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Adult Learners Graduate In Southwest Nova Scotia

first_imgLinda Witherall’s life-long dream of becoming a nurse is one stepcloser to becoming a reality. Today, June 25, the Queen’s Countyresident is graduating with a high school diploma and she has hersites set on becoming a registered nurse. “Without the kind consideration of the teachers who accommodatedmy work schedule, I would never have been able to complete mycourses,” said Linda. “I am looking forward to graduating, and inthe not too distant future, to becoming an RN.” Linda is one of 89 adult learners from four adult high schools inthe Southwest Regional School Board area who are graduating todayand on June 26 with a high school diploma. Of these graduates, 66have completed programs supported by the Nova Scotia School forAdult Learning. The adult high schools are supported by the Nova Scotia School forAdult Learning, which funds and co-ordinates a range of educationprograms for adults wanting to improve their reading and mathskills or complete their high school diplomas. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Linda,get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in thecommunity,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school ispart of our effort to ensure people can return to learning andhelp pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and theirfamilies.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments ofEducation and Community Services. “We are flexible and try to accommodate our students to the bestof our ability,” said Shirley Shot, facilitator, Queens Adult HighSchool. “By doing so, some students are able to attend school whenthey might not have been able to otherwise.” More than 400 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with thehigh school diploma for adults. This year, more than 4,100 NovaScotians were enrolled in programs supported by the School forAdult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. Theprograms for adults are delivered by the Nova Scotia CommunityCollege, Université Sainte-Anne, five regional school boards andcommunity-based learning organizations. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of theprovincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, whichinvolves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to theuse of the most sophisticated technologies.last_img read more

Small business tax cut never promised to offset minimum wage hike Wynne

first_imgTORONTO – A tax cut for Ontario’s small businesses will not fully offset the impact of an increasing minimum wage, the premier said Wednesday as business groups criticized the provincial government for not providing enough support to deal with the hike.While the province had said for months that help for small businesses was on the way, Wynne said measures revealed in the province’s fall economic update were not meant to fully balance out the impact of the Liberal government’s plan to raise minimum wage to $15 a hour.“There was never a commitment to offset the increases in minimum wage,” Wynne said. “I was very clear that that was not something that we were going to be able to do, but we want our small businesses to be strong. We want them to be able to thrive. So that’s why we’ve put a number of supports in place.”The province will cut the corporate tax rate for small businesses from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, the same day it increases its minimum wage from $11.60 to $14. The government’s plan will eventually see minimum wage jump to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019.The province will also designate that one-third of its procurement spending on goods and services will come from small and medium-sized businesses by 2020. And it will spend $124 million over three years to help companies with fewer than 100 employees who hire youths aged 15 to 29. The government will pay incentives of $1,000 for each worker hired and another $1,000 for each worker retained for at least six months by a small business.Wynne said the government will have to assess the impact of the wage increase as it continues to roll out.“When I talk to those business owners they talk to me about job retention, they talk to me about loyalty and quality of work and all of those things that are really important to a business,” she said. “So I think they would say that there’s a net benefit to paying their employees well.”Minister for Small Business Jeff Leal said the minimum wage hike will have some positive benefits for small business, he said.“We do know that people who make minimum wage take those dollars and re-invest them instantaneously back into the economy,” he said. “Many of the businesses they spend that money at are small businesses in the province of Ontario.”But some business groups said the government’s supports fell short.Jocelyn Bamford, founder of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers, said her group was “stunned” that the fall economic statement offered what she characterized as little help for businesses to adjust to the new minimum wage after saying for months support was on the way.“We wonder if the government is in denial of the damage they will cause the economy or if they just don’t care about jobs in the province,” Bamford said in a statement.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said small business owners are very frustrated, very angry” with the government over the planned wage rise, which it urged the province to slow down.“They still have the time to put the brakes on this,” said vice president Plamen Petkov. “Do a full economic analysis. Get it right. Determine what is the right amount and what is the right timeline to increase the minimum wage and then go ahead with it.”Meanwhile, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce said it was shifting its focus to the 2018 spring budget where it thinks the government could offer further supports for business.“We think the impact of this new legislation will be felt pretty quickly in the new year,” he said. “We need to be able to address some of those concerns or else we’re putting ourselves in a very challenging position … we need to look forward to the budget to see how we can contend with some of those new cost burdens.”A number of studies conducted by third parties have estimated the minimum wage increase will slow the number of jobs produced by Ontario’s economy in the coming years.The province’s economic watchdog, the Financial Accountability Office, has estimated more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs due to the minimum wage increase. And an analysis from the Keep Ontario Working Coalition concluded over 185,000 jobs could be impacted by the hike.However, many economists support the government move, saying hiking the minimum wage boosts economic activity and increases people’s purchasing power.last_img read more

BMO creates financial crimes unit with cybersecurity fraud capabilities

first_imgTORONTO — The Bank of Montreal is creating a financial crimes unit bringing together existing capabilities around cybersecurity, fraud and physical security.The new unit will be led by Larry Zelvin, who joins the bank on Jan. 14. He has been CitiGroup Inc.’s managing director and global head of cybersecurity.BMO’s financial crimes unit will work together with the bank’s anti-money laundering group.BMO chief executive Darryl White says the financial industry is faced with more sophisticated criminal activities and it’s critical to invest in data protection.The creation of the unit comes after the bank said last May that hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers.At the same time, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients. Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crude oil production to reach 586 million barrels per day by 2035

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is projecting Canadian crude oil production will increase by 1.27 million barrels per day to 5.86 million by 2035.The association’s latest forecast predicts total production in Western Canada will reach 5.76 million barrels per day in 2035 compared with 4.36 million in 2018.Production in Eastern Canada is forecast to peak at 354,000 barrels per day in 2026 before falling to about 91,000 barrels per day in 2035. The report noted that capital spending in the oilsands this year is set to fall for a fifth consecutive year to roughly $12 billion.Overall, capital investment across Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is forecast to fall to $37 billion in 2019.The report said pipeline constraints, a lack of market diversity, and inefficient regulations are largely responsible for holding back the oil sector.last_img read more

Sierra Leone Annan recommends gradual withdrawal of UN troops

“Developments over recent months have proved the prudence of pursuing a gradual drawdown of the Mission,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). The first serious challenges posed to the country’s armed and law enforcement forces had “exposed the existence of considerable shortcomings,” he adds.Mr. Annan stresses, however, that these development should not be taken to mean the positive security trend in Sierra Leone has suffered a fundamental reversal, rather that much still needs to be done to strengthen the presence of the country’s police in the areas being vacated by UNAMSIL.”It is widely acknowledged that the presence of UNAMSIL gave the general public the confidence that prevented a deterioration of the situation,” he says. “In these circumstances, I would like to recommend that the Security Council extend the mandate of UNAMSIL for a further period of six months, until 30 September 2003.”The Secretary-General expresses concern at the continued existence of the Civil Defence Force structure and says this “may undermine not only the credibility of the demobilization process, but also the long-term stability of the country.” In addition, he says the commencement of the indictments by the Special Court carried considerable security challenges and therefore the need to ensure police and prison authorities have the capacity to secure custody of those apprehended.The report also outlines several critical elements for a lasting peace in the country, including preventing young people from feeling excluded, control over diamond mining and creating reintegration opportunities for ex-combatants. “Solutions to these issues are complex and will require time, resources and actions ranging from promoting economic revival and education to skills training,” Mr. Annan observes.Reiterating his appeal to the international community to help bring an end to the conflict in Liberia, Mr. Annan stresses that “the security of Sierra Leone cannot be fully ensured while the conflict in Liberia persists.” With the help of the UN, Sierra Leone has been able to cope with the influx of Liberian refugees but if the conflict continued, “a humanitarian emergency could arise,” he says. read more

British Airways to squeeze extra 52 seats onto Boeing 777 economy flights

first_imgA British Airways Boeing 777 takes off from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex “As part of the update, we will also be fitting new entertainment systems with bigger screens.”British Airways continues to offer customers a generous hand baggage allowance and complimentary food and drink on all our long-haul services.”Among the other airlines with a 10-abreast configuration are Air New Zealand, Emirates and Air France.British Airways will also reportedly add 12 extra seats on its short-haul Airbus A320 from Heathrow -which will increase the planes seating density to match easyJet’s.The move come after BA increased its seat width from 16.8ins to 17.3 ins on its new Dreamliner fleet last year.The move followed complaints from travellers, with at least one claiming they did not have enough room to open the cutlery pack with their meal.However, the firm still hasn’t caught up with some of its rivals.EasyJet’s A320 airbus and Thomson’s Boeing 767-300ER also offer 18-inch wide seats and even no-frills Ryanair gives wriggle space of 17 inches on its 737-800 aircraft. Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, told investors: “We’re responding to a market opportunity.”He said the move would allow BA to “lower the average cost per seat, charge a lower price and stimulate demand”.A British Airways spokesman said: “We are flying more customers than ever before to our expanding network of destinations.”To meet this demand, we are updating our 777 cabins to bring us into line with many of our competitors and allow us to offer even more low fares. British Airways is planning to squeeze an extra 52 seats on its Boeing 777 flights by shrinking seating space, it is claimed.The airline giant is reportedly trying bring its services “into line” with competitors at Gatwick from 2018.It also plans to “densify” aircraft at Heathrow after that, it is said.Currently passengers will find nine economy seats in each row in the 777s. BA announces at IAG Capital Markets Day 25 Boeing 777s will move from 9-10 seats a row in World Traveller & more seats on short-haul aircrft pic.twitter.com/U6QFe5T2C9— LondonAirTravel (@LondonAirTravel) November 4, 2016 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. But from 2018, there will reportedly be 10 seats fitted within the same space. The move would increase the population on board flights by up to a fifth and stretch current facilities further.The number of toilets is currently 11, allowing for one for every 25 passengers.The latest move will bring that up to one for every 30 passengers, The Independent claimed.However, BA says the economy cabin will be fitted with new entertainment systems with bigger screens. A British Airways Boeing 777 takes off from Gatwick Airport in West SussexCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire BA announces at IAG Capital Markets Day it is to introduce business class on U.K. domestic routes & increase seat density in World Traveller pic.twitter.com/slcyvC0ITH— LondonAirTravel (@LondonAirTravel) November 4, 2016last_img read more

Hexagons Mining division partners with FluidIntel

first_imgHexagon’s Mining division today announced that it’s partnering with FluidIntel, a market-leader in fuel management systems and solutions. The Australia-based company has been supplying innovative fuel management hardware and software to the mining industry since 1996. Its fuel management system, AdaptFMS, handles more than 3.5 billion litres of fuel and other hydrocarbons annually for six of the world’s biggest mining companies.Integration with Hexagon’s broad portfolio of mining solutions is a priority, said Josh Weiss, President of Hexagon’s Mining division. “Fuel costs are a significant expense for mines and diesel rail networks – up to 40% of operating expenditures,“ said Weiss. “For years, FluidIntel’s best-practice fuel management has been generating millions of dollars in savings through cost reduction and productivity improvements. The potential for return on investment is significant so this is great news for our customers. We’re excited about the possibilities. We’ve identified numerous areas for integration with our own fleet management and enterprise solutions, and we’re confident of exploiting more synergies with our planning and safety portfolios. The partnership fills a technology gap and, with solutions from port to pit, FluidIntel complements our life of mine vision 100%!”FluidIntel COO, Damir Hasagic said: “With some great integration ideas in progress between our system and various Hexagon applications, we are confident this partnership will produce excellent opportunities for Hexagon clients to better manage their fuel and lubricants. “This partnership provides FluidIntel with unprecedented market reach through Hexagon’s global mining footprint and their position of number-one OEM-independent vendor.”last_img read more

Une plateforme internet pour la 5e Journée française de lallergie

first_imgUne plateforme internet pour la 5e Journée française de l’allergieA l’occasion de la Journée nationale de l’allergie en France qui aura lieu demain, l’association Asthme & Allergies a lancé un site internet afin de permettre au grand public de mieux s’informer et de mieux réagir face aux allergies respiratoires.Demain, se tiendra la 5ème édition de la Journée nationale de l’allergie consacrée cette année aux allergies respiratoires. A cette occasion, l’Association Asthme & Allergies a décidé de créer une plateforme grand public pour pallier au déficit d’informations. Sur allergiesrespiratoiresagir.org, chaque visiteur peut ainsi découvrir les symptômes des allergies respiratoires ainsi que les traitements aujourd’hui possibles. Des conseils peuvent également y être donnés à l’issue de tests de connaissances. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Par ailleurs, lors de la Journée, les Français auront l’occasion de poser leurs questions aux allergologues mobilisés, ces derniers devant se connecter sur un espace virtuel de discussion pour répondre à l’ensemble des questions posées. Partout en France des pharmacies et cabinets d’allergologie partenaires proposeront également des dépliants. Selon l’AFP, un Français sur quatre est touché par une allergie respiratoire qui peut être causée par les pollens, les poils et plumes d’animaux, les acariens ou encore les moisissures, ce qui peut alors avoir un impact très négatif sur la qualité de vie des personnes touchées. Plusieurs traitements sont aujourd’hui proposés comme la désensibilisation ou la prise de médicament mais beaucoup de français subissent encore leurs allergies sans rien faire. Mal informés, ils tardent trop souvent à se faire dépister. Ainsi, les patients souffrant de rhinites allergiques resteraient en moyenne cinq ans avant de trouver une solution adaptée à leur maladie selon l’Association Asthmes et allergies (lien non disponible), qui souhaite que les allergies respiratoires soient élues grande cause nationale pour 2012. Le 21 mars 2011 à 16:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Get This 3in1 Wireless Charger for Under 40 Today

first_imgStay on target Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change. Apple has killed its highly anticipated AirPower project. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. If you want to wirelessly charge all your Apple devices at once, then the AirZeus is a great alternative. And, at just $38.24 with the FIREWORK15 code, it’s perfect for even those on a budget.The AirZeus is a sleek, space-saving Qi charging pad that looks at home on any desktop, nightstand, or table. It offers enough real estate and power to let you wirelessly charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and a set of AirPods all at the same time. And it works fast, too, so you’ll spend less time waiting for your devices to get to full charge.Simply plug the AirZeus into one AC outlet, lay your compatible devices onto the pad, and they’ll start charging automatically. It’s a great way to eliminate desktop clutter, reduce your reliance on cables, and it helps to minimize the number of AC outlets you use. If you were left disappointed by Apple’s recent decision, then this is the alternative you’ve been waiting for.And now is the perfect time to get it. That’s because, when you enter the code FIREWORK15 at checkout, you’ll save an extra 15 percent off your purchase of the AirZeus 3-in-1 fast wireless charging pad and get it for just $38.24. This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves AirZeus 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Pad – $44.99See Deallast_img read more

South Caicos Baby Brain Dead Investigation Launched

first_img Hospitals upgrade, New Dialysis Machines simplify treatment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate Related Items:brain dead, Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, south caicos Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSouth Caicos baby brain dead but still on life support and government through its Social Services Dept and the Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Association (CAAPA) are monitoring the case. No reason is explained we understand by the mother for the child just slipping into a comatose state sometime on Sunday… the child was airlifted to Providenciales and is on life support at Cheshire Hall Medical Center, where Interhealth Canada says they are offering support to the family. “Medical staff at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre has not and will not remove life support from the two year old child without proper authority by the next of kin. The mother is scheduled to meet with our paediatrician today, September 5th, 2014. We have been in constant contact with both parents and immediate family. This is a sad situation and our team at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre will continue to provide support to all family members involved”.PTV News Watch reports that the father has not left the bedside of that little girl; This is a very delicate matter which authorities are handling with the utmost care but there has been an intense investigation launched also involving the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force.last_img read more

Girl taken from Portland found safe in Vancouver

first_imgPolice say a 3-year-old girl who was taken from a Portland home Monday by her father in violation of a restraining order was found safe this morning at a home in Vancouver.The 25-year-old man, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Yarovoy, has been arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for violating a restraining order.Victoriya Gornichar, 3, was found unharmed inside the Vancouver residence this morning. The girl has been reunited with her mother.Witnesses reported Yarovoy took little Victoriya from her home, in the 10000 block of Northeast Beech Street, early Monday. Police say Yarovoy is restrained from the woman and child by a Multnomah County Circuit Court restraining order.Investigators with The Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force and Child Predator Unit assisted with the arrest.The case was not classified as an Amber Alert because authorities did not have the license plate number for Yarovoy’s vehicle. He will likely be extradited to Oregon to face charges.last_img read more

Police set up perimeter after car stolen in Southwest MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a car thief after a vehicle was stolen in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police came up empty handed after an extensive search near Southwest 152nd Street and the Florida Turnpike, Tuesday afternoon.The situation began after officers got a phone call from a man who was following his own vehicle after another person stole it.Police spotted the dark-colored SUV near Southwest 212th Street and 117th Avenue, where they began following the car with a helicopter.The car drove towards the entrance to the northbound of the Turnpike, where right before it got on, three passengers fled the car. Those three passengers were taken into custody.The car then drove onto the Turnpike and traveled north briefly before the driver pulled over and fled from the vehicle.Officials said the driver ran into a wooded area used as a Girls Scout camp. Armed officers helped escort people out of the camp and were seen attempting to lock the gate in effort to trap the subject.After police expanded their search to include a neighborhood to the east, near Southwest 160th Street and 113th Avenue, the subject apparently slipped away.At least six K9 officers were seen assisting in the search.If you have any information on the whereabouts of this suspected car thief, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Las Vegas Massacre Prompts Musician To Call For Gun Control Enough Is

first_imgKeeter is a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band; hours before Jason Aldean’s show was shattered by gunfire and bullets rained on a crowd of some 22,000 people, Keeter had played on the same stage. He and his bandmates and crew members were trapped by the violence, and Keeter says he wasn’t sure if he would survive.Some of the band’s crew members suffered shrapnel wounds, Keeter said, because of the power of the weapons being used. They had been standing close to someone who was shot. And despite having their own weapons, they were unable to defend themselves.“We actually have members of our crew with CHL [concealed handgun license] licenses, and legal firearms on the bus,” Keeter said. “They were useless. We couldn’t touch them for fear the police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us.”He described writing to his loved ones and creating a living will, as performers, fans, and staff tried to find safety during the prolonged assault.Sunday night’s attack left 527 people injured and 59 people dead. Police say Stephen Paddock brought a small arsenal to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino so he could carry out an attack on thousands of people.“We have recovered 23 firearms at Mandalay Bay, and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite,” Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo said.Paddock is known to have bought some of his firearms at the Guns and Guitars store near where he lived in Mesquite, Nevada. The store has said via a statement, “All necessary background checks and procedures were followed” in Paddock’s purchases. It’s one of several gun shops or firing ranges that have acknowledged having contact with investigators about Paddock, NBC News reports.Keeter’s message found a large audience. It was liked more than 100,000 times and retweeted more than 50,000 times.The message sparked a number of replies, from people asking why other tragedies — such as the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 — hadn’t changed Keeter’s views. Some responses accused him of lacking empathy and changing his stance only because he was personally affected. Others chastised those reactions, and for criticizing someone who now agrees with them.“It’s frustrating that some don’t call the fire dept until the blaze is at their own front door,” a Twitter user named Heather Maravola wrote. “But we need more ppl on our side. Welcome.”In response, Keeter wrote, “You are all absolutely correct. I saw this happening for years and did nothing. But I’d like to do what I can now.”In speaking out, Keeter also raised the hopes of a Twitter user who said they hope the issue can move from a left vs. right dynamic “to actually enacting common sense gun laws.”Opinion polls have shown large majorities of Americans agree on making several changes to gun control laws, from restricting people with mental illnesses from buying guns to requiring background checks for private gun sales and at gun shows.“Congress has not made a concerted effort to pass gun legislation since 2013,” NPR’s Susan Davis reports, “when the Senate tried and failed to overcome GOP opposition to expand background checks for gun purchases.”Susan adds that so far in 2017, Republicans’ action on guns “has focused on expanding gun rights” — including making it easier to buy silencers and to nationalize concealed-carry laws.And then there are the financial angles. After Sunday’s shooting, the stock prices of large gun makers rose sharply. As Marketplace reported, on Monday morning the “value of Sturm Ruger shares went up by as much as 7.7 percent and shares of American Outdoor Brands Corp, manufacturer of Smith & Wesson firearms, went up by as much as 6 percent.”Those price hikes are part of a cycle that’s fueled by mass shootings, Rob Cox, global editor at Reuters Breakingviews, told Marketplace:“Largely in response to concerns there may be new tightening of regulations on buying the guns, or on gun ownership. And that has actually driven a lot of the buying that actually has given these guys a lift over the past eight years.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. pic.twitter.com/0NFjHf3PW2— Caleb Keeter (@Calebkeeter) October 2, 2017 Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images via NPRAfter a gunman used a window in the Mandalay Hotel to fire at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, guitarist Caleb Keeter, who was on stage Sunday, is calling for gun control — “RIGHT. NOWThe most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history has renewed conversations about America’s gun laws, after one man strafed a country music festival from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas Sunday. The attack prompted a musician who played at the festival to say he’s changed his mind — and that the U.S. needs new gun control.“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my whole life,” guitarist Caleb Keeter said in a tweeted statement on Monday. “Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.”Keeter said that one man — who police identified as Stephen Paddock — “laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power.”He added, “Enough is enough” before adding later, “We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.”center_img Sharelast_img read more

Colin and producerwriter Jeff Cesario talk standup comedy late night TV and

first_imgEPISODE 8: Producer, Writer, Actor and Comedian Jeff CesarioThis week, Colin is joined by Jeff Cesario, who has has worked as a writer and producer on Dennis Miller Live and The Larry Sanders Show.Colin and Cesario discuss joke writing; comedy in a P.C. culture; how a larger media has made critics less influential; working with Garry Shandling; and his take on the current late-night talk personalities. Listen here: Advertisementlast_img

Romanian premiers aide indicted for corruption charges

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An aide to Romania’s prime minister was indicted on corruption charges, including being an accomplice to embezzling European Union funds and illegally offering incentives to voters in two elections, anti-corruption prosecutors said Wednesday.Lawmaker Sebastian Ghita was charged with influence peddling, tax evasion and money laundering worth millions of euros, being involved in the misuse of European Union funds and of cheating the elections, prosecutors said. Ghita was also banned from speaking to Prime Minister Victor Ponta, leaving his hometown or carrying out his duties as a lawmaker. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Quick workouts for men 0 Comments   Share   From 2000 to 2015, Ghita committed money laundering worth the equivalent of $32.5 million and $9.45 million in tax evasion, prosecutors said in a statement. Ghita accused prosecutors of abuse.Ponta, also under a corruption probe, is in Turkey recovering from a knee operation.Prosecutors alleged Ghita paid 350,000 euros ($392,000) to Moldovans who have Romanian citizenship to vote for Ponta in the November presidential race that he lost.They also say he gave illegal incentives such as frying pans to voters in the 2012 parliamentary elections where he won a seat in the Chamber of Deputies.Prosecutors also alleged that Ghita controls– directly or indirectly– 54 companies, something which is incompatible with his status as a lawmaker.Romania has intensified its anti-corruption drive in the past year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hyundai sees green future in hydrogenpowered cars

first_imgYONGIN, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it believes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales.South Korea’s largest automaker has sold or leased 273 Tucson fuel cell SUVs since beginning production in 2013, lower than its 1,000 target, mostly in Europe and California.Kim Sae Hoon, general manager at Hyundai’s fuel cell engineering design team, said fuel cell cars represent a bigger opportunity than electric cars because competition is less fierce. Hydrogen-powered cars also give more flexibility to designers, he said. They can be scaled to big vehicles such as buses as well as small cars. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories They can also be refueled as quickly as gasoline cars while traveling more miles than electric vehicles. The Tucson’s Europe model, called ix35 Fuel Cell, can travel up to 594 kilometers (369 miles) while its U.S. model travels up to 265 miles (426 kilometers) on one charge. It emits water vapor and no greenhouse gases.High prices and the dearth of fueling stations are barriers to sales of fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai said it will be another 10 years before hydrogen cars start gaining wider acceptance. In the meantime, sales of eco-friendly cars are dominated by hybrid models such as Toyota’s Prius and electric vehicles such as Nissan’s Leaf, which are more affordable than fuel cell cars.Hyundai also produces hybrid cars and electric vehicles. It plans to invest 11.3 trillion won ($10 billion) in eco-friendly technology including hybrid cars, electric battery vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells in the four years from 2015.To boost sales, Hyundai slashed the Tucson fuel cell’s price in South Korea in February to 85 million won ($76,000) from 150 million won ($134,000).South Korean customers are local government offices as there is no government subsidy for consumers. South Korea’s government plans to establish 10 charging stations for fuel cell cars and expects 1,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles will be on the streets in South Korea by 2020. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Japan started production of hydrogen-powered cars later than South Korea but such vehicles are experiencing faster growth in Japan with support from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.Toyota started sales of its Mirai fuel cell sedan in December and has decided to increase production to 3,000 vehicles in 2017, which is quadruple production this year. The company said it received 1,500 orders in the first month of sales in Japan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Hong Kong to use comic characters to promote tourism

first_imgThe Hong Kong government plans to set up an exhibition area in Golden Bauhinia Square to exhibit more than 20 cartoon and comic statues, said the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So. The move is to enhance people’s understanding of the culture of comics and animation, and to boost tourism.So believes that Hong Kong must create a multicultural and diversified tourism portfolio to attract visitors from around the world.“We need a good mix of tourists from different source markets to come to Hong Kong. We cannot simply rely on one single market and therefore we tailor make our product to meet the needs of the market,” he said.last_img read more

Private urologists say no to Gesy but minister remains upbeat

first_imgBy Evie AndreouHealth Minister Constantinos Ioannou gave reassurances on Wednesday that enough private doctors will join the National Health Scheme (Gesy) for it to operate successfully, even as urologists joined five other private medical specialities opting out of the scheme.Following opt-out announcements in recent weeks from nuclear medicine physicians, ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, endocrinologists, paediatricians and gastroenterologists, urologists said on Wednesday they too would not join Gesy.The group of specialists said that they found gaps and inconsistencies based on information they had received so far concerning Gesy and expressed fears that they would not be able to continue to provide high-quality services to their patients.In a letter to the head of the medical association (CyMA), the chairman of the urology medical society, Stavros Charalambous, said that there was no provision “for compensation for the cost of the already purchased expensive urological equipment that needs to be included in the system and there is no provision for maintenance and replacement costs.”Additionally, he said, there was no provision for the expenditure on state-of-the-art materials and implants required for urological operations.“There is no provision for the participation in the cost of the most important project for the continuous updating and lifelong education of urologists needed to preserve the quality of our services and which up to now is based only on the educational and scientific programme of the Urological Society,” he said.But speaking after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Ioannou said that he had received reassurances from the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) that a sufficient number of private doctors would participate in Gesy to ensure its smooth operation.He expressed, however, bewilderment over developments, saying that CyMA – the body representing all private doctors – has yet to submit its final answer on whether it would back Gesy but individual specialist medical associations were making announcements regardless.Cardiologists, despite not being fully on board, said last week each would decide for themselves individually.“We see instead various scientific societies making announcements on how the demands of the (CyMA) general assembly have not been satisfied,” the minister said. “I disagree.”He said that many of the demands of private doctors have been satisfied.“The financial part, at least, has been satisfied to a great extent,” he said.The minister put these developments down to misinformation within the medical world. For that reason, he said, HIO is to launch within the coming days another effort to inform private doctors.“I hope there is a turnout, because, until now, there has been no turnout to get informed,” he said.The House health committee on Friday expressed concerns after the Cyprus Society of Nuclear Medicine became the fifth group of private specialist doctors to announce they would not participate in Gesy.The head of the committee, Disy’s Costas Constantinou, said that they were monitoring developments and would act accordingly. The Disy deputy blamed CyMA for these developments. He said that it seemed that everything was “orchestrated and pre-decided by some within CyMA”.CyMA secretary, Anastasia Symeou, said last week that they would announce their decision soon.Private doctors fear the financial package they are being offered to participate in Gesy is not enough of an incentive. The government last month refused to increase the Gesy budget, one of five conditions set by CyMA for participating in the health scheme.In a related development, the HIO on Wednesday announced that, as of January 21, it will be accepting applications by private doctors who would like to register as GPs in Gesy.   You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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