NSLC Stores Will Not Open Sunday Oct 5

first_imgNova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) stores will not be openedSunday, Oct. 5. The announcement was made today, Oct. 3, by NSLCacting president Ken Barbet. “The intent of the government’s decision is to allow stores to beopen this Sunday to help Nova Scotians who are recovering fromthe effects of Hurricane Juan, to allow them to replenishnecessary supplies including food and equipment rather than toeffect a general Sunday store opening,” noted Mr. Barbet.”Therefore, the NSLC will not be opening stores this Sunday.” -30-last_img read more

Winnipeg teens killer sentenced to life with no parole for 16 years

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man who killed a teenager and dumped his body in a garbage bin has been sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 16 years.Nicholas Bell-Right had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the February 2016 shooting death of Cooper Nemeth.Nemeth was shot in the head twice after a house party and his body was found nearly a week later after an extensive search.Family and friends described in victim impact statements how the 17-year-old’s death has disrupted their lives.Gaylene Nemeth, the boy’s mother, said she has been living in a fog ever since her son was killed and doubts that Bell-Wright is remorseful.She told court her own thoughts have been haunted and filled with torment since his death.“Every night is consumed (by) nightmares,” she said Wednesday.Court previously heard that Nemeth and Bell-Wright knew each other through the drug trade and that Bell-Wright said he could help Nemeth set up a drug deal.Court was told they left the party together and Nemeth was shot while he sat in the front seat of Bell-Wright’s car.Gaylene Nemeth said her son made some bad decisions but he wasn’t a gangster or a big-time drug dealer.“He was just a kid,” she said. “Cooper was a boy. My baby. A 17-year-old excited for life.”Ninety-six victim impact statements were entered at Bell-Wright’s sentencing hearing, but only 16 from family and close friends were read aloud.(CTV Winnipeg, CJOB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Edmonton Pride Festival cancelled this year citing current events

first_imgEDMONTON — The organizers of the Edmonton Pride Festival have cancelled this year’s event, citing “current political and social environment.” A letter from the board of directors says the decision was made with a “heavy heart,” adding there will be other community organizations putting on events in June.The letter posted on the Edmonton Pride Festival Society’s website late Wednesday says its goal is to host a safe event encompassing of the entire community, something they say is not attainable this year.The board of directors also say the festival will not be hosted this year because of current events, but do no elaborate.The festival was scheduled for June 7, with the Pride parade taking place the following day.Last year, the parade was halted for more than half an hour by demonstrators demanding organizers uninvite Edmonton police officers, the RCMP and military personnel from the event, amid a country-wide debate over the presence of police in Pride parades.Protesters also distributed leaflets urging the festival society to “restructure its board and staff hiring practices to have more representation from people of colour and trans folks.”The parade resumed after Pride organizers agreed to their demands.Also in June last year leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party said banning police and military personnel from Edmonton’s Pride parade is regrettable and should be reconsidered.Jason Kenney said at an event last year the military made “great efforts to be inclusive in this respect and there’s a lot of proud gay and lesbian soldiers and police officers.”“They deserve to be able to celebrate their service to our communities and to Canada without being attacked and marginalized,” he said.Meanwhile in Toronto, uniformed police officers have been indefinitely barred from participating in the city’s Pride parade after a close vote that organizers said showed a deep division within the LGBTQ community.Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mother accused of violating injunction tells court she was supporting sons wish

first_imgAnnette Hollett testified Thursday that she went to a Muskrat Falls protest in Oct. 2016 because her 12-year-old son said he wanted to stand up for his culture. Editor’s Note: As a journalist with the online publication theIndependent.ca, Justin Brake followed the land protectors onto the Muskrat Falls site and workers accomodations complex and covered the duration of the occupation. He is facing criminal and civil charges from the event.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA Métis woman who lives in Labrador told a judge Thursday that when she went through the gates and briefly joined the occupation of the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016, she was doing it for her 12-year-old son.Annette Hollett, who moved to Labrador from Alberta 15 years ago, is one of more than a dozen land protectors in provincial Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week defending themselves against charges of violating a court injunction in the course of resisting the controversial hydroelectric project in Central Labrador.Despite living with post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety, she recalled in her testimony, Hollett took her son, who is Inuit, to the peace camp across the Trans Labrador Highway from the main entrance to the Muskrat Falls site, where upward of 200 people were gathered that day.“My son asked to go to stand up for his beliefs,” Hollett told APTN in an interview following her testimony, referring to the Oct. 22, 2016 Indigenous-led protest outside the Muskrat Falls site, which led to an occupation of the project’s accommodations complex.“He was born here so he wanted to fight for what he thought was his rights. And I’m his parent, so I supported him.”With just one day left in the scheduled week-long hearings only three land protectors have testified, while a dozen remain. Earlier in the week APTN reported that 17 land protectors were pleading not guilty but learned today that two changed their pleas and won’t appear in court this week.Nalcor Energy, the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, was granted an injunction on Oct. 16, 2016 amid an ongoing blockade of the Muskrat Falls site by land protectors.The following day RCMP arrested several land protectors and ended the blockade. But a few days later, amid growing resistance to the project ahead of anticipated reservoir flooding and projected methylmercury contamination of traditional foods, dozens of people reinstated the blockade.Days later, on Oct. 22, about 50 land protectors went through the project’s main access gate and occupied the worker’s accommodations complex for four days.Most of those on trial this week are facing charges related to the occupation, while others are accused of breaching the injunction during protests and ceremonies carried out in late 2016 and early to mid 2017.Mark Gruchy, the lawyer representing land protectors, called Hollett, Kim Campbell-McLean and Linda Saunders-McLean to testify.Nalcor attorney Chris King cross-examined the land protectors, using video evidence from media and security workers on site in an attempt to prove that the women knew of the injunction and knowingly contravened it, or ought to have known.The three women all testified they weren’t aware of the injunction at the time a lock on the Muskrat Falls gate was cut, after which they, and dozens of others, flooded through and on to the site.Saunders-McLean, an Inuk social worker who works with Indigenous children, told the court she encountered many security personnel and other workers on the site, and that none of them told her she and the others were breaking the law.Linda Saunders-McLean said in court Thursday that she doesn’t “think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed.” Justin Brake/APTN photo.During her cross-examination Saunders-McLean got emotional, in one instance while explaining her mother recently passed away, and in another while recalling the destruction she saw while walking more than 11 kilometres down the access road to the worker’s camp on Oct. 22.“I don’t think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed,” she said, as she began to cry,Justice George Murphy, who granted Nalcor the injunction two years ago, offered Saunders-McLean to take a break.She chose to continue.“When I walked into that camp and I saw all the destruction, and all these buildings, these temporary structures, it was devastating. I almost threw up, what I saw, because I just think about what had to happen in order to place these buildings there — all the animals, all the wildlife, all the fish.”Breaking free from King’s line of questioning for a moment, the mother and grandmother identified what she thought was an unfair contradiction between the legal system and her Indigenous values.“I know that you guys are taking us and holding us accountable for what we did, but who’s holding you guys accountable for what you’re doing?” she told King. “The flooding. The wildlife. Who’s going to speak for them?”Campbell-McLean, who told the court she was born into a Mi’kmaq family in Newfoundland but was adopted into an Inuit family in North West River when she was five months old, is the Executive Director of the AnanauKatiget Tumingit Regional Association, a not-for-profit organization that helps women in violent relationships.She testified Thursday that she attended the Oct. 22 protest outside the Muskrat Falls site “because that’s where I needed to be.”Asked by Gruchy why she went through the project’s main entry gate, an emotional Campbell-McLean told the court, “I have two children in heaven, but I still have my motherly instincts.”Though the 41-year-old no longer has children of her own, she told the court she’s helping teach her disabled niece Inuit customs such as fishing and preparing traditional foods.“She loves, loves, loves salmon, trout and smelt — it’s her favourite food,” she said.“I want her to have what I had, which was the best Labrador cultural Inuit life. I have never ever had any better life anywhere else in this whole country or this world. I have connections with the land, the water, the animals, our plants — and my niece is getting that connection through me. She needs to have that as an Inuit child. She needs to grow up knowing where her people came from, what they went through to get here, and she needs to be able to provide for her own self through the provision of country foods. That is why I went through the gate.”King questioned whether Campbell-McLean knew of the injunction and willfully went on site despite it.He suggested she was trespassing, to which Campbell-McLean responded, “I assumed I was trespassing.”He also showed evidence of Campbell-McLean at a demonstration outside the main gate about a month after the occupation, during which she was among a group of people who King argued were blocking access to the site.In the video Campbell-McLean could be seen stepping away from a security vehicle as it approached. She argued she wasn’t among those blocking access to the site because she moved away when she saw the vehicle coming.Gruchy told APTN earlier this week that the accusations against his clients of civil contempt for violating a court order would be substantiated if Nalcor could prove each of the land protectors were aware of the injunction, and that they deliberately violated it.The St. John’s-based lawyer also said his “objective is to get people to the other end [of the litigation] with as minimal damage as possible, while attempting to utilize this process to maximize their voices in the process, which they haven’t had much of.”Land protectors occupied the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp two years ago this week. Many are still defending themselves in court against civil and criminal charges for allegedly violating an injunction. Justin Brake/APTN photo.Hollett told the court Thursday that the day the gate was opened at Muskrat Falls her son went through before her, so she followed.During her testimony and in her interview with APTN Hollett said it was part way down the 12 kilometre road to the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp she decided she wanted to join the fight.“As I was walking I heard people express their concerns and I realized I had the same concerns,” she said. “If they’re not going to take my 12-year-old son seriously, maybe they will take me seriously.”She said she used to take her son to the cabin every Friday after school, but that lately they don’t spend as much time on the land because of the risks associated with methylmercury due to Muskrat Falls.“Is it going to be safe to go out and hunt and do what we usually enjoy? Some people look at it as a way of life — and are they going to be able to continue that way of life?” she said.Land protectors will continue their testimonies Friday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. But the defense isn’t likely to wrap up before the end of the day, so further court dates will likely be scheduled in the near future.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Home sales in BC rise in October despite higher prices less choice

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s housing market continues to power forward even though real estate experts say fewer properties are available for sale.The British Columbia Real Estate Association says there were 8,677 residential sales across the province in October, a leap of 19.3 per cent over the same period last year.The association says $6.25 billion changed hands during last month’s transactions, a 41.6 per cent increase over total sales value recorded in October 2016.The average residential price also climbed to $720,129, up 18.7 per cent over the same period last year.But association chief economist Cameron Muir says total active listings dipped 5.1 per cent in October and have declined 49 per cent over the last five years.He says the housing market is considered in relative balance when the number of sales is no more than 20 per cent higher than the number of active listings, but that ratio hit 31 per cent in October, and the lack of listings means sellers have the power to set their price.“A lack of supply in the resale market continues to put upward pressure on home prices in most BC regions,” Muir says.Since the start of 2017, the association says B.C. residential sales dollar volume is down 9.4 per cent to $63.8 billion, when compared with January to October last year.last_img read more

General Confederation of Entrepreneurs presents in London investment opportunities Morocco

first_imgBordeaux- The President of the Moroccan General Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CGEM) presented the country’s attractiveness during the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum held in London. Ms. Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun highlighted the strengths of the Moroccan economy and exposed investment opportunities in various sectors.The forum provides an occasion to meet potential investors and convince project leaders to settle in Morocco, a country known for its economic openness and tolerance. It provides a gateway for business between the Muslim and non-Muslim world, she said. “Each Islamic country interacts with its first sub-region such as Morocco with the EU. However, promising business flows can be created between Muslim countries and Morocco can bring a lot of experience in infrastructure and the development of certain industrial sectors,” she concludedlast_img read more

Shavendra Silva new Army Chief of Staff

Major General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the 53rd Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army.Shavendra Silva played a key role during the war against the LTTE. Following the war, Major General Shavendra Silva was appointed as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) had recently recommended that state officials, including members of the armed forces and police who are named as suspects or accused in criminal actions relating to abductions and enforced disappearances, be suspended pending the final determination of such cases. (Colombo Gazette) Major General Silva was serving as the Adjutant General at the Army Headquarters and Colonel of the Regiment, Gajaba Regiment before he was appointed as the Chief of Staff, the second highest office in the Army. He is also one of the few to be awarded one of the highest gallantry medals, Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya (WWV) in recognition of his contribution to the war for peace.He however faced allegations of being involved in human rights abuses committed during the war. read more

UN refugee agency to help South Sudanese return from DR Congo

.The cross-border, voluntary returns come in the wake of January’s tripartite agreement between UNHCR, Sudan and the DRC allowing the repatriation of refugees in both countries, some of whom have lived abroad for decades.Agency spokesman Ron Redmond told a press briefing in Geneva today that many Sudanese refugees eager to return home have already made the trip on their own.Earlier this year, UNHCR organized “go-and-see visits” for community leaders to see their villages, assess living conditions and meet with their home communities and the local authorities.Tomorrow’s convoy will depart from the Aba area of the DRC’s Oriental Province, where most South Sudanese refugees in the DRC are housed, Mr. Redmond said.UNHCR staff in South Sudan will provide returning refugees with basic assistance, including construction materials, household items and a three-month food ration supplied by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Regular returns from Aba are expected to continue at a rate of one convoy a week during the coming months.Overall, 350,000 Sudanese fled to neighbouring countries and four million more were internally uprooted during the 21-year civil war in southern Sudan that ended in January 2005 with the signing of a peace agreement between the Government and rebels, according to UNHCR. Since the end of last year, the agency has also been organizing voluntary repatriations from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Central African Republic.A separate, still unresolved conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region has uprooted more than two million people, including more than 200,000 who have fled to eastern Chad. read more

NBC hires Deborah Turness of Britains ITV as news division president 1st

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2013 10:48 am MDT NBC hires Deborah Turness of Britain’s ITV as news division president; 1st woman to hold job NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC went out of the company and out of the country to find a president for its news division, on Monday naming the first woman to hold the top job.Deborah Turness, former editor of ITV News in Britain, replaces Steve Capus, who resigned earlier this year, and will begin her new job in August.Turness will take over a news division bruised by the “Today” show losing its long-held dominant position in the morning to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” NBC’s flagship “Nightly News” broadcast still tops the evening news ratings, but anchor Brian Williams recently saw his “Rock Center” newsmagazine abruptly cancelled after less than two years on the air.“It is quite simply the greatest imaginable honour to be named as the next president of NBC News,” Turness said.In NBC’s new management structure, she reports to Pat Fili-Krushel, head of the NBC Universal News Group, as do MSNBC President Phil Griffin and CNBC President Mark Hoffman.Fili-Krushel was not immediately available for comment. She said in a statement that Turness is “very familiar” with NBC News through a partnership the two networks have.Turness, who is 46, became editor of ITV News in 2004, the first woman and youngest person to hold that job. Often overshadowed by the state-funded BBC, ITV is Britain’s largest commercial television network. ITN, which is 40 per cent owned by ITV, is Britain’s top commercial news producer. Turness joined the company in 1988 as a news producer and worked for four years during the 1990s in the company’s Washington bureau.“Deborah epitomizes everything that is best about ITN, inspiring our newsrooms with her ideas, enthusiasm and energy,” said John Hardie, CEO of ITN. As editor of ITV News, Turness was in charge of news coverage and business operations.The morning will no doubt be her top priority upon joining NBC. The decline of “Today” is a major blow to the company’s pride and bottom line. Women dominate the show’s viewership and the ham-fisted replacement of anchor Ann Curry with Savannah Guthrie last year tore at the show’s popularity. It has not gone unnoticed that men supervised the show during its turnover.Within the next two years, Turness will likely be responsible for choosing Matt Lauer’s successor on “Today” should the long-running anchor decide to leave.“Nightly News” still has a comfortable lead in evening news ratings over ABC and CBS. But Turness will probably face lingering morale issues related to the cancellation of “Rock Center” after being bounced around the network’s prime-time schedule.___Associated Press writer Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

ALM Rolls Out 14 Dedicated iOS Apps

first_imgSee Also: ALM Launches Dedicated Mobile Sites”We have focused our digital strategy on meeting our reader’s preferences and now provide a portfolio of options for readers to access ALM’s up-to-date legal news and information on smartphones and tablets,” Jeffrey S. Litvack, chief digital officer at ALM said in a statement. As aggressive as the company’s strategy is, there is still a gaping hole-Android. While ALM’s e-newsletter and mobile dedicated sites are Android-friendly, its new apps obviously aren’t. This is not uncommon however, as developers often launch with products for Apple’s operating system first, even though Android still dominates market shares domestically and globally. Nevertheless, Litvack tells FOLIO: that less than 10 percent of its readers are accessing ALM’s content through an Android device, so its strategy on that platform is to take a “wait and see approach.” He also suggests that news apps inherently perform better on the iOS platform.ALM’s online sites increased Web traffic by nearly 60 percent over the past year. And 45 percent of that traffic was generated through mobile devices. Mobile lends itself well to ALM’s brands when you think about its reader-base being mostly on-the-go professionals.Litvack says that even with its recent aggressive launches the company is still in its early stages of rolling out its overall digital objectives. “We’re probably about 20-30 percent into the process, so there’s a lot more that we have to do.” He adds, “the last and most important piece will be centered around content.” According to Litvack, the company’s brands are also undergoing major overhauls on their sites. And says that the reason is because “we [ALM] have great content but we need to make it more discoverable.” His advice to other publishers looking to get bullish in the mobile space: “You have to be prepared for mistakes and not let them trip you up, and you need to be more agile as you become a digital organization.” ALM has introduced iOS apps for 14 of its publications. This is another step in a series of ambitious digital moves the company has made in the last few months. In March, ALM optimized 20 of its e-newsletters, which led to a 60 percent jump in open rates. The company has since upped that number to around 50 e-newsletters. Following that, ALM introduced dedicated sites for 14 of its titles in May.When factoring everything, it becomes apparent that ALM is emerging as one of the leaders in mobile b-to-b publishing. And it makes sense when you consider that close to 90 percent of lawyers (a large portion of the company’s target demographic) actively use smartphones.last_img read more

Road crashes take four lives in 2 dists

first_imgFour people, including two college students, were killed and 31 others injured in two separate road accidents in Chittagong and Bagerhat on Tuesday, reports UNB.In Chittagong, three 3rd year students of Quaish Burishchar Sheikh Mohammad City Corporation College received severe injuries after a speedy truck knocked down them when the trio was waiting for vehicle in front of their college around 6: 30pm.Later, they were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) where — Arefa Abedin Khan and Nilai Sarkar — succumbed to their injuries around 7:00pm, said sub-inspector Jahirul Islam, in-charge of CMCH police camp.Police seized the bus and arrested the driver.In Bagerhat, two people, including a woman, were killed and 30 others injured after a passenger carrying bus plunged into a roadside ditch of Bakultala on Bagerhat-Pirojpur road in Kachua upazila at noon.Officer-in-charge of Kachua police station Rabiul Kabir said the bus fell into the ditch after the driver lost his control as the vehicle was overloaded, leaving two of the passengers, including Manira Begum, dead on the spot and 30 others injured.On information, two units of fire fighters from Bagerhat Fire Service and Civil Defense station appeared at the spot rescued the injured passengers in association with the locals, said Masud Hossain, deputy assistant director of the fire service.last_img read more

Fewer International Graduate Students Are Enrolling In Texas Public Universities

first_img 00:00 /00:56 X The council’s Hironao Okahana said that decline was partially caused by visa-related concerns. “There seems to be sort of consensus on some of the concerns we have with the uncertainties revolving around the immigration and visa policies in the United States,” he said. According to Okahana, economic factors in students’ home countries could also be playing a role.Masters applications dropped 17 percent at a sampling of Texas schools.In 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a report that found overall international student enrollment in Texas schools dipped 2.2 percent to 86,076.The data contrasts with a slight increase in the number of Texas institutions that are certified to accept international students.In Houston, over 120 campuses serve international students. One of those institutions is Houston Baptist University, which welcomes the majority of its international students from Nigeria and China.The university’s Director of International Student Services Shannon Bedo previously told Houston Public Media many of her students fear instability around immigration and come to her with rumors. “If they go home to visit their families, they are afraid their visa wouldn’t be renewed so they can come back and finish their studies,” Bedo said.  Listen Sharecenter_img University of HoustonA graduation ceremony at University of Houston.Texas public universities enrolled 15,713 international students in masters programs in 2018 — the lowest number in at least five years. Enrollment dropped 13 percent compared to the previous year and 25 percent since 2016, according to data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Research by the Council of Graduate Schools, looking at several Texas institutions, also found a drop in applications from international graduate students. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

ITC Disaster A Stain But Also An Opportunity For Petrochemical Industry

first_imgFlorian Martin/Houston Public MediaRachel Meidl is a fellow of energy and environment at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Listen The fire at the ITC chemical storage facility in Deer Park put Houston and the petrochemical industry in the national spotlight.“I think it absolutely has an impact on the perception of the industry itself,” said Rachel Meidl, fellow of energy and environment at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “And I think it is the obligation of the organization to strengthen and protect the public and the environment in which it operates.”Meidl was previously the deputy associate administrator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.She said it’s going to be difficult for the industry to regain the public’s trust, but that it also provides an opportunity to improve government regulations and for the industry to strengthen its safety protocols.She said lessons were learned from the Arkema plant incident in Crosby during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, when toxic chemicals were found in the water after the plant flooded, caught fire and partially exploded.“We have made changes in understanding flood site vulnerability and flood risk assessment and strengthening flood resiliency,” Meidl said.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Rachel Meidl. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /04:05 X last_img read more

James Patterson Launching The Chef Interactive Fiction on Facebook Messenger

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Best-selling author James Patterson is bringing a multimedia, interactive-fiction experience based on his forthcoming thriller “The Chef” exclusively to Facebook Messenger.Starting Oct. 30, Messengers users will be able to delve into the book’s New Orleans-set storyline and engage with characters, locations and clues via interactive video and sound clips. The book, published by Little Brown and Co., has a release date Feb. 18, 2019.“Ten years ago, if you told me I’d see one of my novels come to life through scrolling chat bubbles, video and audio content, I would have laughed,” Patterson, who has more than 3.3 million followers on Facebook, said in a statement. “But exploring new ways to connect with fans is important to me and Messenger’s experience for ‘The Chef’ not only makes the story more accessible to readers across new generations, but offers an enticing and thrilling read like never before.”center_img In “The Chef,” New Orleans police detective Caleb Rooney — who moonlights as the proprietor of the Killer Chef food truck — comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty. While fighting the charges, Rooney discovers his city is under threat of attack and he has to follow a trail of clues to stop the would-be terrorists.More than 1.3 billion people worldwide use Facebook Messenger on a monthly basis. In addition to “The Chef” experience on Messenger, other Facebook content and activations for the book are slated to include: Facebook Live Q&As with Patterson; Instagram profiles for the main characters; and a Facebook group dedicated to “The Chef.”“It’s very exciting to see an author as renowned as Patterson pushing the limits of his craft to bring new forms of entertainment to his fans,” said Erin Murray Manning, head of influencer partnerships at Facebook, said in a prepared statement.To access “The Chef” on Facebook Messenger, users must open the mobile app and search for “The Chef by James Patterson” in the search bar. After tapping the icon for “The Chef,” users then tap on “Start Reading” to begin.last_img read more

Solidaridad mayor Laura Beristain Navarrete announces infrastructure projects

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The mayor of Solidaridad, Laura Beristain Navarrete, has presented infrastructure projects for the next year.The presentation was made before the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City where she announced the infrastructure projects intended in the Budget of Expenditures for the first year of her government.Beristain Navarrete said that she intends to strengthen the economy by improving the urban image, connectivity, services and tourism along with social development.One of her intended projects includes the construction of an Interactive Multicultural Museum of Xaman Ha (MI MUXH), which will be a global emblem to enhance the tourism development of the municipality with an estimated first-stage cost of 20 million peso.Another project is the construction of a Youth City in where culture, sports, educational spaces, work stations and offices will be available for youth to strengthen the integral development of this sector of the population. The Youth City will also have a first-stage cost of 20 million peso.She says that on school grounds, 60 domes will be built. “We will protect our children from the elements. It is a social demand to provide them with a protected space in the realization of their civic and physical activities in schools,” adding that two million peso per dome is required.Affordable housing for vulnerable families in the municipality of Solidaridad is also on her list. “It is our commitment to support the construction of 200 homes in 2019, and is one of the priorities of the Municipal Government”, which will require 30 million peso.The mayor also says that expanding the current DIF (The National System for Integral Family Development) facilities from a municipal assistance center to one that strengthens inclusion of people with physical disabilities is necessary, since more than 10 percent of the population suffer from some level of physical disability.She explained that the space must be expanded and modernize its equipment to provide a better service to this sector of society, a service improvement that will require 10 million peso in the first stage.Maintenance of roadways is also on the list with the creation of new roads and maintenance of others that Beristain Navarrete says will required 148 million peso.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cuba reports 31 percent economic growth for 2012

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona He forecast growth of 3.7 percent for 2013.Yzquierdo’s comments were reported Monday in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories HAVANA (AP) – Cuba says it will finish the year with 3.1 percent economic growth, lower than expected but higher than in 2011.Authorities had previously projected growth of 3.4 percent.Cuba’s economy expanded 2.7 percent last year. That also fell short of the 3 percent predicted.Economy Minister Adel Yzquierdo told a meeting of the Council of Ministers that this year’s shortfall is primarily due to missed targets in the construction sector. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

FCM KPMGs whitepaper highlights key businesstravel technologies

first_imgFCM Travel Solutions, the Indian subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Australia and KPMG released an analytical whitepaper titled ‘The Digi-Smart Indian Business Traveller’ revealing insights on disrupting technologies in the travel industry and their impact on corporate travel.It detailed on key business-travel technologies that balance cost control, enhanced compliance and meeting the business traveller expectations which includes self-booking tool, artificial intelligence, shared-economy, travel analytics and block chain technology. Other potential technological solutions include cloud passports, electronic bag tags, virtual reality, wearables, digital wallets and tickets, NFC, etc.The report highlighted three potential disruptions such as hyperloop, cloud based guest reservation system and SpaceX (anywhere on the earth in one hour) can potentially address two most common business traveller concerns, viz., time and cost for the Indian travel market.The whitepaper also asserted on how growing smartphone, internet and digital networking penetration combined with ever-growing plethora of online travel choices accessible have made technology a part of a business traveller’s DNA. Business travellers are increasingly veering towards technology for virtually all answers for their travel needs.Highlight the impact of digital technology in travel, Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions, Indian subsidiary of FCTG, Australia, said, “Rapid penetration of smartphones, self-booking tools, travel analytics, artificial intelligence and sharing economy services are not only here to stay but hold myriad and exciting possibilities for the future.”Jaideep Ghosh, Partner and Head, Transport, Leisure and Sports, KPMG in India commented, “Globally, technology has penetrated deep into business travel practices and India is also witnessing a gradual rise in the adoption of these technological advancements.”last_img read more

Cypriots spend little over EU average on alcohol and rising

first_imgIn 2016, households in the European Union (EU) spent 1.6 per cent of their total consumption expenditure on alcoholic beverages. In Cyprus it was 2 per cent, up 0.4 per cent on the bloc’s average in ten years, and the biggest rise in the EU along with the Czech Republic.This represents a total expenditure of almost €130 billion, equivalent to 0.9 per cent of EU GDP or over €250 per EU inhabitant, according to Eurostat.Households` annual expenditure on alcoholic beverages is roughly equivalent to their expenditure on medical products, appliances and equipment, and slightly higher than what they spent on social protection or education in 2016.In 2016, across EU Member States for which data are available, households in the three Baltic States devoted the largest share of their total expenditure to alcoholic beverages: Estonia (5.6 per cent), Latvia (4.8 per cent) and Lithuania (4.2 per cent).They were followed by the Czech Republic and Poland (both 3.6 per cent), Hungary and Finland (both 2.9 per cent). At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions of household spending on alcoholic beverages were recorded in Spain (0.8 per cent) and Italy (0.9 per cent), ahead of Austria (1.3 per cent), Portugal (1.4 per cent) and Germany (1.5 per cent).Between 2006 and 2016, the share of alcoholic beverages in total household expenditure remained roughly stable in the vast majority of Member States. The highest increases over this 10-year period were recorded in Cyprus (from 1.6 per cent of total household expenditure in 2006 to 2.0 per cent in 2016, or a rise of 0.4 percentage points – pp) and the Czech Republic (also + 0.4 pp, from 3.2 per cent to 3.6 per cent). In contrast, the share of alcoholic beverages in total household expenditure fell significantly between 2006 and 2016 in Lithuania (from 5.2 per cent in 2006 to 4.2 per cent in 2016, or a decrease of 1.0 pp), Bulgaria, Latvia and Finland (all -0.5 pp).You May LikeMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Books moved from old to new library in chain of knowledge

first_imgHundreds of volunteers on Monday formed a five-kilometre human chain passing 600 books along a line from the old University of Cyprus library to mark the opening to students on November 23 of its new location in Nicosia.The first book left the existing site on Kallipoleos Avenue at 3pm and was expected to arrive at the Stelios Ioannou Learning Resource Centre at 5pm.The university dubbed it the ‘chain of knowledge’. The orchestras of the national guard and the police and the band of the Pancyprian gymnasium are also taking part.The new library became possible due to a donation of €8 million from Elli Ioannou in memory of her late husband Stelios Ioannou, the co-founder of J&P. It was at her request that the design was assigned to renowned French architect Jean Nouvel.The building will house one million printed volumes, over 30,000 electronic journal titles and 150 databases. All information will be accessible throughout the scientific community of Cyprus. It will also provide approximately 900 study seats equipped with modern technology.The date for the public opening has not yet been set due to construction delays but students will have access from Friday.Soldiers also took part in Mondays’ event (Christos Theodorides) You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameMen over 40 Would Consider This Game a Must-TryPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchEarly Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Learn About Treatments & Symptoms. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read ThisComparisons.orgUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Lute expected later in December

first_imgThe UN secretary-general’s envoy Jane Holl Lute is expected to visit Cyprus in the third week of December, the CyBC reported on Sunday.She will stay for a few days with a view to coming to an agreement on terms for negotiations on the Cyprus problem to restart.The envoy is expected to discuss both UN secretary general Antonio Guterres’ position that terms for restarting talks need to be agreed as soon as possible in addition to putting forward her own ideas based on previous visits to the island.She is also expected to have a joint meeting with leaders President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more