Nova Scotia Celebrates Tourism Week

first_imgNova Scotians are reminded of the importance of our tourism industry and are encouraged to get out and enjoy their favourite things to do in Nova Scotia during National Tourism Week from Monday, June 2 to Sunday, June 8. “We want to celebrate this industry for its continuing contribution to our economy and also for how it enriches our daily lives here at home,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “During Tourism Week, we hope Nova Scotians will think about getting out to enjoy all the great things our beautiful province has to offer this summer.” Tourism contributes $1.3 billion annually to Nova Scotia’s economy and employs over 33,000 people in all areas of the province. About 65 per cent of tourism revenue is export earnings, or money spent here by visitors from outside the province, Nova Scotians are also important supporters of the industry. Advertisements running during the week encourage Nova Scotians to take in everything from the province’s culinary delights and traditional music, to its rich history and world-renowned natural wonders. The ads also mention the charm and character of Nova Scotians who bring it all to life. “Nova Scotians are known for being friendly, genuine and hospitable — it is something we take great pride in and it’s part of our brand that we sell to the world,” said Mr. Dooks. “Tourism is everyone’s business. Every little thing — a smile, helpful directions, fabulous food or great service — shapes a visitor’s experience, so as we open our doors to over a million tourists this summer, let’s go out of our way to be welcoming.” Also, during Tourism Week, on Thursday, June 5, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management will launch a new online exhibit highlighting the history of tourism in Nova Scotia. For a list of activities taking place across the province during Tourism Week or to plan a Nova Scotia vacation, visit http://www.novascotia.com .last_img read more

31 of Migrants Arriving in Spain Were Moroccan in 2018

Rabat – Moroccans represent the largest number of migrants who crossed the western Mediterranean route to Spain in 2018, according to EFE.Guineans and Malians were also among the largest numbers of immigrants who crossed using the westerly route.Quoting recent statistics from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Spanish news outlets reported that 31 percent of those who entered Spain irregularly were from Morocco. About 20 percent of the irregular migrants were from Guinea, while 16 percent were from Mali.Read Also: Why The World Needs the Global Compact for Orderly MigrationIn December, the  Spanish Ministry of the Interior said that in the first 10 months of 2018, 10,060 irregular Moroccan migrants had arrived in Spain, up from 1,310 in the same period in 2016.The number of Moroccans who want to reach Spain may increase. A new study by Gallup estimated that Morocco would lose 19 percent of its adult population and 29 percent of its 15 to 29-year-old if migration were an option.Spain has been complaining about irregular migration, seeking help from Morocco’s border security to curb the flow of migrants.Read Also: Royal Moroccan Navy Rescues 202 Irregular Migrants in MediterraneanHowever, Morocco has also become a final destination for some migrants.Last month, the European Commission announced that the European Union would deliver €148 million to Morocco on the migration front.“The EU is intensifying its support to Morocco to address irregular migration in response to increased migratory pressure along the Western Mediterranean Route,” the commission said. read more

UN political chief arrives in Sri Lanka for talks on displaced reconciliation

16 September 2009The United Nations’ top political official arrived in Sri Lanka today to discuss resettlement, political reconciliation and accountability for alleged human rights violations in the island nation where Government forces defeated Tamil separatists in May after a decades-long conflict. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe, who is scheduled to meet with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, will tomorrow visit camps in the north, which are housing over 280,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mr. Ban and Mr. Rajapaksa agreed on the mission during a telephone conversation on Monday, after which Mr. Pascoe told reporters: “We are very concerned about the pace of progress.” Mr. Pascoe recalled Mr. Ban’s visit to the South Asian country in May, shortly after the end of the conflict.“The Secretary-General was there, and a series of commitments was made… including on the movement of people out of camps and including an eventual political process and some kind of accountability mechanism,” he said.He added that he also intended to discuss the continued detention of two UN staff members, and the decision by the Sri Lankan authorities to expel UNICEF spokesman James Elder. Mr. Pascoe said Mr. Ban and Mr. Rajapaksa had spoken “quite openly and straightforwardly about what should or should not be done” and he would “work from where we are on what are critical issues out there.” read more

UN telecom body brings emergency broadband to flooded Pakistan

“At this time, it is critical to reach aid to the survivors, especially those living in remote, difficult-to-access areas, Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The broadband satellite terminals deployed by ITU will help communications with the outside world as well as provide telemedicine capabilities,” Dr Touré added. The satellite terminals, installed by an ITU emergency communications team that worked closely with the Pakistani government, also enabled medical aid workers in the field to communicate with referral centres, the agency said. The technology will allow diagnostic support and real-time consultation with medical specialists in far-off hospitals anywhere in the world, it added. With vast tracts of fertile agricultural land inundated and nearly 20 million people affected by Pakistan’s worst floods in living memory, water-borne diseases and malnutrition remain serious concerns and authorities and aid workers struggle to provide regular medical attention to displaced populations. Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau said that the satellite terminals would be especially helpful in communicating with the far-flung mountainous areas of the upper Indus Valley, where the need for medical attention is becoming even more acute with the onset of winter. 2 November 2010One hundred new broadband satellite terminals have been installed in remote, flood-ravaged regions of Pakistan to restore vital communications and support medical treatment of local people in grave need, the United Nations agency for communications technology said today. read more

Top UN rights official says civic groups must engage society in antiracism

“We won’t make any progress unless we can find ways of working together in new and innovative ways,” High Commissioner Mary Robinson told the NGO Forum in Durban, South Africa. According to Mrs. Robinson, one of the most positive aspects of the World Conference that opens on 31 August has been the “clear evidence of an emerging alliance between governments and civil society on follow-up to this Conference.” “I have said on many occasions that the World Conference is not an end but in fact the beginning of a worldwide movement for diversity and non-discrimination,” she said. “That is why I place such emphasis on how we go forward from Durban.” The High Commissioner also encouraged the NGO representatives to continue to be “the voices of victims and the watchdog of government performance,” noting that they had a key role to play in monitoring how governments implement the commitments they will enter into in Durban. Referring to the NGO Forum’s draft declaration, Mrs. Robinson asked the participants to “help repair the loss of human dignity and self-respect that has resulted from past mistakes [and] to create a climate of reconciliation and forgiveness in order to heal humanity’s deepest wounds.” She also urged them to promote a shift in consciousness and attitude in order to build a world based on universal values and awareness of “our common identity as members of the one human family.”The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance is set to run from 31 August to 7 September in Durban. read more

Canadian household debt hits another record in fourth quarter

OTTAWA – The amount Canadians owe compared with how much they earn hit another record high last year.Statistics Canada said the amount of household credit market debt rose to 167.3 per cent of adjusted household disposable income in the fourth quarter, up from 166.8 per cent in the third quarter.That means there was $1.67 in credit market debt for every dollar of adjusted household disposable income.“After slowing to a stable year-over-year pace by late-2013, growth in this debt ratio has since accelerated again alongside torrid gains in the Vancouver and Toronto housing markets,” said Robert Kavcic, BMO Capital Markets senior economist.Fuelled by mortgages and low interest rates, household debt has been climbing steadily in recent years. Policy-makers have raised concerns about household debt and see it as a key risk to the economy.While interest rates have been low for years, making borrowing money cheap for Canadians, some have expressed concerns about what could happen when rates rise or if there is a shock to the economy that results in a large number of job losses.The increase in the key debt ratio came as income rose by 1.1 per cent, while household credit market debt gained 1.2 per cent.Total household credit market debt, which includes consumer credit, and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, totalled nearly $2.029 trillion in the final quarter of last year.Mortgage debt accounted for 65.5 per cent of the total.In the fourth quarter, households borrowed an additional $28.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, up from $18.7 billion added in the previous quarter.Mortgages accounted for $18.9 billion in the three-month period, up $1.2 billion from the third quarter, while consumer credit and non-mortgage loans totalled $9.5 billion, up $8.5 billion from the previous quarter.However, even as borrowing rose, household sector net worth at market value rose 1.0 per cent in the fourth quarter to $10.268 trillion, boosted by gains in the stock market.The value of equity and investment fund shares, particularly mutual funds, helped push financial assets up 1.2 per cent, while non-financial assets grew 0.9 per cent, due to gains in real estate.The Canadian Real Estate Association reported Wednesday home sales in February were up 5.2 per cent compared with January, boosted by Toronto and the surrounding area.The national average price for a home sold in February was $519,521, up 3.5 per cent from a year ago, boosted by Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto.“As home prices accelerate in some parts of Canada, particularly in Ontario, households have been getting a nice boost to their net wealth,” TD Bank economist Diana Petramala wrote in a note.“Debt growth has accelerated somewhat, but it is not growing at the double-digit pace that would typically be considered dangerous.”The latest reading on household debt from Statistics Canada came as consumer credit company Equifax said in its national consumer credit trends report that total consumer debt held by Canadians, including mortgages, in the fourth quarter increased six per cent compared with a year ago to $1.718 trillion.The Equifax report also noted that while 46 per cent of consumers were decreasing their debt, 37 per cent were borrowing more. Canadian household debt hits another record in fourth quarter by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Getting back to Indianapolis everything for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes

OSU is led onto the field by coach Urban Meyer prior to a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State football team is hoping to add at least one more game to its schedule.The Buckeyes (9-1, 6-0) need to win just one of their remaining two games — or have Michigan State (8-2, 5-1) lose one — in order to return to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game for the second straight season.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Monday that ever since falling in back-to-back games to end the 2013-14 season, the goal has been to return to Lucas Oil Stadium.“That was everything. That was everything we did was to get another shot at the Big Ten Championship,” he said. “Everything, and that’s at the doorstep. I imagine that’s why they were pretty juiced up yesterday for practice.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who Meyer said coached his best game against Michigan State two weeks ago, agreed.“That’s why we wake up in the morning and brush our teeth and do what we do. That’s been the ultimate goal, the No. 1 goal; the thing we had to do was get back there and win a championship for this university,” Smith said Monday. “That’s all we really talked about. There was no greater goal, nothing beyond that talked about, and that’s been what our sights have been set on since day one, pretty much every day.”Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, who made his first career start in the 34-24 loss to the Spartans in the 2013 Big Ten title game, said the memories of that game are still fresh in his mind.“It’s huge. Fell short last year and that still hurts,” Elflein said Monday. “That’s what we can control is winning the conference (but) we have to beat Indiana first.”The Hoosiers are set to enter Columbus as the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win (3-7, 0-6) and on paper, appear to be an easy opponent for the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes currently sit at No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and while style points would likely help OSU, Elflein said OSU needs to focus on the task at hand.“That thought is there, but you can’t do that. You can’t think about that because Indiana, they are in our way,” he said. “You don’t want to overlook them because it is a Big Ten football team. You have to focus on what is important now which is Indiana.”OSU has not lost to the Hoosiers since 1988, when the Buckeyes fell, 41-7, in Bloomington, Ind.Even though a spot in the top four is still in sight, Meyer said he’s not sure his Buckeyes deserve a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff just yet.“Not right now, no. No, I don’t, because I don’t want to make ignorant comments,” Meyer said. “I just don’t know. I’d make the comment that we’re one win away from representing the East (Division) in the Big Ten Championship game, because I do know that.”It has been largely debated as to whether or not the Big Ten will even get a team in the playoff, but Meyer said he believes the Big Ten is better than advertised, and even cited a specific example.“Northwestern goes in there and beats Notre Dame, and Northwestern … last year I remember they were 15th in the country or 16th in the country, so the consistency of teams in our conference, I think, is the only thing lacking at times,” Meyer said. “But that’s without studying it, but the top five teams in our conference, they can play anywhere.”With all of that, no one on the current OSU roster has been a part of a Big Ten championship or national championship team, something Elflein said should not be the norm.“I don’t have any rings, I don’t have any championships (and) that’s why we came here, to win championships,” Elflein said. “When they say that (current OSU players don’t have a championship), it hits me its like, ‘wow, that’s not right.’ That’s not Ohio State. Compete for championships, that is what we are here to do.”Before the Buckeyes can compete for a championship, they are set to take on the Hoosiers at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Rachel Riley marries Strictly partner Pasha Kovalev in secret Vegas wedding

Riley started dating Kovalev after splitting from her husband and fellow Oxford University student Jamie Gilbert in 2013.Earlier this year Kovalev announced he was leaving Strictly after eight years on the show.Riley has repeatedly clashed with Labour supporters in recent months, particularly over Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations within his party’s ranks. Introducing the new Mr and Mrs Kovalev 🥰 We both said yes! 👰🏼🤵🏻💍🥂💕🇺🇸🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/kcA8LzfIJv— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) June 30, 2019 Rachel Riley has married her former Strictly Come Dancing partner Pasha Kovalev.The Countdown star posted a picture on Instagram of the pair with the caption, “Introducing the new Mr and Mrs Kovalev … we both said yes!” in the early hours of Monday.Records from Clark County, the area of Nevada which includes Las Vegas, show the pair were wed on Friday.“They wanted to ensure it was just the two of them and everything was kept as quiet as possible,” a source told the Sun.“They did it in complete secrecy – even most of their friends and family had no idea they were going there to get married.” Meanwhile, the Countdown star announced in May that she was expecting a baby.She posted a picture on Instagram cradling a baby bump on the set of the Channel 4 game show, with the letters on the board spelling out “R TINY MATE”.She wrote: “Pash and I have a conundrum for you… you have till December to work it out!”We’re over the moon excited.”Maths whizz Riley, 33, and Russian dancer Kovalev, 39, have been together since 2014 after they were partnered in the 2013 series of Strictly Come Dancing. 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. read more

Thousands of extra criminals released early from jail on tags

At the same time, there was also a surge in the number of released criminals re-offending or breaching their licence conditions and being recalled to jail in the first three months of this year. Numbers were up 45 per cent to 6,168 compared with the same period in 2015. Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures show a 59 per cent increase in just a year in the number of prisoners released into the community on tags, up from 9,320 in 2017 to 14,769 in 2018. Thousands of extra prisoners have been released early from jail on tags in a bid to combat prison overcrowding with some freed after serving as little as a fifth of their sentence, The Telegraph can reveal. MoJ rules allow for those serving sentences…

Bundesliga Round 31 Flensburg win against Neuhausen keep third place ahead of

← Previous Story Filip Gavranovic to Bregenz Handball Next Story → Momir Ilic presented in Veszprem! BundesligaFlensburgGWD Mindenhannover burgdorfneuhausenwetzlar Bundesliga champion is already known, but the fight for the third place will definitely remain interesting until the end of it. With 31 games played so far, the third place currently belongs to Flensburg-Handewitt after beating Neuhausen tonight with 37:26. They’re currently only one point ahead of Fuchse Berlin, with three rounds to go until the end of the Bundesliga.The fifth place fight between HSV Hamburg and Hannover-Burgdorf will also prove interesting for the spot that leads to the EHF Cup, with both teams on level points now after Hannover-Burgdorf beat GWD Minden 30:27 away, and HSV Hamburg with a game less.Scores: TuSEM Essen 26:36 Wetzlar, GWD Minden 27:30 Hannover-Burgdorf, Neuhausen 26:37 Flensburg read more

Intel Update Atom Processor

first_imgIntel has had a busy 2011, from dealing with a faulty chipset to releasing new products. Now the company is releasing an updated edition of the Atom line chipset used in netbooks. The dual-core chip will still work best for light use, according to Intel. The new Atom N570 features a single-channel DDR3 controller, 1MB cache, and an integrated graphics controller. Intel upgraded the speed from the last Atom chipset, but you can still expect the system to run slower that most full sized laptops. ASUS, Samsung, and Lenovo will start shipping out systems based upon this chip in the middle of this month. Intel did not reveal how much the chipset will cost. It appears to be out now for those who wish to upgrade.Via X Bit Labslast_img

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Toclafane

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This time, a Master-ful attempt at taking over the world.The Master and his “children” (via BBC)TOCLAFANEFirst appearance: “The Sound of the Drums” (2007)—season 3, episode 12Home planet: UtopiaDoctor: TenthCompanion: Martha Jones, Captain Jack HarknessIn the year 100 trillion, the last remnants of humanity inhabit Malcassairo—a planet at the end of the universe, where the sun never shines and grass never grows.Clinging on to survival, the humans eventually reach Utopia, where they hoped to live out their days under skies made of diamonds.The new world, however, is dark, cold, and inhospitable. In a final act of desperation, the settlers cannibalize their bodies, sealing themselves into floating spherical shells—regressing to the Toclafane.The Toclafane invasion (via BBC)So named by the Master—rising to power as UK Prime Minister Harold Saxon—the Toclafane return to 21st-century Earth through a time rift to slaughter their ancestors and help secure the renegade Time Lord’s dominance.The Gallifreyan boogeymen are more dangerous than they look: With built-in life support and teleportation systems, their shells conceal razor blades, spikes, and laser guns that easily disintegrate enemies.But the naive species, under the spell of the Master (who considers them his “children”), are little more than slaves; withered human heads reverted to adolescence.“They’re us. They’re humans,” Martha realizes. “The human race from the future.”It’s what’s inside that counts (via BBC)The Toclafane invasion is a success: The spheres decimate one-tenth of Earth’s population, and indenture the rest to build a fleet of war-ready rockets. For one year, the Master ruled the planet.He carved his face into Mount Rushmore, erected statues of himself around the world, and held captive Martha’s family, Captain Jack, and the Tenth Doctor—his body aged 900 years—aboard the Valiant aircraft carrier.For one year only.The day before the Master planned to attack the rest of the universe, a revolt on the Valiant (and Jack’s destruction of the paradox machine) returned the world to right.Those 12 horrible months—The Year That Never Was—is erased from history, the population of Earth restored, and the Toclafane sent back to their future purgatory. Only those on the ship retain any memory of the Master’s reign.Toclafane concept art by Peter McKinstry (via BBC)Based on an idea showrunner Russell T. Davies developed before Doctor Who‘s 2005 revival, the Toclafane were nearly used in place of another tinny villain, the Daleks.When the BBC show temporarily lost its rights to the extraterrestrial mutants, Davies invented a small, evil floating sphere—a mutated form of humanity from the far future—with a childlike personality.Originally called Roclafane (later changed to avoid confusion with the Racnoss), the creatures almost appeared in “The Satan Pit,” due to budget constraints for the computer-animated Beast. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Official Luis Muriel joins Fiorentina on loan

first_imgSevilla forward Luis Muriel has signed up for Fiorentina for the rest of this season, despite interest from AC MilanThe Colombia international had only arrived at Sevilla in 2017 from Serie A side Sampdoria for a reported club-record deal of €20m.But Muriel could only score nine goals in 46 appearances across all competitions last season and found himself out of favour under new coach Pablo Machín this term.The former Girona boss has instead stuck with Milan loanee Andre Silva, Wissam Ben Yedder and Quincy Promes.Due to this, Muriel has been restricted to just a single start and a further five substitute appearances in Sevilla’s opening 17 La Liga games this season.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso had been interested in bringing the out-of-favour Muriel back to Italy this month, but he’s been beaten to it by fellow Serie A side Fiorentina.Stefano Pioli’s side will have Muriel on loan until the end of the season with the option of making it a permanent deal afterwards.“Luis Muriel has joined ACF Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy once the loan period has ended,” read a statement on the Sevilla website.Fiorentina, who are 10th in the Serie A, will next face Torino in the Coppa Italia on January 13.last_img read more

Interhealth Canada says media report is inaccurate and sensationalized

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:fetus found in trash after being missing for 18 hours, fetus goes missing at hospital, IHC says media report is inaccurate and sensationalized Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 28, 2016 – TCI Hospitals has claimed in a media statement issued late on Wednesday, the report on the family’s account of their missing baby is grossly inaccurate and sensationalized.  InterHealth Canada issued a press release, saying in it, that the incident ‘allegedly’ happened and defended itself with:  “We wish to vehemently dispel any allegation of a fetus being misplaced by staff of CHMC.  Our hospital staff is always committed to providing compassionate care, especially during times of distress and as always, our condolence is extended to the patient involved.  We have no further comment.“ Despite the TCI Hospitals attempt to distance themselves from the terrible ordeal and make our report appear baseless, Magnetic Media stands 100% behind our report and so does the family who shared their experience.  While Ministry of Health and the InterHealth Canada Hospitals wrangle over which of their entities is at fault when the miscarried ‘premie’ went missing; the family is more upset that the incident happened at all.  Independent investigations are being carried out by MOHHS and IHC to come up with what went wrong; but that work does not change the fact that a dead child was lost for 18 hours and found in the garbage, family was told this by a responsible MOHHS official.Did the ambulance staff which is under TCIG lose the child or did TCI Hospitals staff lose the child; that is what is to be determined we understand.  But a deceased fetus was lost. The ambulance team is said to have left the child at the hospital but reportedly did not tell the Cheshire Hall emergency team that they did so.  However, Magnetic Media expressed to InterHealth Canada that it is still unimaginable that their doctors and nurses would tend to a woman who miscarried her baby at home and never, at any point ask where is the child.  For reasons including ensuring the baby was deceased and ensuring there was no apparent foul play, it is still odd that IHC did not seek after the fetus.Magnetic Media’s position is this, we agree that it is gross, but not grossly inaccurate.  We also agree that the report is sensational but not sensationalized by us. The family is equally incensed by the comments of InterHealth Canada and is now seeking legal advice. Recommended for you Dead baby goes missing for 18 hours at Cheshire Hall Medical Centerlast_img read more

TCI Governor issues Salt Cay evacuation order

first_img TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Related Items:#DisasterPreparedness, #HurricaneIke, #magneticmedianews, DDME, hurricane, Tci Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 4th, 2017 – Providenciales – An evacuation for Salt Cay will be issued tomorrow morning, and schools and public offices are expected to be shutdown by Wednesday as Hurricane Irma continues to build in strength throughout the region. These announcements came as Premier Cartwright-Robinson, the governor and DDME officials addressed the public at today’s DDME’s press conference.Governor Freeman explained that Hurricane Irma “a category three, could well turn into a four.” As such, the DDME strongly advises residents, especially those who reside in flood-prone areas “before the storm, to evacuate, seek shelter with family or friends” or to seek shelter at one of the government’s facilities.With the exception of Salt Cay, there are 11 shelters stationed throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. These include Turks and Caicos Islands community college’s Common Room, Salem Baptist Church, and H.J Robinson High School’s auditorium in Grand Turk. There is also the Community Centre in South Caicos, and Conch Bar Community Centre in Middle Caicos. Additionally, Sandy Point Community Centre, Adelaide Oemler Primary School and Kew Primary School will be used as shelters for North Caicos. In Provo, residents can go to the Enid Capron Primary School, Oseta Jolly Primary School and Faith Tabernacle also known as Butterfield church.Premier Robinson also advised the public to have their personal family plans, board up homes and made a direct appeal to the business community to have mercy and not to engage in price gouging. The Premier also emphasized that the DDME is the official voice and the public should not expect to hear politicians during this period.As per advised through a teleconference with the Bahamas Met office this morning, based on the direction in which the storm is heading, the right side of the storm is expected to pass closer to the Turks and Caicos islands. This will now mean that the islands will have heavy impacted winds and rain bands – which is now feel like a mix of both Hurricane Ike (windstorm) and Hannah (rainstorm) previously experienced on the islands.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

BAHAMAS BPL Chairman Addresses Energy Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2019 – Nassau –  Chairman of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Board of Directors, Darnell Osbourne, addressed the history and future of the company’s integrated resource plans during the second day of the 18thPlatts Caribbean Energy Conference.  Mrs. Osbourne said although only approximately six months have passed since assuming the position as Chairman of the Board of BPL, much has transpired to move the company forward quickly.In addition to an impatient Bahamian populace screaming for reduced electricity rates and uninterrupted electrical supply, the challenges faced from the onset were: missing funds from a vendor fraud scheme; goals not being set or met; and a lack of innovation, creativity and the will to implement and transform the company.  The Chairman said it was imperative that a change had to come in order for the company to survive.“BPL needed a leadership team that would build a strong and sustainable culture within our company.   As a board, we desired to create and perpetuate a culture that recognizes and embraces shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize the goals of our organization.“To achieve this, it was necessary to establish a culture that would touch and concern each and every member and facet of the company.  We had to begin at the very top.  We needed to have a clear and consistent vision of where we wanted to take the company going forward.  We were keen to create a working and viable image of the company being ever mindful that persons internally and externally had an emotional view of the company and that unfortunately its public perception was generally unfavorable.”The board has made several recent appointments including Whitney Heastie to Chief Executive Officer of the management team, and Christina Alston as Chief Operating Officer.  Mrs. Osbourne remarked that BPL has power production that embodies a safe, reliable, cost efficient yet environmentally friendly operation, as a part of its future goals that meet the objectives of the Bahamas government.She said in this regard the board endorses six initiatives that also connect to the Government’s National Energy Policy. They are: security of energy supply through diversification of fuels; modernizing the country’s energy infrastructure; development of renewable energy sources such as solar, ocean energy, biofuels, waste to energy and wind; energy conservation and efficiency; development of a comprehensive governance/regulatory framework to effectively support the advancement of the energy sector to be effectively able to facilitate the introduction of renewable and the diversification of fuels; and eco-efficiency in the manufacturing, agricultural and tourism sectors and government as leaders in energy conservation and the use of renewable energy.  Mrs. Alston outlined how the initiatives of the Energy Policy will be implemented.The two-day conference was held at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Cable Beach. It zeroed in on topics facing the energy sector in the Caribbean including: Market Structure and Stakeholder Alignment, Financing for Small Countries, Regional Demand, Fuel Conversion Viability, Renewable Energy, Managing Distributed Generation and Integrated Resource Plans.Release: BISPhoto Captions:Header: Christina Alston, Chief Operating Officer speaks on initiatives of the National Energy Policy by BPL at the Platts Energy Conference. (Photos/BPL)Insert: BPL Board Chairman Darnell Osbourne gives remarks at the Energy Conference. Related Items:last_img read more

Convicted felon opens barber shop to help keep kids off the street

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — KUSI’s Dan Plante spoke with Justino Alarcon, who turned his time in prison into a productive career.During his 17 years behind bars, Alcaron dedicated his life to improving himself, and it worked.Now he is using the skills and lessons he learned in prison to help other kids stay off the streets and get out of trouble.Alcaron opened The Locker Room Barber Shop in Chula Vista, which he now uses to help give back to local youth and help them stay out of trouble. July 12, 2018 Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News, Special Reports FacebookTwitter Convicted felon opens barber shop to help keep kids off the street Posted: July 12, 2018 Dan Plante last_img read more

After the election day victory whats next for SDSU West

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego voters overwhelmingly supported San Diego State’s plan to redevelop the Mission valley Stadium Site. The voters overwhelmingly rejected the SoccerCity plan, 70% of voters voted no.So now that SDSU West has won the battle for the stadium site, there are legal challenges the school could soon face. SDSU President Adela de la Torre released the following statement after the election day victory.KUSI’s Allen Denton spoke with former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith about what’s next for SDSU West. After the election day victory, what’s next for SDSU West? Posted: November 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018, SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site November 7, 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Car swerves crashes into house

first_imgA Battle Ground woman’s Toyota crashed into Anthony Gaul’s house at 5:53 p.m. Sunday.“He just bought the house a couple of months ago,” said Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Brett Anderson. The house is near the corner of 93rd Street and St. Johns Road with the address 9201 N.E. 47th Road.Anderson said Nellie Andryushin, 36, of Battle Ground was southbound on St. Johns when, she said, a northbound motorist turned left in front of her, causing her to swerve. Her 2002 Toyota Camry then went over a sidewalk, through a fence into Gaul’s backyard and into the southeast corner of his house. Anderson said the car hit the house at a 30-degree angle. The Toyota shattered a sliding glass rear door.“The passenger front corner panel was inside the house to the front wheel,” said Firefighter Kevin Stromberg of the Vancouver Fire Department.Deputy Anderson said Gaul was on a living room couch about 10 feet from the glass door.“One of the support beams is just sideways,” Gaul said Sunday night. “It’s at about a 45-degree angle.”Andryushin and her passenger, Natalya Shevchelcko were not hurt, and neither was Gaul, Anderson said.Anderson said he believed the house would need to be shored up. He was not certain if Gaul would be able to stay in his home Sunday night.No citations had been issued as of Sunday night. The car was totaled.last_img read more

MiamiDade Public Schools prepared for more Cuban students in wake of Castros

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County Public Schools is preparing for an influx of students that may come to South Florida as a result of Fidel Castro’s death.Superintendent Alberto Carvalho released a statement, saying they are prepared to accept both children and adults into the school system.“The Cuban people have carried the pain and anguish of oppression for over five decades. Although their emotional scars will last a lifetime, may their wounded souls begin to heal knowing Fidel Castro’s passing brings us one step closer to achieving justice, freedom and democracy for Cuba and its people.“Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a preparedness plan in place that contemplates a potential influx of child and adult learners. We are ready to work with state and federal entities to secure the appropriate and necessary support to deliver educational services to all who, in light of today’s development, may arrive in our community. Just as we did during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the 1994 Cuban rafter exodus, this school district will continue its long-standing history of opening our arms to welcome, embrace, and educate all students.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more