Policy Ensures Equity and Balance in Motor Vehicle Industry

first_imgMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, says the Government continues to make suitable amendments to the Motor Vehicle Import Policy, in an effort to ensure that there is equity and balance within the local motor vehicle industry. Speaking at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Suzuki showroom on South Camp Road in Kingston, on November 29, Mr. Golding noted that the most current review of the policy is focused on addressing, in a more comprehensive way, the developments and issues related to the sector. “We recognise that there are a number of potential risks associated with the industry, in the absence of clear guidelines to govern importation of vehicles,” he pointed out. The Minister noted that the regime governing importation of motor vehicles must seek to balance factors such as road safety, consumer protection, fair competition, consumer choice, revenue collection, the safe guarding of intellectual property rights and environmental protection, among others. One imperative, he said, is the importation of more environmentally friendly units into the island, particularly in terms of emissions, fuel use, and stricter adherence to age limit restrictions. “The intention is to avoid an overabundance of older and often less efficient units in the island,” Mr. Golding said. He further informed that the new policy focus also gives a stronger tone to the ban on the importation of half cars, while also making the importation of parts for repair more accessible. “This will serve to boost the inventory of replacement parts under warranty condition. Additionally, warranty requirements are being strengthened for both used and new car dealers as part of efforts to improve customer service within the sector,” he said. Additionally, the new policy focus also intends to facilitate the importation of vehicles by legitimate registered companies designated for their own use. Under the policy, each company is allowed to import a maximum of three units themselves over a two-year period, with the option of obtaining additional units through registered dealers. Mr. Golding assured that this clause does not intend to restrict legitimate business, but instead seeks to ensure the absence of loopholes, in terms of dealer registration requirements. The Minister also pointed out that there is a formal recognition of returning residents in the current policy as well. “We expect that these essential amendments to the motor vehicle policy will contribute to a more holistic policy. However, we appreciate the fact that the environment in which the motor vehicle industry operates is ever changing,” he said, adding that the Government will continue to review the policy at regular intervals to ensure that consumers are protected, that the needs of the sector are met, and that the objectives of the Government are achieved. In the meantime, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Folkes-Abrahams, commended Stewart’s Automotive Group for their continued investment in Jamaica since 1938. She further congratulated the Group on the opening of its new Suzuki showroom, pointing out that the latest investment signals the growing confidence in the local economy, and “is very much supportive of the Government’s focus on jobs with growth.” Mrs. Folkes-Abrahams pointed out that the ultimate goal is for a successful local automobile industry that not only benefits those who invest and work in it, “but one that is also for the good of the Jamaican economy as a whole.” For his part, Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, commended Stewart’s Automotive Group for making the Japanese Suzuki brand a household name among the Jamaican people. “I am quite happy and satisfied and also impressed that there are many Japanese cars in Jamaica,” he said. There are currently a total of 21 certified new car dealers and 185 certified used car dealers in Jamaica. Approximately 1,500 persons are employed directly by new car dealers and 1,900 by used car dealers, and an undetermined number of persons are indirectly employed in various areas, including motor vehicle repairs.last_img read more

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Candidatures invitées aux Prix du lieutenantgouverneur pour lesprit communautaire

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais sont invités à présenter la candidature de leur collectivité aux Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’esprit communautaire 2016, qui célèbrent les collectivités dynamiques et riches en diversité à l’échelle de la province. Ces prix soulignent et diffusent les réalisations impressionnantes des communautés de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « À l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse, les gens collaborent pour faire de leurs villes et villages des endroits sains et dynamiques où il fait bon vivre, souligne le lieutenant-gouverneur J.J. Grant. Les Prix pour l’esprit communautaire contribuent à la reconnaissance de l’essence collective de nos villes, villages et quartiers. » Le ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine gère le programme, qui récompense jusqu’à quatre récipiendaires par année. Un comité de dirigeants communautaires choisit les récipiendaires qui correspondent le mieux aux critères. « La riche diversité de notre province est l’une de ses plus grandes forces, affirme Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Les Prix pour l’esprit communautaire célèbrent les réussites communautaires et nous aident à mieux apprécier toutes les collectivités qui forment le tissu complexe de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » La date limite pour la soumission des candidatures est le jeudi 31 mars. Les formulaires et des renseignements supplémentaires se trouvent au communityspiritaward.ca (en anglais seulement). Les collectivités gagnantes recevront un prix original fait à la main en Nouvelle-Écosse, qui sera remis par le lieutenant-gouverneur au cours de l’été ou de l’automne. En 2015, les récipiendaires étaient Mabou, comté d’Inverness, Spryfield, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, Washabuck, comté de Victoria, et River John, comté de Pictou.last_img read more

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A look back at how a wildfire destroyed large parts of Fort

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – It has been one year since a wildfire destroyed large parts of Fort McMurray. Here is a look back at how events unfolded:May 1 – A fire starts in a remote part of forest southwest of Fort McMurray. Investigators don’t know how it started, but note that most spring wildfires are caused by people. A dry, warm spring and trees that are still greening make for lots of fuel. It is spotted by helicopter fire patrol. Helicopter begins working the fire immediately. The first air tanker arrives 45 minutes later, then three others arrived from Lac la Biche, Peace River and Whitecourt. Two tankers stayed the night in Fort McMurray to be ready to go the next morningMay 1, 7:08 p.m. – The Alberta Emergency Alert system warns people who live in Fort McMurray’s Gregoire neighbourhood to prepare to evacuate on short notice.May 1, 10:33 p.m. – A state of local emergency is declared and a mandatory evacuation order is issued for Gregoire as well as for Centennial Trailer Park south of Airport Road.May 2, 3:37 a.m. – The mandatory evacuation notice for Gregoire is reduced to what is called a voluntary, shelter-in-place notice and people are allowed to return. The 700 residents from the trailer park as well as another neighbourhood, Prairie Creek, remain out of their homes.May 2, during the day – Aircraft drop fire retardant and ground crews work to protect homes. The fire is one-square-kilometre in size. “We are hopeful that we can stop this fire before it gets into town,” says Wood Buffalo fire Chief Darby Allen. The fire is within one kilometre of homes at points, but the wind is pushing it away from the city. The evacuation order for Prairie Creek is lifted in the evening. “All things considered, it is looking good,” says Mayor Melissa Blake.Overnight on May 2 and the morning of May 3 – The fire grows to 26 square kilometres, but is still moving away from the city. Life in Fort McMurray seems relatively normal. Allen warns people not to let their guard down.May 3, 10:30 a.m. – A change in normal atmospheric conditions, called an inversion, breaks. This, coupled with temperatures in the range of 30 C, low humidity and shifting winds, causes the fire to explode.May 3, 2:25 p.m. – Flames are heading toward the city and huge plumes of smoke are visible. Residents of three south-side neighbourhoods are ordered from their homes. There’s shock at how quickly the situation has deteriorated: “When I got in the shower earlier today the sky was blue. When I got out, the sky was black,” says resident Sandra Hickey.May 3, 3:45 p.m. – There’s chaos on the city’s south side as people flee towering walls of orange flame that are charging into neighbourhoods. Residents are told to head either north or south, depending on their location, on the one highway through town. The evacuated trailer park is on fire. Flames are advancing towards a Super8 motel and a gas station. “People are panicking. It’s gridlock on the roads,” says Carina Van Heerde, a reporter with radio station KAOS.May 3, 5:22 p.m. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is doing all it can to ensure everyone’s safety. Scott Long of Alberta Emergency Management says the flames have burned a number of structures, but he can’t say how many.May 3, 6:31 p.m. – All of Fort McMurray is placed under a mandatory evacuation order.May 3, 10:20 p.m. – Emergency officials say whole neighbourhoods have been destroyed. Still, there are no reports of serious injuries. Crews are trying to maintain crucial infrastructure, including the only bridge across the Athabasca River and Highway 63.May 4, morning – Highway 63 leading south is “organized confusion.” Cars are strung along ditches and police are running jerry cans of gasoline to drivers who have run out. To the north of the city, thousands have taken refuge in oilsands work camps.May 4, 10:23 a.m. – Notley says the wildfire has destroyed roughly 1,600 structures in the city.May 4, 3:57 p.m. – The Alberta government declares a provincial state of emergency so it can take control of the response.May 5, noon – The fire has ballooned to more than 850 square kilometres.May 6, 6 a.m. – A massive convoy gets underway to move evacuees stranded at oilfield camps north of Fort McMurray through the fire-ravaged community to safe areas south of the oilsands capital.May 6, morning – The Alberta government says it will provide cash to 80,000 evacuees to help with their immediate needs. Notley says cabinet has approved a payment of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependant at a cost to the province of $100 million.May 6, night – The fire is more than 1,560 square kilometres in size.May 7 – The fire is more than 2,000 square kilometres in size and still growing as it spreads east toward the Saskatchewan boundary.May 9 – Notley says 2,400 buildings were lost in the fire, but she praises firefighters for saving 25,000 more. Reporters are taken on a tour of devastated neighbourhoods.May 10 – Notley says the fire did not damage any oilsands plants to the north of the city. She says the province and the energy industry are working together to restart oilsands projects as quickly as possible.May 11 – The Red Cross says each adult evacuee is to receive $600 and each child will get $300 to help with expenses.May 13 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours the city. He says Canadians have yet to grasp the scope of what happened and the lengths firefighters went to in saving almost 90 per cent of Fort McMurray.May 16 – Notley says the air quality in Fort McMurray is at dangerous levels and is hampering efforts to get residents back to their homes. The air quality heath index scale is normally one to 10, with 10 being the worst, but the reading that morning was at 38. Fire officials say the blaze, now at 2,850 square kilometres, remains out of control and a threat as crews deal with hotspots.May 16, 4:45 p.m. – Work camps north of Fort McMurray that had been re-populated as the oilsands attempted to restart are cleared again as the wildfire pushes north.May 17 – The fire destroys a 665-room work camp north of the city. An explosion in the city damages several houses and the restoration of gas services needs to be stopped. Poor air quality forces staff working to clean the hospital to leave the city.May 18 – The Alberta government says people could return home starting on June 1 if conditions are deemed to be safe. The wildfire has now scorched more than 3,500 square kilometres as conditions remain dry and windy.May 19 – Officials say the threat of the Fort McMurray wildfire has diminished as the flames move into Saskatchewan. Crews have been successful holding the fire back from oilsands facilities and work camps. The blaze has now burned 5,000 square kilometres, the same amount of forest as all fires consumed in Alberta last year.May 20 – Conditions have improved enough for the province to bring in an extra 1,000 firefighters over the next two weeks to try and gain an upper hand on the fire.May 24 – Oilsands workers begin the process of restarting their projects.May 30 – Re-entry remains on track, but Notley says up to 2,000 evacuees will not be able to do so until possibly September. She says more than 500 homes and about a dozen apartment complexes that escaped the wildfire in three otherwise heavily damaged neighbourhoods are not safe to be lived in yet. She says that conclusion was reached with health experts following tests on air, soil, ash and water.June 1 – Evacuees start returning home.June 13 – The wildfire is classified as being held for the first time since it became out of control.June 15 – Alberta orders reviews into how it responded to the wildfire and decisions about the evacuation.July 4 – The fire is classified as under control.last_img read more

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SIU OPP investigating shooting that sent Niagara officer to hospital

first_imgPELHAM, Ont. — Two separate investigations are underway into an altercation between two Niagara regional police officers that sent one to hospital in critical condition.Provincial police and Ontario’s police watchdog are investigating the incident Thursday at a rural intersection in Pelham, Ont., about 20 kilometres west of Niagara Falls.The Special Investigations Unit says the two officers were investigating a prior collision when they became involved in an “altercation” around noon on Thursday.Spokeswoman Monica Hudon told reporters Thursday evening that a firearm was discharged and one officer was hit.The victim — a 44-year-old man with 28 years of experience on the force — was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to a facility in Hamilton in critical condition.Niagara police later said in a statement that his condition had been upgraded to stable.“In the spirit of transparency, I have asked the Ontario Provincial Police to determine if there is any criminal culpability outside of the SIU’s scope,” Niagara regional police Chief Bryan MacCulloch said in the statement.“The days and weeks ahead will be trying ones for the NRPS family and the community we serve,” MacCulloch said. “I ask for your support for our members and all those involved.”Hudon said the SIU had assigned 11 investigators, including three forensic specialists, to the case. She said it’s very early in the investigation and there have been no arrests.She urged anyone with information — particularly anyone with video evidence — to contact the SIU.The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that is automatically called in to investigate reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation of sexual assault.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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THE CANADIAN SKINCARE TREATMENT MICHELLE OBAMA LOVES

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Michelle Obama has undeniably amazing skin. We now know that is in part due to Jennifer Brodeur, the Montreal-based skincare guru who has been treating Obama since 2014. Brodeur was introduced to the former American first lady through another longtime client of hers: Oprah Winfrey. “We often say (Ms. Winfrey and I), that it was one of the best introductions ever,” says Brodeur. “One of a lifetime.”After an initial meeting (that Brodeur says she was “oddly not nervous, just very honoured” to have), one facial treatment quickly turned into four. “Once I flew back home her team reached out to me, it seemed surreal,” says Brodeur. “We took care of all the important steps to ensure we could offer the best skincare strategy.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Air Tindi Cessna narrowly missed cliff before hitting amazing crash site

first_imgAPTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE-The ill-fated Air Tindi flight that crashed Tuesday killing two of the four people aboard narrowly missed smashing into a cliff, according to the band manager of the Chipewyan community that was the aircraft’s destination.Lutsel K’e band manager Ray Griffith said the Cessna 208B crashed on a small but smooth patch of rock high up on a narrow peninsula that juts out into Great Slave Lake.The aircraft was carrying four people aboard, including one pilot and three passengers. Two of the passengers were from the community.Health officials said Wednesday that the two survivors had been flown to Edmonton for treatment and they were currently in stable condition.This is the second deadly crash to hit the territory in the last two weeks.In late September, a Twin Otter crashed into Yellowknife’s Old Town neighbourhood killing the pilot and co-pilot and injuring seven passengers.Tuesday’s crash could have turned out much worse, said Griffith.Griffith said the peninsula, about 45 kilometres east of the community, is no more than a “few hundred feet across” and is made up predominantly of rough terrain.“They were coming in from the north side, narrowly missed the cliff and skimmed in over the top of the cliff,” said Griffith. “It is surrounded by miles and miles of water, it was a wheeled aircraft, if it had landed in the water there would have been no survivors…it’s an amazing crash site.”Griffith said the crash had a major impact on people in the fly-in community, which sits about 200 kilometres east of Yellowknife.“This has certainly shaken people, this is the closest one to home,” said Griffith. “To have two in a row…with local airlines, it really does make people think a little bit. But that is not going to stop people from flying because we have no choice.”last_img read more

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Bombardier shareholders to vote on call for more lobbying transparency

first_imgMONTREAL – Pension plan managers and other institutions holding millions of Bombardier shares would like to see the transportation giant go the extra mile for lobbying transparency.The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the California Teachers’ Pension Fund and the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) said they are supporting a proposal by OceanRock Investments asking Bombardier’s board to file an annual report on direct and indirect lobbying activities.The proposal will be voted on Thursday at Bombardier’s annual meeting.SBA governance analyst Tracy Stewart says one can never be too careful given that there are currently a lot of political risks.At the end of fiscal 2017, the CPPIB, the California Teachers’ Pension Fund and the SAB — with assets under management totalling nearly $881 billion — held approximately 7.6 million Class A and B shares of the Quebec multinational.The OceanRock Investments initiative has also been endorsed by the two major shareholder advisory agencies, Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).Bombardier has urged its shareholders to vote against the motion, arguing that is already reports monthly on its federal lobbying with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada and the information is found on the Quebec Lobbyists’ Registry for provincial activities.Reports on lobbying in the United States are available to the general public through the House of Representatives, it added in its proxy circular released in March.The proposal is unlikely to pass because the Beaudoin-Bombardier family controls 51.5 of the voting rights thanks to the multiple voting shares.Meanwhile, with the exception of the Florida institution, the CPPIB and the California Teachers’ Pension Fund are endorsing the compensation policy for Bombardier’s key executives.In 2017, the company’s top five executives earned total compensation of US$30.8 million, up 12.3 per cent over the prior year. Including board chairman Pierre Beaudoin raises the total payroll to US$33.4 million, up seven per cent.The annual meeting will be the last as a board member after 43 years for Laurent Beaudoin, the architect of its growth as the manufacturer of planes and trains. The meeting is ten days before his 80th birthday.Companies in this report: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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Oil curtailment mistakes spawn costly Alberta rail plan Husky execs say

first_imgMike McKinnon, spokesman for Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCaig-Boyd, defended the curtailment plan in an email, noting that it is working to improve oil prices and save jobs.“The decision to temporarily limit production was applied fairly and equitably,” he said. “We know that limiting production is not ideal or sustainable. That’s exactly why we have a plan to move more oil by rail until new pipelines are built.”The province announced last week its plan to add 120,000 bpd in crude-by-rail capacity by next year. Opposition leader Jason Kenney has said he will cancel the deals with Canada’s two major railways if he is elected premier in the spring election.Husky’s fourth-quarter results were hit by suspended production following an oil spill at its White Rose oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, N.L., a longer-than-expected maintenance shutdown at its refinery in Lima, Ohio, and lower oil prices.Husky reported $216 million in net earnings in the last three months of 2018, versus analyst expectations of $257 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.That compared with a profit of $672 million in the same quarter a year earlier.Production averaged 304,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, off from 320,000 boe/d a year earlier.Husky says output this year is expected to average 290,000 to 305,000 boe/d, including oil curtailments and the loss of production from White Rose through at least the first quarter.The company’s stock closed down by about 7.5 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $14.77. CALGARY, AB – The Alberta government’s decision to spend $3.7 billion to move more crude by rail is an unintended consequence of its poorly considered production cut order, executives with Husky Energy Inc. charged on Tuesday.The Calgary-based company, which has opposed provincial curtailments as an unwelcome interference in the market, raised its level of criticism on a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter results.The province imposed production quotas as of Jan. 1 designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day of crude off the market, supporting prices by opening space on full export pipelines and drawing down overflowing storage. Husky maintains that its integrated upstream and downstream operations and pipeline contracts had allowed it to continue to be profitable even when discounts on western Canadian crude reached record levels last November.“We are now seeing some of the unintended consequences starting to arise, like the rapid fall-off of rail shipments out of the province,” said CEO Rob Peabody on the call.“This curtailment punishes companies like Husky that have made investments in refineries and pipeline capacity while rewarding those companies that have not…. The Alberta government is now shutting in perfectly economic production.”He said an informal secondary crude market has been created in Alberta which has allowed Husky to buy small amounts of oil from other producers to send to market.Integrated companies like Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. _ who had opposed the production cuts _ charge that lower discounts mean crude-by-rail is no longer profitable, although curtailment supporter Cenovus Energy Inc has said it would increase its crude-by-rail shipments this year.The province announced last month it would allow production quotas in February and March to rise by 75,000 bpd due to declining storage levels.center_img But chief operating officer Rob Symonds said on the call Husky is actually being hit harder now than it was in January.“In February and March … the province has said the curtailment is being reduced, but our quota went down,” he said. “So our curtailment went up when the provincial number went down. That’s why I’m a little confused as to how the math works.”He wouldn’t give Husky’s actual curtailment number, which he said is about 20 per cent of potential Alberta oil production.He said the company has shut in some conventional heavy oil wells that will likely be too badly damaged to be started up again when curtailment ends.last_img read more

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French Politician Allegedly Compares Dead Children in Gaza To Halal Meat

Fez – Jacques Renaud, Deputy Mayor of the town of Montreuil-Juigné in France, allegedly made an offensive comment in a tweet referring to a dead child in Gaza as a pice of “Halal meat.”  Claiming his account was hacked, Renaud has faced severe backlash.An indication of the level of anti-Muslim hatred and pro-Israel sentiment among France’s political elite, Jacques Renaud, the right wing deputy mayor affiliated to the UMP opposition, compared infants being killed in the Gaza Strip to animals slaughtered according to Islamic ritual.On Tuesday, the outspoken pro-Israel politician shared a tweet pledging support for the Jewish groups in France who have recently been the target of ant-Semitic attack. A French Twitter user responded to Renaud’s comment with a question about the deputy mayor’s thoughts on a photo.The photo attached to the tweet depicted a dead child, and referred to the “barbarism” of the Israeli army which has killed more than 200 children during its current ongoing assault on Gaza.Renaud tweeted the following reply: “It is Halal meat, I suppose?”  “Halal” refers to the method of slaughter of animals through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery, and windpipe, in accordance with Islam.However, Renauld denied that the tweet was his, claiming that it was sent through a fake Twitter account.According to lelab.eaurop1, the first Deputy of the city of Montreuil-Juigné, Nathalie Lemaire confirmed that Renault has reportedly filed a police compliant on Wednesday afternoon, for identity theft.Nathalie Lemaire stressed that Renauld has never had a Twitter account.“Jaques Renauld does not even have a Twitter account, and he does not know how to use it. For a while, someone has usurped his identity,” the first Deputy of the city of Montreuil-Juigné said.Renauld’s offensive comment sparked outrage across France, stirring a controversy.Whether the account belongs to Renauld or it is fake, the damage had already been done. A petition calling for Renauld resignation surfaced on Change.org and has already accrued more than 4, 078 signatures.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Lawyer for former Nissan chairman Ghosn slams bail limits

TOKYO — The lawyer for Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn has slammed a ban that prevents his client from seeing his wife, which was set as a bail condition as Ghosn awaits trial on financial misconduct charges.A judge has forbidden Ghosn from seeing his wife, Carole, including in the presence of lawyers, or talking to her on the phone. Prosecutors say the restriction is needed to prevent evidence tampering.The lawyer, Takashi Takano, said in a phone interview on Saturday that the ban is unfair and cruel.His earlier appeal, rejected by a district and appeals courts, went to the Supreme Court, which turned it down last month.Takano has vowed to keep filing new petitions. He says the next one will be filed within two or three weeks.The Associated Press read more

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Dad used shoelace to tie the umbilical cord of his newborn baby

first_imgShe was born only three hours after Mrs Doherty first had strong labour pains.She is now doing well and is known as a local celebrity, the family said. Last year a woman gave birth in a hospital reception in an extraordinary scene caught on CCTV. A father has described how he used his shoelaces to tie his newborn baby’s umbilical cord after she arrived sooner than expected in the back of a car.Paul Doherty was taking his wife Georgina to hospital in Londonderry, northern Ireland, when she asked him to pull over.He was talked through the birth by emergency services, and had nothing but his shoelace to tie the cord with.  The family  He told BBC Radio Foyle: “By the time I got out of the driver’s seat and got round to the passenger seat the head was actually out to view.”He said once his baby daughter had arrived he was told to keep both mother and child warm and to tie something round the umbilical cord.”I had to take off my shoelace, it was the only thing I had in the car,” he said.Baby Saphia, the couple’s fourth child, was 13 days over due when she made her surprise arrival. Mrs Doherty had to ask her husband to pull overCredit:North West Newspix The family now have four childrenCredit:North West Newspix Mrs Doherty and baby Saphia Her husband missed the moment while he was trying to park the car, and said he was in shock to see his wife cradling the newborn when he walked into the foyer. 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.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3244989 By Cianan Brennan Feb 17th 2017, 4:51 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 5 at 5: Friday TD calls for Enda’s head, and Tesco paints over pedestrian crossing during strike – it’s the 5 at 5. Friday 17 Feb 2017, 4:51 PM 6,184 Views Source: Shutterstock/sulev langeEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #IT BEGINS: Dublin TD Alan Farrell has become the first Fine Gael deputy to call for Enda Kenny to stand aside.2. #BLAIR: The former UK Labour leader wants Britain to fight against Brexit.3. #TESCO: The retailer has admitted to painting over a pedestrian crossing after complaints were regarding over safety during the ongoing workers’ strike.4. #MCCABE: A ‘copy/paste’ error was not responsible for the abuse claim made against Sergeant Maurice McCabe.5. #WICKLOW WAY: The High Court has overturned a €40,000 damages payout awarded to a woman who fell while walking on the Wicklow Way. No Comments Short URL Share Tweet Email last_img read more

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Gana Gueye hopes to execute Marco Silvas possessionbased brand of football

first_imgIdrissa Gana Gueye says Everton’s players are seeking the chance to show off Marco Silva’s possession-based brand of football.Senegalese Gana and Andre Gomes has formed a powerful midfield partnership and have been a fixture in manager Silva’s plans this season.Speaking to official club’s website, Gana states that the hope of making use of their positive sequence of results is the inspiration they need as they go into this weekend’s 232nd Merseyside derby.“The manager has his way, which is to keep the ball and play football,” said Gana.“We are in a good, confident way and doing well. We are working hard on the training ground and that is showing on the pitch.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The manager has changed a lot of things, which is why we are happy. It is a pleasure to be on the pitch. He tells us to enjoy every game… to enjoy our football and do what we have to on the pitch. We try to do that and it’s working..”“We have had a normal week in training, every game is big for us.”“You can see we are getting better every week. We want to keep our level against Liverpool and play like we do in any game.”“The only thing which motivates us is to take the three points and continue our good form.”last_img read more

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Security Council urges Gaza truce no sign of lull

first_imgGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel on Saturday widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and announced it would hit northern Gaza “with great force” to prevent rocket attacks from there on Israel. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed in five days of bombardment.One of the Israeli strikes hit a center for the disabled where Palestinians said two patients were killed and four people seriously hurt. In a second attack, on Saturday evening, an Israeli warplane flattened the home of Gaza’s police chief and damaged a nearby mosque as evening prayers ended, killing at least 18 people, officials said.In New York, the U.N. Security Council called unanimously for a cease-fire, while Britain’s foreign minister said he will discuss cease-fire efforts with his American, French and German counterparts on Sunday.So far, neither Israel nor Gaza’s Hamas rulers have signaled willingness to stop. Israel has carried out more than 1,200 air strikes this week to try to diminish Hamas’ ability to fire rockets at Israel, and the chief military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, said Saturday there would be more strikes, especially in northern Gaza near the Israeli border. “We are going to attack there with great force in the next 24 hours due to a very large concentration of Hamas efforts in that area,” he said. Late Saturday, the military said it was ordering Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate “for their own safety.”last_img read more

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FEMA shared personal information of 23M disaster victims with contractor

first_imgGetty Images The Federal Emergency Management Agency shared bank information, addresses and other personal information on more than 2 million victims of disasters with a contractor, a practice the agency acknowledged on Friday gave the outside company “more information than was necessary.”The incident, which was the subject of a report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, occurred as the agency worked with an outside contractor that was finding temporary housing for victims of the 2017 California wild fires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. FEMA shared more “data elements” than were necessary for the contractor to do its job, the report said.The contractor’s name was redacted in the report.”Without corrective action, the disaster survivors involved in the privacy incident are at increased risk of identity theft and fraud,” the DHS Inspector General’s report said.FEMA, which is part of Homeland Security, acknowledged that “sensitive, personally identifiable information” had been shared. The agency added that it had taken “aggressive” measures to address the error.”FEMA is no longer sharing unnecessary data with the contractor and has conducted a detailed review of the contractor’s information system,” Lizzie Litzow, FEMA’s press secretary, said in a statement. The agency hasn’t found evidence that the data was compromised and worked with the contractor to remove the unnecessary information.The incident is a reminder that your personal information can flow from one organization’s servers into another party’s hands, and there isn’t much you can do about it. The risk of identity theft increases as malicious actors rack up more points of data about you.  0 Tags Post a commentcenter_img Share your voice Securitylast_img read more

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Teacher kills self

first_imgA teacher of a high school has allegedly committed suicide by taking poison after failing to get his name in the monthly pay order (MPO) list, reports UNB.The deceased is Bidhan Chandra Ghosh, 42, an assistant teacher of computer science at Senergati Girls’ High School and son of Mrinal Kanti Ghosh of Daulatpur village.Shahidul Islam, assistant teacher of the school, said Bidhan took poison on Tuesday night as he did not find his name in the MPO list.Later, he was taken to Sadar Hospital where he died around 8:00pm.last_img read more

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THQ Promotes Homefront with 10000 Balloons Angers Environmentalists

first_imgIf you’re looking to draw the ire of environmentalists, there’s no better place to do it than in San Francisco–and really, there are few more immediately visible ways to do so than releasing 10,000 brightly-colored balloons into the sky. It was all part of a promotion stunt for THQ’s upcoming Homefront game.THQ released the balloons yesterday, during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, immediately landing itself on the s-list of pretty much every environmentalist in the Bay Area. Here’s a quote from Rod Fujita, an oceans scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, that about sums it up, “When I looked out the window and saw thousands of balloons dropping straight into the bay, I was flabbergasted. I never expected to see something like this in San Francisco, where there’s such concern about the bay and pollution.”THQ released the 10,000 read “messages of hope” to “simulate a method used by South Korea to send messages of hope to the North.” The balloons rose and the dropped almost immediately into the bay, thanks to rainy weather.Complaints quickly put the game company on the defensive. THQ insisted that the balloons, “were made from a 100 percent organic product and are 100 percent biodegradable.”last_img read more

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The Cast of Genius Answers Was Albert Einstein a Likeable Pig

first_imgNational Geographic is premiering its new drama series Genius on Tuesday, April 25. Each season will tell the story of a famous scientist. The first focuses on Albert Einstein, played by Geoffrey Rush in his later years and by Johnny Flynn in his younger days. We got to see an early screening of the first episode at TriBeCa Film Festival and got a chance to talk to some of the actors beforehand. Naturally, I asked them about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.There are now two shows in recent memory that featured Albert Einstein. This and Legends of Tomorrow. In the first episode of the recently concluded second season, the Legends met and kidnapped Albert Einstein. (They’re trying to save him from Nazi captors and prevent a devastating attack on 1940s New York.) Martin Stein reveres Einstein like a god and is flustered to find out that the man himself is a womanizing smart-ass. Mick Rory, on the other hand, is delighted. He enjoys watching Martin be called “stupid” by his hero. Most of all, he has one of the best lines of the episode: “I like him. He’s a pig.”How close to the truth is that line? Well, the cast of this show has certainly learned a lot about Einstein over the course of production, so I asked them what they thought of that assessment. Yes, when given the opportunity to interview great actors of film and television, I ask them about my favorite comic book TV show. That’s who I am.Czech Republic – Emily Watson (Elsa Einstein) with Geoffrey Rush (Albert Einstein) in National Geographic’s Genius (National Geographic/Dusan Martincek)First up was Richard Topol, who plays Einstein’s friend, Fritz Haber. Topol first shared a little information about Haber, and why he was so excited to play this role. Haber was born Jewish but converted to Christianity. He was a chemist who figured out how to use Nitrogen as a fertilizer and grow more food. He saved Europe from famine. He then used the same process in World War I to make poison gas. That dichotomy is what made the role so interesting to Topol. The actor promised that Genius will also tell Haber’s story.But onto the important question. Is “I like him; he’s a pig” an accurate description of Einstein. Now, if anyone’s going to have a good answer to a question, it’s the guy who plays Fritz Haber. In describing Einstein’s friendship with Haber, Topol said Einstein asked Haber to help him divorce his first wife. Einstein wanted his wife to either agree to let him keep his mistress or agree to divorce. Haber’s the one that fixed it for him. So what does the man who played Fritz Haber think?“I think he’s portrayed as somebody who doesn’t want to grow up,” Topol said. He sees Albert Einstein not as a pig, but as an immature person, who probably should have behaved more like a grown up than he did. “We forgive him. We forgive him his weakness, his childishness. So how about that? Slightly kinder.”Most of the cast, after working on this series, had a much kinder outlook on Albert Einstein and his womanizing ways. Now, it’s almost certain many of them aren’t familiar with how blunt Mick Rory typically is, but it’s not surprising that after studying the people in Einstein’s life so closely, they have a more nuanced take on him.Gwendolyn Ellis, who plays the young version of Elsa Einstein, the physicist’s second wife and first cousin, very much disagreed that the man was a pig. She describes Einstein’s relationship with his second wife as a deep romantic friendship. That they knew what each other needed, and they found that they wanted the same kind of marriage.“I think he was a regular guy. He certainly slept with his fair share of women, and I think that Elsa didn’t like it, but I think she admired him to an extent that she knew that that’s what he needed,” Ellis said. “No, no I don’t think he was a pig. I just think he was a morally complicated person.”Next came T.R. Knight, who plays J. Edgar Hoover on Genius. Knight, who had not seen the finished show yet, promised that it will tackle the issue of whether Einstein was a pig or not. He didn’t give any opinion on the issue himself, though he did admit that Einstein did have some issues with women.“What I like about it is it shows his failings. I think that’s what’s so fascinating, especially about modern biopics. It’s so easy to hero worship him, but what if you know all the uglier sides of someone and then you still respect them? That’s fascinating to me.”Of course, I couldn’t have J. Edgar Hoover standing in front of me and not ask about another famous portrayal of the former FBI director. I asked Knight who would win in a J. Edgar Hoover-off, him or Leonardo DiCaprio. Knight said he wouldn’t want to fight Leo, as the Oscar winner is much taller than him. Also, he’s a pacifist. On the other hand, given the prosthetics at work in both J. Edgar and Genius, Knight would like to see the prosthetic teams face off against one another. You listening Nat Geo? I think I smell a spin-off series.We also spoke to the actor who plays an agent working under Hoover in the first episode. Vincent Kartheiser plays Raymond Geist, who questions Einstein about his loyalties and intentions before he enters the United States. It was funny to see that, although Kartheiser described his character as morally closer to himself than Pete Campbell was, we feel similarly about Geist as we did about Pete. In fact, he’d be a great villain on next season of Legends of Tomorrow. Pete Campbell: Time Asshole.Kartheiser disagreed with Legends‘s characterization of Einstein as a pig but said that doesn’t mean the show is wrong. “I think that calling anyone a pig is a vague and broad term, and I think we all have moments like that, don’t we?” he said. “If they went back in time for just one moment, just one year, just one month… I guess in certain rooms with Albert Einstein you would think that, and in other rooms, you would think he had a very high level of integrity and discipline. I think we all have our places where we’re at our best and places where we’re at our worst.” He added, “I’m at my worst in the shower.”Eugene Simon, who plays son Eduard Einstein, very much insisted that Albert was not a pig. He even had some advice for the fictional DC character. When telling me about the role of Eduard, Simon said he felt the sense of abandonment Eduard feels towards his father very personally. He was also fascinated by Eduard’s response to his abandonment issues and his own chase of schizophrenia. Eduard Einstein dealt with his mental illness by learning everything he could about psychology at the time. “It’s a story that’s enormously powerful, and I was very lucky to tell it.”Upon hearing about the scene in question, Simon replied “Well Heat Wave, I don’t know what books you’ve been reading, or not reading. No, I think Albert Einstien was, certainly I can tell you from my understanding for my character, a flawed father. To say he’s a pig is probably a little bit too harsh.” Simon pointed out that Einstein lived during one of the most turbulent times in the 20th century, and tried to impart a message of pacifism to a world that wasn’t too keen on it. “He was a man of great integrity, but flawed. So Heat Wave, read more books.” Not sure Rory will take the advice, but there it is.Finally, I had to ask one of the writers of Genius what he thought of the comedy superhero show’s portrayal of the man he no doubt spent a lot of time researching and getting just right. Kenneth Biller co-wrote the script with Noah Pink. Biller said he wanted to tell Einstein’s story because he had such an eventful, dramatic and dangerous life. He also said he thought it was important, during a time when science is not valued by those in power, to tell a story about a time where it was. Not only valued, Biller said Einstein was an international superstar for his ideas.So what did he think about Mick Rory’s interpretation of the character? He didn’t see Einstein as a pig at all. “I don’t think Einstein was a womanizer, he didn’t objectify women,” Biller said. “He really valued women, and in many ways, his ideas about women were very modern. His first wife, Mileva Maric was a student with him and he was very excited about the idea of having a Ph.D. for a wife… He valued women’s intellect, and yes, he did love women, a lot of women, but as you’ll see in the show, he had his own Einsteinian logic. He just didn’t really believe that monogamy was natural, he thought it was an artificial social construct. He came to an accommodation with his second wife, Elsa, who knew about and tolerated his affairs.”Biller said that while he doesn’t see Einstein as a big, he was a flawed human being, and the show will depict his many mistakes as well as his successes.Despite Einstein’s many flaws and well-documented infidelity, the people that have just made a comprehensive biographic TV series about him wouldn’t say he’s a pig. While it’s not news that the National Geographic show would be a little more nuanced than the superhero time travel comedy in its depiction of Albert Einstein, everyone had their own interpretation of who Albert Einstein was. He may not have been a pig, but he was a flawed human being, who occasionally hurt those closest to him. Either way, he’s so much more than the E=MC2 guy with crazy hair. It’s exciting to see shows like Genius and even Legends of Tomorrow (in its own way) try to show us that.Genius premieres tonight Tuesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on National Geographic. For more, read PCMag’s Fast Forward: Ron Howard on Einstein’s Genius, the Future of Filmmaking.All photos by Managing Editor, Sheilah Villarilast_img read more

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HandsOn Resident Evil 2 Remake is Everything We Could Have Hoped For

first_img Capcom first announced Resident Evil 2 Remake all the way back in the summer of 2015. We haven’t gotten many details since then, but thanks to E3, we now know exactly what to expect. During my time at Capcom’s booth, I played around 20 minutes of Resident Evil 2 Remake. As a fan of the original game, I was extremely impressed by what I experienced. If you’re going to update a classic game for the modern age, this is how you do it.The demo featured a baby-faced Leon S. Kennedy who begins his tenure at the Raccoon City Police Department during the outbreak of a zombie plague. The first thing that stood out to me was the game’s camera angle. Instead of static pre-rendered CG backgrounds, RE2R has a third-person over-the-shoulder camera. Basically, it has the camera angle from Resident Evil 4. This immediately lets players know this isn’t just the old Resident Evil 2 with a new coat of paint. This is a remake in every sense of the word.Despite the shiny new graphics, this is still Resident Evil 2 at its core. There’s no better proof of this than some of the puzzles found in the police station’s entrance. Seriously, who designed this place? Imagine having to work at the RCPD and needing a special blue key to unlock specific doors. How about acquiring three medallions to unlock the contents found at the base of an angel statue. This all seems even more preposterous than before thanks to the realistic graphics. Still, it is cool to see the game contain the classic puzzles… even if they are extremely outlandish.If you’ve played any post-Resident Evil 4 title, you’ll find the controls familiar. The older RE games have clunky controls by today’s standards so I’m glad Capcom choose to update them. Since I didn’t have to worry about controls, I was able to completely focus on exploring the abandoned police station.Naturally, I had to deal with a few zombies along the way. Shooting mechanics are very reminiscent of Resident Evil 6, which means some shots don’t hit their mark even at point-blank range. I’m not sure if you can upgrade weapons, but my handgun felt decidedly weak. Head shots didn’t always guarantee a zombie would stay down. Using the combat knife helps immensely when you’ve run out of ammo. However, you can wear it out, so it’s best to use it only as a last-ditch effort.Like the original, one must manage their items carefully. This wasn’t an issue during the demo, but it can become a problem in the final game. Key items are stored alongside your health sprays and ammo. You’ll run into situations where you’ll need to drop an item for something more important. Thankfully, you do not need to carry ink ribbons to save, and things like bullets and health items all go into their respective inventory slots. I’m sure you can upgrade your inventory capacity later in the game.Resident Evil 2 Remake runs on the same engine as Resident Evil 7. Because of that, everything is rendered with an impressive level of detail. What really sells the visuals is the lighting. The dimly lit halls of the RCPD give the game an appropriately dark and uncomfortable ambiance. Some sections are so frighteningly detailed you almost wish Leon would turn his flashlight off. Even in a well-lit press room where I was surrounded by people and accompanied by my friendly PR handler, I was still frightened.Resident Evil 2 is a classic, and this remake is most certainly doing it justice. It’s a nice example of how to properly update a beloved game while retaining its key elements. There are a ton of new titles dropping in the coming months, but this one is deserving of your attention. It truly is solidly designed. If you’re a fan of the original or have never experienced it, you totally need to check out Resident Evil 2 Remake. Expect the game on January 25, 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. These Are the Games You Should Check Out in January 2019NYCC 2018: Resident Evil 2 Remake’s Bosses Are Absolutely Terrifying Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Sufiyana celebrations

first_imgThe melodious tune of Tufail Sanjrani, a Sufi Singer from Sindh, Pakistan will overwhelm the audience along with some Sindhi Sufi Kalam by Padmashri Shanti Hiranand, Dushyant Ahuja, Uma Lalla, Ghansham Vaswani, Kajal Chandiramani  & Sadhna Bhatia to be staged on 22 March.The audience will get engulfed on second day of the festival (23 March) which presents Kathak Dance on Sajan-Rahiyo-Aa Raha Hoo Mein, and Sindh Sufi Kalam of Taj Mastani. The festival will further add to the spirit of Sufi Lovers as the entry is made free on first come first basis.WHEN: 22-23 March; TIMING: 5.30 pm onwardsWHERE: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, CV Mess Janpathlast_img read more

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