Les artistes et la Province soulignent le progrès réalisé dans les arts

first_imgLes artistes de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont mieux reconnus, reçoivent plus de soutien et contribuent plus que jamais à la croissance de l’économie de la création, et ce grâce aux mesures prises dans le cadre du plan en cinq points sur les arts et la culture. Leonard Preyra, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, était accompagné à la Galerie d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui, 27 février, par la présidente du conseil d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse, Candace Stevenson, et le président du Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse, Ron Bourgeois, pour marquer le deuxième anniversaire du Plan en cinq points sur les arts et la culture de la Province. Le plan a été présenté en février 2011 et des mesures ont déjà été prises sur tous les fronts, y compris les mesures suivantes : « Les arts et la culture sont parmi les principaux moteurs de l’économie de la création, économie qui façonne l’avenir ici, chez nous, et partout dans le monde, souligne M. Preyra. Je suis certain que le travail que nous avons réalisé dans le cadre du plan en cinq points a contribué à développer davantage ce secteur et mettra la Province en position stratégiquement favorable pour bénéficier des retombées de l’économie de la création, et ce dans l’intérêt de tous les Néo-Écossais. » Les retombées économiques du secteur des arts et de la culture sont estimées à près de 1,2 milliard de dollars en Nouvelle-Écosse avec près de 28 000 emplois directement ou indirectement liés aux activités culturelles. « Le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse a joué un rôle de premier plan pour aider la Province à concrétiser son plan en cinq points, indique M. Bourgeois. Nos 15 membres ont donné de leur temps pour aider à bâtir un secteur des arts et de la culture plus solide en Nouvelle-Écosse et c’est avec beaucoup de plaisir que nous aidons à marquer le deuxième anniversaire du plan. » Mme Stevenson a aussi présenté le premier directeur d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse, Christopher Shore. Dans son nouveau rôle, M. Shore verra à la gestion d’environ 2,7 millions de dollars destinés à financer les artistes professionnels et les organismes artistiques de la province. « Nous sommes extrêmement heureux et nous avons bien hâte de commencer à travailler avec M. Shore, ajoute Mme Stevenson. Il a plus de dix-sept ans d’expérience dans la direction et la gestion de certains organismes culturels en Nouvelle-Écosse et puisqu’il est lui-même artiste, Christopher a une compréhension unique des défis que doivent relever les artistes. » Pour plus d’information sur Arts Nouvelle-Écosse, visitez le site novascotia.ca/cch/learning/boards/artsns/ (en anglais seulement). la mise sur pied d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse (ANE), un organisme indépendant chargé du soutien financier aux artistes; la création du Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse (CLCNE), à partir du Conseil de partenariat des arts et de la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, pour conseiller le gouvernement en matière de politiques sur les arts et la culture et orienter l’élaboration d’une stratégie culturelle provinciale; l’adoption de la loi sur le statut d’artiste pour soutenir l’épanouissement des artistes en Nouvelle-Écosse; la préparation d’une stratégie de communication pour les arts et la culture, y compris de nouveaux sites Web pour ANE et le CLCNE; la création d’un comité interministériel pour coordonner les efforts de la Province en vue de soutenir et de financer le développement des arts et de la culture.last_img read more

Vessel that spilled fuel into English Bay acquitted of all charges

first_imgVANCOUVER — A British Columbia provincial court has acquitted a vessel on all charges over its spill of 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into Vancouver’s English Bay.In a 77-page ruling released Thursday, Judge Kathryn Denhoff says the MV Marathassa discharged a harmful pollutant into the waters of English Bay and says four migratory birds were smeared with oil in April 2015.But her ruling says the Marathassa exercised due diligence and the discharge was caused by two unforeseeable shipbuilder defects on the new vessel, which had only been in operation for three weeks.It says the defects were only discovered as a result of the leak and were not foreseeable to external shipbuilding auditors nor to two experienced Transport Canada inspectors, who inspected the vessel in a search for the source of the leak.The Marathassa also had extensive pollution prevention systems in place and had conducted a comprehensive crew training program aimed at safety and pollution prevention that covered spills.The ruling says the Marathassa’s crew also implemented its pollution emergency plan by taking samples of the fuel oil in the water and helping with containment.“As a result, the Marathassa is acquitted of all charges,” the ruling says.“The Marathassa also took all reasonable steps to avoid the fuel oil spill on April 8, 2015.”The City of Vancouver filed a federal court claim in April against the owner of the Marathassa, saying it still hadn’t received compensation for about $550,000 it spent on response efforts.In March, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that Alassia Newships Management Inc., the Greek company that operated the vessel and employed its crew, was not properly served a summons notice so the trial proceeded only against the Marathassa. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Norwegian Air tries to raise cash after warning on profits

COPENHAGEN — Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has lowered its profit outlook again after British Airways’ parent company IAG last week ruled out a bid for the loss-making budget airline.Norwegian’s CEO Bjoern Kjos says the airline “has been through a period with significant growth” that left the Norway-based airline with hefty losses and high debts.Kjos said in a statement Tuesday that the company needed more capital and was selling shares worth 3 billion kroner ($350 million).According to preliminary 2018 figures, Norwegian Air is expected to report next month revenues of approximately 40.3 billion kroner ($4.7 billion) and an operating loss of approximately 3.8 billion ($ 446 million) kroner.Shares dropped some 25 per cent in early trading in Oslo on Tuesday but later recovered to trade down 9 per cent.The Associated Press read more

UN hopes for peaceful solution to Ivorian crisis stresses peacekeeping chief

“We hope for a peaceful solution to the crisis,” Mr. Le Roy said in an interview with UN Radio yesterday. Côte d’Ivoire has been plunged into turmoil after Mr. Gbagbo refused to concede defeat following the 28 November polls that were meant to advance the peace process in the West African nation, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north.Mr. Le Roy called on Mr. Gbagbo to stand by the statement he himself made on television a few days ago, in which he stated that he wants peace and called on his supporters to show restraint.The international community has backed Mr. Outtara’s victory, with the UN, the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – which is meeting today on the crisis – and others recognizing him as the duly elected leader of Côte d’Ivoire.In a further show of support for Mr. Outtara, the UN General Assembly on Thursday accepted, by consensus, the credentials of the representatives that he has designated, in a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “This important decision reflects the united position of the international community with respect to the legitimacy of the new government led by President Ouattara,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. Mr. Le Roy said the UN is very concerned about the Ivorian people, who are suffering the most as a result of the crisis, and called for all violations of human rights to stop immediately. UN officials have substantiated allegations of violations in recent days, including killings, destruction of property, abductions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, sexual violence and denial of the right to peaceful assembly.The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) on Thursday reported that severe violations of human rights and acts of intimidation continue in many neighbourhoods of Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital, and in the west.Meeting in a special session yesterday, the UN Human Rights Council condemned the violations, and urged all parties, particularly defence and security forces, to refrain from violence and to respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms.Cote 24 December 2010United Nations peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy has called on Laurent Gbagbo to keep his pledge not to resort to violence as the stand-off with his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who has been recognized by the international community as the winner of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election, continues. read more

Two more suspects deported from Dubai

Several suspects arrested in Dubai in February during a party hosted at a hotel by Makandure Madush have been sent back to Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankans were deported over the past several weeks and some of them have been arrested and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) Two more suspects who were among several Sri Lankans arrested and remanded in Dubai, were deported to Sri Lanka.The Police said that the suspects were detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport when they arrived late last night (Wednesday). read more

Surveys show China manufacturing demand weak amid trade war

BEIJING — Two surveys of Chinese manufacturing show demand is weak amid a mounting tariff war with Washington over trade and technology.The business magazine Caixin said Monday its monthly purchasing managers’ index rose to 50.4 from July’s 49.9 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing.The magazine said that indicated “renewed improvement” but said its gauge of new orders fell to its lowest level this year.A separate survey released Saturday by an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, showed activity declining to 49.5 from July’s 49.7. It said market demand was “relatively weak.”Chinese exporters are struggling in the face of U.S. tariff hikes. Beijing has propped up economic growth by boosting government spending on construction.The Associated Press read more

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz plans to return to work early next

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz plans to return to work early next year following heart attack NEW YORK, N.Y. – United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz says he plans to return to work sometime in the first quarter of 2016.Munoz, 56, has been out on medical leave following an Oct. 15 heart attack. The company’s general counsel, Brett J. Hart, has led the company in his absence.“My time away will be a little longer than I would like, but based upon discussion with my doctors I will be back in the first quarter,” Munoz said in a letter to employees released by the company.Munoz had spent a month leading the Chicago-based United Continental Holdings before having the heart attack. He became CEO on Sept. 8 after Jeff Smisek was pushed out amid a federal investigation into the airline’s dealings with the government agency running one of its most important airports.During his short tenure, Munoz acknowledged that United had failed its passengers with chronic delays and computer outages and that it had poor relations with its workers. He promised to fix both.Munoz served as president and chief operating officer of CSX Corp. before accepting the CEO job with United. He joined the United Continental board in 2010.United has been plagued by technology challenges since its 2010 merger with Continental. More recently, federal prosecutors began investigating whether under Smisek the airline gave preferential treatment to a former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the New York-area airports.United has only said that it made the decision to oust Smisek and two other senior executives following an internal investigation into the Port Authority matter.__Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott. by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN spotlights need for policies to increase countries resilience against drought

“Despite being predictable, drought is the most costly and the deadliest disaster of our time,” said the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, adding that the decision to mitigate drought is ultimately political. “Governments of all drought-prone countries need to adopt, mainstream and operationalize national drought policies, based on the principles of early warning, preparedness and risk management.”Since the 1970s, the land area affected by drought has doubled. Most recently, droughts have affected the Greater Horn of Africa and the Sahel region, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, parts of China and India, Russia and South-east Europe. In addition, 168 countries claim to be affected by desertification, a process of land degradation in the drylands that affects food production and is exacerbated by drought.The effects of drought can last long after the rains return, with food remaining scarce and expensive and depleted water resources, eroded soils, weakened livestock, and legal and social conflicts lingering for years. Often, droughts are broken by major flood events, so they catch communities when they are most vulnerable, and add to the damages experienced. “The frequency, intensity, and duration of droughts are expected to rise in several parts of the world as a result of climate change, with an increasing human and economic toll,” said the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud. “We simply cannot afford to continue in a piecemeal, crisis-driven mode. We have the knowledge and experience to reduce the impact of drought. What we need now is the policy framework and action on the ground.”To address this issue, WMO, UNCCD and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will hold a High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy next week in Geneva to focus on drought preparedness and management policies. The five-day meeting will bring together policymakers, development agencies and leading scientists and researchers, and will seek to encourage countries to move from crisis management to disaster risk reduction.“More extreme and frequent droughts resulting from climate change are having devastating food security impacts, especially in the most vulnerable regions of the world,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. “To buck this trend, we must build resilient, ‘drought-resistant’ communities. This means not simply reacting after the rains fail, but investing over the long-term, so that when drought does hit, people and food systems can weather the blow.” read more

Ban Security Council condemn deadly attack on Egyptian tour bus in Sinai

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban condemned the deadly attack which reportedly killed four people including three tourists from the Republic of Korea, and wounded dozens of other people.“He conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Governments of Egypt and the Republic of Korea. He calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice,” the statement adds. In a statement issued later in the day, the members of the Security Council echoed Mr. Ban’s strong condemnation of the “heinous act”, reaffirmed that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any and all terrorist acts are criminal and unjustifiable. The Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. Egypt has witnessed considerable violence since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak three years ago following mass protests. Last July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the military deposing President Mohamed Morsy and the setting up of an interim government. A new constitution was adopted in a referendum last month. In early August 2013, the Secretary-General strongly condemned an ambush in the Sinai of Egyptian police officers, following earlier reports of dozens of prisoners killed while in police custody. At least 25 police officers were killed when two mini-buses were ambushed in the incident. That attack followed reports of 36 prisoners in police custody killed as they were being transferred from one facility to another. At that time, a spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) echoed the UN chief’s condemnation of the ambush and expressed the Office’s grave concern about insecurity in the Sinai region. read more

More than 11000 persons living with disability in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Government functionaries making a mockery of disability movement in GuyanaNovember 24, 2016In “Letters”Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centre commissions $8M ramp on International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesDecember 3, 2013In “Local News”GECOM working to ensure persons with disability vote with ease on Election DayJanuary 9, 2015In “Politics” Some 11,713 persons are living with a disability in Guyana, according to a household survey conducted by the National Commission on Disability.The survey was conducted in Regions 2, 3, 5, and 10 while a pilot was done in Region 6 in 2016.Region 3 had the highest number of persons with disabilities, followed by Region 6.Disabilities were categorised as physical/mobility disability, visual/seeing disability, hearing/speech disability, learning/cognitive, mental health and medical/other disability.In Region Two (Pomeroon Supenaam), there were 1,249 recorded cases of which 40.1% persons had physical disabilities, 20.6% had hearing or speech disabilities, 7% had learning disabilities, 23.1% had visual disabilities, 7.4% had mental health disabilities, and 1.8% had another type of disability.In Region Three (Essequibo Island – West Demerara), there were 3,896 cases of which 33.7% had physical disabilities, 16.9% had hearing disabilities, 11.7% had learning disabilities, 29.2% had visual disabilities, 5.4% had mental health disabilities, and 3.2% had another type of disability.For Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), there were 1,588 cases of which 38.7% of the persons had a physical disability, 20.2% had a hearing disability, 8.6% had a learning disability, 18.6% had a visual disability, 10.5% had a mental health disability, and 3.3% had another form of disability.In Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice), there were 1,718 cases of which 31.5% were physical, 16.4% were hearing, 14.3% were learning, 28.5% were visual, 6.9% were mental, and 2.4% were other.Avonel Corrica, an advocacy and Communications Officer attached to the National Commission on Disability, explained that the data becomes useful for policymakers.For example, it can be used when government prepares a budget or plans the construction of new facilities.Also, to cater for the hearing and speech impaired, public institutions and buildings will be expected to have in place, persons specialising in sign language to help with communication.“We want to ensure that we have figures to place to issues when it comes to disability in the regions because we don’t want to assume that there is a certain amount of persons with disabilities in the region and there is nothing to actually validate. So, we did this survey to ascertain their needs their capacities, what assistive devices they might need as well as some services they are entitled to for instance education relating to the disability act,” she stated.This survey has also highlighted to the commission, the number of unregistered persons with disabilities currently residing in the country. Corrica noted that with this information, the Guyana Society for the Blind has already tapped into the Commission’s database to reach this demographic. read more

Press Statement by the Minister of Tourism Environment Culture and Heritage

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 5, 2018 – Providenciales –  The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage and Gaming hereby states categorically that Taylor Bay and the adjoining Beach accesses are for the enjoyment of the public as they have been for generations.  These assertions are supported by legal advice received.  We will continue our tenacious and expedited efforts to have this situation regularized in short order.The planned Beach Jam for Taylor Bay this Saturday in and of itself would not bring closure to the matter; it requires firm leadership and, an uncompromising position on the part of TCIG, which my Ministry is committed to bringing to this situation, to defend the public’s Interest.   My Ministry and other relevant government departments are working closely together on this matter.To persons who feel like they must attend the event at Taylor Bay this Saturday, should do so in a dignified and respectable fashion.   Similarly, persons anywhere in Our Islands who would seek to prevent Our People and Our Guests from accessing and enjoying our Beaches would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.Turks and Caicos Beaches are known as the Best in the World, bar none, let’s keep it that way.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Trump administration to deploy National Guard troops to USMexico border

first_img Show Caption Hide Caption 1234 Show Caption Hide Caption Trump administration to deploy National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border Show Caption Hide Caption Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Border Wall, President Donald Trump FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to “immediately” deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.“The threat is real,” Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that Trump was signing a proclamation to put the deployment into effect. “It’s time to act.”The announcement came hours after Trump pledged “strong action today” on immigration and a day after he said he wants to use the military to secure the southern border until his “big, beautiful wall” is erected.In a tweet early Wednesday, Trump said that “Our Border Laws are very weak” and that Democrats “stand in our way” of new laws. He added, “We will be taking strong action today.”Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he’d been discussing the idea of using the military at the border with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.“We’re going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump said, calling the move a “big step.”President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built and warned Mexico to halt the passage of “caravans” of immigrants or risk U.S. abandonment of NAFTA. (April 3)Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the U.S., unless specifically authorized by Congress. But over the past 12 years, presidents have twice sent National Guard troops to the border to bolster security and assist with surveillance and other support. The White House counsel’s office has been working on the idea for several weeks, according to a senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans.Trump has been frustrated by slow action on building a wall along the Mexican border. He’s previously suggested using the Pentagon’s budget to pay for the wall, arguing it is a national security priority, despite strict rules that prohibit spending that’s not authorized by Congress.Nielsen said the administration was considering a model similar to a 2006 operation in which President George W. Bush deployed National Guard troops to the southern border, with a focus on assisting U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel.“We are anxious to have the support,” she said.Under Operation Jump Start, 6,000 National Guard troops were sent to assist the border patrol with non-law enforcement duties while additional border agents were hired and trained. Over two years, about 29,000 National Guard forces participated as forces rotated in and out. The Guard members were used for surveillance, communications, administrative support, intelligence, analysis and the installation of border security infrastructure. In addition, President Barack Obama sent about 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010 to beef up efforts against drug smuggling and illegal immigration.Texas also deployed military forces to its 800-mile (1,290-kilometer) border with Mexico. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump’s energy secretary, sent 1,000 Texas National Guardsmen to the Rio Grande Valley in 2014 in response to a sharp increase in Central American children crossing the border alone.Trump met Tuesday with top administration officials, including Mattis, Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to discuss the administration’s strategy to address what White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders described as “the growing influx of illegal immigration, drugs and violent gang members from Central America.”In addition to mobilizing the National Guard, Trump and senior officials “agreed on the need to pressure Congress to urgently pass legislation to close legal loopholes exploited by criminal trafficking, narco-terrorist and smuggling organizations,” Sanders said.Trump has been fixated on the issue since he grudgingly signed a spending bill last month that includes far less money for the wall than he’d hoped for.The $1.3 trillion package included $1.6 billion for border wall spending — a fraction of the $25 billion Trump made a last-minute push to secure. And much of that money can be used only to repair existing segments, not to build new sections.Trump spent the first months of his presidency bragging about a dramatic drop in illegal border crossings. Indeed, the 2017 fiscal year marked a 45-year low for Border Patrol arrests. But the numbers have been slowly ticking up since last April and are now on par with many months of the Obama administration. Statistics show 36,695 arrests of people trying to cross the southwest border in February 2018, up from 23,555 in the same month of the previous year.At last week’s meeting, Trump “directed a vigorous administrative strategy to confront this threat and protect America’s national security,” Sanders said. Tuesday’s briefing was a follow-up to discuss the plans. Show Caption Hide Caption center_img AP, Steve Bosh AP, Steve Bosh, Posted: April 4, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption April 4, 2018 Updated: 6:14 PMlast_img read more

3 shot in separate drivebys in NW SW MiamiDade

first_imgIf you have any information on any of these shootings, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took three people to the hospital after they were injured in separate drive-by shootings in Northwest Miami-Dade and Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the first shooting at 22250 S.W. 117th Ave., at around 11 a.m., Saturday.The second shooting happened in the same area, at Southwest 214th Street and 117th Avenue.Police are searching for black Toyota four-door vehicle in connection to these shootings but have not provided details about the victims.Hours later, just after 4:15 p.m., police responded to the scene of a third shooting at Northwest 68th Street and 20th Avenue in Northwest Miami-Dade.Officials said the victim in that incident sustained traumatic injuries and was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Investigators have not specified whether they have made any arrests. last_img read more

Initiative to Bolster Military Spouse Hiring to Begin Rollout in San Antonio

first_imgThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and USAA this week launched an initiative to boost the career prospects of military spouses by leveraging business, civic and military stakeholders to create employer networks geared to hiring spouses. Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones will be established in eight communities this year, starting with San Antonio, reported Texas Public Radio.“We’ve identified specific locations across the country that have a commitment to supporting our military families, and identified communities where we are able to leverage our Military Spouse Professional Networks,” said Elizabeth O’Brien, the Chamber foundation’s head of military spouse programs. “Most importantly, we are creating a one-stop-shop for the military spouse. Education opportunities, volunteer opportunities, job opportunities — we’re taking all of these resources that already exist and convening them in one location.”The initial communities where the program is being introduced were selected because they already have the key components in place, including community and local employer interest in military spouse employment and support from the local installation, reported Military.com.Photo by Lt. Col. Angela Wallace Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Banks deprive farmers of Rythu Bandhu benefit

first_imgMahbubnagar: The farmers are deprived of the benefit of Rythu Bandhu scheme with some banks diverting the money released under the scheme to recover the loan given to the farmers. The farming community is in distress as no financial aid for the farm activities. The farmers have been planning to approach the district administration to complain against the banks for their “unethical practices.” Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us In fact, Rythu Bandhu scheme has been launched by the State government to provide finical aid of Rs 5,000 per acre to all farmers across the State. However, a few bankers in Mahbubnagar district have been denying the benefit to the farmers. A farmer, Raju from Gounpadu village in Gadwal district, was shocked to learn that Rs 10,000 the State government deposited in his account under Rythu Bandhu scheme was adjusted by the bank against the loan he had taken. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Almost more than half of the banks in Jogulamba Gadwal district have stopped paying the Rythu Bandhu amount to the farmers and they have created problems for farmers “we have no other option but to approach the private lenders. We are not getting any benefit from Rythu Bandhu scheme and we still remain debt-ridden,” said Raju. Similar is the plight of farmers in Ganded mandal in Mahbubnagar. The bank officials in this mandal have also stopped the bank accounts and adjusted the Rythu Bandhu amount against their pending loans. Venkatswamy, CPI-M leaders said the scheme had not been helping the farmers. He demanded that the government take action against the erring banks.last_img read more

Tom Cruise didnt wish daughter Suri Cruise on her 13th birthday heres

first_imgTom Cruise leaves his hotel carrying daughter Suri for her gymnastics class on July 17, 2012 in New York, NY.MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/GettyImagesTom Cruise has not seen his daughter Suri Cruise in several years. On April 18, Suri will be celebrating her 13th birthday with Katie Holmes and most probably with Jamie Foxx. But will Tom Cruise come to the birthday party?Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have parted ways long ago but their personal lives have always created hype among the media. Their daughter, Suri Cruise, is now 13 years old but as per reports, she did not get any birthday wish from her Hollywood A-list star father, Tom Cruise.As we all know, Tom Cruise is an integral part of the Church of Scientology and as per a report by HollywoodLife, what exactly happens in the Church of Scientology is they have a category of people whom they refer to as Suppressive Persons. As per them, if someone goes out and meet with a Suppressive Person, he or she will be often regarded as a Potential Trouble Source.If Tom Cruise even wish to call or meet his daughter Suri Cruise on her 13th birthday, then he will have to first get in touch with his former wife Katie Holmes. If the Batman Begins movie actress is declared as a Suppressive Person then reportedly, her daughter would be seen as a Potential Trouble Source.”Tom Cruise would not want to come in contact with an SP. And if he views his daughter as a PTS, which is very likely, he would not be that excited about dealing with her either,” added the report. U.S. actor Tom Cruise holds his daughter Suri during a break in the filming of “Knight & Day”, a movie directed by U.S. director James Mangold in Seville, southern Spain, December 11, 2009.ReutersIn addition to this, the report further claims that even though Tom Cruise won’t be able to spend the day with his daughter Suri Cruise, he will be sending her a birthday gift.”It’s not something Katie talks about though, beyond saying that Tom does always come through with gifts for things like birthdays and Christmas,” the alleged source added.After Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ high-profile divorce, these two have dedicated their hours in different things. Tom has dedicated his time in making several action-thriller movies, while Katie has devoted her hours to spending quality time with her daughter Suri Cruise. Katie has done everything in her power to give her daughter the best life in every way.last_img read more

IBM buys Bengalurubased hybrid cloud firm Sanovi Technologies

first_imgUS software giant IBM on Thursday announced that it has signed a deal to acquire Bengaluru-based Sanovi Technologies for an undisclosed sum. The deal would enable IBM to bolster its Software Defined Resiliency strategy, delivery of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services for clients who are undergoing digital and hybrid cloud transformation.Sanovi Technologies is a privately held company that provides hybrid cloud recovery, cloud migration and business continuity software for enterprise data centres and cloud infrastructure, the company said in a statement.IBM plans to integrate Sanovi’s capabilities to its global technology services unit by the end of this year.”Our clients are embracing a digitised world where applications need to be ‘always-on.’ As a cloud-native company, Sanovi will strengthen our resiliency portfolio to manage the broad range of applications, data and IT systems of our clients balancing digital and hybrid cloud transformation with increased regulatory compliance,” Martin Jetter, senior vice president, global technology services, IBM said.In addition, IBM also envisions leveraging Watson Analytics to expand Sanovi’s disaster recovery management (DRM) capabilities.”IBM’s technology leadership in hybrid cloud infrastructure and resiliency services makes it a clear choice to bring end-to-end services to our customers and transformational value to IBM’s existing client base. Together, we will provide next-generation resiliency solutions for robust hybrid cloud deployments across the globe,” Chandra Sekhar Pulamarasetti, co-founder and CEO of Sanovi added in the statement.Sanovi Technologies provides cloud migration, business continuity and IT recovery solutions. It has over 350 customers, including Fortune 500 companies, service providers and multi-billion dollar enterprises across vertical industries.last_img read more

Prepoll promises fall flat saffron brigade a limping runnerup

first_imgKolkata: The lofty claims of BJP regarding its performance in the Panchayat polls seem to have fallen flat, with the party trailing Trinamool Congress as a distant second in the counting as of now.In Gram Panchayat, election was held in 31,802 seats. Out of this, Trinamool Congress has bagged 19,059 seats, while BJP has got 4,976 seats. In Zilla Parishad, BJP has bagged only one seat out of 622.The trend also shows the virtual eradication of Congress and marginalisation of CPI-M. In GP, CPI-M and Congress have got 1,287 and 852 seats respectively. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBJP has done comparatively well in Nadia, Malda, Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, Alipurduar and West Midnapore districts. Reacting sharply to this, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that BJP has pumped in money from Jharkhand and Assam. “We have intercepted some people with money. It is most unfortunate,” she said. She said Bankura and Purulia districts are flanked by Jharkhand. BJP has used both money and muscle power in the Panchayat elections in these areas, she added. Similarly in Malda and North 24-Parganas, the party has deployed goons from Bangladesh, said Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”BSF jawans were found helping them. Law and order is a state subject. How can BSF personnel intervene in the polls without informing the state government?” she wondered. It may be mentioned that some people of Habra in North 24-Parganas had alleged that BJP had mobilised miscreants from Bangladesh, on the day of the poll on May 14.The trend shows that the rural people have gone all out to support Trinamool Congress and the development carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government. Slander and canard circulated by BJP leaders in both the state and district levels, did not work as people did not get anything positive from them.The election has once again proved that in Bengal, election is held on the basis on development and not assurances.Congress has withered away in Malda and Murshidabad, once the party’s strongholds. In Malda, Trinamool does not have an MLA but sheer organisational strength of the party has helped them win seats in Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samity. On the other hand, WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury, the erstwhile ruler of Murshidabad, has bcome insignificant in Bengal politics.It has been the worst Panchayat poll for CPI-M, since the election started in 1978. In 2008, the party had first lost two Zilla Parishads to Trinamool Congress in East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas. In 2018, CPI-M has failed to bag a single Zilla Parishad so far. In Panchayat Samity, where the election was held in 6,123 seats, the party has bagged a mere 7. CPI-M’s unofficial alliance with Congress and BJP has failed to yield good results for the party and it has received a major blow, along with partner Congress.last_img read more

Eating food off the floor is not safe at all

first_imgFood, once dropped on the floor, is not safe to eat, however quickly you pick it up, warns a new study that debunks the widely accepted notion that it is all right to scoop up food and eat it within a “safe” five-second window. Moisture, type of surface and contact-time all contribute to cross-contamination. In some instances, the transfer begins in less than one second, the study said. “The popular notion of the ‘five-second rule’ is that food dropped on the floor, but picked up quickly, is safe to eat because bacteria need time to transfer,” said Donald Schaffner, Professor at the Rutgers University at New Jersey, in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We decided to look into this because the practice is so widespread. The topic might appear ‘light’ but we wanted our results backed by solid science,” Schaffner noted.The researchers tested four surfaces – stainless steel, ceramic tile, wood and carpet – and four different foods – watermelon, bread, bread and butter, and gummy candy. They also looked at four different contact times – less than one second, five, 30 and 300 seconds. They used two media to grow Enterobacter aerogenes, a nonpathogenic “cousin” of Salmonella naturally occurring in the human digestive system. Transfer scenarios were evaluated for each surface type, food type, contact time and bacterial prep; surfaces were inoculated with bacteria and allowed to completely dry before food samples were dropped and left to remain for specified periods.All totalled 128 scenarios were replicated 20 times each, yielding 2,560 measurements. Post-transfer surface and food samples were analysed for contamination.  Not surprisingly, watermelon had the most contamination, gummy candy the least, showed the findings published online in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology.last_img read more

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