Scholarship Recipients Tour Correctional Facility Begin Studies

first_img Two African-Nova Scotian students toured the correctionalfacility they hope to work in someday, as they begin collegestudies as the first recipients of the Morton Simmondsscholarship. Algeron Smith, 22, of North Preston, and Larissa Downey, 19, ofCherry Brook/Lake Loon, are first-year students in the HumanServices (Correctional Services) diploma program at the Trurocampus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Followinggraduation, both are guaranteed employment contracts withcorrectional services in the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. “I want to be a role model,” said Mr. Smith. “I thrive on helpingpeople, and that’s how I know a career in correctional servicesis for me.” Ms. Downey added: “I feel this is a great opportunity for ourcommunities. I would like to give back some of what my communityhas given to me.” Justice Minister Michael Baker joined the students for lunch andtour of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnsidetoday, Sept. 8. “I’d like to congratulate Algeron and Larissa and wish them allthe best during their college studies,” he said. “CorrectionalServices is a rewarding, challenging career and we look forwardto their positive contributions.” The scholarship was announced in October 2003 in honour of MortonSimmonds, a former correctional worker and community leader fromNorth Preston. Partners include the North Preston GospelTechnology Association, the Nova Scotia Community College and thecorrectional services division in the Department of Justice. “This scholarship showcases the calibre of future correctionalservices’ professionals in Nova Scotia,” said Peggy Joiner, afaculty member for NSCC’s correctional services program, TruroCampus. “At NSCC, we have the opportunity to know great studentslike Algeron and Larissa during a key part of their education,and we’re pleased to welcome them to be a part of an enthusiasticand comprehensive learning community.” Larrie Wright, a captain and equity manager at the correctionalfacility, said he is pleased at today’s milestone. “This isgreat. It brings together the community of North Preston, ourcollege system and a government department, to help developcareers for two African Nova Scotians.” Each scholarship is valued at about $6,000 for the two years ofstudy. The scholarship will be offered again this year. The NSCC program is designed to prepare students for entry-levelpositions in adult and youth corrections, in both institutionaland community settings. Correctional workers perform a variety ofactivities intended to ensure the security and safety of staffand inmates. Increasingly, they are involved in assessment, caseplanning and counselling of those in their care. The NSCC programis a cornerstone in justice-related training in the province andis committed to the professional development of its students. JUSTICE–Scholarship Recipients Tour Correctional Facility, BeginStudieslast_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, July 12———BANK OF CANADA HIKES INTEREST RATE TO 0.75 PER CENT: The Bank of Canada has hiked its benchmark interest rate to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent, its first increase in nearly seven years, amid expectations of stronger economic growth this year. The Bank of Canada cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point twice in 2015 to help the economy deal with a plunge in oil prices, but governor Stephen Poloz said Wednesday that adjustment has been made. Canada’s five biggest banks are also boosting their prime lending rates by 25 basis points, following the rate hike. Royal Bank of Canada, the Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, Scotiabank and CIBC all announced Wednesday they are increasing their prime rates to 2.95 per cent from 2.7 per cent, effective Thursday. The prime lending rate is the rate that banks use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans.———INDIGENOUS FAMILIES WANT MORE RESIGNATIONS FROM INQUIRY: There were more calls Wednesday for major changes to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, including the resignation of all remaining commissioners. “We think that it would be in the best interests of the Indigenous women of Canada that the current commissioners be brave and resign — step down,” said Sandra Delaronde, co-chair of a coalition of Manitoba relatives of missing and murdered women. “The national inquiry, in its current form, is not hearing the voices, is not inviting the consultation … of the families and those that work on a daily basis with families.” Delaronde’s comments came one day after one of five inquiry commissioners, Marilyn Poitras, resigned saying she could not continue under the inquiry’s current structure. In recent weeks, the commission has also seen resignations from executive director Michele Moreau, director of operations Chantale Courcy and others. Delaronde says families don’t want the inquiry scrapped, but want several changes including a slate of new commissioners who are related to victims or who have worked closely with victims’ families and an Indigenous-led process that is less like a courtroom hearing.———KHADR FIGHTS BACK AT WIDOW’S EFFORT TO GET ASSETS: The widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan has failed to show there’s a real risk former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr is hiding his money as a way to avoid paying people he might owe, new court filings show. In urging Ontario Superior Court to dismiss a request for an injunction against Khadr, his lawyer argues Tabitha Speer and another former American soldier have not shown a strong case to back their demand for an urgent freeze on any money paid him by the federal government. “The scant evidence offered in support of this pleading consists of double and triple hearsay statements drawn from media reports and Wikipedia,” lawyer Nate Whitling writes in his factum ahead of Thursday’s court hearing. “The hearsay now relied upon by the applicants is so vague and unreliable as to be of zero probative value.” Speer, the widow of Sgt. Chris Speer, and Layne Morris, who was blinded in the 2002 firefight in which American forces captured the badly wounded 15-year-old Khadr, are trying to have a US$134.1-million wrongful-death judgment they won in Utah enforced in Canada.———TRUMP PRIVATELY RAGES AS RUSSIAN SCANDAL TOUCHES SON: The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president’s family. The public has not laid eyes on the president since his return from Europe on Saturday. But in private, Trump has raged against the latest Russia development, with most of his ire directed at the media, not his son, according to people who have spoken to him in recent days. On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that his son was “open, transparent and innocent,” again referring to the investigation as “the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.” The president also questioned the sources of the media reporting on the story, despite the fact that his son personally released four pages of emails in which he communicates with an associate claiming to be arranging a meeting with a Russian government lawyer.———SLIGHT UPGRADE IN FORECAST FOR B.C. FIREFIGHTING: Fire officials in British Columbia say they’re relieved by a slight reprieve in the weather forecast that had been calling for strong winds where dozens of fires are burning. BC Wildfire Service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek says an incoming system will bring lightning, but it is also expected to carry some rain. He says the overall pattern is for continuing hot, dry weather, but crews have taken advantage of calmer conditions to make progress on fire guards near Williams Lake, where 10,000 people remain on evacuation alert. Skrepnek says 12 new fires were sparked Tuesday, a fraction of the more than 100 that broke out daily over the weekend, for a total of 198 fires burning province-wide.———EX-BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT CONVICTION OF CORRUPTION: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted of corruption and money laundering on Wednesday. It’s the most high-profile conviction yet in a sweeping graft investigation that has jailed dozens of the Latin American country’s elite. Federal Judge Sergio Moro sentenced Silva to nine and half years in jail, but the former leader will remain free while an appeal is heard. The decision was widely expected, even by Silva’s own defence team, but is still stunning. The charismatic leader left office with sky-high popularity and is credited with pulling millions of Brazilians out of poverty and turning Latin America’s largest country into an important player on the world stage. The case is part of a massive corruption investigation centred on state-run oil giant Petrobras that has led to the conviction of dozens of business executives and politicians.———U.S. AGENCY SUSPENDS LARGE WHALE RESCUES: An American agency that responds to marine mammals in distress has halted its efforts to free large whales trapped in fishing gear following the recent death of a whale rescuer in New Brunswick. Chris Oliver, assistant administrator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, extended condolences Wednesday to the family of Joe Howlett of Campobello Island. Howlett, who also worked as a lobster fisherman, was killed Monday after freeing a North Atlantic right whale that had been entangled in fishing gear near Shippagan, N.B. A close friend of Howlett’s said the 59-year-old veteran fisherman was hit by the whale just after it was cut free and started swimming away. “Because ensuring the safety of responders is of paramount importance, NOAA Fisheries is suspending all large whale entanglement response activities nationally until further notice, in order to review our own emergency response protocols,” Oliver said in a statement.———GROUP’S PLANS TO HONOUR DE GAULLE HIT SNAG: A Quebec nationalist group is accusing the City of Montreal of thwarting its plans to commemorate a now-iconic speech by former French president Charles de Gaulle. The Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste says it wanted access to the balcony of city hall on July 24 to re-enact the moment when de Gaulle famously shouted “Vive le Quebec libre!” in 1967. Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry says he’s disappointed the city refused the group’s request to honour what he calls a turning point in the province’s independence movement. The organization intends to hold the event in front of city hall instead. The City of Montreal is organizing its own week-long exhibit to mark the 50-year anniversary of the famous speech. It’s also planning to open the balcony to the public for 30-minute guided tours on July 24.———CROSBY HINTS STANLEY CUP WILL RETURN TO HIS HOMETOWN: Hockey superstar Sidney Crosby is hinting that he will once again parade the Stanley Cup around his hometown in Nova Scotia. Speaking to reporters at his annual hockey camp in Cole Harbour, N.S., Crosby confirmed he will have the Cup on Aug. 6 and 7. He says his plans for the trophy have not been nailed down, but he noted there is an annual parade in Halifax on Aug. 7 — Crosby’s 30th birthday — and that seems like a “good fit.” Crosby says he wants as many people as possible to see the trophy. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain paraded professional hockey’s most prestigious trophy around his hometown of Cole Harbour twice before, in 2009 and 2016, drawing thousands of fans. Each player of the Cup-winning team gets brief custody of the trophy.———COLD WAR BUNKER COULD HOUSE BROADCAST ARCHIVE: It could give a whole new meaning to the term “buried treasure.” A national foundation wants to store millions of videos, films and other recordings 60 storeys underground in an old Norad bunker near North Bay, Ont., in an effort to preserve the vast electronic record of Canadian history. The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation is talking to federal officials about turning the mothballed complex into a secure repository for the country’s endangered audio-visual archive. The foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to preservation, is working with the CBC to document its analog collection dating from the 1930s — a move that will help smooth its eventual transfer to the foundation’s custody. Kealy Wilkinson, the foundation’s executive director, says the space needed to safeguard the CBC/Radio-Canada collections alone will be about one million cubic feet. The foundation is also aware of other significant collections held on a makeshift basis in institutions around the country.last_img read more

Spain Elected UN Security Council Nonpermanent Member

Tangier – The United Nations on Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela for non-permanent seats on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on January 1, 2015.While Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Venezuela were elected at the first round, the General Assembly had to go for two more rounds to choose the remaining seat. Spain and Turkey were the two candidates competing for the second seat allocated to group of Western European and Other States Group.At the third round of vote, Spain obtained 133 votes, while Turkey obtained 60 votes. For any country to be elected to the Security Council, it needs to receive the votes of two-thirds of the 193 members of the General Assembly, which are 129 votes. Election to the Security Council is made through secret ballot.The new members will join Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria, whose terms end on 31 December 2015, in addition to the veto-wielding five permanent Council members, which are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. read more

WB Lends Morocco 200 Million to Boost Public Transport

Washington – The World Bank extended Morocco a $200 million loan to support the ongoing program to improve urban mobility in Morocco, and in particular the quality and management of public transport.“This is a timely program to support the Moroccan government’s public transport agenda. Beyond strengthening institutions and decentralized management more broadly, the project will support the establishment of public transport corridors and improve the efficiency of traffic management with dedicated infrastructure,” says Vickram Cuttaree, Senior Infrastructure Economist and Task Team Leader.With 60% of 34 million Moroccans living in cities, public transport has a vital role to play. Local municipalities have struggled to provide good roads, and with the limited resources and capacity they have to manage public transport. This has affected its quality and reliability, says the World Bank in a release which also noted that the transport program will focus on cities of over 100,000 inhabitants in nine regions. Funds will be disbursed only when milestones agreed upon in advance are completed, since the loan is a “Program for Results (PforR), the WB points out.“An efficient urban transport system is essential for urban mobility, which will underpin the development of Moroccan cities,” said Marie Françoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Maghreb Country Director. “Improved public transport systems will mean increased productivity and better access to economic opportunities and key services such as health and education, particularly for the most disadvantaged citizens.”Morocco estimates the financing for its urban transport sector will reach US$3 billion over a decade. The goal of its national plan is two-fold: to improve the sector’s management and make it financially sustainable; and to build a web of urban transport corridors within larger cities. The Bank will support the government’s plan with expertise and global knowledge.The World Bank has stepped up its engagement in the urban transport sector in Morocco over the past few years. A $136.7 million-Development Policy Loan (DPL) was launched in 2011 to improve the sector’s governance and increase urban transport and infrastructure.This was coupled with regular technical assistance for the Moroccan government’s transport strategy, along with research to deepen its knowledge of the sector with studies such as the Casablanca Gender and Transport report released in 2011.With MAP read more

SyrianAmerican Uses Poetry to Heal Her Pain

Rabat – Amal Kassir describes herself as an “international spoken word poet.” She is using her words to put a face to Syria’s faceless victims… and a voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves. In a video shared by BBC News, she describes her experience in very personal terms.Last week, as the world expressed its outrage over the chemical attack launched against the citizens of Idlib by their own president, Bashar al Assad, the young Syrian-American lost eleven members of her own family in a separate, but every bit as deadly, attack.“I speak up for those who are under rubble and don’t have a mic or a camera pointed at them,” Kassir explains. It’s a heavy burden for one so young but, much like another young Muslim girl known best to the world as Malala, Amal gives one the impression she is more than up to the task. “You always consider that it might be your family that goes under the rubble,” Amal says. “It’s surreal when it finally happens, but for six years I have been working with poetry and speaking about the narrative of Syria.”Still, when the tragedy finally did strike home, Amal wondered if she would be prepared for the sight of her family member’s names written into her poetry. Then her instincts kicked in. “… when it finally came and the bomb finally hit my family’s home and took eleven people, including two unborn babies, it was like all these years of practice had prepared me for the ability to tell this story.”In the video, Amal recalls reading the words of US President Trump, expressing outrage over the deaths of babies. “No child of God” should ever perish in such a way, he had said. Amal wonders aloud, “Does it take someone to be gassed to be considered one of God’s children?” acknowledging that what happened that terrible day has been happening in Syria for six years.And yet, she expresses joy that at least one world leader finally did something, even if it happened to be the same man who has been trying to ban Syrians from entering the US since he took office. “I will never view Donald Trump as a moral, truth-telling individual, but I would respect this president if he would carry true to what he said.”If the Tomahawk strike of last Thursday is not accepted as the message it was intended to be and the slaughter in Syria doesn’t stop, then, for Amal, it becomes just another failed mission.Her thoughts return to her lost family members and she again questions what the experience will be like when she unlocks her emotion through her pen. With deep emotion she recalls her cousin, Salaam, who was the last family member Amal saw when she left Syria for the last time. Salaam, whose name means peace, died with her two-year-old daughter in her arms and another unborn child still inside of her.The emotion is raw for Amal. “I wish I would have known I would never see you again.” read more

US stock indexes drop as economic earnings worries rise

NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes sank in early trading Thursday, following European markets and the price of crude oil lower as pessimism built about the strength of the global economy and upcoming earnings reports.Sharp drops for Twitter and technology stocks weighed on the S&P 500 index, which broke a five-day winning streak on Wednesday. Twitter gave a better-than-expected earnings report for its latest quarter, but its stock price tumbled after it said revenue for this quarter may fall short of some analysts’ estimates.Twitter’s discouraging forecast fed into growing concerns across the market that earnings at U.S. companies will weaken in the first three months of this year.It’s similar to worries about the overall economy. Thursday brought another report showing the U.S. economy is strong, as the Labor Department said fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week. That’s a sign that the job market remains strong, but many economists expect the U.S. economy to slow this year along with economies around the world. Worries were focused in particular on Europe Thursday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 fell 0.8 per cent as of 10:08 a.m. Eastern time, and was on pace for its worst day in more than two weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 172 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 25,218, and the Nasdaq composite dropped 1 per cent.BLOCKED: Twitter sank 9.9 per cent for one of the biggest losses in the S&P 500 after it said its monthly user base fell to 321 million during its latest quarter from 330 million a year earlier. It also said it expects to make $715 million to $775 million in revenue during the current quarter. Analysts are expecting $765 million, according to FactSet.EARNINGS WORRIES: It’s not just Twitter that investors are getting concerned about. Across the S&P 500, analysts are forecasting earnings per share to drop 1.8 per cent in the first quarter from a year earlier. They were forecasting growth just a few weeks ago, and if the updated forecasts prove true, it will be the first decline in nearly three years.Any decline would also be a sharp drop-off from the 12.9 per cent growth that S&P 500 companies are expected to report for the quarter of 2018.OVERSEAS MARKETS: European stock markets were mostly lower after the European Union slashed its forecast for economic growth in the 19 countries that use the euro this year to 1.3 per cent from an earlier forecast of 1.9 per cent. A weaker-than-expected report on industrial production in Germany also raised concerns.Asian markets were mixed.TRADE TALKS: Stocks around the world have heaved up and down recently on concerns about U.S.-China trade tensions. U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and trade representative Robert Lighthizer will lead a delegation to Beijing next week for the next round of trade talks, but the issues are complex. These include contentious topics like Beijing’s technology policy and trade practices, where progress has been limited so far.Mnuchin also said that there were no plans for President Donald Trump to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping. “If there are remaining issues that we can’t get closed, I think President Trump expects that he’s going to sit down with President Xi and address those issues,” he said.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil dropped 1.4 per cent, and natural gas sank 1.5 per cent. That helped drag energy stocks in the S&P 500 down by 0.9 per cent, the third-worst decline among the 11 sectors that make up the index.The Associated Press read more

Arriving in DR of Congo UN peacekeeping chief notes progress

“I am greatly encouraged by the progress achieved. However, we should bear in mind that there is still a lot to achieve,” Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno said.He noted that it was his fifth visit to the DRC and he had visited often because peace in the vast African country was a high priority for the UN.Mr. Guéhenno is scheduled to hold talks with Congolese authorities and members of the International Committee to Support the Transition (CIAT) and to review the deployment in the east of peacekeepers from the Ituri and Kivu Brigades of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).On leaving the DRC, he is scheduled to go to Kampala, Uganda, and Kigali, Rwanda, to meet the Presidents of both countries and will end his trip with a visit to South Africa, MONUC said.

UN calls on World Trade Organization to deliver on development promises

A new report from Mr. Annan to the General Assembly says a series of United Nations and UN-affiliated meetings have concluded that liberalization of trade in goods and services of export interest to developing countries can generate additional financing for development of up to $310 billion annually.Trade, therefore, can be a dynamically positive force in promoting development and reducing poverty, it says.The world body, including the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), remain committed to supporting developing countries in their beneficial integration into the international trading system and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it says.The negotiations started at WTO’s Fourth Ministerial Conference, held in Doha from 9 to 13 November 2001, have been taking place against the backdrop of trade’s increasing role in and contribution to economic growth and development, the report says. The exports of developing countries, especially in Asia, grew faster than total world exports, which expanded by 20 per cent between 1990 and 2004. In another report on the follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development, Mr. Annan says if the commitments made at Monterrey in 2002 continue to be fulfilled, the ratio of overseas development assistance (ODA) could rise to 0.3 per cent of gross national income (GNI) next year from a historical low of just over 0.2 per cent at the time the Monterrey Consensus was reached.For years the UN General Assembly has pegged the ideal ODA at 0.7 per cent of GNI. read more

UN Special Representative to TimorLeste calls for calm as justice takes course

In a statement released in the capital, Dili, Sukehiro Hasegawa pointed out that the international community is aware of, and will respond to, the aspirations and demands for justice, fair and equal treatment of everyone alleged to have committed a criminal act during the period preceding and leading to the violent incidents in April and May of this year. That was when some 600 striking soldiers – a third of the armed forces – were fired, sparking clashes that killed at least 37 people and drove 155,000 more, 15 per cent of the population, from their homes.The United Nations will respond by supporting an independent inquiry into the facts and circumstances relevant to the incidents, said Mr. Hasegawa, noting that the “Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste” has already commenced its investigations. Officials connected to that probe are expected to arrive in Timor-Leste next week.The Special Representative pointed out that the Office of the Prosecutor-General may be conducting many criminal investigations into the recent incidents, a process which will take time, and that it is important that the justice system be allowed to run its course. “What counts is that, at the end, justice be done with fairness and integrity. That, after a fair trial, innocent people are acquitted and those individuals found guilty of criminal acts are convicted and sentenced in accordance with the law of the land,” he said.He also urged the Timorese people to find the strength to start the reconciliation process with their neighbours and fellow citizens – “whether they happen to be from the eastern or the western districts” – and to work together to achieve democratic reforms. Looking to polls scheduled for early next hear, he observed that peace and stability are necessary “so that the process can be completely free and democratic and be carried out without threats of violence or intimidation.”At present a joint Task Force made up of Australian, New Zealand, Portuguese and Malaysian forces invited in by the Government is helping to restore calm in Timor-Lestes. read more

BC drops home tax to stimulate building in toughtogetinto housing market

B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong, right, tables a balanced budget for a fourth year in a row as Premier Christy Clark looks on at the Legislative Assembly, in Victoria on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito VICTORIA – British Columbia introduced tax changes in its provincial budget Tuesday to help buyers and builders of new homes valued up to $750,000, while targeting people able to afford properties priced above $2 million.Housing policy experts and the NDP panned the tax measures as inadequate, saying bolder action was needed to help young people enter the hot housing market.Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the government considers housing affordability an area of major concern. Average prices for homes in many Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods are above $1 million.Prices for single-family homes in most areas of Metro Vancouver have increased between 45 per cent and 70 per cent over the past five years, while the cost of multi-family homes has jumped between 15 and 40 per cent.“Is there anything more reflective of who we are as Canadians than the dream of owning a home, and the ability to make that dream a reality?” de Jong said. “For many B.C. families, that reality has become harder to achieve in recent years as home prices have continued to rise.”He said the province’s fourth consecutive balanced budget, which has a surplus of $264 million, contains a new housing initiative that exempts payment of property transfer taxes on newly built homes, including condominiums, priced up to $750,000.The current property transfer tax is set at one per cent on the first $200,000 and two per cent on the remaining price.De Jong said the exemption will save buyers of a new home $13,000. People who buy older homes will continue to pay the property purchase tax at the current rates.New Democrat Leader John Horgan called the changes cosmetic.“They were not what people were looking for,” he said. “They were looking for substantive change to help people get into the market.”University of B.C. housing policy expert Paul Kershaw said the budget has done little to help British Columbians enter the market, especially young people in Metro Vancouver where he estimated it takes 23 years to save for a down payment on a home.“As a result, he’s actually missed the reality that unaffordability is a provincewide problem and it looks more and more like our province is drunk on high housing prices.”De Jong said much of the new housing exemption will be funded with the creation of a third tier of property transfer tax. It involves increasing the property transfer tax rate to three per cent on the value of a home over $2 million.Buyers of property above $2 million will still pay the existing purchase tax rates of one per cent on the first $100,000 and two per cent for homes up to $2 million but the rate rises to three per cent tax on any value above $2 million.De Jong said the three per cent tax is estimated to raise $75 million annually, the amount the government believes it will need to offset the exemptions for new home buyers.He said buyers will also be required to disclose their citizenship so the government can collect data on who is purchasing property.“The government stopped collecting data that specifically identified foreign purchasers in 1998,” de Jong said. “We believe there is a legitimate need to resume that process again.”The budget also exempts children from medical service premiums starting next January and increases disability payments by $77 a month.The Medical Services Plan exemptions will benefit single-parent families by reducing monthly payments by up to $72.De Jong said the budget also includes the first deposit of $100 million to its promised Prosperity Fund, which was billed three years ago to potentially grow to $100 billion with revenues from the liquefied natural gas industry. B.C. drops home tax to stimulate building in tough-to-get-into housing market by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 16, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State running backs battle for playing time

Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall (2) uses the referee as a blocker during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team (4-0) faces a considerable issue at the running back position this season: It has too many of them.With the return of senior Carlos Hyde from a three-game suspension, OSU now has eight active running backs on its roster. Among those including redshirt-senior H-back Jordan Hall one of seven whom participated in the Buckeyes’ 76-0 win over Florida A&M.Hyde, Hall, redshirt-junior Rod Smith, redshirt-freshman Warren Ball, freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Devonte Butler all recorded at least three rushes. Freshman Dontre Wilson also played, but lined up as a receiver, tallying three catches for 12 yards.The only running back on the team that did not play was sophomore Bri’onte Dunn, who has yet to play this season and is likely to be redshirted.Elliott was the leading rusher on the day, gaining 162 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. It was the first significant playing time for the freshman, who only had seven total carries in the first three games.The St. Louis native said his big take away from Saturday was an opportunity to get onto the field during a game.“I’ve gotten a little bit from earlier this season, but just a little more game experience,” Elliott said. “Just getting out there and running the ball.”Despite the big performance from Elliott in the second half, coach Urban Meyer said he is not included in the top tier of running backs for the Buckeyes.“I think you have three that are above the others right now. You have Jordan Hall, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde (who) are the top three backs,” Meyer said. “I think Warren Ball ran hard and I think Ezekiel Elliott’s got an incredible future here. I wanted to reward him a little bit; he’s involved in special teams now.”Even though a lot of running backs received playing time against the Rattlers Saturday, Elliott said it is a constant battle to earn carries at OSU.“It’s hard to get a spot and even hold the spot,” Elliott said. “The guy in front of you is great and the guy behind you is great so every day we out and compete and go hard.”Hall, the team leader in rushing yards with 422 on the season, saw his workload decreased with the return of Hyde, only carrying the ball four times against Florida A&M.“It’s tough, (there is) only one football,” Hall said. “When you come to Ohio State… there’s competition everywhere, so a lot of backs in the backfield, that makes us go hard in practice every day and I think that’s helped us in a way.”Meyer said the return of Hyde changes things in the Buckeye backfield, with both Hyde and Hall offering different skill sets to the team.“Jordan Hall gives you flexibility, too, I’m evaluating what to do with him, because I know he’s a heck of a tailback as well,” Meyer said.Meyer said he thought Hall should have seen more of the field with how he has played so far this season, but said that in a blowout it is hard for the starters to play a lot.“Jordan Hall deserved more carries than he got, but you just can’t do that. I’ve been on the other end of those, so I try to do the best we could, just run the ball every snap and let guys earn an opportunity to get on the field,” Meyer said. “Thing is, if you get depth on your field, you tell Ezekiel Elliott not to run hard, he’ll look at you like, ‘I’m running hard, because I have to get more carries.’”Hyde marked his return from suspension with a five-carry, 41-yard performance and a one-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said Hyde’s return helped boost the team’s energy and motivated them to keep playing hard.“It was nice,” Guiton said. “The standing ovation they gave him, that made me get some juice in my body and just some tingling went through my body and I told him, ‘Let’s go man, you got to go get this first (down) now.’”For the younger guys, having Hyde back helped with their nerves as they received more playing time than normal, with Elliott calling him a “great leader.”One of Hyde’s blockers, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, said it was nice to have Hyde back because of his leadership and influence on the field.“Seeing him back out there was good. That’s definitely a player that carries a big load with us, and having him back was good,” Heuerman said.Hall said he enjoyed having Hyde back because it was a new experience for players who “are like brothers.”“It was fun because me and Carlos, we came in the same time but we never really got to play with each other at the same time,” Hall said. “So we’re excited about that and we got a lot of good backs, it’s going to be tough.”The running backs will have their next opportunity to separate themselves from the rest when the Buckeyes host No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1) Saturday at 8:00 p.m. read more

VIDEO Flensburg beat the buzzer in Montpellier

SG Flensburg did a great job in the first match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 phase in Montpellier 28:27, where “Ljubo Jungs” won by buzzer-beater of Johan Jakobsson. It looks that favorite won’t have trouble to come a step closer to the VELUX EHF CL Final4 in Cologne.Montpellier HB – SG Flensburg-Handewitt  27:28 (13:15)Montpellier HB: Gerard (8 saves), Siffert (5 saves, ab 34.) – Simonet (4), Dolenec (4), Guigou (1), Borges (2), Gaber (5), Kavticnik (3/1), Bonnefond (2), Fabregas, Gajic (6/2)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (16/1 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (3/2), Glandorf (4), Mogensen (5), Svan (5), Djordjic, Jakobsson (3), Toft Hansen (4), Gottfridsson, Lauge (4), Mahé, KozinaResults: 0:1 (1.), 3:1 (5.), 4:2 (6.), 4:4 (8.), 6:4 (11.), 7:5 (12.), 7:7 (14.), 8:8 (16.), 10:8 (17.), 10:10 (20.), 11:10 (21.), 11:13 (26.), 13:13 (28.) – 14:15 (32.), 14:17 (34.), 18:17 (38.), 18:19 (43.), 19:19 (43.), 19:22 (47.), 21:22 (50.), 22:23 (52.), 23:24 (53.), 24:26 (56.), 25:27 (59.), 27:27 (60.) Jakobsson with the match winner!Johan Jakobsson snatches a win for SG Flensburg-Handewitt in the Last 16 with this insane last-second rocket!Posted by EHF Champions League on субота 19. март 2016. SG Flensburg ← Previous Story WIN IN BELARUS: Kielce on the way to TOP 8 Next Story → GENERATION 1998: The fourth “Handball is my future” in Bugojno read more

Prostitutes in Ibiza register to pay taxes and receive welfare

first_imgPROSTITUTES ON THE tourist island Ibiza have formed a sex workers’ cooperative to pay taxes and gain social security benefits — the first such group legally registered in Spain, they say.Eleven women registered with local authorities as working members of the Sealeer Cooperative providing sexual services, said their spokeswoman, Maria Jose Lopez.“We are pioneers,” she told AFP. “We are the first cooperative in Spain that can give legal cover to the girls.”The 11 active sex workers who registered in November are women in their 20s and 30s from Spain, Italy and “the East”, she said, declining to elaborate.The group is applying to register 40 more women as members.A 42-year-old local housewife, Lopez is not a sex worker herself but registered as a member of Sealeer to act as a voluntary representative for the women, who refuse to speak to reporters.Like any workers’ cooperative, Sealeer members declare their income and pay taxes, which entitles them to public healthcare, a pension and other benefits.A parliamentary report on prostitution in 2007 said Spaniards spent 50 million euros ($68 million) a day on prostitutes, of which it estimated there were 400,000 working in the country — the latest such figures available.In Ibiza, whose sweltering beaches draw millions of foreign tourists every year, “prostitution moves a huge amount of money in summer”, in hostess bars and in private apartments, Lopez said.“Just as they regulate the hotels and restaurants to make sure all the workers are registered, they should also see that the girls are comfortable and legalised.”Prostitution is neither illegal nor regulated nationwide in Spain but the government in November unveiled a new civil security bill that would fine people for picking up prostitutes near schools.Authorities in Barcelona have introduced fines for picking up prostitutes in the street and Madrid is planning to do the same.Prostitutes can register as workers in Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands and in some cases claim social benefits.Despite prostitution being tolerated in practice in Spain, the issue is divisive.- © AFP, 2014Read: ‘Drunk’ man arrested for trying to extinguish Arc de Triomphe flameRead: Dutch prostitutes want same retirementlast_img read more

The President is going to Galway FCs first competitive fixture

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS will be in the crowd when Galway FC play their first competitive fixture next month.The Airtricity League’s newest club host Longford Town when the First Division season begins on 7 March.“The club is deeply honoured that the President is taking time out from his busy schedule to attend Galway FC’s first game in the Airtricity League,” chairman Bernie O’Connell said.“It serves as a huge boost in the club’s preparation for the forthcoming season when Airtricity League action returns to Eamonn Deacy Park.”Galway FC was formed last year as a new club bringing together the Galway United Supporters Trust (GUST), Mervue United and Salthill Devon.President Higgins, who has a longstanding connection with the League of Ireland, previously served as Galway United club president.Galway United dropped out of the league in 2012, prompting lengthy negotiations which saw the stakeholders unify behind one new club.Guess who Eric Djemba-Djemba has just signed for…last_img read more

Gaza activists return home

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The return to Athens of 31 Greek activists who took part in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla was accompanied by a peaceful protest in central Athens against Israel’s deadly attack on a civilian ship convoy carrying aid to Gaza.A Greek plane carrying 35 activists from the Gaza-bound aid flotilla landed at a military airport near Athens early Thursday.The military aircraft brought 31 Greeks, 3 French and one US national released by Israeli authorities, the Air Force said.They were welcomed at Elefsina airport by more than a hundred relatives and supporters, who cheered and shouted pro-Palestinian slogans. Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and Greek lawmakers were also at the airport.Greeks on the ships have said commandos assaulted and electrocuted them during the attack, even though they put up no resistance. They also accuse Israeli authorities of beating activists in custody, subjecting them to psychological torture and sleep deprivation.Some 3,500 people have protested peacefully in central Athens against Israel’s deadly attack on a civilian ship convoy carrying aid to Gaza.Shouting, “Whatever the Zionists do, we will sail to the port of Gaza,” and waving Palestinian flags, the protesters marched to Parliament late Thursday. They demanded that Greece presses Israel to return the six seized ships.Earlier in the week Greece complained to Israel over the alleged mistreatment of Greek protesters detained after a deadly raid on the ships carrying aid to Gaza.Senior foreign ministry official Ioannis Zeppos said Athens has demanded the “immediate release” of remaining protesters.last_img read more

Play Nintendo Switch in Style With PowerAs Enhanced Wireless Controllers

first_img As far as I’m concerned, the best way to play the Nintendo Switch is with the Pro controller. I’m sorry, but the Joy-Cons simply don’t do it for me. The Pro controller is so good I would actually go as far as saying it’s the best current-gen controller available on the market. Not only does it feel good to use, but it has a battery life that puts others to shame. I absolutely love it. Because of this, I’m happy that PowerA sent me some of its new Enhanced Wireless Controllers for Nintendo Switch to try out. While not nearly as great as a proper Switch Pro controller, PowerA’s peripheral comes with features Switch owners will appreciate.Visually, the Enhanced Wireless Controller (EWC) is identical to the Switch Pro controller. It has the same button layout and overall design. The differences start when you actually pick up the device. Because it has no internal battery or rumble feature, the EWC is noticeably lighter than the Pro. The analog sticks are more concave than the Pro and it takes less effort to input commands on the d-pad. The front shoulder buttons (bumpers) are virtually the same, but the triggers have more of a triangle shape. Besides the weight factor, this is nearly indistinguishable from the Pro controller.Because there is no internal rechargeable battery, you’ll need to use two AA batteries to power the EWC. Sadly, you cannot plug a wire into the controller. This is a bummer considering how a wired option would have been perfect for those who do not want to constantly keep buying batteries. Thankfully, you do get around 30 hours of playtime before you need new batteries. Still, this is my least favorite aspect about the controller. It makes me think about all the batteries I went through playing on my old-school Gameboy. That was fine for the early 90s, but not for 2018.The big feature of the EWC is the Advanced Gaming Buttons. Much like the SCUF Vantage controller, this device has buttons on the back which you can program to act as other buttons. Assigning these buttons is an easy process. You simply hold down the program button on the back center of the controller, select the button you wish to use, then assign it to one either the right or left Advanced Gaming Button. This is a welcome addition that gives players (especially those who may have disabilities) a bit more flexibility with button remapping.Since the EWC is bluetooth only, you must pair it with your Switch. You’ll need to go into controller settings and enter “Change Grip Order” to start the process. After holding the sync button on the controller for one to two seconds, it should register to your Switch. After pairing, your Switch will always remember the EWC. I’ve had some minor issues pairing third party controllers to Switch in the past so I’m glad this process was painless.To test the controller, I played Sonic Mania, Super Mario Odyssey, and Ultra Street Fighter II. Playing Super Mario Odyssey with the EWC was basically the same as playing with the regular Pro controller. Besides the notable absence of rumble, everything felt the way it should. If you’re going to play titles like Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, or any other major Nintendo first party titles, you’ll feel at home with the EWC.Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the other two aforementioned games. The main issue with playing Sonic Mania and Ultra Street Fighter II came with the d-pad. Because it’s thinner, it’s trickier to use. I had to resort to playing these two classics with the right analog stick, which just felt wrong. Analog sticks are great, but they aren’t well-suited for older games. They lack the precision necessary. Sadly, I would not recommend playing older titles with this controller because of the d-pad.The Enhanced Wireless Controller comes in six different styles and colors. Three come in black, white, and red. The other three have more interesting (i.e. fun) decals on their respective faceplates. They are themed after The Legend of Zelda and the original Super Mario Bros. The other is red with a black silhouette of Mario. I personally like the Zelda one with its gold d-pad and green faceplate featuring Link riding Epona. While this particular controller is my favorite, they’re all great stylistically.PowerA did an overall admirable job with the Enhanced Wireless Controller. Though I’m not a fan of the d-pad, the lack of rumble, and how it requires AA batteries, I feel it is worthwhile for those looking for a slick looking Switch Pro controller. At $49.99, they’re also cheaper than the Pro controller (which still retails for roughly $60). It’s a viable option for those who want get away from the Joy-Cons but who can’t afford the admittedly pricey Pro controller. The Advanced Gaming Buttons alone make PowerA’s device worth the price. While I still personally prefer the standard Pro controller, the PowerA controller is a fantastic officially licensed third party peripheral.More on‘Spider-Man: The Heist’ DLC is a Fancy Feast8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controllers Pay Homage to the Gameboy PocketDragons Make ‘Game of Thrones: Conquest’ a Real Scorcher Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Gambianborn Naturalised to Malaysia Fined US5000 Suspended

first_imgBy Sulayman BahMuhamed Sumareh, a Gambian playing for Malaysia’s national team, has incurred a US$5000 fine including a four-game suspension, Foroyaa Sport can report.The Fajara-born, once willing to play for Gambia prior to switching allegiance to the Southeast Asian nation, is to serve a four-match ban following an incident during their fixture against Vietnam’s national team.The 24-year-old is believed to have launched a foul-mouthed rant on the arbiter during stoppage time and was handed a red card as a result.The Malaysian FA confirmed the punishment meted out on their player with an appeal seeking the ruling be overturned expected to follow.The trajectory comes two days after the wing-midfielder was sent a Christmas greeting by Brazilian legends Neymar Jr and Kaka along with his teammate Patrick Cruz.Sumareh plays in the Malaysian Super League for Pahang FA and is capped ten times there, scoring two goals.last_img read more

Man charged with battery in Fort Lauderdale road rage incident posts bond

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crash in Fort Lauderdale led to a serious case of road rage, landing a man behind bars.Thiago Novaes was involved in a minor accident with another driver Tuesday, along North Federal Highway and Northeast 29th Street in Lighthouse Point.According to police, the 39-year-old approached the driver, then punched and kicked him several times in the chest and face before kicking his car and leaving a dent.Novaes was taken to the Broward County Jail and charged with battery, criminal mischief and burglary to a vehicle.He has since posted bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img