Supreme Court will not hear drug testing appeal involving oilsands workers

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a union’s appeal of a key ruling about random drug testing at Suncor Energy’s oilsands operations in northeast Alberta.Suncor began testing staff in safety-sensitive jobs six years ago, prompting Unifor – which represents some 3,000 workers at the site – to file a grievance claiming the tests infringe privacy.An arbitration tribunal allowed the union’s grievance, concluding the testing policy was an unreasonable exercise of management rights. However, an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruling quashed that decision, sending the matter to a fresh arbitration panel.Unifor appealed, but the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed the union’s challenge, and Unifor took its case to the Supreme Court.As usual, the high court gave no reason for refusing to hear the case.last_img read more

UNBC President hoping to see nursing school in Fort St John in

first_imgTalks on setting up the nursing school began back in February, just weeks before Auditor General Carol Bellringer released a report which said that Northern Health was not doing enough to recruit and retain registered nurses in the northeast part of the province. As part of her recommendations, Bellringer said that establishing a nursing school in Northeast B.C. would help to better recruit and retain nurses in this part of the province.In July, Peace River Regional District Chair Brad Sperling said that the PRRD was waiting to hear back from the Ministry of Advanced Education about the proposal.Dr. Weeks said that the Ministry has reviewed the nursing school proposal over the summer, sending it back to get some questions and clarifications about the pathway’s students would take through the program, as well as assurances about UNBC’s partnership with NLC.“We’ve done all that, it’s in front of them right now and we’re, like everyone else, just waiting to hear. But we’re cautiously optimistic and pretty encouraged about it. I have several meetings with the Ministry this fall, and we anticipate that we’ll make some progress on that.”Dr. Weeks explained that 50 percent of the program’s spaces will be set aside for NLC students, which he says will enable the programs already in place to increase the pathways that students in Northeast B.C. have.He said that if everything goes according to plan, the nursing school would, at the earliest, begin admitting its first students 18 months from now. When asked about further expanding UNBC’s medical school into Northeast B.C. after the nursing school is established, Dr. Weeks said that while those talks had not yet happened the medical program at the Prince George campus is looking at ways to be better connected with communities in Northern B.C.He added that in the meantime, UNBC has also begun expanding physiotherapy programs in Northern B.C. due to the current shortage of physiotherapists in this half of the province. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks, who was in Fort St. John yesterday to meet with some of the university’s alumni and attend a board meeting, says that he’s optimistic about the provincial government approving the university’s proposal to start a nursing school in Fort St. John.Dr. Weeks, who is beginning his second as the university’s president, said that UNBC’s Nursing Program currently offers courses at its main campus in Prince George, as well as online, and at satellite campuses in Quesnel and Terrace.He said that the university has partnered with Northern Lights College and local governments in Northeast B.C. on a proposal to offer Nursing Program courses at its Fort St. John campus, which is located at the college.last_img read more

UN tribunal stays order temporarily releasing five former Bosnian Croat leaders

22 February 2008The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today stayed its decision earlier this week to grant provisional release to five former senior Bosnian Croat figures who are currently on trial. The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague stayed the release order issued by the trial chamber on Tuesday after prosecutors filed leave to appeal, voicing concern that the men could be flight risks.Jadranko Prlić, Bruno Stojić, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petković and Valentin Corić – all on trial in what is known as the ‘Prlić and others’ case – had been granted conditional release for varying periods of time until the scheduled beginning of the defence case on 5 May.But the five accused will now remain in the custody of the ICTY’s detention until the appeals chamber issues its ruling on the merits of the prosecution appeal into Tuesday’s order. Their other co-accused, Berislav Pušic, was not involved in the order for temporary release.The accused, former high-level leaders in the Bosnian Croat wartime entity known as Herceg-Bosna, stand accused of war crimes committed in 1992 and 1993 against Bosnian Muslims and other non-Croats in south-western and central Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the municipalities of Prozor, Gornji Vakuf, Jablanica, Mostar, Ljubuški, Stolac, Capljina and Vareš. The many charges include murder, rape, unlawful deportation, imprisonment, cruel treatment, unlawful labour, the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds. read more

Right to Information Commission notes concerns despite positives

While many appeals deal with maladministration in government, a significant percentage relates to procurement issues, wastage of public funds, inefficient service delivery and information on development projects. Almost a quarter concerned  human resource disputes in Public Authorities such as lack of transparency arising in the conducting of exams as well as awarding promotions while the other most frequent area in which appeals were lodged was with regard to land and property disputes. In addition an increasing number of appeals concern school admissions and administration. In other instances, Public Authorities have evidenced evasion by frequently asking for extensions of time to submit information that ought to be legitimately given. It is a matter for regret that defaulting Public Authorities in this regard include institutions that should be in the forefront of promoting the values of RTI in enhancing education and civic participation in the democratic process.Though confusion in regard to the appointments of IOs and DOs as well as adherence to time lines in giving information may be somewhat flexible in the first few months of the operationalisation of the Act, that time period has now long passed. While the Commission would exercise its powers to initiate prosecutions under the Act sparingly, a pattern of evasive behavior on the part of Public Authorities would need to be responded to appropriately, including by publicly naming such entities in reports submitted to Parliament. While positive advancements are many, the Commission however notes with concern that certain Public Authorities have yet not appointed their Information Officers or named their Designated Officers and in some instances, not publicized the fact as compulsorily required under Section 26 of the Act. The Commission which is also mandated by the Act to provide advice on the process by which information is released even though advice may not be given on the subject matter of an information request which may come up before the Commission on appeal. The most frequent requests for advice on processes of information seeking and giving under the Act come from local government bodies, divisional secretariats and public enterprises.In 2018, as the Commission gets its independent Fund voted on by Parliament as required in terms of Section 16 of the Act, it will engage in greater public outreach with entities obliged by the Act to provide information.The Right to Information Commission says it is also encouraging to note that many Public Authorities have already sent in their Annual Reports to the Commission as required under the Act. By October 2017, the Commission had released information in 37 appeals involving full length hearings of the Public Authorities and citizens with close to 220 proper appeals being received by it. 218  Appellants had to be requested to remedy their appeals due to various flaws such as directly coming to the Commission from a decision of the Information Officer rather than appealing to the Designated Officer as required by the Act.As at February 3rd 2018, the Commission has now approximately 411 perfected appeals received by it with appeals being concluded/pending/listed before it for hearing in approximately 350 cases.  Information has been released in a majority of the appeals (81) and a few dismissals of vexatious appellants has also been recorded along with a decrease in defective appeals which is attributable to the appeal process gradually becoming more familiar to citizens.All the Orders of the Commission are available on its trilingual website, Detailed reasons for the release of information are made public. The Commission considers this important so that Public Authorities and the general public are aware of the balance struck between the public interest underlying the principle of maximum disclosure in the Act and considerations of privacy along with other narrowly specified grounds on which information may be denied. Greater compliance with Sections 8 and 9 of the Act that specify proactive disclosure in regard to budgets, public services, expenditures, procurement processes and prior disclosures from specific requests in line with the Guidelines of the Commission available on needs to be evidenced during the coming months. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s first Right to Information Commission has recorded a noteworthy increase in the numbers of appeals being filed before the Commission with information being released in a majority of cases as well as positive awareness on the part of many key Public Authorities of the Act.During the previous month alone, the varied information that was released included the conclusions of the Commander of the Army and related documents connected to an inquiry into charges of sexual harassment against a senior military officer, vesting certificates relating to the acquisition of land by various state authorities including the Mahaveli Authority, statistical data on rehabilitated former cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) classified by age, district and sex up to 2017 by the Bureau of the Commissioner-General of Rehabilitation, approvals of local authorities to irregular buildings and criteria on which promotions were granted in state institutions, the Right to Information Commission said today. This week, the Commission issued an Order to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment to release the Memoranda of Understanding and/or Bilateral agreements pertaining to migrant workers between the Governments of Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait in view of the public interest in protecting the rights of Sri Lankan citizens who work in those countries. read more

Summer grilling

As we settle in to summer, many of us are firing up our bar-b-ques and grilling up a tasty homemade burger. But if you find it too hot to stand over your grill or just don’t feel the need to cook, there are plenty of options.Gourmet burger joints are popping up all over Southern Ontario and business is booming.As Kate Carnegie reports, you don’t have to go far to get a fresh home style grilled burger these days.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UK on course for carbon budget success

Click here to read the New Car CO2 Report. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “We’re putting in place policies to make the low carbon transition by supporting investment in clean energy, in insulating homes and creating green jobs.” Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said; “Today’s emissions score card shows that the UK’s climate change policies are working and that we’re on track to meet our carbon targets. Since 1990, the UK’s emissions have been cut by 22%, which means we’ll more than meet the international commitments we made. The announcement follows statistics published earlier this month by SMMT that the average new car CO2 emissions fell by their biggest ever margin last year, according to the SMMT’s annual New Car CO2 Report. It showed that the average new car sold in the UK in 2009 emitted just 149.5g/km of CO2, down 5.4% on the 2008 figure and 21.2% better than the 1997 base level. The rate of reduction was the best on record, three times the average rate achieved since data was first measured in 1997. The UK is on track to meet its first carbon budget, Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said today as the first ever annual emissions report under the carbon budgets system was presented to Parliament.Under the Climate Change Act, the UK has to report annually to Parliament on progress in meeting its carbon budgets. The UK has to cut its emissions by at least 34% by 2020, and by at least 80% by 2050, below 1990 levels. read more

Black market cigarette smugglers avoiding airports in search for new tactics

first_img 13 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Almost 45 million black market cigarettes were seized last year. Feb 20th 2017, 6:10 AM Black market cigarette smugglers ‘avoiding airports’ in search for new tactics Revenue officials have not decreased their checks. 16,807 Views center_img Short URL Almost 45 million black market cigarettes were seized last year. Image: Petar Petrov/AP Image: Petar Petrov/AP Monday 20 Feb 2017, 6:10 AM SMUGGLERS ARE AVOIDING airports and looking for other ways to bring illegal cigarettes into Ireland, according to those battling black market tobacco.Last year, there were fewer seizures of illegal tobacco and cigarettes than in any year of the previous five, despite checks at airports remaining steady.Almost 45 million black market cigarettes were seized by Revenue officials last year, a not insignificant number but less than half of the 96 million that were discovered in 2012.Revenue also seized 1.5 tonnes of other types of tobacco in 2016 compared to 5.2 tonnes in 2012.Speaking in the Dáil earlier this month, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that resources have not been cut from Revenue officers but that the tactics employed by smugglers may be evolving.“Smugglers are constantly looking for new ways to avoid detection and adapt their operations in response to seizures by Revenue and other law enforcement agencies internationally,” Noonan told the Dáil in response to a question by Fianna Fáil’s Declan Breathnach.The figures show the number of seizures decreased last year but by a slower rate than the volume of what was taken in.The minister also noted that the number of checks at Irish airports hasn’t decreased but that seizures have, a pattern he says that has been repeated in other countries. Source: provided by spokesperson for the Revenue Commissioners confirmed that there’s been no reduction in searches at Irish airports and echoed the suggestion that the reduction in seizures suggests smugglers are looking for new ways to avoid getting caught:As the level of checking for illicit tobacco products was maintained during the year, this would suggest that smugglers are now less likely to attempt to bring such products into the country through airports, because of high security levels and the significant seizures achieved there.Revenue adds that it is “constantly vigilant” for changing patterns in smuggling activity and that their efforts are directed by engagement with other international agencies and the use of detection technologies.“We also target the illicit trade post-importation by carrying out intelligence-based operations and random checks at retail outlets, markets and private and commercial premises.”Read: You better spend your €500 notes quickly, the big purple one could soon be scrapped >Read: Revenue seized 68 MILLION cigarettes in 2015 – some from very unusual places > Share37 Tweet Email last_img read more

Un accord de confidentialité conclu entre Microsoft et Yahoo

first_imgUn accord de confidentialité conclu entre Microsoft et YahooLes choses s’accélèrent du côté de chez Yahoo. Des informations confirment la signature d’un accord de confidentialité avec Microsoft, ce qui en fait un candidat idéal au rachat du portail web.Cette fois, c’est fait. Microsoft, qui rêve depuis des années de s’offrir l’une des marques les plus reconnues du web, Yahoo, selon le New York Times, aurait signé un accord de confidentialité avec le portail en ligne. Cet accord permettrait au géant du logiciel d’obtenir des informations extrêmement détaillées sur les comptes de la société et sa structure financière.À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesMicrosoft s’est allié à différents fonds d’investissement américains pour réaliser cette opération stratégique. En effet, après l’obtention de Skype pour la communication VOIP et en visioconférence, Microsoft incorporerait dans son offre des services fonctionnels, utilisés et plébiscités, notamment FlickR le célèbre site de partage de photos, ou encore une communauté toujours active. De quoi parfaire sa stratégie globale sur les différentes plateformes connectées, en attirant l’immense vivier d’utilisateurs de ses services.Microsoft avait tenté une offre de rachat en 2008 évaluée à 45 milliards de dollars, une folie selon les analystes de l’époque. Aujourd’hui la côté d’amour de Yahoo s’est un peu estompée et la valeur de son action a été divisée par trois. Les feux sont donc tous au vert pour Microsoft, qui, sauf surprise, semble désormais le futur propriétaire de Yahoo.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le papier essuiemains un nid à bactéries

first_imgLe papier essuie-mains, un nid à bactériesSelon une récente étude, le papier essuie-main peut contenir jusqu’à 100.000 bactéries par gramme. Un problème qui serait encore plus important avec le papier fait de fibres recyclées.C’est une découverte inattendue qu’ont faite des chercheurs du Département de biochimie, microbiologie et bioinformatique de l’Université Laval : le papier essuie-main, en particulier celui fabriqué à partir de fibres recyclées, serait en fait un nid à bactéries. Mais c’est par hasard que la chose a été découverte. En effet, au cours d’une expérience visant à comparer l’efficacité de différents produits pour le lavage de mains, les étudiants qui s’étaient lavé les mains avec de l’eau et du savon affichaient des décomptes bactériens curieusement élevés. Ils étaient même plus élevés après le lavage qu’avant : une observation qui a intrigué les chercheurs et les a amenés à soupçonner le papier essuie-main.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Louis McCusky Gendron, Luc Trudel, Sylvain Moineau et Caroline Duchaine se sont donc penchés sur la question et ont testé six marques commerciales. Leurs résultats, qui viennent de paraître dans l’American Journal of Infection Control, montrent que les marques testées contiennent au minimum entre 100 et 100.000 bactéries vivantes par gramme. Une des espèces trouvées a même déjà été associée à des intoxications alimentaires.Par ailleurs, la contamination bactérienne semble encore plus importante du côté du papier fait de fibres recyclées : les concentrations bactériennes y sont de 100 à 1.000 fois plus élevées que dans le papier ordinaire, d’après les chercheurs. On ignore pour l’instant si la contamination bactérienne est due aux matières premières utilisées, à l’équipement de fabrication ou à la méthode de blanchiment.Suite à cette découverte, les chercheurs soulignent ne pas souhaiter ameuter inutilement la population. Toutefois, ils estiment que ces résultats devraient tout de même attirer l’attention et obliger à réfléchir sur l’utilisation de ce papier. “Il faudrait éviter d’utiliser le papier essuie-main recyclé dans des environnements qui nécessitent un contrôle strict des populations microbiennes, comme les laboratoires de microbiologie. Il faudrait aussi éviter que des personnes malades ou fragilisées en fassent usage”, conseille Sylvain Moineau cité par Techno-science.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 13:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

G20 Summit PM Modi Donald Trump hold talks discuss trade

G20 Summit PM Modi Donald Trump hold talks discuss trade

first_imgOsaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held talks with US President Donald Trump and discussed various bilateral and global issues including Iran, 5G communications networks, trade and defence ahead of the G-20 Summit. Modi thanked Trump for expressing his “love towards India” in a letter recently delivered by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The Prime Minister said that he wants to discuss Iran, 5G, bilateral relations and defence ties with Trump.The US reimposed sanctions on Iran in November after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and six world powers. To reduce Iran’s crude oil export to zero, the US ended on May 2 waivers that had allowed the top buyers of Iranian oil, including India, to continue their imports for six months. India, complying with the US sanctions, has ended all imports of oil from Iran. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Trump congratulated Modi on his election victory and said that the two countries would work together in many areas including military.”It was a big victory, you deserve it, you have done a great job. We have big things to announce. In terms of trade, in terms of manufacturing, we would be discussing 5G. I congratulate you and I look forward to talks,” Trump said. Advertise With Us “We have become great friends and our countries have never been closer. I can say that with surety. We will work together in many ways including military, we’ll be discussing trade today,” he said. On Iran, Trump said: “We have a lot of time. There’s no rush, they can take their time. There is absolutely no time pressure”. “PM @narendramodi and @POTUS held talks on the sidelines of the #G20 Summit in Osaka. Both leaders discussed various bilateral and global issues,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet. The two leaders met shortly after the Japan-America-India trilateral meeting during which Modi highlighted “the importance India attaches to” the grouping. The Modi-Trump meeting assumes significance as the US president, championing his ‘America First’ policy, has been a vocal critic of India for levying “tremendously high” duties on US products. Before his arrival in Japan on Thursday, Trump tweeted, “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!” This was Modi’s first meeting with Trump after the BJP’s landslide win in the parliamentary election. India has raised tariffs on 28 items, including almond, pulses and walnut, exported from the US in retaliation to America’s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products. The Trump administration wants Prime Minister Modi to lower the trade barriers and embrace “fair and reciprocal” trade. Trump has also criticised India’s high import tariff on the iconic Harley Davidson motorcycles as “unacceptable” though acknowledging that his “good friend” Prime Minister Modi has reduced it from 100 per cent to 50 per cent. Last February, India slashed the customs duty on imported motorcycles like Harley-Davidson to 50 per cent after Trump called it “unfair” and threatened to increase the tariff on import of Indian bikes to the US. The government on June 21 last year decided to impose these duties in retaliation to the US decision of significantly hiking customs duties on certain steel and aluminium products. America, in March last year, imposed 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent import duty on aluminium products.last_img read more

Ekushey book fair stalls books damaged by rain

Ekushey book fair stalls books damaged by rain

first_imgA number of books at Amar Ekushey Book Fair get drenched in rain on Sunday morning. Photo: Sajid HossainAn early morning shower on Sunday caught the book publishers at the Ekushey book fair off-guarded as it damaged thousands of books at the fair venue, reports UNB.Jalal Ahmed, member secretary of the book fair management committee, told the UNB that some stalls were also damaged due to the rain that swept the city coupled with hailstorm and temporary gusty wind.”Stall owners had some precautionary measures. They used tin-sheets on the roofs of their stalls which saved them from greater damages,” Jamal said.He said the book stall owners can claim compensation from insurance companies as insurance policy was made compulsory for the stall owners this year.Jamal said the stall owners had suffered huge losses in previous years due to heavy rains. “So, the insurance policy was introduced to protect them from financial losses.”The fair will continue as usual despite the damages of some stalls, he said adding that they took prompt steps to remove the stagnant water from the fair ground.Visiting the fair venue, the UNB correspondent found many books lying in stagnant rainwater on the fair ground in the morning.The capital experienced around 20mm of rainfall coupled with hailstorm, thunderstorm and temporary gusty wind, under the influence of seasonal low that lies over the South Bay.A number of areas of the capital were inundated due to the rain causing sufferings to the city dwellers, including school, college and officers goers, in the morning.last_img read more

Neighboring Precincts Similarly Diverse But Politically Divergent

Neighboring Precincts Similarly Diverse But Politically Divergent

first_imgClick on the maps to see how diversity and voting patterns intersect in Fort Bend and Harris County.  What we learned from the voting dataOn this recent morning at Eldridge Park, a woman in a long black robe – known as an abaya – held pink hand weights as she exercised. Martha Acevedo, a nursing grad student born in Puerto Rico, walked her two small dogs with her mom. Kevin Dang finished up a run with his buddy. They both immigrated from Vietnam years ago.How do neighborhoods like this vote?To find out, Cortina analyzed voting data and the impact of diversity precinct-by-precinct in Fort Bend and Harris counties. He considered an area diverse if there was more than a 50-50 chance that two random people are of different backgrounds, called a diversity index. It’s a common tool used by researchers and the U.S. Census.Cortina found that there was a stronger correlation between diversity and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He noted, however, that that connection was not statistically significant enough to be considered a cause behind voting results.For example, in Fort Bend, 22 out of the 152 precincts analyzed fell into that category: high diversity and support for Clinton. In contrast, only four places with high diversity scores cast a clear majority of ballots for Trump. (Not all Fort Bend precincts were included in the analysis; precincts whose boundaries had changed from 2012 to 2016 were excluded because there was insufficient demographic data.)“Diversity doesn’t necessarily mean people from different nationalities, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations,” Cortina said. “It’s more about the relationships people establish within those communities, with others and with themselves,” Cortina said. He explained that those relationships have to be equal, “where people see each other as an equal, regardless of their background, whatever that is.” SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND CO. – On the edge of Sugar Land, Karim Qussad was taking a stroll around the lake at Eldridge Park with his wife and young daughter. The family moved a few months ago to Texas from Boston. It’s the second time Qussad, who’s originally from Jordan, has lived in Houston. But this time feels different.“I’m just surprised because the area where I live, I asked my nephew and niece, ‘Where are the white people?’” Qussad said. “There are no white people. I’m not discriminating but that thought came through my mind. I just see black people and Indian and Oriental people, which is very nice, actually.”The daily scene at this park in Fort Bend County reflects why this area southwest of Houston is often hailed as one of the most diverse places in the country and a vision of America’s future.But how that diversity impacts politics doesn’t necessarily follow the conventional wisdom. It says that as the minority population grows in Texas,  it will turn the reliably red Republican state into a shade of Democratic blue.In both Fort Bend and Harris counties, neighboring voting precincts with similar, diverse populations can have very different politics: one going red, the other going blue.That’s according to an analysis of demographics and voting data by Houston Public Media and the University of Houston. “To me, it means diversity is a very in vogue word but diversity is more complex than what we understand,” said Jerónimo Cortina, a political science associate professor at the University of Houston.Further interviews and analysis reveal that there are different factors behind that phenomenon, including residents moving there from other states, lured by new jobs; how districts get mapped; some residents abstaining from voting; and old-fashioned political outreach.As the demographics in Greater Houston continue to change, these voting trends could shift local politics and also impact state and national elections.Martha Acevedo, Sugar Land resident but originally from Puerto Rico, says she hadn’t thought about how diversity impacts politics in her local area. The precincts either side of Eldridge Park voted completely differently in the last election, one going blue and the other going red even though they’re both diverse in population. (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media)Kevin Dang, who is originally from Vietnam, lives in Sugar Land. He says diversity is very important when it comes to politics. (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media)  Share “The Democratic mantra is diversity is going to wreck the Republican Party and flip Texas. And Fort Bend shows that that’s not true,” said Mike Gibson, chair of the Fort Bend County GOP.Democrats, of course, disagree and see Fort Bend as a future base.In fact, in the November 2016 election, both parties claimed victory in Fort Bend.At the top of the ticket, the Democrats turned the county blue. Clinton won the traditionally red county with an almost seven-point margin. That marked a 13-point swing from the 2012 presidential election.But at the local level, Republicans not only kept all countywide offices, they also took an open county-court-at law seat and defeated a two-term incumbent county official, leaving only one Democrat on the commissioners court.“We have worked very, very hard,” said Gibson.He said that his party’s analysis shows that some voters, in particular some Hispanic voters, sat out the election, tipping the presidential scale to Clinton.But on the whole, Gibson took the local election results as proof that his two-prong strategy is working: focus on local elections and grow the party.Since Gibson became chair five and half years ago, he has made outreach with diverse groups in Fort Bend a priority. He can quickly list leaders on his team who have different ethnic backgrounds. There are more young Republican clubs at local high schools, with diverse student members. And Gibson has recruited members of the Texas Asian Republican Club to be precinct chairs, key grassroots positions.“Obviously, if we sit and do nothing and we’re only 30 percent of the population, guess what?” said Gibson, who is white.“If you don’t get out there and work and spread the message and show people that you care, that you want them involved, then they’ll go the other way or they won’t participate at all in the process,” he explained.Micheal Gibson is Fort Bend GOP Party Chair. “The Democratic mantra is diversity is going to wreck the Republican Party and flip Texas. And Fort Bend shows that that’s not true” he says. (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media) Allen Carter, the Democratic chair for Precinct 587, said that historically this part of Harris County has leaned more to the right. But that’s changing, Carter explained, as new people move in from elsewhere in Houston and from across the country and beyond.“You have African-American, Hispanic. They tend to be Democratic, because they just happen to believe the Democrats have their interests more at heart,”  Carter said.“When we try to say, ‘Well these differences must be based upon an ethnic basis,’ that would be a faulty premise,” said Jack Cagle, the Republican commissioner of Harris County Precinct 4. It stretches across northern Harris County and includes these two neighborhoods.Aldo Flores moved to the Spring area five years ago from Monterrey, Mexico. He says,”You see all kinds of people, really, you know, from all around the world.” (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media)(From left to right): Sandy Brassard and Linda Sandhop are friends who bike together in Mercer Botanic Garden’s near Humble. They say their tennis team is pretty diverse and describe it as looking like “the United Nations.”  (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media)Melba Leal is a resident of Spring and she says she’s surprised that a precinct so close to her voted for a different presidential candidate. Voting Precinct 587 and Precinct 588, four miles apart, voted for different candidates in the last presidential election. (Video Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media)center_img Red or blue in Fort Bend?The same kind of political split happened back at Eldridge Park in Sugarland. Two precincts that border the park scored high on the diversity index, but voted differently.One of those areas — Precinct 3098 with the Townewest neighborhood – went blue, voting more than 60 percent for Clinton. The other area – Precinct 4020 in the Covington Woods subdivision – voted strongly for Trump, then the GOP nominee and now the U.S. President. Precinct 4020 scored 54% on the diversity index, while Precinct 3098, scored 71%. Jack Cagle is the Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 4. “Many of the folks in our precinct, I think, don’t think in terms of colors as much as maybe economics. Or if you had to say that they thought of a color, the color that they think about is green” he said. (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media) ‘It doesn’t add up’Still, that connection between diversity and the GOP puzzles the chair of Fort Bend’s Democratic Party, Cynthia Ginyard.“I cannot understand it myself,” Ginyard said. “How does it add up? It doesn’t add up.”On the campaign trail, Trump made a wall with Mexico a cornerstone of his platform. He suggested a shutdown on Muslims and described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals.In his tenure in office so far, Trump has swiftly signed executive orders to fulfill those campaign promises, including building a border wall, closing the border to all refugees and enacting an immigration freeze for people from seven predominantly-Muslim countries.Considering the connection between diversity and voting, Ginyard said that multiple factors must be at play and not just diversity, especially in a place like Fort Bend where no demographic has a clear majority. Ginyard said that Democratic efforts will focus on voter education and registration, including engaging with minority groups, like immigrants from African countries.“You can’t let diversity drive the results or the outcome of an election,” she said. “So you have to look at the big picture, what’s important to people.”Cynthia Ginyard is the Democratic Chair for Fort Bend County. She says “Diversity is often a factor but never solely and the only factor (when it comes to voting patterns). So you have to look at a big picture what’s important to people.” (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media)  North of Houston: New residents, new politicsThe analysis discovered the same phenomenon in other parts of Greater Houston.In northern Harris County, the four miles separating Spring and Humble is filling up fast with new construction. But these suburbs still have some green spaces, like Pundt Park outside Spring and the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens near Humble.The two parks serve neighborhoods within walking distance of each other, both have similar diversity. But politically, they’re polar opposites.In the first one — Pundt Park within Precinct 588 — Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by roughly two to one last November. But in the second one — Mercer Gardens near Humble in Precinct 587 — Clinton beat Trump two to one. Yet they both score high on a diversity index. Allen Carter is the Democratic Chair for Precinct 587 in Harris County. “A lot of time, I get a lot of communication from…very conservative groups, which if I lived somewhere else, I probably wouldn’t get that kind of communication”, he said. (Video: Matt Prendergast for Houston Public Media) Cagle noted that these areas fall into two different U.S. congressional districts. Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee represents the area near Humble, while Republican Rep. Ted Poe represents the one near Spring. It would be hard to find two members of Congress farther apart on the political spectrum.“You could very easily say, well, these districts or these homes are Democratic because Sheila Jackson Lee is a member of the Democratic Party,” Cagle said. “Or you could say that they got districted into her area, because that was the tendency from which they came from, and in order to satisfy the Voting Rights Act, they were carved out and put into her district so that we could meet those legal requirements.”In other words, the congressional districts were designed to support one member of Congress or the other: Gerrymandered.But Cagle argued there’s another factor at work.“Many of the folks in our precinct, I think, don’t think in terms of colors as much as maybe economics,” he said. “Or if you had to say that they thought of a color, the color that they think about is green.”Cagle believes that people will likely support the candidate or party who will help them provide for their families, and he noted that many of the new arrivals in his territory are coming to work in the oil and natural gas industry.In fact, just west of Interstate 45, the massive ExxonMobil campus is drawing new workers and helping grow the area’s population.But at the same time, many of the new residents hail from swing states like Ohio and Virginia and solid blue states like California.The question remains whether the new arrivals agree with the politics of north Harris County as is – or whether they’re bringing the politics of their former homes with them.last_img read more

iPadOS Dark Mode and Sign in With Apple All the Biggest News

iPadOS Dark Mode and Sign in With Apple All the Biggest News

first_imgiPadOS is also a sign for a renewed focus on the iPad as the future of mobile office work, and reflects a resurgence in sales Apple has seen ever since first introducing the iPad Pro in 2015.Dark ModeFew things got as much stage time at WWD as dark mode, a new display mode for iPhones that is supposed to make apps more user-friendly in low-light situations. Dark mode is a key part of the next version of iOS, which is expected to be released in conjunction with the new iPhone in September, and is also available via iPadOS. Users can opt to automatically turn it on at sunset, schedule it for custom times, or switch on the fly via system settings.Dark mode is available for Apple’s own apps, and the company is giving developers the option to integrate dark mode into their own apps as well. “Lets begin our descent to darkness,” joked Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi Monday.The company showed off how dark mode looks like in a video:Sign In With AppleApple is getting ready to take on two of its biggest rivals with a new feature that is meant to simplify identity management across apps and services: Sing In With Apple is essentially the company’s take on those ubiquitous Facebook or Google sign-in buttons that make it easier for users to sign up for new services.Apple’s twist is a focus on privacy, with the company promising that it won’t use the login buttons to track users across the web. The company is also extending this more privacy-friendly approach to the services using those sign-ins: If an app or service requires a user to provide an email address, Apple will generate a custom pseudonymous email that users can delete at any time — making the addresses much less valuable for companies.It’s still an open question how the industry is going to respond to the initiative, and what kind of carrots and sticks Apple may user to foster adoption. On the one hand, anything that simplifies sign-ups should be welcome news to developers. On the other hand, some may fear giving even more power to Apple, with the company already being a powerful middleman when it comes to in-app payments and subscriptions. A dedicated iPadOS makes a lot of sense for Apple, as it allows the company to develop features for bigger touch screens without having to compromise on phone-friendly functionality for the iPhone, and vice versa. In the past, the iPad often felt like a second-class citizen, with features that made a lot of sense on the iPhone not quite working as well on the iPad. Related Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phones Apple used its worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, Calif. Monday to preview the next major versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems. In addition to announcing that it would replace iTunes with 3 dedicated media apps, Apple also showed off a bunch of new products and features. Among the announcements, 3 stood out in particular: iPadOS, dark mode and sign in with Apple.iPadOSOne of the more notable changes in Apple’s mobile strategy is that the company split its mobile operating systems, and is now developing iPadOS as a separate system for its iPad products. The first-ever version of iPadOS, which is expected to be released to consumers in September, will feature a simplified take on running multiple apps side-by-side, support for external thumb drives and desktop-style web browsing. Steven Spielberg’s Apple Event Appearance Was a Slap at Netflix (Analysis)center_img Popular on Variety CREDIT: Courtesy of Apple ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

No One Forced Anybody Into Anything on Class

first_img BBC Officially Cancels ‘Class,’ And I’m SadSchool’s Out for ‘Class’ Creator Patrick Ness Stay on target This article contains spoilers for “Brave-ish Heart,” episode five of Class season one.Did you ever have to make up your mind—pick one up and leave the other behind? It’s not easy and not often kind.That Lovin’ Spoonful lesson is one April, and Charlie learn the hard way.Since gallantly leaping through a crack in space and time, April and one-night-stand Ram are stuck in the realm of the Shadow Kin—the “Underneath.”“You can’t really hope we’re going to make it out of this alive,” our quixotic leader tells her friend, before dropping the bombshell that “I’m going to kill the king.”The king, with whom April shares her heart, and whose murder would result in her own concurrent death. But when you’re a pissed-off teenager, who has time for petty details?April & Ram take a break from hunting the Shadow Kin king to discuss theology (via BBC)Certainly not Charlie, Tanya, Matteusz, Quill, and the rest of the Earth-bound dream team, fending off killer flower petals and arguing over which race to annihilate. (Shadow Kin or extant blossoms? Vote in the comment section below.)The group—a ragtag bunch of students and their reluctant physics teacher, assembled by the Doctor himself—are really fusing together as a family. After only a month of fighting monsters and saving the world, the students have found a way to care for each other that goes beyond selfie-taking BFFs.I applaud writer Patrick Ness for his ability (on the page and the screen) to make young characters, often living in an unbelievable world, perfectly believable. And for remembering to always pause for comic effect.(How heartwarmingly cute was that conversation between April and Ram, just before she viciously attacks Corakinus? “Teenagers,” the Shadow Kin sighs.)Quill, Ames, Charlie, and Matteusz can’t see eye to eye (via BBC)A common thread through this episode, and this series, young love rears its confusing head again when Charlie and Matteusz declare their feelings in front of Quill and new head teacher Dorothea Ames (Pooky Quesnel), who has a gun trained on the Pole.Torn between sacrificing his entire people for the love of a few, Charlie must decide whether or not to use the Cabinet of Souls—”the closest weapon of mass destruction we have to hand,” according to Ames—and on what species.“If I use it, I will have nothing,” the Prince explains. “The souls of my people…”“Will have saved the souls of another people,” Ames says.“But not destroy the right people,” Quill argues.“Which would make you as bad as the Shadow Kin,” Matteusz pleads. “The Shadow Kin, who kill whole species.”The debate ends abruptly with a gunshot—and a secret plan.Tanya, Ram, and April (via BBC)April, merciful defeater of the Corakinus, has taken the throne as Shadow Kin king (“They call you ‘King,’ even if you’re a woman”), and returned to Earth with Ram, ready to fight another day. Or, in this case, a flourishing breed of savage flower petals.Just as Charlie, on the verge of declaring his intention to the Cabinet of Souls, must make up his mind—fire-type humanoids vs carnivorous florets—April’s newfound army sails in, consuming the multiplying flowers.“I’ve sent them into shadow,” she said of her army.“What are you going to do with an army?” her utterly flummoxed mother asks—in one of the best lines of the episode (a close second to dad Hew’s earlier response to Ames’ directive outside Coal Hill Academy).Mrs. MacLean and Tanya hold out hope for April (via BBC)With Corakinus secured in a tomb on Underneath, and the portal between the Shadow Kin world and Earth destroyed, April and her friends can finally get back to normal (because that’s how these sci-fi adventure shows work, right?).Perhaps a new normal for April and her no-longer-physically disabled mum, who has had some impressive CGI work done, considering actress Shannon Murray was actually paralyzed in a diving accident at age 14. (She went on to become the UK’s first professional model with a disability.) Charlie, however, may never quite return to normal: The boy was, after all, mere milliseconds from committing genocide—and not sure how to reconcile with it.A fine way to tie up loose ends introduced last week, “Brave-ish Heart” renews my belief in Class and reignites my excitement for the final three chapters.Missed episode four of Class? Check out our recap of “Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart,” as well as our reviews of Doctor Who.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | June 19, 2008 ASC Backup Energy Solution Reportedly Eliminates Standby Generators June 20, 2008 – Gaia Power Technologies’ new PowerTower is a backup solution for ambulatory surgery centers that allows surgical facilities to meet emergency power requirements while reportedly saving space in the operating suite and eliminating standby generators. Medicare certification and national accreditation requirements make safe sources of backup power necessary. The PowerTower allows outpatient surgery centers to comply with these regulations, without the challenges other backup power options present, said the company. One PowerTower can power multiple rooms, allowing for a much broader scope of backup power than most other battery systems. PowerTower solutions are scalable to meet the electrical load and runtime needs of each practice. Units can provide from 4.5kW to 30kW of continuous power output and are configured for 120/240V output. The PowerTower, which can also be used in conjunction with generators to increase efficiency, is a single solution designed to meet the emergency power needs of outpatient surgery centers. For more information; FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Save 15 off all tours with Collettes endofyear deal

Save 15 off all tours with Collettes endofyear deal

first_img Posted by Share Tags: Collette, Promotions Save 15% off all tours with Collette’s end-of-year deal Friday, December 29, 2017 center_img MISSISSAUGA — Collette is in the giving mood this holiday season, launching an end-of-year deal of 15% off per person an all tours.Considered one of its best deals to date, said the company, it will run until Jan. 13, 2018. The deal applies to all tours with the exception of Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, The Northern Lights of Finland, Adventures of Antarctica, and Alaska Discovery.“At Collette we consider everyone who travels with us our personal guest and we’re excited to announce this opportunity,” said Ron Lonsdale, Vice President of Collette in Canada. “Offering this deal gives agents the chance to attract clients to visit some of the world’s most exhilarating places.”To take advantage of the deal, use offer code BOXINGDAY. Call 844-269-4583 or visit Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive back Josh Wilson (30) and outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) In Harmon’s findings, he ranks Fitzgerald at No. 9 with a 52.5 percent catch rate.The future Hall of Famer just keeps on chugging. Larry Fitzgerald posted a 52.5 percent catch rate on his targets (40) where he had less than a yard of separation. Fitzgerald still operates mostly in the short areas of the field as the Cardinals possession receiver and he averaged just 9.6 yards per reception on those 40 targets. With John Brown struggling through injuries and illness all year and Michael Floyd underperforming before a late-season DUI saw him hit waivers, Fitzgerald continued to shoulder the bulk of the load in the passing game. Yet, this was the third straight year he closed the regular season on a low note, recording more than 70 yards just once after Week 10. The Cardinals can still count on him as a contested catch threat next season, should he decide to return, but they’ll need better play from their younger receivers next year.The Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams led the league with a 69.6 percent catch rate, followed by Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears with a 60.9 percent catch rate.Former Cardinal and current Detroit Lions receiver Anquan Boldin was sixth with a 56.7 percent catch rate. If Larry Fitzgerald decides to call it a career and not return to the Arizona Cardinals this fall, the Cardinals are going to miss his ability to catch passes in tight coverage.In fact, in 2016 the 33-year-old wide receiver was still one of the best in the NFL at catching balls with less than a yard of separation between the receiver and the defender.Using the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, which tracks data to see which receivers caught the highest percentage of passes with a limited separation between the receiver and defender,’s Matt Harmon came up with the top 10 best receivers in tight coverage. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Tourists arrested after not paying duty on cigarettes

Tourists arrested after not paying duty on cigarettes

first_imgPolice on Thursday arrested two tourists who arrived at Larnaca airport with 150 cartons of cigarettes for which they hadn’t paid tax.The two people, a 36-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, arrived at the airport at 11pm on Wednesday.Under circumstances as yet unknown they left without paying the customs duties.After investigations police found they were staying at a hotel in Protaras.Arrest warrants were issued against both of them and they were arrested early on Thursday morning.The room they were staying in was searched but nothing incriminating was found.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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The most famous of these reports formed the basis of talking points provided to members of Congress by the CIA Sept. "The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post and subsequently its annex."Board and UND officials have expressed concern that a continuing fight over the nickname cost cost the university its newly-won membership in the Big Sky and perhaps its transition to NCAA Division I athletics. they used to give us for some hours, to jaw-jaw is better than to Amirah, Suleiman Hana, Featured Image Credit: Marvel Studios / PA Topics: Uk news Tv and film Science Human rights lawyer, Ojota.

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