Legislation Formally Appoints CEO of Housing Nova Scotia

first_imgAmendments introduced to the Housing Act and the Housing Nova Scotia Act today, Oct. 9, will formally establish the position of a chief executive officer. “Housing Nova Scotia helps seniors stay in their homes longer, and helps low- and modest-income families find safe and appropriate housing they can afford,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “This amendment is an important step in allowing the organization to move forward on the housing strategy, launched last year.” Kevin Malloy, a long-time public servant in Nova Scotia, was appointed to the position in October 2013, and reports directly to the minister. Housing Nova Scotia is a corporation that supports the province’s first long-term affordable housing strategy. For more information on its programs and initiatives, visit housingns.ca .last_img read more

Warships deployed in Gulf of Oman for security of Indian vessels says

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid rising tensions between the US and Iran as well as recent incidents related to maritime security, the Navy has deployed its warships in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to reassure the Indian vessels operating and transiting in the region, it said on Thursday.In addition, aerial surveillance by Indian Navy aircraft was also being undertaken in the area, it said. “INS Chennai and INS Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations. In addition, aerial surveillance by IN aircraft is also being undertaken in the area,” the Navy said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region, which was inaugurated by the Navy in December, 2018 at Gurugram, was also keeping a close watch on the movement of ships in the Gulf region, it added. India’s strategic and security interests are closely linked to the Indian Ocean Region. The country’s energy security is also linked to the safety and security of ships while operating and transiting in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. “The Indian Navy has deployed warships in the Gulf of Oman to re-assure the Indian Flagged Vessels operating/transiting through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, following the maritime security incidents in the region,” the navy said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahIn further escalation of tensions, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot down a US drone on Thursday. Previously, the US military had accused Iran of firing a missile at another drone last week that was responding to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The US blamed Iran for the attacks on the oil tankers, a charge denied by Tehran. The Director General, Shipping issued two advisories on June 13 and June 16 to all the Indian-flagged vessels operating in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian, Arabian Gulf Region, advising the ships to undertake appropriate protection measures. “The Indian Navy remains committed to ensuring the safety of Indian maritime trade and merchant vessels operating in the region and contributing towards maintaining a stable and peaceful Indian Ocean Region,” the Navy said.last_img read more

Netflix originals which you shouldnt miss

first_imgIn the era of digitalisation, while so many shows and series are being made on different web platforms, even the films are being released online. Netflix being the biggest running digital platform worldwide provides its audience an option to watch plethora of films across various genres. Let’s have a look at the recent and upcoming projects of Netflix: Chopsticks: Directed by Sachin Yardi, the film which stars efficient actors like Mithila Palkar and Abhay Deol in lead roles, is a comedy-drama on Netflix. The plot of the film revolves around a gifted but insecure woman Nirma Sahastrabuddhi (Mithila Palkar), who is in for a transformative experience when she enlists an enigmatic con to help recover her stolen car from a Mumbai thug. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe reviews for the film released on May 31, have been a mixture – while the audience calls it a great film, critics fail to understand its essence in the first place. Rim of the world: Released on May 24 this year, this film is an action, adventure and comedy Netflix original, directed by McG. It is a story of four misfit teenagers, who join forces to save the world when an alien invasion interrupts their summer camp. The 1hr 38mins long film stars known entertainment faces like ‘The Kids Are Alright’ star Jack Gore; Miya Cech, who plays ZhenZhen; Dariush played by Benjamin Flores Jr., to name a few. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIf you like any web series like ‘Aliens in the Attic’, ‘Stranger Things’ or ‘Charlie’s Angels’, you are going to fall in love with this Sci-Fi drama. Velvet Buzzsaw: After paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art. The American satirical supernatural horror thriller film is directed by Dan Gilro. It has a huge star cast with actors including Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich. Point blank: Do you remember the 2010 film named ‘Point Balck’? Good, because a film with the same name is going to be released on Netflix this 12th. Directed by Joe Lynch, the action and thriller has already had remakes in Bangla, Tamil, and Korean.last_img read more

Elections Canada wants no part in organizing leaders debates during campaigns

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s independent elections watchdog wants no part in organizing leaders’ debates during federal elections.Elections Canada should not be involved in anything that could be seen as influencing the outcome of a campaign, acting chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault told a House of Commons committee Thursday.“I strongly believe that Elections Canada must be insulated from any decision-making regarding leaders’ debates so as to remain above the fray,” he said.“Debates are an important element of the campaign and often contribute to defining the ballot-box issues … The chief electoral officer should not be involved in matters that could be perceived as having an influence on the orientation of the campaign or the results of the election.”The committee is examining the idea of appointing an independent commission or commissioner to organize televised leaders’ debates during federal election campaigns, as promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 2015 campaign.The debates became the subject of heated controversy in the last campaign after the then-ruling Conservatives signalled that Stephen Harper would not take part in the traditional two televised events — one English, one French — organized by a consortium of the country’s major TV networks.In the end, Harper and the other leaders took part in 5 debates organized by various media and social media outlets, including Maclean’s magazine, the Globe and Mail, Google and Facebook, as well as a consortium-organized French debate and another organized by Quebec’s TVA network.Green party Leader Elizabeth May was invited to participate in just two of the five debates while Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe was invited strictly to the two French ones.If the government opts to create an independent commission, Perrault said it should set out clear criteria as to which party leaders are to be allowed to participate in debates, leaving the commission itself little or no discretion in the matter.“This question has given rise to significant controversy over the years. An independent commission should not be mired in controversies regarding inclusion, especially in the middle of a campaign.”Perrault also warned that the exclusion of smaller parties in future might run afoul of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Some small parties have in the past gone to court to challenge their exclusion from the debates. But those cases failed because the debates were considered “essentially private events” that were not subject to scrutiny under the charter, he said.“This would likely no longer be the case if the state, or an entity created by the state, were to play a role in organizing the debates.”While he’d give the commission little leeway to decide who can participate, Perrault said it should have “broad latitude” to decide the format and “editorial aspects” of the debates, such as the choice of moderator and questions to be asked. Such latitude is necessary given the rapid evolution of the mainstream media and social media landscape, he said.Representatives of the traditional network consortium — CBC, CTV, Global Television and Radio-Canada — said they’re willing to work with an independent commission. But they argued that most decisions should be left up to them since, combined, they reach the most Canadians, adhere to journalistic standards and have expertise in producing shows that people will actually watch.The consortium did agree it would be helpful if the government was to legislate a requirement for a minimum number of debates during each election campaign, which would compel party leaders to participate.That would do away with what CBC’s Jennifer McGuire described as “the biggest flaw in the current system”: the secret negotiations in which parties threaten not to participate unless the terms of the debate benefit their respective leaders.“Each party pushes for every edge it can get, from where and when the debate takes place, to who can take part, to what format is acceptable,” she told the committee. “They threaten to withhold their participation as they seek terms to give them advantage.”The consortium representatives faced some pointed questioning by Conservative MP John Nater, who repeatedly asked why the major networks refused to broadcast the debates hosted by other media outlets in 2015. He accused them of acting “like a kid in the schoolyard, that if you don’t get your way, you’re not playing.”Troy Reeb of Corus Entertainment, which owns Global Television, bluntly said there was no way the networks were going to “willy-nilly take a product” produced by another outlet, over whose standards they’d had no input, and put it on the air — especially not when it involved splashing the logo of the rival outlet all over the set.The consortium would have no way of knowing what trade-offs the other outlets made behind the scenes to ensure participation by all the leaders at a time when “we knew for a fact, as members of the consortium, that one party in particular was seeking very friendly terms” in return for its participation, Reeb added.last_img read more

Family says thanks to people who helped victims of Alberta fatal crash

first_imgEDMONTON – The brother of one of the six people who died in a fiery crash in Jasper National Park is expressing gratitude to everyone who helped the victims of the tragedy.Tim Dye of Louisiana says the citizens, police and others who responded to Tuesday’s collision of a van and an SUV were brave and compassionate.Dye also thanked the nurses and medical staff who are treating the survivors.His sister, Angela Elkins and her son-in-law Nick Copeland died in the crash.Elkins’ husband, Curtis, and daughter, Sarah, are being treated in hospital for serious injuries.A toddler, Sarah and Nick Copeland’s son William, wasn’t seriously hurt.“To the citizens and the first people present at the scene, your bravery has left us in awe of how willing people are to help,” Dye said in a statement Friday.“To the RCMP and other first responders, thank you for serving us in this sensitive time with compassionate care while still doing your jobs and seeking information. Your level of excellence in working with us has been exceptional.”Dye said baby William has been reunited with the family.“It’s truly a miracle that he came through the wreck with nothing more than a few bruises,” he said.RCMP have said the van carrying five people was heading north when it collided with a southbound SUV with four inside, causing both to catch fire.Cpl. Laurel Scott said investigators are still trying to determine precisely what happened.She said the other vehicle in the crash was a Hyundai Kona SUV.Scott said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is still working to identify the four occupants, but two of the four were Indian Nationals working in Banff.Friends have identified them as Anand Panwar and Pawan Kathait.The other two people who died in the SUV have been identified on a GoFundMe page as Gelek Wangmo and Ganesh Anala.Elkins was from Louisiana and Copeland was from Texas.The crash happened on the Icefields Parkway.last_img read more

Samsung set to launch folding screen phone after big delay

LONDON — Samsung says it will start selling its highly anticipated folding phone on Friday, after the original launch date was delayed by months because of embarrassing problems with the screen.The South Korean tech giant said Thursday that the Galaxy Fold is going on sale after it spent the past several months “refining” the device to improve its “design and construction.”The nearly $2,000 phone will launch on Sept. 6 in South Korea, followed later in the month by other key markets including the U.S., France and Singapore, with 5G versions available in Britain and Germany.The Galaxy Fold’s original April launch was pushed back after reports that some reviewers’ phones were breaking.Journalists who had received the phones said the folding screen started flickering and turning black before fizzling out.The Associated Press read more

DR of Congo UN mission patrols Bunia reassures local population

According to a UN spokesman in New York, the overall situation in the DRC remains calm, but tense. The UN Organization Mission (MONUC) has been conducting patrols in Bunia, in order to reduce tensions and reassure the local population, much of which is in town during the day, returning to the area around MONUC headquarters at night for safety, Stephane Dujurric de la Riviere said. Meanwhile, the remains of the two UN military observers killed last week in Mongbwalu have been transported back to Kinshasa. MONUC has begun a detailed investigation, in order to establish the facts from among the many conflicting accounts of what took place. “The UN is also taking very seriously reports of threats made against other UNMOs as well as civilian staff,” Mr. Dujurric de la Riviere said.In Kinshasa, discussions by the parties on the distribution of military and ministerial posts for the transitional government remain deadlocked. MONUC and the International Commission for the Support of the Transition are working with those concerned to break the deadlock. On the humanitarian front, aid workers continue to provide urgently needed assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in town and at the airport in Bunia. Additional staff from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) returned to Bunia today, bringing with them stocks of medicines. Limited amounts of water are also now available. The spokesman said IDP flows out of Bunia are still of concern to the humanitarian community. To this end, UN officials planned tomorrow to undertake a humanitarian assessment mission outside of Bunia, to determine the situation of IDPs outside of the town. read more

Michael Fallon hits out at Nicola Sturgeons claim he has betrayed Scottish

first_imgSir Michael Fallon has dismissed “extraordinary” SNP claims that he had “betrayed” Scotland’s shipbuilding industry after announcing plans for work on new warships to be split up across different sites across the UK.Nicola Sturgeon led the Nationalists in denouncing the Defence Secretary’s blueprint for the first batch of five new Type 31e frigates to be built in blocks across several British shipyards and then assembled at a central hub.Echoing trade union leaders, she claimed the work had been promised to Clyde shipbuilders and accused him of reneging from a pledge they would provide a “frigate factory” for the Royal Navy. Nicola Sturgeon has accused the UK Government of betraying Scotland's shipbuilders The plans form part of a new national shipbuilding strategy unveiled by Sir Michael, which accepted all the recommendations of an independent report into the industry by Sir John Parker.Ms Sturgeon, MSP for Glasgow Southside, said there had been “lots of promises made to the Clyde”, including the creation of a frigate factory, but “there’s no mention of that today.”She said: “So this is about cost cutting and it is another demonstration of the damage that is being done to conventional defence infrastructure by the UK government’s obsession with spending billions and billions of pounds on Trident.”I think workers on the Clyde today have every right to feel let down and betrayed.” Nicola Sturgeon has accused the UK Government of betraying Scotland’s shipbuildersCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Computer Generated 3/4 Image of the future Type 26 Global Combat Ship being built on the ClydeCredit:BAE Systemscenter_img But Sir Michael said the Clyde is already getting 20 years of work building eight Type 26 anti-submarine frigates and yards across Scotland can also tender for the Type 31 contract.He accused the SNP of “turning sunshine into a grievance” and highlighted the billions of pounds of investment the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is already making north of the Border.The new Type 31e frigates are due to be in service by 2023, and their cost will be capped at a maximum of £250 million each as part of a drive to introduce competition and keep down costs. Gary Cook of the GMB union said the Clyde yards had originally been promised contracts 13 frigates, including the five Type 31s, as part of a plan that saw hundreds of job losses, and warned of “dog eat dog” competition between UK yards.Arguing there was “no frigate factory, and now no five ships”, he said that “there has definitely been a reneging – there has been a betrayal on the 13 frigates on the Upper Clyde”.He also argued that work from the Type 31 programme would not be enough to sustain the 3,800 jobs at Rosyth after the aircraft carrier contract finishes. Computer Generated 3/4 Image of the future Type 26 Global Combat Ship being built on the Clyde But the Defence Secretary told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “The Clyde are getting eight frigates, the anti-submarine frigates, without competition and that is 20 years of work for just one yard.”There is a huge frigate building programme on the Clyde but the remaining five frigates in the programme we’re opening up to competition. Govan can compete for that, so can Fergusons further down the Clyde, they could be built at Rosyth. Any of the yards in Britain will be free to compete.”He later told the Commons the eight Type 26s costing £3.7 billion, being built at BAE’s Govan and Scotstoun yards, already represent a “frigate factory” even without the Type 31 work.Sir Michael said the extent of the UK Government’s long-term commitment to the Clyde was demonstrated by the fact that the apprentices who will work on the final vessel have yet to be born.last_img read more

Greenpeace activists shut down BPs London HQ

The seasoned activists locked inside, two per container, were male and female and aged between 25 and 60,Inside the reinforced boxes, they have enough food and drink to last a week, as well as portable lavatories and plenty of art supplies to decorate the walls.There is no natural light but Ms Evans insisted that the activists felt so passionately about the cause they were determined to stick it out.“They are all trained in health and safety and in non violent communication,” she said. They are very well prepared, both physically and mentally.“They have got phones and we are in constant touch with them. It is their choice and shows their level of commitment and appreciation of the scale of the urgency of the threat we face.”Two or three protesters were also chained to the top of each container while five more chained themselves together across a fire exit.Greenpeace declared the blockade “a huge win for climate action worldwide”.Tonight police confirmed that no protestors were left at the scene, although police remained in the area. A total of 10 people were arrested for aggravated trespass and remained in police custody this evening. Greenpeace is demanding that the company immediately ends all exploration for new oil and gas and switches to investing only in renewable energy.It hopes that by shutting down its headquarters, the subject of climate change will be thrust to the top of the agenda when the company addresses investors.Mel Evans, a Greenpeace spokeswoman, told the Telegraph: “BP’s current plans for sticking to the Paris climate agreement are fantasy. They can’t continue drilling for oil if they are going to take climate change seriously. Greenpeace activists at BP's London headquarters Greenpeace activists at BP’s London headquartersCredit:Aaron Chown/PA The five shipping containers, each weighing several tonnes, were designed to perfectly fit each entrance to the office building. “They are operating as if it’s the 20th century with old methods and old ways. The way to bring things back from the brink of disaster is to stop drilling for oil and gas go 100 per cent renewable. If not, they should shut up shop and clear out.”Greenpeace said its activists would continue the protest until they receive an acceptable response from BP but by the evening, most had been removed by the police.BP has acknowledged that renewable energy sources will be the world’s main source of power within two decades, accounting for around 30 per cent of the world’s electricity supplies by 2040, up from around 10 per cent today.But it also expects continued high demand for oil and gas production and has plans to expand production by 16 per cent by 2025, according to recent figures. Greenpeace activists at BP’s London headquartersCredit:Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace In a statement released in response to the Greenpeace protest, BP said: “We welcome discussion, debate, even peaceful protest on the important matter of how we must all work together to address the climate challenge, but impeding safe entry and exit from an office building in this way is dangerous and clearly a matter for the police to resolve as swiftly as possible.” Key members of staff were awoken between 4am and 5am on Monday to be informed that their head office was under a blockade.Most of the 300 employees based in the building were either told to work from home or to go to one of BP’s other offices scattered across London and the south east.Insiders were keen to play down the impact, noting that most of the top brass, including group chief executive Bob Dudley, were already in Aberdeen preparing for the AGM and that regardless, the company had contingency plans for such eventualities.One said: “It is certainly inconvenient but we have a degree of flexibility and nothing has been overly disrupted. We will just leave it to the police to work out how to resolve things safely and quickly.”The uniformed officers manning the police cordon were not entirely sure how things would play out.Asked how long the protest might continue, one said: “As long as the protesters are here” adding hopefully: “We have asked them politely to go.”The action had been long planned and carefully organised. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Greenpeace activists at BP's London headquarters As protests go, it is of the quieter, less obtrusive variety.Tucked away in a leafy square behind Piccadilly, ten environmental activists sat in containers doing origami and watching Game of Thrones.The Greenpeace campaigners had arrived at BP’s London headquarters at 3am on Monday, swiftly lowering five custom-built shipping containers down from cranes to block each of the company’s main entrances.Simultaneously, six climbers scaled the wall on the other side of the building, and set about hanging a banner from the roof and letters in each window spanning the front of the building, spelling out “climate emergency.”“There are nine windows,” one activist said excitedly, “The symmetry is really good. It’s perfect actually.”The protest, which successfully rendered the entire building out of use, was timed to coincide with BP’s AGM, which takes place on Tuesday in Aberdeen. Greenpeace activists at BP’s London headquartersCredit:Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace Greenpeace activists at BP's London headquarters read more

Patrick Eilert to Valladolid

← Previous Story Pierre-Antoine Casanova signs for Istres Next Story → Ratko Nikolic refused Vardar – Vujovic wants Shevelev Valladolid will start the preparation period for the new season strengthened by another player. After signing Christoffer Rambo that played already in the team before, now they signed the 22-year old Danish Patrick Eilert. Eilert signed a two-year contract, and spent the last season playing for another Spanish team, BM Torrevieja. Both sides were delighted with the new acquisition, and the coach Juan Carlos Pastor said that the team now seems much stronger, and will be a very serious opponent for every ASOBAL League team.

Could Ireland change how it elects its TDs Here are the options

first_imgFOR OVER 90 YEARS Ireland has elected its TDs through its tried and trusted system of proportional representation – with multi-seat constituencies filled by giving each voter a single, transferable vote.That could be about to change, however, with the Constitutional Convention asked to look into possible reforms of Ireland’s ‘PR-STV’ system.At the first of two meetings on the topic last week, the convention agreed that electoral reform should not necessarily be limited to tinkering with the PR-STV system, but could include a more fundamental change in how TDs are elected.They’ll meet again next month to look at some options in greater depth – but in advance of that, here’s a guide to the way each system would work, and a quick analysis of the pros and cons of each.1. If it ain’t broke…The PR-STV system has become a reliable – and almost beloved – trait of post-independence politics in Ireland, with the system used for elections at all levels throughout Irish democracy, from local councils right up to the Presidency.Proponents of the current scheme argue that its results are broadly representative of the true motives of the electorate – a five-seat constituency may regularly return TDs from three or four parties, offering true variety for its electorate.This argument gets a little thinner when the constituencies become smaller, however. A five-seat constituency allows for some variety but a three-seat constituency doesn’t give the same room for manoeuvre – and may regularly return one TD from each of three strong parties, or two from one and one for another.It can therefore be almost impossible for a smaller party to gain a significant foothold in a constituency that elects a smaller number of TDs.Among the possible tweaks that could be considered is therefore the idea of making current constituencies larger, allowing more than the current limit of five TDs per constituency (though the limit of five is set by the Oireachtas itself; the constitution allows up to seven).This could mean larger constituencies, electing seven or eight TDs – enough to be broadly reflective of a multi-party system, and ensuring that members are not seen to be attached to a particularly small part of the country.The alternative is to keep the PR-STV system but to make constituencies smaller – leaning towards single-seat constituencies like those in Westminster. This makes it nearly impossible for small parties to win, however – particularly if the PR-STV system is retained and allows voters to transfer preferences between larger parties.At the ballot last weekend, 41 per cent of voters said electoral reform should only involve tweaks to PR-STV – so this may end up being the fruit of the convention’s endeavours.However, 59 per cent said reform might be broader – opening up a whole palette of alternative options.2. Look north, and across the waterNorthern Ireland offers a fairly unique picture of how this could work – as its Assembly constituencies each elect six MLAs, while its MPs in Westminster are from single-seat constituencies.The Assembly is elected by PR-STV, just like the Dáil – and the difference between the profile of the Assembly and the Northern Irish MPs elected to London is a good illustration of the impact each system can have.The 108 members in the current assembly include members from seven parties, plus an independent, while there are only four parties (and an independent) represented among the 18 MPs in Westminster.The Westminster-style option – where each constituency is represented by one TD alone – is an option that could be adopted here (though one that was supported by only 3 per cent of the convention members last weekend).That could mean that the whip system currently used in the Dáil would be a bit weaker – as kicking a TD out of party would mean that the party’s headquarters risk isolating the local branch. Whip systems in the US House and Australia, where similar systems are in place, are similarly weak.As illustrated, though, it would mean there might only be a couple of parties represented in the Dáil at all – going on Ireland’s 2011 election, for example, Fine Gael and Labour would have topped the poll (and therefore been elected) in pretty much every constituency.Fine Gael would therefore be in government alone, with Labour and a mere handful of Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs in opposition.3. As the Vengaboys said, We like to partyA sign outside a polling station in Italy shows the ‘party lists’ of candidates in the 2004 European elections. One system used in many continental European countries, particularly Italy, is the ‘party list’ system – where people don’t vote for individual candidates at all, but rather vote for the party to which a candidate belongs.29 per cent of the convention members said they would like to examine a “proportional list system” – keeping the single transferable vote but instead asking voters simply to rank parties in order of preference.It is then the political party, and not the candidate, which holds a seat – with the party itself choosing who will take its seats in the parliament.This has a couple of varieties:The ‘closed list‘ system, where political parties decide in advance who their prospective TDs will be. This means that a party will publish its list of prospective TDs, ranked in order.For example: Sinn Féin’s list might read, ’1. Gerry Adams; 2. Mary Lou McDonald; 3. Pearse Doherty; 4. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin; 5. Aengus Ó Snodaigh; etc etc. If Sinn Féin has a poor election and only wins enough votes for three seats, it’ll be Adams, McDonald and Doherty who take them, while Ó Caoláin and Ó Snodaigh miss out.)The ‘open list‘ system where voters get to influence the ranking of TDs within their party. This would likely mean similar elections to those which currently take place, where people vote for candidates instead of parties – but the cumulative votes of the candidates will be used to decide the party’s number of seats, while the performance of candidates against each other will determine each TD’s ‘ranking’ on their party list.The ‘free list‘ system, a type of open list where voters not only choose which party to vote for, but also get to vote for candidates within the party on a separate ballot paper. A voter will be given one ballot paper asking them to choose their preferred party, and another ballot paper for each of the parties – casting similar votes to those already used in Ireland to determine where candidates appear on the party list.For example: A voter may decide (for whatever reason) that they want to vote for Labour, but don’t want Eamon Gilmore to be one of its TDs. They can then put Labour as their first preference party, but within the Labour list, vote for every candidate except Gilmore to push him down the list.The chances are that none of these systems would be rolled out on a national basis, where the entire country is treated as one constituency. Instead, there may be larger constituencies – similar, perhaps, to the ones used for European Parliament elections.This would ensure that smaller parties with support concentrated in fixed areas would be able to gain some representation, by needing a smaller number of votes to take a seat.The largest problem with these systems is that they tend to be very complicated and take a long time – not only to count the votes, but also to cast them. Imagine how long it may take you to vote if you have to choose not only your favourite parties, but your favourite TDs within each party.This is the exact opposite to the PR-STV system we enjoy now, where voting is almost as simple as possible – where you simply rank the candidates in order of preference, using their party as merely one basis for your decision.On the upside, however, it might mean that people are asked to think less about the candidate they might elect (whose status could be determined by, say, their record of community work) and more about the party and its policies.Because TDs in the Dáil would therefore not officially represent their home areas, they could feel free to concentrate on national issues and leave local matters in the hands of the new county council structure.4. The best of both worlds?The option preferred by the convention last weekend – with 69 per cent of members expressing an interest in it – was the ‘mixed’ system, which is basically a combination of the party list model and the direct constituency model we already have.This typically involves setting aside a certain number of seats which are elected through the party list system, while the remainder are elected in the more traditional model of direct voting for a candidate.For example, in a Dáil of 150 seats, 100 TDs might be elected in the traditional way while 50 more seats are filled by parties based on the support they get in a separate parallel election.Again, there are a couple of varieties. The method mentioned above is the same as the one in Germany‘s Bundestag, where half of the seats are filled on a Westminster-style ‘first past the post’ system and half are filled through party list elections, administered separately within each of the 16 federal states.In New Zealand, the system is tweaked a bit – and there isn’t actually an election held to fill the party seats. Instead, these are automatically awarded to parties so that their numbers in parliament reflect their share of the national vote.There, 70 out of the parliament’s 120 seats are elected in a more traditional way, while the other 51 are set aside.So if a party happens to win 20 per cent of the vote nationally but ends up only taking 10 seats (when its share of the vote perhaps should mean it got 14), it gets compensated by taking extra seats of the other 50.At the end of the day, the party will have 20 per cent of the total seats (24 out of 120), made up of 10 directly-elected MPs and 14 drawn from a party list. (As it happens, this means that candidates who lose in the ‘traditional’ election often end up being appointed as MPs through the list system.)This strikes a bit of a balance – by making sure that a party’s overall presence reflects the share of the votes it gets, whilst also making sure that local people are still able to point to a politician and say, ‘That person is my local representative.’Which model do you think might work best for Ireland? Let us know in the comments.Read: The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaulMore: Fine Gael TD calls for elections and referenda to be held at weekendslast_img read more

Case Contest Celebrates Urban Living

first_imgCase-Mate already allows people to design their own custom device cases. Now you can win $1,000 by designing a great one. Case-Mate is partnering with BlackBooks for “The City Is Your Canvas Contest.” The winner will have their work incorporated into a suite of creative assets, which shoppers can then use to create their own unique case. You need to make a finished design, it seems, but also tools for mash-ups.To win the contest, you’ll need to think about what “the city” means to a modern artist. The winner will need to provide 20 to 25 vector assets (of which 2 to 4 are “spray can elements,” 2 to 4 are predesigned cases, 4 to 6 are background colors, and 4 to 6 are colorize colors. To enter, however, you’ll only need to submit 1 to 3 pieces of visual art. The contest ends December 31, and the winner gets $1,000, plus an unspecified percentage of the revenue for cases sold. It could be a good way to get your work noticed. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Geek Deals Pay What You Want for Humble One Special Day Bundle

first_imgHow does ten games for $9 sound? Pretty good, yeah? Right now, you can pick up the Humble One Special Day Bundle with ten stellar games for a tiny fraction of their retail value. And since your purchase also helps the SpecialEffect charity, there’s even more incentive to start playing today. • Humble One Special Day BundleFour Steam codes are yours immediately if you put down $1. This tier also grants a 10 percent discount on the first month of a Humble Monthly subscription, so you can play even more great games.Pay a minimum of $1Streets of RageCrazy TaxiBinary DomainOlliOlli2: Welcome to OlliwoodBonus: 10 percent off your first month of Humble Monthly For even more content, beating the average bundle price is a solid way to go. Four additional games unlock, and a bonus soundtrack available to sweeten the deal.Beat the averageSurgeon Simulator: Anniversary EditionGRID 2Alpha ProtocolOperation Flashpoint: Red RiverBonus: Surgeon Simulator 2013 SoundtrackOpt for the $9 level, and you’ll get two more games, an extra soundtrack, and Humble Monthly subscribers will get a $2 wallet credit too. Pay a minimum of $9Stronghold Crusader 2Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale SeriesHumble Monthly Subscribers Only: $2 Humble Wallet creditBonus: Stronghold Crusader 2 SoundtrackSale Ends: October 2nd, 2018 at 11AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE TalkTalk to discuss benefits engagement at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgTalkTalk will discuss benefits engagement strategies at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Sam Kirk, reward director at TalkTalk, will present the session titled Making employees fall in love with their benefits, alongside Dr Neil Lancaster, people and social responsibility director at Gamestec Leisure, on Tuesday 11 October.During the session, Kirk will provide an overview of employee engagement, what an engaged employee looks like, and why benefits play an important role in engaging staff.Kirk will also discuss the journey TalkTalk has taken to engage its employees and the importance of communication within that, as well as the benefits that the organisation’s workforce rate most highly.Kirk said: “I [hope those attending the session take away] the importance of engaging with [their] people, being transparent, and communicating really well.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend for free and view the full conference programme.last_img read more

Coral Springs Temple of Time set to be burned in ceremony

first_img“It’s to pay our respects to those who died, obviously, and for those who are left behind,” said Coral Springs resident Donna Restrepo. “The families, everybody. Coral Springs, Parkland.”At the Temple of Time, art and reflection are woven together, cementing a connection between beauty and tragedy.Over the past three months, the wooden installment has served as a space for anyone grieving to gather following the massacre.“It felt very peaceful, and I actually was thinking about the victims of that day,” said Coral Springs resident Carlos Vasquez.From its building to its burning, those affected by the structure said they will never forget that it means to them and their community.The temple was always meant to be temporary, but for the Parkland community, its impact will be everlasting.“The feeling you get when you walk in there, it will stick with you forever, for sure,” said a visitor. CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A temporary Temple of Time in Coral Springs will be set ablaze to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.The Temple of Time, along the 9500 block of West Sample Road, stands 35 feet tall and was built in two weeks. On Sunday night, it is set to go up in flames in a symbolic and ceremonial burning.“Nobody is going to forget,” said a man who visited the temple, Sunday afternoon.The structure, located across from Coral Springs City Hall, will close at 5 p.m. ahead of the scheduled burn that will begin at 7 p.m. The burning is free and open to the public.The temple opened on Valentine’s Day, on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. For three months, people have come from far and wide to write messages on its walls.“I think this is a beautiful thing they’re doing,” said the visitor.The nature of the these profound notes ranges from grief and sorrow to joy and remembrance for the 17 people who lost their lives on Feb. 14, 2018. “Even though it burns, the essence is still there,” said Vasquez, “the community getting together and really keeping these people in our hearts.”The thoughts and threads inscribed on its walls were left by different people at different times. But after it burns to the ground, much like this community, it will go out together as one.Sample Road will be closed in both directions from University Drive to Coral Hills Drive until 10 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of May 20 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of May 20, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, May 21Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; PeachesTuesday, May 22Cheese or Seasoned Meat & Cheese Quesadilla with Lettuce, Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, & Brown Rice; PineappleWednesday, May 23Breakfast For Lunch: Wholegrain Waffle Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrowns; 100% JuiceThursday, May 24Popcorn Chicken; Wholegrain Pasta & Brocoli in a Garlic Sauce; Wholewheat Roll; WatermelonFriday, May 25Wholegrain Stuffed Pizza or Fishwich on a Wholewheat Roll; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, May 21Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; PeachesTuesday, May 22Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce; Wholegrain Garlic Breadstick; Sweet Peas; PineappleWednesday, May 23Breakfast For Lunch: Wholegrain Waffle Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrowns; 100% JuiceThursday, May 24Popcorn Chicken; Wholegrain Pasta & Brocoli in a Garlic Sauce; Wholewheat Roll; WatermelonFriday, May 25Wholegrain Stuffed Pizza; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, May 21Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; PeachesTuesday, May 22Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce; Wholegrain Garlic Breadstick; Sweet Peas; PineappleWednesday, May 23Breakfast For Lunch: Wholegrain Waffle Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrowns; 100% JuiceThursday, May 24Popcorn Chicken; Wholegrain Pasta & Brocoli in a Garlic Sauce; Wholewheat Roll; WatermelonFriday, May 25Wholegrain Stuffed Pizza; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

June 2016 results preview How HDFC Bank Axis Bank and ICICI Bank

first_imgIndia’s top three private sector banks are expected to report mixed results in the first quarter ended June 2016 on a year-on-year (YoY) basis. While HDFC Bank’s net profit is likely to have grown 20 percent, Axis Bank is estimated to have remained flat and ICICI Bank’s net profit is again expected to fall.Overall, the banking sector is expected to report better results in the first quarter (Q1FY2017) due to increased sale of non-core assets, lower cost of funds and bond gains, according to brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Limited (MOSL).HDFC BankMumbai-based HDFC Bank is likely to see its net profit grow 20 percent YoY to Rs. 3,234 crore aided by better operating performance and asset quality. Its June 2015 net profit was Rs. 2,695 crore.”Strong operating performance (20%+ PPP growth) and healthy asset quality (GNPA to remain stable QoQ at 0.9%) would lead to 20%+ YoY earnings growth in 1QFY17,” said MOSL. The bank’s loan portfolio is likely to have grown 28 percent YoY on the back of an uptick in retail and corporate loans. Key estimates:Net profit: Rs. 3,234 crore (up 20.2 percent, YoY)Net interest income: Rs. 7,807 crore (up 22.2 percent, YoY)Net income: Rs. 10,629 croreGross NPA: 0.9 percent (1 percent in June 2015 quarter)Shares of HDFC Bank were trading at Rs. 1,199.50 apiece, up 0.10 percent at around 11 a.m. on the BSE on Tuesday.ICICI BankIndia’s largest-private sector lender is not expected to see its bad loan woes lessen in the June 2016 quarter, despite loans growing at around 13 percent, same as reported in the June 2015 quarter. Higher borrowing costs are expected to dent the bank’s net profit by 21.5 percent YoY to Rs. 2,336 crore, according to MOSL.”We expect moderate loan growth of 12-13% YoY (similar to the last quarter) to continue. Retail loan growth has picked up over the last two years and is expected to remain a key driver of loan growth…led by higher credit cost, we factor in a 22% YoY decline in earnings,” the brokerage said.Key estimates:Net profit: Rs. 2,336.9 crore (down 20.2 percent, YoY)Net interest income: Rs. 5,463 crore (up 6.8 percent, YoY)Net income: Rs. 8,635 croreGross NPA: 6.6 percent (3.6 percent in June 2015 quarter)The ICICI Bank stock was trading at Rs. 255.35, up 2.2 percent at around 11.17 a.m.Axis BankThe third-largest private sector lender by assets is likely to see net profit rise 0.8 percent YoY to Rs. 1,994 crore on the back of double-digit growth in loans and lower deposit costs.”We expect loan growth to be healthy at ~21% YoY. Deposit growth is likely to be lower at ~14% YoY – AXSB is utilizing infra bonds and the refinancing window effectively…We expect slightly higher proportion of slippages in 1HFY17, leading to higher credit costs (150bp annualized v/s 74bp in 4QFY16),” MOSL said in its note.Key estimates:Net profit: Rs. 1,994 crore (up 0.8 percent, YoY)Net interest income: Rs. 4,591 crore (up 13.2 percent, YoY)Net income: Rs. 6,890 croreGross NPA: 6.6 percent (1.4 percent in June 2015 quarter)Axis Bank shares were trading at Rs. 552.70, up 1.53 percent, at around 11.55 a.m.Banking sector earnings trends for June 2016 quarter (according to MOSL):Earnings to come in better QoQ, as 2HFY16 earnings were marred by asset quality review (AQR)-related stress addition and provisioning.Non-core income and reduction in cost of funds likely to support earnings.NII to be flat QoQ and YoY for state-owned banks, but grow 17% YoY and 3% QoQ for private sector banks.The RBI’s tough stance on the cleanup of balance sheets by March 2017 would weigh on banks’ asset quality. However, following the RBI’s AQR and the cleanup exercise taken by banks, we expect stress to come down sharply QoQ.The moderate demand environment is likely to result in 10-11% YoY deposit/loan growth in 1QFY17. Saddled with NPAs, state-owned banks’ growth is likely to fall short of the industry average.Core revenue growth is likely to remain muted YoY, led by moderate balance sheet growth, declining margins YoY and moderate fee income growth. Non-core revenue and contained opex is likely to support core pre-provision operating profit (PPoP) growth.last_img read more

Kamal sends letter to PM Hasina seeking dialogue

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and Kamal HossainLeader of the new opposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front Kamal Hossain on Sunday asked prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold dialogue to settle relevant political issues ahead of the next general elections.The de facto head of the National Unity Front, which includes main opposition BNP, made the overture in a letter sent to Hasina, also the Awami League president.After launching of the Front on 13 October, its leaders raised a 7-point demand and said they would send a formal letter to the prime minister urging her to sit with the political parties for the sake of resolving the current political stalemate.The ruling party camp has so far rejected any such dialogue with the opposition although the prime minister in her most recent press briefing said that she would ‘make up’ her mind once a letter from the Front is sent to her.Members of the Front’s coordinating committee Jaglul Haidar Afriq and AHM Shafikullah brought two copies of the letter to the political office of the AL president in the city’s Dhanmondi area.“We’ve come with two copies of the letter. One is for Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and another for general secretary Obaidul Quader,” Jaglul said adding that the letter is about our 7-point demand.”AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap acknowledged receiving of the letter and said.”They’ve conveyed two copies of a letter. I haven’t opened it as yet.”He added that the party will disclose the matters and convey the party’s decisions after discussing it with the party president.Top leader of the Front Kamal Hossain signed on the letter that was sent to the prime minister.Mostafa Mohsin Montu, another leader of the front and also general secretary of Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum, signed on the other letter sent to the AL general secretary.last_img read more

NASA Scientist Held In A Turkish Prison For More Than A Year

first_imgCourtesy: Kubra Golge via Houston PressSerkan Golge is a researcher for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston who has been jailed in Turkey since July 2016.Is a NASA scientist being jailed in Turkey guilty of helping last year’s attempted coup — or wrongfully imprisoned?Serkan Golge is a research scientist for NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the University of Houston. Up until last summer, he’d been studying ways to protect astronauts from radiation on future missions to Mars.But on July 23, 2016, as he was preparing to return to Houston after visiting family in Turkey, he was arrested and accused of involvement with the failed coup attempt.His family says the claim is fabricated.Meanwhile, for more than a year, Golge has been imprisoned. And he’s spent the last ten months in solitary confinement. His wife and children have remained in Turkey to be able to visit him.His prospects for release don’t look promising, given strained relations between the Turkish government and Washington these days. Reporter Dianna Wray has written about the story for the Houston Press and joins us to explain Serkan Golge’s story.Courtesy: Kubra Golge via Houston PressWhile imprisoned in Turkey, Serkan Golge poses with his wife, Kubra, and their two sons. Sharelast_img read more

Their Homes Still Flooded Some Houston Residents Hope For A Buyout

first_img X Listen With their homes still flooded, West Houston residents are already talking about a government buyout.People near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are angry their homes were sacrificed to protect the rest of the city. A group of Canyon Gate neighbors planned to hold a “candlelight vigil” on Monday evening, saying in a press release it would take place “near the police tape blocking them from their community.”Binay Anand’s home was among those in the neighborhood damaged by the overflowing reservoirs.“It flooded like the last day of the ordeal,” he says. Anand knew this was possible, that it’s supposed to happen that way during intense flooding, so the reservoirs’ dams don’t burst and send floodwaters down Buffalo Bayou toward Houston’s core.But he says many of his neighbors didn’t. Their reaction?“Shocked, completely cheated, completely gutted,” he says.Anand says angry neighbors quickly gathered and talked about who to sue. They felt, and still feel, like Fort Bend County didn’t give them enough advance warning to get out. But some are already talking with officials about some means of comfort: the government buying out their homes and essentially making them part of the reservoir.County Judge Robert Hebert says he isn’t supporting any such plan yet, but he says he does understand why residents would be pushing for it now.A buyout would depend on federal money, but it’s a sign that this much-talked-about method of mitigating future flood impacts might see progress in the wake of Harvey. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Marissa Cummings, Houston Public MediaHarvey’s floodwaters inundated neighborhoods near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs 00:00 /01:05 Sharelast_img read more