Secret spy file on Pierre Trudeau was almost spared from destruction memo

first_imgOTTAWA — A secret spy-service file on Pierre Trudeau came close to eluding destruction 30 years ago, newly disclosed memos reveal.However, a late October 1988 recommendation that the dossier on the former prime minister should be preserved for at least another decade was nixed just days later, sealing its fate.The Canadian Press reported last month that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service scrapped the Cold War file on Trudeau in 1989 instead of sending it to the national archives.The Trudeau dossier was among hundreds of thousands of files on a wide array of groups and individuals the then-new CSIS inherited in the 1980s after the RCMP Security Service was disbanded following a series of scandals.CSIS said the file on Trudeau was destroyed because it fell short of the threshold for retention by either the service or the archives.The news rankled leading historians, who said an intelligence file on a prime minister should be kept without hesitation given its significance to the national public record.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Finance Committee to hold public hearing in Fort St John on June

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has announced details for its Budget 2020 consultation.According to the Government, this consultation is an annual event where British Columbians are invited to share their priorities and ideas for the next Provincial Budget.Committee Chair, Bob D’Eith, says the consultation has been moved to June instead of the fall which will allow more time for the committee to put forward reviews and considerations. “Every year, the committee hears diverse perspectives and suggestions on a number of topics. Moving the consultation to June will allow for more time to review and consider this input and the recommendations put forward by the committee.”Residents can provide their input by speaking with the committee in-person or via teleconference at a public hearing. They can also send input via mail or through an online survey.A public hearing will be coming to Fort St. John on June 19, 2019.For more information, and to register, you can visit the committee’s website.last_img read more

Police look for 6 Filipinos over murder

The Taiwan flagged ship had anchored at the Colombo port early this morning and the crew had been engaged in a dispute. The victim was identified as a 37 year old Philippine national. The six suspects involved in the crime had then fled from the boat.The Colombo harbor police are conducting investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The dispute led to one man being stabbed by the others, the police media unit said. The Colombo harbor police have launched an investigation to locate six Philippine nationals over the murder of another Philippine national on a ship which was anchored at the Colombo port this morning.The police said that the Filipino was murdered following a dispute with a few others on the ship.

Security Council to make supporting and assessment visit next week to Haiti

The Council delegation would “express its full support for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and for the United Nations presence in Haiti as long as necessary,” Brazilian Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, who will lead the group, said in a recent letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.In that regard, the Council would call for improved coordination between the Transitional Government, in its leading role, and MINUSTAH to ensure security, Mr. Sardenberg said, and would “convey the determination of the Security Council to see that all pledged funds are promptly disbursed.”The Council would also look at actions the Transitional Government and MINUSTAH should take to implement a national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme “that addresses all illegal armed groups in a comprehensive manner, including its legal basis.”The Security Council’s mission will be in the country from 13 to 16 April and be held in conjunction with the mission of the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti. read more

Lebanon UN deminers hurt as agricultural damage from conflict hits 280 million

Reporting on the blasts that wounded the de-miners, which are now under investigation, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the world body needs information to forestall future incidents. “The UN condemns the use of all anti-personnel mines, and calls upon any party that laid such mines during the recent conflict to provide information as to where they have been laid to prevent similar tragic incidents occurring in the future,” he said.On the political front, Lebanon is considering proposals for a joint international-Lebanese tribunal to try those allegedly responsible for last year’s assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in a massive car bombing in Beirut.In New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked about internal opposition from the President of Lebanon and the Speaker of the country’s Parliament. “I accept that there are internal issues that the Prime Minister will have to work out with the political forces in Lebanon, but that is the responsibility of the Lebanese, not that of the UN,” he replied.In another development, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released a report today estimating that damage and losses to agriculture, fisheries and forestry in Lebanon from this summer’s conflict between Israel and Hizbollah total some $280 million, with accumulating debts threatening upcoming crops.“With the loss of income from harvests and lost animal produce, many farmers have become heavily indebted as they usually repay their debts during the May to October harvest period to secure credit for the following production season,” FAO Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division Director Anne Bauer said. “This year, their ability to repay these debts has been reduced to the minimum, making it impossible to start the new cropping cycle due to the lack of working capital.” FAO has identified priority initiatives for implementation within the next 6 to 12 months to address the critical situation of vulnerable farming communities in south Lebanon. Start-up funding has been secured for a small early recovery coordination office in the south, but FAO is seeking some $17 million for other priority initiatives such as seeds, fertilizers and small irrigation equipment. While the conflict affected the agriculture sector directly, with crops, livestock and equipment damaged by bombing, the indirect economic impact in terms of lost markets and labour opportunities was much more important, the report stresses. The biggest economic losses stem from lack of access to fields during the conflict, the peak time for the harvest of export crops, mainly stone fruit and potatoes, with much of the produce perishing on the ground as bombing forced farmers to abandon their lands and transport to market became impossible. Moreover, many agricultural fields and pastures have been rendered useless until unexploded bombs can be removed, a particularly important factor in the south where an estimated 25 per cent of the cultivated land is inaccessible due to unexploded ordnance. Total financial losses due to physical damage and lost harvests of tree and field crops in the south amount to some $94 million. Overall, the total financial damage to the crop production sector is estimated at around $232 million. The bombing was directed mainly at southern Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut, among the country’s poorest areas. Overall, agriculture accounts for almost 70 per cent of total household income in the south. read more

UN human rights chief urges US to close Guantánamo detention centre

“I am deeply disappointed that the US Government has not been able to close Guantánamo Bay, despite repeatedly committing itself to do so,” said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.According to Ms. Pillay’s office (OHCHR), around half of the 166 detainees in the centre have been cleared for transfer to their home countries or third countries for resettlement. However, they have remained there, while others have reportedly been designated for indefinite detention.“Some of them have been festering in this detention centre for more than a decade,” Ms. Pillay said. “This raises serious concerns under international law. It severely undermines the United States’ stance that it is an upholder of human rights, and weakens its position when addressing human rights violations elsewhere.”Ms. Pillay noted that four years ago she had welcomed the announcement by President Barack Obama saying he was placing a high priority on closing Guantánamo and establishing a system to protect the fundamental rights of detainees. She further welcomed the White House’s reiteration of this commitment last week, citing Congressional legislation as the main obstacle for progress on the issue.However, Ms. Pillay said she was concerned that in spite of these commitments, abuses to detainees’ human rights have continued in a systematic manner year after year, leading many prisoners to take desperate measures such as going on hunger strikes.“We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold. When other countries breach these standards, the US – quite rightly – strongly criticizes them for it.” Ms. Pillay also expressed alarm over the continued obstacles the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 has created for the closure of the detention facility, as well as for the trial of detainees in civilian courts, where warranted, or for their release. The Act was signed into law by Mr. Obama on 3 January despite previous threats to veto its renewal. Guantánamo detainees who are accused of crimes should be tried in civilian courts, particularly as the military commissions – even after improvements made in 2009 – do not meet international fair trial standards, Ms. Pillay said.“Anyone who is deprived of his or her liberty by arrest or detention is entitled, under international human rights law, to regular review of the lawfulness of their detention and to be released if the detention is not lawful,” she said. “Any ensuing judicial proceedings must scrupulously respect due process and fair trial standards.”The High Commissioner emphasized that as long as Guantánamo remains open, US authorities must make every effort to observe the detainees’ rights. “Under human rights law, people deprived of their liberty must be treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent dignity,” she said.Ms. Pillay also called on the United States Government to allow UN Human Rights Council experts full and unfettered access to the detention centre as well as to detainees. read more

Show time for a revived Howes Theatre

Attendees check out a new painting by alumnus Ed Spera, part of the latest upgrades to the David S. Howes Theatre.A crowd broke into applause at the David S. Howes Theatre on Dec. 7. But this time, it was to celebrate the completion of a half-million-dollar facelift, and thank the man whose gift made it possible.Longtime Brock supporter David Howes — who has served more than a decade on the University’s Board of Trustees, including a term as chair — was on hand to formally welcome the upgrades that have greatly improved conditions in the 500-seat facility.In recent months, the much-used cultural and academic venue has received significant upgrades to its stage, sound system and auditorium bulkheads. It has also received a major lobby overhaul that included the addition of bay windows, LCD-TV monitors, display cases and a new ceiling.Perhaps the most visually striking addition is a painting commissioned by Howes and done by Niagara-on-the-Lake artist — and Brock alumnus — Edward Spera. “If a Tree Falls in the Forest” is a moody, powerful four-by-eight-foot acrylic on masonite that depicts a gray wolf along an abandoned logging road in British Columbia.About 50 people who turned up for the celebration event heard Brock President Jack Lightstone say that Howes has “yet again made Brock University a better place.”“These upgrades will enhance the experience of every student who attends classes or performances in this facility,” said Lightstone, “and for thousands of people from across the Niagara region who come to this theatre for all manner of cultural enrichment.”Howes took the comment in stride.“Brock has over the years given more to me than I have given to it,” he said. “We were just happy to have the opportunity to come back and renew a facility that needed renewing.“I hope we have set a trend in doing that.”Theatre upgrades include:upgrades to the sound system and stagepainting of bulkhead and wood panelingLobby upgrades include: installation of bay windows replacement of lobby ceiling addition of LCD TVs installation of display cases, benches, lighting and signageJack Lightstone, David Howes and Ed Spera read more

ARod Blatantly Hit with Fastball in Game Against Red

Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster hit New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez with a fastball in Sunday night’s game, setting off a chaotic scene at Fenway Park that lead to the ejection of Yankees manager Joe Girardi.From the moment Rodriguez stepped onto the field, the boos and jeers seemed to influence Dempster, who appeared to take aim at Rodriguez. Dempster’s first pitch came close to hitting Rodriguez, landing on the outside of his knee. A few pitches later, he threw a fastball that hit A-Rod’s elbow pad and deflected into his back.Rodriguez stared at Dempster as he was escorted to first base, but never attempted to rush the mound.Girardi, however sprinted onto the field and began yelling at plate umpire Brian O’Nora. Perhaps in disbelief that Dempster was not ejected for his blatant display, Girardi swung his fist wildly, nearly connecting with O’Nora’s chin.The benches and bullpens cleared, but the situation was handled before things escalated. read more

Ohio State senior Cammi Prantl powers Buckeyes past Rutgers in Big Ten

OSU senior Cammi Prantl (22) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten tournament got off to a solid start for the Ohio State softball team, as the Buckeyes (33-17-1, 13-9-1) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-33, 8-15) 5-0 in State College, Pennsylvania. After sweeping Rutgers during the regular season, OSU looked in control from the very start of the game. Junior pitcher Lena Springer dominated through all seven innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, as well as earning five strikeouts.Springer now has five wins on the season. Led by senior outfielder and OSU’s all-time hits leader, Cammi Prantl, the Scarlet and Gray figured out Rutgers pitcher Dresden Maddox early. Sophomore utility player Becca Gavin started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an infield single to drive home sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin, and the Buckeyes never looked back.A home run by redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre gave OSU a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. The home run gave her six on the year.After earning a team-high .405 batting average, Prantl picked up where she left off in the regular season, providing a majority of the offense for the Buckeyes. She went two-for-three with a pair of RBIs, along with scoring two runs herself.The defense for OSU was solid, committing no errors through all seven innings, while also making nice plays on the ball to limit the Rutgers batters to just four hits, only one of which had extra bases.Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will face Northwestern in State College on Friday. The time of the first pitch has yet to be announced. Last season, OSU held a 1-2 record against the Wildcats. read more

Child tests positive for arsenic after playing with magnetic putty withdrawn over

first_imgThe magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall  A young girl is thought to have been poisoned by arsenic after playing with a putty toy that was removed from online retailer Amazon last month. Neve Kelly was found to have 10 times the safe level of the deadly poison in her urine after playing with Magnetic Putty, according to her mother Frances. Ms Kelly claimed that the toy was bought as a Christmas present for her two daughters before she was warned by her sister over its possible toxic contents.She and her partner Mark then took their daughter to the doctors after Neve complained of stomach pains.Doctors results concluded that Neve had 10 times the safe amount of arsenic in her urine.Ms Kelly has since spoken out on social media to warn other parents of the toy.  Amazon removed it from its website over fears it contained seven times the safe level of arsenic and the magnet was 29 times stronger than the permitted force.At the time, the online retailer said: “Customer safety is our priority”. Amazon declined to comment on this case. Neve’s dad Mark, 40, wrote of his daughter’s condition on Facebook: “We don’t want to cause a panic, only make people aware of the potentially dangerous product.”Symptoms of arsenic poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, while long term exposure can cause heart disease and cancer. Most exposure comes from drinking contaminated water.The family are now seeing legal advice. Ms Kelly added: “You’d think buying a Christmas present from a well-known seller would be safe.”Just worried if a child ingested it how much damage this would cause. We are all in disbelief.” The magnetic putty was removed from Amazon in January, following Northamptonshire Trading Standards Service banning the sale from a market stall Credit:Triangle News Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UKCredit:Triangle News  Despite being removed from the market stalls earlier this month, the product is still avaiable to buy in the UK She wrote: “We have received shock news this afternoon with the results of my daughter Neve’s tests and there is a toxicology team in Edinburgh who are now dealing with it.”There was 10 times the normal level of arsenic found in her urine.”They had to take vials of blood and it is getting sent to an arsenic specialist in Glasgow. They are all in shock.”Neve has thankfully not shown many symptoms of damage and pray this test will be lower as she hasn’t been in contact with it since January.” Northamptonshire Trading Standards barred the product from sale last month after discovering it on a market stall, however it is still available to buy in the UK from some online retailers. 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

Column The UK is exploring its shale gas future we should do

first_imgIN HIS BUDGET for the next year, Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne has committed the country to exploring its shale gas future, and the controversial fracking method of extracting it, by offering tax incentives to companies and financial benefits to communities for exploring the potentially massive reserves in the country. With Britain and other European countries paying 300 per cent more for natural gas than the fracking-happy United States, he’s right to promote investment into exploring the potential of Britain’s shale gas basins.Fracking is an emotively driven environmental issue. There are claims and counter claims about its safety, and the industry has met with considerable opposition in Europe. Many countries have either banned the practice of fracking or have kicked it to touch, awaiting studies – we have three in process – on its impacts. Other countries that have lifted bans, like Britain, are seeing slow progress as local government drags its heels and communities organise to protest the exploration wells being dropped.Much of fracking’s bad image comes from the USMuch of the bad image of the industry comes from the country that has most enthusiastically embraced shale gas, the US. The country isn’t best known for its quick and effective regulation of big businesses, and the emerging fracking industry seems to have gotten away with a lot in the US that one can’t see hard line European regulators turning a blind eye to. Improving regulation has been the key to improving safety and satisfaction of locals. A report presented to our own government before they kicked the issue to another three agencies to investigate concluded that with proper safety controls and regulation, fracking doesn’t pose a substantial danger.Governments have been kicking the issue to touch because it’s politically unpalatable to be touching the issue. I think instead that they should allow the exploration of shale gas to move forward as they are in the UK, with financial incentives for communities sitting atop the fields and close regulation of the industry. The fact is that we need cleaner energy sources to replace the likes of King Coal, and natural gas is a key fuel to aid the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, producing 45 per cent less carbon dioxide than coal and 30 per cent less than oil.Shale gas: the upsidesThe upsides of shale gas are massive. People living on top of shale gas reserves can win big with massive leases on land into which wells are sunk; ranging from $500 to $25,000 per acre per month and with royalty fees into the six figures for successful extraction. At a higher level shale gas has been nothing but a positive success story.The US had practically no fracking industry a decade ago. Now shale gas accounts for a quarter of the gas in the country, and is pushing up towards half in the next decade. The US pays $3.40 per Million British Thermal Units (mBTU) of natural gas. In Europe we pay north of $12, with the spot price sitting at $13.50 during the past week. The supply is so plentiful and the price so low that wells are being turned off in the US to limit supply and drive the price up. There has been a boom in jobs, industry and lower prices for consumers.There is a debate in the US about whether or not to liquefy and export their gas across the oceans, which would attract better prices for the industry but drive up prices at home. It would cost about $5 per mBTU to liquefy the gas and export it to Europe or – even more attractively – Asia, where they’re paying $20 per mBTU. As a side win, if the US were to export gas to Europe, we wouldn’t be as dependent on the nice people of Russia’s Kremlin-controlled Gazprom.We need clean fuelIndustry in the US has been a major winner, with energy intensive manufacturing jobs that previously went to China being kept at home because they’re now competitive with the all the filthy but cheap coal that’s being burned out there.That’s the other thing about shale gas: It’s a lot cleaner than King Coal, which is the dirtiest but cheapest form of producing large amounts of energy outside of the cheap gas rich US. Oft derided as the country that has refused to sign up to greenhouse gas emission targets, the International Energy Agency has released data to say that America’s carbon dioxide emissions from generating energy have fallen by 450 million tonnes, more than any country over the past five years. Indeed, the country has fallen back 20 years to the level of greenhouse gas emissions produced in 1992.That has been driven by a rise in natural gas in energy production, rising from 21.6 per cent in 1998 to 29.4 per cent in 2012; where renewable energy has risen from 8.3 per cent to 12.1 per cent. Coal has fallen from nearly half to just 36.7 per cent.Emerging economies and their hunger for energyThe insatiable energy demands of emerging countries like China, India and Brazil have seen them firing up filthy coal plants left and right. There are currently 1,200 coal plants in planning worldwide, with about three quarters in India and China according to the World Resources Institute. Even cleaner-than-thou Germany – with one of the highest recycling rates in the world no less – is building new coal plants and ramping up production in existing ones to make up for the nuclear power they’re switching off in the wake of Fukushima.The great energy conundrum of the 21st Century is that we need more energy; we need cleaner energy; and somebody seems to have a problem with every method of producing it. Community groups becoming exercised about fracking are joining the queue behind community groups concerned with the effects of wind farms, national groups opposed to nuclear energy, and nobody wants a big dirty coal, oil or probably even gas fired power plant being built in their back yard.We couldn’t deploy enough solar panels on our roofs to power the country if we wanted to (though heaven knows if we proposed it then People Against Birds Being Confused by Roofs Full of Solar Arrays would swiftly emerge) and there aren’t enough rivers to dam besides the fact that water management is another big environmental issue.We’re hurtling towards energy crisis after crisis in the next century. Shale gas could be an alleviating solution on the way to totally clean energy production – which I firmly believe is where the future lays eventually – by making it more economical to burn a cleaner fuel than coal in an increasingly energy hungry world. There’s also the economic benefits of having cheaper gas to burn in our homes and businesses in the short term.Opening the market for explorationOf course, we’re only discussing exploration at the moment. Maybe we don’t have massive reserves; maybe we do. We need to explore the reserves rather than kick everything to touch for years on end, because those years are becoming finite where energy is concerned. The US went from a standing start a decade ago to reducing its carbon footprint by more than any other country in the world largely thanks to shale gas and fracking. We’ll waste half that scratching our heads and launching reports to gather dust.If it turns out that, regardless of safety precautions and regulation, fracking will turn our water into a heating solution then fine – we’ll leave it be. But I think if you want to make an educated bet on a good way to secure some cleaner energy for the next few decades, the government could do worse than follow the UK in opening up the market here for exploration.last_img read more

Toshibas latest TV uses zero power in standby mode

first_imgThe power consumption of electrical devices is always up for discussion as the price of energy rises. While the amount of energy required to power flat screen TVs and monitors has reduced significantly over the past few years (mainly due to the use of LEDs), one sticking point remains: standby mode.When you turn a TV off, it is typical for it to remain in a standby mode ready to be turned back on again with a remote. This mode requires power, although not very much of it (typically 1 or 2 watts). However, if you’ve got lots of devices with a standby mode, the power consumption adds up if you view it over an extended period, say a year. Also, it is a complete waste of power just to offer the convenience of a TV that is quick to turn on.Toshiba has decided to fix this issue with the launch of a TV carrying a new Eco Chip. The company claims the standby mode on this TV uses zero power.The 32-inch TV in question is called the Regza 32BE3. When in standby mode there is no power drawn from AC at all. Instead the Eco Chip has been combined with a large-capacity capacitor, capable of providing enough electricity to power the chip and therefore accept input from the remote. So you still get that instant-on functionality by pressing a button on the remote, but you lose the constant power draw required to make it happen.Toshiba has also tried to make the Regza 32BE3 very low power even when in use. There are two backlight modes that not only cut the backlight by 50% and 75%, but auto-adjusts the image to cater for the lower light level. You can also set the TV up to automatically go into zero-power standby mode if no input is received for 3 hours.Overall, using this TV should see your power use drop compared to an equivalent model not using the Eco Chip. Toshiba compares it to the previous 32-inch TV they released (the Regza 32A2) and claim a 27% power saving.Read more at Tech-On! and Toshiba (translated)last_img read more

Aussie households tormented by debt and income instability

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Based on a survey of 1,500 Australians conducted by DBM Consultants in June 2016, the 10th biannual Household Financial Comfort Report shows that of the 65 per cent of households with outstanding debt, 10 per cent expect they won’t be able to meet minimum debt repayments in the next six to 12 months.This is a twofold increase since December 2015 and the highest since the survey began in late 2011, a marked deterioration in Australian households’ confidence in their ability to manage debt over the next six to 12 months.Consistent with an expected rise in debt stress, more households ‘paying off or owning a home’ reported drawing on their home equity to ‘pay off debt’ and ‘to make ends meet’ during the first half of 2016.Jeff Oughton, ME’s consulting economist and report co-author, said that there is a marked increase in households feeling vulnerable to income shocks associated with wage cuts, fewer hours worked and a lack of suitable jobs as well as lower dwelling prices in some parts of Australia, all of which increases debt stress. “With a lack of cash savings or equity buffer in their home, there’s a marked increase in households expecting to be unable to service their debts, despite record low borrowing costs,” he said. “The findings clearly indicate heightened concerns around the adequacy of income, the cost of necessities, lack of job availability and security, as well as deterioration in expectations about meeting minimum debt payments and maintaining a standard of living in retirement.“The findings add to a number of recent policy debates, such as changes to superannuation. As many as 45 per cent of baby boomers said they expect to be worse off after the recent federal budget,” Mr Oughton added.Baby boomers rated themselves as the hardest hit, with perceived comfort falling the most of any generation (down seven per cent) to the lowest level reported for that age cohort in the past couple of years – lower than Gen Y, but still above Gen X.Baby boomers reported greater perceived stress with ‘income’, ‘cash savings’ and ‘net wealth’ in the past six months to June 2016, despite continued gains in actual income and net wealth across households on average. The specimen also reported greater worries with the ‘cost of necessities’ and the ‘ability to maintain lifestyle in retirement’ as well as the ‘level of government assistance available’ and ‘impact of legislative change on their financial situation’. Single parents, on the other hand, reported the highest levels of concern in their ‘ability to meet minimum debt repayments over the next six to 12 months’ (19 per cent), followed by ‘couples with young children’ (15 per cent) and ‘young singles/couples’ (12 per cent). Full-time self-employed workers were the only work segment to experience a rise in financial comfort in the past six months to June 2016, and reported the highest comfort across the labour force. In contrast, there were major drops reported by casual and part-time self-employed workers, whose comfort fell 14 per cent and 16 per cent to record lows of 4.44 and 5.13 respectively. These workers reported double-digit falls in drivers such as ‘income’, ‘cash savings’ and the ‘ability to cope with a financial emergency (loss of income). Consistent with falls in comfort with these key drivers were increased concerns around ‘job availability’, ‘job security’, and ‘adequacy of income’.Furthermore, retirees reported the lowest levels of comfort since the survey began, although they’re still the most financially comfortable of any household life stage.South Australia was the most financially comfortable mainland state in Australia, rising two per cent to a historical high of 5.74 out of 10, while all other mainland states experienced a fall. Comfort levels in Western Australia fell two per cent to a record low of 5.02 out of 10. While financial comfort in Victoria as a whole experienced a six per cent drop to 5.52, Melbourne remains not only the world’s most liveable city, but also Australia’s most financially comfortable city – reporting a comfort level of 5.80 out of 10 – down only two per cent, and still well ahead of Sydney, which reported a four per cent drop to 5.58 out of 10.Overall, 35 per cent of households reported they would be ‘worse off’ as opposed to a slim 14 per cent that believe they could be ‘better off’ when asked about the ‘expected impact of the 2016/17 federal budget on their overall financial situation over the next year’, whereas the remaining 50 per cent of households said their financial situation would remain ‘about the same’. This result means about 90 per cent of Australian households reported low-to-mid financial comfort, with only 10 per cent reporting high comfort. All index components deteriorated, with the largest falls seen in ‘net wealth’, ‘income’, ‘cash savings’ and ‘investments’ as well as households’ ‘ability to handle short-term income loss’ and ‘anticipated standard of living in retirement’.last_img read more

Les bécasseaux femelles divorcent lorsque nécessaire

first_imgLes bécasseaux femelles divorcent lorsque nécessairePubliant récemment leurs travaux dans Behaviour, des chercheurs suédois ont examiné les données recueillies sur une longue période concernant les habitudes de reproduction du bécasseau variable. Ils suggèrent ainsi que le ‘divorce’ et le choix d’un nouveau partenaire font parfois partie de la stratégie des femelles.   Les bécasseaux variables (Calidris alpina) sont des oiseaux de rivage d’une grande longévité qui s’accouplent souvent avec le même partenaire pour plusieurs saisons. Compilant et analysant les informations relevées au cours de 15 années d’observation, Lars-Å Ke Flodin et Donald Blomqvist, du Département de zoologie de l’Université de Gothenburg (Suède), ont pu préciser certains aspects de la stratégie reproductive de ces oiseaux.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En s’intéressant à 126 couples ‘tentant l’aventure’, ils ont constaté que 23% d’entre eux ‘divorçaient’. Pour comprendre les raisons de ce comportement, ils ont comparé le succès reproducteur – qui se traduit par l’édification effective (ou non) d’un nid ainsi que par le nombre d’œufs pondus – des mâles aussi bien que des femelles, avant et après leur séparation.Résultats : lors de la période de nidification de l’année précédente, il n’y a aucune différence observable entre les couples qui s’avèreront stables et ceux qui se sépareront. Autrement dit, rien ne laissait présager un ‘divorce’, en quelque sorte. Après la séparation, côté mâles, les ‘divorcés’ obtiennent le même ‘score’ reproductif avec une nouvelle compagne qu’avec l’ancienne.Mais les femelles ‘divorcées’ s’accouplant avec un nouveau partenaire enregistrent un succès reproductif 2 fois meilleur qu’avec leur ancien compagnon. Au vu de cette découverte, les biologistes suggèrent donc que les femelles ‘divorcent’ pour trouver un meilleur partenaire ou un meilleur lieu de nidification, ce qui leur permet d’avoir plus de poussins.Le 14 avril 2012 à 16:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sesame Street Autism character now at Beaches Resort TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Children with Autism are being especially considered by Beaches Resort Villages and Spa now with the addition of a new Sesame Street Character.    Julia is a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with striking red hair and green eyes; she likes to paint and pick flowers and when Julia speaks, she often echoes what she’s just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say; Julia has autism.Rosemary Truglio, Senior VP for Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop was in the TCI for a special training.“…to make all children feel that they are recognized on Sesame Street.  So by bringing Julia to the Beaches Kids Camp, they too will feel that they are included, that they are special and that they are amazing, and by having this activity, we are now also educating typically developing children and the general population what does it mean to be a child on the Autism spectrum, and I think that’s really important because with knowledge and understanding we have respect.”The new Julia joined Sesame Street initially in books, then this past spring, she debuted in a few TV episodes and now, Julia is here in the Turks and Caicos Islands; Beaches on Friday invited local media to come in for a peak.“Well basically the training that we did prior to this and also this training has changed it a lot, because it helps you to not label them, it helps you to look at them for what they really are and help them to be more comfortable in their environment.”Julia is amazing and is supposed to help other children with autism feel amazing too, the antics of Cookie Monster may be too much for a child on the autism spectrum, but not Julia – her demeanor is already proving, says Beaches, to be just right.“We go to see how he reacted to Julia, and it made him feel more comfortable from when he went to see Cookie Monster who is alway jiving and dancing, and he was a bit scared.  So with Julia being here this will be great for us, we can offer  better Sesame Street programs to kids of every dynamic.”The training took place all last week.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:last_img read more

PowerSharing Among Options Alaska House Is Exploring

first_imgRep. Bryce Edgmon says lawmakers have explored other options and none so far has materialized. Tuesday marked the 22nd day of session, matching the longest period it’s taken to elect a permanent speaker. The prior distinction was in 1981. The organization that year was tenuous and the speaker chosen on Day 22 was later replaced. A group of eight representatives has been looking at power-sharing arrangements in other states. Edgmon says other scenarios are also floating around. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska House Democratic leader says members will need to wrestle with whether a power-sharing agreement is the best option for organizing the chamber. Edgmon said the House did not come off well during a failed speaker vote Monday, which was initiated amid ongoing efforts to try to organize.last_img read more

Proposal Deadline for Board of Game

first_imgProposals must be received by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Boards Support Section office inJuneau. (A postmark is NOT sufficient for timely receipt). Proposals may be submitted online or by mail, fax at:Online: (attachments only)Mail: ADF&G, Boards Support SectionP.O. Box 115526Juneau, AK 99811-5526Fax: (907) 465-6094 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Board of Game reminds Alaskans that the May 1 deadline is fast approaching for submitting proposed regulation changes pertaining to hunting, trapping, and the use of game for the Arctic, Western, and Interior regions. The Call for Proposals, proposal forms, and the board’s meeting schedule are available on theBoard of Game website at: or at any ADF&G BoardsSupport office. Proposals submitted for these regions by the deadline will be considered by the Board of Game at their Arctic/Western Region Meeting, scheduled for January 2020 in Nome,and the Interior/NE Arctic  Region Meeting, scheduled for March 2020 in Fairbanks. Final proposals will be available on the board’s website in August 2020.last_img read more

Call of Duty Modern Warfare brings back night vision goggles collectors edition

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET See It 4:48 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Comments Get a pair of night vision goggles for when you need to conduct a covert mission in the middle of the night.  Infinity Ward Infinity Ward’s reboot of its Modern Warfare series is set for release on Oct. 25, and for those who can afford it, there’s a collector’s edition available for preorder. This particular edition includes a pair of night vision goggles, which is a callback to 2009’s Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition that included a pair. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Dark Edition is a $200 pack that will include a working pair of night vision goggles. Also included in the edition is the game itself, a stand for the goggles, a Steelbook and in-game content such as the custom in-game Tactical Knife and “All Ghillied Up,” “War Pig,” and “Crew Expendable” operator packs. modern warfare dark editionEverything in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Dark Edition.  Infinity Ward The night vision goggles come with three modes. The Daylight Running mode lets people use the goggles during the day. Night Vision is self-explanatory. Long Range IR uses the goggles’ full power to provide up to 65 feet of vision in the dark. The goggles have a USB charging port and are decked out in various Call of Duty emblems. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Dark Edition is currently available only at GameStop.  $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Gaming,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It Chris Monroe/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1 Angela Lang/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Now playing: Watch this: Read the Rylo camera preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The latest information on Google Stadia The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Comment Sprint Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $59 at eBaycenter_img Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it See at Amazon An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Rylo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Turo Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $155 at Google Express $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Turo $210 at Best Buy 7 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voicelast_img read more

Dickson Sees Art and Culture As Keys to Community

first_imgArt and culture are the keys to building community for businessperson and restaurateur Terence Dickson. Combine those keys with healthy, affordable eating and community service, and you have the recipe for Dickson’s Terra Cafe in Baltimore’s Charles Village.Terence Dickson, owner of the Terra Cafe in Baltimore’s Charles Village.Dickson, originally from Orangeburg, S.C., said he learned the essence of food, and the importance of natural and organic ingredients there. “I think that my food thing really started when I was young,” said Dickson, “because I was the oldest, and my responsibility was to make sure that the food was prepared for my sisters and brothers and my family, because my mother and father – they always worked. That’s what you had to do in order to take care of a family.”Dickson’s professional background is in automotive sales, fashion design, and real estate.  He purchased the building in which the Terra Cafe is housed around 1999 with a vision to open a restaurant that would achieve community development through non-traditional means. “You build community, not with money first,” said Dickson, “but you build it with art, you build it with culture, you build it with community, and then the money will come later.”At the time, says Dickson, people found it difficult to buy into that broader community-oriented vision, which made securing financing very difficult. Dickson’s idea for a restaurant did attract investors, but their willingness to fund the venture was tied to a more direct partnership role in the development and management of the restaurant than Dickson was offering at the time.Dickson opened the cafe in 2009, but the period between purchasing the building and opening his restaurant was not idle. “The nice part about [owning the building] is I’ve had the privilege and the honor to help nurture maybe 30 or 40 businesses,” said Dickson about the various entrepreneurial ventures he’s been able to assist by providing a home in his building.When he was finally in a position to open the restaurant, Dickson made a commitment about the role he would play in his neighborhood. “The commitment was that prayer at the beginning that I promised God that you take care of my business, and I’m going to stay on my assignment and take care of your people,” said Dickson, who feeds homeless persons in the area every second Sunday of the month through his ‘Neighbors without Walls’ initiative in furtherance of that promise.That sort of commitment to community is central to Dickson’s vision for the Terra Cafe, to the point that its catering arm, a more recent extension of the Terra Cafe brand, is reserved for events related to community-based efforts. Dickson also does healthy eating and cooking demonstrations, forums, and makes space in the cafe for various forms of artistic expression.The art on the walls is produced by local artists and are not charged a fee or commission for displaying their work. Musician’s are invited to come and share their work, an effort to bring more expressions of culture to the area.The Terra Cafe is also an opportunity to help a local economy sorely in need of jobs.“Within our community, we need jobs,” says Dickson, “and if we can’t get it through big business, small business is definitely going to be the way to go because we’re going to be a little bit more forgiving. I have cats who work for me that might not work anywhere else. What do you do when a cat comes home from 13 years being locked up, and he says I don’t want to go back to the street? . . . You hire him at Terra Cafe.”.Terra Café, located at E, 25th Street and St. Paul, is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon-Thurs; from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri-Sat.; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. If you are in for the first time, try one of the various manifestations of fish on the menu, suggests Dickson. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

City streets to see coolheaded bikers thanks to special helmet from HIDCO

first_imgKolkata: Motorcycle riders in the city now have reason to rejoice as Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is introducing a special type of helmet which will keep the rider’s head cool, as part of the Safe Drive Save Life programme.The helmet, the first of its kind in the country, has been manufactured by a Bengaluru-based company. The fully covered lightweight helmet has a temperature control system which is run by a battery. The batteries will have to be charged for eight hours in order to operate for a week. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that another firm had previously installed fans inside helmets to keep them cool but the solution did not last long after the fans developed snag. The firm had approached HIDCO and the helmet was given a trial for three months. Welcoming the move, Subrata Boral, a long-distance biker, said it will be a very effective solution for those who cover long distances on motorcycles, particularly in the sweltering summer heat. “If it cools the rider’s head in summer then it will be used on a large scale,” he said. The firm will give some helmets to HIDCO which will be distributed among bikers to get a proper feedback. Bikers said very few riders use proper helmets, which are essential for safe riding. They feel that more awareness is required about the utility of proper helmets.last_img read more