Nova Scotia Companies Recognized for Export Success

first_img Nautel Limited also took home the award for Exporter of the Year. “Tonight’s winners should be especially proud of their accomplishments,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “In spite of a worldwide economic crisis, Nova Scotia exporters continue to find success in the global marketplace. These seven award-winners remain competitive in these challenging times by seeking out new markets, being more innovative and building on their existing relationships.” This year’s keynote speaker was Stephen S. Poloz, senior vice-president, financing Export Development Canada, who addressed the global financial crisis and its likely impacts on Canada. He also outlined how his organization is adapting to help exporters meet those challenges. Mr. Poloz leads Export Development Canada’s Financial Products Group, delivering an extensive range of lending, financing, political-risk insurance and equity programs. He is also responsible for economics and the corporation’s International Trade Intelligence Department. Seven Nova Scotia companies won honours at the 26th Annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards last night. The winning companies had combined export sales of more than $55.5 million in 2008. “Nova Scotia is known for producing high-quality products and services that are distributed around the world,” said deputy minister of Economic and Rural Development, Ian Thompson. “Tonight’s award winners are some of our province’s top ambassadors, representing Nova Scotia as a strong competitor, while contributing to our province’s economy.” The award-winning companies are: New Exporter, Terra Beata Farms Ltd Long-term Exporter, Maritime Paper Products Limited Export Growth Through New Markets, Glenora Distillers International Export Growth Through Product Development, Nautel Limited Export Growth Through Partnership, TeamSpace Canada Export Growth Through Sales, Origin BioMed Canadian Market Development, AG Research Inc.last_img read more

Funding for Legions Keeps Communities Strong

first_imgLegion members and guests in 15 communities across Nova Scotia will enjoy better facilities thanks to nearly $103,000 in funding support through the Legion Capital Assistance Program. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA for Lunenburg, announced the funding today, Sept. 16, on behalf of Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Legion buildings often play significant roles in helping to strengthen communities,” said Ms. Lohnes-Croft. “They are places where veterans socialize and where communities mark some of their most important events. This funding program, created in partnership with the legion, honours our gratitude to veterans for all they have given to Nova Scotia.” The $102,889 funding will help legion branches make structural and roof repairs, upgrade washrooms, install heat pumps, and make other important improvements. The program ensures that existing community buildings remain in good condition for the benefit of the community. “I applaud the Government of Nova Scotia’s support for legion branches through the Legion Capital Assistance Program,” said Steve Wessel, president, Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. “Cost-shared grants awarded through this program to carry out building upgrades are invaluable in assisting Royal Canadian Legion branches to remain accessible and sustainable to best serve our veterans and our communities.” The program provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $10,000. In-kind trade work may be considered as part of the organization’s share. Legions apply for funding in the spring each year. Priority is given to those with the greatest financial need while ensuring that funding is spread well across the province.last_img read more

Bill to scrap 58 old laws introduced in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Thursday introduced in Lok Sabha a bill to repeal 58 old laws which, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, are a source of inconvenience and trouble for people.Opposition members accused the government of “rushing through” bills without giving lawmakers due time to deliberate on their content. Prasad said the Narendra Modi government has already repealed 1,458 old and archaic Acts and the move to scrap 58 more laws is a part of the same exercise. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The government also rejected the opposition’s claim that members were not given adequate time to study the bill, with Prasad saying that a two-day notice was given and added that there is already a consensus that it is a good exercise. Members can debate the bill as it is only being introduced now, he said. Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said the bill was discussed in detail in business advisory committee, which has members from all major parties. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSpeaker Om Birla said he will work to ensure from the next session that members get a two-day period to study bills before they are introduced and added that British era laws should be scrapped and replaced with new legislations. Some members were heard saying that the Indian Penal Code is also a British era law. In this debate between opposition members and the ruling party, BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab came to the government’s rescue and said it has stuck to the agenda decided in business advisory committee. Bills were distributed among members as a supplementary agenda by previous governments, something which has not happened yet, he said. Tharoor said he was not opposed to the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019, while the attacking the government for its “bad habit” of rushing through bills. Some of the old acts that have been repealed are the Hackney Carriage Act 1879 which was legislated for the regulation and control of hackney-carriages, Dramatic Performance Act 1876 when theatre was being used a medium of protest against the British rule. Prasad said the Centre has conveyed to states the need to repeal 225 old laws which are in their realm.last_img read more

INTRODUCING THE RESIDENTS OF THE 2018 CBC ACTORS CONSERVATORY

first_imgDaniel Jun is a Korean-Canadian storyteller with an eclectic track record. He was born in Taiwan and grew up in China, New Zealand, Korea and Canada. In addition to being a dedicated actor, he is also a former Marine sergeant, a professional street dancer, a McGill alumnus, and an avid shower singer. Jun has worked with Cirque du Soleil and Tangente, and his recent screen credits includeDesignated Survivor, The Hummingbird Project and the lead in the indie feature Stand Up Man. ARAYA MENGESHACharacter Araya is inspired by: “I watched The Mask a million times. A guy with a green face became anyone he wanted, saved the day and he got the girl.” Advertisement Get to know our 2018/19 CBC Actors Conservatory residents below. We asked the incoming residents what character from a notable film or TV show has inspired them and why. Read their answers and bios:ANNIE BRIGGSCharacter Annie is inspired by: “Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker). I find myself attracted to characters that ignite a polarized response in me. I fell in love with her violent relentlessness, layered with surprising humour. And those spectacles!” Araya Mengesha is a Toronto born and raised actor. Mengesha’s stage credits include Breath of Kings(Prince Hal/Henry V) and Rice Boy for the Stratford Festival, as well as War Horse and The Lion King(Young Simba) for Mirvish Productions. His screen credits include recurring roles on TV series Anne with an E, Shoot The Messenger, Hemlock Grove and Rogue, as well as appearances in Man Seeking Woman,Saving Hope and Mystery Hunters, and films Run This Town(upcoming), Jean of the Joneses, Cul de Sac and Nurse.Fighter.Boy. Mengesha is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. We’re gearing up for the 10 th year of the CBC Actors Conservatory, Canada’s only full-time comprehensive professional onscreen acting program. The conservatory is renowned for offering a transformative artistic experience that strengthens the performers’ instrument, builds their professional and creative skill sets, and empowers them to navigate career and marketplace opportunities.The Actors Conservatory now boasts an impressive 74 alumni – alumni who are recognized industry-wide, in Canada and abroad, for their unique and exciting talent. Alumni who have landed lead roles on a range of hit TV series in a variety of genres (like Annie Murphy on Schitt’s Creek, Giacomo Gianniotti on Grey’s Anatomy, Emily Coutts and Patrick Kwok-Choon on Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Paxton-Beesley on Pure, Emmanuel Kabongo on Frankie Drake Mysteries, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs on American Godsand the list goes on …) and roles in hit feature films (like Canadian Screen Award-winning actor Nabil Rajo for his performance in Boost, and Erin Carter and Grace Glowicki in Suck it Up). Actors Conservatory alumni are garnering international industry attention (like Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs making The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 list of Canada’s Rising Stars: 15 Breakouts Making an Impact in Hollywood), are creating exciting content, and are enriching the global entertainment landscape. Alumni of the conservatory have inspired tremendous interest in this program – the work they are doing and their long list of successes are the best tools for recruiting future residents!And now, we are thrilled to welcome eight talented actors into this year’s program. The Canadian talent pool is deep and strong – as a result, our selection process was harder than ever. As Kathryn Emslie, CFC’s Chief Programs Officer, explains, “The CBC Actors Conservatory continues to attract wonderful actors that reflect an exciting range of backgrounds and experiences, stemming from theatre, dance, musical theatre, improv, comedy, TV, film and yes – even Cirque du Soleil! This year’s actors have much to offer our community and our creative industries; we’re delighted to have them join our program and we can’t wait to see them get to work!” NICKI WHITELYCharacter Nicki is inspired by: “Christine Baskets on FX’s series Baskets is the most heartwarming, heartbreaking, hilarious character I’ve ever seen. She is so genuine – the comedy never feels scripted.” Brandon McKnight is a Jamaican-Canadian actor who had his feature film debut in the Academy Award-winning film The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro). His other notable credits include the hit comedy series Kim’s Convenience (CBC), the upcoming feature film I’ll Take Your Dead (Chad Archibald), opposite Aidan Devine, Arri Millen and Jessica Salgueiro. Most recently, McKnight finished shooting Nose to Tail (Jesse Zigelstein), alongside Aaron Abrams. VIVIEN ENDICOTT-DOUGLASCharacter Vivien is inspired by: “Maria in The Sound of Music is an inspiration. I mean she sings whenever she has feelings about anything. Brilliant.” BRANDON MCKNIGHTCharacter Brandon is inspired by: “Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood – the first time I saw what work and commitment looked like.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ERIC HICKSCharacter Eric is inspired by: “Joker in The Dark Knight makes me question the dimensions of complexity possible in character work and has me itching to get innovative.” MICHELLE MCLEODCharacter Michelle is inspired by: “Harriet. M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy inspires me to be intrigued by perspective. She also inspires me to dance to James Brown in a potato costume.” Michelle McLeod is a Toronto-based actor and comedian and a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Theatre Program, Humber College’s Acting for Film and Television Program and the Second City Conservatory Program in Toronto. McLeod’s credits include the lead role in Pat Mills’ Don’t Talk to Irene(TIFF 2017; 2018 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Feature Film), Angry Angel, They Eat Your Teeth, and most recently, the feature film Natalie. Originally hailing from Halifax, NS, Annie Briggs is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. Her select screen credits include Murdoch Mysteries, Before The Dark: Digital (Shaftesbury), Dark Matter (SyFy), Couple-ish (Square Balloon) and Luvvie (short). Briggs is best known for her work as “Lola Perry/The Dean” in four seasons of the multi-award-winning webseries Carmilla as well as the feature film adaptation, The Carmilla Movie. Most recently, she co-created, wrote and starred in the new Shaftesbury digital series CLAIREvoyant. Briggs has worked with a variety of Canadian theatre companies, including Neptune Theatre, Single Thread Theatre Co., Food for Thought, Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Chester Playhouse and Shakespeare by the Sea. Login/Register With: DANIEL JUNCharacter Daniel is inspired by: “The Terminator (Terminator 2). If ever I get slowly lowered into a pool of molten steel, I’m going down with my thumbs up. And screaming.” Nicki Whitely is a Toronto-based actor who became an ACTRA member at the age of 11. Her television credits include Workin’ Mom’s (CBC), Conviction (ABC)and a recurring role on The Strain (FX). Whitely is especially proud of her role in the TV movie Betty and Coretta (Lifetime), where she played Attalah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcom X.Her training includes classes at Neptune Theatre School in Halifax, NS. Twitter Vivien Endicott-Douglas is best known for her work on stage with many of Toronto’s foremost theatre companies. She was recently nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Nightwood Theatre’s production Lo or Dear Mr. Wells.Endicott-Douglas has starred and guest starred in several films and television series, including Hemlock Grove, Copper, Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue and The Line, and was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance for her work in the feature film The Shape of Rex. Eric Hicks is a Saskatchewan born actor who starred in more than 30 short and independent films before joining ACTRA in 2015. His credits include Quantico(ABC), The Strain (FX), Reign (CW) and a recurring role on all three seasons of the multi-award-winning detective series Cardinal (CTV/eOne). Most recently, Hicks landed the recurring role of Detective Ken Tucker on Season 2 of Bad Blood (CityTV). Advertisement Facebook These eight residents will start at the CFC on Monday, July 16, 2018. Stay tuned for more updates on their activities throughout the six-month program.Want to learn more about the CBC Actors Conservatory? CLICK HERE for more information.By Cory Angeletti-Szasz | CFClast_img read more

Alberta Crown let Metis man plead guilty after RCMP said drugs werent

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN NewsAn Alberta Crown prosecutor allowed a Metis man to plead guilty to simple drug possession in May after the RCMP told him the so-called drugs weren’t real, APTN News has learned.And it appears the RCMP sat on test results showing the drugs weren’t real for over a month.Clayton Boucher, 45, was arrested Jan. 22 after police raided a home where he was staying in Lac La Biche, Alta.After spending four months locked up in the Edmonton Remand Centre, he pleaded guilty at the end of May out of frustration with they system and needing to get out from behind bars. RCMP seized about 130 grams of suspected crack cocaine and sent two samples of powder to be tested Feb. 3 to Health Canada.The results came back negative for drugs Feb. 23 and 24.But Boucher remained in jail.Documents show a large gap between the date of results and when Alberta Crown Erwin Schulz learned of the results.Schulz wrote the RCMP Feb. 22 asking for the powder to be tested  “as soon as possible” apparently unaware that the RCMP had already sent the samples off to be tested. Boucher had also been maintaining it was baking soda and not cocaine since his arrest.There were two samples sent to Health Canada – and both were .4 grams according to the list of exhibits.In documents obtained by APTN News, Schulz claimed his assistant followed up with RCMP Mar. 13 and again April 3, but was told, “there is still no analysis of the drugs as of yet.”This happened again on April 20 but the RCMP, again, said there were no results.Finally, on May 3, the RCMP confirmed to Schulz the powder seized was not cocaine.It is unclear from the documents if the RCMP had those test results when the Crown had repeatedly requested them.APTN has requested this information from the RCMP but has not heard back.On May 4, Schulz contacted Boucher’s Legal Aid-appointed lawyer, Leighton Grey, telling him of the test results. They both agree to meet back in court May 30.But by this point, Boucher was struggling in jail and wanted out.Boucher told his lawyer May 15 he wanted to plead guilty to two counts of simple possession and claims his lawyer had never told him that the test results came back negative.“I only pleaded guilty ’cause my wife passed away and had a horrible time coping while incarcerated. That’s the only reason,” said Boucher in an interview with APTN Monday.APTN contacted Grey for comment, but have not heard back.(Clayton Boucher with his wife Phyllis Favel in an undated photo)Boucher’s common-law wife, Phyllis Favel, 34, died in a car collision April 30, a woman he calls the “love of his life.”Boucher did get to go to the funeral – in a bright orange jail-issued jumpsuit and shackles.“I stood out like a sore thumb,” he said. “It was horrible.”On May 30, Boucher pleaded guilty to two counts of simple possession – he was released the same day.“The Crown based the guilty pleas on the two entries on the exhibit list of 0.4 grams of cocaine wrapped in plastic which was viewed by both the Crown and defence to be spitballs (small packages of cocaine wrapped in plastic),” wrote Schulz in an email last month to the Law Society of Alberta that provided a timeline of events.Schulz said the description and weight were consistent with small amounts of cocaine.But according to documents, the tests came back negative.“I went to bed every night and woke up every morning knowing it wasn’t drugs. It killed me,” said Boucher.When he was released, Boucher went to the Lac La Biche RCMP detachment to get his belongings. He claimed later in a complaint against the RCMP that an officer there told him tests on the powder had come back negative.“The complainant was crushed by this,” his complaint states, “and it quickly dawned on him that the RCMP knew all along that the substance was not cocaine but allowed him to plead guilty regardless.”He told APTN this was the first time he learned not only that there had been a test but of the results.On July 10, Schulz received a call from the RCMP saying Boucher had filed a complaint.“The RCMP advised that the 0.4 grams were not spitballs rather samples taken from the large bags of cocaine which (did not come back as drugs),” Schulz wrote in his email to the Law Society.But the RCMP had already told Schulz the powder came back negative back on May 3 according to documents obtained by APTN.On July 11, the RCMP sent Schulz the lab results confirming, again, two samples sent to Health Canada came back negative.Boucher appealed the conviction – which was filed by Grey – not knowing that Grey had been told about the test results according to documents.On Sept. 26, the Court of Appeal of Alberta overturned Boucher’s conviction after receiving a letter from Jonathan Martin, senior counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.Martin confirmed in the letter the lab results came back negative for all the so-called drugs, meaning Boucher pleaded guilty to possessing baking soda that was found in a kitchen cupboard, according to the exhibit list.“A review of the file and communications from Mr. Schulz and the RCMP establishes that the substances in the counts under appeal did not analyze as controlled substances. The non-existence of this information at the time of the disposition would have been highly relevant to the decision to plead guilty,” wrote Martin.Boucher questions now how the results were non-existent when the RCMP had provided the results to the Crown.Boucher received more documents last week, including the Health Canada lab results, and it was then that he learned the results were completed by Feb. 24.“Last Thursday in Edmonton,” said Boucher of when he finally got the documents.He had traveled there from North Battleford, Sask., where he is currently living, to pick up the documents.“I had been asking for the certificates since my release and I finally got them with disgust,” he said.Boucher said he has a criminal record and at the time of his arrest had an outstanding probation warrant.“But I am not a drug dealer,” he said.He said he already filed a complaint against Schulz and Grey with the Law Society of Alberta, which had been declined on Oct. 4.The Law Society, like Schulz, argued – at least in part – that Boucher pleaded guilty to drug possession.Boucher said he has since sent the Law Society the Health Canada certificates and the file has now been forwarded to the conduct department.APTN asked the RCMP in Lac La Biche to comment Monday and again Tuesday when a spokesperson said the file had been sent to RCMP headquarters in Ottawa.Boucher also claims the RCMP told him that it is taking disciplinary action against several Mounties.APTN has still not received a response from the RCMP.An email to Schulz’s assistant asking why he allowed a man to plead guilty for a crime he didn’t commit hasn’t been answered.Meanwhile, Boucher said he believes if he had been out his wife would still be alive.“We went everywhere together,” he said. “Now I am serving a life sentence. Every day is a horrible day.”But there was one good thing to come from this, he said. After his release he moved to North Battleford with the help of his sister.He was awarded a certificate of bravery earlier this month for alerting a woman that her roof was on fire June 8.She had no idea of the fire when Boucher began pounding on her door.Contact Kenneth here: kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

UN Finds No Evidence of Moroccan Military Activity in Mauritanian Borders…

Rabat – A United Nations investigation finds there was no sign of any Moroccan military activity in the Western Sahara.The Polisario Front, a separatist group that claim to represent the Saharawis, had protested to the United Nations that a large number of Moroccan military units had crossed over the Sand Wall, which marks a buffer zone between the Moroccan territory and the Tindouf camps, in southeastern Algeria.The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was established in 1991 to monitor the region, demine the buffer zone, and maintain the ceasefire between the Polisario Front and Morocco. Crossing the Sand Wall would have been a violation of that ceasefire agreement on the part of Morocco.“MINURSO has not observed a military presence or equipment in the buffer strip,” said Farhan Haq, UN Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.MINURSO, Farhan said, had deployed ground and air capabilities to investigate allegations of violations in the southwestern part of Western Sahara near Mauritania and observed civilian vehicles crossing the Sand Wall but did not see military units.Morocco’s Interior Ministry said security forces have been carrying out an operation near the Mauritanian border in order to stop “smuggling rings and illegal commercial trade”.The Polisario Front had fought a guerilla war against Morocco for 15 years.  A ceasefire was agreed to in 1991.The Northwest African region has seen heightened conflicts after a diplomatic row in which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the term “occupation” earlier this year to describe Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.Morocco reacted by forcing the expulsion of all 84 international civil servants from the region and cut off funding of  $3 million. The civil servants were integral to the support of 242 peacekeeping troops and military observers in MINURSO.In July, Morocco allowed 25 civil servants to return to the region to provide logistic support for the peacekeeping operation.In April, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2285, which extends MINURSO’s mandate in the region until April 2017.The territorial dispute over the Western Sahara has been in standstill since 1991. After more than 12 years of vain attempts to hold the referendum, in 2004 the UN Security Council called on the parties to work towards achieving a mutually acceptable political solution.In April 2007, Morocco presented an Autonomy Plan that was described as “serious and credible” by the Security Council. The said plan proposes significant autonomy for the Sahara with a local government and a parliament, within Moroccan sovereignty.The Polisario Front, supported by Algeria, rejects the Moroccan plan and claims the people of the Sahara should have a right to self-determination through a referendum.Moroccan officials have emphasized on many occasion that the autonomy plan is all Morocco can offer to put an end to the territorial dispute. read more

Trudeau cabinet minister resigns amid controversy

TORONTO — Canada’s former justice minister has quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet amid allegations Trudeau’s office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm.Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a letter Tuesday announcing her resignation. She was demoted from the post of justice minister last month.The Globe and Mail newspaper reported last week that Trudeau or his staff pressured her to arrange a deal with Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin that would let it avoid criminal prosecution on allegations of corruption involving government contracts in Libya.Wilson-Raybould has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she can say publicly about the matter.Her resignation is a potential blow to Trudeau as he faces re-election this year. He has denied directing Wilson-Raybold to arrange such a deal.The Associated Press read more

President holds special ministerial discussion on drought relief

A special discussion was held at the President’s Official Residence today (18) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to look into the preparations at Ministerial level to provide essential reliefs to the public during the impending  drought situation in Sri Lanka.The President has given instructions to appoint a special committee comprising Secretaries of the Ministries of Power and Energy, Mahaweli and Water Supply, to make quick decisions in the process of providing relief to the people minimizing the difficulties. Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Susil Premajanth, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya,Duminda Disanayake, Laxman Yapa Abeywardena, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Secretaries of the Ministries and other officials participated in the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) President Sirisena also instructed the officials to implement a programme to reconstruct the tanks with no water, and pointed out the importance of apprising the public regarding the protection of water sources and proper use of the water. During the meeting, it was discussed in detail regarding the programmes already in existence and future work plans launched by respective ministries to face the impending drought situation. Further discussions were held regarding the steps that should be taken to protect water resources to minimize this kind of disaster situations. read more

Private sector to sell marijuana in Ontario turnaround report

TORONTO — The Ontario government will reportedly allow private stores to sell marijuana once recreational cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17.A source in the provincial government told the Globe and Mail that Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney are expected to make an announcement as early as next week to outline a plan to let the private sector own and operate cannabis shops.The source, who spoke on condition of not being identified, also indicated that the government would still control the distribution of the product to the stores and manage online sales.The previous Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne had planned to give the Liquor Control Board of Ontario a monopoly on the sale of recreational cannabis, with 40 stores slated to open this year under an LCBO subsidiary called the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).The new system would mirror the Alberta model, which will allow for privately run cannabis stores to sell marijuana with licences granted by the liquor commission.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has already indicated that he was considering the private sector, saying in late June that he doesn’t believe “government should stick their nose into everything.”A spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Finance wouldn’t comment on the details but said the province will be ready by the time marijuana is legal in October. read more

SAMOA UN disaster risk chief calls for putting partnerships to work

“I think the challenge for all of us is how do we put a frame around this and make it understandable, call out the partners to the table, and get a commitment to constrict the focus,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.Speaking to the UN News Centre from the sidelines of a partnerships forum on climate change and disaster risk management, Margareta Wahlström summarized discussions between islanders, donors, civil society and others partner groups. The thematic forum is one of six others at the Third International Small Island Developing State Conference in Samoa, which wraps up tomorrow. The calls are for technical assistance, more and easier to access funding, wider replication of success stories and stronger partnership coordination, she noted.Disaster risk reduction is prioritized in the conference’s outcome document, a 124-point compilation known as the Samoa Pathway, which was, unusually, agreed upon before the conference started on Monday. The section on risk comes right after climate change and sustainable energy, and includes a wide range of general commitment – from technical assistance and financing for early warning systems, to harmonizing national and regional reporting systems. “I think it would be an excellent idea if we as the United Nations could, based on this conference outcome document, establish a clear cut, not so complicated, plan of action for the small island developing states, and tailor it to the Pacific, Caribbean and the Indian Ocean,” the Special Envoy said. “We need to build on what’s already here. There are very strong institutions here in the Pacific, excellent technical competence, knowing the region. Because the UN can bring something very important here which is the linkages to the global agenda, added attention,” she noted.Hundreds of partnerships have been announced throughout the week, and more than 300 are expected to be confirmed tomorrow at a total value of more than $1 billion, according to a senior UN official. Many of these are related to building resilience of islanders. “People know what to do. The challenge is to put a timeframe to it, to measure impact, and to make sure that you set certain quality standards around the outcome so that you actually measure – does this have an impact on people or not? Does this actually help governments? And if not, take corrective action before it becomes deadweight,” Ms. Wahlström explained. In the shorter term, the UN is likely to review its coordination and how it is structured in the Pacific which could open the door to greater financing, said the Special Envoy.“If we really put our mind to it, we could be positioned differently within one year,” she summed.Some of the greatest threats to the small island nations are environmental. Tropical cyclones and floods are among the most frequent cause of disasters in the Pacific region. Between 2001 and 2011, Pacific and Caribbean developing small islands were affected by at least 110 hazards, according to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Office for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). Given the high costs islanders pay for energy and transportation, and the countries’ reliance on natural resources for jobs, the impact of such disasters is particularly destructive. In Jamaica, for examples, losses from tropical cyclones between 1991 and 2011 averaged about 2.6 per cent of its average annual investment, yet may have slowed the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by more than one point. In addition, earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis also have potential to cause great damage, as occurred in 1998 in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands in 2007, and in 2009 in Samoa. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Director Christiana Figueres is overseeing talks between Governments on a universally accepted climate treaty. UNFCCC is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The final round of talks will be held in Paris next year. To build momentum for the talks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host his Climate Summit on 23 September.“By March of next year, they [Member States] will be coming forward with their quantified contributions to the solutions, certainly on mitigation and some also on adaptation. The Secretary-General’s summit has helped focus countries on this homework that they’re all doing and we will begin to see some announcements that will preview what we will officialize by March,” Ms. Figueres told the UN News Centre. In Samoa, she has been following the discussions, particularly from a renewable energy introduction perspective, as a growing number of island nations aspire for 100 per cent renewable energy.“That prepares them much better for disaster because it is a fuel that is available to them that they don’t have to depend to transferring in very difficult times,” Ms. Figueres said.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the Small Island Developing States Conference, Wu Hongo co-chaired a high-level event on Tuesday where Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma unveiled a vulnerability resilience framework, to help islanders develop national policies to build resilience and bounce back from economic and environmental crises. read more

Female African coders on the frontline of the battle to change gender

The UN chief was speaking after meeting girls from across the continent taking part in the African Girls Can Code Initiative, a joint initiative from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UN Women. This new programme saw more than 80 girls from 34 African countries join the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa for 10 days in August 2018.The girls attending the courses learn about digital literacy, coding and personal development skills, including enterprise know-how to ensure their financial security. They are trained as programmers, creators and designers, so that they are well equipped to compete for careers in areas such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and coding. The initiative will runs until 2022 and is expected to reach more than 2,000 girls through 18 Coding Camps. Mr. Guterres said that one of the fundamental problems in the world is that power is in the hands of men, leading to a male-dominated culture. In Africa, this is one of the reason why it is so difficult for girls to go to school. In technology professions, the problem is particularly acute, with an overwhelming majority of men.ITU data from 2017 shows that, as well having the lowest rates of Internet penetration, the African region has the widest digital gender gap in the world: only 18.6 per cent of women use the Internet, compared with 24.9 per cent of men.The UN chief recalled his time studying electrical engineering, when there was just one women female in a class of 300: “This is what we need to change, and we are not yet there. We need more girls to take technology courses. This is absolutely crucial. If girls and women are not more involved in technology professions, power relations will remain very male dominated.”Monday is the 2019 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which raises awareness of the fact that women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully and science, importance of changing this trend: According to UN data, only around 30 per cent of all female students select fields related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in higher education, and less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. read more

Wrestling Snyder Stieber put in impressive World Cup performances USA falls to

Junior Kyle Snyder and former OSU wrestler Logan Steiber are honored at the Buckeyes Feb. 3, 2017 match against Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorImpressive showings at wrestling Freestyle World Cup in Iran by Buckeye and world champion Kyle Snyder and world champion and former Buckeyes Logan Stieber were not enough to bring home the gold for USA Wrestling. The U.S. ultimately finished in second to Iran in the tournament, and Snyder and Stieber each compiled an individual record of 3-1 at the two-day event.Snyder’s loss came to Aslanbek Alborov of Azerbaijan, but the U.S. still put together a victory over the Azerbaijani team. Alborov defeated Snyder by a score of 5-4 at 97 kg.Stieber only suffered one loss as well, being taken down by Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran in his final bout of the tournament. Stieber fell 6-2 to Esmaeilpoorjouybari while wrestling at 61 kg.Overall, the U.S. team lost five of eight matches in the final, with the U.S. wins coming from Snyder, Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg).Snyder will travel back to be with the Ohio State team for the postseason, but will miss this week’s matchup with No. 8 Cornell on Feb. 19, OSU coach Tom Ryan said. read more

Des astronomes découvrent une planète en diamant

first_imgDes astronomes découvrent une planète en diamantDes scientifiques britanniques pensent avoir découvert une petite planète entièrement composé de diamant en dehors de notre système solaire. Elle orbiterait autour d’un pulsar à quelque 4.000 années-lumière de la constellation du Serpent dans la Voie lactée.C’est ce que l’on pourrait véritablement appeler un bijou de découverte. Dans une étude publiée cette semaine dans la revue Science, une équipe internationale d’astronomes dont certains de l’université de Manchester, ont indiqué avoir localisé une petite planète entièrement composée de diamant. Mesurant près de 64.000 kilomètres de diamètre, soit cinq fois celui de la Terre, ce corps céleste serait en fait, selon eux, le coeur ratatiné d’une ancienne grosse étoile qui se serait transformée en une masse de carbone cristallisé. En vérité, c’est en suivant une étoile inhabituelle, un pulsar, à l’aide du télescope basé à l’université de Cheshire que les astronomes ont fait l’extraordinaire découverte. En effet, leurs observations leur ont permis de révéler que cette étoile n’était pas seule : une petite planète compagnon orbitait autour d’elle. Les pulsars sont de petites étoiles tournoyantes dont le diamètre dépasse les 15 kilomètres et qui émettent un faisceau d’onde sur leur passage. Ainsi, les pulsations d’ondes émises par l’étoile PSR J1719-1438 ont permis aux astronomes d’en apprendre beaucoup sur la petite planète précieuse et notamment sur son origine, estimant ainsi qu’il s’agirait d’une ancienne étoile. Le Dr Michael Keith, membre de l’équipe de recherche, explique : “La planète semble être largement composée de carbone et d’oxygène, car une étoile faite d’éléments plus légers comme l’hydrogène ou l’hélium serait trop grosse pour correspondre aux caractéristiques mesurées de l’orbite”. En effet, selon leurs évaluations, la planète orbiterait en seulement 2 heures et 10 minutes autour du pulsar dont elle ne serait séparée que d’environ 600.000 kilomètres, soit un peu moins que le rayon du Soleil. Une naine blanche et son pulsar milliseconde À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMalgré sa petite taille, le corps céleste serait alors un peu plus massif que Jupiter. Une densité qui indique que le matériau dont il est formé est certainement cristallin et donc similaire à du diamant. Par ailleurs, l’étoile étudiée ne serait pas un pulsar comme les autres. Il s’agirait en réalité d’un pulsar milliseconde tournant plus de 10.000 fois par minute et dont la masse serait d’environ 1,4 fois celle du Soleil. Les astronomes pensent ainsi que c’est le précieux compagnon, sous sa forme d’étoile, qui a transformé un vieux pulsar mort en ce pulsar milliseconde, en transférant de la matière et en la faisant tourner pour augmenter la vitesse. Au final, ceci aurait alors conduit au résultat observé : un pulsar milliseconde tournant très vite et son compagnon “ratatiné”, souvent appelé “naine blanche”. Un duo qui tournoierait dans la Voie Lactée à quelque 4.000 années-lumière de la constellation du Serpent. Le 26 août 2011 à 12:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

You Can Now Preorder the Worlds First Flying Motorcycle for 380000

first_imgStay on target Harley-Davidson’s Electric Bike Is Now Available for PreorderWatch: Is This the World’s Most Advanced Smart Motorcycle Helmet? The Calforornia startup Jetpack Aviation (JPA) was the first company to design and manufacture a true jetpack for personal flight (and possibly, for racing). But it’s now touting a new “first” — the world’s first flying motorcycle, which is now available for preorders.Dubbed the “Speeder,” the flying motorcycle is self-stabilizing, jet turbine-powered, and capable of over 150 mph speeds, 20-minute endurance, and 15,00o-feet altitudes, New Atlas reported.Plus, it will let you live out those Star Wars fantasies you’ve been harboring for years — for just $380,00 (although you would need to shell out only $10,000 for preorders).According to Jetpack Aviation, the Speeder builds on JPA’s jet turbine expertise. It features four turbojet engines putting out a combined maximum thrust of 705 lbf – enough to lift up the 231-pound airframe and a pilot up to 250 pounds (the current design does not allow for a passenger).Photo Credit: Jetpack AviationThe Speeder, which runs on kerosene, JetA or diesel, is equipped with navigation and instrument light so you can fly at night (although this will really depend on your county’s aviation rules), and it will allow you to fly in light to moderate rain.JPA only plans to build 20 “Recreational” Speeders — as future production will be dedicated to military and government orders. The military version of the Speeder can also be flown unmanned.Have you ever dreamt to fly a motorcycle in the sky?This is no longer a dream…JetPack Aviation is pleased to introduce The Speeder.You can pre-order it now, go to our website for more information: https://t.co/U8PD2nYTVy#flyingmotorcycle #vtol #tech #pilot #aviation pic.twitter.com/xwLB5CiVZV— JetPack Aviation (@JetPackAviation) March 6, 2019The Speeder can be operated from any surface that is solid and large enough for take-off, so if you own a ship or motor yacht, you’re in luck. An aviation two-way radio with a system is also installed.You can preorder your Speeder here.More on Geek.com:World’s First Jetpack Racing League to Launch in 2019$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersYou Can Now Preorder Harley Davidson’s Electric Bikelast_img read more

Honda Passport Ridgeline get offroad accessories for Overland Expo

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageHonda worked closely with California-based Jsport on this project vehicle. Honda To show off how the two models could be customized for adventures away from the pavement, Honda on Thursday revealed two “Adventure Lifestyle Project” vehicles. The Honda Passport crossover and Honda Ridgeline pickup truck will be showcased at the 2019 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona.Like Nissan’s modified Frontier, the two Adventure Lifestyle Project vehicles take aim at the overlanding crowd — folks who enjoy long journeys over unpaved terrain. With both the Passport and Ridgeline offering all-wheel drive and good amounts of ground clearance from the factory — up to 8.1 and 7.9 inches, respectively — Honda suggests they’re both “off-road ready.” These concept models are thus intended to appeal to buyers who might want to go exploring the great outdoors.For the Honda Passport, the transformation begins with a suspension lift kit from California-based Jsport, a new front skid plate and Nitto RidgeGrappler off-road tires on new Jsport wheels. Jsport also provided a roof rack, side steps, a new front bumper and a side-swing, externally mounted spare-tire holder. The final touches are a roof-mounted tent and extra LED lighting.The Honda Ridgeline likewise receives several upgrades from Jsport, including a lift kit, a suspension leveling kit, side steps, new wheels and tires and extra skid plates. Roof and bed racks allow for carrying more supplies, and there’s a pop-up roof tent and a Honda EU2200i generator for longer trips away from the grid. Honda says that all of the Jsport accessories shown on this truck can be purchased from the company now.Along with those vehicles, Honda is using Overland Expo to show off its entire range of off-road toys, including its dual-sport motorcycles and the Talon side-by-side. More about 2019 Honda Passport Share your voice Tags Crossovers Trucks Preview • 2019 Honda Passport first drive: An urban warrior with off-road chops 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 3 9 Photos Accessorized Honda Passport, Ridgeline are ready to head off-road Comments Honda Honda 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Review • 2019 Honda Passport review: All the SUV you really needlast_img read more

Guest houses owned by Chandana Brothers Gokaraju Gangaraju come

first_imgThe AP Government has decided to demolish all the illegal houses that have been constructed on the bed of the Krishna River which constricts the water flow of the river. In times of floods or heavy rains, this could prove deadly, as the water has no passage to flow freely. The government started the mission to clear up the river flow by demolishing 9-crore worth Prajavedika building. This was a controversial move which was opposed by the TDP party. However, paying no heed to this, the Jagan government seems to be going strong about clearing up the illegal houses. Also Read – Anti-ragging laws stringent: VC PVGD Prasada Reddy Advertise With Us The main building which is currently under the AP Tourism department is currently being leased by Champions company who have completely privatized the boat rides in and around the Krishna river. Among the private homes are ones owned by Chandana Brothers company, who have their family guest house there. Also with numerous guest houses on the river bed is Gokaraju Ganga Raju who served as Member of Parliament. The government is set to send out notices within a week to ten days to the house owners so the Krishna river can flow easily, once again.last_img read more

Interstate burglars arrested 5 lakh jewellery seized in

first_imgWarangal: The CCS police on Wednesday arrested three interstate burglars involved in several house break-ins and seized gold and silver ornaments worth around Rs 5 lakh from them. A bullion trader who purchased jewellery from the burglars was also arrested. Disclosing this to media persons here, Warangal Commissioner of Police V Ravinder said that the accused were identified as Pentiya Parthi, Rajesh Mongia and a juvenile offender, and the bullion trader Narayana Soni. The other two members of the gang – Rajendra Singh Mongia and Changiram – are absconding. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The gang members who were involved in thefts and pick pocketing cases in the past were arrested several times in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The members shifted to Warangal after they became familiar faces to the police. Since then they broke into several houses in Matwada police station limits. The CCS police who were given the responsibility of cracking the case formed special teams with inspectors Ravi Raj and Jeevan Reddy. They got a tip-off arrested the gang members when they tried to meet Narayana Soni near the bullion market area. The Commissioner of Police commended CCS ACP Babu Rao, Warangal ACP Narsaiah, inspectors Ravi Raj, Jeevan Reddy and Ramesh Kumar, SI Venkateswarlu and ASI Veeraswamy for arresting the gang.last_img read more

Election watchdog says Kerala govts performance below average on top voters priorities

first_imgKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan [Representational Image]Pinarayi Vijayan/FacebookAccess to safe drinking water, better employment opportunities and healthcare were Kerala voters’ top three priorities, the parameters on which the state government has performed “below average”, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an election watchdog.”The Kerala Survey 2018 shows better employment opportunities (47.42 per cent), hospitals/primary healthcare centres (45.24 per cent) and drinking water (44.77 per cent) are the top three voters’ priorities in Kerala,” the ADR said in a statement on Tuesday.The performance of the government on all top three voters’ priorities was rated as below average. “Better employment opportunities (1.95 on a scale of five), hospitals/primary healthcare centres (2.02) and drinking water (1.99) were rated as below average,” it said.In rural Kerala, the top voter priorities were better employment opportunities (49 per cent), better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (45 per cent) and drinking water (40 per cent), it said.”The performance of the government on rural voters’ priorities of better employment opportunities (1.93 on a scale of five), better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (2.07) and drinking water (2.10) was rated as below average,” the ADR said.The government also performed poorly in providing better roads (1.96) and better public transport (2.09) in rural Kerala.For the urban voters, top priorities were drinking water (48 per cent), better employment opportunities (46 per cent) and better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (45 per cent).”The performance of the government — on a scale of five — on urban voters’ priorities of drinking water (1.93 ), better employment opportunities (1.96) and better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (1.99) was rated as below average,” it said.The performance of the government was also poor on better public transport (1.93) and water and air pollution (1.94) in urban Kerala.last_img read more

Baltimores Wendy Davis Shines in OWNs Love Is

first_imgBy Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFROIt’s common for sci-fi shows to play around with time shifting. Characters show up in the past or the future or even in alternate versions of the present day. It takes gumption to create a romantic comedy series where you do the same. Well, Mara Brock-Akil and Salim Akil, who created the popular sci-fi comic book series Black Lightning have gone there with their new series on OWN called Love Is___, with spectacular results. One of the show’s stars Wendy Davis tells the AFRO, “It has a really specific style and flavor that’s infectious. The show takes place in the nineties as well as present day and it has in many ways the flavoring of the nineties rom-coms. It has this feel of a much more innocent time and it brings back memories. If you’re over thirty, it’s just going to bring back memories of the nineties.”Wendy Davis, who grew up in East Baltimore, is one of the stars of ‘Love Is__’ on OWN. (Courtesy photo)Cleverly called Wiser Nuri, Davis plays the present day version of the main character Nuri. Davis laughs, “My character’s name is “Wiser Nuri” because look, if you’re getting older and you’re not getting wiser, there’s a problem. Younger Nuri is in the midst of this brand new hot and heavy beautiful amazing love story. It’s interesting to watch the brand new relationship of this couple and be able to also see them twenty years later.”This show isn’t just any romantic comedy though. Much of the material draws from the actual relationship of the show’s creators. The Akil’s have been a Hollywood power couple for over twenty years. Creators committed to their craft, they are laying it all out there for the world to see and learn from. “They also air some dirty laundry,” Davis states. “More than I would if I were in their position and I love that they are getting real with it.”Davis grew up in Joppatowne, Maryland but lived in East Baltimore until she was eight years old. She never forgot about her old haunts though, and regularly trekked to Baltimore when she got older. “I used to love going to Inner Harbor,” she recalls fondly. “That’s where all the cute city boys were.”The Howard University graduate is perhaps most well-known for her award nominated seven season turn as Colonel Joan Burton on Lifetime Network’s Army Wives. That show began in 2007 and Davis marvels at the changes she has seen on the industry since then. “On Army Wives, Sterling K. Brown and I often were the only two people of color on set. With this show, about seventy percent is African-American and that feels miraculous.”Her delight isn’t just about changes in front of the camera.  “Many of the directors are Black women. That’s Mara making a choice to say these women are already super talented and they’re gonna get a chance to work. Traditionally directors have been White men but to have Black women in charge is thrilling.”Part of the reason she feels this way is her own daughter. “I am thrilled to see Black women of all shades but especially dark skinned and brown skinned women get a shot. I have a beautiful brown skinned fifteen-year-old at home and I am thrilled that she can now turn on the TV and see herself as the leading lady.”Davis, like her character, has also grown in wisdom. As satisfied as she is with her career, there is one thing she says she would change. “Professionally I would have developed myself more as a screenwriter and a director. There’s a part of me that is still considering moving into directing. I own an acting school called Acting Pros, and I love helping other actors. It’s my favorite thing to when I’m not working on set.Passionate about her art as well as helping people, Davis started teaching while she was still working on Army Wives in Charleston, South Carolina where the show was filmed. She remembers, “Some days I’d be really busy, some days I wouldn’t. It was in Charleston and I wanted to do something for the local actors who really needed help.”Personally she said, she would have also changed a thing or two. “I would say leave yourself alone. I spent too much time trying to be something I’m not. Life is short. Eat the donut. Enjoy your life, enjoy your friends.”last_img read more

Intl Kolkata Book Fair Take part in lucky draw and win books

first_imgKolkata: The book lovers will get chance to win a book library for their homes worth Rs 1 lakh if they get selected through a lucky draw during the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) which will be inaugurated on January 31 in presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Salt Lake’s Central Park. On Monday, the Publishers and Booksellers Guild announced that the reason behind the lucky draw is to facilitate the habit of reading.On Monday, Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, general secretary of the Guild, stated that the their slogan for the book lovers is ‘buy books and win a book library.’ He said: “We are going to arrange a lucky draw for the book lovers at the end of the Book Fair on February 11. Four winners will be chosen who will be given books worth Rs 1 lakh along with a designer book shelf so that they will not have to arrange for any space to keep those books. The winners will also get the chance to select the books of their choice.” The Guild authority further informed that there will three halls for the English publications which would be named after poet Nirendranath Chakraborty, writer Dibyendu Palit and author Atin Banerjee who passed away recently. The Little Magazine pavilion will be named after eminent poet Pinaki Thakur. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from the focus country, the Guild has decided to highlight the literature and culture of one Indian Schedule Tribe during the Book Fair for the first time. It will help the people to come close to their cultures and get to know about them too. In the 43rd IKBF, the focus will be the Lepcha community. They will participate with a stall. Over 65 writers, including three established Dalit writers, will enrich the audience at the International Kolkata Book Fair. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseApart from the attractions of the Book Fair, a smartphone application will soon be published for book lovers to locate stalls. Also, information regarding the Book Fair will be provided in the application as well. The application is being developed by the CESC for both android and IOS platforms. The details will also be there on the website. The Guild has also got in touch with the state government and got assurance that the Transport department will provide additional 190 shuttle buses during the Book Fair days from Howrah and Sealdah stations, Ultadanga, Garia, Behala and Shyambazar to Central Park Mela Ground.last_img read more