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Nova Scotia Has 80 New Cases of H1N1

first_img Most importantly, stay home if sick with flu-like symptoms, which are fever and/or cough with unusual tiredness, head/muscle/joint aches or sore throat. Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. When soap and water are not handy, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative. Cough and sneeze into elbow or sleeve. If using tissues, dispose of them appropriately and wash hands. Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth. Do not share drinking glasses, water bottles, mouth guards, cosmetics or eating utensils. If concerned that medical advice or care is needed, contact HealthLink 811. Like any illness, should symptoms worsen, visit a doctor or walk-in clinic. Canada is experiencing the second wave of the H1N1 virus. This means that increased flu activity is being witnessed across the country, including Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has seen 80 new lab-confirmed cases of H1N1, and one hospitalization, since influenza re-emerged this fall. There has been one H1N1-related death in Nova Scotia, in July. H1N1 activity has been highest in the Guysborough-Antigonish Strait Health Authority and Capital Health. “An increase in H1N1 activity was fully expected in our province with the start of the fall flu season,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for the province. “That’s why I strongly encourage Nova Scotians to get the vaccine as soon as it is made available in their area. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community. “H1N1 is a community virus. We can expect to see it everywhere in our communities — schools, grocery stores, day cares, libraries and more.” Women in the second half of their pregnancy, and women at any stage of pregnancy with chronic health conditions, are most at risk of complications from H1N1 and seasonal flu. Because of increased H1N1 activity in Nova Scotia, Dr. Strang recommends pregnant women, at 20 weeks gestation or less, who have pre-existing health conditions, consider receiving adjuvanted vaccine. It is also recommended that all pregnant women in the second half of their pregnancy (more than 20 weeks gestation) receive adjuvanted vaccine. Healthy pregnant women in the first half of their pregnancy are at less risk of complications, and can wait to receive the unadjuvanted vaccine. Unadjuvanted vaccine will start to be available in Nova Scotia next week. H1N1 vaccine will be available, free of charge, to all Nova Scotians who want it. H1N1 clinic dates and times from across the province are available at www.gov.ns.ca/H1N1 or through HealthLink 811. This is the largest immunization campaign in the province’s history. Dr. Strang urged Nova Scotians to be patient and to get the vaccine when it becomes available at a clinic in their community. In addition to getting vaccinated, Dr. Strang said Nova Scotians should continue to take other precautions to avoid illness: last_img read more


Rudratej Singh appointed BMW Group India President CEO

first_imgNew Delhi: German auto major BMW Group Wednesday announced the appointment of ex-Royal Enfield global president Rudratej Singh as President and CEO of its Indian operations. The appointment will be effective from August 1, 2019, BMW Group India said in a statement. Singh has more than 25 years of experience and has held multiple leadership positions both in the automotive and non-automotive industry, it added. In his last assignment, Singh was the Global President at Royal Enfield and before that he worked with Unilever in India and international markets for over 16 years. With BMW, MINI and Motorrad, the BMW Group has its sight set firmly on the premium sector of the Indian automobile market.last_img


Meet fitness trainer Rhonda Roberts Smid

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement For the next month, Roberts Smid will be sharing simple yet effective fitness techniques that you can do at home. Her moves will whip your abs into shape.How did you get into the fitness world? I was always involved in fitness — I was on athletic teams in school, danced all my life, went to a performing arts school. But the big moment happened when I was dancing in the Lion King in Toronto, and someone busted their knee in rehearsal. I was thinking, “Wow, that’s life altering.” It wasn’t because they weren’t a strong dancer, but they generally weren’t strong. I ended up starting strength training, yoga, and other classes, and later became certified as a trainer myself. After dancing in a couple of movies — Hairspray and Chicago — I had my daughter, and decided to shift gears into the fitness world. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A professional dancer for 15 years, Rhonda Roberts Smid now channels her passion for movement into operating a thriving west-end Toronto fitness studio, TAB Fitness, since 2012.As the owner and creative director, Roberts Smid, 45, is a Canadian Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro)-certified personal trainer in group fitness and pre- and postnatal fitness, who recently placed in the top three for CanFitPro’s Fitness Instructor of the Year for 2016. With a “natural and fun” fitness philosophy, she focuses on body weight exercises that avoid all the “gizmos and gadgets at a gym.”“You can be at your house, take all the exercises we do in class, and apply them at home,” she says. “If you can’t do something on your own, you’re not going to do it for the long haul.”last_img read more


Oil and gas sector applauds pro business government as pipelines remain in

first_imgThe election results are a “positive development” for the oil and gas sector, analysts at Desjardins Energy Research said in a report, but they warned the province’s difficulty in moving oil to market will remain a major thorn in the side of the new government.“The reality is that the federal government still holds most of the key regulatory cards for future approval of interprovincial projects as well as a direct ownership stake in Trans Mountain, which highlights the greater importance of the federal ballot in October,” they noted.Ottawa is expected to wrap up court-ordered consultations with First Nations groups by next month, allowing it to make a final decision on the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project it bought last fall.Meanwhile, permitting issues in the U.S. have delayed Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline project until the middle of 2020 and TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline project is in limbo thanks to a U.S. court decision.In the wake of the UCP’s victory in the Alberta election over Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government, the head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers called for the federal election this fall to also be fought on economic issues.“I think that the results last night strengthen the hand of those that want a strong economy,” said CAPP CEO Tim McMillan on a conference call on Wednesday. CALGARY, AB – Alberta’s oilpatch is celebrating the election of a pro-business government, despite analyst observations that premier-designate Jason Kenney may not be able to do much about getting new oil export pipelines built.“To many of our fellow oil and gas workers who are out of work, underemployed, or otherwise without hope, it feels like spring has returned to Alberta,” said Mark Scholz, CEO of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.However, he acknowledged in a statement that the United Conservative Party faces a “formidable task” to create the conditions that will allow the oil and gas sector in Western Canada to thrive again after years of difficult times. “Clearly Albertans were calling for it, we see increasingly that Canadians are putting the economy first as we’re coming into an election in the fall and that momentum across Canada for major projects _ not just energy, but all major projects _ I think, is important.”McMillan was in Toronto where his organization was hosting its annual two-day investment conference.He said the biggest issue he’s hearing about from executives, investors and lenders is the need for more pipelines to provide market access for Western Canada’s growing crude oil production.UCP leader Jason Kenney campaigned on promises to make regulatory, economic and fiscal policy reforms, including a vow to cut the corporate tax rate to eight per cent from 12 per cent, eliminate the provincial carbon tax on consumers, cancel an NDP plan to lease hundreds of railcars to move oil and complete a review of the Alberta Energy Regulator to improve efficiency.center_img In comments emailed from the sidelines of the CAPP conference, CEO Grant Fagerheim of Calgary-based Whitecap Resources Inc. said he supports all of Kenney’s major promises, including his pledge to spend up to $30 million to combat misleading news reports about the industry, and to create a war room to examine foreign-funded anti-oil campaigns.“These are all exceptional initiatives that will assist in bringing back a more stable investment environment in Alberta and Canadian energy and bring back foreign and Canadian investment in energy _ and job opportunities for Albertans,” he said.Gary Mar, CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, said in a statement that he welcomes Kenney’s vow to restore Alberta competitiveness.“The platform of the UCP precisely reflects the needs of the tens of thousands of service sector companies and workers that PSAC represents that have been devastated by the flight of capital from the oil and gas industry,” he said.last_img read more


Trump trade representative to investigate French tech tax

WASHINGTON — The White House is launching an investigation into France’s proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — a move that could lead to U.S. taxes on French imports.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed concern that the tax, expected to be passed by the French Senate Thursday, “unfairly targets American companies.”Lighthizer’s agency will investigate the tax under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 — the same provision the Trump administration used last year to probe China’s technology policies, leading to tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports.The French digital services tax would impose a 3% annual levy on French revenues of digital companies with yearly global sales worth more than 750 million euros ($844 million) and French revenue exceeding 25 million euros.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more


Hong Kong airport shuts down amid prodemocracy protest

One of the world’s busiest airports cancelled all flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into Hong Kong’s main terminal Monday, while the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest movement as something approaching “terrorism.”The extreme action by the largely leaderless movement seemed calculated to prompt a stern response from Beijing, and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s administration responded within hours.No new violence was reported by Monday evening, although the city remained on edge after more than two months of near-daily and increasingly bloody confrontations between protesters and police.Beijing tends toward a broad definition of terrorism, including in it nonviolent protests of government policies on the environment or in minority regions such as Xinjiang and Tibet. Such a designation adds to the regime’s descriptions of protesters as clowns, criminals and traitors intent on overthrowing Chinese rule in Hong Kong.Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement the demonstration “seriously disrupted” airport operations. Only flights that had already started boarding or those cleared for landing were allowed to use runways at the airport.“All other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today,” the airport statement said. It later said flights would resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday (2200 GMT, 6 p.m. EDT Monday).Joydeep Chakravarti, a software engineer whose connecting flight to San Francisco was cancelled during a layover in Hong Kong, expressed frustration that he was told to leave the airport when he wanted to stay inside the terminal.“I don’t know what’s out there, so I don’t want to leave. I didn’t make any plans for Hong Kong,” said Chakravarti, who had a carry-on bag with laptop, charger and an extra shirt while the rest of his luggage already was checked in on his Singapore Airlines flight.A massive traffic jam soon formed on the highway leading back to Hong Kong’s city centre. Some protesters were seen walking toward the airport amid the stifling heat.The demonstrations that have drawn more than 1 million people at times call for democratic reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct, with both protesters and police adopting ever-more extreme tactics.In Beijing, the Cabinet’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office issued a statement saying the situation in Hong Kong was “beginning to show the sprouts of terrorism” and constituted an “existential threat” to the population.“One must take resolute action toward this violent criminality, showing no leniency or mercy,” said the statement, attributed to spokesman Yang Guang. “Hong Kong has reached an inflection point where all those who are concerned about Hong Kong’s future must say ‘no,’ to law breakers and ‘no’ to those engaged in violence.”The chief executive of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways said there would be “disciplinary consequences” for employees involved in “illegal protests,” as the airline joined businesses that have apologized to China in recent days over political flaps. Rupert Hogg warned in an internal memo that the company has a “zero tolerance approach to illegal activities,” apparently referring to unapproved protests.Companies from luxury fashion brands to bubble tea shops are under pressure to distance themselves from protesters and declare their support for the ruling Communist Party’s position on Hong Kong. China had said it would bar any airline employees found to have taken part in demonstrations.Earlier Monday, Hong Kong police showed off water cannons that could be deployed, a development that Amnesty International has warned could lead to serious injuries if misused in the densely populated city.Legislators and journalists were invited to witness the display of crowd-control tactics, which came after a weekend of protests at the airport and in one of Hong Kong’s main shopping districts.During the weekend protests, website Hong Kong Free Press showed footage of one arrest that appeared to include officers in plain clothes pinning a demonstrator to the ground. The young man, who said his name was Chow Ka-lok and asked for a lawyer, was shown with a bleeding head wound and said he had a broken tooth.Police defended their tactics and tried to fend off criticism over widely shared videos from Sunday night’s clashes, including graphic images of Chow’s arrest and of a female protester who was shot in the eye.Deputy Commissioner Tang Ping-keung acknowledged that police use decoy officers in some operations but would not go into details.“Our decoy officers do not take part in any unlawful activities,” Tang insisted.Police also have reported injuries, including eye irritation from laser pointers, burns from fire bombs and bruises and cuts from flying debris.Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave before tear gas was used in the Sham Shui Po area, police said, calling a march there an “unauthorized assembly.”Tear gas also was used in central Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui area on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, and in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. At one point, protesters blocked a plaza to keep police out.A train station in Kwai Fong filled with smoke after police fired tear gas inside. It was not clear how many protesters were in the station at the time, but it has been rare for officers to fire tear gas indoors.Earlier, a large group of protesters marched down Hennessey Road, a main shopping drag in the Causeway Bay area, as a rally was held in nearby Victoria Park. Many wore face masks to shield their identities, and a few had helmets. Others just carried backpacks over the black T-shirts that have become their uniform.The protest movement’s demands include the resignation of the Chinese territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, democratic elections for her successor, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force.A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under the principle of “one country, two systems,” which promises the city certain democratic rights not afforded to people on the mainland. But in recent years, some have accused Beijing of steadily eroding their freedoms.Banners at the rally in Victoria Park read “Give Hong Kong back to us” and “Withdraw the evil law,” the latter a reference to an extradition bill that was the original spark for the protests. A large crowd sat under umbrellas, which are both a protest symbol in Hong Kong and protection from the summer heat.At the airport, a flight attendant protesting on his day off, who gave only his surname, Lau, to avoid repercussions from his employer, said heavy-handed police tactics had alienated some people.“The police have told a lot of lies to Hong Kong people. We cannot believe them anymore. We have to come here to protest,” Lau said. China has reportedly threatened to bar air crews taking part in protests.Another protester, who identified herself only as Bea, said she took the day off from work to express her outrage because “I feel that I have to do something. … It’s just too sad to see what has happened. The police action has gone totally nonsensical.”In an interview in Berlin, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said China’s leadership can now only resort to force, since it has failed in its quest to win hearts and minds in Hong Kong.Ai, who has lived in Berlin since 2015, said U.S. President Donald Trump’s characterization of the protests as “riots” and as an issue between Hong Kong and China seems to have only encouraged the authorities.The U.S. “should be supporting freedom, and democracy, and freedom of speech _ for a major power to give that kind of signal to another, authoritarian society is very improper and it will cost more life and more blood,” he said.“Hong Kong people will not be the loser, because they’re on the right side of history,” he said.___Associated Press writers Katie Tam and Raf Wober and journalist Royston Chan in Hong Kong, and Associated Press writers David Rising and Dorothee Thiesing in Berlin contributed. read more


Annan temporarily redeploys UN international staff from Iraq over insecurity

“This is not an evacuation, just a further downsizing, and the security situation in the country remains under constant review,” UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told a news briefing of the decision, taken on the advice Mr. Annan’s Security Coordinator, Tun Myat.Today there remain 42 international staff in Baghdad and 44 in northern Iraq out of a total of some 650 there as the UN resumed operations after the war ended in April, and those numbers can be expected to shrink further over the next few days, he added.”Meanwhile, our essential humanitarian activities in Iraq continue, thanks to the efforts of our more than 4,000 national staff in the country,” Mr. Eckhard said.Mr. Annan has repeatedly vowed to continue the UN’s operations in Iraq but has equally forcefully called for enhanced security arrangements. read more


Black woman told to straighten hair if she wants Harrods job MPs

first_imgHigh heels row Nicola Thorp is a former temp worker who was sent home from work for refusing to wear high heels Nicola Thorp, 27, who was formerly employed as a temp worker at London-based agency Portico, told MPs: “In one of the interview sessions that I attended, the woman who held the interview [on behalf of Harrods]…would go around the room and say, ‘You need a makeover, you need a makeover, you’re fine, you need a makeover.’“She pointed to a black girl who was being interviewed and said ‘You can’t work for me unless you have your hair chemically relaxed, because your hair, as it is, is not professional enough.’ We just sat there and nodded and agreed because we needed the job.”Harrods refused to comment, however, a spokeswoman for TBC Management, understood to be the agency to which Ms Thorp was referring, strongly denied the allegations, adding “no one would be asked to chemically straighten the hair. It isn’t company policy and it never has been.”Simon Pratt, managing director of Portico, said the company “fully supported” the Committees’ recommendations, adding that it had already its dress code policy following Ms Thorp’s case. Nicola Thorp is a former temp worker who was sent home from work for refusing to wear high heelsCredit:SWNS The report’s publication coincides with new research released today by the Chartered Management Institute, showing that 81 percent of UK managers witnessed gender discrimination in the workplace in 2016.Speaking to The Telegraph, Ms Thorp – who made headlines last year when she was sent home from her receptionist job for refusing to wear four inch heels – said the report was “tackling a very serious issue – not just a pair of shoes.”“I hope that the Government will now bring an end to forced dress codes. This goes to the heart of gender discrimination. There needs to be proper penalties, because right now there seems to be this culture of companies seeing if they can get away with it.”Today’s findings come in the wake of a year-long campaign to outlaw discrimination in the workplace after Ms Thorp’s case sparked a national “high heels row”, resulting in a petition against gender-based dress codes receiving more than 150,000 signatures.In order to stamp out the practice, the report calls on the Government to increase financial penalties for companies found to be enforcing sexist dress codes and to launch a national campaign in order to raise awareness among female workers of their legal rights. 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. A black woman applying for work at Harrods was told she would not get the role unless she chemically straightened her hair, a Parliamentary committee heard as MPs urged the Government to clamp down on gender discrimination in the workplace.In evidence presented to the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees, MPs were told a woman seeking work via one agency on behalf of the Knightsbridge department store was allegedly forced to chemically straighten her hair because her natural style was deemed to be “unprofessional”.Today’s disclosure follows the publication of a joint Committee report entitled ‘High heels and workplace dress codes’, revealing that female workers across the country are being forced to dye their hair blonde, wear revealing dresses and constantly reapply makeup at the whim of unscrupulous employers.Other women revealed how they were made to wear short skirts and six-inch stiletto heels whilst working at restaurants, financial firms in the City of London, and high street department stores. Maria Miller, Minister for Women and Equalities said the report’s findings revealed the need for the Government to close existing loopholes in order to make the law “bite” bosses that continue to circumvent employment rights.“What we need is to give the law teeth, and to make sure that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission is doing its job properly and providing women with the help they need. It needs to support them so that the burden does not fall too heavily on individual women—especially those who already feel their employment position is precarious.”“Employers appear to risk non-compliance because the likelihood of any serious consequences are minimal.”A Government spokesman said: “No employer should discriminate against workers on grounds of gender – it is unacceptable and is against the law. Dress codes must be reasonable and include equivalent requirements for both men and women. The Government Equalities Office will carefully consider this report and will work with its partners to make sure employers comply with the law.”    Credit:SWNSlast_img read more


Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgUpdated at 11.12pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…[Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland]IRELANDA Church report found there had been just 12 convictions following 870 abuse allegations against Christian BrothersCardinal Brady said he was ‘truly sorry’ to abuse survivorsThere was a shooting incident at a Glasnevin hotelA portrait of a former Cork Lord Mayor who’s been convicted of sexual assault was removed from City HallIt was confirmed the Department of Health will need another €200 millionGardaí appealed for help tracing a missing teenBrendan Howlin said he expected the PAC would get to the bottom of the CRC scandalA woman stabbed in Dublin yesterday was discharged from hospitalTD Peadar Toibín revealed he had been approached by Fianna FáilPoliticians paid their tributes to Nelson Mandela in the DáilA fuel laundering plant was discovered in MeathAnd it looks like Eamon Gilmore has become the first Government minister to take a ‘selfie’ PARTING SHOTPerhaps an unfortunate seating position for George W. Bush…[Image: Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images]First posted at 9.03pm WORLD Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former Irish President Mary Robinson arrive at the  FNB Stadium in Soweto [Image: Ben Curtis/AP/Press Association Images]INTERNATIONAL#SOUTH AFRICA: “He was not a bust made of marble. He was a man made of flesh and blood”: The world paid tribute at the State Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela#US-CUBA: Barack Obama and Raul Castro engaged in a historic handshake#MALI: French troops killed 19 Islamist militants as violence escalated in northern MaliINNOVATIONEver wondered which Irish county has the largest number of Facebook users, by percentage? Well, now we know…Demonstrators in San Francisco blocked a Google staff shuttle today as part of a protest over use of city bus stops [Huffington Post]last_img read more


Wrist Charge hits Kickstarter to end your forgotten cable woes

first_imgEver found yourself out and about and wishing you hadn’t forgotten your smartphone or tablet’s charging cable?  Wrist Charge feels your pain, and wants to end it for just $15. Kickstarter supporters are getting a price break, of course. When Wrist Charge is finally available for retail sale, they’ll sell for $29.99 each.The clever little little cable is available with three different tips: Apple’s 30-pin connector, the newer Lightning style, and the ubiquitous micro USB. The team has set a goal of raising $50,00 in 31 days. That seems easy enough to achieve, especially considering that they’re already past the $5,000 mark.Why spend even $15 on a cable like this instead of just pocketing your existing cable? Because it doesn’t wrap neatly around your wrist or commuter mug. Besides, many of you are probably wearing at least one silicone wristband anyway… why not slap one on that actually offers some handy functionality?But why not by something cheaper? Chinese manufacturers have been churning out similar cables for quite some time, and you can pick them up for a fraction of the price from several different websites.What sets the Wrist Charge apart from, say, this $3 bracelet-style cable from DealExtreme? It’s the offset plugs that allow Wrist Charge to actually wrap around your wrist like an ordinary bracelet. There’s no weird magnetic clasp that connects two plug ends and leaves the actual plugs exposed. There’s no silly floating silicon receiver that accepts one end while the other dangles loose.The difference, as they say, is in the details. It will be interesting to watch what happens now that Wrist Charge has hit Kickstarter, however. Shanzai manufacturers move exceptionally quickly, and it wouldn’t take much tweaking to a mold to make it churn out cables that connect to themselves as smartly as Wrist Charge does.If you’d rather support a hard-working indie team, by all means, don’t wait. Head over to Kickstarter and pitch in to reserve your Wrist Charge.last_img read more


State local officials condemn attack at rally

first_imgIn the wake of politically charged violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, the respective chairs of Clark County’s Democratic and Republican parties have condemned the attack and stressed that they are working together to foster less-divisive dialogue locally.But in other ways, the parties have diverged in their response to Saturday’s incident where a man allegedly drove a car into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally.On Sunday, David Gellatly, chair of the Clark County Republican Party, took to Twitter to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalists as well as two groups opposed to them. In his tweet, he included “antifa,” anti-fascist protesters know for wearing all black and seeking out confrontations with right-wing activists. He also mentioned Black Lives Matter, a police accountability movement that’s been criticized for encouraging violence toward law enforcement.“As Americans, it’s our duty to stand against hate groups like the KKK, the White Nationalists, Antifa and (Black Lives Matter). And media that feeds division,” he wrote.The Clark County Democratic Party took a different perspective on the incident. In a post to its Facebook page on Sunday, the party joined the criticism of President Donald Trump’s initial remarks where he seemed to blame multiple sides for the incident.last_img read more


Bread Bread Bread What Is Going On

first_imgBread is now a rare commodity in the shops. The dispute between bakers and the authorities is leading to arrests and questioning.According to representatives of the bakers they prefer to use the imported flour because it is of higher quality, thus requiring them to increase the price of bread. The authorities however are of the view that the flour being produced locally is sold at a price which merits the reduction of the price of bread.The tug of war continues while the consumers suffer the consequences. The government needs to have equipment that would be able to check the quality of food products to ensure food safety. In this way, allegations could be tested and the facts disseminated to counter contrary opinions. In the same vein, the country should begin to see the importance of unions and other associations as bargaining instruments to resolve disputes on wages and prices.We therefore hope that the ministry concerned will consider these two issues as long term means of addressing the problem. In the short run there is need to sit down with all stakeholders and come to a decision as quickly as possible since many businesses, especially those who sell food to school children, vendors and workers are beginning to collapse because of lack of access to bread.last_img read more


YMCA to break ground on facility upgrade

first_imgA new six-lane cool-water swimming pool is the centerpiece of an $8 million upgrade and expansion of the Clark County Family YMCA in Orchards. Everyone is invited to the project’s groundbreaking, which is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 22, at 11324 N.E. 51st Circle in Vancouver.Work is expected to take one year but will be done in phases so the facility can remain open throughout. It will grow from 45,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet, with expanded programs. In addition to the new pool, the concrete basketball courts will get wood floors, the outdoor patio area will be enclosed to become a multi-purpose space, and the facility will also get new weight and aerobic machines, new and updated locker rooms, expanded community rooms, child care areas, a new teen meeting center and an improved entry area.The Clark County Family YMCA is a branch of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, which serves northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Visit ymcacw.org to learn more.last_img read more


Hot air balloon crash lands near Orlando pond

first_imgORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – A hot air balloon made a crash landing near a pond in Orlando.The pilot of the hot air balloon tried to make an emergency landing, not far from Disney World, but a change of wind direction caused the basket to touch down in an alligator-infested pond, Monday morning.Sixteen people were on board at the time, but no one was hurt.“There was adrenaline, it was pumping but it was scary,” said passenger Sebastian Westerby. “Now we’re making fun of it, but it was serious. It was lucky that no one got hurt.”The pilot managed to get everyone out safely.The retention pond is near mile marker eight on State Road 429, near Seidel Road.Officials are investigating what caused the crash. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Capital Goods Q3FY17 Review LT Cummins and Voltas to post muted growth

first_imgReutersNow that almost two months of demonetisation-led pains have started to ease for the common man, it’s time to face facts and figures for the industries. With the onset of the third quarter FY2016-17 (Q3FY17) earnings results, it would be interesting to gauge which industry bore the maximum brunt. Needless to say, cash-dependent capital goods sector companies will be keenly watched by analysts and investors alike.Blame it on demonetisation: India’s services activity hits 3-year lowIn its latest report, HDFC Securities is of the view that the notes ban could have negatively impacted the sector with the companies working in the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) section – in which India’s largest engineering and construction firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) operates – feeling the heat as there exists a higher number of contract labourers who are paid in cash.Interestingly, larger players in the capital goods sector are expected to report muted to average performance in Q3, while several smaller companies are likely to come up with a good set of numbers.The brokerage expects L&T, Cummins and Voltas to perform average, Suzlon, Inox Wind, Kalpataru Power, Triveni Turbines, Crompton Greaves, KEC International, Techno Electric and Sanghvi Movers to report a good quarter, while Thermax is likely to witness a bad Q3.For example, the brokerage says had it not been for demonetisation, L&T could have been able to clock a higher revenue growth. It expects L&T to report approximately four percent year-on-year (YoY) revenue growth for the quarter.Overall, revenue for the entire sector is likely to witness 10 percent growth year-on-year (YoY), but EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) margins are expected to contract by about 40 basis points YoY.”The confluence of weak private sector capital expenditure and demonetisation would mean muted revenue growth for Thermax (+four percent YoY), Cummins (+six percent YoY) and Voltas (+three percent YoY). Order flows continue to be dominated by public sector capital expenditure like power transmission, roads and railways. Power generation orders were muted with no large order finalisation during the quarter. Visibility on pick-up in defence and domestic hydrocarbon orders would also be watched,” HDFC Securities analysts said in the report.A pick-up in execution for orders won in the last six-nine months would substantially improve quarterly numbers of Kalpataru Power and Techno Electric. Suzlon and Inox Wind are also likely to report strong revenue growth. However muted order inflows would imply a decline in their order books.Suzlon may report strong volumes of 400 MW in Q3FY17 (vs 256 MW YoY); O&M (operation and maintenance) revenues are expected to grow two percent sequentially. With depreciation in INR vs USD, Suzlon is likely to report a forex loss in Q3FY17.For Kalpataru Power, a strong revenue growth of about 23.4 percent YoY in Q3FY17 is expected and margins are likely to be stable at 10.5 percent, while PAT may grow at 21.5 percent YoY.Moreover, management commentary on any expected recovery in execution in the fourth quarter would be keenly watched.Preferred top picks by HDFC Securities: Triveni Turbine, Kalpataru Power and L&T.last_img read more


Arab states demand Qatar closes Al Jazeera

first_imgFour Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.The demands aimed at ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years appear designed to quash a two decade-old foreign policy in which Qatar has punched well above its weight, striding the stage as a peace broker, often in conflicts in Muslim lands.Doha’s independent-minded approach, including a dovish line on Iran and support for Islamist groups, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, has incensed some of its neighbours who see political Islamism as a threat to their dynastic rule.The list, compiled by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, which cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties to Doha on June 5, also demands the closing of a Turkish military base in Qatar, the official told Reuters.Turkey’s Defence Minister Fikri Isik rejected the demand, saying any call for the base to be shut would represent interference in Ankara’s relations with Doha. He suggested instead that Turkey might bolster its presence.“Strengthening the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf’s security,” he said. “Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the Arab official said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory.QATAR WON’T NEGOTIATE UNDER BOYCOTTThe four Arab countries accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cosying up to revolutionary theocracy Iran. Qatar has denied the accusations.Qatari officials did not reply immediately to requests for comment. But on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar would not negotiate with the four states unless they lifted their measures against Doha.The countries give Doha 10 days to comply, failing which the list becomes “void”, the official said without elaborating, suggesting the offer to end the dispute in return for the 13 steps would no longer be on the table.“The demands are so aggressive that it makes it close to impossible to currently see a resolution of that conflict,” said Olivier Jakob, a strategist at Switzerland-based oil consultancy Petromatrix.Several Qataris who spoke to Reuters described the demands as unreasonable. “Imagine another country demanding that CNN be closed,” said 40-year-old Haseeb Mansour, who works for telecom operator Ooredoo.Abdullah al-Muhanadi, a retired public sector shopping for groceries in Doha on Friday morning, said the boycott must be lifted before negotiations to resolve the dispute could start.“There’s a lot on the list that is simply not true or unreasonable, so how can we comply?” he said. “There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and the agreement with Turkey is a long-standing diplomatic agreement so we cannot ask them to leave.”The demands, handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait also require that Qatar stop interfering in the four countries’ domestic and foreign affairs and stop a practice of giving Qatari nationality to citizens of the four countries, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added. Any resulting agreement to comply with the demands will be monitored, with monthly reports in the first year, then every three months the next year, then annually for 10 years, the official said without elaborating.U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance on Qatar, accusing it of being a “high level” sponsor of terrorism, but he has also offered help to the parties in the dispute to resolve their differences.Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis. It sent its first ship carrying food aid to Qatar and dispatched a small contingent of soldiers and armoured vehicles there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s leaders on calming tension in the region.last_img read more


Houston Councilman Steve Le Fires Chief Of Staff For Claiming Salary While

first_imgGail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaHouston City Hall.Houston’s highest-paid city council staffer has been fired after officials determined he displayed a pattern of “untruthfulness” and continued to collect his salary even though he was out of state for unrelated training.The Houston Chronicle reports that Councilman Steve Le on Tuesday fired his chief of staff, Daniel Albert, after suspending him without pay last month.An investigation determined Albert violated city policies by continuing to collect his $119,600 salary while attending a months-long military law training program earlier this year.Among City Inspector General Robin Curtis’ findings is that Albert engaged in a “scam” in which he directed a subordinate to swipe his employee badge at the City Hall Annex to falsely show he was in the building.Albert’s attorney says the city “egregiously violated” a federal act that protects service members’ employment rights.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com Sharelast_img read more


Good rainfall replenishes Ingula wetlands in Ladysmith

first_imgWith so much rain falling over the country, Ingula was certainly no exception. Since the beginning of the year, more than 60mm of rain has fallen at Ingula, about half of the area’s annual rainfall.It took a few weeks for the groundwater and wetlands to be replenished before water started showing on the surface.Also read: Ingula power plant wasted billions in taxpayers’ moneyAlso read: Ingula to host Wetlands Walk WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Currently, Ingula has more than enough water capacity to generate electricity for many hours.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img


No limit for SkyCity Adelaide Casino

first_imgSkyCity will re-develop Adelaide Casino, investing AU$300 million. Image: SkyCity Adelaide Casino will receive an AU$300 million makeover, thanks to SkyCity Entertainment Group’s persistence and extensive state government negotiations.Following discussions, the South Australian government agreed to extend SkyCity’s exclusivity rights to operate table games, automated table games and ‘premium VIP gaming’ until 30 June, 2035 from June 2015, Sky News reported.These liberties will enable SkyCity to boost the number of electronic gaming machines in Adelaide to 1500 and almost double the total number of table games. SkyCity was also granted the right to increase the maximum bets, jackpots and cashless gaming transaction limits in VIP premium rooms.New taxes and rates for gaming were also decided upon.“After two and a half years of negotiations we are delighted to reach agreement with the South Australian Government which levels the playing field with our regional competitors and allows us to offer a competitive and contemporary gaming and entertainment offering,” SkyCity treasurer Jack Snelling said.The new development will also include Adelaide’s first boutique six-star hotel. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more


Visit California celebrates innovative tourism marketing programs

first_imgVisit California celebrates innovative tourism marketing programsVisit California honored tourism destinations and attractions across California for excellence in tourism marketing at the Poppy Awards, held at the City National Grove in Anaheim. Categories included best overall marketing programs, best digital campaign, best content marketing initiative and best public relations campaign.“The Poppy Awards celebrate California’s innovative, anything-is-possible spirit and raise the bar for travel marketing throughout the state and beyond,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “Congratulations to the winners and finalists whose creativity and dedication inspire their colleagues and elevate California as a world-class tourism destination.”Beteta presented the 2018 Poppy Awards during the 10th annual Visit California Outlook Forum, held February 14-15 in Anaheim at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and attended by hundreds of tourism industry leaders. Made by California artisan Nicholson Blown Glass in Auburn, Poppy Awards are given every two years to acknowledge the best of California’s tourism promotion. A panel of industry marketing experts selected the winners of the Poppy Awards in eight categories: Best Overall Marketing Program (at three budget levels); Best Digital Campaign; Best Social Media Campaign; Best Content Marketing Initiative; Best Cooperative Marketing; and Best Public Relations Campaign.During the ceremony, Visit California also presented the California Dreamer Award, presented to individuals who truly embody the California spirit, to Louie Schwartzberg, a celebrated filmmaker and pioneer in time-lapse cinematography.“Louie Schwartzberg embodies what it means to dream big in the Golden State, and his imagination and drive has made him a trailblazer in his field,” Beteta said. “His work truly captures the beauty of California’s unmatched landscape and natural environment, captivating audiences everywhere.”This year’s 2018 California Poppy Award winners are:Best Overall Marketing Program – $2 million and upLos Angeles Tourism & Convention BoardBest Overall Marketing Program – $500,000 to $2 millionGreater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors BureauSan Diego Zoo Global(tie) Source = Visit Californialast_img read more