” she laughed. “It was definitely special breaking that record at St. John, because I’ve been playing in front of those fans since freshman year.”Carlston said León’s four-year journey has been incredible for him to watch and to take part in as her coach.“It’s why you coach in a lot of ways,” he said. “To see her grow from her freshman year to this year and to get that record, that’s a big deal.” With a little less than half of the season left, León has the potential to blow the top off of the career digs record and create a new goal for future players to strive for. The Buckeyes will be back in action on Wednesday when they take on the Maryland Terrapins at 6 p.m. in College Park, Maryland.
(BBC) A five-year-old Oklahoma girl has made history by becoming the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.(AP photo)Edith Fuller correctly spelled “jnana” to beat more than 50 contestants in the Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Tulsa.She also cracked the words Panglossian, Baedeker, nisei and Croesus.The young spelling master will head to Washington in May to compete with other children across the country.The National Spelling Bee is open to contestants who have not finished the eighth grade. There is no minimum age to compete.“I feel thankful,” she said after winning the regional competition.Edith, who is home-schooled, faced off against competitors from primary and middle schools throughout northeast Oklahoma.“It’s fun to share her with everyone,” said Annie Fuller, her mother.“I knew she’d be a novelty, so I’m proud she held her own.”Annie Fuller told the Tulsa World the family realised their daughter’s potential last summer while quizzing her spelling skills.Edith correctly spelled “restaurant” without having been taught the word.Can you spell better than a five-year-old? Here are the words Edith aced on her way to glory:Jnana is a Sanskrit word for “knowledge” in Indian philosophy and religion.Panglossian is characterised by excessive optimism, regardless of circumstances.Baedeker is a guidebook, originating from the series of travel guidebooks by German publisher Kark Baederker.Nisei is an American or Canadian whose parents were immigrants from Japan.Croesus is a very wealthy person. Croesus was the last king of Lydia (c560 – 546 BC) famed for his wealth.Sarsaparilla is a tropical American climbing plant, or a sweet drink flavoured with the root of this plant.She began practising with her mother and when she would misspell a word, she would look it up and learn about the word and its origins.“We knew there was something special there,” Annie Fuller said.“Learning the words was so educational,” added Edith’s mother. “She was able to learn about different countries and cultures and different kinds of food.”Akash Vukoti, six, was last year’s youngest contestant at the National Spelling Bee.He was eliminated after misspelling the word “bacteriolytic” in the early rounds of the contest.Akash made national headlines and was interviewed on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and NBC’s Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots.He lost at his regional bee in Texas last week and will not head to Washington this year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anastasia Kontaxopoulos could be set to win The Pride Of Australia 2010 medal for care and compassion, after making it to this year’s finalists’ rounds. As a parent and member of the community I didn’t think I could leave this child on his own.The Pride of Australia medals, awarded by the Herald Sun newspaper, acknowledge Victoria’s unsung heroes. Ms Kontaxopoulos, a social worker at the Alfred hospital, is nominated for her humanitarian efforts in helping Black Saturday burns victims. While attending to other children Ms Kontaxopoulos also cared for a badly burned six year old boy who was orphaned by the fires, the Herald Sun reported. The boy eventually died as a result of extensive burns and serious internal injuries and Ms Kontaxopoulos organised a funeral for him at the hospital. “As a parent and member of the community I didn’t think I could leave this child on his own,” Ms Kontaxopoulos said. “It was a very personal thing for me and I can’t say how much it affected me”.
The short answer to this is yes. In the Family and Childcare Trust’s research Improving our understanding of informal childcare in the UK, published in July 2012, we called for grandparents to be given the right to share maternity leave and we are delighted the government has listened and announced that this will become a reality for 14 million grandparents in the UK.Our research showed that nearly half of parents in Britain used informal childcare arrangements, with grandparents the most likely to provide this childcare. And for over a third of parents who use childcare, grandparents are their main form of childcare.Parents use grandparents to care for their children for many different reasons; to care for very young children; make childcare more affordable; to cover after-school and holiday childcare; in an emergency or when a child is ill; and to cover childcare outside of normal office hours.Grandparents make a huge contribution. Research by the Family and Childcare Trust with Grandparents Plus and Save the Children, published in July 2014, found that 1.9 million grandparents have given up a job, reduced their hours or taken time off work to look after their grandchildren. Around 2.2 million grandparents look after their grandchildren to allow the child’s parents to get to work and one million do so because the parents cannot afford childcare.This announcement was very welcome but it is important that we do not think this is a like-for-like replacement for good-quality formal childcare in a nursery, by a childminder or after-school clubs. At the moment, only 43% of local authorities say they have enough childcare for working parents. Grandparents should not be relied on to fill the gaps in provision. More women in their 50s and 60s are employed than ever before and the state pension age has gone up to 65, so many grandparents will simply not be able or willing to give up work to care for grandchildren full time.We need a flexible, affordable, high-quality childcare system that meets the needs of working parents, enables parents to balance work and caring responsibilities, and that does not force women out of the labour market when they have children or grandchildren.Ellen Broome is director of external affairs at the Family and Childcare Trust
Athabascan Fiddlers Association General Manager Ann Fears in the KRFF studio on College Road in Fairbanks.)Photo by Tim Ellis/KUAC)A new Fairbanks radio station is broadcasting programs aimed at the Native community in the Interior. Another group hopes to launch its station early next year to provide radio programming for other groups that they say are not being served. The ventures are part of a nationwide trend of community-based radio.KRFF reminds its listeners at the top of every hour that Native people in the Interior have a new voice. The station ID includes an Athabascan greeting: “Do’int’a! You’re listening to 89.1 KRFF Fairbanks.”The station was launched last November by the Athabascan Fiddlers Association. Ann Fears is the association’s general manager. And she’s the driving force behind KRFF. Fears says the station provides information and entertainment about native people. But she says KRFF hopes to offer something of interest to everyone.“It’s a culturally focused radio station, but it should be for the purpose of serving the whole Interior – all the people, all the listeners,” Fears said.KRFF’s signal reaches as far as Nenana, to the west, and Delta Junction, to the east. It’ll go worldwide when the station sets up web streaming, which Fears says should happen soon.KRFF mostly airs Native Voice 1 programming from Anchorage-based Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. And Fears says KRFF is developing more local programming like the morning show that debuted in February. Including, they hope, a regular call-in feature with news and information about rural Alaskans.“They have a lot of stories to tell,” she said. “They would be telling their story, and we would all be learning from the Alaska Native people, and people of the Interior.”Fears says KRFF also hopes to expand its entertainment offerings, like its live-music broadcasts by local performers – including, of course, Athabascan Fiddlers.The Fiddlers Association supports KRFF largely through gaming revenues. The station got its Federal Communications Commission license from another local group that wasn’t able to secure a source of funding – Fairbanks Open Radio.Flyn Ludigton is a member of the group. She says Fairbanks Open Radio members were disappointed that their initial venture fell short. But she says the outcome benefited the group’s mission of expanding local radio programming. And she says her organization and the Fiddlers Association share many of the same goals.“Our missions definitely overlapped,” Ludington said. “Our ideas for programming overlapped.”Fairbanks Open Radio has now regrouped, and in January it secured a new FCC license to operate a low power FM station, KWRK. The station’s signal will reach a 4-mile radius that’ll cover most of Fairbanks – and beyond, when its signal goes online.Ludington says KWRK’s model is based on a growing national movement that’s arisen in recent years in response to the trend of multimedia corporations buying up radio stations and using mostly syndicated programming, which is cheaper than local programming.“We’ll be able to produce some experimental, very locally based, locally produced programming,” she said. “Including the under-represented population, the people who may not be able to participate in radio.”Ludington says that includes military and family members, youths, gays, and prison inmates and ex-cons. She anticipates KWRK going on air early next year.
A forecast weather shift is expected to cool interior temperatures this weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Christopher Cox said high pressure system that’s resulting in warmer than normal conditions is forecast to be pushed out later in the week.Listen now”Friday and into Saturday, we’re expecting a strong cold front to sweep down from the high Arctic, and move over the North Slope and over the Brooks Range, and move into the Interior,” Cox said. “It’ll be cooling from the 70’s and 80’s of recent days, into the 40’s and 50’s in the northern Interior, and into the upper 50’s in the Fairbanks area by Sunday morning.”Cox said the system could also bring snow to some higher elevation areas.”Possibility of some snow in the Brooks Range as this front moves through,” Cox said. “We are not anticipating snow at elevations here locally. There could possibly be some at Eielson Visitor’s Center, at the higher elevation along the road in Denali.”It got up to 81 degrees at Fairbanks International Airport on Monday, the second day in a row with an 80 plus reading. It hit 83 Sunday. Highs of 77 and 78 are forecast for Fairbanks Tuesday and Wednesday.
London : Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the sixth wife of Dubai’s billionaire ruler, has reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 31 million pounds and their two children following the break-up of their marriage. According to media reports, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE — is believed to be in hiding in London. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The princess, the half-sister of King Abdullah of Jordan, is said to be seeking a divorce after initially fleeing to Germany with her children Jalila, 11, and Zayed, seven where she requested political asylum. She is understood to have taken 31 million pounds with her to start a new life, reports say. Oxford educated Princess Haya has not been seen in public since May 20 and her social media accounts, which are usually full of photos of her charitable work, have not been active since February. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Unconfirmed reports in Arab media say that a German diplomat helped the princess “escape” from Dubai, leading to a potential diplomatic crisis between the two countries. It is claimed that German authorities refused a request from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum, one of the world’s richest men, to return his wife to Dubai. Two sources close to the Dubai royal family were cited as saying by media reports that Princess Haya has indeed left the country and is seeking a divorce. Advertise With Us It comes after one of the Sheikh’s daughter’s Princess Latifa attempted to flee from her father and Dubai. She was captured on a boat off the Indian coast and has since disappeared, but is believed to have been returned to the UAE. Princess Latifa said abuse forced her to flee the kingdom – and human rights groups claim she is being held in captivity in Dubai. Radha Stirling, Chief Executive of watchdog Detained in Dubai, said: “Whenever someone applies for political asylum, obviously, it is because their lives are in danger, and because they have suffered severe abuses and violations of their human rights. “We already know that Princess Latifa, Sheikh Mohammed’s daughter, fled the UAE seeking asylum and alleging unspeakable abuse at the hands of her father. “Now, it seems, Princess Haya, Sheikh Mohammed’s wife, has also fled the country and sought refuge in Germany.” She said there are now “serious questions” about what prompted Princess Haya to flee.
Karimnagar: Dr Laxman Kumar of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here on Wednesday demanded the government to suspend National Medical Commission (NMC) which was introduced in the place of MCI by the Central government. Speaking to the media persons in press meet held here at IMA hall, Dr Laxman Kumar said that the Medical Council of India (MCI) is formed in the year 1956 as per the Constitution of India with an aim of protecting the medical services and to supervise the medical education. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us But, the central government by suspending MCI, it introduced NMC which is against as per law. It is nothing but, the central government is using its political power to show its supremacy over health sector. It is same like suspending the voting right of a normal citizen. The reason why IMA is opposing the NMC is, with introduction of NMC, the medical services will become costly for normal people and will hinder the medical sector present in the nation. The private and corporate hospital along with medical colleges will gain more with NMC. Ineligible persons will get chance to do medical services. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us The corruption will increase in medical sector along with decreasing of education standards in medicines. Appointing of persons who are in any way not related to medical field will not improve the medical standards. That is why, the IMA is opposing the NMC which is introduced in the place of MCI, he added and demanded the government to suspend NMC.
People have been complaining about Main Road for a while now, as the potholes grow in size and cause danger to motorists who use the road.The potholes are quite large and motorists have to swerve in order to avoid potential damage to their cars.A business owner commented on the matter by saying, “This is affecting us business owners negatively, as customers don’t want to have to drive on the neglected road to get to the businesses.”Read also: Council say they’re aware of potholes WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Sewer water stinks up furrows in Ladysmith“The entire Main Road is terrible,” commented a disgruntled motorist.Alfred Duma Local Municipality has not commented on the matter.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
By Annette Chrysostomou ‘Profile’, a film directed by genre specialist Timur Bekmambetov currently playing at the Berlin Film Festival has partly been filmed and co-produced in Cyprus.The thriller, in which a reckless British journalist goes undercover as a radicalised Muslim convert, was mainly filmed in the UK but for three days the action was centred in Cyprus.“We had three-month preproduction meetings through Skype,” production supervisor Monica Nicolaidou of the Cyprus unit said. “During the shooting there was crew of 40 in Cyprus, and the filming took place in Nicosia, Ayios Sozomenos and Shia.”Supervisors Nicolaidou and George Pantzis took care of the equipment, location, props and catering for the three-day shooting.The premiere of the film at the prestigious Berlin festival was on February 17.Director and producer Bekmambetov, known for films such as Russian horror fantasy Night Watch and the lavish 2016 remake of Ben Hur, has in recent years experimented with films which unfold on digital interfaces, and ‘Profile’ is sustaining a narrative using only FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, video downloads and various other web pages and social media platforms.The film is based on French journalist Anna Erelle’s memoir, In the Skin of the Jihadist. The director makes her into an English journalist who, like women in real life in recent years, falls for recruitment by Isis, something that often starts on social media before the women actually leave Europe.Struggling to make a living, London freelance Amy Whittaker, played by Valene Kane, convinces Vick (Christine Adams), an editor at a TV station, to let her work on a story about a vulnerable woman who is being lured to join Isis in Syria.For this, she chooses a new name, Melody Nelson, creates a Facebook profile and pretends to be recently converted to Islam.According to a hollywoodreporter.com review she is then connected with Bilel, a Kalashnikov-wielding Londoner from a Pakistani family, who burned his British passport upon arrival in Syria and never looked back. Eventually she falls in love with him, leaving the safety of the online relationship and going as far as Amsterdam to meet with him.This is one of very few international films which have been even partially produced in Cyprus. Local involvement in such films has been thin on the ground due to a lack of incentives, something a new law is expected to change.The cabinet last September approved a scheme to attract overseas productions. Production companies that opt to film in Cyprus will be able to choose between cash rebate – partial refund of the amount invested on the film – or tax credit, and can also benefit from tax discounts on investments made on equipment and infrastructure, and VAT returns on expenditure in scope.The cash rebate may reach up to 35 per cent of expenditure made in Cyprus and is capped at €650,000 for each production. The scheme includes the production of films, TV series, documentaries and cartoons.By 2020, the audio-visual industry is expected to have a global turnover of more than €50bn, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades announced at the time. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Rep. Iden applauds $5 million for job programsKalamazoo Valley Community College was one of 18 community colleges in Michigan to receive a grant for added equipment and training for technical education, State Rep. Brandt Iden announced.The grants come as the Michigan Legislature and governor are placing a renewed focus on filling jobs in the skilled trades. Rep. Iden said he believes investing more in these programs will benefit both the local and state economies.“I recently had a chance to see the great work being done in the technical education programs at KVCC, and I’m convinced that expanding these programs will keep Michigan headed in the right direction,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Our economy is recovering, and filling open jobs in these fields will keep Michigan and Kalamazoo County moving forward.”The $4,753,682.13 grant was awarded as part of the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. KVCC will use the money to assist with the 3D Printing/Machine Tool, Welding, CNC, Information Technology, CAD/CAM and Water Treatment/Chemical Processing programs.Rep. Iden said he hopes to see more people take advantage of technical education opportunities in the state.“We’re headed in the right direction and we can’t let up now. Giving these programs additional tools will help them provide training for more people and keep our state on the path to a brighter future,” Rep. Iden said.### 26Feb KVCC boosting skilled trades training Categories: Iden News
Categories: Webber News 20Aug Aug. office hours announced by Rep. Michael Webber State Rep. Michael Webber has announced office hours to be held this August.Office hours will be on Friday, Aug. 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.“Office hours are one of the best tools I can use to accurately represent our district in Lansing,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “There are many pressing issues facing us in the Legislature, and I look forward to hearing thoughts from all of those in our community.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Webber’s office by phone at 517-373-1773, or by email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.###
Categories: Diana Farrington News,News 21Jun House approves Rep. Farrington bill to ensure processing of medical sexual assault exams The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation authored by state Rep. Diana Farrington to help assault victims by increasing the funding available for medical forensic examinations.“Sexual assault is a horrendous crime that has become a widespread issue in our communities,” said Farrington of Utica. “These victims should never be forced to foot the bill for their examinations, and the state must ensure that all examination kits are processed. A lack of funding should not be the reason a kit remains untested. There is compelling evidence that we need to do more to ensure these services are provided. I believe this will strengthen a fantastic program we have in Michigan to protect victims.”The bill also provides for a colposcopy or for high-resolution digital photography to document injury or evidence.Every 98 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault in the United States. Sexual assault affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and 3 percent of men are victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.House Bill 4505 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###
State Rep. Jeff Noble (left), state Rep. Michael Webber, state Rep. Julie Alexander and state Senator Phil Pavlov with an autonomous vehicleState Rep. Jeff Noble this week toured Mcity in Ann Arbor with the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Transportation Committee to discuss the future of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roads.Huei Peng and Carrie Morton of Mcity discussed research and outlined the vision of how autonomous vehicles will revolutionize transportation during Tuesday’s presentation.Laurel Champion, COO of the American Center for Mobility, discussed the focus on testing and connectivity of autonomous vehicles.“One of the key industries that have benefited the most from technological advances is the field of transportation,” said Rep. Noble, of Plymouth. “I look forward to seeing the new developments and research in the near future.”Mcity has created a public-private partnership to work on connected and automated mobility systems. There are more than 65 industry partners with $16 million invested in research and over 100 students involved in Mcity activities on the University of Michigan campus.The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future transportation development. The facility is located at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township in southeast Michigan.An automated vehicle uses a variety of sensors to collect data about the surrounding environment. Maps and GPS help guide the vehicle. Onboard computers analyze the data collected by the sensors, as well as the mapping data, to determine the best course.### Categories: Noble News 24Aug Rep. Noble: Self-driving cars will arrive sooner than you think
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 11, 2014; New York TimesA settlement of nearly $600,000 has been made by the City of New York to resolve a lawsuit filed by Occupy Wall Street protestors arrested as they walked down a sidewalk in the East Village on New Year’s Day in 2012.After clearing Zuccotti Park, police accompanied around 200 protesters as they were marched to the East Village, eventually stopping and surrounding them, then ordering them to disperse. When they did not, due to being blocked by police, they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a charge later dropped by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. This video on Ustream shows the incident.Fourteen protestors will receive payments of $5,000-$220,000 each, and the rest goes to the lawyers. The city has already committed to pay more than $300,000 to resolve two other suits, one having to do with the destruction of books and one having to do with lost computer equipment.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 27, 2014; Washington Post Sometimes, insights into the nonprofit and philanthropic world come from unlikely places. In this week’s Washington Post coverage of the quarterback turmoil—the benching of Robert Griffin III—in Washington’s NFL franchise, columnist Mike Wise raised questions about the silence of General Manager Bruce Allen.What does Bruce Allen’s silence about RGIII and his replacement, journeyman Colt McCoy, have to do with nonprofits? Wise highlighted three roles in Allen’s tenure as GM under team owner Dan Snyder, noting that in his role as “tradition czar,” Allen “spent countless hours defending Dan Snyder’s brand at keep-the-name rallies.”That was probably de rigueur for a Snyder GM, but Wise added something that we hadn’t seen before: According to Wise, Allen “has been so bold as to walk up to Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians, at a fundraiser and simply ask, ‘So what do we need to do to make this right?’”It seems clear that the NCAI didn’t accept Allen’s offer to negotiate, but the presumption is kind of stunning. Just think: Snyder, through his lieutenant Bruce Allen, approached the nation’s major civil rights organization for Native Americans and thought they could find some sort of price or accommodation that would allow Snyder’s team to retain a disparaging racial epithet as the team name. Obviously, Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation hadn’t done the trick, as most people saw the new “foundation” as a pretty ham-handed effort to use philanthropy to buy support among Native American tribes. Maybe it would have been a direct contribution to NCAI’s coffers?Perhaps Allen was inspired by Donald Sterling’s contributions to the NAACP in Los Angeles, which was apparently more than willing to laud Sterling’s support of causes in the black community and ignore his racial track record as a real estate owner and developer and as a racially biased owner of an NBA team.It is striking that an entity such as the Washington NFL team, or perhaps simply its general manager, believed that a racial group would be willing to sell its outrage over a racially disparaging team name (plus disparaging team mascots and paraphernalia) for any amount of money. On the other hand, for some corporate entities, that’s the way business is done: Use philanthropy, use charitable giving, make a deal, and buy off critics of corporate policy.To Wise, implicitly, the failure of Allen’s pitch to NCAI is just one more instance of Allen’s ineffectualness as team general manager. To us, it is different: an example of how some people think they can simply buy off adversaries no matter the issue, even when it comes to the retention of a name perceived by most Native Americans as racially insulting.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares