first_imgWINNIPEG — A nervous father walks into a courtroom and sits down. Over the next few minutes, he’s quiet as two lawyers discuss his children and decide on the Indigenous family’s future.“It’s really depressing, week after week, to be told no decisions have been made yet,” one of the lawyers tells the courtroom in Winnipeg on an afternoon in February.The lawyer explains how the parent is disappointed in himself that his children were apprehended and is working to get them back. But there’s been a mix-up over which child and family services agency should oversee the file, so it hasn’t moved ahead for three weeks.Child protection hearings are usually not open to the public in Manitoba, but social media offered a glimpse of one family’s situation when a video was posted in January showing police taking away a newborn from her mother in hospital.It prompted First Nations leaders to come forward with concerns about what they see as bias against Indigenous people in child-welfare services.The mother has said she would like the baby to be in the care of her aunt. The family made an initial appearance before a judicial official to get the child back, but the case moved to intake court because the family and the child-welfare agency couldn’t find a resolution.WATCH: Outrage over seizure of newborn by CFS An overhaul to speed up child protection hearings began in Winnipeg in 2017 and expanded to the entire province in February. There’s a 60-day deadline to work out a child custody plan and conditions for parents wanting their kids back. The goal is get that done without having to take a case further through the courts.Numbers show the new approach has reduced the amount of time it takes to find solutions. It used to take up to 18 months to go to trial, but now that can’t be longer than six months.As well, a significant number of custody plans are now worked out within 60 days of an apprehension. Most people agree to temporary orders. Last November, of 34 orders pronounced, 23 were temporary.Some experts say no matter the legal changes, courts will never provide the support that families need.Chief Justice Glenn Joyal of Court of Queen’s Bench says the root causes of child apprehensions need to be addressed to avoid families ending up in court in the first place.“By the time things get to us we are dealing with the sad reality of an apprehension that’s already taken place.”Cora Morgan, a First Nations family advocate, said court should be the last option, not the default, when a child is seized. A courtroom can be daunting and confusing.“I’ve had so many families who have been told that they can’t speak in court and you just let the lawyer take care of it. Or they are told by agencies they don’t have to show up to court. Their lawyer will be there,” Morgan said.“My recommendation is show up to every court appearance … You not showing up there gives the agency the ability to say, ‘Look they are not even here today’ and things will proceed without you being there.”Of 17 matters considered on that February afternoon in court only four parents attended. The social worker on one file explained the mother had not shown and there had been no contact with the child’s father.The case moved forward with the mother’s “deemed consent.” A plan was agreed to for a six-month temporary order to keep the child in care. The mother is being expected to visit programs, including one for drug treatment, before the child can be returned. If the plan isn’t followed, the order will become permanent.Meredith Mitchell, a legal-aid lawyer, said courts can’t work alone. There’s little space available for kids in care waiting for parents to go through treatment programs. And if those aren’t completed in time, a temporary order becomes permanent, and a parent has to wait a year to apply to have that overturned.“None of these new systems created one new treatment bed … funded any better (assistance) payments for families … made more quality foster homes available. None of these judicial changes made any on-the-ground, quality-of-life differences to the families,” Mitchell said.“They are systems that don’t talk to each other.”Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed higher in broad-based gains Friday, while the loonie made gains after a stronger-than-expected reading of inflation.Markets reacted positively for a second day after the U.S. and China said they would hold trade talks in late August for the first time since early June.The potential easing of trade tensions has been well received by markets after tariff disputes between the U.S. and Turkey added to geopolitical stresses in recent days, said Philip Petursson, chief investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“If we’re getting a little more pleasant talk or pleasant surprises in terms of cooler heads coming to the table to discuss the trade positions a little more rationally, I think that’s certainly a positive thing and the markets should take it as such.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 98.06 points at 16,323.71 as materials stocks rebounded from heavy losses earlier this week. Friday’s gains left the index down 0.02 per cent for the week. The intraday high hit 16,336.89 and volume came in at 173.99 million shares traded.Major sectors like energy and financials also gained, while information technology was one of the few indexes in the red with a 0.76 per cent drop.The cannabis-heavy S&P/TSX capped health-care index had the biggest gains at 3.45 per cent as Canopy Growth jumped 8.6 per cent on a continued climb following Constellation Brand’s $5-billion investment in the company this week.Friday’s gains on the market were as much about buying on the dip as any new developments, said Petursson.“I think what we are seeing perhaps is a little bit of buying, taking advantage of a couple of down days and a few bargains to be had out there.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 110.59 points at 25,669.32. The S&P 500 index was down 9.44 points at 2,850.13 and the Nasdaq composite ended down 9.81 points at 7,816.33.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.45 cents US, up 0.42 of a US cent. The loonie traded up after Statistics Canada reported the annual inflation rate hit 3.0 per cent in July, its highest level since September 2011.However, investors shouldn’t put too much stock in the July number because it was caused in part by the way Statistics Canada keeps track of the air transportation index, said Petursson.“While the number itself looks quite strong and compelling for the for the Canadian economy, and for the Bank of Canada to move, it really was a change in methodology and should be taken with a big grain of salt.”The October crude contract closed up 33 cents at US$65.21 per barrel and the September natural gas contract ended up four cents at US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract closed up 20 cents at US$1,184.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was up a penny at US$2.63 a pound.last_img read more

OTTAWA — A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. is close to an “understanding” with its two North American neighbours about finally lifting the 25-per-cent duty on steel and 10-per-cent levy on aluminum imports from their two countries.Mnuchin says lifting the tariffs is an important part of getting the newly negotiated North American free-trade deal ratified in all three countries, and he says President Donald Trump has issued instructions to resolve the impasse.Mnuchin was testifying at the U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee as Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland heads to Washington to meet Trump trade czar Robert Lighthizer in a renewed push to get the punitive tariffs lifted.Freeland will also go to Capitol Hill for a meeting with the influential Republican chair of the Senate finance committee, Chuck Grassley, who expressed optimism earlier this week that the tariffs might soon be lifted.Mnuchin says he has also spoken to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and their Mexican counterpart about the tariffs, but that Lighthizer is actively leading discussions on them.The Canadian Press read more

The call came from Ross Mountain, the UN Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator, who has just returned from a three-day visit to Liberia. According to the latest estimates, there are some 15,000 internally displaced in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, alone, and 15,000 more concentrated in the Kataka area. A UN spokesperson said today that at least 7,000 Liberians had fled to Sierra Leone and unknown numbers of refugees from Sierra Leone were returning there on their own, outside the organized repatriations carried out by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UN agencies are currently registering internally displaced people in Monrovia and will undertake similar registration exercises in other parts of the country as soon as security allows. Last week, following a briefing on the upsurge of violence in that country, the UN Security Council called on the Liberian Government to secure access for relief workers and humanitarian agencies to those in need. The Council also urged armed insurgents to respect human life, “particularly the lives of those trapped by the conflict.” read more

WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. jobless aid fell sharply last week, partially reversing two weeks of big gains that had raised concerns about rising layoffs.Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 16,000 to 278,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That followed a jump to 294,000 in the previous week, which was the highest level since February 2015. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 275,500.Applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 63 straight weeks. That’s the longest such streak since 1973, when the nation’s population was smaller. That suggests companies are confident in the economy and willing to hold onto their staffs. Hiring is also typically solid when applications are so low.Even with tepid economic growth, hiring has mostly been solid this year. The economy expanded just 0.5 per cent at an annual rate from January through March, after growing only 1.4 per cent at the end of last year.Employers added 160,000 jobs in April, the fewest since September and below an average of about 240,000 in the previous 12 months. Still, job gains at that level are sufficient to keep the unemployment rate falling over time. The rate stayed at 5 per cent last month.There are signs that the economy is rebounding after its soft patch, which is likely to propel further job gains. Home construction and manufacturing output rose modestly. And retail sales increased at a healthy clip last month, evidence that steady hiring is encouraging more spending.A rebound in growth could make it more likely that the Federal Reserve will increase the short-term interest rate it controls as soon as its next meeting in June. According to records from its April meeting, Fed officials will consider boosting the rate for only the second time in nine years at that meeting if the economy keeps improving. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016, file photo, job recruiters work their booths at a job fair in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in the previous week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) Fewer people sought US jobless benefits last week read more

Junior Minister of Communities with responsibility for housing, Valerie Patterson, has announced that the Government is now exploring the possibility of building turnkey houses for the squatters of Lombard Street, Georgetown.The Ministers meeting with a number of squattersMinisters Patterson and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence were on a recent visit to the community where they met residents and listened to their concerns.Speaking during the visit, which was made to help improve the lives of the squatters, Patterson said: “We are looking at the possibility of building core homes so that when we remove the people from here, we’re going to put them in a house rather than (giving them a piece of) land.”Minister Patterson said that the squatter settlement “cannot be regularised (so) we have to relocate the persons” living there.Several issues were raised including the lengthy process when applying for house lots which affects the squatters, but Minister Lawrence told the residents that such issues would be ironed out.Residents were informed about the Government’s desire to upgrade their living standards by ensuring they have better homes, where they would be able to “enjoy the good life” promised by the David Granger Administration.The residents, following the visit, were elated at the news that they were being considered by the Government. Phillip Chase, the organiser of the meeting, said he was “satisfied that both Ministries are assisting in their situation”.Anita Dash, another resident who has been living there for some 20 years, lauded the Ministers’ visit as “a good initiative” between the Housing and Public Health Ministries to assist them in acquiring better homes and improving their living conditions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinistry considering building homes to relocate squattersJanuary 11, 2017In “Local News”266 Sophia squatters given till January 2018 to removeOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: What’s going down…February 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

first_imgCall & Nicholas Instruments, the maker of SlideMinder slope movement monitoring and warning systems, has announced that Reutech Mining is to be an authorised distributor of SlideMinder products in Africa. The SlideMinder system will be on exhibit at Reutech’s stand at the Electra Mining Africa 2014 show, being held from September 15-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa. SlideMinder is a wireline extensometer system that continuously measures ground displacement and velocity in real-time.SlideMinder can improve coverage and reliability in Reutech’s radar slope monitoring systems by augmenting radar technology where changes in topography create undesirable geometry for accurate triangulation typically required by radar systems. “We partnered with Reutech software engineers to integrate SlideMinder data into their 3D radar display software. This allows users to see an overlay of the movement recorded by the radar along with the secondary vectoring of the extensometers,” said Josh Lamm, Operations Manager for Call & Nicholas Instruments. “We are pleased with this next phase in our partnership. As an authorised distributor of SlideMinder branded products for Africa, Reutech will help greatly expand our market.”“For Reutech Mining this is another step in providing quality geotechnical products to our clients. SlideMinder is the global leader in wireline extensometer systems and will therefore augment our MSR systems well in the African region. We look forward to a mutual beneficial relationship with SlideMinder” says Jan de Beer, Executive Manager for Reutech Mining.last_img read more

first_imgThe next wave of popular smartphones are still going to be packing Qualcomm processors, but the majority of them will have the new Snapdragon 800. What does that mean for you, exactly, and why does it matter?If you’ve spent any time with an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, you’ve seen first hand with the Snapdragon 600 processor is capable of. In no way could you describe phones running this processor as slow or sluggish, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to what’s next. After spending some time with the Qualcomm MSM8974, a reference tablet designed to allow developed to test the Snapdragon 800 processor, we’ve got a good idea of what we can expect from the next generation of Android phones and tablets.In every way, the Snapdragon 800 is designed to be an incremental bump from the 600. The whole idea is that this chipset will be one step better for tablets, high-end smartphones, and possibly even Windows RT and Chrome OS devices. Qualcomm released the 800 in part of a larger plan to offer multiple performance tiers to their manufacturing partners. In doing so, the Snapdragon 800 takes the already impressive 600 and makes a series of small tweaks to get a greater result. The Krait 300 CPU has been replaced with a Krait 400 CPU –capable of 2GHz+ speeds– with the Adreno 320 GPU swapped out for an Adreno 330. The chipset now also supports 2560×2048 resolution, 1080p Miracast output, and up to a 21MP camera.There’s another, somewhat peculiar piece of hardware in this reference design: a port for SuperSpeed USB 3.0. This port isn’t widely used in the PC world right now, but the design is such that you can continue to use your regular MicroUSB cable for data transfer if you wish. Should you decide to use the SS USB 3.0 port, you’ll find the transfer rates between your PC and your tablet to be incredible. An 8GB HD video transferred in under 90 seconds, which is exactly what you’d expect from USB 3.0. There’s no guarantee that this port will end up in consumer grade hardware anytime soon, especially since this reference kit wasn’t using it for charging, but the idea is exciting all the same.What does all of that mean, exactly? The problem with reference hardware is that it’s not designed to deliver a consumer experience. It’s designed to deliver a developer experience, to give developers an idea of what the boundaries for this particular piece of hardware are. As a result, we can run benchmarks until we fall asleep looking at numbers on a page that are incrementally larger than the numbers that showed up for the last thing we ran benchmarks on. While we did run a couple of benchmarks for the sake of seeing what happened at the end (hint, the Snapdragon 800 is crazy fast) we also ran some more important real world tests.The big things you’re going to see from the Snapdragon 800 is the ability to do the same thing you do right now, only more efficiently. Games won’t tax the Snapdragon 800 to the point of making the entire device hot to the touch like the HTC One. Playing games at 24FPS to a 2048×1600 display for 30 minutes wasn’t enough to make this tablet warm to the touch. You’ll also notice that games load incredibly fast, noticeably faster than the previous generation of hardware. When comparing the load times against a Tegra 3 based tablet, the Snapdragon 800 was nearly three times faster in loading large apps.You won’t notice a difference in navigation, but the time you spend in between apps will be significantly decreased on Snapdragon 800 based systems.Snapdragon 800-based systems will also be capable of more simultaneous tasks, but you’ll see these reflected in new features that become available through Android or through OEM branded features. These includes tools like facial recognition through the camera app, so you can tag photos with friends names and upload to your social network of choice with that information already attached to the photo. It also allows for voice control services that seem to be always-on and always listening for you to give instructions (as in the Moto X). These kinds of tasks will be a staple in the next generation of hardware, because the processor can now handle these simultaneous tasks with acceptable losses in battery performance.In short, the Snapdragon 800 is exactly what you would expect it to be. Recent reports look like it may be slightly less powerful than Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, but the brand recognition and partner support guarantee that you’ll see plenty of these chips this year. Qualcomm has been leading the mobile market for the last few years, as the only chipset manufacturer able to combine performance with less power hungry LTE radios, and this next step in their lineup will open new doors to exciting new features on our smartphones and tablets. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY AnTuTuAnTuTuIMAG0061Inside the MDM tabletIMAG0056SS USB 3.0IMAG0058Higher resolution screens will be a focus with 800 based hardwareIMAG006212MP camera with facial recognition and NFClast_img read more

first_imgVapes are getting smarter and smaller all the time, and sometimes at the same time. DaVinci Vaporizer’s new MIQRO vaporizer is its tiniest ground material vape yet, packing plenty of customization to get just the right plumes of floral recreation you want. DaVinci sent us the MIQRO Explorers Collection to test.The MIQRO is the updated, slightly scaled-back version of the DaVinci IQ, which our sister site PCMag reviewed last year. The IQ is pretty powerful and very flexible (for a ground-material-only vape that can’t use concentrates), with lots of options for temperature settings and a connected app for customizing those settings further. The IQ was also pretty expensive, at $279. The MIQRO cuts down the size by 33 percent and the price by even more; this smaller vape is a much more wallet-friendly $149. It also manages to keep pretty much all of the IQ’s on-board features in its smaller, less expensive frame.It’s shaped just like the compact IQ, but is even smaller at 3.1 by 1.3 by 0.9 inches (HWD). We got the graphite version, but it also comes in Onyx (black), Cobalt (blue), Rust (red), and Amethyst (purple). The controls are basically the same as on the IQ. The right side holds a power/mode button (press five times to turn on or off, press once to toggle between Smart Paths and Precision heating modes) and a rocker button for adjusting temperature.A 5-by-3 LED array shows the vape’s status, including how much battery power it has, and whether it’s currently heating up or if it’s at a stable temperature. The array is smaller than the IQ’s 16-by-3 LED array, so it can only show one number at a time instead of all three of the current or set temperature. You have to stare at it for a few seconds for all the numbers to scroll.The Smart Paths mode uses preset start and end temperatures to slowly raise the heat as you vape over each pull. There are four Smart Paths to choose from, from 350-370 degrees (Fahrenheit) to 410-430 degrees. You can also use Precision mode to set the MIQRO to a precise temperature from 255 to 430 degrees. All you need to do is press the rocker button up or down to select the Smart Path or temperature.Actually, all you can do is press the rocker button up or down to change the temperature, because the MIQRO drops more than physical size and price from the IQ; it drops app support. This means you have to manually set the temperature on the vape itself instead of through the DaVinci app. It’s not a big problem, because I found the DaVinci app crashed too much to be very useful with the IQ to begin with, but combined with the smaller display it makes precision temperature adjustments tedious. Find your favorite temperature and stick with it.The oven is fairly small, and you can make it smaller by adjusting the pearl on the door. Don’t expect to run a full session with six people without repacking; this is a good vape for solo users with maybe a friend or two to share it with.For its size, the MIQRO performs pretty great. It heats up rapidly, hitting 370 degrees in 39 seconds. The vapor it produces is smooth and dense, and you can switch between the flat mouthpiece and tube-shaped extended mouthpiece (that also enables the use of bubblers) depending on your tastes. It might not create massive plumes, but considering how compact it is, the MIQRO definitely gets the job done.The standard MIQRO includes the vape itself, the extended mouthpiece, a USB cable, and an accessory kit which includes a little keychain with a metal pick for getting ground material out of the oven, some pipe cleaners, and some alcohol wipes. The Collector’s Edition MIQRO is available for $50 more ($199), and adds a removable rubber sleeve for protection, a canvas carry bag, an extra battery, a metal carry can keychain that can hold an extra battery and ground material, and a grinder coin that works like a circular grinder card. The case, sleeve, and extra battery make the Collector’s Edition worth the price, and it’s still $80 less than the IQ.The DaVinci MIQRO is an easy recommendation, even over the excellent DaVinci IQ. It’s small, stylish, easy to use, and reliable. The smaller display and lack of app support is slightly inconvenient, but considering the MIQRO is just over half the price of the IQ, it’s a worthy trade-off.ProsCompactFlexibleFast heat-upSmooth vaporGreat PriceEasy to UseConsSmall ovenSmall displayTedious temperature adjustmentNeed more to compare to? We gave the Firefly 2 four stars when we reviewed it. Learn about the best budget vape ever made. And we’ve got a great review of Eyce’s silicone water pipes. Follow all reviews and news for vapes here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Virgin Galactic Gives First Look at Its Luxurious Lounge for Space TouristsVirgin Galactic Reaches Space Again, This Time With First Test Passenger The sports apparel brand Under Armour is heading to the final frontier. Virgin Galactic today announced Under Armour as their “Exclusive Technical Spacewear Partner” to create space apparel, footwear, and performance programs for their future astronauts.Virgin Galactic, which completed its first test flight to space in December, said Under Armour will design and fabricate the suits that will be worn by pilots and passengers during flight.The apparel company will also create uniforms for Virgin Galactic’s team at Spaceport America in New Mexico, which includes engineers, astronaut trainers and hosts, and mission control operatives.Under Armour will mimic the holistic approach it takes with creating performance solutions for some of the world’s top athletes, and in addition to apparel “will design programs for astronaut physical preparation and recovery with a focus on enhancing mobility, strength, fitness, nutrition, and sleep,” according to a Virgin Galactic statement.The full range of apparel and footwear is set to be revealed later this year, ahead of Virgin founder Richard Branson’s inaugural commercial flight.“I’ve loved [Under Armour’s] determination to push technical boundaries in order to improve performance, so could not have been more pleased when [Under Armour CEO] Kevin [Plank] and his talented teams stepped up to the considerable task of creating a range of space apparel and performance programs for Virgin Galactic,” Branson said. “Our partnership is built on the firm foundations of shared values and it will be an absolute privilege to wear an Under Armour astronaut space suit on Virgin Galactic’s inaugural commercial space flight.”Under Armour will develop the suits for Virgin Galactic astronauts, as well as uniforms for Virgin Galactic’s team at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic/Under Armour)Virgin Galactic astronauts will be experiencing high acceleration, rocket-powered, vertical ascent in SpaceShipTwo at more than three times the speed of sound.According to Virgin Galactic, the custom-fitted Under Armour spacesuits aim to “inspire confidence through comfort and practicality without compromising the natural desire of every Virgin Galactic astronaut both to feel good and look good during this experience.”More on Geek.com:Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for the First TimeVirgin Galactic Is Ready to Go to SpaceStellar Missions: Space Flight Events to Watch in 2019last_img read more

first_img Related Items:acquisition, defence force patrol craft, p301 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Coral Harbour Base 3 August 2015: P301 is the fifth addition of nine vessels to arrive into the fleet of The Royal Bahamas Defence Force. It arrived at the Prince George Wharf on Friday 31st July, 2015 at 9 o’clock.P301 is the first of four Coastal Patrol Class Vessels that has been procured as a part of the Sandy Bottom Project. This modern design patrol vessel is outfitted will all of the necessary equipment for vessels of its class to operate both effectively and efficiently on their tour of duty. P301 will be commanded by Sr. Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg whom is a 26yr veteran of the Force. The ship is 100ft in length with a range of 6000nm and has a total compliment of 13 crew members.The acquisition of this vessel will allow this class of vessel to access coastal waters throughout the Bahama chain of islands.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgAt first glance, the 2013 state legislative session, which convenes in Olympia on Monday, might seem like a repeat of last year. Legislators must tackle yet another budget shortfall and a 2018 deadline still looms as they figure out how to comply with a court order to “amply fund” public schools.But there will be a new governor at the helm, a unique coalition in the Senate that’s poised to give Republicans more power, and talk of a transportation funding package that could go before voters in the fall. What’s more, that package may or may not include roughly $450 million needed for the Columbia River Crossing project to move forward.Additionally, more than half of Clark County’s legislative delegation is either new to Olympia or taking on a new role in a different chamber. While the area’s delegation might lose some institutional knowledge, state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said fresh faces representing Clark County can be a good thing.“We have some great young talent in our neck of the woods,” Rivers said. “We may not know what we can’t do. … It allows you to try a whole bunch of stuff that people are (otherwise) afraid to try.”Clark County’s delegationThis legislative session will be Rivers’ first as a senator.She was elected to the House in 2010, and appointed last summer to succeed Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, who resigned in May. Rivers was elected to the Senate seat in November. She’ll have a seat at the table to discuss education funding, as she’s been tapped to serve on the Senate’s Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, which makes key spending decisions.last_img read more

first_imgAGRA: On Tuesday in Firozabad, two siblings — aged 5 and 3 had died and 14 other children have been hospitalised after they consumed contaminated water supplied by municipal authorities. The deceased have been identified as Vicky and his younger sister Lakshmi, they had died on their way to an Agra-based hospital. The condition of the hospitalised children is also said to be critical. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us In the district, it was claimed by the residents of Anand Nagar, the deaths were caused by the failure of the civic body to repair the damaged drinking water pipeline that has been leaking for nearly three weeks. The district administration had rushed a team of doctors to Anand Nagar and have set up camp to examine the residents. Necessary assistance has been assured by the District Magistrate Chandra Vijay Singh and mayor Nutan Rathore, who visited the children in the hospital. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us The DM said, “We have launched an inquiry into why non-potable water was supplied to the area. The hospital authorities have been asked to provide all necessary help to the victims.” “A total of 113 people were checked in the medical camp, out of which 14 were immediately admitted to a hospital. Similarly, 13 other children complained of vomiting and diarrhoea. The water supplied to Anand Nagar residents is not fit to drink as it has a foul smell and is dark in colour. We have provided chlorine tablets to all households in the area and warned residents to be cautious,” said Firozabad assistant chief medical officer Dr Vinod Kumar. “Vicky and Lakshmi died after they consumed contaminated water. They had vomiting and diarrhoea,” he added.last_img read more

first_img Share Monday, August 19, 2019Top afternoon stories:Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHISD’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center.10 Reasons Why TEA Recommends A Takeover Of HISDSecret meetings, misleading investigators and pressuring vendors are just some of the violations flagged in the Texas Education Agency’s initial investigation into the Houston school board.In the 34-page report sent to the board, the head of the agency’s special investigations unit, Jason Hewitt, detailed those and other reasons why he believes the Texas Education Commission should replace all nine elected board members and install outside managers. One of the findings is that, based on emails, interviews and text messages, five school board members — Sergio Lira, Anne Sung, Elizabeth Santos, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca and board president Diana Dávila all “secretly met” with former HISD superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra at a local restaurant, in a meeting that was not publicly posted, as required by state law.The report also indicates that Dávila, Flynn Vilaseca and Lira didn’t fully cooperate with the investigation, and details multiple examples of what investigators determined was board members exceeding their authority. Click here to read the full story by News 88.7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston’s skyline from the air.Census Starts Canvassing Some Houston NeighborhoodsThe U.S. Census Bureau is starting a major field operation for the 2020 population count Monday. The agency is sending people door-to-door to verify addresses, including in Houston.The canvassing is in addition to the Census Bureau’s new use of satellite technology to identify new housing developments throughout the United States.The Census Bureau’s geography division chief, Diedre Dalpiaz Bishop, said they are also using information from the U.S. Postal Service and from local, state and tribal governments.Canvassing will go on until October. Once all addresses are validated, the Census Bureau will mail out invitations asking people to respond to the Census.Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaFormer Kemah mayor and Houston mayoral candidate Bill King.Mayoral Candidate Bill King Announces 7-Point Flood Mitigation PlanHouston mayoral candidate Bill King has unveiled a seven-point plan to reduce future flooding in Houston. He said the most important step he’d take for flooding as mayor would be to stop the diversion of city drainage fees into other uses, and spend the funds exclusively on drainage projects.“The drainage fee is not held in a segregated account, which, by the way, state law says it’s supposed to be,” said King at a news conference held Monday.A spokesperson for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s reelection campaign said that King’s plan would halt the city’s ability to pay down debts on drainage projects as they’re incurred.King also pledged to buy up more vacant land for green space and fast-track flood control projects in the most flood-prone areas.Harris County’s Limitations To Counter Gun ViolenceHarris County leaders are looking at options to toughen gun control in the wake of El Paso’s mass shooting. But Judge Lina Hidalgo acknowledges state law sharply limits the county’s ability to pass gun control measures.  Dave Fagundes, research dean of the University of Houston Law Center, says the state has effectively preempted all cities and counties from passing gun control measures tougher than those passed by the State Legislature.Mark Jones, professor of political science at Rice University, says that any new county gun control ordinance would likely be overturned by the next state legislature, if not by the courts.Hidalgo says the county will take a fresh look at whether to allow gun shows on its property.last_img read more

first_imgOn 3rd December, Stripe announced the open-sourcing of Skycfg which is a configuration builder for Kubernetes. Skycfg was developed by Stripe as an extension library for the Starlark language. It adds support for constructing Protocol Buffer messages. The team states that as the implementation of Skycfg stabilizes, the public API surface will be expanded so that Skycfg can be combined with other Starlark extensions. Benefits of Skycfg Skycfg ensures Type safety. It uses ‘Protobuf’  which has a statically-typed data model, and the type of every field is known to Skycfg when it’s building a configuration. Users are free from the risk of accidentally assigning a string to a number, a struct to a different struct, or forgetting to quote a YAML value. Users can reduce duplicated typing and share logic by defining helper functions. Starlark supports importing modules from other files. This can be used to share common code between configurations. These modules can protect service owners from complex Kubernetes logic. Skycfg supports limited dynamic behavior through the use of context variables, which let the Go caller pass arbitrary key:value pairs in the ctx parameter. Skycfg simplifies the configuration of Kubernetes services, Envoy routes, Terraform resources, and other complex configuration data. Here is what users are saying about Skycfg over at HackerNews: Head over to GitHub for all the code and supporting files. Read Next Google Kubernetes Engine was down last Friday, users left clueless of outage status and RCAIntroducing Alpha Support for Volume Snapshotting in Kubernetes 1.12‘AWS Service Operator’ for Kubernetes now available allowing the creation of AWS resources using kubectllast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican police detain undocumented Eritrean, Somali migrants Honduras arrests 5 Syrians headed to US with stolen passports Honduras to charge Syrians using false documents to get to US Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US official The vehicle was being driven by two Costa Ricans who were not paramedics and who had no license to drive an ambulance, the public security ministry said in a statement. They, too, were arrested.Police stopped and searched the ambulance just after dawn in the town of Peñas Blancas de la Cruz, on the border. The Africans were found to have entered Costa Rica illegally.Central America is a major waypoint for undocumented migrants trying to enter the United States. Not only migrants from Latin America pass through the isthmus but also ones from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.In early November, Costa Rica dismantled a people-smuggling ring that transported undocumented migrants through the region.Currently there are nearly 8,000 U.S.-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica since Nicaragua mid-November closed its border to them.Under a deal between some Central American nations and Mexico last week, 180 of those Cubans are to be flown next week to El Salvador to continue their journey, with others expected to follow.Recommended: Cuban migrant airlift from Costa Rica starts Jan. 12 SAN JOSÉ — Costa Rican police on Friday arrested five Somali migrants hidden in the back of a private ambulance stopped on the border with Nicaragua, authorities said.center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:The Tico Times Circulation Department and a lost newspaper way of life At 60, The Tico Times celebrates tradition — and reinvention Dear Jonathan Harris: How The Tico Times shaped my life The Tico Times at 62: Finding new ways to serve and celebrate Costa Rica When The Tico Times celebrated our 60th Anniversary in 2016, our former Editor and Publisher Dery Dyer, daughter of Tico Times Founder Elisabeth Dyer and Publisher Richard Dyer, shared a reflection on one department that ‘vanished overnight’ when we moved to digital. (We now print quarterly; read our most recent special print edition here.)A classmate from my U.S. prep school recently sent me the following comment after I’d thanked her for sending me photos of our 50th class reunion:“What would have been unimaginable 50 years ago is that you saw my photos in a computer (what is that?) and that you sent me a missive from Costa Rica via a cloud of electrons that reached me within 5 minutes on a crosstown bus in New York, and that I read the missive on a telephone.”Just as unimaginable 60 years ago — or even 10! — was that someday The Tico Times would be reaching its readers via that same cloud of electrons. So, on the TT’s 60th birthday, I’d like to offer a toast: not only to the newspaper, but also to the memory of its Circulation Department.After making sure you received your paper week after week for so many years, this once-essential department vanished overnight — deleted as swiftly and as totally as if a key had been pressed — when The Tico Times went online-only in 2012.It was hard to believe. Circulation had always been the department that made all the others’ work worthwhile. It got the news into the readers’ hands and spread the word about Costa Rica around the world.It also bonded us with our readers. Every subscriber — whether in Alajuela or Afghanistan (yep, we had readers in Afghanistan!) — was a real person who had become part of our worldwide community. Our readers turned into friends: they’d write chatty little notes on their renewal notices, send us comments, photos and articles, and drop by the office to say hello.In the beginning, there was no Circulation Department. Everybody at The Tico Times did everything. When wearing our Circulation hats, we worked with little file boxes containing each subscriber’s address and subscription status typed on index cards.Every week we spent hours typing labels on sheets of paper, cutting them out with scissors and sticking them on the newspapers with white glue. Before long we were photocopying the sheets of paper so we didn’t have to type all the addresses each week, but we were still cutting and pasting.Then we acquired a nifty little machine which printed address labels from metal plates that had to be laboriously engraved on another little machine, and the Circulation Department was born. It had its own staff and was required to keep track of subscriptions, sales, and press runs in order to generate the all-important Circulation Reports.Little by little, computers arrived, making everything a lot easier. But as the paper grew, so did the circulation challenges.Every day there were subscriptions to be processed, renewal notices to be sent out, sales points to be checked and restocked… all of it leading up to Thursday nights, the Circulation Department’s adrenaline-fueled equivalent of the newsroom’s deadline, when the team worked feverishly all night manhandling piles of freshly printed newspapers so that the world could read us.Staffers loaded bundles of papers onto waiting trucks bound for sales points in the provinces. Then they bundled papers for the home-delivery guys waiting with their motorcycles and route lists; counted stacks of papers to give drivers for distribution to sales points around the Central Valley; and labeled, stamped and sorted piles of papers into color-coded batches for the mail subscribers. These were rushed to the Post Office to be sent all over the country and to the many different areas of the world — the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania — where our subscribers lived.Over time, the number of subscribers in the United States and Canada grew so large that we started air-freighting packages of papers to Miami and mailing them in bulk from there, which meant tearing to the airport as soon as they came off the press to get them on the earliest possible flight.Later it made more sense to print the North America-bound papers in the U.S. This required making an extra set of page negatives and another frantic airport dash on Thursday evenings to get them ASAP to our U.S. printer.Once again, computer technology eventually speeded things up, enabling us to ship the pages electronically; however, the Thursday-night marathon in Costa Rica continued for all the papers going elsewhere.The entire circulation routine was so tightly coordinated that the slightest glitch along the way — if we were late getting on or off the press, if a plane couldn’t land, if a holiday meant the Post Office was closed, if a delivery guy was out sick — provoked a whole chain of chaos and an avalanche of complaints the following week, each of which had to be answered with a personal letter, phone call or e-mail, as well as with replacement copies rushed out by messenger or first-class mail.The Circulation Dept. ended up being the most dramatic casualty of The Tico Times’ switch to digital delivery because an entire busy, hard-working world went extinct without leaving a single trace of its existence. There’s simply no equivalent in the newspaper’s online incarnation to remember it by. (The dinosaurs, at least, left fossils.)So here’s to its memory! We could never have imagined a newspaper without paper, or without a Circulation Department to circulate it. But then, can any of us imagine how people will be getting their news 60 years from now?This piece was originally published in 2016. Become a part of The Tico Times family today by donating to support our independent journalism, podcast, weekly news video series, freelance community of young journalists, and more. Donate here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgSource = qualia qualia took out a trio of awards at the prestigious ceremony in Sydney, including ‘Best Resort’, ‘Best Spa’ for Spa qualia for the second year running, and ‘Best Hotel Chef’ for British-born Alastair Waddell. In addition, qualia received several Highly Commended awards, including for Luxury Property, Australian Lodge, Hotel Restaurant (Long Pavilion) and Hotel of the Year. Michael Shah, qualia’s General Manager, said: “qualia offers guests an outstanding and unique experience each and every time. From exceptional service, to award-winning cuisine and the best in resort leisure facilities, qualia is a beacon of understated luxury and quintessential Australian charm that simply cannot be discovered anywhere else.” Owners of Hamilton Island and qualia, the Oatley Family was also inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame, recognised for their significant contribution to the tourism industry through the ongoing investment in, and development of, Hamilton Island. Next year sees the 10th anniversary of the Oatley’s ownership of Hamilton Island. qualia occupies Hamilton Island’s unashamedly beautiful and sun-drenched northern-most tip. A member of Relais & Châteaux, qualia is set amongst native Eucalypts, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea. The resort’s outstanding facilities include two infinity-edged pools, two bars and exclusive restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, an award-winning venue unto itself. qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ and Great Barrier Feast series. Alastair Waddell took the helm as executive chef at qualia earlier this year. Prior to qualia, Waddell was chef de partie at the 2 hatted Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne. Preceding his move to Australia, Waddell worked in his home town in Glasgow.last_img read more

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News Home Values Expected to Rise Over the Next Year October 20, 2015 518 Views center_img Residential market values are projected to continue to increases over the next 12 months, with overall annual appreciation reaching 3.6 percent, up from its second quarter forecast of 3.1 percent.A recent report from Veros Real Estate Solutions not only showed that home values would rise, but the number of markets expected to rise in value is 94 percent compared to last quarter’s 90 percent.The company also noted that this is the strongest forecast in two years.“Our Q3 VeroFORECAST continues to show strength for the next year increasing from last quarter’s update,” says Eric Fox, VP of Statistical and Economic Modeling at Veros.The projected top metro markets include San Francisco, California (10.7 percent); San Jose, California (10.5 percent); Denver, Colorado (10.3 percent); Port St. Lucie, Florida (10.0 percent); and Seattle, Washington (9.5 percent).”Low housing supply, an influx of population, and low unemployment rates continue to be common characteristics of the top forecast performing market,” the report said.The projected bottom markets include Wichita Falls, Texas (-1.9 percent); Lebanon, Pennsylvania (-1.7 percent); Gadsden, Alabama (-1.7 percent); Marion, Indiana (-1.3 percent); and Binghamton, New York (-1.1 percent).“The bottom forecast markets are still by and large in relatively small cities within the Eastern U.S. with poor economic conditions and general population declines often spanning decades,” Fox noted. “The good news for these markets is that all are characterized by slight depreciation of no more than one- to two-percent.”Fox also warns against a softening of home values to 2.1 percent following the hot streak in the coming year with the strong 3.6 percent appreciation forecast.He suspects that the main cause of this weakening is the “tightening that the Fed will be doing which will likely cause mortgage interest rates to begin ticking upward.”Although he does not predict a dramatic increase in rates, even a slight 25- or 50-basis point increase wold push consumers out of the housing market, which will cause some softening in values.”While we do see softening in the long-term, the overall market is still expected to appreciate,” Fox concluded. “We don’t see a repeat of the last downturn in 2007.”Click here to view the full report. Appreciation Home Values Housing Market Veros Real Estate Solutions 2015-10-20 Staff Writerlast_img read more