Tory Leader Dennis King to be sworn in as 33rd premier of

first_imgThe Canadian Press GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island premier-designate Dennis King is to be sworn in today along with his new cabinet.The ceremony with Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry will be held at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, P.E.I.The Progressive Conservative leader will become the Island’s 33rd premier.The Tories won 12 seats in the April 23 election, while the Green party won eight and the Liberals six, creating the first minority outcome in a P.E.I. election since 1890.King, a former political staffer and communications consultant, was chosen to lead the Tories only three months ago.A byelection will soon be held in the district of Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park following the death of Green party candidate Josh Underhay, who died in a  boating mishap days before the election.Elections P.E.I., which officially confirmed the election results on Thursday, says the byelection must be held no later than July 19.Meanwhile, the Liberals confirmed late Wednesday that Robert Mitchell, who represents the riding of Charlottetown-Winsloe, has been named the party’s interim leader.First elected to the legislature in 2007, Mitchell held cabinet portfolios, including health and wellness, under former premier Wade MacLauchlan, who lost his seat to Tory candidate Bloyce Thompson in the election.“I am aware of the work that must be done to rebuild and retool our party, and I am excited by the opportunity this presents for our caucus and our party”, Mitchell said in a news release.“Moving forward, our priorities will be to prepare for the upcoming legislative session and to connect with grassroots members across this province.”last_img read more

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Woodland caribou wont get federal protection Kent

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal Environment Minister Peter Kent won’t be issuing an emergency order to protect the woodland caribou despite a judge’s order that Kent should do so.  Last July, Federal Court Justice Peter Crampton ordered Kent to revisit his decision not to issue an emergency order to protect the caribou.Kent refused.Environmental lawyers filed a request with the court last week to force the minister to comply with the judge’s ruling.Kent is still refusing, but this time he’s explaining why.Kent says the “the species does not face an imminent threat to survival at this time.”The caribou are being forced out from large parts of their range, especially in Alberta’s tar sands region.last_img

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Arm wrestling gaining popularity in Mikmaq communities

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsArm wrestling is becoming so popular with Indigenous people someone is making a documentary on it.Filming for the new documentary on APTN is underway.Arm Nation follows Indigenous arm wrestlers from across the country.The filmmakers were recently in Nova Scotia where the sport is gaining in popularity in Mi’kmaq communities.troache@aptn.calast_img

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Im no quitter on climate change issues McKenna says at G7 ministers

first_imgHALIFAX – Canada’s environment minister said she’s no “quitter” despite calls Wednesday from David Suzuki for her to resign and a G7 meeting that didn’t shift her American counterpart’s firm opposition to the Paris climate agreement.Catherine McKenna had started off the three-day Halifax gathering by telling a personal story of encountering young people in the Arctic who are worried local hunters are falling through the ice due to rising temperatures.“They’re worried about whether we’re going to do anything about it, because they don’t feel empowered to do anything about it,” she told the delegates, after reminding them of a summer that has seen massive forest fires and deadly hurricanes.The minister also spoke of translating the targets of the Paris climate agreement into action and said countries need to firm up rules around how the carbon emission targets will be enforceable.But by day’s end, she’d faced calls from Canada’s most prominent environmentalist to leave her job due to the prime minister’s support of the fossil fuel industry.The French environment minister recently took that route, saying he didn’t want to create the illusion his presence in the government was leading to progress on climate change.In a story published by La Presse, David Suzuki says if McKenna really believes what she’s saying, she too should quit “instead of being an apologist for the government.”He told the Montreal-based news site that Canada lacks credibility on climate change, with the Liberal government supporting the construction of a pipeline to the British Columbia coast to transport Alberta bitumen.Suzuki made the comments in the context of an interview about the resignation of French environment minister, Nicolas Hulot.“She must stop rationalizing what Canada is doing,” Suzuki told La Presse, adding that the government “talks out both sides of its mouth.”“We have a prime minister who signed (the Paris climate accord), who says, ‘We’re back,’ and we all praised him … then he approves pipelines! What is that?”McKenna defended herself in an evening news conference, arguing it’s easy to be divisive but difficult to continue battling for progress on climate change in a country dependent on resource industries.“I’m not a quitter. Resigning is easy. It’s really hard to do what we’re doing. This is a long-term transition to a cleaner future.”“I’m going to stay in this job as long as the prime minister keeps me here.”Meanwhile, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, said little in public during the meeting.After the gathering, he said in an interview with The Canadian Press that the administration of President Donald Trump continues to be opposed to the Paris agreement.“The Paris accord we didn’t think was fair to the United States, but we are taking a serious look at our carbon emissions,” he said.Regarding climate change itself, Wheeler said: “I believe climate change is real. I believe that man has an impact on it. It’s still a question to what extent and what we can do about it.”Wheeler said the United States is taking a “different approach” than its G7 counterparts, but still is looking to reduce carbon and can talk about other environmental issues with the gathered G7 ministers and invited nations.He also defended the Trump administration’s support of the coal industry in the United States, despite the high levels of greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal.“Worldwide coal usage is going to go up. China is increasing, India is increasing. Worldwide coal usage is going to go up, and what we want to make sure is we’re producing the cleaner technologies for export to other countries,” said Wheeler.When McKenna was asked about the challenge of working with the Americans she responded that discussions had been productive and “frank.”“The United States has taken a different position on the Paris agreement. That’s well known,” she said.She added that the delegates were still able to discuss how to reduce harmful emissions in the air and what “adaptation” is needed to prepare for the flooding, storms and rising sea levels already occurring due to climate change.In the afternoon session on adaptation to climate change, the environment minister for Jamaica spoke of how challenging climate change is for Caribbean nations that face the rising violence of extreme storms.Daryl Vaz told the G7 ministers that his nation has seen 14 hurricanes in a decade, along with 12 tropical storms.“We only have to look at hurricane activity to see … climate change is effectively normalizing the abnormal,” he said during his presentation.Jamaica’s efforts to develop economically may be derailed by climate change, with 70 per cent of his island’s population in coastal areas, said the minister.He told the delegates that billions in investment is needed for the preservation of natural areas that help stabilize the coast, including mangroves in the intertidal zones.—Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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South Koreas central bank unexpectedly lowers key interest rate to fend off

by News Staff Posted Jul 12, 2012 5:09 am MDT South Korea’s central bank unexpectedly lowers key interest rate to fend off external risks SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s central bank unexpectedly lowered its key interest rate on Thursday, urgently attempting to guard Asia’s fourth-largest economy against Europe’s persistent debt woes and slowing growth in China.The Bank of Korea said its policymakers cut the benchmark seven-day repurchase rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3 per cent. The decision mirrors similar moves by policymakers in Europe and China to stave off a recession but surprised most market watchers, who had forecast a rate freeze for a 13th straight month. The rate cut decision among seven policymakers was not unanimous.“We expect the rate cut will help the South Korean economy return to a long-term growth trend,” said Kim Choong-soo, Bank of Korea governor.Without lowering borrowing costs that would boost spending among businesses and consumers, policymakers believed the actual growth in South Korea was expected to lag behind its potential, Kim added.The central bank said that some economic indicators in the U.S. have shown signs of deterioration and that the sluggishness of economic activities in the euro zone has deepened. Economic growth in South Korea will be weaker than previously expected as exports and domestic demand, two key growth engines, both remain at low levels.“Going forward, the committee expects the pace of global economic recovery to be more moderate than originally forecast, and judges the downside risks to growth to be intensifying further,” the monetary policy committee said in a statement.South Korea joins other central banks in monetary easing. Last week, the European Central Bank cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a record low in an effort to boost its sagging economy. China’s central bank also lowered its key interest rate for the second time in a month.South Korea’s electronics and automaking exporters are bracing for weak demand overseas for the rest of the year. Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of televisions, mobile phones and memory chips, reported last week that its second-quarter sales fell short of market expectations.South Korea’ finance ministry said in June that it expected the economy to expand 3.3 per cent this year from 2011, below an earlier forecast of 3.7 per cent.The Bank of Korea is scheduled to release its forecast on the economy on Friday.Market analysts said the Bank of Korea is likely to further ease its monetary policy ahead of December presidential elections as its focus now seems to have moved to growth over price stability.“The governor said lower interest rates will ease burden from household debts. He also said the country’s output growth is expected to stay below its potential for a while,” said analyst Yoon Yeo-sam of Daewoo Securities. “So there is an increased chance of additional rate cut.”The July rate cut was South Korea’s first since February 2009, when the central bank lowered its policy rate by 50 basis points to a record low of 2 per cent in the wake of global financial turmoil. The bank raised key interest rates in five steps between July 2010 and June 2011 to 3.25 per cent, as low borrowing costs built up inflationary pressure.The central bank had refrained from raising its policy rate for more than a year because worries about global economic uncertainty re-emerged with escalating public debts in Europe. But stubbornly high inflationary pressure left little room to stimulate the economy through monetary easing.In June, growth in consumer prices eased to a 32-month low of 2.2 per cent, below the Bank of Korea’s median inflation target of 3 per cent. That gave policymakers room to buoy economic growth without worrying about stoking inflation.The Bank of Korea governor said the rate hike would not affect consumer prices this year, and that its impact would be negligible on the next year’s consumer price index, a benchmark gauge for inflation.___Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter at http://twitter.com/_ylee AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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US regulators Official recall of 1M Samsung Note 7 phones

FILE – In this July 28, 2016, file photo, a screen magnification feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated, in New York. U.S. regulators issued an official recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, because of a risk of fire. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone Thursday after a spate of fires led to injuries and property damage — along with a global marketing headache for the South Korean tech giant.“Because this product presents such a serious fire hazard, I am urging all consumers … to take advantage of this recall right away,” said Elliot Kaye, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.Samsung had already initiated a voluntary recall, but the company has been criticized for not offering clear information about the problem or how it would be resolved. While speaking with reporters, Kaye appeared to blast Samsung for not co-ordinating with his agency.“As a general matter it’s not a recipe for a successful recall for a company to go out on its own,” he said, adding that anyone who believes a unilateral effort would be sufficient “needs to have more than their phone checked.”Samsung has said the problem involves about 2.5 million smartphones worldwide; authorities say that includes about 1 million in the United States. While the company was previously offering to replace the phones, it will now offer consumers the choice of a replacement or a full refund.The recall comes as Samsung is locked in a fierce battle with Apple for the attentions of high-end smartphone buyers. Apple just introduced the latest versions of its iPhone, which go on sale Friday.Samsung had beaten Apple to market with the Note 7 by several weeks. It was drawing favourable reviews for the phone, which started at $850 in the U.S., before consumers began reporting problems with the battery overheating, sometimes causing fires or explosions.One family in St. Petersburg, Florida, said a Galaxy Note 7 left charging in their Jeep had caught fire, destroying the vehicle.Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 of property damage, according to the U.S. commission’s website. It said property damage included fires in cars and a garage.Meanwhile, U.S. aviation safety officials have taken the unusual step of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge the phone during flights, and not to put them in checked bags.A top Samsung executive in the United States on Thursday apologized to customers and pledged to expedite the recall.“We did not meet the standard of excellence that you expect and deserve,” said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, in a video released by the company.Critics say Samsung didn’t follow commission rules that call for companies to co-ordinate the handling of recalls with the commission, including the use of joint public announcements, although Baxter said Thursday that his company notified the commission before it announced it would stop selling the Note 7 on Sept. 2.Samsung announced then that it would replace any Note 7 phones it had sold, with replacements available within a week. But its press releases didn’t tell consumers to stop using the device.A week later, the company and the commission issued separate statements that urged consumers to stop using the Note 7. At that point, Samsung said it would offer replacement Note 7 devices once the commission had approved them.Samsung’s statements left many customers confused, said Tuong Nguyen, a tech industry analyst with Gartner, “and that might have an impact on overall consumer confidence, especially since we’re talking about a high-end device, their flagship phone.”People who bought the phone did so to get the best possible quality and service, he said, adding that the handling of the recall “kind of seems like a strike on both counts.”Some purchasers of the Note 7 say they’re willing to try another Samsung device.“I think I would,” said Robert Lerner, a 64-year-old financial consultant who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. “But I’m not going to go get it the first week,” he added, because he wants to make sure there aren’t more problems with the Note 7 replacements.Brooklyn office worker Joe Franco said he was frustrated, especially after getting conflicting information from his cellphone carrier, Sprint, about how to get a replacement.“I love the phone. It’s an excellent phone. But I’m scared it’s going to explode,” said Franco. The 23-year-old said he’s currently using an old phone borrowed from a friend, which he said was “really impractical.”Samsung said Note 7 owners who don’t want a refund can choose to get a new Note 7 — which the company now says will be available in the U.S. by Wednesday — or the smaller and cheaper Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge right away, with a refund of the price difference.Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Kaye at the consumer safety commission said Note 7 purchasers should check the back of their device for an identifying number, and visit Samsung’s recall website or call a hotline at 1-844-365-6197 to find out if the device needs to be turned in.If so, consumers can take the device back to Samsung or to the phone carrier that sold it. About 97 per cent of phones sold in the U.S. are being recalled.___Anderson reported from New York.___Online:Samsung recall site: http://samsung.com/us/note7recallU.S. regulators: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Samsung-Recalls-Galaxy-Note7-Smartphones US regulators: Official recall of 1M Samsung Note 7 phones by Brandon Bailey And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2016 2:29 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN concerned at troubling political developments in Burundi

“The United Nations…has been raising concerns both with the Government of Burundi and at the highest levels in the region and the greater international community,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York.The small African country – where hundreds of thousands of people have perished in largely inter-ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis – has recently been witnessing bouts of political violence and growing restrictions on certain fundamental freedoms. In a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman drew attention to the restrictions on political rights and freedoms, and the violence mainly by the youth wing of the current ruling party (CNDD-FDD), including reports about alleged efforts to arm and train the youth wing. “We are stressing that if no action is taken and serious human rights violations occur, those responsible for manipulating the youth affiliated to political parties and instigating violence would be liable for international prosecution,” said Mr. Dujarric.“In light of Burundi’s past, we trust that the Government of Burundi will thoroughly and promptly address the ongoing political violence and restrictions to human rights… This is a concern that is shared by many in the international community and we trust that the Government of Burundi will take this matter seriously.”He added that as the country prepares for 2015 elections, “we hope for steps that would demonstrate a genuine commitment to political pluralism and the democratic process.” The spokesperson noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has discussed the political situation in Burundi with the country’s President and First Vice-President, as well as with political leaders in the region, including the Presidents of South Africa and Tanzania.Later in the day, the members of the Security Council echoed these concerns in a statement to the press which noted political tensions in Burundi as well as continued restrictions on the press and on civil liberties, including limitations on the freedoms of expression, of association and of peaceful assembly, including for members of opposition political parties, and for media and civil society organizations, especially in the run up to the elections.They condemned any recourse to violence, and expressed their concern for the reported acts of intimidation, harassment and violence committed by youth groups in Burundi. They recalled the urgent need for the Government of Burundi to address impunity, while respecting the right of due process, and for all the political parties to publicly condemn all political violence and acts of incitement to hatred or violence, in line with the Constitution of Burundi and the Arusha Agreement.Further to the statement, the Council encouraged efforts by the Government to ensure a space for all political parties and to continue to improve dialogue between all relevant actors, including civil society, with a view towards ensuring a conducive, free and open environment in the run up to the elections.Several special envoys for the Great Lakes have also recently voiced the same concerns to the Government. Today the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, is in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, on a long-scheduled visit, and he will follow up with the Government on these concerns. read more

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In Hanoi UN chief lauds Viet Nams impressive progress and leadership in

Mr. Ban also said the two leaders discussed regional security concerns, including the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, “or East Sea as you call it here” and drew attention to the importance of all parties concerned to resolve their disputes through dialogue and in conformity with international law.“It is important to avoid actions that would provoke or exacerbate tensions,” he said at a joint press encounter after meeting with the Vietnamese President.“I hope the ongoing consultations between ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian States) Member States and China on the proposed Code of Conduct under the Framework of the ‘Declaration on the [Conduct] of Parties in the South China Sea’ will lead to increased mutual understanding between all parties.”Mr. Ban also that tomorrow he will inaugurate the “Green One UN House,” which he said “is an example of how the UN and Viet Nam can work together to combat climate change and deliver as one for the people of Viet Nam.”Saying he had a “very productive” meeting with the president, Mr. Ban commended Viet Nam for the “impressive progress” towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and “displaying leadership in the development of a set of holistic sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be adopted by the [UN] General Assembly in September.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ ›“We agreed that ensuring a smooth transition from the MDGs to the new sustainable development goals, SDGs, is a high priority for both the United Nations and Viet Nam,” he said.The Secretary-General also said he discussed Viet Nam’s efforts to combat climate change, including Viet Nam’s efforts to move down a low-carbon pathway.Saying that Viet Nam is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, he drew attention of the importance of submitting its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution as soon as possible. “These plans,” he said, “will form the foundation of the climate agreement that we need to reach in Paris this December.” Mr. Ban told reporters that Viet Nam served as a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2008 to 2009 and is currently serving on the Human Rights Council for 2014 to 2016, reflecting “the increasingly important role it is playing in the United Nations at the global level.” read more

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Samarco – agreement reached with Brazilian authorities

first_imgSamarco Mineracao and its two shareholders, Vale and BHP Billiton Brasil (BHPB Brasil), have entered into an agreement with the Federal Attorney General of Brazil, the States of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais and certain other public authorities for the restoration of the environment and communities affected by the Samarco dam failure on November 5, 2015.The agreement provides a long-term remedial and compensation framework for responding to the impact of the Samarco tragedy.Samarco, Vale and BHPB Brasil will establish a Foundation that will develop and execute environmental and socio-economic programs to remediate and provide compensation for damage caused by the Samarco dam failure.There are two broad types of programs included in the Agreement:Reparatory Programs to restore the environment, local communities and the social condition of the affected areasCompensatory Programs to provide compensation where remediation is not possible, and to provide compensation on a goodwill basis for certain special projects which go beyond strict make-good and compensation (for example, improvements to sewage systems and landfill management in the river basin).The Foundation will be governed by a seven-member Board, with Samarco, BHPB Brasil, and Vale each appointing two members and the Brazilian Authorities appointing one member. The Foundation will be assisted in its work by an advisory panel that will include technical experts, regulators and community representatives.The Foundation will submit remediation and compensation programs for approval to a Council consisting of representatives of the Brazilian Authorities. The Foundation’s activities will be subject to independent external audit.The term of the Agreement is 15 years, renewable for periods of one year successively until all obligations under the Agreement have been performed.Samarco will fund the Foundation with contributions as follows (calendar years):BRL2 billion (approximately $500 million) in 2016, less the amount of funds already spent on, or allocated to, remediation and compensation activityBRL1.2 billion (approximately $300 million) in 2017BRL1.2 billion (approximately $300 million) in 2018.The amount of annual contributions for each of the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 will vary between a minimum of BRL800 million (some $200 million) and a maximum of BRL1.6 billion (about $400 million), depending on the remediation and compensation projects which are to be undertaken in the particular year.To the extent Samarco does not meet its funding obligations, each of Vale and BHPB Brasil is liable in proportion to its 50% shareholding in Samarco.Samarco will continue to conduct and fund the humanitarian and environmental recovery and remediation work until the Foundation is operational, which is likely to be in the next few months.The Agreement is subject to Court approval. If approved, the Agreement will settle the civil public claim commenced on 30 November 2015 by the Brazilian Authorities against Samarco, Vale and BHPB Brasil which sought the establishment of a fund of up to BRL20 billion in aggregate for clean-up costs and damages relating to the dam failure.BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mackenzie: “This Agreement is an important step forward in supporting the long-term recovery of the communities and environment affected by the Samarco dam failure. It provides a platform for the parties to work together to support the remediation of affected areas.“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to repairing the damage caused and to contributing to a lasting improvement in the Rio Doce.”last_img read more

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Two arrested after gardaí track intercept motorcycle 85km from scene of armed

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested near Kilbeggan in Co. Westmeath in connection with an attempted armed robbery in the Dublin suburb of Clonsilla.They were intercepted by officers from the Traffic Corps and the Regional Support Unit some 40 minutes after the failed raid at a post office on the Clonsilla Road.The alarm was raised at around 10.20am, after two men armed with a handgun and a hammer entered the post office and threatened staff.They left the scene empty-handed and sped away on a motorbike. However, their movements were tracked by gardaí, and they were intercepted shortly before 11am on the M6 near Kilbeggan.Both men are aged in their early 20s. They’ve been taken for questioning to Blanchardstown Garda Station where they’re being held under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.Read: Man due on court over Sarah Staunton murderlast_img read more

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Apple serves up 154inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

first_imgWe’ve had rumors suggesting the MacBook Pro was getting a major redesign and other stating not much is changing beyond some component updates. Now all those rumors can be laid to rest as Apple has delivered a super-thin MacBook Pro sporting a Retina Display.Apple say it’s the best computer they’ve ever made, and with good reason. The new design is just .71-inches thick and weighs 4.46 pounds. Apple confirmed the Pros will be carrying quad-core Ivy Bridge Core i7 processors combined with the GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM. In terms of ports, the update includes HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, MagSafe, SD card slot and 2xThunderbolt ports. The one component missing? The optical drive, which had to go to achieve that super-thin profile.But it has to be the display that gets most people excited. The 15.4-inch screen holds 4x the pixels of the previous model and a resolution of 2880 x 1800. There is no other laptop on the market that can get anywhere close to that at the moment.Combined with the new components, Apple has confirmed a backlit keyboard, glass multi-touch trackpad, dual mics, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n wireless as standard. To top it all off, the MacBook Pro has a large battery allowing Apple to claim 7 hours of battery life.Prices for the new 15.4-inch Pro start at $2,100 (2.3GHz i7, 8GB RAM, GT 650M, and 256GB SSD) and Apple surprised everyone by stating they will be available to order from today. I doubt it will take long for them to run out of stock, though.via ars technica and The Vergelast_img read more

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DW News Kickstart SciFi Museum BBC Confirms Female Script Writers

first_imgStay on target Since last year’s closure of the Doctor Who Experience, the UK—and the world—has been without a Whovian haven.Until now. (Er … this autumn. Probably.)Neil Cole is constructing a permanent museum “of dreams and the imagination,” a gallery brimming with original movie and TV props, costumes, and published artwork.The building will consist of two sections: One chronicling the broader science-fiction genre, and the other a visual history of classic Doctor Who.Visitors can browse one of the UK’s largest collections of surviving original screen-used items, arranged as an “episode guide”—starting with William Hartnell’s First Doctor.But opening a museum to the public “is quite an undertaking for an individual,” according to Cole. While he has already made “considerable” repairs on the Georgian townhouse, he needs some extra cash to complete the task.Visit The Museum of Classic Science-Fiction’s Kickstarter page to contribute; with 23 days left in his campaign, Cole has surpassed his goal of £5,000 (£6,900).1979 ‘Doctor Who’ BBC scripts for ‘Shada’ by Douglas Adams (via Rogers Jones & Co)I wonder if Cole will put an offer in for the set of rare “Shada” scripts, up for sale today via Welsh auction house Rogers Jones & Co.The Fourth Doctor adventure, written by Douglas Adams, was meant to mark the end of the classic program’s 17th series. But union strikes interrupted shooting, leaving only fragments of a fable.The scripts, estimated at £200 to £400 ($277 to $554), are inscribed in pencil with notes from credited director Pennant Roberts. His widow, Betsan Roberts, donated the lot on behalf of Welsh housing and homelessness charity Shelter Cymru.Jodie Whittaker IS the Doctor (via BBC)All this excitement over the classic program, however, has me itching for Jodie Whittaker’s return later this year.Repping half of the human race as the first female Doctor, Whittaker will reportedly be joined this season by a handful of women writers.In response to a letter from 70-plus female TV writers critical of their lack of primetime opportunities, BBC1 drama head Piers Wenger confirmed that “a number” of scripts for the 11th series have been penned by ladies.“Having a diverse team on [Doctor Who] feels appropriate, important, and essential,” he said.No writers—male or female—have yet been named for the new series. But you can expect a slew of fresh faces as incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall preps for his debut series.Matt Smith talks ‘Doctor Who’ on Desert Island Discs (via BBC Radio 4)Doctor Who isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, though. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith recently admitted he’d never seen an episode before auditioning for the lead role.“Not one. Not one episode in my whole life,” Smith revealed on BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs. “Look, Doctor Who‘s on at seven o’clock on a Saturday night,” he told execs during his tryout. “I’m in a boozer then.”Now it’s hard to imagine anyone but The Crown actor co-piloting the TARDIS alongside Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song. But Smith did have a “wobble” before taking the part, which he called “the greatest … of my life.”“I loved every minute of it,” he added.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

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Hasinas annual income Tk 77m

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaThe annual income of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina is over Tk 7.7 million, according to her affidavit submitted with the nomination paper to the election commission to contest the 11th parliamentary elections from Rangpur-6 constituency.Of the income, Tk 0.3 million comes from the agriculture sector while Tk 138,625 from rents of house/apartment/shop or others, Tk 1,696,009 from business (against royalty), Tk 1,200,000 from share, savings certificate/bank deposits, Tk 1,638,000 from the services (against honorarium) and Tk 2,776,760 from other sources.As per the affidavit, Sheikh Hasina has Tk 84,575 in cash while the amount of her deposited money with the bank and financial institutions is Tk 72,185,303 and the investment in different savings certificates and fixed deposits is Tk 500,000.She has gold and other ornaments worth of Tk 1,325,000 and furniture worth of Tk 740,000.According to the affidavit, the price of her six acres of arable land was Tk 778,000 while acquiring the land, while that of non-arable land was Tk 675,000 while acquiring.Sheikh Hasina’s academic qualification is BA as mentioned in the affidavit.She is not currently accused in any case.last_img read more

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Check Yourself Before You Buy Exciting Tech You Dont Really Need

first_img Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Everybody wants the new shiny thing. But in the world of business, the next hot piece of tech or game-shaking idea may not be what’s best for your company. While some projects can benefit nearly every company, the majority will only aid those who put the legwork into making them truly fit your organizational needs.Related: How Investing in AI is About Investing in People, Not Just TechnologyWhat often makes the difference between a failing company and a growing one is its management — and that means you. That’s not to say that running a successful business means starving yourself of innovative technologies. It’s just crucial that you do your homework, beta test, listen to what your peers are saying, and most importantly, check your intentions for wanting to implement the product or idea. If the answer is that your eyes are bigger than your company’s stomach (and needs), move on. Not every shiny new thing is right for your business, and jumping into something you’re unprepared for is a major risk that rarely pays off.However, there is technology that has proven itself to be useful to most companies — big and burgeoning. Here are some worth considering.Head in the clouds.Data is everything, and there is more of it than ever. We are literally saturating our lives with data. Therefore, I’d venture that every business is using some sort of cloud computing. Whether it’s a small business owner who’s storing information on a free system or a larger company using a more robust system like Salesforce, everyone’s on a cloud.If you’ve got any information that needs storing and accessing, you’ll want to keep it safe. Do your research, and pick the right service for you. Choosing the wrong one can be catastrophic — especially if you don’t want your company to appear incompetent or sloppy to your clients when what you need isn’t at your fingertips.Bring your own device.Freelancers now make up 35 percent of the workforce. In an effort to stay lean, many companies enroll a “bring your own device” (BYOD) system that allows remote, contract and full-time employees to use their personal devices for work purposes. But what businesses save on buying company devices for their staff, they risk in data breaches.Enter mobile device management, or MDM. MDM is typically a security software used by large companies to secure the data of all devices used by the business — whether company-issued or staff-owned. Through on-premise or cloud-based methods, MDM software monitors and manages devices that include smartphones, tablet computers, laptops and desktop computers to secure emails, confidential documents and other assets owned by corporations.Related: 3 Apps to Help You Amplify Your Business and Your LifePart of the reason MDM is one of the most popular technological trends in 2018 is that until recently, the costs for the services were prohibitive for small and medium-sized businesses. Now, with more affordable options for smaller companies, MDM is on the verge of becoming a staple for any business that stores data or uses computers, tablets, and smartphones — which is to say, every business.Artificial productivity?Deep learning is based on the idea that machines can learn, adapt and execute in intelligent ways. But is A.I. good for your company?For businesses like finance or real estate, using machine learning to track trends and identify patterns can be more accurate than someone just crunching numbers. But if you’re a small business owner who owns a diner, a robot cashier may not be as appropriate. On the other hand, a POS (point of sale) system may do the trick for a lot less than a cyborg cashier.Build relationships.Don’t pack your bags and prepare for the coming of the machines just yet. There is still a lot artificial intelligence can’t do. Coming up with big ideas is one, and building authentic relationships with people is another.We’re not just talking about activating sales or getting to know your clients’ need. Don’t forget the people who execute your mission statement. The most important people you should impress aren’t necessarily your clients. Your employees are the ones who take your big ideas and run with them. So, before you run out and buy a machine to fix whatever productivity and sales problems you’re having, do some deep learning of your own. Sometimes, the problems may exist within.Related: 4 Industries That Are Being Disrupted by AITechnology won’t fix what’s wrong.In other words, if you want to scale or transform a failing company, technology can’t fix internal problems. No cloud-based system, machine or gadget can fix bad management, bad hires and bad morale. Covering up failing infrastructure with pretty tech won’t heal what’s underneath. In fact, most sick companies can be fixed with some simple non-tech advances like taking accountability, making time to listen to your employees, offering them ways they can grow within the company and simply caring about who’s working for you in general.Moral of this story? Know your company, inside and out. Before you try to expand or repair a failing business, know what you’re trying to do, and ask yourself what your intentions are for considering using a specific tech in your company. You may want to keep up, but you don’t want to fall down getting there. October 13, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths BERLIN (AP) – German utility E.ON reaffirmed its guidance for this year after posting a sharp increase in first half earnings despite the country’s move away from nuclear power.The company said Monday that first half net income attributable to shareholders rose to (EURO)2.9 billion ($3.6 billion) during the period, up from (EURO)691 million last year. The company did not provide second quarter figures.Overall net income was up to (EURO)3.1 billion from (EURO)948 million during the first half of 2011. The increase in profit came largely due to a new agreement on long-term gas supply contracts with Russian gas producer Gazprom OAO, the company said.That helped offset lower sales from its power-generation segment, which has suffered from the country’s decision to shut down nuclear power stations in Germany and due to an overall decline in output in the company’s generation portfolio in Europe.Two of E.ON’s nuclear reactors were among eight older ones in Germany that were switched off last year after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, prompting the company to pursue cost savings and expansion abroad.“`Our solid first-half results demonstrate that we’re meeting our existing challenges decisively,” chief executive Johannes Teyssen said. “We successfully renegotiated our gas-procurement contracts, and the transformation of our company through our E.ON efficiency-enhancement program is moving forward according to plan.”The company said that the absence of the one-off effect of Germany’s accelerated phaseout of nuclear energy, recorded in the second quarter of 2011, had a positive impact on first-half earnings to the tune of (EURO)1.5 billion. Overall sales were up 23 percent to (EURO)65.4 billion during the period, compared to (EURO)53 billion in the first half of 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were up 55 percent to (EURO)6.71 billion from (EURO)4.33 billion the previous year.E.ON shares were the top performer on Frankfurt’s main DAX exchange. By midmorning, they were 1.9 percent higher at (EURO)18.135.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img
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State legal backing for UCy on admissions policy

first_imgThe University of Cyprus (UCy) on Tuesday welcomed the fact that the legal services have judged as legitimate the procedures and rules of the university allowing applications from undergraduate-level candidates who have passed international examinations, allowing school leavers from private schools to study at the institution.“The successful outcome of this long-standing issue opens new prospects for the university education of our country,” said Rector Constantinos Christofides, whose earlier efforts to offer private-school leavers access to studies at the UCy were met with strong political opposition.In a statement, the university said that legal regulation is consistent with the principle of equality and allows the institution to enrol students without barriers and unfavourable discrimination.“We can, through education and transformation of the education system, achieve positive change and foster mutual understanding. We need all the children of our country, from all schools, from all communities, foreigners and immigrant children living here,” it said.On August 1, UCy formally announced it was accepting transfer applications from undergraduate-level candidates who had succeeded in international examinations such as International Baccalaureate and GCEs, and have been accepted in a university abroad for the 2017-18 academic year in addition to those who have passed the Pancyprian exams.Eligibility criteria include a high school-leaving certificate, an acceptance letter from an overseas university, examination certificates, and an IGSE/GCE certificate, or equivalent, in Modern Greek.A three-member ‘transfer committee’ will evaluate applications and recommend transfers.UCy has been accepting transfer applications for the winter semester 2017 to 2018 since last Monday and will continue to do so until August 25.Under the current regime, the only path to get into UCy available to Cypriot school-leavers were the Pancyprian exams, which are based on the curriculum taught at public schools.Although private-school pupils have the option of sitting the Pancyprian exams, they are taught a different syllabus and require after-school lessons to prepare for them.The results of the process and details about the successful applicants will be announced by September 11 on the department of studies and student welfare website at www.ucy.ac.cy/fmweb.You May LikeTown and Country | HanacureSee Why This Facial Is Getting All The Internet BuzzTown and Country | HanacureUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Renovated Markideio needs some tweaking

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneAS performances at the newly renovated Markideio theatre in Paphos get well underway, a lack of vital specialised staff has meant that the venue’s high-tech acoustics have yet to be used properly.Evros Loizides, a Paphos municipality councillor told the Sunday Mail that an expert in how to operate the acoustics correctly was now needed.“Soon we will hire a facility manager, until then some of the municipal employees that are trained in the basics are at the theatre. We are hiring equipment from outside, as the acoustics are very high-tech and no one knows how to use them.”The acoustics can be operated using all different techniques, depending on the performance, he said. The walls can be adjusted and the roof also opens and closes, depending on each performance. “However, we didn’t use it yet,” he said.Nicosia based architects Simpraxis are responsible for the project and worked with a specialised acoustic consultant. The acoustics are complicated to set up, according to 47-year-old architect, Marios Christodoulides, who said that nothing inside the space is “just for decoration” or there “by accident” and that each piece of the theatre interior has a role.“It’s not about aesthetics, it is all relevant to the acoustics,” he told the Sunday Mail. “The right people are needed to operate the acoustics, and they are not working properly yet. This is a bit of a concern for us, but generally, the audiences are giving positive feedback,” he said.It would be fair to say that the overhaul of the structure has created an unrecognisable, landmark building for Paphos, which connects the theatre to the neighbourhood and has a definite ‘wow’ factor.In 2015 architects Marios and Christos Christodoulides were awarded 1st prize in a competition to revamp the theatre and surrounding space. It took one and a half years to complete, running over the initial eleven-month allocated time frame.The project saw the renovation of the existing Markideio Theatre incorporating, as well as the existing theatre space, neighbouring plots that were occupied by small industries such as a marble processing plant and a car mechanic. This presented a challenge, he said.“We had to design the project in a way that it could be built in sections as the different industries moved out.”This is the first theatre project for the firm who have completed numerous housing projects; they are also the architects behind the project to connect the archaeological sites in Kato Paphos. This includes a new walkway, parts of which run above a main road and which has been held up by the construction company that is suffering financial difficulties, he said.The old theatre was hidden, it was hard to get too and had no connection with the neighbourhood or the road. The architects remedied that in two ways, by extending part of it to form a new cafeteria and taking it to the edge of the street.“We also extended and created a promenade to Caravella parking area”, he said.The architect now believes that the building is more grounded and better connected to its surroundings. The main ideas, he noted, were to make the theatre more practical and to combat the big problem of access to the stage from the changing rooms.According to Christodoulides, inside the theatre, the stage has been ‘flipped’ moving it to the back allowing for easier servicing and creating a more functional entrance from the neighbouring streets.“It is now far more effective and the area is divide into two different access points. Moving the stage made this easier.”They also created three green open spaces. The first, a large open public space to the front of the building which helps the theatre to ‘breathe’ a little, he said. This is not just for use by theatre goers, but also the public. The second is a central open courtyard which is not quite finished yet.The third is at the back, and for the actors and musicians when they are getting ready.He said that overall, audiences are happy with the theatrical experience but that the main gripes are the dark colour of the exterior which some don’t like and the fact that there is no middle row of seats in the auditorium. The space had originally been used as a cinema and so therefore seats were configured as such, and not the most suitable for a theatre, he said.“We chose to have the seats on a steep slope, this gives a better experience for the audience and there are 25 seats in a row- it’s a different energy when there is no middle row. The audience and the stage are more connected.”The budget for the entire project was limited said Christodoulides and a huge chunk was spent on the infrastructure of the building, so they had to be smart and find ways of spending money to create an up- scaled look.“We’re happy with it, it works for the site and the neighbourhood and hopefully it will lead the way to upgrade the area bit by bit.Loizides said that the theatre is a welcome asset for Paphos and that there are now two access points into the theatre, rest rooms, changing rooms, and cafeteria which will go to tender soon.“This is a big upgrade of an old theatre and it is so much better both inside and out.”You May LikeNewsXoXo6 Reasons of Heart Arteries Start Clogging You Never Knew!NewsXoXoUndoTwo Red DotsMama Bear Does This After Man Saves Her Drowning CubsTwo Red DotsUndoTTL HOLIDAYS INCWhich Is The Best Airlines to Fly to India from USA?TTL HOLIDAYS INCUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Proposal submitted for Larnaca port and marina development

first_imgA proposal on the development of Larnaca’s port and marina was submitted on Friday, the transport ministry said.The proposal will be evaluated in line with the timeframes and procedures specified by the law, a ministry statement said.The mooted project in Larnaca is set to feature a 1,000-berth marina and port involving a development of up to 510,000 square metres.General terms for the development allow for the construction of high-rise buildings. Investors will have the option to build residences, shopping areas, offices, restaurants, recreational or sports venues.Plans for expanding and privatising the Larnaca marina have been plagued by years of delays and failure to find investors.Back in 2010 the government struck a deal with Zenon Consortium for a €700 million project to transform both the existing port and marina.The consortium failed to raise the necessary funds even though the government extended the deadline up to 20 times until 2015 when the deal fell through.Much of the blame fell on the recession and the 2013 banking crisisYou May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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