More Protection for Volunteers

first_imgNova Scotians who volunteer for non-profit organizations wouldhave even more protection under legislation introduced today,Oct. 2, by Justice Minister Michael Baker. Further amendments to the Volunteer Protection Act are intendedto deter people from suing volunteers, by forcing them to pay thefull court-approved legal defence costs of the volunteer in theevent that a lawsuit is unsuccessful. “This strengthens the legislation, which already limits theliability of volunteers who serve non-profit organizations,” saidMr. Baker. “This amendment will hold accountable those who sue avolunteer if the case has no merit.” Mr. Baker said the change should also help encourage even moreNova Scotians to devote their time and energy to non-profitorganizations. “Volunteers are special,” he said. “They help us feel proud aboutour people and communities. They contribute to a healthier,stronger Nova Scotia, and we thank them for their dedicatedservice.” The Volunteer Protection Act, proclaimed on Dec. 23, 2002,already sets out a number of circumstances where volunteers arenot liable for damages. They include: The Act also prevents non-profit organizations from recoveringcosts from volunteers, in cases where the organizations are foundliable and must pay damages. A non-profit organization means any non-profit body or societyincorporated under the Societies Act organized and conducted forpublic benefit, and operated for the following purposes:charitable, civic, educational, religious, welfare, health,sport, recreation, tourism, heritage or culture. This couldinclude a municipality, school board, regional library board or ahospital. when volunteers are acting within the scope of their responsibilities; when volunteers are properly licenced, certified or authorized by the appropriate authorities.last_img read more

Air India to launch Mumbai to Nairobi flight services from September

first_imgMumbai: National carrier Air India is set to provide seamless connectivity to East Africa from the financial capital Mumbai with a direct daily flight to the Kenyan capital city Nairobi from September. At present, Air India has a codeshare partnership with Kenyan Airways, which operates a daily service between Mumbai and Nairobi. Code sharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence. The services on the Mumbai-Nairobi route will be operated four times in a week, Minister for civil aviation (Independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri announced in a tweet Monday. “I am delighted to announce that on the occasion of World Tourism Day on Sept 27, @airindiain will begin a direct Mumbai-Nairobi flight (4 days a week) to improve air connectivity between India & Kenya,” Puri tweeted. According to an airline source, the new route will be serviced through the 256-seater Boeing 787-800 plane.last_img read more

Tourism minister to visit JK Ladakh next month

first_imgNew Delhi: A team of officials from the Union tourism ministry, led by minister Prahlad Patel, will be touring Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh next month to finalise the plans to boost tourism in the two newly-formed Union territories by November 1. In an interview to PTI, Patel said he had already sent two officials from the Union culture and tourism ministry on deputation to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, who would act as an “advance team” before he would arrive there in the first week of September to take stock of the situation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “I will to go to Leh first and then to Jammu and Kashmir to visit the identified tourist spots and conduct a review. We need to provide skill training to guides, get them acquainted with different languages. We are planning to get this done over the next two months,” he said on Monday. The Union minister of state (independent charge) for tourism added that he would lead the teams unless he accompanied the prime minister on his upcoming trip to Russia. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said two recent decisions of the government — on e-visas and on opening up 137 peaks, 15 of which were in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, for foreign tourists — would boost the tourist footfall in the region, which in turn would help in the growth of both revenue-generating and employment opportunities. Patel listed four key elements of his plan to prepare the two Union territories for tourism — upgrading manpower, which would include training guides, build awareness on the bread-and-breakfast scheme, asking people to open up their homes at places where there is a shortage of hotels, give them basic training to run them and also promote adventure sports in a big way. “What we need to do is change perceptions like we managed to do in the north-east. We need to tell everyone that there are no security issues in the region and it will be safe for them to travel there. “While we have the cultural heritage to get tourists to visit these places, what we need to do is build amenities around them. We have to identify areas and build infrastructure,” he said. Patel further said while in Ladakh, the focus would be on tourists from countries practising Buddhism with guides being taught specific languages, in the Kashmir Valley, the ministry was planning to revive the Sufi tradition at places like Kishtwar. On August 5, the government abrogated the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.last_img read more

Make changes woman whose parents were murdered tells inquiry

first_img(The spirit chair at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Photo: Kathleen Martens)Kathleen MartensAPTN News When a murderous stalker killed her parents he took not only her family but her heritage, Falon Farinacci told the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Winnipeg Wednesday.Farinacci was nine-years-old when Andre Ducharme fatally shot Sherry and Maurice Paul in the tight-knit Metis community of Saint Eustache, Man., in 1993.Ducharme was a childhood friend of her father’s who became obsessed with her mother, Farinacci told chief Commissioner Marion Buller.“He was the town bully who went to school with my dad, and an alcoholic,” she said.The double murder shattered her life and that of her two brothers – one of whom died later in life by suicide.Farinacci said she brings her children back to Manitoba – the ancestral home of the Metis in Canada – to visit but it’s not the same.“Something about this pulled me here,” she said. “I hope that me coming and speaking for change means their passing will have meaning. And that’s what I want.”Farinacci has since married and had three children. But she remembers her father being actively involved with the Manitoba Metis Federation.“My dad was a very, very, very proud Metism,” Farinacci said.She said her parents didn’t reveal the problems they were having with Ducharme, whom she said they had a restraining order against.But Maurice did confide in his neighbour and friend, Ken Bowden.“He said if anything happens take care of my kids. I did, as much as I could,” Bowden testified.“The RCMP were very shitty and lazy,” added Bowden, who was critical of how long it took Mounties to deal with the volatile situation that ended in two killings.Ducharme eventually took his own life after shooting Maurice and Sherry Paul in their home with a rifle he’d stolen from his uncle, while their three young children were inside.Her older brother had escaped and run to the Bowdens to call police at midnight, Farinacci said.“The police officer decided to go back to bed. We continued to call for help. No one came.”At 8:30 in the morning, she said her grandfather burst in first followed by police.An inquest into the case helped strengthen Canada’s stalking laws but Farinacci said the crime is still not taken seriously enough.“He was released (from custody on an uttering threats charge) and ordered to stay away. He was released the same day that he killed them,” she said.She said not enough is done, especially for women, noting she herself lives with a fear of death as a result and that it needs to be taken more seriously.Because the impact of the crime still haunts her, Farinacci called for the inquiry to recommend victim services for families – whenever they need them – be it one or 20 years later.She also wonders sometimes whether the lack of timely police response was because the family was Metis.Farinacci was one of 836 families the inquiry says have registered to speak to date – 120 are from Manitoba alone.“Make the changes,” Farinacci told Buller. “No memorial. That’s not going to do anything.”Contact Kathleen here: kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Filling of Security Council seats is for Member States to decide –

16 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says it is for United Nations Member States to decide which nations fill the non-permanent seats on the Security Council, dispelling any notion that he supports a particular candidate. “The Secretary-General is not in a position to endorse any nation for a Security Council seat. That matter is strictly in the hands of the Member States, although he wishes all candidates well in their pursuits,” stated a note issued to correspondents by his spokesperson.Comments Mr. Ban made to the Hungarian news outlet MTI were mischaracterized, the noted said, as voicing support for Hungary’s candidacy for a seat on the 15-member Council.Asked by the outlet if he thought Hungary had a good chance of becoming a member of the Council, Mr. Ban replied: “I hope you will continue to work with the Member States so that you will get enough votes in the General Assembly this fall.”“It should be clear that the Secretary-General is simply saying that candidates for Security Council seats are all qualified and need to work with other Member States in order to secure support for their candidacies,” the note clarified. To be elected as a non-permanent member of the Council, candidate countries need a two-thirds majority of ballots of Member States that are present and voting in the 192-member Assembly. The seats are allocated on the basis of geographical groupings. The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. read more

Football Samuels stock rises Browns falls after NFL Combine

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) celebrates as he scores a rushing touchdown in second overtime to win the game for the Buckeyes on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State football team will not be breaking records in the NFL Draft like it did last season, there are still eight former Buckeyes who are vying for the chance to play at the highest level in 2017. After the 2017 NFL Combine, a few of those players might be hearing their names called a little earlier after solid workouts. However, it isn’t positive for all OSU’s hopefuls.Center/Guard Pat ElfleinPrediction: Pick 114 (Washington Redskins)Pat Elflein’s switch to center worked well for the Pickerington, Ohio, native. A starter for 40 consecutive games and the indisputable anchor of the Buckeyes on the offensive line last season, Elflein mentored now-redshirt senior Billy Price, who will be following in his teammate’s footsteps next season by sliding over from guard to center.At the combine, Elflein looked leaner, with a more slim yet powerful frame. Even with a body that appeared much more in shape, Elflein managed just 22 reps, a rather low number for an offensive lineman.Elflein was not pleased.“It’s OK for right now,” he told the media. “But I’m going to do more at pro day.”While his stock might drop slightly because of less-than-stellar testing, Elflein is a workhorse who can bring a lot to an NFL franchise. Although he is known to have short arms for an interior lineman and lack some fundamental strength, he can still be a late steal.Wide receiver Curtis SamuelPrediction: Pick 37 (Los Angeles Rams)Curtis Samuel did not have the best hands last season, and had a habit of dropping passes. Regardless, Samuel entered the combine as a wide receiver rather than a running back, and showed off his most valuable skill: his speed.Samuel put in a blazing 4.31 40-yard dash time, the second best mark behind only John Ross of Washington, who ran an absurd 4.22 dash time. It was the fastest time of any Buckeye at the combine ever.It remains to be seen where Samuel actually ends up playing in the NFL. His 18 reps on bench press are a relatively high number for a wide receiver and predict his ability to create separation, but would also show his ability to bounce off tackles in the NFL as a running back.Regardless, Samuel earned himself quite a pay-bump with his quick feet.Linebacker Raekwon McMillanPrediction: Pick 53 (Detroit Lions)A leader in the middle of the OSU defense for three years, Raekwon McMillan is another example of a quality linebacker from Columbus. With more than 100 tackles in his senior season alone, McMillan showed his ability to be a reliable and formidable force in the middle on run defense. As a player who is wise beyond his years, McMillan’s ability to drop back in coverage and chase down ball carriers are the biggest questions ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. One thing that can’t be questioned is the leadership of McMillan.“Everything we did on defense (at OSU) came through me,” he said. “I can do the same thing for their program. I’m never gonna give you a reason to let me go from the team, and I’ll always be a leader … never a follower.”With 23 reps on bench press, and a solid 4.61 time in the 40-yard dash, it seems strange that fans and coaches still question the ability of the Georgia native. Still, the combine is not an actual game. McMillan will be able to play at the next level, but will still have to prove himself at OSU’s pro day. Any team that takes a chance on him will likely benefit from one of the most intelligent and mature players in the draft, but that team might have to wait a year or two before he develops into a well-rounded middle linebacker.But when he is fully developed, McMillan could be one of the league’s best.Cornerback Marshon LattimorePrediction: Pick 12 (Cleveland Browns)Marshon Lattimore went through lingering hamstring injuries throughout his college career before having a stellar year in 2016, picking up four interceptions and returning one for a touchdown. And yet, every team still seemed hung up on his hamstring. Lattimore said he was asked multiple times about his hamstring, often with the question being the first thing asked.After an x-ray signaled he was fine, Lattimore reported injured his hamstring again, but he said it was hip flexor.Before the apparent injury, Lattimore ran a 4.36 40-yard dash, which showed his hamstring was in order (later ruined by reports of another injury). Lattimore has speed, and has the ability to play zone and press coverage, but his health is a major question mark. Still, Lattimore is confident.“At Ohio State, they prepare you the best, I feel like,” Lattimore said. “We perform in college, and then we perform in the league.”A team is going to take a shot at him in the first round, but the question is, who will be willing to take on the risk of a cornerback who can’t stay on the field?Punter Cameron Johnston Prediction: Pick 247 (Green Bay Packers)It’s hard to judge punters in combine testing. Most of what is known about a special teamer is established well before the combine.In Cameron Johnston’s case, he was one of three punters to run the 40-yard dash, and posted the slowest time among specialists of 4.92 seconds. This isn’t exactly an important stat for punters, but it’s worth noting.Johnston is a rugby-style punter who can really boot the ball deep, and could add a nice twist to a team looking for a proven player at the position. He won’t be taken off the board until late, if at all due to the fact he plays a position that is extremely undervalued. Safety Malik HookerPrediction: Pick 7 (Los Angeles Chargers)“The Freak” proved all doubters wrong in 2016 after coming into Columbus as a somewhat forgotten about three-star recruit. He dominated college football as a ball-hawking safety who could hit as hard as a linebacker. A powerfully built frame, and hands like a wide receiver, Malik Hooker is easily one of the top-10 best players in the entire draft. Offseason surgeries have limited his ability to show off his talent at the combine, but his draft stock has not fallen far.A sports hernia surgery and a procedure to repair a labrum in his hip have slowed Hooker temporarily, but he told reporters at the combine that  he played through the injury during the Fiesta Bowl.“That was never a thought,” Hooker said. “Just because I put too much work in with those guys. It would be like I’m letting them down.”Hooker will still remain a top-10 selection in the draft, even though he will have to wait until rookie camp to actually contribute and work towards playing. Cornerback Gareon ConleyPrediction: Pick 31 (Atlanta Falcons)Gareon Conley is the man people forget from the OSU secondary in this draft, which is disappointing considering he is a quality player and one of the top cornerbacks in a cornerback-heavy class. He solidified that with a solid 4.44 40-yard dash time.In skills drills, Conley was right up there with the cornerbacks who were considered leaps ahead of him, and had a good enough showing to make him seem like a potential pick in the first half of the first round.This likely won’t happen for Conley, as teams have bought into the hype of his former teammates Lattimore and Alabama standout Marlon Humphrey. But his testing at the combine, paired with a career of success with the Buckeyes, shows how much Conley can bring to any team that selects him.Conley is projected to drop out of the first round, but that isn’t stopping him.“I don’t worry about it, but I try to motivate myself to get there,” he said. “I definitely want to be a first-round pick. Nobody doesn’t want to be a first-round pick, so I’m going to work as hard as I can to be a first-round pick.”His solid testing and positive attitude just might have gotten him there.Wide receiver Noah BrownPrediction: Pick 83 (Tennessee Titans)Noah Brown’s decision to leave OSU early was a surprise to many. He hopped on the hype train of players leaving after one solid year of production.Only problem, Brown’s numbers were not solid.With the exception of his absurd four-touchdown night against Oklahoma early in the season, Brown did not show much of anything to demonstrate he is going to make a difference in the NFL. The big-bodied receiver has the size to produce, but has far too many question marks to give him a clear distinction as a top-ranked wide receiver.Brown had a solid 19 reps on the bench press, but did not run the 40-yard dash, electing to wait until OSU’s pro day on March 23 to show off his speed. This draft is deep enough at receiver that Brown needed to wow in order to draw more interest. His body and strength alone have given him some consideration for teams desperate for wide receiver, but Brown could not have done himself any favors in the combine. read more

Cat sponsors hackathon to help boost mining equipment operator performance

first_imgSoftware developers, data scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs will convene in San Francisco from September 23-25, 2016 for a 54-hour hackathon sponsored by Caterpillar and Unearthed, an Australia-based open innovation organisation for the global resources sector. The hackathon format brings together creative problem solvers and industry experts who work in teams under intense time pressure to propose prototype solutions to industry challenges.“Caterpillar is pleased to sponsor Unearthed San Francisco,” said Tony Johnson, marketing manager for Caterpillar Global Mining, Surface Mining & Technology Division. “It’s especially fitting to host this event just prior to MINExpo where Caterpillar will showcase a strategy of continuous innovation.”“The Unearthed organisation has inspired more than 1,000 innovators to attack problems in the global resources sector, and in the process, at least 150 promising solutions have been produced,” said Roberto Ortega, Innovation Incubator, Caterpillar. “We’re excited to put that kind of energy and imagination to work on behalf of our customers.”Among the innovations emerging from Unearthed events are novel sensors and analytics for preventing oversize material from blocking the crushers on iron ore sites, predictive algorithms that dramatically reduce the need for lab sampling, and wearable devices that improve workplace safety. Some of the mining and oil & gas companies taking advantage of this approach include BHP Billiton, Iluka Resources, Newcrest, Rio Tinto and Woodside.“The global resources sector faces unprecedented pressure to improve the efficiency and sustainability of its operations, and at the same time it will see nearly $1 trillion of impact from new technologies in the decade ahead,” explained Justin Strharsky, Director of Unearthed. “We are helping industry adapt by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs.”In San Francisco, Caterpillar will challenge hackathon participants to propose innovative ways to use telematics data and real-time coaching to improve surface mining truck operator performance. “Operator technique has a profound effect on productivity, fuel efficiency, component life and operating costs,” explained Johnson. “Our customers spend a lot of time and resources on traditional training activities, but we believe we can augment their work with data, analytics and real-time feedback.”Using several large datasets from Caterpillar, hackathon participants will spend the weekend exploring how the information could be used to improve operator performance, predict potential problems, reward desired behavior and reduce machine misuse. Caterpillar subject matter experts will be on hand to provide industry perspective.At the end of the session, teams will have five minutes to present their ideas and five minutes to respond to questions from a panel of judges. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top prototypes. The first-place team will be featured in a video shown at MINExpo 2016. “We expect that the solutions provided by the hackathon participants will be applicable to surface and underground mining equipment,” Ortega said. “In the spirit of innovation, the solutions are likely to be applicable to most types of heavy equipment and not limited to mining applications.”“The hackathon is just one more way we’re putting the latest tools, processes and ideas to work for Caterpillar customers—helping them improve safety, increase production efficiency and reduce costs,” Johnson concluded.last_img read more

Nikola Cvijetic leaving Swiss NT My dream is to play for Serbia

Nikola CvijeticSerbia handballSwiss handball ← Previous Story Denmark wins Golden League Next Story → Veszprem in trouble – Laszlo Nagy is out for a month Swiss national team player Nikola Cvijetić has decided to leave the squad of Rolf Brack and try to wear a new t-shirt in not such a closer future. A 25-years old right wing of the Swiss best team, HC Kadetten Schaffhausen, wants to play for Serbia, country of his parents. Perspective lefthander has announced that for– I decided to finish chapter of my career linked with Swiss national team. In my heart, I am Serb, and after talk with my family, I made decision to try to impose myself to the Serbian NT in the future. I am aware how tough will be to get a chance, but I am still young, only 24, there is a lot of team that my dreams come true even I will have to make a break until 2017. My biggest dream is to play with Serbia at some big event – World or European championship – said Cvijetic, who has 15 appearances for Switzerland. The last one was in June 2014 against Tunisia, which means that he will be able to play for Serbia since June 2017 according to IHF regulations. read more

PAC may hold rare vote as government TDs say penalty points inquiry

first_imgTHE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee (PAC) may be forced into holding a rare vote on whether or not to continue its inquiry into the penalty points controversy, with two government TDs telling they want their investigation to be halted as the Garda Ombudsman is now involved.Justice Minister Alan Shatter asked the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the penalty points controversy last night in light of recent developments.That has led to two government TDs on the PAC telling the morning that the committee should halt its work and a possible meeting with a garda whistleblower this week to allow the Ombudsman inquiry to proceed unhindered.Both deputies, who declined to be named, did not rule out the committee holding a vote on the issue, a rare occurrence which last happened when a vote was held on electing independent TD Shane Ross as chair when the committee was being formed three years ago.The government TDs on the committee ultimately helped vote down that proposal with Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness installed as chairman.Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald indicated on RTÉ Radio and Newstalk this morning that the PAC’s inquiries into the alleged malpractice in the administration of the penalty points system should continue.Fianna Fáil’s Sean Fleming and independent TD Shane Ross have also indicated that that they want the PAC’s investigation to continue alongside the Ombudsman probe.The PAC will meet at 4.30pm this afternoon where it is likely to take legal advice on the matter before deciding on its next steps, that advice could include halting its inquiries as a result of the Ombudsman probe.The serving garda sergeant at the centre of the allegations, Maurice McCabe, has indicated a willingness to come before the committee, but to do so in private session.Column: Shatter’s focus is on whistleblowers themselves, rather than their allegationsShatter: ‘I’m not trying to silence whisteblowers’Read: We’ll find out later today if a serving garda sergeant will appear before the PAClast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img No Comments Share1 Tweet Email Short URL Jun 24th 2017, 8:50 AM 10,014 Views EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #CHEAT US ALL: Documents reveal the Department of Social Protection had concerns about calling people ‘cheats’ in its controversial welfare fraud campaign.2. #LONDON: Residents evacuated from a number of tower blocks over safety concerns have criticised the last minute evacuation.3. #MAYO: A man in his 80s was killed when he was struck by a car in Caremorris at 1am this morning.4. #PRIDE: A survey released to coincide with the Pride festival show one in five LGBT people say they still face bullying and harassment.5. #CHINA: More than 140 people are feared buried after a landslide swallowed a small Chinese village.6. #EYES IN THE SKY: As part of a new pilot, drones will be used to tackle illegal dumping.7. #STANDARDS: An advertisement which claimed homeopathy treatment helped children with autism overcome their symptoms has been banned.8. #PRESSURE: A new poll for the Irish Daily Mail found 70% of the Irish people believe the Taoiseach should replace Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.9. #BEACH FOR THE STARS: If you are planning a visit to the coast this weekend, these are the safest, cleanest beaches you can go to. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: doughnut image via Shutterstock Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 8:50 AM Image: doughnut image via Shutterstock By Michelle Hennessy The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s what you need to know this morning. last_img read more

Le rover Curiosity est tombé en panne sur Mars cette semaine

first_imgLe rover Curiosity est tombé en panne sur Mars cette semaineCette semaine, le robot Curiosity a été contraint au chômage technique après qu’une panne de l’ordinateur qui s’occupe de le gérer soit survenue. Le contact n’a toutefois pas été coupé avec la planète Terre.Envoyé en mission sur Mars depuis le mois d’aout 2012, Curiosity a connu cette semaine une panne exceptionnelle obligeant le rover à cesser momentanément toues ses activités. Selon la Nasa qui a publié l’information sur son site internet, le robot aurait été mis en veilleuse après qu’un dysfonctionnement de la mémoire flash ait contraint le rover à s’arrêter. “Curiosity a été mis en veilleuse ce qui permet de réduire les activités du robot au minimum pour préserver ses systèmes informatiques le temps de régler un problème dû à un dysfonctionnement de la mémoire flash”, a ainsi expliqué le Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), le laboratoire chargé de mission basé à Pasadena en Californie.C’est le 6 août dernier que ce robot à six roues ultra-sophistiqué s’était posé dans le cratère de Gale afin de mener des explorations poussées de la planète Mars. La mission du rover : déterminer si oui ou non la vie microbienne a été possible dans le passé sur le sol martien. Actuellement en arrêt, le robot continue néanmoins de conserver un contact avec la Terre grâce à des ordinateurs de secours qui prennent actuellement le relais le temps que la panne soit entièrement réparée.Le 2 mars 2013 à 21:17 • Guichaoua Virginielast_img read more

Positives for HIVAids down in Turks and Caicos Testing today

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jun 2015 – I know my status… do you know yours?! Today, if you don’t, you can change that when you take advantage of a free, fast, confidential test for HIV Aids at any of the three Scotiabank locations nationwide from 9am to 4pm. Today is Regional HIV Testing Day, 20 countries are encouraging residents to ‘Know Your Status’ … the good news for the territory is that tests returning positive results is on the decrease for the TCI; the not so good news is not enough people are being tested. Hezron Henry, Rapport Counselor: “It has actually dropped within the teens, because previously it was in the 20s. So in terms of more positive cases, it has decreased.”Turks and Caicos can also tout that no babies have been born with HIV/Aids in years. Again testing is on at both Scotiabank locations in Provo and the bank in Grand Turk. New small business support organization established Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:AIDS, Hiv, regional HIV testing day, Scotia bank ‘Know Your Status’ as ScotiaBank supports Regional HIV Testing daylast_img read more

Emery is looking forward to Petr Cechs perfect career end

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery, paid his particular tribute to Petr Cech after he announced that this season would be his last as a professional.Legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech announced this week that he is hanging up his boots after an incredible 20-year career, Spanish manager Unai Emery wanted to pay his very particular tribute to the Czech goalkeeper as he expects that everybody gives him the farewell he deserves.The best years of Petr’s career obviously came at Chelsea, where he won literally everything that any player could dream of at club level and he became one of the best players in Premier League history.There is actually a general conversation in which Cech’s name is mentioned alongside legends such as Peter Schmeichel, David Seaman, Edwin van der Sar, and David de Gea.In many of those debates, the Czech Republic goalie is already considered as the very best that English football every had and his retirement actually shocked people like Seaman himself because it will happen when Petr is only 36-years old.Just to put things in perspective, great goalkeepers in football history usually retire at a much older age because they don’t risk their legs as much as the pitch players.The best examples of this tendency are Italian legends Dino Zoff and Gianluigi Buffon, who played at the highest level until a very advanced age.”A great player with a lot of titles in his career and I think the respect to him is very big for me and for all the football world.”@UnaiEmery_ pays tribute to @PetrCech…— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 17, 2019But for some reason, Cech believes that the time has come and everybody should respect his wishes because we really are talking about one of the all-time greats not only in England, but anywhere in the world.Now that he is playing his last matches for Arsenal, manager Unai Emery revealed that he wants to make sure that Petr gets the farewell he deserves and he obviously will do everything in his power to make that happen.“First, he is a very big person. A person I’ve only known for six months, a person who is closer to more people [other] than me,” said Emery as quoted by Four Four Two.“As a player he was great, with a lot of titles in his career. The respect to him is very big for me and for all the football world.”“His decision is a very, very personal decision. I respect him. He said to us [he planned to retire] at the beginning of the week. When he did we were surprised but respectful. He was thinking with his family about this decision.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“All we can say to him – every player in the team – is we want to find a good moment with you at the end of your career.”“Now it’s very difficult to speak about that. I want to enjoy with him the last four months. To [work] together in a big way, finding our objectives with him.”Emery wants Cech to end career ‘in a good moment’— Gunners Today (@gunners_today) January 17, 2019We do have to say that Cech’s decision was pretty unexpected, mostly because we still think that he has a lot more to give to this beautiful sport and there appears to be no turning back for him anymore.During his time at Chelsea, there was a sense that the man was a bit disrespected by the Blues’ owners when they decided to sell him in order to give Thibaut Courtois the position in the squad.Cech could’ve easily remained with the Blues for the rest of his career, nobody ever questions that he at least earned the chance to decide the way in which he wanted to retire.This announcement comes in a very timely manner, as Arsenal is about to face Chelsea in the Premier League next weekend and we can already picture how emotional this moment will be for the legend.Playing against the club he adores on the same week he announced one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever made, must be something truly difficult but we are sure all the Blues’ players will pay Petr the respects that he deserves.“I don’t know now. It’s a question to do with the club and with the player. When he played at the start of the season he started very well, with very good behaviour, commitment and also performance.”– Unai Emery on Petr Cech’s future— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) January 5, 2019What is your take on Petr Cech’s decision to hang up his boots by the end of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

3 Bangladeshis convicted in Maldives over murder of compatriot

first_imgMap of MaldivesThree Bangladeshi nationals have been convicted over the murder of a fellow Bangladeshi on Fuvahmulah island of Maldives in June 2011, reports the Maldives Independent.“The 25 year-old victim, identified as Shareeful, was found dead in a ditch with signs of torture in 2011,” according to the Maldivian media outlet on Sunday.On the convicted, the report added, M D Salam and Shareef were sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder.It also said another defendant Alaal was found guilty of aiding and he was sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison.“The victim, Shareeful, was taken to Alaal’s room on the night of 28 June 2011 and assaulted by M D Salam and Shareef, who strangled him with a USB cable, banged his head on the floor and snapped his neck. Alaal had checked to see if Shareeful was dead and helped the others to dispose of the body,” according to the verdict quoted in the report.last_img read more

Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg Will Reportedly Testify Before Congress on Data Privacy

first_imgFacebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided that he will travel to Washington, D.C., in the next few weeks to testify at upcoming congressional hearings in the wake of a user-data scandal that has roiled the company, CNN reported, citing anonymous sources.A Facebook spokesman declined to confirm that Zuckerberg will appear before Congress. The company has received several invitations and is in talks with legislators about next steps.Facebook remains in damage-control mode after news broke about user data that was obtained illicitly by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that was contracted to work on Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and reportedly used the Facebook data to target voters. U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica got its hands on information about some 50 million users — without their knowledge or consent. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img On Monday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley invited Zuckerberg, as well as Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, to appear at an April 10 hearing on data privacy.Meanwhile, Zuckerberg turned down a request by the U.K.’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee for him to appear before its Fake News inquiry to explain the Cambridge Analytica situation and how social-media firms are using data for political ad targeting.In an interview with CNN last Wednesday, Zuckerberg — asked if he will testify before Congress — said, “I’m happy to, if it’s the right thing to do.” He added, “Facebook testifies in Congress regularly on a number of topics, some high profile and some not. And our objective is always to provide Congress, who does an extremely important job, to have the most information that they can.”On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission officially announced the launch of a “non-public” investigation into Facebook’s data-privacy practices. Specifically, the agency is looking at whether the company violated a 2011 consent decree requiring user consent for sharing data. Facebook faces potential fines of $40,000 per user for violations of the FTC agreement, which could amount to a massive monetary penalty.Zuckerberg last week issued a statement about the company’s handling of the Cambridge Analytica case, and subsequently made select media appearances after several days out of the public eye. He apologized for the “breach of trust” with users and outlined actions the company has already taken and intends to make.last_img read more

Does your family know its Gay Uncles Day this Sunday

first_imgLiam Goodey and Imogen. | Photo: supplied Kurtis Hope and Jake. | Photo: supplied GAYSTARNEWS- Bradley Tubb and Phoebe. | Photo: supplied The day started two years ago when Florida resident C.J Hatter took to Facebook to make the suggestion.He wrote: ‘Mark your calendars now! The second Sunday in August is Gay Uncles Day. Shower your favorite gay uncle with gifts and recognition!’Hatter later elaborated: ‘‘My goal in promoting this day of celebration is to normalize the role of the gay uncle, cousin, brother… whatever, in the family and in society.‘The more visible we are, and the more forthright we and our loved ones are of our very existence, the less uncomfortable society will be with us,’ he said.Gay uncles (or ‘guncles’) play a pivotal role in the family unit.When we first posted about the day two years ago, the reaction was viral.Gay Uncles Day returned last year and again, there was an overwhelming positive reaction.So in preparation this year, we thought we’d prepare a collection of photos of Gay Uncles.Happy Gay Uncles Day!Luis Guitart (right @LuisGuitart) and Erik White (left @ewhiteboy) with Charlie (left) and Josie (right). | Photo: supplied Ren Ivaldi and Sergio. | Photo: supplied Robert Elkin with Alana and Lyra. | Photo: supplied It’s Gay Uncles Day on Sunday (12 August) and here’s everything you need to know. Don Warga and his great nephew. | Photo: supplied eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Cliff Loussan and Aimy. | Photo: supplied Nathan Ramsden and Lainey. | Photo: supplied Ben Egan with Zack and Ella. | Photo: supplied Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Connor Briggs with partner David and Brooke and Esme. | Photo: supplied Ben Hamilton-Rhys with Amelia-Grace and Jack. | Photo: supplied Matt Stokes and partner James with Henry. | Photo: supplied Jordan Traxler and Lily Mae celebrating Gay Uncles Day. | Photo: supplied Stewart, Kyla and Gordon at Glasgow Pride. | Photo: supplied Gay uncle gives powerful talk on importance of talking to young kids about sexualityHuman rights group reveals details of ‘gruesome ordeal’ facing gay men in ChechnyaWhat it’s really like to run a clothing-optional gay resort in Palm SpringsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Hundreds march against Monsanto in San José

first_imgNo related posts. Some 300 persons marched Saturday in San José against multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto, particularly to draw attention to the company’s presence in agriculture sectors of developing countries.The march was part of a global initiative that took place in more than 400 cities, aimed at drawing attention to the alleged risks of genetically modified organisms, heavy use of agrochemicals, and the multinational company’s virtual monopoly on agricultural biotechnology.“We not only oppose this corporation [Monsanto], but also we oppose the development model that it represents,” said Ignacio Arroyo, a representative of the Costa Rican environmental activist group Bloque Verde.“Farmers become customers of big corporations that sell them patented seeds and agrochemicals. They are no longer the owners of their seeds”, he added.Singing “queremos chicha, queremos maíz, queremos a Monsanto fuera del país” (“We want chicha [a fermented corn-based liquor], we want corn, we want Monsanto out of the country”), protesters began the march at the Plaza de la Cultura in downtown San José at 2 p.m. They walked along Central Avenue, visiting the capital’s two major markets, and then headed to Morazán Park and National Park.Many carried signs saying “Monsanto mata” (“Monsanto kills”), “Seeds are free” and “La naturaleza no nesecita ser modificada” (“Nature doesn’t need to be modified”).Several members of the Bloque Verde, which opposes the introduction of GMOs into the country and is one of the organizers of the march, handed out fliers with information to people who curiously watched the march pass by.The USA Today reported that two million people joined the march around the world. Participating cities included Los Angeles and Portland, in the United States, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bogotá, Colombia, and many others.In January, Costa Rica’s National Biosecurity Technical Commission granted U.S. Company Delta & Pine Land seed Ltda (D&PL), a local subsidiary of Monsanto, permission to grow genetically modified corn in the country.The decision now faces a constitutional challenge by lawmaker José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party and local environmentalists. The case is under review by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.Across the country, 56 cantons have voted to declare themselves GMO-free zones. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Six weeks before elections one third of Costa Ricans are undecided

first_imgA second round, Holy Sunday and the poor electoral menu If none of the candidates get at least 40 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face off in a runoff election in April.“We’re still growing. We’re Costa Rica’s primary political force,” Castro wrote on his Twitter account. The party that nominated him, the National Integration Party (PIN), is a small movement that in the past has put only one legislator in office.In third place in the poll, with 13 percent, is the lawyer Rodolfo Piza from the Social Christianity Unity Party (PUSC), which along with the PLN led Costa Rica’s bipartisan system during the latter part of the 20th century. The other 10 aspirants are polling under 10 percent. The poll also reflects a strong drop in support for President Luis Guillermo Solís. His administration is viewed negatively by 47 percent of those polled and positively by only 27 percent. In contrast, UCR polls carried out between March and October showed a positive evaluation of the current government.Solís’ image has been affected in recent months by a scandal related to loans from public banks for the importation of Chinese cement, a case that revealed traffic of influences in the three powers of the Estate and has affected almost all of the country’s political parties. One third of Costa Rican voters remain undecided just six weeks before the presidential election. According to a poll published Wednesday, the two leading candidates are in a statistical dead heat.The Investigation and Political Studies Center at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) revealed that 34 percent of the sample has yet to choose a candidate. Former Security Minister Juan Diego Castro is the current favorite with 18 percent; Castro is known for his populist discourse and promises to erradicate corruption and crime.Former legislator and Cabinet minister Antonio Álvarez of the National Liberation Party (PLN) is within the 2.5-point margin of error with 14 percent. The poll was carried out from Dec. 4-13 with 1,578 telephone interviews. President Solís: ‘I’ve always told you the truth’center_img Costa Rica’s elections 2018: a primer Related posts:PHOTOS: Costa Rican candidates wrap up their campaigns Awaiting the final results How Costa Rica’s 2018 elections moved from street to screen New poll: Statistical dead heat in Costa Rica’s presidential elections Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Related Air One starts Boston flightsItalian cheap

first_img RelatedAir One starts Boston flightsItalian cheap flights airline Air One has started flights to Boston from Milan Malpensa Airport.Southwest Airlines to launch new flights to ChicagoUS cheap flights carrier Southwest Airlines will launch new flights to Chicago and Baltimore/Washington from Boston.JetBlue announces intention to expand during 2009American low fares airline JetBlue has announced its intention to increase the number of flights it operates. California-based Virgin America has announced that it will launch new services to Boston Logan International Airport from San Francisco and Los Angeles.The airline will fly from San Francisco International Airport to Boston on two daily round trips, with the Los Angeles service operating on a three-times-daily basis.Commenting on the new routes, Virgin America president and chief executive officer David Cush said: “Boston is one of the world’s premier cities and travel markets and is a perfect fit for our award-winning service and urban point-to-point, transcontinental business model.”The new services will commence on February 12th next year, with Boston becoming the eighth city in Virgin America’s network.Virgin America was launched in August 2007 and recently won ‘Best Domestic Airline’ in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards.Fliers participating in the 2008 Zagat Global Airline Survey last month voted Virgin America the best domestic mid-sized airline in premium class.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

MASH star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson

first_img‘M.A.S.H.’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease FILE – In this April 26, 2013 file photo, actor Alan Alda listens during an interview at Stony Brook University, on New York’s Long Island. Alda says he has Parkinson’s disease. Appearing Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on “CBS This Morning,” the former “MASH” star said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2018 6:08 am PDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Actor Alan Alda says he has Parkinson’s disease.Appearing Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” the former “M.A.S.H.” star said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. Alda says he expects a tabloid will soon publish a story about his diagnosis.The 82-year-old says he’s not angry and considers it a challenge. Alda says he has acted and given talks since then. He says he could see his thumb twitch in a recent podcast and thought someone would soon do a sad story.Alda says revealing his diagnosis might be helpful to others with Parkinson’s that there are things they can do.Alda played a senator who ran for president on “The West Wing” and he also hosted “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS.last_img read more