Young People And Seniors Benefit From Changes To Jurisdiction

first_imgAll Nova Scotians, including young people and seniors, have somewhere to turn if they are concerned about the care and attention they receive from provincial or municipal governments, thanks to changes to the Nova Scotia Ombudsman Act. School boards, child welfare agencies, licensed child-care facilities, nursing homes, residential care facilities for seniors, hospitals and community colleges now all clearly fall under the jurisdiction of the Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman. The office can investigate concerns from youth and seniors about decisions and actions of provincial and municipal agencies involved in providing child and senior services. The act was amended in May 2004 and the new regulations approved by cabinet in December 2004. In April 2005, the office added services and hired new staff to ensure effective and accessible support is available to youth and seniors in Nova Scotia. Youth services (previously known as the Children’s Section) offers children and youth in child custody and child protection agencies the assurance of an independent process to resolve complaints. Senior services is a new outreach program, which will offer advice and assistance to seniors who feel they have a complaint against a government agency. Staff will visit facilities, explain the role of the Ombudsman’s office and be available to discuss concerns. Anyone who believes they may have a complaint against a provincial or municipal government agency can make inquires to the Office of the Ombudsman. All inquires are confidential and not subject to freedom of information requests. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency with a mission to promote the principles of fairness, integrity and good governance. Their services are provided free of charge. The Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman is hosting the annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Parliamentary Ombudsman May 29-31, in Halifax. The meeting is an opportunity for ombudsman from across the country to discuss ways to improve public accountability and how to improve the delivery of government services. Topics will include trust and ethics, disclosure of wrongdoing and the need for a federal ombudsman. For more information on the role and responsibilities of the Office of the Ombudsman, see the website at .last_img read more

UN names actor Edward Norton as celebrity advocate for preserving biodiversity

8 July 2010Acclaimed actor and conservation activist Edward Norton took on his latest role today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated him United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity. With the issues of community development and conservation close to his heart, Mr. Norton voiced hope that he can channel the attention he receives for his work in Hollywood towards raising awareness of the UN’s ideals and activities.“I think that [Goodwill] Ambassadors in many ways can play a role in highlighting the models of success that the UN is promoting around the world,” he told the UN News Centre.Mr. Norton’s family has long been involved in sustainable development issues, with his father being a conservation advocate and his maternal grandparents having founded an organization to help provide affordable housing in the United States.For his part, the new Goodwill Ambassador is very active in garnering support for conservation efforts, serving as a board member of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust and taking part in launching an innovative social networking platform called Crowdrise to boost participation in charitable work.Last year, he ran in the New York City Marathon, helping to raise more than $1 million for local communities in Kenya.In his new role, Mr. Norton said he will work with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to spotlight the “crisis of biodiversity” and ensure world leaders take appropriate measures to protect the environment.One of his top priorities as Goodwill Ambassador will be to increase “people’s focus on the fact that human well-being is intertwined fundamentally with biodiversity,” the actor, twice nominated for an Academy Award, said.It is vital that “people realize that they are not separate from the web of life,” he added. “Our ability to thrive as a species and as a civilization totally depends on that web of life.”At his designation ceremony, Mr. Norton told the Secretary-General that biodiversity is an issue that “transcends national boundaries,” with people “having lost sight” of the need for environmental protection.Referring to one of Mr. Norton’s most famous movies, Mr. Ban voiced hope that the Goodwill Ambassador will help to move the world from “Fight Club to a peace club.”Addressing reporters in New York, the new Goodwill Ambassador said environmental issues will “incontestably” be the “defining challenge of this era.”He added that “when people look back on this era that we’re living in… they will not assess many of the things that we consider political hot buttons of the day. They will assess this era based on how we responded to this particular crisis,” referring to biodiversity loss.At the same press conference, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, pointed out that the rate of extinction of some species is 1,000 times higher than the natural rate. “We are reaching the tipping point where irreversible damage is going to be done and therefore we need an urgent call for action.”The official said that the Secretary-General could not have chosen “a better advocate, a better ambassador than someone who is [taking action], not only through statements and speeches, but doing it in reality” than Mr. Norton.Today’s appointment comes as the UN marks 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, with heads of State set to discuss the issue at a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters in New York at the start of the General Assembly’s 65th annual General Debate in September. read more

Athuraliye Rathana Thero will abstain from voting on noconfidence

Parliamentarian, the Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero says he will abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero told BBC Sinhala that with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) saying it will abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion, the whole situation behind the issue had changed and so he will not vote. The monk, who played a role to create the national unity Government, said that his next move is to unite all three factions in Parliament, the United National Party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Joint Opposition. (Colombo Gazette) read more

SLFP appoints new Propaganda Secretary

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed a new Propaganda Secretary.The SLFP announced that former Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has been appointed as the new Propaganda Secretary of the party. Meanwhile, the party also said that Parliamentarian Lasantha Alagiyawanna has been appointed as the new Trade Unions Secretary of the SLFP. (Colombo Gazette)

Exhostage Joshua Boyle is lying about wifes supposed failings Crown

OTTAWA — A Crown attorney says former overseas hostage Joshua Boyle is lying about his wife Caitlan Coleman being a neglectful, unfit mother.Prosecutor Jason Neubauer says Boyle, who is accused of assaulting Coleman, wants to portray her as a bad parent to feed a larger fiction about Coleman being mentally ill.Boyle, sitting in the witness box, denies making the allegations up, saying Coleman was an incompetent mother who often hit their eldest child. Ex-hostage Joshua Boyle’s lawyers want charge of misleading cops thrown out Joshua Boyle trial delayed by Supreme Court rulings on sexual-history evidence Former Afghanistan captive Joshua Boyle charged with sex assault, forcible confinement Testimony in Boyle’s assault trial resumed late today after several hours of procedural wrangling over whether certain evidence should be allowed.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.The offences are alleged to have taken place after the couple returned to Canada following five years as hostages of Taliban-linked extremists who seized them during a 2012 trip to Afghanistan. read more

College Football Playoff Update TCU Promotion Shakes Up Odds

Sure, the college football playoff selection committee could change its mind at the last minute. Maybe it will decide Baylor deserves to rank ahead of TCU because Baylor won their head-to-head matchup. Maybe the committee will suddenly develop a fondness for Florida State, a team it has liked less than voters in the Coaches and AP polls.But hoping for a shift in attitude is reminiscent of the line often said by losing political candidates: “The only poll that matters is on Election Day.” True, that’s when the votes are counted, but the pre-election polls predict the final tally pretty well. Voters usually don’t waver at the polling place.Likewise, the voters on the committee are likely to remain steadfast. In fact, the rankings the committee published Tuesday night look like the work of a group that is doubling down rather than hedging its bets. TCU, which beat Texas badly last week, advanced to No. 3 in the rankings, overtaking Florida State, which won narrowly against Florida. That creates some further separation between TCU and No. 6 Baylor. And Florida State is now No. 4 despite being undefeated. The Seminoles will very probably make the playoff if they win the ACC championship game, but the committee seems to be making clear they won’t get in with a loss.TCU’s chances of making the playoff are now 96 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight model — up from 80 percent before the committee’s new rankings were released. Those odds might seem incredibly high, but TCU has a cupcake opponent in 2-9 Iowa State, against whom it’s a 97 percent favorite, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). TCU remains unlikely to make the playoff should it lose, but it looks safer in the event of a win. That’s bad news for the teams ranking just behind it: Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor.Arizona’s playoff chances were also helped slightly by the new rankings, rising to 10 percent from 7 percent. The committee slotted the Wildcats at No. 7 after their victory against Arizona State last week, ahead of Michigan State, which also won. Moving ahead of Michigan State is not important unto itself — MSU isn’t playing in the Big Ten championship game and is no real threat to make the playoff — but it’s a sign the committee likes Arizona enough that it could break into the top four if it defeats No. 2 Oregon for the Pac-12 title.That leaves us with six games of consequence on the college football calendar this weekend: the four major conference championship games and the Big 12 regular-season games involving TCU and Baylor. These six games represent 64 possible permutations of winners and losers. But the simple version is this:Alabama, Oregon, TCU and Florida State are very probably in the playoff with a win.No other team controls its own destiny. Ohio State is more likely than not to make the playoff with a win, but it’s in trouble if everyone else wins out.Only Alabama can really afford to lose, and even it wouldn’t be totally safe.If you want the more complicated version, read along:No. 1 Alabama Crimson TideOpponent: No. 16 Missouri, for the SEC championship, on Saturday. Alabama is a 82 percent favorite, according to FPI.Overall chance of making playoff: 94 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 100 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 68 percentChance of making playoff with a loss if the rest of the top five win: 39 percentAlabama is heavily favored against Missouri, but things could get messy if it loses.Historically in the Coaches Poll, No. 1 teams that lost their conference championships fell to either No. 3, 4 or 5. The FiveThirtyEight model agrees with that range; it has Alabama as most likely to fall to one of those spots in the committee’s rankings if it loses.There’s a huge amount of practical difference between finishing at No. 3 and No. 5, of course, but it’s hard to be more precise than that. One problem is that we don’t know whether the committee sees Alabama as a clear No. 1 or just barely ahead of the other top teams. The other complication is that Alabama isn’t playing its game in a vacuum.The dangerous case for Alabama is if it loses while the rest of the top five — Oregon, TCU, Florida State and Ohio State — win. That scenario would be a nightmare for the committee; it would either have to deny the SEC a slot in the playoff (Missouri and Mississippi State have almost no chance) or bypass a one-loss conference champion such as Ohio State for two-loss Alabama.Could Alabama wind up behind Baylor, too? Possibly, but the model has Baylor as the team that could break Alabama’s fall in the standings instead. Whereas it gives Ohio State a 60 percent chance of being ranked higher should it win while Alabama loses, it has Baylor with just a 30 percent chance of doing the same.No. 2 Oregon DucksOpponent: No. 7 Arizona for the Pac-12 championship Friday night. Oregon is a 74 percent favorite, according to FPI.Overall chance of making playoff: 81 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 100 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 26 percentChance of making playoff with a loss if the rest of the top five win: 10 percentOregon will be an underdog to make the playoff it loses. One problem is that its opponent in the Pac-12 championship game, Arizona, could jump ahead of it. The model has Arizona with a 65 percent chance of ranking ahead of Oregon should it beat it in Santa Clara, California. That seems conservative; the model makes no special consideration for head-to-head play whereas the committee might, and Arizona would then have two head-to-head wins against Oregon (the Wildcats beat the Ducks in the regular season).Still, the Pac-12 championship is not quite a winner-take-all game. The committee could have some rationale for preferring Oregon to Arizona even if Oregon loses; Arizona played a poor nonconference schedule, and it has a middling rating, according to FPI and other systems. There’s also the chance the committee won’t admit a Pac-12 team.No. 3 TCU Horned FrogsOpponent: At home against Iowa State on Saturday. TCU is a 97 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 96 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 99 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the rest of the top five win: 95 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 12 percentChance of making playoff with a loss if the rest of the top five win: 1 percentThese next two cases are the simplest. TCU is very probably in with a win — even if all the other top teams win. It’s very likely out with a loss. Everyone else will be hoping for TCU to lose because it would be a clean knockout. Unlike Alabama, TCU would be little threat to remain in the top four with a loss. Unlike Oregon, a loss wouldn’t invite another team like Arizona into the playoff conversation. Unfortunately for those other playoff suitors, TCU is a 33-point favorite in Vegas.No. 4 Florida State SeminolesOpponent: No. 11 Georgia Tech for the ACC championship Saturday night. Florida State is a 64 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 62 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 94 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the rest of the top five win: 88 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 3 percentThis is an even clearer win-and-you’re-in, lose-and-go-home case. The model has Florida State as 94 percent likely to make the playoff with a win but gives it just a 3 percent chance with a loss.You could debate either of those numbers, I suppose, but I don’t know that you’d get very far. Florida State has twice been overtaken in the playoff committee standings despite winning; is it possible that the committee could do that to the Seminoles again? Probably not; those previous demotions came after wins against middling opponents; Georgia Tech is a wholly respectable one. And the model isn’t considering the political consequences to the committee of leaving an undefeated defending national champion out of the playoff.No. 5 Ohio State BuckeyesOpponent: No. 13 Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship Saturday night. Ohio State is a 59 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 35 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 60 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the rest of the top five win: 16 percentChance of making playoff with a win if at least one higher-ranked team loses: 86 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 1 percentFirst things first. The Buckeyes need to beat Wisconsin. What then? As I’ve mentioned, the top four are in a reasonably safe position with a win. That necessarily implies the No. 5 team — Ohio State — needs someone ahead of it to lose to have much of a shot. If Ohio State wins but so does everyone ahead of it, its chances of making the playoff are just 16 percent. If it wins and someone ahead of it loses, those chances jump to 86 percent. Ohio State was hurt slightly by TCU pulling ahead of Florida State; TCU, playing a soft opponent, would have been an easier team to overtake for the No. 4 position.No. 6 Baylor BearsOpponent: At home against No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday night. Baylor is a 70 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 18 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 26 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the top five win: 1 percentChance of making playoff with a win if one higher-ranked team loses: 7 percentChance of making playoff with a win if two or more higher-ranked teams lose: 62 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 0 percentThe model is bearish on the Bears’ chances; it has them favored to make the playoff only if they win and at least two teams ranked ahead of them lose. Conference balance could also work against Baylor. If TCU gets in, the Big 12 will already have a representative in the playoff, and that could encourage the committee to prefer Ohio State or Arizona (or Alabama should it lose to Missouri) ahead of the Bears.No. 7 Arizona WildcatsOpponent: No. 2 Oregon for the Pac-12 championship Friday night. Oregon is favored; Arizona has a 26 percent chance of winning.Overall chance of making playoff: 10 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 37 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the top five apart from Oregon win: 8 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 0 percentArizona has come a long way. Its chances of making the playoff were just 0.4 percent two weeks ago. It has since secured big wins against Utah and Arizona State, while getting some help elsewhere (UCLA’s loss to Stanford) to get into the Pac-12 championship game.The Wildcats will still need to bypass three teams to get in, but they have the advantage of playing one of them. Arizona is more likely than not to overtake Oregon in the standings should the Wildcats beat the Ducks.No team below Arizona has more than a 3 percent chance of making the playoff. Kansas State is the team with the 3 percent chance after its ranking improved from No. 12 to No. 9. An even longer shot is Georgia Tech, which climbed from No. 16 to No. 11 and has a 1 percent chance. That’s not good, but it’s better than No. 13 Wisconsin or No. 16 Missouri, both of whom are also playing for their conference championships.We’ll conclude with the model’s probabilistic take on how the top 25 might look Sunday:It’s fun to contemplate how things might change if there were eight teams in the playoff instead of four. Michigan State and Mississippi State would still be alive, and Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Kansas State would have a lot left to play for. read more

Dementia checks from 40 to be carried out by GPs under plan

Every area of the country has been told to introduce the assessments within the next 12 months, as part of the NHS health check, which is offered to patients between the age of 40 and 74. Ministers said the ambitious programme aimed to keep everyone “as healthy as possible, for as long as possible” while officials said the 15-minute check “could add years to your life”. Public Health England said up to one third of dementia… GPs will be expected to discuss patients’ current lifestyles, and the steps they could introduce to reduce the chance of the condition. Family doctors will start assessing patients’ dementia risks from the age of 40 onwards, under a national plan to reduce rates of the disease. 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. read more

NGEx starts Josemaría coppergold PFS

first_imgNGEx Resources has started a PFS on its 100% owned Josemaría project in San Juan Province, Argentina. It has retained SRK Consulting (Canada) and Ausenco Engineering Canada to complete a PFS which will evaluate the potential to develop an open pit mine and adjacent process plant to exploit the Josemaría deposit. The PFS will benefit from the extensive work already completed on the project and is expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2019.Josemaría is currently part of the company’s Project Constellation PEA which evaluated a combined project starting with an open pit mine at Josemaría, followed by underground development of the company’s nearby Los Helados deposit (see Constellation Technical Report for details).  The Constellation PEA demonstrates a robust, long-life project that represents one potential development scenario for the company’s projects.  It also highlighted the quality and strengths of the Josemaría deposit including:A near surface supergene enrichment zone that contains an Indicated Resource of  150 Mt at 0.56% Cu and 0.38 g/t Au for a Cu equivalent (CuEq) grade of 0.76% (0.6% CuEq cutoff)Its potential to produce an annual average of 185,000 t of copper, 345,000 oz of gold and 1.2 Moz of silver in the first five years of productionStraightforward metallurgy producing a high-quality copper concentrate with high gold and silver contentA low strip ratioNearby water supply from aquifers in ArgentinaA well defined permitting regime and strong support for mining development  from the San Juan provincial and National authorities in Argentina.NGEx’s CEO, Wojtek Wodzicki stated, “We are very excited to begin a study that we expect will highlight the full potential of the Josemaría project. We expect the study to build on earlier work and to demonstrate the potential for a straightforward, low strip, open pit operation, producing a high-quality precious metal-rich copper concentrate. It is envisioned that the mine and all associated infrastructure will be located in the mining friendly province of San Juan.  The PFS economics are expected to benefit from the recently proposed decrease in the Argentine corporate tax rate from the 35% used in the Constellation PEA to 25% starting January 1, 2020.  Additionally, NGEx’s attributable share of the net present value of the PFS project will be 100% compared to 60% of the Constellation PEA project following our buyout of our Japanese partner’s interest in Josemaría in 2017. A further important consideration is that the PFS will target mining all the Josemaría resource rather than the 37% contemplated by Project Constellation. The quality of the existing data means that the PFS can be fast tracked and we expect to present the results of the study by early 2019. Once the PFS is complete, we intend to move the project forward as quickly as possible towards permitting and development.”NGEx is a Canadian mineral exploration company with projects in Chile and Argentina. Its main focus is on advancing the development of its two, large copper/gold deposits, Los Helados and Josemaría, located in Chile’s Region III and adjacent San Juan Province, Argentina. The company owns a 100% interest in the Josemaría project and is the majority partner and operator for the Los Helados project, subject to a Joint Exploration Agreement with its joint exploration partner in Chile, Pan Pacific Copper (PPC).Technical Report dated February 22, 2016 and titled Project Constellation Incorporating the Los Helados Deposit, Chile and the Josemaría Deposit, Argentina NI 43-101 Technical Report on Preliminary Economic Assessment with an effective date of February 12, 2016 (the Project Constellation Report) is available for review under the company’s profile on and on its website ( read more

Jamie Heaslip signs new threeyear IRFU contract

first_imgJAMIE HEASLIP HAS signed a new three-year contract, the IRFU confirmed today, ending the long-running saga over the Leinster and Ireland back-row’s future.The IRFU will be celebrating yet another contract market success this evening, having also recently tied Sean O’Brien, Paul O’Connell and Keith Earls to central deals for the next two years. Heaslip’s signature has been fought over for some months, with Top 14 side Toulon offering the Lions back row an attractive deal.The No. 8 and his agent Damien O’Donohoe of Ikon Talent are understood to have visited the Mediterranean coast-based outfit’s facilities, but ultimately RCT president Mourad Boudjellal could not convince Heaslip to make a permanent move.The 30-year-old says he is pleased to be staying in Ireland. Heaslip also posted a message on his personal Instagram page, thanking his agent and Leinster CEO Mick Dawson.Speaking on behalf of the IRFU, CEO Phillip Browne echoed Heaslip’s sentiments.“We are delighted that Jamie has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next three years. He has been one of most consistent performers and top number eights in world rugby for many years and has played a starring role for Leinster, Ireland and the Lions.”Meanwhile, Leinster’s Mick Dawson expressed his relief that the province will be holding on to one of their most consistent and important players.“We are delighted that Jamie has signed a new IRFU contract which keeps him at Leinster up to the end of the 2017 season. Jamie has played a massive role in Leinster’s success over the past six or seven years, he is a key leader within the squad and he will play an integral part in the club’s plans to compete for silverware in the years to come.”Jamie Heaslip signs new three-year IRFU contractO’Donnell, Madigan and Copeland start in exciting Wolfhounds team It is great to have signed on for another three years with Leinster. Leinster is where I wanted to continue playing and I am happy that the process is now at end. I am looking forward to playing my role in driving success for both Leinster and Ireland.”last_img read more

Louis van Gaal confirmed as new Man United manager

first_imgUpdated at 14.56LOUIS VAN GAAL has succeeded David Moyes as the new permanent Man United manager, it has been confirmed today.It was also announced that Ryan Giggs, who has confirmed his retirement as a player, will be assistant manager, while Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout join as assistant coaches.Van Gaal has been strongly linked with the job ever since Moyes’ sacking, with Ryan Giggs serving as interim boss during the club’s search for a new boss.The 62-year-old will officially take charge once he finishes his current job managing the Netherlands at the World Cup.5 qualities that Louis van Gaal will bring to his new role as Man United boss He is one of the most highly-regarded coaches currently working in football today, having won numerous accolades and already managed Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich among other esteemed sides.A statement on the official Man United website read: “Louis van Gaal will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2014/15 season. He has signed a three-year contract.“Louis, 62, has managed at the top level of European football for over 20 years and in that time has won domestic titles and domestic cups in three countries, as well as the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and domestic Super Cups in Holland and Germany.“He will take up his post after the FIFA World Cup, where he will manage the Dutch national team.“Ryan Giggs, English football’s most decorated footballer and the United player with most appearances in the club’s history, has been appointed as assistant manager. Ryan took charge of the first team for the last four matches of the 2013/14 season.”United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: “In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.”Trophyless Barcelona set for ‘profound changes’5 key players in Atletico Madrid’s title-winning seasonlast_img read more

Vamvakinou welcomes historical investment for cancer patients and more clean jobs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Neos Kosmos contacted Maria Vamvakinou MP following the 2019-2020 federal budget that sees coalition focused on tax relief for low- and middle-income earners, in an effort to boost consumer spending and in turn the retail industry.In terms of the announced tax cuts for low income earners, Ms Vamvakinou said that “Labor will deliver better tax cuts for 3.6 million working Australians earning up to $48,000.”“Tax cuts for workers earning between $37,000 and $48,000 a year will apply from the 2018-19 financial year. The value of the offset will increase up to the maximum offset of $1,080.”Taking into consideration that there was not much detail on what type of investment the coalition would seek to underwrite in a bid to boost energy supply, and specifically how that will affect the car industry the Labor MP said that her party is, and has always been, talking to automotive industry about their plans in the research and development of electrification of vehicles, and changes to vehicle technology.“If we are successful and form Government, it is our intention to pursue the manufacturing of electric vehicles in Australia,” she added, explaining that Australia needs real action on climate change and this means a plan to reduce pollution in the transport sector while Australians save money on petrol bills.READ MORE: Putting the Budget to the crash testThis, according to Ms Vamvakinou is why Labor has set a national electric vehicle target of 50 per cent new car sales by 2030. However, she did not provide any figured as to how much it will cost for the car industry to start electric car production in Australia.“Australia has had a history of car manufacturing, the loss of the car making in this country saw thousands and thousands of jobs list. In my electorate the closure of Ford had deep impact,” she stressed.“A coalition government doesn’t support making cars in Australia but Labor will fight to rebuild the car manufacturing industry.”Moving on to health care, Ms Vamvakinou welcomed the changes in cancer policy noting how paramount extra funding is towards this sector, given that one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer.Labor’s Medicare Cancer Plan includes investing $600 million towards eliminating all out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic imaging, with up to six million free cancer scans funded through Medicare. It also promises to allocate $433 million to fund three million free consultations with oncologists and surgeons for cancer patients whilst guaranteeing that every drug recommended by independent experts will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, cutting out-of-pockets costs for cancer medications.“Cancer is the greatest disease burden in Australia and it carried the greatest out of pocket costs in our healthcare system,” she said, sharing her personal experience and the financial -on top of the emotional- burden her then young family faced when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.READ MORE: A gift for the Greek Community in the Budget “She should have been focusing on getting better instead of worrying about taking money away from her family to pay for treatments,” Mr Vamvakinou said, dubbing Labor’s Medicare Cancer Plan “the most important reform to Medicare since it was introduced by Bob Hawke”.last_img read more

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site shoppette spruced up

first_imgThe modest structure is overshadowed by much larger landmarks on the former U.S. Army post, but its heritage has gone global.On Monday and Tuesday, a crew was wielding paintbrushes and rollers on the single-story building. It is part of a maintenance project at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, where a contractor has been hired to paint the exteriors of seven buildings.Identified as a shoppette, it represents the origins of the U.S. military’s PX, or post exchange system, established in 1880 at Vancouver Barracks. The original PX site is long gone; the current shoppette operates in a building constructed more than a century ago as a quartermaster’s storehouse.It is one of the buildings acquired by the historic site in 2012 when the U.S. Army transferred the east and south portions of Vancouver Barracks to the National Park Service.There were some fixer-upper aspects to them, and Fort Vancouver has already renovated several buildings.In this project, “the majority of the work will be on historic buildings that are known to have lead-based paint,” said Alex Patterson, Fort Vancouver’s facility manager, so lead abatement will be part of the project.This round of maintenance includes a couple of structures fronting streets that get quite a bit of traffic. The auditorium is along Fort Vancouver Way, just south of the Clark County Veterans War Memorial. It was built in 1905 as a gymnasium.last_img read more

Applicants sought for Civil Service Commission

first_imgVancouver – Interested applicants for an open position on the Civil Service Commission now have until 5 p.m. Oct. 20 to submit their applications.The commission operates as an employment system for government entities to establish rules that govern hiring and disciplinary actions. The vacancy is for a six-year term. Applicants are required to have lived in Vancouver for at least three years. The commission meets from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. To apply, visit read more

Gogo plans to launch inflight 5G in 2021

first_imgIn-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo plans to launch a 5G network for business and commercial aircraft in 2021.Gogo will build the new air-to-ground network on top of the company’s existing web of towers and use unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4GHz range, the in-flight internet provider said Wednesday. “We expect to launch Gogo 5G at the same time as the terrestrial telecommunications companies are deploying the same generation of technology on the ground — a first in the inflight connectivity industry,” Gogo CEO Oakleigh Thorne said in a statement. “Gogo 5G is the next step in our technology evolution and is expected to deliver an unparalleled user experience, pairing high performance with low latency and network-wide redundancy.”5G promises to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It’ll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload. Gogo has offered in-flight internet service on several major airlines for years, using an air-to-ground network of cell towers. The Chicago-based company upgraded its system in 2015 with the launch of its 2Ku service, a satellite-based system that use dual antennas dedicated to either data download or upload only. Tags Is 5G coming to a city near you? 0 Now playing: Watch this: 5G Aviationcenter_img Post a comment Share your voice Mobile 2:50last_img read more

Vijayawada Agriculture department prepares action plan for

first_imgVijayawada: The district agriculture department has prepared action plan for the kharif season with the estimated crop area of 3,37,277 hectares in the district. Of which, paddy will be cultivated in 2,28,245 hectares followed by sugar cane crop 13,130 hectares, cotton 48,227 hectares, chilli 10,838 hectares, pulses 8,153 hectares, ground nut 1,073 hectares and other crops. Paddy is the most important crop in Krishna district for many decades. Raising of nurseries is yet to pick up in the district. As per estimations, nurseries would be raised in 11,437 hectares to meet the requirements of paddy farmers in the district this season. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us But due to delay in arrival of monsoon and no rainfall in this kharif season, raising of nurseries was taken up in only 391 hectares so far, said T Mohana Rao, Joint Director of Agriculture, Krishna district. He said the farmers were eagerly waiting for rains and added the agriculture department was preparing to supply seeds and render all kinds of assistance to farmers. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Compared to previous year, the normal crop area in the district increased to 3,37,277 hectares in 2019. The normal crop area in 2018 kharif season was 3,23,131 hectares. Of which, paddy crop was cultivated in 2,32,456 hectares. Farmers are worried that if the monsoon arrival is delayed, the crops will be damaged in cyclones, which are common in October and November. Advertise With Us So, the farmers are planning to complete the kharif season as early as possible by September. Otherwise, they may get damaged crop due to natural calamities like cyclones. But, due to deficit rainfall in the last few years, the irrigation department is also not able to store waters in reservoirs like Nagarjuna Sagar, Srisailam and Pulichintala. Due to lack of other irrigation sources, the peasants are eagerly waiting for rains in the district.last_img read more

Court allows actor Sivaji to travel to US

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana High Court on Wednesday allowed Telugu actor G Sivaji, who was booked in Alanda Media case, to travel to the United States. The court gave the permission after the actor filed a petition, seeking contempt of court proceedings against the police for not withdrawing lookout notices despite the court’s directions. Sivaji’s lawyer informed the court that the actor was stopped by immigration authorities at Dubai and sent back to India as the lookout notices were not removed by Cyberabad police. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Police explained that after the court order it would take at least three days to remove the lookout notices. While the court had directed the police to withdraw the notices on July 24, Sivaji left for the US the next day but was stopped and sent back from Dubai, the police counsel said. The court observed that the problem was due to communication gap and allowed Sivaji to travel abroad for three weeks.Earlier, Sivaji was stopped from flying to the US by Cyberabad police on July 3. The actor subsequently filed a petition in the high court to quash case against him.last_img read more

Remember when Akshay Kumar fought The Undertaker in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Was

first_imgKhiladiyon ka Khiladi featured fights scenes involving Akshay Kumar and ‘Undertaker’Twitter/Getty/JP Yim1990s was a transformational decade for the entire Indian nation. Not only was the country changing economically and socially, it was also a time of radical change as far as television was concerned. With the advent of private networks, not only was there a spurt of growth in TV programming but new types of entertainment entered the Indian market.There were plenty of imported shows from the West, especially USA. But none was as effective as the programming from WWE (then known as WWF) in striking a chord with the public. From little children to people in early 20s, there was a huge fan following that professional wrestling earned in India. Stars like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker became highly famous.Deadman enters BollywoodBollywood, always having a penchant to copy tunes and stories from its western counterparts, couldn’t resist the allure of WWE either. So, in the 1996 movie, ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi,’ starring Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon and Rekha, an appearance was made by none other than The Undertaker, that was his name in the movie as well.Now that was an era well before internet became diffused all over the world. There was no YouTube and no social media of any kind. So, in all likelihood, WWE of that time remained blissfully unaware of a Bollywood movie using one of their characters.Those Indians who were interested in WWE must have loved watching one of their own heroes beating an American wrestling star, if only in a cinematic situation. But was it really The Undertaker who appeared in the movie and even mouthed some lines in Hindi? Many believed so. But it wasn’t!The real Undertaker faced fake Undertaker played by Brian Lee HarrisYouTube/WWEReal identity of Bollywood’s UndertakerIndeed the ‘Undertaker’ of Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi was somebody imitating the WWE star. Most of you would have guessed that. But even more interestingly, the person playing the Deadman in the movie had been in WWE also and there too, had played the character of The Phenom, albeit a fake one.The Undertaker fighting with Akshay Kumar was an American professional wrestler called Brian Lee Harris. He had been in the business for some years before featuring in a famous storyline of WWE in 1994.That year, Undertaker had been on an extended leave from WWE to recover from an injury. Then, the ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted de Biase brought back his own Undertaker who, while having the same physique, stature, dress, mannerisms and other accoutrements of the Phenom’s character, was clearly an imposter.This fake Undertaker was played by none other than Lee. His run in this character ended when the genuine Undertaker, that is Mark Calaway, returned and had a decisive match with him at SummerSlam 1994. As expected, the genuine Phenom, Calaway, won and delivered three Tombstone Piledrivers to his imposter. After that, he consigned him to a casket. That was the end of ‘Underfaker’ storyline.Two years later, Lee was back to playing the Deadman, this time a Bollywood version. He never became a famous superstar though despite having stints thereafter in ECW and TNA. Maybe, he should have remained in Bollywood!last_img read more

Citric and pret this season on the ramp

first_imgA passionate fashion entrepreneur from Delhi, Poonam Bajaj takes great pride in her varied style and unique functional design. Mixing vintage style with the current cultural obsessions, she effortlessly makes trendy and exuberant original clothes. An arts graduate from Jesus and Mary college Poonam launched The Citrine in 2006. Her vision encompasses all the borders of India and her designs are simple yet classy incorporated with latest trends. Poonam’s collection takes you on a creative journey that is incomparable in the world of design. The Citrine is synonymous with ‘impeccable craftsmanship, exclusivity and unmatched designs’. Uncompromising quality with creative handling of embellishments and contemporary designs describes the designer’s creativity – that is the mantra for Poonam and Citrine. Try her out for a touch of pret.last_img read more

The dance of the universe

first_imgThe renowned Irish social psychiatrist Diarmuid O’Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order who has travelled the world over as a workshop leader, says: ‘The dance of Shiva symbolizes the dancing universe itself, expressed in the ceaseless flow of energy going through an infinite variety of patterns that melt into one another.’The Neemrana Music Foundation and Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presents this dance, often referred to as ‘The Cosmic Dance of Shiva’, being presented by the renowned dancers Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sajeev’s Samudra Arts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The presentation is structured as a repertory recital, with a series of vignettes describing various aspects of Shiva woven together. Beginning with a chant, the Swayambhu, the self-created Shiva linga is described. From this emerges a sattvika (serene) form of Shiva. Sensuality in his form then emerges as his romantic mood and lasya are explored. The lasya here is not soft, but masculine and firm in its grace. A different interpretation of His Ardhanreeswara form showing the union of the male and female follows and becomes the focus. Shakti here is contained within Shiva. A celebration of his different moods then follows in a Tandava piece, where various bhavas, anger, joy and sensuality are explored. The composition concludes with a vigorous dance, where Shiva’s form as the destroyer and as the ultimate crucible of cosmic energy is represented. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSiva is the Divine Dancer, visualized in terms of motion and vibration, who in 108 varied movements interprets the mathematical Law of the Universe. Nataraja personifies the kinetic aspect of Siva’s divinity – the elemental force through the power of which the whole universe is created, sustained, and ultimately destroyed. This cosmic dance of Siva is called Anandatandava, the Dance of Bliss. It symbolizes both the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, and the daily rhythm of birth and death. Siva depicted as Ardhanarishvara (half man and half woman) represents the union and differentiation of Yin and Yang (the eternal feminine and masculine principles), complementing, supplementing, initiating, completing and fulfilling the divine play of the Transcendent Reality with the manifest reality, in the phenomenal world of myriad changes of names and forms. Siva as Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance, is therefore a quintessential symbol for the meaning of life itself – and the dance, its rhythms, and melodies, for the universe itself. In Siva’s dance, the body becomes the spirit.WHEN: 26 February, 7 pmWHERE: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

Delhi boys

first_imgTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off? The 3 Founder Members (Ayush, Salman & Zaman) were associated with the Music Society of Ramjas College, DU. So the foundation of Astitva was laid there only, during years of playing together & performing for college.What was the first big break for you guys? Life till now has been a joy ride. We have loved every bit of it and still are cherishing the turns. Well, MTV Rock On Season 2 Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ was the first thing that made us visible pan India, right after that we started getting calls from colleges outside Delhi/NCR.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene?Considering the numbers of bands that get formed every day, we’ll say it’s getting pretty difficult, but on the other side opportunities are opening up everywhere, say the number of music festival’s happening across India and even in Bollywood. They are experimenting with fresh musicians, resulting in ample opportunities. We have got the recognition via TV shows, music festivals and even government initiatives. Overall,Nothing comes or happens over night, you’ll have to stay honest to your art and treat it like work as well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat do you think about the main issues are for the people who want to start their own band in India? Don’t start a band or become a musician just because you want to or because you recently attended a concert and now you want the same treatment. It’s a lifelong commitment just like any other profession the only difference is, here you turn your passion into profession. We feel the desire to turn big over night and lack of consistency is what killing it. Look around you’ll find musician’s shuffling around bands, as soon as they start getting little recognition ego’s come in, result disbanded or two new bands. You can find it happening in famous bands too. Starting a band is almost like starting a company, except the monetary goals. Every member should have his/her individuality and expertise and obviously the same aim and priority. You’ll never prevail if few members are just treating it as a hobby. What/Who inspires you? As per our genre (multi genre hindi), our influences are spread over a wide range from Hindustani Classical, Fusion, Sufi to Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues. Each and every member has his taste and favorites. Tell us about your best tracks We have just released our debut album Patang Dor under the label of SaReGaMa India. It took us 6 years to finally decide on to launch it, when we felt it was the time and we were ready to live upto the name & taste of music. The album promises a wide range of genres from Alternative Rock and Folk Jazz to Blues, Fusion and Hip-Rock. With tracks such as Tu Hi Bata, Bawri, Raat Ki Daastaan, Patang Dor, Na Jao and Paas Ao, the band lives up to it’s tag of a multi-genre band. But the twist in the story is rendered in the form of the Smoker’s Mix version of Tu Hi Bata, and Electronic track produced by Karan Mehta. How has Delhi been for you guys?This is where I Belong.. Delhi is my home thats the title of official delhi anthem that we composed in 2012 for and that’s the feeling we have deep down for Delhi. Delhi has been just like our home, the love, support, opportunities, recognition… everything we could have dreamed of!! Be it playing at festivals, composing official anthems to being the only band to perform at Qutub Festival with biggies like Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan, Aarif Lohar and Hariharan. It’s a long journey ahead, no matter where ever we go… whatever we achieve… deep down we’ll always be a ‘Dilliwala’!last_img read more