Saskatchewan on Wednesday tabled legislation outlining its plans for the sale of cannabis once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year. Here’s a look at provincial and territorial plans to date:— British Columbia has set the age of consumption at 19. Retail sales to be allowed through public and private stores, but retail licences won’t be approved without the support of local governments. Retailers will not be permitted to sell weed in stores that sell liquor or tobacco. People to be allowed to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted. It will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds. Adults will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords and condo councils can restrict or prohibit cultivation and smoking on their properties.— Alberta plans to control the online sale of pot, but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators, who will be subject to extensive background checks. Minimum age of consumption to be 18. Private pot stores will have to be physically separate from stores selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals. Pot stores will not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products. Province expects to issue 250 licences in the first year. Stores will have to be 100 metres away from schools and health-care facilities.— Saskatchewan is proposing a minimum age of 19 and is banning consumption in public places. Sales to be handled by the private sector with about 60 retail permits awarded to private operators in as many as 40 municipalities and First Nations communities. The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is to regulate cannabis sales and municipalities will have the option to ban sales.— Manitoba plans to set its legal age at 19, a year later than the legal age for drinking alcohol. Government legislation proposes a ban on people growing cannabis at home for recreational purposes. The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba would regulate the sale of cannabis and municipal governments would have the option to ban sales by referendum.— Ontario intends to sell the drug in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to people 19 and older. Consumption in public spaces or workplaces to be banned.— Quebec has tabled a bill whereby all pot would be sold through the provincially run liquor board, although there is flexibility for exceptions. Quebec also plans to control sales online. It would be illegal to cultivate pot for personal or commercial use, unless authorized, and possession in a home is to be limited to 150 grams and to 30 grams on a person. There is to be a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of any drug.— New Brunswick is setting the minimum age at 19 and plans to require users to lock away their marijuana when it’s in their home. The province says people would be able to buy cannabis at a subsidiary of the province’s liquor commission.— Prince Edward Island has set its legal age at 19, and says it will sell marijuana at stand-alone outlets run separately by its liquor commission. P.E.I. plans to allow online sales and restrict marijuana use to private residences.— Nova Scotia says marijuana is to be sold alongside alcohol in nine provincial liquor commission stores, as well as through online sales, to anyone who is at least 19. The province accepts federal rules setting a personal possession limit of up to 30 grams and a personal cultivation limit of up to four plants per household. It plans to establish provincial penalties for youth possession of up to five grams.— Newfoundland and Labrador to allow sales in private stores. Legal age set at 19. The Crown-owned liquor corporation is to oversee distribution to private retailers. Consumption to be restricted to private residences.— Yukon has set its minimum age at 19. Its legislation on legal marijuana would allow the public possession of up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent, and personal cultivation of up to four plants per household. Consumption would be limited to privately owned residences and adjoining properties, as long as the owners permit it.— The Northwest Territories has tabled legislation that proposes the minimum age of consumption at 19. The NWT Liquor Commission will be responsible for distribution and sales at existing liquor stores. Residents will be able to mail-order cannabis to allow access to marijuana in communities that do not have a liquor store. The government will be able to fine stores that don’t post signs about the health risks of pot. Communities will be able to hold a plebiscite on whether to restrict or ban sales. A maximum of four plants per household — no matter how many adults live there — and smoking is to be permitted in public where cigarettes are allowed, including trails and parks unless they are being used for public events.— Nunavut completed initial stakeholder consultations last summer and was holding a public survey to help guide the development of policy and legislative options.
APTN National NewsThe chief and council of the Sandy Bay First Nation in southern Manitoba are in hot water.At the centre of the issue: Allegedly unpaid teachers and missing pension and benefits.As APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports, the teacher’s union is asking the federal government to put Sandy Bay into third-party management.
By Safaa Kasraoui and Ahlam Ben SagaRabat- Protesters, from the youngest to the oldest, chanted anti-government slogans in front of Morocco’s parliament on Wednesday evening to condemn the heavy sentences given to Hirak Rif activists on Tuesday night.Demonstrators held banners or chanted slogans saying “We are all Zefzafi” and “The people want freedom for the activists,” “Freedom, dignity, justice for society,” “Long live the Rif,” “This country is corrupt,” and “Mourning.”The court sentenced four activists to 20 years in prison for participating in “unauthorized protests,” and for “undermining the internal security of the country.” Moroccans and non-Moroccans alike joined together in front of Parliament, next to which security forces stood to ensure the safety of civilians during the peaceful protest.An Iraqi citizen who participated in the protest told Morocco World News that although he felt that he did not have the right to comment on this internal issue, he believed that the sentences were a “step backward” for the country’s social progress.He added: “These sentences will not enable the government to mitigate the situation.”The protester said that the government should review the sentences as soon as possible to avoid further escalation.Some protesters carried Amazigh (Berber) flags in the demonstration.Two women attending the protests voiced their opinion that the convictions against Hirak Rif activists are “unjust” and “unjustified.”The sentences are “unjust and unfair for the youth who took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations for social demands,” human rights activist Jabri Abdelilah told MWN.Emotions evident on her face, a young protester told MWN that the sentences were an “unfair” move. Rabat’s demonstration was not the first in the kingdom on Wednesday. In the morning of the same day many university students in the capital of the Rif region, Nador, went on a march to decry the sentences.The students have also decided to boycott university exams in reaction to the court’s decision.Read Also: Video: Nador Students Protest Court Sentences of Hirak Rif ActivistsCitizens also took to the streets of Boulevard El Oumame Al Moutahida in Casablanca.Along with the Hirak’s leaders Zefzafi and Ahemjik, activists Ouassim El Boustati and Samir Ghid were also sentenced to 20 years in prison after being held awaiting trial and verdict for over a year.Zakaria Adehchour, Mohamed Haki, and Mohamed Bouhenouch received 15 years in prison, whereas Mohamed Jelloul, Karim Amghar, Salah Lackham, Omar Bouharass, Bilal Ahaddad, Jamal Bouhaddou, and Achraf Yakhloufi were sentenced to 10 years. Others were sentenced to 1-5 years.The Hirak protests began in October 2016 after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a local fishmonger who was crushed to death in a garbage truck as he was trying to save his goods that was confiscated by authorities in Al Hoceima. The incident caused citizens across the country, especially in the Al Hoceima province, to protest nationwide to condemn Fikri’s death and social disparities in Morocco.The protests were confronted by a heavy security response as law enforcement arrested more than 400 Hirak activists, most of whom received heavy sentences, ranging from 20 to 1 year.Protesters await the reaction of the government to their demands: freedom for all the detained activists and what they have described in the protests as “equal social justice.”The sentences have also been condemned by politicians, celebrities, and journalists. Former Minister of Urbing Planning and Housing Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah, who was sacked for “dysfunctions” in the project called “Al Hoceima Manarat Al Mutawasit,” also condemned the decision of Casablanca’s court.The project was launched by King Mohammed VI to develop the Al Hoceima province in 2015. After problems in the implementation of the projects, the King sacked several authorities, including Former Minister of Health, Houcine El Ouardi, and Mohamed Hassad, former Minister of Education, who also served as former Minister of Interior in the government led by Abdelilah Benkirane. Photo Credits: MWNPhoto Credits: MWNPhoto credits: MWNPhoto credits: MWNPhoto credits: MWN
MONTREAL — Bombardier retained its position as the world’s largest business jet manufacturer in 2012 despite an 11% drop in the value of its global deliveries in the fourth quarter, an industry association reported Tuesday.The Montreal-based aerospace company delivered 179 business aircraft valued at US$5.8-billion last year, compared to 182 valued at nearly US$5.9-billion in 2011, said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.The general aviation segment is poised for resurgence in the next few yearsOverall, industry shipments of business jets decreased by 3.4% to 672 units in 2012. Total airplane shipments, including single piston and turboprops grew 0.6% to 2,133 units. However, the value of the planes decreased slightly to US$18.9-billion.“While the 2012 shipment and billing data were mixed, the numbers don’t reflect the amount of development work in progress in general aviation,” stated GAMA chairman Brad Mottier.“The general aviation segment is poised for resurgence in the next few years as these new technologies certify and enter the market.”The number of Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) business jet deliveries decreased by seven to 60 in the fourth quarter with a value of US$1.9-billion, down from US$2.14-billion a year earlier.Rival Gulfstream remained the world’s second-largest producer of business jets, delivering 37 units worth US$1.3-billion in the quarter and 94 units valued at nearly $4.1-billion for the year. The U.S.-based company bested its Canadian rival in the first quarter in terms of value of planes delivered, even though it shipped fewer aircraft.Bombardier delivered fewer Challenger 605 planes in the quarter and full year, but its shipments of Challenger 300s increased by 30% to 48 for the year.North America was once again the leading destination for business jets, but it accounted for slightly less than half of all global deliveries last year. Europe accounted for 20.8%, followed by Asia-Pacific (11.8%), Latin America (11.6%), and Middle East & Africa (6.1%).The helicopter segment delivered 1,044 aircraft valued at US$3.4-billion in 2012, about a 21% increase from 859 units valued at US$3.8-billion in 2011.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained four cents at C$4.13 in midday trading.
Namal Rajapaksa recently told the BBC that he did not know why the accused were out on bail and that “there had to be a trial”. He added that “these kind of incidents should not take place”. Pressed on the involvement of local politician Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathiran, who was one of the suspects out on bail, Rajapaksa said he was “shocked to learn that one of my colleagues had got involved in such a thing”. CLICK HERE FOR BBC INTERVIEW Welcoming the President’s son’s comments, Simon Danczuk MP said it was now widely acknowledged in Sri Lankan politics that the murder of Khuram Shaikh had damaged the country’s reputation.“There has to be a greater sense of urgency to get this trial moving, it’s no good politicians saying ‘there must be a trial’ while in the meantime the wheels of justice are moving at snail pace,” he said. “This is a problem that’s not going away,” he added. “I know most Sri Lankans are ashamed that this terrible crime happened. But it’s time the Sri Lankan Government started taking these crimes seriously and delivered justice for the victims.”The government had in March said that the Attorney General (AG) is to forward a direct indictment to the High Court, without a non summary inquiry, relating to the death of Khuram Shaikh.It said that a special prosecutor has been nominated by the Attorney General to conduct the prosecution under the guidance of the Addl. Solicitor General who heads the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Department. (Colombo Gazette) UK Member of Parliament Simon Danczuk has welcomed comments made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa that “there has to be a trial” to make sure the people who murdered his constituent are brought to justice.He was referring to the murder of UK national Khuram Shaikh on 25 December 2011 in Tangalle,
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the readiness of President Abd Rabou Mansour Hadi of Yemen to send a delegation to participate in United Nations-facilitated Yemeni-Yemeni consultations in Geneva, set to start on 14 June.According to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, the Yemeni President’s decision was communicated to Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who is in Riyadh.The UN chief had earlier called for a postponement in the consultations, which were originally set for 28 May, and has repeatedly urged all parties in Yemen to return to the negotiating table. The consultations aim to bring together a broad range of actors including the Yemeni Government and other stakeholders in an effort to stem the ongoing violence afflicting the country.Today’s statement notes that the Secretary-General is equally pleased that delegations of Yemeni parties from the capital, Sana’a, have communicated their commitment to attend the consultations to the UN Special Envoy.“The Secretary-General reiterates his urgent call on all Yemeni parties to engage in these consultations in good faith and without pre-conditions in the interest of all Yemeni people,” continued the statement, adding that the Mr. Ban hopes that the meeting in Geneva will restart a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process based on relevant Security Council resolutions.For the consultations to succeed, the Secretary-General also appealed to all countries concerned to create a conducive political environment.“The Secretary-General reiterates his call for a renewed humanitarian pause in order to allow humanitarian assistance to reach all Yemenis in need. This could also help create an atmosphere that is more conducive for peaceful dialogue,” said the statement.“Such assistance is of paramount and pressing importance because the suffering of the Yemeni population, as a result of the continued conflict, is increasing dramatically,” it continued, adding that Mr. Ban appeals to the international community, and to the countries of the region in particular, to do everything in their power to reduce the civilian suffering in Yemen and to contribute to UN efforts in this regard.Efforts to get the consultations back on track come as humanitarian needs are becoming increasingly intense, and urgent measures by the international community, as well as regional States, are required to alleviate the worst consequences of the fighting.Last week saw attacks on dozens of health facilities by fighting, shelling, and airstrikes in Yemen since the escalation of the conflict in March. In addition, 10 health care workers have been killed or injured while carrying out their duties since that time. The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to appeal for the protection of health facilities, staff and patients.The new Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, warned in a briefing to the UN Security Council a few days ago that a full resumption of commercial imports of vital commodities, including food, fuel and medicines, is required to avoid a looming humanitarian catastrophe.
In a statement released earlier this morning, Philippe Cori, UNICEF’s Regional Deputy-Director for South Asia, described the recent reports of children being sexually abused over a period of several years in the Kasur district as “appalling” and called for the affected children and families to immediately receive any necessary care and protection. “No child should suffer violence, abuse or exploitation. The horrific crimes in Kasur underline how we must all do more to protect children from such abuses,” Mr. Cori declared. “UNICEF is ready to expand its work with local and national authorities to increase such efforts, so that no child has to suffer these terrible horrors.”Mr. Cori’s appeal comes as Pakistani authorities continue their investigation into allegations that a gang of men reportedly abused more than 200 children in a series of criminal acts beginning in 2006. “UNICEF is working closely with the authorities in Pakistan to prevent and respond to such issues affecting children, including sexual violence and abuse,” the UNICEF official continued. “We welcome efforts in Pakistan to tackle the issue of child abuse – including Pakistan signing, along with many other countries, the ‘We Protect’ statement of action to end on-line child sexual exploitation.”
The Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of an ice-cold hot-stove season last winter to become the rare team to win in the offseason and in the regular season. By agreeing Wednesday night with free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal on a one-year, $18.25 million deal, the Brewers again took advantage of an opportunity to find tremendous value. As most teams zig in another slow offseason, the Brewers, again, zag.While Grandal didn’t have a great postseason with the Dodgers last fall, he was one of the best players available on the free-agent market. According to the Baseball Prospectus version of wins above replacement, which includes a catcher’s pitch-framing ability, Grandal was the 14th most valuable position player in baseball last season (5.0 WAR) and the eighth most valuable player per plate appearance (5.8 WAR per 600 plate appearances) among qualified hitters.That was not a fluke.In terms of total value, Grandal was the No. 1 position player by WAR per plate appearance in 2016 (8.7 WAR per 600 plate appearances), and he ranked seventh in 2017. Over the past four seasons, he was worth 21.2 total WAR. That’s star-level production. He turned 30 in November, so he’s not ancient in baseball terms. But despite all this going for him, Grandal settled for a one-year deal.The switch-hitter offers rare power and patience at the catcher position. Over the past four seasons, his walk rate of 12.8 percent ranks 19th among all MLB batters. His .453 slugging mark ranks third among all qualified catchers, and his 116 weighted runs created plus, a measure of offensive ability that adjusts for park and run-scoring environments,1100 is league average. trails only Gary Sanchez and Buster Posey.Not only is Grandal’s offense rare at his position, but his ability to frame pitches — to get more borderline pitches called favorably — gives him tremendous value at the plate and behind it.Grandal led all catchers in framing runs last season (15.7 runs saved above average). He ranked fourth in 2017 and second in 2016. Even as catchers as a group have improved their ability to receive or frame pitches, raising the floor of the skill, Grandal has maintained his edge. By runs saved, framing is more valuable than blocking balls in the dirt, an area in which Grandal is not as adept.Consider the following visual evidence of Grandal’s magic behind the plate last season. As a Clayton Kershaw slider darted slightly outside the strike zone, Grandal’s glove moved it back to within the confines of the zone. A pitch that should have been called a ball then appeared to be a strike.Grandal managed to softly absorb this high-and-away Kershaw fastball and make it appear to finish as a strike. It’s a subtle but valuable skill.Grandal was attached to a qualifying offer, meaning that the team signing him would have to surrender draft-pick compensation. As a revenue-sharing recipient, the Brewers will surrender their third-highest pick in the draft. The qualifying offer slightly diminished Grandal’s value, but qualifying offers are far from the only — and far from the greatest — issue conspiring against free agents. Even after last winter’s lack of free-agent activity, Grandal likely expected that he would be able to do much better than the deal he got. He not only turned down the Los Angeles Dodgers’ qualifying offer earlier in the offseason, but he also reportedly rejected a four-year, $60 million offer from the New York Mets.Instead, Grandal becomes the latest free agent to receive far fewer dollars and years than he had initially sought.The average salary in baseball declined last year for just the fourth time in the past 50 years and the first time since 2004, according to the Associated Press.Through Wednesday, the 73rd day of this offseason, 10.2 percent of available free agents2Our pool of available free agents includes any player with major league experience who was granted free agency or released in October and November of each season. That excludes players signed internationally or those waived by a club before the season ended or later in the offseason. had signed for a total of $856.2 million, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of data from The Baseball Cube. While that’s an improvement over the same point of last offseason, when only 6.5 percent of free agents had signed for $550.5 million, the total dollars spent to date are still down from 2016-17 ($1.017 billion through Day 73), 2015-16 ($1.697 billion), 2014-15 ($1.308 billion) and 2013-14 ($1.452 billion).And the share of free agents signed is trending above the past two offseasons, but it’s still trailing the previous three: As the free agency landscape changes, some teams seem to be looking for openings to give them an edge. Grandal has been the Brewers’ only guaranteed free-agent signing so far,3They have also reportedly agreed to a split deal with pitcher Jake Petricka, meaning that the contract would depend on whether he makes the big-league club. but it’s a significant addition in their quest to repeat as National League Central champs.Sara Ziegler contributed research.
NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHomeSince your last daily dose of Billo, Conor McGregor‘s next opponent has been confirmed and will be on the undercard of one of the UFC’s most-anticipated fights.Meath have decided not to pursue their biting allegation against Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara.Ireland’s u19 captain Chloe Mustaki says the “Girls in Green” are ready to go to war with Netherlands for a place in the European Championship final.Wexford second row Eoin Sherriff has been loaned to Championship side Bedford from Saracens.Ireland will face the world champions and a World Cup-winning coach in October as Yogi Löw has vowed to stay on for two more years.AwayManchester City’s u21 side walked off the pitch after a player was allegedly racially abused.Rafal Majka won today’s stage on the Tour de France to keep that King of the Mountains jersey tightly fastened to his body. Stage winner Poland’s Rafal Majka is followed by Spain’s Jon Insausti Izaguirre down Val Louron-Azet pass on today’s stage. Source: Laurent CiprianiManchester United exec Ed Woodward really wants the world to know how much money the club has.And the rest of the transfer speculation centres around Origi to Liverpool and Vidal to United. So ‘Arry says anyway.The best thing we sharedNobody irons quite like Mario Balotelli.https://vine.co/v/M2xAiLEpEQPWhere we were todayNiall Kelly is watching the Saints take on Legia Warsaw in Tallaght. On the record“They’re both blonde. That must be it.”Cole Miller is trash-talking Conor McGregor’s rise to fame and laughed off the comparison with Ronda Rousey.The fixture listIreland’s u19 women take on the Netherlands in their European Championships semi-final (KO 6pm Irish time).St Pat’s are in action at the time of publishing, but there’s more European football tomorrow when Dundalk travel to face Hajduk Split, Derry City take on Shakhytor Soligorsk and Sligo Rovers host Rosenborg in the Europa League.The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is tonight, but the real action starts tomorrow when Aileen Reid will compete in the triathlon, Lisa Kearney will be compete in her Judo quarter-final and Sycerika McMahon will be in the pool for 200m freestyle heats.Showbiz, Baby!The New Sky Sports News set makes the Starship Enterprise look like a load of crap.“Have we had any other fans mooning cyclists?” Fine evening for it and not a goat in sight #Pats #Legia #UCL pic.twitter.com/HaZqesvtF2— Niall Kelly (@niallkelly) July 23, 2014 Source: Niall Kelly/Twitter
Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, officially launched the political memoirs of the former Premier of Victoria and board member of the Beirut Hellenic Bank the Hon Steve Bracks. In the memoirs, entitled A Premier’s State – co-authored by journalist Ellen Whinnet – the former premier reflects on his ambition to make a difference, and how he achieved his goal. He talks about his early childhood growing up in a conservative but impassioned family that supported the Democratic Labor Party, and about his gradual evolution from left-wing university radical to pragmatic centre-left premier. He reveals for the first time the background to his decision to take the party’s leadership from his friend John Brumby in 1999 – then to hand it back to John in 2007 when he sensationally resigned from office. He gives insights into how to run a successful government and how to manage the factions, and talks about everything from the impact of public life on his family, to forming minority government with independents. This wide-ranging, thoughtful and incisive look at Steve Bracks’ life and his career encompasses not only his thoughts on the Labor Party, but on the state of Australian politics generally, both during his time in politics and after it. A Premier’s State is available at all good bookstores Australia wide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
E-commerce: 7 milliards d’euros pour les cadeaux de NoëlLes magasins sont de plus en plus délaissées au profit des boutiques en ligne. Ces enseignes sur Internet pourraient récolter près de 7 milliards d’euros lors des fêtes de fin d’année.Le rapport publié par la Fevad (Fédération du e-commerce et de la vente à distance) confirme l’excellente santé de la vente en ligne. En effet, ce document indique que sur la période des achats de fin d’année, les boutiques dématérialisées représenteraient pas moins de 7 milliards d’euros des dépenses de Noël pour le seul marché français. Un chiffre en nette progression. En 2010, ces mêmes boutiques avaient déjà récoltées 6,2 milliards d’euros selon Clubic. À lire aussiBing Shopping : Microsoft s’appuie sur Bing pour lancer son portail de e-commerce”L’achat en ligne est un marché mature et les pratiques s’ancrent de plus en plus dans les habitudes”, explique Bertrand Krug, directeur des mesures d’efficacité pour Mediametrie / NetRatings. Ce cabinet d’analyse donne des chiffres plus détaillés sur les habitudes de consommation des Français aujourd’hui. 46% d’entre-eux se disent prêts à dépenser plus de la moitié de leur budget cadeau sur Internet et 22% de ces cyber-acheteurs dépenseraient plus de 250 euros rien que sur ces boutiques en ligne. Les arguments invoqués par les consommateurs sont essentiellement la praticité d’un tel système qui évite de longues files d’attentes, les prix pratiqués, plus bas que les commerces physiques et la rapidité.Hors cette période traditionnellement intense pour la consommation, la Fevad note une hausse des achats sur le troisième trimestre 2011 de 23% par rapport à 2010 et de 2% par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2011. Le panier moyen s’élève à 91 euros, contre 92 l’année dernière, signe d’une relative stabilité du marché malgré la crise. Pour terminer sur les chiffres, près de 100 millions de transactions ont été enregistrées entre juillet et septembre, et le nombre de cyber-acheteurs est estimée à 30,4 millions de français, près de la moitié de la population totale.Le 19 novembre 2011 à 14:40 • Maxime Lambert
Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, roughseasforTCI #MagneticNewsMedia#roughseasforTCI Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 9, 2017 – The water sports and fishing industries are taking a hit in this winter storm moved south into the Caribbean region; guests do not like it and nor do other small craft operators who are being told by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology to stay in port.Gusting to Gale force winds, 25 to 30 knots and large to north to northeasterly swells are in the forecast along with cool temperatures and passing showers. Swells for the next two days will be 12 to 16 feet for the Central, Southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. YahooWeather reports that it will continue to be windy, though the forecast is calling for less rain.Temperatures will remain in the low 70s for the Turks and Caicos Islands with no significant warm up in sight until next week. Provo, is looking at 72 degrees tonight and that is not including the wind chill factor, which will be impacted by winds of up to 31 mph. Grand Turk was with a 55% chance of rain today and its temperatures will be slightly higher but getting to 73 degrees tonight. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed he is willing to stay at the club beyond his current contract.The Spanish gaffer has dropped hints he could be willing to extend his stay with the Premier League champions beyond his current deal which ends in 2021, despite suggesting earlier that he had a long-term desire to manage a national team.Guardiola said, according to France24:“I have a young squad, good facilities — I have everything. I have protection, my family is doing well in Manchester.”Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I don’t rule anything out in terms of my contract. We will see. This is day by day. In two months, football can change every impression you have right now.”“You can lose the locker room, you can see the players don’t follow you anymore and make bad decisions. It’s going well and I’ll maybe stay longer. I don’t know.”Manchester City and Guardiola travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Saturday, as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
More than four-fifths (81%) of respondents in their 30s contribute to a workplace pension compared to 72% of those in their 40s, according to research by asset management firm Fidelity Worldwide Investment.Its study, which surveyed 1,000 UK adults aged 30-49 in June 2015, also revealed that a greater number of those aged in their 30s (76%) are actively thinking about their retirement planning than those in their 40s (69%).The research also found:Of respondents in their 30s that hold any type of pension product, just 8% are not currently contributing anything into a pension. This increases to 18% of respondents in the older age bracket.82% of respondents aged 30-39 personally contribute 5% or more of their monthly salary to their pension. This compares to 72% of respondents aged 40-49.22% of those in their 40s are unsure how much they contribute to their pensions each month, while just 12% of respondents in the younger age bracket cannot say how much they contribute.Around a quarter of respondents in both age groups (24% of those in their 30s and 25% of those in their 40s) are unsure where most of their retirement income will come from.Richard Parkin (pictured), head of retirement at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, said: “You would normally think that people who are closer to retirement would automatically be more engaged with the issues, however, our research has shown this is not the case.“There are a variety of reasons why. People in their 40s may be facing greater financial and family commitments that divert their attention and it would be unfair to ignore the very real costs and demands that people face.”“Our research does however show a great success for what the auto-enrolment policy was aiming to achieve, namely an increase in participation in workplace pension saving.With people so unsure in both age groups about where they are going to get their retirement income, it’s clear that harnessing inertia from ‘do nothing, get nothing’ to ‘do nothing, get something’ has had a genuine impact with only 6% in each group saying they contribute nothing to a workplace pension.”
The bill is the largest conservation legislation in a decade, protecting millions of acres of land across the country. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, led the Senate’s approval of S.47, her Natural Resources Management Act. The Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday on a final vote of 92 to 8, and it will now head to the House of Representatives. The bill also includes legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) that would allow Alaska Native veterans or their family to select 160-acre allotments from the federal government. The bill includes a number of provisions specifically impacting Alaska. Sen. Murkowski:“This bill provides routing flexibility for our proposed natural gas pipeline. It creates new economic opportunities for communities like Kake and Utqiaġvik.” Sen. Sullivan: “For decades, a special group of Alaska veterans have suffered an injustice due to their service during the Vietnam War. My colleagues and I today took a significant step toward righting this wrong and ensuring Alaska Native vets have an opportunity to finally receive the land allotment they’ve previously been denied.”
When the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released its “IAB Internet Advertising Report” in October 2013, one thing was clear: While digital remained strong, it was mobile that was quickly becoming a powerhouse.According to the report, in the first half of 2013, total mobile revenues surged 145 percent to $3 billion from $1.2 billion a year ago.Selling mobile is big business for media publishers. Some are reaping the rewards of early adoption, while others have finally realized dragging their feet in complaint is no way to operate in today’s market. “I see dollars being devoted to mobile increasing every month,” notes Sean Griffey, co-founder and CEO of Industry Dive, a mobile-first b-to-b publishing startup. “Mobile is a huge component of the landscape we’re in now. This is the new normal.”Media companies, especially in the b-to-b sector, are often hesitant to adopt mobile advertising strategies because they claim they either cannot make money or do not know how to make money using the platform.Griffey says that these excuses are hang-ups costing b-to-b brands, especially when compared to their consumer counterparts. While that is true, mobile advertising goals are divided between the sectors. Consumer brands may just want impressions and eyeballs, while b-to-b brands should be concerned with lead generation and conversion.“Our mobile campaigns often lead to mobile landing pages and mobile capture,” Griffey says. “We have to spend time on education because mobile sales isn’t just a display ad, but the conversion.”Leads remain advertisers’ most prized measurement, followed by impressions and clicks. These “imperfect metrics” are still the ones, Griffey contends, advertisers want to know so they remain what mobile campaigns ultimately drive toward.A profitable tactic using pure mobile ads that can move these metrics are Facebook and Twitter-style models, which incorporate the ads within content feeds.Educate and SupportGriffey maintains education, training and support are at the heart of any successful mobile advertising sales operation and marketing approach.“From a tactical standpoint, you need to be ready, able and willing to talk mobile and educate [marketers],” Griffey says. “There’s also the support publishers need. With a new mobile campaign, you need an operations team on the backend to help traffic and run the ads and help create and modify them.”Also important to remember, Griffey says, is that especially for marketers, mobile means more than just eyeballs and impressions. Email newsletter campaigns, Website leaderboards, apps and more are important tools in optimizing any mobile campaign.“They say 50 percent of all mobile campaigns are wasted,” Griffey notes. “Most just don’t know from where.”Employing a mobile advertising operation and effectively utilizing a mobile advertising operation are two very different undertakings.“If you believe in mobile as part of the future, what you have to really invest in is the operations behind it within your team and not wait for the dollars to come in first,” Griffey says.
Gachibowli: National Institute of Smart Government (NISG), in collaboration with Cyber security Centre of Excellence, is conducting a six-day workshop starting from July 29 on Internet of Things Security (IoT). IoT is the new revolution where ecosystem of connected physical objects is accessible through the internet. According a press statement here, the IoT workshop will be inaugurated by Srinath Chakravarthy, Vice-President, Capacity Building & Knowledge Management at National Institute of Smart Government. Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence and Intel are the knowledge partners for this workshop. Research firm Gartner predicts a total of 20.4 billion connected things in use worldwide by 2020. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us In this regard, Dr Sriram Birudavolu, CEO, Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, will deliver a talk on the importance of securing the Internet of Things. Subsequently, Dr Padmaja N, DGM – CBKM, NISG will introduce the different topics to be covered at the workshop. This workshop aims to cover what, why and how of IoT. It gives a clear understanding of IoT platform, its reference architecture, introduction to information and cyber security etc. The training will also cover IoT security, networks, protocols, analytics, cloud platforms, mobile apps, user cases, case studies and more. CoE has also arranged for demo of IoT security product from start-ups.
IANS In a match where the defence of the defending champions came to the party, defending champions Bengaluru Bulls recorded an impressive 34-32 win over 2017 champions Patna Pirates. What made the match special was the great performance by the defenders of the Bengaluru side who inflicted as many as four Super Tackles in the match on the raiders of Patna despite the presence of superstar Pardeep Narwal in the team. This match was regarded as a battle between the two star raiders in each side – Pardeep for Pirates and Pawan Sehrawat, the star of last year’s season, for the Bulls. While both did play their part and Pardeep scored 10 points while Pawan 9, in the end it was the solid defending team of Amit Sheoran, Ashish Sangwan and Mahender Singh which produced the main ingredient of the win. It was in the second half that these players showed their mettle as they kept foiling Patna’s attempts to increase their lead through Super Tackles after Super Tackles. Even the might Pardeep, otherwise an unstobbale force had a lean time for most part of the second half. Sehrawat, expected to deliver a big performance struggled in the first half and first part of the second half but then came into form and started to score important points. This sealed Bulls’ victory.
Gazipur City CorporationThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday deferred to Thursday the hearing on the appeal petitions filed challenging the High Court order that stayed Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months.The four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain took the decision following the request of the election commission as it will file another appeal petition challenging stay order on Gazipur city election, reports UNB.The EC made a request to the Appellate Division on Wednesday morning to defer the hearing on the two petitions filed by two mayoral candidates – Hasan Uddin Sarkar of Awami League and Zahangir Alam of BNP -over the stay order on GCC election until Thursday, said lawyer Obaidur Rahman Mostafa, a counsel of the EC.He said, “We are going to file a petition with the Appellate Division challenging the stay order on Gazipur City Corporation polls today (Wednesday).”Earlier on Tuesday, the election commission decided to appeal with the Appellate Division challenging the High Court order at a meeting chaired by chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at Nirbhachan Bhaban in the city.Awami League mayoral candidate Zahangir Alam filed a petition with the Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months on Tuesday.The chamber judge of the Appellate Division justice Hasan Foyez Siddique sent the petitions to the full-bench of the appellate division after hearing on the two petitions.Earlier on Monday, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.On 6 May, the HC stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election, which was scheduled to be held on 15 May, for three months.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on Sunday morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the election commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.
Saudi Arab’s king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Photo: AFPCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have offered condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic fire of Old Dhaka that claimed 67 lives, reports UNB.They sent separate condolence messages to president M Abdul Hamid as a fire ripped through buildings in the capital, resulting in deaths and injuries, according to the Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh.In his message, the King said: “We’ve learned of the news of the blaze took hold in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka and resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries.”“In my own name and on behalf of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we express our sincere condolences to you, the families of victims and the people of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery,” the message reads.In his message, the crown prince said, “I’ve learned of the news of the blaze took hold in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka and resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries. I express my sincere condolences to Your Excellency and the families of victims, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.”