Fisheries and Oceans meet with Mikmaq community in a show of reconciliation

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsIn a first of its kind in the Maritime region of eastern Canada, employees with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) met with members of the Mi’kmaq community to build a better relationship.Elder Noel Milliea says the ultimate goal is to change perceptions.Milliea is from Elsipogtog. He was asked by the DFO to speak at this meeting. The Elder teaches health and healing in his community.“So when we try to look at the parallels that both of us have, we come to understand a little bit about why we are the way we are on both sides,” said Millieau.“Why is there so much racism and why is there so much systemic trauma.”The DFO and the Mi’kmaq dispute over fisheries has a long history.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999, that the Mi’kmaq had a right to commercially fish and support a moderate livelihood.The decision, known as the Marshall decision, is based on treaty rights signed in 1760 and 1761.It was a win for the Mi’kmaq, economically and culturally.But the decision did not solve the disagreements of how much fish the Mi’kmaq had a right to catch because the two sides haven’t been able to agree upon the definition of moderate livelihood.This has led to disputes and anger on both sides.At the three days of meetings, history was discussed – as a shared history between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.Trevor Sanipass says it’s the responsibility of everyone to educate themselves and others.“You know treaties were signed by two parties, so the treaties are not just the Aboriginal treaty it’s by all its their ancestors and our ancestors signed these agreements,” said Sanipass.The DFO said it wants its staff to become aware, and have a better understanding of Indigenous history.Debbie Boutt-Matheson said this will help with everyday interactions and perceptions.”You don’t always necessarily always think about it that way so that for me was a really great sort of dawning moment of I haven’t thought about it like that before and I have to think about it like that,” said Matheson.According to Millieau, relationships are already improving with the DFO reaching out to the community.”Hopefully it will make a difference in building relationships meaningful relationships with them in how they engage in our first nations communities,” Milliea said.Sanipass gives the government credit for taking the step to learn from community members.”What better way of doing it is really having first nations people, elders, educators, leaders and share this information, not just from our own people but to others as well,” said Sanipass.The DFO said it plans to offer more staff learning opportunities to develop positive relationships with Indigenous read more

Aid partners to assess state of Western Sahara refugees on UNled visits

17 March 2009Concern over malnutrition among long-term refugees from Western Sahara have sparked two assessment missions to their camps in western Algeria by humanitarian partners, the first of which embarks tomorrow, the United Nations refugee agency announced today. Staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will accompany representatives of donor countries and their partners from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on a three-day mission to the camps of Sahrawi people, starting tomorrow.“The aim is to see first-hand the situation in the sites and to assess the overall conditions of the refugees,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said in Geneva, noting that in the last survey conducted in 2008, 61 per cent of the children and 66 per cent of pregnant women in the camps were suffering from anaemia.Later this month, nutritionists from UNHCR and WFP will visit the camps to assess the current nutritional status of the most vulnerable refugees and to evaluate the current programmes and practices. The mission will also decide on whether to include additional foodstuffs with high nutritional value in the food assistance, specifically targeted to children, and pregnant and lactating women.As a result of the last survey conducted in 2008 by Médecins du Monde (MDM) and WFP in coordination with UNHCR, the UN refugee agency already provides supplementary food in addition to the 125,000 general food rations distributed by WFP, it said. WFP has also added supplementary and school feeding programmes to its operation, distributing fortified, blended foods to malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers and is working to diversify its basic food basket.In the last five years, however, donor funding has been erratic and in 2008, UNHCR only received 39 per cent of its budget, and both it and WFP still need additional funding for 2009.Sahrawi refugees started arriving in Algeria in the mid-seventies. UNHCR has been providing assistance to this group since the influx into the Tindouf area in 1975-76 while WFP has been providing food assistance since 1986.Tomorrow’s mission will include ambassadors and diplomats from more than 19 countries, including Brazil, France, Indonesia, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Nigeria and the United States, as well as representatives of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO).Participants will visit two of four refugee camps and will meet with beneficiaries, refugee leaders and Algerian authorities, according to UNHCR. The refugees have been living in four desolate camps in south-west Algeria since the mid-seventies, when a dispute arose between Morocco and the Frente Polisario over the status of Western Sahara.Since 1991, the UN mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been tasked with monitoring the ceasefire between the two parties and organizing a long-stalled referendum on self-determination. read more

Stocks lose early momentum amid housing sector disappointment Caterpillar earnings

The Toronto stock market was little changed Monday morning, surrendering most early gains as profit-taking hit Research In Motion’s (TSX:RIM) share price while mining and energy stocks failed to benefit from higher commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index added 7.16 points to 12,823.79, while the TSX Venture Exchange was off 5.31 points at 1,221.93.The Canadian dollar sold off for a fourth session, down 0.3 of a cent to a six-month low of 99.05 cents US.The dollar has tumbled about 1 1/2 cents US since the Bank of Canada indicated Wednesday that it will be slower to raise interest rates than had been expected because of economic weakness.The dollar has been supported in recent months partly on sentiment that the central bank might hike rates later this year. Data released Friday showing low inflation in Canada at the end of 2012 further suggested that investors will have to wait longer for the central bank to move. Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.U.S. indexes lost early momentum as a disappointing housing sector report competed with a well received earnings report from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and data showing higher than expected durable goods orders in December.The Dow Jones industrials declined 14.23 points to 13,881.75 as the National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales dropped 4.3 per cent to 101.7 in December. That’s still 6.9 per cent higher than it was a year ago. Sales were held back by a limited supply of available homes.The Nasdaq gained 4.37 points to 3,154.08 and the S&P 500 index was down 3.05 points to 1,499.91.Durable goods orders rose by a greater than expected 4.6 per cent in December. That was more than double the consensus forecast for a two per cent gain. The transportation sector was largely responsible for the increase, with orders in that segment up 12 per cent.Caterpillar’s fourth-quarter profit fell 55 per cent to US$697 million, or $1.04 a share. The latest quarter included a previously disclosed goodwill impairment charge of 87 cents a share.Revenue dropped seven per cent to US$16.08 billion, beating estimates of $16 billion. Ex-items earnings were $1.91 per share versus expectations of $1.69 and its shares were up 1.35 per cent to US$96.87 in New York.A stronger than expected string of U.S. fourth-quarter earnings reports has helped push markets higher in January, with the TSX gaining 0.7 per cent last week while the Dow industrials ran ahead 1.8 per cent.“The markets are probably a little ahead of themselves, capturing the relief that we didn’t have great protracted political battles in the U.S.,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates, referring to the so-called fiscal cliff and raising the debt ceiling.“All the while, we know that the U.S. economy is improving, China is turning around. And what is most encouraging, we’re seeing fund flows back into equities like we haven’t seen going back more than a decade.”The Canadian corporate earning season kicks into gear this week with some of Canada’s biggest companies reporting.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) and grocer Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU.A) report earnings results on Tuesday while Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) and Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) hand in numbers on Thursday.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) unveils its new BlackBerry 10 product line in New York on Wednesday. Its stock has been on a tear lately amid optimism about the new lineup, rising 50 per cent in January and 12 per cent last week alone. However, its stock fell 77 cents, or 4.37 per cent, to $16.84 Monday morning on profit-taking.The gold sector was down 0.85 per cent as February bullion stepped back 50 cents to US$1,656.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) shed 24 cents to $32.78 while Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 28 cents to C$8.30.The mining sector also helped depress the TSX, down 0.5 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose one cent to US$3.66 a pound. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) shed six cents to C$4.13 and Capstone Mining (TSX:CS) declined six cents to $2.43.The energy sector was off 0.16 per cent even as oil prices advanced, with the March crude contract ahead five cents to US$95.93 a barrel. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) lost 13 cents to C$44.95.The telecom sector gained 0.6 per cent with BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) ahead 34 cents to $44.70.Financials also supported the TSX as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) rose 46 cents to $62.56 while Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) gained 40 cents to $64.55.Economic news will also hopefully provide some direction for traders.In the U.S., the Federal Reserve wraps up its two-day meeting on interest rates Wednesday. No one expects the central bank to move on rates but traders will look for clues as to when the Fed might end its latest round of economic stimulus.Minutes from the previous Fed meeting, released Jan. 3, showed a split among members over how long to continue the stimulus, known as quantitative easing. It involves the Fed buying bonds to support the U.S. economy, a move aimed at keeping interest rates low.Some thought the program should be slowed or stopped before the end of 2013 amid concerns that the bond purchases would destabilize the economy.The key piece of data for the week comes out Friday. Economists generally expect the U.S. non-farm payrolls report to show that the economy created 153,000 jobs in January, slightly below December’s 155,000 reading.Traders will also take in the latest readings on economic growth in Canada and the U.S. during the week.European bourses were higher as London’s FTSE 100 index added 0.22 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX lost 0.24 per cent and the Paris CAC was up 0.07 per cent. read more

Buffetts Berkshire adds GM stake ups positions in WalMart IBM Kraft PG

Buffett’s Berkshire adds GM stake, ups positions in Wal-Mart, IBM; Kraft, P&G stakes trimmed OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Buffett’s company is apparently bullish on the U.S. auto industry.His company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. took a new stake of 10 million in shares in General Motors Co. in the first quarter. The investment comes as the Detroit automaker continues to rebound from bankruptcy three years ago. It posted a first-quarter net income of $1 billion, fueled by U.S. vehicle sales.Buffett drives a GM-made Cadillac DTS sedan, so the investment could a further sign of his preference among U.S. automakers. Berkshire is not invested in Ford Motor Co. or Chrysler, which is majority owned by Fiat SpA. But the purchase of the GM stake, worth about $214 million as of Tuesday, could also have been made by one of Berkshire’s other investment managers.Omaha-based Berkshire also revealed in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it boosted its stake in Wal-Mart by almost 8 million shares to 46.7 million shares.The first-quarter move to expand Berkshire’s stake in Wal-Mart came before The New York Times published a report detailing allegations that Wal-Mart executives used bribes to speed the retailer’s expansion in Mexico.Buffett told Berkshire shareholders earlier this month, however, that the scandal didn’t change his view on Wal-Mart’s value or its earning power.Berkshire officials don’t typically comment on the quarterly investment reports, and they did not respond to a message on Tuesday about the latest update.The documents Berkshire filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission also don’t reveal everything Buffett and the company’s two new investment managers were buying and selling in the first quarter. That’s because regulators allow them to omit some of the company’s holdings from the report.Berkshire tweaked a number of positions in its $75.3 billion portfolio during the first three months of 2012. It also added a stake of 1.6 million Viacom shares, which was the only new holding reported besides GM.It also boosted its investments in DirecTV, Liberty Media, DaVita Inc. and the Bank of New York Mellon.Berkshire reduced its holdings in Intel Corp., Kraft Foods, Dollar General, Procter & Gamble and Verisk Analytics.The IBM stake that Berkshire first reported last fall grew to 64.4 million shares by the end of March from 63.9 million in December.Initially, the IBM investment surprised many because Buffett had long refused to invest in technology companies because it’s too hard to predict which one will prosper in the long run. But Buffett said in November that IBM had become more of a service company with long-lasting customers who are reluctant to change.Buffett makes most of the investment decisions at Berkshire, but Tuesday’s filing didn’t differentiate between choices he made and ones made by the company’s other investment managers, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler.Buffett has said he doesn’t typically make investments worth less than $300 million, so many of the moves reported Tuesday are likely the work of Combs or Weschler.Buffett has praised both Combs and Weschler and said the two men are managing $2.75 billion each, while Buffett oversees the remaining roughly $150 billion.Combs started at Berkshire last year, so he is further along in building his portfolio. Weschler started early this year.Berkshire’s investments are closely watched in the market because of Buffett’s successful record.Berkshire occasionally receives permission from the SEC to delay disclosing some stock purchases to prevent others who follow Buffett’s moves from driving up the price of those stocks before Berkshire completes its purchases. Berkshire then discloses the purchases or sales in a subsequent quarter and issues amended reports for previous quarters.The SEC says it grants such confidentiality to investment managers only when they can show they would be harmed substantially by immediate disclosure.Besides investments, Berkshire owns roughly 80 subsidiaries, including clothing, furniture and jewelry firms, but its insurance and utility businesses typically account for more than half of the company’s net income. Other major investments include Coca-Cola Co. by News Staff Posted May 15, 2012 9:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

British tourists could have to pay to visit Europe postBrexit under a

first_imgUK flag, EU flag British tourists could have to pay to visit Europe after Brexit as part of a US-style visa waiver system, the immigration minister has said.Robert Goodwill told MPs the EU was considering adopting a version of America’s Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) but it was too early know if this would apply to UK residents after withdrawal.Mr Goodwill pointed out that the US system was not journey specific and some ESTAs lasted for ten years. The ESTA costs $14 (£11) and lets British visitors go to the USA for less than 90 days without a visa. It is required even if a traveller is just passing through the US in transit. SNP member of the European Scrutiny Committee Alan Brown told the minister that Leave advocates in the referendum campaign had said there would be no need for visa-like travel schemes after Brexit.He added: “An ESTA still takes time and costs money and it is something people have to repeat.” Passport control  Credit:Oli Scarff /Getty Visiting Europe could require a special visa waiver processCredit:Frank Augstein/AP  Mr Goodwill said: “We are at a very early stage of the EU potential scheme and we will see how that develops. “British people are now used to the US ESTA scheme and, therefore, we view with interest how the European scheme might develop and what similarities, and differences, there may be to the US scheme.”In principle, this type of scheme is generally there to help enhance security. To get to know as much as possible about the people who are intending to travel.”It isn’t just flights, it could be people using ferries, or other border crossings into the European Union. “We will not be members of the European Union and it will be impossible, I think, at this early stage to speculate on the effect this might have on British citizens or other third country nationals.”It is important that as we negotiate with our European Union friends, that we can get the best possible deal, and we need to take account of developments such as this that they may be working on.”The Government has said it intends to keep the common travel area with the Irish Republic, an arrangement which dates back to the 1920s, after Brexit.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Edghills unlawful arrest Those responsible will be sued says Nandlall

Following the arrest and subsequent release of Opposition Parliamentarian Bishop Juan Edghill, his Parliamentary colleague and attorney, Anil Nandlall articulated that those persons who are responsible for the “unlawful” arrest and detention of Edghill will be sued both in their personal and official capacities.Nandlall during a press briefing held on TuesdayNandlall during an Opposition press briefing on Tuesday posited that questions in relation to Edghill’s arrests, who ordered his arrest and the offences for which he was being arrested were not clearly answered. “We were told that instructions came from the Parliament, we were told that instructions came from superior officers within the Police Force, we were told that Ministerial directions were also given, so on every one of those, the arrest and detention would have been unlawful” he said.He continued that “the Speaker has no authority outside of the four walls of the National Assembly, Bishop Edghill has not committed any civil or criminal wrong, he may have violated a standing order, the Parliament has the power and authority to deal with that internally, that does not extend to the violation of the domestic and municipal laws outside of the precincts of the Parliament, Bishop Edghill was arrested nearly 200 ft away from the gate of the Parliament.”Edghill as he was making his way to the Brickdam Police StationAccording to Nandlall “we have to sue every single person who we believe are implicated in this unlawful travesty and that includes suing them in their personal, as well as in their official capacity.”He mentioned that such actions are necessary so as to prevent similar actions from reoccurring in the future. “We are not going to leave it this like this, another Parliamentarian or ten other Parliamentarians can be arrested on these spurious grounds and prevent us from doing what the people elected us to do. And that is why Parliamentarians are given immunity from suit.”Before Edghill was released on his own recognizance, Nandlall noted that, Edghill was confronted with an allegation that he assaulted a peace officer outside of Parliament while he was being arrested.Referring to the media, Nandlall said “now all of you were there and you would have seen and recorded what transpired, so we had to deal with that, because that never occurred that was simply a concoction put there to justify the unlawful arrest and detention of the Bishop. We refused to sign that and he was released on his own recognizance.”Edghill was earlier on Tuesday suspended from four sittings of the National Assembly by Speaker Dr Barton Scotland after the Government side of the House voted in favour of the motion brought by their Chief Whip Amna Ally.Opposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo during a press conference shortly after said that Opposition Parliamentarians will not stay away from scrutinizing the Budget Estimates, while highlighting that all of the distractions that are currently ongoing in Parliament are calculated and aimed at obfuscating Government’s spending of tax payers’ dollars. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking: Edghill arrested, Speaker orders that he cannot enter ParliamentDecember 12, 2017In “Crime”Opposition vows to continue scrutiny of budget estimatesDecember 12, 2017In “Politics”Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall called in for questioning by SOCUApril 24, 2017In “latest news” read more

Primary teachers votes for strike action if government cuts their pay

first_imgNINE IN 10 primary teachers have backed a call for industrial action, including strike action, if the government decides to make cuts to their pay.The ballots were held over the past four nights in every county in Ireland.“Primary teachers have not taken this action lightly,” added Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO. “If the government chooses not to listen to the voices of its workers, then there is no option for primary teachers but strike action.”Back to the talks tableThe INTO executive also agreed to accept an invitation to talks from the Labour Relations Commission.The original LRC proposals were rejected by 70 per cent of the union’s 32,000 membership last month, a decision that led to the ballot for industrial action.Nunan said action would be inevitable unless government negotiated an alternative to the LRC proposals that were rejected by teachers and other public servants.Read: Bus Éireann proposals cut executive pay, restore driver premiums>More: Howlin: Contingency plans in place for pay cuts ‘one way or another’>last_img read more

LOhio touché par une série de tornades

first_imgL’Ohio touché par une série de tornadesÉtats-Unis –  L’Ohio a été touché par une série de tornades et d’orages dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche. Sept morts ont été recensés, parmi lesquels un enfant de 5 ans. Des dizaines de maisons ont également été détruites. Le nord-ouest de l’État a été particulièrement touché.Sept tornades sont passées dans l’Ohio entre samedi soir et dimanche matin. Une bande de onze kilomètres de long est dévastée avec des véhicules retournés et d’importantes pertes matérielles.L’Illinois a également été touché, un toit de cinéma s’y est notamment effondré et au Michigan, une centrale nucléaire a été fermée afin d’écarter tout risque de catastrophe. Le 7 juin 2010 à 11:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Traffic hit in Bengaluru as Valmiki community protests demanding 75 reservation

first_imgMembers of Valmiki community stages protest near Vidhana SoudhaTwitterValmiki community members in Karnataka assembled at Bengaluru’s Freedom Park on Tuesday to hold a massive protest to seek 7.5 per cent reservation for the community.The protest, led by Shri Valmiki Prassannananda Puri Swami of Valmiki Gurupeetha, has led to severe traffic congestion at several parts of the city. Traffic was at a standstill near Vidhana Soudha and Karnataka High Court on Tuesday afternoon.The state ministers and government officials struggled to reach the Vidhana Soudha due to the traffic. The situation was getting worse as the law enforcement officers were struggling to control the protestors.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Molakalmuru constituency in Chitradurga district, B Sriramulu, is also supporting the protest. He said that he will quit if the community’s demands are not met by the government.(This is a developing story, awaiting further details)last_img read more

Saudi Aramco to buy 20 in Reliance oil business in one of

first_img Mukesh Ambani helped his younger brother Anil Ambani to pay off debt owed to Sweden’s Ericsson Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:51Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img The deal will have an enterprise value of around Rs 5,32,466 crore.IANSReliance Industries is set to sell a 20 percent stake in its oil and chemical business to Saudi oil giant Aramco in one of the largest ever foreign investment deals in the country, Mukesh Ambani said on Monday, August 12. The deal will have an enterprise value of around Rs 5,32,466 crore.”Saudi Aramco and Reliance have agreed to form a long-term Partnership in our Oil to Chemicals (O2C) division,” said Ambani, speaking at the 42nd Annual General Meeting of RIL.He announced that Aramco will supply 5,00,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Reliance refineries. The partnership will cover all of RIL’s Refining and Petrochemicals assets, including 51 percent of the Petroleum Retail joint venture.”The deal is subject to due diligence, definitive agreements and regulatory and other approvals,” Ambani said. According to the billionaire businessman, RIL’s Jamnagar refinery has been processing Saudi oil every single day for 20 years. “Now we have transformed our longstanding relationship of two decades, based on mutual trust, into a Partnership of growth potential for many more years,” he said.”This signifies perfect synergy between the world’s largest oil producer and the world’s largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex,” said Ambani.The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) is a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.The managing director of RIL also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud in his speech for laying the “foundation for strategic cooperation between India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Feb 20, 2019.IANSReliance New CommerceLast week, Reliance had announced that British energy giant BP will pay about Rs 7,000 crore for acquiring a 49 percent stake in Reliance Industries’ fuel retailing network. This is the third joint venture between Reliance and BP since 2011.Speaking on other plans of the conglomerate, Ambani also said the company’s retail arm will soon unveil Reliance New Commerce, an initiative to digitally connect kirana stores across the country. Ambani said that the trials of Reliance Retail’s digital commerce venture have delivered positive results. “This user-friendly digital platform is designed for inventory management, customer relationship management, financial services and other services,” he added. According to the RIL Chairman, the initiative is aimed at digitally empowering kirana stores, including those in smaller towns.Ambani also said he has laid out a roadmap to make the group a zero net-debt company in just 18 months. Ambani’s statement came in the wake of rising debt at the group level that reached a level of group Rs 1,54,478 crore in the last financial year.last_img read more

Valve releases Steam Controller CAD files so users can mod the hardware

first_imgValve’s Steam Controller went through a number of iterations after it was announced but prior to release. The consumer-ready product has been getting solid reviews, but Valve isn’t done with the hardware just yet. Valve is looking to give users the ability to truly own their controllers by turning the community lose on the hardware. The company has uploaded the 3D CAD files for the Steam Controller, allowing people to start designing their own hardware mods.The Steam Controller retails for $50 like most high-end game controllers, but it has a few extras that PC gamers will appreciate. There are dual trackpads in addition to a thumbstick and several physical buttons. The gyroscope inside supports some mouse-like actions as well. Valve says the controller can be used effectively even in games that don’t fully support controllers. Valve always intended to make the controller’s hardware customizable, so the CAD file is an understandable step in that direction.The CAD files are licensed under Creative Commons and include the precise geometry of all the externally visible parts. So, you won’t be able to dive into the inner workings of the controller — that stuff is not freely available. The 800MB ZIP archive contains several eDrawings viewer files for programs like Creo Express, as well as a 3D printer file (which accounts for almost half the download). It has everything you need to tweak the design.Valve’s licensing allows everyone to make whatever they want and give it away to the masses. However, if you want to sell Steam Controller accessories or mods made with the CAD files, you’ll have to contact Valve to get permission.last_img read more

brochureIrelandQantas HolidaysUK

first_imgbrochureIrelandQantas HolidaysUK Qantas Holidays has now released its brand new 2018 UK & Ireland brochure (previously combined with UK & Europe) featuring a significantly expanded selection of accommodation and tour options. The brochure features a range of Stopover packages, as well as new London and Edinburgh City Break packages, and a wide variety of accommodation and tours in Regional England, Scotland and Ireland sections, including new hotels in the Welsh towns of Caernarfon, Conwy and Tenby.See the full brochure online here.last_img read more

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Seattle Seahawks corne

first_imgSeattle Seahawks cornerback Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) squares up against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Not as big a game as it could have been, but to the Cardinals, there is still something to play for.With a win, the Cardinals would put a dent in the Seahawks’ hopes of earning a first-round bye. With a win, they would produce a signature victory in a season that has lacked much to get excited over. But if ever there was a game where playing for pride could be enough motivation, this is it.“Oh this is definitely — the next two games,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “For sure. You have an opportunity to go up against divisional opponents; you always want to come out on top, no matter what the circumstances may be.”Just, few expect them to do so.The Cardinals enter the game roughly a touchdown underdog, which is as large a spread as they have seen in recent seasons. Injuries and inconsistency have led to their disappointing season, and though they have gone to Seattle and won in the past, little has happened this year to inspire confidence that it will now.Kickoff is slated for 2:25 p.m. Saturday.“Playing against Seattle, there’s only two options: you going to either be the hammer or you’re going to be the nail, and you’ve got to decide early what it’s going to be,” Fitzgerald said, noting he will be facing off with the hard-hitting Kam Chancellor throughout the afternoon. “From the time you step on that field you’ve got to understand what it’s going to be, it’s going to be a physical altercation for 60 minutes. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – With 62 yards from scrimmage, David Johnson would be the first player in franchise history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season. With 100 total yards, he would extend his NFL-record streak of games to open a season with 100 yards from scrimmage to 15, and tie Barry Sanders for the most consecutive such games in a single season.– Johnson needs one touchdown to have 18 total this season, which would be a franchise record. With a rushing score, he would tie John David Crow (1962) for the most rushing touchdowns in team history.– If Carson Palmer passes for at least 300 yards, he would establish a franchise record with 23 total 300-yard performances.– Both Chandler Jones and Markus Golden enter the game with eight sacks; if they can each record two more over the final two games, they would become the 10th and 11th players in franchise history to post a double-digit sack season.– Receiver J.J. Nelson has scored a touchdown in three straight games. That, and they wouldn’t mind ruining things for the Seahawks.“We’ve got nothing to lose; why not go out there and just lay it on the line and make it miserable for them on Christmas,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I mean, honestly, we’ve got nothing to lose.”That mindset, according to head coach Bruce Arians, means the team should not head to CenturyLink Field tight.“Just go out and play as hard as you can, and add the score up at the end,” he added.Arians, who guided the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of his first three seasons with the team, but fell short this season, said any time a team is out of the running the goal is to play spoiler, but no matter when in the season this game came there would have been excitement for it.“This is a game that we always look forward to, is playing them,” he said.It takes both sides to really make a rivalry, but for the Cardinals, at least, Seattle is one of theirs. Since the Seahawks beat the Cardinals 58-0 late in the 2012 season, under Arians, the Cardinals have won two of their seven matchups (with one tie). While that may not seem like a great mark, it’s worth noting both of those wins came in Seattle, where visitors rarely come out on top. And with Carson Palmer under center, the Cardinals are 2-2-1 against the Seahawks. “And if you don’t have that kind of mentality it’s going to be a long day.”Stories for pre-game readingSafety Tony Jefferson feels like he got snubbed by the Pro Bowl votersSports Illustrated thinks the Cardinals surrounded Palmer with a pretty good situationDavid Johnson’s idol, Emmitt Smith, reached out to the Cardinals’ young Pro Bowl backLarry Fitzgerald really does not know what he plans on doing as it pertains to the 2017 seasonFor the Cardinals, the Wildcat formation has ‘been a blessing in disguise’Michael Floyd spoke out about his DUI, the Cardinals and his new team710 Sports’ Brady Henderson helped give some insight into the Seahawks as they prepare for the CardinalsRookie Harlan Miller is set to make his NFL debut for the Cardinals in SeattleMiscellany– With a win, the Cardinals would improve to 3-1 at CenturyLink Field under Arians, and would have as many wins in Seattle as the rest of the NFL combined since 2013.– A victory would give Arians his 40th win as the Cardinals’ coach, putting him alone at third on the franchise’s all-time list.– Fitzgerald needs one catch to have a reception in 194 consecutive games. With 31 receiving yards, he would pass Reggie Wayne for 9th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. With two catches, he would become one of seven players in league history with at least 100 receptions in four different seasons, and with 51 yards he would reach 1,000 for the season, giving him eight such campaigns in his career. How about to coach?“It’s fun,” Arians said. “It’s really fun when you win. The many times I’ve been there it wasn’t a lot of fun, but the last couple of years have been pretty good. But it’s a great crowd, it’s non-stop, and it’s a heck of a venue.”For players like Fitzgerald and Palmer, the pressure that comes with facing the Seahawks on the road is something they have dealt with and pushed through. For others, like left tackle John Wetzel, Saturday will be their first time playing in such conditions.“All you hear is it’s a big, crazy environment, it gets really loud,” Wetzel said. “The fans are pretty crazy up there and it’s hard to hear, so the silent count, getting it off in there, will be pivotal.”Arians, noting the challenge, said despite the intensity in the stadium his younger players will have to stay focused — especially on offense. Wetzel believes the atmosphere can work in their favor, too.“Even with that loud noise, it kind of gets you going too, makes you feel like you’re in a special environment,” he said. “So it gets you going. It’s a big game.”center_img Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — When the NFL schedule was first released, it was hard not to look at Week 16 and think of how the Cardinals’ trip to Seattle could carry great significance.It doesn’t, at least, not the kind many thought it would.At 9-4-1, the Seahawks have clinched the NFC West and have an eye on the conference’s second seed; at 5-8-1, the Cardinals are out of the playoff race but would like to finish their season on a positive note. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Yeah, it’s a special place to play,” Palmer said of CenturyLink Field. “It’s so much fun to compete in that environment and you only get to do it once a year.“We’ve been thinking about this game for a long time, since we played them last. It’s on Christmas (Eve), it’s a special day. It’s a big game for them. They need to win it. It’s a big game for us. I’m really looking forward to it.”Fun to compete in Seattle? Really?This season, so far, the Seahawks are a perfect 7-0 at home. Last season they were a pedestrian 5-3, but in 2014 and 2013 they were 7-1, and in 2012 they went 8-0.It’s going to be cold and wet Saturday, with a high of 38 degrees in Seattle and a roughly 90 percent chance of rain. It’s also going to be loud. Very, very loud.“Seattle’s hands down my favorite place to play, any place I’ve ever played in the National Football League, this is my favorite,” Fitzgerald said. “The energy in that building, how good they are defensively; it’s just a great place to go play and if you play well, you can play well anywhere.“You can’t hear yourself, you can’t hear Carson in the huddle on third downs. Their personnel is unbelievable. It’s just a great atmosphere, and as a competitive player, there’s no better place to play.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 11:15 am PDT AP names Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s ‘X’ its top song of 2018 NEW YORK — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.1. Nicky Jam and J Balvin, “X”: Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” is not just the Latin song of the year — it is SIMPLY THE SONG OF THE YEAR. A year after the uber-successful “Despacito,” comes “X” — a fusion of Latin, reggae and dancehall sounds and the perfect song to listen to while getting ready to go out, at a club or even while you’re cleaning or cooking. “X” is addictive and the beat will move your bones, even if you’re not trying to move. Just don’t fight the feeling.2. Toni Braxton, “Long as I Live”: Toni Braxton’s R&B classics from the 90’s and 2000’s still sound iconic today, and her latest single, “Long as I Live,” allows you to feel nostalgic, while not getting stuck in the past. Toni’s still got it.3. Jussie Smollett, “Ha Ha (I Love You)”: This Quiet Storm anthem shows that while playing Jamal Lyon on “Empire” helped make Jussie Smollett famous, he sounds even better when he’s singing his own songs.4. Joji, “Slow Dancing in the Dark”: This burning R&B number is unforgettable.5. Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”: The song of the summer sounds good in the fall and winter, too.6. Kendrick Lamar and SZA, “All the Stars”: The star of “All the Stars” may seem to be Kendrick Lamar — and while he shines on the song — it’s really SZA’s sing-a-long hook and killer second verse that makes this “Black Panther” track one of the year’s best.7. Normani and Khalid, “Love Lies”: With all of the Fifth Harmony singers going solo, Normani is the one to look out for. The proof: “Love Lies.”8. XXXTentacion, “SAD!”: So many rappers died young this year, and it’s sad to see so much talent not live up to its full potential. XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” was already a hit before he died, but after his death, the song, and his music, took on new life.9. Drake, “In My Feelings”: Don’t front — this is your jam, too! Hey, Keke!10. Lykke Li, “Sex Money Feelings Die”: Hit play, and dance.Honourable mention: Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”; Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It”; Jorja Smith, “Blue Lights”; Dan + Shay, “Tequila”; Lauren Daigle, “You Say”; Ty Dolla $ign, Khalid and 6LACK, “OTW”; John Mayer, “New Light”; Janelle Monae, “Pynk.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Nicky Jam, left, and J Balvin perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Their song “X” is named as one of the top songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) last_img read more

Rep Canfield M143 project shows Legislatures commitment to roads

first_img11Jul Rep. Canfield: M-143 project shows Legislature’s commitment to roads Categories: Canfield News,News 2017-18 budget has record amount for transportation systemState Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., said work began this week on repaving a portion of M-142 in Huron County demonstrates the Legislature’s increased commitment to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.Canfield, of Sebewaing, said the $709,000 project will resurface the highway from Weale Road to west of the village of Elkton. The highway will remain open during the work, which is expected to be completed in August.“We heard what people said about the condition of Michigan’s transportation system, and took action,” Canfield said. “We will invest a record amount of money to fix our roads, bridges and underground water systems in the coming budget that was recently approved by the House and Senate. We can no longer tolerate substandard infrastructure that puts families at risk and slows the growth of our economy.”Canfield said bills passed by the Legislature also strengthen warranties so road repairs will last longer.“We had roads going bad in two or three years and needing repair or total replacement,” Canfield said. “That was not an efficient use of the money taxpayers entrust to us. We want warranties for the transportation system that enable us to get the most out of every taxpayer dollar.”#####last_img read more

Rep Lucido bill clarifies obstructed license plate

first_img23Aug Rep. Lucido bill clarifies obstructed license plate State Rep. Peter Lucido on Wednesday introduced legislation that clarifies the definition of a clearly visible license plate for the safety of Michigan drivers.The bill is in response to a Michigan Supreme Court case People v. Dunbar, which found the current law can be enforced against tow balls and bike racks.“While it is important to ensure license plates are visible, we also need to ensure the law isn’t overly broad,” said Rep. Lucido, of Shelby Township. “We encourage people to go camping, biking, and exploring in our great state, and with the recent Supreme Court place saying the law doesn’t cover these activities, we need to change the law.”In People v. Dunbar, the Michigan Supreme Court held a tow ball placed by the owner of the vehicle creates an illegal obstruction, since it was not an obstruction which was outside of the owners control. House Bill 4881 would clarify this law to be the registration plate is free from an obstruction that is physically present on the plate.House Bill 4881 was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.### Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more

Rep Lilly Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept

first_img07Dec Rep. Lilly: Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept Categories: Lilly News,News State Representative Jim Lilly today offered votes of support for House bills prioritizing and safeguarding retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees.“Police officers and firefighters serve their communities and protect their neighbors every day they are on the job. We need to make sure they are protected in terms of retirement and health care benefits,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “This is not a plan designed to put the state in control of benefits. It’s a plan to help safeguard benefits.”The new proposal provides an initial detection system using transparency and proper reporting from local governments each year to identify ones at financial risk due to underfunded retirement plans. The need for greater reporting and data collection from local governments follows specific recommendations outlined by a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder.Communities will be examined annually through a fiscal evaluation and municipalities failing to meet recommended criteria to alleviate their debts will be identified as underfunded. Local governments will be tasked with rectifying their unique funding concerns.“Due to sound financial management, I am pleased communities within the 89th district have been making sufficient payments into benefit plans. But that’s not the case elsewhere in the state,” said Lilly. “If communities go bankrupt, that is a burden the whole state will endure and police and fire retirees in affected areas could lose some or all of their benefits at the hands of a federal bankruptcy judge. We don’t want it to get that far. We want to make sure locals have the information and research needed to solve issues.”The bill mandates a minimum level of pre-funding for new hires to ensure every local unit has a start in funding municipal retirement plans. As the committee’s vice chair, Lilly helped advance House Bill 5298 through the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Tuesday.“These proposals offer the tools to help communities start toward better plan funding,” said Lilly. It’s a plan that cultivates a healthy financial future with stronger Michigan communities.”House Bill 5298 and companion bills move to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more

State Rep Meerman Guaranteed savings for Michigan drivers headed to Governors desk

first_img State Rep. Luke Meerman today joined his House colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant rate relief for drivers across the state.The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims to help lower costs. The plan, Senate Bill 1, will soon be headed to the governor’s desk and is expected to receive her signature.The bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“I’m proud to stand up and take this vote today to give the people of Michigan the reforms they deserve,” Meerman said. “Meaningful car insurance reform has been a long time in coming. I’m excited to bring savings to my community.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options. Categories: Meerman News 24May State Rep. Meerman: Guaranteed savings for Michigan drivers headed to Governor’s desklast_img read more

Organizational Resilience Planned Parenthoods Community Undeterred

first_imgShare28TweetShare3Email31 Sharesa katz / Shutterstock.comDecember 2, 2015; ReutersAs people look at the situation around Planned Parenthood, we hope they recognize one particular element of their enormous resilience—the support of their community. That community has had to stay vigilant, engaged, and ready for anything, and the organization has likewise had to remain accountable to them. It’s a circle of active responsibility that can be very hard to break.In the days following a fatal attack on one of its clinics in Colorado, Planned Parenthood spoke and exuded resilience. “We aren’t going anywhere. These doors stay open,” tweeted the Planned Parenthood Twitter account on November 29th, just a few days after a shooter opened fire in a health clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three people and injuring another nine. Slowly but surely, Planned Parenthood clinics reopened around the country, not only as a message to their detractors, but also as a commitment to their patients.Less than a week after the attack, Planned Parenthood moved forward to open a new clinic in West Hollywood near L.A. on Tuesday. While the clinic is not surrounded by the same controversy seen in other more conservative areas, the opening is a symbolic act of resistance and resilience from the Planned Parenthood community and a commitment to keeping its doors open.The new clinic will be offering its normal range of services, from STI testing to abortions, for which the regional president of Planned Parenthood, Sue Dunlap, is making no apologies. In particular, the clinic will offer medications for HIV infections, aimed at serving the area’s gay community.“No matter how much security we put in place hard things happen, and there’s sometimes a difference between feeling safe and being safe,” said Dunlap. “And it’s our job to work to make sure people both feel safe and are safe.”In its aftermath, many, including Planned Parenthood officials, and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have blamed anti-abortion rhetoric for fueling a hateful sentiment toward Planned Parenthood. A few days ago, NPQ wrote about the dangers of individuals using such loaded language cavalierly: “That is why the ‘otherness’ talk from some politicians—talk that mocks, excludes, dehumanizes, demonizes and derides—is so incredibly dangerous, and why that talk is so incredibly important for nonprofits to actively counter.”In reaction to the shooting, Planned Parenthood tweeted condemning the “incendiary rhetoric” that may have contributed to the shooting.Our letter to those who would go to unimaginable lengths to close our doors. #StandWithPP— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) December 2, 2015In addition, Planned Parenthood has also said the contentious undercover videos, which nonprofit officials argue skewed facts about fetal tissue donation, have also created a climate of retaliation, which includes some in Congress fighting to defund the organization. Whether or not the recent vitriol contributed to last Friday’s shooting, what is evident is the tremendous amount of support Planned Parenthood has received for providing health services. Clinics, other nonprofits, and individuals around the country have been tweeting pictures of themselves affirming their dedication to Planned Parenthood and its commitment to providing safe areas since the shooting. Kansas stands with #ColoradoSprings. #StandWithPP @TheOread— Planned Parenthood (@PPKM) December 1, 2015 “I will not let fear keep me from sharing my story.” #1in3 #IStandWithPP— Advocates For Youth (@AdvocatesTweets) November 30, 2015In #Sarasota today: “these doors stay open.” #StandWithPP @PlannedParSWCFL @PPact @CecileRichards— Anna V. Eskamani (@Anna_V_E) November 30, 2015Planned Parenthood will open doors across the country tomorrow, bc they provide healthcare to women. Terrorists will not win. #StandWithPP— NARAL Colorado (@NARALColorado) November 28, 2015 We proudly stand with our sister affiliate, @PPRockyMountain. No matter what. (In Chapel Hill, NC)— PP South Atlantic NC (@PPSATNC) November 28, 2015 This is what commitment looks like. #StandWithPP— Planned Parenthood (@PPIAction) November 28, 2015We will never back down from providing high-quality health care in a safe, supportive environment. #StandWithPP— ppsworegon (@ppsworegon) November 30, 2015In the end, the support may beat the rhetoric. Despite calls to defund the organization and attacks on clinics around the country, the active support around the organization and the organization’s ability to move forward to provide services even while under attack stand as testament to a system that was built on collective will and accountability.—Shafaq HasanShare28TweetShare3Email31 Shareslast_img read more