Canadian transit network sending maps to California boy with autism

first_imgThis is a bit outdated but here’s a map of Belgrade that you can save as PDF (that tiny button at the top) and then print it out for him:https://t.co/QKtgTjbcsZ— Matija Pa (@LushkiTrp) August 16, 2019 Here is a glimpse of the beautiful Montréal, Québec, Canada!https://t.co/Kt6lrD5CRkThank you @maxdenoncourt!— STM (@stminfo) August 16, 2019 VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A transit enthusiast in the U.S. is receiving a special package from Metro Vancouver’s transportation network.Jada Natalie Stevens, a designer for TransLink, posted to Twitter on Aug. 15 saying a California family had reached out to the organization asking for one of its transit maps. Their son, who has autism, loves memorizing them.The family of an autistic boy in Cali wrote to my team @TransLink requesting one of our transit maps as he loves memorizing them.But we can do better than that! We’re sending him transit maps that we’ve collected from all over the world, to inspire his young, curious mind. pic.twitter.com/ZLpVJkyvNt— Jada Natalie Stevens (@cityjada) August 15, 2019Stevens said in a tweet that TransLink has collected maps from other systems all over the world, and decided to send them all to the boy to inspire his “young curious mind.”She said: “There is little else that pulls my heartstrings more than a kid who loves transit maps.”In the Twitter comments, other transit companies jumped in to offer additional maps and commenters posted links to transit blogs.Maty from https://t.co/izqVHXiSHy is a similar case here in the Czech Republic. See what he and his family can do with all the maps: https://t.co/9WIvcaLhaK— Roman Meliška (@happy_roman) August 16, 2019last_img read more

Roger Moore Finances Christmas Campaign Against Foie Gras

first_imgA furious Sir Roger Moore has independently financed the production of hundreds of thousands of new leaflets condemning Fortnum & Mason for still selling foie gras – the diseased livers of abused birds – despite massive public outcry.The new leaflet, which volunteers will distribute to shoppers outside Fortnum & Mason every day in the lead-up to Christmas, features Moore, Ralph Fiennes and Joanna Lumley above the words “Why Have These People Spoken Out Against Fortnum & Mason?”The back of the leaflet cites undercover video footage from Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras suppliers exposing how birds have pipes shoved down their throats and huge amounts of grain pumped into their stomachs to sicken and enlarge their livers. The leaflet also features quotes from actors, MPs, chefs, Royalty and other celebrities, including Moore, who says, “The callous treatment of geese filmed by investigators at the very farms in France from which Fortnum & Mason’s distributor sources foie gras, was far more violent and cowardly than anything James Bond ever faced at the hands of villains”.“I want shoppers to hear the simple fact that foie gras is so cruel that it is illegal to produce in the UK and to know that Fortnum and Mason keeps selling this bird-abusing foodstuff although the British public is up in arms about it”, says Moore.“James Bond always took a stand against bullies and stood up for British values, so it’s fitting that Sir Roger would pay for a campaign against Fortnum & Mason’s sale of unBritish foie gras”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “His leaflets will help remind Christmas shoppers that the biggest tradition in Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras hampers is cruelty to animals.”For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,082.09, down 23.26 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 12 cents, or 3.06 per cent, to $4.04 on 12.2 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $19.35 on 9.8 million shares.NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX:NXE). Miner. Up 59 cents, or 24.08 per cent, to $3.04 on 8.5 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. (TSX:WM). Miner. Up five cents, or 66.67 per cent, to 12.5 cents on 7.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up $1.09, or 4.13 per cent, to $27.47 on 6.6 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 19 cents, 3.56 per cent, to $5.53 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 2.96 per cent, to $11.84 on 4.4 million shares. The Saskatchewan-based company said on Wednesday that it will temporarily suspend operations at its McArthur River mine and Key Lake milling operation by the end of January because of low uranium prices. About 845 workers are getting layoff notices.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. up six cents, or 3.87 per cent, to $1.61 on 3.2 million shares. The Toronto-based miner is suspending work at its Skouries development project amid its ongoing dispute with the Greek government. The company says Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment has not issued the required permits for the project. Eldorado also says the company also initiated legal action.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $61.75 on 1.4 million shares. The pipeline giant reported a third-quarter profit of $612 million (70 cents per share), compared with a loss of $135 million (17 cents per share) in the same quarter last year. Revenue fell to $3.24 billion compared with $3.63 billion in the same quarter last year. TransCanada said Thursday it received broad interest for space on its Keystone XL pipeline, with a final investment decision on the project possibly weeks away.last_img read more

ATF price increased by 1 nonsubsidised LPG by 5

first_imgNew Delhi: Jet fuel price was on Monday hiked by over one per cent, the second straight monthly increase in rate coming on the back of firming global prices.The price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) was hiked by Rs 677.1 per kilolitre, or 1.07 per cent, to Rs 63,472.22 per kl in the national capital, according to price notification issued by state-owned oil firms. The increase comes on the back of a steep 8.1 per cent (Rs 4,734.15 per kl) hike in rates effected on March 1. Simultaneously, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was increased by Rs 5 per 14.2-kg cylinder. It now costs Rs 706.50 in the national capital. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis is the second straight increase in LPG rate. Price was hiked by Rs 42.5 per cylinder on March 1. The hike will add to the burden of cash strapped airlines that are already reeling under pressure from cut-throat competition in the sector. Non-subsidised LPG is the gas that consumer buys after exhausting their quota of 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg at sub-market or subsidised rates. Price of subsidised LPG was almost unchanged at Rs 495.86. LPG, as well as ATF prices, are revised on 1st of every month based on the average international rate for benchmark fuel and foreign exchange rate in the preceding month. Also, the price of kerosene sold through the public distribution system (PDS) was increased to Rs 32.54 per litre from Rs 32.24. This is in accordance with the 2016 decision to raise rates by 25 paise a litre every month till subsidy on the fuel is eliminated. Non-subsidised kerosene costs Rs 64,460.83 per kl (Rs 64.46 per litre) in the national capital.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Premiers meeting: Canada’s premiers will get together beginning Monday in Edmonton for their annual meeting, where there is no shortage of topics to discuss. NAFTA renegotiations, the softwood lumber dispute and pipelines are just a few of the issues on the minds of the provincial and territorial leaders — and they can make for some difficult conversations.Speaking of premiers: John Horgan and his cabinet will be sworn in on Tuesday in Victoria. British Columbia’s premier-designate has so far not laid out specifically how he would stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, one of many issues the business community will be watching for.What the Sears? The national retailer rolled that slogan out late last year, but now that could serve as a rallying call for laid off workers angry that they lost severance payments as the company undergoes restructuring. Sears Canada returns to court Tuesday in Toronto, where it’s expected to argue its case to begin liquidation sales by Friday.Inflated importance: Statistics Canada releases the latest inflation figures Friday. The data will be scrutinized, particularly after the Bank of Canada, in justifying its decision to raise the interest rate, said last week it believes the softness in inflation is temporary. The central bank’s inflation target is two per cent, and in May it was 1.3 per cent.The bottom line: There are a few corporate notables on the earnings front this, including Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP), Encana (TSX:ECA) and Husky Energy (TSX:HSE). read more

California pot regulators struggling with job audit says

LOS ANGELES — California auditors have found that the agency overseeing the state’s vast legal marijuana market is understaffed and struggling to do the job.A state Finance Department audit shows that about two-thirds of the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s authorized positions remain unfilled.Auditors say the status and location of agency personnel “is not sustainable” and will not provide effective oversight of the legal pot market.They also concluded earlier this month that the agency lacks an overall management strategy.The problems outlined in the audit shed light on the uneven rollout of the state’s legal pot market, which is still competing with thriving underground sales.The agency disputed some findings and argued that it met or exceeded its responsibilities despite the challenges.Legal pot sales kicked off in California last year.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press read more

UN set to launch yearlong reconstruction stage after Pakistani quake

Five months after Pakistan was devastated by an earthquake which killed more than 73,000 people, injured nearly 70,000 and left millions homeless, the emergency aid phase is nearing its end and the United Nations is set to formally launch a year-long recovery and reconstruction stage, humanitarian officials said today. Plans are underway with UN Special Envoy for the South Asian Earthquake Disaster, former United States President George H. W. Bush, for a high level launch of ‘The Action Plan from Relief to Recovery’ in New York, which will also be locally launched at field hubs in Pakistan.It will cover a one year period starting in April 2006 and has been prepared in close collaboration with Pakistani military and civil authorities. UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick praised the role of the Pakistani Government and the disciplined efforts of the humanitarian community, especially civil society, for the success of the relief phase. “There has been no second wave of deaths, no massive population movement down the mountains, no severe malnutrition, and no outbreak of epidemics,” Mr. McGoldrick said.The major challenges were keeping relief operations going until the end of this month, improving sanitation especially in the smaller camps and preparing for the return of Internally Displaced People (IDP) on the basis of a voluntary and informed consent.Mr. McGoldrick warned that there will be a continued risk of landslides as the snow starts to melt in the spring and even more so later in the year when the monsoon season sets in. “Road accessibility will remain a major challenge, and it is expected that there will be a continued need for a minimum of five to six helicopters until at least September,” he said. Issues such as food assistance beyond March, camp closures, provision of health care, utilities, education, land ownership, rubble removal, urban/rural planning, special support to vulnerable groups and consistent provision of information about the returns process are being discussed with Pakistani authorities and partner organizations. read more

UN rights commission again suspends work after approval of new Council

The outgoing United Nations Commission on Human Rights suspended its work for a further week today pending new directives after last week’s historic approval by the General Assembly of a stronger Human Rights Council to replace it. Ambassador Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros of Peru, chairman of the panel’s 62nd session in Geneva, said he was awaiting a resolution from the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which would contain substantive elements for the form of the Commission’s work. As a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, the new Council has a higher status and greater accountability than the much criticized Commission, which meets yearly in Geneva. It will meet year round as opposed to the six-week annual session of the Commission, and its members will be elected by a majority of all 191 UN Members. The Commission, which first suspended its work shortly after opening its 62nd session on 13 March, decided by consensus to continue the suspension until Monday, 27 March at 3 p.m.“The establishment of the Council marked the consolidation of a system that should improve the capacity of the United Nations to protect human rights,” the Commission said in a statement.“In that connection, the Council had a number of instruments and mechanisms that should allow for the effectiveness and legitimacy of the system to be channelled towards greater promotion and protection of human rights.” read more

New year 2017 brings major structural reorganisation for Normet

first_imgIn completing his first calendar year with the company, Robin Lindahl, Normet Group’s President and CEO, is reorganising “to maximise the company’s strategic focus and achieve the growth ambition to double the company revenues by 2020.” Normet’s operational model and organisation will be changed he says, “to fully capture the market potential and to better respond to our customer requirements.”“The coming changes will be done to strengthen capabilities across Normet’s offering as well as build stronger process solution capabilities in the underground mining and tunnelling community. We will also look at synergies and efficiency in our global supply chain to gain further competitiveness,” announced Lindahl. These changes will be fully implemented by the end of 2016 and the new organisation will be operational as of January 1, 2017. “These changes will have positive impact to overall personnel as we plan to further strengthen key focus areas.”From January 2017 Normet will have three Business Lines, namely Equipment, Life Time Care and Ground Control & Construction Technologies as well as Market Operations and Global Supply Chain Operations which all report directly to the President and CEO, Robin Lindahl.The new Equipment Business Line will be responsible for all the equipment businesses and further development of the Normet offering. It will include the Product Management organisation, R&D, sales support functions, and will spearhead Normet EQ 2020, “a strategic initiative designed for the evolution of our offering for market leadership into the next decade.” The Equipment BL will be headed by SVP Kari Hämäläinen.The new Life Time Care Business Line will be responsible for Service business and development of the Normet offering. “It will include the Service Product Management organisation, Service Marketing & Agreements, Service Operations and Normet Academy. Customer service and support is a keystone of Normet’s strategy.” The Business Line will be headed by SVP Mikko Immonen who joined Normet from Outotec Oyj “where he has been an integral part of creating a strong service business over the last seven years.”The Ground Control and Construction Technologies Business Line will be headed by SVP Odd-Bjørn Kleven. “He oversees the amalgamation of Construction Chemicals and Rock Reinforcement, whose technological offering anchors the solutions approach taken to Normet’s tunnelling and mining customers.”Market Operations will concentrate fully on the customer interface, sales and marketing, solution offering and strengthening of the company’s LTC (Life Time Care) network. This will be headed by Mike Rispin, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The regional set up will continue with six regions each headed by a Vice President.CIS/Mongolia – Jorma PiironenEMEA – Janne LehtoAsia – Alan PengellyAustralia/NZ – Neil FitzmauriceNorth America – Greg HallettLatin America – Marcelo AnabalonSupply Chain Operations, headed by SVP Timo Rask, encompassing sourcing and global production network for Equipment and LTC, “takes a renewed global approach to ensure the most competitive placement of Normet’s offering at the customer interface.”last_img read more

Syrian barrel bombs kill 76 people including 28 children

first_imgTHE SYRIAN AIR force has been accused of killing 76 people by unleashing barrels packed with explosives on Aleppo, a focal point for fighting between regime and rebel forces.The bombardment, which activists described as “unprecedented”, came as the United Nations said the number of Syrian war refugees in the Middle East was likely to double to 4.1 million by the end of 2014.The number of people slain in Sunday’s bombing of Aleppo “with explosive-packed barrels… rose to 76,” including “28 children and four women,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, updating its previous toll of 36 dead.Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said it was “one of the heaviest tolls from air raids since the beginning of the war” that flared after a brutal regime crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired democracy protests that erupted in March 2011.Explosive-laden barrels were dropped on six rebel-controlled districts in the east, including Sakhur, Ard al-Hamra and Haydariyeh, Abdel Rahman said.The Observatory and activists said government forces frequently drop the barrels filled with TNT on rebel-held areas of the war-torn country from helicopters and warplanes. “The barrels of explosives are not like bombs. Their impact is not accurate as they are dropped without any guidance system, and that is why they cause a large number of victims,” said Abdel Rahman.The devices are made up of metal barrels that have a layer of concrete inside them “so that they cause as much destruction and death as possible,” according to Abdel Rahman.There are two types of barrel bombs, one of which is home-made, and the other of which is made in factories.A Syrian security official said the army prefers the TNT-packed barrels because they are cheaper than regular bombs, which need to be imported from Russia.Syrian refugees walk outside their tents at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal. (Pic: AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)Aleppo raids ‘unprecedented’The Aleppo Media Centre, a network of activists on the ground, called Sunday’s raids on the northern city “unprecedented”.“Everyone is looking up at the skies and watching the planes. But there’s nothing to be done,” AMC activist Mohammed al-Khatieb said.Aleppo, Syria’s second city and pre-war commercial hub, is now divided between areas occupied by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebel fighters.Fighting that erupted with a rebel offensive in July last year has caused massive damage to the historic city.Activists posted video footage online of the aftermath of Sunday’s barrel bomb attacks, showing bulldozers clearing rubble from the streets as men searched for survivors in wrecked buildings.The barrel bombings came as Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom prepared to brief the United Nations Security Council on the use of internationally-banned chemical weapons in the unrelenting war.Sellstrom led an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.A 21-year-old from Denmark shoots an AK47 rifle at a training camp near Idlib and Aleppo. (Pic: AP Photo)His team published a report on Thursday, saying there was “credible evidence” that the controversial arms had been used five times since the conflict broke out 33 months ago.The United States was on the brink of launching air strikes against Assad in August after a deadly chemical weapons attack in the Eastern Ghouta area on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.It and other world powers blamed regime forces for the attack, but a deal for Assad to surrender his chemical arsenal narrowly averted the strikes.Under UN Security Council Resolution 2118 passed in September, all of Syria’s chemical weapons are to be destroyed by June 30.More than 126,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, and millions more have fled their homes.According to a fresh UN estimate, some 4.1 million Syrians will be living as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt by the end of 2014, up from an estimated 2.4 million today.© – AFP 2013last_img read more

Tell the RBA

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the most dispiriting things you can witness is when hard working, law abiding people living in a democracy feel that their opinions and their wishes count for nothing. I’ve been sensing something of this lately with the rising cost of living and the intention to load more expenses onto already struggling households and businesses. People are saying to me things like, “why are they talking about a new tax when we’re already struggling?” or, “don’t they know that two more rate rises will push us over the edge?” This disconnection between the policy makers and middle Australia is most evident in the prevailing attitude that whatever happens, middle Australia will carry the can and tough it out. For instance, electricity has been increasing in price out of all proportion to inflation and wages, and yet we’ve been warned that there are further price rises to come. Petrol and food have been increasing in price, yet there’s a Carbon Tax about to be slapped on us that will raise the price of everything again. And while people labour under a rising cost of living, those same people are going to be paying more for their mortgages this year to tame this increase. The householders and small business owners don’t have lobbyists and influence but I’m sensing that they want to speak out. They can’t really speak out to governments and most Australians don’t want to create waves with the banks right now. And besides, governments and banks like to point out that they have nothing to do with interest rates. That leaves the Reserve Bank – the organisation that sets interest rates. I’ve thought for many years that the RBA does a very good job of controlling inflation by adjusting interest rates up and down. Yet I’ve also suspected that simply being able to raise, lower or hold interest rates is not enough. or instance, when you have a two-speed economy, how do you raise interest rates to tame inflation, when the inflation is really caused by one sector? You can’t: you punish everyone who isn’t a miner in order to quell the inflation caused by miners selling coal and iron ore to China. You can’t do much about this, but you can tell the RBA how you feel about rate rises. At Yellow Brick Road we’ve started a video petition called “The RBA Appeal”. I want you to make a short video on a camera or phone, and tell the RBA how interest rate rises affect you. Then send it to me at appeal@ybr.com.au. We’ll put it on our YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/therbaappeal and present a package of these to the Reserve Bank, but it must contain your voices. Time to speak out.last_img read more

WWE attendance 58 – 511 TV tapings live events

first_img 8/24 NXT Live Results: Tampa, FL (#1 Contender Battle Royal, NXT Title Match) Velvet Sky Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE attendance figures from May 8 to May 11, 2015.* 5/8 live event in Broomfield, Colorado: 2,900 fans.* 5/8 NXT live event in Largo, Florida: 275 fans.* 5/9 live event in Louisville, Kentucky: 7,500 fans.* 5/9 live event in Charleston, West Virginia: 6,500 fans.* 5/9 NXT live event in Orlando, Florida: 400 fans (sellout).* 5/10 live event in Lexington, Kentucky: 2,500 fans.* 5/10 live event in Wheeling, West Virginia: 2,200 fans.* 5/11 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Cincinnati, Ohio: 9,000 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It More details released on WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso DUI arrest in Pensacola, FL Facebook 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) last_img read more

Handson lessons on the farm in La Center

first_imgLA CENTER — Torri and Kevin Villines moved their family from Camas to a farm in La Center about nine years ago. They wanted to move out of the more crowded city and teach their daughters — Madison, 17, and Kaiya, 14 — about living in a more rural area.Now, the family is looking to do the same for other kids.This fall, they started offering horseback riding for free at their farm, but the sessions have morphed more into a day of showing kids life on a farm. One visiting child at a recent session was walking around the property and asked Torri Villines what one of the animals was.“It was a cow,” she said. “We take it for granted. If you’re living in town, you don’t have access to this sort of thing.”Villines and her family know quite a bit about cows. They have eight of them. They also have seven horses, 100-plus chickens, four pigs, two mini pigs, four goats, two rabbits, three dogs, four kittens, a goldfish and a parakeet.“Most of the kids wanted to spend time with the farm animals, so we started to incorporate that more into their time here,” Torri Villines said.last_img read more

We are good to PLP Women lineup in support behind Bahamas Leader

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 16, 2017 – Nassau – PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis took his ‘Road to Convention’ to a special conclave hosted by the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP on Saturday, October 7th at Sir Lynden Pindling House.   After spending most of the day travelling with Mr. Davis, the first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt was also in attendance at the conclave.   Mother Pratt shared a tearful story of the love, friendship, and kindheartedness of Party Leader Davis, who, she related, had come to her rescue in her most difficult time.As Mr. Davis took the podium with cheers from supporters, he began by celebrating womanhood as he went on to describe women as “Strong, resourceful, resilient, wise, loving, tender and nurturing are all words to describe women, whom God designed to be the equal counterparts of man.”For the past few weeks, the Party Leader has made campaign stops in his “Road to Convention” travels across the country, sharing his message to rebuild and renew the PLP.“I am committed to the PLP!  I believe in our party.  I believe we are the best vehicle to bring about real change and progress for our people.  Our core values are as relevant today as they were 60-plus years ago,” Davis told the women of the party.Outlining his plan for the organization moving forward, Mr. Davis told the women supporters gathered, “I pledge to ensure that the Women’s Branch receive an annual stipend from the Central Party.   The work of the Women’s Branch is fundamentally important to the effectiveness and future success of the Party.”Mr. Davis also announced his commitment to young Bahamians, ensuring that particularly women are adequately represented in his parliamentary team.    “The Parliamentary team of the PLP acts as its standard-bearer in the public and is in effect a representation of what we claim to be.“We must ensure that women and young people are active leaders and participants on this team so that we reflect the reality of the current demographics of The Bahamas.”Assuring supporters that he intends to lead a Party with a united voice, Mr. Davis added, “…we must restore and maintain discipline and order among the rank and file of the membership of the PLP.“As a priority, I will, as your Leader, ensure that the Party speaks with a common voice and approaches the next election with a singular purpose.”Mr. Davis’ remarks were received with thunderous applause and loud shouts by delegates attending the conclave to “Be Brave”!Press Release: Philip Brave Davis – Leader of Opposition Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

All clear after semitruck crash on I95

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – The all clear has been given along the southbound lanes of Interstate-95 after a serious accident, Monday morning.The southbound lanes were temporarily shut down after a car went under a semi-truck near Northwest 135th Street.The crash delayed traffic all the way up to Hallandale Beach Boulevard, and caused backups for drivers heading eastbound on the Palmetto Expressway.All lanes have reopened since.There is no word on any injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

A word of caution to parents

first_imgSHE Team officials are taking strict action against the eve- teasers and the miscreants. Depending on the case, they are at least spending three to four hours and based on the severity and genuineness of the case, they are giving counselling to both the parties and solve the cases. If they find anything wrong on the part of the culprits, then they straightaway book the petty cases and issue FIRs also. Three culprits were already detained under Preventive Detention Act earlier. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us They are registering the cases against the culprits when it is found that they are sending threatening messages to the victims. The SHE Team officials are advising the parents to spend at least one hour with their children and counsel them the disadvantages of dating. The parents should also advise the children against sharing personal data with the strangers.last_img read more

Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance gives chance to policyholders to revive lapsed policies

first_imgBajaj Allianz Life Insurance is a joint venture between Europe’s insurer Allianz SE and Bajaj Finserv Limited, the de-merged entity of Bajaj Auto. (L): The corporate office of the Pune-based Bajaj Auto and (R): The logo of Europe’s biggest insurer Allianz SE is seen on the company tower at La Defense in Courbevoie near Paris, France, February 22, 2016.Bajaj Auto website, Reuters fileBajaj Allianz Life Insurance on Wednesday said that its policyholders have an opportunity to revive their lapsed life insurance policies subject to certain conditions. The window is open from October 14 to November 30, 2016 and is applicable to traditional life insurance policies only.”During this campaign, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance customers will be given a 50% waiver on the interest amount on traditional policies lapsed. Revival of a life insurance policy will ensure continuance of life cover, tax advantages and bonus for the period during which policy was lapsed,” the company said in a statement.A similar initiative rolled out last year netted Rs 95.84 crore in premium for the company from the revival of 66,826 policies, it added.”The campaign is aimed at extending a helping hand to those who were unable to continue their policies due to some financial crisis,” Anuj Agarwal, MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, said.Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance collected Rs 442.70 crore in first-year premium in September 2016.Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance is a joint venture between Allianz SE, the European insurer and Bajaj Finserv Limited, the demerged entity of Bajaj Auto Limited.There are 24 life insurance companies in the country, including the state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Private sector insurers include ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, HDFC Max Life Insurance and SBI Life Insurance.Bajaj Finserv Limited is the holding company for the businesses dealing with financial services of the Bajaj Group. Bajaj Finserv shares closed at Rs 3,352.50 a piece on the BSE on Wednesday.last_img read more

Verdict against 6 Gaibandha war crimes accused Wednesday

first_imgThe International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Tuesday set Wednesday to pronounce judgment in crimes against humanity case against six alleged war criminals from Gaibandha, including Jamaat leader and former lawmaker Abdul Aziz alias Ghoramara Aziz.The other five accused are Md Ruhul Amin alias Monju, 61, Md Abdul Latif, 61, Abu Muslim Mohammad Ali, 59, Md Nazmul Huda, 60, and Md Abdur Rahim Miah, 62. Of these, only Latif is in jail.“Verdict tomorrow,” said justice Md Shahinur Islam, chairman of the three-member panel of the tribunal.The tribunal on 23 October kept the judgment on CAV (curia advisory vult, a Latin legal term meaning the court awaits verdict) after concluding hearing the arguments of the case for second time.The recently reconstituted ICT-1 on 12 October on Tuesday fixed 22 October for rehearing the arguments in the case.Earlier, the tribunal on 9 May had kept the verdict in the case on CAV for the first time.“But due to death of justice Anwarul Haque, former chairman of the tribunal, government had to reconstitute the tribunal and the new tribunal decided to rehear the arguments,” prosecutor Syed Sayedul Haque Suman told BSS.last_img read more

The world is a scary place if you dont know what Pokemon

first_imgPhoto Credit: NobodyEpic on Twitter<><> Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week, you can’t fail to have noticed that Nintendo has released a new game for smartphones with a lot of help from Niantic. It involves finding and catching Pokemon, and it’s called Pokemon Go.The free-to-play, augmented reality app has been an instant hit, even going so far as to add $7.5 billion to the market value of Nintendo. Millions of us are playing it, one of us has found a dead body, and police are getting concerned over the safety of playing Pokemon Go while driving.But there’s also going to be many more millions of people out there who aren’t playing Pokemon Go, have no idea what it even is, and in public may be asking themselves “What the hell is happening?”A question very amusingly summed up in this short video:A post-Pokemon Go world isn’t quite that bad yet, but if you notice people looking at you in a concerned manner as you hunt for another Pokemon with your phone held high, remember this video. It’s also worth thinking about whether you should say or even shout something in their direction. Considering they probably don’t know what Pokemon Go is, I wouldn’t recommend shouting that, it will only confuse them further.How about “I’m catching fictional creatures placed around the real world while Nintendo collects lots of information about me and I get increasingly frustrated because I can’t find my favorite Pokemon!”No, I don’t think that will work, either. Nest to just let them walk on confused… Every Pokemon’s dream is to find a trainer that let’s them get lit AF.last_img read more

Lanka promises to meet deadline for probe into war crimes

first_imgSri Lanka’s new government on Thursday said a domestic mechanism will be in place by September to probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE.Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the domestic mechanism with foreign technical expertise to probe into the allegations of war crimes will be in place when next UN Human Rights Council session will meet in Geneva in September.“All I can say is that we will have a domestic mechanism in place in time when the 30th session of UNHRC commences in September,” Samaraweera told media here. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“We promised the people a domestic mechanism to look into human rights violations. There is a timeline for its setting up. We do have a timeline, we are working according to a timetable even now. I think we will be able to meet the timeline,” he said.The announcement comes days after US Secretary of State John Kerry during a visit to the island warned Sri Lanka that “true reconciliation” with Tamils will take time, even as he praised the “openness” of the new government in efforts to boost democracy, human rights and reaching out to the minority community. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanKerry had praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s new government for reaching out to the Tamil minority after the end of the nearly three-decade of ethnic conflict that claimed more than 100,000 lives.The Sirisena government, which unseated long-time strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January polls, pledged a credible domestic mechanism rather than the UN rights body dictated international mechanism to investigate alleged war crimes committed by both government troops and the LTTE during the military conflict in 2009. The new government is of the view that since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome statute on international jurisdiction to war crimes, the island would execute justice through its national independent judicial mechanism.The former Rajapaksa regime was subjected to three successive UNHRC resolutions which called for an international investigation.Rajapaksa drew international condemnation over his refusal to investigate alleged military abuses.last_img read more