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Quebecs maple syrup producers losing ground as US imports rise report

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s government-sanctioned maple syrup cartel is hurting the domestic industry with its strict quota system and price controls, says a report published Thursday.Competitors in the United States and elsewhere in Canada are free to produce as much as they want and they benefit from price stabilization due to Quebec’s influence on the market, says the document produced by the right-leaning Montreal Economic Institute.“Quebec still has a strong position but our competitors are getting closer and they are growing faster than we are,” Alexandre Moreau, author of the report, said in an interview.The report says the federation of maple syrup producers in Quebec sets bulk prices and has a monopoly on bulk sales of the product, or 85 per cent of the province’s annual yield.Producers have to go through the federation in order to sell syrup in a container larger than five litres.The cartel helps stabilize the price of maple syrup and ensures a stable revenue for the province’s producers.According to the federation’s latest numbers, Quebec’s 13,500 producers harvested about 148 million litres of maple syrup in 2016, worth roughly $436 million. The province produced about 72 per cent of world maple syrup production.Moreau says his study reveals Quebec’s global market share began falling in 2004 — the year the federation introduced a quota system — from a high of 82 per cent in 2003 to 72 per cent.Since 2004, the number of taps harvested in Quebec has increased by 17 per cent compared with almost a 90 per cent hike in the United States, he said.The report states Quebec imported $20 million worth of maple syrup in 2016, almost all from the United States.Simon Trepanier of the maple syrup federation said he’s not concerned by the growth south of the border.Markets in Europe and Asia are underserved and there is space, he said, for both the Quebec and American markets to grow.“We’re not competing for the same clients,” he said.Moreau says Quebec’s farmers should be free to produce and sell as much maple syrup as they want.“Otherwise, their share of the global market will likely continue to fall.”Nicole Varin, a third-generation maple syrup farmer in Oka, Que., agrees with Moreau and has found out in the past how dangerous it can be to act against the cartel.She and her husband ignored the quota system and now face fines up to $450,000.Varin appealed and her case is before the Quebec Superior Court.“We are penalized because we have been real entrepreneurs,” she said. “We built our own client list and we serve them directly. We don’t need the federation.”— With files from Julien Arsenaultlast_img read more

Kristin Johnston died within five minutes medical examiner tells Butcher trial

first_imgHALIFAX – A Montreal-born yoga instructor who was found dead in her Halifax home had “defensive injuries” on her hands and fingers, a medical examiner testified Tuesday at Nicholas Butcher’s second-degree murder trial.“It looked as though an altercation or struggle had occurred at the scene,” Dr. Marnie Wood told the 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury.Wood said she went to Kristin Johnston’s home on Halifax’s outskirts on March 26, 2016, hours after the 32-year-old woman was found dead on a blood-soaked bed in the master bedroom.She performed an autopsy on Johnston’s body the next day.Wood said Johnston’s death was caused by sharp force injuries to her neck that led to a fatal amount of bleeding, and that the injuries were consistent with being caused by a single-edge blade.The trial has heard that a steak knife was found on the bed next to Johnston’s lifeless body.Wood, who was qualified to give opinion evidence at the trial, said there were injuries to Johnston’s right and left jugular veins. She estimated that with those injuries, Johnston would have died within “five minutes or less.”Wood also described injuries on her fingers and the palms of her hands as “defensive.”She agreed with defence lawyer Peter Planetta that there’s no way to determine the type of knife used to cause the injuries.“Exactly which single-edged blade and the exact size of that blade is impossible to determine with certainty,” she said.The jury has heard that officers were called to the scene in Purcells Cove after Butcher called 911 and told the dispatcher he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He also told the dispatcher he had cut off his hand.Police have testified that a mitre saw was found in the bedroom next to an amputated hand.RCMP Sgt. Adrian Butler, a blood stain pattern analyst, testified Tuesday about the gruesome scene inside Johnston’s home.Butler said a large saturation stain found on the bed was consistent with Johnston receiving injuries to her neck and bleeding in the spot in which she was found — lying on her back.“Saturation stains and hand transfer stains were located on the bottom half of the pillow,” said Butler, as the jury flipped through a book of crime scene photos.“A minimum of two hand transfer stains were located on the pillow. A large, concentrated saturation stain — 60 centimetres by 121 centimetres in size — was located on the north side of the bed.”Butler, an expert witness, said there were also hundreds of blood spatter stains on a pillow, comforter and the floor.He said there were pools of blood on the bedroom floor near the mitre saw, along with hundreds of “cast off” spatter stains on the wall near the saw as well as stains on the saw’s handle.It appears Butcher’s hand has been reattached, as it is occasionally visible in the courtroom as he sits at his lawyer’s bench during the proceedings.The jury has heard that the businesswoman had just shut down her yoga studio and spoke to friends about ending her relationship with Butcher.The 36-year-old man, a graduate of Dalhousie University law school who worked with Young Drivers before his arrest, has pleaded not guilty.Earlier Tuesday, RCMP Cpl. Christian Hochhold testified that he analyzed a cellphone that belonged to Johnston.Hochhold, an expert in the forensic analysis of computers and other electronic devices, said he extracted a “plethora” of data, including emails, text messages, photos and Facebook messages.Those messages included exchanges Johnston had with friends in the weeks, days and hours before her death.Hochhold told the jury it would take “an extreme amount of dedication” to alter the text messages sent and received on the phone.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

John Legend Performs One Night For ONE DROP

first_imgOn Friday, March 20, some of the biggest names in entertainment came out to support One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, featuring Academy Award-winning recording artist John Legend.One Night for ONE DROP benefit feat. John Legend raises more than $6 million for global water projectsCredit/Copyright: Erik KabikThe third annual, one-night-only benefit sponsored by MGM Resorts International raised more than $6 million for ONE DROP, the non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte, with all proceeds supporting water access initiatives across the globe.The glamorous event brought fantasy to life as more than 100 Cirque du Soleil performers came together for an extraordinary performance directed by Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar inside The Beatles LOVE Theatre. Legend provided a memorable moment during the show with a special rendition of his smash hit “All of Me,” and closed the show with a standing ovation as he performed “Dreams.”Notable names in attendance for One Night for ONE DROP included Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte; ONE DROP CEO Catherine B. Bachand; lifestyle expert, designer, model Camila Alves; American pop punk band Plain White T’s; “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Mauricio Umansky, Kyle Richards, Camille Grammar and Faye Resnick; British producer Nigel Lythgoe; President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; UFC Hall of Famer/Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin; British-American actress Jane Seymour; Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman and husband Oscar Goodman; Bree “DJ 88” DeLano; American chef/TV personality Susan Feniger; international Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre; Burlesque superstars Romeo and Lada; Canadian Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu; Professional poker player and TV personality Maria Ho; supermodels Karlina Caune, Constance Jablonski, Valentina Zelyaeva, Daria Strokous and Ginta Lapina; guest performer/solo cellist Philip Sheppard; guest performer/Quixotic violinist Shane Borth; Emmy-award winning choreographer Anita Mann and more.This year marks a major milestone for ONE DROP as it receives special recognition from the United Nations with the closing of the International Decade for Action on Water (2000-2015). Honored with the ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award, ONE DROP is celebrated specifically for its artistic approach to change behaviors in how people deal with water.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Tamsen Fadal And Mike Woods To Host The 8th Annual ADAPT Community

first_imgEdward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, announced today that they will kick off the Holidays with its 8th Annual Santa Project Party on Wednesday, December 6th at the Down Town Association.The event features entertainment, a silent auction, passed hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wine & champagne.The Santa Project Party, a benefit for ADAPT Community Network, and will be co-hosted by Tamsen Fadal, eight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News, Host, Broadway Profiles & best-selling Author, along with Mike Woods, Meteorologist, FOX 5’s Good Day New York, and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Anchor Alive.” This marks the fourth consecutive year Tamsen has hosted the Santa Project Party, and the fifth consecutive year for Mike. In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event expects to draw celebrity guests from fashion, film, television and Broadway.Co-Chairs of the Santa Project Party this year include Isiah Whitlock Jr., Acclaimed actor, The Wire, Veep, Cars 3, Chips, Survivors Remorse, and Cedar Rapids; Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, and award-winning author; Steve Lacy, 5PM and 10PM weekday anchor at FOX 5 News; Teresa Priolo, Emmy winning reporter, and fill in anchor for FOX 5 News; Javier Gomez, Artist, Designer, Maison&Objet Ambassador of the Americas. Featured in BVLGARI, FENDI Casa, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Artist Alive;” and Camilla Barungi, Principal, GreyFire Holding, founder, African Moringa and model of “Project Runway” fame.The Santa Project Party Committee Members for 2017 include: Tom Doyle, Patrick Hazlewood, Andy Peeke, Michelina Mandarano, and Melanie Mandarano.“ADAPT is extremely grateful this holiday season for our hosts, sponsors, donors and friends.” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, “Their support and concern for our children and families in need is truly exemplifies the spirit and generosity of New Yorkers.”“I am delighted to co-host the Santa Project Party with Mike Woods,” says Tamsen Fadal. “ADAPT Community Network reaches thousands of families and individuals living with disabilities throughout New York City. I am continually impressed by the scope and magnitude of their programs and ability to positively impact people’s lives.”“I am thrilled to co-host the 8th Annual ADAPT Community Network Santa Project Party with its longtime supporter Tamsen Fadal says Mike Woods. I am a big supporter of ADAPT and their vital ongoing work to provide programs and services for children, families, and adults living with disabilities.”The Santa Project Party is on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Down Town Association; 60 Pine St, New York, NY 10005 Individual tickets are $125 dollars and sponsorship opportunities are now available.last_img read more

Indian eves beat Nepal clinch 5th SAFF title

first_imgBiratnagar: India continued its dominance at the SAFF Women’s Championship with the team lifting its fifth straight title on Friday in Biratnagar, Nepal with a 3-1 win over the hosts in the final. The win extends India’s unbeaten run in the tournament’s history to 23 games as goals from Dalima Chhibber, Grace Dangmei and substitute Anju Tamang saw India lift the trophy in front of a partisan crowd at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium. The pace of the match was intense from the word go, with both sides pressing hard from the first whistle. Grace Dangmei fashioned a couple of early chances down the right wing for India while Nepal registered a couple of shots from a distance, with Manjali Kumar testing Indian custodian Aditi Chauhan in the 14th minute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhJust three minutes later, after some excellent build-up play down the right, Sandhiya laid off a ball for Sanju to shoot from the top of the box. The winger’s effort was a powerful one but was saved by the opposition keeper. On the other end, Sabitra Bhandari posed a threat for India inside the penalty area but her curling effort was off target. In the semi-final against Bangladesh, it was Dalima who opened the scoring for India and this time around too, it was the right-back who gave India the advantage. In the 26th minute, she smashed the ball past the keeper from a free-kick from 30 yards with a powerful drive and put the defending champions into a 1-0 lead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRatanbala Devi could have added a second goal six minutes later but her shot from a distance was saved by the Nepal goalie. In the 34th minute though, Sabitra equalized for the hosts as she rose high above her marker and headed the ball into the back of the net. The break saw both sides locked at a goal apiece but it could have easily been either team with the lead. Grace failed to connect well with a cross from Sanju down the left in the 41st minute and Aditi made a brilliant double save to deny Sabitra in first half stoppage time. The second half began with India creating the majority of the opportunities, with Sanju and Ratanbala putting their respective efforts just over the bar. Nepal were under the cosh and India’s pressure paid off in the 63rd minute after Sanju put Grace through on goal with a delightful through ball. The winger swiftly broke through and showing great composure, she rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home to restore India’s advantage. It proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back as the away side continued to keep the Nepal side at bay and almost added another as Ratanbala’s shot was spilled by the keeper. Coach Maymol Rocky brought on Anju Tamang in place of Sandhiya midway through the second half at the top of the pitch and in the 78th minute, the move paid rich dividends as she slammed the ball on the volley for India’s third after a crafty first-time assist from Indumathi Kathiresan. Towards the end, Nepal threw everything they had at the Indian defence but they stood firm. Sabitra and Renuka Nagarkote threatened to halve the deficit but could not get past Aditi in goal as India romped to a fifth SAFF trophy in a row.last_img read more

Peruvian man Arrested in Morocco in Possession of 25 Kilos of

Rabat- A Peruvian national was arrested Saturday at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca in possession of two kilograms and a half of cocaine, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Peruvian national, a trader by profession, was on a flight from the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo. Upon his arrival in the airport, he drew the suspicion of customs officers who searched his luggage and discovered a large quantity of drugs carefully concealed at the bottom of a suitcase.The alleged drug trafficker, born in 1958, was handed over to the judicial police in the airport for further investigation, according to the same source. read more

Indias Lok Sabha discusses arrest of fishermen in Lanka

“The Governemnt of India should send its team to the state to assess the damage and provide assistance to the fishermen community to the state,” he said. Besides, he also demanded the release of Rs 1,520 crore for deep sea fishing. The government should also provide Rs 5,000 crore for meet food requirment of the state, he said.Another AIADMK member S Rajendran said floods in Tamil Nadu have also affected the fishermen community.About 65,000 fishermen has been affected, prawn culture industry has been negatively impacted. “Along with boats, they have to be released. There has to be a permanent solution to this,” he said, adding, the Centre should intervene so that the fishermen are released by Sri Lanka. “The Centre should immediately release funds to the state for developing deep sea fishing,” he said.V Elumalai (AIADMK) demanded the release of Rs 2,000 crore from the Centre for a special housing scheme in Tamil Nadu which was affected by floods recently. The issue of 45 Indian fishermen in the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy was discussed in India’s Lok Sabha yesterday.K Ashok Kumar of the AIADMK told the Lok Sabha that 45 fishermen are in the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy, the PTI news agency reported. read more

What Syrian refugees arriving at Pearson will see

We are getting our first look at the port of entry being set up at Pearson Airport for Syrian refugees arriving in Canada.They will enter at gate 521, which is in a separate area from the arrivals area travellers use. It’s in a section built during the renovations of terminal one, and is only used for special events such as the G8-G20 summit in 2010.The area’s been given a fresh coat of paint, fresh art work for the refugees, and fresh signage that includes arabic. After being prioritized they will head down the hallway where 30 cubicles have been set up by Canada Border Services Agents, where they will be processing paperwork, checking fingerprints and making sure the refugees are who they say they are.There is another section after that where Service Canada will be issuing Social Insurance Numbers so they can get jobs and access services. They will also get immigration identification documents. There’s another section where public health officers will be assessing how the refugees are feeling and dealing with any health issues.And yet another area has been set up where full winter clothing will be handed out. There’s a play area for kids, there’s a place where they’ll be given snacks, and we’re hearing from Canada Border Services Agents that they had a wave of volunteers from across the country who wanted to come here to help process these refugees.The CBSA’s Christine Durocher: “Our goal is to help individuals get through becoming permanent residents as securely and efficiently as possible for them to move on to the important task of integrating into our society. When our new arrivals leave the airport, they will do so as permanent residents of Canada.”The whole process is expected to take about four hours, and then the refugees will be bussed to their next destination. We are told that they can process about three planefuls a day.The Pearson port of entry is expected to remain active until February and the first wave of 160 refugees is expected this week; the rumour is Thursday and that has yet to be confirmed by the immigration minister. read more

World must step up battle against bird flu to prevent human pandemic

The global community needs to step up the battle against bird flu in affected Asian countries to avoid a potential global human influenza pandemic, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.The virus continues to circulate in poultry and specifically in wetland ducks in Asia, and major efforts are needed to curb it before other regions of the globe are affected by the virus, which in a worst-case scenario could mutate into a human pandemic with potentially disastrously deadly results. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20, which is not related to bird flu, is thought to have killed 20 million people worldwide.Countries hit by the virus, H5N1, will have to invest more in controlling the disease by improving animal health and veterinary systems, the FAO and the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), a 167-member inter-governmental organization, said in a joint statement. Donor funding is required to support national bird flu campaigns, especially in the poorest countries, they added.The latest scare has been sparked by a new outbreak of the disease, which has already infected 13 people in Viet Nam, 12 of them fatally, since mid-December. In addition there has been one confirmed and one suspected case, both fatal, in neighbouring Cambodia. Last year H5N1 sickened some 50 people, over three dozen fatally, and led to the deaths or culling of more than 100 million birds in nearly a dozen Asian countries.The two agencies are organizing a regional meeting on avian influenza in animals in Asia next week in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.Chief veterinary officers from the region, national scientists, representatives of international and regional organizations and donor representatives will discuss scientific advances, diagnosis, surveillance, prevention and control, rehabilitation and restructuring, trade and international cooperation and human health implications. read more

Condemning new death sentence UN rights chief highlights alarming use of capital

“Taheri’s multiple convictions on a variety of vague charges, his alleged detention in solitary confinement and now his sentencing to death bring into stark focus serious issues with the administration of justice and the terribly worrying use of the death penalty in Iran,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a press release.Taheri was sentenced to death on Saturday by the Revolutionary Court on a charge of Fesad fel Arz (corruption on earth).“Iran’s use of the death penalty has long been problematic, with many executions on drug offences, several executions of people who were below the age of 18 when the crime was committed, as well as other cases where broad, ill-defined charges led to the imposition of capital punishment,” Zeid added.The High Commissioner stressed that under international law, and in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Iran, in countries which have not abolished the death penalty, it may only be used for “the most serious crimes” which has been interpreted to mean only crimes involving intentional killing. Even then, the case has to meet stringent fair trial standards. “I call on the Iranian authorities to immediately withdraw the charges against Taheri and ensure his unconditional release. For an individual to be sentenced to death for peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, religion or belief is an absolute outrage – and a clear violation of international human rights law,” High Commissioner Zeid stated. Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country.“I urge the Government of Iran to immediately impose a moratorium on all executions and to work with us and other partners on alternative strategies to combat crime,” the UN rights chief demanded. For its part, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, urged the Iranian authorities to immediately commute the death penalty handed down to Mr. Tehari. “It is unacceptable and a clear violation of international law for an individual to be imprisoned and condemned to death for peacefully exercising his rights to freedoms of religion and of expression,” the UN expert stressed. Mr. Shaheed’s call has been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt; on torture, Juan E. Méndez; on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns; on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; and on human rights defenders, Michel Forst.The UN opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and the global trend is towards abolition. read more

Ban condemns explosion reportedly caused by car bomb in Ankara

“The explosion, which occurred at rush hour in the heart of the city, claimed the lives of at least 28 people and injured dozens more,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General hopes the perpetrators of this terrorist attack will be swiftly brought to justice,” said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and that the United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of Turkey at this tragic time. read more

University students asking for mental health help up 50 per cent in

The number of university students reaching out to mental health facilities is up by 50 per cent, according to new statistics.This news comes as the universities minister, Sam Gyimah, has called for students to be “supported, not mollycoddled.”Analysis by the BBC, which received responses from 83 universities after submitting Freedom of Information requests, shows a possible uptick in mental health problems at university.The number of students seeking help rose from 50,900 to 78,100 between 2012 and 2017, while budgets towards mental health services increased by 40 per cent.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: “University is supposed to be an assault on the senses. It should be demanding and disorientating, and with that should come adequate pastoral care for students‎.”This does not mean mollycoddling or cushioning students from the experiences that are part and parcel of university life, it means making sure support services are available if they need them.”Charities including the NUS have warned that students are under increasing pressure.Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind, said:   “Poor mental health is a huge issue facing the entire nation, and university students are no exception. There are many reasons students might experience difficulties with their mental health, and university life poses some unique challenges. People might be expected to take on greater roles and responsibilities, but they may have left behind the social and organisational structures they relied on for support. Some will be leaving home for the first time, and neglecting to take care of themselves properly. This could include overindulging in alcohol and drugs, or failing to get a balanced diet or taking too little exercise – all of which can negatively affect our mental health. 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. “The increase in students seeking help for their mental health might mean more are experiencing problems, but it could also be a result of people feeling more comfortable asking for help. That could be due to increased awareness and improved attitudes, thanks in part to anti-stigma movements such as Time to Change, run jointly by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Whatever the reasons behind the rise, it’s really important that everyone experiencing a mental health problem – including students – gets the support they need, when they need it. Thanks to years of underfunding for NHS mental health services, too often, this isn’t the case.”Eva Crossan Jory, the NUS Vice President, said: “There is a growth in demand [for mental health services] over the last decade, in part, because the reality of studying in the UK has changed so much.”Many are balancing work, study and caring responsibilities. With fees so high, and the job market so competitive, students feel they have to continually push themselves, perhaps more so than before.”The universities minister wrote to Vice Chancellors at the beginning of the autumn term, asking them to prioritise mental health.“With the new academic year upon us, I’m sure you would agree that good mental health and wellbeing underpins successful participation and attainment,”  he said.   “Collectively, we must prioritise the wellbeing and mental health of our students – there is no negotiation on this. To make this happen, leadership from the top is essential.”  Mr Gyimah has previously called for a greater focus on mental health issues, saying that universities’ main purpose is no longer learning. read more

Piotr Wyszomirski joins Hungarian Csurgoi KK

← Previous Story Sebastian Skube in Celje PL! Next Story → Ambros Martin new Gyori coach!! Csurgoi KKPiotr Wyszomirski Polish NT goalkeeper, Piotr Wyszomirski (24)will left Poland and try to improve in Hungarian Csurgoi KK. He is coming from the third Polish team, Azoty Pulawy.  Wyszomirski plays for his NT since EHF EURO 2010 in Austria.

National Lottery licence to go to the highest bidder

first_imgTHE COMPETITION FOR the 20 year National Lottery licence has been launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin.To be in with a chance of winning, applicants need to meet two key essential requirements: An annual contribution of 65 per cent of gross gaming revenues (sales minus prizes) to good causes.Maintaining current arrangements for retailer commission. If applicants agree to meet the above requirements, the bidder that submits the highest licence fee proposal will win.Payment for the lotto licences will be payable in two equal installments, the first in 2013 and the second in 2014.“By seeking an upfront payment for the Lottery licence we can provide part-funding for the new National Children’s Hospital without having to source that level of cash by reducing expenditure in other areas or raising additional taxes” says  Minister Howlin.You still could be in with a chance of winning, the deadline for applications is 16 September 2013.Poll: Do you support plans to sell the National Lottery?>Read: Don’t throw away your Lotto ticket: you might have won big after all>last_img read more

Education Minister tours schools this week

first_imgAdd to this, an institution like HJ Robinson High, will find that it has no auditorium for mass meetings for another few months as the House of Assembly is currently set up there because repairs are underway at its regular home, the N.J.S. Francis building.  It had already been said in a House of Assembly, Ministerial statement that school students and faculty will have to wait for some repairs to be completed as the renovation and refurbishments were estimated to not be done in time for the start of Back to School.  Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Related Items:akierra missick, Education Minister tours schools this week, inspection of schools started Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – It is day one for the 2016-2017 academic school year and inspections of the various public schools has started by the Minister of Education; Deputy Premier Akierra Missick who will on Thursday update the country officially on the state of these institutions.  The Minister said her schedule includes a visit today at Grand Turk public schools, there are three; the two schools in South Caicos are set for visit tomorrow; Wednesday the stop is into North and Middle Caicos for the four public institutions there; Minister Missick is in Provo on Thursday for the six government learning facilities on this island and Friday, the Minister says she will go to Salt Cay.center_img Recommended for you Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Deputy Premier out of bounds at Electors’ Courtlast_img read more

Ohio man pleads guilty to trying to seduce teen boy with Sprite

first_img(WSVN) – An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to trying to have sex with an underage boy, after police say he attempted to to entice the teen with chicken alfredo and Sprite.Albert Maruna, 23, thought he was speaking online with a 15-year-old boy, but it turned out to be an undercover police officer on the other end of the conversation, the New York Daily News reports.Maruna sent nude photos of himself to police and expressed a desire to have sexual relations with the boy, according to the news outlet.Investigators said Maruna agreed to bring lubricant, a chicken Alfredo dish and Sprite when they met up.He was arrested as part of a sting back in December after meeting the officer who posed as the boy. Police discovered “a bottle of Astroglide lubrication, Vaseline lotion, two bottles of Sprite, and chicken Alfredo in a Tupperware container” during Maruna’s arrest, according to Fox News.Following his guilty plea, Maruna was ordered to serve seven days in jail and 120 days under house arrest. He will be required to register as a sex offender.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sprint and TMobile could sell Boost and spectrum assets for 6B

first_img Walmart 1:38 Preview • Lego Boost is a programmable robot kit, and it looks awesome Sprint and T-Mobile merger Share your voice See It See it T-Mobile, Sprint make $26B deal to merge Comments $159 While the FCC has approved the transaction, the merger still needs approval from the DOJ. Earlier this month, the DOJ was considering halting the deal, and possibly requiring the carriers to divest wireless spectrum or other parts of their businesses.  It’s also possible the DOJ could add more conditions to the deal should those be met. Amazon was last rumored to be considering buying Boost Mobile so it could use T-Mobile’s wireless network for the next six years as part of an attached wholesale deal, while Dish was reportedly also considering a merger with AT&T’s DirecTV service. Dish Network’s spectrum holdings — it has been hoarding spectrum for years but has yet to build out its own satellite network — could also be a valuable acquisition for AT&T as it rolls out its 5G network. Back in 2017, Dish Network spent $6.2 billion for even more spectrum in the 600MHz band. T-Mobile and Sprint didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Dish declined to comment. First published at 1:37 p.m. PT on June 18. Updated at 4:40 p.m. PT: adds details on merger conditions Updated on June 19 at 10:44 a.m. PT: adds Dish declining to comment Mentioned Above Lego Boost 2 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Lego Boost, reviewed: all the crazy robotic things Now playing: Watch this: Lego Boost Sprint and T-Mobile could offload Boost and wireless spectrum for $6 billion. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images T-Mobile and Sprint are nearing a $6 billion payday for their assets in a move to gain regulatory approval for their $26.5 billion merger, with satellite TV provider Dish Network the buyer, a report says. The assets reportedly include the Boost Mobile prepaid wireless service and wireless spectrum. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai greenlit the merger in May, on the condition that T-Mobile and Sprint divested Boost Mobile as well as requiring them to build out 5G in rural areas and offer wireless home broadband good enough to substitute fixed-line. However, it was reported that the US Department of Justice wants T-Mobile and Sprint to form a new wireless carrier. The merger would reduce the number of major carriers from four to three, with Justice Department antitrust chief Makan Delrahim wanting four carriers to remain for more competition, according to Bloomberg. Dish could announce the $6 billion deal later this week, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. T-Mobile and Sprint are the third- and fourth-largest carriers behind Verizon and AT&T. Should they merge, T-Mobile CEO John Legere would remain in his role. T-Mobile and Sprint merger: Here’s what you need to know Legal 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Tags Mobile Internet $159last_img read more

BNP for coordinated initiative to combat militancy

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviObserving that the Gulshan Cafe terror attack put a stigma on the nation’s long tradition of communal harmony and pragmatism, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday called for taking a coordinated initiative to stamp out militancy.The party also urged the government not to create any smokescreen over the militancy and militant incidents.”Today is a black chapter for the country as so many locals and foreigners were brutally killed by extremists on it…we had an expectation that the government would take a comprehensive and coordinated step to eliminate the militant networks in the country. But, no such initiative has so far been taken,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He came up with the comment after paying homage to the memories of those killed in the gruesome militant attack on Gulshan Holy Artisan Cafe attack, marking the 1st anniversary of the incident. A six-member BNP delegation, led by Rizvi, went to the militant attack-hit spot around 10:45am, and placed wreaths there paying tributes to the victims.On the evening of 1 July 2016, five militants had swooped on the Holy Artisan Cafe and Bakery killing nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladesh-born American and four Bangladeshis, including two senior police officers, before they were gunned down by army Para-commandos.Rizvi said though the government often claims to have rooted out militancy, the country has long been witnessing militant acts at different parts of the country at regular intervals.”Eliminating militancy is not a mere task of any individual and organisation. The entire nation’s efforts are needed to face it. We hope good sense will prevail upon the government to take such steps,” he said.The BNP leader said everyone should remain alert so that the country’s tradition of communal harmony, affection for each other and the mutual respect can no longer been faded by any means.He voiced dissatisfaction as the charge-sheet of the cases in connection with the Holy Artisan Cafe attack has not yet been submitted. “We don’t know what step was taken and what the administration was doing regarding the incident. We want a thorough investigation into it to indentify extremists’ networks and stop recurrence of such incidents.”Rizvi said the government should take proper steps so that no mystery is created over the militant incidents and their existence. “We hope the government will take effective measures to remove the fear from public mind about militancy.”last_img read more

Microsoft Reviews HTML 5 Standards

first_img Citation: Microsoft Reviews HTML 5 Standards (2009, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-microsoft-html-standards.html Adrian Bateman stated: “As part of our planning for future work, the IE team is reviewing the current editor’s draft of the HTML5 spec and gathering our thoughts. We want to share our feedback and discuss this in the working group.”The current draft of HTML 5 includes number of important advancements that will render web pages more dynamic. Some of the HTML 5 features will include built-in video and audio with the ability to store web applications on your computer so that they can be used offline. This approach would increase web application response time. Google, Apple, and Mozilla are using some of HTML 5 features in their latest browsers; however Microsoft is being more cautious. Internet Explore 8 supports some of HTML 5 features like, the DOM Store, Cross Document Messaging, Cross Domain Messaging, and Ajax Navigation. In a CNET interview, in July, with Amy Barzdukas, general manager for IE, Amy commented; “The support of ratified standards (that Web developers) can use is something that we are extremely supportive of.” “In some cases, it can be premature to start claiming support for standards that are not yet in fact standards.”The message that Microsoft is trying to convey is that they are now focusing more on the HTML 5 specifications. Microsoft’s philosophy in the past has been that they would determine what technology IE should support. As we all know, Microsoft Internet Explore has been steadily loosing market share with their competitors and realizing now that they need to change their old philosophy. Via: CNET© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Web browser enters a golden agecenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Program Manager, Adrian Bateman will be reviewing the specifications for HTML 5 that has been taken more seriously by Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla.last_img read more