Almost two dozen Nova Scotian artists and craftspeople were honoured today, April 12, as their work became part of the Nova Scotia Art Bank collection. In a presentation ceremony held at the Mary E. Black Gallery, in Halifax, Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Judy Streatch paid tribute to the 23 artists whose work had been selected by an independent jury for purchase by the Art Bank. “Our department encourages the development of artistic excellence, and the artists and craftspeople recognized today are second to none,” said Ms. Streatch. “We are pleased to be able to support their careers and preserve their work through our Art Bank Purchase Program.” Established in 1975, the Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Program has supported the careers of local artists for more than 30 years. Today, the collection consists of almost 2,000 pieces of art, which are displayed in government offices throughout the province and in special gallery exhibitions across the country. “Thanks to the Art Bank Purchase Program, the province is able to not only preserve, but to showcase the work of local artists, so that it can be enjoyed by present and future generations of Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Streatch. The newly purchased work will be on display to the public at the Mary E. Black Gallery, 1683 Barrington St., Halifax, from April 13 to April 23. Applications for the 2006 Art Bank Purchase Program will be accepted until Nov. 15. For more information, go to the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .
October 22, 2019
Nova Scotians are reminded to set their clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 7, when daylight savings ends at 2 a.m., or before going to bed Saturday evening. Along with watches and clocks, microwave ovens, VCR and DVD players, answering machines, car clocks and automatic timer lights need to be adjusted. It is also a reminder to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years. People are also advised to check computer calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change occurs.
October 17, 2019
CALGARY — Snow-covered highways in southern Alberta reopened Sunday as stuck or smashed vehicles were removed, but snowfall advisories and even a blizzard warning remained in effect in some areas as the storm tracked into Saskatchewan.Environment Canada says a strong low-pressure system brought heavy snow and strong winds to much of central and southern Alberta on Saturday into Sunday morning.It says the system even produced a few short-lived severe thunderstorms in the southeast corner of Alberta before blizzard conditions descended on the area Saturday evening.The Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary was closed in both directions on Saturday, while police said travel was restricted on the highway west of the city as crews responded to a crash involving four semis and 11 other vehicles. No serious injuries were reported.Calgary received between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow, while Cochrane west of the city got 30 centimetres. A blizzard warning remained in effect Sunday for Cypress Hill Provincial Park and Foremost in the province’s southeast.Calgary International Airport reported 49 cancellations of arriving or departing flights on Saturday, and five flights that were diverted.Electric utility Fortis reported that snow and wind caused power outages south of Calgary and that weather conditions and road closures slowed repairs.“We’re mobilizing our crews from across the province to help with the continued storm restoration,” Fortis tweeted on Sunday.Police in Calgary cautioned against travelling on Sunday and had to cancel their annual half-marathon.“Committee members assessed the course and found snow drifts in place of more than two feet. This course is a challenging one at the best of times, and while there are those who will have trained well, today’s race conditions are even more difficult,” the department said in a news release.Forecasters said the blizzard was expected to leave the province Sunday afternoon, which meant a blizzard warning was issued next door in southwestern Saskatchewan.The Saskatchewan government’s Highway Hotline reported Sunday that the Trans-Canada Highway was closed from the Alberta boundary to Swift Current, a stretch that’s close to 170 kilometres long.The Canadian Press
October 12, 2019
How was the experience of shooting for season 2 different from season 1? At the time of season 1, web shows had just come out and nobody was willing to invest their money and take the risk. TVF was amongst the first ones to make a web series, so in that sense we were all under a bit of pressure. We got lucky as they liked the script, agreed to the concept, trusted us and gave an opportunity to make it happen. Secondly, Tripling was more like working with friends. The director was not from the company, and I had recommended Rajesh Krishnan’s name. He was sweet enough to agree and get on board. Director Sameer Saxena, who has helmed ‘Permanent Roommates’, was also involved in the first season of ‘Tripling’. So, working together with people known to me was amazing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn the other hand, in season 2, the pressure had gone because season 1 did pretty well. The web series was being accepted and the audience had found some sort of connect with the characters of ‘Tripling’. In that way, it was altogether a different experience. Has the bonding with co-actors strengthened over the years. Can you share any interesting memory from the set? Yes, definitely. Not only because we have been shooting together, but also because we have seen each other grow over the years as individuals, actors and also in terms of popularity. In season 1, not many people were aware of who we are, or what our talent is. By the time we reached season 2, everyone knew about our work. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award As co-actors, we have developed a lot more trust in each other. We celebrated Diwali during the shoots of ‘Tripling’. We were in Sikkim and had no option to go home. So, we stayed together and enjoyed the celebration like one big family. You have worked in different spaces as an actor. What is one advantage and one disadvantage of working in a web series? I don’t see any disadvantage of working in a web series. The advantage is that you are a bit free as an actor and artist. You don’t feel like there is a protocol hanging on your neck. Just like our audience, who steps in with an open and relaxed mind to watch a web series; we as actors, creators, and directors also enjoy the comfort to express ourselves freely while working on that web show. This is definitely an advantage. The disadvantage earlier was that people did not want to accept actors from web series as mainstream. They weren’t considered serious about the art; but fortunately, the perception has changed now.What were your expectations from the second season? How has the response been so far? My expectations were not to disappoint the audience, and treat the story as organically as possible. I think we have achieved that. I also hoped that people would remember the characters, and it definitely happened. The response has been phenomenal. Well, there’s also a bit of criticism, which is fair and valid. We take it all, and perhaps try to make it better the next time. We wanted to make some sort of shift in the way second season moves – so that there could be a differentiating factor between the two seasons. But in the end, what matters is that the audience has really appreciated and loved the episodes. Did the success of season 1 create pressure to deliver something which could surprise your audience? Not really. There was no pressure as such. Rather, it was more like a responsibility to give them what they expected. People have shown so much love to all the characters and audience is really connected to each one of them (Chandan, Chitvan, and Chanchal). So, I was aware that I just cannot fool around with this story. One emotion you experienced while shooting for Tripling 2… I would have to say ‘Family bonding’. When we were shooting the first season, it was a very different space. During the second season, I really enjoyed the family vibe that this season so perfectly encapsulates. Even in terms of the shooting experience, it was like that. Amol, Maanvi and I were shooting together, and there was some genuine bonding happening. As I shared earlier, in the last schedule of Sikkim, we celebrated Diwali together. So, that feeling was constant throughout the season. After working in the entertainment industry for such a long time, do you feel the experience has helped you evolve as a writer? Yes, it definitely has. With time, you learn to use your experiences in life for the sake of art. Over time you become more observant than regular people – when you travel, when things happen to you. You feel and experience every bit of life. In that sense, it has really worked for me. Not just as a writer, it has helped me as an actor as well.After the success of two seasons, will the siblings be back for the third chapter? The fact that second season has done so well, I hope that third season happens sooner. We took almost 2-3 years to come up with the second season, but surely we won’t take that long to churn out the third chapter . Sameer Saxena is the right man to answer this question.CANDID TALKTurning point in your life’Permanent Roommates’One genre you wish to explore as an actor and writerActionA director you want to work withImtiaz Ali, for sureA movie/role you wanted to doAmitabh Bachchan’s part in original AgneepathIf given a chance. whose biopic would you like to be a part ofSatyajit Ray’s biopicYour childhood celebrity crushMini MathurTitle of your biography’There’s more to it than what meets the eye’Which is your favourite filmEternal sunshine of a spotless mindA superpower you wish you hadInvisibilityYour guilty pleasureDefinitely, eating!(Inputs by Sumeet Vyas)
October 12, 2019
NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. is suing its former chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert, alleging the billionaire stripped the once iconic company of more than $2 billion in assets.The lawsuit also names former Sears directors, including U.S. Treasury Steven Mnuchin as well as executives at Lampert’s hedge fund ESL.Sears, which operates Sears and Kmart, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, amid years of massive losses and sales drops. Lampert saved the company by acquiring the assets in an auction in February though its unsecured creditors had maintained that Lampert was to blame for its downfall. They cited sales or spinoffs of key assets that they claimed lined Lampert’s own pockets.ESL says in a statement it “vigorously” disputes the claims and calls them “baseless” and “fanciful.”Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
October 11, 2019
Media reports say around 80 people were killed, nearly 50 others wounded and around 2,000 homes were burned when gunmen attacked the village of Duk Padiet in Jonglei state on Sunday morning.Last month tribal militiamen attacked residents of the village of Wernyol, killing numerous civilians, and many other attacks have been reported across the south since the start of the year.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) issued a statement deploring the latest attack and voicing concern about the escalation of violence this year.“Some of the more recent attacks have deliberately targeted women and children and have had little or nothing to do with cattle rustling, a traditional cause of violence between neighbouring tribes and ethnic groups in the region,” the statement noted.“This will become a source of mounting concern as the country heads towards the April 2010 national election and the referenda in southern Sudan and the Abyei region scheduled for 2011.”The mission said it was concerned “that there may be elements that are directing attacks against institutions of the state. UNMIS urges the Government of Southern Sudan [GoSS] and other duly constituted authorities to further strengthen their efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of these crimes.”The mission flew the Governor of Jonglei and the GoSS Minister of Internal Affairs to the Duk Padiet area yesterday and offered its support to “all efforts to contain violence, promote reconciliation and address the humanitarian needs of the affected population in the coming days.”UNMIS added that it was by the efforts of the Jonglei state Government to restore order and deter retaliatory attacks following Sunday’s killings and to pursue dialogue among all parties. 22 September 2009United Nations officials in Sudan have strongly condemned a deadly attack at the weekend on a village in the south of the country that has claimed dozens of lives and is the latest in a series of ethnically-based attacks against civilians that have provoked mounting international concern.
October 8, 2019
The Minister said President Maithripala Sirisena took note of the failure by the Anti-Corruption Secretariat to investigate major frauds and decided to have a further discussion on the Secretariat at the next cabinet meeting. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says a decision has not yet been taken on the future of the Anti-Corruption Secretariat.Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that cabinet had yesterday discussed the operations of the Secretariat. He said that concerns were raised at the cabinet meeting that the Secretariat was not investigating major frauds by the former regime.Senaratne said that the Secretariat was accused of investigating only minor incidents.
September 25, 2019
Teenagers become used to covering up any perceived imperfections on their social media channels, Miss Hincks says Miss Hincks, who will take over as president of the GSA next month, said that youngsters must be careful to be “scrupulous” with their CVs and not “cut corners”. When entering the workplace, they should share their strengths and weaknesses with colleagues, she added. “If people are putting forward an image that everything in rosy, that they are finding it fine to juggle their career and family – and then if it suddenly all falls apart, there is no support network.”Miss Hincks said that while lessons about integrity may once have been upheld by public institutions and other parts of society, this is no longer the case.“People revealed to be unfaithful to their spouse don’t lose all public integrity in the way they once did,” she said. The Church and institutions such as the BBC used to be considered as “bastions of public morality”, but now schools have had to fill the void, she added.The GSA represents the heads of the country’s leading independent girls’ schools. Its members include South Hampstead High School in north London, which counts the actress Helena Bonham Carter among its alumnae, and Oxford High School where the pottery tycoon Emma Bridgewater and the actress Dame Maggie Smith studied. Social media is turning a generation of children into liars, a leading headmistress has warned.Youngsters are used to projecting a perfect image of themselves online and this is beginning to spill over into real life too, according to Sue Hincks, the incoming president of the Girls School Association (GSA).Teenagers must learn the importance of acting with integrity, rather than telling “convenient lies” in order to get ahead and further their careers. Miss Hincks, who is headmistress of the £12,000-a-year Bolton School Girls’ Division, said that teenagers tend to “curate” a certain image of themselves on their social media accounts, such as the photograph sharing platforms, Instagram and Snapchat. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––They become used to covering up any perceived imperfections, and there is a danger is when this attitude trespasses into other aspects of their life too. “If you get used to showing one image of yourself on social media, you may begin to believe that is completely aligned to reality,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “I’m not saying people shouldn’t improve, obviously it you want to present your best self which is fine. But you might gloss over things that are core to your identity that it’s useful for people to know – you don’t want people to be ashamed of any aspect of their life. We have to tell the truth and encourage young people to present their weaknesses.” 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.
September 21, 2019
For those of you wishing you could dispatch enemies with extreme prejudice by riding them down on your trusty steed in Skyrim, Bethesda is set to deliver in the form of the 1.6 update to the game.Announced yesterday, players of the PC version can apply the update and unlock both ranged and melee combat while riding a horse. It’s a welcome addition that is sure to make fans of the popular RPG very happy indeed since you originally needed to install a mod to be able to do battle in this way.We caught a glimpse of the new gameplay feature thanks to YouTube user AlexanderJVelicky who put together a compilation of battle clips while riding around the open world on his horse.From watching his video it’s apparent that Bethesda took some time and care to create a realistic feel for battle on horseback, as you have to master positioning your mount to be able to strike effectively at your foes. This is easier said than done while standing still, but is infinitely easier while moving towards your target. Having seen live action jousting exhibitions, I can confirm that this is inline with what the experience would be in real life.The update also fixes several bugs that have been plaguing some individuals during gameplay. They include crashes related to loading and saving games and improving the logic for ranged kill cams.Unfortunately, if you are playing the game on the Xbox 360, you will have to wait for the update to hit Xbox Live. Bethesda doesn’t have an exact date as to when it’s releasing the code for distribution, but I imagine it shouldn’t be too long of a wait.More at the Bethesda Blog
September 21, 2019
Of the many leaks that came before Apple’s iPhone 5 launch yesterday, the power adapter was a constant. Every leak suggested a new adapter was on the way, and now it is here.The Lightning power adapter is undeniably more useful than most phone connectors out there today, but with all the existing iPhone owners around the world there needed to be a way for everyone to convert their pre-iPhone 5 accessories to be compliant with the new Lightning dock port. Apple, knowing this full well, has released two different Lightning adapters. One of them costs $29, and the other $39.Even if you think that price is reasonable, which I doubt there are many out there who do, this sticker shock is not exactly unwarranted. When Apple released the Retina MacBook Pro there was an adapter released for users who had existing MagSafe cords and still wanted to use them. The cost for this adapter? $10. The $29 adapter is just that, and it puts about an inch and a half of extra white plastic in between your accessory of choice and the iPhone 5. The $39 adapter offers you a cable, at a length unspecified by Apple’s website, in between the two connector types. To put that in to further perspective, a Lightning to USB cable from Apple is listed at $19.I doubt this sticker shock will stop many people from purchasing the adapters. Over the last few years we’ve seen Apple’s iconic dock connecter attached to everything from shower radios to brand new cars, and in order to continue to use those devices with your new iPhone you will need to pay for one of these two adapters.
September 21, 2019
Greece was told that it has until Friday to request an extension to the current bailout or face the possibility of losing the pending funds after the second meeting of eurozone finance ministers in the last few days ended on Monday without an agreement between Athens and its partners.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, however, said the government would continue talks over the next few days, regardless of any ultimatums from its partners. Varoufakis claimed that he had been shown the text of a communique earlier in the day by European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici which he was happy to sign but that this was later changed during the Eurogroup meeting for a document he could not accept.Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Athens had until Friday to request an extension, otherwise the bailout program would expire at the end of February. “Then, that’s it,” he said.“The general feeling in the Eurogroup is still that the best way forward would be for the Greek authorities to seek an extension of the program,” he told a joint press conference with Moscovici and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.If a request for an extension is made, Greece can present alternative measures but not roll back previous reforms or take “unilateral steps,” Dijsselbloem said, noting that Greece’s demand for a “bridge” agreement was essentially “just another word” for an extension.The Eurogroup chief underlined the need to “rebuild trust.” He suggested that a new program would not differ greatly from the previous one. “The rules and regulations talk about strict conditionalities. It would still be about fiscal sustainability,” he said.Varoufakis insisted that he was prepared to sign the text he was shown by Moscovici “there and then” but was perplexed as to why this was changed for a communique not acceptable to the Greek delegation. Nevertheless, the Greek finance minister was confident that an agreement could be found soon, allowing for Greece to retain its loan agreement over the next four months in return for certain conditions. The SYRIZA-led coalition hopes this will give Greece and its lenders enough time to negotiate a more comprehensive deal that includes debt relief.“I have no doubt that within the next 48 hours Europe is going to come together and we shall find the phrasing that is necessary so that we can submit it and move on to do the real work that is necessary,” he said.Moscovici, however, stressed that there is “no alternative to the extension of the current program.” He called on the Greek government to request an extension, adding that there would be “flexibility over the short term.” “During the extension, we will have time to work on details,” he said. “We have to be logical, not ideological.”Moscovici suggested that Greek authorities had not provided their interlocutors with details of their proposal in technical-level discussions, notably in relation to the 70 per cent of the memorandum that Greece has indicated that it accepts and the 30 per cent it has rejected.Source: Kathimeirni Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 19, 2019
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September 19, 2019
This legislative session, Southwest Washington lawmakers were determined to meet regularly, work cohesively and move past personality conflicts, which in previous years hindered what they could deliver for the region.The effort looks like it could be paying off.Both the Senate and House capital budgets — money for land, buildings and equipment — were recently unveiled and for the first time in a while, the region fares well. The House passed the capital budget out of committee last week.“By us having our meetings, we did absolutely phenomenal,” Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, said. “I want to let you know, I’m shocked.”Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, echoed his sentiments.“This is the power of us working together and singing with one voice,” Rivers said. “We did really well, and I do believe it’s a result of the larger delegation cooperation and working together.”Last legislative session, lawmakers from the region couldn’t recall when they met as a group on their own accord. They have gathered nearly every week of this session.“Look at our (2015) transportation package and how much we got there,” Rivers said, implying it wasn’t much. “It’s not like our influence and power has doubled, I think it’s increased manifold and I think we’re reaping the benefits.”
September 17, 2019
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames on Wednesday thanked the organizers and sponsors of the 3rd Annual Stan Patrol User Group (SPUG) Meeting, and associated events and all of the presenters and participants whom, over the following two days “will have the opportunity to discuss and share experiences in the operation and maintenance of these vessels that play a pivotal role in the execution of our individual and collective mandates, in maritime law enforcement, search and rescue of lives at sea and disaster relief and recovery, to name a few.”“My government remains committed to safeguarding the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and this is evidenced through a number of initiatives including the procurement of more than nine patrol craft since 2014; continued development and improvement of military bases here on the island of New Providence, Matthew Town Inagua, and Gun Point, Ragged Island,” Minister Dames noted, at the Official Opening Ceremony, held at the Paul H. Farquharson Conference Centre.Among those present for the Opening were Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Tellis Bethel, Director of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Captain Stephen Russell, and Conference Chairperson Captain Adrian Chriswell.Taking part in the two-day meeting were representatives from the following: Barbados Defence Force; Belize Defence Force; Canadian Coast Guard; Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard; Ecuador’s Armada del Ecuador; Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard; Mexico’s Secretaria de Marina; Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard; other Officers, Warrant Officers and Senior Rates of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force; and Conference Sponsors – Damen, Pon Power Caterpillar and Alphatron Marine.Minister Dames said that he was pleased to note the inclusion of The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency at that edition of SPUG, as the lead agency in The Bahamas for the coordination of disaster preparation, relief and recovery.“NEMA works closely with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and regional and international agencies in the coordination and execution of pre-, peri- and post- disaster relief efforts,” he said.As an archipelagic nation, Minister Dames pointed out, The Bahamas relies heavily on maritime assets to enhance the interconnectivity of the islands.“To provide a bit of historical background, on March 31, 1980, the RBDF was created to patrol and guard over 100,000 square miles and 2,000 rocks and cays of territorial boundaries initially monitored and guarded by the Royal Navy prior before our Independence in 1973,” he said.“Since the inception of the RBDF over 37 years ago, the Force has grown and transitioned into an inclusive sea, air and land based military with a modernised fleet of vessels,” Minister Dames added. “With a primary mission to defend the sovereignty of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and an encompassing mission of assisting other law enforcement agencies as required, the RBDF is also mandated to perform humanitarian tasks, at home and abroad.”With the requirement to expand the operations of the RBDF into the Family Islands, Minister Dames said, The Bahamas Government approved the capital investment for the Sandy Bottom Project in 2014 with the Dutch shipbuilding company, Damen, and the Dutch Dredging company, Van Oord. Nine of the vessels built by Damen had been delivered, he continued, eight of which have been commissioned into service; and the dredging works and quay wall construction projects by Van Oord Bahamas were nearing completion.Minister Dames said that he was advised that the first User Conference was initiated by the Coast Guard for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean (KWCARIB) three years ago in Curacao, and was attended by seven countries – Jamaica, Honduras, Mexico, The Bahamas, Barbados, the USA and the KWCARIB.“Their exchanges and shared experiences on the use of their larger patrol vessels was significant and the conference has continued to grow, with some 13 member countries, nine of which are represented today,” he said.The objective of that initial meeting was to subsequently transfer knowledge concerning operations, maintenance, engineering, design, logistics and customer relations between Damen vessel owners to further enhance the reliability of the Stan Patrol vessels, Minister Dames said.“Initiator KWCARIB is one of the oldest users of this type of vessel,” he noted. “Damen – design, build, Pon Power Caterpillar – engines and powerplant – and Alphatron Marine – bridge components – supported the discussions. The intention is to hold this conference annually, alternating between the national Coastguards, Defence Forces, Navies, and now, with the addition of Montserrat to the group, Police Marine Units.”It was not fortuitous that The Bahamas had consented to co-hosting the current event for several reasons, Minister Dames noted.“Firstly, our newly acquired fleet of vessels are all Damen built and are powered by Caterpillar and Alphatron Marine components; secondly, and unfortunately, during the past three years, The Bahamas has not been spared the wrath of disastrous Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew and Irma, of which each individually caused extensive damage to some part of the archipelago, inclusive of New Providence in 2016 which suffered significant damage, including the RBDF Coral Harbour Base, resulting in the cancellation of this event at that juncture,” Minister Dames said. “Thus, the second iteration of this event was successfully hosted by Mexico instead, for which we were grateful.”Minister Dames pointed out that, in 2015, the most impactful of those storms to The Bahamas, Joaquin, propelled the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to deploy its Container City, which is a system of Containerized Equipment and Facilities designed to self-sustain troops in a disaster area whilst they effect clean-up, provide humanitarian aid and conduct needed assessments required for recovery and rebuilding.“This equipment was initially transported utilizing multiple private chartered vessels at significant cost to Government; however, the following year, with the delivery and commissioning of a Damen-built roll-on/roll-off platform HMBS Lawrence Major, the Defence Force realized the capacity to mobilize this equipment, and regrettably had need to, following Hurricane Matthew – which caused extensive damage in the Central Bahamas,” he stated.“This year, as we continuously forge the way ahead, the RBDF, along with local, regional and international partners, has deployed HMBS Lawrence Major – along with several components of the Container City to the Eastern Caribbean – providing needed humanitarian aid in cooperation with Jamaica and other CARICOM members to our brothers and sisters in Dominica, following the ravages of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” Minister Dames said.Minister Dames re-iterated that disaster relief and recovery is heavily dependent on the maritime environment to be facilitated, especially in small island nations, as, following hurricanes, airports are sometimes mostly inaccessible due to infrastructural damage and flooding, and require assessments prior to re-establishing air traffic.“Maritime assets close this gap by allowing for bulk transport of supplies, man-power, and other required assistance, in an effort to restore normalcy in the shortest possible time,” he said. “Utilising even the smallest of these Damen platforms, the RBDF has been able to provide assistance in the form of establishing communication hubs, and the provision of potable water and food and medical supplies to residents immediately following the passage of a hurricane.”Minister Dames said that having the ability to deploy assets simultaneously to multiple affected areas is key to responding in the aftermath of a disastrous storm. NEMA, as well, had established storage facilities in north, central and southern Bahamas, making the required emergency relief supplies available at multiple locations for ease of transshipment, regardless of which islands are affected, he added.“Continuing to have these maritime assets Fully Mission Capable, with the ability to respond quickly to provide needed assistance, therefore, is paramount,” Minister Dames said. “This is achievable with a sustained and proactive approach to maintenance, training and operation, to increase longevity, functionality and utilization of these assets.”“I am advised that Damen has offered The Bahamas a package which includes a controlled version of maintenance which will enable the RBDF through training to balance attrition of skilled personnel with the development of new technicians, who will ensure that these current assets achieve maximum service life, and beyond,” he added. “As this is our ultimate goal I can assure you that it will receive my government’s full attention.”Minister Dames said that he was also advised that resulting from previous SPUG conferences were joint training opportunities that assist in lowering the cost for professional technical training for the operators and maintainers of these vessels to be conducted regionally.“SPUG is a good example of how Defense, KWCARIB and the Dutch industry can help units in the region to deploy more efficiently and cost effectively in the joint fight against transnational threats, as well as to assist in times of disaster,” he said.Minister Dames stated that The Government of The Bahamas acknowledged the significance in being a part of those information and experience sharing sessions as beneficial to planning when it does return to “the drawing board” to design more vessels and procure equipment for our particular needs.“I welcome you all again to The Bahamas and look forward to hearing of your individual experiences with the Stan Patrol Craft,” he said. “I believe it is important for us to engage in such forums to identify trends and common threads of challenges that we all face, and to be enlightened on how we individually and collectively solve these issues.“Think-tanks like these, with focus group discussions play a key role in solving global issues, or at least make them known, so that solutions can be found.”“Finally, as you are here in The Bahamas, do not allow the seriousness of your discussions to dampen the opportunity to partake of the Bahamian hospitality, which you will undoubtedly find all around you,” he added.By: Eric Rose (BIS)Photo CaptionsHeader & 1st insert: Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames speaks during the Official Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Annual Stan Patrol User Group (SPUG) Conference, held at the Paul H. Farquharson Conference Centre, on November 16, 2017. Pictured seated behind him is Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Tellis Bethel. (BIS Photos/Eric Rose)2nd insert: International representatives of marine forces and agencies (foreground) attend the Official Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Annual Stan Patrol User Group (SPUG) Conference, held at the Paul H. Farquharson Conference Centre, on November 16, 2017. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
September 17, 2019
Suicide expert testifies Rebecca Zahau faced ‘elevated risk’ of suicide March 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Journal entries written by Rebecca Zahau were read aloud Tuesday in a San Diego courtroom.It was part of the testimony in the Coronado mansion death case.Dr. Alan Berman, a nationally renowned suicide expert, testified that Zahau’s history of child sexual abuse along with past physical and emotional abuse put her at higher risk of suicide.Zahau’s family contends Rebecca did not take her own life, but died at the hands of her boyfriend’s brother, Adam Shacknai. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the killing by Shacknai was staged to look like a suicide.However, defense attorneys tried to refute that claim, reading excerpts from a journal that Zahau kept on her phone.In entries made several months before her death, she wrote that she was dissatisfied with her relationship with her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai, but also wrote, “It’s my own fault.”Zahau died two days after Jonah Shacknai’s 6-year-old son Max fell from a staircase while under Rebecca’s care.The suicide expert told the court that the accident could have been a factor that put Zahau at acute risk of taking her own life.In other testimony, pathologist Gregory Davis returned to the witness stand.One day earlier, Davis was asked about the report by the county medical examiner who said Zahau died by suicide.“I agree with his conclusions,” Davis said.In his cross examination on Tuesday, the attorney for the Zahau family asked the pathologist about the black paint used in a cryptic message on a mansion door and the paint found on Zahau’s body; on her hand and on her buttocks. Attorney Keith Greer asked the pathologist how Zahau could tie herself up, without leaving any paint on her rope bindings.The two experts were the last witnesses to testify before the jury. Opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday. Sasha Foo, Updated: 10:24 PM Posted: March 27, 2018 Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Coronado, Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter
September 16, 2019
Bike Clark County’s 10th annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday honors cyclists who were killed while riding. The 4-mile route departs at 7 p.m. from the parking lot at East 15th and Main streets.Typically, riders meet at Brickhouse, 109 W. 15th St., before and after the ride.The bike education and advocacy group will lead riders past the Ghost Bike Memorial for Benjamin Fulwiler, who was killed at age 11 by a C-Tran bus May 2, 2012. Bicyclists can return to the parking lot or continue east up a hill on St. Johns Boulevard, past the memorial sign for Gordon Patterson, a math and design technology teacher at Hudson’s Bay High School. Patterson was killed on his bicycle Sept. 15, 2009, at age 50, after being struck by a car driven by Antonio Cellestine, who was texting while driving.
September 14, 2019
Friday 3/22Audio PlayerFriday-0322.mp3VmFriday-0322.mp300:00RPdWasabi Bistro In Homer Vandalized With Racist Graffiti, Looking Back 30 Years At The Exxon Oil Spill Tuesday 3/19Audio PlayerTuesday-0320.mp3VmTuesday-0320.mp300:00RPdSalmon Sisters To Donate 1% of All Sales To Food Bank Of Alaska, City Of Kenai Vying To Keep Petroleum Property Tax, Governor Dunleavy Kicks Off Statewide Discussion In Kenai Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Thursday 3/21Audio PlayerThursday-0321.mp3VmThursday-0321.mp300:00RPdKenai Fights To Keep Commercial Fish Tax Revenue, Kenai Approves Plan For Bush Doctor Cabin/Museum Wednesday 3/20Audio PlayerThursday-0321.mp3VmThursday-0321.mp300:00RPdKaladi Brothers Introduces A Coffee Blend To Benefit UAA Athletics, Traffic Expected To Be Heavily Impacted During Sterling Highway Construction, KPD Addresses Increase In Crime Rate Monday 3/18Audio PlayerMonday-0318.mp3VmMonday-0318.mp300:00RPdHilcorp To Begin Seismic Project In Cook Inlet, Ombudsman Releases Report On Investigation Of API, Stevens Speaks Out Against Dunleavy PFD Proposal At Town Hall
September 11, 2019
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, June 11, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 68. Light east wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: Shawsheen Elementary’s School Advisory Council meets at 3pm. … The Wilmington Middle School PAC meets at 6pm. The WHS CATS meet at 7pm in Wilmington High School’s Large Instruction Room.At The Library: Job Networkers — Changes In The Tax Code at 10am. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Wii Bowling at 12:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
September 9, 2019
Ilarion Merculieff, is an Aleut educator and has traveled the world working with indigenous people. He’s written a book called Wisdom Keeper, that’s available now, chronicling the stories of his people of the Pribilof Islands and messages from Native elders in Alaska and other countries. It also highlights the science and technology that his sea going people were adept at. Known more commonly as Larry, he says even his name, Ilarion, was part of colonization and the imposed religion that Native people had to deal with.Listen Now >Wisdom Keeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan People by Ilarion Merculieff (Book cover photo courtesy of Amazon)MERCULIEFF: And so I’m named after St. Delario. He was Greek and they adopted in Russian Orthodox church.TOWNSEND: The fact that you didn’t have a choice is kind of a key point that sort of also illustrates a lot of the history of your people.MERCULIEFF: Yep that’s true. You were given a choice to join the church in which case, you’ll be treated like a civilized human being. Or you choose not to and then get treated badly. And so most people joined the church. And to join the church, you had to take a Russian name. That’s something that most people don’t know.TOWNSEND: Your book has chapters dealing with slavery and genocide. Education both in the academic sense and in articulations about what instructions elders give. How did you decide how to map all of this out? It’s a lot of history. How did you go about that?MERCULIEFF: I didn’t. I mean I just sat down and write and that’s the way it was. I just would write when I felt each day and didn’t have a road map at all. And that’s probably why it took me twenty years to do it.TOWNSEND: The title Wisdom Keeper, I was curious about that. Wisdom’s value is in being shared. So how do you both stay clear about retaining the wisdom of the past, which is so important, but making those lessons relevant for younger people today and go about sharing it?MERCULIEFF: Well I’m living the legacy of my name, my traditional name Kuuyux, which I was given by the last Kuuyux that was left alive at the time and I was 4 years old when he gave me that name and so we called each other Kuuyux. Kuuyux means a bridge or a messenger from ancient times into modern. And now I’m living the legacy of my name. So it’s quite interesting the way that, you know, I tell the story in the books about how this evolved for me. And so it’s really about the wisdom of the elders through the lens of my life.TOWNSENDi: You wrote and just mentioned also that after 20 years of writing a lot of these stories that it was finally time to tell them. Why is now the time?MERCULIEFF: Well, there are couple reasons that I wrote it. One is that my friends kept telling me “you’ve got to write these stories down.” And finally I decided to do that. The second thing is that I work with elders from all over the world and they are speaking with an urgency that I haven’t ever heard them talk. And they feel that they want their messages to get out and any way that we can. I mean, normally, we don’t single ourselves out. Like, writing a book, for example, with my picture on it and Wisdom Keeper. I mean, this title was picked up or made up by the publisher. It wasn’t what I had recommended. The urgency that they speak of is about this time that we have to change our consciousness. And that consciousness is mind centered as a center of intelligence when in a traditional view point in all indigenous peoples, it’s the entire makeup of the body that we use. We use all of our senses. We use our gut feel, our heart sense, intuition. All these things are operating but they’re stopped from being their full aspect of what they are because we’re so focused on the mind. And so the elders say that we must drop out of the head and go into the heart.TOWNSEND: The Unangan people’s history is incredibly rich in a technological perspective that I think some people might find surprising. They are and have been for generations highly skilled sea going people and the builders of vessels for the sea. How did you write about that in your book?MERCULIEFF: Well that’s very true. The kayak. The Smithsonian and London University were trying to figure out what’s the best high seas kayak in the world because they were funding an expedition that would go by kayak. And they discovered that, low and behold, Unangan had the best high seas kayak in the world. And we traveled to South America, the south Pacific, across to all parts of Russia and to point Barrow. These are things that even today anthropologists won’t acknowledge. That we have these stories about our people going very far south.TOWNSEND: There’s also a lot of pain in the history. Your people working in slave conditions under the government in the fur business. They were interned during World War II. What do you want younger generations to know about this era and how it should instruct into the future without becoming overwhelmed by just the anger or sadness or bitterness of that era?MERCULIEFF: Well, you know, we say like the Jewish people, we had our Holocaust at the hands of Russians where we lost eighty percent of our population in fifty years. And we’ve been out there for over 10,000 years and we’re still there. And like the Japanese-Americans, we were interned and unlike the Japanese-Americans we lost ten percent of our population. We were interned by the US government and we lost ten percent of our population due to starvation and disease, malnutrition and disease. And like the Black-Americans, we were enslaved. So we had all these things but the elders would say, “don’t have hatred or anger.” Because when you have that you not only destroy yourself, you contribute to the destruction of your people. And so I grew up without that anger and bitterness. And the demeanor and the actions and words of the elders are very true that if we – it’s like that saying where you pick up a hot rock and throw it at someone. What you do is you burn yourself. You don’t burn others.
September 5, 2019
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., the fourth-largest private bank in India, announced on Thursday that it has struck a deal to acquire ING Vysya bank in an all-stock deal worth $2.4 billion or INR 15,000 crore.Under the terms of the deal, for every 1000 shares worth INR 10 of ING Vysya bank, Kotak will pay 725 equity shares of INR 5. The transaction values ING Vysya’s shares at INR 795 each, a 16 percent premium on the bank’s monthly average share price.The combined banking giant will have 1,214 branches with over 40,000 employees. The merged firm will also have assets worth over INR 2 lakh crore. Kotak will hold 34 percent of the merged entity while ING Group, the Dutch lender that owned 43 percent stake in ING Vysya, will hold 6.3 percent stake in the company.The deal is subject to shareholder approval of both companies and also requires a regulatory nod from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Reserve Bank of India.”ING Group and Kotak intend to explore areas of cooperation in cross border business, on the basis of a framework for future cooperation that has been entered into, subject to mutual agreement on specific terms and all laws and regulations,” the two banks said in a joint press statement.”The opportunities and synergies that this merger will create will place Kotak and its incoming stakeholders from ING Vysya on a new trajectory of excellence and leadership. I firmly believe this merger will pave the way for a bigger and better financial services player with deep Indian roots and global standards of service,” Uday Kotak, Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak said at a press conference.”Kotak values the diversity of ING Vysya, welcomes them as its family, and will work towards integrating them smoothly on this exciting journey that is ahead of us,” he added.Experts said the merger was a brilliant deal as it would help improve Kotak’s reach geographically and ING Vysya’s portfolio would complement Kotak’s retail and corporate banking strengths.”This merger is good for the banking industry. This will give higher scale in terms of balance sheet size. Consolidation is needed in India. We need bigger banks. We hope, the government should also start consolidating public sector banks,” HDFC’s Deepak Parekh told The Economic Times.The markets also reacted well to the deal. Kotak Mahindra’s shares were up 6.39 percent and ING Vysya’s went up 2.06 percent at the time of drafting the article.