LOWE’S HEROES HELP CAMP HIGH HOPES

first_imgEmployees from Sioux City’s Lowe’s store spent part of their day lending a helping hand to Camp High Hopes.Store Manager Tom Ramold says the volunteers are part of a group known as “Lowe’s Heroes”, a company-wide program to give back to the community:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LOWES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….away from the house :17Ramold had six volunteers Tuesday with a few more coming Wednesday to take on the two day lodge renovation at the camp for people with special needs:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LOWES2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……… love where they live. :10Sarah Morgan the Director of Advancement at Camp High Hopes, says volunteers like the Lowe’s Heroes provide a valuable service to the camp:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LOWES3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….something like this. :18Lowe’s is also donating $2,500 worth of building materials to get the job done.last_img read more

a month agoInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd pals

first_imgInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd palsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez has cut ties with his former Manchester United teammates.Sanchez has had a promising start to life at Inter Milan, where he’s on-loan, scoring twice on Saturday however he was sent off shortly after in their win over Sampdoria. Insiders at Manchester United have revealed Alexis Sanchez’s role in the changing room was rather minimal, and that is reflected with his lack of activity in the WhatsApp group.The source told The Sun: “It’s as if he was never here.”New Roma signing Chris Smalling is however said to be involved in the chat, while he is out on loan in Italy. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

America’s Best Flannel: Pladra

first_img 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations The classic flannel work shirt has been a staple for American men for over a hundred years. After that long, you’d think that the same old patterns would be tired out. However, a San Fransisco based company, Pladra, have reinvigorated the classic cotton flannel shirt, and it is our new favorite for wearing around camp, hitting the bars after a long day of climbing, and just about every other casual outdoor activity.Related: The Most Luxurious Flannel Sheets | Our Favorite Gifts for Outdoor MomsPladra sets themselves apart from your typical flannel shirt in a few ways. First, every shirt they make is sewn in San Francisco, just a few blocks from their headquarters. This gives them control of the entire design and sewing process from start to finish. Having the ability to spin up new designs or correct any problems has made Pladra more responsive to the market – and their excellent customer service reflects that. Second, each shirt is lined at the cuffs and yoke with classic american wilderness scenes. Because they use custom runs of fabric, no two shirts end up quite alike.ElliThe Elli is Pladra’s all season shirt. The mid-weight cotton is light enough for a summer day on the lake, but also stands up to harder abuse. The cut is generous, allowing for a small amount of shrinkage when you wash it. We especially like the Burnt Black ($119) color, with its black bears on the cuffs and yoke.LeonThe heftier Leon, with reinforced faux-suede (to maintain machine washability) elbows, is our go to piece for colder temperatures. This is the shirt you need for that apres ski drink in Aspen or chopping fireood in Jackson Hole. Check out the Smokey Blue ($129) for a perfect option for winter days around camp or on the town.Peregrine Pladra’s women’s line manages to look feminine without compromising any of their design hallmarks. Rather than the typical outdoor apparel that tends to follow the “shrink it” idea, Peregrine shirts and dresses feature custom flannel patterns and near perfect cuts. You probably already spotted the Kap Red Dress ($129) in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. It is definitely our favorite of the whole line.last_img read more

America’s Best and Worst Cities for a Summer Staycation

first_imgBest City for RecreationChicago, Illinois Kyle Glenn/UnsplashAmerica’s got a problem. Okay, maybe it’s got a few, but we’re talking about one in particular: workaholism.Did you know that last year, over 50 percent of Americans reported having unused vacation days? Sure, not everyone can or wants to plunk down a hefty chunk of change on plane tickets, hotel suites, and expensive getaways, but everybody deserves a break occasionally. With the rise of the staycation, you don’t have to leave town to leave your worries behind.But first, what makes a great stay-cay? The best thing about staycationing is that, without being bound by things like travel costs and a specific destination’s amenities, you can basically do whatever you damn well please. Feel like playing video games in your underpants for three straight days without shame? Go for it. Want to fill your time catching up on errands or projects you haven’t had time for lately? Do it. Want to treat yourself to a movie and dinner date? Go ahead.So, what should you plan for your stay-cay and how much is your local scene equipped for a truly relaxing time off? With the help of WalletHub’s recent study on the Best and Worst Cities for Summer Staycations, we’re here to tell you to make the most out of your free time and stop leaving those leftover vacation days on the table. CategoryCities 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Cape Coral, FloridaTampa, FloridaScottsdale, ArizonaHonolulu, HawaiiCharleston, South CarolinaVirginia Beach, VirginiaCasper, WyomingNampa, IdahoJackson, MississippiFargo, North Dakota10 Worst Cities for Rest and RelaxationOakland, California Photo via Good Free Photos The Best American Liqueur Worst City for Rest and RelaxationOakland, California Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Worst City for a StaycationLubbock, Texas Did your town make the top 10? Or did it fall behind and end up at the bottom of the list? Check out these stats to find out where your city ranks:10 Best Cities for StaycationsOrlando, Florida Wikimedia Commons Best City for Rest and RelaxationCape Coral, Florida The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Oakland, CaliforniaWarwick, Rhode IslandSt. Paul, MinnesotaYonkers, New YorkIrvine, CaliforniaNashua, New HampshireWorcester, MassachusettsFremont, CaliforniaBridgeport, ConnecticutAnaheim, California10 Best Cities for Food and EntertainmentThe “Food and Entertainment” category is all about getting out of the house and enjoying some good old-fashioned fun (and tasty eats), focusing on factors like movie and bowling costs; nightlife options and festivals per capita; the number of zoos, aquariums and museums, restaurant diversity, beer gardens and coffee shops per capita; and the average price of a party ticket.Epcot Center, Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida Patrick Hunt on Unsplash Worst City for Food and EntertainmentOxnard, California Lubbock, TexasWarwick, Rhode IslandAurora, IllinoisAnaheim, CaliforniaNashua, New HampshireYonkers, New YorkFremont, CaliforniaSan Bernardino, CaliforniaBridgeport, ConnecticutOxnard, California10 Best Cities for Rest and RelaxationIn addition to overall rankings, WalletHub has also ranked the best and worst cities in three specific categories. The “Rest and Relaxation” category focuses on factors like the cost of house-cleaning services, public beaches per capita, spas and wellness centers, and idealness of summer weather.Cape Coral, Florida Wikimedia Commons Orlando, FloridaHonolulu, HawaiiChicago, IllinoisSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonTampa, FloridaLas Vegas, NevadaSan Francisco, CaliforniaSan Diego, CaliforniaCharleston, South Carolina10 Worst Cities for StaycationsLubbock, Texas Wikimedia Commons Orlando, FloridaLas Vegas, NevadaSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonSan Francisco, CaliforniaMiami, FloridaChicago, IllinoisHonolulu, HawaiiAustin, TexasNew York, New York10 Worst Cities for Food and EntertainmentDover, Delaware Wikimedia Commons Oxnard, CaliforniaFontana, CaliforniaBrownsville, TexasAurora, IllinoisRancho Cucamonga, CaliforniaSan Bernardino, CaliforniaBridgeport, ConnecticutDover, DelawareOntario, CaliforniaLewiston, Maine10 Best Cities for RecreationFinally, the “Recreation” category focuses on factors like public golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, and other sports facilities per capita; the prevalence of water and amusement parks, boat tours, and water sports; and the amount of bike trails per square mile.Chicago, Illinois Sawyer Bengtson/Unsplash Best City for Food and EntertainmentOrlando, Florida Worst City for RecreationCasper, Wyoming Casper, WyomingBrownsville, TexasShreveport, LouisianaMobile, AlabamaLas Cruces, New MexicoJackson, MississippiSan Bernardino, CaliforniaAugusta, GeorgiaFayetteville, North CarolinaDover, DelawareNotable NumbersZoos and aquariums make for fun day trips that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Who’s got the best hometown for enjoying these animal attractions? North Las Vegas has the most with 62.3 times more than New York City (which has the fewest). If museums are more your flavor, Yonkers, New York, is the place to be with the most per capita.For those who love to spend their idle time in the great outdoors, Portland, Maine, has the most parks per capita with 22.4 times more than Hialeah, Florida, which sits at the bottom of the parks list.To get the most out of your staycation, you might be thinking about outsourcing your household chores for a while. If you live in South Burlington, Vermont, you can enjoy the lowest price at just $103 for average house-cleaning services compared to St. Paul, Minnesota, which tops the list at $539.You might as well get some exercise in while you’ve got the time to spare. In Chicago, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy some tennis time. The city has the most tennis courts per capita with nearly 26 times the amount in Gilbert, Arizona, which has the fewest. Warwick, Rhode Island, boasts the highest number of public golf courses per capita with 44 times more than the bottom spot, which goes to Laredo, Texas. Cleveland, Ohio, is the place to be if you’d rather get your workout in on the water — it has the most swimming pools per capita.If you’d rather get your drink on while you’re away from the office, Portland, Oregon, has the most beer gardens per capita. You might have some dry days in Detroit, Michigan, though because it has 16 times fewer per capita. If you like to get your liquid courage a different way, you can head over to your local coffee shop: New York, New York, has the most per capita, beating out last place (Pearl City, Hawaii) 29 times over. Rather eat than drink? Orlando, Florida, has you covered on sweet treats with the most ice cream/frozen yogurt shops per capita, over 21 times the city with the lowest (Lewiston, Maine).WalletHub calculated their rankings based on 40 different factors, including coffee shops per capita, prevalence of different attractions, various sporting facilities per capita, and even the availability of ice cream (it is summer, after all). You can check out the complete criteria and methodology by viewing the full study. Chicago, IllinoisWashington, D.C.San Diego, CaliforniaSan Francisco, CaliforniaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaFort Lauderdale, FloridaSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonHonolulu, HawaiiNew York, New York10 Worst Cities for RecreationCasper, Wyoming Visit Casper Best City for a StaycationOrlando, Florida Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipeslast_img read more

Funding to Provide More Supports for Vulnerable Women Children

first_imgVulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence or needing help to live better lives will benefit from increased investment in the organizations that support them. The province, today, May 21, announced $500,000 in additional funding to help transition houses, women’s centres and second stage housing provide more support for women and children. “Government made a commitment to increase supports to help women and children leave dangerous situations and move to safe housing where they can continue to move forward in their lives,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “Today we are keeping our commitment and providing sustainable funding so these organizations can continue to provide quality programs and services to more women and children.” Yolanda Pitcher, a single mother who benefited from support offered by Second Story Women’s Centre in Lunenburg, welcomed the news. “The women at Second Story Women’s Centre have been able to help me in all avenues of my life: relationships, boundaries and self-esteem. Most importantly, they have taught me how to love myself,” she said. “Second Story has had a huge impact on my life. Because they helped me on my journey, my growth has helped my family grow.” The province’s eight women’s centers will receive an eight per cent increase, or $15,238 each, to address operating costs. Nine transition houses will receive $16,454 to enhance outreach. Transition houses provide crisis and transitional services for women and their children who experience violence and abuse. Second stage housing helps people live independently, with support to build skills and confidence. Bryony House, a transition house, and Alice Housing, second stage housing, will each get $115,000 more funding to meet the growing needs of their community since these facilities have the highest service demands in the province. “Women who use our services have long indicated a need for more follow-up and support in their communities,” said Pamela Harrison, provincial co-ordinator for the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. “This new funding for outreach will allow our staff to provide additional and important services to survivors of violence.” Georgia Barnwell, co-ordinator of Women’s Centres Connect, said the funding will help those in need. “Women’s Centres appreciate this increase in funding. It will help to address the rising cost of operations,” said Ms. Barnwell. “We look forward to working with the government to address the ongoing challenge of responding to needs in our communities. It is only through government and community working together that we can improve the lives of women and adolescent girls in Nova Scotia.” Women’s centres provide information, services, programs, support and advocacy programs and services to improve the well-being and economic status of women and adolescent girls. The $500,000 in new funding was included in the 2014-15 Nova Scotia budget.last_img read more

Jim Cuddy on sharing the stage with Gord Downie for last public

first_imgTORONTO – Jim Cuddy shared the stage with fellow Canadian music star Gord Downie several times over their long careers, but it was a performance last February that was perhaps the most poignant.Cuddy and his band Blue Rodeo were performing at Toronto’s Massey Hall with opening act the Sadies when they invited Downie onstage at the last minute to perform the hit “Lost Together” as an encore.It had been nearly a year since Downie announced his diagnosis with an incurable form of brain cancer, but the singer-songwriter had shown herculean strength with a series of musical projects, a cross-country tour, and passionate advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples. He was suffering from memory loss and didn’t know the lyrics to “Lost Together” but he seemed undaunted and full of life onstage.Cuddy never thought it would end up being Downie’s last public performance. He died Tuesday night at age 53.“I knew that he had a terminal illness but I guess I just thought Gord would be the one to at least stretch the limit,” an emotional Cuddy said during a phone interview.“I just didn’t realize the end was so near.”The encore performance, which is posted on YouTube, came on a night when there were three “iconic Gords” in the audience, said Cuddy. The others were actor Gordon Pinsent and musician Gordon Lightfoot.Travis Good of the Sadies invited Downie onstage and he obliged, wearing the outfit that became one of his signature looks in the final chapter of his life — a Canadian tuxedo of sorts with a tuque, jean jacket, hoodie and jeans.Holding a piece of paper with the lyrics to “Lost Together,” Downie sang along with the musicians for a bit before crumpling up the cheat sheet and taking in the audience.“He was standing beside me for a while and he was talking to me and he was just saying the most complimentary and loving things,” said Cuddy.“It was so sweet and I just said, ‘No, I’ll guide you, don’t worry. I know you don’t know the song.’”As it turned out, Cuddy forgot to guide him. But Downie charged on, improvising and even doing a little air guitar.“Gord was present and he knew what was going on,” said Cuddy. “He didn’t really know the song and he participated in this way that only an incredibly innate and gifted performer could.“He just suddenly walked to the mic during the piano solo and started to do this beautiful incantation and we were all stunned by how powerful it was.“It was very valiant to be up there.”After the show they had a “general celebration,” said Cuddy, noting fans were thrilled to see Downie there.“I think we were quite aware that it was a historic night,” said Cuddy. “Not that it was the end of anything but that it was a gathering of very close friends that had made their way in music and it was very beautiful.”Cuddy considered Downie a friend and felt they shared a special connection in the music scene. Both Blue Rodeo and the Hip had parallel success, becoming stars in Canada but not south of the border.“I have always used Gord as an example of why Canadian music is unique,” said Toronto-based Cuddy.“People always ask bands like the Hip, ourselves, ‘Why are you popular in Canada and not popular in the States?’ And I realized, because we’re different.”Downie was “incredibly important” to the Canadian music scene, Cuddy said, noting “he was an extremely good singer” who gave a unique expression to songs including “Ahead by a Century” and “Courage.”He was also “super funny,” he said, pointing to a showcase the two bands did along with the Eagles in Newfoundland.The Eagles were slated to perform last, after the Hip, and their manager Irving Azoff “was at the side of the stage gesturing to Gord to shorten his set.”“I was at the side of the stage just totally offended, like, ‘What are you doing?’” said Cuddy. “And Gord was laughing and laughing, spinning around, doing his show. It was just an amazing show.“Afterwards I said to him, ‘Didn’t that piss you off?’ He said, ‘I never thought in my life I’d have Irving Azoff telling me to shorten my set. It was awesome.’“I thought, ‘That’s so Gord, to see the humour in a messed up situation.’”last_img read more

Calgary senior dies after falling from canoe in Northern Ontario

first_imgA Calgary senior is dead after falling out of his canoe north of Ottawa.Police say two men and their dog were in the watercraft Wednesday when it tipped on Little Lake in Northern Ontario.Merlin Bergeron, 83, failed to make it to shore and died at the scene.A 56-year-old from Ottawa made it safely to shore along with the dog.Both men were wearing life jackets.last_img

CANADIAN PERFORMERS RATIFY TERMS OF NEW NATIONAL COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, ON (August 4, 2017) — ACTRA Members have voted (78 per cent) in favour of ratifying the 2017-2020 National Commercial Agreement (NCA).The 2017-2020 NCA settlement provides for a new single Digital Media Use fee payable on all commercials produced for or moved over to Digital Media. The Agreement also promotes new work opportunities for performers in low-budget digital media commercials with the ACTRAonline Opportunity Pilot Project. All rates and fees in the Agreement with the exception of the Pilot Project will increase by 6 per cent over three years commencing with a 2 per cent increase effective August 5, 2017. The settlement represents an estimated increase of $3M in performers’ compensation over the 3-year term of the new Agreement, which generated over $45M in performer earnings in 2016.“In these changing and challenging times in the advertising industry, we have achieved a settlement that creates new work opportunities and provides substantial improvements for ACTRA performers,” says David Sparrow, ACTRA National President and Negotiating Committee Chair. “I’m incredibly proud of the ACTRA members who served on our bargaining team and all the members who helped make this new deal a reality.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Unions around the world are facing employer demands for rollbacks at the bargaining table. Global competition for commercial production is more intense now than ever. In this climate, ACTRA members have achieved an Agreement that makes it easier than ever to hire the most talented performers in Canada and ensures performers are fairly compensated their work,” added Stephen Waddell, Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director.The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) commenced negotiations in Toronto on June 7, 2017. The NCA covers the engagement of Performers in all television, radio and digital commercial production in Canada. Voting commenced on July 19, 2017, and closed today on August 4. The new agreement will take effect August 5, 2017, and will expire on June 30, 2020.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Facebooklast_img read more

NGT forms panel to prepare national plan for polluted rivers

first_imgNew Delhi: The NGT has formed a Central Monitoring Committee to prepare and enforce a national plan to make over 350 river stretches across the country pollution free as it has caused serious threat to safety of water and environment. A bench headed by Nation Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the committee would comprise a representative of NITI Aayog; secretaries of Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Environment; the director general of National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Central Pollution Control Board chairman. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Central Monitoring Committee will also co-ordinate with the River Rejuvenation Committees of the states and oversee the execution of the action plans, taking into account the timelines, budgetary mechanism and other factors. Chief secretaries of states will be the nodal agency at state level. “The chief secretaries of the states may undertake review of progress of RRCs by involving concerned secretaries of Department of Urban Development, Environment, Industries, Irrigation and Public Health, Health etc,” the bench said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe tribunal also directed the Ministry of Environment to consider a policy for giving environmental awards to outstanding persons (natural and juristic) and institutions or states and introducing “dis-incentives” for non compliant states and asked it to frame such scheme before June 30. “First meeting of the Central Monitoring Committee may be held by June 30. The Central Monitoring Committee may consider identifying experts, best practices and models for use of treated water, including plan to supply untreated sewage for a price or otherwise so that the concerned needy party can treat and utilise such water as is reportedly being done at Surat in Gujarat, Nagpur in Maharashtra and Bhilwada in Rajasthan or any other place,” it said. Use of treated water for agriculture or other purpose may save potable surface and ground water, it said. The NGT directed the Central Monitoring Committee to give its report by July 31. “We direct the CPCB and state pollution control boards to launch nationwide programme on biodiversity monitoring and indexing of the rivers to assess the efficacy of river cleaning programme. Further, for safety of human health and maintaining sanctity of the rivers, regular hygienic surveys of the rivers should be carried out with reference to fecal coliform and fecal streptococci, as indicated in the primary water quality criteria for bathing waters,” the NGT said. The tribunal noted that due to use of polluted water in irrigation, there is threat to the health of human beings apart from the aquatic flora and fauna. “It is therefore necessary to have regular hygienic survey of the rivers particularly with reference to pathogenic organisms having impact on human health directly or indirectly. It is also important to note that biological health of the rivers is an important aspect. Much of the important biodiversity is lost on account of severe pollution in the rivers. “There has to be a regular study of the Indian rivers with regard to biological heath and its diversity. We understand that biomapping of rivers and setting biological goals/criteria is part of River Rejuvenation Programmes in some countries. There is threat to the environmental rule of law of the country,” it said. The tribunal’s direction came after taking note of a news item in ‘The Hindu’ under the heading “More river stretches are now critically polluted: CPCB”. According to the news item, 351 polluted river stretches have been noted by the CPCB and 117 such stretches are in the states of Assam, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. The CPCB has apprised the concerned states of the extent of pollution in the rivers.last_img read more

Death penalty given in journalist murder case alarms UN mission in DR

31 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed serious concern at the death penalty verdict given to four men convicted of murdering a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed serious concern at the death penalty verdict given to four men convicted of murdering a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa. Two men were sentenced as the assassins by a military tribunal and the other two were convicted of sponsoring and organizing the killing of Serge Maheshe, which took place on 13 June in Bukavu in the far east of the DRC, as Mr. Maheshe and two friends were about to enter a UN-marked vehicle. His friends were not injured in the attack. In a statement to the press today in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, the mission (MONUC) said that while it respected judicial independence in the vast African country, it considered that the tribunal did not base its verdict on the results of the autopsy or on any ballistic expert testimony. “In fact, the tribunal noted that the confessions of the two principal accused contained contradictions and that certain allegations made by them cannot be corroborated,” the press statement said. “The tribunal itself underlined that doubts remained.” MONUC stressed the UN principle, enshrined in a 1984 resolution of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), that a verdict of capital punishment must be based on “clear and convincing evidence that does not leave room for any other interpretation of the facts.” The judicial proceeding must also offer all possible guarantees of a fair trial. Noting that an appeal had been launched by the convicted men, the mission said all guarantees of a just and equitable trial must be respected and all the pieces of evidence considered, and it pledged to provide legal authorities in DR Congo with any technical or logistical help they required. Mr. Maheshe had been a senior journalist with Radio Okapi, a partnership between MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization (NGO), since 2003. Aged 31 at the time of his death, he left behind a wife and two children. read more

BlackBerry names Cisco executive Bryan Palma as new president and chief operating

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd. named has named Bryan Palma as president and chief operating officer.Palma was most recently Cisco’s senior vice-president and general manager of customer experience for the Americas.Before joining Cisco, he was the vice-president of cyber and security solutions at Boeing.Palma, who will report to BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen, will be responsible for the company’s core product and services.He will oversee teams handling BlackBerry Technology Solutions, Enterprise Software and Services, and Mobility Solutions.BlackBerry extended Chen’s contract last year by five years to run until November 2023. read more

Responding to UN appeal Japan pledges humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

The Japanese contribution of $410,000 is earmarked for the Poverty Eradication and Community Empowerment (P.E.A.C.E) programme of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan and came in response to a UN appeal for humanitarian aid.Despite considerable progress in recent years to re-establish water supplies, inadequate stores of safe drinking water still remains a serious problem, particularly in drought affected areas where groundwater levels have dropped severely, the UN Coordinator said.The goal of the water and sanitation service is to improve the health and quality of life of Afghans through access to safe drinking water facilities, community awareness of health, hygiene, and sanitation. Sustained and equal access to quality services will support refugee returns to Afghanistan as well, the UN Coordinator said.Providing safe drinking water is also expected to cause a drastic reduction in the number of water-born diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery and gastroenteritis, thus lowering the morbidity and infant mortality rates in Afghanistan, which are amongst the highest in the world. read more

Sean Parker Inn wanted to cancel posh wedding unless he agreed to

Sean Parker: Inn wanted to cancel posh wedding unless he agreed to pay violations SAN FRANCISCO – The Big Sur resort where Sean Parker held his posh, Lord of the Rings-inspired wedding threatened to cancel it if he didn’t agree to pay for the unpermitted wedding construction and the inn’s past land use violations, Parker told The Associated Press on Friday.The co-founder of Napster Inc. and former Facebook Inc. president said that after two years of wedding planning, the Ventana Inn & Spa preferred to cancel 20 days before the event rather than work out an agreement with the California Coastal Commission.“As soon as Ventana found out there was an issue they threatened to cancel the wedding unless I entered into a broad indemnification agreement,” Parker said in an email. “We had nowhere to go at that point, no backup plan, and there was no place in the Big Sur area that could accommodate 360 guests.”Multiple calls to Ventana were not returned. A spokeswoman for Oaktree Capital Management, which owns the Ventana, said the firm would not comment.The resort is located within the coastal zone, an area regulated by the commission, an independent state agency that oversees beachside development. Any significant construction within the zone has to be permitted.Parker, 33, who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the movie “The Social Network,” married singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas in a ceremony with gowns and sets made by a designer for the “Lord of the Rings” films.But after a neighbour complained about the construction, a commission investigation found that Parker had been allowed to build fake ruins, a cottage, a large dance floor and other structures near iconic redwoods and a stream with threatened fish, all without the proper permits.Also, the Ventana had allowed Parker to build the wedding site in a campground that had been closed to the public in violation of the inn’s permits, according to the coastal commission’s report.Parker agreed to pay $2.5 million in a settlement with the commission that includes Ventana’s past violations and money future conservation programs overseen by the commission.After agreeing to pay for Ventana’s $1 million fines, negotiations between Parker’s attorney and the commission also led to him contributing $1.5 million for the purchase of public easements and hiking trails in the Big Sur area and as grants for nonprofits doing conservation projects.Parker came up with that amount on a “back of the napkin” estimate of how much it would cost to purchase easements in the Big Sur area.Also, as part of the settlement, Parker offered to produce and distribute a public education video or create a mobile app aimed at helping to identify areas where the public can access the coast.The commission could have shut down the wedding regardless of what Ventana and Parker agreed to, but chose not to.“After inspecting the site, commission staff determined that any potential resource impacts associated with the development had already occurred, and as long as the structures were removed properly and in a timely fashion, those impacts would not be exacerbated by the actual event. So rather than shutting down the wedding, we focused on removal and mitigation,” Sarah Christie, a commission spokeswoman, said in an email.Parker said it was unreasonable for Ventana to assume that he, as the renter of the site, should have known that coastal commission permits were needed for him to stage the event.“Ultimately, the Ventana was unwilling to accept any financial responsibility and preferred to cancel our wedding rather than work things out with the commission,” Parker said. “We had no choice but to step in and pay for all of their violations, both the unpermitted construction and also their past liability related to the campground closure.”The billionaire said he is passionate about the forest, and only agreed to the wedding site after consulting with the Save the Redwoods League.“The idea that I was a menace to the environment, or that I trashed trees is the kind of allegation that frustrates me,” Parker said. “It is really emotionally difficult and frustrates my ability to do conservation work in the future.”___Follow Jason Dearen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JHDearen AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jason Dearen, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2013 1:52 pm MDT read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 3:03 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,813.02, up 17.32 points):Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $2.05, or 3.85 per cent, to $55.30 on 13.7-million shares. Enbridge plans to buy Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. in an all-stock friendly deal worth C$37 billion that they say would create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. The acquisition would extend the Calgary-based firm’s already growing reach throughout the continent, Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said Tuesday.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down nine cents, or 4.25 per cent, to $2.03 on 8.7-million shares. Bombardier is slashing deliveries of its new CSeries plane by more than half this year because of delayed engine deliveries from Pratt & Whitney, marking another setback for the jet. The Montreal-based company said Tuesday it will deliver seven of the aircraft this year — not the 15 it had expected.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 5.72 per cent, to $6.28 on 6.9-million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 2.61 per cent, to $5.89 on 6.5-million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 16 cents, or 4.38 per cent, to $3.81 on 6.5-million shares.Telesta Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:TST). Health care. Unchanged at 14 cents on 5.9-million shares.Companies reporting major news:The Intertain Group Ltd. (TSX:IT). Online gaming. Up 86 cents, or 8.16 per cent, to $11.40 on 899,473 shares. The Intertain Group will become a subsidiary of Jackpotjoy PLC under a previously announced corporate reorganization that will move the Toronto-based company’s stock listing and corporate headquarters to London. read more

Britains oldest court witness gives evidence over church warden and magicians gaslight

Britain’s oldest court witness gave evidence at a murder trial that heard she may have been the next victim.Elizabeth “Liz” Zettl, 101, relived the moment she was told by police how two men on trial for the killing of a pensioner had a copy of her will.The court was shown evidence that the defendants, Martyn Smith, her lodger, and his friend Benjamin Field, had an emailed copy of her will.Mr Field, 28, a church warden, and Mr Smith, 32, a magician, are accused of co-conspiring to murder retired lecturer Peter Farquhar, 69, in Maids Moreton, Bucks. Mr Field is accused of attempting to murder retired teacher Ann Moore-Martin, 83. Both were allegedly targeted in a “gaslighting” plot.Ms Zettl appeared in court as a video was shown of her police interview when she was told that Mr Field and Mr Smith had a copy of her will. She suggested the only reason why Mr Smith may have a copy was because he had “scrawled” a telephone number on the back and needed the piece of paper.It is understood she is the oldest person to ever give evidence in a criminal court. She told police her lodger was “absolutely no trouble”. The court heard police discovered the will on Mr Field’s university server as an email attachment Mr Smith sent himself from her email address.The prosecution say this was so they could “see what she was worth”.After her evidence, Ms Zettl told Mr Justice Sweeney: “Sorry it wasn’t very helpful but my memory’s not as good as it was.” The judge replied: “If we’re all as bright as you are at your age, we will have great cause to be grateful.”Mr Smith, of Penhalvean, Cornwall, also denies three counts of fraud, one of burglary and one of possession of an article for use in fraud, namely Liz Zettl’s will. Mr Field, of Olney, is additionally charged with one count of burglary, three of fraud and one of possession of an article for use in fraud – also in relation to Ms Zettl’s will. He admitted the three fraud counts and the burglary.Also in the dock was Mr Field’s brother Tom Field, 23, of Olney, Bucks, who is charged with fraud by false representation.The trial continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

New Zealand votes to legalise samesex marriage

first_imgThe move comes three days after Ireland’s Constitutional Convention voted to recommend a referendum to provide for same-sex marriage in Ireland.Twelve countries around the world, including Spain, Canada, Iceland and Argentina, have already legislated to allow for same-sex marriage, while a number of other countries – including Ireland – recognise civil partnerships. – Additional reporting by AFPRead: 12 gorgeous moments which will make you feel good about marriage > Read: Gilmore says State should not pass judgement on who people love > Read: Vote for civil marriage for same-sex couples is ‘historic step’ > NEW ZEALAND HAS voted to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.Parliament voted by 77 votes to 44 in favour of the new legislation, making New Zealand the thirteenth country in the world to vote in favour of marriage for same-sex couples.Spokesperson for the Green Party – the third biggest party in the New Zealand parliament – Kevin Hague MP said the passing of marriage equality brought “a huge benefit to many people, and no harm to anyone at all.”“When I first got together with my partner, 29 years ago, the message sent by the law could not have been clearer: we were outsiders and did not belong,” he said. The stories we have heard from young gay and lesbian people just wanting to feel accepted by our society provide the overwhelming reason why this is the right move.center_img Today Parliament has sent a message to the rainbow community that we do belong without having to compromise who we are.last_img read more

Verizon iPhone sales not as good as expected

first_imgVerizon and Apple executives are disappointed due to the fact that the new Verizon iPhone is performing a little under expectations. Thanks to one of BGR’s sources, sales figures from five Apple stores, two of which are pretty prominent stores, have been gathered and show a side by side comparison of Verizon iPhone vs. AT&T iPhone sales over a five day period.Thursday: Verizon = 909, AT&T = 539Friday: Verizon = 916, AT&T = 680Saturday: Verizon = 660, AT&T = 471Sunday: Verizon = 796, AT&T = 701Monday: Verizon = 711, AT&T = 618The data shows that while Verizon Wireless is picking up the majority of iPhone subscribers, AT&T is still maintaining their fair share. The AT&T numbers are a far cry from the mass exodus some people had been predicting once the Verizon iPhone was released. Yet, even if these numbers are reliable, Verizon Wireless must still be pretty happy with the initial online sales of its first iPhone.Earlier this month, the carrier reported that it sold more phones during the first two hours of the iPhone’s availability online than any other first day launch in the history of the company. Even more impressive, those first two hours were between 3am and 5am. By 8:10pm, Verizon had to stop taking orders to ensure it was able to meet initial demand.Read more at BGR and Verizon WirelessBrian’s OpinionWhoever assumed there would be some instant avalanche of AT&T iPhone customers moving over to Verizon Wireless isn’t appreciating the fact that a lot of AT&T customers just upgraded their iPhone last year and are now stuck in a two year contract. A defection of AT&T customers isn’t going to happen overnight. It will be a slow process over a couple of years.The only consumers currently in play are those who aren’t in a contract and more than likely are switching over from something other than an iPhone. If you look at the Apple store numbers with that in mind you have to give Verizon some credit in the fact that it is winning that battle. That’s not to say AT&T doesn’t deserve some credit in maintaining good market share in the wake of the attention the Verizon iPhone has been getting.At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter whether AT&T or Verizon wins. What matters is consumers now have a choice they didn’t have before due to AT&T’s previous exclusive hold of the iPhone. Consumers could care less which carrier ends up a bit bloody as long as they get a good deal from the carrier they choose.last_img read more

Greek Australian heads Crime Stoppers Victorias efforts to link with multicultural community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Crime Stoppers Victoria (CSV) is a not-for-profit company, whose vision is to make Victoria safer and more secure, and to reduce the level of crime in our community. One of CSV’s objectives is to encourage engagement with all areas of the community including Victoria’s rich multilingual communities to achieve this vision.A voluntary Board of Directors is responsible for governing CSV. A Chief Executive Officer manages CSV’s business operations. Kondilo Sideris, a former lawyer and a member of the Greek Australian community, has served as a voluntary Board member and Company Secretary since 2012, and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board.We recently had the chance to speak with Ms Sideris about the importance of Crime Stoppers’ work as well as her role on the Board.How did your background influence your career and formulate your relationship with the Greek Australian community? Mine’s a very typical first generational Greek-Australian story. Both my parents migrated to Australia from the beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada in the 1950s. They met and married in Australia and settled in country Victoria, as my father had secured work with the now defunct, State Electricity Commission in Yallourn. While there weren’t many Greeks in Moe, our home was our own micro Athani. The first language we spoke was Greek, we thrived on Greek dishes and on Sunday all five children were neatly packed into the family car (a Valiant, no less) to attend church in the neighbouring town. As the daughter of a priest, my mother ensured we had a religious upbringing. Not only were we brought up with strong filial values and a healthy work ethic, our parents believed an education would lead to greater tolerance, more choices for their children and would help us be better citizens. My early family life helped cultivate my sense of justice and by my second year of high school, I was intent on becoming a lawyer, and with my family’s support and encouragement, this goal was reached. I started off in private practice and then worked for Australia Post, initially as a corporate lawyer and then in management.My first introduction to the Greek Australian community was through my father’s involvement with the local church committee and we would attend social functions arranged by the Lefkadian Society. I’ve benefited greatly from the many initiatives established by others in the Greek Australian community, especially the art and cultural events.How would you describe the work of Crime Stoppers, and the organisation’s role in detecting and preventing crimes? CSV has played an integral role in making Victoria a safer place since its inception 30 years ago. Crime Stoppers is a very unique program as it brings community members, police and media together in partnership to help protect the community, and is the largest not-for-profit crime prevention and crime detection organisation in Victoria. As a completely independent charitable organisation we work closely with Victoria Police, Government agencies, other not-for-profit organisations, the media and the community to ensure a safer Victoria. CSV gives Victorians a channel to confidentially report information about crime. As such, the Victorian community plays an integral role in helping solve and/or prevent crime and thereby contributes directly to making the community safer.Information from the community to Crime Stoppers has led to thousands of crimes being solved over the past 30 years – including more than 100 murders – and has assisted to secure justice for thousands of Victorians. In total, more than 931,000 calls and online reports have been made to Crime Stoppers since we took our first call in 1987 – subsequently resulting in more than 21,340 arrests and 85,051 charges laid across the state during that time. It’s estimated that more than 50 per cent of Victoria Police’s overall intelligence holdings now come directly from the community through the Crime Stoppers Program.CSV also run a plethora of bespoke crime detection, prevention and education campaigns on a variety of topics such as sexual offences, online scams and illegal wildlife trade. For the ninth summer in a row, we are working with Victorians in regional towns and urban-fringe areas to help stay safe during the summer months to prevent reckless bushfires and bushfire arson, and to identify fire offenders. In 2018, we will be working closely with a number of local communities right across Victoria to help address crime on the local level.You said that you feel privileged to serve as a member of the CSV Board. What is it that sparkled your interest and led you to actively participate in this organisation? When I was approached by the then Chair, Sal Perna to join the CSV Board, I was keen to expand on my existing voluntary work. It is very satisfying when your values align with those of the organisation you’re working with. And the opportunity to further develop CSV’s governance structure tapped into that intrinsic motivator for me.Did your passion for serving the greater public good, affect your choice of studying Law? We are all influenced by the world around us, and a fictional character also weighed in on my decision. When I read To Kill a Mockingbird at the age of 13, Atticus Finch was the kind of lawyer I wanted to be when I grew up. There is no doubt studying and practising law has allowed me to serve others. Finally, what are your goals for the future, personally and professionally? Professionally, I aim to take on projects and tasks that have a positive impact. My personal goals, along with my husband, include watching our two children grow up to be happy, well-adjusted contributing members of society.last_img read more

Lego Captures Classic Jurassic Park Moments In Huge New Set

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on target Twenty-six years ago, Jurassic Park roared into theaters and captured our imaginations. Is it an odd anniversary to celebrate? Maybe, but that’s not stopping Lego from unleashing an amazing new set.Lego spared no expense when they put together Jurassic Park: T. Rex Rampage. They faithfully recreated the Park’s massive entry gates, packed in a bunch of iconic scenes from the movie, and topped it all off with a gigantic, brick-built Tyrannosaurus rex.Let’s take a look at the minifigs that come with the set first. There wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park without John Hammond, so naturally he’s included. You need a paleontologist and a paleobotanist to sign off on things, and that’s where Alan and Ellie come in.There are a lot of high-tech systems in Jurassic Park, too. Fortunately Dennis Nedry and Ray Arnold are up to the task. And yes, there’s a sexy Jeff Goldblum that you can use to stage minifig memes as well as Dr. Ian Malcolm’s scenes from the movie. His head is dual-sided, so you can choose between serious and sweaty or scared and sweaty expressions.Ellie and Ray can change to a look of panic, too, and so can Dennis — Lego printed him with a glob of venomous Dilophosaurus spit (thanks, InGen!) right in the middle of his face.The real star of the show, though, is the mighty T. rex.He’s huge (27 inches long!), he’s got a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and he’s ready to chomp down on whatever poor sap decides to hide out on the buildable toilet — because of course Lego wasn’t going to leave out the infamous toilet.Equally massive are the park’s gates. They’re more than 16 inches tall and 18 inches wide when fully assembled. Technic gears let you crank the gates open. Spin the gates around and you’ll find the characters’ scenes built into the back.There’s one scene for each. Alan discovers a nest with freshly-hatched eggs. John helps himself to a bowl of ice cream. Dennis slips in the mud and meets with an untimely end. Ellie restores power to the park’s systems and Ray works frantically to get vital systems back online.The set goes on sale on June 19 for Lego VIPs and July 1 for the general public. It’s priced at $249.99 in the U.S. and will require a good chunk of your time to assemble. It takes 3,120 pieces to build Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage.Watch: Animated ‘Jurassic World’ Series to Premiere on Netflix in 2020More on Geek.com:Lego Launches Stunning 50th Anniversary Tribute to Apollo 11Lego’s Massive ‘Stranger Things’ Set Will Turn Your World Upside DownLego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn Braillelast_img read more

The Morning Press Herrera Beutler Ridgefield remembers teen Mielke

first_img Temperatures are poised to heat up in the Vancouver area this week. Check the forecast here.This week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Herrera Beutler tells her daughter’s story on ‘Today’U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler relived the moment her unborn daughter was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome during an interview Friday morning on NBC’s “Today” show. She also said her daughter, now about 7 weeks old, is starting to act more and more like a typical baby.“She is doing amazing,” Herrera Beutler said during the interview from a studio near the California hospital where her child is receiving treatment. In the last couple of days, she added, “we’ve gotten to the point where we’re holding her. She’s playing. She will scream when her diaper’s dirty. She is like any other baby. She has a few challenges; but man, she’s determined.”Herrera Beutler’s first child, Abigail Rose Beutler, was born prematurely in July without functioning kidneys. The type of Potter’s Syndrome she was diagnosed with was previously considered fatal because the baby is typically born without fully developed lungs. Herrera Beutler, however, underwent an experimental treatment — saline injections in her uterus — that allowed the baby’s lungs to develop.Herrera Beutler was joined by her husband, Daniel Beutler, during the three-minute exclusive. Read the full story here.‘The light of Tanner will forever fill our lives’Tanner Trosko was funny, sincere and honest. He was a hard worker, compassionate. He was someone people could confide in. He would have been a great leader someday.Tanner Trosko was killed in a car wreck Wednesday evening in Ridgefield. He was 17 years old.As the sun set in the horizon Saturday evening, hundreds of people gathered together near the entrance of Ridgefield High School, where Tanner had just begun his senior year. As the sky grew darker, friends, family members, classmates and community members held each other close. The “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie interviews U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and her husband, Daniel Beutler, on Friday about their newborn daughter, Abigail.last_img read more