first_imgJammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said powerful people in Kashmir “were living a life better than emperor Jahangir due to corruption”, as he listed his development agenda for the State in the face of recent criticism over his constitutional amendments. “An ordinary Kashmiri who ferries pilgrims in the Amarnath yatra does not even have a sweater to wear. But the living standard of the powerful people, who belong to the administration, the political class and the traders community, in Kashmir is better than emperor Jahangir,” said Mr. Malik in Jammu.In an oblique reference to regional parties National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that ruled the State in the past, he said corruption was impacting the development agenda in J&K. “If the money allocated to J&K was spent adequately, the State would have turned into gold. Out administration has taken a tough stand on corruption from day one and an anti-corruption body is investigating several cases,” said Mr. Malik.Highlights development agenda Mr. Malik said the ₹80,000 crores Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) has been “fast-tracked and the bottlenecks have been removed” by his administration.“A discussion has been initiated with the Asian Development Bank for $150 million fresh loan for development projects, including drainage and solid waste management. Besides, J&K will get first-ever gas pipeline,” reads the report card released by the Governor.The report card said the land for two new AIIMS, IIT and IIM was handed over to the authorities concerned. It said J&K Infrastructure Development Corporation (JKIDFC) has been constituted to raise ₹8000 crore for infrastructure development, especially languishing projects of over 20 years. “There are 1296 languishing projects in key sectors with investment of Rs. 2700 crore also approved. Two major projects, the Ujh Multipurpose Project and the Rattle Hydroelectric Project, were also cleared for implementation,” it said.The governor said his administration was able to successfully conduct the local bodies, municipal and panchayat elections “in a free and fair election process completed over a period of three months”. “The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Act was amended to further empower the council,” it added.The Governor’s listing his works is apparently aimed at an image makeover. It comes in the backdrop of criticism levelled by the regional political parties at him over the manner in which he made several constitutional amendments and dissolved the assembly. His move to convert J&K Bank into a Public Sector Undertaking also invited ire of the regional parties.PDP, NC reactThe Governor’s move have invited reaction from both major regional parties, the NC and the PDP.“Mr. Malik has launched a PR blitz. I won’t comment on the appropriateness of this. All I’ll say is that he will be judged by one yardstick only: how quickly he is able to give the people of J&K a popularly elected government. Any delay will be his failure,” said former chief minister and NC vice president Omar Abdullah.On corruption allegations by the Governor, senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said, “It’s sad governor saheb is grudging a decent house in Kashmir in a country where corruption has been the dominant issue that brought down Rajiv (Gandhi), UPA government and is now threatening (PM) Modi ji. If at all corruption in Kashmir is pickpocketing compared to Rafale deal.”last_img read more

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first_imgPASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such,PASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such passionate involvement was immediately felt: the nexus of the businessmen and er… politicians that runs the BCCI was humbled. The team was forced to buttress its defences (particularly around the gates of players’ homes). The fact that the coach masterminded an adjournment of Parliament means that formulating a World Cup master plan will be chicken feed. All introspection is healthy.Naturally, athletes from other disciplines now expect the MPs to be as vociferous and strident on other sporting issues where India’s pride is being muddied:Like how our men’s hockey team can have the 17 changes of coach in 12 years, and only one Asian Games gold and one Junior World Cup to show for it? Or how world-class centre half Viren Rasquinha was axed from the Asiad squad on grounds of fitness? In five fitness tests, he finished under the stipulated nine minutes in four out of five 2.4 km runs and was in the top three in the 40 m speed tests.Like how it is that after being a force in the women’s game, India is now a doping pariah in weightlifting? Banned for a year and forced to stay out of the Doha Asian Games, with the 2008 Olympics in doubt, because a $50,000 (Rs 22 lakh) fine must be paid before the team can compete again.advertisementAlso, how is it that coaches sacked after dope scandals were welcomed back, including the notorious Pal Singh Sandhu as “advisor”-this after he was “banned for life” after our first positive dope tests at an Olympics (Athens 2004). And those who have presided over escalating positive dope tests, remain in office expressing regret.Like why is it, by coach Laszlo Scuzak’s reckoning, that our shooters can only get in 70 days of training a year as opposed to their rivals’ 270 training days for want of ammunition? It is, they say, like asking a diver to pull out his best dive-into 10 cm of water.Like, why is it that 12 months after signing a Rs 270-crore-plus 10-year deal with Zee Sports, the All India Football Federation has no formal youth development programme up and running? And India’s ranking, 148 this month, is behind Grenada, Maldives and Swaziland, its under-20s unable to win a SAF Games title.MPs don’t have to go far to demand answers for our sport, just look across Parliament benchesLike how, after a six-month search, the country’s best woman pole vaulter V.S. Surekha couldn’t get the best fibre glass pole a week before the Asian Games. The import through the Government was taking too long so she paid for the Rs 30,000 pole herself. Indian vaulters use the same pole in training and in competition whereas their competitors use several.Like whether it is reasonable to spend around Rs 28 crore on an 11-minute function at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne? Rs 28 crore could fund 10 hockey astro-turfs in India with enough left over to fund training sessions in the world’s best athletics facilities for four years. The loose change would buy a couple of pole vaults each for Surekha and friends.There’s enough here for Parliament to get shirty about, heads that can be demanded, prime candidates being K.P.S. Gill in hockey, Balbir Singh Bhatia in weightlifting. What’s even better the MPs don’t have to go as far as South Africa.All they have to do is look across the benches and demand answers: from Suresh Kalmadi of the Indian Olympic Association, also athletics boss, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi and/or Praful Patel of the All India Football Federation, Vijay Kumar Malhotra in archery, the Chautala brothers, Ajay and Abhay in boxing and table tennis.Now they may not be as easy targets as the Indian cricketers, but they all deserve a cheap shot or two.last_img read more

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Mouser: DeepCover secure coprocessor from MaximNext American Control Electronics: low voltage DC drive with snap-on programmable board option Axiomtek is introducing the NA861, a high-performance, customizable 1U rackmount network appliance platform. This scalable network appliance platform offers high processing performance through the LGA3647 socket 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor (codename: Cascade Lake) and supports the Intel C621 chipset. The robust and highly reliable network appliance platform comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports and four expandable LAN modules supporting 1GbE/10GbE/Fiber/Copper/Bypass with a maximum of thirty-four LAN ports. The NA861 is the perfect network hardware solution for enhancing digital security & surveillance, network traffic management and virtualized network security.The NA861 is equipped with six DDR4-2400 R-DIMM slots supporting up to 192GB of non-buffer non-ECC/ECC memory. The Intel Xeon-based network computing appliance also has two internal 2.5” SATA hard drives and one mSATA for event logs storage. The 1U rackmount network appliance platform has multiple I/O interfaces including one RS-232 port (RJ-type), two USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port, two RJ-45 GbE LAN ports with Intel® Ethernet Controller i210-AT and one VGA port. Additionally, the network appliance platform supports 1U 400W redundant power supply and Linux Kernel operating system.“With the latest Intel® Cascade Lake-based processor, Axiomtek’s NA861 boosts performance and offers high bandwidth and crypto throughput for diverse applications from edge to cloud, converging both IT and OT domains,” said Joyce Wu, the product manager of CCNI Product PM Division at Axiomtek. “Additionally, the NA861 features Intelligent Platform Management Interface 2.0 (IPMI 2.0) to allow users to remotely manage and monitor servers. It also supports Trusted Platform Module 1.2 to provide efficient data encryption for secure hardware-based data protection.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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first_img World Cup play-offs: Denmark v Rep of Ireland, Northern Ireland v Switzerland Share via Email Read more World Cup Reuse this content Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece are just two games away from securing a place at next summer’s World Cup. Now that your opponents have been revealed for next month’s two-legged play-offs, we’d like to hear from fans of the eight countries taking part. Croatia Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Republic of Ireland Share on Facebook World Cup 2018 features Italy Share on Pinterest Will Italy be too strong for Sweden over two legs? Will Michael O’Neill mastermind a win for Northern Ireland over a strong Switzerland side? Who will have the upper hand between Croatia and Greece? And will Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland be as clinical against Denmark as they were against Wales? Share your hopes and expectations for the final play-offs with us by filling out the form below. We’ll feature some of your contributions on the site. Northern Ireland World Cup 2018 qualifierslast_img read more

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first_imgIt was an eerily quiet morning at the Senate Oval at Parliament House this morning despite an eager bunch of players taking to the field for a game of Touch Football. To commence a big week of Silent Sports Challenge events in conjunction with Hearing Awareness Week, Wally Lewis and his daughter, Jamie-Lee, as well as several politicians and players took to the field with ear plugs and without communicating, while referees used flags instead of whistles. Jamie-Lee Lewis, who was born profoundly deaf, said that the event and the week is about creating awareness. “We want to show other hearing impaired people that there are no excuses to stop them from doing anything they want, to just get out of their comfort zone and get involved in sport.”Wally Lewis spoke to the two teams after the game on Tuesday morning about what Jamie-Lee has achieved and the importance of creating awareness. “My daughter Jamie-Lee has certainly enjoyed every opportunity she’s had involved in sport and never let the excuse of being hearing impaired be offered. We are very proud of her, as we are of all people hearing impaired in this country that want to go on to bigger and better things. Thank you to the politicians, you have plenty of things to be doing with your time answering to millions of people but for just the hundreds of thousands that are dealing with hearing impairments, it is certainly very much appreciated that you’ve given up your time today,” Lewis said. “I often say to football players, champions of today or tomorrow, that the most important feature of Rugby League is communication on the football field, and when there is no communication or it is reduced it makes it very tough. It really does open the door and make people fully aware of just how difficult it can be. “We are very proud of what she’s been able to achieve, she is the first hearing impaired person to represent Australia at a hearing sport in Water Polo. As she proudly declares every time she takes part in an event like this is that’s it’s never been offered as an excuse. She just goes on to show just how good and what an important role that hearing impaired people can play in sport, that also stretches to the workplace as well.”MP Mal Brough was full of praise for the event. “It’s been great to bring different parties together. Sport is a great leveller.  What Jamie-Lee has done with her life has changed many other lives. This is not an unimportant part of our day, it’s the best part of our day.”Following the parliamentary event, a showcase game was played in front of several local media organisations at Reconciliation Place, before the afternoon saw more Silent Sports Challenge games. Related LinksSilent Sports Challengelast_img read more

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first_imgGabriel Jesus says he’s much improved since Man City moveby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City star Gabriel Jesus says he’s much improved since arriving.The Brazil striker is back in the Blues squad after two impressive performances for his national team, as they head to south London to face Crystal Palace.”On the pitch, I’m more mature, more experienced, with and without the ball,” he said.“I’m more calm, I understand the game more and I also understand our style of play better. My skills have improved since I arrived, I’m better with my left foot, with headers, with my position on the pitch.“Off the pitch, I have always been very mature, very responsible. I have grown up as a person and I want to keep getting better and better.“I have always been very attached to my family, but now I’m even more attached. So, I think I have improved in both areas, on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_img “We are also looking at a key part of the Policy dealing with the SIPP Act, which allows the use of non-traditional collateral in order for financial institutions to take up this avenue more actively, so that MSMEs can use non-traditional assets to get financing,” he added. A review of the Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy is being completed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, with a view to making it more effective. Story Highlights A review of the Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy is being completed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, with a view to making it more effective.First adopted by Parliament in 2013, the Policy serves as a comprehensive framework for the implementation of strategies to support the growth and development of the MSME sector.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Stephen Wedderburn, said parts of the Policy under revision include: an alignment of the definition of MSMEs to match international standards; and the Security Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) Act.“Part of it is to ensure that the definitions are aligned internationally, because the Bank of Jamaica has a definition, which is different from the Ministry’s definition,” he said.Mr. Wedderburn was speaking to JIS News on the first of a three-day workshop on: ‘The Effective Management of Intellectual Property Assets for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises’, at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) resource centre, on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston, on June 13.“We are also looking at a key part of the Policy dealing with the SIPP Act, which allows the use of non-traditional collateral in order for financial institutions to take up this avenue more actively, so that MSMEs can use non-traditional assets to get financing,” he added.Mr. Wedderburn also urged owners of creative works, innovators and inventors to protect their intellectual property.He noted that too often these people display works at trade shows locally and internationally, which result in them being pirated by others.“It really is not that expensive to register your product and have it protected. The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) is working with them to show them how to do it. I encourage business operators if they come up with a product, check with JIPO,” he urged.For her part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, noted that the workshop is necessary because more industry collaboration is needed. She also noted that it is important to protect individual’s intellectual property to prevent its exploitation and abuse.Meanwhile, JIPO Executive Director, Lilyclaire Bellamy, invited the participants to ask questions of the speakers at the workshop and to ensure that their intellectual property is protected.Counsellor of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Support Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Anil Sinha, said his agency has organised workshops to improve intellectual property management around the world.Over the three days, participants in the workshop are expected to learn about strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises sustainability and growth, and the importance of trademarks in establishing a distinct identity in the marketplace.Speakers will include: Mr. Sinha; Board Director of the JBDC, Dr. William Lawrence, and CEO and Founder of SMAKS Luxury Group in Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Kiran Shiva Akal. Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Stephen Wedderburn, said parts of the Policy under revision include: an alignment of the definition of MSMEs to match international standards; and the Security Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) Act. last_img read more

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first_imgCanada’s east coast appears to be in the crosshairs of another round of stormy weather.Environment Canada says a “significant winter storm” is expected to barrel into New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on Thursday, with snow and blowing snow likely to be accompanied by strong and possibly damaging winds.Atlantic Canada was blasted by back-to-back storms around the Christmas break, which caused widespread blackouts in Nova Scotia.Meanwhile, several areas of Newfoundland were under a snowfall warning, with 10-30 centimetres expected by midday Tuesday.An extreme cold warning covered several areas of New Brunswick, where it was expected to feel like minus 35 into Tuesday morning — part of what the agency called a “multi-day episode of very cold wind chills.”Much of southern, eastern and northeastern Ontario were also under extreme cold warnings, with wind chills in the minus 35-40 range expected into Tuesday morning.The agency also said cold air and brisk winds would keep the wind chill between minus 35-44 in western and central Quebec through Tuesday morning.Extreme cold warnings were also in effect overnight for northern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan where it was expected to feel about minus 40.last_img read more

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first_imgGARDEN HILL FIRST NATION, Man. — Two men and a foster mother have been charged after an investigation found at least 17 children were abused on a Manitoba First Nation.Supt. Michael Koppang of the RCMP says three children on the Garden Hill First Nation alleged they were abused in 2017.Paul Bruce Harper, who is 21, was arrested but officers learned he had access to a foster home and 150 children had contact with him.After an 11-month investigation, police determined the 14 other children — ages three to 15 — were victims of sexual and physical abuse between 2011 and 2017.Harper and a 20-year-old man, who cannot be named because the alleged offences happened when he was a youth, face multiple charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.Lucy Harper, who is 66, has been charged with perjury and failure to report a child in need of protection.Koppang called for any others who may have been victims to contact RCMP.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgRacks of CD’s in the Montreal French language Radio-Canada network headquarters in Montreal, soon to close. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canada’s public broadcaster CBC (English) and Radio-Canada (French) is going through massive changes.The sprawling headquarters of the Radio-Canada network in Montreal have been sold, and the organisation will move to new and much smaller rented quarters being built on one of the former parking lots. PHOTO- google streetWith huge funding cuts from the government and increasing costs, this has meant equally massive staff and production cuts. Rapidly developing technological developments are also driving the changes.The broadcaster, with its stations across the country has, over the decades, amassed a vast collection of recorded music and other artefacts.Shortly after his death in 1997, the collection of legendary CBC broadcaster Clyde Gilmour was donated to the CBC . It consisted of more than 10,000 long-play records, 4,000 CDs, programme scripts, notes, correspondence, files, tapes and reference materials. This was added to the already extensive and often historic collections at the public broadcaster PHOTO-CBCIn 2012, and subsequent to a massive budget cut, the CBC began a policy of digitizing its collection to save space and storage costs, even as a move began to sell off buildings and move into smaller quarters.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Digitized and destroyedThe main French-language production centre of Radio-Canada in Montreal has also been digitising its collection. However recently it was revealed that most of the collection of over 200,000 CDs will be destroyed when the process is completed in 2019, prior to the move to new quarters in 2020.Radio-Canada will keep the recordings that it produced. PHOTO- Pascale PoirierThe collection consists of some 151,000 CDs, and 56,000 “doubles”. The huge headquarters building of the French broadcasting network has been sold and the remaining entity is to be moved to a new smaller rented building being built on the former property.last_img read more

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first_imgInstead she puzzles over the dashcam video obtained by APTN that shows Brittany wandering about three kilometres near where she was eventually found dead.“She’s wearing shoes in the video,” said Frank.Police have studied more dashcam video and interviewed more people. But not the boyfriend, said Dolly.She’s in touch with police regularly, she added, and prays they keep investigating.“Someone has to have seen something or knows something,” she said.“I don’t want her death to be swept under the rug.”Merritt RCMP can be reached by calling 1-250-378-4262.  kmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte (Smudging at the site of Brittany Martel’s memorial. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsIt would have been a lonely place to die.Here on the side of a busy highway in the south-central interior of British Columbia.Brittany Martel’s body unnoticed by thousands of commuters and semi drivers who travel the Coquihalla daily.“I stand here and I ask myself, ‘What happened to her?’” said Roberta Moses, as she surveyed the steep embankment behind the memorial she made.“What happened to her shoes?”All good questions that no one can answer at this time.RCMP are awaiting results of toxicology tests taken by the B.C. Coroners Service.They, along with everyone else, hope to learn more because there were no visible signs of trauma on the 27-year-old’s body.Brittany – known as Bree to her friends – could have been in the ditch near Mine Creek Forest Road for up to five days, police said.She may have died there, alongside the highway litter, hubcaps and retreads.Or she may been dumped there.“It would have been her birthday September 16,” said Anna Thomas who burned sage at the memorial Wednesday.“I feel her spirit has left this place.”Thomas is president of the B.C. Native Women’s Association and used to manage the Royal Bank branch in Merritt.She and association secretary Gayle Frank drove down from the Kamloops to join Moses in saying a prayer and leaving an offering of water.“This is in the middle of nowhere,” observed Frank as she scanned the thick forest on either side of the highway.“Someone would have driven her here. You can’t walk here.”(A woman’s hair barrette lies on Mine Creek Forrest Road. (Photo Kathleen Martens/APTN)It was a shock when Brittany’s body was discovered July 22.A motorist spotted her while stretching his legs after police closed the road south of Merritt for an unrelated accident.No one was looking for her. At least not this time.She was the subject of a missing persons bulletin a month earlier in June 2018 after her family contacted RCMP.But she arrived home safely July 3.“Her cellphone wasn’t working and her dad sent her money,” said aunt Dolly Martel from Yellowknife.Two days later Brittany headed south again with two other women.“I miss her,” added Dolly, a sister to Brittany’s mother.“She was more like a daughter to me than a niece.”(The Coquihalla Highway cuts through stunning scenery. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)115 kms to next serviceTwo road signs warn motorists to gas up before leaving Merritt, a town that’s a major transportation service hub in the Nicola Valley.Otherwise they may find themselves needing to turn around where Brittany’s body was found – about 20 minutes outside Merritt.The exit at Mine Creek Forest Road takes drivers under and around the freeway.It’s the site of some activity: graffiti is painted on the asphalt, food wrappers blow in the breeze, and a woman’s hair barrette lies broken in two pieces.A group of mourners found a pair of women’s panties at the scene.Were they Brittany’s?Dolly knows about the find two weeks after Brittany’s body was discovered and said police do, too.She said police did recover Brittany’s shoulder bag and phone and returned them to her family.Sometimes, she admitted, she calls the number just to hear Brittany’s voice.“My mission is to go to the place where Brit was found,” she said.“I made a promise at the funeral to drive that road; to find out what happened.”(A welcome sign outside Merritt, B.C. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Moses didn’t know Brittany but took part in the vigil that drew an estimated 40 people.She said the group formed in a Merritt park, marched to the front of the RCMP detachment and wound its way up a hill to the grounds of an Indigenous college.“We left posters of Brittany outside the (detachment),” she said.“Two hours later they were gone. That’s a show of disrespect by the RCMP.”Moses said Brittany joins a list of unsolved deaths involving missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.She said nearly a dozen people revealed during the vigil they – like Brittany’s family – lost relatives under suspicious circumstances.“My great niece was found face down in a slough in Edmonton 1999,” added Moses, tears springing from her eyes at the memory.“She was missing a shoe and her fingernails were broken; she fought like hell.”But there was never a criminal case.“Take a look at this vast country,” she added.“How many of our people – our women – are out there?”Frank lost a younger sister in a fire outside Kamloops in 2009.She said police labelled it “accidental” even though her sibling was inside a trailer in a bad part of town.“She was burned alive by accident,” said Frank.“So many women and men are unaccounted for.”(The RCMP detachment in Merritt, B.C. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Together they list the names of half a dozen well-known and not so well-known cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from the Kamloops, Merritt and Hope, B.C. areas.Communities that see heavy traffic thanks to their location on major routes and a high volume of strangers.‘No criminality suspected’People from Merritt to Brittany’s Dene community of K’atl’odeeche or Hay River First Nation were dismayed when police announced “no criminality is suspected” in her death.“How is that not suspicious that she wound up in a ditch?” asked Thomas.“Without any shoes.”This time Brittany had a ride.She usually got around the interior and lower mainland of B.C. by hitchhiking – a common form of transportation in the North where not everyone can afford a vehicle and there are no public buses.Though she loved her family, home was a place she increasingly escaped.“I feel like road kill haha on this highway again,” she wrote July 15.The next post is a photo her sister snapped only days before her final journey. Her hair is shades of red and blonde – as if she likes both colours equally.It’s the picture Moses laminated to use at the memorial – a small island to Brittany’s death amid the stunning scenery.“I don’t think there will ever be closure until we find out exactly what happened,” Moses said.“How did she end up dead on the side of a major highway? What did she experience in her final hour?“I pray for justice to be done one day soon.”Dolly hopes her niece didn’t suffer.She said Brittany’s boyfriend from Edmonton was a long-time drug user and got the young woman “into heavy stuff.”He owed money and fled violence in NWT, Dolly said, and Brittany went after him.“She was a happy-go-lucky party girl. Not into the junkie lifestyle he showed her.”The women she travelled with on that last ride were also involved with drugs, Dolly said.“The police questioned (the driver) for three hours…She dropped the other passenger off in Brooks, Alta., and kept going with Brittany.“She said they drove all night but were so tired (they) pulled over to the side of the road…where she’d fallen asleep.(A view of the Coquihalla Highway from Mine Creek Forest Road. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Dolly starts crying now.“When she woke up she said that Bree was gone. That she drove back and forth looking for Brittany.“But didn’t go to police.”Holly said drugs – and those women – have hurt a lot of people.And those women haven’t been back to NWT.“They called each other ‘friends’,” said Dolly. “There have been condolences, no answers.”This is the longest Dolly has gone without speaking to Brittany, who is buried next to her stillborn son.A loss Dolly said her niece hadn’t recovered from.She said Brittany was a natural mom, the oldest looking after five siblings while her parents struggled with alcohol addiction.“They looked up to her. She bathed and fed them. They are lost without her.”Dolly herself kicked cocaine “cold turkey” – something she said Brittany admired.“She told me, ‘Auntie, I want a better life.’”Yet she became another crime statistic.Collateral damage in the drug trade.And a checkmark in the grievances Moses said Indigenous people count living under non-Indigenous police and courts.“There is mistrust of the RCMP,” she said.During a lull in traffic noise, Moses said coming to the memorial doesn’t bring her peace.last_img read more

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Rabat – The national elections in Morocco will be under the watchful eye of some 4,000 local and international observers. The Moroccan National Council for Human Rights announced that 4,000 poll watchers, including 76 international observers, will be in Morocco to observe the campaigns and the elections of the Councils of the regions and the municipalities.The Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers has accredited 41 national and international organizations to observe the upcoming elections: 34 Moroccan associations and six international NGOs, said the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) in a press statement. These observers are trained to conduct an independent and neutral observation of the parliamentary elections from the beginning of the electoral campaign until the announcement of results.CNDH itself will deploy 500 observers. The Council invites international experts and organizations to participate in the election observation process.  Applications are made to the CNDH from human rights organizations andInvited organizations include the diplomatic missions of Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the national human rights institutions (NHRIs) of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Palestine and Tunisia, the Arab Network of NHRIs, United Cities and Local Governments-Africa (UCLG-Africa) and the Observatory of political elections in the Arab-Muslim world.The European Union has also sent an election observation mission, in Morocco from August 15 through September 14, for an overall assessment of the entire electoral process.National elections are slated for October 7 in which 15.7 million registered voters will elect the next Moroccan parliament.. read more

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In a message delivered on his behalf by B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Ban said the new Centre – located in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan – “holds tremendous promise” for reducing the potential threat from conflicts and other cross-border challenges, such as drug trafficking, terrorism and environmental degradation.“As we all know too well, dealing with the aftermath of violent conflict is costly,” the message said. “Lives are needlessly lost. Economies are destroyed. Hopes for development are dashed. Resolving conflicts before violence occurs is one of the smartest investments we can make.”Known by its acronym UNRCCA, the Centre is tasked with assisting the Governments of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan “in building capacities to peacefully prevent conflict, in facilitating dialogue, and in catalyzing international support behind projects and initiatives,” according to the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), which has set it up.The Centre will be headed by a senior representative of Mr. Ban and has been awarded an initial budget of $2.3 million and a small international staff contingent. UNRCCA is expected to work closely with existing UN agencies and programmes operating in Central Asia, and also regional groups such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).Mr. Ban noted in his message that “the countries of Central Asia have made great strides in building their independent statehoods and frameworks for mutual dialogue and cooperation,” adding that the best way to deal with the region’s shared challenges is to pursue collective solutions.In his own remarks to the two-day Conference on International Cooperation for Preventive Diplomacy, which also opened today in Ashgabat, Mr. Pascoe stressed the benefits of preventive diplomacy.“There is recognition that if a fraction of the resources that are spent on peacekeeping was spent on prevention, the world would have become a much safer place. Prevention is an investment in peace,” he said.General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim, in his own message to mark the Centre’s inauguration, said that too often in the past the international community had only paid “lip service” to the concept of preventive diplomacy.“In Central Asia we are taking a concrete step now… All this together may serve as a further boost and example for other Member States to take collective action on a regional as well as global level in preventive diplomacy.” 10 December 2007Preventive diplomacy is not an option but a necessity, given the gravity of so many situations worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, launching the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. read more

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OTTAWA — The labour market expanded for a ninth-consecutive month to register its longest job-creating streak since before the financial crisis nine years ago, Statistics Canada said Friday.The increase of 22,200 jobs last month also helped nudge the unemployment rate to a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent, down from 6.3 per cent in July.Looking beyond the more-volatile monthly numbers, the labour market grew 2.1 per cent in August compared to a year earlier. From the addition of 374,300 net new jobs, 57 per cent of them were full time.The jobs data provided yet another sign of Canada’s healthy economic trajectory.The country’s surprisingly solid start to 2017 has already motivated the Bank of Canada to hike its interest rate twice this year, including an increase earlier in the week.Some economists said Friday’s numbers validated the central bank’s move and helped support predictions of another rate increase before the end of the year — or perhaps as soon as next month.“If you actually look over the last 12 months, we’ve had remarkably strong job creation,” said Craig Alexander, chief economist for the Conference Board of Canada.“The Canadian economy is showing a lot of momentum.”The August figures also contained another promising development: a long-awaited improvement in wage growth.Compared to a year earlier, average hourly wages expanded at a faster rate than inflation to reach 1.8 per cent. It marked their biggest year-over-year increase since last October.The Bank of Canada noted earlier in the week that wage growth had been “more subdued” than historical trends have shown.“It has sort of been the missing ingredient,” said Alexander, who added that wage growth usually starts to rise after job creation increases and the unemployment rate falls.RBC assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said the wage-growth number provided tentative evidence that pressure is building on a tightening job market.“We just have to see whether it continues,” Ferley said.But while the exterior of Friday’s jobs report looked good, the monthly data also featured several blemishes.The August growth was fuelled by less-desirable work, as the economy added 110,400 part-time jobs and shed 88,100 full-time positions.Statistics Canada said most of the decline in full-time work was concentrated among young Canadians aged 15 to 24 years old. The youth category also showed a notable decrease last month in participation as fewer young people looked for work, leading analysts to suggest the back-to-school factors made a contribution.The data also showed a decline of 10,400 paid employee positions, while the number of people who described themselves as self-employed, including unpaid workers in family businesses, rose by 32,700.“While very solid on the surface, the details of this report are generally sluggish, leaving a mixed bag,” BMO chief economist Doug Porter wrote in a research brief for clients.By industry, the services sector gained 35,900 jobs while the number of factory positions fell by 13,700. The goods-sector slide was led by a loss of 11,100 manufacturing positions.Ontario posted the only notable gain among provinces, while employment declined in Nova Scotia. The headline job numbers were little changed in the other provinces, Statistics Canada said.The streak of nine-straight months of job creation marked Canada’s longest run since February 2008, when employment rose for a 10th-consecutive month.“Overall, as much as it might be argued that the components of the report were sub-par, job expansion continues unabated, reflecting sustained economic momentum and businesses and consumers brimming with confidence,” Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean wrote in a research note.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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TORONTO – BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO) is in talks to buy F&C Asset Management in a potential deal worth roughly C$1.3 billion, the British investment firm said MondayF&C Management said BMO has proposed a bid of 120 pence per share in cash for the firm and the two are in “advanced discussions” regarding a possible offer.However, the investment manager cautioned that a firm offer has not been made.BMO has until Feb. 24 to announce either a firm intention to make an offer for F&C Management or that it doesn’t plan to make a bid.“The announcement was put out with our consent in accordance with U.K. regulatory requirements,” BMO spokesman Paul Deegan said in an email.The bank declined further comment.Canadian banks have been beefing up their wealth management businesses in recent years.At a recent banking conference, BMO chief executive Bill Downe said the bank was prepared to grow its wealth management business through acquisitions if the right opportunities were available.F&C Management traces its history to the launch of the Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust in 1868. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 27, 2014 10:57 am MDT BMO Financial Group in talks to buy British money manager F&C Asset Management read more

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by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2017 9:22 am MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Strong earnings results from Shopify (TSX:SHOP) and Air Canada (TSX:AC) helped offset dragging energy shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index Tuesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 58.23 points to 15,202.10, with information technology and industrials sectors among the leading advancers.Energy stocks, which retreated more than 0.7 per cent, were the biggest decliners.“We’re seeing a lot of activity, particularly in the tech sector,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “But the biggest driver in that sector is Shopify’s quarter.”Second-quarter results from the Ottawa-based e-commerce company topped expectations, and its stock closed up $15.72, or 13.68 per cent, to $130.61.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Air Canada shares jumped $1.91, or 9.63 per cent, to $21.74 after it reported record second-quarter earnings.The airline posted a $300 million profit for the period ending June 30, up from $186 million a year ago, as traffic increased and costs dropped.“They put up a very strong earnings number that was above expectations and they also provided a more positive outlook for their business,” said Yie.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 72.80 points to 21,963.92, its fifth-straight day of record highs. The S&P 500 index edged up 6.05 points to 2,476.35 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.82 points to 6,362.94.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.91 cents US, down 0.19 of a cent.In commodities, the September crude contract was down $1.01 to US$49.16 per barrel while September natural gas was up three cents at US$2.82 per mmBTU.December gold gained $6.00 to US$1,279.40 an ounce and the September copper gave back one cent at US$2.88 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. Shopify and Air Canada help lift Toronto stock index, energy shares drag read more

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Car production SMMT LtdApr-08YTD 2008Apr-08YTD 2008Apr-08YTD 2008 % of total79.0%76.9%65.3%61.1%77.3%74.9% “Commercial vehicle production in April showed the best monthly growth since August 2007 and continues to show an encouraging upward trend,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “All manufacturers did well in the month, providing some welcome economic news during this difficult period.” Export120,711441,67414,33350,260135,044491,934 Home32,015132,5837,63231,99639,647164,579 26.8%15.2%32.9%11.3%27.6%14.7% CV production Total152,726574,25721,96582,256174,691656,513 % of total21.0%23.1%34.7%38.9%22.7%25.1% For more, please see the attached DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 27.7%17.9%31.9%12.5%28.1%17.3% “The latest UK car production figures have resulted in the best April volumes since 1998,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Growth was across both home and export markets, with over three-quarters of all cars produced so far this year heading abroad.” 23.7%7.1%34.9%9.5%25.7%7.6% Source:CarsCommercial VehiclesTotal vehicles read more

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first_imgRecent years have seen a “step change” in Britain’s development of the weapons and efforts by the UK’s electronic spy agency had increased “very substantially”, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said. Britain is building a cyber deterrent to ward off attacks from states like China, Iran and Russia, a Parliamentary committee has disclosed. GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence are building offensive cyber weapons including “high-end” tools that could be used to counter attack or threaten retaliation against other states.center_img An annual report by the committee which scrutinises the work of UK spy agencies also raised fears that Islamic State group may be able to hack Britain’s water…last_img read more

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CeljecimosCimos KoperGorenje Velenjekrkark celje Gorenje Velenje is the new Slovenian Champion after they have beaten Krka away with 41:20, but at the same time RK Celje and RK Cimos Koper played a draw 26:26. This has helped Gorenje have +5 points on the table with one round left, and have been crowned champions, repeating the success from last year. ← Previous Story Hungary: MKB Veszprem with strong second half take 1-0 lead over Pick Szeged Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 29): Barcelona suffers first season defeat at the hands of Naturhouse La Rioja read more

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first_imgEACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes a way to compare store prices, an app that will help you control your privacy online, and a contender for the most frustrating endless runner around.PriceSpyFor: iOS, AndroidCost: Free- Smartphones have made shopping and finding a bargain easier than ever. Having the web in your pocket lets you compare prices faster than ever.- PriceSpy takes this a step further by bringing all these qualities in the one app. If the product is available online, you will find it here.- The range of information available and how it’s broken up is very useful. One useful feature is its graphs, which shows you if the price rose or fell during certain periods.- This only compares prices of major items like electronics and phones. If you’re looking for an app that will help compare supermarket prices, you’re going to be disappointed.- A very handy companion app for when you’re out shopping, or if you need a snapshot of prices for goods. Source: PriceSpy/Google PlayCitizenMeFor: iOSCost: Free- Keeping up with what information you have available online is harder to keep track of, especially since we’re now signing up to numerous social sites.- CitizenMe is designed to help solve this problem by letting you manage all social networks permissions from the one place.- It also uses the data from your Facebook and/or Twitter profile to figure out your personality, something that you may not be immediately aware of considering the amount of data you share online.- For now, it’s a beta app, but the makers say that versions for Android, Windows, Chrome, Firefox and Ubuntu are in the works.- Useful for those who want to get a good overview of the information they’re sharing with the different social media sites. Source: CitizenMe/App StoreLevitagramFor: iOS, Windows PhoneCost: €1.79 (iOS), free on WP for limited time- Creating the illusion of someone floating can be hit and miss. Trying to catch the right moment with a normal smartphone camera can be tough.- Levitagram tries to take the hassle out of this by combining two photos together to give the effect (the video below goes through the process).- Some light editing is required on your part, you have to remove the item that’s supporting the object or person you want floating, but the process is relatively simple.- It’s not perfect mind. You will need to make sure the camera is steady (on a tripod) to get the best shot, but unless you look very closely, the app does a good job in creating the illusion.-  It’s free on Windows Phone for a limited time so if you’re not proficient at photoshop, give this a go. Source: Haitao Li/YouTubeTinkerFor: iOSCost: €0.89- Productivity apps are plenty, but they all follow the same format: arrange tasks you need to do with the expectation that you will rigidly stick to your schedule.- Tinker does things a little bit differently by focusing on duration based goals. Instead of setting a time to start a task, it lets you choose how much time you would like to dedicate to a specific goal.- You can set the time for when your task is supposed to begin and receive notifications for when it’s supposed to begin and finish.- The interface is minimalist meaning you can immediately set goals with minimal effort.- Perfect for those who want to dedicate time on tasks, but have irregular schedules. Source: Leef/VimeoFree The NetworkFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: Free- When an app describes itself as “the hardest, most relentless endless runner on mobile,” it’s worth testing out to see if that’s true, and to be fair, it’s comes close.- Free the Network works the same way as most endless runners. you need to get as far as you can without hitting any objects.- The (literal) twist is instead of jumping or shooting, you spin around a cylinder platform avoiding any barriers you might run into.- It gets hard very quickly so don’t be surprised if your first few attempts only last a few seconds, but you will always want to have one more go.- If you’re looking for a game that’s addictive and will make you swear (but in a good way), this is for you. Source: Pixel Blimp/YouTubeRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 28th June >Read: Irish scientists have made a breakthrough in superfast computers >last_img read more

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