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2009 WA Junior State Champs2009 WA Junior State Champs


first_imgThe 2009 Be Active Junior State Champs will be held at Lightning Park, Noranda, WA, from Friday 20 February to Sunday 22 February 2009.Over 25 teams will compete in 5 divisions, including 10’s, 12’s and 15’s Mixed, as well as 18’s Boys and Girls. The 15’s Boys final will also be played on Sunday, with Northern Districts taking on Tompkins Park.67 games will be played over the course of the championships, with teams from Fremantle, Tompkins Park, Peel Districts, Brighton, Northern Districts, Goldfields, Southern Districts and Perth Brothers all competing. The first games will be played on Friday at 6pm, with round games to continue on Saturday and Sunday. Finals will commence at 10.40am on Sunday, with the 12’s Mixed final, followed by the 15’s Mixed and 15’s Boys at 11.20am, the 18’s Girls at 12.10pm and the 18’s Boys at 1pm. The Under 10’s presentation will be held at 11am, with the 12’s at 11.30am and the 15’s and 18’s at the conclusion of the 18’s Boys final.For further information, visit the Junior State Champs website:http://www.juniorstatechamps.com.aulast_img read more


12 days agoWenger: My favourite Arsenal team12 days agoWenger: My favourite Arsenal team


first_imgWenger: My favourite Arsenal teamby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his Invincibles side was the greatest team that he managed.Wenger was in charge of some other excellent sides at Arsenal, including the double-winning teams of 1997-98 and 2001-02.Wenger is quoted by the Metro: “You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer. “My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.”Wenger added that the defence from the 1997-98 side was of a particularly high standard. He said: “But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98. “Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, Dixon that was the core of the team. It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. “You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start. “They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Hudson Sutler Has It In The BagHudson Sutler Has It In The Bag


first_imgI recently pulled my dad’s old weekender out from the garage. It is a classic and I was hoping it was in good condition. Wrong. The waxed canvas and leather handles had molded and the zipper was rusted shut. Into the garbage it went and a heritage tear was shed.Recently however we discovered a new line of luggage coming out of New York City that is classic, quality and pretty indestructible. Hudson Sutler is the vision of Grant Hewit, a former history major and Wall Streeter who had that, “look in the mirror moment thinking, what the hell am I doing on Wall Street”. He quit his job and created his company in 2011. As for the name, Grant explained that Hudson is a nod to his New Jersey upbringing and a Sutler was a civilian merchant who sold goods to the military while they were in camp. The term died out after the Civil War but, “we like to say we’re carrying on the entrepreneurial spirit of the sutlers of our past.”Grant was looking for a weekend bag and couldn’t find anything he liked so he started brain storming on a bag line that was good looking, functional and affordable. “So many weekenders are in the $400-$1000 price range and that is simply unattainable for many,” Grant told us.Hudson Sutler bags are made from 18 oz. canvas with heavy weight cotton handles (opposed to leather so you can chuck it in the wash), a quick grab handle at the end of the bag and a big fat white zipper. The zipper has become something of a trademark for the company. It helps the bag stand out in a crowd and it also doesn’t rust and won’t get stuck.We are also fans of the distinctive linings in all the bags, giving the user a little something extra to look forward to while packing. We are also happy about the exterior pocket for quick grab items. Order one up for weekends away, gym time or just a daily carry all. And don’t be afraid of those colors! They will certainly add a little pop to your day.Keep an eye out for Dopp kits in the fall. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Allbirds and Just Water Collaborate on Sneakers to Save the Amazon Rainforest Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more


New Music Monday: Alberta CrossNew Music Monday: Alberta Cross


first_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Last Friday, October 16th, Alberta Cross released their third full-length and Dine Alone Records debut. The album is self-titled, which is an appropriate choice considering that it marks something of a new beginning for bandleader Petter Ericson Stakee. In 2013, about a year after Alberta Cross’s sophomore album, Songs of Patience, came out, founding bassist Terry Wolfers left the band. This meant Stakee was the sole original member and allowed him to move the project in directions it might not have gone with Wolfers.Stakee notes, “This is the first time I’ve done everything myself,” he says. “It kind of brought it back to where I’d started. I’m excited now because I’ve taken it back. I made this record…I wrote all the songs. It’s a fresh start for me. That’s why it’s self-titled.” Many of the songs on Alberta Cross add vibrant horns to a folky, southern rock sound. That includes the second track, “Ghost of Santa Fe,” which indirectly addresses Stakee’s solitude in creating the album. “Santa Fe’s” lyrics deal with searching, for ghosts, the past, and himself.Before recording Alberta Cross, Stakee played a series of late night jam sessions with a variety of musicians in a friend’s Greenwich Village bar. “Those nights really inspired this record,” the musician said of the jam sessions. This inspiration shows itself in the fluidity of the album’s tracks and in the addition of many instruments, like the mandolin and French horn, to Alberta Cross.Alberta Cross is a rebirth for the band and Stakee. Creatively, it is a return to the beginning for Stakee himself. Sonically, however, the record scales up rather than down, successfully incorporating a slew of instruments into the music.Alberta Cross is out now on Dine Alone Records and available through Amazon, iTunes, and Dine Alone’s official store.last_img read more


Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference Stronger Than EverOffshore Energy Exhibition & Conference Stronger Than Ever


first_imgzoom With 658 exhibitors, 23,000 m2 of floor space, and visitors representing 86 nationalities, Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2015 (OEEC) held in Amsterdam between October 13 and October 14 was not only a big success, the event also grew compared to last year, a remarkable achievement in this turbulent and challenging year for the offshore industry. This year, 658 exhibitors covered four large halls of the Amsterdam RAI. The growth in exhibitors is an anti-cyclical development in a turbulent market. Each company used their own techniques – from robots that you could take a selfie with to an F1 simulator – to attract visitors to their booths and draw attention to their specialism and high-tech selling points. In different pavilions, such as the Italy pavilion, the Holland pavilion, and the Training and Development pavilion, people came together in an energetic environment to meet up and/or network.11,865 visitors came to Amsterdam RAI to meet up with companies or to attend one of the many Technical Sessions, Keynotes and Master Classes from OEEC 15’s conference program. All with one constructive goal in mind: Investing in the future of energy.The event brought together industry leaders, professionals and students during a high quality conference program, at the many networking opportunities and on the large exhibition area.For three days – starting on Monday with the full day Offshore WIND Conference – Amsterdam was a meeting place for a host of international clients, OEMs, EPC companies and suppliers active in oil and gas exploration and production as well as renewable energy development.The high quality conference program at OEEC contained Technical Sessions such as Well Intervention Vessels, Technical Data Management, Decommissioning and Subsea Processing, where delegates from Shell, Helix Well Ops and OneSubsea, among many others, discussed the topics presented by the speakers.The Keynotes included an Industry Panel, Human Capital Panel, and Drilling & Dollars Panel, where industry leaders discussed potentially disruptive changes, human capital trends, and opportunities for exploration and production offshore Africa, respectively. Last but not least, young professionals had a chance to attend special Master Classes with Masters from Royal IHC, Damen Shipyards and Shell.Next year, Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on 25-26 October 2016. In November, the website www.offshore-energy.biz will be updated with information about participating in and visiting Offshore Energy 2016.last_img read more


Budget AddressBudget Address


first_img launch Nova Scotia’s first pediatric rehabilitation program help seniors better afford the high cost of prescription drugs provide new vaccines for children and adolescents expand liver transplant and renal dialysis services improve first responder services improve medical and statistical information collection and sharing advance the use of new medical technologies (picture archiving and communications), enabling patients to access specialty care without the added time, cost, or frustration of travelling outside of their communities. INTRODUCTION Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to stand in this House and to presentto you, my colleagues, and all Nova Scotians, my first budgetaddress. If I have any advice to the listening audience — it’s getcomfortable. I am going to take the time needed to put things intoperspective, to fully account for the dollars we have spent overthe past four-plus years, and as fully as possible, account forthe new dollars we will invest through this year’s budget to makelife better and a little easier for Nova Scotia families. And while I’m going to cover a lot of ground, I won’t be able tocover it all. But rest assured, what I don’t cover in my budgetaddress will be covered in considerable detail in the numerousdocuments accompanying this budget. With that said, let’s take a quick look back, before we look tothe year ahead. Mr. Speaker, almost five years ago, thisgovernment laid out its long-term fiscal plan. A plan thatpromised to focus on Nova Scotians’ priorities, to balance thebudget within three years, and to provide a 10 per cent tax cutfor every working Nova Scotian in year four. And, as promised, we delivered. We increased spending for front-line health care, education, androads in each and every year of our mandate. We made some difficult, often agonizing, decisions to eliminateNova Scotia’s crushing $500-million deficit. We provided Nova Scotians with the first installment on their 10per cent tax cut. And, as I announced last week, we weathered the fury, as well asthe unexpected $20-million bill Mother Nature threw our way inthe form of floods, blizzards, and Hurricane Juan. Despite last year’s unexpected weather events, despite the impactof SARS and the mad cow scare, we committed an additional eightmillion new dollars to help our universities contain risingtuition fees, as well as an additional five million new dollarsto support research and innovation. All dollars over and abovethose committed in the 2003 04 budget. More importantly, we ended fiscal 2003 04 with a $14.5-millionsurplus. Every penny of which goes directly to the debt. And today, Mr. Speaker, I am proud to present to Nova Scotianstheir third consecutive balanced budget, a budget with a $2.1-million surplus. A budget that also provides for $10 million indebt relief, including $6 million to be deposited in NovaScotia’s first-ever debt retirement fund. Another first for NovaScotia, and another first for this government, Mr. Speaker. All totalled, from fiscal 2002 03, through to this year, we havemanaged to the point where surpluses have contributed to over $58million for debt repayment. Mr. Speaker, I want to take a moment to remind Nova Scotians ofthe rewards of their sacrifices and of their hard work. Nova Scotia is stronger today, more self-reliant, than it hasbeen in decades. The proof of this is in the sharp and steady increase in our own-source revenues. In 1999 provincial revenues accounted for 62 percent of total revenues. Today they account for 66 per cent. Mr. Speaker, this didn’t happen as a result of magic, good luck,or wishful thinking. It happened because every day more and moreNova Scotians are going to work and generating the revenuesneeded to invest in better health care, better education, betterroads, and a stronger, more diverse economy. What this means is that we are no longer relying so much onothers, as we are on ourselves. What this means is that Nova Scotians can feel more secure, moreconfident in the province’s ability to meet their needs in thefuture. Now, let’s take a moment to look at our efforts as a governmentto help make this, and so much more, happen. Mr. Speaker, even before we take into account any new spendingmeasures contained in this year’s budget, Nova Scotians havewitnessed considerable progress on many fronts. The results of our efforts are not only measurable, they areclearly paying off. The deficit is long gone. Nova Scotia’s debt-to-GDP ratio has improved. Nova Scotia’s credit rating has improved. Nova Scotia’s foreign currency exposure is now well below 20 percent — and well beyond previous targets. Wait times for cardiac care, cancer care, MRI, and bonedensitometry services are all down. There are more doctors and nurses at the bedside. More students are receiving one-on-one time with their teacher. Funding for the public school system has increased by over $1,500per student. Record numbers of Nova Scotians are working; thousands more areno longer on welfare. Over 5,500 seniors no longer pay the full Pharmacare premium. Two hundred and fifty more children are receiving subsidized daycare. Nova Scotians are driving on better, safer roads. We have morethan doubled the new money spent on road and highwayimprovements. And, Mr. Speaker, we did all of this and more using the moststringent and transparent accounting practices in the country. This year’s budget will build on that progress. Mr. Speaker, it’s clear, we delivered. It’s also clear, Ottawa failed to deliver. It failed to deliver its fair share toward the rising costs ofhealth care. It also failed, Mr. Speaker, to adjust and make fairits equalization formula. And that, Mr. Speaker, has left us with little or no choice butto revise our tax reduction plan. Before we look at the details, let’s consider what theadjustments will mean to Nova Scotian families. ALMOST EVERYONE WILL CONTINUE TO PAY LESS Mr. Speaker, our new tax plan means that more than half of alltaxpayers, fully 53 per cent, will continue to receive their full10 per cent income tax reduction. It means that 96 per cent of all taxpayers will continue to payless provincial income tax in the 2004 taxation year compared tothe year before. And, as promised in last year’s budget, it means that 3,500 moreNova Scotians will not pay any provincial income tax this year.None whatsoever, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this government is protecting the full 10 per centtax reduction for low-income families, those families with theleast amount of disposable income, those families most likely tospend their tax savings at the local corner store, grocery store,or hardware store. Make no mistake, this government has done everything it can toreduce the tax burden for as many Nova Scotians as we can, by asmuch as we can, and as fast as we can. And make no mistake about this, this government will continue towork hard to find the means to continue to do so. Because, Mr. Speaker, we believe lower taxes contribute to a morecompetitive economy. And because a more competitive economy isthe only sure way of guaranteeing that the vital programs andservices we all count on today will be there for our children andtheir children tomorrow. Mr. Speaker, the adjustments to our personal income tax plan areas follows. Effective Jan. 1, 2004, the rate on the first income bracket willremain at the reduced level, meaning that all taxpayers willreceive the full 10 per cent tax savings on their first $29,590in taxable earnings. The tax rate on the second and third income brackets will returnto 2003 levels. And a fourth income bracket, starting at $93,000, will beintroduced at a tax rate of 17.5 per cent. Here are a few examples of what it means to working families. For the average family of four with one earner making $30,000, itmeans they will realize a tax savings of approximately $140 thisyear. For the average family of four with one earner making $50,000,the savings will be about $134. Those at higher income levels will see either smaller savings ormodest increases compared to 2003. Additionally, we are making other notable and important changesthat will benefit thousands more Nova Scotia families. Mr. Speaker, we will match recently announced federal changesthat benefit caregivers and Nova Scotians with disabilities. Themedical expense deduction will be increased to allow caregiversto claim more of the medical or disability-related expenses theyincur on behalf of dependant relatives. Employees taking post-secondary education will benefit from anexpansion of the tax credit on eligible non-tuition expenses. As well, expenses incurred by persons with disabilities foremployment or education purposes will now be treated as adeduction from income rather than a medical expense tax credit. And, Mr. Speaker, we will tangibly demonstrate our gratitude toNova Scotia’s service men and women for putting their familylives on hold and their lives at risk by serving in areas ofextreme conflict. We will adjust provincial taxes owing for ourmilitary personnel in keeping with recently announced federalchanges. Mr. Speaker, we are also making changes on the corporate side ofthe ledger. Effective April 1, 2004, the corporation capital tax, whichapplies to banks and trust companies, will increase from threeper cent to four per cent. As well, the large corporations tax, which applies to about 1,400of Nova Scotia’s largest companies, will increase from 0.25 percent to 0.3 per cent. Together these measures are expected to raise $17 million. Mr. Speaker, the small business tax threshold, which we plannedto increase to $300,000 by 2005 06, will now be implemented afull year earlier, enhancing the savings for small- and medium-sized businesses this year. Mr. Speaker, this is just one of anumber of initiatives contained in this budget to support smallbusiness growth within our province. Taken altogether, the changes on both the personal and corporateside of the ledger add up to $118 million for fiscal 2004 05.Every cent and more, in fact $112 million more, will go toimprove health care for Nova Scotians. We made the changes to our tax plan for one reason and one reasononly: we are committed to meeting the growing health-care needsof Nova Scotians. Needs that Ottawa has chosen to ignore. Mr. Speaker, let me be clear, we are not abandoning our plan togrow our economy, to create new jobs, or to generate new wealthwithin our province; rather, Ottawa is interfering with it. In fact, Mr. Speaker, the combination of reduced equalizationpayments to Nova Scotia and no increase in federal health-carebase funding means Nova Scotia received $143 million less thanexpected in fiscal 2003-04. Mr. Speaker, it is important that Nova Scotians understand thefull impact of reduced federal funding. OTTAWA AND THE MISSING DECADE Mr. Speaker, more than 10 years ago, Ottawa began to drasticallycut health and other vital program spending, leaving theprovinces to absorb, not only more of the federal government’sfair share, but the full share — the full share, Mr. Speaker –of rapidly rising health-care costs. Costs went up — way up — while the federal government’scontribution went down. Consider, from 1992 93 to 2003 04, provincial spending on keysocial programs grew by over $1,000 per capita. Ottawa’s per capita spending, on the other hand, fell in 1992,eventually came back up a bit, then fell back down again. In the end, it cost Nova Scotians well over $900 million in lostfederal dollars. Dollars that were desperately needed to supportand sustain health and other vital programs. Only now, only now, Mr. Speaker, some 12 years after Ottawa begancutting transfers to the provinces, has federal support forhealth and other vital services finally climbed back up to thelevel it was at more than a decade ago. I ask all members of this House, indeed all Nova Scotians, toconsider this. Federal funding to support Nova Scotians’ health-care needs in 2004 completely dried up well over a month ago. Mr.Speaker, that’s a far cry from when Medicare was firstestablished and funded on a 50/50 basis. Mr. Speaker, we welcome the prime minister’s promise of a meetingto discuss how we can all work together to make the kind ofchanges we know are needed to sustain our universal, accessible,and publicly funded health-care system. In fact, we’re ready to go tomorrow. But that meeting is not going to take place anytime soon. AndNova Scotians aren’t very likely to see any new federal health-care dollars, anytime soon. Mr. Speaker, what Ottawa fails to recognize, or refuses toaccept, is that we’re not facing a crunch, we’re in it. And we’renot in it alone. Look across the country. Provinces are slipping back intodeficit, increasing taxes, or laying off hundreds, if notthousands, of public servants. In some cases it’s a combinationof all three. Mr. Speaker, let me quote from a recent Conference Board ofCanada study that proves my point. It said, “With current fiscalregimes in place, the different fiscal prospects [between thefederal and provincial and territorial governments] will widen inthe future, as only the federal government will have thefinancial capacity to pay down its debt or implement newinitiatives, such as tax cuts and new discretionary spending. Incontrast, without changing current fiscal policies, the provincesand territories will not have the capacity to implement newpolicy initiatives over the next 17 years.” Mr. Speaker, the Conference Board of Canada attributes this fiscal imbalance to Ottawa’s failure to respond to the number one And, Mr. Speaker, to ensure that Nova Scotians have better accessto local recreation facilities, we are setting aside $2.1 millionfor recreation facility grants. As well, Mr. Speaker, we are providing new dollars to put ineffect Community Health Board priorities, to increase smokingcessation efforts, to launch a problem-drinking initiative, andto advance Nova Scotia’s injury prevention strategy. Mr. Speaker, these initiatives will be enhanced by other effortswell underway in both the departments of Education and CommunityServices. For example, Mr. Speaker, legislation has already beenintroduced to allow community groups that promote physicalactivity free access to publicly owned schools. Mr. Speaker, now that I am on the topic of schools, I’ll stay onit. EDUCATION SPENDING UP…AGAIN Mr. Speaker, two years ago, after extensive consultation withteachers, students, parents, school boards, and many others, thisgovernment released Learning for Life, Nova Scotia’s firstcomprehensive, multi-year plan for students in grades primary to12. The title of our plan spoke to the need to help our studentsappreciate that learning is a lifelong commitment. The focus ofour plan was on putting the student first and the basics first. Mr. Speaker, we stayed true to our plan. We reduced class sizes in grade primary. We put an additional one million books into the hands of ourstudents. We increased funding to support special needs students. We also provided more resources and more support to helpstruggling young readers and writers, introduced new professionaldevelopment opportunities in priority areas, as well as newprograms to help our students conquer math. As the latest Grade 6 literacy and writing test results show,we’re beginning to see the benefits of our Learning for Lifeplan. Eighty-nine per cent of Nova Scotia students either met orexceeded expectations in literacy. Another 81 per cent either metor exceeded expectations in writing. Good progress Mr. Speaker, but there’s still a lot more to do. That is why, despite Nova Scotia’s declining enrolment, fundingfor our public education system will increase by more than $20 million. Mr. Speaker, since 1999, total provincial funding forpublic education has increased by $89 million. Salary and cost-of-living increases account for the lion’s shareof this year’s increase, but we are also protecting or enhancingthe investments already made. Let me summarize. We will build on our plan to give more of our youngest learnersmore one-on-one time with their teachers by extending our smallerclass size initiative into Grade one. We will also increase funding for students with special needs by$3 million. This increase brings the total increase for specialneeds funding to $5.5 million since Learning for Life was firstlaunched. In addition to this, we are providing $200,000 to fundtuition support for students with individual program plans, whoseneeds go beyond what the public school system can reasonablyprovide. As well, for the second year in a row, we are increasing fundingto libraries, and continuing to advance the recommendations ofthe Black Learners Advisory Committee. New dollars will also be made available to bring more Nova Scotiaschools into our school accreditation program, which isspecifically designed to help improve student learning and tomore fully involve parents in the their child’s education. Mr. Speaker, the increased funding we are making available toNova Scotia’s public schools underscores this government’scommitment to improve the test scores and learning outcomes forstudents from Grade primary to Grade 12. Mr. Speaker, beyond the need to provide our students with aquality education is the need to provide them with a qualitylearning environment. Our multi-year capital construction plan for new schools willcontinue on time and as promised, with $45.9 million being spentthis year. As well, $13.4 million has been set aside for alterations andadditions. Mr. Speaker, this government knows the challenges in our publicschool system are formidable, not insurmountable. We’ve made good progress, and with this budget we will make more. POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION…THE MONEY AND THE MYTH Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotia is proud to be home to 11 degree-granting institutions, a number of which consistently rank amongour country’s best. Because we have a relatively small population, and because ouruniversities are so popular with out-of-province students, NovaScotia is a net importer of over 5,000 post-secondary students. And that’s good, but there’s a catch. The federal government funds post-secondary education on the sizeof our population, not on the number of students attendinguniversity in our province. In other words, Ottawa sends thecheques elsewhere, and we pay the bill. To put it simply, the money the province provides ouruniversities is paying for the education of students fromAlberta, from Ontario, or from elsewhere across the country. Mr. Speaker, the federal government continues to resist allreason, refusing to amend its funding formula. And Nova Scotia taxpayers are making up the difference. So let me address another popular myth. Nova Scotia does not, assome have wrongly suggested, provide its students with the lowestper student funding in the country. In fact, it is the exact opposite, Mr. Speaker. Based on our population, we are at the top of the list when itcomes to funding Nova Scotia’s post-secondary students. That’s because, as a government, we’ve worked hard to find thedollars needed to restore the dollars lost to our universitiesduring the deep funding cuts from 1993 through to 1999. As I noted earlier, we recently provided our universities with anadditional $8 million. Despite this, tuition fees continue to rise. Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to working with ouruniversities to contain the growing costs of a post-secondaryeducation. In fact, we have already started discussions to arriveat a memorandum of understanding to do just that. CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP…MORE MONEY FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mr. Speaker, our community college campuses are vital to ourongoing efforts to close the skills gap. Since 1999, we haveinvested $18.3 million to create over 1,000 additional seats,providing hundreds of young Nova Scotians with the opportunity toadvance their education and their careers. And last year, we announced $123 million over seven years, tosupport Nova Scotia’s Community College Growth Plan. This plan,which will see major upgrades at campuses in every region acrossthe province, will move forward with $25.5 million in capitalexpenditures this year. We will also provide an additional $3.0 million in operatingfunding. Mr. Speaker, we know this amount will not fully cover the costsof expanding the number of community college seats to expectedlevels. The Community College Board of Governors is currentlyconsidering a tuition increase. But, Mr. Speaker, when you lookacross the country, even with an increase, Nova Scotia’s studentsare getting a top-notch education at a very reasonable cost. NEW FUNDING FOR FAMILIES IN NEED Mr. Speaker, beyond the need to help Nova Scotians access better,faster health care, and beyond the need to help our students dobetter, is the need to do more to support Nova Scotia familiesstruggling to make ends meet. And the best way to do that is to help them find a job. This year marks the third anniversary of the implementation ofthe new Employment Support and Income Assistance Program. Sincethis program was launched, Mr. Speaker, hundreds more NovaScotians have left welfare and have gone to work. In fact, since1999 the welfare caseload dropped by more than 5,400. Yet, despite the drop in the welfare rolls, we continue toincrease the dollars going to support families in need. The budget for the Department of Community Services will increaseby $27.7 million, bringing it to a total of $694 million. Let me highlight some of the measures we are taking to supportNova Scotia families in need. Through our Early Childhood Development Initiative with thefederal government, we will spend $3.7 million more on a broadrange of programs and services for children, including $1.3million for enhanced child-care subsidies, 50 new day-care seats,and funding to enhance physical activities within our child-carecentres. As well, beginning in October, we will increase the personalallowance for welfare recipients at a cost of $1 million. Thisinvestment will increase to $2 million in 2005 06. Additionally, and in partnership with our Family ResourceCentres, we will expand parent volunteer and parent educationprograms. We will also enhance the Healthy Beginnings Home VisitationProgram to ensure that parents of young children get the supportthey need to help their child get off to a healthy start. Mr. Speaker, in partnership with the federal government and non-profit agencies, we will also continue to expand the number ofaffordable housing units available to low-income Nova Scotians. Mr. Speaker, we will also increase the budget to support adultsin care by $10 million, bringing the total budget for thisprogram to $155 million, a seven per cent increase over 2003 04.Included in this year’s funding is an additional $1 million tohelp expand supports for adults in care. A discussion paper onthis challenging issue is now being circulated among ourstakeholders with a view to finalizing a new approach that moreeffectively meets the needs of adults in care, as well as theirfamilies. Mr. Speaker, I’ve spent most of my time today detailing fundingincreases in the big three: Health, Education, and CommunityServices. Mr. Speaker, let me take a moment to summarize just some of theother spending priorities in this year’s budget. SPENDING THAT COUNTS An additional $2.5 million will be made available for maintenanceon rural roads, for an annual total of $12.5 million. Government will also increase capital spending for resurfacing,rehabilitating, restoring, and reconstructing our provincialhighways and bridges by $6 million. In addition, operating funding for the 4 R program will increaseby $620,000. Mr. Speaker, this provides me with an opportunity to dispel yetanother myth. Contrary to popular belief, Nova Scotia is not taking in moremoney in gas taxes than it invests in roads. In fact, every cent we collect in gas taxes and more goes to roadand highway improvement — $6 million dollars more to be exact. In addition to increased road spending, we will establish a newsmall business growth division within Nova Scotia Business Inc.This important investment will be complemented by a new SupplierDevelopment Program designed to help Nova Scotia businessidentify new opportunities to sell more of their goods andservices here at home. As well, Mr. Speaker, $750,000 will be provided to promote NovaScotia’s many talented singers, songwriters, and musiciansthrough Nova Scotia’s first music strategy. To enhance police capacity to more effectively identify andrespond to cases of family violence, we will provide anadditional $100,000 to the Domestic Violence Case Co-ordinationProgram. As well, Nova Scotia’s Senior Citizens’ Secretariat will receivean additional $150,000 to help set up Nova Scotia’s first TaskForce on Aging and to launch new efforts to prevent elder abuse. Mr. Speaker, we will also provide an additional $100,000 to theOffice of the Auditor General. Nova Scotia is the only provincein the country where the auditor general reviews and signs off onthe reasonableness of revenue projections. Shortly, we will beintroducing legislation that will require the province tocomplete its audited financial year-end statement by the end ofSeptember. This increase will assist the auditor general’s office meet thisnew measure of accountability, as well as to investigate andreport on other priority areas. Mr. Speaker, those are just some of the spending highlightscontained in this budget. FINDING THE DOLLARS TO REINVEST IN NOVA SCOTIA’S PRIORITIES Mr. Speaker, it goes without saying, governments can’t doeverything; when you are investing significant new money inpriority areas, when there are only so many dollars to go around,and when you are protecting a delicately balanced budget,adjustments must be made elsewhere. In preparing this budget, Mr. Speaker, we took a long, hard lookat the numbers and thought long and hard about our choices. To the greatest extent possible, we worked hard to protect thoseprograms and services that are most important to Nova Scotians.And, Mr. Speaker, to the greatest extent possible, we worked hardto find the dollars to support low-income families and theworking poor. You see it in our tax plan. You see it in ourincome assistance plan. And you see it in our investment in theKidSport program. Mr. Speaker, to help make these and other investments possible,and to help find the dollars needed to address legitimate costpressures across and throughout government, we reduced non-essential spending. While most of the departments outside of the big three will see asmall increase, some will see a modest decrease. In some cases multi-year funding commitments have either come toan end or are drawing to a close. In others, we are eliminatingor reducing discretionary grants; in still others we are takinglonger to implement program improvements or taking the necessarysteps to make programs and services more affordable fortaxpayers. These reductions, along with the adjustments we’ve made to ourtax plan, increased user fees, and increased tobacco taxes, allowus to invest more in Nova Scotia’s priorities, to make a multi-million dollar down payment on our debt and to post a modest$2.1-million surplus. And while our operating budget remains in the black, Nova Scotiastill faces a huge infrastructure deficit. Mr. Speaker, we’re tackling that too. BETTER ROADS, SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS Once again, this year we will spend $250 million on roads andschools, and the Department of Health will provide $38 million incapital grants to the district health authorities. Just as any responsible homeowner would borrow on their line ofcredit to fix a leaky roof and readjust their budget to pay forit over time, we are borrowing the capital dollars needed to fixold roads or build new ones, to replace or renovate old or sickschools, and to make badly needed upgrades to our hospitals. A conscious decision, Mr. Speaker, made in good conscience. While we know these capital investments will add to our debt, wealso know Nova Scotia’s ability to manage its debt is steadilyimproving. We also know these important investments add to ouroverall net worth as a province. Improvements to our roads and highways add to our ability toattract visitors to our province and to get our products tomarket. Improvements to our schools add to our ability to give ourstudents a safe, healthy, and modern place to learn. Improvements to our hospitals add to our ability to attract moredoctors and nurses to our province and to better respond to thehealth-care needs of Nova Scotians. And all of the above, Mr. Speaker, will help us be competitiveand grow our economy, something that is vitally important to ourlong-term prosperity. In fact, to this end, government will shortly be releasing acomprehensive strategy to encourage more people from around theworld to make Nova Scotia their permanent home. MANAGING THE DEBT Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotia’s net debt-servicing costs in 2003 04came in $25 million less than expected. This year, despite borrowing $250 million to pay for neededcapital improvements, Nova Scotia’s net debt-servicing costs willremain largely unchanged from the forecast, up just $10 millionover last year and mostly due to unfunded pension interest. Mr. Speaker, changes in debt-servicing costs are influenced by along list of complicated factors and outside influences,including the value of the dollar, interest rates, creditratings, and foreign exchange exposure, to name a few. Ultimately, the question of how well we are managing the debt,which now amounts to $12.3 billion, comes down to whether or not we are improving our capacity to manage it over the long term. And we are. The proof of this is in our improved credit rating. The proof of this is in our reduced foreign currency exposure. And the proof of this is Nova Scotia’s net direct debt-to-GDPratio, down for the third year in a row. In 1999 2000, it was 48.7 per cent. Today it is 43.1 per cent, a5.6 per cent improvement. Another example, Mr. Speaker, of sound fiscal management. PARTNERING WITH OUR MUNICIPALITIES Mr. Speaker, despite the federal government downloading its costsonto the provinces, this government is committed to protectingmunicipal revenues. Some municipalities have expressed concern that the provincewould take steps to recover the increased revenues they willreceive through the HST rebate. Mr. Speaker, this is not going to happen. In fact, total provincial assistance to municipalities willincrease slightly this year. And, Mr. Speaker, we are pleased to provide Nova Scotia’s capitalcity with its second $2-million installment for the HalifaxHarbour Cleanup Project. We are also pleased to continue toadvance the infrastructure priorities of municipalitiesthroughout the province through the federal-provincial MunicipalInfrastructure Agreement. Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotia’s municipalities are a partner infunding public education, with the province paying 90 per centand local governments paying the 10 per cent on incrementalfunding for public education. Again, we are not changing the rate at which municipalitiescontribute to public education. It will stay exactly where it is. We are, however, going to include teacher pension amounts in thebasket of goods we are asking municipalities to help cover. Mr. Speaker, growing assessment roles and increased assessmentsmean revenues for municipalities are up, in some cases, way up.This measure should not have any kind of measurable impact oneither their tax rate or their efforts to improve local services. OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE As members know, government takes a host of economic indicatorsinto account when preparing its budget: GDP, employment, retailsales, residential construction, and personal income growth toname a few. All of them, Mr. Speaker, are outlined in considerable detail inthe documents accompanying my address. Mr. Speaker, despite a challenging year as a result of a sluggishU.S. economy, devastating weather events, and the economic impactof SARS and mad cow disease, Nova Scotia’s economy continues togrow. Nominal GDP grew 3.3 per cent in 2003. By 2005 it is expected toincrease to 4.4 per cent. Growth in retail sales, while coming in at less than one per centin 2003, is expected to rebound in 2004 and 2005 and stay in thefour to five per cent range. Employment growth is expected to remain relatively stable at overone per cent through to 2005, while personal income growth isexpected to grow to 3.5 per cent by 2005, up from 3.0 per cent in2003. Corporate profits are expected to continue to post healthy gainsover the next two years. Mr. Speaker, our economic indicators, as well as those preparedby private-sector forecasters, show steady growth over the nextyear. Barring a number of outside or unforeseen circumstances,Nova Scotia’s economy should continue to grow at a steady pacethrough to the end of 2005. IN THE END IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS Mr. Speaker, let me wrap up by saying this. If it wasn’t for good management and the fact that Nova Scotia’seconomy continues to move in the right direction, Nova Scotiansmight well be looking at a much different budget and a muchdifferent future. One where taxes were going up for everyone, as opposed to downfor the vast majority. One where there were deep cuts in priority areas, as opposed tosignificant new investments. One where wage freezes, rollbacks, or massive layoffs wereexpected, as opposed to steadfastly rejected. Perhaps, one where red ink flowed everywhere, as opposed to theblack ink that for three years in a row has marked our progress. Progress that can be easily measured on many fronts. On the fiscal front. On the economic front. On the social front. Mr. Speaker, every member in this House, to a person, has saidthey support a balanced budget. And we delivered. Every member of this House knows of the need to invest in betterhealth, better education, better roads, and stronger families.And we delivered. Every member in this House understands that lower taxes make oureconomy more competitive. Again, we delivered. And every member in this House should know that in order forworking men and women to do more to support their families, theyneed to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. And, Mr. Speaker,96 per cent of Nova Scotians will. Mr. Speaker, this budget isn’t just about dollars and cents. It’s about the values Nova Scotians believe in. Living within our means. Helping those in need. Doing what’s right, not just easy. Faith in ourselves. Fairness. Mr. Speaker, this budget isn’t just fiscally balanced, it isbalanced in every sense of the word. It is forthright and fair. Reasonable and realistic. Mr. Speaker, it’s the right budget for Nova Scotia. Thank you. -30- advancing chronic disease prevention funding to support the next steps of the Physical Activity Strategy for Children and Youth program developing a healthy food and nutrition policy for our schools increased funding for the KidSport program, effectively tripling the dollars available to help children from low-income families participate in organized sport. The added dollars in this program alone, Mr. Speaker, will help an additional 1,000 to 1,500 kids join their friends at the local hockey rink, on the ball field, or at the local gym. priority of Canadians: quality health care.center_img The bottom line is, Ottawa has made the choice not to invest morein health care; and Nova Scotians, along with Newfoundlanders,New Brunswickers, Manitobans, and virtually every other Canadian,have no choice but to live with the consequences. And those consequences pose huge challenges for all provinces,and the biggest, by far, is finding the new dollars needed tomeet our growing health-care needs. Mr. Speaker, this budget demonstrates that this government ismeeting that challenge. HEALTH-CARE SPENDING UP…WAY UP AGAIN Estimate to estimate, Mr. Speaker, this year’s health-care budgetwill increase by an additional $230 million, bringing it to over$2.3 billion. Add in the budget of the Office of HealthPromotion, up $3.6 million to a total of $18.5 million, and thetotal dollars spent this year to treat the sick or to keep thewell, healthy, amounts to $2.36 billion. Mr. Speaker, that amounts to over $2,500 this year for every man,woman, and child in the province. Health-care spending nowaccounts for almost 40 per cent of Nova Scotia’s total operatingbudget, up from 28 per cent in 1993 94. Mr. Speaker, this government, like all Nova Scotians, knows thatit’s not just how much you spend that counts, it’s where youspend it and how you spend it. That’s why we’re spending it on what matters most. On moredoctors, nurses, and technologists. On reduced wait times. And onnew efforts to promote health and fitness, particularly when itcomes to young Nova Scotians. Mr. Speaker, let me take a moment to address, hopefully put tobed, a popular myth. Nova Scotia does not have, as many believe,a bloated health-care bureaucracy. In fact, independent studieshave confirmed that Nova Scotia has the smallest health-carebureaucracy in the country. With that said, let’s review where the $2.36 billion we areinvesting in health care and wellness is going. Our hospitals will receive an additional $78.5 million; medicalpayments account for $85.6 million more; long-term care increasesby $24.1 million; and health promotion will see an additional$3.6 million. Mr. Speaker, within the global numbers I just outlined, there area number of very important and specific initiatives I want tohighlight. As noted, our hospitals will receive an additional $78 million.Included in this amount is a seven per cent increase to enhancefront-line care, money we promised two years ago through ourmulti-year funding commitment. As well, an additional $5.8million will help put into full effect our commitment to reduceboth emergency room and orthopedic wait times. And, Mr. Speaker, despite the fact that 94 per cent of NovaScotians have a family doctor, despite the fact we have thesecond best specialist-to-patient ratio in the country, anddespite the fact that our nurse-to-patient ratio is above thenational average, we are not prepared to let up as long as onecommunity feels left out. Recently we announced that Dr. Peter Vaughan, together with abroad range of professional organizations and community groups,will spearhead a renewed effort to secure the services of vitalhealth-care professionals, particularly for rural Nova Scotiawhere shortages are the most acute. We will also continue our efforts to train, retrain, recruit, andretain more nurses through our very successful Nursing Strategy.Between 2001 and 2006 we will have invested $60 million to securemore nurses and to improve their working environment. And thisyear we will maintain our commitment with another $9.8-millioninvestment. Mr. Speaker, our Nursing Strategy is working and working well.The number of registered nurses is up, the number of graduatenurses is up, and so too, Mr. Speaker, is the number of graduatenurses choosing to stay, live, and work in Nova Scotia. Mr. Speaker, last year we invested in eight new medical seats atDalhousie University. That number will double this year as anadditional eight new medical school seats are opened up. Mr. Speaker, despite considerable investments in new medicalequipment, such as renal dialysis and targeted funding to reducecardiac, cancer, MRI, and emergency room wait times, more needsto be done. And it will. As we committed, we will move forward with the recommendations ofthe Wait List Monitoring Advisory Committee. We will continue togather the information needed to launch a wait list informationdatabase so that doctors and their patients know where specialtyservices can be accessed sooner rather than later. Another highlight includes an additional $550,000 to improvepublic health services so that Nova Scotia is fully prepared todeal with any new or unexpected outbreaks of potentially deadlyor devastating diseases such as SARS or West Nile virus, as wellas any terrorist-related chemical or biological events. Other notable highlights include new investments to: Text of the budget address read in the legislature on Thursday,April 22, 2004, by Finance Minister Peter Christie. Mr. Speaker, this government is receiving national recognitionfor being a leader when it comes to laying the groundwork for acomprehensive, integrated stroke strategy. Over the course of thecoming year, we will continue to advance the recommendations ofthe Stroke Strategy Committee with a view to reducing theincidence of stroke, improving treatment for stroke survivors,and keeping more Nova Scotians from prematurely going into long-term care. Which, Mr. Speaker, leads me to perhaps the most talked-about andjustifiable criticisms of Nova Scotia’s health-care system, andthat is some seniors in Nova Scotia’s long-term care facilitiesare paying for health-care costs that are free in many otherprovinces. Mr. Speaker, that’s about to change. Over the past year, we made good progress in our efforts toreduce the cost of nursing home care for seniors. We picked upmore of the medical costs and excluded a number of assetsconsidered in determining a senior’s ability to pay. But, moreneeds to be done. And it will be. And it will be done as soon aspossible. Effective Jan. 1, 2005, seniors living in nursing homes will nolonger pay for their medical costs. As well, Mr. Speaker, they will no longer have to sell off any oftheir assets, the things they have worked so long and so hard toobtain or achieve. Mr. Speaker, this is a full two years ahead of schedule. This means that all seniors, regardless of their income or thevalue of their estate, will keep 15 per cent of their totalmonthly income and will pay for room and board costs only. Thisalso means that every senior will keep more of their income, atleast $150 per month, to spend on their own priorities. Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotia is proud to be the first province inAtlantic Canada to take this important step forward. Last year we opened 30 new long-term care beds. This year we willinvest an additional $2.2 million to open at least 60 additionalbeds. There is also an additional $13 million to address a numberof operational pressures in this sector, including the need forupgrades and renovations and for more hours of care and training.All totalled, funding for long-term care will increase by over$24 million this year. Mr. Speaker, I’ve already spent a good deal of time talking abouthealth care. I’m going to take a bit more to talk about good health — andwhat we are doing as a government to support healthier living. Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotians rightfully ask why successivegovernments spend so much on caring for the sick andcomparatively little on promoting good health. The truth be told, it’s like turning a giant tanker around in asmall lake. TURNING THE TANKER AROUND The very real, costly, and pressing demands on Nova Scotia’sacute care system, as a result of having one of the country’soldest and sickest populations, combined with an antiquatedfederal health-care funding formula, leave little room tomanoeuvre. Mr. Speaker, this government is determined to turn the tankeraround and to point Nova Scotians toward healthier ground. As mentioned, the budget for the Office of Health Promotion willincrease by $3.6 million, bringing it to a total of $18.5million. This increased investment will enable government, along with itsmany professional, non-profit, and community-based partners, tobuild on the many initiatives already begun or help others getwell underway. Among this year’s priorities for the Office ofHealth Promotion are:last_img read more


Finance minister acknowledges skepticism vows to build Trans Mountain expansionFinance minister acknowledges skepticism vows to build Trans Mountain expansion


first_imgIn his speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Morneau acknowledged the “huge amount of anxiety” in Calgary over the future of the oil and gas sector despite the federal approval nearly 10 months after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the pipeline’s 2016 approval.He insisted Canada can approve pipelines and still battle climate change, drawing a link between the issue of global warming and Western Canada’s wildfire problem this spring.But much of the speech was devoted to an election-style listing of his government’s economic accomplishments over the past three years _ a federal election is expected in October.“What we said yesterday was that we renewed that (pipeline) approval,” Morneau told reporters.“What’s happening today is we’re back at work. The re-permitting is happening starting today. We are going to get work going this construction season. I want people in Alberta and people across the country to know that intent is real.” CALGARY, A.B. – Canada’s finance minister says the best way to convince a skeptical oilpatch that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Ottawa approved Tuesday will actually be built is to go ahead and build it.Bill Morneau told reporters after giving a speech in downtown Calgary that the $7.4-billion project to triple capacity on the line from Edmonton to the West Coast is moving ahead with getting permits.He repeated a commitment made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday that construction on the project will begin in this year’s building season, without being specific as to exactly when.last_img read more


A Moroccan Woman Crowned Miss Maghreb 2016A Moroccan Woman Crowned Miss Maghreb 2016


Rabat – A Moroccan woman was crowned Miss Maghreb in a ceremony that was held in Beyrouth, Lebanon last week.The young beautiful Hind Sdassi is the winner of the title “most beautiful woman” in Maghreb this year.Native of Casablanca, 24-year-old Hind has managed to make her way to the top among the 52 participants in the competition. Contestants came from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. The ceremony was held on May 15 in one of the hotels of Lebanese capital, according to the Huffington Post.Before her election as Miss Maghreb, the Moroccan beauty queen worked as flight attendant. Hind Sdassi adds her name to a list of Moroccan women who won beauty pageant contests both at the national and international level.In March 2015, Iman Oubou, a young Moroccan woman living in the United States, won the title of Miss New York. Before Iman Oubou, another Moroccan woman shone overseas by representing the exquisite beauty and elegance of Moroccan women. In January 2012, Sara Chafak was crowned Miss Finland.The election of Miss Maghreb took place just five days before the election of Miss Morocco 2016. On Saturday, Sara Belkziz was crowned Miss Morocco in a ceremony that was held in Morocco Mall in Casablanca. read more


Uber riders can buy transit tickets on app for DenverUber riders can buy transit tickets on app for Denver


NEW YORK — Riders in Denver will soon be able to buy tickets for public transportation using the Uber app, the latest step on the ride-hailing company’s mission to become a one-stop shop for transportation.Potential Uber riders will see a transit option alongside UberX and Black, along with the price and trip duration, and will be able to purchase a ticket for the bus or train instead of hailing an Uber.Uber announced Thursday it will be rolling out the feature to Denver customers over the next few weeks.Uber and its U.S. rival Lyft have been working with cities to include information about public transportation options in their apps. But this is the first time either company has made it possible for customers to actually buy tickets for public transportation on the app.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more


Sri Lanka UN expert on genocide prevention calls for end to conflictSri Lanka UN expert on genocide prevention calls for end to conflict


There is still time for the Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to halt their fighting and “pursue a reconciliatory and peaceful path with the ethnic Tamil population,” Francis Deng said in a statement.“This polarizing conflict is identity-related with ethnicity and religion as deeply divisive factors,” he said. “It will not end with winners and losers and it cannot be ended solely through a military victory that may not be sustainable in the long-run unless legitimate grievances are addressed.”Mr. Deng underscored that women and girls are particularly vulnerable to “excesses of conflict,” stressing that the Government is legally obligated to give them special protection. He called on authorities to allow the UN and other agencies “full and unfettered access to all civilians and detainees.”The Special Advisor also called on the LTTE, for its part, to “immediately cease holding human shields and let civilians leave the conflict area,” a shrinking pocket of land on Sri Lanka’s northern coastline where the UN estimates that at least 50,000 people are still trapped.Also expressing concern today was Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative for the Human Rights of Displaced Persons, who said the LTTE is preventing civilians from leaving the area and placing military installations close to them, while the Government, for its part, has been using heavy weapons such as mortars there in recent days. “This combination of factors must have resulted in unacceptably high numbers of civilian casualties.” The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that heavy fighting earlier this week precluded it from evacuating the wounded and sick from the conflict zone and from delivering food to civilians.“I call on the LTTE to let the remaining civilians go and both sides to agree to humanitarian pauses for that purpose as well as to allow humanitarian access to bring in much-needed food and medicines and evacuate the wounded,” the Representative said.Further, both sides are obligated to follow international humanitarian law, he emphasized. “Even if one party to the conflict is deliberately using civilians as human shields, the other party is still prohibited from carrying out attacks that are indiscriminate in their consequences or result in a disproportional loss of civilian life.”Mr. Kälin also expressed his concern over the dire living conditions in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who escaped the conflict, with the influx of an additional 110,000 people during the last 10 days of April posing further challenges for the Government and its humanitarian partners.“Ensuring adequate humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons is first and foremost a Government responsibility, especially since the Government decided to intern them in camps, citing security concerns,” he said, adding that authorities continue to hold nearly 200,000 IDPs in temporary camps. He also stressed the need to screen and register the displaced without delay and to restore the freedom of movement for the large number of them who are not security risks. “Prolonged internment of such persons would not only amount to arbitrary detention but it also aggravates the humanitarian situation needlessly.” Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it has started providing cooked meals at a Government screening point for thousands of people fleeing the fighting.“For many, this will be the first hot meal they have had in days or perhaps much longer,” said Adnan Khan, WFP Representative in Sri Lanka, adding that 3,000 people arrived in Omanthai overnight.IDPs must pass through screening points before they can move onto temporary transit centres in Vavuniya and Jaffna.WFP, which is feeding nearly 200,000 people in northern Sri Lanka, is sending food supplies to Omanthai, where the agency, along with a local partner, are responsible for cooking and distributing food.Since Tuesday, three attempts to deliver food by ship to the conflict zone have been unsuccessful due to the security situation, and the agency is appealing for an additional $42 million to meet the rapidly increasing needs of IDPs.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today reiterated that the loss of civilian life and the situation of those trapped in the conflict zone are unacceptable, deploring the use of heavy weapons and of civilians as human shields.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping with efforts to provide water for drinking and cooking to displaced Sri Lankans, while the World Health Organization (WHO) is providing medicines and other supplies to meet the medical needs of the displaced.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it believes that an independent commission of inquiry is needed given the conduct of this war and the number of civilians who have been killed.In a telephone conversation with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday, Mr. Ban reiterated his concerns about the protection of civilians caught up in the conflict. He is also dispatching one of his top advisers, Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar, to Sri Lanka to underscore his message and help to resolve the humanitarian situation. 15 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide today said that “it is not too late” for Sri Lanka’s Government forces and rebels to end their brutal conflict, underscoring the toll the clashes are taking on civilians. read more


BJP for IndoLanka bridgeBJP for IndoLanka bridge


Constructing a road overbridge between Rameswaram and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka will boost cooperation and goodwill between India and the island nation, BJP Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur said Saturday.Besides, such a facility will help tourists and pilgrims the world over, who are on a pilgrimage, the MP told PTI. Thakur, who was accompanied by BJP national council member K Muraleedharan, also took part in Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations, the Press Trust of India reported.


Europe is lending Ireland €90 million to grow thousands of treesEurope is lending Ireland €90 million to grow thousands of trees


first_imgEurope is lending Ireland €90 million to grow thousands of trees Under the investment, more than 35,000 hectares will be replanted. Share58 Tweet Email2 Short URL File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Mark Carthy By Paul Hosford 96 Comments Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 7:25 AM 16,254 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3220969 File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Mark Carthy Feb 4th 2017, 7:25 AM THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT Bank will lend Ireland €90 million to invest in 20 years of forestation.The new long-term loan from the European Investment Bank will be used to finance the cost of planting, forest management and forest road construction and maintenance by Ireland’s state-owned, commercial forestry company Coillte over the next four years.Under the investment, more than 35,000 hectares will be replanted and more than 1,600 km of forest roads will be constructed and upgraded. The scheme will also improve maintenance of 1,000 km of publically accessible walking routes and mountain bike trails. Investment backed by the new EIB loan will take place in Coillte’s 440,000 hectare estate at sites across the country.Junior Minister with responsibility for Agriculture Andrew Doyle said the investment will “underpin continued expansion and development across the industry”.“The most recent forecast of timber production on the island of Ireland highlights the maturing nature of this industry where much of the State’s investment in past decades is now ready to be harvested. This announcement today will help ensure that this economic potential is realised and most importantly that the social benefits of our forests are further developed.”Fergal Leamy, Chief Executive, Coillte said:“Coillte is on a path to becoming the best forestry and land solutions company in Europe. This funding received from EIB combined with the refinancing arrangements secured with our five syndicate banks will be key in enabling us to achieve our strategic ambitions.”Read: Forestry Inventory finds 10.5% of Ireland’s total land area is forestlast_img read more


The Exorcist Returns to the Rance HouseThe Exorcist Returns to the Rance House


first_img It’s been two weeks since the attempted exorcism of Casey Rance and two weeks since The Exorcist revealed its big twist. This week, we got to see how both events have affected the Rance family and the priests. We start with a clip from an old 1970s talk show where young Regan, who we now know is Angela, is being interviewed. Her mother, an actress, is cashing in on the possession to sell a book. We learn exactly why Regan decided to change her name and run away. The host mentions that the story of the possession will follow Regan wherever she goes. She doesn’t like that idea so much.Fast forward to the present and Angela is mad that Henry lets her mother into the house. Kat is sitting on the couch with her newfound grandmother, and the conversation is a little awkward. Chris, Angela’s mother, says she saw her daughter on the news, learned her granddaughter was missing and ran to help. She says she hopes the possession isn’t as bad as the one she experienced. (Considering the movie got an R rating in the ’70s and this has a TV-14 rating now, we already know it’s not going to be.) Angela doesn’t want her mother staying with her, but Henry insists and asks to have her sleep in Kat’s room.The search for Casey continues, with the church organizing a volunteer effort to comb the area. Angela speaks with Fathers Tomas and Marcus and learns that Casey will be trying to integrate with the rest of the demons. Once that happens, her soul will be destroyed, and there will be no getting her back. Marcus leaves to hunt for Casey, telling Tomas that he has too much to lose to make a good exorcist.The organs are prepared for the ritual. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)That night, a press conference about the search is interrupted by a protester who asks why there hasn’t been this much attention on the murders just down the street. She reads off the names of the people who were killed. As each name is read, we cut to each organ that was harvested from them. The ritual to summon a demon is beginning.Tomas meets with Maria again, who encourages him to attend the papal dinner that night, hosted by the Friars of the Ascension. There’s definitely something sketchy going on there, as Father Marcus’s supernatural tour guide friends have noticed that the landscaping company on all the vans seen around town has been out of business for years. Despite that, they’ve not only been able to maintain a fleet of vans to drive around Chicago, but they’ve also donated a large sum of money to the Friars of the Ascension.As you might have guessed, the Friars aren’t on the side of good. At the dinner, we see they count very powerful members of Chicago society among their ranks. The police commissioner, the head of the Teamsters union and a few high-ranking church officials are at the dinner. Once the Friars are all together, the priest asks why Tomas hasn’t come. Maria says he’s proving to be a tough one to crack. They get down to business and perform the ritual of vicari pulvari to summon a demon. Yes, they are the ones that committed the murders and harvested the organs. Each person begs the demon to possess them, and it chooses the police commissioner, much to Maria’s dismay.Casey (Hannah Kasulka) appears behind her mother. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Angela is manning the phones at the church when she gets a call from the demon. He tells her he’ll gladly tell her where Casey is if she really wants him to. The demon says Casey is right behind her. Angela turns around and sees her daughter with half her face missing and covered in maggots. It’s definitely one of the most effective scares this week. It turns out to be a dream. She jolts awake at her phone station. Meanwhile, Father Tomas overhears that someone had called to complain about a pack of wild dogs. Since animals going insane is a sign that a demon may be near, he texts the information to Father Marcus.Later, at the Rance house, Angela finds her mother giving an interview to a local paper and accuses her of using Casey’s disappearance to boost her career. Before she can kick her mother out of her house, Angela gets a phone call from the police. They think they’ve found Casey. They ask her to come down to the morgue to identify a body. The entire family rushes to the morgue only to find out it wasn’t her. Well, that was pointless, but hey you gotta fill up your 44 minutes somehow I guess.Marcus’s search is much more successful. He investigates a tunnel where a bunch of homeless people are living and finds Casey climbing along one of the walls. She escapes down the tunnel, and Marcus gives chase. He catches up with her at the lake, where she’s killed and is in the process of eating a swan. He holds her under the water and baptizes her in the lake. For a second it looks like she may have drowned, but she wakes up. She’s herself for now, but that won’t last long. She tells Marcus the demon is coming back and begs him to help.This was not a particularly scary episode, but the story has become interesting enough that I don’t care. The mystery of what exactly was up with the Friars carried me through the episode and Angela/Regan’s mother being in the picture gives her something grounded to struggle with. It makes her more sympathetic and gives us a reason to root for her. But, as has been the case most of the season, the most exciting part of the episode is what happens at the very end. They’ve found Casey and the exorcism will begin for real… next week. 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more


All Six NESEra Mega Man Games Coming to Mobile Next YearAll Six NESEra Mega Man Games Coming to Mobile Next Year


first_img ‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’11 Things We’re Looking Forward to at PAX West With the success of Super Mario Run, it is clear that mobile gamers love to play games with characters they remember from their childhood. One of the biggest stars on the Nintendo Entertainment System was Mega Man. The Blue Bomber has had his games released on a multitude of systems over the years but, for whatever reason, never on mobile devices. Capcom is fixing this error next year when it will finally bring the original six Mega Man games to iOS and Android.According to Famitsu (with translation by Rockman Corner), all six classic NES-era Mega Man games will be heading to mobile devices on January 6, 2017. Each game will be sold separately and feature beginner-friendly gameplay options, auto-fire, auto-charge, and adjustable game speeds. On top of that, each game can be synced with the Rockman Unity app, which is a news-feed of Rockman Unity in app form. After completing certain missions in the games, players will be able to unlock monthly rewards like exclusive lock screen wallpapers.The feature that should stand out the most for players is the one that makes the games easier. Nintendo games, in general, were always brutally challenging but the Mega Man games, in particular, are notorious for being excessively complicated. It can be argued that the reason Mega Man 2 is the most popular game in the series because it had a relatively easy “Normal” mode. Having an option that makes the games easier to play through should make them more accessible to a wider audience.For now, the mobile Mega Man games will only be available in Japan (where the series is called Rockman). However, given how popular Mega Man is in the West, I think it is safe to say that we’ll eventually see these game wash up on our mobile shores. When that happens, we’ll let you all know. Stay on targetlast_img read more


Lets Look Inside ThinkGeek Capsule 2Lets Look Inside ThinkGeek Capsule 2


first_imgStay on target ThinkGeek just sent out its second ThinkGeek Capsule, the company’s answer to Loot Crate (and the countless other subscription boxes out there). And, much like the first ThinkGeek Capsule, Capsule #2 is pretty strong! Even if it’s only called “Capsule #2” and still doesn’t have any specific theme to it besides geek merch. ThinkGeek sent us Capsule #2, which we opened up to check out what’s inside.Inside the box is another box with an ampersand that will look familiar to any tabletop nerds out there. It’s a Dungeons & Dragons t-shirt and patch set. The t-shirt shows a D20 in front of fantasy gear with the message “Born Lucky,” and the patch is a red D20. The patch is adhesive, not iron-on so that you can slap it onto anything.Game of Thrones is back and in its last two seasons, and dragon/wolf/Hodor references are still running hot. Capsule #2 comes with a piece of canvas art of one of four sigils from the show. I got House Targaryen. While it is “canvas,” the material seems to be a very thick paper rather than cloth, and isn’t quite as sturdy-looking as I would have hoped. It’s nice, though, and on a wood frame you can hang up.Even if you think Vulcans suck, which they do, their planet looks pretty rad. Which is why Capsule #2 includes a copy of the Vulcan Travel Guide, a hardcover book highlighting the different places you can visit on Vulcan. It even comes with four postcards. Not bad, for a planet full of uptight self-important hyper-ascetics.I gotta level with you, I have no idea what coloring has to do with the Hulk, but here’s a set of Incredible Hulk colored pencils and some black-and-white mini-posters you can color. Well, our box included Incredible Hulk pencils and posters, but the capsule could have included anyone from Marvel or DC.Once again the ThinkGeek Capsule includes a Pinz collectible pin. This month’s theme is Starstuff, and I got a happy ringed planet badge. They’re nice pins; metal and enamel. They are similar to Loot Crate’s monthly pins.If you got the previous ThinkGeek Capsule, you also got a bonus Doctor Who Funko Pop keychain. That’s like three different things, and I like one of them! You can get either the Fourth Doctor or Twelfth Doctor, both of which equipped with creepy Funko Pop tiny beady-ass eyes and no expression.And, finally, Capsule #2 includes another ThinkGeek mystery promo code. Like the code included with Capsule #1, this code can be worth $5 to $100 credit on ThinkGeek.The ThinkGeek Capsule #2 is still pretty strong, and worth the $29.99 total price tag for all the stuff you get in it. I wasn’t as wowed by it as I was by the first capsule, but that’s because I’m not a big fan of Game of Thrones and think Vulcans suck. It still comes with a great shirt and a bunch of other fun things, and stands as a strong rival to Loot Crate’s monthly crates.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat last_img read more


Brazils Miranda reacts to Kompanys commentsBrazils Miranda reacts to Kompanys comments


first_imgBrazil defender Miranda has dismissed Vicent Kompany’s “provocation” as nothing more than a facade to “hide” his true fear ahead of their meeting with Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup todayThe Manchester City captain had previously stated that both himself and his teammates would not be losing any sleep over facing the five-time world champions.But Miranda, who will captain Brazil today, thinks otherwise.“We know there is all kinds of provocation, it’s a way to hide your fear,” said the 33-year-old, according to Marca.“I think it’s a way of showing trust, and hiding fear. You have to prepare yourself, especially against the Brazil national team.“A leader like Kompany has to show confidence to his team-mates, just as the more experienced players have to show confidence through our actions to our own team-mates.”Brazil boss Tite has confirmed that Fernandinho will be replacing the injured Casemiro with full-back Marcelo making a welcome return.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.But the 57-year-old feels that Brazil’s World Cup campaign will come down to how the players cope with the mounting pressure, rather than the individual talent.“The biggest challenge of a World Cup is mental fortitude, the pressure is immense, extraordinary,” said Tite.“I hope the ‘family’ (his squad and staff), keep their heads cool. There is a lot of psychological pressure.”Following their win over Mexico in the first knockout round, Tite is now feeling calmer.“Why am I more relaxed? Because the players are performing, that makes you feel at ease,” he said.“Of course I want them to grow more and more, that’s the challenge.”last_img read more


Flower beds catching fire at Yakima WalMartFlower beds catching fire at Yakima WalMart


first_imgYAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The landscaping at a Wal-Mart store in Yakima is a fire hazard.KAPP-TV reports firefighters have put out five small fires this month. The latest one Wednesday started when someone flipped a cigarette into a flower beds.Deputy Fire Chief Ron Melcher says the landscaping bark is a shredded wood that easily catches fire.A Wal-Mart spokeswoman says the company is aware of the danger and will replace it.Information from: KAPP-TV, http://www.kapptv.com/last_img


Trucker passenger hurt in Highway 14 crashTrucker passenger hurt in Highway 14 crash


first_imgA truck driver and his passenger were injured when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a concrete barrier on westbound State Route 14 east of Stevenson, according to Washington State Patrol.Driver Edward I. Zakharchuck, 39, and passenger Irina A. Zakharchuck, 39, both of Lynnwood, were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for neck and back pain and head injuries, respectively. They were treated and released.The cause of the crash was excessive speed, according to State Patrol.Edward Zakharchuck was cited for negligent driving.last_img


Galaxy beats out rivals to appoint Ted Chan as COO – JapanGalaxy beats out rivals to appoint Ted Chan as COO – Japan


first_img Uncovered documents reveal Tokyo IR ambitions Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has bolstered its Japan team with the appointment of former Melco Resorts Chief Operating Officer Ted Chan as COO – Japan Development.Chan, who had been the subject of widely known rumors suggesting he was in discussions with both SJM and Macau junket operator Suncity, will be based in Japan where he will be responsible for overseeing Galaxy’s Japan IR bid. RelatedPosts Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options In a statement, GEG Vice Chairman Francis Lui said, “I am delighted to welcome Ted to GEG and I am confident that he will add significant value to our existing team and successfully drive the execution of our Japan International expansion ambitions. Ted brings a wealth of gaming and integrated resort experience to GEG and we are fortunate to have a person of his caliber and experience joining GEG.”Chan’s recruitment was quickly applauded by industry commentators, with analysts from brokerage Bernstein lauding it as a positive for Galaxy.“The company has been positioning itself as a strong potential candidate for a Japan integrated resort development if the gaming process were to move forward,” said Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Zhen Gong and Cathy Huang.“Galaxy has had an office in Tokyo for over three years and has been actively involved in discussions surrounding legalization of casinos in Japan. While Mike Mecca has been leading the effort on international development opportunities, including Japan, the time was ripe to put a seasoned well experienced executive on the ground to heighten the effort as legalization moves potentially closer to fruition.”Chan’s appointment coincides with Mecca’s nomination to the GEG board. Mecca will step down as GEG’s President of International Development – a position he has held for three years – to join the board. He will remain a director of Monte-Carlo SBM and also joins the Japan development committee. Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentionslast_img read more


POLICE LOG for September 3 Police Issued 2 Summons To Drivers StreetPOLICE LOG for September 3 Police Issued 2 Summons To Drivers Street


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, September 3, 2018:Jesse Jay Leverone (24, Chelmsford) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation. Leverone was pulled over at Main Street and Glen Road. (1:31am)Lucelene Deoliveria (48, North Andover) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation Posted. Deoliveria was pulled over on Ballardvale Street. (8:38am)Police notified Building Buildings that street sign and pole are missing from Tacoma Street. (12:05pm)State Police responded to a 3-vehicle crash on Route 125 overpass above 93 South. (1:16pm)Alarm was set off at the old Chili’s location on Main Street. Police believe it was someone working inside in preparation for the new restaurant. Cardboard boxes with wires and boxes located outside door. (4:35pm)Police responded to an argument between a male and female in the Savers parking lot. Individuals left prior to police arrival. (9:25pm)Police issued a criminal application to unnamed individual for Uninsured Vehicle, Attaching Plates, Unregistered Operation, and Speeding. Operator stated he found the license plates on a bridge. Plates confiscated. Vehicle towed. (10:50pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 28: Dracut Woman Arrested; Lawrence Man Issued Summons; Missing RingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more